When Superboy was about to turn nine, I asked him what kind of cake he'd like.
Okay...is that any particular flavor??
"No particular flavor. Just blue cake."
So that's what I did!
I used a recipe from allrecipes.com.
The cake recipe was excellent.
The icing recipe was not-so-great. It was waaaay too rich.
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I have a few articles/links to share.
(1) Caring For Your Introvert : I first read this article several years ago. I like it, but I don't think I've ever linked to it. Humorous, yet insightful.
(2) You Cannot Be That Serious About Sports : My dad just sent us this link. What a hilarious article. Hunter and I just laughed and laughed. Our favorite line is:
"A Serious Guy wants to roll "trips right" even if the huddle consists of you, your aunt and a chocolate lab."
(3) Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin : I posted last week about my efforts to kickstart my own fitness boot camp. This article has been in the back of my mind, so I looked it up online. Basically, it stresses the importance of nutrition/proper caloric intake. Yes, exercise is important, but it can only do so much to improve your fitness level if you're still over-eating.
(4) What Fit Actually Looks Like : I like Kristen Howerton's articles on such a variety of topics. (parenting, adoption, health & nutrition, etc.) This one, on fitness/body image was a good one.
(5) The Measure of Meaning -- A Pilgrimage to Port Royal, Kentucky : Oh, what an incredible experience. Loved reading about these friends and their unforgettable road trip. (Thanks for sending me this link, RWB3)
(6) The Help Continues The Saga Of How Good-Looking White People Ended Racism in America (and Elsewhere) : I read The Help. I really enjoyed it. I've noticed various things written online since the movie release. Some people love it. Some people have some criticisms. I thought this article did a great job of shedding light on one aspect of this discussion.
(7) Where Children Sleep : Wow.
(8) Looking Comes First : This paragraph is beautiful. The author is referring to "old school" painters and their "old school" techniques.
"Their consummate skill in close observation of the human form, of the effects of light, of space and color and the texture of things engenders in us a deeper appreciation of this world of wonders in which we live. If we live inside our heads only, we lose that connection to earth, to the thingness of things and our lives can become insubstantial, gnostic. We risk becoming estranged from the infinite variety, intricacy, and wonder of the created universe."
(9) The Top-Earning Authors : I love reading about authors. I love reading the interviews they give. I love reading the details of their profession (when do you write? where? what are your methods?) This is an interesting little slideshow.
(10) Move : Watching this video makes me want to buy a plane ticket. I don't care where I go--just somewhere.
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Thank you, friends, for reading my blog posts and sending me fun feedback. I sure do enjoy reading your comments here on the blog, and I really appreciate the emails I've gotten in the last couple of weeks. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Getting feedback makes blogging feel more conversational (and therefore more enjoyable to me.) I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and perspective.
I'm about to embark on a busy month, and I expect to be away from the good ol' blog for several weeks.
Ellie is under some deadlines with her writing. (No, not blog writing. Real writing. We acutally have no deadlines here in the world of Bright Eyes + Blue Eyes. It's a deadline-free zone.) After she emerges with finished writing project in hand (or on jump drive, as the case may be), she'll be back here with some posts to share as well.
So things might be quiet here for a bit. We'll be back soon.
Have a great weekend! -Abbie