Notes from last week

Things you can do with no internet:

Have a cup of tea. Tidy up the house. Laundry. Listen to music. Clean the nasty stuff out of the fridge. Carry out the trash / recycling / compost. Write postcards. Read books. Walk on the treadmill. Watch some of your backlog of video podcasts. Do dishes. Take a nap.

Things you could do with no internet but actually didn't get around to:

Draft blog posts. Hand wash delicates. Sort through old stuff and take pictures or scan things and add to the Goodwill box / recycling / trash. Sweep the front steps. Sweep the back porch. Make soup stock.

Experimenting with movies

Here's a little diary post which I whipped together mostly thinking about the pecha-kucha ideas.

Warning: It's a two minute diary not a one minute diary as titled, oops, and the audio came out a trifle louder than I expected thanks to a better microphone than I'm used to.

My process was to record the slideshow in Keynote, then export to Quicktime, then upload that to Vimeo. Ideas on improved approaches are appreciated in the comments; I decided to go for "imperfect and up today" rather than making it a big project that might get bogged down.

3 generations

Three little videos of a gathering with my Grandma Susie to celebrate her 92nd birthday. I'm on camera with her (Joe filming) and my mother, her daughter, on her other side. You can also hear my uncle Larry, her son.

Nothing special here, just cadences of speech and that other stuff that tugs at the heartstrings with its familiarity. Probably of no interest to anyone but family.

Download video 1

Download video 2

Download video 3

[posted December 6, 2012]


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The fruit of my errands and the mail.

2 used sweaters from Held Over

new longsleeve undershirt that had been on backorder from J.Jill

2 new longsleeve undershirts from American Apparel

freebies from the dentist: toothpaste, floss, and a cute pink toothbrush

used Combustible Edison cd, Schizophonic!, from Amoeba Records

new channel knife/zester from Sur La Table (this has become my favorite zester)

2 more of my favorite undershirt from American Apparel

one more of my favorite pair of long johns from American Apparel

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Detox/Recharge project

step 1: reduce visual clutter


Gotta get the bedroom nice so I wake up to a non-stressful environment.

clutter reduction continued



Someday we'll get a coat rack instead of piling our hoodies on the library stair/chair, but it works for now.


step 2: stage things for next activities


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step 3: optimize for relaxed housemate


windowseat primed with New York Times, Wired & New Yorker for Joe to recline with when he gets back from day 2 (of 3) of his class for work

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step 4: get clean


I even shaved my legs, a hassle I confess to frequently putting off…

step 5: good dinner & scratch some things off the general shopping list



Step 6 not photographed: Sleep as long as I want, which turned out to be over 10 hours.

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