Month: April 2008

Six Totally Unimportant but equally fascinating facts about me…

Yertle, over at Smile, Play, Dream tagged me for this meme.

Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you. (check)
2. Post these rules on your blog. (check)
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself (check)
4. Tag six random people at the end of your entry. (I’m a rebel – everyone is tagged)

Thing #1 — I like my toilet paper over the top. Way, dude.

Thing #2 — I wear a size 10. Shoe.

Thing #3 — I went to Columbia University. For a visit. Shut up.

Thing #4 — I had dinner with Bill and Camille Cosby. In New York. Seriously.

Thing #5 — I was once friends with Sara Evan’s ex-husband. Craig Schelske.

Thing #6 — I cashed in my Nordstrom 401K to move back to Texas from Alaska 11 years ago and buy my house. Stupid? I don’t know. My house is paid for. And I’m saving for retirement, so go figure.

Your turn. Play along if you like. Or don’t. I won’t be offended…promise.

Don’t forget about my monthly giveaway here. Or the bloggy carnival giveaway here.


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Bloggy Giveaway Carnival – Win a handmade apron!

Hi and welcome to my giveaway for the quarterly Bloggy Giveaway Carnival! I’m so glad you stopped by and I know you’ve got six gazillion other giveaways to enter, so I’ll make this easy for you. (Why don’t you just bookmark me or add me to your reader and come back for a visit – I have monthly giveaways too!) I’ve got a little something I made up for grabs. Pictures just cannot capture the cuteness that is this apron – here’s my daughter (who is 11, modeling it):

Close Up:

The Details on How to Win:

1. To enter, just leave me a comment. You don’t have to be a blogger to enter, but you do need to leave your name – I can’t contact you if you win if you enter anonymously.

2. One comment per person, please.

3. Open only to those with U.S. mailing addresses (this includes Alaska and Hawaii – not just the lower 48!)

4. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner and you have until Saturday, April 26th at noon to enter – so if you leave your comment after that, well, you’re just out of luck! But I love ya anyway!

5. The winner will be contacted immediately via email,as well as announced on my blog. If you do not have an email address attached to your profile, unfortunately, I will have to disqualify you and have the random number generator draw again, so to speak.

Head on over the the Big Bloggy Giveaway Carnival and look at what is up for grabs!


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Mystery Photo Contest – We have a WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the first installment of “Saturday’s Mystery Photo Contest” – where there are no prizes, just heartfelt thank you’s for playing along. 🙂 So thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

Almost everyone guessed a Trike of some sort, whether it was of the Big Wheels variety or the Three Wheeler variety (not that I know of one of those, I’m just sayin’). Well, you were all wrong. Neener-neener-nee.

Well, almost all of you were wrong. Megan from Fried Okra guessed the correct answer her very first time – it is a lawn sprinkler. And then a few of you saw the *light* after that. But I’m giving the credit and the link love to Megan, because she was first – “So Congratulations, Megan! And my heartfelt thank you for playing along with my game!”

Here’s a side by side comparison for you:

Oh, and HEY! Don’t forget to enter this giveaway that ends Wednesday, April 30th!

Oh, and HEY! HEY! Tomorrow is the start of a brand spankin’ NEW (yes, that’s right, a NEW and SEPARATE ONE) giveaway for Bloggy Giveaways Carnival headed up by my pretend bff Chili from Don’t Try This at Home and Blogging Basics 101 over at Bloggy Giveaways.


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New! Saturday Mystery Photo Contest

This might just have to become a weekly installment here at Simply A Musing Blog. I love the whole “guess the photo” kind of contests that run on other blogs, but I also like to be different.

That being said, I now offer the first of what may be many “Saturday Mystery Photo” contests. What the heck is it? Leave your best guess in the comments section. I’ll reveal the correct answer on Sunday night.


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Free Starbucks Sample

I love coffee. In fact, I think my blog is powered by coffee…and very little sleep. I’m a sucker for freebies and giveaways as much as the next person, and this one is too good to keep to myself.

Want to know how to get a free Starbucks coffee sample? Go to their website and let it completely load. Look to the left and click on “Explore our coffees”, then look up to the upper right corner and click on “Enjoy a complimentary sample”, fill out the form and it’s on its way. Easy-peasy, right?


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I seriously need your help…

Between homeschooling, caring for my mother, running our family business, and my design business, I’m finding myself a tad bit overextended. My blog is seriously neglected and I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever find the time (or energy) to sit and write a post that doesn’t include youtube or my design blog’s newest header.

So this is what I’m going to try — a schedule based very loosely on topics I like and enjoy – along with some of my more serious postings when I can fit them in. (which will be often) I spend my days living life, listening to the hilarious things that come out of my kid’s mouths, and then when I sit down to write, I have amnesia. I can’t remember a thing that happened during the day. Only that I’m tired. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and the fact that this week? “Aunt Flo” came for a visit – and she’s been kicking my behind. And my back. Not to mention giving me an ache in the side.

But I digress…I want to write more. I have a need to write more. And I’m sure it will get done. Someday. This next week is going to be pretty hectic. Here’s a rundown:

~On Sunday 4/20, Church – I’m the Nursery Director and (gasp!) have duty in the morning service. I’m singing Sunday night and for once, I don’t have a song picked out yet. I usually try to rehearse through the week on one, but this time I have had more than one song in my heart and I’m having an impossible time choosing. My husband plays the piano beautifully(although not for our church) and I’m trying to cajole him into playing for me so I don’t have to sing with “canned music” (a tape).

~On Monday 4/21, the Bloggy Carnival starts. I’ve got something to give away for that, so stay tuned…more on Monday.

~On Tuesday 4/22, I am working on a post rightthisveryminute for Tuesday about my cat. Yes, my cat. Did you know there are some serious life lessons you can learn from a cat? It’s true. You just wait. You’ll see I’m right. Seriously.

~On Wednesday 4/23, Wordless Wednesday and Works for Me Wednesday – and maybe a real live post!

~On Thursday 4/24, Cleaning house and packing for business trip. I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand to have a dirty house to come home to. We are going to New Orleans and are staying here. Our hotel room better have a bathtub. Oh, and this weekend just so happens to be the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Famous people everywhere, rubbing shoulders with fellow musicians…what? You didn’t know I was a musician? Does singing off-key in the shower count? ‘Cause if it does, then I am.

~On Friday 4/25, I am leaving on a business trip, BUT – the Frugal Cooking Carnival is coming up at Owlhaven. Get your recipes ready and head over there with your most frugal and money saving recipes and cooking tips.

~On Saturday 4/26, I will be soaking up the sights and sounds of New Orleans, but I will try to post something from the hotel if I can. No promises – I have an older laptop and the wifi is a little bit cranky sometimes. I’ll take pictures and bring them back for you, deal?

As you can see, lots going on personally, not much going on blog-wise. It’s like the old saying goes, “Don’t hang your hat higher than you can reach.” I am learning that I can only do so much with the time I am given. I am intent on making every minute count in the areas that are important to me. My Lord, my husband, my family, my church and then finally, my sweet faithful friends on the internet.

So, here’s the thing I need your help on. I’d like to do some tutorials on here. There are only a few things I know anything about (so true) and so I need your help picking what you’d like to see more of by voting below. I didn’t include cooking because, although I love to cook and I am pretty danged good at it (if I do say so myself), my kitchen has horrible lighting and the photos never turn out. (Honestly – I tried to do a tutorial on how I made the Texas Style BLTs and the photos were horrid.)


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