a post a day for seven days: today is day 1

I need something to challenge me. So I’m challenging myself.

Seven posts in seven days.

In the beginning days of Urban Casita I posted this much regularly. I even wrote out a schedule for my little blog: Mondays about memories, Tuesdays about thrift finds, Wednesdays a free day, etc. etc. Somewhere along the way my naivete about blogging disappeared and I began posting sporadically. I looked at content other people were putting out and became unsure of myself. ReadyMade, which was the one place where I had to produce a certain amount of work and for whom I had to push myself at times, folded and I went into a slump. I decided my words were boring, my photos crappy, my ideas and projects overdone. Nothing was new. Everything I wanted to write about had been written about somewhere else. I guess this is the problem with the internet. Nothing ever feels new, until it is, and then it isn’t anymore because it’s all over the place. Follow? I didn’t think so. I’m not sure I do.

Anyways, I’m over that. I’m going to post about what I want to post about because it makes me happy to do so. I find that the blogs and sites I love the most do just that. See you tomorrow?

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19 responses to “a post a day for seven days: today is day 1

  1. You go, girl!! I enjoy your blog and all of the peeks you give us into the life around you. Simply said and simply lovely.

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      • For me this is a relatively easy qustoien, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

  2. See? The reason I read your blog is that it’s different than the others I follow and, big plus, you live in Chicago as I do. When I’m in Logan Square, I look around for your cute face! Don’t be too hard on yourself. You have a unique artistic eye and mellow world view.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Ann! I love Logan Square!

    • Assertiveness vs. AggressivenessEvent: Diversity Dialogue, “Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness”Where: IPFW, Walb Student Union rooms 222-226 please note, this is a chagne for this month!When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012Time: 12:00 1:30 pmIt’s easy to advise someone experiencing domestic violence to leave the situation. But what about self-defense classes, pepper spray, or carrying weapons? How can we reconcile our perceptions of safety and security with reality? What about feelings of anger and frustration that domestic violence survivors must learn to handle?This month’s Diversity Dialogue, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, explores these issues related to finding balance between assertiveness and aggressiveness as it relates to domestic violence survival.Join us for an interactive exercise on survivors of domestic violence and why they can be aggressive versus assertive, and learn the difference.This and all other Diversity Dialogues are free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the campus parking garage and there will be persons available to direct community members to the Dialogue.To join us, RSVP on our YWCA Northeast Indiana Facebook page, or contact our Administrative Coordinator, Sue Hiatt, and (260) 424-4908 ext. 254.

    • Breakfast with Santa! Saturday, December 1st from 9-11AMOssian United Methodist Church201 W. Mill Street in Ossian, In 46777Come have pancakes, dliecious egg casseroles, smoky links, cereal, donuts, dutch crunch dessert, Coffee, milk and juice something for everyoneHave your children’s picture taken with Santa and then they can shop in the Elf Store for their family members. Elves will be available to help them shop so they can keep it a surprise! All gifts are $2 and gift wrapping is included. This is a fun, holiday event sponsored by the Norwell High School Show ChoirSee you there!

  3. Hi. As someone who gets bored/impatient with a great number of blogs out there, I have to say that I like yours a lot and miss your posts – you have a great mix of reality and style that makes your blog very readable. Post more!

  4. Yeah Meg! I love all your posts and you gotta be kidding me, your pics are the best! Keep it up!

  5. Here here! I agree with the whole internet ‘nothing is new’ feeling. I get into that slump a lot myself. But then I realize that ‘the internet’ is such a HUGE thing, and someone new will always be discovering your blog or photo or idea. There is always someone to reach I s’pose!

    I’m on the same page though: I like blogs that are more spontaneous! Go for it!

    • JOIN TEAM JOEY NATION!BUFFALO WILD WINGS IN AUBURN, IN Wednesday NOV. 14th from 6-8(Come on out!) You may contact for cnpuoos. 10% of all food purchases will be donated to help JOEY!**TEAM JOEY Christmas Extravaganza** Mark your Calendar!!Date: November 17th, 2012Time: 12:00pm 5:00pmLocation: Auburn First Christian Church,910 N. Indiana Ave. Auburn, IN (Just south of Rieke Park) SANTA will be there for a photo Opp, bring your camera, take all the pictures you need and make your Christmas Cards perfect, coloring table for kids to color pages for the Keller’s, Party lite candles, Premier Designs, a Certified Massage Therapist (for on the spot massage), home made Jams, bake sale, 31, Vault Denim, home made blankets, scarves and purses and many more things! SILENT AUCTION: Debrands chocolates gift baskets, American doll clothes, Cookie cottage gift baskets, Italian Grille gift cert, Albright’s Grocery gift Cert., movie baskets, longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley Bags and MUCH MUCH MORE! Please join us in making this a SUCCESS FOR JOEY!!!! Please share and mark your Calendar!

    • I had a rather hard time cooishng just one type of physician I would want to work for. So many of them fascinate me, and with me not really going into any medical field other than support, I never gave this any thought in the past. After reading the list, I am more favorable of working for a neonatologist. It is difficult to think about how neonatologist physicians sometimes have the most difficult job in the world, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to be a part of saving a baby’s life. I had a coworker once whose baby was born at 36 weeks, and her baby had a lot of heart and lung problems. There were concerns about whether or not they would ever fully develop once she had him, but after many months in the NICU, and many scares that happened during it, the doctors were able to save him and he is now a very healthy 5 year old. It is because of that I have a higher interest in the neonatologist field.I hate to say which type of physician I would care less to work for, and it is because I worry that many will take it the wrong way. When I was 16, I used to help my mom at an assisted living home as a caregiver. We would get to work at 7:00 A.M. every morning to prepare breakfast for four of the elderly men and women that we were caring for. We would then make sure that all bedding was changed, rooms were cleaned, meals were prepared, and appointments were handled. We worked 12 hour days, and they were always grueling. The owner of the home made sure that everyone had their medicine and made it to their doctor appointments on time. However, she was more worried about getting paid for her services than actually helping the elderly. She would yell at them if they did something wrong, and even call them terrible names. My mom reported her and we both quit our job, but it has always left a sting in my heart since then. It is because of my experience with that situation that I do not think I could ever work for a gerontologist. I know that the situations would be much different, but ever since my experience with caring for elderly individuals it is very hard for me to think about assisting a physician in geriatrics because I worry that someone else might treat the elderly in the same way the owner of the home did. I am a firm believer that the elderly deserve the ultimate care and comfort when going through any treatment and aging in general, but I do not think I could ever work in that environment again.

  6. I’ve resisted starting a blog because I thought it had to have a central theme in order to be successful. Like you, I want to write about anything and everything — not just about cooking or books or fun things I see. All of it! Your blog is great, and it’s inspiring to see you toss a “model” and let your thoughts fly. Looking forward to reading more.

  7. Thank you all so much for the kind words. They are very encouraging. Lynn, I hope you start that site! And Moriah, you know I love your midwest.

  8. nice to hear your smiling voice on any subject

  9. I love reading your blog. It’s sort of like having a friend with common interests who I can visit with when I don’t feel like being around actual people or can’t seem to find actual people I want to be around.

  10. oh, and it’s super pretty just to look at.

  11. Sorry I’m late to the party. I love your blog; I discovered you on ReadyMade, and continue to follow Urban Casita now that it is no more. I got to live in Chicago for about eight months in 2001 (I left as the first snowflakes fell, soon after 9/11.) I still miss it and dream of going back for another summer someday. Your words and photos really bring back the flavor of the city.

    I have felt that urge to write something every day, as well as the disappointment of trying unsuccessfully to always come up with something new and interesting. My own site needs a re-design so badly right now that I’ve left it unattended for a long time (someday I’ll learn how to use WordPress and then maybe it will look like me again.) But please believe that your words are never boring – and your photos are AMAZING!

    Sorry you’ve been in a slump lately, but it’ll go away. And a lot of us will still be reading. Looking forward to seeing where you go from here!

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