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June: Signing On for All the Things!

June . . . is turning into a month of personal challenges and commitments!  It seems that, somehow, I have signed on for All The Things.

I've signed on to this crazy 30-Day-Ab-Challenge thing on the Facebooks.  (Click the link for non-Facebook information.)

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And I'm knitting away on the TTL Mystery Shawl.

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And I'm "streaking" by running at least a mile each day until July 4.

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And now, Mary has convinced me that it would be great fun to play Summer Reading BINGO along with the Books on the Nightstand podcast folks.

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All the Things.

It's going to be a busy month!

 


Blog Anniversary Quiz Bowl #4: The Final Edition

First . . . (drum roll, please!) . . . CONGRATULATIONS to last week's randomly-selected Quiz Bowl Winner . . . RACHEL!!!  

And now . . . on to Quiz Bowl #4!

During May, I'm celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging!  Each Friday, I will provide a Blog Quiz. Answer the questions for a chance to win a prize!  (A random winner will be chosen every week -- PLUS a Grand Prize Winner at the end of the month.)  All answers have been provided, at some point, here on the blog.

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(Congratulations to Brian - who made the Dean's List in his final semester of college.  Way to finish strong!)

Here are the questions for Week 3:

  1. If I am knitting a project for myself, what are the most likely colors I'll choose?   (There could be multiple right answers here.)
  2. I tested and analyzed a certain type of product a couple of years ago.  What was it?
  3. Over the blog years, what month have I worked to reclaim?

Just leave your answers in the comments section.  (All correct answers will be eligible for the prize drawing.)

Happy Friday!


Blog Anniversary Quiz Bowl #3

First . . . (drum roll, please!) . . . CONGRATULATIONS to last week's randomly-selected Quiz Bowl Winner . . . MARGENE!!!  

And now . . . on to Quiz Bowl #3!

During May, I'm celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging!  Each Friday, I will provide a Blog Quiz. Answer the questions for a chance to win a prize!  (A random winner will be chosen every week -- PLUS a Grand Prize Winner at the end of the month.)  All answers have been provided, at some point, here on the blog.

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(The trillium in my yard are blooming.)

Here are the questions for Week 3:

  1. Where in the world are my sister and I going next?
  2. If forced to choose, which is my favorite "hobby" -- reading or knitting?
  3. When I first started college, I planned to major in what subject?

Just leave your answers in the comments section.  (All correct answers will be eligible for the prize drawing.)

Happy Friday!

 


Blog Anniversary Quiz Bowl #2

First . . . (drum roll, please!) . . . CONGRATULATIONS to last week's randomly-selected Quiz Bowl Winner . . . BONNY!!!  An exciting prize package will be headed your way soon, Bonny!

And now . . . on to Quiz Bowl #2!

During May, I'm celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging!  Each Friday, I will provide a Blog Quiz. Answer the questions for a chance to win a prize!  (A random winner will be chosen every week -- PLUS a Grand Prize Winner at the end of the month.)  All answers have been provided, at some point, here on the blog.

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(One of the most fun aspects of celebrating my blog-anniversary is looking through photos from 5 years ago!  Here I am . . . taking a game of skee-ball very, very seriously!  It was May 2009 -- and Tom and I were at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio with Brian and our foreign exchange student, Dominik.  Bonus points if you can tell me where Dominik was from . . . and why I might be pretty good at skee-ball.)

Here are the questions for Week 2:

  1. Where was I born?  (City and state)
  2. How long have Tom and I been married?
  3. Who was my home ec teacher, and what was her motto?
  4. Name the bloggers I have met in real life.  (Hint:  There are 4.)

Just leave your answers in the comments section.  (All correct answers will be eligible for the prize drawing.  If you answer the bonus questions, your name will be entered in the week's drawing twice!)

Happy Friday!

 


Blog Anniversary Quiz Bowl #1

During May, I'm celebrating my fifth anniversary of blogging!  Each Friday, I will provide a Blog Quiz. Answer the questions for a chance to win a prize!  (A winner chosen every week -- PLUS a Grand Prize Winner at the end of the month.)  All answers have been provided, at some point, here on the blog.

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Here are the questions for Week 1:

  1. What was the name of our family dog BEFORE Jenny?
  2. What is my most-dreaded food?
  3. What kind of car do I drive?  

Just leave your answers in the comments section.  (All correct answers will be eligible for the prize drawing.)

Happy Friday!

 


The Truth Shall Set You Free

And now . . . the truth is revealed.

(But first, look what showed up in my frozen tundra of a yard!)

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(So. Exciting.)

Yesterday, I left you hanging with my April Fool Ten on Tuesday.

  1. In second grade, my school had a mumps epidemic.  I was the only student in the school to win the Perfect Attendance award that year.
  2. My first job when I finished college was at The Coloradoan newspaper.  I took classified ads over the phone, and typed up obituaries and auction announcements.
  3. The butterfly on my left hip is not my only tattoo.
  4. I used to play softball.  (I pitched.)
  5. I was kicked out of Brownies because I didn't pay my dues.  (To be fair, I was just not clear on the concept.  I liked keeping my nickel in the Official Brownie Coin Purse on my Official Brownie Belt.  Besides . . . the troop leader's house smelled funny.)
  6. I started out in college as a French major.  
  7. I was nominated for Prom Queen when I was a senior in high school.  (I didn't win.)
  8. If I was a boy, my parents planned to name me "Todd."
  9. One of my college boyfriends played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. (But not when I dated him.)
  10. I have three college degrees.  They are not related in any way.  (And one is not French.)

Answers:

  1. True.  I have never had the mumps, but I was surrounded by them that year.
  2. True.  Sometimes I also typed up wedding and engagement announcements.
  3. False.  Alas, no tattoos.  (Although I would get one in a heartbeat . . . if I could figure out just what image or word I would tattoo.  And where.)
  4. True.  I used to nearly throw up before each game.
  5. True.* Scouting just wasn't for me.  I know many people who loved their scouting experiences, but, even as a child, scouting seemed a bit fascist to me.  (My kids didn't do scouting either.  Brian was lured to Cub Scouts by the promise of the Pinewood Derby, but in the midst of our very first pack meeting -- I'll admit my eye was twitching the whole time -- he looked up at me with that sweet little 6-year-old face and said, "Mommy?  I don't think this is for us!"  We left.)
  6. True.  French literature did me in, though.
  7. True.  I was not named Prom Queen, however.  (And I detested my date, besides.)
  8. True.  Todd Michael, to be exact.
  9. True.  He was just a college baseball player when I knew him.
  10. True.  Elementary Education (bachelors, University of Wyoming), Accounting (bachelors, The University of Texas), and Philanthropic Studies (masters, University of Indiana).  Interesting skill set, sure.  But what does it get you?  Working for a small pile of shekels in non-profit arts adminstration, that's where!

And now you know!

* My mom doesn't remember that I was actually kicked out of Brownies.  She does remember the leader's house, though, and she remembers that scouting just wasn't for me!  (She loved being a Girl Guide in Canada, herself, though.  And my sister loved Brownies and Girl Scouts -- and became a leader for her own daughter's troops.  It was just me.)

 

 

 


Color Box(es)

When I was a little girl, I loved to color.  I would occupy myself for hours with a coloring book and my big box of "colors."  (I never called them "crayons.")  I'm not sure exactly what it was about coloring that was so satisfying, but it was.

Maybe it was using my fine motor skills.

Maybe it was the visual nature of seeing the colors on the page.

Maybe it was that my mind could wander and I could dream while I was engaged in a simple activity.

But I think . . . it was choosing the colors!

A few weeks ago, when I was feeling particularly stressed out from too much activity (and, truth be told, from the cold, monocolor world around me), I decided that what I really needed to do . . .

was color!

So I bought myself a new box of colors.

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And a new color book.

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And discovered the same pleasure from coloring that I had when I was a little girl.

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So much pleasure . . . that I decided . . . why stop there?

I decided to get out my "color box" of yarn and color with that!

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The knitting is slow - because color work often is - but I'm enjoying all the same elements that come from coloring with colors on paper:  

Practicing my fine motor skills.

Enjoying the visual nature of seeing the project unfolding in front of me.

Letting my mind wander and drift.

Choosing the colors!

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When it comes right down to it, what I really needed during this cold and drab (and never-ending) winter . . . was playing with my color box(es)!