Domain Squatting, a.k.a., Cyber Squatting

I’ve always referred to this phenomenon as “domain squatting” but I think now it’s more commonly called “cybersquatting.”

Anyway, I am considering registering my own domain to ditch the .wordpress from my URL. I immediately looked at craftlog.com and saw that it was unavailable, but, I could purchase the domain! After all, neither craftlog.net nor craftlog.me is as appealing. I’m not crazy about nanscraftlog.com, but it was available last I’d checked.

And So I offered $25.00 for craftlog.com to whoever owns that site, via domainnamesales.com.

Jessica, a representative from domainnamesales.com (apparently a brokerage agency or clearinghouse for domain squatters) replied to my offer, informing me that her “client’s” expectations were $13,000.00.

A follow-up email from Jessica suggested that I up my bid for this domain. I upped the ante to $100.00.

The next email from Jessica went like this:

Nan,

The seller and I just spoke. There is no way we can make a deal.

We are very far apart (A lot of money).

I thought about it, and you should really consider registering another website name at our partner registrar Uniregistry.com.

These are only ten dollars, but will grow in value like this one.

Perhaps we can all make some easy money from domain squatting, but one might need to be a visionary or a futurist to know what will be hot in a year or two, and worth that $13,000 or more.

Take a look here to find out the biggest domain name sales to date; the largest, insurance.com, sold for $35.6 million in 2010.

Misgivings on Misspellings and Rules of Grammar

Writing is hard, and I know I stink at it. A published author I know mentioned that the secret to becoming a good writer is to constantly be reading, and I know I don’t read enough. I am a reader of headlines and short blog posts. I try to read articles from The Atlantic but they are just too long. I’ve tried to read Infinite Jest but, damn, that is way too long for me. Every morning I scroll my way through the Huffington Post and Slate, as well as Business Insider, but I generally stick to the lifestyle articles. Am I just superficial?

It will suffice to say that perhaps I am too impatient to read, or maybe I am too egotistical? At the most forgiving level, maybe I have attention deficit disorder.

Some time ago, I set an impossible rule for myself to always maintain the best punctuation, spelling and grammar that I can. The fact is, however, that my phone automatically inserts periods and capitalizations when I text–and that alone means I fail at this impossible perfectionistic goal.

And therefore it isn’t fair for me to harbor irritation with commenters, bloggers, writers, forum posters and others online.

I intended to make this blog post about the most irritating misspellings I came across today, but now I don’t see the point. Other than to puff up my ego.

As Master Hua Ching Ni (OmNi!) mentions in Entering the Tao, today I will practice blurry vision. Blurry vision enables me to redirect my focus away from what irritates me about others without bolstering my ego by offering forgiveness to them.

Edited to add: my husband read this and argued that yes, writers read, but also writers write. So I’ll keep the focus on writing for a while.

High-Fat High-Protein Vegan Green Smoothie

I drink smoothies nearly everyday, especially since my gastrointestinal drama of 2013. I’m planning to write a thorough update on that drama and how it changed my life, but for now, I’ll just say that I have a hard time keeping weight on, and I don’t eat many carbs these days. Therefore, I’m always trying to supplement with extra fats and proteins. And it never hurts to add greens when you can.

That said, I wanted to share my standard first breakfast, a tasty, but not so sweet, green smoothie. It’s earthy and grounding with a decent amount of protein and fat.  Frozen banana gives it just enough sweetness to counteract the spinach. I sometimes put 1/2 cilantro 1/2 spinach, but that’s an acquired taste.

Note that you could add some honey and vanilla extract (a 1/4 tsp of that) to sweeten this up further.

Green Smoothie

Add about 1 cup baby spinach to your magic bullet. pour in water to fill container about 1/2.. enough to pulverize the spinach.

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Create a spinach “slurry” first.

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Dont’ forget ear protection — that thing is LOUD.

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Slurry created, go back and add:

  • 3 tbs hempseed;
  • 1 tbs sunflower seed butter;
  • 1 frozen banana (I peel and cut into segments before freezing, 6-7 segments is 1 banana;
  • 1 tbs flax seed oil;
  • 1/4 large or 1/2 small avocado.

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Re-blend.

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Et voilà. Your smoothie.

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Here’s the nutritional breakdown: 36 grams of fat!! 17 grams of protein!! That’s a lot of protein for a vegan whole food smoothie. And no processed protein powder. I hope you like this recipe.

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Lessons Learned in New Mexico Upon Turning 40

1. Trust my gut:  if something doesn’t feel right, if I have serious reservations, if it all seems too difficult, retreat. Set boundaries and keep them. Realize that I don’t have to do everything, or be everywhere. People are convoluted, my higher power is simple.

2. Do not compromise my happiness unless it is for someone I really love, and the situation is indeed dire. Truly.

3. Schedule in alone time, often.

4. Don’t be held hostage by people I don’t know — don’t put myself in a position where they can control my fate.

5. Be helpful, not snarky.

6. Stop and THINK before I speak. THINK how the other person hears it.  Is it: Thoughtful, Honest, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind.

7. Know that I am not responsible for others': comfort, happiness, self-actualization, successes. Nor am I responsible for others': unhappiness, discomfort, sense of self, failures or personal belongings.

8. Take time off from New Mexico periodically.

9. Pray, work Step 2. Believe that my higher power can restore me to sanity (sanity = health).

10. Communicate!  Do not be passive-aggressive, and do not expect the worst.

11. Don’t break rules that I worked hard to establish and have experience with via trial and error. For example: do not drive for longer than 6 hours. Do not drive at night.

12. Work on my self-esteem. I know what I am doing, my higher power guides me to know. I trust in and use my relationship with my higher power to feel comfortable enough to set my boundaries and not succumb to peer pressure, “tyranny of the masses.” Trust in my inner wisdom and rise above. Make a decision and stick to it.

13. Creep…avoid creep (“scope creep”) if not getting paid. When getting paid, get paid more. Invoke a creep tax.

14. Material possessions have no meaning.

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Turkey Crockpot Chili

Decided to make chili and cornbread today,  used Trader Joe’s Cornbread mix that I hauled back from Boston in my suitcase — it’s really good if you can get it, I think the secret is in its vanilla powder and malted barley.

OK, so for the chili:

– 1lb Ground Turkey, browned in olive oil (season w/ dash salt & pepper) – dump into crock
– 2 peppers, 2 onions, sauteed in olive oil – dump into crock
– 4 cloves mashed garlic, quick sautee – dump into crock

add to crock:
– 1c dried kidney beans (sorted and rinsed)
– 1c dried black/anasazi/pinto beans (sorted and rinsed, I had a leftover mixture of all these)
– 1 bock beer (Shiner!)
– 3c water
– 2 sm cans diced tomatoes

– 2 tbs sugar, honey or agave syrup
– hefty pinch or two of dried oregano
– about 1/4 tsp cumin powder
– 4 tbs New Mexico red chile powder
– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1/2? tsp salt

Cook on high 5 hours, then check beans for softness and check your water content, add water if necessary.

Then cook on low with the top off for two additional hours.

Serve with grated cheddar, chopped cilantro, guacamole, cornbread or totopos. My husband puts honey on everything…

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Second Quilt

I haven’t made a quilt since 1983! But here is a baby quilt that I made over the last two days for my soon-to-be niece, Kerry Elizabeth.  I am waiting to affix a quilt label with her birthdate as soon as she is born.

I selected 8 fabrics and cut them into 4.5″ squares, then arranged and assembled (on my treadle!) to make about a 36×52 inch crib quilt.  In quilting, I decided to stitch in the ditch rather than attempt to free motion quilt (although my ditches were uneven, so I faked it).

I’m happy with how it came out and look forward to my 3rd quilt!

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And for kicks, here is my first-ever quilt from Brownies in 1983. I remember my mom helping me with this.

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