and other snow day insights
I am snuggled up in sweats and fuzzy socks and as I sit binge watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and watching it snow outside my window, I am wondering just how much hot chocolate my bladder and blood sugar can handle. I may end up in a diabetic coma and weeing myself when I slip in the ice covered steps while taking the dogs out. My brain is turning to mush as I cry with Kyle over Kim's demise and recent arrests. Okay, it could be from 2 seasons ago and not really recent. But, a more important question is, When is Lisa Renna going to STOP with the botox?! One more treatment and those lips will blow up enough to float her like a balloon to the next girls night out!
So, why is this snow day so sucky? Well, I would love to be out taking beautiful snow day pics of the dogs and lovely scenery. But, No, It's still sleeting, snowing, and spitting from the sky! Who's taking their camera out in that? Not this girl! So instead, I will snuggle with my dogs, munch on bad for me snacks and wait on the hubs to come home.
I could be out running errands, but No. North Carolina CLOSES, SHUTS DOWN, and literally FREEZES when it snows. Very few businesses will be open. If ya ain't got your milk and bread, too bad. There's none to be had in North Carolina. So I am sitting here in my comfy warm clothes, settled in my huge recliner, warm and toasty, facebook stalking some of my favorite photogs, THERE WILL BE A POST ON THAT!
Plus to top it all off Hubs came home early! He brought me cool ranch Doritos too!
What do you Hate about Snow days?
I don't understand it. I look in the mirror and my hair is long and straight, hanging with little style. There are these funny little things under my eyes that look a faintly like moon shaped marshmallows, and not the kind small enough to fit in a bowl of lucky charms! These bad boys are just right for a campfire 'n smores kinda night. And they come with there own little wings out to side. Little hanger ons like barnacles on a old fishing boat. I'm talking about those shhh....don't say it...crows feet? Oh my god! When did I become my mother, aunts, and grandmother all rolled up in one?
If you are too young to remember Madonna before she was a mother and still singing to her papa not to preach, You are too young to know what I am talking about! Jennifer and Jack were just getting together, Now he's dead and she looks way older than me! Bo and Hope were a couple for the FIRST time, Steve was still called Patch.Then we watched the Original BH 90210, Team Dillon, all the way.
We wore skinny jeans so tight we could barely get our feet through them. In fact, I had a couple of pairs that were so tight at the ankles they had to have zippers in them. Shoulder pads were in every shirt, sweater, dress, and jacket I had. I even had some that I could put in things that didn't already come with them.
A night out meant 2 hours of primping. An hour of that was spent on using 3 sets of curlers, 2 curling irons, and half a can of Aqua Net. I killed more than my fair share of Ozone, believe me. Blue eyeshadow AND blue eyeliner. Neon Pink Lipstick, WET 'N WILD, baby!
Now a night out is, me asking the hubby "Do I HAVE to put on Makeup?" I'm more impressed about how EARLY I got to bed, instead of how LATE I was out! My friends and I have decided we are much better at "bar sitting" than "bar hopping." But, good grief, we're in by 10!
When did this happen? Yesterday, I was not this old!
Funny, It takes me just as long to get long, straight, and with very little style as it did to get BIG hair..............
But, it's an orange! Well, isn't that the story of my life!
It's an attitude, It's a lifestyle, It's me.
Make the best of what God has given you. We all have crazy lives, crazy jobs, and we all have crazy families, but mine takes the cake! (If your family and reading this, it's not you I'm talking about!) Living the just peachy life is all about taking the crazy and making the best of it. Life may hand your oranges when you asked for peaches, but hey, they are both sweet, orange and edible, so it's all good.
If you've been on facebook for more than a month, you've seen the memes, joking about how in the south we don't hide our crazy, we set it on the front porch to wave at the neighbors and have cocktail. Believe me, I've got crazy. Most I won't torture you with. But, some stories you will pass along on the my blogging journey. In case you haven't figured it out already, I am from the south, not the Georgia Peach south, but the Lance Cracker, Texas Pete, Pepsi Cola, North Carolina South. I've been known to add peanuts to my coke, but that coke better be a Pepsi. I'll throw out a Y'all for one person or forty. I can bless a heart, and push my buggy over at the Lowes Grocery. I believe biscuits and gravy are considered a meal. Pintos are better with cornbread, Cheerwine is a delicacy, and everybody needs a good hunting dog (ok, not really. I do like dogs, though). I know how to walk in heels (thanks to many trips up and down my grandmother's hall with a dictionary on my head), I can address an envelope properly, know the importance of an timely RSVP, and can set a proper brunch table (not that I do THAT very often).
Football is almost a religion in our house. But, we're nice and support each other's teams, unless they're playing each other! I have a pinterest board dedicated to Food for Football Sundays! There's more good football food in on this board, What a Man Eats or Beer and Bacon. I love to cook, ride my motorcycle, or be the B on the back with my mostly prince charming.
I just recently applied to Graduate school for nursing and am waiting to here about that. I am sure some blog posts will be related to that! My "day job" is as a nurse. Right now I am working at a large hospital in my area in the cancer center.
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies, I am self taught and self learning. I say that because I am learning so much and want to continue to learn. I like sharing what I learn. I think that is one of the best ways to remember new things and learn even more.
If you want to share my photographic, pretend gourmet, biker chic, nurse, making the best of oranges that were supposed to be peaches lifestyle, Follow my blog! Find new recipes for cooking, experiencing and living!
5 tips for new bloggers
Blogging is still fairly new to me. But I already have some advice to give. I think that is one of the best kept secrets to being successful in anything. Share your knowledge and help others be successful too! I believe that by encouraging others and sharing what has helped me, I will succeed.
Get a planner and use it.
I know it may sound so 20TH CENTURY, but a pen and paper planner can be a great thing! Posts on blogs need to be consistent, plan your posts and keep a running/working list of ideas for blogging. Make sure you have lot of note pages for jotting down ideas and lists of what you want to write. You never know when the ideas will hit you! You can find nice planners on Etsy at DivineElementsDesign.
*****Full disclosure: I don't make a dime if you buy this one! Just happens to be free plug for a fellow blogger! She even extols the benefits of a planner on her blog, Decoratorsvoice.com *****
Where to share your posts.
This will be a ever evolving section of this post. Right now I use Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The big four I call them. Now there are others that I am still discovering. In facebook there are several blogging groups that I belong to, #Blogsharelearn and Blog + Biz BFFs. These groups are great ways to meed new blogging friends, learn new information and share your blog. Stumbleupon is a cooler not all recipe version of Pinterest, and a great place to share!
Blog for the following you want, Not the following you have
Thank you Nakeya! I didn't come up with the phrase myself. I fellow blogger that I mention above was where I heard the phrase first. I am currently following this very thing. I joke that even my mom doesn't read my blog. But really, I am three months into this, Have a list of topics, and plans for my blogging. I am blogging as often as I can. I am promoting my blog everywhere I can find. I have only like three followers, lol. Ok, more than that are reading, but there still isn't a lot of commenting and interaction on my posts. That doesn't stop me! There are people out there who want to know what I have to say! Hopefully! LOL. My point is, I am going to keep blogging, writing, posting. The followers will come! IF you build it, they will come! Well, and share it, and promote it.......
Make contacts, make friends, promote others and let them promote you!
Join groups, make friends, follow other blogs, and comment on their posts. Share their posts, ask for shares, comments, and likes. Promote others blogs in yours, and they will help you! There are so many bloggers out there sharing the written word on everything from grass seed to the most popular colors for Spring. Find some you like or that are similar to your own! The more interactive you are, the more interaction you will receive! But, be genuine in your interactions and in the connections you make. Don't post and run, like, share and interact!
How much time should I give to my Blog?
As much as you can! It takes a lot of time to plan your posts, write them, add interesting graphics, provide links, and get your post ready to publish. Then you have to pin it, stumble it, tweet it, facebook it. Then you have to share it in groups. It takes effort everyday.
In addition, you have to network with other bloggers to learn, share, and make connections that will benefit you both. Set aside a time everyday. The more consistent you are, the better off you and your blog will be!
What are your suggestions for new bloggers? What are you doing to promote your blog? What are you doing to grow your followers? LEt me know! SHare your blog in the comments!
Wife, daughter, aunt, nurse, biker chic, aspiring photographer, pretend gourmet chef. That's me! I'm living the Just Peachy Life. This Blog will now be more dedicated to photography and the art form that speaks to me the most. I am moving the lifestyle and home-life posts to the Living the Just Peachy Life Blog to separate the two! Read more about me and _Living the Just Peachy Life!
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