Fluent Self Item!A somewhat goofy mini-collection of stuff I’ve been reading, stuff I’ve been thinking about and oh, some completely random crap.

Basically the stuff that never gets mentioned here because I’m not the kind of person who can just make some teeny little point. Not into the whole brevity thing, as the Dude would say.

Actually, I’m under the strict compulsion to write ten pages about anything on my mind. So this is me. Practicing brevity.

Oh yes.

Today’s Items (Item!) are extra-tiny.

Double-brevity points for me!

Is it laziness? No, it’s a writing exercise. Or something.

Item! Post No. 50 in a series that has actually gotten to 50. How very unlikely.

Item! Rethinking the resolutions thing.

Shannon, one of the excellent Group Leaders at my Kitchen Table, now for the second year in a row, is teaching an [intriguing + absurdly affordable] class on not setting resolutions but getting what you want anyway.

And creative thinkery around goals. Details on Shannon’s blog.

Shannon is @shannonmw on Twitter + co-teacher Janine from Peace Of Mind Organizing is @janinea.

Item! This shouldn’t be funny but it is.

Even though it doesn’t sound like it would be.

A montage of scenes where characters say the name of the film they are currently in. Love.

Via Laughing Squid@laughingsquid on Twitter.

Item! Reusable Gift Wrap.

A kooky, neat, sustainable idea. From cloth.

It’s called Midori-dori and while I found the site kind of hard to use, I think I’m going with the hula girls.

Via claire who is @catskittyns on Twitter.

Item! A Very Personal Ad for feedback.

You’ll think I know a million artists named Fi bu it’s really only two so far.

This one wrote a Very Personal Ad asking for feedback on her Found Creatures Series. Take a look at her Etsy store too.

Can we help?

She’s @wherefishsing on Twitter, which is an excellent Twitter name.

Item! The Cordless Mousewich with USB Cheese Stick from Insanewiches

Need I say more?

Probably. But I’m not going to because come on — Insanewiches!

Item! Happy dancing music.

Just like I said.

Via Sally who is @sally_j on Twitter.

Item! Do not get me these!

But they still made me laugh.

Yes, Freudian slippers.

Thanks, Kate, for pointing me here. I think.

Item! Transitions.

Great post from Cairene on Transitions. Usefulness!

Also she wrote favorable things about Roller Derby after I kind of forcibly dragged her there.

She’s @thirdhandworks on Twitter.

Item! Hark, a vagrant.

Have been … enjoying? getting used to? puzzling over? … these bizarre comics from Kate Beaton.

There are chimneysweeps and someone saying “Gentleman, I propose my bottom!”

She’s @beatonna on Twitter. Thanks to my Gentleman Friend for introducing me.

Item! We missed National Delurking Day. But it still made me laugh.

January 14th. National Delurking Day. Awesome.

So yeah. I didn’t comment because I am madame president chief Lurker of Lurkerville. But I did smile.

*blows kiss to my Beloved Lurkers*

Katie told me about it! She’s an economist who does yoga. Therefore I like her.

Item! If this isn’t a no-brainer, I don’t know what is.

You know how I always talk about Victoria because she’s amazing?

She’s doing a call about ways to use her No Brainer Scenario technique (which you may remember from previous Item-izing) to get clarity on stuckified things and to make stuff happen.

It’s this Tuesday (January 26) at noon Pacific and it doesn’t cost anything and you can read about it here.

She’s @victoriashmoria on Twitter.

Item! Update from the land of the Peculiar & Hilarious Shivanauts!

The “peculiar and hilarious” thing comes from Melynda’s sweet bit about Butterfly Wishes.

Oh. My. God.

I have so much to update and of course none of my notes are where I want them to be.

Wrote about why we’re sponsoring Roller Derby.

Dance of Shiva is really probably the only obscure yoga-based training about which you could easily say “that’s so punk rock”.

Anyway. Go read the post and drool over the gorgeous banner. More next time.

Item! Comments! Here’s what I want this time:

  • Things you’re thinking about.
  • An example of “good things in small packages” to make me feel better about my tiny items.

My commitment.
I am committed to giving time and thought to the things that people say. Even though asking for what I want still feels awkward for me, I’m just going to remind myself that this is a thing I’m practicing.

That is all.

Happy reading.

And happy Blustery Windsday. Or a Balmy one, if you’re Claire. See you tomorrow.