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Fall Into Blogging–Day 2

Another day, another post. I know, shocking, huh. ;P I’m still flabbergasted at yesterday’s wonderful feedback.

Today, the SITS ladies have provided another writing prompt for the Fall series.

Fall Into Blogging – Day 2
Show us a picture of what fall looks like in your neck of the woods. Or show us a picture that means “fall” to you.

Well, this one’s sort of tricky for us down here in Texas, for our seasons are pretty much “cool, hot, Really hot, and alleluia!-it’s below a 100 degrees again”. We’re in the latter at the moment. So, it’s ever so slightly cool in the morning (what we call “jacket weather”) and it warms up quickly to the 90’s throughout the day. Certain trees do have leaves that fall. And, unfortunately, we have those kind in the yard, which drop leaves throughout the “winter” (or aforementioned “cool” season). As a result, the photo is what happens in my little garden.

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On the positive side, my aloe(s) are doing wonderfully well. Almost every time I look, another baby is growing again. Just think of all the aloe juice I could make (and sell to you, if interested. –wink—) Oh, and I did clean it up after this picture, though it’ll probably be back to this state soon again. Sigh…at least I’m getting some exercise cleaning up these pesky buggers. ;D

Happy Autumn y’all.

Fall Into Blogging–Day 1

Any passersby to my blog can tell I’m almost constantly trying to get back into blogging again, and I’m not much for the daily thing (aside from those 30 day challenges that drove me more batty, if that’s possible. LOL). Anyway, trying something not so big this time, complements if the S.I.T.S. girls.

Fall Into Blogging
Day 1 Writing Prompt:

Whether you have kids or not, we’re sure you have a great school story that you haven’t shared. It might be a teacher who inspired you, a disastrously funny moment, or getting your first kiss by the lockers before 4th period Geometry class – we want to read your best school memory.

Just one? Well, I suppose I could choose this:

–the first time I stepped out on the football field to march for a contest in ninth grade. Talk about having nerves! Although, it was more of a nervous excitement. I first stepped out on the ball field with my instrument, hardly looking around (until afterward because I was concentrating on remembering everything). From wearing clunky white shoes (so one could see our beautiful roll steps of which I do to this day), to the large white plumes atop our heads (affectionately known has chickens), we ruled the field for ten minutes of eye-popping marching routines. Yes, eye-popping…we had a reputation that preceded my time in the band – a Pride with a capital “P” to not only be the best, but to show the best to past, present and future of the school. (Yes, I know…intense…but really fun). I have loved marching band with a passion since before this moment and probably until the grave. If anyone would like to experience a fraction (without the tortuous practices or worry of having any musical ability), I recommend reading a book called Notes from an Accidental Band Geek and a blog entry by one of my fellow band alumni, Bundles of Joy – Thank you Mr. Fariss, for both express some of which I’m not saying well here. XD

On that note, I’m rapping up for this entry. Hope some of that makes sense. I sometimes tend to get tongue-tied when I’m really excited about a subject.
Until next post….Tootles.Winking smile

Sharing some blog love

For the next two weeks, the SITS ladies are having a Spring Fling to help blog journalists like myself become better with design and networking. I signed up last week for this Fling. Unfortunately, I neglected to check my email yesterday, so the event started already and I’m playing catch-up. First I caught up by linking my web site on their page (check it: #550!), and did today’s task of connecting to Twitter.

550 (and counting, I’m sure), that’s a –lot— of links! How lucky am I to be amongst them! The coolest part (so far), I’ve found some ladies from Texas already, and another book blogger to boot. I felt compelled to share them with you all today as well:

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Wow…I love the design on this site. Great job to its owner, Taylor! I see by her latest post at the moment that she’s a book challenge blogger, too (might have to do that challenge as well), though of course, that’s not all she has to say. Ultra-liking this blog.

 
I love Nessa’s blog button, very like something I would create professionally. This blog could stimulate my make-money-with-your-blog impulse. Therefore, I must pay attention. And, those bras she’s opining about at the moment are uber-cute; wish I could have gotten that free sample!

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Rachel’s site just stuck out to me because of a mutual love for books…so another one to watch to nurture my passion for reading (uh-oh….LOL). I see a review on her children’s reviews for a book on my current TBR list (Agent Auggie Spinoza)…cool.

Only 547 to go [insert wide-eyed look and a squeal of OMG!]….unless more decide to hook up with us all. Perhaps, that next person could be you. Click on the SITS logo to see more details / sites. And, if you are participating, do leave a comment so we can squee together. (okay, maybe not squee…we’ll leave that to the little piggy going home. He-he). Cya in cyberspace, dear readers!

what–more books?!?!

Once again, it’s the subject of books that brings me back to my blog. I’d declare this blog a book zone, but no…it’s too much like Seinfeld and I like it that way. He-he Anyway, there are major book events happening at the moment that have called to me.

First, April 8-12 is National Library Week. Anyone reading my Read list can see I’m a fan of the library, and a regular patron to my own local library. I’ve even worked in one and dreamed of doing so again one day. Thus, I’ve to give a shout out or three to the library: Woohoo! Yippee! Rah-Rah-Rah!!  To add to the excitement, The American Library Association (ALA) has just released the state of the libraries report, including the new list of banned books (boo, hiss to the banning – hooray for the notice of the books!).

OIF‘s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books in 2011:
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
*The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
*My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori
Hillestad Butler
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
*What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
*Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

and the Texas Challenged books

So, my TBR is going a bit higher this week to accommodate the new additions [starred] and inside the .pdf file. I’ve read four on the list to date and enjoyed all but one (ttyl series…I understand it, but been there, done that.)


Another happening is at GoodReads: the Indie Blogger Awards!
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At the time of writing this entry, the list is over 800 entrants and counting. It’s a daunting task to go through the list, but some blogs have caught my eye enough to click through, scan and sometimes bookmark for more reading later. But, will they get my vote? Hmm, let’s discuss a few and see, shall we….

Filed Under “That’s Cute”
Shelf-employed
–what a neat title…cute background on title though title font distracts me; missing a link-back button (I’d love to get their business to make one)

The Midnight Bookworm
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Cute layout…would be cuter if the title had the same style as the buttons, she still needs to work a bit on the font colors on the sides, too; She has a cute writing style

One Good Book Deserves Another
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Oh, this blog looks nice and professional; not too busy with links, etc. to detract from the reviews; enjoyable and worth a bookmark

So Much To Read
This blog is pretty ordinary, but I like the title and the books banner and felt compelled to show that part *g*

Bookworm meets bookworm
I’m not crazy about the layout (sort of meh), but the review posts are interesting

Bookish Habits
It has a cute little layout and style….leaves me saying, oh that’s nice

Filed Under “Showing Love to the Locals”
Read it in Houston
Cute and simple; I like the title byline and some of the content; a bit boring – perhaps distracted by white space? where the heck is that link-back button? Thank goodness I know how to text link. He-he

What’s Kester Reading?
A guy in Austin blogging; I like his style of writing; simple and to-the-point; no button but worth a bookmark for later reading

Indie Reader Houston
Whoa, this one looks totally professional; also looks like THE place to be for reading in my area so bookmarking for further perusal (they’ve links to area bookstores, etc.); Fairy impressive for a new blog

Filed Under “A Nod to Nostalgic Things”
Addicted to Harlequin Romance
Harlequin has been around for ages as the go-to romance stop for books; Sometimes, it’s like soft-core porn that makes one’s mouth agape; The more I look this site,  the more I like for it’s nostalgic sweetness (although, half annoyed at that purple background – reminds me of My Little Pony or something. He-he)

Filed Under “Got Snark?”
Kiss My Lit
The name alone is worth a grin and a look; slightly irritated at the password-protected entries; the rest are at usually worth a grin; As Arnold would say: “I’ll be back”.

Filed Under “"That’s Strange but Kind of Cool”
Dr. Herumu – Health Information based loosely on true stories (…from an African Emergency Room)
Strange yet imaginative poetry and short stories; I’m not sure what to think of it all, but I think the health care side of me likes it and wants me to bookmark for later

The Canary Review
From the twist on the name (ike John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row), to the reviews, to the cute little birdie ratings, this one just puts a smile on my face – has a high smartness factor that makes for an enjoyable read

That’s just a handful of good fun that I’ve seen tonight. Hope you’ve seen something equally enjoyable. I’m not sure if this post has set my votes straight or confused me more. LOL If you’ve seen something else, do tell me all about it in the comments. We can always use another thrill, eh. Ta-ta for now. Open-mouthed smile

Another season opens!

It’s the start of another season! [Major League] Baseball, of course. Opening Day is today, Monday, April 6th, and hopes are high for another interesting year, maybe without a steroid dabacle even. Dare we dream? Indeed, it’s the stuff the Houston Astros are made of…dreams (for we have little else at the moment, but who knows what the future may hold).
With that said, it’s also time to introduce the Astros again. Since I love nicknaming the players to personalize things–and generally amuse myself–, this is how I will introduce the hometown team. Keep in mind, we’ll undoubtedly have changes as the season continues. There’s one coming soon when a “To-Be-Named” player actually gets a name from a freshly traded new start player. And, already a change has been made from the time I wrote this last night. 😀

Note: I realize some of the nicknames may be quite lame, some are new because of new player(s) and not having time to know/remember them yet, and some still need explanation. If you can’t figure it out, just ask. If you’ve a better name, do tell. I can’t remember / think of everything, you know. 😉

The 40-Man roster of the Houston Astros aka ‘Stros is as follows:

“Hurlers”
#26 Doug “I’ve got you, Bro” cail! aka (?) [Doug Brocail]
#48 the Bird man! [Tim Byrdak]
#29 GG [Geoff Geary]
#11 The Comeback [Mike Hampton]
#22 The Hawk (?) [LaTroy Hawkins]
#38 He’s-got-potential aka Mo [Brian Moehler]
#44 [The] Wizard of Ohz [Roy Oswalt]
#51 Wild Man Wandy [Wandy Rodriguez]
#43 Give-me-a-sample aka (?) [Chris Sampson]
#47 VV [Jose Valverde]
#53 Dub-dub (W-W) [Wesley Wright]
?Late Add — “Hot Stuff” Ortiz [Russel Ortiz]
(God grant them good arms and hope the umps can see straight – 😀 )

Behind-the-plate:
#55 Q-Ball [Humberto Quintero]
#14 Pudge [Ivan Rodriguez]
(Anything happens to these guys, we may be up that infamous creek without a paddle.)

Hurler’s Henchmen:
#17 Fat Elvis aka Bacon aka Sir Lance-a-lot [Lance Berkman]
#27 Ge-off! aka Blooming Onion(?) [Geoff Blum]
— PingMe Jeff! [Jeff Keppinger]
#3 The Hitman aka SweeetMat aka ?? [Kazuo Matsui]
#10 Miggy aka Tomato aka Tay-hay [Miguel Tejada]
(Double Play, Triple Play, any play will do…just catch that ball else we’re screwed!)

The Ball Chasers:
#21 The Rabbit [Michael Bourn]
#2 Mr. E (Mystery) [Darin Erstad]
#45 Mr. Lee aka Lettuce aka El Caballo [Carlos Lee]
#4 TheRook [Jason Michaels]
#9 Underpants [Hunter Pence]
(Circus freaks, unite! We need catches, people!)

Lance and Carlos (Peanut butter & Jelly / PB&J…named during a 2009 exhibition game)
which reminds me of the PB and Jelly song…”Peanut butter and a baseball bat!!” 😀

The bacon, lettuce and tomato reference combine to make BLT sandwich of hits (line-up reference made during 2008 season).

And, let us not forget our on-air announcers: JD and Brownie! (And, hopefully, GL, too!)

Woohoo! Go ‘Stros!!
Sliced by The Pear Lady