August Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’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 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve 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 picture. It was submitted by http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/ The Bergham Chronicles

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1. I told you we’d make money selling coffee to the parents. 


2. Come on boys. You’re not scared of a couple of girls, are you? 


3.  Did you see that? Cindy kissed Tommy. Now she has cooties. 


4.  Come and get some Girl Scout Cookies. Look at the parents run like animals. 


5.  I don’t care if you want to leave, Mommy. If you can catch me, I’ll go. May the odds be in your favor. 

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

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Can’t Pay with Pocket Lint

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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.

Your words are:

pennies ~ pocket lint ~ trapped ~ proper ~ back in black ~ munch

They were submitted by:  http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Summer is almost over and that means back to work. Yes, a good thing because I need money, since this pocket lint will not pay the bills or buy groceries. Seems that we only keep saving pennies, not the big bucks we need to really build up a good nest egg.

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It’s annoying to feel trapped by a money, feel trapped going to work everyday and and making just enough to pay bills. Just once I would like to have a good and proper nest, a cushion so we are not living paycheck to paycheck. Don’t get me wrong, we are in way living beyond our means, no we are cutting back on quite a bit. Is is wrong to dream of things going right just once in life?

debtI dream of sitting at home all day, munching on chocolate and cheese, while watching Criminal Minds, Murdoch Mysteries, Law and Order SVU, Bones, American Horror Story, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In reality I need to get back in black or rather I should say slip on my Merrills and reactivate my Audible account.

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Since that will NEVER happen, I will keep working and trying to save. I will keep using coupons and budgeting every aspect of our lives. Maybe just one day it will pay off.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Feeling Grateful

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 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.

Secret Subject Swap

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:

 

 

My subject is:

What are five things you’re extremely grateful for? What is one thing you wish were true about your life, so you could be grateful for it?

It was submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com      

So I have been very naughty and just finished writing this five minutes before it was scheduled to be posted. Sorry if it’s not that great…

1. My son. After all those years of trying to get pregnant and failing. After all those infertility treatments, injections, and hormones I am a mom. I love my son and so grateful I get to be his mom. He has an amazing personality and I know he will make a HUGE difference in this world.fg

2. My husband. Yes he’s a big kid. Yes he’s annoying as all hell and doesn’t know when to stop being a scutch, but I love him. Plus he puts up with me, you can’t beat that.

3. My apartment. Yes, we lost our condo a few years back, but I think it was for the best (for a few reasons). Sure we have a tiny ass apartment, but it has lots of positives. Close to town/Main street, close to AJ/s school, close to his after school program, and many more. You can read more about that here.fg

4. My Parents. You can beat parents like mine. Sure growing up I hated them, every kid thinks they know more than their parents and can do a better job. Looking back I know I was blessed to have them. Now they are amazing grandparents to my son. AJ has a wonderful bond with my dad, one that he will cherish for the rest of his life and one day continue with his grand kids.

5. Summers off. Maybe that sounds a bit selfish. I commute two hours each day to get to and from work and take AJ all over the place for after school activities I am done by 8pm every night. The summer is wonderful, he’s in camp all day while I get to chill, relax, organize, and clean. It;s my wonderful down time and I am enjoy it more than anything. Hubby has been teasing me about being home all day, but during the school year he has a few hours each morning after Anthony goes to school to do what he wants. I only get that for 7 weeks compared to his 10 months.

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I wish that we had better credit. I wish we could put our $4,000 deductible on a credit card so we didn’t to do without doctor’s visits, medical care and medicine. Our credit was shot when I was laid off five years ago, we are still recovering from that. Not having to worry about health care would be a huge stress relief.

July Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

AJ:

As I dropped him off at the Boys and Girls club for summer camp, the assistant director said to Anthony. “You need to tell me a story.”

Why am I not surprised, he tells the best stories with his Italian hands moving all around.

While play wrestling with Daddy, “Take it easy, I’m just 7 years old.”

 

“Oh man, my fart stinks so bad.” then laughs hysterically

AJ never lets me rub his head, back, or kiss him unless it’s on his terms. Of course, when he’s sick or hurt kisses are must and back rubs are essential for a good night’s sleep.

So the other morning I said to him. “At least Bonus lets me kiss her.”

AJ: “That’s because she’s a dog and can’t wipe off your kisses. She doesn’t know she can do that.”

Well excuse the F out of me dude.

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This then led to another question during a nature show. An animal was giving brith, I don’t remember what mammal, but Anthony looked at me and said. “I though babies came out of the stomach, that baby didn’t come out of the stomach.

I knew were this was going.

“Yes, well when animals give birth the babies come out of the mommy’s vagina.” He looks at me in a combination of shock, horror, and disgust.

“What? But I came out of your stomach.”

“Well that’s because they had to cut you out because you were born early. Sometimes that happens and other times they come out of the vagina.”

Thankfully no questions about how the babies go tin there. Though if they did I would have had no issues in giving him direct answers that are

I have been trying to be more patient with AJ and not raise my voice. Today during his haircut he asked for a lollipop. Since it was not yet 12 noon, the barber said are you sure your mom will be okay with it. He swore I would be.

Of course I told him he had to each his lunch first. He groaned, but once we got int he car I knew I was going to hear major begging.

“I need to eat it now.”
“No, you have to have lunch first.”
“But I’m starving and I really want it.”
“I gave you my answer and the conversation is over.”
“I want it now!”
“Asked and answered.”
“I WANT IT NOW, MOMMY.”
“Asked and answered.”
“But, Mommy. I want it now. It’s mine and I should be able to eat it now.”
“Asked and answered.”
“Stop saying that. I want it now.”
“Asked and answered.”
“OH MY GOD, STOP SAYING THAT MOMMY. I AM GOING TO SAY THAT TOO NOW. ASKED AND ANSWERED. I WANT IT YOU MEAN MOMMY. IT’S MINE. BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.” Then he screams at the top of his lungs and glares at me. Five seconds later we are pulling into the driveway.

He DID put it on the counter and eat all his lunch first. I told him I was proud of him for not opening it anyway and eating it.

 

 

 

Counting Down the Days

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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:

Plastic ~ Grandpa ~ Humming ~ Behind ~ Exchange ~ Lessor

They were submitted by: http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/

I can’t wait to go on vacation, seriously, I need to get away. I don’t want to do laundry, cook, or clean. I love where we go, as all the meals are included and there is always something fun for AJ to do. In fact, there is always a nighttime event for kids, so AJ is exhausted at night and sleeps late the next morning…which is a heaven.

I might just start humming as the days get closer and  I know I can just enjoy this time. When are we going? Sorry, can’t tell you that. I don’t think it’s safe at all to tell ANYONE when we are going on vacation. I don’t care if someone is staying behind watching our house or not. I just don’t believe it’s safe in letting the internet know you are out of town and basically inviting criminals to break in and rob us blind.

Some say it’s an expensive vacation and we could find a place to go that would be a lessor cost. The fact that we don’t have worry about meals or finding daily activities is a blessing. We do bring a snacks and plastic water bottles, in case we get the munchies in the early morning or late nights.

Though perhaps next summer we might exchange our normal plans for a different place, We’ll have to see what AJ thinks, since the vacations are all about him, right?

We would like to invite our parents, but it can be quite expensive for Grandmas and Grandpas. Though, it would be nice to have extra people to watch Anthony so mommy and daddy can get some quiet time for dinner or to just sleep!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Love or Hate Blogging Challenges

Top Ten Thursday 

Top Ten Things I love / hate about blogging challenges

  1. Hate when I fear I won’t get out my post on time.
  2. Love when I can schedule a post not only on my blog, but also on Hootsuite so it posts on all my social media.FREE TYPING
  3. Hate not coming up with an instant idea for the prompt and spending days trying ot think of what I will write. Or when I do write, it’s not good enough and I have to change it all up.
  4. Love getting an instant idea for a prompt and my fingers canpt type fast enough.FREE TYPING
  5. Hate that I can’t get to read and comment on all other posts in the challenge as soon as possible
  6. Love reading all the other posts
  7. Hate when other bloggers don’t have their social media buttons linked up to easily share their writing. It makes it difficult to share their work and link them to the post.
  8. Love when other bloggers have their social media buttons linked up to easily share their work and attach them to the post.
  9. Hate running out of ideas to give out as prompts FREE TYPING
  10. Love reading blogs and remember the prompts I gave. It;s such a nice surprise to see what I wrote and how the blogger used it for her own idea.

Other Bloggers who participated:

Book Review: What Came First

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

*****5 STARS*****

COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

From the moment I started reading, I could not put it down. I was drawn in by each character and their situation. While it was all predictable, in a way, it was a wonderful story and journey. 

Sometimes we think we want something and other times it’s hard to face the truth, even if it’s hitting us in the face. 
Life goes on and sometimes it changes. 
Highlight for spoilers (((Vanessa knew Eric didn’t want to marry her, but she was too afraid to move on. She was too comfortable with the current situation. If a guy doesn’t want to marry you and have kids with you, nothing you do will change that. 
Laura was trying to think of her son and get him a sibling, but to what end? She was doing all she could, but finally came to her senses when Eric kept letting her down. When he finally realized what he wanted, thankfully it wasn’t too late. They are starting out as friends, but I like to think the relationship will evolve and they will finally give Ian that sibling he wanted. 
Wendy knew her marriage was over, but she couldn’t face the fact. Darren didn’t really want a wife, but loved his kids. The separation is forcing him to realize how good life was and he should live life and not spend it on the computer. Wendy also realized her son is not bad or crazy, just and emotional person, much like herself.)))

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What Came First by Carol Snow

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

For a sneak peak into how I am enjoying this book, check out my post on Saturday.  

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

 

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Sneak Peak Saturday: What Came First

 

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List!

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently
 

Current book:

What Came First

 

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Goodreads Summary:

First comes love, then comes marriage, then . . . things can get a little complicated. Vanessa wants just one thing for her twenty-ninth birthday: an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend, Eric. But when the ring turns out to be a mix CD and Eric turns out to be a guy who doesn’t want to get married or have children, Vanessa considers a new path to having a family.

When Wendy and her husband, Darren, couldn’t have children the old- fashioned way, a sperm donor seemed like the perfect solution. She never imagined she’d have out-of-control twins who’d drive her to cookie binges and scrapbooking while Darren escaped into the virtual world of computer games.

Single and career-driven, Laura didn’t need a man to have a baby – at least not one that she ever met. Thanks to an anonymous donor, she shares her life with her adored eight-year-old son, Ian. She’ll do anything for Ian – even fill their backyard with a bunch of noisy chickens. But the one thing Ian really wants is something Laura’s never been able to give him: a sibling.

Now, to grant Ian’s wish, Laura starts a search that will not only change her life but Vanessa’s and Wendy’s as well…

 
 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 11: page 64

“As much as Wendy Winder compalined about her twins (who can’t be as bad as she made them sound), I keep thinking, At least they have each other. Ian just has me and someday I’ll be gone.”

 
 
 

Initial Thoughts

 

Already so enticing and captivating. I already want to know what will happen and how it will all end. I can tell this will be a book will be difficult to put down. 

Here are some rules if you decide to join in HERE:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children’s… really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page – make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away — You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!

Nothing Personal, But…

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 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.

Secret Subject Swap

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:

 

My subject is:

“Nothing personal, but…”

It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/

Warning this post contains cursing. This prompt was like a loaded weapon, there were so many ways I could go with this and all included rage and cursing.

Nothing personal, but you are a major a** hat. Why? This is why…

Learn how to make a left turn…you are NOT supposed to drive over the yellow line. You are not the only person on the road douche drinker.

Since we are speaking about left turns genius, don’t pull all the way out so you can make a left turn after the light turns red. YOU ARE KEEPING ME FROM MAKING MY LEFT TURN when I get the arrow f*ckface.

Please use your flipping signal moron, we are not mind readers sh*t head.

Just so you know, driving practically on my bumper won’t make me go past the speed limit. In fact, it will only make me drive slower if I have some extra time. While your chilling behind me, why don’t you eat your own *ss.

Oh and while your at it, take that phone you are talking and texting on and shove it straight up your dumb *ss.

I really don’t care how much your car cost, you DO NOT own the road or are more important than anyone else. In case you haven’t noticed, your shit stinks like everyone else’s you arrogant f*ck.

Clean off your damn car when it snows. It’s not only dangerous and stupid, it’s illegal numb-nuts. I swear if my car gets damaged by your uncleaned ice, I will hunt you down and hurt you.

Yes, I need to be careful when I pull out of a spot in the parking lot, but that DOES’T mean you can walk behind my car after I start pulling out you c*nt. Are you looking to have your dumb *ss run over?

Don’t hit the pedestrian button then walk againt the light. Now the safe to walk sign comes on and there is no one there. So we all sit here int he car and wait for it to stop. Do you know how f*cking annoying that is? How rude and stupid is that? If you are going to hit the f*cking button than wait for it you f*ckface b*astard.

Okay, lets leave the road. Stop getting so upset by what you see on Facebook, ESPECIALLY if YOU have no problem posting all your religious and political opinions you selfish tw*t.

Speaking of selfish, clean up your dog’s sh*t f*cker. Seriously, that is one of the responsibilities of a being a dog owner. Don’t leave the dog’s shit on grass during walks or in the dog park. Most of all don’t pick it up just to leave the bag there. Stop being an arrogant d*ck.

Stop attacking other parents online. Seriously, you are FAR FROM PERFECT. We can’t be there like a hawk and when we are we are called helicopter parents. Parents made a tons of mistakes, accidents happened, and kids make stupid choices ALL BEFORE SOCIAL MEDIA. Now all the “perfect parents” and those who THINK they would make perfect parents are ready for the attack. No matter what parents do they are in the wrong and blamed for something. We have enough of our own guilt and stress, we don’t need to deal with you weirdos, freaks, and f*ckers. I doesn’t matter who breastfeeds or bottle feds, who works or doesn’t, who is an organic mom and who buys pre-made meals. Sure voice your opinions, but don’t attack or guilt. As long as our kids are loved and make it to adulthood without being a complete and utter *sshole that is all that matters.

Okay, I feel better now!

Anything you would add????

Sneak Peak Saturday: Bitter Season

 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag (Kovac and Liska #5)

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Goodreads Summary:

A murder from the past. A murder from the present. And a life that was never meant to be… As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless. After moving to the cold case squad in order to spend more time with her sons, she misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter, the sense of urgency of hunting a murderer on the loose. Most of all she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.

Sam is having an even harder time adjusting to Nikki’s absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than pieces of Sam’s wardrobe. Sam is distracted from his troubles by an especially brutal double homicide: a middle-aged husband and wife bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Nikki’s case, the unsolved murder of a family man, community leader, and decorated sex crimes detective for the Minneapolis PD, is less of a distraction: Twenty years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.

On the other end of the spectrum, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. Little does she know that a danger from her past is stalking her perfect present. A danger powerful enough to pull in both Kovac and Liska and destroy the perfect life she was never meant to have.

 

Sneak Peek:

Chapter 10

page 95

Nikki blew out a breath and sad down. “He called he widow of my victim and led her to believe I’m not all that dedicated to this case, putting me in the adversarial position with her before I could introduce myself.”

Initial Thoughts

I love the Kovac and Liska series and each books gets sicker and more twisted. It’s obvious there are lots of secrets and lies in both the families: cold case and new case. I can’t wait for this wild and sick ride.