Bakers Are Cool

Anyone who has read much of this blog is aware of how much I love one of the best local restaurants/cafes/places to acquire yumminess: City Lights Cafe.  Well, one of the very lovely people who work there has started her own blog and you… that’s you…. should check it out!

Seriously, it is worth putting on your regular blog-read list. Rachael Griffin: Confessions of a Wannabe Baker (and, if you’re on facebook, find it and like it here).

Now, this ain’t your grandma’s baking blog. That is, of course, unless your grandma made vegan chocolate cake that looks so good you want to eat it off the screen and unless she occasionally admits she’s drinking whiskey while she cooks (important word there is admits!)

There is also some lovely food photos as well as you can see from the shot of this a-mazing chocolate cake! Plus, she’s a super sweet girl and everybody knows that bakers are cool, so check her out and you’ll find her permanently in the link list on this blog.


Much To Write, Too Little Time

I have much to write and too little time in which to do it!

Two books to write about: Room (which I could not complete, but I want to say why) and The Wide Sargasso Sea. The latter was I book I had convinced myself I had read already but had, in truth, not even cracked the cover. It was very good, dreamy, strange and ever so slightly mad.

I am in The Big City visiting my mother and have found the city itself to be less irritating than usual. The local news is, as always, comically horrific and will always be my greatest grievance against my own home town.

So much to write and so little time! Because of this, I have considered combining a couple of my blogs. Recently, I put Random Act of Grace on hiatus because I was ultimately neglecting it in a way I did not wish to do. However, it is the blog that has the most readers, possibly because of both the art/craft content and the Steampunk content. It is my plan to, perhaps, merge these two into a new blog altogether–including merging all old content. It is not difficult to do, of course, I just have to decide if I can stand so much boundary merging!

Also, I canned a dozen jars of plum pluot preserves last week and have more things I wish to do. It is getting cooler–only a bit but still–and that makes canning a whole lot more pleasant. So much life to do and so little time!

New and Interesting

Recommending a new blog. It’s penned (typed?) by an…..well, I started to say an acquaintance, but I’ve never actually met him in person. However, if you can know someone through their writing, then I’d say yes, he is someone I know.  Regardless of all that, he’s worth a read. Interesting and thoughtful reflections that also encourage your own reflections as well.

He is a writer, not simply by virtue of the blog itself but also by calling. This post is a good example.

Add to your regular reading list!  Now, Not Never

New Year

Happy New Year. No exclamation point. Just happy new year. It’s not that I am not excited about it. I’m just not feeling like shouting about it.  I will leave that to everyone else and perhaps I’ll feel more like shouting later.

New Year’s resolutions or plans or whatever for the upcoming year have always been a fun and at least partially productive activity for me. So, here goes:

1. Loose weight.  Yeah, I know, it’s cliche. I’ve tried putting it on the list with no result. I’ve tried leaving it off the list with no result. I’m back to trying it on the list again.

2. Read more. I read all the time. Books, magazines, blogs, websites, emails. All the time. It’s part of my job to read. But I miss fiction. Not just fiction but reading because I want to read. I received an autobiography by Tony Blair for Christmas that I really want to read right now….this very moment….while I’m typing.  So, resolution 2 is read more.

3. See more movies. Silly by some people’s standards but movies have always been a truly joyful part of my life. Over the past few years I have not been able to see as many mostly because I do not have as many people with which to see them. I shall persevere and see more this year.

4. Go to the gym. Yeah, I know, again. It could be related to item 1 but it’s actually not. I need to start going to the gym again or I’ll go crazy.

5. Blog more. I currently have four personal blogs and one church blog. I love them. They are a fantastic outlet for words and pictures. I love where I live and write about it here. I love to take pictures and post them at Mental Scrapbook. I love to make things and give them away and post about that at Random Act of Grace and I love to talk about God, the church and all kinds of stuff to which they relate and I post about them at Shepherdess Writes. I want to do more consistent writing, more book reviews and share more photography.

6. Make more stuff. This is perhaps the most fulfilling part of my life. I’m sure some psychologist would say it’s because I don’t have children. Ok. I don’t care, maybe it is. But I love it and I’ve felt better, healthier, less stressed and more creative the more I make. So that includes knitting, sewing, photography and mixed media projects.

7. Spend less time playing games on Facebook. I will not say ‘spend less time on Facebook’ because my dearest friends live all over the country and if I want to remain connected to them I need to do something like FB.  I am not good at making phone calls. I actually do not like the phone. But FB works. Just want to stay away from those time-sucking games. I would say spend less time watching TV but unlike a whole lot of people, I really watch very little.

8. Find a clock with more than 24 hours in it. Seriously, I’ll need to if I want to do more of these things.

9. See my life as a treasure. Wanting more than 24 hours in a day can be for one of two reasons: 1-poor time management and too much to do. 2-life is so good and full and purposeful that you just plain want more of it every single day.   I want it to be the latter.

10. Spend more time with people. I spend a lot of professional time with people but I don’t really spend personal time. It is ironic because very little of my life has hard boundary lines but this seems to be one of the areas in which I make some sort of bright line between personal and professional time so I feel the professional time tank is low and the personal time tank is too full. Out of balance. Like carrying two buckets of water when one is really heavy and one is really light. Need to share more from the heavy bucket.

Ok, it is a pretty lame, pretty ordinary set of resolutions. But you know what? I’m ok with that.  I’ve spent a lot of my life being unintentionally not so ordinary.  The truth is that I can’t save the world (even one relationship at a time), I can’t undo the past mistakes I’ve made, I can’t undo the things that have happened to me, can’t start a revolution or even stop the negative ideas of someone else. But I can do something about me. Here and now.

So I’m posting this, going over to someone’s house to drink Mimosas and this evening I’m opening that Tony Blair book. It’s a start.