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1. What’s your favorite childhood snack that you still eat as an adult?
I don’t know…I sometimes eat those little fruit snacks that come in little baggies…

2. What food will you not eat the low fat version of? Cheese…it’s the one major thing I am picky about…as a kid, I hated any kind but Velveeta, BUT I have grown from that and I will eat Kraft, Borden, etc., even some store brands, but I can’t stand the low fat and fat free kinds….Surprisingly I have ate soy cheese before and I liked it, although it’s pretty expensive and I prefer the real thing…

3. What’s your favorite way to cool off during the summer? Stay somewhere where there’s a good A.C. 😉

4. What’s your favorite summer read? I’m not a big Re-reader of books so there’s not a specific book I read every summer; As for genres, I read all types so there’s not even a specific kind of them. I don’t like to read too many of the same type of book in a row usually so I am just completely random all the time!

5. What are you doing to stay cool in this awful heat? I use my A.C. ALOT and pray that it can keep up with the heat!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Confessions of a Slacker Wife” by Muffy Mead-Ferro (Looking forward to this book because sometimes I feel like a slacker wife myself and the preview of this book felt so much like me!)

What did you recently finish reading? “Daily Dose of Determination” by Melanie Bonita…this is made where you can read one a day for 90 days so I have been reading this one on my Kindle for awhile and just recently finished it

“Marcia Schuyler” by Grace Livingston Hill

What do you think you’ll read next? I was going to read another Kindle Book but I got my next two books in yesterday from Books Free…Confessions of a Slacker Wife is one and then the next one I’ll read is called “Baby Doctor” by Perri Klass where you are taken through a doctor’s 3 years as an intern and resident as a pediatrician in a Boston Children’s Hospital…I love and adore babies and this just seems super intriguing to me!


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1. What do you keep a stock pile of? Books? Magazines? 🙂

2. If Ben & Jerry asked you to invent an ice cream, what would it be?
I don’t know…I like flavors that have already been created and I only eat sweets every once in awhile so I can’t really think of anything

3. How do you blow off steam? Listening to music or Reading, Venting through my blog or to a friend

4. What would you do if you had an hour to yourself anywhere within a ten mile radius of your home…no kids, no hubby, just you?
I pretty much already get this a lot anyways….so I would do what I always do, watch tv, read,enjoy the peace and quiet,etc.

5. When you were 16, what was your curfew in the summertime? I didn’t really have one but then again, I wasn’t Miss Popular who got invited to parties and everything so I was pretty much at home on the weekends….if I went to the movies, it was with my mom or a friend and then back home…on the rare occasion that I was on a youth trip or something of that nature, I just simply had to let my mom know what time I was going to be back and if there was any changes, call and let her know and it was fine

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Twisted Velvet Chains” by Jessica Bell AND I will probably start reading my next book at the same time cause this book is just poetry

What did you recently finish reading? “Greatest Clicks: A dog photographer’s best shots” by Mark J. Asher (Technically, this book wasn’t too much reading but it did describe the events surrounding each pictures and the doggie pics were cute!)

“Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn

“What your Childhood Memories Say about you: and what you can do about it” by Kevin Leman

What do you think you’ll read next? I know it will be something on the Kindle but not sure yet because I literally just finished reading the childhood memories book moments before doing this post!

{June 19, 2012}   Stormy Night Poem

I wrote this poem the other night when I saw the lightning flashes outside my window and was inspired to pick up a pen. I RARELY write with a pen and paper anymore, usually I will just wait until I am at the computer, but I just felt like it could not wait. Here’s my short poem I wrote the other night with no editing or changes since it was written.

The skies above are black and blue,

The lightning crashes within view,

Rumbles from the Heavens

circumnavigate the air,

Crooked rods and glowing bolts thrown down,

appear angry and full of wrath

Just a window of glass separates me from the storm

The ferocity from out reminds me

of a battle within

The lightning rages on, ever

Closer to the Earth

Searching, ever searching for

What exactly?

Whatever it strikes, it fills with energy

But very rarely can the bearer

survive the power

Mother Nature’s strong hand

delivers quite a wicked gift.

The storm fades away

but its refrain plays on in the distance

Like a neighboring symphony

Of light and sound.

My heart feels the emptiness

as it leaves

along with the relief of safety

But even when the storm

Passes on outside,

The war within

Still rages without end.

Do you see an end in sight?

Or will this be

An endless night?


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1. Would you grow your hair out to donate it? One of my nieces actually did this and respect those that do….I once had my hair past my butt when I was about 5 years old but since then, once it gets about midway down my butt, I just HAVE to get it trimmed AND thinned because I have very THICK naturally curly hair and it gets very heavy and starts breaking ponytail holders otherwise…Not to mention, it is a headache to brush through it the longer it gets so I’m sorry but I would have to pass. My niece that did this has thick hair like me but without as much of the natural curl so I have no idea how she dealt with it….I know it was gorgeous when it got really long, I always thought it looked like a horse’s mane. 🙂

2. What song makes you think of summer? “California Girls” by Katy Perry just popped into my head….so did “Thong Song” by Sisquo, LOL…I guess cause I was thinking of the beach. Does anyone else remember that song? Speaking of thongs, thank you whoever decided to share the name “Thong” with not only underwear but the flip flops that go through the toe! That has ALWAYS bothered me!

3. Are you a flip flops or sandals kind of person? I LOVE flip flops or “thongs” LOL…I do love sandals but I prefer the old fashioned platform ones, not heel but just wide platform base with buckles….which they don’t seem to make anymore 😦 I need to create my own shoe line…….

4. Favorite summer treat (ie ice cream, snow cones, etc)? I’m going to say snow cones but only because I live hours away from where they sell Slurpees at a 7/11 😦 And don’t try to tell me Slushees and Icees are the same…they are NOT! A Slurpee was created by a goddess, I tell you! And we need a 7/11 in my city so I can enjoy one more often!…..But enough venting for now…

5. Do you do something special for the father of your children? Seeing as I have yet to bear children, this question is not applicable BUT when I have kids, I would LOVE to do creative stuff like hand prints on the t-shirt and special handmade cards, etc. I have always thought those kind of gifts are so much more special than just buying a tie or something….

There are times in your life when you just don’t know the right thing to say or do. Times when you hear devastating news and your body and mind goes into shock first when you think you should be feeling grief. Eventually, days later, the grief comes and overwhelms you and you find yourself constantly thinking about things and wondering if what you did say and do was the best thing. I know this feeling very well at the moment because it’s what I’ve been going through. I’ve been thinking and going back and forth about writing about the situation but it’s just one of those moments that you’re not sure. Is it the right thing for everyone for me to talk about it? Is it insensitive or honoring the loss of two lives?

I have come to the decision to write about how I feel since writing always helps me but I want to write about what has happened recently in my family in a way that will honor those who are affected the most and not hurt them. All I can do is try my best here and hope that my words can only help and not hinder.

I don’t even think I had yet mentioned on my blog about my most recently married niece having twins, but she was to have them in October. Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, she went into labor early and they didn’t live long after being delivered. When I heard the news, I was in shock. I didn’t think she was having any problems and I wasn’t expecting this at all. Then I felt this incredible amount of sadness for her and her husband, but the tears on the inside were locked away behind the shock. I went back and forth in my head, wondering what I should do. Should I call or would that not be the best? I finally went with a short text where I told her I was sorry and I loved her, I was there for her and she could call me if she needed me. But after sending it, I felt an emptiness inside that there should be more for me to do. But I didn’t know what to do. It’s not something you prepare for…..And I kept thinking that if I didn’t know what to say or do, then how bad must she be feeling? I can’t imagine because I haven’t been through that experience firsthand. I have had a best friend lose a child while we were friends but never a niece lose one, much less two. Not to mention losing two great nephews I had never got to see, never got to kiss or hold. If it hurts to lose two great nephews, then the pain of losing two sons has to be unimaginable.

I almost feel useless because I don’t have magic powers to take away the grief and I can’t actually be with them right now to try to give comfort. I lay awake wondering if my niece knows how much I truly do love her and the babies she lost and how much I wish I could be there for her. I hope she really, truly knows that cause the thought of her thinking I might not care breaks my heart in pieces. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since I heard the news that I haven’t had her in my mind and in my prayers and I have asked my closest friends to do the same. I can only hope that my family that IS with her right now is helping her some and that she is able to make it through.

The other day, I lay in my bed and said their names out loud and up towards Heaven. I told them I loved them very much and I can’t wait until I get to see them one day. I told them that I know they are looking after their parents and I blew kisses up to them. I told them they are loved much more than they could ever imagine. I also told them that as sad as I am that I won’t get to see them on Earth, I am glad that when my Nanny and my parents and other family members leave this world, they will get to see them for the first time and give them all their love. I can almost see two beautiful baby boy angels dancing in Heaven with their ancestors and smiling down at us.

To Lydia and Dru, I love you guys so much and I always will. I hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that you will see your babies again one day and I truly believe you are meant to be a mommy, Lydia. I know you will be blessed with many more babies. I just want you to know that I’m only a phone call away.

To Wyatt Lee and Nikolai Lane, my two great nephews who I miss even though I never met you. I love you so much! Rest in peace.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Undead and Unstable” (Betsy the Vampire Queen, #11) by MaryJanice Davidson

What did you recently finish reading? “Life among the savages” by Shirley Jackson

“Falling Angel” by William Hjortsberg

“The Coffin Club”, “Royal Blood”, “Love Bites” and “Cryptic Cravings”(Vampire Kisses Books 5-8) by Ellen Schreiber

“The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1” by Robert Kirkman

“Kiss the Dead”(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton

What do you think you’ll read next? I’ve been reading mostly tree or paper books lately, so I will probably read something off my Kindle next…..which could be any one of over 300 choices! AH!

I am well aware that I have gotten behind on my blog. LIFE happened and things have changed my focus, therefore, this post is a DOUBLE for last week and this week’s questions. For those you were curious about what has been going on and what my monthly goal for June is, etc., I will be posting more in the next few days about all of this as well as doing a late post for my reading which is usually on Wednesdays!


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1. Did you do anything special for your kids on the last day of school? Or did your parents do anything special for you?
 I will answer the second question since the first does not apply….I don’t really remember anything specific my parents did on the last day of school. I think my mom might have got me a snow cone or something, but mostly I remember the last day of school always be a day where you have a party at school and watch movies….

2. What’s your favorite summer tradition with your children? Another non applicable question…..

3. What was your favorite thing to do during the summer as a kid? I loved when I got to go to Sea World or go swimming, just anything that was NOT school, really…..I also loved getting to sleep in late and have more time to read books and just do whatever I wanted to

4. How old were you when you were married? Were you a Bridezilla?
I was 25, about 2 months shy of 26 when I got married and I will honestly say I had a few moments on my wedding day that I got stressed and almost panicked but I don’t think I was anything close to a “Bridezilla”….but since I was the bride, maybe I’m not the one to ask…LOL…ask my mom and the bridesmaids….

5. What is your favorite girl name? I’ve had names picked out for years so I could probably suggest tons….one I really love is Hailey Marie, although I go back and forth on how I would spell “Hailey”…I also love the name Sapphira and Elora Dannon(from the movie “Willow”)…I love names from mythology too, like Dirce(pronounced Dear-see) and Dionyara(pronounced Di-a-nair-a)…I love the uniqueness

1. What were you scared of as a kid? Freddy Krueger…that guy creeped me out, but it was my own fault for sneaking and watching scary movies all the time… matter how scared I got, I just couldn’t resist! I was also scared of…roaches…ewww! I still am!!!

2. Do you sleep well in a hotel? It depends on how nice the beds are at the hotel…..I think you usually don’t sleep as well in other beds as you do your own bed. I would say the best bed at a hotel I have ever slept at was the hotel at the Galleria last year for a Woodmen convention. It was AMAZING!

3. If you could meet any celebrity, dead or alive, who and why? 
I can’t just pick one, I have a lot I would love to meet!….I’m going to meet a few just off the top of my head. Dead celebrities I would love to meet: Marilyn Monroe and Heath Ledger…..First of all, Marilyn Monroe…who wouldn’t want to meet her? and Heath Ledger just died too young, I would have loved to have met him, I thought he was an awesome actor at the beginning of what would have been one of the best careers ever…..

As for Alive celebrities, I would LOVE to meet Johnny Depp, he is a great actor who can take on any role, I would love to know how he does it and love to see him perform live….I’m also going to say I would love to meet Amy Lee of Evanescence because she is my favorite female singer EVER and her voice is so beautiful and haunting.

4. It’s a hot summer day. Do you prefer to be pool side or at the beach? I prefer to be in an air conditioned building……

5. What is your favorite summer dish? My favorite food year round is Pasta…but if I am out in the sun, I would probably prefer fruit or something hydrating

et cetera
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