A Change Is Coming!

Hello Blogging Friends!

Not sure who is still out there or not exactly since I have many more readers than people who comment.

The Social Frog will be taking on a new life as of February 1st, 2014. Change is good and well, I think much needed. There are a lot of new positive changes coming to my life soon, the first being getting ready for a BIG move. Our time here in Japan is winding down and I am so thrilled about our next move. I will be sharing about the next move another time and in a different place in which this post is actually about!

As of February 1st, 2014 I will be using this site for all of my gaming, all of my gaming from PC to console to handheld. I have been using thesocialfrog as my username for gaming for so many years now and I wanted a place where I could post about all of my gaming if I wanted. I also knew/know my readers here have not been so interested in my gaming which is why I decided to make this a home for my gaming and create a “new” home for all the new great blogging to come!

I already switched my Facebook page, it was “The Social Frog” but now is “Teacups & Notes”. I left a post on there so as to keep you all from being/getting confused. The only thing that has changed there are 2 photos, the page name, the page web address and my blog link. I did not want to try to migrate all my “likes” and follows over to a whole new page. Instead I have created a new page for my gaming under the title “The Social Frog”. So, you don’t need to do anything on that end.

My new wed address/blog will start on February 1st and you can find it here: http://www.teacupsandnotes.com . It is currently still under construction so you won’t see to much at all for the time being.

I am keeping all old and previous posts here. All new content starting February 1st will be found at Teacups & Notes. So if anyone finds this blog with information or things they are interested in, they will still be able to do so. But from now on, any new content here will be only about gaming/games.

I am excited and feel refreshed about blogging in general and I am looking forward to getting back to why I originally started blogging in the first place! Also, if you follow me on Instagram you will see that my username and blog link has already changed as well.

See you soon over at Teacups & Notes!

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Aqua

This Weeks Theme Is: Aqua
This photo is from my trip to Guam in 2012. It was amazing, the water took on so many different colors but you could always see right to the bottom. Breathtaking!

If you would like to play along too: Saturday Photo Hunters

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Welcome New Year!

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to 2014. There is much to look forward to but there will also be a some stress to balance it out.

I know we don’t want anything negative to happen but let’s face it, things won’t go 100% as planned and I know I am going to have to be ok with that.

I pray we all get through this year without too many scars but life is unpredictable. So my wish for you is that no matter what happens, you have peace!

Resolutions..not my thing. I like to go with goals instead. Some of my goals from last year were met and some were not. All I can do is try harder this year. I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself.

My goals for this year include loosing more weight, continuing to live more in the moment, remembering that my time with those I love is limited, to not be so quick to anger and when I do get angry, to only allow it to effect me for 5 minutes then let it go.

Living in the moment was one of my goals last year and I did work hard on it all year long and I feel like I did and knowing I enjoyed my life more this past year and tried not to let things pass me by, I want to continue this goal in this new year. I also refer to it as “Being Present”, in my own life and others. It is far to easy to just let it all slip away, especially when we become busy and or complacent.

Big things are happening for us this year and it is scary but also exciting! I hope that you too have some happy things to look forward to in this new year.

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Goodbye 2013!

Anyone else happy that 2013 is coming to a close? Mind you, while it was not a horrible year, there is much for me to look forward to in 2014.

I hope there are plenty of things for you to be or get excited about in your 2014.

One of the biggest things I think we need to take with us all into the new year is positive thinking and realizing that there may just be a silver lining!

I don’t do resolutions. I stopped making those moons ago. Instead I think “goals” are more realistic. And yes, I did reach some of the goals I made for this year and some were not met but I am ok with that. On to new and different things in this coming new year.

I leave you with an end of the year questioner! See you in the new year! 

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Visited The Tomb Of Christ Here In Japan.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I Don’t Do Resolutions, I Make Goals. There Were A Few Goals I Met And Yes I Will Make New Ones For 2014.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, In August My Grandfather And It Was Horrible To Not Be Able To Get To His Funeral.

5. What countries did you visit?

Just Japan.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More Motivation To Exercise.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory?

From May Till August Due To The Dying & Then Death Of My Grandfather.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Growing My Baking Blog: www.imathomebaking.com

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not Being Able To US For My Grandfather’s Funeral.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Just Normal Sinus Stuff.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I Did Not Buy It But My Husband Did For Christmas For Me, An AeroGarden I Have Been Wanting.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Anyone Who Made Me Happy This Year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Anyone Who Claims To Be Tolerant Yet When Faced With The Ability To Be Tolerant & Show Grace Looked Like A Bunch Of Hypocrites.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Savings For Our Move Early Summer 2014.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Getting Orders To Move To Hawaii!

16. What song/album will always remind you of 2013?

None Really.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

1. Happier or sadder? A Little Of Both.

2. Thinner or fatter? Little Thinner.

3. Richer or poorer? Average.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercise and baked more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Sleeping!

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Here In Japan With My Husband And Our Furchildren. It Was Wonderful!

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

Hands Down, My Mother!

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?

I Stayed In Love With My Husband :)

23. How many one night stands in this last year?

Stupid Question. NONE.

24. What was your favorite TV program?

Copper & Not Happy That BBC America Decided To Can It.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Hate Is A Strong Word, I Try Not To Harbor Such Feelings. But Sure, There Are Many People To Dislike.

26. What was the best book(s) you read?

A Book From My Favorite Series: Cupcake Bakery Mysteries.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

None.

28. What did you want and get?

A New Bread Machine.

29. What did you want and not get?

A Job But It Is Very Hard For An American To Get A Job Where I Live In Japan.

30. What were your favorite films of this year?

Prisoners.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Turned 34, Went To Visit Christ’s Tomb & An Azalea Festival.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not Having A Single Dental Issue.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Comfortable, Maybe Too Comfortable!

34. What kept you sane?

Baking.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I Honestly Cant Stand Any Of Them.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Marriage equality, Military Budget Issues.

37. Who did you miss?

All Of My Family!

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I Only Met One New Person Really This Year, A Japanese National.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

Life Is Too Short, Don’t Waste Your Time & Focus On Loving Those That Mean Most To You!

40. One word that sums up your 2013!

Busy.

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Yes, There Is A Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
“Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
“Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
“Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

“VIRGINIA O’HANLON.
“115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.”

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Merry Christmas From My Family To Yours!

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6 Years Of Blogging!

Wow, today 6 years ago I started blogging. I know it has been more sparce since I moved to Japan, which is rather amusing. You would have thought there would be more to blog about but really I have found less things to share.

The day to day life here I find not worthy of blogging. Now, maybe if I lived off base but living on this base, it’s filled with drama and now since it’s summer we melt from the heat and don’t want do anything,lol.

I thank all of you, well any of you left out there for sticking around. It’s been an interesting 6 years for sure and I am sure the next 6 will be as well!

There is a lot going on around here and will be the rest of this year. We will soon be picking orders again and leaving Japan by next summer! So excited.

I hope as the weather cools I will post more often. I do have some stories to share but a million pictures to sift through too!

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Sometimes Things Go Stale

Well…Hello There!

It’s been a while. Why? Well, many different reasons. Like the title says “Sometimes “Things” Go Stale”! I think one of the biggest things is that I have tired of Japan. I know, how ungrateful I am….(rolling my eyes)!

Incase you are wondering I’ve not taken my time here for granted. I know people would hurt other people to be able to live in Japan…not nessicerily where I live though. Let’s not forget I live WAY up North in the farm lands…Not in the middle of Tokyo. To put it another way..one place is glamourous while the other is kind of homley…yeah.

I actually have many posts to write. I have been in a “I’m really over living in Japan” kind of funk. It has gotten old. Once you have been to a festival one time…it is the same, every other time. You have to enjoy eating too…I am not a huge fan of food on a stick or eating a lot, especially while I am out and about.

I guess I have been uninspired for a while now…even though I have seen and visited inspiring places! I come to my blog and try to decide how many of those 400 pictures I am going to post and what would everyone want to see of my trip or adventure. Then I just loose interest even though I want to share with all of you. It really is time to move on from here.

One more year, we shall be gone this time next year and I am excited. I don’t want to say my life has become stale because that is not fully the truth either…certain aspects of it have. It’s not like I can run to Walmart, Target or any of my favorite crafting stores.

Yes, I do have some Japanese stores I do like to frequent but it is never exactly what I want or am looking for, just something suitable enough…”for now”. Also, we are now in the summer full swing and I hate summer here. I am not and don’t think I ever have sugar coated that. I love winter here. I can say I am looking forward to my last winter here.

The things I enjoy most in life are a pain in the ass to do in the summer. I will say that just this past month they have allowed each home, with many restrictions…a small portable AC unit. We had talked about it, about getting one. We talked but then that’s been it. We are on a self imposed strict budget. 1 year out from our next move I love to save, save, save as much money as possible!

So what else has gone a little stale…friendships. I know, many fizzle and few sizzle..especially living the military life..always moving and even with social media it’s still easy to disconnect. Sometimes even the things you think will hold the friendship together like glue..does not matter. I guess with some people you have to have many, many things in common. That’s hard,lol. Friendships are hard, especially the older I get…boooo!

I guess when it comes down to it, I could write forever about negative things,lol. There are still many little positives about living in Japan but in the end, I am ready to adventure on and see what else is out there!

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A To Z Challenge: Zest

My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “Z”!

What is Zest? The outermost part of the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, used
as flavoring.

The zest I use most often is from a lemon, especially when it comes to baking, orange comes in a close 2nd! Do you use zest of any kind when you bake?

Wow! April went by very quickly!! So this ends my April 2013 A To Z Challenge!!! Thank you to all those whom have followed along, commented or just read.

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A To Z Challenge: Yeast

My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “Y”!

What is Yeast? Yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms classified in the kingdom Fungi, with 1,500 species currently described.

My most favorite kind of bread baking has me using yeast! I love the process and how yeast works. The more I use it, the more I learn and enjoy creating beautiful baked goods with it.

Do you use yeast or do you shy away from it?

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A To Z Challenge: Xagave

My Theme For The Challenge This Year Is Baking! Today’s Letter Is “X”!

What is Xagave? Xagave is a wonderful sweetener and food that will help you achieve your health goals, whether it be weight loss, improved digestion, more energy or an enhanced immune system.

I have no personal experience with this product. Some people swear by it and others think it is horrible. I am really not sure as I have not used it. I tend to not like to bake with anything but sugar and I have never baked using a sweetener before. The above, about what it is, comes right from the About Xagave off of the web site. Have you ever used it or currently use it? What are your thoughts?

If you would like to read more about this product you can find it here: Xagave

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