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February 2017 Photo Challenge: Love

 February’s Photo Challenge was:

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What is love?

Baby don’t hurt me.. don’t hurt me.. no more. <- Admit it. That was your first thought too!

Love is many things.

Love is checking up on your friends..

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..or stalking, whatever. My foster cats are super nosy! They are constantly staring at the neighbors and anyone who happens to pass by.

Love is cleaning off your Mom’s car when it snows..

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..especially when you know your mom has arthritis and needs all the help she can get! This pic is super blurry because it was taken through a screen door and zoomed in. We (thankfully) didn’t have much snow this winter, but the one storm we had was pretty bad. Another note: Mini’s winter jacket used to belong to her beloved Great Grandmother, Nanny, and Mini loved wearing it :)

Love is hearts..

Feb 2017 Photo Challenge - Tina B's World

..ripped into your pants by one of your Pugs. I can’t say I’m totally mad about the rip though (rest in peace, pants!). It was pretty hilarious!

Love is a hug from one of your besties..

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…and nothing beats a Pug Hug!

Love is ice cream on a warm day..

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…or even a warmISH day. It was around 50 degrees. That’s warm enough for us! By the way, if you’re ever on Long Island, you have GOT to visit McNulty’s. It’s on North Country Rd in Mt Sinai. No matter where you are, it’s totally worth the hike out there!

Now for the bonus shots..

Love is a sweet kiss to help you get through your homework..

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Love is subjecting yourself to a silly Snapchat filter because it makes your kid smile..

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Love is letting your Senior Pug have your napping pillow..

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Last but not least,

Love is the peaceful feeling you get from a clear beautiful sky on a gorgeous day.. 

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I can’t wait for next month’s challenge!

If you want to link up or try the challenge next month, please go HERE.

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I have to say I enjoyed this one. The holidays come with their emotional baggage, but are usually a good time. Well, onto the pics!

Tis The Season… for hot soup! Our loaded potato soup, specifically. We start with a potato soup base and add cheddar, bacon bits and grilled chicken chunks. So. Insanely. Good. Also featured? My FAVE iced tea.. Strawberry Half & Half. YUM!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for boots! We purchased Mini her boots for winter and guess what? They are a WOMEN’S SIZE 8!!! Yup, we are in adult sizes now. Shoe shopping just got a bit more expensive!

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Tis The Season… for fancy neckware and Christmas-card-worthy pics! The boys are wearing some ties we found at Five Below and the girls are all sporting some scarves we found at AC Moore. Yes, we pretty much deserve a medal for being able to get the dogs to look at us. The secret is to hold a treat right in front of the camera for the dogs to stare at and tell your (wo)mancub to look at the camera and don’t blink! HAHA!

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Tis The Season… to paint ornaments! Mini was a bit bored one day so we dug these out of our craft closet, found some paint and VOILA!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cozy sweaters! Cheyenne just recently turned 11 and we bought her a sweater for her birthday. She has a lot less hair than the other Pugs, so she gets chilly in the winter time. This is our solution :)

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

 Ok, so there are my five. I have three bonus pics for this challenge.

Tis The Season… for jingle bells! This is Biggie, one of our foster cats. We put the collar on him as a joke. He loved it so much that when I tried to take it off him, he hissed and took a swipe at me until I put it back on. Ok then, kitty. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was taking it!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for cuddling with loved ones, resting up for holiday festivities!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for sales on Build-A-Bear bears and it’s always the season for Star Trek anything! Meet our newest addition, Live Long and ProspBear!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I love doing these photo challenges. If you’d like to link up, check out the challenge HERE.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!

I Can’t Live Without My…

NaBloPoMo wants to know if I have an appliance I can’t live without.

I have to say, the majority of people I spoke to said they can’t live without their dishwasher. When I tell people I got rid of mine in favor of more cabinet space, they look at me like I’m crazy and some even tell me so.

It takes us sometimes over a week to fill the dishwasher. We don’t have many pots and pans, so we reuse the ones we have all the time. We use paper plates and cups.  By the time there are enough dishes to do a load, the food is so caked on, the dishwasher soaps are pretty much ineffective. If I’m going to have to wash out a pot anyway, why am I going to put it through a wash to solidify the stain and make it harder to clean?

See? I’m not crazy. (If you know me, you can stop laughing now!)

Another resounding answer was washing machine. When I moved out of my parent’s house, I lived with my brother. We didn’t have a washer and dryer for several years. I won’t lie.. It sucked having to trudge to the laundromat! Living without a washing machine wasn’t be the worst thing in my opinion. Most of the people I asked who said this have more kids than I do so I completely understand where they’re coming from.

The two appliances I own that I can’t live without would have to be my Keurig and my Toastation. The Keurig is a coffee pot. Even if you don’t own one, you probably know what it is. Almost everyone I know has one. I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago and she said she didn’t have one. I had no idea what to say! It was like finding a Yeti..

The Toastation is a toaster/toaster oven hybrid. GENIUS! I love this thing! The mozzarella sticks and english muffins are both toasted to perfection. I don’t know why more people don’t have this. When I know people are getting married, I recommend they put this on their registry. Save your counter space! Buy a Toastation! You’ll thank me! *end commercial*. :)

What appliance do you own that you can’t possibly live without?

A Book of Sorts

NaBloPoMo wants to know if I have a book in me, what kind it is and if it’s related to my blog or not.

The short answer? Yes and no.

Yes, I have stories which could be put into books in my head.

No, they are not related to my blog.

I have several different stories I’m working on, but it has been hard getting my ideas written out. Every time I start a story, I want to take it in a hundred different directions. I’ll write something, then edit it all the next day. Almost every single word gets changed. The following day, I will write more then end up editing it all yet again.

I second-guess myself too much right now to be able to stick to one story. I like doing several short stories. Maybe I have an anthology book of sorts in my head? Maybe it’s a series.

I have another blog of poetry and stories I have written. I haven’t posted on that in a while. Maybe it’s time to continue writing the short versions of things.

Hm. That’s something to think about :)

I Missed A Few…

I’ve been having a rough few weeks. Between family members going through a lot and a long to-do list, I’ve been swamped. I missed the last few NABloPoMo posts. I’m going to do a double-post of two out of the three I missed. Here goes..

A time you benefitted from the kindness of strangers..

Last year was Mini’s first year in elementary school and my first year as an active PTA member. Going into a school that big to help out was a bit daunting to say the least. Due to the layout of the school, two levels are below the main level. The walk down 4 flights of stairs seemed to take forever. My heart hammered.

I don’t do well going into new situations where I don’t know anyone or what to expect. It’s very hard for me.

I finally found my way through the maze and got to the gym. I walked up to a table of people and bravely said, “I’m here to help.” They turned towards me and introduced themselves, one by one. They immediately made me feel at ease. I had only intended on staying for Mini’s class, but ended up staying the rest of the morning.

Had it not been for these strangers (who I am proud to call my friends now!) and their kind ways, I would never have even considered being as involved with school events as I am now. They have been both encouraging and helpful. Last year, I chaired one event and it was small, miniscule even. This year, I’m already up to three (one was HUGE) and have several more coming down the gauntlet. I thank these ladies for taking me under their wings, explaining things to me and encouraging me. I love them all!

Are you the funny one in most groups? What kinds of things do you find funny?

My life is a comedy. Yes, I’m the funny one. I’m pretty quick with one-liners and I have a knack for story-telling. I have already figured out that this is both nature AND nurture. My biological Mother was funny. Her mind was slow due to the MS, but her one-liners were perfect. My adopted Mom is funny too. She has a quick wit as well. Her comedic responses are always on point.

I like slapstick. Nothing makes my day quite like watching someone totally eat it. It doesn’t matter what surface they are hitting, as long as they’re falling I think it’s hilarious. My daughter hates that I find this funny. Just the other day, she was running up the stairs and fell. I walk over and all of her limbs are on different steps. She didn’t hit her head nor was she seriously hurt. She was just pissed she fell.

I. Cracked. Up.

She glared at me all the rest of the way upstairs. “That was NOT funny!”

“Oh really? Maybe you should try seeing it from my point of view.”

She tried her best not to smile and as she rounded the corner upstairs, I saw her start to crack one.

Watching people fall is usually the highlight of my week. I get such a kick out of those fall compilations on YouTube.

Best fall ever? Beyonce. When she was walking down the stairs in concert, slipped and her legs flipped over her head, I almost peed watching it. Her “please don’t put that on YouTube” plea made me laugh even harder. I give her credit. She got right up and kept going, but wow what a fall.

Another great one? The guy who was dancing around, then hopped on a treadmill. It went so fast, he flipped over and his slippers went flying in opposite directions. It doesn’t matter how many times you watch it, it’s still funny.

Some other funnies:

What happened to the trash?

You ate what? This one gets me every time!

What do you find funny?

Getting Older Doesn’t Phase Me

NaBloPoMo asks if you’re okay with getting older of if you’re fighting it.

“Do not fear growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” – Unknown

“Growing old is mandatory. Growing UP is optional.” – Chili Davis

It’s pretty safe to say I’m the only one I know in my age group that didn’t care about turning 30. Most people were so depressed, they stayed in bed for days or cried about it or threw fits (yup). Some turned 28 or 29 multiple times.

You know you’re going to get older. No amount of bitching and moaning is going to stop it. In fact, when you’re out at a bar or a restaurant with your “Dirty 30″ crown and/or sash and you’re throwing a tantrum because of your age, you look stupid. Very stupid.

When I tell people I have no problem aging, they tell me to wait until my body feels old. My body has felt “old” since a car accident messed me up when I was 22. Age has nothing to do with that. I’m also told to wait until I hit 40. My attitude will not change. I feel bad for people who hate their age. They’re missing out!

My guess is people see ages as deadlines. “I need to do this by the time I’m 30 (or 40 or so on).” I get that, but truth be told, I’m not where I wanted to be at 33. Am I where I “thought” I would be at my age? Absolutely not! That doesn’t change the fact that time is still marching on. I can either accept it or complain about it. I’ve chosen to accept it.

Bottom line is: I don’t care about getting older and quite frankly, you shouldn’t either!

It’s All About the Skills

NaBloPoMo would like to know if there are other bloggers who have skills I wish I had.

Time Management.

Quite frankly, I suck at managing my time. I feel like there are never enough hours in the day to get things done. Maybe my to-do list is too long. It doesn’t seem to be.

Confession: I waste time and procrastinate like it’s my job (stop laughing, Russ!). It just happens. I love social networking, but man can I get lost on Pinterest! Tumblr is my weakness too. I start browsing photos and can’t stop. I have to turn off my phone and toss it away from me!

I guess this would fall under self-control and discipline too. I could just buckle down and get it done. Do I? No. I’m working on it though. I sign up for things I know I can do. I’m working on paring down my schedule. I have to learn how to say “No”.

Do other bloggers have skills you wish you had?

Get Around the Writer’s Block

NaBloPoMo would like to know if I’ve ever had extended writer’s block, what I did about it and if I have any tips.

I get writer’s block all the time. I have a dozen posts in my head, but I just can’t seem to get them into writing. My idea list is a mile long, but as you can see (with the exception of this challenge), I don’t post much.

It sometimes has to do with the fact that I’m still deciding which direction I want to take my blog in. There are so many subjects to write about. It’s kind of hard picking just one or a few.

The other thing is time. With all my other responsibilities, there just isn’t as much time in my day as there used to be.

My biggest setback is my personal life. There is a lot going on, but the majority of it can’t really be put on here. There are certain things I am not ready to share.

In order to clear writer’s block, I know I need to step away from the task at hand. I buy a notebook and write something. Anything. Maybe a funny or inspirational quote. Jot down a joke or a funny story from the past. Write about something I’ve shared already. It’s amazing what a little new perspective can do.

Just. Write.

How do you beat writer’s block?

Worry Be Gone!

Today’s NaBloPoMo is about a worry you would love to be rid of permanently.

I’m sure a lot of people I personally know would say money. There seems to be less and less of that to go around lately. At least that’s what people gripe about the most..

For me, I would love to never have to worry about Mini’s self-esteem. She has that super confidence I never had. She just thinks she’s the bee’s knees and I love that! She is, even at 7, completely secure in who she is. Sometimes, I almost feel like telling her to tone it down a little because she sounds downright cocky, but I don’t. I just smile.

Mini has already been bullied several times, by both boys and girls. Kids are mean! At the end of the day, Mini is sure enough of herself to know that their gripes aren’t her problem, it’s theirs. Their actions can’t be helped, but her reactions can.

I worry one day she will wake up and call herself ugly. I worry one day she will insist on wearing pink because the girl in her class told her she’s not a girl if she doesn’t wear pink. (By the way, calm down there, little Regina. It’s not worth getting upset if a girl likes boys’ sweats over girls’!). I worry one day she will turn away from her love of all things Spider-Man and Batman and superheroes because “girls like Barbies” as she has been told.

I hope I have done a good enough job validating her and building her up that she stays secure in who she is. I hope to high heaven the world doesn’t spoil her view of herself.

What do you worry about?

How To Alienate Everyone You Know

Today’s NaBloPoMo is about writing a “how to” post.

I thought it would be fun to do a post on how people alienate everyone, especially their family and friends. As most of you know, there are a million ways to do this.

Here are a few tips in case you want to get rid of someone who cares about you, but you see as disposable..

1. Ask them how their day is going. When they start to answer, cut them off and regale them with your agonizing hangnail story. It happened last year but it still haunts you.

2. When you see they are upset, ask what is wrong. Don’t offer tissues, even when they start to cry/blubber. Tell them to just let it go and move on. If they start to cry harder, tell them how your situation is so much worse than theirs.

3. Borrow money. When they ask for it back, cop an attitude and accuse them of starting trouble. Better yet, tell them you have no time for their “drama”.

4. When they catch you in a lie, bring up something imaginary they “lied” about. Swear on anything you’re telling the truth. Better yet, blame them for “forcing” you to lie. How dare they back you into a corner!

5. Make up a great story about them and tell all your mutual friends. It doesn’t matter if the truth is actually worse, making up stories shows you’re creative.

6. When they’re listening to music in front of you, tell them it sucks. “This is so stupid. Why would you listen to this?” Later when you’re home, post the video to one of your social media accounts. “Yeah, this is my jam!!” Make sure you tag your friend and thank them for playing the song for you.

7. Send friend requests to or follow your friend’s friends on social media. All of them. Even the ones you don’t know, request/follow away! Make sure you tell your friends not to accept any friend requests or follows from them though. You can have their friends, but they can’t have yours.

8. Ruin everything. Accidentally knock over their coffee (don’t get any ideas to do this with me – I will cut you!). When they’re walking with a ton of bags, bump into them (don’t forget to laugh when they fall!). Swap their sugar and salt. Anything you can do to irritate them just a touch, do it!

9. Get together on your terms. If you need their help or support, it’s convenient to talk to them. Ask them to breakfast or lunch. If you don’t need them, don’t answer their calls or texts. Psshhh wow what a stalker!

10. When you know they’re going through a rough patch financially or emotionally, gloat about how much better you have it then them. If their finances are on the fritz, photograph all the new things you just bought yourself and post it. Tag them. “Hey thought you would like this!” If they are having an emotional time, pander on about how happy you are. “I have everything I ever wanted. I’m so lucky!” If your friend is in an unhappy marriage, make sure you babble endlessly about how much of a gem your husband is.

I hope you didn’t see yourself in any of these ;)