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Just My Luck

I recently (last week) finished my 26th John Grisham book.  I love him.  He is my all-time favorite author and I get so enthralled with his story-telling that once I’m reading one of his books, it’s all I want to do.  I’m completely wrapped up in his tales.

A few weeks ago I zipped through two of his big hardcovers and when I was finished them both, I realized they were the last of Grisham’s that I had.  Ack!  I went through the list of books and thought I had read The Broker, but it turns out I had not.  So, I put a few people on the lookout for it.

The Broker

Two days later, I went on a Saturday adventure with BFF Spanky to a Community Yard Sale several towns over (one I don’t think I actually knew existed).  I told her the name of the book I was looking for, in case we happened to stumble upon a yard with books for sale.

The first yard we stopped at, Spanky veered to the right where there was baby gear set up (she nailed herself an outdoor playpen with a cover), and I veered to the left to a few tables set up with boxes on top.  Turns out, the boxes were full of books.  The very first box I looked in and the very first book I saw was John Grisham’s The Broker.  I kid you not.  The.very.first.book!!  Of course, I grabbed it…and paid my .30 cents and could not have been more elated!!  I did not buy another thing that day, I felt complete.

Of course, I plowed through that book too (I swear my TV has not been on in weeks!) and when I finished it in nearly record time, I once again felt sad because it was the last John Grisham book in my collection.  I picked up an biography and am nearly finished it, and yesterday I stopped at the book store and grabbed two new Grisham books.  Ahh, life is good again.

~Cheers


Halloween Week 2015

I’ve been told lately that my blog is missed.

Sorry.

Between working, teaching, studying, courses, training, living, vacationing, and dealing with the crazies, I haven’t really had much time or desire to post.

But since it’s Halloween week I figured it’s a good time to try and get back into things.  And, since my first Halloween post a few years ago (read it HERE) I’ve kind of continued an annual Halloweeny theme.

A few nights ago I had a course in the City and afterwards we decided to hit up a movie.  All I can say is thank goodness it wasn’t Paranormal Activity!  There’s no effing way I’d be seeing that bullshit (last year I got tricked into seeing one of those Insidious movies and nearly had a meltdown).

We watched The Last Witch Hunter with Vin Diesel.

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Let me just add that it didn’t completely suck.  I mean, Vin Diesel is not the best actor in the world – it’s almost hard to watch him sometimes because he’s got no depth and is so over-the-top monotone, but for what it was the movie was okay.  And it was left wide open for a sequel.

And Michael Caine was in it too, and he’s spunky.

The movie wasn’t really scary but it had some “scary” moments in it.

Via Google The Witch Queen

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The Witch Queen

The Witch Queen was definitely a sight and if you make direct eye contact with her you might not sleep well at night.

What I didn’t like about this movie – aside from Vin Diesel’s bad acting – is that there wasn’t enough witches.  I mean, it’s called the Last Witch Hunter, so you’d think there’d be a little more Witch Hunting in it (Y’all have seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, right?  Lots of vamps in that!).  So, Mr. Diesel, my suggestion, if you decide to jump on the sequel bandwagon, is to add more witches to your story.  I need some visuals here, please.

I have a small list of scary movies I’d like to watch this Halloween week but some of them are over the top for me to watch because I’m a big baby and get scared easily.  (Hey, fellow asshole, Jaime, you wanna watch some scary movies with me????)  Stay tuned to see what happens.

Cheers.


Day #18: What are Your 5 Greatest Accomplishments?

Hmm, my five greatest accomplishments?  This is a toughy.  Especially since I was going to attempt to be funny but instead I’ll be serious.  Maybe.

1) My writing.  My blog is obviously a little different than my serious writings.  I was first published when I was 6 or 7.  I’ve been published several times since then.  I was a feature in a major publication 10 or 12 years ago.  A lot of my writings when I was younger came from a darker place….I found strength in that.  Today, and usually with my blog, I try to focus more on the humorous.  Last night, in fact, I had a friend tell me I should quit my job and focus on writing full time.  I was telling a story, being funny, being political and being pissed off.  I like to keep people laughing and she said that I should just give up on the real world thing and just blog or write a book or for a magazine full time.  This is not the first time I’ve heard this….maybe it’s a sign that I need to rethink my career path.

2) My fit life.  Last year I shared a piece on my eating disorders when I was in high school.  Back then I never thought that I would fall in love with fitness.  But it has become my obsession passion and I have goals of becoming certified as a fitness instructor.  Unfortunately, the course is only offered at a certain time of year and I, of course, just missed it this year.  The goal is still there, the passion is still there.  Eventually, I will get there.

3) My grammatically correctness (no, I did not just make that word up).  I am often referred to as the “Grammar Nazi” and I am completely okay with that.  I understand that many of my friends/co-workers/family find it extremely irritating when I correct their or others’ grammar.  Again, I am okay with that.  You will learn from me.  Believe me….it’s a good thing.

4) My education and career.  I am proud of the education I got.  I am proud of the job I have.  I am proud of where I am in life.  And just to throw it out there…I can still cartwheel like nobody’s business!

5) The opportunity I had last year.  This one is on the down-lo, but certain people will know what I’m talking about last year.  Last year I had THE GRANDEST OPPORTUNITY to tell someone what I thought of him.  It was pure bliss.  Sometimes things happen in life and we feel only the negative effect(s) of them.  Well, this particular moment I took the bull by the horns and went on a very long rant to a specific person who was mean, a bully, an abuser, an abuser of power, a complete jackass, etc.  No one had ever put this dude in his place and I was ecstatic that I was (likely) the first to do so.  I’m not one for being submissive, but certainly in certain situations you sometimes have to bite your tongue.  This is one time that I did NOT bite my tongue.  Other people had kept quiet (for years) on things happening that shouldn’t have happened and I, to my knowledge, am the only person to ever take the stand.  It felt good.  I do not regret it.  And once again, for the record bud, my name is spelled with a “y”!!

Yarmouth

Cheers!

 

 


Day #8 – What Are 3 Passions You Have?

#1 – See Day #7 re. My Dream Job (writing).

#2 – Fitness.  It is my goal to become CanFitPro certified.  In the meantime, I work out every damn day and attend a minimum of 4 fitness classes a week.

#3 – To finally have a Goonie adventure (although, I have had close calls in the past).  I think everyone deserves a Goonie adventure in life and my passion is endlessly seeking out that adventure.  If that means karaoke-ing it or challenging people to dance-offs or getting lost in the woods after dark while on a hike then so be it…Life is a journey.  I’m gonna rock it Goonie-Style.

goonies4Cheers!

 


Day #2: Your Biggest Fear About Growing Old

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Day 2 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge is resonating with me, as my birthday is right around the corner.

My Biggest Fear About Growing Old is the possibility that I may never get everything I want out of life.  Don’t get me wrong, my life is grand and I’m pretty excited about it but there are certain milestones I’d like to pass.  There are decisions to be made and things to think about.  Right now I’m still living the good life but sometimes I feel like time is running out to have it all.

Cheers.

 


My First Blogger Award

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What a lovely surprise to get a message from my blogging friend, Gull over at The Magfique Way –  http://themagfiqueway.wordpress.com/.  She is one of my favorite bloggers…a kindred spirit of sorts…at least of the blogging world.  And today she put a sincere smile on my face by presenting me with the Reader Appreciation Award.

http://themagfiqueway.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/reader-appreciation-award-i-feel-blessed/

She is so adorable.  It made me so happy to get her message.  I’ve been contributing to this blog for like, 8 years (tho some of the older stuff is LAME!), and this is my first award.  And it was so out of the blue that I just didn’t even prepare a thank you speech or anything.

But fear not, dear friends, tho I am planning to reciprocate this award at some point (soon), I decided to leave you with something from my life…I debated on writing something humorous or something a little stronger, a little reflective of me.  I went with the latter (for something funny go here: https://welcometosandyland.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/something-happened-on-the-way/).

So here is something personal…straight out of my journal from waaaay back when (c. 1999)…something that I’ve never shared with anyone.

“I continue to lie to myself, allowing myself to believe that if I don’t think about him he will be out of my mind.  But even the mere mention of his name sends memories and tears flooding back.  I haven’t seen him, physically, but he’s everywhere I go.  Still.

I’ve compared us to Hamlet & Ophelia.  They were in love; he was more wise of the world and she was naive and innocent.  He had lied to her, told her he didn’t love her, and broke her heart.  This drove her crazy and on the bring of her insanity she lost herself and lost her life.  The  tragedy of it all caused by those three little words.  Those three little words that I don’t think I can ever say again.

Because of him I am powerless.  I have no control.  I shut my eyes but he is still there living in my head, laughing at my misery.  And I am left alone and still loving him.  I often wish that he would go away and I’d never see him again because that is easier than feeling the way I feel.  Pretending that I don’t hurt is too hard.

I pray for him, every night, hoping that he gets his life together, that he’s okay, and that he knows I still love him.  Because I do.”

Heavy or WHAT??  I know…the things a young girl writes after a break up.

Anyway, I shared that with you so that you can see that my inappropriate (at times) humor comes from a good place and often to overshadow the depressing stuff.  It’s all good.  I simply have found that, as a writer, most a lot of my creativity comes from a darker place…from circumstances that aren’t always the most uplifting.  And when I write from this darker, sadder place the words usually just flow.  And I have managed to turn out pretty good in spite of, eh?

So, thank you again, Dear Gull at The Magfique Way, for always being there with your great posts and comments and for this very special award.  And to the rest of you: Thanks for reading.

Cheers!