seven random things, hometown edition


A little while ago, the lovely and talented Susan Taylor Brown presented me with this wonderful Stylish Blogger Award! The alphabet soup kitchen helpers and I are tickled pink that Susan finds our aprons and oven mitts worthy of recognition ☺.

This award comes with these responsibilities:

1. Thank and link to the person(s) who nominated you.
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to five blogging buddies.
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

For my seven random facts, I decided to focus on my hometown of Wahiawa on the island of O’ahu. I lived there for the first 25 years of my life, attended two elementary schools, middle school, and high school there.

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orange, please!

Show me your ORANGE (or other fall colors) books!

Let’s spread some autumn cheer around the blogosphere. Post a pic, leave me your link in the comments and I’ll add it to this post so others can enjoy. Whatcha got?

Oh, here’s another one ☺!

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum (National Geographic Books, 2009)! Share this one at your Thanksgiving table.♥

And another!

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner (Walker Books, 2009). So leafy-luscious! ☺

More Orange Goodness:

From Tammi Sauer:

Third Grade Baby
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Stuck in the 70s

From Miss Rumphius:

Once Around the Sun (Katz)
Butter Battle Book (Seuss)
Sisters and Brothers (Jenkins)

From Barb Etlin:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A Manual of Style
Fast Fiction: Creating Fiction in Five Minutes
Melanie Martin Goes Dutch
Everyday Life in the Middle Ages
How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
A Dowry of Owls
The Courage to Write
The Embarrassment of Riches

From Jules at 7-Imp:

To Be Like the Sun (Swanson, Chodos-Irvine)

From Kevin Slattery:

Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files (Wiener)

From Douglas Florian:

Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina

From Debbie Fulmer:

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet (Gottschall).

Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
~Emily Dickinson

50 concerts meme

photo from Truus, Bob & Jan, too’s photostream.

Farida of Saints and Spinners tagged me for this meme.

Here are the rules:

Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)?

Um, no. Can’t remember who I saw first. But I do remember these:

Let’s rock and roll!

abc children’s book meme

#3 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

I’m a sucker for the alphabet!

Saw this fun meme posted by Carrie at Reading to Know and couldn’t resist. Though you’re supposed to list your all-time favorite books from A-Z, I decided to narrow my focus (classic children’s novels), to make it easier. It was still really hard deciding on just one title for each letter. Have you ever noticed how many classics begin with the letter, “L,” especially the word, “Little?” *Tearing hair out*

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! Please let me know so I can go read your list! Next time, I might challenge myself to do a picture book list.

A Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

B – (A) Bear Called Paddington

C – Charlotte’s Web

D – David Copperfield

E – Everything on a Waffle

F – (A) Fine White Dust

G – Gulliver’s Travels

H – Heidi

I – Island of the Blue Dolphins

J – Jane Eyre

K – Kira Kira (not technically a “classic,” but it made me return to writing after a long absence).

L – Little Women (and the Little House books)!

M – Mary Poppins

N – Number the Stars

O – Onion John

P – Pippi Longstocking

Q – (nope, nothing here)

R – Ramona Quimby, Age 8

S –  (The) Secret Garden

T – To Kill a Mockingbird

U – Up a Road Slowly

V – Voyages of Doctor Doolittle

W – Winnie-the-Pooh

X – (who invented this letter, anyway?)

Y – Yolanda’s Genius

Z – (somebody, write a Z book!)

Certified authentic alphabetica. Handmade just for you with love and a taste for the classics.


just for fun

Saw this over at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Play along if you like!

Things I’ve done are in green:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty 
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon 
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class 
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day.

I only got 47 out of 100. Lots of living to do!