Thursday, February 25, 2010

I do NOT like...

working out but, in a world of health and heart happiness it has become necessary.  For the last 20 years I have been required to work out a minimum of 3 times a week and conduct a fitness test twice a year... If you failed the fitness test, you were required to work out 5 days a week at about 4 in the morning!  One would think that after 20 years working out would be like second nature but for me it's something that I do mainly to make my heart heathy, I don't worry about weight, mines has been like a roller coaster for as long as I remember, I figure as long as I eat right I should be okay, there are poeple who work out 4-6 times a week, maintain their weight, do all the right things and end up sick or dying at 40... I know, such a harsh thing to say but who is to say that working out and eathing healthy will make you live a longer life?  I think being happy, relaxed, and getting the right amount of rest promotes longer living but hey~ I'm not the expert on the subject.  I'll make sure to see my local YMCA at least 3 times a week but I don't think I will give up my kit-kats any time soon... ugh!  I need more motivation...

Sunday, February 21, 2010


It seems the more I plan to visit and post, the more I stay away~  what's that about?
I'm not even sure... I did get a few things taken care of,over the last week. I obtained my business license to officially sell gift baskets instead of just giving them away as gifts (yeah!) although I stll have alot to learn about marketing, selling, buying, etc~ 

I always thought having your own busness would be a piece of cake (like being a stay at home mom...) Once again, I am still in the dark (and I still suck as stay at home mom!)  and the job search still continues! AND, I managed to sell two baskets a day after I got my license... total made... $115 bucks plus a 10 dollar tip for delivering the baskets~ I'll just add that to my dwindling bank account for emergancies when hubby tells me I can't spend anymore money from the "joint" account.

It's bath time for little boy, hopefully it won't be a chase session to get him in the bathroom... wishful thinking, it's going to happen, it ALWAYS happens.  oh well, stay at home mom/future business woman signing off to do bath time for little boy.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

getting started

so, I made the first step in getting my business off the ground.  Did alot of reading (still reading) came up with a name that I think fits me well, gathered all the items needed for the county I live in, hopped in my car and walked in the building to complete the first step in getting myself legal.  I got about 30 minutes into the application when I asked a question that was.. well, important~

do i need a permit to sell wine in my baskets?

screeeeech~ all stop, the lady says, "I don't think so since you aren't shipping anything out of the state... let me make a call..."

YES~ I do have to have a license, soooo, I called the ABC office to get answers on how to obtain a permit (got nothing...) not one agent answered the phone.  I'm sure the front desk agent knew my voice by the time i made the 5th call... so with that said, I am on hold... just until after monday ( Feb 15th~ the city is off...)  Once I get a permit to sell the wine, the lady at the desk said to come back and I will be able to get my license the same day (yea!)  Now Tuesday needs to get here quick!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


made it to the gym today... it's been two weeks since I have walked into the place... Been super busy with work on the house, my job search, interviews, the works... Felt good to do Zumba (even if I could barely finish the class!)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Old memories...

As I moved many of my photos from one folder to another I came across two pictures that made me giggle.  It's a photo of 4 y/o.  I had spent almost 4 weeks away from my family at sea, the time was stressful and I was having a hard time dealing with being separated from my family.  Times spent at sea away from family get lonely, yea, you are surrounded by tons of people, but I found that only a select few could relate to my feelings of stress and anxiety being away from my family....  On this particular day, we pulled in pierside late... I was tired, had duty the next day, and wanted to see my 4 y/o more than anything in the world.  I always had the fear that I would come home and he would not want to hug me, or worse... remember who I was.  That anxious feeling was kicking me in the back this day I came home.  But all that anxiety faded when I walked in the door of my house, 4 y/o must have heard he door open because he came running to see who was coming in his house... The smile on his face let me know~ he missed his mommy. 

I took this picture as I walked in the house and it captured a face happy to see his mom walk in the door after being gone for what may have felt like an eternity to him. I cried on this day because my sweetie remembered who I was, and I also laughed, if you look in the background you will see hubby asleep on the floor.. It is obvious my little sweetie was watching himself this particular day and hubby was not aware that I was returning from sea.  Poor hubby was worn (and remained so for the next 3+ years!)
but that's over now, no more leaving in the middle of the night for days, weeks, or months at a time.  No more phone calls home to say "I won't be home because of 'operational commitment'".  I am now able to live everyday to the fullest with my family and friends.  I will try not dwell on the past for this is time I can not get back... I am happy to enjoy the time I have now and for years to come.  It feels great to be mom, wife, and friend all over again without the thought sad thought of "it's time to go to sea.... again...".

Friday, February 5, 2010

The "thank you" basket

I constructed a thank you basket for TCP today, Carol (the co-owner) and Dan (the owner) always have a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa everytime I come to the store so, I decided to go with a good morning kind of "thank you" basket.  The contents were all the necessities needed for a morning pick-me-up; tea, coffee, cocoa, individual packets of raw sugar, granola bars, mixed nuts, a few other morning snacks and of course~ two mugs!

I love the way this basket turned out!

Because I rushed out the door to get the basket delivered before 2, I failed to take a picture of the final product!  Good thing I always have my camera in my bag. I'm sure the people in the parking lot around me were thinking I was crazy taking pictures of a basket from the front seat of my car but I had to get a picture of my final product!  I especially enjoyed my use of the flower vice a bow to close the plastic!  I still have alot to learn but with practice I'm sure to become competition for SOME-body out there!  The more I put baskets together, the better my profile will look when I'm ready to get into full business mode!!

My favorite part of the basket~ the flower...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

so tired..

It's been a super busy last few days.  I've had to do alot of running around conducting job searches, writing and re-writing resumes, I did do my first interview today, I guess it's safe to say I did well, she wants me to come back... it's in sales... I have NO experience in sales... none... nada... I keep telling my husband any job is better than no job and now I'm wondering what the heck I was thinking, sure, I can talk my but off but as for selling?  I suck, the first time someone tells me no~ I'm done talking!  I know how agitated I get when people try to persuade me to buy items I KNOW I have either no interest in... we all know those calls, during dinner, "hi my name is such and such and I wanted to ask about your water quality.... we can do a free test.... if you would liek to set up a time and date..."  and it continues even though you have told them at the beginning of the conversation that you do not want any services and it is dinner time for the family.  I understand that this is a job for many but, for me, it's a job I would last every bit of 2 seconds at!   But then again, who knows, I may take this job and be one of the top sellers of the year, I'm also keeping in mind that I can go to school at night and earn a license to change from sales rep to something like claims specialist or product manager... something different~  It's getting late, I'm really tired and 4 y/o keeps calling me and asking if I will lay next to him for a few minutes so.. I'll talk to you tomorrow~

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another snow day.

After breakfast, 4 y/o made it clear he was not staying in the house today.  I convinced him to wait until around noon before we headed into the cold snow.  Thankfully, the sun made the temperature comfortable.

we threw snow balls,

took pictures of some of the things we found in the snow,

made a snow man,

and then came in for a cup of hot chocolate and warmth~  After, I cooked dinner for the guys while they worked away on the motor build (which was put on hold due to a broken "something" that was suppose to be delivered on Saturday but, could not make it due to the worst snow storm in 20 years in our area~ yea! 20 YEARS!!!)
After dinner, I answered a call from 15 y/o's school letting me know they will be staying home ANOTHER day~ bathed 4 y/o, cleaned the kids room and now I'm summing up my day... it was good (smile)

hubby and 4 y/o


(still smiling...)  Thanks for the pictures Laura!

Lady GaGa

I normally don't watch music award shows, or any other show that contains an award being given away for what ever reason but, Both televisions were dominated by the men in the house.  Landon watched repeat episodes of Tom and Jerry while the guys watched the Grammy's. 

Not interested, I decided to clean the kitchen and work on my resume.  I normally enjoy the sounds of Nora Jones, Corinne bailey Rae, Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Four non Blondes, Stone Temple Pilots... you get the picture... A few years ago I stumbled across Pink~ her grammy performance blew me away!   Aerials and vocals.. who would have guessed, lip sync? I think not, I think it she is just that talented!
(rueters photo from mailonline)

Okay, I've gotten off track, although Pink was one of the BEST performances I have ever seen (from the highlights of any award show).  Lady Ga Ga has become of favorite of mine.  4 y/o always sings her song Paparrazi, he says it is his favorite song so I'm not allowed to dance, sing, OR hum any note or part of the song. 
Any who, I saw Gaga on the news about 3 weeks ago, she was being named creative director for polaroid films, my first thought what "why?" is this what she went to college for?  After a bit of reading I did find that, she attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied music and improved her songwriting skills by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as art, religion and socio-political order~ wooooowwww!  I thought she was building resume in music... At any rate, the 23 year old New Yorker won the dance recording prize for "Poker Face" and electronic/dance album prize for The Fame and has been called "The ultimate costumer"  This is shown from the series of pictures found from the many online magazines and entertainment sites.  If I were a photographer~ I would definately want her in my portfolio!
"I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening," she said in a statement to Us. "The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team."


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