May the Force Be With You

It is easing towards Midnight on April 30, so its close enough to May for me to post my May goals, right?

Actually I’m sick and just took some nighttime cold medicine, so I’m hoping my post will be coherent when I read it in the morning.

Want to see how I did on the goals I set for April, visit my Art of Living blog and read my April Goal Recap

  1.  MAKE DAILY TO-DO LISTS
    At home and at work I’m wondering where my time is going.  I feel like I’m so busy, I never get to slow down or take  a break for a moment.  But at the same time it seems like I never get anything accomplished.  At least, I never get anything I planned to accomplish accomplished.At work I doubt my making a list would help, since the reason I’m not getting anything done anyway is because I don’t have time to do MY job and do everyone elses job at the same time.BUT… maybe having a to-do list will help me keep my ducks in a row at home.
  2.   CONTINUE TO WORK ON MEDITATION
    Now that I have a little spot carved out in my bedroom that is supposed to be my Sacred Space and help me ground msyelf, I need to work on Meditation.  Its not easy for me.  As I mentioned in my April Goal recap between my kids and my husband I’m always interrupted.  But it is supposed to be worth it if I could actually make it into a relaxed state.
  3.   MAKE SOMETHING EVERY DAY
    I like to make things.  But I never make things.  I need to make an effort to make something every day.
    This might be one of many things:
    – I can work on one of my cross stitch patterns.
    – I can work in my gluebook or one of my art journals.
    – I can make some paper beads.I don’t have to FINISH anything every day to accomplish this, but I have to do SOMETHING creative every day, even for 5 minutes.
  4. WRITE MORE
    Once upon a time I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.  I’m all grown up now, and I don’t really write much anymore.

    I’m not talking about blogging type writing.  I’m talking about my self proclaimed “Short Fiction and Bad Poetry” type writing.

    I wish I could get my hands on a 5 subject notebook to write in like I did in high school.  I’ll never break down and buy one because I’m broke and they are not cheap.  I used to could find them at the Dollar Tree at back to school time, but not for several years.

    Anyway, I want to try to flex my fiction muscle again.

    Does anyone care to see any of my creative writing if I started trying again?

So, those are my goals for May.

Do you have any specific May goals of your own?  I’d love to hear them.

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Alright, Do it Right, April

So far April isn’t doing my family any favors.  We are all sick.  All 4 of us.  Some of us are sicker than others, and the projectile vomiting 2 year old takes the cake.  Or actually doesn’t take the cake, or the cookie, or the mac-n-cheese, cause he doesn’t want to eat.  Of course he doesn’t!

So we’re already almost a week into the new month and I have not set any new month goals.  I will admit that I’m feeling a bit disheartened because I’m failing at all the goals I’m setting almost every month.  March was the first one so far.

If you want to see how I did you can check out my March goals recap post at So Much for March (and if you need a reminder of what my March goals were take a peek at Marching Forward with March Goals)

So, many of my goals this month are going to be slightly altered

  1.  CREATE A SACRED SPACE
    I have been looking a lot into sacred spaces and altars.  There is only one place in my home I have room to make into a sacred space, but I’m not sure yet how I’m going to pull that off.  There will be other blogs about the process.
  2.   JOURNAL MORE
    This one is a repeat from last month, because I feel like its something I NEED.  I NEED an outlet for all my stress and depression and anger and hours upon hours of repressed feelings.  Journaling is healthy and therapeutic.
  3.   CLEANSE/PURGE
    There is much too much in my house and in my soul that are negative.  My clutter, though mostly necessary due to space constraints, is still negative.  I think it is crucial to my (mental)health and well being that I get rid of junk.  I need to get rid of physical junk, as well as spiritual junk.  I just want to make sure that I can get rid of some of the “junk” in a beneficial manner, and not just toss something into the garbage when it can be reused.
  4.   MINDFUL / POSITIVE THINKING
    I lose myself for hours.  In the internet.  In a book.  I cease to exist on this plane.  And even when I am present here I am not really where I am at any given moment.  Far too often (for example) I am in my bed physically, but at work mentally.  This month I want to practice being more mindful.  More aware of where I am at any given moment.  I want to start trying to live in the moment I’m in, not in the past nor in the future.

    I’m pairing mindfulness with Positive Thinking, because as an active pessimist (remember my glass it not only half empty, its got a crack in it and the rest is leaking out) I will HAVE to be aware of every present moment, because finding the negative comes easy to me.  I’ll have to reach out and search for the positive

I think that is where I’m going to leave it for this month.  Just 4 things.  If I manage to do 3 of them I’ll do 75% better than last month.

DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS FOR APRIL?

If you wrote a post about your monthly goal/goals feel free to share it with me!

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Marching Forward with March Goals

Another month has started today.  That means it is time for a new list of goals.

While some of my goals from last month could be carried over (see February Goal Recap to see what I did and didn’t accomplish), I thought I’d try an all new batch.

Do you make monthly goals?  Feel free to share them if you do!

  1.  GET UP AN HOUR EARLIER

    I’ve been setting my alarm for 7, and sometimes not dragging myself out of bed until almost 7:30, which is utterly insane when I have a kid to get ready for school and myself to get ready for work.  That doesn’t leave me any time to myself in the morning and makes the whole morning crazy and hectic.  So I plan to start setting my alarm for 6, and dragging myself out of bed instead of hitting the snooze.

    Why?

    This will give me an hour before I wake my oldest son up.  An hour in which to check my blogs, and drink a cup of coffee without having to harass a small person into eating their breakfast and putting on their pants.

    This one will be difficult for me, because I am NOT a morning person, and I suffer from insomnia.  I’m usually just falling asleep good when its time to get up.

  2.   START JOURNALING AGAIN

    I have a pretty nice (fake) leather journal I got recently that I keep meaning to start using.  I used to journal a lot, starting in 2000.  After I moved in with my husband and he started reading my journals and getting peeved off at me about what was in them, I sort of got out of the habit.

    I still do art journal some, but I need to sit down and do personal journaling, and get the stuff off my chest.

    I had been venting most of it on facebook, but people keep sending me messages about being selfish, and making myself unhappy and yadda yadda yadda.  I gotta vent it before I burst though, if you know what I mean.
    I kind of want to go back to what my journaling was like in the early 2000s too.  Writing about my day, my emotions, with random magazine cut outs that appeal to me, quotes, words, stickers, whatever I feel like sticking in.

    Yep, I wanna journal like a teenager again.

  3.   EARN MORE ONLINE

    This one comes with two parts.
    A.  Earn no less than 100 points on blogjob daily, but aim for the full 150.
    B.  Be active on mylot every single day.

    If I could hit payout from both places every month, that would be $20 in my pocket that I could really use.

    I’m also thinking about joining Elitewriters too.

    I need more places that will pay me to write there because I will never earn money with my free blogspot blogs.

  4.   TAKE CARE OF MYSELF

    In recent photos I notice I look bloated (which is no small feat when you’re already obese).  At the end of my shifts at work my ankles are so swollen that my socks are cutting into them and causing rashes.  I’ve not taken my blood pressure lately, but I bet its high again.

    I need to start taking my diuretic again, even if it means I do have to leave the front of the store more often to pee.  I need to take my medicine.

    Also, my size 18s that I was so proud to get down into (I was a 22) are starting to be too tight again.

    Clearly I need to take care of myself again, like I was for a while.  I was taking good care of myself up until the BS with me struggling daily to keep my job came into being.

  5.   TAKE OUT THE TRASH

    I have too much clutter.  I’ve started hanging on to EVERYTHING with plans to “make something” out of it.  I’ve not been throwing out magazines because they could be used for collage or for making paper beads.  Of course, I’m hoarding these things, but I’m not making anything at all.
    The time has come to start making something with them, or to get rid of them.

    Same goes for a lot of different things I have around here.  Ephermia I’ve held on to.  It is time to use it or lose it.

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Treats, Flowers, and Positive Thoughts.

Okay, so I missed a couple of days so this one is going to be a list catch up.

Its probably for the best.  I’m not sure I could do 300 words on any of these subjects.

I’m writing these lists from prompts from Listers Gotta List.  All images in this post are posters or wall art from amazon.  Click the image to purchase it if you wish.

FEB 4:
Ways I Treat Myself


  1.  I do “Hot Bath Therapy” almost ever night.  This consists of taking a bath as hot as I can stand it, with a cup of coffee and I good book.  I stay in there until my water turns cold.  Sometimes I turn the water back on and end up staing in there until I run out of hot water completely.
  2.  I buy myself a book.  Or a magazine.  My most recent splurge was the current copy of Artful Blogging magazine.  I love it.  It is full of the most beautiful photography, and sometimes an inspiring word or two.  I also love to get my hands on new books by my favorite authors
  3. I completely veg out in front of a video game.  Being a mom of two I’m pretty much always on the go after my kids, or letting them have reign of the game systems.  But sometimes I let myself have the guilty pleasure of playing a couple of hours of video games.
  4.   Sleep.  Sleep is such a treat for me.  I have to get up multiple times a night with my youngest son.  Then I have to get up early to get the oldest one to school, even on my days off.  On the rare times I have a day off when my husband is also off, I treat myself by sleeping as late as I can that morning, playing catch up on week and weeks of not having enough sleep.

FEB 5:
My Favorite Flowers


Its hard for me to pick a favorite flower!  I love all of them so much.  But I’ll try.

  1.  The lantana bush I have growing in my back yard.  It was rooted off of one of my dad’s bushes.  It is, in a way, a part of him.  I’ll be very, very, very sad if something happens to it and it dies.
  2. Petunias.  I love petunia flowers, and they are one of the flowers I try to grow every summer, but manage to kill.  I had some once that were red with white stripes.  They were beautiful.
  3.   The red spider lillys.
    and
  4.   Bright yellow daffodills.
    Those two both sprang up of their own accord in my dad’s yard every year.  They meant spring had sprung.  I miss those flowers.

FEB 6:
Positive Things I Say to Myself


Nothing.  I say nothing positive to myself.  I am my own worst enemy.

There, I’ve caught up.

If you do any of these three prompts on your blog I’d love to see your answers.  Feel free to drop a comment to let me know you’ve done it.

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5 things that bring me joy

Yesterdays prompt from Listers Gotta List was “Favorite February Memories.”  I didn’t do it because I don’t particuarly have any favorite memories of February, or any specific month actually.

Today’s list was a little more doable for me.

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Prompt
Feb.3 Things that bring me joy

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My list is in no particular order of importance.

  1.  My children bring me joy.  I’m sure that will be the first thing that any mother (or any parent) will think of when they think of things that bring them joy.

    I have 2 children.  Both boys.  The oldest is 6 and the youngest is 2.  They can frustrate me to no end, but at the same time, I love everything about them.

  2.   Food brings me joy.  This is apparant when you see how round I am.

    I’m not a food snob though.  I don’t have to have fancy gourmet foods.  In fact, I’m kind of a picky eater, in that I only like simple things for the most part.  The more “stuff” that is in a dish the less likely I am to eat it.

    When I say food brings me joy, I mean it literally.  I am happier if I am eating something that I like the taste of.  And for most of my life I have turned to my favorite foods for comfort and a replacement for “friendship.”

    To this day when I’m having a rough day, all I want to do is eat.

  3.   Books bring me joy.  I love to read.  I love losing myself inside of a well written story.

    When I am reading a good book I often “go” where the story is.  I can forget where I really am for a while.  And depending on the story it can either make me happy, or sad.  But even when a book makes me sad, I still can’t imagine my life without reading in it.

  4.   Money brings me joy.  Some people say money can’t buy happiness, but I call BS on that one.  When I can pay my bills I have more joy in my life.  When I can afford to buy something just for the fun of it, I have joy in my life.

    Sadly, I don’t have that joy as often as I would like to, but when I have extra money I have a little joy to spare.

  5.   Animals bring me joy.  I’m pretty much happier in the company of animals than I am in the company of people.

    I love to burry my face in the fur of a kitten or puppy, and just breath in their sweet animal smell.  I love a cats purr.  I love the beauty of exotic fish.  I love the softness of a rat’s fur vs the roughness of their tail.  I love tiny rodent toes, and the cute sounds that gunina pigs make.

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If you do make a list from the prompt I would LOVE to see your list, so let me know you did it and I’ll pay it a visit.

 

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Things I’m Working On in February

So, I’ve been having a little trouble coming up with lists for some reason.  Who knows why.  So, I looked outwards for inspiration.

This month a lot (if not all) of my lists will be from a list of prompts from Listers Gotta List.

I would LOVE to see your own lists on some of these prompts too!  If you make a list from one of these prompts, feel free to drop a comment and I’ll visit your list too!

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Prompt:
Feb. 1 – What I am working on this month.

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  1.  This month I am going to try to make some of my own foods.  I’ve already baked a loaf of bread.  Which turned out surprisingly good for a first time ever loaf of bread.  In fact, I’ve single handedly eaten almost the whole blasted thing!

    Anyway, I also plan to try to make some Candied Orange Peels  I’m not sure if I’ll even like them but it would be a fun and inexpensive experiment.

  2.   I am going to start another blog, with the hopes of being able to one day get it in Artful Blogging Magazine.

    I already have so many blogs that I never do much with.  My first thought was to re-purpose one of them.  But none of them are really Artful Blogging material.

    Except, I have one called All The Little Stuff.  It has very few posts.  I might be able to re-do that one instead of making a brand new one.

    I have to think on it a little more, but I hope to start that before the end of the month.  I’d like to be able to submit it by January of next year.

  3.   I’m cleaning out my desk drawers.  I got 2 of them emptied last month.  Now I have two more to go.

    Oddly enough, the 2 I emptied were the small ones, and they filled up nearly an entire LARGE container with the stuff inside of them.

    Sadly, once I conquer the other two drawers, I’ll have to attack that container of random stuff and get the stuff in it where it goes.  And resist the urge to dump it back in the drawers it came out of.

  4.   I need to start cleaning my bookshelf (shelves) this month.  I’m running out of room for new books, which means I need to cull the ones I have.

    I have books on there that I got from a library sale, but never read.  I have ones I’ve read, but have no intention of re-reading.

    Then I have the books that I have every intention of keeping forever and ever, but they have gotten very disorganized.  I’m trying to get all the books in certain series, and its hard to get the books when I can’t easily tell which ones I have and don’t have.

    In theory I would like to sell the books that I no longer want, but a lot of them are paperback, and I have a tendancy to break spines so they will probably mostly be unsaleable.

  5.   Speaking of unsellable, I really, really, really, REALLY need to get some things listed in my etsy shop this month.  Or make a free shop at Shop Handmade.  Or both.

    I’m all out of funds, and I’m earning exactly $0 from blogging, so I need to hopefully start selling something again.

Wel, there you go, a list of things I’m working on this month.

Remember, I’d LOVE for you to use these prompts too.  Let me know if you use it and I’ll be sure to drop by your list!

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Random Things on my Mind

It is getting late on a Sunday night, and I need to get a post in. I was trying to come up with an interesting list, but my brain is bouncing all over the place.

So, you get to have a list of the random things in my head tonight.

  1.  I hate public school’s having to wear uniforms.  My kid has several long sleeved shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, but he can’t wear any of the to school because they are not a uniform item.  Now we have to spend money we don’t have to buy a navy sweater or jacket, without a hood, or emblem, that opens in the front.  If we can even find one of them that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg.  And here I thought public school was supposed to be for poor people like us.
  2. I’m tired.  I need to go to bed.  But I don’t want to go to bed.  Or I do want to go to bed, but going to bed means it will be tomorrow, and I have to go to work tomorrow.  Work sucks lately.  There is too much tension with me having to walk on eggshells to keep my job, and at least 3 people there pissed off that I haven’t already lost my job.
  3. My lady bits hurt.  I think I’m getting a UTI again.  And its all my husbands fault.  I’m not going to go into WHY its his fault online though.
  4. I wish it were not so late.  I want to take a bath.  Soak in hot water and read.  But if I do that then I’ll spend too long reading my current book and then it will be REALLY late when I go to bed and I won’t get enough sleep.
  5. I wonder why my eyes are so puffy every morning when I wake up now.  Like really, really, really puffy as if I had been up all night crying  But I’ve not been up all night crying.  Last night I slept quite well actually.
  6. I didn’t wash my clothes tonight.  Darn it.  I needed to do my laundry.
  7. Speaking of laundry, I need to go turn the dryer back on so the boys cloths will be dry.  My oldest needs a clean uniform for tomorrow.
  8. Freaking uniforms.

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Christmas Gifts 2015

You should have seen it coming.  On a blog of lists, how could I NOT make a list of what I got for Christmas day?  (I only regret not keeping a copy of what I wanted too, cause I got some things off my list but not all of them.)

After you read this list I would love to see a list of what you received, or what you gave those you loved.

This year for Christmas I received:

1:  A Daryl Dixon baseball cap.  It has Daryl Dixon on it (a character from The Walking Dead for those of you who don’t know).  With Daryl’s image it also has WWDD?  “What Would Daryl Do?” is what it means.

2:  A Daryl Dixon cup.  It is one of the ones that are popular right now, a plastic tumbler with a plastic straw.  This one is red with am image of Daryl Dixon on it in front of the word THE WALKING DEAD.

Got a new cup to go with my new hat. LOVE IT! #DarylDixon #thewalkingdead #cup

A photo posted by Nona (@nonersays) on Dec 25, 2015 at 12:47pm PST

Those to things along with the Daryl Dixon Ornament I got earlier this season has made this a very Daryl Dixon Christmas.

3:  I also got the PS3 game Dead Island.  Its not The Walking Dead, but it is a Zombie game.  My husband said that Zombies were the theme of my Christmas gifts from him.  It is a few years old, but I wanted it when it first came out.  More recently Dead Island 2 came out and we saw preview after preview after preview of it while watching The Walking Dead.  I must have mentioned wanted the first one a couple of times when seeing the preview for the new one.

Here it the Trailer for Dead Island.  This is what made me want to get the game the first time.

*WARNING – THIS GAME TRAILER MAY BE DISTURBING TO YOUNGER VIEWERS. GRAPHIC ZOMBIE GORE*

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72b1rSqawgk]

Those were all the gifts I got from my husband.

The rest of my gifts came from my mother in law and sister in law.  I got them and enjoy them in no particular order..I’m just trying to remember everything.

4:  I got some yummy body wash and lotion from Bath and Body Works.  The scent is called A Thousand Wishes.

handmade quilt

My mother in law made this quilt for me. Its just waiting to be cuddled under, if the weather ever cools down.

5:  My mother in law MADE ME an amazing lap quilt.  It is soft, and fluffy and I’m in crazy love with it.  (too bad that it is WAY to hot to cover up in it right now.

6:  I got the Xyron Creative Station that I’ve been wanting for a while.  That made me happy.  I have the smallest Xyron sticker maker, but this one does so much more.  You can click the link there to read an article I wrote about the machine earlier.

7:  I got a movie.  Pitch Perfect 2.

8, 9, 10: I got three books.  I got “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee.  And I got “The Walking Dead: Descent: by Jay Bonansigna which was the next in a series of Walking Dead novels .

11, 12: I got a whisk and a silicon spatula.

13.  Lowcountry Cheddar Biscuts from Byrd Cookie Company.  They are one of my favorite “cookies” and I had mentioned wanting some to my MIL.  They come in a tin box that I can use to store something in later.

And I think that is it.  Even though I feel like I’m forgetting something.  Looking over at my pile that really does seem to be it.

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Unconventional Christmas Ornaments

I used to joke that our Christmas Tree was the only one in the world  that threatens you when you turn it on.  My husband is a Star Wars fan, and our tree can sometimes have explode and shooting sounds from his various space ship ornaments.

I’m pretty much okay with that.  I mean, you’ve gotta be a geek to marry a geek right?

Our tree is basically covered in unconventional ornaments, with a few standard Christmas Balls scattered between.

 

So this year I added to our unconventionality with thisAMC The Walking Dead – Daryl Dixon Ornament from Hallmark Its really no secret that I’m a huge Walking Dead fan, and like most female Walking Dead fans I am a fan of Daryl Dixon.

Or, as some of my other friends call him, “The greasy redneck.”

What can I say?

I was overwhelmed with excitement when I found out this ornament was a thing.  Overwhelmed with disapointment when I tried to buy him, but he was sold out, and overwhelmed with excitement again when my husband surprised me with it a couple of days later.  I had gotten my Darly Dixon Ornament After All!


The Big Bang Theory/Star Trek Cast Ornament is a slightly more conventional ornament, in that it is a round ball shape.   It even has snow.

Oh, wait, that is stars…

Because it is the cast of the hit series Big Bang Theory, re-imagined as the crew members of the original Star Trek series.  My husband, being both a Big Bang fan, AND a Star Trek fan, LOVED it.  I knew that he would.

Another unconventional ornament added to our tree this year was this Star Wars – Holiday Darth Vader Ornament from Hallmark.

Not only is Darth Vader, the dark lord of the Sith, wearing a tie-fighter and Storm trooper Ugly Chirstmas Sweater, he also has on a cute red santa hat!  And when you activate him he says holiday things like:

“I find your lack of gifts disturbing.”

and

“I wish you a Merry Sithmas”.

Yeah, and those are just three of our unconventional Christmas ornaments.

What kind of ornaments do you have on YOUR tree?

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5 Places that I Blog

I have been blogging since 1999. My first blog ever was on Xanga. Since then I have had dozens of other blogs. Many I stop keeping due to lack of reader interest.

Right now I’m having a hard time getting people to read or comment on any of my blogs!  It’s frightening, but I suppose it is to be expected because I’m a personal blogger.

Anyway, if you would like to see some of my blogs that are not this one, then check out this list below.

  1.  Noner Says….  This one is a personal blog.  If you want to see pictures of my children or pets this is going to be the most likely place for that to happen.  I also plan to turn this into a place where I might share my thoughts and opinions on various current events.  (In the even that current events stop being so cruddy)
  2. The Art of Living Right here on Blog Job, this one is another personal blog.  I’m likely to talk about the little things going on in my life here, trying to paint a picture with words, or just ranting.
  3. Random Animals This one is an animal and pet blog.  I don’t update it nearly as often as I should.  Here I might share cute animal videos, or share a homeless or shelter pet that needs a good home.  I call it Random Animals because I’m just as likely to share a snake as a fluffy puppy.  There is also a Random Animals facebook fan page.
  4. Yellow Circle is a review blog.  I share book and product reviews.  Sometimes a craft project might pop up on it.  This is my newest blog, and I’m still in the process of turning it into what it might become one day.
  5. Nonersays on Craft Closet This is where I share my craft and DIY tutorials or attempts.  I like to do various journal making projects.  I do art journals, and I LOVE to do kids crafts.  Actually, you are more likely to find kids crafts on my blog posts here than anything else.

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