Monday, August 31, 2015


My sister texted me tonight to ask me if I would come get some of her stuff and keep it until they get a place to move into because her landlord has told them he is locking them out tomorrow. He formally evicted them 2 weeks ago  and their ten days was actually up on Sunday and she's still acting like this is someone's fault and not her own. I am beyond tired of the whole situation.

I texted Chris and asked him if he would go with me when I got off work and he said "surely." So I picked him up and we went over there and brought a truck load of stuff back to our house and sat it in the sunroom. That's all I can do. She's on her own for the rest.

Elizabeth is liking her classes so far and all of her teachers. She was raving about them the other day and it did my heart good to hear that because she's only ever done that with one other teacher/grade and that was 1st grade with Mr. Patterson. I am hoping this raving about the teachers will continue all year and it will be her best school year yet.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 132

Things I am grateful for today

1. Having an unexpected Saturday off after working on Thursday when I was supposed to be off.

2. Finishing Book 2 of the Boleyn trilogy. I will read Book 3 tomorrow and then be sad that there are no more Boleyn books to read. They are really well written.

3.  A slow evening after a very busy few weeks.

4. Seeing a cicada bug for the first time ever. I have heard them before but never seen them.

5. home cooked meals

Friday, August 28, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 49

I am completely embarrassed to admit that I am stuck on level 461 of Candy Crush. I can't seem to get past that level no matter how much I try. Trust me, I'm trying.

Another game I can't win: 2048. People claim to have beat it but I am not one of them.

I'm semi addicted to Bingo Blitz and find myself playing it when I can't sleep which thankfully isn't as often as it used to be. My sleeping patterns have vastly improved over the past year.

It's soon going to be time to get more organized. I'm also embarrassed to admit that I still haven't hung any pictures in the new house. We've been there since April. I love this house and plan to live here for a long time so don't ask me why I am hesitant to make it mine. 

I am really looking forward to autumn. The leaves on the oak tree are already starting to turn colors which tells me that cooler weather won't be too far behind.

I got a lot done today. Multiple loads of laundry and the kitchen completely clean. I'm proud of what I managed to do today.

It's time to get serious about some things. I've got a lot of planning to do and a lot of things to think about. It's mostly good stuff so I'm not dreading it.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Answer Me This # 21

Answer Me This

1. Do you prefer to celebrate holidays at your own house or at someone else's house? I prefer to do holidays at my house. I think part of that has to do with not liking to go places. 

2. What is your favorite kind of candy? Sweet tarts. And any form of chocolate.

3. Do you like video games? I am not a fan of video games. They make me sick when I try to watch or play.

4. Do you speak another language? I know enough Spanish to keep up with a conversation but not participate. Same for French.

Answer Me This is a series started by Catholic All Year. Her series ran on Sundays earlier this year. I got a late start so mine will run a bit longer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Just Write # 8

The first day of school was today. Elizabeth got up, got herself ready and out the door she went. She texted me when she got home since I was at work and she had a good first day. I'm very glad about this. I'm also glad that I was able to get her school supplies and her clothes over the weekend and we didn't have any mama/daughter arguments about what she was going to wear. Plus, we both got our ears pierced and so far, so good. It's early days yet but I'm pleased with how she is handling everything.

I've got a stack of books to read and no time to read them. I feel like I'm in a losing battle with time management here because there is always more to do than there is time in which to do. -sigh-

One day things will even out and I'll be moaning about how much time I have on my hands. I assure it won't be this year.

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, August 24, 2015

school starts tomorrow

Not a moment too soon.

Codi spent the weekend with us at Elizabeth's request and I took her home before I came to work today.

Elizabeth has all of her laundry done and her book bag packed and her supplies in order. She's ready to go to school. I am hoping this year will be a very good year for her.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 131

Things I am grateful for today

1. Having had the weekend off.

2. a successful shopping trip with Elizabeth in which neither of us had to argue with the other one about what would or would not be purchased.

3. Getting my ear pierced for the 3rd time.

4. finishing a book

5. sunshine

Friday, August 21, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 48

I really think today is someone's birthday and I feel like I should remember exactly who but I can't. It's just this nagging feeling that I'm forgetting someone important. I don't like that feeling.

The summer is rapidly winding down in that school starts back in 4 days. The weather will continue to proclaim summer until well into October probably.

We have hired someone new at work and she is a doll. She's really really talkative which is good when it comes to the public but bad when it comes to grumpy people who like quiet. I think she's going to work out very well.

Chris took Elizabeth to her open house last night and now I owe him a favor forever because it was packed and it took a really long time. She's happy though because she met her homeroom teacher and got her schedule. It turns out that she and Josh are on the same team and in almost all the same classes.

I heard a rumor that Claire is going to be releasing the first installment of her novel soon and excited doesn't even begin to tell you how I am about this. I had the privilege of reading snippets along the way and I've been impatiently waiting for the whole thing. 

I requested the entire Boleyn series and I'm waiting for the last book to come (which is actually the first book in the series) so I can't start it yet. I'm impatient about that too.

This time next week school will have started back. Yay for the return of routines.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Answer Me This # 20

Answer Me This

1. Do you hate happy clappy church music? I love happy clappy church music. I also love the more somber music and I just love music in general.

2. What is your priority: eating or sleeping? My priority is always sleeping.

3. What type of milk do you drink in your home? 2%

4. What is a book that changed your perspective on something? I can't answer this question because there are so many books that have changed my perspective on things.

5. Who is your favorite saint? Saint Christopher and Saint Bernadette

6. Introvert or extrovert? Completely introverted.

Answer Me This is a series started by Catholic All Year. Her series ran on Sundays earlier this year. I got a late start so mine will run a bit longer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Just Write # 7

Could I have some fruit to go with my fruit? I'm on a fruit bowl kick these days and a watermelon one and I think the local grocery store has started making them and putting them out because they know I will come buy them. I've eaten more fruit in the past month or so than I have in years. I'm not sure if the fruit has anything at all to do with it but I've lost 20 pounds. I know I'm eating better and I've given up coffee in the evenings so I'm sleeping better and I'm moving more which are probably all contributing factors but I'm ecstatic that I've lost the weight and I'm hoping it's not a fluke and that I manage to keep it off.

I've decided that all fruit bowls should include strawberries and cantaloupe but that honeydew is simply a filler fruit and no one actually eats it (at least no one at my house). If there is pineapple in the bowl, Elizabeth will find a way to spirit it off and pretend like she has no idea what I'm discussing when I start talking about Encyclopedia Brown solving the case of the missing pineapple. And now I want to read an Encyclopedia Brown book. And Nancy Drew. And the Hardy Boys. I'm showing my age with what I remember probably.

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, August 17, 2015

One full week

There is one full week left before school starts.

I will be so glad. Elizabeth is ready to go back and I am ready for the return of order and routine in my house. I love having her home and I loved having Codi over for the summer but I'm ready to get back to normal.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 130

Things I am grateful for today

1. a day off. After 8 straight days, I really needed this day. Of course, I spent most of it doing stuff around the house and not actually relaxing but it was stuff that needed to be done.

2. Lilly. She came outside with me for a bit and sat on the chair and then started whining to go in. It was adorable with her little ball of fluff self.

3. I was able to spend some time planning.

4. coffee

5. We went to pick up dinner to keep from cooking tonight. I'm grateful that we could do that.

Friday, August 14, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 47

Despite my best efforts to avoid a problem, the words "please double check xx's room for tonight to ensure no problems" meant that nobody checked her room at all so there were issues and I am livid. I left a note. I left two notes. I asked when I arrived and was assured that all was well. So imagine my surprise when I get a phone call and there were problems. And yet, I managed to not lose my smile. I'm getting better at it.

Elizabeth is finally off of restriction. The last of her electronic belongings were returned to her and she is happy. She didn't get her daddy's old phone back that she was using to play games but she'll just have to get over herself about that.

My sister is currently going through some things (not my story to tell so I won't) but I'm afraid she's not really learning anything from everything she is going through. And that is frustrating. Also: sad My biggest concern is my niece. That's always been my biggest concern though.

I finished a book tonight. Despite it being busy, I only had a few chapters left and I managed to squeeze them in. I'm starting a new one tomorrow with the hopes of finishing it on Sunday when I am off work.

Elizabeth has a birthday coming up and I am trying to figure out something with which to surprise her, It is difficult for me to buy things for her because she has such varied tastes in things and gone are the days that she let me pick out her clothes. (With good reason though.) I'm awful at shopping for clothes.

I have lost my wounded warrior bracelet and this makes me sad. I've worn it every day for the past 2 years and the other day, when I arrived home from work, it was gone off of my wrist. I looked high and low for it but it seems to just be gone. :-(

I'm overworking myself and probably need a break. I have a day off Sunday and then I have next weekend off. That will have to be good enough for now.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Answer Me This # 19

Answer Me This

1. Are you becoming your mother? I'm no longer "becoming" my mother; that transition is complete. I think it has been for a number of years now. I'm mostly ok with it too.

2. Coffee or tea? Coffee. I drink it all day long. And half the night. Although I am trying to cut out my evening cup of coffee after I get home from work to see if it will make me sleep better.

3. What foreign country would you like to visit? Ireland, Australia and Israel.

4. Do you cry easily? I used to cry really easily. Now, not so much. There's a variety of reasons for that but not crying all the time is definitely a good thing for me.

5. How often do you wear heels? Very rarely. The last time I wore heels was at my uncle Gordon's wake in July of 2014.

6. Do you play an instrument? Sadly, no. I am not instrument inclined. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Just Write # 6

Watching the news leaves me irritated and feeling unsettled so mostly I don't watch it. I catch snippets of headlines as I'm helping people in the evenings and Mr. Bobb and Mrs. Hatley always tell me something of interest when they come in and I read things as they float by in my Facebook newsfeed. It's not that I don't care about current events; it's that I care more about my mental health and lately, it's been precarious at best.

Gossip doesn't entertain me. I wish tabloids didn't exist and there was no need for paparazzi. I wish that people would stop killing other people and that cops wouldn't shoot people of color on sight and then ask questions later (or more accurately, cover it up later.) I wish that people didn't feel it necessary to malign all police officers and I wish the phrase "all lives matter" hadn't entered into anyone's lexicon because let's face it: It's true that if you are a person of color you stand a significantly greater chance of losing your life over something as dumb as failing to signal a lane change or stealing a $1 candy bar than if you look like I do. There's a sign on a business nearby that says #alllivesmatter and frankly, every time I see it, it irritates me. There was a serious missing of the point when they put that sign up. I told them so too because sometimes I have to open my mouth or else my head will pop off and I was told that I was the one missing the point. At which point, I realized that stupid is as stupid does and I decided this was a battle that I would not ever win but it didn't stop me from trying.

Sometimes, that's all you can do.

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Long ago friends

I woke up today knowing that it was Jennifer's birthday. Jennifer and I haven't spoken in a number of years. We used to be the best of friends but life happened and one day we just stopped talking and we've never talked since. I've seen her on the rare occasion but never in an instance that lent itself to conversation. Funny how that works out.

She's 39 today.

I hope she is happy wherever she may be in the world.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

GIST- The Sunday Edition # 129

Things I am grateful for today

1. a slowish night after an incredibly busy weekend.

2. finding humor in situations that should be making me pull my hair out.

3. Starting a no coffee at night routine to see if I will sleep better.

4. swedish gummy fish

5. candy crush to take my mind off of things.

Friday, August 7, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 46

Last Saturday night/Sunday morning was a time I don't ever want to repeat. I'm not going to go into detail because it isn't my story to share but suffice it to say, I think I lost several years off my life.

School will be starting in just over 3 weeks. We are completely unprepared and have not yet shopped for clothes or supplies. I have a plan to do it but haven't been able to yet.

I went to bed at 7:30 last night and slept until 10:30 this morning. I think I may have needed the sleep something fierce. I normally stay up late on my nights off and go to bed when I would have like if I had worked but last night, I was just exhausted by 7. 

I'm thinking about cutting my hair again. Chris had asked me to let it grow out and I tried (I haven't cut my hair in almost 12 weeks!) but it's starting to annoy me. And I don't like being annoyed.

I'm working my through Brittany Gibbon's book while I am at work. It takes me awhile to read when I only read a book at work because it's usually busy. I'm not a fan girl about the book but it is really good and I am was pleasantly surprised to see that it's not just a collection of blog entries. Her blog can be hilarious but I was really glad to see that her book isn't like a lot of blogger books. It's refreshing. And there are points in which, so far, I have cried.

We've been talking to Elizabeth about cooking classes and the possibility of culinary school in the future. She's very good at creating dishes. I think she would enjoy taking some classes with a professional. She like the idea.

I have to work for the next 8 days in a row before another day off. Say a quick prayer for me that I don't lose my mind. ;-)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Answer Me This # 18

Answer Me This

1. What's for dinner? Tonight is date night. I'm thinking about going to Chason's which is a buffet in Hope Mills that is so completely awesome. We rarely go there because I'm usually not in the mood for a buffet and it's usually crowded.

2. What's the last thing you borrowed from someone? A library book from the library.

3. What is your favorite prayer? Hail Mary

4. What is the oldest thing in your house? Me. Ha ha. Seriously, I am the oldest thing in my house aside from the house itself.

5. What's the best concert you ever attended? Umm... I've only ever been to 3 concerts and 2 of those were Nickelback concerts so.... Nickelback. 

6. Do you have a nickname? My best friend from high school calls me Reeses. I also answer to Ria, Marie, and any variation of mama. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Just Write # 5

It's my mama and daddy's 40th anniversary. I posted a picture on Facebook and now my daddy is pretending to be mad at me. I told him if he would take some updated pictures, I wouldn't have to use one he didn't like.

It's amazing when you think of all their 40 years has encompassed. I'm pleased they have made it this long and through all they have done together. It's apparent when you observe them they love one another wholeheartedly.

I guess you don't get to 40 years without love like that even if it's tested and stretched thin every so often.

I hope to be half as lucky.

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Not a fan

I'm not a fan of Mondays. This is no secret. Because I'm not a fan of Mondays, I usually tend to work on those days because if I sit at home, I'll just wallow in some beginning of the week misery. That probably seems strange but it's always been productive for me to have to get up and get things done and leave the house to go to work.

Mondays are also the day I take the trash off before work. It keeps it from accumulating all week and whatever we've gathered over the weekend doesn't sit. Plus, the site is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I'm finally managing to remember this little tidbit of information. So trash days are Monday and Friday.

I work a job where weekends aren't really weekends because I work more often than I don't. It's a good thing I love my job.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 128

Things I am grateful for today

1. Grace and mercy

2. coffee

3. The flowers around my house which are attracting the hummingbirds that I get to enjoy watching.

4. Busy nights at work.

5. my children

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...