Who takes on moving a website and rebranding during the busiest time of the year? This girl! Why? Beyond the fact that I think I’ve gone insane, the name MiscFinds4u never fit. It was a leftover URL from my eBay selling days and one I happened to own when I decided to give blogging a try.
I’ve been a member of Collective Bias for a few years, but this is the first year I’ve participated in the virtual holiday gift exchange, and I’m so glad that I did! Why? Because it gave me a chance to “meet” Jamie Rippy.
My husband and children all work in the public service sector so they often work holidays. When they do, I usually skip Thanksgiving all together and spend the day going to a movie. It’s something I started doing years ago when the kids were young and I worked full-time plus had a second weekend job as well. Back then if my husband was off on the holiday, he’d take the boys to his parents, and I’d get a day off to myself. Now that I work alone it’s not such a necessity, but it’s a habit I’m finding hard to give up.
I’ve been a Ford fan since 1995. Well actually before that because 1995 was when we bought our second Aerostar van; I’ve forgotten the model year of the first. Our first Aerostar was a used van which we traded in a few years later when the engine caught on fire. I don’t remember now why it did, I only remember putting it out with 7-11 Big Gulp cups of Diet Soda. We obviously weren’t scared off by the incident because we replaced our van with a brand new (then) Aerostar with four-wheel drive and a V-6. Back then we had two small children and a 16″ Bayliner boat, so the new van was perfect fit.
I learned something about myself by attending the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) here in Seattle. That is, I am not a foodie. Sure, I like food, especially good food. But I do not delight in it the way that foodies do.
I arrived at the W Hotel in Seattle the night before the event and instead of attending the local foodie event, I chose to come in a little later after rush hour. My roommate for the night was Emily from Clever Housewife. The two of us met up with my son and his girlfriend in the hotel’s lounge where we enjoyed appetizer including frites with cheese and garlic aioli (amazing) and drinks.