July 12, 2014

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Hanging In There!

Oh, hello. :) I have been thinking about you. I thought I would drop by and say a quick hello before I run off again on other exploits. :)

I have been reading your blogs, just not commenting much. I usually read “on the go”: at coffee or lunch breaks, during commutes, or when I lounge on the couch after a day’s work. It’s horribly difficult to leave comments on blogs on the smartphone, especially Google-based blogs. To keep my sanity, I skip it, now. But I still read.

I sometimes think of what to write here, too. Working full-time seems to have drained much of my creative juicing, though. I like to spend my evenings unwinding after a long day, not churning up new stories to tell. But I keep the blogs up in the hopes that i might take the mantle again.

So (speaking to those of you who are still here and curious), what have I been doing besides working? Let’s see!

1. Rearranging the house!

Now that the kids are older and we no longer slave over textbooks, I’ve removed the desks and books and desk paraphernalia. I actually have my living room back!! Although, now with the guys on summer vacay, they want to play music more frequently. SO we ditched our dining room table (gasp!) and converted the dining room into a mini-music room.

2. Trying out some new tools!

I don’t collect shoes. I collect power tools. Oh, baby. I recently got a small, hand-held circular saw that is AMAZING. drillAnd now I am on the lookout for a reliable cordless drill. Look at the price of this baby!

Can you believe that we are STILL finishing up a lot of the loose projects from the 2010 kitchen renovation?! Ugh. The kids have been chipping away at some of them — trim work, mostly. We have yet to complete our window bench and I still have no carpeting in the living room. My new job was going to pay for all that but then the cost of living skyrocketed and inflation has gobbled everything away… sigh….

3. Feeding Livvy.. and other critters…

Yes, Livvy is still her crazy, curious self. She’s on a hunger bout these days but is as skinny as ever. And it seems that the local stray cat population has heard that there’s free food to be found around here. :S I DO NOT WANT ANY MORE PETS. Ugh.

4. Simplify, simplify, simplify.

We’re making life more simple. We’ve got a garden again (not doing too well, but oh well). We are going out less. We are making new friends and learning new things. I’m ditching all the fancy electronics I stocked up on back when I was a freelance writer. I want to get rid of all excess and live simply again. I’ve trimmed down on my blogs and I can now go weeks without sitting at the computer. It’s a good feeling.

So my life is a little duller in some respects, but happier now. The family is once again going through a transition. We are all growing up. It feels good.

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    February 12, 2014

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    This Just Might Work!

    Ever since I quit full-time blogging, I’ve slowly disengaged myself from the computer screen. The transition became complete when I got my smartphone and tablet. Thanks to apps, I really don’t need to sit in front of the computer anymore. I can read news, listen to audiobooks, check the weather and email and social networks, shop, pay and get paid, and research topics.

    And I can blog!

    One of the reasons for my lengthy absences from blogging is because I don’t like sitting at the computer anymore. So this is a wonderful development.

    The caveat is limited functionality. I haven’t yet figured out how to incorporate certain extras, such as the cute animated emoticons I utilize on this blog, and the ability to quickly create, upload, and add images. That may be more difficult.

    But I’m really liking the ability to blog on the go. Mobile tech rocks.

    Are you still harnessed to your computer? Do you think you’d like mobile blogging?

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      February 11, 2014

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      Smartphone Apps That Should Be, But Aren’t

      Oh, the smartphone. How I love thee. I can do almost anything on the thing: search the web, convert international currency, play the guitar and piano and drums, blog and read blogs, see in the dark, plan meals, and do much more!

      The kids and I were lamenting, however, over some glaring omissions in the App Store. How much MORE useful the phone would be if only it had particular apps!

      So we came up with a list of apps that SHOULD be developed. But they probably never will. Leave it to us to price that, in some cases, there IS NO app for that. ;)

      Scissors app. How useful this would be! I could snip that annoying buttonhole thread or cut those skin-slicing plastic price tag loops on clothing!

      Tissue box app. Having this on my phone would eliminate the often messy and pocket-cluttering tissues that I must carry with me everywhere I go. I’d even pay 99 cents for this app.

      Spray bottle app. I can never get to the spray bottle in time to discipline the misbehaving pets. Since I always have my phone with me, pet behavior would improve dramatically. A spray bottle app would also help me get through the long grocery store checkout lines much faster. Just pretend to sneeze and give a little squirt. Watch the checkout lines part!

      Lockpick app. No comment.

      Can opener app. This would be SO PERFECT for camping as well as those middle-of-the-night cat feeding emergencies when I just don’t feel like stumbling out of bed at 3am to plop another spoonful of canned cat slop onto her plate.

      Keyfinder app. Oh HOW I need this.

      Honorable mention apps:
      Magnifying lens
      Lighter
      Toothbrush
      Hairdryer

      So, how about you? If you could build your own Swiss Army Knife smartphone app, what would you consider indispensable?

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        February 5, 2014

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        Probably Comes As No Surprise

        I’ve been blogging, seriously, for about ten years now. Ten years! It’s been so much fun. And it’s been not much fun, too. I’ve gone through the blogging blues, breakups of blogging companies and blogging communities, blogging for money and blogging that cost me money, blogging fame and blogging notoriety, and have even had the dubious “honor” of having my blogs hacked. It’s been a full decade.

        So.

        Now what do I do?

        I hate to simply close everything with one quick, electronic swipe. There’s some pretty entertaining stuff here. A part of my heart is here. But I’m needing change.

        Still, even now, I come to blog when I need to ponder aloud to contemplate my blogging future. So maybe I’ve still got a bit of the old stuff in me. I’m just not sure it’s enough to keep a blog going.

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          January 1, 2014

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          What’s Up?

          Hey, pals. I got the day off today (New Year’s Day). My mind almost always wanders to the blog when I have a day off or any scrap of free time, but I feel tongue-tied for content. It seems life has reached a bit of a monotony right now: sleep, work, sleep, work… it’s not […]

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            November 29, 2013

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            The Meteoric Rise of Mobile Gaming

            Well, we spent our Thanksgiving Day giving thanks, eating the traditional dinner, and downloading TONS of games for the boys’ mobile devices. There are some pretty cool games out there, did you know that? I am wowed by the graphics and technology. Its no longer a secret, the success of mobile gaming is on the […]

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              November 18, 2013

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              The Little Things

              I had a dozen little, wonderful stories to write here, things I’ve “saved up” throughout the week … but then I log in and I’ve completely forgotten them. They were REALLY good stories, believe me! Oh, well. The daughter snapped a photo of the first dusting of snow, last week. Those things are more humdrum […]

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                November 10, 2013

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                Enough Said…

                Saw this on social media, and laughed and laughed and laughed…. If you like this post, please share!

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                  November 10, 2013

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                  Chicago: Much More than the “Windy City”

                  Known as the Second City, visitors to Chicago find the usual tourist fare in world-renowned museums, art, theater and vibrant nightlife venues. Chicago also has its share of unusual and lesser-known attractions that don’t always make it on a traveler’s must-see list. Whether you are looking for the usual or something a little different, Chicago […]

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                    November 2, 2013

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                    Can This Kitty Relax Or What?

                    I’m feeling a bit envious. I wish I could konk out on the couch like that! Gotta love the kittehs. If you like this post, please share!

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