I hope you have all had a great weekend. I hear the weather has started to warm in most places. I couldn’t tell you as I spent most of the weekend insides sitting in the chair that I work in, editing my book. I’ve got 3 more days to turn this whole thing around and send it back to the publisher. But I’m happy to report that barring some sort of crazy catastrophe, I am on schedule to finish in time. So this week’s list of things that caught my eye is a little short, cause, I’ve been surfling a little less than normal….but I hope you enjoy anyway.
‘Til tomorrow – Rochelle
I am sorry to be getting this up late, but I have been stumbling around trying to sort out all the things that have to be done between this Tuesday and the following Wednesday and so that I can get them done early. I’ve been put on notice that a package will arrive on Tuesday with all the first draft pages of my book, and I have 8 days to write captions, edit everything, and put together the photo credits. It a whole lot of stuff that has to get done in a very short time. As Julie, my editor, advised I am freezing meals, plotting out places for the kids to be and generally trying to clear the deck in preparation. The irony is that my industriousness to get things done ahead of schedule has put me behind on the current things. Such is life right? Anyway – happy Sunday morning to you… I hope you can enjoy some of these links over a nice hot drink.
p.s. That top picture – me, playing around – pretending I am Cyndi Lauper (al la 1985) – I was actually in a recording studio making the voice over for a book trailer that will be out in a couple of weeks. Just so you know – I seriously don’t sing.
I’ve had a lot of new and exciting things going on this week. I’ve been working on a trailer for my book. Reverse engineering shots that I like and trying to find just the right outfits and props and all of it has been new and fun. (I might have to do more of this so I can get better at it). Among the endless book trailer videos that I have watched this week, this one for BJ Novak’s new book stood out. My book trailer will be nothing like this — but I am so hopeful it will turn out just a charming. I’m off for more filming today and through the weekend. What are you up to? Here are some other fun things that crossed my path this week.
And one last thing – Studio ‘g’ was name one of the Top 5 Garden Blogs according to Better Homes and Gardens. There is a voting thing to name a winner. We’d love it if you could support us (by voting regularly) for a reader’s choice award.
If you didn’t see my Apartment Therapy post about the inspiration for my table top garden, then you might have missed Rad Megan’s table top water garden. I can’t get it off my mind….totally obesessed. Can we all agree that this should become a trend, therefore (hopefully) causing my local garden centers to stock cool water plants in the dead of winter? That would be nice.
Here are other a few other things that caught my eye this week. Have a great weekend!
image Rad Megan
Do you know why I started blogging back in 2008? It wasn’t to meet kindred souls or to practice writing or to experiment with ideas and personal challenges (as it often is now). Nah, I saw a blog as a fantastic technology tool to get myself better organized. I frequently chronicled links to products and services that I wanted to be able to find again (through tags and keywords) so that I didn’t feel like I had to have an office full of the paper clutter (that so many designers are plagued with).
Somewhere along the way I lost track of that – primarily because my office isn’t so full of catalogs anymore. But I have a new kind of clutter. One that makes my computer slow and drives my just as crazy as paper piles. It is browser tabs. Right now at this very moment, I have 42 tabs open (fellow tab addicts, we are not alone). I buy extra system memory just to support my tab addiction. It is a real problem.
I try to go and shut things down, but I know that without a record I will never remember that wonderful thing that I found, so I cling to it tightly in the form a tab. I know that there are countless tools for bookmarking, but I have never found one that has stuck with me. I am best if I just make a list in my own way and for myself (no matter how randomly disconnected it is). And I can’t curate it to be interesting to anyone else but me – no offense, but we all know addicts need to take care of themselves first. This is purely about safely closing tabs - But I do hope you find some things that you will want to keep track of too. So, in an effort to get this thing under control, I am going back to the blog – right here – (hey it worked once) for help.
Hello, My name is Rochelle, I am a tab addict. I am going to fight this thing – I am going shut them down – but first I am going to list them here so I can find them again, when I need to. Once a week, I will clear my mind, and my browser and shut down all these Open Tabs. (ahh, I feel better already)
Here it goes:
Whew…. I’m down to 17 tabs….that’s progress!….baby steps. More next weekend.
images Ben Giles
I am desperate for a few systems and instead of getting more into apps on my phone, I’ve decided to go back to old ways. I miss the days when I felt productive and organized with my crumpled ’to do’ list folded up on a sheet of paper in my pocket. Every couple of days I refreshed and rewrote it and that was all I needed. And I am pretty sure that is all I need now.
Life has gotten much more complicated since then with kids, more works projects, houses, and technology and it is even worse when the phone is constantly at me. New tweets, emails, msgs, calls – and I find myself drawn in to interactions I just don’t have the capacity for, instead of sitting quietly when I have a few spare moments. It is killing my creativity and I am eager to make a change.
This morning I pulled out an old notebook and wrote down all the things that my husband and I need to address together around the house. After dumping out a 2 page list in under 10 minutes (a task I could never complete in that time on a phone or even a tablet), I instantaneously felt physically better, but more importantly, I was suddenly less overwhelmed and paralyzed by trying to keep track of it all. I knew in an instant that I need to go back to paper.
My old lists used to look a lot like this one by ario. You just can’t doodle like that a cell phone and I need to doodle. I’m looking forward to seeing what my new lists are going to look like. I’m curious, are you a smart phone convert or tactile list maker? Or something in between? How do you keep track of things?
A quick list of things I enjoyed this week.
image by ario by creative commons flickr.
Have you had pineberries? The are funky albino versions of strawberries that apparently taste like they have been crossed with pineapple (doesn’t that sound like a great smoothie ingredient?) Last year they made their debut in NYC specialty markets and this year they are moving beyond. You can get pineberry plants info, including where to get seedlings and seeds, here. I’m thinking to give them a try myself.
I’ve been feverishly working on my book — and Leaf (there is really so much going on!) The next issue of leaf is coming out week after next. If you want to make sure you don’t miss it — sign up here for a free email subscription.
I’ve been all over the virtual map with all my projects…here are some of the highlights of my recent travels:
And lastly — I can’t decide what I think of this product — I kinda love it and I kinda don’t — do you think it might be an ugly ducking that turns into a swan?