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General Blog Housekeeping

This summer has not only been about hiking and relaxing, it’s been about updating things on the website, too!

If you look back at April, you’ll see a post I just added about Claire’s Art Show Piece.

Another post is from our trip to Tucson for Spring Break in March!



See You on the Flipside!

As the downward slide into August begins, I’ll be unplugging to focus on other things: roadtrips, covert missions, and ignoring the fact that school starts on the 18th, while we’re squeezing every last drop out of summer.

So, posting will be light here at The Causal Perfectionist and Facebook, etc.

If you’d like to reach me, email me directly! (My email address can be found on this page. You will have to scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Even though I won’t be online or posting much, I won’t be far from my magical handheld device. My response time will vary.

*It’s an old photo, but the sentiment is the same! See ya on the flipside!

Comments Welcome

With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, I’d found people were commenting in other places about the posts here, and so I closed comments here. It was one less thing I had to check, and the conversations were never hindered. Now that so many people are logging off Facebook, I’ve decided to open the comments here again.

In the past, I always had great luck with my anti-spam filter. I’ve used Peter’s Custom Anti-spam for years. I love it because it’s really easy to use (on both sides of the monitor); there are not a lot of hoops to jump through, and I get to customize the words you are forced to type if you want to leave a comment.

We’ll see how this goes!

So…feel free to comment! Let me know if there are any issues. I dusted things off, but it’s possible I missed a setting here or there. Comments may wait in moderation, or not. It will be a surprise!

As always, thanks for reading. I’m so glad you’re here.

Imaginary Problems

My Tech Guy did some updating for me here on The Casual Perfectionist, and I’ve spent the day polishing, tweaking, and shaking my fist at problems, both real and imaginary. (Only a blogger could understand imaginary problems. Yes, they exist.)

I’ve been writing over here for over 7 years now, and I’ve had so much fun going back through the archives. Oh, the memories! (Well, that WAS the reason I started writing in the first place…to capture those stories.)

Any guesses as to how many posts there are?


…so, I had just a few to sort through.


Welcome to The Casual Perfectionist!

We’re trying something new here at The Casual Perfectionist! I’ve created a new Welcome Page here, and that is where you’ll land when you visit. (There is no need to put your tray tables and seat-backs in their upright position.) 😉

This website has been around since 2007, and there are a myriad of categories on the sidebar. In an effort to highlight some fun topics, we’ve put them on display right here!

Click on the photos to explore. In true blog-style, the newest posts will be first to pop up, and you can scroll back through the pages.

Because we’ve been around for over 7 years now, we’re going through a bit of a revamp, overhaul, or remodel, if you will. Be patient, though, as it may take a while.

Unlike what happens during one of our “typical” construction sessions, there won’t be as much dust, and you can walk through the room in the dark without impaling yourself on a random tool.

On the “Our Most Recent Adventures” Tab, things run along in chronological order, just like before: newest to oldest and beyond. So, whether you decide to read along in real time, or explore the categories on the side, or the ones with the pretty pictures, we hope you have fun poking around!

Assimilation is almost complete

This blog post is coming to you live from Eva, the droid.  I’m not even typing; I’m “swyping,” which involves sweeping my finger across a glass screen in a single fluid motion.  I release my finger, and she knows I’m done with a word.  I place my finger on the screen again, and she automatically puts a space and starts the next word.

Sometimes I’m sloppy, but she is also very intuitive and guesses what I’m trying to say, often times with scary-good accuracy.


There are other cool features.

In fact I’m not even typing right now.  I’m speaking at her and she’s typing for me.

Wow.  That last paragraph was added by voice command.

I think I’m in love.
…and I don’t even have an app for that.  😉

Going ad-free

Since November of 2007, my website has been monetized. It took a while to be approved by various companies, and I was so thankful when I was!  It made me feel legitimate.

The ads were relatively tasteful and unobtrusive, so I didn’t have a problem putting them in my sidebar. Did I make money from my blog? Yes. Was it a ton? No. I didn’t expect it to be, but it more than covered the cost of hosting, etc…which was nice.

Why did I put ads on my site? I just wanted to see what would happen, and the old sales manager inside me twitched when she thought about “leaving money on the table.” Being “paid” to do what I love doing anyway? Sweet.

Lately, though, I’ve been feeling weird about having ads on my site. Everywhere I look, I see ads, and I’m pretty good at tuning them out elsewhere, but this coupled with the “reviews” I’ve been asked to do (which I declined on my own personal principals), and something just wasn’t sitting right with me.

The first thing to go were the reviews. I’m not doing them anymore. Every single review on my site is truthful, but I’m not doing formal reviews anymore. My time is more valuable than what the PR people would have me peddle.

Oddly enough, because of my experiences in online reviews, and even though I never lied in a review, I don’t trust the reviews I read online. There, I said it. There are certain people I trust, so if they write about it, I can tell what is real and what has been suggested wording by a PR person.

I still search online for reviews, but I put different weight on the impromptu reviews. So, in the course of our relatively adventurous lifestyle, if I see something that I like, I’ll tell you about it. If I see something I don’t like, you’ll hear about that, too. That hasn’t changed. To me, those “reviews” mean more than any “review” I read about online, and they’ll still come up in Google when I type in a search phrase.

So, what does this have to do with ads? I think it’s time to break free. I’ve already made enough this year to cover my hosting (or will by the time all the final checks come in), so the twitching sales director in my head is happy. I will be free to focus on my book project, and I won’t have any blog/advertiser publishing requirements hanging over my head.

When I started this writing adventure, I updated the blog every day. Now that I’m working on my book, it’s harder to maintain that level of attention.

So, welcome to the ad-free version of The Casual Perfectionist. Your visit here today hasn’t benefited me monetarily, but I love you anyway. 😉

Just a Little Blog Housekeeping

Do you ever look around your office, kitchen, or house and think, “Well, that looks cluttered!?” Well, I’ve been de-cluttering the office, kitchen, and house…

…and now it’s the blog’s turn!

Rather than have a bunch of stuff over on the sidebars of the blog, I’ve moved them all to their own page:

Awards & Recognition

I’ve also cleaned up and rearranged the tabs at the top.
I’ve swept it up, dusted the surfaces, and I love how it looks.

…now we’ll see how long it stays that way! 😉

I Heart Travel

I find it only fitting that I bring up the Travel Category while we’re on another trip.

Back in 2004, my husband and I took two weeks to travel around Europe. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. He has gone back since for work, and we know we’ll go again in the future.

There are other Travel-related Categories, too, but this post will focus on our Europe adventures.

Here is a look into those stories.

It’s a paycheck

Did you know I used to have a “real” job?

It’s true!

This Category is a fun look back at when I didn’t have time to sit around and eat bon-bons all day. 😉

Check it out: It’s a paycheck Category