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Saturday, 15 December 2012


wow.  it's been a month since i've blogged.  

almost literally and to the day.


i confess, life has been good.  my computer still gives me fits, and is just too frustrating to deal with most days.  today i only had to restart it once, so that's a plus!  but it's still making the angry noises, so... *shrug*  i'd much rather be curled up on my couch than fighting w/ my computer.  i've been reading blogs & FB & websites & whatnot thru my phone, but i still can't figure out how to BLOG from my phone.  :(  it takes me to the site, and i can comment & everything, but when i click on the text box to write a new post, nada.  so, if anyone knows what i'm doing wrong, please let me know!  i'd like to update & post pictures & such!  

to catch up... there's too much that went on this past month, but here's a quick recap:

 my bookshelf before i reorg'd.  do you think i have taken an after picture yet?
all my sherrilyn kenyon's are on the top shelf, lynsay sands below, and then kerrelyn sparks.
they're in order or shelf space needed at the time, but also, interestingly, in order of discovery.  LOL
thought i'd share.  : )  

 curled up reading (on a particularly cold day, as evidenced by the blanket!) My Sister is a Werewolf, I believe...

shout it from the rooftops, baby!  : )  
God is GOOD!

- my birthday party was fun & i had a good week off, despite the visitation on my birthday & the funeral the day after.  :(  i'm so grateful that he is with my dad, and the LORD right now, but we on earth sure do miss him.  partially because of that, the week felt like it went too fast, and i didn't get 3/4 of the stuff done that i had wanted to while i was home.  but i did read a LOT of books (i think it averaged out to one a day, awesome!)!  : )  i completed my Love At Stake series & read that.  : )  (oops, not quite complete - i still am missing maggie's story, which is in an anthology i haven't been able to find yet!)

wow, sorry for the blurry!  yeesh.
altho, be prepared, because there are more blurry pictures to come.  *sigh*  ppl move so fast!  

- thanksgiving was nice.  the boys had fun looking at the ads their mom threw in "the ad desert" as phil coined it.  LOL  

- work has been going well.  i've sort of given up on mr crushtastic, because i don't seem to see him AT ALL anymore, and i figure if he liked me even a little, i would hear from him or something, but i don't, so i need to stop living in fantasyland.  other than my books.  LOL  i can live in fantasyland in my books all the livelong day!  : )  it's been busy & somewhat crazy sometimes, but that's how i love it.  

- had a very nice christmas luncheon w/ friends trish, amy & marcie.  we went to golden corral & they have a really yummy buffet set up!  : )  plus it was just nice to hang out w/ the three of them for a few hours!  after brunch, trish & i did a little shopping & then hung out at her house.  we watched the prep & landing movies & then a very sweet hallmark movie called Christmas w/ Holly.  highly recommend it!  : )  oh!  and trish made me a blanket & gave me the first 4 Twilight movies for christmas!  sweet!!!!

- have been hanging out w/ mom & leyton & sometimes anthony, and you know that is always fun!

- and ... christmas shopping!  i'm almost done, but have a bit more to do today.  so, i think that's all the catch up you're getting, if anyone is actually even reading this anymore.  LOL  maybe i'll get lucky & be able to post again later!  i NEED to get the christmas calendars done - only have TEN DAYS TIL CHRISTMAS!  oh my heck!  

- one more thing along w/ the christmas shopping - i picked up tickets for me & anthony to go to SHINEDOWN in february!  *BOUNCE*  suuuuuuper excited!  i hope he will be, too.  i'd asked him when i heard they were coming if that was something he would be interested in, depending on how much tickets were & he said yes.  when i first looked, it said tickets were going to be $200 or so each.  uh...NO.  but then i called the other day to check again & it was less than $100 for two tickets.  HOORAY!  praise the Lord!  shinedown, POD & three days grace.  CAN'T WAIT!  : )  can't wait to tell anthony, but am saving it for christmas.  : )  

what's up w/ you?  are you ready for Christmas & done w/ all your shopping?  heh.  *HUGS*


Sunday, 18 November 2012

a possible post from me....

i say possible because i'm not sure if this will let me post. 
i haven't had internet for like a month, and i finally got it back yesterday & then tried to start up the trusty computer & it's already shut off twice.  and it's making that noise... *sigh*  really, i am wondering if it's worth it to be paying the internet fees right now.  i do need to get mom & everyone's calendars done & then i might just do away w/ the internet until i can get a new computer.  it's just too frustrating, and i would rather be reading than messing w/ this thing.  

*sigh*  anyway!  life has been ... crazy.  but isn't it always?  i've felt very much stress at work, but not a pull your hair out kind, or an "i hate my job" kind, just ... the kind that sucks the life from the marrow of your bones.  *laugh*  i know some (most) won't understand how that feeling could NOT make me hate my job, but ... *shrug*  even when i'm stressed, i love what i'm doing.  i love being able to help ppl w/ stuff... 

i've had some mr crushtastic sightings, and IM's, which always put a smile to my face no matter how stressful a day has been.  : )  

have been reading LOTS, and loving it!

hanging out w/ mom & leyton & anthony - yesterday we just did some running around & had lunch at jimmy john's & made our semi-monthly trip to popcorn charlie's.  i got some creamy dill popcorn & it's delish!  if you like dill.  ; )  

hanging out w/ trish for our sunday night TV viewing is always fun!  we aren't hanging out tonight cuz our shows aren't on til next week.  but i'm going over to her house tuesday after uncle terry's funeral to watch a marathon of christmas movies.  i'll need the happy joy of christmas movies after that... 

(expansion on the above - my uncle terry passed away thursday after a fierce battle with cancer.  he is with the Lord now, and w/ my dad - he was married to my dad's sister, sharon, and was one of daddy's best friends.  they had a really similar personality, humor, and life view!  so, i'm happy that he's not in pain, that he's w/ the Lord.  but sad because once again i feel like we lost a great man way too soon.  *sigh*  so, his visitation is tomorrow, on my birthday, and the funeral is tuesday.  :(  *HUGS*  to my family!)

in happier news - today was my birthday bash at biaggi's, with breaking dawn part 2 afterward.  it was definitely a happy & fun occasion, and i'm so glad the ppl who were there, were there!  : )  mom, grammy, leyton, trish, joy, nicki, juli, john, aunt judy, aunt jan, aunt nancy & uncle gene!  pretty good group of ppl, they are!  : )  nicki made my cake again this year, and she did a BEAUTIFUL job!  i decided i wanted an Acheron cake, because i've read the book like 5 times in 4 months or some such thing!  : )  i felt it was a very fitting cake design, and she did... oh my goodness, SUCH a great job!  i'll have pictures in another post hopefully this week!  

the majority of my gifts were money, which i'm sooooo grateful for because i've been a little strapped for cash!  of course, if i wouldn't buy books or groceries... or did away w/ the internet... but i'll have a loan paid off by the end of the year & then will have that little extra to put away, so that'll be nice.  : )  aunt judy gave me a gift card to BAM, so i can buy some books w/o using cash!  lol  and trish, oh dear sweet trish!  she gave me HP 1&2 on dvd.  i know, i know, you're thinking to yourself, "how can she possibly NOT already have the harry potter movies on dvd?"  well... yeah.  idk, but i didn't.  now i have 2, so i can work on building the whole collection!  : )  thanks, trish!!  

after lunch, nicki, aunt jan, juli, john & i went to the movies.  
breaking dawn part 2.  
it. was. EPIC!  
love love love!  : )  
i might see it again w/ mom when she goes (she had to miss it tonight to take grammy home & then leyton decided to stay w/ her til about 6:30).  speaking of movies i want to see again, i still want to see Pitch Perfect again!  and i need to find the soundtrack... : )  

so, what's everyone been up to?  so glad i can read y'all's blogs on my phone, but i miss interacting more regularly on blogs!  ah well.  life shifts sometimes, and sometimes it shifts back.  

for now, i'm off to write thank-you notes & then read How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire again.  : )  i think i'll hit up BAM tomorrow to get the 2nd & 3rd books in that series w/ my gift card...heh.  oh, and i discovered a new trilogy by Colby Hodge, and there was supposed to be a 4th book, but i don't think she ever wrote it.  :(  which saddens me because the 3rd book kinda left us w/ some cliff hangers that i would really like to see resolved!!  


OHHHH!  p.s.
one of our stops yesterday was the wonder bread outlet, for mom to get some bread.  WOW!  talk about empty shelves!  apparently, hostess has gone bankrupt & the bakers said they were out?  i'm not clear on the details, all i know is that twinkies & ding dongs disappeared over night.  i'm not so fussed about the twinkies, but i really do love the ganache covering of ding dongs!  :(  not that i eat them very often anymore, but ya know, as soon as something is GONE you want it.  LOL  

ttfn again!  lol  

Friday, 2 November 2012

thank You, Lord for the weekend!

totally in need of some R&R.  
can't wait for my 9 days of VACATION!
wish i were going to the beach, or the largest bookstore which apparently is in toronto (thanks, april!)... 
but i'll just be staying here, maybe getting some stuff done around the house.




i will be getting some books read!  : )  
might rent some movies.
maybe see if the computer lets me watch some hulu.
but mostly i'm sure it will be books, books, and more books!

i'm currently on a mission to find the kathy love books.  might have to venture to the barnes & noble.. i tried BAM & they were sold out.  d'oh!  
i did pick up one at the book rack after work today, tho.  : )  also found another book that looked good, and a new tara tyler quinn.  

i needed the bookstore today.
it was rough.
not as rough as yesterday, thank goodness, but rough!
i hate frustrating.  

i mean, i'm used to frustrating in the mr crushtastic department.  *laugh*  


i got to chat w/ a friend at lunch & then april when i got home, which did wonders for my mood, so thank you to my friends!  

also, after the book rack, i went to WM cuz i had to pick up my rx & get some groceries.  i found ORANGE M&M's!  ppl!  these are great!  they taste like a chocolate orange, but i always feel bad getting a chocolate orange because i can only eat like 3 bites & then i feel like i'm wasting it.  but w/ these m&m's, i can have one or two, craving satisfied, and then they stay in the bag til the next craving!  woot!  : )  

oh, when i got home tonight, my door was open?  that was weird.  nothing out of place or stolen, thank God!  and no crazy ppl inside waiting to attack, so that can also be considered a plus.  it was just really weird.  

what else?  idk, my computer has already shut down twice & i'm kinda itchin to get to my book, so i think i'll do that while dinner's cooking.  chicken breast w/ some mushrooms & whatnot.  idk, it's from a box, but it looked good.  : )  

tomorrow i get to hang out w/ mom & leyton & maybe anthony!  yay!!
we are going to sam's.  
i love sam's on saturday - free samples!!  : )  

what're you doing this weekend?  


Thursday, 1 November 2012

picture pages

as mentioned, i've been spending some time w/ mom & the boys.  VERY happy that anthony has joined us for a couple excursions.  i like hanging out w/ him.  he's a good young man.  : )  

one weekend, we went for haircuts, lunch at maid rite, popcorn charlie's for a treat, and halloween costume shopping for the boys.  i don't do halloween stores, so i stayed in the car & read (i was reading How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire by kerrelyn that day) while they went in & out of those stores.  we also made a trip to the mall for some bath & body works sales!  : )  

 one of my favorite pictures!  : ) 

 another favorite!  : ) 

this past weekend, i hung out w/ mom & leyton at home.  leyton & i had some snuggle time, which made me very, very happy!!  he wanted to post some old pictures on fb, and for one of the pictures, he typed out his own name in the caption.  i was so proud of him!  : )  

i love my boys!  : )