Wednesday, January 27, 2016

making infographics

Wanted to make a "What we did in 2015," infographic for work, and after a Google search found this helpful article, "10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics,"

I used Easel.ly and was pretty happy, with both the ease of creating the infographic, and the end project.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

that elusive thing

Every time we try to identify God, we are sure to identify what he is — what she is certainly not. And the genius of God to dwell where we would least likely look, within the depths of our own being, our own shallowness, our own darkness, our own humanity.
--Martin Sheen

My friend Pamerama was kind enough to share this great, On Being, podcast interview of Martin Sheen. I chose to read the podcast interview transcript instead, to I might better process Sheen's statements.

I too am Catholic, but you don't need to be to enjoy. Sheen examines his return journey to faith and spirituality, and it's just wonderful.

A great read before New Years revelry.

Happiest New Years' Eve to you and yours! Be safe, be merry, be young tonight!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

the silence

This is so lovely. Exactly how I felt today after ChicagoBoy left.

"Silence"
 
There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.
 
Billy Collins

Thursday, December 17, 2015

my Universal experience

My bestie asked for some helpful hints about a visit to Universal Orlando, so here goes. I just went 2 weeks ago, so this is a recent, and December experience! It should be mentioned that I am NOT a big theme park person, but I did want to experience Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

1. As to telling you what order to do what ride, truly download the Orlando Universal Apps, there is one that specifically tells you how long the waits are. Even though we had Express Passes, the non-express pass folks never waited more than 20 minutes for anything. This is apparently a great time of year to go--Disney AND Universal in Jan., according to my sources. Also, I'm a big fan of just starting in the back and working my way forward so by the end of the day I'm close to the exit.

2. When it comes to Harry Potter, I agree with this article: http://fieldtripswithsue.com/the-world-of-harry-potter/
3. Go to Harry Potter part of the park first, it was the busiest section of the park, so try and beat the crowds. Make sure to go into everything and watch for all the cool little effects--even non HP fans will be impressed.

Make sure to ride the Hogwarts Express (the train) from London to Hogwarts, and back--you see different things heading in both directions. Pretty cool.

4. Park food is expensive, it just is, but I enjoyed and didn't find the food overly expensive at either Mythos or The Leaky Cauldron (this is in HP World). Definitely would recommend both. DO NOT eat at the Fantastic Four Cafe. I could have used their pizza as a doorstop.

5. If you want to do the water rides: Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Ride, Jurassic Park River, and Dudley Do Right Falls (one of my favorite rides) DO them last thing before you leave so you can change out of your wet clothes!
https://www.universalorlando.com/Rides/Water-Rides.aspx

6. Wear lanyards with your park passes in them! This not only keeps them safe on water rides, but then you don't have to worry about fishing them out of your pockets all the time.

7. If you bring a bag to the park, there are tons of FREE lockers near the rides you can't take the bags onto. The lockers are free for a certain amt. of time which means you can ride the ride, then move to the next ride(s) and lockers. Not a bad system, really.

8. I would ABSOLUTELY suggest skipping the Terminator ride. It was GOD AWFUL. I say the same for Shrek, but your kids might enjoy it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

my loves


My brother A3 snapped this adorable photo of my niece and nephew holding hands and running through the park. And no, they're not twins, which is what is most often asked. Savannah Banana is 3.5 yrs now, Alex just over 1.5 yrs.; she's petite and he's brawny. So sweet.
My dear hearts. 
Just had to brag with some auntie love.