November 5 is Bank Transfer Day

Feel like switching banks?

League of Responsible Government Voters
November 5 is Bank Transfer Day

Working and Parenting
Give Children the Freedom to Make Mistakes

E Daily
My Husband is Smarter Than Me

Medical Book Club
“Say Ahhh!” Dora Goes to the Doctor

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All Girls Welcome in Girl Scouts

This story makes me love the Girl Scouts even more. And did you hear they’re quitting using palm oil for their cookies? If we didn’t already have so much in our busy week, we would join up right away.

That Gay Blog
All Girls Welcome in Girl Scouts

Female Report
Women Hurt, Too

Bad Likes
Another Reason to Quit Facebook

League of Gay Voters
Let Gays and Lesbians Adopt

Fighting Congestion

Usually I know all of the secrets (included below), but this latest bout of congestion and other ailments is really getting to me. Ideas?

Healthy and Hale
Keeping Congestion at Bay

Female Report
Judy Moody is the Perfect Kid Flick

Simpsonista
Simpsons Three-Eyed Fish Caught in Argentina

Restaurant Talk
WTF is Up with You, Fazolis?

Things I Love Thursday

This week I’m loving…

Halloween! Nothing like an amazing trunk or treat to get you into the spirit. The best costume I saw was “Little Dead Riding Hood,” which was supremely evil and well played. The tween even gave me a perfect in-character glare that I had to compliment!

Seeing my mom well. She’s been ill for a couple of weeks and finally seeing her with some color and a bit of spring in her step made me breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Allergy meds! Thanks to my BFF, I am well supplied and getting better… I think. Ask me again tomorrow. I’ve also gone through six boxes of tea and two containers of honey, not to mention the stock I should purchase in Kleenex…

Wood Sprite’s birthday party photos. My husband did an excellent job, especially considering that our camera usually doesn’t work well. Her presents also went over well; she LOVES her tiny Totoro and her custom Diego rescue pack. We had 40 guests in all, and I am jokingly using that as my proof that “homeschoolers have social lives!” ūüėČ

Late girls’ nights with Wood Sprite. Now that my husband is working early morning shifts and going to bed early, the two of us have spent a couple of nights staying up late reading, doing experiments or craft projects, and generally having a good time.

Making lemonade out of lemons. Not literally; I think my positivity is slowly returning after such a difficult year. Things are still so tight around here, and we’ve had to cancel and cut back like nobody’s business, but I have a good feeling that things are going to start being okay soon…

Songs of the Week

This will be my last week doing songs of the day for Denver Music; feel free to keep visiting to hear about more local artists from the new host!

Denver Music
Song of the Day: “She’s Country”
Song of the Day: “Dirt Road Anthem”
Song of the Day: “Cinemetropolis”
Song of the Day: “Sound of Silence”
Song of the Day: “Poker Face,” AKA “Hairy Mom”
Song of the Day: “Mrs. Robinson”

Things I Love Thursday

Today my little wood sprite turns six, and the thing I’m loving most is that she’s come so far and that she’s in my life. She’s my favorite person, my favorite thing I’ve ever done, and I am so blessed to have her. Here is what I wrote about her on Facebook:

Six years ago today, I had an emergency C-section three months early with a 1-pound baby I’d been in love with long before she was born. This little wood sprite surpassed all odds, ethereally, calmly developing as we all worried and waited, embodying her name even in infancy… Today she’s a pint-sized sage, my tangible proof that miracles do happen, that love and trust are powerful magic, and that every moment is a gift. Happy birthday, Sagean Eva-Marie, my tiny dancer, my viking with the moon eyes. ‚ô•

This week, I’m also loving…

* Nyquil, Theraflu, Burt’s Bees cough drops, and anything else that’s helping me feel just a bit better¬† *¬† gorgeous fall weather, when it’s here!¬† *¬† Show Me Readers Club¬† *¬† getting my new planner ready for November¬† *¬† the new show, Once Upon a Time¬† *¬† crafting with wood sprite during the rare moments I’ve got energy (this bronchitis is kicking my butt!)¬† *¬† watching our two new kittens, Noke (Princess Mononoke) and Luna, chase each other through the house¬† *¬† relatives and friends who help out when you’re sick (and even when you’re not!)¬† *¬† having a semi-clean house¬† *¬† Cyndi Lauper¬† *¬† Wood Sprite’s easygoing calmness, even when I’m ill and not up for reading or playing¬† *¬† this great sample of Yes to Carrots lip balm I got for free with our cat worm meds, of all things¬† *¬† the big pumpkin WS won at game night