Category Archives: just for fun!

10 Hours or Less

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A new year means a new start!  And, like previous new years that have come my way, a resolution is bound to be established.  On Christmas, my mother-in-law, hubby, and myself joined together to make the same resolution together.  Our resolution is simple: We will watch only 10 hours of television a week.

Now, I’m sure some of you are aghast that we watched more than that to begin with.  In an attempt to be as honest with my readers as possible, I will ashamedly admit that I watched A LOT of television previously.  It didn’t feel like it… maybe it was just on in the background while I scrolled through Pinterest, or it was simply something to look at while I mindlessly ate my lunch.  No matter what the reason (or excuse) I had for watching it, the bottom line is it was poisoning me and my health in general.  And I didn’t realize the extent of this until I hit the “power” button.

This morning as I was eating my breakfast, a certain buzzing noise was kind of driving me crazy.  I got up only to realize it was the refrigerator running (better go catch it!).  Is that the sound my refrigerator makes?!  Who knew??  Now, the sounds of my house and my neighborhood in general have become my background noise.  I never knew these sounds existed because the sound of infomercials, car commercials, and screaming reality TV stars were constantly overpowering them.

The idea of the three of us doing this together is for a couple of reasons…
1) accountability: This is not the type of resolution I could do on my own, while my husband sat engulfed in the latest episode of Duck Dynasty.  Let’s face it- I have some willpower, but that situation would not last long.
2) It’s only been a few days, and we are already swapping stories of our various revolutions.  We have become more aware of our stress levels, what we’re eating, our conversations with one another, and our activity level.

I can’t wait to see how this will change us as our resolution continues!

I hope to share with you some of my lessons learned from this change in my life, and I hope I will also have some great DIY projects to share as well.  Now that I have all of this free time, I plan to cook more, start some projects I’ve been wanting to pursue, and definitely post more often on my blog I enjoy so much!

Do you make New Years resolutions?  What are they??  I enjoy hearing from you so much!!

~GOD BLESS!!

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Cabo San Loco… Day 1

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Boy do I have some stories for you!  First let me say I am so thankful we were able to take a trip like this together, and overall our vacation in Cabo gave us the opportunity to connect in ways we could not have predicted.  We are blessed!

Tropical vacations for fair-skinned individuals like myself involve freckles populating my entire body to the point that, from about 100 yards away, it resembles a tan-like appearance.  Here I am prior to leaving Chicago.  We haven’t even left the country and this is the deepest tan I will have.  It’s a spray tan.

After getting through the maze of the airport and heaving our travel-weary bodies into a taxi, we made it.  The resort was good.  Not excellent, but I’m not going to be the booger in the punch bowl on this.
We were at a resort in Cabo.  Enough said.
Things were going great.  As soon as we checked into the hotel we made our way to the pool and immediately met 2 couples that were staying at our same resort.  They were also from Ohio and had that Midwestern warmth we love so much!  These Toledo-ians were Paul and Becky, and Dennis and Joyce.

Dennis and Joyce have been vacationing in Cabo for about 4 years now and had a lot of tips they were more than happy to share with us.  “SKY AUCTION DOT COM!” Dennis kept telling us.  It started as a mere suggestion, but soon became the topic of every third conversation.  Dennis was only trying to help us plan our future vacations, but this guy should seriously get paid royalties from skyauction.com for as much as he promotes it.  We found out later Dennis may or may not have gotten kicked out of a time share presentation because he talked about it so much.

After chatting with our new Cabo/Ohio BFF’s for a while, we decided to go to dinner with them at a local place called Maro’s.  It’s in downtown Cabo and is not someplace we would have ever found without their guidance.  At Maro’s we feasted on Mexican fare at a price suited for American tourists.  We also couldn’t resist getting their signature drink, a Beer-garita.  It was a great little place with an even better atmosphere.
Apparently we weren’t as “in” with the local crowd as we thought, because we discovered these hanging on the wall around the corner from our table.

So it may not have been as authentic as we thought…

After dinner we walked the streets, stopping to pet the lizard, and ended at our destination Cabo Blue.  Cabo Blue is an outdoor sports bar, complete with a projection screen on the side of a wooden building showing the current game/contest/fight.
Saturday night it happened to be boxing.

Paul and me meeting a new friend

The four of us found a large table and ordered drinks while Matt and Paul found a small cigar shop to peruse.  Matt and Paul returned with their purchases and Matt handed me my cigar.  We do not regularly smoke cigars, but it is a guilty pleasure that we enjoy from time to time.  And when is a better time to indulge in a guilty pleasure than on vacation?!
Light that thing, babe!
I wasn’t but 5 puffs into my cigar and zero sips into my beer when I knew I needed to stop smoking and drinking.  My head was spinning and I was most definitely out of it.  I excused myself to use the restroom, but as soon as I walked in, I turned around and walked back out.  That’s the last thing I remember until I woke back up to the sound of people yelling my name and asking me all kinds of questions at the same time.

I completely passed out after coming out of the bathroom.  It’s ok though, luckily my skull took the fall for me.  Dennis told me later it sounded like a melon was smashed on the pavement when I fell.
Even writing that makes me nauseous all over again.

When I awoke, there were people yelling questions from all angles.  “WHAT IS YOUR NAME?! WHERE ARE YOU?! WHAT DAY IS IT?! WHAT’S YOUR HUSBAND’S NAME?!” Even if I hadn’t just suffered an excruciating fall I would want to punch all of these people in the face.  My current state made the later impossible, so I just laid there like the slug I was and thankfully blurted out the appropriate answers.

After a short time I asked to sit up.  This position lasted approximately 15 seconds before I needed to lay back down again.
I could hear ambulance sirens in the background.

The next thing I knew I felt myself getting strapped onto a gurney and a brace being secured around my neck.
And off we went!

I will spare you the details of my ultimately humiliating ambulance ride, as this must remain on a need to know basis.  Grin.

We arrived at the hospital to a very friendly doctor who spoke English very well.  His attempts to joke with us while I was in and out of consciousness were interrupted occasionally by his Metallica ringtone.  Was this really happening??
After receiving 2 IV bags of fluids, we were told I would be admitted for the night and given another bag of fluids.  So there we were.  Matt; our Metallica-loving, English-speaking doctor; the Spanish-only speaking, nodding and smiling nurse; and me.  Just the four of us.  In the whole hospital.

Just my bump and me

The next morning, after some outside assistance, we were discharged and released back into our Mexican paradise.

And our vacation resumed.

Catch-Up

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I haven’t written in a while because there is so much going on right now I have no idea where to begin!

Update #1: We successfully found renters for our duplex in Michigan- praise God!  It happened very quickly and for that we are so grateful.  The exterior of the house was in the process of being painted and they should be finishing this week.  Here are some of the most recent pictures I have:

It’s definitely starting to look great!  Much better than how it looked when we purchased it.  You can see those pictures here.

Update #2: Since the house in Michigan is rented, we were able to begin the search for a house to rent in Ohio.  Well last weekend we found one!  We instantly fell in love with this home and couldn’t let it slip away.  I’ll just show you the outside for now.  You know how I love a big reveal!

And get this- we’ll be living on a street named Michigan.  We love that.

Update #3: With all of this excitement churning around us, what better time to take a vacation, right?! Why not!  So in October we will be taking our first official vacation together.  I am so happy Matt took it upon himself to make this happen for us.  Believe me, we need it.

It will be so amazing to celebrate our 2 year anniversary in Mexico!  We can barely stand it!

I’m just posting this picture because I miss my Zoe so badly.  While we want to get Zoe back from a dog’s paradise my parent’s house as soon as we move into our new house, with our vacation not but 2 weeks later, it doesn’t make sense to do it that way.   *sigh*   It’s hard to be a puppy parent.  We can’t wait to squeeze this little body and give her lots of kisses.

I will leave you with these few updates.  There is much to say about this huge transition, but that is enough for now.

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”
— Psalm 55:22

GOD BLESS!!

Good-bye, Grand Rapids

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In the great purple room
there was a telephone
and work to resume
and a picture of…
A summer camp in June
And there were lots of pet hairs on a chair

And grants to be written, unwritten, and rewritten
And a view of fishing And sometimes wishing

And a stiletto heel and a “fun wheel” and a bowl full of oatmeal
And a couple of co-workers whispering “hush!”

Good-bye room Good-bye room
Good-bye lunch at noon

Good-bye light and the work to resume
Good-bye pet hairs Good-bye chairs

Good-bye notes written and Good-bye files to be gettin’

Good-bye clocks and good-bye walking around in my socks

Good-bye little office and Good-bye leaving at night exhausted

Good-bye home and Good-bye dust

Good-bye nobody Good-bye oatmeal

And Good-bye to the couple of co-workers whispering “hush!”

Good-bye local stars Good-bye air

Good-bye noises everywhere

iPhone dump

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Hello hello friends!  I don’t have much to chat about today, but I want to connect with you so I decided to do an iPhone dump (sounds lovely, doesn’t it?) to keep you updated on my many adventures.

Our godson’s first birthday is fast approaching.  He has been the light of our world lately.  I just can’t get enough of this little guy!  He has been crawling everywhere and will be walking any day now.  It’s truly amazing to watch him absorb new information, and Matt and I are so blessed to be a part of this family!   I can’t wait another second without showing him off, so here are some recent pictures of him!

  TJ and his favorite Godfather!  Look at those eyes!

Here I am with TJ, beating the big boys at bowling

Our new favorite date night activity is to head to a scotch and cigar bar downtown.  As you go down the stairs, thick cigar smoke surrounds and seduces you.  They have drinks that are straight out of a James Bond film.  Spend an evening there and you will feel like a member of
the Mad Men cast.

Recently we went on a double date to a Pistons/Miami Heat game.  As predicted, we lost but it was still a fun night.  Here I am before the game, full of hope and optimism for my team.

Below is a picture of my Aunt-in-law’s horse.  She lives on a farm and has horses and will be getting pigs soon- LOVE!  The first time I rode a horse was with her and I am officially hooked.  She says she will call me soon to go on an all day riding trip with her friends.
I am anxiously waiting by my phone.

My Zoe will be 6 on Friday, so I have to include some pictures of her.  I will keep you updated with some pictures of her birthday celebration!

I hope you all have a great week!

GOD BLESS!!

DIY Leg Warmers

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Leg warmers are perfect for January, as well as the winter months to follow.  I love layering my outfits, so  leg warmers with boots are my go-to right now.  Plus, anything I can re-purpose from items I already own, or items I can purchase at a thrift shop, are right up my alley!  Here is a great way to create your own leg warmers at little or no cost.  Enjoy!

Step 1: Find a sweater or top that you are willing to part with.  Tip- do not choose any tops with baggy sleeves.  The idea is for the leg warmers to fit closely to your leg.  I have a few sweaters that I have been meaning to donate for a while, but they had a great cable knit pattern so I re-purposed them for so great leg warmers!  If you don’t have any tops you are willing to cut, head on down to your local thrift store! 

Step 2: Cut one sleeve of the sweater off, following the seam.  Repeat with the second sleeve of the sweater.

This is what the sleeves should look like when you’re done:

Step 3: Now put them on your legs!  You want to have the unfinished end of the sleeve at the bottom by your foot, and the finished end of the sleeve toward your knee. 

I love this look!  It’s the perfect weekend look, and also great for snuggling up by the fire.  Here’s some more leg warmer inspiration…

GOD BLESS!!

A Major Award

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… Can you tell I’ve been watching “A Christmas Story” lately?  Today I am pleased to announce that I am officially a nominee for The Versatile Blogger award!  What an honor!  The first thing I want to do is thank Mark Kinzel, the blogger who nominated me!  Please check out his blog here.  To complete my nomination, there are a few requirements I need to complete.

One requirement for the award is to nominate 15 other blogs.  This is my favorite- I love sharing the wealth!  Here are the blogs I am proud to nominate:

1.   http://wesothrifty.wordpress.com/

2.  http://jhwise.wordpress.com/

3.  http://ozimagesblog.com/

4.  http://bmiller.wordpress.com/

5.  http://abimarvel.com/

6.  http://www.lizmarieblog.com/

7.  http://eat2gather.net/

8.  http://fauxfringe.wordpress.com/

9.  http://thepapermama.blogspot.com/

10.  http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

11.  http://www.theidearoom.net/

12.  http://www.theyellowcapecod.com/

13.  http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

14.  http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/

15.  http://afieldjournal.blogspot.com/

Wheew! Please take time to check out all of these amazing blogs!  Looking at them all listed, they remind me of my iPod… a little funky, a little classic, a little rock’n roll… a general mish-mash of everything!

Another requirement for the nomination is to provide 7 random tidbits about myself… with pleasure!

1.  I’m messy

2.  I love to bake

3.  I’m usually a home body

4.  The worst feeling for me is when I can’t help someone

5.  I have control issues

6.  My mom and I could recite National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation word.for.word.

7.  I paint my nails about 3 times a week

Thank you again, Mark Kinzel for the nomination.  I have enjoyed my blogging experience thus far, and hope to continue it for years to come!