Following the Herd

Yes, I have finally jumped on the social networking bandwagon; I joined FaceBook. After getting like 5 requests from friends with FaceBook to view their profile or be their friend in one day, I finally caved. Honestly, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be, although I can see where I could get way too wrapped up with it if I’m not careful.

I’ve already set it up to pull posts from my blog, and if I can figure out a way to get it to pull photos from the photo gallery, I would be extremely happy. I don’t really want to maintain the same content at multiple blogs and galleries, so anyway I can automate that will make my life easier.

So yeah, that’s about it. If you’re on FaceBook, my profile is here.

Not Enough Hours in the Day

Ever have one of those days when you just have nothing to do? Or in my case, I have so many different things that I SHOULD be doing, that I can’t decide what to do, and end up doing nothing of value. I have so many projects in various states of completeness; too many, really. The current list stands as such (in order of priority);

  • Cross stitch birth sampler for my niece (who just turned 3)
  • Tag and organize the backlog of digital photos (currently I’m up to December of 2007)
  • Prepare for sister-in-law’s June wedding (I’m the photographer)
  • Update the online photo gallery, investigate other software options
  • Create digital address book (plans for software to generate reports and Christmas card labels)
  • Convert recipes to digital, add recently tested recipes
  • Work on (blog up, but no content)
  • Knit baby blanket (also for my niece)

Of course, there are other projects to be added to the list. Once I finish Laurel’s birth sampler, I need to see about making a Peter Rabbit birth sampler for Marin. After I get all my photos tagged and organized, I was thinking about starting a photoblog, to give myself a reason to practice. I’d like to have my consolidated address book ready to go by this fall, so the mail merge labels are ready for Christmas cards.

Another project that has been floating around in the back of my mind has been a recipe blog. Once I get my recipes typed up into MasterCook, a cooking blog wouldn’t be too difficult. Each recipe would become a post; categories would be for recipe classification – beverages, cookies, breads, desserts, main dishes, etc. The tags could be used for ingredients, or perhaps other criteria (Bread Machine, Crock Pot, ethnicity of the dish, etc.). Of course, if the full text of the recipe is in the body of the post, you wouldn’t NEED ingredients as tags – you could simply search the blog to find a recipe that used buttermilk, for example. Pictures to accompany the recipe would be nice, too. Matt had a suggestion to rate the recipes on various criteria, as well; difficulty, tastiness, and how well it reheats. I do like the idea of giving some honest opinions on how a recipe keeps or reheats – some recipes are great, but don’t reheat terribly well in the microwave. And with any luck, I may have some friends willing to contribute to a recipe blog, so I wouldn’t bear the full weight of upkeep and posting.

And a Happy New Year!

Christmas has come and gone, and I figure what better way to celebrate the New Year than by setting some New Years goals. Matt’s post on the matter gave me a little motivation; I figure if I post my resolutions online for all to see, I’ll be a bit more motivated to actually maintain them. And so, without further ado;

#1 – Get in better shape. While I wouldn’t mind slimming down a little, weight loss isn’t really my goal here. During the warmer months, we used to take a weekly 10 mile bike ride. In 2007 we didn’t go nearly as often; the heat, moving into a new apartment, and wedding planning all kind of got in our way. The few trips we did make, though, weren’t even for the full 10 miles, as we hadn’t kept in shape over the winter. My goal is to get back into shape, so that when warmer weather arrives we’ll be able to jump right back into the full 10 mile bike ride. We have the workout area in the clubhouse to use, and Matt’s friend Leonard gave us some exercises we can do without ever leaving the apartment.

#2 – Become a better photographer. Matt got me a fabulous digital SLR for Christmas, and I would love to be able to utilize it to it’s full potential. In order to become a better photographer, though, I need to practice. I was considering doing Project 365 (photo a day, not faces), but as January 1st has already passed, I wouldn’t be able to do it for the entirety of 2008. I could always start it mid-year, and still shoot for a year, just not a calendar year. Shooting a photo a day also brings up the question of what I will do with the photos; Flickr, Gallery2, or something else? For now, though, I’ll just focus on shooting the pictures; what to do with them after that can be a concern for later.

#3 – Finish what I start. I have a nasty habit of starting projects, and then putting them on the back burner, where they languish. I have at least 3 craft projects that were moved to the back burner, where they are for the most part, forgotten. I blame at least part of this on my discovery of feed readers – I spend a lot of time on the internet “catching up” on feeds that I ordinarily wouldn’t have read. What I’m trying to do is allow myself to catch up on my feeds once ( and ONLY once) a day. I may need to prune back the number of feeds I read, in order to make time to actually do things away from the computer.

Time For Some Maintenance

I’ve been lax in updating my blog of late – what with the holiday season upon us, and the various projects that entails, I just haven’t been able to really squeeze in the time to write for my blog. We finally got the tree up, but it still needs decorations. Of course, I have to sort through the boxes of tree decorations from my childhood, and divvy them up into 2 boxes; ones that can go on the tree, and ones that I want to keep, but don’t want on the tree. And of course I need to finish the address book (with BOTH sides of our family), finish the Thank You notes from the wedding, and get the Christmas cards ready to go in the mail. Then I need to finish Christmas shopping (for both sides), and wrap all the presents. Let’s not even talk about the craft and photo archiving projects that have been languishing on the back burner for far too long now.

And on top of all that, I think I need to re-purpose my blog. I’m just trying to accomplish too many things with it, and I don’t really have any kind of theme to pull it all together. I have a few ideas floating around in the back of my mind, on how to consolidate a few things and tie it all together. Of course, one addition I was thinking of adding may require some site/theme redesign, unless I can find a way to accommodate it somehow. We’ll see how it pans out – in the mean time, I am still alive, even if I’m not posting.

I have a Wii!

So finally, I have a Wii. I was slightly off on the “Wiis are coming in on the 19th” aspect, though – they arrived at the DEPOT on the 19th, and we got them in Friday night, for Saturday. And I was almost right about them not lasting the day – I sold what APPEARED to be the last Wii at around 2:30pm. Someone had stashed another Wii by the towels, though, and we didn’t discover THAT one until almost closing. So there is still one Wii left!

This evening, of course, was spent setting up the Wii, making our Miis, and playing a little Wii Bowling. I still beat Matt, by a much smaller margin this time though. After that, I added the Wii to my wireless network, and let it update. This also means I need to get Wii codes from my friends out there with Wiis!

Video Game Indecision

After playing Wii Bowling on Ogg’s Wii Sunday afternoon (and kicking Matt’s butt 🙂 ) I’ve decided I really, really want a Wii. I already sorta wanted one, and of course Matt isn’t going to protest to me buying a video game system. So I checked at work, and apparently we have 24 coming in on the 19th. That’s TOMORROW. Holy crap. This would be the third time we’ve had them in, ever, including Launch Day. And if past experience is any judge, they won’t last the day. That’s right, we’ve had PS3s for over a week, and we’ve sold maybe one or two of the 24 we likely got in, but 24 Wiis won’t likely last the day. So, clearly, I WANT one of those Wiis. But the logical part of my brain is saying “Wait Carrie – you have a GameCube and DS Lite and Matt’s PS2. You have X-Men Legends (1 and 2), Animal Crossing, FFXII and Xenosaga III all fighting for playtime. Should you really get another system?” And let’s not forget that Pokemon Diamond & Pearl are released for the DS on the 22nd. So while I WANT a Wii, should I really get one right now? But then, if I DON’T get one right now, when will I get the chance again? I know I’m just trying to logically talk myself out of this, because I hate spending money, but it’s a Wii!

Obnoxious Customers

I’m beginning to think that retail would be SO MUCH BETTER if it weren’t for all the damn customers. Today was a prime example. First story; a pair of ladies and, I’m assuming, their husbands, have a cart filled with stuff. They come walking towards the registers, and make like they’re going through. Not completely unheard of; if you’re picking up a prescription at the pharmacy, they’ll normally let you pay for a few other things there, if you’re not getting much. They’re not SUPPOSED to, as they’re not set up to do large orders, but they’ve done it before. We just ask the people going though the registers if they paid at the pharmacy, and they’ll flash a receipt if they did. So anyway, these people are attempting to head right on through the registers, and I stopped to ask them if they paid at the pharmacy, and one of the women was like “we’re going to the food court for a soda.” That’s not what I asked, now was it? I asked if you paid for the merchandise in your cart. So at this point I inform her that if she’s not paid for the merchandise, the cart can’t go past the registers. She gives me this look, like I’ve asked her to sacrifice her firstborn child, or have asked her to chew off her own arm. Yes ma’am, I’m sure your purse is so friggin’ heavy that your arm will just snap under the weight, and you’re just SO THIRSTY, but you should have thought of that before you loaded the cart up, now shouldn’t you? As she stares at me like I’m something she’s just scraped from the bottom of her shoe, she huffs off to the food court with her little entourage, leaving her cart with her leather jacket on top. So, she couldn’t possibly be parted from her groceries, but she’ll just leave her expensive coat there.

The second situation was vaguely similar. A woman came in with her children, 2 or 3 of them, and was attempting to sign for a check issued in her husband’s name (and ONLY her husband’s name). As the cashier tried to explain to her that the check must be signed by her husband in order for us to honor it, she got all snippy. Well FINE, her husband was in the car, she’d just go out and have him sign it! So we called over a supervisor to void out the order, so that we could help the other people in line while she was gone, and I started pushing the cart over to the wall, where we normally put orders that are “on hold;” for whatever reason, they couldn’t complete the order (normally running to the car for a checkbook). She tries to snatch the cart away from me, and asks me where I think I’m going with her cart. I explain to her that I’m not putting the merchandise back, but that I’m pushing it up to the wall, since she’s not paid for it, but will be back shortly. She tries to snatch it away, and said she was going to take it towards the door. Apparently SHE was planning to take her cart of unpaid merchandise and leave it, with her unattended small children, in the food court. Oh Hell No. So I tell her again, the merchandise is unpaid for, and can’t go past the registers. Besides, the order will need to be re-rung when she returns with her husband’s signature on the rebate check. So she storms out, and I lean over to the cashier. “So, odds that she’s just going to the car, forging her husband’s signature, and returning?” “Oh, I’d count on it.” Because let’s think about this; a woman goes shopping and brings her 3 small children in the store with her, but leaves her husband in the car? No, I don’t think so. I don’t know what ended up happening, as I wasn’t there when she returned, but I’m guessing she forged his name.

My New Weakness…

I’ve determined I have a new weakness. It’s not for video games, although I do have a weakness for puzzle games. No, since about last July, I’ve had a weakness for cookbooks. Last summer, I bought myself a cookie cookbook and a chicken cookbook. Since then, I’ve received 2 slow cooker cookbooks as Christmas presents, and have bought 3 more cookbooks for myself. I don’t really know what the compulsion is, but in stores I almost always find myself drawn to the cookbooks. I crack one open, and immediately start classifying the recipes; “disgusting, maybe, oooooooh that sounds yummy.” I seem to have an eye for picking out the cookbooks, as well; thus far, I don’t think I’ve made anything I wouldn’t eat again, which is really the test of how good a recipe is. And it hasn’t helped that now I have MasterCook, basically a digital recipe box; merging my computer geekiness with my cooking nerd, now I can manage them all on my computer, and search, and… this shouldn’t be that fascinating, and yet it is. Never in a million years did I think I would buy a cookbook before a video game, but I still haven’t bought myself Final Fantasy 3 for the DS. Cookbooks are insidious, though; I feel guilty buying a $35 video game, but a $6-$10 cookbook is fine. And of course, Matt isn’t going to tell me to stop buying cookbooks, because he benefits. Oh well. So, if anyone out there wants some recipes, you know who to talk to.