#MicroblogMonday: Refresh

I wrote a really good post for #MicroblogMonday in my head Sunday night. Then I forgot all about it Monday morning, except that it was really good. I didn’t write all day thinking it might come to me. Then I had an event. So this is my consolation post.

I’ve been thinking about how outdated my header picture is and that I should probably update it. What I really like about that picture is that our faces are obscured. Which is a funny thing because our faces and names are all over this blog. If I’m going to update I figured it might be time for a whole new look -I’ve been sporting this one since early 2012. So I spent some time perusing themes in WordPress.

I’m currently in Scrappy, and considering Dreamway and Fifteenth. I’m on the fence about the thumbnail style posts in Dreamway, but Fifteenth would require a significant amount of customization. It’s on the list, I might actually get to it this year.

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Maybe I’ll remember the other post sometime this week…

#microblogmondays: unplugging

I feel like I have nothing to say lately. But it’s not because we aren’t busy, we are busy with life. Working, and playing. We went on vacation last week and I TURNED OFF MY PHONE for most of it. I deleted Facebook from my phone – I did keep the groups app because I moderate in a couple of groups, but so much easier to check in to the group a couple of times a day and not see the rest of it. It’s been freeing. I miss this space and I’m still here, but the break has been nice. I’m contemplating trying to post every day in September… but since that is tomorrow, we’ll see…

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

sisterhood_blogThanks to A at No Baby Ruth for nominating me to answer these questions. And if you missed my video blog a couple of weeks ago I answer some similar questions about my self and my blog.

So here are my Q & A:

1. If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you say you feel?

Today I would say I feel 103. Despite being away and looking forward to my night in a hotel of unbroken sleep I stayed up entirely too late gabbing with old friends who I haven’t seen in a long time. I think most days I feel like I’m in my early 20s because there is NO WAY I am old enough or mature enough to be married with too kids.

2. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

There is very little in my life that I regret. But I think I would do-over my college years in that I wished I could have cared less about “fitting in” and been truer to who I am.

3. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

This one has been hard and I’ve been thinking about it for the last five days (I AM AMAZED THAT IT’S ONLY TAKEN ME FIVE DAYS TO DO THIS). This is like the question of a burning building what would you save. And things are only things and there is so little that I couldn’t replace in some form or live without. To answer the question I couldn’t do it without items that are a collection of things – but I count the collection as an item because individually it doesn’t make sense:

– My laptop (it has everything on it)

– Simon’s memory box & baby book

– Caleb’s memory box & baby book

– My Grandmas jewlery

– My wedding rings

 

4. What are your top three favorite books and why?

Where the Red Fern Grows – I read this for the first time when I was eight and it was the first book to DEEPLY affect me. I’ve read it maybe 4 more times, and I will read it with the boys. And then maybe never again.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – If you haven’t read this, do, now. Another incredibly powerful story.

Pride and Prejudice – I had to read this about five times and watch the movies the Kiera Knightly one and the BBC one before I finally got it. It took me that long to understand why Mr. Darcy was anything other than a complete ass, but once I got it I love it and reread about once a year.

5. What are you most afraid of?

Failure.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment?

I’m sure I have a lot but this one I was just telling Rob about last week. In high school we’d had a half day or something and a big group of us had gone to someones house to hang our. At some point we started tickleing and I kept saying stop I have to pee. Which everyone knows is a ploy to stop the torture, except that I really did have to pee and I peed my pants. One of the girls had a change of dress clothes in her car so I changed and am all dressed up compared to everyone else, and my friends parents came home and were all – you look nice are you going to work? And I had to hang my head in shame as I relived it and everyone laughed. (I’m lucky that none of this was mean spirited, just bad luck and timing for me) And I was in HIGH SCHOOL – Gah!

7. How would your friends describe you?

I hate answering this questions. I should ask my friends.

8. Are you a collector of anything?

I used to collect / keep ticket stubs and the like but then I went in a crazy purge mode and tossed it all because they were just sitting there. I don’t think I regret it. I horde nice fabric and table linens and I would love to collect more, but space.

9. What is your perfect pizza?

Garlic Bread Pizza. It’s a thing and it is divine.

10. What question do you hate to answer?

See number 7.

 

I suck at the chain letter part of this and finding 10 blogs I read who haven’t already been nominated is beyond me right now. March is my nemesis.

Video: 11 Questions

My friend Hannah tagged me for the Liebster award for bloggers with under 1,000 followers. Since she did a video I decided to do one too. It’s only taken me a month to record and export. If you watch Hannah, she is funny, I am not. Also it’s blurry because the only time Rob and I are both home when he can help the children are loud – or sleeping, but then I’d be in pjs…so I made this when home alone, and it’s blurry. Here it is anyhow.

Questions with short answers and tagging MellowMidwestMama and Fiona as a nudge to help them blog more. Video is optional, but I think you should do it.

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

My blog name is a play on my last name and it’s what I changed my blog to when I got married.

The tagline “small town meets big city” is because I grew up on a farm in a tiny town in Indiana. Now I live in New York City.

2. Why did you start your blog?

My blog started as a way to keep family in Indiana updated on my life in New York City.

3. What do you love most about blogging?

It’s a tie between the record of my life and the people I’ve met.

4. What was the most ridiculous but very cool fashion trend you followed?

Bodysuits. With tights and shorts. I don’t know why this was cool but feel like it must have been because why else would I have followed it.

5. One goal you wish to accomplish this year?

Dissertation.

6. What is your favorite social media site?

It’s a tie between Instagram and Twitter.

7. If you could travel to only one place this year where would it be and why?

Maine. We are going. It’s not optional.

8. How would you describe your personal style?

Classic and comfortable.

9. Spring or Fall fashion?

Fall. Scarves and fingerless gloves.

10. If you could choose one store to shop at, your entire life, which store would you choose?

For clothes: Banana Republic. It’s where I get my jeans. I live for good jeans.

11. What is one fear you would like to conquer?

The fear of failure (or of not being good enough). I am capable. Most of the time I know this.

Coffee Chat: let’s talk about make-up

This is for Hannah. It’s almost like we are having coffee for real, except not. I’ve had it on my to do list to make another video for months. A response video seemed just the thing. So here is seven minutes of me talking about the make-up I use. Or don’t use as I also talk about how I lost the bag for FIVE WEEKS and didn’t notice it was missing. Enjoy! And join us for some coffee chat. What’s in your bag?

And sorry I cut off rather abruptly, my phone ran out of recording space mid good-bye.