I’ve been dreading it for months, ever since I first found out. The imminent demise of one of my favorite Google tools – Google Reader. For a few years now, I’ve tracked my favorite blogs daily on Reader, whenever I’ve been logged in to my email. Strangely enough, though, as soon as I found out Google Reader was on the way out, I suddenly stopped using it.
But I don’t want to lose the URLs of my favorite blogs – some of which I may not remember, if I can’t log in to Reader anymore. So for the last two days I’ve been pinning the favorites of my favorites to this Pinterest board, and transcribing the rest of them to a list of my favorite blogs that I keep on my hard drive.
It’s been surprisingly bittersweet. I DON’T WANT MY ACCESS TO ALL THESE BLOGS TO GO AWAY!!! Reading blogs every day was such an enjoyable habit for so long – like sitting down with a cup of coffee and the morning paper. Only without the paper. Or the coffee. There’s a hole in my life where Google Reader used to be. I hate that.
Update: I’ve exported all my feeds to Feedly.com. It worked like a charm – and saved all the old posts that I was afraid of losing from now-defunct blogs. Awesome.
I love architecture and design, and I love how these buildings incorporate light, water, space and angles into living and performance spaces that feel uplifting. In the first video, Holl talks about the spaces and the ideas he was trying to communicate with these buildings; the second video is a beautiful visual tour through some of the spaces.
My favorite bits are the skylights covered with water, that cast flickering pools of light on the rooms below, and the flat plane of water that is such an integral part of the entire design. (Plus I also love all the wood and stone and glass!) I wish I could live in this space…
If I were in the habit of swearing on my blogs, I would swear. It’s gotten seriously cold. Yesterday morning I was so stressed, I drove to the local 24-hour Metro (grocery store) to buy some chocolate. This was what I saw as I walked back to my car. (That’s not my car, by the way. It’s the only other car that was parked by the grocery store.)
Something about the light – the pre-dawn gloom, combined with the glow from the parking lot lights – felt very tundra-like. Like noon in the Arctic, in the dead of winter. Or something.
(I like the way Camera+‘s HDR filter worked on this shot.)
Above is the thermometer in my back room, after three hours of space heating by my blessed oil-filled radiant heater. My iPhone told me it was minus 17 Celsius out. Normally the temperature in this room can get to plus 26 with the space heater. Brr.
Yesterday when I was bagging up my kitchen garbage to take out, I spilled garbage juice all over my work pants and wool socks. Nasty. I immediately took them off and soaked them in a bucket of water with a few glugs of vinegar added, to help deodorize them. I’ll be laundering them today…
First thing in the morning (after sleeping in a little) I did yoga for the first time in a couple of weeks, and of course the boys had to join me on the kitchen floor. This is pettingcatasana…
Later my little guy curled up for a nap on my lap while I worked at the computer.
It never fails. I make a grocery store run, I end up with a green bean massacre on my hands. (My cats will eat all sorts of plants – including lilies – and green beans are one of their favorite things to snack on. When I bring my groceries in, they immediately go on a search-find-mission for fun, edible things. Below is a shot of one unrepentant cat and his mess…)
I usually don’t use pharmaceutical drugs. Lately I have been. For my migraines, mostly. Gravol and triptans. Both make me feel awful. Thursday I went rooting through my (admittedly small) stash of drugs for some Tylenol 3, in order to get through a long day.
(In case it isn’t clear, I still had a migraine.)
I slept in as much as possible before going to work. I didn’t make myself a lunch. I made the fastest breakfast I could think of – fried eggs.