Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Link love

What does one do while enjoying spring break with the family? Read, sleep, eat, laugh, watch Hulu+/Netflix, read, eat, nap, go for walks, see movies (The Hunger Games, finally) and chuckle some more (a 15-year-old boy reading strange Cracked.com posts has that effect). (The Hunger Games sidebar: anyone else have trouble getting "May the odds be ever in your favor" out of your brain? And the mockingjay four-note tune? I think I might be going crazy. But then, I also had this song from Smash going through my head today, so it could just be par for my course...)

And, what's a little time off without some wandering online? You know me, I love to share!

I've been thinking about this idea for a while, now (say, since poetry writing class in college), so was interested in reading about writing as therapy.

Dear husband sent this link my way, and I was reminded of a statement some silly fool (um, me) made about five, maybe six years ago. I think it went something like this: "I just want a phone. I don't want it to DO other things. I have a camera, I don't need a camera on my phone." (Cue laughter. Waves and waves of laughter.) Yes, I really did say that. I don't think you know, until you've tipped over to the smartphone land... and you can't ever go back! Of the photo apps in the article, I already had four, and proceeded to quickly download the panorama one and the frame one. Can't wait to play with panoramas!

Also a good thing to do while away from work? Figure out something you've been wanting to master for eons. For me, it's the fishtail french braid. I have watched a number of videos, read about it, tried it a few times (on poor sister-in-law, Kim, mostly), and finally! Finally! I watched the video below and it all came clear.

Here's my first attempt, for reals. It kinda went downhill after that, but I will keep practicing! (Need to build up my triceps for this one! Hurty elbows.)

If you know my family (well, OK, son), you know that he's a grilled cheese connoisseur. He knows the good stuff, the melty/gooey and the crisp bread. So of course, this story on grilled cheese ice cream for April Fool's Day caught my eye! What a hoot. It sounds kind of good to me... I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

This wind map has been making the rounds all over the web. If you haven't seen it, do check it out! Very beautiful.

And of course, there are Pinterest moments... No spare time is complete without a little pinning, am I right or am I right? (No comments from the peanut gallery, Shelby!) This recipe says pure SUMMER to me, and I can't wait until I can walk 50 steps out my back door to the garden and pick tomatoes to my heart's delight. 

And in other Pinterest news, I now have 65 boards. How did that happen? Well, one way is that I gathered too many pins in some pretty general boards, so I needed to gradually move pins to more specific boards (Sweet and its many variations, for instance). I have a bit more to do--all my various holiday pins are on one board, and need to be broken out by Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. All in good time. This Pinterest business could be a full time job. Ha. I have a feeling a few people have gotten that idea too... Did you see this story about a guy who claims he's earning upwards of $1,000 a week spamming Pinterest? Crazy.

We went shoe shopping today for Seth. Take a look: he's the black shoe at the bottom. THIRTEEN. 13. Big feet, that boy has. Now the biggest in the house. Boo-yah! (He's pretty sure this will translate into height, or he'll join the circus. I'm hoping for height.)

Hope your week is going well, spring break for you or not! Reality will resume around here soon enough, but for now, I'm off to watch Dimitri Martin with Seth. Yes, we're high brow, but you already knew that, didn't you?


  1. Hi Sher!

    Wow, that Bruschetta is mouthwatering. That will be nice with fresh homegrown tomatoes!

    It's fun to think of you with a kid who has bigger feet than you. I'm amused at times how much we've all grown up from UCA to middle age! We don't have kids but I have nieces in their 20's. Hard to believe. :)

    I've got the same Hunger Games things going on. Our grocery store is playing Monopoly right now for prizes and when the cashier handed me my pieces he said very seriously, "Good Luck", I almost said "and may the odds be ever in your favour!" in that Effie Trinket accent. I clapped my hand over my mouth... I'm sure he thought me strange. Lol.

    Then on my walk yesterday morning, two birds were mimicking each other in the tree tops across the river from the other and I was like "Hey, Mockingjays." :)

    I got on Pinterest for a little bit of amusement but now I have a gazillion boards, too. I noticed this a.m. that I have one board called "Stand Your Ground" and the board next to it is "Time to Get Moving". I'm probably confusing my followers. ;)

    Nice to take a peek at your parent's trip to NOLA. We are going down there next week and then on to visit my folks in MO.

    Have a good week! Take care.

    1. Erin, I love it when you comment! I tried to find you on Pinterest to no avail. Tell me your handle. If you've found me, I can't see it... Let's connect there!

      Have a great trip to Missouri.

      (Picture me whistling the four-note to sign off. Which Seth told me earlier today I slaughtered! The joys of having a teen...)

  2. I remember when I was a little kid and I taught myself how to french braid one summer day. I spent all day working on my hair, and by the end of the day I had it figured out, but my hair looked like I poured grease on it. But I was very proud of myself :)

    Boy shoes! When our nephew stayed with us last summer (I hopehopehope he can come and visit again this summer...) I marveled over his boy things strewn all over the house next to Gracie's tiny, tiny girl things. Although she's finally caught up to her age in clothes and shoes, and she just hit 44"!

    1. Oh yeah, my hair gets quite "well-handled" when I fiddle with it for a while... but I think I finally did it enough to get it...

  3. How I love that photo of the shoes!!! Oh Seth, you do have great understanding!

    I have Hunger Games on my Kindle and have started.

    Speaking of hunger...take a look at that Rocky Road Cheesecake to the right of the comments...does that look out of this world, or what?

    Lovely fishtail, dear.

    Now I must go read all your links. Thanks.

  4. Ooooh, have you seen the app, "Camera Awesome"??? They say it's better than Camera+ ;-) I downloaded it this morning, but haven't gotten a chance to play with it yet. Great reviews!

    loved the corgi on stilts at cracked ;-)

    1. I have Camera Awesome, but haven't played with it yet... I'm currently enraptured with Instagram and the new panorama app I got this week: DMD Panorama. It's fabulous--look for some ocean pictures over the weekend!


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