Month: January 2013

Sunday Stealing (15)

The Meme From Suburbia

I know I’m quite a few days late. I’m catching up on articles in my Google Reader and saw this today and couldn’t resist.

Oh Hi
I think I look sorta scary here. :O
*evil laugh*
1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was a new mom. Aidan was just turning one month old. So I was probably rocking him to sleep or something.

2. By this time next year, I …

…will be a certified yoga teacher, a year older, and the mother of an 11 year old! I will have gone to Disney World ten times and will probably be preparing to head out for #11.

3. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?

I sure would like to see it. Truthfully, I thought that would happen before ANYONE of color got into office so….

4. Which fictional, TV show character you would shag anytime?

The Doctor from Doctor Who I think. But only certain incarnations. Or Maybe Captain Jack Harkness. But of course, only if I weren’t already married. :)

John Barrowman and Me
I mean HELLO!

5. Who is your greatest enemy?

I am. I get in my own way ALL THE TIME.

6. Tell me about your most recent trip of more than 100 miles?

I went to Cleveland, to visit my mommy for Christmas. :)

7. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

Dictionary. I love dictionaries.

8. Do you have a nickname? What is it?

My nickname is Ronni. My real name is Ronica.

9. What are you dreading at the moment?

Eh, nothing really.

10. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?

Nope. If they judge me, it’s their thing, not mine.

11. If you find an outfit you love, but the size on the label is larger than you want, do you buy the outfit? Why or why not?

I’ll buy it if it fits and looks awesome.

12. Even the biggest slackers are anal-retentive about something? What are you anal-retentive about?

My music files! I have to have them properly tagged so they look nice in my iTunes! I’ll spend hours getting them right.

13. Out of all the books you read as a child, which one had the biggest influence on how you are today?

Ohh, great question. I think Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You (But Only If You Let It), Amy and Laura, Little House in the Big Woods, and By The Shores of Silver Lake all had huge impacts on me. And Ramona and Her Mother as well. Plus tons and tons more. (I read a lot when I was little. HECK what do I mean “when I was little”? I still read a lot!)

14. Which Golden Girl would you want to spend a night on the town with?

Oh my God. This is so hard. See, I can see Blanche ditching me for some guy. Sophia is feisty, but I don’t know if I could handle her level of feistiness. Rose would get on my nerves, as much as I love her. So I think it would have to be Dorothy.

15. What is the one product you would never buy in its generic form even if the generic is half the price?

Granola bars. The generic ones always macaroons in them and I don’t like that.

16. How old were you when you stopped believing in Santa?

Who said I ever stopped? :)

17. What is the one smell that turns your stomach without fail?

Spoiled anything.

18. If someone holds out a carton of milk to you and asks you to sniff it to see if its spoiled, do you?

Yes. I’m the only one who can tell in my house.

19. You have a completely free day and $2000.00, What are you doing?

Probably transferring the $2000 to my savings account and playing on the computer or reading all day. Or booking a Disney trip. Ha.

20. What is the most used item in your home?

The computers. Hands down. Followed closely by the couch.


So Much For That

I thought I would try to get my body back on to a normal sleep schedule. Because for the past several weeks, I’ve been staying up all night and sleeping well into the afternoon. Even though what I’m doing in the middle of the night is no different than what I’d do during the day (and sometimes I am even more productive!), I still feel guilty about it. I know I’m a night owl at heart, but I still feel weird about it.

I know this is the way I am built and I shouldn’t be ashamed of it… but the world just doesn’t really WORK this way. It doesn’t really cater to night owls. There are some 24 hour stores around, and it is much nicer to drive in the middle of the night (unless the panhandlers are still out and begging me to roll down my window and give them money…AS IF), but I can’t go to a yoga class in the middle of the night. I can’t answer urgent emails from Moksha or VSA in the middle of the night. But now that I think about it… maybe it’s OK for me to be the way I am. The nature of the work I do–most of it is from home and I have enough time that I can work on it overnight. Even if I have a meeting at Moksha, they know my sleep schedule, so they try to accommodate it. My latest apprenticeship is in the evenings and most of my workshop manager shifts are afternoon or evening.

Sunday night, I took a Tylenol PM (well, the CVS version anyway) at 10:30pm. I slathered on some Arbonne unwind lotion; dabbed lavender essential oils on my heart, my temples, my neck, and behind my ears; checked my email; played LEGO Harry Potter until just before midnight (I gave myself a midnight cut off); and climbed into bed. Had a snack and read The Hunger Games until I fell asleep. And I woke up at 10:25am. Which is an improvement over 3:15pm.

It’s a good thing I was up because ALA was announcing their awards and Adam got a Stonewall Honor for his book Sparks (written under a pen name SJ Adams). How exciting is that? VERY exciting is the answer we’re looking for here, just so you know.

I did not mention that by 1pm I was super, super tired. I was frustrated because I can be wide awake in the middle of the night but during the day (especially during the winter) I just want to sleep. I want to burrow under an electric blanket and live in dreamland. So I took a nap. I set my alarm for 2pm, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself waking up at 1:39pm! I guess I just needed a power nap. :) Went to a short meeting at 3pm, ran a couple of errands, then we headed out to the burbs.

We celebrated Adam’s Stonewall Honor the best way we know how: By hitting some bookstores. We went to Anderson’s, where I picked up 7 CLUES TO WINNING YOU by Kristin Walker and BITTERSWEET by Sarah Ockler. Then we went to Half-Price Books, where I got 10 books, 9 CDs, and a computer game. I am so happy. I have a lot of new stuff to read and a lot of music to listen to. I bought Zoo Tycoon, but that’s mostly for Aidan to play when he’s here. Oh and my LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 arrived in the mail. I’m nearly 80% done with Years 1-4 (I’ve completed the levels, just need to get the collectibles), so I’ll probably start 5-7 sometime this week. Wheeee!

Today's Half Price Books book haul. Half Price Books CD Haul.

But now I am back to my old habits already. It’s 2:40am and I am wide awake. I just dabbed on the lavender (forgot to do the Tylenol PM tonight) and I’m hoping it will work its magic sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I will skip out on starting one of my new books right now–I’ll NEVER go to sleep if I start a new book. I’ll read The Hunger Games, and old favorite, and HOPEFULLY I’ll go to sleep and end up not sleeping past noon. I want to go to yoga. Which is at noon. And I need to shower before.

So I’m thinking that for now, it’s OK for me to be this way? It’s not like I have a 9am-5pm job (although in Chicago it seems more like 8am-9pm in a lot of jobs), and most of the things I have to do are in the afternoons and evenings. So I guess there is no point in trying to fight how my body naturally works, especially because it’s not hurting anyone.

When I’m at Disney World, I’ll have to take care. Don’t want to be sleeping the whole day away there! But I have time to fix that.

Ha. This pointless entry brought to you by slight heartburn, an afternoon dose of Lexapro, and the letters B-A-N-A-N-A.


More of That


I scroll through my Live Journal and Facebook posts and I see people doing a lot of what they love to do. I get so caught up refreshing tumblr, or staring at Facebook, or sleeping. The Internet sucks me in and the next thing I know, another day has gone by. I get so caught up in silly things that I forget to do the things that bring me really deep joy. Except reading–I ALWAYS remember to read.

I need more of these things in my life:

1. Drinking hot tea and drinking cocoa.
2. Writing.
3. Spinach. I want and need to consume more spinach. Mmm spinach.
4. Taking pictures. LOTS of pictures.
5. Dancing.

What joyful things do you wish you had more of in your life?

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Well, THAT Was a Scare!

The Grand Canyon

I was reading an email from SITS about web design, and I decided to pop over to my blog to see if I measured up. (I don’t think I do but I’m not that bothered about it, obviously.) Imagine my surprise when I pulled up my page and saw my header, my sidebars, but no entries or pages. My first thought was that I’d been hacked, and my second thought was “oh well.”

I was bothered by it, but not too terribly bothered by it. I had a backup (of course, the one I’d downloaded didn’t work properly but that’s probably because I didn’t upload it in the right place), and all of my entries are cross posted to Live Journal. So they weren’t lost forever or anything like that. I was just weary, thinking about how much TIME it was going to take to redo everything. I was thinking of moving to blogger, then I thought about, then I got tired and decided to play LEGO Harry Potter for hours and hours. Then I decided to install The Sims and a few expansion packs on the PC. Of course I had to play a bit to test it out.

Then I decided that I was going to scrap everything and start the hell over. Daunting task, but it’s not like I haven’t done it before. But while I was doing that, something told me to check out the databases. There was one in there that was 0mb. I deleted that one because it was obviously useless. There was another from a bulletin board I thought I’d host until I remembered that no one posts on those things anymore. Then I noticed that there was a big one that matched the name of my backup. I noticed there was a button to analyze it, so I did. What a mess. So many things were messed up! I had no idea what it meant, but I knew it wasn’t good. So I did a repair, which took about 10 seconds. Once it was done, I refreshed my site, holding my breath. And all of my entries and pages were back!

I squealed and jumped up and down and woke (and scared the crap out of ) poor Adam to tell him the good news.

So now, things appear to be running OK, except for the hiccups I deal with moving between the PC and the Mac. Some things just act so WEIRD on the PC for some reason. Oh well. Anyway, I’m happy to be back and maybe I can go for another 13 years or more.

Til next time….

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