Must Read Thrillers

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:

why ~ best ~ tasteful- ~ enough ~ month

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

Why???? Why? is every thriller being compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train? Why????????

Gone Girl was impressive because of the complete change of the character’s way of thinking and her plotting. She planned something and led those in her life to believe one thing then revealed she lied and why she lied. She was devious, twisted, and warped. The author planned the entire book around the character tricking and deceiving others. Girl on the Train was fantastic because a character was tricked by a sociopath. Slowly, with the character, readers begin to realize what is really going on and what is happening. A good thriller is synonymous with terror, blood-curdling fear, and leaves you wondering how you will ever feel safe again.

Shitty thrillers just change the plot or characters voice mid-book without any clues, reason, or thoughtful writing. Making a character suddenly admit to killing someone, lying to others, or stealing something without a reason or plan in the end is not a good thriller; it’s terrible writing. ENOUGH of wasting readers time on thrillers that even TRY to compare to Gone Girl.

Which thrillers should you avoid??? Don’t read these books unless you prefer a thriller that lets you down or insults your intelligence. Here are some less than exciting thrillers I have read in the last few months.

You’re probably thinking who am I to judge what makes a good thriller. Well, I read 4-5 books a month, 263 books thus far and most are thrillers. I’ve been tricked before by the promise of a great thriller and found impressive and spine-chilling thrillers by word of mouth and searching around.

Books with only 3 stars…and I was being generous.

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2 stars and waste of my time

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Which thrillers are a must read???? These books got 5 ***** stars and are worth reading…if you dare.

These books are twisted, sick, and gory; nothing tasteful here. Some will make you sick others will leave you shocked to the core. These are the best thrillers I have recently read.

 

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Want to see all the books I’ve read in all genres? Need a recommendation? Check out my read books from Goodreads HERE.                                                                                                                                      

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Happy New Year

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 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.

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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:

Looking back at 2016, now that it’s finished, what is one thing you’d love to change about it?!  For just one event from 2016, you can rewrite history. What event do you pick, and how do you rewrite it?!

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

Great prompt! Sure there are a few things I would like to change in 2016, but I am afraid if I change one thing then everything else would be affected. I’ve always felt like if I rewrite history, make one change then all of the things and people I love would be different all because I changed one bad thing.

I do wish AJ had stayed up later on New Year’s Eve. I had hoped that if he stayed up later than 9:56 than he would have slept later the next morning. Though in reality, my son is an early riser, always has been, always will be. It’s nice to dream, though right? He woke up at 5:50. **sighs**

Our little family did have an awesome New Year’s Eve though. I planned lots of activities for each hour. That broke up a long night and made us interact as a family. It sure was perfect. We started off by having some picture fun.

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I saw a few ideas on Pinterest for kids during the New Year’s Eve night. A few different versions showed writing activities on strips of paper, rolling them up and putting them in a flat balloon, blowing up the balloon, then writing the date on the balloon. AJ had a blast taking each one down at the right time and popping them by sitting on them.

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4 pm: AJ had to interview two people. He could have called up anyone he wanted, but he chose to interview us. We had to answer 1. What did we love about this year? 2. What do we wish we did? 3. What is a goal for 2017?

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5 pm: AJ had to make a New Year’s Eve ball. We used a blown up globe and covered it in wrapping paper. It was amusing and festive.

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6 pm: We each had a sheet of paper with 11 things to find in the house. We all had the same list, just in a different order. It was fascinating hearing what each other found.

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7 pm: We each had to use a straw to move 10 M&Ms from a napkin to a bowl. I’ll admit I was a bit competitive and wanted to beat Tony, which caused Anthony to feel awful since he only got one in the bowl. Tony and AJ played again and I made sure I helped AJ beat his Daddy. Next time I think we should do it with 40 and set a timer for one minute.

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8 pm:  Balloon Volleyball was hysterical. Not only were we playing with a balloon, but we had to keep Bonus away from it. She wanted to kill it and when she finally got a hold of it she scared herself by biting it and popping it.

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9pm: We each had to draw 5 things we think will happen in 2017. This was sure fun to not only draw, but share our predictions with each other.

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AJ fell asleep at 9:56, two minutes after telling Tony he was excited about the 10:00 balloon. After setting my timer for 11:55, I fell asleep as well. I woke up both guys, Tony yelled at me and Anthony was confused and just gave dirty looks.

After I “forced” them to watch the ball drop, Tony grumbled back to bed and Anthony went back to sleep only to wake up at 5:50.

All in all, I think we had the best New Year’s Eve in a long time. I need to make even better activities for next year. Looking forward to having another quiet and entertaining night with my family of three next New Years.

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December 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 Candice of Measurements of Merriment (http://measurementsofmerriment.blogspot.com)

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1. Mommy, I have to go to the bathroom.  


2. She’ll never find me here. I rock at hide and seek. 


3.  Nope, not adulting today. 


4.  Oh boy, mommy lost her keys again. Who knows when she’ll find them again. Mommy’s always loses things. 


5.  I AM looking for my gloves, Mommy. 

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Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 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 

Trying to teach AJ that when the mean kids and bullies say mean things to him, he should just look at them, roll his eyes and say “Whatever.”

I would like him to say, “Seriously? Are you so miserable and get shit attention at home that you have to come to school and be huge dicks to everyone? Too bad your opinions mean shit to me. Oh and if you touch me, I will punch you back three times as hard, so make your decision now dumbass.” But maybe when he’s older.

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AJ is eating a croissant and a piece of it falls to the floor. Since he loves them so much he steps on it with his bare, unwashed feet, to prevent Bonus from getting it. Then quickly puts it in his mouth.

I stared at him in horror and after a second he looks at me and cringes. “I didn’t mean to do that.” As he runs to the garbage to spit it out. 

“Perhaps if you just let Bonus have it you wouldn’t have eaten your own foot stink.” 

He laughs at the foot stink and takes it to heart for about five minutes…then it’s back to silly boy behavior again.

Tony is with AJ in the mornings and at times has epic battles to get ready for school. Since someone was a zombie in front of the TV, he walked over and calmly told him, “Put your shoes and socks on.” 

My snarky kid responded with, “Well obviously Daddy, I have to put my clothes on first.” 

Tony said he had to take a deep breath and walk away. Of course he came back to a 7 year old standing in front of the TV fully dressed SANS socks and shoes. ***eye twitches*** 

As Tony was dropping off AJ in the car line AJ was complaining about getting out five cars back. Tony told him he has to wait till they are the 2nd car, no excuses. AJ did not like this and was complaining the entire time. When they finally were the second car, AJ jumped out and screamed, “Thank God, fresh air!” Of course the custodian and police officer who handle drop off heard AJ scream, I mean how could they not? They looked at Tony and smirked. 

I had a talk with AJ about. He of course thought it was super funny. I had to keep my poker face, but I have to to agree with him. It was hysterical. I would have loved to been a fly in that car.

Scrolling through Netflix, “What’s this show, Mommy?”

“Oh that’s Bob Ross. He painted on TV and we all watched. It was really calming, it was relaxing to watch him paint.”

“Well that’s weird. you just watched him paint. You adults watch weird shows” As he puts on some animated, mind sucking, stupid cartoon crap.

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“What would you do if you won the lottery mommy?”

“I would pay off all of our bills and buy a house I never have to worry about a payment on the house.”

“With lots of bedrooms like a mansion?

“No I would just be happy with a three bedroom house. I would put a lot of money into your future for education and and to buy a home.”

“Well if I win the lottery I’m going to buy a big house with more than three bedrooms. Though some of my seven kids may need to share a room, but they won’t share a bed. The will have bunk beds.”

“Well that’s a great plan you have there. I hope I get to babysit your kids.”

“Of course, you are my Mommy.”  

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I don;t have to share my marshmallows with anyone else, right?

Nope, you are an only child, so get extra and don’t have to share them with any other kids.

 

He only wanted this for the candy. Next year I’m just buying him the flipping candy and saving myself the stress of putting it together.

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Not This Christmas Eve

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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:

retail ~ sweep ~ lonely ~ please ~ manners ~ intestinal fortitude

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

Okay, the last two Christmas Even AJ has gotten sick. I don’t mean a cold, I mean throwing up all over the place. In 2014 he threw up two hours before we were meant to go out to a Chinese restaurant. Of course I swore I felt sick too and only ate the rice when we had to eat take out instead.

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my mom comforting a sick AJ

Next year, 2015, Anthony threw up again. This time he got sick from too much candy and goodies. He threw up, but this time we ordered food ahead of time just in case.

This Christmas Eve I will make sure he has the intestinal fortitude to not throw up. I will give him extra probiotics, make sure the teacher limits his candy at the classroom party, and keep all candy and chocolate away at home.

A fellow OAD (One and Done) mom friend invited me to join a group on Facebook. I am loving it, knowing other parents are just like me. We all have one child, either by choice or not, and can share ideas, laughter, and memories. Some worry that their child might be lonely, others worry they won’t have the proper manners. Though most only children I know have the best darn manners around. He says please and thank you when it really counts without being told.

In fact, the few kids who bother and bully AJ are kids in a house with a sibling or a few. It seems to me that they aren’t getting enough attention at home and bullying other kids makes them feel better.

Thankfully AJ wants to be friends with everyone. Even if you are mean to him one day, he will be your friend the next day. He just jumps right in when he sees kids playing and everyone loves playing with him. He is a sweet, kind, and caring guy and I am so proud to be his mom.

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When I think about his future, I hope he will be happy and do what he loves. I hope he will find someone who loves him and treats him with respect. I hope they sweep each other off their feet.

Retail? How can I add retail to this post???? Hmm, I have 95% of my Christmas shopping done. I have 80% of it wrapped and organized. I need to get my butt in gear, don’t I? Thankfully most of my shopping was done online. I try not to ever shop in stores, walking into retail this time of year zaps all the Christmas spirit right out of your body. I rather stay at home, watch ELF, drink coffee and shop online.

Thank goodness for Amazon!!!!

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Go Away Cold

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 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.

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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:

Baby it’s cold outside? Are you a snow bunny having fun outdoors at this time of year, or do you prefer to be cozy inside?

It was submitted by: http://thelieberfamily.com     

I used to like the cold, used to crave the cold because I hated the summer. I hated the heat, the humidity, the constant sweating. Two years ago I posted on a Secret Subject Swap that I LOVED the winter over the summer. Oh boy how things have changed.

Now I can’t get warm enough. Now I hate driving in the snow, the slush, the ice. There are too many idiots who refuse to clean off their cars and cause accidents when their snow sheets hit other cars. There are too many morons driving like they are in Nascar in the middle of a snow storm.

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I hate the fact that our driveway sucks and the garbage pails take up most of the driveway making it pretty impossible to pull in when I get home from work. I hate that our upstairs neighbor never does anything to help with keeping the driveway clear. I hate that our next door neighbor pushes her snow onto our driveway entrance, but complains when we get too close to her grass in the summer.

I hate that my schools hardly close and I am forced to figure out what to do with my son when I have to work. I hate when hubby has to go in for snow removal and I have to stay home and miss work.

In the cold and snow, I rather be at home. I rather be home on the couch reading a book, drinking hot coffee while the electric fireplace keeps us warm.

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November 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 Not That Sarah Michelle (http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com)

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1. Love Is Love.  


2. The fight for the remotes ended with them falling asleep. They were teased mercilessly the next morning. 


3.  When the humans leave… 


4.  Humans have Netflix and chill, we have Animal Planet and cuddle  


5.  Finally the humans are asleep we can finally watch what we want.  

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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 

Told him he needed to eat his dinner or I was going to throw it out, he left it sitting there for 30 minutes. When he finally started eating, I asked “Do you like it?”

He responded, “Lil’ bit.”

Has my son been watching Robert Dinero movies?????

Taking his time getting ready to leave. I finally yelled at him, let’s go.

He snarked back with “Hold on Missy/”

I told him I signed him up for the Halloween party at the after school program.

“How much did it cost?”

“Fifteen dollars.”

“That’s not bad.”

Really, who is this kid?

At the local pharmacy picking up a prescription eye drops for pink eye…sighs…for both of us.

AJ is going on and on about how Tony ate his huge Hershey bar form from four years ago.

“Dude, let it go already. You’ve gotten enough candy to make up for it.”

The pharmacist smiles, but then tries to hodl back laughter when she hears this….

“Tuna is from a plant.”

“No it’s not. It’s a fish, you know, tuna fish.”

“Well my teacher says it’s from a plant.”

“I think you might heard of heard wrong. I think your teacher knows that tuna is a fish.”

AJ is eating a croissont and a piece of it falls to the floor. Since he loves them so much he steps on it to prevent Bonus from getting it. Then quickly puts it in his mouth.

I stared at him in horror and after a second he looks at me and cringes. “I didn’t mean to do that.” As he runs to the garbage to spit it out. 

“Perhaps if you just let Bonus have it you wouldn’t have eaten your own foot stink.” 

Tony is with AJ in the mornings and at times has epic battles to get ready for school. He told him one morning, “Put your shoes and socks on.” Since someone was a zombie in front of the TV.

My snarky kid responded with, “Well obviously Daddy, I have to put my clothes on first.” 

Tony said he had to take a deep breath and walk away. Of course he came back to a 7 year old standing in front of the TV fully dressed sans socks and shoes. ***eye twitches*** 

As Tony was dropping off AJ in the car line AJ was complaining about getting out five cars back. Tony told him he has to wait till they are the 2nd car, no excuses. AJ did not like this and was complaining the entire time. When they finally were the second car, AJ jumped out and screamed, “Thank God, fresh air!” Of course the custodian and police officer who handle drop off heard AJ scream, I mean how could they not? They looked at Tony and smirked. 

I had a talk with AJ about. He of course thought it was super funny. I had to keep my poker face, but I have to to agree with him. It was hysterical. I would have loved to been a fly in that car.

This really did make my day!!!!!

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Storm Preperation

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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:

run ~ lantern ~ storm ~ create ~ eat ~ now

They were submitted by: http://Bakinginatornado.com 

Must we seriously have Christmas decorations out in stores before Halloween every ended??? It’s so annoying. Every time I go into a store with AJ he kept asking about buying something Christmas. My response is that I refuse to acknowledge that the products are even out yet. I got a few chuckles from other moms.

I want to run up and down the aisles knocking every item off the shelf. Imagine how fun and liberating that would be. I can dream, can’t I?

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Right now, besides trying to get ready mentally and physically for the holidays, I need to start prepping for the cold weather. We need to stock up on basics incase a storm ensues and we are out of, God forbid, bread and milk,  What would we eat?????? shrieks in terror.

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Sorry, I couldn’t t help it. Though it’s good to have the basics during the months of possible snow storms. I try to create a pantry of peanut butter, jelly, bread, crackers, protein bars. I also like to have hummus, cheese, crackers, tuna fish, and lots milk. I should start preppingh now as you never know when I storm might hit. Tony is the one who preps all the safety items, flashlights, candles, and lanterns.

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Stuff of Nightmares

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 13 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.

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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:

Thanksgiving . . . you wake up and YOU are the main course, how do you convince your family that YOU are the turkey/ham and for them NOT to cook you?

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

warning, this post might make you gag…or shiver, or laugh with me in demented glory. This was suck and awesome prompt, I couldn’t help but take it in this direction. The story I was going to write, was even gorier and I couldn’t finish it. 

Whoa this prompt is like an episode right out of American Horror Story. Have you seen this season? There is a big part that involves cannibalism. Seriously, people slicing other people up and forcing other victims to eat the sliced up skin and muscles.

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/american-horror-story-season-6-roanoke-twist-cast-gaga-episode-8-9-928472

Ready to barf yet?

So as I read this prompt that is all I could think about and I threw up in my mouth imagining myself in that situation. Then I thought about all the sick and twisted thrillers I have read. Messed up murders that systematically torture and rip apart victims, remove organs while they are still alive. But to imagine myself as the victim is just too much.

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Then I thought about those few stories I heard about anesthesiologists messing up and the patients feeling everything on the operating table. Imagine being strapped to a table, unable to speak and you feel every slice, rip, tear, snip, organs being pulled and cut, then sewed back up. It’s a flipping horror movie, or right out of one of the books I read.

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So the thought of being on the table sliced and served up as dinner made me sick to my stomach. Though it would make a great prompt for vegetarians and vegans, they could finally get people to stop eating meat.

I would pray for quick and painless death instead of a slow and torturous demise.

Sorry if eating turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce has forever been ruined…well I’m not that sorry. Actually I’m giggling at your horror!