Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Spring is coming! (in 2 months...)

Just for the record, today is WAY. TOO. COLD.

Anyway, I mentioned in a previous post that I've been through several job transitions in the 5 years that I wasn't keeping up with DomoArigato. I'm currently (very) happily placed working at my church as a graphic designer, and right now I'm busy working away at Easter graphics. What's that, you say? It's only January? Truth. But I'm working ahead :) So far I'm torn between the following options... I'll probably end up using a combination - one for announcements and one for worship slides, and a mix for our bulletins, or something like that. We'll see. Anyway, I just wanted to not be lazy about posting, so here I am, making a quick post.

In other news, I'm trying to buy '', but it's abour $70 on GoDaddy to get it, so I'm trying to decide what I'd like to do with this blog - I own, so I might transition all of my stuff over to that, but I have so much great history here... It's fun to look back on old blogs! I'll let you know when I do.

Peace out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The 21st day of January, 2013

It's 2013, people. I can't believe we survived the Mayan Apocalypse, that we don't have flying cars, and that Zombies haven't taken over the world.

Today is MLK day which means, as I mentioned last week, that I have the day off. I'm dog sitting for my parent's neighbors, but I was excited to know I could sleep in until about 9am before heading over there, since she'd been let our late last night. But there's a house at the bottom of the hill that's being worked on, and we were woken up at 7:15 by hammering and beeping trucks. I almost called non-emergency police to complain - in Arlington you're not supposed to make noise like that before 8 am - but then I would have felt guilty about it all day, so I just rolled out of bed, stumbled into some sweat pants, took care of the dog, and then finished reading a novel I'd started earlier in the weekend (The Sugar Queen, by Sarah Addison Allen - I recommend it if you'd like some nice, light reading).

I also watched a Smithsonian program on Bog Bodies (all before 9am)! I mean, wow. Bog bodies are kind of amazing. So I've been doing mild internet research on them for the last 20 minutes, and discovered some interesting facts. First, in case you didn't know, a bog body is a cadaver that's been very well preserved in the peat bogs of Europe by a combination of acidity, cold, and lack of oxygen. Thousands of them exist. Here's some other interesting info...
  • The earliest bog body supposedly dates back to 8000BC. EIGHT THOUSAND BEECEE! That's old!
  • Many scientists believe that bog bodies from the bronze age were human sacrifices deposited along king's land boundaries. Most of these bodies were between 16-20 years of age.
  • Many bog bodies were killed by trauma, which either supports the sacrifice idea, or suggests they may have been criminals that were executed.
  • One body they found had Bronze Age hair gel (a Spanish resin), indicative of high social status. Others are similar - found with jewelry, headdresses, and fine textiles.
  • They've found hundreds of American "bog people" in Florida that date back to 5000+ BC.
Anyway... now I sort of wish there was a bog cemetery that I could be buried in, as a time capsule for another age to find thousands of years from now. Maybe J and I can move to Denmark and start one.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

my life according to google, 5 years later.

My last post on this blog before I left for greener pastures was "my life according to google (thanks to vero)". Since it's been 5 years since I posted anything, I think it would be nice to check how Google thinks my life has progressed! For the record, #4 is probably my favorite. Without further ado...

Type in the following and fill in the first choice:

1: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search:
Marianne needs a new iPhone.   (OMG, Google is right!)

2: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search:
Marianne looks like a very cute 80s pillowcase. (btw, this picture accompanied that sentence. It's true, Marianne DOES look like a very cute 80s pillowcase.)

3: Type in "[your name] does" in Google search:
Marianne does not approve of hiding her emotions.

4: Type in "[your name] hates" in Google search:
Marianne hates her lab partners, for not copying down their own data and making her send a long and tedious e-mail.

5: Type in "[your name] goes to" in Google search:
Marianne goes to France.

6: Type in "[your name] loves" in Google search:
Marianne loves wandering around in the forest.

7: Type in "[your name] eats" in Google search:
Marianne eats peas. (no, Google. I do NOT eat peas.)
8: Type in "[your name] has" in Google search:
Marianne has a unique way to paint using fabric.

9: Type in "[your name] died" in Google Search:
My dear sister, Marianne died 1986. (Accompanied by this photo. I like her. I wish I'd known her.)

10: Type in "[your name] will" in Google search:
Marianne will haunt your dreams.

I'm back! (but AM I back? We'll see.)

To be 100% honest, I'd completely forgotten about this blog until a dear friend posted a link to one of my old softies on my FB page. I proceeded to spend an hour reading posts about things I didn't remember doing or thinking about - it was actually kind of wonderful!

In the years since then, I've given several other blogs a go, but never really kept up with them. I mean, let's face it - I had a lot more time on my hands in 2005-2007 than I do now, in 2013! I've gotten married (I REALLY wish I had a blog from those days, when we were dating and falling in love, planning out future... I'd love to look back on my thoughts, but... oh well :). Anyhow, as I said I've gotten married, worked several different jobs, rediscovered pottery, gotten cats, rabbits, a dog, 2 coral tanks, and some praying mantids (not all at the same time, of course), and we even housed a sweet teenager for a year! Talk about going from zero to sixty in your second year of marriage - get a teenager ;) She was sweet, wonderful, and challenging. But that's a long story; maybe I'll tell you someday, but not today.

So, in other news - as a means of recording life instead of having a blog with particular meaning, this weekend is Inauguration weekend. Obama will be sworn in for his second term on Monday. We have a long weekend at work because of it, which means I've had some time to sit and do nothing. This leads to me feeling like I can waste time on my old blog! So, in a round-about way, I supposed I should thank Obama for my post.

I think that's enough of an "I'm back" post, so ta-ta for now. Maybe I'll see you again soon; maybe I won't. Hopefully I will.