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The Good Stuff – And the Old Stuff.

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So, I spend a  fair amount of time in the social media sphere – and this week, I spent three nights in bed with my laptop on one side, my phone in the other, and the DNC on till almost midnight.  But I also read about football, and Hunger Action Month, and I did a happy dance when I saw a new poem from one of my favorites.  So that’s all here, along with some music. If you’ve come here for my old crap, scroll to the bottom for all of that.

Good stuff I’ve found this week-

First Sunday of  regular season football – and a nice little article about who to stash on your fantasy football bench till mid season

Speaking of football – you must read this – The Viking’s Chris Kluwe defending The Raven’s Brendon Ayanbadejo for standing up in support  same-sex marriage – This shit is brilliant.

Billy Collins has a new poem out in Poetry Magazine.  Swoon.

Ten really bad movies on Mental_Floss

Terrifying fair foods from HuffPo (I have horrifying Friday with my kids at school where I show them weird things from the inter-webs for five mins at the end of class. I watched the fried butter video in this piece with each class, and each time I felt ill for another hour after. You’ve been warned).

Conversely, it’s Hunger Action Month – and one of my two favorite local charities, The Western Mass Food Bank has a calendar for September of things you can do to help the food insecure in your area.

The music I can’t stop listening to-

The one that makes me cry – every.time. Even though I say it won’t, and then it does. But I’ve listened to it eighty-seven times this week anyhoo –


The one that makes me smile every time – so I listen to it right after Florence makes me sob. I haven’t stopped listening to this for two weeks straight. Insanely good.

Best blurbs of the week-

This time last year on Happy Valley Mama –

Sunset in the Valley Haiku

No Limits

Friday Afternoon Haiku

Two years ago –

Guest Blogger

restless

Things I’ll Make Today

The ants and the grasshopper.

Top (insert number here) things to do instead of finish a project

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  1. Find a new cookie recipe for later this week.
  2. Work on a new lesson plans for September.
  3. Organize my queue on Netflix
  4. Think about the next thing I want to put in jars.
  5. Look at Warren Wilson’s website.
  6. Organize my haiku’s for the haiku head to do at the word x word festival next week
  7. Wonder if I should invited people to see me compete in the Haiku head to head.
  8. Figure that blogging about that instead of asking people, is the single most passive aggressive thing I’ve done all week.
  9. Organize my fantasy football league.
  10. See if any one wants to go to Shakespeare this weekend
  11. Re-post my ad for a school-year babysitter
  12. Wonder if the waterfalls in the area are low or high about this time of summer
  13. Think if I go to the Bookmill, can I wander away without spending any money on books.
  14. Worry about Kai in kindergarten.
  15. Scream for the third time in two days when the mouse scurries by my toes
  16. Get concerned about what it says about me that not only, will I scream about a mouse, but I will also tell the internet about my proclivity towards wussdom.

Accountability

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So I made a summer to-do list – and I’ve been working on it. And ten days in, I feel like I’m doing pretty good. I also know, that with this summer game, it is entirely too easy to fall off course, so for only my own edification, I’m going to spend one day a week going over the shite I have planned.

Summer To-Do
last update – June 22nd

  • Write every day.  Then blog it.Done. Done. Done. 
  • Get exercise three days a week. Eh. Once – Hiking – hiking a whole bunch of miles, but still – need to be more regular about this. This week I am committing to take at least one yoga class, and go for at least one walk. Read the rest of this entry

Things I’ll Make Today

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Ketchup

Peach Jam

Banana Bread or Banana Crunch Muffins

Dill Pickle Slices

And for dinner – a dish I’ve wanted to make since the first day I tasted it on a New Orleans fair ground almost nine years ago  – Crawfish Monica

If only I could do this every day!!