Blog Awards #9: Mystery Blogger Award


Copied from Getting Through Anxiety.

The amazing B.G. at Getting Through Anxiety nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you! The creator of the award is Okoto Engima.

Here’s the link to the post where I was nominated:

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share the link(s) to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself:

1.) I’m exclusively left-handed, and proud of it!

2.) I consider myself fairly organized and neat, but I highly dislike cleaning!

3.) I currently have three American Girl dolls, but I want more!

5 Questions From The Nominator:

Have you had a crush on your teacher as a teenager?

No. Most of my teachers were married and had kids! Haha. I do have great admiration for a lot of them.

If you had the power to change one thing in your past, what would that be?

I would somehow get a hold on my anxiety before it took over so much control of my life.

Which country is your next dream vacation, and what made you want to go there?

I would also have to answer Italy. I love the history, and I definitely want to enjoy the food! Plus, Al is a quarter-Italian. I would love to see Sicily and Corsica!

Do you think it is okay to keep secrets even between best friends?

I agree with B.G. – Yes, as long as they’re not harmful.

If you could be transformed into something else, what would be your preference, and why?

Wonder Woman. She’s one of my favorite superheroes. I cannot wait for the movie to be released!

5 Questions to Nominees:

  1. What’s your favorite holiday, and why?
  2. Is there a movie that you can’t wait to see?
  3. Did you have a favorite stuffed animal growing up?
  4. Do you have a favorite game?
  5. What book are you currently reading?

I Nominate:

  1. North East Olympics
  2. Doggys That Blog
  3. Sister Sole Space
  4. The Wind Blows All Over: Living with Mental Illness and CFS
  5. Let your words speak what your heart thinks.
  6. DaiseyDropper
  7. My world.
  8. Still Funny

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #37: Considering A “Five-Year Journal”


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I don’t remember when I stumbled upon this link, but it must have been earlier this year.

Here’s the link:

At first glance, looking at it, I was filled with excitement and dread. FIVE YEARS? Wow. That’s a LONG time!

But, I like the idea of it. It reminds me of my parents and their logs. My mom still writes in a notebook almost every day, recounting the day’s events. Then, they have boxes of red-bound books with logs of years past. I didn’t read them much as a kid, but as I got older, I enjoyed reading pieces of them, especially Dad’s. He crammed his neat all-capitalized print into every line of every page!

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t journaled, in some way. I always have pen and paper with me. My journaling has evolved and changed over the years – From just regular paper, to spiral notebooks, to loose-leaf in binders, to legal pads, and mini-notebooks. Now, most of mine is electronic, with the blog and all. But, I value my handwriting and I enjoy writing in cursive, so I’m considering this “five-year journal” endeavor for 2017!

I like the prompts idea. I may go that route.

At the same time, several of my journals have contained random ideas and thoughts, and some of those have turned into story ideas. So, who knows where this may lead!

I already have a potential notebook in mind!

What do you guys think?

Do you journal?

Do you consider your blog a journal?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #49: December Goals


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Here are my goals for the month of December!

  1. Decorate for Christmas.
  2. Fully clean up / clean out the attached garage.
  3. Enjoy several holiday parties!
  4. Donate blood.
  5. Create our budget for 2017.
  6. Help either a child or a family have a good Christmas.
  7. See Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!
  8. Make peppermint bark.

Here’s the breakdown:

Decorate for Christmas.

  • We just bought our first Christmas tree! We’re excited to set it up in our living room and decorate it!
  • Red and green are so festive!

Fully clean up / clean out the attached garage.

  • We cleared out two of the end tables last weekend, so one whole wall is clean now!
  • We plan to go through boxes and containers a little bit every weekend!

Enjoy several holiday parties!

  • Amanda and Dan’s annual gathering is this weekend.
  • Al’s company holiday party is next weekend!
  • At the end of the month, we celebrate New Year’s and Kathryn’s birthday!

Donate blood.

  • I’m trying again this weekend!

Create our budget for 2017.

  • We started a spreadsheet in July, and we need to fill it out for the rest of 2016, and then create a new worksheet for next year.

Help either a child or a family have a good Christmas.

  • Having been raised in a church that has participated with Angel Tree, Salvation Army stockings, and Operation Christmas Child, I always try to do something extra in the month of December.
  • I’ve already volunteered to be a Christmas elf to help a college friend help a family she knows, but I want to do a little bit more than that.

See Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!

  • This has been the most anticipated movie for us this year!
  • This is one that we are going to see multiple times!

Make peppermint bark.

  • I discovered this a few years ago, and it’s super easy to make!
  • I love peppermint during the holidays. Plus, it has white chocolate! Yum!

That’s all I have for December! I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2016!!

Do you have any goals for December?

Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂