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An Argument for Taking a Break

When I started this blog four years ago, there were a few things I told myself I’d never do. One was sharing junk posts – where the writing was crap and the topic uninteresting – basically I didn’t want to half-ass it. It’s a requirement I believe I’m guilty of failing many times. The other thing I didn’t want to do was take a break. I’d try reading other blogs and see a static “we’re not here right now” post, and it made me angry. What was the point in not having a blog if you weren’t going to keep up with it?, I thought. Those people were lazy and I never wanted to be that type of slacker. Never ever ever. Every week since then – for four and a half years – I’ve written and shared a post. Sometimes even more than one per week. And quite frankly, […]

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The Worst Chores Never Get Done
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“You’re from the country but you ‘aint country,” that’s what my husband told me one day. He’s good at revelations like that. Quick one-liners that describe people nice and succinctly … sometimes even better than they’re able to describe themselves. Like how he pointed out my inability to get keys made or place things in the safe, even if they’re valuable and that is their actual “spot.” I hate clutter, but somehow refuse to put these things away. Each time he’d ask about one or the other, I’d say the same thing, “No I didn’t do it yet. Sorry I’m lazy.” And he’d just shrug and that’d be that … until he queried again the next week. Until one day he left me with a humdinger. It wasn’t that I was lazy, he said; I do lots of things, after all. It’s that if I don’t want to do something, […]

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The Garden is Growing
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Despite what a wise old man once told me, I planted my garden well before graduation. About three weeks ago, I got my plants into the ground, and they’ve been drinking, sunning, and sprouting ever since. Especially the ones that started as seeds, as they had the furthest paths to take. So far, some expected setbacks have taken place, along with some not-so-expected ones, like chilly days, a neighborhood cat digging through my dirt, and excessive wind. Admittedly, the plants could use some more sun … until about July when they’ll be begging for some shade – we take what we can get here in the Midwest, little plants. But otherwise, we’re doing pretty solid. On the docket: Tomatoes Jalapenos Green Bell Peppers Onions Radishes Cucumbers Blueberries As many herbs that decide to sprout. So far that means cilantro and mustard. New This Year Instead of spraying bee-killing poisons on […]

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What I’m Listening to: Podcast Edition 1
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Every so often, I update the interweb on what I’m reading. New discoveries, a series that suddenly can’t be printed quickly enough, and more titles that I’ve found worth reading, Or something that I am so obsessed about I’ve run out of people to tell so I have to tell it to my blog. Now it’s time to follow that same format with all my favorite podcasts. What is a podcast? If you know what a podcast is, feel free to skip to the next section, you accomplished 21st century citizen. If you don’t know what a podcast is, I’m about to tell you: it’s a listening program that can be heard to at your own convenience. Basically, it’s a radio talk show that can be enjoyed on the go – download episodes on your phone or listen from the computer. Anyone can host their own show by coming up […]

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Getting My Steps
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This morning, at 10:14 am, I have taken approximately 1,557 steps. Yesterday, I took 9,047 steps, which is about 3.75 miles, in case you are interested. I know all of those things because I got a Fitbit. It’s purple and it goes with me everywhere – everywhere dry, anyway; dishes and showers are strictly off-limits, for obvious reasons. It’s a great little device, reminding me to walk and get up and move every single hour. It also allows me how much physical activity I’ve gotten in a day, especially workdays, which mostly require sitting behind a desk. It’s a reminder to walk up stairs, to be active in general. Even though the weather isn’t 100% cooperating this week (who wants to walk in 40-degree downpours?), it’s still been a pretty good win. Sometimes I even walk living room circles, just so I can reach my 10k step goal. (It’s harder […]

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Find a New Home, Wind
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It’s spring in the Midwest, which means you have absolutely no idea what the weather is going to do. And actually, it’s Kansas, so you have no idea what it’s going to do on any day ever. But after our second mild winter in a row, spring has come early – and it’s come in with gusto. As in gusting winds. At least a few days a week, Mother Nature is out there billowing and blowing the day away, sending allergies rampant through the air. Because of her antics, each of my outdoor rugs is weighted with a rock, and unless the trashcan is at least half full, it sits on its side. There is no point in constantly pulling it upright. Unfortunately, it’s not this glamorous IRL. She won’t stop this spring. Maybe for a day or two she’ll rest, but only to be zooming leaves through the air […]

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The Biggest Distractions on the Internet
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As a computer-based worker, there are bound to be a thing or two that distract me any give day. And then there are the ones that distract me every day. The struggle of having too much to do and not enough time to surf it all is way real. Especially when I should be working instead. Here are the biggest offenders: Wikipedia I started off reading that movie description and ended up reading about potential Olympic locations, and about the origin of the games themselves. Two hours have passed and I have no idea how I got here or what roads I took. Someone pull me out of this wormhole, please. Pinterest What a wormhole. An amazing, addicting wormhole. All of Social Media Where I half care, half want to be distracted from work. Old Blogs They could be mine, they couldn’t be anyone’s. But they suck me in and […]

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