Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Take on me- Take me on

Hey y'all - Happy Tuesday!! I had every intention of blogging again last week since I had the time on vacation. However Sprint had other ideas. I have never been so mad at a phone carrier before!  I have also been a very loyal customer to them for 12 long years.  Mom doesn't have a computer, laptop nor does she have internet access.  I brought a mi-fi which worked until it died a few days later and I didn't have the charger to it.  I landed on Saturday the 20th and I used my phone sparingly but I did post a picture on facebook here and there when I had service. As we drove thru Yellowstone, of course there are no towers and any service was pretty sketchy. No prob, I just put my phone on plane mode and only used it for pictures. On Tuesday night I started receiving texts and emails from Sprint warning that I had used all my usage date and that I was going to be suspended.  Keep in mind, I rarely was on the phone ( i'm in Montana for pete's sake visiting mom) and I have visited mom several years with no problems with my phone.  So Wednesday morning I called Sprint and explained to them that I was in Nowhere Montana with very little service but if I needed my phone I would use it.  They said that they only started enforcing the usage data plans effective September 1 and so they were sticking to it. However, they said they could request just once a courtesy re-instatement but to be mindful of my usage.  Ironically, each text and email I received about my usage said for me to log into my account to verify my usage.  Um yeah- you went over your usage so log in and use more usage.  Fast forward several hours later that day on Wednesday, I got a text saying that I was off suspension and my usage had been freed up.  Ok good. I still didn't get on until later that evening and only to post a few more pics on facebook via instagram.  I was probably only on my phone an hour tops and with very little usage.  Thursday morning , yep I was suspended again.  Now how can I go from Saturday to Wednesday and reach my usage but this time it took less than 24 hours?  I was so frustrated!  My opinion is just charge me- but don't suspend me. I could have been a situation where I needed to look up something such as our hotel reservations, plane reservations,etc and not had access to my information. Needless to say, my contract is up next month and you can bet that I will be switching providers as soon as possible.
Today is mom's birthday and I am so glad I got to spend last week with her and celebrate. I got her a gift certificate at one of her favorite restaurants in Helena and I bought her some clothes, a cute witch figurine and several pralines from her fave Mexican place in Dallas.  It was very hard to say goodbye to her when she dropped me off at the airport. I cry everytime! As we both get older and her health continues to deteriorate, its heart wrenching.  Todd and I are planning to visit as soon as the snow thaws next year around May or June. 
I have so many more pictures to share with yall from my trip in Montana and Wyoming so maybe I can post tomorrow or Thursday . You know how it is when you've missed a week of work. I'm buried in emails and projects so I got to get back but I just wanted to post quickly on my lunch hour and explain that I missed blogging last week and I missed yall!
Jax was so so so happy that i'm home from my trips.  He followed me around last Friday when I got home all day and would cry if I left the room for a minute. I carried him everywhere and he was so cute when I was unpacking, he jumped in my suitcase. 

Have a great day!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Montana - I'm here

Hey y'all, how's everyone? I only got to post once last week because I was working in Michigan and was swamped. I had a great week and the people were very friendly. I do have to go back there in the next month or so and it most likely be a lot cooler. It was perfect last week in the 70's. 
I got home last Thursday night and was only home Friday to unpack and then to repack for my vacation. I flew yesterday into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's what I've done for over 20 years. It's a direct flight and then we stay the night and drove thru Yellowstone national park to get to moms.  There's this little restaurant  off the square called The Bunnery and they have the best breakfasts. We've been eating there for years as well.  The drive through the park took much longer than usual because they closed lots of the roads which was strange. 
We saw tons of deer, buffalo and a few elk.  I didn't see a moose like I normally do but I'm here until Thursday. We got to moms around 5pm and now have been just relaxing. I didn't even bring my laptop  this time so I really do want to relax and chill if I can. 
Now for the many pics so far:  starting from the air in my plane seat....

I do plan on posting again this week. Have a great week y'all! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I jinxed myself

Hey y'all! I am working in Livonia, Michigan this week and have been swamped. I don't have much time, I'm on a quick break while my conference room I'm training in is being used for another meeting. So I have to tell you that my heart is broken in pieces. I jinxed myself by posting last week about Opie.  Last Saturday night, his owners called and claimed him. I told them we would bring him over the next day after church. I cried and cried and cried and can barely type this now , trying not to cry in front of all these strangers.  
I had bought these cute Halloween costumes for him and Jax and I let him keep his.  I got way too attached to this little dog you guys and he had the sweetest soul. Opie wanted to be carried by me or just held and that last night, he practically slept on me. If I moved over, he would move too / closer.  As it turned out, his name is Riley. His owner was a young girl and he stayed a lot at her parents house with her brother and 2 other dogs.  Opie ( he will always be Opie), was so smart, he learned how to open the gate and is how he got out in the first place. 
I know I jumped the gun and shouldn't have let myself get too attached to him after just one week.  I can't explain how special he was and how much I loved him. When we got home from dropping him off, Jax looked for him in all the rooms and then he literally cried out loud for a second because he missed him. 
We definitely need to get Jax a buddy because he was so happy and had fun with Opie.  Is it crazy that I have cried the ugly cry more times than I can count over a dog? 
I miss Jax so much and Todd is so awesome to text me a picture of him everyday while I'm gone.  Good news is that I am flying to Montana in 3 days to visit Mom for a week.  I need that time to unwind and cry in the mountains for Opie.  The little gal who is the owner, did agree to a play date soon with Jax. I asked her if we could stay in touch.  That helps for sure.  The pictures are terrible because I'm crying but I wanted to have some of him and them together with Jax. 
I love the one with his sweet head resting on me. That's how  he was. So sweet! 

Have a great day y'all! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

My horrible wonderful day

Last Saturday, I attempted to have a garage sale in my new neighborhood. Todd and I had it planned for a while and it was going to be our first sale to do together. Was is the operative word because on Friday last week, Todd was informed that he needed to work the entire weekend to assist in a huge warehouse project.  I had borrowed 3 tables from Daddy and I had 3 tables of my own to set up. Friday night, we worked hard on getting everything hung , priced and ready and I was ready to go.  Todd helped me carry out the heavy tables and on his way out, he put up the 2 signs I made to stick in the ground.  I just didn't have much traffic coming by and I think it had something to do with my signs falling down.
A couple hours in, these 2 ladies stopped by and one of them was holding a dog in their arms and he was being so good. Jax was when in the backyard with me and was being a total wild man when people came over. These ladies said they had just found him and picked him up because he almost got ran over as he was crossing the busy intersection that was up the road from me.  There happened to be a vet near that same intersection so they took him in there to see if maybe he got loose. The vet was not familiar with him and they scanned him to see if was microchipped which he wasn't.  The vet said they couldn't help or keep him and gave them a map to the closest shelter which didn't open for business until 11:00 am ( and it was only 9).  The ladies mentioned that they were not from around my area and didn't want to stick around or kill time for 2 hrs. I volunteered to watch over him and let him play in the yard with Jax until I had time to take him to the shelter. The ladies got me the map of shelter to take him to and they left very appreciative. 

A few hours later, Todd came home to help me close down the garage sale because there were lots of heavy items I cant do by myself and then he had to go back to work. I loaded up the dog in my truck and followed the map to Operation Kindness in nearby area.  I told them the story and they said I had to take him to the other shelter in my town. I asked then why did the vet lead me to them and its because they're a No -Kill shelter and said everyone sends pets there. Unfortunately, they only take animals if A. I have an appointment and B. its based on availability and they had no more room for more dogs. This is when I started crying at the counter.  He is so dang sweet, I couldn't imagine him being homeless.   Next, we drove to the other shelter across town where I had to re tell the story. I asked them if they could call me in a few weeks if no one claims him OR if I could foster him until he was claimed.  The shelter was very kind and they encouraged me to take him home to foster after they took his pictures, and created a case for him with my contact information.  Todd really liked him too when he came home to meet him.  So , I took him back to my house and so far its where he's been.  No one has claimed him and quite honestly , I don't know if I will give him up now. I spent over 80$ on Tuesday to buy him a brand new kennel, collar and leash and today we are taking him to the vet to see how old he is, if he is healthy, shots, etc.
Later that afternoon, after I came home from driving to the 2 shelters, I was sitting on my couch texting someone when I heard this loud BAM and then glass came crashing in through my front window and the end to my patio umbrella was in the house.  I ran outside to see if someone threw it and didn't see anyone. Then to make things worse, my garage door was open and I KNOW I closed it. Something must have triggered it to open back up but at this time, my fear was that someone ran in my garage and was now in my house while im in backyard looking for them.  I watch way too many scary movies and police TV shows!! Not gonna lie, I called Todd crying. Mostly because I was just so startled and scared. I was just 4 feet away but I didn't get hurt. I had TONS of glass to pickup which sucked and the dogs wanted to help ( be in my way).  Todd called glass repair and it they quoted 250$ for same day service on a weekend.  Um NO! So I did the nice white trashy step and duct taped a cardboard box to the outside and file folders in the inside. LOL- its all I could find but it worked. They came out Monday to repair for half the price.
My sale wasn't so great but I did still make 100$ which still didn't cover the window but oh well. 

A friend came by to visit during the sale and she noticed my eye had big bloody spot on it. Great!! I never had this happen before either. It was a broken blood vessel and its almost gone today.  Have you had that happen?
So my imagination has run wild about our new dog we named Opie.  Jax is from a TV character on Sons of Anarchy and Opie was his best friend- so we have Jax and Opie now.  What if the previous owner dropped him off in front of the vet because something is wrong with him and they cant afford treatment?  What if he's sick? He's been eating well and playing great with Jax.  Opie cowers way too much though. If I go to pick him up, he cowers- if I walk towards him, he cowers.  Something tells me that he was not treated so well which is also why i'm not giving him up!

Our vet appointment is at 3:30 central for both my boys. Checkup for Jax and checking out Opie. Fingers crossed and prayers that both are healthy boys! I wont be able to relax until I know Opie's ok. What kind of dog do you think he is? I see Jack Russel and also Beagle and maybe a little chihuahua? I don't know. 

Have a great weekend too everyone.  We are taking it easy this weekend especially since Todd has worked 13 days straight.  Oh, and i'm traveling to Detroit next week for business so i'll try to make a post or two from the hotel room. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Remember- We will NEVER Forget!

Good morning y'all! I seriously have had every intention to blog sooner this week but I have been crazy busy at work and at home.  I have missed my blog and I've missed all of you who read it!
Today's not any different on being busy so this wont be a long post. I just wanted to stop in and say hi and say that i'm OK and I will be back tomorrow.

Today of course is a monumental day in US history and one that brought much pain and fear.  Our country has never been the same since but we also saw strength in everyone banding together.
I think I post this same video every year but it NEVER gets old.  I tear up every.single. time I watch it.  Budweiser only aired it just a few times as a show of respect and not to commercialize it too much.

Today also happens to be my 19th work anniversary. Hoping that I can celebrate my 20th year with the same company next year.
Have a Blessed day y'all! Hug your friends and family- never take a single minute, day or loved one for granted. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meet one of my favorite people and blogger

Happy Thursday y'all!!  I wanted to introduce to you one of my most favorite people in my world and universe- my cousin Lauren.  I cant even begin to tell you how much I love her and scary connected we are. My husband says all the time "you sound like Lauren just then" or "Lauren resembled you when she did that"  and how we have many of the same mannerisms.  There is a large age distance between us with Me being the oldest of the two.  That doesn't matter at all when we are together! She is my soul sister and one of THOSE friends that really Get me.  There are times that don't need explaining with her that would be different with someone else.
 A few years ago, her husband Chris got a job opportunity in Texas and they moved close to Dallas. It was one of my most favorite moments ever! It really was only for a moment because soon after, the job wasn't a good fit and they moved to North Carolina once they left Texas.  I miss her everyday but we email, text, facebook and call every chance we get. Lauren is from Georgia and luckily, her job was able to get them back to Georgia this past year and things are going great for them.
Lauren was my first person I knew personally that had a blog and I had read it for years before I was finally inspired to start my own blog 3 years ago.  She has changed it around over the years as far as format and name of it just like we all have.  Lauren even has a partner blog that she shares with one of her best friends called Curvy Moi.  This blog is so fun and its for you guessed it- those of us who are more curvy and not skinny girls.
If you're looking for a good honest God Loving precious blogger visit her here: Hope for the Moment.  This is Lauren's personal blog and if any of my followers have suffered with infertility, unfortunately she can share that pain. She has a section on that topic on her blog. Oh and did I mention that she was my wedding photographer and for my engagement pictures?! She is so amazing and talented.
I don't know about you but many of the people I follow are because they are friends of friends, word of mouth, etc.  I love being on one my friends blogs and notice they follow many of the same ones I do.  So go meet my cousin/soul sister and tell her I sent you.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School

By now , all the kids are back in school. To tell you the truth , I got super excited when I saw all the school supplies come out in the stores. I get a rush just walking into an Office Depot or a Staples. There is nothing like a new pen , notebook and most import- new Sharpies!!!! I love the extra thin fine point Sharpies and I use them at work and at home for everything.  
I am a hoarder of these fine pens and I must stop but I just can't.  

I'm not a fan of the school zones with my commute to work. It makes things a lot slower. 

I have several friends that are school teachers and though these were funny. 

What is your favorite school supplies? Do you have any kiddos in school and how are they managing so far? 

Happy Wednesday y'all! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day weekend - Wedding Anniversary - i'm so tired

Hey y'all! Let's all do a cheer for a short work week. Woohoo!  So how was everyone's weekend? Mine was crazy busy and hectic and did I say crazy busy? Last Friday , Todd had to have some procedures that requires a driver there and back.  Oh man , was he ever funny drugged up on anesthesia! I truly wish I would have recorded him talking on our way home. Where he had to be was on other side of town and not too far  from the bakery who made our wedding cake.  So right when they took him back, I went to buy a small Italian cream cake that is the best ever.  We did not bother on keeping the first layer of cake from our  wedding cake as is tradition. We were living in apartment with very little freezer space and we also knew we were moving and didn't want the hassle. I prefer a freshly made cake and wanted it for our anniversary.
Here's our cake from the wedding:

Meanwhile later Friday evening, my stepson was playing high school football in a few towns over but we didn't make it. Todd was in bed by 8 pm.  Saturday morning, Todd listened to his voicemail and had message that Collin was in hospital with broken arm. We rushed over and was able to see him just minutes before they took him into surgery. He has broke his arm in 2 places and they had to put several pins and plates in his arm. This was very first week of school and very first game of the season. My heart just breaks for him. He's going to have a rough couple of months ahead. 
Later that afternoon, I left hospital because I had a baptism to go to. It was across town again. I put lots of miles on my truck this weekend.  Todd got home from hospital and I was done with the baptism around the same time and we met at a resturant for dinner. We had a party of 28 family members to celebrate my step- grandmothers 80th birthday . We had tons of fun and the food was awesome. It was at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants Esparzas.  When we finished dinner, Todd and I still weren't done with the evening. 
I can't remember if I had mentioned that we were setting up a good friend of mine with a friend of Todd's. It took a while for them to finally nail down a date and they wanted us to join them. We told them to get seated and order without us because we already ate but we would be there. Unfortunately , it was not a love connection. It was even kinda awkward to watch in action.  Todd's friend must have been very nervous because he drank too much and conversation was all over the place.  No sparks at all but at least we tried. My friend got out of the house and got to see us. Not a total bust. Haha! 
Sunday came around which was our actual anniversary date.  We went to church and I left after the first service. Todd plays in the band now so he has to stay for both services. Afterwards, he went to hospital to visit Collin who was being released later in the day and I went to my parents house to visit Rachelle before she flew back to Cali.   Todd and I both got home around 3 and we had dinner reservations at 5:30pm.   Dinner was outstanding!! I had ya 3oz filet and small lobstae tail and it was incredible. The resturant was so nice and brought out a huge piece of German chocolate cake for us because we mentioned it was our anniversary .  It was so delish and we were too full to have a piece of our wedding cake I bought.  

Yesterday , I made early appointment at our closest NTB and had my oil changed, and tires rotated and an alignment.  We were lazy most of the day and them went to our friends Debbie and Marks for a cookout. They're the ones who kept Jax for us during Sturgis so he got to come and have play date with his buddies.  He played so hard and slept all night through last night. He was tired! 
So now it's Tuesday and I'm so tired and didn't feel at all like we had a 3 day weekend.  I'm just thrilled that it's already September and I am going to Montana in 3 weeks to see mom. The countdown begins..... 
Have a great day!