Share Your World 10/16/17

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

I took a new approach to this question, googled “socially advanced nations” (info from Business Insider), and chose Sweden.  They rank outside the top ten in two categories: Shelter (16th) and Personal Rights (11th).  Otherwise Sweden is knocking it out of the park: Water and Sanitation (tied 1st), Nutrition and Basic Medical Care (3rd), Personal Safety (2nd), Health and Wellness (4th), Personal Freedom and Choice (6th), and Tolerance and Inclusion (7th).

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

A very light teal – that color blending blue and sea green so that its appearance shifts based on the time of day.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

BrightSide, my kids, Gracie & Phoebe, my close friends & family, a well written post, a warm bed, inspiration, music, books I can’t put down, spending time in nature, and photography.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.” Khalil Gibran

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$147 a minute makes for pretty expensive bathroom breaks

Weddings.  The hardcore breakdown.

“Uh oh, DGGYST has been reading again.  Nothing good can come of that.  I get new information and then I pass it on to you like some kind of horrible virus…

So when I read an article that the average cost of a wedding climbed to a record high of $35,329 last year, I was a bit stupefied and immediately felt the need to discuss it with you.

Now let me assure you, I think you are a big sexy adult who is entirely capable of spending her money the way she sees fit.  There are a bunch of ridiculous articles out there telling you that weddings are a waste and stupid, and that you look fat and shouldn’t go to the beach (maybe my magazine pages got stuck together).  I’m not going to do any of that.

I only want you to have a firm understanding of what you are getting for your money.”

Your Wedding, Your Money – Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

Share Your World 10/9/17

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you?  (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

Hmmm…if I’m in the mood for sweet then I’ll be searching out deliciously fudgy brownies.  If I’m craving salty then tortilla chips, queso, and salsa are my go to snack.  As for real food, it’s hard to beat a good Caesar salad topped with chicken.  Or our local Mexican restaurant’s A.C.P.  Mmmmm.

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

I tend to be more focused on today.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

I’d like to know more about how our family came to America.  What life was like in Europe, what it was like to cross the ocean, how they set down roots once they were here.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

“The truth was a mirror in the hands of God.  It fell, and broke into pieces.  Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.”  – Jalaluddin Rumi

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SoCS – Do the Dew before it’s Due

    Things I like to Do

snuggle up with Phoebe
sleep in late
paint my toenails
read a good book

    Things about the Dew

Mountain Dew is slowly eating our insides.
The dogs’ paws come in soaking wet right now.
Damp fresh grass smells delightful.
I’m not entirely sure where dew really comes from. 

    Things that come due

library books
the power bill
quarterly treatments for bugs







Linda’s stream of consciousness prompt makes for fun Friday scribbling.  This week’s prompt is do/dew/due.

Share Your World 9/25/17

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

When I was younger this would have been soccer, hands down.  Alas, the years have made this sport hideously hard on the body, so nowadays I have to admit I’m much happier to be cozied up in a nice comfortable shaded chair with my notebook or a great book.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

There are so many “it depends” for this question I hardly know where to begin.  I’d rather be the driver if I need to remember the route, we’re driving curvy back roads, or I’m the least (ahem) unpredictable driver available.  I’d rather be the passenger if it’s a long road trip so I can get some sleep, the route takes us into big cities with crazy traffic patterns and aggressive drivers, or I have to worry about parking at the destination.  Parking freaks me out.

However.  If the only passenger option is the backseat where I’m sure to become nauseated no matter how straight and smooth the road, then disregard all of the above and put me in the driver’s seat.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

These questions always frazzle me so I’m just gonna go off the top of my head.

** A healthy body.          ** The ability to quiet my mind and still my soul.       ** Frightfully delicious pizza without any carbs.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

“Your truest friends are the ones who will stand by you in your darkest moments — because they’re willing to brave the shadows with you — and in your greatest moments — because they’re not afraid to let you shine.”  – Nicole Yatsonsky

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SoCS – middle school life, booster club, and food tallies

Hot off the presses!  We got big and little news in equal doses. 

Middle school is off to a good start this year.  T-man likes his teachers (yay!), Bear feels good about her classes, and they don’t seem to be ready to kill each other in the pickup line.  All those thoughts about how T-man would react to Bear encroaching on his territory turned out to be nothing more than a waste of time.

Well, as of September 22, anyway.

So it turns out you have to pay to go to middle and high school sporting events.  Whaaaat?  (Yeah, I know a bunch of you are wondering what planet I’ve been living on.  I have no answer for that.)  Which means our family is now a proud member of the Booster Club (Rah!) with all the rights and privileges accorded.  Except concessions are extra.  Boo.

I’d thought we’d snuck slowly into fall but here we are, smack dang dab back in 85 to 90 degree days and the car rider line is HOT.  Sweat beading on your forehead, pooling in your lower back…suddenly that luxury car you love so much is a traveling sauna and let’s just say the pits are r-i-p-e.

And that is way more information than you needed.

There’s a very finite amount of pleasant weather here – when we shift out of hot but before we reach cold weather that keeps me bundled up indoors.  I’m looking forward to enjoying those 8 days in October.

Latest food tallies for the kids:  Bear still adores the delicious turkey burgers; T-man has gone all iffy on me.  T-man loves toast with his eggs; Bear, who adores every sort of bread on the planet, won’t touch toast with a ten foot pole.

And I still hate coffee cold.

Linda’s stream of consciousness prompt is weekly Saturday fun.  This week’s prompt is “hot/cold.”

Share Your World 9/18/17

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

Spanish.  I’ve started studying it through an app and it’s pretty cool.  It’s also nice to know my brain cells aren’t completely fried.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

Require?  A comfortable bed, preferably king sized, and a decent bathroom.  But what makes me happiest on vacation?  A separate sitting area, so someone can nap even if somebody else wants to watch tv.  Large windows that let in plenty of light – even better if you can walk out onto a balcony and sit in the fresh air for a while.  Add in an incredible shower and I’m blissed out.

What is your greatest extravagance?

It would be a fascinating experiment to learn what others see as my greatest extravagance…I guess I’d say my biggest extravagance is getting a spa pedicure.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Peanut finding her way back to her family (see items 18-24).  I was terrified, y’all.  The kids wanted so badly to keep her, but I had to accept that I just wasn’t able to give her all the attention she needs with our other two fur babies running around.  I was researching rescues that accept senior dogs when my neighbor texted me the family info.  I’m grateful she found us for the night, I’m grateful we were able to keep her warm and safe, and I’m beyond grateful that she found her way back into her family’s arms.

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Center Stage: 9/15/17

A Slightly-Too-Long Note to My Stitch Fix Stylist: The Ugly Volvo

“Hoping to compile a cute, “mom-friendly” wardrobe, but hey, if you wanted to throw in a few pieces that are mind-blowingly impractical I would totally be down for it because while yes, I could probably use some versatile cardigans, in my heart of hearts what I’d really love is a motorcycle jacket and maybe some boots that make me look like I’m the type of person who’d casually put out a cigarette on a guy’s face?” 


Throwing shade at the solar eclipse: Nickworthy

“An eclipse is a great and historic thing to see, except for that you can’t actually look at it. Don’t hype up something for several months and tell me how amazing it is but then say I can’t look at it. That just makes me want to look at it even more. It’s like if I was on a diet (I’m not) and my wife made me doughnuts (yes, please). I have very little willpower, so it’s going to be tough not to look at the eclipse. I’m not supposed to look directly at the sun on most days but I still do that, just like I stare at light bulbs. Maybe this is what happened to the dinosaurs. They all looked at an eclipse, went blind and then became extinct.”


Registering for your kid’s birthday party presents, WTF???: Baby Sideburns

“I totally get registering for a wedding or a baby shower. I mean there’s a bunch of shit you NEED (like no one’s gonna buy you nipple shields unless you ask for them) and you’re just starting out in the world, but eight-year-olds don’t NEED specific toys. And this is not a Christmas wish list. I am not Santa Claus….I mean God forbid little Miss McPartypants opens up a Lego set she didn’t ask for. Awww don’t worry, sweetie pie, we’ll go make sure NO ONE gets you the wrong Barbie doll so you’re not disappointed on your birthday.”


5 Rules for Black Cookouts … and Life: The Root

“As one of the world’s leading cookoutologists (I would say I’m the leading authority, but my aunt Phyllis hasn’t officially retired), I feel it is my duty to keep you updated on the latest in cookout culture. (Always remember: White people barbecue, black people “cook out.”)…

1.  Bring something to the table.  Showing up empty-handed to a black cookout is one of the worst offenses a human being can commit. If you’re wondering why everyone is giving you a slight side eye, it’s because you waltzed into Aunt Phyllis’ backyard with nothing but a cellphone and a beer. One beer! What kind of motherfucking savage are you?”


Fuck Status Symbols: Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together

“We don’t want our parents lives. Don’t get caught in the same traps they did…Below is a list of the shit that nobody hip cares about, and makes you look like a superficial idiot.

1.  Expensive wine.  Studies have debunked the relationship between wine taste and wine cost. That $30 or $40 or $60 or god forbid $90+ bottle of wine is bullshit. You are not a sommelier, you are like a kid awarding blue ribbons to mud pies and it’s embarrassing. Science agrees. Find a bottle you like under $15 and get drunk like the wise millennials do.”