Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A little class and a little trash

A repost of my current Facebook status:
As I kick what was easily the most difficult year of my life to the curb. I'm actually not thinking as much about 8 months on crutches, 2 surgeries and a ridiculous 14 funerals. 

Instead I'm thankful that I had 14 people I loved share their lives with me, I'm sorry they're gone but certain they know I loved them with all I had.

I'm excited for friends who've had babies this year and I can't wait to see what they become. 

But mostly I am thinking how truly blessed I am that I have friends and family who have stuck beside me this year. 
*A sister who took me to Italy (on crutches and had to carry my bags)
*Family who did their very best to make me comfortable
*Friends who brought me to every appointment and surgery known to man
*More friends who sent me text after text with inspiration and cheer and love and compassion 
*A husband who let me whine when I deserved it and reminded me it wasn't all bad when I'd complained enough.
*A poodle who caught my every tear in his brown coat with all the love in the world 

Tonight I'll celebrate the end of this year but more so I'll look forward to 2015 because I know it's going to bring great things for us all! 

And the cake I bought for tonight:

Wishing you the best that 2015 has to offer!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

In case you were wondering

I chose the tangerine uggs! 

Christmas this year is hard... All of this year is hard! I dropped the Disney half marathon for January - even walking 13 miles at this point isn't a possibility for me. Not really sure it will be again. And I'm trying very hard not to be a bitter bitch about it. Christmas is 2 days away and I'm just looking forward to it being over!

What are you up to?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Seriously I can't make decisions

I went out looking for winter boots. I found some uggs at a great price at an awesome new consignment shop. I came up with 2 that I liked and that fit... BUT I couldn't decide between the two! So what did I do? Took a pic sent it to some friends and left with neither! 
Any opinion? 

On another note I had my approximately ten millionth MRI this morning. And I saw my ortho yesterday and he asked about my mood - I'm thinking that means that I'm becoming pretty obvious that I'm unhappy. 

I made some fun Christmas crafts recently... 
And of course the poodle has celebrated the holiday...
What is your week like???

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

4 things about me

I have a goal for the rest of the year (short term here aye?) but I'd like to post once a week... And here's a little push

I found this on and decided to play! 

Four names that people call me (other than my real name)

Joy-Joy (quite a few friends call me this)

JL (one of my oldest friends)

Happy-Happy (my sister as a play on happy happy joy joy)

Hun (J calls me this sometimes)

Four jobs I’ve had



Customer Service

Returns Specialist

Four movies I’ve watched more than once


50 First Dates

LILO and Stitch

My wedding video

Four books I’d recommend

Seventeen; forgotten and homeless

Any of the elm creek quilters

Any of the father Tim 

Shel Silverstein where the sidewalk ends 

Four places I’ve lived

Wilmington - how about about one? unless I say Wilmington house that burned down Wilmington house built in same spot Wilmington house a mile away...

Four places I’ve visited



Costa Rica

Disney world

Four places I’d rather be right now

I'm in bed with the poodle and J there's no place else is rather be...

Four things I don’t eat





Four of my favorite foods




Harry & David pears

Four TV shows I watch

Biggest Loser

Shark Tank

Big Bang Theory

Project Runway

Four things I’m looking forward to this year


It not being 2014 - I have HATED this year

Hopefully being out of pain

Hugging the poodle

Four things I’m always saying

I hate my stupid hip

Yup I'll see you then (confirming dr appointments and pt)

Who's the most handsome poodle in the whole wide world? 

Love you to the moon

And here's a poodle pic because what's the point?
Seriously he kills me with cuteness!

Play along answer one or more :-)

Friday, November 07, 2014

Italy - Michelangelo square

From Wikipedia:
 Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square) is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view ofFlorenceItaly, and is a popular tourist destination
Even the street lamps are pretty
I loved the mountains
So many churches
Again Duomo because its just too pretty and big for 1 shot
The wall of the city
A bronze copy of the David

I can certainly see why this is a huge tourist spot can you?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Day 4 in Italy

Greve in chianti a stop on our winery tours 
Making grapes to wine
Tester barrel

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 3 in Italy

So grand there just aren't even words
I couldn't have taken more pictures of buildings if I tried!
Florence is my italian soul's home

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 2 in Italy

The hubs told me to swim in fountains?
Why is this country so gorgeous?
Cutest diet coke ever!
Botticelli - no words!
Night stroll by the church!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 1 in Italy

We arrived around noon after very boring flights (hallelujah)
Florence is stunning 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Learn myself

I'm obsessed! With those stupid little tests you see on Facebook... But this one was amazing! 3 minutes of questions and it described me to a T
If you google learn myself you can go to the website and do it. Let me know how yours comes out!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I don't fit in here

Sometimes I just question where I fit in...
I can tell you where it wasn't!


As J and I walked the poodle around from vendor to vendor on a 90 degree day I kept taking my flip flops off and checking the pavement. If there was a vendor I wanted to speak with and they had shade I checked that pavement too otherwise I just sent J and the poodle off to some grass.

Now I'm STILL on crutches (perhaps a story for another day) so maybe people thought it had something to do with that. But I got the strangest looks :-/ and 2 completely separate people came up to me and asked me what I was doing and when I told them I was checking to see if the pavement was too hot for the poodle's feet well one laughed at me and one looked at me like I was nuts. 

I can't imagine their poor dogs feet :-( 

But it was a very cute day and the poodle came in VERY last in a whipped cream eating contest... He was in the first heat and the second heat was done and he just gave up and realized he doesn't like whipped cream and walked away! FYI he also hated the sac race and I didn't take any pictures because I was too busy saving my baby (people falling is not that therapy dogs idea of fun)

But he quite loved having his picture taken in front of the yelp wall
Have you done anything fun with your pet or partner lately?

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