Templates, Jumpers, and Egypt

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I’m writing this using the new 7 Quick Takes template provided at Conversion Diary.  Isn’t it the coolest?  I just adore it and I’d like it if every single other blog that hosts a link-up would do the same thing.  Because I’m all about other people doing my work for me.  Yes, I know there are plugins that allow you to create your own templates.  I’ve downloaded a couple and can’t figure them out.  Just like I can’t figure out how to make my printer/copier/fax/scanner fax.  It’s just beyond me at this point.

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The next time your child has a challenging project due in a short amount of time post about it on Twitter and Facebook.  I posted – really just to whine – about John’s upcoming Egypt project and got a half-dozen fantastic suggestions before the evening was out.  What do you know, a new use for social media!

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George Harrison was the coolest Beatle.  I’ve always thought so.

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There’s nothing better than making a new friend.  I got together yesterday with a fellow member of my writers’ group who wanted to talk about social media.  We started out with social media, but I honestly don’t know that there was a topic we didn’t cover sitting in Panera with non-functional wifi.  I knew I’d taken a total of two pain pills and a muscle relaxer while I’d been there, but didn’t realize until we left we’d been chatting for four hours!  Once she gets her Facebook fan page and her Twitter account up and running I’ll send you guys her way.  She’s complex, compassionate, and brilliant, so I know you’re going to be as enthralled by her as I was.

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I have bad Jello karma.  I tried to make Jello jigglers this week because I found the Halloween jiggler molds while I was cleaning out the pantry (usually I run across them at Easter).  They never completely solidified.  John didn’t care, though – he just dumped the whole mess in a bowl and ate it.

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I love Sophie Kinsella books.  I admit it.  When I just want pure entertainment, a “Twinkie book” if you will, those are some of my favorites.  The messes her characters get into make my own life seem much more sane, and I love when British characters call sweaters “jumpers”.  I can’t read it or hear it without remembering this stunningly gorgeous Exercise Physiology grad student who was in charge of testing when I took my ACSM CES exam.  I had studied every spare moment of my life for three months, flown on a plane by myself for the first time ever, and driven around a town completely foreign to me to take this test that the rest of my career hinged on.  No pressure.  So when Josh, the hottie, came into the room and saw us all huddled in our warmest clothes (we hadn’t expected cold temps in October in Florida) he laughed and said, “Oh, you’re all in your jumpers!”  This, of course, made me visualize all of us in the plaid bibbed dresses Catholic school girls wear from K-3 until they graduate to plaid skirts.  I laughed until I snorted, making a fabulous impression.  I did end up passing, in case you wondered.

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If you like country music at all, check out Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies.  I’ve been blasting it at every opportunity lately –  I just can’t get enough.

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6 thoughts on “Templates, Jumpers, and Egypt”

  1. Hi! I’m stopping by from the LBS Tea Party. That’s a great 7. Social media doesn’t seem to work so great for me but I keep trying. George Harrison performed “Here Comes the Sun” on an episode of SNL back in the 70’s with Paul Simon and it’s gorgeous! If you have Netflix or some way to rent the first season, check it out, you won’t be sorry!

  2. I love your 7 Quick Takes this week! And there’s nothing wrong with a “Twinkie book”, is there?! Speaking of the messes the characters get themselves into… have you ever read any Stephanie Plum-novels by Janet Evanovich (or, in fact, any novels by Janet Evanovich)? I love her books, they are hilarious!
    And what you did with Twitter for the Egypt project is exactly why Twitter is such a success: because that’s exactly how journalists use it all the time (and I know quite a few colleagues who got some awesome story ideas from social media, too).
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I’m looking forward to read some more!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Sabrina

    (P.S.: Stopped by from the LBS)

    1. I an a total Janet Evanovich addict! I buy everything she writes the day it’s released, and my husband, my nearly-twenty-year-old, and I flip a coin to see who gets to read it first. I can’t WAIT for the “One for the Money” movie to come out – I’ve been waiting years, wondering who would be cast as whom!

      1. Yay! I found a fellow Plum-reader! 😉 I just hope the movie will be as good as the novels! There’s nothing worse than loving a book series, eagerly waiting for the movie release and then realising that in the movie everything is different from what you expected it to be.

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