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Elevator Pitch and Derby Party Announcement

It’s time for Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop! Here’s my “Elevator Pitch” and a special announcement:

Like many blogs, mine started out as a way to share pictures of my kids and details of our day-to-day lives with friends and family. That was almost six months ago, and already it has become about sharing so much more! I’m sharing recipes and tips on being frugal while polishing up my photography and creative writing skills. There’s an occasional spiritual discussion, a book review here and there, and probably more pictures of my dog than are strictly necessary. It’s part chat with a girlfriend over a glass of sweet tea, part conversation overheard in the grocery store checkout line, and part Thanksgiving dinner with the crazy branch of the family.

I am ridiculously nosy, and so love following other people’s blogs – now it’s time for me to return the favor and give them something they’ll really enjoy. I’m throwing a two-week long Blog Derby Party this year and everyone’s invited!

Over The Top

Thanks to Jen from The Thrifty Home for passing this award along to me. I love her Penny Pinching Wednesdays – every week I’ve found something wonderful! These awards always seem to have a catch and for this one I had to answer these questions:
1. Where is your cell phone: It’s in the bottom of my purse, and there it will stay!
2. Your hair: is longer than it’s been since high school, but I tend to stick it up in a clip and go.
3. Your mother: weighs about 90 pounds and loves professional wrestling, bull-riding, and Chuck Norris movies
4. Your father: has his Master’s in Agricultural Engineering and is addicted to Farm Town.

5. Your favorite food: I have never met a food I didn’t like.

6. Your dream from last night: work dream – woke up stressed

7. Your favorite drink: sweet tea, of course!

8. Your dream/goal: retiring at an age where I can still enjoy it (I’m on the “work until you fall over dead” retirement plan right now)

9. What room are you in: dining room

10. What is your hobby: scrapbooking, blogging, reading

11. What is your fear: snakes and poverty

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: sane, employed, with happy, healthy children

13. Where were you last night: in bed – my alarm goes off at 3:15

14. Something you are not: easy-going

15. Muffins: banana nut

16. Wish List items: vacation at the beach

17. Where did you grow up: Lexington, Kentucky – go Cats!

18. Last thing you did: sorted the mail (all junk)

19. What are you wearing: scrubs

20. Your TV: died recently. We’re waiting on the new one I ordered (GREAT bargain) to arrive.

21. Your pets: Saminda (AKA Sam), a chocolate lab with a talent for napping

22. Your friends: are many and varied, and have been my salvation this past few months!

23. Your life: busy, teetering on the edge of out-of-control
24. Your mood: in transition

25. Missing someone: my best friend, who lives in Atlanta, 8 hours away
26. Vehicle: silver Saturn Relay named Sarah (I put a Sarah Palin license plate on her when I got her)

27. Something you’re not wearing: earrings – just keep forgetting them in the morning

28. Your favorite store: Target, and they just re-opened mine (after remodeling) at the end of my street – WAY too convenient.

29. Your favorite color: purple

30. When’s the last time you laughed: On the way home from carpool, discussing the day’s events with Jack.
31. When’s the last time you cried: on the way to carpool today (having a little “poor me” attack)
32. Your best friend: Kim

33. One place you go over and over: Kroger (I know that store better than the employees)

34. One person who emails me regularly: Dianna

35. Favorite place to eat? Come Back Inn, or maybe Bravo

Now I have to select six bloggers to pass this along to, which is a challenge because I follow blogs BECAUSE they are “Over the Top”! I’ll have to think about this one and get back to you.

Verbal Kleptomaniac ~ Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop

Here’s the prompt I’m using this week:
3.) List the pieces of you that have come from those around you.
Select your own and join in the fun at Mama’s Losin‘ It!

I confess – I am a verbal kleptomaniac. I habitually steal words, phrases, and speech patterns from the people around me. I didn’t do this as a kid, I’m sure, because I remember going to visit my cousins in Lynch, Kentucky during the summer and their friends asking, “Where are you from, New York?” I’m actually just from Central Kentucky (and I sound like it), but the accents in Harlan County, Kentucky are pretty thick (think Loretta Lynn with a little extra spice) so I evidently sounded pretty city-fied. Maybe it started when I was in college and they taught us in Psych Nursing to use “therapeutic communication” – it did make me much more aware of all the nuances of a conversation, both verbal and non-verbal. Anyway, give me a good ol‘ country fella to do a stress test on and I turn into my mother. Things pop out of my mouth like, “No, honey, I’ve been workin‘ here since God was a boy” or “I’d like to buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth!” Of course if the next patient’s in his early twenties and didn’t drive a truck to the hospital I turn into my seventeen-year-old son, “It’s all good!” . My favorite word stolen from my ten-year-old is “ginormous” (gigantic plus enormous) which has a lot of uses, including describing some of the patients I do stress tests on as well as the size of the sweet tea I’d like to have at lunch. I have shamelessly stolen “any-who” from Dianna, just ’cause it sounds so darn perky. I also stole her name for me, AngieB, to use on my blog – thanks, girl! It cracks me up when her husband calls me that, it’s like they’ve been married for fifty years and are turning into each other (although I have underwear older than their marriage license). Any-who, I have to give credit for the head-bobbing thing I do when I fuss at the boys to Wendy (stole that from her way back in high school) and my scowl-mumble-stomp comes straight from my grandmother. I think that one may actually be genetic since my brother does it, too. Just remember when I steal something from you: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

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