Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday Five!!!

It's been a hot minute since I've done one of these so I figured it was about time!!

So without further excuses or blah-blahs, here is today's

Totally Random Friday Five!*

1) What animal not normally ridden by humans looks like it would be really fun to ride?
Ostrich.  Although I've seen people ride them before.  But it's not typical.  They just move so fast and free!  I'm sure they'd hate it though so I'll never attempt it.

2)  What food have you always wanted to try, but still haven't?
Real sushi.  And I never will because I will die.  Or if by some miracle survive may have irreversible brain damage from Anaphyaxis.  But I am super curious.

3) What's stuck to your refrigerator door?
Not a single thing.  I even just cleaned it off the other night, so probably no dirt either.  The doors themselves are not magnetic and I'm not taping anything there.  I prefer my fridge cleaned off. Those random notes you typically see on a fridge I keep taped inside a cupboard door.  I DO have magnetic poetry on the side of the fridge though.  Good fun for parties.

4)  Assuming your food and water were taken care of, how do you think you'd do if you had to live houseless for a year?
Just fine.  I love camping already so I'm cool living outdoors.  Now this is assuming I could go a bit south in the deep winter.  If I had to stay put, I'd probably still survive, but I'd be pretty miserable.

5)  What geographical location that is not alerady a person's name (that you know of) would make a pretty good first name for someone?
Decatur.  But it sounds like Dakota.  Medina.  (City here in Ohio we pronounce meh-Dine-uh.)

Gosh that's it for my list I guess.  I hope, if anyone is still even coming to my humble blog, that you are well.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Getting Free of The Void

Another video.  Blah blahing on minimalism, epiphanies, and coffee.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Inbox Ninja

I have to admit something to you dear readers.  When I see someone's inbox that's holding all their email and has an unread count of any number over 10, my soul dies a little.  Pretty much every email program has free folders or labels.  There is really no good reason not to use them.  "Well gmail has a search function."  This is true.  But it doesn't always work.  I don't know if anyone else has trouble, but there has been many times I've attempted to search for an email and it came up dry, and when I finally found the email I was looking for, everything I searched was spelled and formatted correctly.  WTF gmail?!  Anyway....

I want to show you something.  My Gmail inbox.  Here's what it looks like:

The "Social" and "Promotions" tabs look the same.  A few things to notice: first off, the obvious one, it's empty.  Second, although I have around 35 labels, there are 3 visible on the side.  (Outside of the standard ones)

A quick tip, you may notice my top label is "....temp".  (I put the dots there so it comes in first on my list)  I use this for emails I don't need to keep permanently, but many need to reference again.  Order confirmations for example.  I hold onto it until I get my order, then delete it.  I'll save the receipt obviously.  My temp folders helps keep all my other labels a little cleaner.

I felt like sharing this today after reading This Blog Post from the "A Life Less Frantic" blog.  It lists out how EASY it is to go from a mess of an inbox to an empty one.

Every couple months or so, I go through some of the labels and delete things.  I have a label for my online hopping receipts, but I try to only keep a couple years worth and then delete anything older. Same with online bill payments, although I keep those for longer than a couple years.

As I always say "digital clutter is still clutter."  And clutter = stress.  You have to think of email like physical mail.  Sort it immediately and you don't have to worry about it in the future.

I hope this was helpful.  Or at least inspiring to see what an empty inbox looks like.  :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015


As I promised in my video on my last post, I wanted to share some photos of the costumes I made for a show at our theatre.

My craft room is and has been coated in fake fur, but I'd say it was worth it.

I can only lay claim to the mouse and rabbit.  The llama was made by the costume designer.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Five!

I felt the urge to do one of these today, but neither of my usual sources had a list that spoke to me.  So I'm going to do a random list from the Random Question Generator and see what I get!
So let's see where we go in today's:

Totally Random Friday Five!

1) What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Love.  Hokey answer I know, but love.  Thankfully I know there will always be someone who loves me and I will never stop loving my family so I don't think this will be something I have to deal with.

2) What is the longest you've gone without sleep?
A weekend.  I've gone a couple times to the Sci-Fi Movie Marathon up at Case Western in Cleveland.  I successfully made the entire weekend without sleep.  I think at one point I went to a corner and laid down but couldn't sleep anyway.

3) What's in your fridge?
A ton of veggies, some hummus, about 10 eggs, and a couple bottles of salad dressing.  I think that's it.  We have a massive fridge that seems silly given our usual sad lack of food in the house.

4) If you could invent a holiday, what would it be?
National Nap Day!!!  Everyone is encouraged to stay home and by lazy for a day.  Just enjoy spending time with your family and be lazy together.  Then again, I guess that's Thanksgiving.

5) Who was the last person you called or texted?
Mom.  She and dad are off this morning on a trip with their Harley group, so I wished them safe travels and sent my love.

I hope everyone is well, much love!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Random Thought on Grieving

My mom and I went to our first meeting with the Compassionate Friends, an organization for group support for grieving parents and siblings.  I think it was really great for both of us.  But it got me thinking about something that's bothered me before and is bothering me again.

It's that moment when the grief is no longer shared with everyone around you and becomes your own.  You look around and don't see all those faces looking at you with care and love and the words of "How are you today?  Do you need anything?"  When everyone around you has gone back to their lives, but you haven't.  The world around you keeps going, but you're standing still.  You feel so completely alone.

You want to cry and and scream at everyone "I'm still grieving, why aren't you?!" How can the world just keep going on when my loved one is still gone and I still hurt.

I know very well that no one has likely forgotten I've suffered a loss.  But it's not in the forefront of their minds like it is mine.  And why should it be?  And maybe they've had a loss of their own that they're dealing with.  It makes me feel so selfish, but so lonely.

Being in that room and knowing every single person there knows grief and knows what we feel and is feeling it too.  That alone was worth the trip.