Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments 125
Traci at A Star in My Own Universe is the new hostess for Friday Frags. Short, to the point frags...just little remnants that aren't enough for a whole post.

~ Yesterday was a very strange day. It started out at 3:00 a.m. I had set a reminder to call my daddy, but forgot to specify p.m. I'm pretty sure that was what woke me up; then I couldn't go back to sleep. I finally got up around 4:00 and turned on the news to find out this had happened:
Aerial view of the train derailment in Blount County
(Picture courtesy of WBIR.com)
(If you're really curious and want to read the story, click on the picture.)
If the train had derailed just a fraction of a mile before it did, we would have been evacuated. 5000 people were, though; I think one of my sisters may have been one of them, although the barricades to her neighborhood were lifted around 2:00 in the afternoon. The people who lived right in the area of the derailment/fire didn't go home last night. CSX rented out a hotel for those who didn't have anywhere to go; they also are reimbursing them for a change of clothes, toiletry items, and food.
Then, it rained. Hard. For hours. It turned out to be a beautiful day by mid-afternoon. Very strange indeed.

I got my laptop back last night. They cleaned it up, got rid of some viruses & malware that either may have been on before I started using Norton...or Norton didn't catch. They also streamed video for 18 straight hours and it didn't shut down.
The price was right. When he gave me the laptop, I signed the papers & he said I was good to go. I told him I needed to pay, but apparently someone didn't put in any charges. He said that since we had already signed the papers he was going with what was on there. I didn't argue!

~ My last photography class was Wednesday. We didn't get to look over the pictures from the week before due to some issues with the computer. 

~ Thanks to Auburn Chick, I am now hooked on The Paradise. I'm bummed that there are only 2 seasons. I tried watching Mr. Selfridge when it was on PBS, but just couldn't get into it.

~ I'm taking next week off. I do have one post that I will schedule for one day, but that's it. Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!


Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday
Rebecca started this link up so we can stop and think about a few "normal" things in our lives to be thankful for.
This week, I’m thankful for…
…rain. We’ve gotten a lot of rain this week; we’ve needed every drop!

… friends that I can just pick up where we left off years ago. Even though we live in the same town, it’s been a few years since we’ve had time to catch up.

… bboks. What would summer be without them?

...Netflix & Hulu. Again...what would summer be without them?

...Emergency responders. You never think a train derailment will happen in your area, but here it is. We were the top story on the Today Show this morning. Luckily I live just outside (and I mean "Just") the evacuation perimeter. Also lucky for everyone else I do...it would be pretty scary for people to see me with my bed hair!


Star-Spangled Hodgepodge

Another Wednesday already??? This summer is going by way too fast! I"m amazed that Joyce is still keeping this going, even with being momentarily "homeless"!

1. On Saturday July 4th America celebrates her Independence. (If you're not American,  feel free to answer in terms of a national holiday in your own country) What is your favorite thing about the day? Your favorite food on the 4th? Do you fly a flag at your house? Fireworks-yay or nay? Any special plans this year?
My brother & SIL usually have a get-together at their house since they have a pool. Since the Small Town does their fireworks the weekend before (I don't know why), so there are no fireworks to see. I'm not a huge fan of fireworks...once you see them over the National Mall, nothing else compares.
We're going to miss the family 4th this year...we'll be spending it with friends.

2. What's something you recently got for free?
I just signed up for Kindle Unlimited's free month. The only think I've found I don't like about it is that you can't use Amazon Prime to get a free book...you can only borrow it. At least, I haven't figured out how to do it.

3.  The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore...how many on the list have you seen? What is your favorite historical American monument, and why? 
I've seen the Statue of Liberty & The Washington Monument. We thought about going to Mt. Rushmore this summer but decided to wait until CH has another week of vacation so we can take our time. The Washington Monument is so simple, yet so bold. It definitely makes a statement.

4. When it comes to the news are you more ostrich (stick my head in the sand) or hog (they have room to take a whole lot in)? How much attention have you given the recent news reports regarding ISIS and the acts of terror they've perpetrated against those who do not share their beliefs or support their cause?
I'm not quite an ostrich, but definitely not a hog. I'm aware of it, but I'm not going to get all caught up in it.

5. We're talking plain ice cream...vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry? Choose one.
Chocolate. Unless it's vanilla with Magic Shell on it.

6. Share a song you love containing the word 'stars' in the lyrics or title?

The Star Spangled Banner (DUUUUH!  No brainer!)

7. Describe and/or say goodbye to June with an acrostic
Juicy watermelon (a summer favorite)

Unmotivated to do the usual summer things (like cleaning closets)
Not ready for June to end (because that means break is over half-way over)
Enjoyed being lazy, getting caught up on shows,  and reading

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
I wasn't going to participate this week because I took my laptop into the Geek Squad yesterday. It was working okay, but if I tried to stream video through Chromecast, play games on FB, or just watch videos on the laptop, it would shut down. Without any kind of notice, it was just shut down. CH thought maybe it just needed to be blown out, but when I took it, the "agent" said that he blew it out and there wasn't that much in it. I figured they would just have it a couple of hours, but he said it would be a couple of days. There's no way I can use my tablet to blog, so I thought I'd just see if I could use  CH's laptop. But then I remembered I had both of my work laptops at home! YAY!
I usually don't use my work stuff at home for personal stuff, but I felt like I needed to make an exception this time!
I figured out how to make a "favicon" yesterday. You know, the little picture that shows up instead of the blogger symbol on the tab. It took a while for it to show up, but it's there today! And it was so easy to make!!!
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