Checking out for now…see you soon. (Probably.)

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Until we meet again…kiss kiss

I’ve had no desire to blog in the last week. Almost none at least. I’ve had no ideas that urgently need to be written down because “oh gosh that would make a fun post!” and limited things I’ve wanted to share. It’s possible that I’ve just had more on my plate than I normally do and because blogging is something I only expect for and from myself it’s the easiest to let go of when things get to be overwhelming.

Don’t worry, I’m fine. It’s just the idea of recapping my Friday night adventure to Hartford, CT,  sharing the absolutely terrible looking cookies I made, or things I need to get done in the house/projects we’re working on there is frankly too exhausting to even contemplate.

Maybe my online story is done, it’s been 10 years after all. Maybe not? Who knows.

I’ve loved blogging, meeting new people, and learning about things from different perspectives so I imagine I’ll be back – probably. For now I’m going to focus on some new projects around the house, in life, and around the web. My gut tells me that it’s break time.

Now. I’m not saying all of this because I want people to try to convince me to stay (don’t bother, I’ll be back or not when I’m ready) or because I feel like I owe anyone an explanation of why I’m not going to post for awhile. I’m writing this so that people don’t wonder where I am or what’s up. I hate it when people just go poof!

If you need to reach me, you can email metweet with me here or follow my pictures here. I’m sure I’ll be back, but when and what capacity that will be? I’m not sure.

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Reading More: Collector of Dying Breaths

A bit ago, I read Collector of Dying Breaths, by M.J. Rose. A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon:

Florence, Italy—1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra­grances and potent medicines—and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial to reanimate the dead.

In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, René doesn’t begin to imag­ine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.

Paris, France—The Present:

A renowned mythologist, Jac L’Etoile—trying to recover from personal heartache by throw­ing herself into her work—learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomesobsessed with René le Florentin’s work—particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime.

Jac’s efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating René le Flo­rentin’s mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir . . . for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means.

This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici’s court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit cha­teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.

Even though I’m not a lover of historical fiction or sci-fi generally speaking, I really enjoyed this book and spent several nights up very late because I couldn’t put it down. Some of it seemed a little far fetched even for sci-fi, but it was a great story, had an intriguing premise, and was quite engaging. I also loved that we got to see what happened next to Jac after Seduction, a new mystery for her, and a little bit of love throw in for good measure.

The historical parts were vividly written and I was able to clearly imagine them in my head even though I have little reference for that particular time period. The present parts were a little wordy, but I learned some interesting things from all the information that was packed in to the story, for instance that ambergris which is putrefied whale vomit is an ingredient in high end perfumes.

I give the book a solid B and look forward to more by M.J. Rose.

Is this something you’d like to read? Why or why not?

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Keeping up with the cleaning up!

I am not shy about saying that I love, Love, LOVE that we have so much space in our house. I love it to the moon and back. Square footage wise it’s more than three times the size of my glorified studio that I had before Frank moved here and about twice the size of our apartment in Troy.

I love it, I do. But all that space means more space to be cluttered and have to keep up with straightening and cleaning it up. (I’m super glad we didn’t end up with the old Victorian we thought about…)

Frank and I aren’t dirty people, cluttered and messy sometimes? Sure. Junk mail piles up and stuff doesn’t get filed right away. I’m not too big a person to say that a lot of it is on me because my crafting stuff doesn’t always get put away like it should, sometimes the dishes don’t get done every day, and laundry stays out longer than it should.

If I’m being totally honest with you, I’ve NEVER been very good at staying on top of clutter. I sometimes wonder if it’s because I’m just lazy about it (maybe) or if it’s because I do my best work with what I need at my fingertips (true) and things being too neat stall out my thought process. I’m guessing it’s a combination of the two.

Life happens. Sleep sometimes wins. Sometimes I just can’t deal with it right away and then I get distracted. I guess those are excuses but who’s perfect? Not this girl. I’d rather attempt to relax than worry if every dish is put away, but maybe I can split the difference?

I was feeling a little overwhelmed last week with some of it and I stumbled upon a Tumblr called “Unf*ck Your Habitat” (lots of cursing but also lots of inspiration – you’ve been warned) It is what it sounds like; helpful hints and reminders to keep your living space not a big hot mess.

Each week they post a challenge and this week’s speaks to me directly! This week the challenge is to deal with the “Invisible Corners” or Piles of Stuff to Put Away Later as some people call them.  I can think of 4 or 5 that need to be taken care of and there are probably likely more. I just thought of a sixth.

I have to teach tonight so I’ll probably only get one or two 20/10s in, but it’ll be a start. If for some reason I don’t have to teach, I’ll maybe get a few more in.  I’ll be using my #makeaugust to be #neater tonight.

Are you one who has to have it clean or prefer a little/lot of clutter? Does your habitat need some unf*cking?

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Things that made me smile this week…#32, 2014

I’m back at it, listing out the things from the past week that made me smile and that I’m am thankful for. It’s important to remember the things that are good to help ease the sting of the bad.

What can I say? Some weeks are better than others and I’d like to have reminders of the good for when it’s not so good. I re read that statement and it makes me feel like I’m implying that life isn’t good. It mostly is. (Knockonwood!) I just want to make sure I’m documenting the moments that shine for me so when they don’t I can find good things quickly

  • Gouda Mac and Cheese to share with friends
  • The beautiful bluejay that visited
  • Fun graphic design (unicorn farting glitter, Tom Cruise is a robot.)
  • Live music in the sunshine and laughing with Frank, Daddy-O and Cas
  • Frank still Liking me when I’m having a hard time Liking myself.
  • Planning a girls day for 9/27. If you’re local and think you might want in let me know and I’ll send you the info. We’re doing a painting at a bar and lunch.
  • “Beating” the guy next to me on the rower. He just couldn’t keep up and it made me giggle.
  • Reading at lunch with left over Chili Pie.
  • Liking my outfits most days last week.
  • One of my special needs kiddos making progress with me.
  • Not breaking down in tears for Sunday’s yoga class

How was your week?

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Frank said… #89

This is part of the Frank said feature. You can see more here.

Frank: Shark Week’s gotten too commercial.
Me: Oh?
Frank: I remember when Shark Week had integrity. Sigh

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Coffee Date #38

Hey there! It’s nice to see you again, what’s in your cup this morning? I’m having Creme Brulee coffee with hot chocolate. I was hoping I had a Kahlua coffee hidden, but it seems I’m out. I’ll have to remedy that next time I find them on sale.

So what’s new? Anything good to report? Any good jokes or funny stories from this week?

I have one for you. Let me share the conversation I had with one of my little swimmers at the pool last night. D is one of my favorite swimmers and over the last couple of years that we’ve worked together, we’ve not only had a lot of fun, but he’s become quite the little swimmer.

D had finished a 75 yard swim for me and was giggling when he came into the wall to talk about what needed to be fixed.

unicornfartglitterMe: D, what’s so funny?
D: What happens when you fart in the pool? Because I did!
Me: Meh, the bubbles come out. Sometimes they get stuck in your suit for a bit first.
D: Oh, okay. (Slightly disappointed – I think that nothing “cooler” happened.)
Me: Come on out of the pool so we can work on something.
D: My mom farted last night!
Me: Everyone farts, D.
D: Girls don’t fart.
Me: Sorry kiddo. They do, we just try to be polite about it.
D: You sure?
Me: Yep.
D: Oh. (Even more disappointed.)

I’m not sure why he was disappointed unless he was trying to get a rise out of me so he didn’t have to swim more, but I’m really hoping I didn’t break his little boy heart with that piece of information though.

Kids. They’re great for a laugh.

Anything exciting planned for this weekend? Frank and I are going to a happy hour near my office to see a college friend of mine play some music. That should be nice. Tomorrow I’m working and then going to friends’ house for dinner which reminds me I have to decide what to bring! Maybe some Ice Cream Sundae Pie? Or gf mac and cheese who knows…

Well I have to get a refill and then run. It was nice to see you! I hope you have a laughter filled weekend!

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Thursday Three – Reasons Why I think Tom Cruise is a Robot

I found this in my drafts and thought it was an excellent post for today…It’s almost a year old and why I didn’t click publish escapes me now, but here you go. Perhaps my subconscious knew that I’d want to make a super fun graphic to go with it?

tomcruiserobotI was talking to BatGirl the other day about something or other and Tom Cruise came up. He did something (can’t remember what right now because I didn’t sleep last night and my brain is totally fried) and I commented that I thought hes clearly a robot.

She agreed that it’s likely. We then went onto discuss the facts* that support this being the case.

  1. The man does not age. Either he has the best plastic surgeon in the field (Let’s be honest, if you have enough work done, it starts to show.) or he’s a robot with Data like skin.
  2. He’s super into Scientology which makes sense from the standpoint that they’re all about “programming” and “deprogramming”. You’d think this would mean he’s not prone to crazy antics but I figure like all other computerized things, sometimes his programming gets gilitchy.
  3. He treated Katie like she was a robot and was a robot with her because he doesn’t know how else to be since he is a robot himself. It would also explain why there is the underlying assumption that Suri is totally Chris Klien’s kid because robots can’t make babies with humans.

I’m sure there’s other reasons, but you know what? My gut says he’s a robot and my gut is rarely wrong.

Do you think he’s a robot? Why or why not?

 

*Fact is being used loosely here.

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I feel like I have ants in my pants.

antsirutThe last few days I’ve been itchy, twitchy, a little anxious and I realized that it’s because I have ants in my pants. I feel like I need to get up and move, change things up if you will…

While I tend to do well with routine when it comes to eating the “right” food, getting my tush in gear, and even sleep, I often find myself craving something adventurous or different. While I can be a creature of habit (Aren’t we all?), it seems that too much “routine” leaves me feeling like I’m in a rut.  I end up feeling restless and in need of adventure.

Nothing’s wrong, I’m feeling too confined and dare I say bored? Don’t get me wrong, I have lots to do, I just don’t feel engaged in any of it at the moment.

(First world problems, right?)

My days are largely the same and my weeks keep a very similar rhythm. It looks something like this on my calendar from week to week:

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Each day I also hang out with that guy I Like, maybe watch some tv/do a project/read a book and try to sleep. Sometimes on the weekends I take a nap or see friends/family and often if I’m at the pool to teach, I get a swim in too.

I don’t wish to complain or whine because over all I do like my life and it’s general happiness. I need to shake it up a little. Add a little pizazz or glitter if you will.

I can’t do much about the work, teaching and sleep* part, I need my paychecks and the various things that come with them, but I could do something fun with my generous lunch break instead of eating at my desk and working/reading. I can get Frank to go different places/do different things with me when we hang out and maybe ever try new foods.

Heck, I don’t know. I’m just typing the words that come out of my fingers. What I do know is that I need to change things up somehow. This rut is starting to get to me.

What do you do to get out of a rut?

I did change something though! I ate my lunch outside in the sunshine instead of at my desk. All it’s changes so far was that I wasn’t cold for a bit

* when I do sleep…

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Reading More: The Panopticon

Quite some time ago now, I read The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.

From Amazon:

Anais Hendricks, fifteen, is in the back of a police car. She is headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can’t remember what’s happened, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and Anais is covered in blood. Raised in foster care from birth and moved through twenty-three placements before she even turned seven, Anais has been let down by just about every adult she has ever met. Now a counterculture outlaw, she knows that she can only rely on herself. And yet despite the parade of horrors visited upon her early life, she greets the world with the witty, fierce insight of a survivor.

Anais finds a sense of belonging among the residents of the Panopticon—they form intense bonds, and she soon becomes part of an ad-hoc family. Together, they struggle against the adults that keep them confined. But when she looks up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais realizes her fate: She is an anonymous part of an experiment, and she always was. Now it seems that the experiment is closing in.

I don’t know what to say about The Panopticon because I have very mixed feelings about it.

It had a lot of potential to be a great book, but I felt like the author couldn’t decide which story to follow. Did she want to follow the drug addled thoughts of a delinquent, prone to violence teen who has been in and out of the system her whole life? Or did she want to follow a more sci/fi plot? This could have been a great dystopian thriller or a tale of redemption and freedom, but alas it was neither.

I don’t know that I enjoyed the story itself. It was difficult to read after knowing friends and former students who have been through similar circumstances. I can say without a doubt that I liked the characters. Isla, Tash, Shortie, and John could have been developed a little more, but Anais’s interactions with them helped me forgive her delinquencies. I found myself very much wanting her to get away with her next bit of naughtiness, to find mental and physical freedom, and to get to Paris.

This is not a book for someone who is offended by vulgar language, dark imagery, or violence. I’d also caution anyone who has trouble reading unusual dialects as much of this book is written in what I might best describe as Scottish slang. I found myself rereading pages several times to figure out what they were saying, sometimes using Google or saying the words out loud to figure out what they meant. Also, although Anais is a teen and many of the characters are teens, this isn’t a book I would hand most of the Young Adult readers I know. In fact, I’m not sure I’d hand this book to many adults.

Is this something you’d be interested in reading? Why or why not?

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Good Morning. It’s Monday and nice to meet you

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Sometimes I take selfies while I dance around my office to take a break. I think this is ridiculous but adds a little fun to my day.

Breaking news guys! Kim and Kanye have been married for 73 days. That’s officially longer than her second marriage! (Her first marriage to Damon Thomas lasted 3 years.)

Why is this breaking news? I have no idea. (I’d think a possible cure for Ebola was more breaking news…) Also in the news(?) Katy Perry wants to join the Illuminati . Would you want to join that group?

So how’s your Monday going? I had to fight with the k-cup machine at work for my coffee and I’m feeling pretty crappy, but hey, I have a job and a bottle of Advil. Those are two good things. I would have skipped the coffee and had tea but I’m on day 4 of a crappy sleep run and need a little extra boost.

I’ve been noticing new IP addresses around and thought I’d say hello to new visitors. Hi there! And a very special high-five welcome hug to returning friends! I’m pretty sure it’s nice to meet you even if you’re a jerk. Everyone has some sort of redeeming quality even if it’s that I know how I don’t wish to be.

If you’re new around here allow me to introduce myself. I’m fairly certain there are more than one “about me” posts that I’ve published. They are pretty representative of who I am, what I think about, and what I like or don’t, but I’ll tell you about the Me I am today.

I’m Court and I’m a baker, crafter, practical optimist, swimmer, teacher, big sister, best friend and lots of other things that really won’t tell you much about me unless you experience them with me first hand. I love music (covers are a favorite) and I’m often caught dash board drumming, singing along, or chair dancing. I’m not ashamed to admit it or embrace it either.

A couple of summers ago, I had a Picnic with a Judge to make it official that I really Liked this guy Frank that I met via blogging. He has his own blog and his own feature on this one. Some days he drives me nuts, but most days I Like him a whole lot.

I write something about whatever strikes my fancy on any given day.  I don’t always hit publish because sometimes my thoughts don’t really need to see the light of your screen. I love interactive posts where I learn something new about my readers and friends.

I welcome most challenges and you are welcome to suggest one.  During #julyoga, I rediscovered the pleasure in doing hard things and the satisfaction that goes with it. I’ll have to remind myself of that with some of the new challenges I’m taking on.

I’m also like to try new things because why not? (Although I don’t feel it necessary to join the Illuminati). I always have multiple projects going at any given time and I try to stay busy because I’m more likely to get into mischief if I don’t have something productive to do.

I think the world around me is interesting and always want to know more. I’m of the curious sort. I also find the world to be beautiful even if not in a traditional sense. I try to contribute to the beauty in the world around me even if it’s not visual. Thoughts, words and actions can all be beautiful in their own right. I appreciate others who do as well.

I struggle with my weight, sleeping, being able to pay attention and focus. I’ve learned to accept that I won’t likely ever be as thin as I “should”, get more than one decent nights sleep in a row, and work within my focus abilities. Like life, some days are better than others and I try not to let too much get me down because I think life is short and we should do what we can to enjoy it.

If you’d like to know more about me, feel free to ask.What I’ve typed out for today barely scratches the surface, but it’s a good start.

I’d like to know about you. Tell me about who you are today.

 

 

 

 

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