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Mid-November Mash Up

It was my 44th birthday yesterday. If you were paying attention, you learned about Scorpios.

I have to say, I don’t feel a day over 20. Seriously. If I lived in the land of  anti-reflective surfaces, I am pretty sure that I could believe that I was the same spring chicken I was decades ago. (Stupid mirrors.)

In honor of all Scorpios everywhere, I’m playing head-banging heavy metal from the Scorpions. Guaranteed to wake you up before you go-go. And check out these bloggers because, like the Scorpions, they’ll rock you like a hurricane.

(But not like a real life hurricane because that is no kind of fun. Just a metaphorical hurricane.)

From the English Department

Susie Lindau’s Anger, Fear or Joy?  might make writers think about how we treat our loved ones when we are on a writing spree.

Jami Gold asks How Do You Celebrate? when you have finished writing the first draft of a book. Right now, I can only dare to dream that moment, but the idea of this post carries over into other areas. How do you celebrate when you have reached a goal. Do you allow yourself to experience joy? Or do you jump right into the next project?

From the Math Department

From Wild About Math I have Happy 11/11/11 Day! Seriously, I have no idea what this man is talking about. When I listen to him talk, I feel so English Teacher-ishy. And I totally meant to have my class look at the clock at 11:11 on 11/11. Except I forgot. Oh well, there’s always next year on 12/12 at 12:12.

From the Science Department

David Dobbs debunks The Slut Gene.

From the History Department

Kathy Owen shares the history of Thanksgivings Past from the New York Times.

Ellie Ann Soderstrom has a sobering report on The Top 10 Baddies of The World.

From the Physical Education Department

Why Parents Must Speak of Unspeakable Things by Chase McFadden speaks of the atrocities which occurred to children at the hands of their coach. It will break your heart.

From the Political Science Department

Piper Bayard’s Political and Corporate Phrase Book is a must read when it comes to some of the things politicians are actually quoted as actually saying out loud.

Jenny Hansen interviews Piper Bayard and Kristen Lamb about their 2012 Worldwide Blog Tour Kickoff and their run for President and Vice President in a campaign where everyone — even Canadians and pets — can vote!

From the Religious Studies Department

Galit Breen is trying something new in Our Jewish Family Is Celebrating Christmas This Year.

From the Art Department

Artist Mary Mollica’s Not To Be Trashed features a memory of a favorite art teacher.

From the Theater Department

Gigi from Kludgy Mom writes about How to Help Your Child Overcome Stage Fright — which is really about how to parent when your child doesn’t naturally do the things that come so easily to you.

In Come Again?, Clay Morgan has Paul Johnson (aka: The Good Greatsby) at his place to discuss how to screw with nosy passers-by. If this isn’t theater, I don’t know what is.

From Home Economics

Georgette Sullins’ There are Vegans in the Family is about how to do Thanksgiving while meeting everyone’s dietary needs.

Annie from Six-Ring Circus tracks her family’s Post-Halloween Candy Consumption.

Jessica Buttram has a guest blogger at her place. Alise Wright’s It Ain’t Pretty is about putting together a rag doll with her daughter — at the last minute.

From the Parenting Department

Leanne Shirtliffe has her daughter on a Scavenger Hunt in the Dictionary!

From the Awesome-Sauce Department

WARNING: Absolutely, positively NOT for children’s ears.

CLICK HERE for The Hilarious Video: Siri Argument

What rocked you this week?

25 thoughts on “Mid-November Mash Up

  1. I’ve never been in one of your mash-ups, Renee. I LOVE the way you lay this out. 🙂 It looks like I’ve got some posts to read…I’m excited.

    Thanks for the shout out! The Bayard/Lamb Campaign appreciates your vote, and any design ideas you have for the new Patriot Panties!

    1. p.s. I’m a Scorpio too!!! You’re less than a year older than me. Happy Birthday!

      1. Well, of course you are a Scorpio! 😉

        Look how many powerful Scorpios there are out here altering the way things are done!

        I loved that fun post, Jenny!

  2. I got up extra early this morning to have some alone time before the Thanksgiving madness/joy starts. And lo, I see a shout out to the gravy recipes and Thursday’s menu! Thank you for that and the recommended reads. Happy Holidays! Bye now.

    1. Georgette:

      I LOVE the gravy recipe — as I told you — but I figured that one would be reposted and reposted. I thought this one is really interesting. And I could relate.

  3. Thanks Renee! And happy birthday again. Now I’m running off to teach. On a Saturday! Glurg.

    1. Fryber: I believe you have completely absorbed the “glurg” into your lexicon. I loved that post with Paul!

      I heard that you did something really inappropriate to get him to post, but I won’t discuss it here. 😉

  4. Happy belated birthday! My daughter’s birthday is next week and she does have her “hurricane” moments…

    1. Hey darlin’! Is she a Scorpio or into Sag? Sag on the cusp has some of the same traits.

      Probably. 😉

  5. Renee?

    Thank you. So very truly.


    1. Galit: I think you know that finding you has been one of the best things to happen to me.

      I love your writing.

      I hate your random number generator though. 😉

  6. You make 44 look super sexy. 🙂 I’m 39 and although I feel 20 inside, my outer shell looks a little cracked. My trip to the dermatologist recently was humbling. I must blog about that.

    Love the mash-ups! I’m still thinking about that one Chase wrote – and it prompted another talk with my kids which was a good thing. 🙂

    1. Annie:

      Chase’s piece is amazing. But sometimes we need to read about candy, too.

      Oh, and as far as my “super sexy thing goes… um, I’m better from a distance.

      Like from Pluto or something. 😉

  7. Thanks for the link love! And yes, the core idea behind my post was that we *should* take the time to feel a sense of accomplishment for the little milestones. It’s too easy to always have our eye on the next goal and never enjoy the journey. 🙂

    1. I got the core idea, baby. I also loved your post on what makes writing feel unrealistic. I couldn’t decide which one to post. You are a great writer, ladybug.

  8. Good stuff as always you spring chicken!

    1. Thanks Kasey! From one spring chicken to another. 😉

      I loved your piece about Andie playing her recorder to the tree this week. Dang it. I should have included you in the Parenting Department.

      Shizzle Sticks.

  9. Sometimes, I love being on the bottom (IYKWIM)…but mostly, I love being here. Thank you, birthday goddess. As an aside, most of my bestest girl friends in my life have been scorpios. Weird, eh? Bring out the latent wild child in me, I suspect.

    Love how you sort these mash-ups. And I have some newbies to check out!

    Happy birthday weekend, Renzay.

    1. Yeah, Scorpios can make people dance on tables.

      Plus we like to be on top. IYKWIM.


      You and I? We have that, too. 😉

  10. Thanks for the linky-love, Renee! Great “departmental” mash-up!

    1. I love this Thanksgiving series! So much fun to see how many turkeys we have devoured. And all the old postcards. Love it! 😉

  11. Thanks so much for including me in the Saturday Mash-up!! Wow!
    I did cook up a wonderful chicken and pasta dinner for my husband last night which he really appreciated! Hahaha!
    I will check out the posts that I missed over the last week.
    I hope your birthday celebrating continues right through the weekend. It has been such a huge month for you with getting Freshly Pressed too!

    1. Hi Susie. That piece you wrote had me hanging my head in shame.

      It’s good to know that others sometimes get down to the condiments when we are in the groove. 😉

  12. Wow Renee! Firstly Happy (late) Birthday! I am listening to the Scorpions recording as I type … crumbs, it’s just what needed to wake me up this am!
    I haven’t got any further in this blog as yet … going to get a cup of tea, to enjoy in style … with the choice of song feel like I should be going for hard liquor instead!!!!!! xxR

  13. Hi Rivka!

    I’m enjoying your stuff as well. You are very philosophical this morning. You know, when you are not pulling your daughter down from tall ladders. 😉

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