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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


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,


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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 Makin’ Monday: Holiday Traditions

I would say top o’ the morning to everyone, but it’s actually more bottom o’ the evening right now, I guess. 🙂  Hope you all had a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day!  It’s time for another Friend Makin’ Monday.  Sarah at Losing Weight and Having Fun has been taking over for awhile, so if you have a link up be sure to visit her blog and leave a comment with your own answers!

Let’s get to it!


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 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!

Holiday Traditions.

1. Do you celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

You know, I don’t remember celebrating it when I was a kid, but for some reason (and I don’t know when) we started celebrating it more as of late.  For at least the last ten years there has been corned beef and cabbage.  Hubby and I coincidentally also had our rehearsal dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, so we made the most of it and decorated with St. Paddy’s day décor and gave out St. Paddy’s cards to all our out-of-town guests.  Lots of fun.  That being said, we didn’t do anything this year to celebrate except for wear green.
St Pat Cake

Our rehearsal dinner cake–six years ago today!


2. Which is your favorite holiday to celebrate?

New Year’s Eve.  More about that for question #8.  My second-favorite holiday, even when I was single, was Valentine’s Day.  I love hearts and flowers and chocolate and showing love, so this is a wonderful day for me!

3. Do you have a favorite ‘holiday’ food?

Is it weird that I have more than one?  It’s so that I have to almost go holiday by holiday, but I love raspberry heart Peeps, corned beef & cabbage, deviled eggs, baked BBQ beams, butternut squash soup, pumpkin pie, Brussels sprouts, monkey bread, maja blanca, and embutido (last two are Filipino foods that we eat at Christmas).
Mmmm…hungry now.
So so so yummy!  I’ve only seen it last year, but I really hope they bring it back.  Seasonal Valentine’s Day thing.

4. What do you think of holiday parades?

We have a couple of parades around here celebrating spring, and both of them are a lot of fun.  Oh!  And I’ve also been to a Santa parade that I completely forgot about until now.  Also fun.  🙂  I’m not sure I’d do so well in a super-crowded Christmas or Thanksgiving parade, though.  I’d probably just rather stay at home and watch them on TV, like the Macy’s parades.

5. Have you ever been part of a parade?

Yes!  Just last year I was part of a parade at the fair.  We did a Flash Mob and it was great fun!

6. Do you decorate your house for the holidays?

Abso-freakin’-lutely!  I love decorating for holidays and now that I’m a homeowner I do it even more often.  This year we went all out for Halloween, complete with inflatable light up things in the front and fog machines.  Christmas is always a wonderful decorating time, too.  But the last couple years  I also decorated for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day.  I was going to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day, too, but I never found the time to.  I’m fully planning on decorating for spring/Easter.  Can’t wait!

Valentine themed mantel

My Valentine’s-themed mantel.

7. Do you send holiday cards?

Yes!  I love doing it, because it’s so much more fun to send those out and hear how people enjoyed them versus bills.  It’s a nice little surprise.  I’m also good at sending out thank you cards.  Then again, I was an assistant manager for about six years at a high-end card store (like the Nordstrom’s of Hallmark, if you will), so I’m a bit biased.

8. Are there any holidays that you celebrate that are traditional in another country, but maybe less well known in the US?

A couple.  The one that I talked about earlier, New Year’s Eve, is celebrate MUCH differently in the Philippines than it is in the U.S., but that’s part of the reason I love the holiday so much.  In the Philippines it is steeped in superstitions and symbolism, and we observe a lot, if not all of them.  One that we do that’s not listed in the link is that we fill all of our “food containers” (rice, sugar, flour, etc.) so that we have a full new year.
New Years Eve 2014
Rockin’ the polka dots, a symbol of prosperity for the new year.

I also celebrate St. Nicholas Day, previously because we lived in Germany for a time, but also because my hubby’s mother is German.  We’ve used this day as “Christmas” with my hubby’s side of my family, then we do Christmas with my family, so it’s kinda a big deal.  We go all out with the spekulaas and leaving gifts in boots.  It’s a great time.

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To Your Own Special Celebrations,

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Friend Makin’ Monday: 10 Simple Questions

Happy Monday!

Short ‘n’ sweet:  time for a new Friend Makin’ Monday!  🙂


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: 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!

Ten Simple Questions

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? My messy bun could TOTALLY pass for one of those super-expensive hairstyles I saw in People’s StyleWatch!  🙂

2. Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic?  I much prefer to pay with cash.  I budget much better when my money physically leaves my hand.

3. What is one word that you use too often? Can’t think of one off the top of my head, which is sad, because I love words so much.  I DO use emoticons much more than I should, though.  I tried to stop using them, but they’re just so darn enticing.  😉  (SEE?!?)

4. Who is the last person outside of your family who said “I love you” to you?  My friend wrote that she loved me in my birthday card.  🙂

5. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? A couple weeks ago, actually!  I sent a letter WITH a package!  Bonus, right?  I actually love writing and sending letters.  Comes with the writer territory.  Also, I worked at a stationery store for about six years, so it really sticks with you.

6. Have you ever been called upon for jury duty?  Not yet!

7.  How many keys are on your key ring?  I actually have two key rings.  One has three keys and the other has two.

8.  List two characteristics that you want to change about yourself. Ah, how ironic!  A friend of mine did a blog post along these lines and it inspired a future blog post of mine.  I’d probably change my tendency to sputter idiotically when I have a conversation with people, and I’d want to be less anxious.

9.  Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? I do!  I’m pretty particular about what I use on my hair.  Funny, though, like Kenlie, I take home the hotel ones.  LoL.  I like to put them in my guest bathroom, and some of them have the name of the hotel on them, which I think is a cool memento.

10. What is your birthstone?  Do you like it?  Emerald, and I do like them!  Emerald green’s such a pretty color.  But I like pretty much any birthstone.  My engagement ring is a star sapphire, and sapphire is my hubby’s birthstone, so I think that’s pretty spiffy.  I’d have to say, though, that my favorite birthstone is probably an opal.  I love the colors in them!

That’s it for now.  Not much else to say, I ‘spose.  Have a great week, all!

To Wonderful Simplicity!


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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!