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Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don’t Celebrate It

“Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, “Never take candy from strangers.” And then they dressed me up and said, “Go beg for it.” I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people’s doors and go, “Trick or treat.” “No thank you.” Rita Rudner

Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don't Celebrate It

Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don’t Celebrate It – I feel hollow Inside…

1. Option #1 – Leave town
2. Option #2 – Draw the blinds and act as if you’ve left town.
3. Option #3 – Come clean and tell everyone … to put it mildly: “Enough Already!”
4. Option #4 – Tell the kids: “We dress up as ducks or we stay home!”

For those of you/us who don’t celebrate Halloween, it’s a day to chill out and put on your best smile. You might wonder why so many people get into the “spirit” of this one day hurrah. The celebration goes back to 1745 and means Holy Evening. It’s celebrated on the evening before All Hallows Day which is also known as All Saints Day. Hence the name: Halloween! So the demons and devils come out to play for one last night, before they get kicked back to the dungeon where they belong. Ha!

People love the fear factor attached to this day and you see many kooky manifestations of it; from creepy food to ghoulish outfits. It taps into that strong human emotion – FEAR!  H P Lovecraft said it well. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” If you are over it already, I’ve shared a few tips, above and below, to help you survive.

“I see my face in the mirror and go, ‘I’m a Halloween costume? That’s what they think of me?” Drew Carey

Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don't Celebrate It

Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don’t Celebrate It – I haven’t felt alive in years!

5. Option #5 – Put a bowl of Candy Corn outside with a note: “Made In 1911!”
6. Option #6 – Post a sign in front of your home saying: We don’t give ANYTHING to dead people
7. Option #7 – Keep Brutus at your front gate with a sign: “You wanna be DINNER?” No ghouls, zombies or brats tolerated.

What was the worst experience you ever had during Halloween? I’ve read stories of people being chased by aggressive dogs or angry homeowners passing out rotten candy.  Sometimes, people in dark corners are mistaken for the real thing or vise versa… Vise versa!?  Yep.  There have been countless tales of real ghost mingling with humans on this dark night of the soul. You might have encountered one without knowing it or heard stories of people who did. Here’s a quick story to prove it.

Five friends were walking home after a Halloween party. They decided to cut through a cemetery to get home faster. As they walked across it, they heard loud banging noises and a voice complaining. Out of curiosity, they approached and saw a dark form which made them jump. A loud voice said “What do you want?” They composed themselves and walked up to an older man chipping away at a headstone with a hammer. “You almost scared us to death, one of the five said as the others laughed.” Why are you here!? They asked in unison. “My family members are a bunch of idiots! They mis-spelled my name, so I had to climb out to fix it.” said the old man glaring at them. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” Bob Marley

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – Seen on the ceiling of a NYC Subway car

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Signs make us think. Some make us laugh. All have stories to tell. We have a pigeon problem in NYC… Well, it depends on who you ask and where you are. I guess the rats will win hands down. Anyhow, I laughed out loud, one morning, when I hit the subway and noticed people looking up, instead of at their feet. I looked up and that hysterical sign greeted me. It covered the entire length of the ceiling in my subway car. I paused long enough to collect myself, whip out my cheapo camera, and take a few shots. I have one with the people standing so you get the depth of it. I will go back and upload it so this one makes sense. There’s another sign I’d love to share but can’t find it. Sadly, I don’t always label my photo folders properly… C’est la vie! Enjoy

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Challenge: SIGNS  I found this sign in a thrift store!

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – I found this sign in a thrift store and it spoke to me. Haha!

Signs speak to us in many ways; they inform us, warn us, educate us, mislead us, and even make us laugh. T-shirts with interesting and funny lines are popular in Japan and I guess everywhere else in the world. We took shots of these in a Tokyo store… Love the literal translations. My daughters took even better ones but won’t let me share them. I get it. I speak two other languages and the T-shirts reminded me of when I was learning other languages too. I love them. Come back later for more. Ha!

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NBC Universal: The Mysteries of Laura

Photo from the episode "Mystery of the Dead Date"

Photo from the episode “Mystery of the Dead Date”

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Laura Diamond (Debra Messing of Will and Grace) is a dedicated NYPD homicide detective trying to create a work/life balance under incredibly challenging circumstances. She is the classic overwhelmed, multitasking, “Working Mom” trying to be everything to everyone under trying conditions. Balancing work, family, and personal needs can be difficult even in the best conditions, so we can imagine Laura’s burden: She is mom to twin boys who test her patience in many ways. She is in the early throes of a potentially explosive divorce. She has a dangerous and demanding job and must find ways to make it all work. Today, 63% of women define success as finding balance between work and personal life. How do you define success? Can we have it all? Even after divorce?

During the special preview on September 17th, we see Laura with her partner, the hot and sexy Laz Alonso, working the streets to hunt down and arrest criminals; some are even close to the bone. In between dealing with a mysterious murder case, she is also trying to place her twins into a special private school that would provide her with more childcare. Her soon to be ex-hubby comes late for the home-visit/meeting scheduled with a stiff, conservative representative of the intended school, and if you watched the show, (spoiler warning) you’d know it ended with disastrous results because Laura fed the boys something most moms imagine doing when the kids are driving us crazy. Laura’s ex tries to convince the visitor that she is a great mom, but to no avail. Now she must find another school. How do moms juggle the demands of daily life while trying to respect the demands of their workplace? I can only say – with great difficulty!

One thing we observe on the show is that Laura employs a number of strategies: she has a helpful work partner, Laz, and she shares her concerns with him. She uses humor to deflect the ridiculous and sometimes stressful exchanges with her twins and her soon to ex-hubby. She willingly admits that it’s a crazy life and makes adjustments when needed; her operative choice of action is to stay flexible and busy even while admitting that she is a “hot mess.” Laura is delightful because those of us who struggle with similar situations will be able to relate to the huge amounts of work required to keep it all running. She uses humor to deflect awful moments and yet holds her own in explosive situations that could cost her job and even her life. How does humor help you balance the demands of your household?

What I found plausible about the show is the fact that they didn’t try to solve all the problems in neat little packages. Balancing work, home, and life challenges is a work in progress and we don’t always have ready answers for difficulties. One thing we all do is reach out to others who can help relieve our stress and then try our best to be the best mom. I’d recommend this show to every mom; working in and out of the home. What tips/advice would you give to other women juggling work and family life?

Be sure to join me at 7pm ET on Wednesday, September 24th for the #MysteriesofLaura Twitter Party where I’ll be co-hosting alongside @SJBlahBlahBlog. We’ll be talking about the new show, life as a working mom and our own “hot mess” moments! Then, tune-in for the official premier of The Mysteries of Laura on NBC starting at 8/7c! Also, check out what people are saying on Facebook and Twitter.

And for those joining in on the Twitter Party, you’ll have a chance to win a $250 SpaFinder Gift Card to pamper yourself after a long day of juggling life! Read the official rules here to learn how to enter.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. Thank You!


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