My cousin posted this on facebook and had to share!
Love it and definitely love the healing powers of animals!
So if you are feeling a little blue tonight, go grab a kitty (any kitty will do) and get your cuddle on.
Today is Thanksgiving! The holidays are officially in full swing and I am drinking my first beer before noon! Hell to the yes! So much to be grateful for this year: A lovely family, true blue friends, my furry babies and you guys!!! Your likes and comments on this blog make my day.
Wishing you a great day of family, food, and football (Go Hawks)!
Here are a few sayings that hit a note with me this holiday weekend:
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!
No matter where you are at financially, there are free things aplenty in your life that bring you joy.
Here is my list of not 1, not 2…but 5 things I currently love that are FREE!
So that is my list, what is yours? Shoot me a comment below, and don’t forget to “like” my page (they have no “love” button option yet, sorry) on facebook.
The last few months have very much been a roller coaster. Some very high highs and some very low lows. The best thing about all of it is that I have a pretty incredible partner to ride this roller coaster we call “life” with. Here is to celebrating lifelong love!
Thanks for reading and see you back here tomorrow for an all new blog in my #93daysofblogging challenge.
Though it has only been a handful of weeks since we made the decision to cut off our cable in order to save money, it feels like months at times. Especially when I know that one of my Real Housewives shows on Bravo is on and I am now out of the loop when it comes to all of the drama of these ladies.
My husband always asks what it is about these shows that I love? He legitimately gets upset about me watching these women cat fight it up. He says things like “You are such a smart, brilliant woman who is so out of my league on all levels but I can’t understand why you watch these women. Do you idolize them? Do you want to be like them? Why, just why?”
Why? Here is my defense for the love I have for these housewives.
It is a way for me to unwind and shut off my smart and brilliant brain. I work 40 hours a week where I read. ALL. DAY. LONG. I read code. I edit. Find issues/conflicts. Then read some more. My brain is fried each night and wants to be done thinking at the end of each workday. Enter The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I didn’t mention the Miami housewives because a girl needs to have standards.
All of their drama and materialism makes my tired brain strangely happy.
Do I admire these women? No and yes. Let me explain.
When it comes to money and materialism, no. If I were ever in the financial position to be able to afford a $12,000 handbag, I would hope I would find a better way in which to spend that $12,000. I would never wear furs or snake skin shoes. It is also very evident that some of these women live far BEYOND their means. For all of these reasons, it is an affirmative no. I don’t admire the real housewives when it comes to their spending.
When it comes to how some of the housewives use the show as a platform to promote their brand, company, or cause, then yes. I do admire them.
A good example of one of these housewives is Bethenny Frankel, one of the original housewives of New York. In seasons 1 and 2 she is constantly hustling and mentioning the Skinnygirl Margarita. She was the first housewife to realize that the show was a stage for her to strut around and preach to millions about her product. Fast forward a few years and she ended up selling her Skinnygirl cocktails to Jim Beam for a reported $100 million. Watching a woman who was one of the “poor” housewives turn herself into a multi-millionaire is something that any person should admire.
Lastly, I want to make one more argument for why I love the Real Housewives franchise. Their drama is not mine. As a woman and an owner of a vagina, I crave drama! All of us women do, and this is the best case scenario. We get our drama fix without feeling the need to go out into the world and stir the pot. So to my husband, you should be so thankful for my addiction to these shows. Without them, I fear I may have the urge to start creating drama in my real life.
Andy Cohen, if you could make all of the episodes of the Real Housewives available for free on http://www.bravotv.com that would be just lovely and a real marriage saver!
Thanks for reading and join me back here tomorrow for an all new blog in my #93daysofblogging challenge!
Yes, you read that correctly, my Grandma Barb is finally marrying her long time love Woody (Oh God, get your mind out of the gutter, Woody is his nickname…geez)! They have been living in sin for years now and are making it official at the end of this month. It really is a cute story of how they got together. My grandparents knew Woody and his wife for years and would encounter each other every now and then at social events. My Grandpa passed away, and Woody’s wife passed shortly after that…sad and not the cute part of the story. My Grandma was lonely, Woody was lonely…also sad and also not the cute part of the story. Fate sort of brought my Grandma and Woody back together. Two lonely hearts who reconnected and became friends who socialized within the same circle of seniors. Then (finally the cute part of the story) BAM, New Year’s Eve hits and their eyes meet, and friends became lovers…happy! Wait a sec, forgot I was writing about my Grandma and soon-to-be Grandpa …shudder…let’s move on to the dress shopping portion of this post.
So my Grandma is getting married and the wedding is hawaiian themed. This means I have to find a tropical dress to wear (always an anxiety producing activity). My Grandma also asked me to sing for her wedding (honored, but now “the dress” stakes have been raised). Oh wait, my Grandma then tells me she wants me to perform a duet with my cousin Megan. Oh S*#T! My cousin Megan who is 10 years younger, “The Megan” who is ten times hotter, and “The Megan” who is ten thousand times tanner than me! I have to look good now. Really, really, really good. Not competing with a 20-year-old good (there is no doubt that her cleavage will be the star of our duet), but classy and beautiful good. I don’t want to be singing in front of a hundred people looking like a homeless person (my everyday attire by the way) with a Victoria’s Secret model, with 20-year-old cleavage right next to me. Now that you know what my mission is please choose to accept it and let’s go dress shopping:
First stop, Nordstrom Rack. My Mom went with me (because moms always let you know if you look good or bad in something) and we both had heard such good things about this store. We went over to the clearance section and looked at the first price tag…say what?!?! More like Nordstrom “Rack”et! Some of these dresses were on clearance for hundreds of dollars. I looked at the price of one dress I thought was delightful and it was $165.00 marked down from $500.00. Who are these people who can afford a dress that costs that much? I want to meet them and make friends with them because if they have that kind of money to blow on one piece of clothing then they probably have a boat, a big boat. Being on a boat, a big boat, sounds pretty amazeballs right now! There I go veering off topic again. Well I did find a cute dress, one that wouldn’t work for the wedding, but I could wear to various holiday functions. Marked down from $118.00, this little red number cost $34.97 (plus tax of course).
Under $40.00 (sweet) but the dress stress ensues.
We then hit up Old Navy and T.J. Maxx (definitely more like our type of peeps) but found nothing.
My Mom then suggested Sears. Who shops at Sears? Well no one shops at Sears which is why they have so much clearance stuff (including dresses)…JACKPOT! After hunting the clearance/sales racks I found two dresses, both originally $70.00, marked down to $30.00. Awesome!
This one I loved because it was very becoming to my two “uts”. You guys and girls know what the two “uts” are, don’t you? The two “uts” I am referring to are my butt and my gut (and yes I am aware that one utt has two t’s and the other ut has one, but two “uts” is catchier).
This one is the most tropical out of the dresses I bought AND has butterflies (my Grandma’s lifetime obsession with butterflies has taken over her house). PERFECT! The color even makes me look a little tan and it gives my two “uts” a little more room to breathe so I can eat and drink the day of the wedding!
So what do you guys think…butterfly dress?! I’m thinking I am saying yes to this dress!
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