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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


I’m Back!

After a long break from blogging, I’m back in the game!  A lot has changed in my life since I last posted… our sweet little Bean made her way into the world!  She was born toward the end of October, two full weeks before her due date, leaving her Mommy and Daddy a bit in shock and a bunch in love.

I’m currently on maternity leave until February 1st (yay!), and I’ll be making an effort to squeeze some posts in between diaper changes.  I have a whole new world of writing material, and I’m afraid if I don’t document it, it’ll fly right out of my sleep-deprived brain!

Up next?  The story of Bean’s birth, and eventually some pictures as well.  Stay tuned!

Running two blogs is harder than I thought…

I’ve been doing a semi-good job at keeping up with by cooking blog, Kate the Cook.  While I don’t post daily anymore, I do update it several times per week with posts I’ve had drafted for a long time.  I haven’t really added much new material, though.  And that’s just to the cooking blog.  The Wooden Spoon has sadly fallen by the wayside.

I just feel all blogged out.  Even just a few months ago, I was blogging 20+ times per month.  Now I’m lucky if I write one new post per week (and that’s including both blogs).

Today’s the first day in a long time that I’m writing not out of obligation, but out of desire.  I hope the spark hits me again and I’ll find my fingers are itching for the keyboard a bit more than usual.  Maybe I could lay off my other blog a bit and try to find more of a balance.  For a while, those post-a-day weeks were really getting to me (even if it was just sprucing up prewritten material).


We’ll see what happens.  I really, really hope I get back into the blogging mode.  It used to be one of my favorite things to do, and I do believe it kept me on task and doing things I otherwise may not have – like my happiness project, or 100 things to make.

2010 in review

This is a bit embarrassing… kindof like standing naked in front of a group in my bathing suit.  Now you know all of my flaws.  My blog isn’t widely traveled, and though I’m not necessarily proud of the results, I do find it interesting when other people post their stats.  So here you go world!  I’m baring my soul (okay, just my blog stats, but still…) for all of you to make yourselves feel a bit better.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 161 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 180 posts. There were 214 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 211mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 14th with 35 views. The most popular post that day was Know the Low.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were, WordPress Dashboard,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for advent envelopes, pancake mix recipe, advent activity list, gift card envelope template, and list of advent activities.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Know the Low March 2010


Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe June 2010


About December 2009


The Official Advent Activity List November 2010


Advent Envelopes November 2010

A bit of good, a bit of bad

Our internet is out.  I’m typing this right now at our public library.  It’s fine… except I’d much rather be curled up with a mug of hot coffee on the couch and my laptop instead of in a little cube desk.  At least I’ve got a view of the winter wonderland outside… and I only need to crane my neck just a bit.

I’m a little irritated that we’ve been out of both internet and phone service since last Sunday.  We switched internet carriers, and in the process, both our phone and internet vanished.  Thanks a lot, AT&T.  And now that I’m finally with internet access at the library, I can’t log in due to a “system upgrade.”  All I have to say about that is that they had better give us one steep discount for this month’s bill.

That’s not to say being internet-less hasn’t had its perks, though.  I have found myself doing a chore or two instead of hopping on the computer.  I’ve spent more time reading that I have in previous weeks.  (I finished a book in thre days… during the workweek.)  And, easily the best byproduct of living internet free – I haven’t been snapping at Paul like I sometimes do.

Once we have internet back in our home, I won’t abandon it all together, though the benefits of living without have been nice.  I really have missed blogging.  One thing I will be more careful about, though, is getting wrapped up in my Google Reader.  Surfing through other people’s lives and tips is fun, but it shouldn’t consume so much of my attention that I become grumpy when distracted.  When I do decide to wander aimlessly about the internet, I’ll do it consciously and with a time limit.


Wordle is one of those activities that even though I know that I have more important things to do with my time, I just can’t rip myself away.  It gives an overview of frequently used words in any given text, or in this case, blog.  It took the most recent posts and mashed them into this beauty:

Love it!  A bit embarrassing that quite a few of the largest words show my unhealthy habits (butter, sugar, oil…), but fun nonetheless.  “I think it’d be neat to do a wordle of my blog every month or so and see how things change over time!

And just for fun, here’s a wordle of my kindergarten class blog:

As you can see, we had Stuffed Animal Day on Tuesday, our author of the month is Tomie dePaola (author of Strega Nona), and we just finished our patterns unit in math.

If you’d like to make your own wordle, it’s a piece of cake.  Just type in your text, web address, or name on the create a wordle page and one will be made for you.  You can then customize to your heart’s content.

Saving a wordle as a document is trickier.  I had to use some super-secret codes to these onto my blog.  Okay… well… not super secret, but the directions weren’t exactly out in the open, either. has an easy to follow tutorial.  On my mac, I hit apple-shift-4 and then drew a rectangle around the image I wanted to capture.  It was automatically saved on my desktop as “Picture 1.”

I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do with all of the information (aside from using it the blog, of course).  Couldn’t you picture some sort of framed picture with family names, words about family, etc.?  Hm… maybe that’s a Christmas gift in the making!




I got the A-OK from my principal to give my site over at Edublogs a go.  I am now the official administrator of TWO blogs.  I’ve been finding my Edublog quite a bit easier to update, as children give infinite sources of inspiration.  In addition, if all else fails, I can post a general announcement about Thanksgiving break or the lunch menu.

I typically post on Edublogs while I’m at work, so now my blogging life has successfully intertwined with my work life.  Score!