Share Your World 4/24/17

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

I’m trying to drink more water because, you know, health and such.  But I’m also terrible about water because at heart I’m just a petulant four-year-old, stamping my foot and fussing why do I have to drink water, I hate water so I tend to add those Propel flavor packs.  It helps.

With meals my beverages of choice are diet Dr. Pepper and light beer.  (‘Cuz health.)

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

Met a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup I didn’t like.

If you could be given any gift what would it be?

It would be a gift to be able to approach any problem, any situation with a mind at peace with itself.  That would open an entire world of possibilities.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?  Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive?

I’ve got a limited window for putting myself back to sleep.  If it’s just that my brain is spinning then I try numbers – counting backwards from 100 by sevens or threes.  If I’ve had a bad dream then I imagine that scene from Willy Wonka where he first takes the kids into the factory and they run around tasting things.  (Yes, seriously, I can recreate that scene and even sing the song from it.)

At a certain point, though, there’s no going back and I just lie in bed getting more and more irritated.  That’s when I move to the couch and hope for the best.  I’ll play solitaire on my phone, but if even that fails then I’ll pull out the laptop and write.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

My brain’s still a bit addled and I’m not 100% yet, so this one will be a little vague.  I love that we got to hang out with sista-friend and Big D on Friday night – it had been forever.  And Bear played her first softball scrimmage on Saturday and rocked it out.  That was awesome and she had a blast.

This week I’d love to start by being grateful if I could kick this bug that’s busy kicking my ass.  It would be nice to be awake for more than three hours at a time.  Just sayin’.  Bear’s supposed to play her first official softball games but that’s unlikely considering there’s a flood watch through tomorrow and a run on ark building materials.  So I guess we’ll focus on being grateful for having the ability to put my health first and step back while I recover.

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SoCS – the power of three

I recently revisited one of my old guilty pleasures, Charmed.  Gotta love Netflix – all the crap television you’ve ever watched, ready to waste your time on another go ’round.

In case you missed this particular tv show, it tells the story of three sisters (four, once Shannen Doherty supposedly went a little woo-woo and they had to bring in another “power of three” character) who come into their powers once they’re reunited in their childhood home.  Cue sisters struggling with identity issues as they battle the forces of evil to save the innocent.

Yeah.  It’s pretty much as bad as it sounds.

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Share Your World 4/17/17

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Pen.  Which is weird because I’m absolutely positively nutty about mistakes.  I can handle a scratch out or two, but much more than that and I’m fighting an itchy hand longing to throw the whole thing out and start again.  Still, I prefer the feel of a pen gliding across the paper to pencil scratches.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I’d choose singer.  Let’s put aside the fact that this simply is a lot more likely (hello, two left feet) and look at the other reasons: singing brings me joy, I’ve always wanted to have one of those incredible voices that stops people in their tracks, and there are powerhouse singers who are able to share their talent for many years.

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

Shoot, you’d think this would be an easy question considering I have an opinion on most everything except sports teams, but I’m drawing a blank.  I suppose I’d say basically any human rights issue.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Sprints.  I’ve always been fast, then I ran track my senior year and got my form tweaked a little so I improved even more.  I took off running at the dog park last week – I’d forgotten how good it feels to hit that moment when your stride is long and you feel like you’re flying.  Unfortunately I’m (ahem) older so something usually ends up aching these days.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

We spent some time at the lake last week, which is always a good way to decompress.  I saw herons, hawks, turtles, geese, butterflies, and a really cool blue-tailed skink.  Plus I got to watch a dog leap into the lake to swim after a couple of Canadian geese.

Can you believe I had to look at my calendar to see what’s going on this week?!  I’ve been two steps behind for a few days now.  This week I’m looking forward to having some time just for myself.

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parenting in the digital world

As we inch closer and closer to T-man’s 13th birthday – and since he’s begun to dip his toe into the Instagram world – I’ve been grateful to find resources with some parenting advice.  Something a little more concrete than buckle up and hold on tight.

“[After studying social media posts what] these researchers found was largely consistent with recent reports from the Pew Foundation, which suggested that most teenagers 13 to 17 were generally happy with their connected lives online, and believed that hanging out virtually strengthened their offline relationships.

‘Being 13’ provides an asterisk of sorts to that rosy outlook: These teenagers, at the youngest end of the spectrum, valued their online connectedness but also described in more detail the ways the specific online interactions affected them…social media had great power to affect their day-to-day emotions in ways a parent might regard with suspicion.  One child said she took 100 to 200 pictures of herself to get a good selfie; another regularly posted images on Instagram seeking specific forms of approval only to receive silence in return.  Many spent hours scrolling through the images of their peers’ lives online…

Here’s how to guide, help and monitor your child as she joins social media.”

Seven Ways Parents Can Help 13-Year-Olds Start Their Social Media Lives Right – The New York Times

when the neighbors don’t even stop for a gushing head wound

Let’s just say finding out I’m the neighborhood freak around here wouldn’t exactly be the shock of the decade.

“Once in a while, a thought occurs to me.  It’s not always a good one, but at least it is a thought.

I once saw an episode of ‘The King of Queens’ where Carrie turns to Doug with the revelation, ‘WE’RE he neighborhood freaks!!’  Of course, they were outside their house, having a shouting match regarding some outlandish predicament while the neighbors were hiding behind their curtains.

It hasn’t quite come to that, but I fear it’s only a matter of time.”

We’re The Neighborhood Freaks! | The Snark And I

SoCS – cows, potties, and projects

So this week’s SOC prompt is “moo” which makes me all dammit, why’d I just write that post about announcing cows when we pass them, that would have been perfect.


Let us unleash the free form creativity and see where it leads us.

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RFTM sunshine on an April morning

Zoe over at Hope Dream Wait very kindly nominated RFTM for the Blogger Recognition Award this month.  Whoop whoop!  What a cheery surprise for an April morning – it sure enough put a smile on my face.  So thank you, Zoe, and keep on spreading the sunshine over at your own blog.

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Share Your World: 4/10/17

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

No, I’m not a distance, well, anything.  I’ve always loved the sprints.  I used to run the 50- and 100-yard dash for my high school track team.  I handled social media for our church’s triathlon last summer.  That’s the closest I’ve ever come to participating in a distance event.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

Shoot, that’s hard since I’ve basically spread my life out on this blog & anything truly significant deserves more than a throwaway mention. So let’s go with this…my mom, bless her heart, never cooked a whole lot of veggies. Her go to was the bag of frozen mixed vegetables from the grocery store, and we were each allowed to pick two we didn’t want. I always sent lima beans and carrots down the disposal.

What is your favorite flower?

Daisies.  Simple, I know.  Some might even say boring, but they’ve always made me smile.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

Bookcases, in every room, with great books on all of them.  Plenty of art.  Some photography, some prints, some original paintings – as long as it’s captivating, I’d love to have it in my home.  And a beautiful sun room.  One that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, with comfortable chairs that are perfect for reading or writing.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week BrightSide and I had our monthly lunch date, including hot fudge sundae (for me, because he’s being good and I love hot fudge too much for words). On Friday I was able to visit the Conservator Center, a local rescue (for lack of a better word) for remarkable creatures like lions, wolves, foxes, and servals. It was so cool.  We’re definitely going back soon.

This week the kids are on spring break. We plan to do some relaxing at home & at the lake.  At least I plan to do some relaxing.  R-e-l-a-x-i-n-g.  Hallelujah.

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