Posted in Friend Making Monday

Friend Makin’ Monday: Let’s Try This Again

…meaning two things:

  1. The goal of posting every day this week (as you can see, that didn’t pan out AT ALL last week.  Bad Violet.)
  2. A “Would You Rather?”-themed Friend Makin’ Monday

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If you’ve taken part in Friend Makin Mondays before then you are familiar with the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at Losing Weight and Having Fun so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to read and comment on a couple of other posts.

This week’s random questions come from Tyra at Random Acts of Snark. Thanks Tyra.

1. Would you rather go without television or fast food for the rest of your life? Fast food, hands down.  The cool thing about fast food is that there is a more luxurious counterpart.  Except for maybe French fries.  Croquettes, maybe?  And what, exactly, is “fast food”?  I don’t consider Red Robin fast food since it’s a sit down restaurant and there’s no drive through.  I would say anything with a drive through is fast food.  I can live without those. On the other hand, if you mean no RESTAURANTS in general for the rest of my life, I’d have to rethink that.  

 

2. Would you rather have permanent diarrhea or permanent constipation? Haha!  What a funny question.  I’d say constipation, because diarrhea gets so much more in the way of your day-to-day life.  You’d have to run to the bathroom because diarrhea can strike so suddenly.  And your tummy would be in so much pain all the time.  I don’t know how I’d be able to stand that.

 

3. Would you rather be handsome/beautiful and dumb or be ugly and really smart? The thing about dumb, beautiful people is that most of them end up being either celebrities or sexually taken advantage of.  I want neither.  I don’t want the paparazzi everywhere I turn, and I don’t think I even need to explain why I don’t want to be sexually taken advantage of. I want to be valued for more than my looks, so if I had to choose, let me have knowledge.  If all else fails, I suppose I could be so smart that I could invent a way for me to be pretty.  🙂

 

4. Would you rather be always be cold or always be hot? I prefer the winter to summer and when I get too hot I get cranky anyway, so always cold, without argument.  I love cold weather clothes much more than hot weather clothes anyway.  So that’s a bonus.

 

5. Would you rather be deaf or blind? I would much rather be Deaf, for sure.  I’m not gonna lie–I’m really biased when it comes to that, mostly because I took a few years of American Sign Language in high school and so I really respect the Deaf community. (Side note:  “deaf” is turning into one of those words where it looks like it’s spelled wrong when you write it over and over again.)  They can still very much be a functional part of society, even with their disability.  That’s not to say that the blind are incapable of contributing anything; it’s just I don’t know as much about them.  I also think Deaf people are better able to be independent–they can still get driver’s licenses (I don’t know if you knew that or not, but they can, because when it comes to driving, the only “hearing” obstacle that might be a problem is emergency vehicles, but they’re able to see the lights in their rearview mirrors), which I value very much.  I know people can get by without one, but I’ve grown attached to being able to take off wherever I want, whenever I want, and answering to nobody’s schedule but my own.  I also think American Sign Language is a beautiful language, and I wouldn’t mind being more immersed in it.

 

6. Would you rather eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace? Wow, that’s a hard question.  This might be a “cheat” answer, but I believe that one of the myriad reasons we don’t have world peace right now have a great deal to do with hunger and disease.  I think these are more political/social/social wars than international wars, for sure, but they are “wars” nonetheless. So with that being said, I would say I’d want to bring about lasting world peace, LASTING being the operative word.  Living in a world with no war would be such a wonderful one to live in, and maybe when people don’t have enemies or war or riots or general hostile disagreement to worry about, maybe then they’ll start focusing on how to help their fellow human being and eliminate hunger and disease as a result.  Nice thought, right?

 

7. Would you rather be stranded on a deserted island alone or with someone you don’t like? Alone.  I’m an introvert at heart and I’d finally have the time to write and read as much as I’d like.  I’d probably make friends with the animals and they’d keep me company.  I mean, can you even imagine being stranded on a deserted island with Hitler?  Ick.  No thank you.

 

8. Would you rather see the future or change the past? This is going to be a confusing-sounding answer, but what the heck.  I would rather see the future, because I’d know what was coming, but I could make changes in my present to possibly change that future, which in a way is changing the past.  It would also be an easier way of just going with the flow, because you already know what’s in store.  And if it was possible to go way into my own future, I’d be able to answer the question of what happens after you die.  

 

9. Would you rather be three inches taller or three inches shorter? I’m already pretty short (5’4″), and three inches shorter would be 5’1″.  That’s a little too short for me.  Three inches taller wouldn’t be so bad, especially since my hubby’s 5’11” so I still wouldn’t have to worry about being taller than him.  Extra bonus if I could be three inches taller and the same weight, because then I’d have the illusion of having lost weight!  🙂

 

10. Would you rather wrestle a lion or fight a shark? Seeing as I can’t swim very well, I’d rather wrestle a lion.  At least with a lion I could at least try to outrun it.  And they’re furry and cuddlier than a shark.  😉 Hope you all have a fabulous week!  Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for me making my goal of posting every day this week!  I hope I can do it this time.

To Second Chances,

Violet

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Posted in Hey look! I'm blogging!, Scholastic Saturdays

Scholastic Saturday: 100th Post Retrospective–What I Learned From Being a Blogger

I can’t believe this is my 100th post!  It has been such a fun ride so far, and I hope to continue with hundreds more posts.  To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to share what things I’ve learned (mostly about myself) from being a blogger.

*I feel extremely accomplished when I’m able to do a full week of daily posts.
*While I do enjoy people paying any attention whatsoever to my blog, I see it as an extra-special treat to get comments instead of likes.
*Sometimes the best posts come about from stream-of-consciousness writing.
*I don’t have to take myself too horribly seriously.  Blogging is supposed to be a hobby, not a job.
*Short posts are just as good as long posts, much like short-yet-language-rich poems are just as good as marathon Russian novels.
*It’s good to set goals for your blog, if not for anything else but to say you’ve accomplished something.
*I absolutely love participating in what I call “community posts” (honestly, I don’t know what the technical blogosphere term for it is…link ups, I think?), such as Friend Makin’ Mondays, where the blogging community gets together and either answers the same questions, or when there is a fashion theme to complete and show off, or writes to the same prompt (there are most likely others, but these are the ones I’ve come across most often).  It’s a chance to get outside of your own head for awhile and see other bloggers’ personalities and there’s just something so great about that.

Okay, so…you didn’t think I’d make it out of this post without another checklist, did you?  😉

Also to commemorate my 100th post, I’m going to make a list of other “100s” I want to complete before my 200th post (I’ll work this into my blog days somehow…perhaps on Scholastic Saturdays):

__ Have a total of 100 comments (right now I have 64).
__ Have 100 new people read my blog (this is different from having 100 followers, which may be too lofty a goal for me at this moment).
__ Consistently burn at least 100 calories with my workouts (right now I’m sitting at about 50 calories per workout, but I want to work my way up).
__  Write 100 pages of a story.
__ Have worked 100 hours in a new job (I almost want to say 100 days, but again, maybe too lofty?  We’ll see).
__  Legitimately earn a total of 100 more checkmarks ((this can be a total of picture checkmarks, writing project checkmarks, bucket list checkmarks, goal checkmarks, and clothing checkmarks).

I’m sure I’ll think of much more as time goes by, and I’ll add to this list, but for right now, a full day awaits me.  🙂

What about you bloggers out there?  What have you learned from being a blogger, and do you have any goals for your blog for the months ahead?  What has been the easiest thing about blogging so far?  What about the hardest?  I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.  🙂

Wishing You (at least) 100 Things to Be Grateful For,
Violet

Posted in Making Memories Mondays

Making Memories Mondays: Love & Blogs

Two weeks!  It’s been two weeks since I’ve last blogged?!?  Wow.  I can’t believe that.  When I post tomorrow’s post, you’ll probably see why it’s been so long, but still.  My own mind’s blown.

Anyhow, I think today I’ll switch things up a bit and do the Friend Making Monday first, then the pictures from my Pictures to Take checklist next.

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 If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Blogger to Blogger

 1.  Does your blog have one overwhelming theme?
It does, because organizing things help to keep me sane.  In the case of my blog, the overwhelming theme is getting things done, or as the tagline says, “checking things off, one day at a time”.

2. How did you come up with the theme(s) for your blog? Was it intentional?
Oh, if you could only have seen the planning stages of List Love Laugh!  I went through many different themes before realizing that I could put all themes under the umbrella of getting things done.  It was every bit intentional.  I told myself if I was going to start a blog, that it would help me get things done in life, rather than take me away from the things I wanted to get done.

3.  Share something cool that has happened in your life as a result of blogging.
Though these all sound very small, they’re all cool things to me:  having an outlet to express my thoughts and bounce them off of others, defining my fashion sense even more and taking more pride in my own sense of style, and getting more into crafting.  And Flash Mobbing, but I think that may have happened even if I didn’t start blogging.  🙂

4. How much time to do spend reading blogs everyday?
I have to confess that I’m pretty loyal to only a few really good blogs, and I rarely stray from those unless something really catches my attention.  So if I follow you, consider it a huge compliment because I don’t follow just anyone.  I make it a point to not spend more than about an hour a day reading blogs, but realistically, I probably only spend a maximum of three hours a week reading blogs since I enjoy books and other things more.  🙂

5.  Do you blog on the weekends?
My original plan was to blog a bit every day, including weekends, but that hasn’t really panned out.  So I do when I can.

6.  Do you keep track of your stats?  Do they matter to you?
In the ten months I’ve been blogging, I’ve probably only checked my stats three or four times, just out of curiosity.

7. How do you decide how much to share about your personal life?
This has perhaps been my biggest challenge so far as a blogger.  I get differing opinions on how much to reveal about your real life, but I think in the end, the best thing is to go with your gut.  I liken it to when I first started AOL chatrooms in the 90s (do you remember that?!?).  I didn’t reveal my real name or location because I didn’t want any crazies knowing that personal information, and I maintain that right now as a blogger.  Perhaps as I get more comfortable with my readership I’ll reveal more, but I don’t think I’m at that point.

I believe it was around May or June that I finally revealed a picture of my face, and I feel good about that.  And I think if people really wanted to figure out my location it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out the general area, but I’ll let them do that and not reveal where I am outright.

The events in my life, though, are all true, as well as my thoughts and sentiments on a subject.  It’s definitely more than just a didactic tone.  I reveal if I’m having bad days, I go into personal experiences, and I let you know my trials and tribulations.  I think that helps a blog to be more relatable, and they are the same things I appreciate in other blogs.

8. Do you aspire to be a writer, or did blogging happen for some other reason?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for pretty much my entire life, but more than being a writer, I really want to either be a poetry therapist or a literary agent or someone in publishing who works behind the scenes to get someone else’s talent noticed.  I’m not really one who likes the spotlight shined on her.

So while I do enjoy writing, I started blogging mostly because I wanted to sort out my thoughts, and also as a way to hold myself accountable for checking things off of life’s checklist.  It’s been an interesting ride so far.

9. As a blogger, do you think it’s more important to write for yourself, or for your readers?
I have to say that it’s more important to write for yourself, because you can’t always count on your readers, but it really depends on what your goal is when you blog. That’s just my personal opinion.  Because I think it’s more enriching to your soul to blog about what you love, rather than falling prey to what others want from you.  The great thing is that blogs can be about any topic, so eventually there will be someone out there who will read what you have to say.  After that point, you can ask readers for their opinions, and that is when that magical moment happens where you start writing both for yourself and your readers.

10.  What kind of plans do you have for the future of your blog?
I say this a lot, but I’d really like to stay more on top of it and blog more often.  I’d like to, at least once a month, have an entire week where I blog each day.  Every “day topic” is important to me and I’d like to give them all equal attention.  I’d really like to especially start concentrating on Written Word Wednesdays and Scholastic Saturdays more, since I feel as if I’ve been ignoring those days, yet they’re the most important for me to accomplish.  I also hope to get many, many more checkmarks done when it comes to my Big Scary Life Checklist, educational books to read, Things to Do Before I Die, and clothing inventory.  Mostly I just really want to streamline the blog and get it back to the basics that I set it up to be before I started straying from my original goal.

And now, pictures!

Pictures to Take Throughout the Year

February (week three)
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Favorite gadgets
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My “new” camera that I received last May (because I love taking pictures of EVERYTHING!), the new phone I received about a month ago (because I get to come out of cell phone Dark Ages and finally have a keyboard…it’s still not a super-advanced phone by any means…it’s not even a smartphone, but I still love it!!), and good ol’ pen and paper (because when all the other fancy gadgets fall away, these are all I need)!  And yes, I took a picture of my camera in the mirror, because that’s really the only way to take a picture of  the camera you’re using, yes?

DSCN5167My loved ones
(warning: mushy photo to come)
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Though I have many loved ones, this is the only picture I have of a loved one during the month of February.  It’s a good loved one to feature, seeing as it’s Valentine’s Day month, and this (along with my doggie) is my Valentine. 🙂  This is also a preview of tomorrow’s post, where I’ll talk about our Valentine trip to Paris!

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From our outdoor picnic table at night.  Better pictures of this picnic to come (have to get them off hubby’s phone).
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Valentines I receive
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Don’t get me wrong.  I love every Valentine’s Day present the hubby has ever given me, but I’ll be honest:  these presents are some of, if not THE MOST, memorable.  And by memorable I mean freakin’ awesome.  I got crayon rings (yes. Jewelry you can color with.  I know.  Bask in the awesomeness!) and a unicorn that has a projector on it.  That projects stars, a moon, and a UNICORN FACE.  If you don’t know by now that I am obsessed with unicorns, this must be the first post you’ve read from me.  Because I do.  Thus, the combination of these two items makes me extremely giddy.  Here they both are again, closer:


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DSCN5167Creating Valentines (with bonus “goodies”)
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I feel like all of Paris was one big Valentine that I created for the hubs, so I’ll leave that for tomorrow and feature the more stereotypical Valentine: the card.  You can sorta see it behind the chocolate fondue.  Mmm…
And the heart was made with the crayon ring he gave me!  Woohoo!

DSCN5167Goodies (cookies/candy/cupcakes)
I did make some red velvet cookies for the day, but I gave most of them away to my mom & little bro before I could take a picture of them.  The few that I left behind were eaten before I could photograph them.  Believe you me, though, there were plenty of goodies to be had, though they weren’t cookies, candy, or cupcakes.  As you can see above, there was fondue, strawberries, wine, and marzipan hearts (that we made ourselves!).  We also had croissants with a Nutella-like spread for breakfast the next day:

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That’s all for now.  All details regarding Paris, I’ll do tomorrow! 🙂

Wishing You Sweet Things Too!  🙂
Violet