Wrapping up NaBloPoMo

Today marks the end of NaBloPoMo…thank GOD.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy blogging…I do, and I have for a very long time.  But I’ve discovered that blogging every single day can become a mundane chore very quickly if you let it.  It’s very easily done.

Nevertheless, I have SUCCEEDED! I successfully blogged every day for the past month and that makes me feel all special and stuff. I started this blog specifically for this project and I didn’t give up on it.  Even though there were certainly times I wanted to.  Ha, listen to me go on about my imaginary accomplishment.

Below, a list of all NaBloPoMo posts here on A Fine Reflection, starting with the most recent.

Wrapping up NaBloPoMo

Sauce packets

Some A’s for your Q’s

Sunday nights are for TV

Ask me anything!

Where milk comes from

It’s Thanksgiving and stuff

Wordless Wednesday – Candy corn mittens

Where I was a year ago

You girls and your nail polish photos

Cheese punch

Some unfinished business

Recipe: frozen chocolate banana bites

Google Reader – I’m probably doing it wrong

Wordless Wednesday – Pretty Pomegranate

The perfect cat bed: an illustrated guide

Yeah, I’m blogging about apples today

Not what I had planned

Mario mushroom toes!

Some of my favorite things – part 1

Epic couponing fail

Wordless Wednesday – Canon fan

Tuesday tidbits

Time to weigh in

My handwriting…looks much worse when photographed

It’s Saturday night and I should be asleep

I successfully made my own Febreze!

I have to find my groove

Wordless Wednesday – Autumn reds

Rushing to get started

After this, I plan on taking a freakin’ break for a few days!

I made a deal with myself that if I made it through NaBloPoMo without missing any days, I would reward myself for my commitment with a new domain and a self-hosted WordPress blog.  Just like the good ol’ days.

Problem is, it’s been a long time since I’ve done any of that.  And I have some questions for my fellow blog friends! Your answers are greatly appreciated.

Which company did you choose for domain registration?

Who is your host? Would you recommend them?

Are their prices reasonable?

I’ll have to think it all over some more, but I think I’m gonna do it soon.


Sauce packets

I am just one of the many people in this world who holds on to things with the intent of actually finding them useful in the near future. Waste not, want not as the saying goes.  I particularly like collecting sauce packets from restaurants.

I always pick up the pile and try to put them back where they belong.  Then I try again when they fall. And again. And again.

Until finally…

And then the cycle starts again soon afterward.  I never learn.



Some A’s for your Q’s

First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who asked questions on Saturday’s Q&A post!  You have made my life – for pretending to care about my mundane shenanigans. (Just kidding, I know I’m mad interesting yo). Not really. Maybe a little.


Here are your questions answered.

Dez asked…

What types of games are you into?

Wii – Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Mario Kart Wii

Xbox 360 – Dance Central 1 & 2. (I once tried playing Call of Duty multiplayer with Josh…I completely suck at it).

Nintendo DS – All the Lego installments…and of course New Super Mario Bros.  I really like Mario games, can you tell?

Phone – I’m totally hooked on Words With Friends!

What made you decide to lose weight?

Last January I saw some candid pictures of me taken at a Christmas gathering and I cringed.  I just decided that I was tired of being tired, overweight, and unhappy with my body.  It was at that point I decided to change it.

What are some of your favorite meals?

Oh man, this will be  tough one because I LOVE to eat.  Some of my favorites are Spaghetti with garlic bread sticks, homemade soups (chicken noodle, vegetable beef, bean & tomato), and chili.  I also love this trio: marinated grilled chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes!

What turns you off in a friendship?

When the other person has a constant ‘woe is me’ attitude for no good reason and/or they are always unhappy or unappreciative for what they have.  I’m not a fan of pity parties, and I don’t attend the ones I’m invited to.

Sassyray asked…

What’s the last good book you read?

“The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.  Really great read about an ‘end of times’ scenario!

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Being stress and worry free.  Not having to worry about finances, a career, the mortgage, car repair…I remember a time when my biggest complaint about any given day was going to school and learning things.  Maybe even writing some things down on paper.  Man, I had it rough.  If it were only still that simple.  How great would it be just to be able to go back and have NOTHING TO DO except play ‘beach’ with my barbies in the bathroom sink all afternoon until time for dinner – one that I didn’t have to plan for, pay for, or cook…I should really thank my mom more often!

What 2 things could you not live without?

Assuming we’re talking about material possessions here, I’d have to say I could go without most modern day luxuries if I had to – internet, tv, cell phone, etc.  Not saying I would LIKE it (it would totally suck…suck real hard), but I could do it. As long as I still had my family, I’d make it just fine!


Sunday nights are for TV

At my house anyway.

We love The Walking Dead and Dexter.  They both come on at the same time and we often have trouble deciding which to watch first! Also, am I alone in being slightly depressed because tonight is the mid season finale of The Walking Dead? :/ Lamesauce.

But speaking of Dexter, I wanted to share this portrait I drew of him last year.  This is the most recent portrait I’ve drawn in quite some time, which kinda sucks because drawing is something I really enjoy doing.  Lately though, it’s just been hard to focus and put any heart into it.  I don’t bother picking up a pencil if I know I won’t have the patience to pay attention the minute details.  I don’t want my drawings to be lackluster.

I’m proud of this one though.

What are some of your favorite TV shows?

(Also, remember to check out my Q&A post!  You’re welcome to ask me any question(s) you want in the comments!)

Ask me anything!

I’ve seen a few people do these Q&A posts and I think it looks like a jolly good time, so I’m gonna do one too!

This is your opportunity to ask me ANY question(s) you want, personal or otherwise.  Just leave them in the comments, and I’ll answer them in one big post sometime this week! 😀

Where milk comes from

I never venture out on or any day around Black Friday.  It’s not that I’m all ‘anti big business’ or whatever.  I’m just anti crazy people, mostly.  I have no desire to risk catching a manslaughter charge over a 75% off pair of ugly boots.  Because that’s what would happen if I was into huge savings and ugly boots.

Instead, the kid and I stayed home, slept in late, and are currently partaking in an engrossing SpongeBob SquarePants marathon.

Also, we had the most interesting conversation over breakfast this morning that I really think I screwed up.  Seven year olds are inherently curious creatures and sometimes they ask questions out of the clear blue that really put you on the spot.  I fumbled over the right words and I’m afraid I sounded too much like a bumbling idiot with my answers for him to ever take me seriously now. Oh well?  Permanent damage there, MOVING ON.

It all started with a glass of milk.

“Milk is made from cows, isn’t it mom?” he asked innocently enough.

“Well no, it’s not MADE from cows, this milk COMES from cows.  As in, they produce it.”

“Oh…what does produce mean?”

“It means they make it. Mama cows. They make it.”  I could already see where this was going.

“How do they make it?”

“Well, when mama cows have babies, they produce milk for the calves to drink.”

“…And then people take some of it for humans to drink too?”


“Oh…do human moms make milk for their babies too?”


“Where does it come from?”

“OH uh, well, it comes out of their…it comes from…their breasts…” I said with reasonable hesitation. Wow, I thought to myself, I chose the word ‘breasts’ because I wanted to give him an accurate, mature-ish answer they way I figured most parents would.  But I knew he was going to ask…

“What are breasts?”  I can tell you right now it sounds so weird to hear a 7 year old boy say the word ‘breasts’. So I had to use terms that I knew he was familiar with.

“Their boobs.  It comes out of their boobs.”


Yeah. Boobs he understands, and now he knows a cool new term for the word boobies that he will undoubtedly tell my parents about later. The lesson I learned: When you’re 7, everything regarding boobs is funny and explaining their purpose with proper terms will not keep the conversation from derailing into a gigglefest.


At least I didn’t scare him away from drinking milk ever again. I win?

It’s Thanksgiving and stuff

‘Happy Thanksgiving’ posts are obligatory for us Americans, eh?  I can taste my mom’s famous pumpkin pie as we speak.  But it’s another 9 hours before we go there.  Boo.

Food coma: she’s does it right.

My plans for the day include showering unreasonably early (like right after I get done with this) so that my hair will dry naturally and be in an acceptable condition for styling (it must be pampered before it decides to work with me).  After that we’ll crash in on Josh’s grandmother’s tiny apartment for some yummy foodstuffs, an endless river of desserts, and socializing with his side of the family.

After we get home from there I’ll have to make a mad dash to the kitchen to make some homemade dinner rolls that I offered to make for dinner at MY parent’s house.  The ‘plan-ahead’ part of me told me to make them yesterday so I wouldn’t be rushed and stressed out today. But then I decided that would be quite gross, as you just can’t have day-old bread on Thanksgiving.  So rushed and stressed I shall be!

On an unrelated note: today is the 24th which means only 6 more days until NaBloPoMo is over.  I almost can’t believe I’ve been able to keep up!

Happy Thanksgiving, folks.


Be safe if you’re travelling.  Enjoy the time you get to spend with your loved ones today.  It’s a privilege denied to so many.