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These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things {Spin Cycle}

Why do I feel like bursting into song as I’m writing about my favorite things? I certainly like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but they are not necessarily my favorite things.

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These are a few of MY favorite things, written in no apparent order.

  1. Dinner ready to go at 5:30 because I put it in the crock pot in the morning
  2. An empty dishwasher at the end of dinner time, clean and ready for those dirty dinner dishes
  3. A comfortable couch with a fuzzy, warm blanket
  4. A hot cup of tea
  5. A good book
  6. Short and sweet blog posts (Just the opposite of the post I wrote on Tuesday.)
  7. Open-mouthed, slobbery baby kisses
  8. Puppies that just come to visit
  9. Shiny red orchard apples
  10. Bedtime
  11. Alone time
  12. Getting up early and being alone
  13. Black coffee
  14. Soft, fuzzy slippers
  15. Looking at art
  16. Listening to music
  17. Clean and crisp sheets
  18. A drawer full of clean underwear and socks
  19. An unexpected snow day
  20. The crackle of a fire in the fireplace
  21. A glass with ice and Coke
  22. Pepperoni and onion pizza
  23. Vanilla ice cream
  24. Listening to birds sing outside my window
  25. Hiking in the woods
  26. Walking on the beach
  27. Seeing wildlife
  28. Being with my family and friends

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What are some of your favorite things?

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The 100 and The Martian {Spin Cycle}

Why am I so drawn to a good apocalypse story? Twenty years ago, I adored the mini-series The Stand with Molly Ringwald, which was about life after a deadly virus killed most of the population. A year ago, I became entranced with The Walking Dead, which takes it up a notch and has a deadly virus turn people into zombies.

Now I’m hooked on The 100, another apocalypse story. This time, Earth was ruined by nuclear warfare, and mankind fled to a space station. When the space station starts to fail, 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to the surface to see if Earth is survivable. The premise of the story reminds me of the criminals sent to a colony in Australia. I’ve just spent two weeks watching every episode I could!

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This obsession with these kind of stories is puzzling; I also love a good romantic comedy, the exact opposite of shows like The 100. Ed and I watched The Switch with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman on Valentine’s Day. We both thought it was very cute and funny. We agreed that the lice scene was even funnier since we have lived though our own lice experience at home!

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir was another binge this week. I couldn’t put this book down! I read it when I should have been doing other things, such as feeding my children. An astronaut is accidentally thought dead and left behind on Mars. His struggle to survive on such an inhospitable planet is an amazing read.

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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
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That Lovin’ Feeling {Spin Cycle}

After a preschool Valentine’s Day party as a teacher, a 4th grade party as a room mom, and a Brownies roller skating party, I’m ready to put my feet up. I spent way to much time cutting out hearts last night, you guys. The results were worth it, though. The fourth graders, even the boys, had fun making heart sun catchers. Granted, there is no sun in this picture, but you get the idea.

Valentine craft

However, while I put my feet up, I still owe you a blog post because I love you. And this week’s Spin Cycle post is all about what I love, after all.

The real question might be, how does love make you feel? I thought I was in love a couple of times before I met Ed. My sister and I spent long hours talking about love when I was miserably in love. More than once, like the song says, I lost that lovin’ feeling.

It doesn’t always take a man to get that lovin’ feeling. Today as I regained my confidence on my old inline skates, I remembered just how much I love skating. Zipping around the roller rink with my girls was so fun, but it was even more fun to see Emmy gaining her own confidence on roller blades.

Another thing I love is singing, especially those high notes. I’m a true soprano and oh! I love singing those descants! When my voice is warmed up and the high notes are on a vowel sound, they are effortless. I can feel that high A from the top of my head to the tips of my toes!

At this time of night, I love my cozy pajamas and a warm blanket. I’m reading a Longmire mystery right now. I can’t wait to publish this post and snuggle under the covers with my book. That’s definitely a different sort of love than rollerblading or singing.

Most of all, I love those two little girls cuddling under their own covers right now, and that man across the room from me reading his book. My true Valentines.

What do you love?



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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
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Birthdays: Love ‘em or Hate ‘em? {Spin Cycle}

Do you love or hate your birthday? It seems like it’s an either/or sort of thing, doesn’t it?

No matter how old I get, I love my birthday! I just love that my birthday is on 2/2, that it’s on a minor holiday named after an animal (Groundhog Day) and that my parents had to drive from Nebraska to Iowa to get to the hospital.

Emmy's snow house

This year, on the day before my birthday, we got 19 inches of snow. 19 inches! That’s a lot of snow! The girls were thrilled that we all got to stay home from school and play on my birthday! They did most of the playing while I drank tea and watched from the window. On one of my trips outside, I overheard Lily warning the neighbor about yellow snow, which is always good advice.

snow tunnel

The snow was actually too deep for the girls to venture into the backyard, and I waded back there to make sure the dryer vent wasn’t covered in snow. Yes, I was doing laundry on my birthday. It was sad that my first snow day thought was that I would have time to wash clothes and perhaps even get my laundry folded. I had to walk around the house because the back door was snowed in! The snow was up to my knees. The sun was shining, and the birds were singing. I just had to stand back there for a few minutes, and enjoy the peacefulness of it all. I was so glad that I had taken the time to fill the birdfeeders before the blizzard started. I caught these two little birdies knocking the snow off the feeder so they could eat a snack.

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Later that afternoon, I also fed my own little chickadees. They had built snow tables and snow chairs and wanted to eat outside. They reminded me of that fun children’s book that everyone has read, I think, simply titled Snow, by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman. “Snow; it gives you a good appetite.”

snow loungingFortunately for me, the roads were plowed well enough by dinnertime, and it was my turn to be pampered. We drove to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and dessert. Have you ever noticed that a real Cheesecake Factory looks nothing like the Cheesecake Factory where Penny was a waitress in The Big Bang Theory?

The cheesecake was absolutely divine, but I still prefer the birthday cake Lily and Emmy decorated for me on Sunday. If you look at the candles carefully, you can figure out how old I am.

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Birthdays! Do you love them or hate them? When will you be celebrating your birthday?

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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
  • Send me a tweet @lemondroppie when your post is up!

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Birthdays {Spin Cycle}

My parents always tell the story of how they drove to the hospital in the middle of the night that snowy February. It seems as though my birthday is destined to be snowy most years, which also makes it a great day for Groundhog Day, since most of us are yearning for Spring by the time February comes around!

I have had some very snowy birthdays. In 2011, Chicago had the huge “Groundhog Day Blizzard.” We even had thundersnow! After 20 inches of snow, Ed couldn’t get out of the driveway to go to work and the rest of us had no school. Birthday snow day!

Lily's snow tunnel in Feb. 2011
Lily’s snow tunnel in Feb. 2011
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Blizzard of 2011
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Sledding on my birthday in 2013

A couple of years ago, my birthday was on a Saturday and we had enough snow to go sledding. This year, we had another blizzard, although we didn’t get as much snow as we did in 2011. I don’t have an official tally yet, since it’s still snowing and blowing, but I think we have at least a foot. And I did just get the official call–snow day!

Since today is my birthday, that is the prompt for the Spin Cycle this week: Birthdays. How do you feel about birthdays? What was your most memorable birthday? Or if you prefer, tell us about your kids’ birthdays! Or how about a birth story; either your own or when your children were born. There’s so many ways to spin the prompt Birthdays!

Link up your Birthday post here and I’ll be back on Friday to share my birthday post!

 



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In 2015, I’d like to get the Spin Cycle grow. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Write a Spin Cycle post any day this week and link it up here!
  • Copy the code for the Spin Cycle button on my sidebar and paste it in your Spin or include a link back here in your post so that your readers will be able to find more Spins.
  • Sign up for my newsletter to get the Spin Cycle Prompt in your inbox.
  • Send me a tweet @lemondroppie when your post is up!

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