200 in 2013

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Man you guys are gonna love me. I have one porch for you all, BUT there are several photographs. This porch/deck was submitted by a coworker and he also sent over some great stats like square footage. We’re gonna simulate movement of a party guest through this porch into (did you notice?) A SECONDARY PATIO. First off, I’m calling this a porch, but you can call it a deck too. Porch deck potato potato.

Lets go over some hot specs/stats on this baby first.
- 300 sq ft deck (built 2013)
- 200 sq ft patio with fire pit (built sometime between 1963 and 2007)
- 3 locking gates on deck to control access for kids, pets and strangers
- railing is designed to minimize child escape.
- 3rd seating area in the back yard if you want to consider the large fire pit a seating area (I absolutely do)
- deck has 2 dedicated seating areas in addition to plenty of space for kids toys/bikes
- has hosted many parties with no reported fatalities and minimal injuries
- house is on a mountain so there is a slight drop off and makes the deck feel like a treehouse (FRICKIN SOLD DUDE)
- At any time you can hear from the nearby high school or wetlands a HS Football/Baseball game, trains, frogs, or airplanes from the local airport which make a thunder sound in the valley.

Ok, first picture, we see the run up to the porch. I’m very encouraged to see (1) tiki torch and (2) potted plants in different sized pots (this is very important, symmetry is not necessary on these more woodland porches. We’re not about to hold a wedding or a funeral out here. This porch is all business for working folk. Also whats that I spy in the distance? A table with an umbrella!? Very impressive, rain protection is so important. Also it provides protection against any bird droppings or acorns from the nearby trees so smart move on the part of the porchowner.

Second picture, we get the whole ballgame. I’m spying dos kids bikes and they fit very comfortably on the porch which means the porch has great parking. I also don’t see a ticket on any of the bikes so lax parking enforcement too. Since the house is on a mountain in the woods you know those bikes aren’t getting stolen. Let’s talk about lighting for a quick minute. Porch lighting is a key demarcation between a porch that is merely good, versus truly great. Porch lighting should create a mystical yet homey feel. Christmas lights are absolutely encouraged. In this case we get lightbulbs strung in what appears to be a fashion an electrician might have slight issue with. I approve. This is the kind of deck that GETS BETTER when the sun sets. Just think about that. You’re out there with your friends having a good ole time, but wait! Oh no! The sun is setting and existential terror sets in. Hold the damn phone, we’ve got lightbulbs.

Third picture, we get a great look at the stone and grass patio. I don’t know if you all have noticed yet, but I’m a big fan of multiple GOSA’s (general outdoor seating areas) on one house. Options are super important. Also I spy a firepit. Firepits are paramount as they function as beacons to move guests off your porch or deck and onto the patio. Its like Lord of the Rings when Aragorn goes mountain climbing to light the beacons and all the Rohirrim show up at Minas Tirith. The only difference is in this case you just need to move your friends about 15-20 feet in one direction (thats about as difficult, especially your coworker Big Mike, he tends to post up a lot. Mike’s also the guy that drinks mike’s hard lemonade because his name is Mike, so shout outs to him).

Speaking of alcohol its time to recommend a drink for this porch/patio combo. My coworker told me he’s had the most success with an “an ice-cold fresh-made michelada.” Sign me up.

All in all I give this porch a 9/10. This is a Great Porch. I have also been invited over to this porch to do a field test of the chairs and other porch amenities and I will absolutely report back.

Next post coming on Monday! If you have porch questions or submissions hit me up over at https://twitter.com/porchrates



You touch your bruises to my bruises,
your broken bones to my bloody knees.
I pretend you are the same person you were a year ago
and you pretend I am the girl who was with you
only because she felt she had to be.

We don’t do it on purpose.
Our scars add up like stars that
make up our bodies like constellations.
You try to hold me but you are the sunlight
that blankets me when it is 2:30
in the afternoon and I am still in bed;
keeping you is not as easy as containing
lightning bugs in glass jars and I know
you try so goddamn hard to love me,
but I bought skin like asphalt
when it kept scraping.

Sometimes I sit across from you trembling
and you refuse to come near me because
I kiss with a mouthful of razor blades;
I step closer to you and you bleed Bacardi
and self-destruction. You run away
from me with tears running like
your legs down forbidden streets.

But I don’t want to smear kerosene on
the roughest parts of your existence.
I don’t want to change us.
I don’t want to change you.
I want to expose you like meaningless sex;
I want you to climb a latter inside of yourself
and then burn it so you always
think about who you are.

This is why we fight: because
you had never met someone who sees
through you like your skin is transparent
and I had never found someone with
the will to withstand such warzones,
so selfless that you can look at me
with your lungs chiseling out of your chest
and still try to make me happy.

I know first-hand that adrenaline kicks in
when you even imagine your bones breaking.
You become illogical, defensive and defenseless
as you run barefoot across the pavement,
putting slash wounds in your heart so love
can thrive in the crevices of barely beating.
A life without you always felt
like having lungs that cannot breathe.

And this is exactly why we fight: because
our minds were molded by prior experience,
but our love is like learning to speak.

—  This is why we fight
Masterlist

I decided to update my masterlist, but since I made the post two years ago, the format didn’t cooperate with editing and I had to make a new post. All stories and series and AUs should be in alphabetical order, the pairings are not. Hope it’s all of them!

I’ve counted about 165 stories written where’s my medal .


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Weigh in

This Friday. I’m trying to convince myself I’m playing cool but in reality i think I’m freaking out a lil bit. Im so near my goal of being 200 lbs or under. I havent been under 200 since 2013!

Once i reach that goal i think i will stop obsessing over weigh-ins as much as i am right now. It’s just so exciting to be so close to something I’ve been working extremely hard for.

This journey doesn’t end once i am under 200 lbs. This is now a lifestyle that i love to live everyday. I am dedicated to my health. I am obsessed with the high i get after my workouts.

And my 3 month glow up is approaching! 13 more days. I am too geeked 😁😁

Taylor Swift + Every Award She’s Ever Won

A very long and comprehensive list of every award she’s won with pictures.

Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs)

  1. New Female Vocalist of the Year (2008)
  2. Album of the Year (2009)
  3. Crystal Milestone Award (2009)
  4. Jim Reeves International Award (2011)
  5. Entertainer of the Year (2011, 2012)
  6. Video of the Year (2014)
  7. 50th Anniversary Milestone Award (2015)

American Country Awards (ACAs)

  1. Worldwide Artist (2013)
  2. Collaborative Single of the Year (2013)
  3. Collaborative Video of the Year (2013)
  4. Song of the Year (2013)

American Music Awards

  1. Favorite Country Female Artist (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  2. Artist of the Year (2009, 2011, 2013)
  3. Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist (2009, 2013)
  4. Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist (2009, 2015)
  5. Favorite Country Album (2009, 2011, 2013)
  6. Dick Clark Award for Excellence (2014)
  7. Favorite Pop/Rock Album (2015)
  8. Song of the Year (2015) 

BBC Music Awards

  1. International Artist of the Year (2015)

Billboard Music Awards

  1. Artist of the Year (Female) (2009)
  2. Woman of the Year (2011, 2014)
  3. Top Billboard 200 Artist (2011, 2013, 2015)
  4. Top Country Artist (2011, 2013)
  5. Top Country Album (2011, 2013)
  6. Top Artist (2013)
  7. Top Female Artist (2013, 2015)
  8. Top Digital Songs Artist (2013, 2015)
  9. Top Billboard 200 Album (2013, 2015)
  10. Top Country Song (2013)
  11. Top Artist (2015)
  12. Top Hot 100 Artist (2015)
  13. Billboard Chart Achievement Award (2015)
  14. Top Streaming Song (Video) (2015)

Billboard Touring Awards

  1. Top Package (2010, 2013)
  2. Concert Marketing and Promotion Award (2011) 

BMI Country Awards

  1. Award Winning Songs (2007 x 1, 2008 x1, 2009 x3, 2010 x3, 2011 x3)
  2. Song of the year (2008, 2009, 2010)
  3. Publisher of the Year (2009 x3, 2010 x3, 2011 x3, 2012 x2, 2013 x1, 2014 x2) 
  4. Songwriter of the Year (2010)
  5. Top 50 Songs (2012 x2)
  6. Country Awards Top 50 Songs (2013 x2, 2014 x2) 

BMI London Awards

  1. Award Winning Songs (2014)

BMI Pop Awards

  1. BMI President’s Award (2009)
  2. Award Winning Songs (2009, 2010 x2, 2011 x2, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 x3, 2016 x4)
  3. Song of the Year (2010)
  4. Publisher of the Year (2011 x2, 2014, 2015 x3, 2016 x4)
  5. Songwriters of the Year (2015, 2016)
  6. Taylor Swift Award (2016) 

Bravo Otto

  1. Super Singer Female (bronze) (2012)

Brit Awards

  1. International Female Solo Artist (2015)

Canadian Country Music Association (CCMAs)

  1. Top Selling Album (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  2. Generation Award (2012)

Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards

  1. Popular New Artist (2009)

Country Music Association Awards (CMAs)

  1. Horizon Award (2007)
  2. Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011)
  3. Female Vocalist of the Year (2009)
  4. International Artist Achievement (2009, 2013)
  5. Album of the Year (2009)
  6. Music Video of the Year (2009, 2013)
  7. Pinnacle Award (2013)
  8. Musical Event of the Year (2013) 

Country Music Awards of Australia

  1. Top Selling International Album of the Year (2014)

CMT Music Awards

  1. Breakthrough Video of the Year (2007)
  2. Female Video of the Year (2008, 2009)
  3. Video of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011)

Elle Style Awards

  1. Woman of the Year (2015)

Emmy Awards

  1. Original Interactive Program (2015)

Fifi Awards

  1. Fragrance Celebrity of the Year (2013)
  2. Fragrance of the Year: Women’s Popular (2015)

Glamour Awards

  1. International Solo Artist (2014)

Grammy Awards

  1. Album of the Year (2010, 2016)
  2. Best Country Album (2010)
  3. Best Female Country Vocal Performance (2010)
  4. Best Country Song (2010, 2012)
  5. Best Country Solo Performance (2012)
  6. Best Song Written for Visual Media (2013)
  7. Best Pop Vocal Album (2016)
  8. Best Music Video (2016) 

Guinness World Records

  1. Guinness Book of World Records 2010 (2010 x2)
  2. Guinness Book of World Records 2012 (2012 x2)
  3. Guinness Book of World Records 2014 (2014 x1)
  4. Guinness Book of World Records 2016 (2016 x1)

IFPI Global Recording Artist Award

  1. Global Recording Artist of 2014 (2015)

iHeartRadio Music Awards

  1. Artist of the Year (2015)
  2. Song of the Year (2015)
  3. Best Lyrics (2015)
  4. Female Artist of the Year (2016)
  5. Best Tour (2016)
  6. Most Meme-able Moment (2016)
  7. Album of the Year (2016)

Japan Gold Disc Awards

  1. Albums of the Year (Western) (2015)
  2. Best 3 Albums (Western) (2015) 

MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs)

  1. Best Female (2012)
  2. Best Live Act (2012)
  3. Best Look (2012)
  4. Best Song (2015)
  5. Best US Act (2015)

MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs)

  1. Best Female Video (2009, 2013, 2015)
  2. Best Pop Video (2015)
  3. Video of the Year (2015)
  4. Best Collaboration (2015)

MTV Millennial Awards

  1. Hit Chicle del Año (2013)

mtvU Woodie Awards

  1. Best Cover Woodie (2015)

Much Music Video Awards

  1. Your Fave International Artist/Group (2013) 

Music Business Association

  1. Artist of the Year (2010)

Myx Music Awards

  1. Favorite international Video (2010, 2015, 2016) 

Nashville Songwriters Association International Award (NSAI)

  1. Songwriter/Artist of the Year (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
  2. Ten Songs I wish I’d Written (2015)

Nashville Symphony Ball

  1. Harmony Award (2011)

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (KCAs)

  1. Favorite Female Singer (2010)
  2. Favorite Song (2010)
  3. The Big Help Award (2012) 

NME Awards

  1. Best International Solo Artist (2016)

NRJ Music Awards

  1. International Female Artist of the Year (2015)
  2. Video of the Year (2015) 

People’s Choice Awards

  1. Favorite Female Artist (2010, 2015, 2016)
  2. Favorite Country Artist (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  3. Favorite Song (2015)
  4. Favorite Pop Artist (2015, 2016)

Los Premios 40 Principales

  1. Best International Artist (2012)

Radio Disney Music Awards

  1. Song of the Year (2013, 2016)
  2. Best Break Up Song (2013, 2016)
  3. Best Musical Collaboration (2014)
  4. Fiercest Fans (2014)
  5. Best Song to Dance To (2015)
  6. Most Talked About Artist (2016)

Ripple of Hope Gala

  1. Ripple of Hope Award (2012)

SESAC Nashville Music Awards

  1. Recurrent Country Performance Activity Awards (2008)
  2. Country Performance Activity Awards (2008, 2009 x2) 

Shorty Awards

  1. Best Singer (2015)

SiriusXM Indies Awards

  1. International Artist of the Year (2013)

Songwriters Hall of Fame

  1. Hal David Starlight Award (2010)

Teen Choice Awards

  1. Choice Breakout Artist (2008)
  2. Choice Female Artist (2009, 2011, 2012)
  3. Choice Female Album (2009)
  4. Choice Breakout Female (2010)
  5. Choice Female Country Artist (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  6. Choice Country Song (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  7. Choice Country Album (2010)
  8. Red Carpet Hot Icon – Female (2011)
  9. Ultimate Choice (2011)
  10. Choice Break-Up Song (2011, 2015)
  11. Choice Voice (2012)
  12. Choice Single by a Female Artist (2012)
  13. Choice Summer Music Star: Female (2015)
  14. Choice Twit (2015)
  15. Choice Music Collaboration (2015) 

Telehit Awards

  1. Album Pop Femenino (2013)
  2. Best Female Artist (2015)
  3. Video of the Year (2015) 

Young Hollywood Awards

  1. Superstar of Tomorrow (2008)

YouTube Music Awards

  1. YouTube Phenomenon (2013)
  2. 50 Artists to Watch (2015)

Total Number of Awards Won: 270
Total Types of Awards Won: 154

**This took me forever, so if you steal this I will not be happy

“ On Your Mark ” 17 x 22 in.

Murielle Ahoure, Ivory Coast. 200 meters, 2013 World Championships, Moscow, Russia.

Now on view at “BEAUTIFUL MACHINE” at Studio FIVE08 in Santa Monica.

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Trackandfieldimage.com

This is probably one the cheesiest post I’ve ever made! I found that old background picture from a family photoshoot in 2012. I was 200 pounds up until April 2013, when I decided I needed to change my life. I am so grateful I did.

For more information about my 70 pound weight loss, follow or message my blog ridye13. 

It’s not an understatement to say that I owe everything as an actor to ‘Merlin.’ It was pretty much my first job, and I didn’t know what I was doing for many years on it. It wasn’t until the third and fourth series - the fourth series especially - that I really found my feet with the character, and as an actress. ›› Katie McGrath.