Thursday, May 21, 2015

Friday Fragments: Episode #354

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Hey! It's great to see you!
Thanks for stopping by to see what our fragmented minds are spewed this week.
I'm facing nine more days of school with hormonal middle schoolers, so you can imagine that I'm still about to lose my entire mind, not just the fragmented parts!

***The CBS TV station in Denver produced a beautiful story on Kailyn and her recovery from her skiing accident. Check it out here.

***Doreen McGettigan won my $100 giveaway to support Kailyn's recovery, and guess what? She donated it back to the cause. No surprise there, right? She is a gem.

***I'm in the market for a pretty summer dress to wear to my niece's wedding. Tonight I went to three different department stores and came up empty.

***Tomorrow is the Sixth Grade Olympics at school. Thank goodness sunscreen has been called for; it's going to be a long, fun day!!

***These two little cuties greeted me as I pulled in the driveway yesterday; aren't they adorable?

Okay, I've got to get some paperwork done. Things will get quiet around here about the time that other fragmenters start losing their minds over their kids being home for summer.
Better you than me! 
Frag all about it and link up below:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Friday Fragments: Episode #353

Half-Past Kissin' Time

You know how great it feels to clean a closet? You know how much you hate cleaning closets?
Well, Friday Fragments gives you the satisfaction of having cleaned the closet of your mind,
and it takes far less time than an actual closet cleaning.
Isn't that great?!
Pretend this is Goodwill and you're dropping off a load of stuff that's you don't need but you know is still worth something; put your random thoughts together and link up!
Read the fine print here.


I went to a doctor appointment for my shoulder this week and decided to try another cortisone shot, instead of another rotator cuff surgery. Easy decision! So far, it's amazing!


I've been incredibly busy this week, because I'm a teacher and it's May. In case that's not enough detail, I have two IEPs left (of five this month) to write, and my co-teacher went out on maternity leave on Monday. I hope to make it to June 4th will all of my marbles.


I'm picking Kendall up from college! Before we head back to Wisconsin, we're going hiking! And shopping! She'll be home for two weeks.


Twenty-three years ago, this little goofball almost killed me on the delivery table.

Thankfully, he's been worth the trouble.
Happy Birthday, Kyle. I love you.

Oh, btw, I'm extending the deadline for my $100 cash giveaway
simply because I won't have time to "draw" the winner until Sunday.
It's easy to enter, and there are several ways to do so.
Good luck!

***It's 8:45pm, and I'm drinking a cup of coffee so that I can get a few extra hours out of this day; desperate times call for desperate measures!

Okay--Your turn. Show me the randomness! Link your Friday Fragments posts up below:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Friday Fragments: Episode #352

Half-Past Kissin' Time

She frags!
She frags!
Oh, baby!
She moves, she grooves!
I go crazy!
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

If you're looking for randomness, you've come to the right place!
Friday Fragments posts are collections of random thoughts that float around in bloggers' 
brains and finally find places to land.
[To learn more about Friday Fragments, click on the tab above.]

***I posted on Facebook that I'd been updating a folder I keep, called "Stuff You'll Need in Case I Croak." A neighbor suggested that I include letters to loved ones, because "you never know what your last conversation will be like," implying that my loved ones don't know how I feel about them. I just laughed, of course, and so did everyone else who knows me well.

***Don't laugh at me, but I recently decided to start using a natural deodorant.

I learned that my sister actually makes her own deodorant!
(And she's not even a granola type!)
I'm not ready for that, so I bought one that I found online. It came with a cute little spatula.

So far (a few days), I like it. 
 Though it's not an anti-perspirant, I'm fine with that; I'm not a big sweater.
(Feel free to tell me if I stink.)

***Our neighborhood is so great; it's like a little town all on its own, a town that is full of friends who know how to have fun and who support each other but also give each other space. I love it.

***In one week, I'll be driving the 4.5 hours to Minneapolis to pick Kendall up from college. While she'll be living in Minneapolis this summer, she will be home for two weeks. I am soooo excited!!!

***There are nineteen days left of school. They will be long ones.

***There's still plenty of time to enter my $100 cash giveaway!
To learn more, click here.

How's that for random?! Feel free to link up your own Friday Fragments post below!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday Fragments: Episode #351

Half-Past Kissin' Time
You've come to the right place if you're looking for random bits and pieces
that may or may not be connected. Thanks for stopping by.
[For more on Friday Fragments, click the tab above!]

***Want to win $100 cash? I'm hosting a giveaway to support Kailyn, my husband's young second cousin, who had a devastating skiing accident a few weeks ago. There are several ways to enter, all of which are easy. Even if you don't have a blog or a Facebook account, you have a chance to win! Click here to learn more. Giveaway ends May 15th.

***Mr.4444 is in Germany. Some time in the next 24 hours, he'll be home. You might think going to Germany is exciting, but he goes three or four times per year, stays 5-7 days, and returns home to have jet lag for two days; it's not as glamorous as it sounds. Some day, I might tag along, but he says it's not that impressive---lots and lots of bratwurst and potatoes for dinner, and I wouldn't be able to eat like I do at home (like a rabbit, as he would say). I suppose there are other places we could go that we'd appreciate more.

***The kids and I have our plane tickets to Seattle, new hiking boots, and lots of enthusiasm for our June trip. I was BUMMED, though, to learn that hiking passes to Mt. St. Helens are already all sold out for the summer! They directed me to a site called, at which people buy and sell permits; hopefully, we'll get lucky.

***I went hiking twice this week, to break my boots in, and I was reminded of some tips:
1) Hike with your mouth closed. (I ate some kind of bug!)
2) Watch your step! Watch your step! Watch your step! If you want to look at the scenery, stop first. (No; I did not fall, but I almost did, twice.)
3) Get your bunions fixed when you're young.
4) Knees change, especially over a decade's time!!
I've got some more breaking in to do...Good thing I have more than a month.
***I'm going to the doctor in two weeks to discuss the state of my "good" shoulder, now that my "bad" shoulder is almost healed (about 90%). I'm hoping that starting a Glucosamine/Chondroitin regimen will help and that I can avoid surgery two summers in a row. 

Okay, that's it for me! What have you been up to? Link up your Friday Fragments post below and make some new friends. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

$100 Cash Giveaway

Mr.4444 and I would like to do something to help raise support for his cousin Mitch's family. Mitch's daughter Kailyn had a devastating aerial skiing accident while competing at nationals and is currently a new patient at Craig Hospital in Colorado, working her way back to health. We plan to make a donation to the family's fundraising page, but I thought a giveaway here could also make a difference. There are several ways to enter to win the $100 cash prize. Most involve helping get the word out. If you've already done some of them, that works; simply enter the info needed in the appropriate Rafflecopter boxes below.

Giveaway ends at midnight on May 15th. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks for making a difference!