Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Skirt Challenge, Day 1

Today is day one of the challenge to wear a skirt or dress every day for one week. I decided to stick with one that I am super comfortable in for my first day, but added a pair of tights underneath as it's a little bit on the cool side today. I cropped out my head because I'm not overly comfortable right now with the idea of posting a full pic of me on my blog.

Please excuse the fact it looks like I have a had a hard time trying to figure out where to position myself and the camera and this spot worked out the best overall for both.

I thought maybe if I was sitting I wouldn't feel so posed in the picture and could get a more natural picture. No such luck when I'm taking my own photo and on an auto timer...makes me all nervous and fidgety. I have never really been one to like getting my picture taken.

Above is the kitty necklace I decided to put on today. My aunt made it for me years ago out and I haven't worn it in awhile.

Looking forward to tomorrow...I wonder what I'll wear....and how I'll feel...

A "Sweet" Giveaway Celebrating 100 Posts and 100 Followers

Congrats to The Queen of Clearance for making it to their 100th post and for passing the 100 followers milestone! Keep up the awesome blogging!

Here's a peaksy at what is up for grabs:

Head on over to The Queen of Clearance's blog to find out how you can have a chance at winning these "sweet" goodies.

Oh, and if you happen to sign up for this giveaway please mention that I (FoundProdigalDaughter) sent ya. :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another Day, Another Goal (Challenge)

While browsing through a blog by Practical Simplicity with an interesting challenge on it and after days of consideration I've decided to go ahead and accept the challenge.

This shall prove interesting with my track record of actually taking pictures and posting them here but I'm going to try.

What is this challenge, you ask? One week in skirts.

The challenge is to wear only skirts/dresses for an entire week (7 days.) Post some pictures on your blog and show us some of your outfits. If you don’t have exactly 7 different skirts, that’s alright. Mix and match with different shirts.

Go to Feelin' Feminine to see the rest of the details.

This will be interesting given the climate here is cool and lately very very very windy so there may be times that I will be forced into my regular day to day clothes but I'm hoping to participate at least 4 out of the 7 days. Or, alternatively, wear a skirt everyday for at least part of the day. We'll see how it goes.

On another note, I did get my hands on a copy of The Great Gatsby today. I ended up buying a brand new copy for less then $10 with the taxes in so I went with that option since the options didn't turn up any leads....and I much prefer new books to old ones...for reading.

Goals, Reading List

I have many goals that I am working on but thought keeping track of some of them here may be kind of fun. I came across a list today (oh no, not a list) and so my newest goal is to read every book on this list in order. The list is by the American Library Association and it's a list of 100 Banned and/or Challenged Classic Books.

From their page:

Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.

According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 42 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts.

The titles in bold represent banned or challenged books. For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses by James Joyce
7. Beloved by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. 1984 by George Orwell
10. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

13. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
14. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
21. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
22. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
23. Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison


There are another 75 on the list, so if you want to see the rest click here.

That said, the hunt now begins. I did read The Great Gatsby and many others on the list back in my school days however I'm wanting to approach this goal as if I've never read any of these classics. So, get my hands on a copy of The Great Gatsby. Hmmm.

Some options... the library (will be fine for some of the books, but this one I actually wouldn't mind owning), freecycle, bookcrossing, kijiji, craigslist, ebay, and of course local bookstores (both with used and new books).

Monday, September 28, 2009

Foot Spa Giveaway

The Foot Spa Gift Set:
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Above is the description about the Foot Spa Gift Set you have a chance to win. Head on over to Trying to Stay Calm's blog to see how you can win. The gift set is from The Homestead Company.

Karma Organic Nailpolish Giveaway!

Trying to Stay Calm is having a great giveaway on their blog for Organic Nail polish and Nail polish remover. The nail polish and nail polish remover are organic, non-toxic and are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and phthalate (DBP). If you like organic products this is the giveaway for you!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Unplanned Coincidence

Okay, so I'll post a semi-normal entry. This is a photo I took while sitting on the plane waiting to take off on my trip to Ontario....I was just killing time while sitting there and snapping random pictures. Anyway, I didn't notice this until days later when I loaded the pictures onto a larger screen, and totally cracked up laughing....

...that's my suitcase! Not planned at all...totally awesome coincidence. I love when things work out like that....I know, I know...I'm very easily amused. :P

You may need to click on it to enlarge the picture to see how I was able to identify ya can't guess. LOL.

BTW I can't figure out the transparency thing on my watermark anymore so just stuck the image on as is. I thought I had saved it as a transparent image...guess not. *shrugs*

Orange2LA's First Giveaway!

Orange2LA is having a great giveaway. She's even offering up two different prize packages so that means there will be 2 winners! Both packages are makeup packages and some of it is super cool. Go check it out.

Timex Fitness Watch Giveaway

Head on over to a Mom's Focus on Cyber World to see what you have to do for a chance at winning one of these great watches. Also, check out the other giveaway's on her blog if you get a chance.

These watches are great and might just be that little extra incentive to keep you moving. I know it sometimes helps me if I can see the numbers.

Ends September 30.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lost In Creativity blog candy giveaway

Head on over to Lost in Creativity's blog for a chance to win an amazing amount of blog candy. Here's a preview:

Doesn't that look exciting!

Monday, September 21, 2009


Just a friendly reminder that this giveaway is over in a few days so click the link and get your entries in!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm Back

I'm officially home from vacation and from my friends wedding. I had such a great time and the wedding was beautiful. I believe in my last post I included a link with a few pictures...if you care to take a peak. The wedding had a Fall theme and every since I got to my friends place I've been wanting to change my blog layout to a Fall theme....hmmm...I wonder why.

Anyway, hopefully you can see the new look. I like it, however, is it sad to say I'm already looking forward to a new layout for Winter and for Christmas?! LOL.

I'm still behind on things and slowly getting caught up and trying to get the unpacking done and various things around the apartment and my city. My roommate had a nasty fall the other day down some hardwood stairs and is quite sore so I'm also trying to help out a little extra around here. Back injuries suck.

Also, while away, I decided to splurge and got a game for my Wii that I've wanted since way before I ever owned a Wii. Zelda: Twilight Princess, so needless to say I've been dedicating a little bit of time to play that as well.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My Best Friend's Wedding

I'm still on vacation for another day and a half but am sneaking online to update a little and share some of the wonderfulness of my best friend's wedding day. Since I was in the wedding party I wasn't able to take my own pictures but luckily the professional photographer has her own blog and has posted some of the pictures of the beautiful bride and her husband. Click here if you'd like to see.

I've been having a great time and enjoying my time here but I always do look forward to being back home. Nova Scotia, I believe, will always be my home. But I do love to travel and visit other places and hope to do much of it in the future.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Want the good news or the bad news? Hmm...I'll start with the bad. I'm not going to post any pics yet again, just don't have the time. The good news is, I'm almost done packing for my trip. I leave tonight to go to my parents and then tomorrow morning I leave for the airport. Yay! I'm not sure how much I'll be on over the next 2 weeks but I'll be on if I can. I'm going to miss you all.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bad Blogger and randomness

I haven't been doing very good at keeping up on this blog regularly and to be honest, it'll be awhile before I am able to. Things have been going well, but I was away from reliable internet for a bit and now I'm super busy getting ready to go to Ontario for my friends wedding. I am in the wedding party so trying to get last minute things together and trying to figure out what I'm taking as well as trying to get the regular every day things done is proving challenging and exhausting.

I just got back to the city yesterday after visiting with my parents for a few days. It's always a shock to the system going from city to their place or from their place back to the city. They don't live in the country by any means but they do live in the sub-urbs of the city...and I just find it so quiet and peaceful when I'm there that all I want to do is lay around and sleep and just relax....and munch on all their yummy foods. Back in the city, it's noisy, really really noisy, so as much as I want to just lay around and sleep and just's not happening. Also, the food choices are limited in my wonderful little apartment. So anyway, needless to say, the change of pace changes dramatically.

So today, I have a psychology appointment, I need to go to the piercing shop to pick out a new barbell or something for my eyebrow piercing and to pick up a plastic one as well (just in case, I want some different options for the wedding). I also need to get more cleaning solution, yeah okay it's just purified water and sea salt but I'm hoping I can pick up another bottle from them so I don't have to buy the purified water and sea salts and make my own, just don't have time right now. Then I have to go to the stationary store (Duly Noted, I think it's called) to look for a few things, and then I need to pick up some eyeshadow and eyeliner and different things. Tonight I'm hanging out with my roommate watching a movie and enjoying some wine.

Tomorrow is another appointment with my Occupational Therapist and any other running around I didn't get done today. Plus I need to try to clear off my camera's memory stick and reformat it so I won't have to buy a new one for taking on my trip. Money, money, money! Ack! Oh plus I need to get to the bank to pick up money for bills to give to my roommate and money that I owe my neighbor for a Mary Kay order I put in. And a few other odds and ends if I don't forget.

So, that said, I'm off. Just gotta finish my box of Lychee juice and then brush the old teefers (teeth) and get moving. I'll try to write another blog and show some pictures of some neat things before I go.