Friday, October 24, 2014

5.24 Pain - Technology Woes

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-fourth day of each month is "Pain."
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Do you know how many times I saw THIS today?
More times than can be counted on both of my hands.  And that was all before 11:30 this morning.

Technology failures (neither my email nor the course management system were working this morning and my desktop was freaking out about something) were a standard for me this morning and even right now, as I type this, I can't get my email account to let me send attachments and it's possible that I'm gritting my teeth and just barely preventing myself from screaming. Eventually I just manually shut down my desktop at school and came home. Fuck it all.

What a pain in the ass.

It's a strange problem to have. I'm lucky to have access to this technology at all, but my job requires me to use technology and when it's not my fault I can't do my work, it just pisses me off.  I have a headache now and I'm going to take some Advil and down a gallon of water and when I come back to my computer, everything better be working appropriately or I'm going to do some physical damage.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

5.23 Writing - End of Season

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-third day of each month is "Writing."
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Today will be the last frantic dash to pick up the CSA basket in between my jobs. Today was the twentieth week of the season and it was a bittersweet moment. I will miss the vegetables, but I will not miss the not knowing what we’re going to get or how much we’re going to get that makes grocery shopping arduous. I will miss the moment of excitement when I unpack everything on the counter and dream about all the delicious things we will make, but I will not miss kale. 
We missed a basket this year (someone forgot to pick it up when someone else was out of town, despite a reminder note, a text message reminder, and a phone call the night before, but the person who forgot was very, very, very sorry, so the person who was out of town must learn to be forgiving) and we didn’t always do super well at using everything in the basket (kale, ginger, and beets are a problem for us), but it certainly did force me to integrate vegetables into my diet in ways I never have before. I know pack the largest size Ziplock container we have fully of cut up vegetables for lunch every day – cucumbers, radishes, sweet peppers, tomatoes, beans, and carrots are most common – and eat everything as if it is dipped in honey.

Here is the haul for the very last week: two honey nut squash, two butternut squash, two peppers, some kale (argh!  no more kale until next June, thank heavens), a bulb of garlic, two red onions, carrots, and some sunchoke potatoes.  We’ll bake the squash as sides with dinners, I’ll saute the kale with some of the onion and garlic and balsamic vinegar for lunch one day this weekend and make the kale go away, I’ll cut up the peppers and carrots for lunch, and I’m going to make some hummus with the sunchokes.

And this little girl helped me put it all away.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

5.22 Seven Deadly Sins - Sloth (Napping)

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-second day of each month is "Seven Deadly Sins."
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Yesterday afternoon, in the time I had allocated for working out, I took a nap instead. For an hour and a half, I just laid there on the couch, cat on my legs, and passed out. I have really implemented a "no nap" policy on myself for the last six months or so (I was out of control with the napping and staying up late reading like I was a ten year old), but I was just so exhausted. I think the nap was worth it.
It invigorated me enough that I was able to get up this morning, get to my dentist appointment, work out, and then vacuum and straighten up. Housework has been getting very little attention these days and I would have been embarrassed by the state of our floors if someone had come by unexpectedly.  Plus, I'm going to go to the post office, the pet store, and teach my class this afternoon because I rock.  And I was lazy yesterday.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

5.21 Laughter - This Face

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twenty-first day of each month is "Laughter."
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Zelda "Most Ferocious Kitten in the World" Gimbalsh: Brushed daily and not happy about it.
She comes creeping around the corner of the couch, the pupils of her eyes giant and glowing and her tail twitching. Knowing that she is going to pounce (on me!) at any minute, I hightail it to the drawer to pull out her cat dancer toy and she immediately drops low and starts stalking it.  The humans in the house find this nightly ritual highly amusing. I will walk slowly around the kitchen and living room, twitching the toy ever so slightly, and for two, three, four minutes, nothing happens except for the strange parade of human followed by cat down low on haunches, both moving ever so slowly.
Long kitty is long. And maybe I should vacuum more often.



Then! Pounce! She will jump up, do a somersault in the air, and come down with the cardboard in her mouth. She will release it and start batting it with her furry little paw.

“Get some!” The boy human will inevitably scream, as the girl human convulses in giggles at her grumpy cat acting like a three month old kitten.

(I still make no money from this blog. The toy I linked to is a toy we use a lot. No affiliate links used.)
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit To Quit.

Monday, October 20, 2014

5.20 Lessons - Don't Be Afraid

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the twentieth day of each month is "Lessons."
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I was a perfectionist when I was a child, afraid to try things until I knew I could do it perfectly. Anything that was attached the idea that “practice makes perfect” was something I would steer away from because if I couldn’t do it right, I wasn’t going to do it.  But then I spent summers with Uncle Lenny and Aunt Debbie.  

What? You can’t swim? That’s ridiculous. Let me teach you. I would never have tried if they weren’t there to reassure me that everyone had to begin sometime.  It was the first time I was really introduced to the idea of hands on learning and it’s something I’ll never forget.
I'm not so much smiling as grimacing here. I was leaning off a platform into a tree!
Last fall I desperately wanted to do this ziplining course, but it was expensive , we ran out of weekends, and it just didn’t get prioritized. But I thought about it all year and at the end of this past summer, I made a plea that we do it this year no matter what.  And last weekend we did it.  

I’ve never been on a zipline before. I’m actually a little bit afraid of heights. But it was glorious and beautiful and fun and empowering and hilarious and worth every penny we paid.  Sometimes you just have to stop being afraid and try something new. It's always worth the risk.
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To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.
 
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