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Already January 8th…

So every day I have rolled off the air mattress and stared down my computer screen with the little blinking cursor and nothing has come to mind.  I’ve had grand plans to write down my plans for 2014.  I am usually not one for resolutions but each year I try to set small goals for myself.  And this year, I don’t really have a goal in mind.  I know that I still want to shed the unwanted weight, eat, better, be nicer, save more money… but we know how that goes.

All I really want for 2014 is to feel better.  I wake up every morning wishing it were Saturday and I came home every night and immediately switch to flannel pants before making dinner.  I don’t need to spring out of bed every day but most of the week would be nice.  And adding fitness back into the routine wouldn’t be so bad either.  I have a flexible job with a gym in the basement.  I have zero excuse to be this lazy all the time.

One thing that has really improved my mood are my headphones and some good playlists on Spotify.  Music always has a way of lifting me out of whatever funk I find myself in.  Any suggestions?

Happy New Year (finally)!



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Friday Five: Christmas Favorites

There are a few movies that mean that Christmas is here.  I am a purist when it comes to holiday movies and music.  Not a single note of music is played or a minute of a movie watched until the turkey leftovers are safely nestled away in the fridge.  But as soon as that happens, you bet I am playing the Mariah Carey Christmas CD and setting my DVR to record the 25 Days of Christmas.  Here are a few movies that help me get inspired to wear red and green!

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

This is my all time favorite!  Who doesn’t love new toys, the Great Ack, and a young Santa? ABC Family does a Rankin Bass day for their 25 Days of Christmas and I already have my DVR set for this one.

Charlie Brown Christmas.

This was a tradition growing up.  i have it on DVD and it is on the list of things to do this weekend.

Holiday Inn

While this movie isn’t just about Christmas, there is plenty of snow and snuggling and a fresh round of ‘White Christmas’ sung by Mr. Bing Crosby.

White Christmas

This one speaks for itself.  Who doesn’t love a big production to save an old hotel?

The Year without Santa Claus

Another Rankin Bass classic.  While the story itself isn’t my favorite, the song is pretty catchy.  Only listen if you are ready to have a song stuck in your head the rest of the day!

And the husband’s favorite… National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This one is torture for me but I have watched it every year on Thanksgiving night to usher in the new season.

How do you celebrate the Holidays?  Is there a certain tradition that means it’s time to party for you?


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Are you there, Spring?

Went out on a showing this morning and definitely had time to enjoy the beautiful sun and the little green buds.  While waiting outside, also noticed this tiny gnome in an otherwise empty garden.  Don’t know if he snuck in or if was there by design!

Mother Nature is definitely gearing up for St. Patty’s Day by putting the green out today!  So ready to get out and get my hands dirty in my own garden.

Tonight, I would love to walk Maggie but the dentist has his torture devices set up for me today!  They are trying out late night hours and I was lucky enough (dripping with sarcasm) to get an appointment.  Feel like I need a sedative to even get my teeth cleaned.

Hopefully, there is some pretty scenery out the window to look at… Wish me luck!

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Happy Holidays!

So after uneventful flights both ways, too many sweets to count, time with family, and a great holiday, the Husband and I have returned home and I am half way through my first day back to work.  It was so nice to be in a place for the last couple of days with no cell phones and little internet connectivity.


We had a blast being with the family.  Two nights were spent with bottles of wine and Scattagories. 

For the most part, we all stay in the same house.  There were a million trips made to the grocery store (no cell phone service) and lots of dog walking (and dog napping).  It’s nice to spend time with family without distractions.

The Husband indulged me and stopped by the Indian Mound and the old state penn for photos.  I have been going to West Virginia for 5 years and I have no photos of either of these places.

I will back in normal mode tomorrow I am sure but today it’s time for catching up and rest.


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Winter Wonderland!

Happy December 1st!

So as you can see, we woke up this morning to a white December.  I am not always a fan of snow (or leaving my house under any snowy condition) but being it is December 1st, snow is something to be excited about!  I think that tonight, I will do a little cleaning and a little more decorating. 

The side effect of snow is it took my 90 minutes to get to work instead of 25.  It’s tough coming in when the roads are ok but everyone insists on driving 10 miles per hour “just in case”.  My new tires give me confidence but the clearing roads are not too bad.  I still hear there are accidents but I am not worried.  I am a careful driver with two hands on the wheel!

Thankfully, there are some nice trees around my office so I felt like I should go and capture some Holiday spirit.  The snow will be even nicer tonight when we can see it on all of the Christmas lights.  Wish my camera took better night pictures.  At least the Husband and I can enjoy them on a walk this evening with the pups (dressed warmly in her sweater!).




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So thankful for my family

So today is the first quiet day in our house.  It’s 2:30 and I have almost done nothing!  It’s amazing.  I am so thankful to spend some time with my pups catching up on the DVR.  There is a lot of Real Housewives and Sister Wives to watch!

I am so thankful and blessed to have had so many family members to visit for the Holiday.  I am even more thankful that all of my family seems to get along.  I know that some people are not that lucky but I am happy that my mom and mother in law can have dinner together and have a good time.


I am also thankful that my grandparents could celebrate the holiday with us as well.  This was their first trip to Colorado to visit me and you couldn’t wipe the grin off my face.  I loved to see them and I hope they had a great time.


While at some points during the week, I had to grin and bear it, most of the week (almost all of the week!) was fabulous.  Sometimes our families move at a slower pace and sometimes they do things a little differently than we do but they are our family and they are the reason we are the way we are.  I am sooo thankful that I able to spend so much time with my families!  It’s only a few more weeks until I see some of them again but some of them I won’t see for several months.  I just have to be thankful for the time I have with them all!


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Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this year?  We have so many blessings that I don’t know where to start.  We have  great home and wonderful pup!  I have a husband that loves me so much (he even posed for pictures for my grandma kissing!).  I have a wonderful family that loves me so much to visit me thousands of miles away.  And I have a turkey that came out moist and not burnt!  I am so happy that you stopped by and I am certainly thankful for that. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT at the Pump House and Left Hand!






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