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Day 7 – Pick a time period

Oops … I lagged a bit in the July Challenge answers! Let’s blame it on a wonderful vacation. 🙂

Question 7: If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

I’m going to be the first to admit that I would find it very, VERY hard to live without my modern conveniences … running water, electricity, air conditioners, modern medicine, the right to vote …

If I were going to live in an idealized time period, I’d probably pick turn of the century – 19th to 20th, that is. Great things and discoveries were happening then, women’s rights were coming to the surface in a new way, and there was enough medical knowledge that I could start to believe I might actually survive the turn of the century. Of course, I’d have to live through the First World War and probably the second. Ugh.

Seriously, I don’t know that there’s really an ideal time period. I’m kind of happy with where I am now. I’d love to bring back some of the slower ways of life or even the fashion of other time periods, but for me this current time is a pretty good one.

Day 6: 15 Minutes of Celebrity

I don’t know why I’m a little embarrassed about answering the day 6 question: which celeb would I choose to spend 15 minutes with. Maybe because I’m embarrassed to seem like a fangirl? Maybe because I’m not very highbrow intellectual? Anyway …

I’d choose Jennifer Garner or Angelina Jolie … I want the mom scoop. They are both moms of several kids, and they seem to be focused on making their partnerships work, and they are professional women who have been upfront about choices they make on an ongoing basis related to family and career. I think they’d be fascinating to talk to!

And if they’re not available, I totally want to get some one-on-one quick instruction/enlightenment from Alton Brown.

I guess my choices are telling of my stage in life!

Special Day: Nora’s 3rd Birthday

Cupcake
Nora’s 3rd birthday

July Challenge, Day 5: Something that made my day special.

Saturday was Nora’s third birthday. She requested a pink, sparkle, rainbow, Kai Lan birthday party … with chocolate cupcakes and pink frosting. I think the cupcakes were her main request, actually. Anything else was just fun.  We turned that request into a dress-up party for Nora, Seth, and five of Nora’s friends. That was the perfect party size!

For reference, I have a Pinterest board and a Flickr set (below) of how the party decor turned out. I want to be completely honest: I had so many “pinspirations” that never made it to production. She wanted cupcakes instead of the pink swirl cake I was going to make – guess who wins since it’s her birthday? I was going to do butterfly sugar cookies, I was going to do tutus as party favors  … I even bought the materials for all of that! Never happened. As a matter of fact, I attempted the tutus at midnight on her birthday (same day as her 10:30 a.m. party!), made a mess of it, and gave up. I felt good about it, though, because I’d decided ahead of time that there were things she really wanted (cupcakes!) and things I wanted (marshmallow lollipops!) and that was good enough.

Nora's 3rd birthday - Seth has a cupcake
Nora’s 3rd birthday – Seth has a cupcake

I loved all the little Hobby Lobby decor items I found on clearance (sparkly napkin rings as chandelier decorations!) or not (plastic tablecloths as window treatments!). I especially loved covering the French doors to our dining room with a plastic tablecloth so I could lead all the little girls (and Seth!) in for a birthday surprise. I also dug the dollar store treat boxes with dollar store or Hobby Lobby dress-up jewelry inside for all the girls (and Seth!).

Mostly, though, I loved making it a special day for Nora. She had a great time, and that’s all that counts. I probably could have just made cupcakes and it would have been fine! Oh, and to keep it real (humble) – I totally forgot about feeding the adults. I was so fixated on a dress-up party for little girls (and Seth!) that was egg and dairy-free for our friends’  allergies that I did not even think about food for adults. Tortilla chips, salsa, and a smoked pork loin to the rescue!

Last little tip: we had a church group gathering at our house the previous weekend … we did the big clean for that and then maintained during the week. Made life a LOT easier for a Saturday morning party!

Nora's 3rd birthday - Jude was ready for a nap!
Nora’s 3rd birthday – This guy just wanted a nap.
Marshmallow lollipopsNora's 3rd BirthdayBeaded Napkin Rings - Chandelier decorations!Nora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd Birthday
Nora's 3rd BirthdayVinyl tablecloths as window dressing!Nora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd BirthdayBowl full of tiaras
Pink Dairy-free Frosted Marshmallow "Lollipops"Nora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd BirthdayNora's 3rd Birthday

Nora’s 3rd Birthday, a set on Flickr.

Rid the world of …?

Challenge Day 4 asks what I would rid the world of, if I could do just one thing. Let’s assume I’m not taking a cop-out of “sin” or “Evil” or “mosquitoes” because really, that’s not something that could actually happen.

If I were going to devote my time and energy to trying to rid the world of one thing, it’d be hunger. I think so many of our societal problems boil down to not having enough, and the most basic thing a lot of people don’t have enough of is food.

You can generally find shelter or find a place to live, but a lot of the time it’s at the expense of food. When you don’t have food – or you don’t have good, nutritious food, or you don’t have enough food – your health suffers. Your ability to learn and grow suffers when you don’t have a healthy diet. Your outlook on life changes when you are worried about where any of your meals will come from.

So: hunger. Remember your community food pantries or food banks in the summers as well as the winters. I don’t always remember food drives because of hauling food in to work or preschool or wherever is collecting, but I try to periodically buy the pre-packaged groceries for food banks at our local grocery stores. Every bit can help!

PS – the inverse of this question (what would I like MORE of in the world) would be literacy. With full bellies and brains, I think the world would be in a better way.

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