What’s your story?

I’m sure we’ve all heard this before. Someone random or even an acquaintance asking what makes you, you. It may be any variation or form of the aforementioned question, but it holds the weight of your lifetime in it’s punctuation. 
If someone were to ask you this question today, what would the answer look like? What would the events of your past, accumulating to the present, show? 

Would they show a hard worker, striving for success? Maybe even showing some milestone(s) of achievement? 

Would it show a family oriented series of memories, leading up to the creation of your own unit? Would you be surrounded by people who you love and are loved by in return?

What’s your story?

What does it look like?

The best part of this story, the one you are currently starting in, is it isn’t finished yet.

Christmas Playlist

Let me get you in a Christmas mood. Enjoy my selection of a perfect Christmas Playlist. No Christmas celebration is complete without it!

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All I Want For Christmas Is You

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Joy To The World

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

White Christmas

Blue Christmas

Jingle Bells

O Holy Night

O Come All Ye Faithful

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town

Little Drummer Boy

Santa Baby

Jingle Bell Rock

Winter Wonderland

Silent Night

Last Christmas

Merry Christmas Baby

Do you Hear What I Hear

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Feliz Nevidad

Silver Bells

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

This Christmas

I was Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Up On The Housetop

Here Comes Santa Claus

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Holly Jolly Christmas

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Home For The Holidays

The First Noel

Twelve Days of Christmas

Deck The Halls

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

An Amazon Original Series

IMDB: Set in early 1960s Manhattan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a 60-minute dramedy that centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a sunny, energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life mapped out for herself: go to college, find a husband, have kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in town. Soon enough, she finds herself exactly where she had hoped to be, living happily with her husband and two children in the Upper West Side. A woman of her time, Midge is a cheerleader wife to a man who dreams of a stand-up comedy career, but her perfect life is turned upside down when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge is left with no choice but to reevaluate what to do with her life. When she accidentally stumbles onto the stage at a comedy club, she soon discovers her own comedic skills and decides to use this newfound talent to help her rebuild a different life for herself. The series will trace the trajectory of Midge’s journey as she goes on to pursue a career in the male-dominated, stand-up comedy profession, and transforms from uptown housewife to East Village club performer.

I am over the moon with this show thus far! I’m on episode seven, and I am in love with Rachel Brosnahan in this role! House of Cards just didn’t do her acting skills any justice. She sells the role of a witty housewife gone rogue and delivers it with a beautiful smile and a big middle finger. They couldn’t have cast the role any better, and I would bet she wins awards for this performance.

I don’t think I have laughed this hard at a series in a long time! Brosnahan’s interactions with all of the other characters including Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein leave me in tears.

“I still run this house, but from in here.”

“There, there.”

“Who wouldn’t want to come home to this?”

I am binge watching this show for sure, and I’m already sad this season will be over soon. Hopefully Amazon puts in for a Season 2!

Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot

I am absolutely in love with this wine right now. When I first saw it in the supermarket, I was actually looking for the Arbor Mist version of this flavor. Whenever I’m craving a sweet wine, my absolute go to had been Arbor Mist as their blends seem to be more sugary. Well, when I came upon the Arbor Mist bottle, the store had jacked up the price to $6 for a 750mL! Craziness! I enjoy this wine, but the greedy jerks were just taking advantage of their customers.

I kept looking, thinking I was going to go for a red Moscato instead when I happened upon the Wild Vines version. I was skeptical at first as seeing a bottle for $3.50 was low even for my standard, but I figured, what the hay!

Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot is meant to be served chilled, so I waited until the next evening to try the bouquet. The moment it hit my tongue I knew. It was my new favorite! The sweet tones of the blackberry married with the dark Merlot grapes gave it a bold taste, and unlike Arbor Mist, it wasn’t as sugary as I thought it would be with it’s subtle hint of bitterness. 

I was in love! Still am, but guess what I happened upon at the grocery store this weekend when searching out my wine. They had rasied the price on this one, too! I don’t drink that much wine, maybe a bottle a month, so I can’t be the cause of the higher price due to my high demand! 

Guess I may be back on the market for a new brand soon. Until then, I’ll enjoy my $5.99 Wild Vines Blackberry Merlot a bit longer.

Holiday Traditions

It’s Black Friday, and if you are one of the brave souls who venture out on this infamously crazy day, more power to you. For me, this day has come to mean clean up! 

My family and I are truly blessed with how amazing our family is, both blood and chosen. When we get together, a good time is had by all, and the feast is bountiful! Yesterday, for Thanksgiving, the story was tenfold. We all have so much to be thankful for, and I am so thankful for the full house of wonderful people, plentiful food, and beautiful memories made. 

Moving on to today, it’s now time to clean it all up, and I seriously just want to sell my house. Forget it all, and move out of the mess! The next person can deal with it. 

In reality, it’s really not that bad. Two loads into the dishwasher, a dozen wipes, vacuum, and mop later, my house is starting to look a bit more in order again.

Tomorrow, I am hopeful the true traditions will begin. Setting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, making gingerbread houses; it’s time to start the Christmas traditions! And as I have said previously, I am overly excited for this year. 

Dishwasher just dinged. Onto the next load. Someone send a search party if I don’t post in a few days! First place to look, in the sink, under the dishes!

Family Values

I’ve become such a bleeding heart when it comes to children. I believe they deserve so much better than what they are given at times, and I wish I could help them all! My maternal insticts are so strong and kick in so hard whenever a situation includes children. 

My husband and I were watching a movie the other day, and the child was treated poorly. It literally broke my heart! If you know me, you know I’m not much of a crier, but I bawled like a baby! Silly hormones! They are just so innocent, and if given a chance, they could accomplish so much.

People are so concerned with the adults in any given situation. Like, oh, Tom and June are getting divorced, or Mark and Mary are going through a hard time. If there are children involved, I think the conversation should look more like: are Timmy and Julie doing well with the divorce? Are Mikey and Missy getting enough to eat?

When did family values start to exclude the well-being of the child? And when did Hollywood start exploiting the subtraction of the total members of the family until? When did we stop noticing, or stop caring?

I hope true family values come back in style. These children are the future, and they deserve the best chance at making this world a better place.

SNHU Graduate!

I did it! I finally finished my Bachelor degree!

Right after high school, I went back to school and got my Associate’s Degree of Science in General Studies. I figured since I had no idea what I wanted to do with my working life, I could at least knock out all of the prerequisites I would one day have to take in order to complete a degree at a later time. My local community college provided all of the courses I needed at a fractional cost of a traditional university, so I felt assured in my decision to obtain my two-year degree with the hopes of maybe finding what I wanted to do with my career along the way.

While that didn’t happen right away, I did find an organization that allowed me to experience many different areas of a business, providing me with insight to the possibilities of where I could succeed within the company. After a few years and several life changes such as buying my first home and getting married, my wonderful husband decided he wanted to go back to school. Well, regardless of my apprehension to start school back up again, he signed me up to speak to a recruiter who a few days later enrolled me at Southern New Hampshire University. I can honestly say I am so happy with my choice of school and my entire online college experience. We’ll see how long it takes for them to send me my diploma!snhu

A lot of hard work and determination, and sheer manipulation of the scarce free-time I had later, I made my way through my final sixty credits with a 3.97 GPA. (Two stupid -A’s!) It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in the midst of life and work, but now that I am just waiting on my diploma to arrive in the mail, I feel satisfied with my accomplishment.

But now what to do with all of my free time?

Let me just say, laundry has never been done so quickly!

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

Maybe this is old news, but I just found this program through my local dentist office. Businesses such as dentist offices and various others that register with the program will buyback your excess Halloween candy at a set price per pound, but what they do with it following the buyback is what really caught my attention. This program will then create care packages with toothbrushes included for troops overseas.

If you are looking to get rid of the candy from your house to keep your kids from rotting their teeth out or from you gaining excess weight (my case because everyone knows I can’t stay away from chocolate), then take a look at the Halloween Buy Back Program!candybuyback

Block negativity, allow success

As I sit in traffic, already late for work, two stories I once heard play through my mind. Now, it’s not often that I find myself in these situations, but every once in a while, when I have a bout of bad luck or things just aren’t going my way. These stories put a smile on my face and make me rethink my attitude.

The first is a religious based story in that it is a man talking to God, and regardless of your belief, we can all agree that there is something bigger to this life than just living. Take it for the moral of the story, please, and not a sermon. Below is just an excerpt; find the full story here.

   Me (in a tizzy) : God, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

   Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today? I woke up late.

GOD: Yes

   Me: My car took forever to start.

GOD: Okay.

   Me (loudly): Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

GOD: Well let me see….. the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

   Me (humbled): Oh.

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.

   Me (ashamed): …………

This story alone is powerful in that sometimes things happen to you so something does or doesn’t. Your car may not have started, but you met your future husband at the repair shop. You may have lost your job, but it just opened you up to pursue your real passion. Whether you believe in luck or fate, sometimes things happen or don’t that can just have a snowball effect in you life. Take it all in, enjoy each moment, even the less desirable ones, because one day, maybe even the next move, could lead to something better.

The next “story” is actually an article I read as part of one of my professional memberships with IAAP. I can’t find the link, but when I do, I will be sure to share. 

The article posted a question about what kind of person you are. Are you the kind who let’s one negative event such as waking up late seep into your attitude and taint your entire day? Or, are you the kind of person who can brush off these one-off events and move on to the next moment in life without letting it manipulate the rest of your day?

The article goes on to say that those who can single these negative moments out and keep them from effecting their attitude as the day goes on, someone who can “roll with the punches”, is more successful in their lives and just happier in their day-to-day. For that reason alone, I try to remember this article and refuse to allow myself to sink into the negativity of a single event. As Taylor Swift says, “Shake it off!”

So as another minute ticks by on the clock, I try to keep these ideas in mind. For some reason, I wasn’t meant to be at work at my normal time, and I refuse to beat myself up over it for the rest of the day.  I’ll take the bad with the good and only focus on one moment in the hourglass of my life at a time.