Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekend Links - October 8, 2011

Links seemed a little scarce this week - everyone has gone Halloween crazy which, well, is just not my thing. We don't even do much "Fall" decorating (apples, pumpkins, corn stalks...) around here and we certainly do not do Halloween decorating.

1. I just recently stumbled on this post about journal-keeping. I have to say, I may not agree with the whole thing, but I do think the author has a valid point. I kept a diary - off and on but mostly off - as a young teenager. I eventually threw the thing away as it was so whiny and, dare I admit, boy crazy, that I didn't care for my (at that point still) future progeny to read it. I still have a journal I kept when I was dating my husband (as well as letters we gave each other - no stamp required since we saw each other almost every day anyway). Maybe I'll keep that, maybe I won't. I haven't looked at it in a long time so I'm having trouble remembering how horrifying it might be.

My "journals" now are my commonplace book where I keep a list of books I've read and quotes that spoke to me from those books and a spiritual growth notebook where I write things from my Bible reading or inspirational books. Plus it has some cartoons and odds and ends stuffed in it. Some observations are personal but I wouldn't be ashamed to have my husband or children read it.

Oh, and, obviously, this blog. Which is a whole 'nother kettle of fish. I'd like it to point people to my Savior and I'd like it to be a balanced picture of my life (which is neither perfectly-perfect or miserably-horrible). Whether I succeed at those two things is debatable.

What say you? Yea or nay on journal keeping?

2. I could so see myself in this post: When Good Ideas Get In Your Way from A Soft Place to Land. I'm a recovering perfectionist. If I can't do it perfectly or efficiently or whatever standard I've set for myself, then I just won't do it at all. Not good. Sometimes (every day?) I just need to give myself a shake and just do it already.

3. As a wannabe writer I found this post useful: Ignoring the H8Rs. Must work on growing thicker skin for sure.

Pins of the week:
1. I love this Vintage Good Housekeeping Cover (I pinned a few more but I think this is my favorite):

Wouldn't it be awesome if magazines still had these types of covers?!

2. Our mousepad is in serious need of a makeover. Maybe I'll try this:

3. I think the girls would really enjoy making these cardboard laptops:

4. I really need to make some of these caramel apples. That or spend $6 to buy one (!):
5. Outfit of the week:

Love this red plaid dress from Kristina J.

Stumbled onto anything beautiful, thought-provoking, or delicious (we are nothing if not versatile, right?) this week - share in the comments.

1 comment:

Elisabeth said...

I never really kept a journal growing up. I've never been much of a writer. Brad did keep a notebook that I gave him. I would write him notes in that notebook and when it was filled up I gave it to him. Looking back, I don't know why I did it! He is not a reader and it was not interesting. Let's just say, the last time I ran across it, I threw it away. =) Now-a-days I have a different journal for all three kids. I write their milestones, my hopes and dreams and fears for them. All the things that are hard to say in person or things that don't need to be discussed right now but if I die before the day comes when we have to have the conversation at least they will know my opinion. =) Stuff like that. I always encourage people to keep journals of their kids to give them when they are older. It helps me remember special things about them and compare them with the other kids.

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