or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Home for Lunch

March 15, 2011 39 comments

I don’t feel like writing much today so I’m posting another photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Home for Lunch

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Home For Lunch

This is what my Mom’s dinner table looked like for the holidays or any big family gathering.

To the right, at the back, is the kitchen where there was another table set up.

You can read more about all the mismatched chairs at: or not – Sundays With Mom.

Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

You’re welcome to post your photo link in the comments.

Some photos from my fellow bloggers.

http://pigletinportugal.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://redneckprincess.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://yorijuly14.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://nolagirlatheart.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://nprimopiano.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/im-home/

http://staceyarcher.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://therunninggarlic.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://crowingcrone.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://noobcake.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

http://passionateaboutpets.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/weekly-photo-challenge-home/

Quote for today

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Thomas Jefferson

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Not Knowing How To Add Follow Me on Twitter

March 14, 2011 18 comments

Twitter, ClassyRose101, Things in life I find annoyingI’ve written a couple of posts over the past week about Twitter. WordPress bloggers are now putting their Twitter feed on their blogs but it seems that not all WordPress themes come with an option or Widget to add the Follow Me on Twitter Badge to their blog. This is what’s bugging me today!

I knew there had to be a way to add it so I went searching on Twitter and found the solution for you to use.

The first thing you need to do is head over to Twitter’s Resources/buttons page where you will find different buttons in various sizes and colours to choose from.

Click on the button you want to display and a small pop-up window will appear with the HTML code that includes your Twitter username. You must be signed in to Twitter for this to work.

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Copy the code in the pop-up window.

<img src=”http://twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com/follow_me-b.png” alt=”Follow classyrose101 on Twitter”/>

The next step is to go to:

Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Text

  • Add a text box to your sidebar. 
  • Paste the HTML code into the text box.

Depending on which button you choose to use you might want to add a title to your widget. The button I selected for this example doesn’t really need one so I’ve left it blank.

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Select the position where you would like your Follow Me On Twitter button to appear and click on “Save Widget“.

Visit your blog, make sure you’ve hit refresh and your badge should appear and look like this.

Follow Me On Twitter - ClassyRose, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011

Click on it to make sure it’s working properly and you’re done. Your readers now have an easy way to follow you on Twitter.

I’ve already given these instructions to my blogging buddy PiP and she has successfully added the button to her blog Piglet in Portugal if you would like to see how it looks.

Do you have a Follow Me On Twitter button on your blog!

 

Now that I’ve shown you how to add the Follow Me On Twitter button to your blog,

There is nothing bugging me today!
🙂

Quote for today

You will discover that you have two hands.
One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Blogging Buddies Interviews

March 13, 2011 22 comments

RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, ClassyRose, Things in life I find annoyingSeeing as I was interviewed for the first time this week by Piglet in Portugal, I thought I would recognize some of my Blogging Buddies who have either been interviewed or featured bloggers since the WordPress Challenge started. There is nothing bugging me today!

Hugmamma published an interview with Piglet In Portugal who was my first Blogging Buddy in the WordPress Challenge. She has been a great buddy offering me the support and encouragement I needed to get through some difficult times.

Here is what Piglet in Portugal had to say about being interviewed.

A couple of weeks ago hugmamma of “hugmamma’s MIND, BODY and SOUL” kindly asked if I would like to be interviewed; honoured by her request I readily agreed.

Last month my second Blogging Buddy, MyEnglishThought was also interviewed by Hugmamma and here is what she had to say about being interviewed.

Just a quick word today to tell you that something unexpected happened yesterday.
Hugmamma is insterviewing me !! :) Yes I still can’t believe it… Thank you for this interview Hugmamma !!

Unfortunately she had to run off to work and wasn’t able to finish the interview until this past week, here is “my english thoughts,” interview…part 2

eof737 – Elizabeth has featured 3 of my Blogging Buddies on Mirth and Motivation over the last month.

First one featured was Barb19 and her blog Passionate About Pets.

Next up was Jackie PaulsonMy Internet Life by Jackie Paulson

The most recent was Stacey Archer – Walk A Mile In My Shoes

She likes doing this so if you’re interested in being a featured blogger, pay her a visit and let her know.

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Following are the new blogs I’ve visited as part of the RandomBlog2011 Challenge. I found another brand new blog – Indigo Spider – where the comment I left was #2. We all know that Mr. WordPress always gets to comment first.

Blogs I’ve Visited

The first comment I left on Killdain‘s blog didn’t mention the challenge but it was my first visit. After leaving a second comment suggesting the challenge he did pay a visit to my blog and he’s decided to join the challenge.

Weekly Photo Voting! “Curiosity”


Weekly Photo Voting! "Curiosity"

 

Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

You’re welcome to post your photo link in the comments on

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.
Author Unknown

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Housekeeping – Good Reason To Add Twitter To Your Blog

March 12, 2011 32 comments

Blog, Housekeeping, annoying, bugging me, blogging, chores, pet peevesEarthquakes, tsunamis, radiation leaks. This is what’s bugging me today!

This week’s earthquake in Japan has shown us how valuable Twitter can be and is to those caught in such a tragedy. One of my blogging buddies, Cocomino couldn’t get home from Tokyo to his family in Kawagoe because rail transportation was shut down.

He managed to do one quick post before he lost access to the internet – I can’t go home.

After that post, there was limited means of communication until he realized:

I could access the twitter or the other news site on the internet by my iphone.
I found my family’s safe on my blog’s comment!

Using Twitter he was able to learn about his family and to keep family and friends updated.

Twitter @cocomino3

Summerfield84 is another Japanese blogger also writing on an English blog. He doesn’t have the Twitter widget on his blog and I wasn’t even sure if he had a Twitter account. There was no word from him and I was concerned for his safety until he published a post today. He’s okay! I’ve since learned he does have a Twitter account.

I was relieved to hear that both of them are safe and are happily blogging again and letting us know through their blogs what it’s like now in Japan.

Cocomino’s latest blog post – I could come back home an hour ago. We are all OK. but….

Summerfield84’s latest blog post – The majr catastrophe : The Great East Japan Earthquake

Do you have the Twitter widget in your sidebar?

It’s easy to add, Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Twitter

Select the number of entries you would like to show – from 1 – 20
Hide replies –  using @username at the beginning of the tweet.
Include retweets – yes or no
Text to display between tweet and timestamp – eg. Tweeted

@classyrose101, Twitter

Some other info
You can use multiple Twitter widgets on the same blog.
Retweets using the official retweet button do not appear.

Check out WordPress Support for complete instructions on how to add the Twitter Widget.

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Another blogging buddy Redneck Princess wrote about being prepared and having an emergency kit available. Please read When pretending just isn’t fun anymore… which includes a link to what you should do to prepare for such a disaster.

Here is another link that you might find useful  – Guide to Preparing for a Disaster.

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Home“. Think of all the people who have lost their lives in the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami. Think of those who did manage to survive but now find that their home was destroyed.  Think of those being evacuated from their homes because of the radiation leak. How will they manage over the coming days, weeks, months?

Countries around the world are offering whatever help Japan needs to recover from this horrific tragedy. You can help by making a charitable donation to any one of many organizations who are rushing to help Japan and its citizens.

If you’re worried about being scammed, check out the article at CNN Money on reputable charities to give to.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Home

March 11, 2011 24 comments

This was home to me for 17 years. My room was the one on the top floor seen in the photo.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Home

 

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The Home I Left at 18

This is the home where I grew up with my parents, 4 brothers, and 3 sisters. I have very fond memories of growing up in what is known as ‘Little Italy’ in Toronto. Everything was within walking distance – school, church, shopping, parks. When it wasn’t we would jump on to the TTC’s Red Rocket and it could take us just about anywhere we wanted to go in the city. My brother and I would often take it to High Park to spend the day.

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Congratulations to the first winner of the Weekly Photo Challenge | Boundaries, Barb from Passionate About Pets.

Voting is still continuing for Weekly Photo Voting | CURIOSITY

Weeky Photo Voting-Curiosity, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011

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Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

You’re welcome to post your link in the comments.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

A smile is a window on your face to show your heart is at home.
Author Unknown

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – 10,000 Blog Hits, Thank You Readers

March 10, 2011 38 comments

10,000 Hits Oh What A Feeling!, Things in life I find annoying, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011I’ve reached 10,000 hits! Oh what a feeling! There is nothing bugging me today!

To be celebrating 10,000 hits and having Piglet in Portugal publish her interview of me on the same day is awesome!

First things first. A special thank you to my friend and first blogging buddy Piglet in Portugal for helping to make this day possible for me. She has been a rock to me. I’ve gone through some trying times over the past month and without her I’m not sure if I would have made it to today.

It was a wonderful experience having her interview me. If you came directly here and haven’t read the Interview with “blogging buddy” ClassyRose yet you might want to head over there and read it before continuing here. I’m not going anywhere.

This is my day to glow. There is nothing bugging me today!


10000 Hits, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Challenge, WordPressWow! What a feeling!

Here is a taste of the interview.

From Piglet in Portugal – Interview with “blogging buddy” ClassyRose

When WordPress started the PostADay/PostAWeek Challenge in January and subsequently made a post about “blogging buddies”, I left a comment and ClassyRose came to my rescue. Rose is great, always offering words of encouragement and support both through the good times and bad. ClassyRose also helps and encourages so many bloggers through her blog “Things in life I find annoying” – I thought it would be great to interview Rose and she kindly agreed.

ClassyRose please tell us a little something about you as a person.

PiP, you know how much I don’t like having to write about myself but I guess it is something that needs to be done. I’ll give you a little more than the usual two-minute elevator speech.

I come from a family of 8 children. My parents emigrated from Italy with 5 children and the last three were born in Toronto. I’m number 7 of the 8. When I was 18 I decided I didn’t want to live by my father’s rules… Click here to continue reading the interview.

Thanks PiP

Now it’s time to thank you the readers and my blogging buddies who have been here for me with your kind words of support and encouragement. Without you this never could have happened today.

I know that since I launched the RandomBlog2011 Challenge in February I haven’t been reading and commenting on my buddies blogs on a daily basis but it’s been kind of hectic for me. I’m trying to deal with not only the success of the Challenge but the success of my blog.

I would also like to thank Scott Berkun and The Daily Post at WordPress.com for featuring one of my posts, because the same day it appeared on The Daily Post I had already reached 5000 hits and the following day was my best ever receiving over 500 hits.

I wasn’t paying much attention to the number of comments I had until I read another blog where they were celebrating receiving their 1000th comment. I looked at mine and realized I was only a few comments away. That was February 12th and the milestones just haven’t stopped.

Comments, best day surpassed by another best day, 5000 hits, featured on The Daily Post.

Then this week I hit 2000 comments and I also hit the Like button for the 1000th  time. Oh, did I mention that my blog is barely 3 months old.

Things in life I find annoying, PostADay2011, RandomBlog2011, PostAWeek2011Now you know why I keep saying I’m on a roller coaster ride and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I’m loving it all and it’s been hard trying to hold all this excitement and not sharing it with you my readers who have made it all possible. I will never forget that it is you who helped me reach this special milestone I’m celebrating today.

Thank you. 😳

There is absolutely nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

The Difference We Make Today,
Counts In All Our Tomorrows
The Meaningful Messenger – Inukshuk

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

A Fat Tax! – It Won’t Work

March 10, 2011 23 comments
Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011

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Often I’m the one inspiring Noobcake for his next post but this time he’s inspired me to write about the “fat tax“. This is what’s bugging me today!

For those who don’t know me, I’m skinny, extremely skinny, and when they start talking about adding a fat tax to high-calorie foods and soft drinks I just want to scream.

I don’t mean to offend anyone, but why do I have to pay more for my food because the obese and overweight people can’t control the quantity and quality of food they eat!

  • It’s not one chocolate bar with 200 calories that makes you fat, it’s how many of them you eat in a day, week, or month.
  • How many soft drinks are you drinking daily?
  • How many times per week are you picking up fast food?

Every time I go to the grocery store I find there is another product I’m used to purchasing that is now lower in fat, calorie, sugar, salt.  A jar of jam now has 50% less calories but I’m paying the same price and would have to use twice as much to get the same amount of calories as I did before.

I need all that so-called “unhealthy” stuff just to maintain my weight, never mind trying to gain some. And so does anybody else who suffers with Crohn’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Cancer and other ailments where maintaining and gaining weight is difficult.

Don’t we have enough problems to deal with already without having to find the extra money needed just to pay for the calories we need.

Now the government wants me to pay more for my food because the fat people can’t control what they eat and they don’t know how to eat healthy.

Why make the unhealthy people who are already having a hard time pay a fat tax?

Dietitians I’ve seen in the past have told me to go ahead and have those french fries with gravy if it doesn’t irritate my Crohn’s Disease. They’ve told me to eat all the foods that any one who is trying to lose weight is told to avoid. That means the high-calorie foods and soft drinks that the government now wants to tax.

It’s not the food that leads to obesity. It’s the quantity of the food that leads to obesity.

It’s consistently exceeding your daily calorie requirements that leads to obesity.

Social Question

Why shouldn’t there be a “Fat Tax” for the overweight?

News Articles

Does Canada really need a ‘fat tax’ and would it really work?

Here’s the skinny on a fat tax – it’s not going to work

Lakritz: Here’s the skinny on a fat tax – it won’t work

Let us eat cake, without the fat tax

Just like I’m skinny and have a hard time gaining weight, I know there are some who are overweight who have medical problems and have difficulty losing weight. That’s not who I’m talking about. I’m talking about the ones who can do something about if they really wanted to.

What do you think?  –  Will a fat tax work?

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want,
drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
Mark Twain

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

My 5 of 25 Reasons Why I’ll Leave Your Website in 10 seconds

March 9, 2011 36 comments

Things in life I find annoying, RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011What are some people thinking of when they design their websites or choose a theme for their blogs? Do they want people to stick around and read or not? This is what’s bugging me today!

There are plenty of reasons why I don’t stick around on a website/blog and this list has most of them. But I’m usually gone in about 5 seconds.

I think they’re all pretty annoying but I’ve selected 5 and I’m passing out frowns and a gold star again.

25 reasons why I’ll leave your website in 10 seconds | Econsultancy.

Things in life I find annoying1. Autosound. This drives me nuts. When I visit a website and am instantly bombarded with an unwanted cacophony of nasty sound I tend to leave with immediate effect…

Things in life I find annoying2. Popups. An oldie but a goodie. And yet still we see them.

3. Interstitials. When I click on a link I expect to be taken straight to that page, rather than being dumped on a page with a big ad on it.

Things in life I find annoying4. Pagination. Do you really need me to load 10 pages to see 10 medium-sized pictures with small captions? Or to read a Top 10 list across 10 pages when it could just as easily be displayed on one page? Pagination is a cheap trick, in my view, to artificially inflate page impressions.

5. Slow load times. Don’t make me wait! I pay a premium for my 50MB home broadband connection…

6. Prioritisation of ads vs content. This is the evil twin of slow load times…  Some navigation may quickly appear before the whole thing grinds to a halt while we wait for an ad server to kick into life.

7. Woeful navigation. Badly-designed navigation is one of the few truly mortal sins that you can commit as a web professional… Flash-based sites tend to be among the very worst sinners.

8. Poor scent trails. Hey, I just want my questions answered, ok? If I can’t find things easily and quickly then I will look elsewhere.

9. Key information is AWOL. Just for the record, there is no way I will click a ‘Book A Room’ button just to see how much a hotel room costs.

10. Immediate registration demands. Why? Why now? Aren’t you going to tease me a little first? Timing is everything.

Things in life I find annoying11. Too much flashing, scrolling sh**. Yes, it can grab the attention, but not in a good way. It smacks of desperation and attention seeking, and is incredibly annoying.

12. Typos. Typos and poor grammar do not send the right signals to the visitor. There are literally no excuses.

13. Rubbish fonts. No right minded person would leave a website purely based on font aesthetics, but lame fonts can give off the impression that you’re not trying hard enough.

14. Narrow sites. There’s just something about sites designed for 800px monitors that gives me the creeps. Don’t you think?

15. Left-aligned sites. Again – and I can’t really explain why – sites that are aligned to the left (rather than centrally) just seem so 2002,…

16. Cookie cutter websites.  Who wants to be known as a copycat?

17. Cobwebs. If the last ‘news’ was from ‘January 2004’ then I won’t hang around for long.

18. A lack of clarity. A descriptive, meaningful, plain English strapline is key.

19. PRspeak / jargon. I tend to be of the opinion that you can shove your synergies where the sun doesn’t shine.

20. Browser issues. Test, test, test, and figure out what your audience likes to use.

21. Flash. Sometimes I’ll hang around, much in the same way that people slow down on motorways to gawp at car crashes, but I normally back out faster than you can say “Jumping Jack”.

22. No ‘About’ page. Many websites are allergic to About pages, for reasons I cannot begin to figure out.

23. Video-only homepages. If I have the time and inclination I might sit through a three minute video, but I think there should always be a text option…

24. Boring vs unprofessional. Some sites have no verve, no personality, and are uniformly dull.

Things in life I find annoying25. Contrast fail. Poor colour combinations can make it difficult to read text. And if you cannot read something there’s really very little point in hanging around.

Do any of these annoy you?

Which ones would you pick?

Things in life I find annoying

The one I awarded the gold star to is all the way at the bottom this time. If you want people to read your blog, don’t use tiny light coloured text on a dark background. I’m out of there!

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – Weekly Photo Challenge | Shadow Part 2

March 8, 2011 15 comments

In order to give myself some time to go through the information from the comments on yesterday’s post Not Knowing How To Use Twitter Properly, I’ve decided to take the easy way out today. I’m posting some extra Shadow photos I managed to find.

There is nothing bugging me today!

Weekly Photo Challenge | Shadow

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Getting out of the summer sun!

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If anyone missed it, we have a winner from the voting for the first Weekly Photo Challenge.

Voting is still continuing for Weekly Photo Voting | CURIOSITY

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Are you taking part in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

If you’re participating in the Photo challenge you’re welcome to post your link in the comments.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.
Walt Whitman

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Not Knowing How To Use Twitter Properly

March 7, 2011 57 comments
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How do I use it?

I joined Twitter recently so I’m not exactly well versed on how to use it properly. This is what’s bugging me today!

And if I want to get the most of what Twitter has to offer I figured I should probably start doing some more reading on it.

As a matter of fact, I don’t know the ins and outs of Facebook either but since it seems that Twitter is easier to use I decided to tackle this one first and leave Facebook for another day.

When I first joined Twitter I did a search on how to use it and this is one of the first things I found and checked out. It’s cute and done with humour. This is their take on these two social networks.

mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!.

Twitter Vs. Facebook

Twitter is different from Facebook because it has an opt-in take on friending vs. an opt-out like Facebook. If you accept a friend request on Facebook, you automatically “follow” each other (Facebook does not use “following” but has a newsfeed that is quite similar to twitter). This means that if you have 200 Facebook friends, you can potentially see 200 people’s news in your feed …
On twitter, you can be followed by 2,000 people but only see 50 people in your feed—50 people you CHOSE to follow. The main difference between the two is that Twitter is much more simplified. There is a character limit to posts, there are no picture or video libraries, and no complicated profiles, relationship statuses, etc.

Now she just said there are no picture or video libraries but I remember my daughter mentioning how she uses TwitPic to post photos. I guess that’s something else that needs to get checked out.

I was thinking about adding a poll today but I’m finding that a lot of bloggers don’t like answering polls, but will answer questions in the comments. So that’s what I’m doing today!

I have a couple of questions about using Twitter and I want to know what you do and how you handle certain situations because I’m definitely the Twitter newbie on this one.

Some people say that you should reply and acknowledge the people who follow you but then others say it’s not necessary to reply.

What do you do?
Do you reply to everyone who follows you or just the ones you know personally?

Another thing I’m not sure about is this entire following bit. I know it’s all the craze about how many you have following you but what’s the deal with that?

Do you automatically follow everyone that follows you
or just the people you know or think might be interesting to follow?

Do you expect others to follow you back?

Does anyone really have the time to read all the tweets?

I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about these questions.

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Silly me. After just talking about how people don’t like answering polls I’m asking you to please visit Ryan at INSIGHT and vote on the two polls he has for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Week #1 Weekly Photo Voting – Boundaries

Week #2 Weekly Photo Voting – CURIOSITY

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying