Musical-Types, This One’s For You…

My musical weapon of choice

My musical weapon of choice

So Rob ( ) and I were chatting it up this evening, and we got to talking about music and the stringed instruments that produce it.

I got to thinking that it would be interesting to see how many of you are musically inclined, and which instruments y’all play.

This isn’t my usual type of post, but what the hell…I feel like a rebel tonight. Because I am blogging from my tablet, there may not be an image, but there WILL be a poll:

I took violin lessons from age 7 on, and played all through high school. At 9, I picked up the guitar, and in high school learned how to play cello, viola, bass (the upright kind) and flute. In my adult years, I picked up an electric guitar and an amp and made a mockery of both Pearl Jam and Hole, but damned if I didn’t have fun doing it. :)

So, let me hear from you about your musical adventures, both past and present. ;)

Until next time…

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Butterfly Light

Well, this is awkward…

Rob over at Weight 2 Lose 2013 tossed another award in here; the Butterfly Light Award, which originated by Belinda’s blog, idotwriting and is intended for beautiful bloggers who spread light into others’ lives or are a positive influence. Thank you, Rob…I am still looking for that perfect piece of rope for The Tie That Binds. ;)


Conditions For Accepting The Award

1. You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You may not lump this award in with a batch of other awards.

2. You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page)

3. You must link back to Belinda’s blog either to OR

4. You must write a short paragraph – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”

5. Display the “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

So what’s awkward, you ask?

Have you ever had to write a short paragraph about yourself in a positive light? I know, right? Me, neither, but I think the graphic is pretty cool, and I would hate to turn down an award, so I have to write SOMETHING without sounding like a totally self-absorbed schmuck. I find that I can be kind and put even the biggest asshole in a positive light, but when it comes to myself? I say things to me that I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy. Can any of you relate to that?

That said, I’m going to try and put all of that “positive self-talk” training to use, so here goes:

How I’m a Positive Influence

I probably have the worst luck of anyone I know. You know the old phrase, “If it weren’t for bad luck, she’d have no luck at all”? Yeah, that’s me. However, while sometimes I really have to wonder if I simply don’t just suck at life, I still manage to find humor in the things that suck, and over the past 24 months, there have been a LOT of things that suck. (And let’s be honest. If we can’t find the humor SOMEWHERE in the suckworthy? Then why bother?) My hope is that, through this blog, if someone like me can find humor in the rotten things that life throws out there, anyone can. I am hoping that by putting my brand of humor on the suckfest du jour (and this can be anything from the fear of a screwy mammogram to conflict with my offspring), it might make someone else going through similar smile, even if it’s just for a moment. I also hope that my ability to shed a crap-ton (just shy of 50 lbs) of excess weight and get out there and do a 5K mud run will show that if I can do it? ANYONE can. Just saying.

That said? I now present you all with my nominees for the Butterfly Light Award:

Liz over at Liz Logic - I’ve actually met Liz in the real world. She is the neighbor of a mutual friend. She is every bit as lovely as her blogs convey. I simply *heart* her and the uplifting vibe of her blog. Liz is also an amazing photographer, and I suspect we’re connected in some way, shape or form, because I don’t ordinarily believe in coincidence.

Skwarl at There’s a Squirrel in My Blog - My girl (garl?) Skwarl is one of my real life besties. I’ve known her several years. We are 11 days apart in age, and she and I were born within 40 miles of each other back in California, and met some years later out here in eastern NC…talk about a small world. While her blog is in its early stages, she is a riveting read, and keeps it real in a way that makes me smile on the inside and out. She is also a ridiculously creative mind, and she stokes my creativity.

Virginia up the road at Banded Carolina Girl – Virginia’s blogs are absolutely the real deal. She is no-nonsense, inspirational, and very motivating. I have not had the privilege of meeting her, as yet, but we don’t live terribly far apart from each other and one of these days I want to give her a big ol’ hug in person and thank her profusely for the impact she has had (and continues to have) on me.

So, *whew*….I think I got everything.

Until next time (which will be a blast from the past and some reflection)…

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Sunshine & Sisterhood Sunday…

In the past week or so, I’ve been given a couple more awards and have just been kind of sidetracked with everything going on around here, so I am finally sitting down to get these acknowledged.


My bloggin’ buddy, Rob, over at Weight2Lose2013 sent over a Sunshine Award (which is the only sun we’ve seen around these parts in several days!) Thank you, Rob! Big virtual hugs headed your way:

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

Now I get to answer the following questions:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
    A few years ago I was blogging furiously on my photo-blog to sort of try to promote my business. Because it was for business, I found myself really filtered, so I thought it might be fun to do a “because I can say what I want” blog, Random Musings From A Type-A Workaholic was born.
  2. What is your favorite movie – ever?
    Would you think I was lying if I were to say that I don’t actually have one? I have a few favorites, in no particular order, however: Romeo & Juliet (the original from what? 1969?), The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Titanic, and The Notebook are the handful that I can watch over and over again.
  3. Do you get tired of bloggin?
    Nope, not really. I enjoy it quite a lot, and now that I’ve resurrected my photo blog, I feel like I’m constantly trying to stay up-to-date on both, but I don’t get tired of it. Writing and photography are my two creative outlets and really help me center myself.
  4. Where do you want your blog to take you to?
    Oz? Seriously, I didn’t originally have an ulterior motive when I started Musings, but the more I put into it, the more I think I would like to compile a book from it just for laughs. The Bloggess and Snarky In The Suburbs have both made that transition, and I could live with that.
  5. What type of blogs do you find interesting?
    I am really into humorous OR fitness-related OR nutrition types of blogs. Do you know what kind of a find it is to find one all wrapped up in one package?
  6. What is your favorite song TODAY?
    Magic by Coldplay.
  7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
    Somewhere on a beach, as long as it’s hot and tropical. The hubs and I are really eyeballing Belize as a retirement option.
  8. What is your favorite creative outlet?
    It’s a toss up between writing and photography. I have the opportunity to write more often, however.
  9. Least favorite part of your day?
    You know that time when it’s too late to hit the snooze button again? That.
  10. What is your favorite article of clothing?
    My flip-flops. Hands (or is it feet?) down…

I know I am supposed to put out a list of nominees at this point, but I want to say that the Sunshine Award was also part of the Award Foursome from some weeks back and I don’t want to hit the same people again. Besides, I also have another award (below) that asks that I nominate fourteen other bloggers, and I don’t want to hit everyone twice in a day. ;) I know, I am a bit lazy, but as y’all are seeing, I’m doing well to keep up with the regular stuff, and hitting 14 bloggers twice for two separate awards… *whew* You know, unless you WANT to do both of them…So to my fourteen listed below under the Sisterhood award? Y’all can absolutely do this one, as well, and simply use the same questions that were given to me.  :) Because I don’t want to be “that blogger” that stopped the train, LOL….

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers


My girls, Janey and Lydia  both notified me of my Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, to which I say, “THANK YOU!” :)

I love that I only need to link (and notify) 14 bloggers, because that makes it easy on the recipients, also. So the rules are to acknowledge your nominator, list your nominees, and notify them. I am going to be the lazy one that is going to copy and paste my notifications, because the morning is almost gone and my to-do list is ridiculous. ;)

In no particular order are my nominees:

Lisa at Lisa Macy Coaching

Mother Hen at The Mother Hen Diaries 

Laurie at My Foray Into Food Storage

Liz over at Liz Logic

Masala & Blarney

Whitney over at Well, That Happened

Cookie Cakes at Cordelia’s Mom

Ruthie over at Ruthie Rambles

Robin at Witless Dating After Fifty

Skwarl at There’s a Squirrel in My Blog 

Kristin at Stamped With a Heart 

Girl Seule

Banded Carolina Girl 

White Haired Shooter

So, you’ll notice some new “faces” in my list. I’ve made some new friends in the blogosphere, so make sure you pop on over and visit them, as well. And let’s be honest. You know they are good, because I don’t follow blogs that suck. ;)

Y’all may also read about this here before you see your official nomination notification in your little corners of the blogosphere. Let’s face it; it’s Sunday and I’m slow. Feel free to accept one, both, or neither. These just mean I think y’all are pretty terrific, and by putting these out there, I hope to help you increase your readership. :)

Until Next Time…

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