Challenge: Blog Every Day in May

I came across this idea on one of the blogs I follow on Bloglovin, Story of My Life. The challenge is to blog every single day in May, weekends included.

It’s kind of an intimidating challenge for me, because I don’t have the most interesting life, so I don’t always have a lot to say. But that’s the whole point of a challenge isn’t it? You’re supposed to push the limits.

So, I’m challenging you and me both, to blog every day in May. And Jenni at Story of My Life has made it a little easier for all of us by outlining the rules and coming up with some great topics for us to blog about. Most of the information below comes from Jenni, but I’ve tossed in a few points of my own.

Here are the rules:

1. There really aren’t any rules. If you miss a day, you can make it up or skip it. The blog police will not come knocking.

2. You are welcome to leave links to your posts in the comments of my posts for others to peruse if you wish. 
3. I’d seriously love you if you also include a link to my blog either on your sidebar or at the end of your posts, but again, the blog police will not come knocking. My main goal here is to inspire some interesting posts, and help all of you who get writers block like me, not to gain a million new readers (though I wouldn’t mind that). 

4. Here are the topics. You can be as creative and awesome or as boring and bland as you like with these. Take ’em and run with it. Use creative post titles. Interpret each “prompt” however you like. There’s no wrong way to do it. Have fun.

5. You don’t have to use the topics below, if you have something else you want to write about on a given day, that’s okay. And you know what else is okay? Blogging about the topics below AND the other things you want to write about. Yup, I’m talking multiple posts in one day people. BAM! That’s even more exciting.


Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably)
Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you’d like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)
Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
Day 5, Sunday: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends. What makes them great? Why do you love them? If you don’t have blogger friends, talk about a real-life friend or even a family member
Day 6, Monday: If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?
Day 7, Tuesday: The thing(s) you’re most afraid of
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Day 9, Thursday: A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)
Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 
Day 11, Saturday: Sell yourself in 10 words or less
Day 12, Sunday: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life…)
Day 13, Monday: Issue a public apology. This can be as funny or as serious or as creative as you want it to be.
Day 14, Tuesday: Ten things that make you really happy
Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day – this could be “a photo an hour” if you’d like)
Day 16, Thursday: Something difficult about your “lot in life” and how you’re working to overcome it
Day 17, Friday: A favorite photo of yourself and why
Day 18, Saturday: Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt.
Day 19, Sunday: Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them
Day 20, Monday: Get real. Share something you’re struggling with right now.
Day 21, Tuesday: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives
Day 22, Wednesday: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel. (a pet peeve, a current event, a controversial topic, something your husband or roommate or neighbor or boss does that really ticks you off)
Day 23, Thursday: Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you
Day 24, Friday: Your top 3 worst traits
Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad)
Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you’d like.
Day 27, Monday: A letter to your readers
Day 28, Tuesday: Only pictures
Day 29, Wednesday: Five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories. Use Grooveshark or YouTube to include them in the post
Day 30, Thursday: React to this term: Letting Go
Day 31, Friday: A vivid memory




Will you join me WEDNESDAY, May 1st, to BLOG EVERY DAY IN MAY?! We can do this!




Mmmmm Smoothie Time

I’m making an effort to eat healthier. I had this yummy Strawberry Banana smoothie for lunch. It was homemade with my Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker (love this thing).

Recipe:
8-10 strawberries (I use frozen. They last longer in the fridge and are cheaper.)
1 banana
1/2 cup of fruit juice (today I used Tropicana Orange Juice w/o pulp)
2-3 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt
I blend up my strawberries first. Then add the banana and juice, and blend it. Then lastly I add in the frozen yogurt.
Yummy.

Finally…

I am finally finished the diploma program that I have been working on for like five years. Yes, I know that’s a long time to finish what should have been a two year program, but I did it while building my career. I’m starting my degree program this fall hopefully. I’m definitely a sucker for punishment. But I do get the next four months free from the stress of school.

And since I apparently don’t know how to operate without stress in my life, I decided to host family supper at my place this coming Sunday. Which really wouldn’t be a huge deal except, I’m going to visit my parents for the weekend, so I’ll be out of town Friday – Sunday afternoon. And, since I’ve been studying for the last few weeks, I haven’t done much house work (I’m no Martha Stewart remember). So, I’ve got one night to get the groceries I need, and clean my place before I head out for the weekend.

I don’t cook for other people often. So I should probably apologize to them in advance. It could be a questionable meal 🙂

So You Fell Asleep with Gum in Your Mouth

We’ve all had those nights where you go out for a drink with the girls, and A drink turns into quite a few and the night turns into a blur.

You know one of the nights where you stumble in through the door, kick off your shoes and hopefully make it to the bed.

If you’re lucky, you managed to change out of your “Going Out” clothes, and if you’re really lucky, you remembered to spit out your gum.

And if you weren’t that lucky, your morning after goes a little like this:

“Ugh….I don’t feel so good
OMG! Where is my gum?
Puhleeeeaase let it be on the sheets.
Oh no….It’s in my haaaaiiiirrr!!!!”

And then quite obviously panic sets in. How on earth will you get it out?

Have no fear. Last night, a friend of mine was the unlucky one. And today, I was unfortunate enough to be the one helping her find a way to remove it. After some googling, we decided to try the Peanut Butter Method. And I happy to report that it worked, was super easy, and quite quick.

If you ever find yourself in this truly unfortunate situation, don’t panic, put down the scissors, and follow these steps.

Step One

Do yourself a favor. Cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothes from the peanut butter.

Step Two

Do your best to separate the gummed section(s) of hair from the rest of your hair. May as well do what you can to minimize the mess.

Step Three

Take a spoonful of smooth peanut butter. Do not use the crunchy kind. Its not oily enough. The oil is what helps soften the gum.

Step Four


Smear the peanut butter onto the gum.

Step Five


Massage the peanut butter into the gum.

Step Six


When you feel the gum soften up, gently pull it from the hair. And voila, all you’re left with is some peanut butter residue.

Step Seven

Wash your hair thoroughly and your good to go.

A shout out and special thanks to my wonderful friend for letting me document this traumatic experience. I’ll be kind and not name her because being hungover and having gum and peanut butter in your hair is enough misery for one day. I’ll spare her any additional embarrassment.

TGIF (Yesterday)

Friday is quite possibly my favorite day of the week.They’re full of so much potential for weekend shenanigans 🙂

But yesterday I woke up to this…

It’s the middle of April. I should not be driving to work through freshly fallen snow.
I also, shouldn’t see people parked like tools at the mall. Especially when they’re driving an old model truck. Seriously people, this isn’t necessary. If you don’t want your doors dinged, I suggest you not park in the third spot from the mall entrance, and perhaps park at the end of the parking lot where no one else will want to park next to you.

And to end the day on a positive note, there were a few shenanigans. It was girls night out and I got to hang with my cousin Jen.

What you can’t see in this picture is that I’m rocking a fab faux leather jacket that I bought in Calgary a few years ago. I’ve only worn it a few times, because “leather” requires a certain level of confidence to pull it off, and I’ve never really had it. But last night, I said “Screw it” and wore it. And I’m so glad I did. It gave my outfit just the edge it needed. Plus, I’ve been dying to take it out dancing ever since I bought it. We had so much fun, I think I’ll take it again next time.

Those Neighbors

I live in a basement apartment. And my upstairs neighbors are the worst.  Not joking. 
They blast their tv and music.
She wears her high heels on the hardwood floor all day long.
She thinks midnight is a great time to turn on the mixer, and blender, and every other loud, annoying kitchen appliance.

But most of all, they think 2 am is the best time to argue. And they argue A LOT (at least twice a week). Like full out screaming matches. Complete with an extreme amount of profanity and throwing of things.
And while most of the time I find it extremely annoying, I’d be lying if I said that didn’t find it slightly entertaining.  She’s the kind of girl I love to roll my eyes at. You know, the one who breaks down sobbing about 30 seconds in. And it’s the most pathetic sob. (so funny in fact that I love to do impressions of her when I’m hanging with the girls). And she only does it to try to manipulate him. And he knows it so he just spews curse words.
When they get really into it, I can hear most everything they’re saying.
And sometimes, when I can only hear muffled arguments, I wish I had a set of bionic ears so I could hear the entire thing. Because I bet it would be more entertaining than television.
Here’s to be thankful that as of right now…I haven’t had to listen to them “make up”.

A Chick Flick Kinda Night

Every once in a while I get in this unshakable mood to veg out on the couch, drink a gallon of Pepsi, overdose on chocolate, and watch a chick flick.

I was in one of those moods alllll day. But, I decided to get out of the house and go side x siding with my cousin, her bf, and their friend. And I had a blast. No joke. It was an awesome afternoon/evening.

But, as soon as I walked through the door, that feeling hit me again. And I knew exactly how I would spend the rest of the night (after I put in an hour or so of studying, of course).

So, I flaked out on the couch with my Pepsi and a Cadbury dark chocolate bar and watched one of my favorite girlie movies. Something Borrowed.

I’ve watched it at least a dozen times. And it never gets boring. Perhaps its because Dex (Colin Egglesfield) is soooo hot. Seriously, he’s dreamy.

If you haven’t watched this movie, you should.