December 18, 2012

Oops...Sorry Downton Fans - My Bad

Dear Downton Abbey Fans,

Just in case it is unclear, I LOVE Downton Abbey.  

Because I am a fan, I thought it would be fun to make a short little quiz about Downton...You know, a bit of Downton trivia.  It was all a bit of fun until I realized I had made a tiny little error while creating the quiz.  I was horrified.  Well, at first I was horrified, then I thought it was funny.  And then I thought, it was typical me.  Of course, I try to be witty and it kind of backfires.  So, it's time to clear things up.

Question #2

What is the name of the cup that Violet and Mr Moseley compete for?

A) The Grantham Cup for Best Bloom
B) The Grantham Cup for Best Groom
C) The Grantham Cup for Best Boob
D) The Grantham Cup for Best Spoon

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Lady Violet: And now the Grantham Cup for the best bloom in the village. And the Grantham Cup is awarded to … Mr. William Molesley for his Comtesse CabarrĂºs Rose.
Isobel: Bravo, well done! Bravo!
Lady Violet: Congratulations, Mr. Molesley.
Mr. Molesley: Thank you, m’lady. Thank you for letting me have it.
Lady Violet: It’s the judges who decide these things, not me. But very well done!

The correct answer is A.  Somehow, I accidentally marked C as the answer and hard as I've tried, I can't change the quiz. So, for those who have taken the quiz, and wonder what on earth was going on when they didn't get is because in the Simply June world, Mr. Moseley won an award for having the best BOOB in town.  Can you imagine the Dowager Countess handing out THAT award?!  And to a dude, no less?!  Good Heavens.... sorry folks.  Carson would not be pleased. 


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A Hobbit’s Home Value

If given the opportunity, we’re sure most Lord of the Rings fans would love to move into ‘Bag End’—the iconic home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.  But before you start packing, Movoto Real Estate has created an infographic that highlights the cost of purchasing the famous hobbit hole. 

December 16, 2012

T’was 11 days before Christmas

T’was 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at God's house."
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their Savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name,
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring.
Those children all flew into the arms of their King
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!
May this country be delivered from the hands of fools.
I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
Then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"Come now my children let me show you around."
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

-Author unknown

Your Family Needs to Hear....

28 Things Your Family Needs to Hear You Say

December 15, 2012

Women - Three, Two, One, Bypass!

Carnie Wilson weight loss
I know THREE women who have had Gastric Bypass surgery.  ONE is doing great and is an inspiration to many.  This post is about the other TWO, who ended up leaving their husbands.  Both women started off with the best of intentions but around the year mark, both began doing things that were out of character.  Family and friends were surprised, silent but still supportive.  Was this sort of thing to be expected?   It seemed like the better the felt about themselves, the more they wanted to show it off.  Specifically showing other men.   The post surgery women explained, that they wanted to experience the things that heavier women/girls miss out on - and because no one imagined - not for even a single second - what staying silent would lead to.  No one realized there was a problem until the problem was painfully obvious.  

It was really hard to watch the families of these now skinnier women, as caring mothers, sisters and wives's turned selfish.   In my humble opinion, feeling that much self esteem is like a drug - and seeking out the attention of men was how they fed the addiction.  And NO ONE makes good decisions when they are high. 

Suddenly the husbands who had been by their side for years - well, those guys were no longer good enough. I remember it clearly, as if it were yesterday, "I wouldn't have married him back then if I looked like I do now. I can get better."  My friend....had she lost her damn mind?!  The answer is yes.  Yes. She. Had.

There were TWO divorce's.  It was a full on flirt-fest where ever those two went.  It was unbelievable. Skirts got shorter. Hair was bleached lighter.  Necklines sunk lower and  common sense was replaced by a raised credit limit at Victoria's Secret.  But that's not all....  Guys who were obviously damaged goods, single for a reason, a player or your basic over-all idiot - look just fine to the woman under the influence.  I imagine it's a bit like wearing Beer Goggles   When my son was in the Police Academy he got to wear those special goggles and then tried to walk the straight yellow line in front of him.  He tried and tried but it was almost impossible.  The class laughed and laughed as each trainee took his or her turn.  I laughed when I saw the photos.  It was funny to see my son struggle with something so basic and easy as walking a straight line.  Why would anyone think they could drive, or much less walk safely under those conditions?!  Because they are intoxicated,  influenced by their drug of choice.  

The problem is that eventually, no matter what, you will have to detox.  Those women will feel the pain of withdrawals and finally realize what they lost in the process.  For both those women I know, by the time they realized - it was too late.  

I know there are plenty of wonderful stories of gastric bypass, with praiseworthy results from all concerned. I'm sure this sort of thing is rare, but maybe it would have helped if someone told them this sort of thing was possible.  When girlfriends get together for a night on the town, we keep a close eye on the friend who just had a painful break-up & the friend who without fail, seems to always find the biggest weirdo in the club and the girl who always has to much to drink.  It's our job - as family and friends - to not let them do anything really stupid.  At least we should TRY.  

Maybe if before surgery, the patients & their loved ones were given a game plan... if they knew what to look out for...  Things could have been handled quite differently.   Is this sort of thing ever unavoidable?  Divorce is one thing but, Divorce due to drastic lifestyle changes and one spouse thinking he/she is "all that, and a bag of chips" is quite another. 

CeeLo Green - Mary Did You Know

"Mary Did You Know" performed by CeeLo Green featuring scenes from producers Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and Mark Burnett's epic minseries THE BIBLE.

3-3-13: The Bible Comes to Life. 
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Remembering the victims of the tragic shooting in Connecticut.

How to discuss a tragedy with your children.Faithstorm
Now if we would just believe this....

How to discuss tragedy with your children at KSL-go HERE

Sandy Hook Elementary School Heros

This is Victoria. She died a hero yesterday. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students. Please pass this on if you see it. She deserves to be remembered for her bravery.

Victoria Soto - 

Kaitlin Roig, Victoria Soto and Maryrose Kristopik are among the few teachers that risked their lives to save their students. Kaitlin Roig locked her students in the bathroom and kept them safe, while Victoria Soto was trying to do the same when she came face-to-face with the gunman and was shot, execution style. Maryrose Kristopik barricaded her music students in a closet, while the gun man fought to get in.

Read more HERE and HERE

December 12, 2012

Downton Abbey Season 3 - The wait is over

Downton Abbey Cast on the Today Show

Gift Giving - DO's, DON'T'S & a few Suggestions

Pinterest, You Are Drunk. Hilarious Site!!!
DON'T knit or dress 
yourself while intoxicated. I'd rather be cold.
Flip-flops for rednecks. | Pinterest, You Are Drunk
DO show off your pedicure while 
rocking the latest cowboy fashions.

Pinterest, You Are Drunk
DON'T purchase furniture when drunk 
that’s right. I’m a badass. A badass who likes vintage Disney movies.
DO match the gift to the person.
 If someone on your Christmas list has a tendency to get in fights and punch someone, how about they DO it with DISNEY brass knuckles!  "HI-HO, HI-HO, IT'S OFF TO JAIL I GO..." 
What all fashion
conscience men are wearing

Underwear - always a big hit...

This is something else. It is Hillary as, yes, a toilet bowl cleaner. The part that you clean the bowl, is yes you guessed it her hair. She can scrub, scrub, scrub the scum away from your toilet. Maybe she should scrub the scum out of her husband too. This is perfect for someone that doesn't completely love the Clinton’s and never believed Bill when he said, “I never had sexual relations with that woman.” Each Hillary Toilet Brush stands almost 16 inches, perfect for getting to those hard to reach grimy spots.
So THAT'S why he takes so long in the bathroom!
DO give anything involving Bacon flavoring if you have teenage boys.  When they complain about being hungry, tell them to go eat some toothpaste. 

OR...Just stick with the 4 gift rule.

My mom SCOFFS at this rule. She has spoiled us and as a result, I just thought that kids always needed to see a SEA OF GIFTS with no room to walk in the living room every morning. I wish I'd seen this before I set the bar so freakin high for the past 4 years...

December 11, 2012

Say Goodbye to Mathew Crawley

Dan Stevens won't return to Downton Abbey full-time

After double checking four different sources, it turns out Dan Stevens (Mathew Crawley) will reportedly not return to Downton Abbey full-time next series.  

Rumors of the actor's exit first began to circulate last month, with TVLine now claiming that "multiple sources" have confirmed Stevens's departure from the ITV period drama.

Photos© ITV

Stevens will appear as Matthew Crawley in Downton's Christmas special - to air on December 25 - but will apparently not appear on a regular basis in the fourth series, which will start shooting in February 2013.

Series creator Julian Fellowes previously insisted that the series will not re-cast the character of Matthew, adding that "there's nothing [you] can do" if actors want to move on to other projects. sources have confirmed that Dan Stevens is not planning to return to Downton Abbey for it's fourth season.

While the majority of the cast have already signed contracts for season 4 and 5, the British actor has not made his return official — and, according to sources, he probably never will.

Dan is currently appearing Broadway in a revival of The Heiress.

"Sometimes actors feel they want to move on," he said. "Initially, for the first two or three [seasons] you can contract them, but after that, every season, you have to re-contract them. If they don't want to come back, there's nothing we can do."

In the US, the third series of Downton Abbey will debut on PBS on January 6.

I'm Holding You - Beautiful Christmas message

"...You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, “No one understands. No one knows.” No human being, perhaps, knows. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life."
- taken from "The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality" by ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR 

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

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