My Mouth Dropped

                      – My Mouth Dropped – 

wow.jpg We all know that saying ‘My mouth dropped!’  Has your mouth dropped after seeing something unexpectedly pop up? I bet you have.

I like to think that God had fun planning this one particular way of surprising me.

A few weeks ago, I got email from a book writers competition organization called American Book Fest stating my book was chosen to be one of the Award Finalists. Did I read right? My book was chosen? I felt like I had – time for that quote – died and gone to Heaven. But before I went there, I had to see how my book showed on the list. Those two words ‘Click here’ whispered to me to click.

“This should be interesting,” I thought.  – CLICK

The website showed up. As I scrolled down, the ‘Award Winners’ showed up first. Of course I would have loved to have seen my book next to that title, but I was still floating high having been chosen as an Award Finalist. One by one I scrolled down, with the pictures of each ‘Award Winner’ showing along with its information.

When will the Award Finalist list begin? How many are there? When will mine show?   

After checking that first Award Winner, I scrolled down.

Second one down… Award Winnerscroll to the next.

Third one down… Award Winner keep going. 

Forth one down… Award Winneroh, come on. Stop this list of winners.

Fifth one down… Award Finalist.

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The look on my face began to change.

 

 

 

Ten thousand questions began floating around in my head at eighty miles a second as I just stared at my screen. My eyes began crawling to the left of ‘Award Finalist’.

Where will mine show? How far down the list is my book? If it’s far down, then no one will really see it. Watch it be after oodles of others. Oh, please don’t be too far down.

All I was hoping to see in some near future was the picture of my book, along with its title, God and Your Pillow. 

If you want to know why I almost fainted in the middle of my next thought, check out this photo.

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I’m sure God couldn’t wait to see what my face would look like when I saw my book was at the very top of that Award Finalist list.  You read that right: TOP ! There’s one thing He still hears me say to this day: Thank you Lord.

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You have my full permission to share this posting with whom ever you please, and let others know God is full of surprises.

 

 

 

 – Click here to see the full website I ever-so happily found my book.  

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

Backwards – Song #29

                   – Backwards – Song #29 –

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Look back at your past. Think about a few of those unforgettable times you wish were taking place again right now. Need help? Then listen. You’ll see why I chose this song when it hits 43 seconds.

 

After the first time I heard this song, it instantly fit in my Favorite’s Song family. As the list began playing, I instantly began thinking of all the things I’d get back.

Me? I’d get my home on the perfect dead end back, I’d get my dog back, I’d get my saxophone back, I’d get our very first microwave back,

I’d get our front porch swing, life down at our creek, and veg with my friends just down the street.

I’d get my job at Winchell’s donuts back, I’d get my job as a Mariners Ball Girl back,

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I’d get my very own Bug back.

 

 

I’d get my love-at-first-sight back (Wait. I never lost my love-at-first-sight. We’re still married!)

I’d get my first labor pain from having my first child back. (Wait. I really don’t want that back.) I’d get our first dish washer back. I’d get the joy of seeing my first grandchild born back.

These are just a few things I’d get when I play this country song.

What’s on YOUR list? Share a few things you’d want back.

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

Footloose – Song #24

                     – Footloose – Song #24 –

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Sorry, but I have to share this song. My reason is a bit silly but I’m sure everyone has silly reasons for doing something now and then. I picked this song to show you how the beat can easily cause one to make it one of your favorites, thus passing the ‘Must Share’ test.

I’m sure you all can understand what it’s like when you have to choose a song. Sometimes, any song would be fine. No skipping to another song is needed. Almost anything fits your fancy. But then there are times when you’re a bit more picky. That’s how I was on my run yesterday. My iPod refused to meet my need for that perfect song.

A song come on after I started running. Fine. It did the job. After that . . .

Too boring. Click – Next.

I heard it last time. Click – Next.

That voice isn’t really ‘IT’ for right now. Click – Next

Wait… this one might be . . . Naaaa. Click – Next.

Too slow. . . . . . .   

And then finally, after one more click, up pops Footloose.

YES! No ifs, ands, or buts. WOOO HOOO !

I’m sure that once you turn it on, you’ll understand why. (sorry if an add shows before)

 

As soon as it started, I sure cut loose, foot loose, wearing my Tuesday running shoes!

If you are hearing this in the morning, I hope it helps get that energy many of us beg for. If you are hearing this in the afternoon, I hope it gives that boost to keep you keeping on. If you are hearing this right before going to bed, well . . . sorry.

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

 

 

Let It Be – Song #12

                     – Let It Be – Song #12 –

 

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Time to be honest. Who watched Sesame Street when they were young? Better yet, who watched it in the 70’s when I did? If so, then good chance you remember certain songs from back then about certain letters of the alphabet. If I heard any of them now I’d be able to sing them word for word. Occasionally, they had a well-known song altered just a hair to focus on a certain letter. You now get the chance to guess which letter this song was used for.

 

Did you guess? Now sure, more words in the Sesame Street version were altered to go with the main word change, but the main word is what I’m talking about.

Did you guess those words ‘Let It Be’ were turned into ‘Letter B’?

Sorry, but I bet from now on each time you hear this song you’ll be like me. You’ll think of the ‘Letter B’.

Okay, I give in. I want you to see what Sesame Street did with the original. Have fun!

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

Another One Bites the Dust – Song #8

                 – Another One Bites the Dust – Songs 8 –

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Everyone, raise your hand if you love to laugh. Is there a certain song that makes you giggle or at least grin each time you hear it? Right now I want to give you two reasons this song does that to me. First is this silly video I chose. But the main reason is because of when and where I am at the time I usually hear it.

As years have gone by I’ve added different songs to my iPod that I listen to when I run. Me to run without music is like a car driving without gas. Impossible. It’s needed to help me keep on keeping on. I found this song on my computer the day I was adding a few new songs to my iPod.

“Hay, this one would be perfect!”

Before I knew it, this song went with me on my next run.

So there I was running, acting like I knew what I was doing when this song began. I know you will be distracted by the dancing but listen to the words, seeing if you can guess what got me giggling. And it’s not so much the first few sentences, even though those are perfect being I am doing exactly what those say, but it’s something else.(ignore the add that might show before the song.)

 

If you can’t figure what got me giggling, here, I’ll help. When ever you hear the word ‘one’ change it to ‘block’ as you picture someone on their own two feet running down the street . . . block by block.

People must have been wondering why in the word I was grinning big time as I was running as block after block went by. Energy to keep running sure was present being those words are said over and over again. To this day I still smile whenever this song comes on, feeling like I’m accomplishing more than normal as each block I run bite’s that dust.

We all likely have a song or two where at least one word is replaced with OUR word. Can you think of yours, or is it one that has to be playing first before you automatically put that perfect word in the perfect place?  Let’s all have fun, sharing what it is.

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

 

Running Just To Catch My Breath – Song #6

              – Running Just To Catch My Breath – Song #6

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I’m sure most of you, at some time in you life, have purchased a CD, or a good ol’ tape, or better yet a prehistoric record. You purchased it just for a few of the songs, perhaps never having heard a few or most of the others. Then, as you listen to one of those you’ve never heard, a grin begins to form. That happened to me one day.

“I like this song,” I thought, but for a totally different reason. “This one’s hilarious!”

That’s why it’s been on my list of favorites. After having had the song for years, I finally heard it on my routine run, making me laugh even more. Listen and hear if you can guess why. Pay attention to what it says at 53 seconds, at 1:57, and again at 4:22. Knowing I sometimes go running to escape life for a spell will help explain why.

 

I do work in an office, but that office is in my home. Like the song says, life in my office is neat, (Okay, almost.) I do have a few pictures of my friends, some sharpened pencils, and often have to look for a pen. I do have my – thankful just skyping – weekly meeting, but am ever-so happy my hair is not receding. I do take lunch breaks on those days full of work, and do spin a bit in my chair, pondering if I should just play Spider Solitaire. (Sorry, but plane Solitaire is too boring to me.) When deadlines are getting closer, making me stay in my office most of the day, I stare at my clock, more often than not, seeing if it’s getting closer to 5:00.

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That’s when I try to say ‘I’m done for the day,’ and leave my office. Automatic deposits are how I get paid, as I never lack appreciation to the fact that I don’t need to jump in my car to get home every day. Yep, no honking to or from any other drivers. As soon as I’m out of my office -Voilá – I’m home.

 

Working at home has me thank God often for where He’s put me, never regretting working in my own little office. Some days, however, I do feel I need to run just to catch myself, dreaming of escaping it all, wishing I could just sit in some perfect hot-tub, hour after hour instead.

Some days get so busy for most of us, and I bet we all sometimes need to, as the song says, catch our breath. What about you? Are you one who works sitting down in an office? What about being out-and-about with customer service, outdoor construction, stay-at-home mom & home maker, or what about a student?  Is there any part of this song that stands out to you at all? Even if you’re just one who keeps spilling that coffee on your shirt, let me know.

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.

 

 

 

 

I Love the Rain – Five Minute Friday

     – I Love the Rain – Five Minute Friday

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At first I thought I’d talk about rain, sharing that as long as I don’t have to go anywhere, it doesn’t bug me that much. I then grinned ear to ear, realizing that it’s best to explain when and why I actually love rain.

We all knew the little saying                                                                                                       Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.                                                                           

I’d like to add onto that 

…. but as long as you keep me from watering the grass, I love you.

Yep. Being summer means more sun. (which I love) It can also mean less rain, which then means I have to give thought to watering the grass. I know, no real mind-boggling issue, but still – Ug. Needing to water the grass means there is just more I have to think about. It’s really no problem, but I guess I have other things I’d rather be doing than go out, set the sprayer in one of two places, making sure, once on, the water is going where it needs to go. Then the need to come in, take my shoes off,  set a timer to make sure I don’t let it water too long, then get back to what I was doing.

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Once the buzzer goes off, hoping I don’t miss that sound, slip those shoes back on, go move the sprayer to another area, (I’m a pro. I can just leave the water on.) making sure, again, it sprays only where it needs to. Then, yep, repeat shoe-take-off and timer part of the plan. Once timer goes off, shoes back on, then – YAY ! – TURN OFF THE WATER !

I repeat- UG. 

I should be doing that every other day but, when that day comes, ‘Oh.. I’ll go do it tomorrow instead. It’ll be fine.’ usually wins. 

I know, I know. Nothing really to complain about. I guess it just explains why, after weeks and weeks of beautiful sunny days, when I see those deep, dark clouds forming all around, one thought instantly pops up.  I LOVE THE RAIN !

 

Marianne Petersen’s book God and Your Pillow is now available. (Amazon) – You can follow Marianne on Twitter at @marimemoirs and read more on her blog, marimemoirs.com.