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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 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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Generations of Bunco
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In my years on this earth, I have played Bunco all of two times. It’s a game that requires little-to-no skill other than the ability to roll dice, looking at what numbers are on said dice, and eating snacks. There are a lot of snacks involved, which means it’s my kind of game. Basically it works like this – in my beginner experience: there are three tables of four people. Tables range from winners to losers to extra losers (my terms, not theirs), and you all sit and roll dice. First you shoot for ones, then twos, and so on. After each round, winners (whoever got more of the designated number) moves up to a higher table, while losers move down. Simple enough, right? It’s also pretty fun. Get all three of the number you’re after and it’s a Bunco, or get all three of a different number and it’s […]

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Things I’m Doing on Spring Break
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Spring break may have taken place mid-March in Kansas (which I utilized by frequenting coffee shops that are usually ridden with students), but in the South they wait until it’s good and hot before heading on break. And since that’s the region that my current satellite office is located (in my in-laws’ living room), now is when I’m utilizing my pre-summer break. Don’t worry, responsibility police and full-time workers, I’ve been planning and working extra hours for weeks to make up for my time off. So now I can do things like: Road Trip My neck pillow already is packed. Being Touristy If I had a song about favorite things, this would be in it. Shopping Yes please. Getting Adventurous With Foods But not TOO adventurous. Treat Drinks Sbucks, McD’s, Leaf & Bean, Dunkin’, E Bros., locals — I’m coming for all of you. Chillin’ For realz.    

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Every Day is Craft Day
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It’s true, my hobbies, in my old age, are getting kind of lame. Where I once enforced a two-beer knitting rule, now it’s an it’s-after-10-p.m. rule … or I just stop crafting because my carpal tunnel is acting up. But now the lame-ness factor is only getting worse; I’m starting in on quilts and indoor gardening projects – and I even do it on the weekends. Sometimes with accomplices, other times with Toga as my only witness. I’m getting Facebook notifications for craft-based games. I’m learning that craft-based games exist. My sewing machine has taken claim on the dining room table. And the worst part is, I actually like it. Because it’s cold and because it’s deployment, I need some things to pass the time. And when those things are productive, even better. Why Netflix when you can Netflix and make a blanket to keep you cozy for the next […]

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