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Trying to remember that there is always a reason, always something that makes you smile during the day- recognizing the event, person or situation that made you smile will make your day seem that much better.

Monday, January 31, 2011


I know that I posted last week about loving my alone time....
I do savor it...I love staying in a hotel...i love being five minutes from work....literally rolling out of bed and being at work in five minutes is something that I wish I could do more often...
This will be the third week in a row with at least one night in a hotel room....
Last week the lady at the desk recognized me- kinda scary...
I wish that it was just for fun that I was staying there again tomorrow and Weds...but it's not..
like most of the country we are supposed to get some crazy weather tomorrow and Weds.  how crazy you ask- they are talking about 20 ish inches of snow- and that's on the conservative side they say.
I am not really sure where we are going to put it all- I already have snow up to my window.
I guess it will be an easy way to keep the beer cold over the weekend though- just need to put the screen up in the window and reach out to the snow bank....saves on ice I suppose!
It is really just utter craziness...I still dream about warmer climates and drinks in my hand....but making the best of this I guess....i will build a snow man in my driveway for the plow guy to run over and enjoy yet another night in a hotel room all by myself...who knows maybe I will even start the fifteen page paper that I have due next Monday for this class....
next week I am away for a couple of days for our national sales meeting in Boston which could be quite fun....
But for now I am going to go digging through the mountain of clean laundry on top of my dryer and attempt to find warm clothes to pack...
hope that you are all doing well..hugs and love to all..

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Productive weekend

So far it's been an extremely productive weekend.  Yesterday we cleaned and cooked and cleaned some more- my house is starting to look less like a bunch of five year olds live here unsupervised and more like a couple of adults live here.
We cooked.....another batch of beef stew using up some of the veggies from the crop share that we bought into this year.  I made French onion soup from the onions we had from the same place....so that's all put up and in the freezer and refrigerator for lunches this week.  Dishes are done, floors are mopped etc etc....it was a productive day yesterday.
Today's agenda...I need to work on my resume.  I don't have an  updated resume and I need one to submit for a new job at my office.  I HATE writing resumes...but that's okay...it is what it is and I will get it done today.

There's a question floating around my circle of friends- one that Caterpillar from Musing and Confessions of a wandering mind posed in her blog yesterday.  I am delighted by the insightfulness of my friends and think that it teaches other about how you perceive yourself.  The question was "what do you see when you look in a mirror?"
I thought about this on my trip around the blogsphere this morning.  What do I see when I look in the mirror-
The eyes that are the mirror to my soul, that hold the depth of all the emotion in my being.  I see a face that knows what her definition of hell is.  I see someone who doesn't look as young as she used to look.  Someone who needs to choose a healthier life style.
Someone who wears her emotions on her face, no matter how hard she tries not to.
 Someone who truly tries to look at every single day as a gift....although sometimes it's the pj's from Great Aunt Muriel- it's still a gift.
Someone who has watched friends and family cry because of her- watched her mother acknowledge that she might lose her child- watched her father breakdown- watched them pull it back together again
someone who's face didn't give away how desperate she felt when that happened and who for the first time was able to hide the emotions and be strong for them.
Someone who came through that trial- who learned how to smile again- learned how to function-
someone who learned how to appreciate the little things and know that the big things will always work themselves through-
 I see someone who looks for one person a day who's life is better because of something she did.  I see a person who loves deeply, allows emotion to flow freely.
I see someone who will put a friend before anything else, who will laugh and cry during a movies, who will be the first one in and the last one to leave.
Someone who knows how fragile life is,
Someone who knows that life is just the bag you've been given- it's up to you to fill it with experiences, good and bad, emotional, demanding- it's yours to do with what you see fit- your actions will always speak louder than the words, but the words are important too.
When I look in the mirror, I see someone who wants all the joy and sadness that life can bring, because in that joy and in that sadness are the moments in life that not only make it worth living but also make me the person that I am.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's List

I am terribly behind on my commenting.  I stayed down by work last night again because of the snow and had a date night with my hubby, so I didn't turn on the computer all night.  I am sorry and I will catch up tomorrow.
This week it has been freezing cold but my hubby has been great all week.
He made my favorite dinner, made sure my car was warmed up before I had to leave and even put gas in it one night this week.
The processes at work are starting to actually work and I have a glimmer of hope to make goal....thank goodness..I hate starting the year off behind the eight ball.
Vacation is one week closer...I can almost taste the blue margarita's and feel the sun's warmth.
I had a long talk with my grandmother tonight and wished my grandfather a happy 80th birthday.  I love talking to them and my grandfather is one of the most admirable people that I know.  I am lucky to have the relationship I have with them.
I have reconnected with an old friend for the first time in ages...and it feels like just yesterday that we talked...I love those feelings
A new job opportunity at work that I need to get my resume together for is out and I am excited about throwing my hat in the ring for it.
Hubby has a new job that he is applying for..which will be good for him...and us.
Acupuncture was good last night
The Steelers won their game on Sunday.  Always great to cheer on my hometown team
I love it when my hubby goes to sleep before I do and I crawl into bed next to him and he pulls me close to warm me up...makes me smile every time!
Talking with my mom tonight, trying to figure out a "girls" weekend for my aunt's 50th birthday....it will be fun to go away with them and just have some solid bonding time
That's all for right now...hope all is good in your corners of the world...know that I am thinking about each and everyone of you and sending out positive vibes to you all

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Positive thoughts...prayers etc...requested

Remember that mom in your life....
the one that wasn't your mom but who acted like it...
the mother of your best friend, a teacher whomever it was...she had an important role in your life...
She was the one who you could turn to when you couldn't turn to your own mom
She was the one who held your hair back because you went to her house with your best friend on your birthday and drank way too much tequila.
The one who would listen when you had things to talk about when you couldn't go to your mom...
The one who gave you the courage to talk to your mom about stuff...
Your best friends mom who could discipline you....
who you would never break her rules any more than you would break your mom's.
The one who nursed you through break ups, who knew when you were using her house as an excuse to hang out with a boy...the one who sat around the table and talked to you about real life stuff that you could never admit to your mom...
the one who was a mom in so many ways, just not by blood....
The one who you have know forever, who would send you emails in college and in your adult life just to let you know she was thinking about you and hoping things were okay....you could go to her even when you were fighting with your best friend....
My second mom, who I have known since I was 13 (almost 20 years) is in the hospital...I am not sure what's going on right now....she's the mom of that friend that I haven't talked to in ages....that friend who sent me a message this morning saying that she was in the hospital...that she's scared and that she will call me later...who text messaged me a few minutes later asking for paryers, thoughts whatever....I know she's going to be okay...but the extra thoughts, prayers positive thoughts are needed right now...
I wish I could be closer...I wish I could pop in to the hospital just to say hi and I love her...but I can't do that right now....but I can ask for the thoughts and prayers and tell you all that I appreciate it immensely....

Monday, January 24, 2011


As in really freakin' cold.  that is a -10 (sorry it's a cold cell phone pic).  the only good news about snow is that the temperature needs to be above a certain level.
My smile today-----my hubby got up out of bed this morning to go start my car....before he needed to be awake...and promptly crawled back into bed when he came back upstairs.
AND...he grilled my favorite meal...that's right...went out in the frigid temp (it was 2 at that point) and fired up the grill so that he could make my favorite meal because he knew I had a bad day.
Am I lucky or what?  Now...I am going to go crawl into a nice warm bed next to him because it is about 50 degrees in the house....I have the heater turned down really low at night cause we don't have heat upstairs...but man it is freezing...
Hugs to you all!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Advertising Jingles...

Ever had an advertisement jingle in your head....like all day...
I have...today...hubby and I had another day of quality time together....we found him another jacket and returned the one that we bought yesterday..
One of his friends sent him a text message...he had eaten at Red Robin and sent a pic of the burger that he had eaten...so..you know what jingle was in my head??
Red Robin.....yummmm
All day....randomly in the car...randomly at home had me singing Red Robin....yumm..

Then we went out to lunch and there was an acoustical guitarist there....the last song we heard was Mr. Sandman...
So I was switching between the two...except that I could remember the lyrics to Mr. Sandman..just random words here and there....

So it was a pretty crazy day...full of smiles...and hoping that my team will pull out the win tonight...and go for their seventh superbowl win....we will see...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quality Time

Today was a day spent with my hubby...
A day of quality time getting errands done but also just kinda chillin'
We went to his favorite Chinese buffet place (ick) but he was happy
We shopped for a new work jacket for him- Happy Valentine's Day hun.
We drove around- we laughed...we joked...we just had a nice relaxing day.
After a week of stressful days at work...
After a myriad of "big" things that bothered me..
It was nice today to let the little things just wash over me and for me to appreciate every single one of them.

Last night I had drinks with my boss and a colleague...so nice to be able to talk about all of the changes, the irritations...nice to reconnect after a week of craziness...over a glass or two of wine...to be able to laugh about some of it....get a different perspective on some of it...give an explanation of the way some people were feeling and how it has been pretty chaotic and feel like you were actually being heard.  The little things in life that help to make it feel like it is all going to be okay...

So, although my last post here was pretty negative, I am okay with those feelings...sometimes it is okay, as some of you put it, to give into the feelings and not feel like it has to be all rainbows and sparkles...because hey- that's life.  And I know that there are people out there who have it far worse than I do...but also nice to be reminded that while things are weighing heavily it could always be worse.  To feel the love and support from a group of people who a few months ago I didn't know is a pretty amazing gift and one that I am grateful for every single day.

So here's to the little things..the things that matter...the things that make me smile today...the things that will always make me smile...here's to a nice relaxing day with someone I love with my whole heart....to a night of movie watching and some football tomorrow.  Today is what matters...today is what is special and today was full of smiles.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday's List

Thursdays list is on hiatus,
taking a break,
on a beach somewhere
with a frilly drink in its hand.
(and never neverland is the second star to the right and almost as likely that I will be there as on a beach somewhere)
Thursday's list is nonexistent today because as much as I wracked my brain to come up with something to smile about today and to put together a list of all of the little things that made me smile this week, I am afraid to say that I allowed myself to get too wrapped up in the big things that weren't going the way they were supposed to to notice any of the little things that have made me smile. I was thinking about this blog post all day and on my way home tonight I came up with the realization that I don't have
to put on the list today.
I am sorry for that....I do feel like I am letting people down with nothing to smile about.  I feel like I am letting myself down these days because I am not looking at the little things because those big things are taking up so much space right now.
I will promise that come heck or high water I will push those big things aside and find that space in my brain that recognizes all of the good things this weekend...maybe even tomorrow...but tonight, blogland, I am tired and cold and going to go pop some sleeping pills and enter that dead kind of sleep that you don't wake up four times in the middle of the because you can't get comfortable, that you don't have to continually flip over the pillow for the cool side.....the kind of sleep where dreams don't exist and that your brain really and truly shuts off- because my reset switch doesn't seem to be working these
A million and one hugs to you all...tomorrow will be better...right?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alone Time!!

It is snowing again.  Like eight inches on the ground..probably another two to go before it switches over to ice and freezing rain.  I really am not trying to make a habit of this.
Alas, hubby couldn't join me tonight.
I love him and I miss him...but really I am stretched out on a great big bed all to myself....
I get to not talk to anyone tonight if I don't want to.
I don't have to share the covers, listen to anyone snore, snuggle with my kitties, hear purring or the crasiness of them running at top speed across the room and crashing into something.
I don't have to share the bathroom in the morning, worry about the alarm going off earlier than I need to be up, don't need to wait for the car to warm up, driving forever.
Sigh...yes, I do enjoy my alone time....I do enjoy being around the corner from my office...
i will miss the warmth of my hubby next to me when it gets cold in the middle of the night...
My coffee pot being ready in the morning
My morning talk with my aunt.
Kissing my hubby goodbye..
My nice comfy bed with two comforters to make sure I am toasty warm.
My kitties who although they annoy me, snuggling up next to me on bed keeping me warm.
I was up super early this morning...like before 4am...which was not good... so I am tired...so I might actually get some sleep.  I will miss my hubby...but will enjoy my alone time tonight!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day off

Well, I have the day off....and am trying to get motivated.
I just hopped off the treadmill...so nice that's done for the day.  I am trying to be good about getting on it everyday....it hasn't been the easiest thing..but I say even fifteen minutes is better than none.  I ended up with forty five minutes today...not winning any marathons yet but that's okay....food network is the only thing I am finding on tv so Ina and Rachel were my entertainment on the treadmill.
The elves haven't come yet so I should get to cleaning my house.  I did all the dishes and the kitchen is cleaned up so that's a start...and probably as far as I am going to get.  Hubby woke me up this morning when he left and it was so nice to roll back over on his side of the bed and fall back asleep.
This is week number two of spending no money during the week except on gas.  We went to the grocery store yesterday to stock up and found some great deals on citrus fruits so it will be grapefruit for breakfast all week...yum.
My kitties are all snuggled up...they are happy that I am home and are snuggled up.
I also have homework to do today and I should get that done before hubby gets home.  I will work on it for a little while and then I think we are having shrimp tacos for dinner tonight.
I am, like many others, looking for good, quick recipes if anyone has some to share.
I love long weekends and am actually excited to go back to work today.  We are making some really good changes and it will be good to jump in and start something new...
This is a very rambling post....the sun is shining...it is cold outside and we are headed for another very messy winter storm this week....someone on my reading list made the point that winter is almost half over already and the days are getting longer...it's always nice to see the sun peeking out by the time I get off the interstate to go to work in the morning...leaving in the light is a little bit more difficult but that's okay....
I am going to go try to get my homework done....that will  be a good step to get done and who knows maybe I will jump on the treadmill after dinner....
Hope that you all are enjoying your day....

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I feel so loved after my post from the other night...
You guys are the best!!
I have new followers (hi there!! hope you like what you see)..
I have to thank Chief aka Dad for an awesome award..
Warm Fuzzy Award!"
There are no rules to this one...so I am gong to hang onto it for a little while..So thanks to Chief aka Dad...go check out his place : Unsound Reasoning

I did get another award from Thisisme over at Southhamsdarling the other day:

This one I have to do some work for.  Let's see according to her you have to give the award away to people and for every person you pass the information along to, you need to share a random thing about yourself.
It does appear that most people have received this award in my little blog world.  I am passing this along to:
Hed over at Hed Above Water- She is an amazing writer who is very real in her writing.  
Teresa over at The Middle Side of Life- She has a ton of stuff going on in her life right now and handles it with grace, dignity and an unwavering faith that I admire.
Tina over at My Day- She is on a journey that many of us undertake ...of weight loss...to make healthier choices...and is honest with herself and those who are reading about her journey of her highs and lows.

I know that there are many others that are worthy of the award- but many of you have already received it....

Since I have only chosen three people, I only need to share three things right??
1) I am working on getting my MBA...I am going through an online program.  and am almost done.
2) I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, went through chemo several times and now have a clean bill of health
3) I hate the snow and yet live in one of the snowiest places in the northeast...the things that we do for love....

I am definitely feeling the blog love this weekend...thanks...I am looking forward to a day off tomorrow....the elves didn't come again this weekend...so I will need to make things presentable again on my day off....hope that everyone has an awesome day!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

If I had a million dollars...

If I had a million dollars,
I would be able to help...
help pay for medical care...
help pay for housing...
help those with problems that all too often have to do with money

I would also be able..
to take all my bloggy friends to one place...
One place warm
Where there is lots of sun, sand and froo froo drinks to go around
Where we could share stories in person instead of on the computer
Where we could give each other the hugs we send virtually
Where, I am convinced, we could help to cure the world of what ails it

I would also be able to..
Get out of debt...
Fix the roof
replace the furnace

I don't have a million dollars....
I really wish I did...
I hate to see my friends, all of you, in a position that you need it....
I wish I could help...
I don't have a million dollars..
I do have a million positive thoughts that go out to each one of you every single day
A million little prayers that go out into the universe in hopes that some higher power...or someone with a million dollars will hear and fix things for you..
I have a million moments in my life that make me grateful for knowing all of you....
Grateful for the release that I have with just being able to write...sending the words out into the world and knowing that someone is reading them...
Today is a day that I have seen many posts about the blog world and what it means to people....
I have seen posts about issues going on in people's lives and been hopeful that I could at least leave a few words of encouragement..
I don't often wish for a million dollars...because I know that it's not necessarily feasible...but tonight...tonight I find myself wishing that I had more than words to offer....a million dollars would about cover it I think...
Instead I will send out a million more hugs, a million more thoughts, and a million more hopes that someone is listening and will help to provide that is needed.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday List

I am doing everything except for the homework I need to be doing right now....
I made it home tonight...which is great....I am quite excited about that....I just don't sleep as well in hotels as I do in my own bed....
This has been a pretty rough week...lots of changes at work....they will be good changes...but to get to the good there is always some bad...that's all I can really say about it right now....but it will be good...
I think we ended up with almost 18 inches of snow up here....all I have to say is thank goodness for the plow guy....he is worth every penny I pay him when we get this much snow...so nice to stay around the corner from my office, wake up and drive about 3 minutes to get this morning and come home to the driveway being cleared and a huge pile of snow in the middle of the yard.  A few years ago we made a dragon in the snow bank up the driveway ( I should find a picture...I know Skippy! (Love ya)) so I wonder what we will make this year....

Okay...I have to go finish this assignment...be back in a bit...

Okay...that's done...super easy to procrastinate this homework stuff...I hate it! But I am almost done....
So what made me smile this week?
We really didn't do anything this weekend....hung around the house and baked and cooked and stuff...which is always nice.  The winter tends to make me hibernate.  I love to be on the go during the summer and am running here there and everywhere...but during the winter nothing makes me happier than changing into my comfy clothes when i get home on Friday and not putting real clothes on until Monday morning.
The cats are getting along better...which is good...currently I have two curled up next to me with the adopted one on the floor at my feet.
I got an award...that I haven't passed on yet..but I promise I will....hopefully I will be able to catch up tomorrow ( I keep saying that)
This coming weekend is a long weekend and I am sneaking out a bit early tomorrow so that I can get started early....
the elves haven't come to clean my house yet....I keep waiting for them...I am not sure when they are going to show up...I think i have to clean it myself this weekend...I love it when it's clean but for real...i am not sure where I am going to find the energy...so I am choosing to smile at the fact that it looks lived in...
We are ending week one of no spending money except for gas ( and apparently a hotel room for the snow)....we didn't do too badly....if it hadn't snowed it would have been really good.
The sun was out today....seriously I got to work and there were twenty five foot piles of snow with a blue sky and the sun shining...it was a little crazy...
I am hoping that sunshine will stick for a few days so that I can get some pictures of the snow...
peanut butter toast for dinner tonight made me smile...I wasn't in the mood for anything else and as I said to hubby...I am 30 something and old enough to make a separate dinner for myself if I want to ( followed by a so there and me sticking my tongue out at him)
I am  half way done with this class
Your posts, funny stories, comments and blog love this week...that has made me smile...and blogger deciding to work for me at the moment.

I think that's it...but I did find a couple of pictures to share with you..(they are all cell phone pics...I am sorry that the resolution is so bad..)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My morning commute in pictures

This is why it took me an hour to get to work this morning
On the highway ( I was stopped)

The truck that needed to run the red light

Finally at work....three inches of snow..already

It is going to be a long day....I did book a hotel room down here tonight since my commute is 50 miles each way.

Monday, January 10, 2011


It was a Monday that needed to be managed
stayed home a bit later than usual this morning because the guy was coming to switch out the water meter.
Managed to lose my engagement ring, my cell phone and my car keys.
Managed to barely avoid a major panic attack
Managed to avoid the urge to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head
Managed to find two of the three things (the third was my engagement ring which hubby found...apparently my kitties like it too...they are all lucky to be alive right now...I love them to pieces but sometimes.....)
Managed to talk to the water guy without him knowing I was on the verge of a panic attack
Managed to spill coffee in my car and forget my yogurt for lunch
Managed to get all the way to work safely
Managed to have a semi-productive day where only two or three people yelled at me or hung up on me
Managed to get to acupuncture and have a semi productive session of relaxation- although not completely....I must get better at shutting off my brain
Managed to get home, cook dinner (breakfast for dinner...I needed comfort food...waffles), watch a bit of tv with my hubby and just finish a six page paper
Managed to make it through the day with no bumps, no bruises and a smile on my face when I think about going to bed.
Oh and managed to finally book a vacation in Mexico at the beginning of April....I can't wait to get out of here....but it's way to early for the countdown to begin :)

Ps- Thisisme gave me an amazing award that I promise I will get back to tomorrow.

PPS- Here is a picture of the go carts..since they are not my kids I can't show their faces but trust me they are about the cutest seven and three year old I know....they had a blast with the go carts....

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Random sunday stuff..

It been a productive morning....started off with breakfast for hubby and then raspberry lime cupcakes and bread is rising....the cupcakes are good..but a ton of work..
from Babble
The link has the recipe...just a warning- these are not sweet cupcakes the raspberry lime curd is slightly bitter...I like them..they are lighter than most.

I owe you some stories....let's start with New Years eve.  Hubby and I went up to his parents house for the weekend.  We were doing Christmas with all of them that weekend.  My sister in law texted me and said that cousin and his wife were going out that night for wife's birthday and did we want to go.  We said sure.  We went out for Thai food to this great little hole in the wall place and everyone was talking about going out for the night.  This is the woman who moved over here from Australia- they got married in vegas this year...so she had never experienced the whole "new years'" thing here.  We talked about staying "downtown" (this is not a big city...although they try to be and for some of the people up country this is a big night out to go into this city).  We decided that we wanted to go back to my sister in laws house- she had cake and after a stop at the grocery store, we were stocked up on drinks for the evening.  We went back to her house and proceeded to really act like we were in college again...with requisite drinking games.  I haven't laughed that hard in years.  I stopped drinking after a while because I had no desire to get drunk..plus it was a big advantage with the games we were playing to stay sober.  We had a ton of fun...some heated conversation about politics...some dance dance revolution for the wii and some tennis doubles that were crazy times.  We ended up crashing in the kids beds around 3am (they were at my inlaws house for the evening).....I was up bright and early on Saturday morning..my sister in law got up as well and we hung out til the boys dragged themselves and their hang overs out of bed.  We had a great Christmas with the kids....they really enjoyed everything that we bought for them...including the inflatable go carts...
I am going to go chop up some veggies and make lunch for the week...hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

mid life crisis

At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So you can waste your time drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them (random status on facebook)

I am having a midlife crisis.  Ha ha- okay not exactly a midlife crisis- but I am feeling quite claustrophobic lately.  I ran into three people at the store the other night when i was in my yoga pants and hoodie.  I just feel like I am doing the same things over and over.  I want to run away.  I want to pack up everything and go somewhere else.  Somewhere that it is possible to get lost in the city, in the store, in the normal every day parts of my life.  There are many people in the state where I live who are here because they love the fact that they know everything about everyone.  I am not that person.  I don't know my neighbors and really I am okay with that....
It is one of those moments where I want to go...run away...far away....I want to move somewhere else...even just for a little while...do something completely different in my work life.  I am good at my job, not bragging, but I am in a sales position that has very measurable goals that I have met or exceeded on a regular basis.  I don't want to be good at my job.  I want something that challenges me- that isn't the same thing every day. I think, in a way, being good at my job is just another box that I am in- it's hard to stretch and grow when you are doing so well where you are.

I want the excitement of the first day of a new job, looking for and decorating a new house, a new city where you can't drive everywhere with your eyes closed.  There is nothing like walking out of a hotel in a big city and getting lost in the throngs on people who almost carry you  onto the sidewalk.  There are people who hate this (my hubby being one of them) but I thrive on it...to take my camera and take pictures...to decide to turn left or right and know that you will see something new.  

This is a pretty rambling post- but I guess I just feel like the box is getting so small that I can't stretch my arms out and go exploring.  I will get over it- I always do....maybe a vacation to someplace new...maybe a quick weekend trip to New York or taking advantage of some time in Boston soon...I am craving the site and smells of a city....

Friday, January 7, 2011

Another random conversation with hubby

I love my husband....I really really do but sometimes I wonder about him...
He called me today...he was on his way to Walmart to pick up some prescriptions and asked me if I needed him to pick anything up while he was there.
I am making cupcakes for my bosses birthday on Monday that sound really yummy (Raspberry Lime Cloud cupcakes...I will post the recipe if they turn out okay)...so I gave him a list of stuff that i needed.  Some of the things included on the list were frozen raspberries, a bag of limes, sugar, butter, eggs, flour etc.  I was on the phone with my mom on the way home from work and he called me....three times....
Hubby: Do you want self rising flour or unbleached flour
Me: Unbleached flour (the regular kind that you always buy for me when I bake)
Hubby: Okay thanks.
talk a bit more to my mom (she is trying to talk me out of driving to Florida next week to go to my grandfather's 80th birthday party because it is 1600 miles and gas is crazy right now and we have no idea about the weather on the East Coast) phone beeps again
Hubby: Do you want unsalted or salted butter
Me: Unsalted.
Hubby: Okay- how about finely granulated sugar or regular
Me: Regular
Hubby: Okay thanks
I get back on the phone with my mother laughing....she asks me what is so funny and I describe the conversation to her.  I can just imagine hubby in Walmart (where you never have a signal on your cell phone and have to stand on one foot and lean in the opposite direction to keep a signal..frustrating)
Another beep- mom says she has to go get dinner started but to call her and tell her what he wants
Hubby: What size eggs do you want
Me: I don't know...large I guess...I don't think it really matters.
Hubby: Well they have medium, large, extra large, brown, white, organic, and like four different kinds.
Me: Umm...what ever is the cheapest large eggs.
Hubby- Well the cheapest per egg or per package.
me: Whatever you want.
Hubby: Okay
Me: Any other questions about anything else
Hubby: Do you think I can't figure things out for myself?  It's not  my fault you weren't specific enough
Me: Okay hunny- I love you and really appreciate you picking all this stuff up for me.

Honestly- sometimes I wonder if he does it so I stop asking him to pick me up stuff....and then another part of me thinks that he is slightly OCD and makes things way too complicated.

Rousing conversations

I had to laugh the other day....
We were sitting at dinner with hubby's family.  Him and I, my sister in law and her husband, hubby's aunt and uncle, my mother in law and father in law.  We were discussing a million different things... but the conversation came up about having laptops.  There is one thing that hubby and I have an argument about on a regular basis and that is my use of my laptop. He gets upset because I sit on the couch with him and play on the computer (seriously, I am addicted to facebook- not good) while he watches television.  Well, this conversation came up while we were sitting at the table.  Hubby gets mad because I don't sit here and watch television with him.  Well apparently, we are not the only ones who have this argument.  His mother and his aunt have the same argument. We had a rather heated conversation about it...and it was pretty funny that the argument was the same on the men's side versus the women's side.  It made me laugh that this seems to be a pretty universal argument.
Is there anything that you and your significant other discuss that you find yourself talking about around the dinner table with friends and family?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thursdays list

Okay...I think that Blogger is working again....it's been a crazy start to the new year...
With promises of stories of our New Year's Eve to come....my list of smiles include some of the goings on from that evening:
Staying up way too late, pretending we were way younger than we are, playing drinking games
Christmas with the nephews- their smiles are priceless when they open the things that I know that they really wanted
Watching them enjoy the inflatable go carts bought to go with the Wii- they dragged those things around the whole house- they were their seats for the whole weekend
Spending Sunday as part of hubby's family and enjoying the talks that were going on- without drama
Midlife crisis this week during a lunch with hubby- and him completely placating me and what I want to do (more coming on this one)
A new year at work- brand new year, brand new opportunities
Winning a contest at work- so nice to be recognized for working my butt off..
Being on the treadmill several days this week (finally)
Processing a ton of vegetables to freeze
yummy dinner tonight with hubby
Leaving work early today because I needed to go to the grocery store (how insane is it that I had to take time off to go to the grocery store)
A weekend...to myself with my hubby doing nothing....except for cooking and cleaning..but no where to go other than here.
A new focus for the year...haven't figured out yet what that might be- but aren't the possibilities exciting?

By the way- one of the most honest, true-to-herself, bloggers is hosting a contest- she is looking for healthy recipes for her to create....her tastes are similar to mine- so you should check her out and pass along any recipes you have to her (and me too while your at it...we can all eat healthier)...Hed Above Water

Also- Bloggie nominations are going on right now- read here: great blog and definitely worth voting for if you are into that: Isaiah's Eyes

Stories abound from our New Year's and a crazy week this week....blogger seems to be working again so hopefully I will be back with those soon....I am thinking Saturday morning with a cup of coffee.....hugs to you all!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blogger is being a pain

I am reading but can't leave comments
I am trying to post but it is erasing them....
I have lots of smiles for the new year and some stories
Hopefully tonight blogger will cooperate and I can tell them.
Hugs to you all and know that I am reading and wishing I could comment...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!

For the New Year-
May your days be full of
More laughter than tears
More love than hate
More sun than rain
More fun than work
The journey of the new year starts with one step- onto a path- that may be well traveled and well lit or may be unexplored territory- set out with your head held high, your step true.  There are obstacles in every path in life- some you need to overcome yourself and others there will be a person holding out a hand to help you through them- grasp the hand firmly when offered and know that the person is there because he/she is meant to be there to help you- there is no shame in accepting help.  
Such grand adventures await in the coming days/weeks/months.  For me, for you.  I can't wait to read about them- can't wait to share them with you.
For today, relish the possibilities that a new year brings, enjoy the time with your families, loved ones or cherish the time to spend alone.  The adventure begins today- and I, for one, can't wait!!