April 30, 2009
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(I tried for 30 minutes to figure out how to actually put the video here but no luck. For some reason I cannot copy the whole embedded code so that it will show up. It only copies part of it even though I click select all or highlight the whole thing!)
April 28, 2009
Today I was tagged by Lady Brady to do my 8 Favorite Things. So here it is!
8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:
(I don’t have much planned right now so this may be pretty broad!)
1) Birthday’s & Anniversaries next month in my family
2) Finishing our bathroom (having just 1 sucks)
3) Summertime, even though I hate the heat I like having cook outs and being able to get out more
4) Paying off more credit cards
5) The holidays this year… I know they will be great!
6) 3/10/2011 Our 5 yr anniversary & also the end of a bet I have with a couple people. I was bet that we would have kids within 5 yrs of our marriage. Good so far!
7) Being a mommy (after above of course)
8) Adam having a job that he loves
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
2) Went to Brookshires
3) Went to Petsmart to get dog food
5) Made dinner
6) Watched TV
7) Watched the sun set from our backyard & played with Lexi & Pepper
8) Went to bed
8 Things I Wish I Could D0
1) Lose weight faster
2) Have $ to build a house
3) Have more time in my day
4) Work closer to home
5) Own a sports car
6) Go on vacation to Scotland or Ireland
7) Go on a cruise
8) Get paid but not work … haha
8 Shows I Watch:
1) Biggest Loser
2) Ghost Whisperer
5) Grey’s Anatomy
6) Private Practice
7) Dancing With The Stars
8) So You Think You Can Dance
8 bloggers I am Tagging: (Well 6 anyways)
There was several others that I wanted to tag but it seems that everyone has done this lately. I think the ones I chose haven't!
April 27, 2009
This saturday we went to the Dallas World Aqaurium (pictures below), Joe's Crabshack (Adam was in heaven!), Ft Worth Museum to see the Deep Sea Adventure on the IMAX dome, and then to the Parks Mall in Arlington. We ate at the Cheesecake factory for the first time EVER. Our waitress sucked but the drinks & cookie dough cheesecake I had were great!
There was a 3 story waterfall & rainforest in the middle of the Aqaurium.
Itty Bitty monkey hiding behind some leaves
Here I am!
Some Indian Dance thing. This is my favorite picture of him!
April 24, 2009
My favorite thing in the world. Lofthouse sugar cookies with frosting. So of course I had one. Now I feel like I've taken drugs. The sugar overload has caused my body to not function as well as it should and I have a headache. I swear no more! (from this batch anyways).
I will ignore that they are in the kitchen sitting there waiting to be eaten. I will drink some more caffeine to try to reboot my brain and get some work done.
Does this happen to anybody else when they eat a ton of sugar (just one cookie) after not eating that much sweet stuff in a long time? It really sucks.
Well tomorrow my hunny and I are off to Dallas and I'm so excited. I can't wait to get away, just the two of us. It's not that we don't do things on our own but grocery shopping at Wally-World doesn't count as quality carefree time!
Hopefully I'll have tons of pics to share on Monday! Have a great weekend!
April 23, 2009
It has overall been a great week, so far. I was thinking today about all that we have accomplished with our finances since Jan 1st. I remember that Christmas sucked because we had no money. I was a nervous wreck trying to pay bills because Adam had so much time off between vacation time & holidays that he didn't get any overtime. Then I found out about Dave Ramsey. I swear this man has changed my life. I don't think I've really changed the way that our money is spent too much other than cutting back on things that aren't truly necessary, like me eating McDonalds for breakfast everday. What has changed has been my attitude. The way I look at our money has changed.
I have been consiously putting a little money in savings each month, and leaving it there. I've also been paying down credit card balances. I've religiously followed his principle on paying off a credit card then taking the minimum balance you were paying on that card and apply it towards the next smallest balance. This works! Normally I would say hey I paid this off now we have $20 more to spend each month. Now it's working towards paying off debt!
This is our current status:
- Two credit cards paid off! (10 more to go)
- Paid off Adam's Lawn Mower loan
- Paid off Adam's truck yesterday (no it wasn't just the last payment we actually paid it off 3 months early!)
- Paid off our Chiropractor today (They were so nice to let us BOTH pay out our deductibles)
- Good amount in savings (not enough to cover 1 month expenses yet but enough for emergencies)
This weekend we are rewarding ourselves by going away for the day on satuday. I think we are just going to Dallas & Ft Worth but it will be so nice to just get away.
Here are our plans so far:
- Ft Worth Museum of Science & History to see the IMAX Deep Sea showing. We've never been to an IMAX theater & always wanted to go (about $7 each)
- Dallas World Aquarium. We've been wanting to go here forever (about $20 each)
- Go to a couple of malls to window shop
- Out to eat
I'm so excited for Saturday to be here!
April 21, 2009
This morning while I was getting ready Adam called to say that he had a terrible migraine. He was working and his hands went numb then all of a sudden the migraine hit him. (Thank goodness the feeling in his hands came back quickly). He asked that I say a prayer for him and to let me know he may come home.
About 30 minutes he called back to say he was on his way home and to call the Dr to make an appt ASAP because it was worse and unbearable. I called and the earliest they could get him in was about 9:00. (It was about 7:00 then). When he got home he couldn't sit down, lay down, or stand up it hurt so bad. He looked like he was going crazy. I called the Dr. back and said we had to come now or else go to the ER. She bumped him up to 8:15 and we left (takes like 30 minutes to get there). By the time we get there he was so dizzy and nauseated from the ride.
Another 30 minutes waiting on the Dr. (why does it take so long? Our chiropractor takes 10 minutes for the both of us, in and out) Anyways, the Dr came in, checked him out, and decided to give him a shot because on the 1-10 pain scale he was at like 9. They mixed up some narcotic and finigrin (sp?) to get rid of the nausea.
After the nurse gave him his shot I got his prescription stuff & paid while he went out to the car. By the time I got out there (3 minutes MAYBE) all the pain & nausea was gone. I couldn't believe how fast and good it worked. We ran over to the pharmacy to get his migraine meds they had prescribed and my plan was to run in while he probably fell asleep in the car.
Nope, he said he needed to walk around because he butt hurt. So he wandered around dragging his leg around looking like he was drunk and flipping through random magazines. I'm sure people thought he was on something (which he was of course). He kept getting mad at me because I was laughing at him and he thought he was standing still... LOL.
Anyways, I was pretty scared because there was absolutely nothing I could do to help other than take him to somebody that could. I'm so glad that I was home and not already at work. (His work is like 10 minutes away and mine is like 45 minutes away). I'm sure that helpless feeling will only be worse once we have kids!
So now I'm at the office & he's at home sleeping on the couch, which I'm sure he will be doing most of the day. My office is going to have a booth at a Business Expo tonight so I won't be home until really late. Hopefully he doesn't get bored and eat everything in the cabinets this afternoon. It's probably a good thing in his drunken wanderings at the pharmacy he picked up two boxes of cereal, some cookies, and a bag of chips. Oh and a bird magazine.
April 20, 2009
Adam had to work 12 hrs Friday so he pretty much crashed when he got home and so did I.
Saturday he had to work 13 hrs! After him putting in so many hours I knew it would be great for him to come home to a clean house. I did all my normal cleaning (dishes, dusting, vacuuming, bathroom, and 10 loads of laundry). When I was putting up stuff in our dresser I decided to clean it out because I'm sick of cramming stuff in. I swear he
I cleaned out my drawers and threw away like 20 pairs of socks that I never wear because they were stretched out, or just old. Hopefully our drawers will stay like this for a while.
Then I decided the closet needed cleaning. Well straitening anyways. I took everything off the top rack (above where we hang out clothes) and then made a pile for trash, didn't belong, or did belong. Now everything is nice & neat up there but I still have some stuff to put up in our junk room that needs a place to go.
I got a few other odd jobs done around the house but by the time he got home we were both exhausted (him more so than me of course) and was lazy for the rest of the day watching tv.
Sunday we did get out and run some errands. I found a few t-shirts at old navy that actually fit. Is it just me or are their sizes a lot smaller than what they say? We got groceries and then a movie to watch from Red Box.
Has anybody seen The Day The Earth Stood Still? (Keanu Reeves, aliens taking over the world) If not then don't waste more than the $1 at Redbox. It was OK but not anywhere near as good as it should have been. It had the potential to be a great movie but it's like they didn't think things all they way out. The whole movie I kept saying why did they do that? That's stupid, they should have done this. That just really frustrates me in movies.
April 17, 2009
As some may have seen on my status message up there on the top right corner I found out yesterday that the company that I work for (Farmers Ins) just purchased AIG's personal auto division. I think this is so awesome. I mean the company I work for has not taken ANY money from the
Read the press release HERE!
So on to othere things! Last night when were going to bed I made a comment to Adam that I really dreaded going to bed because I haven't been sleeping good all week. I'm normally one of those really annoying people that can sleep anywhere, any time, any place. I'm usually asleep as soon as I hit the pillow. Well due to stress and just being so busy my sleep has suffered. Anywyas he said, why don't you take one of my sleeping pills. Af first I said no because I HATE taking meds. I don't know why I just don't. I don't like to rely on little pills to make me feel a certain way. So I finally decided why not. Maybe it will help.
Let me tell you I got the best sleep I've had in my ENTIRE life I think. BUT now the reason why I'll never take them again. I felt like I was moving in slow motion all morning long. It's now 11am and I'm still sleepy. I took it at like 8pm so it has had plenty of time to wear off. For some reason medication lasts forever for me. Do I have slow blood or absorbtion? Who knows. But then on my way to work I got the giggles for no reason. Then I would think about having the giggles and laugh even harder. The poor people driving next to me I'm sure thought I was psycho. LOL. So I'm still a little loopy but in a very good mood. Hopefully the day will fly by for me!
I'm gonna leave you with a little bit of my notes I found in my notebook yesterday while at the Life Products class. This is from my Red Rally Mary Kay retreat I had last November.
One of our Speaker was Independendt Executive National Sales Director Emeritus Micky Ivy
(She earned over $5 million in commissions in her career)
~ Never stop dreaming
~ Be the person that God created you to be
~ Don't allow anyone to steal your dreams including yourself.
~ Your sub-consious doesn't know fact from fiction. Tell it what you want to become. You are only shy because somebody told you you were.
~ Ideas on Hopping from box to box (Wife box, Career box, Christian box). You are all these things 24/7. Get organized in ALL areas of your life with balance.
~ Guilt isn't yours to accept just because someone throws it at you.
~ God didn't change his mind, you did.
~ 4 Frogs were sitting on a lily pad and all of them decided to jump off. How many are left? NONE, because they ddin't actually DO it.
April 15, 2009
I'm doing OK on my dieting but haven't weighed in a long time. I'm sure that I haven't lost any. I haven't been working out regularly as I should. I have been drinking my water though. I've also stopped snacking after dinner. That helped because I eat dinner, clean up the kitchen and then we go to bed in like an hour. So a snack in between definately wasn't good!
I need to control my portions and what I'm eating.
I would love to get all excited and say this time I'm going to do it. This time is different. Like Helen had said (on Biggest Loser) that she would always say I'm starting on Monday. But she never did. That's me. I have said it SO many times and never followed through. I have said the same thing about SO many things in my life: To clean the house better, to not procrastinate on my taxes, to fold the laundry promptly, to work my MK business, to be better organized, to be more prepared, to work harder at work, etc. I never stick with it. Why?
I'm honestly not in a bad mood nor even down. I'm just sick of it. I'm sick of being stuck. Of just doing enough to get me by. I'm sick of being mediocare and average. I want to be GREAT. I want to be a better wife, employee, sister, friend, etc. I want more from life.
I don't have a plan. I don't have a goal. It seems I'm the opposite of the norm. I set a goal then get all stressed as that goal gets closer and closer and I've still done nothing.
This is what I have decided. I'm giving up.
No, I'm not quitting! I'm giving everything over to God. God knows that I'm already GREAT. I'm a christian woman but I've gotten things so mixed up. For some reason I think I'm running the show around here. What was I thinking? I've been running around chasing my own tail trying to do a billion things at on my own. I'm not going to make a nifty list of all the things I want to change or all the things that I'm going to do better. Nope. I'm just going to live for God. If I put him first in my life then everything else will fall into place where it's supposed to.
Mary Kay Ash's philosphy for her business is God first, Family second, and Career third. How do we get so mixed up and forget something that simple?
April 14, 2009
After help from my mom & boss that is. My mom helped me get most of my figures last night when I was panicking and couldn't figure anything out. Then I brought in everything to work and my boss helped me put everything on paper. Once I got all my numbers in the right boxes I felt so much better. Trying to figure out Cost Of Goods Sold, etc confuses me.
So I finally got everything e-filed and done! The outcome was a lot better than I was hoping for. $0 would have been fine with me at this point but it's nice to have some money to pay a couple of bills with!
Anyways just wanted to do a quick update. It's crazy here at the office today (probably because I didn't accomplish much this morning other than taxes).
April 13, 2009
Thursday: After work I ran in to Wal-Mart for a few things. I had planned on having some pizzas for dinner (the kind you bake in the oven) but when I got home Adam was wanting Taco Bell. Sounds normal right? Well he HATES Taco Bell. I on the other hand LOVE LOVE LOVE Taco Bell. I could eat every day! So I was like heck ya let's go to Taco Bell! So after that we came home and watched 3 or 4 episodes of House on DVR (Trying to catch up on like the past 3 seasons).
Friday: We did some errands around town and got B-day gifts for both of my SILs. We spent way too much money on things that we didn't need. I still didn't find a pair of sandles. I have been looking for about a month for a cute pair of sandles to wear with jeans or capris but haven't. I don't want heels... I just want sandles. I'm so picky about shoes. I did find a really cute pair of flip flops for $6 that are black with big pink & white polka dots. I don't think I've ever owned a cute pair of flip flops. I refuse to pay $20 for them! So I was excited about my $6 find (originally $18).
Saturday: I was supposed to be working on our taxes (that are due in 2 days) but didn't. I cleaned up around the house and then got ready to go in to town. We met my younger SIL at Fridays and ate with about 20 of her friends/family. Afterwards some friends that we haven't been in touch with came over to our house. It was really great seeing them after so long!
Sunday: We didn't go to the service I mentioned since the weather was so bad. Instead we hung out around the house. I walked over to my MIL's house and showed her how to do her taxes onling (because she procrastinated just like me). Then I came back home and started on ours. Adam helped me some and then when my eyes got tired we went to wal-mart to replenish our food and got ice cream.
Tonight (after our chiropractor appnt) I really have to buckle down and get these done. I file long form since I have my Mary Kay business. We usually get more back so it's worth it but I'm such a slacker. I should have been doing this months ago! Of course I didn't keep my records organized last year so that's what's taking me so long. Also the program I use to track invoices for some reason has been removing my sales tax so all my totals were off! I'm having to through each one and just putting them into and excel sheet. With all the formulas in there everything gets figured automatically and is really saving time.
I'm pretty overwhelmed right now. It doesn't take much though. Something I have been considering for the past couple of days is actually giving up my MK business. I go back and forth. I really love the business and what they stand for. I love that it's so easy to make money if you actually work your business. There is no down side other than I'm just overwhelmed right now. I feel like my brain is going in 500 directions and I'm not even sure why or what they are. Does that even make sense?
Well I'm not going to think about it anymore. Just work hard today at the job I'm doing and then go home and do taxes. I'll think about MK once that's over.
April 9, 2009
We don't have any definate plans for the weekend but I would love to go to a couple of local garden centers tomorrow or Saturday. Saturday night I think we are eating out for my sis-in-laws b-day (actual b-day is monday). Her sister's birthday is tomorrow (my other sis-in-law) so I'm not sure if we are making it a double party thing or what. I'm out of the loop I guess. I do need to do some major birthday shopping though! No clue what to get either one of them!
I was hoping that we would be able to attend a church service at our local park Sunday but it looks like the weather is gonna be really bad. It's been years since I have been to church and I really miss it. We have had some bad experiences with a church that we went to and all the politics and people in your business that we never have found a new church. The joys of living in a small town. Maybe I can talk Adam in to going to a new church that I have been wanting to go to. We'll see.
I'm counting down until 5:00! I feel like a kid on the last day of the school year! HAHA.
Right now thought it's lunchtime and I'm absolutly starving! I'm having chicken pot pie leftovers from dinner.
Have a great weekend everyone & HAPPY EASTER!
April 7, 2009
Friday: After work I went home and did some things around the house then Adam went to a local club that my brother-in-laws band was playing at. That was a fun night and we got home around 1ish.
Saturday: After rolling out of bed finally around 11:30, I got ready and we went in to town. We met my brother-in-law & sis-in-law at the club they were playing at that night. (Yes 2 shows in 1 weekend - hence the exhaustion). Adam and him got everything all set up then we grabbed some lunch. Did a little shopping around town that we needed to do. Drove all the way back home and then back to the club by 8:45.
That night was really great. Not only was the band totally awesome but some drunk girl was another means of entertainment. When this girl got there around 11ish she had already had a few too many drinks. She grabbed a stool and parked it right in front of the band (basically sitting with them). Before the night was over this girl had thrown herself over a pool table, pole danced with her chair, and flashed a boob to everyone. We seriously couldn't control ourselves. It was hilarious. I'm not normal a person that laughs at others but if you get drunk enough to act like a complete lunatic then I will laugh. She obviously came there for attention.
I wish that I had a picture but just imagine a librarian stripper wearing a white summer dress with big blue flowers (not to mention blue panty hose & brown heels!).
Anyways we left there around 1:30 and got to bed around 3.
Sunday: I actually got up at 9 and did some work around the house. We ran in to town a little later in the afternoon to return some things to Lowe's and get a few things at Wally World. We rented Wall-E from redbox and watched that Sunday night. That movie was awesome. I've heard a lot about it but hadn't had the chance to see it until now.
Monday: I woke up at like 6:45 (which is about 1 1/2 hrs later than when I needed to get up). I don't think I woke up yesterday until around 1pm when I had lunch. Sunday night we didn't get to bed until around 10 so that combined with two late nights I was out of it. So was Adam.
I took off at 4 to get him and go to the Chiropractor. I had thought that I was done going because I'm 100% better but the middle of last week my shoulder started popping. It was like a knuckle cracking pop so Adam asked the Dr. if it was bad and he said it could be. So after seeing him yesterday he says I have the beginning signs of crepitus. I googled it and it doesn't seem bad but it could lead to bad things if untreated. So I'm probably back to going at least once a week.
I'm feeling so much better today. Yesterday I was a unsocial zombie. Thanks to getting to bed at 6:30 I'm feeling soooo much better. Oh & I just realized that we are off on Friday! Woo Hoo! Short week..... wait crap I just also realized that I sent a bunch of letters out to customer telling them they had to pay by the 10th..... CRAP. More work backtracking :(. Better get to it!
April 3, 2009
I have since realized that this is
So now I feel like I have a different mentality when it comes to paying the bills. Each one I pay is a little close to being debt free! We have THREE (3 wasn't good enough here) payments left on Adam's truck! Did you hear me? THREE!!!! We will own a vehicle free and clear in THREE payments. That is amazing to me!
Also here is what has made my day (week).... My goal is to have $1,000 in our Emergency Fund (Dave Ramsey calls it a Baby Emergency Fund but I don't want people to get the wrong idea). Anyways today we have reached the half way mark. $500 in 3 months! I cannot believe it! We haven't had $100 in savings in years!!!!
I'm elated, joyous even, that we are doing so great. I'm praying that things continue that way. Sometimes I get a little scared when things go so good for so long because I start looking for the bad. I'm putting my faith in God and then if something bad does happen I'll have him to lean upon and to thank for preparing us for something bad. My life has been an up & down rollercoaster with bad and good times. I do believe that when you put God first in your life though those hills are not quit so steep and the coming down isn't as bad as they used to be. I haven't always done that but I feel that I finally have my priorities in order in my life!
April 2, 2009
She hasn't really put on very much weight since her trip to the vet. I'm thinking that maybe she is sick of her food. She's been eating it for years so I'm sure she needs a change. This morning while she was in I gave her a handful of Lexi's food (my terrier). It's High Energy Formula so it has a ton of protein in it. She gobbled it up faster than she has any food in weeks. I'm thinking that we'll start feeding that to her mixed in with her other food. Hopefully that will help her put on some pounds.
In other news it's absolutely beautiful outside! This morning we had storms but now it's clear blue skies and sunny! At least it looks that way from my desk. Outside I'm sure people are not thinking about how beautiful it is because we have 45 mph winds today! A customer came in a little bit ago and the door was ripped out of her hands and our open/closed sign that hangs on the door went flying through our parking lot, almost decapitated the ladies husband, and then flew into our neighbor's parking lot. I probably looked like a crazy lady running out the door and chasing this sign around the parking lot.
Adam called me a little bit ago to say that his work didn't have any electricity because of the high winds. So now I think he's kicking back until 3. Which is good because he hasn't been feeling good today. He has gotten sick 3 or 4 times this year with colds. So far (knock on wood) I haven't gotten sick in over a year. Usually if one of us is sick then the other will get it soon. Maybe I have finally built up my immune system by working in the public and being around sick people so much. People will come in to the office, hand me their money, and then say "sorry I wasn't here sooner to pay my insurance but I've had the stomach virus (or flu, cold, etc)." I'm like GROSS! That's why I wash my handles 100 times a day it seems like. As a kid I was ALWAYS sick with something so it's nice to be the one who isn't for a change.
April 1, 2009
I got up at 4:30 (yes on purpose) and got out my Biggest Loser Fitness Book that I bought 3 yrs ago and never opened. I never realized it had different work out routines in it. Who would have thought huh? Anyways I read over some and chose the one I could do based on what equipment I have not (which is nothing except a pair of 3 lb weights). I did all of the warm up excercise, a few upper body, a couple core, and a few lower body, and then the cool down. I didn't do everything because I was exhausted but hey some is better than none right?
While getting ready I watched last nights Biggest Loser episode. I cannot believe how much Nicole lost at home! 87 lbs! Then the weigh in. How in the world did she gain 5lbs? Is that possible to work out and eat right and gain 5lbs? I mean I have eaten crap with no working out and not gained 5lbs. I guess the stress got to her. I understand why they would want to vote Nicole off rather than Ron but I feel bad for her. I'm sick of Ron but he is the weakest person so I think for the game play it was better to keep him. I feel bad that they put people in the position of being the deciding factor the way Kristen was last night. It makes it seem like it was her fault. But if the table was rearranged and she hadn't voted last would it have been that other person's fault? I think they should put their votes in a box or something. But then I guess there wouldn't be the drama that America loves so much.
Anyways, I have been very diligent about getting the Sunday paper and clipping the coupons. I have been wanting a water filter for work FOREVER so that i wouldn't have to buy bottled water anymore (I HATE the tap water here!). I hate throwing away the bottles so I usually refill them from my home tap (much better tasting) and bring them to work. This is such a hassle having to wash them out, fill them up, lug them to work, etc. So in this last weeks Sunday paper there was a $4 off coupon. I went to Wal-Mart this morning and got the $9 one that I've been wanting - $4 off = $5! So I got me a reusable water bottle that cost .... $4! FREE. I'm so excited! So I've done all the prep work and have my yummy clean water in the fridge getting cold.
I'm such a dork that I get excited over silly little things like this but oh well. It's the little things that keep us happy!
BTW I just realized today is April Fools day. I HATE this day. I'm so gullible & will fall for anything so I'm hoping that nobody plays a prank on me. LOL.