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Today’s the last day of September! Boy, this month went fast! Is everyone ready for October, lower temperatures, falling leaves and Halloween? 🙂

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong? I am editing this question to “Husband” instead of kids since I have none yet….Yes, I DO apologize to my husband. Maybe not right at the moment if I am a bit aggravated, but eventually, afterwards I do. Saying I love you DOES mean saying You’re sorry!

2. Do you have a class ring, Letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”? I have a Senior Class Ring my parents purchased for me through a jewelry store in the mall so it was a little bit less expensive but yea, still kind of costly….I designed it like I wanted it, though! 🙂

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose? Go back to 27 and stay! LOL So basically go back a week in time to THAT age

4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name? I don’t really GET the word “Unused” because pretty much every baby name has been used somewhere at sometime…unless you come up with some crazy new invention, and even then, there’s still a chance someone is using it!  I guess I will say a favorite Unique or Different name I have always liked is Sapphira…

5. If you could make your child like something what would it be? No child, so switching this to husband again! 🙂 And this is so easy…if I could make my wonderful husband like anything, I would make him LOVE cleaning, washing dishes and taking out the trash! Hey…a girl can dream, right?!


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{September 29, 2011}   I Guess I’ll Share

Recently, one of my blogging friends(Dayle) introduced me to an idea she got from another friend. The idea was “Saturday Sharing” where you do a post sharing some of your friend’s favorite blog posts of the week and link to them. Well, today is obviously NOT Saturday, BUT I liked the idea and my mind has failed to come up with any ideas today, SO I have decided to share some posts with you.

I’m not going to promise I make this a weekly thing and join Saturday Sharing officially, though. We will see what happens….

Since this is a Thursday, the posts I have picked are from the week of 22nd until today, the 29th.

Mrs. Piglet in Portugal announced the arrival of her new grandson this past week, Congratulations! 🙂 This is her second grandchild of all and second also this year!

Miss Whiplash shared with all her readers 20 holiday complaints which were both utterly shocking and rather entertaining.

Marilyn over at Communicating Across Boundaries did an amazing post on Accent Angst that really made me sit back and think on how one’s accent can cause you to be treated. A very mind opening read indeed!

A new blog I just started reading by Tinkerbelle86 had an absolutely laughter inducing post on Inventions that I really recommend to those needed cheering up.

I’d like to give another shout-out to Dayle who has been posting daily this week on Banned Books Week. I invite you all to read each post starting from the beginning!

If you’re in the mood to watch a video about cows being rounded up by remote control car, head over to the Everyday I see a cow blog for a real treat!

And last but not least, Judith did a great post today that made me thankful to live in America and I am sure after reading it, you too will feel the same!

(There were plenty more good ones I read this week, but I just wanted to pick a few for now)



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter” by Mark Seal                  I am about 3/4 of the way through this book and expect to finish it tonight some time….I first heard about it over on Milka’s Blog and found it at our library. Very interesting…I can’t help but wonder what this man could have become if he had used his intelligence for good instead of bad.

What did you recently finish reading? “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl” by Fannie Flagg….Loved it! I noticed a new book by her at our library when I was there this past weekend. I didn’t check it out because I already had planned to get 2 other books that were 7 day check outs and still had to finish THIS book at the time first. I am definitely going to put in on my To Read list for checking out some time in the future, though! 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next? “Great House” by Nicole Krauss….I read her book, “The History of Love” in the past and really liked it and the description of this one sounds really interesting so I figured I would check it out. This is my other 7 day check out so I should know by the end of the week whether I like this one or not!

I recommend that everyone goes and reads James Patterson’s article on CNN.com about getting your kid to be a fanatic reader. GREAT article about how EVERYONE should encourage others, especially kids to read. He also makes it a point to provide ways to get your kids reading, with a special emphasis on boys, who can tend to get overlooked when teaching how fun reading can be. Even if you’re not a parent and never going to be, it’s good to read, like AND share! We ALL should make it a point to show others that reading is not only educational, but FUN! 🙂



Ever wanted to know if the way you talk is more Northern, Southern or just a standard United States speak? Well, I invite you to take this fun quiz and find out! The Yankee or Dixie Quiz! My result was 57% Dixie OR Barely in Dixie….I have lived in Texas all my life by the way, but most of my responses were common for all of U.S. or Northern more than Southern…which I believe goes to show you, that it’s not always where you were born that determines how you speak.

I was actually so intrigued by the results that I went ahead and took the Advanced version. You can find the link at the bottom of the first Quiz if you choose to do so too! This one put me at 30% Dixie….my Southern friends and family are probably feeling betrayed about now…I’m sorry! 😦

Here are some funny texts I found on a very funny site called When Parents Text. 🙂

  • DAD: What’s the cupid shuffle?
  • ME: A line dance, kind of like the cha cha slide.
  • DAD:  Never heard of it but they’re doing it.
  • ME:  You joining in?
  • DAD:  No not me.  I’m not a line dancer.  I’m always out of line.
  • MOM: I also want a cat that will attack dad when he falls asleep and starts snoring in the living room.
  • ME: Or maybe just an airhorn.
  • MOM: I DO have one of those. A cat would be funnier because he could not get mad at me then.
  • ME: Maybe a cat that can blow an airhorn?
  • MOM: We may be onto something.
  • MOM: A cat that drives a mini semi truck with an airhorn.
  • MOM: Looks like I need to find a remote control semi and an unsuspecting cat.
  • DAD: What are you doing?
  • ME: I’m at Grandma’s house. What do you need?
  • DAD: I want cookies. Chocolate chip. Get them for me. I will pay.
  • ME: Ask mom.
  • DAD: I did. She won’t. Says no. Get cookies please.
  • ME: I will on my way home.
  • (10 minutes later)
  • DAD: Nevermind. Mom found texts. NO COOKIES! ABORT MISSION!
  • MOM: Do you want waffles or muffins for breakfast? Just text “A1” for waffles or “B1” for muffins.
  • ME: Why did you go through all that trouble? Why can’t I just text “waffles” or “muffins”?
  • MOM: We are texting in code! ;););) 🙂
  • ME: Waffles
  • MOM: A1 or B1?
  • ME: WAFFLES
  • MOM: Sooo…A1?
  • ME: Mom. Yes.
  • MOM: I think I would rather have muffins. I’m making muffins
  • ME: Lady Gaga arrived in an egg.
  • MOM: Don’t we all?
The site has a book that just was released called “When Parents Text: A Daily Does of Hilarity”. I SO want that book….Bet you’re not surprised there, are you?
Another site with funny sayings is Overheard Everywhere. There are links to Overheard in New York, The Beach, The Office AND Celebrity Wit at the top of the page as well. Here  is one of the Most Popular Quotes from their page.

We’ll Get You a Milk and an Epi Pen and Let’s See What Unfolds

Five-year-old in cafeteria during kindergarten lunchtime: Mr. Greg, my mom didn’t put juice in my lunch. Can I get a drink from the cafeteria?
Mr. Greg: Sure, I’ll get you something. You want milk?
Five-year-old: Yeah.
Mr. Greg: Regular white milk or chocolate?
Five-year-old: Chocolate.
Mr. Greg: Okay. You’re not allergic to chocolate, are you?
Five-year-old: Yeah.
Mr. Greg: You are? Oh, then I’ll get you white milk. Are you allergic to white milk?
Five-year-old: Yeah.
Mr. Greg: Oh, then I’d better see if they have juice.
(Mr. Greg goes into the kitchen and comes back with orange juice)
Mr. Greg: Here’s some orange juice. You’re not allergic to orange juice, are you?
Five-year-old: Yeah.
Mr. Greg: Do you know what “allergic” means?
Five-year-old: No.

Elementary School
Los Angeles, California



{September 26, 2011}   Five Lessons We All Need to Learn

I received this in an e-mail almost two years ago and it really touched me. You may or may not have read these before, but it’s always good for a reread. 🙂

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady.

OR Each Person Matters

During my second month of college, our professor

Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student

 


 

And had breezed through the questions until I read

The last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the

Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,

Dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if

The last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely, ” said the professor.. “In your careers,

You will meet many people.  All are significant.. They

Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do

Is smile and say “hello..”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her

Name was Dorothy.

2. – Second Important Lesson – Pickup in the Rain 
OR Kindness Pays

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American

Woman was standing on the side of an  Alabama highway

Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had

Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally

Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960’s. The man

Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and

Put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his

Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a

Knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a

Giant console color TV was delivered to his home.. A

Special note was attached.

It read:

“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway

The other night. The rain drenched not only my

Clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along.

Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying

Husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away… God

Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving

Others.”

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 – Third Important Lesson – Always remember those

Who serve OR A Touching Example of Sacrifice

 

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,

A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and

Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in

Front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.

“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and

Studied the coins in it.

“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the

Waitress was growing impatient..

“Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

“I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on

The table and walked away The boy finished the ice

Cream, paid the cashier and left..  When the waitress

Came back,she began to cry as she wiped down the

Table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,

Were two nickels and five pennies..

You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had

To have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 – Fourth Important Lesson. – The obstacle in Our Path. 

OR Hard Work Pays Off

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a

Roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if

Anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the

King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by

And simply walked around it..  Many loudly blamed the

King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did

Anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of

Vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the

peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the

stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing

and straining, he finally succeeded. After the

peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed

a purse lying in the road where the boulder had

been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note

from the King indicating that the gold was for the

person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The

peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve

our condition.

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts… OR An Extreme Act o

of Love

Many years ago,when I worked as a volunteer at a

hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who

was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only

chance of recovery appeared to be a blood

transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had

miraculously survived the same disease and had

developed the antibodies needed to combat the

illness.  The doctor explained the situation to her

little brother, and asked the little boy if he would

be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a

deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save

her.”  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed

next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing

the color returning to her cheek. Then his face

grew pale and his smile faded..

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a

trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the

doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his

sister all of his blood in order to save her.

(Sorry for any errors, I just copy/pasted this from an e-mail the way it was. I didn’t feel like fixing everything as it’s still readable and the lessons are good whether it was done perfect or not…Hope you enjoyed!)



{September 25, 2011}   Weekly Photo Challenge:FALL

This  year in Texas will look more like Summer should look due to the lack of rain and all the fires, therefore I’m posting pictures taken last year during the Fall season.

Backyard at my Nanny's last Fall

Fall Sky before a storm

Yard full of leaves!



{September 24, 2011}   Goodbye 27, Hello 28!

Today I say Goodbye to 27 and Hello to 28. It’s always a surreal feeling as an adult to go from one age to the next. I feel like I have just barely begun to say my age is 27 instead of 26 and now I will again have to relearn my age. 27 seemed scary at first, but then I grew to love the number and the age. Now I am 28 and I don’t feel any different….I remember as a kid the day I started thinking there would be this physical as well as mental reaction to aging. Like your birthday would arrive and you would actually be able to feel your body’s time clock move up a year. I quickly learned this was not the way life works. It was the first of many lessons I would learn.

When I went from 25 to 26, I came to terms with the fact that I was now over the quarter century mark. Part of me hated it but I have to also appreciate it because there are so many who do not even make it halfway to that point. I’m incredibly lucky to be within 2 years of turning 30. We ALL are lucky to be the age we have made it to, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have those moments where we think, “Oh, I am so old!”. I won’t lie and say I haven’t thought of being so close to another start in a decade of my life as a frightening thought, but I will say I am getting good at quickly redirecting that thought into being thankful for making it thus far.

For me, this moment feels like saying goodbye to a close friend I have hardly got the chance to know. I met 27 with some trepidation, grew to love her and wanted to spend the rest of my life getting to know 27 better. Sadly, the time flew by and my friend must now go into my memory where I can remember her but never again live IN that moment.

Hello to my new friend, 28….I have less trepidation this time around thanks to the greatness of 27, but it will still take time for me to feel close to you. There are guaranteed to be times in the first month or two where I mistake you for my old friend and then remember, you are not her, you are not 27, you are 28. But I will eventually get close to you, possibly even more so than I did with 27 and I will cherish those moments while they are around. Just around the corner I know you, too, will be gone for good and another number will replace you as it has for many years now.

Goodbye 27, it was nice knowing you! Hello 28, nice to meet you! 🙂



Welcome!

As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

This 5 Question Friday was brought to you by:

On to the questions!

1. Dream job…realistic and completely unrealistic. Realistic,perhaps SOME day-to be a PAID blog writer and a book writer….Oh and to be a Mommy because that is definitely a job, but one that seems to be so rewarding 🙂
Unrealistic-Singer/songwriter/actress<—-my childhood dream
I don’t believe any dream is completely impossible but that one is a little further out of reach
2. Do you fart in front of your significant other? LOL…I don’t do it just to do it, but I am comfortable enough around him that if it happens, it doesn’t embarrass me unlike when it happened on our first date. He laughed about it and I started crying, then he gave me a hug and told me it was fine. Now it doesn’t bother me…We are only human, it happens!
3. What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home? How far and where was it? From Texas to Wales, UK….not sure just how many miles that is but it’s across the ocean so pretty far!
4. How do you celebrate birthday for your kids? Family only or friends? … Alternate for those without kiddos: How did you celebrate birthdays as a kid? SO GLAD they gave an alternate here! As a small kid, I had birthday parties with friends and gifts….Then in my later pre-teens and teens, I would just go out to eat with my family and a friend or two, then have a sleepover or something with pizza and watch movies
5. Fave thing about fall? Fall starts around my birthday, for one! 🙂 I love how the temperatures start getting a lot cooler in the fall and I usually love the fall colors, but with all the drought we have had lately, it’s not going to look the same THIS fall




This is a meme I stole from Dayle who stole it from The Geeky Shopaholic.

A. Age: 27 for 2 more days, then 28

B. Bed size: King

C. Chore that you hate: Washing dishes and cleaning the bathroom! YUCK!

D. Dogs: None at our apartment but we do have one at my parents…her name is Angel and she is a rottweiler/beagle or a rottabee! Because she is half rot, the apt. won’t allow her here…they don’t accept aggressive breeds

My dog, Angel

E. Essential start to your day: Besides going to the bathroom, it really differs

F. Favorite color: PURPLE

G. Gold or Silver: Silver…if gold, then white gold. I just find it prettier!

H. Height: 5’5″

I. Instruments you play: My Voice 🙂 I can play a teensy tiny bit on the piano

J. Job title: Housewife and Aspiring Freelance Writer; Student(again…possibly soon)

K. Kids: Not yet, but I want a bunch someday! 🙂

L. Live: Lufkin,TX

M. Mother’s name: Juanita (Spanish name but she’s not even a dot Spanish)

N. Nicknames: Sharebear, Shar, Shazter

O. Overnight hospital stays: 2 nights after my foot surgery

P. Pet peeves: Talking on the phone, especially to strangers…Dishonesty

Q. Quote from a movie: This is one of them…”A woman is like a rose, if you tend to her, she’ll bloom, if not, she’ll wilt” (Memoirs of a Geisha)

S. Siblings: 2 older sisters, one 48 and the other 44, and 1 older brother, who will be 38 in October

U. Underwear: None of your business! :p

V. Vegetable you hate: I dislike Lettuce but I will eat it….Are Onions veggies? I always forget. I definitely hate Onions…and celery.

W. What makes you run late: Sometimes my husband, but I don’t run late much. I’m a very early or on time kind of girl.

X. X-Rays you’ve had:  My foot when I broke my fibula and my lower abdomen(check for endometriosis once)

Y. Yummy food that you make: I make a mean Macaroni and Cheese! 😉 It’s da bomb!

Z. Zoo animal: Like a favorite? I just like the itty bitty baby ones….they are so cute!



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? Still reading “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl” by Fannie Flagg

What did you recently finish reading? Nothing recently, BUT I forgot to post a few weeks back when I finished a daily reading book called “The Women’s Book of Confidence: Meditations for Strength & Inspiration” by Sue Pattom Thoele. I had been reading it since about March, either daily or every other day, just a page or two. It had some really good little confidence boosters in there!

What do you think you’ll read next? Last week, I put down “Relentless” by Dean Koontz as my next read and I still plan on doing so BUT this weekend, I will be going to a Half Price Books a couple hours from where I live. Therefore, the next book I read could be subject to change depending on what books I find there! I am so excited! Going to the book store for me is like waving candy in a little kid’s face. 🙂

Coming up, starting the day of my birthday, Sept. 24th, is Banned Books Week. I have never known much about it before but I have read a little now. It seems that it’s more about books that have been challenged this year instead of actually banned. In fact, in the U.S., we are pretty lucky in that not many books are actually banned here anymore. Other countries still do so but here, they are just more challenged. Schools can refuse to carry books and stores can choose which ones to sell, but overall, you can go somewhere and find any American made book, even if you have to go online. I think, as long as we have people, books will ALWAYS be challenged. The books that people choose to challenge are sometimes strange, though. For instance, I was shocked to learn the top 10 challenged books of last year and the year before had the infamous “Twilight (Series)” by Stephenie Meyer. I have read those books and found nothing bad about them, personally, so this still seems odd to me.

What do you think of Banned Books Week? Do you have any strong opinions on any of the books that have been challenged over the years? Do you agree with some of the ones that were? And do you think a book anywhere should EVER be banned? I would love to hear your opinions! 🙂

If you would love to hear more about Banned Books Week, I really suggest checking out my friend Dayle’s blog during it, Sept. 24th-Oct. 1st. She is doing research on it and plans to do a blog daily discussing some of the books! I can’t wait to read them! 🙂




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