Wednesday, February 29, 2012

God breezes...AKA Day 107 of 365

Okay, just had one of those moments of clarity.  For the past couple of days I have been feeling incredibly overwhelmed with packing and preparing to move. I have been doing the things that needed to be done, but not at all with a joyful heart or in the quantities that needed to be done.  I had been feeling more irritated about trying to get it all done.  Then a moment ago, in a moment of true clarity, I heard the message come across loud and clear.  Instead of being irritated with moving, I am grateful that our new home is ready for us to move into now.  We are blessed to have a new home in a quiet neighborhood in which to start the next chapter in our lives.  Instead of being angry at myself for all of the stuff we have accumulated since we moved to Marlin and are now having to pack, I am feeling blessed that we have the means to pick up the things we need, when we need them. I am thankful that we are able to pass on some of the things to a needy family to bless them.   I am thankful that we will all be together in Whitney where my honey can now get an extra hour of sleep in the morning instead having to get up early and make the hour long drive to Whitney for work.  I am thankful that my beautiful daughter is so excited at the possibility of making new friends in her new school.  I am thankful that we will be surrounded with a new view in which to gather inspiration to foster the creativity that I know resides within each of us.  I am thankful that we will be pushed to get things unpacked quickly so that the next weekend we can welcome family for a visit with open arms since we haven't seen them in almost a year.  I am thankful that we will get to spend a few days with Kyle over Spring Break as well.  I am thankful that Emily is excited at the thought of getting to spend some time in Odessa with the other side of her family over Spring Break. I am looking forward to exploring our new town.  I am realizing that I was in need of an attitude adjustment and am thankful that God saw fit just a bit ago to knock me upside the head and remind me of all the things we have been blessed with in our lives.  Thanks :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Overwhelmed...AKA Day 106 of 365

I got some done today, but not as much as I hoped.  I forgot how overwhelming moving can feel.  I just keep telling myself that this time next week we will be settling in good at our new home.  One way or the other, it's happening this weekend.  Just trying to remember to breathe deeply and pack just one box at a time.  That's all I can do.  It's still an exciting adventure, just ready to get to the new part and zoom past the packing part.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I can do anything for 15 minutes!...AKA Day 105 of 365

I got much more accomplished than I thought I would today.  I packed up a bunch of dishes, small appliances, my china and one box of of my "stockpile" stuff.  I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but to anyone who knows me, they realize that is a bunch.  Kitcheny stuff is kinda my thing.  Tomorrow will be the rest of my stockpile, all of my bakeware and the remainder of the plates and glasses (hello paper plates and red solo cups!). I will also tackle my closet which I intended to do quite some time ago.  Will bag up some things for goodwill and then prepare everything else for the move.  I am determined to get this done!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Packing and sorting and moving OH MY!....AKA Day 104 of 365

Am really hoping today was more productive than it felt.  I was able to go through a bunch of paperwork and sort out what needs to stay and what could go.  I also made 2 dozen pear muffins and 2 loaves of pear bread from the pears we picked up from Bountiful Baskets two weeks ago.  Got a bunch of laundry finished as well.  Thankfully I already prepped tomorrow's supper so I have good intentions of getting up and dressed to the shoes ASAP tomorrow so I can work my tail end off getting stuff done.  Here's to good intentions!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Can barely gold my eyes open. Goodnight.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Coughing. Tired. Sleep.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh yeah, it's on!...AKA Day 101 of 365

Looks like it is finally all coming together.  We take possession of the house on March 1st but won't actually move in until the 3rd.  Spent today working on the utilities and logistics of things. Jim will start taking boxes from Marlin to Whitney tomorrow as the owners said we could start storing the boxes there.  May as well make the most of the drive.  Hoping for as smooth a transition as possible.  I am really looking forward to this new chapter.  A change of scenery is always inspiring and I could use some inspiration again :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

cough cough...AKA Day 100 of 365

I am so very tired of this cough.  I miss sleeping in my bed.  I miss being wrapped up in my honey's arms.  I miss laying flat without suddenly feeling like I am going to cough up a lung.  Other than my throat I feel fine.  I made the most amazing muffins today and cooked a yummy supper.  Now I am just flat out exhausted.  Going to try and go to bed in our bed tonight.  Not sure if that will last or not.  If it doesn't, guess I will end up back on the couch.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The wheels on the car go round and round...AKA Day 99 of 365

Ugh, just spent $625 on new tires.  It has to be done, but I hate when it is that time.  I did get a good discount though.  Brought the men doughnuts for breakfast.  I know how to grease the wheel, so to speak LOL.  Next stop will be the dealership for an oil change and possible brake service.  Then HEB for a King Cake as it's Fat Tuesday!  Hoping to have time to get my nails done and pick up a few things before I drive back to Whitney to pick up my baby, then home to Marlin.  If I haven't mentioned it, I feel like I live in our car lately.  Gotta love the fact that I really like our car.  Will post more later...maybe.

Monday, February 20, 2012

CityVille is the work of Satan...AKA Day 98 of 365

Slept very little last night after playing CityVille through my exhausted time and right into my I'm wide awake again time.  Took a short nap.  Must sleep.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wonderful Weekend...AKA Day 97 of 365

Have had a relaxing, yet productive weekend with the love of my life.  This afternoon we will go pick up our angel girl in Valera.  Miss her so much when she is gone :)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Waco, Whitney WOO HOO...AKA Day 96 of 365

Spent a great day with my honey.  Got my hair done and had a nice visit with Kendall.  Congrats to her on her engagement!  We ran a few errands, had lunch at Collin Street Bakery, then ran to Whitney to take some measurements of the house.  Turns out it is about the same size room wise as what we have now, just no garage :(  Will have to be efficient about what we keep as there will be no storing boxes in the garage for years LOL.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Long Drive...AKA Day 95 of 365

Today was spent in the car.  Most of the day anyway.  9 hours is plenty.  Now for a healing weekend :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Good Surveys....AKA Day 94 of 365

Tag! You're It! My totally awesome friend, Laurel of Four Princesses. tagged me in this fun post so I accepted the challenge. You were most likely tagged in my post if you are reading it, so get busy! This round is the tag of 11's.

The deal is that I have to
1. Post the rules
2. Share 11 random things about myself
3. Answer the 11 questions from the post in which I was tagged
 4. Create 11 new questions for my tagees to answer
5. Tag 11 people-legitly

Eleven Random Things About Liz:
1. I have lived in 5 different states, 8 different cities, 21 different houses/apartments
 2. I can write my name with my toes.
3. I love to cook.
4. I had an imaginary playmate named Junior when I was a child and sometimes Junior was a boy, sometimes a girl.
5. My first car was a brown Audi 5000
6. I have premonitions.
7. My favorite alcoholic beverage is rum (preferably coconut flavored)
 8. I am 3 months into 365 days of posting on my blog/journal.
9. Growing up I thought I would be a child psychologist, then along the way realized I would be too emotional for that.
10. My favorite ice cream flavor is Blueberry Cheesecake from a mom and pop shop in Connecticut called Pokey's.
11. I love to laugh and do so as often as possible.

My 11 questions to answer:
1. What is one of your earliest memories? I remember my granny telling me should wouldn't help with my swimsuit because she didn't "deal with girls".
2. What is a hidden talent that you have? Thanks to my father, I know one or two lines from MANY THOUSANDS of songs.
3. If you had to choose only 1 food to eat for a week....ONLY ONE....what would it be? Any cooking and "free" stuff (seasonings) is OK. It can't be a type of food, or a mixed dish.... but one food.... like chicken. Pasta
4. If you could change your ethnicity, what would you choose to become? I would be Italian (as in live in Italy Italian)
5. Money and time being no object, what career do you wish you had? Attorney
6. You have to move. But, you are given your choice of location. The thing is, you have to stay there for the rest of your life. Where are you moving? Italy
7. You get a "walk on" for a TV show. What show? What do you do? I would love to be on NCIS. I would be a murderer and Gibbs would have to catch me ;)
8. What is your guilty indulgence? Chocolate of just about any variety.
9. In what subject, in school, were you just HORRIBLE? Geometry! I rocked at Algebra, but Geometry and I were mortal enemies.
10.What is your favorite household chore? Why? Folding towels. It calms me to fold them, see them all lined up and color coordinate them in my linen closet.
11. Where did question 11 go?  It ran away because it felt out of place.

The 11 questions I want YOU to answer:
1. What was the name of your first crush and how old were you?
2.What is your favorite place to visit within the US?
3. What was the first album/cassette/cd you purchased on your own?
4. Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book from that author?
5. If you had to be an ice cream flavor, what flavor would you be?
6. Who is the one person you wish you could spend just one uninterrupted hour with this evening?  What would you do?
7. What is the favorite thing that you like to cook and will you share the recipe with me?
8. When was the last time you wrote a real letter and mailed it?  To whom was it written?
9. When you look at the youth of today, what is your first thought about the future of our country?
10. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid for one week, where would you go and who would you take with you?
11.  How did we meet?

Going to do my tagging on Facebook.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

V-Day...AKA Day 92 of 365

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 13, 2012

Life...Day 91 of 365

Feeling about the same as yesterday, but since it's not worse, I shall not be complaining too much. Just ready for the cough to let go of me and ready to sleep laying flat again. Still don't have a final word on what day we can actually move. That is so frustrating because we really need to finish all this up soon. Being sick this last week set us back. I am really going to have to hustle this week and pray I can get it all done in the HOPES that we can move in this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Birthday boy...AKA Day 90 of 365

Woke up feeling considerably better after getting 3 hours of sleep in a row that was preceded by a few 30 minute cat naps. Got up, got a few things done. Before you know it though, the cough was back. NO fever today though so that has to be a positive step. The house needs airing out but it has just been too cold for that. Tuesday is supposed to be very nice so I am looking for that day being a house breathing day. In the meanwhile I guess it is just keep the Lysol going to try and keep from spreading the germs any farther. Today was my wonderful sweetheart's birthday! Last year we had a very enjoyable party to celebrate and I had a nice surprise for him. So glad I didn't plan that this year since we were all sick. We had a relaxing (for the most part) weekend at home. Made him his favorite dinner and some birthday cupcakes. Will send a good deal of them with him tomorrow for his co-workers. Have a million things to do tomorrow so going to hit the hay early. Have a wonderful night friends and family. Love y'all!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Recuperating...AKA Day 89 of 365

Slept in 30 minute intervals last night so woke not feeling the least bit rested. We had to go to Temple to pick up our baskets and they were really good this week. Other than that, the three of us spent the day watching movies and recuperating.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wretched demons GET OUT...AKA Day 88 of 365

Okay, I have had just about enough of this. I woke around 5 to my fever finally breaking and drenched in bed. Then around noon it started creeping back up. I hate cold and flu season. The only thing I ask is that I am well enough to pick up our Bountiful Baskets in the morning as Jim needs his rest. Sooner or later I will feel well enough again to write more than a sentence or two.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Head/chest cold and Cityville characters...AKA Day 87 of 365

Today was NOT fun. Em stayed home from school today with the same head/chest cold that Jim and I have been fighting. I was barely able to eat today so Jim stopped at Great Wall and brought me a bowl of egg drop soup. Didn't have to chew it and it was nice and warm on my throat. Emmy and I both took some Nyquil about an hour ago. Hers kicked in and she drifted off to dream land. Mine is just now kicking in and I anticipate that once again I will be plagued by the little people from Cityville running around my dreams demanding I restock the stores. Lord help me!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sinues and Cityville...AKA DAY 86 of 365

Well as I suspected, today was NOT a good day. Spent a good deal of the day in my chair with a hot pack to my face trying to relieve sinus pressure. I barely ate because it hurts to chew. I have been pushing the fluids so hopefully it will go by quickly. All of us were asleep in the livingroom by about 7 because we all feel like crap. I woke up long enough to do my post and to clear out my city in cityville. Otherwise I have little people running through my brain jumping up and down waving at me to refill supplies. So sad LOL

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

AAACCCCHHHHHOOOOO! Bless me!....AKA Day 85 of 365

Today was a day that I had a serious case of the "don't want to's" I straightened the kitchen a little, emptied and ran the dishwasher, picked up after Beezus when she pulled all her toys out of her box, cooked breakfast and supper and that was about all. I feel bad, but not quite like crap yet, though I anticipate if this cold progresses as most, that tomorrow will not be good. Have the cough, sneezes and slight fever today. Tomorrow I may be curled up in my chair with 12 blankets, 2 boxes of tissues, a bag of Halls and a bottle of Nyquil. Oh the joys of the winter cold!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Zicam....AKA Day 84 of 365

Well, I knew it was coming sooner or later. Which means,for the next couple of days, say hello to my new best friend, Zicam.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Superbowl...AKA Day 83 of 365

Well so much for getting a ton done today. We did manage to collectively get all the laundry done and folded and partially put away ;) And of course, we managed to watch the Superbowl. My honey is fighting a cold and I keep dodging his germs. Lord help us to remain cold virus free this time around, PLEASE!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

No workie....AKA Day 82 of 365

Had a very UNproductive but very necessary day with my honey and my beautiful daughter. We laughed, and talked and played Wii and just generally had a wonderful time being totally relaxed. Tomorrow we will have to work twice as hard, before the big game of course, but that is fine. I love days like this :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Light show...AKA Day 81 of 365

So today didn't go as planned. My intentions were to do a very personal post on PTSD, written during daytime hours so that I had time to "recover emotionally" prior to going to bed. I could make up all kinds of excuses or list many reasons why it didn't get done today, but the fact of the matter is I didn't make the time to do it because I had no desire to go there today. I will be posting on it soon, but no promises as to when. All I can say is that it is one of those topics that just smacks you in the fact one day and says "hey, dummy, there is a reason why you can't let go of something". All that being said, I am going to go snuggle up with my baby in our bed and listen to the sound of the rain hitting the roof and watch the light show that God is providing. Thanks to Him for us being home this evening to enjoy it, rather than being on the road. Everything happens for a reason...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dr Oz grabs Rosie's tush...AKA Day 80 of 365

I could fib and say I was flipping channels earlier today and ran across Dr Oz, but the truth of the matter is, yes, I watch Dr Oz. Sometimes he has some good tips, ones that we have implemented in our lives. Today's show had Rosie O'Donnell on it and she was being very candid about her personal life, her childhood and a subject that for many women is the most personal of subjects, her weight. She often catches a lot of flack, but one of the things I admire about her, is her ability to tell it like it is, no matter who she is talking with. I kinda like that in a person. Some of the things she had to say really hit home. She wasn't making excuses, just explanations. It reminded me of a conversation that I had with Jim several months ago, explaining certain things. We all have our defense mechanisms. The key is to find a way to deal with the things that trigger the not so positive ones. Rosie is working to better her health and is aware that is going to involve many changes, but is doing it slow and steady. Still it is her personal journey. It's a shame that others can't understand how things came to be a certain way and instead of being insulting and nasty in their comments and attitudes, either being encouraging, or better yet, keeping their noses out of other peoples personal lives if it doesn't involve them directly. As a note to myself here, I think tomorrow's topic will be written about during the day and will involve the subject PTSD. Chosen based on a link I provided for my friend, Deb, earlier today. Goodnight all!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Move, blah blah blah...AKA Day 79 of 365

I have said it before and I will say it again, I will be so glad when we are finished with the move and all settled in and unpacked.