Monday, November 9, 2009

Write room

I got a new app from MacHeist called Write Room. It's a pretty simple concept, but very effective in creating a distraction-free writing environment at your computer.

I'm using it now.

The current settings remind me of DOS. DOS? Is that right? Boring green font on a black background with a big blinking rectangle for the cursor. I would google it but I'm currently in the Write Room and therefore am less inclined to jump to my browser and thus begin a trail of distractions.

Memo Maker. My mom used to edit the the home schooling newsletter with Memo Maker on our ancient computer. Wow, those were the days. She also played tetris on that computer (I think it was that one - we've had quite a few.)

Today at Panera a lady walked up to me as I sat in my booth working on our budget. She stood there until I realized she intended to talk to me so I looked up and she said, "I like your hair." I asked her to repeat herself to make sure I understood. "I like your hair." OK, uh, thanks. I smiled and went back to work. She walked away.

I've recently found what looks to be a fantastic resource for a community of people that I happen to be a part of that not many others in my real life circle are. HA. How's that for trying to remain vague but still be somewhat clear? Anyhow, I think I'm really going to like hanging out there and contributing to the forums. For some things you can't really know unless you really know. And it's so good to be among people who really know.

Oh here's something: Superman and I are considering becoming foster parents. Of babies. Probably short-term, emergency placement type situations. That's our thought now, but we've a long way to go. Lots contributed to this decision and I currently am unable to take the time to write it all down for you. Now that I think about it perhaps I legally won't even be able to share what it's like once a child is placed with us - confidentiality and all that - I have no idea. Hmmm. I wonder what the rules about that are, like with pictures and stuff.

Suffice it to say that this is something we've been thinking about for a long time. Like, since half-way through my pregnancy with Elaine. We recently contacted a foster family care agency in our area (that's been around for fifty years) and will probably take the mandatory classes and get all certified and stuff early next year. Foster care certainly isn't for everyone and we're not even sure it's for us yet, but we're certainly not opposed to the idea. We've been talking to and collecting information from people we know who have had some connection to foster care. I find the whole idea incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time.

And now since I've used up my allotted 15 minutes (I'm currently on the FlyLady bandwagon again, or, my own adaptation of it) it's time for me to leave this black and green Write Room and post this not-at-all edited entry.


  1. So you went public. =) I greatly anticipate hearing of your potential foster parenting adventures =)

  2. I've been playing around with Write Room as well. :) And yes, it absolutely reminds me of DOS.I've been craving Panera. I think I've mentioned it to my husband almost every single evening for the past 6 days. Hopefully we'll go there this weekend and I can have soup in a bread bowl. Mmm. That's wiggly that she liked your hair!Yay about finding community. One of my favorite quotes is by Jane Howard: "Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." It encourages me that although I often prefer being a loner in most situations...finding a true community is a blessing. And foster parents? Wow. That brings tears to my eyes. I remember someone handing me a brochure about it once and I immediately rattled off a list in my mind of reasons why we couldn't do it and then I opened it to discover they were saying these children don't care if you every single thing in your life together - they need love, appreciation, hugs, cherishing, encouraging, and hope. And that has never left my mind. So, I'm proud of you and Superman for having a heart for foster parenting and if you delve into it all, I'll be praying for you each step of the way. And yeah, terrifying and exciting. I do think that sums it up well. Hehe. FLYLADY!! I have one of her books and a bazillion of her emails and all I use from her is the 15 minute timer for everything. Laundry, gaming, shower, etc. Hehe.