Monthly Archives: May 2010

The end of the Internet

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Have you ever been browsing and poking around online and realize that there is nothing else for you to look for? That every site you usually frequent you’ve hit, you’ve checked your Google Reader, caught up on your webcomics, played Farmville on Facebook…and there is nothing left?
That’s how I feel.

Well, to be perfectly honest, I partially feel this way because I don’t have a computer at the moment. Sadly, my computer turned on this morning, but the screen did not! A visit to the wonderful folks at the Genius Lab in the Apple store, and we determined that the video card needed to be replaced. They checked it in, and took it for 1-3 days. Unfortunately for me, I leave to go down to visit Geoff’s family in 2 days. So I decided now was as good a time as any to take an internet break.

Before you unsubscribe from my blog, however, don’t worry! I will be back, probably next Tuesday once I get my computer back and am home again. And I’ll have a few exciting things to post about then, too! Just, until then, I need an internet break.
So I’ll see you in a week!

If you realized how often people think about you, you wouldn’t worry about it as much

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I’m a worrier and a stresser. I stress and worry about money, I stress and worry about my weight. I stress right before I have to go weigh in, and I stress after, when I didn’t lose weight. I stress about not having a job, and about the fact that the few part time jobs I have keep me from the housework that needs to be done. Believe me, it’s tough to stress and worry!

One of the biggest things I stress out over though, is this blog, believe it or not. I worry that I don’t have anything to say, I worry I’m not posting enough, I worry I’m posting too much of one thing! More than anything though, I stress about “marketing a product”. I’m serious.

Once upon a time, when blogging was new, there were simply online journals that only your friends read and no one really cared about what you said, but it was nice to keep up with your friends. I had a Xanga account for that very reason. It’s different now. I’m a member of Blog Frog, but I find the whole site so overwhelming that I often don’t go on there. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I do notice that there are a lot of people who know each other, and there can be interesting discussions and good advice out there. But maybe it’s just not for me. Maybe blogging isn’t for me, either, because I notice a lot of people who are “building a product”, attempting to get readers, commenters, advertisers. I worry that I’m not doing well enough, that I’m not doing just that with my blog. Then I wonder how I’m supposed to build a product on a site full of mothers and women trying to get pregnant, and realize I may be way out of my league here.

Then I remember something. Blogging isn’t about the money, for me. It isn’t about the fame, or even the comments. It is about having a place for me to write, to get my feelings out, to exercise a creative side that I don’t have an outlet for, at the moment. I blog for me, and for no other reason. Anything else just happens to be a fringe benefit.

Why do you blog?

Unique

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We had many unique things at our wedding, things that made it ours that I absolutely loved. We walked out of the church to Harry Potter music, walked into the reception to Star Wars. We had cupcakes, toasted with beer, a mashed potato bar and button bouquets for our flowers. But my favorite unique touch of all? Our cake toppers.
I owe this idea to my friend, Lydia. She, jokingly, of course, suggested that we use Ron and Hermione as cake toppers. Of course I took to the idea right away. Geoff, being red-headed, me being a brunette, and, of course, in love with Harry Potter, I thought it was perfect. It took a bit of searching to find the perfect toppers, and I finally ended up having them made by someone on Etsy, but it was worth it in the end.
Now, they are proudly displayed on our mantel, and I will happily tell anyone the story of them, if they ask (and maybe even if they don’t!)

Garden update!

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It’s been far too long since I’ve had a good garden update. Up here in the Pacific NW, we’re a little behind as far as gardening goes. Friends in the south already have flowers on their tomato plants while mine…well, lets just say it’s growing very slowly. Slow and steady my plants are growing though!

Our sugar snap peas have grown tendrils, so I put a couple bamboo skewers out there because they were curling around each other! It’s fascinating to see them wrap their way around. I tried to get a picture of it, but couldn’t get the camera to focus on the swirls. Oh well.

Hopefully they will soon be big enough to reach the rails and wrap around them. The other plants in that planter are cucumber, and they too are growing nicely. Not vertically as fast as the peas, but they’re coming along!

The bulbs, of course, continue to grow like crazy. We have two planters with bulbs, but the second one is a little behind (I didn’t take any pictures of it today) because it was in the back, where there is less sun. However, after just a few days on the front patio with the rest of these plants it is already sprouting!

Can you believe they looked like this a week ago??
Last but not least, our strawberries! I have to be honest with you, I think it’s fascinating how fruit and squashes pollinate. The fact that there is a “male” and “female” flower, and there are far more males than females on a plant, probably because it takes so much energy to grow a pumpkin, or squash! Strawberries, however, I can’t figure out. However, something is happening, because we have several little green strawberries that are growing! I love watching them get bigger every day!

Repurposed bananas

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These poor bananas! I have issues with bananas. On the one hand, they’re very cheap, so I love to buy them. However, I don’t like to eat them once they start to get freckly. I also have a banana limit, I’ve been known to eat all but the last bite or two of a banana and decide I’m done. I know it’s strange.
Anyway, Geoff likes bananas just fine, but we still ended up with these four leftovers because I promised to eat more bananas, and Geoff just didn’t get around to it.
Luckily for me, one of my favorite blogs, The Frugal Girl, had a post about banana chocolate chip muffins! So I send Geoff to the store to get me some chocolate chips last night, and decided he needed to bring these to work!

They came out great, if I do say so myself, and even though the recipe only produced 15, they aren’t lasting long around here! Needless to say, they did not make it into work…
The recipe calls for 1 cup of mashed bananas, and it turns out that is two medium sized bananas! So I mashed the leftovers and froze them for future over-ripe banana usage (I love making banana bread, but I have to say these may be my new favorite banana recipe!)

"Things could change, Gabe. Things could be different…There could be love."

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I’ve been slacking in my blogging, mostly because life is actually busy again (a good thing, trust me!) but I miss it. In an effort to continue to blog, I think I will post some photos from my 365 photo project. I figure it will help me keep blogging, even when I have nothing else I feel like saying!
I used to say I couldn’t pick a favorite book, because I loved too many. I’m not sure what happened, but I was talking about The Giver once, and suddenly realized that it is my absolute favorite book. I’ve had this copy for more than 15 years, and I’ve read it at least 50 times, probably more, I’m sure! I have a better copy of it, in hardcover, but I choose to read and reread this copy, because I like the way it feels to hold it. It’s almost a comfort object for me.
I chose to take a picture of the book because I love how worn it looks. It gives it a lot of character, I think. I changed it to black and white, because the characters in the book are colorblind, though you don’t realize it until about halfway through. As a side note, they are making the book into a movie, and I’m interested to see how they address this.
The Giver has two companion books, Gathering Blue and Messenger, which I recently decided to reread, hence the Giver reread as well. I love them, and I love the way they tie the whole thing together, but The Giver is my absolute favorite, hands down.
What’s your favorite book?