I missed linking up with Jen's Quick Takes Friday, but Friday is gone and Saturday is here. And so I adapt to the days like a blogging chameleon. (Please allow that imagery to linger for a moment until it seems like a non-ridiculous metaphor.)
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One reason why I missed posting yesterday is because I was having a garage sale. As far as I can tell, there are two types of people: those who like garage sales (whether going or having) and those who do NOT. Sure, some people may be somewhere in the middle, but I have no use for those people in this analogy. Because the thing is...I do not garage sale. I do not go to garage sales nor would I ever think that having one is fun.
For some reason beyond my comprehension--no doubt in a moment my morning medication was making me feel unreasonably optimistic--I thought I should have a garage sale. We have a lot of stuff that I want to get rid of, and I'm not super keen on Craigslisting items for reasons that are unclear even to me, and while I usually just donate stuff, I thought maybe I could pull this off. Though the universe was telling me that I should not have a garage sale (weather and location were not ideal), I went ahead and had one anyway.
The end of the story is this: my planned two-day sale turned into a one-day sale because I am not cut out for having garage sales, particularly when I'm standing under a canopy in the pouring rain. It fills my brain with profanity and makes me hate every person in the whole world. I made $120, and it wasn't even worth it a tiny bit. I will never ever ever again have a garage sale.
One brief moment of cuteness from yesterday: Addie climbed into the baby swing and said, "I'm a baby!" Even in the dark hours of garage sale-ing, that girl can make me laugh.
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This last week was spring break for Jason and the girls, and so Jason and I managed to get out for a date on Thursday (a school night! woo hoo!). As you might be able to tell from the above picture, we went to Widmer Brothers, a restaurant in Portland. It was nice to get out and go into town--and by "town" I mean Portland. *sigh* I love Portland. If you've never been to Portland, you really ought to because it's awesome in so many ways.
Anyway, my love of Portland aside...
We had wanted to see a movie, but there's nothing out right now that appeals to me, so we came home and watched "Pitch Perfect," a movie that many would not enjoy, but as a former choir kid, I loved pretty much everything about it. I could easily watch it many times because I love movies that make me want to sing.
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Speaking of singing, I probably should be watching the tv show "Nashville." The only thing I've ever seen is this clip from last week's (?) episode of these two kids covering the Lumineers, which I found so charming.
I know people love the show, but I still haven't seen any episodes. I just don't have time for tv.
It's *almost* tragic.
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It's possible some of my agitation at Friday's garage sale fiasco was a result of having to buy a laptop earlier in the week. Our Mac laptop died, and since Jason and I often need to be on the computer at the same time, it was a necessary purchase.
Even after 2 1/2 years of using a Mac, I never got used to it. In fact, we never saved a single thing on the hard drive because I could never figure out how to organize the file system (this ended up being a good thing since we didn't have to worry about recovering anything when it stopped working). But seriously, me and Macs are not compatible. I know that they are supposed to be super user-friendly, but we never really managed to connect in a meaningful way.
Ergo, back to Windows.
I did all the necessary research and we bought a Toshiba laptop from Costco. I quickly discovered that I hated the trackpad more than a person really ought to hate a trackpad. Even though I could have used an external mouse, that felt like a workaround solution that wasn't going to make me feel better.
So I went and bought another laptop. A very nice Dell that will work just fine. It's not pretty like the Toshiba, but it doesn't make me crazy.
Sometimes I think that's the primary goal of everything--to reduce craziness in my head.
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Turns out Thursday was my lucky day as far as eating in Portland goes. I currently have a terrible cough and couldn't teach class that day, but it meant I could meet up with a friend I haven't seen in 20 years. TWENTY YEARS! Yep, 20 years ago I went on a missions trip to Romania, and I saw on FB that a guy from my team was going to have a free afternoon in Portland before flying back to Florida. We had lunch at Por Que No, talked about where we've been the last 20 years, and that trip down memory lane was a rather fun one indeed.
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I think I have found the solution to the Google Reader problem. In case you haven't heard, Google Reader--which I use to follow all my favorite blogs--isn't going to be offering their blog subscription service anymore.
Even though I'm moderately tech savvy, I do not like change when it comes to how I interact with the Internet. Or interact on computers in general (refer to #4 and my inability to learn how to use a Mac).
Being forced to make a change though, I switched over to Bloglovin.
I have to tell you, I'm actually really liking it. I haven't quite figured out all the settings, but one thing that I'm learning to like is the feature of reading the blog post from the actual blog. Bloglovin opens up the blog in a special window and then you can click through to the next blog post using an arrow at the top. I thought I might find this annoying, but it's working for me.If you use Bloglovin, you can click this link to follow my blog with Bloglovin. I think.
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I don't have a lot pictures going on today. But if you're looking for some, there's always that little sidebar on the right that shows my Instagram pictures. I'm a bit of an Instagram addict, and so I post most days. And, yes, most pictures are of Addie.
I just can't help myself.