Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in a meme

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

Spent a lot of time with my Ohio family (they moved here). Drove to Pennsylvania 2 times in 2 weeks

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't remember making any. This year however I am hoping to get to 700 classes at the gym

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Either at my sister's or home with the hubs and poodle

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No. Thank heaven!

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

Peace. I feel like 2012 has been the year of panic attacks :-(

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 11 seeing my niece get married :-)

8. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

I survived a vacation - I flew!

9. What was your biggest failure?

Finding sanity!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Yes I've spent a few days in the ER this year

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My new coat <3

12. Where did most of your money go?

Poodle vet bills and my copays

13. What song will always remind you of 2012?

The one that starts the barre classes (don't know it's name) and brown chicken brown cow (totally because of Ashley)

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Walked in the woods

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?


16. What was your favorite TV program?

Grey's anatomy, private practice and parenthood

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I just don't believe in hate

18. What was the best book you read?

I know I was late to the party but I really liked the help. And I loved the night circus any suggestions on what to read next?

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

My love for gaga grew. And the Christina aguilara and Blake shelton combo song

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

I can't think of a single movie I watched that was great :-)

21. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Is it bad I have NO IDEA what I did on my birthday?

22. What kept you sane?

The poodle, nature, the gym

23. Who did you miss?

My mom, always my mom!

24. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned.

25. What does 2013 hold for me?

Hopefully some sanity and figuring out what I want to do to help the world

answer a few I'd love to hear :-)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

30 days question 16

16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

Ummm hello hard question!

Let's see:
1- I started college (dropped out so...)

2- Picked the poodle (being his mom is the best thing EVER)

3- Took great care of my mom when she was sick (of everything in my life THIS is what I am most proud of)

4- was invited to the eastern states exposition 3 times with my old mare

5- I bought the wee house which I love!

what's an accomplishment that you're proud of?

Friday, December 28, 2012


Happy Friday friends! How are you? Doing well I hope :-)

Janet has provided us with another week's question and fun. Play along?

1. They've said the hubs arm is doing pretty well. And that they're surprised at how well the healing is going YAY!
2. I quite enjoy going to the fitness studio, the hubs and I have talked about this - how they've (the owners) just made it into a place you want to be. They're welcoming smiles are a great way to start any workout
3. What is the purpose of algebra? I'm pretty sure I've never used it in life!.
4. I don't watch a lot of tv shows.
5. Eyes are seriously what attract me to people ~ kind eyes, sexy eyes, honest loving eyes
6. it's always quite scary to hear ut oh coming from my nephew "a" it could seriously mean anything from spilled milk to seeing a car accident to having clocked his brother
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going with my niece to pick up her friend from the airport, tomorrow my plans include gym in the morning, then cleaning with a friend (she's going on vacation and I suggested we clean and get her house perfect so that she will come back to calmness rather than chaos and Sunday, I want to go to the gym in the morning and clean my own house and sort and organize my Christmas decorations and put them away and put up the winter d├ęcor!

what are you doing this weekend?
I love this picture of the poodle because I swear he (his eyes) are saying "dad you woke me up to take yet a another picture of me?"

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

At some point you give up

On sleep that is!

I started trying to fall asleep at 8 (both the hubs and I were exhausted) but here It is 1:56 and I'm still WIDE awake. I think it may be time to say uncle and realize that there is no sleep for me tonight.

That's okay, sitting by the glow of the tree and crocheting a scarf for my favorite man isn't a bad way to spend a night. And really I can rest tomorrow! We have a pretty low key day ahead of us. Maybe stopping by my niece's house to drop off gifts in the morning and going to my sister's in the afternoon!

I'm pretty pumped to give one of my nieces her gift (the bacon scarf a couple of posts back) and I think my sister will like what I got her (a set of plates with a lodge theme - very much her house) and I'm kind of excited about a clock I got the hubs (it holds all the state quarters) and a few other gifts. I (as always) went overboard this year but I really tried to get gifts I thought were super personal to each recipient.

And I'm super excited to put the poodle in his Christmas jammies and watch him open his stocking. Rumor has it that the big guy in the red suit bought him: carrots! A nylabone. And lots of squeaky toys!! It will be a glorious Christmas at my house!

And hopefully at your home too.

what are you most looking forward to for Christmas?

Friday, December 21, 2012


As always this is the fabulousness of Janet

This week, same as last year, I'm going to give you a choice of fill-ins OR a different kind of fill-in (or both). A friend emailed me a list where you have to identify Christmas songs by the initials of the first words of the first line of each song. If you'd like to play along, great! if you just want to do the regular Fill-Ins, that's perfectly fine, too! we go!

1. Ahhhh I colored my hair and no longer have roots and 5 shades of color
2. I have been preparing Christmas cookie platters for all the neighbors
3. Creating a flower arrangement always makes me feel happy.
4. what's your favorite form of relaxation.
5. Kick start I totally don't get the kick start theory... Just start it now.
6. as far as the end of the world I'm still here, and if you're reading this you are too
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to hanging in WITH THE HUBS and watching Christmas movies, tomorrow my plans include I have 3 classes at the gym and I want to deliver the cookies I've made and Sunday, I want to get in 2 classes and maybe a mani and facial (I'll give these to myself {I have a post working in this})

What are you doing this weekend?

Monday, December 17, 2012

What! A! Weekend!!

Well, I was actually looking forward to Monday morning this weekend to say how fun a time I'd had! I mean Friday I went out the the nephews and looked at lights! Yay!!

Saturday I had some great classes at the gym (that's a daily thing but I love it anyways AND I got three orders for necklaces from the one I made the owner she kept telling everyone who complimented her on it that I made and sold them) and then Saturday night I went to the Newport mansions to hear Christmas carols and a concert! Fabulous! Never have I been to the mansions before - twas pretty amazing! Note the poinsettia tree - it's made from real poinsettia. My florist self was geeking out 100% and sending pics to my sister (also a florist).

Sunday started with 3 classes at the gym (the norm) and was SUPPOSED to be my little family going to celebrate Christmas with my nephew.

But Friday night while I was happily looking at lights the hubs was doing an indoor obstacle course. Or... Attempting it! He fell! 18'! His wrist hurt but we all figured it'd be fine in a couple days... Well Sunday morning I woke him up when I got back from working out (he is LAZY) because his arm was MORE swollen and starting to look bowed!! Off to the walk-in we went. His arm is broken in 4 spots (well now I've returned from the surgeon it's shattered with more than 6 pieces floating) and his ulna has detached from his wrist. Oops! They put a splint on it and we meet with a surgeon today. This is slightly stressful as his job doesn't offer insurance and thus he has none. We will figure it out I'm certain!

To not leave this on a crappy note - we still went to the nephews house and they loved their gifts and we had fun celebrating their first Massachusetts Christmas with them ;-) AND while I was out my awesome niece dropped by with a swag she had made for our front door! Check out how awesome it is!!!

how was your weekend?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday fill ins - guess what I went out!

1. Oh, my just got a picture of the hubs all wrapped up apparently he fell off an obstacle course - this'll be fun (not) as he whines for months.
2. get your shopping done sooner, rather than later! (I'm long done and wrapped)
3. Buy one, get one used to OWN me who even cares if I don't need it!
4. for sure for that one I've changed positively! (Now I'm like do we NEED it?)
5. Soon, I'm going to live in an empty house according to my sister (who I keep offering stuff to before I donate it)
6. do you wish on shooting stars? (I do - but I also talk to the heavens soooooo)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to look at the christmas lights with my nephews and their mom (we thought it was cooler than the boys did) tomorrow my plans include spin, barre and yoga, then going to a house concert in RI and Sunday, I want to rest, but instead we will be celebrating Christmas with part of my family!

What are your holiday plans?

And I know the picture does match but I'm hella proud of that bacon scarf

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas meme

Here's a fun meme I got from

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Peppermint tea (I'm foreshadowing I'm a failure at this one ;-)

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Neither he puts them in stockings

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Depends on the year. This year it's jewel toned lights on the tree but I haven't plugged them in yet

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Whenever I'm in the mood

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Used to be my sister's chili

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
What? I still believe in Santa. He lives in our hearts and will always be real to me:) (her answer but its perfect so I'm keeping it)

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes - pajamas

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With the hubs and the poodle

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
I like snow as long as I can be warm

12. Can you ice skate?

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I'm not a big gift person. But I'd say my favorite was the year my niece made me a book of her poems

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
I don't know

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Hot apple cider

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Bringing gifts to the nursing home on Christmas morning

17. What tops your tree?
A silver ornament thing

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?

20. Favorite Christmas movie?
Charlie Brown Christmas

21. Saddest Christmas Song?
Christmas shoes (no really I have to pull over to listen to it)

22. What is your favorite Christmas song?
Joy to the world (because its the last song we sing at midnight mass before we walk out into a holy world)

tell me one of your favorite Christmas traditions

And really, isn't my dog painfully cute? Ugh

Saturday, December 08, 2012

30 days question 15

15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Hmmmm. I think I'd be a butterfly :-)
They're Beautiful and free and light and no worries and they can get away from people if they want and everybody is happy to see them!

what about you? What would you be? And why??

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Pinterest made me do it and I'm glad I didn't remember

This post is brought to you by 1 1/2 hours of sleep (sorry for typos)

So, everybody knows Pinterest is HIGHLY addictive. But actually doing anything you see and swear you're going to do ohmygoshrightthisminutenow ? Not so much!

Well in order to justify my addiction I made something (yes you can gasp!) but apparently I got


Slightly combined because I ended up with this:

And I LOVE it. The back story goes like this. The bathroom is small (not surprising the house is small). I hate clutter! I also hate scrounging around without glasses in the morning looking for what I need to brush my teeth (oh yeah and shave my legs) so I needed something that would make the sink stay clean and hold what I needed without being too much.
Of course I headed to Pinterest!
Saw a few things.
Pinned them.
Forgot about them.
Went to ac Moore.
Remembered them.
Bought what I thought I needed.
Made what I thought it was.
Loved it!
Went to show you all.
Realized I'm an idiot who can NOT follow direction to save her soul!
Posted anyway!

PS - my super easy way?
2 - 6" terra cotta bases
2 - 4" terra cotta pots
1 - can left over metallic paint from painting the faucet
1 - bit of leftover Elmer's glue

Glue pots to bases let dry for 2 days (make sure they're REALLY dry) paint from each angle. Let dry 12 hours put to use! Collect compliments!

do you Pinterest? Do you actually DO the stuff you pin?

Side note: happy birthday mom! Love you! Miss you!

Second side note: I have this "rule" if I don't use it, I don't keep it... So today's picture is courtesy of hipstamatic the app that made me HAVE TO get an iPhone and hasn't seen the light of day in months (thank you Instagram)

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