Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Fill-Ins

FFI we go!

1. Summer is quickly coming to an end, at least for my kids. I have mixed feelings on that. It'll be nice to get back into a consistent routine and have some peace, but I'll miss them. And I'll miss sleeping in.

2. The TV channel is unchanged through most days, as the kids love PBS shows (But, no, the TV isn't on all day.).

3. Aargh! I'm actually not all that frustrated at the moment. This is unusual, but I'll take it.

4. I don't do well when I have to wake up early in the morning.

5. Seven: Umm ... is a movie I've never seen.

6. Insomnia sucks; don't you think?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing my book, tomorrow my plans include hair appointment and laundry and Sunday, I want to get ready for my mom's visit next week (it was postponed)!

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While you're there, look me up: If you have a page, let me know.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

W.T.F. Meme: Ehh, what's up with you?

1) CBS debuted a show titled "Same Name" over the weekend which has famous people (including David Hasselhoff, Kathy Griffin, and Reggie Bush) switch places with everyday people with the same name. Do you share the same name with some famous person? Not that I know of.

2) If you do have (or theoretically if you did have) the same name as a celebrity, would you trade places with the celebrity for a while for a television show? Sure. Why not? It might be fun.

3) Today (July 27) is Bugs Bunny's 71st birthday. What should he do to celebrate his birthday? Eat some carrot cake.

4) What has been your favorite movie so far this year? The final HP, of course!

5) If you were a tour guide for your city, what three places would you take visitors to see? I'd take 'em up on the bluffs so they could see the gorgeous view of the river. Then to the John Deere Commons, because you can't come to the Quad-Cities and not go there! Finally, I'd take them to Jim's Rib Haven for the best barbecue EVER!

6) How often do you screen your phone calls? Every time the phone rings. (I check caller ID. If I don't recognize the name/number, I don't answer.)

7)  27-year-old Amy Winehouse died over the weekend. Were you a fan of hers, or were you like me and barely knew anything about her until after she died? Barely knew anything about her. I knew about her drug use thanks to Leno/Letterman. But that's about it.

8) Who is another celebrity you feel died too young? Heath Ledger

9) If you had the power to decide people's fates, would you consider it a blessing or a curse and why? A curse. That is a HUGE responsibility. I think I'd rather leave that up to God.

10) Wanting to go to a taxidermist to get your dead dog/cat stuffed -- normal or creepy? Very creepy.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Stealing: The Twenty-Fiver Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Tell us about something that made you laugh last night. Um ... something on Leno.

2. What were you doing at 8 PM last night? Um ... changing Natalie's sheets, I think.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Playing Bingo Blitz on Facebook. Yes, I know, I'm pathetic. LOL

4. What happened to you in 2006? (Feel free to republish an old post from '06.) I suffered from postpartum depression when my son was a few weeks old.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? I don't remember. Something to Mr. Ham a few minutes ago. Obviously it wasn't important!

6. How many beverages did you have today? A couple. I didn't really count. Although, if by "beverages" alcohol is implied, then the number would be a big, fat ZERO.

7. What color is your hairbrush? Black and silver.

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Some stuff on Amazon.

9. Where were you last night? At home.

10. What color is your front door? On the inside, it's white. On the outside, it's a dark wood stain, but I have no idea what one would call it.

11. Where do you keep your change? Most of it lives in my wallet.

12. What’s the weather like today? At the moment, it's pretty calm.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Better Batter at Maggie Moo's

14. What excites you? Music, reading a REALLY good book, my children's accomplishments, God

15. Do you want to cut your hair? No. It's short enough as it is.

16. Are you over the age of 35? Nope.

17. Do you talk a lot? Sometimes.

18. Do you watch Franklin and Bash? Haven't heard of it.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Who doesn't?

20. Do you make up your own words? Very rarely. I'm into proper grammar, spelling, etc. I don't do non-words! ;-)

21. Are you a jealous person? Not nearly as much as I used to be. God has taught me to let go and to trust others.

22. What does the last text message you received say? It was from my mom saying she's coming to visit in a few days. :-)

23. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Bed

24. Who’s the rudest person in your life? I am not going to publicly shame anyone, sorry.

25. Are you crushing on anyone that you shouldn't be? No. I'm married. I only have eyes for Mr. Ham.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday Stealing: The Honesty Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

Complete the Sentences:

Right now I'm feeling...exhausted. I have a migraine trying to settle in, and that always wipes me out.

When I'm alone I feel...relaxed. It's nice to get some peace and quiet sometimes.

When I'm surrounded by people I feel...frazzled. I don't do large crowds well.

One thing I hate is...debt.

One thing I really like about myself is...being left-handed.

When I'm feeling sad I...sometimes cry, sometimes wallow in it, sometimes find a way to perk up. It all depends on the circumstances.

When I daydream it's usually about...finally being debt-free.

I'm afraid of...snakes. We're talking actual phobia here.

I'm happiest when...I know that I'm loved.

One thing that really worries me is...making ends meet.

If I could change one thing about myself it would be...I would be frugal to the point of being stingy. I wouldn't spend money on ANYTHING except absolute needs – unless I could pay cash.

If I could be with anyone right now I would be family.

The family member I am closest to is...if you mean physically, my son. He's sitting right by me. If you mean relationship closeness, then my husband – of course!

If I was really honest with my father I would tell him...I'm thinking biological father right now. And to him I'd say you are NOT my dad, NOT my father. You are the sperm donor. Nothing more.

One thing I regret about my life is...letting debt get out of control.

If I only had one more day to live I would...spend it with God and my family.

If I was really honest with my mother I would tell her...nothing you need to know. ;-)

One thing about me that nobody knows is...nothing I'll tell you, because then it'd no longer be something no one knows! After all, there's a reason no one knows! ;-)

I hope that someday in the future...we can be debt-free and I can make my husband proud of me.

When I think about my family I feel...happy.

Something I'm really embarrassed about is...not something I'll share here.

One thing about me I never want to change faith in God.

One thing I feel really proud of is...having finished my bachelor's degree and having my wonderful family.

Blogsville has helped me to...Blogsville? Is that meaning blogging in general? If so, it actually has helped me find myself in many ways.

One thing I like about blogsville is...being able to be me, and making lots of new friends.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

WINNER: Rafflecopter Test Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who helped me test Rafflecopter! This seems to be a very popular means of entering giveaways, and it's so easy to use – on both ends! Selecting a winner is so easy it's crazy! And no more screen shots of the winner info, either! Check out the widget (both here and on the giveaway page!)

Winner has been e-mailed. I need to hear back in 48 hours.

I think Rafflecopter is AWESOME! And, yes, this will be how I conduct my giveaways here on Ramblings & More from here on out! :-)


Sunday Stealing: The Plaid Hat Meme

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. When showering, do you start the water and then get in, or get in then start the water? Start the water first. I get in when the temperature is perfect.

2. Have you ever showered with someone of the opposite sex? I am married, so what do you think?

3. Were you ever been forced to shower with one of your siblings? Not that I remember.

4. Have you ever dropped your soap on your foot? You mean while in the shower? Probably.

5. How old do people say you look? I haven't asked anyone, so I have no idea. I don't think I want to know ...

6. How old do you act? My age, most of the time.

7. What’s the last song you sang? I'm not sure. One of the last songs I listened to in the car. I love to sing while driving. Actually, I love to sing.

8. Have you recently become a member of anything? Um, no. I don't think so.

9. What are your plans for next weekend? I believe some family will be out to visit. Regardless, I WILL SEE THE LAST HARRY POTTER!

10. Do you kiss with your eyes open or closed? Usually closed.

11. Whats the sexiest thing about Sarah Palin? Can't say I've ever thought about it – nor do I plan to.

12. Who’s the sexiest famous woman alive? If you said "most beautiful" I probably could come up with an answer. As I'm not attracted to women, I can't say I find anyone sexy.

13. Who’s the sexiest famous man alive? Tough choice. Johnny Depp or Matt Damon or someone else (names elude me at the moment)

14. Does your family have a crazy uncle? Doesn't every family?

15. Have you ever smuggled something into another country? No.

16. Do you live in a city with a good sports team? Not really. I don't follow the minor league crap we have going on here. I miss Chicago sports ...

17. What is the most unusual? "Most unusual"? Most unusual what? "Unusual" is not a noun.

18. How do feel about the Goth people? I don't.

19. Can you fix or your significant other your own car? OK, someone ought to take a good look at these questions before posting them. This doesn't make any sense. I think I know what's being asked here, but c'mon!

20. Would you want to kill Casey Anthony yourself if you were guaranteed to get away with it? What kind of question is this? I would not kill anyone, regardless of whether or not I'd "get away with it." I answer to a higher judge, and even if no one here on Earth knows what I do, God will. There is no getting away with anything.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Five Question Friday

1. Do you think cursive writing is overrated? (Schools in Indiana have now voted to take teaching cursive writing out of their curriculum.) Um, no. Definitely not. I think it's horrible that schools are starting to take that out of the curriculum.

2. Do you still use a pocket calendar or notepad or do you keep your info on your smart phone? If we're talking about keeping track of appointments and stuff, I use Google Calendar.

3. What 3 things would you save if your house was burning down? (family & pets are already safe) My computer, our wedding album, and DH's computer (where most of the kids' pics are).

4. Country Mouse or City Mouse, err Person? Suburban mouse – er, person.

5. If you could pick ANY reality show to go on, which would you pick? Dancing with the Stars. (Does that count as reality TV?) I know I'm not a star, but ballroom dancing is so much fun!

Wanna play along? Go HERE.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

W.T.F. meme: Googling How to Get Away with Murder on Wednesday?

1) If you had a mind-reading ability but could only choose three people to read their minds, who would they be? Oooh, tough choice. Part of me wants to say Mr. Ham as one, but I think I'd actually pick my three kids. (Almost makes me wish I'd only had two ...)

2) Do you listen to music that matches your mood or improves your mood? (Meaning when you're sad, do you listen to sad music that matches the mood or happy music to lift you up? Or, if you're angry, do you listen to angry music or soothing music to calm you down? And so forth...) I do a little bit of both. If I'm angry, in particular, I often seek out music that fits. But, usually I end up going from that to something calmer, which calms me down.

NKOTBSB3) Boy bands New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys have joined together to form a new band called NKOTBSB. What two musical acts would you like to combine efforts? (The musicians don't have to be currently popular, but they do, of course, need to be alive to be able to record new music.) Gosh, I dunno. I want to say Skillet with someone, but I love Skillet. I don't think merging them with someone else would work. They're almost perfect as is.

4) July 1-7 is "Pleasure Week." What is a hobby that you find to be extremely pleasurable? Reading, duh! (See Proud Book Nerd for proof!)

5) The second week of July is "Nude Recreation Week." (Seriously. I couldn't make this sh*t up.) If you had the chance to go to a nudist resort for a free vacation, would you go? Um, no, thank you. No one wants to see all this. And I really don't wanna see anyone else, either.

6) Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder in the death of her daughter on Tuesday. Do you think she got away with murder, or do you think she was innocent? Yes, I think she got away with murder. That poor, sweet child.

7) Which of Snow White's seven dwarfs describes you best and why? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey) Depends on my mood! ;-) But, if we're talking generally speaking, I guess Bashful. I am EXTREMELY shy – too a fault.

8) If I Googled your name what would I find? Hopefully Proud Book Nerd.

9) What is more difficult for you -- looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling the person how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when they are telling you how they feel? Eye contact in general is hard for me – I think it's part of the super-shy thing. So, really, I think that neither would be tougher than the other.

10) Have you ever swallowed something really strange? If so, what was it and how did things turn out for you? Not to my knowledge. Sorry. Boring, I know.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Stealing: The Faceless 4th of July Meme

1. Last movie you saw in a theater? How to Train Your Dragon (no, it hasn't been THAT long. Our local theater was showing it for $1.50 last week)

2. What book are you reading? Don't Stop Now by Julie Halpern

3. Favorite board game? Umm ... Sequence?

4. Favorite magazine? People, I guess

5. Favorite smells? Lilacs, my kids after a bath, Mr. Ham after a shower.

6. Favorite sounds? Music, especially Skillet, Building 429, Jars of Clay ...

7. Worst feeling in the world? Regret

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? Depends on the day. Often, that it's too early to get up (my kids are morning people – no, make that early-morning people)

9. Favorite fast food place? Umm ... Taco Bell? Maybe

10. What’s under your bed? Possibly a cat, probably a few hairballs, some dust bunnies, carpet, and some storage bins with God-knows-what inside.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….? Pay off our debts, buy a bigger house, and get Mr. Ham a new car.

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal? Not unless Mr. Ham has eaten too much ... or a cat decides my feet are comfy.

13. Storms – cool or scary? AWESOME!

14. Favorite drink? Dr Pepper

15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”? Exercise so I can lose this weight.

16. If you had to dye your hair another color, what would be your choice? Well, I currently do dye my hair ...

17. Favorite place to relax? At home. Or the spa – nothing beats a massage ...

18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in? I'd rather not.

19. Favorite sports to watch? Football (the American kind)

20. Would you like to be born as yourself again? I was born again – er, I AM born again


Friday, July 1, 2011

Testing Rafflecopter GIVEAWAY!

I recently signed up to participate in the beta testing for Rafflecopter, the new way to conduct giveaways. And, I gotta tell you, I really like it! I have entered a few giveaways here and there over the past couple of weeks, and it's really simple. So, I was thinking, that I would do a quick low-cost (for me) giveaway to test it. So ..

Up for grabs is a $10 gift card to Amazon.

Giveaway ends at 12:01 a.m. (EST) July 10, 2011.

To enter, fill out the following form. (Comments do NOT count as entries.)

Good luck! Oh, and thank you for your help! ;-)


Friday Fill-Ins

FFI we go!

1. Blue skies are now gone as night begins.

2. I'm not sure what to say about memory lane right now.

3. Kids are maddeningly fascinating.

4. Sleeping in, eating out, relaxing; these are some of the best things about vacation.

5. Love is God.

6. Yellow submarine races.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing in particular, tomorrow my plans include fun stuff like laundry and Sunday, I want to stay home while Mr. Ham takes the kids for fireworks!

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