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As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

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1. Do you swim in the winter? I don’t swim in the summer…so no, not really, although we definitely have days where it’s possible here
2. Do you love or hate winter? I love Winter here in East Texas, but not Winter everywhere….I have only seen about 2 inches of snow and then it melted shortly thereafter. That’s really all the snow I am interested in seeing because I am clumsy enough on dry ground. I love how it doesn’t get too cold here usually, but for the most part, it also doesn’t get too hot…it’s like the perfect weather for me! 🙂
3. Do you put makeup/actual clothes on when you know you’re going to be home all day with just family? With just my husband, no….if I was with a bunch of other family, then I would get dressed instead of staying in comfy night clothes…as for make-up, only for special occasions or if I just feel like it. I rarely wear make-up and when I do, it’s usually just lip gloss and maybe mascara. I’m not very high maintenance…
4. How old were you when you had your first alcoholic beverage?
 21…but not on my 21st birthday like a lot of people like to do….I was probably a few months or so away from being 22….and it was 2 wine coolers, I believe…
5. How many ill calls in a 12 month period do you think are acceptable? One per month? I don’t know…..I would say if you’re calling in at least one day every week, that would be too much…but it just depends…if you’re actually REALLY sick…
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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Don’t look behind you” by Ann Rule

What did you recently finish reading? “Bleeder” (Apocalypto, #3) by L.K. Rigel

“Sex with kings: 500 years of adultery, power, rivalry, and revenge” by Eleanor Herman-an interesting look at the secret world of mistresses, especially royal mistresses and how life was like for them.

What do you think you’ll read next? Probably one of the books saved on my kindle, but not sure which one yet….




{January 21, 2012}   Will you stand up?

I’ve written before about loving the show, “What would you do?” because it reminds me that there ARE good people left in this world willing to stand up for others who are mistreated. I know I have fellow bloggers who are willing to stand up and I want you guys to prove it by standing up for someone who needs it.

Today’s post is a strong urge to go read my friend Dayle’s post about a little girl being denied her rights to a transplant due to being mentally handicapped. The atrocity brings tears to my eyes and I urge you to go read HER post on it, and follow the links to sign a petition that could help this little girl.

One should never think they are above another or have the right to deny another because YOU could be put in the same position some day.



Welcome!

I noticed about a week ago, that the first 11 or so days of 2012, I was still putting 2011 on all my posts. Am I the only one that did that or has ever done that? I’m thinking, probably not….It just takes awhile to get used to writing a different year, right?!

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1Where do you hide the reeeally good snacks? It’s just me and my husband, no kids yet, so I don’t HAVE to really hide any snacks….I do keep some goodies close to my bed though, but my husband knows they are there…luckily, he asks before stealing stuff!

2. Do u keep your vehicle clean or am I the only one who has things falling out of their van? “I” keep my vehicle clean…my husband doesn’t, though! So if there’s a mess, which is pretty much ALL the time, HE did it!

3. Have you ever been to Vegas? Nope, I would love to go someday, but not for the gambling…I’m not into gambling, I have never even bought a lotto ticket! I would just like to see the shows, like Criss Angel 🙂

4. Warm room light blankets or cold room warm snuggly blanket?
Cold room, snuggly blanket….but not too warm of a blanket….I like it cold enough where I want the blanket on but I still feel a little cool…hard to explain…
5. What is the worst airplane/flying experience you’ve ever had? For sure, it was the 3 hour flight from PA to Houston where I felt like crap, (had strep throat and didn’t know it and probably was overdosed on too much Advil)…I was seated next to two good looking guys who were college aged, feeling like crap, so I ended up laying back and sleeping the whole trip and then right after we landed, I had to grab the puke bag…yea…I told myself no one saw or noticed….


{January 19, 2012}   The Game of Life

In the Game of Life, there are winners and losers, but unlike in the board game of Life, who is a winner and who is a loser is more a matter of opinion than what number you land on or what career you choose. We all are born and we all will die, those are the two certainties we have. What happens between one’s birth and one’s death is truly a gamble.

Games, though. This is what I would like to reflect on. Around the holidays, I started thinking on this topic quite a lot. I am a lover of board games. Sitting with family and friends and playing them seems like a nostalgic way of spending time together and having fun. I feel like people don’t play board games enough these days. They are good old fashioned fun, aren’t they? But then you throw in competition and things can get crazy.

I’m all for a little competition, games wouldn’t be fun if you didn’t at least TRY to win, but I guess I’ve been a little naive all my life. You see, I had old fashioned parents who taught me at a young age that playing games are for fun and it’s “Not whether you win or lose, it’s HOW you play the game.” If you play a game, trying your best and not cheating and then you lose, you can be a good sport, congratulate the winner and move on, knowing you did your best and you had fun, right? I definitely was taught not to cheat, because who wants to be the winner when inside they knew it was because they cheated?

Well, there goes my naivety. I seem to have been caught in this la la happy land where everyone else has the same attitude about games. I was reminded that there are people who were taught that winning matters and losing makes you a failure, basically. My first thought at hearing this attitude is, “How sad!” I can’t imagine growing up and feeling like a failure every time I lost. I guess I got lucky, because heaven knows, I sucked at sports pretty much. When it comes to those kind of games, I would be numero uno at failing. Board games, I loved. I’ve always been book smart so brainy games were good for me and games of luck and chance make it equal for all! If you know anything about my childhood, you know I was bullied constantly though, so I already had the “feeling like a failure” thing down pat. Anymore of feeling like a failure and I can say with almost 100% certainty, I would probably not be here to blog today. Morbid? Yes, but honest.

So I experienced a hard core competitor for the first time. Ok, so I have obviously met people that were competitors but this was like the grand poobah of them all. Ugh, hard core competitor/king of the braggarts. NOT fun, not fun at all. So…what happens when a nice girl who just wants to have fun is paired with someone who just wants to win? Well, interesting results for sure.

At first, I kept my good spirits and overlooked the bragging, knowing I had fun, so who cares, right? Then, it started to get to me. You know how when someone yawns and then suddenly everyone does? Well, it was like that, the competitive spirit and the bragging got to me. I could feel it changing me and making me CARE about winning. I came up with a game I for sure could win and challenged the competitor. I won, but the competitor seemed to not even consider it a real game amongst all the other games. No surprise there, right?

As time went on, I could feel myself turning into a braggart back whenever I won something and trying to rub it back in his face. When I lost, the brags from the competitor got to me like never before and I found myself enraged and upset. But days after the games ended, cooler heads prevailed and I realized what had happened. I let someone make me feel inferior without my consent, basically. I had been taught about the true meaning of games, yet, I let someone make me blind to that truth. I hate this fact and I want it never to happen again.

Which, could be why, I have had such a strong reaction to sports fans lately. My husband is a huge sports fan with his favorite teams and I just root for whoever he roots for…but on the sidelines…in the other room…watching something else. I have friends that have their own favorite teams and some of them clash with my husbands. Men like to brag about their teams and bash the other teams and somehow, they can still laugh about it and remain friends. Maybe this is why I’m not good with sports. If my friends were constantly dogging my favorite shows and books, etc., I would be upset and hurt. My friends don’t have to like everything I like, but if they know I like something, the least they could do is show respect, right? Which is why I don’t get sports games and I don’t get how fans get mad when their team loses and bash the other teams to make up for it. As I recently remarked on my Facebook, it reminds me of the childish behavior I saw in elementary when a little girl would get upset and take it out on everyone else. It just seems immature to me.  But maybe it’s just a guy thing, who knows?

I have decided that I may never understand this intense need to win above everything else OR the need to bash others because your team did bad, and I think that’s ok. Maybe I’m not meant to understand. I’m fine with the way I look at games….Board games, Video games, Sports games, etc. In the big scheme of life, it makes no difference whether you win or lose in games……it’s how you lived your life or played your game.

Did you live your life to the best of YOUR abilities? Did you stand up for yourself and your beliefs? Did you get by in life through hard work, dedication, and through your own merits or did you cheat your way through? Did you get through on some one else’s coat tails? Because when your time is up in the game of Life, it’s not how much money you have or how famous you are or even how smart or good looking you are…the only thing that really matters is HOW YOU PLAYED THE GAME.

So….How are you playing the game?



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Bleeder (Apocalypto,#3) by L.K. Rigel-3rd book I have read on my Kindle….all 3 are in one big book together with the first two more novella length; Amazon has a membership thing kind of like NetFlix that you can get or try called Amazon Prime, I will not be buying it, but the first month is free so I have the first month so I could check out a book with their lending library. I checked out this Apocalypto series cause it sounded interesting and so far, it HAS been. Very Science Fiction, even though that’s usually not my thing…..they call this genre apocapunk, I believe….it took me awhile to get into the first one cause I’m not used to this genre, but once I did, it pulled me and hooked me. This is not a book I would have typically ever picked up and read if I didn’t have my Kindle…

What did you recently finish reading? “Space Junque”(Apocalypyto, #1) and “Spiderwork”(Apocalypto, #2), both by L.K. Rigel-These are both novellas, considered prequels to “Bleeder”, which I assume means you could just read the 3rd, but you would be very lost….The prequels really help you understand what’s going on in the 3rd

“11/22/63” by Stephen King-Stephen King at his best, if you ask me! I LOVED this book….I wanted to give it more than 5 stars on Goodreads. Within a couple hundred pages of the ending, I was really worried that he wasn’t going to be able to finish it without rushing through everything or making a sequel….at almost 900 pages, the fact that I was worried about him not finishing the story obviously clues you in on how much this story covers…there were seriously a million different ways he could have gone with the story line, but he ended up working things out nicely and neatly without any rushing and I was thrilled at how he did it…….It was an amazing book…..If you haven’t read it, you need to! Here is a premise for you: “If you could stop the assassination of J.F.K., would you? and how far would you go to do it?”

What do you think you’ll read next? I would love to give you a definite answer here, but I’m not sure…I might read another book on my Kindle, but I have about 30 saved on there, 99% of them free :)….I have 2 more books from Goodreads coming, but not sure WHEN and I have a few books I am wanting from the library that I might get sometime this week, so….I don’t know…you’ll have to wait until next week, I’m afraid!




{January 17, 2012}   Sometimes you got to take…

A blogging hiatus. I didn’t expect to take one so soon after posting about it being so hard to NOT blog, but nevertheless, I did. The past two days I haven’t blogged due to just plain NOT feeling up to it and I could have posted a little tiny bit of nonsense just to make myself not feel guilty, BUT I decided against it. I would rather miss a day or two, if need be, then take up a post with “filler” material just to keep away the guilty feelings.

The truth is, I DO feel guilty for missing two days. At the same time, I think I deserved to take a short hiatus, just as everyone deserves to now and then. The idea of missing today too, just made me feel as if I was giving up on my blog, though. And that’s the last thing I want. So I decided to get myself to the computer and blog today!

It seems strange to switch to a completely different topic now, so I will just stay with the topic of my blog. I’m keeping WWW Wednesdays and Five Question Fridays because I love doing those, but should I keep my Mirthful Monday? And if I do, should I change anything about it? I love having different themes and sharing jokes, cartoons, quotes, etc. that I find to fit the themes, but I wonder lately if I should add some diversity. Say, for instance, maybe share a personal story that made me happy or a story I read somewhere that made me happy? Share GOOD news from the world instead of the bad news that seems to fill the media more and more these days? And have the jokes and quotes every once in awhile too?

Or should I make Mirthful Monday a shared thing where I have a different topic or theme every week and everyone that chooses to join in has to find something happy to share that matches that topic? What do my followers think? I would love to hear some feedback.

For now, I will leave this post with those thoughts in mind.

 

 



{January 14, 2012}   So hard to not post now

Why is it that now that I am done with my daily post challenge, I have a hard time with the idea of missing a day?
Here it is 11:30 at night and I have been watching the clock tick away the hours, knowing I haven’t posted anything. There’s nothing wrong with me missing a day at this point, but I find myself feeling guilty when I think of not posting today. So, what’s the deal?
Am I now so used to posting daily that it’s as much of a habit as eating and sleeping is? If I have to miss a post eventually, will I end up filled with guilt? I don’t know and I guess it’s not the worst thing to have become a habit in my life. If only this water challenge could take effect as well as my blogging challenge obviously had. Have I been doing well with drinking water? No, I haven’t. I want to automatically blame not feeling well as to why, but honestly, that would be a cop out. I have water bottles available to me. There’s no excuse for me to not grab one more often. I know my problem is simply that I am choosing to grab soda instead. Bad Sharon!
Looks like this year’s challenges are starting out harder than last years….Will I be able to suck it up and drink the darn water? And when I do, will I get to a point where drinking water is like blogging has become for me?
Only time will tell.

P.s. Anyone know where I could buy glasses in which I can view the future?



Welcome! This is the first of 3 Fridays this year that will fall on Friday the 13th! I just learned today this happens every 28 years, which is really ironic, seeing as how the last time was in 1984 in which my husband was born on the 3rd and final Friday the 13th of that year! Who says Friday the 13th has to be bad luck, huh? 🙂

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1.What’s the last thing you bought for yourself? I would say a book or game for the Kindle Fire but technically that was paid for by a $20 Target Gift card I got for Christmas plus some extra money my husband added to it and put on an Amazon card…I think the last thing using any of MY money was probably a drink from Taco Bell
2. What is your favorite meal on a cold winter day? Pasta is my favorite meal in any weather, really….
3. Have you started looking at swimsuits for this year, and do you buy a new one every year? I haven’t looked for a swimsuit in years, I hate being seen in one so I avoid going swimming…seeing as I don’t even know how to swim, it’s not that big of a loss, really….
4. If you could be any candy, what would you be and why? Maybe a Jolly Rancher or a Life Saver? I like hard candy 🙂
5. What are you most passionate about? I am passionate about my family, music, my love for reading and my blog! 🙂


{January 12, 2012}   I made it!

It’s official! I have now completed my Postaday 2011 Challenge. I have posted daily, without missing one post, 365 days in a row!
So, what’s next?
More blogging, of course! I will not be going for a daily challenge in 2012, however I do want to continue blogging daily. I’m not going to consider it a challenge or obligation, because if I am really sick or unable to post for some reason, I don’t want to have to throw out a mediocre post to just full in space. I feel like I ended up doing this in 2011 a few times and I disliked having to do so. At the same time, posting daily was more about fighting procrastination for me, sticking to a goal, and recapturing my love for writing, so even the short posts helped me. In the end, that was all I could ask for.
This year, I want to dig deeper into my writing, challenge myself to new heights with it and hopefully uncover more of the true me through this process. I also hope to catch up on the blogs I follow and come up with a plan of how to stay up to date with your blogs and comment on a regular basis again.
I hope all my followers will stick with me on my journey and are as excited as I am to see what’s in store in 2012!



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