I’m a guest!

Today I’m hanging out over at my good friend A.F.E. Smith‘s blog, talking about fantasy and poetry and the similarities between the two. ¬†I hope you’ll stop by and check it out – she’s got worlds of other great things there, and I know you’ll enjoy your visit. ūüôā

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slideAs I’ve mentioned before, Thumper doesn’t know how to be still. ¬†The kid is always moving, even when he’s asleep.

What I wouldn’t give to have that kind of energy.

However, his inability to sit still has come in quite handy for this week’s photo challenge. ¬†Because he is completely unable to sit still, I was able to catch him floating off the slide one day at the park. ¬†I have no idea how I did it (though I’m pretty sure it involved burst shooting), but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Maybe the reason Thumper can’t sit still is because he’s such a happy little guy that all that joy physically lifts him up?¬† Of course, if that’s the case, then maybe we’ll have to rechristen him Bubbles and find a new nickname for his big brother… ūüėÄ

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Photo Friday: Swept off my feet

Today’s throwback is a funny story. ¬†Well, I find it funny. ¬†I didn’t at the time, of course, but time has a way of changing how you feel about things.



“As a girl, I¬†dreamed of being swept off my¬†feet by my¬†one true love.¬† And at the age of 24, it finally happened‚Ķand he‚Äôs never let me¬†forget it.” ¬†That’s what it says on my bio page. ¬†And it’s completely, one hundred percent, absotively posilutely true.

Back in 2008, my husband and I had our first date (thanks to coincidence and Yahoo! Personals).  We met at a nice public place (the local pizza joint) for supper, where I arrived fifteen minutes early and spent the next ten minutes anxiously checking my watch and the door.  Seymour walked in about five minutes early and seemed surprised to see me waiting.

We sat down and…

I’m a guest!

I hope you’re not getting tired of these, because I’m having lots of fun writing them. ¬†Tonight I’ve got a guest post up on Dick Hannah’s awesome blog, Publish or Perish, all about procrastination (with a little advice thrown in for good measure).

I hope you’ll check it out, and while you’re there, have a look at some of his other posts. ¬†He’s got some great posts on first and last lines in books, as well as a nice collection of quotes about mornings. ¬†You won’t want to miss them!

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This week’s photo challenge theme is blur. ¬†When taking pictures of kids (or at least, when taking pictures of¬†my kids), I seem to end up with quite a few blurry pictures. ¬†Some of them are by design, but most aren’t. ¬†Thumper in particular never stops moving, so I love my cameras’ burst modes. ¬†In addition to being just plain fun, they allow me to capture great pictures of my little Energizer bunny that aren’t blurry.


This picture, though, was blurry by design and features a cute moment with Miss Tadpole and Cricket. ¬†The Easter Bunny was kind enough to leave him a gift at my aunt’s house, and Miss T. thought it would be funny to look at him through the other end of his adorable binoculars. ¬†She was right – everyone got a kick out of it, including Cricket.

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter!

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Photo Friday throwback: The late edition

This weekend, man. Talk about busy! I meant to share this last night when I got back from the last fish fry of 2015, but I was so tired I couldn’t keep my eyes open.
Anyway, since it’s Easter weekend, this week’s throwback photo is Easter-themed. It was taken on Easter Sunday in 1991 at my aunt’s house, right after my sister, my cousin, and I had finished our Easter egg hunt. My aunt must have been the one who took this picture because my grandparents and my mom are all sitting on the steps with us (along with my cousin’s grandpa). My mom and my grandpa were huge photography buffs, as is my aunt, so family get-togethers when I was growing up involved many, many pictures. And if we were getting together with my great-aunt and her family? More cameras.

You can see where I get my shutterbug-ism from. ūüôā

Did you hunt Easter eggs when you were a kid?

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