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I decided to check into my blog after the third Twitter message came through asking if I had finally eaten the Twinkie that took my life. No, no Twinkies have killed me! I’ve been spending some time with Hubster who is lounging at home for a few weeks. I’ve also been preparing myself for a visit home to Hawai’i to see my family.

I have two nieces (ages 1 and 4) thanks to my older brother. The 4-year-old, Eliza, is my mini me. She looks so much like me that when I first met her, my sister-in-law handed Eliza to me and said I must be the real mother. She also acts like me – in a scary way that I don’t think the world is ready for. The only thing Eliza inherited from someone else is her tall and thin genes- she sure as heck didn’t get that from me!

I would be jealous, but she’s so damn cute!

I’ve been preparing my rib cage to take the beating I know is coming. You see, my niece hugs people in excitement the same way I do – with extreme aggression. The hug starts off okay, with the recipient a little frightened by the intense look on our faces, but committed to receiving their hug. Then the arms band around the recipient slowly, with increasing pressure until the recipient realizes they are immobile and doomed. That’s when the hugger moves in for the kill. With a final squish and a happy shake, the recipient is released back to the wild- bruised and unsure what just happened to them.

It’s like hugging a boa constrictor.

You’ll be getting new blogs when I return after the New Year’s holiday and I’ve already assigned Eliza some things to do that I know will result in blogging gold. And I’m hoping the young one, Louise, can be recruited into the fun, though I haven’t seen her since she was a newborn just trying to learn how to draw oxygen into her lungs. I figure Louise has been ruled by Eliza for about a year and a half now, so she’s either an evil dictator plotting to overtake the home, or she’s a partner in crime who will sit in timeout with us.

Before I go I’d like to share my greatest accomplishment of 2016.

My name is Heather and I’ve been Taco Bell free for 52 days.

Check out my Facebook page @ShankYouHeather and @ShankYouDesigns

I also tweet like a bird on Twitter @HeatherKeet

You can also find me on Instagram @ShankYouHeather and @ShankYouDesigns

Lola and I opened a store so we can sell our funniest blog sayings on cool stuff. Check it out at Shank You Very Much


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