Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brownie Bliss

Tuesday! Tuesday! Do you know what Tuesday means?
It means it’s not Monday anymore. Yahoo!!
Yesterday, amidst the studying and TV watching I was doing, I found time to make brownies for my love.



What started out as a powdery mix……

Turned into a flowing, gooey, mix of awesomeness.

And then came this….


We may or may not have had seconds. Or thirds. Winking smile


Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday news

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to start another week. For some, it’s another week of sitting in traffic. Another week of customer or patient complaints. And another week of school. But most importantly, it’s another week I’m alive! And I’m so very grateful for that.



Kyle Busch - How about that Kyle Busch sweep in Indy this weekend, huh? That guy is on fire! He just can’t do any wrong right now. We’re at a part of the schedule that he normally dominates, so I’m not too surprised, but I am. He was out for three months after a crash that left one leg and one foot broken, and since he’s been back, he’s won FOUR out of the last FIVE races. If that isn’t dominance and pure talent, I don’t know what is. He’s fought incredibly hard to get to where he is today, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a fan. Now all that stands in his way for a chance at winning the Sprint Cup, are those pesky 23 points that are keeping him out of the lineup.

Caitlyn Jenner – Did you watch “I Am Cait” last night? I haven’t watched it yet, but let me just say quickly, that I’m so beyond excited to watch it. I wasn’t a huge Bruce Jenner fan. I mean, I knew who he was, and I thought his incredible talent as an athlete was beyond amazing, but seeing Cait, makes me obsessed. I’m in no way a “girlie girl”, and do not have any desire to ‘be like Cait’, but she has me watching her every move. And I totally dig it.
A family friend of SS’s, ran into Caitlyn at a Starbucks one morning. The friend was fumbling the stuff she was holding (read: carrying too many things while trying to order coffee), and while Caitlyn was standing behind said friend in line, she offered to help hold her coffee while she got her stuff back in a descent holding order. Pretty nice of her. Most people I see would just watch someone struggle and go on about their day. Props to Caitlyn.

Toyota Tacoma – For the last few months, I’ve been driving around in an awesome Toyota Tacoma, that I’ve fallen in love with. The truck belonged to Squid’s dad, but when he passed away a few months ago, it became his. Because I’ve been out of a car since my wreck in April, Squid so nicely allowed me to drive it as long as necessary. Now that Summer is coming to an end, and the kids are gone, we don’t need a second car anymore. SS is quite content with riding his motorcycle to work every day, while I drive his car to school. I suppose it works out for both of us.
As much as I’m going to miss driving that truck, I definitely will NOT miss the gas guzzling it does.

Here’s to hoping you have a fabulous Monday.




Thursday, July 23, 2015

What does YUM smell like?

Do you know what YUM smells like?
If you don’t, let me tell you.


…is what YUM smells like.

Monday, July 20, 2015

When It Rains…

Well, our Summer fun with Lil’ SS has come to an end. Her mom was in town this past weekend to pick her up, and while it was a little sad to see her go, we know she’d rather be with her friends, than hanging out with me. Let’s be honest.

(This photo was from our trip to the beach last week.)

Her and the three other people she came out with, wanted to spend Saturday at the beach. But when we woke up Saturday morning and realized it was going to be raining for the majority of the day, we decided our previous plans for Santa Monica beach were probably not a great idea. SS checked the weather at one of our favorite beaches more north, and when we saw clear skies until 4pm, we hopped in the car and headed that way.

A short hour and a half later, we were all playing out in the surf. All eight of us. And it was amazing. There were rainclouds all around us, in every direction. But directly above us, was clear blue skies.

For almost four hours, we splashed, rode waves, ate snacks, dug in the sand, and climbed rocks.

Just before 4pm, the clouds covered the sun and down came the rain. That was our cue. Enough time in the sun.

[Top photo-all four kids. Bottom right photo-my 15-year-old.]

Let’s be honest, it always makes me a little nervous to spend time with Lil’ SS’s mom. I think it’s just a territory thing. Lil’ SS is hers, not mine, so my motherly feelings tend to hide away when she’s around. However, we had a wonderful visit with them and I would invite them back any time. [I can’t go into my feelings and emotions on the whole situation right now, because that’s not what this post is about, but I assure you, there will be a time for that at a later date.]

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend just as much as we did. I’m headed to go play with my now 15-year-old.

Where does the time go?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Pink Notebook

About eight years ago, during a shopping trip to the local Target, I picked up this awesome pink notebook…

When I saw it, the only thought that went through my head was, “This will be the book I write all my first year experiences in, when I have my next baby.” And I was confident it would be a girl. Everything about me says I don’t have any business talking about babies, especially at that time, but I couldn’t just walk past this notebook. Just in case.

It has sat on a shelf ever since. Untouched. Out of danger of damage. And still blank.

This morning as I was looking for something specific on the bookshelf that is in RJ/Lil’ SS/Guest room, I saw the notebook. As I pulled it out, the realization that perhaps it wouldn’t ever be used for the purpose I had in mind, was a face slapping realization. It stung. And it left a mark.

After I gathered my emotions and wiped away the few tears that had fallen, I stuffed the notebook into a box in my closet, and shut the door.

There will come a time when I’ll know exactly what to do with it, so until then, it’ll stay right where it is. Out of sight, out of mind.


Monday, July 13, 2015

To Hide or Not to Hide

As an adult, we face decisions on a daily basis. Sometimes they’re difficult and complex and involve A LOT of other factors in the decision, and sometimes they’re as simple as choosing between which route to take to work. The decision I currently face, is even simpler than that.

For over a month, I have struggled with the decision to make this site private. Since this website is run through Blogger, I have the option of allowing only certain readers to access it. And believe me when I say, I’m leaning that way.

When I started blogging back in April of 2009, it was mainly because I wanted a little piece of the internet to call my own. I wanted a place where I could write about my day-to-day activities, along with my rants. At the time, I had about three readers, and they were friends. I didn’t care about what I said or whose feelings I hurt, because those friends ultimately had similar rants and either were with me on my day-to-day adventures, or already knew of them from real life.

Today, things are different. People take offense to the littlest, stupidest things, and anyone that knows me, knows I’m not interested in dealing with that type of bulls**t. So to avoid that type of stuff, I hold back in my writings. I don’t always say things I fully want to say, because I know there’s a chance someone reading it will either take it wrong, or be mad because I have my own different opinion on something. After all, when you can’t write your entire thoughts and feelings, what’s the point of writing at all?

So now you know what’s going on, just in case the next time you stumble upon this site and it’s marked ‘permission denied’.

It seems that most of my readers are already official followers, so this won’t affect those. You won’t even notice it’s private unless you’re not logged into your Blogger account. However, there are some others that read this blog that I know aren’t followers, and those readers will be affected. I could tell you who you are, but it’s a sure bet you already know.

Until next time….

A Day at the Zoo

How many times, as a child, did you go to a zoo? How many times, as an adult, have you gone to the zoo?

Let me tell you something. No matter your age, the zoo is an AWESOME and FUN place to hang out! Especially when the zoo is across the street from the beach!

From the Penguins…..

…to the Elephants….

…and everything in between, each and every animal we saw, made us smile.

What’s your favorite zoo animal? Mine was the elephants. I could stand there all day and watch them do whatever they plan on doing for the day. Even if it’s just eating from a tall tree.

Our original reason for going to the zoo was to take the annual Anniversary photos of Sis and Squid. Every year, it’s somewhere different. This year, was the zoo.


After our morning at the zoo, we wandered over to the beach, and did a little toe-dipping. SS and Lil’ SS, climbed down some rock, and headed towards the water. Perfect way to end the day near the beach.


How did you spend YOUR weekend? Hopefully it was just as much fun!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Another Summer DIY Project: Complete

We’ve done it again. We’ve created something else that just screams creativity. And Lil’ SS loved doing it.

What started out as plain white mugs….


Turned into this….


And this, for SS….


Stay tuned to see what our next Summer DIY Project will be.
And we hope you’re following along to our #31DaysOfRandom photo challenge on Instagram.

Sunday, July 5, 2015


When I was growing up, the 4th of July was a huge deal around my house. Stepdad was a HUUUUUGGGGEEEEE ‘Merica celebratin’ type of redneck. All year round, you would be able to find items around our house that just screamed America. Flag-Stuff-Everywhere. It was as if we celebrated the 4th of July all year. Except for the fireworks. He saved those specifically for celebrating Independence Day. At least until RJ was born. Then we had fireworks every year on RJ’s birthday. It was as if Independence Day came twice in July. Fireworks, flags, and anything red/white/blue. It was Stepdad.

Thankfully, SS’s family is just as much into fireworks as he was. And almost as much into celebrating the 4th. Almost.

While we all donned our red/white/blue outfits and swimwear, we laughed and joked and ultimately had a wonderful time, as many different people came together. It was beautiful.

I’m grateful I’ve been accepted into such an amazing family, and I hope everyone else’s 4th was just as awesome!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day

Headed out a bbq and swim party. Hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters.

Dear Math Teacher: If you continue to yell at the students that don’t understand the Trigonometry you’re teaching, then you’re going to lose all of us.

Dear Squid: I really enjoy having the electronics class with you. You’re so good at math, so it helps to have that backup just right around the corner.

Dear Lil’ SS: You’ve been a huge ball of fun this summer. One DIY project after another, and we’re getting pretty good at them. The older you get, the more fun we have together. Hope that continues as you get older and veer away from your parental figures.  ;-)

Dear Sis: Get better ASAP! I can’t take good anniversary photos of you guys if you’re sick.

Dear Jeffy: Thank you for the multimeter, and thank you for walking me through my homework today. It’s a little confusing at first, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. And now that you have the Mustang all put back together and running, let’s do lunch!

Dear SS: You’ve been a good sport since I’ve gone back to school. Your support of me has been incredible. Late nights in class make me miss our nightly routine, but it’ll all be worth it in the end. I promise. We have a full weekend of fun planned, and I’m so extremely excited to say I’m spending it with you and Lil’ SS. I can’t wait.

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!


Are you playing along? Leave a link in the comment section if you are so we can check it out.

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

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