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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?

Happy 10th Birthday to my nephew, Matthew! 🙂

What are you currently reading? “First Among Sequels”(Book 5 of the Thursday Next Series)

What did you recently finish reading?  “Something rotten” (Thursday Next, #4) by Jasper Fforde

“Charming the Snake” by MaryJanice Davidson, Camille Anthony, and Melissa Schroeder

What do you think you’ll read next? I’m planning on reading “All our Thursdays are missing” (Book 6 of the Thursday Next Series) next, but I will have to check it out from the library sometime this week 🙂

 

 



{August 20, 2013}   One Minute Stab

OneMinuteWriterButton21. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Sword

Posted: 20 Aug 2013 03:30 AM PDT

You have a minute, GO!
What a perfect prompt for today….let’s just say sometimes being a woman is NO fun at all.  When I think of a sword at the moment, I think of the stabbing pain I feel off and on during my period.  Oh, and when you get stabbed, there’s lots of blood, right?! Well, there you go!  If I say anymore, I may make any man reading this nauseous…maybe even some women if they are overly sensitive about those things!  Anyways….my intro on my blog says “You are now inside my head”….so I’m afraid you asked for it! :p

 



{August 19, 2013}   I’m back…in a good way!

Finally got back to 281…which was what I had gotten down to before I gained a few pounds back.  The even better news, although also ugh news, for me is that the scale surprised me with being BACK at 281 and I started my period last night.  Yea, I know, I know…I hate bringing that dreaded “P” word up, but I AM a female and periods DO effect your weight.  I tend to gain between 2 to as much as 6 or 7 pounds of water weight on my period.  So, I was NOT expecting to have shown any loss at ALL today, much less being back at the number I WAS.  I really hope this means once the water weight has passed that I will be below that number….Here’s hoping!

Anyways, I wasn’t intending to make this a short post, BUT I literally JUST got done working…my choice, not anyone else’s….AND I worked straight through supper, so I am starving! I know it’s not best to eat this late, but it’s also not good to just NOT eat, so I am off of here to eat something and maybe I will post something longer tomorrow. 🙂



{August 18, 2013}   Learning to be more Assertive

The idea for this post came yesterday as I was over at my Nanny’s visiting with my older sister Sherri and her almost-10-year-old boy Matthew.  We were discussing about her middle daughter (my niece Grace) and how she is not good at being assertive and standing up for herself.  I could relate, and my Mom said that I get this for her, which is true.  I’ve never been good at being assertive OR standing up for myself, although I believe I am better at it at the age of 29 than I was as a child.  It’s hard for me to speak up and tell someone they are doing something wrong.  It’s hard for me to stand up to authority and say that I do not agree.  I shy away from this.  When I was younger, I would say the main reason was being shy.  Being bullied in front of authority that did nothing probably did not help at all, either.  If the ones who you are supposed to turn to just ignore things, then what good is it to say anything?  No one will take me seriously, right?

As I have grown up, I have tried to stand up more and speak up more, but I still fall short of where I SHOULD be.  I don’t consider shyness a reason anymore.  Nowadays, I believe avoiding conflict and caring too much about what others think are the two main culprits.  They also happen to go hand in hand if you stop and think about it.  I HATE dealing with conflict.  There has been a lot of conflict in my life, and I prefer to avoid it as much as possible at all costs.  I KNOW I get this from my Mom.  All my life, I have seen her steer clear of rocking the boat.  If her food arrives burned to her table at a restaurant, she will just sit there and eat it while telling us how burned it is.  If we tell her to tell the waiter, she would say, “No”…she did not want to cause problems.  So…it just figures that I would have the same attitude in regards to things.  In the same situation, I would probably tell the waiter, but while telling them, I would apologize for making them take my plate back.  Now, thinking about that, I shake my head at myself.  Why would I need to apologize for the cook’s mistake? I wouldn’t, but that’s the way my mind tends to work in these situations.  I avoid asking the tough questions to those in authority because I worry about seeming rude.  I worry that by saying or asking the wrong things I will cause conflict.  I worry so much about this perceived conflict that things MAY cause that I let things slip by, I let people take advantage, and I end up feeling lost and confused.

Have you ever heard those stories where someone is working somewhere, comes up with an idea and someone else steals it and gets credit for it? Well, while this has YET to happen to me, let’s just say that I would be the one to get my idea stolen and probably wouldn’t say anything for fear of conflict.  That’s not good, is it? 😦 Nope…it isn’t.

The one exception to the rule is probably within my family.  I am more likely to speak up with family that I have been around my whole life.  Maybe because I am just so used to them.  In fact, I used to have a problem with speaking up too much in my family.  Now, I think I have a good healthy medium.  I try to speak up when it matters the most, but try not to exacerbate matters.  I try to walk away, if need be, rather than causing TOO much conflict or just agree to disagree with people.  But within my family, it’s more about just making sure nothing gets said that is so bad you can never take it back, you know?  Making sure you speak up, but tactfully, if at all possible.

This need to avoid conflict really DOES go along with caring too much about what people think of me.  I TRY so hard to not care, but by shying away from speaking up so many times,  I am obviously giving off a persona of a quiet girl who hides off in the corner, tries to be independent more than she actually is, and shies away from doing or saying anything that might cause someone to think I have a mind of my own, right?  This is not who I am….but I obviously care TOO much that someone might think I am rude or a trouble maker or even stupid….All these thoughts run in my head when I think about speaking up.

I would like to change this.  I would LOVE to be more assertive.  I would LOVE to change my viewpoints where when I AM assertive, I don’t feel like I am bothering people or have to apologize for it.  Does anyone else struggle with this same problem? Or better yet, has anyone overcome this and have some tips for me? I really think this is an issue I need to put work into overcoming for the betterment of myself.



{August 17, 2013}   One Minute Priceless Post

OneMinuteWriterButton21. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Priceless (Wednesday the 14th’s prompt)

What’s something wonderful you have in life that can’t be bought, sold, or traded for money?  I don’t think I even need a whole minute to answer this. Family. One word is all it takes here.  Having a family you love and care about is worth more than any money in the world, and when I say family, I am including the great friends in my life who are just like Family to me, as well. 🙂

 



{August 16, 2013}   A Meme to Pass the Time

I haven’t found a permanent thing to do on Fridays now that 5 Question Friday is no more…so for today, I am just doing a Meme I found online.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? In Austin…my hometown.

2.What is your favorite article of clothing? Flip flops

3. Last C.D. you bought? Nightwish- “Imaginarium”

4. Where is your favorite place to be? In a comfortable spot reading 🙂

5. Least favorite place to be? Outside in 100+ degree weather!

6. Are you strongest in mind or body? Mind….my body is weak….not that my Mind is incredibly strong, but I think we are usually stronger than we know

7. What time do you wake up? During the week, I try to be up by 11:30, but I wake up earlier naturally sometimes….on the weekends, I sleep until whenever my body decides to wake up

8. Favorite kitchen appliance? Microwave

9. What instrument would you like to play? Drums

10. Favorite color? Purple

11. Sports car or SUV? Sports Car….maybe…I know SUV’s are gas guzzlers, are sports cars also gas guzzlers?

12. Favorite children’s book? IDK

13. Favorite season? Fall

14. Least favorite chore? Washing dishes

15. Favorite day? Any day that I can just do what I want 🙂

16. Favorite food? Pasta…even though I rarely eat it anymore

17. Favorite drink? Baja Blast….which I have drank maybe 2-3 only within the past year

18. Favorite word? I’m a reader/wannabe writer….I LOVE words, how could I possibly pick just one???

19. Favorite inspirational book? I can’t think of any off the top of my head….

20. Who would you like to play you in the movie of you life? Maybe Kate Winslet, cause she is OR was a more plus size woman and she is gorgeous….or if we are going for a funnier version, Melissa McCarthy 🙂 



{August 15, 2013}   One Minute Predictions

I know I do these one minute posts a lot lately, but now that I am actually “working”, and working ON a computer for hours…it’s hard to make time and motivation for posting intellectual posts. 😦OneMinuteWriterButton21. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Second Sight

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:00 AM PDT

Have you ever consulted a psychic, medium, fortune teller, astrologer, or so on? Did they make any predictions for you? Were they accurate?
I have never consulted any one of these before.  I think it’s a waste of money, almost in the way that gambling a lot seems to be a waste.  I think there MIGHT be some people out there that have some powers of prediction, but I honestly think they are few and far between.  I think most of it is over rated.  Having said that, I love getting fortune cookies and I love reading my horoscope, but I take both things with a grain of salt.  I like them more for the entertainment than for the fact that they might actually be true.  If they turn out to be true, then cool, but I do not base my life around them. 🙂
I HAVE seen fortunes and/or horoscopes be accurate, but a lot of times most of the accuracy is due to the fact that the writers write them as to pretty much fit every person in almost any situation.  There have been a few that have been frightfully accurate, but that is rare.

 



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?  “Something rotten” (Thursday Next, #4) by Jasper Fforde

What did you recently finish reading? “The Well of Lost Plots” (Thursday Next, #3) by Jasper Fforde

What do you think you’ll read next? “Charming the Snake” by MaryJanice Davidson, Camille Anthony, and Melissa Schroeder (Honestly, I got this from Booksfree thinking it was just a book by MaryJanice Davidson, which I love, only to find out it has 3 stories by 3 different authors…the other 2 I have not even heard of…so I am mostly reading for MaryJanice Davidson, BUT I will read the other 2 stories and give them a chance….I just hope they are not too romance cliche)

After that, I am reading “First Among Sequels”(Book 5 of the Thursday Next Series) because I got it from the Dollar store awhile back for $1 🙂  The only reason I’m not reading it directly after Book 4 is because I want to read the Booksfree books first and get them mailed back so I can get some more! 🙂

 

 



OneMinuteWriterButton21. Read the daily writing prompt.
2. Push “Play” on the timer on the right side of the screen.
3. Spend 60 seconds or less writing a response to the daily prompt.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Back In Time

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 03:00 AM PDT

If you could go back in time exactly 10 years (that’s August 13th, 2003) and give yourself some advice, what would you tell yourself?
This one is sort of a toughie, because I don’t want to change my past too much.  If I did, I might not be where I am today.  It’s true I could be better off, but I also could be worse off as well.  I think I would like to tell my 19(then) year old self to not worry so much about having a man in your life, though.  I also would tell her if she decides to lose weight and ever gets stuck, never give up.  Don’t worry so much what others think, but what you think of yourself.  Don’t listen to what people have to say about YOUR life and how to live it.  Take things at your own time table and not what others think is best.  TRY earlier….Yes, I know that last part is vague, but I think my old self would understand what that means….;) It’s  a secret…not going to divulge here. :p

 



{August 12, 2013}   No change

I just did my monthly measurements, and for the first time in over a year, there was NO change in my measurements from last month.  My weight is right now the same as last week, but that’s 4 pounds less than it was last month. SO…it’s not like my weight hasn’t changed at ALL, just not very much lately.  I am still trying hard.  I am still putting in the effort, but my body hasn’t showed it lately.  BUT in good news, I saw a friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time at the store the other day and they asked me how much weight I had lost.  They said they could tell I had lost a lot cause they hadn’t seen me in awhile.  And…another friend(oddly enough related to the other friend) LOL. said I was looking skinny lately.  Although, I find it hard to believe I look anywhere near skinny YET, it makes me feel good when people are actually noticing the change.  Believe it or not, it seems to be rare and far between when people seem to notice.  😦

People noticing gives me inspiration moving forward.  I have come SO far, and I am a heck of a lot more healthier today than I was last year.  I’m not sure how long this stalemate is going to last, but just know, I haven’t given up, I AM still working hard, and I will NEVER give up! 🙂 I have come too far to turn back now…and I have been in this place before, given up, gained the weight back x10, and been in the place where I looked back and realized, “Hey, I would have much rather been back there and stuck for the rest of my life than where I am now!’ So having THAT perspective, I refuse to let myself be back in that place and wishing I had not given up.



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