Long Awaited Update

Ok, so perhaps you all haven’t been long awaiting an update from me… But I have been waiting awhile to give you all a status update. No real reason for waiting except that I have been unmotivated for writing much lately. Every now and again I get a pang of wanting to sit down and write, but if I can’t do so immediately, the urge quickly fades. I want the motivation to come back in force – I have ideas to write out both here and on my fiction site… and especially my Zarah manuscript…

I unfortunately did not get as much written during my two week hiatus as I had hoped. I did at least get a fair bit of other stuff done around the house – a lot of productivity there – as well as focused a lot more on my relationship with the hubs and the kids… so the hiatus from blogging was not in vain. It really did free up more time than I realised I was spending on creating (hopefully interesting) posts for you guys!

Now I’m trying to get back into the swing of blogging, so bear with me please if it seems I am not on here as often for a little while. I need to strike a new balance with my time and work it back into my routine. Who knew two or three weeks would change my routine so much??

On that note, I might as well mention I had to delete the WordPress app from my phone. It had increased to taking up nearly 2.5 GB of my phone storage!! It ever increases as more posts and pictures are added to my site. It literally saves all the data to my freaking phone! No other app even reaches a total of 1 GB by itself! Double-U Tee Eff, WordPress?? My phone reached critical storage limits and could not take photos anymore or update. It was still in the red after clearing out photos, videos, and even deleting some other apps like WhatsApp…. So WordPress had to go unfortunately. The reason I’m telling you all this is that this now means I will have to try to remember to check WordPress notifications periodically on my laptop instead of them coming to my phone… so it may take me longer than usual to respond. But rest assured I will continue to respond 🙂

Ok, I feel like there was something else I was going to update you all on… but I can’t remember what it might have been now. Hmmm….

In other news, I of course told you about my new tattoo I got yesterday… It is still sore, especially when I move my arm around on that side… it’s difficult to reach myself for washing and applying the salve – so lucky hubs is around to help! LOL

Also, when I woke up this AM there was proof that my tattoo artist is no liar haha… He told me that the colours would bleed for a few days and would leave perfect imprints on clothes… check it out:

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My Jammies are badass!

Also, I wanted to say (but don’t think I did yesterday??) that though I had this tattoo booked for two months, it seemed fitting that this week would be the week I would get it (after the Stockholm attack) and that his eye would look somewhat sad… That’s how it struck me when I first saw it anyway. Don’t you agree?

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I’ll need to get a better pic now that the stencil lines are gone. I’ll wait till it’s all the way healed though, I think 🙂

Rhyan’s Rainbow

One of my most amazing professors at Uni – Beth Beverly – had her middle child Rhyan born with a Congenital Heart Defect. Not only did Beth inspire me to continue to pursue the sciences (she was my Anatomy and Physiology 1, Anatomy and Physiology 2, and my Medical Microbiology Professor) she even gave me a 0.5 point extra credit when she found out that I got the job on the Pediatric Cardiology Ward! (Haha she is a notorious non-giver of extra credit 😛 ) At least she said she planned to – I don’t know if it actually made it on the books LOL.

I have a high respect for Dr Beverly – she is a Doctor that specializes in the heart, last I knew, and previously the kidneys if I recall correctly. She has a fascination with microbiology and one day hopes to have a “pet” nematode. Hahaha! I feel like the name she said she would use is “Herman” should she ever get one… LOL But I might be misremembering that fact.

Anyway, the reason for this post is as follows – Beth’s mother has written a book, and I will let Beth herself explain it to you:

“Until it was out on market and official, I haven’t said anything…Most of you know my mother, Betty Brantley, left her job when Rhyan was born to help us with all of her care. She dedicated countless hours to finding ways to help Rhyan learn. Knowing she would be delayed, our goal was to never treat her different. One thing they constantly did was to write stories in effort to help Rhyan’s short term memory loss which she suffers from. It’s a battle. About a year ago, Betty decided to try and get one of the stories published for other kids to enjoy. I’m so proud to say Rhyan’s Rainbow is published, and on the market to purchase via Amazon. Take a look, and please share to help get the word out. This is a long time in the making. Rhyan wouldn’t be where she is now without the day in and day out work. My heart is full.”

So please check it out. Buy it for the preschooler or unicorn fanatic in your life… 😉

Can be purchased through Amazon here.

 

Show some WordPress Love ;)

I’ve spoken about him before – countless times at this point… Well, maybe not countless – To be honest I’m just too lazy to go back and count at the moment.

However; I want to plead my followers to go check out Paul.E.Bailey’s blog . He is an amazingly talented fiction writer and just an all around nice person. Currently he is working on a side-by-side Zombie Apocalypse story with the also amazingly talented Kira (check her out too!   (here is the start of her Zombie series) and I also very much enjoyed his Dead End series (check out part 1 of 5 here).

Check him out and help him reach his Follower goal! It’ll be well worth your time, I promise! 🙂

My Five Memorable Moments of 2016 – A Response to Paul.E.Bailey

Good morning, lovelies – or good afternoon/night for some of you I suppose… I was just reading Mr Bailey’s post about his 2016 five memorable things in which he asked

How was your 2016? Were there any defining moments in your year? What do you make of the events that took place in mine?

While I don’t usually comment based off of the direct questions a blogger may ask – I just comment willy nilly as I see fit… whatever pops into my head as I’m reading… I’m a wild one like that haha – I did feel that these questions would make a good prompt for a post. Much too much to leave in a comment thread. Plus I felt as though writing about this topic and responding to some of what he said in his post would be a good carry on from my last post. So here we go, my memorable things that happened in 2016:

First of all, I’d like to say that while all those memes etc of 2016 being the worst year ever and people telling 2016 to go fuck itself can be funny I seem to recall the same general attitude being expressed at the end of 2015. A bunch of celebrities died last year as well with a concentration of them happening in the late autumn and winter right before the end of the year. Let’s face it – a lot of these celebrities are old and/or have lived lives of excess in which it might not be surprising that their bodies would give out on them. Not all of them, of course, but enough to where winter months would not be surprising to get them sick enough to pass away. We wouldn’t have these stupid memes about Betty White winning the 2016 Hunger Games etc etc if it were at all surprising that old people are more likely to die in the winter months. Geez, guys. Get over it.

I mean, I get it – it’s shocking when icons we grew up with die… I’m not gonna claim I haven’t been sad when certain ones passed… but… not enough for it to ruin my year. As such, 2017 will not be the worst year ever when undoubtedly many more celebrities pass away.

2016 was a little rough on me personally. At least the last bit there. Overall though I had a really good year prior to October…So now that I’ve made such a huge introduction, here’s my memorable moments for real, haha… I’ll stick to no more than 5 as Mr Bailey did as well so as not to make this any longer than it has to be.

  1. I had emergent surgery to remove my gallbladder back in April – first surgery for me and first hospital stay barring giving birth to my kids. Definitely makes for a memorable moment I’d say. I just wish they had realised I would totally have taken that gallbladder home! Or at least wanted to look at it. Basically, I was told after the fact, that when they took it out it was completely hard. It was basically one big gall stone as many large gallstones had embedded in the lining and encrusted the organ. TMI perhaps… but OMG how KEWL! (Science/Medical geek alert… 😉 )
  2. I started training Jiu Jitsu and MMA. I started feeling stronger, more fit, and less like a potential victim. I took some knocks and earned some bruises…. I’m so bummed I’ve not been able to do it for awhile, but soon as I can I will find a new gym and get back to the martial arts.
  3. I started writing fiction again after many, many years – and started a fiction blog as well! It’s been satisfying adventure to say the least so far, and I intend not to let fiction go as far by the wayside anymore.
  4. I’ve met some AMAZING people – both online and offline. One of which was T4MK4T – someone I met in person before I moved and we really connected… I knew we were destined to be besties… I also had started a new position and met amazing people in my boss and coworkers that I loved being around… and then… I suddenly moved. 😦 But as you can see, she has since started a blog at my encouragement… so she is also an online bosom buddy now 🙂 There are a few other bloggers I have connected with that I also feel have inspired me, made me laugh, made me think… Clearly with my past reblogs and this post, I quite enjoy Paul.e.Bailey’s blog… but I’ve started connecting with people like kirascribbled, Simon Farnell, Echo, and fattymccupcakes… Some more than others – but all seem to be pretty awesome bloggers… sooo… check them out!
  5. Okay, last but not least… my year went down hill when I suddenly had to move back to the US. I’m trying to remain happy and go with the flow… but it’s hard when there seems to be punches coming at me from all sides. We’re starting to settle, but still having some struggles… plus… I just really did not want to leave Australia. I wasn’t prepared to leave my gym, my friends, my job… I wasn’t prepared to come back to the US when I hadn’t intended to come back for many years. I arrived on election day which just solidified the dread I felt accompanying coming back.

Okay, so there are my 5 most memorable things about 2016, Mr Bailey. 😛 as far as answering your last query: I am ever so glad you started blogging – your blog is a delight in my opinion and I find you a very talented writer – which also leads on to you finishing your manuscript: I can’t wait to read it once you undoubtedly become published! I may demand a signed copy!! LOL I am also ever so glad that your mum was diagnosed early enough and that she had such an amazing medical team that was able to get her on her current road to recovery. That must have been a tough and scary time…. I’m sure it will still be tough for her while recovering… But I’d wager the worst is over now. *Knock Wood.*

I agree as well that resolutions are silly in the way that they should be made throughout the year instead of attributed to an arbitrary date. This year I do have some goals I wish to achieve moving forward that I had been thinking “when I get to Wisconsin” would need to be the starting point for most things. It just so happened that we literally arrived in our new house on New Years Day. So I suppose this time I really will be doing “New Year New Me” – though I’ve always held disdain for that phrase. I hold disdain for most phrases of that caliber. “Let go and let God,” for instance royally grates on my nerves. Anyway, I digress…

Any goals I have I will save for my new bucket list type post now that I closed off the last one… so we won’t go there now.

In which our heroine pushes her new site again

Hey guys! Grace part 10 posted this AM over at my new fiction site raeavljus.wordpress.com …getting intense again and only two more parts until it’s wrapped up in a few days… please check it out and tell your friends! Oh, and follow… you know, whatevs… 😚

Grace part 6 is posted

Hello Lovelies. Just FYI Grace part 6  is posted at my new fiction site. I promise I won’t post about it here every time something is published over there… But… for now… Still wanna say: Please come check out my new fiction site – share, like, follow 🙂

Thanks Babes 🙂

New Fiction Site

Ok, so I started a fiction site with my real name – please check it out/share/follow etc 🙂 I’m still setting it up and I will be scheduling my current fiction to post over the next few days there to start populating the site.

Can someone please do me a favor and check to see how the gravatar shows up – I haven’t added the new site to it… not sure if it automatically shows up and still lists this site from there? (Edit: screw it, I changed my gravatar info just to be safe)

Anyway… Here is the first post, check it out!

https://raeavljus.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/emily/