Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boring Blogger

I admit it...I've been a bit on the boring side of blogging lately. I have several valid excuses though.

Here are a couple of them...

1. I was re-reading the Harry Potter series. It's been years since I read the very first book in the series, and I finished the seventh book back in 2007 when it was released. So, with the final installment of the film series coming to an end in a few months, I figured this was a good time to go back and immerse myself in the series again. It took me about 6 weeks to read all seven books, but I am so so so glad I did. I absolutely love this series. For me, it has been life-changing. Seriously, I know I sound like such a nerd, but I don't care. I can't imagine living a life without the experience of reading this series. My heart breaks a little more every time I think about it all being over. I could seriously talk about Harry Potter for hours without getting tired of it, so I'm just going to stop now. (I am working on another post right now about my re-reading of the series as an adult though....)

2. And the number two reason that I've been such a boring blogger lately is because I have been busy putting together puzzles. I love, love, love puzzles. I haven't put one together in a long time, so I picked one up at the store the other day, and it has completely consumed my life. All my time at home the last few days has been dedicated to my puzzle.

So, anyway, hopefully I'll get back into the blogging swing of things again. I've got several ideas for posts that I want to write, I've just got to get around to writing them....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Five Things Friday

Five reasons I don't want to go to my 10 year high school reunion tonight...

1. I went to a small high school, I graduated with 26 people. Everyone I am interested in talking to, I am friends with on Facebook, we already talk often enough.

2. I have gained a lot of weight since high school.

3. I'm one of the five people in our class that still doesn't have kids.

4. Awkward conversations with old boyfriends while my husband is standing beside me.

5. Being reminded that I have been out of high school for ten years and I am still in college...even though I am working on graduate degrees and I have a "grown-up" job...I'm still in college.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Things Friday

I can't believe it's been a whole week since my last post.
Oh well...
I've been busy,
things come up,
life happens,
you know how it goes.

on to ...

Today's five things are...
My top five life changing reads...

1. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
-Chuck Klosterman

2. Harry Potter (Years 1-7)
-J.K. Rowling

3. To Kill a Mockingbird
-Harper Lee

4. 1984
-George Orwell

5. The Sun Also Rises
-Ernest Hemingway

How about you?
Favorite books?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Five Things Friday

I'm starting something new.

On Fridays, I'm going to start posting my
"Five Things Friday"

Every Friday I will list five things that have some commonality,
maybe five things that make me happy,
maybe five books I love,
maybe five celebrities who really annoy me,
you get the point.

There really is no ongoing theme here,
except that every Friday
there will be a list of five things.

I hope you enjoy.

And today's "Five Things Friday" includes:

My FIVE Favorite Male Celebrities, right now...

1. Johnny Depp

2. Ryan Gosling

3. Ryan Reynolds

4. Leonardo Dicaprio

5. Eminem

What do you think?
Who would be on your list and why?

I'm Featured


Today I'm being featured at Kymberly's blog,

She's got a really good thing going over there, make sure you check her out.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Best-Sellers Amongst the Zodiac

I have a couple of random points to make in this post.

#1 - You CAN'T just add a new sign to the zodiac and act like it's no big deal. I know, I know, the new sign has been around for a while, and the earth is tilting differently now than it was a few thousand years ago, and a few thousand years from now it'll all change again...blah, blah, blah...

I, for one, really liked being a Taurus. Now, out of the blue, you're going to tell me that I'm an Aries. Sorry, not buying it!

And what's the deal with the name of the new one: Ophiuchus? What the heck is an Ophiuchus?

*Side note* Upon further reading, I have discovered that Ophiuchus is known as the "serpent bearer."

#2 - While we're talking about birthdays, I found a really neat site today. has developed this really cool thing where you input your birthday and it tells you what was on the New York Times Best-Sellers list at that point in time. Pretty neat huh??? Go over and check it out.

So, anyway, I put in my birthday, hoping to see some huge literary giant in the number one spot on my birthday. Alas, I was disappointed. The novel that popped up when I put in my birthday was something called The Little Drummer Girl. Personally, I've never heard of it. I know nothing about it, but if you do, please share.

So...thoughts? Comments?

How do you feel about the zodiac stuff? Did your sign change?

What was the number one novel on your birthday?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yay for a late start!

Just letting you guys know that I'm making my attempt at Project 365.

I've created a separate blog for this. It can be found here.

I'd be happy to see you there.

I know, I know, most normal people started their Project 365 back on the 1st of January.

So what if I'm a few days late?

Anyway, my first post is up, without a pic. It's more of an introductory post anyway.

But, photos start tomorrow!

This project is also on my 101 in 1001 list, so, wish me luck!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm a traveler at heart

In my life, I have been very lucky, especially in regard to the fact that I have had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. As a child, family car trips were a regular thing. Every summer we would pack up and take off, sometime we had a plan in mind, other times we just drove. Then, when I got a little older, more lengthy trips became an option. The first plane trip we ever took, as a family, was when I was 13 years old. My parents packed us up, and took my brother and I to Los Angeles. That was the first BIG trip of my life, and from that point on, I was hooked!

As my teenage years progressed, I was able to take several trips. Mostly I traveled with my mother and my grandmother. I came to realize that my dad will take trips when he wants to, but he's really more of a homebody. He would rather stay in his comfort zone. But, I definitely got the travel bug from my mom and my grandma. They always seemed to be up for a trip.

Then, as I reached my twenties, more travel options began to present themselves. As an adult, I was able to take a couple of trips, by myself or with friends. I just can't seem to pass up any reasonable opportunity to see something new or experience a new place.

These are just a few of the places I have had the opportunity to visit...

And these are a few places that I would like to see...if the opportunity ever presented itself...

What about you?

What are some of your favorite places you have visited?

Where would you go if you have the choice to visit any place in the world?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Weekend Blog Hop


There are some really great blogs participating.

So, click on over and follow the directions if you want to participate!

Have fun!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I wish I lived here...

I think by now everyone has at least heard of Modern Family. Seriously, this is one of the best shows on TV right now. The families and the characters are lovable and believable. But, as I've watched the show more and more, I have begun to pay more attention to the homes that these families live in, and I love them. I would be happy to live in any one of these houses.

Out of the three families on the show, the Dunphy's home is my favorite. When my husband and I finally decide to settle down, quit moving around, and have children, this is the kind of house I want to live in, this is the type of home in which I would like to raise my children. Clair and Phil's home presents a feeling that is "homey" but still up to date. It's comfy, but not worn out. Their TV home is everything I want in a home of my own.

What's really great is that while I was considering this topic as a post, I came across this article at which is an absolutely amazing web-site for 20-somethings.

How about you? How you ever seen your dream home on a TV show? Tell me all about it!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Yay...My First Award

Thanks so much to Sarah at The Writer's Journey.

She was kind enough to notice my blog!
You should definitely check her out!

So, along with this reward I'm supposed to share 7 things about myself.

1. I'm left-handed and I love it!

2. I'm completing my 2nd Master's Degree this semester.

3. I still love to watch Robot Chicken and Saturday Night Live.

4. My husband is a bit younger than me.

5. I live in a small town and I hate it.

6. I'm working on finding a way to move out of the country.

7. My cat's name is Todd.

And finally, I pass this award on to 15 other bloggers who make me smile.

1. Danielle at Keepin it Real

2. Shop Girl at I Heart My Shoes

3. Casey at Blonde Bargain Babe

4. Maggie at Things I Love

5. Denise at Somewhat of a Spectacle

6. Sara at Sara Swears a Lot

7. Kelsey at On the Coast of Somewhere Beautiful

8. Erin at Moore to Love

9. Che at indieBerries

10. Kate at I Dream Loudly

11. Here Lies My SOUL

Well...I'm stopping with eleven...

If I've given you the award, please let me know if you've accepted it! Also, don't forget to link to my blog in thanks, give 7 facts about you, and pick up to 15 blogs you've recently discovered to give the award to. Enjoy!

It's already been one year...

Today I am celebrating 1 year here at
This = My Experience

Happy Blogoversary to me!

MY 101 in 1001

Unless you have been living under a rock in the blogging world, you have heard about 101 in 1001. If you aren't familiar with this phrase, it's basically a list of 101 things you would like to accomplish in 1001 days.

For the last month or so, I've been putting my list together. Early in December I began to think about this list and what I would include in my list. I've seen these lists made by others for quite a while now, and I always contemplated doing one of my own, but I just never got around to it. So, this year, instead of making New Year's resolutions, I'm going to start my 101 in 1001. So, starting this on January 1, 2011 means that I have until September 27, 2013 to complete my list. Wish me luck!

I will be blogging about different items on my list as I complete them and I will periodically update my list by marking things off and noting progress for other items.

I encourage everyone to create your own 101 in 1001 list and let me know about it.

So, as promised, here is my list:

Italics = In progress

Just for fun

  1. Participate in a flash mob
  2. See at least one new movie every month
  3. Gain at least 100 followers for my blog
  4. Go skydiving
  5. Send at least 10 cards to Post Secret
  6. Find a new musical artist every month
  7. Complete project 365
  8. Watch 26 movies I've never seen, starting with each letter of the alphabet
  9. Watch the AFI's top 100 films
  10. Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
  11. Carve a Halloween Pumpkin every year
  12. Have Christmas photos taken with Richard every year
  13. Be an extra in a film
  14. Convince someone else to do 101 in 1001
  15. Send out at least 100 cards through Postcrossing
  16. Go to a concert
  17. Buy an original piece of art
  18. Meet a blog friend in real life
  19. Frame and hang some of my own photography
  20. Apply for The Amazing Race
  21. Learn to play the guitar that's sitting in my living room
  22. Buy an IPAD
  23. Reach 500 followers on Twitter
  24. Organize all of my ITUNES
  25. Expand my stamp collection
  26. Make Christmas candy every year
  27. Buy new living room furniture
  28. Complete "30 Days of Me" on Facebook
  29. Be Facebook free for a week
  30. Make a T-shirt quilt
  31. Send Christmas cards each year
  32. Consistently use my "green" grocery bags
  33. Vote in the 2012 elections
  34. Have a "game-night" with friends
  35. Buy an atlas
  36. Take a painting class
  37. Take a self-portrait every day for a year
  38. Create a "dream-home" journal
  39. Complete a 1,000 piece puzzle and frame it
  40. Complete FlyLady's Baby Steps
  41. Keep up with the Astros for a whole season
  42. Jump on a hotel bed and send to
  43. Attend a blogger meet-up
  44. See Trans Siberian Orchestra
  45. Buy and coloring book and spend a whole afternoon coloring
  46. Start mailing birthday cards
  47. Adopt a puppy
  48. Convert my favorite VHS tapes to DVD
  49. Take flowers to friends' graves
  50. Purchase a fire safe
  51. Create an album for Postcrossing cards


52. Travel out of the country (again)

53. Go on a cruise

54. Move away from this town

55. Visit at least three new states

56. Move to England

57. Visit Graceland

58. Visit Disney World as an adult

Education and Work

59. Complete a Master's degree

60. Find a job that I love

61. Pass my Comprehensive Master's exam in July 2011

62. Find a social media related job

63. Build up a "Linked In" page


64. Learn to cook something from my grandmother (possibly homemade chicken and dumplings)

65. Create a cookbook with at least 20 personally created recipes


66. Read at least one book every month

67. Complete a draft of a short story to submit for publication

68. Participate / Complete NaNoWriMo

69. Write one new poem every month

70. Complete NaBloPoMo

71. Write every day for a month

72. Complete my "Wreck This Journal"

73. Reach 200 blog posts

74. Enter a writing contest

75. Complete the 1st chapter of my novel draft

76. Complete the 1st five chapters

77. Write me "if anything happens to me" letter

78. Subscribe to The New Yorker

79. Read 10 non-fiction books


80. Anonymously donate to a charity

81. Randomly pay for someone behind me in a drive-through

82. Donate blood at least three times

83. Research a great charity / cause and educate others through my blog

84. Tip a server 50% for great service

Health and Well-Being

85. Loose at least 30 pounds

86. No fast-food for a month

87. Drink only water for a week

88. Eat a piece of fresh fruit every day for two weeks

89. Exercise at least three times a week for a month

90.Stop biting my nails

91. Maintain a food journal for a month

92. Do 30 push-ups in a row

93. Complete the couch To 5K

94. Meditate for 30 minutes a day for one week

95. Lower my BMI 3 points

96. Create and stick to a night-time routine


97. Pay off my credit card

98. Put some of my paycheck into savings every month

99. Make a list and photograph important home items for insurance

100. Save at least $5,000

And 101: start a new 101 in 1001 list when this one is complete