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Getting Lost on Memory Lane

How many of you out there remember LiveJournal? I had this wonderful idea to do a Throwback Thursday post once a month and put something on here from my LiveJournal days and either comment on what a dramatic person I used to be (totally past that now, right? Ha!) or put an old survey and update the answers. I still plan to do that…on a Thursday sometime…but in the process of looking at my old LiveJournal account, I got a little lost on memory lane.

(In other words, I stayed up waaaaay too late reading about the adventures of college Amber, which included, but weren’t limited to: complaining about classes, talking about work, and taking surveys. Riveting stuff sometimes).

I’ve always enjoyed writing in journals – physical and online. I just have to remember not to start reading the old ones at night when I should be asleep!

Anyway, all of that to say, there should be some fun throwbacks coming up over the next few months. Oh past Amber, if only you had known future Amber was going to be making so much fun of you someday. Present Amber, let this be a warning that future Amber is watching and waiting. That doesn’t sound creepy at all, does it…

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The Daily Dime : February 2018

Welcome to another edition of The Daily Dime – ten pictures from a day in my life!

These were taken on Wednesday, February 14.

One//Around 12:30 AMIMG_20180214_001332I’ve been staying up waaaaay too late lately. This was right before I was ready to go to bed, and when I realized it was officially past midnight, I decided it should be my first picture of the “day.”

Two//Around 7:30 AMIMG_20180214_075229Charlotte woke up shortly after I went to bed and would not go back to sleep, so she and I went to the front bedroom to lay down. I wanted to share a glimpse of what that bed looks like…complete with way too many pillows! I know it looks like it’s just a mattress, but it’s actually a platform bed. It will probably be what she sleeps in after she’s out of a crib.

Three//Around 7:30 AMIMG_20180214_080501She looks like such a big girl, doesn’t she? She has a few toys that she absolutely loves, and this is one of them. I have all of the songs it plays memorized!

Four//Around 8:30 AMIMG_20180214_091049My black cardigan has a hole in it. I’m so sad because it’s so hard for me to find cardigans I like and as a librarian, I’m basically required to wear them. Ha!

Five//Around 9:00 AMIMG_20180214_091021The carnage after Charlotte has helped me get ready. She kept trying to push that toy into the bathroom and got mad when she couldn’t get it to fit in there!

Six//Around 1:00 PMIMG_20180214_130632In December, I became semi-obsessed with wanting a daily planner. However, it wasn’t in our budget, plus I have a perfectly good 2018 planner. So, I compromised and made daily sheets for myself. I have been trying to decorate the daily sheets and leave my planner open on my desk during the day. Both of those things seem to help me be a little more productive.

Seven//Around 3:30 PMIMG_20180214_153641Will brought me a coffee from the coffee shop he was working at. He isn’t working there now because they’re about to go out of business. I’ll miss my Wednesday afternoon coffees!

Eight//Around 8:30 PMIMG_20180214_205423Koopa was mean mugging me so hard. I don’t think I was  eating then either, so I don’t know why he was staring at me like that!

Nine//Around 9:30 PMIMG_20180214_221144Mean mugging makes a dog tired, evidently.

Ten//Around 10:00 PMIMG_20180214_223815Will makes the absolute best chocolate milk on the planet. I don’t know if it’s because he’s very generous with the chocolate syrup or what, but any time we have chocolate syrup, I always ask him to make me a glass…or ten! Since we’re being frugal right now, this was my Valentine’s Day present also! 😉

This is usually a linkup, but I haven’t seen it posted yet. The host is pregnant with her third child, so if she didn’t remember (or didn’t have the energy!) to post it, I completely understand! I’ll join up with her when she posts it! 🙂

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Not much to say today because I didn’t get the pictures for my Daily Dime post formatted last night like I should have. Sometimes going to bed when you’re tired is more important than what you had planned to blog about!

I will take a minute to write about how grateful I am for some changes and developments that have occurred for us lately. I don’t want to go into too many details right now because we’re still in the middle of some of it, but I can say that I have a renewed sense of hope and optimism that I haven’t felt in a while. I am feeling more like myself again, which I know my family, friends, and co-workers will appreciate…hopefully! 😉

Thank you to everyone who reads and leaves comments (that I’m super behind on replying to) or tells me in real life that they read. I am grateful that you all choose to join me on this journey!


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Cloud Gate : Style Imitating Art

Okay, this post is out of my comfort zone, but it’s something I wanted to try, so here we go!

There is a group of three bloggers – Erin, Jen, and Salazar – who take turns co-hosting a linkup called Style Imitating Art. The premise is that whoever is hosting choosing a piece of artwork (in any medium) and other bloggers share their outfits that are inspired by the artwork. I’ve always enjoyed this linkup but have never felt brave enough to join in. Brave may seem like a silly word, but I’m not the biggest fan of my appearance right now, so the idea of putting a full body picture of myself on here is a little scary!

But you know what? I’m doing it anyway!

The inspiration piece was chosen by Erin and is called Cloud Gate. You may know it by another name:

That’s right! It’s The Bean in Chicago! I’ve never been to Chicago, but I know this is a must see when I finally make it there.

Now for my interpretation :

My mirror selfie game needs some work!

I’ve noticed that the co-hosts usually talk about their outfits and why they chose what they did. In the spirit of full transparency, my outfit was basically chosen because it fits me!

The sweater and tank top underneath are forest green even though they look gray in the picture. Let’s pretend like the dots on our bedspread are big fat snowflakes too. Ha!

I think this is going to be a fun series to be involved in, and I have some ideas about how to make my pictures better in the future. I’ll also take any suggestions anyone has for how to take better outfit pictures!

I hope you like this different type of post!

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Three Reasons Why I Will Never Be the POTUS

Since today is Presidents’ Day, I thought I would talk about three reasons why I will never be the President of the United States (AKA POTUS – I wanted to make my title slightly shorter).

I’m a firm believer that I can do anything that I want to do. I’m also a firm believer that our country needs a female president. However, I am not the right woman for the job for three reasons.

First, it just seems boring to me. When I’ve served on boards or committees related to my job and had to attend day-long meetings, I’ve been so bored! I can’t focus on those things very long, so I end up zoning out and missing half of the topics that are being discussed. That’s fine for a library meeting, but it is not fine at all for meetings that relate to diplomatic relations, the national budget, or any of the other 25 million meetings that the President has to attend. The meetings are probably just one boring aspect of the job too. I imagine that giving the State of the Union isn’t very exciting either!

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Not my future home!

Second, I would use my power for my own benefit, rather than to benefit our country. DC seems cold and snowy? Well, this will be a perfect time for me to hop on Air Force One and hit the beach. I’m sure that I probably couldn’t actually do something that extreme, but I would try to milk it whenever I could. I would demand to have free stuff sent to me. I would want amusement parks shut down for my friends and family to visit. I would be the most obnoxious person ever!

Finally, I have no desire to be scrutinized! Yeah, I blog and put part of my life out there, but there is no part of me that wants to be famous…or infamous! It doesn’t matter which party a candidate represents – both major party candidates are picked apart. Their appearance, their words, their background – nothing is safe! Dude, sometimes I just want to run to the dollar store in a stained sweatshirt and sweatpants that don’t fit me too well. If I was a presidential candidate (and couldn’t convince anyone to do that for me…see above about abusing my power), then I would constantly be featured in tabloids and on the news for doing terrible things like that!

My hat is off to whoever can withstand those challenges, plus the billion other ones that I haven’t even thought of. I know that we will have a female president in my lifetime, but it definitely won’t be this girl! I’m too busy eating ice cream in my stained sweatshirt to even think about having a political career!

Would you ever want to hold a political office? Leave me a comment and let me know why or why not!