5 on Friday

Trav at Trav's Thoughts has a Five on Friday meme where you pick five songs to share with your friends. You can choose a theme or just pick random songs. Create a playlist at Playlist.com or use any type of media.  This is my 2nd Set. 

These are songs that can take me back in just an instant to 1978 when I was 11.  And, I still like them all.

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Take This Tune

Take This Tune is hosted by Jamie at Duward Discussion. Each Friday a video prompt is posted as a theme. You can write anything you want in response to the video, the lyrics, or the idea of the piece. You can use writing, poetry, a photo or a painting for your post. Just link back to Take This Tune after you post and see what others have posted. Monday is the official day but Jamie says it's okay to cheat (like me!) and post any day of the week.

This Friday's Take This Tune is Whistle Down The Wind, from a musical (that's also called Whistle Down The Wind) by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Find a synopsis of the musical here.

Whistle Down The Wind

Even though someone close to us may no longer be with us, we don't have to be sad, or lonely or afraid, thinking that we are all alone.  Our memories keep them with us forever.  We can forget being sad and can find comfort in our memories. 

I really enjoyed participating in Take This Tune.  After listening to the song and thinking about what it meant, I thought of a poem that I like by ee cummings.

in time of daffodils

in time of daffodils (who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why, remember how
in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so (forgetting seem)
in time of roses (who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if, remember yes
in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek (forgetting find)
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me, remember me

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Just Another Manic Monday


Sunday Citar

“No trumpets sound
when the important decisions of our life are made.
Destiny is made known silently.”
Agnes de Mille, 1909-1993
This quote meme  was created by Tabitha @ FreshMommy. You can go to her blog to see the quotes and photos that she and others have posted.

*Photo by ~Silent-Broken-Wish

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Work in Progress

Working on blog layout.  Hopefully finished tonight.  :)



Five on Friday

Newly discovered (by me) fun meme!  Discovered while hopping from blog to blog the other night.

Trav at Trav's Thoughts has a Five on Friday meme on his blog where you pick five songs to share with your friends.  You can choose a theme or just pick random songs.  Create a playlist at Playlist.com or use any type of media.

I've created my first 5 on Friday list.  Not really a theme here.  Some of them have been around a very long time and others are more recent.  Numbers 1 and 5 on the list have been favorites of mine for a while.  Numbers 2 thru 4 I've only recently discovered, even though they've been around a while.  Number 3 I first heard covered by Pearl Jam but I'm loving the songwriter's version below even better.  I know some may not be the sort of music that you like; but I hope you find some you enjoy.

Lyrics | Christina Aguilera lyrics - Cruz lyrics

Lyrics | Vedera lyrics - Satisfy lyrics

Lyrics | Hunters & Collectors lyrics - Throw Your Arms Around Me lyrics

Lyrics | Janis Joplin lyrics - Get It While You Can [Live] lyrics

Lyrics | Kelly Clarkson lyrics - Maybe lyrics

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Become an Everyday Wildlife Champion with the help of Dawn!

Remember those Dawn dishwashing liquid comercials?

Dawn has been involved with wildlife rescue for over 30 years.  Donations of thousands of bottles of their dishwashing liquid has cleaned and helped save over 75,000 animals during that time. 

This year Dawn introduced a nationwide campaign called Everyday Wildlife Champions.  When you buy a bottle of Dawn dishwashing liquid and go online to activate your donation using the bottle donation code printed on your bottle, Dawn donates one dollar to The Marine Mammal Center and The International Bird Rescue Research Center.

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April is National Poetry Month

             The Look 
Strephon kissed me in the spring,
       Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
       And never kissed at all.

Strephon's kiss was lost in jest,
       Robin's lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin's eyes
       Haunts me night and day.

A poem by Sara Teasdale to celebrate National Poetry Month.  For more about Sara Teasdale go here.


A Lovely Blog


Six Word Saturday

Describe your life in six words.  Six Word Saturday is a weekly series at Show My Face.  Click the button to play.

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My Golden Retriever Puppy

I love my Golden Retriever puppy.  He's about 5 months old now.  He loves to play fetch.  And "sit" for treats...even when I'm not asking him to.

This week he learned a new trick all by himself--tip over the water bowl and splash and slide in the water all over the kitchen tile.  I think I'll get him a Slip'n'Slide to play on outside this summer. : )

Sometimes I call him "my golden boy" and tell him that he's "smarter than Lassie".  I know it's silly.  My daughter tells me I'm so EMBARRASSING.  And when I ask how can she be embarrassed since we're the only people who can hear me, she says, "THAT"S just how EMBARRASSING you are mom".  She's fifteen.



Go Green with Kroger

The Kroger Co. is once again asking us to join them in their efforts to Go Green for the Earth.

They are having their 3rd annual Design a Reusable Shopping Bag contest.

The GRAND-PRIZE winner will receive a $1,000 Kroger gift card!

4 finalists will receive a $250 Kroger gift card and 5 runners-up will receive a $100 Kroger gift card.5 runners-up will receive a $100 Kroger Co. gift card.
•4 finalists will receive a $250 Kroger Co. gift card.

Go here to submit your designs.  Once you've submitted your designs you can click the link to Cafe Press and order canvas bags with your own designs.

My two designs are below.

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101 in 1001

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. No ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. Represent some amount of effort on your part.)

I learned about the 1001 Day Project from brainella. I used this online tool that I discovered on {sugarlens} blog to calculate the ending date of January 5, 2013.

Coming up with 101 goals is not as easy as you think!

My 101 Goals to Complete in 1001 Days

Official Start Date: April 10, 2010
Official End Date: January 5, 2013
  1. Learn to ice skate
  2. Visit D. C. when the cherry blossoms are in bloom
  3. Visit the Lincoln Memorial
  4. See the Vietnam Memorial
  5. Tour the Whitehouse
  6. Visit NYC
  7. Ice skate at Rockefeller Center in NYC
  8. See a Broadway musical
  9. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  10. Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  11. Visit the American Museum of Natural History
  12. Visit Central Park
  13. Visit Chicago
  14. Visit the Sears Tower Skydeck
  15. Visit Navy Pier
  16. Ice Skate at Millenium Park
  17. Plant a garden
  18. Start a compost bin
  19. Make or buy a rain barrell
  20. Buy SLR camera
  21. Take P. to Graceland in Memphis
  22. Become debt-free (except Mtge)
  23. Visit Maui
  24. Go snorkeling
  25. Watch all seasons of Gilmore Girls
  26. Tour the Titanic Exhibit at Pigeon Forge
  27. See a movie in 3-D
  28. Visit an art museum
  29. Learn dressage
  30. Post at least one new blog post each week
  31. Make home made pickles
  32. Plant a cherry tree in my yard
  33. Take an art class
  34. Make a quilt
  35. Make a barn star for shed in backyard
  36. Plant colorful vining plant on post in yard
  37. Go whitewater river rafting
  38. Go canoeing
  39. Swim with dolphins
  40. Learn to use Excel
  41. Get new glasses
  42. Organize my office
  43. See an outdoor summer Shakespeare play (Nashville)
  44. Visit a zoo
  45. Go fishing
  46. Buy a laptop
  47. Attend a college football game
  48. Attend an NFL football game
  49. Fly in an airplane
  50. Sail on a boat
  51. Go tubing on a river with P. S. J. and W.
  52. Visit an aquarium
  53. Shop at a Farmer's Market
  54. Buy an iPod
  55. Get an iPhone
  56. Get fitted for a good pair of running shoes
  57. Make strawberry jam
  58. Buy a webcam
  59. Watch the top 100 movies of all time
  60. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night for 2 straight weeks
  61. Read 25 of the best 100 books (from list) of all time 
  62. Post photos on Flickr
  63. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
  64. Go bowling with S. J. W. and P.
  65. Complete the Couch to 5K challenge
  66. Have family dinner together every night for two weeks straight
  67. Have all my Christmas shopping completed by November 1 (of that Christmas year)
  68. Get a massage
  69. Eat Thai food
  70. Floss every night for 6 months
  71. Replace living room carpet with hardwood floors
  72. Get a facial
  73. Get a mani/pedi every month for a year
  74. Share a New Year's Kiss with someone special
  75. Go to a college basketball game
  76. Meet BP
  77. See a film at IMAX
  78. Find my pretty blue jars that are in storage
  79. Open savings accts for S., S. and P and contribute each month for a year
  80. Watch fireworks from boat on lake for July 4th Holiday
  81. Build Farmhouse Bed from KoW plan
  82. Buy new mattress for my bed
  83. Obtain these 10 symphonies
  84. Walk/Run for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week for 6 months at least
  85. Host an outdoor movie party in my backyard
  86. Meet LK
  87. Read the Bible
  88. Get a dishwasher
  89. Get front load washing machine and matching dryer
  90. Plan a family night out once per month for a year
  91. Buy and keep 3 hens for fresh eggs
  92. Save up an emergency fund of $1000
  93. Increase emergency fund to at least 6 months salary
  94. Keep a one sentence journal for a year
  95. Take a 2 week vacation from work
  96. Go to Church every week for a month
  97. Visit Gettysburg
  98. Plan trip to Paris (Set goal date and steps to make it happen)
  99. Complete a 26 things project
  100. Complete all 131 Small Actions that Can Change the World
  101. Come up with a new list of 101 goals

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Seeing The Last Song? Leave the Mascara at Home

Of course, anyone who has sobbed through a Nicholas Sparks book or movie already is sure to be prepared with a box of tissues or two.

Not being a fan of Nicholas Sparks books/movies, or Hannah Montana, I expected The Last Song would be about as believable as the fairytale romance novel material that a Sparks novel typically delivers. My expectations of the movie were low--but SURPRISE--I absolutely LOVED this movie!

Here's the STORY from the official The Last Song movie website:

Based on the best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks' ("Walk to Remember", "The Notebook") latest novel, THE LAST SONG, is set in a small Southern beach town where an estranged father (GREG KINNEAR) gets the chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teen-aged daughter (MILEY CYRUS) who'd rather be home in New York. He tries to connect with her through the only thing they have in common--music--in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. The film is directed by Julie Ann Robinson from a screenplay by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie.

I think the romance between Will and Ronnie was more believable for me in The Last Song because they were teens instead of adults. When you're 17 a first love does seem like a fairytale. (I didn't see Dear John or read the book so I can't compare it with The Last Song--those characters were young as well.) I also liked the character Jonah, Miley Cyrus' character's younger brother who was played by Bobby Coleman. He and Greg Kinnear were my favorite actors/characters in the movie. Reviews of the movie haven't been good, I've heard. Some are not impressed with Miley Cyrus' acting ability but I thought she was much easier to like as an actor in The Last Song than from what I've seen on Hannah Montana.

The scenery in The Last Song was gorgeous. I'm so ready to rent a house on the beach for the summer : ) Speaking of houses, the family's beach house in this movie was just lovely to me--old and weathered, with wood floors, antique farmhouse sink, wraparound porch, screened porch, antique iron bed and rooms with overflowing bookshelves. In addition to the house, the other elements of the set helped me love this movie--the live oaks--love them. Cute baby sea turtles. A carnival on the beach.

Recommendation: ~Watch this one but be prepared to CRY, CRY, CRY~

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Good Friday/Easter Weekend

Had a day off work today which was really nice.

Been having fun making changes in the layout of the blog. I think it looks nice.

Spending time with family on Sunday.

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