June 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Alright, Mrs. Brady (The Brady Bunch On Crack), here we go. Answers to probably not even half of your questions. LOL I will have to come do some updating later, because I am SLEEPY. But THANK YOU for giving me a chance to write a bit about me
As with all Blogging peer awards, there are rules attached. I actually like this part because it gives us all a chance to get to know each other just a little better. So here goes, the rules and regulations:
1. Thank and link back to the awarding blog.
2. Answer seven questions.
3. Provide 10 random factoids about yourself.
4. Hand the award on to 7 deserving others.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
QUESTION #1: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG?
There has never been, and will never be, a time in my life when I only have ONE favorite song. Well, except maybe when I was 3 and my favorite song was “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck” and my Grandma used to sing it to me every day. Or when I was 6 and my favorite song was “Great Green Globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts.” But since I found real music, never just one. I am so eclectic, I could never even pin it down to a favorite genre. Favorite artists list includes: (in no particular order, and this is only a RANDOM sampling…) Tori Amos, Jack Johnson, Fiona Apple, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Miranda Lambert, Frente, HIM, Rise Against, Fleetwood Mac, Coheed and Cambria, Patrick & Eugene, Fall Out Boy, Elliott Smith….there are SO many more. Super eclectic. Songs I can’t get out of my head right this minute? Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, Alex Clare’s “Too Close”, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like A Love Song”…..
QUESTION #2: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DESSERT?
What’s with the making me pick a favorite? It makes everything else feel left out!!! LOL Um….Real dessert? Anything off of Safeway’s chocolate cheesecake platter. When I was pregnant with PT1, I would buy a platter and eat the whole thing myself in 2-3 days. For real… I have lots of dessert-y type snacks that I love, but probably a triple chocolate cheesecake is my favorite “decadent” dessert.
QUESTION #3: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE UPSET?
I used to be a crier. I cried all the time, over everything, at the drop of a hat. But now, I rarely EVER cry. I don’t know why. But I internalize a lot. With my first husband, I yelled. A LOT. Mainly because he yelled first. But now, I hold pretty much everything in and stress about it inside with a random occasional outburst. It’s terrible for me, and I’m sure my blood pressure is sky-high most of the time. But I think my other coping skills are virtually nonexistent now, so I do what I have to do.
QUESTION #4: WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE PET?
Don’t make me choose between my kids, man!!! LOL Though I have had a random plethora of pets in the past (cats, lizards, fish, insects, frogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters…I’m sure there’s more I have forgotten – I used to work in a pet store!), we don’t have pets right now. The last cat we had decided the litter box was of no use to him when PT1 was about six months old and getting ready to crawl, and I decided I would NOT have her crawling through cat “stuff” all over my house. So, we took her to the no-kill shelter (and T will not let me forget it to this day…). When the girlies are a little older, we’ll get something, but now is just not the time.
QUESTION #5: WHICH DO YOU PREFER, WHITE OR WHOLE WHEAT?
Honestly, I rarely ever like wheat bread. I can eat it sometimes, if it’s honey wheat, and the rest of a PB&J sammich is involved. Dave’s Killer Bread makes a damn good wheat-raisin-log-thingy that is damn good though…and super healthy, which is not something I normally go for either…lol
QUESTION #6: WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?
Right now? PT1 “escaping” and not being able to find her. She’s figured out how to get out of the house with no one noticing, and though we are vigilant about keeping the chain locks and window locks locked, the two times she managed to sneak out (at 4 freakin’ years old!!!) have scared me crapless. Other than that, the girlies getting hurt, or worse. Also, that my house will catch on fire. That’s been an irrational fear for years…
QUESTION #7: WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE, MOSTLY?
I very much believe in self-fulfilling prophecy, and though I try to be positive most of the time, sometimes I think I create my own chaos and disorder. For sure, sometimes it’s external circumstances that I have no control over, but I often find myself thinking “What did I do to deserve THIS?!?”… I would really like to believe for the most part that I am master of my own destiny, but I am fully prepared to admit that I have NO EFFING CLUE what I’m doing…lol
TEN RANDOM FACTS: (These are going to be short and sweet for now. If you want me to elaborate later, I can, but it’s WAY past my bedtime right now!!! LOL)
1. I have two Associate’s degrees and am working a “dead-end, minimum-wage, fast-food job.”
2. I am hopelessly addicted to cookies. Though I am NOT a fan of oatmeal raisin.
3. If I could meet any one fictional character from a TV series, it would be a toss-up between Sheldon from Big Bang Theory, Carrie from Unforgettable, and Sam from the old Profiler TV show.
4. When I was younger, I traveled across much of the continental US with my Mom and Grandma going to Postal Service Conventions. They were both Postmasters.
5. My first wedding was 20 days after my high school graduation. We had been together 2 years, and were married for almost 8.
6. I remember hardly ANY of the almost 10 years I was with my ex-husband. Almost complete mental block.
7. The reason that my ex-husband is my ex is partially because he decided to have children with my (now former) best friend instead of me. While we were still married. (Among a million other reasons…)
8. I do not feel anywhere near my age. I look younger than I am, by almost 10 years (or so I’m told…) and feel even younger than that. Well, mentally, at least. LOL
9. I grew up in a VERY small town. Our school was K-12 (not split into Elementary, Junior High, and High School) and my graduating class consisted of 13 kiddos. We were 45 minutes away from the closest small town where we could grocery shop, and at least 2 hours away from a moderate-sized city. 3+ hours from a large city. A lot of the kids I grew up with either still live out there, or visit regularly, or talk about how much they miss it. I don’t.
10. I won first place in my all-school spelling bee when I was in 3rd grade. I placed 11th in the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee finals for Washington State when I was in 6th grade. I am also a complete grammar Nazi, though I don’t (usually) judge others for their grammar misuse or misspellings. Though misspelled advertising drives me BONKERS.
11. (BONUS!!!) I have very few friends that I would consider really close. And I live 3 1/2 hours away from almost all of them. That’s why I love you guys so much – because I have people to talk and vent to!!
I will have to come back and tag people later. As is, I’m looking at 4 1/2 – 5 hours of sleep before work tomorrow. Even T says I’m crazy for still typing, and he fully supports this endeavor. lol But I will. I promise. At least the answers are out there now. If there’s anything else you want to ask, please feel free. I’m pretty much an open book. And let me know about you, too! I’m interested!!
May 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Sorry, folks, but there will be no ATYCBYPO today. It is too effing hot outside to sit in this house and put it together. Instead, I will be spending the next 2 days outside with my kiddos. Slathered in SPF 1,000,000. Maybe I will catch up next week and do a double. Maybe. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!
Awesome Things You Can Blow Your Paycheck On (If You Didn’t Blow It At The Bar Last Night) Part 3 – Cinco de Mayo Edition!
May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Well, here we are with a late, but fun-filled installment of ATYCBYPO! It’s Cinco de Mayo, so let’s get this party started!!
What should you wear to the party? No party is complete without a full-on pancho wearing, sombrero donning, mustachioed gentleman on a donkey! And with this Hey Amigo Costume from SMI Sales Inc’s Amazon Web Store, you get all the components wrapped up into one cute little package!
And now you and your best four-legged friend can be look alikes too! Brands On Sale carries this Lil’ Bandito Costume which is actually kind of cute…if you’re one of those people that likes to make your pooch feel like he’s part of the party. (There’s actually a Mariachi Chihuahua outfit floating around out there somewhere, but I could NOT find one for sale…that one is much less embarassing for the pooch….ok, maybe not…)
How about your very own Luchador mask? Amazon sells this Christmas Tree Luchador Mask, though I’m not exactly sure why you need a Luchador mask that looks like a Christmas Tree…Semi-confused on this one.
If you’re not so into the entire costume idea, how about just this Mexican Gringo Zapata Cowboy Human Hair Moustache? Ebay has everything, I swear. This one is even made of REAL HUMAN HAIR! So….what part of the body do they remove this hair from to get it to look like a mustache? I don’t think I want to know………
Or how about just this hoodie that professes to the world your love for the layered, shelled deliciousness that is the taco? This I Love Tacos Hoodie is from Etsy (where else?) and I think I need one of these. Like right now.
OK, ok…enough of dressing you up. How about dressing up your beer? YEAH BEER!!! Beardo sells these cool Beermo Bottle Mustaches in a six pack (LOL!) Not only cool for Cinco de Mayo, but pretty much every. single. day.
Keep your beer cold ’til it’s gone with this Fiesta Serape Beer Cozy from Pinatas.com! (YES! There IS a pinatas.com!!!) I’m tempted to put a little sombrero on it, too, just to see if people start talking to it when they get really drunk!
And what to eat at this fiesta? How about whatever is in this Giant Taco Pinata from Etsy? I’m thinking I could fill it with Doritos Loco Tacos from Taco Bell and some taco sauce and be one happy chica!!!
Whatever you do, don’t eat the dog. Even after too much cerveza or tequila, and even if it’s dressed in this adorable Taco Dog Costume from Pampered Dog Gifts. Pretty sure you would end up with more hair in your mouth than taco, and that’s never a good time!
If you are one of those crazy people that like it HOT, why not grow your own Ghost Chili Peppers? Right now, for just 10 bucks, you can buy one Ghost Pepper Plant, and get one Cherry Pepper Plant free! Such a deal to burn your face off!!!
After a few of those peppers, you’re probably going to need one of these. Well, maybe not one this fancy, but this handcrafted Mexican Talavera Toilet Set from Ebay would do the trick. It’s pricey, but it’s pretty, and if you gotta pray to the porcelain god after the tequila, wouldn’t you rather look into something this pretty than….well….whatever’s in yours?
No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without the TEQUILA!! If you don’t drink it for whatever reason (it makes your clothes fall off, etc…) you can still join the festivities with the Hotlix Tequila Worm Sucker from Amazon! Yes, it is tequila flavored, so make sure you have some salt and lime nearby. And yes, that is a real worm inside. In case you haven’t hit your worm quota for your lifetime.
And I saved the best (ok, maybe not best, but definitely most expensive!) for last! Through Ebay, you can get a 24k Gold and Silver plated bottle of Tequila Ley Gran Reserva Diamante. At only $5k per bottle, this stuff better keep me wasted until NEXT Cinco de Mayo!!!
Well, that’s all I have for you this week, ladies and gents. Sorry it’s been so late coming, but I have a lot to do before I start work Monday. Hey, maybe then I’ll actually be able to blow MY paychecks on some of this stuff too!! (Yeah, right!!)
May 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ah, Teen Jeopardy. T and I had a long discussion last night while watching it. (I missed Big Bang Theory for THIS?!?)
We love Jeopardy (NOT more than BBT), but have decided that Teen Jeopardy is not for us.
Regular Jeopardy is great. It not only centers around wonderful, scholarly trivia, but also the useless, trivial information that both T and I are so good at remembering. We have contests to see who can get more answers right. It expands our brain power, and teaches us things. And it makes learning fun.
Kids’ Jeopardy is a blast. Why? Because you feel like a GENIUS!!! You know the answer to every. single. question! What’s a bigger ego boost than beating Jeopardy?!? (And the kiddos are always sooooo cute, dressed in their best clothes, and are tickled when they get a question right…)
But Teen Jeopardy lies right in the middle. The kids are no longer cute. And the questions are not easy like Kids’ Jeopardy. More often than not, they’re harder than regular Jeopardy. Why? It’s simple. It’s all the stuff you were taught in High School, but forgot because you never had to use it!
The real kicker is the fact that most of us KNOW all the answers to Teen Jeopardy. But we never know that we knew them until they reveal the answer. (Following?) So with every question/answer you have a “DUH! I knew that!” moment.
Our brains have pushed this information aside for the more “important” information that we use every day. Like remembering where your two year old took off her shoes. Or that you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer before you went to bed last night. Or that your four year old has eaten nothing but applesauce for four days and is probably lacking protein (among other things). Or even to check the oil in the car before you go on a trip. Things that are useful and necessary to every day survival as an adult.
The only time we can recall that we ever knew the information that these teenagers can recall at the drop of a hat is if we’re given the information again. There’s no room in our busy, daily lives to remember who the 12th President of the United States was (Zachary Taylor). Or what is the fifteenth element in the Periodic Table (Phosphorus). But if someone tells us what it is, our brain says “Oh, yeah. I knew that. But I forgot.”
So we’re sitting last night watching Teen Jeopardy, and feeling a little sheepish about all the stuff we’ve “forgotten” along the way. Final Jeopardy comes on, and the subject is “Federal Government Agencies” or something like that. Hubs says “They’re probably going to give an acronym and want the actual name of the agency. That should be easy. There can’t be too many of those.” To which I reply, “What? There are THOUSANDS of those!!” Which was my first mistake, because then T thinks it is a challenge…
“Like the FDA?” He says…and I reply “Food and Drug Administration…” Which set off the next chain of events.
Me: “Central Intelligence Agency”
Me: “Federal Bureau of Investigation” (I’m pretty good with acronyms. Usually……)
…….. Brain. Fart. I honestly cannot think of what this means to save my life. My integrity is on the line here! If I don’t get this, I will NEVER hear the end of it. Not. Ever. GUNS! I know it has something to do with guns!!!!
OMG!!! I knew it was wrong the second it squeaked past my lips. But it was too late.
T: “WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!? Ha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! ARTILLERY TASK FORCE?!?”
I. am. screwed.
Me: ” Well, I remember it has to do with guns…”
T: “What about Alcohol, Tobacco, and FIREARMS?”
Oh, yeah. That one…. I KNEW THAT ONE!!!!!
Me: (laughing uncontrollably at myself) “Well, I bet you ANYTHING there actually IS an Artillery Task Force! Somewhere!!”
T: “I’m going to find out RIGHT NOW. If there IS an Artillery Task Force, I am TOTALLY signing up! ARTILLERY TASK FORCE! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”
I will never live this down, but have also not laughed so hard in weeks. And I know he wasn’t making fun of me, but was laughing with me for all the silly things we have both forgotten. It was one of the few times that I have allowed my guard down with everything that’s been going on, and just laughed. At myself.
So was I right? Yes and no. There IS an artillery task force. It is NOT a Federal Government Agency. But I don’t care. Teen Jeopardy was good for one thing yesterday. It made me realize that even when things are not so great, you still have to take the time to laugh at yourself. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself, nothing else is going to be funny. And when nothing in your life is funny, what’s the point of living it?
So take some time today and laugh. No matter how bad things appear. Even at your own expense. It’s how you know you’re still alive. And also how you know that things aren’t really as bad as they seem.
April 30, 2012 § 1 Comment
For those of you who have been following my blog (or my life for that matter!) you know that I’ve been waiting for my TSA background check to go through. Well, no good news today either. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. After calling to check yet again, and having the wonderfully polite automated voice tell me that the background check was still in process and to please try again later, I did a little research. What I found was not comforting.
When the TSA is operating normally, it can take THREE WEEKS for your background check to clear. With them telling me there was a freeze and they couldn’t tell me when it would be lifted, I have NO IDEA when I’m going to be able to start this job. Yet the bills don’t stop coming.
And just to ice that cake, T has had no luck either. Even at the day labor temp place, if you’ve been there before, you get the jobs, and if not, well…sorry.
T’s main problem is that he can’t get someone to just give him a CHANCE. He spent 3 years as a stay-at-home dad, because it was cheaper than him working a minimum wage job and us paying for daycare. (And where we were at, there weren’t many jobs that were more than minimum wage, and none that you could get without experience.) Yes, that was our choice, but it was the only choice that made sense for our family. Before that, he did odd jobs here and there, a lot of things online (graphics, basic web site stuff), but nothing you can really put on a job application or resume. He didn’t really “need” a full-time job, because I had a good job, and things were taken care of.
So it looks on paper like he’s never had any real work history. And to top it off, the one “real” job that he had fired him for ridiculous reasons.
Can you tell any of this to a potential employer? Nope. Not even a staffing company or fast-food joint will listen.
Here we have an able-bodied, hard working father looking to at least HELP support his family, and NO ONE will give him a chance. He wants to work. Like yesterday. He wants to start a career. He wouldn’t mind getting a degree, but right now, with our financial situation, that’s not an option. Our bills were due like yesterday, too.
So I thought I’d put it out there.
If any of you are in the Portland/Vancouver area, and are or know somebody willing to give a hard-working husband and father a chance to be the man he wants to be, comment here or shoot me a message on Facebook.
He has ridiculously good computer skills. He has general labor skills. He’s done warehouse and production work. He can pass a drug test and background check. He has a vehicle. He’s smart (and pretty funny, if I do say so myself), and can learn anything quickly and easily. And right now, he’s willing to do ANYTHING. If only somebody would give him the chance.
He’ll even shave off his beard if you want him to. And that’s saying a LOT.
They say a large percentage of getting a job right now is who you know. Well, we don’t know a lot of people down here yet, but through the wonderful world of the internet, I know you. And you know people. And they know people…
So shoot me a message. Hell, if this works, I may start a blog for others looking to do the same thing. Everybody needs a little help sometimes, and I’m all about returning the favor!
April 28, 2012 § 1 Comment
It’s that time again, folks! Time for me to introduce you to some super awesome (or weird?!?) stuff you can buy RIGHT NOW online!! So, if you didn’t blow your wad at the bar last night, here we go!!!
First up, CAFFEINE!!! (I’m sensing a trend here…) With all the talk of Fair Trade, not supporting terrorism, going green, and eating organic, why not just grow your OWN coffee?!? Think Geek has a Grow Your Own Coffee kit…and the best part? It costs just about as much as a 3lb can of coffee! Of course, if you’re going to grow your own coffee, then you have to roast your own beans…..
Which is OK! Because Hammacher Schlemmer offers The Home Coffee Bean Roaster! Only 20 minutes in your own kitchen to freshly roasted coffee beans! (Although I’m not sure I could get through the first 20 minutes of the day waiting for these things to roast….)
If DIY is not so much your style, how about some sweets? Check out these Highly Caffeinated Brownies And Cookies at Think Geek! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a total cookie and brownie JUNKIE…add Caffeine to that?!? YES SIR!!!
Since my bacon segment went over so well last week, I found a couple more things for you bacon fans out there…. To go with our caffeinated soap from last week, how about some Bacon Soap!! If you want that “just cooked bacon” smell to last all day, Think Geek has got this one for you! Now maybe we can get them to make caffeinated bacon soap?!? Hmmmm…..
And for you Doomsday Preppers out there – never fear!!! YOU WILL HAVE YOUR BACON!!! Introducing Think Geek’s Tac Bac – Tactical Canned Bacon! With a 10-year shelf life, this bacon will get you through December 21st, the Zombie Apocalypse, or any other made up natural or unnatural disaster! You will be the envy of all your survivalist friends if you have this in your stockpile!!!
Thought I’d add in a couple things for the kiddos this week. I’m always looking for oddball stuff to get the girlies, so how about something like Twitch – The Roadkill Raccoon? Roadkill Toys offers up this cute, cuddly, and squashed flat by a semi truck doing 80 on the interstate raccoon for your children’s enjoyment. Don’t like raccoons? That’s OK. They’ve got a plethora of just-as-flat animals to choose from. Good opportunity to talk about death with your kiddos. Or maybe teach them the names of all the internal organs….
Another thing my children NEED is this I Am Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Toddler T-Shirt from Think Geek. Why? Because it’s ABSOLUTELY TRUE.
In my “For the Home” section this week, I found a couple of great pieces from h220430, a Japanese design firm that sells their pieces through the somewheretokyo.com gallery. These pieces are both “ask for more information/price”, which means they are probably well out of my price range, but still pretty stinking cool. (If you want to view these items on their own web page, you’ll have to click the item link on the left. Their website is kinda wonky…)
First up, who would not want to sit on this Balloon Bench? This is quite possibly the coolest thing you could ever put your butt on. It hangs from the ceiling with the hardware hidden in the balloons! And you never have to worry about it floating away with you! (Though that might be a cool option…I can think of a few people I wouldn’t mind floating away…)
And second, to go with our shadow chair from last week, an even COOLER Silhouette Chair!!! Now you can trick your guests into thinking there’s a GHOST sitting in their seat!!! Bet I could scare off a couple of unwanted guests with that one!
Also, if you’re looking for something completely unusual for your home decor, try out the limited edition Banquete Chair With Pandas from Moss! The most expensive item in the mix this week, I’m still not sure how they came up with the price for this one. I could go to any local thrift store and purchase enough plushies to make this chair 100 times over for less than $20… And wouldn’t it be semi-uncomfortable having a panda nose poke you in the butt every time you sat down?!?
Now, since it’s (almost) officially SUMMERTIME, a few things to kick-start your summer fun!
Do you know someone who (or are YOU that person?) that LOVES golf, but HATES yardwork? Why not combine them and make yardwork FUN? Hammacher Schlemmer offers The Weed Whacking Golf Driver for just the occasion. I’m totally thinking this would be a FANTASTIC Father’s Day gift…even for the dads who don’t like to golf, but would still like to beat the hell out of the grass.
Are you sick of having to buy alcohol every single time you want to go hang out at the river with your buddies? Why not buy this DIY Juice To Alcohol Kit from Think Geek? Now, the people at the store will never say to themselves “Oh, brother. Here YOU come again! Dont’cha think you should slow it down?!?” Instead, they’ll think “Gosh, you must be really health conscious to drink that much juice!” Only 48 hours to your own yummy alcoholic beverage. Perfect.
And while you’re at the river, wouldn’t your music sound SOOOOO cool coming out of a BoomCase? Practical AND stylish, these Boomcases from Mr. Simo will tell all your friends “I have more taste and more money than you do.” And who doesn’t want to tell their friends that?
And friends, I saved the best for last. No trip to the water in the summer could EVER be complete without the Ten Person Water Totter from Hammacher Schlememer!!! With enough room for ten of your closest (drunkest?) friends, this teeter totter for adults might just be the perfect way to spend a hot summer afternoon. It might require blowing more than ONE paycheck, but in my opinion, it would be WELL worth it to see half of your drunk friends fall in the water! And who can put a price on drunk and disorderly conduct?!?
Well, that’s all I have for this sunny Saturday. Here’s hoping you still have some money left after payday yesterday, and that you use it to have a great weekend!
April 27, 2012 § 3 Comments
A challenge has been issued. By You Know It Happens At Your House Too, and again by The Brady Bunch On Crack (I love you ladies!!!). The challenge is to find 10 things you are grateful for, and share them (if you are so inclined). With all the chaos and downturns in my life lately, I needed this challenge to remind me to look on the bright side of things and be thankful that my life is what it is, because Lord knows it could be so much worse. So here goes…
1.) I am grateful for my life. I am so thankful that I get to wake up every day (Even if it’s too early sometimes! Stinking internal alarm clock!!) and take a deep breath into my lungs. I am thankful that my blood continues to pump through my veins, and my heart continues to beat. I am thankful to just BE. ALIVE.
2.) I am grateful that I have been blessed with two amazing, beautiful, ridiculously smart, hilarious daughters. And I am thankful that they know that they are my LIFE and that I love them with every breath that I take. I tell them each a million times a day that I love them (so much that PT1 sometimes just says “I KNOW mom!!!) and suffocate (not literally, folks) them with kisses and hugs every single chance I get. I am thankful that I get to know the indescribable joy of being their mother.
3.) I am grateful that we have a healthy family. Aside from the colds here or there, or an occasional migraine or toothache, we have no major illnesses or medical problems, and usually the only time the girlies have to see the doctor is for shots (EEK!) or check-ups. I am thankful that we stay healthy, especially having no medical insurance right now. That is a huge blessing.
4.) I am grateful that I can put food on the table for my children. I am thankful that my children never have to say “I’m Hungry” and actually mean it. (They’re kids, folks, they’re ALWAYS hungry. But they’re not starving!) No matter where the food comes from, I’m thankful that we have it, and that my children are able to eat. Sadly, not all children have that luxury.
5.) I am grateful that we have a roof over our heads. I am thankful for clean running water, indoor plumbing, and heat. These are things that a lot of people take for granted. It took a lot of work to get us here, but we have a HOME. A safe, healthy home that is large enough for my girlies to be able to run and chase each other and scream without disturbing the neighbors. A home that shields us from the elements and provides us with a security that some families don’t have.
6.) I am grateful that between T and I, we have an A-MA-ZING family. Even if most of them are far away, we know that they are always there for us in whatever way they can be, and are supportive of us, and that is a tremendous gift. All it would take is a phone call, and we could literally have an Army here if someone did us wrong, and THAT is awesome.
7.) I am grateful to have some of the most spectacular friends on the planet (old and new!). I have a lot of friends, and though not all of them are the ones I would call at 3am if I needed to cry, I know that they all care about me. Care about US. And the ones I WOULD call at 3am if I needed to cry? I would not give them up for anything, ever. They keep me strong when I am feeling weak. They make me laugh when I make that 3am call. They call me out when I’m acting crazy, or join me, whichever is more appropriate. I LOVE these ladies like my sisters. You know who you are. <3
8.) I am grateful for Facebook. I know, it’s a ridiculous thing to be thankful for. But before Facebook, I had lost touch with so many friends from my past. Now, we can talk (type) on a daily basis, and they may be halfway across the country, but they’re still so close. I am thankful for the new friends I have made through the blog’s Facebook page. And for the Facebook blogging community. People that can give me insight and make me laugh, even though we’ve never met. It’s a pretty powerful thing!
9.) I am grateful that I was able to find a job. Even if I can’t start it yet, just getting a job in this economy is a huge accomplishment. And finding a job that I LOVE (Well, will love…) is even better…
10.) I am grateful for every. single. minute. of my past. All the trials and tribulations, successes and failures that I have been through. The people that I have lost who meant so much to me (I miss you Gram!!). The paths that I started down and never completed. The doors that I desperately wanted to open that didn’t. The mistakes I have made, and that others have made involving me. If my life had taken a different turn anywhere along the way, I would not be where I am today. I wouldn’t be with the people that love me the most. (I wouldn’t be crazy shaking to Team Umizoomi right now!!) And I wouldn’t change where I am right this moment for anything else you could offer me. Because for all the things that have gone wrong lately, I love where I have landed. I love my life. And I couldn’t have gotten here any other way.
So now it’s your turn. I challenge you to take some time, and come up with 10 things you are grateful for today. Share them here if you want, or just think about them and jot them down for yourself. It’s a chance to look at your life in a different way. Change your attitude. No one else can do it but you!