Thursday, October 29, 2015

Good food, great friends, great conversation and even better entertainment 😉

Good food, great friends, great conversation and even better entertainment 😉
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 29, 2015 at 07:51PM
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Sweet Si! #sweetbabysi #toddlersi

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Mi Casa! 🍴

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Secret Sister Ponzi Present Scheme on Facebook

Yesterday while perusing Facebook I came upon the following post:

Anyone interested in a Holiday Gift exchange? I don't care where you live - you are welcome to join. I need 6 (or more) ladies of any age to participate in a secret sister gift exchange. You only have to buy ONE gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister and you will receive 6-36 in return!

Let me know if you are interested and I will send you the information! Please don't ask to participate if you are not willing to spend the $10.

TIS THE SEASON! And its getting closer. COMMENT if you're in! 

The post already had 7 or 8 comments on it and as I scrolled down to view other posts from my "friends" (I will delve into why I put that in quotes at a later time) I saw that there were a minimum of 4 other people who had posted the same thing and all of them also had multiple comments. I should mention that each of these 4 additional posts were by a person who had commented on the first post.

Stupidly, I commented on the first post. I then received the following message on Facebook:

Welcome to our secret sister gift exchange!! 

Much easier than it sounds. The main idea is that you will receive gifts from the friends of whoever your friends are that agree to play! Example: I will receive gifts from your friends who agree to play that don’t know me. SUPER fun and just a little holiday pick-me-up!!! Sometimes as mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, we tend to get so caught up in the holiday decorating, cooking, shopping, and enjoying everyone else, that we forget about the fun of getting surprises ourselves. What better way than to get a happy in the mail from someone this time of year? 

Here's how it works: 

  1. Send one gift value at least $10 to secret sister that is place NUMBER ONE BELOW
  2. Remove secret sister's name from #1; then move secret sister #2 to that spot.
  3. Add your name to #2 with your info.
  4. Then send this info to 6 other ladies with the updated name info.
  5. Copy the secret sister request that I posted on my wall, to your own wall. If you cannot complete this within 1 week please notify me, as it isn't fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their own gifts to arrive. You can order directly from a web-based service (Amazon, or any other online shop) which saves a trip to the post office. Soon you should start receiving gifts. How awesome is it to receive gifts for giving just one! Be sure to include some information about yourself...some of your favorites. Seldom does anyone drop out because it's so much fun to send a gift to someone you may or may not know...and of course it's fun to receive. You should begin receiving gifts in about 2 weeks if you get your letters out to your 6 people right away!
P.S. Don't forget: move #2 (that would be me) up to #1 and put yours at #2. Then send to the 6 (or more!) people that respond to your post! Thanks a bunch!!! I'm so excited!!!!

So... there is now a Christmas pyramid scheme on Facebook. A Ponzi-Present Scheme, if you will. People will never cease to amaze me...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Snack foods for cravings with minimal calories...

satisfy your sweet tooth:
1. 1/2 medium apple, baked, topped with 1 tbsp low fat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon (45 calories).
2. 1/2 small banana, frozen (45 calories)
3. 4 oz. unsweetened applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon (49 calories)
4. 1 miniature box of raisins (45 calories)
5. 2 sugar-free ice pops (30 calories)
6. 1 sugar-free fudge ice pop (35 calories)
7. 12 cherries (48 calories)
8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with 3 tbsp. light whipped topping (40 calories)
9. 1/2 cup strawberries with 2 1/2 tbsp nonfat yogurt (47 calories)
10. 14 seedless red grapes, frozen (48 calories)
indulge a salt craving:
11. 1 1/2 cups salted air-popped popcorn (46 calories)
12. 1/4 cup shelled edamame (soybeans) with sea salt (37 calories)
13. 8 oz. miso soup (36 calories)
14. 1 pretzel rod (37 calories)
15. 1/4 small bag of Glenny’s lightly salted soy crisps (35 calories)
16. 1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with 1/4 cup sliced onion, 1/2 cup chopped celery, and 4 tbsp vinegar and salt to taste (45 calories)
17. 6 oz V8 juice (39 calories)
18. 1 kosher dill pickle (10 calories)
crunch and munch:
19. 1/2 cup jicama with 4 oz salsa (49.5 calories)
20. 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas (40 calories)
21. small celery stalk smeared with 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter (49 calories)
22. 1/2 small apple with 1 tsp soy butter (46 calories)
23. 1 brown rice cake with 1 tbsp sugar-free jam (44 calories)
smooth and creamy:
24. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices (35 calories)
25. 1 tsp almond butter (34 calories)
26. 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam (43 calories)
27. 1 oz avocado (about 1/8 of an avocado) squirted with lime (45 calories)
28. 8 grape tomatoes dipped in 1 tbsp light cream cheese (46 calories)
cheesy whizzes:
29. 6 pieces of endive filled with 1/2 oz reduced-fat feta cheese (49 calories)
30. 1 slice fat-free American cheese (30 calories)
31. 1 large tomato, sliced, topped with 1 tbsp Parmesan, broiled (44 calories)
32. 1 oz fat-free cottage cheese on1 slice caraway Finn Crisp Crispbread (38 calories)
33. 1 oz fat-free mozzarella dipped in 1 tsp marinara sauce (46 calories)
power up on protein:
34. turkey rolls: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves (46 calories)
35. 1 oz smoked salmon (about 1 slice) on 2 Wheat Thins crackers (48 calories)
36. 1 tofu dog with 1 tbsp sauerkraut (48 calories)
37. 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds (49.6 calories)
38. 1.3 oz water-packed tuna with 1 tsp Dijon mustard (48 calories)
39. 2 large hard-cooked egg whites with 1 cup sliced cucumber (48 calories)
40. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with 2 tsp hummus (45 calories)
41. 1 medium water-packed sardine with slice of red onion (35 calories)
solid standbys:
42. 1/2 cup melon with 2 tbsp 1% cottage cheese (47 calories)
43. 1/2 small grapefruit (32 calories)
44. 1/3 cup blueberries with 1 tbsp light sour cream (47 calories)
45. 1/2 cup carrots with 1 tbsp light ranch dressing (45 calories)
thirst quenchers:
46. 1/2 cup nonfat milk with 1 tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup (40 calories)
47. 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with 1/4 cup skim milk and 3/4 cup hot water (47 calories)
48. 3/4 cup almond milk (45 calories)
49. 3/4 cup seltzer with 1/4 cup cranberry juice and a lime wedge (33 calories)
50. homemade iced green tea (with artificial sweetener if desired) (0 calories)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Parenting Day!

Parenting Day!
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 27, 2015 at 03:06PM
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Eleven years ago

I found this old entry I wrote when Janie was about 9 months old... Over eleven years ago!!!

10.12.2004 @ 10:57 am


janie is growing more and more curious every day. she can even stand up by herself now! well, maybe that isn't exactly correct... i have to stand her up, but she can stand there once someone else stands her up. understand?

she is also getting closer and closer to standing on her own literally. she will pull up to her knees. or she will put her hands down in front of her and straighten out her legs so that she is bent in an upside down "v". i keep worrying that she is going to topple over head first, but as far as i know, that has yet to happen.

she is getting more and more beautiful everyday.

Apparently I had an aversion to using any capital letters when I was blogging back then.  It is so very strange to look back at entries from my old blog. It goes from 2004 to this year. Thorough the births of 2 children and two marriages. Through 2 c-sections (one very uneventful and another almost too eventful). Through 3 different jobs and a hundred different friends.

There are so many things that are different, but yet so many things are the same... It doesn't make me sad to read through my old entries, but it does make me feel as though I have grown. Grown as a teacher, as a wife and especially as a mother. It has a been an amazing journey so far and I can't wait to see where it goes next!!


The absolute best thing you can do for your children is to teach them to do for themselves and to do for others. My mom and grandmother did absolutely everything for me. I didn't have to cook or anything. It was great! Or so I thought... Now I look back wishing I had hung out in the kitchen with my mom and grandmothers more or had someone to teach me things like running a tractor, or even cutting the grass. I started really cooking when I was out of college. I still haven't cut the grass (I'm pretty cool about that one actually). My point is that I had no idea how to do anything other than clean (my mom never minded making me clean lol) I didn't have anyone outside teaching me to plant flowers, shoot a gun, back a trailer, run a tractor. I did learn how to change my oil and even change a tire (thanks Daddy!). I remember getting two job offers when I graduated from college and I couldn't decide which one to take. I actually asked my parents which one would be the best. And that's the one I took.

I now realize I am doing Janie the same disservice I encountered as a child. She asks me for everything. She rarely makes a decision without my input (whether she has asked for my opinion or not, I am usually more than happy to voice it for her...)

So what do I do now? I can't teach her to cook. I don't know how to cook myself! I can follow a recipe, but anyone that can read and understands measurements can do that.

Maybe that's where I start.

Looks like Janie and I need to pick out some things to cook.


I LOVE baking!

Cookies, cakes, pies, ALL of them!

Someone else's star

Fantasy, dream, goal.. Hard to tell the difference sometimes. We fantasize when we're awake but we call it daydreaming. Our dreams are a collection of images and memories from our subconscious mind.

Reality is the goal. A tangible thing you can achieve with the gifts God gave you.

Sometimes you just want things, (homes, cars, boats, objects in general). But love is the hardest want. God gave us love but He didn't give us a filter so we can only love someone that loves us the same way. Sometimes you're just wishing on someone else's star.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Wedding rehearsal! 💒💍💎💕

Wedding rehearsal! 💒💍💎💕
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 23, 2015 at 06:47PM
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Happy Birthday Max! 🎉🎂🎈

Happy Birthday Max! 🎉🎂🎈
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 19, 2015 at 07:40PM
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When you excitedly open the package that should contain your son's uber cute Cookie Monster Halloween costume and you find a pair of grey suede boots... #nothappyatall #disappointed

When you excitedly open the package that should contain your son's uber cute Cookie Monster Halloween costume and you find a pair of grey suede boots... #nothappyatall #disappointed
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 19, 2015 at 04:36PM
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JHS Homecoming Dress Up Days 💜💛🎓🏈 #aggiepride #jhsROCKS #JHShomecoming #HC2015

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Last Video by Marshal Lowery (RIP 1948 - 2015)

I pulled this from Mr. Marshall's YouTube page. It is the last video that he made and he left instructions with his family to please post it after he passed. 
Mr. Marshall passed away yesterday evening. I cannot begin to fathom what Allison and the rest of her family is feeling right now. I only know that they are good people going through a very hard time.
Published on Oct 13, 2015
This is his son uploading his last video made intended to be posted after his death. He passed away on October 13, 2015. He passed at a moment I think he was aware we were all okay. Mom was taking with people who brought food, my sister and her son were outside laughing and playing with the dogs, and I was sitting across from him. I looked up and realized his chest was not rising. That's when I knew he had passed.

Like my father says at the end of this video, if you feel lead to you can send money to the address he showed on the paper. You don't need to but it will be greatly appreciated

there are a total of 5 praise poem videos that he didn't post before getting at his worse. If you would like these videos to be posted as well, let me know in the comments and we will get those posted for you ASAP.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

An abandoned mansion this morning, the Shrimp Festival again this afternoon, and now finally home! ☺ #bestweekendever #itsgoodtobehome #lotsofpicturestoedit

An abandoned mansion this morning, the Shrimp Festival again this afternoon, and now finally home! ☺ #bestweekendever #itsgoodtobehome #lotsofpicturestoedit
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 11, 2015 at 07:00PM
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We visited an abandoned asylum and chapel, went to the Shrimp Festival and walked through a haunted forest all since 9 o'clock this morning. That's a pretty awesome day in my book!

We visited an abandoned asylum and chapel, went to the Shrimp Festival and walked through a haunted forest all since 9 o'clock this morning. That's a pretty awesome day in my book!
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 11, 2015 at 12:03AM
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Look at this cutie!! #babyemmie #2012 Jami Turberville Whillock

Look at this cutie!! #babyemmie #2012 Jami Turberville Whillock
by Leigh Turberville Harrell

October 08, 2015 at 05:10PM
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Satan's daughter

Today I was told by a student that the devil must have spent extra time when he made me. And later on, the same student referred to me as "Satan's daughter."

I honestly felt as though the wind had been knocked out of me...

Tomorrow is Friday, thankfully. It's also the end of midterm exams and we have plans to go to the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores this weekend.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Aspirations in Computing

How and why do you encourage young women to pursue technology/computing?

My teaching philosophy is based on an old Chinese proverb that states, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."  Teaching has been nothing less than a joy for me these past few years. My base objective as a teacher is to be sure that my students learn the fundamental content of the courses that I teach.  Currently I teach courses aimed at business and computer technology.  Beyond the fundamentals of business and computer technology, I want my students to develop other proficiencies such as analytical thought process and life-long learning skills.  Developing problem solving strategies and helping ease the transition from an educational setting to a career world full of information technology are also goals that I have set for myself as an educator.

How are your computer/technology teaching techniques inclusive of women and underserved students?

Something my father told me long ago sums my teaching philosophy very simply. You can watch baseball all your life.  You can memorize the pitches and the batting averages of all your favorite players.  You can know the plays by heart.  But until you pick up that bat or that ball yourself, you will never know how to play baseball.  This is why I incorporate hands-on learning into most of my lessons.  I want my students to know how to hit every ball that comes across that plate when they leave my classroom at the end of the term. My parents instilled in me that it was of utmost importance to become independent and to not only be able to support myself but to help support a family. Some girls are taught that the pinnacle of their existence is to become a wife and a mother. While I am a wife and as well as a mother, I hope to be able to instill in my children (my daughter and my toddler son) how important their contributions will be to society.