I’ve decided that I’ll give you guys updates on my dad at the end of each post. I realized that many of my relatives and friends that live abroad read my blog for updates on him. So if you are reading this to find out about my dad’s status, just scroll down to the bottom of the post. Plus, I don’t like beginning a post on mushy and tough subjects like that.
Ok so with that little note aside…..
As promised. I have my 5-1 list of my 10 stuff bloggers like (my satirical attempt at the “Stuff White People Like” list). I really appreciated you comments and suggestions on my previous post. I actually already wrote my 1-5, (and some of you nailed a few of them) but my list did change slightly thanks to your reminders.
Anyhow without further ado….
5) DSLR Cameras:
This is indeed where the inner nerd of bloggers get’s unleashed. Actually, I had no idea this love was so passionate until I went to the foodbuzz festival where everyone was armed with a fancy dslr, a cute bag or strap for it, and all sorts of fancy accessories. And I admit, I’m dying for one too. But money is super tight right now with my dad and all, so that will be on the back burner (but Canon or Nikon PR reps, I’ll pimp your cameras out like crazy if you give me a free one!). However, I will say my photos are not terrible and I use a point and shoot. You just have to know how to get crafty with lighting, NEVER use flash, and be creative with textures and colors.
4) Cool but slightly unneccssary kitchen gadgets:
I blame stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and CSN for this. Bloggers are a little vulnerable to cool kitchen gadgets. Salad choppers, ice cream makers, yogurt makers, food processors, magic bullets, vita mixes, crock pots, the list is endless. Sure, they can make cool things. But sometime, they collect dust. Its like a new dress. You buy it probably because you have an even coming up. You LOVE it. You wear it to the event, maybe another time after it, but a year later and you find you only wore it maybe three times. There are some appliances I’ll use nearly daily, like my magic bullet or my “slap chopper”. But I also have a waffle maker I’ve used maybe four times this year. All in all, bloggers certainly have a weak spot for kitchen gadgets.
Some blogs are actually about marathon preparation. While I commend them on their efforts, I personally know the closest thing to a marathon I get to is when Spike TV has an Entourage marathon friday nights. I guess some people need a different subject other than food to base their blog around. At least it gives them something to write about. I often have days where I hit a total bloggers block, so it would be nice having something instilled to write about. And although I know some wonderful and intelligent bloggers that do marathons, they sometimes make me feel lazy. I look up to them, because I know I’m in no physical condition to complete a marathon so anybody who is healthy enough to do so deserves credit. But I cant help but feel some sort of guilt as a read about their PRs while I sit on the couch and veg watching Entourage marathons.
2) Tea, Coffee, Kombucha, Green Monsters…..anything but soda (even diet)
Bloggers like to be creative with their drinks. They’ll turn it into a science project (maybe if they dont want to be all dslr camera nerdy, they can be all “chemistry nerdy”). Many bloggers like (or dream) of brewing their own beer, fermenting their own grapes for wine, or growing scoobys for homemade Kombocha. Or they will brag about fancy lattes or the newest Starbucks mocha-locha-frappe-crappe-chino-machiato creation (and they will let you know when the “red seasonal cups” have arrived!). I dont see bloggers mention soda consumption, even diet soda consumption (which isn’t better, but still). So I’ll just take the time write now and admit it: My name is Eden, I’m a recovering soda-holic. I dont ban them, but I’ll have some diet soda. I know, I’m awful, arent I?
And the #1 thing bloggers love………
I think above all, bloggers thrive off each other and love each other slightly more than all their oats, kale, yogurts, cameras, and vita mixes combines. Sure, food is good, picture are nice to look at, comments are fun to read. But if it weren’t for the relationships we develop through our blogs, we wouldn’t continue posting. I know many people claim “I blog for myself!”. Well, that’s half true. I blog for myself, but I thrive off the exchange I have with other people, even if we aren’t like minded. And every once in a while, I’ll receive an email or comment with someone saying how helpful what I had said was too them. Even if what I said wasn’t sentimental or mushy or wise. Even if I just made them smile on crappy day. I love that. And I love other bloggers. Does some one want to argue with that one?
Didn’t think so 😉
So its my dad’s birthday today (twelve twelve) and we had a little birthday party for him and his closest friends. Luckily, he has many close friends. I made his favorite, poppy seed cake (recipe tomorrow!). He is not a cake person, (like me) but he loves this cake. The whole night ended up being very emotional. All his friends, happy to see him out of the hospital and considering the size of his brain hemorrhage, he was in good spirits. But I never want to jinx anything even though people told me he looks great. I said that last week and we ended up in the ER twice. So one day at time. I dont see my dad cry often, and he never did since this whole thing happened. But seeing such love towards him made his heart sink and he teared up a bit (you can imagine seeing that just made my own water works act up). Yes, what happened is crappy and many of you were right, I dont deserve this. But I’m thankful I was able to give him a big hug tonight. It could have been worse, maybe the worst is not yet behind me, but at least I was able to tell him happy birthday this year. I hope for many more to come.