Lately orange seems to be a fave color.  Maybe because it's the antithesis of my Air Force uniform.  And I guess it's not a recent thing when you take a look at this halloween picture from 2003.  Emma asked to be an M&M, and when I asked what color, she said orange. Don't you jut love Michael's expression?  We were in Newport, RI, and it was very cold.  Maybe he was thinking, "What!?! We are going outside?"

See more great color here:

This summer, I got to go to the International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual conference "The Gathering" in Houston and it was awesome.  How many conferences have "open torch time" and the local fire chief wandering around the room?

The 2015 conference is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, so I am hatching up a plan to show my kids "the west."  As a kid, I moved from Washington, DC, to Oxnard, CA, to Syracuse, NY in the course of 2 years.  My parents used the trip out west and back as an opportunity to show us the great national parks (Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Yosemite) and many other wonders - and I haven't had a chance to do that same for my own kids.  Living on the East Coast, I'm not sure if I want to drive the entire way, but I think flying in to Denver (where we have family) and heading southwest via Albuquerque to Tucson (where my Mom lives) will hit a lot of the highlights.

On Wednesdays I said I would talk about a new favorite book or blog, but I am going to change it up and talk about a great way to get info and be entertained - podcasts!  Almost all are free, and be downloaded via iTunes or an app on your phone (I use Stitcher, which is free), or you can go direct to the specific web site.

A lot of the ones I listen to regularly are actually NPR programs, like the TED Radio Hour and Pop Culture Happy Hour.  The first one takes a number of TED talks, grouped around a theme, and weaves in interviews with the talkers - it's always thought provoking.  The second one is pure fun and covers TV, movies, books, etc without getting too much in celeb watching.  If you are a mom you have to listen to Manic Mommies, it always has me laughing.  Go check them out!

Find the first chapter here.
Find the second chapter here.

"I'm not sure if I am in the mood for our usual," I stalled.
"Why not, Susan?"
"I've had a doozy of a morning, to say the least."
"It can't be that bad if you were able to get one of those purses, especially in that color."
"This one?"
She looked at me strangely.  Thankfully a waiter approached.  "Susan, Elizabeth, how are you this morning? Can I get your usual?"
Without knowing what else to do, she said yes, and sat down with Elizabeth.  She searched quickly through her foggy brain, and not a single synapse fired. Damn. The waiter reappeared and put two tea cups with steaming tea on the table. The scent of the chamomile and milk didn't really light her fire.  Was this really what she drank? How could she know?
"So why was it a doozy of a morning?' Elizabeth asked.
"Well, first of all, I fainted up on Melbourne Street. I woke up with a cop and a crowd around me.  Then when they asked me my name, the first name that popped into my head was Delores Simpson."
"Delores?  Your sister?"
Sister, she thought.  I have a sister?
"Her name just popped out of my mouth before I knew what I was saying. They showed me my driver's license to prove what my name really is. They asked the date, and I said October 6th, 2014."
"I wonder why you said October 6th? Do you think you said that because that it's date of her accident?"
Uh oh.  Since I didn't know anything about a sister, how would I delicately ask if she survived this accident?
"Especially since we just had the memorial service."
Hmmm.  This day is just not getting any better.

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