Monthly Archives: December 2011

Snickering Squirrels & Grand Slams

My mom has a funny sense of humor so she always gets me a pair of crazy socks.  I have “Happy Birthday” socks. I have black socks with vibrant orange pumpkins on them.  I even have socks with Chicago’s Navy Pier on them.  The funniest pair was given to me last year.  It’s hot pink socks with squirrels on them.

She gave them to me because it represents a passage from a Rein Rant N’ Rave that I wrote in 2007.

It debuted in 2003 when I did my top pics (pictures) for that year and sent it out as a holiday letter. It had different names; “Staying Alive in ’05”, “In the Mix in 2006” and  “Rein Rant ’07”.

We all know, that everyone isn’t a “reader” so the Rant morphed into what it is now: a 4X8 glossy card by Shutterfly that includes a collage of four photos with several bullet points summarizing the year.

Muted Squirrel Socks Bookend Previous Rein Rant N' Raves

It used to take me a good week to compose the annual rant. Mostly, because it isn’t that easy to come up with material. Perhaps, thank to this blog, this year’s card was the easiest one yet.  The year, overall, was stressful! However, the pictures promptly revealed themselves and the synopsis wrote itself.  This process made me reflect on the highlights of the Rein Rant N’ Rave over the past several years.  Two of them come to mind right now.   Read the rest of this entry

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Cookie Exchange Chaos

A couple of weeks ago, I was bullied into making a sweet “holiday” treat for our cookie exchange at work.  This thought stressed me out, greatly. In fact, I announced on Facebook that I would not be participating and Aimless went nuts!  Peer pressure took over and the comments were endless. 

Fortunately, a friend, Rosey,  invited me over for a cookie-making baking party. Another friend, Chatty Starbucks,  came up with my recipe while still another friend, Bootsie,  executed the hard parts for me.  

Like mixing the eggs into the brownie mix – correctly.  Or pounding down the batter so it was all even and getting it into two pans equally. Or cracking the egg so that the shell didn’t get into the batter.  I looked at Bootsie cracking the eggs without any worry that a shell would get into the mix. That is risky behavior, my friends! 

Meanwhile, I was drinking a beer and munching down some guacamole and carrots.  Like I said, a rough night. Here is photo proof;  sweet sweat equity in action. Read the rest of this entry

Versatile Blogger Award: Giddy and Full of Gratitude

I would like to thank the blogging academy for giving me the opportunity for my ego to inflate and my heart soar with joy.  To my inner circle, who, ironically, “don’t get” my blog but constantly provide fuel to keep the creativity engine running, thanks for the tough love!

To my illusive fan-base that has grown in leaps and bounds (I have no idea why), so nice to see you and thank you for the validation!  Oh no, the closing music is playing and I haven’t even started to thank ALL the people who made this dream a reality. 

I have dusted off the perfect spot on my imaginary fireplace with a spotlight with blue, green and purple hues ready to be lit via solar power; illuminating the esteemed Versatile Blogger Award!

Why the excitement? 

Last week while eagerly reading the riveting words of my fellow bloggers, I saw that a writing star of our future, Derek Berry, had won the coveted “Versatile Blogger Award”.  I was drawn to the post, particularly that part where he passed on the award to me!  

At that moment, the Rein Rant n Rave Nation collectively breathed a sigh of relief and held a ticker tape parade in my honor!

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