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Posted January 5, 2011 by spellingqueen25
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I’ve moved my blog to http://spellingqueen25.wordpress.com

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Wait a Minute!

Posted January 4, 2011 by spellingqueen25
Categories: Arts and Entertainment, Life, Plinky

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Delorean – Back to the future / No koffiekoeke for you

“You get one hour in a time machine. Where to?”

I would definitely skip the future. What if I saw something great there, but my time traveling caused it not to happen? What if I saw something terrible there and I couldn’t change it?

I think I’d head to the past, though I’m not sure–

Wait a second! I have “one hour” in a time machine??? You mean I can use it for an hour? Who long does a trip take? Or I can only spend one hour in my chosen time period?

After I make a trip couldn’t I save a little time to go back and tell myself to go to a different time? Thus having almost infinite trips? (This is making my head hurt worse than the conversation I had about infinity with two of my Twitter friends!*)

I have to quote Marty McFly in Back to the Future. He is frustrated that his attempts to warn Doc Brown about his future death have gone unheeded. Marty says something to the affect of “If only I had more time. What am I saying? I’ve got a time machine! I’ve got all the time in the world!”

It seems funny to me that you’d say I have one hour. If I have a time machine, don’t I have all the time I want?!?!?

Oh yeah, and shouldn’t the question be “when to?”

And it is funny that this was the prompt question today because there was a Doctor Who marathon today on Syfy. With a DeLorean you can only ask “when to?” But with a TARDIS you can ask “when to?” and “where to?”

*The question was “in infinity, are there as many even numbers as there are numbers?” Yes because numbers just keep going? Or no because only every other number is even and therefore there are “more” numbers than even numbers?

Anyone care to weigh in on this?

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A Plethora of Plinky Posts

Posted January 3, 2011 by spellingqueen25
Categories: Life, Plinky

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As you may have noticed, many of my blog posts come as a result of Plinky.com prompts. I’ve been a bit busy with miscellaneous holiday activities (including working eight days straight) and I haven’t gotten around to the Plinky prompts that have been arriving in my inbox. But they have all been good ones so I decided to lump them all together in one big Plinky prompt bonanza!

“Share what you know about your family ancestry.”

I do wish I knew more about my family’s ancestry. I don’t know my family tree’s roots very well. My mother’s side appears to be Irish and German. Dad’s side is German and something else no one knows for sure.

When thinking about my family history I cannot but hope to find something exciting. Like maybe I’ve descended from European royalty. Or from one of the families on the Mayflower! Perhaps there was a famous scientist or inventor in my family tree. The possibilities are endless! Well, maybe not endless, but since I don’t know very much for certain there is plenty of room for my (overactive) imagination!

My idea for my NaNoWriMo “novel” (The Not-So Secret Diary of Tabitha Neil) centered around a young girl listening to a story told by her grandmother that prompted her to find out more about her own family.

I should take a hint from my own writing and find out more about my own family.

“What do you want to be remembered for?”

I want to be remembered for becoming a great writer, of course!!!

But aside from that I would just want to be remembered as being funny, smart, hard-working, interesting, friendly, kind, and well-traveled. I’d like to be someone you’d want to have around to make you smile, help get things done, or just hang out with.

“What are you looking forward to this year?”

Nothing in particular. Is that sad? I just don’t expect 2011 to be much different than 2010. I will probably be going back to college (not looking forward to it at all) but other than that I expect to experience the same ups and downs as any other year.

Now what would I like to have happen this year? That’s a different question. If I could write the script for 2011 it would include all sorts of great things.

  • Going to Red Sox games (maybe even sitting on the Green Monster!)
  • Getting a paid writing gig (though I am super excited to start writing for Bottomlinesox.com this year!)
  • Traveling to somewhere I’ve never been before (See “Where I’d Like To Go”)
  • Making new friends and meeting even more Twitter friends “in real life.”

I don’t know if any of these things will happen, but I certainly hope they will!

“What is the single most important thing you accomplished this year?”

I don’t know. I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything too spectacular in 2010. I wish I could say I finally made it to New Zealand or had some of my writing published or decided for certain what I want to be “when I grow up” and how to get there.

But before I throw up my hands in despair and say that 2010 was a failure, I should follow Michael Nobbs’ advice and take a look at what I have accomplished, no matter how small.

It might not seem like an accomplishment, but I met five Twitter friends (@TheRealMBB, @paulrharvey3, @SilverFear, @Prouty, @TheBostonMench) in person this year. I’m not the most outgoing/social person on the planet, so overcoming my slight fear of “strangers” was a big deal for me.

I began my blog in January (and have totaled over 1,770 views so far! See “2010 In Review: Stats“) and wrote a “novel” for National Novel Writing Month in November. I hope that both of these will help me develop my writing into a career, but we’ll see. And I made it through another year without any major disasters (natural or self-inflicted) so that’s a very good thing!

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2010 In Review: Blogging

Posted January 2, 2011 by spellingqueen25
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WordPress.com surprised me with an email containing stats about my blog (“2010 In Review: Stats”). None of the stats really surprised me (I check my blog stats more often than a new mom checks on a sleeping infant!) but the email did get me thinking about the past year.

I posted my first blog on January 11 (“My First Entry“) though it wasn’t much of anything. Over the past year I’ve had fun writing. This blog (combined with Twitter) has given me opportunities to write for my fellow Red Sox fans. I hope that 2011 brings me continued opportunities to entertain and inform. As a kid I kept a dairy (called it a journal when I got older because it sounded more sophisticated) but didn’t write in it regularly. I think that blogging has encouraged me to sit down and work out my thoughts/feelings more. Plus it is always a big ego boost to see the number of views and comments increase!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my crazy/random/selfish/Red-Sox-obsessed/food-related thoughts in 2010 and that 2011 brings even better ones!

2010 In Review: Stats

Posted January 2, 2011 by spellingqueen25
Categories: Life


The following was generated by WordPress.com:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 154 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 129 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 72mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 37 views. The most popular post that day was Sigh.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, compaq-laptop.aol.com, en.wordpress.com, plinky.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for canalinni beans, kids movie mouse, and how to survive a month without a computer.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Sigh December 2010
1 comment


About January 2010
1 comment


What I’m Reading (9/21/10) January 2010


NaNoWriMo November 2010
13 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com


One Crazy Theory November 2010

I Have No Resolve

Posted January 1, 2011 by spellingqueen25
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I have given up making New Year’s Resolutions. I never keep them. However, if I were to make one it would be to blog every day. But I know there will be days that I just don’t have anything to say. And really what does it matter?

But then I think that I really do want to be a real “writer” and I had better get to work at it.

So I’m not going to call this a “resolution.” But I am going to participate in WordPress.com’s postaday2011.

We’ll see how this works!


Posted December 30, 2010 by spellingqueen25
Categories: Arts and Entertainment, Life, Plinky


Spices from Gujarat

If I had to listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be…torture. No, that’s not the name of the album. I’m not into angry-death-screaming-metal music. I think I’d go nuts if I had to listen to the same album over and over and over and over…

No matter how much you love something, too much of a good thing eventually goes bad. This is why I am so strongly against Christmas lights, decorations, music, TV shows, etc. before Thanksgiving or after New Year’s Day. (See “It’s the Least Wonderful Time of the Year”) If it is around all the time it will stop being special and start being commonplace or, worse yet, annoying.

As much as I love U2’s Joshua Tree, Coldplay’s Viva La Vida and The Killer’s Hot Fuss, if I had to listen to any of them repeatedly I would start to hate them.

And I’m not much of an album person anyway. I was overjoyed when iTunes came on the scene and I could just buy the songs I liked rather than spend money on an album that included four good songs, five tolerable-but-not-lovable songs, and two hate-it-so-much-you-dive-for-the-next-button songs.

I think the 90s scarred me for life as far as album buying goes. I LOVED Ace of Base’s The Sign, Hootie and the Blowfish’s Cracked Rear View and Gin Blossoms’ New Miserable Experience. And when I say “loved,” I mean really loved. I listened constantly. (Added bonus: Ace of Base drove the parents nuts!) So when each of these bands came out with a second album I ran out and bought it without even hearing many songs on the radio first. Man, was I disappointed. They all sucked. Bad. I don’t think I bought another album again for a long time after that. In fact I think this is when I started buying soundtracks. The Friends soundtrack started it. (Scrubs and Gilmore Girls are other good TV show soundtracks.) It was so nice to have a mix of songs by different artists. No matter how much you love a band, all their songs are similar in style, tone, etc. But with a mix of different artists, you get more variety.

And after all variety, they say, is the spice of life!

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