Sunday, December 29, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 62

Things I am grateful for today

1. Busy nights at work. The last several days at work have been busy and it's made the time go by.

2. Elizabeth is starting to feel better.

3. Coffee and extra sleep.

4. Amazon prime streaming video

5. recovering relatives. Both of my uncles are on the mend and while it will be a slow road, I am grateful they are getting better.

Friday, December 27, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 7

Christmas 2013 will probably go down as one of the worst in our memory, particularly Elizabeth, because she was raging sick all day long. Fever, sore body, headache, stuffy nose. The poor child slept most of the day but it wasn't a fitful sleep. It was more a broken sleep with lots of moaning interspersed along with tossing and turning and kicking off the covers only to get them again 5 minutes later because she was freezing. I ended up having to borrow a thermometer from Kerri because Elizabeth shattered mine taking the temperature of water she was boiling for eggs (she now knows that requires a different sort of thermometer) and I had yet to replace it. She is, blessedly, on the mend but her Christmas Day was miserable.
Fortunately for all of us, we opted to do presents Christmas Eve. She came home from hunting with her daddy and asked me if we could do presents so we said ok. Chris got her bicycle out of the shed and we checked it to see if the tires needed some air (we've been hiding that bike for 3 months) and he parked it beside the porch. He went inside and told her to go check outside and she goes out the door and it's quiet and then all of sudden, there is a shrill squeal of joy and she rushes in and practically tackles him in her glee. I would say that present was a really big hit.
I got a chance to cook enchiladas for Christmas and chicken parmigiana the day after and I am thrilled. Not only with how the food turned out but also with the fact that I felt good enough to actually do it. I also did a lot of cleaning and a lot of sleeping so I guess it all evens out.
I was going to take down my Christmas decorations yesterday but I decided to leave them up for a little while longer because they bring me happiness. I like watching the twinkling lights at night while I'm trying to make myself tired enough to go to bed after getting off work. So they will stay up for a few more days.
Speaking of Christmas (last thing I promise), Elizabeth told me I could wear my Christmas themed earrings until New Year's day. And that I can continue to wear the snowflakes until winter is over and the angels all year round. So if I'm breaking some sort of unwritten rule, I apologize and firmly place the blame all on Elizabeth. ;-)
I've decided that I'm not making New Year's resolutions. There are things I would like to do, of course, but I refuse to set myself up for failure by declaring that these things are my resolutions.
I'm at work (where I seem to be most of the time) and I just had an encounter with a couple that made me laugh and think about how that was going to Chris & me in 20 more years. I really adore people for the most part.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

So... this is Christmas

I had Christmas Eve off from work, have to work 4 hours on Christmas Day and then off the day after Christmas.

Yesterday, I slept a lot. I wasn't feeling well and Chris kept telling me how the house was perfectly fine, to please just allow myself to rest and relax and so I did. I really didn't have much of a choice about it because a couple of times, I found myself waking up and it was hours later than it had been when I'd previously been aware of the time on the clock. I cooked a roast with vegetables for supper and just really did nothing else.

When they got home yesterday, after a full day of hunting, Beth wanted to open presents. She's past the age of thinking that a jolly red suited Santa Claus comes down the (non existent, in our case) chimney so I said ok. We had gotten her a new bike and parked it by the porch so Chris told her to go outside and her squeal of delight when she saw it and processed that it was HERS was amazing. She came running back in to tackle hug him. She got clothes and paint and a new to her DS so she was happy.

I am grateful that I agreed to the presents on Christmas Eve because she woke up this morning with body aches and a raging fever and congestion and spent the entire morning before I left for work, mostly sleeping. I don't like it when any of them are sick but particularly her because she's so sad when she's not feeling well.

I am making enchiladas for Christmas dinner (we all agreed to do something different this year) and I can't wait to get home and just curl up and relax with a good book and some good food and some good company.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. I hope everyone has a fun, family filled day.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 61

Things I am grateful for today

1. An early morning wakeup that included fresh brewed coffee and a few minutes of conversation before the day got started full tilt.

2. Holiday travelers because they have kept me busy the last several nights at work. Sold out a few of those nights and tonight has been super busy for a Sunday.

3. The pets who snuggle up with me when I get home from work and give me snuggles and kisses. They are adorable.

4. Having the good sense to stay out of some inflammatory conversations and just listen and learn. People should do that more often.

5. There are only 3 days left until Christmas.

Friday, December 20, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 6

Only 5 days left until Christmas which means only 4 shopping days left until there is no place open to buy a present. Fortunately for me, I have done all of my shopping this year. All I'm waiting on is a single package that holds part of Chris's present.
Speaking of packages, I am sure the lady at my local post office hates me this year. I did a lot of shopping online and had it shipped versus actually spending an extraordinary amount of time in the crowded stores because I really dislike crowds. And shopping.
As usual, there is someone with an issue about the Christmas work schedule. And she chose to go about her complaint in a passive aggressive way. "I don't really care but...." If you didn't really care, you wouldn't be bringing it up. To make matters worse, I gave this someone the best holiday schedule you can have when you work at a company that is open 24/7/365 or 6 depending on if it's leap year or not. Not a word of graciousness, just complaints which really made me want to kick myself for being so kind to her in the first place. (For the record, my own schedule isn't even as good as the one I gave her for the holidays. I am obviously doing this wrong.)
Chris starts his vacation when he gets off work today (after working a half day and then attending his company Christmas party.) He won't have to go back to work until the 6th of January and all I can say about that is that he is one lucky man. I am going to try to take a few days off with him so we can (maybe!) have a date night and spend some time together. My own vacation isn't until the end of January and I'm already counting the days.
I really don't get the tears and feelings that people have wrapped up in the Apple holiday commercial and I'm too lazy to go find the link on youtube. It just doesn't evoke much emotion in me. The old Folger's commercials were tear jerkers every time; for me, this Apple commercial isn't.
My heart is heavy for the family of the little girl who underwent a tonsillectomy and is now brain dead from what is supposed to be a routine surgery. I know there has to be more to the story than we are hearing but it hurts my heart when I see the girl's picture on the news and her mother sobbing. I completely get why the mother wants her daughter to remain on life support and have a second outside opinion. Some people are saying she's in denial and while that may be true (I would be) I also get that she feels pressured by the hospital to remove the support and I can't wrap my mind around the statement the hospital put it. It's so cold and unfeeling to me. My wish for this family is peace and to know they are not alone.
And as a last thought for now, the weather is weird and I'm not really feeling these 80 degree days we are having right now. 3 weeks ago, it was freezing rain and I was bundled up into layers and looking at people in shorts like they were crazy and now, I'm digging in my closet for the coolest thing for some stray remnant of summer clothing. It's crazy. And... I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year's. I am going to do my level best to enjoy the festivities and not let stress overrun the fun.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 60

Things I am grateful for today

1. Extra sleep this morning. Chris initially woke me up and I had some coffee but then I decided since I had a few hours before I had to leave for work, I was going to lay back down and I did. I am super glad I did or I wouldn't have made it through this evening.

2. The decision to get seafood from Sandpiper tonight. Cindy and I usually do Sandpiper every Sunday that we work together. Their Sunday special is ham or turkey with dressing but we decided tonight to get seafood and it was really good.

3. The phone was out at work for the first 5 hours of my shift. I paid for it with the phones nonstop after it was working again but for those 5 hours.... glorious silence.

4. It didn't rain today.

5. I have been able to keep a smile on my face despite having a continued headache and having to deal with some incredibly rude people. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 5

There are 12 days left until Christmas and I am not prepared yet which is irritating me to no end. I still have cards to send out and Christmas presents to buy. I'll get it all done like usual but just once, it would be nice to be done already and not have the last minute shopping pressing up on me.
I've had a headache for the last three days. I thought it was the lights at work and I still think that is part of it but last night I went to sleep with a headache and it hurt worse when I woke up which is unusual. Normally some sleep and some food will make them go away but this headache is persisting despite my efforts to knock it out.
A few nights ago, I came home from work and Chris had shaved. I'm not used to not seeing him without facial hair so it was a bit of a shock. Last night though, Nick managed to shock me even more because he had completely shaved and he looks years younger without his beard than he does with one. His girlfriend had something to do with him shaving and all I can say about that is "she's a keeper." ;-)
The new kitty is getting along well with the inhabitants of our house and its motley crew of pets. I have seen her and the dogs curled up together sleeping which never fails to bring a smile to my face. They are so adorable when they do that.
Work is starting to annoy me. I know it's about time for an extended break and my vacation is coming up in just over a month. Every year this happens. People start to really grate my nerves and I realize it's time for me to take a vacation. I don't have grand plans for the time off. Just going to enjoy not having to go go go and do some sleeping, some reading, some relaxing.
With the MegaMillions lottery hovering at 400 million dollars, I almost bought a ticket today but couldn't find a store that sold them before I had to go to work. Somebody will think Friday the 13th is their lucky day if they pick the right set of numbers tonight. I know that person won't be me.
I have a few recipes I want to try out on my next set of days off. I'm still searching for a recipe place online that is really user friendly where I can save recipes I find. My grand ambition of copying them all by hand and putting them in a recipe box that I can keep on my counter is turning into a grand fail. There has to be a better way and I'm determined to keep looking until I find it.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 59

Things I am grateful for today

1. Pretty scarves.(Not only functional but gorgeous to wear.)

2. Slow-ish night at work after several nights of non stop busy-ness. (I realize that's not technically a word but work with it.)

3. Seafood plate for supper tonight from Sandpiper. This has become our Sunday evening thing at work and it never gets old and nobody ever suggests going somewhere different for a change.

4. Finishing the 2 books I so very much wanted to read. I stayed up until 4 am yesterday morning finishing Doctor Sleep and it was worth it.

5. My two 4 legged friends who both jumped up on me today and gave me kisses while barking at the door in an effort to be let outside. They had me laughing which is something I don't do enough of lately.

Friday, December 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 4

The last few days the temperatures have been in the 60s, 70s and today it was 82 degrees. Tomorrow the high temperature of 61 is supposed to occur around 6 am and then steadily drop all day. The high on Sunday: in the 40s and raining. Monday: back in the 70s. I say all of this not because you really care about the weather forecast here but to explain that we will all be sick by Wednesday of next week since Mother Nature is having a hissy fit and can't seem to decide if it is almost winter or summer or something in between.
On the subject of Mother Nature, you know things are weird when they are shoveling snow in New Mexico and the pictures from Texas show snow and ice and weather you generally associate with Minnesota. A friend in Oklahoma sent me a picture of his local weather sign where it was 17 degrees. That's colder than I even want to think about.
We have recess can lights behind the desk at work and for the past year or two they have each had one light bulb in them. There are five recess cans in all behind the desk and each light holds two bulbs. Wednesday, maintenance finally figured out that "oh hey, all of these lights only have one bulb. Let's add one more each to light." This has the served the purpose of giving us all an instant tan and I've had a headache that won't quit from about an hour after I walk in until 2 hours after I leave. That's approximately 10 hours a day with a headache that I firmly believe is caused by the overabundance of light.
It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Nelson Mandela's passing. The world lost an extraordinary light when he passed. Even knowing he was sick and had been for quite some time, it was still a shock when they did the breaking news thing on television. May he rest in peace.
This has been the year for truck repairs. I think both trucks have been worked on for a variety of things and next up is tires for both of them. I am really tired of truck repairs and also aware that I am really fortunate in that we can afford to have them worked on. This isn't really a gripe on my part, just an acknowledgment that I will be so very grateful when the tires get put on and the front end of the Ranger has been fixed so that perhaps, we can go a few months without any major repairs draining our savings.
Nick has informed me that he would like to take college classes next semester so we have some things to do in order for him to be able to do that. I am hoping in between now and then he will find a paying job because yelling at the Xbox doesn't make him any money and he's getting rather annoying with the raging at Call of Duty.
I think I may be one of the few people who didn't watch The Sound of Music. I wasn't against seeing it and I adore Carrie Underwood who has an amazing voice even if she hasn't ever professionally acted but I was at work while it was being broadcast and I'm probably one of the few remaining people in the country who could actually care less about television. I am sad that Carrie Underwood has been raked over the coals though by just about everyone. If you don't like her, you really should have just changed the channel. That's my 2 cents.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 58

Things I am grateful for today

1. good friends

2. alcohol free Nyquil (which allowed me to sleep last night and made me feel marginally better when I woke up today)

3. weekly trash pickup (because now I don't have to trek to the dump every few days.)

4. the almost end of Thanksgiving leftovers. (Next year, I'm going to do a smaller meal.)

5. quiet days after really busy ones.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

One Month

Part of the reason I post every day during the month of November for NaBloPoMo is to prove to myself that I can write every day for a 30 day period. The rest of the year, it's hit and miss and mostly a once a week "things I am grateful for" post on Sundays with the occasional Wordless Wednesday thrown in.

I've been writing online for 11 years. I started way back before the medium even had an official name. I've written in a lot of different places, owned more than one domain name and piddled with this format for a really long time now. When Chris got hurt, just over 4 years ago, I really shut myself down in a lot of aspects as I rejoined the paying workforce and life just generally got swamped between work and kid activities and surgeries and appointments for him and then for me. I never really envisioned that I wouldn't pick this back up full fledged but it seems that is exactly what happened.

You ever feel like you are at a crossroads? That's where I am now. Not just about writing but about a lot of things and I don't really know which way to turn or which way is going to be best for me.

Time will tell I guess.

Friday, November 29, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 3

The food for Thanksgiving day was a success. I didn't forget anything, burn anything or manage to give us all food poisoning. Everything got ready close to the same time and we had an enjoyable meal.
I have a strict "no shopping" policy on Black Friday and this year was no different. I had to go to the bank this morning & to get to the bank, you pass by Wal-Mart where they had the fire department doing crowd control. I just don't understand this at all.
Am I the only one who didn't find the whole thing with Elan and Diane to be amusing? Everyone was continuing to cheer him on and frankly, I thought he was being a bigger jerk than she by the time it was all over.
Iron Bowl tomorrow. Alabama and Auburn. I hope Auburn wins but it won't be bad if Alabama gets the opportunity to do a 3 peat on the title.
Tonight was a leftover night because I did enough cooking in the past few days to never want to cook again. Also, my kitchen is clean and I am not going in there to mess it up.
Christmas decorations are out. Wait. The box is out. It remains to be seen if the actual decorations get put up tonight or not.
I feel like I am coming down with a cold and I really don't want to do that. I am starting to feel miserable though so I think I am going to go to bed.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

GIST - The Thanksgiving Edition

Things I am grateful for today

1. My wonderful family. They can drive me completely crazy but I love them all dearly and I can't imagine life without them.

2. Roscoe and Little Man. I never knew how much pets could creep into your heart until them. (Little Man is still resting today but he's been affectionate and he's eating.)

3. Holiday food. I cook too much on Thanksgiving but we'll have leftovers. Dinner tonight is around 7:30 because I have to finish putting it together when I get home from work. The bulk of it is done though and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do a big holiday dinner.

4. Short work shifts. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, we try to do short shifts. Mine today is only 5 hours long and it's probably going to be really quiet because not a lot goes on during the time of day I am scheduled to work.

5. Sunshine. It is cold outside but the sun is beaming and after the rainy dreariness of the past few days, it is a welcome sight.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

holiday cooking

My parents came by this morning and brought me a present from their recent trip to Tennessee. They got me a set of bears (the see/hear/speak no evil kind). They stayed for a bit and saw Elizabeth and we talked and they laughed over the new little dog and his exuberance for everything.

I did a lot of cooking today. So much so that I had Chris pick up KFC for dinner because the thought of cooking any more today was not one I was liking much and also because I refuse to eat the food I cooked today until tomorrow.

Pretty much everything is done minus the side stuff. I have to make the veggies tomorrow and the stuffing but that's it. The turkey and hams and pies were all done today and I made the effort to clean as I cooked so there isn't a big mess with which to deal.

Earlier tonight, I put the dogs out and the new little one got loose (cable and all) and we looked all over town for him. First we drove, then we walked and finally, we headed home. Right after we got there a truck pulled up and a couple had him in the back of it. A car had hit him on the highway and they drove around looking for where he belonged. He is favoring his right leg and resting a lot but he did eat and he's been wagging his tail. There is no where to take him until Friday because emergency vet services seem to be non existent. Chris thinks he is just sore and jumpy and we will determine what to do early Friday morning.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A little bit of everything

Beth's computer arrived from the service center. I would have received it yesterday but the FedEx man called to let me know that the dog would not let him near the porch. *blink* I seriously thought he was insane until today when he arrived. I was waiting for him for the express purpose of receiving the package and Roscoe seriously went berserk when the FedEx man tried to get out of his truck. I have never seen him act like that. It didn't seem to the man he was barking at but the truck itself. I don't know how to explain it but if you have ever actually listened to one their trucks when it is idling, it has a high pitched whine to it and my baby wasn't feeling that at all. All is well though. I got my package, the FedEx man didn't get gobbled up by the normally docile Roscoe and I discovered that Roscoe actually does have a pretty fierce bark when he is worked up.

It has pretty much rained non-stop since about lunchtime today. It is dark and gloomy and dreary and frankly, really depressing. The rain isn't really increasing the amount of business traffic just yet so I am watching the rain out of the window and listening to the Food Network.

I have tomorrow off, work 12 to 5 on Thanksgiving and I'm off Friday. I am going to clean up my house and cook tomorrow. Do the last minute prep when I get home from work on Thursday and then have supper around 7:30 and Friday, I am going to rest and decorate my house for Christmas. I think I am most excited about Christmas decorating this year because I have plenty of space in which to decorate. Also, I finally have a wreath on my front door. It is probably strange that this simple wreath makes me so happy.

No school for the next few days for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am going to get Elizabeth to help me clean and cook. I am looking forward to spending some time with her.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Isn't this just lovely? (sarcasm)

Over the past few weeks, the local middle school has been having a doughnut sale. They took preorders which were due on Friday the 22nd and the doughnuts were delivered to the school today. I went to pick up the doughnuts that everyone had ordered from Elizabeth and brought them home to be delivered which she did after getting out of school yesterday afternoon.

So imagine my surprise when Nick texts me to tell me that there was a doughnut snafu. When Elizabeth did her rounds selling doughnuts, she took her friend Nicki with her and she added Nicki's name to the order form. Somehow the school got confused and, in addition to the boxes of doughnuts I picked up that were already paid for complete with receipt , they also sent Nicki home with the same amount of doughnuts even though Nicki had not turned in an order form or any money. And here's where it gets sticky (pun seriously not intended): Nicki's mom tells Elizabeth that this mixup is Elizabeth's fault so Elizabeth either needs to pay for all the doughnuts or take them back to school herself. On the school bus.

Cue my immense and total outrage. None of it was Elizabeth's fault. Her and Nicki were both listed on the order form because Elizabeth didn't think it was fair for just herself to get credit for the sales when Nicki was present with her for some of them. The school erred in not paying attention to the fact that the amount of money turned in equaled what was on the actual form and should never have given them both the same amount of doughnuts to bring home. Nicki's mom should not have accepted the delivery since she had to pick up Nicki and Ryan from the school toting the doughnuts. And she surely should not have blamed MY child for the mixup and insisted that Elizabeth was responsible for paying or for returning the blasted doughnuts.

I refrained from saying anything overly inflammatory though I really could have told this woman a thing or three about herself.

This is why I really dislike school fundraisers and the participation of my children in them. We have never had a good experience.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 57

Things I am grateful for today

1. a long conversation with my sister that only ended when she saw the time and gently reminded me that I needed to get ready for work so perhaps I should remove myself from the phone.

2. Warm scarves and coats and hats. Somebody in Canada left the door open or something because I woke up this morning to frigid temperatures that we don't normally see until February. Thank goodness for heat and hot chocolate and warm clothes.

3. Smiles from random people. If you want to make someone's day a little better, just genuinely smile at them.

4. Tiny dogs who come nudge you when they want to go outside. The newest member of the crew has completely captured my heart.

5. Quiet evenings. Tonight is turning into one of those for me.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


After professing to being bored and wanting to get out of the house along with a desire for some fruit and some chocolate creme drops (that I only get around the holidays), Chris and I ventured out to Wal-Mart around 9pm tonight. And guess what we didn't do? We didn't buy the first piece of fruit or creme drops. I can only only about this because that was seriously all we went for and we ended up with everything but those items.

Friday, November 22, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 2

Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. The news has been full of reflective stories and re-showing old footage plus the usual trotting out of conspiracy theories. It seems difficult to believe that something so monumental that really defined a generation happened 50 years ago. It seems that everyone older than 55 or 56 can remember exactly where they were and what was going on when the news broke.
My kitchen was in such disarray today that I refused to do any cooking. Chris & I went out to run some errands and we decided to get pizza for the kids and Japanese food for us. I'm not sure how our "date nights" always end up at the dog pens but it is really amusing to me and tonight was no exception.
Speaking of Japanese food, I have always wanted to try sushi but never have been brave enough. At the restaurant tonight where we ordered takeout, they also offered sushi. We had already ordered and paid when I realized that I really wanted to try some carolina rolls and when I mentioned this to Chris, he went up to the counter and bought me some. I absolutely loved the carolina rolls and the spicy tuna that came on the tray. I am not a fan of the wasabi (it was okay until you swallowed and then I swore flames were about to shoot out of my mouth.) I will be ordering sushi again and maybe I will venture forth with something a little more exotic than tuna and the rolls.
I managed to get all of the laundry washed, dried, folded and put away. This is a monumental feat in my house because I swear I spend more time attempting to keep up with the laundry than I do anything else. I am betting by Wednesday you won't be able to tell I did the first stitch of laundry today.
I currently have several books that need to be read so I can return them to the library. And I keep adding to the pile of books. The 2 newest are Sycamore Row by John Grisham and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. I have been waiting for both of them to be released for well... forever and I can't wait until I can sit down and devour them. Holding true to tradition though, so far on my time off, I have not read a single word in an actual book.
My love for the written word is well known and I prefer my books to be in actual book form but I have to admit that I am loving my kindle more and more. I think it has a lot to do with it being more versatile than just a platform to read books. I can watch movies and play games on it as well. Elizabeth has asked for one for Christmas and I am seriously thinking about getting her one.
My schedule for the next week is not bad at all. I am off Wednesday to cook and Friday to recuperate (& decorate my house for Christmas) and I only have to work a 5 hour shift on Thanksgiving itself. This next week should be fun.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

I'm bad at titles

After several busy-ish days at work, I am greatly looking forward to having a couple of days off in a row. I have no specific plans short of getting my house cleaned up and maybe doing some reading. Somehow I never manage to crack a book open during my days off. I have yet to figure out why this is true but it seems to be that way every week.

I made the work schedule for the coming week and worked it out so that we could do short shifts for Thanksgiving. One person requested to work an 8 hour shift so I honored that request. She does Thanksgiving with her family every year a couple of weeks before the actual holiday and always asks to work a full shift every year on the day itself.

I went and picked up Doctor Sleep before I went to work today. I can not wait to dive into it. Chris thinks I am hilarious because I mentioned I have been waiting for this book to come out since I found out Stephen King was even going to write it. I don't think he "gets" why I find reading to be so fulfilling sometimes. Elizabeth has been bitten with the same reading buy (for which I am grateful). This is a relatively new occurrence for her (think: just this school year.) Last year and all the years before I had to practically force her to read enough to get her AR points and this year, she had well over 100 before the first quarter ended at school. At least that is one battle I no longer have to wage.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Disjointed, perhaps

I have been really out of sorts lately. I can't pinpoint a particular cause for this being out of sorts; I just know I am.

Between working an extraordinary amount and having no time to do what makes me happy and running errands and cleaning the house and feeling like I need an extra three days in a week to sleep, I am running low on initiative to keep plodding along. It's frustrating most days and some days are more frustrating than others.

Today would have been my aunt's birthday and it is my uncle's birthday. My paternal aunt and my maternal uncle both shared a birthday which I always thought was really cool when I was a kid. I still think it's cool in a way and today has been especially difficult because I miss her quite a bit.

The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend and I'm off Friday and Saturday so I will get to enjoy it and then next week, it is supposed to be really cold. I am actually looking forward to that. Maybe we will get some more snow. I doubt it will happen but it would be nice.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

The day started off slowly because I decided to stay in bed until I was ready to get up this morning. I ended up making coffee but then going back to sleep. I finally got up for the day around 11 or so and I am glad I made the decision I did.

I had errands to run before work so I left early. I feel like I always have errands to run. I would really like to have a complete day off where I didn't have anything to do or anything to clean or anywhere to go. I want to just sit and read a book and drink coffee and relax. That shouldn't be too much to ask but I haven't had a day like that in forever.

I was going to order the dog trainers for Chris but I can't remember which one he wants so I am going to wait until I can show him the ones I contemplated ordering so I don't end up getting the wrong thing.

Still waiting for Beth's computer to come back. They actually haven't had it that long and I got an email letting me know it had arrived at their repair center just over a day after I shipped it to them.

I have a book waiting for me at the library that I could have picked up today if I had known it was there already but I didn't know so I guess I will have to make another trip to the library sometime soon. I got Sycamore Row by John Grisham today so I will be diving into that later tonight.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Irritating to me at the moment

The never ending news coverage about the failure that is "Obamacare."  The news shows keep parading people out who are losing their subpar, expensive coverage and want to whine without actually looking at what is available on the exchange. And ok, so the exchange website is not working as well as it should or could but they are working on it and for goodness sakes, nothing the government does is ever smooth in the beginning. The news shows are only presenting one side of the story and have yet to re-invite a guest who has found out that the Affordable Care Act is actually going to benefit them (and yes, there are quite a few of them.) Also, insurance companies cancelling policies and blaming the ACA. Insurance companies routinely cancel policies to get people moved into higher priced/higher deductible policies and now it's news? The insurance companies are basically doing what they have always done to protect their bottom line; now, they just have a handy scapegoat. If the Republican party would invest some time and energy in making this a success, the entire Congress could go down in history as having done something worthwhile and good for future generations. It seems as if being adults and actually working together to solve problems is something this Congress is incapable of doing and I find that to be really sad.

I will remove myself from my soapbox now and go back to my corner.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 56

Things I am grateful for today

1. Little dogs that wander up to the porch and take up residence. He was wearing a collar with a tag and Elizabeth called the number listed on the tag and he said he didn't have a dog anymore. He had given it away to someone who allegedly lived over 45 miles away so how in the world the dog ended up on our porch is a mystery to me. We decided to let him stay since he suspiciously doesn't have an owner who will claim him. He's an inside dog; you can tell by how he acts. He's house broken and the most cuddly little thing ever. His name is Lucky or Scooter depending on who you ask.

2. A day off that enabled me to get all of my errands run, grocery shopping done, blankets washed, laundry finished, kitchen cleaned up and a really nice meal cooked for supper. Roast with vegetables, mashed potatoes, yams and biscuits and of course, gravy. A bit carb heavy but it was a splurge and worth every bit of time it took to prepare.

4. Having Thanksgiving dinner decided and most of the ingredients on hand to prepare said dinner. I still need to buy a ham because we are not doing turkey but I am going to wait until later in the week to do that.

5. The new bed and the bedding. That is such a comfortable bed and I am sleeping a lot better when I do sleep which seemingly isn't all that much. I hope to work on that in the next few weeks.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A little bit frustrated

I have spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to re-enable commenting on the blog and no matter what settings I change, the comment area doesn't show up. And then I realized there was a box on the post page itself that says allow or not allowed for comments and so I may have spent all that time pulling at my hair for no reason.

I went to bed right after I got home last night. That in itself is unusual because I normally stay up way too late. I woke up this morning feeling amazing and I ended up doing 3 loads of laundry and cleaning my kitchen and putting away an entire basket full of laundry before leaving to go to work. Basically I did an entire's day worth of work before going to the work that pays me in real money.

Friday, November 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes # 1

I have been reading 7 Quick Takes for a really, really long time now and have always said I was going to do this on Fridays but just have never managed to get around to it. I finally decided today while reading Jennifer's quick takes to snag the template for the post and here I am. My very first quick takes.
Elizabeth and I made and decorated a cake on Thursday. The cake itself turned out really good. The decorations: Not so much. I said since it was our first time ever then perhaps we didn't do so bad but I've seen cakes on the cake wreck site that looked better than our decorated cake did. However, it's really yummy when you eat it so I won't consider it a complete failure.
My parents recently joined the 21st century and got a smart phone for my mom and they both got a texting plan and now they are texting fools. There is nothing quite as funny as getting a text from your parents after years of having to leave them voice mails every time you thought of something you needed to say. I am actually happy with this turn of events though because it has cut down on the number of voice mails she has left for me asking if I am at work and if that's why I haven't answered my phone any of the 22 times she has called in 30 minutes.
5 months after moving into our new house, we finally decided that the full sized bed we put in our room was not going to cut it and we went and bought a queen sized bed. Did you know there is only a foot of difference between a full and a queen but that it feels like so much more when one of you shifts in the middle of the night and neither of you have to cling to the side of the bed for fear of falling off. Also, if you are tall (like Chris is) and you don't like to share a blanket, king sized comforters will allow you to cover up without having your feet hanging out at the end. The more you know...
I'm at work and it's really quiet tonight which is highly unusual for a Friday. I think most people are saving their travels for Thanksgiving weekend which is just 2 short weeks away. And then Christmas which makes me cringe because I realize that I have yet to do any Christmas shopping.
On a related to Christmas shopping note, neither of my children have presented me with a list yet. I really need for them to remedy that problem because if I have to figure out what to get them, it may very well be gift cards. That sounds awful but at almost 19 and 11, they are getting really difficult to shop for.
I need book suggestions. I went to the library before work today and didn't find anything that really jumped out at me. I have a stack of books on my table beside my bed but nothing is appealing right now. I will read pretty much anything and everything. Help?
For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

birthday presents for my mama

My mama's birthday is this Saturday and my daddy decided to take her to Tennessee for her birthday week. They left last Sunday and went to Nashville and today they were headed to Sieversville for the next several days. As her present, Chris & I are paying for their hotel room for the Sieversville portion of their trip and she texted me earlier this evening to let me know that they made it safely and the room was lovely and all she had to do was give her card for incidentals since her "daughter has already paid for the room." This is the first year I have ever been in a position to do something really nice for her for her birthday and I think paying for their room for a 5 day trip counts as nice. She was pleased and I am pleased that she was. I think I may do the same sort of thing for my daddy's birthday in March.

I pretty much spent all of my day sleeping. I fell yesterday morning and by lunch time I was in pain which only intensified overnight. I was restless which I blamed on the new bed but I think the pain may have had something to do with it as well. So after getting Elizabeth off to school and Chris off to work, I laid down and ended up sleeping until Beth got home from school. I never sleep like that so I guess my body really needed it.

I supervised Beth making a cake and I frosted it and then we decorated it. I took Chris to pick up his truck from Kevin's shop and he said it drives like a brand new truck now. I am grateful for that.

As dumb as it may be, I think I am going to call it an early night and go to bed. I am just completely worn out for some reason.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Too tired to think of a title

It snowed for hours last night. I got home to find the power was still out so Chris & I headed to McDonald's in Elizabethtown to get them all something to eat since the power had been out for approximately 6 hours and they had no opportunity to cook dinner. The falling snow was gorgeous. It didn't stick but it was beautiful to watch as it came down.

We returned home to the power having been restored. Duke Progress Energy & their employees get serious kudos for working through so really horrendous conditions to make the lights come back on. This outage also made us realize that we needed to buy some alternate form of heat for the house because it was really really tremendously cold after 6 hours of no power and temperatures in the mid 20-s to mid 30's.

So today we set out to do just that. First though we had to go return both of our cable boxes because they were fried. We assumed the power outage had caused it but found out they had done some sort of massive update the night before and for whatever reason, our cable boxes just wouldn't accept them. When I was on the phone with tech support, they told me to return the boxes to Lumberton so we drove there first this morning only to have that woman tell us we needed to take them to Whiteville. Add 2 plus hours for a round trip onto our already hectically packed schedule for the day. We did manage, however, to find the correct office and replace the boxes and have lunch and buy a kerosene heater from Wal-Mart and go to Stedman and purchase a queen sized bed and so in theory, the day was absolutely productive.

I also got Beth's computer shipped off to the service center in Texas and checked the mail where I had 2 packages (yay for packages!) and made a pot of chili for supper.

Overall, it was a really good day.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Surprises and such

I picked up Dylan after I got off work last night and then got home to discover my kitchen was a complete wreck but for a good cause. Chris had purchased the lights for the kitchen and proceeded to put them in along with another plug and a couple of switches. I absolutely love my new lights but I don't love the mess he left behind for me to clean up. I didn't go to bed until almost 4 am and then I woke up late today (almost 1pm) and I didn't have time to do much of anything other than get ready for work so I will have a mostly destroyed kitchen waiting for me when I get home from work today.

It was almost 70 degrees when I got to work today at 3pm and when I went outside for a few minutes at 5:30, the temperature had already dropped to 51 and the wind was howling. It still is howling which I guess has a lot to do with the arctic air that is pressing down from the north and is also the cause of all the rumors of snow fall tonight. For the record, I don't think we will get any snow. I could be wrong but I really think if we get anything it will be a bit of rain/freezing rain. It's too early in the year for snow.

It has been busier tonight than the past couple of nights which I am counting as a blessing. I have the next 2 days off after today so maybe I will be able to get some work done and get Beth's computer shipped off to the service center for them to look at and fix. We are supposed to be going to get a new bed tomorrow. I guess the weather will play a factor as to whether that trip happens tomorrow or not.

I have 5 hours left in my shift and I can't stop yawning. It may be time to go outside for a shot of cold air.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

It came to my attention today that everyone and I do mean everyone was posting happy veterans day posts on twitter and facebook and instagram and everywhere one tends to write. And I had this thought: Veteran's Day to me is like Mother's Day or Father's Day or any holiday with the express purpose of honoring someone. It's a nice sentiment but do that honoring every single day and not just on the day set aside for it.

In semi-related news: I am cranky today. This has nothing to do with holidays or anything but mostly just that I am exhausted and it seems that there is a never ending list of things to get done and people want things 5 hours ago and I am just overwhelmed some. -sigh-

I am taking my whiny self and going to read part of a book.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 55

Things I am grateful for today

1. Elizabeth snuggling up with me yesterday after her daddy left to go hunting. She didn't go this weekend (unusual) and when I woke up, she was asleep on his side of the bed. I tiptoed out of the room and she proceeded to sleep for almost 2 more hours. I love waking up to her snuggling though. I know it won't happen for much longer which is why I try to enjoy it while I can.

2. Busy days at work (and then a much needed slower one.) We had a full house all weekend, mostly church groups for the yearly pilgrimage. They are mostly well-behaved but can get loud as any large group of pre-teens and teenagers can be. Heck, even adults in large groups can be loud. I enjoy having them here every year even if some people (not associated with the group) act like they are here just to spite them. I think some adults forget what it was like when they had children or when they were children. 

3. Having time to write even though it has meant that I have forgone reading most of this month.

4. My new scarves from Cato's. I don't typically shop at Cato's because while their stuff is gorgeous, it's also usually out of my price range. However, the other day I stopped in to browse because the mannequin in the window was wearing this gorgeous scarf and I left the store with 5 of them. I purchased different styles and colors so I could wear them with my work uniform and 2 specifically for coats once the weather stays cold enough for a coat.

5. White chocolate kit kats. This might be weird to be grateful for but I have the mini ones and they are just the right amount to cure my sporadic chocolate cravings.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

quiet before the avalanche of teenagers

The thing about Pilgrimage is this: The city is overrun with children between the ages of 10 & 18 and most of them are away from home without their parents in a hotel in a different city for the FIRST TIME and so they must push their boundaries to the breaking point to see what exactly they can do and get away with before someone reprimands them. -sigh- For the most part they are an amazing group of children. As with any large gathering, though, when you put lots of children in one space it quickly gets loud and slightly chaotic.

Right now, it's eerily quiet. The parking lot looks empty so people keep stopping to ask if we have rooms and we don't but I don't think they believe me even though I really have no reason to lie about it. You would think I had a personal vendetta against all of these people the way they are acting. My suggestion: Never assume a particular city will have a hotel room waiting just for you. Make a reservation once you figure out how far you want to travel for the day.

I had a pretty good day before coming to work. I woke up this morning to find Beth is bed with me. She was snuggled up in her daddy's spot and had gone back to sleep. We slept for a while longer and then had breakfast and then she told me all about the book she is currently reading. She's participating in the middle school battle of the books this year. Nick did battle of the books in elementary school and now she's doing it in middle school and somehow that makes the circle complete.

I still haven't done much reading for this month. I have done quite a bit of writing for various things but no reading. I have an opportunity tonight to get some done because I only have 1 person left to come in for the evening.

Going to go crack open a book. Better than staring at a computer screen for much longer.

Friday, November 8, 2013

How to have an extraordinary day... (sarcasm included)

Sleep until you are ready to get up.

Make coffee and call your mama to let her know that Chris has a deer for them in the freezer.

Have her call you back 15 minutes later to ask if it's ok for them to come and get it because they want to put it up before they leave on their trip.

Look at clock to see what time it is and assume that you have enough time to get into the shower before they arrive only to find them knocking at your door after you have made it into the bathroom and undressed leading you to believe they must have called you from the end of the street.

Get dressed, run for door and hear about how they could have murdered everyone in the house in the time it took for me to get to the door and the dog wouldn't have even barked about it. (In his defense, he just saw them the other day so he knew they weren't going to murder anyone.)

Give them deer from freezer, talk with them for a few minutes. After they leave, get in the shower.

Drive to another city to go to JC Penney's because you know where all of their petite clothing for your daughter is located only to find they have rearranged the store since you were last in there approximately a week ago. -sigh-

Spend 20 minutes aimlessly searching before breaking down and asking a salesperson for help. Said salesperson then spends the remainder of your time in the store following you around and asking you if you need any more help.

Gulp over the price of a pair of jeans. Look for the hidden gold in the pockets because at that price they must have more than just fabric in them and discover there is no hidden gold.

Pay. Panic in parking lot. (Optional... The panic part, not the paying part.)

Go to get your hair cut. Spend an hour waiting worried that you may be late for work because everyone in front of you is having major stuff done.

Finally get in the stylist chair and realize that your stylist is a hair god and you won't be going to anyone but him ever again. And he gets you in and out so you aren't late for work and still have time to stop to get food before arriving.

Get to work where you were previously sold out to find you have 15 rooms to sell and there is no one moving outside at all.

*There are four rooms left now and I really wonder if we will manage to sell out tonight because I'm going an average of an hour between people coming in.*

Seriously though, this has been a really good day. I have a haircut I am loving and I found earrings that I didn't want to do without so now I have a couple of additional pairs to wear since Beth is constantly stealing my earrings. I may have to keep these under lock and key.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Slow night tonight

Watching an episode of Chopped on Food Network at work because it is slow in here. This is the first night of many that it has been slow and this weekend is going to be super busy because of the Methodist Youth Group Conference. We are sold out for both nights of the weekend already (Friday and Saturday night being the 2 nights of the weekend.)

There isn't much going on to write about. My reading is suffering thanks to NaNoWriMo. I have been doing more scribbling than reading which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have time to read tonight but have discovered that I'm really not wanting to do that; Chopped is more interesting to me at the moment.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I did entirely too much stuff today and I am sure I will regret it tomorrow when I am unable to move properly. I cleaned up the house, cooked chicken and cheese enchiladas for supper, raked the yard, reorganized all of Chris's stuff outside, did laundry, folded and put away all the laundry that had accumulated in the basket, did some shopping and gave myself a manicure.

I seriously think I need to learn what slowing down means.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lasagna and permits oh my

I had today off work so I decided to finally take Nick to get his permit. He could have gotten his license if I had been more comfortable with his driving ability but since he never really got a chance to drive before I wanted him to get his permit again for a while. And now I am slightly irritated that it was so easy to obtain because that is part of the reason we had been putting it off for so long.

We bought an electric fireplace to replace the one Barry and Kerri had given us because it was making an awful racket and we were worried about fixing it and having it catch on fire one day so we just bought a new one. And some how or another I agreed to get him the new Call of Duty: Ghosts. I am a pushover.

Nick drove us to my mama's house where we showed her how to use her new phone and saw their new camper which is absolutely awesome. I have RV envy.

A trip to the grocery store where Nick convinced me to make lasagna for supper.

I took a nap for a little while and put supper on. I think tonight will be an early night for me.

Monday, November 4, 2013

What is going on around here?

The title represents the question I have been asked ninety billion (or so it seems) times this evening.

The short answer is that there is a military convention in town and everyone has swarmed in to town in an effort to procure a room so they can have a place to come back to after touting their wares at said convention.

The short answer is not being accepted by a majority of the people asking the question so I switched to this answer: "I really don't know."

It's better than asking this one: "Why are YOU here?" (Which I have been known to do on occasion when frustrated with the endless questions.)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 54

Things I am grateful for today

1. The time change. As weird as that may seem. It's nice to wake up in sunshine (and know that it will be light in the mornings while Beth is waiting for the bus.) Plus, I slept until 9 and then managed to get the kitchen done and a lot of other little chores that I normally put off until later in the week.

2. Chris made me breakfast this morning and it was really good. I don't normally eat breakfast but when someone else makes it.... you are a fool to turn it down.

3. The leaves on the trees are gorgeous. I wish I could take pictures that would do them justice but I can't. My pictures never turn out as pretty as they subject matter looks which prompted me to take a picture in the first place.

4. Today is Sunday which means it is Sandpiper day. Tonight, I am having ham and mac & cheese instead of turkey and dressing like I normally get. I figured maybe it was time to try something new from there.

5. Sunshine. Today was a gorgeous day. All fall like. Slightly chilly, breezy and not a cloud in the sky. One of those beautiful autumn days. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Random thoughts

Today is a gorgeous day outside. It looked like it wanted to rain earlier but now the sky is blue and there are fluffy white clouds. It will be dark soon and the time changes tonight. I am not looking forward to the time change because it always throws my body clock off and it seems to take forever for me to readjust. At least it is some comfort that the extra hour/skipped hour each time the time changes happens on a Sunday and not a Monday. I don't know how I would possibly survive if Monday had an extra hour in it. Mondays are difficult enough already.

Elizabeth and Chris are hunting today. I am working. I feel like that is pretty much all I do anymore. Just a couple more days until I have two days off in a row. This coming week is going to be busy. Lots of military stuff going on and then the Methodist youth pilgrimage is this weekend. That should be lots of fun. You can decide for yourself if that was sarcasm or not. ;-) 

Friday, November 1, 2013

30 days of lots of writing


          ...I am a glutton for punishment.
          ...I don't have enough on my plate already with work and family life.
         ...I miss writing regularly.

I am sure there are plenty of other reasons I could give but I have decided to post every day this month for NaBloPoMo (the acronym is incredibly difficult to write correctly on the first second third try) and also to write for NaNoWriMo. This is my 6th or 7th time doing NaNoWriMo. I am nothing if not dedicated to overextending myself. We shall see how they both turn out. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 53

Things I am grateful for today

1. Getting everything taken care of for the truck this past week. It is officially ours now. It's in my name but it will be Nick's truck as soon as he has a license and can  pay for his insurance. I am hoping this will motivate him to do some things.

2. Splitting my days off up for the past couple of weeks so that I don't work incredibly long stretches between days off. Next week I am going to take two in a row so I can actually feel like I was able to accomplish something.

3. Being able to get some stuff paid off. That is a really sweet feeling.

4. The changing leaves and the cooler weather. I'm sure it's only temporary and it will be hot again for a bit before it actually gets and stays cold but it has been lovely to not need the heat or air conditioner.

5. Being loved even when I'm so cranky I can barely stand myself.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 52

Things I am grateful for today

1. This past week (the 17th) marked my fourth anniversary at my place of employment. I am lucky in that, not only did my boss give me a chance when many people wouldn't (reentering the work force after spending 14 years as a stay at home mom), this is a job I really, truly love. I didn't realize I would be so good at what I do when I first applied here and got hired. I started working here because Chris had shattered his leg and couldn't work and we needed an income only to discover that I enjoy what I am currently doing and I'm pretty damn good at it.

2. I was off yesterday and Elizabeth and I spent most of the day together. She was determined that I wasn't going to sleep until I was ready to get up. Instead, she started peering at me on the bed until I finally said "OK" and got out of it. We went shopping (for shoes and grocery and such) The shoe shopping was mostly fun. As with clothes, Elizabeth has no concept of sizes and just likes to browse until she sees something pretty!!!! at which point she gets annoyed when you tell her that it is either too big or too small for her. Surprisingly we found decent shoes that we could both agree on (after I made it clear that I wasn't spending any of the money on high heeled shoes) without wanting to strangle one another. 

3. I got to cook supper last night, something I only get to do 2 nights a week at most. I made tortellini soup and oh my goodness, it was so good. We got garlic bread made by the bakery at the grocery store which I have decided is the best!garlic!bread!ever! I may never buy any  other kind again.

4. I am at work now and it is steady enough that I am not twiddling my thumbs but not so busy that I can't breathe. Which is a good thing because there is no floater tonight so I'm having to do everything myself. 

5. I finished the book I have been reading and I am ready to start a new one. I have two choices in my work bag or I could just hold off and read a magazine. I am grateful that over the past few months, I have rediscovered my love my books (and also grateful that Elizabeth has been bitten by the reading bug. To the tune of they had to have 30 AR points this nine weeks and she already has 86.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 51

Things I am grateful for today

1. Coffee

2. sunshine

3. Scobee

4. Having a job that I love.

5. my family

An abbreviated list today, minus my usual wordiness, because I don't feel well and I just want to go home & go to bed.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 50

Things I am grateful for today

1. The time I took off earlier this week was very beneficial for me. I got to get a lot of things done. I managed to get some decent sleep and I spent Chris's birthday on Thursday with him doing things he wanted to do (like run the rabbit dogs) and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

2. I am grateful for a job that I genuinely like and am glad to return to after an extended break. The first two nights I was back, I sold out the hotel and people were pleasant and it was just nice to be back and busy. I don't know how I ever managed to stay home for so long. I like being home but if I had to do it all the time like I used to do, I would probably go completely crazy.

3. I had a multiple hour conversation with my sister one of the days of this week. We very rarely get to talk anymore so it was nice to be able to do that without having to watch the clock. Yesterday, she amused me by asking me what to do about a nail in her tire. "Should I pull the nail out?" I will probably always giggle when I think of that from now on.

4. The cooler air. It has been really nice, temperature wise, this past week. The nights are brisk and the early mornings hint at autumn. Also, the leaves are starting to change colors. It's time to get the camera out and start taking some pictures.

5. Elizabeth is off restriction. I came home from work Friday night and Chris had given her back her laptop and her phone and all of her privileges. She went to spend Saturday night with Brittney so I didn't see her before I went to work today. I'll peek in on her when I get home from work tonight.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 49

Things I am grateful for today

1. Today is National Coffee Day. If you went to any of the big coffee stores (Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, etc) they would give you a free small coffee. McDonald's, in having to do things differently, is giving away free coffee until the 3rd of October (also known in these parts as Chris's birthday.) Despite my well documented love of all things java, I have not and won't be partaking of any free coffee product from any location. Mostly because there are few coffee places that make coffee as good as I can make it myself. And also because there isn't a Starbucks or a Dunkin' Donuts around for miles and miles and more miles.

2. I had a doctor's appointment on Friday. I was on the cancellation list because he didn't have any available appointments for a month so when they called me Thursday afternoon and said he had an opening for Friday at 9am, I took it without thinking twice. Fortunately I was off work on Friday. The appointment ended up taking way longer than normal. (Aside: When you are already behind schedule by your 3rd appointment of the day, you are doing something wrong. Or over-scheduling yourself. Or your front office is over-scheduling you. Point is that it is ridiculous.)

3. In the good news/bad news way that my doctor is famous for: Good news: My blood sugar is/has been/continues to remain under control. I have consistently had an a1C in the 6.0 - 6.5 range so he is super pleased with that and told me to stop testing so often. He is not so pleased with the stalled out weight loss and wanted to put me on a new drug that is a diabetes drug but also causes weight loss. I declined. His miracle diabetes drug of last caused thyroid problems. I don't want to be anyone's guinea pig anymore. My body likes the weight it is at and I feel pretty good. Bad news is I have a condition called hyperreflexia and apparently it is a brain/spinal cord combination isssue so he wants to do a lumbar puncture and a brain imaging to see what is going on in both of those regions. I am processing all the news, good and bad and will make some decisions soon.

4. Chris brought home the memory card from his trail camera last night and we went through all the pictures. The camera had been up just over 4 days and had 658 pictures on it, 521 of them had deer in the photos. This morning we sat and watched the slide show and I was completely entranced with the itty bitty baby deer that showed up in the photos.

5. I am at work and it has been a pretty good evening so far. I am hurting. I feel like I have the flu (which I probably will get now that I got a flu shot on Friday) and my nerves are all twitchy. I would really like to not get sick right now because Chris's birthday is coming up and I have a few days off from work. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 48

Things I am grateful for today

1. I have had the entire weekend off. My birthday is tomorrow (37 years old I will be) so I took the weekend and tomorrow since we get a paid day for our birthdays. I love paid days off.

2. I got to see some really cool cars as part of the peanut festival that Dublin had yesterday. Elizabeth went to the parade and the fair they had and she got me earrings as a birthday present. They are really pretty. Also, heavy as I put them in my ears to try them on. I will definitely get some wear out of them.

3. Coffee and sunshine particularly when they come together in a neat little package of sitting on the front porch watching the sun come up.

4. Autumn. Today is the official first day of autumn and already we have had some cool overnight temperatures which makes it feel like fall. It is lovely. Also, the leaves are starting to change on some of the trees and I am absolutely enthralled. I love this time of year (and not just because of my birthday.)

5. I have read more this month than I have any of the other months this year so far. I have made time to sit down and read and I am oh so glad that I have. I didn't realize how much I missed it.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 47

Things I am grateful for today

1. A very much needed day off.

2. A new meatloaf recipe that has been so good I have made it every time I have made meatloaf since finding it and everyone eats it like they may never be offered meatloaf again even if the kids do pick at me about making it every week.

3. Being able to stay up way too late on Saturday night reading a memoir. I have developed a new fondness for reading memoirs as is evidenced by the pile of books I am currently hoarding.

4. Elizabeth loves her birthday present which is all I could hope for.

5. 8 days until my 37th birthday!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 46

Things I am grateful for today

1. The ability to have slept in the past few days because I need to do so. I didn't neglect anything important that needed to be done and I made it to work on time each day so I call that a win.

2. Guests that made me smile at work this week with their thoughtfulness and caring. Sometimes all it takes is a nice word and a smile to turn someone's day around.

3. Beth's birthday present came in the mail yesterday. The delivery statement said it might not be here until the 11th and I was concerned about that since her birthday is on the 10th but it got here in plenty of time and I am very very glad. Now to just be able to hold out and wait until until her birthday to give it to her.

4. Bow season started Saturday. I really want to get back into good enough shape that I can use mine. I tried to pull it back the other day and my arm put up a mighty protest.

5. I finally (!!!) managed to finish the 932 page I have been reading forever. I don't read books that long anymore, for the most part, because I only get a few minutes of reading time here and there and I like to sit down and devour a story. It's been slow at work the past few days I have worked so I have managed to get a lot of reading done.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

GIST - The Sunday edition # 45

Things I am grateful for today

1. A day off that included lots of quality time with Chris.

2. Some time in the woods where I discovered that it was lovely and peaceful and I saw some deer.

3. Getting through 8 additional levels of candy crush. (Seriously addictive and also irritating but yet I keep playing.)

4. A clean kitchen and all the laundry done & put away.

5. Sunshine (even it did feel like a bajillion degrees outside.)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

GIST - The Sunday edition # 44

Things I am grateful for today

1. coffee brought to me in bed this morning as an enticement to get up so we could go drop the truck off at the shop and run some errands before I had to go to work (and before football had a chance to come on the television.)

2. flowers growing in my flower pots, on the sides of the road, in yards of the houses I pass on the way to work, at work by the doors and lining the driveways. They are bright & colorful & always improve my mood.

3. random compliments from people this past week at work and in the library.

4. having time to read this behemoth of a book that I have started reading (which is really wonderful despite my initial misgivings since it's almost 1000 pages) plus spell check for correcting my misspelling of the word behemoth before I hit the publish button.

5. School starts in just over a week. I am mostly happy about this because Elizabeth is growing bored (or has been & has just lost the ability to mask that boredom) and it's time for some normal routine and structure to enter our days again. Plus, it's a new chapter for her (middle school plus new school!) and for us and oh my goodness, the possibilities are just endless. So essentially, I am grateful for my own enthusiasm. ;-)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

What Chris sent me as a joke

He found it amusing & so did I when he sent it. Only problem for him: I can climb trees too.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...