September 15, 2014

Picture Practice: Bird

This week we’re practicing with birds, those suckers move so getting a good shot can be hard sometimes.

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Come back next week when our Picture Practice subject is, Fall (sad sigh). Don’t forget you can link up using Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with #picturepractice!

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September 12, 2014

Seashell Chronicles 9/8

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Beach Happenings

// A weekend spent watching DVR shows since it rained AGAIN, someday I’ll see the outside again I’m sure of it.

// Little K got a new belt on Wednesday night in Karate, good thing it was her favorite color this time.

// IF the rain can hold off this weekend Little K and I are off to explore Bird Island Saturday, we’re hoping to find awesome shells and take some great pictures.

Favorite Links

I LOVE and use Google Chrome religiously so when I saw I Wish I Knew These 15 Google Chrome Extensions Earlier, I knew I had to check it out. I’m already using the Momentum start screen replacement extension and I love it! I’m a HUGE proponent of working to live not living to work, so I highly recommend all you live to work folks check out Why You Should Be Making A Life Instead Of Making A Living. If you read this post by me you know my favorite word EVER is the F-word, so of course I clicked on 11 Things You Didn’t Know About The F-Word, you’re welcome. I like website features that make my life easier, so I was all about figuring out 30 Little Known Features of the Social Media Sites You Use Everyday…again YOU ARE WELCOME!

Have a ggggreeeeaaaatttt weekend and I will see you Monday for Picture Practice!

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September 11, 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Now that you’ll be singing that annoying ass song all day long I’ll really tell you some of my favorite things to make up for it!

Favorite Things

Color: Black

Music: 80’s/90’s Rock

Book: Harry Potter (any and all)

Food: Chinese take out

Day: Saturday

Season: End of Spring/Beginning of Fall

Holiday: Halloween

Candle Scent: Lavender or Lavender/Vanilla

Ice Cream: Plain old boring vanilla

Favorite Website: Lifehack.org

Favorite Sport: Football

Favorite Football Team: Panthers

Favorite Year: 1995

Favorite Number: 3

Favorite Quote: “Well behaved women seldom make history.”

Favorite Movie: We’re The Millers

Time of Day: 7:00 PM

Candy Bar: Reese Cups

What are some of your favorite things?

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September 8, 2014

Picture Practice: The Sky

I thought I’d start off with something super easy for me as far as Picture Practice goes, I can’t get enough of the sky. Especially sunrise and sunset, as you’ll notice below.

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Sunrise Cherry Grove August

Glowing Clouds

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I should print a book called the Sunrise’s over The Marsh, I have a picture from almost every single day and not one of them is the same.

What does your sky look like?

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September 5, 2014

Seashell Chronicles 9/1

Another week in the books and it hasn’t been bad at all, busy at work slow at the beach just the way I like things.

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Beach Happenings

// The tourist have left the building, thank you and goodnight. Apparently it was a madhouse on the roads out of here on Monday afternoon but I was blissfully unaware until I watched the news. Now it’s just me, the snowbirds, and the surfer’s until Memorial Day next year.

// If you looking for a fun light end of summer ready I highly suggest Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie, I picked it up Sunday afternoon at the used bookstore and was done by Thursday morning. The best part, I actually laughed out loud a couple of times.

// Within the next couple of weeks they are opening a Mellow Mushroom, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, and Dick’s Sporting Good’s by my house with a Ross and Publix to follow soon behind. If you don’t consider this an exciting beach happening you clearly don’t live here, I love my smaller family beach but I need some things to keep me occupied too.

// As for all my Labor day family fun, well after a beach accident on Saturday we decided to just take it easy the rest of the weekend days. Now that the tourists are gone we’ll have a LOT more time for family fun anyway.

Favorite Links

I know that most people are iPhone fans but me I’m all about my Android so I found 10 Universal Android Tips and Tricks You Should Know interesting and useful. You always see iPhone tips and tricks but not so many for us Android fans. Also September means free museum day again, there aren’t any in my area this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of free museum admission in your area.

Now I’m off to enjoy a weekend at the beach free of crowds and annoying people!

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September 3, 2014

How About Them Goals

Well the un-official end of summer is here and it’s such a bittersweet thing for me. I can now enjoy the beach without so many tourists (yayyyyy) but way too soon it will be too cold to enjoy it in a bathing suit (booo). That leads me to my goals for September; I’m just getting back from an unscheduled summer of blogging laziness so two is all I can give you.

Sept. Goals

1. Ever since taking a work from home job I’ve told you that I basically feel like my activity level, even down to the number of steps I take a day is a lot less than it used to be. Did you know 5000 or less steps a day is considered a sedentary lifestyle? I ordered an awesomely cheap pedometer which should be delivered today and I’m going to make sure I’m getting in 5000+ steps a day somehow some way. I’m linking up with Stephanie and Steph for their Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge with this goal because the theme for September is fitness. If you’re not in to fitness you should still check out their link up, you might be all about next month’s theme.

2. Its no secret I don’t like winter or cold weather, if I could convince everyone I love to move to warm all the time climate I’d pack my crap and go tomorrow. With that being said I want to appreciate what I have as the cool weather arrives instead of following my instinct to hibernate in my big fat reading chair.  Even when my brain and heart say its cold don’t go, I’m going to get up and take myself, Little K, and the dogs to the beach. Not only will it help meet my steps goals I hear off season is the best time to find awesome shells and such.

Are you trying to back into the swing of things after the un-official end of summer? What are your goals this month?

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September 2, 2014

Things They Don’t Teach You in High School

Hello Just Beachy-ers!  I'm Jenn, and I'm collaborating with Kelli today.  If you're all sad and disappointed, no worries!  You can find Kelli's post over at my blog: Business, Life & Design.  Let's get to it...

The school season has begun!  To the chagrin of some and the delight of others.  I currently fall into both categories, because I'm really excited about my Programming 101 class, buuuttt I wasn't quite ready for the first week so I'm scrambling to catch up.

There's some kind of irony somewhere in the fact that I hated school so much as a teenager and I love it now, after having graduated (Programming is supplementary for my job).  But maybe that has something to do with the number of superfluous topics that received primary focus and how many useful life lessons were left out.  Kelli and I were discussing this and these are some of the things we would include if we could write the curriculum.

7 Lessons They Don't Teach in School
Jenn's Supplementary Curriculum
  1. How to Feed Yourself - I know, I know.  High school offers "Home Ec" but did you actually learn anything useful from that?  I didn't.  As much fun as it was to make alfredo from scratch, I'd love to see a class teaching simple, healthy recipes on a budget.  And maybe also this:
  2. Everyday Health - So we had "Health" in high school but it was all about driving under the influence and eating disorders.  What about nutrition and exercise?  And how not to hurt yourself when exercising?
  3. How to Handle Your Alcohol - Young people are bound to make a few bad decisions, but maybe give some pointers on how much is physically dangerous, how energy drinks or caffeine with alcohol make you feel more alert than you really are, which types of alcohol are stronger/more likely to catch you off guard, and what the options are for alternate transportation if you drink too much.
  4. Being a New Pet Owner - I was so lost and scared when we first took Luke home from the shelter.  Obedience classes helped but I was still on Google 24/7 for the first week or so.  There's just so much you don't know!  And in that vein...
  5. Your Parents Aren't Omniscient - Alternately called "Google is Your New Best Friend."  I don't know about you guys but I was calling my mom for household and recipe advice up until a year or two ago.  Sometimes I still do, but it's because I want to talk to her or do something her way rather than me being too clueless to find the answers for myself.
  6. How to Not Get Ripped Off - This would be negotiating skills for salary, and large purchases.  Maybe a little psychology to learn the tricks that sales people are using on you and how to not be intimidated by it.  Maybe I'd call it Finance 101 and also include a small chapter on paying household bills, and planning ahead for inevitable expenses like car issues.
  7. Joining the Work Force - Last but not least, all the skills you need for job hunting.  Resumes, cover letters, practice interviews, general business communication, business appropriate apparel (varies by industry), and maybe some conflict resolution.  Bonus project: Choosing a Career, where you discuss how different majors relate to actual jobs, what the pay scale and hours look like, and what work these different jobs actually entail.

Also check out Kelli's Supplementary Curriculum.

    What lessons do you think should have been taught in school?

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