Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Moment of Clarity

Let me paint a picture for you... 

A young couple, probably in their mid to late twenties... with 3 small children, none of which was probably over the age of 5, go to Walmart to do some shopping.  Of course, since it is the Holiday season, the store is packed beyond belief.  Two of their children are in the cart, and the third is wondering around near them... touching stuff and asking questions about everything in sight.  The couple is looking at the telephones in the electronics section of the store.  This is how the conversation went... keep in mind that I was not eavesdropping... they were talking so loudly, that anyone around them could hear... 

Man:  Gosh, I thought that these would be cheaper than this! 
Woman:  Well, we need a phone... 
Man:  Well which one do you want? 
Woman:  How about this one? (Picks up a very simple cordless phone)
Man:   It's $14... do you really want this one?  What about this one? (Pointing to a corded phone) It's only $9!
Woman: (obviously perturbed) I don't want that one... I'd have to sit right beside the computer to talk on the phone! I don't want to do that... I want a cordless one!
Man: Well, we can just put a longer cord on it... 
Woman:  (fuming at this point) No!  I want a cordless one... Oohh.. look at this one... its $30, but you get two phones with it. 
Man: What the Hell are we going to do with two phones?  Do you just want to wait?  They might go on sale after Christmas.  
Woman: No!! I'm not waiting, we are getting one today. We'll get this one... (throws the $14 phone in the cart)

As they walked off, I heard the woman say "You always have to be so tight!  Its not even your money we are spending... we have gift cards!" As I stood there listening to them loudly argue in the middle of a public place, something seemed familiar about the whole situation.  And in that moment, that very moment, it was Crystal clear... 

That is what life would have been like for me if I had stayed with my ex-fiance.  The whole situation... from being young and married, with children that resembled stair-steps, the arguing over spending money, all of it would have been the same for me.  Standing in Walmart, for the first time in a long time, I felt at peace about calling off the engagement.  I knew that I did not want that to be my future.  

Right now, I definitely needed to encounter that couple in Walmart. 


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Crafty Christmas...

Since funds have been a little tight this year, I decided to make some of my Christmas presents.  It costs a little less than what I would normally spend on someone, but it is more personal to them and what they like.  I haven't finished all of them, but here are two that I have already given, since they were for people at work. 

This picture frame was for my boss, Susan.  She loves all things girly and whimiscal.  She has a few things that are pink and green, so I decided to throw some of that in there as well.  She loved it!  (Sorry about the weird angle... it is really hard to take a picture of a picture frame... )

This one was for Kathy.  We work in the office together.  She loves all things beachy.  She has lots of photos of the beach, and talks about going all of the time.  I am really happy with the way that this one turned out!  Surpringly, it wasn't hard to do.  Kathy loved it as well.   

Once I finish the others, I will post more pics...  I'm not nearly as ready for Christmas as I should be... are you? 


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Motivation....

Oh where, oh where has my motivation gone?  Oh where, oh where could it be?  

Lately, I haven't been motivated to do anything... I hate being this way, but I would much rather sit here and look up crap on the internet or make a blog post than do the things that I really need to get done.  For instance... Christmas is in 8 days, and my Christmas tree still sits half decorated.  I have all of the ornaments here, and there are some on the tree, but I can't seem to get it together and finish it.  I haven't finished my Christmas shopping... I still have about 5 gifts to buy, and 4 to make (yes, make)... and the ones that I have bought, aren't wrapped.  

Everyday, I feel like I don't get anything accomplished, and so, at the end of the day, I tell myself that I am going to get up and get motivated to do all of the things that I need to do.  But somehow that never seems to work out the way that I have planned.  Today, I had a list of things that I wanted, no, needed to get done, and none of them are finished.  Some of them are started, but not finished.  I have managed to load the dishwasher and do a load of laundry.... 

Maybe I will get some of my motivation back soon... I hope so!  Maybe there will be more 'cheerful' blog posts later.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Say Thanks...


What a simple way to say "thanks" to the men and women who are fighting for our country. Xerox will print and send your card for FREE to the Troops overseas. Whether you are for or against the war, the men and women over there need to know that we are behind them and support them.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I got tagged.... 6

So Courtenay tagged me on her blog... so I guess I will play along.

This is the 6th picture from the 6th folder on my computer.... really... This is my engagement ring. I took this picture on Christmas Eve 2006, a few days after Will gave me the new ring. We picked this ring out together, after he said that he wanted to buy me a new ring because the first one was really small. Little did I know that a little over a month later, I would be returning the ring to the jewelry store. That is one of the most humiliating things ever... returning your engagement ring... especially when you break down in the middle of the jewelry store, in the middle of a mall.. and the sales lady is a complete jerk.

So... now I am supposed to tag 4 people... I tag Kaylene, Leah, Lindsay, and LeeAnn.
Here's your directions:
1. Go to your sixth picture folder and find the sixth picture.
2. Pray you remember the details!
3. Post it on your blog.
4. Tag four others and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they've been tagged.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Project 365 - Take 2 - Day 2

New Hair!
Today I got off work a little early, so Stephy colored my hair.  I love it!  A nice dark color for winter... and no brassy blonde!   What do ya think? 



Monday, December 1, 2008

Project 365 - Take 2 - Day 1

Wouldn't you know it... on the day that I decide to restart my Project 365 thing, my camera would be dead... so I settled for the cell phone... which is why this picture is very crappy. 

Christmas tree - Phase 1.  I put up the tree today, and its a new one, thats pre-lit.  I'm gonna have to play with it a lot more cause I think it just looks like crap.  I think being out of the box, will help it some and I just have to get the branches right.  

Next phase - Decoration.  I have to wait until I can go out to Mama's and get all the ornaments and stuff.  I was going to get them Sunday, but it decided to rain all day.  Hopefully the next pics I post of the tree will look a lot better. 

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Alone in this house again tonight....  Tonight I wanna cry.

Festive...

Like the more festive look of the blog? 


December already?

Where did the month of November go?  I mean really... time is flying by. I guess this always happens as we get closer to the Holidays.  Everyone has things to do and its just a busy time of the year.  I was going over what we have planned for December, and there is going to be a lot going on.  Random Christmas Parties, a trip out of town, family get togethers... so much packed into one month. 

Needless to say, my NaBloPoMo challenge did not work out as planned.  I didn't blog everyday, but overall, I think I blogged a lot more.  Some days, there just isn't anything to write about.  There were also days, when writing was the last thing I wanted to do.  So, while I may have failed at the challenge, I think that I did accomplish part of the personal goal: To blog more often.  I will continually try to blog more, but I don't think that I necessarily need the pressure of "having" to make a post.  Maybe something exciting will happen so that I can write some more exciting, and less depressing blogs.  

As for Project 365, well, that didn't go as planned either.  I missed a day, and it was so easy to just "forget" about it.  So... I am going to start over.  There will be plenty of things to take pictures of in the next month, so be on the lookout for Project 365 - Take 2.  With tomorrow (well, actually today) being December 1, I will start over.  This one, I think is a little easier than writing a whole blog entry everyday, so I might can stick to this one.  I just have to remember to take my camera with me everywhere.  

Well, I guess I should go to bed.  Its gonna be hard to get up in the moring and go back to work with the extended break that we've had.  Only about 3 weeks, until there is a whole 2 weeks off!  Can you believe that its almost Christmas?

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