What the Heck?!

I was about to write a blog on a whole nother topic when I decided to check in on my stats before commencing, and what to my wondering eyes did appear?

400 views today!

Say what?!

On a good day I might have 30 or 40 views, with my highest before being a little over 100. But 400? And for a tiny short blog about rain boots of all things. You can read it here if you want to be dazzled. Ha!

I guess the torrential rain we’ve had today in Alabama may have contributed to the uptick in interest, but I highly doubt it.

Maybe WordPress had a numbers malfunction? Accidentally added me to the Freshly Pressed page?

No, I’m sure it must be the unbelievable, stylistically perfect writing that drew all those readers like a magnet to my blog.

I can dream, can’t I?


I Knew Better, and Now I’ve Got Homework

My colleagues gave me homework today. Humph. What did they give me for homework, and why, you may ask, did they give it to me when I am the one who should be dishing it out?

Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s been three months and six days since my last blog. I was on a roll for a very long time of writing a blog every single day. I always knew if I ever skipped a day, I would fall down the slippery slope of non commitment, and that, my friends, is exactly what happened. A day, here, a day, there, and before I knew it, I wasn’t writing at all.

Thanks to those dear homework assigners, I am climbing back up on the proverbial horse and will start writing again. It’s the least I can do.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because it’s been hot. That would be the truth as it has been hot as Hades in Alabama this summer–so hot I couldn’t even stand to go geocaching. However, I do have air conditioning.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because I’ve been off. That would be the truth, too. I will tell you that I have discovered that long stretches of being off for me does not cause me to be more productive–it has quite the opposite effect. With all that time looming before me, I find that I can procrastinate till the cows come home and then some.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because my muse left me, but I’m pretty sure I don’t have one. I’m just a pound it out at the keyboard kinda gal. 

I could tell you that I didn’t write because the Music of the Spheres quit playing, but that would just be a lie since I’ve never heard them play.

I could tell you that I didn’t write because someone told me that my writing sucked, but that’s not true because apparently some of you actually like to read it.

What I can tell you is that I started reading advice like don’t blog more that once a week, stick to one topic, have a set schedule, always include a photo to make it more interesting . . .

I started over thinking the whole deal.

Oh, and I got lazy.

Dear Readers, with that I have fulfilled my homework assignment for tonight, and I plan to pound the keyboard regularly once again.

A Quick Facebook Rant

DH mentioned that he never saw my photos or  blog post links on his Facebook page. Well, I got to looking on his account, and even under the links tab, my blog wasn’t showing up. Since he wasn’t seeing it,  I asked if others were seeing the links.

Turns out, some of them aren’t.

Next step–I started looking about the internet for reasons why and I ended up on a page that indicated if somebody liked the content of the link, they wouldn’t see the links anymore?

What? If they like it they don’t get to see it anymore?

Also, FB has set up all these fan pages and now is constricting the life out of them.

Has anybody heard any of this or know how to fix it?

If you want more info, check out this page: (You’ll have to copy and paste it.)



Last night my blog hit 2,000 views all-time. Wow. I’m so amazed by this. I know in the blogosphere that’s probably not that many in 109 days, but for me, it’s huge.

That was a nice stat to see. Today it’s at 2,047.

When I started this blog, as I’ve said before I thought it would be more directed to specific topics. What it has turned out to be is a kind of snarky stream-of-consciousness ramble/rant on whatever.

I thank you very much for following or reading occasionally. I also thank you for commenting and/or hitting the “like” button.

Writing is good for writing’s sake, but it sure does me good to know from your comments that you are reading and caring enough to take time out of your life to respond in some way to the words I’ve put down or the photos I’ve put up.

Again, thank you from the bottom and top of my heart.

100th Post! Who’da Thought?

When I started this blog 100 days ago, I really thought my direction would be more specific than it has been. What the blog has morphed into, however, is a sort of stream-of-consciousness ramble on a daily basis.

I decided to write every day because knowing myself as I do, I knew that if I didn’t I would skip one day, then 5 days, then 50 days, then I’d find myself saying, “Blog? What blog? Oh! I completely forgot!”

For me it’s much better to write every single day than to try for once a week because I would then become anal retentive and never let go of a finished product. Check this post.

Finding things in life to write about has been and is a daily delight. It has opened my eyes and ears to be more acutely aware of what happens all around me every day.

Feedback from you as well as “likes” from you keep me motivated to continue on.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read what I write and look at the photos I post.

Here’s to 100 more.

Anal Retentive or Anal Expulsive: What I Learned in Lit Crit

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Did you even know that there were two options, or were you like me and thought there was only anal retentive?

I had no clue that the term anal expulsive even existed until my enlightenment in Lit Crit (Literary Criticism) class many years ago. Now I can assure you that Lit Crit is one snoozer of a class. I just needed to check it off my list to move on my way to graduation. When I heard the professor say “anal expulsive” I snapped out of my slumber.

Anal expulsive? What? He proceeded to explain it meant the opposite of anal retentive. That one I understood–being uptight. However, he applied the terms to writing in a way that made my style crystal clear to me for the first time in my life. It also freed me from thinking maybe there was something wrong with the way I approached some writing.

In writing, the anal retentive person writes, rewrites, rearranges, rewrites, proofs, proofs some more, rewrites, and then begrudgingly hands the paper in.  I can be that way on the proofing, but not for the actual writing.

The anal expulsive writer, on the other hand, just blows the content out and then hands it in, or in the case of blogging, hits the Publish button. Wow. What an epiphany!

Who knew I’d been anal expulsive all those years of writing papers? Well, I knew, but I didn’t know what to call it, and I always felt kinda guilty about it. I mean, I would do the research and all, rearrange the notecards, but when the time came to write, I would write and then be done. When instructors would hand papers back to me to rewrite, I never quite knew what to do. I was done. What was to be redone?

I do understand that rewrites can make papers better, but I guess what I’m trying to say is that I felt my writing style was validated by knowing there was an actual term to describe it and that I wasn’t the only person on the planet that wrote that way.

My blogging is much the same way. I started this blog July 31, 2011, and have written every day since. If I were functioning as an anal retentive writer, I would not publish much. As an anal expulsive writer, I can pound out content every day and forgive myself if what you are reading is not the most perfect product.

What I DID Do This Summer

The list for what I didn’t do this summer was pretty long, so I’m hoping that the list for what I DID do this summer can compete.

I did read this summer, just not so many books. I read a lot on the internet. A LOT.

I did watch TV, but not as much as I thought I would. In fact, many days I was at home all day and never turned it on.

I did spend time with my daughter.

I did spend time with my grandgirls.

We cooked some fun things from the FoodTV magazine.

We made a jigsaw puzzle cookie.

We made carrot cupcakes with homemade icing. See those candied carrot garnishes on the cupcakes? It’s important for you to know that it took about 40 minutes to make those!

We made chocolate chip banana bread.

We made peanut butter kiss cookies.

As a result of these fine confections, I did gain weight.

I did continue my Project 365 photos.

I did visit my sister, just not as much as I should have.

I did go geocaching.

I did go to a family reunion.

I did take naps.

I did go to The Smoky Mountains.

I did make some spiced almonds.

I did sit in my air conditioned house, blissfully avoiding the searing 100-degree heat.

I did go to the beach and watch my DH catch a shark. He always catches at least one casting from the shore.

At the end of the summer, I did start a blog. Summer 2011 was superb, and I think the dids far outweigh the did nots.