Some things are just good. Plain and simple.
This was a good week for me.
The Jewish New Year began.
And that is good.
I ate a lot of apples dipped in honey.
And that was sweet.
And there was a lot of sweet writing out there in el Blogospherio.
(Did you see how I brought that around?)
On the Light Side:
Julie from Go Guilty Pleasures is running a fun contest where people have 30 seconds to Vlog about a guilty pleasure.
As you know, I am very introverted so I am uncomfortable sharing mine. I’m pretty sure that 97.4% of my regular readers can guess what my guilty pleasure is before you even click.
The contest runs until October 22nd, and Julie says there is a prize. I plan to win, but you can enter if you want to. 😉
Tamara Lunardo‘s little piece of snark Please Stop Just Sayin’ is worth reading because it is fabulous — but to fully enjoy the piece, you actually have to keep going and read all the comments because they are positively divine. Like totes. El oh el. Just Sayin’. 😉
Chase McFadden wrote a piece for Aiming Low called “Elementary School Pictures: Yes, You’re Supposed To Look Like a Dope.” It’s beyond funny. SPOILER ALERT: There is no picture. I will keep hoping for a follow-up. And this reminds me. My boy’s school picture day is probably coming up. I’d better have a looksie at ye olde school calendar.
The ever-scintillating Piper Bayard wrote a hilarious but simultaneously poignant piece called “Okay, I’ll do it. I’ll run for President.” I am totally ready to vote for her. I believe in her platform. As long as she eventually tells me if she is for or against platform shoes. This could be a deal-breaker.
Chrissy wrote a piece called “Grateful” that should be anthologized. If you have traveled a long distance only to land in a really bad motel — especially when you expected something entirely different , this is the piece for you. It will split your heart open. This essay was a guest post hosted by Deb Bryan — who has a fabulous Friday Series called For This I am Grateful. You can usually find Chrissy at silverfinofhope.
Amanda Williams‘ piece “Everyone You Meet” explores the story of how Amanda was the recipient of some hateful glares when her children started behaving badly at a restaurant. The piece made me think about how many times I have watched that same scene that Amanda described and how different people react. Amanda reminds us gently that we could all do with being a little more patient with each other. You can find Amanda at Life. Edited.
On the Writing Front:
Kristen Lamb wrote a boatload of great stuff this week, thus proving once again that she is part cyborg. (Seriously, when does this woman sleep?) In The Doctor is in the House–Novel Diagnostics KL helps writers make sure they don’t make newbie mistakes. Also, she wrote “Meet The Maven: We’re Here Whether You Want Us Or Not” which is a great take on the folks on Twitter who can really help you out when you are feeling like a twit.
A Ridiculous Video That Brings Me Joy:
If you are unfamiliar with The Annoying Orange series, all I can say is where have you been? Seriously, they are extremely addictive. And with all the apple activity that I had this week… well, just enjoy it. If you can make it through the advertisement, it’s worth a good giggle.
Monkey is fencing this weekend. So we will be en garde.
What have you read that was delicious?
Ahhhhhh!!! I am trying to wipe away tears of laughter, bust a move and type at the same time! That was In.Credible!!!! I also admire your take-no-prisoners attitude with regard to the contest aspect – the winner shan’t be disappointed.
You RULE! Now on to check out these other cool posts that I haven’t seen yet… (The Just Sayin’ one got me, too!)
P.S. – I should add that you look FABOO!
Jules: So funny you thought I hadn’t already checked out the competition.)
I take these things very seriously.
How do you think I won Leanne Shirtliffe’s guest blogger spot? (Automatic number generator).
And how do you think I won Deb Ryan’s book Giveaway? (Automatic number generator.)
And how do you think I won Kristen Lamb’s 15-page book critique? (The original winner didn’t contact her.)
I plan to win this. Whatever THIS is. 😉
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Ok. That orange seriously is annoying. But apples in honey sounds great.
I appreciate your support for my platform. And as for platform shoes, I have no defined position on them since I am 6′ tall and have never worn them. Ok. 5’11” now that I’m of a certain age. But that’s beside the point. I do, however, guarnatee that I will not spend taxpayer money to form a Congressional committee to study platform shoes and develop a report. I think taxpayers need that money to buy more shoes.
Thanks for the shout out. 🙂
I can totally get behind that. This comment was not paid for a Committee to endorse Piper Bayard. I just happen to love her to pieces. 😉
You’re so sweet. 🙂
For the record, your jazz hands rule! 😀
I’m at the point in the week where I can remember roughly three seconds prior to the one I’m living now, but I’ll be sure to come back if I remember something especially delightful (not already mentioned above) that I’ve read. There were undoubtedly many delightful things, but they are probably lost to me by now!
Happy belated b’day to L’il D. I can’t remember if I said that or just thought it. Sometimes I read posts on my iPhone and I don’t comment. Because. It. Takes. For. Ever.
You got some Raz-a-ma-taz moves… 🙂
Is it bad I can’t think of any guilty pleasures I have? Maybe because it’s Friday? In Thailand, I had tons. Not washing or drying my own hair topped the list. And a maid who folded my toilet paper into a triangle every week day. It’s amazing I managed to get out of bed on weekends…
Then I had kids.
Personally, I have always been a little grossed out by the whole folded TP thing. That means there is one tiny degree of separation between my butt and some stranger’s hands. But to each his (or her) own.
You have very insightful links, my friend, and if you’re Jewish–Happy New Year!
I live in a part of the country where apples are a huge thing right now, so I’m feeling you on the fruit. Between that and pumpkin, the roadside stands are packed.
Anyway, tasty things? I eat the same rotation of veggie things all the time, so I’m boring. However, today the award would go to pesto tortellini and I’ll be posting my “recipe” for holiday pretzel treats some time soon. Yum!
I can’t wait to see your recipe for holiday pretzels! I hope it involves chocolate.
And yes, I am Jewish, so thank you for the Happy New Year wishes.
In New York, home of lots of apple orchards, apple season is just kickin’ in. Today I plan to make some kind of apple something-or-other: pie or crumble.
My delicious reading has involved listening to William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highways. Many miles on the road have given my ears time to listen while my eyes watch a blue highway that is the antithesis of Least Heat Moon’s. In fact, listening to help the time pass has made me want to pull out my own road atlas and drive in a big circle, too! Can’t say that sleeping in my Subaru Outback has quite the appeal of spending time in Ghost Dancer…
Oooh! I don’t know William Least. He is now on my long list of books to look into. I would love to be able to listen to a book on CD, but I never go anywhere longer than 20 minutes away. All that starting and stopping would be annoying, and I imagine I’d end up sitting in parking lots waiting or chapters to end. 😉
Loved the annoying orange!!! Think my grandson is also addicted. What is it about twisted humor that we love???
What’s not to love?
I’ve been dubbed “yummy” by a woman doing jazz hands on film. YES. This is beyond fantastic.
For the record, I would be excited about this even sans the jazz hands. I can honestly report that your Rosh Hashanah post was one of the tastiest morsels of my week. So beautiful and thoughtful and… quiet. Quiet? Does that even make sense? I think I mean that it brought some much needed quiet to my soul and, for that, I am thankful. I also enjoyed my friend Jennifer’s post about soul food (spiritual, not southern): http://thisgalsjourney.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/feed-your-soul/
I’m all about the soul today.
Thanks for including me here! I’m honored. And sleepy. Very sleepy.
Amanda, to be given such a kind compliment by the person who wrote that amazing post…well, I hardly know what to say! Truly, that was a gorgeous post! I am excited to follow you. I can’t wait to read more of your stuff.
I saw your jazz hands before you pointed them out. They’re perfect! I have a guilty pleasure. Many, actually. One of them is animal crackers & nutella, but that’s not the one I’m going to enter the contest with. That’s the first annoying orange video I’ve ever seen, but my kids quote them all the time. At first I thought they were just quoting #5, because he pretty much sounds exactly like that orange. Happy New Year!
Wow, now I’m worried. You are entering the contest? And not with Nutella and graham crackers? You sound all secretive and stuff. Like you are planning some big production. *smiling weakly and attempting to put on my best game face* Please understand, JM, I adore you but your efforts shall be in vain as I plan to conquer everyone this contest. I’m a steam-roller baby. I plan to roll all over you.
Wait, that might be one of my guilty pleasures, too. 😉
You sound a little bit nervous. It’s not like I have a secret weapon that may or may not get me disqualified.
Between the heated competition, animal crackers and nutella (OMG) and James Taylor references, I feel like we’re all already winners here.
But let’s not be ridiculous. There can only be one winner. Who is it going to be!?!??!
You are too funny! My daughter would get along great with you as she will bust out dancing at any place and time as well. And I don’t think you need to make soup for break the fast. Although we did have a really good matzo ball and rotisserie chicken soup the other night. It was light and tasty. Food for thought.
Yes, I decided against the soup thing and have opted to do the traditional dairy. Thank you for the confirmation. 😉 So funny: had rotisserie chicken and matzah ball soup with noodles last night for dinner! Great minds think alike.
I would love to have a dancing partner. How old is your daughter? And can you ship her to me on a loan? 😉
Love the jazz hands! You are a great dancer. I bust out into dancing and singing all the time, but I must not be very good, because my kids and husband usually end up running away hiding their heads in shame. 😀
Oh, there is a high shame factor here, too.
I am the Elaine Benis of the dance floor. But I don’t care. I gotta shake my groove thang, my rumpshaker. Or whatever you want to call it.
The jazz hands are a fancy distraction. Betcha didn’t even notice my lame moves.
You definitely dance better than me. Annoying Orange is the best. My kids love it as well! We are fans of apples in honey too. Another great piece by Mr. McFadden, that guy is a hoot.
Thanks for the kind words about my moves. It’s amazing how anyone could even see me behind all that hair. What a mess!
Chase is truly the best. He is a wonderful, supportive friend, too. Like the time I was melting down, he quickly offered up a story that was way worse that mine. He is my hero. Kind of like you are my Cowboy.
L’Shanah tovah, Renee. A happy and healthy New Year to you and your family.
To you and yours, too, MarKap. 😉
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Thanks for the love, Renee. Appreciated.
Your jazz hands rock.
You’ve got very serious moves! Can I get some fries with that shake? 🙂
I’ve been thinking about my vlog entry for Jules’ contest, but I see the stakes are getting higher. I may need to start some sort of negative-ad campaign.
That would be hilarious.
Can you imagine if we all got low-down and dirty about this.
Because I will. 😉
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