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Monday, December 24, 2012

The One with the Happy Holidays

I wanted to pop in since I haven't been around in an entire MONTH! and because I got some flack for not posting.

Things have seemed kind of crazy with getting ready for the holidays and work and all that fun stuff that makes up life. I have been doing a lot of planning for the new year and just realized I have one week to kick those plans in motion in preparation for a brand new beginning. I am super excited though and plan on sharing a lot of it with you.

Christmas giving is one of my most favorite things. I love to give people gifts. I won't lie, I love getting them too. I have gotten some really beautiful things so far (candle that smells so yummy, some ornaments, a beautiful frame, wrap/shawl, gift card!) and can only imagine what my family has done for me. I am excited to see my nephews and sister tonight on facetime.

It is snowing! That is so huge because for the last few years we have not had snow on Christmas. So having a white Christmas just makes it all seem more real and more festive. I have a feeling the running around I have to do in an hour will seem somewhat festive as well or maybe that should be frustrating?!?

I wish all of you the happiest of holidays. Whatever you celebrate, I hope that it is happy and bright and spent with people you love. I know that my holiday is going to be great because I want it to be and I BELIEVE it will be.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Blackest Black Friday

I am that person that looks forward to Black Friday every year. I am the person that got angry for people posting how horrible it is that shopping was starting at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

This year was different. I didn't find anything I HAD to have. I didn't find the need to go out at 8:00 p.m. or midnight. That is not to say that the thought didn't cross my mind fifty three times, because it did. But by the time the end of the day rolled around, I wanted a HOT shower and some comfy pajamas. I wanted nothing more than to stay up and watch Friends reruns on Nick and Nite.

The plan was to kind of get up early and head out. I slept horribly, tossed and turned all night (partly in anticipation and partly because I am stupid). Finally got up around 5:30, read the paper, got dressed and made it to the mall around 6:30ish. We went to JC Penney first. The lines were out the door! Kind of insane since I haven't been able to find anything in that store or online since the BIG CHANGE. We felt up a couple of flannel shirts and then headed out. No desire to stand in line for a cheap flannel shirt.

We hit Bath & Body Works. Ran into a friend and left with a burning nose, some Wallflowers and a headache. Herberger's (part of the BonTon family) was next. It was near bliss. The lines were short, the shoppers were nicely dispersed and we actually found a couple of things to buy. The big thing with Herberger's is they always have a $10 off $10 or more. The problem is there is only one hidden item in the store that it is good on. Well maybe not one item, but very few. You can't use it on Door Busters, or Incredible Values, shoes, cosmetics and certain lines of items like Columbia or Fossil. And just about EVERYTHING is a Door Buster and what isn't is an Incredible Value. Mom ended up using the coupon on some nylons. She picked up a down comforter (always their biggest seller at only $19.97 any size) as a gift and some slippers. And that was our haul.

We headed home for a quick bite to eat and then headed to Missoula for a bazaar and to hit the Farm. It was a lovely ride over (seemed long). We got to the bazaar and left disappointed. It was fun last year, this year seemed really different. It was a lot of high profile type of stuff, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, furnishings. We left empty handed and headed to the mall. I must have been high off of tryptophan to have wanted to go on Friday. I knew if we didn't go on Friday we wouldn't go. I bought two things in the mall, two turkey sausages from The Farm (Hickory Farm). I attempted to purchase some items at JC Penney but when the incredibly bitchtacular cashier rudely yelled that the line started in a different location (despite having a clear line), I left the items where I was standing and walked out. We entered and rather quickly left Sears. It seemed sort of uncleaned and very haphazard. In a word it was trashy.

We had a lovely lunch and then hit Target. I had some success at Target, picked up three gifts I believe. So that was a plus. Barnes & Noble, usually a favorite haunt of mine really held nothing for me. I couldn't find the magazine I wanted (perhaps the issue I am looking for is not out yet) and they didn't have the knitting book I wanted to look through and since I don't buy physical books, we just left.

At this point I was tired, achey and sort of crabby. People were pissing me off. We walked to Michael's, where I found some things I wanted but Mom sort of talked me out of it and I figured I could get it online later. (Foreshadowing: I can't!).

We got gas and snacks and headed home. We made it before it got dark (barely) and settled in for the night.  I looked all over the internet for the Michael's items I didn't buy and could not find them anywhere. After a Google search, came to find out they are specific to Michael's and are not sold online. Seriously? I had sort of planned to make a trip to Bozeman today since it is a touch closer but it snowed and I was not willing to deal with the pass for a few little items. Hopefully they will continue to sell them and I can pick them up next time I am near a Michael's or by some miracle someone will sell them online!

And that was Black Friday. It was by far the worst we have ever had. It was not fun at all and was just a total let down.

Thankful for New Ideas

Hi Everyone! I hope that you all had a fantastic holiday (if you are in the US) and a great Thursday (if you are elsewhere). Mine holiday was very low-key and family focused, just the way I like it.

I have been MIA, but I am now above ground and have some things coming up that I am very excited about and wanted to give a little preview of what you might be seeing here post wise.

First up I am on a HUGE organizational kick and started today with my bathroom. My mantra right now is "A little goes a long way". I didn't want to do it all in one day (well I did, but after a while I would have just started shoving stuff in hidey holes to get it done). I am taking a little piece each day. I even remembered to take photos! Yay! Photos! Everyone loves photos. I will be sure to post the process

I am also going to tackle my desk area to make it a lot more organized and very user friendly. I hope to work on some paper crafting projects there as well as school and blogging and other writing and graphic design stuff. I have photos of the disaster before as well.

I am working on preparing for 2013 and doing all my planning and setting up my binders and planners, all of which I plan to share. I have been doing a lot of pinning over on Pinterest trying to figure out which direction I want to go. I am hoping to use 2013 to figure out what I like and adapt things and/or design my own pages.

Christmas is coming. I am hoping to have some decorating photos...if I ever start decorating. I am hoping a little elf comes and does it for me this year. And by little elf I am hoping Mom takes charge! Wishful thinking.

I have just a few days to decide if I want to do a Christmas/December journal and what kind. I see a lot of online perusing in the next few days.

I am also considering doing DePhoMo which is December Photography Month in preparation for doing Project 365 for 2013!

I want to upgrade my phone to a smartphone, but the only line eligible for an update soon isn't due until January and the earliest the store here can do it is January 9th. I am a bit impatient so I hope to call the provider and see if I can sweet talk logically outline why they should let me upgrade now (more money for them). I have himmed and hawed (not really sure how to spell that or if it is one word...eh) about going to a smartphone and tacking a data package on to my monthly service. $30 is a chunk of change when you are trying to budget and justify. Plus the expense of the phone. But I am really really wanting to do it so I am going to take the plunge (if I am permitted on the diving board so to speak).

I have been battling some ailments. I am not sure what is going on with my body but I must have pissed it off in some way because it is punishing me. I am starting stretches and hope to work into a light yoga plan by the 15th of December. My end goal is to be doing yoga & zumba on alternating days beginning in January.

So that is what I have going on. It feels like I am going in all different directions, but it also feels invigorating and exciting. I am trying to make changes that will make me happy and will be the beginning of good habits.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ten on Tuesday: November 20. 2012


I thought I would change up the Ten on Tuesday thing a little bit. I find it so hard to follow prompts or themes sometimes, especially when I could never come up with three things, let alone ten things (i.e. horror movies). I am just going to make it random.

Let’s get started.

  1. WaxVac – I don’t know that I would trust a vacuum in my ear. It is too close to my brain and I have burned off enough of those cells already.

  2. Black Friday – it used to be my favorite holiday, now they have ruined it by putting the ads online and beginning things as early as 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. What is the point of getting up early on Thanksgiving to look at the ads when they have been online for a few weeks now?

  3. Reruns – tis the season for the repeats to begin on all the television programs. I miss the days where they did holiday episodes. This is why I store programs on my DVR so I have something new to watch.

  4. General Hospital – So Faison is alive and pretending to be Duke to get in the sack with Anna. He revealed himself to Robin & Duke. When he revealed himself, the mask he peeled off included Duke’s hair. So my question is, why when Faison as Duke is with Anna, does she not notice that his hair is not real?

  5. I will be so happy when November is over if for no other reason than we can stop this Thankful project on facebook.  Some people are so damn fake to begin with, but then you add this to the mix? A recipe for annoyance.

  6. Inside Voices – Do you, as you get older, notice that sound bothers you more than it did in the past? There are some very loud people in the office and their voices grate on me. Gone are the days I can block this out. I love the peaceful quiet, I am a bit more productive.

  7. The Holly Station – Dear old Sirius has switched the Love Station over to the Holly Station. They did this a few weeks ago. Now I don’t mind the occasional holiday tune. But I depend on the Love Station to get me through sometimes. Sometimes a girl needs a good love song on her way home to her two dogs.

  8. Flooding – Now I am not talking about the watery kind. I am talking about the email kind. Last Thursday my email was flooded with nothing but problems and issues and stupidity. I actually pulled out a few hairs because it was less painful than dealing with the emails.

  9. Macy’s Parade – Do you watch the whole thing? Do you flip between stations to find the one that has the least amount of commentary? Do you really watch the whole thing? Who has five hours to watch that?

  10. Thankfulness – I don’t do a thankful post because everyone does it and I don’t like to just take one day to be thankful. I am thankful every day for a lot of different things, but most importantly I am most thankful for my parents and my sister. And I just wanted everyone to know that.

So what is happening on this Tuesday for you? Are there ten random things going through your mind? Hit the comments and let me know. You can even give me some topics for next Ten on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: The Excuse Edition


Would you believe me if I told you the reason I haven’t posted since Friday is because I have been snowbound without internet access? If you said no, you know me well. You probably also answered something like, “No I wouldn’t believe you because I know you are a procrastinator and never follow through.” And you would be half right. I often do follow through, just on my own timetable, unless I am given a hard deadline or unless it is work related.

It is no shocker that I fell off the proverbial wagon of NaBloPoMo, or whatever it is called. I was religious about posting for nine days straight. Then Saturday rolled around and I sort of ran out of things to write about. Then I was going to get back on Sunday, then that turned to Monday, then yesterday I didn’t have ten things I like to cook, so here I am on Wednesday making excuses. Which is the one thing they tell you not to do.  And by they, I mean people who tell you how to blog.

That sounds kind of crazy doesn’t it? Blogging is not hard. It is simply posting things that interest you that you hope interest others. Yet, I have an entire Pinterest board filled with tips on blogging.

I realized a long time ago that I will never make money blogging. As much as I would like to become one of those fantabulous bloggers that make a living doing it, it is not in the cards for me. First, I don’t generate a lot of traffic here. Second, I don’t have one thing I like to blog about. I am all over the map. Third, I hate ads on other blogs, so I really don’t want to put them on mine and that is how you make the money. Fourth, I don’t have giveaways mainly because I have nothing to giveaway and every time I go to enter one, you have to jump through 639 hoops and you still don’t win.

I am serious on that giveaway thing. I went to two last week because they sounded awesome. One I had to like 16 facebook pages and then post a comment. 16! Are you kidding me? I am trying to get less junk on my facebook feed, not add to it. And posting a comment for each one with all those whirly word things you have to figure out? No thank you, I will save my sanity and just buy whatever it is they were giving away. Nothing is worth liking 16 facebook pages for random shit. The other one, I had to take multiple quizzes and check in each day for some ungodly amount of days. If I had time to do all that, I would be a blogger with shit to giveaway.

I don’t mind the “leave a comment” giveaways. That is easy enough to do. But to make me go all over the internet and then tweet it to my 103 followers, well no thanks.

I wish I had the patience. I wish I had the time to invest in figuring out how it all works and how to make it all work for me. But to tell you the truth, I kind of like my way of doing it. I like being able to use the word shit when required. And quite honestly there is nothing I do in my life that makes me an expert on anything. Well I am sort of the Excel Queen around the office. I know more about Excel than any normal person would ever want to know. But I don’t want to blog about that. That would put me on the verge of being some sort of pre-nerd. And I rather like not watching The Big Bang Theory. I will stick with being a pathetic dork!

So do you make excuses? Do you have the time and the energy to enter giveaways? And if you do, do you ever win? Hit the comments and let me know.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Friday Four: November 9, 2012

I was trying to wrack my brain thinking of what I could post about today and decided I should consult my calendar/spreadsheet and was super excited to find out that it is indeed Friday and that I could easily produce a Friday Four. Now what do I want today's topic to be? Hmmm...

Four Things I Plan To Do During my Snow Day Weekend


  1. KNIT - I hope to get some quality knitting done this weekend. What could be more perfect than curling up on the couch in my Mommy Quilt and knitting away on a Brrr Bear that is being knit in Winter White?
  2. READ - I haven't read in a while and I have a new book that I can't wait to start. I am sure that will lead to a nap and that is great too!
  3. WRITE - I've been feeling a little creative lately and want to get some things down on paper hard drive. A few projects I have in mind.
  4. SNUGGLE - With temperatures dipping into single digits and possible below zero digits, I think I can convince a certain someone to snuggle up with me on the couch or bed. Perhaps I could get two snugglekins and we could lay on my bed and look out the window at the snow and ice!
What do you during a snow day/weekend? How is the weather going to be in your neck of the woods this second weekend of November? Hit the comments and let me know.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The First Snow


Snow has fallen. Our first snowfall of record started falling sometime in the early morning hours. I snuggled in my bed and pulled the curtains open this morning and just watch it shimmer in the lights. Then reality hit and I had to get ready to drive in it.

The roads were slick. As usual sanding trucks had not been out. I think I saw one of those of so fantastic de-icing trucks out laying down the lovely corrosive mixture that really does nothing other than make the snow melt so there is no traction on the ice that lies beneath. I made it to work in one piece. I am sure it helps that my commute is less than five minutes on a clear day and that I leave so early that few are on the road. I did have to venture out around 8:45 and as usual people were driving like it was the 8th of July, not the 8th of November!

It has continued to snow the majority of the day and that is fine by me. The snow creates this beautiful winter wonderland that is much nicer to look at than brown grass and dirt. The bare trees are much more beautiful with snow.

I believe the snow is going to come to a halt and the freezing temperatures are going to set in. That might not be as much fun. I think the coldest day is going to be Saturday. Of course. That is errand day in my household and I would just love to do it in below freezing temperatures.

I hope this is the first of many snow days. I absolutely love it. It makes the holiday season a bit more magical and cozy. I love that I can crawl under a blanket, do some knitting and sip a hot coffee, look out my window and see snow drifts.

Are you in love with winter? Does snow excite you? Hit the comments and share with me, your thoughts on winter and snow.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Day After


Ahh…the day after.

I wasn’t planning on watching the results come in last night. I held off until around 8:15 p.m. and then local returns started to come in online and well that was the end of my returns free night. I had spent a few hours flipping channels trying to find ANYTHING to watch, all while keeping an eye on twitter. 98% of my twitter feed is East Coast tweeps so they were getting local and national returns.

While the presidential race was big for me, I think local races were more pressing. A lot of local/statewide races were so CLOSE! Our Chief Executive race was decided by 153 votes.  It was a nail biter for sure. I expected the race for Sheriff to be a lot closer than it was.

Statewide races were close too. We didn’t know for sure until around noon today who our new governor was going to be. The race for US Senate was close too, it was called before eleven this morning.

There are a lot of relieved people in my office. It is always a stressful situation when your business is all contracts with the state and federal government. Yes, plenty of happy and relieved people. Actually a fellow co-worker won a seat in the house of representatives for our state. He worked is butt off and ran a good, solid, clean race. He has some great ideas. I hope he is able to make some progress on his bill.

It always matters who wins and loses, but even if it isn’t the candidate I prefer, I am always proud to say I voted and who I voted for. So in case you are wondering, I cast my vote for President Obama. I feel that he is the right choice for our country and I really hope that both parties can come together and do what is right for our country.

And with all that said, I am so happy that this election is OVER! I wasn’t campaigning at all and I feel drained by it. It feels as though a weight has been lifted and now it is time to start gearing up for the holidays and the arrival of 2013!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Having a Voice


Everything today and probably for the next couple of days will be about Election 2012. As I type this, it is all over the television stations. “We interrupt your regularly scheduled programs for Campaign 2012 coverage” all night long!

I do my part. I vote. In fact I voted over a week ago thanks to that wonderful absentee system. It makes voting so much easier. The only hard part is putting on the five stamps it took to mail it back in. Still it is cheaper than getting a parking ticket trying to return it to the courthouse. I often think of how many more people might vote absentee if they provided postage paid envelopes. Imagine it. You don’t have to leave the house at all! No standing in line (I feel for you all in populated areas! Two+ hours in line!?!?), you can do it naked if you want to. All you have to have is a pencil. Just a pencil, nothing else! If I were a clerk and recorder (that is our election official), I would find a way to budget for postage paid absentee envelopes.

I must admit that I was absolutely stunned when the mail man delivered mail today. I thought they got the day off for the federal holiday. I was scheduled to work today (let’s not talk about why I didn’t), but I thought that banks, government offices, etc were all closed. I mean our garbage collectors took the day off! No garbage pickup, but I got mail!?!? How crazy is that???

I won’t be tuning into election coverage. I am most concerned with local races, so I will be checking the websites for updates. Polls don’t close until 8:00, so I would imagine soon after that they will start posting numbers from the absentee ballots they have counted and whatever they have from earlier in the day. The most important local races for me are Chief Executive (think mayor) and Sheriff (we have a one-stop cop shop (sheriff/p.d. combined)). State senator is going to be tight and governor will be as well.

In the next few days we will know who are leaders will be. Some of us will be relieved, some even more stressed. At least we know that we had a voice, win or lose, we get to have a voice and that is what is so amazing about our country.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Music Monday: November 5, 2012

This past Thursday, I attended the Stayin' Alive Canada concert here in Montana. They are a Bee Gees tribute band out of well Canada. They played all of my favorites plus some. You probably don't know this, but I am a HUGE Bee Gees fan. I have been ever since I first learned how to play the Saturday Night Fever record on our old record player. That soundtrack is the ultimate album to me. When asked what one cd/album I would want if stranded on a desert island, the answer is always Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. When the opportunity arose to go to this show, it was a no brainer.

I thought I would share with you my top five favorite Bee Gee songs (ranked in no particular order)


  1. How Deep Is Your Love
  2. Tragedy
  3. Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
  4. More Than A Woman
  5. Jive Talkin'
It is hard to just pick five!

So do you love the Bee Gees? What is the one album you would want if you were stranded on a desert island? Hit the comments and let me know.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Questions of the Week: November 4, 2012


Do you find yourself asking a lot of questions? I seem to question just about everything. Here are some of my most intriguing, most bizarre, and most quizzical questions of the week.

  • ·         Why do football games take eight hours to play? Seriously there is a time clock, set at 60 minutes for one game, yet games take all day to play.

  • ·         Why is it that I can pickup and clean at 7:00 p.m. and by 9:30 it looks like I haven’t cleaned in months?

  • ·         Why do we find complete train wrecks so darn attractive/entertaining? I’m looking at you facebook friends.

  • ·         Why doesn’t Google Reader re-subscribe me to blogs I have unsubscribed from?

  • ·         Why do I sound just like Gloria Gaynor in my car and like Goober in my shower?

  • ·         How do you not know who Gloria Gaynor is?

  • ·         Why do we find another $12.57 worth of stuff to buy to get free shipping instead of just paying the $4.50?

  • ·         How do football kickers miss? It’s the only thing they do. Don’t they practice?



So what burning questions did you have this week? Hit the comments and maybe I can find the answers. And if you have the answers to mine, let me know!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Locked Out


As I type this I should be watching the third period of the Pittsburgh Penguins/New Jersey Devils game. But I’m not. It has been 4 months, 23 days, 1 hour and 10 minutes since the last NHL goal was scored. The 2012-2013 season was set to open on October 11, 2012.

The NHL locked out players on September 16, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.  The NHL & NHLPA knew the CBA ended on September 15, 2012 way back in 2005. That means they knew in June 2012. But no hurry to get anything done. And still there is apparently no hurry to get anything done.

I don’t know all the particulars they are disputing. I know a chunk of it has to do with Hockey Related Revenue and the honoring of all signed contracts. It is a money game, as everything is and while both sides complain of losing money, it is not enough to get something done.

History repeats itself. That is the old adage.  Sometimes we forget because the first event was decades ago, but this is the second lockout in the last eight years.

Both sides are quick to point out that the fans are the ones most hurt by the situation. But neither side seems to want to change that. The meetings they have had have never lasted beyond two hours I don’t think. Two hours is sometimes how long it takes a group of us at work to decide where to go for lunch on Friday. Two hours is a quarter of a normal workday. Two hours is the commute for some of the staff members of the league and teams that are locked out. Two hours is NOT enough time to settle anything, let alone a billion dollar plus industry.

The PA says the owners are taking a hard line, the owners say the PA are not willing to listen. Who is right, who is wrong? Both? Neither?

They have cancelled the first two months of the season. They have cancelled the Winter Classic. The next cancellation will likely be December games or the All Star Game. One thing I think all fans can agree on is that the cancellation of the All Star Game is no big deal. My question is, at what point do they just cancel the season? Do they already know there is no hope? Are they stringing the fans along? Are they toying with us as they dangle this season by cancelling two/three/four weeks at a time?

I thought we were supposed to live and learn. To learn from past mistakes. So why didn’t the NHL learn from the last round of negotiations? Why didn’t they start negotiating early? Will there be any fans left to watch the games if and when they do return? When do diehard fans give up hope?


Friday, November 02, 2012

Friday Four: November 2, 2012


Four things I am looking forward to this weekend…

  1. Cleaning. Is anyone ever looking forward to cleaning? I don’t know that I am looking forward to the actual cleaning part as much as I am the result, a clean living space and bathroom!

  2. Reading. I think it is time to pick up a book again. I think I am in a relatively organized place and can fit some fiction in.

  3. Catching Up. I have a few things to catch up on. Filing is a big one, cleaning (as I mentioned), DVR (a few weeks worth of shows there), knitting (I plan on finishing a project), email (my inbox is stuffed!).

  4. Being. I am looking forward to just being, being with my family, with my boys, with myself. Just being peaceful and restful and happy.

Do you have anything that you are looking forward to this weekend? Share it with me. Hit the comments section.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Na...WHAT...Mo?


I thought I had missed the “Blogging Month”. I thought it was in October…Blogtober. Apparently there is a NaBloPoMo. National Blog Posting Month for November.

It seems as though everyone picks November as their “Month”. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, held every November. I am part of another site that holds NoJoMo, November Journaling Month. In December they hold DePhoMo, December Photography Month. One is left to wonder what the next few years will bring.

I am not trying to discredit. I am actually trying to join in. I used to do NoJoMo with such passion. I would force myself to write everyday and if I missed a day, I felt like a failure. I still do stuff like that, but I am learning that a little lapse does not a failure make.

I quit doing NoJoMo because I felt like I was just writing words. Words without meaning. It felt like a chore and not like something I wanted to do. I got nothing out of it and as I grew older it just seemed less and less important.

I tried NaNoWriMo twice. The first year I did not have anything. I didn’t have a story idea, I didn’t have characters, I had nothing. I thought, foolishly, that it would all come to me on November 1st and I would be able to churn out a novel in 30 days. That everything I needed had been planted with the determination to do it and it would fully sprout on November 1st and all I would have to do is cultivate it (very easily) and today I would be living as a great novelist making tons of money and spending my days in a quaint little home office overlooking something quite inspiring. Good God that never happened. My seedlings didn’t sprout, they just left a little nub of a weed.

The second go around at NaNoWriMo, I had at least an idea and I had some characters. So I was set. Things were going to come together. I started at the beginning and then fell limp somewhere after the first chapter. But I had some great stuff for later chapters so I started writing those. Then I couldn’t figure out how to connect them. I was meeting and exceeding my daily word count, but I didn’t have flow. I realized somewhere around the 10th day that I should have prepped a little bit. I should have had the story, the characters AND an outline. Fail. So I quit. What was the point of having lots of little bits, but nothing that tied them together? Plus I might have some sort of ADD where I start doing something with grand plans and then something distracts me. Like Pinterest.

So here I sit again. I have already made the announcement that I don’t plan on doing NoJoMo. But I am announcing today that I am planning on doing NaBloPoMo. If I can get past the name. I thing it is the Blo part that throws me. It just doesn’t seem to work. But in the world of shortening EVERYTHING, I guess that is what you are left with.

I throw out all past instances of failure and start fresh. And as usual I take it to the extreme and extend it across all of my blogs. Is it sad that I have multiple blogs? I am interested and talkative about so many different things that they don’t all seem to fit in the same blog. Perhaps I should examine that further. Like, say in therapy or a twelve step program for procrastinators and wannabe overachievers.

So, here is NaBloPoMo entry number one. Twenty nine more to go. Seems doable.

Are you participating in NaBloPoMo? Are you my sister who has yet to set up her blog? If you are the latter, please email me, I would love nothing more than to set up your blog!

Happy Blogging and Happy November and whatever, if any Na…Mo you are participating in.

PS. Check out my other adventures..


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: October 31, 2012

I find it hard to believe that October ends today.  I also find it hard to believe that there are only two more months left in 2012!  Let's get to it shall we?

Wednesday Roundup...The Bullet Edition


  • I spent most of Monday evening watching Sandy coverage. I just could not tear myself away. I have a friend who lives outside of Philadelphia and I was concerned about her and her little 7 week old. They are doing well. Power was restored yesterday.
  • I have been on twitter like a pigeon on garbage. I have been so interested in the photos of the destruction caused by Sandy. It is just so unbelievable to me. Also, twitter is good for a laugh when you are down and out.
  • I firmly believed that yesterday was today. Maybe it was more wishful thinking than anything else. I don't know, but I fully expected to have my "beginning of the month" emails this morning and well I didn't.
  • We get on average 0 trick or treaters on Halloween. It actually works out great because we have two big dogs and trying to wrangle them and hand out candy would be a nightmare. I usually put out a sign that says, "Sorry no candy. Elliott & Cooper ate it all". Not that it is really needed. The street is so dark and there are very few houses. I think most people hit the college, treat street, and the more populated streets, the drives, etc.
  • I expect work to be a balance between quiet (in the am) and chaotic (beginning at 1130). All of that is fine with me.  I think.
  • I am close to finishing a project. I am working on the actual finishing touches. Which translates to a lot of sewing and attaching various things. It is going to be cute and it is most likely not going to its intended recipient.
  • I am 100% convinced that I am not going to finish all the Christmas presents I had hoped/planned on. I am also 100% okay with that as I am not one who deals well with the pressure.
  • The weather has been odd.  On Saturday morning we awoke to snow, which melted. The weather has been cool, but the last few days has warmed considerably. It is so odd that they are predicting highs in the 60s today. It is Halloween. Traditionally children have to wear their winter coats and snow boots on Halloween. Odd.
  • I didn't do the Ten on Tuesday yesterday because they were looking for your favorite or top scary movies. I don't watch "scary" movies. I have never been into them. So that was wasted on me.
  • I fear that I have to reset my DVR. It is not allowing me to access On Demand. WTH? Tonight would probably be the best night, as there is very little I record/watch. It could also be that my DVR is conking out. I hope not, because I hate resetting my series recordings! I always miss one or two.
  • Do you hate it when a show you watch/watched is no longer on and nobody bothered to mention it was cancelled? The only reason I know is because I was flipping through my series record list and saw it. So frustrating.
  • Even more frustrating is the fact that I found out that NBC is putting Revolution on hiatus. After the new showings stop (which I am guessing is around the Christmas season), no new shows until March 25th. Wait. What? March 25th? I can't go that long without one of my new favorite shows!
And, that's the roundup!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 4


With the arrival of winter in Montana, I am currently looking at snow on the lawn, I thought I would list my...

Four Favorite Things About Winter

  1. Snow - I love the look of snow.  I love how crisp and clean things feel.  I love the way the light plays off a snow covered street.  I love to look out into the dark of night and see a blizzard.
  2. Snuggles - I love to snuggle up under a blanket during winter.  I love to wear a big cozy sweater and warm fuzzy socks.  I love to watch Elliott lay on the floor register or in front of the fireplace to get warm.
  3. Snow Angels - Okay so I am too old to get down and make them, but I have my own version  I love when my little boys come in with their faces covered in snow.  I don't so much like the smell of wet dogs, but I love to see the snow glistening off their black features.
  4. How It Feels - Winter just feels natural in Montana.  It feels normal to have snow on October 26th.  It is quintessential Montana.  The snow covered mountains, the frosted over trees.  It is a cloak that Montana wears that makes it even more beautiful than it already is.
What are your favorite things about winter?  Do you love it?  Do you hate it?  Do you even have it?  Hit the comments section and let me know!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday: October 23, 2012

It's okay...

...to have checked out the webinar early to save my sanity and the life of a co-worker.

...to have not watched any of the debates.

...to be miffed that I don't get an "I Voted" sticker just because I vote absentee.  Apparently it is too hard to include in the envelope with my ballot, secrecy envelope and instruction sheet.

...to want to knit something for everyone I know with only 9 weeks left until Christmas and not enough hours to complete them all.

...that I watched three t.v. shows yesterday while working.  Thanks Hulu+, wi-fi and iPad.  To be fair, I got a lot of work done during that time as well.

...to still find South Park funny and relevant.

Join, Whispering Writer on the Hey, It's Okay Tuesday journey.

Ten on Tuesday: Treats or Tricks

This week's Ten on Tuesday is about Halloween.  Specifically...

Top Ten Favorite/Least Favorite Halloween Treats

Favorite

  1. Smarties - I seriously still love them
  2. Bottle Caps - oh the root beer ones are to die for!
  3. Twix - it's candy and a cookie...it's perfect for breakfast
  4. Reese's - I am a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate
  5. Almond Joy
Least Favorite

  1. Bazooka Gum - the flavor lasts for an estimated 2.7 seconds
  2. Dum Dums - that's more like a trick than a treat
  3. Whoppers - I hate malt.  It is so gross
  4. Milk Duds - they nearly pull out your teeth!
  5. Skittles - after the new "SkittlePox" commercial, I don't think I could ever eat them!


What is your favorite or least favorite treat?  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 6








It seems that country music was on heavy rotation today…


1.       Fishin’ In the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – You won’t find a lot of country music on my iPod.  I sometimes think that Hell is piped in with country music.  But there are a few songs that I really enjoy and this, while twangy, is one of them.  In Montana you don’t get the Lady Gaga’s or Ke$ha’s.  You get country and lots of it.  In my town you don’t get many concerts to begin with so when a group comes to town, you just go.  I saw NGDB with Sawyer Brown and for a few hours I was country.  It’s a catchy tune and takes me back to my teens. 

2.       Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me – Juice Newton – I can’t figure out if this qualifies as country or a crossover.  In any event it is another song that I really enjoy from way back.  I also saw Juice Newton in concert in my little town.  I like that the song kind of tells a story about why she is the way she is.  I often try to figure out where a song would fit in a movie.  I sort of get lost in music sometimes and how it would play in a story.  Perhaps that is that writer inside of me that is trying to claw her way out.

3.       Small Town Saturday Night – Hal Ketchum – I saw Hal Ketchum here too.  Have you noticed something about the concerts in my town?  The artists are not current!  I did sort of see them though while they were still recognized.  I love the story this song tells.  My town is small, but it is not as small as the town in this song, although some of the “events” are true to my town.  It is pretty common for people to grab a six pack and a girl and call that a date.  Or it was.  I think they do other things now, those crazy youngsters.  It’s a catchy tune and it makes my list.  And even with the mullet, Hal Ketchum was a looker!
I rarely admit to liking country music and on a whole I don’t like it.  But every once and again a song or artist comes along that I like.  My reputation though remains firmly planted as anti-country. 

Is there a genre of music that you don’t like but secretly have a song or two from it that is on your rotation?  Do you like or loathe country music?  Do you have a favorite song or artist to share with me to get me to change my mind?  Leave me a note and let me know.  Who knows your suggestion just might make a Music Monday.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ten On Tuesday: Mystery

Today's Ten on Tuesday is all about my...

Favorite Mystery Books/Authors/Series/Etc.

I am a huge mystery buff so this is fun for me and so much easier than trying to name my top ten biographies!


  1. Poison - Ed McBain
  2. Winter Prey - John Sandford
  3. Hark! - Ed McBain
  4. 3rd Degree - James Patterson
  5. Naked Prey - John Sandford
  6. Heat Lightening - John Sandford
  7. Widows - Ed McBain
  8. Ax - Ed McBain
  9. Wicked Prey - John Sandford
  10. Storm Prey - John Sandford
I think this list could go on forever.  I purposely didn't include any commentary as I hope that you are intrigued to check some of these books out for yourself and hopefully you will fall in love with them!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 5


I have a little tidbit for you today.  Artists, writers, and musicians use color in their work to convey a feeling.  The relationship between color and music is known as Synesthesia.  See I learn some things from school work.

Today I am back to the "Pick Three" or "Random Three"


  1. Cover Girl - New Kids On The Block - This will forever remind me of one of our last "family" vacations.  We (Mom, Pop, Sis and Me) went to Las Vegas for vacation and as always we drove.  Now Dad didn't mind driving per se, but he did mind driving in heavy traffic.  So in an effort to beat the morning commuters, he would get us up at 3:00 in the morning to hit the road (out of the Salt Lake area).  I remember this song playing and spilling Hawaiian Punch on my white tank top.  I also remember that this was the time before CDs and so I had to take the cassette tape out of my Walkman and flip it and fast-forward in order to rewind to hear it over again.  Old school kids, old school!
  2. Set Me In Motion - Bruce Hornsby - Another vacation reminder.  I think we were probably going to Wendover on this particular trip.  I remember recording a mix tape and this was one of the songs.  It is from the movie Backdraft, which was my obsession at the time.
  3. Ready to Go - Republica - on my iPod list because I am Jonesying on 90s music currently.  It takes me back to the latter part of the 1990s and being at the "rink" (Civic Center) for hockey!  I probably cranked this in my car while driving around with the windows down thinking I was cool or something. It is an energizing song and is on my swimming list.  
Do you have a "Vacation" song?  Or do you have a "Sports" song?  Leave me a note and tell me your memories.  

Monday, October 08, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 4

This past Thursday we went to see The Music of ABBA with Arrival.  It was amazing.  Nearly ten years ago (wow time flies) we saw Mamma Mia! in Las Vegas right as it opened.  This easily rivaled that!  I have loved ABBA for a long time now.  I am an old soul.  ABBA, Bee Gees, Disco, I love it all.  I sometimes think I was born a decade too late!  But the show was amazing, it was cozy and it was packed.  It was a fundraiser for the local Shriners and worth every single penny.

Since I can't seem to get ABBA out of my head, I thought I would share my top five favorite ABBA songs...



  1. Knowing Me, Knowing You - you can really see where they were in their personal lives with each other at this point.
  2. Angel Eyes - Another story of jilted love and a real jerk of a guy!
  3. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - Yes please.  I could use a man after midnight, or before.
  4. S.O.S. - A lot of "sad" songs that seem a little more upbeat than they should.
  5. Dancing Queen - duh!  How could this not make the list!?!?  This was the "encore" number, the get-up-on-your-feet and shake your booty song!
Do you love ABBA?  What is your favorite song?  Le me know!  I love to find fellow ABBA lovers!


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: October 3, 2012

I have a few fun things to share this week complete with (Oprah voice)...PHOTOS!


First up: On Friday I received my wonderful Halloween Swap package from the Knit & Crochet Dishcloth Swap group on Ravelry.  I am so in love with the cloth.  I was a bit hesitant to put it into use, but I gave in.  The colors are phenomenal together.  The Kit Kats didn't make the photo shoot.  They were delicious and hit the spot.  I received some maple leaves that might just get sprinkled on the dining room table and/or the mantle top for the fall months.  The note pad is already in use with my to do lists.


On Saturday we took a spontaneous trip to Helena to do some looking around. We scored some homemade dog bones for the boys, a cute collar bandanna for Shelby (it was hard to purchase a Raiders item...but I didn't vomit).  I also hit Ben Franklin and scored some new journaling supplies...




Monday was a very exciting mail day for me.  I could not wait for the postman and as usual, he took his sweet time getting here (it is 7:26 p.m. and he still has not gone by tonight!).  He brought me two things that I have been coveting for a while...

First...

My brand new waterproof iPod shuffle and earphones.  Yes, I did say WATERPROOF!  I mentioned it on Music Monday, but it deserves another shoutout.  After two days of use, I am over the moon in love with it.  I completely block out everything else and get lost in the music and the water.  How do swimmers live without this?  If you want one of your very own...head over to amazon.

Dear Mr. Postman also brought this...


A Gadanke journal.  I have been reading Katie's blog for a while now and just had to get a journal.  I can't wait to start writing in it.  I just need to squeeze in some time.  I am hoping the next few days brings me some quiet/down time.

And there is my roundup.  I may have snow pictures to share next week!  The weather here turned in the middle of the night and folks 20-45 miles west of us had snow this morning.  I hear we had some flurries in the middle of the night, but I would not know because I was soundly sleeping.  Socks & sweater weather has arrived!

I wish you all a very happy and productive week filled with the ones you love and things you love to do!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 3

 
Today's entry is a bit late (739 pm) because I was waiting for a delivery of a very special item...
 

My brand spankin' new WATERPROOF iPod shuffle w/earphones.  You read that right...WATERPROOF.  A swimmer's best friend.  It arrived this evening and after dinner, I set out to design a playlist that I could totally rock out to while doing laps.

I've been swimming for several weeks now and always thought, "Oh, music would be so great."  So I set out one afternoon to find waterproof MP3 players. I ordered one and it was on backorder and wasn't due in until October 12th!  Then I set out on amazon.com and found this awesome deal!  A genuine iPod shuffle that has been waterproofed.  Perfect!

I can't wait for my swim tomorrow after work.

Here are three random songs that made the playlist

  1. Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
  2. 18 & Life - Skid Row (still going through my 90s phase)
  3. Teeth - Lady Gaga
By the way...there are 74 songs currently.  That is totally subject to change
 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 3

Welcome back for another Friday Four.  This week I am going to stay with last week's theme and tell you the...

Four T.V. Shows I Have Given Up On

  1. Blue Bloods - It just got to be too self-righteous for me.  I usually love Tom Selleck, but in this role I just can't take him.  I love Donnie Wahlberg, but apparently not enough to keep me tuned in.
  2. Glee - I made it through the first two seasons, but after that it was just not happening for me anymore.  I still get on iTunes every week to see if the music is something I want to download, but I only catch episodes hit and miss.  Mostly miss.
  3. The Mentalist - It lost its humor.  Things went kind of dark and all the focus on Red John really turned me off.  I miss the dry humor and the quirkiness.
  4. Hawaii Five-0 - I got bored.  Really bored and so I quit watching.  I think it was right around the episode with James Caan.  I was so excited for it.  To see father and son interacting on screen?  Oh I was so in.  And it was so awful.  The misused both actors and the story was a contrived piece of dung.
Have you stopped watching shows you once couldn't miss?  Let me know in the comments section.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: September 26, 2012

I have to share the cutest story.  Recently a family has moved back in next door to us, this time bringing with them their doberman.  They have kept her on a leash for the most part, but recently put in a fence to give her some room to run and be a little more free.

The other day she was standing at our fence and barking.  I had a little trepidation about getting out of the car because I think she could easily jump the fence.  Also, I didn't want to let Elliott & Cooper out of their kennel if there was a possibility she could get to them.  So I waited until she retreated and then the three of us hauled ass into the house.

Over the weekend we learned that she is very friendly and just likes to bark.  We were also told that she really likes Elliott.  Is that just the cutest?  She has a crush on this guy...


Really though, how could you not?  He is so handsome.

They thought Cooper was a girl.  He's not, he is just a little different.  He squats when he pees, something that we do not find adorable with new sod and he bitches about everything.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  It is so annoying at times and adorable at other times.  But, when I look at him I don't see girl.  Maybe because I know he is a boy, even a confused boy, he still looks boy to me.  But I will let you judge for yourself...

Elliott is by far the most gentle dog we have ever had.  He never grumps, he never tries to bite at you.  He doesn't even play that hard.  He is probably the smartest we have ever had.  We had to put a baby latch on a cupboard because he could open it and he knew that is where we kept his treats.  He knows the term Happy Meal and expects a cheeseburger on Sundays.  And when he loves on you, he loves on you.

Cooper is the jealous type.  The type to push his way into a love fest and take over.  And if he is ignored, he yells at you.  Full on yells at you.  He always responds to "Who Loves Me?" by running over, his whole body wiggling, and giving huge loves.  He has a touch of ADD as he tends to go from playing one game to doing something entirely different.

It's easy to see that these boys are firmly entrenched as family members.  We often don't go on overnight trips together so that they won't have to be boarded or have a sitter.  We have even gone so far as choosing a different seat if they are occupying the one we want.  After all, who wants to remove cuties like that when they look so peaceful.

I really never thought what my 400th post would be about, but I think that this is a very good subject matter. It is special and close to my heart and there are pictures of adorable little boys.  The do not like to be called "dogs", they are our boys.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ten On Tuesday: Pizza

Another Tuesday is upon us and once again, I have joined Carole for this week's Ten on Tuesday (not Tuesday Ten as I erroneously reported last week).

This week's topic is...

10 Favorite Pizza Toppings.

  1. Cheese - yes sometimes I like just plain old cheese
  2. Mushrooms - fresh if possible.  I love these things
  3. Olives - I don't get them very often because I am the only one who likes them
  4. Canadian Bacon & Pineapple - Love the sweet and salty combination
  5. Spinach/Feta/Artichokes/Tomatoes - Basically a luxury veggie pizza.  Yum!
  6. White sauce with veggies & chicken - a nice tasty combination
  7. Pepperoni - sometimes a good old standby is a tasty treat
  8. Taco toppings - MMM...taco pizza with sour cream.  Mouth is watering
  9. Sliced/Slivered Almonds/Pine Nuts - combined with a nice pesto sauce, artichokes and pesto - so good
  10. Veggies - I really like veggie pizza!
What are your favorite toppings?  Are you daring or plane Jane?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 2


Welcome to Monday and Music Monday.

I have fired up the old iPod and set it to shuffle…here are the first three songs and how they make me feel or the memories they invoke.

  1. Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees – This little gem is so much fun.  I love the entire Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and most of the songs make me feel good and put me in a happy place.  We are going to a Bee Gees tribute band concert in early November and I really hope this is on the set list!

  2. Shady – Adam Lambert – This makes me want to “jerkey” dance.   I don’t know how to explain it, but you just kind of hang loose and do jerkey movements.  I think I watch too much So You Think You Can Dance.  I adore Adam Lambert and this is probably my top pick from the Trespassing album.

  3. Te Busque – Nelly Furtado – This makes me want to learn Spanish.  Like really learn it.  This song takes me to a very tranquil place, not necessarily through the lyrics but through the sound.  The Spanish chorus is just beautiful.  
What are some of your favorite songs?  How do they make you feel?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The One with Links

Just stopping in real quick to pimp out my other blogs.  Crazy as it seems, I have resurrected the Knitting Knotebook (and just updated with my summer knitting projects) and The Fat Journals (where I am tracking my crazy 100th attempt at weight loss and general healthier living (I make a lot of mistakes!)).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 2

I'm back with another Friday Four.

This week I thought I would list...

Four Season/Series Premieres I am Looking Forward To


  1. Grey's Anatomy - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - I really want to know what happened to Arizona & Mark.  It has been driving me crazy that I can't find any spoilers!
  2. The Vampire Diaries - Thursday, October 11, 2012 - I can't believe The CW is making us wait until October!  They usually are the first ones out of the gate.  And Elena is going to be a vampire!
  3. Elementary - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - I really want to like this show.  I think Johnny Lee Miller is great, but I worry about Lucy Liu being Watson.
  4. NCIS - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - Really it is by default this makes the list.  Looking things over there wasn't anything else I was super excited about.  I think I know how this will play out, but...
Truth be told I am really looking forward to having something on television to watch.  It has been a little maddening this summer.  I have seen pretty much every episode of Friends at least four times.  And I have watched more than my fair share of George Lopez.  

Since it looks like this lockout might last a while (the players signing over seas must know something I refuse to admit), I am going to need new programming to keep me settled in order to get some knitting done.  

Are you looking forward to any shows?  Four, Five, Ten?  Let me know.  Leave me a comment below and make your case.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Ten - Weekending

I decided to join Carole and her Tuesday Ten venture

10 Things You Love To Do on the Weekend



  1. Sleep in!  
  2. Shopping & lunch with Mom
  3. Knit/Craft
  4. Catch up on DVR shows
  5. Go for a ride
  6. Watch hockey (during a season that isn't locked out!)
  7. Read
  8. Take a nap
  9. Be spontaneous
  10. Catching an NCIS marathon on USA
What are your favorite things to do on the weekends?  Do you have a list of ten, or just a few?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Music Monday: Volume 1 Issue 1



I have found that music is a huge part of centering me.  If I need to tune out something at work, or focus my energy into a project, need help falling asleep, or need to feel good, music is that one magic cure all. 

I have fired up the old iPod and set it to shuffle…here are the first three songs and how they make me feel or the memories they invoke.

  1. It Takes Two – DJ Ez Rock & Rob Base – this totally makes me think of hockey.  I think it was on a Jock Jams album and every time I hear it, I am back in the Civic Center watching a junior hockey game. 

  1. Heaven In Your Eyes – Loverboy (Top Gun Soundtrack) – honestly the first thing I am thinking is, “I have to get this off this playlist).  I never really liked Loverboy and this song, well it’s not bad, but it’s just not really my thing right now.  It’s funny; I don’t even remember this in the movie.  And believe me, I remember every single line from that movie!

  1. Here I Go Again – Whitesnake – isn’t everyone’s first thought of Tawnie Kitaen writhing around on the hood of a car?  Am I showing my age again?  Another song I really need to get off my list.  I went through a hair band phase back in June, after seeing Rock of Ages and now I have moved on to the 90’s music, so it doesn’t really fit.  But it is a way better breakup song than anything Taylor Swift ever made.

I hope you play Music Monday.  If you do please leave me a comment with a link.  Or if you just want to comment on these songs, or any song that evokes a memory or feeling, I would love to hear it.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Four: Volume 1 Issue 1

I thought I would try something a little new on Fridays called Friday Four.  I will pick a general topic and then list four things that apply.

Today's Four is...

Four Favorite Authors


  1. Ed McBain - unfortunately deceased, he is my all time favorite.  I have read (at least twice) every 87th Precinct novel.  I took on a huge task of collecting every book in the series (50+).  I had my sister scope out used book stores in her area when living in Utah and ended up with a bag stuffed full. Thankfully airlines didn't charge for baggage back then.  I got them from Amazon, E-bay, anywhere and everywhere I could find them.  They live in the house because they are so precious to me.

    My first read in the series was Poison.  If you love mysteries or police procedurals, I strongly urge you to check out Ed.
  2. John Sandford - easily a favorite.  If I had found him before Ed, he would be my top author.  I love his character Lucas Davenport.  I love even more that I found his facebook page and that he is doing little q&a videos.  A very strong writer who keeps you guessing throughout.  Cannot give him enough stars!
  3. James Patterson - I read his Women's Murder Club series and although I don't feel he writes most the later books, I still enjoy them (with the exception of this last one) and since his name is in big bold letters, he makes the list.
  4. Sylvia Day - I am giving her a nod because I really liked Bared To You and it was one of the last books I read.
  5. Ridley Pearson - I don't know that he is writing adult fiction still. I enjoyed his Boldt/Matthews series, but he seemed to get away from that.  Art of Deception was the first book in the series I read, and then immediately had to go back to the beginning and start.  The last book that came out in the series was kind of slow and a little lackluster.  I would love to catch up with those characters again though.
I didn't think it would be hard to come up with four authors I liked, but then I realized that I am very selective about what I read.  After all, if I am going to invest that much time into something, I want to make sure I enjoy it. 

Do you have a favorite author or many authors?  Leave me a note with your likes and give me some ideas on who to check out!

Ooh and head on over the The Fat Journals to see what kind of foody/healthy/fatty things are on my Friday Four.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wait, I Can't Do Everything?



This is the advice I need to start focusing on.  As sometimes happens in my life, I get bit by a bug and suddenly think “I want to do it all!”

That bug bit me about a month ago and ever since I have been stressing about finding the time to do everything.  I have compiled a list and need to start crossing things off that I just can’t do…right now.

The List
  •  School - oh did I forget to mention that I started school? Again?  I am now studying Graphic Design.
  • Digi Scrapping - it looks like SO much fun.  But seems so time consuming to learn a new program.  Probably shouldn't have bought Photoshop Elements...but I did.
  • Knitting - I can't really give this up. 
  • Exercising 
  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Blogging
  • Journaling
  • Working
  • Watching (tv)
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Playing
The List - defined
  • School - oh did I forget to mention that I started school? Again?  I am now studying Graphic Design.
  • Digi Scrapping - it looks like SO much fun.  But seems so time consuming to learn a new program.  Probably shouldn't have bought Photoshop Elements...but I did.
  • Knitting - I can't really give this up. 
  • Exercising  - I MUST do this
  • Sleeping - This is pretty helpful, so it should stay
  • Eating - If I multi-task, I can get this done.
  • Reading - I yearn to be in a different world and this affords me that and is somewhat affordable
  • Blogging - I couldn't just leave you all without my words could I?
  • Journaling - I think I could learn a lot about myself by doing this and maybe become happier
  • Working - Since I need money and this pays, I must keep doing this
  • Watching (tv) - I could do it while knitting
  • Cooking - haha...how did this get on the list?
  • Cleaning - eh...
  • Playing - what am I five?
With the exception of cooking and cleaning, I still want to do it all.  I need a fairy godmother to bop me on the head with her wand and instantly make me one of those focused and driven people who sleep four hours per night and are a bright ray of sunshine.  A person who can eat a piece of toast and be sated for the day.  A person who just looks at a project and it gets done.  Where does this woman live?  I will drive to find her. I will pay (a small paltry amount) for her to beat me with that wand.  And hopefully she has some sort of hot prince chained up in her basement just waiting for me.  He and I can conquer playing together. But I am the type of girl whose pumpkin would turn into a Yugo.  

So, how do you make time to do all the things you want to do, while still doing the things you HAVE to do...like a 9-5 job?  Leave me your thoughts in the comments section.



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Acronym-monius


I honestly feel like I don't speak the language anymore.  The "Social Media Generation" or Gen SM has completely disregarded the English language.

Now I am a social media maven.  I tweet, facebook, pin(terest) and on occasion text.  One thing I always make sure is that if I can't get my thought out in 140-160 characters without truncating words, then I re-word it.  I hate nothing more than when someone drops in a YOLO, KWIM?

No I don't Know What you Mean!  I had been reading a blog for a good long while and she kept dropping in KWIM.  I had no clue what she was trying to say.  I finally had to Google it.  Know What I Mean.  It was  a blog!  A BLOG!  What makes a person think that it is okay to truncate words into these silly acronyms on blogs?

The occasional mistype, spelling error that spell check didn't pick up is understandable.  But to not even use spell check?  That is inconceivable.  And inconsiderate.

I partially blame Payless Shoes.  They started the whole BOGO thing and from there it has mushroomed.  I fear that spelling tests will soon be Yo-Lo.  A quiz will ask, "What does BRB stand for?"

And Fro-Yo.  Really, it is that hard to say Frozen Yogurt?  I got some frozen yogurt yesterday and as I was enjoying it, I was reading a blog in which they went and got fro-yo.  Mind Explosion.

I often wonder if at some point we will go back to Shakespearean times, "Where for art thou".  Because isn't everything supposed to come full circle?  I wonder how long it takes for grammar/speech?  Because unfortunately it didn't take that long for 80's fashion!

Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to truncating words?  Are you a BOGO-er?  Let me know in the comments section!


Update: I am totally in love with Chrome!  It is taking some getting use to, but it is awesome!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The One with Chrome

I may be in love with Google Chrome.  I was forced decided to try it today to access a certain blog that doesn't function with IE.  I decided to set up my bookmark bar and then I came home and started to really get into the settings and Holy Pineapples Batman! Am I hooked.  I may have just said goodbye to IE forever.

Is anyone else using Chrome?  Am I the last person to find this (other than my mom who is not really open to change)?  I have been adding "apps" like crazy.  I currently have my twitter feed popping up on screen while I type.  I don't know what is going on in the world tonight, but it is mad crazy.  Actually, it is full of VMA's and Shane Doan staying with the Yotes.

This is the second best thing I have found this week.  I also rediscovered my Keurig and oh am I loving my coffee again!  And it doesn't cost me $3.50!


Sunday, September 02, 2012

The One with the Finished Photos

My space is finally done!  Actually it was done on Tuesday, but I had to charge a camera battery in order to get decent pictures. 
 
First up we have the living room area.
 
 
 
I am using my daybed as my couch and just got the new coverings from Bed Bath & Beyond.  I think the shams are those Euro shams and so I would need larger pillows, but for now these will work.  Actually I have added a couple of little old throw pillows that I had made for my grandmothers about thirty three/four years ago.  This will be moved down to be centered along that wall once the cool weather arrives and I remove the window a/c unit.
 

Here is my bookcase that really needs to be straightened up.  The monkeys are all squished and the Fraggles are on a HUGE shelf.  I need to space those better.  The bottom shelf just has some craft supplies that I wanted easy access to.


This is my workspace.  I am trying to find a way to streamline it so that there isn't so much stuff out, but I haven't quite worked out how to do that yet. 

And here is my entertainment center.  And all of those bins are filled with yarny goodness.  Eventually I want to switch out all the bins to a more neutral shade, but that is a low priority right now.  I am just happy to have it all put together and stashed away.

And now for my bedroom.  Since it is just a sleeping area, it is not very large, but it is totally perfect.

I plan on switching out the curtains once the summer ends as that is a west facing window and gets incredibly HOT during the afternoon/evening hours.  I chose a few special cuddlies to adorn my bed.  I am really into have old things that mean a lot around me right now.

My dresser and a shot of my most favorite piece of art my very first Jack Vetriano print.

And my dress form that is now wearing my mother's wedding dress.  I can't believe I didn't think of using that dress sooner.  I just love it!

So that is my living space.  The bathroom is nothing special and still needs a bit of sprucing up.  My closet was done yesterday and now I can actually walk into it!  It has been just a week since everything was arranged and put together and I am loving it.  I had a little trouble getting to sleep the first couple of nights, but now I am all settled and it is just so comfortable.