Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Late Pic on New Year's Eve 2014

Waiting for the countdown to 2015--almost here!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Small but mighty helpers

Tonight I'm thankful for my little heating pad that makes my back muscles feel better.  Also giving props to Aleve: you make my heart race in the bad way, but you're super good at getting rid of backaches.

It's the eve of New Year's Eve.  (I swear I started to type "Christmas Eve.")  I can't WAIT to sleep in on January 1, 2015.  Incredibly, it really is almost here.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Post-Christmas pix

Well, haven't been doing so great on the #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), but I'll repeat that this month has the most posts during all of 2014. Simply have to do better in 2015 if I want more readers.

Some cute Christmas pix that I haven't put out there yet.
John Sam B.
Cutie Pies!


Smile and Ears

My three loves!

What happens when you move the camera
when you're trying to take a no-flash pic

Two more days until 2015.  This past year went by so fast, I'm kinda feeling like I just wanna keep the Christmas tree alive until then.  #WowJustWow

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Blog title font

Bitching about something very silly.  Why is the font on my blog title smaller than I have it set? The line underneath it is bigger than the title. I have increased several times, but it reverts back to the smaller (wrong) size when I apply and log back in.

Is it too late for a tiny shot of whiskey? Will Santa come if I'm passed out? lmao

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Four (more) days skipped

I had high hopes that I'd be up to the challenge of blogging every single day for one little month.  I've missed a total of 5 days now.  But......I still have more posts this month than any other in 2014. 

It's super lame, but I'll take that.  ;-D

Random photo - I think I got this image from Pinterest.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 19, 2014

So we skipped a blog day....

I love the royal "we" - lol!

Not backdating for the missed Thursday post.  Oh gee.

Instead, I'll just post a Christmas party pic. Taken in front of one of the four Christmas trees in the various ballrooms we had.  I don't know what kind of desserts I ate--tasted chocolately and coffee-ish.  Don't normally care for coffee flavor, but it was sinfully good.  And I totally wanted to steal one of the adorable little dishes they had!  HA!  (Insider joke to my mom who gets whatever she damn wants with her big ass purse.)

I don't know the people at the new place too well, but everybody made me feel very welcome. I must say, November is the time of year to start a job. This is the biggest bunch of party animals I've worked with ever.  Eating and drinking for every little occasion.  Mmhmmmm.  Good place to be!

Party on!  Dec. 19, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I will not say I'm going to bed early anymore.

I won't say it anymore because I don't do it.

If I were in Miss Nash's 4th grade class, the sentence would have to say, "I will not talk in class."  And I'd have to write it 500 times so I would stop doing it.  I did stop (finally), and I'm stopping now.

Henceforth, all future announcements will let everyone know when I've decided to stay up late instead of empty proclamations that I'm going to bed early.


#NaBloPoMo #DaySeventeen

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday - Not Fat But Still Good

The only Tuesday I tolerate is Fat Tuesday, but today was an exception. Good traffic lights, good Christmas music, and peace & quiet at work meant serious productivity. A few challenging parenting moments, and a load of laundry. All ornaments finally on the tree :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

3 weeks, 3 days

I can hardly believe I'm about to type that it's been 3 weeks and 3 days since I worked on my story. I don't think I've ever been on hiatus this long in the writing dept.

October, November, and December are busy months in our family!  Keeping a semblance of a normal routine is tough.  Kids can hardly wait till school is out....this Friday.

Not sure why, but I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something, and I can't remember if it's a phone call, event, volunteering (?), or an appointment.

Probably all the stress of blogging every day this month. *haha*

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14 shall be backdated

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 shall be backdated with a random photo from a few years back.  Caroline drew this beautiful Christmas tree in front of a cozy fireplace.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Time crunch

Have to blog super fast and hit the publish button; otherwise, it'll be cheating by backdating. Santy Claus is watching me--or so I've been reminded, haha.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Minutiae Musings Vol. 6

Volume 6 long overdue.  Also classified as first world vents and observations ;-)

Businesses--especially gas stations, doctor's offices, and major office buildings--need to put the street number on the outside of their buildings. Knowing you're located at "5719 Rainbow Lane" ain't gonna help me if I can't see the "5719" anywhere on the outside of your establishment!  Traffic is bad enough without having to toodle around the same three blocks a bunch of times just to figure out which structure is yours.

It's the season of commercials. Currently I'm into the Vizio HD television ads.  The Thanksgiving one with the Jack Russell and Great Danes was hilarious, and now the Christmas one is funny too.  I woulda been the chandelier girl for sure!  I usually mute most of the commercials and watch them without the sound.  They are ridiculously dumb when you realize how much the visual aspects are affected by the lack of audio. It's similar to watching someone else car dance.  They look goofy because we can't hear the sounds they can. 

All the holiday lights made me notice how many of my neighbors have beveled glass windows in doors and full-length pane windows leading into their foyers, or huge windows in formal rooms that have open curtains.  I wonder why they don't mind if people can see into their house at night.  I leave my mini blinds at a certain angle so people can see the Christmas tree, but I turn off the inside lights so I'm not on stage under a spotlight in the privacy of my own home. The rest of the year, they're closed when it's dark.

Glad to report the job is still going good! The days go by so fast, but I'm not completely drained and dreading the next day like at "the other place."  It's nice to enjoy short rides to and from the office and not try to figure out some legit reason not to go there so I won't have chest pain.  Ahhh.

I found my red & green ornament-shaped oil lamps a while back, and it's cool to finally have them at Christmas. I have a set of red & green square votives, too, and they look quite festive matched up.

I love my morning radio station, but they need to cut back on certain songs. When my alarm goes off the first time, a particular song will be on when I hit snooze.  Then, not even two hours later, as I'm getting ready to leave to take kids to school, the same song comes on. They seem to be played in the same order, too.  And another thing....why is it that when you get in the shower, they seem to play the three or four songs you're most currently sick of, and then you're stuck listening to them because you can't change the station while you're in said shower? Ugh.

Random photo so post is not photo-less.  Watercolor is one of my new favorite things.

I'm tired. You know if I'm too tired to muse about minutiae, I'm too tired.


#NaBloPoMo #DayTwelve #BloggingAboutRealLife #Minutiae #IsItJustMeOrDoINeedToLayOffTheGoofyAssHashtags


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Heat on the go

I love my portable plug-in heaters. I've considered keeping one in my car so I'll always have one with me.

Hmmm, that's not weird.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little by little

Still have more holiday decorating, so I'm doing a little each day. Got the tree Monday, then let it fall out on Tuesday, and tonight I put on the lights. I have one more strand somewhere, and I WILL find it because I can't stand any bare spots when it comes to the lights.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


My job is going very well, and that helps diminish my Tuesday hatred....but only a little.  I can't even remember what Tuesday ever did to me, but it must've been awful.

A good remedy for Tuesday, though, is a belated birthday dinner at Olive Garden with the fam.

I swear we sat at this same table when it was John Sam's birthday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Small fire

Happy Birthday, Caroline!  I suggested she put all 12 candles on one cupcake, and she thought it was the best idea ever.

Ahem, me too.  :)

#SparklyGirl #WhatABeauty #TwelveYearsOld #Daughters #Birthdays #Love

Sunday, December 7, 2014

"A day that will live in infamy . . ."

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. I heard a big fireworks show from downtown. Glad to know America still appreciates the sacrifices and leadership of our armed forces - then and now.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cleaning out while decorating

I think watching the TV show "Hoarders" is getting to me. As I've been getting out the Christmas decorations, I've noticed there are a lot of things in the holiday tubs that we really don't even use.  I cleaned out the Halloween and Thanksgiving ones, and they are organized and free of stuff we haven't used since, well, feels like forever. I might even be able to get everything into two boxes instead of three.  Yay!  *CoughCoughGarageSale*

And....... the big day is only 19 days away. Just haddd to say it ;-)

#NaBloPoMo #DaySix

Friday, December 5, 2014

CG's 12th birthday

Happy Birthday to my sweet daughter CGB, who is 12 years old today.  When she was born, she weighed a not-whopping 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was only 18 and 3/4 inches long. Munchkin baby! Now she and I wear the same shoe size. 

Pictures tomorrow due to late hour.

But I'm posting this because I am sticking to the #NaBloPoMo #DayFive

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Circadian Rhythms

Circadian rhythms are the reason I canNOT wake up in the morning before 7:00 a.m.  No matter how many times I set the alarm earlier & earlier, I can't get my body to conform to the clock. It keeps telling me it's going with the light and dark of the day, and I need to get rid of that stupid clock anyway because I know perfectly well I ain't gettin' up till it's light.
Too bad that wouldn't be a legit reason for being late to work!
I was thinking of rigging up a bright light in my room, and then putting a timer on it so it will just turn on about the same time as my alarm.  It could fake out my body!
Just kidding. I've put timers on my lamps so my African violets can be babied, but I don't know if there's a light bright enough to wake me up while my brain & body are still waiting for our side of the earth to light up.

This is what I need shining straight through the window!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Google Chrome is gone for good

No self-help articles I've read or troubleshooting forums I've researched can fix my Chrome problems. I still don't understand howI lost all the bookmarks in the first place. I'm on my 4th attempt: uninstall, repair, reinstall, still doesn't work. Nothing happens when I open it except I get a blank page that won't load anything.  Most of the people having trouble are using Windows 7. I have Vista, so I'm at a loss. 

Farewell, Chrome, I've been pining away for you, but it's not meant to be, apparently.  ;-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Un-dreaded Tuesday

I'm thrilled to report that it was not a dreadful Tuesday for me. It started out with minor annoyances--meh, easy ones to let go. Then I get to the office, and the time flies so fast. In the good way :)

Came home, ate pot roast, rice, and raw cukes & carrots. JS was still hungry and made 4 pieces of jelly toast, even though there wasn't a morsel of the pot roast left. :O

Dishes washed, kitchen cleaned, and another load of clothes in the dryer thanks to BBQ sauce and jelly on the white polo shirt, of course.

His Royal Highness was escorted briskly around the park with his ever-present entourage, which consists of me and the two chickadees who are getting way too old to be called chickadees anymore.

Both kids are cleaned up and about to be herded into bed after Caroline's clarinet practice. Fresh laundry folded or hung.

I plan to write a little. The last time I worked on poetry or fiction was Nov. 21. I couldn't believe it when I checked. I've been reading more, but I think this is the longest time spent away from the story in recent months.

Trying to post every day for a month for the #NaBloPoMo challenge I saw on Twitter. It stands for "National Blog Posting Month." Let's see if this helps me keep a consistent deadline. ha ha

And there you have it: "Lifestyles of the (Someday Will Be) Rich & Famous." I wanted to document the everyday things that happen so it will remind me of all I have to be grateful for when I'm feeling icky.

Tomorrow--installment #3.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tanka poems

A couple of the tanka poems I've written since I last mentioned them.

To see fresh green peer
out from the bottom of a
stalk that looks dead brown
means rebirth will come in the
midst of deaths I alone feel. ©

Yellow sunlight is                                                      
the cure for my red despair;
its heat fades to warmth
that bestows healing and a
spiritual infusion. © 

Kind comments are welcome.  :)