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Thought Catalog
Digital Life, Literary

Thought Catalog

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine posted an article on her Facebook that sounded interesting so I clicked on over and found this site:

Thought Catalog

It was this article and I remember loving was but I remember loving it.

Love someone like you’re thirty. Not like you’re running out of time, not like your options are drying up. Love him because despite failure and disappointment and fear, you can’t help yourself. Love him in spite of your past; believe in your potential when your better judgment tells you not to.

And I spent the next hour browsing through all of the articles on the site, bookmarking some great ones. Since then, I’ve subscrived to their feed and love reading most of their content. Granted some of the articles can be a bit superflous and I can tell their written by younger people in a different time of their lives. Some are even a bit angsty.

But some are great. I have a boatload of starred articles sitting in Google Reader and I figured that instead of inundating people on Facebook or clogging up my Stumbleupon timeline, I’d do a listing here of the ones I’ve loved so far.

If you have some time, go on over and check them out. It is a great site to add to your feed readers if you’re looking for something different than personal blogs, gossip sites or Damn You Auto Correct!

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Baxter Sammy Jackabee Terrier Puppies

ABC, Easy as 123

Taking another cue from Jenn because apparently, my brain just doesn’t want to give me ideas to blog.

A. Age: 30. (DO.NOT.WANT!)

B. Bed size: King. It was our present to ourselves when we bought the house, since before that we were in a full size Ikea bed leftover from when I lived by myself.

C. Chore that you hate: Folding laundry. I have no problem with washing it. But actually folding and put away – yea, my second couch is CONSTANTLY covered in piles of clean clothes.

D. Dogs: Two, Sammy and Baxter. They’re pretty much our children.

E. Essential start to your day: Diet Coke, hard-boiled egg (white only) and yogurt.

F. Favorite color: Purple.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I don’t like gold, never have, which is interesting because I ordered my class ring in gold.

H. Height: 5’6”.

I. Instruments you play: Proficiently? None.

J. Job title: Systems Analyst.

K. Kids: None except the furbabies.

L. Live: Charleston, SC.

M. Mother’s name: Sandy.

N. Nicknames: Kristy (my full name is Kristen), Baby (<– Steve)

O. Overnight hospital stays: None in a long time, maybe only once when I had my appendix out.

P. Pet peeves: People who block the straight lane to get to the turn lane, people who use their cell phones while doing any face to face business with others (checking out at the store, at the bank, etc.), people who treat animals like property. Pretty much bad people behavior in general.

Q. Quote from a movie: Remember what Daddy always says – an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!

R. Right or left handed: Left.

S. Siblings: One full brother, Eric, who is 27. One brother from my mom’s second marriage – Tyler, who is 16. And two sisters from my dad’s second marriage – Alex, who is 19 and Tresalynn, who is 16.

T. (This was missing how about..) Tacos: LOVE TACOS!!!! Now I want to go to Taco Bell.

U. Underwear: Comfortable cotton, still sexy, at least in my house!

V. Vegetable you hate: Carrots. I’ve tried – really, really tried but I just can’t get on board. Also not a big fan of spinach by itself but LOVE it in anything – like pastas or soups.

W. What makes you run late: I am rarely late – I’d rather be early than late so I’m usually sitting outside waiting for the time I’m supposed to be there.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Ankle – many, many times. Teeth. Arm. I’ve had MRI’s of my brain, with and without contrast (for headaches).

Y. Yummy food that you make: Steve likes pretty much anything I make – he’s a big fan of my chili and my Italian wedding soup.

Z. Zoo animal:  Any of the cats. PENGUINS!

Redesigned Google Reader
Digital Life

I Miss the Old Google Reader

Last week, Google Reader made some changes that most of it’s users were none too happy about it. While they at least had the decency to warn us ahead of time, I’d have to say all it really seemed to accomplish is giving the users a chance to seethe about it and build the hatred as doomsday approached. I am one of those users and I am dead center in the middle of the ‘I HATE THE NEW GOOGLE READER’ camp!

It’s not just about the change. I can handle the change. I like change and accept it, when it’s done well and to benefit the user. I understand Google’s stance of wanting to integrate their services and this is fine – I would rather it be easier for them to maintain and support fewer sites because then it makes them seamless and integrated and easier to use for me. I understand not wanting to maintain yet another service and I even kind of understand pushing Google+, a site that doesn’t seem like it’s reached the level of acceptance that Google envisioned for it, which, let’s be honest guys, you really should’ve stuck with what you do best and leave the social media takeover to Zuckerberg and his cronies.

What I don’t understand if their approach to this. It was basically a big ol’ SCREW YOU to the Google Reader users and I feel kind of abandoned, like I’m left out on a raft in the middle of the Internet sea.

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IT Issues

Ten for Tuesday

This is actually an older Ten for Tuesday that I saw awhile back on Echo’s site and had put aside in my blog ideas notebook for later use.

I have been kind of thoughtful lately about jobs and work and how other people’s days function. Sometimes I think it’s because I get so content at my job that when I talk to others or visit other offices, it all seems much cooler or nicer or better – as in, if you have a different color of Post-It’s or nicer office furniture or newer computers, I’m probably envious of you, how cool it would be work to there instead of where I’m at. Not to say I don’t love my job but I guess it’s more of a switch up of a routine.

Though I am and will always be envious of you if you get to actually wear jeans to work because I have been trying to find a gig like that for years and thought I had it with a hospital job (hello, scrubs & sneakers!) but since I am not clinical, I am stuck in a “business semi-professional” that I try my damnedest to skirt the line closer towards “business casual” than I probably should.

Without further ado, here’s the Ten for Tuesday about work:

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Mandi did this a few weeks back so I figured I’d steal it so I could have some content (and it seemed like fun so whatever!)

A. Age: 30 (ewww!)

B. Bed size: King.  Hands down one of the first things Steve and I agreed on after buying the house.

C. Chore that you hate: Unloading dishes & folding laundry.  Note that it’s the follow through I have issues with.

D. Dogs: Sammy, my terrier that’s nothing but fur and teeth and Baxter, the newest addition to the family.

E. Essential start to your day: Diet Dr. Pepper.  Seriously, I need at least one, if not two.

F. Favourite color: Purple or blue.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver.  I don’t wear any gold jewelry and I am appalled by people who mix metals.  Pet peeve I guess.

H. Height: 5’7″, maybe a tad shorter.

I. Instruments you play: None.  I took violin when I was little and I have a keyboard that lights up the keys for the song but I don’t think either of those count.

J. Job title: Systems Analyst (glorified Help Desk and IT Geek)

K. Kids: None.  Probably not in the future.

L. Live: Charleston, South Carolina; where there’s a little but of grace and charm left in the world.

M. Mother’s name: Sandy

N. Nicknames: Kristy is a nickname because my full name if Kristen.  Steve calls me babe or baby.

O. Overnight hospital stays: One when I was young and had to have my appendix out.  I was 8, I believe.

P. Pet peeve: Too many to list and enough for me to think I’m going to be a crabby old lady (or already am)!

Q. Quote from a movie: Stop looking at me Swan!

R. Right or left handed: Left

S. Siblings: I’m the oldest of five.  One brother is my full brother.  Two sisters from my dad’s second marriage.  And one brother from my mom’s second marriage.

T. Time you wake up: My alarm goes off at 6.  I get out of bed around 6:30am.  On weekends, I’m usually out by 8 or 9.

U. Underwear: None of yo’ business.

V. Vegetable you hate: Spinach by itself.  Or brussel sprouts.  I’m not too fond of tomatoes by themselves either.

W. What makes you run late: The dogs.  And getting sidetracked by the TV or my phone.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, arm, feet and I’ve had two MRI’s done.

Y. Yummy food that you make: According to Steve, pretty much everything I make is yummy.  But I’m particularly fond of my lasagna and baked ziti.

Z. Zoo animal: Lions and tigers.  I love the big cats.