Sunday Scribblings – My Style

My style is an easy and a hard thing to describe. I think back to what my style was in high school and well, it hasn’t changed all that much, ever. I also realize that many of those things went out of style and then came back though I refuse to admit my real age. I don’t physically look it, thank you God and when I get up in the morning and look in the mirror I still see a 21 year old 99% of the time. I blame that on positive attitude.

That being said, my day to day style is casual these days. The jobs I have had in recent years dictates it. I wear Levi’s and decorative Tees. My shoes are based on the season and weather. My hair and make-up vary based on the day’s activity, but not much.

I do have a closet that accommodates any occasion though. I am a girly girl and love to dress up and have the clothes and the accessories, everything from silk dresses to cocktail dresses, to do it, just not the occasions to do so lately.

So, I guess my style is comfortable, but appropriate for the occasion and my age at any given time.

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Sunday Scribblings ~ If I had to live at a different time in history

Here’s one of those imagination games that I find so much fun. The exercise this week is to decide what era in history you would choose to live in if you couldn’t live now. Not just when, but why? While you’re at it, how about where? What do you imagine life would be like?

This is such an easy question for me. I always wanted to be a pioneer woman, you know Laura Ingalls, prairie girl marries town hunk, becomes local school teacher, has love of family and friends all around her, knows what to do in any circumstance or who she can reliably turn to for help. Women were strong and in control despite the restraints of political times. all the while still being feminine. They ran the home and often times many other aspects. They did it with love, logic and hard work. I enjoy the simpler ways of life without so many gray areas. Canning, quilting, etc…

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Sunday Scribblings ~ Forbidden

This week’s theme is FORBIDDEN in honor of Banned Books Week. I had forgotten all about Banned Books Week until my niece asked for help with an English assignment, “Why would someone want to write a fiction book about the Great Depression?” Grapes of Wrath immediately came to mind and I started to look online for a few links that she could research when I ran across several listing it as a banned book. I had NO IDEA that one of the greatest classics was a banned book at one time and it all started next door so to speak in Bakersfield, California, Kern County.

One of the most unbelievable things I found were some of the reasons behind the rationals to ban a book. Go look at this list of Banned Books. You’ll see that Alice in Wonderland has been banned in China because of the portrayal of Anthropomorphized animals acting on the same level as humans. Black Beauty, Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The very Hungry Caterpillar… are just some of the well known and familiar books on these lists with equally baffling rationals for being banned. The lists go on and on. I’m sure each person or entity had a very ‘valid’ reason to see a book banned, at least in their mind, but I’m of a mind to allow others to make up their own minds. Not to mention that I believe if you tell someone they are FORBIDDEN to do something that’s all the more reason they want to do it.

The Online Books Page, ALA the American Library Association, Explore Banned Books, The Forbidden Library are just some of the places where you can read and learn more.

I found this list over at the Enchanted Hovel and it’s a good one to pass on. The books I’ve read will be in bold.

The following are some of the most challenged/banned books in the U.S. I urge everyone, in honor of banned book week, to post this list on your blog, and mark the ones you have read in bold! Then go out and read one of the other books on the list. Never take your freedom for granted.

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna – don’t judge me, one of my friends used to love Madonna so I checked it out at her house one day. Said friend stopped loving Madonna once she read the book.
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – just starting to read
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

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Sunday Scribblings ~ Wedding


This is a new meme for me, but I read one over at Lulu’a Petals and thought it might be fun. Today’s theme is wedding.

I’ve been to and in a lot of weddings. Sometimes I feel like Kathryn Heigl in 27 dresses – I’ve worn dresses and shoes that I would never be caught dead in and I still have the candle holder from a wedding where we walked down the aisle with lit candles and flowing dresses that when a breeze came up almost set the church afire as well as numerouos bridesmaids and pink cotton crocheted gloves from one in the 80’s that made us look like Barbie dolls. LOL, but of course no matter how memorable ALL the other weddings are, the one you remember most is your own.

I married a man with a VERY large family. Just picking a date for our wedding was major feat all by itself. Our wedding was planned around his sister’s trip to Acapulco, a family raft trip and various other commitments already in the works, etc… Once the date was finally set we began the arrangements, another major feat as we decided to get married in the same church his folks had back in 1948 in Las Vegas. To complicate matters, the church had been moved several times since (due to the implosion of various casinos where it used to sit in their parking lots – it now has a permanent home and is on the historical register) and we weren’t even sure where it was plus we didn’t live in that town so all our arrangements were being made long distance.

Everyone except his folks were coming from out of town, though we didn’t hear a single person grumble. Everyone seemed to want to spend a weekend in Las Vegas – imagine that?

I checked into the hotel early on Saturday to get ready. My bridesmaids met me there and my niece, a make-up artist came by do my make-up. Everything was going well and on time. The hotel was only 2 miles up the strip from the church. Now if you’ve never been to Las Vegas, 2 miles on a Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas on the strip translates to about 30 minutes travel time. My bridesmaids left an hour before the wedding with my dress in tow for the church. 20 minutes later my uncle and my cousin Jenn who’d flown in for the wedding so he could give me away came by to drop off their car in valet and pick me up and use our car, a convertible, for the wedding and reception.

We arrived at the church with just enough time for me to throw on my dress, but alas my bridesmaids and dress were no where to be found! Long story short I arrived before my dress, but fortunately they weren’t that late, I think I had 5 seconds to spare. Even churches in Las Vegas run on a tight timetable, especially on Saturday. Because we were now running late, the preacher sounded like he was on fast forward. Nobody complained though since it was soooooo hot and they were all ready for the party portion of the agenda.

We were married just before 9/11 and our reception was on Lake Mead on a paddle wheeler which was awesome as the ship cruised to the edge of the Hoover Dam for one of the last times it ever would due to the soon to be National Security measures for Homeland Security. It was a great reception, but it too was laced with a few ‘problems’, but then aren’t there always a few issues for major productions?

We had chosen a package where the cruise line provided everything except the photographer which we supplied with his niece and my brother who did awesome jobs!! Shortly after we arrived they informed us we would be cruising without a DJ because he forgot the wires for the speakers. Now my bridesmaids tried to handle this without worrying me, but eventually had to involve me as they were meeting with great resistance from the cruise line. Since they didn’t like my idea of reimbursing me several thousand dollars for the package I paid for and since they hadn’t provided me with what I paid for, they agreed to leave late on the cruise and open the on shore bar for our guests while the DJ went after what he forgot and they agreed to pay their employees the necessary overtime. I suggested they negotiate with the DJ that they had hired and they agreed. Part of the package included taking boarding pictures which were to be given to us. We were going to make copies for our album and then send them on as thank you cards to all our guests. In their haste to get out of there when we returned later than expected they distributed all the photos.

Despite these ‘issues’, we had a FANTASTIC time! The food was fabulous and the cake was SUPERB. It was a white cake with a raspberry filling and coated with melted European milk chocolate before the butter cream frosting. We have pictures of people stopping by for one last bite before they left the ship. The music was fantastic as was the dancing. It was 113 degrees that day and the wind was lowing about 30 miles an hour, but we all had a great time.

Our wedding is the one that the family is still talking about and said they really enjoyed! Our nephew kept saying he wanted a wedding just like ours ~ quick and right to the party!

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