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A Week of Wonderful

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I’ll be finishing up the Our Lady of Lourdes novena tomorrow. It’s one I say every year. The darkness of winter around here needs as many reminders of miracles as possible, and there’s certainly no shortage of people for whom to pray.

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I just got home from playing with a couple of the sweetest little boys ever – I look forward to Friday nights all week! Tonight we watched come cute songs with animation on YouTube. The very first was “Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee”, which took me straight back to Aaron’s daycare and pre-school years. I can see his sweet face with his little-boy haircut like it was yesterday, even though he’s a grown-up web designer with a baby girl due in 10 weeks or so. He liked the verse about smashing the bumblebee best, of course. Both my boys got my dark sense of humor!

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Aaron’s expertise was a huge blessing earlier this week when my blog was hacked. I was beside myself because the hacker had replaced my post (a book review) with his vulgar political one and changed my password so I couldn’t log in. Aaron had set himself up a login for my blog as well as a way to access my entire computer remotely while he was in college, so it was evidently a quick fix for him. I would almost surely have had a stroke without both him and my original blog designer talking me out of my tree!

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My younger son, John, performed with his high school’s Jazz Band this week. I wasn’t there, but my husband got great video of John’s performance, and I was incredibly impressed and proud when I watched! It’s a good thing we have a studio in the basement – I think it’s going to see more and more action. They had a guest performer – a member of the Air Force’s Band of the Golden West on baritone sax. If you’ve never seen an Air Force Band perform let me assure you: they really are the best of the best. And this guy loved John. He even high-fived him over the drum set after the song where the baritone sax was featured. That is a #proudmom moment!

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While John was performing I was at a surprise party – for me! Three of my closest friends and I met for dinner (as we do periodically), but this time we celebrated me turning fifty (I showed off my celebratory navel ring), being an expectant grandmother, and working with these wonderful ladies for twenty-five years! The company I was working for when I was unable to return to work after my fourth spinal surgery because of constant, severe pain still considers me to be on Medical Leave of Absence, and will do so until I can finally get in front of a judge and be officially declared disabled. This means I can purchase insurance for myself and my family for the same price as if I were still working full-time. It’s hard to believe a company in this day and age could be that compassionate, but they have been. They even gave me a twenty-five year award, which I never would have expected. It was an emotional evening for me.

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John got his official admission letter from the University of Louisville, so our next step is applying for housing. We get a discount on that deposit, thank God, but we still need to put together some money to get it done ASAP. I’m wading through possible scholarships and forwarding the best matches to John for application, and we have our fingers crossed we’ll get news soon about a really big one! John’s school counselor has been a huge help – there have been many times I’d have been completely lost without her input and suggestions. Keep us in your prayers, please!

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I’ve gotten a little addicted to Hometalk, a daily email with several Pinterest-focused DIY/crafty projects. I’m going to have to stop cold-turkey, though. I was already really over anything that involved empty cans, empty TP rolls, or plastic cups or bottles. Then I saw an “upcycle” where someone had turned a bookshelf into a bar cart. Ponder that for a moment. If someone needs a bar cart more than a bookshelf they need to take a long, hard look at their life and their priorities. I need to take some time and better organize my Pinterest boards anyway. I discovered Pinterest early and never realized how huge it would get, so I have categories with names like “Good Ideas” and “Maybe”. Yikes.

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What do Dumpster-Diving, Project Runway, and the Final Four Have in Common?

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After a fantastic Louisville Romance Writers meeting Saturday including a discussions on the Elements of a Scene by Katie McGarry, our chapter president, my brain was spinning.  And my face hurt from laughing too hard.  Katie’s not only a fabulous writer, she’d so damn funny she could seriously do stand-up comedy.  We adjourned to Appleby’s for lunch, where I tried to convince my friend Lisa to help me load a pallet from a nearby dumpster into my car.  I really need to cut down on my Pinterest-surfing, because I see pallets and can hardly control myself.  It’s a raised bed!  It’s a sofa!  It’s a bookcase!

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Sunday was the last day of Melissa Culbertson’s Content Brew course (well, we actually got some bonus stuff Monday – I love a class with lagniappe!) and all I have to say is take this course.  I don’t care if you only blog once a month as a contributor.  If you use social media (or need to) and want to maximize the use of you time – take this course.  I have the next three months of content planned.  Not just blog content, mind you, but Facebook and Twitter as well.

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Monday morning found me feeling lousy, probably from sitting too long what with the basketball games and the premier of Mad Men.  I drugged up and laid in bed most of the day, and then when I finally felt well enough to hit the computer what did I find but that all my social media icons had disappeared!  Yes, the beautiful, specially designed icons that changed color when you hovered over them, dammit.  Since there’s no money in the budget right now for blog design services I had to do what I could on my own.  It’s serviceable, but it’s not pretty, and that makes me sad.

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I got a call from my neurosurgeon’s office about the disability form I gave them to be filled out when I was there three or four weeks ago.  They were just getting around to filling it out (!!!) and wanted a credit card number so they could charge me $15 to fill it out.  Never mind that I could fill the stupid thing out by myself at this point, all I really needed was his signature, and that I’d included an addressed and stamped envelope for them to send the sucker out in.  Three or four weeks for a one-page form?  I’m a bit peeved.

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Is anyone else depressed because Austin Scarlet didn’t win Project Runway All Stars?  Mondo – really?  With a collection called “therapy”?  I haven’t been so annoyed since the season Chris March didn’t make the final three because he used human hair for trim.  Half the judges obviously had human hair extensions glued to their heads – why were they squeamish about having it on the hem of a skirt?  Austin deserved the win.

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Tomorrow UK plays UofL in a Final Four game.  If you don’t live in Kentucky this may not mean much to you.  If you do, odds are you feel strongly about this game.  My husband and I both had to change our Facebook profile pictures so everyone would know where we stand.

My profile pic:

Yes, I am a UK graduate

My husband Michael’s profile pic:

I love him anyway

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Lastly, I have a prayer request. My aunt, whom I love dearly, was recently diagnosed with an incurable, untreatable cancer. She has already been moved into a Hospice facility and her health is failing quickly. The shock of this sudden diagnosis and her unimaginably rapid decline have been overwhelming to her and her family. If you wouldn’t mind, please keep them in your prayers.

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Anthropologie-Style Ribbon Necklace

Here is a necklace I pinnned a long time ago:

 

 

At the time, it was for sale at Anthropologie for $148, but I looked hard at it and thought, “I can do that!”  So when I met some friends at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago to get candles I wandered over to the ribbon aisle, where everything was 50% off (like it is about every other week).  So I bought a handful of ribbons in bright colors, and spent about $5 total.

I took each spool and cut two 9-inch pieces, two 12-inch pieces, and two 16-inch pieces from it, hoping to make sure the knots fell at different places on each strand.  I tied four strands that were about sixty inches each, doubled them over in the middle, and knotted them tightly.  Then I took the final strand, which was about thirty inches, and tied one end tightly below the big knot.  At the other end I used one of the thinner ribbons to tie all the loose ends together and attach that end with a tight little knot just below the base of the big knot on the other end.  Then I trimmed all the loose ends around the knot closure.

It ended up being about twenty-four inches long, so I can slip it over my head without untying the knot every time, which was my intention.  Here’s the final product:

I thought with that big knot it would look awkward from the back, but it really doesn’t:

My only regret is that one of the ribbons I selected (the one with the multicolor stripes) was much stiffer than the other ribbons and keeps the necklace from having the loose, flowing look I liked in the original.  But since I didn’t even use half the ribbon I bought I think it looks pretty fantastic for about two dollars!  The next one I make will have all softer ribbons, perhaps some of them filmy.  And I think one in neutrals would be pretty.

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