May 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Fun, photos | 2 comments

May 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for May:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I now have over 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my April 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017 Edition

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in Fun, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week March 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Fiona the baby hippo
She was born six weeks premature and I have been following the Cincinnati Zoo’s twitter feed for updates. I am totally #TeamFiona
Fiona gets a ramp

Fiona gets weighed and a bigger bottle

 

2.The Hollow Crown
This has been around but we just discovered it. The BBC has done fabulous adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays. We got the DVDs of the first season from the library but might end up the full set.
The Hollow Crown
Season 1 is Richard II, Henry IV – Part 1, Henry IV – Part 2, and Henry V (Tom Hiddleston and Prince Hal/Henry V in the last three)

Season 2 is Henry VI – Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Richard III (Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III)

We’ve only watched the first two plays of Season 1. The productions are gorgeous and the cast is spectacular.

 

3. This pigeon
He marches to the beat of his own carousel.

 

4. This
Friends with benefits

 

5. Thinking before decorating
We might have to consider this
Scratching Post Furniture

 

6. “And then the murders began.”

This has been cracking me up all week. It’s way too much fun to try this with various books.
And then the murders began

Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. And then the murders began.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. And then the murders began.

“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. And then the murders began.

One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something, so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing. And then the murders began.

 

7. This monastery adopted a shnauzer
And it’s adorable

 

8. Choosing your battles
Choosing your battles

9. Steve ‘n’ Seagulls
I got totally lost in the rabbit hole of their videos. I now understand all the words of a few songs for the first time.

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls is a Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs.

 

10. This commentary on the weather
I can’t say I liked the weather this week but this commentary cracked me up.
All seasons in one day

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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March Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Fun, photos | 0 comments

March 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for March:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so in a couple of weeks I’ll hit 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my February 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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February Photo a Day Challenges

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Fun, photos | 2 comments

February 2017 Photo a Day Challenges

I have found a way to make daily photo prompts work well for me.

No single photo a day prompt list fully works for me. I choose to save several lists and choose one prompt each day from among those lists. I’m happy to say that I love this approach and it works great for me. I highly recommend it.

Here is a sample of the photo a day lists I’ll be using for February:
(click on the images to see larger versions)

If committing to a month at a time feels like too much, there are other weekly and daily options available on Instagram
There are several Instagram accounts that feature a new theme every day or every week. I follow these accounts and every once in a while they save me when I just don’t like any of the other prompts. These are all worth following on Instagram.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of using prompts for daily photos because it helps make a personal photo journal and also makes me look for inspiration throughout my daily life. It helps me to notice and appreciate the little moments and things every day.

I’ve been doing this since March of 2012 so I’m closing in on 5 years of daily photos.

Follow my Daily Photos on Instagram

These are the most liked of my January 2017 Photo a Day photos:

If you’re not doing a Photo a Day challenge I hope you’ll consider it because it’s a fun way to have a photo journal. If you are, great! Keep up with it. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the pick from many prompts each day approach.

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Reading Tracking Spreadsheet Nirvana

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Fun | 6 comments

I believe I have found reading tracking spreadsheet Nirvana

 

I have used a variety of excel spreadsheets over the years to track my books and reading.

 

I have one master that is all the books I’ve read or listened to since October of 2003

I also have a badly outdated TBR spreadsheet where I used to keep track of book I want to read and series I’ve started. I need to purge that one of these days. There are a lot of books and series on there that I’m no longer interested in reading.

For the past five or six years, I’ve used a variety of spreadsheets shared by other bloggers to keep track of my yearly reading stats. Some have worked better than others.

The one I’ve used for the past few years tracked most of what I wanted to track but there were a lot of columns on it that didn’t matter to me.

Earlier this week I started browsing for other reading tracking spreadsheets that might be available. Book folks love to share what they read and how they keep track of things so I knew I’d find options. Why recreate when I can take advantage of someone else’s expertise with excel formulas?

I found several. Some of which I quickly dismissed because they didn’t include audiobook listening time. Others were only focused on a couple of statistics.

 

Then I found Reading Tracking Spreadsheet Nirvana

Crini at All About Books  is a spreadsheet geek after my own heart. She has all kinds of posts about the spreadsheets she uses to track reading, books accumulated, series, review books, etc.

Seriously if you check through the posts for her spreadsheet category you’ll find all kinds of great stuff.

Her latest 2017 spreadsheet is fabulous.

First of all, it’s easy. You only have to enter the data on one sheet. All the overviews and specific stats are linked. It’s in Google Docs so all you have to do is save a copy of the empty spreadsheet.

The reason I love it is that not only does it track all the basic stuff I want but it’s also flexible. If there’s something I want to keep track of that’s not already set up it’s easy to do with tags. She’s got a column where you can enter any tags you want or need. There is a tab set up where you can filter your reading data by the established columns and also by your personal tags. So, If I want to track something not already on the spreadsheet I can do that. I have a Library tag for books I check out from the library.

Reading Tracking Filter

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I did some minor renaming of a couple of columns. The original tracks hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio. I changed that to print, ebook, both, and audio because I often switch between print and ebook formats when I’m reading a book.

I like the output of the stats information more than my previous spreadsheet.

Reading Tracking Statistics

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As with any tracking spreadsheet set up by someone else there are parts of this I won’t use. I don’t intend to track acquisitions and money spent on books. What The Hubster doesn’t know is good for him.

Seriously. If you want easy tracking with a bunch of different statistics all set up for you go check out this spreadsheet.

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week January 2017 Edition

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Fun, photos, Ten Things, Weekend Update | 10 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week January 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week January 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week a about a year and a half ago and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. Snow Castles
We had some significant snow that stuck around for a while. The neighborhood got a little creative

Snow Castle

 

2. Dungeness Crab
The season was delayed a bit this year but it’s been delicious,

 

3. This
I saw this on my friend Eleanor’s blog and cracked up.
Meerkats

 

4. Little elephant playing in the snow
The Oregon Zoo was closed due to the snow but the animals had some fun. Lily is their youngest elephant (four years old) and she is hilarious.

 

5. 10 Reading Superstitions of Book Fanatics
I loved this list. I don’t agree with all of them but my favorite is “If You Walk Past a Bookstore, You Must Enter”. You have to.
Check out the the full list from The Strand Bookstore.

 

6. This one
A friend of mine posted this and it happened to be a day I could totally relate to this.
Got out of bed

 

7. Penguin Awareness Day
I had no idea about this until Katie at Words for Worms alerted me.

 

8. Finding Dory
Finally watched it this week.
Finding Dory

 

9. Birthday Brunch
My friend’s birthday was yesterday so we met for brunch before heading to the Women’s March.
Birthday Brunch

 

10. Women’s Marches
I participated in the Portland march yesterday. It was inspiring and empowering. I was so happy to see so many families there. Our weather was awful. We were all cold and drenched long before any marching started but I’m still glad I was there.

The photos and stories from all the marches all over the world give me hope.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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