My Favorite Past-Times. A Tuesday List of Ten

List of 10I have many interests. There is a variety of things that I like to do when I have time for myself. Since I am an introvert most of my preferred activities are solo activities or things to be done with a small group of people. You won’t find things on my list that involve crowds and constant interaction with others.  I also have the kind of job where I have frequent interaction with people at a rather fast pace. This is another reason why I prefer quiet activities when I have free time.

After my husband passed away, my high-school aged daughter told me that I had to get a life. She felt sorry for me staying at home when I wasn’t working, although I was quite content. Now that she also has embraced being an introvert she also appreciates the time when she can be home alone.

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Most Popular Girls and Boys Names of 2015 – Tuesday Lists of Ten

List of 10In my last week’s List of Ten, I published the top names for dogs in 2014. I love dogs.  I also love people, so this week I am listing the top names for boys and girls of 2015.

I recently learned of new parents who were choosing a name for their newborn son. They did not want a popular name. Rather they were trying to find something that would be unique for their  child. After considering and rejecting many different names they finally decided on “Liam”.  Guess what is the most popular boys’ name of 2015? Liam is a very nice name, but not unique in 2015.

Top Ten Boys’ Names of 2015

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Mason
  4. Ethan
  5. Logan
  6. Jackson
  7. Lucas
  8. Jacob
  9. Aiden
  10. Jones

Top Ten Girls’ Names of 2015

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Madison
  9. Amelia
  10. Emily

If I were naming a baby today, I am not sure which name I would select. I would like to think that I would choose something that fits the baby’s  personality, but I would probably already have something picked out well ahead of time.

Things I Wish I’d Figured Out Sooner – A Tuesday List of Ten

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Many of us go through life experiencing a great deal of angst and emotional upheaval. If we are lucky, eventually we figure some things out. We realize if only we had known these things sooner we could have spared ourselves a lot of stress. I am still learning everyday and there could be many other things on this list but I have to limit it to ten items.

This week’s Tuesdays List of Ten is 10 Things I Wish I Figured Out Sooner (in no particular order):

  1. I can choose happiness.
  2. Things have a way of working out one way or another.
  3. Worrying about something does not help one bit to resolve an issue and will not change an outcome.
  4. I can’t change another person. I can only change how I choose to react to them.
  5. People (and things) who cause me nothing but stress and trauma do not need to be kept in my life.
  6. Bad things will happen but the perspective I choose to take will influence the eventual outcome.
  7. Sometimes a good cry is all that is needed to help a situation seem better.
  8. Learning to laugh at myself stops me from taking myself too seriously.
  9. Laughing with other people, a deep, hard, can’t-catch-your-breath kind of laughter, is the best, feel good thing.
  10. Having faith and praying helps me deal with every obstacle I might face.

What lessons have you learned in your life that would have helped things to go more smoothly if you had only known them sooner?

Join me if you would like by posting your own “10 Things I Wish I Figured Out Sooner” on your blog, or simply add a comment to my post.

Housekeeping item: I am changing the name of my weekly list. It will no longer be named a Top Ten Tuesday list. I will still publish it on Tuesday  It will still be a list of ten items. However, the name “Top Ten” implies that the items on the list are in some kind of ranked order which they are not.  They are in random order and are frequently just a brain-stormed list. Many times people who comment made additions to the list that were better than those I came up with originally. “Top Ten” does not seem to be an accurate name. The list is now called a “Tuesday List of Ten” which is not as catchy of a name but it seems more honest.

Interesting Facts About Books – A Top Ten Tuesday List

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Celebrate books!

April 23 is International World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). According to the UNESCO website, the day “is an opportunity to recognize the power of books to change our lives for the better and to support books and those who produce them.”

My Tuesday list this week consists of interesting facts about books or authors. To present only 10 facts about this topic is somewhat ludicrous. It is somewhat akin to taking 10 drops of water from an ocean and claiming the sample you obtain is representative of all the oceans in the world.

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Limiting the Blog Love – A Tuesday Top Ten List

Top Ten TuesdayI am not a blogging expert and am really very new at this whole blogging thing. One thing I have learned is that blogging and following blogs can be all time-consuming. I am learning that I cannot possibly follow each blog that catches my eye. I have to make decisions about which ones to follow.  It comes down to time management. There are so many super blogs that really speak to me. Those are the ones on which I will concentrate.

For this week’s list, I am listing blog characteristics that will keep me from following a blog, or cause me to stop following a blog that I previously followed.  This is my personal criteria. I am not trying to impose my criteria on anyone else. I am simply stating those things that I will not follow. Restricting my blogs may cause me to miss some really great information, but realistically I cannot follow everything.

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Why Make Lists – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten TuesdayI make lists.  Clearly the fact that I do a Top Ten Tuesday list would indicate that at least once a week I either make a list or find a list that I find significant to share. In the blogging world, I constantly read lists. When I see headings like “The Top Ten Books of 2014” or the “The Top Ten Players in the NFL Draft” I immediately want to read the list to see what someone’s opinion is and whether I agree or not. Lists are easy to review when I might not have the time or the inclination to read an essay on the same topic. In the blogging world, the list format is used frequently.

My Top Ten Tuesday list this week consists of 10 reasons to make lists.

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Quotes by Women About Women – A Top Ten Tuesday List

Top Ten TuesdayInternational Women’s Day was on Sunday, March 8. The month of March is Women’s History Month. In honor of those two occasions, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a list of quotes by women about women. I looked for quotes that are somewhat obscure and tried to stay away from those quotes that are commonplace. However, since we all come from different places it is completely possible that just because I had not previously heard them does not mean that they are obscure.

Think about these quotes.  What are the messages they communicate about women and about men and about society?  You may agree or disagree with any of them, but it is worthwhile to think about what they suggest.

  1. Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President’s spouse.  I wish him well. –Barbara Bush
  2. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. –Susan B. Anthony.
  3. The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.–Bella Abzug
  4. One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.–Marlo Thomas
  5. Whether women are better than men I cannot say – but I can say they are certainly no worse.–Golda Meir
  6. For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.–Virginia Woolf
  7. I want to do it because I want to do it.  Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. –Amelia Earhart
  8. There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.–Madeline Albright
  9. Remember Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. –Faith Whittlesey
  10. Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.–Rosalind Russell

Do any of these quotes resonate with you?  What is the most important message for women all people to hear and to embrace?

Always and Forever

Top Ten TuesdayThis weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday list is things that will always and forever be part of your life. Perhaps we should know better than to say we will definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, no matter what, always do something. After all, we cannot know what life holds in store for us. However, these would be things that we can’t imagine a circumstance or scenario in which we would not keep these things within our behavior pattern.  Items on the list might not all be positive.  For example, my list includes worrying which I would prefer not to do, but realistically I know I always will.  The idea is to quickly come up with ten things (in no particular order) that fit this category. If you wish join me by coming up with your own list.

Ten Things I Will Always Do

  1. I will always go to church regularly.
  2. I will always pray.
  3. I will always worry about my loved ones’ physical and emotional well-being.
  4. I will always read books for leisure.
  5. I will always cross stitch
  6. I will always cry at funerals, weddings and sometimes just because I need a good cry.
  7. I will always laugh uproariously when anything strikes me as hilarious.
  8. I will always enjoy the beauty of nature, sunrises, sunsets and clouds.
  9. I will always feel grateful and blessed for the wonderful people who are part of my life.
  10. I will always appreciate the creative efforts of others.

Would any items on my list be shared on your list?