Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I did it!

I actually posted almost every day this month! And guess what? I loved it! I am going to try to keep it up.

I decided that today? You get a day in the life of me post.

Wanna know what I am doing today? No? Well.  Then stop reading :)

8:00 Wake up.  Not happily.  I am not a morning person.

8:45 Get off the phone with Husband from our morning chat and write on here!

9:00 Be ready for the day.  I am speedy quick.  Shit/shower/shave/hair/makeup in under 15.

9:15 Back in my office with coffee in hand


  • pay bills
  • do a whole heck of a lotta organizing
  • filing
  • work on my year end to get it to the accountant
  • answer emails
  • find graph paper
  • work on a floor layout for the huge festival I am working on for January
  • deal with insurance on a car accident I was in in October
  • book another massage.  The one last night for the above accident was amazing.  Slept without a heating pad for first time in a month
  • more organizing
11:15 Head out of the house to go to an early lunch meeting.  Work colleague/vendor who I adore but we are both incredibly indecisive and can never figure out where to eat

11:30-1:00 Enjoy lunch while talking shop

1:00-2:15 Either go home and work again (15 minutes of driving each way so not sure I want to do it) or go find a coffee shop and a book and relax for an hour

2:30-3:30 Meeting with a marketing team about promo stuff for festival.  Signs and banners and all that jazz! I am not sure I will go with them but I will see.  Have to decide this week as I need it all designed and printed in the next month.  Big decisions to make.

3:30-6:00 My dad is back in town tonight on his way home from girlfriends.  We are planning on doing all our Christmas shopping today.  Wish us luck! I have a list of items so it shouldn't be too bad.

6:00-7:00 Dinner with Daddy

7:00-10:00 Wrap said presents that I hopefully found, chill in front of my ugly tree ( I am soooooo posting about that soon.  It is hilarious!), watch TV, hear him giggle about his "honey", and head to bed as tomorrow? I leave my house at 8 am and am not home until late late late.  

This week has been exhausting! I am looking forward to Saturday.  Farmers market, sleep in, drink coffee, relax, and probably do some laundry and cook! Should be a good week though.  Getting lots done.

See you in December!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bad. I am bad.

I have to tell you what I did today.

I am dealing with a big festival coming up and am going to be dealing with money.

I was talking to my banker today and asked him about new accounts, deposits, deposit limits, etc.

Side-note: did you know that if you deposit $10000 or over cash into a bank account you are red flagged and have to explain it and fill out paperwork? If you deposit it more than twice? They do a full investigation into you and your business.  Who knew!

Anyways, I will probably never have that problem but it was good to know!

So, he asked me what it was for and with a straight face?? I told him I was starting a full service Rub n' Tug.  When he looked at me funny, I looked all startled and asked if he was judging me! He said no and started talking to me about accounts.  I then laughed and told him I was joking.  He laughed so hard he almost fell off his chair.  Supposedly I am not the type of person he expected for something like that!

Wow.  I need more sleep.  A perfect example of why I should not go to business meetings on only 3 hours of sleep.


After yesterdays whiny sobbing mess of a post I decided that I need to remember to be thankful.

Today? Not feeling it so much, but I am going to force myself to think of things.

  • My marriage
  • My health
  • I have a roof over my head
  • My puppy
  • Family
  • Friends

Wow.  That was cheesy.  Let me try again.

  • Husband.  Frick he is fun.  I can't wait to laugh with him again soon.
  • My health.  While it is continually screwed up, I am alive.  Alive!
  • Roof.  It is a nice house.  I have space to breathe, a nice office space, enough bathrooms for me and all my family next Christmas, and room to put all my crap.
  • Paige.  Seriously.  Cutest thing ever.  Cuddles with me in bed.  Follows me around the house no matter what I am doing.  Love her.  Kind of my sanity some days.
  • Family.  They are an indecisive, annoying, spread across a country bunch but they are mine.  And I love them.
  • Friends.  For the ones that I know are out there.  I do have friends.  Just not many in this city I live in.  I think it is time to make some more.
  • Coffee.  For the months like lately where my stress is too high and I drink too much of the stuff.  Makes me happy though.
  • Shopping.  The habit I need to break horribly but makes me happy when stressed.  Even just a little something makes me smile.  Time to get rid of the bank and visa cards and do cash only.  That is my new years resolution.  Cash only budget again.  Will have to talk to Husband about that.
  • Blue skies.  On a day like today where I woke at 4 am with a panic attack, God has blessed me with blue skies.  Always cheers me up.
  • The future.  Today might suck, and tomorrow too, but I am constantly dreaming of the future and what it might hold.
  • Big D.  That is what I am calling the "girlfriend".  Not a reference to size.  Just she could be a big part of a lot of change in the next year.  OK.  Who am I kidding.  I went from chatting for at least an hour a day to my dad to maybe every few days for 10 minutes and the whole time is about her and her life and him and their plans.  Not sure when he will ask how I am doing again.  Wow.  That is a whole nother post.  Oh, the thankful part.  I am thankful that she is making my dad happy.
  • Comments.  You have no idea how happy I am when people comment on here.  Thanks Jibberblog.  You have made my day more than once lately.
  • Work.  While it is stressful and I feel like most days I am taking one step forward and two back, it is a job.  It is actually my own company! And I am not drowning yet.  I can get through it one day at a time.  I have a huge project I am working on right now that is going to drive me to drink but it will be incredible for the company and I am excited for January and February now.
  • Vehicles.  Have I mentioned that Husband has been out of town for days now? Since last Sunday? Over a week ago? But, if he can't take a day or two off (needs truck repairs and clean laundry and such) this weekend, I am going to DRIVE to him.  Not looking forward to it, but I can't wait at the same time.
  • Business meetings.  Some business meetings involve me being taken out for lunch.  These are always fun.  I have another one today!
  • Paint.  This room is starting to feel more alive.  I can't wait to finish it.  I will post pictures when it is done.
  • Christmas trees.  They make me happy.  Having all the lights die after it is decorated? Not so happy.  But that is OK.  I will just string on more lights on top if I have to.  Or undecorate it and start again.  Husband claims that it happened because I broke the rules and set it up too early.
  • Girls day.  I have one coming up soon.  I love those girls.  I can't wait.

All right.  It is time to get to work and start this day for real.  I have been up for 5 hours and have done nothing.  Yup.  I have done nothing.

But? This list did make me smile a little.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm so lonesome...

I could cry.

WARNING: If you don't want to hear whining? Stop reading.

Could he be any cuter? Look at those baby blues

Typical day in the life of US.

I phoned Husband this morning and told him that I hated loving him so much.  How lame is that! I wish that I was like some wives that didn't mind when their husband left.  I wish I was OK being home alone all day every day.  I wish that I enjoyed being alone so much.  I know people that would love this!

Me? I hate it.  I really do.  Husband is my best friend.  My husband, my lover, my supporter, my confidante.  He is everything to me.  I need him and want him and miss him.

I will have to learn to adjust though.  He is loving his job and it takes him away.  I have been spoiled in the fact that I got him every day all day for a year.  Most wives would never get that.  He is gone right now.  He is far enough away that he can't come home every night and far enough away that I can't go to him due to work conflicts.  It sucks! I miss the laughter, the goofiness the cuddles.

I also work from home, so I don't get out much!

Wow.  Time to go see about getting my IPhone fixed.  And to stop whining.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Menus galore!

I did it! I actually wrote down 365 different meals that I will make next year.  And maybe into the next year after that! Between work and travel I will definitely miss a few days, but my goal is to stop eating out as much and try a few new things.  I think I might succeed! I have decided that I am going to make copies of all the recipes and put them in a binder so that the whole thing is organized and together and easy to find.  The categories I will use:

  • soup
  • salad
  • pasta
  • casseroles
  • BBQ
  • sandwiches
  • beef
  • chicken
  • pork
  • breakfast for dinner
These are main course items.  I am then going to write on each page what the side dishes are.  I might leave that till when I actually make the items so that I have the freedom to change things up a little.  I have to admit I am quite excited! I added regular items, curiosity items, and just plain weird items! I am planning on blogging the whole process as well.  I might even be nice and post some recipes! I have been asked if I would be willing to make copies of the whole thing and sell/give them away.  And at the end? For sure.  If this works out, I want to make it into a cookbook for myself.  I have also been asked about weekly grocery lists with the plans.  I was thinking that I will have it all sorted by category and then take them out once they are cooked and put them in weekly plans together.  I might just throw in a grocery list or two.  I can't imagine selling it though.  I would probably just give them away.  Have to admit though, I am pretty darn excited to start thing whole thing.

Now to actually finish it! Get it to the starting point! I have started gathering all the recipes.  Hard though when some of them are in my head.

But on another happy note? Guess who came home again last night!!!! HUSBAND!!!!!! I am not sure he knows how happy that makes me.  He is working out of town so it is a big deal and a lot of extra driving for him to come home.  Makes me so happy though. Love that guy.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Paint Update #2

The during....

So, my husband? Can we give a shout out to the most amazing man on the planet?????

Anyways, I am done painting.  Let me rephrase that.  I am done my portion of the painting.  I am done all the major walls.  Husband has to do the trim.  We are also wrapping the brown 9 inches or so onto the blue wall to look cool and maybe a stripe on another wall and I need help taping for that.  I am a little abstract and have a hard time with straight lines!

The paint.  I love it! It is so much cozier in here now.  I don't want to leave! I guess that is a good thing for an office.  I can't wait to hang pictures and a few lamps.  The desk and huge red shelf are also in the middle of the room and not put where they are supposed to be right now but I am making it work.  Husband is gone possibly till Christmas so I will have to deal with the unfinished paint and the weird furniture layout until then.

Wanna see pictures??????

Here we go.

Love the red against the blue! Makes it so pretty. 

A huge mess for painting

The brown! It was like painting with chocolate pudding! Wow.  I need to clean the red shelves.  The movers put plastic on them to protect them and it left a nasty film.

The paint was Benjamin Moored.  Love their stuff and worth every penny.  I used the Dark Taupe (the darkest on the one card) and the Buxton Blue.

A few things put back in place.

Overall? I am very happy.  I can't wait to have the rest of the yellow gone.  And the furniture back in place.  Looks like I need to do some filing too! (the top of the dark shelf).  I think I am going to rest for the rest of today and then tomorrow? Time to clean up this joint! My year end for my business is in 4 days so I have a lot of work to do before then.  I have also come up with some new systems for my office that will make it run smoother in the future.  No more chaos for this girl!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Paint update

I love it.

I was going to only start the prep today and do the painting tomorrow and Sunday.

I should have known better.

I will post pictures tomorrow.

But? I love it.

I have 70% of the one color done and the other color is only one wall.

And can we give a shout out to Husband????

He is driving 2 hours home tonight to move heavy furniture for me so that I can finish this project.

2 hours!

And then two hours back to work tomorrow!

And then back here tomorrow night in order to help move furniture again if I need it!

Can I just say that HE IS AMAZING! I AM IN AWE OF HIM!


I chose well.

Can I quit?

So, today is the day.  I drove all night to get home, got 3 hours of sleep and after work today? I start painting.  Husband could actually rock the world though because he told me that I could just do the main walls and he will finish all the trim when he comes home next.  Could be a few weeks, but seriously? I think I can deal with no edging in order to have a better job done.

So, tomorrow? I will post for real.  I will even try to add pictures!

Oh, and the visit with "the girlfriend"?

Went amazing.  Love her.  Kinda weird seeing my dad so sappy though.  Didn't know he knew how to open a door for a woman!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I am out of town for a few days. Back soon with an office update!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

This is my office.

It is hideous.

It is a mess.

It is so unorganized it would make you cry.

I am kinda OCD.

I am having a hard time working in here due to these facts.

I also find the color to be do you put it.  


Husband and I moved everything up here in two days.

Have not moved anything since!

I need to paint.

I need to organize.

I need to make it feel like me so that I can fully function in here.

Are you guys like that?

Do you need your space to feel good in order to work?

I find it hard especially because I work in my home.

There are prettier places to be right now.

So why be here?

Most massive shelving unit.  I love it.

This room is a whole second master bedroom suite in our house.  The white curtains lead to a huge bathroom.  The closet doors lead to a walk in closet.  Storage heaven! I still have a lot of stuff downstairs too.  The garbage bag? That is all photos.  I really need to take it down stairs.

I think I will start painting soon.  I am thinking I will cancel my weekend plans and stay home and paint. I will organize it all and make it "me".  I am thinking a blue/grey on the walls with one dark brown accent wall.  The bathroom in a burnt orange.  The carpet is neutral and all the trim is white so that would work.  I even like the red shelf against those colours.  We will see.  I have a hard time painting a rental property but at the same time? I will not survive much longer in the yellow submarine.  I had no idea I hated yellow so much!

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I am disappointed.

I know I shouldn't be.

I just had to spend all my savings on our house and now I can't go anywhere with Husband this winter.

That trip was getting me through the days.

I am sad.

I will be ok though, right?

I will start to save again.

I will watch for good deals.

I will pray that money improves and we can figure it out.

I am now aiming for March or April.

I am starting to dream again.

I am still sad though.

I will be ok.

I think I will dream even bigger.

I am going to tell myself that.

I am going to make myself lose another 30 lbs before we go.

Maybe that will motivate me?

I will let you know.

I am not going to continue this sadness.

I will be ok.

Christmas is coming!

Maybe I will go set up my tree.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pretty things Part who knows!

I have written on here before about the Muttart.

It is my happy place.

When I need to breathe,


be at peace,

not stress out,

or just be.

This is where I go.

This last month was orchid month.

There is one feature area that changes every few months.

This one was one of my favorites.

I forgot my good camera.

These are from my phone.

Enjoy them anyways!

And this is me with my new necklace.  I love it.  It makes me smile.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The proof

is in the pudding.

I am weird.  And I am okay with this fact.  One of the weird things that I do is dream about food.  I am not talking "yeah! I am hungry and we went to a restaurant" type thing.  I am talking deep, in depth recipes.  Sometimes with ingredients listed.  Sometimes with a final look.  Always step by step on how to make it.  Some of them are random, some are completely strange and some are just yummy recipes.  Husband always likes it when I dream up food because those are some of the favorites at our house.

Some examples: a pasta casserole with cauliflower, mushrooms, carrots and chicken.  The sauce is mushroom soup, chili powder, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, johnny's seasoning salt (the greatest thing in the world!) and Italian salad dressing.  It is amazing.  I have also dreamt a lemon caper dill sauce over grilled chicken and stuffed potatoes.  The fun ones are when I don't know what the ingredients are but have a name and have to find them in the grocery store.  People look at you funny when they ask what you need it for and you reply "I am not sure.  It was in my dream"

So the latest in the odd dreams? A sandwich.

Start with two slices of toasted bread of your choice.  Put this yummy sauce on one side.  Seriously amazing.  Just saying.

Put this on the other side.  I love that I dream with random ingredients in my house that I forget I have.

Slice some cheese.  My dream specifically called for this cheese (that I thought I was out of) but I am sure any cheese would do.

Now it gets weird.  Fry an egg and a slice of leftover meatloaf. ( I had some in my freezer for Husbands lunches)

Prep your bread.  Wow.  Those look yummy!

Layer the meatloaf, then the cheese and finally the egg.  Grossed out yet?

Place it on a pretty plate and wonder what the heck you were thinking.

Take a bite and thank your dream.

Seriously.  My dad is here right now and was watching me make this and was laughing the whole time.  He then stole a section and claimed that it was "actually pretty darn good!".  He then asked for it the next day for lunch.  Oddest things make the yummiest food.  You guys should seriously try it!

And to end this ridiculous post? A picture of my cutie patootie nephew! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Photo insanity

I decided that today? You get photos.

Of me.

During my childhood.


They will not be pretty.


OK.  This one is cute.

Can we just talk about the feathered hair and that necklace? Wow.

Oh the attack of the curling iron! And the homemade matchy-matchy outfits!

These are all in the wrong order. 

Grade 12

Grade 11.  Yes the tips of my hair are blue.  Much to my mothers dismay.


Grade 10.  A slight Shania Twain thing going on but my favorite of my school pics

Grade 9.  Oh the glasses.  And the serene look!

Grade 1

Oh the hair! And the earrings! And the teeth!!!!

Grade 3.  Pulled out 6 teeth in one week in order to have money to buy something.  Wow.

I think this is grade 7.

Grade 5.  Oh the awkward years where you think you look good and yet you don't!


2 years old.  One of my faves

Such a flower child! I think I was 16 here.  That was the year my looks started to improve :)

Grad.  I played French Horn for years.  I still smile when I see this picture.

The proper grad photo

The final of the grad pics.  I want that hair again! I will have to figure out how to do that again.  Looks like I had a stroke though! Husband always bugs me that my one side of my face is kinda droopy.

I will return tomorrow with a whole new post.  With some pictures and with proof that yes....I am odd.