Friday, June 29, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

Happy Friday! This day has been ridiculously slow for me and I can't wait to get out of here and go home.  Usually I won't blog from work, however, when it's 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and I seriously have NOTHING else to do, I make exceptions to make the day go by...

Click the button to hop over to Hilary's blog and play along in this fun weekly fill-in the blank hop! If you have suggestions for statements, e-mail Hilary at and you can be a co-host!

Update: This week I'm co-host! Yipee.  I've been such a scatterbrain lately that I completely overlooked that awesome fact and for that I apologize!



1. ___ makes me laugh.
2. Sometimes ___ makes me sad.
3. My ___ looks ___ after ___.
4. When I hear ___ I ___.

My Answers:

1. Dry humor makes me laugh.  I find it more amusing than slapstick comedy.
2. Sometimes memories make me sad.  Not necessarily in a bad way, just in a "miss my friends" kind of way.
3. My hair looks horrible after I spend time in the humidity.  Like I should have a bag over my head...
4. When I head the ice cream man I used to run for the truck, but now it kind of gives me the creeps.  You've probably heard the same kind of stories I have...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fabulous blogger... who me?

A big thank you to Janice at Janice's Footsteps for passing along the Fabulous Blogger Ribbon to me! Thank you!!

Here's the drill:

1. Post the rules.
2. Name five of your most fabulous moments, either in real life or in the blogosphere.
3. Name five things you love.
4. Name five things you hate.
5. Pass the ribbon on to five other bloggers.  (Leave them a comment to notify them of their win.)

Fabulous Moments:

1. My wedding day.
2. Getting accepted into honor societies (this is really two moments but since they're basically the same I'm keeping them as one).
3. Being accepted into Penn State.  I didn't go, but after dropping out of high school and working my butt off to get back in gear, it was an honor to be accepted into such a great school.
4. My first comment from someone I didn't know here on my blog.  Someone was listening.  I had reached at least one person.  It was exciting.
5. The births of my nieces and nephews (this is another multi-moment thing, but fabulous nonetheless).  I don't have kids, so this is the second best.

Name Five Things You Love:

1. My husband.
2. My family.
3. My pets.
4. My life in general.
5. My job.  (Remind me of this when I'm having a bad day...)

Name Five Things You Hate:

1. Spiders.
2. Ignorance.
3. Traffic.
4. Being cold.
5. Channel chucking.

Five Fabulous Bloggers:

I wish I could name more than five, there are so many fabulous bloggers out there!!

1. Hilary @ Feeling Beachie
2. Brenda Youngerman @ Brenda Youngerman: Ponderings of an Author
3. Leslie @ Time Out For Mom
4. Lucy @ Lucy's Reality
5. Kim @ Mommie...Again

Now I'd better hop on over to these nice lady's blogs and let them know! Thank you again Janice!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Coffee Chat: Reality Bites

Last week in the coffee chat we talked about our summer fantasy vacation.  This week it's reality.  I'm not sure I like the direction this is heading... next week might be doom! Kidding!! :)  Click the button below to hop over to Time Out For Mom and chat along.

For me, reality hits me the most the week before school starts after taking the summer semester off.  I spend the summer doing little to nothing along the lines of productivity, then all of a sudden school starts in a week.  I am even enrolled in my classes already so short of ordering my books, I do nothing for school prep until BAM it's suddenly time. Being a student kind of sucks sometimes.

Another time reality hits is when I overspend for my budget.  I use Quicken to track my expenses and I'm usually pretty good about entering stuff somewhat daily, at least every other day.  If I ever let the receipts pile up, or forget to enter one, or the husband forgets to give me one, it can throw me off and I have that moment where I have to sit back and give myself, or him, a lecture on responsibility.  Being a grown up kind of sucks sometimes. 

I could probably list more, but those are for sure the biggest "reality check" moments.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Some really late Friday fill-in fun!

Not even going to come up with excuses this week! I'm a slacker, let's leave it at that.  Click the button below to hop on over to Hilary's and join in!!


The statements:

1. I love a ___.
2. If I could ___ anywhere I would ___.
3. When I grow up, I want to ___.
4. The best ___ I ever ___.

My answers:

1. I love a hot, gooey brownie.
2. If I could live anywhere I would choose a small town.
3. When I grow up, I want to feel fulfilled.
4. The best camping trip I ever took was with my BFF and her dad and brother in Vermont.  I really want to go camping again!

Monday Quiz About Me

Almost didn't make this one! My track record for blogging has been crappy lately.  Being out of school has it's perks, I can choose to not get on the computer all day (when I'm off work or not at the office) and there are no consequences! Except having to catch up on days worth of reading material!

So I took Thursday and Friday off of work, was off for the weekend, and had to go to Columbia for a meeting today.  I haven't been in the office since Wednesday and it's been fantastic!

On to my Monday hop... click the button below to hop over to Acting Balanced and join in!

Acting Balanced

1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

I think it was Ba-ba.  Ba-ba was a little dog/bear stuffed animal that I had.  He had a Freddy Kreuger black and red striped shirt, which wasn't actually a shirt, it just replaced the fur in the shape of a shirt, if you know what I mean... and he had a removable furry coat.  I loved him.  When I was playing teacher, he was my star pupil.  He was my baby doll, my patient, my friend, etc.  I also LOVED my Cozy Coupe! Makes me smile when I see kids still playing in them today.  My favorite thing to do was to drag it over to the hill on the side of my house and go flying down.  :)

2. Where did you go this weekend?

Brad and I visited Mosquito Jungle on Sunday.  Ooops, I'm sorry, Cypress Gardens! It was absolutely beautiful, it really was.  However, halfway through the trail it started to rain, so we hid in a gazebo until it let up, then went back on the trail.  Holy moly the rain sure did let the mosquitoes out! We practically ran back to the car and now we're all bitten up.  I did get a couple of pictures while we were there though.  :)

3. When was the last time you shopped for yourself? What did you buy?

Sadly, I can't remember the last time I shopped for myself for a non-necessity item.  Does coffee count? Or shampoo?

4. Paper, plastic, or reusable?

I reuse paper, plastic and reusable! Over and over and over again.

And my fifth question for all of you...

What's your best money saving advice?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Peanut Update

I've talked about my newest niece, affectionately called Peanut, here on this blog and also posted photos of her on my photo blog.  Here's the latest update:

She had a g-tube put in last week and a trache put in on Thursday.  Rough, yes, but very good for her.  With her cleft lip and palate, it hasn't been easy for her to take food from a bottle.  Add to that this webbing she has in her throat that only allows her to breath through about 5% of her airway, regardless of her amazing doctors efforts to open it up.  Without being able to breath well, it's tough to suck on the bottle, hence the need for the g-tube.  The trache comes in because her airway keeps closing up.  They go in, cut it back, and it grows back.  They've done this several times.  So she has the trache and now they don't have to worry about the airway, of course they'll go back in later on and try to snip it again, but they want to give the poor girl a break from these constant surgeries.  She should be able to come home from the NICU in about two weeks, as long as her stats stay good.  And they've been good, just some fluctuations with the surgeries.  One of her lungs collapsed today because the tube they put in was too long and they had to fix that, but they said that sometimes happens when it's first inserted and they fully expect it to puff back up. 

Peanut is a tough little cookie.  It's hard seeing all that stuff on her, but I know it's all for the best.  She's in very good hands at MUSC.  They're taking such good care of her.  The good thing is that she's not going to remember any of this and it will all be a distant memory for us grown ups soon.  She was sleeping when I saw her after the surgery, and she looked peaceful.  Her color was good and she was a chubby little thing.  Makes my heart melt.

Thank you to everyone who is sending prayers her way.  It means a lot.  :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pondering with a purpose: punishment

What do you do when someone you love does something wrong?

Click the button below to link up with Brenda in this weekly hop.

Think on Thursday

It depends on my mood honestly.  If I'm in a great mood I'm more inclined to let things slide, or if I'm in a rush simply because I don't have time to get angry about anything.  I have a horrible temper so generally when something occurs that requires a punishment I get angry.  You won't like me when I'm angry.  Ha, sorry. 

My first reaction is yelling at the offender.  Sometimes I throw things.  Not really a punishment, but since I do have an anger problem, it's pretty much the best I can do without hauling off and kicking some butt since I don't want to end up in jail and all... :)

When Daisy is bad, after I yell a bunch of stuff she doesn't understand, I tell her to go sit on her bed, which she generally does, all the while looking at me like, "what the heck mom?" But she has to do something really, really bad for me to send her to her bed.  She just has this face that it's so hard to punish.

When Brad is bad, he gets things taken away from him.  Once he drove me crazy by playing his Xbox for days straight so I took the game and hid it in my car for like a week.  All his friends were playing that game so no other game would do.  I've, um, also broken his controller.  That was a $50 mistake on my part since of course we had to replace it eventually and I had no one to blame for that one but myself.  He didn't break the controller, I did. 

When I was a nanny, the kids usually got punished by sitting in time out or having things/privileges taken away.  We don't have kids so I have no punishment experience with my own children, but I have the strangest feeling I'll be that mom telling her kid not to hit by popping him/her on the hand. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Dream Summer Vacation

I'm so behind this week.  Thanks to my sister, I have discovered a new game on my iPod Touch, Sporcle trivia.  It is like crack.  I can't stop.  I haven't blogged in days because of it. 

So my dream summer vacation if time and money were no option...

That's actually kind of a hard one.  When I think "summer" I think islands and beaches, but when I think "time" and "money" I think Europe.  Yes, I'm going to go with Europe.  I would love to do a tour of Europe and the only way I could accomplish all that I'd like to is if I had time and money.  I'm not sure I'd want to backpack, I'm thinking luxurious hotels since I have the money, right? I want to see all the big cities and the hidden gems.  I want to see the places where history happened.  I want to roll down a green hill in Ireland, ride a double-decker bus in England, see the Eiffel Towel, Big Ben, the Coliseum, Pompeii, cathedrals,the Vatican, museums, etc...

Yes, Europe it is!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shot Tales: Wedding

When Brad and I were planning our wedding, one of the big decisions to make was the favors.  We wanted to choose something that really represented us, something cute, something people might keep.  I've been at a lot of weddings and I always love the favors and I've seen my fair share.  Things as convenient as a wine bottle opener with a matching stopper, and things as old fashioned and normal as jordan almonds.  We wanted something personalized and unique, something you don't just go to a website and select 200 and check out.  We wanted to really have to search for our special thing.  And by "we", I pretty much mean "I".

And I found it...

It reads:

I went to Brad & Jenn's Wedding
and all I got was this 
lousy shot glass
May 3, 2008
Charleston, SC

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How to train your husband...

Well that got your attention, didn't it?

I have absolutely no idea! But I'm dying to find out the following things:

How do you get him to empty his pockets before putting clothes in the laundry? Dryer confetti is not my idea of a good time.

Wait, let's go back... how do you get him to put his clothes IN the laundry? The floor is NOT the hamper!

How tall and scruffy does the lawn need to look before "I just cut it last week" is no longer worth saying?

I love him to pieces but my gosh!

Small Business Spotlight: Scentsy & Velata (I'm doing a party with her right now!!)

This week's Small Business Saturday Spotlight has my mouth watering! My friend Missy is a consultant for both Scentsy and Velata.

I purchased a Scentsy wickless candle from an online party Missy was having and let me tell you, it is amazing! I went with a collegiate warmer (University of South Carolina Gamecocks to appease Brad, of course) and the Vanilla Cream Scentsy Bar.  Wow! We have an open living room/kitchen area and that candle works wonders. 

I love it so much that I'm doing a basket party with Missy! She lives in New Jersey and I live in South Carolina, how awesome is it that we can still work together like that? If you are interested in ordering from MY party, go to her link at the end of this post, and click the link beside my name, Jennifer, on the right hand side.  It will be shipped right to you! And contact me ( if you want to hear about a special offer!

How long have you been in business?

I have been in business for the last 2 months now.

How did you get started?

A friend of mine introduced me to Scentsy (which is a wickless candle that is very safe to use and beautifully made) a little over a year ago and at that moment my life was a little too hectic. I just became pregnant with my second child with a 17 year difference and I just didn't know if I could really focus or dedicate time to Scentsy. I kept tossing the idea around about being a consultant but was never really sure if it was for me. Then finally decided hey let me just give it a shot and it doesnt hurt to at least try and I won't know if I try.. So I became a consultant for Scentsy and soon after signing up they introduced another brand called Velata which is a Fondue warmer and decided why not. So here I am now an Independent Consultant for both Scentsy and Velata andloving every minute of it.

What has been your best moment so far?

My Best moment so far was getting requests for Basket Parties. There are so many people who are not aware of Scentsy and being able to share both Scentsy and Velata with NEW people and seeing how they love the product just makes me know each day that I did the right thing in signing up.

What is the best thing about what you do?

The Best thing about what I do is that it doesn't take a lot of time. It's not like a second job but it is another income and I love sharing the product. I love people asking me questions and wanting to know more. I like that it doesn't take much of my time and the fact that friends and families can host parties online without having to worry about cleaning up their home and that even with hosting parties online that they are able to get free products from Scentsy and Velata and they are able to share with their families and friends as well.

Where can we find you?

I have two websites, one for Scentsy and one for Velata and they are both pretty simple. you can find me at and

Anything you'd like to add?

I choose Over The Moon as my website because I am Over the Moon about my 2 boys and every time I log onto my website and I type in Over the Moon it reminds me as to why I started on this journey and what I hope to make of it.
Thanks so much :)

Thank you Missy!!

If you or someone you know has a small business and is interested in being featured here, e-mail me at!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Some Friday Fill-in Fun (on Friday this time!)

Howdy! I'm glad I made it on Friday this week.  Busy day today and right now I'm hiding in the office while Brad and our nephew, DJ, play with their new Nerf guns. 

So here it goes! Click the button below to hop on over to Hilary's for some fill-in fun!



1. There never seems to be ___.
2. I love to ___.
3. I could ___ outta ___.
4. The last time I ___, ___.

My answers:

1. There never seems to be enough hours in a day
2. I love to laugh.
3. I could eat the heck outta some cheesecake!
4. The last time I was in New York, it was for my sister's wedding in 2008!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pondering with a Purpose: Your Life

If you could start over, what would you be doing right now?

Click the button below to link up.

Think on Thursday

If I could start over, what would I be doing right now? Simple.  Exactly what I am doing right now.  I know I've gotten to where I am in some unconventional ways, and maybe I'd rather have done some of the things I'm doing ow (school) sooner, but then I might not be me.  I might not be HERE right now, typing this post.  I might have a whole different life.  I might not be in South Carolina, married to Brad, with my awesome fur-babies.  Yeah, maybe I'd be making more money or live in a bigger house, but would I be as happy? I don't know.  And if I did things differently back then, would I have chosen the right career path? It took me forever to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Would I know that was what I wanted to do?

Bottom line, I wouldn't do anything differently.  Sometimes life sucks, get a helmet and keep on going.  You'll end up where you're supposed to be.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Officially the largest bug I have ever seen. Took a picture of it with my shoe to give an idea of the size. Wow. Thank goodness it's dead otherwise I'd die. And thank goodness I'm 20 miles from home, I'd move if that was by my house!

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Tuesday Coffee Chat: What I'm Loving Now

First off, I'm loving the fact that I'm soooo smooth and think I can open my mouth while I drink coffee.  My shirt and pants and keyboard tray are loving me right about now.  Why did I open my mouth while drinking coffee you wonder? Well, because I was being goofy.  I'm a five year old trapped in a 30 year old's body!

I'm loving that Logan's Roadhouse is beginning Name That Tune trivia again, beginning tomorrow evening.  I can't wait to whoop some butt again.  We won so many games last year.

I'm loving that my niece and nephew are in town!

I'm loving that the Devils did not win the Stanley Cup.  Sorry, had to put that out there, they did beat my Rangers.

I'm loving that it stopped raining, at least for the moment.  I haven't designed the plans for my ark yet, so it really needs to slow down over here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Almost didn't make in time for Monday! Click the button below to hop over to Acting Balanced and play along.

Acting Balanced

1. I had a great ....

I had a great night tonight.  Went and played trivia with the family.  We lost poorly, but it was still fun.

2. What is your favorite kind of soda pop?

Anything non-caffeinated.  I don't drink a lot of soda, but when I do I prefer the ones without caffeine, like ginger ale, Sprite/7-Up, Diet Caffeine Free Coke....

3. What is your weather like today?

Rainy with a side of rain.  It POURED on the ride home from work.  Roads were flooded, it was not fun.

4. What is your favorite work out song?

Don't have one.  I'm sure that once I get my butt back to the gym with my iPod I'll find one, but usually when I work out it's to a video or I'm at the gym reading a book or otherwise without music.

And my question for you...

Why did you name your blog what you named it? Include the name for those who don't know.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shot Tales: New York Rangers!

For those of you who follow hockey, you may think it's a little odd for me to do my post about the New York Rangers after they lost in the playoffs, it is, I wish I had planned it a little better, hindsight is 20/20 and all that...

So here it goes...

I went to 20+ games in the 1995-1996 season.  It was so much fun.  Possibly some of the best times I have ever had in my life.  They are memories I will hold with me forever.

One of my best friend's dad would get us tickets all the time.  I must have made my parents broke but they were fans too so I guess they were happy their little girl had an interest in the same things.  They even let me go on school nights!

I spent my 14th birthday at a Rangers game.  In fact, as a surprise my friend's dad got us some tickets behind the goal! It was so awesome.  We went to a game that year in Hartford.  We took the ferry across the Long Island Sound and went to the Civic Center.  We watched games against the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum. 

The best games, of course, were the ones at the Garden.  Whether we drove all the way in or took the LIRR, the ride to the games was almost as fun as the games themselves.  We'd listen to TV's Greatest Hits and some other tunes to get us hyped up (as if us teenage girls needed something to hype us up!).  Once we got into the city, whether we were running through the streets or driving down them, we were whooping and hollering "let's go Rangers!" 

Jenn and Jen (she'll kill me if she sees this picture)

We were pretty tame for our first few games, but it didn't take long before we were yelling and screaming at fans of the opposing teams and running around the arena like lunatics.  We painted a banner to say "Let's Go Rangers" and ran with it around the middle level.  We painted our faces (sorry I can't find the picture of me with my face painted!) and were all decked out in our jerseys. 

I miss those days.  I love my life, don't get me wrong.  But I yearn for those days of absolute carefree bliss.  No boyfriends, no jobs, no bills... Granted we had school, but that was a walk in the park compared to all the things you have to contend with as an adult. 

I miss my friends too.  It was funny because the four of us who went to games together all the time were Jen, Jenn, Kelly, and Kelly.  Kelly 1 and Jen are still in New York, I'm here in South Carolina, and Kelly 2 passed away in a car accident several years ago. 

I hope to get back up to New York sometime soon and see a game while I'm there!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Friday (on Saturday) with Feeling Beachie

I thought I was back on track and then boom! A couple of days of chaos has thwarted my regularly scheduled blogging.  Thank goodness for scheduled posts otherwise I'd be completely absent.  Here is my abbreviated Follow Friday (on Saturday) Four Fill-in Fun! Click the button to hop on over and play!



1. When I ___ I ___.
2. I wish I was ___.
3. If the world is my oyster then ___.
4. My favorite meal of the day is ___ and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then is ___.

My answers:

1. When I laugh too hard I cry. I can't remember what had me and Brad in stitches the other day but I thought we were both going to die laughing!
2. I wish I was rich.  Just so I could travel to see my family and friends, not so I could have lots of things, though I'm sure I would buy lots of things too!
3. If the world is my oyster then where are my pearls
4. My favorite meal of the day is dinner and the food I think would be my favorite to eat then is everything! Seriously, I can't just pick one thing, I love food!

So my sister and her kids are flying in from California tonight and I can't wait to see them! Aside from FaceTime, I haven't seen my niece and nephew, and my sister of course, in about 2 years! I'm so happy they'll be around for a little bit!

Small Business Spotlight: Whitney & Pink Papaya

Another weekly edition of Small Business Saturday Spotlight! I am so thankful for the great response I have received from my friends with this!

This week I'm featuring Whitney who sells Pink Papaya! Around Christmas I purchased a Sleigh Ride scented candle from her and it smells awesome!

How long have you been in business?

I became an Independent Consultant for Pink Papaya in September of 2011.

How did you get started?  

My husband's cousin is a consultant (and subsequently my leader) and she had sent me samples in the past and a few months later I ordered foundation and loved it!  A few months later she called me and asked if I wanted to be a consultant.  It was an easy yes!  I make my own hours, bring in extra spending money and since I'm not a "salesy" personality, I just have to talk about the products I love, which are all of them!

What has been your best moment so far?  

I can't say I have had one great moment that stood out, but I absolutely love when I follow up with someone after I send them samples or after they have placed an order.  They are genuinely excited about the products and their results.  It's a great day when you can get pumped about something as simple as skincare, aromatherapy, or makeup.

What is the best thing about what you do?  

I get to be a part of girl's spa nights (paid to party), share products I love, make my own hours, and bring in extra cash to buy the things I want!

Where can we find you?  

My personal website is www.PinkPapayaParties/Whitney, on Twitter @PinkPapayaLove and just started a blog when I talk about Pink Papaya at

Thank you Whitney!!!

If you or someone you know has a small business and wants to be featured, e-mail me at!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Attack of the dirigibles!

This past weekend Brad and I went on a "First Sunday Cruise" with a couple of car clubs he met online and at an in-person meet and greet at the local Sonic.  These are a couple of Mopar groups, which, for those of you who are as challenged in the automotive field as I am, basically means they are Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth vehicles.  There weren't as many cars out there as I had envisioned, a lot of no shows, but it was a good time nonetheless.  We met some nice people and I'm happy Brad is making some new friends. 

Sonic seems to be the "place to be" for car clubs.  They do car shows at the various restaurants and I'm sure there is some historical significance to that I am not aware of.  Anyway, that's where our cruise ended up, a newly built Sonic.  The boys opened their hood and we sat around talking and drinking our beverages of choice. 

That's when it happened.

A dirigible crash landed in the parking lot right next to us!

Kidding.  But seriously, it might as well have.  Brad and I were talking to this guy about some remodeling that is being done in one of the North Charleston neighborhoods near the old naval base, well Brad was talking and I was pretending to pay attention, and all of a sudden I heard "sea planes airport where they used to build dirigibles."


A human being that I have come into contact with somewhat randomly actually knows what a dirigible is? Enough to use it appropriately in a sentence?

I was flabbergasted.  Seriously.  After I heard him say "dirigible" I couldn't use "the" correctly in a sentence.

I even looked up what he was talking about... here it is.  He was spot on.

This word is starting to get on my nerves!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Minute Writer: Best

It's been so long since I've done this! Click the button below to hop over to C. Beth's blog and join.

What is the best thing you did for yourself yesterday?

The best thing I did for myself yesterday, believe it or not, was laundry.  I have the habit of lumping my chores into one or two days over the weekend and I end up losing what could be some time out of the house.  Since I pretty much stay in during the week, there is no reason why I shouldn't get some things done throughout the week.  So the little bit of laundry I did yesterday saves me some time this coming weekend so I can do something more fun and not feel overloaded or rushed.

Rants and Raves

Pet peeves, annoyances, confessions, and other ramblings... everyone needs a good vent every once in a while.

- Anyone driving a car in front of me or otherwise in my path.
- People who spend too much time at the bank drive thru.  Really? Send the tube back one more time and I'm going to shove it... Just go in the bank!
- Dirigibles.
- Bloggers who host a hop and don't comment on the participators' posts.  A simple "thanks for joining" would suffice, no need to force an ooey gooey comment.
- Captchas.
- Kids that bark at my dog.  Next time, I'll let my 15 pound pooch eat you.
- Gas prices.
- Nicki Minaj.

What's eating you?

A twist on the little green monster

I'm not one to get very jealous.  I love myself, my life, and all that's in it.  I've worked very hard to get where I'm at and I appreciate myself for it.

With that being said, I follow quite a few organization blogs.  You know the type, chock full of crafty ideas, tips, and tricks for making your home look fresh out of a catalog? Everything is so clean, so straight, so perfect.  Even the families are beautiful?

Well, I was catching up on my blog reading over the weekend and got to one of these blogs.  I was looking at some of the pictures she had posted of her latest assignment, in awe as usual, and I browsed some other posts and images and it dawned on me, this woman can take pictures too! Not only can she keep an organized house and complete tons of DIY projects, but she can take a mean picture of her beautiful family too! Figures.

See, that's a moment when the little green monster should come out, right? All envious of superwoman in all her homemaker glory... but I didn't get jealous... 

I'm inspired!

And why shouldn't I be? I read her blog for the qualities I admire in her, the same as with many other blogs I read.  Something sparked my interest - with her blog, it's the cleanliness, the creativity, the order.  I like order. It's inspiring, all the blogs I read are inspiring!

This one travels the world? I could get jealous, or hey, I could travel the world too! Or accept and appreciate whatever reason I can't travel the world.

That one has a gorgeous baby? I could envy her for that, or I could just plan to have a baby of my own because I know it will be cuter, at least to me.  :)

I think jealousy and envy are wasted emotions.  They're like gas you don't put in the tank.  Instead of being jealous of what these women can do, I use that energy to DO what these women do.  Then what would I have to be jealous of? I might not have thought of it first, but that means less work, right? I'm not reinventing the wheel.  :)

Do you have any moments where you've turned what could have been jealousy (or another wasted emotion) into something productive or inspiring?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My First Tell Me Tuesday

I saw reference to this hop on a fellow bloggers page, so I thought I'd check it out.  Glad I did.

Click the button below to head over to The Coloradolady's blog and join in.

What is something you don't want to regret when you are older?

I don't want to regret not having a better relationship with my sisters when I get older.  We get along fine when we talk or when we're together, but that doesn't happen very often.  It wouldn't be an unusual event if I only talked to them on holidays, and by holidays I mean Christmas, Thanksgiving, and maybe Easter.  Oh and birthdays. 

They are 6, 8, and 9 years older than me so we grew up in different times - meaning when they were in high school I was in elementary school.  We were never in the same school together and we were never really experiencing the same thing at the same time.  Granted now we're all grown up and have our own lives and you'd think we'd all be on the same playing field, but we're not, not really.  I think those years of distance took their toll. 

I talk to my youngest-oldest sister the most, she was always the one I was closest with because we shared a room growing up, she was the last to leave for college, she's lived here in South Carolina, etc.  The other two still live in New York, which makes the communication even easier. 

I know we have phones, e-mail, and social media to keep in touch, but I guess we need some kind of ice breaker.  Something that will encourage future communications.  It's not like we don't have anything to say when we do call one another, but I'm sure if we talk on a day that is not a special event, the person on the receiving end of the phone call is going to be like, huh? Did that just happen? Did she just call me out of the blue?

It really is sort of shameful when I think about the relationship my husband has with his brothers.  It's an odd day for them if they don't talk to one another.  All four of them talk daily. I wish I could say the same.

I know what you're probably thinking... pick up the phone! I guess I'm just always hoping one of them will do it first. 

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Getting Fit

Good morning! Got my coffee still and I'm already eagerly awaiting my lunch hour when I can dive into the delicious leftovers from last night's dinner.  Mouthwatering portobello mushroom caps stuffed with brown rice, a blend of cheeses, and chicken sausage, topped with tomato basil sauce.  What? Oh this post is about getting FIT not getting FAT, sorry, my bad!

Fun fact: Mozilla Firefox does not recognize the spelling of "portobello."  So much so that the only word it associates it with is "potbelly."  I kid you not:

Kind of funny considering today's coffee chat topic.  You can't make this stuff up.

Click the button above to hop over to Time Out for Mom and participate!

So, it's interesting that today's coffee chat topic is about getting fit.  I think Leslie was a fly on the wall in my house last night.  Brad and I must have called each other "fat" at least a dozen times yesterday.  It's our playful yet interesting and probably way off-balance way of motivating each other to exercise and/or not eat junk.  A concise way of reminding each other that they're going to regret what they are about to do: make brownies, eat said brownies, sit on the couch and eat more brownies, etc.  We're really good about talking the talk, but we don't walk the walk.  We don't walk.  Period.

So what do I like to do to get fit? I'd like to do nothing and just have it happen because apparently I've entered an extremely lazy period in my life.  Seriously.  That's what happens when you spend your day on your butt behind a desk.  You'd think that wouldn't be draining, that you'd be ready to bounce off the walls when you got out of there, and I'm sure some people do, but me? Noooope.  I just want to sit back down in a more comfy spot.  This office chair is hard!

I used to be very active.  For four years I was a nanny.  When you're a nanny, you are basically paid to be active.  When I started there were 2 kids, when I finished there were 5 kids.  I spent four years on the go.  Running, crawling, walking, spinning... then I leave that job for a desk job and BOOM! That's seriously all it takes to pack on the pounds.  Not to mention I moved from a three story walk-up apartment into a house with no stairs, so there went my extra tiny bit of activity.  My dog has even gotten fat.

So back to what I like to do to get fit.  There are some work out videos that I like.

I like the Slim in 6 series, I was a sucker for the infomercial one night and fortunately I actually enjoyed the DVD, only I never stick with it long enough to get slim.

I also love Windsor Pilates.  I can't do it now because my gut gets in the way and it's uncomfortable.  Well, correction, I can do most of it and some of it is uncomfortable and I'm too lazy to be uncomfortable.

I really like Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred video.  I have a love/hate relationship with her.  I know she's right, she's real smart, but I just want to smack the daylights out of her.  She is very motivational though and I've done her workout more steadily than any of the others.

I also like yoga but it's been a while since I've had a video I enjoy.

A while ago I bought Your Shape: Fitness Evolved for the Kinect on Xbox 360.  I think I used it once.  It is really neat though and maybe I'll break it out again.  The Kinect in general is a work out though.  Ever played it? Holy moly! A video game that makes you move, no wonder it's collecting dust... Seriously though, the sports game and the adventure games, they are pretty decent cardio, especially when you're sedentary.

Last, I have a gym membership.  We got it back in February and it's been a while since we've been there.  Honestly, all laziness kidding aside, it is hard to be out of the house from 8 in the morning until 6:30 in the evening and then go back out.  I come home and I want to spend time with my fur-babies and I feel horribly guilty leaving them after being gone for over 10 hours.  Those faces, those adorable faces! I'd feel less guilty if I went in the morning before work, but in order to do that I'd have to get up crazy early in order to get back home and shower before work.

I should have labeled this post: reasons I'm not fit...

Oh and I do like to take walks around the neighborhood! Or ride my bike.  We can take the dog for walks and I love the fresh air of a bike ride.

Ok, I think this whole whiny post has been a little shot of motivation for me to get off my butt and start doing something.  Thanks Les!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Monday Quiz About Moi, err, Me

Good morning! Happy Monday! (I hope!)

Anyone out there have a dog who is a thunder-phobe? If yes, does said dog ever get on your pillow while there is a thunderstorm and you are sleeping? If yes, does said dog shake so much it vibrates your pillow and therefore your head? No? Oh, is that just my dog? Sorry to have bothered you.

Needless to say I didn't get much sleep last night due to some instability in the atmosphere.

Here goes some Monday fun with a Monday Quiz About Me from Acting Balanced.  Click the button below to hop over to Acting Balanced and play along.

 Acting Balanced

1.  The first thing I do in the morning is...

go back to sleep! I know that seems really counterproductive, but after the horrible night I have with crazy Daisy, I still want to go back to sleep.

2. What is your favorite kind of pie?

This is difficult.  And I mean really difficult.  There are three types of pie that I like, traditional pies anyway not the peanut butter cream pies you can buy in the freezer section of the grocery store, I'm talking regular pie that you say the name and everyone can taste exactly what you're talking about.  Apple, peach, and pumpkin.  I love apple pie but I think I yearn for pumpkin more.  I love pumpkin pie, but it's less likely that I'll get to have peach.  So I think I'd have to say peach.

3. Do you have pets?

Why yes, yes I do.  I have a dog and three cats.  Daisy, Loco, Phantom, and Buster.  I'm pretty sure Buster thinks he's a dog though.  Loco thinks she's Daisy's mother.  And Daisy thinks they're all the same kind of animal.  It's interesting.

4. What is your favorite chair in your house?

The one at the dinner table, duh! I like to eat! No, kidding... I like the corner seat on our couch if the pillows are just right.  The pillows on our couch are not attached and therefore move around.  When I pull them all off, push the cushions in, and rearrange the pillows and the throw pillows, there is a little piece of heaven in my living room.

And my fifth question for you to answer:

What is your favorite scent?

For me... vanilla!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ten Years!

Wow, when I typed that out it seemed even more difficult to comprehend than simply thinking about it. 

Ten years. 

It feels like it was just yesterday.

Ten years ago today, I kissed my life as a New Yorker, a Long Islander, good-bye. 

Not a day goes by when I don't think about or miss something about New York.  Whether it's a person, a store, or some kind of staple food - I think about New York all the time. 

Growing up, heck, six months before I moved, I never thought I'd ever leave New York.  Ever.  It's like that when you live there.  You can't fathom living any place else.  Something has to happen to get you out, and even then it's a struggle.

For me, the "thing" that happened was losing my home to a fire.  I lived in an apartment that was a converted garage.  There were two families living in the house.  Someone in the family that lived downstairs didn't properly put out a cigarette and the house caught fire.  Fortunately no one was hurt.  I was in South Carolina visiting my parents (who moved here in 2000) when I got the call from my landlord. 

I ended up losing two of my cats.  They didn't die in the fire, thank God, but they ran away in the aftermath.  I like to think that an awesome family found Alexander and Metallicat and took them in.  Fortunately I didn't lose my Loco, she is still here with me.  None of my things had fire damage, but there was that horrid smoke smell and some water damage. 

After several months spent camping on my friends' couches, I went to visit my best friend upstate.  On the way back it kind of hit me like a Mack truck.  I had parents who were bugging me to come live with them.  They have a house with room for me, just go.  So I did.  I made the decision to move to South Carolina on the New York State Thruway. 

It was an easy decision, but it was the hardest thing I ever did.  I said good-bye to everything I ever knew and started over.  Leaving my friends and co-workers was painful.  Leaving all that was familiar to me was painful.  But the new beginning I got to have in South Carolina was fun.  It was an adventure.

It was the best decision I ever made because my life is 150 times better here in South Carolina than it was in New York.  And I'm not dissing New York, still love it.  Just dissing the life that I had there.  I was on the wrong path and who knew that the fix for that was down a different path, an 800+ mile path?

My parents were so excited when I called them and told them I was coming.  My dad flew up to New York and he and I, along with Loco and her litter box, drove my car down to South Carolina.

Original Map Courtesy of D-Maps

And the rest... well the rest is just another day in the life of me!

Shot Tales: Gifted

Like last week, this week's installment of shot tales also includes gifts.

One day, a coworker and I realized that we shared the same hobby, collecting shot glasses! It was right before he was taking a trip to Colombia and when he returned he had not one but two shot glasses for me! More recently he and his wife enjoyed a Mexican cruise and he brought me back one from Cozumel.

I had better get cracking and go on some trips so I can bring some back for him!!

Don't you love it when people bring you back stuff from their vacations? I think it's awesome to know someone is thinking of you while they are away!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Movie Review: Gone

I have some up with a fabulous rating system for my movie watching adventures.  When I watch a movie at home, I pretty much evaluate how good it is based on how well it keeps my attention.  I almost always start the movie while doing something else... reading a book, cleaning, etc.

1 Star - If I can read a book while watching a movie, obviously I'm not too entertained.
2 Stars - If I can flip through a magazine, obviously I'm still not that entertained, but I can take a break from what I'm reading to watch the TV.
3 Stars - If I'm cleaning I can be in full view of the TV, or I can take breaks from cleaning or pause the movie when I need to leave the room.  I can fold clothes on the couch, pause it when I go to the washer/dryer.  Obviously I'm not engaged enough to sit still, but engaged enough to watch fairly consistently. 
4 Stars - If I can play on my computer, phone, or iPod Touch then I can afford to be a little distracted.  When I'm watching a movie and doing these things, I do them only a little.  I pretty much watch the movie but when there is that pause for a scene change or a dialogue that you don't really have to watch but rather listen to, I might check my mail or play a game.
5 Stars - I can't possibly do anything else because I'm glued to the TV.

Gone Poster
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With that being said, I recently watched the movie Gone with Amanda Seyfried.  It was one of those movies that I was kind of interested in when I saw the preview because I like Amanda Seyfried, but I was afraid it was going to be totally cheesy.  So the other night I wanted to watch something new so I hit pay-per-view and picked that.

How did it rank?

It wasn't bad.  I was a little disappointed with the ending, I found it to be over a little too quickly, but it kept with the pace of the movie so I guess that makes it OK.  And it was a satisfying ending too, I just expected it to be a little more drawn out.  I was happy that it didn't end up being completely cheesy and that there wasn't anything gory in it.  You never know what to expect when you watch a movie that is dubbed a thriller.  There were times when it was a little boring and I played a game that required actual concentration, but the plot was written well enough to keep a steady interest.

I would have been a little disappointed if I paid to see this in the theater, but for $3.99 I can't complain.

Small Business Spotlight: Anita @ Natures Image by Design

Here is another edition of Small Business Saturday Spotlight.  I'm excited that some of my friends have been so willing to participate in this.  I love that I can do this for them and get them some recognition.

This week I have Anita from Natures Image by Design.  Anita is a VERY talented photographer and sells her images in many formats through Etsy.  Welcome Anita and thank you for participating!!

How long have you been in business?

I opened my shop the last week in February of this year.

How did you get started?

I have been wanting to sell my photographs, but it took me some time to officially open my shop.  For me, I feel that I am most vulnerable when I am behind my camera.  It's like each picture that I take is revealing a little bit more about who I am, which is very scary.  I am so grateful that my friends and family pushed me at times to put myself out there.

What has been your best moment so far?

I have had a lot of good moments since I opened my Etsy store, like the first sale, receiving that first feedback, and finding out that two of my abstracts were juried.  I have to say that the best moment so far was when I made it into The Artisan Group.  Knowing that my photos have the potential to reach an audience that may never have seen my work otherwise is so awesome!

What is the best thing about what you do?

Seeing how people react to my photos and how responsive they have been.  It has made it so much easier putting my work out there.

Where can we find you? and
Anything you'd like to add?

Very grateful for the support I've received! And to my friend T (featured last week), thanks for going out there first and making it less scary!

Thank you Anita!!!

If you or someone you know has a small business of their own and want to participate in this (hopefully) weekly spotlight, e-mail me at

Friday, June 1, 2012

You mean I'm not dirigible?

I've mentioned before that Brad and I carpool to work because we literally work across the street from each other.  I've also mentioned the fun hour time difference from when I get off and when he gets off.  

What do I do in that time you ask?

Sometimes I do some grocery shopping or run other errands.  Other times I stay late at work.  Lately I have been so eager to get out of the office and too lazy to shop, so I picked up a couple of variety puzzle books and keep one in each car just to make sure there is always one available for "the wait".  

The other day I was doing some cryptograms.  I love the crypto-families where they give you a category and list like ten words below it.  Love them! 

Category was "Fly Away" and the example they give you is "zeppelin".  So I get that it's going to be things that fly, but I'm confused as to why "airplane" wasn't on the list, but that's irrelevant.  I got "balloon" first, the double letters were a dead give away.  Then I proceeded to complete the rest of the words.  I had no idea what "dirigible" was, in fact I completed the word using letters from other words and was absolutely convinced I had misspelled it.  I kept checking and rechecking, to no avail.  It was spelled correctly.  What the heck is a "dirigible"? Why didn't they just have "airplane"? 

It's 6:00 and Brad is off work, I get over it, put my book away, and we head home.

The following morning I'm driving to work and listening to the radio.  The guys were talking about a spelling bee and I wasn't paying attention.  Then I hear the kid spell "dirigible".  Really? I'm 30 years old and I've never heard the word before, now twice in 24 hours and once coming from a 6 year old? Are you kidding me?

Still not convinced dirigible is something that flew rather than an adjective, I had to Google it.  And sure enough:

Dirigible [dir-i-juh-buhl] n. an airship (thank you

Who knew?

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Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

Not happy Friday.  Got a call yesterday that a doctor's appointment I had next month was canceled and I needed to reschedule.  Called this morning, I can't get it until a month later! How lame. 

Here is some Friday fun that I hope will turn my morning right around! Click the button below to hop over to Hilary's play some Friday fill-in fun!


1. I always ___ when I ___.
2. ___ is very hard for me to do.
3. Whenever I eat ___, I want to ___.
4. If I ruled the world, ___ wouldn't exist and everyone would ___.

My answers:
1. I always go back to sleep at least once when I wake up on a weekday morning.  I hate weekday mornings.
2. Forgetting when someone hurt/bothered me is very hard for me to do.  I can forgive, but I can't really forget.
3. Whenever I eat ice cream, I want to choke my husband for buying it.  It's so good but soooo bad!!
4. If I ruled the world, money wouldn't exist and everyone would share everything.  Right!

Happy 6th Birthday to Daisy!

My little angel, Daisy Belle, turns 6 today!!

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday dear Daisy!
Happy birthday to you!

You light up my life baby girl.
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