Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Ok...I have to write some words today, but next Wednesday I promise all you'll get is my salutation.

First, I must give credit where credit is due...I did not come up with this idea on my own.  I follow a friend's blog and she had it there.  (Check it out).  I loved the idea and I've been waiting for an opportune moment to start it here.

Without further ado or any more words...I give you Wordless Wednesday.



Yours affectionately, 
A.H.

Tuesday Topic - Christmas Trees

I'm going to be starting two new institutions (for lack of a better word) into my blog.  And because I love alliteration they are going to be called Tuesday Topic and Wordless Wednesday (but more on WW tomorrow.)  On Tuesdays I'll write about something that has been on my mind and ask a question...sometimes I'll write alot, sometimes it will just be a quick line and then a question for you.  Sometimes the topic will be frivolous (see below), but sometimes it will be serious.

I'd love for you to respond either here or on Facebook.  Let me know if you are having trouble commenting here...I'm thinking of changing over to WordPress...it is very easy to post comments there.

So...for this Tuesday Topic I want to talk about Christmas trees!!  Our tree has always been artificial, I know some people would only be happy with real, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  It is decorated all hodge-podge with decorations my siblings and I created when we were kids, I think one of my favorites is the angel I made whose body is a colored tissue.  There are also precious ornaments my family has collected over the years and all different colored glass ornaments.

Every year we decorate our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  There is usually ample complaining, but I think the whole family thinks it is worth it once the tree is up.

So here are my two questions for you...

Real tree or fake tree?

Do you have any tree trimming traditions?


Let me know!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Video of the Week - Christmas

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the music.  Of course I start listening to it whenever I want.  If you see me in the middle of June and it looks like I might be mouthing the lyrics to Baby It's Cold Outside or All I Want for Christmas is You...don't be surprised.  Just smile and nod.

So...it was really hard to pick my favorite Christmas song to put up here.  I picked one of my favorites from this year.

Enjoy.



What is your favorite Christmas song this season?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Video of the Week - Christmas

I really meant to come back with this on Monday, but due to car trouble and a list of homework that spans several pages...it is coming a bit late.  Nevertheless...Here is the first Christmas blog of the season.

I love Christmas...what to know why?  Well...there are alot of reasons.  I think most people can agree on the important reason, but most of the ones I share with you...aren't all that important...most border on silly (What?!? Silly?!? Me?!?...I know, something new and different right?)  Like today...this week's videos are an excellent example of one reason I appreciate the season...Christmas episodes of television shows are usually first rate.

Example A: Phoebe's Christmas Song  (Sorry you have to got to YouTube for this one.)

Example B: Bones (The Christmas episodes of this show are hands down my favorites.)



Example C: The Big Bang Theory (You'll have to go to YouTube for this one too. BUT WAIT...just a little background first...Sheldon got gift baskets at varying prices...his plan is to excuse himself, check the price of Penny's gift and then come out with the appropriate basket. Ok...now your good.  Go ahead.)

See they are great.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

Hello All,

So between my massive amounts of homework and the upcoming Thanksgiving break, I haven't/won't have alot of time time to write.  So...I'm taking a short hiatus from blogging.  Come back on the 27th for a Christmas countdown.  I'll tell you about some of my favorite things about the holiday season and there will be a give-away or two also!

See you on the 27th.  In the meantime...enjoy your Thanksgiving!



Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Video of the Week - 90's TV For Kids Edition

It is good to be a child of the 90's.  We some of the greatest kids shows and in case you think I'm wrong...which I'm not...I'm going to share theme songs from three of my favorite shows when I was a kid.

Enjoy!

First up...Reading Rainbow.  I always wanted to be one of the kids at the end of the show who read a book and got to share it with everyone.



Second...Bill Nye the Science Guy.  Consider this...



Last, but not least...Wishbone!!!  My favorite reading dog.  My sister had a stuffed animal Wishbone...he came with two different costumes...I was pretty jealous.



I had to cut myself off at three...I had a hard time not including The Magic School Bus, Arthur, Pepper Ann, Duck Tales, Ghost Writer, Doug and Home Improvement (I know...not actually I kids show, but it is too good to leave off the list).

So...what was your favorite kid's show from the 90's???

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Now I'm a Storyteller

Last year I took a class called Storytelling.  Now...my life is a little bit different, a little bit better.

In high school I was shy and hated, to the core of my being, talking in front of any thing that could be described as a crowd or audience.  I shook, spoke to fast, and my voice started heading toward a pitch that only dog's are be able to hear.

In the last month I have led a meeting of my professional student group on the subject of storytelling. And on October 28th, I told "La Muerta, Godmother Death" at Bloomington's annual Festival of Ghost Stories. Both of these events went well...my heart wasn't beating out of my chest, I spoke at an understandable pace, and my voice stayed low enough for human ears.

Now, I'm not saying the storytelling alone is responsible for these changes...but I do know that two weeks ago I got up on a stage with spotlights and told a story in front of an audience.

So...what is storytelling?

Not acting.
Not memorizing.

It is sharing a story and the images of that story with an audience.
It is a long standing tradition.
It is a skill I will continue studying and sharing with others.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Video of the Week

If you haven't seen this movie...you should.



Favorite Moments:
    -The Caffeine Patch
    -"I have a big head and little arms!"

Have you seen the movie?  What is your favorite kids movie?  I'm not sure what my favorite is, but this one is too good to miss.

Yours Affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Video of the Week

My new TV obsession: Doctor Who.

And so...I share it with you.



Quoting the Lion King...So Great.

Rude and Not Ginger...Greater.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sister Sister

My sister Spaulding was here this weekend and it was lovely!  We worked on my 25 Things list, had some good sister time, and alot of fun.

First...Goal #22: Give Blood...Done!!




Also...Walking on Campus, Village Deli, Harry Potter 7.2, Farmer's Market, and the Irish Lion.  


Then...Goal #6: Get my nose pierced...Spaulding got hers done too!  



And then...it was henna tattoo time.  My sister is awesome.


P.S. My sister did our henna...isn't she awesome!?!

Thanks for reading about my weekend.  9 goals finished!!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. I started whitening my teeth this week...make that 10 goals finished.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Video of the Week

My sister came to visit me this weekend (more on that later).  She is the reason I started Video of the Week.  So...in honor of our karaoke in the car weekend.  I present...



We like to roll down the windows, turn up the music, and sing like we rock, or in this case pop stars.  I am pretty sure our favorite car songs come from the mindless, but oh-so-catchy pop genre.

What is your favorite singing-in-the-car songs?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Video of the Week - Day 5

For the final day in the Week of McFly...I'll give you two video options.

Video 1: "That Girl" - Silly, some boy humor, just fun.

Video 2: "The Heart Never Lies" - Serious, a little sad, still so good.

Enjoy!!



(Ok...all I could get for this video is a link...Sorry)

The Heart Never Lies

So what do you think of McFly?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Video of the Week - Day 4

*Insert Something Brilliant to be Read in an English Accent*


Enjoy!!



I feel like this whole video should get a "Do Not Try This At Home" warning.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 3

This is one of the first songs I heard by McFly. Plus...it introduces all of the guys in the band.

Enjoy!



Umm...Did you see Danny's shirt? (He's the drummer.)  Minnesota Twins...that's just great!  I like it when MN shows up in random places.  Love to my people in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 2

It is the Week of McFly here. 

Video Number 2.  No comments...Just enjoy.



Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 1

While watching a so-bad-its-kind-of-good movie called Just My Luck, I found the band McFly from across the pond.  They make excellent driving-with-the-windows-down-and-the-volume-turned-up-music. Plus, the accents don't hurt.  So...I officially proclaim this the Week of McFly Videos.  Wow...that's not very catchy .  How about just the Week of McFly...that's better.

Their videos are usually a little strange, but I like them.  This one makes me laugh.

Enjoy!



What is your favorite sing-along-in-the-car music?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. Sorry I used alot of words-like-this today.  Maybe I've transferred my affection for ellipses over to dashes?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Centers, Subtypes, and More Information

So...Did you take the test?  What is your enneagram number??  Today Mrs. A Rodgers has more information for you!




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Type 1: The Perfectionist (Principled, perfectionistic, moral)
Type 2: The Giver (Self-sacrificing, people-oriented, expressive)
Type 3: The Achiever (Efficient, task-oriented, image conscious) 
Type 4: The Symbol Maker (Creative, temperamental, compassionate)
Type 5: The Observer (Withdrawn, knowledge-seeking, wise)
Type 6: The Loyalist (Trustworthy, anxious, faithful)
Type 7: The Enthusiast (Active, spirited, optimistic)
Type 8: The Challenger (Direct, controlling, justice-seeking)
Type 9: The Peacemaker (Laid back, loving, non-confrontational)





CENTERS:

The Enneagram types are divided into three centers. Types 2, 3 and 4 make up the "heart center," types 5, 6 and 7 make up the "head center," and types 8, 9 and 1 make up the "gut center."

Heart people are people who, at the end of the day, make decisions based on emotion. Heart people tend to care about who they are with and they are prone to feel social shame. They walk into a room and notice the people.

Head people are people who, at the end of the day, make decisions based on logic. Head people tend to care about activity and their to-do list and they are prone to feel fear. They walk into a room and notice the objects in the room or tasks to be done.

Gut people are people who, at the end of the day, make decisions based on instinct. Gut people tend to care about their physical comfort and they are prone to feel anger. They walk into a room and notice the temperature, food if they are hungry and chairs if they are tired.

3s, 6s and 9s are the most prone to appearing like they do not belong in their center as 3s hide their emotions behind logic and a drive to succeed, 6s are willing to ignore their task orientation out of loyalty to their friends/family's wishes, and 9s bury their anger to maintain peace.



SUBTYPES


There are three subtypes for each type: social, intimate/sexual, and self preserving.

Social: The social subtype is more likely to move towards other people and be compliant than the other subtypes. This type will strongly express the characteristics of their type that relate to interactions with others Example: I am a social Four. I experience deep social shame and express empathy frequently.

Intimate: The intimate/sexual subtype is more likely to be assertive and go against others. A one-on-one Four is more likely to be fiercely competitive in relationships than other fours.

Self Preserving: The self preserving subtype is more likely to withdraw away from others. They will embrace and protect the characteristics of their type that are related to their identity. Self preserving Fours become very defensive when others intrude on their unique identity.

While all of these are true of most Fours, there tend to be certain traits that a Four will identify with more. The same is true of all types. When reading a description, you may nod you head and say "yes! that is me!" to the description, but the sentence or two that seems to stab you in the heart may be a clue to your subtype.

To learn more about each subtype for your specific type, click here: http://www.enneagramcentral.com/Enneagram/27Subtypes.htm.

LEVELS OF MATURITY


Everyone's personality takes on different forms in different stages of life. Each Enneagram Type has 9 stages of maturity in which different traits are more or less apparent in that persons behavior and in which the persons motivation is more positive or negative. To learn about these levels, visit  http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/descript.asp and click the type you are interested in learning about.



INTEGRATION AND DISINTEGRATION 



This was touched on in each type description. The lines in the Enneagram between each type show the directions of integration (growth) and disintegration (stress/lack of support) for each type. Withdrawn types (9, 4 and 5) tend to integrate towards more assertive types (8, 3, and 1/7), assertive types to compliant types (2, 6, and 1/7) and compliant to withdrawn.

*1s and 7s often show both assertive and compliant traits frequently. 7s are more often typed as assertive and 1s as compliant, but when 4s grow to a 1 they often become more assertive and when 1s grow to a 7 they often become more compliant.


MORE INFORMATION


Thanks for reading! If you have specific questions, feel free to comment below. For more information, I would recommend the following books/websites:

Websites: 
http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/
http://www.enneagramcentral.com/Enneagram/TheNineStyles.htm
http://www.9types.com/


Books: 
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
The Enneagram in Love and Work



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The. Enneagram.

Hi All,  So today is...my first guest post!  A year ago I learned about this great personality theory called the Enneagram.  This is not the test you took in high school that told you "about yourself" but was really pointless.  It focuses on people's motivations rather then their actions.  Anywhoo...It is very cool, but I don't know nearly as much about it as my roommate and good friend Mrs. Aaron Rodgers (She is a huge Packer fan.  Those of you from MN don't judge her to harshly.  She is awesome.) She is going to explain it a little and then describe the 9 different types.  Without any further ado...Oh wait! I forgot to tell you...I'm a 6 with a 7 wing.  What are you??  Ok, now go ahead Mrs. A. Rodgers.


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I originally learned about the Enneagram my Freshman year of college and it has transformed the way that I relate to others and approach my own personal growth. As A.H. said, it is a test based on the motivation behind our behavior rather than our behavior itself.

Example: A person jumps into a pool of sharks. Judging just by that behavior, the person is CRAZY. But, if you know their motivation, your reaction to that person could be completely different. Is that person a dad jumping into the water to save his child who fell in? The person suddenly is courageous and loving instead.

This is what the Enneagram does. It gives context to why we behave the way we do, and by learning about the Enneagram as a theory, we can better understand ourselves in order to mature and grow, and we can better understand others in order to have healthier and more fulfilling relationships.

An Enneagram test can be found here: http://similarminds.com/advtest.html. Your top score may or may not be your type. Read through descriptions of your top few scores and the section on "Common Mistyping" before deciding which you think you may be.


NINE ENNEAGRAM TYPES

1. The Perfectionist "Because it is the right, good, perfect thing to do"

Perfectionists care about making sure things are "right" and "good." Perfectionists live in a world of black and white moral absolutes. They are detail oriented, highly organized, self controlled, principled and straight laced. Everything from lifestyle choices to work ethic to how frequently and well a person organizes their desk is a moral issue of absolute importance.

They hold others to incredibly high, sometimes impossible, standards, but their standards for themselves are 10 times higher. Ones seem to do everything right, but sometimes, their focus on living uprightly or their detail orientation is too narrow and they can neglect the bigger picture or fall short in something highly important because they were busy doing something less important to perfection. Above all, Ones are moral and principled. They value goodness and care deeply about people.

Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter is a One as can be seen in her high expectations of her students and her unwavering determination to fight evil.

What people love about Ones: They can be depended on to do a good job and be a good person. What people might dislike about Ones: They can come across as too judgmental, stubborn or solemn.

When Ones are in a state of growth: They can take on more characteristics of a Seven, loosen up and have fun! When Ones are in a state of stress/lacking support: They can become too critical of their own imperfections and sink into the depression/self loathing of an immature Four.

2. The Giver "To help and be helped, love and be loved"

The Giver is people focused, self sacrificing, and wholly devoted to the well-being of others. Women and people of faith tend to score higher on assessments in the two category because of beliefs/socialization and their tendency to serve, love and give self-sacrificially. Twos are often outgoing and great party planners (the "social butterfly" who takes it upon themselves to make everyone else comfortable), or they are the "work horse" who is preforming a hundred different practical tasks just to help and love others.

Twos often expect that others will give and love them in return for their service. They want interdependent relationships and can become hurt, manipulative or lash out when others don't show their love or gratitude in return. Twos can also be viewed as clingy, needy or possessive by more independent types.

Twos are expressive. If a Two loves you (and Twos tend to love everyone), you will know. If a Two is grateful, you will know. If a Two wants you to love or be grateful to them, you will know. A friend who is a Two describes Twos as the "stereotypical Jewish mother" who gives and gives and gives and expects her children to be unceasingly grateful and loyal in return.

What people love about Twos: Their genuine love for others and desire to give of themselves. What people might dislike about Twos: Their clinginess or manipulativeness when trying to force others to love and serve them.

When Twos are in a state of growth: They take on more characteristics of a healthy Four by becoming more independent and addressing their own needs/emotions. When Twos are in a state of stress/lacking support: They lash out at others and become aggressive in their assertion of their needs like an immature Eight.

3. The Achiever "To be successful, effective, and held in high esteem"

The Achiever is assertive, efficient and successful. Threes, in contrast to Ones, care more about the finished project than the process. They get things done and look great doing it. Threes are competent, or know how to appear competent, at almost any task, and they often climb the social ladder or the hierarchy in their company quickly. Threes are highly task oriented and can easily become work-aholics. Threes are diplomatic and can talk circles around almost anyone. They make great lawyers and politicians, and they make great criminals.

Threes can at times be willing to cut corners or bend the truth to preserve their image or get the job done. They suppress their own emotions and ignore the emotional issues of others for the sake of the task. So busy being who they think others want or need them to be, and so busy focusing on the task, Threes can lose their own identities. Immature threes can be deceptive and "slippery," while mature threes can be raw and honest.

What people love about Threes: Their efficiency and competence. What people might dislike about Threes: their tendency to hide behind "masks" of their achievements or portrayal of who they think they should be.

When Threes are in a state of growth: They become more stable and trustworthy like the Six. When Threes are in a state of stress/lacking support: They abandon their desire to be productive and become lazy and apathetic like an immature Nine.

4. The Symbol Maker "To discover and express my true emotions/identity."

Fours are creative, melodramatic, independent and highly empathetic. Fours are not just influenced by their emotions, they are DEFINED by their emotions. Fours are the Emo kids of the Enneagram and tend to feel deeply the pain of themselves and others. Fours are passionate about anything and everything. They are either at an extreme high emotionally or are at an extreme low. Fours appreciate others who match their emotional intensity and become frustrated with those who seem to deny the validity of those feelings.

The Four is on an eternal quest to discover their identity, and this focus along, with a deep sense that they are inherently flawed, causes them to feel alienated from others. They almost always respond to this by strongly expressing their unique identities. They mold their identities to be different from mainstream cultural expectations as a defense mechanism against their shame of being incomplete. Fours are fiercely  independent out of both conviction and self-consciousness in relationships, but once a person is on the "in" with a Four, the Four would DIE rather than see that person uncomfortable.

Fours often pursue artistic expression, are frequently vegetarians and when healthy, can be great with children.  Some famous Fours: Michael Jackson, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery).

What people love about Fours: Their creative and eccentric energy and their genuine sympathy and mercy. What people tend to dislike about Fours: Their tendency towards depression and drama and their expectation that others will take on their same passions.

When Fours are in a state of growth: They take their passion, emotion and creative ideas and use them to fuel productivity like a healthy One. When Fours are in a state of stress/lack support: They cling to others around them to restore their broken self images like an immature Two, and can become very depressed/suicidal.

I am a Four and I LOVE football and HATE whipped-cream. There is no in-between unless I force there to be. I love movies with sad or incomplete endings because they invoke deeper (and thus more valid) emotions. I went into Social Work and love it because I FEEL the RAW EMOTION of a UTTERLY BROKEN AND DESTITUTE SOCIETY that CAN NEVER BE HEALED without GENUINE and WORLD CHANGING BEAUTY and the TEARS, SWEAT and BLOOD of EVERYDAY SAINTS and POETS and BARISTAS at my local fair-trade/organic only coffee shop. <Please don't judge. I am a Four and can't help it. ;)

5. The Observer "To gather knowledge/wisdom and preserve my identity by maintaining distance"

The Observer is the most withdrawn of the types and tends to sit back and watch. The Observer is constantly collecting knowledge and information (especially pertaining to how society functions). Fives are often seen on their phones or computers, or at the library researching whatever questions popped into their minds throughout the day. Fives are competent, curious, secretive and withdrawn.

Fives tend to be more concerned with the theoretical than the practical. They will study gardening for three or four years straight and may know everything about the best techniques, but could be prevented from actually planting the garden because they would have to go to a store and interact with the cashier to buy the tools needed. Fives are the stereotypical college professor who you see in the library learning about their subject matter or a different subject all together and lose track of time so much that they miss the class the were scheduled to teach.

Because they are withdrawn, Fives can seem emotionally distant or uninterested. They control situations by withholding themselves or information rather than by dominating a relationship or situation. Fives can be "The Observer" to the point that they observe more than participate even in their own life. Fives disengage with their emotions and actions and can "go through the motions" with their mind completely elsewhere.

What people love about Fives: They seem to know everything about everything and can offer sound and wise advice. What people can dislike about Fives: They can seem detached/disengaged and emotionless.

When Fives are in a state of growth: They take on more of the characteristics of an Eight and apply their wisdom by leading others. They also become more assertive in relationships and are willing to take initiative. When Fives are in a state of stress: They can become careless and focus on stimulation through fun, possessions or "freedom." They lose or ignore their depth and allow their independence to become selfishness.

6. The Loyalist "to be trustworthy and committed and to have structure and stability"


The Loyalist is a faithful, dependable and stable person. Sixes do what is expected of them in relationships and at work. Sixes cling to routine and normalcy and can be very conventional because it is comfortable. While being very trustworthy, they can be highly distrustful and are the "skeptics" of the Enneagram. Sixes tend to assume the best of people they trust and the worst of people they don't trust. Their distrust often leads to a highly developed, dry sense of humor.

Sixes tend to have anxiety or fear about the unknown and respond to that fear either by avoiding what they are afraid of or by pursuing change and the object of their fear. Sixes can look very different from one another depending on whether they are Phobic (avoiding source of anxiety) or Counter Phobic (pursuing/challenging source of anxiety), and can look different depending on to whom they are loyal. The anxiety of a Six can be expressed by being less trusting in relationships, being clingy or controlling in relationships or having an anti-authoritarian attitude in work or society in general.

Jack Hodgens (From the TV show Bones) is a Six. Six traits can be seen in his commitment to Angela and his friends in the lab throughout the show and his conspiracy theories/distrust of the authorities.

What people love about Sixes: Their dependability and commitment. What people tend to dislike about Sixes: Their fearfulness of change and lack of trust in relationships.

When Sixes are in a state of growth: They take on more traits of the Nine, overcome or abandon some of their anxiety and become more "at peace" within themselves. When Sixes are in a state of stress they tend to mask themselves and their identities and become workaholics to build stability like immature Threes.

7. The Enthusiast "To experience excitement, productivity and joy"

Sevens are the life of the party. They are always prepared to have a good time whenever and with whomever they can. Sevens tend to be busy, energetic, fun, easily excitable, scattered and spontaneous. No one is on the outside looking in with a seven around, because they will accept anyone and everyone for who they are. Sevens are in a constant state of activity and adventure. It is not unlike a seven to either have two challenging jobs and be in grad school, or to have no jobs, move from exotic beach to exotic beach and play Frisbee all day.

They are notorious for having 10,000 ideas and not following any to completion. They are often distracted by bigger and better things and avoid processing difficult or negative emotions because the are not "fun". Because of this, they can often be viewed as flaky. Sevens will win a popularity contest unanimously but might not always be the confidant or the one that someone runs to in emergency. Sevens never mean harm to anyone and always both want to experience joy and share that joy with others. They are the one making a person laugh at a funeral.

Richard Castle from the TV series "Castle" is a Seven. He plays laser tag with his daughter in their apartment, is often told that he "needs to grow up," and has gotten in trouble in the past for having too much fun.

What people love about Sevens: They are optimistic, exciting and non-judgmental. What people tend to dislike about Sevens: They can be scattered, non-committal and lack follow through.

When Sevens are in a state of growth: They take on characteristics of a Five and are more content "being" rather than always "doing." When Sevens are in a state of stress/lack support: They can become judgmental like an unhealthy one and lose their inclusiveness.

8. The Challenger "To be in control and defeat opposition"


The Challenger wants to fight, and when they fight, they WILL win. Eights are the "boss" and can have a singular focus on accomplishing a goal. They are passionate about justice and can be willing to lose themselves in their quest to achieve it. Eights are fiercely loyal to "their people" like Sixes and Fours, and will fight even more fiercely for their loved ones than they will for themselves. If you find yourself in a dark alley with an Eight, make sure you are on their side!

Eights walk into a new situation (be it personal or at work) and assume instant control. They are excellent at identifying others strengths and delegating efficiently to get the job done. Eights make immediate decisions based on their initial gut reaction and are rarely mistaken.

Eights tell it like it is and are the most assertive of the types, which can often be mistaken for caring little about the emotions of others. Eights are in fact highly emotionally expressive (passion with friends, anger with enemies), but tend to have "rough edges" if they express their emotions instantly. If they wait to say what is on their mind, Eights can be highly diplomatic and can grow to a Two to deliver hard to hear messages with more grace.

Martin Luther King Junior was an 8. So was Saddam Hussein.

What people love about Eights: Their honesty, leadership and willingness to fight for the underdog or "their people." What people tend to dislike about Eights: Their bluntness can be seen as rude and their controlling nature can be seen as bullying.

When Eights are in a state of growth: They adapt the people pleasing, kind hearted and positive attitudes of the Two and become more gentle. When Eights are in a state of stress/lacking support: Eights will take on the withdrawn, impersonal characteristics of a immature five. An immature Eight when upset will lock him/herself in a closet with a 12pack of beer and plot revenge.

9. The Peacemaker "to experience peace within."


Nines are laid back, even keeled, forgiving and tend to be introverted. If a person were to not know an Nine intimately, it would be easy to assume that they have already achieved their goal of ultimate peace because Nines rarely express negative or overly intense emotions - especially around "outsiders." Nines do an excellent job of casting an aura of calm upon almost any situation, often without knowing that they are doing it.

In the middle of the "Gut Center," Nines want peace not only of spirit but also of body. Nines want to be comfortable at all times. Activity and strong opinions are viewed as the opposite of peace and comfort and immature nines can become lazy and apathetic. Even when a Nine is not lazy or apathetic, they may appear to be because asserting the desire to help, or stating a belief, idea or preference can seem like conflict to the Nine. A Nine would rather not chose a restaurant when going out with friends because the potential of conflict were someone else to disagree is enough to motivate them to not share their idea.

Nines experience anger frequently, but bury that anger deep within and avoid expressing it at all costs. More extroverted or assertive types can view the Nine's avoidance of conflict or anything that could cause conflict as secretive. Rather than asserting themselves, Nines will be passive aggressive for extended periods of time, or bottle anger in until they explode.  It is not uncommon for a loved one of a Nine to find out years later about a whole series of things that they did wrong. After Nines "explode" however, they almost always forgive instantly. Nines at their best love deeply and are willing to accept their loved one despite any past harm he/she caused them.

The "unlikely hero" character in movies and literature is often a Nine. Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker are both Nines who move beyond/are forced beyond their desire to avoid conflict to pursue lasting peace.

What people love about 9s: Their "cool, calm, collected" exterior and their forgiving and loving nature. What people tend to dislike about 9s: Their seeming lack of initiative and self expression.

When Nines are in a state of growth: They take on more characteristics of a Three and become highly productive. When Nines are in a state of stress/lacking support: They take on more characteristics of a immature six and become sarcastic and bitter.


For more information on the subtypes for all 9 Enneagram types, click here and scroll over the type you are interested in reading about: http://www.enneagramcentral.com/Enneagram/WhatIsSubtype.htm.




THE WINGS

Everyone has one main type or "motivation," but most people have a secondary type or motivation that is their "wing." A wing is one of the types that borders your type. You could be a One with a Two wing, meaning you are primarily motivated by what is right/good but are also motivated by the desire to help and serve others.

More rare is the double wing when a person identifies strongly with both types that border theirs. I am a 4 with a double wing (3 and 5). I am primarily motivated by the desire to know/express my emotions/identity, but also care about my image/achievements(3) and having knowledge and social distance(5).

People often act on their wings if their typical behavior (based on their main type) is unsuccessful or unsatisfying. I find myself acting more as a 3 or 5 at work because the emotional roller-coster of my typical 4 behavior would not be productive. A friend of mine is a 9 but often acts on her 1 wing when keeping house because the end result of a 1's perfection in cleaning is more desirable than the end result of a 9s apathy or laziness.



COMMON MISTYPING

I am a Four, but originally tested higher in Seven, Two, Nine and Five. Read through the descriptions of the types to see what describes you best. Remember, to look at why you do things, not just what you do.

Women and people of faith tend to score higher in Two because they value or are expected to value service, generosity and self sacrifice. If your highest score is a Two, look at the descriptions for your other high scores as well to determine what you are.

People who have relatively even scores between more than three types might be a 3, 6 or 9 as those types tend to be more adaptable and flexible in their behavior patterns.

People may also score highly in their wings. If you are high in two or three numbers that border one another, look at the descriptions of each type to see which matches yours. A friend of mine scored highly in both 9 and 2, but after reading about it, realized that she was a 1 with a double wing.

If you display certain traits very strongly, you may score highly in different types that tend to hold that trait. Examples: if you are highly assertive, you might score high in 3, 8, 7 and 1; if you are highly emotional, you might score highly in 2, 4, 6, or 8; etc. Thinking about why you identify with these traits can help with determining what your type is.

Depending on whether someone is growing/stressed, your score may be higher in a type that is connected to your type along the integration/disintegration lines (come back tomorrow for more information!). A healthy and growing 5 who is in a leadership position might score more highly in the 8 category than the 5. Check the relationship between your scores to see which is most like you. Be sure you look closely at the behavior of your type during growth/stress as this can help determine which type you are.

- Mrs. A. Rodgers



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Hey All...Come back tomorrow for more info!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Daily Double - Butterfly Videos

Just wanted to bring a little joy to your Monday!






Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

T-Shirts Galore!

For Christmas last year I embellished a couple t-shirts for my sister, Spaulding.  I made her another one this fall, so I thought I'd share them here!


SAVE THE TAPIRS!!! Just for the record tapirs are an endangered animal that lives in Costa Rica.  The shirt is more of an inside joke than a statement.  I have one of these also.  After I explained it to a stranger on the street one day, he asked me if I was from Costa Rica.  Smile!!

(P.S. Click here to see a tapir.  They are so funny looking!)



She really does.



Semi-formal Attire.




I also made her a shirt like my MN bag, but her's is an outline of Alaska with a heart over the bible camp where she has spent her last two summers working on staff.




I'll leave you with that crafty goodness for today.  Look for more t-shirts coming up.  (I've got some great ideas...now I just need the time to put them into action!)






Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Video of the Week

Do you know that episode of How I Met Your Mother where Ted is says that karaoke means empty orchestra and he thinks that is hauntingly beautiful?  Well, he was wrong...that isn't beautiful at all and not the least bit haunting.

This is hauntingly beautiful.



I heart Lord of the Rings. (Seriously...So. Good.)

I heart the soundtrack to Lord of the Rings. (I own all three.  The music from Rohan gives me goosebumps and the song "Into the West" from Return of the King makes me want to cry...in a good way.)

And, I heart Pippin.  (Well almost all of the characters really...my favorite character changes depending on the scene I am watching.)

That is all.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, September 30, 2011

An Update of Minuscule Proportions

     76 - Days until my birthday.

       7 - Goals finished.

     18 - Goals left to go.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I've Got An Awesome Mom

The first goal on my list of 25 is to take a spur-of-the-moment road trip.  My best friend and her husband are very good at doing spur-of-the-moment things. (In fact they got to know each other on a late night road trip to Milwaukee in college.) I really enjoy spontaneous plans...once they are happening, but I am a planner to my very core. I like lists and plans...oh and I really like lists.  I just tend to plan my time ahead of time and that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for spontaneity. 

This is an topic that my mom and work on whenever we are together for a extended amount of time.  I'm a planner...she is not.  I love that about her, but we definitely have different approaches.  Well, one morning when I was visiting home...my plans got turned upside down.  I was working on my quilt and had laundry going when my mom walked in from her bible study and told me to get ready.  We were leaving as soon as I was ready.  I promptly told her I had no dry clothes...no less clean ones.  She told me to hurry up and go find something.  Twenty minutes later I was in the car with my mom and my sister.  We picked up two of my favorite women, Teri and Holly and headed out of town.  So began my spur-of-the-moment road trip.

We had a great day.  We drove about an hour and forty minutes and visited with one of my mom's friends who just moved there and got a tour of her new house.  Then we went out to lunch at this restaurant in a really interesting old building.  Before it was a restaurant it was a whole bunch of other things including a funeral home during the Great Depression.  It is supposed to be haunted by a ghost named Martha, she didn't joins us for lunch.  We walked around town and looked in some antique shops, but I think the best place we stopped was on the way out of town.  It as refurbished farm called The Crooked Willow.  Each building has been redone and now showcases antiques and boutique kind of merchandise.  It is a good thing I have no money, because I could have easily spent it all there.

I just want to say thanks to my mom.  I was really surprised and that isn't easy to do.  You may not plan like I do, but you can sure plan a great spontaneous road trip!  Goal #1...check!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Little Bit Country...Little Bit Rock and Roll

This past August I went home for a visit and one day we headed out to my uncle's land for an afternoon that could only happen in the country! It was filled with guns, shooting, a 4-wheeler, a flooded crick (not creek...crick), family, sunflower seeds, and sunshine.


 I shot three guns.  The first one was a .22.  I was kind of nervous about the kick-back, but it wasn't bad at all!







First time I shot a gun.   How's my grouping?

Then I shot the assault rifle that is in this picture, which was pretty awesome.  It even had the legs on the muzzle.  It was intense.


But...the coolest gun I shot was one my grandpa George made...and I mean made. (Sorry I don't have a good picture.)  He carved the wood from a block into gun.  My grandpa passed away when I was a baby.  If he had still been around, I think he would have been out showing me what to do.  Not that I would give up the experience I had  my dad and uncles (they are pretty awesome) but it would have been great to have him there.

I have fulfilled goal #12...learn to shoot a gun.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Video of the Week

I am oh so excited for this movie.

Enjoy!



SURPRISE!!!  It's a muppet movie!  So, I grew up watching the Muppet movies.  Every Christmas we would watch Muppet Christmas Carol my whole familywe all could sing along with the opening song of Muppet Treasure.  (What?  It's catchy!)  I think my favorite is Muppets from Space.  Pepe the King Prawn is hilarious! So, I am very excited about this new one...Amy Adams and Jason Segel?  Muppets from Space might just be dethroned.

Do you have a favorite Muppet movie?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Video of the Week

This just cracks me up.





"I've already had like four babies"  These commercials usually make me laugh.  I also like the one where is the teenage girl.

Are you the smartest raccoon you know?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Eyeliner and Drink Umbrellas Are the New Art Supplies

In August, my sister, Spaulding gave each one of the siblings a small canvas.  She asked us to paint it or create a collage on it.  G painted a zombie farm on his.  It is quite the work of art.  

I wanted to do something a little more me so...I used this tutorial to create a collage a background of book pages.  I wanted to paint some lettering on, but the normal pencil transferring wouldn't work.  After some deliberation...I decided to try something else.  


First, I printed the text and placed it on the canvas where I wanted it to be.


Then, I flipped the paper over and filled in the words in with cheap black eyeliner.  
I think this pencil cost me $.99 at Wal-Mart.


I flipped it over and rubbed over the words to transfer the eyeliner...normally this would work with pencil, but because the Modge-Podge on the canvas was so smooth the pencil wouldn't stick.  


The transfer isn't perfect, but it is enough to fill in the letters.  
Because the letters were so thin and scripty, I used a toothpick...ok...I used a drink umbrella because I don't have any toothpicks, but it is basically the same thing.


This is the final product!
I know its no zombie farm, but I think Spaulding will like it.

Yours affectionately,
A.H. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Gave Blood and All I Got Was a Huge Bruise...and Test Results

I have never given blood or had blood taken.  So, when I went to fulfill goal #18 to have have my cholesterol checked.  My family has history of heart problems and I decided I should take some preventative measures.  So...for the first time ever I gave blood.  This is what I found out.

     -I have small veins.
     -I bruise easily.  A week later, I still had a huge bruise on my arm.
     -My cholesterol is within the normal range.
     -It is super weird to watch as you give blood.  It really should just stay in my body.  It kind of freaks me out...one reason I've never given blood before.

Only one blood-giving-goal left to fulfill, #22 donate blood...is it creepy that there is more than one?  Is it creepy that there is one at all? Ah well...either way...goal #18...check!!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. If you read this whole thing...you must really love me.  Thanks!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Video of the Week

Finally!!!  I have been waiting for someone to put this video on youtube so I could use it for video of the week for a very long time.

Without any further ado.  Enjoy!



Mention Tea...Mention News...Mention Spice Girls.

Oh goodness...this advertisement really makes me laugh.  That's all.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, September 9, 2011

We Didn't Start the Fire...Oh, Wait. I Did.

I grew up camping and having campfires in the backyard.  Yet somehow, I lacked any real fire building skills.  Well, ladies and gentlemen...that has changed.

                                                                No Fire....












Fire!!!

And I didn't all by myself.  I had to chase away my Dad once or twice, but that fire was all mine.  Goal #8...Done!

Now we couldn't waste a good campfire so we had some of my favorite people over for campfire fare.




After dinner we went for a boat ride on the river while the fire died down.




By the time we got back we had coal for s'mores.  You can't have a campfire and not make s'mores.  
All in all it was just what a summer evening should be.



Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fishing is the Sport of Drowning Worms

I grew up in a fishing family, but there is a time in every young girl's life when her Dad stops taking the fish off the hook for her.  When that day came for me, so did the end of my rather pathetic fishing career.  I didn't mind so much.  I didn't have enough patience for it, plus I could just bring along my book in the boat and get some extra reading time in.  But the time came for me to face those scaly beings...plus my smallest brother, G was schooling me.  I think he was touching fish before he lost his diapers.  He really likes doing it, he talks to the fish as he takes the hook out of it's mouth.



To be honest...I didn't put the worm on the book G and my other brother B did it for me.  Thanks guys!  I was going to, really I was...they were just so...wiggly.  The boys did like it was no big deal, but it freaked me out.  I caught a fish on the first cast...it was so tiny!


Me and my tiny fish!







After a couple tries, I totally got the hook out myself.  Goal #16...Done!

I kept going...after the brothers put more worm on my hook.  I caught two more...one swallowed the hook and my dad took it out for me.  But I took the hook out of the third one by myself.  G offered (I told you he likes to do it!), but I did it myself. 
For the record...that is G shooting the fish with a water gun.  I heart him.


I liked the last fish, but I don't think Henry (that's what I've decided to name him) and Howard would have gotten along well.  I don't think I will take up fishing as a hobby, still not enough patience, but I had alot of fun with the family this day.  One more goal done. 

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. Thanks to my mom for being the photographer!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Video of the Week

It's Monday!  That means it's Video of the Week time.

This song just sounds like summer to me.  Like cotton skirts, sunshine, and flip flops.

Enjoy!



I found this song through Jon Acuff who, among other things, writes Stuff Christians Like.  He mentioned "Hey Mama" in a blog about 4 Types of Modern Christian Songs.  If you are running a little low on satire in your life...I am prescribing his blog.  As a pharmacist's daughter, I am totally allowed to do that.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Friday, September 2, 2011

I Dream of Scooters.

A couple of weeks ago, I packed up my car and drove home for a lovely two week vacation!  Howard, my fish who often travels with me stayed at home.  He doesn't do well in the heat (my AC is broken) and I thought I would give him time to unpack his cookie jar/fish bowl in our new place.

Anywhoo...while I was home, I put a big dent in my list of 25 Things to do before I'm 25, with some big help from my parents, my aunt and uncle, and my friends.  Thanks guys!!  

First one I tackled was riding a on a Vespa.  Now just a point of clarification...I call all scooters Vespas, because if I don't people assume I mean the small platform with sad little wheels and and a unmanageable steering system.  Its like calling a facial tissue a Kleenex.  Everyone knows what you mean...this is what I meant in when I wrote goal #11.

Now I know this is not Vespa brand, but it was still awesome!!!!  Ok...so it wasn't working super well, but I went down the street and back.  Goal #11...check.

Just for the record I have my future transportation picked out.  A GTS 300...I can't decide between the Dragon Red or the Midnight Blue.  Seeing as I have $0 saved...I have some time to decide.  Which do you like? Take a look.  This is not some putsy little scooter...it goes 80 mph and gets 65-70 mpg.  I so want one.  Maybe owning it will be on my 30 before 30 list.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Last First Day of School

Today is my last first day of school for the foreseeable future.  It makes a girl think about...

The future...
...I have no idea where I will be in a year.  I have some idea of where I want to be, but I've had lots of ideas in the past and on my first day of college I would never have guessed this is where I would be.  I am both nervous and excited.  I am nervous because I am a planner.  I am excited because I know whatever comes it is going to be good.  I struggle alot with God over who is in control of my life.  I make lots of plans, all with the best of intentions, but ultimately, I want to follow His plan more than my own.  I need to daily remind myself to let go of my well laid plans.

The present...
...I am a pretty lucky girl.  I have a family that loves me like crazy and friends that simultaneously support, join, and mock my tomfoolery.  Thanks guys!  I have to remind myself that the friendships that I make here don't have to end when my lease does.

The past...
...Looking back at the times when there were First-Day-of-School pictures, it strikes me I had no idea what would be quickly forgotten and what would have a lasting effect on my personality and they way I approach a situation.

P.S. That is my Kindergarten school picture!

I have changed in alot of ways, but I still have my long-curly hair, I still like to dream up the what-ifs, and I still love to a good book.

Grade school me would have guessed I would be alot of different things by now...a princess, a teacher, married, a world traveler, a professional photographer, or (for a very short stint in high school) a lawyer.  Never would I have said a graduate student, nine months from getting my Masters degree in Library Science.

I would be lying if I said I wouldn't change anything, but...for the most part...I like where I've been and I like where I am going.

*Deep Breath*  Here goes...I'm off to class.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Video of the Week

Welcome Back!!  Classes start again for me this week and so does a normal schedule.  I thought it would be a great time to once again resolve to blog regularly.

I'll start you off with a song that has played over my whole summer.  I dare you not to get it stuck in your head.

Enjoy!!



How great is her hair!?!?  Ok...now that I got out of the way...I know the video is weird, but I like it (most of it...the silver lipstick is weird.)

That's all for today...are you humming it yet?  If not you should probably listen to it again.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. Youtube has allowed some channels to put restrictions on their videos...I'll still post the video here, but you might have to click on the link to Youtube to watch it.  Sorry.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Book Review: The Help

"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett was one of the first books on my summer reading list.  I had heard very good reviews from friends and I became even more intrigued when I saw the movie trailer.  I was not disappointed.

"The Help" is set in Jackson, Mississippi during the civil rights movement.  Rosa Parks has made her voice heard by refusing to move to the back of the bus and Miss Skeeter has just returned home from Ole' Miss with a college degree in journalism, single and trying to understand the world she grew up in.  Aibileen is a black woman who has helped to raise white children all her life and loves each of them, but dreads that moment when they are told that black people are something less than those who are white. Minny has trouble navigating daily life as a maid because her mouth and feisty spirit keeps getting in the way.  The book is narrated through the voices of these three women as they come together to tell a story that has never been told before, the help's.

Well written and enjoyable, it is a book I would recommend, especially to those who enjoy realistic or historical fiction.  But, I feel I can't recommend the book without some reserve.  Some hint of exploitation lingers around this book.  Some of it comes from the controversy and lawsuit which implies that Stockett based one of the characters on an actual person without their permission.  My friend Amy, adds another concern to this discussion.  "One of the great book group discussion points for this book is whether Skeeter exploited the maids by writing their stories; has Stockett done a similar thing?" It is something to think about if you read "The Help."


Overall, Kathryn Stockett tells a beautiful tale of women and friendship; love and grief; and mothers and daughters.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

P.S. If you are looking for more book reviews, especially of YA novels, head over to Amy's blog.  She had some great picks!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Video of the Week

I am a huge fan of Owl City.  The music is different and the lyrics are so catchy.  The one man band, Adam Young is from Minnesota which makes me like him even more!  

I just bought the new album "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and this is one of my favorite songs from the LP.  

Enjoy!!


For the record, that is the actual "Back the Future" DeLorean.  

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Domestic Goodness

I was talking with a friend today and she told me I am very domestic.  It made me feel so good!  She told me this because I was telling her about my project today.  A little purse/bag that I'm going to use at one of my best friend's wedding.  I used this tutorial.  Here is the finished product.




So excited for the wedding!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Video of the Week

Who doesn't like a good medley?

Enjoy! 



I just made a new playlist based off of the songs they use.  It is going to make for some awesome listening.  I was surprised by how many of the songs I own.  Just for the record...I totally own Mmmbop.  I am just that awesome.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Video of the Week

It has been a while, but Video of the Week has come back!  I just bought this song and really like it!



This version has alot more electric guitar than the version I bought.  I like the more acoustic-y version better, but this is all I could find.

This song makes me want to start a band.  I don't know what I'd do...sing, play the tambourine, maybe dust off my elementary piano skills?  Anyone want to join me?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, May 9, 2011

So Much Sewing!!!

Sewing time!!!  I had lots of free time last week/weekend so I worked on my quilt and finished sewing the first step.  The pieces are now laid out on my bedroom floor and kind of in the way, but I'm really excited!

Also, last week was the last week of the semester and I scouted Craigslist.  A friend went with me and we picked up a chair.  The chair needed some thing extra so I went to the local Goodwill and picked up some pillows.  (It was 50% off Storewide...Yeah...I went in for pillows - $3.00...ended up with a couple shirts, a purse, and a pair of shoes.  It was a good deal.)





The pillows looked like this...they needed a change.






First thing...the ruffle needed to go.


I found a great tutorial for a pillow cover without a zipper.  If you want to take a look its here.





(Sorry the pictures are so badly colored.  I need a better camera/better light.)

Step 1. Cut a piece of fabric the same size of your pillow

Step 2. Cut another piece of fabric the same width, but 8 inches longer.  This works with any size pillow.  Just add 8 inches!

Step 3. Cut of 1/3 of the longer piece.

     




Step 4. Fold and iron a 1/4" down on the smaller piece on the side where the long piece was cut.

Step 5. Fold again, this time an 1 and 1/2".

Step 6. Do this same thing on the larger piece on the side where the long piece was cut.

Step 7. Pin down and sew.


This is what it'll look like!

I made two pillow covers, one that is just plain, but one with ruffles!!!

I learned to make ruffles about a month ago and I was excited to have another excuse to use them.

To make ruffles you cut pieces of fabric longer than you want them.  I make them about one and a half times longer than I want them to end up.  Then you sew down the middle on the longest stitch.  Next, you pull one thread and ruffle the strip.




This is what you end up with.

(If you want to know how to make ruffles and my directions need a litte supplementation this is a great tutorial.  While you are there look around.  It is one of my favorite blogs.)

Pin the ruffles down and sew along the same line from the ruffling.  Then you've got the front of a ruffle pillow!




Back to the pillow.

Step 8. Lay down the piece of fabric the same size of your pillow right side up.  Pin the short piece down right side down.






Step 9. Pin down the larger piece face down.

Step 10. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.  The tutorial used a 5/8" but I changed it.

Step 11.  Reinforce the sides where the overlap is (top and bottom in this picture.)








Step 12. Clip corners.


Step 13. Zig-zag along the edges to prevent fraying.


Step 14. Turn right side out and put in the pillow!!





Here's the finished project!!






     Here is a picture with good
     coloring and my free chair!

     Now it's back to my quilt.

     Yours affectionately,
     A.H.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Video of the Week

Happy Easter Everyone!

Now I know that Easter isn't about chocolate and Easter bunnies, but when my sister and I were little we liked to watch this video every year.

"Let us turn back the clock to when Brother Bear was the only cub on the block. When the bear's treehouse wasn't nearly so grand and a very strange thing occurred in Bear Land.  No one really knows the cause. A shift perhaps in the natural laws. Some unfortunate bit of cosmic bad luck.  Some how that winter the seasons got stuck."

*Disclaimer: together...these videos are a little less than 30 min.





I love the Berenstain Bears!!  My favorite book was the one about the baby-sitter.

What was your favorite Berenstain bear book or did you have a different favorite book as a kid?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 4

I didn't know before yesterday...turns out...I could listen to the cello all day long!  And when you mash it up with a little beat boxing...well...you got me.



Side note: Thanks to Christina for sharing the videos from today and day 1 & 2 with me!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 3

Recently I have had a couple conversations about popular musicians and their actual talent compared to what is done with technology in the studio.  Then I saw this video.



Now setting aside what she chose to wear into public...seriously, you are not a gymnast...put on pants...she has an amazing live performance.  Plus...this song is super catchy.  I bought it less than a week ago and I keep relaying it over and over again.

I promise one of these days I will actually write a real post,  but I'm still catching up from two crazy weeks of school.  'Till tomorrow.

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 2

No introduction...just enjoy.



All I have to say is...ALAN, ALAN, ALAN, AL, ALAN, ALAN!!!

Which animal is your favorite?

Yours affectionately,
A.H.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Week of Videos - Day 1

Ok...spent sometime with some great ladies on Friday and we spent part of that time sharing videos.  Once again, Video of the Week cam around and I couldn't choose!!  So...ladies and gentlemen...2011 2nd Week of Videos.

This video just makes me laugh.  Whoever created it is both brilliant and very creative...in addition to having to much time on their hands.




I don't even know what my favorite part is!  I think it is at 0:46 with Bones and I believe Scotty...forgive me if I'm wrong...I'm just a want to be Trekkie...not the real thing.  But anyways it's all pretty great.

See you tomorrow!

Yours affectionately,
A.H.