Friday, December 5, 2014

#Reverb14 - Day 5

What is the sound of your own voice?

The sound of my voice is...

a little nasal.


definitely not southern.  Folks around here can tell I'm not a native South Carolinian.

enthusiastic when I answer the phone at work with "It's a great day in South Carolina."

identical to my little sister, Tonya's.  My grandmother can't always tell who she's talking to when we call.

annoying at times according to Phil.  It's okay, though.  He annoys me sometimes, too.

comforting, soothing, reassuring when I'm reading, singing, or talking to my children.

my own.  100% me.

This post is in response to Kat McNally's #reverb prompt.  Hop on over to learn more.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Adios, November...Hello, December

The resounding theme of the last 10 days of November was sleep deprivation.

I don't know what caused it, and I don't know what cured it.  What I do know is my body took a walk down newborn baby memory lane.  For days I would wake up and drag myself through my morning routine and get Heaven and Adrian off to school.  I would go to work and pour a cup of coffee as soon as I walked through the door, drink it as fast as I could get it down and then immediately pour a second cup.  Have I ever mentioned that I'm not really a coffee drinker?  Not really as in I drink a cup every week or so just so that I can have an excuse to drink hazelnut coffee creamer.  Pitiful, I know.

Anyway, it wasn't until well after the second cup that common sense kicked in and I realized I probably should have let that first cup work its magic before getting a second because I was WIRED.  Put on repeat every day for a full week.  It was like Supernatural's Mystery Spot episode.

Once I was finally able to get some decent sleep, things went back to normal.

Then it was time to get ready for Thanksgiving which was great even though the only evidence I have is this photo of our post-dinner walk.  We had some issues, but November ended on a good note.

Hello December:

Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

First of all, do you think you can slow it down a bit?  You know, make the last days of 2014 last a little longer.

December, you’re such a fun month!  I’ve passed by several big green trees loaded with colorful lights.  There’s music playing around the clock dedicated to the Christmas season and spirit.  I know there is a Grinch or two out there, but I believe most of us are excited about everything you have in store.

My own family will make trips to the zoo to see the Lights before Christmas displays.  We’ll read lots of Christmas books while sipping homemade hot chocolate.  We’ll be baking cookies for our neighbors again and doing a little traveling.  I suppose you could say we’re in the Christmas spirit.

With lots of love,

I'm linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking out Loud.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

#Reverb14 - Day 2

What unfinished projects from 2014 are you willing to release now? (Regret not required.)

I have no trouble at all getting a new project off the ground.  Finishing a project is a whole other story.  The problem I have is wanting to have a hand in everything instead of choosing one thing at a time to work on and finish.

So what am I willing to release without regret?  Everything I didn't get to on this list.  I had gargantuan plans for 2014.  When I typed out that list, I knew it wasn't a plan set in stone, but I thought I would find time to do it all.  I didn't, and I'm okay with that.  I will work on some next year while some others will be scratched.

This post is in response to Kat McNally's #reverb prompt.  Hop on over to learn more.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

#Reverb14 - Day 1

Today, I invite you to take a quiet moment to consider: what can you say right now with certainty?

With certainty I can say...

* There is nothing more powerful than God's love.

* Children are the most precious gifts; it doesn't matter if they're 2 or 25.

* Everything is better with chocolate.

* Holding a grudge is a waste of time and energy.  Can you imagine how much energy you expend trying to stay angry about something?  And how much you expend actually doing it?  Trust me, let it go.

* It's okay to start again.

* If I like it, who gives a damn what anyone else thinks.

* It's okay to not be okay, as my pastor says, but it's not okay to stay that way.

* The path I choose isn't always the path He chose for me, so I get knocked on my butt at times.  Lessons learned.

* Music makes me happy.  Music that requires an air guitar makes me feel like a kid again.

* I'm not perfect, but I have never been better than I am right now.

This post is in response to Kat McNally's #reverb prompt.  Hop on over to learn more.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday

Soooo...I hopped on the scale this morning and realized my non-plan isn't working, and I really, really need a plan.


HW: 195
CW: 188.4 (-0.2)
GW: 135
H: 5'2"


I intended to do four workouts from Tone It Up but only did three with two being cardio.  Also, I only did about half the recommended number of reps. 


I haven't been eating a lot of crap, but I haven't been making the best choices for meals either.  Lately, it's been easier just to grab a sandwich than spend the extra time making a good salad.

The bottom line is I need to go back to the basics if I want to see real, lasting change.  Next week, I'll let you know what I've come up with.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


These days I'm...

Cooking...Chicken Tikka Masala.

Reading...White Jacket Required by Jenna Weber who blogs at Eat, Live, Run.

Wanting...more fuzzy socks.

Playing...Aaliyah and other oldies on Pandora.

Wishing...for a little warm weather. preparations.

Watching...the DVR'd pilot episode of State of Affairs.  I think I like it.

Smelling...stinky feet.  They're not mine, of course.

Feeling...cold, and it's not even winter yet.  Complaining about the weather will cease when we have 70° days again.

Sorting...through tons of old photos like the ones above taken of my children 11 and 12 years ago.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Wishes #27

Happy Monday!  If you've been around a little while then you know that I love Mondays.  I know a few people who are irritated by that fact because they begin counting down to Friday at 8:00 on Monday morning.  I don't get them, and they don't get me.

I had an off weekend that ended with frayed nerves around 1:00 this morning.  I'll tell you about that soon, but for now it's time for Weekly Wishes with Melyssa at The Nectar Collective.

Last week’s wishes:

* Finalize Thanksgiving menu and make a grocery list - Finalize menu, yes. Make grocery list, negative.

* Purchase materials for our Thankful Tree - YesThere's a good chance I may change my mind about the type of branches I'm using.

* Cut out Thanksgiving photo props - Nope, I actually forgot about them until a couple days ago.

* Take walking shoes to work and walk during lunch the rest of the week - See, what happened was FREEZING outside.  I knew the weather was changing, but I wasn't ready to be out in it.  I used to walk almost 2 1/2 miles every day during my lunch break, and I would really like to get back to it.

This week’s wishes:

* Bake dinner rolls and freeze. I usually bake them the day before Thanksgiving.

* Do any Thanksgiving prep I can do in advance

* Cut out Thanksgiving photo props

* Take walking shoes to work and walk during lunch the rest of the week. I didn't take them today because it was raining pigs and cows.

The Nectar Collective