Saturday, June 07, 2008

And now

For some people who make things. :)

This girl, with her mad skills, is Entirely Awesome Pants. (Check out the power source.) If you're not familiar, particularly be sure to not miss the extremely fresh Mp3 player.

On the other hand, this site belongs to my. . . er. . . (?)'s friend. . . . and I quoth, "he's either building something or sleeping. . . and he doesn't sleep much."

It was pretty cool, actually, when I visited, to see--the house was full of projects, past and present. . . many things rescued out of the trash to become beautiful and or useful once again, as well as things presumably built from scratch.

It was really inspiring to see a work area so cleanly organized and nicely designed; made me want to understand how everything worked, and how everything works. . . and it also made me want to Build Something, the kind of something that I have not yet nearly the skills to build. Go figure.

On a more practical note, whether you like camping or not, this is sort of impressive. . . and on an even more practical note, this stove is practically free and very enticing--plus, my sister's doing a test run on it this summer, so perhaps there shall be updates. :)

Friday, June 06, 2008


I've been doing a lot of rethinking my goals, lately. I think a lot of the things I'd been planning to do sort of have more relevance to what I think I should do, than to what I want to do. .

and what I want to do matters too.

So I've had a shift in focus; instead of "get all that serious traveling out of the way before I settle down," my main goal is now to do whatever it takes, whatever I need to do, to get my brain in the right place to go back to school and get a bachelors. There's lots of bits and pieces to this; the fact of taking a break, as I am pretty burned out on school, and working. . doing some minor bits of travel, reading. . . focusing on independence and stability. It's nice to own, or at least shortly own, where I live and what I drive. . .

In terms of independence, it's hard not not to be a little freaked out about our national energy system/crisis these days. That's part of the why for my gardening kick, which hasn't been working out very well. . . I guess I need to start small. I'm trying really hard to get in the habit of growing my own sprouts, and I have one rosemary plant. . if it's still in excellent health a month from now, I'll try to expand my repretoire by another potted herb. :D (not that kind of potted herb. :P)

I guess it's reasonable that I should suck at gardening till I've read half of what there is to know about it. . . that's how it's worked with everything else.

So, here I go, being minorly (and awesomely) employed, gardening, reading, learning about technology. . a pre-garden, a bicycle, increasingly specific plans for shorter trips to Europe, and a case of ramen are to prepare me for the future and apocalypse. . . but it's all good, cause at the moment, this is really what I want to do. :)