Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Blog Challenge #8....

Hello Family and Friends -- thank you for taking the time to read my silly little blog!

Continuing on with the Blog Challenge -- here is Number 8......

Three Things I Want to Say to Different People

As I read this I thought to myself, hmm...  Should it be three nice things?  Three compliments?  Three insults?  Three random thoughts?

I think I'll just keep it simple.

Grandma Nellie:

Thank you for the unconditional love you have ALWAYS showed me.
Thank you for always making me laugh.
Thank you for being my safe haven.

Cindy Scott LaRue:

Where do you live?
What are your kids names?
Why did you quit communicating with me?  I thought our friendship would always last....

Pioneer Woman:

Do you really write all the content, make all the recipes and manage your blog?
Where do you purchase the cute tunics you wear?
Do you have a personal assistant?


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blogging Challenge #7

While everyone is losing their mind right now over Game 6 of the Heat vs Spurs, I think I will complete my blogging challenge for the day.

The question of the day is......

Do I Like To Read?  What Are My Favorite Books?

Do I like to read?  Heck ya!  In fact, if I stayed away from the reality TV, I would get so much more reading done.

Some of my favorite authors are:

Jodi Piccoult
Sue Grafton
Janet Evanovitch
Jennifer Weiner

Many times I learn of books after reading the reviews in People magazine.  I recommend checking it out sometime.

So, either stress yourself out when you tune back in to Game 6 while they are in OT or go grab yourself a great book to read and R-E-L-A-X.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blogging Challenge #6

Happy Father's Day to all the daddies out there.

I lost my dad when I was just a toddler and don't really remember him too well.  I often wonder how different my life would have been had he not passed away so young.  It's hard seeing  posts and tweets about other daddies, but I am so thankful my children are blessed to have a wonderful father.

Now, on to blog challenge #6...

What Band or Musician is Most Important To You?

Really?  Just one?  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love ALL genres of music.  Everything from Classical to Classic Rock to Country to New Age to Christian to Pop to Rock to Everything!!

I can't name just one so I'll call out a few of my favorites from different periods of my life.....

Maroon Five
Wynona Judd
Blue Oyster Cult
Spandeau Ballet
Vitamin String Quartet
Reba McEntire
Aimee Mann
Zoe Keating
Bonnie Rait
The Black Eyed Peas
Pink Floyd
Led Zepplin
The Cure
any Mowtown artists
Crowded House
Van Halen

Please don't make me go on!!  My list will never end.  Now get the Led out and tell me who your favorite band is!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

30 Day Blogging Challenge #5

Happy Friday Friends!

I've been quite the recluse today and I LOVE IT!  My mind, heart and soul are soaking up the restful days I've had since summer break started.  Life is good!  Very good!

And so on to the next challenge....

Five Places I Want To Visit

Really?  Just five?

Bora Bora

Lovers Bridge - Paris

Outer Banks

Why these places?  I love the water...any water.  It soothes me.  The Bora Bora Resort  looks like the ultimate place to pamper yourself.  Check out the prices though....way expensive.  After watching The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants I was introduced to Greece and added that to my Bucket List.  I've traveled to Paris before on my own but was only able to spend one day in the city.  Those who know me, know how much I love art and museums and so I would definitely visit the Louvre again and allow myself a few day to tour it.  The Lovers Bridge in Paris would be the place I would take Marty.  I sponsor a Compassion Child named Stefany and while we have corresponded for over two years I definitly plan on traveling to her home country to meet her and her family as well as learn more about her culture.  Finally, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are calling my name.  Guess I've read too many Nicholas Sparks' novels.  Looks like such a peaceful place.

Where do you dream of traveling one day?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge #4

I get off easy today with this blog challenge!

The Meaning Behind Your Tumblr Name?

No meaning, cause no Tumblr name!  I've heard of Tumblr and see some tweets referencing Tumblr but I really have no clue what it is used for.

Checked out the "official"  Tumblr meaning on "unofficial" Wikepedia and I quit reading about two paragraphs in.  Got enough social media platforms going on in my life so I don't think I'll be adding Tumblr to the mix.

Great weather in the South today.  Heading out to to the pool.

Tell someone you love them today!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge #3

Challenge Number 3 in my 30 Day Blog Challenge is not very exciting.  Don't even know if anyone is reading this but I know at some point I will look back and read these random posts.  Ok, here goes!

My Day -- in GREAT Detail:

Well, I'm glad I was a busy bee today otherwise you may think I'm just a big lug laying around all day.

So, TODAY went something like this.....

  • Hit the snooze button about 4 times despite having a good night sleep.
  • Gave thanks for the gift of a new day.
  • Did a load of laundry.
  • Woke the Princess up.
  • Tried to feed the pups but discovered they had ZERO food.  Can someone in this family please tell me when they have dished out the last bit of dog food?  Geez.
  • Apologized to the pups and gave them one treat each plus a big spoonful of peanut butter.  I was feeling some guilt.
  • Made the Princess breakfast.
  • Drove the Princess to volleyball.
  • Stopped at Wally World on the way home for a mop.
  • Made a mad dash around the house to "clean up" before the sweet lady who REALLY cleans our house arrived.
  • Played fetch with the pups in the backyard
  • Made myself a great shake with products from Arbonne and my local market.
  • Showered.
  • Dropped off some pictures at a friends (it only took me 2 weeks to get them to her).
  • Went back to wally world for dog food and citronella candles.
  • Picked the Princess up from volleyball.
  • Returned the cutest pair of shoes to Francescas because they squeaked when I walked.  Should have exchanged it for something I wanted but the Princess ended up getting a cute shirt and headband out of the deal.
  • Drove like a bat out of h.e. double hockey sticks to pick up the husband (Captain Crunch) from work for lunch.  It was already past the noon hour and he had to be back for a 2p meeting.
  • Had a FANTASTIC gluten free lunch at Dempsey Bakery with Captain Crunch and the Princess.  I also picked up 6 individual gluten free pizza crusts for dinner as the Princess was having several friends spend the night.
  • Took Crunch Bunch back to work.
  • Took the Princess for allergy shots.
  • Took the princess to our local camera shop, Bedford so they could trouble shoot what was wrong with the camera she got for Christmas.  Turns out it has a manufacturer problem and they are sending the camera back to Nikon.  In the meantime, they gave her a snazzy loner.  This is the great customer service you get when you support your local businesses.  Had we made the purchase at a big box retailer we would have been responsible for getting the camera back to the manufacturer....and a loner camera?  Fuhgeddaboudit!
  • Went to Whole Foods for produce and other items we just had to have.  Did I mention I am working hard to eat healthy this summer?  This requires visiting two different grocery stores and a Farmers Market or two.  Hubby is not embracing the cost to "eat clean' nor does he care for the taste.
  • Drove the Princess out to the country to pick up one of the friends who is staying the night.
  • Finally fed those poor puppies after arriving home.  
  • Put my feet up for a minute to enjoy the clean smell of Fabulousa throughout the house.  Every other Tuesday is a happy day for me.  Thanks Priscilla!
  • Facebook posted a picture of the fabulous door hangar that was just put up yesterday.

  • Chopped zucchini, tomatoes, red onions and bell peppers to top my homemade pizza.  Got all the regular pizza fixings organized for the rest of the crew.
  • Met a new friend of the Princess.
  • Laid out all the ingredients for the Princess and three of her friends to make their own individual pizzas.  Crunch Bunch made his own too.....with REAL bacon, pepperonis and cheese.  Mine was much healthier.  He did not care for the Gluten Free crust.  When Princess tried to offer him a snack later he announced he had had enough "gluten free" products for the day.
  • Watched a little of the Giants / Pirates game.
  • Worked on a page from my art journal.
  • Ate my dinner.  Yum-O.
  • Cleaned up the kitchen.
  • Sneaked a Peek at RHONJ.  I couldn't resist.  
  • Drove Princess and Friends to nearby outdoor shopping mall so they could hang out.
  • Drove back after Princess called the minute I shut the garage door to say nobody was at the mall.
  • Alerted Princess on the ride home to the fact I am not her personal assistant.  I'm confident she did not hear a word.
  • Started this blog entry.
  • Did one more load of laundry.
  • Made break and bake cookies for the guests.
  • Forgot to set the timer for cookies and almost burnt them to a crisp.  This is what happens when I attempt to multi-task.
  • Assisted Princess while grumbling simultaneously as "we' picked up the glass of milk she knocked off the counter.  Did I mention my house had just been cleaned earlier today?  The hardwoods smooth after being cleaned....  I don't know why but my kids spill things on the floor and the dogs get sick or have an accident on the floor ONLY every other Tuesday after the house has been professionally cleaned.
  • Loaded the dishwasher.
  • Finished this entry.
Wow.  That's alot for one day and I'm not sure I captured everything.   Who thought of the challenge for this day anyway?  I'm pooped!

Oh, in case your wondering why I have not mentioned Batman.  Well, he's pretty self sufficient these days and he happens to be out of town playing basketball.

Night night.

Monday, June 10, 2013

30 Day Blog Challenge #2

So up for today's challenge is:

10 Likes & Dislikes

Is it 10 overall or 5 each or 10 Likes and 10 Dislikes?  Guess I'll just see what comes up and wing it.

I Like.....

  • big butts and i cannot lie.....NO.  Just making sure you are paying attention.  That was a fun song back in the day though was it not?
  1. Reading
  2. All Beaches
  3. Happy Cashiers
  4. Sushi
  5. I Heart Radio
  6. Honesty
  7. Pedicures
  8. Genuine Friendships
  9. Spending Time Alone With My Little Family
  10. Organizing (but that doesn't mean I am organized)
I Dislike......
  1. Meanness
  2. Pumpkin Pie
  3. Putting Away Laundry
  4. Comparison
  5. One Sided Friendships
  6. Having THE Budget Talk With My Husband
  7. Grocery Shopping
  8. Getting On The Scale
  9. Queen Bees & Wanna Bees
  10. Mayonnaise

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Blogging Challenge

I have not posted to this blog since April 2012.

I may have been a little too ambitious thinking I could blog, tweet, post, pin, text, talk all while continuing to be a wife, mom, friend, employee....etc...

Still, I think I'd like to try to continue to blog occasionally.  With that said, while perusing Pinterest I came across a 30-Day Blogging Challenge.  Seeing as I am trying all sorts of new stuff this summer why not add this to my goal list too!

Disclaimer:  For all you professional bloggers (you know who you are), please forgive my grammar, spelling and random rambling.  I am just a mere mortal and never have claimed to have any special grammar skills.

And so I begin with Challenge Number 1:

Write Some Basic Things About Yourself

Hmmm, didn't I just do that?

Ok, here a few facts about me that you may not know......

  • My great-grandmother lived with my family from the time I was just a toddler until I moved away after high school graduation.  She did not speak a word of English -- only Spanish.  I should be fluent in the language, but I managed to leave home with just a basic understanding of the language plus my pronunciation is horrid.  Wish I knew it better.  What a gift to be fluent in a second language.  I was told by a family member, I could have learned it better if I wanted to.  Maybe so, but I think I did pretty good.  Granny Fila and I seemed to be able to communicate ok.  I would use as much Spanish as I could then throw in the English word when needed.  It went something like this... "Grandma, yo quero pancakeeeeeeeeeeees. "  See, I could say everything except for the word pancakes so I made up my own word.  She got it and I got the pancakes.  Rest in peace Granny.  I was blessed to have you in my life.  I'm sorry I did not realize it at the time.
  • I have a deep fear of drowning.  Primarily, being stuck in my vehicle if it somehow ended up in water.  I keep one of those apparatuses in my glove box that can both cut a seat belt and shatter a window.
  • I am obsessed with the HGTV show, House Hunters International.  I wish when Marty and I were newly married that we just packed it all up to move over to a foreign country.  Too hard now with teenagers, but maybe later in life?
  • I have to sleep with a fan on either overhead or next to my bed.  Drives Marty crazy.  He says it makes him "stuffed up".  The cool breeze plus the white noise it provides is necessary no matter what time of year.
  • I rarely finish what I start so don't be surprise when you quit hearing from me around Blog Challenge 12........