Monday, January 23, 2012

Can Open; Worms Everywhere

You may or may not have noticed that despite my promised return to regular blogging, I've been pretty much MIA for the past little while. It's not like I haven't tried to write posts. I've sat down, opened a new post, even started to type. But my heart's just not in it, and I can't come up with anything amusing or worthwhile. Sometimes I can't come up with anything at all.

The truth is that life has intervened, as it is wont to do. I've been struggling with some personal stuff for awhile on and off (okay, pretty much forever) - and I finally decided it was time to try and start facing some of my demons. Turns out it's even less fun than it sounds. There are a lot of them. Suffice it to say that I'm feeling a little delicate and emotional lately and I don't have a lot left for blogging.

That said, I'm not quitting - just putting it at a lower priority for awhile. I figure the ten of you who actually read my blog will just find other stuff to read in the meantime, but still. Sorry, guys.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2:54 - "Scarlet"

Aside from the video looking like a scene from Twilight, I’m loving this!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fill in the _____ Friday

...and it's actually on Friday! I'll give you a minute to sit down, have a glass of water, and recover from the shock before we continue. Good? Good.

  1. One of my favourite things to do when I have free time is... find funny photos on the internet and share them on Facebook accompanied by snide/sarcastic remarks.
  2. When I have free time I tend to... see above.
  3. If I had an entire day completely to myself I would... clean my damn house. It's a disaster.
  4. I would prefer to spend my free time (alone/with others)... depends on my mood. I love drinking beer and chatting with my friends. I also love hanging out with J. in my pyjamas. I also love being alone and dancing ridiculously to really loud music. 
  5. Most of my free time happens... When I'm not busy. You know, evenings and some of the weekend. Not quite sure what the expected answer was to this question. It seems pretty obvious.
  6. The best thing about free time is... that it's FREE TIME!!!!! 
  7. The next time I have free time I should... clean my house. But I'll probably... find funny pictures on the internet and share them on Facebook. As per usual.
Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ten on Tuesday.... Wednesday Edition

OK. Here we go. I missed Ten on Tuesday last week due to the creeping sickness, but I'm back! Just in time for the New Year!

1. Well, I am not making any promises, but I'm *hoping* to get back to my blogging schedule. Soon. Ish.

2. I discovered a new and amazing thing on New Year's Eve: two-chamber shot glasses! (I have absolutely no idea if this is actually what they're called, it's just the best description I can come up with!) They're shots served up in glasses that have one large chamber underneath to hold a chaser and a smaller bubble on top to hold the shot. The design means that the two liquids are kept separate, even if they would normally mix. The effect is shot and chaser in a single glass! Magic. I *may* have had a few of these on NYE....

3. The holidays kicked my ass. Not only was there the regular kerfuffle of family, shopping etc. etc., but I got sick. On Christmas Eve. Hence the prolonged absence from blogging - It was temporary, I promise! I seem to be all better now, but am still grumpy and tired.

4. So anyone who knows me knows that I do not experience emotional responses like "normal" people. They tend to be like 10 times stronger, and I have trouble figuring out where they come from and what to do with them. Day 9 did a series on random topics a wee while ago, and surprisingly enough, one of his videos describes how my emotions work pretty much perfectly. I call it the Kittens-to-Ninja-Stars ratio.

5. I have entered into an ongoing fiasco involving several ereaders. I got a Kobo for Christmas. YAY! It turned out to be very glitchy. BOO. So I returned it and did some research, concluding that my first choice was the Nook, and my second choice was the Kindle Touch. Sorted. Right? No. Turns out neither are available to ship to Canada, for some unfathomable reason.

So I was left choosing between options available in Canada (Kobo, Kindle with buttons or Kindle with keyboard) or buying on eBay, which comes with a risk of border delays and customs charges - not to mention no real purchase security if something goes wrong. Just as I was about to give up and get the less-than-ideal Kindle, a friend of mine showed me her Sony reader. I hadn't even considered it because it didn't do very well in comparison charts. After playing with it, though, I have NO idea why not! It's got nearly everything I wanted on the Nook and was only $120. Sold.

6.  I'm feeling the urge to purge. Don't worry, I'm not bulimic - I mean the house. There is so much STUFF everywhere, and I don't even remember the last time I used half of it. In addition to the ereader, J. also got me a shredder for Christmas, so I'm looking forward to going through my files and getting rid of all the bank statements I still have from like  a decade ago. It's seriously out of hand, people.

7.  On that note, I'm also looking forward to getting rid of a bunch of clothing and books. Yes, I said books. If you've ever been to my house, I'm guessing you left with a general impression of books everywhere. Well, there will still be lots of them, but now that I finally have an ereader I'm getting rid of all the cheap paperbacks that I either read years ago or bought and never even got around to reading. Either way, they've been sitting on a shelf collecting dust for years. Time to thin the collection down to books I actually care about, and hopefully get rid of a ton! (Pretty much literally.)

8. I recently discovered this series, entitled "My Drunk Kitchen." If you are having one of those days and need a good laugh, here you go. Starring cookies as biscuits and cheese as sorely missed. (You'll get it once you watch this and the grilled cheese sandwich episode.)

9. The weather has taken a turn for the wet. My boots, simultaneously, have sprung several leaks. My post-Christmas finances are a mess, and I am loathe to dip into the overdraft again, even for such essentials as rain boots. So the upshot is, my feet are wet.

10. The benefactor of Ten on Tuesday, the lovely Lin from Linny's Vault, is taking a week off blogging. Quite understandably, as you'll know if you read her most recent post. Send her some warm thoughts; she deserves them! Here's hoping she'll be back soon - the interwebs just aren't as funny without her!

Okay, so that about does it for my first TOT back! Hopefully next week it will actually be on, you know, Tuesday!

Fill in the _____ Fri..... er, Wednesday.

Okay, I swear, this is the last week of messed up blogging. I even started my Ten on Tuesday. Yesterday. Tuesday. I didn't finish it, but by god, this is progress! A mere five days late, here is the pre-2012 FITBF. (The predictions of world-ending catastrophe only played a small part in my not posting on time. I totally *wasn't* counting on the world ending and you guys not being around to notice my lack of posting. *Ahem*)

  1. New Years is... a lot of pressure to "party like there's no tomorrow" when really all you want to do is curl up in your pyjamas and mope about how fast your life is disappearing. 
  2. One of my New Year's resolutions will be... I love how there's this assumption that we're all making them. Which I'm not. Predictably.
  3. A New Year's resolution I've made in the past was to... I honestly can't remember. If I even made any at all.
  4. The most time-consuming resolution I ever made was... this post is taking more time than I've ever spent even THINKING about resolutions before.
  5. This year I will be spending New Year's Eve... well I have a bit of an advantage in that it already happened. And I went out to a bar/restaurant with J. and a good friend and drank, and drank, and drank.
  6. If I could wish one thing for my new year it would be... that I become a better person. Not like Mother Teresa better. Just, you know, not a bitch. All the time.
  7. 2012 is going to be... tough. Lots of changes coming up, and big decisions to be made. I'm very apprehensive. I see more beer in my future.
As always, thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks! Happy New Year to you all!
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