Friday, March 27, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 27 - Recent Purchases

Day 27

Recent purchase

Books, Books & Books
Turbo Tax
Quick Books
Movie Tickets

Thursday, March 26, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 26 - Ways/Places to meet new people

Day 26

Ways/Places to meet new people

Kids' school functions
Spouse's co-workers' spouses

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 25 - House Rules

Day 25

House Rules

Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher
Pick up after yourself
Turn off lights
Put seat and lid down
Chew with your mouth shut
Don't touch my books
Don't talk bad about the Packers
Animals are the boss
Be quiet

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 24 - Fortunes I'd like to find in a cookie

Day 24

Fortunes I'd like to find in a cookie

You will come into money
Your book will get published
You are beautiful
Everything will be ok
Be Positive
You can say no
Don't look back
Your dreams can come true
Success will come to you

Monday, March 23, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 23 - Current Reads

Day 23

Current Reads

Doc Holliday by Matt Braun
God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea by Rose Chandler Johnson
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive
Quick Books 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 22 - Things I need to shake off

Day 22

Things I need to shake off

Road rage
Wanting to please everyone
Negative people

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 21 - My "done" list

Day 21

My "Done" List

Getting a vehicle for Scott
Grocery Shopping
Book Reviews
30 Lists
Doctor Appointments
Bills paid
Meals planned

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 20 - Big purchases/expenses coming up

Day 20

Vehicle for Scott
Word program
VW project

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 19 - Favorite Bands from High School

Day 19

Duran Duran
Guns and Roses
Boy George
Tears for Fears
Def Leppard
Bon Jovi
Van Halen
Air Supply
Huey Lewis 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 18 - Things I need to practice

Day 18

Things I need to practice




Fear of heights

Not complaining


#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 17 - Highlights of my autobiography

Day 17

Highlights of my autobiography

Graduated from college

Married for 25 years

Raised two good kids

Helped  make child support laws in Iowa

Was part of a race car pit crew

Meeting Dakota Fred

Meeting Diamond Rio

Having all rescue animals

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 16 - Worst Advice

Day 16

Worst Advice

Don't get married it won't last
(I got married young and everyone said we would not make it)

You are too young to have a baby
(We had been married three years and my mother in law's boyfriend at the time did not think we needed to have a baby and this was after we found out we were pregnant)

There is always someone that does not like you at your job - it will be fine
(You do not have to deal with people who treat you bad)

It does not matter
(To some people everything does matter maybe not to you but to me it does)

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 15 - Ways to be neighborly

Day 15

Ways to be neighborly

Keep your dogs in your own yard
(I keep mine in my yard your should be in your yard making their mess not mine)

Don't play loud music
(Not everyone wants to hear your music)

Don't rev your engine all night long
(We have a neighbor who thinks it is fun to just sit and rev up the motor on his car all night)

Say hello and wave
(If you see your neighbor out at least wave)

Keep your yard mowed
(At least keep the grass and weeds down and your yard clean)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 14 - I want to be an expert in

Day 14

I want to be an expert in:

(I would love to write a book but need the confidence)

Interior decorating 
(I would love to have this be my job)

Being positive
(Working on this)

(I used to scrapbook but don't do it anymore. I also never thing my pages look as good as others)

(I wish my cards looked as perfect as others)

(I have none)

Traveling Europe
(One day I will do this)

(My pictures are always a little off centered or things in the background or too dark)

(I would love to be better at exercising)

Eating right
(I wish I knew exactly what was the right things to eat for me, not what all the diets say)

Friday, March 13, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 13 - Things I had to learn to love

Day 13

Things I had to learn to love

Riding motorcycles
(Scott loves to motorcycle ride and if I did not learn to like it I was going to be left home)

(Again Scott likes to go on boat rides so I had to learn to like them or be left home)

Gold Rush Shows
(After Scott watching these for a few seasons I have learned to like them)

(After learning to like this I am now more into football than Scott ever was)

(I tend to critize myself too much and need to learn that I am good just the way I am)

Being more positive
(It is better to be a positive person rather than a negative person and I am learning this as I go)

No more pop
(Due to having acid reflux I can't have this anymore and I have learned to like other drinks)

No more chocolate
(Again due to my health issue I can't have this and learn to find other sweet snacks)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 13 - Stories I want to Tell

Day 12

Stories I want to tell

Memories of my grandparents
(I have many great memories of growing up and spending summers with my grandparents)

My trip to Key West
(This was just for my 25th wedding anniversary)

Hurricanes of 2004
(To me this was one of the scariest things to go through)

Childhood memories
(I have a few stories from when I was young I would like to share)

My dad's childhood
(My dad was a bad kid and the stories of the things that him and his brothers did are funny to hear)

My book obsession
(I have always loved books and love talking about them)

Why I am who I am 
(I think it would be a good thing for generations to come to know about me)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 11 - Signs I am a bibliophile

Day 11

Signs I am a bibliophile
(A bibliophile is a person who collects or has a love of books)

Six full bookshelves 
(All of which are waiting to be read as I give my books away when I am done reading them)

Have almost 2000 books
Always ask new people I meet if the read

Collect bookmarks
(I have over 1000)

Have a book blog
Always carry a book with me

Can't go into a store without looking at books
(and probably buying one)

Get free book in the mail almost daily

Have lists of books I want to buy
(I have a list in my phone, Evernote, Pinterest, and planner)

Buy clothing with book quotes on them

Take pics of books
(If I don't have a notepad to write down a book I see that I want to get later I will take a picture of it)

Go to book conventions
Go to author signing events
Prefer to read to going to a party

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 10 - Favorite Hashtags

Day 10

Favorite Hashtags
(I don't not like hashtags nor do I care for them so I tried to do a list but could not come up with much so I made a second list)

#30 Lists
#Currently Reading

Favorite Things to Search
(I am always looking for thing to search on the internet)

New blogs to visit
Books to read
Historical sites
Penpal sites
Europe pics
Journaling tips
Writing Ideas
Blog ideas
Historical figures

Monday, March 9, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 9 - Advice I would give my younger self

Day 9

Don't let people get to you
(In school and later in life don't let what people say get to you and make you cry so much)

You are beautiful
(This is something everyone should think about themselves)

Things will be ok
(This is something I need to remember each day. Learn not to worry so much)

Follow your dream
(One of my big dreams is to write a book. I need to get started on this)

You will never make some people happy - so do what you want
(There are people in my life that it seems that no matter what I do I will never make them happy nor do I ever have the right job, do the right things in my life because they are such a negative person, so I need to learn to live my life for me not them)

Don't be so sensitive
(Again don't cry so much, learn to have a tougher skin)

Be more positive
(I wish I would have spent more time looking at the positive side of life and am now learning how to do that)

Do not be ashamed of who you are
(The town I grew up in made me feel like a piece of dirt and I did not belong because I was not from there, was not pretty enough for them and my family did not have money. I wish I would not have given them the time of day to upset me about who I am and where I come from)

Write down your memories
(I wish I would have kept a journal of memories of my times with my family that is no longer here)

Stand up to mean kids
(When kids were mean to me when I was younger I wish I would have stood up to them and told them to leave me alone)

Don't be afraid to say what you think
(I don't say what I think about most things because no matter what I say to some people I am wrong so it is easier to not say anything at all)

Love yourself
(Remember that you are a great person no matter what happens in life and always love yourself, no matter what)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Penpals - yes or no

I want to talk about penpals today. Have you ever had a penpal, do you want a penpal, do you know what a penpal is? My answer to each of these of these questions is yes. How about you?

I enjoy buying new pens, papers and even journals and what better way to use these then to have a penpal. Penpals are a great way to meet new people from all over the world and connect with them on issues that you have in common. I think it is fun to have international penpals so you can you learn about other countries. 

Recently I have found some really good websites to help you find some penpals and to join in on the letter writing community. I will give you a highlight of them and let you visit them for more information. 

Penpal of the Week - Link to Penpal of the Week - This is a place that you can go to find a new penpal, buy stationary or just look around. In order to get a penpal from here you will need to send in a letter and then they will post it on their site for people to connect with you. Take a look around I like the vintage look of their site. This site is free to join. 

Letter Writers Alliance - Link to Letter Writers Alliance - This site is comprised of a group of people who love to write letters. On this site you can see letter writing events that they sponser, get downloadable stationary, purchase stationary, postcards or stamps and find a penpal. In order to find a penpal through their site you must first become a member which costs $5. The membership will get you full access to their website, a patch, postcard, and member card. The charge is a one time fee. After you become a member just follow the instructions on their website to connect with a penpal. 

There are many other sites for finding penpals on both the internet and Facebook. I just caution you to make sure you don't write to just anyone or give all of your personal information out before make sure everything is on the up and up. 

I think this is a way to bring back the lost art of letter writing which like I said I enjoy. I encourage  you to find a penpal and start writing. 

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 8 - Trends I don't like

Day 8

Trends I don't like
(Today's list was actually supposed to be Favorite Trends Making a Comeback. Well I am not big on trends so I changed my list up a bit)

Bell bottom pants
(I have never ever liked these)

Tie-dyed clothes
(Again I just don't like these)

(Hurts my eyes)

Remakes of old movies
(I like original versions of movies I don't care for most remakes of movies)

Fanny Packs
(Just no)

Platform shoes
(just ugly to me)

Crop tops
(I don't care to see other people's stomachs)

Off shoulder tops
(Again I don't want to see other people's bodies)

Mini backpacks
(Just don't get them, carry a purse or a bag)

Slap bracelets
(Too annoying)

Side ponytails
(Just look strange)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

#30 Lists - March 2015 - Day 7 - Inside Jokes

Day 7

Inside Jokes

Who painted the trees? 
(When I was younger there was a lot of frost on the trees and it looked more like paint so I asked the question who painted the trees. No every year I get asked that question)

Look at the whoies.
(When Matthew was very little and just learning how to talk he would see the horses on the way to my grandma's house and he would always say look at the whoies (horses)

My peanuts hurt
(When Matthew was about 7 he rode a mechanical bull and when he got off he said his peanuts hurt. So we kind of still kid him about that.)

(My niece says whatever all the time and I say seriously all the time so we both get teased and randomly our family says these words to us)

I did not know the Winnebago Indians make campers.
(Where I am from the Winnebago Indians have a reservation and hold pow-wows. Well one day my niece who is a bit of a ditz saw a Winnebago motor home and made the statement I did not know Winnebago Indians made campers. She thought the Indians that lived on the Winnebago reservation made the motor homes. She did not realize that the Winnebago motor home company has nothing to do with the Winnebago Indians on the reservation.)

Friday, March 6, 2015

#30 Days of Lists - March 2015 - Day 6 - Books I'd like to read for my book club

Day 6

Books I'd like to read for my book club
(This one is right up my alley as I am an avid read - so I picked some of the books at the top of my list. I have provided the link to Amazon so you can see what the books are about.)

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Paris Letters by Janice McLeod

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

A Haunted Love Story by Mark Spencer

Seven Letters From Paris by Samantha Verant

The French House by Don Wallace

Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake

Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

The Goodbye Witch by Heather Blake

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel