Two Girls & A Scary Reptile

Growing up with only a sister, the girls always outnumbered the one boy (my dad) in our house. Even our dog is a girl! Personally, I love having a sister and wouldn't change it for anything. There are some times, though, that we could probably use a little more testosterone in the house. Today was one of those times.

My sister was upstairs getting ready to meet her friends when I heard her call me. I went to go see what she needed, and I found her standing in the bathroom. I asked if she called me and she responded "help!" I panicked a little. Was she bleeding? Was something hurting? "What is wrong?!" I asked her. Then she told me the problem. Nothing was wrong with her, but there was an intruder in her bathroom. A lizard. And this lizard had made its self at home inside of her wig (gross!). She was freaking out and didn't know what to do, so she called me.

I was not much help, unfortunately. I am seriously afraid of reptiles, especially lizards. I don't know what it is, but they freak me out. They are just so gross and creepy. I really can't explain my aversion to them, it is just something about them I find sooooo off putting. So, naturally, I started freaking out and screaming like a girl. "Anna," I told her, "I hate lizards! I can't handle this! I don't know what to do!" I was so repulsed and had no idea what to do with this disgusting creature.

I did the first thing I could think of; I grabbed a bunch of tissues and tried to capture it. Well, that didn't work very well. So, new plan. All the while, we were both squealing like little girls and saying "OMG" over and over. Finally, we decide that we need to get it out of the wig, so we shake it, and sure enough the lizard comes flying out of the wig onto the floor. Great, now what? My sister grabbed a make up box or something to try and capture it in, but the stupid thing crawled into the hallway and found itself a corner to make itself comfortable in. Right next to my room, no less. Awesome.

So, we try to figure out what to do, and at this point, it decides to crawl into my room. At this point I'm totally freaking out even more because OMG, gross, IT'S IN MY ROOM. EW. I decide to do the next logical thing, call my mom. So she answers and I'm all "OMG." and she's like "What's going on?". "Um, there is a lizard in our house! And we don't know what to do with it." After I tell her this, she laughs. What is funny about this?! She thinks it's ridiculous I'm freaking out. No, it's not, it's gross! So, she tells me to chill out (not gonna happen) and get a broom and a dust pan, and sweep up the lizard and take it outside.

Alright, so now we have a plan of action. I go downstairs to get the broom and stuff, still freaking out. So, I come back with the broom, we take the box off that Anna put over him, and sure enough, he starts moving. EW. So, I quickly and frantically start sweeping (on the carpet, no less. Not the easiest surface to try to sweep something up) trying to get the lizard in the dust pan. Finally, I am successful and I start to make a run for the front door, but before I can even take two steps, the stupid thing crawls out of the dust pan. So now I am furiously sweeping the stupid lizard and Anna, who has always been empathetic to even the grossest animals (we used to have possums in our attic and when the animal control people captured them, Anna would name them!) is saying "don't kill it!". Oops. Too late. I guess I swept a little too hard, and well the lizard suffered the consequences. At least now I could sweep it into the dust pan and get it far, far away from my room!

So I take it outside and throw it in the yard and try not to throw up from getting a close look at it in the light. Gross. Anyway, right in the middle of all this chaos of trying to capture the lizard, my sister (who has always wanted an older brother, but instead she got me, ha!) says "see, this is why we need a brother! To do this kind of stuff for us." Good point, Anna. Too bad we're about 15 years too late to get a new sibling. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to suck it up and get over our girly fears!

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1 Minute in the Elevator With Me

Take the Problogger Challenge with SITS and BlogFrog So let's say you and I are in the elevator together, going up to the top floor or whatever. Don't get excited, this is not that kind of game (you know, where you say who you'd "hook up" with if you were stuck in an elevator with them... what I'm the only one whose mind went there? Whatever.). Anyway, so you and I are on the elevator and I have about a minute (or however long it takes to get to the top floor of wherever we are) to pitch my product (a.k.a. this blog) to you! What would I say to get you hooked? To have you leaving that elevator getting on your iPhone to look up my blog...

This is a challenge that was presented to me by ProBloggers 31 Days To Build A Better Blog Challenge, which I (along with 400 other women bloggers!) am participating in through SITS. One of the first things I did to start the challenge was to check out my stats, and thanks to Lynda, I put them in a spread sheet so I can track the progress throughout the 31 days! If inquiring minds want to know, here's a picture of the spreadsheet. My stats are not at all glamorous but I am just happy to have any and not all 0's across the board! ha! (Thanks bubbleboo for helping me figure out how to do this!)

Next, since I knew where I stood statistically (that is not an easy word to say!), I could get to work on Task 1: Create an Elevator Pitch and a Tagline for your blog. 

This sounds easy enough, but when you think about what your blog has to offer other people, it gets a little fuzzy. It did for me, at least. After careful consideration (and some help from my new twitter friends), I came up with a tagline:
Just a college and sorority girl, trying to find the woman in me and living to blog about it. 

It's not perfect, but I used some of the words from my header, which yes, are not my words, they are Britney Spears', but I wanted to incorporate the fact that I am at the in between stage in life, and that is what my blog is all about (or at least pretty much).

Next, I had to come up with my elevator pitch, to make you want to read my blog after we talked in the elevator (assuming that people actually talk in the elevator. Have you noticed that a conversation almost never takes place between strangers in an elevator? just saying). The elevator pitch would presumably go on your About Me page (which is coming one of these days), so people can understand what you're blog is all about. It's a work in progress, but here's what I came up with:

Short pitch: College girl wandering her way through her 20's and blogging every step of the way.

Longer pitch (assuming I got your attention with the short one, and you want to know more): College girl wandering her way through her 20's, and blogging all the moments of life including sorority life, a sister with cancer and everything else that comes along. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry, but come along for the ride as this girl looks to find the woman in her and leave behind the girl. 

So what do you think?! You can be totally honest! I know it's not perfect, but I think it's a start, and hopefully throughout these 31 days as I learn more about my blog and blogging in general, I will continue to tweak it until it's perfect! 

Make sure you check out all the other amazing bloggers participating in the challenge, and get ready for more blog bettering over here! (That's a word, ok!)

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