Monday, January 24, 2011

A Sad Day

It's a sad day, well sad last night as well, in my household. My husband's beloved Bears were booted out of the race for Superbowl champs and the right to relive the glory of 1985. Some might not warrant this worthy of a blog post, but friends, it really affects my husband. He was in such a mood last night that we hardly spoke and he didn't want to watch the second game- he was done with football. It didn't help that he spent all week gloating and telling anyone that will listen that they were going to win. He posted all kinds of anti-Green Bay pictures on his Facebook...

(There were ones that were much worse that I will not share haha)

All the preparation and stress of the week to be let down. I quote "My head hurts, my heart hurts and I hate life". haha. He wants to put the house up for sale because our next door neighbors are Packers fans and he can't take the shame. Now, of course he's being dramatic with all the hating life and selling the house business because come on, it really is just a football game. He told me I don't understand because I'm a Cubs fan and I'm used to feeling the pain of losing. (Baseball season is always rough in our house). After the loss, he promptly ripped off his #54 jersey (he already rid himself of the Cutler jersey he started the game off with when he did not come back in to play) grabbed his White Sox fleece blanket and laid on the couch the rest of the night. I talked to him this morning on my way to work and he said he felt better but it would take time. (I'm laughing as I type this). I just looked at his Facebook page and he just replaced his Bears profile picture with that of the White Sox emblem. I questioned him and the sudden change and he said "I'm ready to move on to better and brighter days." So friends, if your husbands or wives are seemingly distraught over the game and you think the entire week is ruined, fear not, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now, let's see if our house divided will survive baseball season. GO CUBS!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Circle Gets the Square

Does anyone else remember Hollywood Squares?? I love that show!! Anyway. I digress. This weeks assignment was circles. I had fun trying to think creatively and spot circles I wouldn't normally seek out. So, the other morning when I was getting ready  for work I was all "Hey!!! Circle shower curtain!"
Bonus for the tissue holder too.

My next set is something I often enjoy...

These are my favorite wine glasses. They are so much fun and I feel fancy because they are from Pampered Chef. It's the only thing I own from there. Clearly I'm not that fancy though if I only have wine glasses and none of the gadgets they sell.

And lastly, behold my favorite circles of all...

The Target bag. I love Target. I go there at least once a week and this bag contained my latest purchases: dish washing detergent and Lemonheads. You know, life's essentials.

I had fun with this You Capture this week! Go head over to Beth's for more!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm back- You Capture!

It's been awhile since I've done a You Capture and I'm not proud of that. BUT, I'm going to try my best to participate in every challenge and to use my actual camera. I've had it for awhile but haven't really become acquainted with it yet. So, this year I'm going to learn more about it and read some books on how to use it better. I'm really excited about this goal of mine.

So- here are my doorways. I tried to get creative with the "meaning" and angle and stuff, but these are what I came up with.

This is the view of my doorway from right up the stairs into the beginning of the kitchen . I LOVE the light fixture there. I think that's one of my favorites things about my house- all the light fixtures match.

This is the view from my front doorway. I love the snowman "Season's Greetings" I have hanging. And of course my husband felt it necessary to put the Bears chair right next to the door. It's actually the first thing he moved into the house. Our next door neighbors are Packers fans so you can imagine what that's like.
There you have it!! Go check out some more doorways over at Beth's!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


My beautiful, wonderful, awe-inspiring great-grandmother turned 97 on Saturday. 97! Can you believe it? She is the most amazing woman I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and I'm blessed to call her my grandma.
The birthday girl
  Since some of my cousins have kids, there are 5 generations in our family. When I tell people I still have my great grandma, people are shocked because they never met their great grandparents or sometimes even grandparents (that thought is SO sad to me).
Only about half of the great grandchildren
 Some of my family members and I went to the nursing home she lives in and surprised her with a lunch party. It was so much fun and to see the joy in her face and hear it in here voice.
My grandma (her daughter) and grandpa, my mom and my aunts and uncles
Her eye sight is mostly gone, but she can tell who each person is and loves to just sit back and listen to all of us talk. She's in otherwise good health and her mind is all there- she was telling us things she remembers from when she was 3! I'm so thankful to be able to hear stories about her parents and her early life. My how things are different now. I hope one day my kids will be able to meet her, if not, I'll tell them stories about her everyday for the rest of my life and let them know how much she loves them- even if she's not here. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving family. Happy 97th birthday Grandma! We all love you so much!

Monday, January 3, 2011

…And a Happy New Year!

 Well, 2011 is here! I can’t believe. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It's hard to believe it’s already gone, but I’m slightly excited to return to “normal” life again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the extra time off of work and the wonderful family time, but sometimes there is just so much to do you feel out of sorts. And I’m just kind of ready for my sorts to be put back in place.

I’ve never been one to make resolutions. I don’ really know why. I think because most of the people I know that make them quit by the end of January. And it’s often very apparent to me when people drop their resolutions when I go to the gym January 3rd and it is PACKED then I go on February 3rd and it’s back to normal. Or when on the first Tuesday of January, my Weight Watchers meeting is standing room only and then in February I can sit again. I’m not saying anything bad about these people. It’s hard to make a change you’re not used to and we put way too much pressure on ourselves to do it and do it now. I think a change in lifestyle has to be a gradual thing because obviously it’s something we’re not used to, otherwise it’s just too much. I want my changes to be long term and spread out so I feel like I can truly succeed and not just do it half way. This year, I’m committed to getting back on the healthy lifestyle horse. More working out, more eating better, but mostly, more positive thinking and being kinder to myself. I’m going to try to not sweat the small stuff and realize what’s really important. All too often I find myself stressing about something that isn’t even important or doesn’t even affect me and I’d really like that to stop. It’s going to be hard because I think I’m a worrier by nature, so maybe along the way I can find external way to distress. Soothing music, scents, teas- anyone want to share their favorite tricks to relax and be stress free?

Hope everyone is happy and healthy in 2011!