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I’m hosting Big Boy!


(picture via The Farm Chicks)

I’m excited to share with you all that I’ll be hosting Big Boy in about 20 weeks or so.  Basically, I’ll take him around Maryland (and maybe DC) show him a good time (all legal people, get those minds out of the gutter) and we’ll take lots of pictures, and then I’ll mail him back to WA where they’ll get him ready for his next adventure.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, check out The Farm Chicks blog post and sign up.  Hurry up!  It’s first-come, first-serve basis.

And here’s a bit more information for those curious minds:

We’ll be sending him to any state in the U.S. and any country in the world, if you’d like to host him. He’s already been to Washington (his home) and to California. Where will he go next? It’s up to you!

Here are all the details:

  1. If you would like to host Big Boy, quickly leave a comment here on the blog, telling me which U.S. state or country you live in. Since he will only visit each U.S. state or country in the world once, the first person to comment from each state or country in the world will be the host.
  2. We will email each host to get a mailing address (he will be traveling to each locale in the order the comments are received).
  3. When Big Boy arrives to your home, show him around and take pictures of what he’s seen and done. After a few days with your family, you’ll mail Big Boy back to us, along with the pictures of his journey and I’ll share them here on my blog.
  4. Big Boy’s journeys will continue through the end of April, 2013.

At the end of his journeys, I will let the readers vote on which trip they liked reading about the best and that person will receive a brand new Instax Instant Camera from me! Hooray!

And since I almost never win anything, I’m going all out for the camera – and the adventures. : )

::Happy Living::



I had a great weekend, even with a sore back from a mysterious injury.  Got to go to dinner and a movie w/ an old friend Friday night, rested well on Saturday and stayed in (mostly) with my sweet cat and my seedlings, and then went over the bridge to visit my family and go to the park on Sunday.  Lovely times!

With so many pictures to post from two recent visits to the farm, etc. my goal this week is to just catch-up on those (so no “weekly” postings).

Hoping you all visited with people you love and had a great weekend, too!

Castle Trip – Masterpiece Classic

Today is the last day to enter for the Masterpiece Classic Sweepstakes going from the US to Britain to visit the castles from Downton Abbey.  I have entered this almost every morning (except Sundays when I typically don’t turn on my computer) and suddenly today, when I entered for the last time, I felt like everything was riding on that particular entry.  I could type my information in with my eyes closed, but today I stumbled.  Such silliness!

Well, here’s to hoping I win!

Tax Day freebies

Ah, one. more. day.  By 5pm today, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief as my busy season will be over; tax season, that is.  I love my job at an accounting firm, but I’m ready to have down time and my Saturdays back.  I’m also ready for all the yummy freebies that come every Tax Day, and here are some:

Bruegger’s Bagels – $10.40 Big Bundle
Valid 4/13/2012 through 4/17/2012

Cinnabon – Two Free Cinnamon Bites
*Valid 6 – 8 pm*
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

Panda Express – Free Single Serving Shanghai Angus Steak 
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

Boston Market – Buy One Individual Meal and Regular Drink, Get a Second Meal Free
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

Arby’s – Free Value Curly Fries
Valid 4/17/2012 Only (may need coupon)

Maggie Moo’s-Free Frozen Yogurt Scoop
*Valid 4 pm-7 pm*
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

O’Charley’s- 20% off Entire Purchase
Valid through 4/17/2012

P.F. Chang’s – 15% off Purchase
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

Panda Express-Free Shanghai Steak
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

Chili’s- Free Appetizer or Dessert WYB Adult Entree Purchase
Valid through 4/18/2012

Schlotzky’s-Free Chips & Drink, 20 oz WYB Hand Carved Sandwich
Valid 4/17/2012

Seattle’s Best-Free Cup of Coffee
Valid 4/17/2012

Sonic- 1/2 off Drinks & Slushes
*Valid all day*
Valid 4/17/2012

Taco Bueno – Double Order of Chicken Sizzling Skillet Fajitas for the Price of One
Valid through 4/17/2012

Auntie Ann’s- B1G1 Signature Pretzel
Expires 4/25/2012

Champps Americana-$15 for 2 Burgers or $25 for 2 Entrees
Valid 4/17/2012 Only

White Castle- 15% off Food Purchase
Valid 4/17/2012

Thanks to Kathy from for this list.


I have a sick kitty, again 😦 and I’m reaching the end of tax season, so life is a bit chaotic – and emotional – now.  That being said, I’ll refrain from posting or replying for the next two weeks.  I’m sad because I have some fun pictures from the visit to my mom’s farm two weekends ago that I was so looking forward to sharing here, and a few more things, as well as communicating with new friends, but that can wait just a little bit longer.

Until then!

snow, snow, snow!

Cover your ears.  I’m singing.  Singing from “White Christmas”.

“White Christmas” is good.  My singing is not.

The joy which brought it on is good.

We had a bit of snow yesterday.  It felt like driving in a snow globe – it was so beautiful!

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