Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!

Yippee, nothing worst than blurry smileys News

Fan of smileys?🙂 We are. That’s why we just redesigned them to be cleaner, simpler, bigger, more expressive, and modern.


These new smileys are actually vector graphics, so they’ll stay crisp if you zoom in on your page. They’ll also stay sharp on high-resolution mobile displays.


To find out how to use an emoticon appearing in this post, just hover over it and you’ll see which characters produce it. We’re working on expanding our collection, so stay tuned for more smiley fun.


If you’re not a fan of smileys, that’s okay! You can always turn them off and on in your dasbhoard under Settings  Writing. We hope you’ll have fun with these. Smile!

Bonus: We also created a few secret emoticons for you to discover. Good luck finding them!😉

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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Love Stories


Think Happy, Be Happy


I don’t mind that people get it twisted…I’ve learned that negativity is a drug for many however, me…I fired my pusher years ago. “If it does not serve you, remove it from your life.” Happiness is not a cheap commodity, but it is attainable with the right perspective.

Me, let’s just say…I am an independent and authorized distributor of happiness.



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Find the good, be that good

Find the good, be that good


I used to wonder (silently of course)…why I received so many blessings in this life’s journey. Until, one day, I chanced to meet an elderly silver haired woman, who upon meeting me smiled, took my hand turned it over and said “whatever you did in your past life has given you an abundance of Karma, but you already know this” she patted my hand before allowing mine to slide from her gentle grasp and before I could scratch three words together she was gone. No explanation, no summary, just a smile, a declaration, and “poof.”

I can find good in most every situation and many people. I implore you to choose to find the good in your daily dealings, of course you may be required to look hard. The negative energy is laying in the wide open for everyone…I challenge you to be different (step away from the crowd), be better (rise above the fray), be the good (believe it only takes one voice, choose to let it be yours).


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Against all odds…

“When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.”  Friedrich Nietzsche


I prayed for the husband I have. I made a list, I was diligent as I transcribed my thoughts in to words and wrote them creating a list of what “I” desired in a partner. I prayed over my list, placed that list in my bible, and (patiently) waited. At that time, I was in my mid 20’s and many of my prior and current associations/close connections had been linked to and with married couples. I’d like to think that from those associations, I learned how to be a good and better wife, however without doubt I know that those close relationships taught me how to be a stronger me.


My #1 of that list was “someone who could always make me laugh.” In my youth I was a firm believer that with a good partner by your side you could see beyond a storm as long as you were willing to have one single ray of hope and always laugh together (he does that and so much more). Certainly, I encountered situations that should have left me jaded, but for whatever reason did not.
Over the years I have revisited my list, the list I penned so many years ago (still tucked away in my bible) and noted that as my husband and I have grown and matured in our marriage/partnership, we have succeeded what began as “my” list and begin to create and collaborate a list for what “we” desire not only in our marriage, but in one another as husband and wife, lover and friends…and certainly life partners.

We are two hearts united who have beat the odds, having found and nurtured love creating our own love story.


**This list I plan to share w/ my daughters with hopes that they will add to it and share it with their own daughters.



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Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k 2013 News

The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2013! Set your timers for September 29th!

At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness.

We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 120 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart. Two years later, and there are now 190 Automatticians who we hope will take part in the 5k in 2013.

This year we’ll be doing something a bit different – running together during our company meetup, but we want to invite you to join us,…

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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Love Stories


Perspective…a word with a view!


A smart girl should only marry a man; who allows her to paint outside the lines, who is willing to play beyond the scope of their bedroom, and who isn’t overly attached to the length of or how she styles her hair.

Certainly, I was fortunate to find a mate who always chooses find the good in me, who opts to laugh with me, but has never laughed at my expense. I appreciate that he supports my endeavors, especially the crazy over the top ones and 9 out 10 times he is right there beside me working to help me reach my intended level of success. In a word, he has been and continues to be my biggest cheerleader.


Of course, our marriage is a two way street of giving…at my urging he took college courses and surprised himself. He applied for a higher level position twice and was successful. We’ve both had moments when obstacles fell in our path blocking both our view, but never our perspective…we’d face one another, join hands fingers interlocked, smile knowingly and prepare to soar.


These photos are from Memorial Day 2013 we played like any two kids on the playground…w/o care or concern


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Nothing is as simple as one perceives 😊


Married Folks Humor….

So my hubby went to work man-d overtime today and I signed on for a home project (singular).

He just called saying “they tried to keep me, but I fought a good fight and won (escaped)!”

So how far did you get on your project today?

Well…what I will tell the court is, what I initially thought would be a simple & tedious project (sanding our 10×24 deck) turned in to a very very tedious & back breaking project. Ten minutes in I was thinking…this is one of those “hire out” projects. ROTFL

As usual, I saw the “A & C” of the project, however I never really framed the “B” in the project (that is always outside my realm of thought).

Did he gloat…nope he looked at the chair I painted and said, I see you wanted to put your “accomplished” stamp on something today!

Hindsight: one should marry a man who can makes you laugh, keeps you smiling, never views you as a workhorse and sees your happiness as paramount to all things first and foremost.


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