Saturday, March 6, 2010

Insert Un-Inspired Title Here...

I have been totally slacking on the blog-front lately, shame on me.  I've been crazy busy with class, and trying to get things done before I leave for California on Friday morning, and trying to spend as much time as I can with Matt before my trip.  The good news is, I should be able to update my blog along the way since I'm taking my awesome netbook.  I'm also taking my camera and will try to include some pics along the way.  I don't have net service apart from what I can get as free wifi along the way, or net at my moms, but will try to update when we stop in Flagstaff or Kingman for the night on Saturday.

Other than school work and trip planning and husband coddling, I've just been trying to keep my house clean.  Seeing how I'll be gone for a week and a half, the cleaner it is now the less I'll have to do when I get home.  Matt's bound to make a huge mess while I'm gone,  he's crazy messy,  so more work now means less work later... or at least that's what I'm telling myself.  I've got to do the grocery shopping on Tuesday and there's a video game Matt wants that comes out then, so I'm going to try to get that for him.

Let's see, I also wanted to share a bit of writing news.  Melanie and I have formed writing group!!  We both want to write more, and we both need support, so we're writing together.  She gets all the credit for this awesome idea, it dawned on her while we were in class a few weeks ago.  We've decided to get together every Thursday afternoon for a few hours, to write and support one another's writing, before our Thursday class.  We've had one session so far and it was amazing and productive.  We missed last week because I'm a total slacker, but will be getting together this coming Thursday to write again.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Truly, it was an inspired idea!  Then, of course, we'll miss getting together the week I'm in CA, but will pick it up again the week after spring break.  Looking very forward to it and to the productivity that the first session proved to be.  It definitely renewed my interest in my novel in progress, Remembering Tomorrow, so I'm working on that again.

Finally, I added a "Portfolio" page to this blog as a place for me to keep a collection of links to work I've done around the net -- it's a relatively small list, but it's growing.  I've also started a new blog over the last few days, a book blog called 'A Turn of Page,' if you're interested -- if you go to that site, can you tell me how it looks.  It looks fine on my computers, but I like to be sure it looks okay otherwise.  I need a new blog like I need a hole in the head, but I love blogging and I love books, so it works.

Anyway, that's all I have for the time being.  Adieu.


  1. Can't wait to see you!!! You know, you should tell aunt sue all about your book that you are writing I know that she would love to hear about what it's about. Tell Matt that we love him for letting you come out to see us...we miss you sooo much... him too, wish he could come also, but I understand why he can't.

  2. I can't wait to see y'all either!! I'm looking forward to the trip and getting out there to see y'all. My teeth are bothering me a bit, so I'm a little worried about the trip out there, but hopefully they'll behave themselves long enough for me to get there, and then to get home.

    Matt knows you miss him. He's going to miss me while I'm gone, but he understands.

    I love you, see you soon.

  3. The new blog looks great, Kristyn. I love what you were able to do with the rustic-brown 'book tree' graphic...very nice work.

    I also started a new blog about ten days ago, but I don't think I will reveal it until spring break, if I ever reveal it at all; for some reason I'm always hesitant to share anything I write--maybe I have a little bit of Matt's blog-shyness. Anyway, mine focuses on teaching anecdotes--just the funny little ins-and-outs of being a teacher. It's just getting to the point where I have such an overflow of things I want to share that it makes it almost necessary to open up a second blog just to house them all.

    The writing group is a great idea! Wish I had a friend or two up here who enjoyed writing.

  4. The new blog looks great! I already added it to my blogroll. It is pretty funny actually...since I don't know any bloggers, your blogs are half of my blogroll. =)
    Have you tried Ambesol for your teeth? I had one toothache for which it worked great, and another for which it didn't work at all. (And OralGel never worked!)
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..One =-.

  5. Thanks, Jodi!! I found that graphic, which was actually designed to be a desktop background, and fell in love with it. So, when I decided to start a book blog, I had to use it. The theme is called Vigilance and it's my favorite free WordPress theme! Very versatile.

    If you decide you want to share your new blog, I'd be interested to read it! I've found, like you and Shannon it seems, that not all things can belong in one place comfortably. I'm hoping Shannon will share the URL for her new blog, too. :)

    It is a great idea! I wish I could take credit. Melanie's a smart cookie.

  6. Thanks, Shannon. I giggled about the blogroll thing. You'd think, after all these years blogging, that I'd know more bloggers, too, but I don't know too many either. A lot of the bloggers I know are friends. Like Mayren, she's a friend from TX who moved to CA about 6 years ago. Or Shawn (SjN) who I know from playing WoW.

    I think I'd have to say that Phoena is my best online pal. I met her through the net and we email and such. But yeah, most of my blogfriends are people I know in other ways. Being a personal blogger, sometimes it's like that. I blog for my own sake and am flattered that others find what I have to say interesting enough to read it.

    I've never tried Ambesol, but I have tried OraGel, which doesn't seem to be doing anything. It just makes all my non-toothache areas feel tingly and numb, but my teeth still hurt. May have to try Ambesol next!

  7. Kristyn, have you ever met Shawn or Phoena in person? I'm just curious...I sort of find the dynamics of online friendships pretty fascinating.

  8. No, I haven't. Phoena only lives about an hour and a half from here, and we've been meaning to get together but haven't gotten around to it yet. We have a lot in common, so I'm hoping we can get together sometime soon.

    As for Shawn, no because he lives in Phoenix. He's been friends with Matt and me for several years through the game, but we've never met in person.

    Another person I absolutely love, who I met through WoW is Kristine. We started out as friends because of the game and have since become friends in spite of it. She and I, and her sister Mary, have been friends from the game even longer than I've known Shawn. They're very good friends!

    So, I suppose I have a lot of friends online that I consider real, tangible friends, that I've only met on the net. I hope to remedy that soon with Kristine, and maybe Mary, and definitely Phoena.

  9. That is so interesting! I can't get myself to consider someone a tangible friend until I've met them in person. It's kind of like the final testimony to that friendship; the meeting them in person, that is. I can absolutely adore someone online, but it's the meeting them in person that finally cements it for me, that tells me "this is real." But WoW would actually bridge a lot of that gap, because when you converse with people via WoW, you have that person's avatar right in front of you. It does add such a realistic element to that's about as close to meeting the real person as you can get. Well, except for the fact that everyone's hot with superpowers, LOL. At any rate, I hope you don't take this to be me undermining any your friendships; I actually think it's really cool that you have such enduring relationships that don't rely on a physical assessment of that person.

  10. I don't take it as you trying to undermine my friendships, not to worry. I just take it as curiosity. As a person with some pretty severe social anxiety issues, having friends online makes it easier for me to make friends. I can't just walk up to a person and say hi, it doesn't work for me. Too awkward, too many unknowns, you know? Then again, I've always been like that to some degree, it's just gotten worse as I've gotten older and more self-conscious about my appearance.

    It's easy to make friends online because no one is judging you based upon how you look, it's all about your personality. For some people, that's the personality that they make-up, for me it's very much about being as real as possible because I have many more friends online than I do in my day-to-day life. I mean, online I converse with half a dozen people regularly, in person I have one really good friend I see regularly, but that's about it. I have some really good friends in Waco, but I don't have the chance to see them much at all. So, online friends are an important part of my life and I consider them just as much a friend as the friends I've made in person.

    As for WoW, it's not just the avatar, but that helps. When we're playing WoW we use Ventrilo (a chat server) to actually talk to the people we're playing with. It's mostly used for raids, and group activities, but some people hang out on vent and just chat. It helps to hear their voice. I've spoken to Kristine and Mary and Shawn over vent many, many times. So, in that way I've "met" them in more than just typed words. WoW is a very social environment with a lot of potential for both friendship and drama, just like the real world... except everyone is hot and has superpowers. ;)