It’s no secret that Trick-or- Treating began long before we did it here in America. Without teaching a lesson in the history of trick- or- treating, keeping it short, it was known as souling or guising and people traditionally went door to door asking for money, bread, cheese, butter, eggs, etc. Some history has to with soul cakes and fairies, and some has to do with the exchange for work. Either way- America got a hold of it and stepped it up.
They say just before you die, you experience pain. Your head may hurt periodically- you may feel nauseated from something you ate the night before and you may experience some pain in your middle toe. In fact, you may have random aches and pains all over your body- your neck, your shoulders, your knees- just to name a few and you have the lyrics ,” there’s one in every crowd, that brings the party in us out- Good Time Charlie, with a Harley, whisky bent and hell bound…” stuck in your head. Oh wait, they don’t say that- that’s not it at all. That’s what I feel like with very little sleep on the day after me and my Barrelassin’ Momma spend the evening in a crowded bar, dancing around and cheering along to a Montgomery Gentry concert!
I must have been confused for a moment. I’m suffering from, “I’m not a teenager anymore and I have to be on a football field in a dress this evening for my Barrelassin’ son’s Senior Night and Homecoming at the high school- and I should’nt stay out until 3 a.m.” syndrome. I probably could’ve skipped the cowboy boots, but then it just would’ve ruined the outfit. The fact is, there is one in every crowd- and it is usually me. But boy did we ever have fun!
I am a NeNe Leakes bride. NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak- Biermann started off as friends and then fought their way to two separate spin-off shows, one for each. Those heads are not just another wig-rack. Don’t get it twisted! And believe me- neither of them had to suffer a Poke’mon wedding. And I have a few people I’d like to tell off from time to time- where’s my camera crew? Call me when you’re ready- Bloop!
I have read more “How To” articles over the last week and my brain has basically turned to mush. “How do I get more traffic to my blog?” “How to advertise on your blog.” “How do I start a blog?” “How to make money by blogging.” “How to write a pitch letter to potential advertisers.”
How to BLAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I can barely stand it. How about I turn my head inside out and freaking explode?! Everyone claims to have all the answers, and everyone has different answers. I, personally, still don’t have any answers except that I understand less than I did when I chose to do all this reading. “What’s your niche?” they say, “find your target audience, who is your target audience?” My niche is that I like to freaking talk! I am constantly thinking, and whether or not anyone is actually reading what I have to say, I like to feel like I’ve just shared what I was thinking with someone other than myself. So just as soon as I’m done talking to myself, I grab the laptop and type it out and send it out into the Universe.
As far as I can gather, in order to be a blogger, or advertise on your blog, you will need a team of specialists to keep up with your blog for you. Nobody actually says that, but who in the hell can blog while taking care of all these details? Want traffic to your blog? Join fifty more blogs, keep up with them, read them, follow them, comment on them, and maybe someone will be nice enough to follow back or tell someone else about your blog. How will I ever have the time to blog if I am reading everyone else’s blog?
I do read a couple of blogs, but they are not mercy readings. I am not there to market my blog, I am there because something at some point sucked me in. How many networks am I supposed to join to market myself? I can’t even keep up. Maybe, unbeknownst to me, nobody really wants to hear my every thought. Now there’s a wake-up call! Maybe I should’ve just kept a journal Maybe my really will explode and someone will blog about it and it will make for better “content” for them. Maybe if I just use the title, “How to get traffic to your blog” I will triple my traffic for one post. Shaking my damn head.
Enjoy, Barrelassers 🙂
Apparently Katie Couric, Criss Angel, and LL Cool J are not at the forefront of The President’s mind today. I’ve been waiting to see this episode and was so excited to watch it, and found that their faces resemble Barrack Obama’s a lot. They looked just like him talking about the Government Shitdown, I mean shutdown! It was remarkable!
I know these topics are important for our country, but what I don’t understand is, why he only seems to discuss them when I want to watch something?
Maybe that never happened and it was all a total mindfreak Criss Angel pulled out of his hat. Either way- I missed almost all of LL Cool J’s appearance and I’m a little moody due to such acts by the “Breaking News” that basically only told me what I already know. Nobody is working together and everyone in America is paying for it while Congress has it’s little feud. Maybe LL Cool J could “knock them out.” Maybe Criss Angel could work a little magic on them or at least give Congress the “illusion” that we are just as important as they are.
What we need in this country, is a little more Criss Angel and LL Cool J. Thanks, Katie Couric- you tried.
Guess what day it is? Hump Daaaay! No really, it was my Barrelassin’ hubby’s birthday and we were keepin’ it real! No big time shit…except some pretty big, actual shit if you looked in the right/wrong direction. He doesn’t really like going over the top and I’m always trying to make shit spectacular. Like I’m the freaking party police that the event organizational committee hires to make sure it’s a party or great event.
Today, I kept it simple so he would actually have all the fun. But I ended up having just as much fun. He loves animals and all things of nature so while I was searching for things to do that didn’t involve a surprise party or one hundred or more people, I came across a deal on Groupon. It was by chance that I found a deal for a Safari type petting zoo that we could drive through and feed the animals from our car. I’ve seen such videos on YouTube, but we’ve never been to one.
So…not only did I find the deal on Groupon, but I also happen to participate in Swagbucks. So I used my Swagbucks…to buy a Groupon gift code, and then bought the deal form Groupon. Got it? Are you keeping up? Then I was able to use my Groupon code at the Circle G Ranch in Strawberry Planis, Tn. to get the two of us in with only buying three buckets of food for the price of $10.00. That was the funniest $10.00 we’ve spent in years! Zebras, Cows, Water Buffalo, Ostrich, Emus, Goats, Deer, Pigs and all sorts of animals food raped my car!.
We also rode a Camel and pet some animals at the petting zoo at the end of the loop. We had a simple blast. The least amount of money that I’ve ever spent on a birthday celebration and had more fun that if I had spent hundreds of dollars. We joined my Barrelassin’ sister and her Barrelassin’ husband for some dinner (wings) and headed home, where my husband tried to eat a small cake he had purchased for himself on the way home. He apparently thought he would make it through the day without birthday cake 😦 I may have gone cheap this year, but I’m no fool. He got his little cake out of the grocery bag and explained to me and our teenage kids that he should at least eat a piece of cake today- when they retrieved a larger cake from the refrigerator and suggested that he try a piece of the one they had baked themselves for him while he was out having all the fun today 🙂 He really was surprised, and didn’t cost a fortune.
It has been a wonderful day- happy birthdy- I love you, Barrelassin’ Jay!
Enjoy, Barrelassers 🙂
Definitely on the list of things I can never un-see!
I swear! PCH is always screwing with my head! They always have me on the fence somewhere between reality and insanity. Do I open the email and register AGAIN or risk it all and hit the delete button? I mean, I fancy myself a risk taker, but how do I know if “this is the one” that makes me freaking rich? Damn it!
So here we are- I, along with my two besties, barrelassin’ Amy and barrelassin’ April are turning forty very soon. Amy in November, myself in January and April in February, and we’re planning a big celebration together in January! I recently made the decision to stop stressing over the number and embrace it; find a way to look forward to it for my own sanity.
I’ve been lucky enough to do many things I’ve enjoyed throughout my life, but there’s a lot I haven’t done, and I’m tricking forty. Forty is now working for me! I’m not simply making a bucket list. I’m challenging myself to a bucket list; a bucket list of things to accomplish in my first year of forty. Perhaps I’m not very realistic with the items on my list, but they’re certainly not going to happen if I just give up, settle, or simply accept that I will never do these things. I want to make a real effort before it’s too late. I would like to avoid looking back later in life with regrets that I cannot do anything about. I hope to accomplish certain things while I’m still young enough to enjoy them. And to get myself warmed up for the challenge, I’m starting now by working on myself a little, to make sure I look great the day of my party! That will be my pre- forty warm up. Then on to the list.
I am using forty to my advantage from here on out…I hope. So here’s hoping, against all hope, that I don’t lose hope.
At forty I will…
|1) Fly on a plane for the first time|
|2) Visit California for the first time|
|3) Try Seafood and add some to my diet|
|4) Get my mom to Hawaii- her dream vacation|
|5) Add a closet to my bedroom|
|6) Swim with Dolphins|
|7) Finish the laundry room|
|8) Read at least two classic novels|
|9) Be more successful in a career|
|10) Finish dental work in to order smile
with more confidence 😀
|11) Sing Happy Birthday out loud with
everyone else instead of lip synchronizing
|12) Get more organized with paper|
|13) Write into Shark Tank with my great
ideas, even though I have no money or
clue how to come up with prototypes
|14) Take a class; any class|
|15) Practice more patience|
|16) Pay off a debt|
|17) Give the kids more space.
Let them at fail at something in order
to learn how to succeed.
|18) Volunteer- make a difference|
|19) Attempt to cook my way through
one of Bethenny Frankel’s books
|20) Stop and actually smell the roses.
For real. Really smell the roses.
More than once.