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I’d be here, but I don’t want to frighten you

So why haven’t I been around these parts, even though I have admitted that I’m feeling fantastic these days?  Plainly put, I don’t want to scare you (all five of you) off.  Because I am happy and I’m contentedly obsessed with various things but it’s not the sort of thing I want to talk about around HERE.  Or on Facebook.  I’ve been neglecting Facebook too.  I might stop in a couple times a week for a quick browse through recent status updates.  That’s just… a lot less Facebooking than I was doing before.  But I can’t let the freak flag fly on Facebook either so I’m not there.  I am on Tumblr, however.  And no, I’m not telling you where.  Because the thing with Tumblr, especially when you’re kinda fangirling on Tumblr, is you don’t share with other people about it.  Because other people will think you’re nuts.  Which, let’s be honest, you probably are.  Tumblr affords a good deal of anonymity though and it’s nice to be surrounded by other people afflicted with the same obsessions.  So that’s where I am.

I am also writing a little!  GULP.  Nothing major and nothing anyone will ever read.  But it’s WRITING and that’s fantastic, isn’t it?  It’s still hard to unclog the writer’s block and I am having to force myself a little.  But it’s also feeling marvelous and I want to do more.  Yay!

And I’m still knitting.  I don’t have much to do in the way of knitting, but I am keeping the needles busy.  Never fear, I haven’t neglected that!  I am in the middle of two pairs of socks at the moment.  Both are turning out great and I’m very happy with it. Socks are fun to knit!  I’m so glad I added them to my repertoire.

Let’s see… on the homefront… Harry and Liam are both out of school.  Liam finished up a week ago.  He’s now officially a 1st grader!  Amazing.  He’s been in Elko this whole last week, staying with his grandparents.  We don’t think he’s missed us one bit, which is good in a way.  We’re glad he’s having a good time.  He’ll be returning tonight and then tomorrow Harry goes to have his turn in Elko.  He’ll probably be there for a couple weeks, actually.  We won’t have all five of us here until sometime in July. Weird!

Anyhow.  Uhm.  There’s more stuff I could probably prattle on about but I think I’ll stop here before I get too silly.  Be good!

And that’s that

So… Feeling better! Not 100% of course but at least a solid 75%. Maybe even as high as 85%. I’m pretty stoked. My shoulder/back even feels considerably better. GOOD because it’s not like I needed any more excitement, you know? My cough is clearing up and I’m pretty sure I haven’t had a fever since Saturday morning. I have actually gotten things done today. I KNOW.

In other news, watched The Walking Dead last night. That show is craaaaazy. I mean, I kind of saw the whole thing with Shane coming. Dude’s cheese was sliding off his cracker. And with Rick stepping up and being more badass, there just wasn’t a good reason for him to keep skulking around. The WOAH thing was how zombies don’t seem to need to be bitten anymore. They just need to be dead. Shudder. Airborne disease maybe? Would explain the buttload of zombies currently heading for the farm. Flee!

Speaking of entertainment, I’m about as excited as anyone for The Hunger Games movie. I’m hoping to see it opening weekend, if not opening night! But.. I’ve seen things on Pinterest and Facebook about people counting down to the opening and being so excited about THAT DAY. And, well, that’s where I have trouble. Because That Day will never ever be a great day to me. It’s March 23rd. Of all the days to come out, this movie had to come out That Day. From my viewpoint, it’s a ray of sunshine in an otherwise crappy day. Something to brighten the day and take our minds off what happened on That Day eight years ago. So, yes. LOVE The Hunger Games and can’t wait to see it. But you won’t ever see me getting excited about That Day. Nuh uh.

We’re supposed to go out of town this weekend. We’re going to visit my family down in California because we haven’t been there in so long. Truly, it’s been way too long. This visit is long overdue. Of course, this has been an extremely mild winter with painfully little snow to show for it, even in the mountains. BUT GUESS WHAT? Storm coming later this week. They’re saying lots of snow for the mountains. Oh great. Because that just figures. I’m still holding off hope that the forecast will shift as the week wears on. Fingers crossed!

And so there you have it. My so-called update. And in case any of you were wondering? Yes, I’m still blogging from my iPad. Boo-yah!

Updating the Blog – Twitter Style!

So yeah.  November is a sketchy month, as it turns out.  Having Liam out of school has definitely thrown off my groove.  And lest you think I’m (entirely) cold-hearted by wishing him out of the house on a daily basis, he himself wants to go back to school probably even more than I want him to be there.  But break is nearly over.  Time is short and the boy returns to school on Monday.  And not a moment too soon!  So anyhow.  Where was I?  Oh yeah, my schedule being kerflooie.  Not that I’ve been the best of bloggers lately anyhow.  But I had a great idea for sharing some of the things going on and thoughts I’ve had and whatnot.  See, I’m not the best Twitter-er.  I find it too disorganized and “noisy”.  I prefer Facebook, which I’m not entirely sure how Facebook is more organized, but I feel calmer there or something.  It’s pretty rare that I go on Twitter at all, actually.   Still, there’s something to be said for small updates, 140 characters at a time.  So what I’m doing to do is update the blog in 140 character (or less!) chunks.  We’ll see if it ends up being a fantabulous idea or a really really lame one.

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I was using Firefox but it disagreed with my Facebook gaming habits.  And now Chrome has turned it ajax-hating back on me.  On to Safari!

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Reno had some nasty business with wind and fire last Friday.  When is this poor town going to catch a break?  It’s been a rough year.

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Harry turned TWELVE a couple weeks back and had a sleepover with a new best friend.  So happy he has a good friend, they had a great time.

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I’ve been going to MOPS again… did I mention that?  I am LOVING it, it’s fantastic to have a reason to get out of the house for me time.

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The holidays approach & we’re staying home this year.  I left that decision up to Kile and he was very firm about it. It is nice to be home.

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If you know us, it might be surprising to hear me admit we don’t have our tree decorated yet.  It’s kinda hard to get motivated this year.

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Part of my lack of motivation might be the weather.  Windstorms aside, its been a mild fall.  Not cool.   Where’s my snow??

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The Walking Dead on AMC has gotten a little lame lately.  As someone said when a show about ZOMBIES gets boring, there’s a problem.

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Got my early Xmas gift: a Kindle Fire!  Love it and think I can really get into reading books electronically.  The world is opening up!

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I gave Kile a Kindle Fire too. ;)  We knew we wouldn’t wanna wait till Xmas to open so we indulged ourselves.  Now we can focus on the kids.

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Anyone doing Black Friday this year?  I’m running a sale on patterns in my shop and we’re going out at midnight.  God help us.

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Well, that was fun, yes?  I think the jury is out on whether my idea was fantabulous or lame.  But I kind of enjoyed doing something a little different for a change.  And the 140 character limit was oddly freeing.  Sometimes when you have a lot of things you want to say, its easier to say nothing at all.  Wouldn’t you say?

Let’s just pretend I didn’t disappear for almost a month

So… *cough*  How’s it going?  Good?

Yeah, it’s October now.  And what happened to September?  Four words: Sims Social on Facebook.

I am so ashamed.  But damn hell, that’s an addictive game.  And for those of you who pay close attention, you might remember that I used to be a big Sims player (back during the “Sims 1″ days… I can’t abide the later incarnations).  And now there’s a Facebook app/game and omg, I cannot stop playing it.  HALP.

It’s a lame excuse, I know.  BUT, you’ll be happy to hear that I still have had opinions during the last month.  And a few of them I might actually remember.  And I feel ready to share them here.  You know, instead of NOT posting and going back to Facebook for another round of training up my cooking skill.

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Okay, let’s talk about Lady Gaga’s latest single, “You and I”.  It’s a great song.  I’ve loved it ever since I got the album back when it was released.  Very catchy.  HOWEVER, for some ungodly reason, radio stations have “local” edits of the song that replace the quintessential “Nebraska” in the song with some other location name.  Usually a location near the radio station for obvious reasons.  Both the stations I listen to here in Reno have chosen to play local edits.  One, inexplicably, is playing the Denver edit.  Which… huh?  Not even remotely close to Reno.  Not to mention Denver is TWO syllables and to properly replace Nebraska in the song, there should be THREE syllables.

The OTHER station, the one I like to listen to the most (except in the mornings, because in the mornings the first station has Kidd Kraddick and I love that show), has an even WORSE edit.  Oh, it’s more local alright.  It’s the Nevada edit.  This wouldn’t be a problem if someone had schooled Lady Gaga on the proper pronunciation of Nevada.   No, instead she sings, “Ne-vah-dah” which is VERY VERY WRONG.  You’ve heard me talk about this before.  Just because I can’t find the exact post doesn’t mean anything.  Talk to anyone who lives in this godforsaken state.  Mispronouncing it is like nails on chalkboard.  It’s “Nev-aah-dah”!  Dangit!  So now imagine hearing it mispronounced IN SONG on the radio just about every hour on the hour.  Especially the bit where she goes, “Nev-vah-dah, Ne-vah-da, Ne-vah-da, I LOVE YOU!”  It seriously comes THIS close to inciting me to violence.  MAKE IT STOP.

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The whole bit with Hank Williams Jr. comparing Obama to Hitler seriously made my eyes roll so hard I gave myself a headache.   For one thing: not at all surprised.  In this era of Fox (Faux) News, soundbites and competitive politics, people glom onto any boneheaded notion as long as it makes them feel better about their own choices.

But my major issue here is the blatant IGNORANCE (which, sadly, also not surprising) being displayed here.  Maybe Hank Williams Jr. and a lot of his likeminded conservative friends didn’t pay too close of attention to History and Social Studies in school.   This is when anyone who wants to appear as educated would try to find out the differences between Facism, Socialism and yes, Communism.  Yes, there are small similarities.  Communism is like Socialism gone crazy.  Facism is just plain crazy.  To bring it back to Hitler, his Nazi party while claiming to be Socialist and perhaps starting from a place of interest for the common good, obviously morphed into something much larger and uglier than that.  Initially anti-big business, the Nazi party became very invested in business and business in it.  The lower class found nothing for them in the Nazi party, as it spoke more to the middle and upper classes.  Most scholars agree that the Nazi party was on the extreme right of political spectrum.  That’s conservative, yo.  Just like communism is on the extreme left of the political spectrum. Extremes?  Are not a good idea.  I don’t care what side of the spectrum they’re on.  Also worth noting: the Nazi party was decidedly anti-Marxist and had no tolerance for Communism.  It was the Reds, after all, that invaded Berlin and precipitated Hitler’s suicide.

So you can see, why claiming a left-leaning politician such as Obama is in any way like Hitler is pretty laughable.  After all, can you imagine Hitler championing universal health care for the people?  I don’t think so.  He was too busy trying to figure out sneaky ways to exterminate the Jews.

Check this out: http://ask.yahoo.com/20050920.html and this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism  and this: http://www.miller-mccune.com/politics/nazis-and-health-care-3483/ and then make up your OWN mind.

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Wow, I got heavy on you there for a minute didn’t I?  Sorry, just another one of my pet peeves.  Let’s lighten this up a little bit, shall we?  Let’s talk TV.

Recently, Netflix has finally gotten their head out of their rear section and put Breaking Bad up on instant streaming.  I’ve been wanting to give this show a try for a long time now but I (wisely) figured I shouldn’t just hop in mid-stream.  So Kile and I started it up one night.  And OH DEAR LORD, we cannot stop watching it.  We are almost loathe to watch anything else right now.

We just finished the second season tonight (I think we started watching late last week?  We’ve been rather obsessed) and I’m already nervous about what we’ll do when the third season is over.  Because that’s as far as the Netflix shows go.   I guess season 4 is showing now?  Actually, I think the season finale is on this Sunday.  This doesn’t help me a whole bunch unless maybe Hulu Plus or something has the other season 4 episodes.

See?  OBSESSED.  This show is so good.  Sure, it’s about meth and all that but its also so much more than that.  The characters?  Are incredible.  It’s horrifying and fascinating and funny and touching and just simply awesome.  Why haven’t we been watching this all along?  Actually, no.  If we had been watching this all along, we would have had to wait days, weeks and sometimes months in between episodes.  That would have sucked in a royal way.

If you haven’t watched the show and you have Netflix streaming do yourself a favor and go check it out.  You can thank me later after you’ve watched about 20 episodes.

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Okay, I’m about ready to wrap this thing up.  I just wanted to share that I’m so excited.  We’re having our first cold “storm” of the season and it has me all kinds of psyched for winter.  I’m so ready for it this year.  Shoot, you all know I’m ready for it every year.  But stepping outside today and feeling the COLD in the air… that was simply fantastic.  And I’m so ready for a lot more of that.

Adios, Summer.  Don’t let the door hit ya.

I’m so confused

I live in a perpetual state of confusion it seems.  Maybe I’m just getting old and turning into a fuddy duddy.  All this new fangled nonsense is so hard to keep up with!  What I’m talking about specifically is Google+.  This is the “thing” that everyone is talking about right now and I’m sorry.  I just DO NOT GET IT.  Basically, I’m to understand that it’s just like Facebook but without all the annoying quizes and games and whatnot? And that you have “circles” so you can share or view stuff from certain people and not others?

But see… doesn’t Facebook do that already?  Or am I missing something?  Facebook has contact lists which I am a big fan of.  If you want some people to be able to read your everyday drivel, you set it up so the people in those lists can see it.  But you can block that from people in other lists.  Or if someone’s posts are bugging the everliving crap out of you, you can choose to just block their posts from your feed.  Right?  That’s what I do with most games and apps and quizzes and other lame stuff that I could care less about.  I tell Facebook not to show me that crap anymore and it doesn’t.  So… how is this different from Google+?  I MUST be missing something!

Maybe it’s like… Facebook for Twitter people.  I guess that makes more sense.  I got tired of Twitter a few years ago though so that doesn’t help me out a whole lot, but I can see where that would be attractive to people who are just now stumbling out of the Twitter Cave.

But still.  Someone needs to come sit down with me and explain the whole thing.  Because everyone is acting like it’s the second coming and I’m just so not getting it.  HALP.

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You know what else?  I feel pretty good.  I mean, not GREAT.  But compared to how I felt maybe a month ago?  This is a drastic improvement.  Last month I thought I was going to have to be carted off by the men in the white suits.  This month?  I feel downright “normal”.  I mean, I get frustrated a lot (you would too if you had to deal with Liam on a daily basis) but I don’t know.  I seem a lot clearer-minded or something.

I attribute this difference to the sample thyroid meds the doctor gave me when I saw her two weeks ago.  I was just getting blood work done and was supposed to go back and talk over the results with her in two weeks (Friday is the big day!) and get an actual prescription.  But in the meantime, she gave me some pills to tide me over.  She didn’t really believe I needed the dosage I was at before (200mcg, btw) since it’s rather high so she gave me 150mcg.  And now, after taking them for almost two full weeks, I can say that I notice an improvement.  There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement here but I feel encouraged.  I can’t wait to hear what the doc has to say on Friday.

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I’m pretty sure there was something else I was going to talk about but I’ve forgotten what it was.  I guess the meds aren’t really helping my memory much.  Yet!  Fingers are crossed!

Summer is here. Blast it.

So summer finally arrived to this here neck of the woods.  Just as I knew it would.  Just as I dreaded.  Highs in the 90’s this week and it’s everything I thought it would be.  Which is to say that it is miserable, stifling and downright grody.  Luckily, the window A/C units are set up in the living room and our bedroom, the two rooms where I spend the majority of my time.  But every so often I have to walk through other portions of the house and I can’t say that I care for THAT much at all.  Stupid heat.

Is it fall yet?

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Hey, did you see that my last post got featured on BlogHer? I think this means I’m famous now.  Seriously though, I’m honored that the post was recognized because it’s something I felt very strongly about.  Still do, obviously.  We can do so much better by our kids, don’t you think?

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Yeah, I blame Miss Zoot.  I’ve totally been sucked into Pinterest.  You can see some of my pins over in the sidebar if you want.  You can follow me.  You can even comment here and I can send you an invitation and then YOU can get sucked into it too.  MUAHAHAHA.

I just want to share the love, is that so wrong?

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I finished “The Hunger Games”, did I mention that here?  I might have forgotten.  Or I might just have posted it on Facebook.  I swear, I live on Facebook anymore.  If you’ve ever wondered, “Whatever happened to Marilyn?”  The answer is: she’s on Facebook.  And knitting.

Anyhow, the point is: I read the trilogy and duuuuude.  It’s messed UP.  But so good and addictive and it makes you think about it long after you put the book down which is sort of my barometer of if a book is good or not.  Definitely disturbing.  And I’m left wondering just HOW they’re going to do these movies.  I heard they were going to be rated PG-13 and I have wonder HOW?  Okay, the first one I can see getting away with PG-13, but the second?  The THIRD?  Uhm.  Yeaaaah.  Good luck with that, filmmakers!

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“Game of Thrones” had its finale on Sunday and I can’t say that anything that happened was terribly surprising.  I figured Drogo would kick the bucket.  I figured, from the previews, that Dany would show off her dragon-ness in the fire.  I figured that the Starks wouldn’t kill Jaime and that Sansa would be “kept” at King’s Landing.  But it was still a pretty cool episode and I can’t believe we have to wait until 2012 to see the second season.  That’s just MEAN right there.

On the plus side, “True Blood” starts back up this weekend so at least I won’t be lonely while I’m waiting.  What does it say about me that I so vastly prefer the series on HBO over the network stuff?  Does this make me a TV snob?

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I’m knitting socks!  I’m on yet another pair, this time as a yymn (your yarn, my needles, for the uninformed) and I think this officially means I’m a sock knitter.  I love knitting them but I do find I need another project to work on because I need breaks from the sock now and then.  The only issue is that right now I don’t have anything else to knit.

I know.  ALERT THE MEDIA.

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I think I thought I was going to have a lot more to talk about when I started this post than I actually do.  So I’m going to try to save face and pretend like I planned this post to be this short all along while I self-consciously back out of the room.  Happy Hump Day, y’all!

Catching up

I can’t believe how quickly this month is passing.  Normally, I’m excited for Christmas to come and anxious for November to be over so we can get to the “good stuff”.  But this year, I wouldn’t mind a few extra days, just to catch up!  There never seems to be quite enough time to finish everything that I would like to get done.

And yes, the blog does suffer.  Perhaps it’s good that I didn’t do NaBloPoMo this year!

But I do have some things to bring to your attention.  First off, I have a couple of new reviews up over on my review blogI took part in a blog tour (yes, really!) for a wonderful, festive and romantic novel, “Lakeshore Christmas” by Susan Wiggs.  I suggest all book and Christmas fans go read the review and then go buy the book because I had such a good time reading that one.  You know it had to be good if I’ve actually READ a book these days!

I also have reviewed, yet again, the custom holiday cards over at Minted.com.  I was lucky enough to get to review them last year and to get to do it again this year?  Just awesome.  Rest assured, Minted will be the first place I look should I need custom cards in the future.  And their holiday card designs this year?  Awesome.  Definitely go check it out.

I know you hear about my knitting all the time and how busy it keeps me (REALLY REALLY BUSY).  Do you want to keep up with how it’s going on Facebook?  I have a page for that!  Become a fan and make my day.  Please?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to my knitting.  I swear, I’m such a slavedriver!

Wherever you go, there you are

First, a clarification on my “Tough Job” post.  There were a few comments that said, “Hey, I get all happy and bake cookies sometimes!”  So yeah, I didn’t mean to cast dispersions on cookie baking.  We all do that from time to time.  Yes, even ME.  There are days that you feel all warm and snugly and content and domestic.  For sure!  No way would any of us stick with this if we didn’t, right?  What I was talking about were the people who pretend like they never have a negative thought about being a stay at home mom (perish the thought and a pox upon you for feeling that way!).  These are the ones who, regardless if they honestly feel that way all the time or not, make those of us who definitely do NOT feel that way all the time like a pile of crap.  And it’s not to say that they want to make other mom’s feel like a pile of crap.  That could be the furthest thing from their minds.   As for those who DO want to make other moms feel like a pile of crap?  There’s a special spot in Hell for them.

Basically the way I feel is: staying at home with children is back breaking, soul crushing, mind numbing work.  There is no vacation, no break, no weekend and no sick days.  There’s just more of the same, day in and day out.  And all the trays of cookies in the world couldn’t change that.  We all look for the positive in things because we have to.  We don’t dwell on the awfulness because if we did, we’d go crazy.  But it’s there.  It’s always there.

Of course, warm hugs from snuggly children sure help too.

It’s also quite possible that people who are overly perky all the time make me want to slam my head in the door.   You know that old saying where if you don’t have anything nice to say, you best say nothing at all?  I think the opposite can be true.  If all you want to do is spout happiness and unicorns, then maybe just try to limit it a touch for those of us who didn’t get our daily rationing of coffee that morning.

Just sayin’.

In other news: I’m watching “Cars” for perhaps the 38th time this month.  It makes Liam mellow, which this morning was a neccesity.  He was starting to go thermonuclear.  I just want to pause for a moment and praise the dudes at Pixar for making visual crack for our children that DOESN’T make my brain bleed.

And in other, other news: Facebook is freakin’ addictive.  And I don’t even play games on there because most of the games are lame-o.  Yes, even that game that you love.  TRUST ME.  But I am addicted (just a little bit) to some of the quizzes and such.  And I love checking my friends’ and family’s statuses.  Facebook is FUN.  It is also a TIME SUCK.

In other, other, other news:  I love my iPhone.  I know you’re all sick to death of hearing me say that but I just saw those of you out there in the audience who have one too nod your heads knowingly.  It is quite simply the best thing I’ve ever owned.  I am forever amazed and thrilled with all the things it can do.  There’s a lot of stuff in my life that I would give up before I ever gave up my iPhone.

Okay.  I think I’m done.  With all that off my chest now, I’m going to share a cute little video of my girl discovering just how bouncy the couch is when it is removed of it’s cushions.

Distraction

I surely can’t be the only one out there who is thinking that April is kinda awful this year.  There has been too much.  So much bad news.  So much sadness.  It’s almost to the point that I am reluctant to open up Google Reader or peek on Facebook.  Who will be cursed next?  You?  Me?  Someone else equally undeserving?

Enough.  Enough, I say.

So… let’s distract ourselves, shall we?

It’s not a pretty tactic, but at this stage in the game, it’s all I can do.  I can’t take anymore.  I quite literally CANNOT.  My goose is cooked.  Stick a fork in me.  I’m done.

So distraction it is!

Hmm.

You know what?  I can’t think of anything.  My head is too full, my heart hurts and as much as I want to, I can’t find a suitable distraction today.

In lieu of that, lets just go hug our little ones a little a little closer, breathe in their scent and enjoy their health.  That’s a pretty good distraction, is it not?

And on a happier note…

In an effort to spread love, peace and happiness rather than festering annoyance, I’m changing the tune here and am doing a post wherein I list the things that are making me smile these days.  Believe it or not, there are a few!

  • Reading “Eclipse“, but not too quickly because I can’t get “Breaking Dawn” before the middle of next week and I don’t want to be without EDWAAARRRD!
  • Teething or not, Evie in all her six-month-old glory is freaking adorable.  She’s so sweet and watching her little personality emerge little by little is one of the true miracles of life.
  • Liam’s delight in just about everything that he comes across.  Pesky though he may be, the twinkle in his eyes never fails to charm me.
  • My iPhone.  Yes, I still love it.  How did I ever exist without it?  At the same time, I can’t believe it can really do all the things it can really do.  It’s the single coolest thing I’ve ever had.
  • Rockstar energy drink, preferably in the “Punched” or “Juiced” varieties.   I wish I had some right now, even.  That stuff is seriously addictive.
  • “Fringe” and “True Blood”.  These two new shows are just awesome.  They fill the void that “Lost” leaves during the fall season.
  • Rachel Maddow, whiz kid of MSNBC.  I love her new show.  She cracks me up and makes crazy sense all at the same time.
  • Facebook’s evil crack game, “Make Me a Celebrity” (it’s part of the Mesmo TV application).  OMG, ya’ll.  I need more entourage if I want to win more Faceoffs.
  • That it is now officially Fall.  I vastly prefer Fall to Summer, but I just wish it would get cooler quicker.  I’m so tired of the sun.

See?  I’m not all doom and gloom after all.  So what’s making you smile today?