Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I miss you guys!

I haven't been hugely active lately, I know, but moving to wordpress and not being able to take my subscribers and Google Friends with me was like moving from VA to Iceland or something. I hope y'all will come see me soon in my new home.

Here!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer's Ending & Changes

I have been hard at work all summer long trying to move all aspects of The Scoop on Poop to wordpress. I am still working out a few kinks, but I am ready to make the move. It even has a new url. I have not been able to move my subscribers over yet, so I hope that if you subscribe, by email or rss, that you will continue to do so with the new site. The options are there for you in the sidebar.

Are you ready?

Click HERE.

Hope to see you THERE!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Guest Blog: Celebrate 90 Years

 Please welcome back Patty of Pampered Patty as she holds down the poop today.






My grandfather turned 90 today.  I think about that and it really astounds me that my Poppy is 90.  We had a party for him yesterday at the Vet's home where he now lives.  He had a great time, there were some family members that came from out of town.  Some people he had not seen in such a long time.  It was sweet to see how happy he was. 

He always called everyone " Dear".  When he was asking a question it would he " How about that eh Dear?"  So today all we heard was " Eh dear?"  It was too cute.

On the drive home with my kids I started to think about the last 90 years and what it must be like to be that age.  I know some of his younger years during the war and after were very hard.  He was a very young man in World War II.  He parachuted out of a plane and into the trenches in the dark of night.  What he saw during that night and what came after it had such an impact on him that he was afraid of the dark for the rest of his life.  I used  to ask my grandmother why he slept with the light on.  She replied " He doesn't sleep until the sun comes up sweetie, the light just helps him get through the night."

I think about everything he has seen in his life.  The year he was born was the year the very first robot was built, the birth of artificial life.  He has lived to see some of the greatest inventions like Antibiotics, Insulin, Television, Radio, Polaroid Photography.

Other inventions perhaps not so great like Nuclear Power.

He has also lived to see such atrocities as The Great Depression,  The Holocaust, WW II which he fought in, The bombing of Hiroshima, The Civil Rights Movement, The Vietnam war.  This is to name a few.

He was born at the time of silent movies...in black and white...which then moved in to talking movies or as he called it " the talkies...still in black and white.  He remembers when the movies moved into technicolor, then television as well.  A real feast for the eyes.  He remembers the very first drive-ins.

There is so much he has seen and lived and is still living.  It truly amazes me and makes me realize how much we take for granted.  We are born in a world where there are still inventions but I don't believe they will be as huge as what my grandfather has seen.  It was a time where man and technology came together and made things that changed the world.  And the world itself changed.

It is still changing and it always will except now it seems to be at a faster pace.  Today I have to say it was really nice to take a step back, to rewind a bit.  To listen to my aunts and uncles sing older songs like Old Cape Cod and more.  My children really enjoyed the time with their great grandfather.  I know I certainly did.  When I was little I remember my grandfather was always laughing, telling jokes that my grandmother rolled her eyes at.  he always seemed to have a smile, a quick sense of humor, and a funny giggle. 

Seeing him today, although he may not always remember, he still laughs and smiles.  It is so nice to know that in this changing world there are some things that stay the same.  I take great comfort in that.

Pampered Patty
 

Want to know more about Pampered Patty? Check out her feature here from Friday.

Friday, August 5, 2011

BSOW: A Little Pampered Goes A Long Way


It's Friday again? Where are the weeks going? Man, I feel like if I blink, it will be Christmas! Anyway, on with the show {and the ice cream!}

This week's Best Scoop of the Week found her father's family. She wrote a letter of acceptance to her body that we should all do. She made promises she didn't keep.

She's wonderfully honest, and not the least bit pampered, but she is a Pampered Chef consultant. Today's Scoop of the Week is better known as Pampered Patty.






I asked Patty if she could switch places with anyone alive or dead, famous or not, who would she choose and why?

" if I could switch places with one person this week it would be my husband.  I think it would be neat for him to be me and see my perspective on things and it would be cool to be him as well."


Patty will be back on Monday to guest post. Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Blog Social: Advice For You



I know. Everyone is at BlogHer but me, and you if you are reading this. I don't feel to left out though since BBCD and 4 Plus an Angel came up with the #SummerBlogSocial to help me feel in the loop.

What's that you say?

Oh. Well click the link and find out. You won't be sorry. Can you wait until after you read my post though? Thanks so much. ;)

As for me? I chose Prompt #5: What activities, practices, features or events have helped you most in terms of blog or social media growth?

Have you ever noticed my sidebar? It seems really cluttered, doesn't it? But, if you look a little closer to the right, you see a list I call "You Can Find the Poop Here". Those are the places I frequent, most notably groups like The Red Dress Club, a writing club for women (though we have recently had some men join in too). There are other writing groups as well, and just above that space in my sidebar, you see "The Poop is Writing on the Walls Here".

Say what? Your writing poop on other people's walls?

Yep, I sure am. I post every Wednesday at Rage Against the Washing Machine (though its currently on hiatus for a couple of weeks) and I lead the writing workshop group for Tiffany at Bloggy Moms.

Why is this important?

Did you know that by joining Bloggy Moms your blog gets noticed? And? if you join the Writing Workshop, I notice your blog, and when you participate? I tweet about it. As often as I can, because your blog deserves to get noticed.

Why did I tell you about my weekly post at Rage?

That gets my blog noticed too. Seriously. I have met so many new people via her blog I can't even begin to explain.

The next piece of advice I have? Memes.

Participate in them. There are so many out there to choose from. I'm quite sure you can find one that suits your style. My current memes are
I also participate in By Word Of Mouth Musing's Friday Facebook hop, which gets my Facebook page noticed. Do you know I went from 105 "likes" to 493 within 2 weeks between her hop and a discussion in bloggy moms? WOW!! That's a jump! Participation on the page has even gone up.

I run a feature every Friday, too. I call it The Best Scoop of the Week. Its a chance to get your blog featured, and break in your guest posting abilities at the same time. How do you do that? You just email me 3 of your favorite links. It's easy as pie (or maybe I should say ice cream, since that's what you get when you are featured. Three scoops to be exact, and I promise its not poop.) When its your turn, you'll get an interview question from me for your feature, and a prompt for your guest post. Need more info? That's easy to come by. Just click the Best Scoop of the Week (BSOW) tab at the bottom of my header.

Did you see what I did there? I promoted MYSELF. Ha. AND? I told you about a cool meme of my own.
 
And it didn't even hurt.

Did you know blogger makes it easy to promote your posts? At the bottom of every post you write a little grib pops up. I always click on the twitter symbol to tweet, and post to my facebook page too. The google + button is there as well.

I also joined some websites, though I don't really know how to get promoted on them, so anyone with the goods on getting syndicated on BlogHer or getting published on Studio 30+ and Indie Ink, I would grateful for. (Ha. So I worked in Prompt #6 or 9 here too.)

Basically, the more you join, the more you get promoted. It's been made SO easy for you. All you have to do now is sign up. What are you waiting for?

Have you joined Google + yet? I have invites.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

From the Poop Files: A Love Story

This was originally posted last year, and I thought it would be fun to bring it back. Enjoy!


Once upon a time, there was a girl. We shall call her Drama Mama.

She was floating along in life as a single mom to a gorgeous little girl called Jellybean.  She wasn't lonely as her days were filled with hard work and keeping her daughter occupied. They were two peas in a pod who enjoyed their little life.

One day, Drama Mama was waiting at the local bus station to take the bus to work when she saw a friend of a friend parked in his taxicab at the local station.

The buses were running late as usual, and when he finished his phone call, she struck up a conversation with him, just to fill the time. He ended up offering Drama Mama a ride to work, no charge.

He asked her out on a date as he dropped her off. She gave it a quick thought, since she really wasn't looking for a relationship and figured "Why not? I deserve dinner and a movie" so she said Yes.

From that moment on, every time she called to request a cab, his was the one that was waiting for her. They would talk about everything and nothing in particular. She would ride with him for a little while as he worked. Finally, the big date came.

Drama Mama gets all dressed up. He picks her up. They decide to see "The Village". There's popcorn. There's large sodas. All the right stuff for a night at the movies.

Except there is one problem. Mr. Taxicab is the touchy-feely kind. He firmly plants his right arm across her shoulders, and his left hand on her thigh.

Throughout the ENTIRE movie. This is no joke.

She's looking for an oxygen tank to rescue her and not finding one in sight. She fakes a headache at dinner, ordering nothing. He ordered his food though, and her silly old self just couldn't stomach the date anymore and asked him to take her home.

And he did.

Two weeks later, he calls and asks for a second chance, promising to not be Mr. Space Invader. He kept his word.

Three months later, they were madly in love with each other.

Three years down the road, he changes her life completely.





They knew that they were going to spend the rest of their lives together from the moment they fell in love. February 2005, he pulled out an engagement ring, while they were stopped at a traffic light, on her birthday. He didn't say a word, just looked at her. A simple "well, duh!" later, her ring finger was decorated with shiny new bling.

He may not have been who I was expecting, but he certainly has done everything in his power to make my dreams come true. He is my forever love. He is, and forever will be, my Knight in Shining Armor.



For better, for worse, through the uglies, and the beautiful, we are bound to each other for eternity. And I wouldn't have it any other way.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guest Blog: On Writer's Block

Bella is back from the trenches of {If This Is} Motherhood today. Her prompt was "liberty" and here is her response:



If This Is Motherhood....




On Writer's Block...

If you’ve ever had writer’s block then you understand just how frustrating it is.  I’ve been suffering with it big time! So when The Drama Mama asked me to guest post, I was thrilled!  I thought to myself “What a great way to get my MoJo back!”  Not.  I sat down, grabbed a cup of coffee and nothing came.

As I write this, I am 3 days late on the deadline and I’m honestly not even sure she will be able to publish this.  But I’m sure as hell going to try.

It isn’t as if I have nothing to write about.  Oh, the boys give me plenty.  There was a time not so long ago when my blog was becoming quite popular before I dropped of the face of the earth and used the cowardly excuse of being overwhelmed at home when well-meaning bloggers sent emails asking about my sudden absence.

Life with boys is never boring.  The Gremlin is an evil genius.  But his genius will likely go unnoticed in the rock star world he is determined to be a part of.  The Professor is a budding paleontologist with a fall back career of a lawyer.  They give me plenty of writing inspiration and they are the star of both my blog and my heart.  I hope that if you visit me, you’ll see just how much my personal sun rises and sets with the two people who mostly drive me nuts, but sometimes surprise even me with their wit, charm and intelligence.

I wish I could guest post something spectacular that would be shared and tweeted and liked a million times.  I wish I’d sign on tomorrow and find a screaming plethora of fans on my blog.  But the truth is, this post is me desperately trying to overcome writer’s block by doing what everyone keeps telling me to do. Writing.


I’m making a come back.  No seriously, I am.  I am going to blog more often even if I feel like there is nothing to say because blogging makes me feel good.  I love to write.  And despite the fact that I am severely handicapped with writer’s block right now, and seriously hating summer vacation because it’s just too long and we’re all bored out of our skulls at this point, I love to write and my blog matters to me.

I haven’t posted in a while, but The Drama Mama has a few of my favorites.  I hope you’ll enjoy my past writes and visit me again for more. I make a public promise here to blog more often even if I’m still struggling with this block! You all can help me out by commenting, because I do love comments!

Thanks for featuring me DM! I’m sorry I couldn’t come up with something brilliant.  I’m sure I will in the future, but I’m not at liberty to discuss that right now.

You know, she did get the "liberty" in there at the end. Haha. I hope you enjoyed, and leave her lots of comment love so she is inspired. 

I'm at the beach, hope you are having a great week.
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