Friendship

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This is such a vast topic.

I am a totally different friend now than when I was growing up.

Growing up, I wanted to be around my friends as much as possible. I was bummed when I had to stay home from some party because I would miss out on something.

I look back and think why? I actually missed out on some great quality time with my family instead.

I didn’t get to go out all the time. There were rules. But I did tend to make my time out count. We won’t go into that. LOL.

I admit I was messed up in the head and wasn’t always the greatest friend to others. Various teenage reasons for that. I do regret that a lot. I think if I could redo my teenage years, I would. I would make better decisions for sure. I can say, I have some wild memories that was a heck of a lot of fun.

Now, for the future me. I am so opposite now. I could careless about going out with a friend. Not that I don’t like them or want to spend time with them, I just don’t want to. No reasons really. Well, maybe a few but the biggest is, I just don’t want the drama that could come with it. Perhaps, when the last child is graduated I will change my mind and want a close friend again. I don’t know.

I am pretty content with my kids and hubby being the big part of my life.

Though, I would like one to talk to when something is bothering me. I think.

See, I can’t even decide if I want to interact with humans, other than my immediate family. LOL

I guess that is what an introvert is, huh? 🙂

I confuse myself let alone if I had a close friend. LOL

I talk to my old friends, sometimes, and once in a great while we get together but nothing weekly, monthly or even yearly. Oops.

Has social media ruined it for me? Has a smart phone ruined it for me?

Or perhaps, I was meant to be this way but fate changed that path when I was younger. I think about fate a lot. I believe fate plays a tremendous role in how our lives go. It is all about the right choices that fate throws at you. If those choices turn bad, will we learn from them? Some have taken me a time or two to learn.  Just like when I ignore that dang gut feeling.

Always go with your gut. I must keep telling myself that. 🙂

I must say I did choose hanging with friends way more before smart phones and social media came along.

The amazing thing is, I’m not unhappy. Go figure.

I do find myself when interacting with another human other than my hubby and kids, I don’t know what to talk about.

I am tongue-tied. So not me.

I have lost the ability to communicate. But give me an emoji or GIF and I will communicate all day long to you! LOL

 

 

 

Music Lover On Your List

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Pleassssse Santa, I’ve been good. 😉

or I’d settle for these

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I could really jam out! 🙂

How’s your shopping going? I have only bought a few gifts. Always tight on money this time of year. Need to start in January with putting money aside, but there is always something that comes up.

I love Christmas for the family get together the most. Gifts are just a fun added plus. I never want anyone to over spend that puts them in debt. We have always been a family that spends with in the budget allowed. Some Christmas pasts have been pretty slim but they gave us lots of great family moments, which one can not put a price tag on.

Merry Christmas to All! 🙂

Happy shopping! 🙂

Data Zone #2

My next data job was for a temporary service. They placed you with companies that needed temporary help for a short amount of time. It could be a month to a few months. My first placement was with an insurance company inputting annuity accounts in their computer system.

Another awesome job!

There were four of us temps in one little room. We were allowed to talk freely while we worked. Lots of great conversations and new friendships formed. 🙂

The company was in a tall office building. I forget how many floors, but there was a lot. Elevator was my friend. 🙂 The expensive part was parking in the parking garage nearby. I eventually began parking on the side streets several blocks away and walking to the building.

Poor working woman and single mom of one.

It was good to walk off all the yummy lunches with my new co-workers. There was a nice lunch court across the street from the insurance building that we would eat at together.

The best lunches were the Friday company lunches! They would have a local food place cater in. I remember sandwiches and bbq meals. The job lasted only a month but what a glorious month.

I applied for a job there but didn’t get it. I knew it was a long shot, no long-term experience. I wanted those free Friday lunches! Best company benefit ever! 🙂

What was the best perk of a job you have had?

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Now, Let Me Tell You What Really Happened…

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I hope you enjoy my first short story. I wrote it from this picture and a writing prompt on one of my writing sites I follow. 🙂

At age 40, I was on my way to visit my first castle in Italy. All my life I have dreamed of being in an actual castle. In fact, I think in my previous life I lived during the medieval times. It feels like where I truly belong.

I did not want to come alone so I saved enough for my best bud, Simonne to tag along. She was not difficult to convince. She heard Italy and immediately said Italian men. I have to agree, seeing a few of them will be a bonus to the trip. We are single ladies.

My heart began beating so fast I thought I was going to pass out. The entrance to Guaita Rocca (First Tower) of San Marino was more spectacular in person than the travel brochure could possibly show.  Looking at Simonne, I do believe she thought the same. Wait, an Italian guide is walking towards us. A big grin spread across Simonne’s face.

“Hello there, my name is Celio and I will be your guide.”

“Hellooo.” Simonne said extending her hand to shake his. Any excuse to touch him I am sure.

I chuckled knowing what she is probably thinking. Love my outgoing, sex fanatic, and fun friend of the last twenty years. She brings the excitement to any adventure.

I think she caught Celio off guard. He was quiet but smiling. He gestured for us all to follow.

He led us through to a courtyard that had several stone pathways. One led up to the main tower while the others led to other parts. The grass was a gorgeous green. I wanted to take my shoes off and walk through it barefoot. Love the feel of plush grass under my toes. The flower beds were full of red, white, and pink colored flowers. Absolutely stunning. I could hang out here forever.

I looked to my right and caught a tall dark haired man staring at me. At least I think it’s me he is staring at. I slowly turned to look behind me. Nobody else there. I turned back to him. He was grinning. Great, he saw me do that. Embarrassing.

He began descending the stairs. He is heading this way I think. What do I say?

He reached the edge of the grass, reached down to untie his shoes, pulled them off, and stepped onto the grass. How could he have known that was what I was thinking about? I closed my eyes for a few seconds, then opened them. He was still there. I was frozen in my spot by the grass. The rest of the tour group was already up at the tower. Simonne was too busy flirting to realize I was not with the group.

It was only me and him standing in the courtyard.

“Will you join me?” He asked.

I was speechless, but my feet were moving me toward him. I bent down, took off my shoes and felt the lush grass under my toes.

Heaven.

I stopped a few inches away from him.

“Feels heavenly, yes.” He spoke again. He was close enough that I could feel his warm breathe on my face. His cologne was out of this world wonderful.

“Yes, but won’t we be in trouble for this?” I asked.

“No signs. No one here but us.”

“My name is Tawny.” I said.

“Hi, I am Alvise.” He reached for my hand and kissed it. I almost fainted.

I did not want this moment to end. A charming stranger kissing my hand just like my dreams.

“Alvise.” I repeated in a slow voice.

“Means famous warrior.”

“Oh, mine is light brown.” I touched my hair.

He chuckled.

I snapped out of my trance. What a dork I am. I can’t believe I said that. Where is Simonne when I need her? She is the smooth talking one.

“I see. Very beautiful, Tawny.” He touched my hair.

Bucket list. Castle, check. Hot Italian guy touched me, check. I can die now.

“I planted this grass. Best decision I believe. My father did not think so.” Alvise said walking around looking at his feet.

“You planted, must be the grounds keeper?”

“No. This is my castle.” He chuckled.

“But, how? This castle is very old and no one lives here. It is a tourist site.”

“True. It is my home. I do not lie.”

Ok, go with it. He is too handsome to argue with. If he wants to believe it who am I to say any different.

“Why do you allow people to tour it?”

“It is a beautiful home. I am proud of it. Plus, it brings me beautiful women like you to it.” He kissed my hand again.

His kiss is like a spell. I forget the craziness of this.

“Tawny. Tawny.”

I could hear someone faintly calling my name. All I want to do is stare at this man’s gorgeous face.

Someone was shaking me.

I looked at Simonne.

“Earth to Tawny.”

I heard her laughing hysterically.

I looked at my hand.

Bird poop! Oh gross!

I bent down to wipe it on the grass. I saw my shoes off. It was not a dream.

“Oh, girl. You look like you were posing like a statue. No wonder the bird dropped its poo on you!” She was rolling with laughter.

I glared at her.

“Alvise was telling me about his castle. This is him.” I said angrily pointing to where he was standing.

“You named the bird. Girl I need to get you out more.”

“No! He is right there. Look!”

Simonne shook her head and grabbed me.

“The bird is right there.”

I looked again, she was right. Just the bird was sitting there no Alvise. I surely did not dream all this.

I looked up where I saw him first.

Alvise was smiling. He waved to me.

“Right there!” I yelled and pointed.

“Have you been drinking without me? Shame on you.”

Why can she not see him?

“Ladies, get off the grass! It is not to be walked on.” Said someone yelling behind us.

“Sorry sir. My friend seems to have a bit of jet lag.” Simonne yanked me back onto the stone pathway. She ran across the grass to get my shoes. She shoved them at me.

“Let’s catch up to the rest. I am making headway with Celio. He has a friend too, another guide.”

I do not understand. I felt his kiss. I smelled his cologne. I did not imagine it.

The cologne. I can smell it.

“Stop. He is here. I smell him.” I turned around. No one there.

Simonne shook her head at me.

“I have got to find you a man.”

Off we went to catch up with the group. Every room that we toured, I could smell him but not see him.

“This is where Alvise spent most of his days.” Celio stated.

“Alvise? You said?” I asked Celio the guide.

“Why yes, he was the first owner of the castle.”

“But that would make him very old and dead.” I said.

The whole group busted out laughing.

“Yes, you are correct.” Celio laughed.

No way had this happened. I did not have my first encounter with a ghost.

We reached the last room on the tour. The guide dismissed everyone and started walking towards us.

“My friend will be here in a minute. He is finishing up his tour.” Celio said.

“Sounds great. I am starving.” Simonne said.

“Here he comes.”

I turned to look in the direction Celio was looking. It is him.

“Hello ladies. Good to meet you.”

“This is my friend, Alvise.” Celio said.

I did a double take. Celio saw my shocked expression.

“Yes he is one of the castle relations. Way down the line of relatives, so he is not dead.” Celio chuckled.

Alvise kissed my hand. He made a face.

Oh, good grief, he grabbed the one the bird pooped on!

“Sorry, long story.” I stammered.

“While we are eating, you must tell me, what really happened.” He winked.

No, he is not, is he?

Journal June 8-14

 

Time to journal post again. 🙂 Took a break for a few months.

June 8

Question? What makes you miserable?

2012

When my family does not appreciate what I do for them. It may be little things but a nice thanks would be appreciated and not a sarcastic one either. 😉

2013

No entry. Guess I was not miserable. 🙂

2014

I do not like when people put others down. Makes me wonder why they think they can do that. Makes me miserable thinking about the why.

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June 9

Question? What makes a good friend?

2012

Someone who listens and cares. The friend that is there for you. A friend that wants to spend time with you.

2013

No entry. I think I went into hibernation from friends.

2014

A good listener! I have too many that only tell me their problems and do not care to listen to mine. I begin to tell mine and they interrupt with telling me theirs. I of course stop talking about mine and listen.

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June 10

Question? How many cups of coffee did you drink today?

2012

None! I am not a coffee drinker. I do love Pepsi! I had one. I drank water at the show. 🙂 Go me.

2013

No entry. Must mean no caffeine so I had no energy to write in here. 🙂

2014

Dislike coffee! Zero! Don’t like the smell of it either. Now, I do love Pepsi. I have had one today! Trying to limit my intake because of the sugar. I don’t think I will ever completely rule out a Pepsi but at least cut back. 🙂

June 11

Question? What is your favorite thing to do on a Friday night?

2012

Go on a date with my hubby. It does not happen too much anymore. I believe it has been replaced with the whole family going to a movie or out to eat. 🙂

2013

No entry. I must have been on a date! 🙂

2014

Movie and a pizza with the family! Usually we rent the movie and bring the pizza home. Once in awhile we go to the movies. We love to do that but it really adds up in cost because we love to get popcorn and a drink. 🙂 Did you know they sell beer at movies now? Crazy! I like a good beer now and then but I think that is going a bit far.

June 12

Question? Is something in your way? Can you move it?

2012

That thing called procrastination! Yes I can move it. I may not everyday but if I set goals I can usually succeed.

2013

No entry. Procrastination did not get moved today.

2014

Motivation, lack of! It goes in spurts with me. Right now it flew out the window. Yes I can move it, just need to set those goals.

June 13

Question? Something that made you worry today…..

2012

I worry about my boys growing up to be caring and energetic men. I think electronics rule their lives too much. Makes them lazy and not get involved in what is going on around them.

2013

No entry. No worrries?

2014

I worry that my kids and hubby will not be happy. Depression seems to be widespread in this world anymore. I hope it will not happen to any of them. Scary what depression can do someone.

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June 14

Question? Did you exercise today?

2012

I sure did! I walked on the treadmill for 20mins. and sweated like crazy. I am trying to do regular exercise. I do enjoy it. It’s just that motivation thing showing up again.

2013

No entry. I’m hoping I was too tired from exercising to write one. 🙂

2014

Nope. I thought about it. My app told me to. I should have. Motivation did not show up.

 

Big Apple Hunter

Review of Maddie Cochere’s novel Big Apple Hunter

In Big Apple Hunter, Susan decides to go on a trip with her friend Darby to New York City. I love the character of Darby and his friendship with Susan. I admit at one point I was hoping for them to get together. But, as we know, well…you must read the first book, Sunshine Hunter, to find out what makes their friendship just friends.

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I think setting one of the scenes in New York made the story line even more exciting and adventurous. I so loved the bus tour of men. Who wouldn’t want to tour with a bunch of hot guys?

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I liked the mystery of the bad guys. It kept me guessing what their angle was clear through the book. There was enough mystery to keep me reading and wanting to know the answer.

The ongoing turmoil with her boyfriend makes me wonder if they will last as a couple. I keep thinking maybe they can’t get past their previous relationship disasters. All of Susan’s encounters with available men adds to the question of whether they will stay together. I like that with each book you just don’t know.

All the characters are interesting and likeable. I had all kinds of ideas going through my head about what each character might end up doing throughout the book.  It keeps you assuming things to the end. I believe that is what makes a good book.

I loved the ending. 🙂 Just read it, no spoilers from me.

I love the author’s style, it is witty, adventurous, and easy to read. The characters are like everyday people with added adventures.  She leaves the ending at a point I am ready to read the next book. 🙂

I see with each book where her writing becomes better and better. I like being able to see her grow as a writer. I believe that is what is so interesting about self-published authors, you can see their writing develop with each book. Thank goodness for the internet.

Check out her blog! She has her own witty adventures that will make you smile. 🙂