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2022 Year End Reflection

Good morning and happy New Year’s Eve!!!!!

I cannot believe that today is the LAST day of 2022. This year passed by so fast.

For me, 2022 was a year of some really unforgettable moments and also some really challenging moments.

If I can take anything from this year as my ultimate favorite moment or the most important goal I achieved. I would have to say I’m so proud of myself for learning to drive the freeway. I did it alone and was super nervous, but I blasted Taylor Swift and just merged. I still need to learn to navigate the highway, but I’m proud I did it.

Usually, I would have an entire post about the goals I completed through the years and the ones I didn’t. I decided against it. This year I didn’t meet many of the goals I made for myself. And that’s okay because we take things one day at a time, and as long as we grow, we don’t need to check off every box.

But somewhere along the way, I stopped doing the things I was already doing. I stopped journaling, practicing mindfulness, and doing something nice for myself every day. These are things that, even when I’m down, I need to do. I cannot improve if I stop doing things that improve me.

But when you are down, you don’t want to do anything, and I had many of those moments. I had a lot of moments this year that made me feel like no matter what I did, it wasn’t enough. I know that’s a lie, and I have too many people to prove I am enough. So I’m trying not to let the year’s lowest points affect the year.

We had a lot of good this year. I reconnected with family on my dad’s side, my sister had a baby, I went to Disneyland, and I went to the very first LA Harbor Hop, which is now going to be a new tradition for me. I read so many books. I saw Elton John preform live! I’m so grateful for all of that.

I had a lot of favorites this year. How many people had a favorite fictional boyband? Maybe a lot. I just googled, and there are tons of fictional boy bands. But how many of them compare to 4*TOWN? None of them.

Tell me a boyband with a bigger bop than “Nobody Like U,” I’ll wait. And I’ll continue waiting because you can’t. That song is a masterpiece.

Another masterpiece released this year is the movie, Belle. A musical Beauty and the Beast retelling set in a virtual world. It’s so different from all the other telling of Beauty and the Beast and its different from other anime movies I watched. Its so unique.

I watched it in English and Japanese, and both versions sound great. The voice actresses sound so similar. I was so salty over the fact that the movie was released in 2021 for everyone else, but we (America) didn’t get it to this year. Maybe that’s why it was only my second favorite movie of the year.

Because number one was Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.

As a kid, I watched the youtube videos, so I was over the moon when the movie was announced. There are not enough words to describe this movie’s importance to me. It’s nostalgic and new all at once. I wish more things had the wholesomeness and innocence of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. To me, it is a perfect movie. Is it a slow movie? Yes, but that’s the point. To take life slow and enjoy the little things. And I cried so hard watching it.

I just really like crying in 2022 because my favorite book was The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller. The retelling of the Greek Hero Achilles. The funny thing is you think when you already know the story and how it ends, it won’t affect you, but then it does, and you’re in tears. Especially quotes like “When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.”

I plan to reread that one day to see if some parts will affect me as much. I think they will.

But before I can reread anything, I have new books, adventures, plans, and goals to share with you next year. I cannot wait to see what 2023 brings us.
Hoping you enter the new year full of love, happiness, and peace!

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Today Deserves an Apple-ause

Happy Turkey Day!!!!

Now that I’m starting to recover from my food coma, I can finally type.

The Theme was apple. It was entirely by accident that almost every meal had apples in it.

My friend’s turkey recipe, which is to die, a recipe her mom used to make, covers the turkey in seasoning, chopped apples, onions, and celery. And I learned how to baste a turkey for the first time in my 25 years on earth.

The stuffing a friend made also had apples in it. It sounded bizarre at first, but honestly, it was delicious.

We had a salad full of apples and Asian pears. It was amazing. I never had Asian pears before and now I only want to eat them.

My contributions to dinner were a caramel apple cheesecake and a drink I made up that was supposed to taste like fall in your mouth. I had to make a perfect fall drink, which was a little tricky. I didn’t want too much pumpkin or apple, just the right amount of pumapple- or at least that’s what my friend called it after drinking some.

I love playing bartender when Hector isn’t available to be the personal bartender.

I made the drink base since I knew there would be kiddos and people who don’t drink.

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 8 oz of orange juice
  • 6 oz of lime or Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice

For the nonalcoholic version, I used Cock and Bull ginger beer. Three ounces of ginger beer per glass. I recommend using a different drink, maybe pear juice, if you don’t like how spicy ginger beer is.

And for the alcoholic version, i was going for a margarita vibe. I used tequila- also three ounces per glass. Any tequila works; my personal choice of tequila is La Gritona. You can also replace the orange juice with an orange liqueur.

Since I’m extra, I like to garnish my drinks. I rimmed the glass with caramel and a cinnamon sugar mixture for both versions. Add ice and serve. This made about 8 cups.

Each cup is about 1/2 a cup of apple cider, so increase or decrease how much you would like to make based on that.

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Halloween being on a Monday isn’t fair to the kiddos. We got only a handful of trick-or-treaters.

I’m sure most people celebrate during the weekend. I know I did. We had my niece’s Halloween party on Saturday. I made cupcakes, and guys, I made fake edible blood for the first time, and it came out so dark, but the kids didn’t even notice; they just saw sugar.

We made the whole event look super spooky, and I thought the kids would be scared, but nothing scares kids nowadays.

The theme was the living dead. We had our beautiful crispy toxic waste victim Scully (named after x-files), flying ghosties and other little skeletons scattered around. The kids loved it.

If you guys haven’t seen my Instagram, I was Velma from Scooby Doo, and I thought I looked super cute. But six different kids asked me what I was dressed as. So now I feel old. While we’re on the topic, a Velma show is coming out soon. I heard there wouldn’t be a Scooby Doo in the show. So I don’t think I want to watch it. Like it’s called Scooby Doo. How do you make a show without the main character?

I just realized it’s midnight. Happy Day of the dead.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s day is one of my favorite holidays. When I was a kid, I thought the day celebrated me. This is my birth month, and my last name is Hart, so when I saw hearts everywhere, it was easy to understand why.

I got a little older and realized the world sadly doesn’t revolve around me.

I eventually started to think we celebrated because it’s a day to let everyone know how much you love them! That’s the sweet childlike view of the day that I still hold onto.

With Valentine’s Day being so close to my birthday, I have never been the kind of girl who expects anything. Sometimes I don’t even celebrate the holiday at all. This sucks because it’s my second favorite holiday- Halloween being the first, of course.

I think it’s nice to spend today with people you love. It’s the excuse to do something nice when you usually don’t have the time. It’s never too late to share love and do something sweet for yourself or others. I’d rather give my loved ones flowers or chocolates while they can enjoy them than wait until they can’t.

How you enjoy today is entirely up to you, and I hope you make the most of it.

You don’t have to go out and spend $100 on flowers and chocolates if you’re more of a taco and beer person. I’d rather spend $50 on sushi, stay home, watch a movie and then go on a late-night drive.

Making valentines day into some big production only became a thing after social media started. It became a game of trying to show up the next person. I remember when I posted staged pictures on Instagram. Those, of course, have since been deleted, being they took place with a different partner a different lifetime ago.

Do you guys have plans for tonight? Do you like Valentine’s Day?

And everyone reading this is my Valentine. Deal with it.

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25 and Can’t Drive

How am I supposed to be thirty, flirty, and thriving in five years when I’m 25 and can’t drive?

Growing up, I thought by the time I was 25, I would have done a lot more in my life.

I feel like, at times, I have this daunting to-do list over my head, and I haven’t checked off a single thing.

  • Graduate college? Nope
  • Have my own apt/home? Nope
  • Learn to balance my finances? Nope
  • Travel? Nope

I feel like I’m pretending to be an adult. My twenties are almost over, and what do I have to show for it?

By 25, my mom had two kids and met the person she would spend her life with. My grandfather had already fought in a war, married my grandmother, and adopted three children to raise. I know it was a different time, and everyone moves at their own pace. But it still hurts.

It feels like being an adult in the 2020s is impossible. I’ve heard the term extended adolescence, but I don’t think that’s what I’m facing.

I’m not pretending to be a teenager. I don’t expect my parents to take over and do everything for me. I have my responsibilities, and I take care of them. I have a work ethic and ambition.

But it’s almost like I’m 18 all over again. Young, poor, and stupid thrust into the world without knowing what to do. Except I’m not young!

It’s a different world now. It’s trying to get a job that matches my 401k and confirming how much my job’s insurance actually covers. It’s baby showers, engagements, and being asked to be a bridesmaid.

The closer I get to 25, it’s like my absolute priorities change. I went from never wanting any kids to planning to have one kid before I’m thirty, so that way, I’m still young enough to be a mom. My biological clock started ticking last year, and now it feels like a fire alarm is rattling in my mind, and now I’m scared.

And when I’m scared, the what-ifs and other concerns invade my brain. What if things don’t turn out the way I’ve been planning? What if I stay with him for three more years, and then we break up? There would be no way if we broke up that I would find someone at 28, get married and have a kid before 30! What if I can’t lose weight anymore because my metabolism is slowing down?

With 25 came new anxieties and worries. My acne never went away.

All of the early 2000s movies and tv shows I watched about women living their best lives in their late 20s early 30s seem like pipe dreams to me. I based so much of myself on those characters.

My life is closer to New Girl. Roommates, twee fashion (that’s what gen-z is calling hipster/soft grunge style), poor life decisions? Check!

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Happy thanksgiving

That feels so awkward to type because it feels like this month started a week ago. We have 37 days left of this year, and hopefully, they move at the same warp speed as November.

My ideal Thanksgiving is staying in bed having a marathon of The Twilight Zone while eating an entire family-sized turkey dinner pot pie from The Pie Bar. 

My actual day was unnecessarily complicated. I had to work. And working any job on a holiday is ridiculous. I know it is asking for too much but please don’t make Thanksgiving a cluster-pluck for people who are working.

After spending today alone and at work, I’m anticipating Christmas now. I don’t know why I am considering I’m most likely going to be working.

Usually I can’t wait to make or bring something for my family to not appreciate it. This year I’m sure whatever I make or bring will actually be appreciated since Ill be spending it with my boyfriend’s family. I’m slightly grateful I’m not making tamales this year. Maybe it’s because I know they are never as good as my mom’s. I would have loved to be with my mom today.

But on a serious note. I know these past two years (Almost two years?), the holidays have been different and awkward. So many traditions we had to break due to the pandemic last year and this year they didn’t feel right without my grandmother. I know many people who spent today alone because they couldn’t visit their families. And millions of others like my family, who couldn’t help but reminisce about the missing people from our table. As much as I would have loved for them to walk in the door and sit at our table, I know they are now in a better place.

I know the past 18 months have sucked; honestly, I can list many not-so-great things that happened in this week alone, but the year is almost over, and we should still be grateful for making it this long.

If I’ve learned anything in the past few years is to be thankful for the not-so-great things that happen. When you roll with the punches, you can look back and realize they bring you to where you are now and lead to better things.

I hope you had the best day and stayed safe.

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Happy Halloween

How is it already Halloween?

It feels as if this month flew by.

I didn’t get a costume because I assumed I would be working today. I’ll make do with a rainbow unicorn headband and rainbow makeup.

I’m going to my friend’s house for a Halloween party. It’s for my niece and her friends, and I’m just going as an extra chaperon.

The setup looks Fang-tastic.

We decided to make the game the floor is lava to a whole new level. All it takes is a couple of cans of expanding foam, orange, and black spray paint, string lights, and a random piece of cardboard or plywood you don’t care to get ruined. We got everything from Walmart.

Put down our cardboard, bunched up the string lights, and just started spraying the foam on top, waited for it to dry for about 20 minutes, and poured some paint on it.
we got inspiration from this video

We did this as a way to keep the kiddos away from the side of the house. You always have that one kid who wants to wanter, and the last thing we need is a kid to wander out the side gate on their own.

So on top of having three giant bags of candy we have to give to the kids, we have two dozen cupcakes, a bunch of Halloween cookies we found at Albertson, chips, and we’re ordering pizza. The party starts at 2. wish us luck.

If you’re out partying tonight, trick or treating, or just staying home, I have a delightfully spooky and safe Halloween!

Happy haunting and to all a good a fright!!!!

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Counting Down to Spooktober

I can’t believe tomorrow is October…

This means all the cobwebs and dust in my home just became Halloween decorations.

My type of spooky is a good horror movie or book. But I mostly love the cutest side of Halloween and October.

Me: I love Halloween!
Everyone: What’s your favorite scary movie?
Me: oh. No, I mean… I love Halloween, like… dancing pumpkins,~spooky~ ghosts, a little bit of singing, etc.
Me: Y’all like Mickey’s House of Villains?

I thought I would be ready to get spooky but just like always I’m not.

I’ve been too busy that I haven’t even had time to pull out my fall decorations. Which are diy harry potter candles and a tiny whomping willow.

I only started pulling out my pumpkin decorations today because I found a cute DIY at target, and I just wanted to create a vibe for my nieces when I have them over on Friday. I need to buy fake spider webs, and a cauldron for my witches brew punch.

I just realized how fast this year has passed and how it feels like I haven’t done that much other than work—the tragic tale of being an adult.

I have an October bucket list, and some of it tends to get pushed to the side as I prepare for Halloween. So if I can do any of this before Thanksgiving, I’ll consider this fall a success.

  • Watch spooky movies (at least one Vincent Price movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, Corpse Bride, Haunted Mansion, Halloweentown, Halloween, amityville horror
  • Visit a haunted house
  • Play flashlight tag
  • Go on a hayride
  • Make pumpkin cookies and pumpkin empanadas
  • Go to a pumpkin patch
  • Have a fall photo shoot
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Bake a pie
  • Make hot apple cider
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One Year Anniversary

Today is the day exactly a year ago “Some Punny Bunny” was born. 

It feels like yesterday when I think of the moment I hit the publish button on my GoDaddy blog. It was a moment full of excitement, anxiety, anticipation, all kind of mixed emotions together.

We have come a long way since the original bunny blog. Looking back, I would have started this blog sooner if I hadn’t feared being judged and criticized by others was holding me back for long. But if you know me, I’m like a dog that doesn’t let go when I set my mind to something. 

My need to voice my passion for writing and tell my story was way too much to ignore. Overlooking my fear and being able to come out of my comfort zone, it felt like something magical happened. Some Punny Bunny has brought that magic into my life.

What I’ve Learned

I can’t believe how much I have learned in this one year. When I started, I had zero ideas about running a blog. I had to do this all by myself, and this is a never-ending learning process.  

The hardest thing to learn was to be me, and be honest is something I apply to my blog and life in general. I think many people, myself included, get really caught up in keeping up with the trends, and sometimes we lose ourselves trying to get the views. I had to learn the balance of being myself and accepting that the views aren’t the important part; being true to myself. I still follow the trends, but I do it in my own way.

I also had to learn to not be afraid to embarrass myself. My embarrassing moments can either be lessons learned or funny stories. Either way, I’m going to share it. I want people to feel inspired and entertained by my stories, experiences, and by what I have to say. Also, I lose nothing by asking if people read my blog. I have a blog the least I can do is announce that fact.

My Challenges

The challenges I had this year are what any creative person has when they want to express themselves, and they don’t know-how. I lacked knowledge of how to write a blog and any knowledge about getting a website going. But the sites I used to build a website made that stupid easy, so I don’t call that a significant challenge, but it definitely discouraged me when I started. 

My biggest challenges now are being disciplined and trying to balance family and the blog. Sometimes, I become distracted by just trying to make it daily and lose my enthusiasm. Fear can be crippling some days. I feel like if I’m not writing, I’m wasting time because I fear I’m not coming up with fresh new content. 

My Success

I never thought my blog would be a success. Now I know your thinking like Eryn, what success? I know I don’t have many page views, session time, subscriptions, or the number of sponsored posts. And honestly, I’m okay with that. 

Having this blog for a year is a success for me. Not giving up on something when it was hard, not giving up when I switched web platforms and lost months of work. 

Never in my wildest dreams did I think id get to connect with similar-minded people. People who not only understood why I needed to share my experiences but encouraged me. Getting so much love and support from numerous people all over has been my motivation to keep posting.

I didn’t realize that blogging would lead me to a whole community of people like me trying to share their stories. It still surprises me that many still don’t understand the idea of blogging and compare it to writing in a diary in a demeaning way. Not saying writing in a journal or diary is terrible, but you typically don’t want anyone to read those.

My suggestions to those who want to start their own blog 

Take the leap of faith. You got two options you try, and eh, it isn’t what you thought it would be, or you don’t try and wonder about if you did. Start chasing your dreams.

Be true to yourself and be you. It is a competitive world out there, and we will see someone more successful and want to copy them. But I think just being yourself is how you grow in any field. Be authentic, and don’t compare yourself with others. Also, you’ll be happier just being yourself.

If you want to grow, expand your platforms. I thought just having my blog would be enough. Still, we have an overexposed world, so to be seen, you have to be comfortable on different social media. I recommend Instagram, Tik Tok, Pinterest, and Youtube. 

I also think it helps if you know how to use social media to your advantage. If you have a small business on top of a blog, Instagram, and Tik Tok, look into Facebook. If you make DIYs and fun projects, Pinterest and youtube. If you’re like me and selling yourself and your story, use Instagram and Youtube. 

Through Some Punny Bunny, I can write freely and share my thoughts and passions. The more I write, the more I realize how much I enjoy writing to share and connect. I get to connect with other women and deepen my journey as a writer. 

Thank you so much for reading, following, and commenting. Thank you for being there. I wouldn’t be here without you, and my journey as a writer wouldn’t have started. 

I’m so grateful that I can connect with people who resonate with me. I found a community in a time when the world seemed to be ending. 

Thank you for the hope you’ve given me. I hope to continue writing until I’m old and gray. 

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Happy mother’s Day

While appreciation for any parent should be every day of the year, I still love to extra appreciate my mom on this special day. While gifts like cards and flowers are lovely, I know they won’t be enough to express how grateful I am to have such a great Mom. That’s why I’m writing this open letter to you – to let the world know how proud I feel to be your daughter!

Dear mom,

Mom, you are so special for so many reasons. You’ve always been the Loralie to my Rory.

Growing up, you were so different from all of my friends’ moms. You were younger, tattooed, and bad-ass.

I’d like to thank you for being my style icon, my biggest supporter, and my best friend. I wish I was more like you. You are one of those incredible women who make things seem effortless. You had the energy of all your children put together, with a solution to every problem. Sometimes, I wonder how you kept track of everything and everyone in the family and still had time to spend time with us. With your wonderful country spirit and optimistic view, you dance to the beat of your own drum and don’t care who watches.

I’d like to thank you for your teachings. You taught me the art of living life to its fullest: to be strong and sweet, smart and kind, confident, respectful, dedicated, and happy. One of the things I admire most about you is the spirit of life you instilled in me. You pushed me to be the best version of myself. You taught me to be brave, to have the confidence to achieve my dreams and to know how to get back up when I fall.

I’m glad of your guidance too. I’m grateful for your honesty. It stings at times, but you teach me the hard lessons; life isn’t fair, and it isn’t easy. You have always been strong and independent, and I’ve seen that because you are a hard worker and never back down from anything. You taught me to be the survivor and hard worker I am today. I know when life gets complicated, I became irrational. And you’re there to stop me and put a reality check. Thank you for making me feel beautiful and for reminding me that the world isn’t ending even when I think it is.

I wish I lived next door to my mom (again). I miss being able to pop in for dinner, hear all the family news from one source, and I miss all of your shenanigans. It is hard living in a different state. I love that your eyes light up on facetime when we chat. Still, it would better if we would be together in the one room, in person, with a slice of pie or cake or something delicious you would have on hand. I miss the rambling conversations, the seasonal wardrobe upgrades, the home-baked cookies.

I love you, and no matter how far apart we, are you will always remain my mom. I have the matching tattoo to prove it.