Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2011 |
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The biggest reason that I took a hiatus last week was the major disruption to my blogging schedule. Weekdays, my routine mostly looked like this:
- coffee and pre-breakfast
- check email
- dress and bathroom fun
- brave the world
Once my heating issues started, I was either not at my apartment during those times or getting ready to leave. Even if I had stuck around, I don’t think I would have been able to write a post. I need a relatively quiet, peaceful environment to write. This goes for papers, journals, blogging, anything really. I would even go so far as to say that in order to think properly I need to be free of distractions.
Since my heating issues probably aren’t going to be fixed, I am trying to adapt my blogging routine. One thing I’ve tried is writing the day before I post. I don’t really like that because I’m a tweaker and will constantly rewrite things in my head until the post goes up. It’s much better for me to spew words and just hit publish. Less doubt. The other thing I’ve tried is blogging a bit later in the morning after I’ve made it to campus. This requires a bit of planning if I want to load pictures, but no biggie.
I’m adapting, Darwin-style.
I adapted with dinner last night as well, by using mushrooms for the first time in my tofu scramble. Zucchinis are officially out of season and hella expensive at the g-store.
Steamy scramble plus toast with Earth Balance.
What is your routine for blogging? Do you have a preferred environment for writing?
Jam of the day: Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising”
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2011 |
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Last night I went to a Halloween movie marathon. I made a triple batch of this chili and took it with me.
We had quite a selection of movies to choose from. Some of which we only watched parts of, others we watched straight through. Some of us hardcore fans forwent the bar scene and stayed up watching into the witching hour (forgive me for the pun, I had to).
On the roster:
- Hocus Pocus
- Children of the Corn II
- Sleepy Hollow
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 version)
- The Nightmare Before Christmas (my personal pick)
I was also pulling for It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, but no one was really down. I was relieved that we fit in two Tim Burtons though!
I’ve been addicted to scary movies my whole life, much to the amusement of my parents. I can’t remember the number of times I ended up sleeping on my parent’s floor because I thought the little girl from The Ring was going to crawl out of our TV downstairs, come to my room and kill me. The logic of this escapes me. How does that little girl kill people? If it’s by staring at them, how will my parent’s save me? I don’t know. Regardless of my childhood fears, I’ve never been able to give up scary movies. Thankfully I can sleep on my own now.
Love Halloween? What are your favorite movies? I love love love this holiday, and I’m a bit bummed I didn’t dress up this year. Other favorite movies include Beetlejuice, Rocky Horror, Edward Scissorhands, and Young Frankenstein.
Jam of the day: Grateful Dead “Friend of the Devil”
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Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2011 |
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I think we have all dealt with crappy circumstances at points in our lives. That is universal.
I believe that what makes hurdles hurdles is that no two crappy situations are ever the same. Every time something new happens, we must develop a fresh arsenal of tools to deal with it.
There are short-term coping methods and long-term coping methods. For the last few weeks (I know this seems like a long time but I thought the problem would be fixed), I’ve been utilizing short-term methods like listening to Fleet Foxes, eating lots of chocolate (Lots. Like a box of Baker’s unsweetened every 3 days) and staying out of my apartment as much as possible.
Crappy circumstance: the heating in my apartment is not fixed and I’ve exhausted my short-term coping tools.
Chocolate aside, I need to be able to use my apartment. While living at friend’s houses and the library has worked for a couple of weeks, my body is tired of schlepping around and feeling anxious over this whole process. While I’m not sure if my landlord has done everything he can, I’m at the point where I’d just rather learn to deal with it myself.
Time to bust out the long-term coping skills. I’m not really sure what those are yet. I think those are much harder to come up with. But in my experience, solutions either present themselves or we find ways to adapt to situations. It may take time, sometimes a long time, but I’ve never been dealt a problem that I haven’t eventually been able to tackle.
Hey, at least I have heat!
It just sounds like a choo-choo train.
Jam of the day: Fleet Foxes “Grown Ocean”
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