This year has been a difficult one. Between my health and the switch to working night shifts, I have not really felt like me. I'm so sleepy and tired so much of the time, that sitting down and blogging actually felt much like a chore. Don't get me wrong, I love writing, I love blogging, I've actually had a blog in one form or another since long before it was cool! I was going to link to them here, but they're so sad looking that I'm a little embarrassed. I definitely have some views I feel the need to express, and I enjoy spreading my knowledge, because I am constantly learning, about pretty much anything.
Now, Blogging can be whatever you make it. It can be super easy, where you have few graphics, and you basically just write what you know or feel. This model works for many, and is often a great start when you're researching something, because these blogs are usually written by someone who knows what they're talking (or writing) about.
I probably fall into the mid range of bloggers. I have some graphics, and although I do write about things I know, things that affect me, and my personal reviews of stuff, I also post about things I had to research before putting pen to paper, so to speak. Some of my posts, such as this post on little known superfoods, this one about beautiful haunted places, and this one about the many uses for coffee took a lot of research and time to put together. Some of the posts on my blog took over a week of researching the topic and finding just the right graphics to accompany the topic.
The third is the pro blogger. Their blogs are gorgeous to look at, highly niched (did I just make up a word?), with all the graphics made in house (much more skilled than I am). They have email lists, ebooks available, and videos. They often have guest bloggers and contests, thousands of hits a week, and 2/3 of the page is covered in ads, not including the new generation of 'popups' which are not blocked by traditional software. Blogging is their life... truthfully, I wish I was this third kind. Had I stuck with it consistently since the beginning, I would probably be in this last category. Alas, since I am like the little doggie in the movie Up!, (squirrel!), I am here and there. I will spend some time writing, then stuff happens, and then I don't write for a while, and then I come back. Sometimes, I do things and regret it later, such as spitting this blog into three - which I will be switching back slowly and adding the posts I removed back. It's a pain in the butt, but I really want them all back here.
Truthfully, I have been looking into monetizing this blog for a few reasons. The main one, really is that I would like to have my own domain without the .weebly at the end of sonjarants. As it stands, I really don't have the extra coin in my bank account for another monthly cost. As it is, I had to cancel all of my subscription boxes (wah!! I LOVE my subscription boxes), so any extra cost is not feasible at this time. If I can get a few bucks from blogging, I can put it back into the blog.
Anyhow, I guess I'm into one of my blogging phases again, because I really want to get back into it. I have quite a few ideas floating around in my head, health posts dealing primarily with a few things I've been dealing with over the last year and have become quite knowledgeable about, life issues, and sadly I have been watching CNN, so... Trump opinions (hint: I have an extremely low opinion). I feel that once I actually post about #45 that I may finally get some comments on my blog, although not the kind I'd like.
And I'm kind of a big deal.
So... great opportunity, right? Everyone wants in on the ground floor!
I actually set up my Tumblr not too long after I set up this blog, I just really had no idea how the heck to use it (I admit as much in my first post). I decided to give it a new look-see because I have random stories and thoughts that just don't fit into 140 characters.
So follow me on all my social media - just cause sometimes I have some interesting things to say. Sometimes.
As always, thanks for visiting, you're awesome!
With my own wedding fast approaching (September 24th!!), I figured I'd give you a post about some of the most beautiful and extravagant wedding gowns I've seen. Although my budget was a little slimmer than the ladies wearing these dresses, I can still dream, right?
All gorgeous - and I don't think I even want to know exactly how much even one of these would cost.
I found all of these on Pinterest, and after about a half hour of trying to track down the original URL for the very first picture, I gave up and decided to just link them to their pin. Click on any individual picture to be taken to their Pinterest location.
Feel free to leave a comment, like, share, tweet, or find me on social media.
Judging from news reports, I am one of the few people in Southern Ontario who was actually pretty excited that Toronto is hosting the Pan Am /ParaPan Am Games this time around. I know, It's not the Olympics, but I still think it's kinda cool that something this big is going on here. We had intended to see an event, just so we can say we were there and saw something happen. The nice thing about not all the events taking place in the city of Toronto is that those of us who just cannot stand the congestion can see an event in relative peace.
So on Canada Day I received an email that they were having a 25% off sale, and I jumped at the chance and bought 4 tickets to see Canada VS Nicaragua in a preliminary baseball game at the President's Choice Pan Am Ballpark. For 2 kids (under 16) and 2 adults, I paid $80 after discounts, taxes, and fees. Not bad. But I know why tickets are so affordable. Well, two reasons, I guess. The first being that they want people to come, so if they price the tickets reasonably, there's a better chance that families like mine will go. The second has to be the sick pricing structure for pretty much everything else at the venue.
I do also have one more thing to gripe about - the organization at the venue. Going into the game, I was not impressed. Happy during. Leaving the game I was not impressed. Living in Durham, we know the route to take to get to the location of the venue, Audley & Taunton. However, I suppose they did not expect too many people to be arriving from the Durham Region, because there was only one sign, approximately ten feet from the street we would have had to turn onto, telling us that Audley was closed at Rossland. As we drove past it, I saw it very quickly, but was not able to read the whole sign. Quite frankly, even if I had seen it sooner, we would not have had time to turn on Lakeridge anyhow. So we had to drive further West, then North, then back East, following the signs to get to the ballpark. I was none too impressed with that. There should have been ample warning so we could make a decision as to where to turn North sooner.
We get there, park in the grass, with very little direction at this point from signs or volunteers. You kinda just have to wing it and hope for the best. Did I mention the car was a 15 minute walk from the actual stadium? Well, it was. Ugh. Although it was lovely to walk in nature before we got to the event, I could have done without it, and I could have done without the weird walking path they had. There were these hard rubber sheets to walk on with deep grooves on them. Unless you're wearing thick-soled shoes (which I wasn't), they hurt your feet. Then came the gravel path, always fun to get stones in your shoes when you have a long way to walk. It's summer... people are wearing sandals and flip-flops. These two choices for something to walk on would probably be lower on my list, maybe just above 'hot coals' and 'broken glass sprinkled with salt'.
We get to the actual stadium (bottom of the second), and I was really, really underwhelmed as to the sight that greeted me. I was expecting some food, drink, and merchandise vendors. Instead, there was the ballpark to my right, I think a huge field of porta potties on the left, and a few random people selling bottled tap water or beer out of coolers. Since it was general seating, it was tough to find anything. There wasn't really anyone helping out, either. I wasn't really impressed at his point by my experience. Getting out was worse... no direction whatsoever, the only exit signs to be seen at the end of the lot, and if you're there, you already know where the exit is.
We finally did find some seats, and they turned out to be really great. We had a fantastic view of all the action, and since we were sitting in a predominantly Nicaraguan area, the players from Nicaragua were coming over and tossing balls into our area for the fans that stayed past the seventh inning.
All the doom and gloom aside, I enjoyed the game. I am definitely more interested in winter sports, however, I have to say that it's always fun when your team is winning, and after a slow start, that's exactly what Team Canada did. The crowd was great, the seating sucked, but the experience was still enjoyable. As I mentioned before - organization was poor, which is pretty sad.
Don't let my doom and gloom stop you from going to see a game or two yourself. It's a once in a lifetime thing happening right now, and you should endeavor to take part in it in some small way. It is a great thing, and we should take pride in it.
One last thing. There has been a whole lot of talk about how little everyone cares about these games. I do want to point out that although I think it's great that they're here and I'll support them, they were really doomed from the start. Here in Ontario we are way more interested in winter sports than summer ones. We're also not the rowdiest of fans on a good day. Then, you have to remember that these are North & South American games. No European countries. You want tourists and pandemonium? Host a sporting even with European countries as participants. They'll come in droves. Just sayin'.
I guess you could say I took a little social media sabbatical recently. I'd probably still be dark, but I wanted to share your chance to pay a small fortune for an absolutely stunning doll.
Marina Bychkova is a woman with immense talent when it comes to imagining, designing, and creating masterpieces. All her porcelain dolls are one of a kind and handmade - you can see her progress on Cinderella and other dolls she has created in the past by following this link to her blog.
All the pictures you see here are pulled from the auction page and my email - as you can see, she is meticulously sculpted and everything about her is absolutely perfect - you can see her actual auction here - but hurry, because the last possible time to place a bid is Saturday January 31st at 9:17pm, so just about 24 hours left. Right now she is at $65,500 USD, but if anyone out there is wondering what to get me for my birthday, Cinderella is right up my alley, wink, wink! With the exchange rate it's only about $84,000 CAD, pocket change for some, I guess.
In the meantime, check out the Enchanted Doll gallery, although I'm pretty sure there's a post about Marina's beautiful dolls in my future :)
My laptop battery died suddenly two weeks ago. I have never felt so empty! It's amazing how much I take this pretty little notebook for granted. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot you can do nowadays with tablets and such, but there is so much more I can do with this baby right here!
Hopefully you noticed that I haven't been posting any new blog entries. I say hopefully because it would really suck if I was just posting these every day and no one actually looked at them!
Although Weebly does have an app, it's not very user-friendly and it was waaay too much effort to try to do a post. Plus I keep all my info, searches and pics on my laptop, so there's that issue also.
Anyhow, it really, really sucked that I had to wait two weeks, checking the mailbox every day (sometimes twice a day) for the battery, but that is what happened and now I have so many posts it's not even funny. I'm hoping not to overwhelm, but I have received a lot of items to review and it is only fair that they receive their time in in the pages of my blog.
So brace yourselves... I have a lot to say in the next coming days!
Well... maybe just my name. The geek that lives inside of me still thinks that is totally awesome! NASA is sending a little microchip into space and they're giving all of us the opportunity to put our names there for the journey.
If you think this is just as incredible as I do, go to NASA's website here and you can read about the mission and where your name will journey (hint: not just to Mars) to. Plus, you get this cool boarding pass.
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