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January 2018

10 Things On My Bucket List

Posted in Blogathon, Personal

Blogathon Day 9: List 10 things on your bucket list. (original prompt: Favorite childhood memory?)

For Day 9 I decided to swap out the original prompt with one of the optional ones, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything lol. Not that I don’t have some amazing childhood memories, but I didn’t think I remembered enough detail to really write about it. So here we go, 10 Things On My Bucket List aka things I want to do before I die in no particular order.

1. Travel to Another Country

I have never been outside of the US, so I would love to vacation in another country ideally for a month … but 2 weeks would be great too! Some places I’d love to visit in no particular order: Japan, Canada, Spain, France, Australia, England, and pretty much anywhere else.

2. Get a Tattoo

I mentioned in my 20 Facts About Me post that I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo, even if it was just something small. So that is another thing on my list that I’m hoping to get before I turn 35 (so 3 years to go!).

3. Go on a Cruise

I’ve always loved the idea of going on a cruise, specifically I’d love to do an Alaskan cruise but honestly I’d be fine going anywhere.

4. Swim with Sharks

I love sharks. I’ve always been fascinated with them and one day I’d love to go swimming with them in the ocean. I’d like to actually do it twice, once with a cage and once without. I’d also like to swim with dolphins, but obviously not at the same time.

5. Go to a Convention

I’ve always wanted go to a convention, the one I’d love to go to is Blizzcon, but I’d be happy with any comic, anime, gaming or some other nerd convention.

6. Hot Air Balloon

My grandparents a very long time ago for one of their anniversaries did a hot air balloon ride and it looked like SO much fun. Since then I’ve always wanted to do it.

7. Skydiving

Another thing I’ve always wanted to do is go skydiving, I also love the idea of filming the entire experience.

8. Learn to Play Guitar

When I was about 15 or so I asked for an acoustic guitar for Christmas. I still have it, and I have no idea how to play it. Before I moved up north a few years ago I started to teach myself how to play it, but quit since I didn’t

9. Learn to Surf

Although I’ve spent most of my life in Florida, I’ve never been surfing and I hope to learn one day!

10. Go Back to School

Something I’ve been thinking about doing is going back to school, not necessarily for another degree (although I would like to get my masters) but to just take some classes in general (painting, drawing, etc).

So those are 10 things on my bucket list, what are some things on yours?

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 9, 2018
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Something I Miss

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Blogathon Day 8: Something You Miss (previous prompt Day in the Life via photos or just pure text)

So I decided to swap today’s prompt for another one, because I ended up not running errands today and I’d rather do a DIL post when I’m actually do something that day, so I’ll do that later this week instead!

Anyways. One thing I really miss is snow. I lived in Ohio for 3 winters and something I enjoyed every winter was the snow fall. Even after living there for over 2 years, I still loved it.

There’s something so peaceful about watching the snow fall. I hope to eventually move back up north or to another country that has snow. One day!

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 8, 2018
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All The Currents

Posted in Blogathon, Random

Blogathon Day 7: Your current (book you’re reading, show you’re watching, game you’re playing etc).

So for this post you technically don’t have to list all of your currents, but I thought it could be more interesting so here we go!

Current Book

I started reading The Magicians a few months ago after I watched the first season of the show on Netflix (season 2 is here now, highly recommend it) I’ve been reading it off and on (admittedly more off than on haha) but hoping to finish it soon. It’s basically a much darker version of Harry Potter.

Current Game(s)

So I’m always playing Overwatch and World of Warcraft, so I won’t count those since they have no real end 😛 Besides those two I’m playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch I recently purchased. I’m really enjoying both and I’m so glad that I bought a Switch! I keep swapping between both  games because I enjoy them both, if you decide to get a Switch they are a must have! I’m normally pretty bad about finishing a game fully, but I see myself finish both of these games this year.

Current Show(s)

I have a habit of watching several shows at once when it comes to Netflix and other streaming services, especially if a show has more than 3+ seasons. Currently on Amazon Prime I’m watching Monk (on season 4), I watched the show when it originally aired but it’s been a while and never really saw the first season nor do I remember how it ended so I wanted to check it out again. I also started watching the show Covert Affairs about a month or so ago, I’m also on season 4 of this show but I’ve never seen it before! It’s one of those shows I always wanted to watch when it aired, but I just never did.

So that is my currents! What is something that you’re currently doing this month?

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January 7, 2018
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My Favorite Apps

Posted in Blogathon, Tech

Blogathon Day 6: Your favorite Apps (list 3-5, or just 1 that’s your #1 fav)

In today’s day in age it’s no secret that technology, especially phones, are part of our everyday lives. My phone is a device I use daily (although I probably shouldn’t …) and over the years of owning a smartphone (currently have an iPhone 7) I’ve downloaded and fallen in love with dozens and dozens of apps, but for this post I’m going to just list my top 3. For this I didn’t want to include the typical apps like Twitter, Discord, Facebook, etc. but some that people maybe haven’t heard of but are ones that I use often. So here we go, in no particular order! Also note, this is not sponsored this is all my own personal opinion.

1. AfterShip

 

I found out about AfterShip through a planner Facebook group and it’s such a wonderful app if you order a lot of things online like I do. I use this app anytime after I’ve ordered something online. It allows me to track all packages all from various carriers in one convenient location. It’ll also send you alerts when a package has been delivered which comes in handy if you forget.

2. TV Time

I don’t remember how I found out about TV Time, but as someone that tends to watch a bunch of different shows (sometimes at the same time) it has come in handy. The app allows you to track any upcoming shows that you’re currently watching that are still airing as well as keep track of shows you’re binge watching on places like Netflix. First screenshot shows what the “upcoming” view looks like and the screenshot on the right shows a recent show I decided to rewatch (Monk) and how the tracking for that looks like. You can track each season and just check it off whenever you finish an episode. If I ever go back to a show after having not watched it in over a year this app helps so much with figuring out where I left off (especially if a show goes from being on Netflix to being on another app like Hulu so I no longer have my progress saved there).

3. Ebates

I mentioned Ebates before in my “How I Made $135 Through Ebates” post, but the app has been a vital part in making money buy shopping online. As you can see in the app (bottom right of the screenshot) I’ve already made almost $30 using this website. Sometimes I shop from Amazon, Ebay, and other online retail stores straight from my phone. Being able to use the app while shopping online means that I can still earn money while doing something I do anyways, buy items online. After buying stuff I can also put it in the AfterShip app once they’ve shipped!

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 6, 2018
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20 Facts About Me

Posted in Blogathon, Personal

Blogathon Day 5: 20 facts about you.

  1. I was originally going to be named Sarah Elizabeth but my name was changed after birth to Veronica Lynn so I could be named after my dad (veRONica, my dad’s name is Ron Lynn).
  2. I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, but I did live in Ohio for 2 years and I miss the snow. I hope to move back up north again in the future.
  3. I know how to train dogs and have trained several dogs, including one I used to have.
  4. I own a shark costume (pictured above) that I originally bought to wear on my Twitch stream. I sometimes still stream in it on occasion.
  5. I used to go by the name Naco online but dropped it many years ago.
  6. I started going by the online handle of “Veroicone” in 2007 when I started playing World of Warcraft. It was the name of my Night Elf Druid, a toon I still play and it eventually became my name for Twitter since my usual name “nacochan” was taken.
  7. The first video game I ever played was Zelda and Super Mario Bros. 3 on Nintendo.
  8. I have a graphic/web design degree from Florida State University and I graduated in the Fall of 2011.
  9. I don’t use my degree at all, but I do work for a gaming company (and I love my job!).
  10. I hope to one day be a full time Twitch streamer and content creator.
  11. I’ll be turning 32 years old on January 17th.
  12. I love to cook and hope to eventually posts some of my favorite recipes here.
  13. I also love to bake! Some of my favorite goodies to bake are cookies and cheesecakes.
  14. I love chocolate, but I hate chocolate ice cream and chocolate cake.
  15. I’ve never been out of the country, but I hope to change that one day.
  16. I love to paint and hope to get back into it this year as well as drawing.
  17. I owned a pet chicken in 4th grade, we hatched them in class and my mom (surprisingly) let me take one home. I named her Beeper.
  18. I have green eyes, although they were blue up until I was about 3 or 4.
  19. I love sharks so much that I hope to one day swim with them, once in a cage and another time out of the cage.
  20. I have no tattoos and only have my ears pierced (but hardly wear any earrings), but I want to get a tattoo of the B from the Buffy logo on my right inside of my wrist and the Death Hallows logo from Harry Potter on the left inside of my wrist. One day!

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January 5, 2018
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Top 5 Movies

Blogathon Day 4: Top 5 movies and why?

These are in no particular order and really are just a few movies in a long list of movies that I could watch over and over.

1. Underworld

I remember seeing this movie in theaters and falling in love with it. I loved the movie so much in high school that I went an ENTIRE week where I watched this movie every day. I just love the cast (especially Kate Beckinsale) and I’m a sucker for vampire movies. I was also (and still am) obsessed with the soundtrack. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sequels though.

2. Big Fish

I don’t remember how or when I saw this movie but Big Fish is another movie that I watch at least several times a year. Another movie with an amazing cast, but I really just love the whimsy-ness of the movie and the overall story.

3. Beauty and the Beast

Although I love the remake I love the original even more. One of my favorite Disney movies as a child and still one of my favorites as an adult. I love the soundtrack, I love the characters, and most of all I love Belle. As a kid I loved that she was seen as peculiar but was fine with being herself and I loved that she was into reading. As an adult I appreciate the old art style of Disney and this will always be one of my favorite films by them.

4. Iron Man

Iron Man is hands down one of my favorite super heroes (although there are a bunch more I love too!) and the Iron Man movies are something that I love to rewatch every year (even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the last film). I always love a good origin story and Iron Man is no exception to that. Another movie with an amazing cast, but I love the characters themselves as well. I personally love guys that have intelligence and of course Tony Stark possesses that. But I also love his assistant Pepper and their relationship. Overall one of my favorite movies from Marvel.

5. Jurassic Park

Finally the last movie is Jurassic Park, this is one of those few movies where I also enjoy watching the sequels (some more than others). Another movie with a great cast, but the effects in this movie and the dinosaurs are just amazing. I remember seeing it as a child in theaters with my sister and my dad and my breath being taken away when they first showed the dinosaurs on screen. This movie has aged very well, and it’s definitely a movie I watch several times a year.

Once again this is just 5 movies in what would be a very long list of movies that I greatly enjoy. Let me know in the comments what are some of your favorite movies.

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 4, 2018
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How I Got Into Blogging

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Blogathon Day 3: How did you get into blogging and how has it changed for you since then?

I remember I first got into making websites when I was around 12. I remember seeing websites made by other people and thinking “I can do that”, and so I did. I created my first site on Geocities and it was then that I fell in love with coding and trying to make my own graphics. Around that age I remember I found this random forum and it was there that I learned about blogging and what I could truly turn my website into. Shortly after being on Geocities for a bit I got a subdomain on someone’s site and eventually opened up my first site, myveracity,net (shown in the image above) and then moved sites over the years. Besides using my own websites I also used Livejournal for the longest time and still have access to my old posts, some of which cause me to cringe haha.

Back then I remember just coming home from school and signing on the computer and just writing about my day. Back then I used to share who I had a crush on and other things I probably shouldn’t have been posting on the internet, but I was young. Over the last 5+ years I just fell out of blogging and the blogging scene and I miss it. Back then I just did it because I enjoyed it, but I found I was overthinking everything I wanted to post. I wanted to make sure it was perfect and didn’t want to just blog for the sake of blogging. This is something I’m hoping to change this year, I want to share things and I want to be able to look back on the things I posted and be so thankful that I have those memories.

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January 3, 2018
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Writing About Myself Is Hard

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Blogathon Day 2: Introduction, talk about yourself + share a photo.

So uh … like the title says writing about myself is hard. You’d think with 15+ years of blogging and having to make content that revolved around me that I’d get better at it, I haven’t. So here goes nothing … my name is Veronica but for short most just call me Vero. I’m an avid gamer and currently stream 6-7 days on Twitch. The current game I play the most is Overwatch, but I do enjoy other games too (like World of Warcraft, Zelda, and more). When I’m not streaming myself playing games I can most  likely be found creating gaming content for my YouTube channel. When I’m not doing that I can most likely be found working, I currently work (2 years at the end of March!) for a gaming company (no I won’t say which one). I LOVE my job, basically I make sure the players are behaving and handle player reports. I’ve been working in the gaming community for almost 3 years and I hope to continue to work in it.

Besides gaming I also love watching shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. On Amazon Prime I’m currently watching Monk and I’m on season 4! I love using shows and movies as background noise when I work since I do it from home.

Let’s see what else … I also love animals although I haven’t owned an animal for several years now (used to have a dog named Neo that sadly had to be put to sleep in 2012). I’m hoping to move again in the next 2 or so years and once I do I’ll be adopting a dog or a cat … or both, who knows. I also became single earlier this year and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, which is fine. I’ve totally accepted that I’ll end up a crazy cat/dog lady one day 😛 The picture I shared if one of my favorites even though it’s years old, I just think it’s funny.

I think that’s it … feel free to ask questions in the comments!

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

January 2, 2018
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Hello, 2018

Posted in Blogathon, Personal, Random

Blogathon Day 1: Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? What are they? If you don’t, why not?

I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions, mostly because I know it’s things I may not stick to but also because it’s things I want to do year round and make those decisions throughout the year and just every year when a new year starts. I did, however, make a video going over my 2018 Gaming Resolutions on my YouTube channel. Overall I just prefer to make goals … so here are some of mine for 2018!

  1. Weight loss. I lost about 35lbs in 2017 and I’d like to continue to lose more weight.
  2. Stay organized. I got into a fairly decent habit of using a planner and I’d like to continue to stick to it.
  3. To be happy. I realize this is a bit random, but I really want to focus on myself more this year and on the things that make me truly happy.
  4. Travel more. The only traveling I did in 2017 was when I moved in February, this year I’d like to take a proper vacation and do a bit of traveling even if it’s just a few cities over for a few nights.
  5. Blog more. I used to be so into blogging years ago and it quickly became something I just stopped doing. I love looking back at all of my old posts and seeing what I wrote about 5+ years ago, and I want to start documenting that stuff again.

Overall mine are pretty boring 😛 What are yours?

For the entire month of January I’m participating in a Blogathon. All posts associated with it can be found under the Blogathon category.

Image is from here.

January 1, 2018
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