What’s Your Score?

Just for fun —

Saw this on Facebook and had to do it, of course. First it’s a Facebook quiz of sorts and second it’s related to picky eating, which y’all know I’m all about.

My eye twitched a little bit at the spelling of lettuce.

Out of 66 food items, I won’t eat 33. Fifty percent — kind of a high number when you’re the person in the group who sometimes orders chicken nuggets off the kid menu when we go anywhere that isn’t pizza or steak. And I think ham, pork, and bacon being three separate items was kinda bullshit.

So, what’s your score?


Winter Wonderland…For A Few Hours

We finally got our winter snow…shortly before spring begins and right after a February that felt more like May. We weren’t supposed to get any, but lo and behold, there was white stuff on the ground when I woke up. We were all really excited! Sam measured and thinks we had a little over four inches.

After searching forever for gloves and boots, we finally made it out. I duct taped some bungee cords to a laundry basket and we used that and an old blue tarp to drag the kids around. They had a blast. Little Man tried sledding behind the hill down our house in a laundry basket, and made it about four feet. He tried the wagon, too, but it didn’t go anywhere. Maybe we’ll get a little sled to have on hand to use once every three years when we get a bit of snow.

Since the weatherman was calling for it to be a cold, cloudy day, I figured we’d have snow to play in tomorrow, too. But, nope. The sun came out in the afternoon and all we were left with was some leftover snowmen (that’s my dad’s snowmen below, but using it to give you an idea of how quickly things changed) and mud.

Now that we got our snow fix, I suppose I’ll join the “Bring on spring!” crowd. We’re going to plant some flowers and stuff (the technical term), and I’m ready to get to it. Plus, there’s soccer. Little Man’s soccer jamboree was yesterday — Sam is coaching, and I helped out since one of the assistant coaches wasn’t there. We lost, unfortunately, but the kids all played really hard. Hopefully it’ll be a productive soccer season!

That’s my weekend — how was yours?

Religious Sweet Creams

Last night, my husband and I were talking about Halloween. More specifically, we were talking about candy. I want the good stuff, and he wants whatever is cheapest. He’s like whatever the step up from Ebeneezer Scrooge would be, but for Halloween.

Even if I haven’t always gotten into dressing up for Halloween or decorating for Halloween, I’ve always looked forward to handing out candy to kids. We would only get like two or three trick-or-treaters where I lived at growing up (rural area and all), and those were usually relatives. So now that I live in the only neighborhood in the same rural area, I like to enjoy the handing out of the candy. And I don’t want to give out crappy candy that gets thrown away immediately after kids sort through it all. I also don’t like the idea that someone might come back and TP our yard if we give them a single tiny Tootsie Roll, as Ebeneezer Sam might if I were to leave him in control of the candy. It’s only one night per year and it’s fun! Clearly it’s not a time to go in miser mode. (Nor are the next two months.)

“Get out your computer and see what kind of deals we can get on bulk candy for Halloween,” he instructed me last night. He figured that if Imitation Chocolate Substance With Possible Traces of Plastic wasn’t going to cut it with me, that we could at least buy the ton that we need online and possibly save money over what we’d pay at the store.

I did my search and found this:


This candy mix is perfect for your church Halloween party! Trunk-or-Treaters love the included Bible Verse Buttermints, Faith Jelly Bean Treat Packets, Tangy Tarts Scripture Candy, Cross-Shaped Swirl Pops, Religious Fish Candy Treat Packets, Carried by the Lord Gummy Fun Packs, Religious Sweet Creams, God Loves Us All Printed Suckers, Tootsie Rolls® and Wonka™ Mix-Ups®. (200 pcs. per unit, 3 lbs.) Assortment may vary.

I laughed so hard while reading this description that I had tears running down my face. I’m a Christian, but absurd stuff like that kills me. I’ll ignore the need for religious themed candy and just ask who the heck came up with those names? “Sweet cream”? “Tangy Tarts”? This sounds like the stuff they’d be handing out after the Hell House tour.

It wasn’t a terrible price, but did lack the Good Candy requirement, so I passed. I’ll probably pick up a dozen bags of whatever good stuff is on sale next week when I’m out by myself. If one of the bags is something he loves, he might just study over the receipt in silence and not even complain. Wouldn’t it be nice?


While I’m sort of on the subject of religion, I saw something even more eyebrow raising yesterday evening.

On the way home from retrieving our pizza from Papa John’s, I saw some people standing by the road — almost in it — waving in such a way that it looked like they were trying to flag someone down. Thinking they needed help, I slowed down a bit to check things out, figuring that I’d turn around if it looked like something I could help with, or call 911.

I didn’t turn around.

The people were standing next to a white kidnapper-style van with no windows that had a huge sign that said, “Prayer Drive Thru.”


I don’t care who or what you believe in, that’s just creepy.

(I found out later that they were using it as a method of advertising for their church, in case you were concerned, as Sam was, that maybe something fishy was going on. There are better ways of doing this, y’all, that doesn’t Killer Clown level creep folks out. Just saying.)

Share Your World – 41

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Instant attraction? Sure. But actual love? Not so much.

Your first car?

A 1996 Saturn. Even though it was a few years old when I got it, it was one of the nicest cars in our school parking lot. I had a lot of fun in that thing and tested its limits in such ways that the idea of giving LM a car in several years terrifies me.

Who taught you to ride a bike? How did it go?

Even though my dad claims to have taught me, it was my then stepbrother. After trying to teach me didn’t go so well, my dad got pissed off and went back inside. My stepbrother (who was the same age, we were both 7) stuck it out with me for the rest of the afternoon and I was zooming around by myself by that evening.

Ugly and rich or beautiful and poor?

How about somewhere in between on both of those and I’m at where I already am —  a great family and a comfortable life? If not, I’ll take ugly and rich as long as I get to keep my husband and kiddos in that scenario. They’ll love me anyway.

What was the first dish you could cook?

Pancakes, bacon, and eggs for my dad on Father’s Day when I was 14. My grandmother wasn’t there to supervise, so after being surprised with breakfast in bed, he had to go finish cooking some of it (pancakes leaked with batter after cutting into them and the bacon wasn’t done). I did better on this when I tried again later, so I’m counting it as my first thing I could cook.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I had a lot to be grateful for last week. First and foremost was that we didn’t see much from Hurricane Matthew. One of the early models showed the hurricane coming up in a similar path as Hurricane Hugo did when I was 6 (the eye passed right over our county), and it took a while for out town to recover, so I was worried. I only wish things hadn’t been so awful elsewhere. Also, as I wrote about yesterday, I’m grateful that things are going so well for my son this school year.

As far as what I’m looking forward to in the week coming up — my husband is off all week, so it’ll be nice to spend some extra quality time with him. We’ve got a busy week ahead.

Share Your World is hosted by Cee. Check out Cee’s Photography blog here for more info.

Three Fictional Characters Challenge

Describe yourself in 3 fictional characters. This is a meme I saw on Facebook a couple days ago that I thought looked fun. I’m adding “Challenge” to it because that means many of y’all will feel obligated to participate, too. If not for being open about wanting to peer pressure you, I could have done so subtlety. Oooh. 😉

So, here’s what you do: post three fictional characters that represent yourself. They can be from TV, movies, cartoons, literary, etc.

Here goes:

Larry David from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which is supposed to be fictional; Amy Farrah Fowler from “The Big Bang Theory,” and the boy from “If You Give A Mouse A [Fucking] Cookie.”

Just for fun, I asked my husband which three characters he thought would describe me. This is what he came up with:

Leslie Knope from “Parks and Rec,” Bones from “Bones,” and Allie from “The Notebook.” He was nicer than I thought he’d be.

Now it’s your turn, because challenge. You can be lazy and just comment with the names of three characters and let me figure out how you’re like these people/cartoons/whatever. You can be less lazy and create a post where you post the names of three characters and images of these characters. Or you can go for super-duper option #3 — create a post and use one of those layout apps to put together a neat looking well, layout, of the challenge image with your three character images.

Have fun!