Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finish This…

Welcome to Finish This! This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums),BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three31).  If you’ve joined them before, then you know how to play. If not, play along. Add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post. Let’s play…

My favorite vacation spot is :
anywhere I can look out the window and see the ocean. My most favorite vacation ever, resulted in me sleeping on the shore of the beach. ‘Twas amazing.

If I won a million dollars I would :
pay off a couple of large bills, buy a new car, and invest. And I would hire a real attorney to help fight The X in court. Other than that, I’d change very little about my life. Right now, it’s the best it’s ever been. Ever.

If I could go on a date with ONE celebrity, it would be :
Kyle Busch. Duh! The one hundred and twenty seconds I spent with him in Las Vegas, wasn’t near enough time. I’ve got questions, baby.

If I found a genie in a bottle, my three wishes would be :
1. my divorce to be final. It’s been way too long. Seven years is ridiculous. Time to let me move on.
2. the ability to forget all the bad things my dad did to me.
3. a nice vacation where SS and I could get away, just the two of us.

My favorite clothing item is :
my blue jeans, I suppose. Or my Kyle Busch sweatshirt. I wear them both so often, it’s hard to tell which is my fave.  ;-)

Monday, April 14, 2014


Ever since Google Reader shut their doors, I haven’t had a place where I can view all the blogs I follow, in one place. I have a bunch of bookmarks here and there, but nothing organized.

Until today.

I decided to sign up on Bloglovin’ and organize all the blogs in one place. Finally!
Follow my blog with Bloglovin


How do you keep track of all the blogs YOU follow? Is there a really cool app/program/reader that I’m not aware of?

Tell me! Tell me!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear Boss#1 : I’m happy that you’ve gone away for the weekend, but I miss my house. And I miss SS. Hurry home so I can go back home. Plus, Annie misses you too. :-)

Dear Concrete Pouring Guys : When I’m in my office working, it’s hard to hear and concentrate when you’re outside making lots of noise with your big beeping truck. And loud talking.

Dear Udon : It’s been a pleasure having you stay with me this past week. You’re a great companion and an even better cuddler. Thank you for making me smile.

Dear Sis : Thanks again for dinner last night. ‘Twas soooooo good. And filling. Hit the spot. Squid is up next

Dear SS : I miss you when I’m staying at Boss#1’s house. It’s lonely there, even though I have the company of four dogs. It’s just not the same. Can’t intertwine my feet with Udon’s. He doesn’t quite understand it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish This…

Welcome to Finish This! This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums),BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three31).  If you’ve joined them before, then you know how to play. If not, play along. Add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post. Let’s play…

On Saturday morning, I usually :
lay in bed after SS leaves for work, and watch all the TV shows he doesn’t find interesting enough to watch. This usually includes Scandal, Last Man Standing, and Tanked.

I feel beautiful when :
I get dressed up. It’s not often I get dressed up, so when I do, it feels good. And I like the way people look at me when I walk into a room feeling confident and happy. It makes me feel even more beautiful.

I wake up every morning :
with a smile on my face and a gratefulness in my heart that can’t be expressed in words. My life rocks!

A happy home :
means a happy life. I can’t even tell you how huge this one is. Trust me, when things at home are bad, things in general are bad. It’s like water damage. It leaks into every part of your life and can ruin things if you’re not careful.

When I have down time, I :
usually blog or catch up on recorded television. Sometimes I’ll repaint a gnome that needs some attention. Like this one. Just finished him on Sunday….

Saturday, April 5, 2014

100 things you should know

  1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs should not be one of them.
  2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.
  3. Don’t knock it till you try it.
  4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.
  5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team.
  6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
  7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of HORSE.
  8. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
  9. Don’t dumb yourself down.
  10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
  11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
  12. Never park in front of a bar.
  13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
  14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first girl/boyfriend.
  15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
  16. A suntan is earned, not bought.
  17. Never lie to your doctor.
  18. All guns are loaded.
  19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.
  20. The best way to show thanks, is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
  21. Take a vacation from your cell phone, the Internet, and your TV once a year.
  22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.
  23. A handshake beats an autograph.
  24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
  25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.
  26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a Caricaturist.
  27. Never get your haircut the day of a special event.
  28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.
  29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.
  30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.
  31. Eat lunch with the new kids.
  32. When traveling, keep your wits about you. No matter where you are.
  33. It’s never too late for an apology.
  34. Don’t pose with booze. It’s unbecoming.
  35. If you have the right of way, TAKE IT.
  36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
  37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.
  38. Never push someone off a dock.
  39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.
  40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.
  41. Don’t make a scene.
  42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.
  43. Know when to ignore the camera.
  44. Never gloat.
  45. Invest in great luggage.
  46. Make time for your mother on your birthday. It’s a special day for her too.
  47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
  48. Sympathy is a crutch. Never fake a limp.
  49. Give credit. Take blame.
  50. Suck it up every now and then.
  51. Never be the last one in the pool.
  52. Don’t stare.
  53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
  54. Stand up to bullies. You only have to do it once.
  55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
  56. Admit it when you’re wrong.
  57. If you offer to help, don’t quit until the job is done.
  58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
  59. Thank the bus driver.
  60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
  61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
  62. Know at least one good joke.
  63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
  64. Know how to cook one good meal.
  65. Learn to drive a manual/stick shift.
  66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.
  67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.
  68. Dance with your mother/father.
  69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.
  70. Always thank the host.
  71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
  72. Know the size of your boyfriend/girlfriend’s clothes.
  73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.
  74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.
  75. Keep your word.
  76. In college always sit near the front. You’ll stand out immediately and come grade time it will come in handy.
  77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.
  78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.
  79. Don’t be the talker in the movie.
  80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.
  81. You are what you do. Not what you say.
  82. Learn to change a tire.
  83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
  84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.
  85. Don’t litter.
  86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.
  87. You won’t always be the strongest or fastest. But you can be the toughest.
  88. Never call someone before or after 9am and 9pm.
  89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.
  90. Make the little things count.
  91. Always wear a bra to work.
  92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.
  93. You’re never too old to need your Mom.
  94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet are killing you.
  95. Know the words to your national anthem.
  96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
  97. Smile at strangers.
  98. Make goals.
  99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.
  100. If you HAVE to fight, punch first and punch hard.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Letters

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear RJ : Call me! I’ve been trying to reach you for three weeks and I’m extremely annoyed that your Dad is not allowing you to talk to me. Typical b.s. from him. Ugh.

Dear Jeffy : Thanks for letting me use the camera. I’ve gotten some fabulous photos from it. And I’m not done yet.

Dear Sis and Squid : SS and I are going to start hosting Game Night. Since we all work during the week, and the last thing we really want to do is wake up Thursday morning with a hangover from drinking the night before, we’ve decided on Saturday nights. For now. More details to follow.

Dear McDonalds : Damn you and those golden arches! I have a really hard time driving by you without stopping for a Ranch Snack Wrap (Crispy), and an Unsweetened Iced Tea.

Dear Police : If you’re going to show up at the house of a neighbor, kindly park your entourage in front of the house you’re visiting. When I have to wait ten minutes to pull into my own garage because you’re in the way, I’m annoyed. And I’m not afraid to tell you.

Dear Maria’s Deli : Your Italian Sausage is THE BEEEEEEEEST!!!!

Dear SS : Thank you for taking me to Maria’s for lunch today. Thank you for the ride on your motorcycle. And thank you for just understanding everything. Now stop coming home from work so hyper. You’re making me look bad. Winking smile


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Quote for Today

“I want to spend the rest of my life with you, but not as a lover. I want to live the life of your best friend.”

Quote for Today

"You were my goosebumps coming to life and the hair on the back of my neck rising to the occasion. You were the lump in my throat, the tightness in my chest. You were my chapped lips and nervous stutter. You were everything that made me so terrified about love, but so excited to seize it. YOU."

B is for Bacon

I was so busy yesterday, that I totally forgot to post this.

Bacon. One of the best foods EVER. I could eat it on ANYTHING. And yes, I can eat an entire pound of bacon in one sitting. Don’t judge.

Tomorrow…… “C”.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Quote for Today

"When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you."

Finish This…

Welcome to Finish This! This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three31).  If you’ve joined them before, then you know how to play. If not, play along. Add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post. Let’s play…

I don’t get enough :
me time. Seems like the only time I get any “me” time, is when I’m on the toilet. Is that how life really is?

My favorite indulgence :
probably has something to do with strawberries. Or seafood. Or Korean BBQ. Yes. Yes I’m sure of it.

I made a major change in my life when :
I decided I didn’t want to live with roommates anymore. This journey SS and I have taken, has been amazing. And I’m anxious to see how much better it can get.

You should read :
The Hunger Games books. I hear they are great.

____ is my secret ingredient in :
Hmmm. I’m pretty much a follow-the-instructions kind of gal, so there’s little room for creating secrets in recipes. But SS and I have only lived together for two months, so I’m bound to try LOTS of different things.

Favorite Shows

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down and talked about my favorite shows, so I thought I’d talk about a few of them today.

Mom – This show centers on Christy, a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. She has a mother that lives with her, a 16 year old pregnant daughter, an ambitious 10 year old son, and an absent father that’s just now coming around.


Person of Interest - A billionaire software-genius named Harold Finch creates a Machine for the government that is designed to detect acts of terror before they can happen, by monitoring the entire world through every cell-phone, email and surveillance camera. Finch discovered that the machine sees everything, potential terrorist acts and violent crimes that involve ordinary people. When the government considered violent crimes between normal people "irrelevant", Finch built a back door into the system that gives him the social security number of a person involved in a future violent crime so he could act. Partnered with John Reese, an ex-CIA agent, the two work in secret to prevent violent crimes before they can happen. Eventually their activities lead to being hunted by the New York Police Department, CIA Agents in pursuit of Reese who was listed as dead, a computer hacker named Root who wants access to the Machine, and government officials who want to keep all knowledge of the Machine a complete secret.


Hawaii Five-0 - Hawaii doesn't have its own state police force but the Governor has set up a special task force, which becomes known as "Five-0", to investigate serious crimes on the islands. Reserve Naval officer Steve McGarrett heads the team with Danny Williams as his second in command and together they tackle a range of crimes with more far-reaching consequences than those dealt with by HPD, including terrorism and serious organized crime.


2 Broke Girls - Sassy, streetwise Max works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline is an uptown trust fund princess who's having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she's surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max's knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money.


The Mentalist - After a serial killer named Red John murdered Patrick Jane's wife and daughter, Jane dedicated his life to hunting down and killing Red John. To that end he gave up his lucrative pretense of being a psychic and joined the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a consultant to the team responsible for investigating the Red John case, led by Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon. Using Jane's exceptional gift for observation and his mentalist tricks, the team is able to close an unprecedented number of cases, but Jane's unconventional and often outright illegal methods also bring much censure down on Lisbon's head, making his assistance both a blessing and a curse. Meanwhile, the hunt for Red John continues...


NCIS - NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps. NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses (felonies) – i.e., crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year – within the Department of the Navy. The MCRT is frequently assigned to high-profile cases such as the death of the U.S. president's military aide, a bomb situation on a U.S. Navy warship, the death of a celebrity on a reality show set on a U.S. Marine Corps base, terrorist threats involving U.S Naval and Marine Corps weapons, personnel and/or installations, and kidnappings of Navy and Marine Corps personnel and/or their dependents.

The MCRT is led by Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs’ team is composed of Special Agent and Senior Field Agent Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo, Special Agent Timothy McGee, and NSA Analyst & Probationary Special Agent Eleanor Bishop. Previous members include Special Agent (former Mossad liaison officer) Ziva David until she returned to Israel in season eleven, and Caitlin "Kate" Todd who was shot and killed by rogue Mossad agent Ari Haswari, Ziva's half-brother, at the end of season two. The team is assisted in their investigations by Chief Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard, his assistant Jimmy Palmer, who replaced Gerald Jackson, and Forensic Specialist Abigail "Abby" Sciuto.


Jeopardy! - an American television game show. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in question form. The original daytime version aired on NBC from March 30, 1964 to January 3, 1975, then spawned a weekly nighttime syndicated edition that aired from September 9, 1974 to September 5, 1975, and was later revived as The All-New Jeopardy!, which ran from October 2, 1978 to March 2, 1979. The program's most successful incarnation is the daily syndicated version, which premiered on September 10, 1984.


This obviously isn’t all of the shows I watch, but you get the point. My DVR is often overflowing with shows I haven’t watched yet. SS doesn’t like the clutter, so I try to keep it cleaned up. Try being the most important word there.

Until next time….

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A is for Applesauce

Hey y’all. It’s time to start the A to Z Challenge. My photos will all be food based. Because I love food so much.

Applesauce is one of my most favorite foods ever. I could eat container after container, but suffer great consequences later. I prefer my applesauce to be puréed, not chunky. Although I’m not against trying it.

See you tomorrow for “B”.


Since when do I bake?
Since I technically became a housewife, without having to get married.

I had the morning off work, so figured I’d get a little creative, and make some cookies. Oatmeal Raisin, to be exact.

First, the instructions. (Trust me. I can’t do this alone. And if you plan on eating them, you don’t want me to.)

Next, mix butter, brown sugar, and white sugar all together.

I threw in some flour, a couple of eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, a whole bunch of oats, and a few raisins.

Once I had it all mixed up real good, I put them into small little scoops on my cookie tray, and into the oven they went….

Just about twelve minutes later, out came some of the most beautiful looking Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I’ve ever seen. And they tasted GREAT, too!

Perhaps there are bake sales in my future……

Simple Woman’s Daybook

I've watched Paula at Smidgens, Bits, and Snippets do this for a while now. On the first of every month, you'll now see ME do this. 
Follow along. Heck, play along if you want. Do it on your own blog, then leave a comment with the link to the post so we can all see it.

Outside my window… The hummingbirds just LOVE to have parties on my patio. So much so, that they were knocking it over and spilling it everywhere. We don’t have any overhang to hang it from, so SS got creative. Temporarily.

I am thinking... about the vacation I have coming up at the end of this month.
I am thankful... I have found someone as awesome as SS.

In the kitchen... I have some new decorations. They’re up above my stove/microwave. LOVE the way it looks! The two yellow pots were something I took from Stepdad’s house when he died. I’m sure he’d be a little weirded out by the fact that I’m using his pots as decorations, but hey, it works.

I am wearing... blue jeans and a t-shirt, of course.
I am creating... a relationship that I want to have for the rest of my life.
I am going... to STAGECOACH! Can’t wait.
I am wondering... if I started to play the lottery, would I win?
I am reading... the instructions on how to keep my houseplant alive. Trust me. I have no green thumbs.
I am hoping... I win the lottery.
I am learning... that no matter what happens in life, it’s how I react that makes the difference.
Around the house... SS vacuums ALL.THE.TIME.
I am pondering... a few life lessons.
A favorite quote for today... “Suck it up. It’ll get better. And if it doesn’t, change what you’re doing.”
One of my favorite things... the mound of strawberries in my fridge.

A few plans for the rest of the week… work, work, and more work.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pinterest Sunday

When I search through Pinterest at home….

…this is the kind of stuff that gets SS excited.


He’s never been to the Pinterest website. Never even heard of it. But when he looked over at the screen and saw that, he immediately said, “Whoa. Pinterest? Pin that girl to my wall.” He’s such a guy. (rolling eyes)

I shook my head, thought of the old women from that new Esurance commercial, and laughed.
(I hope he never cruises through Pinterest. I’ll be in trouble if he sees my wedding board.)
Laughing out loudRolling on the floor laughing




P.S. Here’s the link to the Esurance commercial I was talking about…… click here

The April 2014 A to Z Challenge

Have you seen this A to Z Challenge for April? Post every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior). And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet.

On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

Join me. The fun begins April 1st!


Saturday, March 29, 2014


Gee. This is embarrassing. Let me apologize.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything about NASCAR in a while. It’s a shame, I know. I’m quite shocked myself, but alas, it’s true. So here’s a little catch up…

Week One – Daytona 500
*Winner: Dale Jr.
{Kyle Busch finishes a pathetic 18th}

Week Two – The Profit on CNBC 500
*Winner: Kevin Harvick
{Kyle Busch finishes 9th}

Week Three – Kobalt 400
*Winner: Brad Keselowski
{Kyle Busch finishes 11th}

Week Four – Food City 500
*Winner: Carl Edwards
{Kyle Busch finishes 29th}

Week Five – Auto Club 500
*Winner: Kyle Busch
{Kyle Busch finishes 1st}

This weekend we’re at Martinsville, and Kyle Busch starts on the pole.


Quote for Today

“I hate the idea that, when it comes to books and learning, hard is often seen as the opposite of fun. It’s strange to me that we should be so quick to give up on a book or a math problem when we are so willing to grapple, for centuries if necessary, with a single level of Angry Birds.”    {John Green}

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Letters:

It’s Friday. Time to write some letters…

Dear SS’s daughter : We miss you around the house. When are you coming back?

Dear RJ : Where are you? I’ve been trying to get in touch with you or your dad, but have been unsuccessful. Call me!

Dear Jamie : Thank you for covering for me all the times I didn’t want to go to work.

Dear Grocery Store : I wish I could order a delivery of groceries like I do a pizza. You know how much time I would save if someone else did my grocery shopping for me?

Dear FarmVille 2 : I’m addicted. I can’t stop playing. You have sucked me in.

Dear Jeffy: Thanks for sending me those snowflake pictures. They’re beautiful. And hurry home. I’m anxious to play with that camera.

Dear SS : Thank you for always taking care of the bugs. When that wasp thought he was going to set up shop on our patio, you came to the rescue. The other night, when a cricket crossed our path in the kitchen, you again, came to the rescue. I love you for that.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

7 Cardinal Rules For Life

  1. Make peace with your past…
    so it won’t disturb your present. Your past does not define your future – your actions and beliefs do.
  2. What other people think of you…
    is none of your business.  It’s how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.
  3. Time heals almost everything…
    Give it time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are; they explain our life and why we are the way we are. They challenge us and force us to be stronger.
  4. No one is in charge…
    of your happiness. Except you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.
  5. Don’t compare your life to others…
    and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we just might grab ours back as fast as we could.
  6. Stop thinking too much…
    It’s alright not to know the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, never has been an answer. That’s the answer! Just accept it, move on, NEXT!
  7. Smile.
    You don’t own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.
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