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Journal Away…Aug 15-21

August 15
Question? What do you like best about your body today?
Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards - Arrivals
(Photo from I wish I looked that good! πŸ™‚

Year 2012
My hair. I recently had it cut short and I really like it. It is a nice change and easy to take care of.

Year 2013
Well…that’s a bad question! πŸ™‚ I suppose my legs. I have only a few old lady markings but in good shape. Exercising again so will be shaping up!

August 16
Question? What question do you love to answer?

Year 2012
None. I am horrible with answers.

Year 2013
Trivia questions! I love game shows and seeing if I know the answer. πŸ™‚

August 17
Question? If you had to spend five years in prison, what would you finally have the chance to do?

Year 2012
Sleep and write. Enough said. πŸ™‚

Year 2013
Read. Sleep. Write. I am sure I would go totally nuts!

August 18
Question? What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
(Photo from I wish I was that thin and curvy! πŸ™‚ Working on it. πŸ™‚

Year 2012
My capris! I love spring and fall time when I wear them the most. Comfy!

Year 2013
My shorts. Love warm weather. I have a tan this year and look alright in them. I am medium baked! πŸ™‚

August 19
Question? _______really bothered you today.

Year 2012

Year 2013
Lazy the cat! He wanted on my lap a lot when I was at the computer. Goofball!
(Photo from Looks just like him. What a goof! πŸ™‚

August 20
Question? Whose team are you on?

Year 2012
Family — Us.

Year 2013
Team family all the way. I think it is important to have a good loving relationship with one another or life sucks.

August 21
Question? In 140 characters or fewer, summarize your day.

Year 2012
Relaxing. Busy. A different life for awhile.

Year 2013
Woke up. Social media. TV. Read. Exercised. Laughed. Wrote. Great day!

What was your day like?

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Journal Time Aug 8-14

August 8
Question? Do you make enough money?

Year 2012
Hubby does. I’m unemployed by choice right now. Self-employed artist and writer with no income. πŸ™‚

Year 2013
Hubby does, but getting close to retiring and then uh oh. I’m an unemployed, by choice, writer. Soon to be looking for a job. πŸ™‚

August 9
Question? Write down your last sent text message.

Year 2012
I delete mine all the time. I don’t really text a whole lot. Mostly the hubby and the kiddos.

Year 2013
I deleted it before reading this question. Usually don’t text much. No one really texts me much. πŸ™‚

August 10
Question? What are you running from at this moment?

Year 2012
Small town life for awhile. Not because I hate it, just ready for a change, maybe it is mid-life crisis time. πŸ™‚

Year 2013
How much weight I have gained since high school so therefore MIRRORS! πŸ™‚ Working at that weight issue though. πŸ™‚

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August 11
Question? How many stamps are in your passport?

Year 2012
None. Zero. Nada.

Year 2013
Absolutely zero! I hope to change that in the near future. I guess I better have a job first. πŸ™‚

August 12
Question? What is your resolution for tomorrow?

Year 2012
Get this place organized. Unpack from moving across the state!

Year 2013
Edit my novel I have wrote. Step it up and get this book done!

August 13
Question? What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?

Year 2012
Sleep in a little. Family time. Chill. Relax.

Year 2013
Chill out of course! I like to sometimes cook a big breakfast. Watch a bit of TV with the hubby. Watch one son bowl when it is bowling season. Watch the other son play football.

August 14
Question? Did you complete your to-do list for the day?

Year 2012
Heck no, I am a procrastinator.

Year 2013
Nope. Some done though. Yay! My lists are usually really long. I guess I feel I have to be a super hero or something. πŸ™‚

I did get the emails read, the boys’ laundry done, went to the YMCA and worked out, read blogs, and wrote this blog. πŸ™‚

Yes I have lists on my phone, on paper, and all electronics…still don’t get them done. πŸ™‚

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My Newest Author/Art Website!

Check it out!Β Β Β
There is even some great banners for all sorts of products for shopping. I get a small commission of what you buy. πŸ™‚
Thank you!

I will be adding more art as I get it done! πŸ™‚

The boys will be back in school in two days! Yes!

I have enjoyed them this summer, they actually didn’t fight as much as previous summers. A definite plus!

IΒ should be able to get a few things more done with a bit of peace and quiet. I hope. πŸ™‚

I tend to run into that procrastinator person once in awhile. 😦

On the writing page there is a link for my book. It is from beginning to what I have completed for editing thus far. I know some might want to read from the beginning instead of in the middle. I hope to really go full force this month and get-er done! πŸ™‚ Only 17 more chapters to go….

Hoping everyone hasΒ a great school year, August, etc etc….don’t want to say Fall yet because I LOVE summer!


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Journal…Aug 1 – 7

August 1
Question: Do you need a cold shower?
Year 2012
Nope. πŸ™‚
Year 2013
Nope, weather has been ok, not too hot.
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August 2
Question: Describe the room you’re in right now.
Year 2012
My bedroom. Oberlin. Blue. Calm. Warm. Cozy. Large.
Year 2013
Our cozy little bedroom/office. Tan walls and carpet. Small area with lots of things around it. One bulletin board and one poster. Need some artwork! πŸ™‚

August 3
Question: What do you lie about?
Year 2012
My feelings at times. Just don’t want to talk about them out loud. Never have.
Year 2013
Feelings. Like what I am thinking. Don’t always want to spill the beans to anyone.

August 4
Question: When was the last time you were on an airplane?
Year 2012
I think 2004. Chicago trip with the college art club. It was fun.
Year 2013
It was 2004. Suppose to this coming weekend but it might be changed.
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August 5
Question: Today you destroyed…..
Year 2012
A cup. Threw it away. Exciting…:)
Year 2013
I destroyed the laundry! Almost all done. A few towels left! Yes!

August 6
Question: Who are you?
Year 2012
A woman, middle age, happy, mom, and wife.
Year 2013
I am who I am and if people don’t like it than I’m not going to stress about it. I like me. πŸ™‚

August 7
Question: What was your last great meal?
Year 2012
Eating at Cracker Barrel for the first time! Yummy.
Year 2013
Red Lobster on Mother’s Day! Love seafood! It was with the hubby, thanks to the daughter watching the two younger boys.

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Journal…July 25-31 2013

July 25
Question? If you could hire any artist (living or dead) to paint your portrait, who would you pick?

Year 2012
Raphael, he would make me look beautiful. I love his paintings.
Year 2013
I did a search and found a UK artist, Kerry Regan. She does a beautiful job!
Below is an example of her work.
ashley-portrait by Kerry Regan
Her website is

July 26
Question? Are you working hard or hardly working?

Year 2012
Unemployed. Middle of moving to Ft.Riley/Junction City. So enjoying hubby home and the kids. A mix of working and not working. πŸ™‚
Year 2013
In the middle. Writing, learning, and creating while chasing two boys and cleaning house. πŸ™‚

July 27
Question? What can you smell right now?

Year 2012
Nothing. πŸ™‚ Paper. Ink. My deodorant. πŸ™‚
Year 2013
Fresh laundry towels out of the dryer! Warm, fluffy and smelling like spring flowers.

July 28
Question? Write a phrase to describe your year so far.

Year 2012
Very stressful and kinda lonely.
Year 2013
Pleasantly stress free and relaxing!

July 29
Question? What was the last road trip you took?

Year 2012
To Junction City looking for a place to live. Just hubby and I, was nice to be alone for a night. πŸ™‚
Year 2013
Our camping trip to S.D. with family. Lots of fun!

July 30
Question? Today was unusual because….

Year 2012
It was busy. Lots to get done. We are actually moving. It is real.
Year 2013
I achieved several things I needed done! I tend to get distracted! πŸ™‚

July 31
Question? Today were you a wallflower or social butterfly?

Year 2012
Wallflower. I really don’t socialize other than family. Need to change that.
Year 2013
Wallflower, but branching out to be a small social butterfly. Meeting more people. πŸ™‚

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