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I’ve been trying to come up with interesting things to say here. After all, when you have had the same blog for the last 15 years, you start to lose the ability to come up with anything new to say, as I’m sure is obvious! ;)

But finding the right topic is eluding me. I can talk for days on end about so many subjects (Politics, religion, and everything else that’s not polite to talk about), but I can’t think of anything these days to post on my own blog that won’t bore or, worse, offend some of my beloved readers.

So, what do you do when you have nothing to talk about? Well, you talk about technical stuff, of course!

I’m thinking of writing about something I have had good success with over the years, and that’s the who/what/where/why/how of social media marketing and all the great tricks, websites, plugins and other such fun rot that I’ve managed to make work for me in the past.

Dead set am I on teaching what I know, so be prepared for some techno-babble in upcoming posts! :)

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I’m about to have a very unpopular opinion, so you better call the cops. :P

One of my best friends runs a giant fan site for the Vampire Diaries, and so I started watching the show to help out on her website, and also on the off chance that the show might be good (it wasn’t, but that’s not the point, lol).

I had to catch up to her during season one, but to date I have seen every single episode and I have a giant bug up my ass about Stefan.

I started thinking about this a couple of weeks ago when talking to my friend about the Vampire Diaries latest episode. She was gushing about Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), as usual, and I made a comment about how I cant stand him. Her reaction was rather snotty comment about how she isn’t surprised, because none of the Delena fans like Stefan.

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I’m marveling out of my mind at the ability of my cat to destroy things. She’s tiny, I mean she’s less than a year old and teensy, but she pushed over a pumpkin 3 times her size by herself, she’s un-piled a giant pile of bricks and beat senseless a cat twice her size. Needless to say, Minnie is a little monster.

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Can you be an anti-activist activist? Does that defeat the point? I dunno, something for me to ponder. I’m doing a lot of pondering at the moment, actually, so all of my self absorbed whining will end up here, most likely. You’re welcome. ;)

I told Laota that I was worried about turning into Aaron Sorkin, and shouting moderate ideals through a megaphone from an overpass in my underwear some day, lol. We both got a kick out of the idea of shouting moderate ideals, which is something we’re both known to do, but does it accomplish anything?

What little idealism that can still survive in the acidic concoction that is my evil, evil soul tells me that the reason extremists are allowed to be so extreme is because there are almost no outspoken moderates, which is a thought that changed me from the inside out. But my rational brain tells me that people will stick to what they believe, even in the face of evidence that proves their belief to be wrong or misguided (in which case they will actually hold to it, believing more strongly after the fact), and that all being vocal does is make me part of the problem, especially in the way I choose to be vocal.

Now, I’m pretty arrogant but not arrogant enough to think that I should try to change minds, or that it’s any of my business. Mostly my griping comes from a dark place, just my inability to keep my mouth shut. My point is not to change minds, or to ‘educate’ (I can’t stand it when people say they’re trying to educate you, lol.), but to play Devil’s Advocate with people on both sides of the center who view others as the ruin of their own lives, and who cry for tolerance but refuse to show the same compassion to others. But, unfortunately, during the last few years I’ve become an intolerant ass hole who lacks compassion, and am now the kind of person that I can’t stand.

I still believe that moderates should speak up and get active. I just wonder, now and then, if I really want to be ‘that guy’.

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Guess what? Shibuya 109 has a brand new post:

Since I can’t go in real life, and figure the same is probably true of my loyal subjects (that means you), I decided to gallavanting around Google Maps to nab some pretty pictures of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, Japan. These were snapped by my beloved Google Earth vehicle in Tokyo in November…

Get your butt over to Shibuya 109 to read the rest!

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Not entirely of my own making (meaning at least two will be Artisteer themes that I’m particularly proud of), but a few ‘just-so-I-can-update-with-something’ WordPress themes are coming up, as well as a lovely new post about where to find good themes and an updated free domain name post.

Most of the free domains that were once available (, are gone because nothing free lasts forever, but there are some new kids on the block that I’m sure you’ll want to know about. :)

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As you probably know, I live in perpetual 1940 when it comes to my hair, makeup and fashion. My lipsticks are all spice and red shades, my nails are red, my hair is fingerwaved or pincurled any time I go out. I live in dresses, my face is always made up. I have 70 year old mirrored compacts, bakelite and lucite jewelry, and I'm saving up to replace my worn out saddle oxfords that I go everywhere in when I'm in casual clothes. Basically, leggings just don't fit my style.

And, being that they don't fit my style (I'm going for authenticity, after all), I hadn't thought about them in years and years – until last February when I bought my first non-vintage magazine in years and years. And there they were, a little blast from my past – a girl in leggings, floral boots and a cropped shirt. It was marvelous! Bare in mind that you can get No nonsense leggings in pretty much any major drug store (think Walgreens, CVS, etc.) and at stores like ShopKo and Walmart – heck, they probably have them at your local gas station. I'ts not impossible to get an authentic 90s look for a low price!
I stopped wearing leggings around 2006 after about 3 years of dressing the way the gorgeous models in Japanese teen magazines dressed. I had started to get really irritated with modern fashion after the Bali craze of 2000-2003, and desperately missed the fast-dying but undeniably hip fashion of the 1990s. Everything from the hair metal and grunge of the early 1990s, to the club rat and skater/surfer looks that dominated mainstream fashion towards the end of the decade.
It was home to me, I loved it all and missed it when it was gone. But that copy of Cosmo flashed me right back to one of my all-time favorite looks, the early 1990s Mall Rat!
Now I have dreams of spending weekends away from my 40s style, putting on a pair of No nonsense tights and leggings, tall combat boots, a tank top and mini skirt with a plaid work shirt tied around my waist (and, in a perfect world, a gorgeous leather biker jacket). Or take the look to the softer side of 1992 with cropped leggings under a floral mini babydoll, platform maryjanes and a mini backpack!
I love this idea! Any time I can take a little trip back to my teens, I definitely want to, and the nice part about being freelance and having a cool dayjob (I work for a radio show) means that I can dress as awesomely outrageous as I want to while still staying job appropriate! Want to see some fun 90s style stuff I put together at (Pssst, you can put one together yourself, for free!)


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I've been checking out No nonsense, actually, and I was surprised to find out that they even make leggings (for some reason I associate the name with hosery) and I found out that they're not only selling some gorgeous legwear (Have you seen the 90s-fabulous colors? Holy crud!), but they're also partnering with" I Have Nothing to Wear!" author (and fashion maven) Jill Martin, who's definitely going to make it easier for gals who maybe aren't as backward as I am (aka they'll want to be fashion forward, not retro electric, lol) to figure out how to assemble their stylish new looks via a series of vignetes online plus she'll be buzzing around on their social media like @benononsense on Twitter to give you a lakeload of style tips.
In other cool Jill Martin news, on top of all that, one facebook contest winner ( No nonsense on Facebook ) is going to get to meet Jill and go on a crazy NYC shopping spree, how cool is that??

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Okay, I said the last post would be my last of the year, but I lied – but, in my defense, I did plan not to post anything else since I’ve got somewhere to be.

I’m sitting here, watching Once Upon A Time (that show’s awful, but the review will come later) and messing around at DealDash while I wait for my ride.

I’ve heard of it before, but it’s been awhile since I’ve checked out Deal Dash, and probably awhile since you’ve heard me talk about anything like it.

I’m actually quite fond of penny auctions, not just to buy things (I don’t believe I’ve ever bought something that way), but I like to play at them for fun. Well, I just finished reading this DealDash Review and they pointed out that DealDash is actually a penny auction with 1.5 million shoppers. – a concept which, even though it’s obvious to me now, eluded me because I’m so used to penny auctions ending with you losing the money you spent on bids.

The difference between DealDash and your run-of-the-mill penny auction site, other than the free shipping (which is tubular, since I hate shipping fees on account of my being super poor, lol), there’s also a buy it now option. If you lose your auction, you can buy the item at it’s usual price (so there’s no real risk that you won’t get what you want so long as you’re willing to pay for it – which I love), but if you do buy your item you get a full refund on all those little bids you spent trying to get it for a deal. How cool is that?

Okay, I have to go paint my nails and watch the rest of this horrid show. If someone manages to win a DealDash (or finds a fun site for me to check out), let me know — Happy New Year!!

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This is likely my last post of 2012, a year that was pretty jam packed for me in every area of my life. I haven’t posted much here on BeautifulSin this year, and I don’t doubt that my regular posting schedule will be put off a bit longer since I just don’t have any time to do anything I actually want to do.

And, speaking of what I want to do, my New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 were a blasted disaster. I didn’t do anything that I hoped I would — I didn’t lose weight, I didn’t make more time for myself, I allowed my job to continue to control my life ( and, by extension, allowed my mother to control my life ) and I didn’t de-stress. In fact, this year contained so many crisis ( including a major crisis in September that put a stop to *everyone’s* life for a month, and is now seemingly impossible to pay off ) that I haven’t been able to do anything *but* stress for months.

I’ve come to the conclusion that New Year’s resolutions don’t work, at least not for me. I can have all of the drive in the world, and when it’s important I’ve got a good amount of follow through, but everyone in my life seems to feel comfortable demanding all of my attention, all of my ability, all of my drive – all the time. I want to be there for everyone, but with a life full of psychic vampires with a never-ending thirst for attention, my time and energy gets all used up and there ends up being nothing left for me.

That’s my own fault, I know, and I have to learn to start saying, “No.” to folks and meaning it. But it’s hard to do, and I’m really screwing up my life by allowing this to continue.

I don’t have a sunny outlook, I know, and I’m not good at being optimistic, so I suck at writing a standard New Year’s post, lol. But hopefully I can learn from the mistakes I made in 2012 and grow up a little bit, maybe make some time for myself. I’m not going to many resolutions this year, just try and do better and see what happens. Which is all I can do, I suppose?

I wish you all a safe, happy holiday and all the luck in the world in 2013!

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Saw a great post on The Daily Prompt about Me Time, and thought I’d answer it here at BSNET!

Q: What’s your ideal Saturday morning? Are you doing those things this morning? Why not?

~ Michelle W.

A: The long and short of it:

My ideal Saturday morning would be spent at home, sleeping in or going out for a bike ride. Unfortunately, neither of these things are possible (partially because my bike’s tire needs a fix) because I spend my Saturday’s the way I spend every day – data entry.

Suck as it may, I end up working 70 to 80 hour work weeks for not enough money, especially this time of year when my days never seem to end and I catch what little sleep I can between entry documents and the radio shows I work for (soon to be a longer-than-full-time gig) every weekday.

I’m going to hope against hope that 2013 sees me in a better place than I am now, though, with more time to myself and more money to go around. Wish me monsters! ;)

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