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Shout! Shout! My 2 Year Blog Birthday! Let It All Out!!!

1funny652It’s been 2 years since I started blogging and I feel like I’ve won the lottery…accept without any of the money, so yeah, I’d still like to win an actual lottery.

I’m so thankful for your support, likes, comments, shares, advice, encouragement, comfort, and more. I’m also thrilled and privileged to be able to read and view your works. Thank you all.

So come on, I’m talkin’ to you, help me Shout! Shout! Let it all out to celebrate my 2 year blog birthday by leaving your blog address or a link to a post in the comment section below…please!


Now to play catch-up. I’ve fallen behind on my Changes for Happiness project, not the doing, just the writing about it. Will a weak, ‘it’s been hot’ explain the lapse?

Here’s the first 5 weeks:

Week 6

1. What happens at Costco stays at Costco.

2. Looked at some old photos, I cried, but remembered to be happy it happened, not that it’s gone.

3. Watched something I wanted to watch, but didn’t feel I had time.

4. Bit the bullet (not literally, high dental bills) and made that appointment.

5. Tore up that shirt I loved, to use as rags – it lived a full life.

6. Craved a burger – If I liked it then I should have put an onion ring on it.

7. This was the birthday of my friend of 30 years, Rose, who recently passed away; she would have wanted there to be music and cake.


Week 7

1. Cleaned first…then checked emails.

2. Decided on 3 fun things and did them (within the limits of time, budget, circumstances, etc.)

3. Broke a bad habit, snapped it over my knee (not that knee, the other one).

4. Don’t like to go shopping, don’t do it often…going to do it even less.

5. Time is flying…going to catch a ride.

6. Added 15 minutes more exercise, Tai Chi and yoga per day.

7. Hell On Wheels is back – I was frontiered and I liked it.


Week 8

1. Rewatched Jaws – that shark was a handsome devil, wasn’t he?

2. Picked up a random book (eyes closed) from the new release section of the library.

3. Was it weird the random book ended up being Stephen King’s Finders Keepers?

4. Tried again to learn how to juggle.

5. Remembered why I don’t juggle – kept ice on my cheek.

6. Sang Shout! by Tears for Fears at the top of my lungs (received odd looks).

7. My hair is edging toward the Mary Tyler Moore look, unless I’m planning on wearing a hat and tossing it in the air – I need to think about getting a haircut.


Week 9

1. Kept writing that book.

2. Tried to accept the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman – isn’t doing the impossible good for the soul?

3. Wrote down 5 things that make my life tough…tried to eliminate or mitigate their effects.

4. What would I do for those Klondike ice cream cones on sale? Don’t ask, don’t mmmm, ice cream.

5. Tried to go cold turkey to stop binge-watching Haven…mmmm, stuffing and gravy and biscuits.

6. Wrote about Haven, sadly it didn’t work it out of my system.

7. Rewatched Clueless – wow, Paul Rudd is now Ant-Man, 20 years can really be harsh. Whatever.


Week 10

1. Little brown bird landed on my shoulder as I was walking, then flew off (and no poop) – briefly like Snow White.

2. Thought about going to a movie; watched one at home instead, cheaper and just love the staff.

3. Dreamed about sleeping in.

4. Noticed that it’s my 2 year Blogiversary/Blogaversary/Blog Birthday on WordPress, since I’m having company for the weekend – invite everyone to the party early!


5. Pack up a box of stuff and give it away.

6. Trying to accept that some people will never change…and would I trust them again, even if they magically did?

7. Deep breathing. Note to self, don’t do this while calling people.

Thank you for dropping by to celebrate with me – you realize, of course, all of the above involved chocolate, right?




Very me

353 thoughts on “Shout! Shout! My 2 Year Blog Birthday! Let It All Out!!!

  1. Funny how your blog Birthday brings me the joy. You’re a bright, breezy beautiful person Donna and I owe you thanks for keeping me smiling. Enjoy the celebration and do make sure you eat plenty of that salad food.
    xxx Massive Mega Hugs xxx

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    1. I’m so glad, David, because you’re dropping by to celebrate with me brings me joy too!
      Thank you for the kind words and your generous support. 🙂
      Oh you know that ‘salad’ food is always there. 😉
      Massive Mega-celebratory-glad-you’re-back-can’t-wait-for-your-next-post-David Hugs!!! 🙂

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Suzie, you’re always so kind and generous! 🙂
      Thank you for celebrating my blog birthday with me and amazing post, as always. Thanks for the tie-in! 🙂


  2. Congratulations! Happy blog birthday 🙂 an uplifting post to celebrate the occasion. Glad you got to do all those things in the past few weeks.
    So as requested, here’s a link to my latest blogpost …I find drawing cathartic – sort of in the spirit of your ‘change for happiness’ project, which I think is a great project!


  3. Happy blog birthday.

    I can juggle. I started with little pyramid shaped bean bags and moved up to the more solid balls when I reached a reasonable standard. I recommend this method, as I never had to use an ice pack.

    I’m glad the Changes for Happiness are still going well.


    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      I’ve tried many ways over the years, at some point I’ll just have to admit that juggling and I weren’t meant to be. 😉
      Thank you. Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

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  4. Congrats on 2 years of blogging. It’s a big deal to continue on in the blogosphere that long when most bloggers disappear after 2 months! Carry on, my dear. Carry on.


    1. Thank you kindly, Allie, glad you could be here to celebrate with me. 🙂
      We should never forget shameless self-promotion and in your defense, I did ask so it’s more like you’re fulfilling a request. 😉
      Hope this day treats you well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly!!! 🙂
      Congrats, we can do cake and celebrate together, oh and of course, er, salad nudge nudge wink wink say no more! 😉
      Thanks for sharing a link so people can discover your cool blogginess!!! 🙂

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  5. An inspiring recap, Donna. Happy second blogaversary! Ooooh that’s “terrible twos” — you realize this means you’re going to be hell on wheels for the next year!
    You realize of course, that now I’m endlessly curious about what happened at Costco…
    and for “2. Looked at some old photos, I cried, but remembered to be happy it happened, not that it’s gone.” These are wise words that I will try to heed. And fail. And try again.
    😀 Mega hugs my friend.


    1. Thank you kindly, Teagan!!! 🙂
      Hope everyone is ready for the Terrible Twos and I’d love to be Hell On Wheels! 😉
      Sorry, what happens at Costco stays at Costco. And the first rule of the Costco Club (formerly known as The Price Club), we don’t talk about it. 😉
      I think the trying is the most important part (despite what Yoda says).
      Hope this day treats you kindly, sweetie and megahugs!!! 🙂

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    1. We were all bored and/or inspired in the summer to become bloggers? Interesting. 😉
      It is awesome company (yours and mine lol). 🙂
      I loved this post of yours, totally crushin’ on it and your blog. 😉
      Thanks for dropping by, sharing your link and best wishes. 🙂


    1. Thank you kindly, David. I think your band names are great, my most recent favs were ‘Nopeful’, ‘Florence Henderson and The Machine’ and ‘Aunt Man Cries Uncle’. I didn’t know you had a novel, I bet it’s a great read. Thanks for dropping by from the I’m-sure-overly-made-cree-epy-by-the-likes-of-Stephen-King-Maine. 🙂


    1. Thank you kindly! It’s important to shamelessly self-promote and it’s more fun to celebrate by having a sort of blog party. Good luck with the posting every day and thanks for leaving the link (it’s weird Rowdy Roddy Piper is gone already, isn’t it?). 🙂

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      1. I’m still not over it. Someone posted a tribute video on my Facebook feed yesterday, with bag pipes playing and everything, and I actually got a little choked up, which doesn’t happen very often. Of course, it’s really hard not to get choked up while watching a tribute video with bagpipes playing. It always makes me think of the end of Star Trek 2. KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!


  6. Congratulations, Donna. I’ve a bit of catching up to do on recent posts but I know when I do they will be as entertaining as always. Your talent shines. I’d post a link but, right now, how escapes me. :/ Once my brain returns I’ll be back for a longer visit. Enjoy that salad – that’s what I’m doing. 🙂


    1. Thank you kindly. I hope we can all get together to celebrate often and with cake! 😉
      Thanks for leaving a link so other can find your fantastic blog. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much Ian, not only for the kind words and the reblog, but for being so supportive during my time here on WordPress. You’re always so lovely, understanding, and generous. 🙂

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  7. Happy BloggyVersary, dear Donna! I’ll do the wayback classic shake it up baby, twist and shout for you, my good friend. 😮 Thanks for the improved-you catchup. You’re going great this summer, you know.

    And since you asked us to bring a little something to the party, here’s a link that’ll allow fellow guests a moment or two in the rare are of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with me.

    Thanks for the big bash! ❤


    1. Thank you kindly, Mark!!! 🙂
      Now, I have that song in my head, but that’s ok, it’s got me dancing and singing, er, loudly. 😉
      Thanks so much for leaving a link so others may discover the glory of you on your blog. 🙂
      Hope this weekend treats you well and you’re welcome here to party anytime! 🙂


      1. OK, I’ll be back. Let’s switch the era to another wayback favorite. Out there on the floor .. It’s Bowie time … Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. Let’s Dance!


    1. Thank you kindly and it’s not shameless self-promotion because I invited you, you’re just being polite. 😉
      Best part, I found your blog and am now following. Hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the follow and the likes, I am sitting on a sofa surrounded by 2 cats and a dog, the toddler is asleep and I have the remote control for the TV. This day is going great 🙂 Hope you are having cake to celebrate your two year anniversary


    1. Thank you kindly and thank you for leaving a link so others can find you all over the map with topics (I love that about your blog). 🙂
      Hope this weekend is good to you. 🙂


  8. Hi Donna,
    Thank you for this invitation! I am excited to be here. I have brought my new site with me.
    I am Janice. I offer blogging suggestions to bloggers. Tips for engaging readers, improving content, and increasing traffic are waiting for you at my site.
    I brought a link to my About page, so you can read about what my site can do for you
    I just started a new site and would love to expand my readership.
    There is even a free incentive for signing up. Scroll down to “Free Cheat Sheet.” There is also an invitation to pin to my exclusive group Pinterest board. So click the link and check me out.


  9. Hi Donna,
    Thank you again for this opportunity. Two years and obvious success, that’s great. I am having also having a blog party tomorrow to celebrate my new blog launch. I hope you will come.

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  10. Happy 2nd Blogging Birthday! Next week is my second blogiversary as well. I’m celebrating all week long and am still in need of guest bloggers if anyone is interested. Topic must be blogging/writing/productivity related. Find out more on my blog.

    Thanks for the invite to your birthday party.

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    1. Thank you kindly and Happy Blogiversary!!! A few of us bloggers noted that a number of us started blogging in the summer…heat? Time? Boredom? Feeling creative? Who knows? Just glad we all had such a brilliant idea. 🙂
      Thanks for leaving a link to your blog and have some cake before you go. 🙂

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  11. Hey, Donna! Just wanted to wish you a happy anniversary! (And yes, a “it’s been hot” will suffice. I’ve been feeling quite sluggish as of late and trying to exercise in the midst of the heat as opposed to the evening or the morning has not been fun.)

    Hope you have a lovely day and here’s to another year!


    1. Thank you kindly! Yes, it’s a tad cooler today and I’m enjoying not feeling like a hot, wet blanket is wrapped around me, especially when exercising. 🙂
      Thanks for leaving your link so others can find you, Daniel. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you well.

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  12. Happy 2nd year Bloganniversary you’re a bit ahead of me, I’ve just passed my first year blogging. Thanks for your kind invitation to add my blog link to your comments. My blog is all about my writing journey, supporting other wannabe writers like me. I like to write haiku, do a bit of photography and try new creative endeavours. Here’s my link:


    1. Thank you kindly for your best wishes and Happy Blogiversary to you. 🙂
      I’m so glad you could leave a blog link so others can find your blog. 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you kindly Shellie!!! 🙂
      Elena is awesome, have you found her #MidLifeLuv stuff on Twitter and Facebook too?
      Thanks for the kind words and hope this day is treating you well. Cheers, Donna. 🙂


  13. I am absolutely having cake for you today to celebrate your 2nd blogversary thingy. Wouldn’t be the same on WP without you 🙂


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