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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!


Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

“Happiness comes in all colors of the rainbow!” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty...

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty…

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

Hello Kitty 1st USA Convention

“Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary at the first ever Hello Kitty convention in the world!”

The ubiquitous, blank-faced and, as the world assumed, feline cartoon character Hello Kitty is not in fact a cat, announced The Los Angeles Times. It’s a little girl named Kitty White. Via The NYTimes

Dear Hello Kitty…
Happy Anniversary!
Why the new changes?

Happy Birthday Boo
My kids knew you as Kitty

My Kitty girlfriend…
Convention time is calling
Who will you come as?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Hey, Hello Kitty!
WTF! Can we talk!? B#$%^&h!
What’s this BS news!?

Hello Kitty was always an important part of my household. When my girls were little, they saw the show and then a close friend traveled to Japan and bought them lots of Hello Kitty stuff. After that we were hooked.

“Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.” Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

Haiku: Dear Hello Kitty

Share A Global Hug

Hello Kitty VIP Contest

Hello Kitty VIP Contest

“Are you ready for our biggest giveaway yet? Over the next three weeks, you and a friend will have the chance to be VIP guests at Hello Kitty Con!” Enter the VIP contest to win

Hello Kitty is not a cat. You read that right. When Yano was preparing her written texts for the exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, she says she described Hello Kitty as a cat. “I was corrected — very firmly,” she says. “That’s one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.” Via The LA Times

You’re someone else now…
A new cast of characters
Mom, Dad, Twin sister!?

Is this a cast change?
Can we play your family?
My kids? Random friends?

Kids grew up with you…
You always were gijinka
Now, A girl? A cat?

What Joan Rivers might have said:
Schmuck!  Last time I looked…
You were a cat in a dress
You hoochy mama!

Frankly, there’s nothing wrong with being anthropomorphic… Mickey Mouse is too. Today, one of my kids is a double major in Asian studies and film, with a concentration in Japanese… Both are into film, anime, manga and more. There was an influence there. So to change up on us was odd, to put it mildly. We do love the character and this is a celebration with a twist assignment and a touch of humor…. with love!

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