Lil’ Bro [Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back]

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.IMG_7130[1]
Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUCCESS.
via Daily Prompt: Pat on the Back.

Normally, I would go on and on about how proud I am of my dad for doing all the great things he has done and still does but there are also other people in my life that I am very proud of and love more than my own life.

Louis is my brother.  I will never forget the day he was born.  I was 3 1/2 years old and thanks to my phenomenal memory I remember not knowing who I would be meeting in the hospital after he was born but literally praying, “please let me have a brother, please please please let me have a brother.”

I remember being a toddler myself but holding him as my mother sat beside me showing me how to feed him with the bottle.  He was so little and so was I.  Of course, I felt some jealousy when the attention that was solely towards me had to be shared with him but I adjusted.  I loved him so much already even though technically we were both babies.

He is the first person I have ever watched grow up in front of me.  Of course through the years we fought like all siblings do and we went through those awkward hormonal times in our lives at different times and didn’t see eye to eye for a while but none the less, I would die for this person at any time, at any age.IMG_7125[1]

Now he is approaching his mid 20s and I am in my late 20s.  We have grown a lot closer over the past year and it has never made me happier to get the calls and texts from him.  We don’t spend a lot of time together but when we do we always have fun and laugh.

With the background said, I am proud of him.  He has accomplished a lot in his life so far.  He manages a restaurant, he is on his way to being in the academy for the New York Fire Department, he has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Baruch and he is such a well-rounded man now.  We both have been through a lot with the abandonment of our mother and we both handled those events differently.  He has succeeded.  He remains positive and he lives a great fun life.  He is going for his goals and grabbing them by the balls.  He isn’t perfect, of course but in my eyes he is pretty damn close.  I am proud of his triumphs through adversity and I am proud to be his sister.  I love him more than anything and I always will.  I will protect him however I can and be there for him in any way that I can.

Hey Lou, I don’t know if I ever told you but I’m so, I’m so, I’m so proud of you.

Heated [Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank]

Teresa Giudice “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” from BravoTV.com

When was the last time your walked away from a discussion, only to think of The Perfect Comeback hours later?  Recreate the scene for us, and use your winning line.  Photographers, artists, poets: show us HEATED.

via Daily Prompt: Drawing a Blank

I can’t think of a specific time or even the last time I walked away from a discussion and it is probably because I have never been the first to walk away from any discussion.  There is no way I could put into words, “heated”.

I am somewhat of a hot head.  I am Italian!  It is part of my culture to yell even when I talk, to fight about almost anything and to always prove I am right even when I am wrong.

Not only that, I need to be the one who resolves the heated discussion as well.  After the dramatic and thoroughly enjoyed heated argument, now I need to make it better and move on.  This never goes over well with the other parties involved.  Most of the time, after a fight, the other person wants to stay mad but I get over it really fast and want to make up.  That almost always causes another heated discussion about why we can’t make up.

What do you do?  Take the poll.  Let’s find out who’s just as crazy as me or if I am the only one who doesn’t walk away!

The Wonder Year [Daily Prompt: State of Your Year]

Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.  Photographers, artists, poets: show us NOW.  

via Daily Prompt: State of Your Year.

Quite the prompt we have here this morning.  More often now, I wake up in the morning wondering if the daily prompt will coincide with how I am feeling and I guess because of the law of attraction, it usually does.

Lately, I have not only been reflecting on the past few months of this year but also the past few years of my life.  I know I have wasted so much time not doing anything with myself.  Now, I see the nothing I did has attracted the nothing that I do today.  Granted I am not doing as bad as I dramatize, surely but I am not in the path or the state I wish to have been in by now.  I wasted all my years in school focusing on my relationships and the friends I couldn’t seem to make.  I realize all that doesn’t mean anything in the long scheme of things because I see that I am left without the fulfillment that I desperately seek.

This year, seven months in, almost 8 already.  What I have I done with it?  I learned more about myself and I learned how to value myself just a tad bit more that I had before.  I figured out what I actually like to do in my spare time, what my passions really are and what makes me feel comfortable.  I realized that I want more out of life than a 9 to 5 in any company that wouldn’t even send flowers to my wake.  I figured out that I don’t want to be Stagnant in Staten Island.  I don’t want to be complacent.

So mid-year, I have a lot of ideas.  There are many things that I want to do.  I want to blog, I want to take photos, I have a few crafty ideas that I am really excited about and I want to continue to draw.  I am looking towards the future.  I want to land at my life’s destination by January 1, 2014.  I predict by then my life will have chosen its path and will be on the road to fulfillment.

I can’t wait for the follow up post in January!

The Simple Life [Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs]

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WITHOUT.

via Daily Prompt: Life After Blogs.

Generally, life without a computer looks amazing.  There are more jobs available for the people because the lack of technology to diminish their opportunities and hinder their skills.  The economy is better.  The divorce rate is lower.  Kids are playing OUTSIDE again.

As much as I love to blog and love that I have an opportunity to reach out to anyone who has a computer, an internet connection and a need to read, I think I would be just as thankful to have a pen in hand, writing on those floppy light sheets that they used to call paper.  Thing is, I write in a physical journal.  I have done it for 21 years now and though I have started before computers were popular and necessary, I still enjoy it just the same after computers have arrived, transformed to laptops, cell phones, smartphones and tablets.

I think generations born after me and especially the recently born, will not know what life is like without internet and computers.  I think they will be lost if ever it were to disappear.  Having ample amounts of access to everything can and will interfere with a person’s natural instinct to survive based on their ability to problem solve without all the answers at the edges of their fingertips. 

Frankly, there are many downsides to having computers be the main focus of our existence because it subtracts are abilities to be independent and can interfere will survival overall when a crisis occurs.  Of course with every negative there is also a positive.  So, I am sure I don’t need to say how computers have improved our lives overall with all the technology that saves lives and keeps us a step ahead in many aspects.  Please don’t take this to mean that I am against the “computer”.  Simply put, there are the ups and downs.  Computers solve a lot of problems for us but they create new problems that probably couldn’t have occurred without their existence.

One thing is for sure, I am confident that I would be just fine without it especially because the first 14 years of my life, I was without and I wish everyday that I could go back.

Master Mind [Daily Prompt: Back to School]

 

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?Photographers, artists, poets: show us MASTERY.

via Daily Prompt: Back to School.

In all honesty, I have thought about going back to school and getting another degree.  Currently I have acquired a Bachelor’s Degree in English and although it was great to read and interpret the art of literature and expand my knowledge and love for poetry, with only that degree I have found it difficult to make it work for my career. 

In a word of acronyms and social media, we are losing quality in our writing.  I should feel best that like others here, I am keeping the tradition alive by constantly writing and strengthening my skills but I need more.

If I could take a break from the world of reception and be low on the food chain, I would go back to school and master in Architecture and minor in Art.  Since I have already taken English and am consistently growing with my writing I would love to enter the world of art and structure.  Unfortunately, given my financial status, I can not explore all the avenues of which I wish to.  It is sad that the world makes it so difficult to enjoy your life and explore the areas that you wish to.

Lately, with my lack of motivation, I will be stagnant.  But there is light at the end of the tunnel because I know I can turn it around and one day, these blogs will be early classics and my life will be fulfilled and complete.  Until then, the wallowing of my sorrow will inspire me to write some really good material.

Define Close [Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need]

Finish this sentence: “My closest friend is…”  Photographers, artists, poets: show us FRIENDSHIP.

via Daily Prompt: A Friend in Need.

This is a tough one.  I couldn’t possibly name someone because if I did than my few close friends would turn into my few close enemies.  Women are possessive and jealous.  Please don’t take offense to a widely known characteristic that just can not be denied.  Not all people are the same but in my experience it has been proven to be true.

How could you not say that I am your closest friend, Lee?  Oh gosh,  I don’t believe in “best friends”, I am more inclined to use “close friends” in my vocabulary when referring to someone I talk to a lot and hang out with a lot.  I am not the greatest friend either, I can be pretty flaky at times.  We all have our faults but that isn’t why I can’t choose a specific person.

I have friends who are great in their areas of their personal ability so to speak.  One friend may be a great listener but I may never ever see her but she has listened to all my bullshit.  One friend may tell me straight out what I need to hear even if it hurts.  One friend might hang out with me religiously and keep good company but doesn’t have an interest in anything I really have to say.  Another friend, I may not talk to at all, months will go by, we don’t see each other but if there is a catastrophe all she will need is that phone call to be there to help.  We all have our purpose as people to aid in other people’s lives but as human beings we are naturally self-centered and want what benefits ourselves.

The issue is really with me though.  I don’t trust many if any people.  I always feel at the end of the day there are motives and people use each other and I say this because even though they have not blatantly told me, “I am using you for…” they are most certainly talking to me about how they are utilizing other people they associate with for their own benefit.  Why would my relationship be any different?   Realistically?

Don’t be mad “friends” if I have offended you.  My goal is to speak the truth and hopefully my readers will be able to identify and agree on some points that I have made, that maybe they were too afraid to verbally express aloud.

^To me, I feel that to others it is all about the personal possession than the value of the person you claim to be your closest friend.^

100 Years [Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist]

It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RETROSPECTIVE.

via Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist.

Call me cynical but I don’t feel like life will  become any more glamorous in 2113 than 2013.  I only see humanity falling into more self-destruction.

Let’s go back to 1913, shall we?  Women standing here at the National Woman’s Party of the United States.  Strong woman fighting for a cause, fighting for their equal rights and using their minds and soul to will the inevitable.

 

 

 

 

 

Now we fast forward to 2013.  Here we have girls who look barely legal  in Atlantic City, New Jersey, dressed in their underwear.  I mean underwear.  IMG_6998[1]This picture doesn’t even justify the attire as to the lack of clothing I had actually seen in person.  There was no sign of intelligence or equality that those women had fought long and hard for nearly 100 years ago.  The strength and sophistication had been lost on molly’s, alcohol and other upper substances.  I saw young girls that had lost their self-respect and the value of their souls and bodies, just to booty clap in high thongs and pasties on stage to receive the attention that they probably yearned for as a child.

I can’t imagine life for anyone to improve in 100 years from now unless we mentally crash and burn.  The only solution would be to start from scratch.  I see 2113 as having more technology, more division among people and that fact will be hidden by the goal and assumption that social media is and will bring us closer together.  The more we know about each other, the more information that is accessible to us only gives us more drama to play around with. Causing more issues between us.

I fear what it will be like 100 years from now but luckily I will be 128 years old and probably sitting in the clouds watching from above.  Hopefully our children and their children will have more sense than the generations before them.

American Italee [Daily Prompt: You, the Sandwich]

If a restaurant were to name something after you, what would it be? Describe it. (Bonus points if you give us a recipe!)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DINNER.

Daily Prompt: You, the Sandwich.

 

 

Boars Head Genoa Salami

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boars Head Yellow American Cheese

 

 

Sandwich Sliced New York Style Dill Pickles

Poppy Seed Kaiser Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who knows me well knows that this is my Go-To sandwich.  I only buy my cold cuts in a New York Deli that has a good reputation or one that I know personally.  All my cold cuts have to be Boars Head.  So when I saw this Daily Prompt, there was no way I could choose any other meal that a restaurant would name after me.

I walk into the deli and I order, ” Can I have Genoa Salami, Yellow American and pickles on a roll.  No, no mayonnaise, no mustard, just plain.”  That is how I have done it for years.

Now, if a deli were to name the sandwich after me, I would have to say it would be something like, American Italee Sandwich.  This sandwich will be packed in with deliciousness and always come with a nice cold Pepsi Cola.

I like the ring to that.  Don’t you??

“Let me get a American Italee!”

Pinch of Me

Weekly Writing Challenge: A Pinch of You

We want the recipe for all the bits and pieces and quirks and foibles and loves that make you you.

 

 

What makes Lee?

Main Dish:

8 cups Beach Bum

3 oz. Hypochondria

3 Tsp Emo

4 Dash of Romance

1 1/2 Cups hot steamy moments

4 oz. Blogging

5 Tbsp Fun

4 Heaping tbsp of Real Housewives of New Jersey

2 Heaping tbsp of Real Housewives of Atlanta

1/2 Tsp of Real  Housewives of Orange County

3 Cups Laughter

Hint of Salt to taste

3 Tsp of Hot Sauce for spice

 

To Garnish:

2 Black Diamond Earrings

1 Tricolor Gold Elephant Ring

2 Blonde Highlights

 

Instructions:

Add 2 Habanero peppers, let marinate.  Add extreme heat.  Do not add annoyance or aggravation, this recipe is extremely flammable.

Top Ten: Clingy

Ever have a guy/girl come on too strong?  It has only been a few weeks and you’re feeling the pressure?  Need to know the signs?  Sometimes little mental red flags aren’t enough.  You need a list that confirms you are not crazy and he/she is.

 

Take a look at the Top Ten ways to know your new guy or girl is too clingy.

  1. Sends you a text right after you give him/her your number saying something ridiculous about how you’re right next to each other.
  2. Calls you the day after you met to invite you to an intimate family party.
  3. Wants you to meet the parents after the second date.
  4. Brags how his parents know everything about you already but you have only hung out together 3-4 times in a 3 weeks span.
  5. Uses the word “we” when you are obviously implying “I”.
  6. Locks you in by offering lavishes gifts and vacations before you even get to know each other.
  7. Gets crazy mad if you go out with your friends and don’t invite him to come with you.
  8. Tells your friends how obsessed he/she is with you after only 2 weeks of dating.
  9. Will not leave your side if you are out in public.
  10. If your new guy or girl, goes psycho bananas about the time you didn’t spend together after only a few weeks; change your number.