Monday, December 27, 2010

Congrats to Rudy & Carrie!!!

Just wanted to post a Special Congratulations to my FANTASTIC nephew, Rudy, and his Beautiful BRIDE to be, Carrie!!!!

I'm SOOO proud and very happy that my nephew has found his perfect soulmate!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Being Accountable


Well, last time I blogged here, I had lost 12 pounds... and was heading for the holiday season.

Now the holiday season is WELL underway, and I have NOT gained a single pound back!!! I haven't LOST any more either, but just not gaining any back has been a real feat!!

I'm certain that after the holidays I can get back on the losing track!! = ) The girls at work are talking about an office version of 'The Biggest Loser'.... that should be real encouragement.

I didn't do ANY baking this year, but my mom & I did make some tamales, and my mother-in-law brought me some of her famous Guatemalan tamales.... Oooooh, I LOVE them!!!

Last night for dinner, I made some chicken and veggie soup, the weather was so cold and that's just what sounded good... it was.

Anyway, just wanted to check in while I'm STILL at a loss.... because the next few days might be different.... LOL!!!

May you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!! May you enjoy the love of those closest to you throughout the season!! And may you enjoy God's richest blessings in 2011!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

South Beach on Thxgiving ~ FAIL!

I gained a pound and a half yesterday.... LOL!!!

It's ok, I knew I wouldn't be able to stay on the strict eating plan on Thanksgiving Day!!

I did really good up to that day (not sure how much I've lost, but it's about 12 - 15 pounds!), and I'm jumping right back on that wagon today. But everything was SOOOO WELL WORTH IT!!!! What a great meal we had!!

I ate turkey, rice stuffing, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes with leeks, a little gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans (actual fresh green beans, NOT the casserole), baked yams (WITH ALL the bad stuff on them), appetizers, wine, and a slice of apple pie.

BUT, I didn't bring ANY leftovers home!! And I left two whole pies (I'd made four) there with my cousin at his request.... which worked out perfectly for me. I brought a couple slices each of the other two pies for Chris and my mom.

Yes, I went WAAAY off plan, but hey, it was Thanksgiving Day!!

We had a BLAST though, my cousin just moved down here from Oregon about a month ago, and his mom was here visiting from Arizona, so we had a great time together catching up and enjoying 'family' again. There was 11 of us and we fit perfectly around the huge ROUND table my cousin has!! I got to help in the kitchen, and we laughed so much, I didn't feel like I was missing anything not preparing the meal at home.

My cousin's new place is beautiful, and he's VERY proud of the fact that you can see the world famous 'Hollywood' sign from his house.... but my sister brought him back down to earth when she rolled her eyes and said 'TOURISTS!!!' LOL!!!

Thanksgiving with FAMILY, worth EVERY OUNCE!!! = )

I caught a fish THIS big!!! (My nephew) (Note: my cousin MADE that beautiful fresh flower centerpiece!!)

NO video games at the dinner table!! (My nephew and my son)

My niece, my mom, and my sis

My gorgeous niece and her handsome boyfriend, Tony

My handsome nephew and his beautiful fiancee, Carrie

My beautiful sis and her son

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sixth day and still going strong!

Just finished my fifth day of the South Beach eating plan. I'm still doing very well. Thank you all for your encouragement, I feel it!! = )

I got alot of tips to help me stay on track, and writing about this journey was one of them.... (you can thank Ken for that! = )

I've learned some new ways to conquer the sweet cravings, although, they haven't really been that bad.... the first night or two, I was literally, dreaming about sweets... I think my mouth was chewing in my sleep, but hey, at least I didn't sleep walk into the kitchen... LOL!!!

But the cravings are more scarce now... I still NOTICE sweets nearby, but it's MUCH easier to JUST SAY NO!!!

Last night, I had an 'episode'.... but I conquered it with a tablespoon of peanut butter!!! Then I went to bed, that helped. = ) This morning, instead of the pancakes I thought would be nice... I'm having blackberry flavored tea which DOES have some natural blackberry flavoring in it.... but hey, it's WAY better than the pancakes, right!?! LOL!!!

MOST of all, I have to remember NOT to DWELL on the thoughts of something that enters my head, like the Fuji apples that my boss brought to the office yesterday, my favorite kind... yes, apples ARE a good snack, but for this initial period, I can't have ANYTHING with sugar AT ALL.... so I quickly forced myself to turn my thoughts to other things, work, weekend plans anything else but those apples.

A wonderful friend wrote me about the dangers of becoming, and challenges of being, diabetic. My dad was diabetic, so I'm right in line to becoming diabetic if I'm not careful.... I'm really trying not to. And although my dr. says ALL my numbers are really good right now, (he checked everything about two weeks ago... sugar, cholesterol, iron, etc.)..... I know my good luck isn't going to last forever if I keep eating the things I do and NOT exercising the way I should.

So I'm pretty determined to stop eating the junk food, there's no reason a woman my age should be eating all that stuff anyway, LOL!! No kidding, sometimes, I eat like a five year old would. LOL!! My meals are normally decent, healthful and well balanced, but it's the snacking on sugar junkfood that I have a problem with... So this was my answer.... an eating plan that absolutely BANS ALL sugar from my diet for a couple of weeks until I kick the sugar craving.... my plan is to STICK to the eating plan forever, and enjoying (sparingly) only good-for-me carbs after this initial two week period. If I start getting weak again, I'll just jump back on the first phase of the plan every once in awhile. I'm truly hoping this is something I can LIVE with. I really HAVE to make it work... otherwise I'm doomed.

Now, to set my mind on getting to the gym!! LOL!!!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On the wagon, AGAIN!!!

The sugar wagon!! I've banned myself from eating sweets. I'm doing the South Beach eating plan. I wasn't going to post about it, but I have to.... I'm excited, and I'm doing well.... of course, it's ONLY my second day! But hey, I'm feeling REALLY good... good enough to stay pretty determined. Soooo, I'll probably post about my accomplishments and set backs for awhile, until I find something better to blog about. Sorry, I'll try hard not to bore you too much. LOL!!

I've been making the best dinners!! Of course, anything's really good when you're HUNGRY!!

I opened my front door this afternoon... and I SMELLED donuts!!! They smelled so good, but I'm ok, I don't need it.... I just came back in, grabbed a handful of delicious raw almonds, and I was set. = ) And I'm hoping that after a couple of weeks, the sugar cravings will subside, and I'll forget about missing it.

Thursday, I'm going to start my work-outs... I had to get over the 'weakness' hump first... you know, the one where you feel like you're gonna FAINT everytime you think of food, which for me, is ALOT!!! But I'm getting better at that, too!

Even my son is encouraging me.... he's actually eating what I make WITHOUT complaining that there's no pasta or bread with the meal. He just eats the protien and veggie dishes I prepare.... then goes out and buys a burger somewhere!!

Well, thanks for any encouragement you can send over, I'll appreciate it. = )


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The story of Sam

I can't write this entry without the possibility of looking really bad to some of you who might not agree with a decision I made, but good or bad, it's a decision I made at a moment's notice and I can't turn back and change anything now.

About a month or so ago, my son met a friend I'll call Sam. Sam is homeless... I don't know Sam's story, and I've only seen and spoken to Sam once, very briefly, and VERY late one night when he came by our house to ask if he could stay over for the night, about two nights after my son met him. THAT's where you MAY not agree with my decision.

I said no. My heart BROKE to do that, but that was my decision. That's what I felt was right at the time. Sam is very young to be homeless, not a child, but a young adult..... to accept this young stranger into my home could bring on all kinds of problems. However, I could have also helped Sam by showing him kindness in letting him use our sofa for the night, and that's probably where I'll struggle with my decision forever. I'll never know if I made the right decision. But there was NO time to THINK, so I did the safe thing (and strangely enough, my son easily agreed with my decision, maybe he knew more about Sam than he was telling me??? I don't know. I DID tell him to tell Sam that we would drive him to a shelter, but Sam declined.)

Anyway, the day before that night, Sam asked my son if he could keep some food here for him... he gave my son about 4 grocery bags of sealed quick-and-easy food items to hold for him. Sam has never come back for the food... it's been by our door for a month.

I've looked for Sam on the streets, not even sure I'd really recognize him. My son had seen him on the street once or twice, but neither one of them mentioned the grocery bags.

Finally, when my son saw him again a few nights ago, my son asked him about the groceries, Sam told him to just throw them away..... it's been a couple of days, because I couldn't bring myself to get rid of a homeless person's food.... not even knowing if he's eating now.

But this morning I finally went through the bags to rebag them for a homeless shelter. Again, it totally broke my heart to do this, it felt like I was taking food from someone who really needs it.... I cried the whole time. And I prayed for Sam. That's all I can do.

If I see Sam again, I will offer him food, and again offer to drive him to a shelter.... but my hope is that if I see Sam again, he'll say that he's doing well, living somewhere safe and eating well.

Lord, hear my prayer!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy Anniversary, J-Land!!!!

Even though J-Land doesn't TECHNICALLY exist anymore... it will always live on in our hearts.

I was only a member of J-Land for the last 2 years (or so) of it's existence, but I made some real friends there.... people that are an important part of my life, still.

It broke my heart when J-land ended, I thought I was losing all the good friendships I'd found.... but, because we were ALL tossed out on the street together, we bonded even more.... and together we found a new home with lots of wonderful new friends who accepted us with open arms. Some of us don't blog as often, because we have found other means of keeping in close touch.

How many of us would have bothered to get on FaceBook, otherwise?!?! Now we are together there, and others can find us easily. Hopefully, others from J-land that are still lost out there in cyberspace will find us and choose to come back to us. (You know who you are!! = )

Glad you are all still part of my life!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A hug from a Stranger

I was in church this morning, and there was a young man sitting next to me on FIRE for the Lord.... you know how you can just pick that up on people. He was probably my son's age or a few years older (early 20's). He was one of those people you could just SEE carrying that beautiful glowing light of the Lord. He was HAPPY, greeting people, singing with raised hands, praising/worshipping, and praying down on his knees while the rest of us were standing.

At the beginning of the service, when the music stopped, the Pastor always asks us to greet each other.

Normally, I'll turn to the people around me and shake their hands and introduce myself.

Today, this young man sitting next to me turned towards me and I reached out my hand to greet him, and he threw his arms open and said "Gimme a hug!" He gave me a strong, hearty hug!! A hug that makes a person feel good!! A hug that says.... "WE HONOR THE SAME FATHER, AND I LOVE YOU!!!"

It may seem like a simple thing to some, but I was really impressed with him. Boys his age don't like to hug fat old ladies, they seek out the cute young ones to hug... but he was REAL!!! He was SINCERE in his Godly love!!

And after the service, he shook my hand again, introduced himself and asked my name. I told him my name and said "Thanks for that hug, you made my day!" So he gave me another one, and told me 'God Bless You'. And we parted ways.

I'm telling you this, so that you'll know that when you hug someone, they FEEL it!! They know when it's sincere.... so go hug a stranger!!!


Monday, July 5, 2010

4th of July with a SURPRISE!!!!

First of all, a picture of me and the new MAMA to be....... WOO HOO!!! Shannon's gonna be a MOMMY!!!!!!!!

I'm SOOOO excited for them... CONGRATULATIONS to Shannon & Chad!!!!

The proud grandparents.... (and the GRILLMASTER!!!)

The other proud grandparents....

These are the grandfathers.... is THIS what the new baby is going to look like??!?!

Of course, some pics of my son & me.... :)

Celebrating the festivities.....

And one tired mama.....

Hope you all had a great 4th of July, too!!!


Monday, June 21, 2010

Why is everybody crying??

Long Story:

I used to have an uncle, my mom's brother, who died just a few months before my dad, five years ago. I really loved my uncle and miss him terribly. He was a good, Christian man.

While he was living, he and his wife divorced and she brainwashed their kids against him, 2 daughters that I was pretty close to growing up, I even lived with them for awhile, less than a year, but in that time, the girls used to call me their big sister.

I was totally devastated when they divorced, ESPECIALLY when they wouldn't return my phone calls pleading for them to call me. I cried so much, to think that they could just write me off like that.... I'd never done anything to hurt any of them, ever. They knew how much that hurt me, they just didn't care. It's like they did it deliberately.

They were teens when their parents split up, and they grew up. The older one moved to New York and still lives there.... the younger one lives locally, but we haven't seen her or her mom (who I was also very close to) in at least 20 years, except at the funeral of my uncle.

They were nice to me at the funeral, they RAN up to ME and hugged me like they were actually HAPPY to see me, they wanted me to sit next to them... we all cried and caught each other up on our lives. In fact, everyone was nice to everyone, which was a big surprise to me because of all the anger and resentment the family (my uncle's sisters) all had about not ever seeing the kids. But they were hugged and loved abundantly at the funeral of my uncle by our whole family. The girls (and even their mother) were told over and over again, that we wanted to see them more often, that we wanted a relationship with them, which they agreed to, with all kinds of promises of visiting, phone calls, etc..... until they went home.

Immediately, they refused all phone calls of the family, and have never spoken to or seen any of us again..... and AGAIN, my heart was hurt.

In time, my heart healed.... I realized that the girls were old enough to KNOW that we loved them but CHOSE to abandon us on their own. They made that decision themselves.

Fast forward 5 years to today.... last night the younger daughter passed away. My sister found out somehow. My ENTIRE family is crying... I just don't understand... they wanted (and still want) NOTHING to do with ANY of us, we've seen them once in 20 years.... they were ALL ALREADY dead to us, as far as I'm concerned.

Am I too cold?!?! Is my feeling too harsh!! I'm really NOT a cold hearted person, I love abundantly. And I really AM sorry she's gone, because she leaves behind a young teenage daughter (my uncle's granddaughter whom he was never allowed to see, either) who needs her, but as for me, I've cried enough for all of them. My life will be NO different. They're the ones missing out on FAMILY!!! I have no more feeling left.

One thing I WOULD have liked to have seen, though, is the reunion between her and her (earthly) father, because I DO believe that in Heaven, everyone forgives completely and is at total peace. I think that NOW she'll realize the love we had for her.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

5 years

Today is 5 years since I lost my daddy. The picture above is my dad holding my son.

Thank you to my beautiful friend Phyllis for remembering and sending her well wishes for my mom and me. She knows my pain well, having lost her own dad more recently.

Another close friend of mine lost her father last week.

It breaks my heart to see others go through that loss. The only thing I can tell them is that I don't think the pain ever goes away, but I know that it does get easier with time.... and the memories won't ever leave either.

There are STILL times when I can feel his presence, when I hear something he used to say, see something in his favorite color, or sometimes I can smell him... I could be driving or just sitting at home and all of a sudden, I'll just smell him... THAT'S when I feel him most.... and I close my eyes and talk to him, just tell him how much I miss him and what's been going on in our lives (as if he didn't know). It's just a comfort for me.

He used to like to feed the pigeons, and they would sit on the wire across the street from his house and wait for him to come out in the morning with bird seed and bread. Whenever I see a bird on a wire sitting outside my window, I think of my dad.

There will always be things to remind me of him, so he'll never be far away.... Thank God!!

I miss you so much, Daddy, I love you!!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Welcome Spring!!

I know Spring came back in March, but today it really FEELS like it.... it's beautiful & breezy. We've had a good mixture of cold and hot, recently, but not warm NICE!! Today is a really beautiful day!!

I haven't blogged in quite awhile, because I haven't really done anything or had anything to say worth blogging about.

So I'll share some pics of the latest.....

This is my beautiful cousin, Shannon & Me

My son, Chris on his 20th birthday

My other beautiful cousin, Sandy & Me

Well that's it for now, but I'll try to post again soon..... meanwhile, look for me on Facebook.

God Bless!!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

The test of TIME!

Congratulations to my cousins, Sandy & Dave, on their 30th wedding anniversary!!

They make such a beautiful couple, they're good people and fun to hang out with.

They have 3 beautiful children together, and 3 more from previous marriages and they're all good, smart, level-headed people, too!

We had a great time celebrating with them, and I wish them another 30+ years of happiness together.

Marriages that stand the test of time are so rare these days. My parents had a beautiful 43 year marriage before my dad passed away.

I'm envious (in a good way) and very proud of any couple that can get through the difficulties that life throws their way. If the love is strong enough on BOTH sides, it's SO worth fighting for. It's such a blessing!

But sometimes people can't get through things life brings to a marriage, sometimes people get married for the wrong reasons in the first place, sometimes things just can't be fixed, and people have to start over again. There's no shame in going your own way if you know you've done the best you can to keep that commitment, and there are even situations in which you cannot stay any longer or should not stay any longer. Sometimes leaving can be a blessing too.

Whatever YOUR situation is, do the very best you can with it. If you have a good strong marriage, do everything you can to keep that marriage solid. However, if you are in a place that you must leave or have already done so, keep your heart OPEN.... remember that life CAN bring you happiness in someone else, don't block out someone who could truly love you and make you happy... just be sure it's REAL!!

Sandy, You have been through alot in your life, and you've lived many lives over. Now, you've found your happiness and you two have been such a blessing to each other, and an inspiration to everyone around you. Keep going strong. Many blessings to you and Dave in the years ahead. I love you!

Dave, Thank you for blessing Sandy's life so wonderfully.... You're AWESOME, I love you!!

Rosanne, Jason, Shannon, and Heather, you guys did a GREAT job with EVERYTHING!!! It was BEAUTIFUL!!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Just Hi = )

Just sharing pics of my handsome son. He was DETERMINED not to smile... but you could tell he was giving in a little.... LOL!!

I haven't posted in awhile, and I still don't really have anything to say, but I miss you all, so thought I'd just stop by to say hi.

I updated my playlist, so take a listen, see if there's anything on there you like. = )

I'll be back soon, I wanna keep blogging, I miss it!!

Take Care,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A 'HANK'ering for the good ol' music

When I was growing up, my dad listened to old country and western music. It took me awhile, but eventually I learned to appreciate it, and my dad's influence opened me up to really listen to the stories these songs told. Many of the songs taught me about history, Christianity, and life in general, because many of their songs had morals, sequels, and life lessons.

Artists like Johnny Horton, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Dean, and Marty Robbins wrote and sang fun songs, but they also sang about what was in their hearts.

Johnny Horton taught me about a fantastic German Battleship in WWII and the efforts to sink the battleship called the 'Bismarck', and about an early American icon named 'Jim Bridger'. He sang fun sing-along songs like 'The Battle of New Orleans' and 'North to Alaska'.

Marty Robbins told me about the night his life changed forever in 'The Master's Call' and the love and appreciation that a husband can have for his wife in 'My Woman, My Woman, My Wife' (which my dad always sang to my mom = ), not to mention the fun listening songs like 'El Paso' (which was part of a great trilogy) and 'Devil Woman'.

Lefty Frizzell had a great song that I loved called 'Saginaw, Michigan' with an ending I STILL love to listen to, and a story about how he died to save a woman's honor in the 'Long, Black Veil'.

Jimmy Dean's 'Big, Bad John' had a sequel called 'The Cajun Queen', I loved that story. He also had a song about a historical event called 'P.T. 109' which taught me something about JFK.

But my favorite Jimmy Dean song is one that my dad used to play for me when I was little, he always told me it was made for me... (I still have the actual LP album my dad played).

It still brings me happiness to hear the music my dad loved so much, and I'm really glad that, no matter how UNCOOL it is, it's my own history, part of my childhood, and I don't care what anyone else thinks.... it's a big part of ME!!

Now, I don't claim to know ALL about the music of this era... after all, this was just 'a little' before my time.... but I AM able to appreciate it a little more than most people my age, at least on my side of the country where most people are NOT U.S. natives and haven't even HEARD this kind of music.... LOL!!

Listening to Country music is a just part of life for me now, I listen to the newer stuff, though... and I love it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Beautiful Weather!!

I know that you probably don't think much of this weather for Southern California, but this week has been AMAZING, weatherwise!! I LOVE IT!! We haven't had THIS much rain in a VERY LONG time!! I believe we've had more rain in the last 5 days than we've had in the last year all together!!

Hope YOUR weather is just how YOU like it!!


Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Meme

I got this from Leslie, and of course, decided to post my own....

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I bought my Annual Disneyland Passport for 2010. Never had one before. My son and I each got one!! WOO HOO!!!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions from last year and will you make any for 2010?
Of course, I didn't.... and yes, I will !! = )

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, not anyone CLOSE to me. But I did go to one baby shower for a co-worker.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
None... in fact, I don't think I even visited another STATE!!(?) BUT I'm going to Mexico in two weeks!! LOL!!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A thin body, my associates degree, a new love, a new house, and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory...and why?
None that I can think of at the moment.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my son graduated from high school and into college... ok, it was really HIS achievement, but you don't understand how much of that effort was MINE!!!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I'm not a failure! LOL!!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mom, we had a rough time over the summer, but she's much better (Yes, I AM talking about her behavior! LOL!!) And I HAVE told her that I'm proud of her!!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The American people when they voted the wrong person into office! (I have a right to MY OPINION!)

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably food out!! I meet my friends for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast ALOT!!!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Ummm... I have NO idea!!!

17. Compared to last year, are you...
...happier/sadder? happier
...thinner/fatter? what a depressing question!!! LOL!!
...richer/poorer? Poorer, no more child support, gotta pay for college for the boy, and inflation is killing me.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise!! But I'm sure I won't do much more this year, either!! LOL!!

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Spent it with friends!

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yeah, AGAIN..... but Derek Jeter won't return my messages!

22. How many one-night stands?
This question is unclear to me.... I have one night-stand!? ; )

23. What was your favorite TV program?
American Idol which starts soon, and I won't be able to watch it because I have class on Tuesdays, now!!! UGH!!! I know, I can record it, but I like to vote!! LOL!!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No NEW ones. = )

25. What was the best book you read?
I'm assuming you mean THIS year, not EVER. The best book I read this year was probably The Shack!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Can't think of anything right now. But I'll work on that.

27. What did you want AND get?

28. What did you want and NOT get?
A thin body, a new house, and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number.

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
I haven't been to the movies in months!!! Don't remember the last movie I saw, so I can't answer this question.

30. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?

31. What ONE thing would have made your year immensely more satisfying?
Hmmm!! It's a toss up between a thin body and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number .

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I'm SO totally my OWN fashionista, I do NOT follow any trendy styles!! If I like it, I wear it, regardless of the 'fashion' at the time!! If it's in fashion, but I don't like it, I WON'T wear it! I don't worry about stuff like that!! My concept is that there are WAY more important things in life to concern myself with!

33. What kept you sane?
NO DRAMA!!! I don't allow ANY unnecessary drama in my life!!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Derek Jeter (ALOT during the World Series, which, by the way, was WON by the NY Yankees for the 27th time!! = )

35. What political issues stirred you the most?
EVERYTHING Obama said or did!!! And NOT in a good way!!

36. Whom did you miss?
My son, he goes out with his friends ALOT and I miss him being home.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My friend, Becky. She's funny, and just a really good person.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson that you learned in 2009.
Do what I have to, to become the person I want to be.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: (My LIFE):

"I've been locked up way too long in this crazy world, how far is Heaven?
I just keep on praying, Lord, and just keep on living."

Now, it's YOUR turn!!!