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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? Vampireville(Vampire Kisses, #3) by Ellen Schreiber-I didn’t have time to read much this week…these books are pretty short and easy reads though, so I was able to actually start and finish it!

What did you recently finish reading? Dance with a Vampire(Vampire Kisses #4) by Ellen Schreiber

What do you think you’ll read next? I plan to start 11/22/63 by Stephen King next, but not sure how much time I will have for reading over the holidays

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? Vampireville(Vampire Kisses, #3) by Ellen Schreiber-This is a young adult series that my niece left with me last year that I am reading before she comes down so I can return them to her…there are 7 in the series, I believe, but she only had the first 4 at the time to leave with me)

What did you recently finish reading? Vampire Kisses and Kissing Coffins(Vampire Kisses, #1 and #2) by Ellen Schreiber

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen-This was a really interesting read…it was a memoir by a lady who grew up in the religion and then moved on from it, but after her husband left her for a man and she was in a bad accident, she came back to her family during her recovery and talked about her past…

What do you think you’ll read next? I still have #4, Dance with a Vampire by Ellen Schreiber to read and then I plan to finally start 11/22/63 by Stephen King! 🙂


I have completed my updated reading challenge now! I started out with 50 books to read in a year and completed THAT in September so I changed it to 75 and I am now currently at 76 books read! SO I have completed both the original AND updated challenges now and even passed them! From now on, until the end of the year, everything I read is just bonus for my challenge! 🙂

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? “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen (What can I say? I just like reading about people from different religions)

What did you recently finish reading? “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler (The only book I read this past week…it was a slow week for reading with Thanksgiving and everything!)

What do you think you’ll read next? I plan to read “11/22/63” by Stephen King next, but I have a few books I borrowed from one of my nieces I have to return at Christmas time and if my reading stays as slow as it has been this past week, I may have to wait for this over 800 page book!


Giving Thanks Day 30: This is the final day of my Giving Thanks section on my posts, but I fully intend to keep giving thanks for things in my life daily by taking time out of every day to reflect on things I am thankful for. Since this is the last day, I am giving thanks today, for everything in my life, both good AND bad, because it has all made me into who I am today. Without the negatives, I wouldn’t appreciate the positives as much as I do so I am thankful for them both and I am also thankful for everyone who is in my life and helped mold me into the person I am. If you’re a faithful reader of my blog, I want to also say a special Thanks to you because writing in my blog daily has been such a good thing for me and without people who faithfully read and comment, I might not have stuck with it as long as I have and come to realize what writing really means to me. This month has all been about thankfulness and tomorrow starts a month all about Giving. Giving without expecting anything in return. Giving of your time and love, not just of material things. May we all never forget what an importance giving to others is! 🙂

{November 28, 2011}   Mirthful Monday-Shopping

It’s that time of year where most people are getting their Christmas shopping either started or finished up early. I haven’t even started. I have to figure out a budget for gifts and try to get it done sometime soon. Since shopping can be fun but stressful during the holidays, here’s a Mirthful Monday dedicated to shopping to bring you some cheer! 🙂

AND I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

The Crowded Store

It was the day of the big sale. Rumors of the sale (and some advertising in the local paper) were the main reason for the long line that formed by 8:30, the store’s opening time, in front of the store.

A small man pushed his way to the front of the line, only to be pushed back, amid loud and colorful curses. On the man’s second attempt, he was punched square in the jaw, and knocked around a bit, and then thrown to the end of the line again. As he got up the second time, he said to the person at the end of the line…

“That does it! If they hit me one more time, I won’t open the store!”                         ******

“Cash, check or charge?” I asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet I notice a remote control for a television set in her purse.

“Do you always carry your TV remote?” I asked.

“No,” she replied. “But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him.”


Good bye, Mother!

A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around, but he ignored her and continued on.
Finally he went to the checkout line, but she got in front of him.
She said: “Pardon me, I’m sorry if my staring at you has made you feel uncomfortable. It’s just that you look just like my son, who just died recently.”
The young man replied: “I’m very sorry, is there anything I can do for you?”
“Yes, as I’m leaving, can you say ‘Good bye, Mother!’? It would make me feel so much better.”
The young man answered: “Sure!”
As the old woman was leaving, he called out: “Goodbye, Mother!”
As he stepped up to the checkout counter, he saw that his total was $127.50.
“How can that be?” he asked, “I only purchased a few things!”
The clerk answered: “Your mother said that you would pay for her!”


Fun Things To Do In Walmart

Fill shopping carts with strange combinations of items and leave them parked at strategic locations.

Challenge other customers to duels with tubes of gift wrap.

Ride a display bicycle through the store. If questioned, claim you are taking it for a test drive.

Ask other customers if they have any Grey Poupon.

Play with the automatic doors. Act as if you are trying to figure out what strange magic makes them work.

Set the display alarm clocks to go off at ten-minute intervals throughout the day.

Leave cryptic messages on the typewriters.

Follow people through the aisles, staying about 5 feet behind them. If they notice, turn around and look innocent.

Walk up to complete strangers and say, “Hi. I haven’t seen you in so long.” Watch them try to remember who you are.

Re-accessorize the mannequins.

Make up bizarre nonsense products and ask employees if there are any in stock.

Play with the calculators so that they all spell “hell” upside down, or 666.

Dart around suspiciously while humming the theme from Mission Impossible.

Find a comfy couch in the furniture department and take a nap.

When an announcement comes over the loudspeaker, drop to your knees and scream, “It’s the voices again!”

When there are people behind you, walk really slowly, especially in narrow aisles.

Walk up to an employee and state in an official tone, “I think we’ve got a code 5 in housewares,” and see what happens.

Go to the food court and buy a drink in a big, colorful cup. Drag a lounge chair and a beach umbrella over to the magazines and relax!

(Sorry to the employees if anyone does any of these!)

Blind Guy At Wal-Mart

A young lady approached the checkout counter at the local walmart. She placed a bag of potting soil on the counter. It was at this time she noticed that the check guy was blind. She started to take her potting soil to another counter but he told her he was good at his job. Still unsure, she stayed where she was. He put his hand on the bag and right away told her it was $9.99. She was amazed that she was getting the potting soil for such a good deal. She went to get her wallet out of her pocket book and dropped it. When she bent over she let “one slip”. Right before she got her money out, the man told her,”That’ll be $21.99.” She was shocked. She said,”I thought you said it was $9.99. What happened?” The man very politely replied,”Well, the potting soil was $9.99, the duck call was $5, and the catfish bait was $7.

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
Tammy Faye Baker
I went window shopping today! I bought four windows.
Tommy Cooper
When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.
Elayne Boosler

A Squirrel Attack

A Chicago woman Marcy Meckler filed a law suit at Cook County Circuit Court to sue Old Orchard, an open-air shopping mall, because a squirrel attacked her leg while she was at the mall on December 3, 2004. She was attacked by the squirrel right after she had left Tiffany & Co. jewelry store and was walking through a courtyard. She claims in her case that in the struggle she fell and suffered serious injuries. The suit states that the mall failed “to warn the plaintiff of the squirrel’s presence.” She attempted to get $50,000 from the mall.

A study done by GE Money stated that women spend over 8 years of their life shopping. A woman spends 399 hours and 46 minutes each year shopping. Therefore, in a 63-year period, women will shop for 25,184 hours and 53 minutes. The 399 hours and 46 minutes are broken down into the following:

1. About quarter (94 hours and 55 minutes) of her shopping time is spent at the grocery store shopping for food for herself and her family (perhaps because most men do not voluntarily do the grocery shopping).

2. About 10% of her shopping time (36 hours and 17 minutes) is spent buying gifts for family and friends.

3. 48 hours and 51 minutes are spent window shopping.

4. The rest of the time, women shop for themselves: clothes, shoes, accessories, beautification items, and toiletries.


Giving Thanks Day 28: Today, I am thankful there are more ways of shopping so you don’t have to get out in the crowds if you don’t want to. Yay for online shopping! I am also very thankful for my husband AGAIN today, as this day marks 4 years since he originally asked me to be his girl and 4 years later, we are married and still together. Today is also one of my close friends birthdays so today is a very good day and I am just thankful all around for it! 🙂

{November 27, 2011}   Late night blogging

Taking pain pills for tooth pain means being out of it most of the day so here is my late night short post for today.
Giving Thanks Day 27: Today, I am thankful for Oragel and pain pills that make cutting 2 wisdom teeth a little more bearable!

My family from Austin headed home yesterday so my day has been spent sleeping and catching up on dvr’d shows while nursing a sore mouth. I have new wisdom teeth pushing through the top and bottom of the right side of my mouth. Nothing unusual in itself because we all go through this at some point. The strangeness of my situation is that I grew wisdom teeth in both places once before and had them removed, making this my 2nd set to come in on the right side. And I have 2 more sets that could come in under those at some point in my future for a grand total of four sets. Three wisdom teeth have been removed, 13 more to go! So how come I don’t get any extra wisdom from this oddity? It would be nice to benefit from cutting multiple teeth over and over as an adult…I definitely feel sympathy for babies cutting teeth. It is painful and no fun!
Giving Thanks Day 26: Today, I am thankful for extra teeth even if they can be a pain. I also have 2 more sets of permanent teeth so if I ever lose my two front teeth, I have the blessing of being able to grow more. This is definitely a blessing that many would wish for!


As always, you may answer these questions in your own post or in the comments section!

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On to the questions!

1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for? Not yet…I have made Macaroni & Cheese a couple of times in past years, but I didn’t cook anything this year…I’m good at cooking, but I don’t like to, so I avoid it when I can

2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping ? Sort of…..I went with my mom, sister and one of my nieces after 8 this morning to look around. There wasn’t really anything I was wanting and I didn’t have any money anyways so I didn’t buy anything….all the stores were pretty calm as well cause everyone else around here seemed to have gone last night and none of us were in the mood to go then…..I wish they would switch Black Friday back the way it was and stop trying to take over Thanksgiving…..

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions? I don’t think any of my traditions are strange, but that’s because they are the ones I have grown up with….to someone else, they might be strange but I honestly don’t know any that are strange to me

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? Neither, I’m not a big pie eater….and I rarely eat sweets except for maybe a few days out of the month

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree? Undecided….Living in an apartment with just my husband, there’s not really anyone else to see the tree and I’m not sure where I would put it where it’s not in the way….so I haven’t decided whether I will put it up or not…..I don’t think it matters much either way…I can still be in the Christmas spirit with or without a tree.
Giving Thanks Day 25: Today, I give thanks for something I have already given thanks for, but for a different reason. This past week my car has been going crazy acting up and the night before Thanksgiving, it wouldn’t even start, and I had to borrow my mom’s car. Today my dad found out what was wrong with it: A 4 cylinder car working on 2 cylinders. He switched out some spark plugs and did some other stuff and voila! Finally seems to be working good again! Oh, and my car is a 1997 so it’s 14 years old…..which apparently, according to the guy who diagnosed the problem, is unusual to see nowadays where people get newer cars every few years. For a 14 yr. old car, it’s been pretty good to me and still running well. The plugs I had on my car were 11 years old and this was the first time they messed up….and my car is a Mercury Tracer…made by Ford, so I guess not ALL Ford vehicles are junk, huh? 🙂
SO….Today, I am thankful my car is fixed, running smoothly again, and I no longer have to worry about being without a vehicle. YAY! 🙂

{November 24, 2011}   Happy Thanksgiving!

This post was done earlier and scheduled because I wasn’t sure if I would have time to do a post on the actual day or not. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much! 🙂

Also for my Giving Thanks Day 24, Today I am thankful for THIS day. I am thankful there’s a day that reminds me and others of all we have to be thankful for, because it’s important that we never forget our blessings. I am also thankful that I am alive and healthy to enjoy this wonderful day with ones that I love! 🙂

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? “My Horizontal Life” by Chelsea Handler

What did you recently finish reading? “Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson-Long book…pretty in depth about the 1893 Chicago Fair and what went on in the planning of it and during it as well as the disappearances of many…and what happened afterwards…it was interesting and informative

“In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote-Well written true crime story

“Undead and Undermined” by MaryJanice Davidson

What do you think you’ll read next? “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” by Rhoda Janzen and then “11/22/63” by Stephen King 🙂


Giving Thanks Day 23: Today, I am thankful for food and the abundance of it that me and my family will have in the days to come. YUM! 🙂

If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you may remember me telling you about how me and my husband like to read about the wacky news and tell each other about what we read. The other day I came across a story that made me laugh a little but also made me wonder. When I first read it, there wasn’t as much information on the situation as there is now, but it was about a man driving down the highway with his wife on top of the car. When I saw the title of THAT story, of course I had to find out what was going on. Apparently, this guy had taken his child in the car and the wife had climbed on the car for some reason and ended up staying there during the ride. The guy driving the car called and reported a disturbance with his wife. When asked if she was in the car with him, he replied, “No, she’s on the car.”

OK, I admit that as I read that, I cracked up. Just imagining what the cops had to have been thinking when someone told them their wife was riding on the car….I mean, it sounded crazy! Eventually, the woman DID fall off the car though and she is currently in the hospital in fair condition. Since I am not the woman nor have any affiliation with her, I can’t say the real reasons behind her hanging on to the car. According to the police report, there was some marital issue and it sounds like the man ran off with his child and she was trying to keep him from leaving. There very well could have been a good reason for her not to want him to leave with her child, I mean, there probably was considering he kept driving with his wife on the car and didn’t stop. The cops were said to have encouraged him to stop more than once so his wife could get off and he had slowed down at one point to do so before speeding back up, which is how she ended up falling off. The cops eventually caught up to him and he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Definitely a crazy story and one I expected not to hear anything like for awhile. Well, I was wrong. The other day I see one of my Facebook friends sharing another story close to home about a Grandpa getting probation for driving drunk with kids on the roof of his car!

There’s no laughter at ALL for me in hearing this one. Just shock and outrage. Although this case apparently occurred in July, he has just been given probation on charges of DWI with a child and child endangerment. The two kids were his grandchildren, both 13 years of age. Someone spotted the girls on the roof of his car with their feet dangling on the sunroof and called the cops. The officer then responded and saw the same. When I hear the age of the girls, it sounds to me like a case of two teenagers that also should have known better. They probably thought it would be fun to do what they did and the grandpa didn’t tell them not to, either cause he was too drunk to care or just thought there wasn’t anything wrong with it. In either case, it was definitely wrong and very dangerous. I’m just glad the guy got stopped before anything happened to his grandchildren and I really hope the parents made sure their kids KNEW that it was never a good thing to ride on top of  a car.

In reading these two stories within days of each other, it made me wonder if people riding on the roof of a car, voluntarily or involuntarily, could be some kind of bizarre new trend. I certainly hope it’s not and these two cases are extremely rare occurrences.


Giving Thanks Day 22: Today, I give thanks for my car. It definitely doesn’t always work perfectly, but it gets me to where I need to go, so I am thankful for that! Also thankful for the common sense to never allow anyone to ride on the roof of the car! 🙂

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