My Laughter For The Week!

Mama Kat wants to know what made me laugh this week! I believe laughter and a sense of humor are extremely important. I can find humor in the silliest things. It’s not unusual for friends to quickly learn I can amuse myself like a comic on open mic night. Here’s some of the antics which put a grin on my face.

The crazy spam I get! No matter how many times I check, I just can’t find that part of my body which can grow an extra 3 inches by the grace of some miracle pill. But I don’t fret too much about it since I have people from all over the world wanting to put millions of dollars into my bank account. How lucky can a girl get? For that kind of money, I can buy any body part in triplet! No, I’m not interested in meeting a cougar. Honey, I AM a cougar! Just kidding. Kinda. In a way.

Jeannie’s latest thing, to do this week, is to hit me in my belly! Really?? If you read my A Super Sweet Blogging Award, you’ll understand why I find humor in this. But what cracks me up the most about it is she looks like a little kid who’s up to no good as she accomplishes her quest. And then today, she tells someone she likes hitting me in the belly because of the way her hand bounces off my fat!

How easily I can’t tell our cats apart from strays. I think there’s an underground network of stray cats telling each other to show up at my house for food because I can’t tell one cat apart from another. It doesn’t matter if my contacts are in or not, or if it’s day or night. WB went out the other night, a very rare thing, so when I heard him calling to come back in, I went out to get him. I called him, he meowed and came running to me. Only thing was, it wasn’t WB but some other stray cat! Who didn’t look anything like WB. Time for an eye exam, maybe????

I had a short but busy day of work and was looking forward to a fresh cup of coffee and the cheese pizza I cooked when I came home. Just as I was taking my pizza out of the oven, “R” called me. She wanted me to run to the office with her to check something out with her fan. Sure, why not? Turns out, “R” was interested in seeing if the fan would shock me. That way she could determine if it was staticelectricityor just plain ol’electricity. Uh no. I wouldn’t do it.

I must have been harboring a secret fear the world was going to suffer an egg shortage. Came home tonight to put the groceries away to find two other cartons of eggs in fridge. Wonder what recipes I’ll find using eggs.

I don’t know why this granny was posted on Epic Fail. I think she has the right idea. Go to the gym to watch hot, sweaty men work out and have yourself a drink. Lot less than paying for tickets to watch Chippendale dancers, don’tcha think? Can’t wait for my golden years!

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Mamas Losin It

A Super Sweet Blogging Award! :)

Why hello! It tis I! Yep, I’m still alive and around. I’ve posted a million times! In my mind. Things have been crazy busy and ultra life-changing on soooo many levels. It’s amazing what life can and will hand you when you least expect it. That being said, I was very surprised when Lisa nominated me for a bloggy award. I’d almost forgotten about awards until Lisa nudged a well-hidden memory.

Check out Lisa’s blog, Road to Nowhere…

This is probably one of the more yummy awards! Ah, if only these were real!

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1. Cookies or Cake? This is an easy one for me. Although I love cookies, especially homemade chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, I will pick cake any day. Especially a chocolate cake dripping with ooeey, gooeey chocolate frosting. A close second, is a vanilla cake with ooeey, gooeey chocolate frosting. THE BEST CAKE EVER: My Oma use to make it for me,especiallyaround my birthday. It was a three-layer cake, close to sponge cake, homemade whipped cream, and sliced bananas andmandarinoranges. Oh yes, my little snout and curly tail would appear each and every time Oma made this cake.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Picture it, if you will, *in my best Sophia Petrillo voice.* I am dancing, head thrown back, arms to the sides,floppingwith each bounce of my feet tap dancing away. I resemble Snoopy doing his happy dance. And I owe it all to: CHOCOLATE! That is all there is to say on that one.

3.What is your favorite sweet treat: Cheesecake or frozen Yogurt? Cheesecake. New York Style Cheesecake. Cheesecake with strawberries. Homemade cheesecake. Frozen cheesecake. Jello made cheesecake.

4.When do you crave sweet things the most? From the time my eyesreluctantlyopen in the too soon arriving morning until they close again for a night of slumber. It’s been 2 months since I’ve quit smoking and sweets have become my new addiction. Yes, the poundage does show I’ve switched addictions but hey, one thing at a time, right?

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Quite honestly, if it was in the here and now, I would have to go with Jelly Belly. Cuz this girl has got a belly on her these days. No, better yet: Jello Jelly Belly. Cuz this girl’s belly got the jiggly that would put Jello to shame!

Those were fun questions to answer. Now I’m off to do my Baker’s dozen. No pressure to anyone I list. I thought this was fun and it’s been a good while since my last bloggy award.

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Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop Prompt

One of the prompts for this week fromMamas Losin It!is right up my alley. I chose:Do you love YouTube? Share five of your all time favorite YouTubevideos.Choosing which prompt I wanted to do was theeasypart. Having to narrow down my favorite videos to a mere 5 was thehardpart.

5. I can remember being a little girl and just singing my heart out when this song came on the radio. Of course, it didnt really matter to me what The Manhattans song was about. I just liked the lyrics. However, I did think the song was about a man having to let his maid go. Dont ask me how I came up with this but it did give me a good chuckle when, as an adult, I heard the song again and understood what it wasreallyabout.

4. If you read my blog, you know I like me some Tequila! No feet discrimination, I say!

3. Remember when you were just starting out with make-up? Did anyone else start off with the light blue and pink eye shadow?? Man, that was so popular when I was in Junior High. I think what makes me chuckle about men and make-up, is how much they don’t pay attention to the process we go through. Even when their wife does make-up videos.

2. One motivational speaker I NEVER get tired of listening to is Les Brown. I follow him on Twitter and have liked his Facebook page. Recently, he started a group on Facebook and I was excited to get an invite to the group.

1. I came across Katie Piper’s story as I was browsing through YouTube one day. Katie had the misfortune of meeting a man who changed her life in a way you wouldn’t imagine. Although Katie had a tough time at some points, she managed to turn things around and share her struggles with the world. I admire people like Katie because sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the not just the power of thought but having the strength to have that power.

All I Want Is My Two Front Teeth

I’ve had quite a few people tell me, ‘I don’t dream.’ I’ve read and heard we all dream but most people don’t remember them. Aside from liking sleep because it’s sleep, I look forward to the dreams my mind creates. Most of the time, I don’t ‘read’ into my dreams or try to understand what they mean. Typically, I just think of my dreams as movies while I’m sleeping. But every once in a while, I will have a dream which makes me curious and open to trying tointerpretwhat my mind created.

I have a couple of recurrent dreams: One where I have the ability to jump high, high, in the air, almost as if I have wings and can fly. It never fails, I end up jumping too high, get that scared feeling in my stomach, and then figure, enjoy the ride! (Once the fear has subsided, I realize I can control the flight down.)

The other dream, is where my teeth are either loose or they fall out. Usually, I can put my teeth back where they were but always with the apprehension they might fall out again. Up until the most recent dream, the loose teeth were my back teeth. This time, however, it was my two front teeth. It caused me greatanxietyin this dream because teeth missing from the back of your mouth aren’t as obvious when you smile. Missing front teeth are obvious when you smile. And I’m a big cheeser!

It made me curious about what losing my teeth could symbolize so I went to see what the internet had to show me.

A common theme I came across is that dreams of losing teethsymbolizethe loss of youth or anxiety of getting older. Hmmm, when I thought about it, I realized lately I have been taking a look at my age and mortality. I’ve peeked in the mirror and have noticed wrinkles becoming more apparent to me. My once thick hair, isn’t so thick. I can see acorrelationbetween the two.

Interestingly, teeth also represents family. Your upper teeth represent male family members and your lower teeth represent female family members. Front teeth represent siblings and kids. Molars represent your parents and grandparents, whereas the other teeth represent aunts and uncles. Go figure, huh? I have an idea about the front teeth theory I will share at a later time. (I’ve had some interesting dynamics and life changes over the last nine months, to say the least.)

There was also some talk about losing teeth which could mean you want to ‘sink your teeth into something major’ or perhaps, you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. I’d have to say that both are probably true for me at this point, although the lines aren’t too clear for now.

I found the possible meaning of my dream to be interesting in how it can relate to my life. But I will admit, I was moreintriguedand tickled to find a frog with missing teeth, seeing how I collect frogs!

Do you have a recurring dream? What is it about it? What do you think it means?

Unspoken Pain

The other day, while I was at the office, “R” told me about the memorial service of a man who’d committed suicide. It always hurts my heart when I hear about someone committing suicide. I think about the person who made and followed through with the permanent decision to end their life. I think about family members and friends who are left behind. It’s during those times I feel the true power of helplessness. When I wish I had the power to embrace the world and rid it of its pain and disappointments.

It turns out I know the man who ended his life. I recalled the last couple of times I’d seen him. I scoured my memory to see if I had glimpsed a clue and didn’t realize it. I wondered how his wife and children were doing. I thought about all of the gossip surrounding the reasons as to why he ended his life. And I hurt so bad. For him. For his kids. For his wife. For everyone who knows him and suffers a great loss.

When I decided to do this post, I didn’t know National Suicide Prevention Week is from September 9th -15th but I want to share some information with you. I hope you will pass this information on. You never know when someone might be thinking about ending his or her own life.

National Events

Sunday, September 9th-Show Off Your Awareness Ribbon

The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolizes suicide awareness and prevention and serves as a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about. Download a ribbon avatar and make it your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter during National Suicide Prevention Week.

Monday, September 10th-Celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day

Tell your co-workers, friends, and family that preventing suicide is important by wearing turquoise and purple in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Tuesday, September 11th-Get the Digits Day

Save the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in your phone and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You never know when someone may need the number.

Wednesday, September 12th-Learn the Warning Signs

Every 15 minutes someone takes their life. Spend 1 minute learning the warning signs and learn how to prevent suicide.

Thursday, September 13th-Make a Reasons to Call Sign

There are a million reasons to call the Lifeline. We asked people to make a sign telling others why they should call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or why they have called themselves. Get inspired by viewing the 200 signs on the Lifelines Facebook pageand please make and upload your own.

Friday, September 14th-Join a Twitter Chat

We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. Find out what you can do in your community, workplace, or circle by attending the 800272TALKs first-ever Twitter chat. Time TBD.

Saturday, September 15th-Make a My Lifeline Video

Help prevent suicide by making your own My Lifeline explaining why you have called the Lifelineor a video telling other people why they should call when they are struggling.Learn more about making a video here.

Here are some signs to look for in someone who may be suicidal:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, there is help. There are people who care and will help you.

Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Share Your World-Week 37

1. Do you believe in the afterlife? Reincarnation?Very interesting first question. I know I have had moments of deja vu; where you feel like you’ve lived a moment before, although technically, that’s impossible. Or so they say. I’ve often wondered, what if we are reincarnated, to right the wrongs, fix the mistakes, improve and appreciate what we did right the previous time around. I do believe in God. I do believe in Heaven. But I won’t pretend that I don’t question things. I get the concept of faith and what it means. I understand that just fine but I am curious at the same time about some of the different belief systems we have in the world. The bottom line is, we really don’t know what happens after we die.

2. For your computer Mac or Windows-based computer? Desktop, lap top or other?I have a Windows-based computer although I have used Mac’s before when I worked for a newspaper company. I also did a little rep work for Apple products. After using both, I have to say that I easily adjust to whatever’s in front of me. I think each operating system has its advantages. I would much rather play my S3 on a window but the creativity factor is endless on a Mac. Up until this lap top, I’d always owned a desk top. I admit, I was a little resistant to lap tops but now that I have one, I think I’d prefer to have a desktop for my office and the lap top for home.

3. If you could witness any event, past, present, or future, what would it be?For me, I would love to go back in time and hear Martin Luther King, Jr. give his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. I can’t tell you what it is that has always pulled me to him or that speech. I remember, in junior high, our music class was putting on a musical of sorts. There was a solo speaking part which had a few lines from the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. I have no doubt it was my crazy enthusiasm that won me the part. I have to say, doing those few lines during the show is a memory I will always cherish.

4. What are you reading, fiction or non-fiction, or studying and would yourecommendit?I just finished reading ‘Monster’ by A. Lee Martinez. I typically get most of my books at the Dollar Tree so I usually don’t have any idea of what the author is like. I was pleasantly surprised and very drawn into this book. If you enjoy fun, zany magic and the idea of realms of life we might not acknowledge, this is a book for you. Studying? I tend to study things relating to my field. Right now, I’m getting ready to delve into the world of research by Aaron Beck (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) on borderlines and CBT. I’d recommend learning about CBT if you’re interested in human behavior and changes.

Come check it out!

The Dr. Ordered A Lil Tequila

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some Tequila Johnson videos. Enjoy!

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