Sunday, October 31, 2010

Reading and something constructive

A past time of mine that I thoroughly enjoy but never seem to make time for... yes that would be reading.  I have read many wonderful books and have many more that I have been dieing to read, but can't find time.  I go and buy the books but never break them open.  I have a kindle that I rarely use but I love (how can  that be?).  I have so many things that I simply tell myself there will be time for in the future, but truthfully there will not be any  more time for these things if I don't make the time for them!

Working full time, having children, running a home, having pets, having a hobby (photography), needing to lose weight, needing to seek out a different field for  my career and making time for reading. See making time for reading falls to the bottom of every list I make.

I am cheating now.  However I don't feel like it is cheating because I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I bought the book 'The Help' from audible.com.  I have it on my mp3 player. I listen to it while I am doing something constructive like cleaning the house, doing laundry or going for a walk.  I LOVE THE WAY THIS STORY IS BEING READ TO ME!  They have different people reading for different characters and it seems like I am a fly on the wall, listening to something that is happening right now.  I have enjoyed it and will use it to motivate me to get up and do something constructive when I really don't want to like right now.  (I have tons to do around the house and I haven't cut this story on in over a week, and I am dieing to get back to it!).  Now that I have found this new way of making time for some reading or some books that I have been wanting to read, hopefully I will find another good listen after this book to keep up the motivation.

I also have been reading (actually holding the book and reading with my own eyes) the last book in the Hunger Games Series 'The Mockingjay".  I loved the first book, the second was good, but the third has lost me somewhere.... I haven't read much of it yet so I hope it will pick up soon.

I have purchased the first two books in the 'The girl with the dragon tattoo' trilogy.... I am hoping these will be good, I haven't begun them because I can't seem to finish what I have already started.

Ok, now its a beautiful Sunday and I want to do anything but chores..... but to make me enjoy the tasks at hand I will be equipped with my mp3 player and "The Help" of a good story.  I don't think its cheating if I am doing something while listening... now if I was sitting on my chair doing nadda and had the mp3 player reading for me lol that would be a pretty serious cheat there.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

My baby Boy

All I can say is he is growing and too fast!

I bought school clothes in August, he has outgrown already. He has went from 5'1-2" all the way to 5'4-5"  in just that short of time.

Had to go buy all new clothes for him.... next time he hits a growth like this we are going to thrift stores lol I told him he said "ok as long as the clothes haven't been worn" lol... which tickled my funny bone when he said it.  I love that little "turd head" and love that he is growing because it means he is healthy and such, but he is my baby and I think all moms have a hard time when they see their baby as tall if not taller than themselves. 

Now if he will learn to act as big as he looks.... we will be doing ok. :)

Rental Car

The flight has been booked for some time now.  The car rental on the other we went back and forth on. One or two cars, split the cost or what.  The cost was averaging around 300-400 dollars for the week rental of a mid size car for what we could tell.

Heather said one comment on facebook about us possibly getting two seperate vehicles so we could go our own way if we wanted to.

Well I thought I will look online when I get into work and see how much that would cost (before actually clocking in of course).  I found a steal of a deal immediately through expedia.com with Enterprise.  I double checked the price. Did a seperate search and everything because it seemed so unreal.  I went ahead and booked it right then and there because it was such a deal.

I got on facebook and saw another post where Heather had done the same thing a few hours earlier than me (which we are on different time zones so that always confuses me if it was actually right at the time I was doing it or how facebook documents those times?) lol anyway... she was typing to me about the deal she had got.  I thought to myself "great minds think a like" because we are so fracking great! :)

Ok the steal?  I have got a rental cal, mid-size for 7 days with insurance and everything for the low price of 168 dollars.  The actual car rental was for only 93 dollars for the entire week! :)  So now we have seperate vehicles for the price of one.  I LOVE IT.  It was just meant for us to go on this vacation and spend this awesome week together... we only have 30 some odd days to go.

I haven't lost a pound though... damnit!  I am going to have blast fluff and all though!

Photography bliss

If you know me, you know I have few obsessions in my life.  One being food, and the other being photography.  However I hate to prepare/cook food, I only enjoy devouring. When it comes to photography, I love it! I love to look at peoples photographs, critique my own, try new and different poses/compositions and even photoshop them (which I refer to as "playing with them" because I have no idea what I am doing lol).  I LOVE LOVE PHOTOS!

And to explain the title here.... I am just in photography bliss.  I got a Nikon D5000 (DSLR) for my brithday May 2010.  I totally admire this camera.  It really does do all the work for me. I can set the aperture, or ISO speed and even use their scene selections or just take a b&w but truthfully no matter if I change a setting or leave it alone, the CAMERA does the work. Is is friggin amazing.  The only downside to having the DSLR is their size and weight.  After lugging this camera around on several family day trips.  I have found that it is hard to maneuver all day long. It is awesome for the "photoshoot" type days, or the days were are going on a scenic view somewhere and I want the BEST photos.... I wouldn't dare take another camera. BUT... yep there is a but.  I plan on going on a trip in December for 7 days.  I know I will tire from taking the DSLR EVERYWHERE all 7 days and fear a photo op may be missed due to my fatigue.  That would be an absolute shame. 

I had a Canon Power shot which I loved... it was a 350 dollar camera that I bought about 2 years ago.  I have taken the majority of my average photos with that camera and LOVED IT... until I killed it.  Yep it is dead, and I am the only one to blame. I had been taking it on the kayak with me knowing it wasn't waterproof, and didn't even put it in a waterproof casing. I simply bought a waterproof box to keep in the boat and pulled the camera out during what I called "safe" zones and took photos and then put it back in the box. This worked on several trips.  That is until one time I forgot to put it  back up and put it around my neck which where I usually keep the point and shoot camera.    I tipped the boat with the dog and instinct had me grab my dog and not my camera lol.  Yep the camera was submerged in water.  I let it dry out before attempting to use it and I thought whew I got by because everything appears fine and cut on properly until I took photos.... then I was sure everything was fine as they appeared fine on the screen.  Until I uploaded them to my PC when I realized that EVERY SINGLE PHOTOS was all grainy and messed up.  That is when I realized that the camera is totally messed up.

I haven't used it since.... but knowing I have this trip coming, and the lugging of the DSLR and how I don't want to be burdened down by photos but want to enjoy the entire trip, and all the photo taking bliss I can stand!  I want a new camera.

Low and behold they are now making LIFE PROOF cameras.  You can get waterproof/drop proof/ freeze proof/dust proof cameras.  Unfortunately Nikon hasn't made one of these cameras yet.  I have researched them for hours to finally have made the purchase. Yep I bought one.  Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2, yep my new baby!  I am expecting in about 4-5 days... Can't wait for the arrival! :)

I picked this camera for its durability and photo quality.  I do feel that the LIFE PROOF cameras may like some of the photo qualities of other point and shoot cameras but as much as we are on the go and doing activities that I MUST SHOOT... I felt the need for this type of camera.  The color? Yep I got it in ORANGE.  Its the color of my kayak and my favorite other than green... it wasn't available in green... but I think I will love this fun color.

Now while my DSLR is safely stored in its case while in the airport/ on the plan/ and probably getting settled to the room... I won't be lacking in photo taking ability because this baby will be around my neck and ready to snap at anytime.    Then I will break out the "big boy" my ever most love for photo shooting for most of the week... but all the while Thomas or I won will be wearing the new baby too. :) OH the possibilities are endless and a trip like this doesn't happen often enough and I want as much as I can have to last a lifetime. :)

I also purchased two extra ion batteries and a car charger for those, as well as a float strap for the camera should I drop in the water/ocean I wouldn't risk losing it forever.

Total for camera, extra batteries and strap and some shipping was $312.00.  Be sure to shop around.  They have this camera listed for 275-300 on many sites and at many stores.  I got it for 249.00 on Amazon. While doing my research and comparison the same thing was happening for most all other cameras.  I got free shipping for the actual camera and small shipping charges on the accessories.  I didn't have to pay the taxes that would be applicable at a local store also.  :) Shopping online rules, but you have to wait for the delivery... patience is virtue.  

Totally excited!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My babies

I had such a marvelous day with my babies today. 

Destiny had spent the night with a friend in Courtland.  I drove about 25 miles to pick her up and 25 miles back to Decatur.  Then we headed toward Meridianville to Tate's Farm for some Cotton pickin' at the pumpkin patch.

The kiddos didn't think they would have fun as they are so much older now than when they went in like 1st grade with school.  They were wrong!  They enjoyed the atmosphere of the day even if they were big for everything, and I enjoyed watching them smile and have fun.

We headed to Bridgestreet from there and walked around, enjoyed some yogurt and watched a 10 year old girl make some pretty cool balloons. She says she taught her self how to do it and that she averages about 70-80 dollars a day up there making balloons for tips, very interesting.


From there we went to a store called Dirt Cheap... it only carries junk really but Destiny found her a t-shirt for $2, a sweatshirt for $7 dollars, a purse for $2 dollars . and she got a zebra print pillow case to use the fabric for making something with the cotton she picked at the farm today.  Desmond found him an xbox controller (new unopened) for $19.95 (which we checked at walmart, that same controller was 39.95, so it was a deal).
 

We headed to Walmart from there, needed some paper/ a lighter / and hemp for a project Desmond is making for school.  Destiny and I have also debated all day about her hair and we had to pick her up some hair coloring.... I will explain this a little. She came home from her friends dead set on having blue hair.  "Mom please, its a way to express my style and you can't give me a good reason not to".. "mom? you die your hair"... "Mom Please!!!".  I through out all the reasons not to and  I simply said NO to blue hair because I don't want my 15 year old walking around with blue friggin hair. We talked about it and compromised.  I told her I would let her pick out a temporary color to put on her hair, she chose black of all colors lol I should have saw that coming. So yeah we compromised and she is officially happy with the choices we made through our compromise.  Now on to what all else we got at Walmart, we got needle and thread to sew a few items we needed to at home.  Then decided to get some beads to go with the hemp to make some jewelry.

After walmart we decide to eat dinner, so we went for Chinese.  Then made it back home safely thankfully.

I finally did my hair after buying the coloring kit probably 2 weeks ago.  I also did Destiny's hair and it doesn't look bad at all really. I am glad it is only temporary though, she is already wanting it permanent because she LOVES it. lol So we will see.

My babies rock SO HARD! :)


  


Friday, October 22, 2010

TGIF

It's about time for that TGIF post, its been a while since I did one.  I am totally excited it is FRIDAY! :)

I have neglected my man, my house, my dog, myself everything this week.  I have tons to do when all I really want to do is go home and get in the bed.  I have been fighting allergies or a bug or something all week and just about coughed up one of my lungs... sooooo yeah, I need a rest just from getting up and going.  Then maybe I can focus on my responsibilities better.

I miss my man too... no date night this week, I like our date nights.  We were going to have a family night last night he had worked out a plan for a movie and such.... but I took off to Fultondale for my Mom's bday, which he totally understood me going but I changed the plans.

I want to go to Arx Mortis and Disturbia and I want to see Paranormal Activity 2.... am I old enough that my wants wont hurt me? NO!! IT will definitely hurt me if I don't get to see at least one of these things.

Had early morning clinic this morning.  Accidentally rang my mom's phone at 5 am lol sure she loved that! Sorry again mom.

Kiddos are home this weekend. I am broke, but I would love to hit a haunted house and paranormal activity.... ball game is Saturday so there isn't much time unless I decide to miss the game and watch it from DVR later, or go tonight and I am so freaking tired right now that having fun tonight doesn't even sound good.

Oh well, time to kick this Friday's Ass and get my work done.  HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Intolerance

I wore my purple today did you?  I sit and think of the people that are so anti-gay that they would be so cruel to other people.   I have seen my share of ignorance growing up in the south.  But we are so far past some of the hatred.... this day and age, people should be more educated... but they refuse to educate themselves on how to be a civil human being.

That being said.  I am not gay, but if either of my children came home one day and told me that they were, I would not be ashamed of them, I would be proud of them for being able to accept who they are and wish them all the happiness they can find in this life.  Do I wish that my kids were gay? No that isn't what I said at all...I simply say that a status such as that would not make me view my children any different nor would it make me love the one ounce less.

I said that to say this.  I am open and very liberal, I don't tell my children which way to be about religious issues, political issues and even moral issues. I tell them how I feel and explain the reasons I feel the way I do about things, and that they are entitled to their own thoughts and opinions, and when they are old enough to vote, and express their thoughts and feeling on such issues that they should do so with knowledge that they have researched and feel in their heart is right and not based on what someone has told them or preached to them.  That is how I raise my children.  To be wise.

Now, I said that to say this.  My son told me today "I hate gay people".  I said "Oh son, why would you dare say that?"  He goes on to say "because I do".   He could not give me one good reason on why he felt the need to express that to me, so in my opinion he gets that where he gets most of his ignorant comments from... his father's side of the family.  I told him how I felt about what he said and even gave scenarios on how he would feel in certain situation to try to educate him.  I said I would not be ashamed of my children if they were gay but there was shame in the comment that my son made to me about hating gay people.  Have I failed my son in not educating him enough?  Should I talk to his father about the comments he makes?  Is this world still THAT CRUEL?  Then I think yes the world is still that cruel when children take their own lives because of the shame they feel for being gay.  Some dislike gays for religious believes and others for other reasons I guess? I can't understand it myself... but God is love.  My God loves his children the smart, intelligent ones, the obese and skinny ones, the heterossexual / bi-sexual / homosexual, and even the ignorant people who refuse to change.

I pray for the people I know who are so closed minded and say such strong words as "hate" about another person or cause.  I pray that the world will progress past the ignorance and be a better place.... that's all I can do.  Wear my purple, express myself and pray.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I just don't understand


There are some things in my life right now that I simply don't understand. 
 
I mean there are things that are unfair and maybe just out right wrong in many, well most everybody's life.    This is not what I would call unfair to me or anyone.  It just makes no sense at all.
 
I keep trying to think out the situation and trying to come up with a solution but not matter how you look it, it makes no sense.
 
I am the one though that winds up stuck with a decision to make to end the nonsense. 
 
Maybe a lightbulb will go off in my head and eventually I will understand some things, but until there I am stuck in the dark.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The boyfriend, food, Halloween and stuff

Yeah so my daughter's boyfriend came home over today... seems like a  nice enough kid... hard to believe she is old enough to have a boyfriend... blah

I managed to go on a walk today.  I am loving my audible book I bought last night.  It totally rocks listening to a book while doing something constructive.

I cleaned up some of the house today but still have lots more to clean... I have decided to pace myself with all that work.

I went to the grocery store and bought groceries. I am thoroughly enjoying the e-mealz that I signed up for. I had heard someone say that they suck because all of there stuff was out of a box or something but so far every meal I have bought has been pretty much made from scratch.  I did sign up for the low fat menu though so that may make a difference, one thing good about them is there are several different types of menus to sign up for, so don't knock it until you try it.  I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is time for Halloween, Thomas has worked hard on the grave yard but decided not to do the haunted carport that we usually do.  I will miss that, but then again we may have fun doing something else for Halloween this year.  This will be a lot less work, and since there is so much to do, I am glad he isn't trying to throw it all together for only one night of enjoyment.

I have to finish the mockingjay book the last in the series, I haven't even opened it yet.... and I was looking forward to it, just not much time for reading lately.  I hope to get the house work done in spirts over this week so I can spend an hour or so a day reading... I have sooo many books I want to read.

Ok... time to cook dinner, and wash more laundry. 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New look

I change my blog about as often as I change my hair lol speaking up I just bought a box of hair coloring from Target today as it is in need of a change (like our healthcare). 

I wanted to change it up some as I am bored with my blog.  I know very limited people stop by it, but it is mine and I don't want to be bored with it so... it is within my power to change it! For some reason the tune of Wilma Flinestone and Betty Rubble saying "CHARGE IT" went through my crazy brain when I said thought those words.

Anyway.  Life has been crazy hectic lately.  The laundry status is about 5 loads needs to be done. The fridge is in desperate need of a scrubbing. The dog could use a bath, my bedroom has a pile of dirty laundry in it, a pile of clean laundry, and a bed that needs new linen on it.  I need to buy groceries for this next week and I need to actually accomplish something but instead I will sit here in my chair, type on my blog, and play with photos today because well.... I simply need a down day.

After going to see BAMA play (I slack no pics up yet) and after going to KY (again I slack no photos up yet)  I have been needing to do nothing but sit.  Tomorrow.... Yes Tomorrow that shit that needs to get done will get done tomorrow!

I go to see my bestie in only 50 days.  I am so excited but yet so not ready.  I had hoped to lose some of my
fuff between the time I started planning this trip and actually going to it which was close to 150 days or so and now with 100 days down I am sitting here thinking how I have not lost one single pound of this fluff.  I look at myself in photos and cringe, LITERALLY.  I gross myself out.  I can definitely lose 15-20 lbs in 50 days though right? lol I have 50 lbs that I NEED to lose but I will be happy with 20 before my trip.  I might have to watch carbs and exercise like hell but I can do this.  I don't need anyone telling me how unhealthy that is, it is healthier than eating like a pig and smiling while doing it knowing that I just added another pound to this ass of mine.  I love to eat.  It makes me happy. I love bread, french fries, chips, crackers anything that is remotely carb related... LOVE IT!  I need to punish myself by saying you can only have a limited amount in a week of those things that you LOVE... and I will probably see a difference. The ankle is better now (those who might not know I tore a ligament in Oct last year, it has been a year) as in I can stand to walk/ maybe even jog, but it does still ache and swell up if I over do it. That said I am tired of using it as a crutch... I am going to start getting out there and pushing myself.  (I have said this numerous times over the last 6+ years but THIS time is the charm!). 

My plans for this evening. Loading up some tunes on my new mp3 player, maybe even loading up the couch25k podcast because I think I might try that, I don't have 9 weeks before my trip... but it can't hurt to be working toward a goal of some sort.  I mean I read of other bloggers running 5k's all the time and I can only barely pull myself out of my chair so its time I stop letting them show me up right? I have in my life time rode 32 miles on a bike in one morning well it might have taken a bit longer than it should have but I can do things when I put my mind to them.  

Tomorrow? CLEAN THIS FILTHY HOUSE!  Go buy groceries for a sensible low fat dinner every night of the week, and go for a nice walk/jog and make use of my new mp3 player :)

I have bought new books, but have to finish the one I am currently reading first.... soooo that will be a later post.  One thing at a time!  On another note about books. I have an audible account where I purchased some audio files on Security + for my certification that I am hopeful to sometime find time to study for... anyway, was thinking a good book on audio might be a reason to go for a walk/ and maybe even walk longer to listen to the story... I heard someone say that worked for them, maybe its worth a shot... again one thing at a time. My mind is the kind that is always thinking of what I might do, what I want to do, what I need to do and with all the thinking I can't do shit!

Monday, October 4, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A SEXY MAN!


I hope your day is special
I hope your heart is filled with love
I wish you happiness every day

I hope you smile all day
I hate that I wont have you a nice gift to open today and that I am not rich to buy the world for you, but at least we got to see the Tide play, and beat the hell out of Florida! :)

Ok, Now that all that sweet stuff is said... YOUR GROWING OLD!!! haha.  43 years.  Now, reverse that and you get my age.... proof of how old you are right there! lol You are the hottest 43 year old around though and I wouldn't want you if you were younger ;-)

Enjoy the hell out of today, I wish I was home with you!

Happy Birthday sweetheart!

I ♥ You!