I Was Sitting Down to Write a Big Post When…


This is me as Leporello in IU Opera Theater’s production of Don Giovanni. Emily Holsclaw is Donna Elvira. This picture is very appropriate for this post. Photo courtesy IU Opera Theater.

I’ve been slacking off on the blogging thing for the last week or two, because I’ve discovered a great irony about blogging: if you have stuff to write about then you’re busy so you don’t have tons of time to write. If you’re not busy so you have time to write then you don’t have anything to write about.

I’ve had several ideas for posts kicking around in my head for a while. I had some free time this afternoon, so I decided to sit down and knock it out. However, when I opened up wordpress I had over 300 comments sitting there. Apparently the spam bots found me.*

It bothers me when I see that there are new comments languishing as they wait for my approval, so my posting time was eaten up with sorting the wheat from the chaff in the comments.

I’m figuring out a spam filter (maybe captcha) for the comments. Tomorrow (or the next day) I’ll get the post I wanted to write finished up, but I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m not dead, and that I haven’t yet abandoned the blog.

*If the real Louis Vuitton ever comments on this blog, it’s going straight to the spam folder.

Thankful Thursday 1 (Friday Edition)

IMG_20131127_165956155After yesterday’s downer of a post, I thought I’d do something more positive today.

I used to have a blog where I would try and write something that I was thankful for every day. My history of failures with topical blogs is something I’ll talk about another day, but with this blog I very quickly ran out of original ideas. It’s possible that I’m an ingrate, (I wouldn’t rule that out), but coming up with something insightful or clever or interesting to be thankful for every day just wasn’t in the cards for me. That blog really jumped the shark when I started trying to use things that I was learning about in school as posts. (“I’m thankful for polymers because they make life possible…”)

The truth is that the things that I’m thankful for don’t change all that much day to day. I’m thankful for Bonnie and the kids, I’m thankful for my house, for the country I live in, for my chance to attend IU. I’m thankful for Christ and the gospel and the scriptures. I’m thankful for books and learning, for a naturally curious disposition and for all my great teachers. I’m grateful for a supportive and loving extended family, ward, and community.

Even though a daily gratitude blog isn’t in the cards for me, I think it’s still worthwhile to take some time and express my gratitude for the many, many good things in my life. Therefore this is the first installment of what I will call “Thankful Thursday.” Yes, I know it’s Friday. Stop being so literal. Now, knowing how I am, there will probably not be a gratitude post every Thursday, but I’ll make it a somewhat regular thing.