Experts wanted


I’m taking part in August’s NaBloPoMo. The purpose is to write a post every day, one related to the topic. This month’s theme is KNOW. Today’s writing prompt is: Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us three things you are an expert in.

That’s hard. I know a little about a lot of things, and a lot about several things. I don’t know that I’d consider myself an expert on anything. That being said, I can name at least three things that I either know quite a bit about, or can do quite well, if I do say so myself.

1) Sarcasm – I am one of the most sarcastic people you’d ever care to meet. It’s an art. Sometimes my sarcasm gets me into trouble. No, really, it does. Hard to believe, I know, especially for those who know me, but it’s true.

2) Grammar – My family and friends call me a Grammar Nazi. It’s a title I wear with pride. I loathe poor (or no) punctuation, improper tenses, misspelled words, people who interchange it’s and it’s; your and you’re; they’re, their, and there. I can’t count the number of times I’ve wanted to correct a friend’s Facebook status or tweet. To me, improper grammar is like nails on a chalkboard – highly irritating and completely unnecessary.

3) Making Chex Mix – Family and friends love my Chex Mix. I get requests for my Chex Mix. I learned to make Chex Mix from my mom. I refuse to use the microwave. The oven is the only way to go. The recipe on the cereal box is only a guideline. I use more, sometimes a lot more, of everything. And my Chex Mix is damn good, if I do say so myself.

What things are you damn good at?

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Growing Pains

Some of you may have noticed that this blog expanded rather suddenly. As I was reviewing things today, I decided that I had too many blogs and not enough time to maintain them all. So, I’m combining some of them and using  categories tabs in my menu to make it easier to navigate. I’ve imported one other blog into this one so far, and will import at least one other before all is said and done.  I’m still keeping my craft blog separate, and will also have a site that is strictly devoted to my freelance writing (resume, rates, samples, links).

As I’ve stated, this blog is a work in progress, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing other changes along the way.

Beth VanHoose

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Back to Work

Well, my Winter Break is coming to a close. I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off. I work at a school, so basically when the students have breaks from school, I get breaks from work. Unfortunately, they are generally unpaid breaks, but sometimes it’s nice to have the time off.

I didn’t get as much done during break as I would have liked. Having Christmas and New Year’s in the middle of the weeks made things kind of strange. I got to spend more time with hubby though, so that was nice.

I didn’t feel well for a lot of the break. Not bad, just enough that I didn’t want to do much. Then we had the freak snow storm that dumped about 5 inches of snow on our little corner of the desert, so that prevented some activity as well. I had wanted to clean, and finish a major crochet project. Cleaning went by the wayside, but I’m almost finished with the crochet. I should have it finished tonight once I get off of here.

Which, I need to do so that I can get things ready for tomorrow. I hope everyone out there in the blogosphere has a great day/evening, depending on where you are.

Beth VanHoose

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New look

I’ve changed up the look of my blog a bit.  What do you think? It’s still a work in progress. I’d forgotten how hard it is to select a new theme. But, I think I’ve found one I like. I’d prefer it to be a little more customizable, but I like the basic look. I’ll probably be tweaking the look for a while, though.

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I’m not as young as I once was

I thought I’d left the cold and snow behind when I moved to Arizona. It’s normally warm and dry here, but this week we got a good bit of snow.


That was on Wednesday. Today, Saturday, most of the snow was gone. I guess it’s been long enough since I’ve lived in a snowy environment that I’d forgotten how sneaky and treacherous the stuff can be.

My husband and I were out and about today. We stopped at TSC (Tractor Supply). Walking across the parking lot, we both thought it was just wet. But, sneaky, treacherous black ice was lurking. I hit it, slipped and went backwards. Hubby tried to catch me, and slightly succeeded. I ended up with a wet butt, and I thought that was all. However, a few hours later, and I’m stiff and sore. Hubby said he thought I twisted my body when I slipped and I think he’s right.

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New year, new look

In my last post I wrote about goals. Another goal that I hope to accomplish very shortly is to give this blog a facelift. I have content on this blog that is outdated (writing links, rates, resume to name a few) and I need to really spend the time to update it. I’m also going to change the theme and layout I believe. I’ve been exploring some of the WP themes (the free ones) to see if there’s one I like better than the one  I’m using. I’ve found a few I like, I just haven’t settled on one yet. Does anybody out there have any suggestions?

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2015 Goals

The first day of 2015 is almost over. I’ve given this some thought and decided I would write down my goals for this year. Goals — not resolutions. Not lofty goals either, but realistic ones — goals that are easily achievable.

1. Lose weight — I’m not going to put a specific number here. I have one in mind, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t hit that number. I just need to lose weight, and I’ll be happy with whatever I lose.

2. Eat and drink healthier — something that should help in my weight loss. I have poor eating habits; I freely admit that. I have to realize that I can’t eat like I did when I was in high school. I also know that I don’t drink near enough water. I bought a new water bottle today and aim to drink at least 4 bottles of water daily. Yeah, I know that’s less than recommended, but more than I’m currently drinking.

3. Exercise more — continuing in the same vein, exercising will also help with the weight loss. It will help with a lot of other things too, and will generally make me feel better. I’ve had a tendency lately to sit, a lot. And once I’m sitting, I don’t move. I have a treadmill, and I need to use it regularly.

4. Write more — I have several blogs that I’ve ignored lately. I hope to write something in at least one of them every day, even if it’s just a brief thought, a rant, a meme. I also hope to get back to writing poetry, articles and hey, maybe even a story or two.

5. Build my DS business. I’m an associate for a DS company called Charmsations. We sell personalized sliding charm jewelry and accessories. I need to work it more, and be consistent.

6. Build my craft business. I also do crafts, mostly beaded jewelry and crochet items. I sell at craft shows, but I want to have an online presence. I started an etsy shop over a year ago but never did anything with it. I also started an ecommerce website but kind of let that fall through the cracks as well. Now that I have internet at home again, I’ll be able to stay on top of these endeavors.

7. Become more involved — this is pretty broad and I really haven’t given much thought as to what I’m going to focus on, so I’ll address this goal again later.

This is a start. I have a few more goals that I want to accomplish this year, and I’ll get to those in my next post.

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