Category Archives: Blogging

Try Five New Things This Summer

Try something different in July!

Paint Your Nails

Paint Your Nails a Color You Normally Would Not. Try…blue? Green?   paint your nailsIf you are a guy, paint your toenails. I dare you.

Eat a Vegetable You Hate

Eat a vegetable you hate. See if you still hate it. Maybe you don’t!!

Read a Book

Books on my Reading List

Read a book in a different genre that you normally select. Read a mystery? Read a romance? Read a non fiction book?

Drive a different route to work

new route

Drive to work-or drive home-on a route you normally don’t drive if you can. So it takes you longer. Big deal. See some landscape that you normally don’t see.

Go out of town

happiness

Go out of your town and spend a day in a town that you really haven’t visited in your state. (We’re visiting Dayton!)

Do something different for the fleeting month of July and report back here!

Social Media Day

 

It’s Social Media Day! But isn’t every day social media day?
Social Media Day June 30

Ah, social media day.  Where would we be without it?  Did you know there is a college degree in becoming a social media celebrity?  Say what you want about the negatives of social media, I would have less friends and adventures without it.

Facebook

My main reason of joining Facebook was “all the runners” were on it.  It is true, I’ve met new friends and had new trails to find since finding Facebook. I’ve “unfollowed” quite a few people in the last year.  (Psst! Come over and LIKE my FB Blog Page pleease!)

Twitter

I’ve been on Twitter since…2007? My Twitter surfing seems to come and go. Twitter has been useful in “watching” trail races via friends and irunfar live tweeting of races. Of course, the best Twitter hashtag feed is #BM100, which is following the ever growing popular Barkley Marathons in April.  I’m on Twitter as @kim_today!

Instagram

One of my Project 50 goals was “to figure out Instagram“. I think I did! I started following German Shepherd Dogs, and my feed got far more interesting! I learned that using relevant hashtags to my interest helps me find interesting folks to follow.  My Instahandle is https://www.instagram.com/kim.today/

Google Plus

I haven’t really gotten there with old Google Plus yet.  Nope. Just took another look. I have a profile there, but I just don’t get it.  Any tips for Google Plus?

Pinterest

I love Pinterest! I have lots of boards on all sorts of things I like. I don’t seem to get any more traffic to my blog from Pinterest, but I do get great ideas and recipes to try.

 

 

 

Snapchat

I thought I would figure out Snapchat in 2016, but then Instagram came out with “Stories” so I deleted my Snapchat account.  Not knowing what someone’s user name was on Snapchat was just too hard to follow. Then  IG just copied Snapchat, so I just stayed on IG.  (I still don’t know how to make a “story” on IG.)

Podcasts

zune

The MP3 Player is a Zune. Yes, it is an ancient antique invented and abandoned by Microsoft.  I still love podcasts, but as my health has changed, my interests have changed a bit, and I have found new podcasts to enjoy.

New Podcasts This Year:

The Hamilcast: I discovered Hamilton An American Musical last year. Yes, it is everything it is hyped to be. I’ve recently finished Hamilton by Ron Chernow-the biography that inspired Lin Manuel Miranda to write the musical. I have not seen the musical but am optimistic about maybe getting a ticket when the show travels to Cleveland.  The Hamilcast is an energized fan girl podcast about Hamilton. It has become the unofficial podcast of Hamilton, and many of the latest podcasts are interviews with the actors in the show!

Outside In

A highly produced show from New Hampshire public radio, Outside In produces podcasts about nature-to bring the outdoors to you, where ever that may be. The shows are varied and well written.

Pedal Shift

As I prepare for my first bike tour, I was happy to find the Pedal Shift podcast. Tim is from the DC area, and has produced quite a few shows on the trails I am going to ride, the C&O Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage! I’ve picked up quite a bit of knowledge from him.

 

What are your favorite social media sites?

American Eagle Day

Today is American Eagle Day!

American Eagle Day

National Bird

June 20 marks the anniversary of the bald eagle being selected as the USA national emblem on June 20, 1782 by the Second Continental Congress. (Didn’t they have anything better to do than decide on a national emblem?)

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.

Eagle

Endangered No More

July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

They’ve made an amazing comeback from an estimated 417 nesting pairs in the early 60s to over 15,000 pairs today!

Eagle

I am fortunate to have a bald eagle nest just about five miles from my house. It has been cool to stop by there every week or so to check on the nest and the baby eaglet.Close up of Eagle in Nest

Celebrate our national bird! If you don’t have an eagle nest to peer into, check out the live eagle cams on the American Eagle Foundation page.

World Malbec Day

World Malbec Day

 

It’s World Malbec Day! Fill a glass of lovely Argentinian wine and celebrate!

World Malbec Day

Malbec is one of our favorite varietal. It’s a strong red wine mainly produced in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The Malbec grape is from France, where it was used more as a blending grape in a Bordeaux wine. It found a great home in the higher altitudes of Argentina.

We have found great bottles of Malbec Wine under  twenty  AND under ten dollars.  Hit your wine store on the way home to take the Moan out of Monday and celebrate World Malbec Day today!

World Malbec Day

Do you have a favorite Malbec?

National Puppy Day

It’s National Puppy Day!

National Puppy Day

There are ways to celebrate National Puppy Day, check them out here!

Post them if you got them! I got to experience 6 out our 8 dogs as puppies. Sandal and Tackle came to us as adults. I do have a picture of Sandal as a puppy.

Sandal Puppy

I can’t watch Marley and Me after having a yellow lab. Sandal was our loviest dog ever.

 

Tino as puppy

Tino 2004

Tino was such a sturdy little puppy.

Tino Puppy

Alice Puppy

Alice as a pup

Alice Puppy Bra

Yes that is a 50 dollar bra she is tugging on

Alice Grown Up

It’s amazing how cuteness can grow up to badassery.Jules Puppy

Jules did outgrow his initial resemblance to a possum.

Jules still a puppy

Tino Condi Puppy

Condi took no crap from her big brother.

Condi Puppy

Danny Zilla Puppy

Our first two original puppies, Rodan and Godzilla. Terrors of the house. The original “Bad Dogs”.  Nobody has lived up to their reputation since.

Danny Puppy
Tackle adult puppyTackle came to us as an adult. This is one of the first pics we have of him, closest to a puppy. I bet he was a cute big pup!
Tackle ZillaDo you have puppy pictures???

Word A Day Challenge

I Survived My Journal a Word a Day Challenge!

Word A Day Challenge

After achieving my first #30 Days of Lists, I thought I would continue on with the art journalling as a new hobby. My idea for October was to randomly select a “word” for the day, and then journal around that.

Borders Word a Day Challenge

The only two days I made exception for was October 16-the hubs birthday, and the word was Ottobre-which is our last name, which means “October” in Italian, and October 31, which the word is of course, “Halloween”.

Word A Day Challenge

Overall, I enjoyed my thirty day challenge. I only got behind late in the month, where running/training took over more of the day than journalling.

Word A Day Challenge

How did I pick a word? I would reach behind me, on the bookshelf, select a book, and hit a word with a marker.

I did one pronoun, then chose only nouns. Adjectives, pronouns  were too hard.

Word A Day Challenge

The one fail? “Squalid”. Wasn’t up to journal that one.

Word A Day Challenge squalid

I generally used dictionary.com to look up the definition of the word.  Then I would consult Pinterest. This led me down several paths with some words that I didn’t really know about before.

Like “The map is not the territory”.

Word A Day Challenge

Map is Not the Territory Word a Day Challenge

Some words led immediately to association. Thing-I thought of Thing 1 and Thing 2, from Dr Seuss.  Then, of course “Thing” from the Adams Family and the vehicle!

Word A Day ChallengeHere are several examples of my work from the month!

Word A Day Challenge

Word A Day Challenge

Document Word a Day Challenge

Ever made a smash book? It’s my favorite form of scrapbooking/journalling!