Sunday, July 23, 2017

You Ain't Ever Had a Friend Like Me

I came across a writing prompt that I thought would be fun to write about. If a genie magically appeared appeared, what would you ask for (remember no wishing for more wishes)? I'm assuming we get three wishes right?

My 1st wish would be for my Mother to be healthy. No diabetes, no kidney disease, no heart failure, no addiction issues.

My 2nd wish would be for me to be healthy. I thought about this and how to word it. How do I word a wish for me not to have infertility issues, or chronic pain, or a suppressed immune system, or ITP, or IBS. How do I word a wish for me not to be depressed or have anxiety. How do I word a wish for me not to have migraines, or tooth issues, or back problems and arthritis? I guess the easiest way is to say healthy right? Maybe no health issues would be better. I am sure I will have time to figure it out before my genie comes along.

My 3rd wish would be 30 million dollars. Maybe I should ask for 1 billion. Not all for me of course. I would handle my debt and buy us a house. Then I would buy two cute little cottages, one for my mother and one for my grandmother. I'd pay for a maid for both my mother and grandmother so they don't have to worry about having to clean. I would get my sister a house and a car. I would get Tyrone's parents houses. Among a lot of other things I would set up savings accounts for my children, my nieces and nephews, and any of our siblings that may need it.

I think that about covers it all. If you had three wishes what would you wish for?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Top 5 Bookish Buzzwords

     Today's Top 5 subject is your top 5 bookish buzzwords. Not everyone knows what a buzzword is so let me explain that first. A buzzword is a word or a phrase mentioned in a synopsis or description that immediately makes you want to read or buy a book. I have a ton but let me share my top five with you!

I love anything that takes place in Ireland or has the word Irish in the description.

Is it about a cult or compound? I don't know why I am so fascinated by cults but I am!

Does it take place in the summer at a beach house? I'm about that especially if that beach house is on Long Island or Fire Island!

I love me some Chick Lit! Don't you?

Last but not least...crocheting or knitting. Does it take place in a little shop full of fun fibers and gossiping ladies? Yes please!

Make sure to share your bookish buzzwords with me too!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Your Hate Is Not Welcome Here

Photo by Eze Amos

Photo by Eze Amos

Photo by Alan Goffinski

Photo by Alan Goffinski

Photo by Alan Goffinski

Photo by Hawes Spencer

Photo by Brandy Cramer
Photo by Brandy Cramer

Photo by Hawes Spencer

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Renew My Show!

Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously - and unbeknownst to her - had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. Written by NBC Publicity on IMDB

     I have no idea how this show didn't continue. I love it! I am so sad it was canceled! I hold out all the hope that they will see the error of their ways and renew the show. I'm currently watching this show again and I am almost to the end of Season 2 - where I will get my heart broken because it doesn't continue. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

We Will Not Turn Our Backs

Tomorrow there will be a KKK rally in my town. What a scary sentence to have to write. I am terrified for my family, friends, and community. BUT no matter how scared I am, no matter how many panic attacks I will have that day, no matter how many tears will fall... I will be there to stand up against them, to stand up for my family.

The KKK is a white supremacist group. What is white supremacy? "White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society." Don't believe me? Here is what I found this on KKK's website: "We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion and race-mixing, because these things go against God's law and they are destroying all white nations. But rather than focus on hate, we try to focus on the love of our race. We Love for our Lord and Savior and our Country.

Our goal is to help restore America to a White Christian nation, founded on God's word. This does not mean that we want to see anything bad happen to the darker races ... we simply want to live separate from them ... As GOD intended."  

I find this absolutely terrifying. I don't understand how people are choosing not to come and stand up against this hate group (let me add in I DO understand you not going if you are a person who would be targeted). Especially if you have people of color or LGBTQ+ people in your lives.

My daughter has heard me mention the protest I am going to tomorrow. She is so smart and knows that whatever is happening is really upsetting me. Today she asked what was I protesting against. I don't want to have to explain to her about racism until I have to. Unfortunately, I know that day will come but I'm hoping to put it off as long as possible. So the best way I could think to explain it is like this: There are some people coming to town who are hateful to people. They think some people don't deserve the same rights they have and shouldn't be here. They think they are better then everyone else. Mommy is going to protest against them because we think everyone should be equal. No one person or group of people are better than the others. To which my daughter replied with 'well can I go? I think the sign should say 'KNOCK IT OFF! DON'T BE HATEFUL!" (of course she whispered hateful because hate is a not so nice word). I had to tell her that these people are very hateful and I don't want her near them. I didn't want to tell her that it could get violent and she can't be there because of her skin color she could be a target. I HATE THIS! It infuriates me that there is a KLAN RALLY happening in my town in 2017! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

I want to share a part of something I read here:

"We are not proposing we engage with the Klan, or any white nationalist group that decides to visit during the “Summer Of Hate”. This goes against our guiding principles, being that such an action would be non-restorative, and depleting to our cause. To violently respond to the Klan would play into the media’s hands perfectly. They, as they already have demonstrated in multiple iterations, would love to paint BLM as a violent, riotous organization. We would like more than anything to refuse them of that satisfaction.

However, we must face the Klan. We must show a demonstration of physical fortitude. We will NOT turn our backs on angered, violent individuals who come with weapons and armed rifles, and dream of hurting people of color on a daily basis. We must look these people in the eyes, through their sheets if they choose to don them, and show them that we are NOT apprehensive, we are NOT tolerant of their presence here, and we are NOT afraid of grown men who dress in costumes and prey on perceived weakness.

We can work with our community leaders on this, but they must fully understand the scope and magnitude of the actions they choose to undertake.

We must face the Klan, and all White nationalists who threaten our existence.

We will not ignore our oppressors."

I think this article explains just exactly why we can't just stay home and ignore them. Please take the time to go read We Must Face The Klan.

I know this entry has been all over the place but it is so hard to put in to words exactly how I am feeling. If I am feeling this way I can't even imagine how the POC and LGBTQ+ community must be feeling right now.

Please keep my town in your thoughts and prayers.

Every Age Has It's Darkness

What are you reading today? I'm reading As Old as Time by Liz Braswell. So far I really like it!

What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?

Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father's reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle's mother returns—a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.

But Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind—images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making. - GOODREADS

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Top 5 Movies This Year

    This week's Top 5 Wednesday is Top 5 movies coming out this year. This is SUCH a difficult prompt because there are SO many good movies coming out this year. So I figured I'd do my Top 5 most anticipated movies that have not already come out. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7th. 

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his new found identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

My Little Pony: The Movie comes out October 6th

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embark on a journey to save their home.

Thor: Ragnoroik comes out November 3rd

Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle comes out December 20th

Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves - or they'll be stuck in the game forever.

Pitch Perfect 3 comes out December 22nd

Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, the next chapter in the beloved series that has taken in more than $400 million at the global box office. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren't job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas USO tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to make some music, and some questionable decisions, one last time.

     Those are my top 5 movies I'm anticipating coming out in the second half of this year. But just to be fair I'll show you my top 5 from the beginning half of the year as well. What movies are you looking forward to? 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Ew Gross - Happy 4th of July!

With the 4th of July tomorrow I thought I would share my two favorite 4th of July memories. The first one took place in 2010. Tyrone and I had been together for 5 years at this point - two of those years being back in my home town. Every year my town puts together a firework show and we all gather in the park to watch. This year my cousin had come down from New Jersey and a few friends that I hadn't seen in a while were coming to the park. Little did they know that we had been holding on to a huge secret... we were expecting! At this point we had just reached second trimester so we felt safe sharing with everyone. With all my infertility issues along with the meds I had taken to get pregnant there was a chance, a higher chance then normal, of having a miscarriage. We told our parents and siblings right away but we waited until three months to share with everyone else. And what a better day to share then the 4th?

My second favorite 4th of July memory comes a year later. Haleigh was a few days shy of 6 months on the 4th so we decided to try baby food for the first time. We started with carrots, later we found out she is allergic to carrots and that baby food was not for her. Baby led weaning was the way to go. I didn't know it had a name I just knew it worked better for us. Anyway, Haleigh's 1st 4th of July she had carrots and (possibly) squash. She of course made the cutest 'ew gross' faces ever. We loved every second of it, even if she didn't.

What are some of your favorite 4th of July memories? Share with me below!