A Day of Remembering; A Day of Revealing

The calendar says another Monday.   For my son, it may be just another day in the week, and he'll ask, "What are we going to do today?"  As a parent,  it's my job to teach him about Memorial Day or else he'll never learn.  He needs to know that Memorial Day is about more than eating great burgers, being lazy, and his dad having a day off from work.  It's about remembering those who fought for our freedom.

I plan to get us all in the car, drive to Cary, NC and visit the Veteran's Freedom Park.  I pass by this memorial a lot on Harrison Avenue, but never stop.  Today, we are stopping and are going to have a day of education and remembrance.

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The Hines-Sight Blog will be five months old in a few days.  As you know, I had zero technical experience when I started this blog.  I didn't tweet, and my cell phone was as old as a dinosaur.   Well, on a scale of 1 to 10, my technical experience is still very low.  I give my news skills a two.   I now tweet, and it's becoming more frequent.  I think it's fun!  It may be even a little addicting.  I still have my dinosaur phone, but I see some type of upgrade in my future especially if I get invited to more blogging events where one of the requirements is "tweet" while there.  I can't be the only blogger not tweeting.  Over the weekend,  I applied some of my newly acquired technical skills to my blog. This is the reason for a  new look today.  You know, sometimes, you just need a new outfit!  I hope you like my blog's new outfit!  My next task is to design a blog button.  Wish me luck!


I am also honored to accept a blogging award from one of my favorite blogs, The Rich Life (On a Budget).  The author, Adrienne, has been so kind to me since I started this blog.  She has reached out to me, and has worked hard to let others know about the Hines-Sight Blog.    She recently awarded me the "Versatile Blogger Award." on her blog in an effort to do just that.

When accepting this blogging award, you are to reveal seven things about yourself then pass the award to up to fifteen other blogs.   It's interesting to reveal tidbits about yourself because it really causes you to let your guard down, and let your readers know more about your personality.   Here it goes!

1. My favorite meal is angel hair pasta with meatballs.  I have learned how to make this at home, and it is my absolute favorite meal to make when I have leftover meatballs. I make my own sauce now, and I use leftover meatballs from a crock pot recipe that I use for cocktail "party" meatballs.   I will sometimes order this dish at restaurants.  My favorite place for this dish is Amedeos Italian Restaurant near the campus of NC State University.   This dish is served to perfection at this casual eatery.  I just learned that kids eat free on Mondays.  We may have to go today.  I always ask for angel hair pasta rather than spaghetti.

2. Unfortunately, I don't read a lot unless it's news on the Internet.  I do read a lot of blogs daily, but I'm that person who can start a book, put it down, and I may not finish it even though the book is great.  I'm the type that chooses being on the computer instead of curling up reading on the couch.   I'm currently reading "Living the Savvy Life: The Savvy Woman's Guide for Smart Spending and Rich Living" by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons.  I'm only on page five, but I plan to take this book with me on a beach trip.  I will write more about the book when I finish it, but I'm just going to say that I wish this book was around when I was in my twenties.  

3. I'm kind of like an old shoe. I tend to buy a pair of shoes, and wear them all the time.  I don't change things up very much.   On a quick pop-in to The Sassy Blossom which is a cute gift store near me, I noticed some adorable shoes with a very smart, budget-friendly concept.   Have you seen these shoes by Lindsay Phillips?

With a change of a snap, you can change the complete look of your shoe.  I think this sandal was made for this old shoe who never changes up her shoes.   Check this out! This is the same shoe, but entirely different looks.

4.   I tend to be more creative than organized.  My husband hates the way my computer desk looks.

5.   I have an obsession with Facebook.   My good friend sent me the link to her page several years ago, and when I opened her e-mail I said, "What the heck is that?  That's for college people!  I'll sign up and look at her page, but I'm not going to use it. "  Let me just eat crow now because I'm on Facebook more times during the day than I have fingers and toes.   I am obsessed, and now I'm even more obsessed with the Blog's Facebook page.  I want all of you there.  Please "like" my page.  On my gosh, I've resorted to begging.  I have no shame.

6.  I love to look at real estate online.  Before blogging, I would spend a lot of time looking to see what was for sale.  It's fun to look at the different styles of home.  My real estate hobby has now taken a backseat to the blog.  I miss it.

7. I am a terrible proofreader.  My brain fills in the blank for missing words.  I had something else for number 7, but apparently, it got deleted during editing.  This post has been up for hours with only six things listed instead of seven.  I thought now would be a good time to add "horrible proofreader" to the list.

I am now going to award the Versatile Blogger award to three blogs.  I'm doing this because I love to read their blogs, and I want to spread the news about them.  I call them my "first clicks" in my blogger dashboard.  That's a special place to be.

As always, it is optional to pass the award onto others, but I wanted to give you all a little promotion today, and thanks for being so supportive to the Hines-Sight Blog.

Happy Memorial Day! Until next time, I've got to get off this computer and get to the Veteran's Freedom Park. 

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