More bathroom delight

Y’all know by now that hubby and I just love laughing and having fun. And we love to give the gift of laughter to many of our friends and family. Sometimes we regale them with hilarious stories of our adventures and mishaps and other times we like to surprise them with little jokes. Given that we fell head over heels for the potty putter, you know bathroom fun cracks us up! Well, I KNEW when I saw this next ditty, it was right up our alley!

Meet the talking toilet paper holder!

O.M.G!

Yip, you record (and can re-record) little messages, music or sounds that are played every time the toilet paper “rolls.”

Imagine the “jump” your guests will get when they pull off a wipe device and get treated to:

Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Please remain seated during the performance.

This is a bathroom not a library!

Whoa! Somebody light a match… quick!

Oh no you didn’t?!?!?!

The plunger is behind the toilet!

We heard you all the way in the kitchen!

Score 2 points for that one!

This is definitely the MOST fun we could have for $10 bucks!

What are some of the best practical jokes you’ve played on family or friends? What are some of the best practical jokes that have been played on you?

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  • I read Noa Gavin’s post that cursing is rad and realized…I am cool!!! Hilarious! I’ll will say it’s nice to finally have some support! LOL!
  • Near died reading Leanne Shirtliffe’s post on Wordbitches about 25 pick-up lines for writers. OMG!
  • August McLaughlin did a post this week that was by FAR one of the most embarrassing moments I’ve ever read about. I still couldn’t help but laugh – sorry girl! LOL!

Forgiveness: it’s all about you

Some of my fellow bloggers have written some poignant posts on a tough subject; forgiveness. It started with a gut wrenching post by Diana Murdock on her journey to forgiveness and then Angela Wallace followed up with a great post about the key ingredient to reconciliation. Then just recently, I read an amazing post by Louise Behiel on her path to forgiveness. All are must-reads.

On Angela’s suggestion, I decided to repost (with a few edits) a post I did on the subject quite some time ago.

It all started when I watched Oprah interview Tyler Perry (Oct 2010) about his life. The interview took my breath away when Mr. Perry spoke about how he had forgiven his father for the abuse he suffered at his hands and how that forgiveness freed him to live his life according to his own truth. He said he called his father, and let it all out and then…let it go! I could imagine some of Oprah’s viewers were puzzled. How would THAT enable someone to forgive another? But I wasn’t confused. For me, it made perfect sense.

Over the years, many people have asked me that same question; how was I able to forgive my mother for being abusive and more pointedly…why? For me, the quest to forgiveness was very similar to that of Mr. Perry’s.

It happened almost by accident. From around 13 to 18 years old, I was an incredibly angry person. I was violent, mouthy, and aggressive. I had no respect for anyone in my life. I treated people poorly, was a bully, and was absolute tyrant towards my mother.

I knew that my anger had to do with how my mother had treated me growing up. She had been physically and verbally abusive for most of my childhood but stopped when I was around 11 years old. I knew that violence was second nature to me; that it actually felt good and comfortable to me. I understood that I lashed out in large part to gain a sense of control because for so long, I felt like I had none. I knew I felt the need to get even. I felt like the world and everyone in it had betrayed me and therefore owed me. I felt entitled and I felt justified. And as I got older, it got worse. The anger took over. I got to a point where I didn’t know how to control it or stop. I raged. I no longer knew how to not be angry anymore, how to let go and be free. I was possessed!

On my 18th birthday, I was living in an apartment and a party got out of hand. The police were involved and my landlord called my mother and told her that I was evicted. At that time, she was living 2 hours away and had been covering the cost of rent so I could graduate from my high school with my childhood friends.

After dealing with the landlord, we sat down at my kitchen table. To this day, I don’t know what happened to me or what prompted me to open up but I did. For over 4 hours, I unleashed everything. I told her everything I felt, every single thing I had done, every single terrible thing that had happened to me that she had no idea about. I let everything out; how I felt about her, how I felt about how she had treated me, how I felt about my father because he hadn’t stopped her. There was no detail of my life, my thoughts, or my feelings left unturned or untold. I bore my soul to her.

I was raw and exposed but surprisingly, at the same time, I was empowered in a way I had never known. I was stunned that I felt such relief to have gotten it all off my chest; to finally have unburdened myself and to have been, for the first time in my life, 100% honest with not only her, but myself!

And, in that moment, I forgave her.

Most importantly, I forgave her not because she asked, not because she was sorry, not because she wanted or needed me to. I forgave her because it was in that moment that I realized that the only way to release myself from the past, from the anger and pain, was to forgive her. I had to forgive her for myself. It was the only way to let go and renew myself! Hanging on to that pain, hurt, and anger was exhausting and it was slowly killing me.

From that moment forward, my life changed; I changed. I still stumbled and had ups and downs over the years but that “blast/opening” was the defining moment that set me on a course for real change and growth.

Like Mr. Percy in his interview, forgiving my mother wasn’t about “letting her off the hook” and I was in no way saying “how you treated me was okay.” It was about saying “what happened, happened. I wish it hadn’t happened but I accept that I can’t change it and I am done letting it control me.”

I came to realize and understand that my mother had done the best she could with what she knew at the time. And when she knew better, she did better. How could a person ask any more of another?

At that point in my life, had I not forgiven her and let go of the past, the only person I would have injured would have been myself. I would have found myself living a life of anger and blame; holding my mother responsible for anything bad in my life, for my poor choices and bad decisions and for any and every thing wrong in my life.

And sure, you know what, at that age and to a certain degree, it was true. Had she not been abusive, maybe I would have grown up with a more solid sense of self and self-esteem that would have propelled me to make different, better choices but that wasn’t the case. But at some point in my life, I had to become the ultimate keeper of the choice. At some point, the responsibility and the fault for the wreckage I was making of my own life laid squarely on my own shoulders – no one else’s. At some point, it was all on me otherwise I would never own the ability to make my life grand.

A life of blame would have meant life as a victim; frozen in time forever. Because being a victim left me powerless to be a champion in my life. Too focused on the past to see the potential of the future.

People often ask me if I’d change anything that happened. And you know what, I wouldn’t. Yes it was hard, yes it had its challenges but it made me who I am today. And it made my mother who she is. And the culmination of those experiences has allowed us to create a most amazing mother/daughter best friendship that without our experiences, we wouldn’t have.

We both did the best we could with what we knew at the time. And when we knew better, we did better.

How has forgiveness changed your life?

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ROW80 – Round 1 – check-in 8

Time for Sunday’s ROW80 progress update.

Writing Goals:

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
    1866 words total for this week
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
  • Read 2 other writing craft books
    Save the Cat arrived and Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a ChickLit Novel is on its way (thanks Nicole!)

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    4 posts – total word count:1959
  • Blog – post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
    Done
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
    Done
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)
    Done

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    Done
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    2 this week
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal
    Done!

The wins:

  • Met my writing goals.
  • Finalized my next two craft books – although not sure if I’ll get them read in this round?!?!?
  • Rocked the social media.
  • Nearly killed all my fitness/healthy living goals.

Where to improve:

  • Gotta find a balance between reading fiction and reading craft books.
  • Gotta make sure I get my weights in 3 times!

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?

Happy Birthday Hubby!!

Natalie & Hubby

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It’s a big day in our house. It’s hubby’s BIRTHDAY!! Eeeekeee!!!

Happy Birthday Hubby!!!!!! My soul mate and life partner. YOU are MY world! I love you more than words could ever come close to expressing. MUAH!! xoxox

I hope you’ll all join me in some wonderful, zany, crazy birthday wishes for the big boy! He’s been flat on his back since Saturday with a pretty severe pinched nerve so he’s in need of lots of extra, special adoration and attention!!! So lay it on thick y’all! He’ll put up a fuss but deep down…he LOVES it!!!

Have a fahhhbulous weekend!!!

Former beauty queen sings for MADD Canada

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

In 2007, Sara G was crowned Miss World Canada.

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Sara G blew the judges and audience away with her amazing voice; winning the talent segment and ultimately taking home the crown. At age seventeen, she was the youngest female in Canadian history to win the country’s oldest and most prestigious pageant.

Well, y’all know I have a serious love for all things pageant. So I’d admire Sara G just for kicking pageant butt but then she stepped it up a notch on my admiration scale. In early December, she partnered with MADD Canada and put her singing talents to work to create an amazing public service announcement.

Check it out:

How uberlicious is that?!?!

I hope you’ll take the time to visit her website and other music at Sara G Music.

What do you think of artists who put their talents towards raising awareness around important social causes? Know any you’d like to give a shout out to?

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), and on the Web.

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ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in #7

Time for Wednesday’s ROW80 progress update.

Writing Goals:

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
    552 words so far – on track for this week
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
  • Read 2 other writing craft books

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    3 down – 1 to go
  • Blog – post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
    Wednesday – done
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
    Done
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)
    Done

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    1 done – 1 scheduled for tonight
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    1 scheduled for tonight
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal
    Done!

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?

Urban Word Wednesday: Ninja Sex

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Ninja Sex: having noiseless sex (no squeaking springs or vocals) while one or more people are passed out in the same room.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I were at the movie theatre last Friday night. We saw Underworld 3D (sooo good). While munching on some popcorn waiting for the movie to start, we decided to enjoy a little urban word fun. The following conversation (much to the amusement of the 3 ADULT couples around us) ensued.

Hubby: so….have you ever had ninja sex?

Me: WHAT? Ok, what in God’s name is ninja sex?

Hubby: you know…sex where you gotta be ultra quiet because you don’t want to wake up the people sleeping or passed out in the same room?

Me: OMG no! Ewwww hubby?!?! You should know, totally not my style!

Hubby: come on….not even back in those club party days?!?!? A little drunken ninja sex?!??! You can tell me!

Me: hubby, you’ve partied with me for years! Tell me, at 2 am drunk or sober, what’s the one thing on my mind?

Hubby: ummmm…sleep!

Me: exactly! And let me tell you, that’s always been the way!

Hubby: oh well…I guess that’s good news! My girl turns into a pumpkin at the end of the night.  

Me: that she does!

Ever had ninja sex? Know anyone who has? Eeeekeee…I can’t believe I’m saying this but…come on…share the wealth…

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High-tech keyboard delight!

Seems I am a bit of a gadget geek. I love anything new and techie. Even though, according to hubby (my very own in-house IT tech guy) I seem to have a force field around me that sends anything electronic and computerized into spasms of shock. I like them but they do NOT like me. I think the only electronic gadget I haven’t had issues with yet is my Kindle (knock on wood). Ahhh…it’s a torrid and drama filled love affair!

So, given my obsession with electronics, you know I’m a HUGE lover of the new tablets out there! Although, I have to admit I hesistate in my purchase of this new shiny and wonderous toy because…well…I hate touch keyboards! With nails and large fingers tips it’s a recipe for typing disaster. I am constantly back spacing and facing auto-correct insanity. Not to mention, those keyboards take up precious screen real estate!

Well sit down and hold on to your panties cause I’ve got the solution for us! It’s techno and it’s fahhhbulous!!! Say hello to my new BFF the virtual keyboard!

It’s LASER-GENERATED!!! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!

Seriously, this is the shit! It’s like electronic techno heaven.

The Bluetooth box projects a laser-generated keyboard onto any flat, opaque surface, providing an instant keyboard. I mean, can’t you just see this for your iPad, iPhone, or Android phone.

The keyboard it generates is 9 3/4″ wide by 4″ deep with 3/4″ keys. It recognizes keystrokes in 3D by an optical sensor that detects finger placement at different areas on the keyboard. And wait…it actually distinguishes between a finger hovering above a key and actually touching the key. Seriously?!?!?!? Yes! Using an invisible infrared horizontal plane projected JUST above the surface, it detects actual contact with “keys”. NO WAY?!?!?!?! Can you say ahhmazing!!!

It can keep pace with typing speeds up to 400 characters-per-minute (A) impressive but B) who the hell can type THAT fast…seriously?!?!?!). With a full charge, the virtual keyboard lasts for a solid 2.5 hours.

That means I can take this baby anywhere and voila, instant fully functioning keyboard! I can see it now. Hubby and I are out touring around the trails in the Rhino. We stop so he can have a little fish and I can whip this bad boy out, hook up my phone and get to writing! O.M.G. I bet I could project the keyboard right on the tailgate of the Rhino. Set up a little stool and there I’ll be; writing my book on the back of my bike!!! I’ll be forever known as the tailgate writer. I’ll be famous. People will line up to get my books. This is gonna be GREAT! Wait…hmmm…I wonder if it’s dust proof???

So I know you are chomping at the bit. Where can I get this? How much is it? Well, you can order yours here for a mere $199.95. And of course, it comes with the Hammacher Schlemmer lifetime guarantee, which means that if you don’t like it for any reason; you can return it for exchange, credit, or refund.

Do you think you could make use of the virtual keyboard? How do you like touch keypads?

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  • Amber West recently did a Friday Inspiration post that had me in giggles all afternoon. It’s about the things we’ll put ourselves through, when traveling to get to that ahhmazing view/photo. I loved it! And I could soooo relate with a few of my own potty adventures.
  • Roy Street says he’s found the fountain of youth. And you know…I think he might just be onto something!

Marriage proposals; be original


Marriage proposals come in all shapes, size, and styles. I’ve heard some pretty incredible proposals stories and, unfortunately, some pretty lame ones. As you likely guessed, hubby did it up right when he popped the question.

It was a gorgeous summer day. Hot. Sun shining. Not a cloud in the sky. We decided to drive the 2 hours to spend the afternoon at our fav summer beach. With spectacular white sands and warm ocean waters as far as the eye can see, it’s perfection. We loaded up the truck with all our gear and headed off on our adventure.

When we got there, people were just starting to arrive so we had lots of space to choose from. We settled in with our blankets, chairs and beach umbrella and cracked a cold beer. A little sunning, a little reading; the day was shaping up lovely. To make matters even better, another couple we are close with joined us.

We were all maxin’ and relaxin’ when hubby said he was going to go build a sand castle. About an hour later, he came and asked me to check out his sand art. And there, when I rounded the sand bar, was when I saw it. Hubby had carved a spectacular sand heart with a hand coming out of it. My ring sat perfectly in the hand.

He asked me if I would marry him. I cried and said yes. Our friends gave us a huge cheer. It seemed like the entire beach applauded!!! It was by far the most romantic day of my life.

Yip, the photo at the top is REAL and was my engagement experience.

But I gotta say….this guy gives even hubby a run for his money:

What about you? What is your marriage proposal story? What’s the most romantic (or utterly disastrous) proposal story you’ve heard? Share the wealth…

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  • Louise Behiel wrote an ahhhmazing post on personal responsibility with a powerful metaphor that helps bring this tough concept home. The post…moved me!
  • Elena Aitken (who just released her new book Drawing Free…eeeekeee…congrats Elena) did a wonderful post on how life is about pushing yourself outside the comfort zone to reach your dreams.
  • Emma Burcart did a fantastic post on fun traditions she and her family enjoy. I am inspired to create some of my own and am definitely adopting the red panties on New Year’s Eve (I am sure hubby will love that one)!

ROW80 – Round 1 – Check-in #6

It’s Sunday and that means time for another ROW80 progress update.

This week I lost some momentum with a wee bit of craziness. First, I had 2 weeknight events to attend (Jeff Dunham was one – HILARIOUS). Although fun, they sort of blew a hole in my weeknight schedule. Then Saturday hubby threw out his back so we spent most of Saturday waiting at the hospital (Canadian healthcare at its finest). Hubby is ok (albeit in a lot of pain). He pinched a nerve in his back and is off work for a week with some strong muscle relaxers to hopefully get him back on track. And for some reason, I just felt a little wore out this week.

So my check-in is a little lack luster this week BUT, I am psyched to get this fresh week underway where I plan to get back on track. While taking care of hubby!

Writing Goals:

  • Complete outline of WIP
  • Write 1750 words a week, on average 250 words a day (can be on WIP or other writings like flash fiction, character development, world building etc)
    672 words total this week
  • Finish James Scott Bell book
    I opted for more reading than writing this week. I read chapters 6 through 11 and hand-wrote over 20 pages of notes. 
  • Read 2 other writing craft books

Social Media Goals:

  • Blog – post 4 times a week
    4 posts – total word count: 2370
  • Blog – post ROW80 progress reports twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
    Done
  • Tweet/Comment on at least 10 blogs a week
    Done
  • Comment on 1 new blog per week (ROW80 or otherwise)
    Done

Healthy Lifestyle Goals:

  • Cardio – 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    Nope – only 1 cardio this week
  • BowFlex – 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    Nope
  • Maintain a daily food/migraine journal
    Done

The wins:

  • Got a ton of reading done, which I really enjoyed.
  • Met all my social media goals.

Where to improve:

  • I have to learn how to fit in writing and working out when a busy week takes over.

How are you making out with your ROW80 goals?

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