A Very Eventful Tuesday

It is sad that my life has come to leading with this particular bit of news, but I finally sneezed this afternoon.

It caught me totally off guard and was cause for much celebration.

I’m not sure why the Lord chose to lead me through a ten-day sneeze fast, but I can tell you one thing: I will never take the sneezing for granted again. As the wise philosophers in Cinderella* once sang, “You don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.” AND THEY WERE NOT KIDDING, EITHER.

Now that the sneezing news is out of the way (LAMEST INTRODUCTORY PHRASE EVER), I have to say that I have loved reading your reactions to Sunday night’s Downton Abbey episode. I couldn’t help but think of everything y’all had pointed out when I ran across this little gem on Pinterest.

I think she would make a wonderful addition to The Bachelor, don’t you? Because I can guarantee you that Dowager Countess would have had something to say about the girl who hopped out of that limousine wearing a wedding gown. Oh yes ma’am she would have.


There are a few bits-o-information that I’ve been meaning to pass along to y’all for the last couple of days, so while they’re all sitting in a pretty little row in my mind, I thought I’d pass them along. In list form, of course. Because I do enjoy a list.

Melanie’s book, Sparkly Green Earrings, hits bookstores in exactly one month. YOU PEOPLE ARE IN FOR SUCH A TREAT. Don’t forget to pre-order your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or one of the other bookstores listed on Melanie’s book page.

– Earlier today I mentioned on the Twitter that I was looking for some new music, and several people mentioned that they were enjoying Chris Tomlin’s new CD, Burning Lights. I’ve been listening to it most of the afternoon, and YES. SO, SO GOOD. Two thumbs up. I’ve also had Bethel Music’s The Loft Sessions on pretty steady rotation this week, and it is excellent. I could listen to “Come to Me” for a sweet forever and then ask to hear it one more time.

– I wrote a post over at Ree’s about my 2013 TV Goals. And because I am brilliant, I accidentally titled the post “TV Goals 2012.” Because apparently I can’t keep my years straight. Nonetheless, all the info in said post is relevant to 2013, so just shield your eyes from the errant title and pretend like I know what I’m doing.

– This Saturday night is the Miss America pageant, and I thought it would be fun if we had a little bloggy get-together during the festivities. We were plagued by technical difficulties when we tried to get together for Miss Mississippi this past summer, but I figure it’ll be much easier to tune in to Miss America since it’s on ABC (9pm eastern, 8pm central). Here’s what we did last year for Miss America – and oh, was it ever a blast. Maybe my favorite bloggy fun ever.

All you have to do to participate is to watch Miss America with a computer or phone or iPad nearby. Even if there are just ten of us who participate, it’ll be big fun.

In the meantime, I’m going to watch this over and over to prepare myself for all the pageantry.

(I know. I’ve shown that video about 72 times on my blog.)

(I love it so much.)

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

* – I originally said Aerosmith but have corrected the error. Obviously I am grief-stricken that I confused my power ballads. It’s like I don’t know who I am anymore.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Oh BooMama!! I am so happy you are bringing back the Miss. America bloggy goodness!

  2. And 72 times I have watched while clapping my hands with glee.

  3. Yay for the sneeze! ;-). It so funny that you brought up Miss America–when I heard on GMA that Sam Champion is judging, I immediately thought of you. You & the pageant are now inextricably connected in my mind. Oh, & thanks for the KY giggle one more time–never gets old!

  4. Well, I apparently really don’t know my power ballads, but I do know my Disney movies and just spent about 5 minutes trying to figure out who sang that in “Cinderella.” Thank goodness for Google. :-)

  5. I haven’t commented on your blog before. :)

    I LOVE Bethel’s music. Come to me was one of the songs played at my baby’s funeral in July. I haven’t been able to listen to it again but it will forever be in my heart.

    Valerie (reader from Western Australia)

  6. Jesus Culture’s new-ish album with former Delirious frontman, Martin Smith, is truly Ah-Mazing. The album title is Live From New York and it has been on repeat at my house for about a week now. Love it. There’s a song, “Song of Solomon” that is absolutely beautiful. Definitely worth a listen.

  7. (Clapping my hands and looking for my cowgirl hat) There is so much about that video to love that it’s impossible to take it all in during a single viewing. One word: Flawless.

  8. Sallie Baker says:

    Why does watching that make you feel like you could get up and do it yourself???
    Looks so fun, . . . and happy!
    As a native of Denton, Tx, home of TWO Miss Americas, and personal friends of mine, I salute you for keeping the memory alive!! :-)

  9. Woot! I just watched that little morsel of pagentry fun without the speakers on- it is hilarious!! I am usually not into watching pageants but if BooMama tells me to- I will be there Sat night with comments!! Sounds like fun…

  10. And I love love love Downton Abbey! I spent a better part of the holiday season converting all my daughters and nieces to being Jane Austen fans through the magic of television… Reading aloud just wouldn’t have had same effect.

  11. The other night, in the middle of the night, I sneezed. Loudly. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! Scared the mess out of me. And then I thought, “Sophie would be so jealous.”

  12. Yes indeed! Very special thanks to the great state of Kentucky for producing such fine dance stylings. You can’t watch this video without being uplifted. I love it!

  13. A) I’m glad you were able to sneeze!
    B) Thank you for sharing the music you enjoy! I have been introduced to some artists through your blog and I have really liked them. Today, I have been listening to Come to Me and have been so blessed by it! So thanks!

  14. Thanks for the fun post. So much about it just makes me smile, and I really needed it today! And, I watch that clip everytime you post it. :) I’m so behind on Downton Abbey, so I just skipped most of yesterday’s post. I need to catch up. Oh no, I sound like you talking about TV goals!

  15. God bless that video. I cannot get enough of it.

    Some more pageant prep for you here:


    Live Well is doing several behind the scenes episodes before this year’s pageant. If you don’t get that channel you can watch them online!

  16. Thank the Good Lord you realized your 80’s power-ballad error before I got hold of this post.

    Also, I LOVE Alabama Shakes. Their CD is fantastic.

  17. I was actually a bit underwhelmed by the Downton Abbey episode this week, but the quote you posted was probably my favorite line. Even my husband, who was acting like he wasn’t watching, laughed at it. Totally outed himself.

  18. oh sister, LOVE “Come To Me” and those Bethel Loft sessions songs. That was my album on constant repeat in 2012. If you liked it, you may also like Elevation Worship (Nothing is Wasted is an anthem) and some Will Reagan.

  19. Becky in 'Bama says:

    whew… that Miss Kentucky has/had more energy for that one little ditty than I’ve had in my entire life! And YES that zinger delivered by the Dowager Countess was probably one of my favorites of the evening.

  20. My goodness. That video. Amazing and hilarious all in one. Love it. And I’m a bit jealous of her energy. :)

  21. I so think that you need to have the former Miss Kentucky Tonya Mullins as a guest host for a future Miss America Viewing party. It’s only right.