Tuesday, November 20, 2007

He Can Call Me Carrots Anyday :)

I'm a bit tired today, due to the fact that I stayed up a good portion of the night reading Anne of Green Gables. The whole time I was telling me to get myself some sleep but I just couldn't help it; it's that dashing Gilbert Blythe's fault.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Duck Hunter

Every once in a while I get to missing my puppy who's living in Minnesota with the rest of my family. I thought I'd share his adorable-ness with all of you in the blogosphere. His name is Baerli and he's a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog.

I especially love the pic where he's holding the stuffed duck in his mouth. He loves stuffed animals and usually shreds them to pieces soon after he get them, but after obtaining this one he walked around the house for weeks with it in his mouth. My little duck hunter :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Yummy Key Lime Pie

I know I said I was making fall pies, but I couldn't resist trying a new recipe I found for Key Lime Pie. It was so fantastically good AND extremely easy to make, so I thought I'd post the recipe.


1 graham cracker crust (store bought or your favorite recipe)
3 egg yolks
~1 tbs. lime zest
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2/3 c. Key lime juice


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat egg yolks with lime zest for about 5 minutes.

Slowly add sweetened condensed milk while beating and continue beating for about 4 minutes.

Add lime juice and beat on low until incorporated.

Pour into the shell and bake for 10 minutes.

Refrigerate a couple of hours until thoroughly chilled.

Garnish with whipped cream or powdered sugar.

Soooo easy and very, very good. It's one of those pies that you really can't eat more than a small slice of at a time because the flavor is so good and intense.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

That Thief We Call Procrastination

This past weekend was a bit crazy, so I haven't really had chance to think of much to post until now. I took the GRE and did very well on the verbal and math sections. I won't know how I did on the writing part until they send me my scores in a few weeks, but I feel good about the essays I wrote. Also, the Quixotic Pragmatist had surgery last week so if you get a chance, leave her a get well soon message. In other news, the fish I gave her a while back ago was apparently a pregnant fish because it gave birth on Saturday. And then promptly died on Sunday. Yikes! But for now the little fishies are swimming happily and doing quite well.

I've been thinking a lot about the subject of procrastination lately. Most everyone I know procrastinates to at least some degree and still get things done, eventually. But what happens when it starts to interfere with your responsibilities and relationships?

It seems that there's a point of no return for many actions. You keep meaning to send a thank-you note, visit a sick friend, make amends with someone you've hurt or offended, or wish someone a happy birthday. And then the opportunity passes. The thank-you note is out of place a year later, your friend is healthy or much worse than sick, the space left between estranged friends is a wedge larger than ever, and it's closer to someone's half-birthday than their real one. I'm sure I'm not the only one guilty of doing these sorts of things. It's so easy to put something off until there's not much point in doing it anymore. But how do we make sure we don't miss the important things?

I read an interesting article the other day about structured procrastination. The author argues that procrastinators rarely do nothing, but instead do many somewhat useful things to avoid doing more important things. He says that many procrastinators make the mistake of clearing their schedule so they will be able to tackle those important things. Instead, they should be packing their to-do-lists with many important tasks that need to be done. The procrastinator can then "trick" herself into doing important tasks while procrastinating the one at the top of the list.

I'm not sure if it'll work, but the idea is intriguing and worth trying. Do you procrastinate? How do you deal with these tendencies?