Tell All Tuesday Series: Catalogs

Q-Who here remembers the infamous Wish Book?

Sears Wish Book 1986

A-Showing my age a little here, but THOSE were the days! My sister and I would fight over who had first dibs each and every year. (I normally won-I was a bit of a bully) We would spend hours compiling our lists for Santa, and then hope and pray that out most desired items would magically find their way under the tree. To be totally honest, I don’t recall ANY of our Wish Book items ever arriving, but Christmas remained special nonetheless, and we always had amazing gifts!

Every year I asked for a Rock Tumbler and a Painting Set, but they never found their way to my house. I ended up getting both of these items for my kiddos, but they ended up just collecting dust. They were excited when they got the rock tumbler, but it didn’t perform as described (Go Figure). Super disappointing for them, as they had an impressive gemstone collection, which they were hoping to add to. The painting set…not sure that one was ever even opened?!

What are YOUR Wish Book Memories?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Words of Wisdom

Q-Does your family have a motto?

Back Door

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A-Other than the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”), we teach and practice how vital it is to have a “back door” in ANY and ALL situations. If you always have an alternate plan in mind, then you’ll be better able to handle any unfavorable situation that may occur. Hope for the best, but ALWAYS plan for the worst; that’s our motto!

How about YOU? Does your family have a motto?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Parties

Q-What is the best party you have ever thrown?

Decorating Party

Baby Boy Helping Decorate Sissy’s Room

A-There are several in my case, and I will eventually turn them into “How To” eBooks so that others can enjoy them as well. For my oldest son’s 3rd birthday, I had a (SpongeBob) Bikini Bottom Blast Barbecue. It was my first scavenger hunt style party, and EVERYONE, children and adults alike, had a blast! I organized an elaborate Space theme Adventure Hunt for the children where I worked. There is a “photo” video on my YouTube channel, but the pictures DO NOT do it justice. We had an Alien Autopsy and everything! For my oldest sons 14th Birthday, I had a Black Ops style scavenger hunt. I REALLY wanted to have some of the family burst in dressed in black with guns and scare the crap out of the boys, but I thought some of the parents may not appreciate that. That same year, I organized an Ugly Dress Fashion Show for my daughter. Certain elements veered toward a scavenger hunt style party, but not so much. I even had a Craft Kit so the girls could create their own flavorful Lip Gloss.

So, as we speak, I am celebrating my daughter’s 15th birthday. I got her a really nice “Big” gift, but decided to (yet again) send her on a hunt for it. During her travels she will collect some of her favorite things (Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, Nail Polish, Starbuck’s Gift Card…) and the grand finale, PRIOR to opening her big gift, she will get a nice loud surprise. I plan to video tape it, and if I get the reaction that I’m hoping for, I’ll be posting it on my channel for you all to enjoy. I have several other parties under my belt, and have a children’s book outline of some terrific parties, but these were my over the top moments that I thought I should highlight.

Now, what is the best party that YOU have ever thrown???

Tell All Tuesday Series: Software

Q-Did you know that there are FREE alternative programs that are similar in nature to the Microsoft Office Suite?

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A-Honestly, I just never gave it any thought. Everyone uses Word, so I did the same. I wanted to make sure that any file that I sent would be accessible by the receiving party. But, with the price tag on Word (and other programs within the Office suite), and this new PC that only has a trial version of Office 2016 (and the fact that I can’t download Office Starter with this new operating system), my curiosity got the better of me. I discovered that there are a TON of free programs that are comparable to Office, and the one that I decided to go with was LibreOffice. I downloaded it last Friday night, and so far, I am highly impressed! The programs that are included in this Office package include:

  • Writer Document (Word)
  • Calc Spreadsheet (Excel)
  • Impress Presentation (PowerPoint)
  • Draw Drawing
  • Math Formula
  • Base Database (Access)

You have the option to save files in:

  • ODF Text Document (.odt)
  • ODF Text Document Template (.ott)
  • Flat XML ODF Text Document (.fodt)
  • Unified Office Format text (.uot)
  • Microsoft Word 2007-2013 XML (.docx)
  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML (.xml)
  • Microsoft Word 97-2003 (.doc)
  • Microsoft Word 97-2003 Template (.dot)
  • DocBook (.xml)
  • HTML Document (Writer) (.html)
  • Rich Text (.rtf)
  • Text (.txt)
  • Text-Choose Encoding (.txt)
  • Office Open XML Text (.docx)

The layout of each program is very user friendly and similar to Microsoft’s, so learning how to maneuver around is a breeze! I have yet to find a previous file that I created in Office that I cannot open with this new program. The transition has been delightful to say the least.

For those of you that are interested, Microsoft Office is now offering FREE use of their products (which is fabulous for college students!!!), but it is available online ONLY. For the link, click HERE.   But, if you’re anything like me, I do the majority of my work in these programs offline, and generally in locations that are not accessible to Wi-Fi.

So, just wanted to spread the word along and help out anyone that I can. Anxious to hear your feelings on the topic…

Tell All Tuesday Series: Favorites

We all have our unique list of favorites, so…

Q-What are your favorites?

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Answer-

  • Favorite Flower-Daisy
  • Favorite Color-Purple
  • Favorite Perfume-Euphoria
  • Favorite Word-Obscure
  • Favorite Number-21
  • Favorite Day-Saturday
  • Favorite Month-May
  • Favorite Candy-Chewy Sweet Tarts
  • Favorite Snack-Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Favorite Artist-Kandinsky
  • Favorite Animal– Leopard
  • Favorite Reptile-Sea Turtle
  • Favorite Activity-Travel
  • Favorite Shape-Star
  • Favorite Movie-The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Favorite Song-Boogie Woogie Wu by Insane Clown Posse (at the moment)
  • Favorite Book– Bag of Bones by Stephen King
  • Favorite Drink-Mtn Dew Baja Blast
  • Favorite Alcoholic Beverage-Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Favorite Stone– Tiger Eye

What are YOUR favorites? I can’t wait to hear your list!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Baby Food

I know…I know! It’s not Tuesday anymore. I’m SO sorry! I had to work late last night, and by the time I got home, ate, and pulled up the internet, the WordPress server was updating (my luck). I tried my very best to put this post together, but it just wasn’t happening! So, a day late and a dollar short. Let’s get to it…

Q-When did you first introduce solids into your child’s diet?

Baby's First Meal

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A-My first born cried, and cried, and cried, and I was worried to death that he was getting colicky, so I talked it over with my mom. She didn’t feel that was the case, and was convinced that he was just hungry. So, I popped open a jar of bananas and spooned a taste into his mouth, and that was all she wrote! He sat there, following my hand like a starving baby bird, ready for that next delectable bite. Dietitians and physicians suggest that you introduce baby food at around 4-6 months of age, but my baby boy got his first taste at only 2 weeks old. Be it right, be it wrong, my child was hungry, and once I introduced solids into his diet, the crying immediately ceased.

So, when did your child have their first taste of food?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Teasing

Q-What did people tease you about when you were young?

Rainbow Brite
A-My food. I was raised as a vegetarian until the age of 6 (when my parents split up), and I chose to continue eating this way throughout my life. It was always SO embarrassing to open up my lunchbox at school only to discover the putrid odor of an egg salad sandwich sitting inside. Delicious, but SHOO! It’s enough to gag a maggot!

Another food that I was teased over quite often was my Bologno sandwiches. For years my BFF teased me over the look and smell of my sandwich “meat,” but she quickly changed her mind once she had the guts to actually try it.

Even my loving husband has teased me over my choice in food. We were lucky enough to get a “Date Night” without the kids (this was ages ago mind you), so we decided on dinner at Long Horn Steakhouse. He looked up at me and inquired what I had chosen for my entrée and when I told him, he looked at me and said, “I just don’t understand why you can’t order a steak like a normal person!” Suffice it to say, he made me cry in front of everyone. I just never thought that HE, of all people, would be SO critical of me!

So, there you have it. Food…that necessary evil; that daily source of nourishment and nutrition; the unrelenting daily conflict (a.k.a. what to eat). It has always caused such turmoil in my life; But, oh how I LOVE it so! Now it’s your turn.

What did people tease YOU about when you were growing up?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Family Genes

Q-Are you more like your mother or your father?

Family Genes

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A-When it comes to looks, I definitely take after my daddy; from my solid build to quite a few of my physical characteristics. We also share the same sense of humor, hands down! Get the two of us together, and my step mom is running for the hills!

My mannerisms and ethics mimic my mother. All that I know, I’ve learned from this remarkable woman; from my work ethics to my compassionate nature. We share a lot of the same interests, and we love spending time together. She is one of the few in this world who I completely trust. She has seen me through some crazy situations, and we have lived to laugh about it. She is definitely my ROCK!

The good Lord up above KNEW what he was doing when he put us together!

So, what side of the family genes do YOU take after?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Emergencies

Q-Do you freak out during a medical emergency?

ER Visit
A-Nope! Cool as a cucumber baby! I’ve been hit with ALL kinds of situations over the years, and I’m one of the few who can keep a level head throughout each ordeal.

For example, my sophomore year, I came home from school with my boyfriend (thank goodness he was there that day!) to a crash followed by an eerie calm. I heard my sister leave her bedroom and after a moment, I heard the tub water turn on. Okay, something is totally OFF here! So, I barged into the bathroom and discovered my sister sitting on the side of the tub with her ankle submerged in running water. Blood was gushing absolutely everywhere! I assessed the situation in mere seconds and asked her what the hell she thought she was doing as I raided the closet for as many towels as I could lay my hands on. I then turned the water off, wrapped up her leg as quickly as I could, and carried her to the car. I instructed my boyfriend to take us to the ER, while simultaneously calling my mom at work so she could start heading our way (she had an hour long commute in those days).

So, apparently my sister had been singing in her bedroom when she heard my boyfriend and I come home. She didn’t want us to hear her, so she pulled the glass end table under the vent to close it. Well, there’s this thing about glass…it’s just NOT designed to support weight! So, when she went up, it immediately came crashing down. A giant hunk of glass sliced her down to the bone, through the muscle, the tissue, and everything in between. She’s lucky she didn’t hit a nerve!

This is just one of the MANY situations that I have stepped up to the plate for, and I’m positive it is FAR from the last. So, your moment has now arisen…Do YOU freak out during a medical emergency?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Blog Name

Q-Do you like your blog name or wish you had chosen a different one?

WordPress

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A-I love the name of my blog! It’s powerful, self-explanatory, and highly inspiring. It’s the type of title which beckons its readers to venture in and take the time to explore the contents. I have absolutely NO regrets!

How about you? What are your thoughts on your blog name?