Monthly Archives: June 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge : REFRESHING

One of the things I love about summer time is having fruit salad. I love going to get a variety of fruits, in season, and slicing/chopping them all up, and then chilling it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours so it’s nice and cold.  I find it very REFRESHING on hot, summer days.  Here is one I made today.  It is just pineapple, watermelon and kiwi, and it was delicious.  After I ate it, I remembered that I also had strawberries in my refrigerator.  I will add those to it tomorrow.




Five Question Friday

Wow…I’m not sure how this happened, but the whole week flew by and I only did one post.  Whoops!  And it’s almost the end of the day today, and I didn’t get my 5QF posted early in the day like I usually do.  My apologies.  Hopefully next week I’ll be more on top of things.

Without further ado, here is the weekly 5QF:



1. What is your current favorite tv show?

I have a few favorites:  True Blood, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.  All have just ended, but True Blood, which premieres it’s 4th season this Sunday.  I also secretly love to watch Keeping up with the Kardashians and Khloe & Lamar.

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got?

I think it was in like 6th grade or so.  I have very very thick hair, so I can’t handle most hair cuts and styles.  I decided I had wanted curly hair, so I had asked my mom if I could get a loose perm to give my hair some nice curls.  Well the lady did the curls super tight, and she had cut my hair shorter on the top (picture kind of like a mullet) and I looked like a poodle.  It was sooooo aweful.  I got picked on a lot at school.

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing?

smoking, believe it or not.  I was in 9th grade, so while technically that is not “child” age, I was still young.  It has been 4 years now since I have smoked.   I think at the time I had thought it was cool because my dad smoked, and a lot of his friends smoked, so it seemed like a “cool” adult thing to do.  I didn’t realize how bad it was for me and how dumb I really was for getting addicted to smoking.

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips?

My family doesn’t really do anything together since we are so far apart. Even when I was younger, we didn’t do many fun activities.  I would say, that it would be fun and frugal, now that it is summer time, to pack a great picnic, and walk or bike to a nearby park for your picnic.  Take some music, maybe some games and just enjoy being outside and together.  Then come home, pop some popcorn, get some different bags of candies (maybe from the Dollar Store or a local warehouse store in bulk) and set up a candy/snack station and watch some movies.

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly?

I did drive across the county once, when I moved to CA from NY.  I was on a limited time schedule so I didn’t get to stop and see any of the sites.  So I think I would love to be able to do that again one day, having time to stop and enjoy different places.  Though I usually prefer to fly, because I like to get to wherever I am going quickly, and I can get car sick.


Well, that’s my 5QF for this week.  I can’t believe it’s the last Friday for JUNE.  Where did the year go?   Have a great weekend.  Please feel free to answer the 5QF questions in my comments section or in your own blog post.

Weekly Photo Challenge : WORN

This picture was taken in one of the very poor villages that I had visited during my trip to Zambia, Africa in July 2008.  It is walls to a shelter, built completely out of old newspapers and plastic bags.  Due to climate changes and the effects of time, they have weathered and are freckled with holes, causing it to be a fitting picture for this weeks photo challenge of WORN.





Five Question Friday

TGIF!!  What a long week! I’m ready for the weekend, as soon as I can get through my work day today.  Here’s the latest installment of Five Question Friday.  As always, feel free to answer the questions for yourself in the comments or in your own blog post.

1. What is your favorite summer time activity?  I don’t necessarily have a favorite.  I do love going to the beach, but hardly make it there.  I also love to walk around at Farmer’s Markets, like to BBQ, and go on photography adventures.  I try to go to a few baseball games and stick around for the fireworks afterwards.

2. Do you have one laundry soap you stick to, or do you buy whatever’s on sale?  I prefer Tide, but there are times where I will get whatever is on sale.

3. What is your favorite dinner to make in the summer?  I love to BBQ some chicken and then cut it up and put in on top of a salad loaded with lots of veggies.  Also I like to grill salmon, chicken kabobs, and corn on the cob.

4. Do you have any talents?  I think that I consider myself as someone who can easily pick up a new musical instrument.  I am currently learning how to play the Native American Flute.  Also, I am very creative, so I would say my photography is one of my talents.

5. If you could instantly be an expert in something, what would it be? Why?    computers/technology!  I am still learning how to do different things with the blog, and I am so un-tech savvy.  I always have to ask one of my roommates how to do anything that involves technology/electronics.  I want to be able to understand it and do it on my own, and I hear that people who have careers in this field earn a nice little paycheck, which would be great 😉

Ask Me – Question 5




Today’s “ASK ME” question is:  “Would you be happier if you could be set for life financially or if you could have a wonderful husband who is everything you ever wanted and makes you sooo happy (knowing that his life would end in 5 years)?”

This question was from my great friend Cathi.



Why can’t I have both???!!  LOL.  Cathi has heard all my guy drama over the years, the happy times, the heart break, etc. But if I really think about it, my choice would always be to have a wonderful husband, even if he would die in 5 years.  I’m reminded of the quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

I have always dreamed of getting married and having my own family. And so far it has not gone according to my plan, lol.  But I have not given up home overall.  There are some days where I am more frustrated than others about being single, or having a bad date and thinking why do I bother.  I just need to remind myself that the “right guy” is out there somewhere, and having gone through all the crap I have gone through, I hope it will help me appreciate him more when I do meet him. I know what I want in a relationship and I think I know myself better now, which will help me to better prepare myself for a committed relationship and be able to give all of myself to that person.  I want to know and experience that true and unconditional love for someone and feel that in return.  It is worth more to me that all the financial stability, even in this rough economic time.   Don’t get me wrong, I would like to not have to worry about how I’m going to pay my bills and have a little bit in savings to fall back on, but in the end, money can never by love.   

Thanks for the great question Cathi 🙂

**This is part of a series I am doing where you, my wonderful readers, can ask me anything you want, whether in my comments section or using my BLOG THIS page.  I will then answer your question in a blog post and link back to your blog.**

Sepia Swords

For part of my birthday last year, I went to Medieval Times dinner and tournament.  You pretend that you are living back in the days of Kings and knights, etc.  You eat your meal with your hands, as you watch and cheer on the knight assigned to your section.  They throw javelins, do tricks with their horses, and even joust.   This picture is of some of the different swords and a breastplate, that would have been typical of that era.  I made it in sepia tone, as part of my weekly sepia scenes photography.

Have you ever been to Medieval Times?  What did you think?