10 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 10


So here we are at day ten of this challenge set forth by Sharon’s Book Nook.  I have enjoyed this challenge!

Day 10: One Confession

When I think of a confession, I think of one grand happening that no one knows about, and that will probably floor my readers, baffling them with disbelief.  But I cannot really think of any single thing that will shock you all.  This, however, I will confess:

Aside from missing some people from my hometown, I feel that my move to Virginia was a great move for me.

Do I miss home?  Absolutely.  But I feel like this move has allowed me to be the person that I know I am, without judgement and under the thumb of certain people and situations.  The one thing about this move that haunts me is not finishing my degree; I should have my own classroom right now.  But, life happens. I will be pursuing my degree, just in a different way.

I do miss holidays, birthdays, etc., but I love having a place and something to call my own.  I love that my family gets to have experiences that no one else has.  I love Virginia for the opportunities it offers my son, husband and myself.  God knew what he was doing when this move was offered to us.  I am so glad we listened.

There it is: not a juicy confession, but one none-the-less.

10 Day Blogging Challenge – Days 8 & 9


I have not been blogging on consecutive days, but I love this challenge put out by Sharons Book Nook.  I intend to finish 🙂  So here we go!

Day 8: Three things I want to say to three different people right now

  1. To My Husband:  How lucky am I to have married such a wonderful man like you?  How fortunate am I to have a man for whom I have known for more than half of my life, who knows the ins and outs, the ugly and the beautiful, the sad and the happy of me and still stays to accept and love me?  You are the only person walking this earth who knows every single molecule of me.  To be cliché, I married my best friend, literally.  You are a strong and caring man who sets a wonderful example for our son.  Even if he grows up to be a quarter of the man who you are, he will be amazing.  (But we both know that he is more of you than that!)  I am so thankful that, through all of these passing years, you have remained true to who you are, no matter what strife that the world has thrown at you.  You make me want to be a better person every single day.  I adore you, babe.
  2. To My In-Laws:  I love and care for you all more than you realize.  When I married Dan, I was excited to be gaining a family of people who seemed so close to one another.  Unfortunately, my baggage affected me, and that manifested in how I treated some of you. There is nothing else I can say in this situation except I love you guys.  Sincerely.
  3. To My Son:  Buddy, you taught me that the world does not work exactly how you hope it does, and that every winding road life takes us on is worth the ride.  You are an intelligent, caring, eclectic young man who this world is fortunate to have in its lifetime.  Your ability to adapt to life in the face of your struggles leaves me awestruck.  You are much more than your struggles, and they do not define you.  You are so smart, bud!  You make me shiver at the math you understand (I think we both know that it would make me cry!)  You are an amazing young man who I learn from every single day.  I am so lucky that God thought I was the best mom for you.  I love you very much!!


Day 9: Two Recent Pictures


These are my beautiful doggies, Mika and Shae.  They are so loving and fun!  They really do make our house a home 🙂


And this is me – a recent picture of me.  This was taken a couple of weeks ago – a work selfie.  Now, usually I don’t like pics of me, but this one I actually like!  So, hell friends!!

10 Day Blogging Challenge: Days 6 & 7


I am behind having missed yesterday, so I decided to double up this morning!  Turn offs and guilty pleasures are on tap for today, thanks to this challenge put on by Sharon’s Book Nook!

Day 6: Five Turn Offs

  1. People with negative/bad attitudes – I try to live my life in a positive way, and when I am around people who constantly complain, it really drags me down.  Also, when people simply have a piss-poor attitude in general, I find it difficult to be around them.  I am not saying that I am above having bad days, because I have them more than I would like to admit.  I am talking about those that it is ingrained in: sucking teeth at stupid things, rolling eyes and dismissive attitude when things are not exactly how they think they should be.  I simply will not be associated with people like that anymore.
  2. Ignorant/Helpless People – I am not referring to those that have valid problems in life.  Mental illness is something that I live with in a small capacity, and I know those that simply cannot help themselves because it is clinical.  I get that.  I am talking about those that CHOOSE to have others do everything for them.  Lazy people.  The whiners that expect hand-ups when they are perfectly capable of getting up and walking across the room to get something themselves.  Also, I cannot take people who choose to stay narrow-minded and not entertain other sides of stories or situations.  I am not saying that everyone should believe the same thing, I am saying just be open to listening to someone else without placing judgement.  There is WAY too much of that going on in this country.
  3. Sheep – No, I am not talking about the animal.  I am talking about those that follow a trend, rumor or otherwise, simply for the sake of fitting in and staying mainstream.
  4. Fake Celebrity – Kardashians, Hiltons, any reality show “celebrity” – what a false message they send young people about life.  I have a difficult time thinking that Snookie has published TWO books.  Since when is the television channel, TLC a reality TV station?
  5. Politics –  Can we agree as a people who no matter who we vote in, they are going to suck at something and thrive at something?  Why are we divided like we are?  Vote for the least offensive and move on.  If you don’t like it, run for office.  It is as simple as that.  I HATE political attack ads &  people on their high horses.



Day 7: Four Guilty Pleasures


The TV Show, Dallas – I was so excited when TNT revamped this ’80’s television drama, and was equally devastated when I found out that they cancelled it after three seasons.  Not only is the eye-candy good, but it was rich with nonsense and drama.


Grey’s Anatomy – Now, I did not begin watching this television show in real-time until a couple of years ago.  I ended up catching up on it through a Lifetime marathon from beginning to end (at the time).  Now, no one gets between me and my TV on Thursday Nights.


Carbs – Oh yes!  That evil food product that everyone avoids!  I love breads, chips, cheeses etc.  Until the day that I am told that it is life or death to stop consuming this heavenly group of organic compounds, I will enjoy every single bite!


Music – Now normally this would not be considered a “guilty pleasure”, but I listen to EVERYTHING.  You can walk into my office and hear anything from P!nk, Britney Spears, Foo Fighters, Barry Manilow, Metallica, Jay-Z, etc.  I like to say that I have musical multiple personality disorder lol  I enjoy it all!!  So if you hear me singing Sweet Caroline, just join in 🙂

10 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 5


Today, I have to list how to  win my heart, but I find this difficult because my heart has been taken for more than half my life by my husband.  But, I suppose that winning my heart can be a friend, co-worker etc. as well.  So, to complete today’s challenge from Sharon’s Book Nook,:

Day 5: Six Ways to Win My Heart

  1. HONESTY. – I cannot express enough to the people in my life, and those that are incoming, that honesty is the best policy with me, even when it hurts.  I am the type of person that will get over the sting of a harsh truth faster than an appeasing lie.  Sure, a debate may ensue, or questions may be asked, but I can do nothing but respect honesty from someone.
  2. SENSE OF HUMOR – I love to laugh, and I crack jokes all the time (that are 95% of the time not funny to others).  So, if you can make me laugh, you are in! LOL
  3. HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF SELF – It is so attractive to me to see someone sure of themselves without being arrogant.  That is a fine line to walk, but it can be done.
  4. RECIPROCATION –  When I care and love someone, I do it with my whole heart.  I am a passionate person.  When I am your friend or on your side, I am THERE.  You can count on me for anything.  With that, I would like to think that someone would care enough to reach out from time to time to me as well.  I am not asking for exact replication, I would just like to know that you care about me as much as I care about you.
  5. RANDOM MESSAGES – Little messages or hello’s during busy times lets me know that I am an important piece in your life.  Texting is an amazing thing!  I know people are busy, so am I.  But when people pop in my head, or if I find myself thinking about someone, I reach out and let them know.
  6. BE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOME THING – Nothing is more intriguing to me than someone who is passionate about something – your job, education, politics, life.  ANYTHING.  A person like this is someone I can learn something from.  I like that.


So, do you think it is difficult to win my heart?

10 Day Blogging Challenge, Day 4


This is one of the most difficult of Sharon’s Book Nook 10 Day Blogging Challenge.  I love all of my posts, so to choose seven is difficult.  But, I did it!  I give to you:

Day 4: 7 Favorite Blog Posts from My Blog


A Very Pinterest Housewarming Party

I had such a blast planning and entertaining for the first time in my new home, I had to choose this as one of my favorites!  There are great links to quick and easy recipes that can be used for up and coming holiday parties!


New Poem! Silence

As of this post, I had not written a new poem in a couple of years.  To write one and then share it is a big deal.  This is definitely one of my favorite posts!


Casting Off My Shackles

Depression is a bitch.


Pinned It, Did It Wednesday – Coffee Station

This, by far, is my favorite Pinned It, Did It!  I love my coffee station!


Battle At The Family Reunion

I took the Blogging University, Blogging 101 class, and in this post I had to post original work using dialogue.  I am uncomfortable with it, but I think I did a pretty good job here!


My Love Affair With Writing

This post reminds me why I love to write, and why I need to continue!


My Hometown

Any time I can write about my home town is a good post.  This is my love letter to Buffalo.

10 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 3


I don’t do much travelling as of now, and a lot of the reason why not is because of money.  But these eight places are places I will go to before I die!  I took this challenge from Sharon’s Book Nook.

Day 3: Eight Places I Want To Go


Venice, Italy

I have had a love affair with Italy for as long as I can remember.  Every picture I see is beautiful, the landscape is gorgeous, and the food….I have to try that food!

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Vail, Colorado (In Winter)

Again, the picturesque scenery, the mountains.  It is all so romantic to me!


Las Vegas, Nevada

I just want to go here and have fun!  Oh, and renew my wedding vows with Elvis 🙂


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando FLA

I LOVE Harry Potter, and to think I can experience it in this theme park is amazing to me!  I joke that this is where I want to celebrate my 40th birthday in April lol  Me, a wand and butter beer!


New York City, NY (At Christmas time)

Not at New Years Eve time, Christmas time.  When the Rockafeller Christmas tree is up, the skating rink is running and the snow is falling.  That is how I want to experience NYC!



I want to go here for all of the touristy reasons!  I am not a fan of the royal family, but I would love to see the Thames river!


Paris, France (In Springtime)

Again, for all of the touristy reasons!  But I specifically would like to head to the Locks Bridge.  I am sure my husband and I can fit our lock on there! 🙂

Where so YOU want to go?

10 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 2


Day 2 of this blogging challenge set by Sharon’s Book Nook, has me telling listing books that I want to read.  Now, if you refer to yesterday’s post, you will see that I mentioned that I have a list of books longer than years left in my life that I want to read.  I need to get cracking on that list, and pronto!  I have an eclectic taste in books, but I am not a fan of sticky-sweet romance novels or erotica.  If you would like to be my friend on GoodReads, you can find me HERE!  So, today I give you:

Day 2: Nine Books I Want To Read


I read about this book in one of those “Must Read” book lists.  I cannot remember where I saw this particular list, but when I read the synopsis of the book, I immediately put it on my list.


The first book I read by Jonathan Tropper was This Is Where I Leave You, which was made into a movie and premiered at the beginning of the month.  I loved the voice he gave his characters and I could not wait to look up other novels by him to add to my list!


My book club threw this book title around as a possible option for this month’s selection.  I am a sucker for a book that tells a tale about a mother/daughter relationship.  This one seems to be a light book to read.


I know a couple of people who are reading this book, and to be honest, this was not on my radar as an option at first.  When I found out the premise of the book, I immediately added it.  It is worth the look!


Here is where you begin to see my eclectic nature when it comes to reading.  This is a book of poems about being a wife, but again, the synopsis of the book is what got me to add it.


Oh Mr. Green, how you made me cry.  Yes, I am a lover of the young adult book, The Fault in Our Stars.  I had to look up more from this author because, not since I was a teen, has an author brought me to tears.  I enjoy his writing and I added this to my list as a second helping of him.


Every since I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher.  I went back to school to be a teacher as an adult, and circumstances in life forced me into a different direction.  I do work in a school, however, and I see the differences in schools in different areas and it is deeply concerning.  This book was listed on a friend’s most influential book list to her, and I had to add it.


This classic is on a lot of my friend’s most influential list, and it has always been on my list to read.


Again, this is another classic that has been on my list to read for years.  I will get it in!!

What is on YOUR to-read list?