Share Your World 1/16/18

Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

Going to dinner with our really good friends at the end of the month.  We’ve got a lot of catching up to do – holiday stories and whatnot – and evenings with sista-friend and Big D are always a blast.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Everything’s all topsy turvy these days.  For years this was a no brainer question: chips, salsa, and queso were my go to comfort food, but I’ve just realized I haven’t eaten these since sometime in November.  This sort of hiatus would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.  Now I guess I’d have to say roasted and salted almonds.  They’re oddly delicious and satisfying.

What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

My first job with a W2 was at Baskin Robins.  I worked there one summer when I was in middle school, and it pretty much started my love affair with ice cream.  Not the eating part – that was a lifelong thing – but it was my first experience with serving ice cream.  I’m pretty sure it’s physiologically impossible for someone to be ill tempered when you’re handing them a delicious cone.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

There’s nothing quite like hanging out in the family room, listening to your kids have a blast with their friends while playing pool.  Music blasting, raucous laughter, jokes lobbed back and forth…it’s listening to pure, unedited joy, and that’s inspiring.


Cee’s Share Your World post rolls in on Mondays.

What’s happening in your world?

things that make you go “huh”

When the IV tech says, “Yep.  We always put one of these down in case there’s a crime scene.”  Umm…okay.  Now I’m super psyched to let you stick me.

8:30am – “Okay, I feel ready to go back to school now.”  9:30am – “Man, I don’t want to go to school…”  What a difference an hour makes.

Postal carriers in a Cleveland suburb are running scared from a band of aggressive wild turkeys blocking deliveries to more than two dozen homes.  Residents are no doubt annoyed that Thanksgiving birds are forcing them to queue up at the post office.  On the up side, it does mean getting to see this sentence in print: “A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says some carriers have been pecked but none have been injured.”

“Oh, mom…”  Uttered at the sight of my ridiculously enormous supplements.  Or the really gross looking Cleanse shake I’m drinking in the mornings.  While watching me try to order off a menu, or hearing about favorite foods that landed on my restricted list.  Basically, the kids think my life is over.

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odds and ends 1/10/18

1.  Winter Break, followed by one day of school then two snow days.  A weekend, then a two hour delay, the winter weather advisory posted by 9:30am, and a nearby school system dismissing at 1:00pm.  Could these kids please, please, just go back to school already?!

2.  Bring it on, Winter.

3.  Just kidding, Winter.  Don’t bring on anything, just keep that sh*t to yourself.

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Share Your World 1/9/18

Do you prefer a bath or shower?

Conceptually, I like the idea of a bath, but in real life I prefer a shower.

What do you do to make a living or during the day? If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

I guess you’d say I’m in the middle stage of life.  I’m a stay at home mom, but my kids are in middle school and much more self-sufficient now (thank heavens).  These days I split my time between volunteering at the elementary school, blogging, taxi service for my non-driving kiddos, master schedule keeper, and a lot of health related stuff.

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Actually, yes.  A few years ago Bear gave me a dangling purple monkey to hang on my bed.  It lives in my nightstand drawer now because, well, having that thing dangling over my pillow sort of freaked me out.  But she knows it’s always within reach, so Bear’s okay with the relocation.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I particularly appreciated one thing in particular about church this week.  One of our members built our new altar last fall, and it’s this gorgeous combination of woods that are different colors and come from around the world.  I can’t help but be inspired when I think about how many hours of service he put into that single element of our service.  It’s the perfect example of using the gifts God gives you in praise and worship.


Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.  I’m a bit belated this week.

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Share Your World 1/1/18

What one word describes you best?

Devoted.

What is set as the background on your computer?

A gorgeous closeup of a lion.  I’m not usually one for background photos that come with the computer, but this one was designed to highlight the improvements they’d made in resolution.  The color is incredible, each hair distinct, and there’s an intelligence in his eyes.  Yeah, this sounds a bit whack-a-doodle for a background.  For some reason I just find the photo very moving.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?

Well, I was born in the Philippines so I logged that one as a tot.  Other than that I’ve visited Mexico, Canada, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, France, Vatican City, Bermuda, Italy, and Spain.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

We rang in the new year together this year.  All four of us curled up on the couch, two dogs squished in between bodies, with some comfy blankets keeping us warm.  We spent the evening watching movies then caught the last half hour before the ball drop.  (Lucky us, we dropped in on CNN just in time to catch their “Rocky Mountain High” segment where the reporter was passing a joint at a “puff and paint” party.  Good times.)  It was just so…chill.


Bop on over to check out Cee’s Share Your World post.  What’s happening in your world today?

“I said a boom chicka boom.”

A medley of tidbits from the only blogger I know who can authoritatively use I said a boom chicka boom in a blog post.

“1. Taking a t-shirt off after sweating in it is one of life’s most underrated difficulties.

2. What if aliens think we’re the aliens?

3. I recently realized that Diagon Alley from Harry Potter is basically the word “Diagonally.” “

50 Thoughts XIII | The Captain’s Speech

Share Your World (12/25/17, delayed)

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today?

I plan to enjoy a cup of coffee with BrightSide while our kids sit by the Christmas tree and discover what surprises are in store.  I’m going to wear soft pink flamingo pajamas and snuggly slippers until late morning, wrapping up in a fleecy throw and enjoying the mess around me.

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

Garlic, steak seasoning (it’s perfect for turkey burgers), paprika, vanilla, and cinnamon.

What can you always be found with?

At least three pens and a small notebook.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

“We wait for God to bless us while God waits for us to accept the blessing.”  Betsy Otter Thompson


Cee’s Share Your World drops on Mondays.  What’s happening in your world today?

Forever Family: odds and ends #5

**  While the foster system has its heart in the right place there are some pieces that jam up the works. They provide stipends to foster parents, but there doesn’t seem to be accountability when it comes to following the money.  One of the complaints bio moms had on the Facebook site was that foster parents were splitting their checks among their foster and biological kids, and now that we’re staring down the holidays?  It’s a tightrope.

**  T-man:  “Well, I guess Instagram’s gonna light up.”  me:  Why?  T-man:  “Because it’s about to be Christmas and everyone will post pics of what they got.”  me:  Uhhh…

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