Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It was a very Merry Christmas


Christmas was awesome, fantastic or awesometastic as my cousin Mo would say.
It was busy, busy but so much fun. I felt so much love from my growing family.

The best part for me was Christmas Eve. I got to see Christmas through the eyes of a child and it made me feel so young. I’ve never experienced a Christmas with a little one around. I have been a swingin’ single (ok, I have been a self proclaimed hermit) for a long, long time. My nieces and nephew never lived close enough to me and this is the first time I have been in a serious relationship with a man who has a child. I wanted to make sure things were done right!

D still believes in Santa. My sis and I were told at a young age that Santa wasn’t real. I don’t remember ever putting out cookies but Santa did fill our stockings and gave us gifts but we always new that Santa = Daddy. They had the same handwriting for crying-out-loud! It didn’t make our Christmas any less fun. More on that in a bit…

I asked my Uncle to call and pretend he was Santa. I stuck a photo of Santa in my phone and set a special ring tone so that when he called it would say “Santa” was calling. It worked except she was too shy to talk to him! She asked me to tell him what she wanted. Oh well, thanks for being a good sport Uncle!

I showed D the Santa Tracker when we got home from Christmas Eve Dinner. She thought it was great. We left it on the computer so we could monitor his whereabouts. D wanted to rewrite her letter to Santa to add, “I will love what ever you bring me and even if I already have it, I will love it.” I think she was trying to score some last minute good girl points. We frosted some cookies, (more like cookied some frosting) set out the note and threw carrots on the roof for Rudolph.

We were sitting on the bed watching “Home Alone” when she noticed Santa was in South America. She pointed him out and told me she was ready for bed. I asked her if she had brushed her teeth and she said, “No”. Just then Santa had moved to Florida and she let out a little scream and jumped out of bed, ran to the bathroom and brushed fast and furiously. She ran out and said, “I brushed fast but I did a good job. Good night!” and ran back to bed. It was so darn cute!

A and I had plenty of time to stuff stockings but we kept our eye on Santa. Since Santa’s cookies had so much frosting, we decided to toss them in the outside trash. I did take a bite out of one to leave on the plate. A said, “Thanks for taking one for the team!”
I wrote D a note “from Santa” thanking her for the cookies and if she keeps remembering her ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ he’d be back next year. Santa “arrived” around 11:30pm.

Christmas morning she found the letter and was so excited. “Santa wrote me a letter!” She read it to us and then we opened gifts. Santa did get her something from her list and A and I got her some good stuff as well. We all had a blast.

Even though it wasn’t technically our first Christmas together, it was our first Christmas as a family and I enjoyed every minute of it.

There is more I want to say, mostly for nostalgia sake, but I will post that in the next few days.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Santa Claus is coming to town

Photo taken from here
And if you’d like to check his progress and see photos and video of where he’s been, click here!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Two down, lots to go!



#69. Give Christmas Cards to the neighbors & Mail person

Why is this on my list?: I had lived in my home over a year and aside from the across-the-street neighbor mowing my lawn once, I hadn’t met any of my neighbors. Since Adrian I started dating, he has introduced himself to almost everyone. They have lent us tools and helped us hunt down Piper when she ran away. I thought it would be nice to remember them during Christmas.

How did I do it?: At first I was just going to give out Christmas cards but I decided to make some treats (Chocolate-Strawberry Creams shown in photo above) as well. The cards were from Wal-Mart and I got the recipe (which I modified a bit) from Ms. Betty Crocker. I put them in little tins I got at the Dollar store. Here’s hoping I don’t send anyone into diabetic shock!

How did it feel?: I delivered the goodies on Friday during my lunch break. Some folks weren’t home, a couple were surprised and one person didn’t remember who I was. I left the USPS carrier goodies in the mail box (I forgot to put the flag up but he still got them). I’m glad I did it. I might just do it again next year.

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#70. Bake Christmas cookies for coworkers

Why is this on my list?: I love getting Christmas goodies so I thought I’d make some for my coworkers at our mother branch.

How did I do it?: Last night I baked these cookies and these and tried to make these but they turned out nasty and went straight into the trash. I put the cookies in little tins and plastic buckets from the Dollar store too.

How did it feel?: Tiring. I baked from 7 to 11 something and burned a bunch of the cookies. A said they all tasted good but I was frustrated because I am a perfectionist. They didn’t turn out how I envisioned them but I sent them off anyway.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

#95 Cook at least one homemade dinner for my Mom each year (1/3)

I can't believe I totally forgot about this one!

My mom's birthday was on the 7th. She was moving my Opa to town and would be back the 6th. I knew she would be exhausted so I decided to cook her dinner for her birthday.

It just so happened that Schwan's was having a benefit for my friend Mellissa. 10% of everything they sold on the 6th would go to her. I bought salmon (mom's fave) & garlic cheese rolls for the dinner. I was supposed to get blackberry cobbler and free ice cream but they said they sold out and didn't have any more at the warehouse.

We ended up having the salmon, rolls, steamed veggies, rice pilaf and blackberry cobbler (from a local grocer). Sis and A helped me cook and we had a great time and a yummy dinner. We even did the dishes after dessert!

I don't know why we didn't take photos. I am sorry.

~*~*~

My Opa moved into his assisted living apartment on Friday. He already made two new friends. Mom says one of the men is a real take-charge kind of guy so she is hoping he will take my Opa under his wing.

His apartment is so nice! It hasn't been occupied so the carpets are clean. The bathroom is huge, the living room is huge and his bedroom isn't bad either. I don't know why I had it in my head that it would be disgusting and smell like urine. It was the polar opposite of what I assumed. They have a fun room with a pool table, another with a flat screen TV, two formal dining areas and it's own beauty salon. We met a couple of the nurses and they were super sweet. I feel very safe and relieved to know he is in great hands.

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Christmas Events for my newly blended family;

Christmas Eve Afternoon - My Mom's to open gifts with D
Christmas Eve Night - A's Dad's family to open gifts with D
Christmas Early Morning - Our house to open gifts and stockings with D
Christmas Morning - D goes to see her Mom
Christmas Afternoon - Go back to A's Dad's family and open the grownup's gifts
Christmas Evening - Go back to my Mom's where Sis and Opa will join us to open grownup's gifts

Somewhere in the middle of all that we need to spend time with A's Mom & family.

It seems stressful but I feel so blessed to have a ton of people to be with during the Holiday's.

Friday, December 19, 2008

62. Put up a Christmas tree each year (1/3)


I have been feeling very sad over the past few days because I thought I put the word “real” in #62 but I didn’t YAY! I dodged that list bullet.

I wanted a real Christmas tree this year but it just didn’t work out. Piper has been a bad girl the past few months (stealing; presents, tape, wrapping paper, ornaments in boxes etc.) so we just don’t trust her around a real tree. Then there was the issue of going to get the tree and getting it home and the mess of the needles. You know how it goes.

I don’t mind my pre-lit faux tree. We didn’t have less fun decorating it because it wasn’t real and the end result is just as lovely. I just miss the smell of a real one. One whiff of a Fir tree sends me back to Christmases when I was young, both naughty and nice, and instantly puts me in a happy mood.

I went on a search to find a candle that smells like a Christmas tree. I tried our local Hallmark and all they had were mixes of tree smell with a sweet smell. I was not into it. I tried my luck at good ol’ Wal-Mart and found what I was looking for. Let’s see if I can get the tree and the candle to fool anyone… or at least fool me.

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Normally during the week before Christmas we have a little group of middle schoolers who come and sing and dance for us (at the day job). Last year their music instructor retired so we probably won’t be getting any entertainment. This makes me sad because they are so stinking cute. They make me cry like a proud Momma every time.

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The Salvation Army just came and took the Teddy Bear Tree today. I am going to miss it but I know the bears are going to make some little kids very happy

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My Christmas shopping is done but I still have a few things to wrap and a ton of baking.
Add cleaning the entire house to the mix and I am going to have a very busy weekend.

Here is the yummy gingerbread house D and I made.
I know it's yummy because I took a bite out of it last night!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dripping


We have been sick the past couple of days so nothing too blog worthy has happened. Unless you'd like to hear about how messy the house is because no one feels up to cleaning it!


Instead I give you a photo of A and Bess fixing the tub's faucet. Bess wanted her new daddy to hurry up because drinking from the faucet is her favorite thing ever. Since she is a spoiled princess, I let her drink from it often :)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

What do you think about this?

Tuesday was our one year anniversary.

A took me to dinner at Chili’s were we had good food and great conversation. After dinner we came back home to relax and just be together. When I walked into the house there was incense burning and a bouquet of flowers on the coffee table along with a movie and an assortment of my favorite candies and snacks. I was totally surprised! His dad had snuck over while we were at dinner and set it all up and thankfully Piper didn’t get into any of it.

While I was “oohing” and “ahhhing” over the flowers, he came up behind me and said, “What do you think about this?” and he held out a ring box.
“What is it?”
“What do you think about it?”
“Is this what I think it is?”
By now we are both crying.
It took him a few minutes to actually get the “Will you marry me?” out.
I asked him a few times if he was sure he wanted to marry me. When he assured me that he did, I said, “of course” I’d marry him!!!
We just hugged and cried and whispered sweet nothings to one another.

Wednesday night, while I was at work, A had a talk with D and she told him that she is happy. Her only concern was if we had a baby, where would it sleep?
During her bath she drew on the shower wall with the soap crayons “Dad’s getting Married” with a stick man on one knee in front of a stick girl.

Later that night when I tucked her into bed I asked her to tell me how she is feeling. She said she was happy and that if I have a baby girl, could we name it Deborah (pronounced de-bore-ahh)? I told her that it would be a while before I have a baby and we have plenty of time to pick names. Deborah??? LOL!!

The past few days have been a blur of phone calls, emails, texts and people coming to see my ring (It was his Great Grandmother’s).

I love this man so much. I almost feel like I don’t deserve him. He is the most caring, tender, sweet, funny, handsome man I have ever met. I am overjoyed and so blessed and I can’t wait to be a wife and a stepmom.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The death of a Bimbo



Many months ago, while reading the Daily Mail UK, I came across an article about a new game called Miss Bimbo. Since I am a gamer and I love train wrecks I had to check this game out. I stuck the link in my favorites and totally forgot about it.


When I was organizing my favorites I came across the link. A few days ago I actually signed up to see what it was all about.

The photo above is how my Bimbo started out. She's not too smart but she is happy. My first goals were to get a new hairdo, find an apartment and register for a training course to get a job. Then I had to find a boyfriend (sorry no photos of him) and buy a new outfit. You are supposed to feed your Bimbo every day but if you feed her too much and she gains weight, she looses happiness. There are cute little games you can play to gain IQ points. One of the games, Wordo, is a "guess the word" game which is very hard because the word you are trying figure out is rarely spelled correctly. I just used process of letter elimination... You can also challenge other Bimbos to see who is the better Bimbo.

The game is a bit boring and it takes a long time for the pages to load. I forgot about the game for a few days and when I tried to log in last night I saw this...




I guess if I want to see if getting a boob job is really an option I'll have to reset or pay $20. Me thinks not. R.I.P my sweet Bimbo. I leave you with a photo of what she looked like before her passing.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

He asked...


and I said, "Yes!" That's all I can say for now. I'll tell you more later, I still have phone calls to make!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Watching #29 float away

Last month we received an email at work asking for volunteers to help make the company float for our town's Christmas parade. I immediately replied that I would love to take part. I thought it would be the perfect thing to do for #29 (Participate in at least one community event each year) on my list. I was asked what days and times I would be available and that I would be contacted once a date was set. I was excited.

A few weeks ago we received another email asking the days and times we were available. I responded again.

Last Friday I was getting ready to leave work and I over heard someone say, "We better leave soon or we will never get out of here with the parade starting soon." WTF? The parade? I turned to my Boss (who also volunteered for the float building) and asked her if she helped build our float and she said she'd never heard back about it.

I didn't make it to the parade because I ended up having to work my night job and I still don't know if we even had a float...

So... I think I will try to do two community events next year since I will have more options.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

In my head

I am a thinker, a planner and a worrier.
I am always thinking, planning or worrying about something.
It causes me to have anxiety, nightmares and stomach pains.
I don’t get a good nights rest and I have bloody nubs for fingers.
All of this is very mentally and physically exhausting to me.

I will think, plan and/or worry about things that haven’t even happened and may not happen. “What if it does happen?” I think to myself, “I need to be prepared!” and I go over any possible outcome.

I do this with the simplest things. At breakfast I think about what we have for lunch and at lunch I worry about what to make for dinner. It is very hard for me to relax and just be in the moment and truly enjoy anything.

And Heaven forbid my plans get changed or things don’t turn out as planned. I nearly have a nervous breakdown even if things can easily be fixed. I feel like I am a huge wound up jack-in-the-box ready to pop at any time and that my life is slipping by because I can’t just stop and breathe.

If I step back and evaluate things, I really have nothing to stress over.
I am healthy (aside from being overweight), have a caring family, have an amazing boyfriend, I own my own home and have two jobs. I am very much on the fortunate side. So, why can’t I just let myself be happy?

How do I make it stop?

~*~

On a much happier note;
I can’t believe I forgot to tell you, R was proposed to during her birthday weekend!! I am thrilled for her. I guess we won’t be the crotchety old spinsters living together with 100 cats we always thought we would be! R, no matter what, you will always be the Quiser to my Clairee.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm the most famous reindeer, darnit!

Photo from Rankin/Bass

D was singing the other day. This is how it went;
"You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Darnit and Blitzen..." LOL!

Monday, December 1, 2008

#98. Do something extra special for A each month (2/33)


I meant to post this yesterday but A and I had the evening alone and that is WAY more important.

It was the 30th and I realized that I hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary for A this month.

He has been on the search for the perfect salsa for a few months now. Every time he finds a hopeful candidate, it falls short.

I decided to try and make some homemade salsa from a co-workers recipe. I had to change a few things (where do they keep vinegar in the supermarket anyway?) but I think it turned out okay. He likes his salsa hot but I think I made this batch too hot. He said he liked it but I don’t think it will take first place in any contest.

I used canned products per the recipe but I think I am going to try it with fresh veggies next time. ~*~

I think I need to go through my 101 things and be more specific. For example; I can’t wake up early and take Piper for walks the mornings I have D. I am not comfortable leaving her alone in the house. I’d like to remove the one I failed and add something else. I would also like to change “Read a Psalm or Proverb each day” to “Read a scripture each day”. The Psalms aren’t inspiring me at all.

Do you think these changes are fair or cheating?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black celebration

“Let’s have a black celebration tonight
To celebrate the fact
That we’ve seen the back
Of another black day” ~Depeche Mode

So I woke up at 4:45 this morning, got dressed and went to Wal-Mart. Being a Black Friday virgin, I thought it would be busy but Oh. My. Goodness! It was insane! The parking lot was full and I had to park in the parking lot used for the strip mall beside Wal-Mart. I was told to go stake out what I wanted the night before and I should have listened to that advice. I was having trouble finding what I wanted at first. I started out without a cart because I wasn’t too hopeful that I would find anything on my list. I was able to zig and zag fairly easily. I grabbed some small things and then I saw the big things I wanted (I won’t mention what they are incase the recipients of said gifts happen to read the blog) so I grabbed an empty cart. I was ready to check out so I stood in what appeared to be the line. After about 15 minutes of not moving the woman in front of me decided to try and get in a line in the middle of the store (we were in the 20 items or less line) so I followed her. It was a great choice. The only real excitement was that the woman in front of me and one to the side of me were having panic attacks. I got home and was back in bed by 6:10. It wasn’t a horrible experience but I don’t know that I will do it again next year…

All the Christmas decorations went up at work today. We have a 15 foot tree that is just FAB and a Teddy Bear Tree from The Salvation Army. Locals dress up bears and donate them to The Salvation Army who then gives the bears to kids in need. It makes me cry every time they put the tree up. If I get a sewing machine for Christmas, I want to dress a bear for next year.

Sorry for the poopy camera phone photo!


100 Things I am Thankful for
In no specific order:

1. No matter what crappy thing I do, God still loves me
2. I will get to see my Dad in Heaven some day
3. My family
4. My Sweetie
5. My Sweetie’s family
6. Growing up in California
7. MySpace (because that’s where I met A)
8. My two jobs (I hate working so much but I am still thankful to have my jobs) and
9. I am physically able to work two jobs AND
10. I am darn good at them
11. My house
12. That my car is paid for
13. My Blue eyes
14. My natural boobs
15. That I have my dad's nose
16. and my mom's eyes
17. That no matter how much my sister and I fight, we still love each other at the end of the day 18. My kitty and
19. My pooch
20. That I have sight
21. hearing
22. smell
23. touch and
24. taste
25. The calendar on my BB Pearl
26. Chocolate milk
27. The leaves in fall in the Ozarks
28. Springtime
29. Redbox
30. Even though Bess Kitty has cancer, she doesn’t act sick
31. Lukeran (Bess’ meds)
32. I have a se*y phone voice
33. I have rhythm
34. I never started smoking
35. or doing drugs
36. My Mom’s neighbors because they help her when I can’t
37. The internet
38. Bloggers!
39. Freedom of Religion
40. Freedom of speech
41. 80’s & 90’s gothic
42. new wave and
43. industrial music
44. Reality TV
45. Canadian TV
46. DVR
47. My sense of humor
48. A's laugh
49. That I am literate
50. Though I may be in “want” I am not in “need”
51. My Opa is moving to Arkansas
52. Having a day off all to myself
53. That R and I reconnected
54. My true friends
55. Brownies with vanilla ice cream
56. My roof repair only cost $45 (thought I was going to need a new roof!)
57. The ocean
58. The Sims
59. The Sims Online (Now defunct but that’s where I met J)
60. That “Pepe” was a made up person and didn’t really have the struggles she claimed to have with Cystic Fibrosis. Although I pray she gets help for her Munchausen’s or whatever her real deal is.
61. That my asthma has improved significantly since moving out here
62. Timbaland
63. Unlimited mobile to mobile texting
64. That no matter how far I bite these fingernails down, they always grow back
65. Wikipedia
66. Pumpkin pie
67. That I am almost done with Christmas shopping and it’s not even December yet
68. A good nights sleep
69. My health
70. Shawn received new lungs
71. Baby Abby is doing amazing since having her brain surgery
72. Baby Jackie is also doing amazing after her heart surgery
73. I am finally in real love
74. That I learn something new each day
75. A hot shower and
76. clean sheets
77. I am a quick learner
78. A good massage
79. That I can give a good massage
80. Old photos
81. Family recipes
82. Hugs
83. This Italian Chicken Club I am eating right now
84. The fact that no matter how long it's been since we talked, DC and I can always pick up where we left off
85. Wednesday nights with cousin C
86. The color blue
87. Rainy nights snuggled up next to my sweetie
88. Playing in the snow with my pooch
89. Craft time with D
90. When I come home from work and my sweetie has washed the dishes
91. or did the laundry for me
92. Having someone to cook breakfast for
93. Mom's printer that prints photo quality copies
94. That I live within 5 minutes of one job
95. and 10 minutes from the other
96. Spell check
97. Sis took some awesome photos of A, D & me
98. I am a woman
99. My life
100. That I have 100 things (any many more) to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

Mom found the photo of my favorite Christmas gift I received as a child. Oh man, I was so excited to get that doll.

I have a ton to be thankful for this year. I started a list that I was going to post today but I left it at work. BOO! We had Thanksgiving with A's dad's side of the family. The food was fantastic! Here is my contribution to the meal;

This is the only other photo I took of the day! LOL!

I didn't get to eat with Mom and Sis because A's family's Turkey Day plans got changed at 9:30 the night before. Mom and Sis went out to eat because nobody felt like cooking.

Uncle B is coming over later tonight but I am going to bed early. I got the crazy idea to wake up super early and go to the Black Friday sale at Wal-Mart. Let's see if my lazy butt actually wakes up in time...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm the best...um...?

Tonight I was ironing clothes while D was on the bed watching a movie. Out of nowhere she says,
"Layne, I missed you all week." (I just dropped her off at school on Monday)
Me: I missed you too Sweetie.
D: I just want to hug you.
(We hug for a few minutes and I put her back on the bed)
D: Layne, you're the best... um... what are you?
Me: Well, right now I am your Daddy's girlfriend.
D: Well, you are the best... What do I call you then?
Me: What would you like to call me?
D: I don't know.
L: Well, you can think about it for a while and let me know, okay?
D: Okay.

I can see where the lines get muddied and not just for her. I'm not technically her Stepmom (yet) but I am a whole heck of a lot more then "The Baby Sitter" (What she called me when A and I first got together). Who am I right now? I love this child. I feed and clothe her. I want the absolute best for her. I can't wait for the day when she can say that I'm the best Stepmom.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Terrible 6’s and crafts gone bad

It seems as though someone has a case of the Terrible 6’s. “Please” and “Thank you” are often forgotten and things are demanded instead of asked for.
I have no idea where this behavior came from! Where did our sweet child go? What were we doing wrong? Needless to say it has been stressing me out. I am so emotionally driven (yeah, I am a woman but I think I have the emotions of a hundred women!) and my feelings were being hurt.
I came up with a set of 4 house rules with “Please and Thank you” being number one. I went over the rules with A and he agreed. He told BM about the rules and she asked for a copy for her home and suggested a 5th rule. I added the 5th rule to both our lists so that we have consistency between the two homes. I made a cute little collage in Photoshop, added the rules and D and I painted and glittered some frames! Problem solved right? WRONG!
The manners flowed last weekend but this weekend we were back to square one. Mid panic attack I emailed The Wicked Stepmom for some advice. Hoping to not come off as a total loony I told her what has been going on. She told me that it may just be a normal 6 year old thing. I won’t quote her response since I did not ask permission but she made me feel so much better.
I also talked to my Mom and she said Sis had a phase just like it when she turned 6. She also told me that I just can’t let it hurt my feelings because it’s not about ME.
Thank God for Mom’s and strangers I meet on the Internet LOL! I will just grow a thicker skin while waiting for this phase to pass. Hey, didn’t I request a copy of “What to expect when you are expecting a 6 year old”?? Oh, that book doesn’t exist you say? Pfft!


On to a different topic; Crafts.
I love doing crafts with D. She always asks to make something with me so I try to have at least one craft planned for our weekends together.I remember making “Stained Glass” when I was little so I thought I’d try it with D this weekend.

WARNING: Do not attempt while surfing the crimson wave! TMI, I know but holy cannoli, the prep work about killed me.


I was too afraid to let D help me grate the crayons so I did it on my own. Every five minutes I heard “Are we ready yet?” It took me forever. Not kidding. I was grouchy. We finally started our project and it made a huge mess. The green shavings exploded on us (due to static electricity I guess?) and the wax bled on the towel and our table cloth. D had a good time and really, that is all that matters to me. We just won’t be doing this project again.

Sorry for the sucktastic photo. It's been cold and gloomy here so I used inside light.


This weekend was defiantly a learning experience for me!

P.S. I also started kitting that scarf for #47 on my list.

You love my man hands right?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Keeping my finger's crossed


My Sweetie just informed me that as of 5:00pm tonight, he smoked his last cigarette. So please say your prayers & send good vibes his way. I would love for this to be the last time he quits! Come on Sweetie, you can do it!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Kitchen



As promised, here are some photos of the fugly kitchen. I had a full view shot but the kitchen was still messy and I am far too embarrassed to post it. I'll have to take another one.

Looks think we have the table situation solved. A has a bumper pool/poker table like this (fun!) but with a glass top. I haven't seen it in person but I think it will work just fine for a dining table. If so, I may keep the chairs I have now and reupholster them myself. I'd like some new chairs so I may look around and see what's out there...

I haven't made much progress in tearing down the wallpaper. We have D three weekends in a row and I like to use that time doing fun family stuff. I have a feeling a 6 year old isn't going to want to help me peel wallpaper.

On a side note, A brought home some paint for the bathroom. I may try and do that next weekend. The bathroom is the size of a walk in closet so painting it should be quick and painless.

Holy canoli it is way past my bed time!

Good night.






Sunday, November 16, 2008

This is what fall is all about




Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's snowing!!

It's not sticking but it is snowing and it is stinking cold outside!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Let's get it started!

I love finding a blog that I like enough to read it from the beginning. I’ve done that with Stepmother’s Milk, Blonde Lawyer, Wicked Stepmom and now apartment tbd, etc. The only down side is when I am done, I have to wait for an update like everyone else!! I have learned so much from each woman respectively. They are classy, funny and talented each in their own ways.

Thanks to Kay at apartment tbd, etc. I am totally inspired to start some DIY projects. Two years ago, when I purchased my home, I wanted to do the master bedroom in black and white with blue accents (Kay, I know you don’t care much for blue but I LOVE blue). I painted the walls Jamaica Bay and I wanted a bold black on white print for the curtains and a throw pillow or two. I couldn’t find anything I wanted so I kind-of gave up. It didn’t even occur to me that I could MAKE the curtains & pillows! I took sewing in high school and my mom sews all the time. DUH!

Just walking around the fabric department in Wal-Mart I spotted a few things I could have used. I think I will try and achieve that look I originally wanted. So, (or sew) I am asking for a sewing machine for Christmas. I hope I can hold out because I really, really want to go buy one tonight but my budget won’t allow it.

I think I am going to attempt taking down the wall paper in the kitchen (again) this weekend. I picked up some products tonight that should help me. There are like 4 layers of hideous paper I have to get through. The kitchen is by far the ugliest room in the house. The floors are dark, old and just plain nasty. The wall paper is the same. I want something bright. Maybe yellow? The living room is painted Ryegrass so I may do the adjoining wall in Ryegrass and then the rest of the walls white and use color in the utensils like Kay showed us many times in her blog.

I want to get rid of the table and chairs ASAP but I need to decide what I want to replace them with. I do want something small since the space is small. Maybe a circle table with removable leaves?

I was going to post some photos but it will have to wait until later. I haven't washed the dishes yet...

64. Organize my "favorites" list on the computer


Why is this on my list?: I have old links, broken links and some duplicates saved under different names. It’s a hot mess.

How did I do it?: I sat there and tested & renamed them, then organized them into folders (while watching Real Housewives of Atlanta).

How did it feel?:Well, getting organized always feels good to me!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fallen Soldier

Photo by ladybugbkt on Flickr

I just received this email at work;

"I was just notified that Mellissa’s husband Jimmy was killed while on duty in Iraq. That’s all I know at this time. PLEASE keep her and the family in your prayers."

Melissa is a coworker of mine. She is a very sweet, young lady. I know I should say something super patriotic right now but all I can do is cry and tell my family how much I love them.

Christmas Survey from Amy

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper!
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real if possible. I do have a fake one for back up
3. When do you put up the tree? ASAP but probably after or ON Thanksgiving
4. Do you like eggnog? Can’t say that I have ever tried it
5. Favorite gift received as a child? When I was small, all I really wanted was a Cabbage Patch Kid. At the time my folks couldn’t afford the real deal so they got me a knock off. I didn’t care; I was so excited I cried my eyes out.
6. Hardest person to buy for? It used to be my Dad. I don’t have to worry about that any more… 7. Easiest person to buy for? My mom, she makes a list of exactly what she wants and reminds my Sis and I of the list frequently.
8. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, a couple actually
9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. I’d like to make home made cards this year.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Earrings that look like Pez candy. I got them from my boyfriend at the time. Not sure what he was thinking…
11. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story
12. When do you start shopping? I am bad. If it is too early and I buy something for Christmas, I can’t wait. I end up giving the gift early and then have to go buy something else right before Christmas…
13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes, some bath soap ensemble in a scent that just wasn’t me. I wouldn’t be surprised if the person I gave it to re-gifted as well...
14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Turkey and pumpkin pie. Just like at Thanksgiving
15. Lights on the tree? Lights everywhere!!!
16. Favorite Christmas song? O’ Holy Night and Drummer Boy bring me to tears every time.
17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I usually stay in town but I am not apposed to travel
18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? If I sing the song…
19. Angel on the tree top or a star? I did a bow last year. The angel I have is WAY too big to be a tree topper on a tree in my little house.
20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? When I was a kid we read the bible Christmas Story and opened one gift on Christmas Eve then all the rest on Christmas day. Now that I am older, it all depends on where I’ll be and who I’m with.
21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Not having enough money to do all the things I want to do.
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? Eclectic. New and old, store bought and hand made, just a Hodge Podge of stuff.
23. What do you want for Christmas this year? Liposuction! Seriously, I don’t want to say what I am hoping for because I don’t want to jinx it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

43. Stop working so much


Due to stupid decisions I have made and continue to make regarding credit card use, I have backed myself into a corner with my finances. Therefore I need to work two jobs. Last year I was working 6 days a week around 11 hours a day (only 3 to 4 on Saturday). I am down to working a second job 3 nights a week. Working my tail off was just fine as a swinging single but bring A & D into the equation and working two jobs just plain sucks… I miss out on time with people I adore because I am either at work or so tired from working that I am in a grumpy mood.

Today I am wracking my brain as to what I can do so I only have to work one job.

The hours at my primary job were (voluntarily) cut to 37.5 hours per week. The mortgage business is crappy right now so work is slow. Plus, I really enjoy the extra time to sleep in. Things are about to start picking up for me because I am helping out our mother branch. I am going to try and get in 40 hours a week and see what that does to my paycheck.

I also go credit card crazy. I have Obsessive Shopping Disorder. Some call it a disease, some call it lack of self control, either way, it’s what I’ve got. I make lists upon lists and then go shopping. Clothes, cleaning supplies, food, crafts… anything. It is a short term fix for whatever I am stressed or anxious about at that moment. It’s like crack. Once I realize what I have done, and especially when I get the bill, I feel ill but I can’t seem to stop. The thought of cutting up my credit card scares the s*it out of me.

I am going to try…try and only use my card if I absolutely need it (unexpected costs). I also need to quit eating out. I only do it because it is easier than cooking. Eating out all the time is preventing me from #36. Lose at LEAST 20 lbs.

It looks like I have a huge domino effect going on; Quit the compulsive spending – bills are lower – no second job and possibly loose some weight and stress in the process.

Please say a prayer for me. I am not good in the self control area. This is going to take a lot of work but I think it will be worth it. I say I will start today but Christmas is coming up and I don’t want to set myself up for failure so soon!

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On an up side, A and I went to The Marines 233rd birthday party (all the men in his family are Marines) and we had a great time. Don't we look cute?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

79. See a play with Mom once a year


Why is this on my list?: I know my mom loves to see plays and since both of our schedules are busy, I thought seeing at least one play a year would be possible. My treat.

How did I do it?: Our little (I mean tiny) local theatre has a website. I looked it up and saw that "Butterflies Are Free" was the last play of the year! It just so happens that the lead role is played by Ryan who was one of A's coworkers. This weekend is their opening weekend so I picked Mom up last night and drove on over.

How did it feel?: The play was great. Ryan was AWESOME!!!! I laughed, I cried (yes I really did and so did Mom) and I cheered the loudest out of the 15 or so people who were there. It was a good time and a great way to bond with my Mommy.
No cameras were allowed so I snapped these photos with my cell..

FINALLY!!!!

I finally figured out what I was doing wrong with my blog layout. Hallelujah! Now I just need to re-do my blog header and background the way I want them. I am going to take my time to make sure it is how I want it though...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Under construction

Messing with the layout again. Trying to get comments to work so I won't need that stupid shout box...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grandpa is commin’ to town!

My Opa, my only living Grandparent, is moving to my town.
I am very excited about this because I was never able to spend a lot of time with him growing up. He and my Oma lived in Santa Barbara and we lived in the Monterey area. In my adult years I was in Sacramento. I was selfish and didn’t really care to make an effort to go visit. When my Oma passed away, Opa went to live near my Uncle in the San Diego area and we were in Arkansas by that time. Well, my Uncle got an amazing job offer in Washington and everyone decided that my Opa should come to Arkansas and live.
My mom is ecstatic because he will only be 10 minutes away from her and I and only two hours away from Sis.
I think he will be moving some time in December.

On a totally unrelated note...
Have you heard Jason Mraz’ new song “I’m Yours”? Well I’m in love with it. It makes me glad I am in love but I wish I was on the beach with my love drinking Mai Tai…

Monday, November 3, 2008

Book Review: The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying A Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife

Photo from Amazon.com


I was looking for a book to help me with what challenges I might be facing as a Step-mom-to-be. I did a search on Amazon.com and even though I didn’t find “What to expect when you are expecting a six year old stepchild”, I did find “The Single Girl’s Guide to Marrying A Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife” by Sally Bjornsen.

The cover was cute, the summery was interesting and the reviews were good. I purchased it without hesitation.

I loved this book. Within the first 20 pages I was in tears because I realized that all the feelings I’d been having, good and bad, are normal. I am not evil and I am not alone. Bjornsen has a wonderful way of making a point with humor and class. She touches base on issues such as “The Ex”, finances and whether or not to go “Bio”.

I learned that my situation is actually a pretty good one. Although it isn’t “perfect” it could be a hellofalot worse! I have a feeling that I will keep rereading the book to remind myself that things are going to be okay and that “it isn’t always about me”. I recommend this book to any new stepmother or step-mother-to-be.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Killed two birds with one fun filled night


My boss at my night job gave me the evening off to take D trick-or-treating and I was so stoked! I was able to accomplish two things on my list last night.


37. Dress up for Halloween

Why is this on my list?:
I haven’t dressed up for Halloween (in real life) in YEARS!

How did I do it?: I was searching for a Hannah Montana wig online and came across this super cute "Love Spell Witch" costume.

How did it feel?: Well, bad because I used my credit card to buy it but good to get all dolled up! I receive a lot of compliments. (Everyone LOVED A's costume and the whole thing cost less than $10 to put together!)



38. Go trick or treating if we have D and if not, hand out candy

Why is this on my list?:
The last time I went trick or treating was with my niece and nephew ages ago. Last year I stuck a bowl of candy on my door step and hid inside. This year I have a 6 year old Hannah Montana and a sexy spider bitten man to take door-to-door with me.

How did I do it?: Got in the car and drove to the hot spots. We also went Trick-or-trunking at a local church. The members of the church park their cars in the lot of the church, have games and hand out candy from thier trunks. "Trick or trunk, smell my funk..."

How did it feel?:
It was great exercise and a good bonding experience. My favorite part was when D asked me to carry her because her legs were tired. At that moment she saw another house with the porch light on and took off running up a hill. Wait... didn't you say your legs were tired?? LOL!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

45. VOTE

I voted!!!
I didn’t get a photo because
a) I forgot my camera
b) I was going to take a photo wearing my super cool “I voted!” sticker but, THEY DIDN’T GIVE ME ONE!
I didn’t even see any around.

Why is this on my list?: I feel like it is my privilege and duty as an American

How did I do it?: My town offers early voting and I work about two blocks from the courthouse.So, I took a little walk down there on my lunch break.It all took about 30 minutes and I was the youngest person there.

How did it feel?: Like I am a part of something. And If the other guy gets elected and F's up, I can freely complain LOL!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Witchy Woman


Well here I am in all my glory. Trying to get up the nerve to actually wear this getup in public...
Don't mind the red nose. I came down with a head cold today along with the female flu. WOO HOO!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

HalloWooHoo!!

My Halloween costume came in and... it fits!! I was worried that I was too fat for it but it just fits! A promised me that I don't look like a stuffed sausage so I will be going out in public in my "Love Spell Witch" costume. I do need some spankies or something for when I bend over the tables at work (I'm a busser for you filthy minded people!!). I'll take photos later.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sugar High

Uncle B came in to town for the weekend so D and I made some Halloween cookies. Yum-O! D was a big fan of the black icing as you can tell by the photo of her teeth.

A bought the new Guitar Hero game so he and Uncle B are bonding over a wireless guitar and plastic drums.

Sis, Mom and I had a good time too. I miss having my sis in the same town but I am in no position to move any time soon and neither is she. :sigh:

Boring post, cute photos and a nice weekend over all.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Note to D...

Please flush after you go poop.

KTHNXBAI

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's a biggun'


It was a busy weekend and it’s been a busy week so far.
Let’s see, what should I blog about first…?

What about this;
#98. Do something extra special for A each month.
When I was in Lowe’s on Saturday I picked up a “How to” book on plumbing. A really wants to re-do the bathroom on his own. I thought a DIY book would be perfect. I was right. He has been pouring over it ever since I gave it to him.

A and I got a lot of the Halloween decorations up this weekend. He was going for a “Cocoon” type look for the front porch area. I think he achieved his goal. He fell in love with the spider he bought and decided to incorporate it into his costume this year. I think the yard looks great so far!

I found out that I have to work my night job on Halloween so I won’t be able to do #38. Go trick or treating if we have D and if not, hand out candy. Hopefully I can do this next year. I will be able to #37. Dress up for Halloween at the night job only. I want to be something simple because I will only have 15 minutes to change and get to the night job. I want to buy some cat ears and tail but anything remotely cute that I found on the Internet is sold out. I may have to figure something else out.

Piper has been having very bad allergies lately. She has rubbed her muzzle and ears to the point of bleeding. I took her off prednisone because it was making her fat. The Vet told me to try Benadryl instead. She has been on Benadryl for almost a week but her allergies are just getting worse. I took her into the vet yesterday and, $130 later, she had to have a prednisone shot, a treatment for mites (just incase, because it is cheaper to treat for it then test for it) and a butt load of special diet dog food. I was also told that she should be getting 100mgs of Benadryl twice a day. Not the 25mgs I was giving her. She is to have her special food and ONLY her food (no treats, table scraps, raw hide, etc.) for 2 months to see if her allergy is due to food. OH! AND! She gained a pound!! I have been walking her every day and took her of prednisone and she gains a pound??? :sigh:

On an up side, A and BioMom went to a parent-teacher conference and D is doing extremely well! Out of the 150 words she must know how to spell by site by the end of the year, she knows 140. It's only the first quarter! She is reading and comprehending at level 12 out of 18 (18 being the goal by the end of the year). I am so stinkin' proud of the little smartie pants! I wish I could give myself some credit (HA-HA) but grilling her on the spelling words is as far as it goes.

All in all things are going well. It’s a “D” weekend and Sis may come for a visit so that should be fun.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

You will always be my Boo


D's hair turned out really cute. A said I did an awesome job but still no word from her mom on what she thought.

I don't know what it is, maybe because I have a kidlette around, but I am super excited for Halloween this year. A and I bought some decorations at Wal-Mart that we have yet to put up. A couple different people have given me craft ideas to try out and I just found out that I am allowed to dress up for my night job! What to be, what to be...?

There was an early trick-or-treater on my lawn this afternoon. I told him that I won't have candy until the 31st but he just won't leave...

P.S. I finally, FINALLY sent R her package today. So R, if you are reading this, turn on the pool vacuum and get ready to sing!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Day 16


Yesterday, for the first time in who knows how long, my gums didn't bleed when I flossed. It may seem trivial to you but it's a huge deal to me!

Good news on the work front:
I have been helping out a lot with our mother branch since they are short a few people. I have pretty much been working my tail off for a few months now. Someone at that branch made a really sweet comment about me and I shared it with my boss. She was so proud of me that she told the president & CEO of the bank about it and now they want to take me to lunch for a job well done! This is a first for me and it makes me feel like my hard work is paying off.

Tomorrow is picture day at D's school. I get to dress her up and her mom asked me to curl her hair. I am stoked. I just hope I can make her hair look as pretty as she is so her mom wont regret putting me in charge of her hair...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Day 14

#9 Make the Cd's I promised for my mom & A’s mom

Why is this on my list?: A's mom loves ABBA and I just happen to have the ABBA GOLD CDs. My mom, who is a media w**** like I am, wanted to know how Paris, Nicole, Lindsay & Heidi sound.

How did I do it?: Using Roxio CD Creator

How did it feel?: Good to finally get them done. I just hope the CD I made for my mom won't make her ears bleed!

Yes I changed the layout again...

My little family had an amazing weekend.

On Saturday we went to Lowe’s for the Build and Grow workshop where D made a glow-in-the-dark skeleton she named Spooky Alvin Theodore. I asked her if that was short for Spooky Alvin Simon Theodore Hannah Montana Mary-Kate and Ashley but she said, “No”.

After that we stopped by a car show and D ate a free hot dog while A schmoozed with some of his customers.

Then we were off to the Berry Farm with our neighbor/friends and their little girl. We picked
pumpkins, took a hay ride, pet mini horses, ran through the corn maze and played on the “fun hills” (which are just a few huge mounds of saw dust).

We went to family dinner and then back to the neighbors to carve our pumpkins. A hasn’t finished his so I’ll post photos later.

I ended up having the worst head ache I’ve ever had and was miserable and puking the rest of the night.

Needless to say we had a pretty chill Sunday. D made a few treasure maps so we did go on an adventure slaying snake monsters with umbrellas and bubble blowers.

A
said that the Berry Farm experience should cover #88 Do something seriously hillbilly/redneck but I was thinking of something along the lines of leaving the dishwasher on the front yard for a month or attending a wedding in full camo… I think I’ll leave it on the list for now.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 10


I wasn’t there when D first saw her room. A sent me a text letting me know that D said, “Oh my goodness! Look at my pretty new room!” She had a lot of fun sticking up her wallies.


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I realized that on a normal computer screen (mine is a wide screen) my blog looks just fine. I think I will stick with this layout for a while. I guess that means I completed: #92 Make this blog more "me"


Why is this on my list?: I am never satisfied with the basic layout.

How did I do it?: I Googled “free blogspot layouts” until I came across one I really liked.

How did it feel?: Unsure. I really like the idea of the diary. I just wish I was better at editing HTML or whatever.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Day 9




The daily things are going well. I am still taking the multi vitamin but I don’t feel any different. Piper enjoys her walks and getting up earlier helps me get to work on time.


Last night I finished #5 Paint/decorate D's Room


Why is this on my list?: Because the walls were a wine color & the room was a cluttered mess. Very UN-kid friendly.


How did I do it?: I bought paint in the shade of “Rosy Cheeks” and a cute little rug from Lowe’s. A and I hung the shelves my Dad made and A also figured out how to turn the TV into a monitor for the computer. I also bought some removable “Wallies” for D to put up how ever she likes. A was going to get a new ceiling fan but Lowe’s sold out of the one he wanted. The old one will have to do for now.


How did it feel?: It was hard work doing the painting. I was suffering from the “Female Flu” and got overly emotional a few times but I am so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to see what D thinks of it.




Saturday, October 4, 2008

#51 Start taking a multi vitamin

Why is this on my list?: Because I know I don't eat healthy enough to go with out vitamins.

How did I do it?: I went to Wal-Mart and purchased the generic version of One-A-Day for women, stuck one in my mouth and swallowed it with tea.

How did it feel?: I don't feel anything yet. Hopefully I will have more energy or something later on IF I remember to keep taking them!

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Today I was Maid of Honor in the wedding of Shinesse Madison to Seven Jimenez in Second Life. It was a amazing experience and I was very thankful to be a part of it. Here is a photo of the happy couple.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Day Three


Doesn’t Piper look so cute in her coat?!


Well, I failed #16. I was 2 minutes late to work today because I couldn’t find my keys. I am disappointed because this was really important to me. I am still going to try and get to work on time for the remainder of the challenge.


The Wii didn’t get hooked up when we got the new TV so I will start working out on it this weekend. A hooked up the Wii for me last night and made me get on to at least weigh myself. I weighed 184.5 at 8:30 last night. That isn’t too bad since I have been in the 190s lately.


I am still experimenting with blog layouts. I really like this one because it’s the look I want and it’s easy to edit but it’s so dang small and the comments aren’t showing up.
Hopefully the weekend will be more exciting...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Day Two

There is nothing exciting to report for Day Two.
I did all my little daily things so that is a plus. I was going to finish working on my blog at lunch but when I came home the house was so cold, Piper was just shivering. I spent my lunch watching “Privileged” and trying to warm up my pooch.

I read Lisa’s blog so I was tagged with; 6 Quirky Things About Me

Here are my 6 quirky (possibly psychotic/OCD) things;
1. I bite my fingernails then put tape on them when they hurt.
2. If I wear my hair up in public I have to have a collared shirt or hoodie on.
3. I constantly write lists and notes for myself on post-its but then loose the post-its.
4. I am addicted to the tabloids. (OMG Britney did what??)
5. Every time I back out of the carport I hit the ginormous bush to the side of my driveway. My side mirror goes DOING! and usually has leaves stuck to it.
6. I hate driving.

Now it’s your turn.
What are 6 quirky things about you?

P.S. I had a mammogram last week. The nurse just called and it was clear! Yay boobies!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day One




Today I started my 101 things challenge and it started with a bang.
I woke up earlier than usual (but not “early” by any means) and took Piper for a walk.
It is starting to get chilly here so I was wide awake by the time we got back.
I was able to make it to work on time and read Psalm 1:1-6 when I got there.

I emailed the list to my sister and she wrote back saying, “I have already started mine since you inspired me, so you can mark off number 99” ! Yay! The first item to be marked off! Thanks Sis!

Here is a little info for you to help track the progress of some of my items;

#12 Piper is 83lbs I have to speak with the Vet about how much she should weigh but she is definantly too big right now. She is a Boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. The Vet told me I should be able to “see some ribs” and she should not “have utters”.

#36 Per Wii fit, I am ***lbs today

#43 I work a second job Wed-Friday. It may not seem like a lot but it does take a lot of time away from my loved ones.

The final day of my challenge is June 29, 2011.
P.S. I like this layout but I am having issues getting it to look right...

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge

I am taking the 101 things in 1001 days challenge.
I will start tomorrow, Oct. 1st 2008 and will use this blog to track my progress.
I am very excited about this because I think it will motivate me to do somethings I have wanted to do for a long time.

Here is the list;

1. Find a passion
2. Read an Anna Maxted Book
3. Take an online course
4. Learn more about Photoshop
5. Paint/decorate D's Room
6. Paint the bathroom
7. Tear out the wall paper in the kitchen
8. Get a toon to level 70 in WoW
9. Make the CD's I promised for my mom & A's mom
10. Write a children's book
11. Go through all my paperwork and organize what I do need and shred what I don’t
12. Get Piper to her target weight
13. Wii fit at least 3 times a week
14. Eat more fruits & veggies
15. Floss so that my dentist is impressed next check up
16. Go one month without eating any fast food
17. Quit biting my nails …AGAIN
18. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
19. Go fishing
20. Learn to gut a fish
21. Take a canoe trip
22. Go on a real vacation with A
23. Visit J in Jersey
24. Transfer my home videos from VHS to DVD
25. Plant a little garden
26. Produce veggies from the garden
27. Brush up on my French so that I can carry on a conversation
28. Learn enough Spanish to carry on a conversation
29. Participate in at least one community event each year
30. Find a church both A and I like
31. Go camping
32. Throw a dinner party
33. Learn to drive a stick
34. Sing with my sister in public
35. Read a Bible verse each morning
36. Lose at LEAST 20 lbs
37. Dress up for Halloween
38. Go trick or treating if we have D and if not, hand out candy
39. Learn to apply makeup correctly
40. Design my tattoo
41. Get the tattoo I design
42. Get new front teeth
43. Stop working so much
44. Spend more time with DC
45. VOTE
46. Go biking
47. Knit someone a scarf for the winter
48. Learn to knit something other than a scarf
49. Learn to French braid hair
50. Send birthday cards to family
51. Start taking a multi-vitamin
52. Make some jewelry
53. Learn how to change the oil in my car
54. Give my house some "curb appeal"
55. Paint the overhang on the roof
56. Find 100 things that make me happy
57. Stand next to R as she gets married
58. Make photo albums from my favorite digi photos
59. Open a savings account and maintain a positive balance
60. Try a self tanner
61. Find a way to get my cramps under control
62. Put up a Christmas tree each year
63. Spend a weekend without TV or Internet
64. Organize my "favorites" list on the computer
65. Successfully make an over easy egg
66. Organize the garage
67. Buy a new shed
68. Build a snowman in the front yard
69. Give Christmas Cards to the neighbors & Mail person
70. Bake Christmas cookies for coworkers
71. Make a snow angel
72. Watch an entire New Year countdown show
73. Take a trip with my sister
74. Participate in relay for life
75. Give blood
76. Organize my MP3s
77. Organize my digi photos
78. Have a yard sale
79. See a play with Mom once a year
80. Get a professional manicure
81. Get rid of the clothes I never wear but "think" I will one day
82. Get rid of my socks with holes/with out a partner
83. Join a book club
84. Paint Easter eggs
85. Bake a pie from scratch
86. Learn to make chili
87. Purchase something from a Farmer's Market
88. Do something seriously hillbilly/redneck
89. Take D to the discovery museum
90. Go down a water slide
91. No soda for a month
92. Make this blog more "me"
93. Throw a BBQ at my house
94. Give A a kick butt birthday party
95. Cook at least one homemade dinner for my Mom each year
96. Learn to play a song on my guitar
97. Pay for the person behind me at the drive thru
98. Do something extra special for A each month
99. Encourage someone else to do 101 in 1001
100. Take photos of my 101 things to post on the blog
101. Celebrate completing 101 things in 1001 days!

Hello

I decided to start a blog. I don't expect anyone to read it really.
It is just an outlet for me and if someone happens to find it interesting, sweet! If not, that's alright too.

Here is a little about me to start off with.

I AM... blessed
I WANT... to be happy with who I am
I HAVE ... an amazing boyfriend
I KEEP... wondering where my life went
I WISH I COULD... find my passion
I HATE ... how unmotivated I am
I FEAR ... that I won’t be a good mom/step mom
I HEAR... what people say but I don’t always listen
I DON'T THINK... before I speak (sometimes)
I REGRET... nothing because it is all part of the greater picture
I LOVE... A & his family, my family & friends
I AM NOT... a bitch
I DANCE… like sex on heels
I SING ... whenever I can
I NEVER… loose Faith
I REALLY... wish I finished college
I CRY WHEN I WATCH ... others cry
I AM NOT ALWAYS... such a mess
I HATE THAT... I got into debt in my 20’s
I AM CONFUSED ABOUT... my purpose in life
I NEED... to snap out of it
I SHOULD... complete my 101 things in 1001 days challenge

 
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