"Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of. but do it in private
and wash your hands afterwards." --Robert Heinlein.

We've moved!

For the next two years (Summer 2014-Summer 2016) I'll be blogging our family's adventures in China at www.chinesemileposts.wordpress.com

Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 New Year's Resolutions

Every few years I post some resolutions for the New Year.  I don't think I did that for 2013 and am too lazy to check, but I'd like to for 2014.  Here's what I have so far:

Create 2013 Blurb book of family blog.
Create 2005 and 2004 Blurb books.
Be able to run/jog/walk a 5K.*
Get in a blogging mindset enabling me to blog more.
Stick to a better diet.**
Read at least 15,000 pages in at least 50 books (trying to cover a lot of genres).
Write/ work on writing.

*I'm not requiring that I actually participate in one, but I'm not completely opposed to that idea at this point.

**We've cut back on how much meat we eat, especially red meat.  We're only supposed to have dessert over the weekend, family night and special occasions.  We need to stick to that... especially after this holiday period of time.


So... we jumped on the How I Met Your Mother bandwagon way late.  I'd heard it was a good show, but by the time I heard that, I'd missed several episodes/seasons (I'm not sure) and I hate that... starting in the middle.  We have cable while we're living in Ohio so we caught a few episodes and then got seasons 1 and 2 from the library.  Meanwhile, we've also been watching them (and DVRing them).  As of right now, we have about 20 episodes recorded waiting for us.  The problem with this... we're seeing the show in a crazy order.  Oh well, it literally makes me LOL.  And I'm totally loving Neil Patrick Harris in this...super impressed with his acting.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Blog bloggity blog

I realized the other day that the biggest problem with my blogging (aside from having no time) is that I used to think in a blogging mindset and I've stopped.  My blogging mindset was living my life but constantly writing little blog posts in my mind about whatever was happening or whatever random thought I was currently having.  And maybe one of those made it to the blog.  But then I stopped thinking in that mindset and the blog posts stopped.  So, one of my resolutions for the New Year it to start thinking in a blogging mindset again in 2014. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Farewell red stripey socks... you've been my favorite for awhile.

I've started getting holes in the bottoms of some of my favorite socks.  Well, more truthfully, I've had holes in some of them for awhile and am just getting around to dealing with it.  It's sad to throw socks away.  I just threw a pair away yesterday that my parents bought for me at the L.L. Bean headquarters in Maine in 1996.  I was supposed to be on that New England trip with them but was accepted to BYU only if I started in the summer.  There went my trip.  I got a warm pair of socks out of it though.  For the most part, socks are the things in my wardrobe that have been around the longest.  I feel like I need to photograph each pair before I say goodbye.  That doesn't make a me a hoarder.  Right?  Right!?  At least I AM throwing them away.  Farewell red stripey socks... you've been my favorite for awhile.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


I'm sad that it's been so long since I've written a blog post.  But even sitting here, feeling like I should post something, there's nothing to say.  There's no need to share recipes or pictures because I'm not even nearly as good as all the other food bloggers out there, and I'm definitely not a food/photo or photo anything blogger.  We recently went to a family holiday dinner in Pittsburgh where one of Jed's uncles asked me how I spent my time and for the first time in a long time, I had nothing interesting to say.  Being a stay at home mom, and homeschooler is never boring nor is it luxurious and exciting to talk about.  But until now, I've at least had other stuff going on in my life.  Now I feel like I'm spending my days running from kid to kid helping them finish up their school work, and when I'm not helping them it's cleaning/picking up, doing laundry and cooking meals.  I barely have time to do the boring mundane tasks like grocery shopping.  Add to my boring life the introduction of Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter and an already dying art (can blogging be called an art?!) continues down that path.  So, until I have exciting thoughts, ideas, recipes, stories to share, this might be the last you hear from me in awhile.  So sad...
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