Virtual Tea Time [18]

Happy belated Virtual Tea Time!

Virtual Tea Time

How was your long-weekend? Mine was pretty swell; I’m getting the hang of this ‘retired student’ thing. A very sunny Saturday beckoned me for a long walk, and although it was too cold to enjoy reading my book by the waterfront I did snap some pretty pictures!

VTT14 Collage

Flowers are in bloom, plastic eggs are growing on trees, the Market is open, and the lake is finally thawed! As much as I love long walks, my brain is still begging to be stimulated with new knowledge, so I’ve made it my mission to master HTML/CSS and Photoshop this summer. It’s amazing how much information is available out there!

Sima Sushi

Easter used to be a big food holiday for my family. We would often go to church together, enjoy a meal, and slip into sugar comas together. This year, however, we spent the weekend a bit differently. My parents came to help move my brothers out of residence on Sunday morning, and in the interest of beating the traffic, left shortly after our un-conventional Easter lunch at Sima Sushi. Despite the brevity of our visits these days, I love spending time with my family.

Family Picture

This is a perfect segue into Spill It Sundays since this week’s theme is family! My immediate family consists of Mom and Dad and twin brothers B & J. I’m the oldest, although the bros and I often get mistaken for triplets. I can’t even begin to explain how much my family means to me; they have stuck with my through some of the most difficult events in my life, and have helped facilitate the best ones. We have done some very memorable things together: summers at the cottage, re-shingling roofs, urban hikes, and our new annual Christmas gift exchange.  I value them so much.

Family Picture Silly

I loved Arman’s challenge to come up with a TV show family doppleganger! This is what I came up with:

Genius ‘tweeb’ brothers, an awesome crime-fighting big sister, and a pair of supportive parents; it doesn’t get more similar than that! Thanks for sitting down for your weekly cup of tea with me! Here are five links worth a read:

5 Must Read Links

1. Basic Photoshop: Adding Fonts and Overlays

2. 5 Tips to Improve Your SEO

3. How to Piss Off Your Barista (especially number 3…)

4. 5 Ways I Embraced my Weight Gain

5. Choco-Almond Truffles

Question(s) of the Day: How did you spend your easter? Do you have any good resources for a HTML/CSS/Photoshop newbie?

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About Suzanne Poldon

runs on plants. eats out of mason jars. bends like a straw.

21. April 2014 by Suzanne Poldon
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  1. Thanks for the mention! Off to check out the truffles post now *mmm truffles* :)
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  2. I’m not surprised you and your brothers get mistaken for triplets…all you have to do is throw a wig on them and you guys all look identical! :-p
    Friday we did Eric’s family Easter, then we just relaxed quite a bit over the weekend – it was perfect and exactly what I needed.
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  3. Kim Possible!!! omg childhood relived.

    Check out Ladies Learning Code. Great resource for coding classes. As for photoshop, my friend Lee at Fit Foodie Finds has some great tutorials.
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Lessons Learned From Having A Big FamilyMy Profile

  4. Your family is adorable!

    And yes to everything in that article about baristas. Customers are the worst ;)
    Gabby @ the veggie nook recently posted…on being an only child and vanilla espresso almond butterMy Profile

  5. Oooh looks like it’s starting to warm up finally. I’m glad you had a nice visit with the family this weekend!
    I used to love watching Kim Possible!!! Such a cute show.
    Your family looks so fun and happy =)

  6. You actually could be triplets!!!! What a beauty of a family- and a sushi for Easter feast? Let’s see this become a new trend ;)
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Mum’s Caramelised Onion and Eggplant DipMy Profile

  7. It’s so awesome that you have such a loving and supportive family! I think it makes a huge difference in your life, when the people you love and respect most, “get” and appreciate what you love to do. Such a great family photo too!

    I’m actually looking into getting photoshop soon! I would really like to learn to use it. For SEO/content stuff, I had a job in marketing that learned a few “tricks” at -although, I’m not very good at them! We used things like Google Keyword Planner to insert keywords in your posts that rank higher (it’s tricky though, because you can end up sounding like a spam bot). SEO Moz (or I think it’s just called Moz now) is a FANTASTIC resource for learning about all things SEO, Google crawling etc. They have great little videos that are helpful and fun. Copyblogger is wonderful if you’re looking to create great headlines -although, I find some of these are a little more geared towards major websites, as it just makes bloggers look a bit cheesy. You’ll probably see that the “10 Best …” are popular, they teach you headlines like that; I like those ones, just not the scare-tactic headlines :) Copyblogger is free, you just have to give them your email and you can get any PDF ebook.

    Knowing all of the SEO stuff makes me not believe ANYTHING I read online, because I was a marketing and content copywriter and wrote it all! And I’m not an expert on everything, by any means. Even shampoo bottles, I’m like, all those fancy words mean nothing. Supplements with proprietary blends? That means nothing. I wrote that. See what I mean?

    Just be sure to stay true and authentic to hello, veggy! And I love your blog, so I will continue to give you hits, obviously!

    Aaaaaand I probably just broke your comments because I wrote too much! :) hehe.

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