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“Free” & “Good Cause” are the BEST “Carrot Dangles”**



Posted by on Sep 25, 2008 | 5 comments

Cold Stone Creamery will NOT stop sending me email temptation for FREE ICE CREAM


Thursday, September 25 from 5-8 p.m. (WAHOO–THIS AFTERNOON people!) they will be giving away 3-ounce servings of Jack & Emily’s Creations (marshmallow ice cream mixed with Oreo cookies, chocolate chips and fudge or Nutter Butter ice cream mixed with yellow cake, Kit-Kats and white chocolate chips).  I have no idea who Jack and Emily are but I’m pretty sure they work for Weight Watchers and they’re lookin’ to sign up new clients. 

Somehow, this "World’s Largest Ice Cream Social" is all tied to The "Make-a-Wish" organization, so you might say it’s "Calories for a Good Cause", yes? 

Bless me, curse me, but get ye hither to a Cold Stone Creamery near you!  Your thighs might hate me but your tongue will be tickled pink.

Or s o m e t h i n g like that ;).

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Seasonally challenged



Posted by on Sep 25, 2008 | 12 comments

I was wrong.  This month’s Poetic License–a Fall-themed Cinquain–was neither simple nor easy for me. 

Using two of the three methods described in my previous post, I have two poems to share:

transitional, variant
changing, painting, cooling
Wardrobe confusion from brisk mornings and warm afternoons

That was a more traditional offering; the poem below was inspired by my daughter’s election as a representative of her class for homecoming court.


A young girl draped in sequined gown
Tonight, a princess, dream fulfilled
Kind, sweet spirit, grace, her crown
Fairytale, though fleeting, real
Inner beauty, unconcealed.

I can’t wait to see how you were inspired by the theme and I sincerely HOPE the verse flowed easier for you than it did for me!  Feel free to link your posts anytime; as long as you comment to let me know, I’ll receive an email that lets me know when to come knockin’ on your door.


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Paper, air & planes



Posted by on Sep 24, 2008 | 3 comments



Friday’s 40-words-or-less Photo Challenge is back, and I can tell ya already, this photo prompt blesses my heart to the point of explosion.  To see my 11-year-old MIDDLE SCHOOLER delight in the most simple of toys?  Just paper and fuel propelled by imagination; when his paper airplanes soar, so does this mama’s heart.

Please…join me with your musings stirred by this picture.  Does it remind you of childhood diversions?  Do you just see a lot of pretty colors?  Do you agree that simple pleasures are the best? 

Whatever your thoughts, please share them on Friday with a post of your own.  Literal and abstract interpretations of the photo are both welcome!  Click the badge for details, write a post over the next few days, then link it to Mr. Linky Friday morning.  Newcomers are always welcome, and if you’re inclined, grab the badge and picture and invite your own readers.

Hope to see YOU then! :)

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How to embed a Wordle on your blog



Posted by on Sep 24, 2008 | 25 comments

Funny that the names of God would almost cause me to lose my salvation; that is, if it was actually losable. 

For her posting yesterday at Inspired Bliss, Lisa (Put It On The List) needed a graphic to go along with her text; I thought the perfect thing would be a Wordle, so I created one using many of the different names for God found in scripture. 

If you aren’t familiar with Wordle, you must click this link and have a look–it’s a nifty little gizmo that creates word clouds from a submitted word bank or even by scanning a URL to extract words.  Color, font and style are at your discretion, and if you’ve got time to kill, you can murder the better part of an hour or two or three.

Here’s the one I created:



My "issues" started when I realized I couldn’t simply right-click the image and save to disk.  Straight from the Wordle FAQs page, "Wordle is a Java applet, and Java applets are not permitted
to write anything to your disk. So, while the applet could
generate a jpeg, it wouldn’t be able to give it to you!

If I’m not mistaken, I just heard the Soup Nazi bellow "NO SOUP FOR YOU!". 

It went on to explain you were welcome to take a screen shot, so I did.  FYI, Wordle does provide html to embed a thumbnail of your creation, but a hundred words on a postage stamp are pretty difficult to read. 

This is about the time my frustration began simmering.  A screen shot does you no good if you don’t have the companion software to crop it! I did my darndest to jam Cinderella’s step-sister’s foot into the glass slipper, because I am certain (as was she) that I could make it work.

  • I tried Paint, but I could never find the cropping tool.
  • I tried uploading the screen shot to Word, and it just laughed at me.
  • I even tried to import it to my joke of a photo editor, but since it wasn’t a photo, it slammed the door in my face and laughed at me.

I offered a $1,000 bounty for anyone who could explain it to me, I also:

  • searched blogs with the keywords "embed Wordles"
  • culled Blogging Basics‘ archives
  • downloaded Skitch only to realize it was for Mac users only (infidels!)
  • tweeted a pathetic cry for help

…but when all was said and done, while I HAD figured out what to do, without the proper tools, it didn’t matter.

Several kind people commented help on the bounty post, mostly telling me what I already knew (save Melissa, who offered quite the creative–albeit convoluted–solution, and given the time I devoted to this, I’m surprised it’s not something I tried).

At the eleventh hour (not quite literally but mind-numbingly close), Daisy the Blissfully Domestic designer swooped in and saved my day; capturing the screen herself and photoshopping it for me.  She’s my new hero. 

In summary, to embed a Wordle:Worksformewednesdaylogonew

  1. Capture a screen shot ("PrtSc" key, which on my pc is the "Fn" key with the "Ins" key).
  2. Paste it into your editor (Control "v").
  3. Crop it, save it, and voila!  You’ve got yourself a jpeg.

If you’re like me though and don’t have no stinkin’ software to do the job for you, read Edublogger’s VERY THOROUGH and much more professional post about embedding Wordles (includes links to online screen capture tools). 

Just goes to show you, while you can "build a house" without a "hammer", it’s much easier with one…!

(p.s.  If you create a Wordle be sure to leave your link in comments, k?)

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You’ve heard of Seinfeld’s “puffy shirt”…



Posted by on Sep 24, 2008 | 40 comments

…meet Aunt Joan’s puffy pants ~


July 2008, rural South Carolina.  A southern family reunion with our own cast of characters–Aunt Joan (straight in from Vegas!) at 70+ leads the charge, weighing in at 100 pounds, hair dyed Lucy red with a rat-tail down her back.  She’s "something else" in the funnest sense of the words :).

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