Happy Birthday, Blog!

Hey everyone!  Put on your party hats, it’s time to celebrate.  My precious little blog just turned 1!

Young Carly would never turn down a party hat.

I know, I can’t believe it, either.  It seems like just yesterday I was sitting on my couch doing absolutely nothing when I decided to start it.  I still don’t know why the idea popped into my head.

The blog and I have had quite a journey together.  I’ve spent many hours deep in creative thought.  I’ve wracked my brain trying to come up with just the right words for things that are completely irrelevant to the story at hand.  I’ve started many blog posts with one topic in mind, only to have it splinter off into 5+ different topics, leaving me so mentally exhausted that I don’t finish writing a single post.  It’s a lot of work.  Yes, even for a silly little blog.

But, it’s rewarding, in a strange kind of way.  Maybe it’s all the nice and/or funny comments I’ve received both on the blog and in real life.  Maybe it’s the fact that more people now call me Curly Carly or CC before they’ll call me by my real name.  Or, maybe it’s just that I get to do what I set out to do- have fun writing about whatever comes to mind.

Then there’s the dark side.  If you’re not a blogger, you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes.  Let me explain.  Most bloggers develop an addiction.  To what, you ask?  Stats.  We’re constantly checking our site stats to see how many people have viewed our site, what they clicked on, what country they’re from, and whether or not they “liked” the post.  It’s sick and extremely time consuming.  Luckily, the bulk of that wore off for me a long time ago.  Yes, I still relapse from time to time.

Anyway, if you would like to help me celebrate the blog’s birthday, I’m currently accepting cakes of all shapes and sizes (no coconut, please), compliments and any other gifts* of your choosing.  However, please keep in mind that I will not be publishing my address, so…you might want to reconsider the whole gift thing.  In lieu of such gifts, you may take a moment to celebrate on your own, however you wish.  If you celebrate in a way that causes the cops to come, keep me and the blog out of it.

If there’s a topic or story you want me to blog about in the future, let me know in the comments section or, for real life people, normal means of communication.  I feel it necessary to repeat that I keep the blog clean. I’m sorry, it’s blog policy.

Seriously though, thank you to everyone who reads regularly.  It makes writing a lot more fun knowing people are getting some enjoyment out of it.  If I were throwing a real blog birthday party, be assured you would all be invited.  Doesn’t that sound fun?!  After all, there’s nothing more exciting than a fake party.

*I recommend sharing any of my posts (past or future) that you like by clicking on one of the different share buttons at the bottom of that post.  That’s the most meaningful gift of all for a stats junkie like me.

Riddle Me This…

One of my blogger friends, Jeandayfriday, has asked me to answer the following questions. This is perfect, because I’ve got about 5 blog post drafts in the works that I can’t seem to finish (hence, the recent decline in number of posts). Short questions like these are ideal for allowing one to blog without one’s A.D.D. getting in the way. So, here we go:

1. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you choose and why? Easy. Cinderella. Hands down. I always related to her as a child, because:

  • Both of us had to clean, even though our siblings got off the hook (sometimes).
  • Both of us had birds flying around inside our castles/houses. Cinderella let her bird friends in through the window each morning and I had freak cats who would catch birds, bring them inside through the dog door, let them free in the house and then (eek!) end their short birdy lives.
  • Both of us would lie on the ground next to our bedroom door crying “It’s no use! It’s just…no…use!” I did this often when forced to take a nap. I had a really rough childhood. I’m beginning to think I was a bit more dramatic than I originally thought.

2. If time travel was possible, where would you like to visit? Funny you should ask! I just wrote a post about how badly I want to travel in time. I think it’s a tie between the following:

  • any time and place when having curly hair was considered attractive by the 25-40 male demographic
  • the U.S. Colonies in the 1600’s in order to gain an appreciation for what it’s like to risk everything for freedom and to wear the fun pilgrim costume
  • this past weekend at my house when I dropped a fork on my foot, so that I could either move my foot, drop a cotton ball or marshmallow instead of a fork, or maybe not drop the fork at all

3. What is your biggest pet peeve? Another tie on this one…

  • When someone messes with their phone while you’re having a conversation with them. Rude.
  • When someone talks incessantly and won’t listen when you say you need to leave or get off the phone. Or, equally, when someone completely dominates the conversation. I know I’m a good listener and everything (I am), but it’s more than a little insulting when I can’t talk about anything going on in my life after listening to you talk about your boyfriend for 3 hours. I beg of you, if we’re going to have a conversation, let’s have a two-way conversation.
  • When someone acts like a joke I made wasn’t a joke and explains why my comment was somehow wrong. Example:

Me: “Today has been really hard. I wish I had a carefree life. Yeah…I wish I could be, like, a Care Bear or something.”

Person who seems to hate me for some reason: “Um, sweety…it’s not really possible for you to be a Care Bear. People are people and bears are bears.”

Me: “Thank you so much for the advice. Now that you say it, it seems silly to want to be a fictional, colorful bear that lives in the clouds. What was I thinking? I promise to be completely literal for the rest of my days.”

 

Want to be a Care Bear? Well, you can't.

4. Do you have a nickname now or from childhood? How did you get it? I could list about 20 nicknames, most of which are some variation of the combination of Carly and Curly (Curly, Curls, etc.), but I won’t. My dad has also called me Coyote for a long time, but I’m not sure where that one came from.

5. What is your favorite book of all time? Ok, this is a little uncomfortable for me, but I’m finally going to admit to something I’ve kept secret for a while. Unfortunately, due to the high level of book reading discrimination in the blogging world (and the actual world), this admission will probably harm my reputation as a blogger. Deep breath…ok, here we go… Friends, I hate reading. There. I said it. Have mercy on me! Anyway, I still force myself to read some, but it’s not easy and it’s resulted in my having read very few books, other than those I had to read in school. I really do try, but I just can’t pay attention. I have six books sitting on my nightstand right now, most of which have been there for over a year. Anyway, my favorite non-fiction is Blink by Malcom Gladwell and favorite fiction would be this one book I had to read that I can never remember the name of…a suspenseful one written by a Russian about a guy who murders this lady (or guy? Or guys?) and is then paranoid about being caught. Clearly it left an impression. Or Jane Eyre, that one was bearable.

6. If you had the power, what is one change you would make in this world? Pageants designed to make 4 year-old girls look like prostitutes would be outlawed.

7. Would you prefer jelly beans, Cadbury cream eggs or Reese’s eggs? Why? Oh, GIRL. Let me tell you about my love for Cadbury cream eggs. I once ate 4 boxes in a day. Ah, yes, my younger days were filled with adventure and caloric irresponsibility. I actually just bought a few yesterday. It disappoints me to inform you that the size of the egg has decreased significantly over the past few years, while the price has gone up significantly. What a scam.

My nest of eggs. I protect them like they're my own eggs...I mean, if I was a bird.

8. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? Other than being able to travel in time? Being able to have presentable hair without actually having to do it would be miraculous. Left to its own devices, my undone hair could scare the very life out of you. Maybe if I’m feeling humorously generous, I’ll take a picture and show it to you some time.

9. Describe yourself in three adjectives. Silly, analytical, independent.

10. Do you prefer Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games or Lord of the Rings? Why? I’ll say Harry Potter because I finally finished the first book and movie (after a year or so). I’m working on the second. Haven’t seen Hunger Games. Watched the first half of Twilight and fell asleep. Tried to watch Lord of the Rings at the request of an old boyfriend and wanted to throw a hammer at the TV just to make it end. Obviously I haven’t read them either.

11. What is your favorite musical and why? Easy. Wicked, because that’s the only musical I’ve seen. Don’t hate me, musical lovers!

The rules of this game stipulate that I have to create 11 new questions and ask those of 11 other bloggers. Even if you’re not one of these bloggers tagged (or a blogger at all), please take the time to answer these questions in your head, as I’m sure thinking them over will benefit you in some way.

My questions:

  1. Why won’t Christina Aguilera just cover it up already?
  2. If Dirk Nowitzki asked you to play him in a game of basketball, would you jump at the chance or decline to prevent eventual humiliation?
  3. Do you think dogs know the difference between male and female humans?
  4. If everyone in the world agreed to shave their heads, would you be happy or upset that you would be expected to do the same?
  5. Are you getting enough fiber? Are you??
  6. Do you feel that your own sex or the opposite sex has more advantages in our day and age?
  7. If the world voted to deem weeds as “beautiful,” like flowers and trees, would you be happy or upset?
  8. If Facebook and Twitter suddenly went away, how would this impact you? In other words, how engrained or ungrained are they in your life? Would you suddenly have very few friends, or the exact same number as before?
  9. Which stage of the mourning process are you in regarding Oprah’s exit from her TV show? Be honest.
  10. If someone fist-bumped you, would you a) fist-bump them back, b) ask why that person is such an awful punch thrower, or c) tell them it’s probably better to keep their hands to themselves at all times?
  11. I believe there are two types of people in the world: those who are generally mentally energized after being around people and those who are generally mentally exhausted after being around people. Which are you?

The people I’m asking to answer these questions (within their own blogs) are:

Thoughtsappear

RFL

Captain Sweatpants

Heather Christina Schmidt

She’s a Mainiac

Gingerjudgesyou

The Whatever Factor

Disseminated thought

Sheena

Wildgeesethatfly

El Guapo

Paprika

Thanks for reading! Later taters.

Awards Season: Part 2

Since the Oscars will be airing tonight, I thought this would be a good time to get all award-y up in here.  Below are the blog awards that I’ve received recently (I use this term loosely).   Please allow me to brag for a moment.  Be assured that I’m writing this while wearing my finest designer gown.  I’ll also be taking periodic breaks to pose for the cameras.

7×7 Link Award:  I received this award from Lyndon at The Dissemination of Thought back in December, but haven’t gotten around to thanking him just yet. Thanks Lyndon! 

 

The requirements for this award are to revisit 7 of my previous posts by selecting the ones that best fit the 7 categories below.   

Most Beautiful Post:  The Definition of Perfection: Travis Stork

I’ve chosen this as my most beautiful post because Travis Stork is undoubtedly beautiful. 

Most Helpful Post:  For the Love of the Brain

This one will probably save your life, should you choose to heed my advice.

Most Popular Post:  A Slap in the Face(book): 7 Senseless Facebook Crimes

This post is by far the most popular, as it periodically goes mini-viral (this isn’t an actual term- I made it up).  Please, if you want to help improve the Facebook world, share this one on your Facebook profile.  Together, we can make a change for the better.

Most Controversial Post:  Walmart is the WORST

Ok, I don’t think I actually have any controversial posts, but this one could qualify if the reader is pro-Walmart.  While we’re talking about it, here’s an update on my Walmart habits:  I recently swore off shopping at Walmart after nearly losing my cool in the store.  Yep, you guessed it- there was yet another coffee creamer shortage and I came close to yelling at the stock boy for refusing to help me.  Then, get this- a week or so later, there was a shooting at my local Walmart.  That pretty much sealed the deal.  I’m now a proud Target shopper. 

Most Surprisingly Successful Post:  Unleash Those Hidden Talents, Girlfriend! (or Boyfriend!)

This one did pretty well, which surprised me since it was kind of a spur-of-the-moment post. 

Most Underrated Post:  Is Magnum, P.I. My Father? An Investigation by Magnum, P.I.

I’ve received quite a bit of positive feedback for this one from friends and family, but because this was one of my first posts, it hasn’t been widely read. 

Most Pride-Worthy Post:  It’s a Man’s World

I’m proud of this post because it’s (hopefully) bringing attention to why women will probably never conquer the world as long as they’re expected to look presentable. 

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Candle Lighter Award:  I received this award in December from Sherline from Sherline’s Watchu Thinkin’ Blog. Thanks Sherline!

 

Here’s an excerpt from her blog explaining what this award is for:  This award belongs to those who believe, who always survive the day and those who never stop dreaming, for those who cannot quit, for those who keep trying.

I feel especially entitled to this award because I have, in fact, survived all of my days.  And if I hadn’t, I think you and I both would be perplexed as to how I could be writing this.  I also dream all the time.  Last night I dreamed that while attending a circus, an elephant stepped on my finger and I was ticked. 

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Sunshine Award:  This award was also given to me by Sherline at her other blog titled Ramblings of a Creative Mind

According to the rules of this award, I have to answer the following ten questions about myself.

Ten Questions:

  1. Favorite color:  Purple.  It’s feminine and strong, yet not obnoxious like pink. 
  2. Favorite animal: If we’re talking any animal, I would have to say Liger.  If we’re talking animal that I would allow in my home, Dog.  Definitely not Elephant.   
  3. Favorite number: 7
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink:  Peppermint hot chocolate.  Easy.
  5. Prefer Facebook or Twitter? I don’t use Twitter, and I vehemently refuse to.  Nothing against Twitterers, I just don’t have time for it.  I use Facebook quite a bit, but not nearly as much as about 20% of my friends who need to ease up on the status updates.
  6. My passion:  I’ve never had a “passion” per say, but blogging probably qualifies since it’s the first hobby I’ve had that I really enjoy.   
  7. Prefer getting or giving presents:  I could write a whole post about this.  I think our country needs serious gift reform.  I don’t necessarily dislike receiving or giving presents, but the pressure created by both is just out of control.
  8. Favorite pattern:  I like simple, yet bold patterns.  Nothing too ornate.  I could never be a member of the royal family.
  9. Favorite day of the week:  Saturday.   
  10. Favorite flower:  Tulips.

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Liebster Blog Award:  I received this award from Izzie at The Whatever Factor

 

I’ve already received this one before, but I’ll gladly accept it again.  Thanks Izzie!  

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Most of these awards have rules associated with them, which require me to hand the awards out to other bloggers.  In the interest of saving time, I’m just going to refer you to my newly instated listing of other blogs I like (see right hand side of my page).  I’ve avoided putting up such a list for quite a while, knowing that I’ll feel immense guilt for not listing every blog I’ve ever read.  So, just so you other bloggers know, I’m sticking to a rule of listing the blogs that I regularly frequent and that I think my readers will enjoy as well.