Tuesday, January 31, 2017


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What I'm Working On
Trying to get my stupid strength back. I can see where this thing call "age" kicks in.  Some of the other people I know who had the stomach flu the same time I did, they were back at it in a few days & living life to the fullest on the weekend. I had zippo energy & still felt a little nauseated until... really, even now... I guess its the perks of being nearly 20 years older then these other ladies.

What I'm Loving
I am so loving my Tervis Tumbler right now. I saw my blog buddy Ciara got a personalized one for a Christmas gift from her parents. I saw it & knew I had to get one.  Did you know you can personalize them? I had no idea.... but you can on their website. & the prices are the same online as the tumblers are in the store.  I am hooked.  Its made me really drink more water too so I am totally loving this baby.


What I'm Dreading
My laundry. Goodness gracious. Dont do laundry in my house for a week & you have yourself a mountain in the making.  Seriously.

What I'm Excited About
Believe!!!! There's a middle school youth conference coming up that is just the BEST.  There really is nothing cooler than seeing a few thousand young hearts worshiping & praising God & making decisions in their lives.  So excited to be doing it with my group of girls that I've really just grown to adore & to do it with my new church & seeing how they run things.

What I'm Wearing
Headbands, headbands & more headbands.  I have been on such a role of making these with my scrap yarn.  & I can make them usually in just an hour or two.  I love adding in a clip on flower or bow to them as well to add personality.  I've got like 5 of them ready to go up in my Etsy store soon.


What I'm Listening To
I'm always on the hunt for some good podcasts that are full of easy conversation, uplifting & something to help pass my day at work with a little bit of light.  I go back to this one ... have any recommendations for me?

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What We're Eating This Week
Hopefully more than saltine crackers which has basically been my diet for the past week.

What I'm Watching
I am all about the Corrine Show... I mean, The Bachelor.  You know people now come on here just to be the crazy loud insane acting person ... I'm looking at you as well Chad... so they can get the screen time & to get the brass ring of the trip to Bachelor in Paradise.  Until they stop rewarding these cray-crays, they're only going to get worse. I wish you luck future Bachelors & Bachelorettes. Its only going to make your "journey" harder. I'll keep watching though.

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What I'm looking forward to next month
... one more month closer to March 17th!!!!!!! If you dont know what date that is, you dont know me well.  (hint - a certain movie comes out that day... with a character that is so striking similar to me... just saying)

Monday, January 30, 2017

The weekend that the couch adopted me....

I'm pretty sure my couch has taken me as its own at this point.

This weekend, that was my home within my home.

I still just felt BLAH after that stomach bug & didnt want, or care, to do one dang thing.

Friday, I came home - changed into comfy clothes & straight to my couch with knitting.

Saturday, woke up, made some breakfast, checked some emails & then went back to my couch & pretty much lived there all day.

Sunday, I did make myself get up & go to church for MSM - which I'm glad I did - those girls are the best medicine in the world... but poor Ricky was feeling bad over Saturday night into Sunday morning so he couldnt make it.  I picked up some lunch for us & came home ... & you guessed it, back on the couch.

Energy - where did thy goest?

I did get some major knitting done... & some major screen time.

I got caught up on the new show on NBC called Emerald City.  OH WOW - I am loving this. I can see where if you just watched the first episode, you'd be like, "What is this?" - but I like I could binge all the episodes that are out so far at once.  It really roped me in & I cant wait until Friday now to see what happens next.

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I love a good take on the Wizard of Oz.

I also binged out on Teachers on TV Land.  Oh my gosh. How did I not hear of this show before this year?  I laughed so hard at these ladies.

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I also got caught up on The Good Place... not sure I'm liking what they've done with this last episode... but I do love me some Kristen Bell so I'll hang with it for a little longer.

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Told you I did nothing but watch TV

... & dont think I just got caught up in TV shows.

I landed into 2 movies too

FINALLY - FINALLLLLYYYYY got around to watching Mockingjay Part 2 - Ricky bought it for me the day it came out because he knew how bummed I was that I missed it in the theaters & I love the books & the whole story... but I just kept putting off watching it because I think I didnt want it to really end.  I loved the movie.  Sad its all over.  Just as predicted.

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& I ended my weekend with the new Ghostbusters.  OK - confession - I've never seen the original so when Ricky said, "its pretty much just like the original" I had no idea what that even meant.  Is it the most AMAZING movie in the world? No... did I laugh? Yes, totally. I love funny ladies & these 4 didn't disappoint.  Parts of it are MAJOR corny, but it still was nice to have a few chuckles.

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So hows that for a pretty laid back weekend?

A weekend I should have been cleaning my house... or catching up on laundry... or getting in my half marathon training miles.  HAAAA - a BIG HA to all those things.

Here's hoping the week is more productive.

Have you seen any of these shows/movies?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday Favorite

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Favorite Valentine Treat

Chocolate dipped wafer cookies from The Idea Room:

A little touch of pink is always perfect for Valentine's Day.
Would be so cute to sprinkle some candy hearts on these too.

Favorite Art

Random Pictures Of The Day - 49 Pics:

I wonder how many people feel like they're loosing their mind looking at this!

Favorite Fiber Project

Plaid pattern with granny squares.:

I just love the pattern & color of this blanket so much!!
Would be easy to just make all these little squares whenever you have a few minutes
... stock pile them until you can sew them into this beautiful creation.

Favorite Motivation

It's all about getting your fitness routine on lockdown. :lock: You only get out of what you put in!:

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Pajama Set for Women - Live Action:

These PJ's are out now for the new movie...
I think I gotta have, right?

Favorite Peencha

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Favorite Tip

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Favorite Funnies


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Best part of the Inauguration

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..... when I open the drawer in my fridge & my veggies have gone bad

...when the hubs asks me if I really needed more yarn that I just bought

... how I feel about 2017 so far #nottoohot

.... coming into work late & putting doing hair & make up in the car

... me at 4:00pm

Happy weekend Y'all!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

When your stomach hates you... {Thankful Thursday #109}

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I'm pretty sure I could give the Exorcist movie a run for its money.

Goodness gracious - the stomach bug hit me... HARD... I was going to say right up aside my face, but more like hit me all up inside my gut.

Needless to say, I'm sorry I havent been around commenting on blogs & if I havent responded back, I havent even looked at my email for 2 days.

I just wanted to get this up because I do love my faithful friends that link up with me....

& even though this has been some HORRID few days, I am always trying to keep looking for the things to be thankful for... always there.

I'll just post right now that I'm thankful for sick days from work... & Gatorade...& Lysol, for sure!!!  & knowing this feeling won't last forever.

Hope you all are steering clear of all germs....

Tell me something good... what good things have been happening in your life this week?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dang you ... you delicious & amazing Cadbury eggs!!!! {Training Tuesday}

Week 2... & I'm not still not feeling the UMPH in my step.

So aggravating... & frustrating.


Monday - 35 minutes 3/2 x 7
Tuesday - Total Body Chisel 
Wednesday - 35 minutes 3/2 x 7
Thursday - ISO Chisel Strength
Friday - REST DAY
Saturday - 4 miles
Sunday - Yoga

So Tuesday was a total miss.  I actually dressed for the work out & that's right when Ricky called with the news he locked his keys in the car.  By the time I got down there & took Bruno in the store & got home, it was nearly 7:30 - just enough time to make dinner & then time to wind down. No way was I going to do a work out that late.  First one scratched for the training period.

I also had a weak spell in my diet this week.  Cadbury Eggs.
I knew this was going to happen. I do good most of the time, but Cadbury Eggs to me is just the BEST sweet treat that ever existed.  I was having a rough day on Thursday & had to stop at the grocery to get some bread & there they were .... calling my name. Taunting me.  I was weak. What can I say.  Hopefully that's out of my system now & I can continue to walk by them like I dont know of their existence.

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I did make 2 Vegan recipes this week.
Our favorite - the Poblano & Portobello Fajitas. They were DELICIOUS.  Ricky even wanted more when he had 2 huge ones.  I do think that anything topped with avocado though gets an automatic win in the dinner pile though.


I have to say, my body is just still feeling 'off' & even working out, its just leaving me achy & yucky feeling. I did the 4 miles & felt pretty decent during the run - but the soreness up to 2 days later was horrible. Made me feel like I'm nearing 80 years old.

I'm just trying to be patience with myself & give some grace ...

I'll get where I want to be.  Just gotta keep PRESSING ON!!!

Onto week 3

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Monday, January 23, 2017

The weekend that I saw proof the sun still exists.....

It happened... it actually happened!!!


Y'all... I was starting to worry about that being a truth. Over 12 days of gloom & gray.

Even Friday, it was gloomy.  No inauguration puns there either. It was just blah....

I ended up going to the grocery after work & heading home & sat up waiting to see Melania's dress for the inauguration balls.

& she didn't disappoint.

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Say what you want about our new President, but our First Lady is just gorgeous.

I thought she looked beautiful at the inauguration as well in that baby blue outfit.  Very classic.

But after I saw her dress, & I finished knitting up a hat, I called it a day.

& then woke up on Saturday to a glimpse of a bright yellow thing in the sky. I was actually shocked because they said the sun wasn't going to come out.  We were expecting another cloudy day, but I think God did it especially for me.  Gave some breaks in the clouds.  THANK YOU LORD!!!

Can you see it - the sun shining on my computer from the morning?  Isn't it glorious?

I ended up getting caught up in watching Enchanted... totally in my top five favorite Disney movies ... & then knew I had to get out & enjoy the weather.

It was a long run day & I love when I can actually do my long runs outside & not on the treadmill.  & it was a perfect day to hit the pavement.  The park was full of people enjoying the weather - lots of families out - lots of dog walking happening.  The sun kept popping out.  & it was a perfectly warm day.  A day in the 60's. In January. THANK YOU AGAIN LORD

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One bad thing.... I drove home from the park & my car has started doing something really weird.  It's doing a quick JERK thing -mainly when I'm going up a hill or up any kind of incline. I was scared to death I wasn't even going to make it home.

Ricky drove it around to see what was happening & he wasn't sure - just told me to keep my AAA card near when I drive.  GRREEAAAATTTT... so I'm just waiting to break down now.  That's always fun stuff. Sigh.

I did get home though just in time to clean up & head to a friend's college graduation party.  COLLEGE.  GRADUATION.  I just can't y'all. I just can't.  When you know kids since they were itty bitty - & she was in my Jr. High class & I've watched her grow up through high school... & now graduate college. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO!??!?!? ... & yes, I'm full of screams today.

She has always just been the most amazing artist.  I am a proud owner of some things she has drawn for me over the years.  Yes, mostly Beauty & the Beast art - is there any other kind to have?  Me thinks not.

It was just so nice to see some of her artwork hanging around the house.  Drawing talent just amazes me.  I do good to do a stick figure... that remotely resembles a stick figure & not a scribble jumble mess.


We drove my car around some more to see if it was still having problems... & yep, still doing it.

Good to know.

I got home in time to wash my hair & snuggle in for the night watching Titanic.   I honestly dont know the pull over that movie on me - I just HAVE to watch it.  & I have to get emotional every time I watch it. It just blows my mind how many people died on that boat.  So sad.  Real life stories are always the most emotional to me.

Sunday, we got up & had to drive separately since I had bible study after church... so fingers crossed the whole drive. Made it. Success.

It was so cool in our youth lesson because we were supposed to let our small group come up with rules - sort of a 'challenge' for our group to follow for the rest of the year.

This picture below is all the rules the other groups came up with as well.. I loved reading what everyone else came up with for their own groups. It's so obvious the girls rules compared to the boys rules.  Most of the girls papers had flowers & hearts & pretty pictures drawn on theirs.  #girlsvsboys

My girls came up with 3 rules.
1. Think of others over yourself.  I love that is something they suggested in a world where it seems that SELF is the biggest thing going anymore.
2. Be Honest.  They wanted to know they could share anything they wanted & not put on any false faces there.  I totally agree.
3.  Talk to each other outside of class. They really have a heart to really want to connect with each other outside of the few minutes we get in church every week. I love that about this group of girls. I love they want to hang out together, they want fun things to do, they want to have friendships that span just Sunday.

I just love these girls so much.

& then I got to leave that group of girls I love so much & then go see my other groups of girls I love. Time for the Joy Sisters Bible Study.

We finally - FINALLLLYYYYYYY - finished our book we were reading. We just took our time getting through it & with schedules & dates needing to be rescheduled, it just happened that it nearly took a year to get through one book.  Totally OK - but kinda comical it took so long.   I'm excited to start a new study with them & we've actually bumped up the meeting to every other week instead of every 3 weeks. I'll always be happy to spend more time with these amazing women.

Stopped for some Topp't on the way home for Ricky & I... cant go  a weekend without Starbucks and/or Topp't... its just a weekend tradition now apparently.

& then time to make out bills - blah - & then get ready for another week ahead.  A week that is supposed to be cloudy & gloomy & gray again. Oh well... at least I got a glimpse of the sun & soaked in as much Vitamin D as I could. Hopefully it will be enough to last me until I see it again. Fingers crossed its not another 12 days.

How was your weekend?

Did you enjoy warm sunny weather?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Valentines Sweater

Light Grey Long Sleeve Love Heart Sweater:

... & wouldnt it be cute to match up with some red flats & jeans?
Ohhh yeah! 

Favorite WISH LIST item

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Favorite Fast Dessert

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) share a dance in the live-action 'Beauty and the Beast.':

y'all totally know scenes from this movie is going to be all over my blog for a very long time!
& do you realize we are LESS THAN 2 MONTHS AWAY!?!?!?!?

Favorite Smoothie

Healthy and Easy Iced Coffee Protein Shake Recipe For Weight Loss:

Favorite Life Advice


Favorite Peencha

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Favorite Funnies

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... at least half way through the work week

... when the hubs asks if that's new yarn in my pile

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... when someone tells me they're not watching This is Us

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... when I make a new vegan recipe & give it to the husband to try

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... when someone invites me over for dinner & then makes a meaty dish

... me at 4:00pm

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!