• Daily Life

    Blog Update: All My Old Posts Are Available Now

    I couldn’t figure out or did something wrong when trying to transfer my blogger blog posts over the first time. But for some reason, I only had to try one thing this time (pretty sure it was redoing what I did before), and it worked. So all the posts that I left on my old blog are available here now. I’ve also updated my template and added tags, so I’m pretty pleased with myself. I’ve also updated some of my pages as well.

    I rejoined the Classics Club, so I will be writing more individual reviews, and I feel like I’m getting more motivation back to write more opinion posts. For awhile I was burned out and just burned on opinions (still don’t love rants and opinions-presented-as-sermons-or-facts . . . for obvious reasons). I think I’m better able to think through things and to write in a way that is perhaps less antagonizing? I want to try to utilize my book journal more (that makes it easier to write more thoughtful reviews and opinion posts) and just put more thought into things. I think I’ve been reading too passively and quickly recently.

  • Daily Life

    Link Love: Character

    Advice from a mom. I have a hard enough time responding sometimes.

    How to deal with nightmare guests one and two. And perhaps how to see if you are one. One of the
    most aggravating things about rude people is when hosts don’t deal with them.

    The comment in section six of this blog post. Um, that should be a caution/stop sign for us!!! I’m really good at dredging things up that I’ve done, I’ve got a good memory, I’m sensitive to reactions, but what if I didn’t know/wasn’t thinking about the reaction, didn’t see the reaction?

    Honesty online. Ranting, raving,  and complaining ties in here. People do that too much with friends, and it’s never a good idea at work, why would it be online? It is not fake to be “reserved.” To be careful. The Internet isn’t your diary, oversharing (over-familiarity) repels, oversharing creates a false sense of knowing people. Online you are missing a relationship, you are missing body language and tone and context (hello, why all emotional and subjective issues are dangerous online).

    Gratefulness list. This isn’t new, but sometimes hearing an idea in a different way makes it seem more appealing.

  • Learning and Exploring

    Link Love: Quotes

    People, Pinterest is not the place to be deep, to give a history/social message. I go on there to pin pretty things. To laugh. There is a time and a place for everything, and I think Pinterest as a soap box is obnoxious and sloppy.

    I’ve heard and read many misattributed (or not attributed) quotes, and so one day I decided to check a quote on my Pinterest quote board, yeah, the person didn’t say it or in those exact words. I feel like a fool and promptly deleted my board. If I’m not going to research fact-based Pinterest posts (quotes, historical Pins, etc.), then I shouldn’t pin them. I’ve since deleted my liked Goodreads quotes as well. I found this quote checking site indirectly through another person’s link.The original article spoke of finding the absolute original quote . . . and then left out the earliest similar version in their story . . . unlike this site. I think you can submit quotes you want to be researched too.

    And a manner of speaking I need to learn.

    And quotable characters? How about Algernon Moncrieff. I love how his character is translated in the Web Series In Earnest (which did and does not get enough love, so go watch it!). Also, Ernest’s reactions.
    Episode 4 The comments on marriage.
    Episode 6 Algie’s running commentary. Yeah, the whole episode.
    Episode 11 This whole episode, but especially the “three is company” conversation and “work hard at something pointless.”
    Episode 39 At the end.

    This quote link-up looks fun . . . just make sure you double-check everything you read and post.
    I’m very bad at filling this in, but I’m trying to keep a quote journal, but I need to do more than book quotes, I need to fill in basically all the lines of How to Steal a Million.

  • Learning and Exploring

    Personality Again and Links

    I’m sure I’ve posted too many personality posts, but I am continually finding interesting articles or blog posts.

    I enjoy taking these for fun . . . but then it gets too complicated and too rule based. Too many little boxes. Meyers-Briggs is fun for FUN but it’s not a good tool for serious issues (well, not much in psychology is really, much of it is quite frankly, opinion, psychologists are NOT medical doctors, psychiatrists are). The T/F is the one where I really saw an issue. That is NOT a continuum. Plus, I always wonder how honest people are about their faults. Anyway. I have a hard time placing myself in these boxes; nevertheless, I find this interesting
    I’ve read about HSP. And well, it smacks of the same special snowflake snobbishness that the introvert obsession does. And then there is this, perhaps we are just extremely selfish and irritable?
    Speaking of, is there anyone else that cannot handle certain senses? I have a low smell toleration and low noise toleration. I can’t seem to have too many sensory things going on at once.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    About Fandoms

    I’m not big into fandoms. I think they can be super annoying and people can be weirdly obsessed. I think it is especially odd if the fandom is something that really won’t last very long. Do fandoms annoy anyone else? I suppose I do sort of fangirl sometimes, but when I go overboard or watch others go overboard or find too much fanart, fanfiction, I get disgusted or annoyed with what I originally liked, you know?

    I really liked all the fanart with fanfiction of the HP Marauder generation in Pins on Pinterest, but with my interest came overindulgence, and I found some stupid, sickening stuff. So that and watching the movies (which I don’t really care much for) has rather harmed my careful spacing of my re-reads.

    And I know I hate when people mess with the oh, so sacred book and story!

    I like to constantly read new novels and give myself space to come back to old favorites after a long interlude. Hence my love of the library. Maybe part of all this is I didn’t read much as a teen, and so I don’t have such a long-read list that I can more naturally have huge gaps in favorites.

  • Learning and Exploring

    Character Links

    I know I’ve been bombarding you all with links, but I’ve been trying to declutter my bookmarks and putting links in posts is a way to share and save.

    Traits of people with high EQ (and fully functioning and ethical conscience; I posted a link about the dangers of high EQ earlier, this is a very important point to consider)
  • Daily Life

    Balance in Hospitality

    The best way to deal with issues is with preemptive measures like these: 

    ~Limit number of guests.

    ~Limit time.

    ~Ask other people to bring food.

    ~Set up a clean-up plan so all family members help.

    ~Put out toys, games, etc. that are durable and put away anything easily broken or precious.

    ~Limit range of house and grounds (make sure the parents and their children both hear).

    Passive aggressiveness only enables the offendors to hurt other unwary hosts, and unforgiveness or harshness hurts the sensitive or sane guests, so

    ~Ignore irritations and small issues, don’t make guests feel bad for small issues (or even some bigger issues); they should still feel welcome if they act like sane people. Just make sure boundaries are clear. Here are some books on hospitality. My family has always been hospitable, so our problem is not with welcoming.

    ~Respectfully ask for help or cessation (depending on the situation) when guests are continually excessively inconsiderate.

    ~Address the beyond rude guests with their sin strongly (we’ve had a HUGE issue, so I’m not talking about the above).

    I cannot share the major issues, but I will share one lesser issue. We had an irate neighbor (of course, I think this neighbor looks for offense; they’ve watched us in our yard and clearly weren’t thrilled that a family of 6 kids moved next door) ring our doorbell about guest kids trespassing (and another innocent guest had to answer the door and take the heat); we have 3 acres, that is plenty of room to explore.

    How to be a good guest.

  • Learning and Exploring

    How to Deal with the News Links

    Yes, I know the election is old news, but these are (mostly) general and timeless attitudes and responses.

    A safe and hospitable home no matter the news and ways to cope with the news cycle and paying attention to news close to home

    Ways to pray on election day

    News consumption News is biased in so many ways. One major way is toward anger and fear and gloom and doom. That is not honest.

    Opinions and beliefs are not the same thing

    9 Sins the Church is Okay With All of these are quite tied to this posts title, believe me. Along with a dose of arrogance and self-righteousness

    Kind over Epic

    And Lord of Ring responses to the world and evil This is a serious article and quite good

  • Culture and Entertainment

    I’m Just Not a Social Media Person

    I deleted my Instagram, again, this time really trying it (not all out like a professional but more than just having an account). I feel like that I need to enjoy whatever online or digital tool I use for its own sake. Social media that I don’t find personally helpful and interesting are not worth merely using as a tool for blog promotion, at least right now. Any marketing that eventually came out of it isn’t worth the effort (I really dislike of selling and advertising).

    The only big social media that I use are Pinterest and Blogger.

    I love blogging. I love finding and reading blogs. I am inspired to knit more. I discover new (to me) books and movies to try. I find more natural beauty options I love the sewing and fashion inspiration. I just really feel that my little curated collection of blogs is so often truly, practically inspirational. Oh, sure I’ve wasted time on blogs that I don’t benefit from, but overall, I think the blog world is worth my time. I think blogging myself is enjoyable, especially since I can schedule, and so I am planning to make more of an effort to grow it into possibly a bit of job.

    Pinterest is another love of mine. I did get my account in the extremely early stages during which you had to be invited, but I didn’t understand or use it much until it really sprang into life. Then I went crazy. I think that Pinterest is a great search engine and curating site even with the changes I dislike. The blog promotion is a nice side benefit.

    Ravelry and Goodreads both have social media capabilities which I may at some point use (or use again), but right now I enjoy them for their main capabilities.

  • Learning and Exploring

    Minimalism Aesthetic

    I can appreciate some aspects of the minimalism trend such a less stuff and higher quality. None of this is of course new, but sometimes it takes outside help to motivate. One aspect of the trend I dislike, and its NOT an essential aspect, but one of taste. I don’t like minimalism in decorating; modern, white, austere, neutral, cold. I need interest, softness, color, elegance, warmth.

    I like houses like shown on this blog. We have friends with an artsy house aesthetic also. I like this, but when I think of maintaining it! Its not my style, and I would need fewer knick-knacks, but its far more my style than the minimalist look. I’m a crafter too, that is part of why I’m not a minimalist overall.

    Similarly, I’m not a minimalist in style; I understand the need for fewer clothes, and I can do that. But I am not interested in the limited colors of a capsule wardrobe. I would rather have fewer outfits with more colors.

  • Learning and Exploring

    Minimalism with the Internet and Technology and Links

    One of my goals for this year is to simplify, and one of the areas that I want to simplify is my usage of the Internet and Technology.

    I’d like to cut down on my Internet time and to use the time that I’m on more productively. I want to go back to having only a few Internet/tech days a week; I also ought to limit the time on those days also. Here is a list of items to help with electronic streamlining.

    In order to help improve my Internet time I want to focus my time and streamline my usage. I’ve started an Internet list in my bullet journal of all the things I want to do with my Internet time (I’ve tried this before; I need to use the list) because I frequently get on and forget all the things that I wanted to research or do.

    Another thing that I’ve done for a while is write up a ton of posts and scheduled them. I don’t weary myself of blogging this way and can accumulate content and ideas during the scheduled period.

    I cannot justify any typical purely Social Media sites; I just don’t have an interest or need. Here is an article suggesting we quit Social Media. But I do need to be more efficient with the sites I do use and enjoy; my three big Internet places are Gmail, Pinterest, and Blogger.

    Here are some ways to help clean up your online presence. I’ve signed up for FAAAAAR to many business and blog subscriptions.

    With Pinterest and bookmarks, I need to make sure that I don’t overwhelm myself, that I can easily find and use saved ideas, that I will use them, and that I delete what I know longer need (for bookmarks at least, maybe some Pins although it is easier to simply Pin better).