My blog friend Paula at Smidgens, Snippets & Bits nominated me for the Liebster Award!

1. Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer 11 questions asked by Paula.
3. Nominate bloggers with less than 200 followers to do the same.
4. Let those bloggers know that you chose them.

Random Facts About Myself:
1) I fall asleep on my left side.
2) I wake up with one foot out of the blankets at least once per night.
3) I have an irrational fear of body odor.
4) Hugs make me happy.
5) I do not enjoy talking on the phone.
6) I have learned to screen my phone calls since I got caller id.
7) I like extending holiday/birthday celebrations.
8) I miss my sisters. And their families.
9) I don't mind traveling by myself.
10) I often drive in silence, unless I'm on a road trip.
11) I am vain about my wardrobe.

Paula's questions for me:
1. Why do you blog? I started because I was having a hard time writing in my physical journal and my therapist suggested I try a blog
2. How did you chose the name of your blog? It's a line from one of my favorite movies
3. What makes you laugh out loud? frequently, my students do
4. Are you a morning person or a night owl? I am a former night owl who has turned into a morning person
5. Favorite TV show and why? currently it's Gracepoint on Fox
6. What do you want to be when you grow up? happy
7. How do you cope when things are not going well in your life? I get quite, retreat, and sleep on it
8. A Favorite quote? "Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." -Voltaire
9. Your favorite food to snack on when no one is around. plain potato chips
10. What is your favorite social media? Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads
11. What is one destination that you dream of traveling to? I would love to go back to Ireland--and I need to go to Italy

Nominating: the usual suspects.

My questions for you:
1) What makes your favorite pair of jeans your favorite?
2) If someone from out of town came to visit, where would you take them to lunch?
3) When do you start holiday shopping?
4) Are you good at keeping up with routine maintenance?
5) What are you vain about?
6) Would you rather have a private chef, housekeeper, or chauffeur?
7) How do you get songs out of your head?
8) Do you like being sung to on your birthday?
9) How do you organize your shoes?
10) Cable, satellite, roku, netflix?
11) Have you celebrated a famously wild holiday like Mardi Gras or St. Patrick's Day?

friday 5

  1. What’s a recipe you found on the Web and actually prepared?
  2. Nutella Hot Chocolate
  3. How has a photograph you saw on the Web influenced the way you shot a photograph of your own?
  4. I can't think of anything, I'm not much of a photographer
  5. What’s a cool trick you learned on the Web that has made your life easier?
  6. using the ALT key for symbols
  7. What’s the most useless thing you’ve ever seen on the Web?
  8. the Kitty Cat Dance
  9. What’s a totally silly but endlessly amusing thing you’ve discovered on the Web?
  10. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

halloween meme

1. Have you ever thrown a Halloween party? my family used to when I was a little girl, I remember how much fun they were

2. Have you ever bobbed for apples? I have

3. Have you ever won a Halloween costume contest? I have! We got pumpkins for winning.

4. Do you watch scary movies during the month of October? I don't like slasher films, they aren't scary to me; but I did see the Amityville Horror--that movie was SCARY!!!!!

5. Ever go into a graveyard on Halloween night? no

6. Do you believe in ghosts? no, I don't

7. Favorite Halloween song: The Monster Mash

8. Do you believe in witchcraft? not as such

9. How about black magic? not really

10. Do you have any expensive Halloween props, if so, what are they? I bought some pumpkins for the porch

11. Ever been in a real haunted house? yes, it wasn't spooky, it was creepy

12. Ever been into a fake haunted house? I have!

13. Is Halloween your favorite holiday? one of them

14. Favorite Halloween candy? snickers

15. Worst Halloween candy? I don't remember what they're called but they're molasses candies wrapped in orange and black

16. Have you ever been on a haunted hayride? no, and the one I was planning to go on this year was canceled because of the weather

17. Do you carve pumpkins? no

18. Ever watch the original Headless Horseman? not that I can remember

19. Do you ever try to scare trick or treaters? no

20. Ever T.P. a house? I did--but it wasn't Halloween!


trick or treating

spooky facts

1) Halloween was inspired by the Irish Celtic festival Samhain, which celebrates the end of the harvest season. The tradition spread to other parts of the world after the Irish fled their country following the potato famine.

2) Most people know orange and black are traditional Halloween colors, but might not know why. Orange represents the fall harvest and black represents the darkness associated with death of summer.

3) Trick-or-treating might have stemmed from the superstition ghosts could disguise themselves in human form and knock on doors to ask for money or food. If they were denied, the spirit could curse or haunt the person who refused.

4) Like many Halloween traditions, jack-o'-lanterns originated in Ireland. People used to place candles in hollowed-out turnips -- instead of pumpkins -- to keep away spirits and ghosts on Samhain.

5) Carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns comes from Celtic folklore. Tradition claims an intoxicated farmer named Jack tricked the devil, but paid the ultimate price when neither heaven nor hell would accept him. Since he was stuck in limbo, Jack created a lantern out of a turnip and a burned lump of coal the devil gave him from hell to guide his lost soul. People then carved jack-o'-lanterns with terrifying faces in hopes of scaring the evil spirits away.

6) Since it was thought the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead blurred on Oct. 31, which allowed the dead to walk among the living, humans would wear masks and costumes so the spirits would not recognize them.

7) Here’s how the broomstick became associated with witches: Elderly women who were accused of witchcraft were usually poor and could not afford horses, so they would use a walking stick, which was often replaced by a broom, to help them travel.

8) It was once believed black cats protected the powers of witches.

9) Harry Houdini (1874-1926), one of the most famous and mysterious magicians, died in 1926 on Halloween night after suffering from an appendicitis that occurred after he suffered three stomach punches.

10) Halloween has several different names: All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim and Summer’s End.

Facts courtesy of Halloween Web, The Sentinel and Random History.

booking through thursday

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What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read?

There are a couple of Stephen King books that I would say are the scariest books I've ever read: Salem's Lot, The Shining, and It. I read Salem's Lot while at camp one summer, I think I was about 12 or 13 years old, and the remoteness of the location added to my fright. Plus, I was around the same location that King was writing about. That certainly added to the creep factor! I don't remember how old I was when I read The Shining but it was vivid for me. When the movie came out I was equally scared. Maybe that's why I have yet to read Doctor Sleep. And I read It when I was living in Ireland. It was right around Halloween and I remember how freaked out I was by the clown, Pennywise.


they know me so well...

One of my all-time favorite students shares my birthday and we exchanged gifties today. I'd say she knows me well (notice the tissues are brown boxes?)! Her gift from me is a maroon and gold cowl (those are the school colors) I knit.

w.w.w. wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? I'm listening to Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography and I'm reading The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.

• What did you recently finish reading? I read The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay, a student's recommendation--it was really good! And I finished reading and planning how to implement The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I have no idea.

birthday meme

1 - Do you remember your 13th birthday? If so, did how did you celebrate it? one of my friends had a party for me

2 - Have you ever met anyone that shares exactly the same birthday as yourself? two of my students do--and I know about 15 other people

3 - If you could go back in time to one of your birthdays, which one would it be? and what would you do? I think I would do my 22nd over, that was when I was living in Ireland

4 - Do you believe that age brings wisdom? I do

5 - What would be the perfect birthday gift for your next birthday? hmmm... I like to think I'm easy to celebrate

6 - What do you notice most, physically and mentally, about getting older? when I'm tired, I'm tired!

7 - Do you fear getting older? no, I look forward to it

8 - If you could drink/eat something to stop you growing older physically, would you take it? I would!

9 - What is the best thing about growing older? the older I easier it is to shrug shit off


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Feel Good About Right Now.

1) I feel good about my reading goal for the year--I think I can hit 60 books.

2) I feel good about my Christmas knitting. I'm finished my main gifts and am working on some backups.

3) I feel good about voting. I cast my ballot today. I like that option because going to the polling place makes me very anxious. But I still want to vote.

4) I feel good about ending this ranking period and starting fresh for the second quarter. I am aware of my weaknesses and mistakes and am ready to make the changes I need to be a better, more efficient teacher.

5) I feel good about my book group's selection of books for the year. Variety!

6) I feel good about taking care of my landline phone issues.

7) I feel good about my upcoming Gratitude Challenge. I don't want to slip into a funk and an attitude of gratitude will help.

8) I feel good about the Westknits Knit Along I joined. Even though I won't actually knit along, I'll start it after the holidays. But I'm pleased with the yarn I picked out.

9) I feel good about my family. And my friends. I love how technology has allowed us to keep in touch. And I'm getting better at texting!

10) I feel good about my birthday tomorrow. This year is special but NEXT year will be major!


attitude of gratitude

I think this will be a great challenge. I've been taking my life for granted so a daily dose of gratitude is what I need. I found it at Live, Love, Work by Chrysta Bairre.

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying about it.
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I've embraced the world of audiobooks. (Thanks to this meme) I especially enjoy autobiographies which are narrated by the authors. Currently, I'm listening to Neil Patrick Harris's Choose Your Own Autobiography which has been specially formatted to work for audio formatting. I love listening and knitting.