Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A No-Go

A long and very difficult time of trying to decide whether I should still go to California today or not, but I decided that I should stay home. I'm very upset, I really wanted to take this trip; I was going to be flying both ways with my cousin Grace, get to spend a weekend with my niece and nephew and have a week to visit with my sister and my cousin. But alas I had to listen to my gut which said I should not go, I don't know why I felt that way but my gut is usually right...for whatever reason.

So I've been trying to just take is easy today, rest up and try to get better. With any luck I will be feeling better by the first of next week and can still go to California for a little bit.

The good news is I am feeling a little better today; the medication that I got yesterday really seems to be helping me breathe and calm my cough. My chest still hurts but the muscle relaxer from the health food store is helping ease the pressure and the pain a good bit. And now I guess I have time to catch up on some movie watching and maybe some scrapbooking.

Now if I can just get over being so upset about not going...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ER to CA

After more than a month of being sick (a cold, then a persistent cough, then a cold) my aunt Jeanie, who is a nurse, said that I needed to get to the hospital right away so they can check for pneumonia and hopefully give me something to help me get better. So my momma took me to the ER that is just down the street from us (my first visit to this one) and the doctor said I had bronchitis...oh yay... She wrote me a couple prescriptions and sent me on my way.

I also have a problem with my rib muscles; they tare easily when I have been coughing or have anything strenuous with my chest for very long. Well, for the forth time my muscle(s) are starting to tear. I cannot express to you how painful that is, the best way I can say it is what one doctor told me "a torn rib muscle is more painful that a broken rib". Having never had a broken rib I will just take his word on it...and wish I had a broken rib instead lol.

Now here's my problem; I am suppose to be on a flight to California tomorrow afternoon to go visit my sister and her family and babysit for her while her and her husband go on their anniversary, and then stay for a week to spend time with my sister and my cousin (my cousin is also flying to CA to help babysit). I am not breathing as well as I should be between the bronchitis and the pain in my rib and I know being on a plain will just make it even more difficult. However I think I would be ok once I got out there, though I wouldn't be able to get as much rest as I would if I stayed home.

I really want to go but I'm not sure that is truly the best idea. I am very torn about what I should do; I have been thinking about it all day (well really for several days) and I just don't know what is the best thing for me. I figure I will sleep on it and see how I feel in the morning.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I am SO excited this morning! My mamma and I went to Toys R Us last night to get an early Christmas present for the three of us (my mamma, daddy and me); they had a really good sale on the XBox 360 with Kinect. We have been talking about getting an Kinect or Wii for about a year now and finally decided that if/when we got one we should get the XBox with Kinect. So when I noticed that Toys R Us had theirs for under $200 for the Black Friday weekend we just couldn't pass it up! I just wish now that I had more time to play this weekend...

So here's to a merry early Christmas! :D

And a note to those of you who are Monster High fans, the Dead Tired and Gloom Beach dolls are on sale for $9.99 at Toys R Us this week! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Thankful Thanksgiving

What an amazing Thanksgiving this year! I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving too!

I'll make this short and sweet because its been a long week and I'm still trying to recover, but I just wanted to say how thankful I am for the time I got to spend with my new niece and nephew over the last few days! My sister, her new husband and his two kids came down and spent this last week with us. It was their first Thanksgiving as a family and the first time I have gotten to see the kids (who are now almost 7 and 9) since the wedding about a year ago. 

It was so wonderful to get to know them and share our family and Thanksgiving traditions with them as part of our family this year. This is my first experience as an aunt and I must say it was great! I'm not much of a kid person but I love these kids and I truly hope to get to spend more time with them, not just at holidays.

So now that we have had a time of remembering what we are thankful for and why, its on to Christmas! And yes, before you ask I did start listening to Christmas music today, though I didn't do any of that craziness that is Black Friday shopping. And I think this weekend its time to start the decorating!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Guess Size Really Does Matter...Bra Size That Is

There is nothing like feeling good in your own skin, or in this case your own clothes!

Ok so here's the story: I went shopping with my sister the other day (she is in town for the holiday), we went to the mall for several reasons but mainly because she had some coupons for Victoria's Secret that she was sharing with me.

To give you a little back-story, I have been trying to find a bra that fit me and that I liked for at least a year now, nothing I was finding (even at Victoria's Secret) was working.

So we go into Victoria's Secret and the lady comes up to us asking if we need any help, we show her our coupons, one of which was for $10 off a bra...well since I was in desperate need of a good bra and since the lady asked if we needed to be sized, oh yes, SIZED, I said yes please! I couldn't remember the last time I was sized for a bra so I jumped on it!

Let me tell you this lady was amazing! She sized me, told me how to tell if a bra really fits right, got me a couple great bras to try on so I could see what she was saying and then even came into the fitting room with me to show me more about how the straps should be, how it should fit around the sides, etc. After all that I tell her what style of bra I like and she goes out and gets me some like that to try on.

At this point I am trying on a couple different bras, in my correct size, to see what I like. I really liked one of them so I put my shirt back on while wearing that bra...I cannot tell you what a difference it made in the way I looked and felt in that shirt (one of my favorite shirts by the way, I look hot in it)!

Apparently I had been wearing bras that were two cup sizes too small because that was what I remembered from my last fitting. No wonder I was having such trouble with my bras...duh!

Needless to say I feel like a new woman now! I mean you know what a wonderful feeling it is to find that great pair of pants or a shirt that just makes you look like a star but let me tell you, it is a far better feeling to have a great fitting bra or panties. It really does make a world of difference not only in the way you look but also in the way you feel about yourself, inside and out! The only problem now is trying to find a sexy, inexpensive bra in my size hahaha.

The moral of this story: Ladies, if you haven't done so recently go to Victoria's Secret and get sized for your bra, its free and no purchase required. And keep in mind that that is something you should do on a regular basis because our bodies are constantly changing.

I am so overly ecstatic now because of my new bra and the pair of, yes, great fitting jeans I just bought! I have to say, going out every once in a while and, in a sense, reinventing yourself with new clothes is a great thing and I would highly recommend it for everyone (even the guys)! They don't even have to be expensive clothes, just something new and fun!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Breaking Dawn ~ Part 1

My girlfriends and I went to see the midnight showing of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 on Thursday, I'm still somewhat speechless! It was SO amazing! I think I cried through most of it and didn't breathe through at least the last half. They just keep getting better and better!

I meant to get this out yesterday but I just needed more time to collect my thoughts (and stop crying lol). But anyway here it is, my thoughts on the movie...

I loved the whole wedding, it was so beautiful and just as magnificent as I pictured it while reading the book! I just about died laughing when everyone was making their toasts. And when you saw Stephenie Meyer the look on her face was just like a proud parent; her children all grown up and getting married! I thought the honeymoon was done very tastefully, though it was actually a little bit more risqué than I thought it would be I still thought it was done well for a family movie. 

I was a little disappointed that they completely left out the awesome, super-safe car that Edward gave Bella, that would have been a fun little scene if nothing else. And I wasn't thrilled with the scene where Jacob leaves the pack when the wolves are talking together in there minds. I think without changing that scene from the book entirely they did a good job but for some reason I just didn't like it that much. I would have liked to see a little more of an explanation of why Rosalie was so protective and on Bella's side about her having the baby. I also wish they would have gone a little more into the details of when Bella was pregnant at the Cullen's house; like the fact that she couldn't keep any food down or that the baby was basically eating her from the inside out.

I thought they did a great job at making Bella look as terrible while she was pregnant as she was described in the book. And I loved the birth scene, it was so how I had pictured it! Though it was difficult to see through all my tears. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was so wrapped up in it that I couldn't help it (I cried through the book too)!

I was wondering where they were going to end it and I think they picked a really good spot. Did anyone stay for the extra scene after the first part of the credits?

All in all I LOVED it! I know, big surprise lol. I thought they did an amazing job bringing it all to life and making things as amazing as they are in the book! I hope to go see it again either this weekend or next to catch all the little things that I missed the first time!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fairest Of Them All

So I just saw this trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman and I LOVED it, I don't think I breathed through the whole thing!!! I had heard about the movie a while ago but hadn't seen anything on it as far as previews. This movie looks amazing, I love Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and of course Chris Hemsworth (THOR)! And it looks like the way they did it is still very fanciful but yet it has a new twist on the story. It actually makes me think of the new TV show (which I have fallen in love with) Once Upon A Time. Along with all that and the fact that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is my favorite of the Disney princess movies, I can't wait to see this one!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Art Of Chihuly

We went to the Morean Art Center in St. Pete yesterday and saw the Chihuly word, AMAZING! It was so cool to see all the things people can do with glass. It was smaller than I expected but there is a lot of wow packed into that small place; we were there for about 4 hours. Let me tell you I will be going back there on a regular basis!

I wish I could have taken tons of pictures, I really wanted to take pictures of my favorite exhibit of the spheres and the boat but alas you are not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. I did get a couple outside though! I hope you like them :)

 A two-piece bowl set: the lady took it outside for us to see in the sun, 
I wish the picture was better because this piece was so gorgeous! 

 This is right in front of the building: 
I think it looks like a giant piece of rock candy!

This is part of the outside of the building: I loved it, 
it looked green from here but blue from inside the building!

And this is a little keepsake I got: a glass "kiss"!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Lost Holiday

Halloween is over and our sights should be fixed on making that perfect holiday feast that is least, that's what I think.

It has always bothered me that "Christmas" would start SO early in the stores, I mean I would like to finish buying my 4th of July things before I have to start thinking about what I'm doing for Christmas! It really got to me a few years ago though when my radio station started playing Christmas music the day BEFORE Thanksgiving instead of the day after like they had been doing for years...I have to say I just about had a cow that year. I do not want to listen to Christmas music while making Thanksgiving dinner, thank you very much! 

The reason I mention this is because I was at the mall last night; we just went to walk around and look but when we came across Bath & Body Works we just had to go in and see what was new. Well, it took me a few minutes to realize it (I was a little enthrall with all the wonderful new, and old, things) but they had already decorated for Christmas and were playing Christmas music! I guess I just don't go shopping enough but I couldn't believe it, its only the first week of November...I haven't even planned my Thanksgiving meal yet and I'm already pushed into Christmas. 

I love my holidays, all of them, and I want to enjoy each of them to their fullest. I don't understand why we don't want to make a big thing out of Thanksgiving like we do for Halloween, July 4th, Easter, Christmas, and even New Year...I mean come on, what do those holidays have that Thanksgiving doesn't??

Well, with that being said I also have to admit that I had a lot of fun in that store, got some wonderful holiday fragrances (at a great price) and am thoroughly enjoying them already!

I hope you don't mind but I just had to rant a little bit about the poor lost Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

What A Blog, What A Blog

As I said before, I am new to the whole blogging thing...I mean very new; I have known what a blog is of course for quite some time but as far as reading (much less following) a blog or making and posting one myself I am very much still a baby. I know I have a lot to learn, but that's all part of life, try it on and see what fits. I have a lot I want to share, but I'm going to try to not be all over the place or bombard you with constant updates of what I ate that day and stuff I'm sure you really don't care about. 

Mostly I want to share the joys and sorrows of life as a 27(+) year old girl trying to make the best of everything I've been given, good and bad. I struggle with depression, addictions, and, as I like to call it, a "realistic" point of view. But I have a great, supportive family, some of the best friends a person could ask for, and overall I have had a very blessed life.

I also want to share my passions; photography, painting, jewelry making, movies/tv, video games, animals, Disney, Twilight, Monster High, and collecting.

I'm not out to change the world or make myself famous. I want to share life with anyone who wants to join in, and if something I say or do helps someone or even just makes someone smile, I'm happy.

With that being said, I do want to point out that I can be kinda rough around the edges and I say what I want regardless of "political correctness" or whether or not it may offend someone. I am not forcing anyone to read anything and am not going to tiptoe around in case something might offend someone. If I have something I want to say, I will say it and say it how I want to. However, I am not out to offend or hurt anyone intentionally.

I look forward to sharing with you and I hope you enjoy this creative, real, funny, and yes difficult thing that is my life!