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30 Day Challenge

Friday, July 29th, 2011

I have been sorely missing my blog and blogging in general yet still felt unmotivated in getting back into it.  That's why I was excited to find out about the 30 Day Challenge on TurnJacson's awesome blog.  It sounded fun and would get me here on the blog every day.  Hell, why not?

I realize I likely have 0 readers left, but that is okay.  I write for me; I write because I can't not write.  Maybe someday someone will stumble upon these words I have left out in cyberspace and will be moved by them, or at least enjoy them for awhile.  That is enough for me.

So, for any faithful readers that may come here from time to time to see if I'm still alive, I will be here at least for the next 30 days consistently!  (Well, I hope I will - we all know "consistency" and "schedules" aren't really in my vocabulary).

(Many thanks to the creator of this challenge - who is also trying to get back into the swing of blogging - Miss Taylor Cast!)

Let's get started, shall we?

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts.
Day 2: Nicknames.
Day 3: Your first love.
Day 4: Your parents.
Day 5: What song inspires you.
Day 6: Pet peeves.
Day 7: What makes you happy.
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to and where else you want to travel.
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend.
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of.
Day 11: A quote you love.
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 13: Goals.
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Death row meal.
Day 16: Your opinion about your body and how comfortable you are with it.
Day 17: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs.
Day 18: Something you miss.
Day 19: Things you want to say to an ex.
Day 20: Something you wonder “What if…?” about.
Day 21: Something you’re proud of.
Day 22: What do you want your future to be like?
Day 23: Favorite Movies and TV Show.
Day 24: Something you’ve learned.
Day 25: Something you are looking forward to.
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding.
Day 27: Photo of your city .
Day 28: What stresses you out?
Day 29: Who is you hero?
Day 30: A picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge.

More Like Writer’s Apathy

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Every day I wake up and want to write here in my blog, and every day I open up the WP dashboard and stare at a blank "Write Post" block.

It's not that there aren't things to write about. My life has been full and busy lately; just that I don't think anyone would care or I don't feel it worthy of a write somehow (which is odd, because some of it has been landmark stuff). I don't necessarily have "writer's block", it's more like "writer's apathy". I think about writing and then go, "Eh..."

I can't explain it. There's this burning desire inside of me to write - anything on any of my blogs. Yet when I set out to, it's "Eh...", and nothing gets written.

True, a lot of my creative output is going into two projects I'm working on (both Sims-related). I don't want to talk about them before they're done because that always seems to jinx it and then it will never be complete. I have been spending some idle time re-reading my Syls Empire stuff - thinking about doing something with it or even just expanding it. I know some of my websites, mainly skatoolaki.com and Skasimlaki, need some work & updating. I'd like to write some more on Trick Tracts, or even get back into researching and writing on The Brandon Children. I know I'm spreading myself thin in that respect, but it's like there is so much I want to do that I never actually can settle on any one thing to do.

Pretty much every spare second I've had since The Sims 2: Castaway for the Wii came in, I've been doing that - until I put the radio in my inventory and it disappeared. I've been so distraught (because all I've found online says it's a glitch and you must restart the game) that I haven't touched it since Friday.

And...eh. What else? I'm trying to be more diligent in updating my Twitter. I downloaded Google Desktop for my desktop pc and laptop last night and am (so far) pretty much loving it. I also spent some time customizing my iGoogle homepage; honestly trying to get away from Yahoo! as my homepage but I love the news updates. I love iGoogle and the way I can customize it, but I have this thing about getting all of my worldly & local news updates from Yahoo!. Yet, for whatever reason, I'm ready for a change. I've made Yahoo! my homepage on every computer I've used for the past 10+ years - just ready for something new.

[Sidenote: Cute YouTube vid about the ease of customizing iGoogle homepage]

To my sister and any other Magic 8-Ball fans - if you download Google Desktop (which I recommend), you have to get the AnswerBall gadget! It can be found here.

What else, what else? I finally cleaned out my Mozilla Thunderbird email today. I had, seriously, almost 6,000 messages. It had gotten so bad that I just stopped going to it. All of my email accounts (Yahoo!, Gmail, and any that are connected to my domain names) are all forwarded to my Thunderbird (which, btw, totally kicks MS Outlook's ass...make the switch today). Not only are all of these email accounts forwarded to Thunderbird, there is no organization to it; they just all simply end up in my Inbox. I need to sit and figure out a way to organize them - have different email accounts land in different folders or something, I just haven't sat down to do it. If any Thunderbird users have any ideas, please leave them in the comments.

Hey, this random writing thing isn't so bad...maybe I need to do this more often instead of feeling I have to have something to write about (like hot topics, what's in the news, major life events, so on & so forth).

I suppose that's enough rambling for now. There are some other important topics I want to cover - a graduation, a birth, a special birthday, but for now this will do.

Going All the Way

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I honestly had no idea that a new design would spur me into coming up with a new name for the blog! Yet, that is how it happened.

I fell madly in love with the Forever Autumn theme you see here, but "Sunshine and Farts" just really marred the beauty blazoned across the top in rich red and opulent gold. True, too, I never really felt the affinity I'd hoped for with "Sunshine and Farts"; I loved the name when I first came up with it, but after some time I found myself wishing I'd gone with something else.

So now I bring you the official - and I hope final - blog title of La Vie Sans Limites. It is French for "life without limits". Sans Limites, or "without limits", fits wild, passionate, no-holds-barred me and was also the favorite quote of my beloved idol, Isadora Duncan.

I had wanted the title to be just Sans Limites, but sanslimites.com was taken. I had considered Une Vie Sans Limites, which is "a life without limits", but preferred "la vie" to "une", and just left "a life without limits" as my blog-blurb.

I plan to purchase laviesanslimites.com and lavie-sanslimites.com. Of course, for some time to come, sunshineandfarts.com will still point here; so everyone has the chance to update their bookmarks and blogrolls.

And, so, ever-evolving me has now gone through three blog names and two blog locations. The original blog, anima, begun in June 2003 on Blogger became Sunshine and Farts on WordPress in March 2006. Now, in February 2008, still on WordPress, I am La Vie Sans Limites.

Welcome to the old but refreshed blog you've known and loved for the past five years.

Change Is in the Air

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

I've been slack in blogging in the last couple years - I hate it, but there it is. I miss it; yet oodles of new content just isn't pouring into my mind as it used to be.

As of late, I've picked up some of the slack - hope there is still someone around to notice - and, as I knew it would, the itch for change began.

It happened when I started back up with my graving blog, A Graver's Journal; new ideas, fresh content, and a sudden renewal of passionate interest in the project morphed into a sudden, persistent desire for an updated look and feel. It happens every time - with every blog and each website I've ever created and left behind in pursuit of different things and later came back to. I couldn't tell you if its the want of a fresh start on a clean slate, or if the new look just helps to inspire me to continue on with my renewed interest (rather than dropping it and moving on to something else in a few days, which I've been known to do).

It could just be, too, that I love designing, creating, or even modifying web content and jump at the chance to do so. It isn't that I don't like the current design of Sunshine and Farts; far from it. I love this theme - yet it is old and updates are no longer provided by its original creator and designer. It lacks a lot of the new, nifty features that WordPress 2.3.3 offers and has given me fits on a number of occasions with odd quirks and mild annoyances that plague me in my inability to fix them (the latest, that the "Comments" link doesn't appear on a post's direct page link - you can only comment on a post if you get to it by going through the site's main page).

And so, after much debate and back-and-forth haggling with my inner muse, I decided that it was, indeed, time for a change. Sweetness has been my theme since the move over to WP in March 2006, and since when I have kept any design or theme for that long? When this blog, then known as anima, was on Blogger, I changed the theme every couple of months or so.

So, after all of that blathering on that you likely could care less about, I will be spending the remainder of my evening searching for - and then modifying to my desired outcome - a new WP theme for this blog. Next time we meet, all will be - hopefully - changed and modernized for your viewing (and my blogging) pleasure.

Until then...

Jenny Martin Cancer Fund

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

This is Shanna, and this is a post I wish there was no need to make...

A close friend of my brother's, and a friend to our entire family, is dying of cancer; they have given her six months left on this Earth - though she probably will have less time left to her than that. Her name is Jenny Lynn Martin, and she is only 23 years of age.

Jenny was diagnosed in August 2005, and has been undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee since that time. Both of her parents have quit their jobs to be with her, and as a result there is no income to help fulfill Jenny's dying wish: to return home to Maringouin, Louisiana and spend her remaining time in the comfort of her childhood home surrounded by friends and family.

Home improvements are needed to prepare the house for Jenny; someone in her condition needs special things done to ensure she is comfortable and peaceful in the home during her time left with us. The money must be raised and improvements made quickly; her time is short and her need is urgent.

It is because of this that I am asking for donations to the Jenny Martin Cancer Fund. We are also trying to plan a raffle, dinner sale, etc. to raise money, but at this time even a simple donation of as little as $5 would be a great start and a big help. All I ask is a few spare dollars and a few moments of your time, fellow bloggers, to post a link to this entry on your own blogs.

This is not a hoax or a scam, or a multi-forwarded message from some non-existent person. Jenny Martin is a real person; she is a real young woman who is dying of terminal cancer at the tender age of 23. She is a graduate of False River Academy in New Roads, Louisiana and a native of Maringouin, Louisiana. She's a beautiful, sweet young woman and she is my friend.

If you would like more information, please contact me via email: Shanna.

I have also put together Jenny's information on a website: JennyMartinCancerFund.com that we will keep updated with information about Jenny and the fund.

If you can donate even a few dollars, I ask you to please mail a check or money order made out to Jenny Martin Cancer Fund and mail it to:

Jenny Martin Cancer Fund
P.O. Box 41082
Memphis, TN 38174

4 May 2007 Update: Jenny and her family have been unable to set up the Jenny Martin Cancer Fund bank account. However, we are still taking donations via PayPal.

If you would like to make a donation, please use the Jenny Martin Cancer Fund: PayPal Donations to do so. All funds will go directly to Jenny and her family for the necessary repairs.

Thank you.

Also, if you would like to donate directly from your bank account or a credit card, you may do so securely, via PayPal, by going to the following page: Jenny Martin Cancer Fund: PayPal Donations. These funds will be transferred directly into the Jenny Martin Cancer Fund bank account.

I thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart, as does Jenny:

Hello,

This is Jenny Martin speaking and I am not asking for much and I understand if you are unable to provide any kind of assistance. Whatever you can do will be much appreciated. I thank any and everyone who even reads this from the bottom of my heart. I am a St. Jude patient, so I am lucky enough to have my medical expenses taken care of. However, since I was diagnosed in August of 2005, my mother quit her job to move to Memphis, TN to take care of me. My father also recently quit his job to be closer to me to spend as much time with me as he can. This is why I am asking for assistance from anyone that is willing or able to help. I am starting a checking/savings account in the name of "Jenny Martin Cancer Fund", so if any checks are made out, that's who to make them to. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely,
Jenny Lynn Martin

Blessings To Each of You, and Thank You:
Shanna

P.S. If you or anyone you know is willing or able to donate items for a raffle, please contact me a.s.a.p. Thank you.

The Art of Starting Something I Likely Won’t Finish

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Because I'm an idiot and/or a glutton for punishment (you decide), I have decided to take a stab at the Nanowrimo thing (National Novel Writing Month). Your goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by the end of November.

I love the idea - and am hoping to use it to banish my fear of writing an entire "novel" or "book". Whenever the idea of writing something that long enters my mind, I generally feel very overwhelmed. How do I put it all together? What if I run out of ideas? How can you write an ENTIRE novel?? But I figure if Pamela Anderson can write one, it can't be all that hard.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on the story-in-progress which you can find at Shanna's Nanowrimo Novel - The Art of Dying. There's not much there yet, but keep checking back.

Just 49,609 words to go!

Halloween was a blast - I promise pictures and stories next post!

The Internet’s Little Shithead: Skatoulaki/Skatoolaki

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

I know this is a bit premature, and I really should wait until everything is done and in place - but I'm too excited! I finally have my own little space on the web! That's right, last night I became the proud owner of skatoolaki.com (and also skatoulaki.com b/c I couldn't decide on which spelling I wanted and, really, the beer made me do it). I'm in the process of moving my many sites & things over - so things are a bit messy over there if you happen by to check it out. I'll let you know when it's done, but I just couldn't keep it to myself for that long!

Why skatoolaki, or even skatoulaki, for that matter? Well years ago I found the name "Skatoulaki" in one of my two "writer's bibles" (these being Roget's Super Theasuarus and Phoenix McFarland's The Complete Book of Magical Names - no writer should be without these). According to McFarland, "skatoulaki" is Greek for, seriously, "little shithead".

"Shithead" is, to me, a term of endearment - sort of in the vein of "you loveable, goofy oaf". It's someone who's inherently good but also naughty in a sly & sneaky sort of way. Don't ask me how 'shithead' came to mean this to me exactly, but it did. So ever since I saw that name, one of the online moniker's I've used is "skatoulaki", because it's kind of cool. If ever I couldn't use it b/c it was already taken, I'd change the spelling to "skatoolaki". In fact, if you do a Google search for 'skatoolaki', everything that comes up is my stuff. So both names/words were kind of mine - hence they both became the "address" of my webspace. I am the "little shithead" of the Internet. Er, I suppose that's something to be proud of... *scratches head*

I'm sure all of you found that extremely stimulating.

It's been a weird day - I spent most of it with my dearest friend & soulmate, tried to reconcile some things with someone I am obviously no longer friends with who all of a sudden got really creepy on me, and am about to spend the rest of the evening with my bestest friend since Kindergarten. All when all I wanted to do was be left alone to work on uploading everything to my new webspace. Well, that's become the story of my life lately - no me-time.

Still, it will be a nice evening. Baret's about to run out and fetch somy yummy Hooters' wings and curley fries for us to munch on, and no matter what else is going on in life I have the ultimate and ever-so-rewarding satisfaction of knowing that today is the first LSU game, and it does not affect me in any way whatsoever. (In case you don't remember, I used to live, essentially, right next door to LSU and game days equaled hell on earth - see last year's post on the first game of the season for reference).

Company's here. 'Til later...this 'little shithead' is signing out..