I’m on a (blog) roll!

Greetings Readers!

I recently signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) through BlogHer, a media company specialized in blogging and social media. Basically all this means is that I have to publish a blog post everyday throughout the month of October, except Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The theme this month is simply: FALL. I have no idea what blogging every day will be like, but I do know that every single time I write, I learn something new. I’m excited to see what it will be this month. Now come on everybody, FALLow along with me!

A newsy list sort of post today.

First, I’m on a roll!

Today is the 20th day I’ve blogged this month. Three more days to go in order to finish BlogHer’s October NaBloPoMo challenge. It’s been a lot of fun, and a big congrats to the other ladies on the blogroll.

Now for a fun list of happenings and random information.

(FYI: I will use hash marks for my list today. Just so you know, this isn’t the first happening or bit of random information, hence parenthesis. It’s more like an obvious precursor to the list that only neurotic list makers need to make clear. Also, there will be no coherent transitions other than the hash mark, which will signify that I am done with one topic and about to move into another completely unrelated topic. Thank you for your attention.)

Now for the list. For real, for real this time.


No joking. I knew it would turn up and, this morning, it did. Somehow, in my haste, I must have jammed it into the disc insert just above the memory card insert on the side of my computer. I didn’t drop it at all. It didn’t disintegrate into thin air. My mind is at ease, and a toothpick extraction later, I had it back in my hand.

Thank goodness, or I would have lost pictures like this…


While Jan reads to Lance, Vivi destroys magazines. She’s a total class clown.

And this…


If I could just get a little closer…
(Is it weird to anyone else that the dog is on the coffee table? Is it weird to anyone else that I took a picture instead of making him move?)

And this…


This is what happens if you ask Lance to flex his muscles.

– Jan and I recently finished watching season three of Downton Abbey.

My favorite two quotes from the season are: (1) When Mary said, “Oh Matthew, you’ll make me untidy,” in a moment of impending passion that never actually happens because they would have been late for dinner in their fancy evening clothes, and (2) When Matthew holds his son for the first time and says something to the effect of, “What a fine little chap…” I am totally calling baby boys chaps from now on.

Bring on Season 4!

– I recently came to the realization that even though Lance will be three in a few months I have never once bought baby shampoo or lotion. Incredibly I was gifted enough shampoo and lotion for both babies that I’ve never had to buy it yet. Crazy right!? I’m finally almost out, but huge thank you to all the smart people who bought me such useful baby essentials over the past few years!

– As soon as I finish writing today I need to stick my nose back into Memoirs of a Geisha, the book I am reading right now. I am so close to finishing it and it’s all coming together in such a poetic and profound way that I’m dying to see how the story ends. Reading the book as been an eye-opening experience into how women in Japan used to live before World War I and through the Depression. In the same way that it’s horrifying (women in unjust circumstances), it’s fascinating (women as beautiful entertainers). As soon as I finish the book I am going to the library to rent the movie.

– I’ve had a few songs on repeat in my mind and on my iTunes lately. I’ve even created stations to stream these songs and more songs that are “like it” on Pandora. For example, I can’t get enough of Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips (what can I say – I love this guy) and I Will by Mumford & Sons (do I really have to mention the strummin’ and pickin’ brilliance of these guys?). Also, I’m going to go ahead and say it – I love me some Pink lately. I know she’s gone off the deep end from time to time, but I am not tired of listening to Just Give me a Reason and Try and Perfect. Say what you want about her name and appearance, but the girl sings and dances with some passion. I’ll jam to that.

– We went to Blacksburg this past weekend to see The Tracy Seven. I can’t say much about the VT game (most pathetic and embarrassing and totally deserved loss and worst football hangover not induced by beer the next morning), but we sure did have a good time with this crew!


I try to take an aerial meal time picture almost every time we visit. The table keeps getting smaller.

– Lance has started “telling on” Vivian lately. She is scooting all over the place now and can easily make her way to Lance’s toys. I hear him telling her, “No, no Vivian… that’s not yours, Vivian.” Then if I’m in the kitchen he’ll come in and tell me, “Vivian is not being a good listener!”

You have now reached the end of this post. Consider this an abrupt ending to a very disorderly post.

Happy Halloween week!


The Banter Lady

To read Friday’s post click here: Butternut Squash Soup

About britta326

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5 thoughts on “I’m on a (blog) roll!

  1. Glad you found your memory card! Those pictures are too priceless to lose. I’d also recommend reading the book, “Geisha, A Life” by Mineko Iwasaki. She was actually the geisha who inspired Arthur Golden’s book (although apparently there was a misunderstanding in which he wasn’t supposed to mention her name since she gave him all this classified info about geishas but he thanked her in the acknowledgements, which spurred her to write her own book).

    Hope your kiddies have a great Halloween this Thursday!

    • I will definitely have to check out the book. Actually, I think I’ve heard of it. At first when I started Memoirs I thought it was based on an actual woman’s life, but now I realize it was his source who was an actual person. Didn’t she agree to help him or only publish her own book after she died because she didn’t want to bring shame on herself or others? Maybe I have this wrong, but I think I remember hearing or reading something like this…

      • Not sure, but I think it might’ve been her original intention and then somehow, she agreed to help Golden on the condition she remain completely anonymous. But after that didn’t happen, I guess she decided to write her own book because she apparently wasn’t completely happy with the way he portrayed geishas in his book? In any case, I hope you do get a chance to read her book and do some comparisons!

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