Going The Distance

Not so very long ago I posted a quote from the book I am currently rereading. 

An Englishman thinks a hundred miles is a long way; and American thinks a hundred years is a long time

From Diana Gabaldon’s book DRUMS OF AUTUMN.

While I don’t get to talk to many Englishmen to say I know how they really feel on the subject, I can say that it holds true for me as an American.  I am not speaking for all Americans, that is the trouble with generalizations like this: somewhere there’s a handful that are the exception 🙂

Anyway, back to my musings.  I was a child of divorce.  During elementary my Father (who had custody of me) moved 4 hours away from my Mother.  So for the lengthy school vacations when I would have visitation with my Mom, I had to endure a 4 hour car ride on the way there, and again on the way back.  This, along with the fact my Dad had been a truck driver for sometime, I think has led me to a rather skewed perception on distance.  Oh it’ll take 2 hours just to get to that mall that has the store I want to go to? NO PROBLEM!  A 45 minute drive one-way to work? Easy!  Also, my obviously inherited navigational skills and those long car trips have really helped me when I became a driver myself.  Even when lost, I can keep relatively calm because I know that you can never be truly lost.  Somehow you can make enough turns to get back to a place/road you recognize and continue on with your travels.  Hey, sometimes taking a wrong turn can lead to a great adventure.  Who knew this wonderful little ice cream shop was over here?

 

 

Liebster Award


I have been graciously nominated for The Liebster Award!  Thank you so very much Lyrallya!

 

These are the rules:

The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers. The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • The nominated user must provide a link back to the person who nominated them.
  • Provide 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

11 FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I am short.  Only  5 foot 1 and a half inches tall (yes that extra half inch is important!)
  2. I love high heeled shoes.  They are beautiful and make me feel beautiful and taller
  3. I have a weakness for Oreos and Nacho Cheese Doritos… not together, but I have ate them both in the same sitting 🙂
  4. I LOVE chocolate, especially dark chocolate.  White chocolate is OK, but it is imposter chocolate!
  5. My musical tastes can be described as eclectic or I have split personalities… LOL
  6. I love listening to music, and really pay attention to the lyrics of songs.
  7. I like being right.  (Cue the groan from my husband and commentary along the lines of “understatement of the year”)
  8. I’ve been blogging for just over a month now.
  9. The only cheeseburgers I will eat are at Dairy Queen or Burger King.
  10. I don’t really like breakfast foods… Eggs? ICK!
  11. I suffered from social anxiety as a teen.

11 QUESTIONS FROM LYRALLYA

  1. What is your favorite TV-show? ~ Right now, definitely Scandal.
  2. Were you named after someone else or does your name have a special meaning? ~ Nope, but I was almost named “Vanessa”.
  3. What is your favorite flower? ~ Daisies. 
  4. If you could be any animal, what would you be? ~  A rabbit- cute, soft, and loves to eat veggies!
  5. What are you most proud of? ~ My daughter.  I created that!
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? ~Italy.  Beautiful scenery and great food!
  7. What is on top of your bucket list?  ~ I don’t really have a bucket list… now that I’m 30 maybe I should be making one?
  8. Are you happy today? ~ Yes.
  9. Name three pet peeves! ~Being Lied to, Rude/Inconsiderate People, When people don’t wash their hands after using the restroom!
  10. What is your biggest flaw? ~I second guess what I’m capable of.
  11. What are you most scared of? ~Spiders.

MY 11 NOMINEES

  1. The Corner of Knit and Tea
  2. Crochet Demon
  3. Tea, Crochet and Me
  4. Digging Deeper
  5. Fall into Wonderland
  6. Triumphant Wings
  7. Embrace the Chaos
  8. Adventures of a Real Mom
  9. A Bookie and Foodie
  10. Bookish

11 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. What is your favorite book?
  2. What is your hobby of choice?
  3. What phrase/motto describes your life?
  4. The thing that can make any bad day better?
  5. What topic will you never blog about?
  6. Favorite Song?
  7. Your biggest obsession is?
  8. Bad habit you can’t break?
  9. The best thing about your best friend?
  10. Advice you’d give yourself if you could go back 10 years from now?
  11. Are you a night owl or morning person?

Again, thanks so much for reading my blog.  As for my nominees, congrats!  I enjoy your writing and I look forward to reading your posts with your random facts and answers 🙂

Wanting To Forget

My memory is a funny thing.  Ask me what I ate yesterday or about something important that you think I should remember the details of, and I have to REALLY think about it- and maybe I’ll recall the answer.  However, ask me about something stupid I did or a mistake I made and I can remember that just fine.  Now, I don’t remember every little mistake everyone else has made, but I dwell on and remember MY OWN in great detail.  I can actually still remember stupid things I said or did when I was a kid and to this day still feel guilty about them.

Why oh why does my brain feel the need to keep this information and toss out other information that I may need during my day?  Do I really need to remember that birthday where I was showing everyone how high I could kick and ended up kicking my uncle in the face so hard it knocked his glasses off (he was just starting to lean over my little brother and apparently I hadn’t given myself enough room)?  I doubt he even remembers it.  There are so many instances where I’ve opened my big mouth and said something I now regret.  I have this terrible habit of replaying them in my mind and still kick myself for it, although that moment in time is gone and I’m obviously the only one who cares.

If there is some pill or hypnotization therapy to keep me from beating myself up over things I can’t change, I’d line up for it in a heartbeat.  Maybe I’m just looking at it from the wrong angle and instead of feeling guilty all over again when I think about my mistakes I should change course and think of good things I’ve done.  Maybe I need to figure out how to forgive myself?  Striving to be perfect in all things ALL the time is absolutely ridiculous and impossible so why am I so hard on myself?

*This post was part of a Blogging U assignment to write something expanding on a comment you had posted to another’s blog the day before.  This post was inspired by a lovely blog by Embrace The Chaos that you can find here    http://crystalgoodhall.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/i-forgot-the-turkey-pepperoni-and-other-mortal-sins-of-marriage/

Great Advice About Hobbies That Anyone Can Easily Follow

Successful Parenting Today

176934201 Hobbies are activities that you love to do, but may not have the ability to become a professional in. In fact, it was proven scientifically that some hobbies can relieve depression and anxiety. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from either, all the more reason to keep reading these great hobby related tips.

If you’re thinking about getting into a new hobby, but are not sure which one to try, diversify! Getting involved in a hobby is great for stress reduction, and helps you keep life in perspective. Try different ones until something clicks, then get really involved in doing what it is that makes you happy!

Vegetable gardening is a hobby that is not only relaxing, but practical as well. Gardening provides an opportunity to be out in the fresh air and sunshine. When harvest time rolls around, you will also be rewarded with…

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Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Today’s zerotohero  was a Who I Am and Why I’m Here blog, so I am just giving you the link to the first blog I posted about a month ago.  I will add to it saying that so far I’ve blogged about crochet, gardening, TV shows, and books.  I’m sure at some point I will blog about my family.  For me blogging is an outlet for whatever is happening that I just can’t contain.  I want to share with you.  I want to connect with people who share those interests.  Of course I have friends I could call up, but would any of them share in every passion I have? So that’s why I’m here. 🙂

April is National Poetry Month, WHAT??!!

Imagine my surprise when scanning the blogs posted on my WordPress reader I come across the fact that April is national poetry month.  A whole month devoted to poems? YES!  I then binge read quite a few poems posted by other bloggers and come across this wonderful creation called a Lune.  I remember having to write sonnets, Haikus, odes, even free-verse poems for English class; but I don’t recall writing a Lune.  Apparently it’s the English cousin to the Japanese Haiku.  Still a 3 line poem, but instead of the Haiku’s 5-7-5 syllable rule for each line the Lune goes by word count 3-5-3. Super easy, right? I am inspired! 

I may have been one of the few in my English class that actually enjoyed writing poems.  I wrote poems on my own; some of them pretty good if I do say so myself, although I’m sure they made it to the garbage or lost somewhere in the many times I’ve moved since high school.  I did manage to get a few poems published, so those I still have.  One each in 7th and 8th grades that were part of a contest, and also one submitted to poetry.com sometime shortly after graduating.  I haven’t wrote a poem in many years, but knowing that it is National Poetry month and all, I think there is no reason not to.  Maybe I’ll even get my toddler to join in on the fun.  She does have quite the imagination, I’m sure she could come up with something great too!

Excuse me, I have some poems to compose 🙂