Category Archives: On a Whim

Absentee Blogger

My blog has been silent for the past few due to the unexpected surprise of finding out that I was expecting our first child. How was this child unexpected, well, my husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for about four years. This try included the best Kaiser Permanente could offer by way of fertility drugs and procedures without having to go to any specialist. During this whole time, we had absolutely no luck, lots of bills, and added stress of always being called infertile in the clinic. Continue reading Absentee Blogger

People We Admire

Football Dreams from a seven year old

Last Tuesday, the American writer Ray Bradbury passed away at age 91. I have always admired his work, but I had not known just what an influence on he was on my husband until this news broke. My husband admired three writers that have influenced his writing at a very young age, Robert Anton Wilson, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ray Bradbury, and all of whom have passed away. I have to admit a bit of jealousy at him having found people to admire at such a young age. I don’t think people understand that finding people to look up to is not as easy as it seems and many go through life without such presences. Continue reading People We Admire

Copyright gone haywire

Tomorrow, January 18th, many websites will be blacking out their name and some of their services to bring awareness to two pieces of legislation proposed by the U.S. Congress: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), which would if passed, inhibit many of the free and open internet sites we have come to depend on in our daily lives and lock them in a grand web of law suits. So if you like sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, discovering new information on Wikipedia, and buying from artisans on Etsy, write your representatives in congress to stop these bills.

Learn more at Keepthewebopen. Contact your legislator at: Google or Wikipedia.

BTW: If you are missing Wikipedia and are in need of some information, call you local public library, the reference librarians will love to answer your questions!

What they didn’t tell you at the Police Academy

I have been cleaning up photos that were scanned a while ago and ran across these photos I took way back in 1995. I was wasting time with my camera and a San Antonio Police officer was called to apprehend a bull that got loose from the nearby field. For your information, this is not out in the country, but in between several suburbs. As you can see, the cops in San Antonio are issued lassos, yes lassos :) The cop did seem a bit sheepish when he saw me photographing the incident, but he was lucky this was before cheap digital cameras, and I didn’t have a dark room to develop my film at the time.  And yes, this was before blogs. I didn’t stay to seem him finally get the bull, let just say having a lasso and remembering how to use it are not the same thing.

Summer Projects

Time for me to start sewing! I have collected enough cool print fabric that I need to start turning them into something I can wear. Today I began by cutting the fabric for a skirt. I will try and get a gallery of my finished projects up soon.

Technology for scribblers

I am person who is infinitely more comfortable scribbling than typing on a computer, the NoteSlate does two things that I yearn for, allowing me the physicality of writing and the ability to easily transfer the completed files to the computer using OCR technology.

I have notebooks filled with scribbles, which I sometimes want to transfer into a text document, only to have to sit down and transcribe my writings later. I know there are digital means like using a laptop or an iPad or just texting on one’s phone, but for those of us tongue tied typing on a keyboard, the holding of pencil-like-device cures all.