17 May 2015

Open tabs

I wonder if you leave lots of tabs open on your iPad like I do. I realise that it's a bad habit - my beloved tells me so, and I often have two or three copies of the same page open just because I can't find it amidst all the stacked tabs. But it mostly works for me.

I leave tabs open for lots of reasons - because I access a page a lot, or because I want to read the article, but I don't necessarily want to keep it forever, or possibly because I have already read it, and I like what I've read, and know I want to access the page again. Now I know a lot of you pin these latter things in Pinterest, or use some other sort of file storage app, but I find that once things are neatly stored like that, I never look at them again. What I need is a way to file things away so I can find and use them easily when I want them again. Which is sort of how I use my blog - as a sort of scrapbook of my life. I hope you don't mind that.

What types of tabs do you leave open? I wonder what we could learn about a person by perusing their open pages?  Quite a lot I suspect.  Here are mine. I've already shared many of them on FaceBook, so you may have already seen them, and if you have, I'm sorry.  If you feel like linking to some of yours in the comments, I think it would be fun to have a look. You show me yours; I'll show you mine as they say.  Heh.

Moving right along...

One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls

I marked this recipe for a one pan Mexican flavoured chicken and rice dish as soon as I saw it. I loved the way that it used mostly ingredients that I always have on hand, but it's just that little bit different.  I made it the other night and served it with coriander and avocado and sour cream, and it was an absolute hit with all the family.  This is definitely a recipe that I will be making as often as I can buy cans of black beans...not so easy in our area of rural Victoria. Y.U.M.M.Y.

Indigo Knitted Tank Top

Don't you love this plain knitted top?  It looks so smart and comfy and I have a bit of a thing for indigo.  It's knitted in simple stocking stitch, too. This might just be my next project on my return from Indonesia.

AmblesideOnline Forum

I guess it won't come a a surprise to find this page open on my iPad.  Actually, there were three copies of it open this morning, but I closed two. Do you love the forum as much as I do?

AfterThoughts Blog

Are you an Afterthinker?  Brandy is a good friend of mine, and her CM homeschooling blog is one of my absolute favourites.  You'll mostly find an AfterThoughts tab open so that I can keep up with her latest pearls of wisdom.

Double Choc Cookies

Jemimah made this recipe the other days, and its definitely a keeper.  Next time we're going to add a bit more cocoa to make the biscuits a bit darker, but otherwise they're great just as is - chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside.  Morishly delicious.

Psalm Tunes

This new-to-me website is super great.  It contains the tunes for four psalters' worth of psalm tunes, including the two that we use in our church, The Book of Psalms for Singing, and The Book of Psalms for Worship.  If you've ever wanted to sing the psalms, but didn't know the tunes, well now you do.  Many of the tunes will be known to those of you who still sing traditional hymns, so you'll be able to sing from the Bible's hymnbook right away.  I love this website, because I love singing the psalms, and hope you will too.

Miyazaki's 50 Favourite Classic Children's Books

Oh my, I love this list.  I had already been introduced to Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle through Hayao Miyazaki's film, and the rest of his choices look just as great.  Many of my childhood friends are here, and I've a mind to read the rest of his choices now.  What do you think?

Reformation Study Bible

Have any of you purchased this Bible?  It looks pretty good to me, but I haven't quite decided, and I'd love your opinions.  Our church has just announced its intention to move from the old NIV to the ESB, and I'm thinking this edition might be a good option for us all.  Maybe I'll buy a copy for hubby for Father's Day (which isn't until September in Australia, but will come soon enough).  What do you think?

In Defense of Physical Books

I shared this article on Facie too.  It's just a nice read for those of you who love books.  I'm guessing that's most of you!

Apart from the links I've also shared above, I also find that I have multiple copies of Amazon.com and Abebooks.com open.  One never knows when one might have an urgent need to look up a book or check on an order or something, does one?  I also have a link to my blog.  I like to check whether any of you are talking to me.  I'm needy like that.

So there you have it.  My innermost secrets.  What links do you keep open on your iPad or desktop or laptop?  Do share!


  1. I'm going to admit I'm the 'rare bird', I actually don't keep tabs open, they bother me if open, call to me kwim. So I either leave posts 'unread' in feedly, or read and then save in diigo and label it to find again.

  2. I recently purchased the Reformation Study Bible and just began using it. To date, I have been very pleased with it. If you have any specific questions about it, please feel free to ask!

    And yes, I too have several tabs open! :)

  3. So I just counted, and including this one, I have twelve tabs open, and that's after getting rid of a few last night. Like you, I have a recipe - I should copy that into my bullet journal, but I keep forgetting - then I might remember to actually make it, and if it's a winner it'll go into the recipe book. Then I've got assume circe and other podcast related tabs open, and some that have to do with my volunteer work and home maintenance. I have a website that's kind of a Dutch grammar text online, I'm trying to figure out how to start making some grammar anki cards (a la fluent-forever.com) but Dutch word order is so confusing I can't figure it where to start. So I'll probably have the fluent forever grammar page open again soon, too. And then there's the consolation of philosophy book 4 part 6 that someone on the forum linked to ages ago ) maybe strung a discussion of fate while reading The Oddessy?) and I've been meaning to read but never quite feel up to. And I have afterthoughts open, but I subscribe to her blog and yours, so when I've finished with these, I'll close them both and replace them with the AO forum, which I certainly love as much as you :D

  4. Hey, you're always in my open tabs, too! ♥

    I don't know if I could live there now that I know about the Black Bean Problem. Boo. :)

  5. Several versions of bible gateway, including Mounce's. You tube for praise & worship music. Absolutely all the links I'm accessing for my research because their logic/order is probably not mine & I want to find stuff fast. Farmville which I play for meditation purposes. Yep, I'm weird that way. Generally anything else that catches my eye as I surf.

  6. What a fun post! Thanks for sharing your tabs. I too keep multiple tabs open. Mostly school related. I have AO's year 1 schedule, year 3 schedule, composer schedule, Trowle's Marco Polo, Pilgrims Progress 72 week schedule, CM Vol 3, analytical grammar (I'm not actually using this, I was just doing research on grammar programs for next year), and starry night image search. Dad wanted to show the kids his favorite painting. He doesn't close tabs either. I also have English.stackexchange open because we were looking up the correct way of writing 8-year-old. My knowledge of grammar is very limited so I often have to look stuff up. And your page is open in another tab of course!

  7. I know what you mean about not wanting to close tabs. Instead, I've made 10 folders in my favorites, labeled them, and populated them with links to websites and blogs I want to visit easily and quickly. I do this in lieu of a blog feed service. I also use my "add to reading list" button a lot for articles I don't have time to read immediately but want to find again. My labels so far are clothing, health, TDN ( our business), food/recipes, 31 day (for October 31 day blogs that interest me), household, writing lessons, exercise, education, blogroll. I use the food/recipes all the time, like an online cookbook. I use the blogroll one heavily too. You're in that one. 😀

  8. Can you get Pinto Beans? Really any bean will work fine in the burrito bowl. You can use different cheeses too--Mexican queso or brick/montery jack, colby, cheddar. We add things like jalopenas, black olives, green onions to stuff like that and I usually make guacamole.

    As to tabs--since I'm at work when I'm writing this I have chat open if I'm on duty monitoring it, I have our database page open and usually our APA Style page open so I'm set to take phone calls. Youtube if I'm alone to have background noise--usually CCM. Otherwise it's what ever strikes my fancy. At home I usually have WORDS with Friends, Pinterst or Goodreads and Facebook in the evenings.


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