Ahhhh life …


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Tis’ October … and yes, it’s been a while.  And no, Halloween isn’t my favourite holiday, but it’s second.  I’ve already watched Hocus Pocus — uhmmm, three times. Yes, three and it will happen more. 🙂  And whilst I’ve been gone, WordPress has upgraded itself and wow, I can post gifs … without my Photobucket account! 🙂

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When you’re not well – you have way too much time on your hands to think about things, people and places.  You can let that consume you or work through it — and move forward from things, people and places that just aren’t for you anymore.  I’ve been on this journey, actually, since May 2014.  And honestly, it was rough for a while, but now … well, now things are settling down … and I’m starting to be back in a good place. 🙂

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Let me just start off by saying, I need to belong to NA.  Wait for it … I know what you’re thinking, but you’re not right … I’m talking about Netflix Anonymous. I get a huge Vizio Smart TV — and now, I’m insane with Netflix and Amazon Prime … I’m not even going to touch Hulu!  Right now my obsession on Netflix is THE ORIGINALS.  Just started S2 — and I just watch and watch and watch and watch … you, get the picture, right?

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I’m glad college football season is back and I’m glad to be back in Tallahassee for one of our first big games this season … we play Miami tomorrow night.  It doesn’t matter if any of our arch rivals are ranked or unranked, losing or winning … these games are ALWAYS hard fought … just glad we’re at Doak Campbell this year!  We have a young, young team on both sides of the ball and well, Golson hasn’t really impressed me completely … hoping Sean gets a chance to throw the ball tomorrow night. 🙂

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So, the Republicans have done everything they can to destroy Hillary, but their repeated attempts have failed – miserably.  They forget that Hillary has had to fight her entire life and has been dinged constantly from all sides … she’s a survivor, a fighter and tells it like it is … I’m so proud to be a part of her campaign!  The Grand Old Party .. ain’t so grand anymore!

And, that’s about all I’m good for tonight … I’ve missed scribbling down my thoughts – so, my goal is to be back at least once per week — yes, I know, I know – you’ve heard that all before, but truth is — this little bit of scribbling has lit the fire again!

Everyone have a great weekend … and GO SEMINOLES!

Hugs –

Bryce

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Because everyone can always use a little Jack and Karen … 🙂

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Life has two basic tenets: take me or leave me. And isn’t it always interesting how complicated life becomes when put in a position of having to choose one or the other.  As for me, I’ve reached a fork in the road and I’ve opted to move forward and let go of situations that I’ve allowed to consume and hold me back. And that’s that!

Take a listen to this song below – it’s one of the songs from my discography that I created for blogging … each song has its own purpose for being in the collection – 

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I’m finally starting to feel like a real person again … I’ve never had a battle with my sinuses and allergies like I’ve had since early August. Two antibiotics and a nose spray later … I’ve reached the edge of the storm and now, I’m going to bloody outrun it!  My weekend has been absolutely wonderful because I’ve started on my To Do List … this list shan’t be completed anytime soon, but it’s started … finally.

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Anyone who faithfully follows knows how much I love my Florida State Seminoles and well, college football in general.  I must admit I was glad FSU didn’t play yesterday … I desperately needed time to catch up on things.  I did catch glimpses of games as I was endlessly scrolling through my HD channels … lots of upsets yesterday.  It’s going to be an interesting year and hopefully my Garnet & Gold boys are paying attention!

I love how hard FoxTV is pushing their new series … Gracepoint and I took to Twitter to share this with the network:

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But, I’ll play nice for anyone who watches it … at least they brought David Tenant over to be the lead for Gracepoint as he was in Broadchurch.

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This idea of being tolerant of Islam has officially worn thin on me.  It’s amazing how the majority of Muslims remain silent on all fronts; however, they want the US and other powers to take care of the radical elements within their OWN religion. Why haven’t they spoken up in the hundreds of millions?  Why are groups like ISIS, Hamas and others getting millions upon millions of dollars to support their campaigns of terror?

I can no longer be tolerant of a religion that has over a billion followers and the majority says NOTHING about the murder, terror and hate the minority is carrying out on a regular basis. Let’s be real for a minute – they cannot even get along in their OWN religion — they blow up Mosques of those who don’t share their same view of Islam.

When was the last time you saw a group of Christians blow up another church because they didn’t agree with their theology?  It’s CRAZY that those who say they don’t agree with the jihadists want to say their religion preaches love and peace.  So, where are the millions who are standing up to these Islamic zealots who are stereotyping their religion?

Your silence is speaking volumes about how you REALLY feel about what these small groups are doing.  And one day, your silence is going to bring your religion crashing down because the rest of the world isn’t always going to be tolerant of what you seem to be okay with.

970654_519494374799615_1177278024_nAnd every single day, I am even more ready for Hillary Clinton to step forward, make a run for the White House and become the 45th POTUS.  I am growing weary of the path that President Obama is taking this nation down and the circus atmosphere the Republicans have created in Washington and across this nation.  The Democrats have their share of blame in some of this mess … I said it a long time ago: EXPERIENCE MATTERS and it’s been showing for the last few years in the decisions coming from the White House.  

People might say, “How can you be a Democrat and not support a Democratic President?”  That’s pretty easy … when the decisions of this President have consistently damaged this nation on the inside and the outside … when he and the other top cronies have attempted to affix all the blame on the Republicans without taking a look in the mirror, I can speak out.  I have NEVER been politically correct and I never will – just look at where being PC gets you in this world today. NOWHERE.  

I think a lot of good Democrats have lost their way and hopefully, they’ll begin to realise they were lead astray by ideology that was never truly a part of the Democratic platform. Anyone who is in politics should realise that it’s the Middle Class that is the foundation of this nation and when the Middle Class starts to fall apart, so will the United States.  

I know that Hillary Clinton understands that and knows that has to be a priority in order to rescue the US from this current downward spiral – she knew that back in 2008. And Republicans can scream, “Remember Benghazi” all they want … they just need to be reminded that the Republican controlled Congress cut hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked for US Embassy, Consulate and Foreign Mission security in 2010.

And on that note … here’s one of my favourite excerpts from the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower:

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Peace and hugs – 

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Life is a funny thing.


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Life can toss you about like you’re a can on a ship in the midst of a horrific storm for a while and then – without any warning … things calm down. Calm to the point where you wonder when the other shoe is going to drop.  But I have no fear of that … I have peace with many things but most importantly with myself. Life is a funny thing.

I think a huge part of that is that my house is no longer filled with silence (and well, sadness all the time) … this little angel, below, arrived on 24 January and has helped me a great deal … those of you who follow know that I lost my precious Nica on 24 September 2013.  And while Alexa hasn’t nor will she ever take Nica’s place — she has certainly brought peace, laughter and energy.

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She’s quickly stolen my heart … and the fact that I know that Nica would love her just as much as I do … makes me smile.  Someone recently asked me why I never said that I owned a pet.  That’s an easy one … when you have a dog, you’re invested with and in them.  When you own a pet – well, there’s very little investment.  Of course, my angels are the children I will never have … my only regret in life (thus far).

So, here we are in February and my goal of writing weekly – in January – fell far short; however, I’m committed to this blog and here we are … plus, I return to therapy this week in my quest to regain my footing on the path of return to my complete happiness. 🙂  Life doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why there is therapy.

I’ve been filling my time with reading, photography and telly as of late (oh, and work, too – but it’s not really work when you love it – right? 🙂 ) … So, here are some books and shows on my radar right now …

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This show. THIS SHOW. Sleepy Hollow has been the biggest surprise for me since Major Crimes.  I wasn’t too sure this show could capture my attention, but its tie in with the American Revolutionary War and its twists and turns — well, it’s only gotten better episode by episode.  The season finale was a HUGE SURPRISE ( I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it)!  It returns later this year, but you can catch up with it on Fox.

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I love Reign (CW) … it’s a glimpse at one of the most turbulent times in history, but its historical accuracy is far from the truth; however, it makes for a good watch.  It is, however, a glance at how alliances were forged across Europe by royals always trying to ‘one-up’ each other — and those who had money buying their way into the palaces of Europe.  I’m hoping it isn’t cut from the line up … the CW is known for doing that all too frequently.

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Then there’s Sherlock on BBCone … FINALLY.  And I must say … it’s been brilliant thus far … of course, I cannot talk about it too much since I’m already one episode ahead of its showing in the states and I’m not one to spoil a good show!  Episode #2 (The Wedding) … wow.  It could be my favourite, but the season has only just begun!  I always find it amazing that the writers are still able to outdo themselves and so far, so good!

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And you didn’t think I’d leave out Downton Abbey did you? So far … I’m engaged, but if it gets crazy again with death — I don’t know if I can hang in there.  Way too much death last season.  And I’m very interested in knowing what Barrow is up to … they’re tempting us, but keeping is quiet; however, you can tell he’s up to something (and of course, I know a little more because I’ve seen a couple of episodes more than you PBS Masterpiecers have seen).  

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This little gem – unexpected, but greatly welcomed.  It’s purportedly based on the real-life Ian Fleming’s life — I guess we’ll see how closely it follows the line.  Dominic Cooper (more recently known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger) stars as the womanising Ian Fleming, but full of imagination and ideas.  I must say, I’m hooked already.  It’s a made for BBCAmerica series … I wonder if they’re testing the waters for an audience back in the UK as well?  I guess we’ll see … but for now, I’m intrigued.

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These are the books currently on my reading list … unlike some avid readers, I cannot read multiple books at once — I find it doesn’t allow me to immerse myself fully into the purpose of a book.   Alison Weir’s look at The Life of Elizabeth I … well, it’s a good read.  And 1776, I’m looking forward to reading this one because of its theme and the trailer for book-turned-movie The Book Thief caught my eye and I decided that I had to read it before I watched it.

I’ve decided that I’ll do my main posts at weekend and at midweek, I’ll be posting quotes because – as you’ll learn – I love words that are not always my own!

And now, off to start my Sunday … Alexa is fast asleep, in her bed under my desk, and we’re going on a driving adventure later because today looks to be promising!  I hope everyone has a great ‘what’s left of the weekend’ and a great week ahead.  I’m ever so thankful for the happiness that 2014 has brought and will bring … and on that note –

I am,

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Yes, it’s good to be …


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Well, so much for sticking to my goal of journaling at least once per week, but sooner is better than never!  I’ve been, as those of you who follow, recovering from a what I’m calling the longest year (2013) of my life.  I lost my 93-year-old grandmum in March — had two major health scares/issues (all is well now!) and then I lost my four-legged child, Nica.  Last year – as the old adage goes – wasn’t my year.

Needless to say … 2013 is a year that I will never truly look back upon with any admiration. Ever.

I’ll say that 2014 has started out pretty well and I’m praying (and hoping) that the trials and tribulations of the past year are … gone – at the very least grounded.  Of course it all started out with a little trip on 6 January to Pasadena, California (Los Angeles) for a little game called: The National Championship …

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I don’t think I need to really go into great detail, but my Garnet & Gold boys weren’t doing so great in the first half — and then, well, the second half happened and this picture sums it up so nice and neatly …

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And yeah, we scored 24 points to bring the trophy home … it showed that our team has character, strength, unity and determination!  Never been so proud to be a member of the Seminole Nation! And yes, dear Gator fans — we just tied it up with three. So, suck it!

And of course, since I lost Nica — I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotions (still am – truthfully) and I struggle with her not being here with me; however, I’ve a new little one that will be coming home with me this Friday (24 Jan) …

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Her name is Alexa — I didn’t have a hard time picking out her name!  She, of course, is not a replacement for Nica — she’s just the next chapter in my life of Jack Russell Terriers.  It’s so hard when you lose them and I had almost decided that I wasn’t going to ever put myself in that position again of being so sad and heartbroken.

And then friends stepped in … and my dear friend, Dona told me: Don’t wait like I did.  And so, in an effort to bring about some healing — I found a wonderful couple who are hobbyists who had puppies born in late November — they don’t breed year round — and well, they’re family now!  I’m so excited — I’ve had some guilt — for this Friday, but I know that Nica wouldn’t want me to be sad … and I, in turn, know that Nica would love Alexa!

And that’s where I am … although my journey to being happy was derailed last year – I’m determined to get myself back on the track and move forward — I won’t forget my grandmum or Nica, but I’ll heal and treasure all of my good memories of both of them.

I hope everyone has a great week … I am off tomorrow and Tuesday!  Yes, it’s good to be …

Bryce

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