Thursday, March 11


Life is much like a large city, there is always something going on, you always have somewhere to be, and every time you look up to see something, you fall behind. That's about how I feel right now.

I feel like I'm standing on a ball, trying to juggle school, housework, family time, a social life, and me time. Every time I stop to do one thing, I fall behind on the others and there's a domino effect; everything tumbles out of order. I lose control and start slipping off my ball. Every time I finish one task, two more have taken it's place. Every once in a while I jump off my ball and curl up under the covers hoping everything else will magically disappear and my life will be perfect, but then someone tells me to wake up and pull my weight, and I'm at it again.

Sometimes I get really into it and can even get ahead in some areas, but usually I am just working at keeping up, and the thought of being ahead is only like a distant boat that I'm not on. Sometimes the stress can get ahold of me and I start making excuses, blaming one thing on another, but really the only way to make it better is to zip it and keep moving on.

As I fumble with all the different parts of my life, I watch other people doing flips and making jokes, never noticing when they land on their heads of start slipping from laughing so hard. All I can see is how well they are doing and wish that I could be like them.

Right now is one of those times. I feel like everyone around me has their life perfectly under control while I'm struggling to stay balanced. Like everyone is completely oblivious to the fear I have of falling behind, and the embarrassment and pain of having everyone stare as I fall and land on my face.

But now I've exhausted all my time on this area of life and must move on to something else before I take a tumble. Until next time, remember, we all take a fall now and then.

Wednesday, March 10

Mozilla Thunderbird

A year ago today I got Mozilla Thunderbird as my email program and even though I didn't like it an awful lot better than my old program, I knew that today, March 11th, 2010, I would have to make a blog post about this.

In the past 365 days I have received:

9141 emails from Facebook or Twitter

168 personal emails related to trapping

484 personal emails not related to trapping

1929 junk emails, spam, or sensitive information that needed to go down the memory tube...

2969 of those emails were for friend requests confirmed or received

... for a total of 11,722 emails received.

Not to mention the 216 sent.

I wouldn't say Mozilla Thunderbird is any better than any other email program, especially since I can't change the language. Oh well.

Wednesday, March 3

It's soapmaking time again!

During the month of March, I plan to make soaps in the following scents:

  • Clover & Aloe
  • Lilac
  • Lemon Verbena
  • June Garden
  • Gingivere
  • Cooling Mint
  • Cucumber Melon
  • Clean & Fresh
  • Lavender Mist
  • Woodlands Shaving Soap
I also plan to make a gardener's soap and try a blend of oils that is supposed to work as an insect repellant. I might even make another batch of Cedar and Spice, since that's a favorite.

I will probably offer most or all of the scents for sale in my Etsy shop and locally. Because I'm making so many different types, most batches will be relatively small. Since the cure time is a few weeks, I wanted to get the word out now. If you think you might be interested in buying more than a bar or two of any of the scents listed above, let me know soon so I can adjust the batch size if necessary. If you try it and decide you want more later, I can still go back and make more... just remember it takes a few weeks to cure.

Thanks for helping me support my hobby!