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Green Green Green

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using: green ~ Irish ~ beer ~ sappy ~ juke box ~ closed the bar

They were submitted by:   Spatulas on Parade

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Well it’s that time of year again.  The time when even those with a little Irish in our heritage let our Green show to the world.  My father insists our Irish left us via diapers as babies and only our German heritage remains.  I beg to differ.

My Littlest had to dress as a green crayon for her most recent school concert.  (They have been doing more a show/theme than simply a concert – it’s actually pretty cool.)  I happily spent $10 buying her a little green skirt knowing full well she could utilize it on St. Patrick’s Day.  And if you know me at all buying something full price is NOT something I do lightly.  I know it’s a little sappy but she’s still little enough she’ll let me pick out her clothing for the day and I grab onto those moments when I possible.

Every year for the past four or five years I’ve run a race the weekend before (or of if it falls on) St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s called “Get Lucky” and it’s the largest 7K race around.  There’s also a 21K but with snowboarding I’m not trained up for that distance this early in the season.  It’s at 9am.  It’s insane.  There are serious runners.  There are serious runners like me that are turtles.  There are walkers.  There are people carrying beer as they run.  It’s huge…like 13,000 people huge so you get a little bit of everything!  There are a number of Irish bars along the route and particularly at the end.  And there’s this one that always has the door open and blares music out its old juke box to encourage us to run on…on to the end…on to the bar….where many will stay until they close the bar.

Personally I’ve never closed a bar.  I’ve stayed late at friends’ houses enjoying a beverage or several but never at a bar.  I wonder if it’s because I’m frugal…or more comfortable in a smaller group?  Or just never really had the opportunity?  Huh….

Actually the first time I ever had a beer after a race with my awesome blogging bestie Snarkfest when we ran the Marine Corp Half Marathon nearly two years ago.  I haven’t had a beer after a race since…I think I’m saving it for the special occasions I get to run with her…so NEXT MAY!?!?!?

Anyway – hope you have a spectacular weekend.  The weather is crazy weird here in western Wisconsin and we had a near record high yesterday…and that means nearly 70.  In March.  Our typical snowiest month.  I’ll take it.  (I’d rather be snowboarding – but at least this way when I run I won’t fall into any snow and ice covered ditches!)

AND!!!!  I am honor to be included in a soon to be released Anthology.  “Surviving Mental Illness Through Humor” or “SMITH.”  Check my Facebook page for release info : www.facebook.com/eviljoyspeaks.

Now…Go read some more awesomeness…..

EJ out – to get my roots to match the rest of my not gray hairs.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                                 Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                        Stacy Sews and Schools

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                                   Battered Hope

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/                    Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                             Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch                    Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                            Southern Belle Charm

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                        Searching for Sanity

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com                                  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                             Climaxed


  1. I heard about St. Patricks’ Day Race – but I think I heard about it from a post of yours last year 🙂

    The happy hour afterwards was new to me, though. Or was it lucky hour?

    I’m sure your kid looked very cute as a green crayon!

    Happy St. Patricks’ Day – 70° sounds promising!

    • She was such a doll face as a green crayon!!! The weather was amazing however I didn’t run well – jacked up my hip snowboarding the week before and I really felt it but … I finished … and quickly got home and went to work. Maybe one year I’ll have a beer….not likely tho…I’m not much of a beer after working out girl……

      Thanks for always commenting!!!! Sorry for the delay in visiting your post!!!

  2. I think that last bar has a great thing going, blast the music and entice the runners in. Bet they do well on that day.
    Hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

    • The end is super cool – down this brick road with a ledge of people above you….so fun…. The music was pretty cool and there were some traditional Irish dancers as well!!

      Thanks for all you do. You are amazing!

  3. That race sounds like one that even I would enjoy! LOL
    Happy St Patrick’s Day!! 😀

  4. I’ve done the pub crawl thing all day on St. Patty’s day fighting with big crowds, drinking crappy green beer and wishing I was at home. I don’t think you’re missing much 😉

    I’ve only done 5ks…but a 7k race with a bar to end it on a great note may be a motivator for me to get my booty moving!

    Have a happy St. Patrick’s day 🍀

  5. Closing a bar isn’t all it’s cracked up to be……But you should do it just once. Though not on St.Patricks Day. All that green beer….YUK

  6. In my younger days I’ve closed a few bars but I’ve never had green beer, how funny is that? Great job on using the words. I love seeing how each person interprets things. I’ve heard about the run, whew…I’d love to run but am not there yet.

  7. I don’t think beer and running will ever make sense (to me) together. Or just running. 🙂

  8. I’m Irish. I’ve never run on St. Patty’s Day, nor have I ever actually drank a green beer. Also, I did most of my drinking back in Atlantic City, where the bars LITERALLY never closed.

  9. That St. Patty’s Day race sounds like an amazing experience (not for me, I don’t run, haha). It sounds like it would be interesting, even for the spectators.

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