Saturday, December 18, 2010

The best...

that I have seen since turning 40: so it's only been one day! I was super excited last night!

Best birthday card:  Made by AS-B

Best gift:  Rebel T1i

Best scent:  Jo Malone given special from LS (i smile every time I smell it!)

Best dinner: at "The Stove" with A&T, L&C, S&A, F & his date, R&C (by phone...) put together by the best person in my life... (Thank you sweetie!)

Best sweet treat:  Pink Purse cake made by Merrill's Desserts LLC

Friday, December 17, 2010

FabuLOUs 40??? says who?

Fabulous 40... who coined the phrase?  I don't feel fabulous... I actually feel a bit anxious.  My skin is not as smooth, my hair has been dyed black to cover the gray that is trying desperately to overcome the dark browns known as my hair.  In the last year i have put on over 20lbs that were much easier to loose when I was much younger... well, that's not completly true... it was easier to loose when I worked out at least 6 days a week but at 40, I'm finding working out is like having a job.  Can FabuLOUs 40 "think" themselves slim??? that would be nice... no working out, just alot of thinking with the end result of a Fab-u-LOUs body...

While many woman at "FabuLOUs 40" are super educated and well established in their careers, I'm at the "I haven't figured it out" stage~ Am I slow?  The US Department of Labor says that workers between 18 - 38 change careers an average of 10 times so~  if I go by these statistics, I am officially behind and I'm SUPPOSE to have it figured out by now!  Over the last 20 years I have had a variety of jobs- with the same employer. I have been an office assistant, a security guard, a jail guard, a pipe fitter, a sheet metal worker, a drug and alcohol programs advisor, a technical publications librarian, a safety person, a supply order person, a training person, an apprentice, a welder, a weld production supervisor, a cry baby, a complainer, an "Are you f-n serious?" person....  Then at 38, I retired... so I guess that's about right, a person does change careers an average of 10 times (or more) even if cry baby, complainer, and questioner aren't really occupations- although, they should be or at least I should have gotten paid for it as much as I participated in them.

Now that I am 40, I should have already mapped out the wheres and whats of life, especially since I had it all figured out at FlirTy 30 .  I'm thinking, does every FabuLOUs 40 woman out there have it figured out or do they just look like they have it all figured out? Maybe they secretly wish to change some or ALL of the things that are currently working for them at this stage.  Change is not easy when you have worked hard to accomplish things you wanted in life at 20 or 30..  You know what, this 40 thing can't be all that stressful, the right job, with education, will come... my house will one day have the long lived in look that I want it to have, my friends and I will continue to talk whether it's via email, txt, fb, or phone... You know, maybe I'm over analysing this whole 40 thing, I should probably sit back and enjoy the things that I have accomplished, and look forward to the things to come...  Be thankful for the friends that surround me, my health, the sons that love me and keep me young with jokes, hugs, and funny conversations and the husband that loves me and all the flaws that come with me.. 


I'm 40!!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Due to extreme weather conditions in the mid west... Our new addition won't make it home today (sad face)  I'm so ready to meet him....

Friday, December 10, 2010

holy crap!

I just got the best EARLY b-day gift ever!!!
Rebel EOS... he said it's great for someone who wants to learn photography..

I say it's "It's a great gift from a SUPER AWESOME hubby!!!"


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hostess yum-yums

so... on a quick trip to the grocery store I stumbled across an end cap by the cashier filled with Hostess cakes.  I have all the items I need and spot some twinkies on the bottom shelf... I'm thinking to myself, "I haven't had a twinkie in years, I wonder if it's as yummy as I remember them to be???" There is an older woman standing in front of the cakes, she's doesn't seem to be looking at anything in particular, just standing..
I wait patiently...
(one extra person gets in line ahead of me)
and wait some more...
get a phone call from 5 y/o asking for me to bring candy...
(great... 3 more people jump in line ahead of me)
wait some more and then...
I say "excuse me, can I get something off of the shelf please?" the older woman moves over, I pick up the twinkies and get back in line... The older woman gets in line behind me and says...
"Are those twinkies?"
          "yes ma'am"
"Those were the last ones huh..."
          "yes ma'am"
"I really love those, do you think they have anymore?"
         "I'm not sure, the cashier can probably tell you.  This is the first time I've ever seen the Hostess sold individually in here"
"I sure do love those (sighs loudly) I sure hate that was the last one (sighs again)"

Is this where I am suppose to be the nice person and hand over the last pack of twinkies?  I think I would have if I had not waited almost 5 minutes for her to make a decision to what she wanted off the hostess rack... I thought about giving them up for a brief second, she looked pretty crushed, especially when the cashier told here that was the only end cap with the hostess but she can buy a full box on isle 3.. BUT IT WAS THE LAST PACK OF TWINKIES!!! and I felt really bad as I paid for them, walked to my car, opened them up and ate them on the way to the house~ she didn't appear to even be looking at them!  I guess I could have split them with her... although she may not have been to cool with that... great, now I'm feeling bad over buying the last pack of twinkies...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Still shopping...

I am starting to realize that having a dog is more expensive than i thought it would be.... AND HE'S NOT EVEN HERE YET!! After the bed delima, i decided it would be best to buy a cuddly deep bed that will fit nicely in the 50 dollar crate that we had to purchase for his flight home.  I then set out to buy bowls, collars, leash, food, snacks, and toys.  I'm not much of a brick and mortar shopper anymore, the internet has become my best friend... I've actually completed ALL of my christmas shopping via the internet!  (just got the last gift yesterday :-) Along with X-mas shopping I did all my doggie shopping online as well, it looks like everything will arrive tomorrow.  I'm excited.  Hopefully it arrives before 5 y/o arrives home from school.  This IS part of his surprise gift~ even if the stuff is actually for the dog...

(basket pic courtesy of gourmet gift baskets dot com)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

there search is on...

for a variety of dog supplies~ who knew it would be like shopping for a pair of shoes???  I'm having a hard time deciding on sleeping quarter for Vlad and it quickly went from I want a heated bed to make sure he's warm and cuddly to "OH MY GOODNESS! THESE ARE SO CUTE!!!"  so right now I'm stuck on beds and wanted to share a few of my favorites~ yea, the bed search was this serious!!!

The pink one up there is by far my favorite.  But after buying a book on German Shorthaird Pointers and talking to the breeder and other pet owners I have come to realize that none of these are really practical for the size of dog we have aquired... I'll be lucky if he doesn't take over my couch and put me on the floor...

Monday, December 6, 2010

early present...

so, I have said no to dogs for I don't know how long...5 years now....  mainly because a dog is like having another kid.. a person has to potty train, teach manners, feed, love, take really good care of a dog.... JUST LIKE one would take care of a KID.... The no has finally turned to I guess, and then I found out that somewhere along the lines I said yes.  So, I would like to introduce you all to Vladimir (Vlad for short)  He arrives monday evening around 6.

Let the training fun begin!