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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Inspiration Personified

I watched this video this morning and cried. Sobbed even. It was so beautiful and inspiring. It made me think about my grandmother, who is currently still towards the beginning of a road to recovery after problems during a surgery. It really makes you feel like you can do anything. 

He could have given up. He was falling, literally, trying to make it through his yoga practices. He went from needing crutches and a wheel chair to RUNNING. I love that he didn't take the doctors word as Gospel. Doctors told my family to make funeral arrangement for my grandmother. This was over 2 years ago. God is good. The human body is resilient. We can do things we don't believe we can when we push ourselves and have faith. 

Happy Thursday. 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn


I have found it. My new favorite snack. And it didn't really take much to come up with either. Over this past weekend I was jonesing for some sort of snack. I try not to keep actual snacks in the house, because if we have snacks, we eat snacks lol. So I needed something I could make with what I had in the pantry and fridge - enter dark chocolate baking chips, popcorn, and peanut butter. 

I simply popped a bag of popcorn, then melted some peanut butter and the dark chocolate baking chips in the microwave until smooth. I used probably a little over a 1/4 cup of chips and 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Then I drizzled it over the popcorn and tossed. I ate a little that day, and it was SOOO good. You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate together, then add the salt of the popcorn to the sweet, and you've got a hit. 

I put the rest in small Ziploc bags to take to work during the week. It keeps really well. It is a bit messy, because the chocolate doesn't harden so you WILL get chocolate on your fingers. But I like that it's soft and not hard like caramel corn - which is my main aversion to caramel corn. 

Discovered any tasty snacks lately? 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The things we buy and only use once (or twice)

There are certain things that we buy, with the intention of using them out, but never actually do. 

Video Games - while hubs and I are pretty avid gamers, there are some games I start and just never finish.  I'm hot for them the first couple weeks, and then I pretty much forget about them and get to a point where they are too tough and I give up. 

Game Systems - I HAD to have a Kinect so I could play the dancing games we always see people having fun with in the commercials. The commercials actually didn't even win me over. It was a store display that I played/danced with that got me. We had the Kinect hooked up to the Xbox for about 3 months I'd say. Then it went to the wayside, and using the controller was just much easier than controlling it with our hands. The same happened with the Wii and the Playstation Move. Although they are good to bring out when we have people over. 

Coffee Makers - I have a traditional coffee maker, and espresso maker and milk frother, and a Keurig - and now I want a Nespresso. I do actually use my Keurig quite often, but as I get an upgraded caffeine producing machine, the others go to the wayside. You really only need one type of coffee maker on your kitchen counter. 

Other kitchen appliances - I just HAD to have that Magic Bullet Blender when I saw the infomercial... and my husband NEEDED a juicer to make fresh juice. We haven't juiced anything in about 3 weeks lol. 

Exercise Equipment - we have the BEST of intentions when we get that new treadmill. If it's staring at us each day we're bound to use it sometimes right? Wrong, lol

Lip glosses and nail polishes - These are two things that because we have so many, we never actually finish any of them before they get old. 

So what to do? 
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Monday, November 19, 2012

My 47% Dream

I had THE oddest dream last week. The only people I remember recognizing were Conan O'Brien and the lovely TS Hawkins. I'm guessing Conan was there because that's what I fell asleep watching, and TS was there because I was on the eve of an event we were producing together. 

In the dream, I, and a bunch of other people were in this beautiful house. Story upon story of beauty and opulence. You can tell there was two distinctly different groups of people in the house. There were people who were clearly rich, and then the rest were just "regular" people. I was a "regular" person. Not poor, just normal. On the first night in the house, only the rich people were able to take the elevator to the top floors to sleep, while everyone else had to make spaces on the floor all together with sleeping bags and such. 

The next night, the rich people were gone. All the people who were left were excited about sleeping in the upper floors, but no one could get there. You know that feeling in a dream where you are struggling to get to somewhere and it just won't happen? That's how it felt. I can't remember what the concrete thing was that was stopping us, maybe the elevators just weren't working... but we wanted to get to the upper floors, and couldn't. 

I thought about my dream for about a day and decided it could totally be a metaphor for what has now been coined the 47% - the middle class people in the U.S.

The house represented the country. And the inability of the "normal" people to reach the top floors represented the inability for all people to reach the epitome of the wealth version of the American Dream. The rich people easily made it on the elevators to the top floors, while the others just could not go any further. 

What do you think?

DigiWriMo Word Count: 6,274
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Getting Myself Together

This picture is not necessarily related to this post. I just happened to find it in one of my folders. Remember when Facebook used to have flair boards? This was mine.  

I'm trying to send myself into a whirlwind of personal and professional development  My goal is to be a better person in any way that I can be. 

PROFESSIONAL
  • I just came back from the National Arts Marketing Project Conference which has totally jump-started my professional growth. I want to continue to learn whenever/wherever I can, and grow in my field. 
BLOG
  • I've reached out to the lovely Angie of Lariats and Lavender about redesigning the blog. 
  • I'm currently participating in DigiWriMo
ACTING
  • I'll be getting new headshots taken in December
  • There is an agent who said she'd like to take me on in lieu of updating my headshots, so hopefully that will happen in the near future
  • I've joined a casting network so I can actively purse more auditions and extra/background work
  • I'm starting a 6 week acting class tonight!
THINGS THAT NEED WORK
  • Eating correctly - I know what I should be eating (fruits, veggies, water, and protein), and what I shouldn't be eating (sweets, processed foods), I just need to get back on track with actually following that! We did recently purchase a juicer so I need to get in a juicing habit as well.
  • Exercising - I haven't been able to afford keeping my personal trainer, and have slacked off. Time to get back on the train and self motivate in lieu of not having a trainer right now. 
What are you doing for YOUR professional or personal growth?
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

When Someone Dies

When someone dies, after being horribly sad, I always have two very opposing feelings. The first can be summed up with "Oh my gosh, I need to eat better and exercise more so I can have a long healthy life and enjoy life more." The second thought can be summed up with "I should eat all the brownies I can, you only live once, I could die tomorrow without having enjoyed enough sweet and greasy foods."

It's pretty absurd that my mind goes right to food in relation to death. There is much more I should be thinking about. Rather than eating or not eating I need to start thinking about the actual fulfilling things in life: 

Relationships: Friendships, romantic relationships, familial connections, love. My goal should be to experience relationships for all they are worth. 

Experiences: Trying new things, taking leaps, testing boundaries, going new places. I'll probably regret not experiencing something I had the chance to experience more than I'd regret not eating another chocolate cookie.

Although, at the end of the day, I don't think there is regret in the afterlife, at least not in heaven?


RIP to Reuben Mitchell, the best Barack Obama impersonator I knew. You, and your talent, will be missed.


DigiWriMo word count: 4,181/ 50,000
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle

I'm a big fan of candles. I like them to set the mood ;-) . I like them to cover food odors (I burned this one Wednesday night specifically to cover up the onion smell from the chicken cheese-steaks I made for dinner), and I love burning a candle after I've thoroughly cleaned a room. 

Nutmeg & Spice candle + Peppermint Tea = Relaxation

I received the Bath & Body Works Fall Mini Candle complimentary in my Influenster Beauty Blogger Voxbox. I was able to try out the White Barn Nutmeg & Spice fragrance. 

This scent is pretty amazing. It embodies the scents of fall, calling to mind many of my favorite parts of the season - pumpkin pie, spiced apple cider...mmmmm...

The candle is small, probably not as small as it seems next to what is my largest mug lol, but small. Nice size to tuck away. You get a large fragrance without having to burn a large candle. This size is $3.50, you can also get Small Candle for $9.50,  Medium Candle for $12.50 or 3-Wick Candle $19.50. 

What's your favorite candle scent?

DigiWriMo word count: 2,663/50,000

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ABCs of Fall/Winter: Q is for Quadrisullabic Winter Words Crossword Puzzle

Boy, is that a title lol. 

Since I never got around to finishing my ABCs of Fall and ABCs of Winter series last year, I thought I'd continue it this season and hopefully make it through to the end of the alphabet this year. I left off on the letter Q, which is a hard one. "Quilt" would have been too easy, so I settled on "Quadrasyllabic Winter Words" - don't ask me how I thought of that one lol. 

Since I'm participating in DigiWriMo and am trying to be more creative, instead of just listing four syllable words, I've created a cross word puzzle for you to figure them out! Feel free to leave as many answers as you can in the comment section. I'll highlight the person who gets the most correct when I post the answers. 


                ACROSS
    4  The best beverage to buy from an orchard         
                6   Big Bird colored version of everyone's favorite type of hands-free blanket          
                7   A lighter form of warm cocoa beverage

                DOWN
                1  A kind of festivity for the decoration of Christmas foliage             
                2  The title of my blog (bonus)       
                3  Song in the theme of Christ's birthday holiday   
                5  Winter footwear that protects from liquid

DigiWriMo word count: 2,478/50,000 (I need to pick up the pace lol)
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Contribution to the #digiwrimo Novel in a Day

I don't consider myself a writer in the sense of novel, story or play-writing, although I have play ideas all the time, I just need to actually write them! Every once in a while I consider myself as a writer of poetry, but those times are few and far between. I do consider myself a blogger (obviously) as well as a pretty good marketing copy and press release writer. While I'm not a novelist, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to at least contribute a little to the DigiWriMo Novel in a Day. Anyone registered for DigiWriMo could contribute to the goal of a 50,000 word collaborative novel written in just 24 hours via an open Google doc. The full novel is HERE (scroll to the bottom of the post). We managed to get 41,184 words completed out of 50,000. The novel is a series of vignettes  and you could create your own or contribute to someone else's. I chose to add on to an already started vignette  It's only a small contribution, but I'm proud of it :-). In italics is the portion that was already written, the rest is what I wrote. 
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Windows 8 - My Official Thoughts


QUICK THOUGHTS:

  • Installation was SUPER simple, no files or programs were lost.
  • Live Tiles are cool.
  • It's nice to interact with a Windows machine in a different way. 

WHAT I'M LIKING: 
  • Notifications in the People app aggravates both my Twitter and Facebook mentions/messages all in one place. I can also see posts from both Facebook and Twitter at once and interact with them. No more switching between programs!
  • The News app is cool. It pulls articles from a bunch of different news sources. Will be great to read when I'm bored or have been through all the blogs I usually read. 
  • Tweetro app is awesome for tweeting.


  • Weather app has nice hourly forecast. 

THINGS I DON'T LIKE:
  • The only option for setting up the Messaging app are MSN messenger and Facebook messenger - Lame. I'd love to at least have a Google chat account connection.
  • There is no archive button in the Mail app for us Gmail users.
  • The corners are hot-mapped for various controls. Either I'm just not used to it yet, or it's a little finicky, but I keep clicking the wrong things when I'm trying to click in the corners to do things. 
  • Setting things up was a little laborious as I had to completely restart my computer to connect Facebook, and then again to connect Twitter. 
  • Shutting down the computer requires one mouse motion, and 3 clicks. Seems to be a bit much. There should be simpler/faster way to shut your computer down. 
Has anyone installed Windows 8? How do you like it?

DigiWriMo word count: 1,599/50,000
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Boots No7 Beautiful Skin and My Skincare Regimen

I received the Boots No7 Beautiful Skin (Dry/Very Dry formula) complimentary via my Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox. 

When I went to San Diego early in the summer my Proactiv system was a casualty of the altitude during the plane ride. I had pretty must JUST purchased it, and refused to buy any other facial care products. So since then, I've been washing my face with olive oil mixed with a little sugar, and then toning with apple cider vinegar (you know I love things natural ;-) ) 

I was excited to get the Boots No7 products in my VoxBox since I haven't used anything commercial in a while. I received the Night Cream and the Cleansing Balm. 

CLEANSING BALM ($8.49): 

I enjoyed that this product is applied to dry skin, as that is how I apply my olive oil when I'm cleansing with it. I liked the cleansing balm. I felt like it cleaned my face and didn't leave it feeling dry. It even worked well in removing makeup. It also had a nice scent. 

NIGHT CREAM ($13.99): 

I really liked the night cream. It left my face SUPER soft and I didn't have a greasy face when I woke up in the morning as I have had with other night creams or moisturizers. 

I give these two products *two thumbs up* They are easily accessible at Target, other retail stores, and the Boots USA website. The line is color-coded making it easier for you to find the type best for you Normal/Oily (Pink), Normal/Dry (Green) and Dry/Very Dry (Lilac). I don't consider myself to have dry skin, but the Dry/Very Dry formula worked great for me. 

DigiWriMo word count: 1,346/50,000
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Challenge(s) Accepted

It seems November is my month for challenges. I wrote earlier in the week about my participation in DigiWriMo. I'm also participating in Hey Fran Hey's Jump Up and Drink Up Challenge.

One challenge is building my writing and creativity through writing more, the other challenge is building up a healthy body through cardio and drinking water. What have I gotten myself into?! lol I'll be sure to report back on how both challenges are going mid-month. Throughout the month of November you will also see a DigiWriMo word count on the bottom of each post. 

DigiWriMo word count: 1,076/50,000
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Impressive Technology

We have so much technology, and interact with so many screens and gadgets daily that everything seems commonplace, but many of these advancements are fairly new, even if it seems like there wasn't a time when we were so encompassed by technology. I'm going to share the technological advancements that actually blew my mind. They seem normal now, but at the time they came out, they knocked my socks off.

The Mouse
While it seems babies are born now intuitively knowing how to wield a computer mouse and swipe across an iPad, when I was five years old and my grandmother put me in computer class the mouse was such a foreign object to me. I could see that  moving it made the little arrow on the screen move, but it felt like magic.

WebTV, Chatrooms, and E-mail
Wait a minute. What is this you say? I can talk to people around the world that I don't even know? How is this possible? WebTV was my first internet experience, before I was thrown into the world of AOL trial discs for internet access on the computer. I don't know how many of those trial discs I went through in my lifetime. What I know for certain is that WebTV was my first foray into the world of communicating via the internet with people I didn't know in real life...and I LOVED it, obviously I still do ;-)

The Cable Modem
Dial-up internet connection sucked. Of course, when that was the only option, we didn't know it sucked. All we knew was unless we had two separate phone lines we couldn't talk on the phone and be on the internet at the same time. Enter the Cable Modem. It blew my mind. Not only was the internet connection what seemed like a billion times faster, I could talk to my friends on the phone at the same time as I was chatting with them in AOL Instant Messenger! What more could a teenager ask for? The cable modem also amped up my use of the next technological advancement that blew my mind:

Napster
Wait a minute. What is this "downloading" you speak of? Any song, movie, or music video I can think of I can HAVE? Napster was amazing. But Napster after my family switched from dial-up to cable modem was like media heaven. I went from a 15 minute download time for a single song, to getting every Michael Jackson video I could think of within seconds. It was amazing.

Text Messaging
Back in my teenage years wielding a Trackphone I felt privileged that I could talk in a mobile fashion (at about $1 per minute lol). When text messaging first surfaced, I didn't feel like I needed text messaging. I just needed a phone I could make calls on. Then I got a phone with text message capabilities (at the rate of something like 10 cents per text lol) and was excited by the notion of "talking" to someone, without actually talking.

iPhone
At this point, being on what seems like the 20th version of the iPhone, it may seem overrated. But think back, really think back to the first time you saw an iPhone. It was so innovative. No buttons, just a touch screen. Even though I was impressed with it, I had the mantra "I just need a phone to make and receive calls and text messages." But once I entered into the world of internet, e-mail, games, and social media, all on my phone, I was, and continue to be hooked. 

What piece of technology really blew your mind when it debuted?

DigiWriMo word count: 980
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

When I have kids (re:Halloween)

Well, this Halloween was definitely better than that other Halloween. I did however make a mental note of how I expect my Halloweens with children to go. 
When I have kids:
  • They will dress up if they are going to go trick-or-treating
  • When they are teens, they will STILL dress up if they go trick-or-treating
  • They will say “Trick or Treat?” and not just hold a bag out waiting for candy
  • They will say “thank you” upon receipt of candy
  • They will not leave football practice in uniform and obtain candy in their gym bag, passing off their uniform as a costume
  • I will not walk around with my child asking for my own portion of candy
  • They will use a pillowcase, tote bag, or Halloween bag or bucket to collect candy. Not a plastic bag or their book bag or no bag at all.
  • They will not trick-or-treat while having their cell phone up to their ears.  

P.S. – a little girl, after saying trick or treat AND thank you, said “You are soooo beautiful” to me. :-D

DigiWriMo Word Count: 374
 
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Digital Writing Month #digiwrimo


Happy November! and Happy Digital Writing Month! 

What is Digital Writing Month (digiwrimo)? Birthed out of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) DigiWriMo is a month-long challenge of writing 50,000 words in some form of digital writing - blog posts, tweets, code, google doc collaborations, etc. 

What is my Digiwrimo plan? I don't know! Well, I have a bit of direction. I want to definitely use this opportunity to write more blog posts in the month of November and think outside the box in terms of content. I'm also looking forward to connecting and sharing with other DigiWrimo Participants. I'll definitely be keeping my eye on the #digiwrimo twitter hashtag, and try to participate in as many of the prompts as I can. 

Also, since I am attending the National Arts Marketing Conference next weekend, I already planned on writing extensively on my experience there and what I learn while I'm away. I haven't figured out what format  that writing is going to be presented in, perhaps a Tumblr page dedicated solely to it. 
Can I count this blog post towards my 50k goal? I think I will lol. 
DigiWriMo word count: 188
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