NaBloPoMo AND Listicles 3-18

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Talk about a tangible item you wish you had invented.

So many great inventions out there, but the thing I truly love and wish I had been smart enough to invent is the slow cooker. I mean how wonderful is this. You can pop food into this device, it cooks the food slowly and thoroughly and when you return home from work there is a meal waiting for you!

After some research, I found out that the modern crock pot was invented in 1971 by the Rival Company. Supposedly more women were working and needed homemade healthy meals waiting for them. I couldn’t find one person from the company that was credited for the invention. If I’m incorrect, please let me know, I’d love to know more.

Whoever it was that brought this wonderful invention to us, I truly sing their praise. In a small apartment with an OLD stove, having a slow cooker has saved me time from cleaning and and cooling off an overheated kitchen. I truly like only having to clean a slow cooker and a serving spoon, NOT ten appliances, pots, and pans. Even in the summer, a quick meal in a slow cooker saves so much time and keeps our kitchen from turning into a sauna.

What invention do you wish you had invented?

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10 ways my partner’s awesome…oh man, ONLY nice things about hubby. Okay, here goes

1. Hubby is faithful to his marriage, he would NEVER cheat on me.

2. Hubby is right 5% of the time, but mostly because I let him win, LOL

3. Hubby takes out the garbage and empties the garbage bin MOST of the time.

4. Hubby is funny, super funny according to people who don’t live with him.

5. Hubby takes my car for oil changes and even cleans it out for me.

6. Hubby remembers and recalls facts about baseball, facts that don’t offer me any useful information, GRRRRR Though he often forgets where items in our place are located, even though he sees and uses them EVERY DAY? Weird, Right?

7. Hubby remembers and recalls movie lines OFTEN and uses it to push my buttons at times, GRRRR See italicized words in #6.

8. Hubby volunteers with his old boyscout troop and teaches pretty amazing badges.

9. Hubby is an awesome camper and knows A LOT about wilderness survival. Can’t wait to take our son camping this summer.

10. Hubby’s teaches our son how to catch and throw baseballs and footballs. I love seeing him play with our son.

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Monday, March 4, 2013
Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?

Great question. Yes, every new step, adventure, beginning is always scary. In order to try new things we need to takes risks. By putting ourselves out there, we could make a difference.

first day of high school, first day of college, first day at a new job, beginning a round of fertility treatments, bringing a new baby home, proposing to your love, buying a house, selling a house, buying a car, trying a new medicine that just may cure a deadly disease, taking that first step out on stage…

It is better to try and it not work, then you can think about what happened and try again. Nothing worse than not trying at all and spend your life playing the “what if I had…wish I had…”

Regrets are useless wastes of energy, always better rot have tried and see hwo much curter you can go next time.

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10 THINGS YOU ARE PROUD OF…this was so hard for me to write. 

1. My son, my miracle, my sweet Dinosaur who showed me what life is all about.

2. my religion and faith

3. my ability to see the positive side in most events in my life

4. married to a man that would NEVER cheat on me, even though we may fight and disagree, he is faithful.

5. my degrees and certification, I look back on my journey and so amazed by how far I have come.

6. my son is outgoing, kind, and respectful.

7. I’m a good daughter, sister, and friend

8. I’m creative and love doing crafts with my son

9. son, like me, is who he is and doesn’t change for anyone

10. love with my whole heart and love what I do.

NaBloPoMo AND Listicles 2-25

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Do you think you would enjoy being a “sex symbol?”

NO WAY. Everyone watching your every move, your life all over the internet, every food you eat and clothing you wear judged all the time. There is no way I would want that. I look at celebrities and while there lives seem glamorous, it is something I would never want. I would NEVER want to live life meeting anyone’s expectations of what I should be.

I’m 37 and happy with who I am. I don’t need to others opinions or validations to make myself feel better. I wear eye makeup to enhance my eyes when I go out. I don’t cover up my “flaws”, because they are part of who I am. I love my body and what it has gone through. I have stretch marks, wide hips, flabby arms, thick thighs, and a round stomach. I LOVE my body.

I don’t straighten my hair, I don’t put highlights in my hair. I don’t look at every other woman and wish I had her body, hair, or looks. Every woman worries about flaws, no matter how beautiful you think she is. Every woman is trying to improve something or hide something. I don’t want to be that woman. Every body is different. Beauty and sexiness is NOT a clothing size, makeup, jewelry, or shoes. It;s how you feel about yourself. The sexiest thing on a woman is confidence.

I want my son to know what a woman who loves and respects herself acts like. I want him to find that type of person when he is older. I want him to find someone that doesn’t need him to validate them, but rather support, respect and love each other.

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10 DUMBEST PURCHASES.

1. magic bullet ~ that thing did NOT work at all. what a waste, after about ten uses it DID not puree food the way it was supposed to

2. Cami secret ~ those did not work on bras with thicker straps. If you have curves, it doesn’t work.

3. TV protector ~ to keep son from touching buttons on TV…HE BROKE IT!

4. Child safety locks on bi-fold doors ~ they made it more dangerous and easier to get his fingers in the door. BEFORE you buy any child safety devices, ask a friend with a WILD kid to come over. Better yet ask the parents to come over and let them tell you what works and what doesn’t. That is the BEST advice any parents can give new moms and dads. Most of the safety items are USELESS or DANGEROUS

5. Espresso and cappuccino maker (hubby’s idea) ~ he used it about four times in the last six years, so sad.

6. Pedi paws nail sander for dogs ~ that thing was a torture device for EVERYONE

7. Rocking recliner from Bobs Furniture. It was hard to rock in and after a few months the rocker just didn’t work. It was RIDICULOUS to get a replacement.

8. Pop up toaster. Hubby bought one many years back and what a mess and and a waste. It took up valuable space and wound up burning our toast no matter what we did. I prefer to put the butter on the bread or bagel first, then toast it. It soaks into bread and taste SO MUCH BETTER.

9. iPod shuffle, I got so annoyed not knowing what song was coming up next. I NEVER use it anymore, I may have to sell it somehow and use that money for gas.

10. ANY AND ALL exercise equipment and DVDs I bought over the years. Yeah I’m still using them. Can you feel the sarcasm?

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Monday, February 18, 2013
What is the most romantic book you’ve ever read?

Bet Me

For a while I read only gory crime dramas. I only wanted to read books that scared me to death and didn’t always have nice endings. But after reading the last book in a series and finding out that the main character was going to suffer from another horrific act, I couldn’t handle it. I knew something bad was going to happen and glad I found out rather than experience it while driving to work.

I NEEDED to read some chick lit, but didn’t want sappy or messed up endings. I am done with that. I came across Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise. It looked interesting, the plot of meeting over a bet, a misunderstanding, sounded plausible. Min is a man hater and Cal a womanizer. Or is there more to them than meets the eye. Watching them fight their attraction and fate, was swoon worthy. Watching them fall in love, despite hurtful family, critical friends, and evil exes made me believe in true love and fairy tales again.

My only complaint…she used “said” everytime someone spoke. I would have appreciated a couple of; sighed, asked, yelled, snorted, replied, growled, cried, screeched, sighed, or whispered mixed in there.  Other than that, the dialogue was right on, I felt like I was part of their group, part of their circle and loved their happy ever after.

Oh and on a side note, Cal is a real man…any man that believes beauty is NOT a size, NOT a shape, but believes beauty comes from within is a keeper. Sexiness is being who you are and loving yourself.

Can’t wait to read more of her books.

10 tiny (or secret) things that bring you joy

1. Cadbury chocolate bars…but they also make me sick, so it’s a love/hate relationship. The taste and texture is just divine. No other chocolate will EVER compare.

2. Catching any of the Twilight movies on TV. I know I’m a grown woman, but I have bad thoughts about one of the vampires. Not the wimpt afraid to change the girl, but the bad vamp. If he was the lead character, the series would have been VERY different.

3. Getting an email alert that an audio book I put on hold at the library is available.

4. When my son looks at me out of the blue and tells me he loves me…it melts my heart.

5. Settling into bed at the end of the night. All the lunches are made for tomorrow, clothes set out and place fairly cleaned up. Such a BIG joy!

6. When eating out and the food comes. It always looks so delicious and I didn’t have to cook it. I LOVE when they place it in front of me!

7. When someone calls me Mrs……… I know I will be married 12 years in April, but it still makes me feel a sense of pride. Even though there are times I want to beat my hubby with a frozen leg of lamb, I still love being Mrs……..  Read the short story Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. It’s about a wife getting away with murder…that’s where I got the frozen leg of lamb idea from. The last line is the best.

8. Sleeping till 6 in the morning. When Dino lets me sleep late it is a dream come true. Yes, that is late. I used to be a morning person  before I had a child.

9. The perfect slice and subsequent slices of key lime pie, lemon meringue pie, or cheesecake. It’s heaven.

10. Going to the bathroom or taking a shower without an audience, whines, or questions.

Valentine’s Day and Gifts

Monday, February 11, 2013
What is your ideal Valentine’s Day celebration?

I don’t think Valentine’s Day is a big deal, your love should treat you good every day, not just on one day. But if I had to think of a perfect way to spend it…then I would love spend the day listing to audio books, blogging and reading blogs. I’d love for hubby and son to cook me every meal and clean the house. Yup that would be a good day…but that would NEVER happen, so I am just going to be thankful I have a son and hubby to share it with.

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10 “OH NO YOU DIDN’T” GIFTS.

1. Turtle for my 20th Birthday (after a decade still upset about that one)

2. Blue slip on fabric shoes in a bright blue (really looked like clown shoes)

The rest weren’t that bad, just like my hubby to get me something he thinks I can use. I am practical and don’t wear lots of jewelry, so I guess I am hard to shop for. I rather gift cards. They’re not romantic gifts and I prefer that.

3. a space pen that writes upside down

4. water bottle for mothers day

5. dried rose for Valentine’s Day two times in a row

6. plant from grocery store

7. lunch bag

8. laundry bag

9. coffee travel mug

10. robe

NKOTB….What Was I Thinking?

NaBloPoMo February 2013 Prompts : Tell us about your first crush.

So my first crush. I didn’t have a crush on any boys in my class. In fact, most of the boys and girls in my Catholic grammar school were just down right bullies. They were just awful and evil to me, there really isn’t any other way to put it. I truly hope they are teaching their children to be good human beings. As a parent, I would never let my child bully anyone, ever.

So my first crush, that I can remember, was the New Kids on The Block.

WHAT WAS I THINKING?????????

I truly thought they would be bigger than the Beatles, which my dad still laughs about till this day.  Oh they were so dreamy in my young mind, so clever, cute, and talented. I was sure they would be around forever. I actually had their sheets, posters, and perhaps other embarrassing items that I have successfully blocked from my mind. My parents dutifully took me to their concert, a friend of mine was supposed to join us, but she got sick. I was then stuck going with my parents alone. At the time it was embarrassing, but now I see how dedicated they were. Thanks mom and dad. I know I will probably have to attend some awful and crazy thing that Dinosaur will be into and swear will last for all eternity.

Over the years my crushes evolved…Joaquin Pheonix and Adam Sandler (all their movie DVDs are just collecting dust, LOL)

Now my crush is Jackson Rathnone, oh what a cutie he is. A talented artist and family man. I am glad I got to see him in concert with his former band 100 Monkeys. He’s now a solo artist, actor and producer.

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Waste of Energy?

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Monday, January 28, 2013
What emotion do you think is the biggest waste of energy and why?

Whoa this is a hard one…There are so many emotions that are NOT healthy. Jealousy and anger are dangerous and waste of time. Jealousy is a waste, because the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sometimes the grass is fake and can’t ever be competed with. Sometime the grass has to be worked on every day and what a waste of time that is. Sometimes the grass is filled with hate and guilt and no one wants that seeping into their homes. Sometimes the grass looks beautiful, but when you take a closer look it’s an illusion. Sometimes the grass is perfect, but over time it wilts and tries to take you with it.

Anger is dangerous because if kept bound up in our hearts and lives, it explodes violently. Letting anger build up can make you a dangerous person who can push everyone away. Do you really want to a right and alone? Don’t get me wrong, don’t let people walk all over you  stand up for yourself. Don’t let them win by holding onto it all the time.

What emotions do you think are dangerous or a waste of time?

Yes, It’s Fun!

NaBloPoMo December
2012 Prompts

Are you happier when you’re working or when you’re relaxing?

So, what do I do for fun some nights???? Well, I watch my crime shows and type of lessons to compliment reading passages. 

No, I don’t have a fever.

No, I don’t need to have a drink.

I seriously enjoy making lessons. The students I work with could attest to my joy as I present them with an activity sheet. They think I’m a cross between corny and crazy, but at least I am helping them conquer whatever new skill they are learning.

The same applies for when I am doing an activity with my son. It may be silly or corny. It may not be perfect, but I AM SO PROUD of it and it shows. My son knows he has my full attention and knows I love him and what we are doing.

The students think I’m corny, but they know that I created this lesson/activity just for them. They know I am thinking of them and want them to be successful.

Don’t get me wrong…I still like to sit down, watch my shows and drink a glass of sweet wine. Nothing better than that to unwind after a long day…but if I don’t make the lessons, who will?

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my FAVORITE WINE …House Jam… sure they are cheap, but I LOVE THEM

What about all of you? Happier working or relaxing?

Just Have Fun

Monday, December 3, 2012

What do you consider yourself a “pro” at?

I laughed quite hard at this..I thought about the things I am NOT a pro at, but that was just negative. Then, mostly because I just finished working on it, I thought about the Advent calendar craft I found on pinterest.

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So how does it relate to the writing prompt? Well…my crafts NEVER turn out like the ones I try. That is fine with me…I’m a pro because I keep trying. I don’t give up. I find ways to switch up items in the craft, I tend to use items I already have or modify it to work for us. Yes, it does not turn out the way it was supposed. Yes it looks crazy or wilted, but my son loves it. My son thinks its better than the one I found and want to do on our own. 

I’m a pro, because I don’t give up or feel horrible guilt because it was not a perfect replica. It’s perfect, because I am proud of what I did and my son loves it. I’m a pro, because I have FUN and enjoy the memories I am creating with my son. I am a pro at showing my son that as long as we have fun, it doesn’t matter how the project turns out. I’m a pro, because I show my son to just go for it and be proud of what you created.

christmas tree advent

It doesn’t look like the one on pinterest, but I just love it…and son thinks it’s the best thing he has ever seen.

I tried to modify it by taping some coins and dollar bills to some rings…which made it too heavy…which in hindsight was not the smartest since it weights it down. I also wrote some fun activities on the rings (pillow games, hide and seek, special snack-which will be almond ice cream with bananas, special games)

Then I decided to leave the rings empty and add put various small toys in a grab bag for Dinosaur to pick from. I got small plastic dinosaurs, three Christmas bells, 2-one dollar bills, and various coins.

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Next year, I think I am going to try it again and let him pick wrapped ornaments from the bag. I think he’ll enjoy unwrapping a new ornament (even though it’s the ones we already have) every day.

What are you a pro at?

Yo no hablo español

Another Monday and another NaBloPoMo Writing Prompt

Monday, November 26, 2012
Do you speak more than one language?  How did you learn the additional languages?

Before I became a reading specialist, before I earned by degree in literacy, I wanted to be a Spanish teacher. I had a wonderful Spanish teacher in both high school (Ms. Napalitano) and college (that was the ONLY thing I liked about Concordia College). I then transferred to Mercy College for both my Bachelors and Master’s Degree.

UNFORTUNATELY Mercy College no longer had Spanish as a major, so my plans changed. I wonder how different my life would have been if I had majored in Spanish. As I listen to my son snoring, I thank God for guiding my in the right path. Another path may have never led me to my amazing little man.

Now, I wish  I could have learn Italian to pass onto my so…perhaps one day I will learn it. I’m only 37 and still have plenty to accomplish in life.