The Preponderance of Social Media

All of the social media choices available leave me feeling exhausted lately.  Ten years ago, I had email and an account on Friendster (anyone remember that?) that I almost never used.  I think I had registered on, but most of their features were paid, and I definitely wasn’t interested in paying for anything.  I knew people on MySpace, but I couldn’t see the point to it for myself.  I did have an online diary at, though my diary was not “open” or linked to my real name.  However, that diary brought me several really wonderful friendships that went from online to in-person, and that still flourish today, years after I stopped writing there. Continue reading “The Preponderance of Social Media”


It looks like we’ll be able to add on an overnight in Amsterdam on our way back from India this December.  I’m beyond excited to spend a day there with Domingos.  We decided to get a hotel right by the airport to make things easier the next morning.  I know we’ll be totally jet-lagged and zonked out that day, but it will still be so much fun to wander around the city.  We’ve got a flight from Delhi to Paris, 1:45a to 6:10a, then Paris to Amsterdam, 7:55a to 9:10a.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to check in early at our Amsterdam hotel (for a €19.95 charge), get a shower, leave our luggage, and hit the city to explore.  It will probably be way too cold for a canal tour, but Amsterdam is a great city for just walking around.  Unfortunately, it looks like the Van Gogh museum is going to be closed for renovations.  Also, the only time we can tour the Concertgebouw is 9:30a, so that’s not going to happen, either. Continue reading “Amsterdam”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 3

30 September 2000
0900 hrs

My dizziness is really bad today.  I can’t go on sick call because there is no sick call on the weekends.  I’ll go Monday if it’s not better.  This is so hard.  I just have to go through.  There’s nothing else to do – I can’t quit or drop out.  I will get through this.  I may be miserable, but I’ll get through.  I really can’t walk straight.  It’s not good.  It’s noticeable to other girls in my platoon.  I know it’s because I’m so tired.  I’ve been up since 0300 hrs because of fireguard.  I wish I could just sleep for 12 hours straight. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 3”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 2

28 September 2000
1700 hrs

Each day here feels like a year, and I can’t remember anything from yesterday.  It’s an amazing feeling to be done with breakfast before the sun even considers coming up.  I look at my watch at 1000 hrs and am shocked that it’s not 1600 hrs.  We’re done with dinner at 1700 hrs.  There are girls practicing about face, left face, column right, etc. right now.  I should be too, but I’m feeling lazy.  Yesterday we stood a lot.  I was in misery.  I’ll be in constant pain for the next 2 ½ months, that’s a given.  It’s so hard for me to stand in line for hours.  Sometimes we’re waiting 2 to 3 hours for chow.  After breakfast chow yesterday, we got a TB test. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 2”

The Library

I love the library.  I have always loved the library.  I will always love the library.  I have fond childhood memories of going downtown in Charlottesville with my family  and spending hours browsing books until we were all ready to go.  Even as a child (this has carried over into adulthood), I was obsessed with books about magic or witches.  I read all the books by Ruth Chew, Edward Eager, Edith Nesbit, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Mail Order Wings, Fifth Grade Magic, and all of Tamora Pierce’s novels (at that time, she had only written the first few Alanna books, which I still love to this day and reread not too long ago).  I thought Encyclopedia Brown was great and read that entire series.  I loved those little “orange biographies” – I think I read almost all of them.  I remember being so excited when I was finally old enough to check out books from the grown-up section of the library. Continue reading “The Library”