27 November 2009

Most Memorable Gifts

Too often we give/receive gifts that are less than memorable. Clothing, magazine subscriptions, mis-directed knick-knacks/art, unnecessary appliances; it's the reason why retailers now automatically hand out gift receipts. It's also the reason why the gift card industry has boomed over the last few years. Gift card sales in 2007 were over $97 billion. The number is only expected to rise. I hate giving gift cards, I feel like I don't put any time or thought into it, there's no personal touch, nothing to say, "I care." I have to admit though, a gift card to a well-thought store or restaurant can be better than a table runner and matching place mats with cartoon angels on it, I'm just saying.

Then there are those gifts that are memorable, in a good way! The gifts that when you open it make you smile, gasp, shake your head and sincerely utter, "You shouldn't have." The gifts that make you realize that the giver really put some time and effort into choosing and purchasing/making/researching your gift. I've been lucky enough to be the receiver of quite a few thoughtful gifts. I thought I'd share a few today as the Holiday Shopping Madness goes into full swing.
  • A new knife. A Wusthof Chef's Knife to be exact. For years I've been wanting to replace my $19.99 knife block with an entire set of Wusthof knives. They're not cheap! But for the amount of chopping, slicing and dicing I do around these parts I think that they'd be indispensable. The Mr. started my set last year with that knife. Hopefully I'll find another one in my stocking this year!
  • Cake decorating class. On my ever growing Bucket List was to take a cake decorating class. My mom took one when she was younger and I've always wanted to learn to make those fancy cakes too. The Mr. gave me a class at the Kitchen Window, a great store if you like to bake/cook. I learned quite a few things and had a great time being elbow deep in frosting. Now I can make fancy cakes/cupcakes too!
  • A radio. When I was a pre-teen I wanted nothing more than to have my own radio. Something that I could have in my room and play my own music on. That Christmas I got one from Santa and I've never loved a present so much. It was one of my first tastes of self expression and freedom and it felt good. I remember staying up late and turning it on so I could barely hear it to listen to Loveline, hoping that my parent's wouldn't hear and make me turn it off. Ah, good times.

What was your best gift ever?

26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


Raise a glass!
There's a lot that we have to give Thanks for.

25 November 2009

Thanks


Since today is the day before the one day where people, I hope, stop and think about all of the things they are Thankful for I thought that I would share some of the reasons that I am so very Thankful this season, in no particular order. I think as our world becomes more and more commercialized and marketed and as everyone gets more and mored tuned into the hype, celebrations like Thanksgiving are needed. Being thankful for the things that you have doesn't have anything to do with politics, religion, sex, age or color. When I'm feeling particularly stressed or out of focus I do like to write down those things that I'm thankful for, sometimes it can help make everything else a little easier to bear.

My health.
A hardworking, caring, thoughtful husband.
A healthy, happy and charismatic daughter.
A loving, supporting family.
The internet.
A strong, fun, amazing group of friends.
A warm and welcoming place to call home.
Food to feed myself, my family and my friends.
A blog where I can be a bit creative and let my mind loose.
A city that I love and has many diversions for me and the family.
A laptop that doesn't crash every five minutes.
A good head on my shoulders.
A street that I can walk down and not fear for my life.

What are you thankful for this season?

24 November 2009

As I Sit Here...


...I have a To-Do list about a mile long. I love lists, they keep me on track, and when I want to procrastinate I can always write another list. They make me feel productive. But today, I've written all the lists I can write. What I really need to do is set out and start checking things off. Two major ones that need to accomplished; bake three pies, pack for our upcoming camping trip.

Camping trip you say? In Minnesota at the end of November? Are you crazy? Well, yes, if we were planning on camping here then we would be a little crazy. But no, instead we decided to hop on a plane and fly three and a half hours to go camping at a place with a little more sunshine. Arizona! Sedona, to be exact. We've never seen the Grand Canyon, had a few frequent flier miles left so we decided to get the heck out of Dodge. After last year and almost six weeks of over-stimulation, over-scheduling, over-eating and over-tiredness we decided that from now on Thanksgiving was going to be 'our' holiday. And if that means getting on a plane for a little family escape, so be it. That's not to say we'll never spend Thanksgiving with our families again, just not in the foreseeable future.

So that's the reason for all of the lists. Packing for a five day trip for three people creates lists enough, but when you add in camping gear the lists just go on and on. We decided to bring one suitcase and three carry-ons. Mind you we're bringing a tent and three sleeping bags. It's a good thing the Mr. and I travel light! We plan on buying all of the food/diapers once we get to Arizona. That saves a lot on space. Everyone collectively cross your fingers for me, this is going to be a wild trip.

So, we're headed out tomorrow afternoon and get back sometime on Monday. But don't fear your pretty little heads! I have posts a plenty all stocked up and ready to go, so don't forget to stop in over here when you're in a tryptophan daze. There will be some good stuff to read, I promise.

23 November 2009

Best Summer Memory


Since the day is so grey and dreary here I thought I'd ponder on some Summer love. After a wet, soggy October; November has been a delightful month. In the fifties some days and more sun than we'll probably see again until May. April if we're lucky. Looking back to this past Summer there are so many favorite moments. BBQ's in the backyard with friends. Trips to the country. Days spent at the zoo. Afternoon wades in the pool. Drinking wine outside, watching the world go by.

I would have to say that my favorite memory, by far, of this summer wasn't really one, specific day. It was more a bunch of days that ran together. LN's face as she giggled on the swing, her first intake of breath as the swing fell back in a graceful arch. The way her legs pump so hard to run to the next slide. The way she, not so gracefully, flips her body over to slide down on her belly. The way she laughs as she passes over the swing bridge, marveling on how much taller she is than me. The Mr. and her running around the playground, laughing and yelling. Both of them looking over their shoulders to make sure that I am watching. Sunlight on LN's blond hair, watching it get lighter and whiter with every afternoon spent outside. Seeing LN's personality explode as she makes new friends on the playground. Running around after the big kids, stopping to say, "Hi Baby!" to the few kids that are smaller than she. Realizing that each time we come here she needs me a little less, and yet I can't stray too far; she always makes sure that I am looking at her, watching her as she grows.

What's your favorite summer memory?

20 November 2009

Post #71


That's right people, I've officially had over seventy posts. I like to look at that number, it makes me feel like I've accomplished something. Stay tuned for post number ninety-five, it will have an announcement about post number one hundred that will be very special indeed!

So this weekend is blissfully un-scheduled. Which is good seeing as we leave on Wednesday for the Grand Canyon Camping Trip, and have yet to figure out if our gear will fit in one checked bag and three carry-ons. Wish us luck, I'm interested to see how it all pans out. The Mr. and I are headed to the gym tomorrow morning and then he and LN are going to have a Daddy/Daughter Date. Not sure what they're up to yet, but I'm so happy when they have some extra one-on-one time to bond. Does my heart (and head) good!

Maybe we'll try and hit up the MCAD Student Art Sale. We go every year but this year we don't really have a NEED of anything. However, it's always fun to look! The Mr. bought me a great piece from one of our (now) friends. It hangs in our dining room and was under $100! Great deal!

So that's about it. Well, buying the ingredients for some pies that I'm making for my sister-in-law. I'm sure I'll do some cooking and if I'm lucky I'll have some pictures for a post next week.

TGIF everyone!
Have a great weekend!

19 November 2009

Hmm

Found this via Anything Said.
Pretty sure the Reebok will get a LOT of feedback on this one.

What do you think?

18 November 2009

What's for Dinner?


Bear with me as I try and feel my way through this post. It's a little new for me to put my own photos on here, it seems a little more personal. Like I can talk about my house and what I do, but if I show you a picture it's like you're all really here.

Yesterday was not one of my finest. The little lady and I were in a funk. Usually we have a nice little jive goin' on, and yesterday it just wasn't happening. So those cookies? Yeah, didn't happen. Dinner? LN ate a banana and a cereal bar. It was the only thing that stopped the whining. That delicious sounding Cheese Bread? I didn't have bread, mayo or enough cheese. So I decided to bake a loaf a bread and make mayo. The mayo deserves a whole post in and of itself. So the Mr. put the lady down for bed and I got into the kitchen. First up, bread dough.

There's something that you all should know first. I'm a major stress baker. In college it would be 3am and I'm baking a cake because I have writers block and forty more pages to write by 9am. So last night I was at my breaking point, the Mr. came home at 7pm, LN was on my last nerve and I was just plain tired. So I just started baking. I was baking so hard that I forgot to take pictures. Well, until I started to make the chili.
I got to snap a few when I was prepping the chili for the crock pot. I put it on to cook this morning and I can smell the spicy goodness wafting through the house as I type. I love my crock pot so hard. We don't see enough of each other, sometimes I can't deal with all of the it's prep work. But when I do? It's pure bliss.

I'd give you the recipe for the chili, but it's my mom's and she guards it with her life. I can assure you it's easy and delicious. Even though she still makes it better.

These ginger cookies, though. Let me tell you. If you're not checking to make sure that you have the ingredients right now, by the time you're done looking at the pictures you will. The are divine and I'm still amazed that I haven't eaten them all up. I didn't get any pictures of the dough in progress, but don't they look cute on the pan?

Look at them all puffy and mountain like in the oven. These cookies are BIG. Can you tell? Only six fit on the sheet at a time. They're big like each one is a quarter cup of dough big. Next time I'll make them smaller, but only so I'll have more to eat.

So you didn't get to see the bread. I threw the ingredients into the food processor, mixed it up, let is rest, shaped it and baked it off. Not my best loaf, but as it is being turned into cheesy bread more than adequate. I'm totally planning on making the mayo again, super easy and quick. I'll write a whole post on it I think later.

So that's it. In four hours I can make a loaf of bread, homemade mayo, chili and ginger cookies. Not a bad haul I think! I'm thinking that I want to try this again, this whole make a meal with pictures thing. Maybe on a day when I'm not so frazzled and have less to do. Maybe I'll make it a feature, maybe it will become a thing.

17 November 2009

Something Different


I'm going to try something different on this here blog tomorrow, and I think it might turn into something. Then again, it might not. Those of you who know me in real life know that I love, LOVE to cook and bake. And to a slightly lesser degree I also love to take pictures. So I decided that I am going to document the meal I'm making for dinner tomorrow night. Step-by-step with pictures. We'll see how it goes. Here's the menu:
The little lady and I are going to be making the cookies this afternoon. I'm sure there will be plenty of pictures of her covered, head to toe, in flour. Always a sight. If we're lucky there will be minimal mess on the floor and on me. Ha! Why would I even jinx myself like that?

So that's the plan. Stay tuned tomorrow as I document the first part of the meal tonight. Like I said, I've got ideas on where this could go, if it goes well. Ideas that would mean interesting reading for you, yummy food for my near & dear and some more work/fun for me.

Cross your fingers that it all goes well!

16 November 2009

An Ode to Target


The wonders of Target never cease to amaze,
I go in for toothbrushes,
but walk around in a daze.

There are belts and booties,
bananas and beans.
Rice cookers, rain gear,
and paper in reams.

Toothpaste and face wash,
mirrors and dolls.
Target is nice,
but Super Target has it all.

Get in and get out.
But what can I do?
My bill should have cost me
only a buck or two.

Instead I wander,
I browse and I roam.
And I buy, buy, buy
more than I should ever, ever take home.

But it was on sale!
I tell myself with glee.
Who doesn't need a candle
That smells like green tea?

Oh Target, you make me so outrageously poor!
So maybe if you weren't so handy,
so cheap
and so fun.
I'd spend less money
on my daily Target run.


13 November 2009

Family


So this weekend the Mr's identical twin, The Clone, is coming into town. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. He and his lovely wife, Mrs. Clone, have lived in CA for longer than the Mr. and I have been married. Before that the four of us were all living in our small college town in Central Minnesota. When The Clone comes to town things get a little crazy. The Mr. becomes like a boy again and there's much yelling, jumping, geeking and crazy scheming that go on. One has to mentally prepare for it. Not to mention the extra familial responsibilities that come with having out-of-town family in town. I'm started to get exhausted just thinking about it.

In honor of The Clone coming to town I thought that I would tell a little story from the past. A story of love, intrigue, humor and ... Well, not really, but it's a good story nonetheless. Enjoy.

Back in the day MP used to work at a sweet, little coffee shop that was near campus. The Mr. and his Clone would come in to study, for seriously, twelve hours a day. They were nothing if not dedicated. The Clone would come in the mornings, and the Mr. would come in the evenings, since I only worked the opening shifts The Clone and I became fast friend first. We'd often chat as I cleaned tables or took my break. He'd always drop these hints like, "I have a twin brother who looks exactly like me, and he's single!" (Even though he wasn't, but that's another story for another time). The boys would come in and basically scam their way into free cups of coffee. I never really minded, they were nice, funny, quiet and came in Ev.ery.day. Plus, they promised that they'd pay me back tips someday (don't think I'd forget that now that I'm family boys!) They'd skateboard in the street when they needed a break and I'd always be afraid that I'd end up having to call their mother to let her know that her son was now a smear in the middle of the street. The coffee shop was a happy little community and they were major players in it.

This went on and on for over a year. Then one night The Clone invited me out to dinner with Mrs. Clone (then Girlfriend Clone). Little did I know that the Mr. and I were being set up during a mass couple date. Everyone was coupled off except us. We didn't like this one bit, no.sir.ee, we did not. And to show just how much we didn't like it we sat outside of the restaurant, chain smoking cigarettes and b*tching about how we didn't like it.

The thing was, that night we started to kinda like each other. The Mr. was still seeing that girl, but really? When we look back at the origins of our relationship we both go back to that night. As much as it pains me to admit it, The Clone and Mrs. Clone did really have a large part in getting us together, even if we didn't like it at the time. It took us another year to get together and then just a short eighteen months to get married. Hopefully someday the ending of this story will be our kids and the Clone's kids playing together because they live just down the street. Because as crazy as it would be, it would be wonderful to have them near by again.


12 November 2009

Good Deeds



I've been think a lot this month about how people interact with each other. Mothers/Children, Husbands/Wives, Friends, Coworkers, Families. All are different kinds of dances that we as humans must learn the steps to. Unfortunately the steps can change without any warning.

Going into the holiday season this year I wanted to be more mindful of my place within all of these situations. I want to be able to waltz from one location to another, stopping to do a two step or jitterbug as necessary. I would like to be able to smooth away the stress/frustration that the holiday season seems to bring to so many. I know that all of the family commitments, financial burdens, over eating and over scheduling makes me cranky. This year I would like to avoid those missteps, those trip-ups and go about spreading cheer and happiness.

Starting yesterday I want to try and do one good deed a day. Something that will help someone, cheer someone or simply make their day go a little smoother. Not a grand gesture, just something that will ease their day. From time to time I may mention what I've done, to give suggestions/ideas. Please, leave a comment and let us know how someone has helped you or what good deeds you have done lately.

Don't we all need help/support now and then?

11 November 2009

What can you get for $7.50?


Monday I decided to make White Chicken Enchiladas for dinner. I had found the recipe on The Pioneer Woman's website and it started my stomach grumbling. In a good way, a very good way! I started a grocery list of the things I needed to pick up; sour cream, shredded cheese, green chilies, a whole cut-up chicken.

Wha?

I'm a meat eater that likes her meat unrecognizable from the animal. No bones, skin, eyes, feathers or organs. I spent a year in China and after seeing every animal come to the table whole, with all of their parts intact I don't need to see them that way any more. So a whole cut-up chicken? Doesn't sound like that big of a deal, but it's not something that I would normally buy, because there are just too many parts that I wouldn't want to deal with. But I digress.

So we head out to the store and pick up the ingredients and then some and I set out to make dinner. I throw the chicken in a stock pot, cover with water and let it simmer for thirty minutes. So easy! Tender, juicy, perfectly done chicken. Maybe this whole chicken thing is not such a bad thing after all.

So I set out to make the fillings and start by shredding all of the meat off the bones. Messy, time consuming but really worth it. I added some spinach to the filling to round out the veggie content (the Mr. is a spinach fanatic). I had enough chicken to make one batch of enchilada filling (two dinners for us) and still had some left over. Ok, this chicken is going a long way.

I saved the cooking water and the chicken bones and after we put LN to bed I added an onion I'd quarted (with the skin on) and two large carrots. I set this up on the stove and let it simmer for thirty to forty minutes. Or however long an episodes of Bones is. Turned it off and let it cool on the stove.

Now I was tired by the time it had cooled, so I just stuck the whole pot in the fridge to deal with in the morning. Took it out, strained it and put it in two cup increments into freezer bags. Stuck them in the freezer and away we went. Seriously, I am pretty sure that this chicken crossed the road, came back for lunch, crossed again and then came home. That chicken really went the extra mile!

So here's what a $7.50 chicken got me. I like the fact that it was already cut up. You can get a whole chicken for cheaper, but then you have to hack it apart yourself. Or you can buy a rotisserie chicken, but then you don't get the broth the chicken was poached in. But again, I digress. Without further ado, here is my bounty:
  • Five cups shredded chicken for enchiladas (Enough for two dinners)
  • Additional three cups of shredded chicken (At least one more dinner)
  • Eight cups of chicken homemade chicken stock (Countless dinners and uses)
I was pretty impressed. I think I'll be buying those whole chicken packages more often. I really just can't believe what a good deal they can be! The poaching and making the stock was SO easy. Just dump stuff in the pot and forget it. The shredding part is messy and sucky, but in the end you have great, healthy chicken to throw into pasta, make into chicken and dumplings, enchiladas or even chicken salad. The possibilities are endless.



10 November 2009

Five Things


Today has been a day already and it's only 2pm. That said I'm going to give you the list of the Five Things that I could use right now. Don't be surprised if you're underwhelmed. I'm a simple girl after all.
  1. Diet Coke: Just one can please. I've drank all of the coffee I could possibly drink today but am still in need of a caffeine pick up. Why don't they have Diet Coke delivery services?
  2. A sleeping child: Or at least one that sleeps more than thirty minutes at a time. Seriously you're not even two and when do you expect mama to get all of this stuff done?
  3. Fingernail clipper: I resorted to clipping off a broken nail with a scissors because I could not for the life of me find one in the house. We used to have four, now I can find none. Where would they go?
  4. Roku Digital Player: I could stream all of the Dora and bad television I wanted from Netflix with one of these bad boys. Must remember to put on my Christmas list.
  5. A plan for dinner: Seriously I love to cook and bake but finding recipes that three people will enjoy that are fast and nutritious? Torture some days. Need some help yourself? Check out allrecipes.com, you can search my collection, ingredient, course. It's usually my fall back place for inspiration.

What could you use today?

09 November 2009

Blog Roll


I had a long albeit fun packed weekend. The family and I had an amazing Indian Summer morning on Saturday walking along the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis. We had a lot of fun and the little lady was plum tuckered out by the time we made it back home. Sunday I co-hosted a baby shower for a dear friend of mine so the house was full of lady chatter and laughter. It was a great morning.

As I was sitting down last night to catch up on the final episode of Project Runway and read my blogs I thought that maybe the rest of you would like to know what I'm reading. So here is my first blog roll, blogs you may or may not of heard of, by people I've never met and in real life (IRL) friends but either way should check out!
  • Yes and Yes: My IRL friend Sarah Von has a fabulous blog about saying yes in your life and all things fun and inspiring. She is just as fun, interesting and amazing IRL it's no wonder her blog is so popular!
  • They Are So Cute When They Are Sleeping: Written by another IRL friend you may have caught my guest post over there a week or so ago. A true, no holds barred parenting blog Kate tells you like it is, with a dose of her insight and humor to go along with it.
  • The Pioneer Woman: A great mix of cooking, style, life and homeschooling this blog has it all. Ree is a funny, funny lady and takes stunning photographs of her life on the ranch. I plan on making these delicious bad boys tonight.
  • Already Pretty: Sal writes about style, body issues and all things related to image and the body. She is funny, insightful, inspiring and definitely has a knack for putting things together.
  • Smitten Kitchen: My hands down favorite blog to read is by NYC blogger Deb. She not only takes beautiful photographs of the food she creates but has a real talent for picking out recipes that I want to make. I've made many from her site and every.single.one has turned out fabulous. Don't know what to make for dinner tonight? Check her out!

Who's on your blog roll?
What sites do you peruse everyday?





06 November 2009

A Mixed Up Friday


To say that this has been a long week would be an understatement. Although the last two days have been beautiful here and the promise of a gorgeous weekend is upon us I've been in a bit of a funk. The kid and I spend a lot of time in the car, driving to friends houses and the store, going shopping and generally just trying to get out of the house. For some reason the radio receptor in my car no longer works (and we're too lazy to fix it right now) so LN and I are stuck to listening to CDs. Not really a big deal, we have a six CD changer so we have the potential for some variety. The trouble is that I really am lazy and rarely switch the CDs out. So we've been listening to the same CDs since last Spring.

Really.

I decided it was time for a change. Since the little lady decided to be a peach and take a nice nap today I started to play with iTunes and make us a new car mix (or two if I have time!) So instead of boring you with our weekend plans I'd like to give you a new mix for the weekend. It's full of upbeat, danceable, singable songs that old and young will like. Who knows, maybe this will become a weekly feature. I'm sure LN and my ears would appreciate it.

  1. On The Radio Regina Spektor
  2. Samson Regina Spektor
  3. Us Regina Spektor
  4. Better Regina Spektor
  5. Fidelity Regina Spektor
  6. I Just Want to Play Piano Mark Mallman
  7. Love Look At You Mark Mallman
  8. Sorry Signs On Cash Machines Mason Jennings
  9. Take Me Out Franz Ferdinand
  10. Breakable Ingrid Michaelson
  11. This Year The Mountain Goats
  12. Deep Red Bells Neko Case
  13. King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 Neutral Milk Hotel
  14. La La Love You Pixies
  15. Brand New Colony The Postal Service
  16. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? She and Him
  17. Wonderboy Tenacious D
  18. Free Falling Tom Petty
  19. Wont Back Down Tom Petty
  20. Voodoo Lady Ween
  21. My Name Is Jonas Weezer
  22. Buddy Holly Weezer
  23. Say It Ain't So Weezer
  24. Velouria Weezer
  25. My Best Friend Weezer
  26. Sick Of Myself Matthew Sweet
  27. Last Dance With Mary Jane Tom Petty
  28. You Don't Know How It Feels Tom Petty
Any suggestions/additions?
Happy Weekend!

05 November 2009

Dear Human Race:

I have some beef with you today. Well, not all of you, but what I see is becoming an altogether too large portion. I'd like to talk to you a little big about tolerance. This isn't going to be a lecture taken straight from a Respect and Tolerance 101 class. You're smarter than that, or at least I'm hoping beyond hope that you're smarter than that. There are so many topics that I'd like to touch on today, but let's just focus a moment on the issue of Marriage.

Now, I'm a happily married woman. I found a wonderful, caring partner and am thankful that he felt enough of the same to publicly and solemnly declare our relationship official. You see, that's kind of how I feel about Marriage. It's a declaration to the community that two people are pledging to care and love each other. The government? Religion? Really don't have a huge part of it. But yet, so many of you take it so personally when two people of the same sex want to spend their lives together. Could you please explain to me why that is such a big deal?

There are issues out there that are equally polarizing that will never get solved and I can understand why. Issues, literally, of Life and Death. But what I fail to understand is why this marriage issue is such a big deal. No, I take that back. I understand why it's a big deal for the people that are fighting FOR it. To be recognized by the community, to have the same basic rights that other couples have. I can understand, empathize and fully respect that. But those of you who fight AGAINST it? And you are out there, as we saw yesterday in Maine, and you are holding strong. I don't even pretend to understand your position, I can't and I won't.

People against Marriage Equality speak often about the sanctity of marriage. The what? How many of you out there come from 'broken homes'? How many people you know do? I'm pretty sure that a vast majority of you are either from divorced families or most of your acquaintances are. So let's just discount that one right now, shall we? And those of you that are so worried about God having to bless these same sex unions? Well, guess what? You don't have to! I didn't get married in a church, by a priest/minister and most of the people I know didn't either. So you can keep your 'blessed' sanctity. In my opinion marriage has less to do with God and more to do with two people loving and respecting each other. But what do I know?

So let's stop with the intolerance and start trying to respect and care for each other. What do you say Human Race? I won't judge you if you promise not to judge me or my family/friends. Let's call it a deal.

Sincerely,

MP
A Concerned Member

04 November 2009

Wordless Wednesday

The theme for this Wordless Wednesday post is Tired.
Like, I need a coffee the size of my head tired (Thanks Emmy!)
Do you think I conveyed the topic adequately?



03 November 2009

Opposite Personalities


I think a lot about online personalities. You might remember that when I first started writing this blog I had an 'Identity Crisis' of sorts. Really truly I'm still not sure how I would define myself in this space, and I'm completely ok with that. In fact, I really, really like it. It's kind of liberating to just come here five days a week and say whatever the h*ll I want to say. There are a lot of times that I would like to say something In Real Life (IRL), then decide that it's not worth the trouble to explain myself. Thank goodness I have all of you inter-friends and this blog!

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, blogs, message boards, forums...all of these places require us to have some sort of online personality. Nobody likes to read comments from the person that simply says, "Great post." Really? Are you an android? It's difficult to put yourself out there online in a way that accurately defines who you are as a person. I know that online I am much more snarky, blunt, witty, articulate and out going than I am IRL, how could I not be? It's easy to say the difficult, impossible, nasty things you want to say out loud when you type and only say them in your head, then have the ability to go back and edit/rewrite the parts you don't like. I just did.

There are so many medium online for people to have to define themselves. I feel for the next generation as they not only navigate their IRL personalities, but their online ones as well. The nuances of someone's personality get lost in the time/space continuum and backlit screen of this online world. The beautiful, silent language of the body becomes faceless and gets silenced.

I find myself loving this online world that we have created, but at the same time I long for the days that we didn't have to text/chat/message/tag each other just to feel some sort of connection with other people. I miss the days when people met for a cup of coffee to get to know each other or struck up a conversation with the person at the table next to them. It's pretty hard to start a conversation with someone who's face is glued to their laptop/iPhone screen and is hastily checking/updating their Facebook status.

I'm just as guilty as the next person. I've talked about my own internet addictions here. It's gotten a bit better, yesterday I wasn't even online until after lunch. There's a reason why I don't have an iPhone, although deep down I desperately want one. I have a hard enough time the way it is. I'd like to think that if you met me IRL that you'd find my online personality just an extension of the person I 'really' am. Isn't that what we all strive for online?

02 November 2009

Daylight Savings


I am seriously not a fan of Daylight Savings Time.

Even less now that I am a mom than I was before. Living in the upper portion of the US, Daylight Savings time means that at 5:00pm tonight it will be dark. Like dark, dark. Like, I don't want to leave the house and it's freaking cold dark. Not only that but I have to go around the house and find all of our clocks and inevitably I forget one and that is the ONE clock that I look at when I'm running late and now think that I have an extra hour. Suck. (Note, this story happened to me this morning. Stupid oven clock, why do I always forget to change you?)

Not to mention that sleep patterns are greatly messed up. Poor LN was so tired last night. At 7:00 her body thought it was 8:00, an hour past her bed time. Then this morning she was up at 6:00. Way too early for the Mr. and I but perfectly normal for her. She should be adjusted by the week end, but it's a rough couple of days until she does. The Mr. and I sleep patterns are wonky too. We stayed up last night watching the end of Season Two of True Blood and although we thought we were being good and going to bed at 11, it was 'really' 12. Ugh. Six hours are not enough when you chase after a toddler all day.

Where is this rant going? Nowhere really. I am just trying to work through my Seasonal Affective Disorder and ranting and raving seems to make me feel a little better. So lucky you! You will have approximately five more months while I try and deal with no sun and less warmth. Although I'm happy that we do have heat. Unlike our apartment in China. But that's a story for another time.

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