NaBloPoMo Closing Ceremony

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To the best of my knowledge there are no traditional closing ceremonies for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). No choreographed dances, no waving of flags, no parades.

Which is fine. NaBloPoMo is not the same as the Olympics, or is it?

No, it most definitely is not. Here’s why.

1. NaBloPoMo is about twice as long as the Olympic Games.

2. My NaBloPoMo experiences were not featured on television. But that was not for lack of trying.

3. No one had to pay higher taxes just so I could participate in NaBloPoMo.

4. People pretend to care about swimming and gymnastics for a few weeks every few years, while people pretend to care about blogging every day. As if I’m going to believe that all of a sudden you’ve always been a fan of swimming.

5. Enormous demands were not placed on the host (me) to be a perfect shining city of gold that has no problems.

Because you didn’t ask, and for the sake of transparency, here are some reasons that show my actions during NaBloPoMo were quite different from the actions of a certain U.S. swimmer at the 2016 Olympic Games who will remain nameless because I don’t want his name on my blog.

1. At no time during my NaBloPoMo experience did I lie about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up the things my stupid drunk self did.

2. None of my behavior this month resulted in the removal of my sponsorships. And that’s not just because I don’t have any.

3. My NaBloPoMo posts did not cause the public to lose faith in me as a role model.

4. At no point during this month did it become clear I would never be as good as Michael Phelps. If you’re wondering, that point came many years ago.

5. My actions did not prompt anyone to call me an ’embarrassment’, an ‘oaf’, or a ‘dumb almost-Michael Phelps’.

6. And lastly, none of my posts this month became a trending topic on twitter, nor was a clever hashtag created to talk/rant/complain about me. Really bummed about this one.

If you’re thinking this post is just a not so subtle way of revealing my thoughts on the Olympics and a certain swimmer who again will and must not be named, think again. As in think that again. As in keep thinking that, because that thought is correct.

On a very similar topic, NaBloPoMo was a treat. I successfully posted something every day of this month. While I am looking forward to getting back to the normal once a week schedule, it was interesting putting something out there each day. I created most of the posts prior to this month, so as a whole my NaBloPoMo experience was relatively stress-free. I’m not sure if I will ever do something like this again, but I am very happy I got to share so many things with you all.

Before you head elsewhere, I would really appreciate if you would stop to comment on what you liked most from my NaBloPoMo efforts. Thank you!

Sentimental Sunday: Cow Costume

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Before you ask any questions, let me set the scene: I took this photo about seven years ago. I was tagging along for one my brother’s college visits, and it was Halloween. We were getting close to the school when I saw this person in costume. I think it’s hilarious. How often do you see a cow on a motorcycle? Additionally, this photo reminds me of the time I first visited the school I would later attend. As I near the end of my college career, I look back on this photo for its humor, but also knowing that I was about to get a glimpse of my future. 

DIY Card: SOS Sympathy Card + Giveaway!

I love to make cards for people on special occasions. I like dreaming up a new idea to express a particular sentiment. This month on DIY Cards I will show you how to make some awesome cards for friends, family, and loved ones. It was unintentional, but all of the cards have a nautical or pirate theme, so bear with that.

The cards are fairly simple to make, and will certainly make the intended recipient’s day knowing that you made the card yourself. Making cards is such a little thing to do to show that you care, and they can mean a lot to people. After all, it’s not everyday one gets special homemade card. And lastly, these ideas are not fixed. Add some changes to put your own personal spin on it, so it fits the materials you have and what the recipient likes. If you ever make them, I would love to see pictures. Happy card-making!

Be sure to enter the DIY Card Giveaway for the chance to win all four cards I’ll show this month! It’s really simple to enter, and is totally free. The giveaway closes at the end of Sunday, November, 28th, 2016.

Here’s the link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This sympathy card design is a wonderful way to show someone close to you that you are there for them during the difficult times.

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Thank you so much for looking at the various DIY card designs this month. I would love to see you giving them a try, and putting your own spin on them.

Asked And Answered: And Hazel Eyes

Asked And Answered is a scripted comedy question and answer talk show. This is the final episode of NaBloPoMo, though more may be coming soon!

Want your question answered in a future episode? Comment your question below or email it to wonders.in.the.wind@gmail.com

For more Asked And Answered, check out the channel on YouTube and subscribe!

Sentimental Sunday: Cross-Country Skiing

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I took this photo two and a half years ago when I was taking a cross country skiing class with my best friend. Prior to the class, both of us knew very little about this type of skiing. It was so fun learning a new skill and we got to go on several field trips to ski in different locations. We learned to harringbone, glide, and use proper form. The class met every day for a month, so it always made for a fun yet tiring afternoon. And to top it off, we met some really amazing people in that class. My friend even conquered the fearsome Suicide Hill!

DIY Card: Friend Ship Card + Giveaway!

I love to make cards for people on special occasions. I like dreaming up a new idea to express a particular sentiment. This month on DIY Cards I will show you how to make some awesome cards for friends, family, and loved ones. It was unintentional, but all of the cards have a nautical or pirate theme, so bear with that.

The cards are fairly simple to make, and will certainly make the intended recipient’s day knowing that you made the card yourself. Making cards is such a little thing to do to show that you care, and they can mean a lot to people. After all, it’s not everyday one gets special homemade card. And lastly, these ideas are not fixed. Add some changes to put your own personal spin on it, so it fits the materials you have and what the recipient likes. If you ever make them, I would love to see pictures. Happy card-making!

Be sure to enter the DIY Card Giveaway for the chance to win all four cards I’ll show this month! It’s really simple to enter, and is totally free. The giveaway closes at the end of Sunday, November, 28th, 2016.

Click here to enter the giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This DIY Card is perfect to give to a close friend.

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Next week I will show one more DIY Card design! Don’t miss it!

Asked And Answered: And Pluto

Here’s the third episode of Asked And Answered, a quirky scripted comedy question and answer talk show. Hear my thoughts on Pluto and more weird things.

Want your question answered in a future episode? Comment your question below or email it to wonders.in.the.wind@gmail.com

For more Asked And Answered, check out the channel on YouTube and subscribe!