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Happy Halloween!

Friday Fragments Halloween and Brains

Mommy's Idea

I am so happy it's Friday, I just can't stand it! And, it's Halloween Weekend, which is one of my family's favorite holidays! Last night, we bought pumpkins, which we'll carve tonight. We watched all the Halloween episodes on NBC last night, and they were great! Some of the moments in Shrek had me absolutely cracking up! This weekend, we'll watch a lot of scary movies, and on Sunday, we'll decorate the yard so we can sit outside and pass out candy. I just love seeing all the kids in their little costumes! Most importantly, for us, Halloween is a time to remember your ancestors that have passed, so we set a plate at dinner, in their honor. Hope your Halloween is a safe and happy one!

I've really had some rough moments with my memory loss, this week. You can read about some of them in my Letter to Frankenstein. I was pre-menopausal at 30, and at 36, I'm way to young to be this crazy. I think it's time I give in and see a doctor about my compounding hormones before my family disowns me. ♪I'm much too young to feel this damn old♪ (Garth Brooks)

To add to the list of dead brain things for this week, yesterday, I completely spaced a meeting with my boss's boss! Yeah, I need help! Of course, she said it was fine, no big deal, but you know that's just hanging out in the back of her mind somewhere to be used against me at a later time. ♪watch your back♪ (Godsmack)

I'm curious how many people that watched Glee this week had never seen Rocky Horror, but now love the songs. I love to see a whole new generation opened to such a fun show. ♪I'm just a sweet transvestite, from transsexual Transylvania♪ (Tim Curry)

Have a happy Friday!!
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A Letter To Frankenstein

Dear Frankenstein (the doctor not the monster,)  ♪There's a light, over at the Frankenstein's Place♪ (Barry Bostwick)

I'm in need of your assistance. You see, while you may look at me and scream "It's Alive!" You will very quickly realize that the brain selected to fit inside my little red headed skull, is dead. Now, I don't know if someone switched my old brain with this brain while I was sleeping, or if my brain has simply died, but I desperately, really truly need a new brain!

Just in the past couple days my brain has failed me:

*When I looked at my checking account, knew I needed to deposit money, but looked at it and thought "ooh I've got extra money!" and then didn't make the deposit! What the hell is wrong with me?! Money doesn't just appear in your bank account, you have to put it there. So, it's my stupid brain's fault that I had NSF the next morning! ♪I'm insane in the membrane♪ (Cypress Hill)

*At 4:00 I scheduled an appt for hubby for the next morning, by 5:00 I forgot all about it and made plans for having the car, and getting all this stuff done the next morning. Dumb brain!

*I planned a mojo pork roast in the crock pot for today, then made plans for taking the crock pot to work today to make sweet & sour steak and rice. I only have 1 crock can't be in 2 places at once! Stupid Brain!

*I went to the store to get dog biscuits. What do you think my brain told me to buy?! I bought dog food and dog chews, but no dang biscuits! Even though they were right there in front of me! See it's dead I tell ya!

*This morning I walked into my bathroom 3 times before realizing that I was there to put my bra on! You would think seeing my half naked self in the mirror would've triggered that to my brain, but, no!  ♪if I only had a brain♪ (scarecrow)

So, you see I'm in desperate need of your urgent assistance. Something must be done and quick, before I show up at work with out my bra on or worse...without makeup! EEEEK!

Sincerely yours,
Brainless, but not yet Braless

Wordless Wednesday Halloween Edition

My girls, age 6 & 8

Wishing you all a Happy and safe Halloween!

♪Trick or treat, smell my feet give me something good to eat♪

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Tuesdays Gone- A Blog Hop

I don't know about you, but Tuesdays seem to be the busiest day of the week for me. I seem to be playing catch up all day and never seem to get a moment for myself. Even the morning traffic seems to be heavier, which of course makes me late, and so on, blah, blah, blah...

Clearly, what I need to wind down on Tuesday is a moment to myself. What I need is a blog hop.

"What?! Another blog hop?" you say "We certainly don't need another blog hop!"

But, I want this blog hop to be different. I don't want to create any extra work, (although, if you could spread the word, that would be helpful.)

This blog hop is "Tuesdays Gone with Amethyst Moon"  for those of you singing along: ♪Tuesday's gone, with the wind♪ (Lynryd Skynryd)

"Tuesdays Gone with Amethyst Moon" is the blog hop where you link up an old post, one from days gone by. It can be a post that didn't get much attention at the time, or just one that is relevant and should be read again. It's your choice.

So, here's the rules:
"The rules are there ain't no rules."- Grease

Just link up an old post, and help spread the word, so more people will link up. Then come back, every Tuesday, and do it again!

Monday Minute: Singing in The Shower

It's time for Monday Minute, but first, in case you missed it: This week only: Link up with your pet adoption stories to this blog hop and for each link up, Iams will donate 100 bowls of food to homeless animals.

(1) Have you ever been hospitalized? yes, age 6 & 7: bladder surgery,(yet, on my last trip to the urologist he said I was too young to be there, yep got a new doctor) age 11 tonsils and adenoids removed (though I still snore so that was useless) of course, and of course for the births of my daughters at age 18 and 20 (finally a good reason to be in the hospital!) ♪c'mon get down with the sickness♪ (disturbed)

(2) What’s the last bit of good news you received? Just yesterday, #1 got her first college acceptance letter!  ♪I'm walking on Sunshine, yeah♪ (Katrina & The Waves)

(3) Who was your favorite teacher? My public speaking teacher, because he was so encouraging and supportive when I was pregnant. While others judged me, said my marriage would never work,  (yeah, big middle finger to those teachers!) and wanted me to go to an alternative school, he believed in me.
♪If you ever did believe for my sake♪ (Stevie Nicks)

(4) Do you sing in the shower? Of course! but I try not to do it when I'm rinsing off my face because it sounds like this ♪Well, your nobody called to...glubglubglub *cough cough* she hung *cough* when I asked her name♪ (5) Describe the happiest day of your life. It's impossible to pick just one, childhood days with my Grandparents, trips to Disney and the Beach, The rolling Stones Concert, the day I got married, the days my girls were born, romantic vacations spent with my Bear, and family vacations with my girls. So many days that, in the moment, may not have seemed perfectly happy, but in memories they are absolutely perfect, and I would have them no other way!  It's not days that make up a life, but the moments in which you live ♪From this moment, life has begun♪ (Shania Twain)

Raccoons in the House

The little girls walked through the front door of the second floor apartment and quickly came running back out. They squealed in fear "there's a raccoon in there!"

I laughed so hard, tears rolled down my face.

Earlier that day, with the girls at school, hubby and I adopted 2 adorable little kittens to add to our family. We brought them home and decided to see how the girls would react when they saw them. We expected some ooh-ing and aah-ing, but what we got was screeching and squealing followed by a whole lot of laughing, and a great memory of our first adoption.

It has been almost 10 years since those 2 kittens came home with us, and since we've added 2 dogs, and they have all been an important part of our family. It feels good to know that we helped give these animals a home, but for what we've given them, they've given us double. Even with the messes, the scratches and the chewed shoes, I wouldn't give up the moments we've shared.

This year, Iams Home for the Holidays is on a mission to find loving homes for 1.5 million orphaned pets. If you're thinking about adding to your family visit for information on adoption in your area, and what you can do to help in this mission.

Even if you're not looking to adopt, you can still help Iams provide meals to homeless pets. Visit Iams on Facebook and "LIKE" photos, videos, and posts. For every "LIKE" received, Iams will donate a meal to a homeless animal.

This week only, if you write a post about your own pet adoption experience and link up with this blog hop, Iams will donate 100 bowls of food. So, tell your story, link up and help feed homeless pets. It's a small way to make a big difference.

♪Lean on me when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on♪ (Bill Withers)

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Singing F**k You

This video cracks me up! It's funny enough that the song is all about that dirty little F word, but then when the little boy starts singing in the video, I can't help but laugh. I will now have a song running through my head when someone says F**k you! I hope you enjoy this song by Cee Lo Green.

And, while I have your attention, make sure to enter my giveaway for $40 1-800-FLOWERS giftcard.

Who Needs Giveaways, I won the Lottery!

Not much time left to enter the 1-800-Flowers $40 Gift card Giveaway Hurry!

I just found out I won the Australian lottery! Yep $700,000,000 is mine, all mine! I can't believe it, I didn't even know I was entered! If I hadn't checked my SPAM file, I might've missed it.

The money will be mine as soon as I send my bank info to the nice gentleman in Africa that is going to take care of wiring it to me.

I can't wait! Finally I'll be able to take that trip to Ireland.

courtesy of google images

I'll even buy hubby that little something he's been wanting:

6ft tall animated Jason Voorhees
Well, not so little :)

We'll be so happy, I'll get a couple new cars, I'll travel the world...Ooh! and who needs scholarships?! I can pay for any school my girls want to go to!

What am I doing?! I'm wasting time!I've got to send over my bank info! But first, I'll go tell my company where they can stick their job!

♪Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more♪ (Johnny Paycheck)

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Purple Today, Rainbow Tomorrow

He mailed me a letter. He didn't think, I'd understand. For days, he wouldn't talk to me except to say "Did you get my letter?"

The letter was written on 2 pages of notebook paper, folded and placed in an envelope with a 25 cent stamp. I anxiously tore into it. What could this be about, what was so important that I had to read it before my friend would talk to me?

It started with "I hope you'll still be my friend after I tell you this..."
What?! What is it?! I kept on reading.
"I can't help who I am, but you deserve to know the truth..."
Oh my god did he kill somebody?!
and there it was at the bottom of the page.
"I'm GAY."

Tears flowed from my eyes with my first thought "how could he think I wouldn't be his friend?!" then "Oh no, he's gonna get AIDS."

It was 1990, and AIDS was on every body's mind. While I knew I couldn't get AIDS just from being his friend, I also knew that as a gay man, it was highly probable that he would get it, and for that I was fearful.

For him, his fear was not in getting AIDS, but it was in getting "outed." Being gay was not talked about openly, except to ridicule those boys that were more feminine as being "gay" or a "fag." Boys that were different were taunted. Girls with short hair were teased and accused of kissing other girls. They were all mocked, and bullied. To "come out" to me was a giant leap of faith for my friend, a commitment to our friendship and a true sign of trust.

I kept my friend's secret through high school. In private, we would talk about which boys were cute, but in public he would have to hide his secret by dating this girl, or taking that girl to Prom. He was there for me when I needed a soft shoulder to cry on, but he hardened his approach when around others. It was hard enough to try to fit in at High School without the added complexity of being gay. As much as he wanted to just be himself, it was better for him to be someone else.

Our world has come so far, since the day I received that letter. It is now common place to see Rainbow flags, men holding hands, lesbian scenes in movies, and Gay characters on TV. Yet, many of our youth still struggle to hide who they are. They still fear the same ridicule and bullying that my friend feared. In recent weeks, we have seen teens that would rather be dead than to be "out." Bullying against gay and lesbian teens is still very very real, and while many of these cases have made headlines, there are still so many that go unnoticed.

It's not just other teens doing the bullying. At my daughters' school, it was a teacher that bullied a lesbian couple by "outing" the girls to their parents because they were seen kissing in the hallway. High School rules still do not allow same sex couples to attend Prom together. Teachers regularly break up contact between gay couples while turning a blind eye to traditional heterosexual displays of affection.

As parents we have taught our children intolerance. We have set the standard for what is acceptable for the sexes at an early age: Pink is for girls, blue is for boys, boys play with cars and girls play with dolls. We think it's cute that a little girl might want to play with blocks, but we guide her towards playing "dress-up," instead. We cringe at the thought of our boys playing with dolls, and we push them towards baseball when they really want to dance.

It's time for a change, the cycle of intolerance starts at home. It starts with us changing our actions. It starts with little things that can make a big difference. It starts with awareness. Teach your children at a young age that they can be who they want, but they must also respect others for who they are. Talk to them about differences. Teach them how it takes many colors to make a rainbow.

Today, I wear the color of the rainbow designated for Spirit day by GLAAD. Today, I wear Purple to celebrate GLBT youth. In memory of the teens that felt too alone in the world to go on, but also as a symbol to those that face the pressures of being a gay teen, a symbol that they are not alone.

My support of gay youth began with a letter that opened a door to me. That letter didn't change who he was, but it changed who I would be.

No one should have to be someone they're not, because they fear being who they are. Show your support today with purple, but let tomorrow be a rainbow.

♪They can say what they like but all I know is everything's gonna be alright♪ (Alicia Keys)

Post-it note Tuesday: It's Like Having a Baby in the House

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After slipping in pee, cleaning up poo, and chasing our 5 month old puppy around the kitchen because he had my shoe in his mouth, and then being late to work because of it, naturally, I have puppy on my mind.

♪He ain't nothing but a hound dog♪ (Elvis)

♪Slip sliding away slip sliding awaaay♪ (Simon and Garfunkel)

♪shut up when I'm talking to you shut up♪ (Linkin Park)

♪who let the dogs out?!♪  (Baha Men)

Monday Minute: I'm a Baller, Baby!

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I'm, once again, joining in with Cristy on the Monday Minute. If you want to join in, head on over and link up with your answers to this week's questions.

Did you play any sports growing up? Softball, baby! ♪Wanna be a baller, a shot caller♪ (Lil' Troy)

Have you ever gotten an MIP? A what?! ♪I don't know what you heard about me...I'm a motherfuckin' P.I.M.P.♪ (50 Cent)

Do you snore or sleepwalk? What?! me snore?! ♪Dream on Dream on Dream until your dream comes true♪ (Aerosmith)

Describe your last dream.  ♪You would not believe your eyes if ten million fireflies lit up the world as I fell asleep♪ (Owl City)

What's the one thing you've been meaning to do that you just haven't gotten to? There's so many things: Writing a book, Visiting Ireland, Working for myself...  ♪If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do...♪ (Jim Croce)

KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit Album Review

As a music lover, I always like to hear new albums from new and established artists. When One2One Network offered me the opportunity to Review KT Tunstall's new album, Tiger Suit, I excitedly said "Yes!" I was only familiar with KT's previous Grammy nominated hits: Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, but I loved them both so I was anxious to hear more from her.

Tiger Suit is the third album from this Scottish born singer-songwriter and was released on October 5. The first single: Fade Like a Shadow is already a top 20 radio hit.

My first impression of the new album was rather neutral. Nothing knocked me out of my seat, I wasn't wowed beyond belief, but it wasn't bad. It's the kind of music I would listen to with a friend while sipping on some coffee or tea.

By the second and third listen, I did have a couple songs stand out to me. "Glamour Puss" had me singing ♪Choo choo on the roof in your high heeled shoes, glamour glamour puss♪ and nodding my head to the beat. "(Still a)Weirdo" felt reflective but had a nice spirit of optimism.

With the exception of a few songs that I could really do without, this album has been added to my IPod, and will definitely get a good listen on days where I just want to chill out and relax with some light tunes.

KT's Fall tour will begin on 10/31 in Portland, OR. Make sure to check to see if she's coming to your area, and be sure to check out the new album Tiger Suit by KT Tunstall.

For more information on KT Tunstall, visit her homepage and follow her on Twitter.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this album for review from One2One Network, and by posting this review I am entering to win a gift card. All opinions are my own.

Friday Fragments of Pure Genius

Mommy's Idea

Friday Fragments where I tell you about all the stupid stuff running through my head.

*I had some really cool random thoughts to share with you, you know ♪things that make you go hmmm♪ but, thanks to the glory of early menopause, I can't remember a damn thing so this will not be full of thought provoking earth shattering genius.  ♪I think I'm dumb♪ (Nirvana)

*Have you entered my 1-800-Flowers Giveaway, yet? No?! well, what the hell are you waiting for?! It's an easy chance at a $40 gift card! You can use it to get your MIL a gift. She'll love it, and you'll be glad you didn't have to spend any money on that witch! Not that mine is a witch, but my husband's is!

*Did you know that tomorrow is Boss's Day? No not this boss : ♪I was born in the USA♪  because while he's great, he's not deserving of his own day. Now, why, Boss's day is on a Saturday, I don't know, but it is. So, because some dumb ass put it on Saturday this year, most people are celebrating the day, today.  Except my group, because, they all forgot about it. Well, except for one sweet little girl who gave me a card, (yup, you know which one will be getting a raise this year.)

*Yesterday, my daughter became a Godmother, unfortunately, it didn't come with any magical grant my wish powers, but she does now have a little baby girl to spend money on, and at this point, I'm very happy with spending money on her because it's better than me announcing that I have a granddaughter. (At least for a few more years.) ♪Bippity boppity boo♪

*The car wouldn't start when we left the hospital last night, thanks in part to #2 sitting in the car with the lights on and the radio blaring for over an hour while #1 and I visited the new baby (and the new mom, of course, but let's face it, it's all about the baby.) so I called Roadside, only to find out I didn't have Roadside! Then I called my FIL to come jump the car, and just as he got there, it started! Damn thing! ♪Isn't it ironic, don't you think?♪ (Alannis Morrisette)

*Do you know about CB and Blog Stalk Friday? It's a little different than you're normal Friday Follow hops (which I love, so don't get your panties in a knot thinking otherwise,) but, CB is a just a little different because well, okay, I'll be honest, you see, she has giant purple monkey balls!

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13; Sexy, and Damn Lucky!

Today's Writer's Workshop Prompt is: Write about a memorable babysitting job.

 I had full C's, curvy hips and a bathing suit that had more skin than material. I was hot as hell and I was only 13.

It was July 4th weekend, and I had fallen into a great babysitting job. We would be staying in the penthouse suite at a hotel on the Beach. My job was to play with the 6 year old during the day, and for a couple hours while the parents had drinks at the bar. After that I was free to do "whatever."

The guys were 2 floors below us, on the balcony when I spotted them. They were muscular, tan, cute and, so dreamy, and they were college boys. I had to get them to notice me!

I strutted all around that hotel with the little boy in tow. He thought we were on a big adventure. We played and laughed while the guys watched from the pool. I could feel their eyes on me, and I loved every minute of the attention, but I pretended not to notice.

That evening, after the boy was in bed, I left the room to head out to the pool. The guys were there, and they came right over to me to talk. We talked and laughed, and before I knew it, I was in their room.

The offered me a beer, which I graciously accepted, as if this was a normal situation for me. I sipped on the beer, trying to keep my face from making a bitter fish face because this stuff was disgusting! As he sat on the bed next to me, he leaned in to kiss me. This college guy was totally in to me!

We made out for awhile, his hands were all over me. I tried to stop one hand from sliding into my bathing suit, and soon the other hand was trying the same thing. This had to end! This had gone to far!

So, I did all I could do, I told him I was on my period. No one would want to go near that, right?!

Wrong! He didn't care! He pointed me toward the bathroom, and said he would wait for me. Well, maybe he didn't care, but I did! I made my way to the bathroom, and just before I turned in the bathroom door, I opened the outside door to leave. He came over to stop me. He asked me where I was going and he said he thought we were having fun. I felt so bad. I had to tell him. It was the only way I was gonna get out of there.

"I have to get back, or I'll get in trouble. I'm only 13."

His face went white with a look of terror as he backed away from me and the door swung shut.

I remember an intense feeling of humiliation at having to tell him my age, and even as I walked back up the stairs to my room, I thought of turning back.

Looking back on it now, as a mother of 2 daughters, I just can't believe how young I was. I can't imagine my girls putting themselves in that situation. I was in a hotel room with 2 grown men! I didn't tell them my age, and I led them to believe I was older. What was I thinking?!

And, what if something more had happened?! Would they have been branded as child predators?! How would my actions have affected their lives?!

This one little weekend of babysitting at the beach was so much more. I wanted to be noticed, to be admired, and I was, but I let it go too far.

My most memorable babysitting job: I was 13, and I got lucky.

♪lucky to have been where I have been, lucky to be coming home again♪ (Jason Mraz)

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Monday Minute: Airing Dirty Laundry

It's Monday Minute time, but before you read this week's intriguing questions and answers, make sure you enter my giveaway for a $40 1-800-FLOWERS Gift Card. With the holidays fast approaching, this could really come in handy. Enter here.

What color undies/ boxers do you have on right now? :) ♪She wore raspberry beret♪ (Prince)

What song have you been playing on repeat lately? I totally love Little Lion Man, by Mumford and Sons, so I play it a lot. But, playing through my head on repeat this morning is I'm yours by Jason Mraz, because in a refreshing change to tradition; the bride in the wedding I attended yesterday walked down the aisle to it. This was an especially good choice because they were together years ago and split up for a couple years, and then realized they loved one another and finally got married!  ♪I won't hesitate no more, no more It cannot wait, I'm yours♪

What's your best personality trait? I like to think that it's that I try to see the good in people, but hubby would probably say that's the worst thing about me because I usually trust the wrong people and get screwed. So, I don't really know.  ♪Trust in me in all you do, Have the faith I have in you♪ (Etta James)
Are you a leader or a follower? ♪The leader of the pack♪ (The Shangri-las)
What's your least favorite household chore? I hate putting clothes away! I don't know why. I will gladly sort and clean the dirty laundry, I just want nothing to do with it when it's clean. ♪Give us dirty laundry♪ (Don Henley)

1-800-Flowers Birthday Smiles Giveaway

When asked me to do a review and giveaway to help them celebrate Birthdays in October, I couldn't be more excited. Not only did the nation celebrate America's Most Common Birthday on October 5th, but we celebrated my oldest daughter's 18th birthday!   ♪Happy Birthday Baby♪ (Conway Twitty)

#1 loves cupcakes, (but who doesn't?) and Carnations are her favorite flower, so I knew the Cupcake in Bloom bouquet would be just the thing to bring a smile to her face. It's made with white carnations and it's shaped just like a giant cupcake.

The flowers were delivered just after she came home from school, on her birthday. The flower arrangement arrived in the cutest little box like something fresh from the bakery. With a candle on top, this flower cupcake looked good enough to eat! (ok, but don't eat it, really, it's flowers, not cake.)

Cupcake in Bloom from 1-800-FLOWERS

Flower cupcake delivers a birthday smile

Thanks to 1-800-FLOWERS for delivering Birthday smiles! Not only did they give me this great flower arrangement for #1's birthday,  but they're also going to give one of my readers a $40 Gift Card!

Okay, okay, calm down, I know you all want to win, just be patient, and I'll tell you how. ♪Have a little patience, yeah, yeah♪ (Guns & Roses)

1 winner will be randomly selected to win a $40 Gift Card from from eligible entries received by 11:59 PM on 10/24/2010.

Mandatory Entry: Leave me a comment telling me your favorite flower (and make sure to include your e-mail if it's ot on your profile.)

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Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a flower arrangement as compensation for this review and giveaway, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday Confessional: Who's to Blame

I confess...

...I'm not real sympathetic of a victim of domestic abuse when she continues to go back and make excuses for the person, especially when they just started dating and are not really invested in the relationship and she has lots of friends to help her out! Maybe I should feel more sympathetic, but I just can't. Because, quite honestly...I want to smack her around myself for going back to the idiot! ♪Oh, who's to blame, that girl is insane well nothing I do don't seem to work ,it only seems to make matters worse. Oh please♪ (Rolling Stones)

...Even though Target made me mad, I can't stop loving them. I still wish they would do the right thing, and I won't buy their replacement plan, but I'll still shop there ♪If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right♪ (Barbara Mandrell)

...I'm looking forward to doing nothing this weekend. While hubby does a bachelor party tonight and the wedding rehearsal tomorrow, I'll just be ♪chillin out relaxin and acting all cool♪ (Fresh Prince)

...I didn't buy my daughter's birthday flowers, they were given to me by 1-800-FLOWERS but, wait til you see 'em they're so cute!

...once my team is out of contention for the playoffs, then I don't care who wins, pitches a no-hitter, breaks a bat, or loses. Baseball season is over to me! Time for Football! ♪Are you ready for some football♪


Writer's Workshop: Target Needs a Replacement

In this week's Writer's Workshop, Mama Kat wants to know:

What makes you mad, and what are you going to do about it?

A few years ago, I bought my then 13 year old daughter her very own digital camera. It was pink and pretty, and it was 5mp which, at that time, was pretty dang good. She loved this camera.

When I bought the camera, at Target, the sales person, totally sold me on buying Target's Replacement Plan. She convinced me that my child was going to drop it, smash it, drown it, break it, put jelly in it, whatever... and when she did this I was going to wish I had Target's extended warranty because it's a replacement plan. She advised that no matter what happened, Target would try to fix it, but if they couldn't repair it, then they would replace it with the same or similar model.

Well, I'm no fool, I jumped on this great $20 bargain that would provide me with 3 years of Target replacement plan coverage! Over the years, I would rest easy when she took it to the beach. I could relax when she took it to the pool. No matter where she went with it, it was okay, because of Target's great plan.

After almost 3 years of toting it around, it finally happened...she dropped it... in the toilet...and...I didn't get mad! "No problem" I said "I'll just call Target."

And that's when I got mad! ♪I fell in to a burning ring of fire♪ (Johnny Cash)

"What do you mean it's not covered for water damage?! I was sold on it covering everything! I was assured by a Target employee that it would be replaced for any damage! And, there is nothing more damaging then dropping a camera in the TOILET!"
"Sorry that you were misinformed, but we don't cover liquid damage. We only cover if something is defective. Is there anything else I can do for you?" she said in her little, it's not my fault you let your child play with electronics near water, voice.

So, I said, "sure, what else can you do for me?"

"huh?" "well, nothing with this, but, did you need anything else?"

"What I need is a new camera, which Target said they would provide. Nothing else, just what I was promised, and you said you can't do that!"

"no mam, I can't...sorry."

"Well thanks a freakin lot!"

So, my little girl doesn't have a camera, because she was a little more reckless than she would've been, had we not bought the so called "replacement plan." And, I'm irritated that I was sold on this piece of paper that is worth absolutely nothing! ♪you're no good, you're no good, you're no good, baby, you're no good♪ (Linda Ronstadt)

So, what am I gonna do about it?!  I'm gonna scream really loud, stomp my feet, write a letter to Target, and when they do absolutely nothing to help; I'll ultimately buy her a new camera, but, of course, not from Target.

And, I will never believe Target's lies again!

♪You lied to me, you lied to me honey♪ (Boyzone)

Mama's Losin' It

Post-it Note tuesday: My Little Girl is 18!

♪what happened to the wonderful adventures? the places I had planned for us to go Well, some of that we did, but most we didn't, and why, I just don't know♪

Only Parent Chronicles