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A loaf or a swirl


It’s been a long weekend full of family step-drama, and subsequent planning for this winter and spring. These next few weeks will be bumpy, but I’m confident that it will turn out for the best. I’ll share more when final decisions have been made. So, I’m exhausted and going to bed early. I want to get some good work in early in the week.

#reverb11 (via dontbeapicklebump.com)

“Do you have any rituals that you use to calm and center yourself when you are tired, frustrated or angry? What are they? If you don’t have any rituals for yourself, take a few minutes and think about what kind of rituals could you allow yourself to enjoy and describe them.

After all these years, still the best way for me to totally disconnect is to take a long hot bath with a good book. No electronics. No distractions. Usually Nevermore or Isis comes to hang out (Nevermore as a loaf, Isis as a swirl).

Lunar eclipse, lazy Saturday, and what I created in 2011

Lunar Eclipse: Dec 10, 2011

Yep, this is my fabulous eclipse photo. See that little white spot to the right of the tree?

Went to bed around 2 a.m. Hubby woke me up at 6:30 a.m. to see the lunar eclipse in the west, as the sun rose in the east. We could see the moon from the front windows, but the twins and I bundled up to go outside for a few minutes anyway. By the time we saw the moon, it was quite light outside and it was no longer red, but definitely still mostly in shadow. Kind of wish I had gotten up at 4:45 to see it nice and blood-red, but I have seen similar ones before: in fact, I think I dragged the kids out in the middle of the night for the last lunar eclipse (last June?) Afterwards, we all went back to bed and I got up at noon. Then a typical lazy Saturday commenced. There was a radio station holiday party that I could have gone to tonight, but I wasn’t up for it in so many ways.


Create. Share a creative project you undertook this year (art, writing, DIY, cooking, home decoration, crafts, photography … whatever comes to mind). How do you use your creativity to express yourself?

Ooh, look, my one craft of 2011. There’s a followup collage party coming up soon! Other than that I’ve spent the year working on daily blogging, improving my sketchy photography skills {mostly for the blog}, cooking up a vegan storm, and working on interview and production techniques for the show.

New Caledonian Crow: gel on canvas

New Caledonian Crow: gel on canvas. Original photo of Uek by Vince Musi, from National Geographic 2008 "Animal Minds" issue.

Endless media consumption, ethical dilemmas, what keeps life interesting, and remembering 2011’s best foodie weekend



Choose. What was the biggest choice you made in 2011? What caused you to choose what you chose?

Earlier this year, an opportunity fell in my lap which would have benefited me financially, career-wise, stability-wise, and have just put me all around in a better spot. But after some initial research, I realized it involved an organization (and an industry) that while highly respected locally, I could not respect ethically and could not become involved with. Even though I know I made the right choice and it would have been hypocritical of me not to, it was still a very hard decision.


#reverb11 (via dontbeapicklebump.com/reverb/)

“Take a minute and think about what your biggest time wasters. What are they? What would happen if you took some of the time you were spending on these things and focused on pursuing your dreams and goals? Are there other areas in your day where you could work on your passions?

My biggest time waster is definitely online media consumption. I get distracted and jump from thing to thing, trying to absorb as much information as possible, instead of concentrating on one thing at a time. Setting blocks of time to work on individual projects would undoubtedly be helpful.



What flavor did you most relish this year? Perhaps it was a whole meal, but what can you say about the flavors of the last eleven months, what do you want to remember?

One weekend of endless vegan food will never be forgotten.



Catch Phrase. What’s your trademark phrase? Not sure? How about a quote or saying that you repeat often? Bonus points if it’s new for 2011, but we won’t be upset if it’s been around longer than that. Try to put it in context for us if it’s a little abstract. Whoa.

How will you resound?

Life would be boring if we all agreed on everything, or if things always happened in the way we expected them to.


Truth be told



Maybe I had an easier time with writing prompts last year because I actually tried some new things. Maybe there’s just nothing to report this year, nothing to see here, folks. Truth be told, (weird, I’ve been hearing and reading this phrase all over the place lately, I first started noticing it on a Canadian podcast, and now I hear it everywhere, even out of my own blog mouth). Truth be told, I’m not really putting the thought and time into Reverb this year, because with several Reverb sites instead of one, there isn’t one daily prompt that I’m pushing my boundaries to respond to. And I’m not leaving myself enough contemplation time to “reflect on this year and manifest what’s next.”

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. Falling asleep at the laptop now. Long day of SharePoint meetings and radio station edits.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Starting this book that somebody recommended on Facebook recently: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. Reading it old school style: No electronics involved.

Just another night with the um’s, you-knows, likes, I means, and-uhs, awkward pauses, stuttering, mumbling, heavy breathing, and lip smacks



Well, this will be short and sweet tonight. None of today’s prompts really appeal to me. I can’t think of one thing I truly “relished” this year, I don’t have a favorite kind of play (pathetic), I didn’t have a favorite month in 2011 (none of them were all that hot), and I already blogged about my great partner in crime the other day.

Speaking of my co-host, we just spent another night editing out an amazing amount of um’s, you-knows, likes, I means, and-uhs, awkward pauses, stuttering, mumbling, heavy breathing, and lip smacks from yet another highly educated interviewee. Amazing how much people talk like that—it’s really noticeable when you record it and play it back. Our brains fill in so much and are so forgiving in everyday conversation.