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Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorites on Friday

Another week.  Where do the days go?

This week, the days flew by, mostly because Bart and I spent 2 1/2 of them at the Iowa Turkey Federation’s annual convention, which he lovingly refers to as “vacation.”  We tried to pretend we were on vacation, staying up too late, eating too much, and well, maybe drinking too much (but not as much as Bart did at the turkey federation’s summer convention, but that’s a story that I probably won’t elaborate on. At least on my blog, or on facebook. But ask me about it in real life, ‘cuz it’s a gooooood story.)

Anyway, while we were vacationing, Bart also attended several “educational” sessions, learning about animal welfare issues in the turkey industry, alternatives to antibiotics in turkey production, and an update from the National Turkey Federation, to name a few. I also planned to attend these sessions, but I had a couple things come up. 

First, our lunch speaker cancelled, and I decided it would be no big deal to recycle a presentation I did last year.  Except, the audience was one I could not picture in their underwear, like many suggest, because they were people

a) I knew personally


b) who have some seriously serious credentials after their name like DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) or Ph D. (Can’t remember what that stands for.)

So, while I wanted to listen to the presentations, I was busy working on my own so that I didn’t make a fool of myself. (My real goal was to get invited to take the presentation on the road to, say, Puerto Rico, where the National Turkey Federation conference is going to be held in February.  The request hasn’t come in yet, though.)


The theme this year for the banquet was White Out.  We like to have a good time with our outfits, so Bart decided to try a different look.  He’s such a silver fox, isn’t he?

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And my outfit? Well, I wore white tights, which were the reason I had to miss the afternoon educational sessions.  I had to drive across town to get those tights, and when Target didn’t have any, I had to go to the mall.  And then, I realized I was across the street from the Goodwill, so I had to run in there.  And I made it back just in time for hospitality to start before the banquet.

Anyway, besides our fun times at “Turkey Day,” here are a few other favorites from this week:

1. I checked out this audiobook on my phone via the Overdrive app, and I’m almost done with it.  It is funny, y’all. And an insightful story about marriage.

I didn’t even realize until today, 3/4 of the way through the book, when the author mentioned her BLOG that she is a big time blogger.  I’m her new biggest fan, so head over to TheBigMamaBlog.com and check it out.  (I’m not sure if she’s as funny on her blog, or if she’s as funny when you can’t here her gorgeous Texas-southern accent, but the audiobook is good, anyway!)

And here’s a link to the book. (affiliate link)  The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life

I understand there is another book on parenting, which I will probably be reading next.


2. Sheilapalooza!  My friend, coworker, and fellow turkey farmer’s wife, Sheila, started her blog a couple weeks ago. 


We’d been talking about it for a long time, but when her 5 year old daughter (who is my Adam’s class at school) was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at Halloween, she decided it was time to start writing.  Sheila and her daughter also have Celiac Disease (and a great sense of style.)  Check out her blog and follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/sheilapalooza


3. News from the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.  Agriculture is responsible for 1/3 of Iowa’s economy! That’s amazing! 

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4. 25 holiday home tours hosted by Just a Girl.

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5. Walmart app

Yeah, I totally admit it.  I shop at Walmart sometimes.

Today was one of those times.  And today, I finally downloaded the Walmart app and used the Savings Catcher.  Some of my friends have saved some serious pennies using it, and since I was there, I thought I’d try it out.  As we speak, it’s comparing the things I bought to prices at other stores, as a part of their low-price guarantee.  “If a competitor advertises a special deal for a lower price, we’ll give you the difference!”

Sounds good to me, thank you very much!



Now, our weekend is starting with a VERY important basketball game (Go Cyclones!) followed by decorating, wrapping and the Sunday School Christmas program.  See you next week!

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