Friday 5

This week’s Friday 5 is inspired by the party game called Taboo, in which players must make their teammates utter key words by giving them clues. The twist is that each key word is assigned five Taboo words, and players are forbidden from using the Taboo words in their clues. For example, one key word might be milk, and its Taboo words might be dairy, cow, drink, white, and carton. Your clue might be something like, “It’s a beverage from Bessie,” or “You add it to coffee,” or “The land of BLANK and honey,” or “It comes out of breasts.”

Your task is simply to answer these five questions without using any of the Taboo words or phrases. Challenge yourself not just to avoid using the words, but to think of fresh, new answers to these sort of cliched meme questions!

  1. Who’s making a positive difference in your life?
    Taboo words: friends, family, husband/wife/spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend
     I am. I think by trying to step out of my comfort zone it’s helping to make a positive impact.
  2. Where would you like to be right now?
    Taboo words: home, bed, anywhere but here.
    I’m happy where I am right now, surprisingly.
  3. What’s the first thing you’d do with a $5,000 (or your local equivalent) gift?
    Taboo words: save, debt, vacation, payments, invest.
    Go shopping! Buy a new computer, and some things that we could splurge on.
  4. What super-power would you really like to have?
    Taboo words: invisibility, x-ray vision, flying, strength, transform.
    Well if I can’t have any of those, I guess I’d like to read people’s minds. Mmm, thoughts of Edward just swam to my mind.
  5. What’s your favorite sound?
    Taboo words: laughter, music, ocean, wind, ____’s voice.
    Rain. I love listening to the rain. As long as it’s not accompanied by thunder and lightning.

Thanks for participating, and may your weekend be filled with laughter, music, the ocean, wind, and _______’s voice!


Book Review

I already finished reading City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, the sequel to City of Bones which I already reviewed.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what”s normal when you”re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who”s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn”t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary”s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City”s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


It was a good sequel. It answered a few questions and left even more for the next one to answer. It also left a huge cliffhanger at the end, making you want more. I’m anxious to get the third to see how it all turns out.

City of Ashes

What Have I Done? Part 2

So I’m back home. I made it. An extra day even. I don’t think I’d do that again though. So here’s what happened. Saturday morning we drove up, it was a beautiful day out! Sunny, and hot. After we unpacked and got settled Steve and Melissa built a fire and Melissa made smokies for lunch. BJ and her family were camping there too, so we spent some time visiting with them and followed them down to the river for fishing and tubing. By then it was really hot out so I went in the river. Holy crap was it cold! Once you got used to it though it wasn’t bad. We stayed down there for quite a while; a couple hours I think. Back to the camp site we go. Dinner was delicious! Perogies with onion and farmer sausage over the fire. After the kids went to bed we sat around and ate smores while visiting. That’s when it got bad. Let me first say that I am scared of thunder storms. I know it’s silly, but I am. There was a HUGE thunderstorm! And I mean huge! I’ve never in my life seen one that bad. It was so loud it shook the trailer, and I could hear it through my ear plugs.

The next day everyone was tired from lack of sleep, and everything was wet. We finally got the fire started and made breakfast sandwiches with eggs, bacon and cheese. Yum! After cleaning was done and everyone was dressed, we piled in the cars and went into town to go do a coal mine tour. It was cold and fun and interesting. After that we stopped at a few stores to pick up some stuff for dinner and whatnot, and went for lunch. I was tired and needed a nap, and it was yucky out, so we went back to the site so I could lay down. After a while I got up and went with Tyler to go mudding, and off roading. We found some good trails and some not so good ones too. By the time we got back to camp it was time to start dinner. Steak and potatoes. After dinner we put the kids to bed and made bush pies. I went to bed and not long after Melissa came in for something. She felt something moving in her jeans and reached in and pulled out a huge beetle! It was a good two inches long! So gross! I was glad I was leaving in the morning.

This morning I was anxious to get going so we packed up and left early. I’ve never been so happy to come home to civilization, toilets that flushed and a shower!

What Have I Done? Part 1

I have agreed to go camping. *Big intake of breath* I am scared. The last time I went camping was about ten years ago, and even then I hated it. I don’t know what possessed me to decide to go, I only know I’m doing it for my husband. Melissa and Tyler have agreed to let me sleep in the trailer as per my stipulation. I have a can of bug spray that I will most likely use, all of, to myself, in two days. I am not ashamed of that. I’m also using a friend for her trailer, because it has a shower. She knows this. Hahaha! I’m procrastinating getting ready right now too cause I’m scared. I’ll update with part 2 when I get back. Probably with pictures. Wish me luck! I’m going to need it!

Friday 5

Here’s this weeks Friday 5…Usefulness.

  1. What’s something in your possession that has long outlived its usefulness? Our old car
  2. Who in your life has proven to be a very useful person to know? My father in law
  3. For group projects requiring collaborative planning and then collaborative execution, in what capacity are you most useful? Probably planning
  4. What’s something someone gave you that you didn’t think much of but later became surprisingly useful? My hand mixer from my grandma
  5. What is the most useful book in your house? The phone book?

Thanks for participating, and have a useful weekend!