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Friday, September 17, 2010

I am Thankful, cont...(and 5QF)

I mentioned yesterday that I was going to finish my list of things for which I am thankful, but then I got super busy yesterday afternoon making this cake for this little cutie cousin of mine whom I just met for the first time on Wednesday, so here goes now.
(5) I am thankful for my friends and family, even the ones who live far away and only get to come for a visit every once in a blue moon.  My cousin, Micah and his family: Jennifer and Cian (pronounced Kee' ahn) are visiting from Wisconsin.
(4) I am thankful for all of the support and encouragement I receive each and every day from all of my friends in this incredible network of bloggers.  I am truly amazed at how God puts just the right people in your life at just the right time so we can learn from one another and uplift one another.  I just love that!
(3) I am thankful that my bills are almost caught up.  Okay, so maybe they're still not quite where I'd like them to be, but at least I'm not as far behind as I was this time last month!
(2)I am thankful for my hard-working husband who puts in lots and lots of hours and still has to listen to me complain that we need more, more, more.
(1) I am thankful for prayers answered (namely the job offer that I didn't want to expound upon yesterday in the event that any family members read that post.  It was Cian's day, and I didn't want the discussion to be about me and my new job).  I've told my Hubby and kids, but haven't even shared the good news with the rest of my family yet...I'm about to go do that now!

In the all can kick back and enjoy my Five Question Friday answers.  If you'd like to participate, hop on over to Mama M's blog "My Little Life" and copy and past the questions then link your blog to hers.  This is a lot of fun, and your readers get to find out the little things about you that you might not otherwise think to share.
1. What is the first nightmare you remember?

The first time I remember waking up scared, I thought snakes were crawling across the curtain rod in my bedroom in the middle of the night. I was so convincing in my hallucination that my sister and I were sitting up in bed clinging to each other and screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night. It must have scared the daylights out of our parents. (A little food for thought, here: Ever stop and wonder why we use the sayings we use? Why in the world would daylight be lurking inside my parents in the middle of the night; and why would my screaming force it out of them? Just wondering out loud.) Looking back I wonder what in the world I ate before going to bed that night?!

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?

I probably watch more basketball than anything simply because I have a husband and son who watch them. If I had to choose a sport I like to watch and play, I’d probably have to say baseball because I understand this sport. If the pitcher pitches too high or low, it’s a “ball” and you don’t swing. If he pitches just right and you don’t swing or swing and miss it’s a “steee-rike!” You do your best to hit the ball and run around 3 bases and make it back to home plate-plain and simple. There are no downs, first, second or otherwise, and constantly changing yard lines or 3-point shots vs. 2-point shots or fouls that get you to the free-throw line or fouls that get you thrown out of the game. I’m pretty much sports illiterate.

3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?

Okay, ladies, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am fashion-challenged (and that may very well be the understatement of the year). My entire closet could be featured on “What NOT to wear-ever.” This, my friends, is why I chose nursing for a career: mix and match scrubs, people (and you thought it was because I’m a caring person)! I have no idea what piece of trendy fashion I would want to pull off. I could probably settle for anything that doesn’t make me look like the schlumpadinka that I am!

4. Did you make good grades in school?

I’m pretty certain I was on the A/B honor roll from kindergarten on-even managed to pull it off in nursing school (even though all of my exam grades were not always A’s or B’s!)

5. What magazines do you subscribe to?

I do not currently subscribe to any magazines. My most recent subscription was All You which I purchased from one of my kids’ band fundraisers in lieu of the overpriced chocolate and gift wrap. When my kids were younger I always subscribed to Family Fun for the awesome craft and kid-friendly recipe ideas. I am a packrat by nature, and until I learn some techniques for “letting go” and getting rid of stuff I do NOT need anything else coming my way that I will be tempted to keep forever and a day (ex: I only recently got rid of an entire stack of Parenting magazines from the late 1990’s when my kids were first born). I do enjoy thumbing through Southern Living, Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens at the dentist’s office. He even allows me take the older issues (I am partial to the December issues with all of the great holiday baking recipes).

Well, as always, that was fun.  Now I'm done.  Have a great weekend dear blog buddies in case I don't make it back here until sometime next week!  Until then...


  1. Visiting from the blog hop! I love your thinking out loud...and I love the random knowledge of knowing things like "scare the daylights". Now, I have to figure it out!

  2. You're right, nursing is a good profession for the fashion challenged! Congratulations on your new position!

  3. i'm fashion challenged myself...:))

    Have a great weekend! and thanks for much for the award again!!

  4. Congratulations again Eastlyn! You deserve the job! What a cute picture! Your first dream that frightened you was quite a dream! I don't like snakes! I have a lot of nice clothes, but wear t-shirts and sweats most of the time. I like being comfy! Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

  5. E-,

    That cake is crazy ridiculoulsy beautiful!!!! What a fantastic job! I'm not kidding. So perfect, and colorful, and fun, and I know it tastes even better than it looks, which seems to be darn near impossible. You got mad skillz!

  6. You clever cake maker, you! Not to mention also very, very clever to appreciate the great things in your life the way you do. Make sure you link up to my 'Grateful Saturday' link to share your 'thankfuls'.

    I like your 5 questions - it really allows us to get to know you really, really well. Sometimes the questions bring out answers that only our very close friends know about us but which actually define us in ways we may not know. The blogging world lets us get to know each other on that deep level and it really does create a lasting connection.


  7. PS - forgot to say "CONGRATULATIONS!" on the job. Woot woooooo!! x

  8. Eastlyn, CONGRATULATIONS! How awesome for you! Also your little niece is adorable. Thanks for sharing the great news. Very exciting stuff!

  9. Yes, that's a double CONGRATUATIONS from me too! I am so happy for's about time these employers woke up and saw what they were missing!

    I always love your Five Question Friday and Thanksgiving Thursday posts. I had to laugh about you being featured for the "What Not to Wear-Ever" series...I think I would be featured for a program like this too. Also, I love the birthday cake you made. Eastlyn, you are a woman of many talents...

  10. Once again congrats!!!!! I am so happy for you! The pictures are great, the cake you made is awesome looking and I bet it tasted great too! Also your little cousin is too cute! I loved your five-question friday answers, and Thanksgiving Thursday! I love family circle magazine too and I am like you I have a big problem throwing away my magazines. I have a HUGE stack of Cooking Light magazines I probably should throw away but I keep telling myself I might use the recipes in there LOL. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  11. Congratulations on the new job. How wonderful is that! I'm so happy for you. (Doing the happy dance with two left feet too.)

    That cake you baked is absolutely amazing! Kudos on a job well done.

    In case you didn't get my e-mail, you won my giveaway! I need your postal address so I can send it to you, so please email me when your company and visiting has concluded.

  12. Eastlyn, thanks for your comment! I think as long as we don't give up on trying to be what we want then that's all that counts.

  13. First of all, congratulations on the new job! Second of all, that cake you made is adorable. Great job!