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These Swim Trunks Are A Bit Distracting

Oh boy.  Nice flag.  Who knew the men of the Singapore Water Polo Team were so patriotic? Asian Games rules stipulate that a teams uniform cannot be changed in the middle of a tournament, so these poor guys have to wear their "cresent moon" to the end of their season.   The back-stroke should look interesting ;->

Virtual Girls Night Out - Thanksgiving Hangover

I think I have a Thanksgiving hangover.  Tryptophan is powerful stuff!  We hosted dinnner and I'm still finding bags of rolls and cans of black olives.  (Why couldn't we find those when we needed them?!?)  How about a Virtual Girls Night Out to get my mind off cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. *The VGNO blog-hop is for those who want to party "virtually" with other bloggers. More exposure for your blog is the point of VGNO. Connecting, supporting, encouraging - those words describe the VGNO Guest. So get on your bunny slippers, make yourself a cocktail add your blog link below and have fun! Happy VGNO!* Time For Some Tunes! The Cranberries "Linger" See what I did there?  I didn't get my mind off the cranberries, did I? ;-> *Join The Virtual GNO Add Your Blog Link Below*   Time For A Cocktail! Uncle Angelo's Eggnog Ingredients : 6 Separated eggs 1 qt. Whole Milk 1 pint Heavy Cream .75 cup Sugar 8 oz Bourbon (Four Roses)

I Guess We Really Have To Talk To These People

Happy Thanksgiving dear blog pals!  I truly appreciate the fact that you check-in on my little corner of the blogosphere.  I wish you health and happiness this day and all the year through. (I will now go and actually talk to my family face-to-face.  Not through e-mail, not through Twitter and not through comments.  Cheers! )

My Cat Hates The Holidays

My cat is so-o-o-o over the holiday hub-bub.

Virtual Girls Night Out! Turkey Shoot Anyone? And A Giveaway!

Oh my.  We are into our second weekend of painting ceilings.  Ugh.  If anyone knows of how to clean candle, fireplace... years of life soot from a ceiling please share.  This prepping and painting thing stinks!  (Except you do get to listen to music and drink cheap beer, so it's not completely bad ;->)  You know what I'm in the mood for?  A Virtual Girls Night Out! *The VGNO blog-hop is for those who want to party "virtually" with other bloggers. More exposure for your blog is the point of VGNO. Connecting, supporting, encouraging - those words describe the VGNO Guest. So get on your bunny slippers, make yourself a cocktail add your blog link below and have fun! Happy VGNO!* Time For Some Tunes! Carbon Leaf - " Life Less Ordinary " Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary Video Codes at *Join The Virtual GNO Add Your Blog Link Below* Time For A Cocktail!  Turkey Shoot Ingredients: 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey 1/4 cup triple se

My Dog Isn't Subtle

While sitting at the computer I notice Benny has brought me something And, what's that down the way? Lily and I discover Benny has delivered another shoe.  Hmmm... I follow the trail of sneakers to the Living Room to find more footwear arrangements This selection... And this selection In the course of 15 minutes our dog has arranged 4 shoes* in obvious places.  I do believe Mr. Ben wants me to get off the computer and take him for a walk. (*These aren't my shoes, they're Rob's ;-> )

Dear Commenter, Go Tweet Yourself

@jimmj8871 told me on Twitter this morning:  "@AnnAgain66 how old is your daughter? good approach if younger, if older maybe she needs to figure out by self?" Is this person kidding me?    (Their comment was in response to my post - click: here ) In this stage of our world development, where bullying is escalating to such terrifying levels that the desperation of some children pushes them to the unthinkable conclusion that committing suicide is the only relief; is this person telling me that I should back off at a certain age and let my child "figure it out for themselves"?  Are you freakin' kidding me?!? Let me be clear to whomever feels you should let your child "figure it out for themselves", I will always be there, making my presence known, either by actually standing beside my child, or quietly in the classroom corner.  I will be the parent in the principals office asking to have a meeting with other parents, or I will be the one at the PTA

Will The Sucky Kid Please Stand Up?

While my daughter was devastated that a classmate would go into her desk, take out her personal property, and smash it to bits, ( 11/11 post : click here ) I did my best to stay calm and think of what to do next.  Just what the hell is going on in this place? I decided to observe her class on Friday.  I spoke with her teacher's individually and let them know, regarding what happened, I'm concerned about the lack of respect, and possible lack of control in the classroom.  They were open to me staying and also asked for my help with the days projects.  I'm happy to help. My daughter began to feel overwhelmed with her sadness at one point and wanted to leave.  Luckily we were able to hang out in the Principals office and talk it out.  We came up with an idea that would help her move forward with the situation .  Together we wrote a note to the class.  She just wanted to know who did it, and how it happened.  I thought that was so brave.  I gave the note to her teacher, who

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Virtual Girls Night Out - Get Happy! & A Giveaway!

While driving home from spending the day with my daughter's 7th grade class I was in dire need of A) Energy and B) A mood lifter A lovely red wine with lunch?  Sure!  Why not :-> There were actually good kids in the group, it's just dealing with the situation ( read: here ) of who would take a personal item from my daughter's desk and rip it apart all over the classroom.  Watching the kids respond to her sadness was interesting, some very compassionate, some -- well, they're just little bastards.  ( Did I just write that?  Yes, yes I did .)   We did find out who did it, and I'll write about it on Monday.  For now I just want to be happy and play with my blog buddies.  Happy Virtual Girls Night Out!!! *The VGNO blog-hop is for those who want to party "virtually" with other bloggers. More exposure for your blog is the point of VGNO. Connecting, supporting, encouraging - those words describe the VGNO Guest. So get on your bunny slippers, make yo

I'm Going In

Considering what happened to my dear daughter on  Wednesday I'm going to go hang out in her classrooms today.  I'll try to be a fly-on-a-wall.  We'll see if this Mama Bear can keep her temper ;-> ( I feel so incredibly fortunate that I have the ability to do this today.  Thank you, dear husband, for working so hard for your family :-> ) *Also... I have a wonderful holiday giveaway happening at Ann Again... and again Reviews .  Check it out!

Kids Can Suck

My oldest daughter made the mistake of leaving one of her precious possessions in her desk at school while she went to join Crossing Guard duty.  When she returned to her classroom she found her favorite belonging had been broken to bits, scattered all over the classroom floor.  To say that she was sad is an understatement. I thought that I had seen my 12 yr. old breakdown before, but nothing prepared me for her complete devastation.  There were no clear answers as to how this happened.  Her best friends were trying to help her, consoling her and sharing stories of when something similar had happened to them.  I was immediately 12 again remembering the pain I felt when someone stole something of mine from my desk.  All of a sudden these kids that you spend your days with look totally different to you.  You're suspicious and hate them all !  I'm sure we'll get more answers on Friday (no school today, Veteran's Day).  Is it time to go live in a bubble?

This Commerical Actually Ticks Me Off

Ya' know, I don't take myself that seriously.  Laughing is good, we should do it more often.  However, as a blogger and occasional vlogger, I'm a bit irked at this Cinnamon Toast Crunch commercial. I take this to mean that the makers of this commerical associate people (women) who blog/vlog as ridiculous.  That, by doing what we do, we're just goofy beings that like to record ourselves looking like fools.  That's how I take it.  What about you?

Virtual Girls Night Out - Where Has It Gone?

I've been out of town the past few weekends so I didn't set up Virtual GNO parties for those that might have wanted to dance their " virtual " booties off or down a few " virtual " cocktails. But this weekend I have no excuse, other than the fact that I'm still feeling worn down from illness, and emotions surrounding my dad's wife ( not my mother ) passing.  Learning about my dad, and creating a relationship, takes more from my spirit than I consciously realize.  Only when I come home from our visits does my body react to the situation. Inner dialogue: Smile Ann, smile - Everything will be ok  -  Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat . (oh wait, that's for my hair). I'm hoping that I'll get back into the swing of things soon.  Things are definitely different in my life that's for sure.  But if I could just shake this weird cold thing that's happening, I would be doing so much better.  Hopefully a big, ol' Virtual Girls Night Out will h

Looking Away Doesn't Make It Go Away

It's garbage day and with that brings gentlemen who like to look for "treasures" in the neighborhood bins.  As I was returning home from the school drop-off I noticed that someone was going through the bin in front of our house.  I didn't feel comfortable passing him and pulling into our drive-way so I rolled right on by.  I just wanted to give him time. After circling the block I headed back only to find that he was still busy.  Hmmm.  I still wasn't comfortable passing him so I circled once again.  Why?!? Why didn't I just pull into the driveway say, or nod, a 'hello', and go in my house?   I felt so foolish, I felt ridiculous.  When I came back around the 3rd time he was gone.  Next time I'll see him.  Next time I'll say 'hello'.  My avoidance was embarrassing.

Wordless Wednesday - Thanks Cat

While I'm feeling a bit under the weather my cat Phoebe is helping me out... How lucky am I? ;->  ( Is it cruel to attach the sponge by rubber band to her paws?) Check out more Wordless Wednesday here .