Monday, September 30, 2019

List: Ten ways to stop procrastination.


Before I went on a temporary blogging hiatus, I typed up a draft and saved it in my posts.
This draft was created on March 5, 2016 with my last post being September 26, 2016.
This post was ironically entitled "List:  Ten ways to stop procrastination."
Ladies and gentleman, I give you the ultimate procrastination!
To add insult to injury, this was my only remaining draft.

I could have deleted this draft, accepted my fate as a procrastinator, and moved on.
Instead I am choosing to change my ways.  
 I will no longer let today's problems become tomorrow's problems.
Here's to the start of something new!

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Ten ways to stop procrastination.

1.  Learn to prioritize.
Sometimes things are pushed to the side because of time restraints.
Get organized by acting on the most important items first.
Tip- Do my favorite activity and write a list with the high priority items at the top.

2.  Plan out your day.
At the start of your day, make a plan.
Think of all the things you need to do and schedule the best time for all to ensure everything gets done.
An itinerary may get gruesome, but sticking to a plan eliminates the risk of procrastination.

3.  Identify your most dreaded tasks.
One of the biggest reasons for procrastination, at least for me, is not wanting to do something.
 The things that sit and wait are the things that we are just not excited for.
Identify these tasks and get them over with early to ensure that they are done and not lingering.

4.  Keep your focus.
Once you have prioritized, made a plan, and flagged your most hated items, focus and get it done.
This means shutting the door, putting your phone on DND, and turning off anything else prohibiting focus.
Anyone else famous for getting distracted?  I could do that thing now but, oh wait, there's spaghetti!

5.  Talk about your tasks and deadlines.
Commit to your tasks by going public with your action items and timelines.
Strategically speak to people who will hold you accountable and question your progress.
You're more likely to do something timely when your reputations is on the line.

6.  Don't overthink something.
When we dread doing something we tend to complicate it.
I can't be the only one that does this!  Complicating simple things is another one of my many talents.
Try breaking the task down into smaller steps to simplify the process and ease the dread.

7.  Stop with the excuses.
Procrastination is usually found hidden below a pile of excuses.
Stop making excuses and do what needs to be done in a timely manner.
The world may implode, an ox may fall onto your roof, and aliens may invade, but they are still excuses.

8.  Find someone to do it with you.
When you have a friend going along for the ride, you may be less likely to procrastinate.
If possible, pick a buddy that isn't flaky and is just as invested as you are.  
You may find yourself forced to continue simply because someone else is involved.

9.  Track your progress.
One of the best motivators is to acknowledge the milestones along the way.
...within reason, people!  I'm not going to cheer for a one sentence start to a 30 page report...
Many times you may find yourself eager to finish simply because you started.

10.  Plan a small reward at the end.
Just because you're doing a daunting task, doesn't mean you can't create incentive.
Promise yourself that if you complete the required tasks by a certain day/time, you'll indulge.
Well, now that this overdue list is done, I'm heading off to Coldstone for a treat.  See ya!

How do you stop procrastination?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Life: Friday Ramblings


Friday Ramblings

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I fell head over heels in love with...
...this adorable vampire pig!
Unfortunately, my husband doesn't feel the same way.
Every time he walks past my vampire pig, he just shakes his head and sighs.
I have a thing with pig decor, so he's been shaking his head a lot throughout the years.

I feel powerless because...
...my poor baby boy has a virus with a fever.
Every time he coughs my heart breaks.
Although Nanny keeps telling me it's a fake cough for attention..

I feel really, really dumb when...
...my six year old daughter gives me directions to places I go to often.

I feel even dumber when...
...I make a wrong turn with my GPS on and my six year old says "Mommy, where you going?"

I realized that...
...I'm really uncomfortable writing with a pen.
I know that sounds ridiculous, but I only use pencils or markers.
I wonder if that has some sort of hidden meaning?

I'm FREAKING OUT because...
...my family and I will be boarding a plane in less than two weeks.
It's one thing to fly alone because I can medicate and panic in silence without worry.
It's another thing to fly with your babies next to you.
Please send good vibes and prayers our way for a safe trip there and back!!

I've replaced my red baseball cap with...
...a stylish fedora that I can't take off.
I've learned to protect my skin from the sun in my old age.
Not to mention, it was on clearance for $3!

I'm losing a war with...
...the vines that have taken over our flower beds!
We've cut then down, dug them out, and sprayed them with dangerous chemicals.
Despite our best efforts, the vine keeps returning with a vengeance.
 These vines are about to choke out my beautiful cabbage roses and then I'm really going to cry!
Any tips on how to get rid of the ivy?

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Let's Discuss: The Flat Earth Society


The Flat Earth Society has been making its way around my social media platforms.
At first glance, I thought it was nothing more than a really odd joke.
After seeing it pop up a few more times, I decided to do some investigating.

Turns out that The Flat Earth Society is a real thing.
They have a real life following with a significant number of members.
They have their own website and FAQ pages.
They have their own social media pages including Facebook and Twitter.
They even have their very own soccer team called Flat Earth FC.
You're not an official "society" until you have own web page and sports team.  Just saying!

A few clicks later and I just couldn't stop reading.
While I didn't join the movement, I did learn a whole lot of information surrounding it.

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What is The Flat Earth Society?

The Flat Earth Society is a group of people that believe the Earth is flat.
Well, that was anti-climatic, wasn't it?

What about all the scientists that say the Earth is round?

They believe that the "Round Earth doctrine" is nothing more than a hoax.
They believe that they have scientific backing on their claim that the world is flat.  
One of their scientific pieces of evidence included a six mile body of water that did not have any curvature.  This was called the Bedford Level Experiment.  Another piece of scientific evidence that they reference is called The Bishop Experiment.  This experiment supposedly proves that the Earth is flat because on a clear day with a telescope you can see a beach 23 miles away.

What about the people who went to space and saw a sphere?

The Flat Earth Society justifies this by suggesting that people have never been to space.
To be clear, space travel is a separate hoax and is not associated with the round Earth hoax.
Furthermore, they dismiss all pictures of a spherical Earth from space or otherwise as fake.  They believe these pictures were created as part of the elaborate scheme to make society believe man has been to space and that the Earth is round.  While they do not blame NASA for filling our heads with circular lies, they do blame NASA for the motive of a time travel conspiracy that somehow ties back to lies of a round Earth.
Is your head spinning yet?  Mine was just about now.

If the Earth is flat, why hasn't anyone fallen off yet?

This one was simple for them to explain - There is no edge!
...and this is where I stopped researching because my brain hurt...

What do you think of The Flat Earth Society?

Monday, September 23, 2019

List: Ten activities to do this Autumn.


In honor of the first day of Autumn, I made a list of some fun fall activities.
Autumn is my favorite season because I love the cooler weather, Thanksgiving, and fall produce.
Also, because of my hair.  My hair loves the fall season.
I get to replace my shorts and tank tops with jeans, scarves, and boots.
We get to decorate our stoop with pumpkins, barrels of straw, and beautiful mums.
We get to decorate our fire place with our cornucopia, gourds, festive candles, and glass pumpkins.
It's also the season to lower down the AC and open the windows for some crisp, cool air.

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List:  Ten activities to do this Autumn.

1.  Take a road trip to the farmlands.
Depending on where you live, this could be a day trip or a weekend getaway.
Every year my family and I spend a few nights at a resort called Villa Roma in Callicoon, NY.
We have lots of fun visiting farms to pet the animals, buy fresh produce or honey, and pick out pumpkins.
Since we are missing the trip this year, I posted a picture from last year's adventure above.

2.  Visit a haunted house.
One of my favorite activities to do during this season is get scared!
It's easy to do on Long Island with all the haunted houses, corn mazes, and even gazebos available to tour.

3.  Jump in a pile of leaves.
...and then immediately take a shower because the whole concept skeeves me...
Whoever helps daddy rake up all the falling leaves in the front & backyard gets to jump into the pile.

4.  Get an Autumn themed manicure and pedicure.
Every month I go to the nail salon for a fresh powder gel mani and spa pedi.
My favorite nail polish colors are Fall themed and consist of pale grays and silvery blues.
Don't judge, I work real hard and deserve to indulge with some me time every month!

5.  Go on a hay ride.
I like a traditional fall themed pumpkin picking event.
My babies have to take a hay ride and trek through a muddy field to pick their pumpkins.
Not only is this more fun, but it usually involves a homemade pie and a grilled corn stand as a bonus!

6.  Visit the local festivals.
We love to spend the day at the local apple festivals, harvest festivals, and even the spooky festivals!
These are not only fun and typically inexpensive, but they support your community and local businesses.
Tip-  These are usually filled with local vendors where you can find some unique holiday presents!

7.  Make homemade s'mores.
If you are lucky enough to have a fire pit in your backyard, invest in some marshmallows!
There's nothing more fun than spooky funny stories around a campfire while making snacks.
The fire will keep the night air the perfect temperature.
 ...and a sweater will hide the effects of the s'mores on your belly...

8.  Have a pumpkin painting party.
Invite over some of your closest friends to carve and paint your pumpkins.
Choose a grown up or nonparticipant to be a judge and pick their favorite pumpkin.
Winner gets to be the first person to bob for apples and eat their snack!

9.  Bake a homemade pumpkin pie.
The cooler air makes it more bearable to have the oven on.
This is the perfect season to bake some season friendly desserts and save on heating.
Other ideas are pumpkin bread or my favorite - ricotta cookies!

10.  Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.
Thanksgiving is not only my favorite holiday, but it's my holiday to host.
Watching the Thanksgiving parade with my family while the turkey is in the oven is what I live for.
My favorite memory each year is my daughter's face at the grand finale of the parade!

What are your favorite Autumn activities?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Life: Friday Ramblings


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Friday Ramblings

I come home smiling because...
...I love the Autumn decor throughout my home.
We decorated early this year because it makes me happy.

I jumped up and down cheering when...
...my son took FOUR wobbly steps from the TV stand to the couch.
He did it all on his own and didn't even realize what he did.

I'm real proud of my baby girl because...
...she started ballet lessons and already looks like a ballerina.
She has the rhythm and grace for it, but needs discipline as she thinks she knows it all.
I tried to show her some ballet moves and she just said "Mommy, you look like a lunatic."  Hmph!

I'm totally not looking forward to...
...all the Halloween candy that is about to make it's way into my home!
It's a month away and yet my hubby still finds the need to eat stock up on it.

I'm really, really, REALLY excited for...
...Supernatural to start in a couple of weeks!!!  Hello, Sammy baby!!
To prepare for season 15, we are watching some of our favorite episodes each night.

I'm freaking out because...
...my family and I are about to board a plane.
It's one thing to put myself at risk, but bringing my babies along has me loosing sleep.
I'm literally having nightmares!!  It's making me wish this trip was over before it starts.

I'm a little shocked that...
...it's time to book our Christmas card pictures already!
I got an e-mail from my photographer that they were booked out through October.

I'm in pain and little scared because...
...I did a minor procedure on my belly button and it looks like a war zone.
I was awake for the procedure, saw lots of blood, and felt every tug!  It was awful.  Bleh gag barf!

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Idea: Storing fresh herbs from your garden.


September is the time to start gathering your herbs from your garden.
You want to gather as much as you can before the chilly nights and your plants frost.
I pulled my herb plants (parsley, basil, oregano, and cilantro) from the roots.

The second step is to clean them.
...every single leaf...
Then lay them out to dry on a clean paper towel.

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Next, I work on preserving them so that I have fresh garden herbs throughout the Winter.
If you told me 8 years ago that I'd spend a day preserving herbs, I'd say no way.  I'm officially o l d!!
Depending on the herb, I preserve them by either drying them or freezing them.
I dry all of the oregano and half of the parsley.  I freeze all of the basil and the cilantro.

To dry them, I wash the herbs on the stems and then hang them upside down to dry in the sun.
Tip:  Hang them inside next to a window.  I use dental floss to bunch the stems and hang them.
After 7 - 10 days, they should be fully dry and crisp.
You want to take two fingers and slide down the stem.  
All of the leaves will fall off perfectly and can be stored in a plastic container or bag for future use.

To freeze them, I remove the leaves from the stems before washing.
I then pat the leaves the dry, but don't let them sit too long otherwise they will wilt.
The last step is to lay the leaves out flat and freeze in portions.
Remember, once frozen, they are very difficult to separate without fully defrosting.
I always make sure to date and label the bags because some herbs linger like mint and cilantro.

Have you or will you preserve fresh herbs?

Monday, September 16, 2019

List: Ten games to reinforce learning with your first grader.


My baby girl just entered the first grade.
Yes, I'm crying.  Don't judge me.
To keep her brain stimulated during the Summer, we got creative with playtime.
I felt that it was important for her to reinforce the skills she learned before she lost them.
She was happy to play and we were just happy that she was practicing reading, writing, and math!

She could thank her playtime for the confidence displayed on her first day of school.
Equipped with her new Jasmine backpack, gigantic hair bow, and special dress, she skipped onto the bus.
Here's to another fabulous school year filled with knowledge, fun, and lots of laughs!

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Ten games to enhance learning with your first grader.

1. Mail Man
With my daughter on one side of the house and me on the other, we pretend to deliver mail.
When one person takes the turn as the mailman, they also have to write and deliver a secret message.
This requires writing a message, reading a new message, and a whole lot of pretending.
This is by far my daughter's favorite game.  It's also mine because I can do it while cooking dinner!

2.  Restaurant
Using Mushy Face's Peppa Pig kitchen as the main prop, she will pretend to be a cook/waitress.
She's required to write down the order, sometimes cook it in a pattern, and man the cash register.
This requires writing, making patterns, and using math skills to add prices.

3.  I Spy Books
 One series of books that my baby girl  l o v e s  is I Spy.
Together we will hunt through pictures to find different items lost in a photo of a million things.
This requires reading the items and memory skills to find new ones.
These books make great gifts and come in different themes appropriate for unique occasions.

4.  Making Necklaces
First we take a trip to a craft store to buy inexpensive string and all different types of beads.
Then she's challenged to make different necklaces following the "recipe" that I lay out for her.
This requires math skills, following directions, and making patterns.
Mushy keeps asking to sell her necklaces online to get money for the ice cream man!  Anyone interested??

5.  School
My baby girl loves to take out her easel and pretend to be the teacher.
She will write out simple math problems, words with missing letters, or even mimic a calendar.
This requires math skills, reading skill, writing skills, and basically anything else you want!

6.  Cinderella
To play this game it's very important to dress up in a Cinderella costume.
Once in uniform, she'll pretend to do small chores by adding and subtracting different actions.
This requires math skills and following directions.
Bonus points for doing real chores!  Take 4 fork and 3 spoons out of the dishwasher to put away 7 utensils.

7.  Pet Store
The first step is to take out all of the stuffed and/or action figure animals in your room.
Then you put them on display, wait for a customer, and then sell away.  Don't forget to write a receipt!
This requires math skills, writing skills, and speech skills.
This game always ends with putting the animals to sleep in their "homes".  Hello, clean room!

8.  I'm Thinking Of...
This game we can play virtually anywhere because it's simply a guess game of you're choosing.
She can think of something that starts with a letter, ends with a letter, lives in a place, etc.
This requires spelling skills, science skills, and memory skills.
I love this game because you get what you make of it.  Well, until she thinks of made up words...

9.  Library
My one year old son and I will take a trip to my daughter's book shelf library.
There we will pick a special book and ask the librarian to read it to us.  Reading is fun with an audience!
This requires reading skills and learning patience with a baby that doesn't focus as your audience.

10.  Bakery
I'm constantly searching the internet for children friendly recipes and then buying the ingredients.
When we play bakery, Mushy Face has to read the simple recipe and make the item.
This requires reading skills and following directions.
...plus I get to see the bright smile on her face when we eat the finished product.  It's priceless!

What are your favorite games to enhance learning?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Life: Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings

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I am absolutely in love with...
...the mosaic heart pictured above.  It was a great find from a local vendor at the seafood festival.
The artist was a very sweet lady with a display of the most beautiful, handmade items.
I have a thing for mosaic decor.  You can find mosaic pieces tastefully displayed throughout my home.

I'm constantly impressed...
...with the fun, fabulous, and FREE events hosted at our local library.
They range from arts and crafts, story times, bat walks, all the way to meeting Princess Jasmine.

I am beaming with pride because...
...my little Mushy Face is watching TV alone and put on Scooby-natural!!
She did this 100% on her own with absolutely ZERO influence from me.  I swear!

I'm patting my back because...
I managed to create a back log of posts through the end of November.
I am having so much fun letting my creative juices flow.
& having even more fun playing with all of you!

I'm contemplating...
...asking my husband to get something from the grocery store and shutting my phone off.
"Hey, you said you wanted Barilla pasta.  What kind of Pasta?"  "Spaghetti, please!"  Click...
"Hey, there is angel hair, thin spaghetti, or just regular spaghetti." "Thin spaghetti, please!"  Click...
"Hey, there is linguine and fusilli pasta also."  "Alright, whatever you want!"  Click...
"I just realized they also have whole wheat pasta.  Want to try it?"  "No thanks!"  Click...
He comes home with a roasted chicken and totally forgets about the pasta.  The process repeats itself.
Ladies and gentleman, this is real life.

I get really aggravated at...
...people that think you need to rearrange your life to accommodate theirs.
Side note - High income jobs like a doctor or a lawyer, doesn't make people royalty.  Put the crown down.

I learned a really neat trick to...
...keep fresh, cut flowers alive for a longer period of time.
Every 4 to 5 days, cut down the bottom part of the stems about a half inch or so.
This allows the flower to keep drinking fresh water making them to live for weeks.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recipe: Baked Salmon with Italian Dressing


Have you ever had guests decide to come over for dinner with only a few hours notice?
Well, this seems to happen to me  a l l  o f  t h e  t i m e.
...& by all of the time, I mean at least once a month...

The other night my in laws made last minute plans with us to come over dinner.
Between my family and his this happens often enough that I am always prepared within a few hours notice.
One of my last minute meals of choice is baked salmon, vegetables, a potato, and a salad.
In just a few hours, I can have an entire meal prepared and not even have to run to the store.

Being prepared means always having enough salmon in the freezer to feed at least a party of 5.
Every time salmon goes on sale, I run to the fish market to stock up my freezer!
Salmon is a great choice because it defrosts quickly and marinates just as fast.
It also goes well with the wine that my husband likes to purchase in bulk and hoard in the garage.
For a double bonus, there's minimal prep work and an easy clean up!

The compliments I get from making this meal should be a crime because it's so easy to make.
You're welcome.

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Baked Salmon with Italian Dressing

(2) Pounds Salmon
(1) Packet Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix
(1/4) Cup Balsamic Vinegar
(3) Tablespoons Water
(1/2) Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix together the Italian salad dressing mix, balsamic vinegar, water, and olive oil.  Once thoroughly mixed together, pour into a resealable bag.  Put the salmon in the bag with the dressing and move it around until it's fully submerged.  Leaving the salmon in the bag, place it skin side up on a dish in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate.
 
When it's done marinating, line a baking sheet with tin foil and lightly coat with olive oil.  Place the fish on the baking sheet skin side down and pour any remaining dressing over it.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

That's it!  That's the entire recipe!  I swear I'm not leaving anything out.
Be prepared for lots of compliments and lots of questions about how you made it.
I'll leave it up to you to decide to say the truth or pretend that you dried the herbs yourself.

Bonus Tip- Keep a NY style cheesecake in your freezer for an emergency dessert.

What are your favorite recipes for a last minute dinner party?

Monday, September 9, 2019

List: Ten ways to deal with a difficult college professor.


I have been in college forever for 10 years and have never had an issue with a professor until last semester.  
I know 10 years is a long time, but it's just so expensive and I don't want loans! 

It all started when the text book rental company sent the wrong edition of the book.  I provided proof that the ISBN # was correct on the text and in the order.  Despite all this, the professor continued to insist that this was my fault and my responsibility.  Never mind the fact that it took her a month to grade my work and flag the issue.  Apparently I should have been psychic!  To keep a long story short, she gave me 48 hours to get the right text and resubmit a month's worth of difficult assignments.  From that point on she held a grudge and I had a big problem.  Without getting a B or higher I would not qualify for tuition reimbursement which could mean the end of my long college career - and I'm  s o  c l o s e  to being done.

Through hard work, perseverance, and a little brown nosing - I got my B!

Ten ways to deal with a difficult college professor.

1.  Stop and take a deep breathe.
While I may be tiny in stature, I have a giant sized temper.
It's important to calm down and really think before responding.  Once something is said, it's said!
Repeat until calm - "They control your grade.  They control your grade.  They control your grade."

2.  Identify the issue.
While it's easy to get lost in a sea of complaints and problems, it's important to stay afloat.
Swim past the nuances and find the heart of the problem(s).
Once you identify the real issue, you can find a solution.

3.  Accept responsibility and avoid deflecting blame.
It's important to remember that this is your course and your grade.
This simple fact makes everything your responsibility.  Accept it, say it out loud, and move on.
This was hard for me because I felt like a victim.  I had to remember that my grade only effected me.

4.  Suggest a solution.
There's nothing more aggravating than someone who points out problems without offering a fix.
In my world this is called whining and I deal with it daily at work.  It is definitely annoying.
If your professor rejects your suggestion, ask him/her to provide a more suitable one.  Just get an answer.

5.  When all else fails, escalate to a higher authority.
If you feel that your professor is being unreasonable, don't be afraid to escalate the case.
Keep it professional, follow the chain of command, and repeat steps 1 through 5.
Note - Once you escalate there is no turning back.  Don't do it until you know they won't work with you.

6.  Once resolved, follow the terms of the deal.
As ridiculous as the terms of the solution may be, do you're best to concede.  
Concede within reason, obviously.
If you're given a timeline, try to complete tasks early.  If you're given rules, follow them meticulously.

7.  Eliminate all gray areas.
It may be human nature to avoid your professor after problems arise, but this isn't best.
If there are any gray areas or uncertainties, question them and politely request answers.
I like to think the professor would consider the questions as a desire to succeed instead of an annoyance.

8.  Speak up.
If you feel that you're still being treated unfairly, especially with inaccurate grading, speak up.
You should continue to be professional but be direct and remember to be honest.
Try not to cry or get loud.  These are common reactions to frustration, but control yourself.

9.  Express appreciation for what they do right.
While you may feel that your professor doesn't do anything right, I promise that you can find something.
You can thank them for getting back to you, a prompt response, or even just listening to the problem.
Expressions of appreciation isn't always sucking up, but a tactic to get a better response.

10.  Work hard.
A professor can tell when you're trying to skate by or when you're giving it your all.
Because of this, it's vital that you work hard, dedicate time, and fulfill all obligations.
At the end of day, working hard should pay off!

I followed all ten of these steps and not only did I get a decent grade, but I won over her respect.  I know this because on the last day of class SHE thanked ME for my efforts and dedication.  Not only did she thank me, but she indirectly admitted to knowing that she is a beast difficult to work with.

How do you or did you deal with a difficult college professor?

Friday, September 6, 2019

Life: Friday Ramblings


Friday Ramblings

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I am fri-nally back on...
...Twitter (@JAXBlog) and am totally loving the "twitter analytics" feature!
Despite not posting for 3 years, I got a ton of exposure right away and enjoyed catching up.
For the love of God, people, STOP retweeting Trump.  I don't want him on my feed!

We finished watching the...
...X-men series and were left super confused.
How is Mystique alive in the future?  How does Deadpool still have a head?
How is Xavier still alive after being obliterated, literally?  How does Magneto still have powers?!
Just how AND WHY to this entire series!?!!

It's absolutely ridiculous that...
...a jingle from a stain remover ad is stuck inside of my brain!
...mustard squirt...on my skirt...lalala

I am very disappointed that...
...Marvel got rid of Spider man and sold the franchise back to Sony.
Their version of Spider man is the first one in the history of ever that someone got right!
...besides, I love the dynamic of Spider Man in the Avengers.  Please have a moment of silence.

Summer's ending really hit me when...
...the cooler morning weather forced me to bring my lemon tree inside.

I'm cracking up at...
...my daughter and her friends sitting on the couch and talking about which Avenger is most handsome!
All three immediately said the same Avenger.  Let's just say, I'm very disappointed it wasn't Thor.
Bonus points if you can guess their swoon worthy Marvel superhero in the comments.

I really wish that...
...people would stop giving my babies hand me down items without asking.
I know that the intentions are good but be courteous and ask us before getting a kid excited.
My aunt recently passed down a trampoline and I'm a mess.  Every jump gives me anxiety!

I can't stop giggling at...
...The Viking's expressions of disbelief that there are bears on Long Island.
I've shown him rock solid proof from Google and he still keeps insisting that I'm nuts!

I am really, REALLY intrigued by...
...my doctor's suggestion at an aid to losing weight quickly.
In addition to diet and exercise, he told me to consume lots of cinnamon each day!
Apparently cinnamon has properties that stop carbs from turning into sugar.
Is it true?  I have absolutely no idea, but I'm about to put cinnamon on everything.

What are your Friday Ramblings?

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