April 3, 2014

Musing on Character Archetypes

So, I was listening to one of the local radio stations this morning, and they read something called "Captain America's Top 10 Complaints" since they're giving away movie passes to Winter Soldier. One complaint stuck out: "That Iron Man gets all the girls."

Movie still from The Avengers
My first response was to roll my eyes. Both have plenty of fangirls and can do well enough in their own right. Besides, Tony's in a committed relationship. And Steve, so far as the latest movies go, hasn't been awake for long and is still grieving. It's not something I think either character would care much about anyway.

April 1, 2014

It's been a busy few weeks.

It's a bit later than I wanted, but today's Right of Succession update is all the better for it. I've made a lot of progress in the past week!




March 15, 2014

Front Garden Makeover

So I've felt like death warmed over for the past six to eight weeks, but I've finally started feeling more like myself the last week or so. Maybe it's the weather slowly starting to even out. Maybe whatever tears up my sinuses at the turn of the year has passed. Maybe it's just a fluke. I don't know, but I'm taking full advantage.

I've been working on some long term projects throughout the last couple of weeks. I'll likely talk about those in a vlog later this week or next, when it's been finished and delivered, meaning I can finally show pictures. Right now, I want to talk about the project our family undertook and actually finished today!

January 29, 2014

Sunday Sides and Suppers: Balsamic Chicken

This isn't exactly Sunday, I know. I've been trying to upload videos on my YouTube channel since Saturday evening, and the process has frozen every time. I will edit this post to include the video if and when I get it to upload. The same goes for the two resolution update videos I'm behind on uploading for the same reason. (Updated January 30 to include video.)


Balsamic chicken with roasted vegetables and sweet potato.
This recipe started out as an odd idea I decided to test but didn't expect to work out. I'd seen strawberries and balsamic vinegar paired in several recipes the same way I had seen pineapple and chicken paired. Since I've learned to treat berries and pineapple in similar ways regarding spices used when baking, I wondered if pineapples would work well with balsamic vinegar.


January 21, 2014

I'm running behind.

So, you might have noticed we're past the third Sunday of the month, and January's Sunday Sides and Suppers has yet to be uploaded.

It's worse than that. I haven't even shot the thing. 

I've been sick for the last couple of weeks. This past weekend, I was so ill, I didn't want to eat let alone cook. Besides, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to watch someone who looks half dead cooking.

If I am still feeling half decent this weekend, I will shoot a late edition.

I will not be cooking cheeseburger casserole as I'd originally planned because we had to cook the beef I had the other day, and buying more at the moment isn't in the budget. But don't worry. I have a brand new, delicious, and more diet friendly recipe planned for you: balsamic pineapple chicken.

January 17, 2014

What's in my desk?

Just a bit of fun this Friday morning. Ever wanted to know what you'd find in a writer's desk. Now you know.



If you can't see the video, click here.

January 15, 2014

Contented Comfort's Getting Another Makeover

As the third birthday of Contented Comfort approaches, I've been contemplating the store's future.



I decided to try blending original fragrances inspired by my love of science fiction and fantasy right about the time the store turned a year old, and I've never been happier about a business move. Two years later, it's become obvious the future of Contented Comfort is in geek culture. This means the original logo and look no longer fits, so contentedcomfort.com and the Etsy storefront will both be undergoing another makeover this year.

January 13, 2014

Resolution Update 2

Okay, so this one is late, and there's no video. I've been down with a double ear infection with sinus troubles and the kind of deep down ache in my bones and joints you tend to get with a virus minus a fever and cold symptoms. So frankly, I just haven't felt like making an update, especially one where I have to "pretty myself up" first.

I missed a couple of workouts due to those aches, but I still managed five workouts last week. I also managed to avoid sweets and got a good chunk of the reorganizing done. I managed to get the girls closets cleared out, and we'd already gotten their toys done. Now it's mostly down to our closet, the office, and the kitchen.

I had hoped to manage all this in a week. I didn't give enough consideration to the weather and how it would affect my health. It's the yo-yoing temperatures and humidity behind my ailments in the fall and winter each year, yet I always seem to forget this until the weather can't seem to make up it's mind if it will be warm, frigid, or tepid; arid, humid, or just plain damp and drippy. So, with at best an hour before I curl up, exhausted and hurting, after arriving back home each evening, finishing with the reorganizing and clean up will take until the end of the month at least.

Thank goodness Hubby has taken over the homeschooling and daily household upkeep with gusto, or there wouldn't be an end in sight.

With any luck, I'll be able to get back to work editing Right of Succession and making progress on the paintings for our living room in February.

When Homeschooled Children with Learning Differences Feel Self-Conscious

When I got home from work one day last week, Hubby asked me to step in with Boo Bear's reading lessons. For the first time, she was refusing to make use of the tips and tricks for readers with dyslexia he picked up with his Orton-Gillingham training. He was at a loss for her reasoning and becoming frustrated.

Boo Bear working on her handwriting and spelling.

I immediately had a suspicion. Sneak hasn't shown any signs of having inherited dyslexia, and Boo Bear, while she's seen me read every day throughout her life, hasn't seen me use similar techniques since she was a toddler because I haven't needed them as much since Hubby stopped needing my help grading papers. So, I suspected she might be feeling embarrassed because it seems to her that her younger sister is "smarter" because she doesn't struggle as much with reading.

January 9, 2014

One Year from Today

This is the time of year businesses are setting their goals for the quarter, half year, three quarters, a year, three years, and five years, so I thought it might be fun and interesting to do the same.


I'm not going to bore you with a mega post laying out specific goals for each quarter or years to come. I'm just going to fantasize a bit about where I want to be this time next year, and then I can look back come 2015 and see how I did.