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It’s been far too long…

It has been way way too long since I last posted. I think I’ve been saying that at the start of all my posts as of late…

I think about writing every day.. I really do… Then somehow my day escapes me.

Right now, I am sitting outside while the maniac destroys the back yard and torments the dog. Her new favorite thing is digging holes and “planting” seeds. We did make her a little garden. She started all the plants from seeds and they seem to actually be growing. With the exception of a couple things a certain canine has dug up.

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There is corn, a couple pumpkins, carrots, parsley, cosmos (a flower) and California poppies. She lives to water them. Oh, and her little fish “Swimmy” is also buried in the garden. She waters him every day too. (well, she thinks she does.. There is a very good chance the dog dug him up and ate him. Yuck.)

Speaking of little Swimmy, may he rest in peace… The poor little guy only lasted month, and the Maniac LOVED him! Now, We have a new fish that she named Marshall. ( She wanted to name him Marcia, but being a boy she changed it). He’s a cool guy. A Betta fish.. In the morning he comes up the the top and waits for you to feed him. It’s almost like the maniac gets to hand feed him.

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Oh, So my other excitement. I’m going to go file the permits & licenses make my etsy store a real honest tax paying business today. I know, I should have done it a while ago.. But better late than never right?

I’m kind of a little nervous about it.
And excited. But nervous.

Hopefully I will have time to get it all done. My friend can’t watch the maniac until 2. Keep your fingers crossed that the lines aren’t long! I have 3 offices to hit!

OH! Before I forget! I do want to send a shout out to the Accidental Stepmom, a fellow stepmom and blonde, (who’s blog I adore btw! You should read it!) who also didn’t know that Narwhals were real! And after she mentioned my post in her blog- it seems that we are not the only ones! YES! Hahaha!

There’s only a couple weeks of 8th grade for the Teen! Yikes! Then she’ll be in HIGH SCHOOL! Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!
It seems like just yesterday that she was starting first grade! Such a long time ago! This summer will mark 8 years that she’s lived with us. CRAZY!

I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself one in high school and one in preschool!

On a somewhat random note- I’m going to work on my summer reading list. I honestly don’t think I have read a book since last years list.. So I really need to get on that!

I’m going to leave you with this.. The maniac at the park a couple weeks ago, with ducks who walk on the sidewalk!
Have a great weekend!

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My Summer Reading List: The Results.

I realized the other day that I never updated my Summer Reading List after the first month. Being that my original challenge was to end on September 1st, and here it is the 22nd (and the last day of summer) I figured I’d better share the results.. if you even care anymore! haha!

Here it goes..

The original post:  (Read it here) 

Here’s My Final  list: (Blue was from my 1st update, red is this one.)

DONE!1. Bossypants- Tina Fey  I actually am about half way through this. It’s pretty funny, I was laughing just reading the back cover!  I love Tina Fey.  I thought it was funny! The stuff about her doing Sarah Palin was  interesting!

 DONE! 2. Naptime is the New Happy Hour-  Stefanie Wilder-Taylor    I started reading this a while ago, then I lost it. After finding that it had fallen behind our bed, I plan on finishing it. It too is pretty funny.  It was amusing. I had a hard time finishing. I know its got “happy hour” in the title… but the amount of times she talks about drinking kind of bugged me. 

3. Eat, Pray, Love.  A woman at work bought this for me for my birthday like 3 years ago. I started reading it once. I’d really like to read it in its entirety.

 James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. Which is obvious from all of these books that I ordered and havent read.  These next ones are all him:

4. The Postcard Killers- I read about 3 pages of this.. and is currently sitting beside my bed and I have successfully forgotten about it. 😉

5. Swimsuit DONE!

6-8 8th Confession DONE!, 9th Judgement, and 10th Anniversary (I havent gotten 10th anniversary yet since it just came out.. but I really want it!)

9. Worst Case

10. Cross Country

11. I, Alex Cross

12. Relentless- Dean Koontz

13. Your Heart Belongs to Me- Dean Koontz

14. The new Sookie Stackhouse novel . I can’t remember the title. I havent gotten it yet either, but its a must! DONE! The title was Dead Reckoning by the way. I got it from our library’s e-library, which was kinda cool.. I read it on my phone. 🙂

15. The other Charlaine Harris book I bought from a different series.. I also can’t remember the title… I have to find it.

16-? Anything else I get around to reading, should I make it this far down the list. I also currently have 4 books I got for free on my Kindle App on my phone, and a couple that the Teen got that I wouldn’t mind reading either.

ADDED:

DONE!17. The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown This should have been on the list to begin with. I really enjoyed it! I spent about 5 hours on Monday finishing it! I couldnt put it down! :)

DONE! 18. A trashy romance novel I downloaded for free on my Kindle App. :)

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So, I read seven books over the summer. Honestly, considering how much I read before that, I guess its’ not too bad. I just have to be more conscious of how much I’m not reading.. if that made any sense. haha!
 
What are you reading?

2011 is Half Over- Checking in with my New Year’s Resolutions…

Happy July 1st!

I figured in honor of the year being half over already, I would take a look at my New Years resolutions and see how that’s working out for me.  

Here is the original post.

And the last time I revisited them…

When we last visited my Resolutions, the score was:

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Let’s see where we are now..  Drumroll please…

New Years Resolution #1- Post more! 

Revisited result: January= 14 posts, February =19 posts.

Since Then: March=12, April=10, May=14 & June=13

Not too shabby.. I’m definitely writing more than once a week! 

Resolutions 0  Me 1

New Years Resolution #2- We are going to find financial health this year. 

This one is still eluding me. We had gotten completely caught up, and seriously, not 2 days later we were back up the creek without a paddle. Somehow, we are managing to keep our heads above water. We just went through the second time this year that hubby hasn’t worked for two weeks or more. They “claim” that they are booked through the end of the year… but that remains to be seen and I don’t believe it until it actually happens. But I’m trying really really hard to get ahead instead of behind.

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New Years Resolution #3- Patience.

I’m not sure where I stand on this one right now. I try. That’s all I can really say. I won’t chalk this one up as a win just yet.

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New Years Resolution #4- more Weight Loss.

This is definitely a big change from last time!  I may have to give myself 2 points… I joined the gym at the end of May. I have been going 5-6 days a week, I have lost 3 pounds and a couple of inches. Now the trick is keeping it up!

Resolutions 2 Me 2 (To be fair, I only gave myself 1, although I deserve 2! 🙂 )

New Years Resolution #5- POTTY TRAINING!  

SCORE! We had a major break through last week, and she’s doing great! We just need to get her to go on the potty when she’s wearing underwear. Baby steps! I’ll totally take her running around naked peeing on the potty to clothes and diapers any day,

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As for 6-10…

#6 Read more.   I was doing pretty well. I made my summer reading list, which I actually crossed a few off the list. I need to get back to it though. But I made some progress so, 1 for me!

#7  house cleaner, purge the junk.  Still a work in progress. I am determined to not suffer from CHAOS (Can’t Have Any One Over Syndrome) any longer.  

#8 Not be so lazy about cooking dinner every night.  Doing better.. although I ate a lot of Wendy’s while the Teen was a camp. Its way too hard sometimes to just cook for me and the Maniac.  I’ll give myself half a score.

#9 Go to my 20th High School Reunion if there is one. Well.. it was supposed to be in July, then it got changed to October, and the last I heard it was cancelled due to lack of interest.  So, I am going to change this goal to Take a Trip Back to the Burgh by the end of the year.

#10 actually make time for myself. Again, this is still really hard. Although going to the gym is the one thing I totally do for me.  My new motto, is “Sometimes I just have to do Me.” Which is true. I can’t worry about everyone all the time without worrying about me sometimes.

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Hmmm.. it seems half way through the year I have the edge. Who woulda thunk it?

My Summer Reading List *UPDATE*

I am sure you are just dying to know how I’m doing on my summer reading list challange to myself.

It’s been a month since I posted it. (Read it here) 

Here’s My Updated list:

DONE!1. Bossypants- Tina Fey  I actually am about half way through this. It’s pretty funny, I was laughing just reading the back cover!  I love Tina Fey.  I thought it was funny! The stuff about her doing Sarah Palin was  interesting!

 DONE! 2. Naptime is the New Happy Hour-  Stefanie Wilder-Taylor    I started reading this a while ago, then I lost it. After finding that it had fallen behind our bed, I plan on finishing it. It too is pretty funny.  It was amusing. I had a hard time finishing. I know its got “happy hour” in the title… but the amount of times she talks about drinking kind of bugged me. 

3. Eat, Pray, Love.  A woman at work bought this for me for my birthday like 3 years ago. I started reading it once. I’d really like to read it in its entirety.

 James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. Which is obvious from all of these books that I ordered and havent read.  These next ones are all him:

4. The Postcard Killers

5. Swimsuit

6-8 8th Confession DONE!, 9th Judgement, and 10th Anniversary (I havent gotten 10th anniversary yet since it just came out.. but I really want it!)

9. Worst Case

10. Cross Country

11. I, Alex Cross

12. Relentless- Dean Koontz

13. Your Heart Belongs to Me- Dean Koontz

14. The new Sookie Stackhouse novel . I can’t remember the title. I havent gotten it yet either, but its a must!

15. The other Charlaine Harris book I bought from a different series.. I also can’t remember the title… I have to find it.

16-? Anything else I get around to reading, should I make it this far down the list. I also currently have 4 books I got for free on my Kindle App on my phone, and a couple that the Teen got that I wouldn’t mind reading either.

ADDED:

DONE!17. The Lost Symbol- Dan Brown This should have been on the list to begin with. I really enjoyed it! I spent about 5 hours on Monday finishing it! I couldnt put it down! 🙂

DONE! 18. A trashy romance novel I downloaded for free on my Kindle App. 🙂

My Summer Reading List

So, way back in January I posted my New Years Resolutions.

 #6 was Read More.

While, I did find some time a few weeks ago to read a little, I am going to make a more conscious effort to do so. And I wasn’t kidding when I said I have 10+ books sitting around waiting for me to read them. (There was a while when we first moved to CA, where I was pre-ordering books constantly, and I never ended up reading them.)

I have decided to compile a Summer Reading List. I’m going to see how many I can read between now and September 1st. 

Here it is, in no particular order:

1. Bossypants- Tina Fey  I actually am about half way through this. It’s pretty funny, I was laughing just reading the back cover!  I love Tina Fey.

2. Naptime is the New Happy Hour-  Stefanie Wilder-Taylor    I started reading this a while ago, then I lost it. After finding that it had fallen behind our bed, I plan on finishing it. It too is pretty funny.

3. Eat, Pray, Love.  A woman at work bought this for me for my birthday like 3 years ago. I started reading it once. I’d really like to read it in its entirety.

 James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. Which is obvious from all of these books that I ordered and havent read.  These next ones are all him:

4. The Postcard Killers

5. Swimsuit

6-8 8th Confession, 9th Judgement, and 10th Anniversary (I havent gotten 10th anniversary yet since it just came out.. but I really want it!)

9. Worst Case

10. Cross Country

11. I, Alex Cross

The Next 2 are Dean Koontz, one of my other faves!

12. Relentless

13. Your Heart Belongs to Me

I also Looove Charlaine Harris.

14. The new Sookie Stackhouse novel that came out yesterday. I can’t remember the title. I havent gotten it yet either, but its a must!

15. The other Charlaine Harris book I bought from a different series.. I also can’t remember the title… I have to find it.

16-? Anything else I get around to reading, should I make it this far down the list. I also currently have 4 books I got for free on my Kindle App on my phone, and a couple that the Teen got that I wouldn’t mind reading either.

So there we have it. I’ll keep you informed of my progress, as I’m sure you will be dying to know. 😉

Resolutions Revisited

 At the beginning of 2011, I made a list of New Years Resolutions.

Read them here.

I’ve decided that it is time to revisit them and see how I’m doing.

This should be interesting…

New Years Resolution #1- Post more! 

Result to date: I’ve actually been doing pretty well! I joined the PostAWeek2011 challenge and have been doing that and more!  In January I had  14 posts, and February so far I’ve had 15! Go me!

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New Years Resolution #2- We are going to find financial health this year. 

Result to date: Eh. We’re not doing super hot on this one so far. Mostly in part that hubby didn’t work for about 2.5 weeks at the end of december through January.. We lost almost an entire paycheck. Which makes paying the bills quite difficult.  But we currently have our heads barely above the water. It’s hard, but we’re trying. I will say however, that I kind of went a little crazy with a certain Teen’s birthday party.. may have put us a little more behind than we were. But it was worth it.

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New Years Resolution #3- Patience.

Result to Date: I think I’m doing better. I don’t feel like the Teen and I have been fighting as much as we were. Maybe I should ask her.  I have let her walk out the door looking on the verge of ridiculous (n my opinion). She left this morning wearing these arm warmers that I think are completely ridiculous, especially when she pushes the sleeves of her jacket up to her elbows so she can show them off. I didn’t say a word. I guess that’s progress!

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New Years Resolution #4- more Weight Loss.

Result to date: Not so hot. I’ve pretty much fallen off the wagon since Christmas. Which just makes me sad, since I could have been almost half way to my goal of 50 pounds by now. 😦  I will say that yesterday I officially got back on the wagon! Amazingly I have only gained about 2 pounds since I fell off. I have a little to make up, but my main goal (right now) is to lose 9 pounds. Then I will be at the weight I was after I went back to work after the Toddler was born and I had lost all of the baby weight. Which I also think was less  than I was before I got pregnant. 

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New Years Resolution #5- POTTY TRAINING 

Results to Date:  None. She has no interest at all yet in potty training. I’m going to keep working on her.  I still believe she will let me know when she’s ready, so I’m not going to force her.

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As for 6-10…

#6 Read more.   Eh.. I’ve been watching more movies than reading. Does that count?

#7 Keep the house cleaner, purge the junk.  Hmm.. I wish I could say this has gotten better. I did try to make a dent in the garage one day… I lasted about 10 minutes. I need to make hubby help some weekend.

#8 Not be so lazy about cooking dinner every night.  This I do believe has improved.  Yes, one night a week I get lazy and make chicken nuggets and french fries… or something out of a can. But the rest I am trying to make actual food.

#9 Go to my 20th High School Reunion if there is one. Still to be determined if we are having one! 

#10 actually make time for myself. Hmmm.. Have i made time? I try.. its hard though, with hubby gone most of the time, a Toddler on a really weird schedule… I try to relax when I can sneak in a few minutes. Mostly taking an uninterrupted shower that does not include a toddler in any way is time I relish. I did get to go on a movie date with my BFF while she was here list weekend. that was nice. 

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So It looks like right now, I am losing. At least it’s not the EPIC FAIL I thought it was!  I’ll keep you posted!