December Is Upon Us

Greetings fellow bloggers! If you’re reading this, thank you for sticking around during a dreary November. I am making a pledge to myself to get back into the habit of blogging regularly.

I have this idea in my head and so much of the past month has been spent brainstorming. Change is lurking in the shadows and I am determined to get more organized.

This month will be all about reading (I have 6 books to read, 15 if I want to really challenge myself). The end of the month, of course, is the holiday which means reuniting with family and friends.

The one thing I am looking forward to most about December is the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next one.

Cheers to a great month.

December Is Upon Us

Simply the Best

When I think of Springfield, Missouri this pops into my mind. I spent many a days and dollars here. This is one of my favorite coffeehouses I have visited so far. The staff is always friendly, the establishment is calm and clean, and the coffee (PT’s) is tasty every time. A visit to SGF always requires a stop into The Coffee Ethic. If you’re ever in the area, check them out. You won’t regret it.


This PSA sponsored by my love of coffee.

Simply the Best

Through The Wringer

When emotions are running high and you react by overreacting, how do you process what really happened? All I would really like to do is pretend it never happened, ignore the random flashes of the memories in my head and what I perceived. But how do you move on from that something without analyzing the situation?

Right now I feel like my thoughts and feelings have been through the wash. Maybe after a night of sleep I can get a better grasp on how I think and feel. It has been a definite case of the Mondays today.

Hope everyone else had an easier more relaxed day. Until tomorrow.

Through The Wringer

Year One

celebrating

I recently announced a milestone for myself and this blog. I have been on WP for a whole year now (and I’m nearly halfway through 2015 and still reaching my goal of updating daily). Today I bought myself a gift to celebrate the occasion. It is quite fitting since the traditional way to honor an anniversary in the first year is paper.

Happy Anniversary, Blog!
…or pencils.

Today was a good day and now I am off to color.

Year One

Danke

liebster_blog_award_badge“Thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.”

Shakespeare

What a great way to start the new month. Maggie over at The Novel Orange nominated me for a Liebster Award. It is an honor to be recognized by a fellow blogger and being nominated is always a surprise. Thank you for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere and many thanks to Maggie for the nomination. The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers as a way to recognize and/or discover new blogs.

THE RULES
  1.  Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2.  Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3.  Nominate (insert your own number here) other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers, and link them.
  4.  Create new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5.  Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.
  6. Celebrate this achievement.
  7. Stay motivated and keep blogging.

My Questions

What is your Zodiac sign? Do you feel that your sign’s characteristics fit your personality? Why or why not?

I am a Libra. I am not sure if I believe in astrology but I would take Professor Trelawney’s Divination class if I were to attend Hogwarts. I think when we look at our horoscope, for example, we find the truth within the message instead of taking the message at face value. The same when you think about fortune telling. With that said, I think anything is possible and the subject matter is interesting. Some characteristics of Libra that I identify with: just, diplomatic, balanced, detached, indecisive, & laid-back.

What book were you required to read in school that you loved or despised the most?

I loved reading in school, often finishing work early to have free time for reading. In elementary school I read The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop and loved it. It inspired a deeper love of reading and opened the door for more fantasy books to enter. I despised reading aloud in class because I’m an introvert, I have a quiet talking voice, and I have never liked the sound of my speaking voice.

Do you have a favorite or lucky number or charm? If so, what is it and why does it bring you luck? What ultimately caused you to choose your unique charm?

13 has always been a favorite of mine (the day of my birth) but 7 is my most favorite number. I have always liked numbers; math was my favorite subject in school. There are numerous reasons I like the number seven but one of the biggest is that it is a prime number, the fourth prime number (and 13 is 1+3=4). It’s also a happy number, signifies the colors in a rainbow and days in the week. Read more about the number seven here.

Are there any songs that correspond with and remind you of defining moments or experiences in your life? If yes, what songs bring back memories?

When I hear certain songs they take me back to certain times but not always. It usually happens when I have a significant memory to pair with the song or a stronger memory, for example the song I sang at my high school graduation will forever be in my mind for some reason (a milestone, I guess).

Do you keep a journal? Why or why not?

Yes but I write in it rarely. I need to get back in the habit of using it (I blame technology).

Do you have animals? If yes, let us know all about them! If not, why don’t you have pets? 

The Three Amigos.

Not mine but I claim them as my own.

If you could emulate any author, whose writing style would you choose to possess?

This is such a tough question. I think I’d go with either the queen, JKR, for obvious reasons or Jane Austen because she was witty and ahead of her time.

What is your honest opinion of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series?

The books that lived.

What is the very first book or story you remember reading? How old were you and why does the tale resonate with you?

I really can’t remember the first first but when I was twelve or thirteen I read the bible (KJ version), the whole thing. I was really proud of myself because I didn’t know many adults that could say they have done that.

List your five favorite blogs!

See my nominees.

My Nominees

charlottebibliophile

My Cafe Au Livre

The Vigilant Lens

oui depuis

Art and Soul

It’s All About Books

atkokosplace

Your Questions

  1. What is your favorite quote and why?
  2. And your favorite word? Is there a reason it’s your favorite?
  3. What time of day do you write blog posts? Why is that your time?
  4. What type of blog posts do you love reading? Which type do you love to write?
  5. Coffee or tea, and why?
  6. Hardback, paperback, or ebook?
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world, one place, where would you travel? Who would join you?

To everyone reading my blog, I’m sending good thoughts your way and my many thanks. To my nominees, participation is voluntary but if you choose not to accept your award please try to pay it forward another way. We need more good vibes in the world.

Thanks again for the award, Maggie!

Danke

Handwriting

ICollage 2015-05-30 17_56_53t is crazy to think about things you wrote down years ago. I dug out one of my journals (still a WIP to fill) and snapped some shots of a few pages. The stories were funny to read now but I started looking at my handwriting.

The biggest difference is when you compare the present with 15 years ago. Back then I was in the habit of writing daily and it was just the dawn of the computer age. As time goes on my writing (in my opinion) is lacking. I may need to get back in the practice of writing in an actual journal again to improve my penmanship.

These excerpts are examples of when I was not trying to write legible, just freely.

Have you noticed a change in your handwriting over the years? Is the computer/texting ruining us all?
Handwriting

Throwback, Days of Yore

332944_10150328971795671_699430161_oThis was my neighborhood bookstore of choice. I am not sure why it happened but my preference for Borders over B&N was always present. I used to visit weekly to catch up with my old friends and new acquaintances (new releases/classics) and tried to bring a friend home with me every once in awhile. The books greeted me each time like no time had passed. The atmosphere in the store was what kept me coming back. I never had to wait in line too long for coffee at the cafe. The tables weren’t crowded with teens sipping their fraps or hipsters on their Macs. It was a more relaxed vibe I got while wandering the shelves, reminding me of the library almost.

I miss having a place that feels like a second home. I have yet to find another spot to frequent and the void still feels fresh. With time the wound will heal and more so when another store takes the place this one occupied. Until then I’ll just say, thanks for the memories.

Throwback, Days of Yore

Going Places

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5 places you want to visit

  1. Australia: I’m not sure why but ever since I did a report on Australia I have always wanted to visit. So for two decades I have been fascinated with the culture, the people, and the magic of Australia. One day.
  2. Egypt/Africa: I basically want to visit everywhere. I combined the two because I am only making a list of five today. I want to visit Egypt for numerous reasons.
    1. my best friend lives there currently
    2. also, another report in middle school on Egypt led to a curiosity about the place
    3. I want to see the pyramids and the Nile, thanks to a love of my history Western Civilizations class.
    4. One of my favorite movies of all time is The Lion King. I want to visit Africa and see the circle of life in person.
  3. U.K.–numerous spots: all of the spots? I joke that I was born on the wrong continent. My love of the history, British TV, Scottish actors, and the scenery make me dizzy with lust. I will visit these places in my future. I must.
  4. India: is new to my obsession list. I was once intrigued by the many facets of India but the interest waned over time. I am getting newly acquainted with the loveliness of the country and all it has to offer.
  5. Alaska: The Last Frontier. I have a life goal to visit all 50 states before I turn 50, so of course I’m going to Alaska at some point, it’s a matter of when. I’m not that much of an outdoorsy girl but being in nature centers me. The open spaces, fresh air, and landscapes are soothing. I could spend a month in Alaska, sitting outside lost in thought, soaking up the beautiful surroundings.

What place is on top of your own list?
Going Places

What’s in a Name?

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What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
–Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

A breakdown of the name of this blog.

  • First, I go by teafunny a pun about my name, Tiffany. A friend started calling me this and it stuck, plus I like it.
  • daily dose of reality is a phrase from Stand Here With Me, a favorite song of mine.
  • The actual blog address is busysbestie. I first started blogging over on Blogger with my best friend Busy. When I wrote a post I would sign the end with BB, Busy’s Bestie, or just Bestie. I wanted “my own” blog name to use for commenting on the blogs we followed and interacted with regularly. I ended up using it as my own personal site now and never changed the name.

Also happy May the Fourth (be with you) and cinco de cuatro.

How did your blog name originate?
What’s in a Name?