Friday, July 3, 2009

VGNO: Laid-Back and Independent Edition

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Come blog-hopping with me! Time for another Virtual Girls Night Out (VGNO), hosted by the lovely Ann over at Ann Again...and Again. Go over to Ann's blog, find out about the VGNO, and sign Mister Linky to join in on all the fun!

Tomorrow, as you all know, is the 4th of July, the American Independence Day. Ann wants to know how we're celebrating. I'm taking the laid-back route this year; I'm not going anywhere because I have a housesitting gig. Fortunately, the owner, who is also a good friend of mine, has a pool, so you know where I'll be! Usually the 4th is a family affair: I go up to the Cat Homestead and meet the rents and lil' sis, and we all go to a fireworks display. Picnicking is often involved, as well as a lot of games of cards before the first firework goes off.

I can't believe that last year I was in Washington, DC for the 4th. I was attending a conference, and I could see the glimmers of light from the Mall, where the fireworks were set off, but sadly, not the bursts themselves. No one wanted to go to the crowded Mall, and no one knew anyone who knew someone with a "dee-lux apartment in the sky" so we could watch the spectacle free from crowds. Sooo...I watched them the way millions of Americans watched them: on TV. So close, yet so far away.

I really like the idea of a laid-back 4th. No crowds, no worries about the weather affecting our plans, nothing of that sort. Besides, over the past five or six weeks we've had almost nothing but rain here in the Nutmeg State. For the past week we've had thunderstorms and flash floods so nasty that some towns and cities had between seven and nine inches of water within an hour or two. It wasn't pretty. And one town had a tornado last week and is still cleaning up. Scary thing is, I don't live far from that town. Spooky.

Before I go, let me give a shout-out to my Canadian readers: Hope you all had a great Canada Day! How did you celebrate? And for my American readers, how are you celebrating the 4th?

See ya tomorrow! I'm going blog-hopping now! Happy VGNO!

15 comments:

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Happy VGNO!! Have a great 4TH! We are heading to a cookout with friends... then I am on vaca!!

blueviolet said...

I'm making the 4th laid back too. I love not having plans!

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Enjoy the weekend. Happy 4th! Laid back sounds great...

Rosie said...

We could use some rain over here in Soutern California! Thanks for stopping by, becoming a follower and participating in my giveaway!

Have a great 4th of July in the pool! and happy VGNO!

Elizabeth said...

Wow, I love the look of your blog!!! I totally have an a self-inlicted obsession to shopping. Happy VGNO!

Jenn Peacock said...

Hi! Happy VGNO! Love your blog. Have a great 4th of July!

Martha in PA said...

Happy 4th and Happy VGNO!

Drahdrah said...

Happy VGNO, and laid-back 4th !

Vickie said...

We usually have a laid back fourth of July. We stay home and barbeque hamburgers. Our neighbors behind us usually have fireworks so there is our entertainment. Can't get any better!

Lola said...

Happy VGNO! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Stop by Lin's Duck and Wheel With String to vote for me in her First Official Dork-Off Contest. Vote for my photo, because my kindergarten photo is THE dorkiest.

http://duckandwheelwithstring.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-official-dork-off.html

Thanks!
Lola

http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/2009/07/tgif-vgno-andgo-vote-for-me.html

JAN'S PLACE said...

Happy VGNO.. I didnt get to party, was out late with the hubby:)

MISSY said...

A tornado? In Connecticut? Wow.
I haven't heard of VGNO...I will have to participate in the next one. Enjoy your day today!

Just_Aimee said...

Enjoy the pool! We are also staying home...Happy 4th. and Happy VGNO

Mandala Michelle said...

Happy 4th, looking forward to going to my friend's house and letting her do all the work !

The Gonzo Mama said...

In DC for the Fourth? LUCKY! I'm always there in May, but never for July...

Happy 4th, and VGNO! Cheers!