My husband says I have always been flaky

My husband says I have always been flaky

Flaky [ˈflākē] : ADJECTIVE. 1. Breaking or separating easily into small, thin pieces. 2. Crazy or eccentric.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m flaky. Still, there’s a time and a place for such revelations. Case in point:

In the morning, on the way to work, I step down our four measly brick steps in the garage on my way to the car. Unfortunately, my brain forgets the routine I have been performing almost daily close to the last decade and my foot misses the last step. As I crumple to the floor, my knees save my face from planting first on the concrete.

And so, I unceremoniously pick myself off – laughing, because what else can a klutz do in this sad comedy of errors? – and gather my fallen belongings.

Does Steve offer a hand, a word of sympathy or encouragement?

Of course not.

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Steve (watching bemusedly from the doorway): What in the world happened?

Me: (sighs) I missed the step.

Steve: But… how?

Me: I don’t know! I just had a flaky moment, I guess.

Steve: Moment? But… you’re always flaky.

No kids – and how people react (a Socially Awkward comic)

No kids – and how people react (a Socially Awkward comic)

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We have no kids, and we are perfectly okay

The humor in this may be a little dark for some people. However, it’s something that just sort of spilled out and it was very therapeutic for me to draw. We have no kids. We wanted kids. I have wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately that just wasn’t in the cards. (I have a brief blog I wrote on my infertility journey, in case you’re interested to read more.)

I’ve come to appreciate my life as it is, with no kids, with lots of fur babies, and lots of nieces and nephews to spoil. And that’s fine! It’s a great life. I’m not less for not being a parent.

Some people just need to be reminded of that. 😉

 

Mind mapping: ditch the list & unleash your creative thinking

Mind mapping: ditch the list & unleash your creative thinking

What is mind mapping, anyway?

A visual, organic way to organize information

Mind mapping fell into my lap a while back during a time when I felt scattered and undisciplined (or maybe I came across it while pinning random pictures on Pinterest, I can’t remember). Lists no longer worked for me, if they had ever worked at all. And, that is a difficult thing for me to admit. Because I, being the true nerd that I am, have always had a thing for lists. Maybe it’s OCD… maybe I’m just weird. Either way, I love nothing more than planning things with nice little checklists. Sometimes (okay lots of times) I will even add a task I have already completed just to have the satisfaction of crossing it off my list.

But lists and I have a love/hate relationship. For one thing, order has always been important to me and if I thought of an item that belonged somewhere in the list but there was no room to add it – well, that drove me crazy and I often had to rewrite the whole list from scratch. For another, I would often get so hung up on making the list perfect that I would never get around to actually doing any of the items ON the list!

But what makes mind mapping so great?

The *idea* of mind mapping has been around for centuries, but the term and the practice we know it as today was coined by author Tony Buzan: “A Mind Map is a visual thinking tool that can be applied to all cognitive functions, especially memory, learning, creativity and analysis. Mind Mapping is a process that involves a distinct combination of imagery, colour and visual-spatial arrangement. The technique maps out your thoughts using keywords that trigger associations in the brain to spark further ideas.” (From the iMindMap software from Tony Buzan)

Simply put, the process goes a little like this:

  1. You have an idea
  2. You write the idea in the center of a piece of paper
  3. You start to connect other ideas that branch off of the central idea as keywords, pictures, etc.
  4. You fill up the paper with these word-associations, which spark more ideas, and more associations.

Think of a mind map as just that — a map. Maps use roads and paths to connect us from one place to another. Mind maps use words, thoughts, images, and color, to connect our thoughts together into one cohesive idea.

Have you tried mind mapping? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, what are you waiting for?! 😉

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Meet Dug: our newest fur baby (a Socially Awkward comic)

Meet Dug: our newest fur baby (a Socially Awkward comic)

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Meet Dug, our newest fur baby!

For those who don’t know our newest cuddle bug yet, meet Dug. He’s a 50 lb., sweet-as-pie, lovable, huggable, kissable, Tazmanian devil with a bundle of energy. We got him from a wonderful local rescue called Southern Skies at 8 months old. They had originally named him Douglas and – since we love Dug from the movie, Up, well… it seemed an obvious choice.

And it suits him. 🙂

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