Things are Changing

As you can see, I am doing a bit of blog redesign. I may have accidentally pushed an activate button instead of a preview button when browsing themes yesterday. I am now forced to make some changes.

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Please be patient with me as I try to figure all of this out. I apologize in advance if you can’t find what you are looking for as some links aren’t working or even appearing. Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon!

Creeper

Last Saturday, my mom and I got off work early. She insisted we go shopping. Okay, fine. She is in the market for a new bed.

new bed

 

She may have even asked the saleslady if she could spend the night to thoroughly check out the bed. Sassy didn’t know what to make of the awkward situation.

When we got home, I was startled by this when I went to open my car door.

cat on car

 

Jasper is such a creeper cat.

 

cat on car

 

It really is a miracle that I haven’t run over him in the garage. He has no fear of my car.

Later that night, we went to my niece Myo’s 18th birthday party. I cannot believe she is an official adult now!

blow out the candles, birthday cake

 

Costco cake for the win!

It was a fun evening with lots of great Mexican food that I, as usual, forgot to take a picture of because I was too busy eating it. Let’s face it, the only reason there is a picture of the cake is because I was forced to pause by the whole “blow out the candles” tradition.

Later when it was time to leave, I couldn’t find Sassy. I realized I hadn’t seen her in at least 30 minutes. I wasn’t worried, I knew she was in the house somewhere, I just wasn’t sure where she was exactly. Then I saw the top of my dad’s head across the room sitting on the couch. I knew immediately Sassy would be next to him.

And I was right.

 

Those two are inseparable!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Sunday Social

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1. Four Favorite bands you loved in high school:

Bon Jovi, Duran Duran. Beastie Boys, and Van Halen.

Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet concert was my first concert and my first date!

2. Four go-to meals you’d love to learn to cook or can cook really well:

Anything! Seriously, I am a basic cook at best. But let’s be honest here, I don’t really care to learn to cook anything well. Cooking well is not something I will ever take the time to learn. No desire. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be a Chocolate Bag dessert like the one at McCormick & Schmick’s.

Chocolate Bag
White Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Berries
Topped with Whipped Cream

3. Four necessities to your daily life:

Iced coffee with creamer, iPhone, laptop, and chocolate almond milk (my after workout treat).

coffee, fastpitch softball

I take iced coffee everywhere with me year-round!

4. Four makeup necessities you must have if you could only have 4 on:

Concealer, cream blush (because I could use it as lip color, too!), eye liner and mascara. I honestly would feel naked with just four make-up items. My make-up is natural looking, but it is a full face of make-up and I NEVER leave home without it on.

My favorite mascara right now is Maybelline New York Volume Express Mega Plush Washable Mascara.

mascara

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It makes my lashes fuller and longer without clumping. It also doesn’t rub off during the day. Big win!

5. Four favorite apps on your phone or iPad: Shazam, Pandora, Instagram and Starbucks.

shazam app

I love music and am forever using the Shazam app to find out more info about a song.

Answer one or all of the questions above!

Surprise Ending

Church Sunday morning was a long one. A good service, but a long one. It also included my 4-month old niece throwing up on me midway through it. My fault, I’m a baby hog. I’m okay with that fact. Either way, after church we needed a little something to boost our energy afterwards.

long john donut

Good night, talk about a sugar coma. After that stop, we did a little grocery shopping for the week. Then it was time for the thing I had been looking forward to all week-long!…

Exploring a new trail! We had spotted this trail driving back from our hike last week. I couldn’t wait to get back to it. And it did not disappoint!

This trail started out narrow and fairly flat, but then it started to get interesting with some fun inclines and declines.

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There were a few bridges.

foot bridge

OMG Becky called this one “shady.” Not really sure what she meant by that…

bridge

Lots of rocks and tree roots to watch out for.

A bit of ice and mud, but not nearly as much as last weekend.

And then the trail leveled out, widen and I could see a fence at the end. I immediately knew where this trail ended at!…

The native animal enclosure! Buffalo and elk!

buffalo

After finishing that trail, I was ready for some more fun. We soon found a different trail on another part of the lake.  It was more difficult than the first trail. I loved it, of course!

There was an entire other side of this trail left for us to explore next time. AND I saw another trail on the other side of the native animal enclosure to try sometime, too! Now if the weather will cooperate and continue with these gorgeous Sundays. Our weather is currently changing. Weatherman says today will feel 75 degrees colder  than it did yesterday. Yikes. But fingers crossed it rebounds for the weekend again!

Tell me about your weekend!

What’s the weather like in your area?

Ready to Eat It Up

This, my friends, is the proverbial “life is a box of chocolates” chocolates.

christopher elbow chocolates

(Actually, they are a box of amazing  Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates! So amazing, in fact, I refuse to share with my children. Every man, woman and child for himself when it comes to the sweets! You know it had to be said.)

I am still trying to figure out this whole new job with more hours, blogger, mom, runner, me, balance thing. I feel like I am finally getting the hang of the job. It doesn’t occupy my mind off-hours as much as it did when I started mid-November. It probably didn’t help that I started right at the beginning of the holiday/stress season either. Now things are feeling more settled and I feel like I can breathe a bit. And breathing for me means blogging.  I can do it more often, hopefully, and not feel guilty about taking time away from other things.

I can’t wait to catch up with all of you!

Tell me what’s happening in your world!

Longest Homecoming Day Ever

Saturday I had the privilege of chauffeuring OMG Becky around for her day of Homecoming festivities.  As soon as I got home from work a little after 1:00 PM, I had to change clothes and go pick up the flowers for both her and her date.  Next up was a stop to wash and vacuum my car.

Our first stop on what would be the longest Homecoming day ever, was my parents house.  OMG Becky’s date met us there with this dad and brother.  Love, love, love the color of her dress!

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See the boutineer?  We tried, unsuccessfully, no less than five times to pin that to his shirt.  Why does it have to be so hard?!

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After taking pictures there, we went to my brother’s to take pictures with my niece and her date.

homecoming

homecoming

His community had a lovely rose garden perfect for pictures.

homecoming

Love OMG Becky’s shoes, too!  Glitter, peek-a-boo sling back heels.  Wish they were my size!

After that photo session, we went back to my parents’ house to drop off Sassy for the evening.  Next up was our trail.  OMG Becky’s date wanted to see where we ran and take a few pictures there.

Then it was on to meet at one of OMB Becky’s friend’s house before going on to a location they had picked for group photos.

homecoming

As you can see in the background of this photo, our group was not the only one to think of this place.  It was packed with other kids in their finest.

homecoming

homecoming

After pictures, we headed to Carrabba’s for dinner.  I had the privilege of sitting with three other moms at a table next to the kids.  I’m pretty sure the kids would have preferred to have us sitting farther away!  I’m not sure where they time went, but we were there for over two hours!  It did not feel like that long at all.

Then it was time for the main event!  I took my carload of kids to the school for the actual homecoming dance.  I picked up Sassy and went home thinking I wouldn’t hear from them again for another two hours when the dance was over at 10:00 PM.  I was wrong.  Barely an hour later, I got the call to come get them.  The dance was a bust.  Apparently, no one was dancing because of the music selections being played and there were long pauses between the songs.

Sassy and I picked up OMG Becky and her date, we stopped for ice cream and then back to our house to watch a movie before taking her date home in time for his curfew.  We didn’t get home until almost 11:30 PM.  I was exhausted!

I do not remember Homecoming being such a big deal when I was in high school.  In fact, no one even went to the Homecoming dances at our school.  We only went to see our friends in the Homecoming court and then would leave.  And the Homecoming court were the only people really dressed up.  It certainly wasn’t an all day affair.  Of course, at that time, the dance was on the same day as the football game.  Now the game is the night before.  I guess that lends more opportunity to make the dance a more grand affair.

Either way, the kids all looked lovely and it was a lot of fun to be a part of.  The other moms and I were talking at dinner about how this is the last year we will get to be such a big part of the day.  Next year, all of our kids will be legal drivers and not need us.  That makes me sad.

Stella’s First Walk

On Sunday the OMG Becky and I took Sassy and Stella to the park we explored a couple of weeks ago.

dog on walk, boxer

As soon as we arrived, I realized I had forgotten my phone/camera at home.  All pictures in this post are courtesy of OMG Becky.

This time we headed the to the opposite side of the lake.

lake

lake

The weather was cooler than last time, but it looked like it might rain at any moment.  It had poured a few times earlier that day.  I think because of that, the lake wasn’t very busy at all this time.

lake

I made a mistake.  I thought because it was cooler, I would be lazy and not change into workout clothes.  I should have changed.  It was so humid, I was sweating!  Yuck.

Stella seemed really interested in the lily pads.

There were also several water turtles sunning themselves on that area.

lily pads

lily pads

We found a clever homecoming invitation in the woods.

Kids seem to make such a bigger production of those things now.  OMG Becky’s friend asked her by making a necklace with shells he found in Florida last month and spelling out “Homecoming” on them.  <Insert “ahhs” here.>

Stella loved the trail!  She also really loved some Canadian geese we found along the edge of the lake.  Oh goodness.  We are working really hard on learning what “leave it” means.  Overall, she did really great walking.  I even had OMG Becky practice running with her.  She is an even better running partner!

I think her favorite part of the trail was what we found at the end.

dog water fountain

A doggie water fountain!

After we got home and I tried to figure out how far we had walked, I discovered there is a dog park right next to this lake.  Not sure how we missed it, but we will have to visit it next time for sure!

How does your dog do at a dog park?  I’m nervous about taking Stella!

Eat All the Donuts & Everything Else, Too

Happy National Donut Day!

krispy kreme donuts

There are a few companies giving away free donuts.  It doesn’t get any better than that, Friends!

Dunkin’ Donuts: One free donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage, all day on June 7.

Krispy Kreme: The link lists participating locations in the U.S. and Canada giving out free donuts today—no purchase necessary.

Tastykake: The first 5,000 fans who like the brand on Facebook get a coupon good for a free Tastykake donut product, redeemable now through June 14.

Winn Dixie: The supermarket chain is handing out free jumbo doughnut holes to customers at locations in Florida.

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I am doing pretty much the opposite of eating donuts today.  I think.  (The photo above is an old one.)

My eating has been a little too lax for my liking since my injury.  Honestly, it was hard to even think about eating the way I want when I am barely coherent.  And that lead to a not so healthy couple of months.  I am finally eating the way I want most of the time, but I feel the need to make myself more accountable.  And what better way to do that than to post everything I eat here!

Don’t worry I am not about to become one of those bloggers that post a picture of every single thing that goes in my mouth.  Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it’s not my style.  I will however share food pics if I think they are photo-worthy, just as I have in the past.  The only difference in my posting with be a list of what I ate at the bottom of each post.  Easy enough to scroll past, if you so chose!  But if you do chose to read my eats, don’t be surprised to see odd foods at odd times.  I am a grazer.  I snack all day long.  And I have no regard to what time of day it is dictating what type of food I eat.  Perfect example is my breakfast below.  :-)

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What I ate yesterday:

  • Morning: iced coffee (=12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup peppermint mocha creamer & 2 packets of Splenda)
  • Breakfast: (1/12 of casserole dish) piece of Greek lasagna
  • Lunch: Yoplait Greek 100 vanilla yogurt with 1/2 banana mixed in
  • Mid-afternoon: open face sandwich = whole wheat toast, 1 Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb wedge, & egg fried in olive oil
  • Early evening: cup of cherries
  • Dinner: salad = spinach, baby carrots, cucumber, mushrooms, broccoli, grapes, 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 2T Bolthouse Farms salsa ranch dressing and 1/12 loaf piece of frozen garlic bread
  • Snack: 1 Weight Watchers Toasted Coconut Mini Bar

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How are you celebrating National Donut Day?

All the Cars I’ve Loved Before

My days are boring.  So I thought I would share somethings that aren’t so current, but still fun to post about.

Today it’s my history with cars.

I bought my first car when I was 15.  I am an October baby, so I had the grand plan of working all summer before my 16th birthday and saving for a car.  Only problem with that plan?  No one hires 15 year olds back them except one place.  McDonald’s.  McDonald’s it was!  I would open almost everyday all summer long, then I would have softball practice &/or games later in the day.  It was a long summer, but I saved every single penny from every single paycheck.  And at the end of the summer, when my sophomore year of high school started, I quit my job and bought a car.  A cute, little blue Chevy Chevette.  I can’t remember what year it was, but it looked a lot like this one.

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Vinyl seats and all!  It was a good, safe car, except it was slow.  Like turtle crawl up every hill.  It didn’t matter how fast I was going, by the time I got to the top of any hill, I would be lucky to be going 20 MPH.  I was the first one of my friends to drive, so I had the privilege of picking up a few friends on the way to school.  They could hear my car coming a few blocks away, chugging her little way along.  She quickly received the nickname of Possy, acronym for Piece of Sh*t.  Classy lady!

The next summer brought another car.  This time a Renault Fuego.  What?  You’ve never heard of Renault cars?  I hadn’t either.  It was apparently a French car.

renault fuego

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Mine was black and it was zippy!  Fun car, except it would overheat and a fountain of green fluid would gush out from under the hood.  Good times.

My senior year of high school and I wanted a new car.  This time I went big!  I bought a 5-year old Chevy Camaro!

1985 chevy camaro

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Mine was a beautiful greenish, blue color and not an Iroc-Z.  Loved that car!  The problem with it?  It was horrible in rain and snow.  It was slide if there was just a bit of moisture in the air.  After almost sliding off a bridge that winter, I knew it was time to trade it in.

Freshman year of college.  The Camaro was traded for a Honda Prelude.

honda prelude

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Mine was red.  I adored that car!  So much so I kept it a few years.

After a few years, I wanted a bit of a bigger car.  A Chevy Beretta fit the bill.

1991 chevy beretta

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Mine was a color called Sandstone.  It was a light beige color that didn’t show dirt.  Loved that!  I kept that car for a few years until I was married and pregnant with my first daughter.  It was then decided we needed a four-door car for convenience.

We bought a one year old Mercury Mystique.  Actually, the ex-husband picked it out.  I didn’t really have a preference other than wanting four doors.

mercury mystique

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Red on the inside and the out.  It was a good car for our needs.  Sadly, I was T-boned in a wreck that resulting in totaling it.

Our replacement car was a 2 year old Honda Accord.

honda accord

Ours was a dark green and I had picked it out all by myself.  Loved it.  And then we became pregnant with our second child and needed a bit more room.

I got to pick out my dream car at that time!

dodge durango

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I again went with the light beige color I loved.  Seven seats were prefect for our growing family!  It served us well for a few years, but then it was time to downsize a bit and find something a bit more fuel friendly.  I sold it to my friend’s mom nine years ago and she still has it!

Next up was a dark blue Dodge Stratus.

dodge stratus

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I actually really liked this car and wish I had kept it.  But I traded it in five years ago for my current car.

Are you car maker loyal?  I am not, obviously.

  • Chevy = 3
  • Renault = 1
  • Honda = 2
  • Mercury = 1
  • Dodge = 2

Do you keep cars very long?  I didn’t use to, but I have had my current car for five years.  Before that I averaged a new-to-me car every couple of years.

Do you buy cars new?  I tend to buy newer (1-2 years old), used cars.  I have never bought a brand new car.

What was your first car?

What car is on your want list right now?  I am really considering a four-door hatchback, such as a Mini Countryman.

mini countryman

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