it feels a lot like winning

Wow! We made it! This is the end guys! The last post on Therapy in the Making for Blogathon 2009! You have all been incredible; the bloggers, the sponsors, the readers, the commenters, the tweeters, the instant messengers, the callers, the joiners, the whiners, the complainers, the encouragers, the winners, the losers, the men, the women and all of those in between.

You have been truly inspirational over the last couple of days. Hell, some of you pledged before the Blogathon even started! Thank you for your support, no matter how you did it.

Very special thank you’s to:
– the people who blogged here over the past 24 hours for making this a reality
– the people who donated for making this a success
– the people who commented for making it extremely fun for all of us
– and all of those who kept us company via twitter and instant messaging

Remember, although the event is over you can and should keep donating to Doctors Without Borders. They can use all the money we can give them and you know very well they’ll put it to good use.

This is where I would normally list a “best of” out of all the posts published here but it impossible to choose! Everyone in the group had a different style and idea for their shifts and they were all equally interesting and entertaining. I recommend you relive the whole experience by using the blogathon ’09 category archive. Yes, it was that good I would do it all over again. Only I would like to get some sleep first. For a couple of days.

Thank you all again, for being here. You made this year’s Blogathon a unique, unforgettable and very inspiring experience!

procrastination causes braindeadiness

The end is coming! It is! Blogathon will be ending soon! I don’t think I remember what life is like without Blogathon. I have been dealing with it since Thursday night, since my family kept me busy until then. Group emails, tweets, making some changes to the blog template, cursing because I broke the template, fixing it, more group emails, calls, instant messages…

It’s all for a good cause though and I volunteered to do this so I would never complain. In fact I’ve been enjoying this. It’s nice to do things you want with people who want to do them. This is only my second time participating in Blogathon as a blogger and this year’s experience has been much better than the previous. Plus, I don’t think I’d have made it to the end if I did it on my own. I’d probably have pulled out half my hair and destroyed my blog by now (I tend to break it by accident every time I’m in a rush).

This reminds that I discovered a bald spot in my left eyebrow. I don’t know why or how but I woke up and there was a bald spot! I have talked about how I am very clumsy and tend to discover scratches and bruises on me that I don’t remember getting but this is different. I’ve also been noticing other weird things. Lately I keep catching myself doing the stupidest things. What is happening to me? When did I become the person who cannot remember to not speak while he has mouthwash in his mouth? Yes, I made a mess.

I think it might have to do with the fact that I haven’t been doing much with my brain over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been very lazy and I guess it’s true what they say. Your brain is a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it and let’s just say that I’ve been finding myself with time to floss, time to clean, to discover that my duvet fits in the washing machine, etc.

Starting this Monday I should be getting back into my uni work. I have to start and finish my dissertation by the end of September. Although it sounds like a long time it’s not. There are a lot of things than need to be done. I have a lot of reading, writing and referencing to do. Preferably I should use half the time to research and write it and the rest to make correction/revisions and “last minute” additions which aim to improve the grade.

Having said all this, I know what I’m like and I can see myself procrastinating another week away. What do you tend to do when you procrastinate or get lazy?

dude, that line is almost vertical on that graph!

It is again my turn! I am taking over my own blog! Yay! I am so tired that my brain isn’t really functioning right now but here goes anyway. Welcome to the last shift for this year’s Blogathon on Therapy in the Making.

I was just trying to come up with ideas for what to write about and I was staring at the Dashboard page of my blog until I noticed it. The traffic stats for my blog.

Wow!

I’ve been wondering why the site seemed a bit sluggish! It’s obviously because it has been attracting fifteen times the number of visitors it normally does. I haven’t seen numbers like these in years (this used to be a popular blog once upon a time, when I actually blogged regularly). This is crazy, you guys! I feel very pleased that we had such a big audience. It’s very disappointing to try to participate in such an exhausting event and feel like you’re alone or that no one cared. Even if not all of you donated or commented, I know that at least people cared enough to read us. That alone is proof that this was another successful year for Blogathon in general. No matter the bad timing of the event and the conflicts with the two very popular conventions/conferences (Comic-Con and BlogHer) people the participants were still able to reach a decently large audience.

I can only hope that when Blogathon is on again next year, and it’d better be, we will not have to worry about everyone being away and busy somewhere else and more blogs will be able to participate.

I’m so glad right now. Although this could also be because I’m exhausted and we’re finally approaching the end.

whoops, Ruthie forgot a title

noname (1)Wow. That went fast. Faster that I’d even remembered it could go! Thanks again lovely for letting me join you and your merry band of bloggers! I snapped this lil pic with my camera phone a few minutes ago! I smiled reeeeealy big so you couldn’t tell how I awful I look this early in the morning without a shower! LOL  It’s funny, I actually get up this early ever ymorning now! I started a new job two weeks ago, and my alarm goes off at 4:20am, so that I can be out the door @ 5am.  Seems crazy to me that I am up that early – it’s still DARK outside! But, my work day is half over by 10am and I’m off work at 2pm. The trade off is worth it!

I’m going to hand the reins of this blog back now, but before I go, I wanted to leave everyone with a bit of Ruthie Randomness!

  • I really enjoyed Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince – reReading the book, not so much the movie. It was pretty, and filled with great special effects, but it left SO much of the book out that it’s just not..the same…place or feel!
  • I though i’d miss my long hair, and while I do, I freaking love the easy simpleness of this short hair! the only thing I don’t love so much, is the colour. it’s boring. I’m gonna have to change that up!
  • I am still learning how to post my location via BrightKite. Sometimes I don’t know the address of where I am, and then I never can remember if I always have to check in first! Then it’s like…what? I have to make TWO lil Text Messages? So. Much. Work
  • My life is very different from the way it was last summer.  I have a better job, but I live with my parents and we can’t afford to move out into our own place. Yet. So, I am trying to find joy in the little things and not let the Big Things Weigh me Down. Some days, are a lot harder, than others.
  • I did get to see “The Hangover” and “The Proposal” at the Drive in a couple weeks ago. We had a hard time paying attention and watching, but that was out fault. Not the movies fault. I liked them, but couldn’t tell you if you would. I don’t remember enough about them. LOL
  • This Song Makes me Happy, Maybe it will make you Happy too!
  • I want to put another bullet point in here, but I can’t think of anything else!  It’s 6:26 and It’s taken me this whole time to post!  Writing Blogs is Hard!  I heart twitter! http://twitter.com/LukaIsntLuka
  • The End.

oh, and a P.S! As this is the most recent Video I have posted on YouTube! Ruthie’s Reality Video Three

i didnt get plump starving in the sun

So, I was reading back thru the posts, as quick as I could – as I forgot how fast the time goes during ‘Thon!  (Espeically now with Twitter! – and I got the idea I could post some of my cooking vidoes!  Some of these recipes are quite tasty, and maybe you’ll want to try them out! I am partial to desserts….as you’ll SEE!

Chocolate/Peanut Butter NoBake Cookies. (Easy Peasy Recipe! I remember making these in my college dorm room, with a plugin skillet! I didn’t even need a stove. I’d spread em out all over the room on wax paper, and have yummy cookies to eat for days!)

out of this world chocolate truffles. (I caused quite the controversy with the music selection in this one! I went with this music because I had used it in another video. I thought it fit the whole “out of the world” theme I had going. But some ppl really REALLY didn’t like it. The truffles are devine!)

Easy & Dang Tasty Pumpkin Muffins (The very FIRST cooking video I EVER put together! Originally posted on October 6th 2007. This recipe is so easy, and delicious! It’s actually LOW FAT if you can believe it! As long as you keep the chocolate chips to a minimum. )

Last, but not least, Fried Cheerios! (It’s a horrible for me, yet tasty as all get out, freakng snack that I’ve been making since I was a kid! I RARELY make it anymore, like maybe once or twice a YEAR, but when I do! mmmmm it’s delicious! I have weird taste buds, I’ve come to know this about myself. Don’t judge me.)

Check out all the rest of my Cooking Videos http://www.youtube.com/user/LukaIsntLuka#play/user/0D3D37AF029E35C9