Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yeah, I know you were all waiting for the "I'm thankful for blogging" post.
Well, here it is!

So, one thing I'm pretty grateful for is blogging. Can you believe I've been doing it for almost 4 years? When I first started, I had no idea what it would turn into, but I love it. I love how I'm doing "journal keeping" much more consistently than I have since I was a lovesick teenager. I love how it keeps me feeling connected with my family and friends. And I also love how it helps me make new friends. Because of blogging, I actually feel like I can have an adult conversation with interesting people on a daily basis. How wonderful is that?

Part of being a blogger means being tagged and awarded sometimes. are some awards I've been given lately.

From Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm (I call her the ♥Queen♥ of ♥hearts♥ in my mind):

I hereby award these to every single one of you, because I do love your blogs and you are all great blog friends. Some of you are even great real life friends. :)

From Keyona at The New Norm (this one does double duty and comes with a tag):
6 things I value:

a. My family.

b. My religion and all that comes with it: A belief in God and Jesus Christ especially.

c. Good books.

d. My education.

e. My friends.

6 things I do not value:

a. TV (I could totally do without it).

b. A messy house. I only value it when it's clean. :)

c. Rap music. Which is not music at all.

d. Brussel Sprouts.

e. Debt (Thanks, Keyona...that was a good one, and I had to copy it).

Finally, another tag from Stacey at Taylor Tidbits:

1. Write your name with both your left and right hands.

Well, I am right-handed, but tend to do several things with my left hand, too. I often eat with my left hand, for instance. When I am writing on a chalkboard, I will often do it with my left hand and not notice, but that is easier than writing on paper with a pen. I kind of wanted to wait and do this tag later so that I could practice my left hand writing and amaze everyone, but I really probably wouldn't have done it, so I just did it. So there you go. Feel free to analyze my handwriting if you want.
2. List five of your 50/50's (things you are torn between, or that you like equally):

Wow. This one was somewhat hard for me. I've never actually thought about it, I guess.

a. Bria and Chloe and Sophia (I guess they are 33.3/33.3/33.3).

b. Christmas and Halloween.

c. Utah and Arizona.

d. Opera and Musical Theater.

e. Candy Corn and Twix bars.

3. List five of your pet peeves:

a. Whiny children.

b. Soggy bread (this is more than a pet peeve. I will definitely throw up if I have to touch it, or worse, eat it, unless it's a bread bowl with soup, I've discovered. I know this because I had one last night and the sogginess didn't even bother me).

c. A messy house

d. Misspelled words and phrases. Things like a lot (this is actually two words people!) and their/there/they're, your/you're and it's/its mix ups really bug me, although I'm guilty of not paying attention sometimes myself. But I change it as soon as I notice, I promise!

e. The Twilight craze.

4. List five things that you think don't mix well:

Oh this one is so easy for me. I have a serious issue with meat and fruit together. The. Worst. Thing. Ever. Soooooo.....

a. Turkey and cranberry sauce.

b. Ham and applesauce.

c. Salmon and berry sauce.

d. Chicken and peaches.

e. Pork chops and pineapple.

And there you have it. One of the reasons that blogging is kind of cool. If you want to find a bunch of awesome bloggers, look at my sidebar. I've got family bloggers and bloggers I knew from BYU (although some people are lumped into this category that I have known much longer or met a little differently, but they still attended BYU, so there you go), and bloggers that are my friends from our time in Arizona and plenty of bloggers from where I'm currently living. Then there's the big long list of even more blogs which are mostly people I've never met in real life, although some of them I have. Here is where I must also mention I'm thankful for RSS feeds and Google reader, or I would never get off the computer!

Happy Wednesday!

Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. It's so fun to get to know you better! I agree with you on the meat and fruit thing. And the spelling thing.

  2. Seriously who puts peaches with chicken...gross!!! Cool post...I feel like I've known you for years. :0)

  3. Four years, I can't believe that you have been blogging for four years. That is cool.

  4. On your peeves--I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see D and E. I like you more all the time!

  5. I love the things you are torn between, but candy corn and twix bars? There is no contest there! :)

    And congrats on almost four years. That is impressive!

  6. Great tags!! It was nice to get to know you better!! I also agree with all of your things that don't mix well!!

  7. Very fun blog to read. Soggy bread is gross, but I also like soup in bread bowls. Hm, maybe I'll try to see if I can make that for dinner tonight. Thanks for the idea!

  8. Ahhh you are so-oooo sweet! Thank you for making my day bright! You deserve the awards and are awesome! ♥ Hugs!

  9. I agree that I am grateful for blogging. Some days it is the only connection that I have to the "outside" world. I am glad that i actually know you, not just through your blog (but your blog is the first one that I check every morning!)I don't mind the meat and fruit mixing so much, but I agree with the soggy bread (except for bread bowls) but I hate fruit and cream!! Like orange cream sickles, or orange julius's or cream soda. Nasty!!

  10. hello!

    what a great way to "get to know you" on my first visit. ;)

  11. Sorry, my spelling is atrocious. I hope you will still like me anyways! I will usually catch misspelled words(like the ones you pointed out) after I hit enter to make a comment. EEEK! I know you don't watch T.V. but I always compare it to the Sienfield episode when George tries to sneak in a home to erase his phone message. Wish I could erase my messages! OOH Well! I do have a disclaimer on my BLOG-excusing me for my illiteracy!

  12. You'll be glad to know that I've carefully scrutinized your handwriting and here's what I found:

    you're (not your) funny!

    you have above-average intelligence (see pet peeves, letter e)

    your blog rocks.

    See? Very accurate...

  13. What about sweet and sour chicken, or lemon chicken. I LOVE them! The stuff you listed, on the other hand, hmmmm. I just made bread bowls on Monday. Great minds think alike :)

  14. Seriosuly, I can't believe we're friends and you love opera.
    It's a stretch for me.

  15. Hooray for blogging! So much more efficient than pen-pals, and such a great way to get to know people you'd otherwise never meet! Thanks for keeping up with your blog—I love hearing your thoughts.

  16. I am more annoyed and aware of my bad spelling than anyone else. I guess that is pretty self explanatory in my previous comment.
    I am so a not offended. I don't get offended even if someone was trying to offend me I wouldn't get it.

  17. LOOK SEE! I wrote so A not! WHAT THE!

  18. You do have some meat and fruit issues, don't you? And I'm with you on the soggy bread. Can't eat bread pudding, french onion soup, etc. Those things are just wrong.

  19. that is so cool 4 years.. i want to be able to post daily but my thoughts just seem funny whne i type them. maybe i should try anyways. Thanks for posting everyday and giving me something from the out side world to look forward to

  20. My dad puts applesauce on pizza. Really.

  21. 4 years is amazing! I've been blogging since March, but sometimes it feels like an eternity.

    And I am so happy that the Twilight craze is your pet peeve.

  22. Love your list 1

    The Twilight craze is fast becoming a pet peeve with me too...

    However, I have no context to have formed that opinion.

    I'm not hot for it but I would like to know for myself what all the fuss is about.

    Reminds me of The Beatles craze of the 60's...I'm going to try the first book but from the reviews I've read, I probably won't finish it !

  23. Lynn: I read all 4 books trying to discover what the craze was about. I was expecting to be transfigured or something from the way people go on about it, but I wasn't. I don't mind if other people like the books, they're just not my cup o' tea. What I do mind is the looks of horror I get when I announce that I don't love the book. Since when are we not allowed to have differing opinions on literature?

    Anyway, sorry for the diatribe there! :) Good luck reading the books, you'll have to let us know how you feel about them.

  24. Yay for bloggy friends. (I'm thankful too) Holy awards batman. You're totally worthy, that's for sure.

  25. I knew there was something I liked about you, the twilight craze pet peeve, is making me Pee my pants!!!!! LOLOLOLOL

    me too! how funny!

    thanks for playing along, I like your handwriting :)

  26. Thanks for the comment! I didn't know they don't double there. They are actually quadroupling- I have no clue how to spell that- right now! I didn't know they even did that!

  27. We can still be friends even though you don't love Twilight! ;)

    Amd I'm thankful for your blog too!

  28. This is my first Thanksgiving as a blogger and I already did the "thankful for blogging" post. . . I didn't know it was so totally overdone already. Oops! ;)

  29. fun post. agree especially with your pet peeve 3/d about misspelling, etc.

  30. That 5o/5o tag was cool. Fun entry!

  31. So does this mean that you keep your house clean? Because I despise a dirty house as well, but that means that I despise my house all but maybe one hour out of the day.

    And I've come to the conclusion that if you don't like brussel sprouts, it's most likely because you haven't had them prepared properly.

  32. BUT...

    Have you tried pork chops and applesauce??

    Love that combo. (well, and turkey/cranberry)

  33. Porkchops and pineapple? Ewwww that sounds nasty!

    I read the twilight books, and kept waiting for the amazing part to start. All I wanted to do was gouge my eyes out with forks.

    'Cept I have terrible spelling. Hope we can still be friends!