Girl on the Go: Paint the House

Ok, so I am deviating from my Girl on the Go list again. Last week I chose a book I want to read, and this week, well, this week I want to paint our new house. Yes, a new house! A couple of weeks ago we sold our house and bought a new one. We recently finished all the paperwork and it looks like we’ll be moving in about one month.

The house we purchased is larger than our current home, and is in need of paint in several rooms. First of all, the people we bought the house from have young girls, so they painted the rooms with bright pinks and lime green colors. One room even has a blue sky with white clouds painted on the ceiling.

I have spent so much time on pinterest looking at color schemes and trying guess what colors will look nice in each room, but, my efforts are futile. I need to be in the house to get a feel for the colors I want to use in my office, the bedrooms and the living room. So, I am considering a trip to the home decor store as my Girl on the Go activity. Below is one of my favorite color schemes for the office. But, this may change by the time we move in.office colors haiku

Today’s Haiku:

aroma of paint
covers old memories
tenants new home

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Have you done any painting recently? What color schemes did you pick?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

~Nicole

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Work Hard!

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.”

~Ray Kroc
Hard working woman haiku

Today’s Haiku:

push past the time clock
and sweat through the pain—
ah, sweet victory!

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Happy Wednesday!

~Nicole

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: Nouns and Verbs

Tuesday’s Writing Tips 

The Elements of Style

It’s time for another writing tip from the book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.

Write with nouns and verbs.

Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjective and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. This is not to disparage adjective and adverbs; they are indispensable parts of speech. Occasionally they surpise us with their power, as in

Up the airy mountain,

Down the rushy glen,

We daren’t go a-hunting

For fear of little men…

The nouns mountain and glen are accurate enough, but had the mountain not become airy, the glen rushy, William Allingham might never have got off the ground with his poem. In general, however, it is nouns and verbs not their assistants, that give good writing its toughness and color.

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fear-not-haiku

Today’s Haiku

torch your fears and
fuel endeavors with courage—
accept failure

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Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

~Nicole

Girl on the Go: Gone Girl

I am putting a different spin on Girl on the Go today. I want to go right on over to my couch and read Gone Girl. Why? Because this girl needs to relax and lose herself in a creepy story. I don’t forsee this happening today, tomorrow or Sunday, but maybe next weekend. Even if it’s only for an hour or two. I want to read and relax.

For now, I have three articles to write and in-laws to hang out with this weekend.

gone-girl-book-cover

Today’s Haiku:

she opens a book
and huddles on the sofa—
she tastes each word

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Anyone else need to relax, but find the to-do list too long?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

Have a great weekend!

~Nicole

Knowledge

I can’t get enough of DIY MFA these days. Ever since I came back from my Creative Non-Fiction writing course last week, I have been wanting more and more information. I am excited to put all this information to good use. I have a few articles coming up that I am going to start applying things I learned from the last several days.

I listened to this podcast today and thought I would share. It’s based on creating supporting characters in a story. Although I don’t write fiction, it’s a great way to look at character development. I can use this knowledge when I read or watch movies to see how other storytellers are developing characters, and maybe some day I’ll have a chance to use it.

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knowledge haiku

Today’s Haiku:

ideas brimming
with shared knowledge from mentors
brain cells quaking

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Enjoy your Wednesday!

~Nicole

Summer Sunshine

After spending a week in northern Wisconsin where the temperatures ranged from 32 degrees fahrenheit to 60 degrees fahrenheit, I am loving the near 80 degree temps we had yesterday and today in southeastern Minnesota! Bring on summer!

warmth of sun haiku

Today’s Haiku:

visible breath
conquered by the brilliant sun
warmed inside and out

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Happy Tuesday!

~Nicole