Friday, October 29, 2010

Little Bits of Randomness from my Week

Mommy's Idea

To read more Friday Fragments, visit Half Past Kissin Time, a fun blog where you'll have a good time! Here are my bits of randomness from the week:

*The wind in the Midwest has been crazy-strong for the last few days. I'm not sure that I've ever seen wind this fierce. My 13-month-old Sam has been sick with a fever this week so we've stayed in as much as we can and watched and listened to the wind howl and blow. I'm glad I took some pictures of the fall foliage before this because a lot of it has now blown away!

*I get alumni e-newsletters from my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. Sometimes these newsletters and the pictures they include make me feel very nostalgic for those days. I love my life now but I loved it then too and sometimes I really miss it!
This statue of Benjamin Franklin sits in the center of campus. (Ben is the founder of Penn.)

*We got invited to our first tailgating party! This feels like a special rite of passage since we're newcomers to the area, which is home to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, a Big Ten football team. Everyone around here is crazy about this team. Similar to the wind in Iowa, I've never seen anything quite like the intense "fan-dom" of a college football team here. Tailgating is practically a sport in and of itself. I've never really understood tailgating; I guess maybe I finally will from living here! 

*Our Invisible Pet Fence was installed on Wednesday, and a trainer is coming for six sessions over the next week to teach the dogs and I how to use it. This is going to make life so much easier in so many ways, for them and for us! Pretty much every day since we got the dogs three weeks ago I've been saying, "I can't wait to get the fence." (Speaking of the dogs, they're doing well. They still need lots of training, but we're getting there!)

*My favorite thing I read in the blogosphere this week was this true ghost story from a blog I follow. Click here to read what happened to this family. I think it's cool! (I'm a long-time believer in ghosts. What? I am!) 

*I came across this picture recently when searching the internet for something. Pretty classy, huh? I know it's totally irreverent, but I think it's funny. Happy Halloween!


Ann Marie said...

I'm not sure which is worse.. wind or snow. We had LOTS of snow here in Utah this last week.. and we still have all of our leaves on the trees.. so it was HEAVY. Lots of broken branches.

I wish the snow would wait until the end of November..

Anyways.. I too believe in ghosts.. and I too.. know first hand.

Happy Weekend!

Kristina P. said...

I love that picture.

I get the BYU alumni magazine, but I don't think I've actually ever read it.

Donna said...

Ann, I like finding fellow believers! I hope to hear of your firsthand experience sometime!

Mrs4444 said...

I LOVE that pic! Off to read the real-life ghost story!

Have a great weekend! :)

lisleman said...

clicking over here from FF
great picture - shows creative fun

That wind kept blowing from Iowa over to Illinois for sure.

Just a curiosity q - Years ago during a recruiting meeting I was told that MA residents don't like to relocate. More so than other people. true?

Donna said...

I think it's true that MA residents, especially long-time ones, like to stay put. Many people have lived there their entire lives, or for generations. This is true of lots of other places in the country too, though, so I'm not sure how much more stubborn Massachusetts people are than other Americans. I think overall from my experience they're a little less likely to relocate than others.
Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Funny picture!
Hope Sam is feeling better and I am happy you didn't end up like Dorothy in all that wind!
Totally going to read that ghost story now!

Doreen McGettigan said...

The picture is hysterical and oh so classy!
WoW you went to Penn; that is so cool (cause I live in Philly and all).
That game photo looked amazing. I like summer tailgating but usually opt to babysit for the fall and winter events. (I don't like cold).
Have a super fun Halloween!
Oh and I so believe in ghosts and angels. I will do a post soon on that subject.

The Crazy Coxes said...

Fall makes me nostalgic for college days too. I think I'm romanticizing it a bit though. I doubt I really liked walking around campus as much as I think I did. Those pumpkin people are pretty funny!!
Have a great weekend!

Me (aka Danielle) said...

That picture really is hilarious! I totally have neighbors that would do something like that!

Donna said...

I know what you mean about romanticizing college. I really did love it, but I remember very vividly during finals time of my senior year hating it and I couldn't wait to be done. Overall college was a lot of fun but sometimes it was a lot of hard stressful work!

Stephen Baird said...

well done!
nikonsniper steve