Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Little About Diana

I've decided to start a monthly feature called A Little About Diana where I share a little about my daily & personal life on my blog. I'll posting this near the end of each month and by the time 2014 starts, you should know me a lot better!! Feel free to leave comments on what you'd like me to tell you next month.
I picked the the silly picture above for this series because I am a light-hearted funny person. Or at least I think I am! I like to make others laugh and can laugh at myself.

Where have I lived? I grew up in Arizona and went to college in California. I met & married my husband in San Diego. We moved to Hawaii not long after that because my husband was in the Navy. Our first child was born there. When he got out of the Navy we moved to his home state of Illinois. Being that I lived in warm weather my whole life, I was skeptical to live where it gets cold. I ended up falling in love with this area, and was very sad when we moved to Houston for a job opportunity. By then we had 2 children and I transitioned from teaching to being an at home mom. We really missed Illinois and returned after 2 years. We did get a great opportunity to live for 4 months in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while we were in Texas which was really cool.

How did I get into blogging? 8 years ago we decided to adopt from China, so I started reading adoption blogs. I decided to start my own blog while we waited. That blog is sorely neglected these days. 5 years ago a friend from my online adoption group asked me if I could design her blog since I was into digital scrapbooking and had been the webmaster of our adoption group. That worked out well and I started my own custom blog design business. It wasn't until 6 months later that I decided I needed my very own blog to ramble about whatever I wanted, hence Diana Rambles. People that know me well say it's a VERY appropriate name for me! I've run many blogs over the years, but my current main ones are this one, my blog design business, and Bento Blog Network.

What does a typical day look like? I get up between 7 & 8 and get my kids off to school. I used to make cute bentos for my daughter everyday, but now I just make a quick basic lunch for her. After I drop her at school, I might go shopping for the household (Sams, Walmart, or Aldi) or volunteer in the schools. When I am home I am often on my computer, which is a desktop set up in the corner of our bedroom. I used to have a laptop so that I could blog/work on the go but it wasn't necessary once my daughter started elementary school. I am set up in our bedroom because it's out of the way of the main living area and it gets good wireless reception. Afternoon pick-ups begin around 3pm, followed by dinner prep around 4:30 or so, and then any evening activities. I often stay up later than my kiddos (2 younger kids) and my hubby. Luckily, the light from my monitor doesn't bug my hubby. I usually go to bed around 11 or 11:30 after catching up online and with my phone ap games. Exciting, eh?

Kudos to you who have read this far! My life isn't very exciting! What should I tell you about me next month?

Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

You can follow Diana via Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram

49 comments :

  1. I enjoyed reading about you Diana and looking forward to your next post! I worked and lived in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia near the twin towers! Miss all the great foods there.

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    1. SERIOUSLY! We lived not far from KLCC! When did you live there? We were there in 2001. My hubby worked for Esso. We lived at the corner of Ampang & Ampang Hilir. We used to eat at Soo Kee Mee ALL the time. We got to be good friends with the owners, but we've lost touch with them.

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  2. I love this idea! I think Its fun to get to know bloggers a little more! :)

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  3. Ooh and I forgot to add a question to my last comment :) How did you and your husband meet?

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    1. I picked up on him at an outdoor concert on base. Within a few weeks of knowing each other all my friends said we were going to get married. That was 23 years ago!

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  4. Fun to get to know you more! I started participating in a link party blog hop called "5 Random Things" the first Tuesday of the month over at www.growingupathomas.com. You should come particpate! :)

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  5. What fun it was reading about you. I live in Arizona now. I grew up half in California and then half in Rhode Island. I was living in California when I met my Pennsylvania husband who was living in AZ. So here I be. You fit quite a bit into your day!

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    1. Haha. I left a lot of details out! BORING details! My sister lived in RI for a while. We visited a few times.

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  6. Thanks for sharing about yourself!! Suggestion for a question- What is one of your guilty pleasures?
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

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    1. I'm going to need a month to think about that one. But food comes to mind right away!!

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  7. Diana,it is nice to get to know the "you." behind the blog! What a passionate journey you have had with your adoption and travels. I will share something about me-I too have lived in Hawaii and my 2nd daughter was born at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu! Have you ever gone back to the Islands?

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    1. Yes, my son was born at Tripler too! We went back when he was 9 years old...which was 10 years ago! Haha!!

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  8. You sure have moved a lot ..lol - although we have moved a few times it was never outside of a 10 kilometer radius from the hospital I was born in, {my kids - same hospital & same room !}. I would like to you to share what you enjoy most about blogging and also what types of blogs grab your attention ;-) {btw, I would have loved to stay in Hawaii - big fan of Hawaii 5.0}

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    1. We have but we are staying put now! We do like to travel! I'll think about your question and answer next month.

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  9. Diana, this is such a cute post! It's nice getting to know you--your day sounds great to me! I'm looking forward to someday being a SAHM too :)

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  10. Great to get to know you a little better, Diana! Thanks for sharing! :)
    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  11. I love it! And I love getting to know more about you my friend.

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    1. By the end of the year you might want a new friend! LOL!!

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  12. Tell us your most embarrassing moment. Everyone can relate to them, and they make us feel not as bad about our blunders. I always read them first in Cosmo.

    Amy from www.sewsnbows.com

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    1. Tough one! I'll post it at the end of the month!!

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  13. This is a great idea! I love getting to know more about you. Tell us about living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. How did your kids like it? How old is your eldest child?

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  14. I do enjoy reading about the personal lives of bloggers since it doesn't take long to consider them friends. Since you asked, I'd love to know how you got be such an outgoing, friendly person. Did you do crazy, fun things with your siblings when you were young? What was a typical summer day like when you were a child?
    I ask because I think my personality was formed quite a bit by the time I spent with my 2 close-in-age sisters - we even invented our own language!

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    1. I was from a big dysfunctional family, so humor was a necessity to survive! LOL! More next month!

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  15. Such an attractive picture...we all should get one taken that way! LOL
    Looking forward to getting to know you better.

    Sinea

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    1. It's the silly version of my profile pic at the top of my sidebar.

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  16. That was nice. Maybe I should do that, too. I have to admit that the picture grabbed my attention. :) Linda

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  17. Well very nice to meet you....Again...Miss Diana! Love this post! You are sure lighthearted and lots of fun! Looking forward to more!
    Lizy, came hopping over from the Adorned from Above party
    pS...the pic is a hoot! LOL

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    1. Thanks Lizy! I think I am lighthearted but I am not sure my hubby would agree. Oy!

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  18. Love life...love life...hopping from Adorned from Above!

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  19. Oh it was nice getting to know more about you. Your life sounds normal and sometimes that is more reassuring than tales of huge adventures

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    1. Is that a polite way of saying mine is boring? Haha! Just kidding! I love my life!

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  20. What a great idea, I love it! I will looking forward to read more. Blessings my friend!

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  21. Diana, I'm so glad you decided to do this monthly about you. I've enjoyed your blog and have wanted to get to know YOU better! Sounds like you have a wonderful family and a very full life. Your daughter is beautiful and what a blessing to all of you to adopt! My brother and his wife adopted 2 years ago from Africa and we have loved welcoming our nephew into our family! I look forward to next month's about you!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Our daughter is a HUGE blessing and we all just adore her! She's a special girl!

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  22. So Diana, you are a "computer techy"!! I admire you for having all the time to make all these ramblings despite your momsy role for your kids! Hopping from Parlo and Logi this time.

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    1. Thanks Eve! My 2 younger ones are in school all day and my oldest is out in the working world...so I manage. We are all way too connected in this house!!

      Time to start thinking about my February About Me post!

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  23. How fun that you're doing this! I like reading fun facts about the bloggers behind their work. :)

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    1. My next installment is written and will be posted this week!

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  24. I love your bento lunches, but I would truly love to see your tablescape, I'd love to see what kid friendly ideas you have for dinner time :)

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