The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: The Rest

I haven’t forgotten about the blogger challenge through A Little Unhinged. I’ve just been really busy with stuff like, receiving AWARDS (yes, people like me for some reason), not sleeping, and getting ready for the holidays.  Now I’m back to finish it up.  Today I’m answering all of the questions that I know won’t take a whole blog post to answer.  I realized that after we started the challenge that the questions were changed a little, so I may be answering some that aren’t on the list any longer!

What are your fears?

I also hate things that pop up suddenly-I can relate.

One of my biggest fears is something happening to my children.  I have lots of dreams where I’ve lost them.  I mean, like I can’t find them.  Dreams for me are so strange anyway.  I also dream about losing my husband.  Now as an ADD person, losing things is highly typical.  Just not children.

My other fear is natural disasters-specifically the more weather related ones.  I probably am afraid of these because it is something totally beyond my control.  My whole life seems beyond my control these days!  I actually have legitimate fear of tornadoes.  As a child we traveled home to see relatives during tornado season.  We were held up during one part of our route, and that turned out to be a good thing.  If we had been on schedule we would have been smack dab in the middle of a horrible tornado.  It was a scary night-I remember it vividly to this day.  The eerie cast to the sky, seeing all the destruction as we drove-telephone poles in the road.  And the radio broadcast-the stories they told. One woman got in her bathtub for safety and took a little ride in it.

A few years later when we were living in Maine my mother and I went shopping an hour and a half away from where we lived.  On the way back, a fuse went out and we were left in our Toyota in the dark, waiting for my dad to come help us.  It was a night of horrific weather with spectacular electrical storms.  This was very scary for me, even though we were probably in the safest place that we could be.  A lot of it probably had to do with that night in Iowa, but in Maine, thankfully tornadoes are very rare.

I can’t watch those shows about the super volcanoes or about the giant earthquakes or about giant asteroids smashing into the earth.  I just can’t!  They scare the bejeezus out of me.

What are your hobbies?

I scrapbook.  Or at least I used to.  Then life got in the way.  It was my release.  I am hoping getting my printhead ordered tomorrow so I can get back into it.  Much like my blogging, it takes up a lot of time because I am a perfectionist about it!

It’s true!  (ignore the typo)

The last couple of questions I saved for last.  This is because I am not real technically savvy when it comes to blogging.  If I hadn’t hooked up with A Little Unhinged, I’d probably still be walking around like a blindfolded person!

What are a couple of your favorite blog tools that you use?

Top blog tools that I use?  Ummmm… a laptop?  Maybe I should just say Bonnie Franks, she’s awesome at answering questions and helping you get things figured out on your blog!

Social Networks/Blog Communities that you want others to know you’re a part of.

Why cats are lousy with social media

Social Networks that I am a part of?  I have a fan page on Facebook, I use Twitter but not as much as I probably should (it is fun to do what I call “Twitterdropping”, where you read conversations that other people have on there.)  I have a Pinterest account that I’ve had for a long time, I just haven’t quite figured out how to link up to it yet.  I’ve joined SITS.  I’ve done a couple of Blog Hops.  I have an account on BlogHer and Networked Blogs.  I’m a member of the Bearded Iris’s #PMSClub on Twitter, does that count?  I created an account on Circle of Moms, but haven’t done anything else with it.  I have an account with SparkPeople through my other blog, Aluminum Girl, that I NEED to do more with but haven’t.  If you know of a social community that I SHOULD be a member of, or you WANT me to be a member of, please feel free to tell me about it!

And that’s all I’ve got for this challenge.  It’s been a lot of fun sharing.  It has also really helped me out-I’ve been inspired to change my blog to work better for me, and am trying to implement some changes that will help all of us connect better.  I have icons to load on there, and I am trying to make a blogroll on my sidebar that includes the blogs I read every day, not just the WordPress ones!  I like giving credit to people who have great blogs!

If you haven’t been participating in the challenge and want to, there’s plenty of time!  I couldn’t get the button right on my blog, but you can click on the link to A Little Unhinged and it will take you to the page where you can get going on it.

I hope you have enjoyed reading all of this!  😀  I leave you with this:

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The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge-Blogging:The Why and the What

I’m participating in the Getting to Know the Blogger Challenge sponsored by A Little Unhinged.

10)  Why did you start blogging and what is your blog about?

Not quite like that, but I sure love this cartoon.

It was pretty simple.  I started blogging because my brain was full.  I started a blog as a way to put all of the stuff in my head down on paper.  With all of the crappy stuff that was going on job wise, I was really depressed and dealing with severe anxiety.  My out of control ADD didn’t help matters.  I felt like my life was out of control.  I was dealing with one child with lots of issues including behavior problems and my other who was extremely strong willed.  My husband had just been hired on full-time after graduating from engineering school the past December.  Here he was following his dreams and being successful at it, and I felt like I had no hope and no future because I had made school and career choices that didn’t work out.  I felt like my life was over while his was just beginning.  When I started writing it started out as a diary of whatever stuff was coming out of my addled brain.  When my husband started receiving his insurance benefits for his job, I went on anti-anxiety medication because I couldn’t face another day feeling like I was on the verge of a panic attack every minute of the day.  I wasn’t proud of this, but it had to be done so I could be functional.  I did it for my kids.

When this occurred, something happened.  A part of me that I knew existed but had been gone for so long came out, and I started writing humorous stuff.  As I gained more confidence, I started using social media and all of a sudden I had followers.  In total I have over 100 followers now, as opposed to just a handful when I started truly promoting my blog.  Considering I started it back in June, I think that’s not too shabby.

I blog about “STUFF”.  Mom stuff, ADD stuff, family stuff, Anxiety stuff, finding myself stuff, life stuff.  I hate to put myself into any sort of category, because I tend to be all over the place some weeks.  I just put down what is in my head.  I try to be funny, but sometimes I just have to be serious.  Just like life.

(It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t put that in there!  You should have seen that coming!)

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The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Goals

I’m participating in The Getting to Know The Blogger Challenge hosted by A Little Unhinged.  I took a day off for Thanksgiving, but now today I am talking about my goals.

9)  What are your goals?

Oh look, this is me. How fitting!

A while back, a friend of mine was going through a very tough time in her life.  When addressing what was going on, she simply said this:  “I want to get back to enjoying my life, not just simply existing in it.”  How very well said.  This is something that I put in the back of my mind as I have been on my journey.  As we continue to try to build our lives back after years of school and unemployment, I’m hoping I’ll get there eventually.

I think that sometimes we need to make our own sunbeams.

My goal is to find something that I can feel good about and be successful at.  For now I’m pursuing writing and blogging.  I hope that maybe the road will lead to something that I can do for a living.  I would love to help support my family again, but maybe in a way that I find fulfilling.  Maybe someday it will be possible for me to go back to school, but for now I’m not so sure it’s in the cards for me.

I want to raise my kids to see that people who work hard and stick to it can achieve anything.  My husband has proved that this is true, but I’m still struggling with that concept.  I want them to find their niche in life that I can’t seem to find for myself.  I just want them to be happy, feel safe, and secure.  Isn’t that what we all want for our kids?

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The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: School

I’m doing the 15 Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, started by A Little Unhinged.  Today I’m answering question 4 about school!

4)  What kind of student were you in school?

From braids to no braids.  First picture is from 2nd grade maybe? 4th grade and 5th grade. I believe all pictures until high school were burned.

I was an ok student in elementary school.  I was a daydreamer.  I had some issues with bringing my work back.  I understand that I hid my work under a rock or something even though it was completed.  I was an odd kid.  It might have had something to do with moving around so much?  In 3rd grade I was in Gifted and Talented but I didn’t like the extra work.  I’m not sure what happened after that.  This is when I lived in Connecticut.  Honestly the only thing I remember about this place was the following:  1)  There was a giant boulder behind our house 2) I got glasses in 4th grade 3) I started band in 4th grade and was told I had no musical talent 4) I started private lessons at a studio that smelled weird, 5)  There was a creek between home and my elementary school 6)  There was no hot lunch program, so I took PB&J every day for a year 7) We read Huck Finn in Gifted and Talented, and then visited Mark Twain’s house.

This must be 11th Grade.

Somehow I got it together and from then on I was a terrific student.  I graduated in the top of my class from high school, went on to Community College and then later a 4 year private school and STILL got good grades.  Unfortunately for me, this did not help in the long run.  I’m good at school, it’s the real world that has not been good for me!  HA HA!

Ah Senior Pictures. Big hair and big dreams.

I graduated with a BME-This is not a BM with Extra Power or something, it means Bachelor of Music Education.  I was persuaded to switch to this major.  I didn’t really know what I wanted to do then and I still don’t know what I want to do now.  I know I could teach preschool and be perfectly happy, but they are making it harder and harder to do that without an Early Childhood degree. For you who are not familiar with our educational system-you cannot simply use one education degree to do something else in education.  They make you do it all over again.  Is it really worth shelling out all of that money to go back to school to do something that pays so little?  I don’t know!

Me graduating from Lord Valdemort College (The College That Cannot Be Named). Quit smiling kid, it’s all downhill from here.

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The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Where I Grew Up

I’m on Day 2 of the challenge started by A Little Unhinged.  I’m also answering question 2 today!

2-Where did you grow up?  Small town or big city?

Funny this question would be on here.  The answer is yes.  Let me explain.

For the first fifteen years of my life I was a military brat.  My dad was a submariner and a Masterchief in the US Navy.  While Navy families don’t move as often as some other branches of the military, I did move rather frequently.  I’m assuming that all the moving I did helped contribute to my awesome social skills (or lack thereof).  In my lifetime I have moved at least thirteen times (including college and after I was married).  I made this handy dandy little chart to show just where I spent my childhood.

Got all that?  As you can see, my skills with colored pencils, sharpies, and paper are far superior to my computer skills.

I’ve lived in Iowa since I was fifteen.  It was very strange to stay in one place that long.  After a couple of years, you get the urge to move.  In fact, I wish I could move right now.  I’m ready!  There were things I liked about all of the places I’ve lived, and things I certainly didn’t like too.  Florida was definitely my favorite, though I’m not so sure I’d want to live there now that there seem to be so many hurricanes.  I didn’t like Maine the last time I lived there, but now I think I could move back and be perfectly happy.

So I hope that answers the question satisfactorily.  Currently I live in a very small town in the Midwest.  For the wrap-up, refer to the image below.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Well said Forrest.

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This Could Be Fun: Doing the15 Day Getting To Know the Blogger Challenge

Here we go. This could be fun!

I’ve never done a challenge before, I think this could be fun!  This is from the blog “A Little Unhinged”, a site chock full of information about blogging.  For people like me who are still learning the ropes, this is fabulous!  If you want to participate, follow the information down below.

I’m still not sure how I’m going to do it, but this is my post to get started:

Introduction to the Challenge and a little bit about myself:

I started my blog in June when things in my life were spinning out of control and I just needed a place to write my feelings down.  I didn’t seriously start blogging regularly until the end of July, when inspiration struck and I started having what I can only characterize as “Idea Diarrhea”.  I decided to try to brush off the stuff that was not so great in my life and try to focus on the stuff that was more funny, with maybe a little heartfelt post in there here and there.  I made a promise to myself that I would try to post something every day of the week, because I have had difficulty staying with anything.  I did, and although I may not be the most popular blogger on the planet, as the months have progressed I’ve built myself a nice little following.

My real name is Sarah.  I am 38 years old and live in the Midwest with my husband, Evil Genius (aka Travis), whom I have been married to for thirteen superstitious years.   I have two children:  my son The Professor (Ezra), who is seven, and my daughter Princess Whatever We Are Calling Her That Day (Brynn), who is four.  I started out as a music teacher, but through many unfortunate incidents and a realization that it wasn’t what I was meant to be, I’ve followed many other paths since but still haven’t found quite the niche I’m looking for.  Hence the name of the blog, The Sadder But Wiser Girl.  Currently I’m an unemployed wanna be writer and relatively unknown blogger who hopes to one day be paid to do what I do right now.  Through this blog I have found a whole world of wonderful people to talk to every day from all different walks of life.  I’ve me many moms who blog like me, but lots of other interesting people too!

I don’t really consider myself a Mommy blogger, I try to write about all different kinds of things.  But it all comes back to my family, which is what is most important to me.  I do have Attention Deficit Disorder, which has been good and bad for me.  Good for the creativity, bad for concentration!  I also have an Anxiety Disorder, which together with the ADD causes a whole lot o fun in my life.  I’m also a geek and a recovering vegetarian who enjoys long walks, caffeine, and wine.

That’s all I’m sharing for today.  I hope you’ll share too!  Copy below to get going if you want to participate.

15 Day Blogger Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger

This challenge is open to any and everyone who wants to get to know each other a little better in the blogosphere. I encourage you all to make this challenge your own. There is no special format to follow or rules on posting. Do your challenge in 1 day by answering all the questions at once or do it in 90 days. Just have fun!

Add your link below. The link you add should only be to your post about starting this challenge. Please do not link up your homepage or any other post. Feel free to grab the button at the top to advertise this challenge. The only thing I ask is that you follow A Little Unhinged via GFC and provide at least one link back to me at some point during your challenge.

Challenge Questions:

1. Introduction to this Challenge and tell us a little about yourself!

2. Where did you grow up? Small town or Big City?

3. What’s some of your favorite memories from childhood?

4. What type of student were you in school?

5. Who was your closest friends as a teenager?

6. Where have you worked?

7. Has your life gone the way you expected it?

8. Tell us a bit about your family!

7. What are your hobbies?

8. What are some of your fears?

9. What are your goals? Parenting, Life, Career?

10. Why did you start blogging and what is your blog about?

11. What are a couple of your favorite blog tools that you use?

12. Your top 5 posts and why you think they were successful.

13. 3 blogs you visit and read enthusiastically.

14. Social Networks/Blog Communities you want others to know you’re a part of.

15. Closing and any upcoming posts or raffles you would like to share with us.