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Wordless Wednesday – Summer


Bronwyn | Paige | Kris | Jessica | Jess | Gwen

Favorite Things – Reading Places

I’m taking the lazy way out and using pictures. πŸ™‚ I love to read pretty much anywhere.


On our Writers Retreat when I should be writing…image

Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Crystal, MI at the end of the dock.imagePretty much any beach (Bahamas).image

Where there’s coffee…Β image

Next to a pool watching these yahoos.imageRainy days…

That’s all folks! πŸ™‚

5 or less – Wed Bloggers


























Just had a baby, yay!











Cute hair

Bonus Five


Bronwyn | Norris | Jess | Leigh | Jessica | Gwen | Paige

Wednesday Words: Where in the World?

Greetings, Blog Readers!

There isn’t a normal Wednesday post this week because it’s Writer’s Retreat Week! Bronwyn, Jess, Jenny, Leigh and I are waaaaaaaaaay up at the top of Michigan in a lovely little village called Gay. We’re laughing and reading and writing and knitting and just having a week of fun! Β We’re also in the land of little to no cell service and no internet so I’m actually writing this on Friday night from Bron’s living room. πŸ™‚ We leave in the morning tomorrow when Jen and Leigh get here. Jess is already up there because she’s from Minnesota and goes the other way. πŸ™‚ (For those who don’t know, I’m usually in Lansing, and Bron is in Grand Rapids.)

I hope you’re having a great week! I’ll talk to you all next week when I’m back in civilization (yay!) and back to work (boo!).

Wednesday Words – 5 Words

It’s another five words or less post! Thank, goodness! LOL my brain is in between fried and “OMG it’s almost vacation time!”


Will grow on writer’s retreat.

My Characters

I can’t remember their names. (LOL no really, I have no idea.)

My Setting

Lansing Michigan Coffee Dreams Hospital

My Conflict

Love Death Psychic Tradition Change


That was harder than I expected it to be. πŸ˜„ 

Now, let’s see what the rest of the gang has to say!

Bronwyn | Jessica | JessPaige | Kris | Gwen

Don’t forget, next week is an off week because several of us will be in the land of no internet on a writer’s retreat. πŸ™‚ 

Wednesday Words: Quotes!

Thank goodness for an easy blog topic this week! LOL I was just getting ready to shut the computer down when I thought, “Oh shizmonkeys! I haven’t done my blog yet!” πŸ™‚  So yeah, this week we’re sharing favorite quotes. I LOVE quotes! I’m always collecting them. 

Here’s a bunch I had saved on my iPad.









  Now, let me copy and paste from my Facebook profile…

“And if these staggering refugees want to help, if they think they see something other than a boy chasing a girl, then they can help, and we’ll see what happens when we say YES while this rigor mortis world screams NO.” ~ Warm Bodies, Page 106

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“Writing a book is like washing an elephant: no good place to begin or end & it’s hard to keep track of what you’ve already covered.” Anon

β€œThe idea is to write it so that people hear it & it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” Maya Angelou

“This writing business. Pencils and whatnot. Overrated, if you ask me.” Winnie the Pooh

“I never had a mustache. I always said a man with a mustache had something to hide.” G’pa 10/27/11 (Age 96)

“We have the right, and the obligation, to tell old stories in our own ways, because they are our stories.” – Neil Gaiman

“Coffee kinda acts as a magical elixir that takes hold of your brain and just shakes the shit out of it until things fall into place.” Adam Levine

β€Ž”Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling…People who keep stiff upper lips find that it’s damn hard to smile.” -Judith Guest

“Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.”
— Queen Rania of Jordan

“Follow your bliss…” – Joseph Campbell

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” Maya Angelou

“But I want to sample everything, I tell her. In Target I’m like a dog looking for a comfortable place to sit, I circle and pace, sniffing everything. I go there for laundry detergent and I come home with a new CD, two shirts, a bath mat, a plant, some magazines and contact soloution.” From ‘Welcome to My Planet: where English is sometimes spoken’ By Shannon Olson

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett

“If you find a job you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.” –Confucious

β€œGay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the vote, they did not redefine voting. When African Americans got the right to sit at a lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table.” ~ Cynthia Nixon

Then there’s my sweet Doodlebutt.  He’s 8 but has been giving me gems since he could first talk.  I literally have a whole book of Doodlebutt quotes… he’s that amazing. πŸ™‚  But here are a few of my favorites, I call them Doodlebutt Wisdom.

Me: Did you get any books for Xmas?
Doodlebutt: No.
Me: I’ve failed you.
Doodlebutt: Well, I’ve got some of your DNA so that makes me a little bit crazy. (Age 8)

“Let me give you a tip. When you get a boyfriend, make sure he’s not one of those jerks who doesn’t like kids.” (Age 7)

“I’m stuck… You gotta call the plumber. He can plumb me.” – (Age 4)

“I have mommy and daddy issues…” (Age 4 when telling me about his worry about going to Kindergarten. LOL)

“School of Rock?  That’s a stupid name.  It should be called Jack Black’s Awesome Jam at the School!” (Age 4)

Now let’s check out what the other ladies have to share! πŸ™‚

Bronwyn | Kris | Jess | Kayleigh | Jessica | Gwen | Paige

Wednesday Words: Difficult Words

This week we’re supposed to be talking about the most difficult thing we’ve ever written.  Because I almost always have a song in my head that relates to what I’m talking about, I’ve been singing this song every time I think about typing this post. LOL

I suppose the most difficult thing I ever wrote was a short story that I wrote for a creative writing course that I took for fun between degrees.  I can’t remember what the prompt was, but I wound up writing a true story even though it was supposed to be fiction.  I wrote about my experience the night that someone in my family attempted suicide and II made it into a first person story.  The subject was difficult, of course, but more so was putting words to all of the feelings I had that night and following day.  Then of course there was the worry that the story wouldn’t be “good enough” for the class.  I remember getting the paper back from the teacher, who was kind of an asshole and didn’t understand the creative part of creative writing.  He didn’t particularly like the piece, but of course he didn’t know that what he read had actually happened. I was just happy to have finally written it out for myself and shared it with the class even though people didn’t know it was true.

Another thing that I wrote that was difficult was my coming out letter to my family.  I’m naturally shy and so telling my family anything was difficult.  I also didn’t want to be like,”Gather round, everyone, let me tell you a story!”  So I wrote a letter, printed it out and mailed a copy to my mom, dad, brother, sister in law, and my sister in law’s mom.  :p  Not only did I come out as bisexual, but I also told them for the first time about my dysthymia and that I was taking medication for it.  I don’t know why I was so damn scared, because they all took it really well, but I was terrified that at least one of them was going to be a jerk about it.  Well… someone was a jerk, but not to my face.  Honestly, I think I was most worried that my being bi would seem like a let down to my mom or dad because there was the possibility that I wouldn’t have a traditional marriage/relationship which I assumed they always hoped I would have.  But now that we’re seeing marriage equality slowly but surely sweeping the nation, I’m not so worried about that anymore. πŸ™‚

Now, let’s see what the girls all had to say about this topic. πŸ™‚

JessJessica | Kris | Gwen | Bronwyn

Lie Revealed!

Yes, I’m late. But for the record I didn’t know the other girls were posting their reveals on Friday so there! LOL 

Anywho to recap, last Wednesday we played Three Truths and a Lie.  My statements were these…

  • I’m biracial; mixed with black and white plus a smidge of Native American.
  • Despite being claustrophobic, I once had to dress up in a Paddington Bear costume (like one you’d wear in a theme park) as part of a job.
  • When my parents got married, interracial marriage was still illegal in some states.
  • I have a brother who is 19 years younger than me.

So actually, they’re all true. But one has a loophole. πŸ™‚  

I am biracial, I am claustrophobic and had to endure a very long 20-30 minutes is a big hot sweaty Paddington costume, and I do have a baby brother who was born when I was 19. (He’s now the same age I was when he was born!) So that leaves my parents marriage. 

Technically, interracial marriage became legal in all States in 1964 and my parents were married in 1969. BUT, even though it was legal, it took until the year 2000 for one ass backward state to officially take their law off the books. It was unenforcable but technically it was still there.  

Tricky, huh? πŸ™‚ 

Now go see if you were right about the other lies. πŸ™‚ 

Bronwyn | Jess | Jessica | Kris | Gwen 

Wednesday Words: Fave Beauty Stuff

This week is another My Favorite Things version of Wednesday Words and our topic is beauty supplies.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not that picky when it comes to beauty supplies. I have my favorites but I’m not one of those girls who can’t possibly use something else in a pinch. I also love a bargain so I’m all about cheap makeup as long as it looks good. πŸ™‚  I went through Clinique and Mary Kay stages (I even sold Mary Kay… Gag) but now I have a hodgepodge of stuff. πŸ™‚  So here are my favorites that I use pretty much daily.

 L’Oreal True Match foundation. Sometimes I have to mix two colors but it’s still cheaper than buying Clinique. πŸ™‚


I wear this eye shadow every day. I’m afraid to go back to the store and find out it’s discontinued because it’s THE perfect color. It’s not as glittery as it looks. I love it.
Revlon Colorstay OverTime lip shit. I’ve been using this for years. I hate having to reapply lipstick all day so this stuff works well. And I love the lip gloss side for touch ups.

Deva Curl! Their Low Poo shampoo and One Condition conditioner is all I use to wash my hair. I love it and it loves my curls. Their styling products are good too but I never found my perfect hair cocktail with their products. I’ve been using these for about a year and a half now.

Curls Rock Amplifier. Okay so THIS stuff I’ve been using for probably close to ten years. It’s amazing. If you have curly hair and have never tried it, go now. πŸ™‚ I’ve tried other products but I always go back to my Curl’s Rock.
Baby lotion in General is a favorite of mine. I really love the sleepy time lavender stuff too… *swoon* But I really dig this creamy baby oil. Cocoa Butter lotion makes me happy, but this stuff is cool. πŸ™‚ 

I have a love hate relationship with gel nail color. I’ve been trying to go natural for about half a year and have been getting biweekly gel manicures. But my nails are absolute shit and I struggle to make a two week mani last over a week. The Cuccio Veneer up top is a better product and tends to wear longer but the Opi gelcolor has so many fun colors.  My nail girl rocks though and does lots of fun stuff. 


Check out my Instagram for more pix… Link over there –>

That’s all I’ve got! I use eyeliner but I’m not picky about it and couldn’t even tell you what brand I’ve been using. LOL 

Do you have a must have product? Share in the comments and then check out what things made the lists of the other girls!

Bronwyn | Jenny | Jess | Jessica | Kris | Paige | Kayleigh | Gwen

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