Abracadabra

So I don't know about you, but my email has been eerily quiet this past weekend. I know I'm not alone (shout-out to the tumbleweeds, NPW) but man, it's been kind of sad. Who knew I was so attached to emails? There you go. These past few days have left me with some crazy downtime which (instead of doing useful things like cleaning out our pantry or vacuuming the cat fluff off the floor) has led me to discover that there are a few things I kind of wish didn't exist right now. Well actually that's a little extreme; let me change that statement to 'wishing that they could be altered slightly for the greater good'. Because I'm the centre of the universe and all - surely it's possible?

Carbs. Now I would never wish for a life where they didn't exist... let's face it, if carbs were actual people, they'd totally be my bffs, I love them so. But man, I wish that they could swap their calorie content with vegetables. Because that way, I could eat them with no guilt what-so-ever. And also, I wish that the wholemeal options tasted like the 'white' options, but without the sugar and extra bits that make them naughty. That would be great too.

Cat Fluff. It's everywhere. Everywhere. I'm not sure why I'm noticing it more now - maybe because I'm spending more time in the flat now? But I feel like all I'm ever doing is cleaning it up. And Oscar is a short haired cat! How do you guys with long haired cats manage? (We brushed him the other day and by the time we'd finished, we had accumulated the biggest patch of fur I've ever seen. Seriously, you could've stuck some googly eyes on it and called it Oscar the Second.) I hope this is just a seasonal thing, fingers crossed it'll be back to normal by the time Jason's parents come to visit. They're not big animal people, and we're worried enough about how they'll cope with Oscar - let alone passing judgement on the tumbleweeds of fur flying past them in the breeze.

Hulu. You might be thinking I'm insane and why this has made it onto my gripe list, and it's for nothing more than the fact that I can't use it as I'm not in the USA. Gack! Between this and the US iTunes store not taking my money (!!) how the heck am I supposed to watch/buy mindless reality teevee episodes? I get that it's for copyrighting purposes and all that but really? We see the episodes here at some point - why not share them?

One-sided Blog Relationships. I'm not sure how technical that term is or if it even describes what I'm talking about, so let me explain. I've been blogging for a few years now, so I'd like to think I've seen a few tricks in my time. I've got myself a nice little read-feeder of my favourite blogs, and I'm usually able to keep up with them pretty well - but having noticed that some of my favourites are no longer active anymore, I've been trying my best to venture out and find some new reads to visit and befriend. Commenting is a touchy subject - some people like doing it, others lurk. Can't change that. I like to comment; always have, probably always will, if time permits. But sometimes after reading a blog for a while and sharing comments often, it's a bit disheartening to know that there is no connection there; that while you are enjoying the written words on their part, your own writing goes quietly unnoticed. Now I'm not tooting my own horn here and declaring all of my posts are the bees knees and worthy of comment-love, but even just a response now and again is all it takes to make me feel better that I'm not wasting my time.

Doodle Jump. I can't remember how I found this iPhone app, probably mindless browsing one night - but it's so addictive. It's got to the point that I find myself needing to play a couple of times before trying to get to sleep. I lose thousands of brain cells every time I play it, but I. Just. Can't. Stop. I also can't seem to crack the 23k barrier either which makes me repeat the vicious cycle over and over again. But look how cute he is! Such a sweet little doodler.

The Gym. I'm teetering on the edge of the workout wagon, which is never a good thing! My hyper enthusiastic 5 day a week schedule is making me bored, so I think I need to switch things up a bit. I am still hovering at the same weight (kill me now!) and have launched into some desperate measures to try and start losing - there will be more on this later. Naturally thin people, take a moment and be super thankful for what you have! I doubt there's a way to banish the gym from this solar system, so for now this is just a grumble.. I'll be back in there tomorrow. (Sigh.)
So how was your long weekend (if you had one) - was your inbox as sadly empty as mine?


28 Comments  

28 comments:

Erin said...

I feel like my inbox has been eerily quiet for most of the summer. I think I just check my e-mail so much more often now that I'm home, and I'm always a little bummed if there's nothing in there!

Our dog hair problem is out of control lately! I've been slacking on cleaning and brushing the pups, so it's seriously gross in our house. Do you have a furminator brush? It's pricey, but it does a great job of pulling out all the extra hair.

Even when I don't read a blog regularly, if someone is consistently commenting on my blog, I make the effort to visit their blog occasionally. Plus, I try to answer all of my comments through e-mail. It's a big commitment, but I want my readers to know I love them, even if I don't have time to read all of their blogs.

And now, I feel as if I've written a wee blog post in your comment section. :)

Manderz said...

I'll delurk. :-) I only found your blog a week or so ago, but I'm loving it. My email has been rather quiet lately - but then again I'm horrible at responding so it can only be blamed on me. I have dog hair everywhere. How it gets in my fridge baffles me the most. And I try to read the blogs of everyone who comments on mine - although there has been a few who I just don't "connect" with. It's happened the opposite way for me as well though, so I don't usually mind too much. Anyways, hope you have a great day!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

My inbox was pretty empty, but it was a RELIEF! I had a friend in town & we had an excellent weekend together - & both of my roommates were away, which was even better! It was Independence Day here, so I celebrated with friends at a rooftop barbecue & otherwise just relaxed a lot.

And... the gym? ACKKK. I am the worst worker-outer ever. I totally second you on carbs. Can they be healthy, please? I'd be the healthiest person ever.

Operation Pink Herring said...

I second the furminator recommendation. If Oscar tolerates brushing (it doesn't help much if your cat refuses to be brushed, AHEM), it is magical. It pulls out more fur than you'd think possible.

Elizabeth said...

I'm sorry for being such a chronic lurker!

I always enjoy your posts and I should say hello every once in awhile.

This will be my New Financial Year Resolution! ;)

Fiona said...

I often don't comment... most because I read in the snippets I have at work, or I don't feel like commenting on things I have no place in commenting on :)

Britt said...

I get a lot of junk email. I don't think that counts. :)

Lara said...

My inbox is ALWAYS sadly empty. I just don't get much email. Well, my work email is always packed during the school year, but it's very quiet during the summer. But my personal email is pretty much always sad and lonely. But I'm used to it. :)

Julz* said...

My email inbox is never full of anything exciting...I get my horoscope every day, that's about it. BORING!

I've been researching breeds of dogs to find one that's less maintenance on the hair front...not working so much. I don't like short coat dogs as much as the fluffy hairy ones hahaha I guess I'll just have to deal with the hair...

Jade said...

I feel you! My inbox has been crazily quiet for quite a while now, apart from the masses of emails I seem to be receiving of late telling me that I've won £1 million from BT. They must think I'm a sucker if I'm to believe that BT would give me money!

I'm also in total agreement with the whole "one-sided blog relationships" - sometimes I feel a bit frustrated that I take the time out to read other blogs, comment and then get left out of the commenting love back, but I understand that not everyone feels comfortable commenting, so the frustration passes but every so often, rears it's ugly little head again! (By the way, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog - I shall be logging in to respond to it very shortly!)

CuppyCakes said...

All of my emails come from Netbank or Contiki.

I spiced it up and sent you an email tonight. I NEED FRIENDS! You've all been lacking lately and it sucks balls.

By the way... You said 'Doodler' AHAHAHAHA

I hope Charlie Bucket doesn't shed a lot of fur. He doesn't have much as it is becuase of the ringers... But I hope it doesn't all fall off all over my Grammah's couch...

Emily Jane said...

I'm absolutely with you on the whole one sided blog relationships thing. There used to be many blogs I would read (and even send snail mail to!) whose authors wouldn't respond or comment at all, so I had a bit of a clear out a few weeks ago which has made me feel a bit better. It's hard though - especially when you see those people commenting elsewhere in the blogosphere.

And I hear you on the country restrictions - I have the same frustration you do with Hulu with BBC iPlayer!

thoughtsappear said...

I'm with you on the cat fluff. My cat is short-haired, too. Once I couldn't find her brush, so I rolled a lint roller over her back. I use it on the furniture now all the time.

Jen said...

Oh fur tumbleweeds. I am familiar with those. The best brush I've found is the Zoom Groom, a rubber thing with rubber bristles. It's definitely the most popular, even Fat Bum lets me brush him with it. The furminator gets out so much fur, but no one but Fizz will let me use it on them.

I owe you an email, eep. Soon, I promise!

Megan said...

THE CAT HAIR. I seriously didn't notice much of it until this week. It's everywhere! Loki (our male cat) is leaving hair everywhere ... and he likes to sleep on our dining table, so it's all over that.

Sian Kummer said...

You're one of the blogs I've been reading the longest and you were the only non-scrappy blog that I read! Even though i rarely comment, ive never missed a post! I know what u mean about other bloggers never replying or even acknowledging your comment! I think it's why I don't bother commenting on most blogs most of the time. I must agree that you are a wonderful commenter!!!
My inbox is usually pretty empty... Doesn't help that I'm constantly checking from my iPhone now that I finally have wifi at home! ;)

LiLu said...

"But man, I wish that they could swap their calorie content with vegetables."

This is basically the best idea ever in the history of all time.

GET ON IT, SCIENTISTS!!!

Nic (NotPerfect) said...

I've been struggling with the same inbox issue. I think it might just be the summer months at hand.

What do I wish didn't exist right now? The extra weight on my midsection. PCOS. Church drama.

Mrs. Higrens said...

I was away for the weekend and came back to an inbox full of junk - nothing more than sale notifications from a bunch of companies I rarely shop from any longer.

So I got email, but nothing worth getting.

Veronica said...

Over the weekend I hardly notice my inbox, mostly because I don't have internet accesss, but when I come back to work and check... work is always chock full of stuff, but the personal side... is often lacking. I love getting emails, and it always gives me a smile to see something, anything from someone I care about.

Cat fluff... I have two cats, white short haired, and black long hair, and the white one sheds more. Maybe I just notice it more cause it stands out against all the floors and furniture. The black cat though... he likes to drop CLUMPS of fur, and I'm constantly cleaning up after them. I had to buy one of those specially for animal hair vacuum cleaners!

I don't expect all my readers to comment on all my posts, because I know I don't comment on all theirs. If I've got nothing to say about a subject I won't try to fake it just to comment in hopes someone will visit MY blog and comment! It is a two way street. there are some blogs that I stopped following, not because they weren't comment back, but it seems like they totally just ignored their visitors. There was no feed back whatsoever!

Feeling Beachie said...

I was so excited this weekend to see my inbox empty! I had wonderful visions of getting into work today, fully caught up on emails and being able to plow into projects. However, nothing goes according to plans, right? Instead I had meeting after meeting and got NOTHING done. Now, when I should be sitting in front of the computer doing emails, I am reading blogs instead. How can I resist… it is so much more fun! I actually just got involved in the blog world, and I LOVE to comment and love to get comments back even more... As for cat hair, ‘tis the season. My little guy is shedding a ton! I swear I have to vacuum daily – but then again, what was I thinking getting black carpet with a white cat in the first place?

Fuchsia said...

Now missy - why oh why did you have to introduce me to Doodle Jump? *sob*

Nathan Pralle said...

Carbs: I really wish there weren't so many delicious and wonderful ways to prepare them! Good lord, why can't they be boring and incompatible with everything?

Pet Hair: We got rid of our cat to some friends when Keston was a toddler because he's horrifically allergic, and you can't imagine how much cleaner the house is! We were flabbergasted on how much less we had to deal with things. Not that we disliked the cat, but.

One-Sided Blogs: More than not commenting, I hate blog owners who NEVER acknowledge the comments they receive and NEVER respond to them. Hey, so you're lucky and every post gets THIRTY FREAKING COMMENTS and you can't EVER acknowledge that or respond? Jackass! (and no, I'm not talking about you, dearie, this is someone else) It's bad enough writing my own blog and getting nothing back on an entry, but to take the time to leave a comment and even ask questions and get nothing? Terrible.

Becs said...

I know what you mean about the one sided blogging. I don't normally respond to the comments because I figure most people won't come back and read through the comments (I will probably do a blog post about this soon). I do try to comment on the commenters blog though.

There were a couple of blogs that I commented on frequently and they never acknowledged me so I stopped commenting. If I liked the blog I would keep reading but not commenting.

Also, carbs are awesome!

Dayna said...

Don't stop the gym! Stick to it!! You've inspired me to get going again :)
You should try classes to keep from getting bored - spin, boot camp, etc.

Good Luck!

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The Girl said...

I hope you don't think your comments go unnoticed! I always read them! Actually, always look forward to reading your comments!

I just am a little time poor at the moment, and really need to get back to my commenting + posting schedules.

instatick said...

I love your comments! And always enjoy what you write!

Also, I have two fluffy husky mutts and the fur!?!? It's everywhere. EVERYWHERE. But, I love them. So there's that.





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