Wednesday, August 27, 2014

50 Questions

I haven't done one of these survey things in AGES. I always find them fun to read, but never bother to do them myself. But when I found this one on Micah's blog last week, I decided, what the hey!

1. What are you wearing?
Turquoise and Coral maxi skirt with a black shirt.

2. Ever been in love?

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
Oh dear...Yes, I have.

4. How tall are you?

5. How much do you weigh?
You don't actually think I'm going to answer this, right?

6. Any tattoos?

7. Any piercings?
Just my ears. One hole each, although it looks like I have two because of something that happened when I was a kid.

8. OTP (one true pair, favorite fictional couple)?
Ross + Rachel = 4EVER!

9. Favorite show?
Currently on the air? The Walking Dead. Past? Friends, Breaking Bad, LOST, Firefly

10. Favorite bands?
Bon Jovi is my all-time favorite. Also love Train, Maroon 5, Mumford and Sons, and Coldplay.

11. Something you miss?
My summertime Fridays off.

12. Favorite song?
"Bed of Roses" by Bon Jovi.

13. How old are you?

14. Zodiac sign?

15. Quality you look for in a partner?
Sense of humor. Someone who knows when to be funny and when to be serious.

16. Favorite Quote?
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams...Dare to live the life you have imagined..." Henry David Thoreau

17. Favorite actor?
Tom Cruise completes me.

18. Favorite color?

19. Loud music or soft?
Depends on the situation and my mood.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?
Disneyland can almost always put me in a great mood. I'm grateful for my annual pass.

21. How long does it take you to shower?
I never really time myself, but I'm guessing about 10 minutes. Unless I need to shave. Then it's more like half an hour...

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If I've showered the night before, it takes me about ten minutes to get ready. I really need to go back to doing hair and makeup...

23. Ever been in a physical fight?
Only with my brother. I'm not sure if that really counts.

24. Turn on?

25. Turn off?
Bad hygiene.

26. The reason I started blogging?
To keep my friends updated on my life. I had no idea it would turn into what it has.

27. Fears?
Being alone in a terrifying situation. Also, spiders.

28. Last thing that made you cry?
I can't remember. My medications makes crying a rare occurrence.

29. Last time you said you loved someone?
A few days ago. To my mother.

30. Meaning behind the name of your blog?
It's pretty self-explanatory. I'm Karen, and this is a blog about my life.

31. Last book you read?
Finished? Either A Clash of Kings or Why Men Love Bitches.

32. The book you’re currently reading?
A Storm of Swords.

33. Last show you watched?
Modern Family.

34. Last person you talked to?
Um....I plead the fifth...

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Again, I plead the fifth...

36. Favorite food?
Pizza. I loves it.

37. Place you want to visit?
Hawaii, Alaska, Switzerland, Ireland, Russia, Japan...just to name a few...

38. Last place you were?
Like, visited? England.

39. Do you have a crush?

40. Last time you kissed someone?
I'm pleading the fifth again...

41. Last time you were insulted?
I don't really know. I can't remember.

42. Favorite flavor of sweet?
Chocolate. Duh.

43. What instruments do you play?
I used to play the flute when I was much younger. Now my instrument is the voice. (That was for you, Emily!)

44. Favorite piece of jewelry?
A necklace I bought in Buenos Aires.

45. Last sport you played?
Hmmm...I honestly can't remember. Does working out at the gym count?

46. Last song you sang?
I'm singing along to "Good Time" by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen right now.

47. Favorite chat up line?
Don't have one.

48. Have you ever used it?
Only to joke around.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?
Last night.

50. Who should answer these questions next?
Everyone. All the people should answer these questions next.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards Play-by-Play

5:02--Host Seth Myers comes to the stage to welcome everyone to the first Monday night Emmy's since 1976. But no one remembers those Emmy's because they were on a Monday night.

"Series finales of popular shows: Dexter, Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother. "

"Shows like Fargo have the right idea. Once your show starts getting noticed, kill off all the main characters before you start paying Sheldon Cooper a million dollars an episode."

"There were some comedies that made you laugh. And some comedies that made you cry because they were dramas submitted as comedies."

"If you're an actor on Game of Thrones, you probably wait for next week's script like normal people wait for biopsy results."

"Let's give it up for TV, everyone."

5:10--First presenter asked to write her own introduction, so please welcome my beautiful, talented friend, Beyoncé.

5:10--Amy Poehler introduces the nominees for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

5:11--The Emmy goes to Ty Burrell for Modern Family. He reads a speech written by the kids from the show. Hilarity. "And I'd like to thank my kids who I sometimes bring to set and who are really cute. Not 'support my whole family cute', but, you know."

5:17--Seth introduces Zoey Deschanel and Allison Williams. They present Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

5:18--The Emmy goes to Louis CK. It's his 6th win and 30th nomination. His speech is a pretty standard list of thank yous.

5:19--Seth introduces Jimmy Kimmel. "Hey, I have a question. Is that Matthew McConaughey right there? No offense, but you just won the Oscar, like 5 months ago. How many of those speeches are we supposed to listen to? I mean, alright alright alright already."

5:21--"I'm going to present an award--not to you, (Matthew McConaughey), to someone else."

5:22--Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy goes to Allison Janney for Mom.

5:28--A very pregnant Hayden Panatierre introduces the nominees and winners of the Creative Arts Emmy's. The winners were Jimmy Fallon and Uzo Aduba. Uzo comes to the stage to help present the next award, Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

5:31--The Emmy goes to Gail Mancuso for Modern Family. She began her career as an usher on TV talk shows.

5:32--She directs her speech to Matthew McConnaughey because if she looks at her producers she's going to cry.

5:34--Seth introduces his friend Billy Eichner. They do a special On the Street in New York, talking about the Emmy's. "Who's hosting this year's Emmy's?" ("Seth MacFarlane?") "The Good Wife was SNUBBED!" "Miss, you're a lesbian, do you watch Orange is the New Black?" ("I do but I'm not a lesbian.")

5:37--Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus introduce the next category, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy. She stops for a second to tell him how great he was in Breaking Bad. JLD: "You look just like this actor who played someone Elaine dated on Seinfeld..." BC: "We had a kissing scene, but whatever."

5:39--The Emmy goes to Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.

5:44--Seth introduces the next presenter, Jimmy Fallon. "There is one common truth that binds us all. No matter how good we are, none of us will ever make as much money as Kim Kardashian for her iPhone game."

5:45--Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. Bryan Cranston jumps up and kisses her.

5:47--JLD:"Yeah, he WAS on Seinfeld. Yeah."

5:48--Mindy Kalling and John Mulaney present Outstanding Competition Reality Show.

5:49--The Amazing Race wins again. Snore.

6:12--I ran out to get some food, so the awards I missed were:
Best Writing for a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Sherlock: His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Support Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow.

6:17--Seth brings Amy Poehler to help him introduce Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. They try a few different introductions that aren't that funny. They finally settle on, "Please welcome the only two actors in Hollywood NOT rumored to be on season 2 of True Detective."

6:19--Woody: "So you won Sexiest Man Alive and an Oscar. And now do you think an Emmy?"
Matthew--"I think you should just be grateful for what you have and...not envy what I do."

6:21--They present the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie. The winner is Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, but he isn't there to accept the award.

6:26--Liev Schreiber and Kerry Washington present Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie to Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven.

6:27--She says, "I am profoundly surprised by this, but extremely grateful."

6:29--Seth is now joined by Andy Samberg. They talk about television theme shows and then introduce Weird Al Yankovich, who performs a medley of modern TV Theme songs. It's moderately funny. The best part is when they present George RR Martin with a typewriter so he can finish the books.

6:33--Lena Headley from Game of Thrones presents the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries to Fargo.

6:41--"Please welcome the only person from ER to ever amount to anything: Julianna Margulies."

6:42--Outstanding TV Movie goes to The Normal Heart. Ryan Murphy accepts the award.

6:44--"And now let's all do our best Ricky Gervais impression by giving a huge round of applause for Ricky Gervais."

6:45--Ricky Gervais spends his entire intro time talking about how disappointed he is to have lost to Jim Parsons. Blah. I really can't stand him.

6:46--Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special goes to Sarah Silverman for "We Are Miracles." She says, "We're all just made of molecules and we're just hurtling through space right now."

6:52--Key and Peele introduce the accountants for the Emmy's. They decide to go off prompter and improvise. Do I just not get them? I don't find them funny.

6:54--Chris Hardwick is the next presenter. He thanks the internet trolls and has a very important message for them. He then explains your and you're.

6:55--He presents Outstanding Directing of a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special to Glenn Weiss for the 67th Tony Awards. He happens to be directing the Emmy's tonight, so he accepts from the booth.

6:57--Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine present Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.

6:58--The Emmy goes to The Colbert Report and Stephen Colbert accepts the award. Jimmy Fallon accepts the award instead because Gwen Stefani said "Colbert" wrong and there might be a mistake. Colbert whispers the speech in Fallon's ear.

7:04--Sofia Vergara introduces the President of the Television Academy. He has Sofia stand on a revolving platform to represent that people are watching TV on a variety of platforms these days. It's really just an excuse to show off Sofia Vergara.

7:07--Lucy Liu  introduces the nominees for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. I'm rooting for Aaron Paul...

7:09--And the Emmy goes to...AARON PAUL for Breaking Bad!!!!!!! Jesse Pinkman, bitch!

7:10--"Oh, wow. I feel like I'm going to throw up." He asks for another round of applause for his fellow nominees. He also gives a shout out to his wife and her Kind Campaign.

7:13--In Memoriam. There are way too many familiar faces this year.

7:16--Billy Crystal comes onstage to do a special tribute for Robin Williams. "It's very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives."

7:19--They show clips of some of his performances.. I'm just too sad. I can't say anything about this.

Sorry, I was out of the room for a minute...

7:27--Outstanding Director in a Drama Series goes to Cary Fukanaga for True Detective.

7:28--Jim Parsons and Debra Messing present Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama to Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad!!!

7:35--Katherine Heigl introduces the nominees for Outstanding Guest Actor and Actress who were announced last week. The winners were Allison Janney and the guy from Scandal. I'm sorry, I'll look up his name in a minute.

7:36--He presents Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series to Moira Wally-Beckett for Breaking Bad!

7:37--"Vince Gilligan, this is your fault." Her speech runs a little long and she gets played off.

7:38--Viola Davis presents Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

7:39--To no one's surprise, the winner is Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. I saw her interviewed before the show and she totally sounded drunk. This speech could be interesting.

7:40--Oh, she pulled herself together and actually sounds coherent.

7:46--"And now, please welcome a woman who starred in Mystic Pizza 25 years ago and then was never heard from again: Julia Roberts!"

7:47--She presents the nominees for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

7:48--"I apologize to anyone who doesn't hug me in the next 10 seconds. And you're all fabulous, by the way." The winner is BRYAN CRANSTON for BREAKING BAD!!

7:49--"Wow. Even I thought about voting for Matthew."

7:51--Seth introduces Jay Leno who presents Outstanding Comedy Series. "It's hard to believe we're almost a tenth of the way through the evening."

7:52--The winner is Modern Family. Steve Levitan accepts the award. I love the show, but even I'm surprised by this win.

7:57--Halle Berry presents the award for Outstanding Drama Series. The Emmy goes to: BREAKING BAD. (I started typing it before she even said it, because I'm awesome.)

7:58--Vince Gilligan accepts the award. "Thank you so much for this wonderful farewell to our show."

And that's the show. Overall, kind of ho-hum. But the best show in the history of television won tonight, so I'm a happy girl.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

7 Things I've Learned in 7 Years of Blogging

My blog is seven years old.


So much life has been documented in the past seven years.

Friendships come and gone. Relationships come and gone. Births and deaths and happy days and sad ones. And really sad ones. And really happy ones.

It's amazing how much life you can live in seven years.

And I'm so grateful that I made the decision all those years ago to start documenting it.

The blog has gone through a lot of changes. My writing is better. My design is better.

My name has stayed the same. My entire blog life has been lived right here, powered by Blogger.

And it's been great.

And I will probably be blogging long past the time when the rest of the world has moved on. Even if no one is reading.

Because this little corner of the internet? I do it for me.

Although I'm exceedingly happy when you decide to join in on the fun.

I've been thinking about what I wanted to say on this anniversary. And I settled on some lessons and bits of wisdom I've learned over the years. Most of these are things you've heard before. But that's okay. This is for me, after all.

1. Live your life.

Whether you are a SAHM that follows her kid around all day, or a doctor that saves lives, or somewhere in between, you have to live. Go out and do the things that make you happy. The things that give you joy. That's where your best blog posts will come from.

2. Blogging success is 50% hard work and 90% luck.

It's important to have good, fresh content. To be friendly and engaging. To be authentic and unique. And all of those things will get you somewhere in blogging. But to become one of the Famous Bloggers? I'm absolutely convinced that's about luck. Some blogs are baffling in their popularity. Others are woefully unnoticed. You have to put in the work, but also remember that making it big is mostly about being lucky.

3. Make new friends.

You will always have room in your life for more friends. Especially when it comes to the blogging/social media kind. There are lots of amazing people out there that you wouldn't get to meet if the internet didn't exist. Get to know them. They are awesome. And they want to know you.

4. Respond to comments.

People really like it when you take the time to respond after they've taken the time to comment. It helps with that whole friendship thing, too.

5. Don't be embarrassed by who you were.

I look back at my first ever blog post and it just makes me laugh. Because it's so clear that I didn't know who I was back then or what I was doing. And I've thought about changing this post over the years, but instead, I love going back and seeing how far I've come. And the world that opened up because of this crazy journey.

6. Only follow the trends that suit you.

Some things are popular because they're amazing and some things are popular because someone decided they are. If a trend doesn't make sense to or for you, you don't have to go along with it. Examples include but are not limited to: accent nails, Erin Condren planners, subscription boxes, and anything vampire related.

7. Be yourself.

It's so much easier to be yourself. I've seen majorly popular bloggers essentially destroyed because they put up a front and pretended to be something they weren't. And besides, we're here for you, not for who you want us to think you are.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A couple of things...

Hey, all!

I am slacking off in the blogging department this week, but in my defense my days have been spent dealing with first day of school shenanigans and my evenings have been spent...doing other things that I'm not ready to blog about...

(I've got a big, dopey grin as I write that.)

Anyway, I don't have a whole post to put together today, but I just wanted to share a couple of quick little things that are on my mind:

1. Disqus
I took the plunge and switched my comment system over to Disqus. Supposedly you can log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or you can create an account (which I highly recommend for reasons I may or may not explain later). I'm hoping this will make it easier for me to have discussions with all of y'all, and also I'm REALLY hoping it will cut out all the stupid spam I get all day every day. Let me know if you have any problems with it, though, because it's brand new to me.

2. There's still time to join in and co-sponsor my blogoversary giveaway. Right now, the giveaway stands at...$0 because I have slacked on recruiting sponsors. But if you're interested in joining in, it's only a $5 buy-in if you use KARENSWORLD as the promo code, and you get 2 links in the Rafflecopter. It's a pretty sweet deal.

3. Helene from Helene in Between is hosting her very first Blog Auction! There are all kinds of things to bid on from ad space--

(Yours truly has a large 400X200 sidebar ad starting at only $5.)

--to Media Kits to photography consultations. All kinds of things. It's really awesome and all proceeds go to some great causes. Namely, our bank accounts. Ha!

So go bid on some awesome stuff. There are things as much as 90% off the regular price, so you can get some screaming deals if you hurry!

4. That's all I can think of right now. Have a great day!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Guilty: A #TotalSocial Link Up

Venus Trapped in Mars

I'm so excited for this month's Total Social link up with Helene in Between and Venus Trapped in Mars. I couldn't participate last month because I was visiting The Europe, but I'm back this month to join in on the theme of Guilty Pleasures.

I thought and thought about guilty pleasures. TV shows? Movies? Music? The thing is, I'm an open book. And I'm not THAT easily embarrassed. So the TV shows that I love? Don't embarrass me. There are some movies I probably shouldn't love, but, again, not embarrassed.

And music? Well, I don't listen to enough music to be embarrassed by any of it. Especially because I generally hate stupid songs anyway.

So that left me with pretty much nothing. I have no guilty pleasures.

But then I thought of just one. It's a very recent one. But it's one that I've been enjoying a great deal. And I feel a tiny bit guilty about it.

I've been keeping a secret from you. And no, I'm not taking this post as an opportunity to reveal it. I'm holding onto it a little bit longer.

I just have to say, keeping a secret can be a LOT of fun. Like, a LOT. And this particular secret is making me stupid happy.

And just a tiny bit guilty. Because my blog is for sharing, after all. And didn't I just get finished saying I'm an open book? But yet, here I am, taking pleasure in not sharing something kind of major.

But, all in good time, my friends. All in good time.

You should totally join in the fun and link up your guilty pleasure too! Just click on the picture above to go to the link up.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Musical Mondays: Secrets

I don't often participate in a lot of blog hops anymore, and I only occasionally do this one, but there's a song that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks. I absolutely love it for all of its empowering goodness. And in the wake of last week's sorrows, I think we can all use a dose of some empowerment. Don'tcha think?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

A long time ago, we used to be (blog) friends.

It's happened to all of us.

I think.

I hope it's not just me.

Crap. Maybe it's just me.

Have you ever had those bloggers that you just love and you read their blog every day and you ALWAYS leave a comment and they may or may not respond to you, but they usually do and you feel like you're bloggy friends, but then they disappear one day and you never hear from them again?

I know people fall out of love with blogging. I get that. But to just disappear off the face of the earth forever and ever without any warning?

It sucks.

And it makes me sad.

And it makes me wonder what happened.

Like, worry wonder.

There was a blogger I used to follow back in the beginning when I first started blogging. She was super sweet. Even sent me a little package just because once. I adored this girl and just knew that if we ever met in real life, we would totally be blog besties. And then her blogging became sporadic. And then, one day she came back and announced that she had kidney cancer and would be taking some time off. And then I NEVER HEARD FROM HER AGAIN.

Which, of course, left me wondering. Did she make it through the cancer? Did she pass away? What happened?

I tried emailing her, but never got a response. I tried commenting on her blog, but it vanished from existence. Just like she did.

And all I can do is hope she is out there somewhere, feeling great and healthy and just not interested in blogging.

But I have no idea. And it kind of kills me. Because I really cared about this lady. We never met in real life, but she was real enough for me to care. You know what I mean?

There was another blog I read religiously. It was a woman chronicling the aftermath of her husband's affair. The last time she posted, they had gotten back together but she was really struggling to move on from it. And I just have always wondered if they made it. Are they happily still together? I DON'T KNOW.

There have been countless others, too. People that read my blog and I read theirs and life was good and then they just disappeared. Like they had never existed. And I'm left to wonder whatever happened to them.

I have an entire category in Bloglovin' for inactive blogs that I love and desperately hope will be resurrected one day. But considering it's been over a year since any of them have been active, I'm guessing no. And yet, I just can't seem to let go.

So, for all of you out there reading this, I just have a tiny plea. If you decide to take an extended break, or decide to quit blogging altogether, could you at least just leave a little post saying so? Some of us really care and want to know!

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