|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!