Friday, December 30, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

1.   New Years is   a great time to have a fresh start in life. Almost like a breath of fresh air!

2.   One of my New Year's resolutions will be to continue to going to the gym. Also, to do more things outside of my comfort zone!

3.  A New Year's resolution I've made in the past was to start working out and eating healthier.

4. The most time consuming resolution I ever made was  getting in shape! It’s happening though and I love it!

5.  This year I will be spending New Year's Eve   probably at home with Jon and the kitties :). Maybe a glass of wine, movies, and just relaxing! I think that sounds pretty perfect in my book. We are over the crowds and over priced menus :)

6.  If I could wish one thing for my new year it would be  to improve myself each and every day!

7.  2012 is going to be  exciting! Just starting a new job it’s going to be challenging, but a very welcome change!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Job

Hello! I haven't posted in a week or so, I think. Sorry! My life has been a bit crazy and busy, but I hope to get some time tonight to catch up, write some, and relax!

Why have I been busy you ask? Well, if you must know................

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I'm so very excited and am looking forward to this new opportunity in my life! It's a welcome change, and what a way to start off the New Year!

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!!!  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Music Never Stopped

Sunday afternoon I had the house to myself and had rented this movie the night before. What a perfect opportunity to watch it, and I'm so happy that I did! If you are a music lover, such as I am, you will truly enjoy this film. If you are an individual whom music truly touches your soul and you can relate to certain songs, you will completely 100% be able to relate. I loved it, it was a bit slow in the beginning but the rest of it was wonderful. Have you seen it? If so, what did you think? 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Craziness of Christmas

Please tell me I’m not the only one that isn’t completely feeling Christmas this year? Maybe it’s the weather, it’s in the 50’s today. They said on the news this morning that last year at this date, we had already had 8” + of snow, and this year we’ve barely had a trace. Now mind you, I am not complaining! Snow and I, well we don’t jive. Especially when I have somewhere to be. If I can stay indoors and admire it from my couch, then it’s beautiful and peaceful.

My Christmas shopping, well it’s finished. I just have to pick one thing up tonight and then I’m done! Jon on the other hand, he’s no where close. Eeek! That poor man, I hope his stress and frenzy don’t drop onto me, but somehow I know that they will! I’ve attempted to wrap most of the presents, still have a few more left to do.

Tomorrow night my friend Londi & I are going to get our hair cut and then out to dinner, which will be nice. Not too stressful, and just some girl time!

Wednesday, my Nana, Mom, & I will go to a Christmas Light Display, and I’m trying hard to convince Jon to go as well. I really don’t feel up to going as I’ve been to this display a million times, but my Nana has never been and well I had a free ticket. So, there we go.

Thursday, I suppose I need to go get my Nana and take her Christmas shopping for my mom, as she probably hasn’t had a chance to do that yet.

Saturday we will have Christmas with Jon’s family. I hope we will have some time to relax Saturday afternoon, that would be nice.

Sunday, Jon and I will do Christmas at home. We then will go to my mom’s and do Christmas there and then afterward we will go to my Godparents and do Christmas there.
I’m exhausted already!

Thankfully, I have Monday off work to hopefully try and recoup! I think I’ll need it. Poor Jon on the other hand will have to work. Maybe I’ll take him lunch.

I thought the holidays were supposed to be relaxing and time spent with loved ones, I hate the craziness of running around. It’s different trying to mesh two different individuals families and Christmas traditions together, something I’m still getting used to. Although, I do enjoy being a part of a big family during Christmas (Jon’s), because I’ve never participated in such before. My family is very small, so it’s a different world for me. One that I am still getting used to, but enjoying. That’s all that matters, right?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Musings

What do I do when Jon isn't at home on a Sunday?
The house, it's completely mine! Til he comes home that is, which probably won't be til dark! I do enjoy my Ashley time! 
Well you see, I usually crank the music way up, plug the Christmas tree in, light candles and dance around in my pj's. Well, also while attempting to clean the house! I think I need to find a maid for that last part! 
Wait, is it okay to stay in your pj's all day? Why yes, I think so! 
Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

1.   My most favorite "little thing" is  sitting at home with music on, candles burning, and just enjoying peace and quiet. I also love sitting in the woods with Jon. It’s complete silence between the two of us, yet I always feel SO close to him. It’s really an amazing feelings.

2.   I give anything to see Shinedown in concert. I will one day! My ALL TIME favorite band.

3.  I can't believe  that Christmas is almost here! IT feels that this year has completely flown by, not to mention the Christmas season. Where did it come from, and where has it gone? Eeek!

4. The one thing I'd like to achieve today is  wrap all the Christmas presents. So far that hasn’t happened, and I have a feeling it probably won’t. That’s okay, they can wait another day I suppose.

5.  The last thing I want to do today is  be outside! The temperature is in the 30’s and rainy. BRrr!

6.  If I were writing my own blank today, it would say: What is your favorite thing to do on a cold rainy day?

7.  My favorite candle scent is cinnamon or vanilla. Yum!Oh, I love Lavender though for the bedroom.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Share Your World

Come join in on the fun and link up with Jessica

1. What is the best compliment you've ever received?
That I’m so positive and upbeat all the time! I promise I’m really not, but I definitely try to be!

Always. Yes, I’m one of THOSE people!

3. Fill in the blank.
You know your comfortable with your spouse when you _____________.
sport long johns on around the house as they are the new style of lingerie. Ha, I just discovered long johns, and their total awesomeness! Jon finds it hilarious that I love wearing them around, and also said he “digs” that I’m so comfy wearing them around him.

4. Someone gives you a gift wrapped in a 6 inch square box, what is it?
A Ring!? Ah, i can dream right? Someday!

5. You are at Chic-fil-a, what do you order?
If it’s Breakfast it’s their Chicken & egg bagel. So delicious!
Lunch - Usually their grilled chicken salad. Yum!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Generosity & Charity

Good Morning!

It seems that with the Christmas season approaching people are more apt to give to charity, and be a bit more giving. Why is this? Hopefully today, you are in the giving mood!

My cousin, Chris, plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is constantly giving back to charity, helping the community. Amazing, right? He has been so very blessed in his life, and feels that it is the least that he could do by giving back to those less fortunate. One foundation that he has a loyalty to is the Make A Wish Foundation. He and his wife do whatever they can to help pediatric cancer patients, and next month his wife is running in a marathon to raise money, where 100% of the proceeds to go Pediatric Cancer Research. Why does his loyalty lie there, I'm sure you're wondering? Because of me. See, I am a Pediatric Cancer Survivor and he knows the hell and pain I endured, so it's way of trying to help.

I'm asking you today, if you are feeling generous to please help this wonderful cause! All donations can be sent to the address below:

Donations can be made through the Diamond Dust LLC, care of Chris Resop at P.O. Box 275, Naples, FL, 34106. Receipts are available upon request for tax purposes.

I would appreciate, as well as I know he would too, anything you can give. Even $10 can make a difference! What if the $10 you gave, found the cure for this horrible, evil disease!

*P.S. He doesn't know that I'm doing this! What a wonderful surprise to him, right?*

Monday, December 12, 2011

Memories of My Grandparents

Childhood memories still lay safe within my heart
Days spent digging my hands in the soil
hoping for new life being shown
Providing us food for the upcoming winter
Sitting on the pond bank with my granny, my bobber quickly disappears
Tugging of my line, my breaths quicken as I realize I have a bite.
Oh the stories I would tell my pa, when he asked how big was the catch?
His smell I can still remember
The way his unshaven face would feel prickly against mine
As I would lean in to give him a hug
Breaking beans in the late summer afternoons
Buckets quickly filling.
Perfection was my life at that moment
If I would have only realized.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Thoughts

I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed today, a bit frustrated, and tired.

Sometimes I think hard work doesn't pay off, or not quickly enough anyway. I know they say that patience is a virtue, but at the moment my patience is wearing thin. How can we try so hard to fix something in our life that we despise so much, but yet we keep being left out in the cold just when we think we have a promising path?
I will keep trying and not give up, but today I'm feeling tired and defeated.

Here's to a quiet Sunday, that will hopefully rejuvenate my body & mind!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Recipes - Books - And Snow!?

It was snowing this morning! Can you believe it? I don’t want to. Can I go back to sunshine and warmer temps please? They were little snow flakes, and sure they won’t and didn’t amount to anything but still there they were! Let’s talk about something a bit more happy, like how I’m on my 2nd cup of coffee this morning. That’s two days in a row now, I’m usually a one cup kinda girl! Hmmm, wonder what my body is trying to tell me? I need more sleep.

Oh,  I made this recipe on Monday night. Of course I found it on Pinterest, where else do you look for recipes these days?  It’s delicious! Especially for cold winter nights that have decided to arrive way too quickly on my doorstep! I did a bit of my own tweaking to the recipe, and you can do the same! Jon even ate it and said he would eat it again! So, I count that as a major plus! Here’s a gorgeous picture to make your mouth water, until you can have a bowl of your very own. 

 Jon read some of my blog the other night. Actually, I let him read some older posts and he said I should write them all down on paper first. Yes, I really should. I need to print out all of the ones I currently have, and put them in a binder. That’s only been on my “to do” list for quite a while now. 

 We started a book club at work, actually it’s the entire State Park that has the option of joining in. We’ve read two books so far, those being “The Help” & most recently “Clay’s Quilt”.  

Jon and I rented The Help last night and it was good! Definitely not as great or descriptive as the book, but definitely a good movie to watch! 

Clay’s Quilt is written by Silas House, a native Kentuckian. It’s set in Appalachia. It’s not a book that is climatic in any way, but the imagery he portrays is absolutely beautiful! It starts off sort of slow, but it sucked me in. I’ve been to Appalachia many, many times so I was able to picture what he was describing very clearly. 

Have you read any good books lately? Our new book we are going to start is “Sarah’s Key”. Have you read it? I’ve heard it’s wonderful, so I can’t wait to pick it up! 

Jon just texted me saying, “4 cups of coffee, eeek.” Yikes, he will be bouncing off the walls!

Hope you have a Happy Wednesday! We’re half way through the work week! Yeah!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Concert - Food - Girls Night

Good Tuesday Morning to ya! It’s rainy and cold here in Kentucky, we are in the #2 slot for the wettest year in history! Eeek! I’m definitely ready for some sunshine that’s for sure!

Friday - I came to work not feeling too great, and just not in the mood to be at work period. After being yelled at and profanity thrown my way from my “Co-worker”, I called it a day at lunchtime and went home. I got a phone call from Jon with pure excitement in his voice, he got a PROMOTION at work! I’m SO excited and proud for him! He’s only been at this job for a little over 2 years, and he is definitely deserving . He works his as off!

Friday night, my friend Lena & I went to a concert. A free concert at that! How can you go wrong with free, right!? Not to mention it’s an artist we both love! Chris Cagle. He’s a country music artist. Not to mention he’s pretty easy on the eyes, ha :). Off we went to this tiny ass bar called the “Tin Roof”, where there were only 6 tables in the whole joint. Sure, they had a bar but it wasn’t within seeing distance of the “stage”, so we stood pressed up against a wall. That place got packed, quickly! It was so much fun though! We sang along to all of his songs! 

*I didn't take this video, but found it on YouTube. I was standing right behind the dude filming.*

 Then we did a bit of shopping, neither one of us bought anything though! I was eying a pair of knee high boots, however they didn’t have my size. Bummer for me, fortunate for my wallet! 

We went to dinner at a place called “Saul Good Pub”, where I had Buffalo Chicken Wings and a salad. The decor in this restaurant was beautiful. There were mirrors hanging all over the walls, a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree in the middle of the restaurant, and an open kitchen towards the back. Of course after dinner we decided we needed ice cream, and went to Culvers for some custard.

These were SO hot! You could smell the "Fire" coming from the plate!

I’ve not had a girls night in a long while, so it was much needed and a lot of fun!

Monday, December 5, 2011

25 Days of Christmas - #3

What are your favorite Christmas Movies?

Here are mine:

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25 Days of Christmas - #2

What’s on your wish list this year?

I have the worst time every year thinking of things to ask for! I don’t know why but I always feel that I’m being selfish for asking. I’m weird!

Anywho, here are a few things that I’ve asked for:

  • The Pioneer Woman’s Cookbook
  • Immersion Hand Blender
  • Gift Cards from LOTS of different places.
  • Ammo for my gun. Yes, I’m a country girl :).

That’s all I can think of right now!

**I’m behind on this Blog Hop! Trying to catch up!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

1.   The holiday season is  a time to spend with family & friends. To celebrate all the blessings you have in your life, and be thankful for each and every single one of them.

2.   Snow makes me  cranky! I love snow if I don’t have anywhere to go, and can stay at home and enjoy it inside looking out. I am terrified to drive in it, so therefor it leaves me quite stressed! It is beautiful though, but I like it in VERY small moderations.

3.  The best comfort food to eat when it's cold out is  a big bowl of soup or chili! There’s nothing more perfect!

4. Winter is the best time for  enjoying hot cocoa, reading books, crackling fires, sled rides, snowball fights, new sweaters, and wearing scarves! I have an obsession with scarves.

5.  I can hardly wait for putting our Christmas tree up!

6.  When it comes to holiday gifts I prefer to  give and receive them. I love searching for that special gift that holds a lot of meaning, or giving homemade gifts! I hate the generic store bought gifts, that you can find anywhere.

7.  If I were to rate my excitement about the holiday season on a scale from 1-10, I would say I am at about a  7? It really doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, maybe it will soon. I hope so! I am looking forward to spending time with family & friends and some relaxation time!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Favorite Christmas Memory

Good Afternoon! I’m participating in  Kristin’s 25 days of Christmas challenge, are you?

What’s your favorite Christmas Memory?

I particularly do not have a favorite Christmas Memory, each Christmas is special to me in it’s own little way.

In 2005 I spent my very FIRST Christmas with my Nana, how crazy is that!? She lives out of state, but just so happens she was here for Christmas. It was wonderful! And the best thing is, that I get to do it again this year!

The year I was newly diagnosed with cancer, my mom left our Christmas Tree up way longer than normal. We were never home to enjoy it and I loved it oh so much, so she left it up til around March! Oh yeah, while opening up presents on Christmas morning that year I didn’t have anywhere to put the bows so I just stuck them on my bald head! I have that picture somewhere, I need to find it! It brings smiles in a time of such pain and confusion.

When I was younger every Christmas Eve was spent at my Aunt & Uncle’s house with all of my dad’s side of the family. The best part though was spending the ENTIRE day with my Aunt helping her bake and cook, and begging her to let me open just ONE present before everyone else got to! She always gave in!

Jon and I first Christmas together. And then our first Christmas living together, which was last year. We woke up Christmas morning and exchanged gifts, sat by our Christmas tree, it was just us, and of course exchanged kisses. It was special.

What are your favorite Christmas memories?