Archive for January, 2009

off topic: change is in the air

There are times (or days) when all you want is some dang change. I’ve actually been experiencing this for a few weeks, but I was raised by Republicans to fear and loathe change… so I’ve been kind of stuck.

But friends, today I break the cycle! Behold my shiny new avatar:

penguin-avatarI spent most of the morning pouring over outfits and backgrounds in ways I would never do in real life. Pretty ridiculous all things considered. But as my previous avatar had been in fuzzy slippers, pink blanket and home office for the last two odd years, it was time for a  more representative image and that’s the money question: how do I want to represent myself? 

Too dang many choices out there, people.

Anyhoo,  I chose a “work” environment. The avatar site won’t let me use more than one pet or child at a time (lame!) so I eschewed a home related stage. I selected more work appropriate outfits, but the parka/penguin combo works well since it is FREEZING cold in my office.

So we change, a little bit at at time. Now if I can just convince myself to go crazy and change the blog theme. Big stuff people, big stuff…

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lolcat du jour

Snorted coffee through my nose not once, but twice this early morning. LOLcats for the WIN!

Courtesy of my bff KM:

lolcatbeowulfphonebill

A little writer’s humor for my bff JB:

lolcatedits

off topic: anti-new year’s resolution

res-o-lu-tion (noun) – the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.

Welcome to 2009. So far, so good. Of course, we’re only seven days in.

And for those last seven days everyone’s been yapping about their New Year’s resolutions, all that junk that they want to do or think they should do… but never actually do. I’ve made more than my fair share of unrealized resolutions over the years. What a depressing affair: make a promise to yourself that you cannot or will not end up keeping.

So in 2009 I will not make empty resolutions to lose weight, get fit, clean my house, win an Academy Award or any other such nonsense I’ve loaded on my shoulders in the past. Instead I will simply live my life; get up, take care of my family, go to work, pick up my kids, have some dinner and maybe get some stuff done when I have a few minutes to spare.

Don’t get me wrong, I have actual goals. This blog exists because of those goals. But I’ve been slapped by reality one too many times by setting arbitrary deadlines for them, causing distress and depression because I end up focusing on the negative aspect of a project and consider it “failed”.

The reality is I should be celebrating the fact that I am actually rolling, not gathering moss,  that each attempt gets me just a little bit farther. And that, people, is kind of the point. Even small steps get you places, they just don’t do it as fast or spectacularly.

Join me in stopping the cycle of self-abuse! Down with resolutions! Carpe diem and other platitudes!

And don’t forget to keep moving forward.