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A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dad who turned FIFTY today!


I gifted him with a card that may or may not have had the word ‘fart’ numerous times and a bag of Wal-Mart brand jelly fruit slices.

I don’t think you could ask for a better daughter than me, personally.


😀 = ME this morning. Ah who am I kidding. I am SO not a morning person. But I am an oatmeal person.

I always say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And I didn’t.


Same oatmeal as yesterday, just a little messier.


I am so excited to be going to Fitbloggin this weekend and hanging out with so many lovely ladies, attending what is sure to be an awesome, inspiring conference and just in general an incredible weekend.

So excited in fact that I ate eggs for lunch.


That is in fact and ‘egg sandwich’ because there is a pita hiding under those eggs. I bought a lot of pitas at the grocery store, in case you were wondering.

On the side I had this grapefruit:


with, *gasp* Splenda. I feel sort of guilty about that, so much in fact it’s a little blurry. But there is no hiding those two packets of Splenda.  I hang my head in shame that you now know my nasty habit.

When we were finishing up lunch my boss came in with a ‘treat’.



My coworker and I split this little baby and it was as gorgeous in my mouth as it was to look at.



You’d be kidding yourself if you thought that not three hours later I had a snack attack.


Banana Bread Larabar from Allison! DEEEELICIOUS!

After work I stopped at Wally world for Dad a present. I fully intend to purchase him a ‘real’ gift this weekend. Fathers are just difficult to shop for, I find. He likes music, so last year I bought him iTunes gift cards.

I ended up using them myself.

Any suggestions on the gift giving front are welcome.

Mama D. made a birthday dinner, so I was invited back home. Which is nice, since I would have crashed it had I not been invited.


Mama D. made lentils, rice and some vegetable mixture that she called by a funny name. I don’t know these things.


And homemade hummus and pita chips.


I ate so many pita chips that I swear my tongue is raw. Stacy, why is your product so addicting?

I had a small sliver of cake for dessert but I was so classy I did not eat it off a plate. So therefore no picture.

Later I napped on the living room floor like old times until I was booted out the door. I had to pack for the weekend, so I gathered up my things and scurried off with my tail between my legs. I was leaving anyway!!! I could be heard yelling for miles.

Believe whatever parts of that last paragraph that you want to.


Moving on, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to you guys for your lovely comments on my outfit and general person in my last post. It was totally unexpected and thus the reason I love you guys SO MUCH.

You see, it was just what I needed.

I have been feeling so down because I am just not losing the weight I have gained, and I have been pretty bummed about it. I had a huge breakdown on my sisters just YESTERDAY about it in fact. But we don’t blog about the ugly, do we? And the way I was hating on myself was ugly.

The sad thing is, I knew it. I knew what I was thinking was wrong, but I still thought it. The truth is that yes, I’ve gained a few pounds but THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY BODY THE WAY IT IS.

We can’t all be 120 lbs all the time.

I know that I am strong and healthy, and really that’s what matters. I may have a few curves going on, but God gave them to me. I’ve gotta love what I’ve got!

You guys just proved that, and I love you for it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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Snowed In Sleepover

Hey guys!

So I literally disappeared in the snowstorm that hit Friday night. 😉


We got around 3-4 inches, and it was perfect, because my cousins and I [there are 5, FIVE, 1-2-3-4-5 of us girls between 19-23] had a sleepover planned for the weekend with our SINGLE LADY! aunt. [Everyone should have a SINGLE LADY! aunt. They are mucho fun!]



It was a hair raising time.


We ordered pizza and watched the Olympic opening ceremonies.


‘Scuse the flash.

At some point after the USA trotted through, we all passed out from exhaustion and when we woke up [on the couch!] the next morning, a blanket of white greeted us!


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It was so pretty, but gone by noon.

Not gone before we made SNOW CREAM!


Southern tradition, ya’ll.

[And I ate 47000x more food than is pictured.]

Since the snow was gone by noon, I spent the rest of the day in IKEA! and then went to CHURCH, DINNER and watched MOVIES with friends + family.

It was cozy.

Yesterday I woke up feeling not so great, so I spent 95% of the day in bed. 😦
Alls good today though! I feel like 1,000,000,000%!

I hear snow was on the ground in 49 states this weekend! Did you get some, or no bueno?

Snow makes me like a kid at Christmas, case you can’t tell. 😉

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Hey, hey! I’ve been away for a hot minute, huh?

I have not found any time to log on the computer, which means I’ve been busy living life, which is good, huh?

What’s up with all the huh’s, huh?

I was looking at my camera and apparently I had meals of the following:



[Nice mug!]




And then I celebrated the New Year:



We watched movies and were lazy all yesterday.

I finally made it home to shower and change and all that good stuff. Mama D and Linden were making dinner out of Pioneer Woman’s cookbook for New Year’s. I was excited so I stayed, as it looked fantastic.






[Good luck!]


Right before dinner [while all our guests were there, yes] I had Mom snap a picture of the three oldest of us.


Cecily tried to jump in, so her head got caught at my necklace. 😉


[Soon to be] Sisters-in-law!

It was nice to have a relaxing night with family and friends. Dad and the guys got out their guitars and played while we chatted. Later, Cecily regaled us with the meaning of life and such.

I am currently reading The Piano Teacher, so I called it a night and retired to bed with my book…so far this morning, I have had some French Toast, contemplated yoga and planned a shopping trip to the mall with Stacey!

Yes, my New Year is off to a good start. How about yours?

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A Snuggie Christmas

Christmas this year was full of presents wrapped under the tree.





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Food. Lots of unpictured food.




Like angel wings hugging you – my dear cousin Lance.

I haven’t researched Snuggies. I don’t know about this. – my dear cousin Laura.

One Snuggie is worth 1000 blankets. – yours truly.


Like a choir of angels. Or monks. – Linden.

I may have giggled initially upon opening the said Snuggie, complete with a [bonus] book light (!!!) but I must admit to wearing it. And enjoying it.

I slept in it last night.

And upon arising this morning I discovered that my contacts had waged war with my eyeballs, eyeballs winning.

So I donned my spectacles in an attempt to look as fashionable as my favorite Everythingtarian, or even my most adorable Snackie.



Humongous fail.

So I saddled up and rode over to the Borders. They were having a sale, and I expected that to be an epic win.


As you can see my eclectic tastes range from romance to Oprah Book Club Selections.

Of course on the romance scale, I do only pick the humorous ones with a bit of a plot. I’ve never ventured over to the Harlequin shelf; although if Harlequin was to ask me to write a novel, I should oblige. Not sure what that says about me.

And with that I’m off to curl up in front of the fire in my Snuggie.

I love vacation.

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5 years ago…

Today started out almost exactly like it did 5 years ago.

Except instead of Dad yelling ‘The baby’s coming!’…

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He said ‘Wake the baby up!’

Happy Birthday Cecily!


I’m glad you came into our lives 5 years ago.

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