Daria’s Blog

A journey into the mind of a normal gal… Well..

ProBlogger Challenge Postponed March 31, 2009

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I am not sure what happened, but a quick recap is that I read Darren Rowse’s email and it made it clear that the Blog Challenge will be postponed until April 6th..  I guess we shall see..

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Music is my Life March 30, 2009

Filed under: Computers,My Ramblings — Daria @ 4:55 pm
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Isn’t it everyone’s?

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved listening to music.  I guess it had to have started in grade school – I used to use the tv and radio to force me to concentrate on my homework.  It sounds a bit backward, I know – but it really did work! 

I also attribute my love of music to two years of flute lessons, a year of ballet, tap and jazz classes when I was in kindergarten and my dad listening to ‘oldies’ while cooking breakfast on the weekends. 

Regardless of what caused this passion to form in my heart and brain, I have just always enjoyed listening to whatever was on a station that had decent reception.  Oddly enough, I never really collected tapes or listened to my walkman.  (Yes, I said it – I had tapes and a walkman.)  I do, however, have a pretty decent collection of CDs, and they aren’t all of any one particular genre, either.  Though, I will admit, I do not have a whole lot of hard rock.  And by that, I mean groups like Metallica, Pantera, anything that would have been seen on the Headbanger’s Ball back in the days when MTv actually played music videos! 

It got to the point that back in July of 2001 I took the class at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Davie, Florida.  I loved it and was really (in my opinion and maybe one or two of the instructors’) quite good.  I could write spots pretty well, and deliver them clearly and with energy.  However, with digital radio taking over, and more and more stations going with skeleton crews or syndicated shows, there wasn’t much open when it came time for me to get my foot in the door.

I briefly had a spot with freakradio.net – which was really pretty cool, but short lived due to computer issues.  I think it has actually shut down since that time, which is sad because it had a pretty good group of people working on it.  I would *definitely* do that again if I could find a similar website.  (If you know of anything like that, I would be glad to check it out!)

In the meantime, I happened to be on twitter following BlueJeanBaby and I clicked on one of her links.  It lead me to Blip.fm which is FANTASTIC!  It may not make me an actual DJ, but it’s pretty close!  I have actually started to blip some songs on twitter, and I have even gotten some props for what I play!  It’s a neat little site and I plan to use it often.  If you happen to see DJDaria – that’s ME!  What’s cool is that I can blip anything from ABBA to Snoop Dog and everything around and in between – and if you don’t want to listen to it, you don’t have to!

Maybe it’s just me, but this is probably one of the cooler things I have come across on the Web since Twitter.  =)  Either that, or I am a complete Geek.  The Jury is still out….

 

Problogger's 31 Day Challenge March 26, 2009

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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

Problogger’s 31 Day Challenge

Filed under: blogging,Computers — Daria @ 1:01 pm
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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

Wedding Planning Begins March 24, 2009

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Wedding Rings
Wedding rings found through Google Images

As I may have mentioned in the past, I have been engaged since last April.  The proposal was completely unexpected, and not very romantic – but it suited the moment, if that makes sense.  My then-boyfriend had just gotten through with an interview to become a manager at a local restaurant.  He had gotten the job and we went out on the town to celebrate.  On our way home, we stopped at a gas station/convenience store and before we got in, he turned around, got on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I was shocked, but the tears came almost instantly.  It was definitely NOT how I had pictured it… Heck, he didn’t even have the ring with him at the time!  He later told me that he just felt that the moment was right and if he didn’t do it, he was going to lose me. 

 

I *did* get the ring when we got home – and it’s really quite lovely!

So, we finally set a date for August of this year, and we decided on going to Las Vegas.  I know that both of our parents will be a little disappointed, but when it comes down to it, it’s not their decision.  Besides, we will be using the services of a Priest, so they should be happy with that.  It’s just that churches are so very expensive  if you are not a part of the diocese…  We had found a great church in St. Augustine, but it was going to be upwards of $2,500 since neither of us were members…  Forget that!

Now, seeing as how I have never been to Vegas, I am completely overwhelmed by all of the options out there!  Chapels, churches, gazebos, helicopters, weddings with Elvis or Buddy Holly, the list goes on and on… 

I have been looking for thoughts and ideas though The Knot – which is  a pretty great website for the engaged and the newly wed!  There are checklists, blogs, honeymoon ideas, links to printers, caterers, wedding planners… I was thrilled to have come across it!  It helped me realize that there are a ton of details that I didn’t even think about!

There is so much for me to write/vent about my wedding, so I am sure there will be a lot more posts regarding it.  If I can figure it out, somewhere down the line I may try to move the posts to a separate page, as to not overload anyone with stuff they don’t really care to read or scan through!  Isn’t that nice of me?  I thought so!   =)
 

A Little Link Love for Friday March 20, 2009

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I don’t have much time to post anything to in depths right now, but I will later.  However, I was strolling through the blogosphere and found a really cool blog by a gentleman named Larry Fire (I believe that’s his name).  The blog is titled Fire Wire and what caught my attention was his post about the Marvel character, Wolverine.

I am not a *huge* comic book fan, but the X-Men movies are some of my favorites, and come on, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?  Who wouldn’t fall in love with the character??  Anyway, apparently there are going to be pictures released throughout April, focusing in Wolverine.  What’s the big deal?  They are going to be drawn/ painted in the style of some very famous artists – Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, etc… 

It’s a really cool post, and the artwork is just fantastic!  I have subscribed to his feed and look forward to reading more of his previous posts.  I am a big fan of blogs that I can relate to.  I know, that sounds obvious, but I had to point it out.

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! March 17, 2009

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Shamrock

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I hope that the Luck of the Irish befalls on every one of you on this happiest of holidays.

You know, I’m not Irish, and I really don’t know much about St. Patrick’s Day, but I always have such a good time on this particular holiday.  Not because it’s an excuse to get a few beers in me, or drink/eat/wear green stuff..  More likely it’s because I enjoy listening to bands like, Drop Kick Murphys or Flogging Molly and watching other non-Irish folk act like that… 

Being from the Boston area, St. Patrick’s day was always a huge deal – no matter what day of the week it fell upon.  I remember taking a day off (I think it was a Tuesday) to go see the parade and get pretty lit…   You should have seen the crowds out there!  It could be 60 degrees, or 40, and it wouldn’t matter.  The streets would be lined with folks donning their green, yards of emerald beer in one hand, and some sort of noisemaker in the other…  It was fantastic.  It didn’t hurt that there were (still are) Irish pubs and bars and clubs *all* over the place, so stumbling from one to the next was never very hard. 

It was always a great time, and you got to meet lots of people that you normally wouldn’t, and sometimes see people you had lost touch with.   So, with that all said, I hope that all of you have a Wonderful St. Patty’s Day.  Stay Safe and Erin go Bragh!!