Friday, January 29, 2016

Hot Cocoa with A Side of World Domination #FunnyFriday January 2016

Today’s post is January’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write five captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they have come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s awesome picture. It was submitted by Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.

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1. What? We didn't trespass! We have just been sitting right here.

2. Not a caption, but I cannot let the opportunity to point out this man obviously needs a new cup and hat. His are YUCKY! :-P

3. Boy to Mom: Shoveling is hard work. I need longer breaks and higher pay. This $3 a day just isn't cutting it anymore. I really think we should renegotiate as soon as possible, Ma. It will be snowing before you know it!
Dad to self: Man, I need to learn how to negotiate like him.

4. Boy to Mom: May I have a beer please?
Dad to Boy: Have you gone crazy?
Boy to Dad: What? Sometimes when I don't want 7-Up, Mom let's me have beer.
Mom to Boy: Root Beer. I let you have Root Beer.
Boy to Mom: Beer sounds so much cooler.
Mom and Dad: ....

(Anyone else do this as a kid? Call Root Beer just beer to be cool?! I definitely did. Now, I am an adult and won't even drink beer. LOL)

5. I just have to say he is so adorable! He looks so innocent in this picture. The epitome of innocence. That is why I am fairly certain he was plotting world domination at that moment, and we are all none the wiser, distracted by his innocent look.

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Friday, January 15, 2016

Stay With Me #UseYourWords January 2016

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked four to six 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 is the challenge, here is a fun twist; no one who is participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are:
searching ~ birthday ~ resolution ~ baby ~ sparkles
They were submitted by:  
(Thank you for such wonderful, and oddly appropriate words!!!)

When I opened the e-mail with my words this month, I laughed. They are so oddly appropriate. Of course it is the New Year, so there are people adopting a resolution or two. I have been searching the internet daily, trying to find a short list of things I need. I am on baby watch for about five friends, and two just welcomed their beautiful babies. Of course with this time of year, there are sparkles everywhere. Sparkles in the Christmas decorations. Sparkles in the New Year decorations. That leaves me with the word birthday. Oh yeah, I just turned 29!!! Again. Yep, I had another birthday. Another 29th birthday. Hey, don't judge me, and I won't judge you!!! Besides, you do not look a day over 21. :) So, yes, I saw the words and laughed.

For the record, I am actually 33 now. Lord help me. Well, they say you are only as old as you feel, so that means I am 96. Hehehe! Seriously though, 33. How did this happen?! Yesterday I was 21. Time flies. 

Now, onto these words... This is what I have for you....

Hey, Baby.
That is how you always greet me.
With just those two words you send my heart into a flutter.
My eyes searching yours.
Looking for a clue.
Wondering how long you will stay this time.
Are you here just for my birthday?
Will you stay longer?
Maybe one day you will make a resolution to stick around.
Maybe one day you will choose me.
I know you love your life.
I know you love the way your diamond watch sparkles in the limelight.
I know you love owning the newest cars.
I know you love to travel.
I just wish I could be enough.
I wish you could love me just as much,
maybe even more,
than you love all of those luxuries.
I wish I could be your luxury of choice,
for longer than just a few nights here and there.
Until then, I will enjoy this.
I will enjoy you.
I will enjoy us.
I will take what I can get, 
when I can get it.
With a smile on lips, 
I return your greeting.
Hey, Baby.
Stepping back, letting you in.
Back into my home.
Back into my life.
Even if just for a night.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Storm #WinterPoetry January 2016

Winter. Either you love it or you hate it. I really don't think there is an in between for it. I was a huge lover of Winter, nearly my entire life. Then I spent five years in Buffalo, New York, and became the biggest hater of Winter ever. I especially hate snow. I honestly have a very negative reaction to the thought of being in snow. UGH! I lived in Wyoming, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire... all places where it snows quite a bit, and none of it compares to Buffalo snow. Lake Effect snow. Horrible stuff. Absolutely horrible. 

So, as you can see, I am one of those people that hates Winter. I guess it is a good thing, that I now live in California. One thing I can admit, is that snow is beautiful. Some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen, have included snow. So, even though I hate it, and wish to stay as far away as possible, I can definitely appreciate the beauty of it. The beauty in pictures. 

So, my friends and I decided to write some poetry for y'all to read, using the theme of Winter! I hope you enjoy it all! I will include links to all the participating blogs, at the end! In the meantime, here is my contribution! I hope you enjoy! 

Poem 1:

Fluffy white flakes falling to the ground.
Cold snow mounds all around.
I lay here by the fire, 
missing your sweet hugs that I admire.
Outside the weather is so cold.
Inside is an emptiness caused by love untold.
I miss you with all my heart.
I hate these days we spend apart.
I need you to know how I feel.
I need to stop denying your appeal.
I should just take the chance,
and ask to start a romance.
I know that you want me,
as I have not been deaf to your plea.
Maybe I should stop playing life so safe.
Give you the chance to end my time as a waif.
You told me once I should always let love win.
Would it win if I open my heart and let you in?
Or would I just get hurt and lose?
I really do not know which path to choose.
I could spend the rest of these Winter nights alone.
Letting my heart remain made of stone.
Or I could just go ahead and end this chase.
Open my heart and accept your embrace.
Give you all my love.
Let you serenade me nightly with your Breedlove.
I could find my happy place, inside of you.
Together we can start life anew. 
As I pick up my phone,
not wanting to end this night alone,
I know this is the right choice.
Now I just need to find my voice.
I need to tell you how much I need this.
How much I want your kiss.
Come over I say.
Knowing you'll quickly be on your way.
Tomorrow will be our first.
The day we finally quench our thirst.
Embarking on a new life together. 
Bound as one, we can survive any weather.

Poem 2: 

White snow falling.
Icy roads winding.
New life forming.
Temperatures finally warming.
Everyone ready for Spring to come.
Rivers slowly flowing.

Poem 3:

Town schools closing.
Outside it is freezing.
Roads are icy.
Makes me want to hibernate.

Thank you for taking the time out of your Wednesday to read this! I hope you enjoyed reading them, as much as I enjoyed writing them! I hope you are all having a fabulous week!

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Here are the links to the contributions from all my wonderful blogger friends!!! Enjoy and be sure to stay warm!!! 

Karen of Baking In A Tornado

Steena of The Angrivated Mom 

Dawn of Spatulas On Parade

Robin of Someone Else's Genius 

Candice of Measurements of Merriment 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Life's Lemons #SecretSubjectSwap January 2016

Welcome to this month's Secret Subject Swap. This week thirteen brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

My “Secret Subject” is:
Some things you just need to learn to live with. Like . . .
It was submitted by:   
(Thank you for the wonderful topic, Karen!! <3)

So many times in life, we have to just "suck it up", and I am not just talking about our iced coffee or iced macchiato. We really do have control of our own lives and our own happiness, but so does destiny. Life has a way of handing us lemons, and it is up to us to make lemonade, or at least tolerate the sourness. The good news is that life also gives us whipped cream and cherries! 

Some of the things we all seem to universally learn to live with....

Our families. Like they say, you can't pick your parents/family! I think one of the best way of learning to live with them, is just reminding ourselves visits are temporary, and we always have our friends. Again, like they say, friends are the family we do get to choose! I have been blessed to be able to choose a great "family". Plus, I was blessed with some pretty great biological family members! 

Health issues. This one is one that I have really had to work on. Yes, some health issues can be prevented, but sometimes they just happen. You can do all the right things, and still get sick. The vast majority of my health issues, I had absolutely no control over. What I have had control over, is how I deal with them. I do my very best to do just that, deal. I try to make lemonade whenever possible, and when lemonade isn't possible, I try to make sure to put on my best sour pucker! 

The weather. It is one of the things we cannot control. Trust me, if I could control it, California would not be a drought, but it would only rain on the days I wanted it to. Actually, I think it is probably best that I am unable to control the weather. I would make sure it never snowed. Like anywhere. I would pick a few key places, and let it snow there, mostly in the Arctic and Alaska and Canada. Everywhere else would be beautiful weather all the time. I would keep Aspen, Tahoe, the Alps, snowy. See?! Like I said.... Good thing I have no control over it! I hate snow way too much!!

Our favorite TV shows getting cancelled. It happens. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us, do not have billions of dollars to spend keeping our beloved shows on the air, and so cancellations are inevitable! Sometimes, I feel like more of mine get cancelled than other people deal with. It sometimes feels like if I love a show, it will be cancelled. It just happens all the time. A few times, I jumped on the fan wagon of already popular shows, and BAM. Cancelled. I am a jink! Seriously. I truly am! I guess the good news is, there are new shows all the time, and occasionally some of them are great! 

Stupid people. Sometimes, we may even be the stupid person. Hey! It happens! Nobody is perfect. Stupid people are everywhere. Some are constantly stupid. Some are occasionally stupid. Regardless, we all have interactions with stupid people. It is up to us to deal with it and rise above.... or stoop to their level and a stupid person too. However we deal with it, we have to deal with it. Unless you are able to be a total hermit, and never interact with another human being ever, stupid people will be part of life. Plus, let's face it, what fun would hermitage be? Not much! Especially not on the days you're the stupid person, and you are dealing with yourself. 

Getting older. It is part of life. There is no stopping it. Well, you can live in denial and stay 29 forever, which isn't the worst option ever, but at some point, people will stop believing you! Plus, as they say, be grateful for your old age, some people never get the opportunity! I am very grateful for each year I am given! Especially now that I am spending them with Gigi! I just turned 33, and in some ways I dreaded it, but mostly I was excited! Just a few short years ago, I did not think I would see 30, let alone 33, but I am here, and let me tell you, the lemonade is yummier and yummier each year! 

Along with us getting older, so do our children. It is absolutely inevitable, we cannot stop it. It is part of our life and part of their life. Gigi will be three in a few short months. THREE! Two blinks ago she was a week old. I really need to stop blinking, but my darn eyes will not cooperate! So, I will keep blinking, and Gigi will  keep getting older, and I will love every second of it.

Along with our kids getting older, is our kids making their own choices. It is inevitable. We did it. Our kids will do it. It is just one of the things we have to live with. All we can do, is teach them all the things we think they need to know, and hope they grow into awesome human beings! We can only tell them what to do for so long. Just as we must live our own lives, so much they! Sad but true and beautiful. I am excited to see the person Gigi becomes. I kinda think she is going to be amazing, and not just because I made her. 

Taxes. You knew I was going to mention them, right? We just have to deal with it. They happen. They are a part of life. Well, I guess you could ignore them. I just hope you like Prison lemonade! 

Judgement. Other people judging us is an absolute given in life. We can let their judgement drag us down, or we can rise above. The important thing is that we love and accept ourselves. As long as we are doing our best, that is what matters. If someone else does not like it, that is their problem, not our problem. I am my own worst critic. I am learning to live without judging myself. It is hard. Really hard. As you know, I belong to #Mommitment, and have made a vow to not judge other moms. In truth, I just don't judge other people. I find it so much easier to accept other people as they are, than I do to accept myself. It is one of those things I work on regularly. I realize my opinion of others does not matter, and one day, hopefully I will realize that I need to accept my best as good enough! 

Change. No matter how much you fight it, no matter how much you hate it, no matter how much you dread it... change happens. Everything changes. We change. Life changes. Life is change. I hate change. It annoys me. I like familiarity. As I am getting older, I am getting better at accepting change. Sometimes, I even end of liking the changes better than I did the old way. Change is definitely something we all have to live with.

What would you add to the list?! What is something we just all have to learn to live with?! 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you are all having a fabulous 2016! If not, just remember, change will come! 

Happy New Year! 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:


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