Tag: sibling-the-younger

Congratulations Are in Order

To Sibling-the-Younger who, last night, was named Valedictorian of his high school graduating class. This is an amazing accomplishment and I am incredibly proud. There will be a hedgehog venture to commencement ceremonies soon.


Random Quote Sunday: Staging the Room

Along with observing a duck who seemed to be doing spring house cleaning of her feathers, taking a detour through MN that lasted a little longer than planned, and schlepping around PLA: I bought living room furniture. Thanks to Sibling-the-Younger–it’s assembled too!

And yes, I do say these things:

“I keep having visions of gracious rooms and Ektorp Tullsta.

(Come on–if you’ve been to IKEA, you have thought that too. )

And speaking of setting up–while trying to impress upon various people why I don’t want lots of tables at the Knit In:

“I want some cozy sitting areas, I don’t want it to look like a junior high lunch room.”

Sharing in Google Reader

When I first started using Google Reader, I didn’t really pay much attention to the “Share” option at the bottom of each post. Other than accidentally hitting it, I wasn’t using it to “share” with the world–I didn’t figure the world cared that much about what I was reading.

With the upgrade that Reader made a while back, I still didn’t really think much about using it. Google Reader skimmed the addresses book of my Gmail account and synced up my shared with my email inbox. Again, I don’t share much so even the outrage this created with people not wanting everyone to see what they are sharing didn’t really faze me.

While I understand wanting to be selective in what you’re sharing–the option before this version seemed to be “share with the world” and now it’s “share with the people you already email.” Hmmmm…. reading the article linked above, it looks waaaaaaaaaaay too complicated trying to figure out how to reorganize so some people see stuff and others don’t. Personally, I’m going to hold to the same rule I do for my blog: If the Incredibly-Patient-Mother would have a strong objection…

But I have found a few interesting surprises that are pleasing about the share option. My-Friend-the-Lawyer is into house music in a big way. I enjoy it but can’t keep up with it the way he does, so instead I’m occasionally pestering him for names of who I should be listening to. Add Google Reader Share and a half dozen feeds with house mixes that he already subscribes to and tada! Now he just marks whatever he thinks I’ll enjoy and we’re off! This is also how he alerted me that, yes, I could now order Pizza Hut via my cell phone. While I doubt that will be happening any time soon–I can’t remember the last time either of us actually ate Pizza Hut pizza but still, I’m up to speed. (Personally, I still prefer ordering pizza online when I need my half black olive/half bacon fix.)

Similarly things have been trickling in from Sibling-the-Younger (gadgetry stuff mostly), David, and a couple of other friends to whom I can’t give link love.

Anyone else had interesting experiences?

Afternoon update: Apparently lots of people are interested in what’s being shared–Shared items are now their own blog. Thanks to the Lovely Lady of Research Buzz!

The hedgehog has the hiccups**. Nasty violent ones that involve full body shudders and mistyped words with each one. It’s a good thing I type fast and use spell check.

What a lovely holiday! My only traffic snafu was fog on the way to Chicago and drivers on the bumper who thought I should be exceeding the speed limit by far more than I was. There were moments of doubting the sanity of other drivers as we drove through patches of pea soup. Other than that though, I missed the snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow on La Crosse and instead spent a few days in Indiana–where we had a 40 degree Christmas.

It was awfully nice to be home, curl up with the family and find things to laugh about to the point of inability to breathe. Few people can make me laugh that hard anymore, but Sibling-the-Elder, Sibling-the-Younger, and the Incredibly-Patient-Mother do it every time. I also had a chance to prove my ability to still do a pretty decent job with trivia games.

With a full car, I returned yesterday (nine hours and a numb posterior later). I’m now the proud owner of a purple elephant massage toy with heating/ice pack. If you can say that one three times fast, you’re doing much better than I am. (Hiccups, you know) The Incredibly-Patient-Mother outdid herself yet again, I could never possibly have expected that. Just for clarification–that is NOT my elephant on Ebay, that’s just the only picture I could find.

I’ve nearly finished a pair of fingerless mitts for a chum. They’re toasty and as soon as I can figure out how I screwed up the thumb on one of them (I didn’t but I have to redo it anyway), they’ll be off. Off course, all of this holiday knitting has rendered me utterly unable to just sit. I don’t–I can’t. I took knitting to a holiday gathering and finished an old project of said mother’s because I needed SOMETHING to do with my hands. So much for sitting quietly and looking demure. Fortunately, my Godfather didn’t judge and IPM just handed over the needles and yarn and watched as I turned out my 29th washcloth of 2007.

Well…I recommend the comments posted to my Christmas Wishes post. Jennie left me chuckling for quite an extended period as well as possibly discovering a new need for more bath stuff. Did you get any “you smell, have dry skin, and need better lighting gifts?” I admit to giving soap, a blow dryer (at request), and many washcloths.

More library stuff soon, lots of things coming in 2008. Just enjoying the midweek, still unpacking and holiday cheer.

Happy Week Between Christmas and New Years!! (Hic)

**These hiccups are sponsored by an out of sync breathing pattern and having nothing to do with beverages of an alcoholic nature. Please remember to breathe responsibly.