Some of you may have noticed that over the course of the last few months the frequency of post and the content of this blog has been changing. There’s a reason for those changes. My whole world has been undergoing something of a metamorphosis. Not a Kafka-esque one, cause eww who’d want to turn into a nasty cockroach, but a series of huge changes none the less. As some of you may remember I recently lost my dad, moved to middle America, bought a house (that needed a lot of TLC and some serious renovations), found a few job, and made some fantastic friends! That’s a lot of stuff, right? but that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what’s been going on in the last few months… I’ve also ended a marriage, lost a bunch of weight, mostly finished renovating the house, found a job in my field, found even more great people, met a great guy, expanded my previously shrinking family, and decided to move (again)! With all of that going on behind the scenes, I have to apologize for slipping with the frequency of my posts. I am trying to keep up with as many of the topics as I can, but as my move to the southwest gets closer (and more of my stuff got packed – the craft supplies went 1st, then the books, and finally the kitchen equipment) it became increasingly hard to keep up. I hope to be back up and running very soon, but just in case, please don’t forget about my out there in the blogosphere, I’ll be back with even more projects, adventures, reads, and recipes!
Now I wonder if you can make it from Ohio to Arizona by way of New York, Walt Disney World or Mount Rushmore… We shall see!!!
July is the month that we, in the United States, celebrate our country’s independence. Generally speaking, we honor the bravery and determination of our forefathers by having a BBQ, drinking some beer (or beerlike substance) and blowing stuff up! I love FIREWORKS!!! The boom, the colors, the majestic pictures in the night sky! So, this month I’m going share some of my favorite pictures of this year’s fireworks!
I’m stepping away from my regular posts a bit these days and working more on myself and less on projects. I found this really awesome idea on a blog I follow at the end of last year and thought it would be a great idea to implement at the beginning of 2014. The premise is that you choose 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. What a great challenge, right? It’s based on finding a balance between long term goals and items you can accomplish relatively quickly to keep your momentum up. As the New Year approached, I sat down with Gwen and we decided what our 101 things would be. We’ve worked on the goals we set together a bit, but she just wasn’t as interested in the project as I was/am. That being said, I decided to revise the list we made together and make it into one more tailored to my goals and plans.
Here’s my 101 Things List: (The items that are crossed out are things I’ve accomplished successfully since January.)
- Attend a Sporting Event
- Go Antiquing
- Go to 3 Concerts
- Go White Water Rafting
- Travel to a Foreign Country
- Finish 50 State Quest
- Go to Disney
- Go to Harry Potter World
- Go Stargazing (Romantic Nighttime Picnic)
- Watch a Sunrise
- Go Fruit Picking
- Go to 3 Zoos
- Go Camping
- Go 4 Wheeling
- Have a Bonfire
- Go Sky Diving
- Take a Train Trip
- Watch a Sunset
- Swim with Dolphins
- Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World
- Spend Christmas at Disney
- Go to an Aquarium
- See Chihuly Art Exhibit
- Attend a Food Truck Festival
- Go to a Daytona Race
- Buy a Gun
- Buy Stock
- Get a 2nd Car
- Get another Tattoo
- Buy 3 Pieces of Art
- Own a Mac
- Improve Tool Collection (chop saw, wet/dry vac, …)
- Own Food Processor
- Own BBQ
- Upgrade Digital Camera
- Get a Bike or Classic Car
- Learn to Ride
- Try Yoga
- Exercise Daily
- Give Up Fast Food
- Give Up High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Run a Disney 5K
- Fit into Size 16 (or less) Pants
- Give Up something for Lent (3 times)
- Go Out with Friends (12 times)
- Try 25 New Restaurants
- Finish 101 Pinterest Projects
- Finish Current Furniture Projects
- Get Upholstered Furniture Done/Redone
- Organize & Digitize All Photographs
- Try 101 New Recipes
- Make a Quilt
- Turn Puppies into Art
- Pay for a Stranger’s Groceries
- Send a Message in a Bottle
- Let Go of 100 Balloons (with notes)
- Bake Something from Scratch
- Plant a Tree
- Watch 33 Movies I’ve Never Seen
- Finish 1000 Piece Puzzle
- Have Harry Potter, Classic Disney, New Disney & Star Wars Movie Marathons
- Build a Snowman
- Learn to Sew, Knit or Crochet
- Make Headboard
- Make 12 Shutterfly Books
- House Train the Dogs
- Eat 25 Things I’ve Never Tried
- Have a Random Act of Kindness Day
- Set Up Digital Portfolio
- Read 150 Books
- Finish Oakland Bathroom Renovation
- Finish Oakland Living Room Renovation
- Set Up Oakland Craft Room/Library
- Update Oakland Kitchen
- Paint the Exterior of the Oakland House
- Finish All Oakland Rooms (Soup to Nuts)
- Set Up Workshop in the Garage
- Fix Oakland Yard
- Replace Oakland Windows
- Fix Oakland Porch
- Decorate for Christmas
- Set Up a Bar
- Host a Holiday
- Host a Party
- Pay Off 25 Old Debts
- Pay Off 5 Credit Cards
- Support Myself
- Increase Retirement Savings
- Considerably Reduce Student Loan Debt
- Save $5000
- Sell Crafts (Flea Market, eBay, etsy)
- Get Financing for 2nd Rental Property
- Become Landlord
- Expand Real Estate Portfolio
- Design Dream Kitchen
- Look into Real Estate Licensing
- Have 250 Blog Followers
- Make $ from the Blog
- Increase Blog to 5 Days a Week
- Save $5 for Each Completed Task
- Make Next 101 in 1001 List
Putting this list out there for the world to see I something I’ve gone back and forth on, because now I am accountable to an audience for my success (or failure) in meeting these goals. I’ve decided that I can go back and edit the list, based on major life changing events or large changes in circumstances, but that I can’t just edit it on a whim, because I’m afraid of the challenge behind some of these items.
What do you think? Can I meet this challenge? Should I add or change any of my 101 Things? Have you ever done anything similar to this? I’d really appreciate some feed back on this – positive or negative, just keep me moving toward my goals!
The most amazing things can sometimes be hiding in plain sight. I’m making an effort to look for the joy and beauty right in front of me. I look forward to finding many more pieces of hidden beauty right before my eyes!!
I have been nominated by a fellow Disney enthusiast and awesome blogger for the Liebster awards! This is my first time being nominated and I’m really flattered that The Disney Diva chose my blog to honor! The rules and my nominations are as follows…
1.) The nominated blogger must link back to the person who nominated them.
2.) The nominees must answer the 11 questions given to them by the person who nominated them.
3.) Those nominated must choose 11 of their favorite bloggers who have less than 200 followers to answer their own set of questions. When you are nominated. You can not nominate the person who nominated you.
The Disney Diva’s Questions:
1. Who or what inspired your blog? – I was looking for a way to channel some of my free time, creative energy and maybe create a source of income to supplement my shopping habit.
2. Most useless sidekick in a movie and why? – Mini Me from Austin Powers, because the entire series of movies was pretty useless.
3. If you had to choose, would you rather have dinner with The Hulk or go to a dance with The Thing? – I’m not sure how to answer this question, because if The Hulk were in his Bruce Banner form, I’d choose dinner, but if he were all Hulked out, I’d have to go dancing with The Thing.
4. Which Pokemon would you want by your side? – I don’t know diddly squat about Pokemon.
5. Who woud win in this fight, Link or Batman? – Who is Link? The character from Legend of Zelda? If so, then Batman, hands down.
6. Favorite non-princess Disney movie (animated or live)? – Modern: Lilo and Stitch, Classic: Swiss Family Robinson
7. At the end of Inception, did the totem stop spinning? – I’ve never seen the movie.
8. What is your biggest pet peeve? – Fake. Anything fake. fake people, fake flavors, artificial anything and everything.
9. What is your favorite quote? – It’s a toss up… Either “All dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney or “Yippee-ki-yay Mother F@#$er.” John McClane Die Hard.
10. Name one famous person (dead or alive) that you would want to have a drink with. – Roger Maris
11. Dessert before dinner? Heck yes! What dessert are we having? – Cheesecake or fresh fruit. Actually both.
Viva la KP!
Little In A Big World
Bake with D
The Cheergerm & Silly Yak
Disney by Design
Keeps Me Out of Mischief
It’s “All in WDW”
Mon Petit Chateau
Hodgepodge Pilot’s Wife
Home Across The Water
1. What is your favorite book? – Yes, you have to pick just one.
2. What is you dream vacation? (Destination, length of stay, type of travel)
3. What is your favorite food?
4. Who taught you to cook, craft, love Disney?
5. Yankees or Red Sox?
6. What do you want to be when you grow up?
7. If you could live 1 day as any person (living or dead), who would it be and what day would you choose?
8. Do you believe in Happily Ever After?
9. Sky diving or Scuba diving?
10. Sunrise or Sunset?
11. What was the last concert, play, museum, show or amusement park you visited?
Can you sense a theme? I love butterflies, and all that they represent! What do they mean to you? For me they are change, growth, beauty, joy, hope, flight, …
Sorry this is late, but we went to a Pure Romance party hosted by one of our good friends last night and I was a bit distracted… The theme of the party was pretty in pink, and we were asked to bring something fun and fresh along, so I decided to mix up some adult beverages. I needed something that was universally appealing, like a punch, but I also wanted something that was a bit more sophisticated, like a sangria; however, I waited until the last minute, so I went with a Sparkling Strawberry Wine recipe I found on Pinterest.
I grabbed the ingredients: a bottle of sweet white wine (Moscato works), a half a bottle of Sierra Mist (about 3 cans of any lemon-lime soda works), and a bag of frozen strawberries.
The pin didn’t have any real instructions, so I winged it. I dumped most of the bag of strawberries into a pitcher.
Then I added the soda (or pop, like everyone around here calls it…).
Finally I poured in the bottle of white wine.
Don’t forget to stir it, so the strawberries don’t become a giant ice cube. I poured a glass to test it before serving, and it tasted remarkably like Arbor Mist.
I may try a different flavor next time, because the blackberry Arbor Mist was always our favorite…