7 Reasons I Didn't Go to the Office Christmas Party

8 Reasons I Didn’t Go to the Office Christmas Party

Every holiday season, I face a hard choice. Attend my office Christmas booze-up party or…well…just about anything else. Here’s a true story: one year a guy I work with wrapped a raw chicken for secret Santa. That’s the kind of people I work with. And for the past four or so years, I’ve chosen the Read More

Easter Penance

Easter Penance

Happy Zombie Chesus Day! (Sorry if this offends you – I am a lapsed Catholic and have the utmost respect for whatever beliefs you may or may not have – but would point out that the dude rose from the dead according to the story…so…zombie). Anyhoo…the last few days have been…fun. As they tend to Read More

Guest Post - Why I Don’t Make New Years’ Resolutions

Guest Post – Why I Don’t Make New Years’ Resolutions

For my first post of 2016, I’ve managed to snag a guest post from one of my favorite new bloggers, an anonymous Canadian who blogs under the name Flight and Scarlet.  We’ve traded posts – you can find my New Years post over at Flight and Scarlet!   The Christmas music has made its exit, Read More

Welcome to the Year I Turn 40!

2015 – A Year in Review

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you’re probably aware of my girl crush on Tamara Bowman from Tamara Like Camera.  She does a questionnaire at the end of the year, a review of what she has become.  I’ve enjoyed this year of her blog especially – she’s made some great strides on Read More

Christmas Controversy:  Santa is Retiring!

Christmas Controversy: Santa is Retiring!

Have you read the news? Appears that Santa is getting to old and fat to continue with his holiday tradition of dropping down chimneys and leaving presents for little boys and girls. Children are just getting naughtier…and with advances in online shopping and shipping, Santa just can’t keep on the leading edge. The announcement is Read More

Are YOU an Axe Murderer?

Are YOU an Axe Murderer?

I’m one of those people that believes that the best gifts in life are never found under the Christmas tree.  Spending time with my family and friends is always much more important to me than the gifts I receive. However, every Christmas, I’m still stuck with the same choice – real or fake?  Check out Read More

Happy Thanksgiving - #NaBloPoMo

Happy Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, I thought maybe you guys could use a few jokes… If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy! What should you wear to Thanksgiving dinner? A Read More

Vegas Baby! - #NaBloPoMo

Vegas Baby!

I smooth my hands down my bedazzled corset, checking my lipstick and snapping my stockings in place. “They’ve started – let’s go!!” Stageside, the crew pin feathers atop my head.  Two boys in assless chaps lift me out to the stage. “Ride’em Cowboys!”   This is my twenty-sixth blog post for #NaBloPoMom, #NaBloPablano and the Read More

Happy Hallowe'en!

Happy Hallowe’en!

Live by Surprise is preparing for a Hallowe’en and then a month of posting for #NaBloPoMo! Enjoy my Hallowe’en Haiku! I’m no stranger to Hallowe’en. Last year I wrote a post about the complications of celebrating Hallowe’en after divorce. I had a Hallowe’en #AAF with Tamara Klein Bowman (whose family is even more into the Read More