Happy New Year

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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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Go Away Cold

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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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Stuff of Nightmares

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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! 

Someone Has To Do It

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My subject is:

How do you manage to get things done that you absolutely hate doing?

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

 

Exercising: Need help committing to exercising. During the week I get up at 5:10 and leave the house by 6:35. I don’t get home till 4, some days I don’t get home till 5:30. It’s a long day of teaching and driving to schools. By the time I get home I am mentally and psychically done, so how the hell do I fit exercise in there??????

Lunches: I hate making lunches, seriously it’s no monotonous and annoying. When Anthony was in kindergarten I tried to make all those cute lunches you see on pinteretst, then realized 1. Who has the bloody time with a full time job 2. It’s all getting shoved in his mouth and he’s shitting it out in the toilet, so does it matter how cute it is? 3. He could care less if I leave him a note or not. So I just just make a sandwich, give him two snacks and throw in a juice and he’s good to go.

Cleaning: I hate cleaning and wish I had money to toss around. I would hire a cleaning lady again. It was lovely coming home to clean and organized house. Now it’s all up to me and I don’t like it. I’m tired of smelling piss all over the toilet, I’m tired of cleaning up messes and spills. I’m tired of cleaning period!

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Grocery Shopping: I wish I could afford to hire a personal shopper. I was planning to use one this year, but things did not pan out the way I had hoped. After commuting and working all week, I just want to come home to a the shopping already done. Peapod just grabs the items and brings them to you without really checking them out or picking the best. The service and quality of the products are beyond terrible.

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Laundry: So much flipping laundry, I never have anything put away at all. Except that one week when Tony is away at boy scout camp over the summer and Anthony y is in camp. It’s just me so that is one the one week there is NEVER any laundry out. The other 358 days of the year we have more laundry to put away and wash all at the same time. How does that flipping happen. By the time they clothes are dried there are two more baskets of laundry to be done. Why even bother putting it all away….sobs as I think about it.

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Investing in an Education

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My Subject is….

You go to the bank and find out that there has been a deposit made into your checking about for 10,000. The deposit is a gift from a long past Uncle. Now what would you do with the money?

It was submitted by: http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html

Holy Moly, if only I could wake up one morning to find $10,000. Heck, I’d be happy with an extra $1,000.

After checking with the bank a thousand times and getting numerous notarized letters that this is in fact my money, I would finally let out a huge sigh of relief.

$7,000 would be put directly in my son’s college fund and $3,000 would be put directly in my son’s savings account. Sure it would be nice to pay of some debt or build our savings, but knowing AJ has money for his future is more important to me.

That extra money could make a huge difference in his plans for the future. AJ might decide to go to college, earn degrees, and build a career, Or he might decide to learn a trade and open his own business. Either way we would not only support him, but know he would have a great foundation to start his journey.

I’ll admit, I have ulterior motives, I want him to remember how nice I was to him. Why? It;’s simple, when it comes time for him to choose my nursing home, I want him to choose based on my needs and happiness rather than price.

 

Feeling Grateful

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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.

Nothing Personal, But…

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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????

Time for a Change

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My subject is:

After reading your blog, the President nominates you to pick yet another new face to place on American currency. He doesn’t tell you which bill or coin will be involved and asks you to write something on your blog (which he now follows) to let him know who you’re choosing and why. He gives you a few rules–it must be someone fairly well known who showed great character in American history and who exhibits the kind of timeless values that most people globally could connect with. What does your essay say?

It was submitted by: Jenny http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com

Just a note, I apologize if this is not as well written as it should be or totally off topic. I’ve been really focused on AJ’s birthday today and party the next day. Can’t believe my little man is 7!!!!

 

Well thank your for choosing me to decide which women are worthy of being on American currency. You chose well as I feel HIStory often forgets about the women who didn’t just help in the background, but shaped and changed our future.

There are so many powerful, courageous, and determined women in American history who need to be honored. While I don’t think the American presidents should be pushed aside, I do feel that times have changed and our country was built on more than just he presidents.

Mr. President, I don’t agree with the fairly well known and showed great American character bit, I mean there are a lot of men and women who are not as well known because this country likes to change textbooks and make their own version of history. Seriously, if it was up to the forefathers, women would still not vote and still be only seen as wives to their men. Most amazing men and women are often left out of history, because it’s not suitable to kids, or fits the curriculum, or fanatics want to burn books, or the protesters were not white men who wanted to keep the status quo of America.

I think the idea of certain months to celebrate certain races or genders is ludicrous…It’s all history and should be treated as such. We need to know ALL the facts, all the stories, all the horrors so that we CAN change the nurture and not repeat the same always mistakes over and over.

Though will it ever change? I mean, we live in a society where commercials advertise half naked women to sell food, cars, and businesses. Clothing is getting smaller and thinner and women are walking around with their breasts all but hanging out, and society loves it. Though if a mother breast feeds her baby in any of those places, she is a vile, disgusting human being who should ashamed of herself. So it’s safe to say the idea of putting a women on our American currently is an outrage. Look at the outrage of having Harriet Tubman on a bill caused.

I think there are many deserving men and women in American history, some well-known, others not as well-known or liked because of their desire to speak out and stand up for others everywhere.

Here are a list of women who I feel have changed history for the better. I wanted to list many more, but I would never have stopped writing then. What do you think? Did I leave someone out? 

Abigail Adams – Wrote letters to her husband and tried to have a hand in government through the letters. She also tried to get her husband to remember the ladies when starting our new nations, but of course only the men were included in the rights of the nation.

Susan B. Anthony – spent 60 years fighting for women to have the right to vote.

Lydia Maria Child: an abolitionist, suffragist, and advocate for the rights of Native Americans.

Shirley Chisholm – the first African-American woman elected to Congress, the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Amelia Earhart: the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart inspired a generation of female pilots.

Rosa Parks – her decision and strength in not giving into fear sparked a much needed change in history

Alice Paul – a suffragist who refused to cower to fear and did what it took so women could have the right to vote

Sandra Day O’Connor: the first female justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009.

Eleanor Roosevelt: an active champion of civil rights, she supported the United Nations and was directly involved in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: an abolitionist, suffragist, and co-organizer (with Lucretia Mott) of the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, she wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, which outlined women’s rights as human rights.

Sojourner Truth: a former slave who became an itinerant preacher, abolitionist, and suffragist.

Mercy Otis Warren: called “the Conscience of the American Revolution,” Warren was one of the chief intellectuals of the early republic. In addition to penning numerous political tracts and the first history of the Revolution, she also laid out the principles of the Bill of Rights.

Besides my love of insane, crime thrillers, I also love American Historical Fiction, perhaps you would also enjoy these two books. Think about all the people behind the scenes who shaped our government.

The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. The third book, from Johnny’s POV will be coming out soon. Who is Johnny? Well you will have to read to find out.

Read If You Dare

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My subject is:

What urban legends are there about places in your city or state?

It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net    

So it was both creepy and interesting looking up and reading the urban legends for where I live. Here are some good ones I found in NY/CT area. I got them from http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Leatherman: a tale of a harmless man who would wonder all around upper Westchester County NY, parts of Putnam County NY, and parts of CT. No one really knew his history, but some stories say that he left his home because of a broken heart. Of all the theories, I think the most chilling one is that his wealthy parents did not approve of his fiancee. One day she was murdered and he knew his parents did. His heart was broken and his mind goine, so he left to never stay in one place again. And yes, he wore brown leather all the time. He was found dead in cave in the winter of 1889.

 “He would stop in a different locale each day and come to the kitchen door of farmhouses, looking for food. In A History of the Town of Lewisboro by the Lewisboro History Book Committee and historian Alvin R. Jordan, Miss M. Louise Bouton, born in 1889, recalled that the Leatherman “came around once a year…always to the east side of the house. He would knock on the leader drainpipe. Mother would give him coffee and some sandwiches. He would say, ‘Thank you so much, lady,’ but never look at you. He was dressed all in brown leather. No one was afraid of him.””

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

 

Hermitess of the Salems: They say her heart was broken as well, perhaps from a sailor who died at sea. Another therory is that she was driven from her home by pludering  soldiers. She arrived in North Salem around 1780 and walked around North and South Salem, NY and perhaps parts of Ridgefield, CT. She survived off the land and lived in caves. She would wander around, but of course dress up for church!

“According to A History of the Town of Lewisboro, she was variously described as “a slender young woman of fair complexion and graceful figure” and as a “thin, ghostly, old woman, bent and wrinkled”…who walked with a “gliding, noiseless movement, which seemed to ally her to the spirit world.” Living in a cave will do that to you. She died in a snowstorm in 1809 or 1810.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Granny Brown the Witch: Granny Brown lived some time after the Revolutionary War in South Salem, NY. If others didn’t do her bidding she would put hexes on them. This alone makes me want to do more research on my town history which is so close to South Salem. Others say she wasn’t a witch, but rather an old, nosy and crabby lady with lots of bad luck.

“Don’t believe she was a witch? Legend has it that a witch could not die as long as someone was watching. When Granny took sick, the good wives of the neighborhood, even though she was nasty and universally disliked, kept watch and looked in on her daily. One day, Granny asked the woman sitting with her to fetch her a cool drink of water from the well outside. When the neighbor returned to Granny’s bedside, the old woman had died.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Okay, these were kind of cool, but I was expecting more. Compared to the books I’ve read, this is nothing. Speaking of books, I love to read sick and twisted crime thrillers. Not that I never read sweet and romantic fiction, but they do get boring. I will always go back to a twisted story for a good read.

Some end in a predictable way, others not at all how I expected, and a few leave me on edge for a while.These are just a few, check out all my book reviews on GOODREADS to see if one of the 219 book I’ve read might interest you. Or you can check out all my book reviews I’ve blogged about HERE.

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Books that require a strong stomach and brave heart. 

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5 STARS: Full of twisted, sick, horrific, torture and pain. Not at all how I saw this ending, but an amazing read if you can handle it. WOW! You just never know who people really are. 

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Book 2 (4 STARS) and 3 (5 STARS) in a series and can’t wait to read more. The detectives deal with the sickest crimes and crime scenes. These criminals are insane and in the most unexpected places, yet the detectives keeping finding ways to move forward. 

5 STARS: A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.A great read! One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives.

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5 STARS: I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW. A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks. I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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5 STARS: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. Another must read…seriously that good. 

5 STARS: As usual Coben f*cks with your mind…I would never expected THAT ending. Wow! So worth the…if you can handle the suspense and drama it’s worth the read. Towards the end I was screaming like a banshee…so scared that it would end a certain way.  Never doubt a son’s love for his mother. Always trust your instincts.

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4 STARS: Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down. What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending. 

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5 STARS: Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.

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5 STARS: What a book, I had an idea, but it wasn’t easy idea to get to. Some books are poorly written and so easy to identify the killer and mystery. But not Lisa, she leads you there but with more questions than answers…even when you are partially right you are still tricked and amazed.

What a situation, what a story, what an ending. I had to pullover I was screaming and laughing…the last word had so much damn meaning. WOW!

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5 STARS: WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

For calmer books, these might appeal to you

5 STARS: WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets. LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading. Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say.

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Historical Fiction:

5 STARS: At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.  I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection. You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL!

5 STARS: The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job.

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional. We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours. God Bless America!

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did.  I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.  Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

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5 STARS: Like one of the characters said, it’s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself. Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be.

5 STARS: OMG…wow…I cried, laughed, and shouted.

I am glad I gave THIS a second chance…. What a journey they all have been through. Will Holly finally leave Marcus? Will Ana and Paul finally have a child? Will Olivia find love? Will Saffron have the life she wants? I so want to share the ending………but I won’t spoil it for you. But I will tell you I LOVED the ending…it ends as it should. Tom brought them all together when they needed each other the most.

April Showers Bring…

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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:

 

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My subject is:

If April showers bring May flowers, what else does April bring?

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

Well, first of all April is a month filled with anniversaries.

Tony and I were married on April 7th fifteen years ago! We’ve been together for twenty-one years. Amazing, right?

I look back at our wedding and while it was wonderful, more like a party, I cringe at my color scheme-yellow and blue. The 40 year old, mature me would have chosen browns, blues, and greens. Or maybe, browns and maroons. I would not have had daisies, but gone with lilies.

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Both sets of parents were married on April 17th. Yup, imagine fidning out both oru parents had the same wedding date, same place for the reception, only five years apart!

My parents married in 1971

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Tony’s parents married in 1966

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I need to make more slow cooker meals instead of cooking in the oven or on the stove top. With our tiny, apartment kitchen it gets too hot using the stove. Slow cooked meals would be helpful. I need to plan out menus using these great recipes.

http://greatist.com/eat/summer-crock-pot-recipes

http://www.myrecipes.com/cooking-method/slow-cooker-recipes/summer-slow-cooker-recipes

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/recipes/the-12-best-summer-slow-cooker-recipes/

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=summer+slow+cooker+recipes&0=summer%7Cautocomplete%7C0&1=slow%7Cautocomplete%7C0&2=cooker%7Cautocomplete%7C0&3=recipes%7Cautocomplete%7C0

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I’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. What is that? Here is a definition from Mayo Clinic.

is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

I have been fitted with orthotics not covered by insurance, but they were necessary! Once I get them I can start exercising again and get back into shape. As I want to participate in the Run Like a Mother race again this year.

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http://runlikeamother.com/

Anthony enjoyed running in the kid race and I was so proud that I made it three miles, even if it took me a LONG time. I will participate, even if I have to crawl the entire three miles.