Wednesday, May 2, 2012


The end of the challenge is here! Well technically, it ended two days ago.  I started the challenge without a theme in mind and took each day as it came.  I thought I might see a pattern emerge, but I cannot say I have seen one.  I still am not sure where I will go with my blogging or even how often I will write.  The discipline of the challenge and the guidance of the letter each day was helpful.  I enjoyed making new friends and plan on continuing to visit the challenge bloggers to catch up on reading and commenting.  All I can say for now is "ZEE you later alligator!"

Yada Yada Yada

"Yada, Yada, Yada" is what people sometimes say when they want to skip over the details of a story.  However, "Yada, Yada" has a different meaning for me thanks to the book series "The Yada Yada Prayer Group" by Neta Jackson.  The first book came out in 2003 and it looks like there are six books now (although I've only read the first three).  The thing that I love most about these books is the "sisterhood" that is developed between the unlikeliest of characters.

For that same theme, I also love Rebecca Wells' books Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Ya-Yas in Bloom.  I can relate to Sidda...
“Sidda was tired of being vigilant, alert, sharp. She longed for porch friendship, for the sticky, hot sensation of familiar female legs thrown over hers in companionship. She pined for the girlness of it all, the unplanned, improvisational laziness. She wanted to soak the words "time management" out of her lexicon. She wanted to hand over, to yield, to let herself float down into the uncharted beautiful fertile musky swamp of life, where creativity and eroticism and deep intelligence dwell.”
And of course, I adore the movies "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"!!  I have not got around to reading the books yet, maybe this summer...
“When life hands you lemons say 'hey I like lemons what else you got?”
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Got that?”
Girlfriends unite!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

X Marks the Spot

When I signed up for this A-to-Z Challenge, I neglected to think about there being days beginning with letters such as Q, X, or Z.  Those pesky letters are troublesome when I play Scrabble but even peskier trying to blog about them!

As you can tell, I have fallen behind schedule as the challenge ended yesterday and I still have the last three letters to go...

The only thing that came to mind for the letter X was the saying "X marks the spot" as we are all familiar with in conjunction with pirate maps.  I decided to dig around and do a little research.  Granted, I did not spend much time looking, but it seems that the phrase may have been first introduced by Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island.  In my research, I also found a movie titled X Marks the Spot - it is a crime/drama from 1931 and the 1942 remake can be watched online here.