Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Talk Tuesday...Ten Thoughts on What NOT to do on a First Date

Hi Girls-

Happy Tuesday Y'all...or as I call it, Happy One Day Closer to My Vacation on Friday!  Yeah Me!

Before I move on to today's post, I just want to preface it with this:  if you are tired of my dating posts, I am so sorry!  BUT these are some of the funniest times going on in my life right now and I just have to share them.  Plus, I've said it a couple of times before and I'll say it again---if you are a gal who has never had to endure this dating marathon, please, please for the love of all things glitter, go and kiss your man and tell him thank you!  You, my friend, dodged a bullet!

Alright girls, if you read my post last week and yesterday, you know that I've been quite busy getting my first date swag on.  I'm becoming a first date expert--kind of sad but it's true.  I've had 12 first dates over the past 45 days.  12!!!  Well, let this be a reminder that quantity never ever trumps quality.  I actually had some high hopes for 2 of the 3 dates that I went on but in the words of Steve Harvey from Family Feud..."SURVEY SAYS..."

OK, so in an attempt not to bore you gals with all the mundane details from my last round of dates, I thought I would mix things up a bit and give you my "Ten Thoughts on what NOT to do on a first date".   And these thoughts, my bloggy friends, are all based on what occurred on the 3 dates that I went on most recently.  Girls, this is completely subjective and is my opinion only so if some of these things are things that you like than so be it.  I'm just giving you my point of view because well, this is my blog and I can.
  1. Don't talk about your ex.  It doesn't matter what kind of an ex---ex wife, ex girlfriend, ex dog, ex roommate, ex boss even your ex trainer who scorned you by making you do so many push ups that you threw up.  It's your past and is really not appropriate to bring up on a date where first impressions mean everything.
  2. Speaking of exes...if you feel it necessary to talk about your ex on a first date, please don't bash her.  I don't care if she was the wicked witch of the West, you still fell in love with her for some reason when you dated or married her and she is the mother of your child so when you say cruel things about her, it really doesn't cast you in a very good light.  Plus, it makes me think that you don't respect women very much when you call them vulgar and bad names.  Manners, my friend, manners!
  3. Don't talk so much that the only real conversation I have is when the waitress asks me what I want to order for dinner.  Take a breather dude!  The point of the first date is to see if we have chemistry and anything in common.  You can't find that out if you don't let me get in a word edgewise.  And honestly, because you are talking so much, I am secretly planning out what I'll be wearing on my next date with someone else, what I'm having for breakfast in the morning and my grocery list. 
  4. Don't use a coupon.  OK, so you may not agree with this (like my sister) and I'm all for people being frugal and watching their money.  But come on, a first date!  Really?!?  Save that $10 off for a trip with your buddies or your kids.  Oh, and don't tell the waitress "You're killing me" when she tells you that the promotional period doesn't start until 3 more days and you can't use it.  AWKWARD!
  5. Don't go on about the details of your job.  Believe me, I don't want to bore you with the details of my job because I'm the only person that really understands it and my time spent with you is much more important than that.  I really try to separate my work life from home life and although I know it sometimes bleeds over into one another, I don't want my mate to feel the pressures of my job.  But when my face glazes over because you are telling me that "one controller was only allowing 50 access points to join instead of a few hundred" it's because I couldn't be less interested in what you are talking about.  And again, I'm back to adding spaghetti noodles and taco seasoning to my secret grocery list. 
  6. Don't show your date your Tinder app and how you use it.  I don't feel like I need to go into anymore specifics on this but yes...yes girls, this happened!  I really wish I was clever enough to make this stuff up but sadly, I am not.
  7. Don't not tell your date she looks pretty or nice or whatever.  Some compliment...any compliment!  I like your shoes or your dress even!  I mean, you ranted and raved on how incredible my eyes were for the week that we talked before our date and I get nothing when we meet.  Maybe I'm being slightly narcissistic with this but I'm just being honest!
  8. Don't be overly complimentary of your date!  OK, yes I know what I just said in #7 but there's a fine line in telling your date she looks nice or pretty when you first see her vs. telling her 18 times over the course of dinner how beautiful she is and how her pictures don't do her justice.  It makes me think you are trying to figure out the best way to skin me so you can make a suit out of it that you can wear around your house.  "Put the lotion in the basket."
  9. Don't make me wait for you for 20 minutes with no phone call or return text.  My time is valuable and if you don't have the common decency to let me know that you are running late, well then I don't have the common decency to notify you that I'm leaving thus ending our date before it even started.  Oh, and don't think I'll be returning any of your texts or phone calls asking where I am.  Umm...Bye Felicia!
  10. Don't try to make plans for a next date when it is obvious that the date didn't go well.  I appreciate you trying to leave things on a positive note but let's just do a quick pat on the back hug (where I'm trying really hard not to make chest contact) and say "it was nice to meet you" which is the universal dating sign for I'll never see you again and let's move on with our lives--separately.
Oh and this is not something for my list but at the end of the date, if you have to say, "This is probably something that is going to end up on your blog" then you already know things probably should have gone differently...but hey man, thanks for all the good material!  Love ya, don't mean it!
Well, there you have it!  My Top 10 for what NOT to do on a first date!  Girls,  I'm not trying to sugar coat things here and act like I'm the easiest person to get along with but I believe there should be some set rules in place for First Date etiquette.  It's hard enough to go through this process but then to go on a date with a guy who ends up being a total jackhole makes it even worse.   
Hmm, maybe I will write a book about my experiences, Lana? :)  Any title suggestions?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Recap...Dates, Snakes & Overeating, Oh My!

Hi Girls-

Happy Monday Y'all!  What a quick weekend and yes I know, I say that every Monday but my laziness went into overdrive and I didn't get a whole lot accomplished.  BUT...the best thing about this week is that I start my 10 day vacation at the beach this Friday and that, my friends, is something that makes me want to take this week head on. 

I had to use this meme because I spent most of my weekend watching Lifetime & Hallmark channel movies and they were advertising Christmas in July movies starting this weekend. 
OK, so let's get into what I had going on. 

As I explained last week about my "no Bueno" date on Wednesday, I had another first date on Friday.  Well girls, although it didn't turn out exactly the same way as the date from earlier in the week, it was all sorts of bad for other reasons.  Um, check please?  Well, fast forward to Sunday and I had another first date planned.  Girls, let's just say I learned two things from this past week's dating adventures...1) This really does wonders for the topics that I can write about here on the blog--be sure to come back tomorrow for my "Tuesday Thoughts--10 Things NOT to do on a first date" and 2) I am now taking at least a two week sabbatical from Match.com.  I'm just tired and frustrated with the whole process.  I know what y'all are thinking, "Rome wasn't built in a day" but girls, I am 37 and have done a lot of dating in my years and I know God has a plan but I just need to pray for him to give me the patience to wait on that plan.  Easier said than done, right single gals?

Highlight of my Friday was that because the date was over super early I was able to have dinner with one of my favorite gal pals, who gave me my new awesome Jeep tank, and her sorority BIG that I haven't seen in about 4 years.  Mexican food always makes everything better!  Bring on the chips & salsa!

Saturday, I stayed in my pj's ALL DAY LONG!  I mean, really I did!  I only changed into a different set of pj's because I ordered Chinese food and didn't want the delivery guy to think I was cray-cray because of how disheveled I looked.  I also spent all day watching Lifetime movies.  Why is it that most (I won't say all because every now and then, Lifetime will have a male villain) but the majority of the time, the villain is some deranged woman who was scorned by a past lover or her father or some friend in high school that bullied her and it always stars Heather Locklear, Meredith Baxter Burney or Judith Light?  I know you are thinking the same thing!  But I was sucked in all day with movie after movie of some crazy female seeking revenge---and I kind of liked it.  It really was a great day although I didn't accomplish not one single thing that I had planned to take care of.

Side bar, my diet plan has not been going well.  I'm a stress eater and I've just felt completely out of control with what goes in my mouth lately.  I saw this on IG this past week and had to save it because it is EXACTLY how I feel.  Anyone else feel this way?
Sunday was a typical day for me other than the date fiasco:  church, lunch, etc.  However, I didn't realize that I had run out of dog food until one of my fur-babies was lying on my face and I heard her tummy growl. 
So, off I went to Petco to pick up some food and I got sidetracked by this sight.  If you follow me on IG (nc30grits), you've already seen this photo but this guy was just walking around the store with this thing wrapped around his neck acting completely normal.  Hmmmm.  We were checking out at the same time and his car was parked right across from mine and for a brief second, I considered asking if I could hold it to take a picture---simply for Instagram & blogging purposes only---but then I chickened out and figured a picture from the safety of my own car would work just as well.  I overheard him talking to his buddy saying "We probably can't take it into Ross's with us."  Let me think about that...uh, no!!! 
While out picking up dog food, I felt the draw of the Old Navy 60% off entire store signage in the window and went to check out what was left.  I ended up picking up a couple of tank tops and these linen shorts in lavender.  I love linen!  Subsequently, I came home and found additional colors online.  They were only $8 and I had gift cards from my birthday that I was able to use.

OK girls, that's all I have---I know, not exactly setting the world on fire but not every weekend can be crazy excitement.  Be sure to come back tomorrow where I give you more insight on the craziness that has been my dating life.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Confessional Friday

Hey Girls-

Happy Friday!  It's been forever but I am so excited to be linking up with the lovely Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition.  If you don't know this gal, you totally should and you should also keep her in your prayers because of some health issues she's been facing. 

Anywhoodle, what a week and I'm glad it's over because that means I only have 7 more days until I start Operation Vacation where my only issue will be what swimsuit to wear, what flip flops to put on to stroll to the beach or if my cocktail of choice will be beer or a daiquiri. 

So, let's get this confession started:

I  confess that last night I had a first date with someone that could not have gone worse.  I'll be telling you gals all the deets on Tuesday but this is one that will definitely go down in the books along with things that happened that will leave you saying "No Way---you totally made that up".  Girls, I wish it were true but these are things that I can't make up.  You will totally want to read this!

Speaking of first dates, I confess that I wear the same dress on every single first date that I go on.  No, for reals...every single first date.  If you haven't been here before, I am a single gal venturing my way through Match.com right now---which coincidentally has led to a lot of first dates.  But this dress is my go-to.  It's navy, spaghetti strapped that hits right above the knee---just enough skin exposed to have my date intrigued but not enough to make me Slutty McSlutterstein.  Anyway, after last night, I was totally bummed that I wasted it on that guy because I have another first date tonight so in the dryer it goes for a little fluff action to get the bad date smells off of it.

I confess I ate cereal twice for dinner this week.  I could blame it on the fact that it's been so hot here in NC that I didn't want to add additional heat to my already overworking air conditioner but that would not be the truth.  Truth is, I was just feeling lazy and didn't want to dirty up any additional bowls, pans, etc. so cereal won.  I also confess that I am really weird about how I eat my cereal because I don't want it to get soggy before I finish it.  So, how do I rectify that situation you ask?  Well, I put it all over to one side and eat from the bottom of the pile.  Anyone else do that?  Or am I just cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?

I confess that this was one of the funniest moments capture on camera this week.  My sweet intern Abby that is staying with me this Summer (oh, how I'm going to miss her when she goes back to school) and I were reliving my horrible date experience last night.  Abby is a Worship major at Liberty University and is all the time singing around the house, playing her guitar, etc.  Anyway, when I had traveled for work last week and she was home by herself, she was singing and my cat, Savannah, would meow back, which she thought meant to kindly "Shut Up" because cats aren't known for their sweetness, right?  Well, Abby has now come to the conclusion that Savannah is just singing along with her.  I wish I had gotten it on video because yes, indeed, when Abby started singing, Savannah started meowing.  It really was the cutest thing.

Speaking of traveling last week, I confess that my suitcase and some of the clothes I packed last week are still laying exactly where I put there upon arrival home.  I don't know what's wrong with me but my motivation for cleaning and organizing has been zilch over the last couple of week.  But I will put this suitcase up over the weekend.  Ugh!  #firstworldproblems

You can also see that because it has been sitting in the same place for so long, one of my resident pooches decided it was a permanent puppy bag and decided to take a little siesta in it.
I confess that I got a bit hangry (hungry+ angry=not a good combination) while standing in line at Wal-Mart earlier in the week.  I mean, why do you have 30 registers and only 5 of them open when there are 48 people (ok, that may be a slight exaggeration but it sure felt like it) waiting in line to check out?  Come on Wal-Mart---get with the program?  Because of this and my oncoming hunger state, I grabbed the only thing in my cart that was easy to open and didn't require a fork which was kettle corn.  I kid you not, I ate half the bag just standing in line.  No judgment! 
I confess that I was pretty excited to breakout this new purse that I bought from Charming Charlie's over the weekend for only $7.  I think it is so cute and I am obsessed with the color orange.  Unfortunately, I wasted this brand new bag's first inaugural appearance on "Nightmare on Date Street" last night but whatevs.  I'll probably carry it again on my first date with Bachelorette #18 tonight.
OK girls, These are my confessions said in my most sexiest Usher voice.  I hope y'all have a great weekend and be sure to come back Monday for my weekend recap.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Thursday--Let Me Introduce You To....

Hi Girls-

Happy Thursday!  You've almost made it to the weekend---be proud of yourself!  I don't know where y'all live but here is NC, it has been insanely hot.  Like 100 degrees every single day for the last two weeks hot!  Like 95 degrees at 10 o'clock PM hot!  I am over it and it's not even July yet.  And yes, I am one of those people who complain about the cold weather too.  Just sayin'. 

Today, I am linking up with the fabulous Vanessa and Penny for a little thing they call...
I've been talking about this post for the past few weeks but life got in the way and I just haven't been able to get it out there.  But I'm so excited that today I'm introducing y'all to one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world.  She's the person that knows my deepest, darkest secrets.  She's the person who has really seen me at my best and my worst.  She's the person who has been my biggest cheerleader my entire life.  And she's the person that I used to get in trouble all the time as a little girl.  She's my sister and I'm super excited for y'all to get to know her a little more.  So I played a little 10 Questions with her.  But before I get into all of that, let me just give you a quick introduction of my sis! 

This is Stephanie.  And you can read her blog here.  I think she's pretty fabulous and I'm sure you will too so make sure you show her some love over on her blog after you get done reading this :)  My sister is one of the most selfless people I know.  She's my co-hort in party planning, the photographer for every event anyone has, the craftiest person ever and the maker of most all my burlap items in my house and the most genuine person you will ever meet. She's a bit older---which means she's wiser and she's been married to the love of her life, the super awesome RC, since December 2011.  I don't know what I would do without her in my life. 

Alright girls, let's get into it!  Here's my sister...enjoy!

Tell me something about where you live that no one would know unless they lived there too.
Always a Carolina girl, newly transplanted to South Carolina in the last few years - things that I appreciate that some may not quite get -

"Bless your heart" is heard often out of my mouth as well as most folks I know and it can mean anything from "oh honey, I'm so sorry to hear that" to "oh good grief, common sense has obviously skipped over you", snow days happen when the weather man forecasts more than a flake and mass hysteria ensues when it actually sticks to the ground - no bread or milk in a tri state area will be found, and Sweet tea is the standard (if you want unsweet, you have to ask and you'll probably get a "bless your heart" in your waitresses' mind)

What’s your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure activity is my love of TOO many TV shows, past and present. I loved The West Wing (and still watch it on dvd), my current favorites are The Blacklist, The Americans, Under the Dome, NCIS (all 3), Deadliest Catch, Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5-0, American Idol, Allegiance, Secrets and Lies, 19 Kids and Counting, Nashville….oh the list goes on and on.

My guilty food pleasures are ice cream, Reese’s cups and Twix bars and fountain Cherry Coke.  (now I’m craving ALL of the above) 

Do you have a celebrity crush?
Matthew McConaughey, for sure! I loved him all the way back in A Time to Kill, We are Marshall and most recently in Interstellar and Mud is a random movie of his I just watched on Amazon Prime. He is just...yummy. I could, however, do without the silly series of car commercials he has done of late - they just don't work for me.

If you were stuck on an island and could only bring 3 things (excluding your family—they’ll already be there), what would they be?
I suppose I could be practical and say food, water and shelter, but what fun would that be? I would have to say my laptop with wifi access (how else will I use Pinterest to make things out of coconuts and palm trees like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island?)  Light coffee AND Chocolate Caramel Creamer (they must count as one item because I can’t drink it any other way and you don’t want to be stranded with me for too many days without caffeine and my creamer) and my pets (2 pekingeses Max and Maddie and 6  chickens Peppermint Patty, Gracie Lou, Darla Jean, Holly Hobbie, Shelby Lynn and Emma Rae)

What’s playing on your iPod (or Pandora, radio, etc) right now?
Great Things (Worth it All) by Elevation Worship and Kyle Wilkinsons "All for You" album (he's the worship pastor at New River Church in Lake Wylie, SC)

Last book you read.
Other than my Bible, the last book series I read was the Emma Holden Suspense Mystery Trilogy by Paul Pinkington over Memorial Day weekend - I loved it! I got the first one as a free download on my Kindle and purchased the second and third books - I read them all in one weekend! Not heavy reading and released in 2013, but good summertime reads if you haven’t read them yet.

Favorite Season.
Fall! Especially when the leaves change and even more when I get to travel to the NC mountains for a little leaf viewing trip.  I love the smells of fall – pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and the crunch of leaves under my feet in the yard.  When I still had my home daycare – I loved to pile the leaves up for the kids and watch them demolish it – fun times!  This picture is from way back in 2006, but I love it! 

My favorite mountain top spot to visit anytime of year, but fall is my favorite, is the Biltmore House is Asheville, NC – the scenery on the property is just breathtaking!

Where do you like to vacation?
The beach!  We “camp” in our travel trailer some friends and family and it’s my favorite place to be, bar none!  Rest, relaxation and sand between my toes – I am literally a happy camper! 

What’s one 90’s fashion trend you could bring back if you could?
Big hair of COURSE!  I love, love, loved BIG permed hair, bangs and enough Rave #4 hairspray to create my own little personal hole in the ozone layer.

If you could have any job for one day, what would it be?
I would be a undercover agent on some top secret covert mission where I have all kinds of crazy skills to get the bad guy and still have supper on the table that night.  I’ve watched too many spy shows like Jennifer Garner’s Alias…but how fun would that be?!?!

OK girls, that's all I have for today.   I hope you had as much fun "meeting" my sister as I did writing about her.  I think she is fabulous!   Come back tomorrow when I'm sharing my Friday Favorites of the week. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let's Talk Tuesday---Ten Thoughts...on Dating

Hi Girls-

Happy Tuesday Y'all!  I hope that Monday treated you well and you are now well on your way towards the weekend.  And I am one day closer to my long awaited beach vacation that begins on July 3rd. 

OK y'all, this is going to be a fun post!  Get ready to laugh---or to just think I'm completely crazy and understand why I'm still single.  So other than yesterday, I haven't talked about my most recent online dating experiences in much depth, other than telling you about a few of the select men (the Organist, the Cyclist, the Accountant, the Nurse and there's been an Engineer as well as a Salesman) that made it past the series of grammar testing, blood tests, credit checks, high jumps and 40 yard dashes.  LOL, just kidding!  I didn't do all of those but the grammar testing does occur on some level.  But for reals, this is a light hearted posts and for those who are married and never had to endure these types of shenanigans, consider yourself lucky.  Like, really, go kiss your husband right this very second---I'll wait!

OK, let's get into the skinny of this...if only "Control, Alt & Delete" actually made a man appear as quickly as "Bippity Boppity Boo" did for my dear Cinderella!  Hey, who's got a Fairy Godmother to loan out to me?!? :)

When I decided to sign up on Match just a wee bit over a month ago, I went into it hoping to have an open mind with no expectations.  No expectations = No Disappointments!  But let's get real ladies, I know me very well and that lasted, oh I don't know, about as long as a sleeve of Oreo's last in my presence.  Speaking of Oreo's, I saw this last week on IG and literally laughed out loud.  Can I get an Amen my sisters?
OK, sorry, lost my train of thought there...back to trying not to have expectations.  While I didn't put a total kabash on my expectations, I did decide that I would make an effort to have a broader sense of what I was looking for and not get hung up on the little things that really aren't all that important---like perfectly straight teeth or a college education or being at least 5'10" so that I could wear all my beautiful high heels and Summer wedges.  Again, reality hit me and I said to myself, "Self, it's ok that these things are important to you so let's just go with it."

This is total BS by the way...
Anywhoodle, in the past 30 days, I have gone on 9 first dates, 3 second dates and 2 third dates.  Not to mention the countless phone calls, texts, emails through the Match site and 4 dates that I cancelled that upon further review of their credentials, I decided that it really wouldn't be a good fit and a free cocktail wouldn't even make it better.  If this is a numbers game, I am totally increasing my odds of finding my "Mr. Right", right?!  With all that being said, I thought I would have a little fun with my thoughts on dating. 

Sooo, let's get into it.  Have y'all ever played the game "Would you rather...?"  If not, it's a game that goes something like this, "Would you rather spend a week at sea alone or a month in jail?" or "Would you rather have the super power to fly or have x-ray vision?"  Questions like that!  So, I thought it would be fun for me to do a Ten Thoughts on  answering questions of "Would I rather...?" as it pertains to dating.
  1. Would you rather accidentally burp while making out or fart while sitting on your date's lap?  First of all, I would die, like literally roll in a ball and crawl in a hole if either of these occurred because I'm a lady(and I'm Southern and that is a no-no) but I would totally rather burp while making out.  Although I've never had a burp occur, I have had a gut type tummy growl happen and I just went on sucking face trying to ignore it. 
  2. Would you rather go on a date with a great kisser who has a terrible personality or a bad kisser who has a great personality?  Now most of you might say that a bad kisser can be taught but I'm telling you ladies what, I think it's easier to change a personality.  I've found a 40 something year old man will have lesser of a bruised ego if you tell him his personality sucks vs. his kissing.  Kissing is a HUGE deal for me and girls, if it doesn't work the first time, it won't work after.  I should not have to squeegee my face after a make-out session---no matter how passionate it gets.

  3. Which embarrassing moment would I rather deal with: feeding my date a food he is allergic to or accidentally throwing up at the table?  Sorry dude, get your EpiPen ready--you are about to swell up like a blow fish.
  4. Would you rather your date have gigantic feet or tiny hands?  Totally going with gigantic feet...because I'm a big proponent of hand holding and that just wouldn't work for me if his hands are smaller than mine.  Bring it on over Big Foot!  Also, note to self, do not---I repeat DO NOT---google tiny hands and big feet.  No Bueno!

  5. Would you rather your date kiss like a lizard or be a great kisser who has a secret amphibian tail?  Um, totally a tail.  Have y'all seen Shallow Hal and Jason Alexander's little puppy dog tail?  I would call it Horace. 
  6. Would I rather have a rich douchebag boyfriend or a poor caring one?  I have a great job---I don't need your stinkin' money.
  7. Would I rather date a guy who is shorter than me or skinnier than me?  They make height extenders for men, right?  I can't not wear my heels.  Shallow Schmallow!
  8. Would I rather give up pizza for the rest of my life or find true love?  Hmmm, depends on what kind of pizza :)

  9. Would I rather vacation with Ryan Gosling for 24 hours in Death Valley or spend 24 days with Gilbert Godfried in Bora Bora?  Bring on the heat Ryan--those flying vultures don't mean nothing against your rock hard six pack (oh, and your obvious undying love and affection for me).  I'll take my chances with the birds!  And yes, I made my true love's pic just a bit bigger--you are welcome! ;)
  10. Would I rather have a guy who was my second choice in love for the rest of my life or be at my desired weight for the rest of my life?  I'll be honest, I had to think about this one for a few minutes.  But I'm totally going with the weight---I'm sure I can mold my third choice into something desirable too.
Alright gals, I hope you all got a good chuckle out of this today!  I had fun writing it and I think it all boils down to this picture right here...

Well, that's all folks!  At least for today y'all!  Come back tomorrow when I'm telling you what I've been up to!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekend Recap...oh and Everything I did last week too!

Hi Girls-

Happy Monday! Yes, I know it's been a week since you heard from me and I'm sorry about that.  I traveled for the first time in a while and if you follow me on IG, you know that the trip didn't go exactly as planned so today I'm going to catch you up on all this past week, all last week and the weekend prior.  Because, well, this is my blog and I can do that :)

HA!  I'm trying not to feel this way but man, do weekends fly by?
OK, where do I even begin?  Let's go back to last weekend...

Friday night was a night on my own.  I ended up watching romance movies "The Holiday" and "Leap Year" while drinking green tree, snuggled up on the couch with my girls.  I also made a delicious pita pizza with sun-dried tomato basil chicken sausage and fresh basil sprinkled on top.  It was amaze-balls!  It also kept me within the confines of "Operation It's Not to Late to Get into your swimsuit".  I'll admit that I was pretty content as there's been quite a bit of drama in the dating scene lately.    More on that to come.

I woke up Saturday morning with a terrible case of the sniffles.  Call it Summer allergies if you will but it was one of those kind of runny noses that I couldn't even tilt my head over without wetting my face.  Gross, yes I know but I'm keeping it real.  Anyways, as a result of said nose runs, I ended up doing this for most of the day.  Hot, right? 
Saturday night, I had the little ones while my girlfriend and her hubby had date night.  We grilled out (and I didn't take one single photo) but I made hot dogs, burgers and corn for the kids and Abby while I made teriyaki shrimp with asparagus and baby potatoes for myself.  After dinner and getting the girls bathed (the boy fell asleep on the couch at 8) and in their pj's, I decided to clean up myself and came out to hear a concert in the other room.  As I walked out, this is what I found---be still my heart.  #mycuprunnethover  I can't even tell y'all how blessed I am to have Abby in my home.  God put her here for a reason and the kids just love her to pieces.  She is so patient and musically inclined and the kids thought it was awesome when she pulled out her little guitar (ukulele) that was perfect for their little hands.  I will certainly miss her when she goes back to school in August so I am making sure to cherish every single moment that I have with her until then.

Speaking of Abby, Sunday was her first time leading a song during worship and this "Host Momma" had to get pictures of her.  She did a super fantastic job and I couldn't be more proud.  I was also able to meet her wonderful parents who are just as awesome as she is. 
OK, now we are getting into last week where I had full intentions of blogging but due to my poor planning I just didn't get it done.  If you are new here, I am in sales and travel for my job.  A lot during certain times of the year but this is my slow season so I hadn't traveled in about 6 weeks.  To be honest, I was getting a little stir crazy so I took a trip up to my corporate office in CT for a few days to dust off my cobwebs.  My morning started out pretty well---I didn't experience traffic, got to the airport early enough to grab my Vanilla Ice coffee and sit in a rocking chair (the best thing about the Charlotte airport) to prepare myself for my flight.
Now let me back up one step.  Here's some of the drama in the current dating scene.  Again, if you are new here, I am a single gal looking for my Mr. Right.  In doing that, I've found myself back in the online dating world of Match.com. I received an email from a guy commenting on one of my posted photos.  After reading his profile, I was intrigued enough to respond and we had a few back and forth emails through the site before he asked me for my number.  Which I gave him.  After a few texts, it was getting late and that was that.  Fast forward to Monday morning, I received a text from him at 6:45 saying "Good Morning".  OK, first of all, if I hadn't already been up I would have been pissed that he was texting me that early but because I was traveling it was no biggie.  I responded with "Hi" and that was it.  Heading to the airport I get another text asking for a pic.  OK, if you've ever been on a dating site, you know pictures are a big part of it--essentially it's like shopping for a mate.  I have 15 pictures of me with my profile.  15!!!  Now maybe I was quick to judge but I automatically had a gut feeling that this guy was not genuine because we hadn't even had a voice conversation yet and he's asking for pictures.  For reals?  So, I politely responded saying as such.  Y'all, his response is classic!  I have been called lots of names in my history of dating or actually just in general but this is the first time I've been called "this" name.  EVER!  Plus, if I'm being honest I was also laughing because he is obviously grammatically challenged by not using the proper use of "you're" in his dramatic exit.  I simply said "Thanks"!  And that was it!  But thanks Chris for letting me know you, sir, are a douchebag, before I wasted any time on your sorry butt!


OK, back to my travel.  If you follow me on IG (nc30grits), you know this is where the hijinks began.  We were about 30 minutes late for departure on a flight that is only supposed to be an hour and a half.  OK, I can deal with this delay because I was in 1F on a small plane and had enough room to not complain.
That is until our pilot comes on at the time that we are needing to land saying that we are delayed because of weather and because the ILS system was not working (which is the light systems on the runway that guides the plane in) so we would have to circle around until it is cleared up and the airport gets back to running properly.  Well, this turned into another debacle as now we were low on fuel so we were diverted to another airport in NY close by to refuel until we could get back in the air.  Unfortunately, after we landed and got the fuel we needed, we sat on the tarmac.  And we sat.  And we sat some more.  Two and a half hours later they opened the doors for us to get some air circulating.  Good news is that it wasn't 100 degrees like it was in NC.  Another hour later, they had to let us off the plane to avoid fines.  Flight still wasn't cancelled but they said, they had no idea when it would leave.  Not very encouraging!
Anyway, I happened to overhear some folks talking about taking a chauffeured SUV to the other airport to get their cars and they needed a 6th rider.  I would have rented a car but they wouldn't let me return it to another airport without it costing me $600.  I mean for reals!!!  Such a racket!  Again, if you follow me on IG, you've already seen this picture but here's a picture of me and my 5 new best friends making the trek to West Chester airport in White Plains, NY. 
As y'all might know, I am a super talkative person who hates awkward silence so I felt the need to keep the conversation going asking whatever questions I could think of to make the trip as short as possible.  The guy on the left is a car salesman, the girl in the middle is the Post Master in the town she lives in, the lady in the back is retired and the young man in the back is a fresh out of college sales kid (22) who had just started his first job two weeks ago.  I saved the best for last which is the guy on the right---he's a psychotherapist!  I honestly don't think he wanted to tell us what he did for fear of all the questions we may ask and boy, was he right?!?  Of course, I asked the obvious questions of "What's wrong with me?, Why am I still single?", etc.  He laughed and laughed and I said I was serious.  Honestly y'all, it was such a fun trip and he insisted the car was like a one on one and there were client/doctor privileges and said I couldn't discuss more.  :)

Fast forward and the drive is finally over.  I bid farewell to my new BFF's and finally hop in my rental and these songs come on.  Hello silver lining to my horrible travel day!
Topped off my evening with some delicious cuisine and a tasty beer.  All was now well with the world!  
The next few days were a blur other than the fact that I was dressed before noon and realized that yellow is now my signature color (thanks Laura my super chic, yellow wearing gal pal).  I know you can't see the whole shirt but I took an impromptu trip to the mall because I somehow managed to lose my lipstick in my crazy travel day and mosied into NY & Company and picked up this red halter top.  I love it!

That brings us to the weekend...which was pretty simple and HOT!!!  Y'all, NC is just yuck right now.  Don't get me wrong, I love my state but Mother Nature is playing a cruel trick when we've had 100 degree weather for a full week in a row with no end in sight.  And that's before July and August even hit!  I took it easy Friday night, did some shopping at Charming Charlie's for some new jewels on Saturday morning and a graduation party Saturday night and church along with a little pool time on Sunday.  Pretty basic but I got in a lot of rest time.  Oh and did I mention that I am now in love with Cookie Butter.  I picked this gem up at Trader Joe's when I went last week and although I ate it with apples, I totally could have just used my spoon. 

OK gals, it's Monday---let's do this!  I'll be here all week!