Thursday, April 21, 2011

Friday Fragments, Episode #142


In the time it takes you to write your fragments, you could be eating a whole pan of brownies. That's just one benefit of fragging on Fridays (weight gain prevention). Friday Fragments keep our hands busy! Of course, it's also a fantastic way to empty our minds of clutter.  Friday Fragments are the bits and pieces that were too small to be stand-alone posts but too good to discard.  Let's frag--Shall we?

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First, a shout-out to Christians celebrating Good Friday. What a gift! Incredible. HAPPY EASTER!!!

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On Monday, every tree was budding, the robins were everywhere, and our grass was finally starting to green up. As I draft this post (Tuesday), we have 4-6 inches of new snow on the ground and at least four more expected overnight. My sister posted this very appropriate message on her Facebook page:

INSTALLING SPRING...
███████████████░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 40% DONE.
Install delayed....please wait.
Installation failed. Please try again. 404 error: Season not found. Season "Spring" cannot be located. The season you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable in Wisconsin. Please try again.




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For the record, yes, I do realize it's time to change my header photos.
Just waiting for more signs of for-real spring!

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I learned a long time ago that the only way to really communicate with today's teens is via text. Mr.4444 didn't "get it." He noticed that our kids and I were communicating a lot, via text (even moreso than we had before we all had cellphones). Finally, after feeling like he was missing out on something, Mr.4444 finally caved and started texting. Today, he loves messaging back and forth with Kyle (who is a college freshman, 30 minutes a way). That said, he doesn't spend ANY leisure time on the computer, so he's a little out of the loop when it comes to pop-tech-culture. Today, he sent the cutest text message:

Love you ;-) Did you notice the wink a semicolon makes?


He's adorable.
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I am seriously excited about the hour-and-a-half massage birthday gift that I will be receiving one week from Saturday, in the privacy of my own home, from a professional massage therapist who does house calls. My MIL is the BEST.

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My MIL doesn't think a massage is a very nice gift; she wants me to also have something else. I told her that I'd love to come home from work some night and have a big pan of her lasagna to put in the oven for a nice meal. That, to me, would be a fabulous gift.  She said, "I'd be happy to do that for you, but I want to get you something to open."  The woman just doesn't take no for an answer, so to get her off my back, I agreed to let her buy me a pair of sneakers. Seriously, mothers-in-law like this woman do not grow on trees; I'm so blessed.

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I am so happy for Bakerella; she is a woman who just decided one day (after Martha Stewart begged her to be on her show, I think) to publish a book about one of her favorite things to do (bake). What a dream, huh? I am loving the book, too. I've make cake pops three times this week, and I'm sharing the recipe and book title with everyone I know. Easy, fun, cute, yummy.  Buy the book from Target (or wherever). Go to Walmart for TONS of decorating paraphernalia. Amaze your friends or use the techniques to woo your enemies. Cake Pops (the book) is awesome.

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So you know Kendall loves roasting Starbursts, right? (And that she invented the idea, of course!)  It's too bad she and her friends didn't know the young lady in this video, who will be wearing a prom dress made of Starburst wrappers this year!


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I know I've been a terrible FF host this month; I totally thought I'd be able to at least keep up with that much, but I simply couldn't. My weekends this month have not been my own. I'm happy to say that I have found some time this week to stop by a few of your blogs, and it reminds me how blessed I am to call you friends. Thank you.

Here's your chance to unload your own randomness. Link up and say hi to some new (and old) friends :)

24 comments:

  1. *snort* My ears (eyes?) perked up when you said I could be eating a whole pan of brownies. Then you clarified that this would be a bad thing. *hmpf*

    And can I trade you MILs? Pretty please?

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  2. Oooh, I'm first! Yay me!
    I want brownies.
    And cake pops!
    And your MIL.
    I'm greedy!
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. I love your MIL's persistence! It's charming AND you get new shoes!

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  4. Wow, you have a fabulous mil!

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  5. My MIL lives with me and I feel fortunate to have a good relationship with her, too. I hope to be a great MIL someday, too! I have two sons, so...I'll always be "the MIL", you know?

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  6. I love the installing Spring bit. Very witty.

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  7. Does your MIL want to adopt an online DIL?

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  8. Happy Friday! I'm so sorry for your snow cover. I hope spring comes soon! We're inundated with rain, but at least it's just wet and not frozen!

    Mmmm, a pan of brownies sounds lovely right about now.

    I'd also like to be on the waiting list to be adopted by your MIL :)

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  9. My dad has taken to texting and I love it- if he thinks of me during the day, he'll just text me a smily face or tongue sticking out emoticon. Makes me smile every time!

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  10. I'm loving the spring error message - snow??? More snow??? Ugh!!!

    A massage sound awesome, I have NEVER had one...that just seems wrong somehow....hmmmmm

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  11. I have to admit that it took me a while to get into the swing of texting too. Now, it's a breeze. I'm even hip to some of the texting "lingo".

    What a nifty idea for a prom dress. Someone sure had foresight to start that six years ago so it was ready for her senior prom. Now I have visions of a shirt made out of Reese's Peanut Butter Cup wrappers.

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  12. I'm totally out of the loop when it comes to texting but then, I don't have a cellphone because since I don't leave the house all that often, it would be an unnecessary expense as our reception in this area is really punk. (The Verizon guy -"Can you hear me now?" has yet to visit this gully-part of town, ya know.)
    But boy, wish you could send that masseuse person my way and I sure could use and benefit greatly too, I'm sure, from a 90 minute massage in my own home no less!
    Have a Happy Easter, my friend!

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  13. Oh, almost forgot -about the snow you got this week, you have my sympathy, for sure. The forecasts for this area have mostly been for rain but they also said there was a remote possibility that there could be a dabble of snow mixed in here and there. Long range forecasts I've picked up from reading FB posts by several friends who are all weather forecasters at a large company near here are saying it's going to be a very cold, also wet, spring. Doesn't sound really inviting for the future does it?

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  14. The Spring error message pretty well sums this stinkin' weather up. Can ya believe I had to build yet another fire in the fireplace???

    Girl, your are blessed with a sweet winkin' hubby and a wonderful MIL!

    These talented gals amaze me makin' prom dresses outta wrappers and bags!

    God bless and have a wonderful Easter weekend!!! :o)

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  15. the FF diet - interesting will you be opening chapters around the country?
    Poor emoticon challenged people. Maybe there should night classes for them :-)
    Starburst wrapper - I can imagine a dumb one-liner about wanting to unwrap it but her boyfriend is classier than that and she must have plenty of humor. Do you think the dress smells like candy?

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  16. I found out I can text people from my computer; guess who doesn't get a lot of work done these days? :)

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  17. Brownies and a massage! Wow! I think those are all great gifts what a great MIL you have!

    I love texting, I've been trying to get my family hooked on it, but as much of a success. It takes time!

    Happy Easter!

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  18. Ninety minute massage? No fair!

    Good luck with the Spring install.

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  19. Oh that Starburst dress is SO SO SO COOL! I had a friend that wore an entire dress of ducktape! :) As for the texting thing, that's so cute-- Curty is the same way- he learns something new on FB or text wise every day! hahahaha!

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  20. Hooray for fantastic mother in-laws! Seriously, an in-home massage? AWESOME!

    By the way, I just wanted to say thanks for reading my blog and the comments you left. I'm no longer blogging, but I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate you, and I love popping in to your blog! ;-)

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  21. Happy Easter to you too.

    Your MIL is awesome. There are so many MIL jokes out there but I think most are not bad. I've also noticed the ones that are bad the DIL is just like them.

    What a great idea for a dress, talk about planning ahead.

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  22. I'm a newby, stumbled across your blog & thought it sounded fun. I always have frags.... I'll have to keep good track of them from now on:-)

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  23. Great FF! Your MIL sounds wonderful. And Spring has to be here soon, right? We actually got lucky yesterday with a 78 degree day. Now, if all of these puddles would just dry up, we could go outside without bringing the outside in every time. The mud is outrageous!! Have a wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by my blog last night.

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