My Cherry Has A Penis?!?

Earlier today, I was eating a bowl of delicious cherries only to discover that the piece of fruit in my hand was able to freely expose its private bits.

Right away I knew this cherry would be special. It is the only one I’ve ever seen that could outwardly express just how VERY excited it was to be heading into my mouth. I really couldn’t believe my eyes!

Looking down at my hand, the naked penis that protruded from my cherry was large, hard, and (I swear) it even winked at me. Clearly, I was amazed at the machismo of this particular cherry and thought to myself, “If only there was fruit porn, this little cherry could surely become a star”.

Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as pornography for fruit with appendages (damn!), so I decided that the next best thing would be to post him here on my blog for all of you to enjoy. This way his notoriety can live on forever. 🙂

Now please keep in mind that after I had been playing with it for a while, I couldn’t bring myself to actually eat it, even though I really wanted to. It just seemed wrong somehow. Instead, I think it will become a timeless showpiece… anyone know if I can lacquer this thing?

Anyways, it’s not every day that your cherry shows you its penis, so I’m feeling pretty hot and sexy about myself right now. [Rawr!] Hehehe!

I really hope you enjoy the food porn that I’m sharing with you today and I’m curious if any of you have seen anything like this before for yourself… I can’t be the only one out there getting a rise out of a piece of fruit, right?!?

Errrrrm, that didn’t sound right… but I think you know what I meant. [wink]

Have a Happy Hump Day everyone!!!

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Finally, It’s Happened to Me… the Last One, I Promise

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award (Turquoise)

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Ok, this is the last one… I swear!!! Four awards in four days was not my original objective but it has been an interesting and entertaining ride none the less, so I’d like to send a big thank you to anyone and everyone who enjoyed this along with me! You’ve all been so great! 🙂 Anyways, here it is in all its glory:

The Rules

1. Display your new award.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

My Thanks

You all can’t see me right now, but I’m totally doing a happy dance to be here at the last award (for at least a little while anyways) and the person I have to thank for this great honor is Shaking The Tree.

Congratulations are in order and I would like to shout out my appreciation to Shaking the Tree for nominating me! I mean really, is there no limit to your awesomeness? Thank you so much! 🙂

Anyways, please spread the love and visit her at: http://suzysu.wordpress.com/

7 Things About Myself

1. I spend a lot of time walking and chatting with friends. Fresh air smells SO good!
2. I organize and plan so much, at times I frustrate my family members.
3. I’ve created 4 full (and I mean FULL) brochures for my own vacationing pleasure. 🙂
4. I had 368 posters of NKOTB on my walls when I was in highschool. Still love em’.
5. I make crafts a lot (especially at holidays) and decoupage everything.
6. I should have been a graphic artist based on the amount of time I spend editing pics.
7. Drumroll please… Mwahahaha, I have a black Pearl drum kit that I’m dying to set up.

The 15 people I chose to nominate:

1. Life Makeover
2. Rockin the Boat
3. Alice in Training
4. Rainy Days
5. Tom Talks
6. AnAverageFan
7. Sun By The Sea
8. TheLittleSpot
9. Word Salad, Please
10. Bloggin’ my vibe
11. Amanda Steinkey
12. X Marks the Spot
13. pureaffection
14. Here’s to Hoping
15. Life of Lee Lee

Wow, we’ve finally reached the end! Congratulations to all those that I have nominated!
You all have amazing new blogs and deserve this award so much, so I hope you enjoy it!

Goodbye for now, and cheers for more awards to come! 🙂 Thank you so much for being here. 🙂

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My Blog’s Very First Advertisement

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For the first time today, I was surfing my site and updating things as usual, when all of a sudden I see… dum-dum-dum… my very first advertisement staring back at me!

I asked it what it was doing here and it just tilted it’s big doe eyes at me and blinked innocently. This instantly takes my mind off the situation and for a moment, I actually focussed on the “cuteness” of the advert instead.

It was a handsome little devil with looks so enticing they will transfix you and draw you in immediately. With a cheeky look on its face, my new advertisement finally says to me, “I’m here, I’m cute, and I’m staying unless you want to pay me to go away.” Eff!

It wasn’t very sweet about things, but it did make me think. Should I pay to have this intrusion forever disappear? That’s a tough question, because my site is still so new. Instead, I thought I would try to make it my friend. Yes, that’s what I’ll do – I’ll ply it with compliments and make it welcome here until the day I no longer need it’s affection. Mwhahahaha!

The sweet victory of producing a blog busy enough to warrant an advertisement is a great compliment to me and for that, I will wear each one of them like a badge of honor. So don’t be shy, feel free to click any ad here that catches your fancy. I’m not a selfish person, so sharing the advert-love feels just fine to me [wink].

Now I want to know, have any of you noticed any ads on your blogs? Have you paid to get rid of them? Was it worth it? If you have any info, please feel free to share below.

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Another One Bites the Dust – Inspirational Blogger Award

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award (White)

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The Rules

1. Display your new award.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.

My Thanks

I would like to send an elephant sized thank to the amazing blogger who nominated me for this award! Please visit Ky Grabowski because she’s a real peach and her site delights with some sugar on top! Seriously though, next time, I’m sending her a cape because of the superhero sized kindness she has!

You can visit her at: http://kygrabowski.wordpress.com/

7 Things About Myself

1. I often watch the history channel because I find it fascinating.
2. Because I’m Canadian, I say ‘eh’ a lot. And yea… I really do!
3. My cat is very smart and demands everything under the sun… Meow!
4. I took Geology in College and am obsessed with rocks of all kinds.
5. I was a finalist for a new reality show, but in the end I didn’t make it. Boooo!
6. I’m a big girl gamer! Oh yea!!!
7. I’m really old school in that I still use my VCR. Oh yea, it’s still relevant to me! 😉

The 15 people I chose to nominate:

1. Just Fuffy 
2. Fancy Little Talk 
3. lostinadreamland
4. Lilac`s Bourbon 
5. Umami So Fat
6. A Perfect Portion
7. Lady Annie
8. Waterbug
9. One Little Lizard
10. Somewhere you can openly ask questions
11. Ravyn’s Ramblings
12. Life of a Teenager
13. Fashion Identity
14. Rose Card-Faux
15. Coconuts & Clean Eating

So there you have it! Congratulations to all those that I have nominated!
You all have amazing new blogs & deserve this award so much, so I hope you enjoy it!
Cheers! 🙂

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Oops, I Did it Again! Liebster Loves Me.

The Award: Liebster Blog (Red Heart)

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Liebster Blog Award Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the eleven questions they asked you
3. Nominate eleven other people (must be under 200 followers)
4. Ask them eleven questions in return

My Thanks

I often visit a site who’s author creates great imagery with their words; so I would like to thank Wild Heart Scribe for this amazing nomination. If you are looking for fantastic poems with rhythm or witty personal experiences, please drop by and visit! You’ll be super glad you did! 🙂

http://dmariedoucette.wordpress.com

11 Questions Asked of me

1. What is the most surprising thing about you?
I have an obsession (and I mean OBSESSION) with floating on the water. I’ve also crabbed and fished my whole life. Funny that I seem like such a girly girl, eh? [giggles]
2. What is your favorite movie of all time and why?
Cool Runnings. You know, the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team…Does it seem odd to you that I would pick this movie in particular? Well, I love it because it makes me cry my eyes out every time!!! Go Jamaica!!!
3. What is your most defining experience to date?
Being awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Coast Guard of Canada.
A HUGE honour! 🙂
4. If money were no object, how would you most like to spend a Saturday night?
I’d pack up an RV and head somewhere with a view of the water… Ahhhh-mazing!
5. What is the most difficult challenge you have had to overcome?
Learning to love myself enough to know I’m worthy of a great things! 🙂
6. What is your secret obsession?
Oops. Already told this one in question 1 by accident. Good thing I have a few obsessions… anyways, I’ve made like 3 kusudama’s in the last month. Origami is another passion of mine, that you might not expect. Hehe!
7. If you were going cross-country by train, what book (s) would you take?
I wouldn’t. I’d take a laptop, my Nintendo DS, my mp3 player, and a magazine instead. All bases covered that way. Lol.
8. What is your favorite thing to eat when no one is looking?
I’m not one to hide food or anything like that, but I would have to say candy is my weakness.
9. If you could choose another language to speak, what would it be?
I would learn to speak Igbo so I could chat with my boyfriend in 2 languages! 🙂
10. If you had to describe yourself in 5 words, which 5 would you choose?
Organized, Fun, Outgoing, Giggly, and Intelligent
11. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
My mentor found me a dream job which made me quite successful when I was very young. I’ll always appreciate her for that. She also taught me how to bring out the “inner mother”. Thanks, Lily!

My 11 Nominees:

Congratulations to each and every one of the amazing new bloggers below! They are the talented new blog sites that I have chosen for this Liebster Award. So if they are on this list, they have great content and style to boot!

If you are one of the lucky ones and your name is listed below, I hope you like your new Liebster Award because you deserve it!! If for some reason you decide not to make nominations for yourself, please feel free to just accept this award as recognition for a job well done because you rock! 😉

With that said, a big cheers goes out to:

1. It’s past my bedtime
2. Nina`s
3. Honest Dose
4. Five Senses and Coffee
5. missmugsalot 
6. rivers and roads
7. Nyaa Talk
8. World Earth Peace 
9. Not Too Jazzy
10. Seeking Sondra
11. foodoveraddicted

The 11 Questions for My Nominees

1. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’re willing to admit?
2. Are you a leader or a follower?
3. What relaxes you the most?
4. What is your favourite food and why?
5. Do you believe in destiny or fate?
6. What is the most shocking thing you’ve seen on the net lately?
7. If you had to be a Disney character, which one would you be?
8. What’s your favourite WordPress blog?
9. What one thing do you miss the most from childhood?
10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
11. Pretend I’m you’re genie… if you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

Anyways, we’ve reached the end, so I hope you enjoy your Liebster Award!

Cheers to all and I will see you again soon! 🙂

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I’m a Liebster Award Winner!

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Award Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the eleven questions they asked you
3. Nominate eleven other people (must be under 200 followers)
4. Ask them eleven questions in return

My Thanks

First and foremost, I would like to send a big warm thanks to reocochran for nominating me for this Liebster Award. I am thrilled that she returned the favour and honoured me this way (I’ve secretly wanted this for a while now)! Please be sure to visit her site. It is truly inspiring, full of wonderful stories, and amuses me on a daily basis. 🙂 Thanks again, reocochran!

11 Questions Asked of me

1. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you in bed with a lover?
Hehehee – sorry, I’m minding my own business on this one. Please feel free to use your imagination though. [wink]
2. Would you rather date a homeless person with a heart of gold or a rich oil tycoon with a bad temper who kills all your house plants and hates your cat? Why?
I can’t deal with cat haters and I can kill my own plants, so I’ll have to choose the homeless person. Gotta say, both options suck, though.
3. What did you dream last Sunday night?
I only dream occasionally and I can never remember them anyways, so I have no clue.
4. What is your favorite rom com movie and why?
Favourite romance? Hmmmmn… There are SO many! Ok, Never Been Kissed (1999) – Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, need I say more?
5. Would you rather abstain from sex or meat for a year if you had to choose only one?
Honestly, I think I’d give up the meat. Sex is awesome and I’m practically a vegetarian anyways, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.
6. Tell us about a life or death situation when you didn’t think you would make it?!
Wow. Wish I could say that I haven’t been in this situation, but one time I had to veer into oncoming traffic while going around a corner on the deadly Squamish Highway. To make matters worse, it was pouring rain and the traffic was heavy at the time. My quick reflexes saved us in the end, but I had to pull over and sit for 30 minutes after that because I was shaking so badly. 
7. Do you feel like you have a “one that got away”?
Not at the moment. I love my boyfriend with all my heart so he’s the only big ass man I currently have my heart set on.
8. If you had to pick one song to be your personal anthem, what would it be?
The Naughty Song by Cory Lee. If you know me, you know this fits. [giggle]
9. Describe the best experience you’ve had as a blogger when a stranger has reached out to you about your blog.
I’m pretty new to all of this, but I’m quickly finding so much more than I ever expected here on WordPress. I can’t wait to know what heights we can all reach! It’s really amazing!
10. Have you ever had a romantic encounter that was so fantastic it should have been in a movie? What the heck happened?
Definitely! I’m going to keep this one to myself though because it is really incredible and deserves so much more than just a few lines here. Let’s just say I’ve had many interesting relationships in my life. 🙂
11. If you could eat dim sum off of any naked male celebrity over 60, who would it be?
Can I choose Kevin Bacon even though he’s only 55? To be honest, I love dim sum so much, I’m not sure I would even notice who it was anyways. LOL. Yummy!!!

My 11 Nominees:

Congratulations to each and every one of the wonderful new bloggers below! They are the up and comers that I have chosen for this award! Please know that if I nominated you, it’s  deserved, so please enjoy your prize whether you choose to nominate others or not.

Anyways, I hope you all love your Liebster Awards! A big cheers to:

1. Miz Lulu (Miz Lulu ironically went down while I was posting this – sorry)
2. All The Cookies!
3. Inner Ramblings
4. Moonlitlilly
5. Beatriiice
6. Solelong
7. helloitskristen
8. CrochetinginCanada 
9. Fashion and Beauty 101
10. To See the World in a Grain of Sand
11. Avenues & Alleyways

The 11 Questions for My Nominees

1. Are you a tidy or messy person?
2. What makes you truly happy?
3. Do you have a secret or hidden talent?
4. What is your astrological sign? Do you read your horoscope?
5. Have you ever had anyone publicly declare their love for you?
6. What do you do when nobody’s around and you have nothing to do?
7. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you move?
8. Are you a spender or a saver?
9. Are you a heart-breaker or the heart-broken?
10. If you became a stripper, what would your new name be?
11. What colour is your underwear right now?

I hope you all enjoy your award as much as I do! Cheers and I will see you again soon! 🙂

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Top 5 Things I Love About the Rain

top5Looking out my window, it seems like the sky is bathing the West Coast of Canada with glorious liquid sunshine. This morning, I awoke to yet another perfectly gloomy day here in Vancouver, and I couldn’t help but be happy about it (I know, I’m weird sometimes). So I thought I would share the top 5 things I love about the rain since I’m feeling so cheerful about it anyways. I hope you enjoy!

#5 – The luscious aroma of the rain washing the flowers. Because I live in a place with gardens all around, the smell of the flowers can be quite pungent when it rains. The scents of all the beautifully organized flowers fills the air like a natural freshener making me want to take deep, cleansing breathes over and over again.

#4 – How nature uses the rain to scrub our neighborhoods clean once again. Ever looked around on the first day after a big rain session and noticed that everything looks nicer and fresher? That’s probably because the rain has a special way of being nature’s own cleaning system. Ahhhh! Doesn’t that feel nice?

#3 – The rain can be SO romantic if you happen to catch the right moment. Caught in a sudden downpour with a lover or partner? If you’ve not planned anything important, instead of running for cover, take a minute or two to enjoy each other with the sensation of the rain showering upon you. Whether it’s misty out or even if fat droplets are pouring from the sky, kissing or playing around in the rain can be about as romantic as it gets. Take my word for it, if you haven’t already tried it, you should! Mmmmmmn.

#2 – Water brings life to everything we know. Of course, one of the most important reasons to love the rain is that without water, there would be no life. Water is an essential ingredient in sustaining our livelihood here on planet earth, so I think it should be respected and appreciated in a big way.

#1 – It’s the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book and a cup of joe. Is there anything better than being all snug with the rain pattering on the roof or a window nearby? Not in my books, that’s for sure! It’s my number one choice for this Top 5, and for a good reason too. The idea of catching up on my favourite romance novel and spending the day wrapped in a cozy blanket appeals on so many levels, I love it! The rain brings a sense of peace and harmony that can have you relaxing in no time. It’s no wonder I sometimes pray for a gloomy, wet day! The rain truly is ahhhhh-mazing!!!

Do you love the rain too? No matter how the weather is where you are, I hope you have a great TGIFriday and weekend ahead! Cheers all and we’ll chat again soon!

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How To Use Empathy to Rule the World

howtoOxford Dictionaries defines empathy as “The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” What a perfect description right? It sounds so simple, yet can seem so complicated; empathy may be a difficult concept to wrap your head around at first.

I first learned the art of empathy when I was about 17 years old. In my thirties now, I’ve had plenty of time to master these skills on each a personal, professional, and social level.

It’s always interesting to me how some people seem naturally graceful when it comes to empathy. Like they came right out of their mother’s womb and immediately aquired the amazing talent of relating to everyone around them.

And then there are the ‘others’. The ones who would have to learn these skills to obtain them because it’s just not ultimately in their personality to think like that. When empathy is used by either party, the results can be the same. The ‘others’ however, will obviously have to try even harder to truly reap the benefits of this gift.

Lucky for me, I’m definitely the type who is naturally empathetic, so once I got the concept of how I could use it to my advantage, it was like a freight train took off and nothing was going to stop it. Lol. Empathy is awesome that way!

So the story goes something like this: I got my very first job when I was about 17 years old. It was a humble position; working as a bag-girl at our local Safeway (a grocery store), but it was great for a beginner in the work force like me.

The funny thing is, working there taught me more about empathy and true Customer Service than I ever thought possible. It opened doors for me I never expected. Let’s just say that Safeway’s 3 week Customer Service Training Program was extremely thorough and definitely world-class, so I got VERY lucky with that one.

It was in one of these training sessions where a supervisor drilled ideas… errr…I mean… taught me (over and over) the most important part of how to function as a truly empathetic person.

More specifically, he told me to, “Walk a mile in the shoes of another and only then will you understand how they really feel.” Now at first, my 17-year-old brain just thought he was being a cryptic bastard. But after a little contemplation, the light bulb finally flicked on and I just got it.

I realized that by asking myself how I would feel as a customer, a friend, or a lover in the same situation, I could better understand the perspectives from all sides of the conflict and therefore come to smarter and more likeable resolutions for my problems.

For example: as a bag girl, I would often have to deal with customers who were extremely rude. Some were so angry or upset that they would be screaming and causing a real scene. In these circumstances, there was a very clear procedure that Safeway taught and empathy played a big role in their success.

Their whole slogan was “the customer is always right” so it was my job to make sure the unsatisfied customer walked away happy no matter what. By putting myself in their shoes right there in the store, I quickly learned the truth about how easy it actually was to subdue a yelling or angry customer. It was like magic. Just by simply listening, understanding, and acknowledging their troubles, I was often able to diffuse a difficult customer without too much trouble. I’m telling you, it really does work like a charm.

So in a professional sense, anyone that has to deal with people (whether they are your peers or your customers) will benefit from using empathy. It can increase your interpersonal skills with co-workers. Not to mention that your customers will begin to feel like you really know them and pay attention, so in return they will provide the loyalty required to maintain a successful career. Yay!

Bringing empathy to the table in your social life can also allow you to relate better with your friends. Ultimately, if you are no longer able to understand where your friends are coming from, you will drift apart or cause a rift. It’s human nature.

Empathy is extremely important within the social circle because of this and can be used to make acquaintances feel more comfortable and connected with you than ever before. You might even find that they want you around so much, you’ll suddenly have a hard time choosing what to do each weekend.

Having the new empathetic you around is a real pleasure that they will definitely seek you out again and again.

Note: to really amp up the mystery and appeal here, I always try to exit social situations on a high note. This leaves your friends with the constant impression that they like having you around. This is because you haven’t stayed long enough to get on anybody’s nerves yet. Hehehe.

Anyways, empathy can also bring an intimate relationship to a gratifying new high. Chances are, you are probably more empathetic with your partner than you would be with just about anyone without even thinking about it. This is because you share more of life’s current circumstances with this person, so they are the ones who will ultimately feel the most for your situation. This causes a natural empathetic viewpoint.

When you are consciously using empathy with your partner, they feel more valued, listened to, understood, and loved. It really is a wonderful way to show appreciation for your loved one and helps to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.

Think about it; if your partner was intently listening to you and then showing recognition with their words and actions on a regular basis, you would probably be feeling pretty good about them too. It’s win, win every time. [wink]

So whether you’re dealing with a professional, social, or an intimate partner, I hope you can see just how truly valuable empathy can be. Because it does work so well, it has proven to me (many times) that putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a valuable skill to practice.

I hope you can benefit from my lesson, too. Are you an empathetic person or are you someone who views empathy as weakness? Feel free to share your thoughts below. I’m always interested in what you have to say.

Resources:
Oxford Dictionary Online

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Quote by: Unknown

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“Tears are the rain of life. Nothing grows without water.” ~Unknown

This rings true to me in a few different ways right now. Currently the rain is coming down with no end in sight, yet my flowers are still growing strong. The sky has been grey with gloom and yet all around me is optimism and happiness. The weather whips and chills anytime I`m outside, but somehow I find a way to smile.

Positivity and optimism high, I can’t wait to grow and experience something new.

So how about you? How will you stay positive today? Feel free to share below.

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