Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Disturbing Headline

LEVITTOWN, Pa. -- Animal control officers caught an alligator in a Bucks County creek over the weekend, just days after netting a 5-foot gator in the same area. The second alligator, caught Sunday afternoon near Bryn Athyn, is about 2 feet long.

Alligators in Pennsylvania? wtf?
Do you think some idiot had a couple pet alligators and released them? It's quite likely. Think public safety and the ecosystem, people!

Sometimes, people just don't realize the impact that their actions have on others and the world around them. Many ecosystems around the world have been upset by animals that people have introduced to the area. Now, commonly, exotic species are introduced into bays by way of ballast water from ships. This accidential displacement of organisms from one country to another is the price we pay for international trade. You would think that by now someone would have designed a filter system or something to prevent this from happening. Maybe there already is such a device being used.. I don't know.

But, the introduction of exotic pets in areas where they just don't belong by careless or apathetic owners is just not right. When someone buys an exotic pet, they should be prepared to take on the responsibilty for that animal.

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Thank You!

I just want to take a minute to thank everyone for taking the time to read and vote on my stories. I appreciate all the feedback that I have received. And for those of you who are rushing me to write more stories... There are more on the way!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

New Story!

I just had a new story posted on Literotica.com for their National Nude Day Contest. New nude story.. say that 10 times fast. LOL
Check it out and please let me know what you think! I appreciate constructive criticism as well as superficial praise! I'm not going to lie. LOL
Again, you must be 18 or older to read this story. By clicking this link, you are verifying that you are at least 18 years old.
Vegas Road Trip Ch. 01

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Live With Enthusiasm

I am watching Bob Ross "The Joy of Painting" on public television. My daughter and I love Bob Ross. I have a t-shirt with his picture on it that says "Happy Trees." And, though you have to wonder what he was smoking before taping his shows, you just have to applaud his enthusiasm. As he paints the carefree clouds that just "play in the sky all day," I wonder if he views life that way as well. We all get caught up in the hassles of everyday life. That's why we each gotta have our thing. Painting was Bob Ross's thing. I love to paint and write. Those are my things. What's your thing?

Having a hobby or art helps us stay in touch with ourselves. When I paint, I'm not worried about bills or my ever-lasting To Do list. If I go too long without painting or writing, I tend to feel overwhelmed by the stress of everyday life. If you don't have a hobby, craft, or art, I strongly suggest you find one that suits you. Try new things until you find something that makes you feel good.

Here are links to my short stories that are published on Literotica.com. You must be at least 18 years old to visit Literotica and read these stories. By clicking the following links, you are verifying that you are 18 years old or older.

A Realtor's Surprise - A Realtor & client get naughty with a stranger
2007 Sex Olympics - a humorous piece just for fun

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Motivate Yourself

Only you know what will truly motivate you. What I find helpful may not have any benefit to you. Don't be afraid to try new things.
I believe that personal growth should be its own motivation. I love to learn new things. Reading books such as Robert Allen's One Minute Millionaire or Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad series help you to see success from a different, and hopefully an attainable perspective.
Educating yourself is not only a first step, but it should be an integral part of the ongoing journey of life.
It's easy to let what you learn fall from your priorities when dealing with the daily grind. I find it helpful to post motivational quotes in my bedroom. They help me remember what my goals are, even when I'm faced with the laundry, homeschooling the kids, and so forth. Not that those daily activities should ever be neglected! Hopefully, part of the motivation for your goal is to free up time to spend with your family and friends. Life is a balancing act, and someone keeps changing the weights! Keep your eyes on your goal, while enjoying your life where you are right now. Being content and being goal-oriented are not necessarily contradictory.

Words of Wisdom

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Erotic Short Stories To Come..No Pun Intended

I've been focusing on freelance writing assignments, and not doing any writing for fun. Though I will continue to write for one client, I will also be doing more on my own. Anyone who writes would appreciate the necessity of this change. Therefore, I have entered a very interesting contest at literotica.com. I have written erotica before, but never for a contest. And, really, what could be more fun? So, expect to see some of my short stories there soon.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Is Stupid A Medical Condition?

So, Paris Hilton was released from prison after serving a tiny fraction of her sentence. Why? The excuse given was that the release is due to a medical condition. I was not aware that stupid is a medical condition.
Even if there is a legitimate health concern, would a non-celeb be released because of it? Hardly. You tell me if a poor black woman was serving a sentence, what chance would she have of being released due to a medical condition?
How could anyone have faith in the American justice system?

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Home Improvement Time

If you are a home owner, like myself, what time isn't home improvement time. Am I right? It seems like there is always something demanding my attention. Of course, as a Realtor, I chose this house for a reason. I bought this house three years ago for $47K. The house needed a lot of work, but has a lot of potential. Houses in this neighborhood are now selling for $70K.
Now, here is where the work comes in..
I already put in a new furnace, got new appliances, and did some interior painting. The house still has a long way to go! The kitchen is a disaster area! Being that the kitchen is tiny, approximately 8'x8', it does not make sense to invest a couple thousand dollars into a total remodel job in that tiny space.
Instead, I am converting the dining room into an eat-in kitchen. The house has two living rooms, so after I sell this house, the new owners could use one as a dining room if they so desired. The old kitchen will be converted to a 1st floor laundry room.
Other home improvement jobs that are demanding my attention: the downstairs bathroom needs a major overhaul.. new tile floor, new sink. the foyer is currently without walls LOL The old plaster has been removed, and it is being prepped for new panelling. The upstairs bathroom is in fairly good condition. I bought the paint for it.. a new sink and mirror would be excellent.
Today's task: landscaping! As a single, working mom, I resent having to take time to mow the grass. I have a small yard, typical for this neighborhood. I am getting rid of most of the grass. This is a local landscaping trend. More patio, rock garden, fountains, raised flowerbeds, and other relatively maintenance-free accents.. less grass!
Wish me luck! It's going to be hard work, but I look forward to the end result.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Goals- Evaluate & Reach

Today, I took a look at my goals.. personal and family goals. I realized that I need to remind myself to work towards these goals everyday. Taking time everyday is the only way that I will reach my prized destination. I find that if I go too many days without actively working towards a goal, I tend to feel uninspired at best. I begin to feel depressed and unfulfilled.
When working towards a goal, I think it's important to take time to visualize obtaining that specific goal. This should include all the senses, not just what it would look like.. The visualization should be as detailed as possible.
After visualizing the goal, it helps me to break the goal down into steps. What do I need to do everyday in order to reach that goal? Without action, a goal isn't a goal- it's a daydream.
So, if you read this, take some time to shape a goal for yourself.. whether it's working towards a specific personal accomplishment or a family goal, such as buying a new house. (Did I mention that I'm a Realtor?)
Forever moving forward....

McDonald's New Caramel Iced Coffee

Well, tonight I tried McDonald's new caramel iced coffee. I am a fan of their hazelnut iced coffee, so why not? Much to my dismay, I find the caramel flavoring in this coffee to be overpowering.. I'll stick to the hazelnut.
Overall, I find the consistency of the quality of McDonald's iced coffee to be non-existent. One time you buy it, the coffee is sickeningly sweet. The next time, it's almost bitter.
I think McDonald's needs to take another look at this. After all, their trademark is consistency. A cheeseburger here in the States tastes the same as a cheeseburger you get in London.