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Start of the day

Okay, now this may sound, well I don’t know. For a few months my days started out with wonderful posts (well a wonderful post) each morning. Much motivation to get out of bed and start my day. Well the posts have been dwindling and so has my gumption to get up and go.

Not today, not a post I wanted. I could have done with out one. But not a bad post and positive for some others. Truly, no bitterness and much love to the other. I happen to like those posts, just not the first one.

I still got out of bed, did my arm and shoulders exercises(hey no exorcist today!) and downed the god-awful protein drink. Normally I love chocolate, somehow they missed the mark on this one. But I will drink it because, honestly I don’t have the money to waste buying a new bag of supplements. Maybe by the time I am done with it I will have a way to make it palatable.

Now, well my day is better, my kid’s not so much. Bus is running late and I am an hour away.

But, in my post missmypicturehessomeantome pout, I have realized something. I should be grateful for what I have.

To a better morning and a better day.

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Share Your World – week 2 for me

This is my contribution to Cee’s Photography blog challenge. I have to say I am absolutely enjoying this two weeks in. What a wonderful way to start the week.

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

Well, if anyone saw my InstaGram account, there are no pictures of me. I don’t happen to like the way I photograph and try my best to avoid the camera. However, my loving sister snapped one while I was moving boxes for our mother in the attic yesterday… <I must go delete that…>

What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

Honestly? And this may sound sad to some, but it was the online chat during a stream I was watching. I mean, how else do you meet people from around the world for pennies? So many views, so many ideas. I have to admit I have more story ideas fly through my head during these hours long, there really is no way to describe the chat, ‘cept as good, eclectic conversations.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Coffee, I say this knowing I should not be drinking it. I’ll have to find another extravagance. lol

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

I don’t know.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Grateful for? This time around my sister, simply because while we don’t see eye to eye on many things, (and I will be a grown up and admit she’s usually right) she gets me. Simply put.

Forward for this week? Seeing my muse online, and getting my butte in gear. My book of poems was a flop. So, time to get back on that horse and write another short story, or finish the few I have in the notebooks. 🙂

Share your World

Looking through my readers list I found a link to Cee’s Share your World. Ever the curious bunny, I hopped on over. This is actually week 40 for the blog challenge. So I am picking it up late. It could be fun, all I can do is give it a try. This week is a list of 4 questions (in bold below), beneath each I will give as much of an answer as I can with where time stands.

You’re given $500,000 dollars tax free (any currency), what do you spend it on? 

$500,000 just out of the blue? Oh that would be one of those blessings in life. I would pay off all my bills… and then put money away for my son’s college. As for the bit left, do I really want a house? I might put away enough to make sure I could rent a decent place for the next six years. Then afterwards I could move closer to work. I know some would be put away for my 50th birthday present (a long ways away it is…). After all that? I am pretty sure it is spent.

What’s the finest education?

The finest education? What a parent can give a child. There are many things I have learned along the way that I wish my parents had taught me. Now I am doing my best to pass those lessons down. As for one of the hardest lessons to swallow, take responsibility for your actions be they good or bad.You chose to make them.

What kind of art is your favorite? Why?

The written word. I cannot think of any other that lets you be an artist of your own as your mind creates the images depicted by the words on a page.

Is there something that you memorized long ago and still remember?

“Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary. Suddenly there came a tapping. As if someone gently rapping. rapping on my chamber door.”

I remember the gist of the rest of the Raven by Edgar Allen Poe, but to try to write more I would completely butcher the poor thing. It’s the cadence of the words that I remember the most.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Looking back, that I am finally finding the strength to move forward with my dreams once again. And looking forward? To finally be done with the book of poems. Though it kind of feelings like I am breaking up with it. 🙂

Gaming Systems and games through the times

Now I am not an expert nor will I ever be. I have had the privilege to follow a few gamers on the streaming site, Twitch. If you haven’t been to the site and are a gamer/nerd/geek/techy-person, GO!! There are some great personalities and some not so great.  Depends on what you are looking for and from what I have seen there may be a little something for everyone.

Ok, so not the point of this post. On the chat I was participating in, realizing there was a great chance I am older than most of the people there (know for a fact I have a decade on the stream-owner), we got to talking about operating systems. Oh, boy do I know I am old.

I grew up playing Claim Jumper on the Atari 400, learned how to type on it too. But Claim Jumper was fun, running from snakes and tumble weeds, getting gold. The day when a joy-stick operated game was just that, a joy-stick. At the same time we had the old Atari 2600, Pac-Man, Pong, Asteroids!!  Those were simple games. Fast forward a decade and we got an Original Super Nintendo with Super Mario Brothers. Not so simple joy-stick and a headache, dang Kupas kept getting me. LOL

Jump ahead another decade- internal online gaming. Oh, it didn’t last for long we took up to much bandwith on the LAN. But it was fun while it lasted. No shoot-em-up first playing games while on the sea. One word for you, SEASICK. At the same time I was learning how to play nice with the boys and shoot up aliens and each-other, I had delved back into card gaming: Magic: the Gathering. I am now kicking myself in the butt. I had probably $20,000 dollars worth of cards- split it between the neighborhood kids when I left. <sniff>

Lets time-warp: EVERQUEST!!! Oh I had all the expansions right until they started to come out with Everquest2. I had a blast, it was the greatest reward, get all the housed-hold stuff done, complete homework, then spend all night gaming! I had friends, well internet ones. But the funny thing is, I actually did have real world I see during the week friends who I played with. Camping MOBs, doing quests, getting stuck in worlds where I was the wrong level and someone from the guild had to come save me. That was often. I played a mage-gnome and loved it. Mages rule! Not paladins. hmmmph… But sad to say, online fees and real life didn’t add up and I had to quit playing.

Fast forward, oh a year or two… WebKins. I would have never started playing this but within the largeness of our family there were a few little ones who wanted to play this. Not a problem, I being the responsible-have-no-clue-gaming Aunt played. And spent more money than I should of on a fad that quickly went by the wayside. Still have the squishy toys somewhere.

A few Leapster games, and now in the house we everything from original Gameboy- to the new PS4 with Destiny-beta. I so suck at that, its those joysticks I tell you!!

Personally I have just got back into gaming and enjoy watching people more than the play, though my fingers are itching to get back to the keyboard and I am literally drooling over a gaming system I looked at online – $4560.00. Yeah, okay a little much, but I would be able to do everything and Publish. A bit much?

So now, to assuage the check-a-book, I am playing Hearthstone and yes I will be doing the game the old fashioned way. Earning my cards by completing quests. Slow going.

But hey! I can watch Hearthstone online and learn what cards to put in what decks, and yes, I am playing a Mage mainly. Have to level up the other 8 heroes first. Slow going… Fun though. Then, then once the real world decides to play nice and says there is no more debt…. New computer and WOW here I come!!!

A week’s review

This was a productive week to an extent that  I am trying to write in between two full-time jobs, my actual job and my being a parent. Maybe that is two and a half full time jobs?

A real quick re-cap of the week…

Well, I have Shoulders and Zippers out to beta readers and my personal editor (love my grandma-twice-removed).  I still need to write the synopsis. (oops)

I have wip at 1500 of 5000.

I have the start of another in pieces. I learned my other wip’s deadline was moved back.

Ask and Answer finally got the first part out. They’ve been yelling at me for a while.

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