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Word of the Day Challenge 12-16-20 Charge

Here are a few of the things I bought for my Ohio grand daughter, Rayven on my debit card yesterday. I was going to pay cash, but I also bought my wonderful hubby some new slippers, so I had to charge the purchase on my debit card. That’s the way the world is headed anyway, right? To charge everything and get away from cash? I don’t understand why that is, but most of the time, it is easier for me anyway because I don’t carry much cash for safety reasons.

I have not done much shopping yet, we took care of Rayven because we had to hurry and get stuff sent up north before the storm charging across the upper half of the US stops all hope of people getting their Christmas gifts. We had previously ordered her a talking Woody doll, and I went and got her a couple of shirts, some leggings, barrettes, Frozen long underwear, and her most requested item; chocolate covered marshmallows 😉 A child after my own heart!!

Mama sent me her pics with Santa. Weird that the image shows movement in the background, yet she and Santa are still. Hmmmm.

If she looks scared (she does to me) her mama told me that Santa is a friend and she told Rayven that she told Santa she had been bad, so I guess she was worried she wouldn’t get anything, lol! That’s a mean joke to play on a 4-year-old! Poor baby!

What about you all? Have you done much shopping? Do you have to charge all your purchases? Better hurry if they need to be shipped anywhere, especially up north. Amazon is so backed up, they warned that the last day to get your items shipped in time for Christmas is today unless its going first class or priority mail!!


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The Many Hair Styles of Mine

Hey guys, remember that song “I Wanna Talk About Me” by Toby Keith?

Well that’s what I want to do today, lol, after having a particularly successful day of running errands and getting my hair done!

My friend, Thomas, from the place I used to get my hair done, now works at the totally revamped JCP In-Style Salon in the NE Mall. So I paid him a visit (I paid too, lol) to see if he could give me a cut and color so I will look nice for my upcoming 40th high school reunion.

This is me before cut and color

Hair after, but just blow-dried, not styled

Looks pretty, love the color, but to me sitting in the chair, I could see my scalp and I’ve never liked my hair flat like that. So I rushed home to curl it with my curling iron, and of course it didn’t cooperate…

Styled somewhat

Ok guys, what say you about all of this! LOL

Yesterday, I was at work at the preschool with the kiddos who were excited about Halloween. It was almost time for the parents to come pick up, so we were doing an easy activity to help keep them still until then. We were linking chains to make simple play jewelry and I took their pictures and had Jackson take a pic of me in mine (and to get my Halloween shirt, lol).

Alright! Enough about me already!!

I also went and got some new replacement glasses for times my contact is out (I only wear one) and after insurance they only cost me $25!! They will be ready in two weeks if anybody cares, lol.

The lady at Sam’s who helped me order and pick out new glasses


Ok, I also got a backup for my JUUL in case it gives me grief or needs to be charged…its called MYBLU and with my $1 base unit special and the coupons I had for the pods, the whole shebang cost under $5!!! I chose vanilla flavor-surprise-anyone that knows me knows I’m a vanilla girl. (I bought it at Walgreens, don’t go panicking that I’m gonna get sick from vaping.)

My granddaughter’s birthday is coming up soon, I already bought and sent her present (a princess dress) but we had a few more things for her and something for Taylor, so I also went and got what I needed to get all that in the mail, and now I need to hurry to the post office before they close. Well, now that I look at the time…might as well wait until tomorrow.

Have a great weekend everybody!!



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Cruise Snapshots & Stories Day 7-Final Day at Sea

Good morning everyone and TGIF!! It’s been a busy week, writing and otherwise! NaNoWriMo started yesterday and although I’m not actually participating this year, I am trained to do the work this month from my previous years, so I’m committed to writing 1000 words of something, anything this month. I will track my own word count each day of all the pieces I write and if anyone cares, I will share that with you. Any others participating this month? It’s a great exercise and/or chance to start that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Click on the link above to learn more about it. You can even do like I did the past couple of years and be a REBEL, someone who writes for word count only, no matter the material.

Ok, Let’s get on with today’s Snapshots and Stories, shall we? I was actually glad for a day of doing whatever the heck we wanted to on board, no time table to adhere to. We started the day by sleeping in, lol! I think we made it to 7:30 🙂

Two of the evening’s highlights for me was a production called “In the Air” featuring dancing and aerialists by Royal Caribbean stars and an adult comedy show by comedian Tim McTigue, who we had previously seen at the family show. But first, there had to be breakfast, shopping, (window shopping for me), and weeklong plans to lazily hang at the pool and/or hot tub. Those hopes were quickly dashed when we walked outside to find super windy and cool, cloudy conditions. 😦  On to Plan B!

We joined a crowded Windjammer for a leisurely, late breakfast, then returned to our room to regroup and see what we wanted to get into next. There was a message from Vicki on the phone inviting us to lunch with them at the Rembrandt dining room. I was determined to get in the hot tub while Kaye chose to go try her luck in the casino, so I changed in went to the Solarium, thinking it was covered and maybe out of the wind. I was wrong. It was covered, yet the ceiling was open above the hot tub, so it was still windy. I got in anyway, enjoyed a beverage and quickly returned to the room to change again. 😉

Somehow we managed to eat again when we met our party for lunch, then we set about making every minute of the rest of the cruise count. We went to the Jewelry Boutique to oooh and ahhhh with everyone else who were really shopping, not knowing they were giving away a 1 carat loose Midnight Sapphire! We got it! Somehow Kaye learned the info and shared it with me, I didn’t even ask for mine before the ambassador was handing me one. I think she asked for me! 🙂 From there we made our way to the win-a-cruise-bingo, but I was unable to purchase cards, so we went to see what was happening at the Piano lounge. Turned out they were playing some trivia games like general knowledge and later Micheal Jackson trivia.

Talented chefs and beautiful dining rooms

It seems at one point, I returned to the room for something and found this cute little guy I dubbed “Goodbye Towel Guy” that our helpful room attendant had left for us.

Goodbye towel guy

Later on it seemed we just went from one show to another taking in everything from Big Band music to the cirque odyssey of Up in the Air to the adult comedy show. Watching others play in the casino wasn’t as fun as playing ourselves, so we spent a few more dollars in there before finally calling it a night. Of course then it was time to pack it up and go over our departure instructions and set that dreaded alarm clock again.

Parting shot of the sun shining on a gorgeous gulf

All in all it had been a great day at sea and although I was sad to see it end, I was ready to get back to my hubby!