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Creature of Habit April 12, 2008

Posted by angieland in Chatter.
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In my younger, wilder, less complicated days, I used to be a really impulsive out-there kinda gal.  I’d run off for the weekend at the drop of a hat;  Redecorate on a whim;  Even (gasp!) leave the laundry and dishes undone once in awhile if a better offer came along!   But it seems that jobs, motherhood, and financial responsibilities effectively turned me into a “planner”.  One of those stodgy creatures who likes to know what she’ll be doing for every waking moment of every day.  I find myself on edge if I don’t know what the next move is gonna be.  And planning something big?  Forget about it!  I’ve almost given myself a nervous breakdown just trying to set a date for our vacation this year!  LOL!

So I began wondering why it was that such a scheduler/planner/organizer extraordinairre was having such a hard time getting into a rythym of blogging?  Finally it struck me…..while I usually had time to carve out a block of moments to write, I rarely knew what I wanted to write about when that blank screen was staring me in the face!  You know how it goes…..sometimes the hardest thing is the starting.  I’ve been prodding one of my online buddies to start journaling, and it finally struck me that this blog is nothing more than a public journal.  So I can’t expect her to heed my advice if I’m not practicing it myself, right?

So I’m making this committment….for the remainder of April, I pledge to have at least one new blog entry every other day.  I’m hoping for more of course, but that’s the public goal.  So if any of you want to hold me accountable, check back on my progress.  They say forming a new habit is just a matter of doing it for two solid weeks, so I guess we’ll test that theory.

To aid me in trying not to publicly humiliate myself with failure, I’ve been cruising some of the online bookstores, and a bunch of websites for topic suggestions.  I’ve spent the last week compiling lists of things I want to write about.  Some serious;  Most completely silly.  But just feeding my muse has been great.  All week I’ve begun to feel that little tickle in the back of my brain…..the one that coaxes some of the best ideas out into the light, so we’ll see where it takes us.

What about you??  Any new habits/committments that you need to make in your life? 


Recipe for Fun! September 21, 2007

Posted by angieland in Chatter, Recipes.
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Why do we blog?  What makes us feel that we are so exciting that people would actually want to spend their valuable time reading the ramblings that pop into our heads?  In my case, a big reason for starting my own blog was the enjoyment I’ve been getting from reading the blogs of my friends (and naturally quite a large number of stranger’s, as well!)  Now I already have a websitethat I blog on from time to time about my bead business, but there are so many other things in life that interest me just as much, so I felt like another format for those type of ramblings might be a good idea.  Besides…..I always feel that I have to censor myself to an extent when blogging for Bead Addicts, because those posts are also representative of my Mom, since she’s my business partner. 

 I’ve always journaled, and this is more or less the same thing……with one HUGE exception……most of what I’ve written in my bound journals was never meant to be shared.  I never really cared what anyone else’s opinions were about those entries.  With a blog, I have the opportunity for a whole web full of people to comment and respond to what an insightful, intelligent person I am!  (Or to tell me that I’m totally full of s**t…..LOL!)  So its like the best form of feedback to tell me if other people are thinking, discussing and wondering about the same things that I am.  In short, I think it will be fun!

So, my loyal readers, the adventure begins…….first stop is that MaiTai recipe I promised.  Being as they are my favorite cocktail, I’ve tried them just about everywhere.  But nowhere are they better than from my own kitchen…..and its a much safer place to drink, too!  So without further ado…….*drumroll*……..


2c pulp free orange juice

2c pineapple juice

2c dark rum

2c amaretto

Grenadine to color

Mix first four ingredients above in a pitcher and stir well.  Add a liberal splash of grenadine to turn it a pretty shade of red.  Pour over ice, garnish with a pretty paper umbrella and your favorite fruit and a sprig of mint.  (Believe me…..after a couple you’ll no longer care if they’re garnished or not!)  Two important caveats: 

1)  You can use the cheapest rum you care to buy for this recipe, but the secret is in the Amaretto.  Use only a high quality (read expensive!) brand of amaretto, and you can’t go wrong!

2)  STIR the remaining mix in the pitcher before you poor a fresh glass.  Otherwise, the amaretto has a tendancy to sink to the bottom, and whoever gets the last drink from the pitcher will get……..well……just stoopid!  (Right, Marte??)    Bwhahahahaa!