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A Blogging Break

As evidenced by my complete lack of posting lately, I’m taking a short blogging break.  See you next year, and merry Christmas!

Cat in a Santa Hat


National Geographic’s Photo Contest

I used to subscribe to National Geographic when I was in college, purely for the pictures.  The photography is astounding.  Take, for example, yesterday’s photo of the day.

And that’s just yesterday’s.  There’ll be a new one today, and tomorrow, and the day after…

Aside from the photo of the day, there’s also a photography contest in the works right now.  Everyone is able to vote.  Though I don’t know that the most votes from the masses translates into winning the contest, I do know that it’s loads of fun (and a way to waste quite a bit of time, too).  In my opinion, the photos aren’t worth looking at without reading the captions, so make sure you take a moment to scroll down!


Note the very last score…. 458.  Possibly the best round of Yahtzee I’ve ever seen.  It’s my husband’s doing, but to him, it’s old hat.  Legend has it that when he was six, he rolled seven Yahtzees in one game.

Strange that he was playing alone, though, isn’t it?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Image from Manhattan Virtual Office


Wordle is one of those activities that even though I know that I have more important things to do with my time, I just can’t rip myself away.  It gives an overview of frequently used words in any given text, or in this case, blog.  It took the most recent posts and mashed them into this beauty:

Love it!  A bit embarrassing that quite a few of the largest words show my unhealthy habits (butter, sugar, oil…), but fun nonetheless.  “I think it’d be neat to do a wordle of my blog every month or so and see how things change over time!

And just for fun, here’s a wordle of my kindergarten class blog:

As you can see, we had Stuffed Animal Day on Tuesday, our author of the month is Tomie dePaola (author of Strega Nona), and we just finished our patterns unit in math.

If you’d like to make your own wordle, it’s a piece of cake.  Just type in your text, web address, or name on the create a wordle page and one will be made for you.  You can then customize to your heart’s content.

Saving a wordle as a document is trickier.  I had to use some super-secret codes to these onto my blog.  Okay… well… not super secret, but the directions weren’t exactly out in the open, either. has an easy to follow tutorial.  On my mac, I hit apple-shift-4 and then drew a rectangle around the image I wanted to capture.  It was automatically saved on my desktop as “Picture 1.”

I’m not exactly sure what I’ll do with all of the information (aside from using it the blog, of course).  Couldn’t you picture some sort of framed picture with family names, words about family, etc.?  Hm… maybe that’s a Christmas gift in the making!



What Are You Into This Month?

Following the lead of Sorta Crunchy, I’m documenting bits and pieces of interest.  If nothing else, it’ll be a fun way to keep track of where I’m at in the moment, and if I keep up with this, it’ll be a fun to chronicle the months as they fly by!  Feel free to snag this idea as well, or post comments on what you’re into this month.

What I Am Into This Month – November 2010

In My Book Basket: Let me just say I’m not pregnant, despite what my book basket contents might tell you.  Right now, it contains:

  • Babyproofing Your Marriage by Stacie Cockrell
  • Blindsided by a Diaper by Dana Bedford Hilmer
  • Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharron Mazel
  • The Sixty Minute Marriage Builder by Rob Parsons
  • 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam
  • Project Everlasting by Matthew Boggs and Jason Miller
  • Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus: Book of Days by John Gray

T.V. Show Worth Watching: Again (or should I say still), I’m all about Bones DVD set.  I’m already up to season three.  I don’t even want to think what will happen when I run out of episodes to watch.  Does that mean I’ll be glued to the television on Wednesday nights?

Movie I’ve Seen: Nothing notable.  We’ve been using Netflix like crazy, but anytime I get to choose something to watch, I pick (you guessed it) Bones.  

In My Kitchen:

Wisconsin Beer Cheddar Soup, Strawberry Spinach Salad, and Crispy Pepper and Parmesan Pork Cutlets have all been hits at our table this month.  As for desserts – chocolate cutout cookies and iced pumpkin cookies have been the only things made!  We somehow had accumulated too many candy bars, pieces of Halloween candy, and other goodies – it would have been excessive to have baked goods on top of that!

Google Reader Trends (past 30 days)

Favorite Non-Blog Websites: I absolutely love Cook’s Country (unfortunately, a paid subscription is needed).  I also have a newfound fascination with Wordle.

What I’m Looking Forward in December: Advent!  Advent!  Advent!  It’s my absolute favorite season.  I’m excited to start opening our Advent Calendar so we can do plenty of Advent activities.  Gingerbread play dough will be fun to make for school, as will Christmas candy with my mom and all types of holiday goodies at home.  Our city’s holiday parade is coming up, so I’m getting ready to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while staying nice and cozy by watching it from the comfort of our couch.  If I’m feeling adventurous, I may even trek downtown to watch it in person!

Advent Envelopes

Yesterday I posted all of the activities I put inside our Advent envelopes, which means all that’s left to say is how I made our calendar!

I found a template online and used Microsoft Word to size it to a height of four inches.

My first thought was to trace the template 27 times, but laziness won out and that plan was quickly abandoned.  I instead cut out 4″ squares and used the template as a guide to cut notches into the sides of the paper.

Though it would have been better looking, I didn’t round the corners.  (Again, lazy.)  A few folds later…

An envelope!  I placed an activity (handwritten on a small card) in each envelope and strung them all up on the banister. Voila!