The Post I’ve Needed to Write for a While…

If you follow this blog at all, I have clearly been pretty M.I.A. this year. I had a pretty rough first half of 2016 – I tried to continue blogging from time to time, but my creative energy had been pretty zapped by a pretty terrible job situation. For being a generally confident, happy person, I can say that I have never been pulled so low as I was from December of last year through June of this year. I won’t go into details, but by the end of it, I felt stripped pretty bare.

But then I quit. Without a new job lined up, I prayed a LOT, asking God for guidance and if He COULD just MAYBE have me a new job by August 1, that would be wonderful. I had an incredible amount of peace during this time, and amazingly, on August 1, I got the call at 8:03 a.m. with my new job offer. Since then, the rest of the year has gone MUCH smoother. I’m finally feeling more my old self again, confidently working in a fabulous team environment, spending time outside of work with friends, getting back into a workout routine…the second half of the year has been SO much better.

Yet, as you’ve seen, there haven’t really been any posts. I’ve been cooking, decorating, sewing…but I just haven’t had it in me to write as much. Maybe this blogging phase of my life is over. Maybe I’ll revive it down the road. But the experiences of the year have made me care more for my friends, my family, my activities…and a little less about documenting every moment. The only place I post much these days is over in IG (@megstermeter), but I have definitely downsized my overall social media presence. I encourage each of you to really consider what is most important to you, and what is keeping you from loving those important pieces of life. Is there a job you need to quit? A relationship you need to repair? What can you do in 2017 to have your best life? I’m considering these questions for myself as the year ends.

As a “goodbye for now,” I can’t resist sharing some of my favorite pictures (in random order) of the last eight blogging years, as I welcome in this new 2017. I mean, TWENTY-SEVENTEEN, am I right? I remember December 31, 1999, in my friend Laura’s basement, singing “I’m Blue” by Eiffel 65…yikes. I am optimistic about 2017 – I hope that both for you and for me, 2017 shares more laugher than tears, more joys than sorrows, and more gratitude than complaining.

 

A 30 before 30 update + THE FUTURE

Greetings blog readers!

I haven’t been around as much lately here on the blogosphere, and there are many reasons for that. First, I haven’t been doing anything particularly crafty outside of the musical we just wrapped up. Second, to be honest, there is SO MUCH HAPPENING in life right now that blogging just doesn’t fall high on my list. There are also a lot of moving parts that I’m not really ready to share here yet, so it seems hard to come up with anything different to tell you about.

But today I realized I am THREE WEEKS away from my 30th birthday…WHEN DID IT GET TO BE SO LATE IN THE SUMMER? This means that my 30 before 30 list is nearing it’s end.

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Guys, I totally sucked at this. I think this will be my last list-type mission on this blog…Where did my motivation for crossing off lists go?? As of now, I am 15/30 complete…a whopping 50%. The good news is I have ONE REALLY BIG one pending, that should be wrapped up before my birthday!! More on that when it’s official…no jinxing here. Maybe I’ll manage to make a cheesecake in the next three weeks, too (now accepting your best recipes).

I’m not going to make excuses or explain why some of these items have not been accomplished… life is life, am I right?!

I also think my 30th birthday may mean some changes for this blog. It has truly been a personal journal for me for the last SEVEN YEARS (wow), and while I’ve enjoyed it, I certainly haven’t become any big blogging star. I expect I might write through some of the transitions that are coming up this fall, but beyond that… I’m not sure yet!

What would you like to see? Personal stories and ramblings? Food photography? Home improvement projects? Are you even still reading this post??

THANK YOU for hanging with me, online and in real life. Thank you for your comments and your shout outs. You are the BEST!!!

Social Media Shaming {Wrap Up}

So several of my college theater friends (and other friends) have been playing fantasy football together for the last few years. If you play fantasy football, you know that often a team could be projected at 135 points, and end up with like, 80, based on fluke underdog wins, injuries, etc. And every year, we have a gmail chain going to make fun of members of our league (sometimes me) who have scored particularly low.

This year, we are upping the ante. Our first week, my friend Clare was the biggest loser with only 83 points. Meanwhile, the biggest winner was Molly with 155. Through a number of emails, the group decided that each week, the lowest scorer (now known as “The Clare”) will be faced with social media shaming, which will be chosen by the highest scorer of the week.

Make sense? Here’s the simple version.

Week 1: Clare was The Clare. She was forced to post this to facebook with the “♥ her” comment:

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Week 2: Ironically, Molly became “The Clare” and was required to post a selfie, in a bathroom, toilet visible, with the comment “everybody poops lol”

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Week 3, when I ALMOST BECAME THE CLARE, Brett actually became The Clare, and had to post a throwback photo to Vanderbilt Theater with the hashtags #tbt #college #missthis #tightiewhities… As you might could assume, it’s a VERY tighty whity picture that, no offense Brett, I’d rather not post on my blog.

Week 4, WILL is THE CLARE! What you need to know about Will is that 1) he rarely uses FB and 2) he LOVES Nashville hot chicken, particularly that of Hattie B’s. So when our friends found the following advertisement, will was forced to post to his FB page with the comment “Finally! #hattiebs #mintyfresh.”

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Week 5, CLARE becomes THE CLARE again! It’s only fitting she should be the first to hold this title twice. Sticking with the TSwift theme, the following was posted to her FB (note the amazing caption):

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Week 6, it was my husband’s turn. Lucky guy. You need to know that my husband is a HUGE cubs fan. He posted the following photo with this caption:

Big game tonight boys, I believe in you!!!! ‪#‎DoItForMark‬ ‪#‎Cubs‬

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Week 7, it was Will again. A very simple:

#‎tbt‬ ‪#‎duckface‬ ‪#‎missmyhair‬

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Week 8, my time had come. This started me on a slippery downward spiral. Thank you, friends, for taking some old photos and making me feel a fool. (There was this one time, in high school, that I took a dance class and they made me participate in a recital. Shut up). My caption:

Was thinking about starting an adult version of The Ohio State University Cheerleaders I even picked out a uniform! Your thoughts? ‪#‎OhioState‬

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Week 9, Alex is The Clare. She is so darn cute and has very little dirt…so this is what it came down to…

Winter is around the corner, and I can already feel my skin drying out. Thinking I better get on this… http://www.uddercream.com/ #udderbutter #feelssogood

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Week 10, my hubby’s turn again! Went with a Tswifter on this one.

Can’t wait to finally take the time to read this over winter break. She’s a real inspiration. Considering cancelling my Spotify because her art IS worth paying for, no matter what the haters say. ‪#‎truth‬ ‪#‎notashamed‬ ‪#‎taylornation‬

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Week 11, me again. By A LOT. You may recall this slightly out of place blog post…This was my punishment for the week.

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Week 12, Alex round 2!! I had a hand in this one, and I was pretty proud of the 40+ likes she got for it. Full of all the wonderful hashtags you’d expect…

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” Following my inner moonlight with my ‪#‎starbucks‬ ‪#‎redcup‬ with a pump of ❄ ‪#‎LTD‬ ‪#‎selfie‬‪#‎coffee‬ ‪#‎justagirl‬ ‪#‎letitsnow‬ ‪#‎moonlight‬ ‪#‎madness‬ ‪#‎allenginsberg‬ ‪#‎quotes‬

Week 13, me AGAIN. But honestly, this one was not too bad. Just a silly little Elf post…

Decided to spread the ‪#‎Christmas‬ cheer a little early this year…HO HO HO!! Enjoy! ‪#‎xmas‬ ‪#‎mostwonderfultimeofyear‬ ‪#‎lovemyhubby‬ ‪#‎castsucksnot‬

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Week 14, the FINAL week, thank GOODNESS. Landed on me AGAIN. So I was The Clare queen with a total of FOUR The Clares. However, due to everyone shifting attention to the playoffs, I never received a formal punishment for this. I was informed though that next year the name of “The Clare” will be changed, and aptly named after me. I guess that’s the final punishment. A shameful legacy.

Anyone else have fun wagers on the line for their fantasy league? Please share!

Tasty Tuesday: Memorial Madness

Before there was Pinterest, there was foodgawker (well, it still exists, but is less important). Back in 2009 when I posted this post, just after Memorial Day, I had no idea that the photo of my M&M Pretzels would go nuts. I got it on foodgawker, and years later, it spread out over Pinterest. Because of these social media pushes, this post has been viewed more than any other post – even my homepage!!! – with over 58,000 views. Heyo!

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It was an all-in-all successful Memorial Day. I realized that we had a cookout last Memorial Day, just after we moved into the house. Hard to believe it’s been over a year! Anyway, take a look at the goodies we enjoyed…

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Want to make these little delicious treats? Just melt Hershey’s kisses onto tiny twist pretzels (275 degrees, 3 minutes), remove, and immediately press a single m&m on each. Refrigerate until eating to make sure they are deliciously solid!

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See the iced tea I brewed? To try this flavored, yet unsweetened tea, just brew orange spice, orange pekoe, and lemon teas (4:4:2) in 1 gallon of hot water. Allow to cool and serve over ice!

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My dad’s famous pasta salad. Sorry, can’t give out this recipe…but with pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and green chilies, it definitely has a little kick 🙂

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Chicken kabobs! A summer favorite. We also had burgers…

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A Bit of Bloggers Block

I still laugh at myself when I remember that when I began this blog, I FULLY intended to produce incredibly deep and well-planned prose about life, faith, relationships, and even a few pieces of poetry from time to time. There were a few fundamental issues with this:

1. There are a bazillion blogs out there. Very few become successful without photographs and other visually-pleasing touches.

2. Not only am I not an entrancing writer, but I quickly discovered I actually didn’t have all that much to say.

3. No one cares.

And so, the blog became a personal journal of crafts, food, photos, and my life. Sorry I’m not sorry?

But still, like everyone, I find that I have periods of time where I have nothing creative bubbling in my brain. No fresh stories to tell. No new projects or pretty food. Draughts. And then what? Well, this is probably one reason that I have a mighty but small following.

This week is one of those weeks. The season is changing, and the cold, rainy nights have made us hunker down with football and our puppy and I admit, I have not been terribly creative! I hope to remedy this soon, but in the meantime, I plan to spend the rest of the week re-posting a few of my most popular posts over the last six years. If you’re new, hopefully it seems new to you! If you’re not new, sorry, but at least you will have something pretty to look at!!

What do you do when you get block? Writers block, bloggers block, dinner block, etc…tricks of the trade?

The Best Of Us {PSA}

As I scroll through my bloglovin feed, through my facebook newsfeed, through pinterest, and even, at times, through my own blog, I think “this is all so pretty and happy — why don’t I feel like that right now?” or “I want all these pretty things in my house and then I will be SO HAPPY!” or “That one random chick from high school looks so happy and her life must be so perfect!” or anything along those lines, and when I catch myself, I think, “Seriously, Meghan?”

Because I KNOW that we always put our best foot forward online. I KNOW that pinterest is gorgeous and is basically the online Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition of home decor and food. I KNOW that I even design my posts to reflect my good side. Who doesn’t?! So when we catch ourselves having lifestyle-envy, we should know better. But we don’t. Because our brains are these tricky little buggers full of synapses and chemicals, and they HAVE A LIFE OF THEIR OWN, PEOPLE. They do what they want. And they MESS WITH YOU.

Really, this is just a friendly Public Service Announcement to remind you, as we launch into what’s guaranteed to be another not-picture-perfect weekend, that no matter what you see on blogs and facebook and twitter, everyone has stuff. Everyone gets sad, everyone does have some perfect, fun moments, and really, at the end of the day, everyone sleeps, eats, poops, laughs, and cries.

Here’s a real, grainy moment for you from my morning.

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This was moments after I realized I had overslept and I jumped out of bed. The dog took my spot (the dog, who we swore would sleep in a crate every night when we got her). You can’t see it, but our room is full of piles of clothes, as we have not yet unpacked from the husband’s summer out of town. I’m late for work. A moment later, I go downstairs to find some dog poop in the kitchen from the night before that I didn’t see. There are a few dishes in the sink. The flowers are dead. My car is almost on empty. My team lost last night. BUT all this to say, in THIS moment, the man and the pup I love the most in this world are snuggly, right here, and that makes me happy. And that’s what it’s about. The little moments. So be grateful for little moments you have today and this weekend and this year, and don’t get caught up on everyone else’s moments. Don’t worry about the best of US. Just go have the best of you.

Follow Me on Bloglovin’

So when Google took away Google Reader, I was VERY SAD!!!

But then I found Bloglovin, and took it as an opportunity to clean up shop. I mean, how many blogs can a girl REALLY read every day. So I only have subscribed to my top favorite blogs, and I love perusing new posts most mornings.

Do you use bloglovin? If you do, I’d love for you to follow me over there! And if you enjoy my blog, share it with your pals.

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A few of my favorite blogs these days including:

Living in Yellow

Honey We’re Healthy

Pumps and Iron

The Life of Bon

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Happy Blog Reading!