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10 on Tuesday

Things to do instead of watching TV…

1. Sleep…I love sleep.
2. Knit
3. Spin yarn
4. Cook or bake delicious recipes from Smitten Kitchen, ok any recipe will do but I love Smitten Kitchen.
5. Harrass furball…I mean snuggle loving and affectionate cat.
6. Call a friend or family member.
7. Read a book – mine are usually work related but I don’t reccomend that.
8. Take a walk.
9. Take a Nap – it’s totally different than sleeping. Bed vs couch, duration of time asleep …see different.
10. Clean something – as un fun as cleaning is, the after effects of clean stuff wins.

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This week’s 10 on Tuesday was SUPER easy for me.  Maybe it’s my former girl scout post – Always be prepared, or the fact that I’ve been to several developing countries in various state of upheaval. 

1.  Tent – This is pretty obvious, sleeping outdoors is cool, sleeping with bugs and small animals not cool.  Sometimes the animals still sleep with you with a tent but involves a few extra steps.  Tying knots that are raccoon or monkey proof is a skill worth having. 

2.  Sleeping bag – again – sleeping on dirt not cool, and for some reason even in the middle of the summer forestry type areas like to be cold at night.

3.  Ingredients for s’more – I thought about putting this first… and really it should be. NO camping trip is complete without marshmallow chocolate graham deliciousness.

4. Bug spray – enjoying nature is awesome.  Nature enjoying you – not so much.

5.  Sunscreen – I like to turn a nice shade of lobster – you think I’d learn my lesson after 28 years.  Maybe next time?

6. Other personal items – I’ll list shampoo/deodorant/toothbrush type of stuff here.  Just because you are in the woods doesn’t mean you have to smell like it.

7. Toilet paper – even if you are going somewhere where there are toilets… one should always carry tp.  I’ve had too many adventures in third world countries to venture far away from home without toilet paper and baby wipes. (which can double for a shower if you have no water).

8.  Food – Food is a necessity– unless hunting and gathering is your kind of fun.  I prefer not to catch weird diseases from animals so I’ll bring my own… see s’more ingredients.

9. First aid kit – Going out into the woods is asking for something bad to happen.  When that does having band aids/Tylenol/Benadryl/burn cream etc is always helpful.  Do not temp Murphy’s law by forgetting this one.

10.  Flashlight – Did you know there’s no electricity in the woods?  If you forget this one there’s a good chance that you’ll require number 9. 


I’d like a number 11 this week – Bring friends… camping is not fun unless others are around to laugh at you doing stupid things in the woods and s’mores are infinitely better when consumed in larger quantities with friends.

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10 on Tuesday

10 Things You Like About Where You Live

1.  Cost of living is CHEAP

2.  We have a pretty cool city park with 4 miles of hiking trails

3.  There’s a new really yummy organic restaurant that is open for lunch M-F and Thursday evening for their wine lounge.  Yeah new favorite place.

4. The mountains are really pretty

5.  I have a job here.

6. I commute 3 minutes to work… so much better than 45.

7.  I haven’t seen a turkey since I moved here.

8.  The town gives out free lemonade if the temperature is higher than 90.

9. I live near Blacksburg – Mosaic Yarn Store and Virginia Tech Hokies!!!

10. My friends send me care packages so I don’t lose my mind.

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10 on Tuesday

10 Ways to Enjoy Summer

1.  Sleeping late

2. Hiking

3.  Fireworks

4.  Going on vacation

5. BBQ with friends

6.  Visiting a winery

7. Picking your own fruit – stupid late frost ruined all the blueberries in West Virginia… sad Allison

8.  Slip n Slide

9. Ice cream

10. Outside baseball games (preferably in the evening when it’s not a million degrees)

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Ten on Tuesday

So Kris does Ten on Tuesdays from Carole Knits – Seeing as I just moved half way across the country to West Virginia and will be resuming working a million hours a week, I figured this would be a good way to make sure I blog.


10 Ways To Entertain a Child

I did ALOT of babysitting during my teen years, my mother is a preschool teacher and my sister teaches 4th grade… I learned how to entertain kids from an early age.

1.  Bubbles – really who doesn’t love bubbles.  You can use just the little ones – or try to make the giant ones without popping them.  It’s science to get the right dishsoap to water ratio and let me tell you it’s not for amateurs.

2.  Play dough – I prefer homemade because it doesn’t smell awful.  Salt, cream of tater, flour and water – no worries when it goes in the mouth.  It’s just REALLY salty – and you can make anything with it.  AWESOME.

3.  Finger painting – because art and making a mess are FUN!!!

4.  A giant box – Preferably a refrigerator box or other large appliance.  It can be made into a fort/boat/car/spacecraft….the fun is ENDLESS.  Boxes also entertain kitties – double win.

5.  Animals – the cat or the dog, take them to a farm.  Animals are cool.  It’s fun to see who wears out first in a game of fetch the dog or the kid.  I’d put money on the kid.

6.  Water – Pools or big water fountains.  Maybe it’s because it’s summer and I now lack central AC and I lived in Florida for most of my life… but there’s just something about running around a water fountain when it’s 90 degrees that can be entertaining for hours.

7.  Science stuff – yeah I am a nerd, who had a teacher for a mom.  My summers were spent doing make shift science projects in the garage.  Building batteries out of citrus fruit and making volcanoes that exploded – at least it entertained me for hours.

8.  Blocks – mostly I love blocks.  I got great satisfaction from building things and then knocking them over.  I also went to a Montessori preschool where blocks were used for stacking and learning shapes and sizes – NOT for knocking them over.  What can I say – I am a trouble maker.

9. Singing silly songs – yes when you are 13 and your mom still does this it is the MOST embarrassing thing in the entire world and you will die instantly of pure embarrassment.  But when you are a little younger – hours can be spent singing the most ridiculous songs.  This one is good for cars.  There might have been a silly song tape on all major car rides when I was a kid.  Success rate measure in giggles. 

10.  The last resort – Movies – I love movies.  I have probably seen every Disney movie made three time or more.  I still know 90% of the words to Little Mermaid and The Lion King.  The newer kids movies – like Shrek – are just as funny to kids and if not even funnier to adults.  Pop some popcorn and enjoy a Disney classic – sing along optional but highly recommended.


Another fun day filled with Advanced Cardiac Life Support training… I promise I real blog soon.  I have pictures from Knit in Public Day part 1 to post.

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