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KirstenL4W http://www.kirstenl4w.com All About Me - And Then Some Wed, 08 May 2013 23:45:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Yard Work is Not For Me http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/05/08/yard-work-is-not-for-me/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/05/08/yard-work-is-not-for-me/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 04:00:49 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=3346 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

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I’m not a huge fan of yard work. I don’t like gardening; I don’t even have any house plants.

But I’m on my own now (another story for another day) and I have a half acre of yard to take care of.

I have what mostly qualifies as a lawn – at least the parts you can’t see from the street. There are still a lot of bare patches. I bought some seed and starter fertilizer hoping I could get some baby grass to grow, but it turns out that you need water it – a lot. I had a few issues with this:

  • We were getting regular rain, until I seeded my yard. This put a huge crimp in my lawn-growing plans.
  • I have a sprinkler, but it doesn’t move itself around the yard. Since I work all day, it would take me a week to get the whole lawn watered just by leaving a sprinkler on.
  • I work all day, and I really don’t want to spend a couple of hours after work soaking my yard to get things to grow.
  • It’s a half acre. That’s a LOT of yard to take care of after work and on weekends, especially when I’m trying to have a social life too.

So now that all my grass seed has turned to dust, there’s rain in the forecast this week. Oh, and have I mentioned that the weeds are taller than my dog now? Because they are. She doesn’t like going in the yard because the weeds tickle her belly.

I have a big beast of a rider mower that I have no interest in riding, so for the cost of some delicious home-cooked meals, I’ve managed to get my nephew to come over and take care of that for me. At the very least I’d like to not lose my dog in the yard because the weeds are too tall.

After years of living in Las Vegas and not having to worry about this stuff, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait for winter. I love the look of my white, snowy yard because I don’t have to do anything to it.Other Posts Like Me:

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Boston Strong http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/04/22/boston-strong/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/04/22/boston-strong/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:46:42 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=3344 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Boston Strong

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s been some crazy shit happening up here this past week. I don’t need to rehash it, because you can all turn on any news channel and get the idea.

Unlike the events of 9/11, this one hit much closer to home. First, there’s the physical proximity. I don’t live in Boston, but I am within close reach, being only 30 miles away. When I get away from New England, I tell people I’m from “near Boston” because it’s easier to state proximity to a major city rather than telling people you’re from a state without a major city, which usually just invites blank looks.

Second, I have friends who live in Boston. When I heard that the city had shelter-in-place orders, my thoughts immediately went to those friends. They quickly confirmed their safety via social media, and continued to update throughout the day, but of course I was still worried for them because no one knew what would happen.

And then there’s the day of. Being so close to the city, it’s not unusual that one of my friends or family from up here would go into the city for the day. And that day, one of my friends was in the city, taking his son to Fenway Park for the first time. When the news broke and shit got real, I texted him to see if he was ok and quickly got a short text back confirming. Later his Facebook update told of how they had to walk 3 miles from Kenmore Square to North Station, but they did it safely and were able to make it home in time for dinner.

I did end up breaking down that night. See, my friend’s son is the same age as the youngest victim. THAT is what really brought it home for me.

I continued to fight back tears as the week went on, not only because I kept thinking about the victims and my friends’ proximity to the blasts, but also because of the Boston pride that emerged. Boston Strong. Everywhere I looked, people were refusing to back down. Hilarious pictures about Boston’s resilience showed up on Facebook. Tributes dominated sporting events all over the country, and every team became a part of Red Sox Nation.

Then Friday happened. Boston and surrounding cities shut down after a deadly rampage. Friends were stuck at home, our corporate office was closed, and everyone I know was glued to the news, hoping that the suspect would be found and we could breathe again. Finally, that evening, they got him. I cried again. Cried because I was proud of the law enforcement officers that didn’t give up until they caught this guy. Cried because I have close friends and family who are in law enforcement. I’m thankful for what they do for us every single day, and proud that they’re amongst those that are closest to me. And of course I cried because of my love for Boston, a city that showed the world we don’t let anything get us down.

On Monday morning as I drove to work, one week after the blasts, I passed an electronic message board that said only one thing:

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Big Changes http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/04/12/big-changes/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/04/12/big-changes/#comments Sat, 13 Apr 2013 00:57:32 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=3274 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Big Changes

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I’m in the midst of some major changes in my life. With that will come some major changes for the blog. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve made some decisions regarding my blog, but I also think I’ll be starting over with a new URL. This blog will be moved back to my old Blogger blog, and I have some ideas on how to start fresh.

In my real life, I have a lot going on that’s keeping me really busy. I need to figure out how to manage all that I need to do in real life with all that I want to get done in my virtual life. My presence around here will be scarce for a while, but don’t worry. I’ll be just fine.Other Posts Like Me:

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Moving Again http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/03/30/moving-again/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/03/30/moving-again/#comments Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:54:52 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=3270 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Moving Again

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So I’ve decided to move again. I’m not moving where I physically live, because I’m just really tired of that. I’m moving my blog.

I’ll keep the same address and point my domain to my new host, but I just can’t do this self-hosted thing anymore. I got an email from the support team at my host, and basically something was running that was using a lot of CPU usage, and I realized that I had no idea what they were talking about. I had to use some of my mad internet research skills to get a clue, and even then I’m not sure I fixed the problem correctly. I haven’t gotten any more nasty emails from them, but it got me thinking…

I have no business being self-hosted.

I do not have the time to put into learning all this stuff. I don’t have the desire to put the time in. Sure, I liked tweaking my designs and stuff when I was on Blogger, but it’s so much more difficult on WordPress. I don’t have the time that I used to have (read: a job that lets me be on the internet), so I don’t have time to worry about things going wrong. Because of this, I need a hosted solution that will take care of all that back end baloney that I don’t want to deal with.

Then there’s the cost. Not only does this cost me time I don’t have and skills I don’t have, it costs money to host a blog somewhere. And while I don’t mind paying a little bit to keep my blog going, I don’t like the idea of paying all the money and doing all the work. If I have to pay for it, then let someone else keep up on all that tech crap.

I’ll be spending the next few months moving back to Blogger. I know I predicted Blogger’s eventual demise, but it’s still around, I haven’t heard any rumors about Google getting rid of Blogger, and since it’s free and does a lot more than it did when I left, it fits my needs perfectly.

I still have plans for my blog, and it does involve shedding some of those past posts in order to move forward. That will be something I work on as I move my posts. In the meantime, posts that have been moved will go into draft mode here, to avoid duplication but mostly as a way for me to keep track of what’s where.

So that’s that. I do still want to blog, but I think some of my silence lately has been frustration on having to deal with the business end of things, like updates every single time I log in. It makes me not want to log in! Plus, I do have a lot going on in my life and I’d really like my spare time to be dedicated to my life, not blog maintenance. I’ve flirted with moving back to Blogger a few times, and even started the process, but this time I’m going for it. It’s been fun, WordPress, but I can’t keep up with you anymore.Other Posts Like Me:

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Down With Google http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/03/17/down-with-google/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/03/17/down-with-google/#comments Sun, 17 Mar 2013 14:07:47 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2908 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Down With Google

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So Google Reader’s days are numbered.

Feedburner isn’t what it used to be. I use Feedburner, but haven’t really checked in on stats or anything like that in, oh, forever.

This makes me think that Google is going to give Blogger the ax sometime in the future. This is disappointing, because I keep toying with the idea of moving my blog back to Blogger. I’m putting less and less effort into my blog, and it doesn’t make sense to pay for hosting anymore. I just really want somewhere to move my posts to so I don’t lose 7 years of hard work.

I do have to make it known that I don’t particularly like Google+. I never found it all that intuitive to use, and it’s quite clear that it wants to be Facebook. As messed up as Facebook is, with its ever-changing privacy issues and changes to the news feed, it’s still the one social network that pretty much everyone is on. G+ probably gained more users out of Facebook frustration than anything else, but people still keep using Facebook.

Anyway, I’m still not 100% sure what I want to do with this blog. But at this point, I don’t think moving to Blogger is the best idea, since Google seems to be getting rid of the services that made them such an indispensable, one-stop-shop in the first place. I just hope they don’t ever consider getting rid of Gmail.Other Posts Like Me:

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On The Internet http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/02/21/on-the-internet-10/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/02/21/on-the-internet-10/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:00:57 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2886 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

On The Internet

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Here’s a link post that’s been sitting in my draft folder for awhile. I guess it’s time to call it done, don’t you think?

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Musical Therapy http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/02/04/musical-therapy/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/02/04/musical-therapy/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:00:28 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2898 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Musical Therapy

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This past weekend, one of my friends suffered a devastating loss. We are a really tight-knit group, so our friend’s loss affected us all. Our hearts hurt, many of us had trouble sleeping, and many of us were teary-eyed as we went through the shock of loss together.

It started, for me, with hearing Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” on the radio. I think there’s something magical about his music. He could be singing about the most horrible things, but for some reason, the mood that the music itself brings up is just the thing to make me feel better. Adding to the magic is that one of his songs will come on the radio at exactly the moment I need it.

There seems to be a perfect song for every feeling, for every relationship, for every situation. Sitting at my computer, unable to concentrate on my usual internet activities, I went back and forth between being online with my friends and surfing my music collection. After hearing Van, I was very intent on digging into my collection to find the songs that would soothe my soul.

I found just the song – one with the just the right mood, that perfectly expresses how I feel about this group of friends – rather, how we all feel about each other. And it’s a song that soothed me just when I needed it.

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Ideas – I Got ‘Em http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/22/ideas-i-got-em/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/22/ideas-i-got-em/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:00:28 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2888 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Ideas – I Got ‘Em

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I’m starting to come up with more ideas on how to revamp my blog, to make it into a space that’s more me, and to make it something I can manage with my busy schedule. I’ve got a bunch of stuff written down, and I need to start working on it so that I can implement these changes.

It’s tough, having been blogging for as long as I have been. It will be 7 years in March. Seven whole years.

I started as a measly little personal blog, writing out my feelings about whatever I wanted. Then more real life people started reading, and I started holding back more. Then I met Mister, and moved in with him and got married, and had a life outside of this here blog. That’s contributed.

But I think I figured out the biggest thing holding me back. I’m disorganized. There, I said it. It’s hard to admit that out loud, considering that I once wanted to organize the world. But I haven’t felt disorganized in years.

So that’s my immediate goal. I need to get organized. Not just with my online stuff, but my physical space as well. I feel like once I’m able to make progress there, I’ll be able to make progress in other areas of my life as well. In the meantime, I hope to gather some more ideas and get those organized… so I can start implementing them.

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Neutral Territory http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/15/neutral-territory/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/15/neutral-territory/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:00:52 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2880 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Neutral Territory

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Ever since I started wearing makeup, I’ve been trying to be a bit more adventurous. Just wearing makeup has been a major step up, since I had been going bare-faced for so long. And before my visit to Sephora last year, I never really knew how to apply it to best flatter me. Now I know, but I feel like I’m getting myself stuck in a rut.

Most of my collection is neutrals. Sure, they look good on everyone. I know how to apply neutrals a bunch of different ways and have it come out looking good. But sometimes, I want more color. And here’s where I get stuck.

I do not have the coloring for more color.

On the eyes, I can manage purples if they are more on the plum side of things. Too blue, and I look bruised. I can also handle greens if they stay more olive/emerald. I can’t figure out how to make my favorite color in all the world, aquatealquoise, look good on me. And not for lack of trying, either. The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette is my go-to, and I love just about every color in there.

On my lips, I have a boatload of lipsticks and glosses in pretty much the same color. I don’t like darker colors on me, so nothing dark. Pink just does not work with my coloring. I wish it did – it would open a whole new world of color. Instead, I stick with lighter peachy browns that have just a hint of pink. I love the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Tender Honey, and recently bought the Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Sugarbomb and the Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked, and while I love all of those shades, they’re all the same. I also have the Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Mango, which I love. It’s orange, but not too orange, and the color lasts a long time.

Recently I went shopping for more color in my life. I purchased the Urban Decay Vice Palette, and I’ve been experimenting with a few looks from there. In the lip department, I haven’t made much headway. I went out this weekend and purchased some Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Adore (lovely color) and Romantic (a bit to bright red orange for me), and some Revlon Lip Butters in Fig Jam (another great color on me) and Tutti Frutti (a bit orange but will probably be nice in the summer). I’ll probably struggle more with the lip color issue than the eyeshadow colors, since lips are just there. I can’t use just a tiny pop of color on my lips and blend it out with mostly neutrals, since lip colors don’t work that way. And I really do love the neutral lips, but I’m not sure if I want to keep buying different formulas and brands of what is basically the same color.

Any tips on how to add my color to my makeup routine without feeling like a clown?

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Chilly http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/04/chilly/ http://www.kirstenl4w.com/2013/01/04/chilly/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 11:00:59 +0000 Kirsten http://www.kirstenl4w.com/?p=2867 Copyright© 2012 KirstenL4W

Chilly

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It snowed here last week. This week, temperatures fell into the single digits, and it’s been a bit breezy, so this morning, according to my local newspaper’s twitter, it was 6°F with a wind chill of -6°F. A bit chilly.

Oh, and remember when I blogged about the cold? About how I was missing it? (I also wrote about how Greta wasn’t a fan, but more on that in a minute.) I’m over getting bundled up to go outside, of having to remember the proper footwear so my feet stay warm and dry and/or I don’t slip and fall. I’m over trying to remember gloves to keep my hands warm but still having to take them off to be able use the doggie doo-doo bags. And I’m definitely over the icy roads. So, except for being able to bake stuff without turning my house into a sweatbox, I’m pretty much over this winter stuff. I’m ready for it to get warm out again.

Greta, on the other hand, is sticking to her original assessment regarding cold weather. She doesn’t like it one bit.

When it first snowed, she didn’t want to go outside because it felt too much like rain, and my little desert dog is not a fan of rain. Once it stopped snowing and a path was cleared, she had fun bouncing around. She was so spry and energetic! Then, just like that, she decided that she didn’t like it anymore.

The snow itself she still likes. Just not the cold part.

I have a nice warm sherpa-style doggie coat that I put on her before we go outside. When we get out there, she stands on the pavement with one front paw and the opposite back paw raised so they won’t touch the cold pavement. She looks at me pleading to let her back in the house. She runs to the door every chance she gets. She does everything she can think of to go back to the warmth of the house, except going potty. That she saves for inside.

Usually, whenever one of the household humans (aka Mister or I) puts on a coat, pants, shoes, or even just walks near the front door, Greta gets all excited because she thinks she’s going outside or for a ride in the car. Normally she loves outside, and car rides are the Best! Thing! Ever! But this morning, after freezing her little paws off, she heard me getting ready for work, came out of my office to see me putting my coat on, let out a big sigh and walked back into my office to go back to bed. She is so over this weather.

After consulting with my imaginary internet friends, Mister and I are going change up the way we do positive reinforcement. She currently gets treats for going potty outside, but lately, with all the winter gear we have to take off before getting to the treat jar in the kitchen, it would seem that Greta sees her treats as reward for coming in the house – sort of how a snow-covered child gets a cup of hot cocoa and some cookies after playing in the snow. The time lapse is too great for her to associate the treat with potty. So we’re taking the treats outside. Last night, she got a treat once we got out of leash range of the front door. Then it took her a couple minutes to go potty, and she headed straight for the door as soon as she was done. But I stood in the same spot and called her back for a treat, and she actually came back in the snow to get it. So hopefully we can re-train her brain to think of the cold outside potty as a good thing.

Until then, I know both Greta and I will be thinking of warmer, cozier things.Other Posts Like Me:

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