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I just won Without a Backward Glance by Kate Veitch from Diary of an Eccentric.

Can’t wait to give it a read!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-01-04

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Question to my favorite actor

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Thursdays Thoughts asks: If you could ask that one famous Hollywood Star ONE question… what would it be?

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If I could ask him only one question, I would ask him, “Have you ever thought to attempt to get roles in Western films?

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I just got an email notification that I won a copy of Mark LaFlamme’s Dirt: An American Campaign from Puss Reboots.

I checked out the Amazon review for the book and it has gotten nothing but 5 and 4 star ratings. I’ve never read a ‘political thriller’ type book– the genre is somewhat outside of what I normally read. This makes me even more excited to read Dirt, though, because it’s unexplored territory. If the book is as good as the reviews say, it just might be the right book to spark a new interest in me.

Time will tell. And, as always, I promise to give a review when I am done.

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Did Some Lady Shopping

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Alfred and I went to the mall today (the MacArthur Center) to walk around and get out of the house. After so long in doors, I start to get myself into a state where I am easily upset. I admit it. Boredom grates and wears on me. Before long, I’m almost constantly overwhelmed by a sense of sameness, of deadening idleness. When I am in these moods, it is impossible to please me. I am impossible to satisfy. I just… hate everything around me for being the same old things. Just getting out and being in public, looking at things and flipping through objects I have no desire to own but want to see, is refreshing.

But, it’s also nice to buy things! I’m still a girl, you know, and it makes me happy to get new things.

First, Alfred bought me these shoes. They were on sale. I need a good pair of black high heels. I was really lucky to find them in 5 and a half, which fits me perfectly. Usually, 5 and a half is too large for me as I typically wear a size 5, but these were just right. Seriously, you have no idea… okay, maybe some of you out there with small feet do know. It’s hard to find good adult shoes in small sizes. Once the sizes get down to size 5, everything is kiddie and childlike in style and there are certainly no good heels because, you know, your typical 12 year old doesn’t wear heels and they are the ones with size 5 feet. It’s very frustrating for me when all of the good shoes are size 6 and above. They don’t make this world for tiny people, I tell you.

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Like them? I love them. I can’t wait to find an opportunity to wear them. Alfred needs to take me somewhere nice so that I can wear these shoes.

Now I just need a good pair in brown and red and I will be all set!

I also decided that I wanted some cute underwear. Actually, I got these a few days ago. I bought the silver and black ones for a friend but then I decided to keep them myself because they were just too cute for words. I got both pair from Hot Topic’s clearance rack. I think both pair were about $3 a piece, so $6 for both.

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Though, I need to work on my bikini line before I can wear those. I’ve let it go. I can’t stand shaving it every day to keep it from getting prickly and uncomfortable, not to mention razor burn sucks. I don’t want to keep waxing because it’s just too expensive and too messy. Doing it at home hurts. So, Alfred bought me one of those Smooth Away things. True, it won’t get me as smooth as waxing, but it also won’t be so time consuming and won’t cause ingrown hairs. Even if I have to do it as much as shaving, at least least I won’t be standing in a shower giving myself razor burn.

It’s worth a try if it makes things easier on me.

Postcard from Holland

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I got my newest post card from Postcrossing. This one comes from Holland.

I am still waiting on my 4th postcard to make it to its destination. I hope that it does! Mail can run so terribly slow sometimes, so my 4th postcard just might be still on its way. It’s really fun to get postcards from all over the world. I need to go out and get some new ones, but I can’t seem to find any that I like at any of the stores I find postcards at. I don’t want to send some postcard that looks like a Photoshop disaster, though! I am being exceedingly picky, I know, but it’s a matter of pride and of representing my world properly.

I like to send mine out in twos, so here’s to finding a gorgeous patch of postcards somewhere. And at some place that doesn’t charge more than $.35 for a piece of colored paper!

My Top 10 Wordpress Plugins

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One of the best things about using Wordpress is getting to install and play around with various plugins. I am a full on plugin addict as you can see from my plugin list.

Plugins allow users more content and design manageability while also adding cool features for site visitors. The right plugin can improve the way the site runs, make navigation easier, smooth out the back end, and just make a more unique site. For me, I install plugins that will allow me to do things more efficiently, or that will allow me to personalize my site to my pleasure.

So, these are my top ten Wordpress plugins in no particular order.

  1. Amazon Reloaded for Wordpress- I use this one every day. What this one does is add an Amazon search function to your post/page add pages. If you have an associates ID, you can add it and rack of some affiliates credits for money or gift cards. Instead of having to log onto Amazon to make associate links or to find products, you can do that within your own Wordpress admin panel. It works great. And it’s a great way to make extra money.
  2. MiniManager- This is another one that I use almost every day. If there is a common line of text or HTML that you add to all of your pages that you find yourself typing out or copy/pasting over and over again, this plugin will save you time. All you do is make a ‘block’ of it and insert it using a short code in your post like {text}. It will just auto insert your line or HTML coding. For all of my Book Giveaway posts, I use a block {bookgiveaways*} to insert that massive bunch of text before each entry. It saves me tons of time.
  3. Events Calendar- I just think it’s awesome to have a calendar with what I am going on my blog.
  4. Livejournal Crossposter- I like livejournal and I like having LJ friends and joining communities. But, it was a hassle having to take every post of mine and copy and paste it into LJ. Now, with this plugin, it is done automatically. Awesome.
  5. Cross-Linker- This is another time saving plugin for me. This one assigns links to specific words or phrases. With this plugin, instead of having to search out links and create a link, the link is automatically created when you type the word in. Observe: postcrossing. See how that became a link? All I did was type the word itself and the plugin changed it into a link with the URL I assigned.
  6. Extended Comment Options- I like this one because it allows others to reply to comments or quote comments. Since some of my pages have to do with Myspace games, this plugin lets visitors answer the questions of others.
  7. WP to Twitter- This one creates a Tweet notifying your Twitter friends that you have a new blog entry posted. It’s an easy way to direct traffic to your website.
  8. Clean Archives Reloaded- What do I like about this one? I like that the archives page is dynamic. When you go to the page, you see a bunch of months with numbers next to them. When you click a month, you are given a list and link for every entry made that month. You can expand and contract as your heart desires. It’s clean and easy navigation. You can check mine out here.
  9. Now Reading- I was unsure about this one at first because it took some serious style tweeking to get it to show up right on my page. But after I figured out where the code was weak, I was able to get it to work. Now I just love that I get to create a page with my current 2009 reading list.
  10. CformsII- Easy to make and integrate forms. What’s not to love?

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Got a new postcard

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I got my newest postcard from PostCrossing! This one comes all the way from Great Britain.

I sent out two when I did my Christmas cards in early December, but only one was registered as received, which is disappointing. Things get lost along the way, it can’t be helped! Still, I want all of my post cards to get where they are going.

Friday5: Seconds

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  1. What’s a dish you always go back for seconds of, even if you know you’ve had enough?
  2. My mother’s Chicken Alfredo with fried chicken. It’s soooo good. It makes me miss my mother like crazy right now that she’s not here to make it fo rme.

  3. For how many seconds can you hold your breath?
  4. I just attempted it to see and I was able to do it for 35 seconds! Is that bad or good?

  5. What was the second-best thing about your New Year’s celebration?
  6. The awesome sleep I got instead of celebrating New Years!

  7. What was your most recent second-hand purchase?
  8. None. :( I haven’t purchased anything second hand in a long, long time. Though, I want to look for some used book stores in the area or cruise thrift stores to see what is up. I want some new books, but I can’t afford them full priced.

  9. A second-degree burn on human skin can be identified by the blistering it causes. When did you last suffer a second-degree burn?
  10. It was quite some time ago, almost a year, but I still have a scar on my right thumb from it. The skin where the burn was it slightly darker than the rest of the skin. It really hurt. I was stupid when I reached my hand in the oven and touched my skin to the top element. Oh man, it HURT.

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Birds are eating the roof!

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I was awoken this morning by the sound of what can only be described as thumping and scraping on the roof. To be honest, it sounded like some big man was up there walking around and pulling on stuff. It was a full of racket of noise. Being that this house is a two story, it struck me as kind of odd. But what stuck me as oddest still was the fact that no one should have been on the roof. Not that anyone here tells me what is going on, so there might have very well been a reason for someone to be on the roof doing something.

Still, I went to Alfred and woke him up and he told me, “it’s just leaves blowing around.”

I KNEW that wasn’t what it was. No. Definitely not. It was too loud and the sounds were too heavy to be leaves or branches.

So, I made him get up and follow me to where the sound was the loudest and that was when alarm bells went off in his head. Definitely not leaves.

He went up there with a ladder or something and discovered that a crow was up there pecking and scraping away. Now he is all worried that the crow put a hole in the roof and I don’t know what to say to either confirm or ease his fears. Is it possible for a bird to poke a hole in your roof? He couldn’t have been up there pecking away for more than, gosh, thirty minutes. Alfred went into the attic to take a look and didn’t see a hole, but I think he is still worried that there’s something there.

I guess I need to learn ways to keep birds off of the roof. Maybe build a scarecrow up there?

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