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Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumnal Things

I've been admonished by several individuals for not blogging lately.  It is apparently how people "stalk" me "from afar" so I truly and deeply apologize for letting all the creepy stalkers down.

I feel like lately every entry is me apologizing for not's a vicious cycle.  I apologize for sucking, promise to write more often, then inevetably I do not write more often and have to apologize all over again.  Bleh. 

After thinking long and hard about this while brushing my teeth at work today, I have identified the following reasons why I am not writing as often:
  1. Stress.  I know this is such a lame answer but there has been a LOT going on lately.  I hope to write more about the stress at some point, because there are pertinent points to be made about life and yoga and whatnot, but it might be a couple/few weeks before that happens.
  2. I hate computers.  Now that I spend the vast majority of my day staring at a computer screen, the last thing I want to do after work is stare at a computer screen even more.  It was all fine in grad school, when I was staring at my professor while also having side convos with my classmates, but the end of the day I am computer-screened out.
  3. I'm a little unsure as to the direction of this blog.  Not that I really feel like it needs a direction, but I started this as mainly a food/recipe blog and have since become too lazy to write down and post my recipes.  I'll still try to post when the inspiration strikes, but honestly I think the real recipe creation is better left to the experts.  As a result, this will probably never happen again.  You're welcome.
  4.  I work 45+ hours a week, and when you add in yoga (5ish hours) running (2-3 hours), cooking, cleaning, spending quality time with friends and husband, there is just much time left for writing.
All of that being said, I really, really love writing.  My job basically requires me to communicate in bullet points, and having a blog motivates me to occasionally throw down a few complete sentences.  THROW IT DOWN.

OK I am clearly delirious.

I've learned some things lately, about life:

Thing 1 that I have learned:  Sometimes when you accidentally stick your neck out where it doesn't belong, good things happen.  I'm not really a self-promoter.  At all.  My single, recurring piece of 'constructive' feedback on my last performance review was that I need to be more assertive. Duh - this is not news to me. In the rare case when I do overstep my boundaries it is usually by accident.  This happened recently, and good things came out of it.  So I'm thinking I need to accidentally show up where I don't belong more often.

Thing 2 that I have learned: I need to get a damn handle on my existential crises.  The speed with which I go from "I don't understand this data" to "WHY IS LIFE??!??" is sort of alarming.  The thought process goes like so:
  • Can't understand the data in this damn spreadsheet after 10 seconds
  • Obviously this means that I fail at everything
  • My contributions are meaningless
  • How does this spreadsheet matter, in the grand scheme of all the things?
  • This spreadsheet is meaningless
  • What am I doing
This all takes place in the span of about 2.5 seconds, and then poor Ben has to deal with it when I come home from work and start rambling about my purpose in the universe while simultaneously trying to cut up a butternut squash. I  imagine that my holding a huge, sharp knife is not too comforting in this situation.  Anyways, this is meant to be funny, not to make you feel bad for me.  Spreadsheets ---> existential crisis.  This is the way of the world.

WOW.  We have gone down a path here.  This is not what I intended to write about at all.


Here are some pretty photos of autumn in St Paul.  A couple of weekends ago we had one of those perfect, mistly fall weekends so obviously I took pictures.  Oh, also I finally bought a new battery charger for the DSLR (the old one vanished on one of my many travels this spring/summer) so expect photo quality to improve drastically in the near future.

Also this browser is the worst and will not let me change the size of my photos.  I'll fix them later but for now, all of these pictures are going to appear annoyingly huge.  Deal with it.

This is when they tore the street up and we couldn't park in front of our house for several days.  It was lovely

Either ghosts or Sherlock Holmes should probably appear at this point

Pretty Colors
 Also, this little gem just opened up down the block from us.  Macaroons are basically impossible for me to resist and now that they are 2 seconds from my home, I'm not really sure what will happen.

...and here is a random shot of my family having dinner at Everest on Grand - probably my favorite neighborhood dinner spot.

I am also proud to announce that I have gotten my parents hopelessly addicted to BBC Sherlock.  It's kind of adorable yet also somewhat terrifying.  The most terrifying thing is probably that Series 3 won't air for another year, so I have to endure 12 months of listening to my dad 'predicting' how the cliffhanger will resolve.  Awesome.

That is all for now.  See you again soon I promise!!


  1. Oh I remember that foggy/ misty day! It was so beautiful!

    1. I know, wasn't it?? I look forward to those days all year and then there are like, 2 of them if we're lucky. Got to savor them when they happen I guess :)

  2. hahaha oh man. you are not alone! i swear that every two seconds nate asks me to stop waxing meta about every scenario that baffles me. i have been doing nightly meditation from an app called headspace and it's just got me thinking...a lot! take some breaths and don't stress---you'll get through it!

    1. I blame yoga for making me think too hard about things that matter :) Now I am really tempted to check out this meditation app...

  3. Welcome baaaaack! And beautiful pics! I like that they are large and in charge.
    I totally feel you on point #3. Well I feel you on all of your points on some level, but #3 especially. I don't know what direction my blog is going in either. Also originally started as kind of a healthy-living food-ish blog... But I never make anything original, and also feel that recipe creating should be left to experts and not someone who is unadventurous in the kitchen (as I am). Ah well.
    You could probably write about anything and make it interesting though, so know that!
    And congrats on your new not so kitchen sink-y job move! Maybe they will let you bring the fun shenanigans into your large corporate atmosphere?

    1. Awww your comments always brighten my day. Right back at you on being able to write about anything and make it interesting - your blog never fails to crack me up. Maybe they let me bring the fun shenanigans - my new team seems much more shenanigan prone than the old one.


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