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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Link Up for 2013

Okay peeps my blog friend Janna is starting a link up and I'm here to spread the word so we can get as many people involved as possible! So here's how it works:

We're gonna make 2013 or bish! Instead of making resolutions take the time to decide what you want next year to be all about. Don't make the same old resolutions you make and fail to achieve every year. Make DECLARATIONS about what 2013 is going to be! I'm part of the link up and you should be too! Go to Janna's page (click here) and grab the link up button. Post it on your blog and list the ways you're gonna make 2013 your bish!!



Perception Is Everything

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Home

Growing up on the East Coast I'm pretty used to having four seasons. Most of the time I like it. I would miss the sunshine if I lived in Alaska and dealt with the 6 months of night part. But sometimes I really, really like to fantasize about what it would be like to have a winter home. Follow the logic won't you......okay some people have summer homes near beaches and whatnot they visit, but me I want a home somewhere warm to visit when it's too dang cold where I live. I like to watch it snow, I just don't like being out in in or shoveling it or worrying about falling and busting my butt because it's slippery out. I don't like the icy cold winds and the icy cold rain that pops up during winter time. I'm not a fan of winter at all, which some people think is funny considering I was born in the winter.

Just because I'm a winter baby doesn't mean I have to like this season so :-P

I have this board on my Pinterest page where I've put together all the parts of my fantasy Barbie Dream House/Winter Home. It would be on an island somewhere that's already been developed and has electricity, an airport, hospital, running water and wi-fi. I could learn to grow my own food, and someone living on the island would be our butcher. So as long as I have the basics I'm okay. Here's a sample of what it would look like:


I'll take one of these too
Hot tub outside with privacy wall in case I'd like to be nekkid....http://media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com/upload/76350156152405579_5tM93SWE_c.jpg
Pretty cool pool
Indoor pool through the house .....http://media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com/upload/272045633710473058_q1Iomv0I_c.jpg
Amazing spa bathroom with a stone soaking tub and and natural...
Master bathroom.....http://media-cache0.pinterest.com/upload/70437464294629_ekukeKb2_c.jpg
Modern canopy bed vox5287
Master bedroom....http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/231653974553211707_yczSSr2s_c.jpg
Stairs leading to first floor....http://media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com/upload/79446380896727579_jcvuaFb3_c.jpg
romantic & airy bedroom
One of the guest rooms....http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/42995371412030432_JLzcqHl5_c.jpg
Den....http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/94153448430132239_zS4myazb_c.jpg
circular kitchen
Kitchen....http://media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com/upload/238620480226303863_gZa3BPM8_c.jpg
mah wine cellar
Wine cellar....http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/280630620500126874_6IcsDRPe_c.jpg
Swimming pool in the living room...hmmm
Living room with different decorations though....http://media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com/upload/118149190193781957_CkhZO85F_c.jpg
Link to many different hot tub sites
Mah pool....http://media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com/upload/241364861249839133_6xVWTaIi_c.jpg
Beautiful!
Garden....http://media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com/upload/167970261072187659_GmL4fRtx_c.jpg


Hey a girl can dream can't she

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Happy Holidays




In this time of political correctness I say BAH HUMBUG!! Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus!!! Hold your loved ones tight and appreciate the silly moments, the joyful moments and even the not so great moments because these are the moments you'll always remember. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday and see you in 2013!!!


Funny Christmas Season Ecard: Let's celebrate Christ's birthday this year by ignoring the fact that he would have celebrated Hanukkah.
Nothing like pointing out the obvious




Funny New Year's Ecard: Here's to the end of another shitty year we'll one day be strangely nostalgic for.
Happy New Years hahaha!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Me and Fantasy Football

Back in October I talked about why I play Fantasy Football. Bragging rights plain and simple. People have this tendency to assume that because I'm a woman I don't know much about sports. Ya'll would be soooo wrong!! I grew up on football, wrestling and hockey and fell in love with baseball as I got older. So I know a thing or two when it comes to sports. I might not be able to spit out someone's stats from when they were in college, or tell you which team drafted which players in which round. But I know a few things.

So when a friend of mine talked me into fantasy football, I figured it only made sense to try my skills. Now last year I came in 8th place in the league. Which isn't too bad for a rookie. This year because I had so much downtime thanks to my back issues I ended up being in four leagues instead of one like I was last year. Mainly cause the people in a couple of my leagues don't participate (which is annoying, why sign up if you're not gonna be active). Anywho, I did bad in two of the leagues. Which brings me to another thing that pisses me off about some people who play fantasy football. First they do an auto-draft. Now for those of you who don't play that means they make a wishlist of who they want and the computer picks their team for them. I understand if you can't make it because something came up, but honestly there's enough times available where you can pick something that fits your schedule. So no excuses. Then these people don't bother to adjust their lineups every week and hoard good players. Which means us active players can't draft them because their owners are too lazy to play.

So in two of my leagues I did pretty bad. Which bugs me because it wasn't a fair fight. But in the other two leagues I made it to the playoffs. Right now I'm tied for 1st in the division in one league, and I'm in 2nd place in the other one. WOOT WOOT!!! Doing my happy wiggle!! I feel pretty damn good about myself for being able to kick butt. Never imagined I'd be in 1st or 2nd place so I'm SUPER HAPPY!! Soon as the playoffs are over I'll let you know what my final standings were. :-)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Remember the Victims of Sandy Hook

There will be no mention of the sociopath who murdered 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT. I will not make him a celebrity by making him a memory. He took the coward's way out by committing suicide after doing something as disgusting and heinous as to take the lives of innocent people. What I will do is highlight the names of those who were killed for no reason:

VICTORIA SOTO
CHARLOTTE BACON
DANIEL BARDEN
RACHEL DAVINO
OLIVIA ENGEL
JOSEPHINE GAY
DYLAN HOCKLEY
DAWN LAFFERTY HOCHSPRUNG
MADELINE F. HSU
CATHERINE V. HUBBARD
CHASE KOWALSKI
JESSE LEWIS
ANA M. MARQUEZ-GREENE
JAMES MATTIOLI
GRACE MCDONNELL
ANNE MARIE MURPHY
EMILIE PARKER
JACK PINTO
NOAH POZNER
CAROLINE PREVIDI
JESSICA REKOS
AVIELLE RICHMAN
LAUREN ROSSEAU
MARY SHERLACH
BENJAMIN WHEELER
ALLISON N. WYATT
NANCY LANZA

These are the names that should be remembered. 

Click here for CNN's tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Moments of Productivity

One of the worst parts of having an anxiety disorder is being able to function. Normal worries like bills are one thing. When I have my to-do list on a 24 hr loop through my head, it tends to get super annoying. I get up with a plan to be Little Miss Productive and my brain decides it wants to be no help at all. Say I need to work on a project. I open my laptop, start doing research and then BOOM distraction pops in. A need to check my email, or a response to a post on Facebook, or whatever. Before you know it I've got 5 or 6 tabs open bouncing between them trying to do a million things at one time.

Funny Encouragement Ecard: There are no limits to what you can accomplish when you are supposed to be doing something else. 

It's not always this bad. I have moments when I start and finish one thing at a time. Like a few minutes ago I was able to run through some research for a PowerPoint I need to make for school before I decided to come make this blog post. My mind isn't always running rampant thankfully. But sometimes just a little distraction is bad enough. I think the biggest reason things have been getting better is because I've started prioritizing things lately.

I make to-do lists constantly. But there used to be no rhyme or reason to them. Just a big old list of stuff I needed to get done. Now I have this to-do list app on my phone that helps keep me organized. I can color code based on priority level, separate lists by category, and set due dates and reminders. So now I don't get upset if I didn't cross everything off in one day. I used to feel like a failure, no matter how much I got done, if I managed to have just one thing still needing to be done. It gets to be pretty draining especially when you have other things on your mind. One step at a time.......

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Training for 9 yr olds

Now I like to think of myself as doing all I can to prepare my niece for the world. My methods may seem a little unorthodox, but hey I think they're effective. So here's what happened:

I'm a huge fan of the TV show The Walking Dead. My best friend just started watching it last night. At some point my niece came into the living room while my best friend's daughter and I were making zombie noises. Before I continue I have to preface my next statement with this "my niece doesn't handle scary very well." Now that I've said that let's move on. So we're in the living room making zombie noises and she comes out to find out what's going on. When somebody's making zombie noises it's a little less freaky when they're standing right in front of you. So she laughed and played along and pretended like she was running away. She'd wait a second then creep up towards me when she thought my back was turned. Then I'd do my zombie thing again and she'd laugh and run away.

Warning: violent subject matters ahead!

A little while later I'm on my way to the bathroom and I decide to peek my head in the doorway and make zombie noises. Completely forgetting about the fact that she doesn't do scary. So I slither in in full zombie mode and she goes ballistic. Insert screeching little girl with a doll high chair in her hands perched on the bed trying to defend herself from zombie aunt. Yeeaahhh not the best idea I've ever had but at least I stopped at the doorway and didn't go further in because I think she would've whacked me. No scratch that I know for a fact she would've whacked me in the gut with her doll's high chair. And she would've been in the right for defending herself because for that moment she thought her aunt was a zombie.

So if I teach you all nothing else readers: Don't play zombie apocalypse with your 9 year old niece! That's how people get busted in the gut with a high chair.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Stocking Swap 2012

So I took a chance to be a little adventurous and entered a Stocking Swap this year. A few of us bloggers signed up and just like a Secret Santa, we were randomly assigned a partner. Today I got my stocking and I LOVE IT! My swap partner put together an awesome stocking for me.


As you can see there's a ton of great stuff she sent me. Thank you so much Heather Fox from amosfoxfamily.blogspot.com I love it! Those sweet mints are going in my purse since I seem to always run into someone with a case of bad breath. At some point I will try to use the cookie skillet too. That has to be the cutest thing I've seen in a long time.

P.S. Thanks for sending The Grinch, not sure if I ever mentioned on here how much I love that movie. If we do this again next year I hope we keep the same people.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sleep Deprivation

Well this weekend was beyond busy! Saturday was Jason's fundraiser (his back story). I swear there aren't enough hours in the day when you're on a tight schedule. Between running around to pick up donations for the Chinese Auction, stopping in to businesses we hadn't heard back from, and picking up supplies for Saturday. Whole lot of running and barely enough sleeping.

We were up til 1am I think on Thursday night, up til 3-3:30am Friday night, and up and moving from 9:30am til about 3:30-4am Saturday. I definitely plan on slipping in some extra sleep here and there this week when I can to make up. It's one of those situations where I can't even be upset or grumpy about my lack of sleep. It's not like I stayed up reading a book or watching TV you know. Those late nights were done for a good cause.

The whole purpose of this fundraiser was to raise money for the family and raise awareness for childhood cancer. Ever year we have it drilled in our heads about breast cancer awareness for an entire month. While that is a good thing, people tend to forget about all the other forms of cancer out there. People don't realize, unless they know someone, how devastating childhood cancers are. Not just on the child but their family too. A random genetic thing can strip a child of their childhood in an instant. Can't go out and play with other kids because the germs they carry would be life threatening. Visitors are limited and have to take precautions before they can even be around the child. A cough, a sneeze, or that little feeling that you're coming down with something means you can't go anywhere near them. Food and drink need to be monitored. The worst part of it is the medicines they're given. These children are having chemicals pumped into their system to kill off the disease. Those chemicals change the way they feel, think, act. Their families just have to sit and watch and hope that all goes well and the treatment is effective.

So I'll continue to be sleep deprived if it means that one family can get the support they need.

I want to roll out the list of people who deserve a HUGE THANK YOU for all of the help they provided us:

  • Jen McGinn from All American Sports Pub
  • Brad from Berks Lanes
  • Patti Lutchkus
  • Carri Finkbeiner-Rapp
  • Laura from Jamberry Nails
  • Rob Marella from Seafood Shanty
  • Liz Goos from It's All the Rage Hair Designs
  • Dave from Party City
  • Jess & Bob Santoro
  • Bryan Anastasio from Lasting Image Tattoo Shop
  • WWE
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Reading Fightin Phils
  • Natasha Englebach from Hair on the Avenue
  • Celeste Arrowood from Portrait Innovations
  • Molly Campbell from Dandelion Jewelry Store
  • Olive Garden
  • Yankee Candle
  • Penn Avenue Music
  • Lebo's Pedal Parlor
  • Wyomissing Fitness & Training
  • Red Lobster
  • Learning Express
  • Austin's Steakhouse/Yogo Crazy/J.B. Dawson's
  • Chili's 
  • The Dog Stops Here

*A special Thank You to some anonymous donors who helped support our cause as well

THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WITHOUT YOU THIS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Human Pincushion

I talked briefly about the issues I'm having with my back. Long story short, car accident messed up my lower back and now I'm in pain all the time and I get snappy real easily. Been in treatment for 10 months now and nothing seems to work. It is so frustrating, irritating, annoying and debilitating. You get your hopes up thinking "this time it's gonna work." And then after you take the necessary steps and the process doesn't work, frustration sets in. It's like getting slapped in the face.

So I got to a point where I go into each new process with no expectations. Better not to get my hopes up and have them crushed anymore. It's a very tiring thing. You go through the motions and when nothing works you start back at zero again. Mentally and physically exhausting. Mentally this doesn't help my anxiety any, which is why I started seeing a psychiatrist. I'm irritable and feel like a ball of nerves 24/7. Physically I feel like I should be kept in a bubble. Imagine wanting to cuddle with the one you love and not being able to. I can't sit in one position for too long because I get uncomfortable. So it's nearly impossible to snuggle because I just can't get comfortable. I barely like being touched because I'm so agitated all the time.

I told the boyfriend I feel like a science experiment. Always poking, prodding and testing new theories on their little lab rat. Today was a new adventure in the scientific method. Had something called facet injections. Which is a step above the trigger point injections I had months ago. Doctor uses a fluoroscope to guide them into the right spot because these injections go in deeper. I will say they were highly irritating. Felt a lot of pressure as he was injecting me and then some soreness afterward. But the relief I had was extremely temporary and once again I got a little blue. Now like I said I went in with low expectations, but there's always that little part of me that still hopes. I can't not have hope that something will work, I just don't go in there feeling like Little Mary Sunshine. Another round next month, and if those don't work then it's on to the next thing. I just want this to be over with!!!! Sick and tired of feeling this way. But I keep reminding myself that no matter how bad this is, there are people who wish this was the worst of their problems. So I don't get too down for simple reasons: it could always be worse and at least I woke up today and can reasonably function. So many people don't have those options and I'm lucky that I do.

Monday, December 3, 2012

An Odd Number

Everyone has a different perspective on getting older. Some people look at it like it's a burden, while others embrace and move on. I don't spazz when it comes to getting older. Probably because of two reasons. #1. My mom told me my birthday was like my own personal holiday....so I celebrate with enthusiasm. #2. Part of me didn't think I'd make it past 16. So I tend to get a bit excited when my birthday is close.

Last year before I turned 30 a bunch of my older friends were telling me "you're going to love your 30's" and they were right. So far my 30's have been AWESOME. I was thrilled to turn 30 because my 20's had been pretty rough, I wasn't sad to see them go. 30 meant my life was getting onto the track I wanted it to and things were finally looking up.

Now I got pretty comfortable with saying 30. I was proud. It was a nice round number. Now I'm 31. I'm an odd number. I'm also an odd person sometimes so eh. My mind hasn't really been on me lately so it took a little bit longer for me to get in the birthday mood. Between working on this fundraiser we're having Saturday and Christmas shopping, it's been all about other people.

My birthday weekend started off with a trip to the best buffet I've ever been to. Since my best friend's birthday is 3 days after mine it was a family affair. The boyfriend, his son, myself, my BFF, her hubby/the boyfriend's BFF and their youngest daughter. We went to this place called Shady Maple Smorgasbord. It's run by the Amish and OH.MY.GAWD. it is delicious!!! Now we'd been there for dinner but not breakfast. We just made it there in time to get a couple rounds of food in before they started setting up for lunch. They start their breakfast buffet at 5:30am, not a chance in hell I'm getting up that early. Afterwards we exchanged gifts before we went our separate ways to relax and let our food continue to settle.

Sunday, my birthday, was also Football Day so I spent the whole day in my new pjs and was as lazy as I could possibly be. OHH it was heaven! Needed a little down time to unwind. I will say I got some great stuff for my birthday. I didn't get pictures of everything I got, sorry. But check out some of my birthday loot:

Tink figurine from my BFF

Mini water fountain to help me relax.....thanks babe

Woohoo Steelers coffee Mug from the boyfriend :-)

Mah new pjs



Saturday, December 1, 2012

Birthday Girl

So my 31st birthday is tomorrow. YAY ME! And my best friend's birthday is 3 days after mine. Being the sweet guy that his is, the boyfriend took us out for breakfast. Not just any breakfast. A breakfast buffet! Yeeahhh I got my eat on :-)

There's a place not far from here called Shady Maple Smorgasbord. We've been there before for dinner and OH MY that food is soooo delicious. So this time we figured we'd try out the breakfast version and see how good that was. I'm glad I wore sweatpants (or eating pants as I call them) because I was so stuffed by the time we left. But it was great for us to go out and have a great time together. Me, the boyfriend and his son, our best friends and their youngest daughter. I got to have eggs Benedict, for the first time in I don't remember how long, on top of all the other stuff I got. It was funny watching the kids come back with their pancake creations. They had one area where you could fill your pancakes with whatever you wanted. So what did the kids choose? M&Ms.

My best friend and I got great birthday gifts too. Downstairs they have an enormous gift shop filled with a lot of great stuff. I told the boyfriend I wanted a Tinkerbell figurine for Christmas, so we went down so I could show him which 2 I really liked the most. Options means there's still an element of surprise because I don't know which one he's picking. Oh yeah, I should rewind and explain the Tinkerbell thing.

When I was younger I was a relatively quiet child with a very expressive face. The only thing that's seemed to change is the fact that I'm vocal and still have an expressive face. Anyways back to what I was saying. Since I was the way I was my mom called me Tinkerbell, or Tink. So that started my fascination with Tinkerbell. That and someone told me a couple years ago my facial structure is just like hers, just with a really good tan hahaha. So here are the birthday gifts I got.

This pretty piece was a gift from my best friend <3 <3 her

New coffee mug from the boyfriend yay!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Thank You Readers :-)

I'd like to just give a quick THANK YOU to all my readers who've dropped by since Bionic Dee started. So a HUGE thank you to people from the following countries for stopping by and definitely come back anytime and SHARE ME WITH YOUR FRIENDS. I provided a nifty little translator on the page so no matter where you're from you can read my posts in whatever language you like.

THANK YOU (in no particular order)!

  • UNITED STATES
  • UNITED KINGDOM
  • RUSSIA
  • GERMANY 
  • ISRAEL
  • AUSTRALIA
  • CANADA
  • FRANCE 
  • THAILIAND
  • SOUTH KOREA 
  • INDONESIA
  • JORDAN
  • ROMANIA 
  • SLOVENIA

Shipping and Receiving

The older I get the more I understand why people prefer to buy things online. There are some things I feel have to be bought in store though. Laptops, TVs....big electronics purchases in general. But, for the other stuff I can just stay home in my pjs (enjoying the comforts of being bra-less....seriously is there anything better than not having an over the shoulder boulder holder on) with my feet propped up on the sofa and my laptop on my lap. I'm one of those people who can't go into a store and buy one thing. It seems like it's physically impossible for me. If I'm there for girly products I usually leave with snacks, some random item and one or two things I forgot to get the last time I was there.

And don't even get me started on how bad it is when I go into a Barnes & Noble. Bookstores are like crack to me. Can't just get a book....NOOOOOO...that would be too sensible. I leave with a bag of books. Most of them I haven't gotten around to reading yet. Well, okay, 95% of the books I have at home I haven't read yet because I have so damn many of them. I wasn't kidding when I said I want bookshelves that reach from floor to ceiling FILLED with books like in Beauty & the Beast.

My shopping habits tend to result in me having tired hands, sore shoulders, and an angry back because I have so many bags. Can't walk normal either, end of shuffle/waddling swaying from side to side looking like a bag lady. Soooo online shopping eliminates all that. The biggest down side to online shopping is the shipping part. We've already gone over how I don't want to drag all that stuff home with me and end of exhausted. So everything gets shipped to me. Then comes the waiting and the stalking.

If you've ever had anything shipped you know the routine. First email says your order was processed. Next one says it was shipped and you get that lovely tracking number. Then the stalking starts. I am obsessive about that. I will constantly refresh the page until it says "Out for delivery." Typically it always says it will arrive by "end of day", well what the hell does that mean. I thought end of day meant by 5pm-6pm. Since that's what time my packages usually showed up, if not some time right after I've woken up and haven't had caffeine yet. But according to UPS "end of day" means by 7pm or later depending on how busy the driver is. Sometime after 7pm I received my new textbook for the upcoming semester and a ginormous box. Seriously the thing came up to my knees. Now I know what I ordered, two mugs, so I was expecting a small normal sized box. Nope apparently when uncommongoods.com ships something they take extra precautions to make sure your package gets to you in one piece.

Ok somewhere under all this should be what I ordered.....

Dafuq is that??? ExpandOs....whatever  where's my stuff...


Ok I don't mind that they like to make sure it gets there in one piece, considering it's gifts and not for me. But have you ever seen packaging like that?? I've seen inflatable bags, popcorn and bubble wrap used to cushion and fill in the gaps between box 1 & box 2. But what the hell are those triangle things?? Well whatever they are I'm saving them, and the ginormous box, to use when I pack up my stuff and move since they seem to work so well. I didn't include a picture of what I bought because I don't wanna ruin the surprise. So after Christmas I'll post pics of what all I splurged on for the ones I love and share what came in this ginormous box of weird packing stuff.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Always Something

So last week I brought up how I was waiting for some blood test results my doctor ordered. I'm usually cautiously optimistic when it comes to test results. Considering my recent track record with my back issues, I went in hoping it wouldn't be something serious. Time for a little "good news/you might want to followup on this news."

  • Liver - Good
  • Kidneys - Good
  • Iron levels - Good
  • Blood Sugar - Normal
  • Cholesterol levels - Envy level good (unexpected but thrilling nonetheless)
  • Vitamin D levels - Low....medication prescribed for that (one pill once a week for 3 months)
  • Calcium - Kinda low and need to start taking supplements
After all that my optimism levels skyrocketed. I can deal with taking one pill a week and some daily supplements. No biggie! Then I opened my big fat mouth and told her about my sleeping problems. You see I have an anxiety disorder that set in after my mom died. For years I thought I could deal with it on my own and without medication. I was wrong.

It's gotten to the point where I get somewhere between 2-5 hrs of sleep a night. As soon as my head hits the pillow my mind starts racing. I swear it's like there's a NASCAR race in my head. Hard as I try to tune it all out I just can't get my brain to shut up long enough for me to fall asleep. So I lay there and wait it out until I black out from exhaustion. Of course something usually wakes me up mid-sleep (thank you small bladder) and I have to start the process all over again. Extremely frustrating and exhausting.

I also brought up how it's hard for me to focus when I'm awake too. I'll start working on one thing and within a few minutes I've got 5 browser tabs open and I'm bouncing between things. Which sucks big time when I've got a project to do. Even worse when it's an assignment I don't want to do because it's like my brain is helping me procrastinate. So my doctor suggested I do some in depth talking with my new psychiatrist because she thinks I have Adult ADD.

Say what now?? Yup apparently that could be a reason why my brain feels like it's on random shuffle all the time. Also why I can't sleep. So she gave me something to help me sleep. Next week I have to figure out what my long term goals for therapy are, and you better believe this ADD issue will be HIGH on the list. It's the chicken & the egg approach. Did my anxiety issue cause the ADD or was the anxiety caused by the ADD was never diagnosed. Hmmm.....I'll keep you posted.

Friday, November 23, 2012

What I'm Thankful For Part 2

I knew I was forgetting to list something when I made my list (What I'm Thankful for Part 1) of what I'm thankful for. But what I forgot didn't pop up until later last night. So allow me to share them:

Separate Bathrooms
There's nothing more frustrating than being stuffed from a Thanksgiving feast and needed to spend some quality time in the bathroom. And if you have a house full of stuffed people, the line gets pretty long. Unless you have a second bathroom. OPTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL! So I am very grateful when there's multiple bathrooms available to cut down on the waiting time. And the fact that they each have air freshener is an added bonus.


Xanax
I've had some issues with sleeping for a while. After my accident I've dealt with some bouts of depression. They didn't last super long, but long enough to make me think maybe I need some therapy. Well before I sprawl on a couch and start crying my sister suggested I start taking something to help calm my brain down so I can sleep. If it worked for her it could work for me. My problem is that the minute my head hits the pillow I have five million thoughts racing like an Amtrak train through my head. Annoying, frustrating, aggravating and sleep depriving. Usually takes me about 1-2 hours to fall asleep, on my really bad nights 3 hours. I get even more pissed off when I finally fall asleep and then a half hour later I wake up for some reason and have to start all over again. But with the help of low dose Xanax I finally slept peacefully and didn't wake up feeling like a hot mess for once. Thank you modern medicine.

Courtesy of: http://www.productivitygoal.com/uploads/sleeping_clipart-thumb.JPG

Online Shopping
There are two times a year I refuse to set foot into a store, Black Friday and Christmas Eve. Don't get me wrong those Black Friday deals are awesome. But those people are batshit crazy! Between the ones who camp outside for days to the ones who mob the stores like a zombie horde. It's just all types of ridiculousness. There's no order or rules it's every man for themselves. Those people with start brawls over a toy because they have lost their damn minds when it comes to a good deal. Me, I'll stay home in my pjs and wait for Cyber Monday and shop from the comfort of my home.

Look at that hot mess uh uh not going to jail for starting a UFC fight in the store

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I'm Thankful For

As I prepare to scarf down on a Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings I'm reminded that now is the time when people usually talk about what they're thankful for. It's one of those holiday traditions that's supposed to make us stop and think about how lucky we are. Because no matter how bad your day is there is always someone out there who has had a worst day. So with that in mind I'd like to reveal what I'm grateful for:

My Mom a.k.a. Marmie

Yes it's said the way it's spelled, unlike my full first name (grrrr). That's what I called her when I couldn't fully say mommy. My mom is without a doubt my hero because even as she was dying her one thought was about taking care of her baby girl. That right there is unconditional love. Constantly willing to protect your baby, even though she's a grown adult, and putting yourself second to that. One of the many lessons she taught me was this "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." No matter what life tries to knock me down with, there's so much fight in me that I refuse to stay down.

The Military
I've mentioned before how both my grandfather and boyfriend were in the Navy. I also have friends who were in the Army and Marines, so I'm surrounded by soldiers. I have and will always have a deep, deep respect for anyone that laces up their boots to protect this country. It takes a lot of unselfish self-sacrifice to be able to say you will do what's necessary to make sure the enemy doesn't cross the line.

Thanksgiving Preparations
It's always been interesting to me to watch what all goes into getting Thanksgiving dinner ready. When I was little I would hang around waiting to taste test stuff. Now it's all about the inappropriate humor in the whole process. There is nothing as funny as watching someone go elbow deep into a turkey. Thankfully my coffee cup was empty or else it would've ended up being spilled all over the floor. But my sides were hurting, and the innuendos were flying as my best friend manhandled the turkey.  I'm pretty sure if he could he'd be filing assault charges on her.

Footie PJs
I hate putting my feet on a cold floor unless it's summertime. It's also irritating when you wake up in the middle of the night to pee and you can't find socks or slippers. So I am very thankful for footed pajama bottoms that I can slip on and use to keep my feet warm while I shuffle to the potty.

Time off from school
If I wasn't already done with finals, I got two A's by the way, I would be looking forward to this little bit of downtime even more. Don't get me wrong there are times I love being busy. But sometimes a girl needs a break and a chance to get her head to stop swimming.

Sweatpants
Holiday dinners are one of those occasions where I just don't see the need to get dressed up. I'm hanging around with my family (my best friends who are basically family to me) so there's no need to get all dolled up. Besides, how am I supposed to get my eat on when my pants are too tight. Sweatpants it is! Need room for pie! Speaking of my family....

My Family
The people I call my family aren't related to me by blood. They're my best friends. My boyfriend, sister, brother, niece. They're the people who've always been there when I needed a shoulder, guidance, support, encouragement. They're the ones who understand me and love me flaws and all. They're my real family and I'm very thankful for them.

Skip Bayless and Steven A. Smith from ESPN First Take
I'm not a big fan of parades anymore, don't know why so don't ask. So it's nice to have something on in the background that interests me and makes me chuckle at the same time. Yes I am that girl that has fantasy football apps, ESPN apps and sports pages bookmarked. I'd rather watch ESPN than morning talk shows.

My Readers
Last but not least I'm thankful for those of you who take the time to read what I've written. It makes me feel good to know that my words aren't falling on deaf ears. Maybe I inspire debate, maybe I make you chuckle when you've had a bad day. Whatever I do for you I'm glad. And I'm THANKFUL you keep coming back.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Blood...They Took Mah Blood!!

AHHHH I've been attacked by Vampires!!!! THEY TOOK MY BLOOD!! 4 vials of my precious, precious blood :-(



Of course as we speak my body is already making more to replace what they stole from me yesterday. Guess I can't say they stole it if I willingly sat there, didn't start a kung fu showdown and run screaming from the building. They did take other stuff from me too. My pee! This is how it all started......

Last week when I went to see my new primary doctor I mentioned to her how someone told me there's a possibility I'm anemic. See I went to give blood and I couldn't because my iron count was too low. So once I said that she ordered a bunch of tests to be run and said I needed to get blood drawn. Now I'm not a big fan of needles, I'm the person who turns their head when the needle goes in. But I don't have a problem turning around and looking once the needle is in.

When I got to Quest Diagnostics I was all prepared to get my blood drawn. Mind you I was a bit cranky because I wasn't allowed to eat or drink anything after midnight (what am I a Gremlin). So I'm sitting in the waiting room staring at a water cooler and wondering what the hell is taking so long. Apparently it doesn't matter when your appointment time is since they have a 15 minute grace period to take you back. 20 minutes after my scheduled time I was taken back. Sat down and as I was rolling up my sleeves she said they'd need a urine sample too. Ummmm nobody told me you needed that, but whatever. I was concerned whether I'd have enough in the tank since I hadn't drank anything for hours. Magically I had just enough. Now I have to wait until next Tuesday to find out the results of my lab work. Fingers crossed she doesn't tell me something's wrong because I'm not up for adding another issue to my full plate of crap. I'll keep you updated when I get my results.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Down Time!!

So I brought up how ridiculously crammed my schedule has been lately thanks to some super poor planning on my part. What can I say the lure of free classes from some of the top universities in the world was super tempting and I lost my head. Well I cut out some of them and restructured things so I think I have a better balance now. Somehow I managed to get my final projects done for Kaplan and once I take my test on Wednesday (whoever came up for that spelling should've been slapped seriously wed-nes-day whatever!) I will officially be done with this semester!! Looks like two more A's for me yay :-)

I'm also looking at changing schools when I get my bachelors degree next October. The programs I've seen offered at other online schools are really better than the one offered at mine. And the offer classes that will help me develop into a better psychologist or licensed counselor. So now I just have to figure out which one I want to go to.

Now for my readers from the US we all know that this Thursday is a big day. Thanksgiving! Now the meaning behind Thanksgiving I've come to learn is pretty pretty false. But in the past it's come to mean more about being with the ones I love, rather than the story we're told in history class. Plus the food is soooo good!! I can't wait to dive into some turkey and stuffing! Of course there's nothing better than cold turkey sandwiches the next day and reheated stuffing. I'll be wearing sweatpants and a loose shirt so I can get my fill.

Funny Thanksgiving Ecard: My belt is already unbuckled.

In other news.....in a couple weeks we'll be holding a big fundraiser for Jason that little boy I've talked about on here (Jason Heckman). We're getting some great things donated for our Chinese auction from some really great organizations. Now I won't spoil the surprise just yet. You have to wait until after Dec 8th before I roll out the thank you list and reveal who all helped us with this. Let me just say besides the donations, the love and support and well wishes and cards people from all over have sent it has warmed our hearts. Really helps restore your faith in humanity.

Friday, November 16, 2012

More Than I Can Chew


Well looks like I finally bit off more than I could chew. See, my original goal when I started this blog was to at least be on here once a day Monday to Friday with a weekend post every once in a while. Well....that hasn't been happening lately because I have way too much going on at one time. Part of it is my fault for trying to fill in the downtime with other things. Like extra classes through Coursera.org, taking on a position in the executive board for one of my groups, fantasy football, and sleep. The extra classes seemed too good to pass up. Certificates for course taught by professors from colleges I've always dreamed of attending. Free classes by the way. But overlapping those classes around my already full class schedule at Kaplan University is becoming a bit much.

Especially when you add in my non computer related obligations. Doctor's appointments, helping out with a fundraiser, spending time with people I care about, sleeping, eating. Something is going to have to give soon, and it looks like first off the chopping block is some of those free classes. Not like I really have to take those anyway. That should free up more of my trapped time.

Also been trying to do some reading for pleasure when I'm not working on things. Which is nice. But I end up staying up until 1 or 2 in the morning because I'm sucked into a book. When you have an anxiety disorder sleep is hard to come by, so staying up isn't helping much. On the bright side I'm making steps to address that so I can worry less about being able to sleep, and actually sleeping. I did have a pretty productive week regardless of how little sleep I've gotten. Went to see my new primary doctor, she's great and for the first time in who knows how long I saw a doctor at my scheduled appointment time. Next couple of weeks I'll be bouncing between doctors and trying to get things done. Getting blood work done to check my iron level, blood sugar, kidneys, liver and something else I think. Appointment with pain management doctor about getting an epidural for my back pain, 50/50 shot of it working. Followup appointments, rinse and repeat.

First on the agenda though.....finishing up final projects.....then I'm having a lazy day.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Little Moments of Happiness

If you're anything like me sometimes you get so caught up in doing other things that you forget about yourself completely. Especially with the holidays being thrown in your face. Ahem, you're on notice Target!! Doesn't help that commercials about holiday sales are creeping in earlier and earlier than they used to. I mean some places aren't even waiting until Halloween is over before they start cramming Christmas down your throat. Yeah I'm talking about you Walmart with four aisles of Halloween right next to two aisles of Christmas stuff!!

It's insane because your mind starts going over all the things you need to get for other people. Halloween costumes, makeup, candy, party goods and whatnot. Then BOOM you see Black Friday previews and Christmas ads and the wheels start spinning. I need to get this, so & so needs that, blah blah would love one of these. And at some point when New Year's is over  you sit and think about what you would've liked to get but is now currently out of stock because of holiday madness and last minute store mauling by people who wait until the last minute to shop.

Every once in a while I like doing something for me to remind myself hey me I love me and you deserve something. Little moments of happiness for yourself is what I like to call them. It's never anything big like a trip somewhere. And nothing ridiculously expensive like that $1,000 pair of super awesome boots I saw that I would never buy but would love to have in my alternate dream world where I'm a millionaire. So this past weekend I did a little me shopping. Now sometimes "me shopping" ends up being mostly things I need but keep forgetting to get and maybe one or two things I've been dying to get my hands on.

So we went to Walmart and I got some things I needed: razors, woman supplies, deodorant. A couple things I've wanted to pick up: the new Tinkerbell movie and Magic Mike (really why are you surprised by this combo you know how random I am). And then on our way to checkout......I saw it!! I can't remember how many weeks ago I saw the ads about the anniversary edition coming out, but from the minute I saw them I said I need to add that to my DVD collection. Well I managed to find something one step better than just getting the anniversary DVD.

SQUEALS OF JOY CAME OUT OF ME WHEN I SAW THIS!!!!!

Let me explain why this is a big deal. My very first movie EVER was E.T. Mind you I was only 5 months old when this movie came out. So I don't actually remember the first time I saw it. But my mom told me that this was my first movie. Imagine how far my jaw dropped when I saw that! Way better than a DVD. Now I've got my own mini-E.T.!!! Of course he is staying in the box to prevent him from getting lost or dusty. Because so help me if he disappears there will be hell to pay!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day 2012

Photo courtesy of http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/articles/lg/1602.VeteransMemorialDay.jpg


I would like to take a minute and thank every brave man or woman who laced up their boots to protect the United States. For 237 years the Navy, Army and Marine Corps (65 yrs for that little whippersnapper we call the Air Force) have fought to keep this country safe from enemies foreign and domestic. I've always been a proud supporter of the Armed Forces because my grandfather served in the Navy during WWII. My boyfriend also was in the Navy during the Gulf War.

It's funny but looking back on the past 30, soon to be 31 years, I've been alive it's funny to see the people I gravitate towards. Except for a small chunk of my life between 1990 to 1995/1996, I've always known someone in uniform. Soldier, police officer, firefighter. I enjoy their company and I look up to them for the bravery they show that I don't think I have when it comes to what their job entails. But I love them just the same, I've either been friends with them or dated them. What can I say I have a weakness for men in uniform.

Anyways, this Veterans Day reminds me of certain things I get a bit defensive about. Anyone who dogs the military and candy corn. I know, I know what you're thinking "how in the hell are those two things in the same sentence???" Weelll, I told ya my mind is pretty random. Moving along....like those Westboro Baptist people. Dafuq is wrong with those people?! You're gonna protest the funerals of people who had the brass ones to put their lives on the line for a country full of people they don't know! HOW DARE YOU! You can disagree with war all you want to but it's a necessary evil. You don't have to agree with what the military does but you should damn well respect it. Nobody asked these soldiers to join up and sacrifice themselves for us. Nobody forced them to leave their loved ones behind and miss birthdays, holidays, first steps, first words and the comfort of their own home to fight and die for us. They weren't drafted, they enlisted. So as you can see I go off on people who disrespect the military. Just like with anything else they have their bad apples, I'm not saying all soldiers are perfect. But as least respect the fact they've chosen to do what you and I will not do.

Now.....on to candy corn. EWWW! There's certain things I haven't liked since I was a kid. Mustard and candy corn. Now there's an exception to mustard, I do like honey mustard. But I don't like regular mustard because of the smell. Candy corn is different though. The smell doesn't bother me, it's the feel and taste of it. For some odd reason I can't stand the stuff. That and Peeps. But Peeps I did to myself because I ate too many of them, just like with strawberry ice cream, used to love it now I can't stand it. So whenever someone goes on and on about candy corn I usually point out how I don't like it and I never have. Some people just leave it at that, other people want to fight me on the subject.

Person: "Here just try a piece you might like it now."
Me: "No no I won't like it trust me I tried a piece a while back and I still don't like it."
Person: "Yeah but they keep improving things. Try it you'll like it."
Me: "Umm no candy corn still tastes the way it did when I was little. So no I won't like it."
Person: "Just try it."
Me: "No I'm not drinking the Kool-aid. I don't want any damn candy corn."

So this Veterans Day take time to honor those who fought for your freedoms. Like choosing not to eat candy corn!

Funny Veterans Day Ecard: Thanks for serving our country so I can sit home and watch war movies.

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Precious

Between catching up on everything I was behind on in school thanks to Sandy, I've been pretty busy lately. I had these great posts all lined up for this week and I was ready to start publishing them when my laptop decided it was too sick to go on. I had this Dell Latitude, originally pink, that I've had problems from since the day I bought it. Now I love eBay, but there are some things you don't get on eBay. Like used laptops. Why? Because you have no clue what the previous owner did to it. And they're not going to tell you the whole truth, like "hey I rebuilt this and it didn't go as planned so I'm selling it have fun" or in my case "there's a virus I can't get rid of and your hard drive is only going to last you 1 more year."

The first year I didn't have any major issues with it and I was happy, until I cracked the screen. Laptop was on the floor and in my half-awake fog I flopped my leg off the sofa and put my foot on the floor. Couldn't figure out why the floor felt uneven until I sat up and heard a CRACCKK after I put the full force of my weight onto my laptop and cracked the screen. One new screen later I was back to being happy, until the fancy new operating system died on me. Apparently the guy who fixed my screen put an illegal version of Windows 7 on there and when I went to install updates it went away. 

After a while I finally got that taken care of when my laptop started acting funny. Turns out they finally found the virus that wiped out my wireless network. They also said I needed a new hard drive, they installed a good version of Windows XP, oh and they had to take what few good parts I had left in my pretty pink laptop and switch them over to a new gray one. Unhappy about the color change, happy about having a functioning laptop. Well, until I dropped it again. See what had happened was I had my laptop bag on my shoulder and my hands were full of grocery bags. Well when I went to put the bags down, because I was losing feeling in my fingers, my laptop bag slipped off my shoulder and I heard it tap the floor. Nothing too bad, no broken screen, just the colors were off. 

Took it to a different repair shop and they fixed my screen for $50. All was wonderful until my hard drive crashed a few months ago. I was able to restore it and get away with minimal loss. Figured I could hold off on getting a new laptop until Christmas. My boyfriend said he'd get me one for Christmas and I figured as long as it didn't crash again I could wait. Weelll, it crashed again on me Monday night. Wednesday I went to Best Buy and after a lot of discussion I left (well I came back the next day to pick it up after they installed stuff) with an HP ENVY m6 that I call My Precious. It is AAWWEESOOMMMMMEEE!!!!! Windows 8, nice and light, backlit keyboard, Beats audio and HD video. And this has "Holy Crap" insurance that covers anything that could possibly happen to it. I love my precious :-) Now I can spend the weekend working on getting some posts lined up for next week, I promise I won't leave you all stranded again.


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My Precious

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Getting Back to Normal

Now that Hurricane Sandy is done and over with we can work on getting our lives back to normal. And my what a mega-bitch she turned out to be. I'll be the first to admit I seriously underestimated how bad this storm was going to be until I saw the photos from areas that have been devastated by Sandy. Towns have been crippled by widespread power outages. Homes destroyed by the heavy rains and winds. Beach attractions stripped away from their homes along the shore.

Picture of Trump Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey
Casinos in Atlantic City closed due to the Hurricane photo courtesy of National Geographic

Flood damage to Seaside Heights, NJ photo courtesy of Anderson Cooper 360 
                
Some of us have been lucky thanks to being on different electrical grids. While my boyfriend temporarily lost power for a couple days, thankfully our friends still had power. But other people weren't so lucky. At last count I believe 45 people have died thanks to this hurricane. What a monster we've had to face right before Halloween. No horror monster could possibly bring up the same level of fear that Hurricane Sandy did.

Seaside Heights Amusement Park Seaside Heights, NJ photo courtesy of ABC News
Roller coaster from Seaside Heights Amusement Park Seaside Heights, NJ photo courtesy of LA Times



Of course the kids didn't mind it much because they were out of school for a couple days. Their biggest concern was being able to trick or treat. Depending on where on the East Coast you live Halloween was either last night, this weekend or next Monday. Not sure if the school I go to to vote has lost power. Hopefully if they did that will be restored in time for next Tuesday. Every vote counts! On a brighter note I did get to see one very special webslinger last night. Because of Jason's illness I wasn't sure he'd get to trick or treat for the first time. But he got dressed up and made an appearance last night. From what I heard he had a great time trick or treating with his brother and sister. Cutest. Spiderman. EVA! For more on Jason's story (I Need Your Help)

Photo: Happy Halloween from Jason Heckman :D
Jason Heckman a.k.a. Spiderman



Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Update

Well this has been an interesting weekend. Hurricane party Saturday night. No sense in waiting in lines that make Black Friday look orderly. So hit the liquor stores and beer distributors and ride it out.


Funny Confession Ecard: I don't need the threat of an impending natural disaster to stock up on liquor.


Softball tournament Sunday. Was awesome to see the boyfriend and one of our best friends win the championship for their division.

    
Reading Fall Softball Champions
 So now I'm enjoying a little downtime and waiting for Hurricane Sandy. I'll see how much work I can get done before I possibly lose power. Ooo I should check to see if my school posted anything about this, good chance I won't have class tomorrow night if this thing is as bad as they're saying it's gonna be. Course the weather forecasters around here don't have a great track record.

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Weather forecasting.....only job where you can be wrong 99.9% of the time and still get a paycheck. 

Blizzard of '96 we were expecting a few inches and ended up with close to 3 feet of snow. That year I learned the meaning of cabin fever. I was happy for about a minute when my mom told me I didn't have school because of how much snow had fallen. Then she told me I had to go outside and find my dog. I had a Chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix named Bambi who decided to tunnel his way to the back corner of the yard so he could pee. Apparently the genius got too cold to walk back. So I suited up, followed his trail and had to tuck him in my coat and bring him back in the house. Next time he went out to pee he didn't go too far from the backdoor. That'll learn ya!

Well time to get some schoolwork done before I can't. If I lose power I'll be back when this hot mess is over with. Oh and very happy my Steelers won today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Goodbye Midterms

Funny Encouragement Ecard: Here's to midterms....being over! Now to drink until finals! 
 
YAY I'm finally done with midterms!!! Wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't have to rewrite my one project after I'd spent 4 hours perfecting it. Nothing like vague instructions to really test how quickly you can start getting gray hairs. I swear if I start seeing any grays up there I'll know where they came from. To say I'm mentally exhausted is an understatement. But there is a cure for that. TV! Lots and lots of TV until I pass out from physical exhaustion. Think I'll catch up on shows I missed this weekend and if there's time....maybe a little Hawaii Five-0. I am behind on that one. 4 more weeks and I'm free of this semester. But like I said I just started other courses on Coursera.org the first class is only 5 weeks so that's not too bad. 2 quizzes and a 3 page paper for my Community Change in Public Health course. Now that's what I call some light work. 

BTW: Happy Hump Day!!!
 
Funny Confession Ecard: The only way I can get through Wednesday is by avoiding people who call it Hump Day.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Midterms Take 2

Okay so I'm almost done with midterms. I just have to finish touching up one of my papers. Soon as I'm done with that one I just have a quick one to do and then WOOHOO finished with midterms! Only 3 more projects left to do for this semester and then I'm free for a couple weeks before it's back to the grind again. Oh crap, wait that's not true....I signed up for these free courses through Coursera.org so no I don't get a break. Dang!! I was looking forward to a week of laziness and getting friendly with the stuff I've had saved on the DVR for the past 3 weeks. See I've tried having things on in the background and working during commercial breaks. That didn't work well at all. It is extremely difficult to focus when it's Sunday or Wednesday night. The back-to-back onslaught of Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Boardwalk Empire and the Walking Dead. Or face the one-two punch of Law & Order SVU and Chicago Fire. If any of ya'll are fans of these shows then you know how hard it is to focus on anything else. There's just no way I'm getting anything done between nekkid people rolling around and plotting gangster things, fairytale characters coming to life in a totally different way, Ice-T chasing down a perp or shirtless firefighters.

Which is why I usually end up trying to get as much done before 8pm as I can. From 8pm til about 11:02pm there's no productivity happening from me. That's probably why I felt a twinge of guilt when I got a surprise call from my research professor today. I'm one of those people who doesn't answer the phone if all I see is a phone number. For the people I talk to the most they have personalized ringtones. Now my default ringer is the theme from Hawaii Five-0, love me some Hawaii Five-0. I hear that theme song and I give a quick glance to the phone before I decide whether to pick it up or not. If it's an out of state area code, that call is going to voice mail. If I just woke up, unless there's a name attached and not just a number, that call is going to voice mail. You can see where I'm going with this. Every once in a while I get curious and answer it, 9 times out of 10 I regret that decision.

So I'm sitting there with my laptop on my lap, left hand wrapped around my coffee mug, in half-procrastination mode while I'm watching the latest episode of Revenge off the DVR. And my phone rings. Hawaii Five-0 theme.....and an area code I've never seen before but am assuming is a US area code.

Me: "Hello?"
Random Stranger: "Hi is Dee home?"
Me: (oh joy a bill collector) "Yes...this is she."
No Longer Random Stranger: "Hi Dee it's Professor L."
Me: (relieved) "OH hi how are you"

That's how my ten minute phone call with my one professor started Monday afternoon. She wasn't calling because I was in trouble or anything (right now I have a 4.0 in that class woo). She just wanted to touch bases and see if I had questions or concerns. Which was nice. At first I was a bit weirded out til she explained why she was calling. And of course that phone call gave me a twinge of guilt because I should've been working on my project but I was distracted. So off with the TV and now  that my Monday night class is over I'm going to get some work done. The sooner I get these two papers finished the better. One is halfway done like I said it just needs touch ups. Soon as I'm done I'll be nice and treat myself to a marathon of Boardwalk Empire, Hawaii Five-0 and Law & Order SVU: The Post-Stabler episodes (I miss Stabler, but I swear if I lose anyone else from the original cast I'm done).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Midterms...ughhh

Funny College Ecard: The most important thing to learn in college is how to eventually dodge your student loan officer.

Midterm time. Trying sooo hard not to procrastinate doing work I'm dreading. Ughhh need more coffee. Making myself MIA until I'm done with these, otherwise I'll get nothing done and end up scrambling at the last minute. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I'm Sexy and I Know It Wooo

So now that the high temps around here are barely breaking through the 60's, it's time to start pulling out the fall/winter arsenal. As I've said before (Crisp Air) I'm a huge fan of boots. So it's time to start wearing the boots boyfriend got me last Christmas.

Mah sexy boots with da fur

At first I thought "okay they're cute, but they're brown." Normally I don't do brown shoes, I always buy black shoes and boots because they go with everything. But I thought it was sweet that he picked out a pair that were cute and not goofy looking. Cause the thought of a guy buying me shoes or boots has always terrified me. If he gets the wrong size all you have to do is go back with the receipt and swap them out for the right size. But if they're downright ugly, then you have to make that "oh gee thanks, ummm they're interesting" face. Thankfully I didn't have to do that when I pulled these out of the box cause they're adorable. Course every time I put them on I hear Flo Rida in my head "boots with the fur" yeeaahhh. Rather have Flo Rida in my head than Nicki Minaj, but that's a whole nother post I won't get into here.

Now the way my head works is that once I start pulling out long sleeved shirts, sweaters and boots then it's time to switch pjs. In my world it's pronounced "pa-jays", yeah I like saying random words differently it's part of my charm. Anywho, out go the tank top and shorts pa-jays and in come the footies! Oh hells yeah!

Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me.....

I found these at a thrift store like 3 years ago I think. Second best thrift store purchase besides my super awesome hooded calf length winter coat (originally marked as $100, bought it for $30). If you've never been in a thrift store then you are missing out! I know what you're thinking, eeww used clothes. But you gotta have limits. I won't buy intimate stuff like bras, panties or bow-chicka-wow-wow type stuff from there because ewww. BUT I'm all about looking through the coats, purses, luggage, books, name brand jeans that are $100+ in the store for $5-$10. Yeah I love a sale, and if I can get great stuff for a ridiculously good price like that oh it's coming home with me pronto. Dammit I got off track! Back to the pa-jays! So I was wandering through the aisles, just got done looking at coats (think it was the same day I got that winter coat), and then I saw them. *Heavens open, angels sing* ADULT SIZED FOOTIE PJS IN A 2 PIECE!!!! SCORE!!! Didn't even bother to see how much they were I just grabbed them and half-walked, half-sprinted to the register before anyone noticed I had them. And I love the fact that they're pink (mah favorite color). So right now I'm going to sit here in mah footie pa-jays, sip some coffee and work on homework. Jealous :-)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Ha-Ha's

With all the random acts of violence and countless horrible things that happen everyday.....sometimes you need a little inappropriate humor to lighten up your day. The first one I stole borrowed from Jennifer Lawson a.k.a. The Bloggess. If for some reason you haven't come across her blog HERE YOU GO<---click on that! Warning: Don't consume beverages right before you read her blog because they will end up all over your screen. You've been warned. LET THE INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR BEGIN!!!!!


Makes aquarium visits a little more interesting