I can't believe I'm not in therapy.. Embarrassing Stories.

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I'm no stranger to embarrassment. Sometimes I bring it upon myself.

target, banana, costume, halloween

But the truth is, I embarrass myself daily and usually not on purpose. I don’t know why or how, but somehow I manage to do or say something stupid nearly every day. It’s a gift. #blessed.

When prompted to talk about my most embarrassing moment, I have to be honest, I wanted to skip this because I didn’t want to relive the past and bring up memories I have already buried deep into the back of my subconscious. But I decided to man up and vaguely reminisce about some terribly embarrassing times. You’re welcome.

Where to start?

Well, how about the time in elementary school when I was running outside on the black top at recess and neglected to see the giant kick ball rolling toward me. While running – I stepped on it and it launched me face and knees first a few feet away. I ripped my brand new flower embroidered flared jeans. I cried. A lot. Because I ripped my jeans and not because I was bleeding all over.

One time my friend and I prank phone called random people from the phone book.. and they called back.. and my parents answered. And they made us get on the phone and apologize to the strangers.

There are few times in highschool when I was drinking… beverages not deemed appropriate for those under 21 years of age.. okay I was drinking beer, tequila rose, ice 101 and anything else I could get my little hands on! Sue me! Anyway.. I’ve done some pretty embarrassing things under the influence like… throw up in Paco’s truck and then pass out so he had to carry me home to bed. (He really is a gem for even talking to me still.)

And I guess if we're talking about embrassing moments I should probably mention the time I peed my pants at the annual hometown days carnival as a kid. On one of the rides.

Or that time I passed out in a dirty clothes hamper at a party...

I'm sure there are more traumatic stories but I think I managed to repress those memories for future therapy sessions that I'm obviously going to need sooner than later.

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Superstitious vs. OCD - Blogtober

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I love this prompt and I can't wait to read other posts to see how weird people are in comparison to me. Just kidding (No I’m not.) I always considered myself a very superstitious person but now after brainstorming a list of these quirky things I believe in.. I wonder if I just have OCD instead..

Anyway! Back to the topic.

I believe in the typical superstitions like black cats, knocking on wood, crossing your fingers, walking under ladders, broken mirrors, full moons, etc. But I have a few other quirky things that I believe in.


- I will NOT pick a penny up off the ground unless it's head up.
- I won't pick up ANY other money off the ground (unless it's a heads up penny) because I'm afraid something bad will happen to me for being greedy.
- I make wishes on fallen eyelashes, every time.
- I believe that you MUST eat a piece of birthday cake at ANY birthday party or it's bad luck for the birthday person.
- I get in bed every night on one side, and out of bed every morning on the other side.
- I say "blessed be thy name" if someone says the Lords name in vain (even though I'm not super religious...)
- I have a few different routes I can take home but I take the same way almost every time out of fear that the ONE time I don't take my normal route something bad will happen.
- I have to pray every night for my family and friends and do the sign of the cross twice.
- I turn my phone alarm on and off 4 or 5 times in a row just to “double check” that it is set for the correct time.
- I will not wear an outfit again if something bad happened when I wore it.

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A Letter to My Younger Self.. Blogtober Prompt

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Better late than never.. linking with Helene & Taylor for Blogtober.

I have often thought about how great it would be to travel back in time to talk to my younger self and tell her to "shut up and relax!"

Do you ever look back at the "problems" you thought you had in high school and laugh? I do. Back then I was so worried about tiny, worthless, miniscule things that should not have occupied a moment of my time, but back then they seemed as large as mountains.

I’m sure you’ve heard the familiar line “Ohhh when you grow up and look back at these times you’re going to miss them and how easy your life is now.” I don’t miss all of those times per say but I do miss not having responsibilities and all that other junk us grownups have to deal with.

If I was given the chance now to start over again as a young whipper snapper high school student I don’t think I would even entertain the thought. While there are some things I think I may have done differently, I do believe in fate and that everything happens for a reason so I probably wouldn’t change a thing I did. Except for wearing that the long jean skirt with a side slit and metallic ADIDAS superstar sneakers, I would burn that outfit. And those bangs.. grow that shit out, Nancy.

But, I would tell younger Nancy a few things:

nancy sincerely and sarcastically

Dear Nancy,

First and foremost.. you are NOT fat. In a few years you are going to look back at photos of yourself and ask yourself WHY you ever thought you were. You're perfect. Relax. Don’t waste another moment thinking about it.

Please make sure to tell your family and friends how much they mean to you, because one day some of them will suddenly be gone.

Establish an exercise routine NOW.

Don't straighten your hair so much. Embrace the waves. You look stupid with slicked down hair.

Join a couple sports teams or clubs in high school and college. You are way too competitive to not compete in a sport.

Don't be so shy.

And gain some confidence. Confidence is sexy, insecurity in not.

Don't be afraid to speak up.

QUIT smoking, you asshole.

Stop comparing yourself to others. That shit is annoying.

Most importantly, don’t stress so much about the future. Older Nancy is figuring that out for you.

Check out my letter to Future Nancy here: Dear Nancy - Please Eat Fruit Loops

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ScarJo is my twin.. Blogtober #26

Well obviously, since we are nearly twins it would just make sense for Scar Jo to play me in a movie.
We could be sisters, don't you agree?

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Favorite Book - Blogtober #25

I go through stages with reading books. I love reading, I just never seem to make time for it. Currently, I have the following books opened and dog eared but not finished: Mockingjay - the last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Darker - the second book of Fifty Shades of Gray, Seriously, I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres, and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Yeah.. that sounds a little ridiculous now that I typed those all out. And as you can see I like all kids of books: SCI-FI fan girl, smut, humor and depressing/dark/holy shit wtf is this book stuff.

Typically I'll get super into a book and finish it within a week - as I did with Gone Girl a few months ago. But lately, I think my blog reading is taking up my book reading time. Which I can't complain about since I LOVE reading all your blogs.

I've mentioned before that I have a terrible memory so when prompted to talk about my favorite book I had a hard time. I went to my computer room bookshelf, took a peek and instantly said "Oh yeah! I loved that book!"

I had seen this woman on Bravo's Kell On Earth TV Show and loved her. She is the type of person that truly believes in tough love and she kind of scares me. I don't think I could ever work for her because she'd probably make me pee my pants. You may remember her from the days of MTV's The Hills when Lauren and Whitney both worked at her PR company. The second I heard she wrote a book I ran out and bought it.

kelly cutrone if you have to cry go outside

I highlighted so many quotes from this book and I'm glad I did because just flipping through the pages to find my favorite quotes for this post reminded me that I need to re-read this book. Below are some of my favorites from this book:

"This is an important lesson to remember when you're having a bad day, a bad month or a shitty year. Things will change: you won't feel this way forever."

"After all, you can't be truly happy if you've never known pain."

"when you're the most happening person at a party, it's time to leave."

"..if you act as if you know what you're doing and as if you're in charge, you'll be surprised how many people will let you be in charge."

"..sometimes in life seasons don't come in order; instead of fall, winter, spring, summer, we get three winters in a row."

"..in every situation you will surprise yourself over and over again."

".. you can fake your way over to the table, but ultimately you have to learn how to eat."

.."if you don't have faith in yourself and in something larger than yourself, and if you want to take this world at face value, you're going to have a f*cking nasty ride."

I think this book is a must read for every young professional woman. It's uplifting, real and fun.

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Favorite Foundation - Blogtober Day 24

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I am not a beauty blogger, obviously. But I am currently loving one product and I figured this Blogtober prompt is the perfect time to highlight it.

This shit is legit.

Growing up I never wore foundation, I’d slap a little concealer on and head out the door. Then as I grew older and became more stressed I started to look like a worn out crack doll so I started to explore foundations.

I hated them all. I didn't like the feeling of a heavy wet oil slick on my face. I hopped on the Bare Minerals powder foundation train and it was okay but I thought it made me look dry and cakey. I didn't know what else to use so I just continued with it.

When I finally decided to try a BB cream I settled on Maybelline's Dream Fresh All-In-One version.  I still was not 100% thrilled  so I kept searching. Lo and behold, YouTube directed me into the right direction.

I watched TONS of YouTube videos of make up reviews and tutorials and kept hearing about the Garnier BB cream so I purchased it. Well, I purchased the "original version" which was a mistake. The original version is thick with a strong fragrant smell. The version for "oily/combination skin" is the one that everyone raved about because it has a thinner with a more water like texture with no smell. That is the one you want to get. Even if you aren't oily/combo GET that one, I promise you won't regret it.

I have very sensitive skin and I never had an issue with breakouts from this product. It is also long lasting and provides pretty good coverage.

*This is not a sponsored post.

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Blogtober.. I'm an Expert at Excellence

I'm a shitastic blogger and don't edit my photos so I can't participate in the Blogtober Day 23 prompt which is to share our favorite Instagram editing apps. SO, I am going to talk about one of the prompts I missed when I was on blogging hiatus.

Don't Worry, I'm an Expert.

I'm not going to lie I wake up every morning with this mantra:

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JUST KIDDING. Relax, I'm not that cocky.

It was hard for me to think of things that I consider myself an expert in but once I started to compile a list.. I was pretty impressed with myself.

1 - I'm great at worrying. If you need someone to worry about something that hasn't happened or may never happen - I'm your girl.

2 - Burning my mouth on food before it has time to properly cool. I have zero control when it comes to shoveling food into my mouth hole immediately after it comes out of the oven. I have the scars to prove it.

3 - I'm also an expert at making a complete mess of myself, my clothing, the floor, the counters, the dog, etc. when eating. I have yet to eat maple syrup without getting it all over myself, including my hair.

4 - I'm the best at avoiding wedding planning. I've been with Paco forever and we've been engaged for over 2 years and we JUST started to plan. August 29, 2015!

5 - Road rage. I am the absolute best at becoming completely enraged when behind the steering wheel of a car.

6 - Binge watching House of Cards. I watched every episode Netflix had to offer in a couple weeks.

7 - Forgetting things. I make To-Do lists daily and still manage to get nothing done.

8 - I'm also pretty fantastic at making people believe I am serious about something when I am in fact being 100% snarky and sarcastic.

What things do you consider yourself an expert at?

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Spiders are Asshats - and Blogtober Pet Peeves

I almost broke my car window this afternoon because an asshole spider decided to break into my car and descend off its webby ass hair into my peripheral vision as I was driving. My first thought was to crash the car into the brick building ahead of me but thankfully I thought better and managed to avoid that cluster f*** by just punching the window.

I missed the spider with my first punch, obviously. So then had to repeatedly slap the window as I was driving down a busy street.

Have I mentioned that I hate spiders?

Moving on, I totally slacked with Blogtober the past few days. I had every intention of completing all 31 prompts..  but then life happened. More on that at another time..

Today we are talking about Pet Peeves. I wrote something along the lines of this before so go read that one first, please..

K. Thanks.

I am a very irritable person and I even piss myself off on a daily basis.. so yeah, I do have quite a few pet peeves. Including:

- People who use the word seen incorrectly: "I seen you the other day." No, no you did not "seen" me anywhere.

- People who call me when they are eating. Rude.

- Feet and toes. AND when people say "toe nails" Gross.

- Other drivers. All of them.

- Loud chewers. It's actually a disorder.. I swear. (Misophonia)

- An unmade bed will drive me to drink.

- PEOPLE WHO ORDER FOOD ITEMS IN THE DUNKIN DONUTS DRIVE THRU! GO IN THE STORE! I just want my large black coffee!!!!! It's okay if you order a donut or bagel in the drive thru.. that's acceptable since its easy to prepare.. but if you order sandwiches or a dozen donuts I may get out of my car and hit you. I'm in a rush! MOVE IT.

- Bored stay at home moms that troll on Facebook all day. Get a job or go play with your kid.

- TV shows starting at 10pm. I wake up at 5:30am for work.. I am exhausted by 10pm and just want to wind down and not get super amped up about American Horror Story or TeenMom2.. (read: I'm old.)

- The couple that writes "ZOMG I love you so much! etc etc etc" on each others Facebook. You don't need to announce and/or address it to all of Facebook. You look like an asshole.

I promise I am not a mean person.. I am just very irritable.

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Helene in Between Blogtober



I was invited to participate in a Blog Tour and I couldn't turn it down because I think it is such a great idea! I love the blogging community and how supportive and amazing all of the people are that I've met.

One gal I’m particularly loving is Kristine from Living Barefoot and Crazy who also happens to be the one that invited me to partake in the Blog Tour. Thanks Kristine!
Kristine is a down to earth country girl from Washington who loves her fiance, fur babies and coaching volleyball. She is in the process of planning her wedding for next year and has already put a HUGE dent in the wedding planning process (I'm so jealous because I JUST started my own planning.) Make sure to go check her out!
Living Barefoot and Crazy

What am I working on?
I am currently working on a bunch of things including growing this blog and trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing with it. The next step I want to take is to start sponsoring blogs to gain a little more exposure and meet some other bloggers. I am also working on designing a theme for the blog design and I hope to work with a designer this fall/winter to get a cohesive feeling for the whole website

How does my work differ from others of its type/genre?
I think that my blog differs from others in that there really isn't a theme. I know there are a ton of “lifestyle” blogs out there but I don't believe that I necessarily fit in that niche. I'm trying to keep topics fresh so I don't pigeonhole myself into a certain genre. As of now I've mostly been doing pieces about myself and trying to persuade people to think I’m interesting. (Is it working?)

Why do I write what I do?
I write a little bit of everything and that’s why I chose the title Sincerely and Sarcastically. I'm still a little afraid that the title is too generic which will make others pass over it but I think it fits me perfectly. It allows me to write about the serious topics (sincerely) but also the witty opinion posts (sarcastically). I’m still in the beginning stages of developing this space but I don’t want that part of the blog to ever change. I want to show my personality, which is sincere but sarcastic.

How does my writing process work?
It starts out by me spinning around in my swivel office chair eating sour patch kids waiting for inspiration to hit me (read: nausea.) When that doesn't work, I procrastinate by trolling through Facebook and Twitter and then complain about how I'm a terrible writer. AFTER I stop acting like a sulky teenager I'll click on a few of my past Draft documents in Blogger and read through those to see if anything tickles my fancy. If the Drafts don’t make me scream “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!" I’ll develop it and go from there. What I’m currently loving is Helene and Taylor's Blogtober, it really is helping me get out of a writing rut.
Blogs I'm Currently Crushing On:
There are so many great blogs out there that it's hard to keep up with them all.  But a couple ladies that I've really been enjoying are:

Truth Be Told

Haley and I have been communicating back and forth through comments for a few months and I'm so glad we found each other because this girl is hilarious. Go check out her blog where you will find hilarious stories involving crazy things her husband does and adorable pictures of her baby girl Alina - who makes the cutest pooping faces (haha!). Make sure to stop by and say HI to her!

I met Diana recently and I'm already in love with her blog. She studied Interior Design and now works as a designer for a furniture company, HOW cool is that? She just posted this delicious recipe the other day which has had me drooling ever since. Stop in and say HI to her and make sure to check out her Etsy shop!

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I'm Not Fashionable.. Blogtober Day 16

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Fall Fashion, eh? Well, I'm not sure if I'm the best person to address this since about 90% of my wardrobe contains clothing of 1 color - black (which technically isn’t a color but the absence of color for all you nerds.)

I'd like to think that if I had unlimited funds I'd be as fashionable as a NYC Fashion Week model but since that isn't the case.. I stick to the staples.

It hasn't been until recently that I started to venture out and wear brighter colors and every time I do I feel like a male peacock spreading my wings trying to attract some bitches while Iggy's ”I'm so Fancy” is playing in my head. But for the most part I wear my signature look which is..

A basic black t-shirt, jeans, flip flops or flats. Sounds boring, right? Well that's because it is. What I've learned to do is add some flare with scarves. Not to toot my own horn but I've been wearing scarves since before they were super popular like they are now, I swear. I saw a Jennifer Aniston magazine cover years ago with her wearing a scarf and I was like:

“Damn.. She is a vampire because she never ages.. I want to be her.. look at her wearing that scarf and being all hot and stuff…”

It was the middle of summer which isn’t typically scarf weather in NEPA but I said screw it, went to the mall and picked up some light airy pieces and I’ve been wearing them ever since.

I buy the loudest and most colorful scarves because I think they can brighten up any outfit and I essentially use them as statement pieces. I love to wear a hot pink scarf with black jeans and a white t-shirt. Or a black or navy sundress with a leopard print scarf.


Scarf by nansee featuring a cotton shawl

The possibilities are endless! Make sure to add a few new scarves to your closet this season.

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Favorite Quote - BLOGTOBER Day 15

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I love quotes. But what chick doesn't? Back in the days of LiveJournal I would follow (was that the term back then?) and read the quote journal accounts and copy them into my AIM profile. I’ve always loved poetry, meaningful song lyrics and pretty much any words that I can take and apply to my current situations or past life.

I read Randy Pausch's "The Lecture" in college, which is a phenomenal book and you should all read it today if you haven't already, and it is still one of my favorites. I read it after Dad passed away hoping for some inspiration and that is exactly what I got out of that book. Every word of it spoke to me, but when I read the following sentence I stopped and re-read it 10+ times.

"Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted."

Those words struck me.

You can interpret this quote in many different ways but to me it is simply saying that even though you may not always get what you want, as long as you are trying, you gain experience. If you work on something so hard expecting a certain outcome only to receive the completely opposite outcome - you still gained experience.

This quote can be applied to so many aspects of life - love, work, hobbies, writing, etc.

How do you interpret this quote?

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Favorite Childhood Memory

Helene in Between Blogtober

Fun fact: I have a terrible memory. I got in the car the other day to drive to the grocery store for milk and as I was driving to the store I forgot where I was going and why. I don’t remember the endings to movies a couple months after watching them. Same goes for books. So it should be no suprise that my memory failed me from the time it took me to click on Helene's blog to read today's prompt to then head over to my blog and start typing. I quickly started typing up my FAVORITE childhood memory rather than FUNNIEST memory... so here is my Favorite Childhood Memory:

As I was trying to think of my favorite memory my mind was filled with flashbacks:

- Spending summers with my sisters in our backyard pool.
- Riding in a wagon that my Dad pulled around the yard with a small John Deere tractor.
- Riding bikes in the giant parking lot across the street.
- Backyard fires and ghost stories.
- The time Dad took us fishing and anytime we got a "bite" we'd let go of our pole because we were scared of what we'd reel in.
- The huge family parties.
- The Christmas my parents surprised us with a computer.
- Getting an appointment card for contact lenses for my 13th birthday (I had those HUGE round glasses since 3rd grade and couldn't wait for contacts.)
- Going to my best friend’s summer cottage on the lake.

There are a ton more but what I realized is that the majority of the memories involved my family. I was pretty stoked about that. As these flashbacks kept playing one memory stuck out the most - when my brother (Jon) was born. I was actually a young teen (about 12 years old) but I still consider that my childhood. I can remember exactly how my parents told us they were pregnant which is shocking – considering the terrible memory thing.

They took us outside to the patio and sat us down on the picnic table where they told us mom was pregnant. We had the normal reactions of shock, denial, and a few “Are you guys kidding? Seriously? No.. Come on. Stop. No way.” We were excited but also scared since this was a COMPLETE shock/unplanned pregnancy.

I don't remember much of Mom being pregnant but I do remember the day Mom and Dad went to the doctor for a check up.. and then the phone call from Dad telling us that they were staying there and having a baby that day. That night as we were sleeping the phone rang and woke us up - Dad telling us Jon was born and healthy.

Dad drove home the next day to pick us up and bring us to the hospital to see Mom and meet our brother.

The second he was born it was as though he was always apart of the family. Everything just clicked. Everything was so much more fun. We had this adorable little baby boy to nurture and adore. Plus all the cool little Hot Wheels cars and Spiderman figures – something foreign to 4 girls with a massive collection of Barbie’s.

He is going to be 16 years old this January and even now when I look at him I still picture that tiny little baby that completely changed our world. He'd probably punch me in the arm for calling him my "favorite memory" but oh well, I'm the big sister so I can do what I want.

Pee Wee Football Age Jon

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My Favorite Fall Recipe is Alcohol..

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I do not cook. Well, let me rephrase that. I do not cook often. Blame it on the fact that I was lucky enough to have a stay at home Mom who was an excellent cook. Or buying the most expensive meal plan in college. Or never having an apartment as a young adult. The first time I had a kitchen of my own was when Paco and I started to live together.

But since Paco works late most nights the idea of cooking a three-course meal to sit by myself and eat is not too appetizing so a lot of the time I eat small meals (aka drink wine and chips.)

So, instead of trying to walk you through some recipe I have probably massacred at one point I am going to give you a family recipe that I have down to a science. You are welcome.

Champagne Punch.. yes I'm giving you a recipe for an alcoholic punch but seriously it is my favorite fall recipe. Of course this can be made during any season of the year but in my family we save it for the Fall season as a way to celebrate the upcoming Holidays. I look forward to this punch every year.

champagne punch drinks
Just double recipe if you have a lot of guests!

champagne punch drinks
Mom's hand written recipe 

champagne punch drinks
I don't put fruit in mine.. because it gets in the way when I'm trying to drink. 

What about you? Any favorite recipes?

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I Gave Myself the Best Advice

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I sat down for a while trying to think about the best advice I've ever received and sadly my memory is failing me. I've never really sought out a lot of advice because I'm stubborn as hell and eeny meeny miney mo is how I make most of my decisions. I never really had a specific person that I admired (besides Brad Pitt) so I couldn't remember any meaningful advice that has served me throughout the years.

I'm going to break the mold a little and tell you about the best advice I've ever given to myself.

Without getting into too much detail (I'll save that for another day) my Dad passed away unexpectedly my freshman year of college. It was rough. It still is rough because I don't think I've fully mourned his death, even after 8 years. He was the best man I've ever known and for him to disappear from my life suddenly was gut-wrenching and unfair.

I wanted to bury my head in bed and hide from the world but obviously that isn't a choice because even though you just lost the most important person in your world - life goes on, with or without you. It's a very hard pill to swallow.

The weeks and months after his death are very fuzzy, I remember going through the motions of a normal college kid but hating every minute of it. My life consisted of pretending to be a happy college kid on campus and then crying alone in my room so no one would feel bad for me.

Then one day something made me laugh, I can't remember what it was, but I let out a full roaring laugh. I gasped and held my hands over my mouth. I was mortified.

"I hope no one saw that.. my dad died, I can't laugh."

I felt guilty for laughing. I was supposed to be sad. Sad people can't laugh. Especially people who just lost their Dad. Was I disrespecting my Dad by laughing? Will he think that I forgot about him? Will people think I'm heartless or cruel for being happy when I should be undoubtedly sick with sadness? So I stopped laughing, for a while.

Fast forward to a few months later I woke up one day and found myself completely miserable. I mean absolutely horrifically miserable and sad. I scowled at people walking to and from class. I ignored phone calls from family and friends. I was sad and just wanted to cry. After a full day of sulking, I got that terrible guilt feeling bubbling up from the pit of my stomach again. I felt immature for acting so poorly.

"He's been gone for months, you can't continue to act this way, get over it!"

After I said those words to myself I realized I was too worried about what other people were thinking. It was around that time that I vowed to myself that I'd act out my emotions as I felt them.

"Smile when you're happy, cry when you're sad. 
Don't feel guilty for living your life."

You should never apologize for your feelings. You can't help how you feel. It's human nature. When you feel happy - enjoy it. When you feel sad - have a good cry and let it out. When you feel goofy - go ahead and be silly! No good ever comes from bottling your emotions since they tend to fester in your body like poison. You don't have to mask your emotions just because you think you should feel or act a certain way.

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If I Were President

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Y'all.. the struggle is real today. Too much beer last night. Way too much beer. BUT, I showed up today because I want to try my hardest to complete Blogtober.

Today our prompt is "If I Were President.." and I'm having a hard time writing this because (beer, duh) I never would want the job of a President. That sounds like an awful lot of responsibility and I have no desire for it. I have a hard time picking out shoes for my outfit let alone make decisions for an entire population of people.

But here are few things that I would address if I were President:

- Every kid gets a free trip to Disney.

- Every person would get Columbus Day, MLK Day, Good Friday.. etc. off of work besides just teachers.

- Plus Monday's. No one likes working on Mondays.. 3 day weekend, every weekend.

- It would be mandatory to own a dog, specifically a hyper Border Collie, before having children. Because.. pets and kids are similar, remember? If you can survive the Border Collie you will then be allowed to have children.

- Christmas gifts will be free. Not sure how I'd do that.. but any gift deemed for Christmas - free of charge.

- Bullying would not be tolerated. The punishment? Locked in a room full of scary clowns, for a month.

Now off to nurse this hangover. Happy Saturday!

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I Never Thought Blogging... Blogtober Day 10!

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I'm still very new to blogging (will I ever feel like I don't need to say that?) so this topic is limited for me since I have limited experience. But I am surprised about the following 3 things I have noticed about blogging:

I never thought blogging:

1 - would connect me to so many people.
Do you remember when AIM was first around and you'd chat with your friends and your parents were in AWE that you were talking to a friend via computer screen with instant messages?  Yeah, that's how I feel about blogging and talking to people from around the world.

I mentioned before that I followed Bloggers for a long time before ever commenting on them and when I finally did I was kind of surprised with the responses I got. Even the"big bloggers" were responding to my little comments and I was surprised everyone was so friendly.

2 - would be THIS difficult.
I knew a lot of work went into this but I didn't realize HOW much work. Some days I find myself sitting at the computer for an hour just trying to add photos. Or struggling to come up with an ending to a post. I didn't realize how crucial a basic knowledge of HTML was either. Luckily I know some of the basic steps so I have been able to figure out some things on my own after just a little trial and error.

3 - would actually happen for me.
Back in 2010 I was at an awful job (the one that I quit because of toilet paper, more on that later) and bored. I was stressed about money, life and the future. I stumbled upon the "Blogger" section of my email account one day at work and thought it was interesting. I found and read various blogs including the ever so funny VodkaMom and thought it would be fun if I had a webpage of my own but I never had the balls to publish anything. I have followed blogs since then and started to learn the ins and outs of blogging. Fast forward to 4+ years later.. here I am finally posting.

What surprised you about blogging?

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Favorite Halloween Memories

Helene in Between Blogtober

Blogtober Day 9 and we are talking about Halloween! More specifically, our favorite and worst Halloween Memories.

Growing up my parents made every Holiday a big deal - Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, News Years. Even our birthdays they treated like Holidays and every Holiday we celebrated with parties, food and family. My Mom always decorated with outdoor flags, window decals and various yard ornaments. We would bake cookies and grocery shop for days leading up to the event. I loved it. I still do.

I think my favorite Halloween memories are the ones when I was younger. When my dad would build a scary dummy out of his old shirts and jeans, fill them with leaves and newspapers and then top it off with a scary mask before displaying it in the yard with a spotlight hovering over it. Those dummies were terrifying as a kid. We would play a “scary sounds” CD of ghosts howling, doors creaking and uncontrollable clown laughter for when the neighbor kids would come to the house trick or treating – many times the kids were too scared to walk up to the house.

 I can’t remember every costume I wore when I was younger but I’m certain they involved the normal cat, vampire, witch, etc. One year I remember being a princess and having to wear sweat pants under the outfit and a coat over my sparkly dress because it snowed on Halloween night (gotta love NEPA..)

I especially loved when we carved pumpkins. I laugh thinking about it now because .. my poor Dad. He had to help carve aka carve out 4 individual pumpkins for me and my 3 sisters who were all screaming and fighting over the carving tools while playing around with the pumpkin guts.  He was a Saint for dealing with us and I’m sure those days earned him a “GET INTO HEAVEN FREE CARD.”

I think it’s so strange that I don’t have a specific favorite memory involving Halloween since I love it so much. I think a big part of me loving this Holiday is that I like the mystic and mystery of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. I just think it’s fun to pretend and play which makes this such a great Holiday. 
Ironically, I only dressed up 1 time in college (sexy devil, duh) and 2 times as an “adult” (little red riding hood and a dirtbike racer.) I think I’m afraid of people judging me (the old lady in a Halloween costume who’s trying to act young) even though it EVERYONE dresses up and goes out to the bars in town. Maybe this year I’ll partake… we’ll see.

As of now, I don’t have a worst Halloween memory. I love the Holiday so much that even if I did have one.. I probably twisted it into something good.

I need to raid my mom’s house for some old Halloween photos.. if I find some I’ll update this but for the time being.. here are my 3 documented Halloween costumes.


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