Sum Sunday, October 6, 2013

Thoughts:

  • I had a little bit of a blog hiatus, due to the vacation in Barcelona.  We spent 10 days there, got back this week, and had a wonderful time.  I’ll be blogging about it soon.  🙂
  • I’m playing around with a wide-angle lens on loan, to see if I want to buy it.  Wish I would have had it to play around with in Barcelona!  Anyway, I don’t know if it was my location of choice, inexperience, or the lens, but so far I’m not in love.  I’ll do some research, pick another location, and then make a decision.  Anyone have any tips for using a wide-angle lens?
  • The government shutdown disgusts me.  It’s not the shutdown itself, although yes, obviously it sucks and people are hurting and things are awful.  No, what’s really making me sick is all the bullshit that’s flying around it.  Blame on both sides, blame that has nothing to do with the price of caviar in Russia.  Grandstanding.  Twisting words, flipping rhetoric, idiotic sound bites.  It’s not reading the news that’s really getting to me, although that’s bad enough.  It’s some of the disgusting things I’ve read on my Facebook feed.  After four days, I’d had it.  I’m off Facebook, or at least off reading my news feed, until the shutdown is over.  I just can’t take anymore – it’s literally making me sick to my stomach.
  •  The fall leaves here in Finland have been beautiful this year, and it’s lasting longer than I would have thought.  When we left for Barcelona, I thought all the color would be gone before we got back, but it’s not.  I swear it wasn’t this pretty last year – in fact, last year I remember being quite disappointed in the colors.  But this year:
  • Fall leaves in Rauma, Finland

    Fall leaves in Rauma, Finland

Writing Progress:

  • Recent fun search terms:  “Side effects of Ecstasy” (as in the drug)
  • I didn’t do much writing on the trip, which wasn’t a big surprise.  But I’m back now, and back to writing with a specific prompt on Sunday mornings.  I’ll be starting back on the WIP tomorrow.

Small Victories:

  • A new addition to my Sum Sunday list.  I got this from Jenny Lawson’s blog, a post in which she says she’s going to concentrate on the small victories in life in an effort to stave off that feeling that you’ve accomplished nothing, because you didn’t succeed at the Big Things.  The idea is to forget that you didn’t, say, cross off all the items on your to-do list, but you crossed off half of them.  Better than nothing!  Or, I may not have cleaned the bathroom today, but at least I…um…got dressed.
  • I actually posted photos of our vacation to Facebook while on vacation, something I normally don’t do because of a poor wifi signal.  It was nice being able to go through the photos each day, pick out my favorites, do some quick editing, and get them up for family and friends to look at.
  • I’ve been making salads to go with our dinner most nights this past week.

What’s Making Me Happy:

  • (I don’t know that I ever said this before, but this category is inspired by the Pop Culture History Hour podcast.  At the end of each episode, they go around and say what’s making them happy, anything from cat videos to interesting news articles to personal victories.  I loved the idea so much, I had to do it myself.  Like the Small Victories category, it’s a nice reminder of the good things in life.)
  • While in Barcelona, we rented an apartment with a washing machine.  We were able to do laundry while on the trip, so I didn’t immediately have to do eight loads of clothes when we got home.
  • Because I’m not living in the US, I don’t have to keep track of all the businesses I’m boycotting. Chick-fil-a, Hobby Lobby, Walmart…
  • The Leidenfrost Maze (more about the Leidenfrost effect):
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