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April Blogger Challenge: Something New I Learned this Month

This is the last post for the April Blogger Challenge. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go trivial or philosophical with this one, so I decided to use it as a segue into a new challenge instead!

From my last post, An Event You Would Like to Blog About, I discovered some cool blogs about Jane Austen. What new thing did I learn that I didn’t already know? Well, due to the anniversary of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication, there is a Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge! Who needs more excuses to watch P&P adaptations? Not me! But, I’ll take ’em anyway.

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April 20, 2013: Happy Record Store Day!

So, this past Saturday was Record Store Day. Did you go and support your local record store?

To be honest, I can’t go too often (or should I say often enough?). But when I do, I make sure to have a limit that I cannot go over (I could do some serious damage!). I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it, though. I was able to score some great music and not break the bank. Here’s what I walked out with:

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April Blogger Challenge: Find a Picture and Write About It

I’ve been looking through my Facebook albums for the past three days, trying
to find one picture that stood out to me. And then I finally did. This particular
photograph made me remember how good life can be sometimes. The picture I’m
referring to is one I took in L.A. about four years ago. It’s Jim
Carrey’s square in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. hillaripic1

Carrey has always been interesting to me. While he has
made a sufficient amount of money for his over-the-top comedic
performances, he also possesses a refreshing depth that occasionally
filters into his characters. Okay, so I’ve never actually met the guy,
but I did watch his E True Hollywood Story.

Anyways, my point is, sometimes even the world’s goofiest folks get it
right. In his square, Carrey wrote, “Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily…”
I couldn’t help but think, whether you’re sinking your hand  into the
Hollywood strip, or the fresh cement behind Papaw’s tool shed, there
are moments in your life that really do seem like a dream. And it is in
these moments, like Carrey’s, that you get it too, and you fully realize
how totally blessed you are.


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April Blogger Challenge: The Person that Inspires Me Most and Why…

First off, I hate questions like this, but in keeping with the spirit of teamwork (shout out to my fellow bloggers), I will try to answer it to the best of my ability, or lack there of.

I guess I could go with many different/typical answers for a question like this. I mean, I could talk about C.S. Lewis, or Mother Teresa, or Sam J. Porcello (the man who invented the cream filling inside Oreos). All of these people have certainly inspired me throughout my life, but C.S. and I are never going to share a pint at the local pub and doodle Narnia. And sadly, Momma T will not be cross-stitching with me anytime soon.

I chose, instead, to focus on someone I’ve spent some actual time with. I’ve known her forever, but I didn’t actually “know” her until about three years ago. I was a first-year teacher and also (this part is extremely important) a complete idiot. I thought everything was going to be all perfect die cuts and unbreakable crayons. Then I made it to lunch, and I realized that maybe I should’ve stuck with Political Science. Oh my goodness, people think the things you learn in kindergarten are so life-changing… Try the things you learn while teaching kindergarten. Oops… I’m talking too much about myself. Sorry. That might happen occasionally — still doing it.

Moving on. So, the one thing this fellow teacher taught me (among a million other things — like how to get a Sharpie stain out of your bra) was to be present. And I’m not talking about showing up for work, which is also significant to your own personal success and finances. I’m talking about being present in your life. Really having your eyes open to whatever your situation is and being an active participant in it. And sometimes that’s really challenging, because your situation may suck toenails. Regardless, I just think that’s something relevant to consider in the world we live in. Everyone is just looking for an escape… AKA: Facebook, The Real Housewives of The Enchanted Forest, or Fifty Shades of Grey (yeah, that was a pretty fun place to be at times). However, I think that if I read my own life story more, I would probably get to a better chapter eventually.

It’s like this, my friend was an excellent teacher, but that wasn’t her ideal job. Those are about as easy to find as a Horcrux. But she put her all into every M&M addition lesson, Field Day, and Fall Festival that came around. And now that she’s a mom (her ideal job — and she’s fantastic at it), she puts every part of herself into that. She looks at life and says: How can I take hold of this? How can a make this mine? No matter what may be going down, this is where I want to be… because this is where I am.

Maybe I don’t hate this question so much after all.



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April Blogger Challenge: Favorite Color

For my third and final reveal in this month’s blogger challenge, I will confess that my favorite color is green.

Wow, I feel better now that I have gotten that off my chest!

Now, as to why it is my preference I had to reach way back to my earliest of memories. The only thing I could think of was how my oldest sister, Stephanie, used to wear a retainer. She housed her retainer in a neon green plastic case. It reminded me of the same case that Julia Roberts’s character in Pretty Woman hid her rent money in at the beginning of the movie. Crazy, I know, but I think that just may be where my fascination with the color green began.

I now pass the torch to Andrew and Hillari for the next part of our April Blogger Challenge!


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April Blogger Challenge: 10 Words that Describe Our Blog

Our next response in the blogger challenge is to describe our blog in ten words. Because we are new to the neighborhood, I felt this would be the perfect opportunity for us to establish what our blog really is.

Although we all have different perspectives and voices, we each hope that our readers will find our blog to be: fun, smart, hopeful, hilarious, real, creative, current, and of course, 75% female (poor Andrew)!


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April Blogger Challenge: 10 Things You Don’t Know About Ashley

Dear Readers,

        This month we are taking part in a blogger challenge set up by our friend, Dana, at The Dragyn’s Lair. Throughout April we will be answering a series of questions that will reveal more and more about us miserable people! I volunteered to be the lead-off batter so here goes…

10 Things You Don’t Know about Ashley:

  1. As a freshman in college, I started out as a biology major. For a short time I thought I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. Let me point out that you cannot get accepted into ANY P.T. school with a C in Biology 101 and a D in the lab.

  2. Hillari and I pledged Alpha Omicron Pi sorority in fall 2004.

  3. I love Italian food and long to visit Italy before I die.

  4. I’m not really an animal lover. I like them okay, but I’m not crazy about their smells or their hair on my clothes.

  5. I saw Kevin Bacon on Hollywood Blvd. in 2008 when his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, got her star on the Walk of Fame.

  6. I have two older sisters.

  7. I can still perform most of N’Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” dance. Completely sober I might add.

  8. I am allergic to shell fish.

  9. I have matching scars on my knees. Both injuries were sustained during adulthood. I blame one fall on a new pair of Jessica Simpson heels and the other on Whitney Houston’s song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

  10. I am absolutely petrified of clowns. I feel that if you have to paint a smile on your face, you’re hiding something.-Ashley
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