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Train Ride on the Sunset Limited

What better way to begin our honeymoon than a two day train ride from Arizona to Louisiana? Adam and I chose to honeymoon in New Orleans because it was a place the two of us had always wanted to visit but neither of us had been. On top of that, Adam really wanted to travel the USA via train so we combined two great ideas into the trip of a lifetime!

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Blogs I Love #2

There is a blog for just about anything you can imagine. My blogroll consists of interesting, hilarious, and “did you know that?” blogs written by people from all over the world. For example, the blogs I follow range from subjects like coding to gardening to life during the Victorian era.

There are a variety of ways I discover new blogs: Bloglovin’, WordPress, and word of mouth. If at first glance I like the look of a blog, I will subscribe to it and over a period of time read each post that comes across my feed. After awhile, I’ll decide to keep it or purge it from my blogroll.

Here are some blogs I’m loving:

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Recap: 2017 A-to-Z Challenge

We are one week into May which means another Blogging A-to-Z Challenge has come and gone. This year my theme was short (short) stories, all 600 words or less and written about random words I found from a random word generator. The 2017 challenge was my second year participating and, not only did I have a different theme (last year I wrote travel stories), I moved to a new country right just before April which made writing daily posts and commenting on other participants’ blogs challenging.


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April 2017

You’ve heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” but here in Japan the flowers came a month early. I have to say, my first full month in Japan was filled with flowers. They are everywhere. Not only does every home have a small garden space but the sidewalks are lined with huge trees blooming with white, pink, and lavender colored petals. Settling into my new home in a new country has been delightful with all of the natural beauty on display. My April went very well. In the span of a month we moved into our new apartment, purchased appliances and furniture, and took care of all the paperwork that comes with moving to a new country.

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Petrichor

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

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Operational

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

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Nightmare

[Note: I missed yesterday’s deadline and I’ll be double posting today to make up for it. Thanks for continuing to read my stories!]

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

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Minimum

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

The theme for today’s story is Minimum.

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Lassitude

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

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Knot

Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

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