Month: June 2008

Custom Blog Header For Sale

If you are interested in this one of a kind custom blog header, I can customize it with your name and tag line and it’s yours for the small price of $30. Let me know – I’m only selling it once!

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June PDA Giveaway Winner Is….

I was on a conference call at 12 noon, so I’m just now getting a moment to post this month’s winner of the Palm Tungsten PDA – thanks to everyone for posting to your blogs – everyone received their extra 5 credits that posted. If you didn’t tell me in the comments you posted on it, and it didn’t show up in the links, then I didn’t know about it. There were just too many entries for me to check every single one this time…without further ado, the winner is…



An email has been sent to the winner and if she is unable to respond within 3 days, we go back to the drawing board and draw again. Thanks again to everyone for playing and keep your eyes open for July’s giveaway!

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Winner of Saturday’s Mystery Photo Contest is…

Chilihead from Blogging Basics 101! Congrats for being the first person to correctly identify the mystery photo as a domino. Woot! Woot! You’ll receive no prize, but my hearty thanks for playing along this week! 🙂 Oh, and some link love. Check her blogs out here:

Blogging Basics 101

Don’t Try This at Home

Bloggy Giveaways

Be sure to check back this Saturday for the new Mystery Photo.

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Working from a Calendar to Keep my Sanity Intact

The bright side of insomnia is that while you’re awake, you can plan your next three weeks blog posts. The dull side of insomnia is that once you go to sleep, you’re likely to forget everything you were thinking about just before you drifted off to sleep.

So this week I have some actual goals, y’all. I’ve actually started working on my editorial/design calendar as suggested by Melanie of Blogging Basics 101. I’m not one of those bloggers that can juggle five or six different blogs/online magazines and I’m constantly in awe of women that can do that and still find time to care for their children, cook and do things like…laundry. They’re all that and a bag of chips.

I started by writing down the due dates for each header/template design and then I promptly commenced to hyperventilating because I realized that this week alone I have four projects due. (And yes, I know I haven’t been posting my new work – some of it has personal information and a couple of the blogs I’ve done aren’t ready for their “new reveal” yet – but it’s coming.) This, of course, means my writing time will be severely limited and I’m going to have to make use of my time wisely, because I can’t just ignore my family to get it all done. The natives get restless when I spend too much time on the computer,e ven thought it’s summer.

After writing down my due dates, I decided what my posting schedules would be for each blog. You didn’t know I had more than one, did you? Well, I actually have a blog for Simply Amusing Designs, but up until this point, I haven’t been faithful to post on it, because it plays second fiddle to this blog. I am still working on topics for that blog, because I’d like to use it to share tips for beginning bloggers on design resources and how-to’s. If there’s something you’d like to see, shoot me your ideas in the comments or email me.

Today, I will be assigning my topics to the days, which I have already loosely done…(ie. Wednesday is Wordless and Works for Me, Thursday is 13, Saturday is Mystery Photo, etc.) and then at some point, I’m going to sit down and actually write. It’s easy to find the time, if you are looking for it. Sometimes I use pen and paper, but my thoughts generally flow much faster than my pen can follow, so I usually try to type my ideas and blog posts out. I find the best time for me to write is early morning before the kids are up, with a cup of coffee by my side. Like Melanie suggested, I placed a small notebook in my dayplanner that I carry inside my purse and I’ve written down several topics I can blog about as I think of them.

This week is shaping up to be crazy hectic, but I know that going in and I am able to mentally prepare myself through prayer and study, so I’ll be equipped to handle whatever comes my way.

How’s your week look? What do you have going on and are you doing anything special?

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Nail in the Fence

This post was originally published January 7,2006. Since it’s Sunday, we’re having leftovers – grab yourself a plate and enjoy.

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there ”

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

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Diet is a Four Letter Word

It’s no secret that I weigh far more than I should right now and it’s also no secret I’m not really happy in my current skin. I don’t just tip the scales, they actually scream for me to get off. Even more than that, I worry about what the weight could be doing to decrease my life span. My mom has every heart problem known to man and it’s probably in my genes to have some of the same issues, but I have three beautiful kids that will someday, Lord willing, have children of their own. I don’t want to be an old and decrepit grandparent who can’t participate. I want to be “fun” and “energetic” and play tball with the little stinkers.

The bright side is that I can do something about it while I’m still young, (my husband said I was middle-aged, but I refuse to believe that 39 is middle-age!) while the dull side is that it involves cooking healthier foods and exercising, the latter of which I have never been fond. But I’m going to take my mama’s advice and polish that old dull side for whatever it’s worth.

I’m considering joining a boot camp of sorts for exercise, since I am the sort that has to have an accountability partner in order to even get moving. I need someone in my face telling me that I have to do 2 more, even when I think I can’t. Someone pushing me, if you will. The good thing is that I know this about myself after 20 years of weight fluctuations and dieting and exercise.

I’ve also been studying mortality tables and leading causes of death in other countries and it’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies:

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. Africans drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Oh, I kid, y’all.

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