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Shhhhh I have a secret….

I missed the Daily Prompt yesterday, not really sure what happened there, so I told myself today that I MUST participate in today’s  one-word prompt so here goes

Daily Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt SECRET.

Secret? Really? Damn, I should have done yesterday’s which was Leap. Ok, let’s think about this one.

Do I tell an actual secret? Should I share a story about a secret? Hmmmmmm…

Should I confess that I almost always read the end of a book before I am close to be done with it? I hate to be kept in suspense and it is just easier for me to enjoy what I am reading if I don’t have to worry about my favorite character being killed or hurt in anyway.

Just last night I was reading the book “Domestic Violets” and  I was about 3/4 of the way through when the main character, Tom, was having a bit of a life crisis. He had just been fired (he totally deserved it btw), his marriage was on the brink of disaster and I just KNEW something was going to happen to Curtis, his father who had just won the Pulitzer for fiction.

No way I could wait till the end to know Curtis’ fate. So instead I quickly skimmed the last couple pages of the book, got the information I needed and then went back and happily finished the book.  No harm no foul. (the book was great and I highly recommend it)

Sadly, this also holds true for tv shows. I usually read a recap (Entertainment Weekly is my favorite) for an episode (or series if I can’t decide if a show is binge-worthy) WAY in advance of watching the actual show.

For example, I have known for months the fate of Mary and the crew on Downton Abbey. I read the recap after the series finale aired in the UK (gasp!) .

Don’t worry, I promise not to share any spoilers (I never do!).  I just like knowing what is going to happen, especially since I am stuck on Season 4 and Anna is about to be raped – this poor girl can not catch a break!

This annoys my husband and mother to no end and they refuse to watch tv shows with me because I always sit there and remind them that I know the ending.

Phew, I feel so much better getting that off my chest. Thanks for letting me share.

Have a good day and thanks for reading!





Daily Prompt: Second Time Around

Today’s Daily PromptTell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever re-read a book. Weird right?

Maybe if it was a book for school, I would have skimmed passages or chapters looking for facts to support a thought/theory.

I think I re-read parts of “Twilight” or “New Moon” but I can’t remember which one. It was the part when Edward went to Italy and was going to stand out in the sun because he loved Bella SO much. Sigh….I love Edward, he made fall in love with vampires. Bella, however, annoys me to no end. She’s so whiney! 

Before each “Hunger Games” movie I tell myself I’m going to read the book again to refresh my memory but it has yet to happen. I still haven’t seen “Mockingjay Part 2”  so there is still hope (lol). 

As I sit at my desk typing, the book that keeps popping up in my head is Judy Bloom’s “Forever.” I can’t remember how old I was when I read “Forever” but I am guessing 12 or 13. 

It was about Katharine and her first real love Michael and their relationship in high school and if they would take their relationship to the next level.

Love and sex, what more could a young teen want in a book! 

I was a HUGE Judy Bloom fan, as were most girls my age back in the late 70s and 80s. Her books were amazing and you always felt like Ms. Bloom could relate to what you were experiencing.

“Blubber”, “Are you there God it’s me Margaret”, “Blubber”, “Deenie” are just a few titles that come to mind. Oh how I loved those books! I remember devouring each one and being completely immersed in the character and her world.

Reading page after page desperately wanting to know how the story would end but also not wanting the story to end.

Reading “Forever” all those years ago I had ZERO clue what it was like to like a boy or fall in love.  I wonder what it would be like to read it now, some 30 or more years later, with a lot more life experience under my belt??? 

Hmmmm….I may go on Amazon after I post this and buy myself a copy. I promise to let you know how I liked it.

Thanks for reading. Have a nice weekend 🙂

Daily Prompt: My Life the book

Hello and Happy Saturday. Today I am hosting a very, very small swim soirée for the twins’ as a belated birthday celebration. They are having 2 friends over to go swimming in our community pool.

When I came up with this “brainstorm” I didn’t take into consideration 2 factors: 1) weather – well isn’t is always just supposed to be sunny, in the low 80s with little to no humidity in July in NJ?? and 2) me wearing a bathing suit in front of kids’ moms (or in this case a dad too but I am trying to forget that is really going to happen).

Anyway, I was taking a break from cleaning the house, in an effort to make it look like 6 people and a dog do not live in a 2 bedroom townhouse, when I checked my email.

There were the usual messages from Old Navy, The Loft, Ann Taylor and the Gap – everyone is having a “spectacular summer sale” btw.

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between some random spam from a Canadian pharmacy, I saw The Daily Prompt <a href="http://the <a href="http:// Prompt a href=”http://the href=””> Prompt

Hmmmm…..that could be fun, I thought to myself as I went back to cleaning the downstairs bathroom.

As quickly as the thought popped into my head, it was gone when I got busy doing other things. A couple of hours later, however, I found myself with a little extra time. Hey…why don’t I think of who my biographer would be!! So here I am.

First, I thought I would try to impress those out there in the great blogosphere by naming some literary genius.

Nah, that’s not me.

Next I thought of my dear friend Mrs. Jeter. No one really knows me better than Jeter AND she does have that AMAZING writing talent thing going?????

Well she’s a possibility but I don’t know, if there was ever a time when someone would actually care about my biography, shouldn’t it be totally fabulous? A page turner that Hollywood execs would be clammoring to make into a movie – or at the very least an HBO/TNT mini series??

I would want my life story to be filled with love, romance, success, fortune and humor. I want the author to be able to capture my witty, sarcastic sense of humor and all the little quirky things that make me …well…me – just super sized.

And so my friends, I decided it would be a collaboration of 2 authors that I read when I was much younger and naive. Drum roll please…….Judy Blume and Danielle Steele.

Yes, you read those names correctly, it’s my biography and I can do whatevr I want right?

Judy Bloom shaped my pre-teen years with her stories of Blubber, Forever and Tiger Eyes. Ms. Bloom was always able to make her characters relatable to the reader while taking them on a jounrney they were sad to see end on the last page.

Ms. Steele is the opposite. I remember reading her books (borrowed from my mom) in the summers and wanting to be those women. THey were aways beautiful, strong and well liked and ALWAYS got what they wanted in the end — their very own happy ending.

Judy can write about my early years and Danielle could make my later years WAY more exciting than sitting in my kitchen on a Saturday afternoon listening to the twins play Skylander Giants on the Wii.

My hope is that between the 2 of them I find my Prince Charming and live happily ever after.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for reading 🙂

ps – this post was typed on my iPad using my new keyboard so PLEASE excuse all weird typos and links.

Random thoughts on a Monday morning

Happy Monday everyone, don’t you just LOVE a Monday morning?? LOL!!

It is raining here in the beautiful Garden State, it is actually supposed to rain the next couple days,  so that makes this Monday all the more merry. The weather should not surprise me since I spent 2 hours yesterday doing the semi-annual (and dreaded) “clothes switch”.

Last night I was texting with my mom when she, passively aggressively, mentioned that I have not been blogging regularly. My first thought was Ummmm…no kidding but somehow I didn’t think she would appreciate that response. I toyed with ignoring her comment but what fun would that be. No, instead I came up with this witty lame response I’m in a slump with the blog. I don’t know why. Eloquent right?

Mom, being Mom, wouldn’t drop it and came back with …just write like you used to no? no funny stories?…

Ugh, that totally annoyed me. What, did Mom think funny stories just “POP” into my head randomly? Is my life SO humorous that blogs detailing the adventures at Casa Chaos are in abundance???

Moms words stuck in my head long after the texting conversation ended. Of course she was right, I have made excuses for months about my lack of daily posts. Truth is I started over-analyzing my blog ideas.

I became WAY too obsessed with stats and “likes” and comparing myself to other bloggers in WordPress and Tumblr (yes, I strayed from WordPress but shhhh don’t tell). I forgot that we are all just one, big blogging family, and instead turned it into a competition that I knew I would NEVER win.

Anyway, I guess the pity party has gone on way too long and now it’s time to kick out the last guest (me), clean up the mess and move on.

Driving into work today, my mind was a blur. I was belting out Pink songs (LOVING the new duet with the guy from Fun), trying to sort out all the random blog ideas in my head.

While sitting in traffic on George-Davison Road (damn school buses), a thought occurred to me. Hey, instead of picking just one “thing” to blog about today, why not just post about a couple random things????

So friends in the great blogosphere, I bring you “Random Thoughts on a Monday Morning”

1) Shopping with almost 7yo boys is an experience.
This should not have surprised me but yet I had high hopes for taking the twins shopping. It’s not their fault, their attention span is just nill. One minute they are looking a t-shirts and the next they are hiding under rounders.

I would pick out cute shirts and plaid shorts just to be told  No thanks or Mooommmmy that is for girls.

Somehow I was able to get them to focus just long enough to get what we needed. Apparently, M is an impulse shopper because as we were headed to the check-out he talked me into this

Mr. Cool

Mr. Cool

2) I embarrass very easily:
On May 18, 2013 my family and I are participating in Children’s Specialized Hospital’s 7th Annual Walk & Roll to raise money for the hospital. We have been a part of the CSH family for the past 2 years and they have helped to make our journey with J a little easier.

So the point of a fundraiser is to obviously raise funds. Sounds easy enough right? Well it should be except I get totally embarrassed asking for sponsors. My face turns red just thinking about it.

I thought a good way to raise funds, and awareness, was to advertise the event at work. The marketing guy at my office was kind enough to make up some amazing posters that I hung in the kitchens and coffee stations.

However, as I was taping up the posters it hit me Holy Crap my face is blown up on the poster!!! OMG now co-workers would be forced to see my HUGE face as they get their morning coffee. Yikes.

I hid in my cube, mortified of my face, and prayed no one would vandalize my posters – my friend N reminded me we work in a law firm not in a junior high school.

Well the posters have been up for 5 days and so far they are intact. I even had 2 people ask me how they can give. I am hoping by the end of the week I won’t even notice my huge head when I get coffee or water.

Here is the link for our page if you are interested in making a contribution (it’s tax-deductible!!)

3) Nothing beats a good book:
I love reading. I don’t really have a particular genre that I am fond of, really,  I like a good story. One that holds my attention and makes me temporarily forget my problems. A story that when it is over, makes me sad and wish it wasn’t done.

Last week I finished reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and I LOVED it!! It was the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 …and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  Mr. Walter transported me to Italy and its beautiful coast and made me sad that I have not been able to experience the sights and sounds of Italy for myself.

I did not want this book to end and was sad when I had to say good-bye to Dee and Pasquale. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a sucker for a love affair.

4) Mrs. Jeter thinks I could write a novel (LOL):
Jeter and I were texting last night when she asked me if I would be interested in participating in National Novel Writing Month with her in November. At first, I thought she was kidding. Write a novel?! I am not a writer, I am a semi-novice blogger, what was Jeter thinking??

But Jeter was serious, said we could be each other’s moral support and that I would be good at it. Honestly, the thought of this both intrigues and terrifies me. Jeter and my blogging mentor CC are always telling me that yes, in fact I am a “writer” but I don’t know.

I thought I would run this idea past you guys and see what kind of feed back I get. Do you think I could write a short novel? If so, about what???

Thanks for letting me share these random thoughts with you today. Enjoy your Monday.

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