10 Quotes From My Notebook

I like to think of myself as a child of the digital age. I was born alongside the home computer and came of age with the internet. Damnit, I could type before I could write!

There’s no arguing though, I am old fashioned about some stuff, most of them involving reading and writing. I have a Kindle, and I love it, mostly because it means I can get library books from the couch in my PJs. Yet, if I really love a book, I will be picking up a physical copy, no question. I also use the Kindle’s function to highlight text and store it digitally, in fact, I use it all the time. But yet again, if I really like a quote or know I’ll want access to regularly, it becomes important to handwrite it. I don’t know what kind of brain function is responsible for this, but they just feel more important and real if I handwrite them.

Hence my notebook. What started out as an impulse stationary purchase (these happen more often then I’d like to admit) quickly became my go-to landing pad for quotes. And not just quotes from books either. Any media is fair game, plus quotes from history, and things I hear people say (these get credited as ‘anonymous’).

For this week’s list, I’ve picked some of my favorites and used Adobe Spark to make those pretty quote pictures that you see on Instagram.

1. The Year of Pleasures

2. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

3. The Obelisk Gate

4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

5. Coraline

6. Star Trek: TNG

7. Norse Mythology

8. Pachinko

9. Becoming

10. A Man Called Ove

That’s it! The best of my quote-game. As usual, I always like hearing for you, so if you’ve got favorite quotes, leave them in the comments! As a bribe, I’ll even make you super cool images just like mine!

7 Recent Pictures and 1 Video

In the era of smartphones that have better lenses from my old Nikon, I, like many other millennials have a phone jam packed full of pictures. And for me at least, there are usually like 5 shots that are almost the same but not quite.

Since I have approximately 1200 pictures on my person at any given time, I made an effort to go in periodically and clean the copies out. In doing this I get to enjoy pictures that I’d loved but totally forgot I had.

I did this recently (and got rid of almost 300 pictures!) but I wanted to share some of my favorites, here they are, and I promise it’s not just 7 pictures of my face.

1. This was my first time wearing a suit, and I kept wavering between feeling confident and feeling like I was playing dress up. I thought this image was a great representation of how I was feeling.

2. Once a year, on the first Saturday in May, is Free Comic Book  Day. This year it coincided with Star wars Day too! It’s a tradition for Jess and I to research which comics we hope to fine, and then visit all the comic book stores near up to find them. It’s one of our favorite things to do together, and we brought home a good haul this year!

3. This is Winnie’s Puppy Kindergarten graduation picture, she almost looks proud of herself right? It’s hard to believe that she was this little, she’s 9 months old now and working toward her Canine Good Citizenship award, but she’s still got that dopey grin!

4. Can you see how soft and squish Hammy is from this picture? No matter how soft he looks, I promise he’s softer in real life. He may be the stimmiest thing I’ve ever owned, and I got him from Walgreens of all places. He’s a Squishmallow, which is a perfect name plus, look at his little face.

5. I’m the sort of person that needs to eat snacks, but I’m also the kind of person that hates snack food. Enter this blend of almonds, cashews, m&ms, and tiny pretzel balls. It’s my go-to snack for class, and also mighty photogenic if I do say so myself.

6. This probably the best Kickstarter game I ever backed, partially because it’s so pretty that they offered prints of the tiles, partially between it’s just challenging enough, partially the components are satisfying to hold, and because I can actually beat Jess sometimes (and that’s a rarity).

7. This is me and Jess, aren’t we cute? My sister-in-law got married this spring and we got to get our fancy on. This is actually the 2nd time I wore a suit, and I felt a lot more confident about it than the first time. I think it was probably the bow-tie.

8. I promised a video and here it is! It’s hard to resist a Winnie video, especially when she looks so darn happy about the whole thing. The toy is from Chuckit, she looks all of their ball toys, but this one especially! It’s getting too hot here for her to do a lot of running, so toys that keep her playing are worth their weight in gold!

7 Pictures on My Phone

So there are more than 7 Pictures on my phone. More like a thousand, actually. I have trouble deleting them, even if they are backed up. Even more so, I’m showing my age by being baffled by “the cloud”. Like, I know that Cloud means information is stored digitally somewhere, but I just not quite there when it comes to using it. Eh, I’ve never been much of an early adapter anyway.

So what I did for this list was go through all 1000+ and picked out the 7 that I loved most. The number is 7 because I got tired of emailing myself images. That’s a great reason, right?

Jess and Spike.jpeg

This is my wife! Doesn’t she have a great smile? As you can see, Spike the Cat doesn’t care about looking good for the camera. In fact, he seems to resent the fact that neither of us are petting him. This is kind of an old picture, but believe me, he still makes that face.

Meesh Tattoo
Wow, my arm looks very large, but I guess it’s worth it so I can show you my tattoo! I got it this spring, and I love it! My best friend loved elephants more than I’ve ever seen anyone love an animal, so when she died, I knew exactly what sort of memorial tattoo I was going to get. The pain wasn’t nearly as bad I had worried about, but oh boy the pressure was a lot!
Cinnamon Roll Turkey.jpeg

Can you tell that it’s supposed to be a turkey? No worries, it’s a bit abstract, but they’re delicious, so it’s ok! This is the first time we’ve successfully made Gluten Free cinnamon rolls for my wife, and these turned out so well! Now we’ve got delicious pastries AND a new Thanksgiving breakfast tradition!

Baby Michi Judges You.jpeg

Would you believe this tiny judgey baby is in fact Me? Oh, well maybe you would. I’m about one here, and my sister found the photo when she was going through some old boxes. Somehow Baby Michi turned into a sort family meme, and let’s just say it gets sent back and forth a lot. 

Balloon Glow.jpeg

As you may know, I live in St. Louis, and every summer there’s a huge balloon race! The night before, they blow up all the balloons as the sun sets, and people bring picnics and blankets and just sit and watch. It’s a magical experience, one that I remember experiences during childhood, and now I get to share it with Jess (who loved it!)

Wedding Soot Sprites.jpeg

Weddings can be very stressful. Lots of people you don’t know, food you can’t predict, the music is usually loud and you have to make small talk with strangers. Not this wedding though! No DJ, no dancing, no small talk. Just Facepainters and Magicians and Sword Swallowers. They basically hired the Renaissance Faire to play the wedding. Those things on my arm are Soot Sprites, from the movie Spirited Away! I also had them on my tie, and the Facepainter suggested she give me some to match. I was so sad when they washed off!

Birthday Spike.jpeg

We started with Spike, so we’re going to end with Spike. This was taken on my wife’s birthday a few years ago. He had never seen flames before, and he was obsessed with getting close to the candle. After shooing him away a few times, we let him investigate, figuring that he’d stop when it got hot. Well, long story short, he didn’t, and this picture was taken moments before he ended up with some singed whiskers. Not the smartest cat, but he sure is cute!

Well, I hope you enjoyed talking a walk through my photo albums. In doing this I realized that while artistic value played a part in the photos that I picked, having a story behind the photo was actually more important to me. Are you a photo hoarder like me? Do you have pictures with stories? Tell me about them!