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Saturday, February 2, 2013

4 AM - Fun Friday & Short Story Saturday = SILLINESS

The later I stay up the sillier I get...

This is what happens when it's 4am, and I am just now finding time to post, and the posts due are for Fun Friday
AND Short Story Saturday!

So let the fun and silliness begin!

First let's talk FUN!

Today my poem "The Writer's Heart" was featured on the fantabulous author Linnette Mullins "Friday With Friends".  It was a ton of fun being a part of Linnette's blog for the day.  She's so sweet and she writes "life changing romance" that is really excellent stuff!  So, if you have a minute run over there, give my poem a read, and then comment to let me know what you think!  And, you might as well go ahead and follow Linnette's blog. Trust me you do not want to miss her upcoming novel!

by Stormwarning

Now let's have some more fun with our first official 

Short Story Saturday!

The key words are fun and silly, so keep that in mind as you accept today's challenge!  You will accept it, won't you?

I'd love you to comment below with a short  story about:

Housewife, coffee cup, crayons, running shoes, race car

Your story can be as short as you like, and as silly as you want, but it must include all of the above items. 

Have fun!  I can't wait to see what you come up with! 

I'll chose one silly story to win a fun (and possibly silly) prize.  I'll announce the winner in next week's Short Story Saturday post!  So be sure to come back and see if you won!

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This daily dose of DM brought to you by one very sleepy, super silly blue monkey!
Down 1 lb. 
Down to 1 cup of coffee. 
  Up 1 Tbsp Gourment French Vanilla Creamer. 
  Up 2 pieces of Peppermint Bark chocolate today.
And up much too late!

*face-plant-in-pillow in 3... 2... 1....*

Friday, February 1, 2013

First Official Thoughtful Thursday!

Whew!  Today I gave the blog and website a big face lift!  It's a pretty awesome improvement if I do say so myself, and I do.  Be sure to click around here and visit the website and let me know if you think it's pretty awesome too!

Anyhoo... that is why I'm a bit late with this post (it is technically Friday as I type this) but I'm so happy to introduce you to "Thoughtful Thursdays!" that I'm going to post this anyway, leave it up all day, and then do a fun post late tonight for Fun Friday. 

What is this all about?


I've realized that people are just so busy lately!  A lot of times with that sense of urgent, chaotic, hustle and bustle they become a bit detached from the world around them and can even sink into a state of self-absorption.  I'm not a fan of the self-absorbed.  I'm a giver.  A doer.  A "here take the shirt off my back" kind of gal.  I like to participate in random acts of kindness... and I like to see those kindnesses paid forward.

So... I figured, why not have a day set aside each week to bring up a thoughtful thought and offer you, the loyal reader, blog follower, and fan a chance to take part?

Thus, Thoughtful Thursdays were born... and this is the first official one. 

I think it's a pretty awesome idea, so this week's theme is awesome!

Today's Thoughtful Thursday Thought:

 So, what is it?  What about you makes you AWESOME?  This week I'm challenging you to do more of it.  Now, you might be wondering how this is "random act of kindness" and "pay it forward" related... well, don't worry, I have that all figured out.

Figure out what makes you awesome.  Do more of that.  Do it so that you can make someones day a bit more awesome.  Yep, I want you to use that AWESOME thing you do and do something kind for someone else.  Think about it.  I know you can figure it out!  After all... YOU are AWESOME! 

Now, don't forget to come back here and comment about the awesomeness.  I'll choose a random winner and announce their name and what they've won on next Thoughtful Thursday's post.

Feel free to send your friends here to participate... the more awesome the better, right?

All you have to do to be eligible to win is follow this blog, then comment below with what makes you awesome and how you used that awesomeness to make someones day.

There you have it... your first Thoughtful Thursday challenge... go forth and be AWESOME!

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This daily dose of DM brought to you by an awesomely thoughtful blue monkey!
Now, let's get down!

Down 2 lbs. 
Down to 1 cup of coffee. 
Down to 1 Tbsp Gourment French Vanilla Creamer. 
Down to "no" chocolate today.

And up to the challenge again tomorrow!
Whoo Hoo!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Midnight Musings & Crazy Friends...

January 29, 2013
Monday, Tuesday, 12:16 am

Weight:  202  I better switch up my calories and workouts... going the wrong way!

Coffee Consumption: 1 cup with 1 tbsp creamer... and the more creamer I cut the more I realize... I don't really like coffee.  *gasp*

Chocolate Report:  One tiny wee little square of peppermint bark.  I found it in the cabinet and it made me an offer I couldn't refuse:  EAT ME.  Say hello to my little friend choco!

Dear Diary,

I'm sitting here with a big goofy grin on my face tonight, despite the manic madness that was Monday.  I have to smile.  I love my friends.  I have some really great, although totally twisted friends.  I love it when I send out a midnight "can your read this for me?" text and get a phone call in return full of encouragement to take the short story and run with it... full length novel run with it.

I love it when I send out a 2 am instant message for a beta reader and get back a prompt "SURE!"  I love it when the reply to the beta-reading includes being upset about not getting to see how depraved the killing was going to be.

A few of my friends get me.  They get me in a way that no one else does.  I'm very luck to have such loyal, dedicated (devious) friends.  I could not write the way I do without them.  Be they inspiration, cheerleader, muse, or just curious to see what is going on in my crazy head... they are there and I can count on them.  That's a blessing I will never take for granted. 

Some of my friends are blue monkeys (ie writers), some of them are fellow homeschool moms, some are animal advocates that share my passion and dreams of a world where animals are both loved and respected.

A cherished few have known me for decades... and despite really knowing me... have stuck around.  And even if we don't get to see each other often, I know they will be here for me just as I am here for them... forever, always, and at the drop of a hat.  Any time, any place, and at any hour.

A couple of my decade-long friends have seen me at my very worst, been with me through the darkest of times, and even though we spent years apart, they never forgot the history that tied our hearts together long before we were old enough to understand what an important bond that could be.

Some of my friends are rather new and though they don't know me well, there have been instant connections that are amazing.  These people get me too, just in a different way.

I've made new sisters and brothers in Christ that never hesitate to go above and beyond to do a kindness.  I always return the love, not because they expect it, but because that's what friends do.

Through it all, good times or bad, old friend or new, there has always been someone there for me... just the someone I need in my life at that moment in time.  The perfect person to share in my moment and know just what to say or do to see me through it.  Luck?  Coincidence?  I think not...

Friendship is part of God's divine plan for our lives.

He puts the people in our lives we most need, when we most need them, to help us become who we were always meant to be.  In that same way He puts us in other people's lives to help them become who they were always meant to be.  Sometimes you never even know the ripple effect you've had in someones world.  One small seemingly insignificant deed might be the very action that offers someone life changing hope.  Always be ready to offer love and friendship to those around you.

So, to my friends...  old and new... and mostly for those that have stuck around when the easy thing to do would have been to run like mad for the nearest exit...

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my mad, crazy, beautiful, wonderful, tragic, manic, amazing life.  I love you.  I'm always here for you.  Except for Thursday nights from 8-9 pm.  *You know who you are -- don't mess with my Damon time!*

PS  I'm still giving away random goodies!  If you are following over there in that list to the right... you're already entered.  If you're not, follow now.  I'm just going to pick a random follower to surprise with a goody whenever the urge strikes me.  

I love comments. ;)

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This daily dose of DM brought to you by a very thankful blue monkey
who is very glad to have friends who are as crazy as she is!