Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday 13: Truly random

It's one of those kinds of weeks. Not for any particular reason, I'm feeling scattered and quite random. So, this post will reflect that. Enjoy!

1. I'm making bread. Well, I'm doing that "no work bread," so I hardly feel like I'm making anything. I am watching yeast and water and flour ferment, and this afternoon I will shape it and bake it. This will make husband very happy.

2. I love the rain and I hate the rain. Apparently that is possible.

3. I have been drinking Starbucks instant (Via) coffee lately. (Don't tell anyone. I guess that makes me a coffee plebeian?) I am able to have just one cup in the morning to get me going, and feel like I don't waste coffee as much... or drink as much... And, it's cheaper than going to Starbucks for a latte, so there.

4. The cherry trees are blooming. This makes me very happy. I am hoping there isn't some big freeze this week to kill the blooms/fruit off.

5. Today is trash day. The garbage can is out there waiting for the pick-up truck to come around. Don't get me started on that guy. I was hauling it out there a few weeks ago and I wasn't RIGHT THERE WAITING, but maybe about 20 steps away (long driveway) and he DROVE RIGHT ON BY. Wouldn't even look at me. Steamed, was I.

6. Seth is at his Future Problem Solvers of America field trip over on the other side of the state for a few days. I refer to this as the Tour of Mountain Dew and Practical Jokes, since that's pretty much all I ever hear about the trip when he's back (this is his third year). I appreciate that he has this opportunity, but... let's just say laser-like problem-solving focus is not something he specializes in when he's parent-less and jacked up on the Dew. Ah well, the folly of youth...

7. I could eat a variation on a taco salad almost every day of the week. It's not that I love each of the flavors so much on their own; it's all in the combination of them. Yum.

8. I am not quite sure where my crowd aversion has come from (in my old age!). Maybe it's always been there, but I finally acknowledge it now? But it's a rare crowd I need or want to hang out in--this includes concerts, sports events, those kinds of crowds... especially where there is noise involved. Wow, don't I sound like the fragile old lady? I thought of this when my mom posted about seeing the Mona Lisa this week on her Paris trip, but needing to get out of the room to breathe after a bit. Oh yeah, that would drive me batty.

9. I actually thought to myself (while grocery shopping and buying pureed tomatoes in big cans...) that I will give canning another run this summer... you know, tomatoes and such from the garden. I don't know why I'm actually putting it "out there," saying it out loud, since I don't want anyone to hold me to it. But... we'll see.

10. iTunes drives me crazy. In some ways, it works fine, but I swear there is music I've purchased that I can't find, and whenever you have to transfer it to a new computer, there are duplicates that end up coming in. It's just a pain. (Yes, I know you told me this years ago, brother. I know.) I blame Steve Jobs. Personally. On the other hand, my iPad makes me excessively pleased with Mr. Jobs. So go figure.

11. Do you like that syringe as the "I" up above? I got my blood drawn this week and my TSH checked (all's well there, Ma, so don't worry!), and my Vitamin D levels too. I was able to almost double my Vitamin D levels, from 37 to 66 in six months, taking 4000IUs daily. So that's a good thing and I will continue to pop those Vit D supplements. I keep hearing so much about how good Vitamin D is for your immunity, as well as other health factors.

12. I am working on another applique project (actually two!); this time it's something I conceived. As I stitch, undo and re-stitch, it feels like I'm taking the long way around to accomplish something. Oh, the learning process... I will show it off, at the appropriate time!

13. Here's a quote I saw recently for the first time: "Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Love that Emerson!

Hope your day is a great one!

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  1. 10. yeah iTunes. It didn't synch up my ipod and computer and informed me that it has compiled a list of songs I don't own and I would I like to purchase them now? what the ones I bought from iTunes? gah.

    I haven't done canning for years. Maybe if our tomato crop is good. maybe if we plant tomatoes...ah, someday spring will come.

  2. Hmmm...I think I know the perfect problem to solve for the Future Problem Solvers of America!!!

  3. What a wonderful quote at 13! Thank you.

    I love and hate the rain as well, so definitely possible. :)

    Happy TT,

    Guest Kimberley Troutte

  4. When will the bread be done so I can come over and try it? :) I agree that you can love and hate the rain - I have felt both for it at some point in time. I'm so hungry and Taco salad sounds so delicious - wish that's what I was having for lunch. Happy Thursday.

  5. Funny you should mention home made bread, I'm chewing on some of mine right now. I use a breadmaker, rather than a no work recipe though.

  6. I have a bread machine... kids love coming home to fresh baked bread.

    Love the quote...I'm stealing it.

    Happy TT.

  7. Re: crowds...I just remember that in a couple weeks I will be home on our quiet little island with my hands in the soil planting my flowers and vegetables that are growing in the greenhouse, waiting for me to come home...

    We fought more crowds today...The Louvre is the heaviest for crowds...whew!!!!


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