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Maybe it’s time to resurrect this bloggy thing!

I’m the queen of good intentions, blogwise. Follow through? Not so much. So here’s what’s happening in this neck of the woods:

It snowed…for the last 24 hours. We got about 8 or 9 inches of snow. No big deal for a couple of Minnesota natives.

In like a lion!

In like a lion!

I can smell spring in the air–it’s only a matter of time. And the thought of spring brings the thought of gardens and growing things. Our tiny, postage stamp-sized garden last summer yielded many tasty salads and some of the most heavenly tomatoes…oh, I drool at the thought! This year, we plan to try Straw Bale gardening. Look at this web site fore more details:  Straw Bale Gardens

I’m hoping to add a few notes and photos of my projects, whatever they are.  Currently, I’ve done a bit of weaving.  I have a new project about to go on the loom!

Until later…

Good heavens!

Nary a blog post for two years?  That’s taking slackerdom to a new level.  In my defense, I was working at a job that took a LOT of my energy.  What little I had left was devoted to trying to have a life, sleeping, and trying to stay connected to people.

I no longer have that job.  Through no fault of my own, my position was eliminated when my department was reorganized.  I had worked so hard that my health was suffering and when they told me my job was gone, instead of feeling devastated like I thought I would, I was relieved.  I’ve experienced a mixture of emotions since then, but I can’t help feeling that it was a good thing and that the next chapter of my life will be better–it already is.  My dear husband told me I should take a break and no worry about looking for work right away.  Dear, sweet, wise man.

But that break is about over.  I am ready to go back to work now with a renewed vigor.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved staying home and spending time doing the things I hadn’t had time to do.  I have been knitting and weaving and reading.  I’ve also been back on my torch and that makes me happy!

Since this is the holiday season, I’ve been getting busy in the kitchen too:  Fudge, chocolate covered salted caramels, salted nut roll bars, peanut brittle, pseudo Almond Joy and Mounds bars, Russian Tea Cakes, and some sugar cookies.

Now let’s see if I can remember how to upload a picture.  🙂

8-shaft pinwheel scarf on the loom

8-shaft pinwheel scarf on the loom

Updated my version of WordPress. Woot!

I know…two posts in two days. Wow. With the help of my friendly host, I have the new version of WordPress installed. I’ve been out of the loop for a while so I need to start playing with it to see what I can find for templates, etc. I’m also a little clueless about where to put them and so on, so It’ll take a little messing around.

In the mean time, here’s a little something to look at while I figure stuff out!

Dis toy iz MINE

Dis toy iz MINE

Just blowin’ off the cobwebs

The world’s worst blogger tries to get back into the groove. 🙂

One of these days…

I need to resurrect my blog. Yeesh!

“Not dead yet!” (with apologies to Monty Python)

I’m the queen of the bad bloggers, but I get the urge to post once in a while. Here’s the result of a fun quiz I took today:

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Literate Good Citizen
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Diet Friendly Pumpkin Bread

I’m sharing a recipe I got from somewhere and modified to make it Weight Watchers(R) friendly. Honestly–you can make this bread and serve it to anyone and if YOU don’t tell them it’s “diet” food, they will.not.know. I’m not lyin’!

Low Fat/Fat Free Pumpkin Bread
POINTS® Value: 2 (I entered the recipe in the Weight Watcher’s online tool to calculate the points)
Servings: 18
1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute, (or use 2 eggs and add 1.5 points to the total recipe)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp table salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 2/3 cup white all-purpose flour
1 cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin, (canned or cooked pumpkin, not the pie mix)

Heart healthy and low point–but doesn’t taste like it!
Mix sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, water, and eggs in mixing bowl. Combine dry
ingredients separately and gradually add to pumpkin mixture. Mix well. (optional: stir
in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts-adds 1 point per slice)
Pour into greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan (I use cooking spray to keep the fats down) and
bake at 350 degrees for 65-75 minutes or until it tests as done. Cool 10 minutes in
the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.
Cut into 1/2-inch slices

100 things

I totally nicked this (with permission) from Quelle Erqsome’s blog–with her permission (well, she said she nicked it and encouraged others to nick it from her). 🙂 Things from this list that I’ve done are in bold text. Grab the list and blog your own!

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightening at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (nope, but been under it)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Guide Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

100. Rode an elephant

Nerd, Geek, or Dork?

After reading Pharmaknit’s latest blog post, I took the same test she took. Turns out I’m:

Pure Nerd
74 % Nerd, 39% Geek, 43% Dork

Here’s the test.

So? What are you?

I have things to say….

I need to make time to say them.

I returned yesterday from a week-long trip to the office in Orlando. My return flight on Saturday took off at 7:40 a.m. That meant getting up around 4:30 to check out of the hotel, gas up and return the rental car, get through security, and get down to the gate. And then there’s the waiting. You never know when you’re going to encounter road construction (there was some) or other perils on the way to the airport. Last time I left on the early morning flight, I got stuck in a HUGE line at Northwest because I couldn’t print my boarding pass at the hotel. The huge line was for the kiosk, I might add. So when I’m traveling, I generally try to get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. The Orlando airport has free wireless internet, so I can work from the gate, if I need to. But when I’ve only had a couple hours of fitful sleep (can we say phobic about sleeping through alarms and missing flights?), working isn’t the smartest option. I was awake enough to enjoy spending a little time enjoying my new toy.

Continuing my streak of bad baby karma, I was seated directly in front of a woman holding a overtired, possibly colicky child who screamed so loud and for so long that even the most infant loving adults were plugging their ears and praying for mercy. Even with my earplugs stuffed in so far my brain complained I couldn’t escape the racket. I really felt for the poor parent and fought the urge to turn in my seat and suggest something helpful, like vodka in the bottle a nice warm bottle, some bouncing on the knee, a firm gag, or a cuddle and a crooned lullaby. Fortunately for all of us, the child finally exhausted herself and slept for most of the rest of the trip. I must have been especially bad because I was surrounded by small people on this flight. A family with two kids split between my row and the one in front (fortunately mostly well behaved, but I wasn’t sure about the frazzled mom in the beginning when she was having difficulty deciphering which seats were theirs and tried to take my aisle seat (nuh-uh)); six-count-’em-six little boys–a combination of five from one family and one from another–sitting three abreast in the row across from me and one row back; the squalling baby, her parents, and her mostly behaved (except for an intolerable 5 minutes he spend kicking the back of my seat during a tantrum) three-year-old brother directly behind me; and a variety of other small people in other rows nearby (including a nearly newborn whose only sound was a delighted gurgle at the end of the flight). Except for being a little eager to burn off some stored energy while we waited for the aisle to clear at the end of the flight, the kids were pretty well behaved. I, however, was a mess. Overtired, cranky, and in need of a stiff drink and some quiet time, I pasted a smile on my weary face, murmured some platitudes to my seatmates, and made a beeline for the terminal where I got to wait some more for an overheated shuttle back to Rochester. Hmmm….I sound a little brittle about my trip, don’t I? Perhaps a glass of wine and another nap will help. Maybe a BIG glass of wine.

It’s good to be home.