What I Learned This Week

McDaddy and I had an extremely long, taxing day. I sat in an exam room while three medical professionals punched a hole in my ear to obtain a piece of ear cartilage. And McDaddy? Well, McDaddy stood by my side while I squeezed the life out of his hand for the better part of five minutes because OH MY DEAR GOODNESS, THE PAIN!

It easily ranks among the top three most painful experiences of my life. Wedged right in between my first kidney stone and the kidney stone removal.

So, as you can imagine, I am in no condition to sit behind this computer screen for any amount of time because my ear feels like it has flames shooting out of the top of it. And if you’re wondering if this procedure had anything to do with the ear pain I experienced several months ago, that would be a BIG. FAT. YES.

If everything goes as planned (in my head!) I will have a definitive diagnosis in 2-7 days.

Here’s a quick list of some things I learned this week.

1. You should never leave a burning candle on your stovetop.

2. If you have a burning candle on your stovetop and accidentally turn on the wrong burner, you could have some trouble.

3. If you walk into your kitchen and discover that a candle on your stovetop is on fire because you accidentally turned on the wrong burner, you should not, under any circumstances, attempt to put the fire out with water. Flour is best in this situation.

And before you ask, I did not learn any of those first three tips first hand.

4. The Saturn Sky is a sleek, sexy car. It was not built for comfort.

5. I typically spend a lot more time dreading a job than it takes to actually DO the job.

6. I have a hard time letting things go.

7. Even at forty years of age, my OCD is alive and well.

8. You can expect a lot of blood after a punch biopsy.

9. There are days when I really miss enjoying an ice cold, coca cola classic.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Easy enough?

GO!



Some Random Stuff

McDaddy and Stevie are two hours away from home at Scout Camp. Alex and I are here at home splitting our time between the ball field and being lazy. We’ve enjoyed lying in bed until 11 AM and eating whatever we choose, whenever we choose. For instance, right now, it’s almost midnight and he’s on the couch watching a Redbox movie and eating Doritos while I am pecking out this post and sipping on a Coca-Cola classic.

As bad as I miss my other two fellas, I’ve enjoyed this week focusing my time and energy on one kid who has clung to me like glue, slept in my bed and told me loves me about 418 times in the past five days. Not to mention, we’ve driven the SKY almost 300 miles this week. HOLLA!

But chances are you didn’t show up at FITP, Inc. to hear about how lazy I’ve been this week. Rather, my loyal readers (all 8 of you!) more than likely showed up here hoping to read about the latest, greatest fashion trends along with my newest kitchen recipe creations. Or something like that, right?

Here are some things that you might find interesting or helpful.

1. For starters, I’m sure you’ve noticed that my blog is wearing a fancy, new party dress. I haven’t mentioned it here yet, because my bloggy designer friend, Heather has been trying to figure out a way to remove the crazy characters (in this latest case, squares!) from past posts and I thought I might wait until after that was done before mentioning my new design, but alas, we are having some difficulty finding a solution. And by we I totally mean her because Lord knows I am WordPress illiterate. If any of you out there in Blogland have any earthly idea how to remove the characters from past posts, please, by all means, let me know immediately in the comments because they are driving me nine kinds of crazy.

A few weeks ago, I saw this pair of flip-flops,

on a gal who was having lunch (with a friend of mine) at a Mexican restaurant. Instead of me doing the totally normal female thing and offering up a compliment about the flip-flops along with a question about where she bought them, I came home, scoured the internet for seemed like hours for the suckers – mostly by searching Google for black- flip- flops-and bling. Do you have any earthly idea how many different pairs of black flip-flops with bling there are available online?

Rest assured, there are A LOT.

My search was pointless. And as is usually the case anytime I see something that I really like, I couldn’t get them off of my mind. After days of unsuccessful shopping online, I texted my friend to ask if she would text her niece to ask where she bought them.

Within minutes, I received the text “She got them at Buckle”.

Which explains why I have never seen them.

The one and only time I ever stepped foot in Buckle was when my sweet, hip, sister-in-law went in there to shop for jeans that were priced so high I almost swallowed my tongue. Not to mention, nothing in that store screamed 40 YEARS OLD  to me. During a recent trip to the mall I popped in there because – like I said – once I get something like black flip flops with bling in my head, I just can’t let it go.

Buckle was sold plum out of the size 10 Sanuk flip flops that I can’t live without, but thankfully, I found them online. I need another pair of shoes like I need a hole drilled right into the side of my head… I am expecting them any day and I’ll be sure and let you know all about them once they are on my sweet, little feet.

Mission accomplished.

Since ordering the flip-flops, they pop up on every website I visit, which is stupid because I’ve already ordered them. Where were those advertisements two weeks ago when I scoured the internet looking for them?

2. Plus, I found this other cute pair of Sanuk black flip-flops with colorful bling.

3. And speaking of feet, check out my pedicure.

I just love being a baseball mom.

Someone on Facebook asked if my feet had been sprayed with Silly String. These cute sandals came from Payless and they are every bit as cute as they look, not to mention comfortable.

4. While hanging out on Facebook recently, one of those “Suggested Pages” showed up on my news feed. It featured an APP called Two Dots. Normally, I click on the the I don’t want to see this button, but in what can only be described as a moment of weakness, I installed the APP. I’m like a kid with a new iPod trying to beat each level before I run out of lives. I mean it’s not like I don’t have 712 adult things to do around here. What is it about a game requiring you to connect two or more like colored dots that fascinates seemingly rational, educated adults like me? It’s absolute craziness, yet, at this moment, I’m counting down the 13 minutes until my lives fill back up to take a stab at level 29.

5. Have I mentioned My Favorite Things board on Pinterest? There are any number of great things on there, including a great new chopper I recently bought in the Amish Country, along with all of the cute black flip flops with bling I found while searching for the ones I ended up buying.

Have a great weekend, y’all!

 

High As The Sky

So today, there was this,

while I was blasting ‘O Happy Day’ in this.

I’m gonna say this, and I’m going out on a limb here, but I think the snow is finally over.

Alex and I had a wonderful topless ride, even though traffic was backed up for miles.

Who could worry about traffic when looking at this?

It was an absolutely perfect day to bring her home because IT WAS ALMOST 80 DEGREES HERE TODAY!

Both girls had a smile on their face all evening!

What I Learned This Week

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another award-winning edition of What I Learned This Week.

Except I’ve never really won any awards. (But, there’s always a chance, right?)

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. Drew Carey is a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders.

2. No matter how many times I go Jeepin’ with McDaddy, this type of situation always make me cringe.

3. It is possible for a dancer on Dancing With The Stars to bring me to tears. Amy Purdy is a true inspiration. (And Derek Hough is a talented choreographer, too!)

4. When you wear these shoes on a Jeep ride, you will stick out like a SORE FRIGGIN’ THUMB.

 5. A good song makes me HAPPY.

6. Blue pants and a green jacket makes me all kinds of crazy.

7. Dinner at a Japanese restaurant is so much fun, especially when watching two young boys who have never experienced it before.

8. When you are working hard to lose weight, it will be easy to pass on a 280 calorie Little Debbie Brownie when you consider that it will take 47 minutes on the Recumbent bike to work it off.

9. Beavis and Butthead were actually the same person (voice).

10. Even after owning it for almost two years, I am still so excited to own a Saturn Sky!

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

To join in on the What I Learned This Week carnival, simply follow these steps.

1. Any time this week, publish your What I Learned This Week post on your blog and link to this post.

2. Link up with the Mr. Linky form down below. Please put the link to your POST, not the front page of your blog.

3. Then visit the other participants and see what they learned this week.

Alrightythen. Ready, Set, GO!



Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Last time we spoke, I was teetering on the edge praying that the replacement iPhone I received that day from Apple would accept the backup from iTunes from my original iPhone – after it was diagnosed with a bad battery – just as it was supposed to. I am pleased to report that everything went as planned, and within an hour or so, it was all set up, and my world started spinning again.

Things were a little iffy for a bit, but thankfully everything went according to plan.

Now, on to my next order of business…

Christmas is right around the corner. In other words, things are gettin’ serious. That means, it is time to buckle down and do some serious shopping if I intend to stick to my original word that I would have most of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. And just because I’m such a nice gal, I thought I should share some of the things I found while shopping online tonight, with you, my faithful readers.

All eight of you.

These items range in price from $2.00 to well, a lot more than that. But at least there’s something to fit every budget. And in the interest of full disclosure (because I’m not interested in going back to Jail) I am not being paid, pressured, or compensated in any way to promote any of these items. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

So there.

1. I love anything at all with my name on it (which explains why I have about fifteen monogrammed 31 bags), so it should come as no surprise that I just love these monogrammed ornaments.

 

2. No gift idea list of mine would be complete without at least one pair of shoes on it, because in my opinion, one can NEVER have too many shoes. I pinned these sandals several months ago and I absolutely love them. (And if McDaddy is lurking around here on the blog today… I would love these in a size nine – preferably in a more neutral color like black or brown.)

3. A few months ago I began carrying a purse I could sling over my shoulder. I found this one (Vera Bradley hipster) on sale at a military base exchange in Jacksonville over the summer and have been carrying it since. I absolutely love it because it allows me to be hands-free, and if it gets dirty, you can throw it right into the washer. (The print shown here is called “GO WILD” which is fitting, but I also love the new print Canterbury Cobalt.) Before we went to New York, I purchased the Backpack Tote in Canterbury Cobalt and it was perfect for carrying my DSLR Camera plus everything that I needed while touring the streets of New York City. (McDaddy, a hipster in Canterbury Cranberry, would be lovely.)

4. And speaking of DSLR’s, I am including this because it truly is one of the best purchases I have ever made. It is absolutely wonderful for capturing great moments on the baseball field no matter how far away you are sitting, though you can’t tell it from this out-of-focus picture I shot with my iPhone.

5. If you’re looking for a great stocking stuffer, look no further. I think I speak for women everywhere when I say that we go all-out crazy for a good Sharpie. These super-fine tip ones are awesome! (And if McDaddy could find them in colors other than black, I think he should totally get them for me!)

6. I live in West Virginia. It is hotter than you-know-what in the summer and colder than an Eskimo in a refrigerator in the winter. These gloves are so handy (Ha! I crack myself up!) because you can use your iPhone without removing them. My sister-in-law bought me this pair a few years back when she drew my name for Christmas.

7. If you have a friend who enjoys reading, this is a great read.

Sparkly Green Earrings, written by my favorite blogger friend, Melanie Shankle (and when I say, my favorite blogger friend, what I really mean is that I read her blog everyday and it is my favorite, not that we go eat Mexican every Thursday and discuss world problems, though if she lived closer I have no doubt we’d be fast friends) is easy-to-read and I’ve even read parts of it twice. I haven’t read very many books since getting my iPhone (Actually, I haven’t done much of anything since getting my iPhone) but I just knew this was going to be a great book. As is the case most of the time, I was right.

8. If you don’t have one of these,

what are you waiting on?

I am declaring the iPhone the best invention of my time, and it wouldn’t be caught dead without an Otter Box because GREAT PROTECTION.

9. Looking for some great smelling perfume?

Go getcha’ some of this. I wear Ralph Lauren’s romance everyday and I love it.

10. We go through some candles up in here. (And by we, I mostly mean, me, because McDaddy always makes some crack about a séance when I light them.)

You can’t go wrong with a Yankee Candle. (Well, unless you get the Winter Pine / Evergreen one, and then? You need to re-gift that stinky sucker as soon as possible!) Cranberry Chutney is my favorite. I have vanilla cupcake burning in my bathroom and banana nut bread burning just inches away from me. I also like Red Velvet, Vanilla frosting, spice cake and just about any other candle that smells like something I’d eat.

11. And last, but certainly not least (you knew this one was coming), it’s my absolute favorite gift of all the time.

And I suspect it will be for the better part of forever.

The Saturn Sky.

Only problem is, you’ll have to search online for a used one because Saturn went belly up years ago.

Well, that was fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

Friends, Flags, Feet and Fun

I was out-of-town again this weekend. Unfortunately, I was not fighting my way through crowded New York City Streets. Instead, I was fighting my way through a crowded outlet mall in Jeffersonville, Ohio with three girlfriends.

Have I mentioned that I love to shop?

I did some Christmas shopping and enjoyed leisurely shopping in some of my favorite stores.

I could shop every single weekend. But my feet would disagree. Because my feet and my calves? They were in hot protest after five hours of shopping on Saturday after two long days of walking the streets of New York City last weekend.

My forty-year thirty-nine year old feet are nothing like the twenty-year old feet I used to have.

Here’s my weekend – in pictures.

I found this on Google images while searching my phone for family Christmas picture ideas. I love the idea of including the Jeep since it is something our family enjoys together.

But I can’t help but think about how much cooler our picture would be in front of this sexy sucker.

Tomorrow is that day of the year that my fellas dread. The annual Christmas picture day. Wish us luck.

And speaking of the Saturn Sky, I saw this one at the mall on Friday before we left town.

I will never understand why the powers that USED TO be at Saturn would take a sexy sleek car and paint it this crazy color.

ICK.

I couldn’t help but stop and snap several pictures of this site.

Long may she wave.

And wave.

And wave.

And wave some more.

Since deployment, I stand in awe of the American Flag. I consider it a beautiful symbol of this great nation.

On Friday evening, we had dinner at Max and Erma’s. I ordered the Laredo steak – which was delightful – with roasted potatoes and mixed veggies. It didn’t dawn on me to snap a picture until it was almost gone. But you should know that it was a great dish that I totally recommend.

Four women, five hours, lots of laughs, and several trips to the car later, this was how we left the parking lot.

Unfortunately, you cannot appreciate the depth of this Jeep Laredo “trunk” because I am telling you, it was stuffed to capacity.

A fun time was had by all.

Except for my feet.

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Things I Did Today

The good news is: Grey’s Anatomy started back up tonight.

The bad news is: It is hard to concentrate on this blog post.

Just for fun, here are 13 things I did today.

In no particular order.

1. Tried out two new recipes, tonight. One for Momma’s Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese, and the other for slow cooker pork. One was great, the other was BLECH!

2. Watched a painfully long baseball game.

3. Helped pop 180 bags of popcorn at Alex’s school today.

4. Heard that the trip McDaddy and I made to the Middle School last week, as well as the phone call to the Superintendent of Schools paid off. (It’s going to be a l-o-n-g four years, y’all.)

5. Cleaned the windshield, headlights and taillights on the SKY.

6. Drove with the top up to drop Stevie at school, and then drove topless to pick Alex up from school.

7. Gathered all iPhone charger cords to figure out which ones work and which ones don’t. (Y’all there is madness in the iPhone chargers!)

8. Had a late lunch at McDonald’s with two friends after popping popcorn at the school.

9. Fixed Alex a “cold lunch” because he didn’t want the ham and cheese sandwich offered at school.

10. Banged on a pot with a wooden spoon [AGAIN] when CARD SERVICES called.

11. Fussed at the kids for their messy rooms.

12. Emptied the dishwasher (as I do, each and every day!)

13. Lighted my yummy Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Cupcake candle.

 What have you done today?

The Other Sky

The splendor of a king
Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light,
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice


How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end


The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son
Lion and the Lamb
Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of all praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

Name above all names
You’re worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God 

How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God 

Name above all names
You’re worthy of all praise
And my heart will sing
How great is our God

 

Summer Fun

We have three iPods, one iPad, one iPhone AND an alarm clock in this hotel room, yet still somehow managed to oversleep and miss the FREE breakfast at the hotel?

Irresponsible much?

Dang. Embarrassing.

Luckily, the gas station beside of the hotel sells Krispy Kreme donuts, and of course, the boys felt like they had hit the breakfast jackpot. As much as I love a good donut, I don’t like eating them for breakfast. It seems irresponsible to start your day and your metabolism with a big bunch of sugar.

But enough about my irresponsible self.

I took some time yesterday to upload all of the pictures from my SD card to my laptop, and also charged my camera battery. As I watched the pictures upload, I was reminded of the fun we have had this summer.

S is for sweet smiles from the back seat en route to our next destination.

 

U is for unruly children at the hotel pool

 

M is for magnificent views in the Amish Country

 

M is also for memorable summer nights with friends.

 

E is for excitement about new bedding

 

R is for relaxing on the beach

 

T is for tax-free shopping in New Hampshire

 

I is for ideas on Pinterest (for after season baseball parties)

 

M is for messed up hair while riding in the SKY

 

E is for exciting weekends with scout friends.

 I am so sad for summer 2013 to come to an end. It has flown by.

Twelve more days until me and my alarm clock go round and round.

Well, provided I remember to set it.