Random Things Ten: Read Lego Bible & Take Your Dog for a Ride

I own exactly one pair of killer sexy heels. I wear them once or twice a year when my desire to be a sexy bombshell overwhelms my desire to have feet that do not hurt.   I’m a mama, stereotypes are true.  And after Portia tried them on, I do not know if I could wear them better.

I really hope this is a hair salon.  And if it isn’t, I really hope the police know about it.

I really want to own these.  I couldn’t believe how awesome Legos could be.  If you have a guy in your life who loves Jesus and the Bible, this might be a great gift!  
This is my friend Amy.  Our kiddos go to preschool together. I call her Colorado Amy because she reminds me of my Colorado self. She drives around with 45 kids and her fabulous dog Maisy in her minivan.  And she wears stuff like this.  It made me happy and she indulged me.  WHOOOOO!

Speaking: Come Join Me This Sunday in South Bend Indiana!

I’m Speaking at First Unitarian Church of South Bend, Indiana this Sunday June 23rd.  THe service is at 10:30 am and they do offer child care. You can locate directions and more here.

This is the church I grew up in and they invited me back again this year to speak.  My sermon is “What if We Are Wrong?” about all the beliefs we hold as Truth when in fact...well...could we be wrong?  I am excited to share my struggles with faith, life and kissing with this congregation.  I love them and have known many of them all my life.  They are kind and welcoming to me as a Christian and I love to share time with them.  

You can read more about the services here.  Unitarian Universalists are a very openminded group where everyone is welcome with open arms.

When I spoke there last year it was on “Messy Spitiuality” and how my Unitarian upbringing shapes and challenges my Christian faith.  They were so gracious and interested in what I had to say.  I also did this talk for the Unitarian Church in Hobart, Indiana.  I have visited there several times and like the church a lot.

I have been remiss in posting my speaking gigs, so I will try to post them more regularly. I look forward to seeing some of you there!  Get ready to let some things go.

Random Things # Nine: Balloon Fairies Exist too!

Did you know I can make smoothies out of stuff I thought I would have to wring through my juicer?  Here is Fit Sugar’s Green Glow smoothie in process and I have an adolescent sense of humor.

So my darling husband thought it might cut expenses to have me cut his hair!  So the girls and I can have expensive haircuts instead...Love that man.    He trusted me and I think his buzz cut turned out great.  And he still has both ears!

This Balloon Lady was at Panera last month and she is AWESOME.  She is “In the happiness business” and paints her face daily.  She goes around town with her balloons to share joy with other people at no cost.  You can call Gill Knip at 219.816.0160 or Facebook her and invite her to your event.    I LOVE seeing people living their love out loud like this.

Listen to Your Mother Show.  Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana.  My first year not participating but being in the audience was BETTER!  Oh what marvelous stories were told.  Please consider telling yours next year.  I’d be happy to help anyone edit anything...please share your truth with others!

Fairies are Real:Wear Purple Now! How I Found Joy and Learned to Play at a Funeral

My trip to Colorado for my Uncle Paul’s memorial service was wonderful.  Weird thing to post, but you see, he leaves such a mark on our family it is almost...almost as if he isn’t really gone.  My family that remains, well we are all so marvelous only good can come of it, even amidst tears.  Plus I was kidfree for five days.  Yes Ma’am. Big thanks to my Hubby and friends and family for that. 
BROTHERS: Dad, Paul, Johnny and Charlie

Uncle Paul's Memorial service was at Blue Lake Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Durango, Colorado and was as beautiful as any wedding.  We also enjoyed Cousin Ericka’s wedding there, it is an incredible place, they loved Paul, and our family in turn.  Go there at your first opportunity.  We might have drunk some beer and played music and told stories and loved on each other really well.  Our Crazy Curlee family, it makes me feel so alive and reminds me of my best self.  Uncle Paul would have been tickled all over with the turn out, the remeberences and the Real Life Fairy.

The Fairy?  

Do tell, you say?

Cousins Portia & Ericka with Paula the Fairy
I passed a slim woman with glittery hair and sparkles around her eyes and I thought to myself, “Who’s the FAIRY?”  When I got a chance to get back to her, I asked what her story was.  I told her I was fascinated by her appearance and she said “I’m a real life fairy!”  Her name was Paula and I adored her.  She is actually a family practice doctor, married to a hunky guy and has two handsome young sons.  She was friends with Paul and my cousins.  Turns out she dresses up every day and for special events she might even change her outfit a few times.  I asked to take her picture for my little girls I missed back home and she obliged, lamenting her fairy wings which were in the car.

People, this woman is PLAYING!  PLAYING as an adult.  She is pleasing herself and in turn pleasing the rest of us.  
Hard to see the sparkles but they are there!
Or making folks who do not just ask her about her glitz think she might be a bit looney.  She is wearing purple only at a younger age and I was inspired.  

I don’t wear my sparkly eye shadow as much because I am worried it looks silly.  Paula the Fairy had sparkles on her face, little gems around her eyes affixed with eyelash glue...and she had rainbow silk threads in her hair.  Mine should arrive today.  Yup.  Why not?  I do not have anything to prove and I like who I am.  The parts I do not care for are always in progress. I’m going to have some fun with myself.  I cannot pull off full on Fairy, with me that wouldn’t work...but I will add some sparkle.

Sparkle on, Paula, Live on, Uncle Paul.  I’m going out to play.

Curlee Family (minus some cousin spouses & Uncle Paul)

Warning (By Jenny Joseph)

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. 

Random Things # Eight: Shrooms, Fairies and Boobies OH MY!

We have these weirdo mushrooms in our side garden and they look like slices of a tree trunk!  They are trying to take over that plant I planted from last year...whatever it is...but I think it will prevail.

This is one of the many Fairy Houses on a trail at Taltree Arboretum where we are now bargain members (THANKS GROUPON!!!)  I think this exhibit ended in June, I sure hope they create more and keep them permanently.  I LOVE the whimsy of fairy gardens.  I have two of my own, badly maintained.

 Because I apparently hate my husband, I once allowed my daughters to coerce me to buy him a HUGE BRIGHT NEON BLUE Elmo shirt.  He wore it twice. Because my Husband apparently adores me*, he did not encourage me to buy this ADULT SIZED Tshirt from Target, even thought it was only $4  on clearance.

I loved this shirt.  I loved breastfeeding.  I love being done with breastfeeding but OH!  What a Marvelous shirt from La Leche League in South Bend Indiana.  Humor + Awareness, my FAV.

*Or since he is actually undercover in our life he could very well have a much much much worse revenge planned.  Like buying a micro mini for Portia when she is twelve.

WINNER: Father’s Day Giveaway from Uncommon Goods

Thanks to all of you for entering the Father’s Day Giveaway for Uncommon Goods...Libby picked a winner from the bowl while we were at dinner with my Dad! (Right before we fly to Colorado for our trip to honor the life of his brother Paul.)

Our winer is : LORI!  Congratulations to you Lori, thank you so much for reading & even more for your comments and for entering the giveaway.  

For the rest of you, you didn’t win BUT if you need to buy a gift for anyone, particularly a Father for Father’s Day:  Check out Uncommon Goods, folks!  The company has an inspiring mission that makes me feel good about anything I buy from them.  I have personally drooled through their Father’s Day Gifts, and have been tempted to buy myself a few Father’s Day Treats!!!  For that man that matters in your life, your Father, Grandfather, Husband, Brother...Uncommon Goods has super cool unique gifts for every budget.  

Thanks to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post & the giveaway....What a great place to be.

Live Your Love Out Loud Father’s Day Giveaway ENDS Sat 10am!

One of you lucky folks is going to be able to get your Dad a GREAT present this Father’s Day.  May I give you a teeny bit of advice? Your Dad Husband Father Son who now has a son (or daughter, we apparently prefer girls at our house) DOES NOT WANT SOCKS as a Father’s Day Gift. (NOTE: I’m pretty sure my husband doesn’t want socks either.  Or the XLT  v-neck undershirts from JC Penney’s I bought him because I just am not domesticated enough to keep his clean.  Or unwrinkled. And I rarely let him near the laundry room. Silly Me.) 
My Dad with Portia and Libby at Talltree Arboretum

Dad will tell you he doesn’t want or need anything.  This is a lie to spare you the embarrassment and cost of trying to buy something for the man who has it all. (Obviously, he has YOU!) But you still want to get him a gift.

Socks, dress shirts, loud short sleeved shirts from Target on sale: NO.  Nifty Father’s Day Gifts from the Kohl’s ad in the Sunday paper: NOPE. Dad does not want this stuff.  

What does the Father, Dad, Pop, Papa, Daddy, Man of the Month want?  

Something interesting. 

For the love of all parenting challenges, get him something INTERESTING.

He wants something creative and thoughtful;  better yet if you can help other people at the same time. 

I can tell you where to look for ANY FATHER:  Check out Uncommon Goods, folks!  The company has an inspiring mission that makes me feel good about anything I buy from them.  I have personally drooled through their Father’s Day Gifts, and have been tempted to buy myself a few Father’s Day Treats!!!  For that man that matters in your life, your Father, Grandfather, Husband, Brother...Uncommon Goods has super cool unique gifts for every budget.  

I always sort my shopping searches priced low to high and with Uncommon Goods it was so refreshing to see neat Father’s Day gifts even under $10!!! (I got a kick out of the budget priced  shark socks myself!) You can filter your search so well, including handmade items or recycled selections!  You can be environmentally green while wowing That Man this Father’s Day.
At least make them COOL socks!
One reader will win a $50 gift certificate to the Uncommon Goods website.  (And if you buy yourself a little something while you are there I’ll never tell.)  I am receiving a $50 gift certificate too for sharing this giveaway with you, so we both win!  

Enter to Win by doing one or all of the following.  Each entry gives you a better chance at winning.  Please add a new comment here for EACH ENTRY to receive credit. Winner will be drawn randomly from all entries by a two year old this time.  Contests ends Saturday June 1st at 10:00am

Enter to Win $50 gift certificate from Uncommon Goods and find your perfect Father’s Day Gift!  You get one giveaway entry for completing each of the seven items below. Please post a separate blog comment below for each one you complete. Winner will be posted on the blog Saturday June 1st by 5:00PM.

1) Tell me your idea of the WORST or FUNNIEST Father’s Day gift ever!

2) Look at Uncommon Goods Fathers Day Gifts and tell me which one you would like to give this Father’s Day.

3)  Like Uncommon Goods on Facebook

4) Sign up for Uncommon Goods insider email

5) Tweet about this giveaway with this link: http://bit.ly/117xquu

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Good luck everybody!  I hope you enjoy Uncommon Goods as much as I have.  
My two favorite Fathers: Dad and Hubby John!