Guest Post: 20SB Blog Swap #9

Hey guys! It’s 20Sb Blog Swap Day! I’m partnered up with Lafhert. Be sure to visit his blog and say hello! You can read my post today on his blog, Lost and Loaded.

Hi, I’ll introduce myself because I doubt you know the reason for this post. This is the 20SB.net Blog Swap, and I go by the name ‘Lafhert’. I’m a 23-year-old student and burgeoning pilot currently living and training in Texas. You can find me at my own blog here. The topic for today’s blog swap is our thoughts on the summer season.

Summer doesn’t mean what it used to anymore.

As an adult, summer is just an added layer of stress to a job and to all the other responsibilities at your feet. But the childhood definition, of being free from the constraints of responsibility and schedules, does remind me of one good memory.

In the state where I grew up, the law was to get your permit at 16, and your full license six months later. Due to a birthday which made me the youngest in my class, I didn’t get my license until near the end of my junior year. Up until then, I’d been riding the bus to and from school, but after I got my license, it didn’t take but a $5 school parking permit and I was driving myself.

In high school, I lived just outside of a city of about 100,000, give or take. It was a 10-minute drive to school, but in those ten minutes, I’d cross a border between the rural outdoors and the sanctimonious glitter of suburbia.

There was a road that I took going home that still gives me some measure of glee. It was fairly rural, with very little traffic most days. The road had all the curves of a Formula 1 race, and the wave motion of the hills and valleys never failed to give me that lightheaded feeling.

It was the freedom; it was the windows down and the radio blaring. It was the trip home from visiting a friend’s house or the movie theatre on a weeknight. That stretch of road is what ties me to my hometown and to my adolescence. I’ll keep that road in mind as I continue to grow and go wherever life takes me: The ups and downs, the hills and valleys; the road that takes me home.

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Blog Swap: Angelica

Hey Guys! Looks like I got a post to share with you after all! Here’s a guest post from Angelica, and be sure to check out her blog Gelie Beans and Sparkly Things!

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Hi Ya’ll! This is Angelica at Gelie Beans and Sparkly Things! As part of the 20SB blog swap, I was lucky enough to get partnered up with Kara from Chatter! Since it is the holidays, and the new year is upon us, the theme for the blog swap, “Action. What will you do next year that you’ve been putting off for too long?” seemed fitting!
2010 has been an amazing year.. i’ve been pretty blessed! But I know I know i’ve got a lot to live up to in 2011. Among putting off the normal things we all shove aside, you know like the laundry, cleaning house, changing the oil in your car (I do not recommend doing that!), I actually have a pretty heft to-do list!
  1. Complete a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon. I know that seems crazy, but it is something that I physically can do (if I train properly) and mentally can do (I think I can!). I’ve been training and already completed 2-5K races in November, so I know I can do the smaller mileage, but I’d love to proudly be able to say I ran a half! We will see!
  2. Finish a book. Im terrible about starting a book and “reading” it for 6-12 months. Seriously. My boyfriend bought me 2 books in July for my birthday, and guess what? They went straight on the shelf. I want to read them, and I defiantly have time, I just have to get off facebook long enough to read a chapter or so every night.
  3. Print my Spain pictures. I studied abroad in Spain in the summer of 2008 and I have only printed out a fraction of my pictures. As part of my welcome home/ birthday party when I returned, by best friend got me these beautiful photo albums to put all my pictures in, and you guessed it. they are on a shelf, empty. it’s embarrassing!
  4. Actually sell something on Etsy. I’ve had a shop open for quite some time, and make some cool stuff that people have bought, I just haven’t been brave enough to photograph my stuff and put it online. This kind of coincides with opening my own business (Im an interior designer!) I know I can work for myself, but I am so nervous to go out on my own! I’ve been working for other designers for over 4 years, and I hope im ready!
that seems to be all i can put my finger on right now. have you been putting something off for way too long that 2011 can cure?? hope to see some of you visit my blog, and be sure to read some chatter on my blog as well! happy holidays!


Blog Non-Swap

So it’s a bit of a late post today but there’s a reason! I was supposed to take part in the 20SB Blog Swap today and had even received an email from my partner with plans to pick a topic and everything, but when I emailed her my post yesterday I didn’t get any response. Low-and-behold, it’s late Monday afternoon and I still have no guest post for you, so I figured I’d share the post I wrote on my own blog. No sense in it going to waste, right? Right!

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The theme for this blog swap is: “What will you do next year that you’ve been putting off for too long?”

There are a lot of things I put off for way too long; Laundry, cleaning the bathrooms and vacuuming are just a few of them, but I suppose that there’s several bigger things that I’ve been pushing aside simply because life is just too gosh-darn hectic. In 2011 I’m going to (or at least hope to):

Get married: This is actually a given. I’m getting married to the love of my life of eight (8!!!) years in late spring. I wouldn’t say we’ve been putting off getting married, but we’re only 24 and we’ve accomplished a lot before marriage, like buying a house, finishing our post-secondary schooling and developing a savings account. I can’t wait to finally become a Mrs.!

Travel: I didn’t do a single bit of travelling this year other than a weekend trip to Vancouver, (B.C.), to watch a hockey game with my love. I’ve been so busy with working two jobs that it just never happened. Hopefully in 2011 I’ll be able to throw in more trips to Vancouver and hopefully beyond. We picked up passport applications on Saturday so here’s to getting them filled out and used!

Be more domestic: I can’t bake or cook fancy meals to save my life. I really need to learn, because you can only have the same three casseroles so many times before you start to dread dinner. I’m a huge fan of my slow cooker, so maybe I’ll master that. Just don’t expect me to cook a turkey dinner for 10 people. Not happening.

Get back in the gym: I cancelled my gym membership back in June because I had no time to use it. Next year I want to get back in action and get back into shape.

I think that’s about it! Thanks for reading, and be sure to go check out Angelica’s post on my blog as well!

What have YOU been putting off for too long?