Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pictures

I just realized I didn't blog last night so here is my quick post I had in my mind. With digital cameras all around, most people snap pictures but do not print the majority of them. I am going to make myself go through my pictures from this year and start printing some. By the end of the year, I hope to have at least one hundred together to put in an album. I also would like to print some of my favorites in a bigger size to hang in my house. But for now, I will be happy if I can meet the goal of one hundred pictures for an album. HAPPY HUMP DAY!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Lazy Girl


Yes, I have been lazy about blogging recently. I just haven't been in the mood for it. Well, I haven't had a great attitude at all. I figure I need to start improving my mood and start writing here again.

We did have a pretty major change in my family since I last posted. We now have a kitty. She showed up around my mom's house but she couldn't keep her. Her dog thought the kitty was a toy. Mom contacted a local rescue agency but they didn't have any space. So they said we could foster the kitty through them. This way, we can get the shots and spay for seventy-five dollars. Much to diva-child's dismay, the kitty has attached itself to Steven.
This is what I see almost every night. Kitty on Steven, girlie right beside them since she wants to be around kitty.

I think that is enough for one night. If I write everything I thought about now, you would be lost because my brain can't stay in one place for very long. Have a good week, everyone.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Show and Tell: Our Visit to the Aqueduct Park

This past Sunday, the weather here was beautiful. I wanted to go do something outside. My first thought was to walk along the canal, but then I remembered the Aqueduct Park. I grabbed my camera then headed to pick up Mom and baby girl.

I was worried at first about walking along the rocks, but I was equipped with new water shoes. Audrey kept saying we were going on an adventure. Well, we were hopping from rock to rock over water and there were lots of trees around. We had a great time. We probably spent about 2 hours there. Funny how you can overlook the beauty of things in your town just because they aren't out in plain view.

I took lots of pictures. I was trying to capture the motion of the water and I think I did a decent job, considering I use a point-and-shoot.




Be sure to visit the Stirrup Queen to see what other stories people have to tell.


This weekend, we will be finished with our year long stint as a flower girl. Then, I have to decide about a sixth birthday party. And find a Georgia Bulldogs cheerleader dress for Halloween. And not stress out totally over the house and D.O.T. stuff that I don't even want to deal with but don't have much choice.

Have a great remainder of the week, ya'll.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Missy Prissy

Tonight, Diva-Child put on a flower girl headpiece from the last wedding she was in, but she put it on backward. She said her name was Missy Prissy, but you had to say it like "miss-ay priss-ay". She also kept referring to herself in the third person. "Missy Prissy always wears her headband the wrong way." The songs I heard about Missy Prissy had me laughing so much. This girl has quite a personality.

Good Judy

I have been admiring some of the perfumes made by Good Judy for a couple of months. I never could make up my mind which scents I wanted. There were so many to choose from.

I finally narrowed down my top three wanted scents.

  • Atole - This caught my attention because of the vanilla, milk and pineapple. Cinnamon could be a possible killer of this for me.
  • Midnight Rendezvous - Midnight air, evening primrose, night phlox and amber will hopefully work for me.
  • Negligee - How can the foody scent lover in me not order this? Coconut, strawberry, vanilla, and butter cream. This screams ME!!


I'll be testing these later. If these are winners, you will be sniffing my greatness for the next couple of days.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Our day at the Braves game

Yesterday, my sinus problems were better. I decided to go to the Braves game with my hubby, daughter and nephew. We had a fun time. My daughter and nephew had never been to the game before. It was an exiting game. Not to clog up my post with boring baseball talk, click the link below to see the Atlanta Journal Constitution's picture highlights. They even have some of the outfielders colliding trying to catch a flyball.

Gallery MLB Photos: Bark in the Park ajc.com
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On the way to Atlanta, diva-child had nothing to do. I let her hold the camera and take some pictures. You would not believe the amount of pictures I had to delete: her shoes, her goodies Gigi sent with her, juice boxes, her legs. She did snap a few funny pictures of herself I didn't post in my facebook album. If you are reading this, these pics are exclusive to the blog.








Sunday, September 6, 2009

Old Friends

My sister-in-law, mom and I met up with some friends of ours that I haven't seen for a LONG time. You don't realize how much you miss someone until you see them and could spend hours catching up. It almost felt like we have never been apart and just picked back up where we left off.

Not much time tonight for long post. I am going to the Braves game tomorrow. Have a great Sunday, my one blog follower.

Friday, September 4, 2009

They Might Be Giants

I want to go see the group They Might Be Giants in concert. They are having two concerts at the North Carolina Museum of Art this month, one for kids and another one for adults. I want to go to the kids show.

When diva-child was two years old, I heard about a DVD called "Here Comes the ABCs" released by They Might Be Giants. In an effort to find cool kids music I didn't mind listening to a lot, I went to Borders and purchased it. I quickly fell in love with the cool songs. I even found myself singing the songs at work. I still sing them though we have not watched the DVD for a couple of years.

This video isn't my favorite one, but it is a close second. I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stupid weather changes

Just like the change of every season, my sinuses are inflamed and stuffy. I tried a sinus rinse for the first time tonight in an effort to avert a sinus infection. I don't know if the rinse or the nasal spray is helping but I am happy for relief.

I made some changes to the background of the blog. I have an idea in my head for something else but this will work for the time being.

We still have to decide whether we are going to the lake. What are your plans for Labor Day?


Pic of the day:
April 2009 - Tybee Island, Georgia

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Shower prep

Tonight I spent the evening at my cousin's house making food for the bridal shower tomorrow. I hope everything goes okay since me and my cousins are giving the shower. I don't have much else to say tonight. I am really tired and hope to actually get some sleep tonight. I hope everyone has a great weekend. I promise I will post some pics tomorrow.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Doctor

My doctor gave me some news about the back and hip pain. Sciatica! I will look back and see who had suggested that. I also have a bladder infection.

Not much input tonight. Shower planning, 3-way call with my favorite cousins, dinner prep, pharmacy trip. Now my new medicines are starting to make me sleepy. YES!!! If I don't pass out soon, I will post a couple of pics that I said I would last night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Camera

I thought my hubby was serious recently when he told me I could get a new camera if I could sell mine. Guess what? I tried talking to him more about it last night and he said we didn't have the cash for it. I knew this. I really want a DSLR. I just figured I would use the credit card for it when I know I shouldn't. When we hear something back from the D.O.T. about our counter-offer, maybe then will my camera wishes be quelled with something special.


Any of my friends can vouch for the fact I love taking pictures. I don't have any desire to be a professional. I only want to take better pictures for myself. Not that my current camera is bad. I currently have a Canon Powershot SX10oIS. I have taken some great pictures with it. I'll post some later.

Just to pacify the camera enthusiast in me, please let me know what kind of camera you like to take pictures with.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back and Hip Pain

Tonight, I am sitting here on my living room floor in pain. My lower back seems to ache a lot and my hip is the worst tonight. It feels like someone is trying to twist my hip joint and pain will shoot down to my knee. I have been blaming the back pain on the endometriosis even though I don't know for sure that is the cause. Since I am getting some new visitors (Hi ICLW'ers), I thought now would be a good time to pose a question to anyone else who might have endometriosis. Is it normal to have lower back pain all throughout the month, not just before/during your period?

I do have an appointment with my PCP this Friday and I am going to ask him about the hip pain for sure. I don't want to sound like a big cry baby who whines all the time and wants prescriptions for this and that. I just want to feel normal and go maybe a couple of days without pain. I probably need to contact the GYN also. I passed the pregnancy "deadline" he gave me. I need to see him anyway.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me

For those of you reading this on my facebook, I have posted these before. I am trying to introduce myself to new people reading my blog.

1. I obsess for days over what to write on this blog.
2. I swore I would never date my husband.
3. I read the perezhilton website daily. I love celebrity gossip.
4. Spelling errors irritate me, especially when I type in a hurry and make one myself.
5. I have ADD. I also have OCD.
6. I had dreams about making out with Vin Diesel when I was pregnant.
7. I don't like the Andy Griffith show. I cannot stand to hear the theme song.
8. I don't like the bands Nickelback or Creed. "Don't like" is a nice statement for how I feel about their music. I heard Kidcratic refer to these bands as "Nickelcreedback" and laughed so hard. SOOO TRUE!!
9. I know how to shuttle tat.
10. The back side of any craft project I make has to be perfect. I have remade projects because the back did not meet my standard. Actually, I am a craft perfectionist. I almost always make a gift projects twice. The first one is for me to practice and see what problems I have. If this turns out okay, then I will make the second one to give away.
11. I have a fear of new situations or events. I have not gone to parties or events because of this.
12. I do not like butterflies.
13. I regularly use a Charlie Brown pillowcase that I have owned since childhood. When this one started coming apart, I bid and won a 2 extra ones on eBay. I sewed the seams and still use the old one, but have the others as back-ups.
14. I cannot sleep uncovered. Even in the summer, I need at least the sheet over me. I have to be covered up to my ears with only my face and top of my head exposed.
15. I have problems going to sleep unless it is pitch-dark in the room. I made a cover for my alarm clock because the numbers were too bright. I still put something over that.
16. I love apron sewing patterns. Every cloth or quilting store I go to, I shop for these. I will never make all of the ones I own but I have made a few. The internet fuels this passion because I can always find small companies that make their own patterns, not just the big 3 pattern companies.
17. I cry every time I watch new episodes of Extreme Home Makeover.
18. I love James Bond movies.
19. I am the person reponsible for my husband getting into bowling. Yes, I was bowling before Steven. He joined his first league with me.
20. When I watch football, I don't understand what is going on other than teams getting touchdowns. First downs, second downs? I don't have a clue.
21. My nickname is Jupiter.
22. I love Guitar Hero World Tour. I am constantly trying to figure out how I can make room for the entire band set-up in my house.
23. I love taking pictures. I would love to take photography classes.
24. I love things with skulls on them. Cute skulls though, not scary ones. I have skulls shoes, a purse, fabric and still is constanly looking for things with cute skulls.
25. I am afraid of going back to school. I am worried that I will fail any class that requires me to write papers or essays and that would be almost every class except math classes. I have problems expressing my ideas and facts in writing.

Problems with comments

I had some settings incorrect and comments could not be made. I believe I have now corrected this. Sorry everyone! I am still new to blogging and Blogger.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hello ICLW'ers

Hey ya'll visting as part of IComLeavWe. I guess I should introduce myself since this is my first time participating. My hubby and I have been married for almost eleven years. We have one five-year old daughter (who is known as diva-child). I never knew I had endometriosis until 2007. I had a cyst burst earlier in the year so my doc was keeping an eye on my ovaries. In an ultrasound, they found an endometrioma growing on my ovary. Due to the rate of growth, the doctor wanted to remove it and my ovary also. I could have opted for the bilateral oohorectomy (both ovaries) but I wanted to have another baby. In December of the same year, I had the unilateral oophorectomy. In January 2008, I had a Lupron injection to help prevent the growth of new endometrial cells. My doctor advised me I needed to start trying to get pregnant as soon as possible.

We have been trying since the middle of 2008 for a baby. In January of this year, I had an HSG to rule out the possibility of any endometriosis or any other blockages in my tubes. The doc said most ladies get pregnant within two months of having the HSG and to come back if I wasn't pregagnt by June. Then, we would look into "some help" (i.e. drugs). It is August now, still not pregnant and haven't been to the doctor yet.

This is my trying to conceive story so far. Being minus an ovary should not affect my ability to get pregnant, but who really knows? I am trying to learn to enjoy more things and enjoy the life I have with my husband and daughter.

Okay, time to get back to organizing my sewing stuff. I hope everyone who reads this enjoyed learning a little about me. I appreciate any comments since most people only read and never comment. Have a nice weekend, ya'll!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Wedding Set

Or How I Ruined a Family Heirloom To Make Another OneYes, this ring is missing something big from the middle that was cut out.




Way back before Steven and I got married, my grandmother told me about my grandfather's ring that belonged to my great-grandfather. It had three diamonds on it. Her plan was to let me use the biggest stone for my wedding set if I wanted. The other two stones would go to her and my mom. I let Steven know this with plenty of notice.


When we knew we were getting married, we spent lots of time looking for the perfect set in which to include the diamond. We eventually decided on a set from Doris Diamonds (which is now closed). The only problem was I wanted white gold. So this was going to be made and would take some time. It didn't take me long to change my mind to the yellow gold. I knew Doris had the yellow set in the store. I knew they already had my Papa's ring. It wouldn't take long to get my new set back, right? It turns out Doris had to order a special stone mount for the diamond. Due to its age, the diamond was not cut like newer ones. It took a little longer than I expected. But the day I knew he picked the set, I pulled my spoiled girl routine to get the engagement ring.


Long story short, I had the stone removed from my great-grandfather's ring to be a part of my wedding ring set. It means so much to know my set wasn't just one of many made in bulk by some no name faceless person. There was time and effort put into making my ring special for me. One day, I hope to be able to give my rings to Audrey and explain to her why they have an emotional value to our family.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Me Bad

Okay, I haven't been the best blogger. My A.D.D. has gotten the best of me recently and kept me occupied during the only free time I would have for writing, at night.

I read Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters regularly. Every month, they have a week where you sign your blog up and you agree to comment on six other blogs daily. The official name of this is IComLeavWe or International Comment Leaving Week. The logo is in the sidebar underneath my blog title. I signed up this month in an effort to make myself write more often. So tonight, I get the reminder e-mail about IComLeavWe. Then, I realize I haven't written anything in over a week. Bad JEN!

I already have my topic tomorrow planned out. I even took pictures tonight to add to the post. Here is a sneak preview.

What does all of this stuff have to do with my post? Not much, only one of the pieces of jewelry in the picture will be discussed. This is actually a secret look into the weird world of how I take pictures of almost any small item in my house, my homemade macro photo studio.

Tomorrow's topic: My wedding ring set or to make it more interesting, How I destroyed one family heirloom to make another potential family heirloom.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kindergarten

My baby started kindergaren yesterday. Normally, getting her up in the morning involves some poking and many trips back to her room trying to wake her up. When her alarm went off, she was up and ready to eat breakfast. I prepared her cereal and went to take a shower. She was fully dressed and sitting on the couch with her backpack on by 7:10. Steven was still in bed while she kept asking me when we were leaving.
Excited


I love this picture of the hubby and diva-child walking. It reminds me of one I took when she was only a year old at an Easter egg hunt.


We were at school before they opened the doors. As we prepared to leave my baby, I started to think about how far away she was from my office and got teary eyed. My sunglasses hid my watery eyes. She was happy to be there and already playing. Does this look like the face of someone sad? I didn't think so.



Like many other moms this morning, I managed to separate myself from my baby and head to work. That afternoon as I was working in my office, my cell phone rang. It was Audrey's teacher. UH OH! WHAT IS WRONG? Turns out it was nothing. She was just wondering if we were picking her up at school release or was she attending the after school program. Whew, crisis averted.

Everything went fine. Audrey said the only boring thing about school was they played music part of the lunch time. You could not talk while the music was playing. I understand why they do this. If the other kids are like Audrey, she will not talk much. UNTIL you put a meal in front of her. I knew there wouldn't be any problem for her to adjust to "big" school, but us moms worry about sending our babies into the real world. She sure is growing up so fast.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ouchie in my back

I haven't been myself recently. My back has been hurting A LOT. I have a feeling my endometriosis is getting worse. The pain is consistent until close to my period. Then, my menstrual cramps seem to be increasing in intensity every month. I believe I am starting a week early and this would expain the pain getting worse. I don't want to do ANYTHING and I hate that.

Of course, I am not pregnant yet. After having the HSG early in the year, the doctor assured me almost everyone who has one is pregnant in about two months. I do not think I want to continue trying if my pain levels are going to increase. The pain is starting to interfere with my daily life.

RANT OVER - I will get back to posting on a regular basis tomorrow. The subject of the day will be my baby's first day of kindergarten.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Schedule for posting

Not that anyone really reads my blog, but I am working on a topic schedule for posting here. I figure I can choose a different topic for each day of the week. If you have any suggestions for topics, please comment below. If you are reading this post on my facebook page and have suggestions, please click the link to visit and leave a comment on my blog.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More family pictures

Here are some more pictures from my family's latest photo session.

Aren't they sweet?





This girl could be a model.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pink Sugar Noel is the BOMB

Today, I received my CocoaPink custom scented perfume in Pink Sugar Noel scent. I think this has to be one of my favorite scents ever. I smell heavenly to me. Every time I wore this in the past, I always got compliments. MUCH LOVE to Ilona (the owner of CocoaPink) for opening back up, even if it is at a limited capacity.

I received a Click-n-Ship for my BPAL order so it should be here by Thursday or Friday. If I didn't have to work, I would be here at obsessively stalking the mailman to sniff my biggest order from them I have ever placed.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Orders & items purchased

Here is my list of items I have purchased this month. Don't act all surprised. I warned you I might be eating dinner with your family due to lack of "fundage".

7/8 BPAL direct from lab, CnS on 7/27, RECEIVED 7/31
bottles of Berry Moon, Stinky and O
imps of: Whoso List to Hunt, All in the Golden Afternoon, Against Idlesness and Mischief, Tis the Voice of the Lobster, Twinkle Twinkle Little bat, Snooty Rose

7/10 LJ Decant circle of BPAL Carnaval Diabolique
imps of Faiza and some of her Snake Pit companions: Australian Copperhead, Boomslang, Cottonmouth, Death Adder

7/17 LJ purchase , RECEIVED 7/22
bottle of Milk Moon & imp of New Orleans, also free sniffy of Midway

7/17 Brat's Creations @ etsy, RECEIVED 7/20


Fresh Summer Gloss My Body and Brown Fox Coconut Milk Soap.

Brat was on the CocoaPink forum and this is how I came to know of her. She started making her own soap after Ilona stopped making it as often. Then, she started selling them and is slowly branching out to other products. I highly recommend Brat's Creations. I ordered on a Friday afternoon and received the following Monday. This really surprised me since the Body Gloss is custom scented. She also included two scrub samples. She hopes to start selling a facial care and haircare line soon.


7/20 LJ decant circle for Summer Blockbuster 2009

imps of GOTHIC HORROR, PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR, ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, DIABOLICAL OFFSPRING



7/20 LJ decant supply circle
items needed to decant my bottles into smaller vials so I can carry in my purse

7/21 CocoaPink, RECEIVED 7/27
Pink Sugar Noel perfume spray

7/22 eBay , RECEIVED 7/29
BPAL Snow Bunny 5ml, I bid low on this thinking I would not win, but I did.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The internet is PURE EVIL that makes me spend money

Now that I think about it, maybe someone needs to take all the computers out of my house. NOT REALLY because I will cut you.

I logged in yesterday to that site where you send internet payments, not because I was paying for anything. YEAH RIGHT. Since the tenth of this month, I will only say that I have sent money for seven different purchases. I just checked my e-mail tonight and I won a bid on eBay at a really low price I never imagined would have won. That makes 8 purchases. The reason I am telling you this is I don't want you to be surprised if my family shows up at your house for a meal.

I may be broke by the end of the week, but I will smell HELLA GOOD. I'll be typing up a post listing what I am waiting on so I will remember whose butt I need to jump when I don't get my stuff.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Freestyle blog

I mentioned on Sunday we had our pictures done by Keaton of Freestyle Photography. She is such a nice person. I really enjoyed the "down to earth" style. Studio pictures are nice, but it was great to be outside in nature especially since the weather was so nice Sunday. Keaton let me know she made a blog entry with a couple of pictures from our session so be sure to check them out.

Check out our pictures on the Freestyle Photography blog.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ice Cream

Food Lion had Ben & Jerry's ice cream on sale so we bought some. I always said Edy's Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough was my favorite. But it now has some competition. I tried Ben & Jerry's Strawberry Cheesecake yesterday. This is the best. Tonight I had some B & J's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Now this I will have to sample again to see how it compares to Edy's. Testing tomorrow night will be Chocolate Macadamia.

Oh, Ben & Jerry. Let me count the ways I love thee. All of the flavors except ones that contain mint or coconut flakes.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Portraits

My family and I went to the amphitheater by the library and had our pictures taken by Keaton Crowe of Freestyle Photography. It normally takes Audrey some time to warm up to new people, but she almost immediately starting talking to Keaton. I think she took some great pictures of us. I'll hopefully post some of them later in the week.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Outrageous

I was browsing through pictures and wanted to share something I found funny. I had to buy some insoles for hubby. When I was inspecting the package, the wording on there really amused me.


Outrageous comfort - I don't think so.
Outrageous means exceeding the limits of what is usual. Those insoles must be like walking on heaven, maybe even orgasmic. Other people might not find this funny, but I sure did.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

All By Myself

Not exactly. My hubby is bowling the USBC Open in Las Vegas right now. He should be finishing up with the team portion as I type this. When I spoke to him earlier, he was feeling like his gout was coming on in his right foot. This could be a problem for him when finishes up throwing his ball as he ends on the right foot. I can imagine he probably isn't feeling so great. I hope he can make it through the pain to bowl up to his expectations.



Me and hubby at Southeast bowling tournament

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A little more about my N.C. trip

I fell the morning we were coming home from North Carolina. I was walking along the edge of the sound and fell when reaching for my flip-flop in the water. Never mind me, is the camera okay? I had it on a tripod and threw the arm holding it away from the ground to shield it from the impending hit. My camera was in one piece and still working. BIG SIGH OF RELIEF! Mom was worried about me since I hit my head. (It was obvious due to the scratch I had across my face and ear.) I called the 24/7 Nurse Line at my health insurance company. They said as long as I wasn't dizzy or a couple of other symptoms, I should be okay to travel. Mom did drive my car for the trip home since I was really sore. She told me I had to take a picture of my face to post on facebook.

Steven and I both went to my doctor the next day, him for gout and me for my injuries. I had to get a tetanus shot. I am still sore and my bruises are finally fading. But at least my camera works, right? The cost of my doctor visit and accompanying medicine was still alot cheaper than replacing my camera. I used said camera to take the above picture of my face. Then basically accused my mom on facebook of making me hurt myself somehow for taking her picutre. Her picture was the last one I took before I fell. See?


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th of July


We decided to go back to the beach on the 4th of July. Traffic was crazy getting there. Ava went to the beach with us and I took SO many pictures. Ava was such a refreshing change to photograph. I am used to diva-child trying to pose for every picture. This is my favorite picture I took that day.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kitty Hawk

Yesterday didn't start out so well. I had to call home and ask the doctor to call in something for my endometriosis pain. After that, we packed up to go to the beach. We went to Kitty Hawk, which is only about 5 or 6 miles from the house.


The beach was very different from Georgia beaches. The water here was almost clear. It was odd to walk out in waist deep water and see your feet. You could even see the jellyfish swimming along the top of the water.





Despite not feeling good, I am having a good time. Audrey is really having fun. Since here, we have seen foxes, turkeys and an otter at the house while sitting on the deck.



This morning, Mrs. Joann's nephew brought over his daughter and now Audrey has someone her age to play with. We will all be heading over to the sound soon for some swimming, riding a jet ski and maybe even riding on a sailboat.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We made it

This post is from the Outer Banks where Jupiter is currently suffering from endometriosis pain. I have called the doctor and they should be contacting the closest pharmacy at Wally World by this afternoon. I will add pictures later.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Birthday are great, but ........

Today is my hubby's and his twin sister's birthday. We are going to swim at his aunt's house where they are having a cookout for them.



But I think I need to acknowledge someone. None of this would be possible without Wilma, their mother. She is the person who is responsible for both of these wonderful people in my life. I am very sad that she cannot be here to celebrate this and many more birthdays to come. We didn't always see eye-to-eye on things but without her, I would not have the wonderful husband I have today. She passed on strong family values, which both Shannon and Steven share.



So while celebrating this afternoon, I will be thanking Wilma for one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New stuff

My last BPAL order came today. I am celebrating. :-)








Vigilant day-glo guardians of lawn and patio, stalwart protectors of the home.
Pink sugar-crusted marshmallow, dandelion, and sap.


For the first few minutes after application, this smelled A LOT like Pink Plastic. I was being smothered by it. After about 5 minutes, the plastic settled down and it smelled of nothing but the pink marshmallow. It reminds me alot of my CocoaPink Pink Sugar Marshmallow Shine Sweetie.









The Smoke-Veiled Moon of July brought a poem of Baudelaire’s to my mind:

Ce soir, la lune rêve avec plus de paresse;
Ainsi qu'une beauté, sur
de nombreux coussins,
Qui d'une main distraite et légère caresse
Avant
de s'endormir le contour de ses seins,

Sur le dos satiné des molles
avalanches,
Mourante, elle se livre aux longues pâmoisons,
Et promène
ses yeux sur les visions blanches
Qui montent dans l'azur comme des
floraisons.

Quand parfois sur ce globe, en sa langueur oisive,
Elle
laisse filer une larme furtive,
Un poète pieux, ennemi du sommeil,

Dans le creux de sa main prend cette larme pâle,
Aux reflets irisés
comme un fragment d'opale,
Et la met dans son coeur loin des yeux du soleil.

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Tonight the moon dreams
with more indolence,
Like a lovely woman on a bed of cushions
Who
fondles with a light and listless hand
The contour of her breasts before
falling sleep;

On the satiny back of the billowing clouds,
Languishing, she lets herself fall into long swoons
And casts her eyes
over the white phantoms
That rise in the azure like blossoming flowers.

When, in her lazy listlessness,
She sometimes sheds a furtive tear
upon this globe,
A pious poet, enemy of sleep,
In the hollow of his hand
catches this pale tear,
With the iridescent reflections of opal,
And
hides it in his heart afar from the sun's eyes.
(English translation by
William Aggeler, 1954)

Soft sandalwood, nicotiana, and velvety orris
drifting over lustrous pale
musks, stephanotis, elemi, and cyclamen.

I haven't tried this one yet but it smells wonderful on the bottle. I was scared about this due to the name. It doesn't smell like smoke, but brings smoke to my mind. Maybe standing by the fire on a warm summer night with someone special, looking at the sky while enjoying the stolen time alone.








I will wait until tomorrow to sniff this. I only hope it smells as great on me as it did on Wendy.


I got 6 frimps in my order too. They are: Centzon Totochtin, The Sea Foams Milk, Sloth, Delirium, Epitaph, and Elegba. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab ROCKS!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Click-N-Ship


Tonight I received a Click-N-Ship notice for my BPAL order I placed on June 6. Let the mailbox stalking begin! You can't order just one bottle either. It might get lonely in the box by itself. I ordered Smoky Moon, June Gloom (I gave Wendy my other bottle) and Plastic Pink Flamingo.
After the CnS e-mail, I received a payment e-mail for some CocoaPink stuff I didn't like. So now I am eyeing most of these. The only one I am not sure about is the Confections Cart.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First Day

Today went very well. Just today, I already made over half of what I made the the whole city tournament (that is turned over to the association at the completion of all squads).



My home for the next couple of weekends






One of my favorite association members (other than hubby), will be seeing a lot of him

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I am nervous

I always worry when I run brackets. You are dealing with other people's money and they can get really upset if there are mistakes. I am very nervous today as I prepare for the Southeast tournament. This will be the biggest tournament I have run brackets and they are MANY more people than my normal city ones. Today there are no really big shifts. I am grateful for this. I hope this makes my first day stress-free.

Everyone, enjoy their weekend. I'll be sitting in a bowling center for most of the sunlight hours, trying to stay calm.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Testing new stuff

I have received a lot of new BPAL in the past week or two so I have been taking it easy of sampling. I don't want to overload my sinuses.

Pink Moon
I do not like this on me. I get sugared carnation with a touch of band-aid. HUH?







Black Moon
Little strong at first, but was okay after about half an hour. I'll hold on to this imp for sure but won't need more than it.





Dark Chocolate & Pepper-Smoked Caramel
I thought this would be great. It was for about the first time minutes after application. Then, something came along and thew pepper on the fire. Nothing but pepper with no chocolate or caramel. Major case of sad :-(





Milk Moon '07

This was a winner. For about 2 minutes after application, I was unsure. But it turned into paradise. I kept swearing I was going to wake up in Hawaii and the cabana boy handing me my Pina Colada. I put it on yesterday after using my CocoaPink Pina Colada Cotton Candy body butter. LOVE IT! Definitely searching for bottle of this one.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2009 Association Banquet

Friday was the annual banquet of the bowling association. Just like every other year, we sat with Bob and Mike. I really missed Jim not being there, but maybe next year.

Like always, Steven got his 300 and 800 series plaques for the year. I received the first "Volunteer of the Year" award given. ME!

I have never helped the association for the recognition. It can be stressful at times and there are so many great people to assist where they can. Being the only woman around can have it cons, but when someone manages to make you upset enough to cry (which happened only once), I have never had such support. I have visited many different bowling centers in various towns. We have made and lost friends. Bowling is an important part of my life and I would not trade any of these experiences for anything.

Another bowling year completed. Oh yeah, not quite. I still have brackets to run. This weekend starts a much bigger tournament than I have run compared to the city one. I will be at the bowling center from 7:00am until probably 9:00pm every Saturday and Sunday until mid July, except for July 4th weeeknd. PLEASE no one come to my house until August when I have had time to recover.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Strawberry Moon

I received my most recent BPAL order of Strawberry Moon and June Gloom.





STRAWBERRY MOON 2009
Strawberries that in gardens grow
Are plump and juicy fine,
But sweeter far as wise men know
Spring from the woodland vine.

No need for bowl or silver spoon,
Sugar or spice or cream,
Has the wild berry plucked in June
Beside the trickling stream.

One such to melt at the tongue's root,
Confounding taste with scent,
Beats a full peck of garden fruit:
Which points my argument.

May sudden justice overtake
And snap the froward pen,
That old and palsied poets shake
Against the minds of men.

Blasphemers trusting to hold caught
In far-flung webs of ink,
The utmost ends of human thought
Till nothing's left to think.

But may the gift of heavenly peace
And glory for all time
Keep the boy Tom who tending geese
First made the nursery rhyme.

Wild strawberries, strawberry flower, vanilla-infused sugar, early summer grasses, and milky dandelion sap.

I am in love with Strawberry Moon. This is such a great strawberry scent without being overly sweet. I see myself having a picnic in the middle of a sunny meadow, eating fresh strawberries while laying on a blanket enjoying the warmth of the summer sun.


JUNE GLOOM
It’s May in Los Angeles, and we’re baking slowly as the weather hits the low 100’s…

Here at the Lab, we are praying for a little June Gloom.

Bright summer flowers, fresh herbs, and a bit of citrus rind dampened by the scent of morning mist and rain.

I have not tried the June Gloom yet, but I did take it to work and Wendy sampled it. It smelled fabulous on her.
I love it just for the skull on the bottle. I have already ordered Wendy a bottle since she liked it so much.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gimme my Charlie and no one gets hurts



This is the story of a girl and her beloved pillow. Yes, I have a Charlie pillowcase (simply known as my Charlie) and I am very possesive of said pillowcase and accopanying pillow.

Last night, I finish with my laundry after midnight. I turn off all the lights and go into my bedroom. Like any other night when Steven goes to bed before me, I approach the bed in the dark. Then I feel for the 2 pillows my head rest on and then grab my Charlie. But no Charlie! I feel around all over the bed, still no Charlie. I tell myself I am 34 and surely I can sleep without my arms wrapped around a pillow. I lay down and try to get comfortable, with my arms sadly laying on the bed.

After about half an hour of laying in bed, I decided I was locating Charlie. I almost close the bathroom door and turn on the light. I am walking back and forth around the bed only to be disappointed. Then, I realize Steven's pillows are standing straight up behind his head yet his head was resting on something. I run around trying to determine whether my Charlie was under there. In his sleep, he had grabbed Charlie and Charlie was all smashed up under his head. YES, the bad man had balled up my beloved pillow under his head.

Now how do you go about extracting your pillow at most one o'clock in the morning without waking someone? I lay back down to lightly tap Steven like I do when he snores. NO LUCK! I tap him just a little harder and he starts to turn over. I realized this might be my only chance so I yank the pillow out from where his head was. Wow, that seemed really easy. I finally can go to sleep. That is until someone pulls the sheet untucked but that is another story.

We are riding to work this morning when Steven asks about last night. I didn't know what he was talking about at first. Apparently, my easy pillow grab resulted in his head plopping down on the bed when there was no pillow after he turned over. I proceeded to tell him that Charlie deserved a place of honor between arms being snuggled and the head plop was proper punishment for the disrespect. Maybe that will teach him not to mess with my pillow or the Charlie ninja will attack swiftly and painfully in the middle of the night.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New smellies on the way

I am super excited today. I received my Click-n-Ship from BPAL for my Strawberry Moon and June Gloom fragrances. WOOOOOHOOOOO!

Also, I bought some of the Box of Chocolates and past Lunacy fragrances from someone on the BPAL forum. Soon, I will have these:
Dark Chocolate and Pepper-Smoked Caramel
Milk Chocolate and Buttercream
White Chocolate and Strawberry
White Chocolate and Sugared Violets
White Chocolate, Marshmallow & Coconut
Black Moon

Black Moon: Beth's Creation

The absence of light: motia attar, black orchid, mugwort, English pear, cucumber, blue lotus, jonquil, massoia, calamus and crystal musk.


Milk Moon 07

And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

A fertile scent, generous, life-affirming, and swelling with a sense of triumph, warmth, and abundance: sweet milk, golden honey, fig fruit, pomegranate, dates, and white grape.


Pink Moon 07
A sweet and silly compliment to the first breath of Spring! Sugared carnation and phlox!

I cannot wait for these to get here. Also, I am wearing Tiki Queen today and don't understand why I didn't like it before. It is a great lush tropical scent, like I am standing in a beautiful Hawaiian garden but the white musk seems to really keep it from being too floral. There is supposed to coconut in it but I swear I smell sugared pineapple. I might have to locate a bottle of this one. I don't think my decant will last long at the rate I am using it. This could be my signature summer scent.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Photos of Yourself

I LOVE taking pictures. Anyone who knows me is aware of this. Like most people, I despise most pictures of myself. I read the Photography section on the Pioneer Woman website religiously and this entry really hit home. Please read it and take it to heart.

After reading the post, I have tried not to run every time I see the camera. What the author states is so true. In a couple of years, you may weigh more and you definitely will be older. Capture the pictures now while you can!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day weekend

So we are heading to the lake soon. As I sit and think of previous Memorial Days, this one is much more subdued than they used to be, the ones where my whole extended family came to eat barbecue and hash. This year it will be just a few of us: me, Steven, Audrey, Mom, Dad, Cathy, Shane, and Cathy's son Steven. I am sure we will enjoy ourselves but I still find myself reminiscing of the "old" days when there were more people than beds.

Here are some other old lake memories that mean a lot to me:
1. Riding on the pontoon with our feet hanging off the front of it
2. Laying out on the catwalk of the boatdock after swimming
3. The smell of the catwalk wood when wet while you basked in the sun laying there to get warm
4. skinny-dipping

These are just a few of the memories near and dear to me. I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend, spending time with loved ones and making new memories.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Auntie Mame

Auntie Mame is my favorite movie EVER. I do have to note I am speaking about the Rosalind Russell version. There is nothing wrong with Lucille Ball, but her version of the movie was terrible.

Mame is an inspiration. She was avant-garde for her times. She embraced life and every day was a party for her. If there is one concept to glean from the movie, it is to make the best of what you have, no matter the consequences.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Emotional

Okay, I am emotional tonight. I started talking about some old friends and why we grew apart. Circumstances of life come along and send you in different directions. I went in one direction, so they chose to go the oppopsite way.

"The friendship that can cease has never been real."--St.Jerome

I see now after all this time this quote is true. I kept being optimistic about the friendship, even made attempts to repair the bridge between us, but it reaped no result. I know talking about it should help me work through the feelings. It just makes me reminisce of the good times and wish for more, which is fruitless. If friendship is a two-way street, the opposite side of my street is full of barriers put up by someone who has no intention of ever travelling there again.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Tree

While sitting on the shore of the sound the day we were leaving North Carolina, I kept staring at this tree.





I would take different pictures but I kept coming back to the tree.







My mind is normally like watching a Nascar race from the stands, lots of cars (ideas) speeding past and being gone just as fast. This particular morning I seemed to have a moment of clarity where everything just seemed to slow down and seconds seemed more like hours. This was a great feeling to me, such a sense of calm. I wish I could have sat there on the rocks looking out for hours just to experience the serenity of my mind. I claimed the tree as mine during the time of reflection.




I compared my life and experiences to that of the tree. Though storms come along, winds blowing and breaking branches, the tree looks to its roots for the strength to withstand anything trying to destroy it. My core might not be as strong as the tree's, but it still at least helps me to remain standing. This is one of the many comparasions I made. I had so many I have wanted to type on multiple occasions but never feel able to accurately reflect the thoughts in my mind that morning. I will be visiting my tree again soon and I only hope I can experience the tranquility again.

Let's hope I can keep this up

I don't know what I am thinking starting a blog. I start plenty of projects, only to have them never be completed or just totally forgotten. I hope to use this as something people can use to keep up with me and what is happening in my life (as if anybody cares).