Sunday, September 23, 2012

Trifextra: Drink Up!

The folks over at Trifecta  have given us another fun weekend challenge. "Describe something that is three different things at the same time.  Oh, and do it in 33 words."   Here is my take on the prompt.  

"Another round, Bartender!" Liquid courage.
"Keep 'em coming," sobbed, slurring into melting, soggy cubes. Damned Late-night heartache!
Blinding, brain-splitting headache. "What was I thinking?" Need a little hair of the dog!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Check out Dr. Betty Fashion Plate

So get this!  Dr. Betty, TheSmartPrettyFreakishlyTallOne, was stopped on the street yesterday by a fashion blogger and asked if she would like to be featured on her blog!  Now, y'all should know that Dr. Betty has been our resident fashionista for longer than we care to remember, so this is a really big deal!

The woman can raise a child, write a doctoral dissertation, cheer on that damn college football team that she and TheSmartPrettyOne so rabidly worship, knock back cocktails that would blind a weaker person, and throw together an outfit like nobody's business.  She is The Total Betty Package!  And now she has finally been singled out by a total stranger for her fabulous fashion sense!
We always knew she was a star. It's about damn time the rest of the world figured it out!

Thank you, JacksonvilleLooks for showing our Betty to the rest of the world.

Rock on with your fancy self, Betty!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bad Crushin'

‘KETCHUP WITH US’ – Prompt#2

"Tell us in 57 words or less about your biggest celebrity crush from childhood. Or, you know, now. Either way."

My mad, crazy crush is The Edge, of U2 fame.
Sadly, I'm afraid he has yet to know my name.
He wakes me every morning, top down, with his first note
Cranking "Bad" at full volume, driving to work by rote.
Although 'tis true, we may never meet,
Playing his music, my dreams will always be sweet.

Third Time's The Charm

Number One: too young. After college, marriage was what you did next.
Number Two: looked too good to be true. Lucky to survive.
Number Three: best friend, muse, and poet. Dream come true.

This post was written in response to the weekend challenge from the folks at Trifecta
"The Rule of Three is a writing principle that asserts that, in writing, groups of three have the most impact. This week's challenge is to write 33 words using the Rule of Three somewhere among them. It is up to you to interpret the rule, just make sure to use exactly 33 words."

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ketchup : Advice in 57 words

"Just be still," Laura, whispered as she held me tightly, trembling, exhausted, verging on collapse. "Breathe. Listen. Allow yourself a quiet moment. Just be still."
I began to cry.
Then I went home and for a few moments I did it!
Nothing came crashing down upon me. Instead, being still helped me feel relieved and refreshed. Brilliant!

The promt from Ketchup with Us:
"Tell us in 57 words or less the best advice you have ever received from someone older than you or that you admire."

(Laura is someone I sincerely admire very much.  I have had the priveledge of teaching both of her children, and while she may be older than me, if she is, I'm pretty sure it can't be by more than a couple of years.)

Thanks, Michele and Mel, for allowing me the opportunity to finally put this into words.

Ketchup With Us

Sunday, September 2, 2012


The folks at Trifecta have thrown down the gauntlet once again this weekend: a three word challenge! I like it! Take a look.

"Robert Frost once said, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." We want you to do the same. Sum up anything you want, but do it in three words. Your response should mirror Frost's quote by beginning, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about--." And the last four words are yours to choose."

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about worrying: it wastes time.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

According to BettyRants

Mel: "Where are you in FL? Swear I'm not a stalker...just curious. :)"
Me: "I've been dying to ask where you guys were, too, but didn't want to sound all stalker-y."

The picture that started it all.
Want to go fishing, Mel?
Dad says Michele can come, too, since it's your birthday.
And so, began the start of a beautiful friendship. I have my father to thank for its inception. See, he introduced me to the force of nature that is Old Dog New Tits when he nearly pulled a muscle laughing more and more each week at the "Check Your E-mail, Dude!" exchange, and for the first time in a long time felt compelled to participate.

Faithfully following ODNT's blog led us straight to According to Mags and we all fell head over heels for Mel, Chris (this is his tribute to Mel), and those precious, precocious little darlings who inspire Mel to pen such brilliance.

You Can't See Me!
As Baby Sister became Mother to Baby Boy, Grandpa Wy found himself reading more and more about what it means to be a SAHM today and passing those nuggets of knowledge along to Grandma Sandi, Baby Sis, and me. Baby Boy is now, in fact, proudly wrapped in one of the fabulous anti-microbial blankets that Grandpa Wy won for him through Mel and Chris' Night Light Stories project.

With the summer off, I took to reading and writing and found hours of entertainment with Guapola, TheJoyofJoe, Lance, and KBar to name a few who are joining this birthday bash. Dad and I took a road trip, just the two of us, to the mountains of North Carolina and each night, through the magic of technology, managed to share Happy Hour with Mel, @Bbswit, and a couple of our new friends in the blogosphere/Twitterverse each night. We just kept coming back for inspiration, for encouragement, for a laugh. The Mel & Michele Spreecast that took place in advance of BlogHer 2012 nearly sent me into a full-on asthma attack. Seriously. And I almost left my inhaler at home! What a pair! The fact that those two had yet to actually meet in real-live-person until BlogHer just boggles the mind. To think that we, Mel and all of The Raggs, have shared so much and have never actually met face-to-face is just nonsensical! But such is the world we live in today.

Mel, when Hurricane Isaac was threatening and we were trying to bring Michele home to stay on Ragg's Ranch Florida, you jokingly said that you thought you should draw up the papers so you could both be adopted by us. Darlin', you are a little late. You had us at "MAGGIENOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Although we me may have yet to occupy the same air space, Mel, you have become family to me and and all the rest in this crazy beautiful Ragg Bag! So from all of us to you on this most auspicious day, Happy, Happy Birthday! May all your dreams come true.

How do we not have any newer pictures? Seriously?
Do you know how old this is? Damn, my face is red!
Okay, not the point. We all love you!
Happy Birthday!

May your year be filled with sunshine, exploration, discovery, laughter, good health, enough of everything you need that you never ache for anything, joy, and more love than you ever imagined possible.
Happy Birthday, Mel!
Thank you for the blanket!
You have brought great joy into this world. May that joy surround you all the days of your life.

Happy Birthday, Mel!
We love you!
The Ragg Family