30 Random Things

  1. If boring women have immaculate houses, I’m surely one of the most interesting people I know.
  2. I would rather shop at a hardware store than at the mall.
  3. When I was little, I thought Fonzie, Rocky, and Vinnie Barbarino were the same person.
  4. I prefer cotton candy to chocolate.
  5. I love a good fundraiser.
  6. If it weren’t for my multiple doctor visits, I wouldn’t have much of a social life.  (Thanks, Helen.)
  7. I ❤ documentaries.
  8. My husband and I worked closely together before we were married, so we kept our relationship a secret.
  9. My blog title is based on a line in one of The Little Mermaid movies.
  10. One of my biggest pet peeves is incorrect use of apostrophes.
  11. Hats are one of the few accessories I wear.
  12. I love that the periods of this list all line up.  Few people know they are supposed to.
  13. I don’t think the number 13 is unlucky.
  14. I can’t stand it when people mispronounce supposedly.
  15. I left my heart in Port Angeles, so I changed my current city on Facebook.
  16. I have read baby name books for fun since I was a kid.
  17. I laugh at myself daily.
  18. I love the theatre, but haven’t acted since I was a kid.
  19. I had two roles in Blue Belts of Happiness:  The Sunshine Lady and Sugar Sue.  The girl with the lead went on to play Annie on Broadway.
  20. I wonder why the lucky horseshoe in Frontierville is upside down.
  21. I live across the street from George Lucas’ childhood home.
  22. I used to cross stitch a lot.
  23. I love to read.
  24. I cringe when I hear someone say, “I seen.”
  25. I love to decorate cupcakes.  Cookies?  Not so much.
  26. I’m the third generation to have my middle name, which is my maternal grandfather’s mother’s maiden name.
  27. I own the only incredibly shrinking Good Luck Care Bear.
  28. My dream is to have a house full of kids.
  29. Jesus’ love and forgiveness, laundry, dishes, taxes, and death can always be counted on.
  30. I love filling out lists.

St. Baldrick’s

Several months ago, I was listening to a radio program about heroes.  A woman called in to commend a young lady in her town who was graduating high school.  She was about to shave her head for charity for the second time.  I was amazed that someone so young would put aside teenage vanity for a good cause.

Having contemplated shaving my own head for a year or more, I came home and googled head shaving charity and found St. Baldrick’s Foundation.  It was intriguing to me that so many would “brave the shave” to raise money for children’s cancer research.

I decided I would like to participate.  My husband was OK with the idea.  Being bald himself, perhaps he’d welcome the company.  His only concern was my prominent “flat spot”  which is flatter than most and somewhat bumpy.  I said that I didn’t care about that because I don’t have to look at it.   “But I have to,” he teased.

My then five-year-old son understood this was a way to help kids but was hesitant until I assured him that my hair would grow back.

After months of talking and weeks of planning, my head will be shaved this Saturday at our own fundraiser.  I hope to make this an annual event, recruiting shavees and raising money for this excellent cause.

To learn more visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/fulfillingandoddlyminty


No Bake Pumpkin Pie

OK, I said no pumpkin pie, but this is more like a pudding in a shell.  🙂

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon spice blend
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • In a large bowl, mix the milk and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the pudding mix and spices, and mix until well combined. Fold in the whipped topping and pour into pie shell. Refrigerate until serving.

    My notes: 

    This took less than 5 minutes to put together.  It’s got a great flavor especially if you let it chill for a day.

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    Special thanks to AB70 for the recipe upon which this was based.