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No NaBloPoMo this year for me or is there?

NaBloPoMo

 

It’s November! For bloggers and writers that means it’s NaBloPoMo  or National Blog Posting Month or National Novel Writing Month. That is where you either publish a blog post daily or commit to write your novel of 50,000 words by November 30.

I participated in NaBloPoMo last year. It’s not easy to do, especially when you go out of town. Of course, that’s where scheduling posts comes in handy.

NaBloPoMo 2016

One year I tried to do write 2000 words daily. I had an idea for a novel. Not an original idea. It turned how to be really stressful to find the time to just sit down and churn out some many words. So, since it was a hobby, I quit! Hobbies should not be stressful.

One point I have read about writing it, just do it. You need to establish a habit. The water won’t flow if you don’t open the spigot.

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Maybe I will commit to *just write* every day, whether it’s a draft blog post, or a snippet for a future article.

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Are you in for NaBloPoMo this year?

Can You Eat Just One? National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

I am not a big sweets eater. I would rather have pie over cake. Sometimes it’s just good to have a cupcake.

I am not a big baker. I wanted to bake cupcakes not buy them,

but didn’t want to go to much work. Perusing the baking aisle, I scored!

Chocolate cake mix

A cake package! With a small pan and cake mix and frosting! Where have these been?

Muffin or chocolate cupcake

Frosted Chocolate Cupcake

 

My husband finally said “are you going to EAT those sometime today?”

Happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day! I have you have one too!
Ate a Cupcake

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone-Buy Wine at Aldi

Step Out of your Comfort Zone

I heard there was an award winning bottle of wine available at our local Aldi grocery store. (Or, here in Ohio, it’s always called * Aldis*.  It’s a Buckeye thing.)

 

Shopping at Aldi

We’ve shopped at Aldi since they popped up here in Ohio. They used to be more of a bulk food type store. The food items were left on pallets. You brought your own bags-or bought them at the store. There were very good prices on most food items.

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Aldi Remodel

It seems most Aldi stores were remodeled in the last few years, and the concept of the store has changed a bit. Prices are higher. Items are placed on shelves now.  There is more environmental friendly lighting and organic products available. I’ve read the company is starting to copy the Whole Foods 365 model.

Wine at Aldi

Some Aldi stores carry wine. We’ve tried a few bottles from the store-why resist a 4.99 bottle of wine? What do you have to lose?

Aldi Rose

The Award Winning Wine

The  Cotes de Provence 2016 Rose earned a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. The rose is a blend of syrah, grenache, and cinsault grapes.

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Results

It was good. Light, with a bit of a strawberry flavor, but not sweet. Yes it as probably the best 7.99 Rose I’ve had. I did not do a blind taste test like this article did, and they concluded they couldn’t taste the difference. So why not take a chance on eight bucks and buy a bottle? But buy it now, this was a special purchase~and drink it today, rose wine is not meant to be cellared!

Aldi Rose Wine

 

 

International Coffee Day

Isn’t every day international coffee day, around the world?

How do you take your coffee? Do you order “fru fru” coffee drinks?

I rarely order them. Of course I do not live anywhere where “fru fru” drinks are available.

no coffee here

My coffee outside the home comes from Sheetz. There are no coffee shops within fifty miles of my location!

My Iced Coffee Recipe

In the summertime, I make my own version of “iced coffee.”

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Fill up the cold beverage container with ice, add one pump of Splenda and two hits of hazelnut flavoring, then add coffee.

The container won’t melt. I’ve been doing this for years.

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Do you have a homemade hack for gas station coffee?

 

 

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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Hey! Today is Constitution Day! This was the day in 1787 that the United States Constitution was ratified.

Did you know Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students. 

Maybe I knew that. If I have, I have forgotten it.

When is the last time you read the Constitution and Amendments

In school back in the day?

I discovered an app called Interactive Constitution. I figured I could have something educational on my phone besides random games and Facebook. It’s been pretty cool to just randomly access and read about our constitution.

 How Many Amendments are There?

From Hamilton An American Musical:

Burr Hamilton

Burr: The constitution’s a mess

Hamilton: So it needs amendments

Burr: It’s full of contradictions

Hamilton: So is independence 
                   We have to start somewhere

 Take a Read

Your homework? Read over the Amendments. Refresh yourself on the Founding Fathers document.

(The quiz will come later….)

Wait, I found the quiz! I got a 9 out of 10! Here’s your Quiz!

What was your score???

 

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

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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

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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

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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?