Monday, February 27, 2012

Secret Week

There's a blogger, or should say a blogger and a blog, I've been silently stalking for a long time.  I always hesitate to post comments on her blog because I feel like, well, I'm not sure what I feel like.  Do you ever feel that someone is doing something so much better than you and you wish you could be in their shoes?  Yea, that's Ashley, and her blog, in a nutshell.  Her blog intimidates, and inspires, me.  She's a really inspirational woman who runs her own business and is quite successful.  Those are the shoes I want to be in.  She's always doing fun and amazing things that I'm always interested in participating in, but never do, but this one in particular caught my eye.

To you something like this might not seem exciting, at all, but it's something I have a hard time doing when it comes to blogging.  It was one of the main reasons I stopped blogging for a while.  I didn't think I could be honest when blogging because I thought others would shun me.  Well, I figure, if others are going to be doing the same thing, and baring their souls, why can't I?  It's about time, right?

But Alicia, you promised that your blog would be all happy and snuggle-y bunnies when re started it this year?  Yea, I know I did, but I can't pass up an opportunity to get some things off my chest even if they happen to negatively impact my readership.  After all, if I'm not blogging for me then who am I blogging for?  Maybe this is the real chance I needed to open up and be honest with myself about things I may think I'm trying to hide from people who choose to read my blog.  I'm not saying people who read my blog MUST know these things but sometimes it's easier to understand where a person is coming from when you know their secrets.  I don't know how else to explain why I'm excited, and a little nervous, about this challenge.

If you want to participate, and I think it's healthy for everyone reveal some secrets, you can check out Ashley over at After Nine To Five.  Follow her blog, if you don't already, and I promise you won't regret it. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Not So Wordless Wednesday!

I love the Wordless Wednesday idea but I am not capable of removing words from a post.  It has nothing to do with editing but everything to do with my big mouth, or hands in this case.  So, here's my attempt at Wordless Wednesday!!

In an attempt to redo the header on my other blog I took some great photos of my bookshelf, some makeup compacts, and my crochet hooks.  I've been trying to use them in as many ways as possible but they're too busy.  Here's the problem, I really like the photos!!  So I decided just to share some random photos with you.  I've tweaked a few of them, which is quite obvious, and now can't find a way to use them.  Oh, wait, desktop background.  Oh yea.  Anyway, here are the photos on my bookshelf, and a random book, that I'm LOVING but can't (until now) figure out how to use.

This is just a picture of my bookshelf.  My other blog is about books, beauty, and crafts and I needed a nice book image.  This isn't the one that I ended up using but I still like it.

 I pulled out a Harry Potter book, at random, and opened it on the floor.  I got down onto my stomach, while squishing my boobs, and took a picture.  I LOVE how I was able to focus on the lone book while all the others were blurred slightly.  I have another one like this but I ended up using it in my header for my OTHER BLOG.

This is the same photo as the first one.  After I turned it sepia I used a couple filters and altered it just a little bit.  I really like the way this one came out.  I can't, however, tell you which filters I used because I forgot.

Again, this is just an extremely random post but I didn't want to end up losing some of the great photos that I managed to take.  

Are there any pictures you've taken lately that you're absolutely in love with?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Views On V-Day

So everyone seems to have their post about Valentines day and I wasn't, initially, going to post anything but here's what I have to say.  Before I get into the meat, or points, of this post I just want to make it clear that I DO NOT condemn anyone for celebrating Valentines day with chocolates and the like.  I, and my husband, just choose to use our money for different things, like anniversary hoodies/jackets.

 - I'd rather receive a candy bar on Wednesday night after my husband gets home from the grocery store, because he knew it was my favorite candy and he thought of me when he looked at it, than receive a box of chocolates and roses on Valentines day.

 - Valentines day is so forced.  By that, I mean, it's a day that society (well not everyone) has told you that you're supposed to think about your loved one and buy them all kinds of fancy things.  Just one day?

 - Everything gets more expensive.  I don't think I need to explain that.

 - Too many people, at least where I live, are expecting something.  Their intentions, if they don't receive what they expect, are horrible.  I heard a girl talking to her "bff's" the other day and, in no uncertain terms, she said that she'd break up with her boyfriend of 3 years if he didn't buy her this watch and that bouquet of flowers on Valentines Day.  Really?  That's horrific, in my opinion.

 - My Anniversary is 2 days before Valentines day.  No, it was not planned that way.  I met my husband on 2/12/2003 without a thought of Valentines in my head.  

 - Fifty percent, or more (I'm just pulling this number out of my butt to be honest) of what you purchase for your loved one/receive from your loved one on Valentines day is either going to end up in the trash, dead, or both.  Cards, in my house, never last more than a couple days.  Flowers die, plain and simple.

Anyway, those are just a few of my thoughts on Valentines day.  I didn't celebrate it before I was married, my husband and I celebrated it a couple times and then agreed never to do it again because it just didn't feel genuine, and we will never celebrate it again.  Like I said in the beginning, I DO NOT condemn those who do celebrate it in whatever way they choose.  It's just not for us.