Hopping into Technology

Hippity Hop to Present Technology

Goodbye Rabbit Ears

This man has talked me into cable and internet at home. I must say, the internet so far is pretty awesome, as are the cooking channels and my new-found access to Whale Wars.

The golf channel

Internet? On the COUCH?

He did a victory lap after the cable man left, sitting promptly in front of the tv with the golf station whispering away.   It was almost like my home was protesting the change. The poor cable man had to drill nearly a dozen holes in a variety of external in internal walls before he could finally get things straight. The price is minimal when split, but I’m truly hoping this doesn’t change my way of life. More reading, less tv is going to be significantly harder now that Paula Dean is in my living room.

Then again, with this new entertainment and the ability to immediately post photos, I was submerged in creativity, completing a handful of projects:

To be decked

Winner t-shirts



Beep beep

Those T-shirts for the commenting winners

Baby Owen Quilt, bound

Baby Owen Quilt, back

Baby Owen Quilt

The quilt for baby Owen, including hand stitching the binding. Wrapped, delivered and received with happiness. That sweet boy will be here soon!

Mary Bag

Mary Bag

Mary Bag

Mary Bag

And a new bag with bamboo handles. Last week, when having lunch at a nice restaurant downtown meeting new donors*, I saw a woman come in with a simple floral bag with bamboo handles. The bag looked so nice and classic. I knew I could recreate it; $6 and one hour later, I have a thank you gift for the weekend’s fundraising caterer. I’m looking forward to purchasing more bamboo to make a series of summer bags in this fashion.


*During this meeting (with a Senator and his lovely wife, no less) I managed, in a move only I could muster, to step just right when leaving the restroom and catch my sandal. It snapped, leaving me with one shoe 2 minutes before the lunch started. Nothing says, “Welcome Senator! Now, please consider giving us money!” like the blushing, barefoot girl.  Help me Rhonda, I hope they were looking at my smile and not at my sole.

Film Rouge

Movie night is something special at my house because I don’t venture into the rental world very often. Dim the lights, make a big batch of healthy kettle corn (popcorn*+ Splenda + cinnamon + dash of cayenne), grab some sodas and a pack of Red Vines to use as straws and cuddle up for a great flick. Valentine’s day is a great excuse to make the extra effort, especially considering this movie night might set you back $5 but certainly shows thought. (Which as you  know, goes much farther than bling to earn bonus points in my book.)

Great Valentine’s Movies:

Love Actually

The African Queen

Roman Holiday


Like Water for Chocolate

Pretty Woman

(You can find the top 100 romantic movies of all time here.)

And to add the obvious pun: Lights! Camera! Action!


* I don’t mind popcorn in a movie setting — my greatest pet peeve–  when my own crunching cancels out the annoying crunching of others.

Stop What You Are Doing & Go Get This Book

Okay, Finny is a book genie. She typically sends me an awesome book for our Christmakkah celebration and this year’s was another gem: “The Ridiculous Race.” {A previous selection was “Winterdance,” — pretty much the only book my brother, dad and I can agree is absolutely try-not-to-pee funny.}

I didn’t just read this book. I inhaled it. I couldn’t put it down. I sat in my car for the two extra minutes I had before church started to read a few more pages. I stayed up late three nights in a row because I was hooked on TRR. It is a comedic take on two best friends who decide to travel around the world, going opposite directions, without using airplanes. It helps that the writers, Steve Hely and Vali Chandrasekaran, are real-life comedy writers for televison. It also helps that they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. I also think I fell so head over heels for this read because I’ve been to a couple of the places they travel to and can relate with many of their dizzying cultural experiences.

This book is so funny and is a breath of fresh air from pretty much everything else I’ve been reading lately. So, if you need a good read? Pick it up. Five out of five bananas, absoloodle. And apparently they have a fan club too. Consider me a member, guys.


Mixed Media


I gave up sometime during 2008 in blogging about the books I was reading. I’m not sure why, but I’m back on the media blogging motivation train. I just finished “Ask Now the Beasts” which came as a gift from a fellow blogger. It is a moving and eloquent collection of essays about animals written by Ruth Rudner. Rudner writes about her pets (dogs, cats, horses) and of the animals she admires in the wild (coyotes, wolves, penguins) and at the zoo (gorillas). Her stories are insightful and a true delight to read.

“There are many of us, reared by humans and lavished with love, who dream of release into the wild, free to spend a lifetime wantering in mountains and forests, confident (to a certain extent) we could survive. But we are not gorillas. What can it be to bet the center of lavished attention, a pampered child, and then find yourself in so radically a different world? To be released into the wild, a captive animal has to be trained to survive in the wild. To be released into a zoo is different, The threats are different. The expectations are different. The knowledge of life is different.”

I’m now enjoying “The Ridiculous Race,” a book Finny gave me for Christmas. I am also re-reading “The Red Tent,” one of my favorites from years past with Katie. I started to read, “The Five Love Languages,” after having it recommended by a bunch of friends, but it doesn’t make sense to read this when you aren’t in a relationship. So, it’s sitting on the bookshelf for a bit.


I am currently absolutely in love with Bon Iver, Sasha Fierce and Kings of Leon. Take that for a diverse taste in music!


No surprise, I was taken by Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It ranks right up there with “Slumdog Millionare” for best picture. Love! Great movies. I also saw “7 Pounds” and it broke my heart. Beautiful movie, but bring lots of tissues.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?