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Winner Winner Pumpkin Dinner

Winner Winner Pumpkin Dinner

I like to win. No matter what the subject, make it a competition, and I’m in it to win it. Derek Jeter said: “You tell me you want to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat you. My grandmother asks me to race down the street, I’m going to try to beat her. And I’ll probably enjoy it.” I always knew that Jeter and I were soul mates…. When “people” (hi, honey!) accuse me of being overly competitive, I reply: “I am not! I’m the most non-competitive person in the whole

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How Freaky Is This?

How Freaky Is This?

Been there. Done that. Seen it before. Bought the T-shirt. Whether it’s fashion, music, or interior decor, it seems that everything old is new again. This cycle of things going in and out of style is called “The 20-Year Rule.” There was a 60s revival in the 80s, then a 70’s revival in the 90’s. Guess what I saw in Marshall’s the other day? An entire shelf of leg warmers–hello, 80s revival! We think of film and television as being less cyclical and more progressive, a sign of our modern evolution. In the 80s

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Think Pink

Think Pink

Last week, I talked about the Pumpkin Spice craze that sweeps the nation this time of year. But October isn’t just a month of celebrating orange orbs, it’s also a time to think pink. I was reminded that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month when I pulled up to my favorite fast food establishment on October 1st for a breakfast biscuit and a sweet tea. The wrapper on my straw read: “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” and the actual straw was…you guessed it…pink! Indeed, everywhere you look in the month of October, you’ll

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Pumpkin Spice Whatte?

Pumpkin Spice Whatte?

It’s only the first Monday in October and I don’t know about you, but I’m already over the pumpkin craze. You’d think I’d just be getting into it, since Halloween’s right around the corner and fall’s finally in full swing, but I’m a purist. I believe pumpkin belongs in a pie. I also blame “seasonal creep,” a handy term used to describe the annoying way seasonal treats are starting to show up way too early. For example, friends were bragging about their first Pumpkin Spice Lattes way back in August, while I was still

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Saying No to Puppy Love

Saying No to Puppy Love

A few weeks ago, my youngest son, Timothy, found a brown and white puppy in our yard. Sure, it was cute, but this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. I know how much work a puppy is (our current dog was supposed to belong to our older son– guess who takes care of it now?). Two pets, a dog and a cat, seem like more than enough to me. “Can I keep him?” Timothy asked, all wide-eyed and sweetness. “No, way.” I shook my head. I wasn’t about to let another pet slip

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Road Trip Rules

Road Trip Rules

I spend a lot of time on the road (I’m headed to the Midwest this week!), and it just so happens to be my favorite way to travel. Unlike flying, I don’t have to share my seat with an overbearing stranger, worry about random cancellations, or risk getting sick from all those germs incubating in a sealed cabin. Most importantly, driving means I can bring all the bags I want at no extra fee. You see, I tend to over pack for…well, everything. But, I can easily stuff all of my stuff in any

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Cute Babies and Awesome Truckers

Cute Babies and Awesome Truckers

You’ve heard some version of the saying before: “If you bought it, a trucker brought it.” Indeed, babies are just about the only thing not delivered by trucks. But baby diapers, baby food, and baby clothes? You can thank a trucker. If it weren’t for truck drivers, we’d all be homeless, hungry and naked. And while naked babies might be adorable, I, for one, am very glad that I get to wear clothes. So, to kick off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (September 14-20), I’d like to share a few thoughts “out of the

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Manure for Sale

Manure for Sale

On Friday, Bob talked about “good” selling versus “bad” selling, which made me think of the door-to-door salespeople who often come to our house to demonstrate their products. Personally, I subscribe to the philosophy I’ve seen on this popular door sign: We are too broke to buy anything. We already know who we are voting for. We have found Jesus. Unless you are selling thin mints, please go away! But, my husband, Dale, has another take on the profession. If anybody shows up on his doorstep asking to clean or vacuum something, he’s going

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Revealing My Middle Name

Some people hide their middle names. Others prefer them: Ashton Kutcher, Debra Winger, Reese Witherspoon, Bruce Willis, Sean Connery, Clark Gable–all use their middle names, not their first. Historically, middle names are a relatively new trend. They didn’t become popular until the middle of 19th century. In fact, only 3 of our first 17 presidents carried middle names: John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, and James Knox Polk. These days, most modern people (and Presidents) sport middle names or at least initials. Speaking of initials, did you know that Michael J. Fox’s middle name

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Pig Skins and Pork Rinds

In only five days time, history will be made–history that will have a huge impact on my household. For the first time ever, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Alabama Crimson Tide will do battle on the football field. The two teams will play at this Saturday’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome. What a way to kick off the college football season! Since Alabama and West Virginia has never played each other, our allegiances have never been an issue. But this weekend, I’ll be rooting for Alabama and my husband, Dale, will

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