Monday, December 30, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 17- A Photo of Your Family

This week's challenge is to share a photo of your family. Sorry, no pictures.

Well, I don't have a family of my own-husband, kids, and pets.  I could have shared a photo of me, my parents, and my brother. However, I don't have an up to date family portrait.  In place of that, I am using the below family tree snapshot.

I would love to share a family photo, but to show respect for my parents, I won't share their pictures online. They have been stunned by how much information you can find out about yourself and others on the Internet. Sure, I could have asked, but I already know the answer. Therefore, I know for a fact that they would not appreciate their pictures ANYWHERE online.  They are private people and have no interest in the social media craze.

Next week, I will continue on with the 30 Week Blog Challenge.  Until next time.

Monday, December 23, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 16- A Favorite Food

This week's challenge is to write about a favorite food.  Um this is going to be hard because I can only pick one.

Well, my all time favorite food is pizza.  I think that there will be a time when I am not going to be able to eat as much pizza as I do now.  The nice thing about pizza is that you can make it in so many ways.  There are the classic pizzas like pepperoni pizza and plain boring cheese pizzas.  However, you CAN get creative.

I discovered this when I was little when my family and I use to go a place called Pizza Inn. It was buffet style and you could get any pizza you wanted. They had cheeseburger pizza, dessert pizzas including chocolate chip, and so much more.  I also found out that you could put pineapples and ham on a pizza.  So there you have it, a very simple food but versatile.  Pizza can also be healthy and unhealthy.

Is that picture making you hungry?  Me too and it is too early for pizza.  Until next time.

Monday, December 16, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 15-Celebrity Crush

This week's 30 Week Blog Challenge prompt is "celebrity crushes".  The lady in charge of the 30 Week Blog Challenge is Marie from Mom Gets Real.

Celebrity crush?  Well, I currently don’t have one.  However, I had several celebrity crushes over the years.   I can’t believe I’m sharing this on the blog, but here goes nothing. I may get a few LOLs and eye rolls, but here goes nothing.

Al B. Sure

My first celebrity crush happened when I was about 10.  I had a crush on R&B singer Al B. Sure.  I know a lot of readers especially the younger readers are shaking their heads right now.  I think that the 30 and over crowd will have a better understanding what I’m talking about.

He was popular during the late 80's and early 90's.  He is best known for song such as "Nite and Day", "Off On Your Own Girl", Rescue Me", and others.  About five years ago he appeared with his son on the short lived singing competition show MTV's Rock the Cradle.  The following year, he was on another reality show.  Still feel lost, just Google him.

Anyway, I was crushing on him at a time when his popularity was fading.  I liked his music, particularly his 1988 album.  I know that I was a bit young for his music particularly his 1992 album, because it was the first time I EVER saw  Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics on anything. 

The crazy thing about this crush is the unrealisticness of the crash.  Al is old enough to be my uncle or parent and I could be his niece and little sister in the least.  The crush went on for awhile and then I moved on.

I also liked Usher in middle and high school.  It was something about these guys that made the ladies swoon. Here in this pic, Usher has a nice smile and dimples.  

Then I took a break from celebrity crushing.  A  few years ago, I liked Eyal Podell for minute.  I don’t think he’s well known.  

Eyal Podell

He was in a TV movie called Pizza My Heart, a couple episodes of The Game, and a short lived TV show called Defying Gravity.   I found a lot of You Tube clips for him.

Robin Thicke

Last but not least, Robin Thicke.  My brother saw some earlier pictures of him online with long hair and a beard, and of course he had to poke fun at him.  I’m not into guys with long hair and beards.  The crush didn’t last, but I still listen to his music of course. I felt kinda funny crushing on a married guy. 

My crushes have always been on older guys who are totally out of my league-celebrity or not, and probably wouldn’t give me the time of day.  And ladies and gentlemen, that’s why it’s called a crush.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Writing Life and Other Happenings

This blog is suppose to be about my writing life or-my so called writing life.  I feel like I should be giving advice on how to be a better writer. My focus has been writing online, the ups and downs of writing, and everything else in between.  Lately, I have been talking about everything else.

First and foremost, I have good news.  My application was FINALLY approved to be a consumer report guide writer at Knoji on Monday.  They offer assignments that pay $50-$200.  That sounds a whole lot better than the $4 per product review I was being paid between April and June.  However, when I checked the assignment board, there were no assignments. On Tuesday, a few assignments were posted and I grabbed one. These assignments go fast, so consumer guide writers have to check regularly and act fast.

The acceptance brightened up my day.  I have been feeling down lately and the weather here hasn't helped. It has been cloudy and rainy for a few days, but the sun finally came out yesterday.

I have been searching high and low for a day job for some time; and to be honest, it gets really depressing.  I regularly check job boards such as Indeed, Monster, Careerbuilder, etc.  I have even had an employment consultant to help me.  I have sent out a thousand resumes literally.  However I only get a few bites, lots of rejections, and negative feedback.

I'm not looking for a pity party, I am looking for a resolution. Since the summer, my writing career has hit a snag.  I barely had steady work since June, and a few special writing projects in September.  I felt unproductive within the last few months. I have been seeking out new places to write but I was either rejected or  haven't received a response.  I signed up for sites like Textbroker and Content Authority, but I didn't find a project that interest me.  I read an article on Monster that said if you apply for any and everything, you will receive more rejections and negative feedback.  I didn't use to do this, but I felt that others were viewing me as picky and didn't want to work.

Since Thanksgiving week, I have been having problems with my Internet connection.  It's crazy how we become so dependent on technology.  There were times when I felt anxious wondering if I missed an important email or missed a post from my favorite blogs.  That kind of sounds frivolous I know.  It was back up and running again Sunday afternoon, and within a few hours, I was caught up on most things. I even sent out a ton of resumes.

Last week, I decided to donate some books to the Anderson County Library's used bookstore.  The main branch has a used bookstore which sells books, CD's, and DVD's.  I figured that if I tried to sell to a used bookstore, I wouldn't get much for them.  Once, I tried to sell my clothes to a place called the Fashion Shack which sells used clothes or brand new clothes that stores can't sell. They wanted to give me a $1.50. I politely  told the clerk that I will take them back home.

The library staff was happy to receive the books.  I donated the following:

  • 3 Willows by Ann Brashares
  • Indigo Summer by Monica McKayhan
  • Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox
  • L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
  • Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
  • Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad
  • When It Happens by Susane Colasanti
I gave away books? Yes, I did and I know that it is shocking.  Some of the stories weren't what I expected. For instance, I wasn't that impressed with 3 Willows. I guess because the characters were much younger than the girls of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, and their story lines weren't very interesting. I read the book twice, but became bored afterwards.  

I was annoyed by the characters in the L.A. Candy series.  You knew right away that Madison was a back stabbing two faced friend.  I felt that the series was a fictionalized version of The Hills.  Why did Jane put up with Jesse? 

Oh and here is one more.  In Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox, I was saddened by the fact how Willa slept with her best friend Jane's fiance.  I just can't imagine doing that a friend or anyone.  It just ruined the story for me.  There were funny moments in the book, but still I was disappointed that a friendship was ruined. I know that's life, get over it.  But still.....

I could go on and on about what I disliked about these books but that will take forever. I hope that the books will find a good home.

I finished my very first consumer report today. I turned it this morning, and when I checked my email this afternoon, an editor emails me and asked for a revision.  I only had to fix two parts and clean up some errors.  Other than that, they said that it was good.  I am happy to be writing and working again.

Monday, December 9, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 14-Things You Love

This week’s prompt asks us to write about something you love.  Well, there are lots of things I love.
First and foremost, I love my family.  They have supported and put up with me through thick and thin.

I also love books.  I have three library cards for three different counties.  This fact alone might label me as card hoarder or book nerd or whatever, but I live between three different counties, so it is helpful to have a card for each county.  If you need further proof, check out my Goodreads list.  I have a stack of books under my desk.  I recently donated some books that I wasn't fond of to the library's used bookstore.

Hopefully, someone will enjoy them more than I did.

I occasionally check out books from the library, and I purchase books a few times a year.  My brother is baffled by this.  I am the only avid reader in my household.  I also enjoy audiobooks.

Another thing that I love is sweets.  I like chocolate, jollyranchers, cheesecake, etc.  Lately I have been feeling the need to cut back on these things. I figured that I am getting too old to be consuming so much sugar.  So instead of picking up a doughnut or some other sugary pastry at the gas station when I purchase coffee, I have turned to trail mix.  Trail mix is wonderful and I love it.

Another that I love is music.  I have 181 and counting songs from different genres on my iPod and that is probably nothing compared to hardcore music lovers out there.  I also have a small stack of CD's stored away.

I love to travel when I have the opportunity. I love going to the beach.  I like to walk in the sand and watch the waves in the ocean.  I like to discover new places and interesting sights.  I am proud to say that I have been to two foreign countries-Mexico and Canada.  When I took geography five years ago, my professor asked us talk about where we've traveled, I felt bad.  I felt bad because many of my classmates visited Europe, Asia, and other interesting places.  I was so fascinated by my professor because he has been all over the world to places like Turkey and Norway, and he even lived in Japan for a year.  To me that is pretty cool.

I also love babies.  They are so cute and adorable.  I love holding them and watching them moving their hands and feet.  I love the way babies look at me with curious eyes. I think that I am very interesting to look at to children.

What do you love?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

30 Week Blog Challenge: Week 13- Something You Want to Buy

Due to Internet issues, I almost missed this week's 30 Week Blog Challenge.

This week’s challenge is to talk about something you want to buy.  Well, there are several things I want to buy.  Some are realistic and unrealistic.

For some time, I have been wanting to buy an eReader.  I have been a heavy reader  since graduating from college and it would be nice to have all of my books in one place.  Besides, I am running out of space to store the books I own.  I only own 27 books, but I have to store them under my desk because I do not have the space to have a bookshelf.  I am not sure if I should get an iPad, Nook, and some other tablet.

I also would like to purchase the remaining songs on my iTunes wish list.  I also wish to buy some of the books on my Goodreads  to-read list.  I have at least 58 books on the list, but I plan to check some of them out from the library.

I also want to buy an iPod touch or a newer iPod nano.  My current iPod works just fine.  Right now, I can’t find the charger for it.  I had my current iPod for five years, and it is doing great.  The only downside is that I wish it had more storage.  My current iPod only has 4GB.

There are the unrealistic things I wish to buy like a Fiat or Mini.  Why?  Buying a car is unrealistic for me because I can’t drive.  Due to my vision impairment, I am unable to drive in most states including South Carolina.

I personally think that the Fiat is cuter than the Mini, but they are both cute.

I had this crazy idea that I was going to be buying a plane ticket and planning a trip to London next summer. However it didn't work out.  Maybe it wasn't the right time, but hopefully soon.