I Want Attention!

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The newest issue of WIRED Magazine caught my attention. I had never read their publication, but the headline about pain piqued my curiosity. I noted the key words on the cover so I could find the article and read it later.
It was an interesting piece, but afterward I found other articles on their site worth reading. I felt tempted to email the site to myself and bookmark it. That’s what I do when I find a site that has good content.
 
And there lies my (our) problem: over consumption.
 
It’s my inattentiveness or curiosity but I read a lot of articles on various websites. My bookmarks tab has food sites, music sites and lots of articles. Sometimes I tend to stay on one site and read whatever looks appealing. After doing that time has flown by!
 
But spending my time on the internet like this is not good for my stress level. I say stress because I look at my bookmarks and start to feel anxious. It’s a lot of information saved for later.
 
But here’s the real problem: So many publications are covering the same topics. So the questions become, which site do we go to for news? Which publication is best for business? Every website is competing for your attention, but how do they get you to ONLY go to their site and trust them? Do you choose the all-inclusive site like The New York Times, or a specialty one to read about science? And if you do the latter, what makes you choose Scientific American over NPR? Or do you read both?
 
How do we choose where to focus our reading on topics that interest us? What makes a website good enough for us to keep going back to it? I wrestle with the answers to these questions whenever I catch myself spending a few minutes too long on a website.
 
The internet can be a great learning tool, no doubt. (And a distraction!) Google can find anything you’re looking for in a second. But whose information do you trust?
This reminds me, I should clean up my bookmarks.

A New Look and Feel

As if you need ANOTHER new blog “idea” from me, readers, I’m back with my third (or fourth?) one. But this is a good idea, for real. This will be my personal/professional blog. No themed posts on certain days of the week anymore. No long delays between posts.

I’m changing.

For real.

This new blog, a transformed version of My Life will be personal posts, outings, food reviews/recipes, and a space for my published articles from my volunteer writing days (I won’t count those days out just yet, though. I might go back to it for the time being). Posts will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Time to get serious.

Food Friday: Accidental Recipes

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So, “Cooking Friday” has been changed to “Food Friday.” It sounded better and also because some of these Friday posts don’t talk about me cooking.

Anywho, have you ever set out to make something but the finished product was totally different? That happened to me on Wednesday, when I wanted to make a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. Since I didn’t know when our slices of cheese were bought, I decided to use shredded cheese instead because we had a lot of that in the fridge. I used Colby and Montery Jack blend since we didn’t have cheddar.

Now don’t laugh…but I needed to follow a recipe to make the grilled cheese. (I hadn’t made one in YEARS). I was doing fine until I noticed that the cheese wasn’t melting. It donned on me that since I used shredded cheese, it seeped into the bread! So what I ended up with was cheesy bread!

And you know what? It was good! I wasn’t complaining about it. And I’m this much closer to knowing how to make Parmesan crusted toast because of this substitution.

Next time I make grilled cheese I’m going with the cheese slices, but I know how to make cheesy bread now. 🙂

What “accidental” foods have you made due to substituting one food for another version of it? Let me know in the comments!