Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My only brush with the spooky

Splotch Monster 171, steve loya, Flickr
I am more than a little intrigued by the supernatural. I can't pin down exactly what I believe or disbelieve, but I love hearing the stories. I also hate hearing the stories because I am a weenie and I get spooked easily. However, despite knowing people who've had supernatural experiences, I have just one personal story about something spooky and unexplained.

In my early twenties when I was an undergrad, I worked at a hotel.

>Cue images of The Shining.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

8 Tips for Being Known for Something

I routinely have identity crises. It likely stems from my nomadic life, marrying young, divorcing young, and having two degrees in English.

Who am I?
How am I going to make a mark on this world?
Am I known for anything?

If you're anything like me, maybe you have these questions rolling around in your head too. I think it's important to be known for something, to be recognized as the go-to person for certain things. It makes you feel useful and better understood. Call it a niche or a personality trait, but you have a great deal of control over how people perceive you and what they come to you for.

One of my professors once announced to the class that the best way to dodge responsibility is to mess up the first task you're given. Then no one will bother you with more tasks. Yes, these are my role models, folks. Anyway, he was right, but the street goes both ways. I can't tell you who you should be, but I can offer some suggestions for making an impact.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Simplify

I'm all about people finding their own ways of simplifying their lives, but if you'd like some inspiration, here are some things you can do with little time and effort to streamline, reduce clutter, and enjoy life just a little bit more.

1. Sort your mail. Mail is one of those things that builds up in my home--how about in yours? Go through it right now. Pay the bills, recycle the junk, and neatly put away the things you have to save for later in a designated area.

2. Take 10-20 minutes for a thrift store/Freecycle sweep. Look at your clothes, books, DVDs--whatever you tend to collect--and grab the obvious choices for donation.

3. Take 10-20 minutes to clear out the refrigerator and/or freezer of gross stuff. Really.

4. Take 10-20 minutes to clear your head. Turn off the TV, the computer, the cell phone. Just relax. Take a walk, have a cup of tea, do some stretches, take a nap, or just sit quietly.

Monday, October 8, 2012

8 Tiny Pleasures

Tammy at Rowdy Kittens recently asked readers to share 3 tiny pleasures, but you know 3 just isn't enough for me :) Here are 8 of my tiny pleasures. What are some of yours?

1. Getting my feet dirty.

2. Soup.

3. Cookies: baking them, eating them, or just the thought of them really.

4. Hanging out at The Works in Pacific Grove. It's my favorite of all the places  my knitting group has visited. It's not very close to home unfortunately, but it's breezy and sunshiny unlike so many dark coffeehouses.

5. Spooning.

6. Someone massaging my hands.

7. Board games.

8. Oatmeal stout.