Give It a Whirl

WhirlawaycoverTI finally got down with the 21st century and have avatar/gravatar ability here. That means you can FINALLY have your picture display when you post a comment. Just go to and follow the super easy instructions. So easy even  an idiot I could do it!

This week on Southern Belle View, we are back to our monthly create-a-story called Whirlaway Island. If you haven't followed our story the past few months, no worries! Just jump on in. Once a month, we create a story of five installments, one chapter from each of us. So far we have a woman conveniently married to an FBI agent to protect her. But oh, look! They love each other! But too bad! She gets kidnapped! (I hate when that happens! Seriously, Woman of Convenient Marriage, you are old enough not to take rides from strangers!) Then there's that man who's out to kill her, the court case that needs to go to trial but hasn't, the meddlesome but lovable widow, one cantankerous dog named after a dead guy, a few hunky beach dudes, a teacher who loves a man who doesn't love children…or does he? A studly guy with a tragic past who doesn't know if he can let it go and love again, plus gun shots, fires, and clam bakes. You gotta check it out!

Did anyone see Green Lantern? How is it? I sure do appreciate movies with that Ryan Reynolds. That boy is a comedy king. I mean, he gets it. Timing, physical comedy, facial involvement, voice. Which makes me worried that he's now a super hero. Can funny people wear spandex and save the world? I don't really think so. You can either be funny or stop the planet from imploding. But not both. Just like you can't sing Lady GaGa and recite Shakespeare at the same time. These truths we hold self-evident.

So last week was my first full week of summer vacation. I pretty much just read some books for a big project I'm working on that I kind of wish I wasn't working on because as much as I love to read I don't like to be assigned reading even though I totally volunteered for this project and now I wish I hadn't because no where in this stack of wonderful books is Nora Roberts or Jeff Kinney.

I also taught during our giant-sized VBS, something I do every year and pretty much live for. This year I got to tell the story of the beginning of the world and how Adam and Eve totally screwed up. I thought about changing it up and putting all the blame on Adam, but there were too many adult on-lookers in the room, so I kept it legit. I think my version had more pizazz though. We all know Adam was a schmoe. If your church is doing VBS, you should check into volunteering. Churches always need volunteers and there is NOTHING like storytelling to hundreds of kids sticky with Kool-Aid and off-brand cookies. And if you're not into storytelling and doing voice like Adam (nerd), Eve (Loretta Lynn), or the Serpent (feminine gang member), then there are so many other jobs just waiting for you and your talents. And by talents, I mean saintly patience.

Finally, if you are suffering from heat or any other summer stress, you must look at these amazing hats from Ascot. Just looking upon these hats makes me happy. And also reminds me of this:

Oh, the costumes. The hats. Can you even stand it?

Have a fab rest of the week.
Wear your crazy hat.

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Erin McFarland - June 21, 2011

just got me a gravatar! woot! and bless you for serving at VBS…i did that last year and am still recovering.

Micah - June 21, 2011

So that off-brand VBS cookie thing is universal, then? I thought it was just my church.

As far as Green Lantern goes, I can say with certainty that it is the worst movie I’ve seen in a long time. I’m NEVER negative about movies but I thought it was awful.

bookwyrm14 - June 21, 2011

I saw Green Lantern, but I didn’t like it either. I think Thor is better. It has more dramatic plot and more emotion, and besides, Chris Hemsworth is a AMAZING Nordic god of thunder. 🙂

Summer reading is bleh. I have to read a memoir. Ugh. Don’t get me wrong, memoirs are interesting, but my tastes run more toward either hilarious chick-lit or action-packed, dramatic fantasy.

My church’s VBS is at the end of July, and I am going to help out for the third year in a row. The first summer I did it, I was a counselor for a group of hyper 6-8 year olds. I think my eardrums are permanently damaged. The second summer, I was part of the VBS Drama Team, which was actually really fun. This summer, I don’t know what they’re going to make me do…but I guess I will find out. **scary theme music**

Oh, and My Fair Lady is one of my FAVORITE old movies! Audrey Hepburn is hysterical! 🙂

Abbigail - June 22, 2011

Okay, so I almost saw Green Lantern YESTERDAY. My mom threw me a SuPrIsE b-day party, and we had the choice that if we wanted, we could watch a movie at the movie theater. (We met at the mall.) But, I mean seriously, what group of six teenage girls would choose Green Lantern when they have the option of going home to (re-)watch Tangled (DVD) so they can screech and sing along and quote the lines with the characters all they want? Right? 😀

My VBS was last week. I was a youth helper in a kindergarten classroom. Let me tell ya, my math improved in that five days. That constant counting to make sure we have sixteen little heads…ugh. Every time we turn a corner. 1, 2, 3, 4… We almost traded kids with another class. (No, Sally, THAT’S your class. Johnny, our line is over HERE!) twice.

I’ve missed Whirlaway this week, I’ll have to go and check it out tomorrow. Play a little catch up. But it’s late now. 🙂


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