Heads up

Okay, kids. Here’s how it’s going to go down.

I’m going to be doing some… “maintenance” on the blog. I’m hoping there will be very few glitches during this time, but if there are, please be patient. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly and quickly, but if not, you’ll know what the deal is.

This “maintenance” will be taking place within the week, so I’ll keep you posted about anything you need to be aware of. Also, if you notice anything quirky, or something not working quite right,  or anything missing, please bring it to my attention so it can be dealt with forthwith.

Alrighty? Cool. You guys are the best.


The Real Neat Blog Award… Starring June Cleaver


Okay, so more than a week ago, I was nominated by the Baffled Baboon for “The Real Neat Blog Award” (and yes, when I read that phrase, I can only hear it in a Beaver Cleaver voice: “Gee, Wally. That’s a real neat blog you have there.” Did I ever tell you about the time I actually MET June Cleaver? It was pretty epic. But that’s a story for another time…)

HOLY DIGRESSION, BATMAN. What the heck was that?

Where was I? Okay… um… “The Real Neat Blog Award”. Nominated by The Baffled Baboon. (Which is another “real neat” blog, by the way, so you should go check that out, because it’s “real neat” and she talks about monkeys a lot… and she’s super funny… which is “real neat”, you know?)

ANYhoodles… just as I was getting around to writing about “The Real Neat Blog Award”, I was nominated again by Lisa over at Real Mom of Long Island. (Again, another “real neat” blog because she’s both really funny and quite insightful and her life as a mom pretty much needs to be made into a TV show… so, it’s “real neat”.) Which, just solidified the fact that I need to get around to actually writing about it. SO, without further adieu… Here are the rules:

1) Put the award logo on your blog.

2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3) Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Here are the 7 (Now 14) questions that i need to answer:

First from Baffled Baboon

1. If you could travel back in time, what event would you want to witness?

Um… er… hmm… Good grief, that’s a tricky one. Um… Okay, got it. The end of World War II in 1945. From the parades and celebrations of our troops coming home, to the news reels of Jewish prisoners being released from the concentration camps. How amazing would it have been to witness that sort of victory? Pretty epic. (Not epic like meeting June Cleaver, mind you, but still… pretty epic.) 

2. Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?

Hahahahahaha! NO. Dude, I haven’t even gotten a parking ticket. Wait. No. No, I HAVE gotten a parking ticket, but it took me nearly 30 years to accomplish that one, so I’m not planning on getting pulled over anytime soon. Unless the cop is hot. Then we’ll see.

3. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

SAMMICHES! Also? Sandwiches. Seriously. Is there anything better than a sandwich? Putting all your favorite ingredients in the same place in a handy, easy-to-hold, easy-to-carry contraption like that? It’s sheer brilliance. What’s not to love?

4. What was the last lie you told?

Seriously? I lie to children on a near-daily basis. It would clearly be impossible to keep track of them all. Although, if I really had to dig, it was probably when I told little Miss 2nd Grade Sassy Pants that her getting two guinea pigs for Easter was pretty much the coolest thing ev-ER. (When everyone knows it was really that one time I met June Cleaver…)

5. If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?

Twenty-five. That was the age I was when I married the ass-hat, and I obviously want a do-over. Plus, it was a pretty good age all around.

6. What is your worst habit?

I chew gum. A LOT. I think it’s become a nervous habit. I apologize if it grosses you out. I’m trying to cut back. I swear.

7. If a baboon were to hypothetically knock on your door and hypothetically ask for some money to hypothetically build a hypothetical time machine, how much hypothetical money would you hypothetically donate?

One MILLION hypothetical dollars. It’s not every day a talking baboon comes around asking for hand outs. That’s pretty epic. (Again, not meeting June Cleaver epic, but pretty epic.)

AND… from Real Mom of Long Island

1. What is the best thing you love about where you are from?

The lakes and the trees. You literally (the British pronunciation, not the American one) cannot go a mile without tripping over a lake here. They. Are. Everywhere. And they are pristine and gorgeous. After spending a week out west, I was homesick for all the lakes. I love me a good lake. And the trees? Again. They’re EVERYWHERE around here. As far as the eye can see. It’s sheer perfection. Plus, it’s pretty remote, so if you ever want to get lost, this is the place to do it.

2. Where did your blog name come from?

Where DID my blog name come from? I don’t know. I think I based it on how I was feeling after that Harrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad thing happened. My emotions were all over the place, and I knew I would have to go Under and Over, Around and Through a lot of things to get to the other side. But now I’m here… so… YAY!

3. What is your dream job?

Helping others. It would literally be doing some type of charity work – helping, serving, raising awareness and funds for causes I hold near and dear to my heart. Helping people in war-torn, developing countries. Getting food, clean water, medical supplies, building shelters and schools for people that need it the most. Promoting educational causes, working with and inspiring kids, and speaking out against injustices. And then? Writing about it, speaking about it, and getting other people to care about it. Also? Doing a lot of traveling in the process. Honestly, nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than when I’m able to help someone else and bring a smile to their face. 

4. Favorite book?

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD?! Hello?! Bloggity peeps… c’mon. We’ve covered this, have we not?

5. Which single person has inspired you the most in life?

OOH! I know this one! JUNE. CLEAVER. (Okay, not really. But I don’t have a better answer at this time…)

6. What do you love most about yourself?

Um… the fact that I once met JUNE CLEAVER?! Okay. Not really. I guess I like that overall, I’m a really happy, fun, optimistic person. And I’m feisty. You can’t really get me down too easily, and if you do… I won’t stay there.

7. Dream Vacation?

AFRICA. Africa, Africa, Africa. I have wanted to go there since I was a little girl. The people? The animals? The scenery? The customs? *sigh* I think I would instantly fall in love and never want to come back.

Got all that? Good. I now nominate the following:

The Neurotic Logic

yellow. fever.

Sane Teachers

My Friday Blog

Shop Girl Anonymous

Single Family Asylum

Beautiful Insanity

Goodbye Whoopee Pie

Whew! Okay. Now for YOUR questions…

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love June Cleaver?
  2. Your mom just called. What do you do now?
  3. Where in the world IS Carmen San Diego?
  4. Coffee or Tea?
  5. Are you as cool as I am? If so, why have we not met yet?!
  6. Feet. Do they gross you out as much as they do me?
  7. A Prince song comes on the radio. Do you turn the station or turn it up and jam out?

Okay, that’s it. That’s all I have. Have fun. Be good. Let people with lots of groceries go in front of you in the check out line. Especially if they bear a striking resemblance to June Cleaver. Because… you know.

Just a few teeny, tiny updates

First of all, I added a few more really awesome blogs to my Blog List. Just a few this time around, but if you check out some of the peeps I’m following on Twitter, you’ll be able to find a TON more awesome blogs that I just haven’t gotten around to adding to my blog list yet. Check them all out. They’re pretty fantastic.

Secondly, in case you’re new here, and you’re ever at a loss for what the heck I’m talking about and why I’m making up words that don’t make any sense what-so-ever… you can check out this page which will explain exactly what each word means and how it is used. You’re welcome, new visitors. You. Are. Welcome. (PSST! Regular Bloggity Peeps! Any phrases I forgot to include? Let me know!)

Thirdly, I’ve been coming across some AMAZING blog posts that are beautifully written, wonderfully insightful and hysterically funny. I try to share them either on Facebook or Twitter whenever I have the chance. AND, I’ve also been on the receiving end of people sharing some of my posts on Facebook and Twitter. It feels awesome to get kudos from fellow writers, so let’s help each other out by giving each other props on well-written pieces. For instance… go over and give this girl mad props for what she just accomplished. I mean… how awesome is that?!

Additionally, I’ve been slacking on catching up on my reading. I’m REALLY going to work on getting around to everyone’s posts at least twice a week. But seriously… cross your fingers because I’m going to need all the help I can get.

AND… lastly… it’s been a busy week for me, so if anyone… and I mean ANYONE… has any… and I mean ANY… recommendations for my “Hmm…” post this week... LET ME KNOW! I don’t care what it is at this point. Something. ANYTHING. C’mon, peeps. Help a girl out.

That’s all I have right now. Remember: Tomorrow is Friday, so that’s good, right?

Over n’ out, good buddies.

I know.

I know.

I know my posts and comments have been fewer and farther between on this thing. I also know that my posts have been dangerously teetering towards the “Lame” side. I also know that as of late, I don’t have nearly enough time to devote all my energy to blogging. And lastly, I know that posting out of obligation doesn’t help things.

SO… here’s the plan, Stans. I may be posting a bit less frequently for the time being. I need to be able to focus on other writing projects and endeavors that have been sitting on the back burner for far too long. I also know that the fewer obligatory posts I write, the more I can focus my energy on the posts that really matter.

So, if you don’t see me on here every day… or even every other day… or maybe only once a week… I haven’t gone anywhere. I’m just otherwise engaged at the moment.

Alrighty then. Over n’ out, good buddies. I’ll catch you on the flip side.

A couple of quick, itty-bitty updates.

1. The “literal” debacle of 2015 has “literally” been solved. (Check the comments for the correct answer.) Although… and I’m just spit-balling here… you UK lurkers could have helped a girl out… I’m just saying…

2. Some of you more observant ones may have noticed that I started a new blog today (not to replace this one, but to serve in conjunction with it. Calm down. Nobody panic. I’m not leaving.). And then, just as soon as it graced you with its presence, it disappeared. *Poof!* Just like that. Gone. Annie giveth and Annie taketh away. The reason for this is two-fold:

  • What I wanted to do with the site was not coming to fruition, and I kind of hit the “publish” button sooner than I would have liked. The perfectionist in me would not allow this to stand.
  • It was too difficult to manage two sites under the same WordPress account, and it was causing all kinds of confusion and complications. Therefore, I deleted it so that I could start fresh and publish when I’m fully ready.

If you were one of the observant individuals to have “liked” and/or commented on the new blog (for the full hour that it was in existence), thank you. Sorry I could not preserve your comments and/or likes. Once I have the new site up and running I will let everyone know.

3. And finally, I also updated my blog roll… somewhat. I believe there are a few additional blogs I am following that do not pop-up in my feed, so I will add those to the list as soon as I get up the gumption to check my e-mail and copy names and web addresses down. In the meantime, check out these new awesome additions.

That’s it, peeps. Catch you on the flip side.

Dudes… Be cool.


Just between you and me…

(And… okay… the entire blogosphere…)

I just found out someone famous was following me on Twitter.

Dudes! Be cool!

Just… be cool.

The thing is…

I DIDN’T follow them first…


It’s the real person. Not the fake, “Twitter personality who isn’t the real person” person.



Yes, I AM this nerdy to get excited about something this stupid.

And NO, I’m not popular enough to be liked by a famous person so don’t all, “Oh, sweetie… That’s so cute. I’ve had famous people following ME for quite some time. This is your first? Oh, gracious… How adorable are YOU?!” me.

Maybe if we don’t make any sudden movements, they’ll hang around for a while. You know… like deer.

Just act natural. And breezy.

Oh, and…

Gif Sources: www.reddit.com, gifake.net

More Blogs to Heart with All Your Heart

So, I just added a few more awesome blogs to my already awesome blog list. I also switched things up a little so some of the older blogs can enjoy some recognition near the top. Make sure you check those little gems out. They. Are. Awesome. (How many times can Annie use awesome in one blog post? Stay tuned for the awesome results…)

In other news, I’m just waiting on my wellies to get here. (Seriously. Level with me, peeps. Is it totally weird that I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about this? I mean… when they arrive in the mail, I will probably hug them. No, I’m not exaggerating. Yes, I am that thrilled about it.)

And lastly, I FINALLY posted the fourth and final installment of “The Secret Lives of Boys” series. Hopefully, I’ve said everything I need to say on that matter.

And… oh, yes… if you have any ideas for next week’s (this week’s?) Things That Made Me Go “Hmm…” post, let me know. I’d love to hear all about it.  Because, no lie, it has been a SLOOOOOW week as far as finding things that make me go “Hmm…” Mm-kay? Mm-kay.

Over n’ out, Bloggity Peeps.