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    A happy birthday, 1992

    Throw Back Thursday

    This Saturday, Jim will celebrate his birthday with the same cake — his favorite — and the same girls, all grown up (minus Megan, on the right).

    Today's question:

    What is your favorite cake flavor?


    10 things I'd happily pay others to do

    I don't dust my house as often as I should. I did dust this past weekend, though, and throughout the chore — three floors of thirty-plus years worth of accumulated stuff that needs dusting — I continually thought to myself, "Now this is one of those things I'd happily pay others to do... if only I had the money."

    Here are 10 more things I'd happily to pay others to do... if only I had the money:

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    Clean the...

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    More than just a zoo

    I have a love/hate relationship with zoos. I hate that animals are caged and domesticated to a degree simply so we humans can ooh, aah and ogle the once wild — and sometimes rare — creatures.

    That's the hate part of it. The love part is the amazement in the eyes of children when they see the creatures up close, as well as my love for photographing such moments. And I love, too, photographing the animals. It's hard to resist the lure of a good zoo.

    boys at aquarium

    When Jim and I spent some time with Bubby and Mac a couple weeks ago, we visited one zoo that's far more than a zoo...

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    GRAND Social No. 93 link party plus a smile

    Happy Monday! I'm so pleased you've stopped by Grandma's Briefs.

    As today's post title promises, the following are for you...


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    Saturday movie review: 'Winter's Tale'

    I originally planned to open this review of WINTER'S TALE by saying I'm not really all that into romantic movies. Considering last week's review was of a romance too, though, I think that might make me appear a liar.

    On the other hand, last weekend was Valentine's Day weekend, so I don't think viewing back-to-back romances means I'm a sucker for them.

    Winter's Tale poster

    Oh, forget it... I'll be honest. Okay, I'm a sucker for romance. When...

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    Don't feel like cooking this weekend?

    I had the opportunity to try out the six varieties of Campbell's Slow Cooker Sauces. These are great for empty-nesters who want a home-cooked meal without the hassle.

    Check out my review HERE. (Warning: If you're hungry, this will make you even more so.)


    Eating frogs and other edification

    What I learned this week:

    tree frog

    A frog a day keeps procrastination away. Or something like that. I recently enjoyed lunch with a friend, and she shared with me a book that has helped her, a blogger and writer, accomplish more and procrastinate less. The book is Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. The frog eating relates to Mark Twain's wisdom noting that if the first thing you do each day is eat a live frog, it's likely the worst thing that will happen all day. The author uses "eat that frog" as a...

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    Our first family computer, 1994

    Throw Back Thursday

    It was 1994 — nearly 20 years ago — that Jim managed to land a used computer from work, one to bring home for the family to marvel over and use on a daily basis.

    Andrea plays solitaire like a modern girl, Sept. 1994We felt so modern, so plugged in — literally plugged in, with a dial-up modem and all. And oh, the options! We had not only the ability to use 5-1/4-inch floppy disks, our high-tech hand-me-down featured the more up-to-date drive for the not-quite-as-floppy 3-1/2-inch disks, too.

    At the start we could access only the public library. Even then, though — months before we signed up for Prodigy — the FTP access to more information than I ever imagined possible absolutely blew. my. mind.

    No more Smith Corona word processor for me. I had a computer!

    Today's question:

    When did you get your first computer and what was your first Internet service?

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