Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street

Thomas, Cathy (Thomas' mom) and myself went to the movie theatre to see The Wolf of Wall Street
 
When we went to purchase our tickets at the register the worker said she had to let us know that the movie was "hard".  She was trying to make sure that Cathy wouldn't be offended because the movie has many patrons leaving within the first hour due to the graphic sex scenes and language and drug use.  Cathy's response "I reckon it's something I have seen before".  haha gotta love that huh?
 
 
We proceed to watch the movie... OMG it is HARDCORE!!!  I don't usually shy away from things but this movie had me blush a few times. It was funny as hell at times, and I think DiCaprio has made another awesome movie! He did an excellent job.  If you do not offend easily with potty mouth, sex I mean close to porn sex scenes and drugs... lots and lots of drugs... then I highly recommend you go see this movie!!! I loved it!
 
 

 
 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Up Up down Up down noooo its up

I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I know how to reach my goals. I know what my goal means to me. I know what I need to do. I also know that I am slacking.  I am not going to beat myself up for slacking. Emotionally I am going through a lot with missing my daughter and finances being tight. Fatigue is present with starting my new job and working so hard to get things in order that it would be a situation that could set anyone off of their course. So, no I am not going to beat myself up. But truthfully 2013 has not been the year I had thought it would be for me physically.  I am ready to get this going.

I am up 8 lbs again.  I honestly have ate/drank what I wanted and haven't been to the gym near as much as I used to or as I want to.

I am not looking to lose X amount of weight. I am not wanting to diet. I want to live my life heathly.  I want to workout to be stronger, eat to fuel my body and quit eating for pure enjoyment.

Tomorrow is Sunday.  I am going to run 5 miles, and I am going to hit the gym for strength training! Lets get things going in the right direction and quit this damn yo yo stuff.

Happy Holidays

My guy has done it again... we have a marvelous Holiday light show and he has put in much of his time on this for everyone to enjoy. 

Take a moment to check out his webpage Lights on Harrison Street  Like us on facebook.

Here is a sampling of the show


Happy she is Happy

Well, I haven't heard from Destiny still. She hasn't tried to contact me at all.  I text her yesterday to see how she was doing. She said "I am doing GREAT!" so even though she hasn't spoke with me in 4 weeks she is doing great. I am going to be happy that she is happy. I miss her terribly.

 
I hope she always knows I love her.

Grooming

I am getting much better at grooming my yorkie.

Here is a before photo
 
He can barely see the hair is getting so long around his eyes, he has scruff all over.
 
I cut his nails, got his matted hair around his eyes from his eyes watering and the tear stains, trimmed each paw and leg hair by hand, and got the trimmers and trimmed his body. I cut his face to try to get it is even as I can but as less hair as possible to make his still look adorable.
 
 
He has already been trimmed up here and bathed, but he is still soaking wet.
 
Here is a photo of him all relaxed in his Daddy's lap.
 
 
 

Stuff

My mom made this often when I was growing up and she called it "stuff".   It is a family favorite still and something I enjoy very much! It brings back memories of childhood, and a taste that is so distinctive.

Stuff:
Hamburger meat
Bell pepper
Onion
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom
Navy beans
Northern beans
Tobasco sauce (I do not put this in the pot as the kiddos don't care for it, but it highly recommended in your individual bowl or the pot as it is a key ingredient!)









 
It is sooo yummy! :)

Chicken ranch dip

I had to share this dip as it is my new favorite!

Chicken ranch dip
1 can of chicken (or you can use fresh if you like)
1 container of sour cream
1 pack of ranch dip seasoning

I love these little crackers with it also.... yum!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You win some, you lose some!



Some Alabama fans have been spoiled to winning.  I am sick of hearing about that game.  I mean if I hear anything I would rather hear an Auburn fan gloating or something.... it is a rivalry game, this is their time to be proud.  Someone is always a loser and there is nothing much worse than a sore loser.

Did I like the game? Yes, it kept me on the edge and we didn't know who was going to pull off the victory. Did I want my team to lose? No, who ever does? Do I think there was some mighty luck involved yes, and it has followed those Tigers all season.  We have not played like the #1 team more than one game this year, and truthfully we did not bring it to that ball field either.  We made a lot of errors that cost us.  We lost because of it, and what is done is done. If you are a Bama fan who believes that you can accuse someone of stepping out of bounds days after the play, or how this was fair and that wasn't fair and blah blah blah I really feel sorry for you.  Your life must be completely miserable.

So to Auburn and the rest of the world. I apologize for the ignorant people in the world.  You won. Congrats, and watch our for us next year! ;)  Please understand the majority of Bama fans feel the way I do. We hate to lose, we hate to lose to you most of all... but its a good game and a great rivalry.  Enjoy your bragging rights this year. 

And, to my "Cardiac boys".... you have made me so proud to be your fan.  You know I converted to a Bama fan about 8 years ago.  First time my in my life my heart has been for a team. I bleed Crimson and I think you are an amazing group of guys and wow what an awesome coach you have.  We started off on top, EVERYONE wanted a piece of the Tide.  You did us proud and won so many games in a row, unfortunately you spoiled some fans in the process.  I understand that there is no such thing as an unbeaten team.  It took many games and some fluke luck to pull off this upset. I am proud to be from Alabama. Roll Tide Roll!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Iron Bowl Surprises

I was outside working in the yard with Thomas on the Christmas lightshow. Which was going smoothly but it is running a bit behind schedule.  When I looked up and saw a white car in the driveway.  I was wondering who it could be.  Thomas said "Is that your dad?" I said "no, my dad wouldn't be here?" and he said "Yes, it's your dad".   I was so surprised by his visit. I hadn't showered, was covered in the dirt and the house, oh my God you do not want to know what my house looked like... ACK!  But, I didn't care "too" much about it because I was so glad to see him! 



We put some drinks on ice and settled in with a nice bowl of warm chili that Thomas had been cooking over night and we were ready to watch the most exciting football game of the year. The Iron Bowl! 


Only to ultimately get our hearts broken by the unexpected kick return that won the game for Auburn. If was a very traumatizing loss as we had our hearts set on another SEC championship and even possibly our 3rd National Championship in a row... all of that to end due to some pretty dumb luck.  Oh well. Auburn did come to play and even though I honestly feel we (Alabama) beat ourselves instead of Auburn beating us... it happened and they get to glow in their glory until next year! I am still going to cross my fingers, eyes, ears, legs, feet, toes... well EVERYTHING in hopes for a little miracle of our own this year, but regardless I love my BAMA and still shout ROLL TIDE ROLL!!! We will get 'em next year boys!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

T'was the night before Thanksgiving

Well, it's sort of a depressing holiday for me.  My daughter hasn't contacted me in about a month, which is breaking my heart to pieces.  My son is spending the Holiday with his dad which is nothing abnormal, but just leaves me feeling a little empty this holiday season.  Financially I couldn't see spending the money to make a big dinner.  Not sure if Thomas and I will go to his family's dinner or not at this point. We are making that decision tonight I guess.  I am fine if we go and visit with them or if we stay home either one.

 I am getting deeper and deeper into a funk. Haven't worked out like I planned this week but my "friend" came to visit this week and that will never be a good workout during the first few days because its damn near impossible to get a good workout feeling as bad as I do.   So, I am not going to beat myself up about it but it only ways heavier on my funky mood.  A good workout helps my lift spirit.

The girls and I at work had a feast today in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Prety nice lunch I would say! We had a fried turkey, dressing, tater salad, croissants, mac n cheese, corn, pears, cranberry sauce, strawberry pretzel salad and cookies.  :)
 
I am thankful for my best friend and partner in life Thomas. My son who is a teenager but I love him anyway :) My daughter who has seem to forgotten all about me, my dog even though he was a very bad boy yesterday, my home that is a bit cluttered and messy but very warm tonight, my job that is challenging but keeps me entertained during the day and the fact that I may be broke but the bills are paid.  I will be very thankful indeed for all of these things and many more.  I am thankful that even though I don't spend much time with my mom, she is still around to call tomorrow and let her know I am thankful for her. I am thankful that I get to see my Dad on Sunday and get talk to him frequently. I am thankful that Thomas has his hobby and things he enjoys in life.  I am thankful for all of my many blessings in this life, even if at times I feel the weight of the world on me, I know how blessed I am. 
 
I wish all my friends and family a very Happy Thanksgiving.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Yum

There is nothing better than a nice fireplace.



Besides of course having a nice extra large pizza with BACON by that ice fireplace.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Selfies

 
The business woman... who desperately needs her hair colored!!! Do you see all that gray?

 
The baa fan who got her hair colored!

Happy 11 years!

Happy Anniversary to us!!!



He surprised me with a laptop a few weeks ago.  I bought a new fitbit and it wouldn't work with my previous laptop... I was totally frustrated after spending the money and waiting on it to come in that I still couldn't try it out.  He knew how disappointed I was and the next day when I came home from work there was a laptop sitting my seat.  :)

I didn't know what I was going to do for him for our anniversary as money is always an issue for me... but I put my creative juices to use and hooked up with my friend Jill who took some boudoir photos of me.  I sent those photos through the day to him, he seemed to enjoy them.  I then put a basket together with red hots, altoids, music cd's, lotion, candle and I wrapped it in bubble wrap.  I said this anniversary I wanted to wake up all of his senses.  The photos were for his visual sense, the cd's for his hearing, the lotion for touch (I was going to give him a massage but instead being the awesome guy he is he gave me one), the candle for the sense of smell and the redhots and altoids were for his sense of taste.  I added the bubble wrap for a shock effect haha I am silly but he seemed to like my cheesy gift ok.

He came home from work on our anniversary with beautiful red roses, a bottle of wine, two chocolate candy bars and two absolutely perfect cards.


Then he took me to dinner.  One of my favorite places is Fulin's.  It was delicious! :) And just check out our fortune, how could this night go wrong?  :)


Ultimately it was an absolutely wonderful evening with my guy. My best friend. The love of my life. My one true person.  Everyone needs a person that is their one true person. Someone that loves them despite if they fix there hair, put their make up on, make a mistake or have bad luck.  Someone that loves them regardless of anything.  I feel I have that in him, and that is priceless and something I will always cherish.

Happy anniversary to the man I adore!  I love you


Shrimp Boil

I had been wanting a shrimp boil for a while.  My guy and I decided what better time to have one than when Alabama is playing LSU!!!  We invited a few friends over and enjoyed a feast!


 
 
YUMMY!!!!
 
Oh yeah, ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

Wow I really need to write more!!!

What all has been going on with me? Well, lots!

For starters I did start my new job and that is going well. I am getting use to the longer drive and starting to get into a groove with the new position. :)

My fitness, I have signed up for the Oak Barrel Half Marathon in April so that is what I am focused on as for my training now and I have a running buddy in Decatur now too, so this is AWESOME!!!

We have been enjoying Alabama Football most Saturdays! ROLL TIDE!!!

My son has finished his Freshman year of Football.  He is not doing as well as he could with his grades but his attitude has been more pleasant... we might survive the teenage years. :)

My dog is as awesome as ever!

My house is cozy and lived in.

The bills are paid.

All is well! :)

ROLL TIDE!!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Moving on up

Well I have a new job, new title, and new responsibilities.  My plate will be full with those responsibilities for a while as I try to organize the office I will be in.

My new job has me driving 35 miles one way to work each day and back.

I left my last job because of the drive lol its ironic I have taken another job with distance, but I made this decision because my pay cut to this position has about killed me the last year. I am still with the same organization so it's not like I am a starting a new job, but going from office staff to management.

I am excited for the new challenges I am facing as my other position was not very challenging at all, which was also not very stressful.  Now I have the opportunity to prove my worth yet again, and take on the challenges and conquer them.  I work well in this type of work, but tend to stress... in the past week I can tell my blood pressure has went up greatly as my face has been staying flushed, I feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment, and wonder where to start... but have confidence in time it will all work out nicely.

Now, to be able to manage these new responsibilities along with the household responsibilities and not let my workouts/exercise get compromised... I only went to the gym Monday this past week... I had been going 4-5 days a week...so lets get to managing myself so I can manage others! :) haha


Monday, October 14, 2013

A letter to my Daughter

Dear Beautiful Girl,

I love you so very much.  I hope you are doing well. I miss you terribly.  I try to call or text but the last attempt you told me I worry to much and you were fine, so I am trying really hard to give you space and not crowd you.

Your decisions the last few months have not been my choice for you. I chose for you to go to college and for you to have a life better than that I gave to you.  Mostly in life I want you to be happy though. I could tell you this if you gave me the opportunity to discuss it.  I am disappointed yes, only because I fear for you as I know how hard life is, I know how cruel it can be and it frightens me to know you are making decisions now that effect you so greatly, but it's your life. You have to live it.  I wish you wouldn't have pushed me away to do what you wanted. I wish you would have just talked with me. I feel we have lost so much of our relationship and it's just awkward and hard to figure out where to go from here, especially when we don't talk.

I am sorry you feel I deserve this sort of torture, you probably don't know what your doing to me... you are so young. I am trying to be, and will continue to be supportive of your decisions as they are your decisions. I don't agree, but its not my life and I understand that.  I love you no matter what and always will. You are smart and I am sure you will figure things out.

You still have a few more things to take care of on my end, some things that make you responsible for you and since you have moved out over 3 months ago, its time you handle those responsibilities... it is part of being a grown up.  I hope I don't have to be the bad guy AGAIN and hope you do the mature thing here, we don't have much time.  I wish you the best with this cruel life, and I am here whenever you want to have your mom again, I will wait patiently here for you to come back as an adult and share experiences with me. I sure hope you do. I miss you terribly.

Love always,
Your Mom


Getting my pink on


I am not claiming to be good at painting my nails, but I thought I would do them up the best I could for the occasion! :)

It's October, Think Pink!  It is breast cancer awareness month.

I am excited to be a part of something great this year. I will be doing my first ever Liz Hurley Ribbon Run for breast cancer awareness. I will be doing this on a team called "Sweetie's Girls".  This is super special to me, because this team was created in honor of a women who I love dearly.  She was like a second mom to me in childhood.  Unfortunately life took me down different paths and I wasn't very close to her once I grew up, but I never forgot her and I still have vivid memories of our time together. She was SO MUCH FUN to be around! She was full of life and full of spunk.  I found out a few years ago when I hooked back up with one of my dear friends (her daughter) that Sweetie (her grandkids called her that and it was so fitting!) that she was a breast cancer survivor. She was bad ass! She supported this race every year and was very passionate about this cause.  Her daughter (Ronda) made a team in her honor this year and I am lucky enough to be on it!  We are going to make Martha (Sweetie) so proud!!!!




Thomas' Birthday Weekend

I surprised Thomas with a weekend getaway in Atlanta.  It was a horror themed weekend.  We stayed in a nice hotel, hit up some haunted houses and Fright Fest at Six Flags.

The first we drove around trying to find a place to eat, and we wound up here... "We found Nemo!" and it was good!  The best meal I had in a long time! We must eat here again!

Then, we hit the first haunted house. Netherworld




This was a perfect haunted house.  There were two different haunts.  We got there right when the ticket booth opened, had hardly no wait.  We went right through both haunts and I screamed, and I screamed did I mention I screamed?!?  It was great! Their characters had wonderful movie type make up and outfits.  The scares where perfectly timed, the sets were given explicit detail, well worth the money, time and effort to find this place! 

After that we headed to downtown Atlanta, in hunt for Chamber of Horrors haunted house.  Not being from Atlanta and having to park a ways a way from this haunt in downtown, the environment alone was scary!  I was thinking we could so get mugged here.  Chamber of Horrors was awesome! I did not take my camera in these haunts and there was no way to try to take pictures of this one, but I am telling you it was awesome!  I am going to try to walk you through my experience.  We get up there to the entrance and there is no line. None!  We go to pay for our tickets and they have us sign a waiver and go through some details. "There will be profanity, there will be breast"... and so on.  We go through and they have a bar setup, so we grab us a drink.  Again there is really no line, there are only 2 groups of people in front of us.  The person manning the entrance is a Drag Queen, they call Nurse Stanky.  There is a guy swallowing swords and breathing fire as we wait to go in the entrance just to entertain us.  It gets our turn to go in, and from start to finish.  There were scary unstable elevators and someone even tried to take my boobs... SERIOUSLY! It was definitely adult, but one of the best haunted houses I have ever been too, if you don't mind being screamed at, pissed on, and having a giant vagina squirt you... it's a great place to visit! 

We had not stopped all day by the time the second haunt was over so we decided, why end here? We looked up a theater that had IMAX 3D (because Thomas has mentioned several times he wanted to see Gravity in IMAX 3D), and we found one 20 miles away.  We said what the heck, we got there right in the nick of time to catch the movie.  It was amazing! More excitement, suspense, to the end our night.  We got back to the room at around 1am.  

Saturday morning we woke up and just basically lounged most of the morning, as we were to do Six Flags all day/night this day.  We got there around 1pm and were immediately faced with issues.  
1. You can't take your bag, it was a small back pack those that easily sit on your back with the draw strings.  So we walked back to the car to leave my bag, and all I had was a small wallet that had a strap and the guy said it was ok to have that.
2. The lines were ridiculous, we should have known, but lol you never really are prepared for these kind of waits.
3. Everything is a rip off, I feel I was financially raped.
4. They have you pay 50 bucks almost a ticket to get into the park then charge $25 more for a fright fest arm bracelet to get into the frights at night.
5. The lines for the frights were excruciatingly long, and the scares pretty much sucked.  

I guess the scares at Six Flags would have been better to me if I hadn't already experienced such amazing ones the night before.  But, I do not think we will ever spend the money to go through that again. 

We woke up Sunday morning and just chilled until we were ready to drive home.  We stopped by cracker barrel for nice breakfast before our drive and then made it home safely.

I think he enjoyed his Birthday weekend.  I know my voice was gone for 3 days after it from all the screaming I did on Friday night! :) It was great!



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hurricane Creek Park

We went on a hunt for waterfalls, even though its not the time of year for them, because we had a lot of rain the day before we thought we might get lucky.  We came to one that was completely dry, so we decided go on to Hurricane Creek park for some hiking. It was a beautiful park, nice hike, and wonderful day with  my guy! :)











Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

He is 15 years old today.
He is #54 in this photo.

15 Years ago I held his sweet little body in my hands and though what an amazing little baby he is, he was determined to get his way at a very early age. :)
He loved the word "no" when he was two, and the two's had nothing on the three's! He was a little terror, always demanding attention, but he could go from sad/angry to happy/smiling in a split second. His smile would melt my heart right down to mush.  He would give the biggest and best hugs, and he would just come up and say "I love you momma".  A lot has changed with him over the last 15 years. He has grown to be 6'1" and he wears a size 13 shoe at a whopping 172 lbs.  He is a BIG BOY now! But, he still gives the Best hugs in the world!  He still has attitude and him and I butt heads quite often, it never is pretty when this happens. I think he must be a lot like me. In the heat of our arguing sometimes I just want to ring his neck, but then later he will come to me and say "I am sorry, I didn't meant that" and he will give me one those heart melting hugs that make my world just a better place to be at that moment!

I truly wish everyone could experience one of that big boy's hugs, they are prescious and I feel absolutely honored to still receive them, and I get them often. Not in front of his friends, or anything but often still he comes up and just hugs me. I could be in the kitchen doing dishes, and he will come up and put his arm around me, he doesn't move until I cut the water off and turn around to him to get my great big hug! Did I mention how much I love those hugs? He doesn't give me my night time hugs as he did for many years, those were sort of forced hugs he had to come give me "night love" before he went to bed. At first when he stopped doing this, it hurt my feelings.  But, now that I realize he still giving me my hugs and they are more precious than the mandatory night time hugs I will gladly take those any single day over the night time ones! These hugs he means, and he has nothing but love in them!

He is now a Freshman in High School. He is in Honor classes, and doing very well so far.  He is a Football player and not only just any Football player is now starting Offensive and Defensive line as well as Team Captain.  He is very handsome and has the biggest hard to go along with that pretty big temper ;) He always speaks his mind and has his own opinions about things which often times are opposite mine, I think he does it just to get to me! :)

I am super proud of my big boy!

We went to get his learners permit and so far he has impressed me with his driving, still a beginning with the stopping and taking off and turns and such, much to practice but still very good and doesn't scare me as much as the other young driver I had ;)


Happy Birthday and thank you for the best 15 years of my life! I am thankful that I got the chance to be your Mother.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Vineyard

Better late than never? I said we had a boring summer so far but I did forget to mention a day trip that Thomas and I took.  We headed to Arrington Vineyard in Tennessee.. It was a marvelous trip. Here are a view pictures.