Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful -Come Together

Imagine, no thankfuls – what I mean is; what if there was nothing to be thankful for – can you Imagine?

“It’s easy if you try"

Thankful # 1-everything “came together” when the Fab Four met; last week would have been John’s Lennon 74th birthday - Thank you Mr. Lennon for all your beautiful words -

“I am he as you are he as you are me; And we are all together”
I am the Walrus by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCarthy

Speaking of things coming together –

Thankful  # 2-Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize, this is something to be thankful, for all girls all over the world–without getting into  the politics-I hope that  all girls find it inspirational; especially for my daughter who needs to understand the importance of education on all levels.

Thankful # 3-Malala Yousafzai’s father, did you see his speech on Ted Talk–in his speech he tells his audience that often  he was asked, what did you teach your daughter  for her to become so strong and determined to learn.
His answer is “don’t ask me what I did for Malala, rather ask me what I didn't do for my daughter, and that is I did not clip her wings”

Thankful # 4-to the dad’s everywhere, who are proud of their daughters–who don’t clip their daughter’s wings as well, for placing them on a pedestal because they matter-for making them feel loved, significant and powerful - Nick you know I am talking about you-Thank you

Thankful # 5-to all the strong independent women before Malala - thank you for your work.

Thankful # 6–James, thank you for helping me every morning  getting everything done before we head out ;  and for helping with the shopping yesterday too.

Thankful # 7-I am thankful that I was able to feed my family last week – it is not that I can’t, but it should not be taken for granted and it should be a thankful always

Thankful # 8-I am thankful that I was able to post every day last week for Squaarekat and Mangia, Mangia…No Talk!  It’s a 30-day challenge October’s NaBloPoMo for Blogher, and I am half way through the month - YAY!

Thankful # 9-It’s really been a quiet time–maybe it’s because of Amelia, we are doing less–it’s nice for a change.

Thankful # 10-No major drama last week – speaking of less drama,  some of  Amelia’s friends have contacted her through email, texting, and face time – they have sent her get well wishes with her teachers in the form of cards, and  she is thrilled. I am thankful ! Yay!

What were your thankfuls for the week?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Great Women of History My Pinterest Board

It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, 
That's me. MAYA ANGELOU, Phenomenal Woman

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." -Mother Teresa


Sally Ride

Amelia Earhart

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."—Janis Joplin

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." Audrey Hepburn

"The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." Virginia Woolf

"Don't be afraid. Don't be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your efforts, then “Olé!" And if not, do your dance anyhow. And “Olé!" to you, nonetheless […] just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up." Elizabeth Gilbert

All the pictures were found on Pinterest and displayed proudly on my board called “Great Women of History”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Only To Me"

I think I’m going to start a series called “Only To Me" or a variation of that.

I’m not saying that I have these interesting events in my life, because I don’t… I really don’t, yet at times, these wacky things occur, and I am dumbfounded, like the time when I was at a bookstore.

A few years ago, I needed to get a gift, so I went at lunchtime to a Borders Bookstore for a gift card. I was on line waiting to be rung up.

By the way this is a short story, but still very odd.

So I am on line, behind me was a man, he was not standing still, shifting from one leg to the other… I was next, but still waiting to be called to one of the open registers.   I turned to see what he was doing; we made eye contact, then it happened,

He looked at me and said, “Lady here’s a Twenty, if I can go next.”

Huh, I thought $20.00 dollars, I was shocked, tempted, alarmed… about this encounter.

I mean who does this, how desperate do you have to be to pay someone to get ahead in line.  Well don’t answer that, because isn't that how society works at times?

Once I was able to understand what was asked of me, I quickly answered – “You’re kidding, right? I don’t want your money.”  At the same time, the cashier sang, “Next!” 

I shifted to the side and let him go ahead but I did not take the money. I couldn't I thought how ridiculous that someone wanted to give me a twenty to actually cut the line -  I was happy with my choice, after-all I did not trust this “so called” transaction.  It smelled shifty.

At that time another register opened, I was called up to purchase my gift card.

Like I said I was happy with my decision, and it was more evident when I went outside.

As I left the store I was about to head to my car, when a car passed me  all windows down …it was the $20 dollar guy, he looked at me, spewed out  some curses and called  me a dumb –F and sped away.

My first thought was, he called me a what. Then I thought wow so that explains it…he is nuts…

Any wacky things happened to you?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse 2014

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Starting at 6:25 Am Eastern time we can witness a total eclipse of the moon.   Earth will pass between the moon and the sun blocking the sun’s light from illuminating the moon.  Small amounts of light will pass through and hit the moon making it bright red.  Lunar eclipses are often called blood moons.
Hope you can witness it all …the weather will be cloudy and rainy in New York, so chances are we won’t get to see it here.  However, I’ll be up before 6 am, as always, and I will look out my window and hope that I get a glimpse of the Lunar Eclipse.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“Consider yourself lucky for getting on the same line as me.”

This morning on the way to work, I got myself stressed out, I was trying to call my husband and for about a little over a mile and half I did not have cell service….I was not happy at all and frustrated because of it.  

I had no idea what to think; did we forget to pay the bill…then I thought well sure this would happen to me, because why wouldn't it.  

I kept on driving, and at a red light I shut down the phone then I restarted the darn thing – afterwards  I  was able to call hubby and told him what happened - he assured me that we did in fact pay the bill and it must have been a freaky thing.

Fine it was a freaky thing ...but it seems like I’m always dealing with freaky things.  

This weekend I needed to go to Dollar Tree Store, I needed a card; I picked up a candle, some hair stuff for Miss Amelia, and post-it’s for me.

On a side note, I get two magazine subscriptions mailed to the house they are piling up on my desk and would like them organized and stored neatly. I need magazine racks, or folders or files whatever they are called. I noticed at the store, they have these types of boxes that hold things like coloring books and calendars; I thought, if they are throwing them away perhaps I can get a couple or maybe they would hold them for me and I will come back for them.

Once I got up to the counter I placed my items on the belt and asked the cashier if I can speak to the manager, she called the manager and proceeded to ring me up. As the cashier was ringing up the items, I asked the store manager about the boxes and if they can save me a few, I will pick them up when they are available.

I was just about to say, unless you can give me a couple right now, but I was interrupted by the next customer on line.  

“Excuse me lady but I have to go pick up my son!”

“What?” I turned only to see this grown man, holding a bunch of balloons, yelling at me.” The cashier had just finished ringing up the items. I have no idea where he came from; he wasn't there when the manager came to see me, no one was behind me.  
I quickly made my way to pay for my things and ended the conversation with the manager.

I was shaking inside…again, it was freaky, I feel that I am a considerate person, especially out in public. 

Sadly I know how he feels, I have been the person waiting on line because the person in front of me was asking a question or just being annoying; I've also had a person cut the line at Target’s customer/returns and didn't say a word. 

Yet this was not right because if I had known he was there I would have not spoken to the manager at the register… I would have spoken to her after I was rung up.

I said to him while paying, well I have to go pick up my son too, you know we all have somewhere to go, and we all have things to do; I am so sorry I was in your way …we all have lives and work hard too. So next time you have a need to express your impatience, a little compassion goes a long way, especially when you should have allotted some more time.
By this time, I was done with my transaction; and I said to him 

“Consider yourself lucky for getting on the same line as me.”

Then I told the cashier to have a nice day and thanked her, as I was leaving.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Good Morning Everyone It’s October – That Means Pumpkin Is Back…

Is it something I look forward to or can't wait?
Believe me I don't live or die for pumpkin season, yet I do participate in the craze – because, (this is the truth) my children get so caught up with everything pumpkin, it’s so hard not to get excited with them too.

So early this morning, I lit the pumpkin pie candle, made myself a cup of coffee (it was not pumpkin) and picked at the pumpkin spice glazed doughnut from Dunkin Donuts.

This weekend my daughter and I, on a rainy Saturday afternoon, watched a movie (Monster-In-Law) and enjoyed a hot Pumpkin spice Latte.

Picture Courtesy of Dunkin Donut
It was very good

While I was at Dunkin Donuts, I picked two Pumpkin Pie Donuts (doughnut on the left) and two Pumpkin Glazed Donuts – everyone but me had the donuts for dessert last night.

This morning I lit the Pumpkin Pie Candle….

I  started picking on this baby; basically, it will take me all day.

Yes, I’m on the bandwagon too, but I can get off it anytime!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ten Things of Thankful - Disguised By A Better Offer; Not Procrastination

I think it’s interesting that as soon as I insert the Ten Things of Thankful badge on top I start to type.

I had this list done on Friday; worked on it at lunch at my desk, on a rectangular piece of scrap paper, from a pile of scrap paper that I have saved every week for the last 3 and ½ years from the weekly check run. 

These scraps come from the bottom portion of the checks that need to be torn off so that the checks fit into the envelopes; I don’t have the heart to throw away a perfectly good piece of paper.  Besides, they have served me well with daily to do lists at the job, random writing that needs to be written, a shopping list, a menu for a get together, reminders, and now added to the list, are my thankfuls.

The list on the scrap of paper – the black smudge is permanent marker on the back darkening my company’s logo.

My plan was, as soon as I got home I would type it out, post it, and be done with it on Friday night.

Obviously that didn't happen because it was more appealing to hang with the family; have dinner, watch a movie (not sure if we did watch a movie or if we just watched what was on the DVR.)

So with the list finished why didn't I post yesterday?  Because it was raining, and Amelia and I once again hung out together; for lunch we ate a croissant each and sipped pumpkin spice latte while watching the movie called Monster-In-Law.  I did some cleaning and laundry too. It was the perfect rainy day relaxing, and for dinner, we ordered Chinese.

It’s a better offer, not procrastination!

Therefore, here it goes as written on Friday:

The week is finally over, its Friday – it was a long productive week at my job, we are working on month end and year-end too.  The days were busy and fast too. 

I’m thankful for a busy day.  

With every 9th hour comes the tenth hour because that is when I am home.

I am thankful at the end of the workday I go home – Ahhhh!

“Those who dance are considered insane, by those who cannot hear the music.”
George Carlin- Goodreads Quotes

Can I get that quote on a bumper sticker so everyone knows what I am doing when I’m driving?  J

I am thankful for my wonderful radio station WFUV -   it’s a public radio station from Fordham University, member supported, and can be streamed live on the computer – when I was in Russia for a month I was able to hear the afternoon/evening program while we were starting our day. I loved the songs that were played during the drive to and from work last week; it was quite enjoyable.

It’s only words …and words I only have- I am thankful in participating in October’s NaBloPoMo for Blogher and thankful that I was able to bang out 6 nice posts.  I plan to write everyday from Monday through Friday for both Mangia, Mangia…No Talk and SquaareKat. So, it’s not a 31 day challenge for me (I would not be able to add Saturday and Sunday at all), it will be more like a 23 day challenge times 2, and add 5 for the TTOT that will total to 51 posts by the end of the month combined.

I’m thankful I can add, multiply, and subtract, it has served me well LOL.

We ate in every night last week – I’m thankful we were able to do so and save some bucks.

Cupcakes- Yes I am thankful for the cupcakes –  

However, more importantly I am thankful that my kids and hubby were enthusiastic in creating them – did you see them, they are done by freehand.  


I’m thankful that I added two new gadgets on MMNT blog spot. They are 
“My weekly shopping list" and “What’s for Dinner" These are my actual shopping list for the week, and also what are our dinners for the week. You can find it underneath all my posts – I think adding these two gadgets tie in my blog very nicely if I do say so myself.

Go check it out, they make the blog look pretty. LOL!

Can I say that I am thankful that the premiere of Homeland starts tonight on 
Showtime – doesn't that sound shallow? 

I guess I am actually thankful that I have cable and a television too.

That is it – Thank you – It took me 48 hours to do this list.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October Smells Like:

It’s funny what I remember ….I grew up in Queens NY.  My family owned a six family apartment building.

October 15 was the day that the heat was turned on.

October smells like heat….steam heat from a radiator kind of heat…

The radiators needed to be bled; this dark water would spew out

It wasn't a bad smell

It smelled warm

The radiators looked just like the one in the picture; there was one just like that in my parents’ bedroom, by a window too.

I could sit on it for hours looking out the window, and daydreaming …

My tushy would get warm, but I was imagining what was outside that window….ahhh

Yes, October smells like heat

Thursday, October 2, 2014

'Neath the cover of October skies

"Well, it's a marvelous night for a Moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
'Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I'm trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush."

-  Van Morrison, Moondance 

This post wrote itself …

Let’s Dance!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Last Hurrah - A Festival Season

Today is the first day of October – October is associated with the start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Spring in the Southern Hemisphere – Imagine, it all begins and ends with October, spectacular colors everywhere; a festival of a season, a last hurrah of sorts, while simultaneously an awakening.

"The fields are harvested and bare, / And Winter whistles through the square. / October dresses in flame and gold / like a woman afraid of growing old."
Anne Mary Lawler, "October," in George William Douglas, ed., the American Book of Days (1937)

I will not be sad that summer is gone… but rather celebrate this painted gift bursting of colors.  I will breathe in the crisp air and listen to the sound of leaves playfully rustling in October afternoons.  

Welcome October!

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