Friday, January 21, 2022

I Need A Change

I’m struggling. I'm really struggling.

I don’t want to appear weak. I can’t appear weak. I live with a man that thrives on being strong and facing things head on. That isn’t me. I’m the kind that hunkers down on the couch, under a blanket, with the tv blaring so I can’t hear my own thoughts.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I feel like I need a change. I need a change of scenery, a change of location, a change of mind and space, and a change of self. I’m tired of living life in a rush. I want to slow down and enjoy the town in which I live.

Right now, I don’t enjoy much about living here anymore. I’ve lived in this town for 33 years, and I’ve watched it change from a small town to an overrun corporate city. Big corporations and businesses on almost every corner have pushed out the Mom & Pop small businesses we used to know so well. I miss small businesses. I miss small towns.

One Sunday, a few months ago, at five o’clock in the MORNING, a car had it’s radio blaring mediocre 90’s music, and it woke me up. At first, I tossed and turned, and huffed and puffed, and threw blankets around to show my irritation, but that quickly turned to anger when it continued after thirty minutes. I finally got so annoyed that I got dressed and went downstairs to confront them. I told them it was f’ing rude to be blaring music at FIVE A.M. waking people up. I wasn’t nice. And I’m not sorry.

A few days later, I finally made a statement to my next door neighbors about their dog. It is a small, yappy dog that has no training. It just barks ALLLLLLLLL DAAAAAAAAAAY LOOOOOOOOOOOONG. All day. Every day. And they don’t care.
I wrote a note and stuck it on their door telling them to shut up their dog, but that didn’t seem to help much. It hasn’t stopped.

Have I become that neighbor? The one that complains about everything?
Maybe it’s just a clear indication that I really do need a change.  

Monday, December 20, 2021

BIG End of the Year SALE on candles

I’m having a BIG sale on some remaining candles, to make room for some
new scents I have coming in 2022.

There are several scents. Definitely something for everyone. Go check it out!

Also, if you enter code HJC15 at checkout, you will get an additional 15% OFF!

I have FIVE different sizes to choose from. Not all scents are available in all sizes,
but if you send me an email, I can make customized orders happen. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

A Closed Office, A Teenager Moves Away, A Wedding, And An Elimination

HELLO... 👋

Today is the first day of November 2021. It's been a few months since I've written down any of my thoughts and feelings, so lets dive into this with a little update.

💥 My candle business is up and running. Still trying to iron out some kinks, and we've made some sales. 

💥 At the end of May, our office officially closed. They decided it was too expensive to have a bunch of offices in all the locations, so they shut ours and we are all working from home now. 

💥 At the beginning of June, I decided it was time to shed some of that quarantine weight I put on, so I started running. I would run 2-4 miles every day. I fell right into a routine, and before I knew it, I was down 15 pounds. Amazing!

💥 In the middle of June, RJ moved back to Texas with his dad. The reason he came here, was because his dad had allowed him to drop out of high school. Since that went against everything I stand for, I stepped in. I made arrangements for him to come live with me, while I helped him get high school finished and started at a job. We were successful in all those things. He returned, just two short years later, to a much happier situation, with a high school diploma and job experience. So proud of all he accomplished here. 

💥 At the end of July, we celebrated ME with a Bridal Shower. It was so much fun! And being spoiled for the day, was pretty nice. I drank a lot of margaritas. 

💥 By mid August, I was knee deep in wedding dress fittings. The dress that I had bought BEFORE covid, didn't fit. I knew at the time it was going to need to go through some serious transformation in order to fit. Let me tell you, the seamstress was AMAZING! My weight fluctuated so much because of not eating right, running, and stress. She made it happen, just in the nick of time. Whew!

💥 In September, we got married! Finally! After having to change the date AND the venue, we were finally able to make it happen. It took a village to make it all come together, but it was a night I will never forget, and an absolute dream come true.

💥 In October, I watched Squid Game. That was a mistake. It was so horrifyingly accurate. Ugh. 
Way back before any of this was on television, I remember a younger Mel Gibson opening our eyes to Adrenochrome. Hollywood's elite blew it off, acting like Mel was crazy and making up stories, but was he really? Or was he trying to shed some light on something which we didn't know at the time? I tell people to do their own research. And by that, I don't mean get your information from TMZ or even the mainstream news. Do real research. Find the real answers. They're out there, I promise. And maybe old Mel isn't so crazy after all. 

💥 We are coming to the end of another photo season, so there will be more time for blogging. Although most of my free time is now spent dealing with candles. 

💥 Kyle Busch was eliminated from the NASCAR Playoffs yesterday, after failing to make the Final Four. So heartbreaking. Two years in a row. I blame Covid. 😡

Until next time, Y'all!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Special Announcement!

Y’all!! I am super excited to announce that I am venturing out into the unknown and will be making candles. I have been working very hard on this project and would love for you to join me as I navigate these uncharted waters. No, I'm not quitting my job, but this hobby has overtaken my brain, so I need to do it. What's that saying? Life is short...

I currently have only 1 scent available, but I assure you, I am working on more. You can check out the Shop My Candles tab to see what I have available. I will be adding more as they become ready, so check back often.

They take a little bit of time to sit after pouring, so I cannot just pour one and send it out the same day. However, I am willing to take custom orders. Check it out to read more about it. 

Can't wait to see you in the store!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Kyle Busch eliminated from the playoffs

Let us talk NASCAR for a moment.

Kyle Busch has officially been eliminated from the playoffs, and the entire Rowdy Nation is super sad about that. I promise you; they are sad. And probably a little frustrated. I have heard rumblings from a lot of KB fans, about how disappointed they are in Adam this season, as if everything is his fault. I get it. In NASCAR, when things go wrong, the crew chief does get blamed, but let’s be real, even Toyota said they take the blame.

You might ask then, ‘Why does Denny have so many wins then? He’s in a Toyota, too.
Well, I don’t have an answer to that, other than, it’s just pure dumb luck. How many races was the 18 car wrecked by another driver this season? Almost every race. That adds to it.

Others want to blame the lack of practice and qualifying. Do you buy that? I do. And I do not. Kyle is an exceptional racecar driver. He can see and feel things inside that car that most people would miss or not even notice at all. Because of that reason alone, I believe that he would be able to pinpoint those exact adjustments and changes that need to be made, regardless of when it happens - during practice or the regular race - to get him those wins he’s used to getting. BUT that is not happening. So, the lack of practice is not the problem.

So, what is the problem? What is the real reason our defending champion has not even won one single race this season?

My theory is his home life. If you follow him or his wife on any social media, you know all the drama that goes on every day. She posts about it ALL. THE. TIME. Maybe all the infertility struggles they are going through, and the pressure she is putting on them to have another child, is interfering with his job. That is what I see. I do not think that was her intention, but it is how I perceive it.

I don’t have the answers, obviously, but I assure you, if I could get Kyle alone in a room, without cameras, I would want to get down to the bottom of what is happening in KBville. It seems like a very lonely place right now, and maybe a little conversation from a random car chick, might help.

There are only four races left, and since Kyle is not in the playoffs, I feel he will try to stay out of the way. However, I do not, by any means, think he will just lay down and allow a playoff driver to beat him if he has a shot at winning.