The windows to the soul

Sometimes I get the urge to write about something, and it hits me quickly, almost hard. When I get hit with an urge like that it’s usually to write something about my mother, which at times is easy for me to do and other times is extremely hard. Sometimes I write about her and intend to post the piece, but end up sitting on it instead, because like writing about her, there are times when it’s easy for me to post something about her and times when it almost scares me. And there is a part of me that wonders if you, my readers, get tired of me writing about my mum – yet when I wrote about her recently, I was touched by the supportive comments that were left. I was thinking of how it was to be a teenager, but my mind drifted back to my mother…

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This Is The Blog Post I’ve Wanted To Make For A Long Time

Friday in work was just like any other day. Big delivery came in, we worked it and I did the money and paperwork. Boys were in a mood with each other and no matter how hard I tried to get them to cheer up they still were bitching at each other most of the day. I’m slowly getting used to this, if they’re working a shift together they bounce off each other and create an atmosphere. It’s annoying, but usually by being fun and a bit silly I can manage to bring them back to normality.

The highlight of my day was a visit from my area manager. Usually he doesn’t come into the store when the manager’s off. He doesn’t have a need to speak to supervisors, he deals with the managers most of the time. Turns out he was in the store to speak to me specifically. Office door closed stuff. That always worries me, I thought perhaps I’d made a mistake and failed a test purchase, maybe something else serious?

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Being a new student anywhere is tough, and college is no exception

Being a new student anywhere is tough, and college is no exception.  While in college I wanted to meet people and find friends and enjoy my time in college. I wanted to learn how many other students got into college though a GED, as I earned mine via online lessons that I followed for my GED test, I don’t say online learning is bad for you. I am very grateful for online prep but they will not help you with your social life. If you have some solid friends right there by your side you have emotional and psychological support. Making those friends, though, can be the tough part. Some people are lucky and able to make friends easily, yet for others it takes a bit of work.

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Closer

I go into my closet sometimes and pull my jewelry box down from where it’s hidden on the shelf, underneath winter sweaters and clothes from my thinner days that I can’t bear to part with. I sit down on my bed with the box in my lap and when I close my eyes I hear my mother’s voice telling me about the day she saw it through a storefront window, how beautiful she thought it was and how grown-up it made her feel, her first real jewelry box. I remember when she gave it to me, at a pivotal point in my teenage years. I look at the images she chose to decoupage the leather with before passing it on, images that are, without a shadow of a doubt, decidedly ‘me’.

I open the lid and breathe in the familiar smell – the sweetness of the Tiger Balm she’d rub on her forehead during a migraine spell and the musty smell of old leather, of history, of years passed. I breathe in deeply. The smell makes me feel close to her somehow.

I know I was a spitfire when I was a kid. I know I gave my mom a run for her money and my dad sometimes, too. I gave my mom a harder time because she was safer – I knew I could act like a maniac and she’d still love me. I wasn’t so sure about my dad back then.

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Doing Rome in Luxury

Whether you are doing Rome in luxury or figuring out a way to get the most out of Tuscany, Italy certainly will not disappoint eager honeymooners seeking a romantic and memorable experience.
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Rome is a city packed full of fabulous architecture, rich with culture, overflowing with amazing restaurants and mouthwatering cuisine and full to the brim with beautiful people. Unsurprisingly, the popularity of this passionate city has ballooned over the years and it is now one of the top European destinations for everything from romantic proposal weekends to stylish hen holidays and Euro-railing stop offs. With the influx of tourists, hotels, restaurants and bars in the city have grown in numbers, from the smallest street side snack shop to some of the most spectacular restaurants in the world.  If you are looking for luxury in Rome then you won’t have to go far to find it as pretty much every need is catered for here and the Romans are particularly good at fabulous decadence.

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Tired and rambling…

Yesterday was one of those days where, when my kids were asleep, I wasn’t in active Mommy-mode and it was finally fucking over, I curled up on the couch and had to fight back tears. It was a day that left me spent, feeling stretched too thin and exhausted at the thought of having to get up and do it all again today.

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Top 5 Unusual Places to Visit in Australia

As the only country on Earth that is also an entire continent, it should come as no surprise that Australia boasts thousands of potential destinations for visitors who head to the outback each year. However, many of the most popular destinations can become inundated with tourists, making it a less than authentic experience. For an Australian vacation that goes beyond the urban cities of Sydney and Melbourne, consider these top 5 unusual places to visit in Australia:

Blue Mountains

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Brand name power

A couple of nights ago Dave came downstairs with a bunch of red licorice in his hand. “Want some?” he asked.

“Um, yeah,” I said. Like, duh. He knows red licorice is my favourite.

He tossed me a few whips. They were smooth and almost wet-feeling. Ew. Fuckin’ Nibs.

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A May Date at the Cannes Film Festival: More Romantic than You Think

Head out to London, Paris and Rome on an exquisite tour with a detour to the Cannes Film Festival during your stay next May.

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Secluded getaways have become passé. Couples want to experience the hub and vivacity of colourful and picturesque destinations. One of these is Cannes, and a good time to visit this beautiful French Riviera city is during the month of May. Why? Because this is the time when the weather is warm, mild and enjoyable. Clear blue skies greet you while the occasional spring showers add an extra dash of romance. And it is also Cannes Film Festival time, an annual event where stars from across the world descend, and movies from A-list directors and first-time talent are showcased.

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