Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blogger 411 - Link Up!

Becky at From Mrs to Mama is hosting a fun link up today and, despite being late to the game, I thought I'd participate and answer some about me type questions...

1. How long have you been blogging? And what got you started on blogging? Has your blog changed?

I have been blogging since [I think] 2006. My first blog was called Live, Laugh, Love and it changed names to {Let Go, Laughing} before that blog died for various reasons. (I think it may have changed names one other time between those two but I have no recollection of what the name was now... musta been real special haha.) I started blogging because I had some real life friends that were doing it and it seemed like a fun way to journal/scrapbook since I seemed to be incapable of pulling out the thousands of dollars worth of paper and real scrapbook junk I owned and actually put together a scrapbook. 

I then was unhappy with the direction that blog was going and certain people in my life at the time who had access to it and I felt like I needed a fresh start. So I made it private and started brand-spanking new on a blog called mrsashcake which was the name I had been using on twitter and the like for awhile. I then got tired of it and changed it to Be Love. 

Then I went and got a divorce and I didn't feel comfortable using that blog anymore where my ex and his entire family and some other people in my life at the time read and were in the process of analyzing every letter on that blog to prove I was an awful person because heaven-forbid they acknowledge that my ex treated me as horribly as I claimed. 

So I came over here. Where I started Snapshots of Joy. I love this blog more than I ever loved the other two combined. This blog is more a reflection of me than anything and it makes me happy. 

(apparently I'm indecisive and can't stick to any one blog name. I think this one is going to stick for a good long time now.)

2. Did you go to college? If so, where and what did you study?

I did go to college. I started at Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF) and then transfered to San Jose State University (SJSU) after two years. I have a Bachelors degree in Child and Adolescent Development.

3. Where have you traveled?

This is where I get really boring. Confession: I have never had a passport. See? How sad. I went to Mexico a ton when I was a kid because family members had a house on the beach in Rosarito but you didn't need a passport to get across the border then so no big deal. 

Otherwise... all my travel has been confined to the 50 states. Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida (for one night and then Key West for a day), New York (favorite!), Hawaii (another favorite!). Oh! I've been to the Bahamas (no passport needed then either).

Plenty of places I desperately want to go to but haven't been lucky enough yet.

4. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

The lottery question is always hard. But I think I'd buy a huge vacation. The 2 or 3 week kind seeing as many places as possible. And I'd bring my whole family. And M's family too. It would be amazing.

5. What are your 3 biggest pet peeves?

So hard. 

1. California drivers. So frustrating. Especially in Southern California.
2. Inconsiderate people. Mean people. And stuck-up people. Nice people make me happy.
3. People who can't admit when they're young/made a mistake

6. What is your favorite movie?

I don't really have a favorite movie. And I ask every intern that I interview what their favorite movies are. But then I work at a film festival so that's normal. Some I love.... Little Mermaid, Funny Face, 27 Dresses, Because I Said So, & Definitely, Maybe. Just to name a few.

7. What is your drink of choice: wine, beer or liquor? Or water, soda, tea?

Alcoholic: Mike's Hard Lemonade (girly, I know. Don't Care) or a Strawberry Daiquiri. (Can you tell I'm not a huge drinker? haha)

Non-alcoholic: Chocolate milk (number one drink of choice), Water, Cherry Sprite or Coke

8. What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?

I don't even know anymore. Sad right?! haha. I love to read and used to always have my nose in a book but lately I'm not as obsessed. I can get kind of obsessed with all my TV shows and catching up with my DVR. Otherwise... blogging, photography & editing, sewing, games on my phone when I need something completely mindless.

9. If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be?

Target. Clothes, Household schtuffs, decorating, food, entertainment. Ooooh or Amazon. I could really go crazy with tons of awesome-ness on Amazon. But I'd miss out on the clothes part. Hmmm....

10. Share with us an embarrassing moment of your past. Or present.

I am really terrible at remember embarrassing moments. I don't know if its my brain's coping mechanism or what but I tend to block them out. Not right away though. For awhile I spend hours agonizing over it and feeling like the biggest fool that walked the planet. And then I block it out. All that to say, I can't really think of any. Letdown, I know.

11. What day would you love to relive again?

The night M said I love you for the first time. It was so sweet and perfect and just one of those moments I will never forget and will hold in my heart forever. 

12. If your life was turned into a movie... what actor would play you?

Ummm... I have no idea. I used to be told when I was younger that I look like Ashley Judd. But I never saw it and definitely don't know. If she didn't have to look like me, I'd want Reese Witherspoon. Just cause I love her. :)

13. What are the jobs you had in high school/college/the early years?

I don't know when the early years ends so I'll just tell you up until I graduated college.
Medical Supply place - admin assistant (Junior in HS)
Curves for Women - trainer (end of high school/beginning of college)
Starbucks - barista (beginning of college)
Scrapbooking Store - for a month before it shut down (college - when I first moved to Nor Cal)
YMCA - assistant director of an after-school care program (college)
Comprehensive Autism Program - Instructional Aide (college and a little after)

14. Show us a picture from high school or college.

I have to find this one off facebook cause I don't have anything on my Mac since its only a few months old. 

Well college graduation party is as far back as I can go right now.

This was about a year after:

15. If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?

A huge Europe trip for a couple weeks. Tons of places I want to go throughout Europe. It would be amazing.

16. Shows us the most current picture of you or you and your family.

I really haven't been in many pictures lately because I don't feel so great about myself right now but my mom asked my sister Meg and I to take this picture for a project (blog about it soon) a couple months ago. 

17. Where do you see your life 5 years from now?

We're gonna keep it vague and I say that I just see happiness. Things have been so good lately and no matter what, I see happiness going forward. 


Justine said...

I totally remember all your blogs from Live, Laugh, Love and on... :): So glad you let me stick around on all your different blog journeys. :)

Sam said...

Okay, so much to say already, and this is just the first post I've ever read of yours...

First and foremost, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following along!

2. LOVE your blog layout. The bike in the header is so cute! I love love love simple cute layouts, and if I had to choose a favorite, yours would win.

3. I love your blogging story in question number one- it's so similar to mine! I have had blog upon blog after chasing the dream to start fresh after the previous ones never felt right. This current blog feels right for me more so than my past ones did.

4. I am definitely similar with my embarrassing moments. That one was hard for me to answer because I couldn't call one to mind. I know I've had them, but it's almost like you said- I beat myself up over them for a while, and then I stop caring enough to remember. Haha.

Love the pics, you're really pretty!

New follower here, I'll definitely be back for more! (Man I sound like I'm trying to pick you up or something lol.. I'm not, I promise! :p)