Friday, January 30, 2015

Confessional Friday

Hi Girls-

I'm so glad to be linking up with the lovely Leslie again over at A Blonde Ambition.  I was super bummed that I missed last week because I had some really good confessions, although now I can't remember any of them.  Do y'all do that?  Think of really great blog posts to write about and when you sit down in front of your computer, you completely forget what would have probably been a Pulitzer Prize winning post.  I need to start writing those ideas down.  Like for real---this mind isn't getting any younger y'all.

Well, anywhoodle, let's get right down to it.  These are my confessions...

  1. I confess that I bought a bag of Oreos for a dessert that I was planning to make over the weekend and ate the entire bag in two days.  The entire bag!  And they were chocolate crème filled too.
  2. I confess that because I didn't have to fly out on Tuesday as planned, I didn't take a shower or comb my hair for two days.
  3. I confess that I went to the grocery store after not doing the above confession in #2. I looked in the rearview mirror and was mortified that I had gone out in public looking like I did.  I had even put on a cap but I looked straight up homeless.  I came straight home, took a shower, did my hair and make up even though I had nowhere to go.
  4. I confess that I'm going to the Compassion Experience with my church Life Group girls tomorrow and am super excited about it.  I'll be doing a post on this next week.
  5. I confess that I've been inundated with dating site emails over the last week--like a lot!  I just counted and I have received 23 emails since last Wednesday.  Is this a sign to get back on the horse or a sign that I need to opt out of the sites?
  6. I confess I drank a bottle of wine for dinner on Wednesday.  That counts as a fruit, right?  Well, if I'm being honest, I had wine and Oreos.  Oh the shame!  Please don't judge!
  7. I confess that I had been doing horribly on my Daily Devotional and spending quiet time with God every morning until this past Sunday when my pastor's message was about this very thing.  Don't you love it when God speaks right to you!
  8. I confess that I believe I am officially obsessed with Vanilla Iced coffee.  Fortunately, I picked up some Vanilla syrup at Harris Teeter this week so I can make my own at home and not have to get a second mortgage to support my Starbucks habit.
Alright girlies, that's all I have.  What are you confessions?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Hi Gals-

Happy Thursday! During my devotional time every morning, I thank God for all the things in my life--providing me with a roof over my head, food in my belly and family & friends that would take a bullet for me.  It's amazing how blessed I am---even when I feel like it's the end of the world.  But Thursday's on my blog is a time to be reflective on the simple things in life that I am oh so thankful for!

  • I am thankful for the Golden Girls.  This is by-far one of my most favorite TV shows ever and is what I also see as the original Sex & the City. 
Remember this episode?  When the girls decide to get in shape.  Jane Fonda look out!
  •  I'm thankful for Oreo's.  Come back tomorrow for Confessional Friday link up to know why.
  •  I'm thankful for this!  No explanation needed.
  • I'm thankful that I crossed another one of my 36 Things to do off my list.  I ate brussel sprouts and the best thing is that I didn't hate them.  That could be because they were served with meatballs and cheese but hey, it was still brussel sprouts.  Little over 3 months to go to complete all my things--I best get a move on it.
  • I'm so thankful I live down South and don't have to deal with any of the weather my friends have to contend with up North.  No wonder so many people move down past the Mason-Dixon line.
  • I'm thankful for Q-tips.  Honestly, I'm obsessed with the little sticks of heaven. 
  • I'm thankful for the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes".  I recorded it on Monday and have watched it every night. As I type it right now, Evelyn is taking her sexual knowledge class and the ladies were told to "slip off their panties" to explore themselves with a hand mirror.  Evelyn being quite taken back about this next step in class was looking a bit startled when the instructor asked, "Do you have a problem with your sexuality?"  to which she replied, "No ma'am, but I do have a problem with my girdle."  Ha!  I seriously LOL every single time. 
  • And finally, because of the last thankful truth listed above, I am thankful for my Spanx and for all the support they've given me over the years.  You guys rock!
Alright girls, random, yes but true facts for me this week! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Hi Girls!

Happy Wednesday!  Boy, can I tell y'all how happy I was to not have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn and get on a flight in the chilly NC weather to go to even chillier weather in IL & IN.  Yeah, I was pretty psyched that my flight got cancelled.  Unfortunately, I already rescheduled my trip for end of February--can't I go when it gets warmer (insert sigh here).  So, with all the hype and talk (like on every single radio channel and news station) going on about "Deflategate" and the alleged deflation of footballs during the AFC Championship game---I decided to give you my own version of the big thing going on in my household, otherwise known as "Simone-Gate".  Before you read any further, if you are not a pet parent or like animals in the slightest bit, I encourage you to skip this post or just scroll down and read some of my other posts that are non-animal related.  Don't say I didn't warn you :)

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a gabillion pictures of my poodles Simone & Serena and my torti kitty Savannah (and if you don't and want to, my user name is nc30grits).  Anyway, my poodles will be turning 13 this year and just like any fur-parent knows, senior dogs have issues.  I've been very fortunate that my fur-babies have been healthy for the most part.  My Savannah, who is 15, has hypothyroidism and takes medication twice a day.  Poodles, have one of the longest life expectancies for dogs, and I do everything in my power to make sure I get as much time with my girls as possible.  Which leads me to the title of this post "Simone-Gate"...

I left to go out of town on Thursday of last week.  Prior to that, I had taken Simone to the vet twice for a limp that she appeared to have on her front paw.  Of course when I get there, she acts as if nothing is wrong and jumps and plays causing the Dr. to look at me like I'm from Crazy-Town.  Seriously, I told my sister that I was pretty sure the Dr. had written in Simone's notes that I was a puppy mom that suffered from Munchausen By Proxy syndrome because this has happened on more than one occasion.  Anyway, the Dr. told me that if she continued to limp or cry when she jumped or played that I needed to bring her back in for X-Rays.  My girl has been though a lot--she's little...5.3 lbs and in November 2013, she had a hip replacement.  We've spent a lot of time in the last year or so at the Vet--too much time and my wallet was breathing a sigh of relief when we hadn't been there in a few months.  Well, I get a call from my sister on Friday saying that Simone wasn't even putting weight down on her front leg---great, I'm not home and my girl is hurt.  So...after a few hours and texting back and forth, this is the picture my sister sent me.

I about passed out when I see this.  The Dr. had "chicken-winged" wrapped her leg so she only has one in the front for the time being.  It's a little distressing in person because it looks like she only has a nub where her leg is the way the bandage is.  Diagnosis is that her shoulder is popping in and out of place and although this is common for senior dogs, the way Simone's is doing it is apparently uncommon (of course it is) so the Dr. wanted to consult with an Orthopedic Surgeon.  For real?  I'm likely to have a bionic dog after all is said and done but she's my baby and I'll do anything to make her healthy.  She's starting to adjust a little better with her balance on only 3 days because as my sister said initially it was like she was "drunk and falling in slow motion".  Poor thing!

So, with all that being said, I'm going to leave you with some of our pictures over the last couple of days.  She really knows how to get attention from me and honestly, I've spent the past 3 days holding her almost constantly.

Both my girls snuggling on Saturday night when I got home.

Simone kind've giving me the stank eye because I was taking too many photos.

Our most common snuggle position--I can only do this for about an hour because her puppy breath literally makes me start to sweat after so long.

Simone snuggled up in my infinity scarf turned puppy papoose!  This was much more convenient while I worked because I could still use both hands.

One seriously rotten puppy! 

Alright gals, have a great Wednesday!  Come back tomorrow for Thankful Thursday!

The Sweater

Hi Girls-

Happy Tuesday!  Now that you have Monday under your belt, here's to hoping the rest of the week goes splendidly well for y'all. With my cancelled trip for today, it fortunately opened up my schedule and allowed me to get caught up on a number of things, including blogging.  I had a sweet girlfriend send me an email Sunday night with the word "Amazing" in the subject line.  She said she loved my blog and how it was "so me."  I thought it was so sweet of her to send me that and it also recharged my desire to blog more consistently...but only because I want to, not because I just wanted to put words out there on the world wide web.  So thank you Cathy for your kind words.  Gals, you must check out her blog here.  And also marvel in her incredible photography--she is amaze-balls!  One of my 36 Things to do is to have my picture taken by a professional and when I'm ready, this beautiful lady will definitely be my go-to. 

OK, back to the blog at hand :)  Today is going to be one of those more emotional posts for me.  But this is the reason why I set out on this blogging adventure--get those feelings out that I don't speak about very often.  I had the best, most amazing, fantastic, Godly man that I was lucky enough to call my Daddy for 17 years of my life.  I've written about him before and honestly my heart is beating all crazy time right now and my anxiety level has peaked just writing this because February is a difficult month for me.  It is the month that not only celebrates his birthday but is also a reminder of the month that I lost him. 

I'm one of those people who throw away everything.  I don't like clutter and it's just easier for me to toss it without even giving it a second glance.  When I moved back to NC from MD, I actually had 2 boxes that didn't even get opened when I moved to MD initially---I didn't even open it up when I got back home to find out what was in it.  Both boxes went to the garbage--I figured if I hadn't seen it or needed it in the year that I was gone then I didn't need to know.  Anywhoodle, I don't want to get sidetracked but my sister and I are the complete opposites when it comes to getting rid of stuff.  She's just like my mom in that she likes things and the memories that go with those things.  I stick more with the memories.  That is until, she was cleaning out some things from my parents house and ran across "the sweater". 

Now don't let me fool you in thinking my dad was the Giorgio Armani of his days.  He definitely wasn't the most fashion conscious guy out there, nor did he care to be.  I remember the embarrassing moments every Summer at the beach in his white swim trunks and tube top socks or his polyester pants and polos that he wore often to his office.  BUT he did have several things that when I think back to my short time with him I have distinct memories of him wearing or having in his possession--one was that he always had a handkerchief on him, he always dressed up for church in his Sunday best, I remember his dress shoes with the tassles and the shoe horns that he kept in them and I remember two sweaters--a yellow one and a blue one.  I have a photo of him in the yellow one and I know one exists in the blue but I have yet to find it. When my sister gave me the sweater, it sat in my foyer for two weeks before I picked it up again but on a Sunday a few weeks ago, I wore it to church.  And I was overcome with emotions for the first time in a long time.  I wasn't sure if it was because I hadn't allowed myself to think about him much or that I felt closer to him just by having the sweater on or that February was quickly approaching but I cried--A LOT.  I called my sister and told her I was having a breakdown--she knew I would be ok after I let it out for a few minutes and that I would move on like I always do and I did.  But this time was different, I had a piece of him that I wanted--not just a memory or a picture but something that I vividly remember him putting on and wearing and hugging me in it.  I remember how strong and big he was, what a perfect father he was and how I knew that all my problems would melt away when he wrapped his arms around me.  And I smiled! 

So, here's to memories of my father,"the sweater" and the love that I will always have for him!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Monday Y'all!

Hi Girls!

Happy Monday! Can you even believe that this is the last Monday of January?!?  Is it just me or did the first month of 2015 just fly by? It's crazy!  My weekend went by way too quickly--I didn't get home from my last trip until late Saturday evening so I only had Sunday to relax and by relax I mean do laundry, go to church, have lunch with some wonderful peeps, watch "The Holiday" (which I love and seriously contemplate doing a home exchange but only if Jude Law shows up on my doorstep in a drunken stupor), get caught up in my planner and get some work things done before a trip I was supposed to be leaving for tomorrow morning. Thankfully, due to Blizzard 2015, my flight home got cancelled already for tomorrow night and I didn't want to risk further cancellations so I rescheduled with my customer. Good thing is that whenever we reschedule, I am completely prepared--data research is complete and powerpoint presentation is presented.

I thought I would share some of my photos from my trip last week to Texas.  I don't typically blog about my work trips because, well, they are pretty boring.  And this one was as well, except the weather in Galveston turned around on Friday and I witnessed a super beautiful sunset and an even more beautiful sunrise the next morning when I left for the airport. Enjoy!

Now that I work from home, I don't often indulge in my Starbuck's favorites so when I travel I make sure I get my fix as often as possible.  I would like to say I savored this delicious Vanilla Iced Coffee but I downed this thing like a fat kid drinking a Big Gulp--no shame :)

Pretty cool to be able to follow along my flight from Charlotte to Dallas and then to Houston.

During my layover in Dallas, I had fun perusing the shops and all the fine Texas sized retail apparel.  Had I brought a bigger suitcase, I definitely would have brought back one of each color in addition to a number of cowboy boots that I fell in love with.  Yee Haw!

OK, this is something that I just couldn't resist taking a photo of--quite frankly because I didn't think anyone would believe me when I told them that my cab featured neon rope lights fastened to the roof of our minivan as well as a stripper pole.  Girls, after I pulled out my hand sanitizer and made certain not to touch one single thing in the cab, I did ask the driver, "Hey,what's up with the pole?".  His reply, "Well, during the week it is used for people to hold on to but on the weekends it gets pretty crazy up in Galveston."  Hmm--well, first time for everything I suppose.

Do you wear pantyhose?  Me, I can't remember the last time I wore a pair--like probably more than 20 years ago. I couldn't find any tights at the airport and remembered I forgot mine at home and needed them that night for our customer dinner so pantyhose won the coin toss.  Literally, I was in them for less than 20 minutes before this happened!  Ugh! I spent the rest of the night trying to camouflage it with my napkin, purse, jacket, etc.

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico--thank you God for your wonderful creations!

One of the best gumbos I've ever had!  It was Galveston Restaurant Week so I got all of the above for $20. Delish!

Sunrise the morning I left!  Simply Breathtaking!

Alright Gals, I hope you have a wonderful week!  I plan to get my blog on so come back--it should be a good time!

Friday, January 16, 2015

These are my Confessions...

Hi Girls-

Happy Friday!  It's been way more than a skinny minute since I've linked up with the lovely Leslie over at Blonde Ambition so I'm super excited to join back in on the fun.  If you haven't visited her blog before, you are missing out and must get caught up--she's a hilarious and fun Southern gal who just had a beautiful baby girl to add to her already beautiful family.  I am so glad I stumbled upon her blog a couple of years ago.

You gals have any super fun plans for the weekend?  Me, not so much other than getting caught up on a mountain of laundry and cleaning out my closet that looks like a hurricane has blown through it.  How does that even happen?

Well, let's get right to it.  Drum roll please---these are my confessions.

  1. I confess that I was kind've excited that Leeza Gibbons liked one of my photos on Instagram yesterday.  Then I was perplexed as to how she stumbled upon my page with the hashtags I used because it was a kitchen themed photo.
  2. I confess that I didn't get my 4 days of cardio in this week which means I will have to workout tomorrow and Sunday--both of which I am not at all excited about, like even in the very least.
  3. I confess that for the first time since I started with my company last July that I am feeling overwhelmed.  There are new goals and new accounts that I need to land for the company and it is causing me a wee bit of anxiety.  Tally ho--onward & upward, I know I got this!  But the pressure, oh the pressure!
  4. I confess that I have listened to Hillsong's "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" no less than 18,000 times this week.  I even have it on repeat and it's a long song too: 9 minutes and 26 seconds.
  5. I confess that I was complaining this week about turning 37 in May and not wanting to celebrate it because I was feeling melancholy about getting older. A girlfriend of mine swiftly called me out this and told me I should be grateful that I even have the opportunity to turn 37.  Reality check! And thank you to friends that are honest enough to not be worried about hurting my feelings when I am spewing BS.
  6. I confess that I had a mini breakdown on Sunday about missing my dad.  It doesn't happen very often but we are coming up on his birthday in a couple of weeks and also the 19th anniversary of his death so I was just having a moment. 
  7. I confess that I just got in my new Food Network magazine and while I love to read it, I know I'm never going to make anything in it so I just need to cancel the subscription.
  8. I confess that I need to learn to play golf.  I am in sales and there are a lot of events held within the companies that I have customers with that are on the golf course.  I've taken lessons before and I even have my own clubs but golf is a very patient sport and I am a very impatient girl.  Plus I find it super boring.  Think I can just drive the beer cart around and it will have the same effect?  I just need to suck it up and do it! 
  9. I confess that I am a little stressed about my 36 things to do list.  I've really been slack on it but I have less than 4 months to complete 22 things.  OMG, 22! Failure is not an option here--I have to get them done. If you need a refresher of this list, check it out here..
  10. I confess that I don't really have anything left to confess but I didn't want to end on an odd number :)
Alright ladies-what are your confessions?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Hi Girls-

You've made it through more than half the work week?  Whoo hoo!  For that alone, I am thankful but I am trying to resurrect some of my old "day of the week" posts and I really enjoyed doing Thankful Thursday's.  Plus, it makes me more aware of what was going on in my life at a specific date and time when I look back on it months from now.

So, let's get to it.  Here's what I'm thankful for today:

  1. I'm thankful for Lipstick Queen lipstick in the color Float--honestly I believe it is my most favorite all time shade ever!
  2. I'm thankful for having a great job that I love that allows me to afford unexpected things like a busted sewer pipe last week and a super expensive trip to the vet on Monday.
  3. I'm thankful for Bailey's mudslide coffee creamer.  I really only drink coffee for the creamer--you know, if I could I would order it at Starbuck's like this--"I'll have a Grande Mocha Latte, non fat, no whipped, light on coffee, heavy on mocha"
  4. I'm thankful for my daily devotional "Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection" that I started on January 1st.  It is so encouraging and really has gotten me in the habit of spending daily quiet time with God.  I think it will be fun to look back on this a year from now and be able to read what my thoughts were in my journal and how my walk with Him develops throughout the year.
  5. I'm thankful for my church, Hope City Church in Harrisburg, NC that I now consider to be my home church.  I grew up and spent over 30 years attending another church and last year decided to step out due to various reasons and start searching for a new home.  I attended Hope City (at that point High Rock Church) in April and kept gravitating back to it even after visiting several other places.  I started serving this past weekend and really think that my faith will flourish there.  It's pretty exciting!   
  6. I'm thankful for Netflix.  I signed up on Friday night when I found myself stuck in DC after missing the last flight home following a business trip.  I can't believe what I was missing and now I am captivated by watching every single episode of "One Tree Hill".
  7. I'm thankful for my NuWave oven that I made a delicious turkey breast in last night that will feed me for the next few days.
  8. I'm thankful that I live in the South---no explanation needed.
  9. I'm thankful for Instagram.  I know it sounds funny to be thankful for that but I find it really fun to be silly, serious, honest and frankly just to document my life day to day.  My sister created a Shutterfly album for me using most of my 2014 photos from Jan-Dec and it was my most favorite Christmas present I received.  If you'd like to follow me and see all my crazy shenanigans, my username is nc30grits.
  10. I'm thankful for my faith and the freedom I have to worship as I choose.
Alright gals, it's your turn! What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How Can I Live Without ...?

Hi Gals-

So, today I had a thought--what things in my little world right now could I not live without?  Have you ever really thought about it?  There are so many things that I take for granted everyday--family, friends, basic food, water, shelter, etc. but I wanted this to be a fun post about the things that I truly think I couldn't live without.  So, here's my list y'all--what things could you not live without?

  1. My Bible
  2. My fur-babies, Simone, Serena & Savannah.
  3. Burlap (crazy but if I could wear it without all the itchiness and irritation, I totally would)
  4. Chick-Fil-A (pretty obvious, right?)
  5. Wine (because why wouldn't I have this on my list?)
  6. My BabyJak blanket (yes, they are ridiculously expensive but I sleep with mine every single night)
  7. High Heels (every inch on your heel makes you look 5 pounds thinner so I say if I can walk in 'em, I'm wearin' 'em)
  8. The Beach (I don't care what beach it is as long as there is sand and water)
  9. My cell phone (It's so sad that I'm even including this but if I'm being honest...)
  10. Lipstick/gloss/chapstick
  11. Flip flops
  12. Flowers (they just make you feel better, no matter what)
  13. A good supportive bra (no explanation needed)
  14. My sister's coconut cake
  15. Diet Cherry Lemon Sundrop
  16. Photos of myself with my parents
  17. Pandora
  18. Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel
  19. Books (doesn't matter what it is but I'm an avid reader and would be lost if I wasn't reading something at any given time)
  20. Movies with Matthew McConaughey (Alright, Alright, Alright)
Now it's your turn! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Gingerbread Man

Hi Girls-

OK, I'm going to get this out of the way right off the bat---I'm doing a crappy job blogging so far this year.  I'm trying not to be too hard on myself but my motivation is not here...maybe I need to get on some sort of plan or link-ups with other fellow blogees so I don't have to put too much thought on what topics I'm going to write about from day to day.  Any suggestions from you veteran bloggers that might have stumbled upon this crazy post?  Well, enough of living in the past...I'm moving on and hoping to enlighten you with my witty rhetoric interpretation of why I'm single.  Sounds riveting, right?  Well, it's my blog and it's the beginning of the year and that's what I want to share. 

Anywhoodle, let's get to it...I met one of my favorite gal pals and had lunch at my most favorite French Bakery today.  While I was waiting on my drink to be made, I noticed this sign.  I'll give you a second to read it and smile, especially if you are a single gal like myself.


OK, so, did you laugh?  Like laugh out loud?  I did as I pointed it out to my girlfriend and thought to myself, wowza, this is going to make a perfect blog post.  That and the fact that I picked up a dozen gingerbread men to take home.  Just kidding, but seriously, if they had had them, I would have definitely bought a few because, well, you never know, right? 

I've written quite a bit about my life as a single gal.  I've also written quite a bit about my quest to not be a single gal.  In today's world, I just don't feel it to be possible to meet someone organically anymore.  It's the day of technology and online dating is probably the top way that people are meeting one another nowadays.  I mean think about it--I'm sure you have friends that have met their significant other online.  I know plenty--too many to count.  I've done most of the more publicized sites: eHarmony, & Christian Mingle---and most recently have thought about doing in light of the new Bachelor being a farmer from Iowa although I feel strongly that most men on the site will not meet the fantasy man I have in my head featuring the chiseled look of a greek God wearing overalls and driving a John Deere tractor.  Having said all that, I definitely have not had the best of luck in the love and dating department.  If  you haven't read about some of my adventures, you'll get a kick out of reading my fave post about online dating here. 

I used to attribute my bad success rate in love to the men that I was meeting and the fact that they just sucked and although I feel that some of this might be true, I have really started to take a closer look at myself.  Let me tell you gals, that is not an easy task to do.  To really examine yourself in the way that you think others see you.  I even did a Pros/Cons list on myself--little scary as I know we are all a lot more critical about ourselves than others would be but it was just an exercise I thought would be good for me to do.  I feel as if I'm a great catch--being humble is on my pro side :)  No but really, I do think I am!  I have a great job, think I'm cute, own my home, I truly believe I am one of the funniest people I know, have a fantastic network of friends and family that would give me a kidney if I needed it, have great hair, an infectious smile and a laugh that is contagious. Now that I've posted a few of my Pros, I'll share something that I put in both my Pros and Cons side:  my need for control.  I fortunately (or unfortunately) thrive on being in control in all facets of my life:  work, love, home, family, friends, even food (I'll save this one for another post).  While I don't believe that being in control should be considered either a good or bad thing---unfortunately, when it comes to my love life, it isn't always received all too well.  I feel the need to be in control in a relationship--something that I've always done.  I like for things to be done in a certain way.  I believe that chivalry isn't dead and that doors should always be opened, that men should always walk on the outside of a woman and that manners shouldn't fall by the wayside when you become comfortable with one another.  I think that men should ask you out properly and that text messaging isn't the new way to communicate (this one really bugs me).  I think that plans should be made in advance and that nothing should be assumed.  I don't think I have to talk to you every minute of every day for you to know that I care about you--we're both busy and isn't there a saying that "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."  OK, you see where I'm going with this--I've got a control freak problem!  I say that in the nicest way possible.  But this is also something that I have decided I need to work on and to loosen the control reigns.  It won't be easy but that is my plan.  Does it mean that because of this that I'll find someone.  Doubtful--because I don't think this is the reason that I'm single but I do think that it will help me be more successful once I do meet the man of my dreams.  So next steps in my dating dilemma you ask?  Well, I've decided to postpone getting back on dating sites for the time being.  It's been about 4 months since I was last online and I just think I'm still in detox mode.  That and I'm still praying that God has a plan and he just hasn't decided the time was right yet :)

Whoo, that was a lot!  Alright girls, I'm off to eat some gingerbread men!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Let's Talk About Me, Let's Talk About I....

Hi Girls-

Welcome Back!  I hope you all had a wonderfully fantastic weekend and were ready to face the new week!  I was not officially off during the holidays but I work from home, so it's much easier for me to take a breather during the work day.  I know for some of you though that had two weeks off, the "back to work" transition may have been a little more difficult yesterday.  So, if it was I hope that today was a much better day. 

I welcomed my Monday with learning that I have a broken sewer pipe that will be dug up and replaced this Friday---can you say UGH!!!  Happy New Year, right?  Well, I'm trying not to complain because I know it could have been 10 times worse.

I figured since some of you who may have happened by my page and are new, I would do a fun Q&A post today so you can know about the crazy person behind this blog.  I kind've did something like this last year and I may repeat myself on a few things but I hope you have fun getting to know me a little better.

  1. Name:  Jennifer.  I go by Jenny to most in my personal life but it takes time for a new person in my circle to be granted access to this nickname.  At work, most folks call me Jenn but when I am introducing myself to my customers I always say Jennifer but somehow it gets shortened anyway.
  2. What do I do for a living?  I am a National Account Manager for a professional cleaning product company and I absolutely love what I do and who I work for. I travel quite a bit but have been in sales my entire professional career so I don't know it any other way.
  3. Age:  36.  Birthday is in May and being in my late 30's has actually been really rough y'all.  I know, I know--it's not old but seeing the crest of 40 in my near future causes me quite a bit of anxiety.
  4. Relationship status:  Single...very, very single!  I'm completely open to changing this status and have tried online dating and been set up on more blind dates I can actually count.  I know God has a plan for this area of my life but I wish he would just reveal what that is sooner than later :)  There will be lots more of "Being Single in Your 30's" to be covered very shortly here!
  5. Family:  I lost my parents nearly 19 years ago and have a super awesome older sister who is married to a fantastic man.  I consider my circle of friends to be my family and fully believe that blood doesn't constitute what makes "family" family. 
  6. Do you have children?  None that are my own.  I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of friends who loan me their kids whenever I want.  As for having them myself, honestly, I'm not real sure.  If you had asked me 10-15 years ago, I would have said without a doubt, yes.  However, now that I am getting older, I'm just not sure that it is part of God's plan anymore BUT you never know...I may meet the man of my dreams tomorrow (fingers crossed) and this may also fly out the window.
  7. Where do you live?  I live in a little town called Harrisburg in the great state of NC.  I love this place!  I grew up here and after living a short stint in Maryland followed by some longer stints in a neighboring town of Harrisburg, I finally moved back last November.  I really can't imagine being anywhere else. 
  8. Is there an area in your life where you feel out of control?  Yes, food!  I have a love/hate relationship with food.  I'm not the kind of gal whose been blessed with high metabolism and have struggled with my weight my entire life.  I don't ever remember not being on a diet--EVER!  I grew up in the South where everything is better fried and with butter and eating is a comfort for me.  Well, this year--like many others, my goal for 2015 is to be healthy.  More to come on that later as well.
  9. Is there an area in your life where you feel especially in control?  Yes, relationships.  I'm a pretty guarded person and don't let people in my inner circle unless they've been around for a while.  This has caused problems in romantic relationships and probably a reason why I'm still single.  I want to be in control of everything and I'm not good at spontaneity at all.  I like things to be a certain way and I think because I've been single so long, it's only made it worse.  I don't like talking about feelings, I don't like people to know too much because I feel it makes me vulnerable and I like having my personal space.  What does that add up to?  Well, in my eyes, it only equates to an old spinster.
  10. Do you like to be in the spotlight?  Yes and No.  Yes in my professional life, No in my personal life. 
  11. What type of TV do you want?  I am a reality show junkie.  Currently, I will be glued in every Monday night to the Bachelor.  Prince Farming Chris Soules (like for real girls, a corn farmer from Iowa if you aren't familiar) will be gracing my television from 8-10 so don't expect much from me during that time.  Other than that and my old stand-by reality loves like Real Housewives of anything, Little Women, 19 Kids & Counting and one of my new faves Big Women: Big Love I am a fan of Scandal, Two Broke Girls and reruns of Friends and The King of Queens.
  12. Favorite Movie:  Gone with the Wind, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump, Officer and a Gentleman...gosh, this list could go on and on and on.
  13. If I suddenly had an extra room in my house, what would it be?  A craft room--although I am not very crafty, I would love to channel my inner Martha Stewart because I know she's in there and create some neat things that I normally spend mucho bucks on. 
  14. How do I drink my coffee?  Cream--lots and lots of cream.  I'm actually in detox with my cream obsession because it doesn't go along with my current healthy stage.  Looking for a better way that will make my transition slightly easier.
Alright gals, that's all I have today.  I hope you enjoyed getting a better glimpse into my life.  Can't wait to share with you what I have next.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year (A Day Late)!

Hi Girls-

Wowza, Happy 2015!  Can you even believe that 2014 is over?  It just seemed to fly by--then again, I think I say that every single year.  So, I went back and read over my posts last year--I laughed, I cried, I felt proud of the things I shared and I felt guilty for the breaks that I took in between my posts.  Today's post is going to be short as I prepare for all the great things that I want to share with y'all.  I want to finish up my Germany/Holland review from last Summer (yes, that's right--I'm that far behind), I want to actually publish the 8 posts that I put together that I never posted and I want to share some more of my deep dark secrets (nah, just kidding but some might be juicy) that are part of the daily world of Jenny.

Anywhoodle, let's get down to it!  What do you do as your first official post of the New Year?  Well, talk about what your resolutions are.  I'm not calling mine resolutions this year---because honestly, I never complete mine.  So, this year, I am calling them goals!  And I think that they are all pretty achievable.  Here goes---drumroll please....

Jenny's 2015 Goals to Happiness:

  • Get healthy.  I'm not going to stick a number on it but I am going to use a cute little green Summer dress as a motivation that I wore 3 years ago.
  • Say No without Reason.
  • Give more to others.
  • Budget better and cut out unnecessary spending.
  • Blog consistently.
  • Daily devotion & prayer time with God.
  • Finish my 36 Things list by May 10th.  See the list here.
  • And I stole this from a gal I follow on IG
    • Have HOPE
    • TRY New Things
    • BE Active
    • SEE the Good side of things
    • SAY "I Love You" more
    • CHALLENGE yourself
    • CHOOSE to be Happy
    • EAT better
    • ENJOY every moment
    • LAUGH often
    • FORGIVE more readily
    • BE Humble
    • PRAY always
    • TRUST in the Lord
    • READ the Bible often
    • BECOME your Best you
Alright gals, that's all I have.  I do hope you come back and read what else I have on my mind :)