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Friday Favorites: June 24

Happy Friday!  It’s is a happy day here because everyone who had the flu is on the mend.  Hopefully we are done with this run of the flu.  And there’s other good stuff too.  Here’s my Friday favorites.
  • I just read more details about the evo ‘ll conference and I’m so excited!  It’s going to be a great party – where I get to learn cool stuff and meet awesome people! (You can see how excited I am by all the exclamation points!)
  • With my down time this week, I finished Sarah’s Quilt.  Then I jumped into the last book of the series, Star Garden.  I love this series.  It even inspired me to write a story of my own.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • Family history – I learned some interesting facts about the little island where my grandpa grew up.  It was called Sansego; the name was taken from the Greek word for oregano that grows on the island.  Just learning a bit more about where he lived, creates a connection to him.

Of coarse I found some other favorites in my Google Reader!

  • I love the Around the World in 80 Days Reading Bingo Chart Chocolate on my Cranium shared!  (Try saying that 3 times fast.)
  • Silhouette has frosted vinyl – too cool!
  • Think Fast shares a super cute card with shrinky dink butterflies!  I never thought about running shrink plastic through my Silhouette.
  • Check out the cute key quotes at Your Homebased Mom.  She even shares a download of the poster she made for a graduation gift.
  • No Friday is complete without dreaming of treats.  Two Peas & their Pod share a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that remind me of the ones my mom made when I was a kid.
  • If that’s not sweet enough for you, try New Nostalgia’s Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Caramel Funky Fritos.  This is one of those recipes where my eyes aren’t sure it would taste good, but my brain would definitely give it a try.  Hopefully I’m not the only one whose body argues with itself.

All of me wishes you a good weekend enjoying a few of your favorites – just share your plans so I can live vicariously through you.  Thanks!

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School’s Out 4Ever Blogfest: The Song that Rocked My World

My kiddos will tell you I must have really been into music in the 80’s because I can name that tune with the best of them.  Even with all those songs from that memorable decade, there is one that stands out like no other.  The song – Let’s Go Crazy by Prince (before he was known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and now known as Prince again.)  


I wouldn’t say that my friends and I liked that particular song more than a dozen more songs at the time, but that song had a lot of energy.  It was the perfect tempo to make a really good flag routine.  Yes, I was in the high school marching band and I played the flag.  You might call it the color guard.  It was so cool spinning that long handle around fast enough to hear it whizzing threw the air.  And then we learned a how to throw that spinning flag high over our heads, in sync with the rest of the team. 


One long Saturday with nothing better to do, (I had a lot of those), my fellow flag teammate and I decided to make our own flag routine to that upbeat song.  We worked and practiced all day, and it was pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  After several hours, we decided that we needed a big finale to match Prince’s guitar solo at the end. Of course one of our new throws would be the perfect thing.  Even though it was a fairly new skill, I could usually make the throw.  The worse thing that happened if I missed was my pole clattered on the ground and I was pretty used to that sound.  


This time my miss left more of an impression – on my forehead.  Somehow I missed and the pole slammed me in the head, ringing my bell and leaving me seeing stars.  Practice was over for the day and that was one routine I never tried again.


Head over to Tell Great Stories to read more teenage defining moments or add your own.

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Counting March

I know it’s normally March numbered, but I switched it up to Counting March for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Any of my numbers that I’m disappointed in, I’m blaming Spring Break.


1 – Number of pounds gained. I have two words for you, Spring Break!  Actually I think the culprit is not tracking my food.  I will be jumping back on that band wagon.
2 – Books read.  Eragon and These Is My Words.
4 – Piano practices, and they were wimpy ones at that! (It’s Spring Break’s fault)
5- Articles written for the Homemaking Cottage and Arizona Mama (Spring Break)
7 – Family history names verified
8 – Scrapbook layouts finished (I could have finished those last two, but … you guessed it, Spring Break)
14 – Challenge projects finished (Spring Break)
23 – Blog posts, not too bad considering it was Spring Break
1183 – Page views!  Thanks to you not slacking over Spring Break, it’s a new record.


I also use my monthly review to check how I’m doing on my New Year’s resolutions.  I’m making slow progress with my goals.  I’m finding peace in my search for direction.

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Friday Favorites: March 18

My last minute St. Patrick’s Day activities were a success!  I spent about an hour playing with my kids and it made the whole day feel festive.  I even found some Hershey’s Kisses in green wrappers and golden Twix bars tucked away in the freezer from Christmas to add to their snacks.


I’ve simplified “Favorite Feed Friday’s” to “Friday Favorites”; easier to say and lets me include more of my faves!
  • For example, I am loving These Is My Words!  I checked it out from the library – and renewed it, but I didn’t start reading it because I was finishing Eragon.  A friend told me how much she liked it so I rechecked it out and started it a couple of days ago.  I’m having a hard time putting it down.  There’s a part of me that would rather be reading that than hang out on the computer!  Shocking, I know.
  • Traveling Oma confesses a less than stellar moment from 7th grade.  My dad gave me a watch one summer; I was probable 10 or 11.  Since I only saw my dad in the summers and we picked it out together, it was very special with its digital fanciness.  It even had a light!  One day I was bored and curious, truly a bad combination.  I took apart my watch to see how it worked.  After through research, I wasn’t any closer to understanding how it worked.  I put the cover over the battery,  and to my dismay there was no time and no cool light.  I was so ashamed I hid in a drawer for a couple of years until I finally threw it away.  Every time I talked to my dad, I was worried he would ask me about our special watch.
  • Chocolate on my Cranium shares an interesting lesson in multiple intelligences and a link to find out yours or your kiddos.
  • Pumpkin Patterns shares a how to for a sweet pouch.  We’ve been thinking of doing something like this with M&M bags; this will help our idea work better.
  • I love the wreath idea from Family Chic.  I think it would be perfect for more than just Easter.
  • I don’t have babies or crochet, but these hats from Little Birdie Secrets make me wish I did!  She even shares the patterns.
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