My Day Has Been Made

It’s not everyday that one of my ‘regular reads’ actually bids for a spot in my blog’s sidebar; I feel so honoured.

I reviewed each of the blogs who placed a bid, but I knew deep down that my mind was already made up…so take a moment to visit spoken for and say hello to Valerie for me :) .

When Did My Blog Get So Popular?

I’ve been renting my blog out on Blog Explosion for the past couple of weeks. The usual going rate? 40 credits. I figure it’s a fair price for a nice little spot over there in my sidebar.

When my last campaign ended and I decided to list my blog again, I figured I’d get one offer when I woke up. Well, I’d be wrong. I had four. When exactly did this blog get so popular? This is the first time I actually had to choose who’d be appearing in my sidebar…and it was tough.

The bidding blogs were all great in some way, but I finally went with Fuggetaboutit because it made me laugh out loud and, frankly, I needed a good laugh. So if you have a moment and need a good laugh, visit Tony at Fuggetaboutit.

Since I didn’t get a chance to, I’d like to offer a little linky love to the very first renter of my blog: ONEMANBANDWIDTH – great blog and worth a read.

The Ultimate Ambush – A Night Out With My Sisters

Have you ever seen an episode of Related? That new show on the WB about the sisters…well, we’re kinda like that – only it’s real life.

My sister called me last night and said she was going to kidnap me to take a quick trip to Wal*Mart, that turned into a sisters’ night out instead when we decided to include my other sister (my oldest sister is going to Brazil and she wanted us all to get together before she left).

That expanded to include their step mom and my nephew (an honorary sister) and after much indecision, we finally decided to visit Bahama Breeze. That initially turned out to be a good decision because they served regular martinis and I saw my opportunity to have my very first martini ever.

Then the waiter asked me if I’d like Vodka or Gin and that just complicated matters. After taking votes, I decided to go with Gin because I hadn’t tasted it before.

Well, that was my first and probably last martini ever. When my drink arrived, I took one giant sip…but it didn’t hurt right away…no, it took a few seconds before it started burning a trail to my stomach. By my third sip, I knew I was done. I felt no pain. finish reading »

When I’m Feeling Down…

I take heart in the fact that no matter how famous you are or how much money you have, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have any fashion sense.

I promise you all that when I become uber wealthy and famous, I will not fire my fashion consultant*.

*I will not be held accountable for those times when it’s really really early in the morning and have to go outside for one reason or another and consider my pajamas and bedroom slippers appropriate clothing because I’m too damn lazy to put on actual clothes.

Link Hopping and the Plight of Being Single

It’s amazing where link hopping can take you. I started at a post on Creating Passionate Users called Free Range Posts which lead me to a new blog called Alane By Day and then Build a Better Blog caught my eye from Alane’s blogroll.

I couldn’t resist clicking on the giant purple “Blog Squad to the Rescue” button which lead me to Smart at Love where a comment left by Priya Shaw piqued my interest.

I know Priya mostly from internet marketing and blogging related circles, so I was curious to see why she was commenting on a post called But he’s so fun. After reading the entry, I decided to visit her new website Single By Choice.

It reminded me of my current situation – single (yes, by choice). My sisters have been bugging me lately to settle down and have children or, at very least, start dating again. But, to be quite frank, I’m just not ready for it.

I say I’ll consider dating maybe sometime next year, but my sisters both say I shouldn’t try to “schedule” such things. Why not? Sure if Mr. Right showed up on my doorstep I’m not about to turn him away, but I’m also not going to put myself out there before I’m ready to. I’ve done that before and it didn’t work out well.

Right now I want to focus on my business and personal goals before I focus on affairs of the heart. I don’t plan to be a spinster all my life and would like to have children one day, I just don’t think that day will be today (or tomorrow). What is so wrong with wanting to be single anyway?

Sisters Are Good People

I was talking to my sister last night about what she wanted for her birthday and thinking about it just now made me smile.

Me: Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost your birthday.
Sissie: Me either.
Me: wow.
Sissie: What?
Me: You’re almost 36.
Sissie: 35!!
Me: Oops, sorry, I meant 35. Wow, 35.
Sissie: What?
Me: I was just thinking that one day I’m going to be that old.
Sissie: wha…thanks.

I really didn’t mean it the way it sounded; her birthday just reminded me of being 8 when becoming a teenager, let alone thirty something, was simply unfathomable.

We both got a good chuckle out of it. Sisters really are good people – they keep you young :) .

Where Were The Pimping Secrets When I Was In High School?

For anyone who’s ever aspired to become a pimp, much like I did way back in the day, I have good news for you — John Reese’s Pimping Secrets.

He must be out of his mind to be offering so many great bonuses o_O. By the time I got to “Bonus 5: John’s personal directory of vendors he uses from alley dentists to fit your platinum grill perfectly to the best places to buy used platinum chains and diamond crosses in almost new condition.” I was ready to lay down the cash.

I cannot wait until I, too, “have the best hoes in town and a chevy impala with shag carpet dash and 22″ rims”.

Katrina Blog For Relief Day

Sept 1 is blog for relief day to assist the survivors.

I’m left without t.v. until Sunday, so I am getting my news from the internet. If you haven’t heard yet, there are people being rescued from their roof tops.

Hurricane Katrina survivors being rescued from roof top
[img found via Frugal For Life]

I admit it, I cried when I saw that. Here I am complaining because a tree fell on my neighbor’s home and I couldn’t watch my stories on Sunday when people are in serious trouble.

I’ve already donated to the American Red Cross and from now through Sept 30, 2005 will donate $10 from each of my ebook sales.

Please, find it in your heart to help those whose lives have been torn apart by hurricane Katrina.

There are people who don’t know where all of their family members are, there have been people swept away by the flooding, and every one of these people are dire need of help.

If you can’t afford to donate money – no one will be mad at you, but they are also in need of clothes, food, and water.

Every. Little. Bit. Helps. If you need an even bigger incentive, there are some major karma points in it for you.

I have Angela to thank for wising me up to this. I would also like to throw a little linky love to Glenn’s roundup post and for the first time ever (at least on this blog), throw in a couple technorati tags for flood aid and hurricane katrina.

Life Is Never Long Enough….

I just heard that Corey Rudl just died this morning in a racing accident. Some of my readers may not know who Corey Rudl is, but a lot of you will. He was a vibrant young internet marketing genius. My heart broke when I read this story.

I know all too well how short life can be – one moment you are laughing, smiling, joking and just enjoying the person you love most only to find the next second you won’t even get the opportunity to say good bye. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

Death doesn’t care how old you are, how much money you have, or what you look like. Tell those close to you how you feel every moment you can.

Music? I liiiike music…

Thanks to Billyum, I’ve been passed the musical baton. He actually has a cute little post about conducting…and yes, conducting is difficult (even without the baton).

On with the meme…

Total volume of music files on my computer:
According to iTunes, I currently have 2,879 songs, which would take about 9.3 days to listen to, and taking up 13.06 GB of disk space.

Personally, I know there’s more because not all my songs are in that play list…but they’re scattered all over the place. Let’s call it an even 20 GB

The last CD I bought was:
To be quite honest, I really don’t remember, but the last CD in my book is The Best of Mendelssohn…however, I should note my CD books are organized by style and genre.

Song playing right now:
Nature Boy by Nat ‘King’ Cole

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

This is really hard.

Miss You by Aaliyah
Broken by Seether ft. Amy Lee
Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
Symphony #40 in G Minor, K. 550 (first movement: molto allegro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fields of Innocence by Evanescence

Bonuses my favorite flute & piccolo solos performed at S&E (worry not William, I’m a classical nerd too):
Vocalise by Rachmaninoff
La Flute de Pan – Pan Et Les Bergers by Mouquet
Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from Orfeo ed Euridice) by Gluck
Serenade by Haydn (this was never a solo of mine, but I did sight read it, and I always smile when I hear it)
Concertino by Chaminade
Just about anything by Telemann

Disclaimer: This list doesn’t even scratch the surface. And while searching for the links to the individual albums, I’ve now found a CD I must have…each of the songs (with the exception of 1) is a flute solo I’ve played one time or another – French Flute Favourites

Damn, this meme took on a life of its own.

Five people to whom I’m passing the baton:
Paul Short - just cuz I want to see what he listens to
Daisyhead – I know she likes music, and so far her taste seems pretty on point
J.A.S.O.N. - just cuz I feel like giving him more stuff to do :)
Tom – you’ve been awfully quiet
BJ – because you just need to relax and take a breather…

There are some other people I’d like to pass the baton to, but I’m hoping that they will get tagged by at least 3 of the 5 people I chose :)