Your Earliest Memory | Blogging 30

Oh heck, my earliest memory? I have a lot of memories and to know which one is the earliest is a bit difficult. So let’s go with this one since we’ve been recently helping my parents renovate their deck.

When I was about 5-6 years old, my dad was building a new horse barn. We had a hay barn that we had makeshift stalls in for the horses, but he wanted something a little more permanent. So that’s when we (by we I mean mom and/or dad) got the idea to make a permanent horse barn. It either had 4 or 5 stalls plus a tack room. As a kid, I was always outside. I remember walking out to the barn area looking for my dad who I knew was out there. When I walked around the corner of the new barn I saw him on a ladder, hanging on trying not to fall. The ladder had shifted on him and the only thing keeping him from falling on the ground was he was holding himself and the ladder up. It’s hard to describe…

I just looked at him and said, What are you doing? I don’t think he’d ever been so happy in his life to see someone. He immediately yelled at me to go get my mom. She came out and helped him down. But I just remember looking up and saying, “What are you doing?” very innocently.

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Five Problems with Social Media | Blogging 30

I think at one point or another we’re all addicted to social media. And while there are good things about social media… there are bad things too! Yikes!

5 Problems with Social Media

  1. You lose personal touch with friends. You’re so busy trying to keep up with the Jones’ for lack of better explanation that you spend all your time in social media land instead of actually communicating with your friends verbally. Everyone wants lots of followers and at times they are just meaningless relationships. You lose out on your physical relationships.
  2. People get cocky behind a computer screen. They’ll type anything they want, especially anonymously without fear of consequences. People get flat out rude on social media. I’m not sure they would say those things to a person’s face.
  3. There are so many platforms for different social media that you have to learn this one only to learn a new one to eventually learn a new one. And while you should spend your time learning something new every day… don’t you think there are better things you could learn?
  4. They are addicting. And on top of that… they are a total waste of time. Geez.
  5. They make you feel inadequate. You spend all your time comparing yourself to other people and feeling sorry for yourself. These are just snippets of people’s lives. You have no idea what their actual life is like.

There are a lot of good reasons and things that come from social media, but there is a lot of bad too. I guess just weigh the pros and cons and go for it.

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Blogging 30

I can’t help myself… I feel the need, the want, the drive, to blog. I think we all go through dry spells. Those moments when we aren’t sure we have anything to say, or we’re not sure if we like what we do have to say.

A couple years ago a friend posted this challenge on Facebook. I saved it. I don’t get credit for it… but I’m going to take the 30 day writing challenge.

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Technology Hates Me

These last few days have been extremely stressful. I’m ready to crawl in a hole and not come back for a while. Ugh! So my iCloud account was shut down because apparently it had been hacked. I had to change my password. Once I did, I run a Mac and had to update everything on my laptop as well…. BUT… there’s always a but… it’s not working totally right. Oh… and I can’t remember what I changed my password to.

So then let’s move on to this blog. I’ve been trying to move it over to WordPress. Yes I jumped on the WordPress bandwagon, or at least I have tried. {beats head on wall} It’s a nice thought… but the stupid program won’t import my previous blog. I’ve been trying for 2 weeks. I keep getting error messages.

I went on line trying to find help. All it sent me to was forums that didn’t help. So I tried to contact them. Well even though I have a WordPress account, I can’t figure out how to log in to anything but my wordpress site and so I can’t contact WordPress people because they don’t believe I have an account. Either A) they want me to start one, which I already have or B) use the forums which don’t help.

So I googled contact WordPress and wound up on some 24/7 WordPress help site. They got my password and login information for both Blogger and WordPress and logged in. Then said they could help me. I said great and that’s when they said, but it’ll cost you. Wait what? If you knew it was going to cost me, why the hell did you get my login information. sigh! And it shows that they are located in California but the people helping me were from India.

I hate technology. I can just hand move 2200 posts over if I wanted… but then A) that takes a lot of time. B) I lose all comments from everyone. Etc. I’m so frustrated.

Then add trying to find a job. Technology hates me right now. Kind of like the stoplights. I swear, if I go through a stoplight I’ll hit it on red no matter what. Anyway, I want to cry now… but it won’t do any good so I guess I’ll get back to something… I’m not really sure what. Wish me luck!

Failure

Failure is a hard thing to really define because it has many different meanings to many different people. You could have failed a test, a class, or feel like you’re failing life and each one of those things is measured by different terms. So what is failure? If you ask the dictionary, the overall broad answer is, Failure is the lack of success. haha… okay so what does that mean?

Do I really have a definition, no? I don’t. I wish I did. Most days I feel like a failure. A Failure as a mother, wife, daughter, etc. It’s so easy to be our own worst critics. It’s so easy to plug in everything we did wrong and dwell on that fact. When you do that you have a tendency to make yourself feel even worse about a situation.

The state of the world is difficult and hard. It even has a tendency to wear on a person. I used to be the biggest optimist about everything. Almost to the point of being an annoying optimist. These days I fall more on the pessimistic side of life. I try not to and my New Year’s Resolution was to be happier. That’s something I work on everyday.

No, I’m not depressed. I just feel like I’m having a midlife crisis and hopefully, I’m not at midlife. I’m not sure where I fall in, I’m not sure what comes next. It’s weird to look back and see how things unfolded. It’s sometimes hard to let go of the past. It’s sometimes hard to not wish you’d have done things differently. The thing is… if you did them differently you may not be where you are today. That could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing.

I guess the point of this post is…. Don’t let a failure define you. Learn from it. Overcome it. Do better. Move on. Leave the past in the past. Let Success be your definition. Now excuse me while I go look in the mirror and tell myself that!

National Tortilla Chip Day {February 24}

Today is National Tortilla Chip day. How much fun is that? Tortilla chips are made from corn (or flour but predominately corn) tortillas, cut into triangles or circles or any other shape you want, then deep fried (or baked) and wallah… you have a snack. Typically they are either eaten plain or served with dips, but they are also great for making nachos or a taco salad.

Typically corn tortillas are made from corn, vegetable oil, salt, and water, but obviously each recipe maker has their own unique recipe that makes them taste just like they want. Variations include yellow corn, white corn, blue corn, and even red corn. Each of those corns give the tortilla chips their own unique flavor.

Usually Tortilla chips are associated with Mexican food, but the mass production of them is credited back to the 1940s and Los Angeles California.

These snacks have become so popular that they are usually a complimentary appetizer at Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants.

So with that said, and the knowledge that it is National Tortilla Chip Day… Go out and grab a tortilla chip! Top it with topping of your choice and you’ll be set!

 

*Pulled from my old blog Paved Dirt Roads

National Lasagna Day

Did you know that July 29th is National Lasagna day? Well if you didn’t, I’m glad you came to see me today!

So originally Lasagna was so named because of the dish that this baked casserole was baked in, however it has evolved into the dish we so commonly know as Lasagna.

Lasagna noodles tend to be large flat noodles that you boil before you place in the baked dish. Now days though there are even noodles that are “no boil” lasagna noodles.

So I guess what I’m trying to tell you is, Eat Lasagna Today!!!

 

 

 

 

*Pulled from my old blog Paved Dirt Roads

Random Tuesday’s

I swear, if weird things didn’t happen to me, my life would be pretty boring! Wait, what am I talking about… sometimes my life is boring, but anyway let me paint you the picture…

The other night I was trying to plug my phone in to charge. Hubby and the baby had just gotten to sleep and I was having difficulties. I hit the home button which called up Siri and then I couldn’t get her to go away.

I swear, I did not say “Oh shit” In fact, I didn’t say anything. But she said I said that and responded with… Well just look at the picture.

Interesting…. Very Interesting. I cracked up laughing. And I swear, I didn’t say a word to her….

10 Things to Smile About February

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve remembered to link up with EmmyMom’s 10 Things to Smile about mem… but guess what… I did it today! I tried hard to remember! And truthfully I could have linked up last Tuesday, but… there was still a week left of the month and I just had to hold off.

So in no particular order………… (drum roll please)……………..

9. National FFA week! FFA was a huge part of my growing up so it’s only awesome that there is a whole week devoted to FFA! I mean come on, it shapes a lot of young minds!

5. Because of National FFA week, I got a new pair of boots. Wait, what do those two have in common? Well, they were FFA boots and a special and I think the special was because of FFA week and yeah…

2. The iPhone got my dad. It was great. My dad is a real joker, so it’s always fun to pull one over on him from time to time and we didn’t actually have any part in it, which makes it even better!

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