Friday, August 26, 2011

Writing And Editing

Now that I have my own laptop netbook, hereby nicknamed Tinytop, I’ve been writing again. It’s just so much easier when I have a computer, I suck at writing long hand. I just can’t seem to write quicker than the words come and by the time I’m finished one sentence I’ve forgotten the others.

I’m working on editing a one shot story I wrote at work about a year ago. It’s a short story about addiction. I’ve written it all in cursive which kind of sucks because I can write quicker in cursive, but the more excited I get about something, the quicker I write the more illegible it gets.

Cue me spending ten minutes trying to decode a single word. Pain in the ass.

I’ve also almost forgotten what it’s like to write. And I’m not talking about these blog entries I do, I mean actually write stories. For some reason for me it’s a kind of different feeling between writing the two. I think it’s because the other is more creative and shows more of you, lays you out on the table in a different way than writing a blog can.

Sometimes they feel the same, but writing poems and stories to me, especially when they’re unedited or unfinished, is like slowly undressing in front of someone and saying, “I’ve got something to show you.” It makes me kind of paranoid like I want to look behind me to make sure no one is reading what I’m writing even though a wall is at my back. Then again I also sometimes get scared that someone has put cameras in my house (I know they haven’t actually done so, I know I’m just being silly, it’s just a stupid thought I sometimes entertain that creeps me out.), but still.

It sometimes makes me feel jittery and elated and excited and alert, and it drains me. Sometimes all at the same time.

And it feels great.

Does anyone else get this way?

This made sense right?

Oh and by the by, I hope you all stay safe with Irene coming full swing at you fellow East Coasters.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chocomize Your Own Candy Bar

Let me just say that I love 'make your own' websites. Like Mix My Granola, where you can choose from an awesome variety of yummy ingredients and ...well, make your own granola. Exactly what it says on the tin.

So I got all happy when I found this website that lets you play Willy Wonka with chocolate bars. Chocomize (love that that's a word by the way.) lets you choose from three chocolate bases (dark, milk or white) and up to five ingredients to customize your own candy bar.

The base price starts off at 3.95 for the 3.5 oz. bar itself. Each ingredient costs anywhere from .65 cents to $1.60. Unless you opt for 23 karat gold flakes on your bar, that's $3.25. The gold flakes aren't the only unconventional topping they have. There's also bacon (vegetarian and real), crystallized rose and violet petals, lavender and oregano just to name a few.

Unless you choose few ingredients, or the cheapest, the end result does tend to be a little pricey, but then again this isn't just some chocolate bar that's been sitting on the shelf of a K-Mart checkout line. It is Belgium chocolate and they are made to order, shipped with an ice pack to help make sure it doesn't melt. Also there is a flat rate 6.95 shipping and handling fee for anywhere in the U.S. and a 10.50 fee for the Canadians.

The selection under favorites do have cheaper options; like some of the 'pre-made' bars, or really I should say, popular flavors. They also have a 2 oz. cube of hot chocolate on a stick that comes in a hazelnut, vanilla or nutty amaretto flavor and costs 2.95 per cube.

It is a very neat website and I do love the novelty of being able to customize my own stuff. I also like the fact that a portion of your purchase goes to your choice of three charities they sponsor. The charities they have to chose from are Doctors Without Borders, a "medical humanitarian organization that assists people in need in almost 70 different countries whose survival is threatened by neglect, catastrophe or violence."; Team Fox, The Micheal J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's research; and A Drink For Tomorrow, an organization that helps provide clean drinking water for developing nations that don't have any and spreads awareness of the fact that these people have no clean water (hope all those commas and semi colons were correct or that is one huge run on sentence.).

Now if you'll excuse me, my work wife has had a craptastic month and I think I found a way to make it a little better.

Edit: The chocolate I bought for my work wife came today. Quite a quick turn around, but then again I do live close to where they ship out of (New Jersey). It is shipped in a thermal insulated type of sealed bag with an ice pack to keep everything nice and cool. They also threw in a free little four square of dark chocolate with coconut and junior mints in it. Cute little freebie, my sister loved it.

Just thought I'd update this as extra commentary. Nothing melted and it is in the middle of summer, quick ship and freebie chocolate.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Past Due Updates

So yes, I have been gone quite a bit. Damn my bout of procrastination! Yes, just a least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I've meant to do this update about a month ago when it was relevant. But procrastination came, and then I got sick and had to go be in the hospital for a week, and now here we are.

I'm so happy. The Girl Scout booth at the Heritage Fair went a lot better than expected. Apparently I'm good at getting attention. I'm also good at scaring people. Then again dressing all in black and wearing a pink inflatable crown might do that.

All in all we got 12 girls to actually join and about 4 adults (I think?). Kudos to us and our rinky dinky booth.

While we were there I was introduced to two cover bands I am ashamed that I never heard of before.

Sons of Pirates. Much more than a Jimmy Buffet cover band. They are awesome. For some reason I can't get the link to work with me. Look them up on facebook under Fans of S.O.P. (Sons of Pirates) and join.

And this amazing Beatles tribute band The Mahoney Brothers. They sound like them, dress like them and do costume changes throughout their sets.

I also won this adorable thing from the Boy Scout booth next to us.

All hail King Squishy! Lord over all things cute, squishy and hamster-like. He squeaks when you hug him.

I also feel like semi bragging about these weird technicolor deviled eggs I made for a party at work. I don't know why, they just look cool and I probably shouldn't be allowed near food dye.

I love oddly colored food things. Every time I ate them, I felt like I was reenacting this scene:

Just with less food fighting obviously.