Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using

Miscellaneous ~ demise ~ strangulate, ~hologram

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Oh wow these words!

I immediately thought about the demise of MANY people, but then decided karma might get me.

So anyway, we can find lots of miscellaneous ideas on Pinterest. Sometimes collecting it all just to have it lost on the web never to use any of it. That is how I stumbled upon our traditional New Year’s Eve activities. I knew it could get boring with just the three of us, so I decided to liven it up and make it fun. Low and behold I found hourly countdown activities I could do with my guy every hour. Last year it went swimmingly, he fell asleep before the 10 pm activity. The night went along without any issues.

This year, I had to make some changes with the activities, but it was all set. It pretty much went according to plan, but now he was an except and a 3rd grader, so naturally he knows everything, so he was on top of me the moment the next hour struck.





In retrospect, I will plan the sundae for earlier in the evening as he demanded staying up till 11pm. I was NOT expecting that to happen. I had to promise him the sundae for breakfast just for him to sleep. Lesson learned on my part.

Sadly Bonus was upset every time Anthony went near the balloons. She knew what would happen and would flip out both trying to warn us of the dangers and trying to protect her bother. We had to make sure every piece was picked up after he popped them, we didn’t want her to strangulate herself on rubber.

I truly enjoy NOT going out on New Year’s Eve. I love staying in my pajamas, noshing on all the appetizers, and not worrying about entertaining anyone else. The ONLY way I’d go out that night is if I could use the force like Luke, and have a hologram of myself at party. That would be fun to have pre-approved people at my party in hologram form too. Plus, they wouldn’t eat my yummy snacks!

As long as Anthony is happy and willing to continue this tradition, it will keep working for us. Though I’m sure his teen years will surely mean the demise of this tradition, unless I guilt him into staying.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts: