#MicroblogMonday: Refresh

I wrote a really good post for #MicroblogMonday in my head Sunday night. Then I forgot all about it Monday morning, except that it was really good. I didn’t write all day thinking it might come to me. Then I had an event. So this is my consolation post.

I’ve been thinking about how outdated my header picture is and that I should probably update it. What I really like about that picture is that our faces are obscured. Which is a funny thing because our faces and names are all over this blog. If I’m going to update I figured it might be time for a whole new look -I’ve been sporting this one since early 2012. So I spent some time perusing themes in WordPress.

I’m currently in Scrappy, and considering Dreamway and Fifteenth. I’m on the fence about the thumbnail style posts in Dreamway, but Fifteenth would require a significant amount of customization. It’s on the list, I might actually get to it this year.

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Maybe I’ll remember the other post sometime this week…

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

sisterhood_blogThanks to A at No Baby Ruth for nominating me to answer these questions. And if you missed my video blog a couple of weeks ago I answer some similar questions about my self and my blog.

So here are my Q & A:

1. If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you say you feel?

Today I would say I feel 103. Despite being away and looking forward to my night in a hotel of unbroken sleep I stayed up entirely too late gabbing with old friends who I haven’t seen in a long time. I think most days I feel like I’m in my early 20s because there is NO WAY I am old enough or mature enough to be married with too kids.

2. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

There is very little in my life that I regret. But I think I would do-over my college years in that I wished I could have cared less about “fitting in” and been truer to who I am.

3. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

This one has been hard and I’ve been thinking about it for the last five days (I AM AMAZED THAT IT’S ONLY TAKEN ME FIVE DAYS TO DO THIS). This is like the question of a burning building what would you save. And things are only things and there is so little that I couldn’t replace in some form or live without. To answer the question I couldn’t do it without items that are a collection of things – but I count the collection as an item because individually it doesn’t make sense:

– My laptop (it has everything on it)

– Simon’s memory box & baby book

– Caleb’s memory box & baby book

– My Grandmas jewlery

– My wedding rings

 

4. What are your top three favorite books and why?

Where the Red Fern Grows – I read this for the first time when I was eight and it was the first book to DEEPLY affect me. I’ve read it maybe 4 more times, and I will read it with the boys. And then maybe never again.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – If you haven’t read this, do, now. Another incredibly powerful story.

Pride and Prejudice – I had to read this about five times and watch the movies the Kiera Knightly one and the BBC one before I finally got it. It took me that long to understand why Mr. Darcy was anything other than a complete ass, but once I got it I love it and reread about once a year.

5. What are you most afraid of?

Failure.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment?

I’m sure I have a lot but this one I was just telling Rob about last week. In high school we’d had a half day or something and a big group of us had gone to someones house to hang our. At some point we started tickleing and I kept saying stop I have to pee. Which everyone knows is a ploy to stop the torture, except that I really did have to pee and I peed my pants. One of the girls had a change of dress clothes in her car so I changed and am all dressed up compared to everyone else, and my friends parents came home and were all – you look nice are you going to work? And I had to hang my head in shame as I relived it and everyone laughed. (I’m lucky that none of this was mean spirited, just bad luck and timing for me) And I was in HIGH SCHOOL – Gah!

7. How would your friends describe you?

I hate answering this questions. I should ask my friends.

8. Are you a collector of anything?

I used to collect / keep ticket stubs and the like but then I went in a crazy purge mode and tossed it all because they were just sitting there. I don’t think I regret it. I horde nice fabric and table linens and I would love to collect more, but space.

9. What is your perfect pizza?

Garlic Bread Pizza. It’s a thing and it is divine.

10. What question do you hate to answer?

See number 7.

 

I suck at the chain letter part of this and finding 10 blogs I read who haven’t already been nominated is beyond me right now. March is my nemesis.

Video: 11 Questions

My friend Hannah tagged me for the Liebster award for bloggers with under 1,000 followers. Since she did a video I decided to do one too. It’s only taken me a month to record and export. If you watch Hannah, she is funny, I am not. Also it’s blurry because the only time Rob and I are both home when he can help the children are loud – or sleeping, but then I’d be in pjs…so I made this when home alone, and it’s blurry. Here it is anyhow.

Questions with short answers and tagging MellowMidwestMama and Fiona as a nudge to help them blog more. Video is optional, but I think you should do it.

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is a play on my last name and it’s what I changed my blog to when I got married.

The tagline “small town meets big city” is because I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in Indiana. Now I live in New York City.

2. Why did you start your blog?

My blog started as a way to keep family in Indiana updated on my life in New York City.

3. What do you love most about blogging?

It’s a tie between the record of my life and the people I’ve met.

4. What was the most ridiculous but very cool fashion trend you followed?

Bodysuits. With tights and shorts. I don’t know why this was cool but feel like it must have been because why else would I have followed it.

5. One goal you wish to accomplish this year?

Dissertation.

6. What is your favorite social media site?

It’s a tie between Instagram and Twitter.

7. If you could travel to only one place this year where would it be and why?

Maine. We are going. It’s not optional.

8. How would you describe your personal style?

Classic and comfortable.

9. Spring or Fall fashion?

Fall. Scarves and fingerless gloves.

10. If you could choose one store to shop at, your entire life, which store would you choose?

For clothes: Banana Republic. It’s where I get my jeans. I live for good jeans.

11. What is one fear you would like to conquer?

The fear of failure (or of not being good enough). I am capable. Most of the time I know this.

Updates – spring 2014

It seems that every year around this time I take an accidental blogging hiatus. Sorry family! I used to blame it on school and all of the year end papers and stress that came with it. And that is a part of it, but this year there is no school. Instead it’s an incredibly adorable baby and the re-entry to work with some freelance I took on. And the re-entry to school as I’m starting to answer email in a timely fashion again. I took both kids to CSI last week for my undergrads presentation at the Undergrad Research Conference. She did great. Simon did ok with the promise bribe of cookies and getting to walk through the fountain.

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Then I took a 3-day stat workshop last week, and I have a manuscript to revise and resubmit, and the dissertation proposal that needs to happen, and a million small things going on like my work with the Graduate Student Teaching Association (I’m an editor and writer for that blog – professional writing hey!) So my blogging hiatus happens because of a busy life coupled with the return of warmer weather and longer days. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside so less free time at the computer than winter days of movie watching.

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I keep thinking that Instagram is enough. I’m posting pics to Instagram and Photostream for my Dad and a few others who aren’t on Social Media sites. But it’s not really. I don’t want to spam so I pic one picture per event – although occasionally I will Spam the feed. I’m also feeling a shift in how I present myself on Social Media. Because of the GSTA I’m now using Facebook and Twitter professionally – or I’m not really yet, but I’m hoping to head in that direction. I refuse multiple accounts so I’ve been quieter than usual as I think about how I want to navigate two open accounts (FB and TW) with a primarily personal audience right now, and I love that community, but knowing that professional contacts are following too. What do I share? It’s a shift that happens and spring seems to be my time to contemplate change. I may end up doing nothing differently and that’s ok too.

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I’ll never stop blogging because I love the record and the release that it provides when I WRITE. Last year I thought about what I wanted my blog to be. And I wrote so much all fall and winter. This summer I think I want to give the blog a little facelift, mostly for how pictures are displayed. It will be good. I’ve been reading on my phone, but not commenting. Hoping that as the summer progresses make the time to comment and blog more. I see a lot of picture posts with Monday Adventures in my future.

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Adventures in Brooklyn

Friday I attempted a day that could have gone so very badly. But we got lucky, the rain stayed away and the boys stayed (mostly) happy. Since Simon wasn’t with me when I took Caleb in to meet Robs office a few weeks ago I decided to try a trip with both kids to the office and hit the Transit Museum beforehand. At the last minute I added a meetup with blog friends in the afternoon.
The NYC Transit Museum, I’d really like to visit one day sans kids and actually read everything. Simon just likes running trough all the old trains. And driving the bus!

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On the way out we stopped in the gift shop and bought a new track piece. Simon was so excited to show Daddy. Of course he fell asleep about three minutes from the office during the walk over. But we took a little rest and said hi. And Daddy got to show off Caleb a little.

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For lunch we went to Chipotle. The only reason I don’t like going to ouch with Daddy is everything in Downtown Brooklyn is so CROWDED which is just unpleasant when dining with children. But 90% of the Chipotle lunch crowd was high school students (two tables worth of who brought in their food from the ever crowded shake shack grrr…) so who cares about small children. We even shared a table with two boys who spent the endnote their lunch leaning over the table of friends next to us. This was also the site of our only meltdown when Simon inexplicably started crying and couldn’t stop. I think because he was so tired. The wind in his face woke him from what turned out to be a very brief nap.

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After lunch we hopped on the train to Gowanus which is not Park Slope and went to a cafe with a toddler play space to meet up with two blog friends and their kiddos. Simon played with two big kids (who were much to big for the space and much to rough but cest la vie) while M slept and the mamas held the babies and got to chat in person. This was so much fun and I do hope we can do it again. So much fun I realized on the train home there was no photographic evidence. So me and Simon took a selfie on the train.

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And since I prefer not to carry the stroller with the child down stairs and risk killing us all and Simon is totally capable… He was so proud to be “I doin’ it myself” with out holding my hand and “you go down mama.” So this all worked.

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And finally home we got to play trains and use the new track he’d carried lovingly all day long.

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