Firefox Cam

screenshot of Firefox camera siteGet ready for some serious cuteness.

The folks at Mozilla are promoting their Firefox web browser with a live feed of firefox cubs. You can watch the cubs play on the jungle gym, enter a contest to name the cubs, and help them earn a new special treat (currently grass flats) by downloading the browser.

The site itself is beautiful and watching baby animals play is always uplifting. What better way to cozy up a crisp, cold Friday?

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Best Gremlin Snub Ever

Don’t ask questions. Don’t argue. Just go read this short and sweet post at joyrebel.com where Brandi tells off her gremlins.

Go. You won’t regret it.

Happy Friday: Photo Scavenger Hunt

Look at all the happy I found this week, even amidst my own grumbliness. It makes me want to cheer.

Jamie sent us Happy Book participants on a photo scavenger hunt for things that depict the following words: circle, tree, smile, sparkle, heart, clean, treasure, red, fresh, sky, yum, toes, morning, and home.

These were my finds:

The circles were left behind after I moved potted grape vines to their new in-ground location by an arbor my husband has been building this summer.

The tree is a waist high oak that started a year ago from the tiniest, most pathetic looking stick I’ve ever seen. We weren’t sure it would survive, but it’s been growing strong.

Smile felt like a self-portrait was in order. I almost used my growing belly as circle, too!

Sparkle comes from my magic wand, given to me by an old colleague who thought it might help me solve all those “need it yesterday” requests.

Yesterday I opened the windows and let the breeze air out our home, so the blowing curtains represent clean.

At the zoo last weekend I was lucky to capture a photograph of a mama and baby giraffe sharing a moment together. This perfectly encompassed treasure in my mind.

Red and morning are represented by the hummingbird feeder on my deck. Each morning when I’m eating my breakfast, the hummingbirds are having theirs, too.

I doubled up again for fresh and yum after collecting produce from the local farmer’s market and grocery stores. Is there anything better than fruit in the summer?

The sky was a beautiful mix of cheerful blue and ominous gray yesterday as wind moved in and cooled the air.

And yes, those are my toes happily propped up enjoying a peaceful moment.

Our well-worn doormat in the shape of home plate is the first thing that greets us and our guests as we enter the house.

Last but not least, I drew the center picture a few weeks ago using pastels to show the love I feel for this new little bundle of happiness growing inside me. I gave him a big heart because, well, isn’t that what we all want for our children? Hopefully all this happiness is rubbing off on him.

Happy Friday everyone!

Happy Book Challenge – Mascot Magic

In the first Happy Book shake-up challenge posed by Jamie about a week ago, we were to choose a mascot and photograph it along our weekly travels.

I chose to use my doll from a set of four doll Christmas ornaments I gave to my closest friends last Christmas. Unfortunately I didn’t do too much photographing of her last week, but I did manage to take a couple of photos.

Once at Chick-fil-a with their tasty lemonade…

doll with Chick-fil-a lemonade

…and another day at my husband’s softball game. Here she sits on the game ball in my bag chair.

doll with softball

What I thought most remarkable, however, was what happened at the end of the week. This weekend we went to the Philadelphia zoo with some friends. I was looking at some animal or other when one of my friends said, “Wow! A butterfly just landed on you! They must really like you.” Still trying to process what I just heard, I turned to my husband and caught sight of the butterfly just on the back of my shoulder.

The remarkable thing is that the butterfly is my kindred animal spirit. You might say the butterfly is my actual mascot. And there one was just resting on my shoulder. I felt like Cinderella.

butterfly on Sherri's shoulder

Good Food, Fun Art, and Words of Wisdom (all from a little tex-mex joint)

Finding decent Mexican food has been a challenge since leaving Arizona for New Jersey almost 7 years ago. Today I was excited to stumble across a hole-in-the-wall wonder called Tijuana Flats in the middle of a bland looking shopping center. I’m almost sad I haven’t encountered this little franchise before.

My lunch was delicious, but I was even more captivated by the decor. Visit the Tijuana Flats website for a taste of their bright comic book atmosphere.

A manifesto adorned one wall and all of the tables proclaiming their “anything goes approach to food, wall art, hot sauce & life in general.” Among their words of wisdom were these little gems (in no particular order)…

  • Embrace the strange & unexplained, if at first you don’t understand it, maybe you never will
  • Next time, order a chimichanga just because it’s fun to say
  • Lighten up or leave
  • Accept all kinds of people, even those that use mild sauce

I’m betting they’re right when they say, “we don’t like to brag, but there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing each other again.”

Tijuana Flats manifesto

Tijuana Flats manifesto

Hello Again, Big News, and some Friday Happy

Hello everyone! (If you are in fact still out there and I sure hope you are.) As often happens with me in the summer time, I have taken a hiatus from blogging. Actually I’ve taken a hiatus from my computer in general. No blogging, twittering, Facebooking. No sirree. I’ve hardly even checked email.

Glorious!

Why a summer hiatus? So many reasons. First, I love life and summer reminds me of all the wonderful things there are to enjoy about life. It also reminds me to slow down. More relaxing, more fresh air, more time with friends and family.

Second, my long running contract work ended rather abruptly in July. As a web project manager, my entire work day revolved around being tied to my computer. When I suddenly found myself not tethered to it, I felt lighter. I’ve worked with computers heavily for my entire 10 year career. Stepping away was exactly what I needed to reconnect with myself.

Third (and by no means diminished in this last position), I’ve been nesting. Why now? I’m so jittery-teary-eyed-excited to share with you for the first time online that a little one is on the way! That’s right. My belly is growing and so is the love in my heart for the tiny little addition that will greet us near the end of January. It’s been a tougher journey to get here than I would prefer, but my husband, my stepson, and I are ecstatic and thankful.

Happy Book BadgeNow, let us remember that it is Friday and Jamie has challenged her Next Chapter book group to share their happy on Fridays while copies of The Happy Book make their way around the book groups. I think I’ve already done that above. I have so much to be happy about.

This week Jamie is shaking up the challenge and is now inviting everyone to get their own copy of The Happy Book to share in a new happy activity each week. I’ve reserved my copy and will be headed to the book store shortly to pick it up. Will you join the fun?

The first activity Jamie selected from the book is to choose your mascot, carry it with you wherever you go, and take pictures of it along the way. It just so happens that last Christmas I bought a four-pack of little Christmas ornament dolls and gave one to each of my best friends (see below photo, my doll is the one in the turquoise dress).

Mascot dolls for me and my girlfriends

I then set up a private blog where we could each take pictures of our doll as a fun way to share our lives. The last post to that blog was in April, so this feels like the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate the adventure. I’ll be putting my doll in my purse today to get her back out in this wide, wonderful world.

What about you? What have you been up to this summer? What is making you happy this week? What mascot will you carry?

Happy Post – Dancing Flyers Fan

Happy Book BadgeIn honor of The Next Chapter’s ongoing work in The Happy Book, I’ve been taking some today to reflect on what is making me happy. It’s great to focus on what is going right since we sometimes get bogged down in what is going wrong.

This week I was lucky enough to attend game 6 of the Stanley Cup. Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks in what turned out to be a really intense back and forth game. In overtime, the Flyers pushed hard, but the Blackhawks made a final play that had the whole arena trying to figure out if the puck actually went in the goal. I’ve never seen such confusion.

Anyhow, the game was quite exciting, but one of my favorite things about it is a fan I’ve seen at Flyers games before. His name is Shawny Hill and as far as I know he has gone to every game for years. His seat is at the back of the top level in what some would refer to as the nosebleed section.

Shawny dances by his seat at every game. Usually some time during the third period, the camera visits him for a little big screen time. The crowd goes wild. They love Shawny’s dancing about as much as they like the hockey. This year he was even featured in a commercial on the local television station supporting the Flyers for the playoffs.

The following video is from a few years ago, but it’s a great representation of the energy he brings to every game. Shawny’s unbridled joy is my happy this week. (If you’re viewing this in a reader, you may need to click through to see the video.)

What is making you happy this week?

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