A sweet friend of mine decided that some of our old Two Peas group should do a layout and post it today and I was more than happy to join in.
About six years ago there was an amazingly supportive group over there. We chatted, uploaded layouts regularly, and the gallery was the best. So much encouragement and feedback. I really miss those days sometimes!
Here's what I made. Choosing the photo was a no brainer. As several of you said...this photo of Lucy was screaming to be scrapped!
I stuck with a white+gold color scheme and used modified journaling from my Wordless (ish?!?!) Wednesday blog post...Easy peasy.
No one understands what you are trying to say, and that makes you mad. It causes you to talk louder (and really close to Mommy's face) and gesture wildly.
And then Mama STILL doesn't get what you are saying. And that? Makes you fusstawated, as you say.
It's hard having to choose a different princess dress to wear every day. And then choosing the accessories too? Exhausting.
It's horrible when you try to kiss your sisters but decide to lick their faces instead. And then they scream!
Mommy won't let you brush your teeth 7 times a day for an hour each time, even though you ask repeatedly. And she says "No Ma'am!!!" when you suck the toothpaste right out of the tube.
She doesn't let you have cake for breakfast or yayyipops in bed.
Your sisters are always up in your business, your mommy won't let you use the grown up scissors. You're not allowed to pull Cate's hair. Your daddy says "No No! Softer!" when you chunk things at him as hard as you can.
Your favorite song is "I yike fooooood" "I yike chicken " "I yike pizza" "I yike freeeee fries" and your mean mommy won't give you those things for every meal.
The other day I added a bunch of books from the Kirkus Best Fiction of 2013 list...and when I got to the library I pulled up my Goodreads app and went from there.
When I go to the library I check out all the books that catch my eye. I don't expect that I'll read them all, but I'm not sure which ones will and won't get read. I take a stack and return the ones that I'm not feeling.
1.State of Wonderby Ann Patchett- Didn't like this one. Ann Patchett is a beautiful, poetic author but I really disliked this book. It bored me (no matter HOW MUCH I wanted to like it) and the ending ticked me off.
2.The Shadow of the Windby Carlos Ruiz Zafon- Loved it. Beautiful, lyrical, spine-tingling and mesmerizing. Makes me want to visit Barcelona badly.
3.Christmas Blissby Mary Kay Andrews- Devoured it in a few hours. It's another Weezie/BeBe Savannah book and it was adorable. I didn't want it to end. My only complaint is that it made me miss Savannah terribly.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes- I fell in love with this and never wanted it to end. I haven't stopped thinking about it since.
5. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain- Thanks to Paula, I'm now obsessed with the Lost Generation and the Jazz Age. I've always been intrigued by Hemingway/Fitzgerald/Stein/Joyce etc...and this book sealed the deal. Highly recommend.
6. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand- It was okay. Highly forgettable but passed the time just fine. I've already forgotten about it.
Recently I read a message board post. The author was asking if personal blogs were a thing of the past.
My first thought? I sure hope not!
My second thought? I have no idea.
I mean...I initially wanted to shout NO WAY!
But then I realized that I honestly don't know.
There aren't as many comments anymore. But that extends to all blogs. All galleries. Things just aren't the same. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself.
One of my creative resolutions for 2014 (besides MAKE MORE) is to comment on blogs more often.
I feel like Feedly makes it easy to just look...but not to look through and comment.
I'm a lazy blog reader. I like to read, take inspiration, and leave.
And that's okay sometimes. But not all the time. Blogging is a lot of work. It's the best kind of work in the world, if you ask me. But it's work nonetheless. And this year I resolve to leave more comments.
Back to the matter at hand. I know I'm not the only "lazy" blog reader. :) I think most people are like I am.
And it's totally FINE. I don't do this for the comments. That would be kind of gross, anyway. Though I do see how that would be really easy to get caught up in/sucked in to.
I blog because (as I've said a million times before) I LOVE IT. It is my therapy. My voice and my saving grace. There have been many lonely times where it has been my only connection.
But I often wonder if I should be sharing more crafty projects. Those take the most (and best!) work, but seem to get the least feedback. Travel posts are the same.
I think Instagram and Pinterest are a big deal right now. And I LOVE those two places. Facebook? Not so much. I'm pretty disenchanted with FB these days.
Okay. Rambling over.
With that being said...who are you?
If you are reading today, tell me about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been reading? Tell me anything.
Tell me if you think blogging is a dying art form. Do people still read? Do you just look at photos? Do you just immediately press that "x" on your browser or feedly feed?