Ten on Tuesday…

…the Fourth of July edition.

After the Kabooms

This week, our directive is ’10 Favorite Things About the Fourth of July’!  So, without further ado…

1.  4″ shells.  They’re compact, easy to load in the guns and pretty when they go up.

2.  6″ shells.  Also easy to load, a bit bigger in the air and, also pretty.

3.  8″ shells.  They go higher in the sky and fill it up nicely.

Kabooms !

4.  Dragon’s Breath – did you know Creamora is an explosive?  Don’t light a match if it’s floating in the air… (the things you learn at fireworks convention…)

5.  12″ shells.  These are actually my favorite.  HUGE chrysanthemum filling the sky!

6.  Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill!  Though, when we were doing the Bennington, VT show, we would have a KFC picnic every year.

PGI Fireworks - Wednesday Show

7.  Seeing how many car alarms we can set off.  Our record is six during the finale.  ;o)

8.  Pasta salad!  I love making mine as an antipasto with meat, cheese, some veggies and italian dressing.

9.  24″ shells.  I’ve only seen two go up but they were AMAZING.

Fireworks !

10.  Having a friend with a pyrotechnic license.  It definitely makes the Fourth (and other special days) memorable!

Okay, you have my list – what are your favorite things?



Ten on Tuesday…

…the one with all the reading.  ;o)

CameraBag Photo

(Did you know?  I posted winners to the contest yesterday and so far have only heard from ONE of them?  Is your name up there?)

This week, our directive is 10 Books You Would Recommend to a Friend.  Most of my answers are going to be Book Series and not just one book – bucking the system, that’s me!  Shocking, I know.  ;o)


1.  The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – Harry Potter meets Dirty Harry.  I’ve read this series through about…I think I’m on the fourth time.  This is the first time I’ve been able to listen to them and I’ve gotta say, it’s made the books that much better.  James Marsters does an AMAZING job narrating – his inflections breathe new life into Harry and his smartass comments.  ;o)

2.  Mercy Thompson – I recently found this series and seriously love it.  The next book doesn’t come out until 2013 which is just criminal!

3. The Hollows/Rachel Morgan Series by Kim Harrison -another ass-kicking magical heroine.

4.   The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning – omg loved these books, listened to them all in less than a week!

5.  The Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly – procedural mysteries, you learn to love Hieronymus Bosch throughout the books. He has many layers…like an onion.  hehe

6.  The Mickey Haller Series by Michael Connelly – procedural mysteries from the lawyer’s point of view.  There’s a twist that connects these books to the Harry Bosch books but I’m not going to tell you what it is, you have to read them to find out for yourself!  (and yes, I *loved* the movie!)

7.  The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters – I love Egyptology (it was one of the things I wanted to study once upon a time) and I love the Victorian/Edwardian era – this mixes up the two.

8.  The Stephanie Plum Series – R isn’t a big reader of books but when we go on a road trip (we try to every summer), we listen to the newest Plum book.

9.  Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! has been a favorite book of mine since I was a teen, it was one of the first ‘fantasy’ books I ever read.  I re-read it almost once a year!

10.  Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron – I stumbled upon these a couple of years ago, they’re very entertaining if you are an Austen fan!

There are my 10!  I wish I could list more – I listen to books quite a bit while I sew bags so I have read a LOT of books in the past few years.  These 10 barely scratch the surface!

Now that you have an idea of what kind of books I like, do you have any suggestions for me?


Ten on Tuesday…

…the one with all the snacks.

This week, our directive is 10 Favorite Snacks – since snacking seems to be one of my hobbies, this should be pretty easy!

1.  Popcorn – I’m not supposed to eat it because of all the dental work but I just can’t stop.  I throw two handfuls and a drizzle of oil in a paper lunch sack, microwave for two minutes and voila!  Quick, easy and none of those lovely chemicals I can’t pronounce that are in the microwave stuff.  ;o)

2.  Tic Tacs – I know they aren’t a snack but I eat them to survive when the blood sugar dips

3.  Fruit Leather/Fruit Strips whatever you want to call it, I try to get the mostly fruit, nothing weird kind

4.  Cheese Puffs – I actually cannot buy a large bag of these, I can only get the snack kind because I’ll sit down and eat the whole. thing.

5.  Same with Doritos.

6.  3 Girl Scout cookies and a cup of tea

7.  Greek yogurt with a bit of granola

8.  Yogurt and grapes or apples

9.  Cheese & Crackers

10.  Pringles – the Dill Pickle flavor is a personal favorite

I know there are more but I’m stopping at 10 – what are your favorite snacks?