Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More Of An Update...

Well, for a while there, I was on a bit of a roll. I've been derailed once more, however, by that pesky anxiety/depression monster.

First of all, I fell a few months back and injured myself bi-laterally. I posted about that. Injured my left knee, twisted my right ankle pretty bad. Couldn't favor either side very well. Waddled about like some sort of mutant penguin.

My right ankle/foot is STILL not healed and is, as a matter of fact, worse. My financial situation is not so dire that we'll be evicted or anything. Hubs makes some good money, but my income would have paid for medical insurance that I desperately need. But I can't go back to work because of my foot, but can't get it taken care of because we don't qualify for any sort of assistance. I'm in one of the worst Catch-22's of my life.

Needless to say, this has really spiked my anxiety and put me in a funk. If anyone has any suggestions, I'll gladly look into them.

I am trying to keep a positive attitude. But I need to sit with my foot propped up most of the time, so that's why there has been another pause in my posts. I'm trying to work on some crafts to prepare for a Christmas bazaar in November. Figure I might as well get a huge head start on stuff.

Hope this finds you all well and have a great rest of your week. I'll post more when I can.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Getting To Know Me: 19...

Good Monday to you all! Hope you had a relaxing weekend.

It's Monday and that means back to work! And, of course, another GTKM post.

This week's question is:

What do you do to keep fit?

Um. Fit? I lift... my cat?

Honestly. Exercise, even though I know it is important, isn't something I do daily. I'd like to get to a point where I can join a gym so I can walk, or even swim.

I don't weigh 600 pounds, which is a very good thing, but I'm not a skinny girl, either. I do try to watch what I eat so I don't keep packing on the pounds. I'm pretty inactive, I have to say, especially during the winter. So I try not to take in too many calories that I just won't be able to burn.

Exercise is also an issue due to the fact that I get dizzy pretty easily due to some past medical issues. It's interesting how creative I can be to find ways to move around and exercise without causing more problems.

How about you? What do you do to keep fit? Leave me a comment!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Caption This!...

I'm trying to just blog something as often as I can to keep things going, to keep on track. I have all sorts of things I like to post, but sometimes, I just want to be silly.

So here, caption this photo!


Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Getting To Know Me: 18...

Hey all! I hope you had a good weekend. The weather is warming up and it's getting nice out. Time for weekend camping!

Since it's Monday, it's another GTKM post.

This week's question is:

Does your family have a "motto" - spoken or unspoken?

Hmm... I don't think we have a motto, per se. Not as a whole. Unless you count "It's beer o'clock" as a motto.

Haha!

No, that's not our family motto.

I personally have a motto, and that is "Everything happens for a reason". However, it isn't something that is spoken that often. When I get together with my family or kids and we're talking about things that happen in our lives, it is something I tend to say often. Life is full of lessons and sometimes you don't know what the lesson is until it's through.

It's funny how things become clear at the end of it all.

So how about you? Do you or your family have a motto? Leave me a comment!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Getting To Know Me: 17...

It's another Monday post of GTKM! Hooray!

I hope you all had a good weekend.

So this week's question is:

If you were ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you would introduce?

That's easy. Shorter work weeks! I mean, really, other countries have implemented this. Or at least certain businesses. I think a shorter work week would make people more productive. You've got 4 days a week to get stuff done and 3 days to recuperate, regroup, unwind, de-stress.

As Americans, I think we, as a whole, work way too hard. We're all striving to keep up with so much... well, crap. We're consumers, I mean, hard core consumers. We camp out in line at stores for the latest and greatest of the newest gadget that we don't even really need. We give thanks on Thanksgiving for all the things we have, yet we're out the door at 3 a.m. the next morning (or even later on Thanksgiving night) to buy more stuff.

People end up having to run errands on the weekends or doing all their chores that they don't get done during the week. There's very little time to connect with family and rest and relax before having to turn around and do it all over again.

I am, by no means, a lazy worker. I have a pretty strong work ethic, but it breaks my heart to see those close to me working harder and harder to scrape out a living and they don't even get a chance to truly LIVE.

How about you? If you were a ruler of your own country, what would be your first law? Leave me a comment!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Getting To Know Me: 16...

Hey all! I'm taking some time to, at the very least, schedule some posts. It will be a good way to remain as consistent as possible.

So it is Monday and that means another GTKM post.

This week's question is:

Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?

Hmm... I actually ended up having three favorite teachers in high school. My very first, and most beloved, was my Drama teacher, Mrs. Faust. Oh, man! Was she ever a spitfire! She was a much older teacher and I swear, at the time, she had to be in her 60's. But this woman was a firecracker! She barely came up to my chest. And I'm five foot eight inches. Back then I had to be about 5' 6".  In high school, we had a radio contest through the one of the local stations, KRQ. The contest was for the local area schools to win a concert. I can't recall the name of the group now, but I do remember having to write down a phrase on index cards. Talk about cramped hands for weeks!

Anyway, our school ended up winning the contest and when they performed, Mrs. Faust was up on stage with them playing the air guitar. Here is this tiny, older lady, who looked like she could be anyone's grandma and she's up there rockin' out. But my best memories of her were of her coaching me in drama class, trying to get me to break out of my stage fright. I'd get up in front of a crowd of people and just become a shaking bowl of goo. She started me out doing makeup. She taught me how to do it for the stage and then I moved from there to helping with sets, costumes and eventually on the stage. I remember learning the Charleston dance and a couple of other routines for a small part in The Music Man.

Good times.

How about you? Who was your favorite teach in school and why? Leave me a comment!

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Lot Of Nonsense...

That is part of this blog's title. Nonsense.

I was getting back into my groove, things were going well. Then I fell and got hurt. Well, I'm still healing. I haven't worked in almost two months, now, but the good news is, I should be covered by insurance, soon. Sadly, that is all I am waiting for so I can be seen by an orthopedic doctor.

In the meantime, I've been battling with being injured and not working. I've been escaping into my usual world of gaming for several reasons. I'm bored, I'm trying to take my mind off of things, I'm trying not to stress, I'm bored. Oh, and I'm bored.

What's funny, is, I can hear a little voice in my head right now telling kids of the past that only boring people are bored. I must be duller than a used crayon!

I don't have very much inspiration to do a lot. I am trying to work on crafts for a Christmas bazaar. I know. It's not even May.

I'm looking forward to a visit from my mom. She'll be getting to finally meet her great grand kidlet. So that's exciting!

I am trying to utilize my time better. Gaming is not the priority here, but sadly, it's the easy escape. I hope to get back on track, once again, and soon!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Writing Wednesday: World Building...

This is just another small part of world building topics I have wanted to address in writing. Today's topic is jobs and professions.

Again, a lot of the world building stuff I talk about is targeted for fantasy, but you can still take the grains from these posts for just about any genre.

In fantasy, there are a lot of ways to figure out jobs and professions. One way is to look up medieval jobs. Way back then, you had a ton of different jobs to choose from. But back then, there was one major difference than now. You had to apprentice for a lot of those jobs. There were no schools or colleges. If you had any sort of aptitude for something, you were sent off to learn from someone who did that job well. More often than not, if that person lived too far from your home, you were sent to live with them. Not everyone owned a horse. No one could just hop in their carriage and commute to work every day. Work started well before the sun rose and ended when the sun went down.

If you were an apprentice, you didn't earn wages. Your room and board was your payment for having to train you. And you weren't sent off on your own until you learned the craft well enough. Or your master died and you ended up taking over the job because you were the only one who knew how to do it.

If you couldn't learn how to do the job, you would be kicked out of your master's home and pretty much had to figure out your life from there. You couldn't go home, because you were supposed to be learning a craft and eventually making money. So there was a bit of shame in having to return home. If it was a farm you came from, then yes, there would always be a job there for you, but not much of anything else. So if you were ejected from an apprenticeship, you'd have to think fast on your feet and figure out what you might be good at, aside from stealing. You'd have to find someone else willing to train you or you'd have to offer up something no one else was willing to do.

Sometimes, you were born into a job. Your family's family had been making clothes for the King for several generations. It was in your blood and you knew how to sew a hem since you were able to sit still long enough and not poke yourself with a needle. You could do a whip stitch in your sleep, and have! Or you knew cows so well, you could tell who would produce the most milk and the best tasting cheese. Or you could tell what herbs mixed together would be the fastest killer or the best healer because your Grandmother quizzed you since you were old enough to walk the fields with her.

There are a lot of professions and lots of ways to come by them, in writing. You just have to know your history and be just as creative in giving your characters a profession as you are in writing the rest of the story.

Once you figure out the profession, do your research. You need to know as much as you can about it so you can write about it well. You don't have to give all the details and information, just enough to get by. Just enough to make your reader think you have explicit knowledge of that particular job. Which, when you're writing about something in present day, is usually the case. Write what you know. You know how to do data entry, how amazing your character does too!

Have anything else to add to this post? Leave a comment!

Monday, March 28, 2016

GTKM: 15...

Welcome to another Monday! Oh, the time, how it flies. I hope you all had a good weekend!

Today's Getting To Know Me question is:

What three things do you think of the most every day?

Well. Things change so much day to day, but I do know what three things I think of the most every single day.

1. My family. I'm always thinking of someone in my family every day. Whether I'm thinking of my kids, my mom, my siblings and their families or my husband, I'm constantly thinking of my family. I always wonder how everyone is doing. I wonder how my kids are doing and hope they are happy. I think of my siblings and their families and hope everyone is safe and happy. I think about my husband daily, hoping he is having a good day and he's safe on the freeway as he commutes to and from work. I think of my in-laws and hope the same things. So, my family is pretty much on my mind a lot.

2. My friends. Take number one and insert my friends into that scenario.

3. My finances. I'm always thinking of our bills, things that need to be paid right now versus next week. Will we have enough? I know we have enough, but it's just stuff I think about.

I have a lot of anxieties, so this list could go on and on, but as for the top three, that's pretty much it. I think about work, I think about menus for the week and grocery lists. I think about stories I want to write, school work I have to finish. All sorts of things.

How about you? What three things do you think of the most every day? Leave a comment!