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Goblins, Candy and Much More

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While I bid adieu to summer I can’t help but feel excitement about the fact that October is my most favorite month.  Despite stores displaying Halloween items in September I refuse to think about anything associated with the spookiest holiday until we’re in the month of October which we now are.  While I’m not into going to haunted houses or other terror-filled locations I relish in watching horror movies as well as ghostly expeditions but while I’m home and in my jammies.     Am I the only one who thinks trick-or-treating shouldn’t strictly be designated for children and adults should be able to partake in the festivities of walking door to door whilst collecting goodies?  Possibly.  YAY!!!!!  Now I can take out all my Halloween items I got last year on clearance and display them!...

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Heart and Sole

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Rarely do I ever feel bad about throwing an article of clothing away since I’m not attached to any of my attire but when it comes to various pairs of shoes it’s often quite difficult to get rid of them.  Such is the case with my Nike’s which I’ve had for more than a year.  The second I saw them I knew they were for me and the fact that they fit even better than Cinderella’s magical glass slipper validated it.  They were so comfy especially since I’m always on my feet and I was really hoping they’d last for at least several years.   Unfortunately my wish didn’t come true since over time I began noticing the stitching unraveling towards the upper part of both shoes.  I hoped that would be the extent of my shoes’ wear and tear but it wasn’t as today I saw more and more weathering which was a tell-tale sign to bid a sorrowful adieu to my reliable and beautiful Nike’s.  While I got a new pair of Puma’s which are totally fabulous I still feel gloomy that I had to let go of my Nikey’s.      ...

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A Blessing of Sorts

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

                                                              It’s funny how a simple phrase can be so significant to others.  Ever since I can remember whenever I would sneeze a member of my family would always say “God bless you” and I’d always say the same thing only my words were and still are “bless you.”  I never really thought much of it and in fact would sometimes get annoyed if I was doing something important or even watching television only to have to stop and say “bless you.”  The thing is that I’d only say it to my family and never gave it much thought whenever others would sneeze if I were out but that all changed several years ago while I was shopping.  I happened to sneeze, something I absolutely hate especially while engaging in conversation with someone when a woman said “God Bless You” which made me stop in my tracks as I was shocked someone had actually told me that.  I thanked them in a surprised voice and at that moment it not only showed me there’s still some humanity in the world I thought to myself from now on whenever someone sneezes, stranger or not I’ll say “bless you” unless of course they’re a jerk at which point I’ll say nothing.   While the word gesundheit is not part of my vocabulary some who aren’t particularly religious could always say that to a person having just sneezed but for some odd reason hearing someone say “Gesundheit” just doesn’t sound as genuine as hearing them say “God bless you.”  So the next time you hear someone say “Achoo!” those three or even two words could mean a world of difference to...

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Major Eye-Opener

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

No one wants to live on the beach more than me.  Ever since we visited Santa Monica when I was six years old and swam in the waves I was hooked.  All I wanted was to live not by or close to but rather right on the beach.  The problem is that it takes an enormous amount of money in order to do that.  While California has some of the most beautiful beaches the state is too pretentious and expensive for me which is why for years I’ve longed and fantasized about living in one the Carolinas or Virginia Beach.  While I despise the snow which is prevalent in the state of New York one thing many people say is that regardless of the cold and snow we are safe from natural disasters which are plaguing many states lately and it is true.  During wintertime we have a vast amount of snow and bone-chilling weather but at least we don’t have to worry about a hurricane blowing through.  I can’t even begin to think of the utter hell I’d go through if my home was destroyed all due to Mother Nature or some other mother in this case.  The thought of losing all my belongings is too much to even fathom and I shutter to think of the people who were forced to leave many of their worldly possessions behind due to this most recent of horrific catastrophes.     This most quintessential fantasy I’ve had for years of living on a beautiful, desolate and safe beach has been completely destroyed similar to the homes, places of business and other areas in the specific southern states.  It’s terrifying because it seems like with each passing year more and more natural calamities are occurring and I’m beginning to realize people may be (and probably are) right about the dangers of living by the water.  While my life-long dream hasn’t changed I just want to make certain if I ever am able to live in a home right by the beach that it’s free of anything treacherous as once again fantasy creeps in.  I just pray for everyone afflicted by Hurricane Florence and wish all these tragedies caused by Mother Earth would come to an end.    ...

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Hairrowing Ordeal

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

After several years of having my hair chemically relaxed, also referred to as thermal reconditioning I now know it’s one of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made as I’ve not only paid the price literally with each treatment but as a result it’s preventing me from experimenting with my hair in terms of colors and highlights.  Let me begin by describing my hair has been extremely thick my entire life and I’ve hated it.  While most girls have straight, silky hair mine is anything but.  Even after straightening my hair with a flat iron it was still thick, frizzy and not at all sleek like I wanted.  So after researching various salons I found one that I thought could be life-changing.  The three-hour detailed process did straighten my hair which was aesthetically appealing in addition to it being much easier to maintain.  The problem was that I didn’t ask questions such as whether or not I’d eventually be able to lighten my hair which is not possible due to the potent ingredients in the relaxer.   I should have researched other straightening options rather than just saying yes when I was told my hair would remain straight for several months.  The last time I had my hair straightened was back in February and had been told by my former stylist that any type of coloring whatsoever was out of the question due to the harsh chemicals in the relaxer.  I figured since it’s been more than six months I was in the clear to begin practicing with color.  Despite having read about not being able to bleach my hair I figured we could try some subtle highlights so I made an appointment with a  very informative stylist at another salon.  After explaining my entire mane brouhaha the stylist said she’d add a neutralizer to my hair then would begin adding highlights at my next appointment and while I had my initial misgivings about whether or not it was safe due to me having had my hair chemically straightened she assured me it would be.  So I set up the appointment for the following week and she washed and began cutting my hair.  I had no problem losing several inches which I expected since she said we’d need to get rid of the remainder of the relaxer in the ends.  Now here’s where my major OCD kicks in.  I hate layers.  I don’t care what hairdressers say about how layers are fun and add oomph, can frame a face and anything else they say.  I want my hair one length.  I can’t look at my hair with the sides and bangs shorter than other areas.  I drives me nuts which is why the last time I was given layers several weeks later I had my hair all chopped off so it would be the same length.  That’s all I told the stylist I wanted.  I said she could practice with color or any other treatment but just wanted it one length.  What does she do?  Insists that if I keep it one length the back of my hair will look like a box (her exact words).  I had no choice in the matter and felt pressured since I was in the chair with wet hair and she said if I didn’t like it we could always cut it off.  I relented and said OK and thus began my spiraling decent into hair hell.   When I got home I looked at how various pieces were shorter and choppier than the rest and I was beyond livid.  Why did she do...

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Ridiculous Requirements

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s already that time of year when school supply lists are sent in the mail while others are entering a new phase in their lives consisting of going off to college (or not) but I’m noticing how entirely different educational necessities are now as opposed to when I was a student.  I almost feel like a grandparent or other elderly person while describing an “In my day” story to someone younger but when I was in school all that was required was a pen, paper, several folders and notebook paper.  But now there’s specifically colored folders for each subject.  Mandatory spiraled notebooks, index cards, graphic calculators just to name a few and we’re talking elementary all the way up to high school NOT college.  I can’t believe all these necessary essentials just to attend school.  Several days ago I was in line at the grocery store and behind me a mother along with her son began placing item after countless school item onto the conveyor belt from pencils to binder dividers, wide-ruled paper and so much more I immediately began feeling like I was gonna have a panic attack and I wasn’t even the one buying any of it.  It was the thought of all these entailed articles for someone attending school.     Then there’s the outrageous list of items such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes parents must buy.  Is it for their child or the entire classroom?  Correct me if I’m wrong but I didn’t know it was in the school handbook that parents had to supply their child’s class with endless boxes of tissues, writing material, glue sticks and many more items to fill their cabinets as I always thought our tax dollars paid for that.  But they’re actually buying items that other parent’s won’t so basically they’re supplying every other student implements while certain freeloading parents are not.  That’s beyond f*cked up.  Parent’s can’t or in some cases won’t buy various required items for their child’s classroom while others do yet they have no problem making sure their cell phone bill gets paid or that they’re wearing the latest brand-name attire.  I can’t believe how much money is spent in order to purchase classroom prerequisites.  I can understand folders and scissors but Formula 409 and other household cleaning products?  Give me a break.  And it doesn’t end there seeing that teachers are often forced to spend money out of their pockets to purchase supplies that some students’ families can’t afford.  My God how is this possible?  Instructors having to go out and buy provisions such as pencils and crayons because their students come to school empty-handed.      Thank the Lord I don’t have any kids especially ones in school otherwise I’d have an anxiety attack just by looking at that lengthy list of demands knowing that I’d be having to supply items not for my child but rather every other one’s.  I wonder if liquor stores along with the alcoholic beverage section of grocery stores notice an increase in sales at the beginning of each school year?  Maybe there’s a reason intoxicants are also referred to as spirits since many are raised, especially during this most stressful time of year.  Hmmm.                                                                                                                             ...

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