Tuesday, January 5, 2010

10 Things…

I have a rule at The Hut that I don't accept awards or tags. I actually have a valid reason for this, at least I think its a valid reason. I live on my computer and when I say I live I really mean it. Its ridiculous, someone should do an intervention on me. Right now it is Monday and the clock is telling me it is 9:09 pm. I've been on my computer since 5:48 am, let's see, that's roughly fifteen and a half hours. AND, I'm just starting this post, so figure I'll be here at least another hour. My intention was to quit at 7:00, so I brought this on myself. You see I get up in the morning between 5 and 6am everyday (yes, 7 days a week) and after pouring myself a cup of coffee, letting the dog out (and in), patting the cat on the head and a few other essentials, I sit down at my trusty computer.

I check my email first and then do a quick check on Facebook to see what my family is up to. I have a very short FB list, just family and a few friends. I don't have time to play Farmville, send a hug or a margarita, throw a snowball or take a quiz to see what kind of tree I am or if my friends admire me. My friends tend to take me like I am. Bless their hearts.

Next comes any work, which unfortunately has not been that forthcoming for the last eight months. I have one guy I do work for, but we run in cycles of three weeks on and three weeks off. Today we started a new cycle, which explains why I'm still on my computer after so many hours. I sent out about 40 emails to his clients with our 2010 schedule, said my Happy New Year's to them and told them to start sending any ad changes to me. In case you don't know, that's what I do, I design ads for local businesses that then go in this guy's magazine. Exciting, huh? Not so much.

Anyway, I sent the emails, updated a few ads and the magazine covers and then started visiting your blogs. I also worked on a few new designs for my Zazzle store, visited more blogs and then worked on my Amazon store. During all this I made lunch, which I ate at my computer, talked to my cousin Jackie and my girlfriends Sharon and Jeanette on the phone while I worked, made dinner, which I ate at my computer, played with the dog, decided I would work on my Amazon store for another hour and then go relax. Sounded good.

Then I hear the tug boat. The tug boat is the sound my computer emits when I've received an email in my Shellbelle account. I like email sounds, tells me who is contacting me and if I can ignore it or not. I never ignore the tugboat. I also never ignore the cash register cha-ching sound, which tells me I've received an email from Zazzle. Typically this means I've made a sale in my Zazzle store and I get really excited when I hear the cha-chinging sound during the day. Would love to hear it more often, but hey, I'm getting there.

Anyway (again), I looked to see who was there and it was my fabulous blogging friend Sue @ I Need Mom. You've probably guessed by now that she passed an award to me. You can always tell who isn't looking in your sidebar, when you receive an award. Tsk, tsk Sue. Its okay, I still love you. Any who (I was getting tired of anyway, weren't you?), I usually send an email saying the award is very thoughtful, but my time is so extremely limited I just can't accept. I do try to be very humble and apologetic, but I must say I have lost a few followers over this. I really wish I had the time, they often look fun, but honestly, I just can't. Once I received three awards in just two days. What's a blogger to do? Time is a precious commodity for all of us and I am extremely slow when it comes to blogging. I sometimes spend weeks researching and editing one of my vintage posts. I often tell myself I should switch to more of a journal style blog, you know — telling interesting stories, sharing random thoughts — but I'm not very interesting and you don't really want to hear my random thoughts, they're either pretty boring or very opinionated.

Besides, I love combing through the digital collections of state archives or the Library of Congress for hours, searching for vintage photos. Then once I find something, the photos speak to me of times past and I am compelled to find out more about the history. This could be on a place, a person, the fashions of the time or something else I find interesting. This leads to hours of research and hours of editing. This is what I end up sharing with you, in the hopes that you will also find it interesting. I love all things vintage, but if its vintage beach I'm a happy camper.

Its already 9:47, which means I've spent thirty-eight minutes already telling you why I don't accept awards or tags. Like I said, I'm very slowwww.

But, and this is a big but (with one T mind you), since I had no idea what I was going to post tomorrow (meaning today for you), I decided I would play along. Another big but is coming — I'm not going to follow the rules. Will the sky fall in? Will the blogger police come and arrest me? I'm taking my chances here, but hey, I like living on the edge.

So my darling Sue, here are 10 Things About Me, they are not fabulous like the award ask for, just 10 facts many of you don't know. I won't include the fact that I don't accept tags or awards, I think you've probably already figured that out by now.

(This is not me!)

1 I went skydiving for my 30th birthday and loved it! I had a malfunction of my main chute and had to use my reserve chute to land. They call it a "Mae West" because there was one line over the chute and when you look up, it looks like a big bra. (I have a cat and her name is Mae West in honor of this event and the fact that I love the actress.) Yes, I have dived since, but it has been over twenty years ago now.

2 At my senior breakfast in high school I received an award for The Biggest Ears and I was very excited. You see, only the in-crowd received awards and in those days that was more important than caring if I had big ears.

3 I made a mid-life career change at the age of 50. I had spent my life in the hospitality industry, from cocktail waitress to bartender to night manager and then from server to manager to general manager in restaurants. I decided to slow it down and went to work as a store manager for Starbucks and was injured while on a team-building trip to Seattle. Couldn't work on my feet anymore, spent two years in an electric scooter, went back to college and earned a degree in graphic design. I loved working in clubs and restaurants, hated Starbucks, and now I love graphic design. (Shhh…don't tell them I still love their coffee though.)

4 I love camping by myself. Its not that I don't enjoy the company of friends and family sometimes, but for most trips, I'd rather be by myself with nature and my dog. I think this stems from the very social career I had in the hospitality industry. I also love walking the beach by myself.

5 My two favorite TV shows are the The Big Bang Theory and So You Think You Can Dance. I love nerds and amazing dancers. Before you ask, I do not like Dancing With The Stars. Sorry, no thanks. Oh, and I love The Amazing Race also. If I was younger and still physically-fit I would so do this race!

6 I want to live in a beach hut on the California Coast. There's a photo of the one I want in my sidebar. (You can find it located just a little ways under my button that reads, "Thank you so much, but Shellbelle's Tiki Hut is an award-free, tag-free blog." ;)

7 I love cooking for my family and friends — the more the merrier.

8 I have no desire to ever get married again, but I am a real nester. I love cooking, sewing, decorating, crafting, and everything that goes with being a nester. BUT I like doing it when I want, on my own schedule. Sometimes I eat dinner at 10 or 11 at night.

9 I hate cell phones. Nuf said. But, I love talking on the phone when I'm at home.

10 I love blogging! I mean I love, love, love it. I think I just may need another intervention for this obsession also.

So there you have it, 10 things about me. Since I'm not following the rules and since I'm not passing on the award (it's almost 10:30 and I have to go to bed and relax a bit), I guess I shouldn't post the award here. BUT, I do want to thank Sweet Sue for thinking about me and thinking I deserved such an honor. I think every single one of you deserves an award, but all I'm passing on is my friendship and my heartfelt thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

18 Thoughtful Comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Rhonda sweetie...
You are so cute. I love it. I too am on a computer all day, every day. I go into work most days, sometimes 1 or 2 at home if I need real concentration, but I develop on-line courses for DOI employees. I love it. (Been doing the same thing for 18 years now).

BUT I have to tell you, I am right there with you, I went no-award too, because it is so time consuming writing and thanking and passing them on. So many times people don't want them, already have one, or just don't respond. I would rather just be blogging with my friends.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this today. Have a beautiful day sweetie.

Country hugs..>Sherry

dee dee said...

Sue passed this sweet award on to me as well. However you are very timely, I won't be able to respond until later this evening! Thanks for breaking your rules just this once, I enjoyed learning more about you. This is my first award, so I'll have to play it by ear to see if I eventually go "no award" in the future??????? :-).
On the topic of Art Work Friday meme I would be delighted to have others join us each week. It was something I started right after joining this blog world, to encourage me to get off my lazy butt and produce art. Peg joined me a few weeks ago and would love to see it grow! Have a wonderful day!
Dee Dee

Loui♥ said...

you must be my alter ego! and thanks for breaking the rule and sharing a bit more of yourself with us..
Have a beautiful day!
warm hugs.. laughing smiles..

Sue said...

You are so funny! I'm barely keeping on top of things reading the blogs...you mean I have to read the sidebars too? I've gotten a few awards in the past months and I don't usually play by the rules either. Yesterday was the first time I posted 10 things about me...and they certainly weren't fabulous. I decided to do it because I haven't really shared much personal stuff here yet. I knew I'd probably pick someone who was award free, thus the no pressure disclaimer. It does take a long time to thank, respond, pick and post when you win an award and I may be right there with you sooner than later.

I am glad that you played along. I learned things about you that I didn't know. I always thought it would be fun to work at Starbucks, until we got one here and I realized that meant standing up and working nights and weekends. I'll stick to drinking the coffee.

You'll have to visit my recent post and tell me more about how your amazon store works...I did a blogger Q & A today.

So, I think you are award winning...and I'll try to read the sidebars (but it probably won't happen)!


Blondie's Journal said...


It was fun learning so many things about you (sky diving and camping alone...you are my forever idol!).

I haven't received an award in eons, so no need to paste anything on my sidebar. I guess I have lost my appeal... ;-)

I don't know how you manage to work at a computer so many hours, but kudos to you. A girls gotta do...

Love this post. I hope you got some rest! :-)


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

That was a fun read! I promise not to send you an award but I did enjoy hearing more about you! Thanks for sharing and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Coralie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Loved reading every word, Rhonda! A delightful post, and I hear you... I was on here at 2:00 AM trying to play catch up. :-)



Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I'm actually guilty of never having passed on an award (nor given one). But I do add them all to this one post I have with a link back. Reason? It would take me hours to write up "things about myself you didn't know", or whatever else it is. I am no writer at all -I wish I was!

I totally enjoyed learning more about you though!!!!

agreenearth said...

Thank you for your special words on my blog and what an interesting life you have had.

Admire how you studied and changed careers and love your dreams and aspirations.

Here's hoping that all the things you dream about will come true.

Joyce said...

I hear you about those awards. I do not do not do them as my life is just not exciting. I laughed at the big ear award. I really enjoyed your vintage photos of the pier and beach and the casino in CA. I have stay that my favorite beach is in Bermuda and also one in Kauai that is like a swimming pool filled with turtles and fish swimming around you. I use to live in CA and found the beaches too cold for swimming without a wet suit. As an Army Mom I salute your nephew and niece.

sealaura said...

Hey there!
I rarely read long posts 'cuz like you I am on the comp all day but I did read yours. I truly ddi enjoy learning more about you. WOW what a journey you have had so far. That first skydiving snafoo would have scared me off diving for life. Happy New year !

Lillian Robinson said...

One of these days we'll do #4 together... You tell me when you're going and I'll join you in spirit! LOL I used to camp on a houseboat for two weeks by myself every summer. Of course, the fam came out on the weekends, but I truly loved the solitude.

Thanks for sharing. Now I know you better!

SquirrelQueen said...

It's always fun to learn more about our fellow bloggers, your list is great. I am really slow about posting awards and always break the rules. I'm probably on the blogging police's wanted list.

Sorry I haven't been over more, I took a lot of time off around the holidays and I am so far behind with visits.

Have a great New Year,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda
I'm so glad you broke your rule and played along with the 10 things. I laughed [nervous giggle type] when you said your main chute didn't open!! I am yet to try skydiving and perhaps... might not now!! haha As you know I also work on a computer all day... often 10hrs at the office and another 6 at home!! but I would be oh so happy to change that to all at home.. and can quite happily go for days without seeing another person... which of course is another reason why blogging is great... you can pop in and out when it is convenient...

I also understand completely the lack of time for awards yet it is nice to receive them and know ppl appreciate your blog... happily for me I not so out of time right now and can enjoy blogging and catching up with others... and reading all about some of my favourite bloggers like yourself and Sue!

OH and I LOVE the amazing race too!!

Take care and thank you for sharing some of yourself with us... xxx Julie

Kristen said...

This is such an awesome post... and I am a bit sad you don't accept awards... only because I love that they help me learn more about you, like this did :) But I do understand the whole time is precious thing. And I know you're not into the whole Farmville thing... but I did just see that Facebook has a game called Tiki Farm. It made me think of you :)

Also- for the record- IF I give you an award in the future, there is no need to let me know you aren't accepting it. I might just pass one on to you so I can include a link to your blog on mine so others can come and find you... since I think you're fabulous!

Hope you had a great day today!!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I loved this post Rhonda! It was fun learning more about you! When I was a brand new blogger an award was so exciting, but after receiving many it was more of a chore to pick out others to receive it and I always was afraid to hurt feelings of those I didn't chose, and doing the tag was sometimes so time cosuming, so I also made myself "award free/ tag free." Now if I get one I ask the person to pass it instead to a new blogger so that they will gain confidence.

gayle said...

Enjoyed learning more about you!!

Sierra said...

You should totally live in a beach hut in CA, I would come and visit you! Kudos to you for getting a degree in Graphic Design...I have considered that at some point but I have just way too many interests and I need to narrow them down. :) I love love blogging too and I love your blog! :)

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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