Friday, March 3, 2017

Introducing Things I Haven't Told You

The art of the daily blog has pretty much slipped away, at least for me. The scant time I have between the day job and raising Munckin* I use to focus on writing. It only makes sense. What good is an audience if you don't have a book? Of course, the same can be said for the other side of the coin.

But I haven't forgotten about you, Lurkdom. Honest. I'm working real hard on trying to get it all figured out. So to help myself with this, I'm introducing a new feature. It's called Things I Haven't Told You.

What in the Sam Hill are you planning?
Well, it's not that hard to figure out. We've been in a relationship for nine years. There are things I haven't shared with you that I believe will entertain you. Perhaps even resonate with you. And what is blogging if not about connections?**

Okay, Miss Smarty Pants. What haven't you told me?
Glad you asked.


I've talked about SFLN on here a few times. During those mentions, the word "mime" comes up. If our friendship has transcended blogging, you've also seen me talk about mimes on Facebook as it relates to the WIP. I have history with mimes. This has nothing to do with me being slightly French or the fact I used to have Mime Hunt as a screen saver either.

Credit
I studied mime and clowning in college.


This wasn't my major and it was only for a semester, but it was a valid course of study. Miming is interesting as you have to tell a story with only your body. To do this well, you need exceptional body control and be able to isolate body parts. It's really challenging and, in it's own way, a workout.

I'll be the first to admit I wasn't great at miming. I didn't have the patience to properly execute the techniques learned. This doesn't mean I don't have an appreciation of the art. It's a classic going all the way back to the Ancient Greeks and still thrives today.

And I still break out into the occasional mime routine.

If you want to try your hand at mime, I say nothing. That's the first rule of mime, Lurkdom. All kidding aside, if you want to try your hand at mime, you should! Expert Village has a great YouTube series on miming techniques.



* Internet-nickname pending. Right now, we'll go with this.
** And possibly being a vanity project.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My One Word for 2017

The Lurkdom knows how much I'm anti-resolution and am more about goals. Being a new mom hasn't changed this, if anything I'm more pro-goal than before. Historically, I always fall short on what I want to achieve.

That's why this year, I'm working a new angle. A lot of people are already on board the one word for the year bandwagon, but I'm new to it*. If you're new to it too, you can read about it here. (Disclaimer: I ignore all the happy-fuzzy God things for reasons that I will not get into here.)

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This year's word? STRIVE.

With all the changes in my life, this word is appropriate. It's a kind word, but filled with potential at the same time. I'll strive to be less anxious; I'll strive to eat better; I'll strive not to relate everything back to my daughter or cats. These are just examples because I should be striving in all things**. If what I'm reaching for is attained, great. If not, I don't need to be hard on myself***.

Change is a lifelong thing, Lurkdom. But this year I'm striving to improve myself just a little.

What about you? If you had to pick a word for the year, what would yours be?


* Turns out I'm really not new to this. Looks like I attempted this last year with the word "patience." I forgot about it and so did not work. 
** Let's be honest, I will relate things back to being a cat-mom or a mom-mom. 
*** I'm also striving not to beat myself up too much about things.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome to 2017!!

Dear Blog,

I know it's been almost a year since I've been here and I'm sorry but life got in the way. I know, I know. You're going to say "that's not an excuse" but it is and it's real.

Things that happened in 2016:
  • the day job changed
  • I became a mom

But I miss you and hope to make time for you this year.

Kissy kissy,
Alicia
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