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Friend Makin’ Monday: Would You Rather…

After lots of tinkering, I think I’ve finally nailed down the new look for my blog, so I guess this is the unveiling of sorts!  Yay!  Welcome to the remodeled listlovelaugh!  🙂

This week’s goal for me is to post every day.  It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted consistently, so I’m officially making this a new item on my to do list, to be graced by a big fat checkmark (something else that’s been sorely lacking on my blog) at the end of the accomplishment.

How has your weekend been?  Mine has been surprisingly busy!  The hubs is out on his annual backpacking trip with his mom, so it has been me and my handsome doggie for the last few days.  I thought originally that I would’ve used that time to hole up and get some reading done (which I HAVE done, just not to the extent I thought I would), but I’ve been out and about completely indulging in window shopping.  It’s something I haven’t done in a long time, and I love doing it by myself sometimes, without anyone else to hurry me along.  I want the opportunity to stop and linger at anything that catches my fancy, and when you haven’t gone shopping or anything mall-like in months, I would have to say that pretty much everything catches my fancy.  Today I spent 4 hours at the bookstore.  It would’ve been more, except I got hungry and needed to go home and cook myself dinner.

Okay, I guess that’s enough for today with my stream of consciousness!  On to this week’s questions for Friend Makin’ Monday!


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 go on over to Sarah’s blog and add your link in the comments section here 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 questions ‘more randomness’ come from Tyra at Random Acts of Snark. Thanks Tyra.


1. Would you rather visit the doctor or the dentist?

Oh man.  I tend to avoid both like the plague, but I guess if I had to choose, I’d say doctor.  I’m thinking about just general checkup–doctor checkups tend to be less invasive.

2. Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots?

I’m looking through some other answers, and it seems as if I’m in the minority, but hands-down I prefer broccoli.  I’ve never been a big carrot fan.  I’d have to say it’s one of my least-favorite vegetables (and that’s saying a lot, because I love veggies).  I’m okay with them cooked, but can’t stand them raw.

3. Would you rather listen to music or watch TV?

Listen to music, for sure.  I can always get stories through books.  I do have my favorite TV shows that I’d miss, but it’s hard for me to go an entire without any kind of music.  I’m pretty sure there has never been a day in my life where there was no music whatsoever.  Hm.  Except for maybe when the power went out, but even then, I’d sing or something.

4. Would you rather own a lizard or a snake?

I actually like both.  My hubby has had a snake as a pet two different times and my roomie in college had a gecko.  I guess I’d rather have a lizard.

5. Would you rather have a beach holiday or a mountain holiday?

I’m SUCH a winter girl and get cranky in the summer.  I do love beaches in regards to combing (I have a collection of rocks and shells I’ve collected from vacations and travels) and wading and other things, but I’ve always dreamed of cozying up in a ski chalet in the mountains, playing in the snow by day and relaxing by a fire with a snuggly blanket and hot chocolate when done.  Sounds so awesome.

6. Would you rather BE an apple or a banana?

Hahaha!  I’m trying to think of my face on either an apple or banana and it cracks me up.  I guess I’d rather be a banana–tall and lean and hanging out in a bunch.  I’d imagine that’d be an interesting life.  It’d be completely different from the life I have now, that’s for sure!

7. Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?

As long as I could turn the power on and off, I would say read minds.  It would make relationships so much easier, don’t you think?  But I wouldn’t want it to be like voices that I always hear swirling around me all day.  That would drive me nuts.

8. Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald?

Oooh, that’s actually a hard one!  I think I’d go for completely bald.  Much less maintenance and then I’d never have to shave again!

9. Would you rather be the most popular or the smartest person you know?

Most popular, in the “most-liked” definition.  Doesn’t everybody just want to be liked for who they are?  The smartest people in groups, at least in my experience, tend to also be the most annoying, egotistical, and condescending.  If I could be the smartest but also be nice about it, then I’d choose that.

10. Would you rather make headlines for saving somebody’s life or winning a Nobel Prize?

Winning a Nobel Prize.  That’s a pretty amazing feat!  And there are many categories for Nobel Prizes, so who’s to say that my Nobel Prize wasn’t, like, a cure for cancer?  That would save LOTS of lives!  🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic week ahead of you!

To Making Fun Decisions!

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Friend Making Monday: Just Wondering

Welcome to a new week, everyone!  How has yours been going so far?  I battled a killer headache all weekend (I might even daresay that it was a migraine, but since I’ve never had one before, I don’t really know what the signs are), but I still got a lot done.  I’m pretty proud of that.  I’ve really been on a roll with domestic upkeep, and I’m hoping it stays.  In some ways, though, it’s kicked in my OCD tendencies.  So every time I see something even a centimeter out of place, I have to put it back or I get twitchy.

Anyhow, it’s Monday again, so that means another Friend Makin’ Monday!  Let’s get this party started!  🙂



Just Wondering

1.  Do you wear glasses and/or contacts?  I do I do!  I love love LOVE my glasses.  I may have mentioned it before, but here it is again:  I was that weird kid who actually wanted glasses.  I thought they made me look smart and sophisticated and gave my face an extra oomph.  Starting in high school, I even wore fake glasses from time to time (the kind with the plastic lenses that you can get from Hot Topic).  I loved the way they made me look.  Then two years ago on March 8th (yes, I know my glassesversary!), I picked up my very first pair of glasses!  I’d never been to a bonafide optometrist before (my previous vision tests were when we had the nurse come and do checkups in junior high).  I’m sure I’ve needed glasses a long time before I actually got them, but it never really occurred to my parents that my vision was that bad.  My vision’s 20/40, I believe, just on the cusp of needing glasses to drive, but I never leave home without them.  They are my absolutely favorite accessory!


My glasses progression:  without glasses, with fake glasses, my first day of my official pair of glasses, 3/8/2011!

2.  Do you have summer vacation plans?  If so, where are you going?  I feel like I’m on vacation just in my beautiful home.  We have a four-day weekend coming up where we were supposed to go camping with friends but that got cancelled, so we’re thinking of taking advantage of that and going somewhere fun.  Honestly, we don’t usually do summer vacations; rather, we do spring vacations (take a week or so off right after our wedding anniversary).  This year we went to Banff, Alberta, and it was AMAZING.  Also, I’ve been doing my Passport to Love project, and we’re going to “London” in July.  🙂

3.  What is your favorite food to eat for breakfast?  If calories didn’t matter, I’d have to say I absolutely love Monte Cristo sandwiches!  With raspberry jam, not maple syrup.  Mmm mmm mmm…  I also love eggs benedict with avocado added.  If calories did matter, I’d have to say a nice, juicy slice (or five) of papaya and a banana.  When we visited family in the Philippines a couple years ago, that was our breakfast pretty much every day (okay, fine…that and the Filipino version of bacon, rice, and eggs…but still…), and I craved papaya like crazy when we came back to the states.  Yummm.

4. Do you enjoy window shopping?  I do, especially going to antique stores or a fancy hotel with shops inside, or a high-end shopping center.  Really, I don’t get out much, so any outing is absolutely fascinating to me.  Colors!  Soft and fuzzy things!  Glittery things!  Shiny things!  Oooh…hearts!  Stars!  I’m pretty easy to entertain.  🙂

5. What is your favorite candle scent?  You know, it’s funny.  We’ve got a ton of candles in our house, but I never really paid any attention to which one was my favorite scent.  I do love the smell of coconut in general, and we have a Yankee Candle votive in Black Coconut, which is delicious, but I think even more than that, I love candles that smell like winter.  We have a wonderful triple-scented/layered one from Woodwick that cycles through different pine scents, and it’s heavenly.  Pier 1 Imports also had a line for awhile that smelled like different desserts that I love.  Hmm.  Now I think I need to make it a mission to go sniffing for my favorite candle scent!  🙂


6.  If you had to choose between going to a zoo or an aquarium, which one would you pick?  I’m incredibly lucky to not have to choose because the closest thing to us a combination zoo/aquarium.  I love it.  If I did have to pick, though, I’d choose an aquarium.  I love watching the animals play in the water, and dolphins are my second-favorite animal (after unicorns, of course).  Also, much less chance of getting bug bites.  HUGE positive.

7.  How many times do you plan to exercise this week? At least three.  We’ll see what really happens, though.

8.  Do you speak another language fluently?  I can understand Tagalog (Filipino) fluently, but it takes me awhile to form a sentence and speak it.  I’m also pretty good at American Sign Language.

9.  What are you currently reading? Ha!  I’m always in the middle of a bazillion books, but the one I’ve been spending the most time on (and, consequently, the one I’ve gotten the farthest in) is Jen Lancaster’s new book “The Tao of Martha”.  It’s awesome, but then again, I’ve been a huge fan of Jen’s since her first book “Bitter is the New Black”.  The book is great so far, her memoirs usually are.  She’s taking on a year of living like Martha Stewart, but if you know her (through her memoirs) like I do, you know some hysterics and missteps are bound to happen.  Just a note:  this memoir has a bit more of a serious/sad tone (won’t give anything away), so if you haven’t read anything from the world of Jennsylvania yet, I’d recommend either starting from the beginning or her most acclaimed book, “Such a Pretty Fat” if you want to dip your toe into classic Jen.

10.  What are you looking forward to most in the coming week?  I’d have to say the weekend.  My town is doing its annual founders’ day festival (I know…who actually does those anymore except for in Stars Hollow [from Gilmore Girls], right?!?  Um, my town).

Holy cow!!!  I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to go so far into detail for every question!  Anyway, thanks for sticking with it if you read the whole thing.  🙂  Feel free to link up at too if you want to join in on the fun!

Happy Monday!

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Ta-Da! Tuesday: Bookshelf Vignettes

I have to admit that I’ve had these pictures for awhile.  Like, eight months awhile.  I’ve had it in my cache but haven’t gotten around to posting it yet.

Originally I was going to post my latest Passport to Love project:  a trip to “China” that I took with the hubs this weekend.  Frankly, though, I’m too tired to do this now.  This is much easier to do.  Guess I’ll have to wait until next week.

But I wanted to keep the posting momentum going, so here it goes.


For a long time, I’ve been envious of those who had cute bookshelves.  The arrangement on their shelves had purpose.  They were whimsical, cute, sorted by subject.  Knickknacks were scattered about, giving the whole thing a less-buttoned up, more personal look.

I wanted that.  I wanted to show off my books on a shelf so that the result was a work of art.  So I took it upon myself to do just that when I setup the books in my new home.  I took my over a decade’s worth of retail experience with merchandising, combined it with my random artistic larks, and infused it with personality.  I had so much fun with it and am really happy with how it turned out!

We have two bookshelves in the reading room.  Here’s the one that contains my books  (top to bottom):

My Sweet Valley Twins collection that I started when I was in the 4th grade.  Still looking to complete it!
My “classics” shelf.


My nonfiction shelf.
Fiction shelf.

Poetry/writing shelf.

And here is my hubby’s shelf (some of it, anyway.  Not pictured:  the shelf with all his travel/trail books and the bottom shelf with his books and binders from college, mostly because it has his name on it.)



You know what’s funny?  When both kids and friends come over, they gravitate towards the hubs’ shelf instead of mine.  Not gonna lie; a part of me dies inside, because I’m the reader in the family, not him.  I mean, he’s even openly admitted he doesn’t really like to read.  So yeah, it kinda stings that my bookshelf isn’t appreciated more.  Admittedly, though, his shelf is more colorful and full of pictures.  🙂  And I was the one who styled his bookshelf, so really, I should take it as a compliment to my styling.  😉

I’m a horrible person.

Anyway, that’s it for today.  Hopefully I’ll have some writing to show you tomorrow for Written Word Wednesday!

To Showing Your Own Personality through Décor,