Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Whoops...

For anyone who follows me via Google Reader (or anyone who looked at my blog in the last hour or so) sorry about all the blank posts that just went up. I found a Android Blogger application for my phone and I think it posted a bunch while it was in my pocket. I deleted the blank posts but I'm not so sure it will go away in reader :-/...I guess my blog was a victim of "butt posting!"...I will try to be more careful!

Grocery Store Confessions...

Tonight I was relaxing on the computer and warming something up for dinner when a distress call sounded! A friend was in quick need of a key baking ingredient. Now this friend provides many of us with lots and lots (and LOTS) of baked goods so the least I could do is run down the block and check my local grocery store for the item she needed.


Off I went for a super quick trip to the store. Going in, I had ONE goal...find the item, ask how much she needed, get out... I should have came back with a pile of groceries that looked exactly like this:



(Sidenote: I considered keeping this item disguised for this post in case it was for a surprise baked good...but then I remembered she tweeted that she needed it so its probably no big secret...and also my attempts at hiding it post pictures were not good haha)

As I was parking at the store, I realized that in the parking garage, I can park for free if I spend $8. Instant new goal... "I'm sure I need SOMETHING at the super market"... spend at least $8... well... I came home with all of this:


Yes, those are icing bags and tips in the back middle of this photo. The amount I spent wasn't too bad... but significantly more than $8... and generally more than I went in thinking. How did this happen you ask? Why don't I take you through a summed up version of my inner dialog during this shopping trip...

"Yay! They have what she needs!"... quick text to ask how much she needs... "Let me find something I need while she gets back to me... Ohhh icing bags! I've been wanting to try those for cupcake decorating! And awesome $4 with tips! PERFECT!" (If you have ever seen the movie Up the spotting of the icing bags was very much like SQUIRREL!)... 
"Oh shoot! I need an onion if I want to make more perogies!"... walks to produce and picks up 2 onions... walks back toward baking aisle via sauce/rice aisle... "Oh hey! I just found a recipe I want to try that calls for couscous! Ohhh curry couscous! I bet that is good!"... keeps walking toward sauces... "Awesome! The pesto mix I love is on sale!"... continues and passes the grocery spice collection... "Oh the cooking YouTube channel I have been watching calls for cayenne pepper all the time!"... looks down... "BAH! I totally forgot I am running out of salt!"... finally makes it back to baked goods and picks up original item... looks down at pile of items in arms (because there was no original need for a basket or cart)... "Oh geeze look what I did. I need to get out of here!"... shakes head and luckily manages to make it to checkout without further distraction.

This is not an unusual event. Recently, I made a "New Fiscal Year Resolution" to be more on top of my budget. I've been doing alright with it. I think my next resolution needs to be making a grocery list and sticking to it! Even if that means always having an ongoing list with me for times when I "need" to spend at least $8.

In my defense...my salt shaker did look like this:


Update: The salt shaker is now full and happy :-).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Laura...The Blogger?

A few years back, I would have never even considered starting a blog. Firstly, I don't consider myself all that interesting. What in the world would I write about? My dad always talked about cool blogs with a purpose or a specific topic...I was just your average girl in school living a pretty average life. Secondly, (but perhaps more importantly) I have always HATED writing. Seriously, I procrastinated and avoided any writing assignments in school. I still sort of dread the writing of specs I'm assigned to do at work. I really have no idea how in the world I got up enough motivation to complete my master's thesis. Seriously...I have to look at it sometimes to prove to myself that I actually wrote something that long. So a commitment to writing a blog on a regular basis? Eh...not for me.
Jump to about a year ago, and I'm a super newbie at my first job after grad school. Now, where I work, there is a semi large learning curve in terms of actually getting involved with the daily goings on in the office. Needless to say I had a lot of free time that needed filling. I decided to play around with Google Reader and find interesting/fun blogs to read to pass the time. Someone pointed out that one of my coworkers had a blog, so I checked it out. I loved it! It had weekly features, but was also just about her everyday life. She made it so fun! She had been blogging for a few years and had a routine going. When I asked her why she started blogging, she told me that it was to update people at home about her life...and it turned into a great hobby!
In recent months I've started following a lot of random blogs (including video blogs), enjoying friends blogs, and have been surprised by a slight blogging itch that just seems to get bigger and bigger. I'd scratch the itch with the above excuses...no main topic, average life, hate writing.
But then I realized...
1) Who cares if I'm not all that interesting...if anything I know my mom would love to read about what I'm doing on a regular basis. I enjoy reading my friends blogs about their adventures, maybe they will enjoy mine! Plus it would be a great way to share experiences besides just pictures.
2) Every example I came up with about why I hate writing were assignments. Thinking back, I have voluntarily picked up a journal or two in my day and while they never stuck for too long, I liked it when I did have that writing outlet. Also, if I recall correctly, I sort of enjoyed my freshman creative writing course (besides the deadlines), I assume because there was a bit more freedom within the assignments. And what got me through my thesis? The topic became interesting to me...it was about work I was doing. I'm hoping this blog will show me that I don't hate writing, give me more confidence in what I write, as well as be a new hobby that my family and friends can enjoy along with me!
So here I am, starting a blog, about me living and laughing through life (with I'm sure a rant or two every once in a while), highlighting trips, activities, and fun that I have along the way.