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Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

Daily Prompt: Buffalo Nickel

I didn’t dig through my couch cushions or my purse but I went to the change bowl we have on the counter, reached in and grabbed a Tennessee quarter from 2002. Now on to the rest of the prompt. What was I doing that year?

I turned 16 that year but I didn’t get my license like most 16 year olds. I also started my job at Thriftway, a grocery chain that’s been closed in this area since 2004, pushing carts and bagging groceries. It’s also where I experienced one of the worst bathroom cleaning stories of all time. I will spare you the details.

It’s also the year that I doubled up in math so that I would be able to take AP Calculus my Senior year. I took Advanced Geometry and Algebra II. On Crazy Hat Day, a Senior football player in my Algebra II class didn’t wear one but still wanted to be in the picture so he took my folder and wore it on his head.

It was the first year I wasn’t in band since the sixth grade because I chose the path of the Commonwealth Diploma and my advanced classes didn’t line up correctly for me to take band.

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s died that year, and it also gave me a personal scare. We had someone in our grade nicknamed “The Wendy’s Guy”. He also happened to be in my first period Algebra II class yet wasn’t there when someone came in and informed a group of us that The Wendy’s Guy had passed. I thought it was the one I knew personally, not the actual founder of Wendy’s.

Isn’t it funny what we remember?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Some Penguins at the Gatlinburg Aquarium showing some love. Brought to you by the weekly photo challenge at Daily Prompt.


Ode to a Playground – Ichthus

There’s only going to be a little pretending for this daily prompt for this year, one of my all-time favorite places on this planet, close it’s “doors”. They’re selling their equipment and the land where the Ichthus Music Festival has been for 42 years due to far too much debt. The only thing missing from the prompt is it being destroyed but who knows what’s going to happen to those beautiful fields now.

The saddest part is, we were going to back this year, really. We hadn’t been in maybe 5 years but we were all set to go back this year until they broke the news they’d be shutting it down. They even had some bands lined up!

So here’s to you, Ichthus. You have moved me to my core on more than one occasion and I will never forget the memories and the closeness to God I’ve felt there over the years. The giant field covered in people taking communion at once. The “donut hole” that protected us from the worst part of a storm that even made the news. Having it start to rain once NeedtoBreathe played their song “Washed By The Water” and stop raining when they stopped playing. The friendships. You will never be forgotten. You will live on in the hearts of those who experienced you.

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Call Me Ishmael (Or not, that’s cool too)

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”

Today’s daily prompt was a little hard to narrow down. I love a lot of books so choosing my favorite to pull the first sentence from was harder than I thought it would be. I started out with To Kill a Mockingbird but since we don’t even own that book (ironic, I know) I had to Google for the opening line which brought me to a site with some of the best book openings. It led me to another favorite, one that I actually own. The fancy, gold leafed complete and unabridged version with all five books from the series in it, as a matter of fact. The More Than Complete Hitchhikers Guide by Douglas Adams, of which, the sentence above is pulled from the first book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Full of hilarity and truth

Pulling that book off the shelf and holding it in my hands again makes me want to reread it all which I know I’ll get to eventually. It also pulls me back to when I first took it off the shelf at my parent’s house. We still had a swing set in the backyard, given to us by a neighbor when they moved, and it was where I did a lot of my reading.

Hitchhiker’s Guide is one of the funniest and truthful books ever written. It’s a fact of life. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest you get up right now and go to the library or bookstore. Even better yet, if you have a Nook, Kindle or other E-Reader, download it and start reading it in the comfort of your pajamas.

Another thing, if you’ve seen the movie, erase it’s horrible attempt at the book from your memory. Seriously. In comparison, it’s absolutely terrible.


Kicking It (Old School?)

So I remembered to not only LOOK at the daily prompt on the correct day but I actually have something to say about it and I’m doing it. I’ll consider that to be a decent accomplishment on this blistery Thursday in January.

Daily Prompt wants to know what the eleventh item on my bucket list is and while I don’t have a bucket list, per se, I do have a Day Zero Project list I’m going to use instead. It’s pretty much a bucket list with a more definite deadline, 101 days, of which I only have 572 days left. I only have 21% complete and I’m realistically knowing that most of it will not be finished in those 572 days.

Anyway, the eleventh item on that list as you can see is to visit three new countries. I realize that I have more than a year to accomplish this but I wish I had been more realistic when making this list. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll even get to one new country. You see, I’ve already been to Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Spain and Germany plus my husband doesn’t have much interest in going to Mexico. Mexico would be easy because it’s so close and theoretically cheaper to travel to but then we come to another issue. We already have our vacation planned for this year as we’re going back to Disneyworld, this time with some companions. After that we plan on taking a few cheap weekend trips and saving like crazy for a house.

I know, bucket lists and even Day Zero Project lists are not about excuses. They’re not.

If we transfer this goal of visiting three new countries to my bucket list instead of something that needs to be completed by July 30, 2014, I have very high hopes that it will happen. I want to go to a heck of a lot more countries than 8 before I  kick the bucket! If I had to pick only three new travel destinations, it would be Italy, England and Brazil (when they have the World Cup sometime).

So here’s to hoping I accomplish more than I expect on my Day Zero list and that I definitely get to more than three new countries before the end.