Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What's going on?

Lake Michigan, Chicago, by Daniel Seung Lee 20x200










































I thought I'd do a random post this morning (does anyone else ever want to type "this smorning?") letting you know about my normal life.  So first in news is the fact that I am leaving for a 10 day vacation to Lake Huron on Saturday!!! Oh lordy, I can't even contain myself.  And just as exciting, while I'm away, I will have a series of guest posters keeping my blog updated that I will tell you more about on Friday, but here's a hint: they are all super amazing.  Yay!  Organizing a series of guest posts on your blog is kind of a lot of work, but also so much fun.  And such a great way to become closer to blog readers and other blogs that I'm a fan of.  Have you ever done one on your blog? I highly recommend it!

So, I keep telling myself that I'm going to get started packing early this year- as in not wait until Friday night, but we'll see how that goes.  Today I should really do laundry, start packing up some of that laundry once it is clean and neatly folded and tidy up the apartment.  I don't know about you, but I always try to clean my apartment right before a long vacation, that way it feels extra good to be home and sleeping in my own clean-sheeted bed when I return.

I'm also waiting for a guy to come and pick up our old table and desk today (I posted them on the "free stuff" section of Craigslist) because my dad is coming with my grandma's furniture in his van tomorrow! I know, I'm spoiled.  I can't help it if my dad loves me SO MUCH! Thanks dad!

In exercising news, I've taken a break from yoga this week, for no apparent reason, and have started doing my Jillian Michaels DVD Ripped in 30 again.  I guess I was craving something a little more cardio-centric.  I've come to realize with exercising that I just need to change it up when I'm feeling it. I know this DVD will get old eventually (hopefully in more than 30 days though) and then I just have to move on to something else.  I think I'm starting to learn the way I like to exercise, which is to do something for a while, a lot of days in a row and then try something new!

In blogging news, I've noticed with the new Bloglovin' design that my blog and a lot of others aren't loading as new posts! Hoping that will change soon.  I'm curious, if you read my blog through bloglovin', could you let me know in the comments?  I think Bloglovin's biggest flaw is that you can't see who your readers are, only how many you have, and I really love finding new blogs to read based on who is reading mine.  So if you've never introduced yourself before, please say hey!

I'm thinking about changing up the design of my blog as well.  Any thoughts on this, readers? Again, tell me in the comments!  I like my current layout, but am wondering if it isn't professional looking enough and if I should have a banner.  I've been looking at some really inexpensive pre-made templates on etsy, and might give one of those a try since I'm a little web designingly challenged and am not really in a place to pay someone to do a custom blog design (although I dream about it while clicking through Freckled Nest ALL THE TIME).  So far, this is the main template I'm considering. Thoughts?  Do you think using a pre-made template isn't the way to go, and that I should just save up for a custom design, or do you like it the way it is?    Would love some advice on this!

And I think that's about it!  I have my writing class tonight, which has been going pretty well.  Oh, and I'm reading a really good book that I found randomly in the library (yay libraries!)  Alright, I'm going to go eat breakfast and start the laundry.  Have a great day everyone!

9 comments:

  1. I'm reading your blog through bloglovin -- I go back and forth between it and RSS feeds with Google Reader, but usually end up back at Bloglovin' because it allows easier commenting, and I can enjoy a blog's layout without having to click through.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Merry Alana!

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  2. I do my blog reading through bloglovin' and it's definitely been having some hiccups the past couple days but seems to slowly be working things out and loading all the new posts I've been missing. I'm kind of with you on the blog design front. I know mine needs a major makeover, but can't afford to pay someone and don't have quite enough knowledge about it all to make something too amazing myself. I do like the simplicity of your design though and also of the one you linked to.

    And yes on the trying to clean up before going out of town, it's always nice to have things already tidied up when you return.

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  3. When I tried to view this post through Bloglovin', your header, post picture, post writing, and archives were all layered over each other in a 4" column. I've been having trouble reading other blogs through there, also. Hopefully it will be straightened out soon.
    Anyway...I like your blog layout the way it is, but I also like the template. The template looks like a lot of other blogs I visit, though, while your blog is the only one I read where all the blog's information is in the left column. I kind of like that it's different.
    Have a great vacation!

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    1. Thanks Heather! Yes, I definitely want to avoid looking like other blogs :)

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  4. I love these little updates! I use google reader over bloglovin and it has been telling me when you have new posts so I think it's working ok?! I LOVE that premade template. You are lucky you have blogspot because lots of people make templates for that. I have typepad and it seems to be less known...I'm so excited for you to get away on a vacation! :)

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    1. Thanks Emily! I know, I woke up so excited this morning about vacation being so soon :)

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  5. Hello! I read your blog through Bloglovin', and have definitely noticed some funny business going on in the past couple of days. Today seems to be the day, though, that Bloglovin' is catching up on "lost" posts and things are generally getting back to normal. Re your blog layout: I think it's really lovely -- and very original -- just the way it is. I do know the feeling of wanting to try something new. I've only very recently starting blogging myself and have been relying on blogger's pre-made templates. I'm starting to get the itch for a change in look but know absolutely nothing about html code, web design, etc. and feel too intimidated to start.
    All this to say: I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know that I really enjoy reading! Have a wonderful vacation!

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    1. Thank you so much for you comment and for introducing yourself! Looking forward to checking out your blog! xo

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