Monday, July 27, 2015

"Game" of Life

So tonight I was going to sit down and write a blog post on growth and change.  It was going to compare the "game" of life to other games.  Specifically I had Nintendo and D & D in mind.

Now, game systems, like Nintendo, come with a reset button.  If you don't like the way the game is going you can reset it, and start all over.

This is nifty.  Nice feature.  Too bad it doesn't apply to real life.  Like, lose too many hearts, reset, hearts come back.  Sure, you have to do some things all over again, but you've done them before, you know how to do it now.  Better, faster, with more power.  Okay, with less power, but you know where I'm going with this right?

Lost your sword? Its dangerous to go alone! Hit reset!

Now D & D (Dungeons and Dragons for those among you who don't speak geek) isn't a console game.  It doesn't come with a reset button.

Come to find out it doesn't really fit with my anology either, but I'm gonna roll with it.



(Get it... Roll with it.  I made a joke.  It was funny.  Laugh at me damnit!)

When you play a Nintendo game, you have a character given to you.  Once upon a time if it was an RPG you could name your own character but after that you were sort of stuck with the game as the programers ...um... programed it.

D & D is different.  You get to create your own characters.  You have to do this based on a certain set of rules, but they are your creation.

Now, these characters grow.  They change.

Now this is where I get a little murky on the whole thing, since I've never actually PLAYED the game.  But I've heard people talk about it.  Had a conversation about it on FB tonight in fact.

Meanwhile, while your console game character is limited to a set number of choices and a set number of outcomes, your RPG chracter has a wider variety of directions to go, you can learn and you can grow.  And while you might never change your alignment you will be a vastly different character at level 15 than you were at level 1.

And maybe if I had played more D & D and less Super Mario then I'd be a little better at this whole "LIFE" thing.

Because I kind of really want to hit the rest button, you know?  Like, who is this turtle and why did he just bite my feet off?  RESET!

The Game of Life does not come with a reset button.

But there really are turtles that can bite your feet off!
I've got to learn how to roll the dice instead.  And hope for a natural 20 (because that is apparently a good thing)

So, time to start rolling!

Think this is enough dice guys?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Share a Link - 7/26

Good morning friends.  Happy Sunday!

I hope you all had a fabulous and productive week and are ready to share something interesting with our Share a Link linky today.

 Last week I found out something that I love to hear.

Remember how I always say that if you visit other peoples links and DON'T just drop your own link and run, that you might just find your new favorite blog?

Well, I can't speak for favorites but I did find out that two of my regular linkers have also become regular readers of each others blogs!

So, DON'T BE SHY!  Drop a link or two to something you've written online, new or old.  Take a moment to visit the links that have been shared.  Make a new friend and HAVE FUN!


Friday, July 24, 2015

That is Poetry

"I have nothing to say, and I am saying it, and that is poetry" --John Cage

 I used to be quite a prolific blogger.  I wrote a blog every single night.  I wasn't internet famous, but I had a group of loyal readers and commentors.

Then I did the thing.  You know, the THING.  The thing where I start to thinking, "nobody wants to read this" and I started trying to change my voice.

And after a while I started thinking, "I have nothing to blog about."  Because I don't do much and what I do do fell under the "nobody wants to read that" category.

Well, its time to get OVER that.
Its time for me to start writing every day again.
And if nobody wants to read that, then so be it! 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Coffee, Yummy : A Wordless Wednesday

My youngest boy loves to eat and drink.  And when he can't REALLY eat and drink he loves to PRETEND to eat and drink.


I keep telling my husband we need to get him a fake food play set, or a tea set. Cause he's always doing stuff like this:

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Share a Link - 7/19

HAPPY SUNDAY!

I am happy to see you here, visiting my blog, on Share a Link day!

If you are a blogger I do hope you share a link or two to your own writing.  Doesn't much matter whether it is a personal site or a PPV site, as long as it is something you have written.

If you are not a blogger, but are someone who likes to READ blogs, I would love for you to visit every single link shared in the linky below.  You can do it, I know you can!  And you just might find your favorite new blogger.

And if you read something you REALLY enjoy, I urge you to PIN it, or LIKE it, or TWEET it.  Help spread the word about other bloggers, because we all really want more readers.  That is, after all, the reason we write, right?


Monday, July 13, 2015

Garlic Cheese Bombs: A Pinterest Experiment

I'm not much of a cook, but every once in a while I'll see a recipie that looks divine that also seems simple enough for even me to do it.

These Garlic Cheese Bombs by Spending with Pennies that I found on pinterest was one of those things.



It was simple enough.

1 can of biscuts
some cheese
some garlic
some butter
some more cheese (parmasan)
some dried parsley

For the recipie you halve your biscuts.  You wrap your biscut halves around a cube of cheese.  You close the biscut around the cheese and roll it into a ball.

You melt your butter (3 tsp) and your garlic (1 clove crushed).  You roll your cheese biscuit balls into the butter/garlic, then roll it in the cheese/parsley then bake until golden brown.

The pictures on pinterest were amazing golden brown Ooey Gooey GOODNESS.

So what happens when the cooking imparied gets ahold of it?  Well...this happens.

The original recipe called for a can of 10 biscuits.  Since I knew I'd be the only one eating these I only used a can of 5.  This makes 10 "bombs".  I thought my cheese to dough ratio seemed pretty good.

I didn't have any parsley, so I just dipped mine in the butter/garlic and then into some Parmesan.  I'm not sure how much the parsley would have changed the flavor. (PS Please don't judge me on the condition of my pizza pan.  I'm not a food blogger after all.)

Hot and fresh from the oven.  There is cheese oozing out where I didnt so such a good job of  sealing the biscut dough.  Oozing cheese is promising though.

I grab one and break it open and...

There was not as much ooey gooey cheesey goodness inside as I was led to believe!

What did I do wrong?  I think maybe my hunk of cheese needed to be bigger.  But if there were much bigger I don't know if my biscuit halves would roll around them.  Next time I might try it with more cheese though.

Now, if MY Garlic Cheese Bombs look good to you, you should check out the REAL recipie and all the proper cooking instructions at Spend with Pennies!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Curated Bookshelves, Or Something More Acheivable

See this hot mess right here.  This is my book shelf.

Actually this is one of 4 of my bookshelves (with a little peek of a second one on the left.)  This particular shelf holds me Misc. Books.  Ones that I have, that I want to keep forever and ever, but don't have enough of to have their own shelf.
The shelf you see to the left is my Stephen King shelf.  Cause Stephen King writes a lot. One day my Dean Koontz and Janet Evonavich books will need their own shelves too I think.

The other two shelves are in my bedroom.  One of them has my notebooks and craft books and the other one doesn't even hold books, it holds my craft supplies.

But anyway, I was talking about my self being a hot mess.

Its not very organized.  Twice in a row now I've become the proud owner of multiple copies of some of the books because my husband looked at the shelf, didn't see a particular book, and bought another one.

How embarrassing!

For a long time I have been wanting to clean off my shelves and organize them.  I prefer for my books to be organized by author, but since I've just been sticking them wherever when I get new ones a lot of them are not in the right spots.  Janet Evanovich especially.

That is going to be a big task.  Sure, its as simple as pulling the books off the shelf and reorganizing them but its a bigger job even than it looks like.

What you can't really tell from this picture is that I don't just have books on the shelf.  Each shelf is TWO rows deep.  Except for the top shelf.  The top shelf is THREE ROWS DEEP.

What that means is that even if I clean my shelf it's never going to look "clean."  If you know what I mean.  Its never goign to look like this:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/19421842120050394/
I have too many books for my shelf to ever be this pretty.
That shelf up there is stunning to me.  I love it.  Books and lots of pretty art.  And it's yellow, and you can SEE the pretty yellow.  I would like to have pretty art on my shelves and paint the back a pretty color to see behind it, but they are too busy groaning under the pressure of the books they are holding.  And I can't even think of the last time I saw the BACK of my shelves.

Lucky for me that pinterest is full of bookshelf porn.

But, that doesn't mean that my own overflowing shelves can't be functional AND clean.  Or at least Cleaner.

Maybe one day before the month is out I can get back to you with an "After" shot of my bookshelf.

In the meantime instead of cleaning I sat down and wrote.  I wrote 3 Tips on Bookshelf OrganizationBecause if I break it down into only 3 steps it seems like I MIGHT be able to accomplish this thing.

Meanwhile if you are just wondering why I don't just get rid of all my books and get them all in e-reader formart you might want to check out Books Make a Home.  Written by a bibliophile like myself, maybe it can help you find the enjoyment in a physical book that other people have.