Mindful Monday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 29 – Finding my passion in blogging

I’m so sad it’s the last day of Love Is In Da Blog.  I’ve enjoyed it even more this year than I did last year, which is saying something because I enjoyed the hell out of it last year.

I think the thing I loved the most about this year was how organized it was.  I loved combining with other prompts because it gave me a solid direction for my blog going forward.  I now have a post I can write each day, whereas last year I would stop blogging for weeks at a time whenever I wasn’t participating in a blog hop.

I also met some amazing new blogging buddies and found that the more you give love, the more it comes back to you.

Blogging used to be a chore for me.  I would fret about it for days and wonder what I should write and then when I really wanted to, it always seemed like something else came up that took it’s place.  In the last two months, I have managed to write a post every single day and it hasn’t been a chore.  I just made the decision to do it and once that happened, it became easy.  Or, as easy as this type of thing can be, I suppose.

My fiancé tells me that I’m happier when I’m writing.  Somehow it centers me and gives me an extra boost each day.  It’s like connecting with friends all around the world through my writing, which I still think is really damn cool.  I also think it gives my life focus.  There was a time a few years ago when I was really lost.  My kids don’t really need me the way they used to and my day job isn’t my passion in life.

I’m grateful each day for the people in my life who supported my decision to start writing and blogging.  It’s made me a happier, more centered person and I’m excited for the future of my blog.

Thanks again, Bee, for making this a fabulous month of love!

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee.  The prompt today was to basically say goodbye for a year (so sad!).  We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.


Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 28 – Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Have you ever been in a relationship where you truly believed you loved that person enough to let them go?  I’ve said it before in a relationship but I’ve never actually done it.  I’m not sure it’s something that’s easily done.  Walking away from someone when you’re still in love with them makes it harder to let go.  In the past, even when I thought I was over, I still had a hard time finding out that the other person had moved on.

I wasn’t sure what song to pick, but then I remembered this one.  It makes me cry when I hear it because it’s gut-wrenching.  One of my favorite lines: “But  I know that you’ll find another, that doesn’t always make you wanna cry”.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Song Lyric Sunday pick as much as I do.  Feel free to read the “rules” below and join in with one of your own.

Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Written by Kelly Clarkson and Ryan Tedder
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Remember all the things we wanted
Now all our memories, they’re haunted
We were always meant to say goodbye
Even with our fists held high
It never would have worked out right, yeah
We were never meant for do or die
I didn’t want us to burn out
I didn’t come here to hurt you now I can’t stop

I want you to know
That it doesn’t matter
Where we take this road
But someone’s gotta go
And I want you to know
You couldn’t have loved me better
But I want you to move on
So I’m already gone

Looking at you makes it harder
But I know that you’ll find another
That doesn’t always make you wanna cry
It started with the perfect kiss then
We could feel the poison set in
“Perfect” couldn’t keep this love alive
You know that I love you so
I love you enough to let you go

And I’m already gone, I’m already gone
You can’t make it feel right
When you know that it’s wrong
I’m already gone, already gone
There’s no moving on
So I’m already gone

Ah already gone, already gone, already gone
Ah already gone, already gone, already gone

Remember all the things we wanted
Now all our memories, they’re haunted
We were always meant to say goodbye

And I’m already gone, I’m already gone
You can’t make it feel right
When you know that it’s wrong
I’m already gone, already gone
There’s no moving on
So I’m already gone

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee. Her prompt today was “Goodbye Songs” since it is our last combined post.  Thanks for all who took part during Love Is In Da Blog.  I hope you stick around for more song lyric fun!


SoCS and #LoIsInDaBl Day 27 – The highs and lows of eating out

I had a conversation with my fiancé just before reading the prompt for this post. He wanted to take me to dinner to celebrate (oh, haha, I don’t think I mentioned that I got a shiny new promotion at the day job that comes with a raise!), and he asked where I wanted to go eat.

“What are you thinking?” I asked.

“I don’t know, maybe Indian? Or maybe Thai? Chinese is okay too!”

“I’m having Indian with my sisters tomorrow. I could do Thai… or Chinese… or Japanese… or Sizzler (a steak sounds good).”

“We could do sizzler,” he said. “That sounds good. I think they have fish.”

“I’m pretty sure they do. Or… the fish place… don’t we have a gift card? What is it called?”

“Red Lobster?”

“Yeah, that.”

All of that, and we still don’t really know where to go for dinner. Sometimes I think there are way too many choices and it isn’t very often that you decide on one and it ends up being exactly what you wanted.

Except pizza. Pizza is always something I crave and want and love. The only thing that lets me down sometimes is the place we get it from. There are some amazing pizza places and there are some that aren’t up to par, but I still manage to enjoy it, just not quite as much as my favorite pizza places. I don’t know, though. Now that I’m really thinking about it, I haven’t had really bad pizza in a long time. Maybe I’m starting to figure out the places I like to go and learning how to avoid the terrible joints. I’m only 40. That didn’t take too long…

The worst is when you really start to like something at a certain restaurant and they take it off the menu. I really loved the Baja salad at Wendy’s but I only ordered it every once in a while. A couple of Saturday’s ago, we went there after the gym and I ordered the salad and the lady didn’t even know what I was talking about. How long has that thing been off the menu? I honestly couldn’t even tell you, but Wendy’s hasn’t been the same since.

What about you? Do you have places you love to go or certain types of food you like to eat?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill and Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Linda’s prompt today was food and  Bee’s prompt was “goodbye love”.



#LoIsInDaBl Day 26 – A Little Blog Lovin’

I only have a few hours left to get my blog love in today because I ended up going on a date with my favorite person.  The first half of the date was amazing.  Just the two of us eating dinner and enjoying each other’s company.  Our biggest mistake was the movie we chose.  It was probably the worst movie I have ever seen, but we had a good laugh after the fact and now we are home safe and sound.

I know this is the last time to give some blog love for Love Is In Da Blog, but I might just keep doing this because I enjoy it so much.

I ran across a blog just about a week ago that I have fallen in love with.  I’ve honestly only read a few posts, but they are brilliant.  Her name is Anna and she is working on her doctoral thesis which is currently called “The State of Relationships in Modern Society: Disposable vs. Forever Relationships”.  If that doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what else will.

Her blog is Self Actualized Events and here are a few posts that I liked:

I’m gonna love you forever

I am Anna

Would you rather….

Go check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Today’s prompt was to show everyone a blog or post we love.


Friday Fictioneers – The Traveler

PHOTO PROMPT – © Al Forbes

It’s so noisy, he thought as he sat on a bench on the side of the street. Everyone here is always in such an all-fired hurry! If only I’d known

He watched as one of the time’s monstrosities pulled a trailer carrying a 1910 Model-T Ford down the road. His eyes locked onto it as his breath caught in his throat. My car!

Standing up, he settled his hat on his head and made his way back to his make-shift workshop. He knew he could never resign himself to stay. It was time to find a way back.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction prompt where we are given a photo and asked to write a 100 word story – beginning, middle and end. This one came in at 98 words. I’m just going to say that I have no idea if that is a picture of a Model-T Ford.  I don’t know cars, although I did try to look up images online, and it sort of looked like one…

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing 100-word stories!

#LoIsInDaBl Day 25 – Rivendell

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always really loved elves.  I know they are snobby, elitist jerks sometimes, but of all the fantasy races I’ve read about, they are the ones I always wanted to be.  And when I think of a fantastical destination, the only one I ever really wanted to visit was Rivendell.

Here are some quotes I found from J.R.R. Tolkien himself:

“For a while the hobbits continued to talk and think of the past journey and of the perils that lay ahead; but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”

“Elrond’s house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness. … Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell.”


I also remembered a song I heard when I was a teenager, so I looked it up today and the lyrics took my breath away.  They are beautiful and the perfect description of the place I will always consider my number one place to go if it ever decides to find its way into our reality.

Rivendell (Link is for the YouTube video)
Lyrics by Niel Peart (Found on Rush’s website)
Music by Geddy Lee
Performed by Rush

Sunlight dances through the leaves
Soft winds stir the sighing trees
Lying in the warm grass
Feel the sun upon your face
Elven songs and endless nights
Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights
Time will never touch you
Here in this enchanted place

I’ve traveled now for many miles
It feels so good to see the smiles of
Of friends who never left your mind
When you were far away
From the golden light of coming dawn
Till the twilight when the sun is gone
We treasure every season
And every passing day

You feel there’s something calling you
You’re wanting to return
To where the misty mountains rise
And friendly fires burn
A place you can escape the world
Where the dark lord cannot go
Peace of mind and sanctuary
By loudwater’s flow

We feel the coming of a new day
Darkness gives way to light a new way
Stop here for a while until
The world calls you away
Yet you know I’ve had the feeling
Standing with my senses reeling
This is the place to grow old
Till I reach my final day

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee.  Today’s prompt was “celebrate your imaginary destination”.  I didn’t mean to turn this into a Song Lyric post, but the song was too perfect not to put here.  I hope you enjoy!


Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 23 – Naamah’s Kiss

As promised, I am offering a quote from the final Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey – Naamah’s Kiss (Book #1), Naamah’s Curse (Book #2) and Naamah’s Blessing (Book #3) – which follows Moirin who is a direct descendant of a character in the first six books.  For not having any of the original characters in it, I almost liked this trilogy better than the first two.

There’s something about the magic and the place Moirin is from that spoke to me.  I also enjoyed the mysticism and ideology in these three books.  There is a Master, Training and so much travel.  Oh, and did I mention dragons?

It is definitely a series worth reading.

Once again, I am without the actual books, so I chose a quote from Goodreads.  I know this one is more than two sentences, but I believe it’s worth it.  I hope you enjoy!

“What you are witnessing is the face of war a great ruler seldom sees, my lady,” Master Lo Feng said to her. Her veiled face turned his way, listening. “No matter how righteous the cause, no matter who wins, the commonfolk suffer. Without plenty, the wealthy lack compassion for the poor, hoarding without sharing. Without law, the strong bully the weak, stealing by force. People will go hungry. Some will starve. Men and women will be forced to choose between feeding their parents and their children.”

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt was open. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.


Mindful Monday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 22 – Mindful Exercise

As I’ve mentioned, I started going to a gym in October of last year and they offer classes with my membership.  The only class I was truly interested in when I started was Yoga, but the only one I could go to was on Monday evenings at 7.  I went for about three or four weeks, but as luck would have it, they discontinued the class because they didn’t have enough people.

I went a few months in a bitter state but finally decided to look into some of the other classes they offered.  I really found that I didn’t like Zumba, so I took a chance and tried a class called Body Combat.  It’s basically fighting with music – punching, kicking, jabbing… it’s fun as hell, but I haven’t done much cardio in the past year and it’s a rough class.

I started following the instructor on Facebook and went a few weeks, then I had three weeks in a row where I missed the class.  Last week I received a message from the instructor asking me if I was okay.  I didn’t think I had gone to the class enough to have the instructor even notice me, but she did.  And I realized that it is easier to keep doing something as strenuous as this class when you have someone who either does it with you, or at least someone who motivates you to keep going (Thanks Marlo!).

I finally ended up going tonight despite a headache and feeling very off.  The one thing I realized afterwards is that I didn’t notice my headache while I was busy moving and following the instructor.  The only time I noticed it was when I actually thought about it.  Isn’t it amazing what our minds can do when we just let go?  It makes me wonder how much we, as a society, actually need all the medication we take (but that’s a subject for another day).

I love exercise!  How about you?

Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee. Our prompt today was “A mindful exercise”. We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.