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Thursday Things: What’s Your Least Favorite Chore?

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There’s no getting around chores, at least not unless we want to end up on an episode of Hoarders. I don’t always feel like cleaning, but I definitely admit I like the result. Shows like The Home Edit are one of my favorite guilty pleasures.

However, one of my friends recently told me that her husband asked her when they got together what chore really overwhelmed her. She picked laundry (not a shocker), and he took it over completely. She hasn’t done a single bit of laundry in 15 years! (Definitely a shocker!)

So, what’s your least favorite chore? Not that I’m going to do it for you. 🙂

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: They’re Growing Up On Me

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My youngest child is now 13. I really can’t say that I have any more babies, even though I often still think of them that way. It’s a very strange thing to know all my kids are closer to adulthood than they are their toddler years. Half the time I can’t decide if I want to celebrate or cry. I’m sure I’ll do a little bit of both over the next five years and then go from there.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: It’s Not Really About More Hours in the Day…

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Most people complain about not having enough hours in the day, myself included. There’s just always so much that I want to do, and I can never get it all done! The thing is, I probably still wouldn’t get it done if we miraculously had more hours in the day because I simply wouldn’t have the energy. And hey, I’m old enough now that I actually like going to bed, so there’s that.

What would you do if you had more hours in the day? Or more energy?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: What Are Your Favorite Smells?

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As a writer, I’m often trying to convey every aspect of a scene. This absolutely includes smell! The way a place smells can make a huge impact on how we feel about it. Books are probably my favorite smell, both new and old. I also love the smell of coffee, so I guess this just makes me a basic writer nerd. 🙂

What are your favorite smells?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: Tech Rage

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Do you ever get tech rage? You know, when a piece of electronic equipment that’s supposed to make your life so much easier simply refuses to work and makes you want to smash it Office Space-style?

I tend to think of myself as a pretty calm person, but my printer did this to me the other morning. I just needed to print out ONE document that only required ONE piece of paper. But I guess the printer had decided it was angry with my computer, because after twenty trips back and forth it still just wouldn’t do it. I finally uninstalled and reinstalled (probably should’ve opted for that earlier) and got my one tiny document printed.

Didn’t help that I got about twenty spam phone calls in the meantime. Gotta love technology.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: What Are You Watching?

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Today I’d just like to know what you’re watching on TV! We have more streaming services than I’d care to admit, so throw a few good ideas at me! My current favorites are the new Star Trek series (both Discovery and Picard), Ghosts, and Call Me Kat. I like a lot of older sitcoms, too. But wait, this isn’t about me. It’s about YOU! What are you watching?

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: Look What I Won!

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Look what I won! Yay! And it’s signed! There is nothing better than a signed book! I’ve already been diving into this great little book, and I can’t wait to share a full review with you in the near future. For the moment, you can get your own copy here.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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Thursday Things: Tracking Our Packages

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Do you remember ordering something before the internet? You filled out an order form, included your check or money order, and waited the required six-to-eight weeks for it to show up? That was just long enough of a time period to forget that you’d even ordered the stuff, so it was a nice surprise from your past self!

Now, we can track almost every step of an online order. You get an email confirming your order. Then another one to assure you they’re packing it all up. There’s another one that comes when it ships, although I find that’s often just when they’ve created the shipping label. Some companies will also send you another one when it’s out for delivery.

This is great in so many ways…until your package gets stuck in one spot for a full week. And it’s your new laptop. Ugh. I tried to be patient. I mean, I completely understand that there are shipping delays right now, but a full week without moving seems ridiculous. I was assured that FedEx would call me back and let me know where my computer was.

They never did, but the FedEx guy happened to show up at my door with it yesterday! And my dog just about hopped in his van with him. Poor old guy just walked right out there like he was ready to go on an adventure!

Porkchop does what he wants.

How do you feel about tracking? Do you check it obsessively or just let your stuff arrive when it will? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Please consider using my links to do your shopping and help me out at no extra cost to you!

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