Aloha Friday, Best of the Year


Yay, it's Friday! Normally, Friday means taking it easy, but not at this time of year. This time of year for me at work means writing performance evaluations, 16 of them. Ugh! They are time consuming enough, but to make matters worse, I got a late start on them this year, so I am under much pressure to get them done! So, while I can't kick back and relax at work today, at least there's Aloha Friday in Blogland.

Wordless Wednesday, Mountain Beauty

What is it about this time of year?! I just can't find the time to write! And what is it about December that makes us go out of our minds?! Thank goodness for Wordless Wednesday, so I can share a few pictures from our trip to Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thanks to hubby for a great relaxing getaway in the midst of the madness. I swear I'll make time to write about our trip and everything else that's been going on, but for now just a few peaceful images.

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Music Monday, Southern Sweetness

Happy Music Monday, everyone. I'm late getting my post up today, because I just got back from vacation, and when we got home at 1:00 this morning, I was too exhausted to do anything but shower and sleep.

I can't wait to tell you all about my trip to Asheville, NC, and share some pictures of the sights, and most importantly, the food! We had an amazing breakfast at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Downtown Asheville, on the day we arrived. I had a sweet potato pancake with pecans. It was so good, so filling, and so big. Unfortunately, I was so hungry, it didn't last long enough for a picture, so you'll just have to trust that this food was absolutely A...MAZING! More about my trip later, but for now a song to represent the delightfully sweet southern taste of Tupelo Honey.





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$100 Amazon Twitter Blast Giveaway

Here's an awesome giveaway! Enter to win $100 Amazon credit. We all know you can buy anything on Amazon! So this is a great prize!

Just follow the people on Twitter, and complete the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. The more you follow, the better your chances! Follow me at @Amethyst_M

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Music Monday, My First Cassette

When I was 8, I got my first stereo, for Christmas. The stereo had a cassette player, so my Dad also bought my first ever cassette. It was Alvin & the Chipmunks Go Hollywood. It had a whole lotta hit songs from movie soundtracks, and I couldn't get enough of it! I would practice singing "You're the One that I want" from Grease, and act out each part. I would shadow box to "Eye of the Tiger", and practice my nonexistent ballet skills to "Fame."

It was a great Christmas present (the stereo was nice, too.) In honor of that great Christmas gift, I give you the classic Christmas song from Alvin and the Chipmunks, "Hurry Christmas Don't be Late."

Enjoy the song, but, I'm really okay with Christmas taking it's time getting here, because I'm so not ready!




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PMD Skincare Review and Personal Microdermabrasion Device Giveaway- EXPIRED

Earlier this year, I shared my experience with the Personal Micro Dermabrasion Device from PMD. I love the device, becaause it gives me all the benefits of microdermabrasion, without the expense of going to the doctor, or the irritation of chemical dermabrasion. Now, one reader will win the device from PMD!


I Did it All For the Cookies


I love chocolate chip cookies, but one thing I don't like is when my batter spreads out when baking, and I end up with cookie crisps.

My solution: I just cut the butter in half!

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Music Monday, Comfort of the Season

I finally got some of my holiday lights and decorations up this weekend. It's so tiring, but I love the way the house feels with all the lights on at night. It's just so comforting. I'm sure in a month I'll tire of it all, but right now, I'm thinking "let's just keep them up all year!"

So, since it's Music Monday and the lights are up, why not a little holiday music to go along. Here's a few I find comforting.

Aloha Friday. Do you Pinterest?


Happy Aloha Friday! I didn't think I could get into another social media site. I tried google+ but I'm just not feeling it. But, Pinterest, that's different! I just started "pinning" yesterday and I love it! It's more than just another social media site. It's somewhere to keep images you find online that you like. You just see something you like, hit the "pin it" button and then choose which of your boards you want to organize it on. Hubby thinks he likes it because it might keep the house "clutter free." He'll like it even more if I can get rid of my magazine collection. I just love really cool pictures!

Do you use Pinterest? What social media do you like best?

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♪Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies♪

Have a happy Friday, and don't forget to go to Kailani's place for more Aloha Friday.

Wordless Wednesday, My First Try at Oatmeal Cookies

I made my first attempt at oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I've never baked with oatmeal before, so I wasn't sure how it would go. They turned out a little lumpy, and they didn't look to inviting, but, boy were they good!



♪She's lump she's lump, she's in my head♪ (TPOTUSOA)

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Music Monday, A Swingin' Good Time

After a long weekend, and all that turkey, I need a couple songs to get me moving! Happy Music Monday!





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Don't diet on Thanksgiving, it just annoys your family!

Hope everyone has an awesomely fabulous Thanksgiving! And if you're on a diet, give it up for today, if not for yourself then for your family... seriously, reminding everyone that you're on a diet is not fun for the holiday! After all, you want to remembered for how fun you are at the holidays, not for how much you nagged everyone else. So, if you must diet do it quietly. Your family will thank you for it...and giving thanks is what it's all about!

Enjoy the day and all that goes with it! Here's wishing you and your family the happiest of Thanksgivings.

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Music Monday, Thankful Songs

Happy Music Monday! In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked the people I'm most thankful for to pick a song. The result is quite an interesting collection. I don't necessarily like all these songs but I love the people that chose them, more than anything!

So, here you have songs selected by my family, the people I'm most thankful for.

Hubby's choice.



A selection from daughter #1



Daughter #2's choice


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous week!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Giveaway

With the release of the final Harry Potter movie on November 11, it is a bittersweet end to an era. But, while there are no more Harry Potter stories to look forward to, you can still relive the action and magic on DVD and Blu-ray. And, one Life Music Laughter reader will win a DVD.

Aloha Friday, Do You Watch XFactor?


I don't usually watch the reality competition shows like American Idol and So You think You can Dance, but I'm really into XFactor! I can't get enough of it. I'm even tweeting my votes in for my 2 favorites, (Josh and Rachel.) This show could really produce some future music stars! My question for you:

Rockin' but not Quite Rollin' in My Heelys

You've seen kids rolling by in their Heelys shoes, right? They almost seem to float by as if powered by some secret magical source. Have you ever thought about how cool it would be to have your own Heely's? You could roll through the grocery store, or wear them at work and float your way to the copier! That would be so cool, right?! That's what I thought when Heely's offered to send me a pair for review.

Say Anything is a Great Game! (Giveaway)

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet a couple of great guys from Northstar Games. They showed me some of their great family games, and I immediately knew that Say Anything would be perfect for my daughter going off to college. She would be living with 5 roommates, and it seemed that a good game like Say Anything would really help to break the ice.

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Music Monday, Colorful Music

It's Music Monday! This weeks's theme is songs or bands with colors in the title. There was just so many great bands and songs to choose from. I decided to just stick with bands with colors in their name. These are just a few that I like.



The Magic That Was McDonald's

When I was a child, McDonald's seemed like the best place in the world to eat! It was fun and exciting. I just loved all the characters; Ronald, Hamburglar and Grimace. I remember being so envious of my 2 friends that got to have their birthday parties at McDonald's. Not that I knew then I was envious, it was more like, "Wow! a party at Mcdonald's?! How neat! I wish I could have a party at Mcdonald's!"

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Aloha Friday, Breakfast Could Win You $500

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It's Friday. In Hawaii, it's the day to take it easy and prepare for the weekend. Well, I'm not in Hawaii, but I sure am taking this Aloha Friday thing serious today! It's nearly noon, and I'm just now doing my Aloha Friday post, and I'm still in my nightgown! I suppose I'll need to get dressed and run errands at some point, but I'm in no hurry! Since I haven't had breakfast, yet...My Aloha Friday question for you:

What's your favorite Breakfast food?


While we're talking Breakfast foods, if you're creative in the kitchen, DeWafelbakkers, the makers of delicious frozen pancakes, want to give you $500! They are looking for recipes that use their frozen pancakes. If you've got a creative way to use their pancakes, submit your recipe, and you could be the winner of $500. If you do make a submission, please let them know I sent you, so I can win when you win!

Have a happy relaxing Friday!

Trust Yourself, It Could Be Cancer

I wasn't on my death bed. I wouldn't need to have chemo or radiation to give me a chance. Hell, the first doctor never even mentioned the "C word". He said to take some pills and have another biopsy in a few months, and we would just go from there.

I should have asked more questions of the doctor, but he was new to me, and he just didn't have that "I'm willing to spend time to answer your questions" feel about him. So, I made the appointment for the next biopsy, took my prescription and left.

Over the next couple days, I started thinking about what was going on with me, and wondering what my diagnosis really meant. I began researching what the pathology report said, and wondering if I was misreading it. This can't be right. The doc acted like it was no big deal.

I really began to question his plan of care. "Why were we waiting to act?" "Couldn't things worsen?" "Did he not listen to me at all?"

Then I questioned myself. "Why didn't I ask more questions?" "How could I just accept it and leave?"

and then, "He's the doctor, why am I questioning him?" "I should just do what he says."

But, I couldn't stop feeling like something wasn't right. I wasn't comfortable with that doctor, and I needed to see another one. But, there was no guarantee that a new doctor would listen either. So, I began the prescription and planned to wait until the next biopsy.

After a week, I had severe cramping and extremely heavy bleeding. Because of pre-mature menopause, I hadn't had a period in 2 years, and for the last 5 years they had been very mild. I was not at all prepared for this. The cramping was so severe I could barely stand up straight, and I was so exhausted, I felt like I was a zombie walking through the motions of my day. On my days off, all I did was sleep. There was no way I could deal with 3 months of this, I had to get a second opinion.

My dear friend referred me to The Women's Group of Tampa. She raved about her experience with them for the last 10 years, and insisted that it would be a different experience. And, she was so right!

In all my past experiences, I was already in a backwards gown trying to keep a thin piece of paper wrapped around me to keep my butt from getting frost bite when the doc would walk in, shake my hand and promptly tell me to lay back, scoot down, put your feet in the stirrups and open up and say "aah."

Not this doctor... Nope! This gynecologist actually met with me with my clothes on! And, she listened to me! We spent close to an hour talking so she could get to know me, and make sure she was providing me with the best options. Never before had I experienced such great service from a doctor!

She explained that the option provided by the other doctor was valid, if, I was trying to have more children, but given that I was already menopausal the best treatment would be a total hysterectomy. She then referred me to Moffitt Cancer Center for the procedure. The first doctor had never mentioned the "C word," but that was what we were dealing with. I had very early stage Uterine Cancer, but the pathology report was incomplete, so we didn't know how fast it would progress.

Moffitt's care was amazing. They, too, took the time to make me feel comfortable and explain all my options, and their recommendations for treatment. In the end, I had a total hysterectomy and they removed my tubes and ovaries. They found no progression in the stage, so I wouldn't need any further treatment. But, there was one complication...the back side of my uterus, (the part you wouldn't get with a biopsy,) the cells on the back side of my uterus had grown so much, that my uterus had actually fused to my rectum. The surgery took and extra hour to complete the delicate removal of those cells without perforating my colon.

Given the added complication, I can't help but think "What if?" "What if I hadn't questioned my doctor and got a second opinion?" "What if my friend hadn't referred me to her doctor?" "Would those cells have broken through my colon?" "Would we have caught it in time?" What if...

But, the surgery was successful, and I'm cancer free. I'm very grateful to be one of the lucky ones to have caught it early.  I'm grateful for my friend who encouraged me to see her doctor, and I'm grateful for the fabulous care I received.

I've learned from this experience, and I can't stress enough the importance of trusting yourself!

Trust yourself! If something doesn't feel right, ask questions, and don't let your doctor shut you down!
Trust yourself!If your doctor isn't listening... don't be afraid to find another one!
Trust yourself! No one knows your body, like you do!

♪Trust yourself to do the things that only you know best 
trust yourself
Trust yourself to do what's right and not be second guessed♪ (Bob Dylan)


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Music Monday, Songs for Halloween

It's a very special Music Monday! It's Halloween!!


I hope everyone has a very happy day with not too many tricks and a whole pumpkin full of treats. Today's music is of course... Halloween songs! Let's get started with these spooky tunes.












Warning! Video not appropriate for children!!




Happy Halloween!






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Aloha Friday, Monster Mash

It's Friday! With Halloween on Monday, I'm sure there are tons of parties and spooky events happening this weekend. Normally, I would go all out, but since I've been recovering from surgery, I haven't been feeling it, so I'll just throw on my trusty horns and just call it a touch of evil :o)

I'll be heading to my local pub tonight for some good music from a local band. The pub's having a costume contest, so it'll be fun to see what creative things people have come up with.

So, what will you be doing this weekend? Will you dress up for Halloween?


I love to read your responses, so answer in a comment, and then head over to IslandLife808 for more Aloha Friday fun.

♪They did the mash, they did the monster mash♪ (Bobby Pickett)

Winnie the Pooh DVD/Blu-ray Giveaway

Winnie the Pooh was just released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 25 and I'm giving away 1 DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack!

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Music Monday, Lazy Day Classics

I'm quite a bit late today because it's been a lazy kinda day. So, I'm thinking some classics are in order. Happy Music Monday!



Free Pizza and Headphones Giveaway

It's hard to go anywhere in October and not know that it's Breast Cancer Awareness month. While the month is winding down, and soon the pink will be put away until next year, the battle against Breast Cancer will continue.


Freschetta wants you to know that Breast Cancer awareness is important to them. With ProudtoSupportPink.com they are doing there part to make a difference. For the month of October, Freschetta will donate $1 from every specially marked pizza to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. You can help them reach their goal of  $50,000. The site even has a place to share your stories, or read some of the many inspiring stories of journeys with Breast Cancer.

They are also giving away 50 iPod shuffles each week. This is the last week to enter to win, so make sure to get in your entry.

New Horror shirts and $5 Coupon for CrazyDogTshirts.com

I love CrazyDogTshirts.com! They always have fun, unique shirts that you don't see everywhere else.

Halloween is a big deal in our house. We love decorating, eating candy, and of course, horror movies. I'm a little picky about what scary movies I'll watch, but hubby is a huge horror movie fan! When he saw the new horror shirts at CrazyDogTshirts, he wanted them all, but he had to pick just one.

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Music Monday, Animals

It's Music Monday! Today's theme is Animals. There are really quite a lot of songs about animals or with animals in them, so it was hard to decide. Ultimately, I picked these because they make me laugh. I hope they help you start your week off with a smile. Have a happy Monday!









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Naturalizer Shoe Gift Card Giveaway

Earlier this summer, I warned you about the effect of wearing uncomfortable shoes. That's right if you wear uncomfortable shoes you get: Ugly Step Sister Face!  I told you how you can solve this problem by wearing Naturalizer shoes.

With Naturalizer, you don't have to sacrifice comfort for cuteness, because Naturalizer is both stylish and comfortable! with their new fall line you can have everything from dressy to to casual to fabulous kee high boots. Whatever you're looking for Naturalizer has it.

I received these casual brown shoes from the new Naturalizer Fall line. I absolutely love them! They are so comfortable and just look so fab with jeans and a cute sweater.


Interesting Info

  • Naturalizer shoes are available in a broad range of sizes and widths from 4.5 to size 12.
  • Naturalizer boots are also available in wide shaft so women with fuller or athletic calves can find tall boots with a perfect fit.
  • Since 1927, Naturalizer has proven that wearing the latest footwear fashions can be comfortable, stylish and affordable.


Check out this behind the scenes video of the new Fall line, then see below for how you can win a your own pair of Naturalizer shoes.





Because Naturalizer is so fabulous, 1 reader will win a gift card for a new pair of shoes on Naturalizer.com





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How to Use Gift Cards to Save on Holiday Shopping

I know Halloween isn't even here, yet, so it seems early to think about holiday shopping, but... It is never to soon to think about ways to save on holiday shopping!

Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, and then, sure enough, it's Christmas Eve, and you're rushing to get it all done! And, if you're waiting 'til the last minute, you're probably not saving!

So here's my plan to save on holiday shopping, now. First, I'm heading over to PlasticJungle.com to buy discounted gift cards. Plastic Jungle has no fees, and shipping is always free, and with their great selection of stores and restaurants, you're sure to find a discounted gift card that you want.

Here's how I'll use them for my holiday savings this year:

I'm sure you've got those picky people on your shopping list that cause you too much of a headache to do any real shopping for. So, for these picky people, you can make them happy with a gift card they want, but at a discounted price that you like. At Plastic Jungle, you can buy a discounted gift card, and save up to 35%!

Buying discounted gift cards for gifts, that's a no-brainer, but have you ever thought of buying a discounted gift card for you to do your shopping with? That's exactly what I'm going to do!

I love shopping at Kohl's because they always have great deals, and they always have coupons  for 15-20% off their already low prices. So, I'm going to buy a discounted Kohl's gift card and save up to 16 % off. Before I even start shopping, I'll already be saving. Combine that with all those great coupons and deals, and WOW! That's some smart shopping!

I don't know about you, but at the holidays, I tend to go over board with shopping. I forget all about my budget, and just keep on shopping until I don't have anytime left. Then I spend January trying to catch up on my debt. But, this year will be different. This year, I'm only going to shop with gift cards. By buying my gift cards in advance, I'll know just how much I can spend, and I'll stick to that budget. I can buy a discounted Home Depot card, (and save 7%) for all those DIY gifts, and some of my holiday decor needs. Since Bath and Body Works always has good deals, and all those fun soaps make great gifts for the girls, I'll pick up a discounted Bath & Body Works card and save 12% before I've even used any coupons!

This year, PlasticJungle.com will be key to my big holiday savings, and to staying on budget. And, after the holidays, if I get any gift cards I don't want, instead of forcing myself to find something with it, I'll sell the gift card and get up to 92% of the value!


disclosure: I received a gift card for my review of Plastic Jungle. All words and opinions expressed are my own.

Aloha Friday, Scary Movies


Happy Aloha Friday! I can't believe it's Friday, already! This week has really flown by. My brother has been here for the past week. He's in the Army and just got back from 2 years in Korea. It's been so nice hanging out with him. We've mostly been watching movies, (some scary ones, which are not my favorite,) but it's been great just to spend time with my little brother!

My aloha Friday question for you:

Do you like scary movies?

Wordless Wednesday, Hospital View


This was the view from my hospital room at Moffitt Cancer Center. Moffitt did my hysterectomy last week because of cancerous cells in my uterus. They have been so helpful and kind through this whole process. I hope no one has to receive cancer treatment, but if you ever do, I highly recommend seeking help at Moffitt. I couldn't ask for better service!

♪and I could not ask for more♪ (Sara Evans)

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Aloha Friday, What kind of patient are you?


Monday was my hysterectomy, and though the surgery took a little longer than expected because of a small complication, overall, it was successful. I'm happy to say I am now cancer free! I'm recovering at home which involves a lot of napping, and movie watching, (thanks for your great movie recommendations last week.) It's only been a few days, but it seems like weeks, already. Hubby is great at taking care of me, but I'm really a terrible patient. I hate having to ask for things, and then when I do ask, I want it right away. I also forget to take my meds, and then complain when something hurts. Bless him for his patience!

My question for you this week:
Are you a good patient?


Music Monday, What's Your Favorite 80's Love Song?

It's Monday, and you know what that means?! Music! At Monday's Music Moves Me, it's 80's day. I'm a child of the 80's, so picking only a few songs was hard. The 80's was full of fun dance songs, but there were also some lasting love songs. Here's a few. Hope you enjoy and have a happy Music Monday 80's style!

1983


1984 (one of hubby's faves)



1985 (I think I wore out my cassette tape on this one.)



1989



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Aloha Friday, We're Talking Movies here!


Finally, it's Friday!!  Happy Aloha Friday! The day to take it easy and prepare for the weekend. For me this is my last Friday at work for awhile. On Monday, I will be having a hysterectomy to get rid of some nasty cancerous cells. I'm not looking forward to the surgery, but I'm looking forward to kicking cancer's ass! And, I plan to make the most of my time out of work by getting caught up on some rest, reading, writing, and movie watching!

My question for you:

What movie(s) can you watch anytime?

I have a few of them: Grease, The Big Chill, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia!, and Rocky Horror Picture Show (hmmm do you see a theme here? Yes! They all have great soundtracks!)

♪stranded at the drive-in, branded a fool, what will they say Monday at school♪ (John Travolta)

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Enter to win a Bed Upgrade in the REMedy Giveaway

It only took a week of sleeping on a dorm bed for my daughter to start complaining of a backache, and being tired. As a freshman in college, she has so much going on, the last thing she should have to worry about is sleeping comfortably. The dorm beds just don't provide enough comfort and support for a good night's sleep.

This is where the REMedy Bed Upgrade Kit comes in. As soon as I could, I brought it to her dorm. The kit comes with a gel memory foam pillow, and a gel memory foam mattress pad in a reusable duffel bag. After sleeping on it for one night she called me and told me how good she slept. She said it was so comfortable and  her back wasn't hurting anymore.

Wordless Wednesday, NOLA's Cities of the Dead

St Louis #1 New Orleans, LA

Tomb in St Louis #1 New Orleans


♪Oh a storm is threat'ning
my very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away♪
(Rolling Stones)

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Music Monday, A Little Bob Dylan

No theme this week on Monday Music Moves Me, It's a freebie week. I was listening to Adele, and her version of Bob Dylan's song "Make you Feel My Love" and it got me to wanting to hear the original. This is what led to me sharing some of my favorite Bob Dylan songs with you this week.

I saw a comment on YouTube that said "Bob never sang with his voice, he sings with his soul." I think that describes Bob Dylan perfectly! When he sings you feel the passion he has in every word. I hope you enjoy his passion as I do.







Have a happy Music Monday!

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Enter to win a $25 AppleBee's GC in the Rafflecopter Giveaway

Welcome to the Rafflecopter Giveaway sponsored by Simply Stacie and Makobi Scribe. My prize is a $25 Applebee's Gift Card. Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter to win.

Aloha Friday, Tattoos, Love 'em or hate 'em


Happy Aloha Friday! Friday is the day to take it easy and prepare for the weekend. So, I'll ask a question and you answer in comments. Then you can over to Kailani's place for more Aloha Friday fun.

Tattoos, I have 12 and want more! Do you have any tattoos? If not, do you want any?

On This Day of Peace, What Will You Do?


I took this picture this weekend in New Orleans at St. Louis Cemetery #1. It seems like an appropriate picture for 09/21 because today is the International Day of Peace. That's what this lady reminds me of, someone who is just waiting for a little peace.

The Day of Peace is not just about finding peace between nations, it is also about finding peace in your personal relationships. Take a moment to put aside your differences and find peace in your life. At least for one day, if not longer...


♪All we are saying is give peace a chance♪ (John Lennon)


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Aloha Friday, New Orleans Burlesque

I will be away from home and Gasp, away from my computer, this weekend. I am taking a road trip with my husband and some friends to New Orleans. We will be enjoying all the great local food and music that NOLA has to offer. While we are there, so is the New Orleans Burlesque Fest, so we will be going to a show at The House of Blues, and I can't wait! I love the old Burlesque style, including all the cheesy Vaudeville style comedy performances. It is sure to be a good time!





So, since I'll be taking it easy in the Big Easy this weekend... I want to know...

What is your favorite type of vacation? Is it relaxing, adventurous, exploring? How do you want to spend your vacation time?


I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I know I will!