Let’s Have Coffee Again…

*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.* ;)

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I would tell you that I know I normally do these coffee posts on Fridays, but I have so many “this ‘n’ thats” going on, I thought another one was in order. ;)

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I would tell you that our trip to Atlanta and back yesterday was fun and pretty much uneventful. There were some good guesses about what we would be doing, but no one got it right on the nose. One very clever guess of “looking at a clock” had a fantastic shot, but John and I were mid-conversation when my alarm went off, so I didn’t look at it until a couple of minutes later. And what were we talking about??? Why, replacing a drain pipe in our yard, of course. ;)

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I would tell you that I was wrong about being on the Kenny & Kylie Podcast today. (Some of you may have noticed that.) That episode is scheduled to happen at a later date, and I was confused about reality. (It happens!) If you’re just itching to hear my Southern drawl, you can go check out the episode I was in a couple of months ago. That should tide you over until the next one is released. ;)

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I would tell you that for the first time in a very long time, at this very moment, all of our monthly bills have a balance of $0. It is a very nice feeling…and a short-lived one, I’m sure. Those pesky services just want to keep charging every month, don’t they?

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I would tell you that I am crazy-enjoying both books from Book Club. Both stories are fascinating! Even if you don’t officially join our little club, I really encourage you to read The Sleeping Angel and The Sneaker Tree.

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I would tell you that our house flooding situation is coming back under control. The clean up is pretty much finished, and we’re putting plans in place to avoid having this problem again in the future. (Hence the drain pipe conversation I mentioned above.) :)

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I would tell you that I’ve been thinking really hard about the blog lately, and I’m in the process of making some decisions. I really love blogging, but I’ve cornered myself with a too-strict schedule. I find myself blogging when I’m not feeling enthusiastic about it, and that’s just silly. I’ve also paid attention to how much time I spend blogging, and it’s a wee bit out of hand. ;) In light of that, I’m going to do some changing and rearranging. I’m not really sure what the end result will be, but I’m pretty sure it will involve fewer posts per week and less schedule-based posting. I’m also considering adding some short, picture-based posts…kind of a Three Things Thursday thing, but with no Thursday required. :)

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I would tell you that I, as usual, have ideas for about 100 projects swooshing through my brain, so I’m working on getting my plans organized and better behaved.  I absolutely need to spend some time getting my thoughts and ideas and plans wrangled into some sort of order before I begin a single new project…or my brain may just explode…and I find that to be an all around bad outcome. :)

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And, of course, I would tell you that I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week until we meet for coffee again on Friday. (And since this is one of the posts I always enjoy writing, you can be pretty sure that it will stay in the blog “line up.”) :D

Life Attacked!

And so chaos is swirling all about us at the moment…some of it is quite good chaos, but chaos nonetheless. :D

Between the chaos and a trip to Atlanta and back tomorrow (it’s only 9 to 10 hours of driving), I think the blog will just be on hold until Monday, so please forgive my absence.

For funsies, who wants to give a guess about what we’ll be doing at exactly 4:00 tomorrow afternoon? Talking about politics? Singing goofy songs? Reading a book aloud? Listening to a podcast? We could be up to all manner of things while driving. If anyone’s right on the button, there could be a prize involved. :D

Also, I’ll be on the Kenny & Kylie Podcast that’s being released Monday morning, so be sure to check that out! :D

Until I chat with you again on Monday, I hope everyone continues having an amazingly wonderful weekend!!!

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.* ;)

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I would tell you that I did paint my nails this week…they’re a pearly-looking purply gray color, but I was entirely too lazy to take a new picture for this post. ;)

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I would tell you that today is going to be a swirl of exciting fun things like going to the grocery store (I’m probably there now!) and accompanying John for his trip to the dentist. Yeah, we know how to rock a Friday. :D

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I would tell you that I have interrupted my watching of Criminal Minds because Netflix added season 9 of Bones this week. All things can be interrupted for Bones. :)

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I would tell you that I am in love with this video…it does a great job of hitting on just about every nonsense thing a female has to listen to when frequenting a comic book store:

Sad, but true.

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I would tell you that it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day, so arrrrrrr and stuff. :)

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I would tell you that I’m apparently eligible for an early upgrade on my phone, so I’m thinking of kicking the iPhone straight to the curb and getting a Galaxy 4 instead. (Yeah, I know there’s a Galaxy 5, but it costs $150.00 more, and I’m not the type that needs the newest and shiniest thing…I just want a phone that works, please.)

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I would tell you that I’m looking forward to driving Grace to Atlanta on Sunday. Road trips equal junk food (nom!), family time, knitting time, good music, and silly conversations. I’m also planning to get pictures of Flat Kate (she’s like Flat Stanley, but from my pen pal, Kate) on her first adventure. Annnd I’ll be leaving some NEDs along the way. :D

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I would tell you that I’ve finally come up with a blog-scheduling/planning system that pleases me (for now). I’ve gone with the giant wall calendar and various colored markers. It doesn’t appeal to the part of me that likes to carry a planner and notebook around with me, but it’s good for long-term planning. I’m also using a new and improved daily to-do list system. The most notable change from previous methods? I limit how many things I can add to the list for any given day. I’ve found that when I overwhelm myself with an impossibly long list of tasks, I end up doing not much of anything. The shorter lists seem to actually be adding to productivity, so yay! :)

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Update: I’m typing this bit at 2:30 in the morning, and I would tell you that we’re having tremendous thunderstorms and flooding here. So far, two parts of our house are flooded and the roof has begun leaking in one room. Why am I typing instead of tending to things? Well, because we tended and tended already, and we just can’t keep up with the amount of water coming in…in light of that, we’re just going to wait till the rain stops and start cleaning up from there. I’m guessing we have some expensive and tiresome work ahead of us. *sigh*

But I still hope you have an absolutely wonderful week until we meet for coffee again next Friday. :D

Kindness Challenge #2

*simple challenges for all of us to spread a little happiness and kindness into the world*

Kindness Challenge #2 is all about doing something nice for someone who spends a great deal of time getting bashed by the public…either as a concept or individually. Spread some kindness to someone who could really use it to improve their day! :)

After I post the challenge, your mission is to go out into the world and put the suggestions into action. That’s all.

You are, of course, welcome and encouraged to report back here about how things went! Kindness is catchy, so the more stories we have to share here, the more others will be inspired to get their nice on. :)

Now for the challenges!

Kindness Challenge #2

Be awesome to someone who gets bashed by the public!

Here are some quick, easy ideas I came up with for kindness bombs:

1. Send a nice note to a politician. People in politics are constantly scrutinized and slammed publicly. Send a nice note or email to a politician just to be kind. If it’s a politician you agree with and support, tell them that! If it’s a politician that you don’t agree with and support, you can still be kind. Let them know that you know being in politics is difficult and you hope they have a fabulous day. Leave your own politics out of the thing this time. ;)

2. Do something nice for your mother-in-law. I think we all know the public perception of mothers-in-law…and, most of the time, it’s an undeserved perception. Even if your mother-in-law truly is awful, do a little something nice for her. A card, flowers, something the kids made, a cake, or just a phone call…the options are almost limitless. Of course, if your mother-in-law is awesome (like mine), it’ll be easy to be kind. :D

3. The police. I know, I know…the police can do some horrific things in our culture, but you know what? Most of them are just trying to do their jobs and keep people safe. Police frequently put themselves in a great deal of danger in order to protect innocent people, and that deserves a bit of kindness, I think! While I won’t forget, condone, or tolerate injustices, I also won’t let the bad apples ruin the bunch. :) Take some snacks to the police station, send a note to the local force, or give a nice call about a particular officer that helped you out.

4. Do something kind for a church or organization that isn’t normally part of your life. It’s easy to ignore or bad mouth or resent people with different beliefs than our own. I think I’d like to focus on the importance of being kind to all people by going out of my way to do something encouraging for someone with different beliefs than I have. Volunteer for an event you wouldn’t normally participate in (Really, isn’t gathering food for the needy just as good if you’re doing it for a different church?) or take snacks to a church event or donate clothes to an atheist-run thrift shop.  Lots of choices! :)

5. That rude woman at the gas station. Or the rude guy at the drive through or the rude girl at the grocery store or… you get the point. Almost all of us encounter rude employees somewhere. Do something nice for that person. Find something they did well, and compliment them on it…to their manager, even. Give them a happy, encouraging note or just a few words expressing that you understand they have a tough job.

Of course, there are tons of other possibilities for kindness toward people who are generally unliked! Feel free to add to the list in the comments!

Go forth and spread the kindness (I will, too!)…and please do come back and share your happy thoughts. :D

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These guys wanted to be the faces of the kindness challenges, so I agreed. :) They’re friends with some of the NEDs, you know. Just know that each time you do an act of kindness, these two are smiling for you. :D

 

Three Things Thursday: September 18

*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*

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A white spider carrying a bug on a wild flower. There is so much win in this picture! :D

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This grandaddy longlegs decided to relax for a bit in John’s little toothpick swing. :D (I promise we did not place him there…he did this all by himself.)

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The weather is starting to cool off, and the berries are popping out. :)

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

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This little frog decided to be the family mascot by posing on the “W” on our front door wreath. :D

So, what made you smile this week?

Book Chat: The Sneaker Tree – First Impressions

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We’re just getting started here, so I thought I’d just throw a couple of starter questions out there for everyone…

Have you started reading? ;)

Any surprises yet? (I know, even though there were warnings, I wasn’t expecting that to happen!)

Thoughts on characters so far?

Any added appreciation for baseball? :D

 

Discuss away!

 

If you haven’t yet signed up for Book Club, it’s not too late! You can check out the introduction and sign up HERE.

Book Chat: The Sleeping Angel – First Impressions

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We’re just getting started here, so I thought I’d just throw a couple of starter questions out there for everyone…

Have you started reading? ;)

Intrigued by anything yet? (I know I am!)

Any characters you’re particularly enchanted with?

Discuss away!

 

If you haven’t yet signed up for Book Club, it’s not too late! You can check out the introduction and sign up HERE.