Friday, January 27, 2012

It's the weekend!

I am so glad this work week is over.  I am still feeling so overwhelmed....that is about the only work I know to use right now to describe how I feel.

I have so much to do, but I plan to make relaxing one of those things.  

Genn suggests a massage!   I think she is so right....I won an hour long warm stone massage in December....I should really get that scheduled!   Do you read Genn's blog???  If you don't - you really can find it here.  I don't even remember how I found her blog, but it's become one of my favorites!

I went to the party store last night to pick up some stuff for a "treasure box" at work.   Small rewards for doing what I ask.

While I was there I found some stuff I just had to have for myself.

Check them out:

This is a it!

I have become such a wine lover.
 wine coasters
 I had to get some wine coasters for my neighbor and wine buddy.

Check out this fabulous ring!
yes, it is probably for a child, but I love it!!


Okay so this weekend, I am going to get some work done, spend time with family and R-E-L-A-X!!!

What about you?  What are you going to do??

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

so far behind

I feel like I can't get anything done.

I look around my house and this is what I see:

Books I need to read...especially need to read for book club Friday night

my stack of mail so far this week....haven't even looked at it

dishes I did on is Wednesday and they are still there!
 my stove top....still in pieces after deep cleaning it on Sunday...guess that means I haven't cooked all week!

 the spare bedroom after I took all the sheets off and washed them...yep that was Sunday too!

my kitchen table....couldn't eat off of it if I wanted too right now
looks like there is...mail, magazines, my box of treasures from my favorite thrift store...the Et Cetera Shop, the stuff I picked up at the store today, and my lunch bag.

Why is it that I just cleaned my house Sunday and I see all of these piles every where??
I am about to get off here, but nope...not going to take care of them.  I have 2 notebooks of information to organize for church and it's about 9 o'clock in the evening!  Jealous aren't you!?!  

Not sure the house will be in order for book club Friday night, but I know the girls will love me anyway!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I can't believe it is January 15 already?
Where does the time go?
I feel like life has been crazy busy, but I am not sure what I've been doing.
Ever felt that way?

I still haven't chosen a word to focus on for 2012...I think I have been too preoccupied to think about it.
I am excited that my book club is starting up again this Friday.
The last couple months of 2011 got so busy that we were not able to meet.
It will be good to get together with the ladies again.
I have been having my weekly Monday night girls night to watch The Bachelor.  I loved Ben in last season's Bachelorette and was thrilled he was going to be the next Bachelor.  I am still perplexed by the women that fall so hard so fast and are so emotional about it.   I hope he finds love!

This is Chris.
 Chris is amazingly talented musician.  He plays so many instruments and he sings too.  He lives in Portland now, but comes home to Kansas every so often.  He was here a couple of weeks ago and played a gig at a local coffee shop.  I always enjoy listening to him perform.
 Chris and I have been friends since he was in college.  We worked together when he came back home for a couple of summers.  We had lots of good talks while we worked and he always encourages me to look at the world in a whole new perspective. 

You should go check out his facebook page at W.C. Beck.  You can preview his music on the MusicStore on his page.  He has 6 albums out right now.  It has been incredible to see him grow as a musician.

I am off to get some sleep now....I didn't get much this weekend.

Sorry for the randomness of this post.

How is 2012 treating you???

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

I took a small blogging break the last couple of months of 2011.  It wasn't intentional, but it became a time of learning, relaxing, reflection, and growth. 

I did a lot of reflecting on things that I thought about I knew about myself.  I don't know if I fully have the answers on those things, but I am sure I will figure them out as life goes on. 

I learned that it is best not to allow negative people to stay in my life and so, I said goodbye to them as the year ended.

I had chosen the word "GIVE" as my 2011 word of the year.  I wanted to be more giving and I achieved that a lot of ways.   I didn't do as many giveaways on my blog as I thought I would...sorry about that. 

The one area that I continue struggling in giving is the giving of my time.  I am so selfish about my time.  Why is that?  I know that I did better than I had in the past, but I was still pretty stingy.

I am working on deciding what my 2012 word is.  I will let you know when I have that figured out.

What are your plans for 2012?  Any goals?  Word of the year?

I wish you many blessings and much happiness in 2012.

Thanks for reading my little ol' blog!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10 Things I am Thankful For

It's the 10th of the month and while a lot of people post 10 pictures from their day - I find that difficult because my days at my desk just don't seem that exciting - I am going to give you a list of 10 things I am thankful for today.

my church
my family
friends who I can be myself around
friends who drop off firewood at my house
my house
my health
my jobs
the relationship I have with my nieces and nephew

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stay-Cation days 3-5 recap

I cannot believe that my stay-cation is over.
I am so bummed.
I do not want to go back to reality.
I am positive that my co-workers are ready for me to come back especially the one who covered for me all week!

Day 3 of my stay-cation was c-o-l-d and wet.  I spent my afternoon with my nephew and then picked my niece up from school.  We hung out and then went to church however, my niece didn't feel well and we went home early.  She was not at all happy with me, but I explained that I was taking her home because I loved her and wanted her to feel better.  That didn't stop her from not talking to me for awhile, but she eventually told me she loved me too.

Day 4 of my I crafted all day long.  I got a lot done, but didn't get finished, but that's okay.  There is still time before Christmas.  You will have to wait to see what I worked on as people who read my blog are getting some of those gifts.  I also went to an awesome worship service and got to hear Frances Chan speak.  He is a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!  He is an author and wrote one of the books that we read for my book club.  You can read about that here.  He really challenged us last night to read the Bible and to take it for exactly what it says and to stop trying to make is say what we want it to.  He also encouraged us to do missions right in the city that we live in. 

Day 5 I got up early and picked up my youngest niece so that I could spend the day with her.  She is just over  year old.  She cracks me up and is so much fun.  She is just learning to talk and her favorite words for the day were "boo," "ow," "hi," "baby," and "bye-bye."  My favorite words she spoke were "go-go!"  I love it!!  I will share pics from our time together another time.  I haven't even uploaded them to my computer.  I spent my evening with my neighbor and some wine.  We had a fun - fun evening and laughed and laughed.  She has become such a dear friend of mine.

How was your week?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween & Stay-Cation day 2

A cop and a witch stopped by last night.

Today was day 2 of my stay-cation.  I went to lunch with my cousin for her birthday.  She is the big 4-0 today - Happy Birthday, Steph!  We sat and talked for hours and then I headed home to spray paint my mirrors. 

 I bought all of them at the thrift store, but wasn't keen on the colors - I don't have anything red in my house and I didn't like the green on the other two so, I painted the big one yellow and the others turquoise. 

The M is for my mantle - it is time to switch things up there.  The round yellow, white and turquoise things are pizza pans from the dollar store - they will soon turn into Christmas gifts - I will share the end product when they are finished.

As I was in between coats of spray paint 2 of my favorite people and their mother showed up.  We spent the afternoon outside playing catch, drawing with sidewalk chalk, climbing trees and chasing each other.  Then we got my neighbor Allie to join in the fun...I am so glad she loves the kids because they sure love her. 

A little fun with sidewalk chalk.

What did you do today?


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