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Friday Faves: The Surprise! Edition

27 Apr

Aren’t you elated?!  It’s been months (or at least a month) since I did Friday Faves (FF) and I didn’t originally plan on putting together FF today, but some days I just surprise myself as well as my readers!  Since I just gave you an update on my life, I thought I’d share an amusing anecdote to fill up some space because just jumping into a bunch of links seems so impersonal.  However, I spend a lot of time sitting on my couch with my broken foot propped up on pillows, so it’s not like there are all that many stories to share.  Although when I  was using Stella the Walker to hobble up the stairs after returning from a doctor’s appointment this morning, the UPS man asked if I broke my foot after falling from drinking too much.  I informed him that I’m not a drinker (except for that wine cooler on New Year’s Eve).  He said that maybe I should start.  So, yeah, my UPS man encouraged me to become drop down drunk.  I guess what’s what brown can do for you.

What is up with our culture’s obsession with drunkenness?   I can think of several movies where drunken people get married or have one-night stands…and hilarity ensues.  I don’t understand the humor behind promiscuous sex or “accidental” marriages.  I mean, alcoholic drinks are expensive, so getting that sloshed isn’t cheap, especially if you can’t remember the “good time” you had last night.  Plus, I’ve heard about the upchucking and killer headaches that follow.  It makes me just want to stay home and watch “Fraggle Rock” on NetFlix streaming.  I am grateful to state stores for supplying me with free moving boxes. 

Oh, and for those of you who want to argue about the merits of drinking in biblical times, remember this–Apostle Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach, not become rip roarin’ drunk during a toga party.  The key is moderation, friends, and not to take advice on drinking from your UPS man.

A story and a lesson on morality–does Friday Faves get any better than this?

So, onto this week’s linkage…

*Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Sara Groves, particularly her latest album, Invisible Empires.  Those of you who have been listening to her for years are thinking, ‘Yeah, Amy, we know how awesome Invisible Empires is….where have you been?”  I decided to share the above video of Sara singing “Obsolete,” which is one of my fave songs from the album because it’s all vulnerable and emotional.  I think Sara paints beautiful word pictures with her lyrics and I like her gentle melodies.

*If you’re under 21, sometimes it’s hard to get find a pal (or UPS man) who will buy you alcohol.  Therefore, some teens have decided to make their own “moonshine” using hand sanitizer.  Yes, hand sanitizer!  My friend, Shari, who is a dedicated child care professional, first told me that the two year-olds in her classroom weren’t allowed to use hand sanitizer due to its alcohol content.  We laughed, thinking of all the moms who rub it on their kids like sunscreen.  But, apparently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health wasn’t too far off with this one.  For more information, on this alarming trend check out this article from The Morning Call.

*What do you get for the paparazzi who has everything?  A vintage camera fashioned into a tape dispenser!  It’ll only set you back $21.  Other vintage items available from A Mano Trading include an Ultraman Piggy Bank (sorry, it’s sold out!  What a hotseller!) and a needlepoint squirrel.  Personally, I like this closeout bag.

This is Big Red laying the eggs. Currently, all three eggs are now hatched.

*Finally, I want to tell you about a unique opportunity to spy on a red tail hawk nest thanks to CornellVia this link, you can check out Big Red and her mate, Ezra, as they  care for their three eyasses.  I spent a good hour watching Big Red feed her babies a vole carcass.  It sounds gross, but it makes for fascinating viewing. (Click here to view additional videos of the eyasses hatching, eating, and fighting like siblings do.)

As always, have a great weekend!

Because I just adore your comments, here are some discussion questions…I’m going to a book sale and church–what are you doing this weekend?  Have you ever tried to drink hand sanitizer?  With your UPS man (or woman?)What is your favorite Sara Groves song?  Which do you like best–Sarah, Sara, Sarai, or some other alternative spelling of the name?  What do you think of the goods at A Mano Trading?  Any good gifts for Mother’s Day?  Speaking of mothers, what do you think of Big Red’s parenting skills? 

Friday Faves: It’s ALL ABOUT YOU Edition

27 Jan

OK, it’s Friday afternoon.  I’m not feeling so hot (TMD, rainy gloom, sinuses).  BFF Sarah came home from work early.  And I’ve got less than 25 minutes to sneak in a blog post.  Why 25 minutes (or less), you ask?  Because I’m dying my hair! (Even we natural blondes need to rely on a bottle to get us through the lack-of-sun winter months. Don’t judge me!)

(My pics won’t post right, so I’m typing something here to fill up the space. La-dee-dah!  Doesn’t JOSH WILSON rock?)

If I ever try online dating again, I should use this at my main profile pic.  Love me as I am!!!

Being a woman on a schedule, Friday Faves is going to be ever so brief this week. So, why don’t you share some of your faves in the comment section?  Share a post from your blog, someone else’s blog, an interesting news article, or a silly video (go ahead and Rick Roll us!) 

Not only did DaySpring cards make me smile this week (read post), so did my friend Mel Brown, who send BFF Sarah and I some snazzy eco-friendly necklaces.  Mine is green, of course, and BFF Sarah’s is a pretty purple.  Doesn’t my necklace look fab with my 1000 Reasons perpetual desk calendar? (BTW, I got Ann Voskamp’s book for a friend AND the desk calendar at the DaySpring Online Store as a bundled deal cheaper than I would’ve paid on Amazon.)  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win a $20 gift card to the DaySpring Online Store, which you can also use on (in)courage products. (Check out Shari’s giveaway, too! Shari’s ends tomorrow so enter NOW!!!)

Look at all the faves I managed to sneak into that intro.  It’s time to wash out my hair dye (BFF Sarah says I’m five minutes overdue!!!), so share, share, share your faves so this post isn’t a total flop!

Friday Faves: Snow Globe Living Edition

2 Dec

I’ve been going back and forth on bringing back Friday Faves.  Am I ready?  What if I do it this Friday and not next Friday?  I mean, do I even have any readers left besides my mother? 

Then I thought, if you write it, they will come.

So I fooled around on Facebook for a while (yes, those games I used to think were stupid are highly addictive and somewhat entertaining), scoped out Thursday’s online deals, goofed around on Twitter, played some more Facebook games (The wheat needed to be harvested).  And here I am, staring at my computer screen thinking of all the great things I read, saw, and experienced this week.

How could I keep all this awesomeness to myself?  Why, that would be selfish!  I don’t know what’s going to happen next week or the week after or the week after, but I’m sure God does.  I’ll keep the future rightly in His hands and focus on the matter at hand—this week’s Friday Faves.

I seem to listen to a lot of music or read a lot of books—not usually at the same time, though occasionally my loves do intermingle.  Currently, I’m in a music phase and with so many exciting things happening in the industry (like the GRAMMY Award Nominations…congrats, everyone!), there is much to share.

*I can’t stop singing “Snow Globe” by Matt Wertz, even though I don’t know all (or most) of the lyrics.  Mostly, I just prance around singing, “Sometimes I wish I lived in snow globe,” mumble, and then pick it up again on the “la-la’s.”  Therefore, I need to share this song with y’all.  And, as luck would have it, Matt Wertz was kind enough to make an enchanting music video for us to enjoy together. (Amy’s note: Matt Wertz must be very secure in his masculinity to wear long-johns in that video!) 

I always wished I lived in a snow globe, and I’m glad I’m not alone.  I’m sure someone’s going to form a Facebook group about this very topic, and I’ll probably join in. But under no circumstances will I be appearing in any music videos in my PJ’s.  Some things are just private, know what I’m saying? You’ve got to be a good friend or family member to see me in my scrubby night duds. 

For a limited time, you can download “Snow Globe” along with his album 23 Places FOR FREE on NoiseTrade: GO DOWNLOAD IT!!!  And while you’re out there LEGALLY downloading music, hop over to your fave music buying site, and check out Matt’s brand spankin’ new-this-year Christmas album called…wait for it…SNOW GLOBE!!!  I only wish the album came with a FREE Matt Wertz snow globe.

But, wait, you can head over to Matt Wertz’s website and get your very own snow globe necklace for $40, complete with an 18” sterling silver chain.  Cute idea, but kind of pricey, especially since I have to assemble the mini-snow globe myself AAAND I prefer 22” chains.  Now you know what to get for the person who has everything—a snow globe necklace!

Only 5 BUCKS, baby!  Like dollars, not male deer!

*While we’re on the topic of legally purchasing music…have you checked out some of the $5 digital music downloads on Amazon lately?  The “regular” album choices for December are pretty paltry, but the special Christmas music section is great!  For ONLY five dollars, you can treat yourself to some of my favorite albums including Christmas Spirits by Straight No Chaser, Wintersong by Sarah MacLachlan, A Very Merry Christmas by Dave Barnes, Christmas by Rebecca St. James (which I got as a Christmas present in 1997.  I love this album!), and one of my most loved Christmas albums, Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer by Relient K.  Since I already own this great music, I’m thinking of purchasing Mindy Smith’s My Holiday–what do you think?

Jillian Edwards = one of the many reasons I love Noise Trade!

*NoiseTrade co-founder Derek Webb (he sings, too!) wrote a tantalizing post this week about why he’d rather give his music away for free than allowing it to be streamed on Spotify.  Check out, “Giving It Away:  How Free Music Makes More Than Sense.”   I’m a habitual NoiseTrade download junkie.  I mean, what won’t I do for free music?  Plus, I can discover amazing musicians without feeling pressured by a publicist. (Darn my people-pleasing tendencies!)  In fact, I recently discovered Jillian Edwards on NoiseTrade, and I think you’ll love her!

I might wear Long-johns in a music video for a Kindle Fire…

*Because we’re all about the free, I mean, all about the music, I want to you how to get FREE MUSIC from Plumb!  Ever since Plumb released her first album when I was in high school, I’ve adored her and her music.  Well, you can download TWO Christmas songs when you like Plumb on Facebook, and then if you tell your friends about Plumb’s awesomeness, I mean, her music (and how could you not?), then you will be entered to win some cool prizes like a Kindle Fire (drool!), an iPod shuffle, Plumb-y gear, or a personalized profile pic of Tiffany holding a sign thanking you!!! (I want one of her thanking me while wearing the wings she wore while singing “Send Angels” at Creation ’97!)  Now I’ll refrain from entering this contest (probably) because I’ll blow you all out of the water with my gazillion Facebook friends.  I mean, it wouldn’t even a fair contest.  But I really, really, really want a pretty Kindle Fire, uh, I mean, the other prizes that aren’t a Kindle Fire.  Love, I mean, like Plumb on Facebook, download the songs (Plumb’s version of “What Child Is This” gave me chills.  Beautiful), and WIN [me a Kindle Fire]!

Wowser!  If I didn’t already own one of these…

*You know what makes a great Christmas present? Jason Gray’s latest album, A Way to See in the Dark!!!  Know what makes it better?  If Jason Gray personally autographed it!  Know what makes ME the best ever?!  I’m giving away a copy of that very autographed album for FREE!!!  All you have to do is enter!  Deets hereYou know you want to enter!

Welcome back, Friday Favers!  Hmm….we need to work on a better name for you guys. 

Who wouldn’t want to go sledding with an eReader?

Amy’s Update:  I just learned about another great deal…a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble for only $15 at SaveMore.com (This is my unique referral linkage, BTW.  I get $5 for every new person who signs up!)  Because I’m a first-time user, I got a $10 sign-up bonus, meaning that I can get my gift card for $5 (I think).  If not, I’m totally getting those Fandango tix (two tickets for $12, or rather $2 with my $10 bonus.  Woot!  I can see Breaking Dawn in theaters.  I mean, a mature adult movie that doesn’t involve werewolves and vampires.  Actually, your credit can only be applied to certain purchases and Fandango is not one of them.  Boo-hoo).  And in case you didn’t know, Barnes & Noble dot com has WAY cheaper books and like Amazon, they offer free shipping when on spends $25 or more. (I like to check out the after-Christmas sales at B&N to get pretty journals so I can write down my most private thoughts) Do the deal! (Take note that your gift card won’t be available until 12/12 or 12/13.)

Be honest–do you ever wish you lived in a snow globe?  Do you ever think you *do* live in a snow globe? (If so, I have a counseling degree; I  can help you.  Or at least run the peer support group!)  Would you wear an adult onesie in public, even if you were a TOTALLY famous musician like Matt Wertz?  Do you want to win a Kindle Fire?  Do you want to win ME a Kindle Fire?  Isn’t Plumb a fantastic dresser?  (If I dressed like her, I’d just look silly.)  Do you use Spotify?  NoiseTrade?  Buy a $5 Amazon album?  Breathe?  How is your Christmas shopping going thus far?  Are you thinking about getting a snow globe necklace for anyone on your list?

Friday Faves: Heart Sick Edition

10 Jun

Welcome to another fine edition of Friday Faves here at Backseat Writer.  Please look to the left side of your screen and notice the cute image indicating that this is a “Friday Faves” post.  I designed it on the fly so I wouldn’t have to type “insert logo here” again.  While I would prefer a bigger logo that I didn’t design in three minutes or less on TinyPic.com, I think this little bugger will do for now.

Last weekend, I saw not one, but two, movies in the theater.  This is a big occasion for me, folks, because I rarely go to the movies since NetFlix and RedBox prove to be much cheaper options.  However, I had two Fandango tickets that were about to expire, so I took BFF Sarah to see X-Men: First Class (you can read all about it on Backseat Reader’s Sunday Stew.  I always tell those readers to check out Friday Faves, so it’s time for you folks to return the favor. Plus, you can learn about the fruits of my community yard sale fun!)  I also saw Something Borrowed at the local cheapster theater, and let me tell you, I’m glad I didn’t pay full price to see that.  It was a bunch of obnoxious 30-somethings cheating on each other and drinking.  A lot.  I mean, whenever a major character was holding a drink, it was alcoholic.  If this is what most people my age do for fun, it’s no wonder I don’t have more friends.

I know Friday Faves is supposed to be a lighthearted end-of-the-week post, but something is weighing heavily on my heart right now.  A couple of days ago, I learned that an out-of-state friend lost her four day-old baby less than two weeks ago.  This was my friend and her husband’s first child–a sweet, little girl.  Would you consider praying for my friend and her husband as they walk this difficult road together?  I feel her hurt almost like a physical ache in my bones, and thinking of her brings me to tears.  I cannot fathom her grief in this moment.  And I don’t know why God allowed this sweet baby to enter the world for four days and then took her home, but I know that her life matters.  These are the moments that challenge the very foundations of my faith, and all I can end up saying is, “Yet I believe.”  (I actually wrote a post titled, “Yet We Believe.”)  Thank you for your wonderful, caring hearts!

*So, for my friend and all those who have lost children far too early, I want to share the song, “Hello, Goodbye (I’ll See You on the Other Side)” by Michael W. Smith.  He actually wrote this song for friends who lost their baby, so it’s very appropriate.  Thank God for the hope He provides us in knowing there’s an other side. (The man who created this video did it as a memorial for the triplets he and his wife lost at 19 weeks.)

*On a similar note, my friend musician Amy Courts wrote a poignant post this week sharing how she felt abandoned by God after delivering her son, Elijah: “…But Now My Eyes Have Seen You.”  Last week, I shared Amy’s post on her difficult delivery and the loss of her uterus.  If you didn’t read “Observing Grief” last week,  you definitely need to read it this week.

Instead of a bunch of funny links, I want to leave you with a reminder to cherish life, love those around you, and find a way to praise God even in grief, even when it seems like you’ve been abandoned.  Somehow, some way, He is still in control.  Yet I will praise Him.  Have a nice weekend!

I asked you to pray for my friend, so how can I pray for you or your family/friends? 

Friday Faves:: The Royal Wedding Ring Pop Edition

29 Apr

Welcome to my first edition of Friday Faves, in which I will share the best stuff I’ve found through surfing the web, in bookstores,  or just randomly need to share because I enjoy it.  Hopefully, I’ll do an edition every Friday and maybe you could start sharing some of your favorite things with me in the handy dandy comments section. 

It’s Royal Wedding Friday, which is why this whole post is in Royal Wedding blue (that, and I just discovered I can use color in my posts)!  While I’ve been trying to ignore all the hype that money can buy (if you recognize this as an album title from one of my favorite bands, then you get +1000 cool points.  Name the band in the comments to earn your puntos), I’ve been sucked into watching the ceremony by my mother, who thinks the Royal Wedding (look, it’s so important that it is capitalized) is terribly romantic. Sigh.  After watching a particularly touching episode of “The Middle” a couple of weeks ago, in which Frankie and the rest of the Hecks watch the wedding together, I have to admit maybe it is something worth watching.  But if I’m going to watch the wedding, then I want to be chomping down on one of these babies….

That’s right–the Royal Ring Pop candy pop.  In order to win one of these babies, I “liked” RingPop on Facebook and answered this thought-provoking question–if I was the princess of my own kingdom, what laws would I enact?  Here’s my answer: “Naturally, I would make the Royal Ring Pop the official ring of the kingdom and on Royal Ring Pop Day, all the people would come together to consume the Royal Ring Pop in a day of sugar highs and madness. Three day weekends would be mandatory for social workers and Royal Ring Pop employees (who would have to wear shirts bearing the Royal Ring Pop logo). Oh, and my castle would be built to look like a Royal Ring Pop…and if you licked its walls, it would taste like one, too. :) I could be the Princess of (Ring) Pop.

Here are some of my other faves:

*Joylina Petersheim writes about the tender observation of bald eagles, their young, and what it means for her own life in an excellent guest post on The Bird Sisters blog.  Read it here: “Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong.”  The only way this post could be any better is if the song, “Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong” played in the background on the blog.  Alas, I guess I can’t have it all.

*Speaking of The Bird Sisters blog, did you know that the blogger behind it is Rebecca Rasmussen, author of the acclaimed novel The Bird Sisters, which I am currently reading?  I love this book!  Glowing review and interview with Rebecca coming up in the next few weeks.  The Bird Sisters, the book, definitely deserves its own spot on “Friday Faves.” Maybe Rebecca should send Will and Kate  a copy as a wedding present?

*Yesterday I received a wonderfully amusing video of Jack Conte, one-half of the San Fran group Pomplamoose cover the Super Mario Bros. theme song.  If you know me, you know that I’m a Super Mario Bros fanatic.  Sarah and I having been trying to beat the game for a year now after Josh Wilson (who is FINALLY playing in Allentown on May 29 at MayFair–how exciting is that?) told us that he beat it in only a week.  Now that we know it can be beat, we want to beat it.  Anyway, back to Jack Conte…watch him rock out here.

*Another tasty tidbit comes from one of my favorite bloggers/writers Sarah Cunningham, who always writes beautiful and often humorous posts on her blog.  This week Sarah wrote about how budget crackdowns are effecting education in Michigan schools, where she teaches.  Read “Don’t Stop Believing.”

*Finally, I want to tell you about Fairy Tale Fortnight, a fascinating series of posts hosted by book blogs Books From Bleh to Basically Amazing and The Book Rat.  Sadly, Fairy Tale Fortnight ends on April 30, but it also has a ton of bookish giveaways, which you can enter until May 8.  Take time to read the posts about books, authors, and modern fairy tales retold (including the difference between fairy and faerie tales.)  The faeries will come out and bite you if you don’t!

That’s all for this first edition of Friday Faves.  Best wishes to you, William and Kate!  Now if you excuse me, I have a Ring Pop to devour.

What are your favorites this week?  Do you love or hate the Royal Wedding madness?  What was your favorite fave?  Leave a comment below and don’t forget about those +1000 cool points you can win.

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