Wednesday, July 1, 2015

31 Days of Random

Hi Y’all,

Now that Lil’ SS and I are finished with our 15 Days of Happiness challenge, we wanted to keep it going with something different. So, here is our new project.

Here’s a Photo-A-Day Challenge that we made ourselves. We hope you play along on Instagram. And don’t forget to use the hashtag (#31DaysOfRandom) so we know you’re playing along.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Fifteen


Day Fifteen.

Today is the final day of our 15 Days of Happiness challenge. But fear not, we have something else planned. It’ll be an Instagram challenge, so make sure you’re following me so you can keep up.

Today, the thing that made me happy, was learning how to do this math…

Math is hard, I won’t lie. Learning how to simplify and solve equations that I’ve never seen before, is proving to be a challenge. Multiplying and dividing square roots. WHAAAAAT!?! It’s like a foreign language to me. I have to have faith that it will eventually sink in, and I’ll learn what’s important. Damn Engineers and their math. ;-)

SS’s daughter was excited playing Jeopardy! on X-Box, but unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture of that. We were too involved in the game, to stop and take pictures. Maybe next time. She smiled because although she lost, she STILL BEAT ME!

That’s it! That was the end of our 15 Days of Happiness.
Don’t forget to check out my Instagram account for the newest challenge we are going to be attempting.



Monday, June 29, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Fourteen


Day Fourteen.

Today, SS’s daughter and I had some errands to run. Since grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do, I decided we needed a full stomach before we did such a daunting task. I allowed her to pick where we would have lunch. I’m not sure if that was a smart idea or not. Taco Bell is the least healthy place she could have chosen, and we all know how important my figure is to me. Can’t have that tainted by such horrible food. But it still made me smile, because it made her happy. Score!


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See you tomorrow!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Ok, it’s not raining, but I felt this title was the most appropriate.

This is a post I never thought I would need to write, or even thought was important enough to write, but since I’ve had soooooo many people from The Ranch continually looking at this website hoping to cause problems, I felt I better say something.

A few weeks ago, I made some comments about how I was asked to come back to The Ranch to help the person that took over for me, because, well, she needed it, let’s be honest. However, it seems she, along with several others from The Ranch, can’t handle the fact that I spoke the truth. Perhaps they would have rather me have said a lie, or congratulated her? Unfortunately, I don’t sugarcoat bullshit, and they all know it.

This is MY website. MY little piece of the internet, and I speak the truth whether someone wants to hear it or not. If you don’t want to hear or see what I have to say, STOP LOOKING AT THIS WEBSITE. It’s honestly that simple.

This is where I write my feelings. My emotions. The thoughts that run around in my head. None of them are wrong. However, a certain few people seem to think I’m not allowed to voice my opinion, and state facts. I laugh at those people and think to myself, “Just go on with your life. I don’t bother you, so don’t bother me.”

So in closing, if you’re going to continue to watch this site waiting to see what I say next, great. I encourage it. If my thoughts, emotions, and feelings are that important to you, fantastic. I’m glad you’re finding entertainment in my ramblings. But if you can’t handle the words that flow from my fingertips, or you find them to be too much to handle because you can’t deal with someone telling the truth, then go away. You won’t hurt my feelings. Trust me.


My dictionary defines it as a word used to express good wishes when parting or at the end of a conversation. But me, I define it as an end. An end to something that meant something so important to you, regardless whether positive or negative wishes are meant.

The word goodbye is something I say when I know I’ll never see someone again. An aunt that’s passed, a friend that moved away, a jail cellmate I once had, are all examples of times I’ve said that word out loud. Any other time, I just say bye. It’s a completely different form of the word (a secondary word, if you will), so it’s different. At least it is to me, and I’ve always been very careful about how I use it. I suppose if you think back hard enough, you’ll notice I’ve never said goodbye to you if we still currently talk. ;-)

Saturday, I went to the funeral service for boss#1’s youngest child. “A 22-year-old Rock Star, Pain in the Ass, and Badass”, his sister quotes. A few weeks ago, heroin took his life, and left the people around him with so many questions. I cannot even pretend to imagine what they are feeling, and I do not want to. They are in a deep cauldron of boiling pain, that only their own beliefs and strength can pull them from. It was a sad moment I hope to never live through, and I’m grateful I was able to express my sympathies to both of his parents and his siblings.

I wish their family the best in these hard times, and hope they pull themselves out of their sadness and disbelief.

After it was over, I said my verbal goodbyes to people I know I’ll never see again. And a few I hope I never do. It was bittersweet, but oh so desperately needed. I’m not angry. I’m not even upset. It’s more of a sign of relief. I don’t have to pretend anything anymore. And I don’t have to be nice to people that are otherwise, just a pain in the ass.

Peace out! Thumbs up

Sunday, June 28, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Thirteen


Day Thirteen.

Guess where we went today? A Car Show!!! One of my favorite things in the whole world to attend. And this picture made me smile, cause we’re pulling out after stopping for breakfast, headed to see cool cars!

This is what made both SS’s daughter and me smile today. I mean, what’s cooler than a young car chick, with a super badass car? NOTHING!


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See you tomorrow!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Twelve


Day Twelve.

Today was a strange day. I attended the funeral of my former boss’s 22-year-old son. That certainly didn’t make me smile. But you know what did make me smile?


He helped me realize that it didn’t matter former friends ignored me at the funeral. Obviously they weren’t real friends anyway. I mean, it’s not like we hung out and partied together when not working. So, I brushed it off, gave him a kiss for reminding me about what’s important in my life today, and moved on.


SS took his daughter shooting today, but unfortunately, their phones died out in the no cell zone, so there aren’t any pictures to show how much fun they had. However, when they came home, they did this to show me how much they loved me. And to get me out of the funeral funk I was in. These two rock my world. Thankfully, because life would suck today if I didn’t have such awesome people to keep me moving forward.

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See you tomorrow!

Friday, June 26, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Eleven


Day Eleven.

I got my toolbox! The time has officially come, and I’m beyond excited. This toolbox contains all the electronic components and such, that I’ll need throughout the rest of my program. Bring. It. On.


SS’s daughter stopped at the playground on our way out to run errands. I guess I just can’t stop the little monkey in her.

This is what made us smile today. What made YOU smile?

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See you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Ten


Day Ten.

SS’s daughter and I have spent several days working on this Summer DIY Project. We found it on Pinterest, and thought, “Hey! We can do this. That looks easy.”

Ha!! Ha.Ha.Ha.Ha. This was not easy. It was actually way harder than it seemed. We struggled for a couple of days, but finally got it done. And trust me, it looks better from farther away.

This is what made us smile today. What made YOU smile today?

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See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Nine


Day nine.

The trash truck for our complex comes three times a week, and anyone that lives here and pays attention, knows that. For the last few weeks, there has been a car parked in front of the trash can closest to my house. It annoys me to no end because they can’t pick up the trash. On three occasions over the last two weeks, they’ve been unable to collect the trash. Today, after I’ve complained to our management company twice, the car was finally towed away. The truck came in, hooked the car up, and drove off in LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. It was awesome. And it made me smile real big.

SS’s daughter got excited when she could see a fire from our house.

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See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Eight


Day Eight.

The park is one of my favorite places to be, because seeing the faces of little kids enjoying themselves makes my heart smile. Know what makes it even better? When the park overlooks the whole valley.

Since it’s been over a week since I’ve seen the two little cuties I was babysitting, I called for a picnic at the park. We ate sandwiches and chips, played on the swings, built a sandcastle, and protected our feet from the sharks and crocodiles swimming in the moat around the castle. We had fun.

SS’s daughter gets a kick out of playing with them. They’re naive little minds think of such amazing things, and we just can’t help but laugh at times.

This made us smile yesterday.

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See you tomorrow!

Little Girl Time

About a month ago, a childhood friend pseudo sister of mine needed a babysitter for her two little girls. It was a two week long paying gig, and since I was between quarters at school, it was perfect for me. Plus, it allowed me the opportunity to get to know my nieces a little better.

We played in the dirt/mud….

We listened and watched as Auntie Val read stories….

We watered flowers (no idea why her mouth is open – that’s how she looked at me when I called her name)…

We made angels in the sand at the park…

We made wishes on dandelions when we went for walks…

We fought through height fears and climbed trees…

And splashed in puddles…

It was two weeks of fun, fun, and more fun. I bonded with two little girls that think I’m the best Auntie Val in the whole world. And it allowed me to satisfy a very loud ticking biological clock.

I have never been a very girlie kind of girl. Growing up, I had more male friends than female friends. Throughout high school, same thing. As an adult, the pattern continued. The tomboy in me felt more comfortable doing boy things, so boy things is what I did.

Things have continued that way today, so having to entertain two GIRLS for two weeks, was a little challenging. Their world revolves around princesses.  Disney princesses to be exact. And do you know what I know about Disney princesses? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I had never seen the movie Frozen, so imagine their surprise when I didn’t know who Elsa was. I barely knew who Pocahontas was. Oh, the horror. When they told me they wanted to watch Lizzy and the fairies, I had no idea what she was talking about. If she had just said “Let’s watch Tinkerbell”, I would have said, “YES! I LOVE TINKERBELL!”

Little girls are almost like a foreign language to me. They like to dress up in princess dresses, wear their mommies high heeled shoes, bake, and put their hair in cute styles. Me, as a 36 year old adult female, do not like to do any of those things. None. It’s not fun to wear high heels. They’re strange to walk in, and I would never fit into my moms size five shoe.

I’m extremely grateful I was given the opportunity to take care of these two cuties. They live a very fun filled life, and I can’t wait to see what kind of school aged children they become.


Monday, June 22, 2015

15 Days of Happiness–Day Seven


Day Seven.

SS’s daughter and I attempted a Summer DIY project. I was looking for something to do with a huge vase I had, and stumbled across something using rice. So, we broke out the food coloring, and this is how it came out…


It was really easy and fun, and I cannot wait until the next project we do.

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See you tomorrow!


“Telling the truth and making someone cry, is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.”

The truth.
It sometimes hurts. It sometimes tears you down. It sometimes makes us realize that we didn’t really have all our shit together in the first place. And it sometimes sets you free.

Whatever the truth does to you, let it.

I don’t live my life for other people. I live it for ME. And right now, my life is pretty damn amazing. I don’t have to get up early and go to a job that doesn’t appreciate me. I don’t have to battle traffic on one of the busiest freeways in America. I don’t have to listen to other people complain about someone else not doing their job correctly. I don’t have to pretend to like someone just because they are my coworker. And I don’t have to trudge through muddy waters to get to where I’m going. (These are examples of things I hear on a daily basis from friends/family about their jobs.)

However, I do live a pretty realistic life. If I know I’m overwhelmed with something, I admit to it. I ask for help. I’m not afraid. There isn’t anyone in my life today, that will yell at me because I need assistance. There isn’t anyone in my life today, that will allow me to fail because they think I can do it all on my own. I worked for eight years in an office that at times, was extremely stressful. But you know what? I didn’t do it alone. I had help. I had people that watched over me and didn’t allow me to fail. They had confidence I knew exactly what I was doing, and that I would do it correctly. And 97% of the time, I did. Because I was good at it.

People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.

That is very true. The grass isn’t always greener. If you struggle, try harder. If you’re trying your hardest and still struggling, try even harder. Or, face the truth.

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