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Maniacal Mom with a heart

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In this endeavor of attempting an online journal, I have chosen Bunny Burrow for my title. So, welcome to my den. Before you begin, let me say that I have read some pretty awesome blogs and I probably pale in comparison. So keep in mind I don't think I'm a great writer, nor do I pretend to be. I am what I am and I have fun just the same. You might find I'm entertaining, funny, quirky, or sappy. If not, there's always War and Peace.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago (okay, maybe not THAT long)...there was a girl who was spending time with her family. It was a special day and everyone was taking pictures. Fun, fun! The girl was with her beau at the time and everyone kept calling her Bunny. Well, turns out that in most if not all the pictures there were bunny ears being put behind her head. Real mature gathering there, huh?

Well that was me, Chana. It is pronounced Shawna....I know, I know ...my Mom didn't know her phonetics when she was spelling out my name but what can I say? She wouldn't listen to me at the time! So, all my LIFE I am being pronounced all sorts of weird names. Some people even add letters. Note: There is no D or R or combination thereof in my name, and you don't get points for creativity. Thank you! I just had to get that off of my chest! I was just informed by an older sister recently that my name in Hebrew translates to mean 'Grace'. Wow, life could have been aLOT easier for me! But, I guess I am just about as unique as my name so it's probably fitting.

The bad part after showing someone my drivers license and they go through a tra-la-la over my name, like they are the first to think it unusual -- is the comment on my birthdate. I have the distinct misprivilege (is that even a word?) to be born on 9/11. People shake their heads at me with that tsk, tsk attitude! Umm, what did I do to ask for that? Still, I always feel guilty. The entire country mourns on my birthday, me along with them for all the lives that were lost. My Father is a retired firefighter and one of my greatest heroes for his part in saving lives and being a great protector.

I bet you thought you were about to find out who old I am? NO WAY. My parents taught me that you are to never ask a lady how much money she has, how much she weighs, or how old she is. And, guess what? I am a lady!

I have been collecting bunny things for ages and at one time I even bred Holland lop bunnies.

I believe that in this life Blondes DO have more fun. Yes, that's my blonde roots showing. I have 2 absolutely brilliant and beautiful children both boys. And, YES, I am being very objective. If you don't believe me, just ask me. Note: See my very first post.

If asked to label myself as a dog-person or a cat-person, I refuse. I have both and I love them both dearly just the same.

I believe in the old cliche "blood is thicker than water" and that you should ALWAYS put your family's best interest first in life. Yes, as you can probably already tell my actions come from the heart and not always out of logic.


I guess if asked, who I would invite to my fantasy dinner party (excluding religious icons) I would have to say Princess Dianna, Marilyn Monroe, and my 2 Grandfathers (one of which I never met). I believe that some, if not all of these people, were misunderstood and I would love to just sit and listen to them. Wouldn't you?

Hopefully, more info to follow later....

-Chana
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Interests

The first obvious thing -- playing on the computer; also on-line spades, Ebay, reading, gardening, manicures/pedicures (after a long day of gardening of course), snow-skiing, baking, stock market investing, cosmetic product collecting (I am a product junky), swimming, spending time with my family, health & fitness, traveling, shopping, learning Spanish, blackjack/gambling, trying to enjoy today and not obsess about tomorrow, movies, Italian food, biking, Multiple Sclerosis research, volunteering at school, being a member of the PTA board, being the treasurer for the Home Owners Association, and last but certainly not least being a MOM.

Rules to live by:

• TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES • TAKE A NAP ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON • DRINK 8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY • NEVER DEPRIVE SOMEONE OF hope - IT MAY BE ALL THEY HAVE • BE thankful FOR EVERY MEAL • DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY “I’M SORRY” • DON’T TAKE GOOD HEALTH FOR GRANTED • DON’T INTERRUPT • DON’T TAILGATE • IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE BY IMPROVING YOUR ATTITUDE • Wave AT CHILDREN ON THE SCHOOL BUS • Listen TO YOUR CHILDREN • LEAVE EVERYTHING A LITTLE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT • LEAVE THE TOILET IN THE DOWN POSITION • KEEP IT SIMPLE • KEEP GOOD COMPANY • KEEP YOUR PROMISE • BE KINDER THAN NECESSARY • TAKE GOOD care OF THOSE YOU love • MAKE IT A HABIT TO DO NICE THINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER FIND OUT • JUDGE YOUR SUCCESS BY THE DEGREE THAT YOU’RE ENJOYING PEACE, HEALTH, AND LOVE • BE A GOOD LOSER • BE A GOOD WINNER • BE ROMANTIC • LIVE SO THAT WHEN YOUR CHILDREN THINK OF fairness, CARING AND integrity, THEY THINK OF YOU • ENJOY REAL MAPLE SYRUP • NEVER REFUSE HOMEMADE BROWNIES • REMEMBER OTHER PEOPLE’S BIRTHDAYS • SING IN THE SHOWER • DON’T NAG • DON’T GOSSIP • DON’T EXPECT MONEY TO BRING YOU happiness • BE FORGIVING OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS • NEVER give UP ON ANYONE. MIRACLES HAPPEN EVERY DAY • SAY THANK YOU A LOT • SAY PLEASE A LOT • TAKE YOUR DOG TO OBEDIENCE SCHOOL. YOU’LL BOTH LEARN A LOT • SLOW DANCE • DON’T RAIN ON OTHER PEOPLE’S PARADE • DON’T POSTPONE JOY • STOP BLAMING OTHERS. TAKE responsibility FOR EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE • TAKE CARE OF YOUR reputation. IT’S YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET • COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS • WHISTLE • MARRY ONLY FOR LOVE • CALL YOUR MOTHER • DO MORE THAN IS EXPECTED • BE THERE WHEN PEOPLE NEED YOU • BE SOMEONE’S HERO • SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY. •

Quotes to live by:

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." -- Helen Keller

"If you can dream it you can do it." -- Walt Disney

“I'll what what she's having" -- When Harry met Sally

"Risk IS our business." -- Captain James T. Kirk

"Take control of your destiny. Believe in yourself. Ignore those who try to discourage you. Avoid negative sources, people, places, thoughts and habits. Don't ever give up and don't ever give in." -- Unknown

"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." -- Forrest Gump

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance." -- George Bernard Shaw

"The right pair of shoes can change your life." -- Cinderella

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss

Pretty versatile, huh?