Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Confessions

**I'm very disappointed in myself for not writing this week.  There just really hasn't been much to write about.  I apologize and I promise I will try to be more interesting.
**I'm ridiculously excited for my hair appointment on Wednesday.  I've had the same hair style since 2003 and I think it may be time for a change (duh)...nothing super dramatic but I really like these styles (kinda what I already have; just shorter layers.)  If anyone would like to come over and style it for me every morning, that'd be GREAT!
*This is my fav I think

**This is the first year I don't have any Halloween plans and it scares me to say I'm okay with that.  I'm really not ready to be a boring grown up.
**Toby has been mad at me since I made him get his hair cut on Tuesday and it's starting to hurt my feelings.  Seriously, who gets upset because their dog doesn't want to cuddle with them?
**We Texans FINALLY got a cold front!  I'm probably the only person in Dallas who has her windows open right now but I love cuddling with a blanket and good movie or book (nevermind the absent dog.)
**I got my first Birchbox today!  I can't wait to try the samples :o).  Oh, the joys of being a girl!

I hope ya'll have a  fabulous weekend!  Happy Halloween :o)

Friday, October 19, 2012

These are my confessions...

**Last night I woke up at 1:14 BECAUSE I WAS SLEEP TALKING.  That's right.  I woke myself up.  I don't know whether to be embarrassed or impressed because if you know me, then you know it is NOT easy to get me out of a deep slumber...or any slumber for that matter.

**I'm making this recipe tonight and I'm slightly nervous/excited.  This is my life people.  Excitement over a recipe.  I want my life back.  Like yesterday. #hurryuprecovery

**This morning my back was feeling pretty good so I was thinking about taking Toby for a nice long walk after work.  On my way to the office, I had to pull over twice because I kept getting spasms and my right leg started to go numb (that's a new one.)  The Lord has spoken...quite dramatically if you ask me. He couldn't have waited till I was at my desk??  So, no walk.  Poor Bugs :o(

**I went to the mall after work one day to buy some jeans I've had my eye on for a while.  I was ridiculously proud of myself for walking out of the mall with nothing else.  It's the little things.

**I am absolutely horrible at commenting back on this blog.  I usually read the e-mail I get on my phone in the middle of doing something else and I forget to reply.  I'm so sorry.  Please don't be offended!  I'll get better, I promise!

**I desperately want to take a bath.  But there may have been a slight episode with getting in and out of the tub a few weeks ago that makes me a bit nervous to try it again.  Maybe I'll bathe in my bathing suit just in case I have to call in reinforcements...I need a reality show.  Seriously.

That's really all I have ya'll.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend! :o) 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Thursday

This week hasn't been good, or bad, just kinda blah.  So instead of listing the good things (because honestly nothing sticks out in my mind right now) these are the things that have put a smile on my face every day.  Enjoy!!

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A classic.

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How did this happen???

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Confessional Friday

**The other night I had a dream about the perfect pants.  I don't know if the Fashion Gods are trying to tell me something or if that simply means I've been shopping too much.  (Is there such thing as shopping too much?  I think not.)

**I woke up this morning and started laughing due to the fact that my alarm literally startled Sissy off her high perch of pillows.  She just looked up at me with a confused look on her face then started wagging her tail.  Sweet girl.  Cracked. Me. Up.

**I am SICK of the Gangham Style song.  The radio has killed it for me.  It's not even in English!  Stop playing it!  Please, I beg you.

**As of late, I have become obsessed with beauty products.  I frequent Ulta as much as Chik-Fil-A! (Read: 1-2 times a week.)  I'm not kidding when I  say since I've only been to Ulta once this week, I'm trying to figure out if I can squeeze in a quick trip before my parents arrive tonight.  #seriousshopper

**This week I discovered TBS is running The Nanny reruns at 9 pm.  This makes me ridiculously happy.  Love me some Fran Fine, Maxwell Sheffield and oh, Niles.  Dear, sweet Niles.  :o)

**Whenever I go to the wine store, I never like the new wine I picked because I picked the pretty bottle, not the recommended bottle.  I will never learn. 

Happy Friday people!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


So many times (if not ALL the time) we, as a whole, focus on the negative rather than the positive.  It's a sad reality.  We're told not to feel sorry for ourselves, to be strong, to be positive but at 31 years old, I don't think I've ever been asked "what's right?" as opposed to "what's wrong?"  In fact, the question "what's right" just sounds odd.
Yesterday, I watched the live stream of Matt Turner's funeral.  Is it weird since I've never even met him?  Or his wife?  Or anyone who personally knows him?  Yes, it is.  But my heart literally aches for the Turner family and I, more than anything, wanted to see how Julee was.
To say his eulogies were heartwarming doesn't explain it.  To see Julee made me feel better.  She looked peaceful.  It's clear how well liked Matt was and you could tell she was proud to be called the love of his life.  He was only a year older than me...for a man his age to have such a positive impact on others makes me want to be a better person. 
SO, IN LIGHT of Matt Turner's passing, I'm going to dedicate one post a week to what's right in my life, rather than what's wrong.  In his honor, for those who have loved him, and for others who have passed much too soon,  I am going to make a bullet list of the good that has happened that week rather than the bad. 
Please join me!  On facebook, on your own blog, on twitter, whatever.  It can be silly stuff, serious stuff, it doesn't matter.  Let's focus on the good rather than the bad.  I'll start...
**I saved $25 at Tom Thumb yesterday.  That's a new shirt!
**I donated to 3 different animal shelters this week.  I love that I can help in different ways.
**I cooked for the first time since my "accident!!"  French Onion Soup was the perfect choice :o)
**Cold weather is great for my back.  Humidity is not, but I'll take humidity over 100 degrees any day!
**My friend Andrea had a baby girl yesterday.  I LOVE having all these babies to spoil!!
**We had potluck at work today and I like that 25 of us can sit and visit. "My" team is awesome.
**People at work are always asking me how I'm doing.  It warms my heart that people care. 
**I've laughed every single day this week.
**My boss trusted me with her credit card today (for the potluck.)  We joke a lot but it feels great to be trusted.  (Especially since the Galleria is right down the street!)
**Sissy is wagging her tail and acting like a dog.  She's even barked once or twice.  Melts. My. Heart.
**I truly love that I can talk to my sisters and my bff (who all live out of state) like I saw them yesterday.
**Matt's funeral makes me want to leave notes for my loved ones in case something happens.  It's a terrible thought but to see the peace on Julee's face (since Matt left notes to her and his mom) may make it my weekend project soon. 

What good has happened to you this week?  What have you done?  What has someone done for you?

**If this becomes popular, I'll create a linky thing.  If not, that's okay.  I'm still gonna do the once a week post!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

I've aged 25 years

This morning I woke up to find this on Facebook:
Long story short...this would be a picture of the sweet, very scared and timid foster I had over the weekend.  She was at her new foster's house and bolted.  If you've never dealt with it, this situation is  horrible and scary for all involved.  After a few long hours, I got a phone call that THANKFULLY someone found her and brought her to the local animal shelter.  The foster coordinator asked if I would keep Sissy for the week while her permanent foster gets settled in a new place. 
Uhm duh.  If they hadn't asked me to watch her, I would have insisted on seeing her in person anyway just to make me feel better. 
This is Sissy now:
At the shelter after pickup.  Poor girl was overwhelmed.

Went right to "her" corner when we got home. 

I'd like to think this is her "you mean I can keep all this stuff if I don't run away??" face

Obviously, she's thinking about her actions. 

Paws in the City, the group I foster with, has gone above and beyond to make sure I am comfortable with whatever foster dog I have.  Sissy's permanent foster actually helped me when Peanut (the chichuahua) couldn't handle my work schedule.  Needless to say, I am MORE than happy to give this girl a safe haven for the next few days. :o)
Thank you Lord for small miracles!!
**And yes, I am making light of what could have been a serious situation.  Forgive me if it seems insensitive.  I am simply relieved and overjoyed to have Sissy back under my roof, safe and happy. 

**Also, please keep Julee and Preslee Turner in your prayers.  Matt's funeral is tomorrow.  If you'd like to keep up with the Turners, this is their blog:

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Life is Fragile

There are many things I don't understand.  (Clearly that's another post for another day.)
Last night, a woman I've never met lost her husband in a car accident. 
I've followed Julee Turner's blog for years as I was inspired by her positive attitude during her struggle with infertility.  As corny as it sounds, I felt that I related to her because at a time when all her friends were having babies, mine were getting married.  It's hard to put on a happy face when you would do anything to be able to share in a loved one's joy on a personal level.  It's silly to think my wish for a significant other could compare to those who wish for a child but it is what it is.
Our wishes weren't in the cards for either of us at the time and her attitude really helped me whenever I started to feel sorry for myself.  On a happy note, Matt and Julee welcome Preslee Bell last November.
Last night, Matt Turner was killed in a car accident.
My heart hurts for them and I'm asking for your prayers.  Pray for Matt's family.  Pray for his loved ones.
For the life of me, I will never understand why a man who wanted a child so badly would be taken from them so early.
I trust in His timing and His lessons but for right now, I'm sad and angry.
In Matt's memory, please hug your loved ones a little harder tonight.  Put the petty, stupid arguments in perspective.  Smile at the things that make you happy.  Call someone you haven't talked to in a while.  Fight to be a better version of yourself every minute of every day.
I pray for Julee, I pray for Preslee and I pray that one day God will make sense of this tragedy.  I know how much I cherish the moments with those I love and I hope you do the same.
Bless this family, bless their friends and Lord, please carry them through this journey.      

Friday, October 5, 2012

Confessional Friday

(Cue the Usher theme song) It's that time peeps so let's get this party going!  I know I'm a bit late but every girl is entitled to a fashionable entrance, right?

**I'm going to state the obvious...this back injury sucks.  Note to others: if you don't have back pain, you don't have the right to judge.  End of story.  And yes, I will  be a bitch about it.  I wouldn't wish these past 6 weeks on anyone and I think it's amazing what a bit sympathy and kindness can do for a person in pain.  I'm blessed with an amazing family and some great friends, but this whole debacle has really highlighted who I can and can't count on.  

**I have a 4 legged weekend guest and while I'm excited, this one is different than the others.  She's been at the vet getting treated for heartworms and her permanent foster is moving this weekend so couldn't take her.  This girl breaks my heart because I know she's scared.  Her favorite place in the house is the corner of my kitchen.  I did get a tail wag earlier so I'm hopeful but it breaks my heart that she shakes every time I pet her.  Sometimes all it takes is a scared individual to put aside your own drama and focus on something more meaningful. 

**I microwaved a Market Pantry Chicken Lasagna for dinner tonight and threw it away because it tasted like chemicals.  I hate to waste food!  But I did what any other 31 year old woman would do...I made an English muffin with cream cheese and baked Doritos, my favorite childhood snack.  YUM!
**I'm beyond bored with my life.  I go to work, I go to physical therapy and I go home.  I'm starting to get out a bit but I miss having something to look forward to.  This girl needs a party to plan, a man to crush on or something else exciting because I can only buy so many shoes online or dresses at Target to help fulfill the happiness gene.  (Granted I love all my purchases and I can't wait to wear them but my closet can only hold so much and I'd really rather have something to wear them FOR!)

**The weatherman said it's going to be 55 degrees here tomorrow and I dusted off my Uggs the second I heard "cold front" 3 days ago.  I CAN. NOT. WAIT.  I have 3 outfit options.   

**The WVU vs Texas game is tomorrow and I feel like a loser for not having plans.  (Everything these days is on a whim due to the aforementioned back pain)  The good news is I have 3 for Bugs, one for foster pup and of course, one for me :o)  Go 'EERS!!!

I hope ya'll have a fabulous weekend!  If you do anything fun, please tell me so I can live vicariously through you :o)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Tidbits

**We FINALLY got a rainy weekend!! Seems weird I wanted one but sometimes you just need a Saturday on the couch cheering on your college team with the sound of rain outside your window. Now if only it was cold...
**I'm getting a VERY TEMPORARY foster this weekend! Her foster mom is moving and can't take her until next week. The poor little girl is getting treated for heartworms right now so she has to stay calm and quiet which uhm, duh, is perfect for me. YAY for four legged house guests!
**The Mountaineers are coming to Texas this weekend and I'm incredibly sad I won't be there to welcome them. My nickname in college was Texas or Texas Jen (with a TJ thrown in there every so often.) This is tragic people...Texas/TJ/Texas Jen won't be there to welcome the team to Texas?? It's just not right.
 **I'm hiring a cleaning lady and I feel extremely adult about it. Just thinking about coming home to spotless house after a long day puts a smile on my face. What's happening to me??
**I'm quickly becoming somone I don't like...I post multiple times a day on facebook (ew), I focus on my injury way too much and in general, I just feel very unlikeable and annoying.  I HATE that feeling with a passion.
So I made a deal with myself...anytime I want post on Fb, I'll do something else.  No one needs to know every single thought that goes through my head at all hours of the day.  Anytime someone asks how I'm doing, I'll keep it short or simply say "I tired of talking about it, what else have ya got??"  I think I may start hosting wine/game nights at my house too.  I just don't want to spend another weekend alone.  It's boring, not fun and I'm SO tired of being bored.  A girl can only shop online for so long, ya know??  (Yes, I really just said that.)

Happy Monday people.  I hope ya'll have a fabulous week!