I’ve Been Chosen!

Well now, this is a nice surprise. Ana Lynn over at Ana Lynn’s Blogging Adventures has selected me for the Liebster Award.

Liebster Award Badge

Here are the rules regarding this award:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Without further ado, here are the answers to the questions asked of me.

1. What is your favorite memory?

This is a fun question, but it’s hard to choose only ONE memory. Oh well… If I had to choose only one, I’d say my favorite memory is my wedding day. It was of course a big day, I was barely 18, I had just found out I was pregnant, I got to spend time with my entire family, there was music, and food, and dancing… Friends drank too much, the cake was tasty, and afterwards, we went and played cards. Great day and great memories.

2. Name a song that describes you, or that you can relate to?

I’m gonna go with my first reaction on this one and say “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks. It’s an old song, but I enjoy it. My second choice would have been “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

3. If you could take just one book with you to a desert island, which book would you take, and why?

A cookbook for tropical locations…. otherwise I might starve. If I magically knew how to cook though, I’d take Bag of Bones by Steven King… I’ve read it several times already and know that I enjoy it’s re-readableness.

4. List your biggest flaw and your best quality

My biggest flaw is that I worry too much. I worry to the point of annoying people. I worry to an extent that I worry about things that are not even likely to happen at all. It’s just what I do, I worry. My best quality is that I’m super forgiving. Seriously, I generally find a way to forgive anyone for anything, which means most of my relationships in life are in tact, I don’t hate any family members, and generally I give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

5. If you could travel back in time; which era would you chose and why?

Well if being a girl is a factor in this, I think I’d stay right here thank you… all times before now were very biased against women. However, I’d go back in time and see traditional Japan, particularly when Geishas were a common thing. I know that there are still Geisha around now, but it’s done to celebrate that tradition. I’d like to go back and see it in real time, for myself.

6. Imagine you could trade places with one person (living or dead, real or fictional, famous or not) for a whole day. Who would that person be and why?

I’d trade places with Harry Potter, post years at Hogwarts. I’d be famous, rich, a wizard, and happy… A great time to be Harry Potter indeed.

7. What is the one thing nobody knows about you?

I’m pretty sure everyone knows everything about me. I am not particularly quiet or secretive. However, just in case you didn’t know… I’m afraid of like everything, all the time. Driving the car? What if the tire blows or falls off, what if that car behind me doesn’t stop in time… At home? What if someone breaks in, what if the gas line blows? It goes on and on in every situation… and all I can do is try to remind myself that I am indeed certified crazy and to stop being afraid of everything.

8. What is your worst fear?

I should have read this question before answering the last one. My worst fear, the one that will keep me up at night is losing my children. If one of them died before me, I don’t know what I’d do, and if I’d ever be able to get past it for the other one. Ever see that movie What Dreams May Come? I think I’d be like her.

9. If they were to make a movie out of your life, who would play the leading role?

Someone silly with curly hair. Drew Berrymore with a perm maybe? It wouldn’t be the younger ones that are making movies now, like Jennifer Lawrence. Maybe Kate Hudson? I’m honestly not too sure.

10. What is that one dream you hope to make a reality?

I hope to travel outside of the U.S. sometime. I’d really really love to see Japan… However, London, Paris, Athens, Hong Kong, Cairo, Rio, etc are all places I’d love to see… soon as I can get over the fear of the plane.

And Now, The Liebster Award Nominees Are:

And The Questions For The Nominees:

  1. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
  2. In everyday life, what is your number one pet peeve?
  3. Would you rather watch Star Wars, or Star Trek? Why?
  4. If you were prime miniser/president/ruler of the world what laws would you make?
  5. What is one thing you will never do again?
  6. What sound do you love?
  7. If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
  8.  What one thing would you be most disappointed if you never got to experience it?
  9. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
  10. If earth could only have one condiment for the rest of time, what would you pick to keep around?

It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

It actually is beautiful and sunny outside here in Astoria Oregon (Sorry, Midwest/East Coast for your Winter Woes)… but I also mean it’s been a beautiful day of exploring the blogosphere too.

Today’s assignment for Day 4 of the Zero to Hero Challenge States:

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.

  • Because reading and thinking about what other bloggers say will sharpen your thoughts and inspire new ones.
  • Because reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor

So I dug into my reader, I updated my “Tags” list, I browsed and I browsed. I started with the “Zero to Hero” tag, and then added more that were specific to me.

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From there, I browsed many MANY blogs… some stood out enough that I followed, some just had bits and pieces that I enjoyed… like this wedding proposal…

But here are the blogs I added just today, because well, they caught my eye…

  1. Moving Non Sequitur – Her name’s Andrea, my name’s Andrea, she’s got a husband, I’ve got a husband… I see the makings of some good similarities here.
  2. Finding Forever  Homes: Tales of an Annex Cat Rescue Foster FamilyI love cats, I love every kind of cat, I just wanna hug them, but I can’t hug every cat.
  3. Rainbow Quilts – I’m just beginning to quilt… my hubby is better at it than I am, but I still love seeing them.
  4. *B*A*M! Crafts – More making stuff, but this time with yarn! I too enjoy knitting and crochet.
  5. Clicky Chick Creates – This is a mom, who takes pictures, and makes stuff… which is what I would do, if I was less lazy.

I added more than five, but these are the five that stood out to me as ones I would want to share with you. I hope you all enjoy them, and update your own tag list.

Until Next Time,

Andrea

The Spark That Started A Fire

Under my ass, anyways.

Today’s assignment from the Zero to Hero Challenge for Day 3 is:

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

  • Because it’s an idea you were so passionate about, it motivated you to begin this new project — there’s something to that.
  • Because the best way to become a better blogger is to blog.
  • Because you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for following through on the idea, the blog, and the post.

Honestly, the thought that drove me to write was that I wanted to better myself and my life. I wrote the post I wanted to share most, which was my Promises, Promises post. However, there are some other thoughts dwelling in my mind when I started this up that I wanted to share.

Lately, I’m struggling with my son, Hayden. He’s 10, he loves his Xbox and he’s a total smart ass. The problems we face with him is that he refuses to eat almost everything we offer him (his sister however, eats everything just fine) and he’s a jerk to Lillie. I mean, not just a little bit thoughtless or selfish. He’s totally manipulative and mean to her. I haven’t figured out how to change his behavior on either count. So far I’ve reduced myself to providing children’s ensure type drinks, and making up for his cruelty to his sister by taking her out myself, or by shaming him for being so mean. Although he seems to feel regret about his behavior when pointed out to him (or even punished for it) it’s usually less than a day later and he’s right back at it. This will end up being a longer post at another time when I come up with a solid plan on how to deal with it.

Today  marks the first 24 hours since I gave up my traditional cigarettes and instead am using the electronic one. I even managed to switch over at the “medium” level of nicotine instead of the high one. I purchased a variable voltage battery to help and several flavors including Sweet Tarts and Mt. Dew flavors, but I’m certainly not well versed in all this yet. I feel like I desire something with a strong fulfilling flavor, but my husband seems to find both to be strong and satisfying… I don’t. Maybe it’s because I wear a dentures plate? I dunno. Again, as I learn more about it, this too will become its own post.

So anyways, generally, the idea that got me started up on blogging was that I had some goals I wanted to meet, and making myself accountable for them on here was how I planned on meeting them. I do have some other topics I’d like to touch on, and I’ll get there as we go, for now, I’m trying to focus on improving myself before I can improve those around me.

And just in case you were wondering what happened to Day 2 of the Zero to Hero Challenge, it can be found over in the side bar in the “About This Blog” widget. I didn’t feel that the addition of the widget required a full post. Thanks everyone! See you soon!

Andrea

Same Ol’ Me

Here it is, the first task from the Zero to Hero Challenge:

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

  • Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Who am I? The short version is I’m Andrea. I’m 29, a mom, a wife, sister, daughter, et al. The longer version can be found on my about page. I’ve been blogging off and on for years now, and I’ve introduced myself at some point or another on each one. I believe the about page will cover the introduction portion of who I am.

Why are you blogging rather than keeping a personal journal?

I’ve written journals before, and they’re great, when I’m writing a true capture of my day, or maybe when I’m not willing to share an event with the world, but 90% of the time, I find myself wishing for a little feedback on my thoughts. I often wonder if I am the rare example of an opinion. No, I don’t want to get into cyber debates over politics and religion really, but when I do have an idea, or a goal, I like to know what other people thing about it, thus blogging in a public forum. There is a second reason, too… even though I don’t know most of you who will read this, I am holding myself accountable. By sharing my goals and resolutions, I feel responsible to keep those promises, even to perfect strangers. Especially so if someone decides to take up the cause with me.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Right now I’m focusing heavily on my resolutions which include weight loss, blogging, quitting smoking, and surviving. However, I will also likely post things in relation to my kids, my job, my husband’s political outbursts, games, crafts, and whatever fancies me that day. My thoughts are fairly random and so too will be my blog over time. I tend to stick with themes for a while before I move on to something else.

Who would I love to connect with via my blog?

Everyone! My real life friends, internet friends, strangers… people who think like me, and people who don’t. Any and all kinds. The idea was to expand my horizons and viewpoints, and to do that, I’ll need to meet various kinds of people.

If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Well, I hope to have met my goals, first and foremost. Lost some weight, quit smoking, keep the promise to myself to have kept writing… additionally, though, I hope I developed my opinions some, shared more happiness than sadness, worked towards new and higher goals, and most of all, kept my sanity and maybe even made some friends.

So there you have it, the what’s and why’s of this blog… I look forward to reading other entries from this challenge. Feel free to share them with me in the comments!

Much Love!

Andrea

Promises, Promises

Hello, Internet.

So we meet again. This time, I’m back making promises to myself, and to the world in general. So is most everyone else… However, unlike everyone else I spent my day working, grocery shopping, re-inventing myself via blog, and deciding in what new creative ways can I torture myself for a few weeks? I say a few week because I have yet to survive a resolution for a whole year.

But I’m back, kicking up the blogging again, trying hard to hold myself accountable… (and well, maybe anything Garen can do, I can do better)… but it’s totally about holding myself accountable… That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Anyways…

So it’s that time of year where I am supposed to make a few resolutions and try hard to stick to them. I do realize that most resolutions fail, but even if I try for a few months, at least I succeeded that much… it’s more than I can say for myself most days. So here’s the short list:

  1. Survive all 365 days. I mean this literally. Keep breathing, heart beating… I’m not trying to be melodramatic here… as I said before, I haven’t achieved a New Year’s resolution yet… so let’s start off with an easy one. It is an easy one, right? Watch, now I’m gonna get hit by a bus or something. Death by hairbrush or something moronic.
  2. I will participate in the Zero to Hero:30 Days to a Better Blog challenge. It’s a short, reasonable goal, and I think I can keep it. Why this one? I dunno, it looked like a good jumping point for starting over on a blog.
  3. I will quit smoking. Ok, that’s only a half truth. I plan to give up traditional smoking. I did however, invest in an E-Cig that I hope will help me get in the right direction. I know that this goal is a tough one, and it’s not very often kept, but I’m gonna try anyways.
  4. I will lose weight. That’s right, here’s the torture part I spoke of earlier. Losing weight is not torture by itself… but trying to quit smoking AND lose weight at the same time??? That seems like failure waiting to happen right? Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I’m not going to set hard goals on this one as far as long-term numbers… no 100 lbs in a year kind of thing. Nope, I’m gonna aim for 20 lbs by April 1st. If I make it, great, if I don’t, I’ll reset that goal. I suppose I should have named this goal “Move More, Eat Less” but Lose weight seems more solid. I’ll see how it goes.

So there you have it, two typical goals, one blogger goal, and one that I had better keep if I know what’s good for me. How about you? Share your goals in the comments, maybe I’ll change mine around if yours is better.