Monday, January 09, 2006

Multiple Subjects for Today's Post

First: the sidebar buttons were made this way.
Select a picture and open it in a drawing program, and if you don't have one, Microsoft has Paint which is in Accessories. It is the easiest one to use. I used one of the drawing tools to write on the picture, like the little paintbrush. I used the mouse to move it to write the names. Then I resized the picture using the Stretch/Skew tab under Image. I put in like 25% to reduce it. Then I saved it as a jpeg or tiff.
Then I went into blogger and published it as a picture in the blog. When you post it and click on the picture, a url appears in the address menu at the top of the page.

click on this picture
This is what you need to use to put it in the sidebar.
Then you need to plug it into the html that makes the link.
If you view my website and look at the menu bar at the top of the page, under View and then the Source tab, you will find the correct code which you can then paste into the template under Sidebar.

Four Jobs You've Had: Waitress in a Country and Western Dive, production artist several places, Dog and Suds waitress, machine quilter at a bedspread factory


Four Movies You Could Watch Over and Over: Casablanca, It's Wonderful Life, Love Actually, Animal House

Four Places You've Lived: Denver CO, Biloxi MS, Tampa FL, Chicago IL

TV Shows you love to Watch:L&O, even reruns, Gray's Anatomy, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars

Four Places You've Been on Vacation: Cancun MX, San Miguel de Allende MX, Key West FL, Three Lakes WI

Four Websites You Visit Every Day:Yarn Harlot, Tommy the Material Girl, Mason-Dixon Knitting, A Walk in the Woods

Four Of Your Favorite Foods: These are all things I don't eat: crunchy bread slathered with butter, coffee ice cream, pumpkin pie with cool whip, pizza from Uno or Due's in Chicago

Four Places You'd Rather Be: At Panera with the girlfriends, in Berkeley CA in a hot tub with Dave, in Napa with Dave, in Christchurch NZ with fthe girlfriends (there are things that they would love that Dave would not and vice versa)

Four Albums You Can't Live Without:I agree that this is majorly impossible to single out, but my faves are Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, YoYo Ma, Iris Dement.

Four People You'll Pass This On To: Frieda, Tommy, Emily and Brooke
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OK. I got that off my plate. Now I am happy to announce that I have a working laptop again, O happy day. My dear brother spent hours, literally trying to fix everything and to use his words, Be MY HERO. He is my hero and eventually the unfixable was circumvented and I can now find most of my email addresses, by stealth or sneaky backdoor ways.
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Tommy mentioned journaling in her blog yesterday and I must comment. I like the idea of journaling but can't get with the hand writing part. It is too slow and when I change my thoughts, erasing makes a mess of the page and I don't like that .
Being honest is the most intriguing aspect of the idea, but I think being honest means complaining alot, which I did when I tried journaling before the computer. All that does is allow one to wallow in the annoying things and getting them out onto the page doesn't remove them, it amplifies them.
When I blog, I look for interesting things to describe or consider and that approach makes for a better start to the day.
Sometimes when I wake up at night, I mentally begin writing the blog for the next day. I have to first pick the topic and then the approach, or opening line. I can really amuse myself in this way and it has made those restless nights more bearable.

I have been a little too honest in this blog and it has gotten me in trouble. So I have learned to consider what the reader may think before I publish. This may seem less honest, but in fact, it is really just being more sensitive. One needn't point out that spinach in the teeth, out loud, when one can pass a note.

10 comments:

  1. Very interesting; your take on journaling. I agree, you can't always print what you would actually say in any given circumstance or it would be x rated, in my case anyway!!!

    Valeri already hit me for the meme.

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  2. Mel, dahling you could do visual journaling...kind of a fancy sketch book. Check out Danny Gregory's Every Day Matters....especially the Illustrated Letters. Apparently it is all the rage...can we afford to miss out on this trend...more things to post to blogs.

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  3. I so agree with you about journaling. In cleaning up my studio, I have found 6 journals that I bought and used maybe once and then lost. That is why the blogging has been such an inspiration for pushing me creatively.

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  4. "One needn't point out that spinach in the teeth, out loud, when one can pass a note."

    I totally agree. lol

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  6. Anonymous9:42 PM

    To those of you that tune in often: I wait the daily news [here] with the same interest as a 'breaking 'story on the news. Something extraordinary. Something to share at the water cooler at the office. Example: "Wow, what a tragic fire". In the day-to-day writings of Ms. Mel, I see that regularly. Not in the spectacle, but in the comfort and stable 'life is wonderful' tense. [She] makes the morning coffee just that more enjoyable. I just haven't figured out how she gets up so damn early in the morning to have a post before 7am.

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  7. I have tried the journaling, too, but find that writing things by hand is not my thing anymore. I pretty much journal on my blog... although there are things I would journal, but don't because of not knowing who is lurking. It's a mixed bag. I do know I love reading your blog on a daily basis and my day is not complete until I have. thanks!

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  8. I agree with you very much about journaling and unfortunately, a lot of folks take it one step too far in their blogs when they moan and groan about the very people who are reading their blogs... They ought to have a website just for those folks and call it "true colors"...

    A visual journal is cool, but isn't that more or less what you do on line?

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