Friday, January 20, 2012

Jump for Joy- it's Friday

I love Friday's when i can wear jeans and sneakers to work and it's payday!!! YAY!
Oh our crazy Texas weather! So today it will actually get to 80 degrees here in Dallas. 2 days ago it was in the 30’s to 40’s.  We go back and forth from hot to cold a few times a week and my allergies and headaches are wreaking havoc like crazy. Please don’t think I’m complaining because many of my friends right now in Midwest and Pacific(Seattle) are being hammered with snow and ice. I am only seriously concerned because if it’s already 80 in January, what’s it gonna be like by lets say even May? HOT HOT HOT and that does not make me happy. Ok, enough about the weather.
Tonight I am going to a sold out rock concert to see Tool. I am giggly excited to rock out and lose my voice by screaming WooHoo all night.  I haven’t been to a rock concert in AGES.  Ya’ll remember I went to Robert earl Keen a few months back at Billy Bob’s but this is different. Now the funny thing is that I was supposed to go see Merle Haggard tomorrow night at mentioned Billy Bob’s. BUT, the poor old guy is in hospital with pneumonia and the show was cancelled. Part of me is very sad that I’m not gonna have a full on concert weekend –hard rock to pure country. The other side of me is relieved thought because I’m just not the wild crazy party girl (young) like I used to be and wondered if I could handle both.
I have an officer’s meeting with my CMA group tomorrow also in Waco and we’re meeting at 7am to carpool and follow each other. YAWN. I hope to sleep on the way cuz tonight’s going to be late night. I am looking forward to going though because I missed last year’s and I kinda felt left out. Being surrounded by my sweet CMA brothers and sisters always make for a great day.
Sunday afternoon I plan on visiting my folks. Dad seems to be feeling better from the stem cell therapy and actually thinks his breathing is better. I cant be happier for this my friends! He does have to be on strict Gluten free AND sugar free diet right now while he’s on a certain medication. He cant have dairy either and he misses his big glass of milk that he has every night. This little diet created a lot of extra work for my awesome step-mom Deb. She’s had to get pretty creative and careful on the meals she prepares for him and it’s not all that easy. It’s more expensive and every meal has to be looked at closely to see if there’s sugar.  It’s the small price we pay and is nothing at the end of day when it comes to Dad’s healing. I will do anything humanly possible to see him feel good again.
I also want to mention that my project at work I’m rolling out is going so good. It’s great to not travel and to work with all my Dallas coworkers. I rarely get to work with them on actual project with interaction as a trainer.  Usually its just in the break room while getting my coffee.
Last note of the day, I bought a new mattress set this week and it was delivered today. I hope I like it once I get to really lay in it.  I did buy from place where I have 1 year to return and exchange if I don’t like it.  I gave my old set to one of my best friends and her husband. I love love love my bed but it was too soft for my jacked up back now. I am so glad it went to a happy home. My friends had a water bed that ended up leaking a few months ago and they had to throw it out. They ended up sleeping on an air mattress ever since and that made me sad for them. I love a win –win situation that my friends and me get a new bed to us.
Y’all have a super weekend!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Another day in Dallas

I am just so happy to be at home right now.  When Sunday’s come around and I DON’T have to pack my suitcase , it makes me a happy girl.  I really really love my job and I actually love to travel but it’s also nice to have this break. I try to take advantage of this time to schedule my dentist checkups, Dr’s appts, etc.  That part is not fun.
I used to be one that would make New Year’s resolutions. This year I decided that my life is just too busy and crazy to set myself up for failure. There are things that I definitely want to work on but if it happens it happens. I would LOVE to get healthier this year. Maybe not just skinnier but actually able to go up 3 flights of stairs without breathing so heavy and sweaty. I have never been so out of shape.  I just simply don’t have the energy to take that walk, or jog, and to go oh at least a few yards where my apartment has a mini-gym.  I got to do something!
My eating habits is my destruction. I don’t like to cook, I rarely cook at all , so that means fast food or quick unhealthy things I can pop in microwave.  I don’t like vegetables either. I know- I am like a 4 yr old being stubborn at dinner time.When I eat a salad I feel so good about myself. I ignore all the facts that I have bacon, egg, cheese, and fatty dressings with croutons. It makes me feel healthier anyway. Being around my family has been great because my grandma and my stepmom are amazing cooks. I just cant hurt their feelings and not eat what they have prepared so maybe I can do better once I do start traveling. Who can pass up home cooking?
I  want/need to read more of my books that are crowding my book shelves. I am addicted to buying books and it will take me forever but I do read every night. I read alot but not enough. My goal is to stop buying books until I read a few more. I have no room at all to squeeze one more book on my shelf. To add to the books, I want to work on my quiet time with God. I have done this before and I feel so much closer to God when I talk to him every day in quiet time. Most of the time its in my car but I do want to read more spiritual books too.
My apartment is overflowing in many unstarted crafts projects. I get so many ideas and go buy the supplies. Then I get it home and don’t complete it. I really need to finish (start and finish) what I have or get rid of some of my junk that’s taking up room. I have done a few and I’m happy for that.
I get home after work and it’s a choice between start a craft or read. I usually end up doing neither and watching TV.  hmmmm
My goals this year are also monetary. I desperately need a new bed and soon. My back is still hurting and probably always will. My TV is still the huge old-fashioned tube tv that I had in storage all the while living with my ex-boyfriend. My DVD player is on the fritz and if i buy a new one it wont get along with my antique TV. So i want new television AND a blu-ray player.  I am looking for an ipod alarm clock too. I can do all of this but no time soon. Did i mention that the week of Christmas i had to buy a brand new windshield and 4 new tires for my truck? My truck was up for inspection and I had to do all that in order to pass.  i had a few days to get it done before January and that was all very expensive!!  Once i pay some of that off ,i can focus on this wish list i just mentioned. Wish me luck.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Well Hellooooo Again

Happy New Year! I am such a complete slacker on my poor blog. I had so many good intentions to post at least a little something here and there but never made it. I went thru Christmas without so much as a peep out here. Soooo, how was your Christmas and New year’s? I will just say that in the past few years I was more on the Grinch side that the Jolly side of holidays. This year was a little of both.
I mentioned many posts ago that my Dad is suffering from a very rare lung disease and in on oxygen full time. His breathing has got much worse and it is very hard to watch him suffer. I spent as much time as I could during my days off to be at the ranch near him. Why do the holidays make what our hard times seem even larger?
On a VERY personal note that I have ever mentioned about myself in this blog- I had been in a relationship for nearly 8 years and it too was struggling. I ended it recently which was never an easy thing to do but every bit the Right thing to do.  My emotions this year had been at its highest due to my Dad’s health. I have NEVER been married my fellow blog readers. For the most part I thought I was ok with that fact. I’m really not trying to be negative and doom and gloom but here are my thoughts. I want my Father to walk me down the aisle to whomever my husband will be. We never know how long we will be here and Dad is losing strength. This has become very important to me and my Ex was not interested in ever being married. I REALLY want to be married now (to the right person of course)!As a Christian woman, I really want to try my best to live the right way in relationships and by that I mean no more living with my boyfriend until marriage. Yep- I also lived with my Ex for a while too. Don’t judge- I had my reasons.
I did have such a great time with many of my family members during the holidays. My sweet cousin Lauren (you’ve seen her in other posts) flew to Texas from Georgia for a few days.  I just have so much fun with her. I took her on a small tour around downtown Dallas. She had never really seen Dallas and i love showing her around. I took her to Sprinkles cupcakes and got a few of my faves. Dallas is so lucky to have one in our city. There is an area called Deep Ellum that has many clubs and restaurants and very fun place to go. Lauren and I met up with our other cousin Jadona and her boyfriend Roy. We went to a fun bar called the Doublewide and yes it was decorated as cheesy as you can imagine. Too fun!

Lauren and I at Snuffer's
Jadona and I at Doublewide

I never did post about my trips that I had to make to Minnesota. I spent two weeks there before Christmas and it was COLD! One day the high temp was 15degrees. The highlight of that trip was a work Christmas party I attended with our vendors in downtown Minneapolis. One of the appetizers was Rabbit. Now before you say Gross! No way! If you truly knew how picky and finicky eater I am. I just have to say that it was DELISH and I would eat it again right now if I could. It was paired with artichokes (which is my fave) and it was creamy and not gamey at all. Really!!
I love trying new things and it being successful.

I really do want to get back to posting often and I have so much to get caught up on. this was a good start though. Ok- one quick brag is that I have literally ached and envied all those with iPad’s and I got my own for Christmas! Woohoo- thank you daddy. J