Getting Personal #139: Eight Years

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I love writing these “dating anniversary” posts every year!


Today, Al and I celebrate eight years together!

Here are eight photos that are special to me.

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September 2010: This was the very first photo that was taken of us!

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January 2015: Spending the weekend with friends in Richmond.

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November 2015: One of the best days of my life!

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October 2017: One of my favorite photos of all time. This was at the start of Nick and Savy’s wedding reception at the farm.

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October 2017: Dancing the night away!

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April 2018: We took this at The Main in Norfolk!

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April 2018: This was part of the “Love Gallery” at LanternAsia, the amazing display at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

 

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August 2018: This was the Norfolk Tides game on my birthday!

Happy Anniversary, Al. I love you!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #138: September Goals

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Hello, September! I’m so excited for cooler weather!

Every year, I can’t help but think of the famous Earth, Wind & Fire song, September! I always dance around when I hear it.


Here are my goals for the month of September:

  1. Celebrate eight years together with Al!
  2. Welcome our greyhound home!
  3. Write at least 1,000 words for my WIP.
  4. Read at least two books.
  5. Finalize our New York trip plans.
  6. Buy a new crock-pot.

Here’s the breakdown:

Celebrate eight years together with Al!

  • Our dating anniversary is September 4th. Hard to believe it’s been eight years!

Welcome our greyhound home!

  • We are expecting to get the call either September 9th or 10th. So exciting!

Write at least 1,000 words for my WIP.

  • Breaking it down into smaller chunks seems more manageable.

Read at least two books.

  • I’m about four chapters into one that I’ve been working on since the beginning of July. It’s high time I finish it.
  • I bought three new books with one of my birthday gift cards. I really want to read at least one of those (if not more), before I allow myself to spend the other birthday gift card from my parents.

Finalize our New York trip plans.

  • We’re visiting the Big Apple in November!

Buy a new crock-pot.

  • I discovered a huge crack in our crock-pot insert recently, so we need to buy another one.

Do you have any goals for the month of September?

If so, I’d love to hear about them!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #152: LB and K’s Blockbuster Challenge – Day 31

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Welcome back!


Day 31 – Favorite blockbuster flop? (Film that should have been a blockbuster hit, but didn’t make it)?

  • The Postman (1997) – I saw this movie on TV the last time we went to the farm. It was a really interesting dystopian look, but it flopped, hard. I’ve always been a Kevin Costner fan, too.
  • Stealth (2005) – I think I saw this in theaters? I can’t remember. Regardless, I was surprised to see how badly it did at the box office.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) – While not a true flop, it didn’t make nearly as much money as many expected. People gave it so much hate. We liked it!

What about you? What’s your favorite blockbuster flop?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Getting Personal #137: August Goals Recap

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August felt like a really long month, but maybe that’s just me. It was really hot, humid, and made me ready for the fall!

Here’s the link to my August Goals post:

Ready?

Here we go!


  1. Make progress with cleaning the garage. — Accomplished!
  2. See Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again— Accomplished!
  3. Celebrate my milestone birthday! — Accomplished!
  4. Start preparing for our greyhound’s arrival. — Accomplished!
  5. See Christopher Robin. — Accomplished!
  6. Get to 50,000 words with my 2012 WIP. — Did not accomplish.
  7. Participate in Laura Beth and Kristian’s Blockbuster Challenge! — Accomplished!

Here’s the breakdown:

Make progress with cleaning the garage. — Accomplished!

  • We only spent a little bit of time on one Saturday, but it looks a little cleaner, and I was able to make two thrift store runs. Yay!

See Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again— Accomplished!

  • I went to see it with my mom and our good friend Kathy on my birthday.
  • It was a decent movie – I loved the music, and the scenery is just gorgeous!

Celebrate my milestone birthday! — Accomplished!

  • It was such a whirlwind weekend!
  • My in-laws came to visit, and we spent time with Nick and Savy at their house with their new puppy, Xeno.
  • My mom and dad bought flowers for the church altar, which were beautiful.
  • My mom made the best homemade dinner for a host of people, including beef tenderloin, my uncle’s awesome Caesar salad, roasted vegetables, and more! Plus, there was ice cream cake!
  • Al scored free tickets to the Norfolk Tides game that was on my birthday, so we enjoyed stadium food while cheering on the home team.
  • Many people gave me thoughtful gifts, also.
  • It was an awesome long weekend! It was really hard to go back to work on that Wednesday, though.

Start preparing for our greyhound’s arrival. — Accomplished!

  • So far, we have two dog beds, multiple toys, a comfy fleece blanket, a bright orange leash, and a Star Wars collar.
  • We are supposed to get him either September 9th or 10th!

See Christopher Robin. — Accomplished!

  • We saw this with our friends Beth and Casey. We ate a delicious dinner at Gianna’s, an awesome Italian restaurant down the way from the movie theater.
  • If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It’s sweet, fun, nostalgic, and a nice respite from all the doom and gloom in the world.

Get to 50,000 words with my 2012 WIP. — Did not accomplish.

  • After working so hard in July, I wanted to make more progress. But, I didn’t make any time to write. I’m finding myself having a hard time trying to finish it. I’m sure I’m not alone!

Participate in Laura Beth and Kristian’s Blockbuster Challenge! — Accomplished!


Final Thoughts

  • I was able to put Accomplished next to six out of seven goals – Woohoo! Productivity at its finest.
  • The one goal I did not accomplish: Ending things are hard! Especially something I’ve worked on, off and on, for the better part of six years.

What about you? Did you have any goals for the month of August?

Come back tomorrow to see my September Goals!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #150: LB and K’s Blockbuster Challenge – Day 29

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Welcome back!


Day 29 – What TV show should have its own movie?

  • 30 Rock (2006-2013) – Al and I binge-watched the show for several months. It would be a great movie!

What about you? What TV show should have its own movie?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #149: LB and K’s Blockbuster Challenge – Day 28

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Welcome back!

Day 28 – Your guilty pleasure movie?

  • Dirty Dancing (1987) – I didn’t see it until I was in college, but I love it. I’ve also been to Mountain Lake in Virginia, where part of the film was shot.

What about you? What’s your guilty pleasure movie?


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂