Friday Five #4

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Friday Five #4

Friday Five. It may be informational, entertaining, inspirational, or some combination. It may be five related thoughts, or five random topics. But it will be short. And it will leave you with a new thought, idea, or smile on your face.


1. If you and your spouse have decided that in 2014 you would be more deliberate about hanging out with other couples, here’s an entertaining option. Apples to Apples is a fun game with simple rules that can be played with 4 to 10 people. Enjoyable at any time, it’s an especially good choice for people who don’t know each other well – it provides plenty of opportunity to learn about each other and just what kind of sense of humor everybody has!

Apples to Apples Game



2. Are you – maybe unintentionally – exiting your relationship while you’re still there? Check out psychologist Charlotte Lankard’s recent article ‘Exits’ Can Kill Intimacy and see if anything sounds familiar. Click here to read the article online – it’s a quick read.



3. It’s called ‘reciprocity.’

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4. If one of your couple’s New Year Resolutions was to do something good for yourselves, this may be a product for you. If your mate loves sweets but you both agreed to cut back, Small-Batch Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos      may  be just the cookbook for you. Great recipes for miniature pies, scaled down cakes, and mini batches of cookies allow you to treat your spouse on special occasions to a mouth-watering dessert without having the diet-busting temptation of leftovers.

Small Batch Baking Cookbook for Friday Five


5. Truism.

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  • Haha, my favorite is the cartoon (meme). So true!

  • We love the game Apples to Apples. And, yes, that was one of our decisions for this year … more time with friends. And it’s working out so far. We’ve reconnected with friends we hung out with 20 years ago. As a matter of fact, we went out with them last night to hear a guitar player from their church. Funny how things happen when we make a serious commitment to them! Thanks for guidance and giggles, Shel.

    • Shel Harrington

      I agree about things ‘happening’ when we make the commitment – which takes me back to one of my 2014 words (‘intentional’)! I saw some fun variations on the Apples game when I was looked it up to make sure I had the number of game players right – such as after every draw each person passes a card of their choice to the left. Or playing the red card first THEN turning over the green card – hmmmm.

  • we’re having a couples pot luck and game night next monday-thanks for the suggestions!

    • Shel Harrington

      That sounds like fun, Lin! When I looked the game up to make sure I had the amount of players right, I saw there were some interesting options on the game – all easy and all sounded fun.

  • 1st: I love the cardinal pic, too. 2nd) Saw that article and thought it was great. 3rd: How about some new lyrics to an old song: I give to you and you give to me…That’s reciprocity, that’s reciprocity. 4th: Count me in as a fan of the cookbook. And finally: My pastor always says “Love is perfect commitment to an imperfect person.”
    Enjoyed the post!

    • Shel Harrington

      Thoroughly enjoyed your response – I feel so heard! And I love your pastor’s quote – it’s pinnable!

  • I love the small batch cookbook idea…why didn’t I think of that? 🙂 I love the picture of the Cardinals…one of my favorite birds! Have a great weekend, Shel!

    • Shel Harrington

      I love that cookbook! I bought it for my mother (she reads cookbooks like novels) and flipped through it before sending. Ended up having to get her another one! It has great tips, too – one of my favorites was using a can to bake the cake in for a mini-layered cake. Fun stuff!

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