Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Year, New You (me?)

OK, so I've seen several of the blogs I follow link up with The Blended Blog  for this neat little January prompt-type thingy.  Sounds like fun to me!

1.  Resolutions?  We don't usually do resolutions - if we do, it's something ridiculous like "cutting back on heroin use" or  "no arson".  This is my first time choosing a word of the year, tho!  **Consistency**
2.  Snow?   Wellll. I live in Michigan so snow is pretty much a gimme.  It's pretty to look at when it's falling and fresh but it sucks to drive in / shovel.  And then after a couple days, it's all black along the roads and looks really nasty.
3.  A new place to go?  This is kinda easy - Miss Angela has dance nationals in Orlando this June, so the plan is to fly to Atlanta, then rent a car for the rest of the way.  I've been making a map with places I want to revisit from when I was stationed in Kings Bay, GA and some cool places Angel wants to see.
4. Cut or Color?  I'm thinking a new haircut.  I tend to let mine do it's own thing and do my own trims as necessary.  I already color it regularly because my natural color is mud brown.
5.  Something special?   Going back to #3 - I like to explore cemeteries and there is one near the base in St. Mary's that I didn't think I'd ever get a chance to go back to visit.  So that's #1 on my list.  And next December we'll be going to visit the MIL in Hot Springs, AR and while Randy spends some time with her - I'll take myself to Bathhouse Row to the Buckstaff and have a nice spa day!   
6.  Least favorite?  When all the Christmas lights come down and everything is all dull & dreary.
7.  Most favorite?  The days are getting longer!
8.  Decorations?  I just took the blowmolds out of the front yard Sunday and unplugged the lights on the house (we'll take them down later).  But alas, the tree & nutcrackers are all still standing proud in the living room.   
9.  Diet?  Yup.  I'm on Weight Watchers.  I was actually up a smidge at weigh in tonight, but I blame myself for stopping at Tim Horton's this morning and getting both a donut AND a muffin.
10.  Organization?  Oh, the whole darn house!  It's really small and we have a lot of stuff, so I'm seriously taking my sisters up on their offer to come over and help me declutter.
11.  Comfort food.  All of it, hence the need for WW!  It's too hard to pick just one, however the meatloaf I made for dinner tonight was pretty damn good, if I must say so myself!
12.  Guilty pleasure?  Rupaul's Drag Race and watching makeup tutorials on YouTube (funny since I don't hardly wear any!) 
Pop on over & check out some other blogs!  There's a bunch, I'm in the late 60s on the list!
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Friday, January 5, 2018

What Up Weekend - Happy 2018!

What's up, Weekend?
10 things that have made me happy this week...

1.  Fuzzy slippers (our floors are cold, dammit!)

2.  First Play Live - a show on the CBC (yes, we watch Canadian TV since we're close enough to Windsor to pick it up)  Randy & I watch these bands play a live set and we have a discussion about what the band members probably do as a day job - and it's hilarious!

3. Purring & snuggly cats.
Rusty is so happy to NOT be a barn cat anymore!

4. Getting involved in the Secret Reaper / Merry Reaper on  HalloweenForum.  Basically it's like a Secret Santa gift exchange where we submit our names with a list of likes & dislikes and in return, we get someone else's name and lists.  SR is all Halloween related, and MR is H'ween and/or Christmas.  I just got my MR gift (thanks USPS for holding it for 2 weeks) and my 'reapee' sent me a bunch of goofy, non-breakable ornaments.  A glittery chainsaw & smiling ham on my tree?  Why not!
5.  Spending time with family on NYE (dinner in Frankmnuth), yet still being home by 10pm to ring in the new year while wearing PJs.
The lights around Bronner's are so pretty!
I just realized you can see my crown!
Happy New Year with my favorite guy!

6. Being down another 1.4 lbs at my WW meeting and realizing I've haven't had any gains since mid-November!  I can officially say I survived the holiday season!

7.  Vegging on the couch most New Year's Day  (I seriously only got 1300 steps for the day!), watching the Rose Parade while Randy made breakfast, then the Winter Classic NHL game, then a bunch of old dance recital DVDs with the girl.
I love the Bronner's billboards!

8.  Sticking to our own tradition of shake & bake pork chops & mashed potatoes for New Years dinner.  I tried the black-eyed pea thing for the first couple years we were together and we decided that they're disgusting, so we decided on our own "good luck for the year" dinner.

9.  A fairly new furnace and solid(ish) walls & doors & windows to keep this crazy cold mostly out!

10.  I have never done a "word for the year" before, altho I do like the idea and love seeing what others have come up with.  But one came to me!
It's something that I really need to work on in so many parts of my life....so it's perfect! 
I need to be more consistent with my blogging. 
I need to be more consistent with meal planning.
I need to be more consistent with following the WW plan. 
I need to be more consistent with going to the gym.
I need to be more consistent following Flylady to get my house in order. 
Gratuitous adorable cat feet picture. 

What has made you happy this week?

Linking up with Lindsay and all the other lovely peeps of the Peaceful Posse.....

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Friday, December 29, 2017

and POOF - Christmas is over

So now life is finally slowing down!  

We don't have any exciting plans for New Year's - other than going to Zehnders in Frankenmuth for an early dinner and to look at the lights.

So let's see.....on the 13th I went shopping with my sisters & Mom.  We were at Frankenmuth then - there's a lot of little shops all up & down Main Street, then of course, there's Bronners - "The Christmas Wonderland".
We all got crowns and wore them all day. 
 Naughty & Nice - guess who bought these?
Hint - not me!
There are these Santa's in different poses on I-75 and the roads approaching the stores. 
Love them!  I was happy to see this one inside the store, since it's one of my favorites. 
Randomly Robert!

One Sunday night, Randy & I went to see the lights in Rochester - we happened to pick the perfect night to go because they were holding Caroling in the Streets and had several blocks of Main Street blocked off to vehicle traffic. 
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First...a stop at Chomp for dinner.   
I don't know who creates their specials menu, but they are a magician!  
I had an autumn grilled cheese - O.M.G.  
Whole grain Ciabatta, cheddar cheese, sliced butternut squash, balsamic onions & chopped almonds.  It was glorious!   Randy had some kind of BBQ chicken quesadillas. 

Every storefront all along Main Street are covered in lights!
We ended up being more entertained by all the emergency vehicles blocking off the streets - with all their lights going. 
It's hard to get a selfie with the front of a fire truck!
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It was neat to walk down the middle of the street.
I stood in the middle of an intersection and turned in a circle, making a SnapChat video!
The ladder truck was blocking the north end of town, and they had the bucket out so people could go in it and stuff. 
Santa in a hot air balloon.

I had a half day of work last Friday - a team of truck drivers came in and managed to decorate the window without anyone noticing!
I went out to do some last minute shopping.
And found a gift for me!
11:45pm Saturday night, mailing Christmas cards!

Last Saturday I had to finish up some last minute shopping and opted to go at weird times which totally paid off!  Going to the sporting goods store near the mall at 7am was ideal - very little traffic, 2 other cars in the parking lot, was able to get immediate (and cheerful) help from a lady who worked there.  In & out.  Then going to the Walmart Supercenter at midnight is perfect!  There was a surprising number of cars in the lot, but the store is big enough where we never had people in our way.  We managed to find an InstantPot!  Randy said every store he looked at had been out of stock, so this was an excellent surprise. It was the last one on the shelf AND it was on sale!  
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It was actually quite pleasant & we had a good time roaming around looking at ugly sweaters & tools & stuff.  It was almost 2am when we left there!

So Christmas Eve at my sister's house.  Of course it started to snow a couple hours before we had to leave. We saw a lot of cars in the ditch and one that had taken out the guardrail.   We had a snacky dinner & played a game, then opened presents.  Once we got home we watched the Grinch. 

I woke up at 5am, so I got up and rearranged the presents to look nice & filled the stockings, then sat on the couch with a cat on my lap, looking at the tree for a while.  Then I went back to bed. 
It was a very nice Christmas - Randy got me a remote start for my car and I sure wish it was already installed!  Angel got me a new purse & some earrings.  We gave Angel the smaller TV out of our bedroom & DVD/BluRay player that we picked up a couple months ago.  We count on her being un-observant since they've been sitting on top of the dog's crate behind a basket & covered in a towel for months! Randy also got a wall-mount for the TV and installed it in her room for her.  

We were supposed to have gone to Zehnders for dinner Christmas Day, but it was still snowing and squalls were so heavy that Laurie sent me a picture out her back door where you couldn't see her barn at all!   We didn't want to risk the hour + drive so we went to a local Chinese food place instead. 
Before I left for work yesterday.....
Today it was 6*! 
Just to show that not all of my decorations are obnoxious and that I DO have some class!
I bought the Nativity set the first year I was in the Navy (aka away from my parents house) and the red scarf was a fire party shirt that I wore on duty days on my first ship. The Santa & reindeer just go well with it.

How was your Christmas?

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