I kind of remember 01-01-01, but I don’t think I registered 02-02-02 through 11-11-11. Leave it to me to wait until 12-12-12 to acknowledge the date quirkiness. But there you have it.
To honor this auspicious day in history, here are 12 things cluttering up my mind and my notebook:
I’m finding it difficult to get in the Christmas spirit. I think if the whole thing didn’t happen in winter, when the days are cold and dark, I’d be able to “mood up” more easily. A bigger budget would help, too, I think.
There’s still time, though, so I’m hopeful my mood will catch up to the season soon.
Memory Foam Bath Mats
I’ve been seeing these things advertised everywhere these days, and I don’t understand. Can someone explain to me why memory foam is important to the bath experience? Did someone discover that we get cleaner if we step in the same spot on the mat each time? I’m very confused.
I’ve had a crush on Carter Oosterhouse since back in the Trading Places days, but his show, Million Dollar Rooms is getting on my nerves. At a time when so many people are struggling to afford food, shelter, and health services, do we really need to be celebrating people who spend a ridiculous amount of money on one room? I hope his next show is more normal. Heck, I hope all of the “extreme” shows on HGTV go away and shows for normal people with normal home and gardening issues come back. (I miss you and your $500 room makeovers, Joan Steffend!)
Speaking of television, I’m so ready for the return of Psych. Now, there’s some quality TV for you! Premier date is February 27th! If you haven’t watched it before, you night want to check it out. It’s quite silly and madcap and an awesome way to end a stressful workday. (I’m so excited I might have to make that a Cake Day!)
Vitamins & Appetite Control
I found some mulit-vitamins stashed in my medicine chest and since my fresh fruits and veggie options are somewhat more limited these days, I decided I might as well try these over the winter months. I’ve only been taking them a few days, but I’ve noticed a funny thing about my appetite. Or, more precisely, my ability to manage my appetite. I still get hungry at the regular times, but for some reason, I feel like I’m more in control. Maybe a placebo affect, maybe something to it. I dunno. Has anyone else noticed a difference in taking a multi-vitamin?
I have a habit of typing notes into my iphone when I’m out and about. Just random observations of things I’ve seen or experienced. Later, usually much later when I go back to read them, they make no sense. For example, if anyone has any clue at all what “man outside Sears sells passwords” means, please let me know. I’m not sure if I should alert Homeland Security or just leave it alone.
Sometimes my note makes sense, but it takes me a bit to figure out my own handwriting. Sometimes more than a bit. It took me two days to realize that “Lazy Susan for Fudge” was actually, “Lazy Susan for Fridge”. While I still think a lazy Susan for my fridge is a good idea for storing jars and such, I can’t help thinking a lazy Susan for fudge is an even better idea.
Fridge Redecorating Tip
I blogged about this exciting experiment over on Serentipity a while back, and I’m pleased to report that the project is complete. It involves using vinyl placemats to line the shelves in your refrigerator and eliminate the need for this:
What can I say? I’m a slob who can’t remember to wipe the bottoms of containers before putting them back in the fridge. Every now and then, it gets too sticky to ignore, and I have to do the vinegar/Dawn/baking soda scrub down. When I found a Pinterest tip suggesting using vinyl placemats, I invested $2 in a placemat to give it a test.
Success! So this morning I spent $6 more to get a full set. I scrubbed down the shelves (perhaps for the last time!) and then cut my mats to fit. Ta-da!
Now when I need to clean the shelves, I can pull the mat out and wash IT, instead of hanging around inside the refrigerator.
Or I can just start wiping off the bottoms of containers.
I’ve got a new addition to my walking playlist: Wait!Wait!…Don’t Tell Me. It’s sort of a current events quiz show with a huge leaning toward the more comedic and trivial. I’ve always liked the show, but for whatever reason, I’m never listening to the radio at 6am or 2pm on Sundays, which is when it airs in Memphis. So I added it to my podcast downloads, and now I’m playing episode catch-up while I’m on my walks. I’ve always been a music-only walking gal, but the fast pace and irreverence of this show works for me. The only thing that’s not working is that I frequently laugh out loud, and some of my neighbors are looking at me funny.
I have a new favorite turkey sandwich: turkey, cream cheese, cranberry-orange sauce, and a sprinkle of pecans:
Ignore the fact that this sandwich has walnuts on it. I don’t have a picture of yesterday’s version with the pecans, which was my very favorite. This one was tasty, though. I suspect when I get around to trying Debby’s Low-calorie Cranberry Sauce, I might have a new favorite. The apples would be lovely addition.
I love Pinterest. Really, I do! But it’s not without its aggravations, though. I currently have three big Pinterest Peeves:
– “Pin Now, Read Later” descriptions. If I’m going to go to the trouble of pinning it, I’m going to know what it’s about. If you’re in that big of a hurry, create a “secret board” until you have a chance to read it and see if it’s pin-worthy.
– People who link to a Tumblr page without getting the permalink for the pin in question. They don’t seem to grasp that the Tumblr page numbers change. What’s on page 3 today will be on page 218 a year from now.
– Long, long blocks of text in the description, as in entire recipes or articles or tutorials. The point of pinning is to have a pictorial representation of the recipe/article/tutorial behind the picture.
All that said, I do realize I’m no perfect pinner, and I apologize if any of my pins hit your pin peeve list.
It’s a Mystery to Me
I love reading all genres, but I’ve been a fan of mysteries since my Trixie Belden/Nancy Drew days. I’m particularly fond of series mysteries. I use FictFact for tracking my progress through the various series I read, and I’m almost caught up on my current authors. If anyone has any recommendations for a great mystery series, I’d appreciate it. (Note: I’m not a fan of vampire or paranormal stories.) I’m going to be doing a lot of pet-sitting at the end of the month, and I want to make sure I have lots of reading material.
Growing a Business is Scary
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately creating a website for my freelance work. I’ll share the link here when I’ve polished it a bit more (just in case you ever need a Freelance Business Service Provider), but I have to tell you, moving into full-out marketing mode is kind of scary. Most of my projects so far have been word-of-mouth or happenstance connections, which has been great because I could focus on how I wanted to shape the business. Now I’m ready for more, but having to go out and sell is a whole new arena for me. Scary…and exciting! Wish me luck!
And that’s my salute to this day of 12s. Here’s hoping I zone out again before 11-12-13.
As always, thanks for putting up with my nonsense!