Thursday, June 17, 2010

WWW Thursday (again!) and GRADUATION!!!!

*Dun, dun, dun dun, duuuun, duuuuun. Dun, dun, dun dun, duuuuuuun. Dun, dun dun, dun, duuuuuun, dun. DUN, DUN DUN, DUN, DUN!* (to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance)


I am very happy to announce that tomorrow at 7pm sharp, I will be graduating from high school!


So, this is a little grad party, I guess and the regularly scheduled WWW Thursday (as it may come to be named *wink*).

It's time for the

I have some music that you can listen to in the background while reading the rest of the post : ) Go ahead click on the can hardly stand to see what it is, right?!

I brought some balloons to be festive!

And you know that we need some cake! I thought cupcakes might be a bit easier....

So please, dig in and have a great time!

Now, onto WWW Thursday! First I want to check in with you like this? Is it worth me doing or should I discontinue it? I think it's kind of fun to hear what others are reading, but that's just my personal opinion. I want this blog to be fun to read for you, so tell me what I can do to make it better!

Remember that you can find this meme on MizB's blog.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers this week:

Currently reading (still): Vision in White by Nora Roberts


When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall

Just finished: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Next read: The Last Child by John Hart

Once again, what are you guys up to?

I'm shocked that I've been able to keep up my reading as much as I have. Like I've always said, you have to be willing to make reading a priority. Otherwise, it's very easy to shove it aside and "have better things/more important things, whatever it may be, to do. So, I urge everyone to make reading a priority. I know it's hard, but some things are just that worth it *grin*

For all my followers and readers, whether you are new or old, I just want to say:

again! Each and every one of you is fabulous in your own way!!

So all that's left to say is....
Hats Off to the Graduates of the Class of 2010!!!!

WE DID IT!!!!!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Colby-Sawyer President CoChairs Oil Spill Symposium

Hey all,

Just wanted to post this interesting article on my {almost} President! LOL! This is an article about President Tom Galligan of Colby-Sawyer College (yes, this is where I'm going in the fall). He was invited to hold a symposium about the oil spill in Louisiana.

Colby-Sawyer President CoChairs Oil Spill Symposium

In addition, he was interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), interviewed by CBS Radio, and testify in the U.S. Senate. All of this is about the oil spill.

I found this very interesting! I also think it's very cool that he's so currently involved : D


Thursday, June 10, 2010

WWW Wednesday - er, Thursday Meme!

Hello again,
I have been studiously working on the awards banquet, SO this is a WWW Thursday Meme this week. Sorry for the delay.

Remember that wou can find this meme on MizB's blog.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers this week:

Currently reading: Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Currently finished: A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

Next read: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger


A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston Series Book One) by Julie Lessman

So, what are your answers??? Answer in the comments or start this fun meme on your own blog!!

Talk to you later,

Monday, June 7, 2010

Awards Banquet

Good day to you all,

Since summer is gone, I've flown you all to my lovely island getaway. I would like to invite you to join me outside to begin our festivities.

Ah, here we are! Please find your seats with your customized namecards at the table.

Look out at that ocean, isn't it wonderful!? I am so glad for the good weather, so we can be together out here today. THank you all for joining me. I knew some of you would be here, but if you are new, you're here on a wonderful day! There's plenty of room here for everyone. We would love to see some new faces. So, grab a seat, relax, and join the conversation.

Amber, what a beatiful sundress you have one! I love that color on you *wink* Where did you find it?
Renee, you brought your dog! *pet it's head* Awwww....maybe we'll find a little extra food lying around here......
Joy! It's great to see that you got some time off from school to come and join us! Hope those kids are behaving for their sub *wink*

Let's get started with some food. First, a light caesar salad to whet your appetite.

Mmmmm....wasn't that delicious? I love a good caesar salad on a warm day (since it's so warm on this island!). Oh! What's coming next? Our entrees. You have three choices:

Filet Mignon

Vegetarian Lasagna

Oh my goodness! I'm so full, guess we need to take a break before dessert *wink* So, let's move onto the purpose of this get-together: the awards!! I can see you all sweating in anticipation for who is going to be awarded what. Lol! Calm down, it's okay! There's plenty to go around...

Rules of my awards banquet: I will be passing each award onto one (or more if I feel it's necessary) blogger buddies. This is because there are so many that I have to award!! LOL! For all of these awards, please post the award somewhere on your blog or in the post. Link it back to the person who nominated you. Other than that, I hope everyone has fun and is happy!

Notice: I am very sorry if you recieve an award that you already have! I have a semi-limited amount of people to choose from, so I'm working with what I have *wink*

Award #1: Sunshine Award: recieved from Renee @ Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

The rules for accepting the award are:

1) Put the logo within my blog or on my post

2) Pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers

3) Link the nominees within my post

4) Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog

5) Share the love and link to the person whom you received this award from.

Well, I don't think I would have had 12 followers to give this to, so it's lucky I'm not doing that! LOL!

Winner: Lee @ Butterfly Blessings
Lee is a true testament to "sunshine". She is lovely ray of light when the world may seem bleak. Thank you, Lee, for your supportive, sunshin-ey manor! Congrats!!

Award #2: Most Amazing Follower Award: recieved (once again) from Renee @ Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot

Please note: award was created by Emma Michaels
Also, there are no requirements to accepting this award, just take it *wink*

I don't want to look at this one as an easy way out (and I always feel bad about doing it), but I would like to pass this onto all of my blogger buddies. It does not matter if we're new friends or old, I want you to take this if you do not already have it. Isn't it pretty? Congrats!!

Award #3: The Versatile Blogger: recieved from Amber @ Seasons of Humility

This blogger award is awarded to a blogger who posts a multitude of things. The blogger I am awarding this to posts everything from book reviews, to writing help, to her own creative writing excerpts. She is a wonderful person with a sparkling personality.
Winner: I award this to Julie @ Silver Lining Congrats, Julie!!

Award #4: Beautiful Blogger Award: recieved from Amber @ Seasons of Humility

The rules to the award are: link to the person who nominated you for this award; share seven interesting things about yourself; and nominate seven other beautiful bloggers. (Once again, I will not be following this stipulation exactly.)

My interesting things:
1) I travelled to Portland, Oregon for 5 days and London for 8 days this summer.
2) I have taken piano lessons for the last 12-13 years.
3) I LOVE Hazelnut Coolatas from Dunkin Donuts.
4) In London, we saw three different West End shows, including Wicked three times and twice in the FRONT row!!
5) We have one dog, Maddie, one cat, Buster, and my sister and I each have a Beta fish.
6) I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands (including fingers), wrists, and some in my knees. This caused me to get Carpal Tunnel and have double surgery on both of my hands last summer.
7) I got a Kindle for my 18th birthday this year.

She is a busy mom, wife, and author. Her blog is a fresh breath of air everytime I 'set foot onto it' : D It is beautiful in it's simplicity! And this recipient is beautiful both inside and out herself!
Winner: Jill Kemerer @ Jill Kemerer, sweet, emotional, sparkling romance blog
Congratulations, Jill!!

Award #5: Blogging Friends Award: recieved from Amber @ Seasons of Humility

Amber created this one all on her own! Isn't it cute with the little chipmunks???

I am so grateful for so many of you wonderful ladies. I am beside myself when I think about how lucky I am to have met all of you! Thank you for joining me on this WILD ride, whether it's been a week or over a year! You are all very near and dear to my heart : )

Ashley @ After All Tomorrow is Another Day

Kav @ Best Reads(2010)

You both are so cool on my list of "cool people" *big wink* Ashley, thank you SO much for helping me with my tough college transition! Kav, thank you for being there with support and always having great book recommendations!! *hugs*

Award #6: Great Friend Blogger Award: recieved from Amber @ Seasons of Humility and Lori @ Some of my Favorite Books

Once again, I feel like I could pass this onto so many of you : ) I've loved all my time in the Blogger world, but it's really because of all my friends!

Joy @ Edgy Inspirational Romance

Renee @ Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot (Yes, I know you already got this one...*guilty*)

These two wonderful women have helped me greatly from posting problems to college transition. They are supportive, kind, and excellent role models. Thank you for being my friend!!

Award #7: Awesomesauce Award: Julie @ Silver Lining

Isn't this one...uhhhh...unique *wink* But it's very cool too!

Angie @ Never A Dull Moment I LOVE reading Angie's blog : ) Especially when she talks about her cute dog or cats! Angie is a genuine character who is SO nice! Go introduce yourself, you'll know what I mean!

Lori @ Some of my Favorite Books Time's have been tough so we haven't chatted as much lately, but I know if I needed anything she'd be there : ) Right now the support just has to be going back from me to you, Lori because you're the one trying to get life under your belt again *wink* Thanks, girl!

Amber @ Seasons of Humility Girl, you knew I'd give you this, right?! Amber is a truly awesome person. I am so grateful to have stumbled upon her blog! Someday when I return to Oregon, we'll meet *wink* Or there's always the East haven't seen it yet : D Bahahaha! Thanks for everything Amber!!

Okay, I think that about wraps up the awards portion!! THANK YOU all for everything and for joining me today! I'm so sorry it took SO long to get it up!! I have literally been working on it since early May *wink* I've been busy!! What can I say??

WAIT!! Before you all leave, I have dessert for you : ) Just for Amber:

But those are JUST for Amber because I know how she likes them : )
THESE are for everyone else, ha!

Then, we've got some Chocolate Lava Cake that is heaven on a plate, if you've never tried it!!

But if you can't have chocolate or "want something lighter" I also have some delicious Strawberry Cheesecake!! Now I don't like cheesecake very much, so eat up on this one too!!

Oh yeah, Coco here's your Milkbone : ) Compliments of my pup Maddie!!

And here's some for the trip home *wink*

I think that this has been SO much fun, what about you?? Please let me know how your time on the island was!

: )

So, enjoy your flight, let me know that you all made it okay!

I hope you all fit!! Hahahaha!

See you soon and join me on the island anytime (just let me know in advance and I'll whip something up for you!) *waving*

See ya next time!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Super Secret Post

Now, by this title, this post is super secret because I didn't want a certain person *cough Amber cough cough* to know what this post was about!! So......


So, in honor of your nineteenth birthday, we're celebrating with a party! We've got so many things!

Here's the banner:

We've got balloons, too!

Start whacking this pinata pronto!!

Here's our plates, cups, napkins, thank you notes (Amber, those are for later)!

Oh, man! Is that Renee I see hopping on house???!!!

*singing Happy Birthday*

We've got TWO cakes because you're just that special!! Blow out all the candles and make a wish!!

If we have cake, we must have *drumroll* PRESENTS!!!!

Since it's your birthday and you said you wanted to be one of these two character, you get to pick which you'd rather be for the party!! Don't worry I got it in your size ; )

Woody's your fave character, right?!

Something for you in your spare time *wink*

So, now all that's left to say, Amber, is: