Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite Shoes

Knitting Casual Shoes

YARN!!! All over them! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!

Favorite Hand made gift

Free Pattern - Reusable Face Scrubbies

Click the pic to find the pattern if you're a crocheter to make these cute little face scrubbies.
Wouldnt these be awesome to make for the holidays?  
You gotta start now to get ready for all the handmade gifts!!

Favorite Shirt

Favorite Beauty & the Beast

20-Piece Beauty and the Beast Flatware Set

OH MY GOSH - yes please!!!

Favorite Pillow

Can I get a couch full of these?

Favorite Car Decal

They'll definitely ~slytherin~ to your shopping cart.

Favorite Faith Reminder

34 Wonderful Motivational And Inspirational Quotes

Favorite Funnies

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.... when people all around me are coughing & not covering their mouth

GIPHY! ( February 11, 2019 at 12:54PM

... me every time I see a craft DIY on Home & Family & I want to learn how they do it

GIPHY! ( February 12, 2019 at 01:06AM

... when the hubs says he'll do the laundry

GIPHY! ( February 17, 2018 at 02:12PM

... when someone tells me I'll get used to the cold & snow in winter

GIPHY! ( August 25, 2015 at 11:34AM

... me at 4:30 pm today

GIPHY! ( January 4, 2019 at 04:38AM

Happy Weekend Y'all!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Coffee talk, opening up & some fashion joy {Thankful Thursday #208}

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Before we get started - just want to wish everyone a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

This week I am Thankful for:

Coffee Creamer at work
So I've discovered I just am picky about coffee creamers now. My work has regular half & half & they also have International Delight Vanilla in the little containers - but they just leave a weird after taste to me. So I brought in my favorite coffee creamer & game changer. I've enjoying some hot coffee all day long at work now. Dont know if that's good or bad - but I'm enjoying it.

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Coffee Cheaper
...speaking of coffee... Ricky & I love a good flat white. But why - I have no idea - are they so expensive??? So I happened to fall into a hack that I am loving - If you order an Americano & have half & half steamed in - it honestly tastes just like a flat white... & like $2.50 less. How crazy is that????

PA call
I've mentioned her before - but I love the Physicians Assistant at my colorectal surgeon. She's just so personable & kind.  She had called me with my CT Scan results over the phone personally - which I thought was impressive.

Missed Date blesses other
Every Wednesday, most of you know, I meet Ricky for lunch. We've been doing this now for LOTS of years - we've lost track. It's definitely over 5 years now.  But I place his order for him since he is usually running in & has less time than me. So I ordered his food this past week & then he called & said he was too busy & couldnt make it.  Great. I had a whole meal right in front of me that was going to go bad.  I packed it up for my walk back to work because in just the few blocks I walk, I will typically run into a homeless person or two .... & just as I came up to this man, I saw he was pulling out a package of crackers & getting ready to open them. I stopped & asked him if he'd like this meal - it had chips & even cookies in it. He was so thrilled & so thankful for it. Made me feel good to give it to him.  That took a bummed out day & switched it all around.

Skater Shirt
I was so excited when I was walking in Old Navy & saw this shirt with roller skaters all over it.  Ricky was like, 'How did you even see that?" & I was like, "How can you miss it?" :) ...(side note - we both grew up skating & that's where we actually met - skating is still a love of ours)... I had to get it & think its just the cutest thing. THIS is what they mean when they say something can spark joy.

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New Leader
I love our home groups on Wednesday but its a little difficult for me some times to be the only female leader there.  Not that the girls are difficult - they're the best. But sometimes, its just a lot of pressure knowing I'm the only female leader that can make it. The other 9th grade leaders have little ones & with our time going until 9pm - its hard for mommas - I get that. & some have jobs that work on Wednesday nights... & while our host home is like super far away from me, I try & make it & some days, its just really hard.... but we have a new 9th grade female leader - YAHOOOOO!!!! I just wanted to hug her & thank her for taking the pressure off.  She is super awesome too & the girls connected immediately with her.  So now, I can take a deep breath & know the pressure has eased off of me to be the one who has to be there all the time. That's nice.

Text from a momma
After really struggling with being tired after small group night (I leave my home at 6:30am & dont get home till 10pm those days!!!) I got the sweetest text from one of my girl's mommas just thanking me for investing in her daughter & giving of my time. I nearly teared up - not joking. It's tough on me for these nights - & it's really making me feel my age - so it was super nice to be appreciated & to see that it's not for nothing.

I dont even want to talk about this again.... because it makes me sick to my stomach.... but I'm so glad my boys came back after getting out of the gate that the repairman left open.  Ricky & I still are so shook up about it. I have constantly checked them on the cameras at work... & Ricky is constantly checking in on them on his phone.  We had another repairman come by - he didnt even touch the gate - but we still went out &checked it after he left - 3 times - we thought we were paranoid before about the dogs getting out? OHHHH - it's up like 10 notches now.

Super Small group
The weather was bad on Sunday & our small group was down to about 5 girls - we have usually anywhere from 10-15.... well, this week, with it being down, we had 2 girls that hardly EVER open up & this week, they felt more comfortable in the smaller setting to just finally share & talk about themselves - it was incredible. They literally spoke the entire time. I was so intrigued about their lives that they shared.  I pray this gives them a little boost to share when our numbers are back up. The girls that were there even thanked them for opening up.  I know everyone has to get to their own comfort level before opening up to others, but I'm grateful that it happened at all & that it will continue to occur.

Target deal
I'm really bad about not watching when things ring up on check out.... so when I saw a great deal on some long cardigans at Target, I happened to notice they rang up $24.99 when I saw a sign for $15.00.  The cool thing was they also had the deal, spent $40 & you get $10.00 off - so I picked up 3 of them, knowing it was going to cost me $30.00 - nearly the price of 1 for three.  Except they rang up regular price.... & when I questioned, they said the sign was in the wrong place - but they honored the sign that was there & MAN, did I score or what???? I felt like I was walking out of Target like a boss!!! (& hope I didnt get someone in trouble for their mistake - yikes)

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This is one of the ones I got... I dont look this cute in it though

What are you Thankful For today?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dracula wouldnt want anything to do with me....

Life is nothing but interesting & full of adventure, right?

Adventure can totally be used in loose terms here, but hey, its all how you look at it.

I thought I'd give an update on my latest appointment with the hematologist that I went to 2 weeks ago.

First of all, did you know that most hematologists you go see, they are in cancer centers, which is sort of disturbing when you get phone calls & paper work in the mail from local cancer offices.  Sitting in that waiting room & seeing all the people all around you, it makes you take a breath in & realize everything you're going through - aint so bad. & your heart breaks for those who look weak & sick, & smile at the ones who you can tell dont feel good, but keep smiling & chatting & laughing through it all.  Heart tug just sitting in the waiting room.

I mentioned before, but I really did enjoy my doctor. She was very thorough & made me relaxed to be with her.

She gave me a lot of information, but basically told me that I am 2150g LESS in hemoglobin than I should be.  No iron in my body basically.  & she said if you take an iron table every day, you are lucky to get 1g of iron from it each time with the way it processes in the body - so basically, I will NEVER catch up on getting my hemoglobin raised up on my own.

She did all the math right there on the table to explain it all to me... hands on class right here....

So what do we do?

Well, she told me that I would have to do some iron infusions. I thought I would have to do one.  Nope - I have to do FIVE!!!! One every week for 5 weeks!!!!

The bad thing, they are like 2 hrs long & then they have to watch you for an hour - which, um, freaks me out - watch me for what??? Do you all know me? My mind is racing & I'm doing everything I can to stay away from Google to tell me it's impending doom to do this.... with my luck anyways....

But they wanted to schedule me during the week & I'm like - hello, I have a job. No way can I take over 3 hours a week for a lunch.  They were like, "cant you take a longer lunch?" & I'm like, maybe ONE time but for 5 weeks? I dont think so.

So I thought this chapter was closed.... but the doctor was adamant & telling me that this is really bad. Especially when they found out I had other levels - like my Ferritin - which I've learned is like the proteins in your blood that hold iron - mine is like non existent.

it's crazy to look up side effects of this & they are:
*Ringing in ears
*Shortness of breath
*Leg Pain
*Unexplained weakness
*Unexplained fatigue
*irritability .... which I just thought was a side effect of marriage

The doctor told me that I'm so used to feeling bad, I forgot what it feels like to feel normal. PREACH Dr. PREACH!!!!

They have since found me an infusion center that does chemo treatments on the weekend that I now will be visiting every Saturday.

If you need me for the next five Saturdays, I'll be hooked up to an IV bag, sitting in a chair.  This is going to be a long five weeks.

I thought I'd take my yarn & knock out some projects I'm working on, but not sure if I can swing my arm around a lot with a needle in it.... so I'll also be stopping at the library & picking up some books - especially since the Readathon has taught me I can basically get through a 300 page book in 3 hours.

So that's where we stand with my blood....

I also have an appointment today with my colorectal surgeon to discuss why pain is still so strong. They had sent me for a CT scan a few weeks go & they called me freaking out - which freaked me out - to tell me that there was a mass in my uterus.... I was all like, "calm down - that's old news"... just add that to the list of things I need to get taken care of.  Which ironically, my doctor for that had called that same morning to schedule a follow up to see if its grown any over the past few months.

Let me tell you - getting older is not for the weak.

So, if you think about it - can you lift a prayer for some good results with these infusions?... & that no weird side effects occur.... & that the 3 hours fly by every Saturday... especially five weeks feels like a blink.... & that God just leads me to meet some incredible people over the next few weeks.

Watch me come out of this feeling like I can tackle the world... that would be a change. One I'll take.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Show Us Your Books {February 2019}

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The kick off of 2019 - January reading.
I didnt think I'd have much for this post, but enter the Readathon that happened in January that helped me get in 3 books in 2 days. That helped me this moth!
... be sure to click the link at the bottom of this post to join in with all the other readers & seeing what everyone is reading

42201430Waisted: A Novel *Netgalley book*
** / It was OK

Quick Summary: Some women go to a reality show weight loss camp & find out its much more than they expected.

So this is a different book. It's a take off of a demented Biggest Loser type idea.  These women are willing to give up everything to go expecting results - only to discover that its not all that its cracked up to be. They find out its more of a test to discover what they will do to extreme to loose weight. 

It takes a weird turn then. 

I really enjoyed the first part of the book & could relate to the issues that were talked about - & could appreciate the feeling of the overweight issues - but somewhere around the middle, it just got weird & then I got to the point where I didnt care. Shame. Because I thought it could be really good.

Read if you enjoy issues on weight, reality tv, women coming together in support of one another.

The trainers in the book reminded me just like....
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35000682The Sacrament of Happy: What a Smiling God brings to a Wounded World
**** / Really Liked It

Quick Summary: Just what you'd think it's about.... How God intends for us to be Happy & how we find Happy in a hurtful world.

If you love Lisa Harper, you'll love this book. I actually have the book, but started listening to it on audiobook because I was at work & wanted to see what all this book had in store. I enjoyed it so much more in audio than reading - just hearing it in Lisa's voice & her little southern accent & her laughter - totally made the book so much better.

& I could hear Lisa talk about her daughter Missy over & over again.

This book totally made me laugh, it made me gasp at stories of Lisa's life & totally made me tear up at thinking of the happiness in store for us in Heaven.

Read if you love Lisa Harper, love some encouragement or need some hope of happiness... or if you love Missy (Her daughter) stories.
DONT READ if you've done the JOB Bible Study of Lisa Harper - its basically the same stories she uses in the videos
Side note - if you dont follow Lisa Harper on Instagram & see her daughter talk, you're missing out. PRECIOUS

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39189837Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Quick Summary:  Poet & Writer Joy began writing letters to CS Lewis looking for spiritual answers, but their friendship turns into something must more.

OK... I've heard amazing things about this book & gave it a go on audio so I could listen at work.
The narrator - OH MY GOSH!!! HORRIBLE. AWFUL.  It was just so monotone, I couldnt even focus on the story. & then she'd add in a HORRID English accent when doing "JacK" (CS Lewis) & I just wanted to scratch my eyes out.

I had to give up on it. I'll be picking up the book later to actually read it because I am intrigued how it turns out ... but no... just dont do audio

... listening to the horrible narrator...

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*** / Liked It

Quick Summary:  A 17 year old, Janie, has the ability to get pulled into people's dreams

What a cool idea for a story.
Janie finds herself getting pulled into others dreams & is able to learn a lot about what is happening in people's lives & in their minds.

The bad thing, she can get pulled into dreams at the strangest times... like driving down a road & passing a home where someone is asleep.  Or during study hall at school when everyone is dozing off. & forget a sleep over with friends.

Parts of the book got a little boring & immature - I get its YA but some was just like, come on, you're 17, grow up.... but the ending of it, it really got me with some surprises in the story & I really ended up enjoying it.

Apparently there is a follow up in this series - maybe even 3 books if I looked at it right. I did enjoy it enough to want to check out the 2nd book & see if it gets any better - or gives me a want to go to the 3rd book.

Read if you like supernatural books, or the psyche of people's minds.

“If you don't want me to see, I guess, don't sleep in the same room as me."

He looks at her with a sly smile. "But I'm known for sleeping in school. It's my shtick.” 

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12154323The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind
*** / Liked It

Quick Summary: A village is experiencing a horrible storm that is damaging their community & when a baby girl is born & everything calms & stops, they think this girl has powers. Her whole life is spent growing up with people coming to her with their hopes & expecting her to heal or take care of them all.

This was an interesting book that took place in a different time era & full of culture.

You see how this village works & how they put so much of their faith into this young lady, who knows she doesnt have the power or the ability that they think she has.

Parts of the story held my attention when we followed Sonia on her life experience to break free of this village & find her own life... but then the chapters would switch every now & then to another young boy that Sonia liked & it would sort of loose me a little bit.

But I did enjoy the family dynamic that Sonia had, esepcially with her brother & the relationship they had.

I had a few chapters where I was just bored & tired of the switching of stories - but when the stories combined & we got to the last few chapters, I did really enjoy the ending.

Read if you enjoy different culture books, stories set back in a different era, or a story of a young lady trying to make her way in the world to discover herself.

“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can't be in life.” 

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16068341The Truth About Alice
**** / Really Liked It

Quick Summary:  The reality of how rumors & gossip spread & how they effect everyone around them.

This was a powerful story that I think every young person should read to really remember how powerful rumors are & how they effect others.

A rumor gets out about Alice that she had slept with two guys at a party in one night & her harrasing & sexting one of the guys a few weeks later caused him to have an accident that took his life.

With the whole school attacking her & bullying Alice, & even her own closest friends turning on her, will we find out the truth?

We see this story play out from a few different points of view - One being Alice's best friend, one being from the best friend of the young man who died in the accident who was with him during the crash, one from the "popular" girl who also dated the young man who died - & one from the "nerd" of the school that no one gave any time to but was a neighbor to the young man who died, as well as had a crush on Alice her whole life.... & only in the last chapter, do we see Alice's point of view.

Again,  it's pretty powerful. We see how people's lives effects the way they treat others & how hurtful words can be - especially when they're not true.

“I really can't handle talking about this for too long because it hurts too much, but I want to say that there is one thing I've learned about people they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. If you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.” 

Read if you enjoy a strong lesson in bullying, if you enjoy a story with multiple points of view.

... all the characters who have no cares what they say about Alice....
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Life According to Steph

Monday, February 11, 2019

The weekend I was shaking to the core....

This weekend.... whooooo - what a doozy.  Not the best we've ever had... but we're coming out of it surviving & under one roof - abet, one COLD roof, but under one roof. So its all good in the end.

Let's start back on Friday.

I left work to take my glasses back for the THIRD time. Come on people. Do your job.
I told them the first  time that they were making them too strong. My eyes have not DOUBLED in prescription, but the doctor was like, that's what I'm getting off the reading.... so they made them... & I couldnt see.

So what did they do when I went back??? Made them STRONGER. You have got to be kidding me. The girl even made me pick out different frames & gave me some long winded excuse on the way the frame was shaped & with a stronger lens, it would actually balance & blah blah blah.... & I was 1000% blind when those glasses came in. It was like looking through those drunk goggles they put on high schoolers to get them the feeling of being intoxicated.

So here we are again.  Back at the eye doctor.  This makes it trip #6 & they wanted the doctor to see me again.... who finally agreed that the prescription - even the first one - was too strong.  So had to get glasses made AGAIN  & go back AGAIN to pick them up. Geez.

I finally got home & walked in & thought, man, its cold in here.
Granted - I am always cold in winter. Its not anything strange to see me walk around our house in my winter coat.  Seriously.  Ricky will be in shorts & a tee shirt & I've got on a hat & winter coat, sitting on the couch.

So I go into the bedroom & turn on the heater & knit the night away... & notice the furnace is not turning off... & yet, our kitchen is staying 65 degrees.

I go to feel the heat coming out & its more like, "WHAT HEAT?" - it was blowing nothing but cold air.

At this point, Ricky was asleep & I hated waking him to bother him so I figured I'd just bundle up & tell him about it in the morning - & I left a note on his bathroom mirror telling him the situation, when I heard him roll over - & I was like, "He's awake enough" & screamed HONEY - THE FURNACE IS BROKE... which, as you can imagine, got a stir out of him. Poor guy.

He jumped up to check it & indeed, it wasn't running right.

Now, let me remind you, we have had to buy a whole new furnace system not too long ago, costing a pretty dime - & here we are again, with it not working. We've had more issues with our furnace/ac unit here - old & new.

We were able  to turn on the Emergency Heat so we stayed warm through the night - & I may have had nightmares on what my electric bill is going to be with the ER Heat running for days on end.

Saturday, I woke up not feeling the best. I felt like my throat was closing & feeling like the germs of everyone at work finally attacked me.

It was cold anyways & I wasn't feeling that great, so I just headed back into my bedroom with the heater on & just knit the day away & turned on some Netflix.

Watched me some more Grace & Frankie (love that show) & then started on the show Lucifer....

& then Ricky decided to go ahead & call a repair man check & see what our issue was.

He came out & told us we indeed had a broken unit - thanks for that on weekend prices - & he would have to come out during the week to fix it. Great....

& he left.

& then I happened to look around & then said to Ricky, "Where's Harvey & Ernie?"...

the look on Ricky's face just dropped& he said, "The repairman left the back gate open"....

OUR DOGS WERE GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The air was totally knocked out of me.  We both just took off running out the gate screaming our heads off.  Both of us in sock feet. Me still in my pajamas.  Ricky ran to the back of the house & then around the back to the front... I just kept running up & down the drive way.

& then all I could hear were cars coming down the road & I just couldnt imagine what was going to happen. I just envisioned the dogs out on the street & these country roads & hills - & cars FYING over them? I thought I was going to throw up. I just kept screaming HARVEY HARVEY HARVEY HARVEY.... I couldnt even think of anything else. I didnt think to scream for Ernie because if your voice is raised, he thinks he's in trouble & doesnt come.

All of a sudden, about 5 minutes later, I look up & around the neighbors side of their house, I see Harvey running full force out of the woods... & Ernie right on his tail.

They ran up to me in the drive way & I thought I would going to pass out.  I couldnt breath. I couldnt stop shaking.

I screamed for Ricky to let him know they were here & he came running back home... & then we both just couldnt speak. We were so numb.

I literally did not stop shaking for over an hour. Like I tried to knit about a half hour after to calm down & couldnt hold the needles.

I also kept the  dogs right next to me. They wanted to go out in the back yard for a bit & I stood at the window & made sure I could see them every second.

I'm so mad the repairman left the gate open. Especially because he didnt even COME THROUGH that way - he came through our house & out the back door. What made him even think he could open that gate up & go out that??? & he also knew we had dogs because he saw Ricky putting them up when he got here.  I am just infuriated with that. I want to call & complain about it but Ricky told me it was an honest mistake.

Those are my babies though. Honest mistake my butt.
I just kept thinking my babies were gone forever & I still just want to throw up thinking about it.

Needless to say, the rest of the night was just a ball of emotions.....
I got a shower to calm down, made the dogs get in bed with me so I could hug them both & I watched the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Such a lovely movvie
Sunday, we woke up to snow... because why not be 70 degrees earlier in the week & then 28 the next day?  ... that's fun when the heat is broke too. UGH.

I made it to church & the attendance was down, I guess with the snow....

& then off to pick up my glasses.  Which I THINK we may finally have success.
The bifocals are a little weird to get used to - but at least I can see out of both the top & bottom. Whew.

The rest of Sunday was full of cleaning & light bulb changing & just moving to stay warm.

& here we are, back at Monday..... hoping for a warm up - definitely not wanting more snow... &just wanting our heat fixed.

So tell me something good about your weekend.... hope it was less stressful than mine!

Friday, February 08, 2019

Friday Favorites

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Favorite cards to leave behind

Don't say it, display it!Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

You get these to leave on people's windshields ... haha.
This is kinda funny.... not very kind & full of grace... but pretty dang funny.
& I am the world's worst parker in my current car (I'm not bad in my other cars - this car is just awful - like a tank ) so I would fully expect to see these on my car.
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Favorite Valentine's Gift for Him

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99.

Ricky loves leather bracelets so this would be a great gift for him.
& you get 6 bracelets for $10.99! How do you pass that up?
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Favorite Camera Accessory

Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

I am loving this leather strap... its a classic!
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Favorite House Item

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $15.

I've not seen a marble dry erase board before.
Plus, it is magnetic too!!!!
How beautiful would that be in a living room or kitchen?
Even a bedroom to leave notes or a to-do list to remember for your day!
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Favorite Beauty & the Beast
Art by @amymebberson Come on, y’all. Source.

... I get you Belle... I totally get you

Favorite Budget Helper

Promising review: "I have tried many different budget books and apps. This was exactly what I was looking for! The biggest benefit was that I could add my own categories for expenses. When budgeting, I don't like to break things down into 20 different categories, I keep them very basic. I appreciate the fact that this allows me to do so. I also like that it is also broken down by days. I'm so relieved to have finally found exactly what I have been looking for." —CharlotteGet it from Amazon for $7.83.

I'm a sucker for pen & paper - call me old school.
But I love this budget journal to kepe track of spending.
Something I realllllly could use
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Favorite mug

He is Always Good - Campfire Mug

Always loving me some Daily Grace goodies
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Favorite Funnies

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.... when I'm late going somewhere & the dogs are taking their time peeing

GIPHY! ( February 5, 2019 at 04:53PM

... when someone is waving & I'm not sure if its towards me or someone behind me

GIPHY! ( January 21, 2019 at 05:28AM

... when I look at my laundry pile but my book is getting so good I dont want to put it down

GIPHY! ( January 31, 2019 at 07:37PM

... me with every Amazon recommendation

GIPHY! ( January 18, 2019 at 12:08AM

..... me at 4:30pm today

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Happy Friday Y'all!!!