Social Media

 Recently I've been contemplating purging many of my social media accounts. Why? Well, based on people's reactions when I posted about my impulsive desire, you'd think I was making some sort of political statement. I'm not! I'm NOT fed up with people, or politics. I have NOT experienced social medias in a toxic way. Seriously, I LOVE Twitter. And most the people I know in real life just don't understand/enjoy that platform, or found it to be the most toxic of all the medias they've tried. I am NOT doing it to have less stress. Things like that don't stress me out. I don't feel I have to engage with any post/comment/person I don't want to, and I don't get emotional when I see posts that I disagree with. I have no commentary on social media. I just love purging! I don't know if I can explain it. If you're a fellow minimalist you'll understand. Once you start ridding your life of things you don't really use/enjoy, or just don'

The Circle

  I kind of have a thing for most stories in the Utopian/Dystopian genre. So, The Circle has been in the back of my mind's get-around-to-reading-that-someday list. Well, that day has finally come and gone. Ran across this used copy at a local shop and devoured it in just over 24 hours. It would have happened quicker if things like sleeping or cooking hadn't gotten in the way. The reason I was so slow in getting around to this particular book was because I had seen the movie and thought I knew the general idea of the story... I was so wrong. Not to say there is anything wrong with the movie. I enjoyed it. I watched it a couple of times, but it hadn't thrilled me enough to pick up the book. Of course, I know that books are often far different than their movies. Like Ready Player One. For me to have enjoyed that film I could not have read the book first. So very many changes, and not ones that I was particularly a fan of. But let's not go down that rabbit hole right now. I

Mazing Prompts

I have always loved mazes. I doodle them in my spare time. In fact, one of my NaNoWriMo stories involved a twelve year old girl who had to find her way through an overgrown hedge maze while avoiding the rival gangs of garden gnomes and fountain statues. The maze for that story has grown into an 83 page ongoing project. Recently, I began doodling some digital mazes (like the one above), and it sparked some interesting writing prompts: A child on a mission to build a giant maze for their pet rodent. Someone, or animal, in a lab experiment maze. Possibly without knowing it. Annual town harvest maze for dogs. A contestant in a survivor reality show in which people are put into a labyrinth full of challenges and obstacles, first one to the finish gets... A noble lord/lady who has built a giant hedge maze on their property with plans to host a house party that end with his guests getting lost inside it forever. A space station that was built so quickly and randomly, with new sections branchi

Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

 1 1/2 c. warm water 1/4 c. sugar 2 envelopes yeast 1 T oil 1 tsp. salt 3 1/2 - 4 c. flour combine water and sugar, sprinkle yeast over and let stand until foamy (5min) mix in oil and salt add enough flour to form soft dough, knead until smooth and elastic put in lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm spot until doubled (1hr) 1/2 c. salted butter (softened) 3/4 c. brown sugar 1 T cinnamon Dash nutmeg combine filling ingredients turn dough onto floured surface, roll into a rectangle getting dough as thin as possible spread filling over dough roll dough in a jelly-roll style cut into 1/2 inch slices space rolls evenly in a 15"x10" pan cover and let rise until doubled (30min) 1/2 - 3/4 c. chopped pecans sprinkle pecans on top of risen rolls bake uncovered at 375 until tops are golden brown (30min)

2020 Reflections

What can I say about this year.... It was hard. I spent it at home. A family member passed away. Many people can say the same. The difference for me is that I knew it was going to be this way before the year began. At the end of 2019, the time I would usually look forward to the coming year and set goals (I love New Year's resolutions), I looked forward to 2020 with trepidation. I knew I was about to face one of the hardest challenges of my life. In 2018, my mom (who lives with my husband and I) received a diagnoses with only a 24 month average life expectancy. We watched it progress, and as 2019 was rolling into 2020 the whole family felt sure this year was going to be her last. And I was going to be the one taking care of her. So, as I looked toward the new year, there were no fun goals for me to set. I didn't want to try and knit a lot of scarves. Cook my way through a recipe book. Or read 100 novels. I just wanted to make it through the year without giving up. I am not a na

Overwhelmed by Too Many Choices

I have never bought a vacuum in my life... I have never thought about how many different features a vacuum cleaner has, or which ones could be useful to me... I have never realized just how many different types, or brands, of vacuums exist... Until now. This week, the vacuum that my husband bought long before I had even met him reached the end of it's life. I knew this was coming, but I kept putting off shopping for a new one. Mainly because I had no clue where to begin with buying a vacuum. But it was time. So, this week I did some vacuum shopping. And by shopping, I mean I spent three days asking friends for recommendations. Followed by three hours of online research before I actually clicked the button to make the purchase. I'm not normally like this. Sure, I can overthink somethings, but on the whole I'm a more impulsive person. For example, when I was engaged, I popped into a bridal shop one day. Not planned, just seemed like it would be fun to try on dresses that afte

Halloween Prompts

A coffee shop that is only open at night. Two batty old ladies come into town. They seem lost and confused. They share a pair of glasses to read the menu, and order lunch, at the local diner. Everyone in town takes it for granted that they're just harmless, absentminded old ladies. But really... Someone who is given all the time in the world, but the thing they want most has been taken away. A cafe that puts a different drug than caffeine into their coffee. A woman who is slowly losing her ability to move, but the doctors can't figure out why. All scans and test come back normal, because it's not a physical/medical reason. A pair of glasses that let you see other dimensional beings walking around and interacting with our world. A piggy bank that holds your dreams and wishes for later. Trick-or-treating on a space station. The first Colony Harvest Festival on a new planet. Every sign/billboard, anything with written words, starts to communicate with you. A harvest maze where