Wednesday, August 2

Have Blog. Will Rant.

You know what annoys me...probably you do if you've read this blog at all...I'm pretty open...but anyway...

People that can't do their jobs thus making my job take twice as much effort and time.  I'm not calling out any supplier names but they know who they are!  I shouldn't have to tell you which keys to type in your system to get our desired outcome.  I shouldn't have to do that.  I shouldn't have to suggest they contact Guest Services since we both know this is an easy thing if I can just get to the right person.  I shouldn't have time to blog about the situation while I'm on hold. Are they just lazy or clueless? The jury is still out on that one.


Thanks for the vent opportunity bloggerland.  I appreciate does my husband as it spared him from hearing about it (again).

Monday, July 31

Are We Being Punked?

I'm honestly not sure if this is a real presidency or if we are all being punked.

Scaramucci is out after a ridiculously crazy short total of 10 days on the job.  Spicer is out and Preibus is out.

Look. I haven't been keeping up with it much lately but if you have to get rid of someone 10 days in I really really REALLY have to wonder how you were able to give them the job with a straight face to begin with.

As much as I would like to be able to say, "Not my circus. Not my monkeys" the truth is this IS our circus and our monkeys.

And Hilary (is it y or ie, I can't even remember) has to look at herself every morning and think, "they'd rather have him?"  Yep. Sadly. The choice was pretty much black jelly bean or white good and plenty.  Either way we end up sick.

Friday, July 28

How Badly Do I Suck?

So how badly do I suck?

Apparently I suck "four years since a post" bad.

I suck "now the video site doesn't work and I lost all those slide shows" bad.

I suck "it's like the last 4 years never happened" bad.  Except they did happen and I have the Facebook posts to prove it.

What's done (or not done) is done so I just need to keep on pouring the tea (that I now drink UNsweet   ironically) and get back to this blogging thing....tomorrow.

Thursday, May 30

Has Anybody Seen My Soul Sister?

I read a great blog post tonight. It was a post that made me laugh out loud- for real.  Memories from Carpool Mom came flooding back.  I don't know Carpool Mom in real life but back in my blogging days I "read her" religiously.  Her posts were like reading my own thoughts...especially when she talked about Pollyanna here and when she read my mind about fixing dinner here.  Love her. She is my soul sister.

Then, just like a bad Lifetime Movie, she disappeared. No more posts. She just vanished. Days, weeks, months went by.  I left her a comment. No reply.  I emailed. It bounced back.  Now I know what you are thinking.  Clearly she had me blocked. Clearly my soul sister comment crossed the line and she was probably tossing around phrases like "restraining order" and "psychiatric help" but I assure you that isn't the case.  She linked me. She commented on my posts too.  We had bonded through cyberspace.

Even though Carpool Mom hasn't updated her blog in 5 (yes, five) years. I haven't lost hope.  I won't give up the search.  I keep checking. I keep expecting her to show up somewhere. But I admit I am getting a little desperate.  Come back to me Carpool Mom. I miss your tales of Mayberry.

I'm not above putting her picture on a milk carton. I just don't happen to have a picture of her. I don't even have her last name. I began enlisting help with the search. Tonight I emailed another stranger that also happened to comment on her posts. Now she very well may be throwing around those phrases of "restraining order" and "psychiatric help" because it is hard to ask a stranger if she knows the whereabouts of a mutual stranger without sounding slightly off balance.

Now I wait. I wait for a reply from a stranger. Who am I kidding? I won't just wait. If you need me I'll be googling my soul sister...stalking Facebook...perhaps contacting the milk carton people.

Wednesday, February 13

25 Questions Round Two

So, I was looking up an old blog for a friend whose child swallowed a magnet.  That took me back to 2006 to read how long it took for Andy to pass that penny. 9 days. Crazy the things you forget.  Anyway, I found this 25 questions that I posted in 2006 and since I haven't blogged in close to forever, I thought this may be better than nothing. It looks like it was a new year thing or something. Whatever.  Here goes 25 questions revisited in 2013!

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before? 
Had a complete and total career change- 100%

2. Did you make any new years resolutions?
No.  Just thought of 3 words I want to describe this next year. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? 
Not yet....any day now!

4. Did anyone close to you die? 

No, but someone close to someone close to me died. 

5. What countries did you visit? 

Every single one of Epcot. 

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012? 
I can't think of anything...there are goals for the year but nothing was lacking...

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? 
It's yet to come...but I'm working on it!

9. What was your biggest failure?
In 2012? Taking too long to get out of a bad situation.

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmm. I think mine did because I took a big leap this year.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
I can think of a few....

13. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Eye of the Tiger

14. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Trusting my gut.

15. What do you wish you'd done less of?

16. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Just deeper in love with my husband and family. 

17. What was your favorite TV program? 
TV?  I vaguely remember TV...

18. What was the best book you read?
Best/only...what's the difference?  I liked George Bush's Book- Decision Points (or something like that)

19. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying? 
same as 2006-spending more time in the Word

20. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
My new work clothes consist of yoga pants and t-shirts. Love it!

21. What kept you sane? 
my husband, my friends

22. Who did you miss?

Gosh. When you live 1000 miles from family, you will always miss family.

24. Who was the best new person you met?
I reconnected with some friends from back in the day and even though they aren't "new" the relationships are new again and I'm so thankful for them!

24. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2012.
Trust your gut! Follow it!!! 

25. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Rising up back on my feet. Did my time, took my chances. Went the distance now I'm back on my feet. Just a man and his will to survive. So many times it happens too fast, you trade your passion for glory. Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past. You must fight just to keep them alive. 

Tuesday, December 18

I Believe...

This wasn't God's will.  God didn't allow this tragedy for some greater good. God didn't "need" more angels. God doesn't harm His children to bring them closer to Him. God doesn't kill babies- ever. Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy.  God comes to give us LIFE.  Abundant life.  I believe God wept over this loss just like we are, more so because he created every one of these precious lives and He knew the plan He had for them, a plan for them prosper...a plan with hope and a future.

God gave man the power of free will. God also knows there is evil in this world right now.  He gave us instructions in His own prayer to ask for deliverance from evil.  Yes, I believe in satanic evil. I believe we saw that power at work in Connecticut last week. Evil.

So what do we do? How do we live in a world like this?

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus name.  Christ alone; cornerstone. Weak made strong in the Savior's love. Through the storm, He is Lord. Lord of all. When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil. When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless stand before the throne.

There will come a time...God's justice will be revealed.  Everyone chooses their master.  Jesus is my Lord. I belong to Him. Do you?

Sunday, December 16

Waiting Here For You

I didn't realize that Christy Nockels (from my hometown of Claremore) sang this song until I looked it up to post here.  There are so many thoughts running through my mind right now that have to do with theology and my belief system, even some about the politics of gun control. But today doesn't seem to be the day for that. Today is a day for continued prayers. Prayers for the families and community...and our nation.  Today is a day for tears. Today is the day for living out songs like this one...

Monday, September 3

Leftover Burlap Becomes Bulletin Board

This little project was pretty exciting for me.  I saved a wad of cash and got something even better than my original want.

I saw a framed bulletin board at Hobby Lobby for $70 on Saturday.  Now, I would never pay that but I was considering the $35 when it went 1/2 price.  Ya'll know that you never pay full price at Hobby Lobby because everything goes 1/2 off sometime. Right?  But because I am a little cheap frugal, I decided to wait on it.  I'm so glad I did because as luck would have it, I came across a pinterest pin using burlap to make your own bulletin board.  Ding! Ding! Ding! Lightbulb moment!  There is this huge painting I stuck in the attic that would be the perfect frame.  Always always always keep your old decorating stuff so you can "shop the house" and repurpose things later.  Here is the picture in it's original form-
I pulled off the paper backing and popped out the print.  This was a steal at $10 from Old Time Pottery a few years ago.  It was a steal because the frame is heavy, sold wood, and it is huge.  I never was crazy about the picture but it served a purpose for a time.  

I covered the back of the picture with cork from Lowes ($10) and trimmed the excess.  Then I covered the cork with the leftover burlap.  I wrapped it around and secured it every few inches with my arsenal of choice, the glue gun.  If you don't get at least 3 first degree burns from your glue gun, you aren't really crafting. Tip: the cork is THIN. You may want to use the cork from an actual bulletin board that you tear a part.  The price is about the same. 

Pop it back into the frame and then use a staple gun to secure. 
 Then I found a hot guy with tools to change the hooks for me. The painting went horizontal but I needed the bulletin board to hang vertical. 

It's really helpful if that same hot tool guy will hang the board for you.  

Done. The $70 bulletin board for $10 plus leftover frame and leftover burlap. 
Labor Day weekend is over so I'll be taking a craft break now...but then again...there are so many ideas on pineterst...I may have to sneak in one or two more in the next few days. 

The Easiest Project EVER

This is the easiest project you will ever do.  In fact, here are the directions ON the project.
I used the leftover burlap that I had from the fall pennant garland but as I was thinking about this the options are endless.  Find the perfect fabric from a napkin, placemat, hankie, tshirt, scarf, scrap material, pillow case, sheets, even some great scrapbooking paper.  

I can see these all over...big message boards like this one...little message boards attached to bulletin boards or on doors or bathroom sinks with a reminder list for the kids.  

Pair it with a set of the dry erase markers and give it as a teachers gift.  

This project is literally so easy I felt dumb for not thinking of it myself!