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Surprise Me Sunday

Jim Carrey quote

 

I was so pleasantly surprised to see this inspiring video clip from comedian Jim Carrey’s recent graduation speech at Maharishi University.  I’m including a clip but if you want to see Jim Carrey’s entire speech, you can watch it here.

 

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I love this video.  It’s become very popular to post it on Facebook lately.  Lots of people have viewed it.

Am I surprised by the NEED someone felt to make this video?  No.  Not at all.  Sadly.

Am I surprised that people are sharing it?  No.

Am I surprised that people aren’t following its directive to “Look Up”?  No, sadly, I’m not.  We are all addicted to our machines and we’ve become a world of plugged-in parrots.

I’ve tried harder to be more connected.  I’ve blogged less.  I’ve volunteered more.  I still think I need to do do more.  To be more present in my family members’ lives.  In my friends’ lives.  In the world.

I’m going to keep working at this.  Will you join me?

 

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We are constantly reading around here.  Ariel is more of a book reader these days than I am, simply because she has more free time than I do.  She usually has at least two or three novels going at once and has no problem keeping the storylines straight.  Me, I have to read one at a time and my biggest problem is that time comes to a screeching halt when I am in the midst of a good read.  Laundry?  No time for that.  Dinner?  Order take-out.  Sleep?  Who needs it?  :D

So it was quite the shock tonight when I asked Ariel what she was reading these days.  (They just finished Number the Stars in school and I had ordered Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl for her (gotta love Scholastic!) because I thought it would tie in well.  Unfortunately, she got a little too much exposure to the Holocaust and now doesn’t have the desire to read more about it.  And that’s fine, because it is a very strong topic for most of us.)  She replied, with a start, “Nothing!”  And immediately went to her bookshelf to find a new book.

She found Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.  I had also ordered it from Scholastic.  It earned 4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers, so I have high expectations of it.  I’ll let you know what she thinks!

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Okay, there’s not much better at least to me than an ice cold Diet Coke.  Except I just heard of having a Coke in a bottle made of ice.  Ummmm, yeah.  It would be ice cold down to the last sip!!  What a brilliant idea!!

Frozen Coke Bottle

 

And it would be eco-friendly too!  No glass to recycle (or end up in the trash if folks didn’t recycle it–grrr….)…. I LOVE IT!!  Now to get Coke to sell them in the US….  Currently, they’re just for sale in Colombia (yes, the country!), but we can hope, right?!?

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There must be a bazillion ways to cook corn on the cob—and they are all posted online!!

I found a method that really works for us, since I abhor all those darn silks…. and having to pull them all off makes me nuts and not want to serve fresh corn as much as I should.

Here’s Ken describing his super-easy method:

 

Isn’t that amazing?  And we just did it tonight!  IT REALLY WORKS!! I was so surprised that I hadn’t heard about it before now!

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Ariel pulled out her viola today to practice… and something struck me funny.  It was when she was applying rosin to her bow. I *know* the difference between a viola and a violin/fiddle, but I couldn’t stop singing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”… slightly off-key ’cause that’s how I sing…. and then I realized she wasn’t giving me that scared look because I was off-tune…. it was because I was singing ALL. THE. WORDS. to a song she’d never heard before.

And now, I’ve had to look up the lyrics so she could sing along….as well look on YouTube for a non-expletive version to play for her.

Her surprise:  that I knew all the words to a song she didn’t know.

My surprise:  that I didn’t know all of the words that she thought I did!!

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I *knew* I wasn’t the only one!  Thanks, Jessica, for affirming my belief!!

 

What if I NEED that empty toilet paper roll later?

 

Thanks, Pinterest, for validating my {ahem!} not-quite-hoarding-but-really-close tendencies!

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I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.  I had not heard of Puppy Bowl before.

It’s a cute show, full of cute puppies playing and roughhousing, complete with a lined field, hedgehog cheerleaders, sunken waterbowls and a lot of ball shaped toys.

 

Here’s a taste:

 

 

 

Puppy Bowl will air most of tonight and some tomorrow.  Enjoy!

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cute cow Christmas lights, ornaments, stockings, and books

 

How/when did cows become a Christmas symbol?  Well, I don’t know that they are an official symbol, but cute bovines sure have been incorporated into some great holiday books and decor.  How adorable are those cow ornaments?!

Sources:

It’s a Cow Christmas Audio CD

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Barbie Premium Experience on Royal Caribbean

What a pleasant surprise!!  I just found out that Royal Caribbean is offering a Barbie Cruise!  How much fun is that?!

Available to book starting in October, the actual cruises will begin in January.

Imagine the fabulousness of the Barbie Premium Experience on Royal Caribbean:

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