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I was tagged by both Watts Up Daily and Daily Dose of the Dentes so I thought it was time to play along…

Here are the rules of the tag: 
 * Post the rules on your blog
 * Write 6 random things about yourself
 * Tag 6 people at the end of your post

  • I call my mom everyday ~ even if it’s to let her know I’m too busy to talk.
  • I learned to control it but I’m very, VERY competitive.
  • I’m usually a good judge of character and am surprised if people disappoint me.
  • I don’t shy away from confronting someone about an issue but I avoid drama like the plague.
  • I’m a germaphobe ~ not like “Monk” but close.
  • I LOVE attending weddings ~ even if I barely know the people.

I’m not going to tag anyone but play along if you like…

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Six Word Memoir Meme

Books on the Brain tagged me for an interesting meme and here are the rules:

1. Write your own six word memoir

2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like

3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere

4 .Tag five more blogs with links

5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play

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Loving, Learning, and Laughing through life. 

This week I had to pick a security question to answer in case I forget my password. These were the questions: What’s your favorite book? What’s your favorite band? OR What’s your favorite movie?  First off, I think these are a really bad choice of questions because what I think is my favorite band this year could change by next year and I’ll forget who I said I liked! I went with favorite movie after much agonizing. Likewise, it was really hard to pick only 6 words for this memoir meme…

I’m tagging who ever wants to play along but here are a few specific ones: O Chronicles, Learning to Live, Life on the Run, Daily Dose of Dentes, Jess Mobb (although with the current cabin fever attack, Jessmobb could be a little depressing ~ LOL),

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Personal, Private or Public?

I love the blogging world.

I’m glad most blogs are public and available for me to read. There’s nothing like finding a great new blog about a topic near and dear to my heart. I was so bummed when the “Vegan Lucnhbox” decided to stop blogging.

Some of my friends have chosen to make their blogs private which is understandable but not for me. I enjoy when a “stranger” leaves a comment about something I’ve written. I’m always surprised when someone finds me and actually takes the time to leave a comment. Even after 6 months since writing anything on Guam, most of my google “hits” are about Guam. I’ve had numerous questions and comments from people moving to or just missing Guam. I hope they will find useful information in my writings.

If my blog were private, Books on the Brain wouldn’t have left a comment and I, in turn, wouldn’t have had an opportunity to read her wonderful blog on books. I also would have missed the following comments: Robin’s link to his flickr photo after I mentioned seeing him dressed as Robin (from Batman & Robin) at the NYC marathon, Bruce who just yesterday left a comment about how he built the stairs to Haputo Beach back in the early 70’s, and Cliff, who is a published writer, left a comment about a reading meme.

With such positive and fun feedback, private blogging is out of the question for me ~ at least for now.

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One Year of Blogging

Today is my one year anniversary of blogging. Having this blog has made it so much easier for me to keep in touch with family and friends. Makes me wish I’d gotten started sooner ~ but that’s where “Flashback Fridays” comes into play. I don’t miss trying to send long e-mails and large photo files. All they have to do is read it here first. 

And it’s always a pleasant surprise when a stranger stops by and likes something I’ve written. 

But my favorite part of having a blog is FM,FG and I will have something to look back on to remind us of our good times together. With all our traveling, it’s hard to remember some of the details.

Here are my stats for the year:

  • 14,883 visitors
  • 226 posts
  • 548 comments
  • 5,735 dreaded spam. Thankfully, Akismet filters most of those out.

Thanks to everyone who visits and feel free to leave a comment anytime. I love hearing from others.

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Funny Travel Blog

One of my favorite travel advice sites is Tripadvisor. It’s got great travel information, links to hotels and everyday travelers like me leave reviews about their stays at hotels. I like reading about “real” praise or criticism about a hotel. So far, I haven’t been led astray.

Tripadvisor now has a blog which posts reviews they couldn’t put on their travel site. If you’re into traveling and want great advice go to their site. If you work at a hotel and want to know what people think, go to their site. But if you want a good laugh, check out Tripadvisor’s new blog.  I’ve also added it to my Blogroll.

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Snap View

The new Snap feature on WordPress is not only fun but also efficient. I usually click through all my “blogs I visit” in the morning while I’m having my morning tea. It’s always a little disappointing when you click into a blog and it hasn’t been updated for awhile, but now, I can preview a site just by placing the cursor over the name of the blog. Give it a try on one of the blogs listed to the right.

I admit I’ve been lazy about adding blogs to my list because it’s easier to go into Heidi’s or Angie D.’s site and click through their lists  ~ I don’t know the writer’s personally but I’ve gotten to know them through their interesting topics. Not that I always agree 🙂

Now with snap, I’ll be adding a lot more blogs to my list so I can see if they’ve been updating before actually going into the site.  I’m really liking this feature (can you tell?).

Ah, it’s the little things that make me happy!

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My favorite Guam Blog

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I finally got to meet my “blog hero”, Josie from Latitude 13, on Saturday. We went to an Art Show at a club named Live House where a couple of Josie’s photographs were being exhibited. The local artwork was great and we had a small world experience when we walked in and saw a Bayern flag, some Oktoberfest items and other German things on the wall. We spoke with the owner who turns out to be a German woman from Baden-Baden. So not what we were expecting. It looked like a fun joint to ‘hang out’ so we’ll go back with friends when we have a sitter for FG 😉

It was a thrill to finally meet Josie. I’ve been reading her blog since we found out last September we were moving to Guam. She provided a lot of positive and pertinent information which I couldn’t find on other Guam websites. If you’re moving to Guam or are just interested in Guam, Latitude 13 is the site to read. It’s professional, positive and has gorgeous photos.

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Joining the Crowd

I finally joined the crowd and have started my own blog. Going to call it Beachbums because we’re lucky enough to live in Guam with access to many gorgeous beaches. To be honest, the real reason I decided to blog is I got tired of trying to keep everyone updated on our hectic lives via e-mail. Bear with me as I learn the ropes of the blog world. Feel free to give me advice!

Mostly this will be for family and friends but I’m hoping it will be an inspiration for others to travel more. Traveling is such an important part of our lives and I love sharing stories, photos and advice. Most of the updates will be about my adventures with regards to moving to, living in and traveling around Guam. If you know anyone about to move here, they may want to check this blog from time to time.

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