Monday, March 26, 2012

30 restaurant-free days

So my restaurant-free month is over.

In some respects, this was easier while in healing mode.  I don't know of any restaurants that specialize in food you don't need teeth for so if I wanted to eat, it had to be from the fridge at home.  But in others, it was harder.  On those days that I wasn't feeling any of the soft food in the fridge, I couldn't just grab a bowl of soup from the caf at work.  It also sucked for my school nights because I had to make sure I had enough snacks to carry me until I got home and I'm finding that soft food isn't as filling as chewy food.

I'm still not sure if I'm ready to jump into meals in restaurants but at least I can resume my daily routine of stopping at Dairy Queen on my way home.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thing 1's Book 1: The Code of the Woosters

By far and away the best of the books I've read so far for Thing 1.  Wodehouse has always been on the back of my radar as someone to try but I've never gotten around to it until Ellen recommended it.  And I loved it.  It was absolutely hilarious.  The rest of the books are going on my wish list, for sure. And, it turns out, they made a TV show out of it in the early 90's in Britain.  And I do enjoy British comedy so that's going on my to-watch list (which currently consists only of this show.)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thing 1's Book 5 : Smashed

Zoren Zailckas' Smashed is the story of a young woman's relationship with alcohol.  She says very early on in the book that she's not an alcoholic but only that she abuses alcohol. For about the first half of the book, I was sympathetic of her issues - she was clearly drinking to fit in and make friends and I felt bad for her. However, her drinking started to move past fitting in to being horribly destructive and the complete focus of her existence. At one point, her mother visits her during the summer and she's not only so hungover that she can't go for a walk with her mother without being sick every couple of blocks but she had even called her mother before she left and warned her that she'd be hungover. I don't see how this wasn't a red flag for the mother. Or, how this girl was still so irresponsible in her early twenties that she'd go out and get completely hammered the night before her mother visits her.

All that aside, she's writing the book in her post-college years having given up drinking entirely. By the end, I completely lost all sympathy for her and thought she was a bit of a spoiled, self-centred, melodramatic brat. Part of the problem was probably that she had only recently quit drinking when she wrote the book so she was a bit holier-than-thou and preachy about everything. If she had waited a few more years before writing the book, I think it would have been completely different. She had no other life experiences to give her any perspective and it showed. And I don't want to dispute that she had a problem with alcohol, because I think she did, but she seems to have forgotten that drinking is a huge part of the college experience.  I think some of the escapades were supposed to shock the reader but really just sounded like the average college experience.

Anyway, I did like the writing and I would pick up another book by Zailckas but only if drinking had absolutely nothing to do with it.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A month of happy

Yesterday, I was at work and it was casual day and I had a red velvet cupcake in front of me and I had my iPod going and it dawned on me that in that moment, I was blissfully happy. Not that I'm normally unhappy at work - I don't want to claim my job is perfect because it's not but I'd be willing to bet a good chunk of money that I'm happier than the average person with their job.  However, throw a cupcake in there and I'm just off the charts. They could probably pay me in cupcakes and I'd give them top marks on our annual employee survey.

Anyway, it seemed as good a time as any to start my month of taking a photo every day of something that makes me happy. The photos won't be great quality because I'm going to be snapping them with my phone & tweeting them with the hashtag #amonthofhappy.  

Oh, and something else I'm underway with...  Not eating out for a month.  This has somewhat been forced on me with the jaw surgery since there is so little that I can actually eat right now but it still totally counts.  Surgery was on Feb 24 so I'm considering March 25 the last day of the restaurant-free month. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's not a hot tub

It's just a regular ol' Western Digital hard drive.  But it's my new Time Machine! Woo hoo!

I have gotten off my butt and got an external hard drive. Though, if we're being honest with each other, I ordered it online so I didn't get off my butt at all. Well, I guess I did for a short minute when I got into the car to go pick it up from Purolator. But look, that's really not the point. The point is - I have Time Machine set up and it's run once so I officially am now a backer-upper of my files. Yay!

FYI - to those I'm trying to convince to get a Mac (i.e. everyone who doesn't already have a Mac), it was just as easy to set up Time Machine as it was to set up the Mac. Plugged it in, it automatically opened and was all "You wanna make this your back up drive?" and I was all "You know it!" and it was all "Sweet, we're good. Go have some chocolate." And since I always follow instructions, I did.