Anything worth doing…

… is worth doing well.

It’s a pretty good way to go about things and yet we all struggle with it.

I can’t seem to grasp the one or three things I like to do. I have WAY too many hobbies, interests and ooh shiny!

I’m easily distracted to put it lightly. OR digging a little deeper you can say I have a fear of commitment and tend to avoid responsibility. ouch! That’s some serious mudslinging.

Now, when I say I avoid responsibility, I really mean, not allowing myself to be so successful that I would be held accountable to tasks that I don’t really want to do but responsibility would dictate otherwise. Meh. It’s dirty. It’s mudslinging. And I’m sick of being that way.

A little while ago I wrote down my dream life. It contained many of the things I admire in other people as well as a mastering of the things I do best right now. If only. I am capable of doing these things by themselves but can’t seem to do them concurrently. My life would be so much prettier.

But is that what I really want out of life, to be wrapped up in a presentable package and live a beautiful life? Maybe not. Maybe just comfortable. But what is comfortable for Brooklyne?

I think it has something to do with a loft in a city, a large shower, ovaltine, walking everywhere, jogging in the park and three week vacations. It may even include some volunteer work, one passionate hobby and a few rats to love on.

Ideal lives usually stay that way. Ideals equate to untouchable reality and daydreaming through our current tangible reality.

So, what to do now?

Thinking about where my life is, how I utterly destroy things, how I’m miserable and ugly right now, and how I don’t need pity, help or even comments. I just need to work through this fucked up situation in this fucked up town in this fucked up country. It’s all fucked up!

I scoff at be happy where you’re at. It’s laughable when you’ve had friends get beaten by husbands (to serve and protect) and whole cities destroyed by idiots hired to search for WMD’s. Are they supposed to be happy where they’re at? It’s a bullshit answer by bullshit people who know nothing about living real.

I don’t want to live in my ideal bubble if I end up living detached from reality. But in order for the ideal circumstances to come to fruition, it needs to bring with it an ideal world. Es no possible.

So, if anything worth doing (like life) is worth doing well, and if living in an ideal circumstance requires the ideal world detachment, then it’s not really worth doing. Is it? So that phrase doesn’t apply to generalities.

But what about specifics? I crochet. Been doing it for 25 years. The stitches make or break the quality of a project. If crochet is worth doing, then it’s obviously worth doing well.

Same goes for each bullet point. Even though the grander picture can’t be approached with this model, the smaller parts can be.


Sharing your web address: you’re doing it wrong

Why this bugs the shit out of me, I’ll never know!

When I’m anywhere that people are able to share their web address, I get to see how dumb people really are. Not only with the blatant misuse of quite (meant to be quiet) and the confusing then and than syndrome, but with typo’d web addresses.

A common mistype is

Now, browsers are smart and they know how to redirect such retarded over typing, but in the end what matters is you look like a complete dolt.

Oh, I know it’s harsh, but you have exactly one chance to make a first impression. This one simple thing can help you and not hinder you. As well as give you four extra characters on twitter. And we all like an extra four letter word!

The correct way to type that is

See? I dropped the www because It’s unnecessary. Brooklynechaos is a sub-domain of Just like brooklynechaos is also a sub-domain of Etsy. That would be written as NEVER

What about the http?

Well, if it must be included, this is how it’d look: or (don’t ask me why my autocorrect keeps capitalizing Etsy, it just is)

So, in conclusion, my first impression of people who over-type their web address is that they have no idea what they’re doing and probably still need help wiping their ass. I’d think twice (or thrice) before buying from them and wouldn’t recommend their products for fear of looking stupid by association.

Disclaimer: typo’s happen, consistency is key.

Agro + Bitchfest

For the past week I’ve felt completely invisible. I actually got into a conversation yesterday on twitter, but other than that isolated incident, I’ve gone unnoticed.

I suppose now’s a good time to say whatever the fuck I want, since no one’s listening anyhow. Nah! That’d be counterproductive.

My main issue is on google+. Maybe leaving well enough alone is the best idea. Maybe forgoing social media all together would be best.

My partner would like that. He’s a control-monger enough that he’d get a kick out of that.

Getting butthurt, though, is only a symptom of a million year old problem. Aunt Flo is camped up on the couch and ain’t leaving for a week. Fuckin bitch!

Anyhow, had a ton of things to say this past couple days, just tired of everything. Posting from my phone has gotten irritating. I’ve almost thrown it at the wall a dozen times in the past 3 days. Fucking slow ass piece of shit. Steve Jobs can eat it!

Facebook Sell Outs

I have been following marketing and business blogs for a few years now and have found an increasing amount of them using Facebook as their bulletin board for the past year. It’s gotten so bad lately that EVERY email I get is from someone who pimps their Facebook page in at least half of their emails.

I want to see a marketing guru who doesn’t use Facebook and doesn’t give free advertising to this obscene website. I swear they’ve all sold out to this monster of a man, Mark Zuckerburg. I want to see one social networking class, info-product or blog post that doesn’t recommend Facebook.

Alright. I can admit seeing anti-Facebook proponents a few times. But they’re not loud enough. They need to make bigger waves. Because this pond has gotten way too big and those tiny ripples are not getting MZ’s attention in the slightest.

It’s seriously driving me nuts.

I have almost unsubscribed from more than a few of those newsletters. One journaling class I subscribe to I haven’t attended since she let everyone know where the support forum is held – Facebook.

And why does my phone automatically correct facebook to Facebook? Seriously Steve, WTF? That word should be marked as misspelled every time. (blogging from my phone)

So, anywho. I’m just sick and tired of all this Facebook nonsense. I don’t want to come back. I’ve been away for a very happy, very productive 15 months. I don’t miss it, though I do feel left out. I will never return to it and if Google+ fucks up their privacy settings, I’m leaving that network as well.

Facebook, don’t learn from your patrons, just die already. Go the way of myspace and become obsolete. For the benefit of the world. For the benefit of our sanity.

Oh and it should be illegal for you to get fired based on images and personal sites on the web. It should be covered under the same laws as the disability act. Not really, but you get what I’m saying. One phrase: my personal life does not affect my business life, therefor my personal life should not be a hiring determinant.

I could go on, but I won’t. I’m accepting trackbacks and twitter comments, so if you have a response, be sure to use the permalink at the top of the page. Thanks.

New Purpose for Brooklyne’s Chaos

I have found lately that I need a venting place. I need somewhere to talk about the Casey Anthony trial and the failure that is Facebook – amongst other things. A need that isn’t really being met right now.

I’ve contemplated connecting it to my current projects or remaining anonymous and only allowing a ghost of a connection. I mean, some of you know who I am and what I do. Some of you would even forgive my very strong opinions. I know a few who even like them. But that’s the thing, I have VERY strong opinions and tend to express them as the end all that be all opinion.

I don’t believe that for 1 minute. If anything at all, I’m tolerant of others opinions. I just don’t express it very well when stating my own opinion. Not everyone understands that and will be extensively damaged by my rants. Or, actually, my reputation in their eyes would be extensively damaged.

So, still thinking about how I want to go about this. I would, of course, clean all craft posts and current links to my other sites off the blog. Also, set it up with member only commenting. My opinions are strong and I need to protect myself from the whackjobs who take other peoples opinions as a personal attack.

As far as updates go, this being just a sounding board, I can’t guarantee how often I’ll post. I will say, though, that if I write two posts in one day, I’ll schedule the second one where relevant.

So, that’s it. Brooklyne’s Chaos is no longer about a chaotic studio full of crafts and ideas, but about a chaotic ranting of an opinionated woman.

Thanks for visiting. Hope all is well where you are.

Looks like rain

I’ve noticed, in the past year, that I’ve all but given up the way I used to eat. Whole grains, veggies, fast food once a month, yogurt, Asian food, kefir, fresh fruit… you know, the good stuff. Instead I’ve been eating instant oatmeal, fast food twice a week, canned fruit and cereal w/ more than a few ingredients in it. I even have cookies, chips and ice cream in the house regularly. What the fuck happened?!?!?

This has gotten ridiculous. Something needs to switch back to the way it was when I was single. I don’t want to raise my kids in a complacent household.

My friend Kandi over at Scrumpture has started an eat better challenge. It’s a great idea. And though she’s not comfortable calling it a challenge, those first few months will be.

Getting out of the habit of eating bad is easy for the first couple weeks. I know I’ve quit sugar, HFCS, soy, milk, dairy, canned fruit, canned beans, canned veggies, chips, meat and pastries. I’m back on everything except the HFCS, milk and soy. And the only reason I don’t do milk is because I’m breastfeeding and my daughter doesn’t tolerate cow milk proteins well. So, a month or two later, when you feel like you’ll always eat healthy, a bad food will make it home with you. You will excuse it “just this once”. Then, 6 months to a year down the road, something will make it back into your daily diet. It’s inevitable – unless you foresee it. I’m living proof!

If you know you will slip, you’re less likely to. Does that make sense? Only in a Murphy’s Law kind of world, I suppose. If you foresee the slip, you’ll prepare for it. You’ll self-talk your way out of the slip instead of excusing your way deeper into it. Ah! Making more sense? I did major in psyche for a couple quarters (haha)!

Be prepared to slip is all I’m saying. It’s not defeatist or a self proclaimed prophecy. It’s preparing for a disaster. Remember in the 80’s when your parents had jugs and jugs of water in the pantry to prepare for an emergency that never happened? Well, that’s what your expected slip is. You’re preparing, saving up water for a possible disaster.

Will you take the challenge? Will you make a decision to eat better for you today? I’m not here to tell you how to do that. It’s your choice to pick what you’re willing to leave behind and what your willing to take up. I could sit here and tell you exactly how to eat. How your body metabolizes food and how moderation is your best friend and fat-free is your enemy. I could, but I won’t. You’re grown. You’re searching the web and finding my blog. You know what you should do. Just do it!

I planted a garden this spring out of a yearning for something healthier in my life. Was it conscious? No. I didn’t say to myself one day that I will plant a garden this spring so I can eat better. I actually made an excuse that I wanted to feed my brand new baby girl better food than that jarred crap. I was yearning for it and made the best excuse possible to follow through with it. Kinda backwards, but I ate well for 13 years. I have slowly been feeling like shit for the past two years. And it’s been the past two years that my diet has turned to crap and my movement has all but halted. I’m unhealthy. I’m overweight. I’m aging quicker. This is not a coincidence. I am ready for a change.

It’s been slow going. I’ve been moving more. Started a push-up, sit-up and squat challenge. I will not give up on those even if it’s been four days since my last set of reps. I can’t let that happen.

Slow and steady wins the race. Sometimes. I’m hoping this time it’s true.

So, (I say “so” a lot) what are you doing to feel better? What are you adding and what are you releasing? Share in the comments below.

Finding my chaos

Recently, I decided to try my hand at pattern making. I assumed that because I know how to draw, know how to draft my own patterns, know how to use the programs that can make the patterns and have the time to make them that it would be a cake walk. No such luck.

I came to the realization that this isn’t the right direction for me when my partner approached me about cursing at my computer for an hour straight. I thought I was doing well, considering I was making a move to get off the programs that were frustrating me, but my partner heard something different. I was clearly more frustrated than what is healthy.

Time to move on.

I’ve found yet another thing that I love to do, that combines multiple talents and has a diverse range of methods to keep me interested. It’s been difficult coming to this conclusion, but I have to know when it’s time to move on. I will not be announcing my new venture until I’ve at least tried it for awhile. Yeah, won’t be making THAT assumption again.