slice of my life

Monday, October 29, 2007

Ladies' Retreat October 2007

I'll be editing this later---
These are pictures from our ladies' retreat. I wanted to post about it before it got too far away from the event.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, October 27th

This week's theme is Pink.

B is not a real pink kind of girl, but I have a few shots of her in pink.
I have used this first picture over and over!

This was taken in August of 2006, after school one afternoon. I think B is really cute, and I took some time to line up this shot just as I wanted it. B looks so young---I hadn't realized she had aged this year at all.

This was last year's Halloween outfit. She wore three different things to 3 different events last year!
This last one I just took at the Ladies' Retreat I went on two weeks ago. They were so cheery by the back door of the house we stayed in.

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Next week's theme is Classic. Stop by again!


Friday's Feast, October 26

Name a great website you would recommend to others.
You should see my favorites list! I have a ton of them.
Hmmm . . .

For Bess---American


For FindingOut the Truth About All Your Questionalble E-mail

For ideas from a Kindergarten Teacher-----little (this is really awesome!)

For videos of red flags for

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how often do you dream at night?
Probably an 8. But this last week, I've remembered my dreams every morning. I think I am being awakened in the middle of a dream cycle or something.
I have pretty weird dreams. Last night it was about my parents' neighbors being in a tragic wreck, and some of them died. But I was also trying to get to my college classes. (And in case you don't know me, I haven't been to college since 1994.)

Did you have a pet as a child? If so, what kind and what was its name?
We had a little white dog named Snowflake in Memphis. But Brownie, the best dog by far, was a border collie mix, the runt of her litter. She was so smart and very human-like.

Main Course
If you had the chance to star in a commercial, what would you choose to advertise?
Maybe my dessert answer . . .

What is your favorite kind of hard candy?
I love to eat Sprees!
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, October 20th

Here is my submission for practical. She's being nice and neat in the kitchen with clean hands, apron, and her practical hair cover. Just like many in food service, she's keeping her hair out of the food! ;-)

B and I made some brownies for my school's luncheon today. We had a sort of bake sale for dessert---I think the Brownies were going 2 for a dollar! :-) Mine were " Mrs. Jenny's Fudgy Toffee Brownies." I should have taken a picture of the cute packaging I made. I set each brownie on a foil-covered cardboard since the brownies were so soft. Then I wrapped them in a sandwich bag, tied on a ribbon, and added my tag. It looked really cute!

I am planning on getting my other blog up to date, too----come stop by and see it! I'd love to get a comment from you.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

If I was going to get a tatoo . . .

You Should Get An Asian Inspired Tattoo

Mysterious and expressive

You like to show off, but you also like to keep some allure

This is sorta weird, but it's something I would consider if I actually was considering a tatoo. But I'm not. First, no money for it. Second, my Mom would give me a talk about hepatitus. And thirdly, and most importantly, Larry wouldn't approve. But I'd research a good, meaningful to me message in Chinese Calligraphy, so it wouldn't just be for show.

You Really Know Your State Capitols

You Got 20 State Capitols Correct

You're either a geography buff... or you have an excellent memory.

And another one just for fun. B wants to learn them, so I've been making quizzes for her. This is refreshing my 4th and 5th grade memories on this subject. :-)


Friday's Feast, October 12

{Featured Flickr Feast photo by Morton Fox}
When was the last time you were surprised?
I feeling very jaded----I haven't really been surprised in a good way in a long time!
I have several bad surprises that come to mind.
Official answer---I was surprised yesterday that a mom brought us breakfast treats for the teachers at school, but also surprised because it had all been sitting out for 3 hours before I even knew about it. I'd already eaten my lunch (where my drink got knocked over by one of my students!).

Fill in the blanks: My eyes are __blue__, but I wish they were __brighter blue___.

If you were a Beanie Baby, what would you look like and what would your name be?
This year, I'd be a giraffe, and I'd be Genny Giraffe. Maybe I'd be a purple giraffe with red spots.

Main Course
Name two things you consistently do that you consider to be healthy habits.
Uhhh . . . I could answer the opposite question much more easily!
I wash my hands a lot----at school and at home.
I don't skip breakfast!

What brand of toothpaste are you using these days? Do you like it? Why or why not?
I am at the end of a tube of Crest Whitening plus Scope. I like it pretty well! It feels nice and clean when I'm done.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Creative Weekend

two bags of feathers: $4
black beads that looked like rocks: $3
otter-like fabric: $2.50
old pair of shorts: $0 (we'd used up their value already, I thought!)
Karana costume she made herself: priceless

B had a project due on Tuesday about the book she read this summer---Island of the Blue Dolphins. It's a story about a girl of 12 who gets left on an island. I think it takes place in the 1800s. She lived alone for another 12 or so years. The book is all about how she survived. It was written in the 1960s. I'm sure many of you have read it!

B chose the project to make a costume like Karana would have worn. Of course, no other project sounded as interesting to B, so we had to go with it!
B had a vision for the costume and we worked together to get it done. We were both pleased with this project's results.
Karana had an otter-skin cape, a cormorant-feather skirt, flowers in her hair, a black stone necklace, and her dog-friend, Rontu.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Friday's Feast, October 6

{Featured Flickr Feast by jason+amanda}

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you look forward to your birthday?
I'd say a 9! I love my birthday, but sometimes it doesn't get to be the fun day I want, after all. BooHoo. I'm a grown up!
What is one word you don’t like the sound, spelling, or meaning of?
crotch---I don't know why. But I also don't like the word crouch since it's almost the same.
Do you wear sunglasses when you’re outside? If so, what does your current pair look like?
Yes, I do! They are some B got from Old Navy. They're plastic green and have pretty dark lenses.
Main Course
If you were to write a book, to whom would you dedicate it?
Probably my family, who has to put up with me here at home and who loves me anyway. I might dedicate it to someone who influenced me in the area I was writing the book about.
Name a beverage that you enjoy.
I love Coca-Cola!


Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt, October 6th

The last thing in the world J would like to be called is curvy. He's really not. But this slide is! This is a picture from June when B had her softball end-of-season party. The slide is a nice tall one with lots of curves.
I apologize for not posting very often! I am keeping so busy this year with working an extra day, and we're just getting started with this year in school, Girl Scouts, and everything else here in the fall. I have a post in my head about J's Open House---it was pretty cool.


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Our First Slumber Party

B had her 9th birthday at the end of the month, and we had a party for her last Friday. It was a slumber party for the first time. She invited 4 girls and 3 could come, so it turned out to be a great little party! B wanted to have a "Spa Slumber Party," with a foot whirpool and lotions and things. She wanted to have baked potatoes for dinner, cookie cake, pancakes for breakfast, and buttery popcorn. Her wish was my command.

This was my favorite picture from the party. I said, "Hey! Let's get a picture with the presents and the girls." So they're lining up and I joked that little L should do the splits in the front. She said, "Okay!" She had to hold there a long time while I got the rest of them lined up!

They were talking about American Girl dolls, and got out the catalog together to look at what they might like to have. L had brought her American Girl doll to the party.

This is B with the gift bags she made for the guests. Inside was a scrubby pouf, a bottle of nail polish, a pack of gum, a chapstick, and some toe separators for polishing toenails.

B decided to give out door prizes---stuff from her room! She drew out their names and gave away little trinkets. This was just an idea she had that evening.

Here's the baked potato dinner. The girls are topping the spuds. :-)

I made the cookie cake and then they decorated their own piece with lots of frosting and icing and sprinkles.
Happy Birthday, B!

Then they did the foot whirlpool. It was very relaxing. :-)

They watched "Sky High" on the Disney Channel. They also all got out paper and drew pictures.

The pancakes came in the morning. I made special letter pancakes for the girls and J.

B and her friend A, ate some fruit the next morning, too.