Sharing One Of My Favorite Activities During My Spare Time..

Today I'm sharing a secret!!!

Want to know what I love to do in my spare time, that I’m kinda embarrassed to admit… I watch REALITY SHOWS!!!! 

For me, it’s more like a psychology project. I LOVE watching people… for 2 main reasons: 1) to watch what lights them up & 2) to watch them interact with others.

I’m REALLY INTO the competition reality show like The Voice, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Amazing Race & Big Brother!!!

I don't watch the Housewives series... Nah! I think that's all fake. They just get drunk & mean and that's not interesting to me.

I love it most, when they get lost in a performance. You feel something inside, like they reached down into your heart & tugged at it. (My husband doesn't get this, but if you're like me, you KNOW what I mean!)

I believe every single person has a passion - even if they don't know what it is, it's inside of them waiting to be tapped. And that passion connects at...

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Sneak Peek: Sometimes, My Idea Of Fun Is.....

laughter midlife story Apr 16, 2020

It may be embarrassing to admit, but my idea of “fun” is spending an entire Saturday afternoon on the couch catching up on my favorite competition reality shows. And today it was The Voice and American Idol.

I know, I know, it might not seem like the best use of my time, but nothing thrills me more than seeing people shine doing what they love. AND I love anything that has to do with singing or dancing.

So I've had a great afternoon curled up with my favorite fuzzy blanket, mentally unwinding after putting in a lot of great work this week!

Now it's your turn... I'd love to hear your favorite way to unwind after a busy work week.

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A Little Fun Fact About Me...

Yeah! I'm a ham!!! I'll admit it! LOL!

I've always loved the camera. I don't know why because I'm not really a performer. I can't act worth a bean, or sing, or dance...

But one thing I do love is to connect with humans and to be silly.

My dad hated the camera and I could never understand why. But oh was he silly!!! So I'm glad I got the silly part and not the camera-shy part of him!

So this is me being silly during a photo shoot... I mean, it was really hard to do any kind of a serious look. I don't do serious faces well at all.

People actually have come up to me when I've had a rare serious-face day and said: "Awww honey, smile. It's not that bad." And I want to yell back: "I KNOW!!! I smile 99% of the time so my face is just resting. I'm NOT sad! I am actually VERY HAPPY"

And come to think of it, maybe that's why my dad didn't like the camera... he didn't want to smile because he had a big gap between his teeth but he wasn't comfortable with his serious-face either. So now it all makes...

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They Inherited My Silly Genes

One thing I used to always love to do was take my kids to the grocery store. In fact I loved taking my kids EVERYWHERE. 

I never understood why other moms would want to run errands alone. Guess I'm weird like that but life was always more fun with them around me. 

So venturing off to the store with 2 of my 3 grandkids to pick up all the grub for yesterday's party was a blast!!! 

I even navigated the Macdaddy of shopping carts!  We only crashed twice!!! 

I might be 2 pumpkin muffins poorer but so much richer for the experience! 
#theyhavesillygenes #funwithnannie

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My House is Officially Back to its Non-Christmas Self!

laughter midlife story Feb 13, 2018

My house is officially back to its non-Christmas self!!!  I finally got my Christmas village put away!

As I was packing it up, I got to thinking about my beautiful buffet table and how it's one of my favorite pieces of furniture. And how I almost lost it....

You see, after my divorce I had to have an estate sale and put almost everything I owned up for sale. I tried to sell this but no one would pay the dirt cheap price I was offering for it...

So I kept it!

And when I look at it, I always think: you were meant to be with me, to see me through bad times and good.

And I smile. 

Isn't it funny how things have a way of working out?

I'm so thankful it's still here. If it wasn't, I don't know where I'd put my Christmas village!

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I Love Football!

I love football! I was raised on football - Redskins football! This is something I passed along to my children. (Sorry Nikki and Kori!)

I know the rules. I plan my Sunday around football. I know it makes no sense. It’s just a stupid game. (That’s what I tell myself when my team loses which is a lot!)

But it gives me immense pleasure. And I’ve been lucky enough to have 2 husbands who are Redskins fans.  I couldn’t imagine being with a Dallas, Philly or Giants fan. #archrivals

So when I moved to Charlottesville, home of UVA, it was a no-brainer that I’d come to these games and fall in love with this team.

They have struggled, just like the Redskins, but every week I continue to root them on and hope for the best.

Football season and Fall are my favorite time of the year. It’s in my blood and I will be a fan forever. #gohoos #hailtotheredskins#womanwhoknowstherules

Any other women football fans out there? ...

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Hanson Makes Us Happy

Thought I'd do a little reliving of my Sunday night with my girls...

I hope this little video makes you happy today. It's of poor quality but I want to share it because it so captures the essence of our amazing relationship. <3

I cherish the moments I spend with my two daughters. And now that they are adults with their own lives, these times get rarer - especially times when it's just the 3 of us.

This video shows a few of these cherished moments doing what we love - singing and dancing to Hanson songs.

We love music in general but it's hard to explain what this band has done for our life.

We've traveled to many places to see them (Orlando, San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, DC) and for many years - I think our first concert was in '97 so that's 20 years.

Hanson makes us happy. Hanson makes us love music. Hanson brings us together.

My kids used to be "closet" fans. At first they hid their love because being a Hanson fan wasn't cool. But at some point they just...

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Live Your Truth!

I was NOT a fan of Miley Cyrus but I'm an avid watcher of The Voice and she is one of the judges this season. So I've been forced to watch and listen to her for a few weeks now. My opinion of her has done a 180. I am now a huge Miley fan!

What I love about her is her uniqueness and her strength of character which shines through on the show. She is truly someone who is wise beyond her years.

It is clear that she adores the singers on her team and is mentoring them to be successful long after the show is over. And I believe, more than the other coaches, she will help them further their careers.

I was sad for her this week when two people from her team were on the bottom and had a sing off to see which one would be saved.  I thought they both gave 2 of the best performances of the week.

But the words she said to them before the final votes were tallied really resonated with me... Great job Miley!!! #wisewords #liveyourtruth

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Senior Olympics Here I Come

I've been so inspired by the Olympic athletes that I thought I'd try a few gymnastics moves... Of course I can do a handstand, a cartwheel, & a somersault!!! I'm STRONG!!! I've been doing these at-home workouts for 2 1/2 years! I am Not Your Average Grandma!!!

ok... it did not turn out like I had imagined it... My body was much lighter in my dream.... Well, I have 4 years to perfect my moves!!!#‎keeppracticing#‎itsnevertoolate#‎nothingisimpossible

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Random Thought After Dirty Bathroom Experience

educational laughter Aug 06, 2016

I can't understand why someone hasn't come up with a good contraption for us women.... Forget developing a new phone app! No app will make it easier for me to pee!!!! Create something that will truly make a difference in people's lives! 

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