|It has been 26 days since I have written in my blog! I hate it when life gets in the way of doing what I enjoy! Maybe I can get back on track.
The past few weeks have been crazy! I finally succumbed to the misery of this weather. After a wonderful five days in New Orleans which included a proposal from my fantastic boyfriend (Memorial Day wedding!!), it was so disheartening to come back to the frigid temperatures and snow in Dayton, Ohio, not to mention the ton of work that I have to do before I graduate on May 4th. And let's not even mention my bar exam on July 30 - 31. I spent the better part of the past few weeks mustering all of my self control to keep from crying at the most inopportune times!
On a bright note, everything seems better now, despite the freakin' snow here today. My beautiful friend RenDuring® Infinitely Alone has continued to check on me during the course of my mini-breakdown and provided me a few much needed reprieves! I always feel better after a good conversation with her. I hope she knows how much I treasure her friendship. And I am finally starting to get caught up! This weekend, I got my week of judging done for the "30-Day Blogging Challenge" , finished a negotiation prep sheet for Trans Drafting class, finished a final paper for Law As a Calling class and completed almost all of my bar application. I was also able to get a few reviews done! Things are definitely looking up!
It appears that Emily ~ Graduating TODAY is feeling as stressed as I have been, and that's definitely understandable. I would tell her not to worry, but I know from experience how much that helps. I do hope she knows, though, that I'm here and know exactly what she's going through.
I'm hoping that, now that I'm getting caught up, I can get more points in "Addicted to WDC!" . One point per week just isn't going to cut it! I would recommend this group to anyone. When I wasn't on for a few days, I came back to so many awesome things: raffle tickets, kind emails, a Merit Badge, and so many inspiring cNotes and photos! I would like to give a special thank you to Elle - scrambling for lollies , BW ~ On a Witchy Job Hunt , blue jellybaby is BLUE! , Emily ~ Graduating TODAY , Carmela , Princess Zelda , blainecindy-I♥theCircle , LostGhost~BACK!!! and A E Willcox ~ is busy for their kindness, generosity and, most of all, their friendship. You guys are the best!
Also, I have to thank my friend, best4writing-Peace2AllLesbians , for taking the time to read and review so much of my work and for her kind words of encouragement. Coming back to all her encouraging reviews made my day!
Well, I believe that's all for now. I hope I haven't left anyone out. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
February 26, 2013 at 12:32am
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|February 26, 2013: What do you feel are the advantages of belonging to the Blogging Circle of Friends? The disadvantages? Is there anything you'd like to see changed? Do you have any other suggestions or comments? Be honest!
First of all, I can't think of any disadvantages. I think there are many advantages to being a member of the group. You are not required to blog on any given day, but you have the incentive to do so just in case that day determines Blogger of the Week. The incentives of Blogger of the Week and Blogger of the Month are terrific! The prompts are thoughtful and are rarely controversial. If there's something in particular you want to write about, you can add to your entry for the prompt. Or there's always Sunday, when you write about anything you want.
You have the ability to read other people's thoughts on the same topic, and it often helps you see things from a different perspective. You also have the ability to make good, long lasting friendships. And your blog entries get a lot more views and comments than they otherwise would have. New members to the Circle are recognized and given attention as are birthdays and anniversaries. Cindy even made an announcement in the forum when I became a yellow case. She also always takes the time to comment on every blogger's entry for the day.
I can't think of anything I'd like to see changed. I really think it's perfect as-is.
February 18, 2013 at 2:05am
|February 18, 2013: What makes you cry?
I should start by saying it's according to what kind of mood I'm in. If I'm in a particularly sad mood, the most insignificant things can make me cry. In those instances, if someone speaks to me with a harsh tone, I tear up. Normally, though, it takes a little more than that to make me cry.
I have to admit, I cry when watching sad movies. I usually try to hide it, though. I'm also the type of person to follow suit when other people cry. This makes it particularly difficult for me in my chosen career. When I was working as a paralegal, if a client cried, I would hold back my tears until I had a headache and was nauseous by the time they left.
Most of the time, I can wait until I'm alone to cry. I cry when people I love are ill, I cry when animals are hurt, I even cried one year when the Yankees lost the World Series. I cry when I'm arguing with my boyfriend, I cry when I feel overwhelmed, I cry when...
I think, rather than finish this entry, I'm going to Google "Ways to become tougher." I'll let you know how it works out.
February 5, 2013 at 11:58pm
February 6, 2013
|February 6, 2013: If you could read minds for a day, would you? Why or why not?
Oh, I would be SO tempted, but I would have to say no, for several reasons. I'll list my top two reasons:
1. It would be a total invasion of privacy. I wouldn't want someone to be able to read my mind, and I'm sure they would feel the same way.
2. There are some things better left unknown. I cannot even imagine the mind blowing things I would likely learn with the ability to read minds for a day. Not only would I be likely get my feelings hurt time and time again, I would also likely find things out about people that would prevent me from ever looking at them the same way again.
Being able to read minds for a day initially sounds wonderful. But with all things considered, if given the opportunity, I'd have to turn it down.
February 2, 2013 at 5:28pm
February 2, 2013
|February 2, 2013: What are three things that you hope people never say about you?
1. I hope people never say that I am two-faced. Two-faced people are one of my biggest pet peeves. If you don't like me or disapprove of something I do, tell me! I'm a big girl, and I can take it. However, don't pretend to like me or approve when you don't. If I don't like someone, I stay away from them. I do show them respect, but I am not going to be 'fake'. My friends are my true friends. If I tell you something, you can be sure that I'm telling you the truth. I cannot stand a two-faced person, so I hope to never be called one.
2. I hope people never say that I am uncaring. While I sometimes get wrapped up in my own little world, I try to always be there to lend a helping hand or listening ear. If someone is facing a bad situation and making efforts to improve, I'm one of the first people to jump in and help. If the person makes no efforts to improve and simply seeks sympathy, I'm one of the first people to try to kick their butts into action. To me, caring isn't about agreeing with and feeling sorry for someone. It's about working with them to improve their situations.
3. I hope that people never say that I am lazy. Oh, trust me, I have my moments, but those moments usually come after have overextended myself and need a short break. I try to stay motivated, with work, school and now, with writing. I can't stand to remain idle for too long. It brings with it too much opportunity to get into trouble. Therefore, I try to remain busy and productive and would not want to be considered lazy.
February 1, 2013 at 3:38pm
February 1, 2013
|I just finished the 30 Day Blogging Challenge a few days ago, and I decided to be lazy for a few days and not post a blog entry. There is nothing more motivating than checking my email to discover I was voted Blogger of the Week last week! Thank you guys so much! It made my day!
Prompt - February 1, 2013: Is it ever okay to lie?
My cut-and-dry answer is no, it isn't. But things aren't always so cut and dry. I think lying by omission is ok in some instances. If I don't have to say something that would hurt someone's feelings, then I keep my mouth shut. I'm the type to sometimes avoid the question. "Do you hate these shoes?" If I think they're hideous, rather than say "YES!", I'm more likely to ask, "Why would you think that?" and hope the subject changes without my having hurt someone.
There are instances where I think lying is justified. For example, say a young child has a drug addicted mother who is in rehab. If that child would ask me, "Where's mom?", you darn right I would lie. But as far as lying to make myself look better, to hurt someone, to be vicious, or for a variety of other reasons, no, it's never ok in those regards.
To summarize in a few words, it depends on the circumstance.
January 30, 2013 at 5:00am
January 30, 2013
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge" Prompt for January 29th, 2013:
Teach me a LESSON in two parts. The rules are simple: this is an open blog prompt where you can blog about any life experience you desire. The kicker is that it has to be in TWO parts (cliffhangers are recommended and encouraged - make me want to read more!) Open with a problem, take me through your experience dealing with said problem, and end with the lesson you learned (however philosophical or ordinary it may be).
After I hit the truck, for a moment, I didn't realize what had happened. I guess I was in shock. When I finally regained my wits, the first thing I noticed was a smell akin to firecrackers that have gone off. My first thought was that the car could explode and that I needed to get out of it. Later, I realized that it was the smell from the airbags deploying.
I suffered a broken left hand from the accident and had to have a plate and screws wrapped around by third metacarpal. So one valuable lesson learned: if you realize you are about to have a head-on collision, do not brace your hand on the steering wheel. Those darn airbags hurt.
The most important thing I learned, though, is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." If I would have been able to trade in the Escort, I would have been without a vehicle for several months. I wasn't at fault in the collision, but it took me months to get my $1,000 down payment back from the at-fault driver's insurance company. During that time, and for several years thereafter, I was able to drive the faithful little Escort. Sure, it wasn't as flashy as a brand new Mustang, but it got great gas mileage, was a much cheaper ride and I was very glad to have it.
January 29, 2013 at 11:13pm
January 29, 2013
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge" Prompt for January 29th, 2013: Teach me a LESSON in two parts. The rules are simple: this is an open blog prompt where you can blog about any life experience you desire. The kicker is that it has to be in TWO parts (cliffhangers are recommended and encouraged - make me want to read more!) Open with a problem, take me through your experience dealing with said problem, and end with the lesson you learned (however philosophical or ordinary it may be).
I was nineteen years old, and had just bought my first new car. I was thrilled! I had been driving a Ford Escort that was given to me by my parents, and I couldn't wait to be seen in my new shiny blue Mustang! I was a little upset that I didn't have a trade-in, because the car I had was in my parents' name, and they wouldn't let me trade it in. It was one of those times when I acted spoiled and became angry at them, because I couldn't understand why they wouldn't let me trade a car in that wouldn't be used anymore.
I bought the car on a Monday evening, and my first official trip was my thirty mile drive to work the following morning. I was so excited to be driving the new car! I wasn't driving my normal way of 5 mph over the speed limit, because I wasn't yet used to the car. When I was about five miles from work, it happened. I was driving 55 mph on a one lane road, and a huge truck pulled out in front of me. I slammed by brakes, but I knew I wouldn't be able to stop in time. With nothing else I could do, I braced myself.
To be continued...
"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum" January 29, 2013: What gets better with age?
Me! I do think we all get better with age. We learn from our experiences and often become people, more well-rounded people as a result. Sure, there are exceptions, but I think that most of us do get better with age.
January 28, 2013 at 1:06am
January 28, 2013
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge" Prompt for January 28th, 2013: Persuade me (and whoever else reads your blog) why you enjoyed competing in the "30-Day Blogging Challenge" ! Do you think you will compete again in future months? Care to share any suggestions for improvement?
I enjoyed competing in this challenge, because it forced me to write something every day. Moreover, it forced me to respond to a particular prompt each day which, in turn, forced me to focus on some very interesting issues and state opinions that I would otherwise keep quiet about. It allowed me to make some new WDC friends and learn their thoughts and opinions on various issues. I have thoroughly enjoyed competing in the challenge and getting to know these fine people!
I will definitely compete in future months, especially after I complete the 2 other 30 day challenges that I am currently in. I must say that I will truly miss reading the enlightening entries of others in the forum. Perhaps I will troll the forum while I'm not participating and continue to respond to the entries of others.
As to improvements, the only suggestion I can come up with is to give participants a better idea of current standings. At this point, I do know that I have posted every day, but I have no idea how many points I have lost, who hasn't posted regularly, or about current standings in general.
"Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum" January 28, 2013: Would you rather be super intelligent or extremely good looking?
Why can't I just continue to be both? Stop throwing things at me! I was kidding! On a serious note, although there are times I would answer differently, I would much rather be super intelligent. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you can spot an idiot as soon as she opens her mouth.
January 27, 2013 at 3:17am
January 27, 2013
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"30-Day Blogging Challenge" Prompt for January 27th, 2013: Blog. Tell us about your week, include your favorite blog entry from your fellow challengers from the preceding week, and, most importantly, why.
This week has been filled with writing, reading, reviewing, school and homework. Good times.
On a bright note, I'm still reeling over the fact that I became a this week! That made the week much better.
I'm currently involved in three 30 day challenges: "30-Day Blogging Challenge" , "The Construct Cup" and "30 Day Image Prompt Contest - Closed!" . I wonder how long I'll be able to handle that.
This week has been so crazy that the only entry that sticks out in my mind is Wordsmitty 's take on the forced laughter prompt: "What a joke!" . I much prefer laughing at his witty entry over forcing myself to laugh.
Hope everyone had a great week!
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