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Ending the year on a ridiculous note

Because I’m having internet issues and need to post something short.

And because this is the most fun video I’ve found in a while…

Take a break from returning gifts and putting away your holiday decorations to watch this very short clip.

Cute animals? Check!
Catchy soundtrack? Check!

And laughing/singing along burns calories so – way to get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions!

More fun stuff, serious stuff, and giveaways to follow in 2011!


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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Getting a head start on one of my 2011 resolutions by resurrecting this site.


Nevermind the fact that I haven’t been getting much of a head start on my holiday shopping.  Or wrapping.  Or decorating.




But there are lots of friends from the interwebs and Twitter who are more than making up for my slack-tastic self in the holiday department.


1.) The Bloggess. If you haven’t yet read her post on the Christmas Miracle that her readers helped create,  you are missing out on a big piece of holiday spirit.  Go! Read it now!


2.) Domestic, But Not Martha.

Crystal has only been blogging for a (relatively) short time, but is already making an impact.  Check out  her Handmade Holiday series for lots of gifting ideas.  Especially companies – and Etsy sites – where your purchases make a difference.  (I’m looking at you, Sara from  Happy Brown House)


Go and check out the links above.  In the meantime, I’m going to work at getting my Christmas on.




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Foto Friday – Spike

Quite a dapper gentleman I must say!

No, I am not the kind of person who normally dresses her pets. But who doesn’t find it amusing every once in a while to see how much you can annoy a creature by throwing something on them?

Spike, my foster dog, seemed to not only not mind it – but actually kind of enjoyed wearing the hat. I think he may be posing a little for me in this pic.

On another awesome note: Spike and Sarah have a “meet & greet” at a potential “forever home” this Sunday night! Yay!!

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My best friend’s birthday

A (sort of) reposting.

Dear Kel,

You are my oldest and best friend.  The first of all my Kelly’s :) We went from checking out bugs, to drinking gross concoctions on dares, stealing textbooks (albeit discarded ones), to pre-teenhood.  Then came training bras, and boys, and o-my-gah – periods.  And high school. And boyfriends. and broken hearts.

And,then, your marriage.

After all this time I’m glad we chose not to be roommates in college.  It would have likely ruined our friendship.  I was in a very different place than you at the time, and I may have felt too constrained.  (Although a little more constraining might have done me some good!)  You saw me go from conscientious student, to college slacker.  Saw me through lost innocence, lost faith, lost sense of self, sense of worth.  You kept true to your own path, setting your sights on things beyond my vision.  Focusing on your goals,  and your calling.  Keeping your own circle of friends.  But you never let me out of your sight, or off your radar.

You never gave up.  You continued to encourage me, love me, plant seeds of faith and hope in my heart.  Even though I pushed them (and you) away.  Even though I asked you to kindly keep your Jesus to yourself, thankyouverymuch.  It took a few years (ha!) but your seeds found roots and are finally flourishing into a garden of my own.  And now he’s my Jesus too.  (and Kira’s, & Erin’s)  Who knows where your influence will end?  I know I’m not the only set of ripples you’ve sent out over the waters.

You let me know that you thought the world of me, and that I had value to add to this crazy world.  Even if it’s just my amazing Cranium skills!

You have always amazed me.  You are a bright and shining star in a gray world.  You are brilliant, talented, a hard worker.  A caring, insightful doctor.  A beautiful woman.  Funny friend.  Enthusiastic laugher.  Loving wife. Generous stepmother. I want to be just like you when I grow up. :)

Here’s to us on our 24th birthday together.  May we have 100 more.  I love you more than words could express.



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I need a Sonic intervention

At what point does a habit become an addiction?

I have this, um, friend.  We’ll call her Judi.  And she just discovered Sonic’s slushes for the first time.

Having heard of them for quite some time (The Pioneer Woman is a fan), Judi’s friend convinced her to swing by the new Sonic in town on the way home from the baseball game on Saturday night.   It’s less than 2 miles from his place, and not out of the way.  It was there that she got her first grape slush, and it was all that she had hoped for.

She dropped her friend off and headed home, savoring the grapey goodness slowly so as not to get brain freeze.  However, when she walked in the door of her house, one of the cats was overzealous in his greeting and her precious slush was dropped.  The bottom blew out of the cup, and all the delicious grapeness was sprayed all over the back hall.  The horror!

Judi, being an optimist, wasn’t going to let this ruin her day.  Half a slush is better than no slush at all, right?  The next day she was headed back down to her friends place again, to meet up with a group to watch the Red Wings play.   This was the perfect opportunity to swing by Sonic and get a brand new replacement grape slush.  Yum.  She was the envy of all at the party. (Well, Mark at least)

Today, Judi’s three-day neck cramp needed some TLC.  Why not head to Brad’s place to use the pool/hottub?  Oh, and while there, why not pick up another slush to refresh herself?  (Actually, that part was Brad’s idea, but she got on board with it right quick).  Today, just to mix it up, Judi got Cranberry.  It was good.  But it was no grape.

That Judi.  She’s a wild one!

Now, Judi finds herself wanting to explore the whole gamut of icy beverages at Sonic: Creamslushes, Other Slush flavors, Limeades….. So many possibilities!

Before Judi heads down that way again tonight, should she be wary of this innocent habit becoming a stronger addiction?  At what point is a Sonic intervention called for?

Please help me her!


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I Just May….

…. Start getting serious about this blogging thing again.

I can’t share too many details, but there have been issues with harassment and stalking that I have been dealing with for almost a year and a half.  I’m still working with local police to fully get control of the situation, but I think that my blog is a safe haven (for now).

So I’m going to take a chance and try to start posting again – with the challenge of attempting the May Nablopomo theme: Look Up

Couldn’t think of a better theme for today.  It was a near-perfect Saturday:

  • I slept in (kind of), since the foster dogs I’m watching let me take a nap after their 6:30am potty break.
  • The (very) early morning sky was Gorgeous!  Salmony-pinky-blue sky, and so warm.
  • There was a great thunderstorm this morning.  Is there anything better than half-sleeping to the sound of rain??
  • Got to spend the afternoon at a Detroit Tigers game with two of my favorite guys!  Jonathan was in town from S.  Carolina, and it was great to catch up with him 1.) after a 1.5yr break, and 2.) in N. America
  • Cold beers with Brad & Jonathan behind the bullpen.  *sigh*
  • Wore a tank top today, soaking up some great sunshine.
  • Tigers won it – bottom of the 9th.
  • Went to the casino afterwards, and won $50 on the nickel slots!
  • Good sushi for dinner with Brad.
  • Grape slush from Sonic.
  • Home now, listening to the soft falling rain outside.

If this is what this month is going to be like – Bring. It. On.

Spirit Fingers!

Happy May

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How to start the new year

Step One:  Don’t panic!

Step Two:  Don’t kick yourself if you don’t have any “grand” resolutions.   Be positive, be kind to yourself.  Every day is a chance to grow, to improve.  But also to enjoy exactly where you’re at.

Step Three:  Don’t drag last year’s grudges into this year.  Take the opportunity to forgive and move on.  Anger and resentment come with heavy baggage.  Maybe it’s time to lighten your load!

Finally:  Yay! Welcome to a new year full of prospects!  Each day comes with the promise of hope and happiness.  You just have to choose to see the good in the world.  May you embrace the changes and chances that present themselves to you.  And may 2010 be a year of wonderful new beginnings.

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