Choosing Figs | Neurotic as Hell | A Travel, Lifestyle, and Life List Blog

Taking over your life one blog at a time.

1. Please convince me…
that the fact that some models allow you to choose a cute little car icon is a stupid reason to choose one Garmin over another. Or tell me that I am right and that that is, in fact, the most important thing to look for in a navigation device.

2. I spent way too many hours…
and four computers today trying to convert an iTunes song into an mp3 to send to someone.

3. a conversation…
after my mom shows me the ridiculous pug-shaped purse she bought for my sister

Me: if i ever get an animal don’t EVER EVER buy me anything with that animal on it.
Dad: so, let’s say you inherit a mustang horse. that’s means you don’t want me to buy you a Ford Mustang?

3. Because you don’t have enough val in your life…
I have started a new blog…

I know, I know, I post too much to this one as it is. But this one is different, and actually only a supplement to a bigger website I am creating. But while I am working on designing the site, I thought I’d start posting some posts anyways.

My new website is devoted to all that is odd in America. Playing off of my summer roadtrip, I plan to eventually see every state and the glorious oddities they hold. The blog will also feature other random odd places and events.

I don’t plan on posting in it nearly as much, and much of what I post there will be the same as here, but I thought I’d let y’all know! I’ll let you know again as I make progress in designing the website…but that will take a while.


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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Walter
    October 26, 2007at12:15 am

    Where’d you get that awesome header image?

  • val
    October 26, 2007at6:47 am

    you mean the skyline? That whole template was just one of the default templates I could use when I created the blog. I actually think it’s available for lj too (movable type, which I use to create my blog, owns lj) except it may only be avalable to paying members.

  • Rob Montague
    October 26, 2007at7:18 am

    There is this program called Hymn which will take itunes store bought stuff and convert them into mp3.
    you can get it here:

  • val
    October 26, 2007at9:45 am

    thanks…yeah, i know there’s software for it… basically i tried a couple programs on my work comp – didn’t work. I dled a program that didn’t work on my laptop because it wouldn’t touch protected files. THen I figured out that you can burn the audio to a cd, then convert the cd to an mp3…but my laptop’s cd drive is broken…and then my old laptop doesn’t get internet so it wouldn’t let me use the file in itunes…so finally I found a computer that had both a cd burner and internet and all is now right with the world. 🙂

  • Chris
    October 26, 2007at3:12 pm

    Subscribed. I await updates.

  • Anonymous
    October 26, 2007at8:12 pm

    I love, love, love the new blog’s concept.

  • val
    October 26, 2007at8:37 pm

    Thank you! I have big plans for the site…just have to find the time to put my ideas into actual designs 🙂

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