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I can't do everything. That's something hard for a control-freak like myself to admit, but it's true. I. can't. do. everything. Now, I'm the kind of girl who wants to do everything, who tries to do everything, who wants to do it all herself, even if it's beyond me. I can learn. I can do it. I can figure it out. I can. In some ways it's a good quality to have. I pick up so many more skills that way. "I'll figure it out," is one of my favorite things to say at work because I consider it a challenge if...

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and...

Five years ago today I posted my first blog entry. So much has changed since my first confused post. I switched blogging platforms. I went through a redesign. I got a passport. I went to Europe. I went to Europe again. I hooked up with two Canadians. I traveled the country. I drove to Alaska. I became a superfan of competitive eating. I quit my job. I found a new job. I saw free opera. I bought a DSLR. I bought a better DSLR. I watched my friends get married. I met my nephew. I got a masters degree. I...

This. This is officially my one-thousandth blog post. And. that. is. crazy. I started this blog over four years ago and have basically chronicled my entire life ever since. I never intended to keep track of everything I did but, somehow, it morphed into a little datebook of everywhere I've gone and everything I've eaten and so on and so forth. It all began as a way to get more hits to my website and, somewhat, to prove to someone somewhere that I had a life. And over time it's helped me, well, have a life. What's written here is constantly...

Welcome to my new website! It's newer! It's cleaner! It's pinker! Nine months ago I broke my website. I was sad. But instead of going in and trying to fix it I left it be in hopes that it would serve as a catalyst to jumpstart a redesign. Well, nine months later and we're finally here! Let me tell you, when my blog is out of sorts I am out of sorts! So I am absolutely thrilled that this day is finally here! This is actually the FIFTH version of my website. The first one launched as a sophomore in college and was nothing...

My regularly scheduled blogging has been interrupted by the fact that my copies of Photoshop and Dreamweaver have completely stopped working and will not reinstall on my computer. So I can't edit or post photos right now. How the hell am I going to survive? I suppose I could blog without photos. But really, what good is talking about going to the Boystown Halloween parade without posting photos? Hopefully Adobe will come back to me with a solution soon or I can figure something out. Because I have photo-worthy events taking place every night over the next four days. And I...

Meet the new love of my life :) I bought a new camera today. It's a 10.1 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XTi Digital SLR (plus a 4gig memory card!) It was kind of on a whim, but not really because I'd been planning on buying it for a while. Circuit City had it on sale (well, the website had it listed for $65 less, but it was full price at the store - they sold it to me at the website price though) and had a 2-year warranty that covered accidental damage for $100 less than Ritz's (with a camera, I really wanted...