#NATIONALLAZYDAY

bedYou read it here first… yes, it’s #NATIONALLAZYDAY!

So, because I’m a rule follower, I’m not going to do anything productive today… but hang on, I’m at work, and today is a busy moving day at Microsofty.   There will be no lazy allowed!  Oh how I hate when my job gets in the way… the best laid plans! Sigh…

So as much as… “today, I don’t feel like doing anything, (insert whistle),” I can’t!

I do know I won’t spend too much time blogging, so for you, a little toe tappin’ music from Bruno ~ enjoy your day peeps, be lazy, and do nuttin’

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July Musings…and in comes the August Long!

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August already ~ can you believe…it!   I’m having trouble describing in a few words how my July was… draining or exasperating come to mind.  That being said, I do hope your summer has been treating you well.  Gauging from all the FB & IG posts, it appears all cottages/pools are open, the sunrise/sunsets are fab and the “docktails” are flowing.  Things seem to be ok in my circle, so I’m happy about that, I really am.

Although, hang on, I  must admit, the video clips of your lakes, as the tide ebb’s and flows are difficult to watch,  while I sit spinning and twirling on my office chair, trying to figure out if I want to eat my lunch alone in my 6x 6 cube, or mosey on down to the cafe and join the masses.

Do I sound like a Grumpy Cat or what!  I will share that I am now in full on decompress mode after a somewhat stressful month at said office.

Here’s the lowdown ~  I survived yet another huge re-org which I must say, can damn near put one over the edge.  I was frazzled.  It’s really all too hard to explain, but I’ve managed to go through, I believe, 4 of these re-orgs, and watching people wandering the halls, all zombie like, is not fun, my friends.  It was just best to avoid eye contact for the month of July.  It was very difficult to say goodbye to some great people you have bonded with over the years, but life does goes on, and I wish them well.   ❤

So yes, time for some new beginnings, and some new changes for your truly, which I am pleased about.   I am now working with someone that has gone from calling me by my proper name Leslie-Ann, to Leslie, to Lester, to LA…  I’m in!  I never really put a lot of thought into how someone addresses me, but it really does make a difference.   I take comfort in the simple silly things in life.   I think men tend to give people nick names more often than women.  They abbreviate or change it up with the last name and turn it into something like PWilly, or for some strange reason add the word dog (DAWG) to it.  ODAWD, GDAWG  Men are strange… 😉

AAAAANyway,  when feeling grumpy,  you try to find something to make you smile.   I’m presently reading an absolutely hilarious novel given to me by one of my good friends from Atlanta.  Her timing was bang on.  She knows the author personally, so that intrigued me even more.

It’s titled Mr. Right-Swipe, and if you are searching for that great beach read, this is your baby!  I hope to one day meet this funny lady in person, but for now will try and show her some love by sharing over social media.  Starting in Chapter 1, you will be looking up some specific acronyms.  I thought I knew most, but clearly need to up my coolness factor.  By the time you hit Chapter 7, you will be feeling the need for a cigarette and a cool drink…just sayin’.  *blush*   Please do me a solid, and grab yourself a copy here!

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Well Done Ricki!

On the writing front, I have been on again, off again.  I keep changing my narrative to suit my mood.   I think that’s ok.  As I learned in my writing class, we write with fervor, and edit at leisure.  I have a lot of editing to do, but that’s ok.  I think this is how many start out.  I need a personal assistant to follow me around, keep notes for me, and then magically one day, BAM, my best seller!  Oh, I live to dream.  I also dream of one day swimming with pigs, so how’s that for a little insight into my personality!  Who knows, I may even get a publishing gig before my 80th birthday.

Aside from writing and editing, I am enjoying the wee articles I have been doing for Neighbours Magazine, where just 350 words seems so easy peezy now, AND, up’s my popularity in my neighborhood ten fold… 😉

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AUGUST BANTER…!

Lastly, if you have been seeing any of my Instagram pics, you will know that I have signed up for The Ride to Conquer Cancer NEXT June.   Most days, I’m pumped, but at times, the fear of God sets in.  “Those hills will kill you Leslie…”  Well, quite frankly, I want to learn to ride those hills properly so I can rock an ass you can bounce a quarter off …Is that so wrong?

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Half way Point/Pint  Joke Cred: HillsForsyth

I was reminded that beers are for when you have completed the training ride, but in my mind, if you stop at a road side cafe, and it’s open and serving alcohol, why the hell not! I’ve got my Fitbit permanently secured on my wrist and it’s doing a wonderful job of keeping me on track.  I was on it like a hobo on a ham sandwich once I figured out all it could do for me.

So that’s my July in a nut shell.  I won’t bore you how my car failed me on the highway, and I had to have it towed, and now in search of a new car ~  or that I almost had to come to blows with a local grocery manager,  because my parenting skills came into question!!!  Really?   Deep breath… in with the good air, out with the bad!

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Good-bye Vanilla Ice!

I clearly cannot wait for my own wee summer getaway,  leaving today… Not gonna lie, will be indulging in a few docktails of my own, a few dock dance parties, and of course,  the odd libation with an umbrella in it!  (Hopefully the only Umbrella I will need… Arrgh).

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and I’ll check back in come September!  Thanks for listening…

Cheers & Happy Long Weekend,

LA 🙂

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Summer 2017 – Safety First ❤

BLOGIVERSARY and Bloggy Tidbits…

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Oh Joy.  I can finally celebrate something.  I’m also over this horrible lingering 6 week nagging flu/cough/cold.  Happy to report, I’m all better! I spent way too many days propped up with pillows and spent too much time reading and writing…and eating.  My family can also now remove the sneeze guard from the kitchen counter.  That thing was most annoying! 😉

It’s not that I don’t like doing any of the above, but when you spend most of it coughing up a lung, it’s not fun.  I almost needed my poor hubby to perform the Heimlich on me last weekend.  We were out for a lovely breakfast when some undercooked bacon lodged in the back of my throat.  I started to turn strawberry red, and because of my cough, couldn’t get any air.  I felt my last breath on earth was going to be taken over my Grand Slam feast!

I’m almost certain I need a new rib cage as mine had taken a beating.  Belly laughing was not an option.  It’s also been raining kittens and puppies, which just kept me in a state of resting bitch face.  On the upside, our lawn has never looked better and was contemplating shipping in some Billy Goats to help with the upkeep.

So yes, it’s my Blogiversary.  Don’t worry.  I don’t need flowers or candy. That’s not how I roll.  I do however think we should celebrate with a cocktail or two ~ yes, that’s how I roll.  Let’s leave it at that.  Anything worth celebrating should always be accompanied with alcohol.  And speaking of booze….

…in total darkness, she maneuvered herself up the antiquated staircase, knowing full well, that in her current state, the dodging of the creaking floorboards would be more than she could manage.  She allowed herself one little giggle, enjoying this game, before the flash of the bright bulb overhead, sent her catapulting down the staircase… (sneak peak)…

So yes, I’m writing… and who knew I would still be at this 5 years later.  My earlier blogging days consisted more of me writing the odd blog, and then stopping for life things that got in the way and then restarting when the mood struck.

My writing, (“hmmmph!  Listen to her, like she is some kind of writer…”)  was started well before Blogging websites or Social Media.   I started writing when my 3 boys were small but sadly, I had lost the floppy disc on that creation, so had to start over.. (dating myself  is hysterically funny sometimes).   I do know however, it had a great working title, and believe me, I have goggled the bejesus out of it, and still mine for the taking if I want it.

I have been enjoying my writing class, and getting a lot of ideas and helpful hints on how to progress.  Plot, Theme, Character’s.  Last class we went on a field trip to the church basement.  I know, hold yourself down,  but it is amazing how one gets a different perspective of looking at something when you know you have to write about it.  I had Jesus eye balling me at every turn, so I wanted to make this a good one.  I think we can all agree he is probably the best editor in the business.   Can I get an AMEN!

I’ve also been trying to get my blog website updated, so you will see it under construction from time to time. I have been following a blogger that I adore. She is so great at what she does.  She has a huge following, but is always happy to help out us rookies.  She is helping me up my game on the social media front and shares many helpful hints on how to change things up.  She has a HUGE following and actually talks to lil’ ol’ me!

Another blogger told me she likes my blog just the way it is, and not to mess it up with too much drivel – less is more she says. I totally agree.  I think I have a #girlcrush!

I’m also still having a ton of fun writing articles for Neighbors of Olde Oakville/Joshua Creek, but must admit, what I love even more, is when my #girlgang snaps a pic of the article for me, before I’ve even got a copy!  I adore them.  We’ve been throwing  around some ideas about a podcast or perhaps mounting a go-pro in my car.  Not sure about that idea.  Fuzzy slippers and writing here (where you can’t see me), has it’s benefits.

I have more stories to tell, and a few updates coming your way.  In the mean time, I’m still on the look out for the brain cells I lost while in the infirmary.  I’ll follow the breadcrumbs to try and figure out where I left them, but most importantly, ponder what happens to that girl that flew down the staircase.   If you want, tell me, and I’ll use it! (interaction with your readers is also a fun thing to do, so I’m told).

Until next time – I’m off to pop a cork and have some fun!

Yours in writing & Laughing & Smiling….

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