Things I Like

Written for writing 101, day 2: make a list of things you like.

I love a lot of things but these are a few things that I like….

  • a good dose of coffee in the morning. Actually, I really like flavored coffee creamers. I am not sure if I would drink coffee without it.
  • one can of Pepsi in the afternoon.(I limit myself)
  • not matching
  • eating cereal in the evening
  • hats and hair clips – you can never have a bad hair day with them

Sorry this list is so short, but there are other things I would like to do.:)

Why I Write

In response to the writing 101 prompt:Why do you write?

I write because…

I need to carve out some time for me, myself and I. When I write, it is my time to be alone with my thoughts, to connect to my inner narrator. All I can do is pave the path for her words. I never know where she will lead me, but I am enjoying the journey.

Sunshine Blogger Award

This past week I was nominated by Afternoon of Sundries for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Have you been to her site? She is a dedicated blogger, a mother, and a teacher who is passionate about her work (and much more but you will have to visit her to find them out). Thank you lovely lady, for thinking of me!
The rules are simple, I must nominate 10 people, thank my nominator, and create
questions of my own. Her questions and my answers are below…
1.If you could channel your soul into a spirit animal, what would it be and why?
A horse.

 I would be stubborn enough to pose a challenge, gentle enough to take you for a ride and smart enough to buck you off when you piss me off.

 2.Who do you secretly stalk online?

I am not so secretly stalking a lot of bloggers right now. Does that make me a psycho or just dedicated to blogging?

 3.What is your power outfit? The get up you wear to make yourself feel confident!

Jeans, a tight-fitting tank top and these shoes.

No, they are not comfortable, but they are yellow!

What? Did you think it would be something fancy?

4.If you could make one wish consequence free, what would it be and why?

For my hubby to have his man cave. I mean his super-deluxe shop. I am not looking forward to putting in the hours to get that baby up.

5.What musical instruments are you proficient in, or wish you were proficient in?

None. I can play two songs on the harmonica and three songs on my ukulele – Riptide by Vance Joy, Prayer in C by Lily Wood (the finger picking part) and Stand by Me by Ben E. King.

6.What is your guilty pleasure TV show or movie?

WordPress is currently my guilty pleasure. I haven’t watched TV in a long time.

7.What is your favorite food?

Chocolate.

8.What book is your favorite read and why?

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. If you have read it, you will understand why.

9.What do you do for a living?

Vet tech/manager of a busy, mixed animal practice. I love my job. My days are unpredictable. I never know what species I will encounter, what surgeries we will perform or what diagnostic tools I will utilize from day-to-day. Love it!

10.What languages do you speak?

English, English and more English. I used to know some Spanish but the language is lost now…

The blogs I stalk (a.k.a.my nominees) are below. The one thing they have in common – quality content! Sensational stories, heartfelt poetry, fabulous photos and, of course, some recipes to round it all off. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. ☺

Sometimes Stellar Storyteller

Crashingstone

Darkwriter

Musin With Susan

My OBT

Jennifer Nichole Wells

a cooking pot and twisted tales

lynz real cooking

Feeding on Folly

Anand’s Caricatures and Parodies

And here are my questions…

1.Name one aspect of yourself that you would consider quirky/odd/amusing/weird.

2.What do you do to relax/unwind.

3.Name one thing that is vital to your daily routine.

4.What is your favorite color?

5.How many posts do you have in your drafts?

6.Regarding blogging: are you…
a) obsessed – you would be embarrassed to add up the hours you spend reading, writing, commenting etc. You also sneak a peek at WordPress while you are at work.
b) intermediate – there are moments when you can’t leave the screen, but there are also times when you don’t look at it for days.
c) you write your post and leave.

7.The blogosphere is most often read through
a) your mobile device
b) tablet
c) home computer

8.Name one possession you covet – something that if your children/friends/family wish to touch, you hover over them protectively, watching them to make sure they handle it delicately, if you allow them to handle it all.

9.Name something that you read, or do, that you feel enhances your personal growth.

10.Since I enjoyed answering this question…If you could channel your soul into an animal, what would it be and why?

Phew! El fin!

Until next time
Kelly ☺

Liebster Award

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This week I was nominated for the Liebster Award by two, very lovely ladies – Nicola and Susan. Thank you both for thinking of me! I enjoyed reading both of your responses and answering your questions.

The rules:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

My nominations are below. Please take some time to peruse their sites – you won’t be disappointed!

Afternoon of Sundries

sonofabeach96

destinationenlightenment

Around Zuzu’s Barn

The Weekly Duck

Because there were two nominations, I combined the questions below..

1.If you could meet one famous person, who would it be?

Daphne Sheldrick – the founder for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Seriously, grant me six months with this woman so I can absorb her knowledge and skills.

2.What is the simplest thing that makes you smile?

My daughter and her innocent replies.

3.What is your favorite season and why?

Autumn, no bugs.

4.What is your all time favorite food?

Chocolate.

5.What song gets you pumped?

Rather Be by Clean Bandit. It definitely puts me in my happy place.

6.What was the most inspiring book you have ever read?

Most recently, The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. My life is pretty smooth compared to that rocky journey.

7.Any other interests other than writing/blogging?

Many, and they can change in an instant. Right now, I am also preoccupied with my camera.

8.Do you believe in love at first sight?

I believe in lust at first sight. I think love has to grow through trials and time. I also believe in soul mates.

9.Are you multi lingual or do you know parts of another language?

I did take some Spanish lessons. Unfortunately, I do not know any Spanish speaking people.

10.Who do you look up to or who inspires you?

Anybody who possesses a skill I wish to have, like my mother in law. She is so giving and unselfish all the time.

11. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

The interaction. I have been hooked since the first time I had a conversation with someone from across the globe. I didn’t realize what a supportive community I would be entering into. It puts a smile on my face every day and I can only hope that, some days, I can return that favor.

That’s it for now. Thanks for stopping in.

Kelly

 

 

 

 

The Blazing To Do Lists

I just have to get this off of my chest.

I have come across several, lovely posts recently about utilizing lists to achieve success. The advice has been great. The wisdom I gathered boils down to this: Keep It Simple Stupid. Make an achievable list with no more than three to five items and get to it!

I admire all of you out there with your lists, making boxes to check off, getting your shit done. I used to be one of you, flinging my arm with a dramatic flare when a list was complete. Let me tell you something – two months ago, I burnt those lists and I have never felt better. And I don’t think I will ever go back to making lists again.

Oh no! Blasphemy! How could I dare to do such a thing?

Easy. I hated those fuckin lists. They were not simple and were not achievable. What began as a daily task maker, turned into a Monday to Sunday chore grinder. By Saturday afternoon, I had whiney kid syndrome. I would stomp my feet and cry around. My time was up and I couldn’t conjure up the gumption to finish things. I would transfer the items to the list for the following week. I began to cheat. I wrote down simple things like “do laundry, wash floors, do dishes” just so I could feel good about crossing something off. You know what ended up happening? I neglected my floors and began to despise my dishes. As if! I have a dishwasher!

So like sonofabeach96 posted here, I had to rewrite my pages. I didn’t like who I was becoming. I was impatient, crabby and near tears most of the time. So I tore up those lists and sent those pages ablaze. I began to breathe again. I took notice of my beautiful surroundings. I started to do things for me, things that were good for my soul. And I feel fabulous.

So if you ask me if I have accomplished a lot this summer, my answer will be “Hell no”. I really haven’t. I have been walking around in a postcoital bliss with myself, nurturing parts that I feel were neglected for too long. Does this make me a success? Depends if you are looking at my “not done list” or if you’re looking at me through my daughters eyes. I bet she likes this version of me better.

Finding Harmony

I am very fond of procrastinating. In fact, I am doing it right now. What I should be doing is re-organizing my monthly bills, sorting out the paperwork, filing it away. Instead, the envelopes sit in a folder beside me. Some of them haven’t even been opened yet. The edges protruding out of the file, peeking at me, making me feel guilty for taking this time to write this post. Horrible.

I guess you can call me a procrastinator, but I don’t feel like that would be an adequate description of my current state. You can only procrastinate doing things for so long before it turns into complete and utter avoidance. And, with that avoidance, comes a vast amount of guilt. I am finding it quite paralyzing at the moment. I am trying to suppress it, trying to ignore it, but I can feel it’s presence. It is in the way I hold my jaw, fighting the urge to clench my teeth. It is in my chest, a heaviness I cannot seem to lift. My shoulders – they are slouched and have rotated forward in an attempt to protect my soul from this emotion. None of these defenses are effective.

I can trace back the origin of my avoidance to eight months ago when I received a lovely gift – a ukulele for Christmas. I became engrossed, obsessive like I usually am with a new muse. I spent hours with that tool. I was determined to learn and I was somewhat successful. From there, I delved into reading novels. I would finish a book within an evening, often staying up to four a.m. to do so. I was eager to escape my surroundings. My most recent technique? This blog, specifically this post.

You see, I am a Libra, and my symbol is a scale. Everything is supposed to be balanced, but for me, it rarely is. I swing from one extreme to the next. I make deals with myself “If I can accomplish this, then I can take time to enjoy this.” Do you know what this means? That I have rarely took time to enjoy anything! All of those little wishes were pushed to the back of my mind and were replaced by my to-do-lists. And, you know what? All work and no play made me quite grumpy. So I swung the scales in the other direction. I burnt those lists (literally) and began to enjoy everything. Now I am at the other end of the extreme, feeling incredibly selfish and horribly guilty about it all.

Sigh. The scales are tipping once again. I can feel them evening out for the sake of my own sanity. I am grateful for them, for the guilt they will alleviate, the tasks that they will force me to accomplish, and the balance that they will bring me.🍻  Here’s to finding some harmony.