Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites


Favorite Wish List Item

12 Cheap and DIY Graduation Gifts (That You'll Actually Use!) - See more at:

Isn't this fantastic?
I would love to take this for a walk... but one question -
who has keys that small anymore?
 Favorite Thought

Michael Baisden Live's photo.
 Favorite Crafty Video

I am all about knit skirts in spring & summer
& this looks like something I could even do... maybe?
I'm going to have to give it a try!!!

Favorite Beauty & The Beast

Beauty and the Beast tattoo

Oh. My. Gosh!
I so love this!
I am kinda obsessed with Beauty & the Beast tattoos
Granted - some of them are hideous & I'm embarrassed for the people who have them - but this one is amazing!!!

Favorite Drink

A Skinny & Healthier "Frappuccino" you can make at home! - Eat. Drink & be Skinny! | Eat. Drink & be Skinny!

I need to try this... I'm always looking for some yummy coffee drink that isn't crazy on the calories or junk in it.
Link right HERE

Favorite Knit Item

Knitting Just Got Better

This is all sorts of fantastic!

Favorite Funnies
 This Snapchat that proves it isn't always a good idea to blend in. | 29 Snapchats That Are Too Clever For Their Own Good

And family portraits: | 25 Stock Photos Made Better With Completely Inappropriate Captions

Funny Pictures – 72 Pics

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus on David Lettermans final episode

Anytime I look up a simple thing on WebMD
 When my step-daughter recommended espresso be poured on top of ice cream

 ....After I ate my espresso covered ice cream

When I hear my name being mentioned from a coworkers office
at 4:00pm today... ready for a long weekend!

 Baby Dance
 Happy Friday Y'all!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Thursday {Link up #20}

Thankful Thursday

“Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach
This week I am Thankful For:

... my uncle was diagnosed last September with pancreatic cancer... this past week, he got news that he is in remission!  YAHOOO!!!!!  So excited for him to get a break from chemo & to enjoy life a little bit more!

... having a safe trip to & from Nashville.  We didn't even have to stop in the construction areas!  That's a huge blessing.  Me in stopped cars on the expressway is not a pretty picture.

... Luke's graduation being on a Saturday!!!  Whoever planned that, I applaud.

... that the boys love their Pappy so much.  They really just can't enough of him.

... How much Luke looks .... & acts... like Ricky. I told Ricky he couldn't have had a son who was more like him if he tried.  That he has a grandson that is an exact version of him is just the coolest.

... getting to spend time with Julie talking while we went on a walk.

... Harvey Dent was ok for his first time that we left him overnight.  We were a nervous wreck.

... Iced Coffee for nights when I need to stay up late.

... For memories of my sweet friend even after she's been gone for 8 years now.

Miss you every day friend

... Getting hospital bills paid off from when I had to go to the ER in December.  I loathe bills.

... had a $7.00 off coupon at the grocery.  I actually walked out only spending $71.00 after coupons & discounts. I NEVER get out under $100.00!  I felt like I was strutting out of the store!

... Harvey did so good at the vet this week.  He was so good with people in the waiting room & he listened so good when he was told to sit & stay.  I was so proud of our big boy.  (He's totally OK - he just had to go for a follow up for shots & to have his paw looked at where he's been licking the fur off of it)

isn't he so handsome?!?!?!

... Harvey's new harness (You can kinda see it in the picture - the black in that white fur on his chest)... I can finally take him somewhere myself. He's so strong & a handful on my own... but with this new harness, I'm all good.

... a husband who works so hard every day

.... funny things. I just love to laugh. Makes life so much brighter.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hodgepodge ... where no one laughs...

1.  Did you make someone laugh yesterday? Was it intentional?

Probably not... no one in my office laughs.  Ever.

& the poor hubs is usually too tired from work to ever laugh.  It requires muscles to laugh & his muscles are all worn out by the time he gets home.

I'm sure I made my dogs smile though if that counts for anything.

Basically everyone in my life

2. What's a simple question with a complicated answer?

How to loose weight....

I'm sorry - its more then just cutting calorie & working out.  Been there. Done that. Don't work.

3. Rhododendrons or have to choose. Are either currently blooming in your yard?

Does it say anything to you that I have no idea what either of those words are?

I have weeds blooming.  I'm good at those.

4. May 21st is National Waitstaff Day. Have you ever worked as a waiter/waitress? How would you rate the experience? What was the best/worst part of the job?

I've never been a waitress & know I'd be awful at it. I have issues with touching other people's plates, silverware & ESPECIALLY cups.  If I can see fingerprints, I'm gagging touching it.  & plates with eaten food?  I gag.

A gagging waitress is not a good waitress.

This would be me every time I came to your table

5. What fashion trend for women should be outlawed? How about one for men?

Booty shorts for women...

the sagging pants for men...

What is the deal with trying to show off all the bums? 

Keep it to yourself people!

6. Name a writer who inspires tell us why.

Max Lucado.... I love when he has any new books coming out.  Most Christian authors that write about insight from the Bible just sorts of loose me.  But everything I've ever read of Lucado's, I totally get.  I highlight half of the book every time I get a new one.  I have a whole bookshelf full of his stuff...  Keep 'em coming!

7. What well known quote or saying sums up your plans for today or this week?

Is there a quote for "putting off housework"?  ... because that's basically it every day of my life.

8.  Insert your own random thought here

WHOOO HOOOO... another great season for Dancing with the Stars!  I was so happy with the final 3, I didn't even care who won.  I actually gave all my votes to Riker because I figured everyone would be voting for Rumer with her star-studded parents & all the Hollywood friends she has... but I'm not mad she won - she deserved it.  Glad for Val that he finally got the win.  I'm just sad its all over!!!!

But glad that Extreme Weight Loss is back with Chris & Heidi... that's my favorite weight loss show around!  Bite it Biggest Loser!

Chris & Heidi
.... or more like Ken & Barbie....

Come back tomorrow & link up with me for

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Life Currently....

Current Reading
The Wizard Returns
I talk about this series, "Dorothy Must Die" all the time & am still so excited that new books & novellas keep coming out.  This twisted, mixed up version of Oz is just great.
Currently Enjoying
My Bible Journal
I love reading my devotional for the day in She Reads Truth & then going to my Bible & as someone once said, "Praying in Color" ... I keep getting a lot of questions about my Bible Journal. I need to do a blog post on the things I have & what I use to make it look semi-decent.  Believe me, mine looks like garbage compared to some people's designs in their Bible... but its just a time for me & God - & I know HE thinks its all beautiful :)
Currently Hating
My Shins
I'm still making it with this 10,000 step challenge.  Nailed it every day this month. 18 for 18 days!  ... but my shins are taking a beating.  They constantly are tingling & achy now.  It feels like a dog is rubbing across my legs. On my nerves!  But a friend told me to wear compression sleeves on my legs & they feel fine when I have these babies on - so I may have to wear them 24 hours till the end of May!!!  I actually just ordered another pair to keep around.
Currently Considering
Doing the 21 Day Fix
Well, I guess I'm REALLY considering it, especially because I just purchased it yesterday.  I want to start it June 1st.  Perfect timing being after the holidays - the 1st is a Monday - it just works well in my schedule.  I'm nervous about it... but excited about it.  A challenge.  I'm always up for a challenge.  But we're talking about messing with my food.  Don't mess with my food!.... but that attitude right there is exactly why I need this.  I'm sure you'll be seeing updates about it as we go along in June.
Currently Crafting
Crocheting a blanket
I have never crocheted a baby blanket before. Knit is my language.  But I wanted to see if it was easier on my shoulder doing this... it's about the same...  but I do enjoy that I can just stop anywhere in the project & it's safe.  If you knit, you know the fear of having things fall off a needle & stitches being dropped.  I really am loving how its turning out too.  It just feels good to have yarn back in my life.
Currently Listening to
AfterBuzz Bachlorette Recap
I love these After Buzz TV Recaps.  & just saw they have one for The Bachlorette.  This is going to be fun!
I always look so forward to hearing the tv recaps & what people have to say. I don't always agree .... Scandal team, I'm looking at you... but for the most part, they are just fun to listen to.  Real Housewives gang, I'm looking at you!
Currently Looking Forward to
What's currently happening with you?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The weekend that we went to Nashville to watch a Pre-K graduation

A weekend full of travel... I get queasy thinking about it.

But I survived & so enjoyed seeing our Nashville gang.

We made the trip down Saturday morning.  Leaving VERY early.  The boys had a baseball game at 9:30am & we wanted so badly to see them so we loaded up & took out early.

I actually drove - mainly because Ricky's car's all make me nauseated & if we are in my car, I can't have my drivers side seat moved or it kills my back... so I'm always the one doing the driving to Nashville. I don't mind.  It really does help with the car sickness.  And all I need is to crank on some tunes & I can sing my way there every time....

Ricky really enjoys when I sing & drive for 3 hours....

seriously... this is how he drove with me... he's under the blanket
with ear buds in.
My singing ain't that bad - right?
... maybe?...

The drive down was so bizarre.  It was sunny, then rainy, then sunny, then storming so hard you couldn't even see.  I was just glad I got new wind shield wipers put on my car earlier in the week.  They got their use.

The good thing about all the rain?  No dead bugs on my windshield... it's usually a sea of dead bugs at the end of the trip.

All the way down there, Julie kept texting us telling us the game was still on - which we couldn't understand because the last hour of the drive was in total rain....

We got to Nashville, met them at the ball park & literally as we pulled in, they canceled the game... NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dang it. Poop. Drats. ***Kicking the muddy dirt****

Oh well - I still got to see the boys in their little uniforms.  & of course, Luke didn't leave the ball field clean - even though he didn't play one iota of a game.  He still found dirt to get in with white pants.  Boy will be boys.

We ended up watching another game that was still playing with the 7 yr old boys - MERCY - these kids are good for 7 years old!  & then we headed off to get breakfast.

Since Ricky & I had basically been up half a day already, I opted for lunch & got this salad....

A vegetarian's dream salad!!!!

I say it every time... I can eat at Pied Piper EVERY TIME we're there... its the best food in the world.  If you go to Nashville - FIND IT!  Eat there!  DO IT!

After a big meal, we ended up just hanging out at the house & letting the boys tackle Ricky.  They love their Pappy.  Let's just say I could basically stay at home & I don't think they'd even notice....

Grands ricky


Julie needed to get the baby to sleep & I needed to get my 10,000 steps in so we put Will in a stroller & headed out for a good long walk.  I just love Nashville & the homes & the area... I didn't like the humidity... but that seems to be everywhere we go.


After hitting my 10,000 steps & the baby had a good nap, we earned a treat & headed to SIP - the best little coffee shop that makes their own ice cream.  Julie gave us a little secret on what to get & we tried their homemade DARK CHOCOLATE ice cream topped with Espresso coffee... OH MY WORD!  Refills please?

Every see an ice cream place this cool?
... & when did Isaac start looking like a teenager?!?!?!?!?!

Julie & Steve saw their old neighbors in there so they were talking with them for a bit & of course, Ricky had the boys attention.... so this is me...

Rejected... once again...

It was time to get home & rush in & grab a few things & head off to the main event of the day - Luke graduating from Pre-K.

There really is nothing cuter then a group of kids singing songs...

& Luke did so good!  He's off to kindergarten now... mind blown.

It was time to celebrate by letting the boys play on the playground for awhile with their friends.  It left us time to knock a kid off a swing (not really) & swing ourselves. I love swing sets... but leave it to me to get motion sickness after swinging too long.

We headed home & wound down.  I think everyone was out in record time.

Sunday had us heading up early & when we got home, I was beat... I just never sleep well when I'm away from home.

Sunday had us getting caught up on stuff around the house & giving the dogs extra attention for missing a day with them. #spoiled

It was a great weekend seeing our family... being able to see Luke graduate.  Isaac actually graduates from kindergarten himself on Thursday.  They need to make ALL graduations on the weekends.  Grandparents want to be there to be all cheesy & give hugs & kisses. Its our job.

I told him no matter how big he gets, he'll always be our baby

For your cute overload of the day....

How was your weekend?
Any graduations?
Any cool places you know of to eat in Nashville?