Social Media….where do I fit in?

I have Facebook.  I have Twitter (Although have never once sent a tweet).  I have LinkedIn.  I have Pinterest.  Where do I fall on the social media spectrum?  Well, I use Facebook and Pinterest every day…the other two, not often at all.  

I find social media to be helpful and hindering.  I am able to find out information quickly and easily, I am able to find any craft or project I want, I can find recipes immediately and even find out what my best friend in second grade is doing this weekend (I care even though I haven’t spoken with her since she moved in the third grade).  What I can’t do is get a hug, a smile or sometimes an original, creative thought.  I find myself with a co-dependency issue for social media.  The stigma of keeping up with everyone around me, like high school, has now followed me into my adulthood.  Is my job enough?  Is my look enough?  Do I eat well enough?  Do I have great enough ideas?

A year ago, these thoughts rarely crossed my mind.  I never wondered if I could really make an XL shirt into something cute with a sewing machine, which I don’t own.  I never wondered about the pictures from a wedding I don’t care about.  I am stuck in a cycle of social media.  Do I want in or do I want out.  I often want to delete my Facebook page but then I am stuck with the fear of missing out on something.  A friend recently took a 2 week hiatus from Facebook and it seemed like the best idea ever, until my panic attack set in for her.  What will she do?  How will she know what is going on?  How will I talk to her?  REALLY?!?!  I had to tell myself to a. Get a grip and b. come back into the real world once the grip is nice and tight.  She is on the other side of the two weeks and she is just fine.  Happy, healthy, aware and still a friend.  

So now I ask myself…when I find myself being ridiculous, is that cause for stopping the action or cause to continue it until normalcy?  

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Dinner Tonight

Dinner Tonight

Yep – Tater Tots sound like a perfect dinner!

Couch Picnic

We’ve never been big into Valentine’s Day, especially not on the exact day – everything is so expensive and limited it gets frustrating! So we normally just go to dinner on a random day the week surrounding Valentine’s. This year we are changing things up a bit. We are having a Couch Picnic this weekend….the invitation I sent to Tim is the attached picture. We will have take-out food with plastic utensils, movies, popcorn, candy, blankets, cuddling, etc. A bit cheesy…absolutely, but why not? We plan to do yard work and go to the zoo prior to the picnic, so we are toughening up the day some…but a day to ourselves. Just us. Sounds perfect, whatever day it is on!

**I adapted this idea from http://eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/valentine-popcorn-invitation**

Coconut vanilla muffins…kind of

Here is my attempt at a recipe I found today (http://www.sweetlyraw.com/2012/02/mini-donuts.html). These are gluten and dairy free and pretty darn good!  I need to work with them some to make them.better, but as a first attempt, I’m pleased (and full!)!

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To be Adele

Picture this…I’m on stage at the Grammy Awards, belting out my insane hit of the year (which would later win Record of the Year) while looking amazing…to be read: while not looking as if I am exerting any energy at all.  Yep, this is me dreaming of being Adele.  To have the singing voice would be incredible…but I think better yet is having her British speaking accent and adorable look.  I now officially want to be British.

“I’m just trying to matter”

Whoa.  

How do you answer, “How are you today?”  I usually have the normal response of “fine”, “good”, “great”, “alright”, “not great”, etc.  I wonder how people would react with “I’m just trying to matter”.  June Carter-Cash used this statement to portray her desire to live a good life and do good work…work that matters. 

My first impression of this statement was negative – maybe that says something about my state of mind today, I’m not sure.  But anyways, I immediately went to thinking she was looking for pity or a hug or something )side-note…I am always looking for a hug).  Then I thought about it again and thought to all I know about this woman.  This woman had a tough life, a life that she took very seriously and protected as best she could.  She didn’t mean it in a negative way – of course not!  She meant it to be one hundred percent serious…she wants to matter.  She wants to make a difference.  She wants to do a good job and live a good life.  

Have I mattered today?  Have you mattered today?  Do you want to?  What are you going to do about it?  

Holiday…for what?

You know those holidays such as National Popcorn Day or Hug Your Favorite Pig Day (I may have made that one up)?  Where do they come from?  Who determines that today is the day to hug that pig and not tomorrow or next month?  Do we listen to them? 

I found a website, holidays.net, that literally has something to celebrate for almost every day of the year.  What is today, you may ask?  Today is Ballet Day.  It is also Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday (Happy Birthday, Chuck!).  Anything else, you ask?  OF COURSE!  It is also Wave Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day (I did not make that one up) and finally………Independence Day for Grenada.  

There you have it…four reasons to celebrate today.  I still am no closer to finding out who determines these days and whether or not most people celebrate them, BUT I do wonder what we will celebrate tomorrow….

Sometimes it only takes a few words…

life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful 

My Superbowl Lunch

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How many Crock Pots does it take…

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The car of Crock Pots….two full of chili, one full of buffalo chicken dip.  Suoerbowl is going to be delicious! (for everyone that can eat it!)

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