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It’s been a couple of years dear non-existent readers. It just seems like a good time to come back to this sadly neglected blog and let’s face it – talk about nothing in particular and really just get some practice into easing back into writing.

Made some zucchini crust pizza and salsa this weekend. The veg garden is going quite nicely, though looking a bit too crowded. Have discovered a previously unknown affinity for making fruit pies, though have been waylaid by an overabundance of tomatoes. Still married (anniversary number two in one month!). General feelings of being an Adult, stress, depression, anxiety, worry, etc.

Have several projects in varying states of Not Being Worked On at the moment. Mostly been reading voraciously, (add me on goodreads!) and as always watching lots of youtube (lots of sprinkleofchatter, danisnotonfireamazingphil, alli, and of course thebrainscoop) and also an absurd amount of time on tumblr which I highly recommend if you would like your life to spiral into a dark vortex of internet memes, ships, and OTPs that you only partly understand.

Would be nice if I never had to go to work again but also had unlimited money so that I could just spend all my time on cooking, gardening and craft projects. Alas.

Overall life is lovely, just looking for motivation for DOING.

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So it’s been obsenely long since I blogged about anything, and today seemed as good a day as any.

I am currently sitting in my room listening to Julia Nunes, who by the way is a fantastic musician who you should listen to as soon as possible. In fact, I’ll even make it easier for the lazy people:

Anyway, I’m sitting in my room, but I’m about to leave and go to the grocery store, in the RAIN, just because I can. I’ve been kind of in a funk lately, but after an impromtu trip up to the cities to retrieve the last of the pottery that I made my last semester, and the fact that the weather has turned distintly fall-ish, has drastically improved my mood.

In other news, I moved to Des Moines, IA about a month ago to look for jobs. Things are still pretty up in the air, but I’m hoping to get a job in a bookstore soon.

Well I better get to the grocery store. If anyone is interested, I’ve tried to fill out my book reviews a bit, and I just posted one for A Farewell to Arms. I’m fairly doubtful that I’ll be able to make my goal of getting to 100 books before the New Year, but I’ll keep going on the list until I do get to 100, just to see how long it takes me.

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Today I was wandering around youtube, like I tend to do, and I ran across this video

Obviously, it is very important that these kids get adopted by someone in the long-term. So after I watched the video I went straight to the article to see if by some stretch they actually talked about the man’s actual rather than implied health status and lo and behold they did. Here’s what the man in question, Damien Hall had to say:

I’m not a couch potato and I don’t sit eating takeaways every night. I just feel as though we were only judged on my weight and not all the other good things about us. We don’t drink or smoke and we could give a child a safe and happy home. I’m 24.5 stone, that’s what it eventually comes down to. Everything stops because of one element.

His wife had this to say:

We had an inkling they’d say something about weight – but to be turned down flatly just on that, it’s just harsh. My husband has a full-time job and is very active. He walks our dog at least twice a day and doesn’t feel unfit or unwell.

I think that it is ridiculous that they are turning this couple down because of potential health problems in the future. Anyone can get sick somewhere down the road and there are a lot of people out there who “look healthy”  who have terrible problems with their health.

What do you guys think? Join the discussion here or in the comments of Jazza’s video.

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Some pictures and video from the Tour de Nerdfighting event last night at Metropolitan State U. in St. Paul. I don’t have as much as I would usually have because my memory card was almost full and about midway through I ran out of battery,  but I’m sure someone taped the whole thing and will post it on youtube(*cough* John and Hank *cough*).

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Tonight I went to Metropolitan State U. in St. Paul to witness the last stop on the Tour de Nerdfighting.

I think that the best part of the night was just how awesomely chill and un-famous John and Hank Green are. Before the actual event started I saw John chatting with some people so after working myself up a little I made my approach and asked John to sign my book. While doing so, we chatted a little bit and another nerdfighter came up and John complimented her on her haiku shirt, and I really loved that. They are just these awesome and rather nerdy guys who make fun vlogs where they are just themselves chatting to each other.

I find that as I get older, this sort of thing seems to be happening more and more. I don’t want to be a fan of someone as much as have really awesome/creative friends.

But if I’m going to be a “fan” of anyone right now, I’d rather be a fan of a couple of guys who I could conceivably be friends with than some crazy-famous actor or something.

Check out John and Hank’s youtube here and their website here.
You can also check out John’s website or Hank’s website.

Best Wishes!

P.s. Video and the few pictures that I got before my camera died coming tomorrow.
P.p.s. DFTBA!

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Recently I’ve been getting into watching vlogs on youtube, and I found a couple that I liked, but wasn’t really finding anything particularly good, until I stumbled upon John and Hank Green. John and Hank are brothers who set up a youtube account so that they could do an experiment. They decided to stop all forms of text-based communication and only communicate through video blogs (vlogs) which they would make every day for an entire year. They named the experiment Brotherhood 2.0 and it was through this that they established Nerdfighters.

As described by John Green: A nerdfighter is someone who is not made of blood and tissues, but is made entirely of awesome.

Some of the awesome things that came about because of Brotherhood 2.0: Nerdfighters, the Evil Baby Orphanage, and the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck (which is used to raise money for various worthy causes)

I haven’t been this excited about something since I discovered the Harry Potter books, which is saying something because I’ve been looking for something to fill up that ginormous Potter-shaped hole in the obsession part of my brain since I finished Deathly Hallows. I have also started to post responses on My Pants (the Nerdfighter forums) which is insane because I haven’t had any desire to post on a forum since I was in junior high/9th grade.

The Nerdfighters rock my face. Fo real.

Ps. I’m an English Literature Nerdfighter. [insert happy dance here]

Pps. John Green is a writer and so you should go buy his books: Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines. Also, you should check out Hank’s website, EcoGeek, especially if you care about being awesome by saving the planet.

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Song is Turn It Up by Robots in Disguise

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