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Blog Love Tuesday: Bookworm Bethie

Do you visit Bookworm Bethie? I first noticed her blog when I saw some of her embroidery work. I came back because she likes to keep it weird on Wednesday – I’m an odd duck myself, so I always enjoy it. Lately I’m coming back more often because she’s a great resource on sewing too (hopefully a sewing machine will arrive for me today – woot!) – she recently reviewed One-Yard Wonders , which I just might have to pick up, and has several sewing tutorials available or linked on her site. Bethie’s also an avid reader, and has been known to post book reviews – in fact, she’s got one up today.

I’ve managed to forgive her love of the Georgia Bulldogs in order to pass her some blog love today. Go visit Bookworm Bethie and pass the blog love on!

Wanna win a cool vintage tee?

What does every cool southern gal (or dude, or baby) need? A cool vintage tee! Blonde Mom is hosting a giveaway – check it out!

Want the Rolls Royce of Toothbrushes?

Blonde Mom’s got another fabulous giveaway.

If they jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?

I guess the answer is yes, ’cause plastic please and Crabby Mama did it first.

I resisted the urge to include explanatory notes. And if anyone else does this, let me know.

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby’s diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said “I love you” and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster

31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow
47. Alphabatized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day

51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don’t
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read – and understood – your credit report
69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse

111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox

160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hotel
184. Been a cashier

185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend

199. Helped solve a crime
200. Responded to a NJP newsletter

What if…

Angelle had an interesting post up about two weeks ago that I’ve just now had the time to really attend to. Go ahead, read it and come back here.

It’s funny thinking about what ifs, isn’t it? I think anyone that’s had any major life change – and that’s pretty much any adult – can play that card. It’s weird to do.

Honestly, my “what ifs” always end with “Well, it all worked out, didn’t it?” because I am very happy right now – awesome husband, great kiddos, two dogs, house, etc… We’re livin’ the American dream here on Awesome Avenue.

I try to live my life without regrets, and feel I’ve been fairly successful at it. However, I will share my biggest what if*.

At the age of 12, my Dad got a new job and we made the trip two hours north from Decatur, Alabama to Franklin, Tennessee.

At the time, I was pretty jazzed about it. Sad to leave my friends, sure, but happy about this BIG CHANGE that was going to make everything different. See, I had a nerd label to me – I was “the one that always made the A’s, got braces at 10 and glasses at 12” – and I thought “wow, no one will know me in Nashville, and I can totally reinvent myself”.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I’ve since learned that you are who you are. Can you change things about yourself, learn and grow? Of course! But does the fundamental core of who you are change? Likely as not, no.

So I move up to Franklin, and I’m still socially awkward (who isn’t at 12? Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that at the time), and now I’m deemed as having a hick accent (I know, I know – I’m in Nashville, right?) and was ridiculed in class for it. By a teacher. Nice. During my two years in high school, I always had shaky hands which I think was caused by the social anxiety.

Anyway, I later got over all this, made some friends, settled in, and all was peachy. I would not change a thing. It all lead up to this – if I had not moved to Franklin, I likely would not have gone to UTK, and in turn would not have met BHE.

I do have to wonder, from time to time, what “Alabama Me” would have been like. Would I have stayed in-state for my schoolin’, or left the Pride of Dixie for opportunities elsewhere? I know I would not been allowed to attend ‘Bama by my Auburn-fan Dad… What choices would I have made?


*The second big what if – when I was about 13, Dad was offered the chance to move us all to Japan for a year by his company. He turned it down. When I found out about that, I was disappointed, as my ties to Tennessee were still quite weak and I thought living in Japan would be awesome. Que sera.


Anyone want a free bracelet? I’m not giving any away, but check out the fabulous BlondeMom for a chance to win!

Tag! I’m it…

I was tagged by Plastico, Por Favor, who is a longtime bud, so here we go:

Here are the rules:

1.  Link to the person that tagged you.
2.  Post the rules on your blog.
3.  Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4.  Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5.  Let each random person know they have been tagged.
Six Things About Me:
1.  I had five wisdom teeth (cut out at age 14).
2.  I went 28 years without breaking any bone in my body. Then I broke my leg while pregnant. That was fun ya’ll.
3.  I shook hands with Ben Folds once, before Ben Folds Five performed at the Ryman during their last tour. Unfortunately, since BHE said all the normal “love your music” stuff, all I was left to do was look like a dork, shake his hand, and say “Hey.”
4.  I studied in Mexico for a year in college.
5.  Once at a mom’s night out thing we did these skin age tests (I don’t remember the product or I would link it). It was based on how much oil is in your skin – I tested as having the skin of a 40 year-old…I was 27. I guess that’s the trade off for not getting many zits when in high school.
6.  I wore contacts for years, got sick of them and have been wearing glasses only for about two years solid. I’m happy with it. I have no plans to do the laser thing.
I tag:  Plastic Please and I kinda run in the same circles – if you want to do this, comment and let me know you did! While we’re on it, do I have any lurkers? If so, take this opportunity to de-lurk and say hello!

BlondeMom Gives Away More Loot!

The fabulous BlondeMom has another giveaway – a great birthday gift idea for any parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents out there!

Someday this house will indeed be decent.

Found this via the fabulous BlondeMom. It’s a great idea for covering plastic bins that many of us moms use for toy storage; check it out. I am now wishing we’d bought some excess fabric when my mom did the curtains for the boys’ rooms.

 However – I always see these cool ideas and make a half attempt at organization, only to have it FAIL MISERABLY. I am no Martha Stewart, my friends.

My new “someday this house will indeed be decent” mantra is: “when The Bear (my youngest, not in any way, shape or form affiliated with a certain long-deceased-yet-long-revered-within-my-former-state SEC coach) moves up into a toddler bed, the boys will share a room and the other room will be a playroom, and all the toys will stay in there”.

Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha.

We just run a chaotic yet lazy household here on Awesome Avenue, I guess. It’s not a pigsty (yet) but it ain’t no Martha Stewart.

However – again, via the fabulous BlondeMom – I found some blogs with the intent to simplify their living; I’m adding them to the blogroll in just a bit. A lot of it is devoted to reducing spending – a good thing to do, and a bit brave in the midst of our “buy buy buy” culture. Honestly, I’m not a big shopper, but it did get me thinking about all the stuff in our house that we just don’t need – starting with the bags I have been meaning to take to our local Goodwill for some time now. So I think 2008 might be the year that we declutter – really take inventory of what we need and just get rid of a lot of junk. I’d have a yardsale but that takes a lot of planning and time that I don’t have – instead I think I’ll donate. Anyone know of some worthy organizations for my “junk”? Goodwill always works, but I would love to find a good organization that might get stuff directly to those who would need it (for this I’d assume clothes, children’s toys, etc…).

Freebie again, anyone?

Not from me – from the fabulous Blondemom. Check it out here.