Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas.....

..... around this ole blog o' mine.

It's not much, but I designed it myself.

See, I'm the type of person that can see someone do something creative and want to do it myself. So, I'll spend hours and HOURS trying to figure it out.

I love my previous design by Krystyn of Krizzy Designs that I've had for about two years now and will probably go back to it. However, I wanted something fun and Christmasy and my own. And, well, free.

So, I labored and researched and tested until I got this :)

A couple of thanks to some peeps/sites that either gave me info I needed, offered moral support, or answered a specific question......

Monday, November 28, 2011

Only in Social Networking

Have you ever gone to a blog or FB profile that you haven't checked out in a while, only to be BLOWN AWAY?!?!?!?!

For instance.............

- Recently, I found out that a current FB friend (and former high school classmate) is in a relationship (as in living with and raising their child) with a man 39 years her senior. *cuemindblown*

- Just today, I found out that a couple that my parents are friends with at church have separated. I mean, their children and my brother grew up together. She and I frequently end up on neighboring treadmills. How did I not know that her husband had up and moved to another state?! *cuemindblown*

- Recently, a blog that I haven't checked out in a while showed up in my Reader. While reading through the first page of posts, I came across a sentence that had my doing a double-take. Then, I read closer. Then, I read the previous three months of posts to figure out what I'd missed. *cuemindblown*

Am I the only one that is sometimes floored by these little social networking revelations?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fill in the Blank: Black Friday

Happy Black Friday!!!! You can join in over at The Little Things We Do!

1. Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of a total tradition! And, if you're waiting until dawn, you're too late. I will say this I MUCH preferred this year.... all my typical stores opened up at 10pm or 12am. I was in bed and asleep by 2:30am. I more a night owl and early bird, so it worked perfectly. Then, later in the day, I got up and went to a few secondary stores.

2. If I were to go shopping today I would have a plan. Make that, I *did* have a plan. My friend and I were on a mission and we accomplished it in record time, lol. Any further shopping that may occur today or this weekend will be brainstorming.

3. The best thing I ate yesterday was the turkey, the mac and cheese, and the Apple Sage Sausage stuffing.

4. Something I've been learning lately is it's sometimes better to be candid. Lately, I've had zero patience and have been speaking my mind more often. Respectfully, but firmly. It's sometimes stressful for me to be that way, but I seem to get more accomplished.

5. I cannot start my day without making my bed and taking a shower.

6. My nighttime attire consists of a sports bra (yep), a tshirt, and pajama pants/shorts.

7. I am looking forward to really gearing up for Christmas. It *is* the most wonderful time of the year!! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Ornament Exchangers..... Did you mail out your ornaments, yet? No? Well, here's a reminder!!

I'll post a linky on the 5th, so you still have time!


I wish I was better at Twitter.

I have an account, but am so sporadic with it. Ya'll seem to have so much fun on there everyday.


I'm taking some comp time (yesterday and today) and have so enjoyed doing nothing.

I've been watching "TODAY" and their doing their St Jude - Thanks & Giving Kick-Off. It makes me wish I were at St Jude NOW. I can't wait for seminar.


I have to admit. There will be two things on my Fall Bucket List that won't be crossed off. They just won't.

Oh well. 11 out of 13 isn't bad.


Boys are irritating me, right now.

I wish they'd just make up their minds.

Does anyone know of a nice, single male that doesn't have problems making decisions? If so, please send him my way.



I haven't worked out in two weeks.

Which makes my planned power workout for today a bit scary.

The amazing part is that I haven't gained anything in this two weeks.


You may need to file the above under "Spoke Too Soon" after tomorrow.


I puffy glittery heart the Target Lady. Her commercials make me laugh every.single.time.

And, after the Target Two-Day Sale is over, I miss her. It's true. Pathetic, but true.

Monday, November 21, 2011

If I Won The Lottery....

..... the first thing I'd do would be to hire a hairstylist to come fix my hair every morning.

I would kill to be able to do my hair this pretty, by myself.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Hi, friends!!!

I have missed you!!

The past 5-6 days have been some of the most intense and rewarding days of my career. The high (and utter exhaustion) I'm feeling right now is akin to Radiothon.

This is one of those times that I can't be really specific, but wish I could. Let's just say that a project that began with a meeting on August 19th has been completed. It took three months of preparation, countless hours of crossing t's and dotting i's, and five days of complete stress, but it's done.

I've made friends with some of the greatest people (and listeners) you could imagine.

No joke, my event ended with ME (yes, me) receiving a standing ovation. I'm still stunned and humbled.

Now? I sleep.

Friday, November 11, 2011

"A" is for Applesauce

Ever wonder what approximately 2500 individual containers of applesauce looks like?

Well, now you know.

This afternoon we did a drive to collect applesauce for a local charity that feeds homeless children. The kids don't have anything to eat from the time they leave school on Friday until they get back to school on Monday. So, the organization puts together little survival kits of food that allows them to get healthy, ready-to-eat food over the weekend.

We ended up with roughly 2500 individual containers.

Which was WAY more than we were expecting.

Since we weren't expecting that much, I told the organziation they could pick it up on Monday. Which meant it had to go from the drive location to the station.

In my car.

Little known fact: Ford Escapes can hold a lot of applesauce.

Then, said applesauce had to be taken into the conference room.

Thankfully, I had a coworker willing to help.....

The ironic part?

I don't even eat applesauce.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Liking 'Large'

This past weekend, I went to Disney. While I was in the Orlando area, I stopped by some outlets in search of warm clothes. A couple years ago, we had a lengthy cold snap and I bought some sweaters, etc. That got me through last year, even though they were a little roomy. However, a couple of cool days already showed me that they would NOT work this winter.

As I don't like spending a lot of money on clothes, period, I *really* don't like spending a lot of money on clothes that I only need about 2 months (if that) out of the year AND that I have no intention on fitting into next year (30 lbs until my goal weight).

Hence, outlets.

I hit up my favorite bargain clothing store.... Old Navy. The lady in the dressing room was amazing. She gave me her completely honest opinion on everything I tried on. My favorite line?

"Honey, all of these clothes are too big on you. What size are you bringing in here?"


"Ha! No, let me go get you smaller sizes."

See, my whole life....... well, since I have been old enough to pick out my own clothes and take them into a dressing room..... I've been XL or XXL. At my heaviest, I was a size 26 going on 28 (this is the first time I've ever said that publicly, lol....... still not sure I'll ever be comfortable saying my actual weight).

When I walked out of the store, I walked out with four Large long-sleeved shirts, one Large long-sleeved sweater, and two pairs of size 14 jeans. Now, depending on the store or the make of the clothing item, I still may need an XL or a 16. However, that's becoming less and less. The dressing room attendant pointed out that I *think* I need the larger size...... when I really don't.

I know, to a lot of people, the thought of wearing a Large or a size 14 is appalling. I mean, it's still chubby and by its own name, Large. However, my 5'7 1/2" big-boned frame has NEVER been this small. It was an awesome feeling to walk out of that store carrying clothes smaller than I've ever worn.

Like I said earlier, I still have about 30 pounds to go. I don't know what size I'll be at that point.... I am more concerned with being a healthy weight, BMI, etc.

Walking out of that store, though? Was definitely a nod to how far I've come.........

February 2005 (pretty much the heaviest).......

July 2005 (I'd just started losing weight)......

June 2011......

August 2011.........

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ornament Exchange: Emails Sent!!

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that partner emails have been sent. If you didn't receive yours, let me know!

Laura (Musings of an Orange Sheep), email me, please. My computer is being stupid, so I can't get a hold of you, lol.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Stealing

1. Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work?

No. I've done the whole "breathe on it and rub it to get it to work."

2. What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated?


"The Guy" is 7 years older than me. "Fun Distraction" is 16 years older.

Apparently, I am attracted to older men who don't like to commit. Alas, my longstanding celebrity crush on George Clooney.

3. Ever been in a car wreck?

Yes and no. I've never been in a wreck with another car on the road.

However, one time I got into my car and it started rolling down our rather steep driveway. The emergency brake didn't work and I ended up in our neighbor's front porch.

4. Were you popular in high school?


5. Have you ever been on a blind date?


6. Are looks important?

They shouldn't be, but if everyone is honest, then yes. They do matter, to some degree.

7. Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more?

Yes :) I have several dear, dear friends that I've known most of my life.

8. By what age would you like to be married?

In my earlier plans, I'd be married by now. But, you know the saying, "We plan. God laughs."

So, I'd like to be on my way to married by 30/31.

9. Does the number of people a person’s slept with affect your view of them?


10. Have you ever made a mistake?

Haven't we all?

11. Are you a good tipper?

I usually tip 20%.

12. What’s the most you have spent for a haircut?

For cut/style, around $40-$50. When I get highlights (every 6 months), it runs around $90-$110.

13. Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?


14. Have you ever peed in public?

In a public restroom, yes. Just peeing? No.

15. What song do you want played at your funeral?

I have no idea.

16. Would you tell your parents if you were gay?

Yes, I would. They'd still love me.

17. What would your last meal be before getting executed?

I hate the thought of this question. To answer, it would be Thanksgiving dinner.

18. Beatles or Stones?


19. If you had to pick one person on earth to die, who would it be?

I refuse to answer that.

20. Beer, wine or hard liquor?

Occasionally, a glass of wine.

21. Do you have any phobias?

Yes, swinging bridges. And, rats.

22. What are your plans for the future?

Hopefully, get married and have kids.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

1) HOW is it November?!?!?!?! How?

2) I'm going to Disney this weekend. It's a good thing, too, since it will be my one and only chance to hit up the Food and Wine Fest :(

3) I *heart* November Sweeps. However, I'm so far behind in my TV watching that I probably will watch November Sweeps during January.

4) Speaking of TV. There are a few new shows that I'm loving right now.........

5) My Ornament Exchange entry ends tomorrow. Join, people!

6) From Saturday, 11/12 through Friday, 11/18, I am scheduled to work 70 hours. I just needed to put that in writing.

7) I've achieved a couple of work goals that I set for myself when I landed the job. For that, I'm super proud of myself.

8) My mom rocks. She's volunteering her time to help me at work, just because she knows how overwhelmed I am.

9) This was Youth Group on Sunday.........

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fall Bucket List: Savannah, GA

*** Don't forget to join my Ornament Exchange ***

One of the things I wanted to do this Fall was go to Savannah. About a year and a half ago, some coworkers and I decided we needed to take a Girls' Trip to the city. Then, this summer, M and I decided if we were ever to go, we just needed to go, lol.

On October 7th, we took off of work early and headed north. We had the best chats on the way up! You never know how you really gel with someone until you're stuck in a car with them for a long period of time, but we got along like gangbusters, lol.

After a good night's sleep we got up on Saturday to explore Downtown Savannah. Pretty much right away, we decided to take a trolley tour. Some people hate them, but I love trolley tours. I think it's a great way to get a feel of your surroundings while finding out a lot about the city. I took a lot of pictures from the trolley. I just loved the architecture.....

Leopold's is apparently a famous ice cream shop......

'The Waving Girl'......

After we finished the tour, we walked around the City Market. Then, we headed down to River Street. And by down, I mean DOWN.......

Those are steep iron steps!

M and I

The thing I loved most about River Street was the fun signs, lol......

On our way back to the car, we stopped by Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons, to see what chances we had to get in. Much to our surprise, they had a reservation for 9:15pm! We went back to the hotel to rest and freshen up. Then, it was time to pig out!!

We stuffed ourselves and headed back to bed. The next morning, it was time to go home :(

We really had a wonderful time and, even though it was a short jaunt, I loved getting to explore a city I'd never been. Also, we realized that we didn't talk about work the whole weekend! That was amazing in and of itself, lol.