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10 on the 10th : 10 Random Facts About Me

I missed this one because of Wellness Wednesday, but I’m always game for linkups that have fun prompts, so I thought better late than never!

10 on the 10th Link-up 2018

(Since it’s actually the 12th, do I have to share 12 facts about me? Hmm…)

  1. I was born in Tennessee and have lived here most of my life, except for a few years when my family lived in Arizona. I remember nothing about it…except the rattlesnakes my parents ate (TOTALLY A FAMILY JOKE).

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  2. The first “famous person” I ever met was Ann M. Martin, author of The Babysitter’s Club series. It was at a mall, and I remember there were cardboard cutouts of some of the BSC members on the stage. Somewhere, there is a picture of me rocking my post Valentine’s dance hair and a flannel shirt while posing with one of them!
  3. I once participated in a local grocery store’s version of the show Supermarket Sweep. I have no idea how I got chosen, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t do very well at it, but for a moment, I was famous…in my immediate family…

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  4. I will eat or drink weird things for money. This could really accelerate our debt-free journey if I took applications to do this.
  5. I did theater throughout college. My favorite role – Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, even though the green makeup was nearly impossible to wash off!

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  6. I love participating in any kind of trivia contests and Bingo. I think I have a vision of what my retirement life will involve. Sorry, Will. (But not really).

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  7. I never had a dog before we got Koopa and didn’t really understand the appeal of them. Now I have a tattoo that has a paw print. It’s amazing what the creatures will do to you.
  8. I will pick up any denomination of coin off the ground, even when others judge me and say “Amber, it’s really gross to stop in the middle of Broadway in downtown Nashville to pick up a quarter out of what you hope was a puddle of water.” That’s what hand sanitizer is for, suckas.
  9. I am a complete and total baby when I get sick, even if it’s just a cold. You know those jokes about “man flu?” That is totally and completely me. I’m also horribly unsympathetic to Will when he’s sick. I’m basically a double-edged sword of terribleness during cold and flu season!
  10. I once won an amateur comedy contest. Granted, there were only three participants, and the winner was determined by audience applause, which worked in my favor since I had quite a few people there, but let’s not look at the little details like that. Let’s just look at the fact that I’m a winner.

Even though I love to talk about myself, this was a lot tougher than I expected! I’m definitely not going for 12 facts!

Linking up with Erin. Be sure to visit her blog and participate in one of the upcoming prompts!

 

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Amber Can Read : January 2018

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Time to talk about books again!

Books read this month : 9

Book 1 : Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker

I really enjoyed this one! There were a lot of parts that resonated with me, but of course since I didn’t take notes or write anything down, I can’t remember any of them right now! Recommended for fans of funny, Christian based nonfiction.

Book 2 : Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate

I started reading this one the night that Will met some friends to see The Last Jedi. When he got home, I told him I would just read another couple of chapters, but then I stayed up until past 2 AM to finish it! Oops! Recommended for those who like mysteries and don’t mind a story going between past and present.

Book 3 : The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This one was not my favorite. Early in the book, the main female character described how the main male character could be ugly, and the author chose to use cleft lip as a descriptor of an ugly person. As a mother of a child who was born with a cleft lip, I may be oversensitive to things like this, but it immediately shut me down. I slogged through this one because one of my friends loves it, but I wouldn’t recommend this one at all.

Book 4 : Slider by Pete Hautman

A pretty quick read about a teenager who wants to be a competitive eating champion. Those who know me in real life know that I have a strange fascination with competitive eating. This story even mentioned some of the real eaters (Joey Chestnut!). It was fun, but I probably wouldn’t read it unless you have a bit of the same fascination and don’t mind some very…realistic…descriptions of what could happen during a contest.

Book 5 : The Wonder  by Emma Donoghue

I think this one is considered historical fiction, and it takes place in Ireland, so it may not be interesting to everyone, but I liked it! The premise of this involves what some may consider child abuse, so if that makes you uncomfortable, skip this one. Otherwise, I recommend it because it has a twist that I didn’t expect and enjoyed!

Book 6 : Cheap Girls Club  by Crystal Lacey Winslow

Will got this one for me for Christmas since we’re focusing on finances this year. I thought it was sweet of him to get it! There were a few times that I got a little lost – like when she detailed a business she used to have or still has…I’m not sure – but otherwise, it was full of practical and straightforward information. I recommend it if you like to read about personal finance without it being too detailed or boring.

Book 7 : A Life in Parts  by Bryan Cranston

The first of three Erin 8.0 challenge books I read! I am a sucker for celebrity biographies and autobiographies. I feel like I always learn something new about people, even when the books aren’t very well-written. Thankfully, this one was well-written and captured my attention, even as I started fighting sickness! Random Bryan Cranston fact – he had initially planned to be a police officer. Can you imagine Breaking Bad without him?? I recommend this for anyone who is a fan of his work or of celebrity books in general.

Book 8 : A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Okay, I know it’s only January 11, but I’m going to just go ahead and declare this my favorite book of the year!! I loved this one so, so much. If you read Beartown first, like I did, you are going to be in for a surprise when you read this one because it hardly seems like the same author! I can’t recommend this one enough! Stop reading this blog (okay, not really) and click that link and go buy it…or go borrow it from your local library! And if for some reason, you don’t like it, just don’t tell me, or I will judge you… 😉

Book 9 : Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Poor Bernadette. This book was perfectly fine – a little weird and draggy at parts – but perfectly fine. However, since I read it right after the best book of 2018, I knew that it probably would be a letdown. This one is okay. I don’t really recommend it or not recommend it.

Read anything good lately? Have you read A Man Called Ove? Don’t answer that unless you absolutely loved it too!

Linking up with Steph and Jana

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Wellness Wednesday : January 2018

A few weeks ago, I was included on an email thread with a group of fantastic bloggers, and one of them, Natalie from Natalie the Explorer, came up with the idea of a Wellness Wednesday linkup. She sent all of the suggested dates and topics for the year…I’m so glad that she’s way more organized than me!
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Don’t these look like great topics? I’m really excited to see everyone’s posts, particularly in November and December!
Today, we’re all talking about our wellness goals for the year, which we will update monthly also.
Since I would like to make sure that I set attainable goals that I can achieve and be proud of at the end of the year, here are my five wellness goals that I will focus on throughout 2018.
Goal #1 – Sleep at least 7 hours a night : I am so much more pleasant when I get enough sleep (file under duhhhh), and there’s really no reason for me to stay up so late. Whatever book I’m reading will still be there the next day. I can find a replay of whatever TV show I’m watching. Plus, let’s not even talk about how I waste time online…
Goal #2 – Get at least 5,000 steps per day : I have my Fitbit daily step goal set to 10,000 steps, but I can’t remember the last time I hit that goal. Unfortunately, I tend to stay pretty stationary throughout the day. Ideally, I’d hit 10,000 each day, but since I want this to be achievable, I’ll stick with half of that goal!
Wanna be Fitbit friends? Check out my Fitbit profile here. I *think* there’s a way to friend request me on there. If not, leave me a comment, and I’ll work on it!
Goal #3 – Work on stress management techniques : I tend to get worked up about things, which is not good for my blood pressure, my mental health, or the people around me. I don’t know if meditation or something else would help me with this, but I am going to explore some options and find what works best for me. I’m sure my family and friends will be thankful for this one!
Goal #4 – Drink 64+ ounces of water daily : I’ve read conflicting articles about this one. Some say that 64 ounces is a pretty arbitrary number, others say that it is the standard we need to aspire to drink. Some articles say that only water counts towards this goal while others say pretty much anything except alcohol or caffeine count. For me, I’m going to stick with the 64 ounces of actual water. If other drinks do “count” then that will just be a bonus. I know that I haven’t been drinking enough lately because I wake up thirsty. Time to remedy that!
Goal #5 – Decrease screen time : This one is still vague, and I will need to hammer out exactly what I mean by this, but I know that it’s something that I need to take control of. I sit in front of screens during my full-time job, then I come home and sit in front of more screens. There are so many personal goals I want to accomplish this year and while some of them do involve screen time (because hello, how can I blog daily unless I’m at the computer?!?), I can be smarter about my habits. This one is going to be tough, so I’m going to spend some extra time developing it.
Those are my five big wellness goals for the year! I feel like they’re primarily physical but will also have a positive impact on my mental and emotional wellness. Want to join in with your wellness goals for 2018? See more information about the linkup series below!
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A Short Poem…

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

This cough syrup makes me loopy, so I’ll be back tomorrow,

With new content for yoooooou.

(Yep. This is the best I had. Guess who ran out of pre-written posts? Any guesses?)

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TBB Asks : New Year, New You!

Time for a TBB (The Blended Blog) Asks post – all about January habits!

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  1. Resolutions or no resolutions? I usually have a huge list of resolutions, but this year I went no resolutions. I’m focusing on goals instead. Novel concept, right?
  2. Love snow or no snow? I love it if our kitchen is fully stocked, we have plenty of things to read and watch, and no one has to go to work, school, or anywhere else. Otherwise, since I live in the South where we usually get ice before snow, it’s a huge hassle!
  3. Name a new place you want to go this year. There are some places around Nashville that I want to visit. Our fifth anniversary is in March, and we’re taking a couple of days off to have a “staycation,” so I want to try a couple of those touristy restaurants that out-of-towners always visit!
  4. Would you rather have a new haircut or new hair color? Judging by the amount of grays that are rapidly multiplying on my head, I’m gonna go with hair color here.
  5. Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year. I’m taking an Amber day once a month, and by day, I really just mean a few hours, but it’s a time where I will go do something that interests me or even just sit by myself at a coffee shop and read or write. This month’s Amber day is a planner girl meetup. I went to one last month, so I’m hoping that my new friends get to come to this one!
  6. Least favorite thing about January? Being sick. I feel like I always get sick at some point in January. I don’t know if it’s just being around more people after being off work or what but blah. (Amber sidenote – I’m updating the draft I had prescheduled to share that I am currently the proud owner of bronchitis, an upper respiratory infection, and a virus with “flulike symptoms”. Woot.)
  7. Most favorite thing about January? The opportunity to start a fresh year and make new goals! Also all of the jokes I get to make about being the first time this year that I’ve done x, y, or z.
  8. When do you take down your holiday decorations? Usually on December 26th, but this year, we’re going for a record I believe… #sicksnark
  9. Do you diet in January? Usually, but my new goal is to focus on eating more real food and stop over-complicating things for myself.
  10. What area of your home do you want to organize the most? Will built me a really nice closet organizer over Christmas break, but the downside to that was he had to take everything out of the closet to be able to work on it. I had grand plans of “purging my wardrobe” before hanging things in there. I think we all know how that went…

    (Sales pitch – I’m using the Full Year Wardrobe guide from the blog Now That I Can Do, Mama as my template for overhauling my wardrobe. She has some freebies that you can check out if you’re interested in learning more! I do get a small commission from anything you purchase. That commission will either go towards new clothes for me or diapers for Char. Whatever seems more important that day…)

  11. Favorite Winter comfort food? Soup! Will made a fantastic chicken soup last week that I think he’s going to need to make again after we grocery shop and buy the ingredients!
  12. Favorite guilty pleasure? Hot chocolate with add-ins. At Christmas, my mom made the hot chocolate – red wine combo, and it was so good! Last week, Will made salted caramel hot chocolate with salted caramel vodka in it, and it was also delicious! I, uh, also like just plain whipped cream in hot chocolate, lest you think all I like in my h.c. is adult beverages…

Linking up with The Blended Blog! These prompts are always fun!