Fragments de Friday

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It's time for Fragments de Friday from the Casa de Dysfunction!
For some reason, many of my Fragments for this week are about Elayna. But since her birthday is tomorrow, I guess it's fitting!

~Yep, my baby girl will be NINE years old tomorrow. I can hardly believe it. The years have flown!

~ I mentioned before that one of the things she wanted the most for Christmas was a Chia Pet. She loves it, and it has sprouted twice now. He looks pretty good!

~ Her betta fish, Savanna, tragically died over the Christmas holiday. So we got her a new one. This one is male and he is red. She originally named him Riley Cooper, after one of the Gator football players. However, she recently changed his name to Riley POOPER. "Because he poops a lot, and because it's funny."

~ Last night at dinner, she said grace to herself, and when she was done she told me that one of the things she prayed for was no more earthquakes in Haiti. =) Love that kid.

~ Tomorrow is Elayna's 50's Rock and Roll Sock Hop party! We have had so much fun preparing and I think it's going to be a BLAST and very memorable. We've already chosen a theme for next year's party too! I will be taking & posting lots of pics.

Now for other subjects.....

~ I have a RAVE about Dansko Shoes' customer service. Many of our nurses wear their clogs and rave about them. About a year ago I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and told that I have to start wearing better shoes. So I went ahead and bit the bullet and bought a pair of Danskos (they're not cheap). I haven't had any problems with my feet since! I liked them so much I bought another pair in brown (the first pair was black). So, everything was great until the first pair started squeaking. First one shoe, then both. It was really annoying! So this week the Dansko people were here at the hospital again for a scrub/shoe sale, and I went to talk to them, and asked if there was anything they or I could do to fix the squeak. They asked me what size my shoes were...and handed me a brand new pair! The squeaking was a known problem they had and their policy was to simply exchange them for new shoes. I walked out wearing a brand new pair of $120 shoes! That is excellent customer service!

~ On Wednesday, I posted about our fundraising efforts for March for Babies and why we do it. Within MINUTES after posting, we received our first donation, and just a few hours later we received a second donation! And that made me cry. At work. Like a baby.
I'm not sure who the first donator was (feel free to comment, kind person!) but the second one was from my new friend Dina of 4 Lettre Words. Another reader, Katrina from the Sevin Family, started a team after reading my post, and is going to participate in her town's walk, and yet another reader, Inappropriate Sue, put my button on her blog & asked her readers to come over & give their support (which you are also welcome to do if you feel inclined). I am SO very moved by all of your support! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

~ See this weather? THAT'S what I'm talking about! I love storms and I LOVE those temps! That's the Florida I know & love.

As always, wishing you a wonderful weekend!
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Maki said...

Hope she has a lovely and fabulous birthday tomorrow!!!! I know it's a little bit of bittersweet - but enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I've always wanted a chia pet....

Anonymous said...

Aw HAPPY BIRTHDAY You have a beautiful daughter I hope you all enjoy the birthday celebrations.

Really enjoyed your post today, looking forward to the next.

Take care, Kate xx

4 Lettre Words said...

Hope it's a SUPER 9th birthday!!

Our Betta fish is named Leo. :o)

Eternal Lizdom said...

Happy Birth Anniversary!!

Love to hear about good companies like Dansko.

And I have to admit that I also find poop funny. Ha!

parentingBYdummies said...

We celebrated a birthday this week and it was very hard for me. Officially saying goodbye to the baby years is more difficult than I imagined. I can't even grasp what it will mean when my #3 turns 9! If nothing else it'll mean that my #1 will 15. Wow. The thought. Happy birthday to your girl, hope she enjoys it.

mimbles said...

Happy birthday to Elayna!

My son's betta is named Simo II, the original Simo sadly didn't last long at all, I think he might have been a bit unwell when we bought him.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Sounds like the birthday party tomorrow is going to be LOTS of fun! Happy Birthday to your little cutie!

You can tell her that Riley POOPER is a funny name - it made me laugh! ;)

Very cool that Dansko got rid of the squeak by exchanging your shoes - that is excellent customer service! :)

Crazee Juls said...

Your post is so positive!! :) Makes me feel like a real grouch on my FF post today. :) Have a great time at the birthday party. Sounds like it's going to be a blast.

Together We Save said...

Wow - a 50's party, I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday. Love the new name for the Beta fish. Very funny.

Tara R. said...

I hope Elayna's party is a huge success!

We're getting more Florida-esque temps too, that is much more like it!

blueviolet said...

I didn't know those chia pets sprouted more than once! I thought they just kinda kept growing like grass does.

The party sounds like SO much fun!!!!!

Oh, I'm loving that you got a new pair of shoes. Such a score!!!

Corrie Howe said...

Love the title of your blog. Your baby is one year older than my baby. She sounds like a pistol and tenderhearted too.

Danielle said...

Happy BIrthday to your baby girl.


won said...

You are the third person on the internets that have mentioned their daughter turning nine this weekkend.

Isn't that an odd coincidence?

Kat said...

That's it. I'm moving to Florida. ;)
And wow! That is great customer service! Woohoo! :)
Hope your pretty little lady has a wonderful birthday tomorrow!

E said...

Happy birthday to your daughter.

I love Dansko shoes and I literally wear mine everyday. But like yours mine have started squeeking. I am going to contact their customer service today! Thanks.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

The Crazy Coxes said...

Happy 9th Birthday to baby girl!
I love her prayer!

C said...

happy happy birthday to your sweet daughter! wow- 9! the party sounds like it will be great fun! you are the best mommy!


Just Breathe said...

Your daughter is beautiful and I hope she has a wonderful birthday.
What a great heart she has.

shortmama said...

Birthdays are no fun for us parents!! Cant wait to see the pics of the party!

Mama Zen said...

I am totally envious of that forecast!

Heather said...

I hope she has a wonderful birthday, I can't wait to see pics from the party! Enjoy your weekend!

Kel said...

Happy Friday...have a wonderful weekend! :)

Unknown Mami said...

Happy Birthday to Elayna!

I love Dansko shoes and I'm so impressed with how they took care of you.

Kristen said...

OK, I've deleted e-mails I shouldn't have but just in case you didn't get this before: http://www.handshouseandheartfull.com/2010/01/passing-on-award.html because I can't remember...I'm such a dweeb and I'm sorry.

KK said...

Happy birthday Elayna!

Kirby3131 said...

I hope the birthday party was a great success! and Happy Birthday to her :)

AWESOME about the shoes. I love a great customer service story. Bravo!

I just opened up the sliding glass door because it was getting a little warm inside - however, the outside temp and the inside temp were exactly the same. Ahhh, the Florida I know and love is back :) I'm totally with you on that.

Helene said...

Happy birthday Elayna!! It goes by so fast, doesn't it??

That's awesome to hear about the customer service being so good. Love stories like that!!

I can't believe the temps you're having! Makes me wanna pick up and move there!

BoufMom9 said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful birthday! I hope she had a great party! (it sounds like it's going to be awesome!)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Happy belated Birthday, Elayna!!!
I have two Chia Pets....Taz and Scooby. No joke! Love them!