Ooh! I wanted to let you know I wrote a guest post today over at Honestly Kristen! Kristen wrote for me on another blog I used to write, so when I heard she needed some help this week, I jumped right in!
#1: It's really annoying when blog owners keep comments hidden until approval. I want the instant gratification of seeing what I've written! Besides... when was the last time you actually had a spam comment?
#2: I appreciate bloggers who use Disqus, ComLuv, or other such features for their blog comments so I don't have to log in and type my website address EVERY SINGLE TIME want to comment. When the site just knows me, it's like coming home!
#3: Captchas are irritating and cumbersome... especially when reading on an iPhone that auto-corrects your spelling. Please disable this "feature".
#4: Hiding the "Subscribe" button is not helpful. Please make it extremely obvious how to subscribe or I probably won't be back.
#5: I love, love, love when blog owners comment back to their readers! It let's me know that you're a real person when you take the time to talk to me, especially if you're super cool and popular. ;)
"Date a girl who reads.
"Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
"Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
"She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to b…
Operation "Kill My Allergies" is in full effect. I don't know for sure what I'm allergic to, only that it seems to be seasonal and only started once I moved to the Grass Seed Capital of the World. Yes, there is such a place.
To be on the safe side, I bought an air purifier for my room, and am making sure to wash my sheets once a week. Can't hurt to get all the dust and cat hair out of the vicinity, although I'm pretty sure I'm not allergic to those things. You never know what a compromised immune system will get upset about though.
I read somewhere that allergies are your body's reaction to something it shouldn't be reacting to. I like that explanation. It makes sense.
I bought honey grown in this area tonight. I heard a long time ago that local honey can help immunize you from local allergies. Last summer I found some at the farmer's market. Not sure if it helped, but it sure tasted good! This year I found some at the local health food co-op…
I wonder if all INFPs reinvent themselves as much as I do? I've heard that a lot of actors are INFP, actually. That makes so much sense. I'm a horrible memorizer, but becoming a million different types of people has a definite appeal.
In the past year alone, I've reinvented myself as a scientist, a librarian, a health nut, an athlete, and a morning person (that one failed quicker than the others - who wants to be a morning person anyway?). Each one of those is actually a facet of my personality, or at the very least, a latent interest, so it's been terribly fascinating to learn more about each of these things. I wonder what persona I'll adopt next?
I made the most amazing HEALTHY pizza tonight! I was shocked. Carrot-onion pizza. I know, sounds awesome, right?
Okay I've had a cold/viral-infestation for about 2 weeks on and off now, so I went to the store to stock up on some fruits and veggies (nature's medicine!). While there, I realized I had most of the ingredients for pizza sauce in my cart (thank you for enlightening me, Jamie Oliver!). So... pizza it was.
Of course when I got home, I realized I didn't actually have any toppings in the fridge. Time to get creative. Normally I stick to a recipe like glue, but I was feeling oddly brave, so I grabbed what I had and made due. Hence... carrot-onion pizza. It really did turn out amazing. I promise!
Tomato Pizza Sauce
4 vine-ripened tomatoes, blanched and quartered
6 TB olive oil
1 yellow onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, smashed
4 oz container of organic, fresh basil leaves (a large bunch)
So tonight... my iPhone decided to take a bath. Bad iPhone! Bad!!
In one heart-stopping moment, my life flashed before my eyes as I watched my iPhone dive it's way gingerly to the bottom of the bathtub. $200 down the drain! Nooooo!
Luckily, I listen to about a million geek podcasts, so knew immediately what to do in this situation. Within a nano-second, my save-the-day instinct kicked in; my fingers deft and sure, reached down, saving my drowning iPhone from certain death. I instantly did the only thing that's crucial to do at this point: POWERED IT DOWN!
Resisting temptation to turn it back on "just to check and make sure it was alright!", I quickly found my laptop and Googled to make sure I did the next part right. Remove SIM card. Bury in a pile of rice. Wait for 2-7 days.
No problem. Except for the fact that I was flying out the next day to California! Great timing, I'll tell you. I feel like I'm missing a limb, traveling without my iPhone, even to the g…