⚡️Encouraging Thunder Award⚡️

imageThank you so much to A Mommas View for bestowing the Encouraging Thunder Award to me!

It sounds so powerful and fierce! Two attributes I’m not normally associated with. I might be more like an encouraging rainstorm, sending out my slow but steady drips of prose hoping to resonate with someone.

It makes me feel both humble and a bit more capable.  A Mommas View knows what she talking about, so thanks again for encouraging me!!!

I got started blogging for a number of reasons.  Most of them are selfish.

1. I wanted  a distraction from some personal issues going on at the time.

2. I wanted to use it as a chronicle of my thoughts to help me remember myself when I no longer can.

3. I hoped to entertain other’s by entertaining myself.

4. I wanted to prove to myself that I could.

5. I was going in a diet and giving up chocolate so I needed something else to do beside eat!

Rules for this award:

Post it on your blog
Grant other bloggers the award

What you cannot do:

Abuse or misuse the logo.
Claim that it is your own handmade logo.
What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

Enjoy the award!
Give thanks to your nominator
Mention your purpose in blogging

I would like to nominate the following blogs who give inspiration and encouragement to the rest of us:

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So Bad Ass

Life of Janine

Countlesswonders

Simply Grateful Housewife

Finding My Inner Zen

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Thank you to everyone who continues to read and find me.  You are my encouragement!

Janie

IPO or Bust!?!?

This is what I am contemplating. The initial public offering of my blog noplainjanie.image

  Let  me explain. Aside from my immediate family and 192 new friends and followers that have found me on the Internet no one knows I have been writing a blog. Not my extended family, not my closest friends not even my hair colorist.. I don’t know why I’ve been so hesitant to go public.  This is my version: image   I think it’s possible I’ve been nervous about being judged, mostly unfavorably.  Is it good enough?  Is it witty? Too light, too serious, too “who does she think she is?” I have three Liebster Awards, a Creative Blogger Award and a Versatile Blogger Award. It has been amazing to be recognized and humbling too. Awards and nominations leave me striving to be better and to never coast. I initially told myself I would go public once I had 100 followers.  I figured there was safety in numbers and if 100 people thought I was worthy of following then surely my friends would be supportive. This is what it looked like when I reached that goal: image   I  could  see the leap from of faith I was asking myself to take.  I didn’t jump. Instead, I renegotiated the terms.  200.  When I would reach 200 followers my self-esteem would be so high that announcing my blog would be easy.  Ha! As I write this I am at 199.  To some blogs here on WordPress that is laughable.  There are blogs who are so much younger than mine who have triple the readership.  There are some who have less. Aside from this target I set for myself I never otherwise pay too much attention to the numbers and the stats.  Now though, I am close.  Again.

I do not want to run scared, but I’m too scared to run! To take the leap or not take the leap?  That is the real question!

image   Is there any way to guarantee success?  No, of course not!  That what taking a leap is all about! Those who know me, however, know that I have very rarely ever leapt anywhere! I’m way too much a control freak for that and putting this out there leaves me with no control. image   One person, just one more person puts me at this precipice and this weighty decision.  Somehow I am coming to believe that I have more faith in those who I wish to share this with than in myself.  I am also coming to believe that is ok.     image   So true!   If not now, when?  At 300 or 500?  When will it be enough? I have been preparing for this forever.  I have been writing forever.  Maybe not writing well, perhaps not clever enough, possibly not so amusing, conceivably dull but I have been writing. Incredibly 199 people believe in noplainjanie. Oh crap, I haven’t been counting ME!  I’m at 200 if I count me and why shouldn’t I? So I respectfully ask you, my new and my old readers: image   Don’t judge too harshly. For those that are new to noplainjanie start at the about page up top and then click here. Thanks for reading and following. Janie

Beam Me Up

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Nice sentiment. I hope you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to reap the karma. I was never one for science fiction although when I was young I liked to watch Captain Kirk and Spock do their thing.  I liked the whole “beam me up” idea. I still do. How awesome would that be?!?! Imagine the possibilities!!

In an embarrassing situation? Get beamed away!

Someone annoying you? Beam away, or better yet, beam them away!

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It’s endless really. So many possibilities for use.  There have been countless times I have wished to be anywhere than where I am.

The invisibility cloak is also worthwhile, don’t get me wrong, but they have two very different uses.  Hard to tell which one is more useful.

Being the proverbial fly on the wall has its own distinct advantages.  There are situations where one would love to know what’s going on when people think you are not around.

There are other circumstances where it’s just better not only not to know, but to not even be around.  That’s when getting beamed up would come in handy.

In either case one does not want to be present in their current presence. Happens a lot.

Need to overcome that. Being present is what it’s all about after all.  Creating a life for yourself that you WANT to be present for.

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So may the fourth be with you and may you all find yourselves exactly where you want to be.

Janie

🍺National Beer Day Chicken on Tuesdays Table🍺

 

 

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In honor of the fact that today is National Beer Day and the added bonus that my son co-owns a craft beer company, today on Tuesdays table  is featured an easy, quick chicken recipe incorporating beer! Any type will do!🍺

 

Ingredients:

1 chicken, whole or in pieces
2 heads garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon onion powder
1- 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 (12-ounce) bottle or can of regular beer (any type is fine but I used Heineken)

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken in a large roasting pan. Stuff garlic under skin and around chicken. Sprinkle chicken with onion powder, salt, and pepper. Pour beer over chicken. Bake chicken uncovered for about 2 hours.

 

It will be delish!  Enjoy!

Janie

Pick Your Poison

Are you a coffee drinker with a loyalty card or one with commitment issues?

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This week is the holiday of Passover, so for many people both Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are off limits

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

I have my favorites in each place and I miss them already!

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I would have a hard time if I had to pick one over the other.

How about you?  Which would you choose if only you could only have one?

Thanks for playing!😃

Janie

🌊👫🌊All for One and One for All👒


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I hope you all enjoy your holidays with your family and friends,  whichever one you are celebrating.

My family will be with me for the holiday and I’m really looking forward to spending time with them. Way too much food though😃

#feelinglucky #iamblessed #spreadsomepeace

Janie

My New Mantra

image                      don’t wish for what you can’t change,    pharrell williams

8 Minute Descent

image                                               The 150 souls onboard Flight 9525

Yesterday’s  horrific plane lane crash reminds us all how precarious our futures are.  Infants and their parents, teachers and schoolchildren, people from all walks of life shared their final eight minutes of life together.

All of their collective hopes and dreams were squeezed into an Airbus along with the love of  their families and friends.

I can’t help but dwell on what those eight minutes may have felt like. Reports say it was a controlled descent. It’s possible the passengers didn’t know at first what was even happening. Eventually the bliss of ignorance had to have been shattered. I hope it was just for a matter of seconds.

All of their lives are now dreams interrupted.  There are children who will not be born to the future mothers on that flight. The cure for disease may have been discovered by one of those kids. It’s endless, the possibilities.  The immensity of the loss reaches to the infinity that those souls are now a part of.

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Eight minutes.  The time it takes  to take a shower. Eight minutes.  Take the dog for a walk.

Eight minutes.  Make a fruit salad.  Eight minutes. Organize your sock drawer.

Eight minutes.  That’s all the had. Eight minutes was the rest of their lives.

Do something special today.

Janie

Motivation on Tuesdays Table

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Everyone wants to be healthy.  Sometimes  circumstances or lack of planning sabotages even our best of intentions.  Today, start over.

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You’ll feel so much better. Change your mindset. Change your routine. Change your habit. Treat yourself better.

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Here’s an example of an easy, fast and healthy snack. It’s one we all know about and have had a thousand times, an oldie but a goodie.

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Peanut, cashew or almond butter used as a spread is so satisfying.  Try a granola base, or a healthy cracker. Slice some strawberries and drizzle some honey over it.  Delish!!!

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That’s the change I’m making today.  What are you doing?  Let me know.

Janie