Monthly Archives: November 2008

google reader

So I wrote off using blog feeds a long time ago because I didn’t like not seeing the post in context of the website.  But then I read a post that suggested using a feature of Google’s reader called “next.”  You place it in your bookmarks, and click on it.  It brings you to each updated post in the actual website.  Then you click on “next” again, and it takes you to the next updated site.  Awesome!

I used it for the first time today, and at the very end, this is the page it took me to.  And this was the text:

The End of the Internet

Congratulations! This is the last page.

Thank you for visiting the End of the Internet. There are no more links.

You must now turn off your computer and go do something productive.

Go read a book, for pete’s sake.

little brother


Last week we celebrated David’s youngest brother’s birthday.   A lot of John’s friends and bandmates joined us at Sushi Eye in downtown Chandler.  The restaurant was kind and bought several desserts for the whole table at the end of dinner.  Later, we walked down to the brand new Irish pub called Murphy’s Law where a few of the guys drank Car Bombs. Happy Birthday John!

fresh eggs


I went to the downtown Chandler farmer’s market last Thursday after a long period of not going.  It used to consist of a single overpriced farmer.  This time, I was overjoyed to find fresh eggs, meyer lemons, key limes, and many more vendors.  Thank you, Chandler.



I find the holidays a little stressful.  Not because I am busy, but because I feel as though I need to “match” the level of giving.  Which is strange because I really love giving gifts, and I really don’t expect anything back, but if someone gives me something I feel as though my gift should match the value of whatever I received.  Does that make sense?  Gift giving always feels particularly out of control within my family because everyone else LOVES giving gifts.

I have been trying to prepare my handmade gifts early this year.  I usually supplement with purchased handcrafted items as well.  And I also succumb to store bought items generally reserved for the adult males in my life.  And children.  I really struggle with this.  I don’t want to be “educating” my family at Christmas time.  I don’t intend on creating any guilt during what should be a joyous and thoughtful occasion.   Meh…but then I feel guilty for the excess.

How do you handle the holidays?  Thoughts?

the farm

Yay! The farm stand is re-opening this weekend at Agritopia.  I love their produce.  It is grown under standards that are just as stringent as organic without the hefty price tag.  It’s also really fresh because the pull it from the ground usually the day before or even that morning!