Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TMI- 26 things about me from A to Z

Hey y’all, a few weeks ago there was a blog hop going around that a few of my blogging friends did ( Shady, Chris and Debbie) and I missed it so I wasn’t able to link up , etc with others.  I liked the idea so I wanted to post too.  Better late than never.
26 things about me from A to Z:

AGE-  48
DRINK YOU LAST HAD- Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato  ( alcohol was Sunday night glass of Sangria)
EVERY DAY STARTS WITH :- my alarm going off at 5:37 and I hit snooze for 7 minutes
FAVORITE SONG- Too many to mention but  here are first 3 on my list: Seven Spanish angels( Ray Charles and Willie Nelson), No more no less ( MercyMe), Me and Bobby McGee ( Janis Joplin)

GHOSTS, ARE THEY REAL?-Yes. I used to love scary movies with ghosts until I encountered one personally and now I hate them
HOMETOWN- Born in Dallas, Lives now in Lewisville ( north of Dallas)
IN LOVE WITH-  my hubs, my dogs, music, Starbucks, Charlie Hunham ( SOA), Matthew McConaughey, my truck, my cowboy boots

JEALOUS OF- people who eat and not gain weight, those who get to work from home full time, everyone in California
KILLED SOMEONE- multiple people in my head during stressful moments

LAST TIME YOU CRIED- HA!! Easier to ask which day I HAVENT cried!!

MIDDLE NAME- Ann  although I have a few family members that have always called me HolliAnn as in one name
NUMBER OF SIBLINGS-  3 – one brother and one step brother and one stepsister
ONE WISH- To be financially stable.  Not rich just not paycheck to paycheck
PERSON YOU LAST CALLED- My supervisor at work today
QUESTION YOU’RE ALWAYS ASKED-  Lately its : How are you? Because of my grief over Daddy and being in hospital recently
REASON TO SMILE- I’m awake, I am employed, have loving husband, roof over my head, a vehicle, clothes to wear, I have a pool for the wicked summers
SOUNDS THAT ANNOY YOU-gum popping, loud chewing, clanging of spoon in bowl

TIME YOU WOKE UP-3am when Lila needed to go outside and investigate
VACATION DESTINATION: FAVORITE SO FAR/WISH LIST Favorite so far was cruise to México, grand Caymans and Jamaica  . Wish list is Greece, and France and Exuma to swim with the swimming pigs

WORST HABIT-my junk food eating habits
XRAYS I’VE HAD- a few weeks ago I had xrays when they saw my kidney stones, fibroid cyst and multiple hernias
YOUR FAVORITE FOOD- Mexican ( Tex Mex)food


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Getting ready for pool time

I love love love having a pool y'all!! It's huge and it literally takes up the entire back yard.  I put my feet in it every night when I get home from work.  
It's so hot outside that the water is perfect for swimming.  I've gone a little crazy on floaty's.  I have a long alligator with handles , 3 regular long ones, one shaped as Popsicle , 8 noodles , and 2 floating coolers. My favorites are my swans!!! I'ts funny because I had mentioned to Todd and to a friend of mine that I really wanted a big swan for our pool.  They were kinda expensive though. Todd had looked for me at the pool supplies place and it was 80$. No kidding , the very next day I spoke of the swan to my friend, I went into Kohls on my lunch hour and low and behold- my swan was in middle aisle display - on sale  1/2 off AND I had 20% off coupon. SCORE!!!  I got the white one from them and later that evening on TV I saw a commercial or show that had a big pink one.  I ended up on eBay and didn't find a pink one but I bought a big black one.  I am so happy!! My dog Jax though hates them. He barks nonstop and is scared to go around it. I had to go stand by it so he would know it wasn't dangerous.  Lol. 
So I'm ready to soak up some sun while floating on my swans this holiday weekend .  

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hanging on

Whats up yall?  I absolutely had no plan on not posting for the last 4 weeks.  I tell you that every week has been something though.  I would appreciate at any time a dull uneventful week to be in my future.
A few Friday's ago to the day ( Jun10) i went into the Emergency room doubled over in excruciating pain. Turned out i was passing my very first kidney stone.  They kept me overnight and didnt release me until the next evening. While they were looking at X-rays, they found a few other things wrong with me that are'nt too serious but to be monitored. Great! Thats why i dont like going to Dr's because they always find something wrong and i had no clue.
Then of course last weekend was Father's Day and it was soooo hard to swallow the fact that Daddy is gone . To add ever more sadness to the day , my pastor and his family are moving and that was his last sermon.  So i opted to stay at home in bed with covers over my head in complete denial and no way could i have attended the service.

This may be the lazy route but i'm going to copy/paste my facebook post i made last night after being stuck out of house for 4 hours.  This craziness was last night.
So it's after one am and Todd and I are just getting settled in. It's been quite an evening! Todd got home at 9 from band practice and we took our dogs for a walk . We went out our patio like we always do and closed the glass sliding door. It locked us out. Neither one of us had our phones. Our first attempt was to borrow a coat hanger to try to break in our door with no luck. So the neighbor called AAA to send tow truck and they opened Todds car so we could use the garage door opener. BUT, Todd locked the door from garage going into kitchen. The AAA tow guy called a few locksmiths and none of them would even answer phone or it was too far. We called my in laws and asked to find us locksmith and that we didn't have our phones. This was now 10:09 pm (I asked tow guy). So Todd goes out front and waits an hour. Then he walks to the corner 7 eleven about a mile or so away to use their phone and call his parents to check on locksmith whereabouts . Clerk at 7eleven wouldn't let Todd use phone because the flower mound police dept told them not to let people use phone because they most likely got released from jail. There was no pay phone of course. So Todd walks next door to police dept and they said they can't let them use the phone and to go to 7 eleven. He explains that now we've been locked out of our house for a few hrs with no luck with locksmith and that he's on foot and walked there for help. The lady told him sorry , walk to Mcdonalds. Which is another few blocks up road opposite direction. So he walks back home. Meanwhile I'm walking back and forth from backyard with dogs to front yard being hopeful a locksmith will show up to get us in our door to kitchen. A police car even passes Todd and never even pulls over. It's a little after midnight. We broke out our bedroom window and i crawled through . It's exactly one am when I unlock the door to let Todd in. Joy to the World!!!The locksmith called in laws and said they circled neighborhood a few times. UM NO LIAR ,YOU DIDNT. Not one car came down our street. So lessons learned- NEVER spending a single penny at that 7 eleven and the flower mound police dept suck for telling 7 eleven not to let people use their phone but yet send people there to ask for phone. I have another story for another day about flower mound cops so I've known they suck for years!!! I hate feeling this way too because I absolutely Back the Blue and have many cop friends. Also, never leave your phone even to walk the dog. I'll be calling a window glass repair man tomorrow and hiding spare key in garage tomorrow. I'm a little too wound up to sleep now. Sigh

Tomorrow we have glass company coming to replace the window pane. It's going to be 150$ plus tax.  As you can see, i've been crazy busy this last month. I didnt share everything that took place because its a separate post.  I just wanted to say Hi and thank you for sticking around. 
See yall very soon- i promise!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dallas BFD 2016 concert

Hey y'all, Happy Tuesday!!  How was your Memorial Weekend?  I had a good one.  My birthday present from Todd was tickets to the BFD concert featuring Collective Soul, Sixx AM ( Nicki Sixx of Motley Crue formed the band), 3 Doors Down, Drowning Pool and Shinedown.  I've posted many songs of Shinedown here on my blog. I've never seen them live and they are one of my favorite bands.  The concert was on Sunday downtown at our Gexa arena. It has lawn seating as well as stand seats that are covered.  We got real seats which is nice because you can come and go and walk around and have the same seat.  If you have lawn seats, its first come first serve and people will move you out of the way if you leave your spot.
The concert was SOOOO  good!!!  I loved every band and Shinedown was amazing Live! They literally sounded so good like right out of the stereo.  Have you ever saw someone live and realized that if it wasnt for all the special effects in the studio, they wouldnt sound good at all?  Surprisingly every band was great.  It felt good to just rock out and sing along and jump and dance with the rest of the crowd.  I lost my voice from all the screaming and hollering and it slowly came back yesterday.  Now thats a good time.  LOL
Oh the people watching was at its best too at the concert. The concerts actually started around 2 and there were 3 or 4 other bands that i had never heard of and didnt make a point to see. SO by the time we got there around 5pm, some people were already toasted from the heat and beers.  The outfits were very interesting too.  The things people where to an all day concert made me shake my head.  Seriously, its Texas people and its blazing hot.
I know i shouldnt do this but i have bought several "HOT" t-shirts that are unauthorized in the parking lot of events.  I did the same this weekend.  Here's the deal though, i had already bought a shirt at 40$ inside so its not like they didnt get some of my money. The shirts ran real small too so i had to buy a xxl and its another 5 dollars for XXL or larger.  They had shirts of course for all the bands and they had the 97.1 BFD shirts ( our rock station hosts the annual concert). I was hoping to buy a BFD shirt that had all the bands listed but it didnt have it. It just had 2016 on it with the radio station logo and BFD.  So i had to choose which band i wanted which was a no brainer because i was there to see Shinedown.   As we were walking back to our car after concert, sure enough there was a guy selling tshirts . They actually had exactly what i was looking for with all the bands listed. SCORE for 20$!!!!  I was a happy camper. Todd just shook his head and laughed because he KNEW i would be getting one.  I will say that i actually wear my concert shirts quite a bit so its not like they just sit in my drawer.
Our Dallas skyline in red,white and blue

Yesterday was a great day too. We had some people over and it was our first get together since we moved in. I'll tell you about it more tomorrow. I gotta run now.
Here is a song from all the bands we saw. I recorded a little bit with my phone but they dont sound good so these are from youtube.

Drowing Pool- Let the bodies hit the floor

3 Doors Down- Here without you

Collective Soul- December


Shinedown- I'll follow you

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rise Up

Sometimes you hear a song that just speaks to you at the perfect time of day at perfect time of your life that it applies to.  Yesterday morning on the way to work, i was flipping channels on radio and came across a station that is fairly new. I heard this song and i loved the lyrics. It  was released some time last year in 2015.  The singer is Andra Day.
Its called Rise Up:

"Rise Up"

You're broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry-go-round
And you can't find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains

And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
And I'll rise up
High like the waves
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
For you [4x]

When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to it's feet
And move mountains
Bring it to it's feet
And move mountains
And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
For you [4x]

All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We'll rise, oh oh
We'll rise

I'll rise up
Rise like the day
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we'll rise up
High like the waves
We'll rise up
In spite of the ache
We'll rise up
And we'll do it a thousand times again
For you oh oh oh oh oh [3x]

I really like it!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Put on Purple for Lupus Awareness

I wore purple today including purple eyeliner and amethyst earrings. 
Did you? 
Lupus awareness day

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mosh posh of stuff

Yall!!! I really did not mean to let so much time go by after my last post.   The A to Z challenge though did kick my butt and I moved the second week of the challenge. I am STILL unpacking but I have most done. I think I’m finally heading downhill with some progress.  Todd had the idea of hosting a small Memorial party at our house and so that has me motivated every night.   
One of my best friends (Kimi) is married to a construction contractor (Craig) and 2 weeks ago, they came over and he built me a kitchen bench with storage. It was a huge game changer for me because I desperately needed the storage space. Our house is so much smaller and we lost tons of cabinet space and storage .  Todd painted it last weekend and I have a friend sewing a bench cushion for us. I will just use throw pillows for the back.  I knew I wanted one when i saw that our dining area had the space for it.  We paid for all the materials and he built it for free as a house warming gift.  So awesome!!
This is the unpainted version. It's now white to match the walls. 

My birthday was Tuesday of this week and so I’ve had some dinner plans after work and didn’t feel like blogging once I got home.  I’ve been having a terrible terrible time with allergies this year and they got the best of me yesterday.  I think I  have a full on cold again which is just great!!! I feel like Poo again and my nose is raw from blowing and rubbing all day long.

So do you guys use Facebook? I will admit that I’m a huge social media fan of Facebook, Instragram and Pinterest. I use Twitter too but mostly in spurts.   Anyway, I love it when its my birthday on Facebook!! I had over 200 friends post Happy Birthday to my page.  It absolutely made my day and reminded me of how lucky I am to have good friends and family.   One of my favorite gifts I received was from my Sisternlaw Paula. She is so talented and is a high school art teacher.  Paula painted portraits of Jax and Lila in costumes.  They are so dang awesome!! I cant wait to hang them on the wall soon.  Whats funny, is that I held the painting of Lila close to the ground to show her and she came right to it like almost in a little jump.  Todd and I both laughed because she recognized something. 
A friend made this meme and posted to my page on my birthday. Jax and Lila in our chair. Lol

May is Lupus Awareness month and I know if you ARE friends with me on FB you’ve seen that I’ve had my profile, cover and posts about Lupus. Well tomorrow is May 20th and is Put on Purple Day. Purple is the chosen color for Lupus and its just a way to have people ask questions and be more aware.  I actually work from home tomorrow but I will still have my purple on and would love it if you wanted to join in. 
There is not a cure for Lupus yet. It only gets worse. My mom has Lupus and its changed her life dramatically.  Its all she can do to just get out of bed and move to the living room chair.  Taking a shower is an accomplishment some days.  I do this for her and for my sweet friend Marla who is much younger than me and has Lupus. She’s an amazing young woman with quite a story!!
If you want, you can tag me on FB, IG, or send me email of you wearing purple......

Have a great weekend!