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Valentine’s Day

Every year, I think about getting those silly Valentine’s Day cards at the store and sending them to my siblings and nieces and nephews and friends.  Basically, I never get that taken care of.  Sometimes, I’ll even manage to buy the cards (usually Harry Potter) and then promptly not get anything done with them.

I was thinking about it this year, since I have addresses this time, but typically, I didn’t get it taken care of.  Fortunately, I saw a post on Lifehacker the other day, which gave me the perfect solution: Video Valentines.

On Saturday night, before I watched Star Wars: A New Hope, I recorded a set of videos on my phone (Droid Incredible, you are incredible!) and sent them to my family.  And it was great!  I actually got Valentines sent this year.

So, I decided to record one for you, Loyal Blog Readers.  I even busted out a red shirt for the occasion and set up some fancy shmancy frame on my webcam. 😀  (I thought about going with a heart, but it was too not manly. So you get the postcard)

I hope you like it.  Happy Valentine’s Day!


Migration

Recently, Google decided not to continue support for the method which I use to publish my blog to bradyemmett.info. I had a few choices as to which direction I could go, and decided that I really really liked publishing to this domain and not to a random blogspot location.   Call it vanity.

Anyhow, I’ve updated to a WordPress blog. I’ve managed to import most of my posts and (sadly, only a part of) the comments from the last few years.  I’m hoping for minimal disturbances.

I still have some updates to make to make my blog pretty.  But that’s not difficult.  And then maybe I should add a post or two of my recent doings.  All in good time.

I do have a favor to ask, Dear Readers.

I’m not sure that my feeds are working correctly.  Can you leave a comment to let me know how you get to my blog normally (GReader, website search, link, bookmark, etc) and if that method is still working for you?

Thanks!

National Poetry Month Recap!

So, there it went. Goodbye April! See you next time around. I’ll be ready for you next time, I really will.

Did you all have a great National Poetry Month? I sure did. I felt like I was surrounded by good poetry. I didn’t do a lot of reading from the so-called masters, but I did get to see a whole lot of poetry from my friends! Both original and favorites. It was great!

I thought I should put together a quick round-up of all of the poetry posts from National Poetry Month. Here goes:

Amy gave us three posts of her poems. I really liked Sinfonia and Laundry!
Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three

Mike shared a poem about recent history, which he claims he wrote in the third grade. I’m not sure I buy it.
The Battle of the Blinds

Katherine posted quite a few of her favorite poems:
e.e. cummings
That the Science of Cartography is Limited
Musee des Beaux Arts
Chatres
Housing Shortage

Elizabeth dropped a poem about one of my favorite things in the world: Trees!
Trees

Kara also posted two poems. Her site feed is broken, so you might not have seen them, but they were there. I just saw the second while I was looking for the link for the first, so I haven’t had time to digest yet.
i carry your heart with me
Poem about love

Fridge for Thought featured some great poems this month too. I tried to talk Adam into a National Poetry Month theme, but I thought of it too late.
April 13 – Entries 2 and 4
April 27 – Entry 4

Melanie left a poem in the comments from the last thread:
Our Class

I did talk a group of people from my favorite message board, Tweleve.org, to write some poetry in celebration of NPM. I really owe Tweleve and the people who populate the Creative Corner over there for my return to writing poetry a few years ago. They are the ones who dared me, and challenged me, and told me when I missed and when I hit. They’re great poets to boot.
Tweleve National Poetry Month thread

I know this post has drawn on a little long, so I’ll link my poems for the month of April, and then I’ll stop.
Daybreak
The Wind Blew in Detroit II
I dance slowly
Unfolded
Suddenly Spring

I hope everyone got to read a favorite poem this month. Adam and Cass, thanks for the emails with poems in them. Thanks to everyone who took me up on my challenge. I hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Did anyone have a favorite poem they discovered this month?

Guess what I did today


Well, did you guess?

If you answered pretty much nothing, you’d not be far off. But I did do somethings. Like go pick up my latest CSA farm share. Which was delicious looking…

Here’s the take:

1- 1 dozen eggs
2- 2 more honey bears
3- 2 decorative gourds
4- 1 bunch of arugula
5- 1 acorn squash
6- 1 bok choi
7- 1 bunch of small turnips
8- 1 quart of potatoes
9- 1 sweet lightning squash
10- 1 onion
11- 3 carrots
12- 1 carving pumpkin

While at the farmer’s market, I also paid for a Thanksgiving turkey. Locally raised, none of that crazy breeding, and probably twice as delicious. I’m excited, although it will probably be on the smaller side. We’ll see.

I also ran 9.5 miles according to my iPod. I’m not sure if I believe it or not. I was supposed to run 8 miles, so I spent some time over at MapMyRun.com, trying to figure out how to stretch 8 miles out of my usual suspects. I finally settled on this run:

As you can see, the distance is clearly 7.65 miles. That didn’t phase me because there’s a delightful little back trail through the neighborhood that adds about half a mile to most of my runs anyhow. So I finally got myself ready to go (I had been putting off the run all morning, rationalizing that it was too cold still, and somehow decided that downloading Dr. Mario to the Wii was a good idea instead of running, even after I’m all dressed and stretched… It was a rough morning, I guess.)

It was a beautiful day for running! The roads that I chose were mostly dirt (I honestly didn’t know there was so much dirt road so close!), and they were lined with trees in color. I agree, Elizabeth, wonderful time of year! I did end up choosing a good temperature to run in.

However, my iPod announced that I had completed my 8 miles at a point in my run where I knew I still had over a mile to go. That was a little weird. I decided to keep going, since I’d been at it for over an hour at that point.

At the end of the run, my iPod showed this as my final score:

So which was it? 9.67 or 7.65. The world may never know. My iPod isn’t exactly accurate, but I don’t think that it would be off by a mile and a half either. The funny thing is that MapMyRun and my iPod agreed on the length of my other favorite runs. Who knows? Maybe Steve Jobs does.

Oh, and as a little challenge for my blog readers, I left something aside from the eggs out of the picture above. Can you figure it out?

Sidebar stuff

Ok, so this is the lame post where I tell you what I’ve been doing with my blog template.

I’ve been jiggering with my sidebar. Since my blog isn’t actually hosted on Blogger, I can’t do all of the cool and easy template changes, like adding a widget. I have to actually edit the code of my template. It’s not hard, since most of the time, I can just steal the code from somewhere else, but it’s knowing what to do with it that’s the trouble.

The first thing I added was my shared items. Sometimes, I’ll be reading something somewhere, and I’ll just want to share it with you, but not say anything about it. I like it, and I think that you, dear reader, might like it too. But not enough for me to say anything about it. Right now, there’s an anti-High Fructose Corn Syrup thing, a really cool video of dominoes made of dominoes, and a cross post from a friends blog about Mormon dating, so you can see it’s pretty eclectic, and not about food most of the time. So if you’re reading this on my actual website, go ahead and take a look to see what I’m reading and thinking about these days.

I also added my Twitter feed. It’s like the Facebook status updates, except more frequent and less other information like photos and wall posts and applications. I’ve got it set to show my most recent three updates, so you can see how my day/week progresses. It’s like microblogging. I’m not satisfied with how it looks right now, so it might move around a little bit until I get it right. If you want to friend me on Twitter, my username is brady32. I read this really interesting article about the whole Twitter/Facebook/Microblogging thing. It’s worth a read in this brave new world in which we live.

Finally, I also added a map and list that shows where people are reading me. You’re stalking me, and now I’m stalking you back. Take that, blog stalkers. 😉 Now if I could only figure out who in Connecticut is reading my blog.