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Thankful Reflections….


In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about the things I am most grateful for throughout my morning.  My life in just the past six months has completely turned around in the most positive ways.  There is so much more to life for me now and I can’t help but smile about it and try to hold on to that feeling for as long as possible.

Here are the things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving 2011:

1.  First and foremost, FAMILY.  They are always my first priority and I love my family through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  They are my rock, my reason for striving for better in life.  This includes my extended family as well.  I feel that I on both my mom’s side and my dad’s side we are a very close, tightly knit family unit.  We always have each other’s backs and that is a pleasantly rare thing.

2.  Second, I am grateful for my FRIENDS.  Like my family, my friends are always there for me and have my back.  There are a small handful that I could not ever do without.  My sista from anotha mutha, the Princess, the Monkey, Ms. Blekum, X and T, DL and his wonderful girl, and then there’s our “alternate family” friends as a whole group.  They are so much more than my hubby and I could ever ask for!  I love you guys, and if I don’t say it enough, I will rectify that!  I appreciate all of you for the unique, fantastic, fabulous, beautiful people you are and I am so thankful to have you all in my life in one way or another.

3.  Third, I am grateful for MY JOB.  I absolutely 100% feel as though I have finally found a place to work where I can have fun, I fit in, and it’s so perfect in so many ways, one of them being that it is SUPER close to home!!!  Who can complain with a commute like that, right?  I have awesome co-workers and I absolutely LOVE what I’m doing!   YAY for being employed in a still iffy economy as well!!!!

4.  Last but most certainly NOT least, I am grateful for SCHOOL.  Going back to school after twenty years was scary as hell.  I was worried that I was too stupid to do well.  I worried that I would cave and not finish, that I wouldn’t like the classes, that I wouldn’t be able to do all of the homework.  I am delighted to say that I was SO WRONG!!!!!!!  School has opened up an entirely new world to me and also has shown me just how much I am capable of.  If my sister, Jennie wouldn’t have bugged me to get off my ass and try, I would never have taken the steps to do it.  Thanks, Jen, Jen!!!!!!!  I’m loving school and so happy I took the chance!!!!!!

So there is my short list.  There are a lot more things I am grateful for, but we would be here forever, lol!!!

Today when you are all out doing your various visiting, cooking, eating, drinking… whatever other activities that strike your fancy, really take a moment to stop and truly SEE the wonderful things in your life.  It makes it so much more worth living!!!!!!!

Have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!!!!!


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***Warning:  This post contains spoilers.

Wow.  What an episode last night!  Sutter has been powerfully jamming so much content into an hour’s span of time, it’s almost been tough to keep up!  But, it has also kept his fans engaged and perpetually on the edge of their seats.  The most intense feeling I got from this episode from the very beginning is that something is off.  Ever since season three’s finale last year, I have been hesitant to take anything at face value.  I underestimated Jax’s talent for Machiavellian moves.  I am not making the same mistake this season.  In this respect, everything starts to turn into a giant mind fuck.  The only question is, who is going to be dishing it out and who is going to be taking it?

Things with the cartel are getting far too out of hand, we all knew that.  How are the boys going to get themselves out of that mess?  It has been a question which has plagued my mind since the club voted in the drugs.  When the IRA wanted nothing to do with the cartel, maybe that should have been their first clue????

Then we have the issue of Juice, the sheriff and Lincoln Potter.  What the hell is going on with that?  He had no reason to play the rat anymore!  Why is he caving?  In relation to Potter…. I’m dying to see what comes of Bobby.  I feel like there should be some hidden meanings we should be seeing in these turns of events, however, it’s boggling to try to understand the way Kurt Sutter’s mind works at any given point in time.  And I LOVE that!!!!!

The whole issue of Jax’s ex wife Wendy coming back into the picture to be an irritating pain in everyone’s ass is something I really could have done without, but I’m sure that is why Sutter chose to throw her in there.  Wendy had to reappear at some point, as her storyline never really ended.  It’s just logical that she would come back to Charming.

Poor Opie.  He’s officially cracked, and with more than good reason.  The way I can see things is Gemma sort of orchestrated and is still orchestrating events that are occurring and will continue to occur.  Gemma is the matriarch, the Lioness protecting her den, even if what she is doing is a bit twisted at times to those of us on the outside looking in.  For instance, what did she mean by the fact that she was “protecting what it took twenty God damned years to build.”  That could mean quite a few things…. any guesses?

The whole Bobby and Otto thing was just weird.  I can’t help but feeling things are not what they seem and I’m hoping there is a very good reason (other than what might be the obvious) that Otto gave up intel on the Sons.  Did Otto really want revenge on Bobby?  Or is there an underlying scheme here?  What the hell???? In a way, it seemed like justice was served.  An eye for an eye, so to speak.  But is that all there is to the story?  We could look at it in the way that Otto really had nothing left to lose anymore.  He really didn’t.

The “baby factory” element was just stupid.  I’m hoping it has some higher meaning, because it just made no sense why Sutter chose to stick that in the middle of the episode.  The main thing I got from this part was that the IRA is now thinking Jax is a loose cannon which may come back to bite him.

Clay meeting with Tara was really nerve wracking.  I couldn’t tell what he was going to do, if anything, but the set of balls on that man is just uncanny.  He is so full of shit and arrogance.  He’s never honest and has proven time and again that he is only out for his benefit and his alone.  I love the sort of “Godfather” reference when Gemma kisses him and tells him she loves him. It felt like she was issuing Clay a death sentence.  And I think he knew it.

I wanna know what kind of “truth” Gemma could tell Tara or Jax.  The “buckets” of it!  Let’s have it, woman!!!!!  I can’t wait to find out what she’s got up her sleeve!!!!

I’m sad that Jax and Opie had the confrontation they did, but it was one of those things that was going to happen eventually.   I can’t believe Jax stood up for Clay.  Yes, he has a duty, but Clay is not doing anyone in the club any good.  Opie had a perfect right to feel what he did.  It was sad when Opie threw Piney’s cut into the fire.  😦

I love that Opie wanted to kill Clay while he was at the gavel.  Nice touch, Ope.  I was truly disgusted but not surprised that Clay still tried to lie his way out of it and then had the balls to call Donna’s death “ancient history.”  What an ass.  I will admit, I cheered when Opie shot Clay.  I was pissed as hell it stopped right at that moment, but what do we expect, right?  Now we are left with this ugly feeling.  Bobby is thrown in the clink, Juice is hiding out in the cell next door to him, Tara sits at home, still in danger and in a daze from all that has happened, and Opie shoots Clay despite Jax’s efforts to prevent it.  BUT, is Clay dead?????  That is the real question we want answered.  Too bad it’s going to take a whole week to find out!!!!


Picture from George Stuart's Gallery of Historical Figures

 

It’s been quite a while since I have written anything, so I felt it was high time I did something to change that fact.  This past Fall, I made a life changing decision to go back to school with a focus on my writing and have been enjoying it immensely.  One of the classes I am taking is British Literature.  Can we say, “No brainer?”  I love the class just as much as I thought I would.

My professor talked to the entire class about an Honors Project which is purely optional, but I was immediately intrigued.  After obtaining more information about the requirements, I decided to go for it and my topic would be…. what else?  Anne Boleyn!!!!!!  Keep this in mind:  I had not went on to college after high school, nor have I set foot in a classroom in about 20 years.  I knew I was striving for a lot when I agreed to try for an honors grade in British Literature, but I was confident I would be able to handle it.

As it turns out, the project was just what I needed to validate my feelings towards my skills as a writer, a researcher, and a presenter.  My best friend helped me with the artsy fartsy part of my project, and helped me to create an amazing Power Point presentation, but the rest was ALL ME.

My obsession with England’s most controversial Queen Consort paid off in a big way and all the years I had spent researching the history of her life helped tremendously when putting words to paper.

My professor loved my presentation!!!  He told me it was very well done!  When I later asked him about my chance of getting the Honors part of the grade, he let me know that I have it!!!!  🙂  It’s so exciting!!!!

I have decided to post a few excerpts from my honors research paper during the next few weeks.  I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!