Thursday Three – Guest Posts I loved

It seems I’ve picked up a few new readers lately (even though I took quite the break from any sort of real blogging. I don’t know how long this push will last, so just enjoy it while it’s here. Around here, Thursdays are for Thursday Three (or 13 occasionally) and Guest Posts. (There are some great ones in the list there.)

I haven’t had any guest posts in awhile so let me tell you about them.

They’re to give space for someone who has something to say/share but not a venue to do so. They’re to give someone who wants to offer commentary on an issue or topic, but can’t do so on their blog. They bring a little bit of the outside community in to this corner of the internet. (Here’s the rules and how to go about doing it.)

I’ve been super duper lucky through the years regarding guest blog posts and thought I would take a moment to revisit some favorites.

  1. Working with WOAR – by my dear friend Robbie. She wrote about her work with a not-for-profit advocacy group she works with and the important work they do.
  2. Red Lipstick by BatGirl. She talks about turning 30 and what it meant to her.
  3. MJ has an announcement – by the Bro when he told us he was being sent “home” That time has come to a close and he is off again, but it was a really great day. (And stretch of time to have him a few hours and not a plane ride away.)

I’m thinking about bringing back three world game but if you ever have a post you want to write or something to say, please let me know.

Lastly, you don’t have to be a person to write for me. Brodsmontana wrote one too. (Even though I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s people.)

Who’s in?

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Reading More: The Tender Wings of Desire

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Maybe cool isn’t the right word for this one?

The Tender Wings of Desire, by Colonel Sanders was provided to me at no charge through Amazon (it’s free to everyone though). The opinions are my own. You can see other books I’ve reviewed here.

Please add this to the list of “Things Court Did So We Don’t Have To”. Not that anyone is going to make you read a book, but there was enough curiosity I felt I should take one for the team.  I saw this posted on Albany Jane’s fb page right before Mother’s Day and it was so ridiculous (and free from Amazon) so I had to see what it was all about.

Okay so the curiosity was me and like two other people. That’s enough for me to read 96 pages of a book that KFC put out for Mother’s Day. (You’re scratching your head at that one too, aren’t you?)

From Amazon:

When Lady Madeline Parker runs away from Parker Manor and a loveless betrothal, she finally feels like she is in control of her life. But what happens when she realizes she can’t control how she feels? When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion. Can love overcome lies? What happens in the embrace of destiny, on the Tender Wings of Desire?

I don’t even know what to say about this book. I think its just what you might expect from KFC trying to put out a romance novel written by Colonel Sanders for Mother’s Day.

My cousin’s wife, an English teacher, couldn’t get more than a third of the way through it due to the editing it needed. I’m not as particular about the editing of books as long as I can get through them so I just laughed at the cheesiness of it. My ultimate summary of the book to my SIL is “I read it in less than an hour. It was cheesy and not nearly spicy enough. Would recommend as 3rd to last resort”

It did kick off an excellent exchange of bad puns between my cousin’s wife and I.  BUT! Go read the reviews on Amazon. They are worth the time.

If you want to see what it’s all about it’s still free on Amazon. Have at it. Is this something you’d read? Why or why not?

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What I’m about to say isn’t going to make me a whole bunch of friends…but it needs to be said…

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Mixed tapes, jax, black

I’m already tired of LuLaRoe.

There, I said it.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my leggings, skirts, and dresses I’ve purchased or been gifted. They are super soft and comfy. I have leggings in space ships, stars, crocodiles, elephants, mixed tapes, jax, black, unicorns, lavender and red. I have a skirt that looks like the back ground from those amazing 90s school pictures and some other fun.

I could do without the insane price tags, but hey, if I love something I’ll spend the money.

But I don’t like their sales model. It feels like they prey on the “OMG I HAVE TO HAVE IT AND BE SPECIAL” nature of people. I get it. I make my own skirts and accessories for because I like something original.

It’s not a bad model for sales (morality being another story), but they create artificial scarcity and the rest is just ugly, but you keep looking through it and start to think maybe it’s not so bad? (But you can’t send it back if you hate it when you get it home.)

I also don’t like the inconvenience. You have to be on fb when the sales start to even potentially get anything cute. I never remember and I’m not on fb that much. Do people set alarms? Do they rely on others to tag them in posts and hope you see it? Do you do what I’ve resorted to doing and having my aunt (who loves shopping the folders!) just be on the lookout for something and then claim sold with my email address? (Is that even really allowed?)

I don’t like how they’ve filled up my news feed with posts to build excitement and games. When I see the little notification go on and it’s one of the groups and not a friend, it makes me a little sad. The other day I had 9 notifications and each one was about a group name change or that a photo has been posted.

I don’t like how a lot of the consultants I’ve come across are crappy about taking down sold items so you get excited you finally tracked down a “unicorn” but no, that was sold last week, sorry #notsorry. (Seriously, I’ve met more consultant jerks though this than any other company and I meet a lot of consultants at craft shows!)

I thought I wanted a tab or app that tells me who is having active or pop up sales but I don’t anymore. A website I can just go order from would be nice, but honestly after hand stitching a pair of leggings for my friend’s daughter (they got “zippered”) I’m kind of done with the whole thing.

Sorry consultants on a personal journey. I’m over it. My own personal journey says I don’t need to be part of yours anymore – at least not for this brand. Now, when I see a notification, I smile because it means I can leave the group. Please don’t add me back.

*I’m not knocking anyone who sells or loves their LLR. The whole process is just not for me. Thanks for understanding!*

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Good things 2017: Week 20

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Long days ending in front of the fire pit.
I’m hopeful there will be more nights like this.

It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

Back on track to note good things from last week! Go me.

The meds adjustment seems to have me coming further out of the anxiety fog and while I have my moments, I’m feeling pretty good about stuff.

So here you go, from last week:

  • Swim kiddos continue to be great (and with a slight rearraging of classes, the groups work)
  • Mother’s day with Momma and Maggie.
  • New babies on the way for friends
  • Random ideas of presentations taking off.
  • Commissioned work. I tell you, it never gets old! (Still! This was a greeting card for a sibling and a piece using a wedding song that I’m still playing with)
  • Macys return policy
  • My return to the mat even if it’s not usual classes (Yoga with Adriene and this Cosmic Kids one is kind of fun!)
  • Not being recognized by a guy I used to date at the concert (or if he did, he didn’t acknowledge it. It could have gotten awkward quickly.)
  • Doing at least one thing a day that bring me mental peace
  • Some pretty sweet dance moves on the t-ball field
  • Embarrassingly positive comments on a photo on fb. (More on this later.)
  • Feeling loved
  • 4 more Saturdays of group lessons unless I want to cover
  • Largely less tears, anxious moments, and being able to reign it in when things get a little haywire.

Good reads:

Favorite Photo:

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I have a thing for different colored veggies. I just want to try them all.

Favorite Song:

And a bonus song in loving memory of Chris Cornell…

Also please see this list from Rolling Stone of covers by Chris Cornell

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Survey Says! Which 90’s TV Charachter Are You?

90s tv show How boring. I mean she’s pretty and all, but I felt it was uninspired so I did it again… 90s tv show2

Snort!

If you’d like to see yours, go here

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Coffee date

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This didn’t actually capture the color of the sky, but the storm was insanely beautiful and intense.
My kind of storm.

How are you today? I’m currently sipping on regular Folgers with a scoop of hot fudge and some coconut creamer. It’s a nice little treat to jump start today.

What’s in  your cup?

Today is clearly going to be a 3 or 4 cup of coffee kind of day. Last night’s show was awesome but it went late because of the storm that blew through. And what a storm it was! Thunder, lightening, rain blowing sideways, orange sky. Man, I love a good storm. Momma doesn’t like it when I go out side in a storm so being under the cover in the balcony at SPAC last night was pretty much the next best thing. (Even inside we were pretty wet before it was done. Many thanks to E for bringing an extra poncho!)

Although I technically have a month before summer actually starts, it was a great night to kick off my summer. I’m terrible at doing “lists of things” (like bucket lists) but I’m thinking of loosely outlining some some summer to-dos based on this. Think of it as Court’s Summer Bucket List (#cssummertodolist).

One of the thing’s that’s been added is to download new music (or old favorites) with the stash of iTunes cards I found in my desk drawer. How did I not use them already? One of the albums I’m looking at is this Temple of the Dog. I don’t know if I never knew about it (How?!?) but now that I do, I must have it. (I listened to it on Amazon Prime this morning (G-dBless Amazon Prime) and I recognize a bunch of the stuff off it. What else should I be sure to download?  (Side note: Chris Cornell? Very sad. Can we please put the rest of the talent from that time in a bubble and keep them safe?)

So what’s new? Any exciting summer plans? Seriously, any new/old music for me? I’m also looking for running tunes.

What are you up to this weekend? I have a riveting schedule of Saturday at the pool (all day) and nothing on Sunday. Well, yoga class and maybe brunch, but nothing much other than that. I think I’m going to catch a t-Ball game after work though and that should be fun. I’m hoping the concession stand has lolly pops.

Whatever you do this weekend, please have a wonderful time, find smiles, and laughs.

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Thursday Three: Things I’m looking forward to this summer

2017-05-17_01-06-59It’s getting mighty warm around here. Today is supposed to get to the high-80s which pleases me because I’m going with a friend to see Brad Paisley tonight! (It’s May in Upstate NY, it could be cold and rainy, but it’s not tongiht!)

Can’t wait.

Ellie is a great concert date. We saw Toby Keith last summer so when she asked if I wanted to get the Country Mega Ticket (and it was on sale) I jumped at the chance for 3 girls nights out with her. (They’re lawn tickets so if you want to join us, just let me know!)

Summer around here brings some pretty awesome things including ice cream places and decks opening, live music, sipping adult beverages in the sunshine by the creek, lake, or pool, bonfires, grilled foods, star gazing, (legitimate) flip flop weather, water fights, and more.

While there’s a lot I love about winter (snowfall, curling up in front of the fire, hot chocolate, extra layers of clothes, crock pot cooking, “comfort” foods, etc) the summer brings certain delights and special moments too.

Three things I’m specifically looking forward to this summer are:

  1. Concerts! I have tickets to the following already: Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Matchbox 20 & Counting Crows, Luke Bryant, and Alabama Shakes. I’m thinking about Straight No Chaser & Postmodern Jukebox, Willie Nelson, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Maybe a few others I can’t think of at the moment.
  2. Summer off of Saturdays at the pool (well this is my current plan) I’ll fill in here and there and teach a few private lessons, but it’s been a really long time since I’ve done this and I think it’s time.
  3. Sitting by the water or in my “tree house”. Cold drink in one hand, book in another, Pandora playing…Right now that sounds amazing. Just have to suss out the non-work bathing suit situation.

That’s just a little bit of what I hope the summer brings. What are you looking forward to this summer?

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#AtoZChallenge: U

u is for until
is what it is til it’s not
something marks the end

this is how it is
but you see when x happens?
it is no longer

i can’t run until
reach a particular weight
but maybe i could?

can’t sell house until
a few projects are finished
but could take less cash

another verse here
until realized it’s not fair
not just my story

can’t leave job until
ducks in a row; loose ends tied
but man i day dream

we all have our lines
marking the end of what was
or the start of new

what until are you
waiting to end or to start
right now, mine’s the house.

See other #AtoZChallenge here

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Good things 2017: Week um, lately?

Fotor_149387035008849It’s important to remember the things that are good in life. It reminds me how blessed I really am and also helps to ease the sting of the bad. I’m incredibly lucky, there’s more good than bad (Knockonwood!) and I want to document how thankful I am for it.

I might have been having a hard time, but there have been some really good things and moments to smile about. Here are some of the more memorable recent things that have made me smile so far in 2017:

  • A great group of swim kiddos (and only 4 more weeks after this one)
  • Momma being back from FL
  • New babies on the way for friends
  • Hole in the wall Mexican joints with really great margaritas
  • Presentation series being over and done with
  • Commissioned work. I tell you, it never gets old! (Still!)
  • Lunch to catch up with my former boss. She’s wonderful.
  • Reasons to buy pretty new shoes
  • Doc’s orders to get back to yoga practice (kick in the ass I needed)
  • Fresh veggies
  • Doing things that bring me mental peace
  • Concert tickets through the end of the summer
  • Dinner with Daddy-O
  • Seeing BNL live.
  • Seeing old friends unexpectedly and huge hugs
  • Pretty nail polish
  • Throwing things away.

Good reads:

I don’t recall a whole lot of good reads so we’ll skip this for now.

Favorite Photo:
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Favorite Song:
Anything by Lily Kershaw lately.

How have you been? What made you smile? Tell me about one of your successes? Read anything good this week?

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Survey Says! A beautiful note about moi!

a note about courtney

If you can’t read that, it says
“She is beautiful inside and out. The way she thinks, the way she talks about something she loves and her ability to make others smile even when she’s going through a storm on the inside – all of it makes her wonderful. Her looks may fade but what will remain forever is her beautiful soul.

You are both a masterpiece and a work in progress. This note perfectly describes your way of life and it is beautiful.”

If you want to read a beautiful note about you, click here.

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