FD262 – Waking in California | Daily Prompt: Feed Your Senses

Every now and then I like to take on a challenge from The Daily Post.  The topic is feed your senses.  This one seem particularly interesting.  I was still in sunny California for my cousin’s graduation from San Diego University.  So Cool!  I don’t have a degree, but I wish I did.  Sometimes.  :)  I haven’t written anything about my journey to California, so here is a tidbit.

Waking Senses

Any who back to the challenge……… which was……

Daily Prompt: Feed Your Senses

by michelle w. on May 18, 2013

Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re leastdrawn to.)

Photographers, show us one of the five senses — bonus points for depicting a smell!

 

Feed Your Senses
How many people wake up to the computer.

It is not unusual for me to wake up to the sight of my computer screen.  I don’t do it as much as I use to, but I still sleep with my computer in the bed sometimes.  I really do it a lot when I’m visiting people.  That is really the only time I get a chance to go on line.  That is my alone time and I don’t have to be worried about being rude.

Feed Your Senses
Can you smell the sea water?

Can you smell the sea water when you look at the picture?  Well me either.  :)  We are a bit inland, but the air is pretty smog free here. There are always nice breezes and the air is nice and crisp in the morning.

Last, but not least is the sounds.  I love the sound of wind chimes and that’s what I hear in the mornings hear in sunny California.  It has such a smooth and peaceful sound.  I could meditate with wind chimes. They are hanging out back on the party patio. Feed your senses is such a good topic.

That gives you a little taste of my recent trip, but I will be posting more for sure.

Your Lurvly Lotus Lizzy :)

Feed Your Senses Questions:

What do you sense when you wake up in the morning?

Do you need some coffee first to figure that out? :)

FD248 – Daily Prompt | Places… Post Excerpts & Life Excerpts…Anywhere but Here!

Post Excerpts
I would love to be eating fresh fruit from Thailand.

I have been on the hunt to make a change to the landing/home page.  I wanted it to have post excerpts of each post and not show the whole post.  I also wanted it to show an image as well.  I love posting pictures on LizForADay.  I also love going to blogs that post lots of personal pictures.  It simply adds fantastic personality.

I ran across the code that promised to give me what I desired in a home page.  Yeah Post Excerpts! :) I know it does not take much to make me happy.  Unfortunately I didn’t write down the site that I got the code from.  I always like to give credit, where credit is due.  I’m afraid I have failed this time….BUT I did want to pass that code on if anyone wants to do the same.

All you need to do is to put the post excerpts code in the functions.php of your theme and voila you’re done.  The code will be at the very end of the post if you want it.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be with my kids on a beach somewhere.

OK I guess you’re asking yourself, what the heck do your pictures have to do with updating your home page.  EXCERPTS silly!  :)  I am having flash back of places I would love to be instead of here.  So I decided to post some excerpts from some fantastic places that I have been.

Post Excerpts
Yoga’s Mom in Bali. I love meeting great people.

By the way I gave the lady in the picture the sarong and she commence to wearing it everyday.  She was so sweet.  Sometimes going places is all about the people you meet.

Post Excerpts
My daughter & I driving a boat.

Sometimes it is about the things you get to do.  I was very happy.  It was 9 am, I was in Mexico, on my families very first vacation and I already had about 3 Mexican beers.  Can you say that is definitely a place that I would love to be?

Post Excerpts
Me in Venice at San Paulo Square. I would love to be riding on a gondola right now.

I’ve been blessed enough to have gone to some fantastic places and taken some incredible pictures.  When I look at the pictures I feel like I am back in those places.  I love sharing those moments.  You would kill me if I posted every picture I took.

Post Excerpts
Yeap that is me and a Shark. I think the shark was drugged.

You know I would love to be somewhere else doing crazy things.  And nope I’m not that crazy…ok maybe a little.  I wish I as an adrenaline junkie, but I’m not really.  I do however love to sightsee.  That is my favorite thing to do when I go somewhere.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be speculating over the ruins.

Looking back at the past always makes me contemplate about my modern life.  I just feel so  blessed when I go to places like that.  Oh I was in Athens in the above picture.  I was also loving day dreaming about what it must of been like during the days when this old city was thriving.

Post Excerpts
I would love to be at Victoria falls checking out the sites.

There is something majestic about natural wonders.  I was loving life on my grand vacation to Victoria Falls in Africa.  Not many Americans get to see this site.  I feel so houdy toudy sometimes.  :)

Post Excerpts
I would love to be on the beach during the sunset.

Yeap that’s me on the beach at Boracay Island in the Philippines.  Who wouldn’t want to see a site like that.  I didn’t know God made the sky so many different beautiful colors.  I did not Photoshop the photo, I promise. :)

Post Excerpts
I would love to be viewing the amazing country side of Cape Town from the top of Table Top Mountain in South Africa.

Believe it or not the pictures go on and on, but I will spare you from my crazy world of picture taking.

The point of this post……and there is always a point…..is , well, there is no point.  :)  I just wanted to share a way for you to incorporate excerpts in your blog and give you a view of some memorable excerpts from my life.  I hope you enjoyed.

I’m sure you will agree that the life excerpts are much more interesting than the post excerpts.

Your Blessed & Sharing Lizzy :)

Post Excerpts & Life Excerpts questions:

 What is a favorite excerpt you would like to share?

Are you a crazy picture taker like me?

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Oh almost forgot, this post was inspired by http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/daily-prompt-places/

You can see some other post inspired by The Daily Post.

  1. places – BUBONICBOON
  2. Daily Prompt: Places ~ Napa Valley & Wine Country | I Am an Afterschool Special
  3. Daily Prompt: Places Tranquility | Lines by Linda
  4. A Convergence of Energies | Miss Pelican’s Perch
  5. The Isolated College Town | Liquid Matthew’s Development Blog
  6. DAILY PROMPT: BORACAY | aapatawaran
  7. Daily prompt – Places | Joe’s Musings
  8. Daily Prompt: Places « Mama Bear Musings
  9. None.. | ayimas
  10. Peace & Love on the Streets of San Francisco | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  11. DP: Places | Life of Me and Mine

 

function my_excerpts($content = false) {
        // If is the home page, an archive, or search results
	if(is_front_page() || is_archive() || is_search()) :
		global $post;
		$content = $post->post_excerpt;

	// If an excerpt is set in the Optional Excerpt box
		if($content) :
			$content = apply_filters('the_excerpt', $content);

	// If no excerpt is set
		else :
			$content = $post->post_content;
			$excerpt_length = 55;
			$words = explode(' ', $content, $excerpt_length + 1);
			if(count($words) > $excerpt_length) :
				array_pop($words);
				array_push($words, '...');
				$content = implode(' ', $words);
			endif;
			$content = '

‘ . $content . ‘

';

		endif;
	endif;

// Make sure to return the content
	return $content;

}

add_filter('the_content', 'my_excerpts');

FD244 – Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow | Yoga and Love ..Happy 2013 Valentines Day

2013 Valentines Day was better than I expected.  I am sure you are dying to know why.  Well here’s the story………

2013 Valentines Day began with Sun Salutations Yoga.  I have been performing all the bendy and twisty moves, well as much as my inflexible overweight body can stand for about 2 weeks now.  I have been really enjoying it and actually feeling stronger.

2013 Valentines Day
Awesome Yoga App

I have been really getting into my workouts lately and I’m so proud of myself.  In my opinion doing yoga is like loving myself.  As a matter of fact at the end of each session when I am lying in corpse pose I am repeating in my mind mantras of love.  Honestly…

 

2013 Valentines Day
This is Yoga.

This handsome gentleman was my driver the whole time I was in Bali.  He became my friend as well.  His nickname is Yoga.  I asked him why his friends called him that.  He said simply because he loved to meditate.

I asked him how he meditated.  He said he mostly thought about love.  Not as in relationships, but basically a way of life.  So now when I perform my yoga meditation I focus on love as well.  Isn’t that a beautiful way to meditate.  So doing yoga is a way for me to surround myself with love.

2013 Valentines Day
My flowers & I.

During our boring morning meeting my boss calls all the ladies to the front of the room.  He presented each of us with a huge bouquet of flowers.  I was surprised although I should not of been.  You know I am the one that gave them the money to purchase the flowers, with company funds of course.  Sometimes I am such a chicken head.

That was a great way to start 2013 Valentines Day Off.  I really was not expecting anything.  I’m not seeing or interested in anyone at this time.  That’s right gentlemen.

This lady is super single. :) :) :)

2013 Valentines Day
I found this at my desk.

OK, I was really surprised when I found this.  OH Whee….  Is it what I think?  Hell Yeah!

Ok, I’m trying to drop some pounds, but I don’t want to pass up any sweets.  Miguel was the person that left them.  If you have been following my blog, you know he is my Bestie right now.  I gave him a big ole hug.  He has such a kind heart.

2013 Valentines Day
Not my cake.

Not my cake, but it sure was pretty.  One of the guys received this from his honey.  So 2013 Valentines day was not a bust after all.  It actually was not bad.

I was going to post something different, but was sort of inspired by a The Daily Post.  The challenge…..Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow.  Here are some other readers who took on the challenge as well.  Check them out:

  1. An Ode to Sleep | Mind of a Mouse
  2. cupid’s arrow struck true | thematticuskingdom
  3. Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow | The Ineffable and Unutterable Musings Of A Mad Man
  4. Foolish Archer « Drops of Ink
  5. Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow | Daddy’s Naughty Little Girl
  6. Valentine Haiku | Kansa Muse on Micro Farming and More
  7. Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow, Hands to Hold « Lines by Linda
  8. I Like This Mug Too Much | Never Stationary
  9. Daily Prompt: Cupid’s Arrow Shot Hard | My Blog
  10. You, Me and Us | Pigments of Life
  11. Post a Week: Look Forward | sketches and scribbles (reloaded)

I hope you all are having a great day. :)

♥Happy 2013 Valentines Day♥

Your full of L♥ve Lizzy :)

2013 Valentines Day Question:

What do you think about Valentines Day?

Did something unexpected happen for you on this day of love?

FD237 – Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique Photo, Situations From the Ordinary

Unique Photo
Having Fun with Our New Veggie

I subscribe to the The Daily Post blog.  There are always great learning tools and challenges to keep your mind sharp when it comes to blogging.  If you are a blogger you should check it out. One of my goals for this year was to accept and take on some of these challenges.

This weeks photo challenge, which is every Friday was to talk about the uniqueness of a photo/image.  That gave me a great opportunity to go back through my photos and reminisce.  I take some pretty good pictures if I do say so myself.

I love the featured photo, because it embodies what my work life is here in Afghanistan is like on most days.  Fun!  :)  We have a lot of fun.

Here is what I consider to be unique about the photos in this post.  First there are three nationalities represented in the photo.  US, Kenyan & Afghan.  We all have different cultural norms and values, yet we all work well together and as a team.  Afghans get a bad wrap, but some of them are really good people.

 

Unique Photo
Enjoying My Cucumber

I’m not saying we don’t clash sometimes, but we all have great work ethics.  That makes the hectic work environment not so bad.  I’m always willing to taste new foods here also.  You can’t go wrong when it comes to a veggie for me.

Unique Photo
Afghanistan Cucumber

I know you were wondering what the heck that thing was.  The guy in the above picture brought in an Afghanistan Cucumber.  It taste just like any other cucumber.  It just looks different.  I love trying different foods, but you have to be careful what you try here.  I don’t want to upset my delicate lotus blossom tummy.  :)

If you are a blogger you should check out The Daily Post because this post was inspired by this weeks photo challenge.

Link

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Hey don’t forget to leave a “Comment” & “Like” Liz’s Fantabulous Day Facebook Page over on the right.

Love, Peace, & Hair Grease

Lizzy :)

Unique Photo Questions:

What’s Unique about your photos?

Would you try a foreign food?