Sharing My World – Week 39

*answering the fun questions provided each week by the fabulous Cee – check out her blog so you can play along, too!*

Did you ever get lost?

Hmmmm. Metaphorically or literally? It matters not. The answer to both is yes. :)

When I was young (six years old, I think), I got “lost” …but not lost. I was at the mall with my mom when, from the doorway of the store we were in, I could see books on shelves in a store across the way. I asked my mom if I could go look at the books, and she said I could. Quite a while later, I was pounced upon by mall security (who, at that age, I fully believed were the police) saying I had been quite naughty and my mother was worried sick. Confusion. I told the man that I had permission to be where I was and had not left where I told my mom I would be, but he didn’t believe me. He walked me to where my mom was waiting, and she was,  indeed, quite frantic. The whole time the security officer was acting like I had just murdered 28 people or some such vile thing.

It turns out that there were also some books in the store my mom and I had originally been in, and those were the books she thought I was asking if I could go admire. It was just a misunderstanding…no naughtiness involved. Luckily, this all got cleared up in front of the security officer, so I was able to give him the haughtiest “I told you so” look that a six-year-old can muster. ;)

Who was your best friend in elementary school?

I had two besties in elementary school…Amy M. and Michael W. Michael was my neighborhood bestie, and Amy was my school bestie. I’m still in touch with Michael (who goes by Mike now), but I haven’t seen Amy since I ran into her at a Cure concert while in high school.

Since the news television season has started in the US, list three favorite TV shows.

We actually don’t have cable, so I don’t keep up with new seasons and things. I do, however, spend lots of quality time with Netflix. I’m currently working my way through Criminal Minds…with a dash of Merlin on the side. :)

If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?

You would see me halfway watching TV while working on some project (knitting or lesson planning or some such thing) and babbling with John and Grace. John, currently, is spending his evenings playing The Sims 4…except when Grace has wrestled the computer away from him so she can play The Sims 4. :) When not playing on her daddy’s computer, Grace does what teenagers do…she texts with her friends and goofs around on the inkerwebz. Frank lounges and is treated to belly rubs and blanky time as a dog of his reputation and stature should be. ;)

Sometimes Frank even takes a snuggle with his buddy, Ralph the Racoon...and that can only be done properly by hogging up a good portion of the couch and allowing your head to flop over the edge. ;)

Sometimes Frank even takes a snuggle with his buddy, Ralph the Racoon…and that can only be done properly by hogging up a good portion of the couch and allowing your head to flop over the edge. ;)

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

Right now I am so, so grateful that the lovely dishwasher installation fellas are in my kitchen at this very moment. Squeeee! I’m also grateful for an uneventful and safe trip to go pick Grace up from her Grandma, an afternoon of Panera and Hot Topic with Grace yesterday, and a project (entirely unrelated to the ramblings of this blog) that is going quite well.

In the week coming up, I’m looking forward to getting my first tattoo! (Really, really super looking forward to that!) I’m also looking forward to using that new dishwasher and continued progress on some projects.

Now, I do so hope that you’ll share part of your world with the rest of us. :D

A Mundane Happiness

I adore the back roads we take as part of our trip to and from Atlanta. Of course, we find ourselves on interstates, too, but the little roads on the way to the interstate are tremendously more interesting…though lacking in junk food goodness. ;)


As we drove down this road with the enchanting feature of being home to nothing but trees and power lines (and, I suspect, plenty of woodland creatures with no proper address), I thought I’d take a picture to share with you. “You’re taking pictures of the road now?” John laughed at me.

Well, yes, my dear husband, I did. I love these roads. I love that we live in the land of corn fields and cow pastures. I love that we can drive an hour without seeing a McDonald’s or Burger King. I love that the gas stations in this part of the world have bait and flashlights and fishing rods as part of their standard inventory. I love that you can drive for miles without seeing another car…and if you do see a car coming the other way, the driver will most likely wave at you. I love that you can tell instantly when you’ve passed from North Carolina to South Carolina because the quality of the roads dives at the border. And I absolutely adore riding on these roads with my husband at the wheel, the windows down because AC is for suckers on days like this, laughter and music and the occasional Frank bark filling the car…on the way to pick up another person I love.

So I took a picture of the goofy road. :D

What about you? Any mundane, silly things that bring the happiness and contentment of life into focus? Any little triggers that remind you of what makes you happy? Share, share! :)

Selfie Fun

Okay, I’m normally not the selfie type. I don’t see anything wrong with taking selfies…I’m just usually way more interested in what’s going on around me than taking pictures of what I see in the mirror every day. ;)

But I got to thinking…

Very, very few of you have any idea what I look like.

And I have this nifty new phone with a nifty camera with nifty effects to play with.

So I took the selfie.

And now I present to you….me!

I didn’t do anything fancy like, you know, brush my hair or worry about the shadows falling across my face, but I think you still get the general idea. :D

What about you? Any selfies to share or do you avoid them like the plague?

Book Club: The Sneaker Tree



I’m just over 30% of the way through The Sneaker Tree, and things are getting spooooooky. In fact, I left off at a point that has me wondering just what exactly will become of Bolo. :/ (Never fear…after typing up this post, I’m going to find out!)

As I’ve been reading The Sneaker Tree, I’ve had all sorts of thoughts and questions and memories!

The description of Cooper’s neighborhood, though mostly different from the neighborhood I grew up in, brought back a ton of memories….especially memories of how us kids ran around like maniacal loons on a perpetual quest for danger fun. :)

And as someone who recently turned 40, this made me giggle:

As a kid though, I still had that it won’t happen to me mindset that we all have until we’re about forty. At least I’m guessing that’s the age where you get common sense, because that was about the age where my dad stopped being fun.

Fingers crossed that my common sense kicked in before forty, and my loss of fun won’t happen until long after. ;)


So, what are you guys thinking so far? What do you like? Not like? Can you relate to the characters? The neighborhood? How was your childhood alike or different? Share your thoughts!

If We Were Having Coffee…

*I originally stumbled across this concept at Part Time Monster, and I love, love, love the idea of having a chatty post once a week. I do hope you enjoy my ramblings.* ;)


I would tell you that I think I’m all done painting my nails for a while. That was fun while it lasted, but it had turned into a bit of a chore rather than something fun. Since it absolutely doesn’t fall into the “needs to be done” category, I feel pretty content just dropping it for a bit.

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I would tell you that I am currently patiently waiting for Hot Topic to open. I need to call them about a jacket Grace ordered. According to my careful calculations (yeah, I’m a ninja at adding 3 to 5 days to the day we went into the store), the jacket should certainly be there today. If so, a good part of my day will be spent making that drive. (The closest Hot Topic is about 1.25 hours away…for a goth-y, alternative-y girl like Grace, that’s almost painful.) I’m so hoping the jacket is in…I’d love to have it here waiting for her when she gets back from Alabama. Want to see it?

She picked it out and paid for it with her own money. She even had the patience to wait for the correct size to be ordered and shipped to the store. :)

She picked it out and paid for it with her own money. She even had the patience to wait for the correct size to be ordered and shipped to the store. :)

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I would tell you that our evening TV viewing has been all over the place. I finished the last delicious season of Bones available on Netflix. Over the last couple of evenings, John and I have binge watched the last season of How I Met Your Mother. I can’t say I was super-thrilled with how that turned out, but, as they are fictional characters and whatnot, I’m not going to get too wound up about it. ;)

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I would tell you that I love, love, love the Oliver Age 24 videos! I’ll share one of the shorter ones here for your own giggle purposes:

So silly. :D Really, you should check out some of his other videos, too. The Yoda one is especially entertaining. :D

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I would tell you that I am really surprised with how much I’m enchanted with my new phone. I thought I would have more time in the “but that’s not how the iPhone does it” phase. Turns out that I skipped that phase completely and went straight to the “all hail the Galaxy S5″ phase. :)

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I would tell you that today is the day for ordering a new dishwasher! Woohoo! I’ve been washing dishes by hand for months now, and I’ve been a tough little trooper about the whole thing, but I am ever so happy to be getting a new dishwasher. :) (My crazy eczema that’s aggravated by hot water and soap will also be quite pleased.) We thought about trying to repair our old dishwasher, but the parts needed cost almost as much as just buying a new one. I finally found one that does NOT have a bunch of fancy bells and whistles that require an electric panel on the front. Nope, this one has a little dial that gives you hoity-toity options like “on” and “off.” I think I’m in love. :)

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I would tell you that we’ll be back in the car on Sunday. Yep, it’s back to Atlanta to pick Grace up from her trip to Grandma’s house. It’s been a nice, quiet week, and I’m ready to get back to this school thing we do. :D

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I would tell you that I’m enjoying this new blogging strategy of posting less frequently and only including posts I’m feeling enthusiastic about. It’s absolutely destroyed my stats, but that’s okay. I don’t blog for stats (even though the math-y part of me won’t let me ignore them entirely). ;) I suspect the blogging will pick up again in the next couple of weeks after my blogging brain has had a while to relax. :D

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And I would tell you that I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week until we meet for coffee again next Friday. :D

Three Things Thursday: September 25

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*


John and I had a rare “date night” the other night…this sign in the restaurant amused me. Of course, I don’t know that a normal life is what I’m after. ;) (To be clear: John and I do lots of stuff together, but it’s usually more likely to involve repairing cars or wandering the yard looking for neat bugs…not so much the “out to dinner” type of thing.) :)


When I planted the mums on the front porch, I wasn’t expecting this guy to visit. :D


While John and I were out and about last weekend, we popped into a grocery store we don’t normally frequent for beverages and a snack…for reasons I can’t really explain, this sign made me giggle. I hope Harry is feeling all better now!

And one more because I just couldn’t narrow it down to three this week (again). ;)


I wanted to make the bed, but how could I disturb his cuteness???

So, what made you smile this week?

Book Club: The Sleeping Angel


I’ve been spending this chilly, rainy morning sipping from a giant cup of coffee and catching up on my reading with The Sleeping Angel. (I’m bouncing back and forth between both Book Club books, and, honestly, I haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like.)

At this point, I am absolutely enchanted with both Lauren and Tom. And I am so intrigued by the whole Isabelle Hart mystery! I also feel like there’s a mystery to be solved about Tom’s dad…another bit I’m looking forward to.

I don’t know if other people do this, but I always compare myself to characters in books. For the most part, teenage me was not much like Lauren…I certainly wasn’t responsible or hesitant to talk to boys or “boring.” (I don’t think Lauren is boring, but Lauren believes she is.) I was persistent and resourceful and willing to track down information though.

I also love how very English the writing is. :D Just little things like characters saying they’ll “call by” someone’s house are neat to me. (I know…I’m a doofus.)

I may just have to spend this quiet, gray day on a reading adventure.

What about everyone else? Are you loving Lauren and/or Tom? Do you see your (teenage) selves in them at all? What else are you loving about the book? Share your thoughts!