It’s time once again for some Friday fill-in fun, the perfect way to wrap up the week and kick off the weekend! Hey, better late than never, right?

From Ann of McGuffy’s Reader:

“The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowing provides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!”

And away we go! Here are this week’s statements with my fill-ins:

1. My next… car will be… as yet determined. I’ve been virtually shopping around, since moving further out from city life, my current vehicle’s gas mileage just isn’t cutting it. I was thinking about getting a Nissan Juke, because they’re supposedly fun to drive, and they’re unique in the ‘looks’ department:

Pretty cool looking, no? The drawback, however, is that the safety rating is bad, and while I’m saving gas mileage, I want to be safe! There were also ‘cons’ on the interior, because Nissan apparently used inferior products (read: cheap) for the interior, with no upgrade options available. So that rules that out! 

The search continues – I still want to have a crossover SUV, but one that gets great gas mileage – and if I can find one that has a manual transmission, even better. I learned to drive on a stick, and I miss how ‘fun’ they are to drive.  

2. Fireworks… are fun to watch, but can get annoying when people are setting off firecrackers and M80’s willy nilly before the 4th. The dogs are not fans, they always cower (and Travis, the Blue Merle Sheltie, barks like he’s going to come kick their butt). 

But it’s sure cool to watch them every year:

3. This week, I am thankful… for the gorgeous weather we’ve been enjoying! Everyone thinks it always rains in the Seattle area, but the joke’s on them, as we’ve been having sunny and warm (but not too hot) days as of late, and there’s no rain in the 10-day forecast. Of course the minute any tourists hit town, the rain will start, because that’s how we roll.

We did have a couple of cloudy days, but that helps keep the heat at bay, and makes sleeping much easier at night. Gorgeous days like these are always great to visit the Pike Place Market:

4. Freedom… is an innate right which humans have since birth. Freedom is not something that can be touched, seen, felt or reached.

Enjoying our freedom does not mean that we disregard the rights of others and live the way we feel right. We have to consider the rights and the feelings of people around us when living our freedom.

Similarly a free person does not have to fear when expressing his opinion ensuring that others respect and feelings are not hurt. Societies which encourage freedom of opinion, thoughts, beliefs, expression, choice etc. are the ones where creative minds flourish.

Freedom is about belief more than a concept. Deprivation of freedom is like a punishment to a human being.

Now it’s time to Celebrate the Small Things! I’m joining in this fun blog hop to join some awesome bloggy friends and meet new ones – click on the badge for more information and if you’d like to play along, too!

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I’m celebrating that two weeks ago today was my official start date of my new Virtual Executive Assistant job, and it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long! In other words, I’m loving  it.

My new boss is awesome in every way, and I’m absolutely loving the freedom of the flexibility of the hours I work – I’m not subjected to specific hours per day, neither by clock nor by time itself, which makes me very happy. What a great way to re-enter the workforce after a 14-1/2 year hiatus after Princess Nagger was born!

That’s a wrap! Hope you join in the fun! Check out the other Friendly Fill-Ins participants and join in if you feel the urge for some fun!


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  1. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That is a cool looking car, but I agree safety first. I love your answer about freedom. Have a wonderful 4th!

  2. We love our Ford Fiesta. We get great gas mileage. If we turn off the air conditioner, we get over 400 miles on a tank of gas. The tank holds 10 gallons. It is sporty and fun to drive.

  3. Freedom is a big responsibility.

    Glad to hear your job is going so well, and hope you have a fabulous 4th!

  4. The Nissan Juke does look really cool. Good luck with finding a new car! I love seeing professional fireworks shows. I’m not a fan of neighborhood displays–but that could be in part because they are illegal around here. The fire risk is just too high. I am glad you are enjoying your job! That’s always a plus. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Independence Day!

  5. It’ always a good thing to love your job. It makes life so much easier.

    Have a fantastic 4th of July Weekend!!!

  6. Sorry I can’t suggest anything re your vehicle purchase. I’m a sports sedan kind of guy. so I don’t know anything about SUVs really. I’m glad the job is working out well for you. Yesterday was Territory Day here in the NT, Australia. It’s the only day of the year that selling, buying and letting off fireworks is legal, so it was pretty crazy and loud around town last night. We went to a free concert and fireworks display on Mindil Beach and it was awesome.

  7. How lucky you are to have so much freedom in your job! That car does look nice. I’ve always dreamed of a bright, yellow Hummer (the old ones) and am pretty sure it will remain that way. Enjoy your fireworks!

  8. I love our Fiesta. When I was “window” shopping for cars, I was shopping for gas mileage, and this car gets great gas mileage. Like David said, if we have the AC off, then we get right at 400 miles to a tank of gas, which is about 40 miles per gallon. We didn’t have to refill it at all the entire month of June. 🙂 With the AC on, it gets about 35 miles per gallon. If you aren’t hauling a lot of people and stuff, it can’t be beat.

    Have a blessed week and a wonderful 4th!

  9. I apologize for my lateness in responding. Although I read posts last week, with Chloe Jo in the hospital, it has been difficult. As I write this, she is back in the hospital for observation and tests. Thanks for understanding. HUGS.

    You do your posts so well. I really enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

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