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Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he has “confidence” his side can overturn Rennes’ 3-1 lead at Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. Alex Iwobi’s early cross-shot had put Arsenal in front but they lost control of the game after Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ dismissal for a second booking. Benjamin Bourigeaud immediately drew the hosts level with a stunning strike into the top right corner, with Nacho Monreal’s own goal and Ismaila Sarr’s late header compounding a miserable evening for Arsenal. Arsenal go into the second leg having overturned a 1-0 deficit in the last-32 stage. On that occasion, they progressed with a 3-0 home victory over Belarus side Bate Borisov.

Arsenal arrived at Roazhon Park having never lost an away game against French opposition. For large parts of the first half, that record looked like remaining intact as they gathered an early lead courtesy of Iwobi and controlled possession. But while Lucas Torreira’s effort was superbly saved by Rennes goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also tested the Czech keeper they proved architects of their own downfall in an 86-second spell. Having already been booked for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa, Greece defender Papastathopoulos pulled Sarr’s shirt to earn his second yellow card, shifting the momentum of the game in the hosts’ favour.

With attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan operating as a makeshift right-back, Arsenal faced one-way traffic in the second period. Petr Cech, who replaced Bernd Leno in goal, produced a string of superb saves, denying Adrien Hunou, Sarr and Ben Arfa with the score at 1-1. But he was helpless to prevent Rennes’ second of the night as the Arsenal defence clocked off and Mehdi Zeffane’s cross flicked off Monreal into the top corner. And after carelessly losing possession late on, James Lea Siliki escaped to deliver the perfect ball for an unmarked Sarr to head past Cech at the far post.

CW’s Arrow Is Ending Next Year

It’s the end of an era as Arrow was just announced that they will be ending their run with an 8th & final shorter season that will air late in the year. The final season of the Stephen Amell starrer will consist of only 10 episodes. Arrow, the first of the network’s current roster of DC Comics dramas, will end with its previously announced eighth season. The final season of the Stephen Amell-led drama from executive producer Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV will consist of a reduced order of 10 episodes and air in the fall. The final season will air during the 2019-2020 broadcast calendar.

The decision to wrap the series arrives as CW president Mark Pedowitz was open about needing to make way for a possible second phase of DC Comics-inspired series on the network. The success of the comic book drama led to offshoots including The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. (Black Lightning, while still a DC Comics drama, exists outside the so-called Arrow-verse.)

The decision came in part from none other than Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell. As he revealed in a Facebook video, he approached series showrunner Greg Berlanti towards the end of the sixth season and felt it best to move on due to his contract soon ending. Though he’d hoped the show could live without him and even tried to advocate for it, the showrunners and the network came to the mutual decision to end the show. As a result, the final season will get a limited run, with only 10 episodes instead of the normal 22.

Berlanti, who executive produces all the DC series, is teaming with showrunner Caroline Dries for a Ruby Rose-led Batwoman. The pilot is currently in production, and the project is fully expected to be picked up to series. The final season of Arrow can only increase Batwoman‘s chances to make it to air. Batwoman is considered the first comic book show to feature an openly gay leading character.

Hotel Room Tour

Here is my quick little tour of my hotel room which is where I will be staying for the next 3 days. Due to a few reasons I decided to pamper myself and book a room in a nice hotel for a few days. Get away from work & home. I checked in by 12:30 pm on Thursday and will check out on Sunday by 11 am.

What’s To Blame For Your Netflix Neglect?

In case you haven’t noticed, Netflix is a pretty big deal nowadays. It’s more likely for a household to stream their shows than to watch live television. This streaming platform now enjoys upwards of 150 million subscribers. And, that’s a number which only looks set to rise in coming years. For most of us, a subscription isn’t even a question. Netflix has become second nature and a monthly charge which we don’t even consider.

But, when you think how a Netflix subscription adds up, it’s worth stepping back sometimes. If we’re honest with ourselves, many of us would admit to not using this platform enough to justify the cost. If that’s the case, the good news is that it’s easy enough to turn Netflix off at short notice and pick up your subscription again later.

Of course, that does mean leaving yourself a little out of the loop. The latest Netflix shows do, after all, cause quite the stir and become everyday conversation starters.If you’re worried that you’re wasting money but don’t want to quit altogether, then, you aren’t alone. In truth, many of us neglect our Netflix subscriptions. To help you overcome this problem, we’re going to look at a few of the reasons why you’re falling foul, and what you can do about them.

You’re spending more than you’re watching

Spending more than you’re watching is, by far, the most common Netflix problem. When you first sign up to stream, you may find that there are endless shows you want to get to. But, you’re now at the stage where you probably only stream one or two things a month. If this is the case, it can soon start to feel like you’re paying more than your subscription is worth. This is especially the case when platforms like Amazon offer one-off watching experiences. To get around this, it’s worth working out how much you would need to watch to justify the monthly cost. You don’t need to be exact with this. Still, comparing the value of films or series you watch to prices elsewhere could help you out. The chances are that, even if you think you’re paying over the odds, you’re still saving money with Netflix. That’s because even a box set elsewhere would probably cost more than that subscription fee. When you break things down, you may find that even watching one or two things is worth your while. If you’ve gone a few months without watching anything, you might just need to work to get into the habit. At the very worst, you could pause your subscription until something interesting comes around.

Your internet isn’t up to streaming

There’s nothing more irritating than a buffer symbol on the screen every few seconds. The chances are that this alone stops you from using Netflix as much as you might like. You can’t exactly get into those shows when the action stops every few seconds, can you? The good news is that the buffering circle of doom is usually a sign that your internet isn’t up to streaming. That’s an easy enough issue to fix. All you would need to do is turn to alternatives from companies like Optimum, who offer higher speeds than other internet providers, and get the Netflix seal of approval. This could mean forking out a little extra upfront, but that cost still saves you wasting the money you’re already spending. The moment you take care of this, after all, you can start watching any show you fancy without any buffering in sight. This doesn’t just benefit your Netflix binges, either. Faster internet can help every aspect of your online life, so what are you waiting for?

Your recommendations never appeal

Most of us choose our next shows based off the recommendations Netflix offers. These are supposedly tailored to our tastes to ensure we can always find something else to watch. The trouble is, many people find that their recommendations never appeal. In that case, you’re more liable to switch Netflix off and not look at it again for months. In reality, though, you have more control over your recommendations than you might realize. By rating shows and tailoring your preferences, you pretty much guarantee that Netflix always selects winners. Fail to do these simple things, and you’re never going to get the most for your money. You certainly won’t be able to find shows you love without searching through the back catalog. But, the moment you tell Netflix what you do and don’t like, you could start to find winning watches without any work on your part.

You spend too long listening to Netflix hype

As we mentioned at the start of this post, Netflix shows are now a pretty common conversation go-to. Some options, like Stranger Things, get all the hype. We hear such good things about shows like these that we all head home and start watching. But, as you can guess, these options aren’t going to be to everyone’s tastes. If you only ever take the time to try those hyped shows, then, it’s no wonder that you’re struggling to make the most of Netflix. Admittedly, the hype will sometimes hit the spot for you. More often than not, though, you should block it out and trust your gut. If a show doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, it probably won’t be. Instead of wasting time and money watching, turn to those tailored recommendations from the pointer above.

Netflix and other streaming platforms like it can be a fantastic way to tailor your watching experience. They can also become a wasteful drain on your resources if you aren’t careful. For the most part, taking steps like those above is the best way to get the most for your money. If you’re still finding that Netflix doesn’t suit, though, it might be time to call it quits and try one of the many other options out there. They do say, after all, that variety is the spice of life.

Waffles Combo

Best waffle recipes and toppings – go!

Chocolate chips and whipped cream. Oh, I can aurora loan just feel the sin! How about Nutella, Banana and Peanut Butter? Hmmm hmm!

I’ve always seen fried chicken and waffles combos. They look amazing. Seriously it’s kinda difficult to find someone who hates the combo and every version looks delish. Korean spicy chicken and waffles also looks amazing with the Korea spices and flavours mixing in with a fresh, hot waffles.

Waffles are perfect for breakfast but waffle tacos? This is a rare gem, friends. These bad boys are stuffed with cheesy scrambled eggs and topped with sausage, guacamole, salsa, grated cheese, cilantro, jalapeño pesto and pickled red onions.

Buffalo Hummus Chicken Waffle Bites – with all the deliciousness of buffalo chicken wings combined with spongy waffles and melted cheddar, these apps are superb for game day. And err…hummus is kinda healthy right?

Pepperoni Pizza Waffles – there should be a pizza version of everything and there should always be room for pepperoni — waffles included. When something is stuffed with stretchy mozzarella, salty parmesan and pepperoni, all is right in the world. A basic dough recipe spiced with basil and garlic replaces the usual waffle batter here.

RIP Luke Perry

Actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. His publicist said Perry died surrounded by his family and friends. Perry rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and had been starring as Fred Andrews on the CW show Riverdale. He was taken to hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he had been shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.

Perry’s children, Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, and his siblings, Tom Perry and Amy Coder, were with him when he passed, publicist Arnold Robinson said in a statement. The family has not provided additional details at this time.

Riverdale has stopped production following news of Perry’s death, US media reported. In a statement, Riverdale’s executive producers, WBTV and the CW network, said Perry was “a beloved member of the Riverdale, Warner Bros and CW family”. Perry, a native of Ohio, was famous for starring in Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990 to 2000. A reboot of the series was also announced on Wednesday, though it was not clear whether Perry planned to make any guest appearances. Perry also starred in television show Oz, as well as films including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 8 Seconds and The Fifth Element. His most recent role was on the hit television teen drama series Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, where he played the titular character’s father and had guest letter of credit loan roles on notable shows such as Criminal MindsLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitThe Simpsons, and Will & Grace.

Some Religious Related One-Lines

They say that when you die you become closer to God.

Because you no longer fucking exist, right?

Why is it that when you talk to God, it’s called praying?

Whenever God talks to me, they call it schizophrenia.

Why did God make man before He made woman?

Because He didn’t want any advice on how to do it.

The first commandment states: “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

But two of the seven deadly sins are vanity and envy. Fucking Hypocrite!

According to the Bible, God killed 2,391,421 people and Satan only killed 10.

Anyone else think we might be following the wrong guy?

Why doesn’t God ever answer your emails?

He’s more into knee-mail.

Elizabeth Harvest

Elizabeth Harvest is a 2018 science-fiction thriller film that was written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. It stars Abby Lee, Matthew Beard, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino & Ciarán Hinds. The movie tackles the topic of clones.

Elizabeth is brought to her new home, a modern palatial style mansion, by her older husband Henry on their wedding day. There are two other people, Claire & blind Oliver, a younger man more the age of Elizabeth. She gets to live an idyllic life in the house and Henry says she can go anywhere except for one locked room. Ofcourse Elizabeth explores the forbidden room, where she discovers clones of herself. Henry realizes that she has entered the room and murders her. One of the clones is awoken and goes through the same experiences, differing in that she is successful in defending herself against Henry and he is killed instead.

When Claire & Oliver return they find Henry dead and this causes the former to suffer a heart attack and she is taken to a hospital. Oliver blackmails Elizabeth and tells her that he can protect her from the police. liver even goes as far as murdering a police officer and friend of Henry’s that comes to investigate a call for help Elizabeth had made the night before, which the two claim was instead made by Claire. Oliver locks Elizabeth (who we can term Elizabeth 5) in a room where she reads in Claire’s diary about the clones – Henry & his associate Claire are scientists who created the clones of Elizabeth, Henry’s wife who died. The initial attempts at cloning are unsuccessful, as the first clone is unable to remember anything and dies by what Henry claims is an accidental suffocation during her sleep.

Eventually the cloning is met with limited success as the Elizabeth clones are able to retain some of the original Elizabeth’s memories during the cloning process but are still childlike and innocent. Including the ones who have been killed, Henry and Claire have officially awoken five clones, the fifth being the current Elizabeth. It is also revealed that Oliver is actually a younger clone of Henry, who blinded Oliver out of jealousy because of the way Oliver looked at some of the other Elizabeth clones. Oliver is then seduced by Elizabeth 5 in a successful attempt to get him to lower his guard, only for a new Elizabeth clone to appear holding a shot gun. Confused and unaware of what had been going on, the new clone shoots and kills Oliver by accident. Elizabeth 5 manages to make it outside, where she is shot and killed by the new clone, only just managing to whisper something to the clone before her death.

In a flashback we see Henry & Claire discussing the clones, who Henry wants to use to relive his wedding night and then murder them as he only sees them as real when they die. He tells her that her contract has been re-negotiated, which would eventually place the house and his belongings in her name so that she can continue her research. The new Elizabeth clone is then shown reading the journal, implying that Elizabeth 5’s last words were for her to read the book. The film ends with Claire returning to the house, where the clone gives her the journal, telling her to do something better with the research before leaving the house and setting out on her own.

My whole reaction to this film was meh! I was sleepy and tired and the film did little to excite me. I swear my eye lids closed for several minutes at a time but it didn’t make much of a difference to understanding the storyline. I give it a 6.5 outta 10!

Back At Home

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that old saying rings true. My little holiday of 3 days in a nice hotel with absolutely nothing to do and enjoying it came to and end. I woke up by 5 am for some reason and went back to sleep till almost 7 am. I got outta bed and brushed my teeth and washed my face. I then went down by 7:50 am for my final breakfast at the hotel buffet. Today’s breakfast was really good.

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I had small pieces of pineapple & banana, my usual two slices of toast with butter & jam, 2 mini vadas and 1 mini muffin and an omelette (which was better than the other two mornings) with onions, tomatoes and chilies and washed it down with a cold strawberry flavoured milk. I then went back to my room and relaxed for a bit before I had to visit the loo and then take a shower. By 9 am I was ready and called down to the reception for them to get my bill ready. I checked out by 9:30 am, payed the bill (which was mostly the food, coffee, bottles of water and beverages I had) and booked an Uber to come back home.

At home it’s as usual a Sunday as it can be. I listened to music videos for a long time, had lunch, watched the two episodes from the weekend that I had missed – one from The Orville & Star Trek Discovery each – and then watched a movie. I then took a nap for an hour as I was feeling sleepy and the afternoon was hot & humid. This evening is more relaxing until later in the night when I plan to watch another movie. Tomorrow it’s back to work.

Tottenham Hotspurs 1 Arsenal 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw a last-minute penalty saved by Hugo Lloris to cost Arsenal victory and ensure Tottenham retained a crucial advantage over their arch-rivals in the battle for a top-four place after a dramatic north London derby at Wembley. Harry Kane’s contested penalty put Spurs level with 16 minutes left after Aaron Ramsey’s coolly taken 16th-minute goal threatened to inflict a third successive league defeat on boss Mauricio Pochettino for the first time in his reign. Arsenal were then handed a golden opportunity to close to within one point of Spurs after Davinson Sanchez fouled Aubameyang, but the striker’s tame penalty was easily saved low to his right by the diving Lloris. And to add to the late chaos, Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira was sent off for a reckless challenge on Danny Rose in the closing seconds.

After Ramsey’s strike, keeper Bernd Leno kept Arsenal on level terms with a miraculous double save from Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko but the Gunners paid a heavy price for a glaring second-half miss from striker Alexandre Lacazette before Aubamayeng’s wayward spot-kick. Lacazette failed to hit the target from eight yards and Spurs took advantage, Kane scoring from the spot to equalise after referee Anthony Taylor adjudged he was fouled by Shkodran Mustafi. Arsenal were also angry as they believed offside should have been given in the build-up but Kane stayed calm amid the chaos to send Leno the wrong way from the spot for his loans no credit check direct lenders ninth goal in this fixture and keep Spurs four points ahead of Unai Emery’s side. The Gunners, however, have only themselves to blame after wasting that late chance to seal a league double over Spurs.

And in the end, Spurs will be grateful to Arsenal’s wastefulness for a draw that maintains their four-point gap over their local rivals in fourth, and six over Manchester United in fifth. Emery’s initial team selection, which saw Aubameyang, Torreira and Mesut Ozil on the bench, raised eyebrows but it almost resulted in a win that would have put them within one point of Spurs, only for Arsenal to suffer from self-inflicted wounds. Lacazette was a major culprit having been given the nod ahead of Aubameyang, wasting an early chance then repeating his mistake in the second half, skewing wide from close range after superb build-up play from Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal. It would have given Arsenal a two-goal cushion and only increased the tension mounting around Wembley at that time.This was a result that could have been much better – and Arsenal may yet look back on it as a very damaging one in their pursuit of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Day 3 : Hotel Abaam Stay

This is my third and final full day at the hotel and I am gonna miss this little holiday. Today I woke up after a long 7.5 hours of sleep and feeling like I could sleep for another 3 or 4 if I just shut my eyes. However, I got up and brushed my teeth. I went down to the buffet to have breakfast and had tiny french toast, toast with butter & jam, an omelette and a grape juice to wash that down. Back in my room I had a coffee before I took a shower and shaved.

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By 11:30 am my cousin Sujith dropped by as we planned to have a few drinks in the afternoon. We sat and talked for almost 90 minutes and then went down to the bar and had a couple of vodkas and a beer each. We munched on deep fried beef, French Fries, egg burgi and fish fingers as we sipped our drinks. The bar was a bit of a let down in that it was very basic and bland.

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After that we went back to my room to relax and chill. We talked some more and I suggested that he too remove his shoes and relax on the large bed. We chatted until both of us were falling asleep so Sujith left as he wanted to go home. I said goodbye and took a nap. By 6 pm I woke up and plugged the laptop back in to watch the draw between Tottenham and Arsenal. Very disappointing in the end as we could have sealed a win had the penalty not been saved. 

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Well there end my little sojourn away from work and home. I still have all of Sunday to rest and enjoy at home and I will be working on a 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift for the next week. I will be online for the rest of the evening and then go to bed. I don’t think I will want any dinner but I would love some more ice cream as dessert. Ordering room service has been fun. I also slept a lot during these three days, with my cousin implicating that it must be a combination of sleep deprivation and tiredness rather than just a nice, comfy bed that is making me sleep a lot more. I have been averaging 8 hours plus 1 or 2 hours of naps during my stay here. Maybe that is what I needed and I will try and do this more often. Cheers!

Day 2 : Hotel Abaam Stay

Well, I am still in the hotel and trying to enjoy my stay. The only drawback of my stay is the tv. In that they have cable but only the shitty channels. None of the ones that I want to watch. It’s a nice enough Samsung tv and 32 inches which is lovely. But they have all the stupid Hindi channels, some Tamil and some Malayalam and a bunch of dumb religious channels, the odd English channel like Discovery and stuff and a few sports channels. But when I checked yesterday and today, only one seems to have football and the others are all showing the same stupid cricket match live! And some of them are all part of the same network!!

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And so I haven’t been able to binge watch on movies like I wanted to. I could watch some movies on my laptop but I just checked and all the movies that I have lined up, I would prefer to watch them on my own 32 smart tv and that can wait until Sunday afternoon and I am back home. Last night I ordered two beers and watched some Youtube as I ate my dinner (sorry no pic of the dinner but I will have a video up later) and then watched a few episodes of Friends (season 8 ). Before I went to bed I had a banana split and then went to sleep by midnight.

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This morning I was awake up 7 am but couldn’t get outta bed until 8 am for some reason. I was a little hung over from the 3 beers I had yesterday (1 in the afternoon) I guess. I waited till 9 and got some coffee and then went down to their buffet for breakfast. I had two slices of toast with butter & jam, some potato stuff, an omelette (which was almost tasteless with hardly any salt or pepper) & cold milk. Then I went back to my room and got a little depressed. For some reason I couldn’t do anything and I left my laptop and went back to bed till noon. I forced myself to get back to watching Youtube and listening to some songs.

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Post lunch, which was the crumb fried chicken breasts you see in this post, with boiled veggies and French Fries, I took a long nap, interrupted by housekeeping asking if I wanted the room cleaned. I was pretty neat so I said, no thank you, but asked them if they had a comb in their complementary toiletries and one of them ran to get me one. I went back to napping and then woke up sweating as I had forgotten to increase the temperature of the ac. It was 4:45 pm by then and I walked into the bathroom and took a dump and then a long shower, which made me feel so great. I love that huge rain shower head. I had coffee and feel so much better now and by 7 pm I want to go to check out their bar.

Day 1 : Hotel Abaam Stay

So, as mentioned before, I am now on Day 1 of my 3 day and 3 night stay in a hotel. The hotel that I choose is a 4 star boutique hotel. It’s not very big but then that’s how I like it. Anyways, I needed a break; a break away from work and from home. So I have 5 days off including my weekend but I have booked myself a room in Abaam for 3 days and 3 nights. I could use the time to just relax and chill in a hotel and enjoy myself.

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The only thing I don’t like about the place is the actual bed. It’s not the kind that I like. It seems to dip in the wrong places and the edges are much harder. As I hadn’t slept all night I took a nap after a lunch of chicken biryani and a beer.

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Everything else seems to be good. Food is good. Beer is priced heavily which is something that I don’t like but that is the case for all mid to high end bars & hotels. So far I have only ordered in room service. Tomorrow I want to check out their bar and coffee shop and maybe on Saturday I will visit their main restaurant.

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Enjoy the pics as I enjoy my beer and my dinner, which is chicken noodles and garlic chicken.

Bed : Where I Lay My Head

I will be sleeping in a different bed for the next three days, including today. Since October 2006 I have always slept in the same bed with the exception of three occasions. I spent 1 week in Chennai in August of 2015 and I slept in the bed in the room given to me at the service apartment. Then in March of 2016 I was in Gurgaon for 12 days and I was put up in a hotel for that duration. I changed rooms in between so I guess that is 2 bed there.

That same April due to the only elevator being replaced in our building, my folks and I stayed in my sister & brother-in-law’s apartment for 5 weeks. I stayed in one of the bedrooms and slept in the bed in there for that duration. But other than that I haven’t slept in another bed than my own in about 12 & a half years! I like my bed; it  might not be the best or the softest but it’s what I sleep in and I find it comfortable. In Gurgaon, the second room that I was had a really nice soft bed with just the right amount of firmness to make it almost perfect.

I hope I get a really nice bed for the next three days. I will be spending almost all of to borrow money my time in the room so I will be on the bed a lot. I need it to be comfy.

Grouchy Be Gone

How do you cheer up a grouchy person?

It totally depends on the person. I have no set standards but a funny joke is usually the best option. Play some funny songs (music videos if you have them), funny fart noises always seem to work. Trust me, fart noises always do the trick.

Watch a funny movie always does the job. Off the top of my head I can think of 10 movies I would watch and make other people watch to chase away the grouchiness. Or sit and talk about the good times over a beer or two. Have some good food. Maybe some harder liquour as well.

Do all the things that the person likes to do and enjoy in the fun together. That always ensures smiles.

Prompt from 28 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR FEBRUARY at the SitsGirls