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Oh yes, we were going to talk about something really exciting! I also feel the need to apologize for the fact that I’ve left this go until the end of this month to tell you that we know the sex of my cousin’s little bun in the oven!

If anybody remembers I finally announced it on here back in the middle of June, is that right? In that post, I explained that I kept having dreams about her getting pregnant and having a baby boy. I had dreams from the start of March all the way until it was actually said on Facebook. First of all, I got up around eight in the morning overjoyed for the fact that today was the day everybody would know what it was. Half of my family was seriously divided, her dad – my uncle wanted a girl… really bad! I don’t know if it was because he thought it would be good payback to have her produce a mini Kristi I don’t know. The rest were all of the male side; of course, we didn’t really care as long as it was healthy!

I spent that day at my nana’s and it was the one time where I was perfectly fine that she was glued to her computer. My cousin was smart, she never really said when the appointment was, she only gave us the date of when we’d find out. So I spent a good amount of my day patiently waiting. I got home from my nana’s around 3pm and I decided I needed a break from sitting up, because my back was really hurting so I got offline for an hour. I wasn’t down for long though, because I kept having the urge to look on Facebook for any announcements. The one time where I needed a smartphone so I wouldn’t have to keep closing my laptop to go keep checking was at that moment! I kept having to fight myself the whole time before I gave in and there it was, her status…

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My dreams had come true! She would be having a little guy! Once my nana figured out it was a boy, she figured he needed a new nickname. It was “peanut” and for instances it still is, but now that we also know what his name will be, she’s given him the name “J.D.” or “Jelly Donut” this poor kid! Unfortunately, they are having a baby shower where she lives so I don’t think we will be able to make it. It doesn’t mean I can’t blog about it though. And if I get permission, I’ll reveal his name on that post, so be on the lookout for that in a couple of weeks!

Do we have any guesses? What would represent the “J” and “D” in the name? I’d like to see what you think it is!

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Tune Tuesday | Romania 2016

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This is my last new spot I added onto the 2016 Tune Tuesday worldwide roster! And what’s weird is that it was the first place to be added onto my list after discovering the two singers I’m sharing today!

The first artist I’m going to talk about has had quite a few dance tracks make it onto the Billboard top music charts in the past. Alexandra Stan is a very known dance vocalist with her track “Mr. Saxobeat” in 2010. You can’t tell me everytime you hear it you just sit still? I sure as hell don’t! She’s released a lot of new music since then and this year she released a brand new album “Alesta” in early March.

Last summer Alexandra released a track with fellow Romanian singer Inna and a rapper that was featured in last week’s post about Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee called “We Wanna” which I throughly enjoyed too much! Inna has been making music 2009, her latest album had a track called “Diggy Down” which was also played a lot around the same time. It features the medley of American act Marian Hill’s song “Got It” and at one time I was so confused because I was listening to both songs so much!

Unfortunately, the tracks I’ve listed above for both artists are the only songs that have managed to reach on the top US music charts. I don’t even think either of Alexandra or Inna’s albums are out in my neck of woods! And I have to say, it really sucks!

What do you think? Have you heard of these ladies and their music? 

Join Me For #Blogoween!

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Hi🙂

So I have been thinking a lot about different things to do in both October and November, mostly October since it’s basically the start of autumn! I have been looking at December and what we bloggers tend to do around that month, which is Blogmas. We blog every day leading up to Christmas. People seem to really enjoy those posts and videos on YouTube, but I am more of a Halloween type of person. So I thought and thought about it, and wondered about creating a “blogmas” type of theme for the month of October?

Thus entered Blogoween. 

I am not claiming the name because my luck and some other soul has created it once before and it didn’t get off the ground, because I had never made any connections. It just sort of came to me in the middle of the night like most things do anymore!

So what do you think, does a Blogoween sound appealing to you? As a reminder with Blogmas, you would be doing only 24 days of the month whereas with Blogoween you would be blogging about it for 30 days! Well, that is if you wanted to blog that amount of time. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be blogging for three days, occasionally adding a day or two on the timeline!

If you decide to join in, I thought since can’t do one of those link-ups, we could keep up with each other through social media? I mostly use Twitter, so I thought we could use the hashtag #Blogoween to read other blogs or vlogs, if you’d like to try that out instead, basically do whatever you want with it! I just figured it would be a fun theme for everybody that loves this time of the year more than say Christmas! But let’s face it, Blogmas or Vlogmas are usually the funnest times of the year!

If you are stumped about what to talk about, I will link below some autumn and ‘Halloweenie’ posts I’ve done in the past, if some of you ladies and gents need some more inspiration!

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Tune Tuesday | Puerto Rico 2016

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Hello!

I’m a bit excited since this week and next will be about the last two new countries that were added to this cycle of Tune Tuesday! I regret not talking about Puerto Rico years ago when I first created this theme!

I think I should start with somebody that we all know or at least should know since probably 2006-07 when he first came out of the mainstream hip hop radio with his hit “Gasolina” which I have to say, you can’t find anywhere else but YouTube! Daddy Yankee is who I am talking about today. In 2006 I think I had my parents get me a CD of his and they did, which my dad was very concerned about because and I quote “why do you want an album that you can’t understand a word he says” sadly they both keep asking this question! Anyways, a good chunk of the album is just live and it ends with like five or six that are just studio version.

Next is a famous duo from Puerto Rico called Wisin & Yandel and I can’t remember exactly how I heard their music for the first time. I barely heard about Daddy Yankee, because I found out him at the end of MTV’s music shows. I want to say, maybe from the Fast & Furious films! I don’t know, but they’re really good, again you can’t understand them because they hardly ever speak English which is fine. Even though they have disbanded, doesn’t mean they both have sucky music careers without the other. They’re very powerful both ways!

If it wasn’t for Daddy Yankee and other latino rappers I’m pretty sure I would hate the whole rap genre! As for all three, if I hadn’t found any of them I doubt I’d ever like Raggaeton as much as I do!

Do you know any more musicians from Puerto Rico that I need to listen to? 

No Pay For Me!

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Hello!

Recently, my lovely sister Emily aka Blondie, has been starting her own writing path. She’s been writing personal and thought-provoking articles on The Odyssey. I wouldn’t consider her a “newbie” as she’s written quite a few of blog posts on here. She’s also had a Tumblr in the past, so she’s published certain things on there too, but she’s never done anything like what she’s been putting up lately!

I have always wondered if she’d ever get on the writing train one day. I just figured she’d create a blog, but this was brought to her instead. I’m pretty proud of her for doing this, because she’s like me, she tends to hide away her thoughts and feelings, and if she doesn’t find a way to talk about them, she explodes! So I’m glad she has this outlet to share those things, like she can spread her message about finding love after a bad relationship, and whatever else she decides to share with the readers of the Odyssey community and everybody around the world!

Her first post was about Brandon, her fiance, some of you might know him as “Batman” as in the beginning that’s what I intended to call him on here. The article was called, To The One Who Saved Me. The next week she published one about spreading awareness and helping families, friends, and the victims of domestic abuse. It’s titled What You See Through The Eyes Of A Victim. If you’d like to read any other posts, just click her name on the top of the posts I’ve included and it’ll redirect you to the main menu of her articles.

Being a writer isn’t all that’s cracked up to be though! We do have our own critics – some more than others! We always over analyze if we should discuss this topic or not. And of course, she is also getting her own haters too! Thank god, she already has a thick layer of skin and she can deal with the trolls. I’m not saying, they won’t bother her at all, I mean, she still has feelings, but she doesn’t let other people’s words control her as they would for me.

One thing that is different between the two of us, she explained that Odyssey does in fact pay their writers, if they get to a certain point of popularity. Whereas I am not getting paid for any of mine. Now she didn’t exactly say she’s been getting money from the site, but she might one day if her popularity grows in the future!

I’ve had a lot of different people tell me in the last three years that I needed to get paid for my articles, but I just don’t want to. Which is interesting considering I’m the first person to defend a blogger that wants to monetize from the content they put on their site. I don’t have a problem with it, I just feel like I’m not ready for all that yet.

I think one of the biggest reasons why I don’t want to get paid is because of the dreaded word, “deadlines” every once in a while I do get a deadline for Disability Horizons and I had one every month for Bloggernation Magazine, but with those I didn’t get hammered if I didn’t have something done. All I had to do was ask for more time and usually I got that, I had maybe another full week to get things finished.

So no pay for me at this time.

I think maybe down the line I might change my mind, but right now? Nope. I know everybody means well, but I have to be ready for that next step. The whole thing is about having the experience and what my nana has explained to me is that it’s getting me out there and people will start to pay attention after a while. I’m also afraid that I’ll lost what is fun about blogging once I get to a certain stage. That’s why I am fine with doing more opportunities with other bloggers and/or digital magazines, I have made a whole section about that underneath my “About” called Press Pack if you want to check that out. It’s basically my blogging resume! It has all of my previous work on there and I’ve added some categories that I am comfortable writing about if you already an idea for a subject! If you’d like for me to write something for you, send me an email and let’s work something out that we both like!

Thanks for hearing me out!

What do you think about bloggers getting paid for different pieces?

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Roaring Of Trains

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Hi everybody!

So today, I have a very sweet post to share with you. Back in July, I guess some of my northern family found this event floating around on Facebook, it was called “Fort Wayne Railroad Open House” and it was a fundraiser ran by the people of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society. They restored a Nickel Plate steam locomotive called the 767, after it was in a really bad accident in 1951, which you can read about here.

Trains were a little popular in my family, reason being my papaw grew up in the late 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. At the time, trains were used quite a bit, but I don’t necessarily remember him ever having to ride a train. I’m pretty sure it was always a bus whenever he’d visit both sides of his family. If he did or didn’t ride one, he still loved the crap out of them! So the fact that several members of my family went to this was kind of cool and bittersweet at the same time. We all knew that my papaw was with them, probably having a field day too!

There were three different trains on the grounds. A diesel passenger caboose, The Wabash, and The 767 which was the main event because it’s huge! I’ve always considered my cousin Chris pretty tall, but when a train makes him look like a shrimp, that’s big! My family took a short ride on the caboose, it was a cute thing for my younger cousins. They’re not that old to think riding on a train is weird.

Unfortunately, I don’t know much about trains. I think they’re cool, but mostly because it’s a traditional way of mobility before they came up with automobiles and airplanes. The only trains that I see are the ones that stops us in the afternoon, bringing coal out of the mines. I wish there were more passenger trains around, because I’ve always thought they were interesting! Which is one of the reasons why I’ve always loved the beginning of the Harry Potter films, because they have to go to Hogwarts Express and sit on the beautiful red and black train to go to school, whereas I had to ride on the short bus!

The 767’s a steam locomotive and the railroad is connected from Chicago to Fort Wayne and then finally stopping in Buffalo, New York. So if you’re going from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY that is a long trip! I’m guessing probably three or four days on a train. Luckily, I love cruising, so that wouldn’t bother me too much!

Below are several photos that my family let me use for this post!

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Why I Won’t Use Audible

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Hi🙂

Audible seems to be something that people enjoy, they use it on their phones to read a book. You hear a voice and it tells you the story while you’re working or driving in the car. For a lot of people, it’s a good investment, but for me this invention makes me relive bad memories of my childhood.

When I was in elementary school, I had a tough time reading. My family really tried everything to get me to read to the point we went to the library a few times and brought home those little cassette tapes with the book itself. Old school Audible! Since I was already a slow reader, I was even worse with this. I made a habit of losing my place and finding it way later. Whenever we used the tapes in school, I’d be the one who would be way behind or whenever we’d turn the pages I’d end up getting two because they would get caught in the sleeves of my pants! It was embarrassing!

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Now as I’ve gotten older and seeing the advertisements for Audible every time I go on Goodreads or watch one of my favorite Booktuber channels, I still cringe. I don’t think I’d like it. Even though I wouldn’t be in a big group of people, but in some cases, I wasn’t in a large group of kids while we sat hearing the book. I just don’t think it would be good on my self-esteem. I think I’d go back to feeling dumb again. I also think I wouldn’t know what the book was about if I use it either. I’ll just stick to my Kindle and paperbacks if you don’t mind!

I just feel better sitting there silently reading to myself. I can comprehend what I am reading and what is going on in the story, whereas I have no idea whether I used the tapes or read it out loud, my brain would be off in Neverland I guess! It’s hard to explain because I feel I was the only one who was going through this and everybody was buzzing by without a problem. I know that’s not exactly true, but for a while that’s how I felt.

I hope I haven’t offended anybody by writing this post. I just decided I needed to voice my opinion on the growing popularity of the app.

I am interested in hearing of your thoughts about Audible? Do you use it? If not, why keeps you away from it?

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