The Post About A New Temporary Addiction

For an ADD survivor, I can get quite focused.

Finding the perfect black pump in one shopping trip. Finishing George R.R. Martin books in one weekend.

My newest focal point is Draw Something.
It's a free IOS and Android app that's essentially Pictionary for your phone. I'm not sure why Pictionary didn't create it. They're probably asking themselves same question since Zynga purchased the company that created Draw Something for more than $200 million last week.

A few observations about my experience thus far:
Sometimes you really are the only one who can see what you're drawing. How were the motion marks on this not a clear giveaway?

When you begin playing, you have a limited number of colors. As you make successful guesses, you earn coins to buy new colors. Purchasing green was obviously life changing.

Lil' Wayne's people have already contacted my people. Although hands are apparently my Achilles' heel.

A few of my favorite people on the Internet provide the most entertainment. Thankfully they have many other spiritual gifts.

Because clearly finger painting may not be one of them.

This obsession has even affected my "real life."

For the record, our game streak at that point was 1.

A few opponents are ridiculously skilled.
Michael is one of them. He's one of the few I let finish the drawing before I attempt a guess. I want to see it unfold.

The downside is when playing against someone that talented, you take your own attempts at artistry as seriously as...anything you take seriously. I mean...it's a BUCKET.

I'm confident this addiction will pass.

Just like Fun Dip. Or the elliptical.

Have you ever become wrapped up in the same way - with a book, game, habit? Do share in the comments so I can be enabled.

Note: I'm "jamiesrabbits" if you want to enable me even further.


The Post About a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Giveaway

I asked for a show of support for Mary Poppins in the March Movie Madness film heroes competition at Educlaytion and you showed up in a HUGE way.

Sweet Sixteen!

I promised an overflow of affection if she made it this far, so how about a giveaway?

I'm giving away $20 in Redbox loot AND a 2-month subscription to Netflix (instant) to 1 winner each. The lucky rabbit readers will be able to watch their own favorites movie heroes on repeat. You have a truckload of entry options in the box below. You have until Wednesday to enter to win.

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Update:  Unfortunately, Mary was defeated by Captain Jack Sparrow. Her makeup simply couldn't stand up to his.

Who's your favorite movie hero?

{image: Jamie}


The Post About Looking For Answers and Finding Jamie's Rabbits

People are looking for answers.

It's why the Bible is a best-selling book. It's why "google" is a verb.

It may even be why you're reading this blog.

Behind the Jamie's Rabbits curtain is data collecting wizards telling me what prompts folks like you to visit my corner of the web. Here's a sampler of this week's Google searches leading here: 
  • Oreo Brownie Cupcakes - Yep. They exist. And they are stupendous. 
  • I insulted my husband - Did you? So is he awesome otherwise? Is he now available? Because I'm on the prowl. 
  • Do facebook and twitter make worse or better literacy - We can probably all agree, that for this searcher, the answer is "They couldn't hurt." 
  • pregnancy test april fools - I considered it just last year. My readers forced me to think twice.  
  • what if you start lent late - God is patient and forgiving. However, those of us who have fasted from day one will judge you quite aggressively. Aren't you glad we're not God?
The #1 search that has led people to my blog for almost THREE YEARS is this:
No doubt these well intentioned readers are quite disappointed when they read The Post About The Beach Family Photo and Why It's Wrong.

I work at a family & child welfare nonprofit that also encounters those needing answers. Here's a few actual telephone inquiries?
  • I am having a surgery soon. Do you foster cats?  
  • We would like to adopt a child. Do you have some at your office we can visit with today?
  • Can I arrange for my kids to meet some of your clients so they won't be so spoiled? 
What question do you want answered?


The Post About Mary Poppins Trumping Neo

Yesterday, I wrote about some doubt and frustration I'm trudging through with God. I'm betting the comments will rock your face as they have rocked my face. 

Speaking of faces rocking...

March Madness.

My condolences to all of us who have seen our basketball brackets fall like pollen from dirty trees.

But there is still hope.

Mary Poppins, my representative in the March Movie Madness 2 competition at Educlaytion has advanced to Round 2. Thanks to you.

I promised last week to host another Rabbit giveaway in March if Ms. Poppins made it to the Sweet Sixteen. So please consider a click of support in Match-up #8 until Wednesday at noon.

This is not a bribe for your votes. This is a consequence of me winning things - happiness overflowing onto this blog.

Plus, my competition is Neo, being pimped out by Ricky Anderson. Yes, the same Ricky Anderson who beats me so badly at Words with Friends that I was forced to decree that whenever I lose by less than 50 points that it's actually me winning.

Help me beat him legitimately.

Rabbit Sidebar:  Bob Goff guest posted at Donald Miller's blog today with an excerpt from his upcoming book "Love Does" called "It's The Journey That Makes Coming Home Sweet." It was so magnificent that I pre-ordered the book. And I have never done that. Never ever.

Read it as a reward for helping Mary through to the next round.  

Comments Por Favor: I'd like you to tell me what movie is on your radar right now - whether it was made in 1980 or isn't even out yet. Mine is Hunger Games. Squee.

{image: Jamie}


The Post About How Road Trips with Jesus Take Longer


God asked me a very specific question this week:
"Jamie Beth...are you willing to lay down your dream for the dream I have for you?"

I should have hung up as soon as He used my middle name.

I've been camped out in the book of Genesis recently in order to feel better about feeling a bit lost. There's no better group of people than this motley crew to reassure you that it could be worse.

Like put-on-goatskin-and pretend-to-be-your-brother-to-trick-your-blind-father-for-the-firstborn-inheritance type of worse.

But let's focus on Abram and Sarai who later were renamed the slightly sassier "Abraham" and "Sarah."

Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Genesis 15:1-5

God made a promise. But since Abram's wife Sarai wasn't instantly pregnant with a constellation of babies, things went south.

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. Genesis 16:1-2

Rabbit Reader - no matter your faith or belief system, we can all agree there's a whole lot of train wreck in those 2 verses.

But the worst is this: "Perhaps I can have children through her."

God had dreamed a dream for this couple that didn't require their interference. Nonetheless, they took matters into their own hands. Big dummies.

Insert God calling me "Jamie Beth..."

Strangely enough, that sounds a lot like "big dummy."

I'm the worst at asking Jesus to take the wheel and then proceed directly to the driver's seat. I program the GPS. I pick the road trip snacks. I choose the playlists. And then I get grumpy because Jesus wants to pull off at all the rest stops.


Recently, I've been demanding God be held accountable for dreams left unfulfilled. Where's my husband? Where's my expanded family? Where's my lift ticket to the best slopes in Europe?

And like only God can do...He answers my questions with a question:
"Jamie Beth...are you willing to lay down your dream for the dream I have for you?"

This is not one of those posts that resolve. I'm still in the middle of it.

And if you listen closely, you can hear me yelling at Jesus to get back in the car so we can go.

What about you? Has life ever turned out differently than you thought it would? Have you ever wrestled with doubt about the next steps? Did you get "mansion" in the game and find yourself living in a "shack?"

{image: Jamie}


The Post About Random Rabbits

Another post of the randomness deemed unworthy of a dedicated post. 

1. Chocolate Cupcakes with a Nutella filling and Nutella buttercream frosting.
This recipe is from Jamie at My Baking Addiction. You cannot go wrong with a gal named "Jamie" who has already admitted she has a problem. Right?

2. A Baptist in the Land of Lent Update: It's difficult. But good.

3. Lent Update #2: You know how I just told you it was hard? Well, it got easier on Day #1 of fasting social media when I bought this:
I may be as ridiculous as you think I am. I may also be doing Lent wrong.

But I do love this adorable iPad 2. "Love" as defined as someone who will take a gadget to her seamstress mother in order to get its measurements taken for a specially made jacket. Love.

4. Happy Birthday The Joseph Craven: I met my friend Amanda from Canada on the Internet. She met her friend Joseph from Mississippi on the Internet. Amanda and I are still friends. Amanda and Joseph may be more than friends. This is evidenced by the video she created for him to celebrate his birth (embedded below). I had the privilege of making a guest appearance. It's a snazzy idea if you'd like to love on someone far away for their own special occasion like a birthday, Easter or tax day.

5. Killer Giveaway Winners: I hosted a little giveaway last week for a ticket to the Killer Tribes Conference in Nashville as well as gift cards to iTunes and Amazon. The winners are:
  • Killer Tribes Conference Pass: Erin Moon
  • iTunes Gift Card ($15): April Yedinak
  • Amazon Gift Card ($15): Adrian Waller
Congrats! Contact me at jamiesrabbits@gmail.com to collect your swag!

As for you - what's something you're looking forward to in the next week? I want to wish I was with you. 

{images: Jamie}


The Post About Mary Poppins Trumping Wikus van de Merwe

March Madness is my favorite. I've won my basketball bracket two years running based on the complex system of coolness of mascot and hotness of coach.


However, this year is extra special since I'm personally making an appearance in the 2nd Annual March Movie Madness hosted by Clay Morgan.

This bracket pits the best film protagonists against one another and I'm hoping for a Cinderella sweep!

In this performance, the role of Cinderella will be played by Mary Poppins.

Mary's first matchup is with Wikus van de Merwe. Umm...no.

Rabbit readers...help a nanny out by voting for her in Round 1 - Matchup 8.

If Ms. Poppins makes it to the Sweet Sixteen then I'll throw in an extra rabbit giveaway for March. Winning for all.

PLUS, you can complete your own bracket to win your own snazzy Hello Somebody watch. And the pride of knowing its official - you're awesome at sports.

Might I also suggest a vote for Harry Potter and Lando Calrissian in Round 1 as well? Both good folks.

Who would you want representing you as the best movie hero?

{image: Jamie}


The Post About The Rabbit Recommends v.109

Each week or so I post a readable or watchable and/or a listenable of which I'm fond. You can choose what happens after my recommendation. Ignore, embrace, debate. Earlier volumes of The Rabbit Recommends can be found here.

My family is always kind enough to indulge my mediocre habits by eating cake pops, modeling for photo shoots and reading this blog. One way they doted on me at Christmas was gifting me with a subscription to Popular Photography magazine. After 3 meager issues, my judgment call is...swoon. Whether you are a less-than-amateur like yours truly or a pro, it's a handy resource. It's been a perfect guide to equipment, software, how-to, and inspiration. It's also pushing me to bring my Instagram photos of Cheez-its to the next level of artistry.


I know I might be beating a dead horse by asking you to watch Invisible Children's video/movie about Joseph Kony especially since it's been the chatter of The Internets all week. But I'm asking you to watch for a reason chased by a disclaimer. I attended a conference this week where the editor of The Chronicle on Philanthropy shared research that Generation Y/Millenials are the most generous generation both in volunteer time and dollars based on their current meager earnings (Mark Zuckerberg is a delightful outlier.) This video simply serve as more evidence of that truth. Now for the disclaimer: I am a big fan of Invisible Children but I AM disappointed by the percentage of dollars that goes to work on the ground in Africa (less than 33%). Support IC in word and deed and then consider giving your actual cash to organizations such as Samaritan's Purse, Charity Water, or Mocha Club who have a impressive reputation of putting almost every dollar into direct service. Learn more about any nonprofit's "financial credibility" by visiting Charity Navigator.

This week I have all kinds of musak on repeat in Spotify. Have I mentioned I don't buy music at all anymore because of that delightful little service? Love.

Where We Meet by Tyrone Wells. I discovered Tyrone when he popped up on my Dave Barnes Pandora radio station. Pandora thought I might like him. I did. I do. His newest album does not disappoint. This is one of my favorite tracks: I Can't Save You Now.

If you're reading this on Sunday, don't forget to enter my latest giveaway. Ends tonight!


The {Guest} Post About How Not To Study

Today's guest rabbit chaser is Renée Jacobson from Lessons from Teachers & Twits. I discovered Renée's blog after she posted her version of the "accent post" which proved she's a Southern belle trapped in a Northern gal's larynx. Renée's day job is English teacher, but she's the type a future Literature Nobel Prize winner would reference in a thank you speech. In a good way.
My son was studying for an upcoming Social Studies test about the American Revolution.

He was fast reaching super-saturated.

In an effort to get him to squeeze out a little more study time, I told him to quiz me.

You know because I am a pro at Social Studies.

*cough cough*

TS: Who were the Daughters of Liberty?

Me: They were like the Sons of Liberty. Except they had vaginas.

TS: Mom! That is gross.

Me: Maybe, but I’m pretty sure I’m right.

TS: Tell me about the Minutemen.

Me: They did everything really fast.

TS: What were the Intolerable Acts?

Me: Doing dishes and laundry; going to the grocery store; and wiping butts.

TS: Mom!

Me: Oooh! You’re right. I forgot cleaning up barf.

TS: Why did the fighting start at Lexington?

Me: Because people were really mad.

Bunker Hill by Pyle
TS: Who was Thomas Paine?

Me: A guy who isn’t important because he lived a long time ago and now he is dead.

TS: He wrote Common Sense!

Me: Alas, if only sense was really that common.

TS: What led to the Battle of Bunker Hill?

Me: Boredom. Some guys were all: “I’m bored. Let’s go pick a fight over there with those guys.” You know, some guys are like that.

Tech Support laughed, “Do you want me to fail?”

“No,” I said. “I just want you to study independently.”

Tech Support grinned and closed his book.

“But just so we are clear,” I added as he stuck his folder in his backpack. “I did know all those answers. I know all about American History: the Declaration of Independence, the Tea Party, Paul Revere… I was just messing with you.”

My son laughed at me. “Yeah, right.”

I was affronted.

“Fine, ask me anything.”

TS: Who was Ethan Allen?

Me: A dude who made really expensive furniture.

My son ignored me and walked upstairs to brush his teeth.

Some day when he is looking to buy a hutch for his kitchen, he’ll realize his mother wasn’t totally bonkers.

Only partially.

How’s your John Hancock? What completely innocent things from history can you make sound completely naughty? How do you help your kids study for exams?

Renée Schuls-Jacobson, a teacher for 20 years, loves being in the classroom, finds her students endlessly fascinating, and believes the most important thing we can do is teach folks to read critically and write masterfully. Her family and her students keep her humble and serve to remind her that, even on a good day, she's still a total twit.

Read her Blog. Follow her on Twitter. Like her on Facebook


The Post About A Killer Rabbit Giveaway

I'm traveling to Nashville this month. Normally this excursion would be prompted by an Ivey Cake or Cocoa Tree craving, but I have grander plans.

Killer Tribes Conference.

This lil' gathering is the brain child of Bryan Allain, a really fantastic blogger who has a heart for hustlers.

The good kind.

Here's the 411 about this unique conference:
1-day experience designed specifically for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, ministry leaders & small business owners to learn what it takes to build a killer tribe. From inspirational stories to practical how-to's to successful case studies, you'll walk away equipped and encouraged to extend your reach, find your fans, & build your tribe.
Let me be clear. I don't think I fall into any of the above-mentioned categories. Unless you count my work meeting doodles as art. AND THEY ARE VAN GOGH FANTASTIC. However, I know I've met some of the cooler people on the Internets via Bryan and his tribe efforts, so I have no doubt it will be a fabulous shindig.

Seriously, I have so little doubt about the potential for greatness that I bought and paid for TWO conference passes. One for me and one for a rabbit reader.

Since I know some of you already have your KT ticket or the conference may not squeeze into your calendar, I'm also giving away 2 gift cards - one to iTunes and one to Amazon.


Or three of you.

You can earn a truckload of entries for this giveaway by spending time in the box below jumping through some relatively easy rabbit hoops. You have until this Sunday to enter to win.

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Since you did all that work in the box, feel free to leave no comment. OR you could tell me about something you're looking forward to and then I can be jealous.
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