I’ve been writing on the Internet for a decade. Wow.
The first time I realized people were writing online was in 1999. Back then, there were two styles: weblogs and online journals. I loved them both. I had a full list of bookmarks (remember those? before RSS?).
I moved to Nebraska in September 2003 and created a little hand-coded site to keep friends and family updated on our move. It definitely started out as more of a weblog: bits of information, links, commentary, and a few pics. After awhile I started writing more. I journaled about my experiences in Nebraska, becoming a mom, and exploring the creative art of hand crafts.
Then life got busy. My daughter stopped taking naps. My journal entries got shorter and I hit publish less often. When my daughter started school, I thought that would change, but my mind began to wander off topic. I squirreled away things that interested me in pocket lists, twitter favorites, tumblr hearts, secret pinterest boards and facebook likes. I stopped sharing things that didn’t fit the narrative I had created here.
10 years marks a perfect milestone for reflection: What am I doing here? Why am I not doing anything here? How do I start doing more here?
I think for now the best thing for me is to return to more of a weblog style of writing. I miss being here. I want to be here. I just don’t have as much time to be here.
I’ve made a few changes. Don’t worry. Nothing is going away. In fact, I’ve created a table of contents that will hopefully make it easier to sort through 10 years of writing. That kind of rendered the navigation menus and sidebar widgets unnecessary, so I got rid of them. It takes some getting used to, I know, but I really like how the posts are front and center now.
I’m also going to push myself outside the boundaries of my current narrative. I want to explore all types of creativity, not just hand crafts. I want to talk about all kinds of sustainability, not just recycling and reusing. I want to write about smart women and how they can be role models for myself and my daughter.
Seems a little weird doesn’t it? More things to write about and less writing about them.
Change isn’t always easy, but change is good.
It seems fitting that I started writing this right before vacation and finished just after coming home. A few days before we left I went on a roasting frenzy to cook up all the remaining veggies in the fridge. I served them with everything — warm and cold. Potatoes with eggs for breakfast: check. Turnips and beets with dinner: check. Zucchini on toast for a snack: check.
When we got home, I had a lot of veggies that my friend had dropped off while we were gone and I did the same thing. It seems a little crazy to have the oven on for so long in summertime, but it’s so worth it! I have a fridge filled with antipasto ingredients that are sweet and delicious.
Roast on a cloudy day, early in the morning or after the sun goes down so your kitchen doesn’t become a sauna.
Use more than one roasting pan and combine veggies with similar cooking times. I don’t even wash pans in between.
Limit your ingredients and roast at a high temperature to get everything nice and carmelized. A little oil, salt and garlic go a long way.
Experiment with herbs! Roasted potatoes with thyme are my favorite.
Pictured above: beets, turnips, green onions :: red potatoes :: yellow squash
I’ve been trying to come up with a creative Kearney Cruise project for myself. Every year I try to do something different. Last year I took only black and white photos of the city. No cars. The year before was all color, all cars.
This year I’m giving myself an assignment: a photo an hour. Assuming I have cell coverage, I’m going to post them throughout the day. Latest photo will be at the top.