Thursday, November 28, 2013


- birthday party: nicki for making my awesome Styxx cake; everyone for joining the fun, aunt judy for my giftcard to BAM...

(there were supposed to be pictures of the party & of the books i bought w/ the gc, but for some reason the pics haven't synced up so i can't post them at the moment.  boo!)

- phil: for putting together my bookshelf, coming to my birthday party, and not making me stand in line for 2 hours at golden corral for thanksgiving lunch.

- mom: for all the wonderful carriepalooza stuff she's done for me this month!

- aunt vickie for bringing me PIE tonight!  :) 

i've been reading a lot of really good books lately, and the one i'm reading now - Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams - is also very good.  but i already know that it ends in a cliffhanger, and from what i can tell right now, there really isn't a need for it to do that, and so i might be angry with it by the time i finish.  *sigh*  but i'll still have to read the 2nd book because i already love these characters & know i'll have to find out what happens.  but the whole cliffhanger thing is a trend that i really wish would STOP.  meh.

tomorrow mom & phil & leyton & i are hopefully going to golden corral for lunch, since it sorta didn't work out today!  

i hope everyone had a great thanksgiving & that you, too, were able to enjoy some PIE!  : )  


Saturday, November 16, 2013

mine! mine! mine!

today was fantastically fun!  
carriepalooza day 16 gets two thumbs up!

last night for some reason i was falling asleep by like 8 o'clock.  it could have been the extra 1/2 hour early i got up to take bret to work... i couldn't adjust my schedule yesterday because i'd planned to go to lunch w/ a couple friends & then take the afternoon off, and if i came in at 7 instead of 6:30, that would mean we either couldn't leave for lunch until noon (which would screw up THEIR schedules, and i didn't want that) or i'd have to take another hour of vacation, and i'm already down to like 12 hours left til may... LOL  but having a 4 1/2 day weekend off for my birthday is totally worth it!  : )  
lunch was full of fun & laughter & delicious enchiladas & chips & salsa.  *laugh*  
oh, and also yesterday my team gave me a birthday card where several ppl wished me a happy Carriepalooza, AND my friend marty gave me a gc to WM. 
: ) 

after lunch, i got some groceries & picked up a couple books (Julia Quinn's The Sum of All Kisses - yay!! - and Cora Carmack's Finding it - which, as it turned out, was a signed first edition!  i had no idea until i started reading it, because the target sticker was over the golden sticker that let me know it was a signed first edition... LOL  so, that makes TWO signed books that are unexpectedly in my collection.
LOVE IT!  (and i read Finding It today & i LOVED that, too!)

anyway, so last night i was in bed before 10, and i wasn't even sick!  
that meant that i was up pretty early today, altho i did manage to get about 9 hours of sleep, so that was pretty cool.  : ) 

i finished Naked Dragon & started Finding It & then wondered & wished at 11:11 that i'd figure out lunch & not TWO SECONDS LATER mom called to see if i wanted to go shopping & to lunch w/ her.  LOL  awesome!  so, she picked me up around noon & we went to texas roadhouse for fried pickles & steak.  YUM!  adam, our waiter, was very helpful & managed to find me a romaine-only salad, which i was very grateful for!  : )  
then we went to Bed Bath & Beyond so mom could buy herself a keurig, because i love the one she got me last year for christmas so much that she needed one.  *grin*  i don't go into that store a lot, because it has all of the things i want to buy & don't need (more dishes!  pillows!  blankets!!!!!  fun kitchen gadgets!) & it is SUPER TEMPTING to me!  i'm lucky i got out of there spending only $15... heh!  
we stopped at starbucks & mom was quite shocked that i'd already used up her carriepalooza gift of adding to my card a couple weeks ago.  she thought for sure it would last the month at least.  
she obviously did not fully understand my obsession w/ the bux and all things coffee before today.
her reaction made me think perhaps i should be embarrassed by the amount of coffee i drink, but that was as far as it got - i thought about being embarrassed, but i'm not embarrassed... make sense?  

after the bux, we went to cost cutters so mom could get a new 'do & i read while waiting.  
win win!  

phil & leyton came over later to pick up the coffee basket thing i'd forgotten to give mom when she dropped me off.  so, i got to give hugs & kisses to my munchkin today, too, unexpectedly!  that was super nice!!

five of my ordered books came to make my mailbox happy:

now the dilemma of what to read next - i've been anticipating almost all of these for what feels like forever (but has probably only been a couple months or weeks?  LOL)!  
i think the most likely scenario when i venture into my library to pick is going to be Mine by Katy Evans, because Remy has been calling the loudest lately.  *laugh*  

what're y'all up to this weekend??

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover (and other carriepalooza things)

okay, so, first of all - Losing Hope.  this book!!!  ripped my heart out.  seeyabyegone!  it's book 2.  i'm reading this one all out of order, but they're all stand alones, just have an order.  *laugh*  Finding Cinderella was book 3, a novella.  i flippin LOVED the story of daniel & six so much.  tugged at my heart, made me laugh & shed some tears, but not the sobbing ugly cry.  oh now, that was reserved for this one.  EMOTIONAL!  but brilliantly done, and i'm sure i'll read Hopeless (i don't have it yet) even tho it's the same journey.  i prefer when the same journey is in the same book (like The Edge of Never) but i do love getting both sides of the story even if i have to wait for a 2nd book.  : )  

after all that emotional heaviness, i needed something light, so i did a re-read of Traci on the Spot by Marie Ferrarella, which is a book i've had for about ... *gasp* ... 16 years... wow!  anyway, it's a light, quick read, and now i may be ready to tackle another emotional read.  *laugh*  except i kinda want to do another re-read, but i won't say which until i decide if that's the route i'm going!  : )  

amazon has been sending me emails & my recent book orders have been shipping piecemeal, so i should get a few of them on saturday & then a few next week, and then a few more the following week... heh.  and then i've sort of lost track of some of the ones i've pre-ordered.  i think a couple come out the end of november, maybe one the first week in december, and then a few in january & february.  i may also have pre-ordered one that comes out in march... that might be the fourth Anemoi by laura kaye...?  anywhoo, and you know i'll be ordering more... LOL  books, boys & coffee!  one group of books is a gift from cousin kathy.  i'll post pictures when i get the shipments.  cuz you know you love to see the covers as much as i do!  right?!  

the other day was pretty cool - we had a meeting & i got to see mr crushtastic.  : )  didn't get to talk to him, tho.  *sadface*  but all in all, carriepalooza has been a very blessed thing this month, and i'm quite thankful!!   one of my baking pals brought me pumpkin bars the other day, too.  i also ordered some zucchini bread from her.  yummy!!  

i've decided that i'm starting my actual birthday weekend early & am taking vacation after lunch w/ friends.  : )  then i don't go back to work til WEDNESDAY!  *bounce*  and the following week is THANKSGIVING, so huzzah to that as well!!  *happy dance*

what else?  birthday cards in the mail today.  one from my dear bug & her family contained ...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!  and yes, i probably will wear them all just like that for as long as i can.  i like the look.  i may decide later to color coordinate, but i've worn bret's since he gave it to me & it hasn't bothered me to have it on all the time, so we'll see!  : )  

ummm... that might be all for now!  idk what book i'm reading next.  ttfn!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

carriepalooza day 9 - with pictures!

i'm very blessed to have the family & friends that i do.
i love them!

: ) 

i spent today burrowed with Love Unscripted - it's very long, but VERY good!!  

around 5 there was a knock on my door - it was the mail carrier, delivering a surprise package from my cousin kathy!!  : )  she is SUPER SWEET!
(photos of most of the gift)

love this quote!  

seriously, how flipping cute is all of that???  *bounceclap*
BIG THANK YOU to kathy!!!  : )  

after i opened that and gushed at kathy on FB, i headed over to mom's to hang out for a bit.
we played yahtzee & hungry hungry hippo, and then leyton & i played some catch.  

he also told me he loves me about 20 times.  
i can never get enough of hearing THAT!  

a beautifully brilliant day 9, i tell ya!  

oh, and before i go to bed - because i'm falling asleep so it seems like a good idea! - i had to take a picture of leyton's school picture.... : ) 

one of my favorite shirts, AND HOW CUTE ARE HIS GLASSES?!?!
<3 <3 <3 


Sunday, November 3, 2013


yesterday, mom & leyton picked me up & we met phil at the theatre & saw Free Birds.
it was hilarious!!  
two thumbs up.  we all laughed quite a lot (including phil)!  
there were a couple bits i thought it could have done w/o, and a couple bits that seemed to be taken from the lion king (i'm HOPING that was on purpose...), but ... GEORGE TEKAI was steve!  win!  : ) 

after the movie, phil went back home to sleep, while mom, leyton & i enjoyed lunch at the red robin.
YUM! ; ) 

then we ran some errands - video store, and went to sam's, where mom ran in to get a few things & leyton & i stayed in the car to play.  we stopped at starbucks & mom put some $$ on my card as part of Carriepalooza.  : )  woot!  
they dropped me off at home around 3 & i spent a couple hours reading (Highland Wolf by Hannah Howell - finished it today & it was quite good!).
i went over to mom's around 6 to play some games.
i didn't win any, but it was good times!!  : ) 

sign for the number 6? (thanks, katie!  ;))

last night was daylight savings, FALL BACK, my favorite!  
i was pretty exhausted, tho, and went to bed early.  
since i changed the clocks before i went to bed, it appeared that i went to sleep around NINE!  
yeah, crazy!  

today i was all set to run to the bux & then snuggle in w/ my book.
however, when i tried to leave... 
this is not supposed to happen during Carriepalooza!  
trish & al came over to generously fix it w/ a tire seal "fix a flat" kinda thing.
unfortunately, the nozzel on the canister was broken, and it wasn't able to get into the tire to fix anything!  boo!  but it was super sweet of them to try!!  : )  
so, i talked it over w/ mom, and was going to text phil but he was sleeping (3rd shift, you know) & i didn't want to bug him, since he'd missed out on sleep yesterday to meet us for the movie!  instead, i decided (with mom's help) to take this opportunity to just get 4 new shoes put on chloe.  called firestone & they sent a tow truck out.  very handsome tow truck operator!  : )  he took chloe & mom & leyton picked me up for lunch at steak & shake.  S&S is pretty good, but not as delicious as the red robin!!!  
still, had fun playing army guys w/ leyton while we waited for our food.  : )  

we took leyton to jen's & then mom dropped me off at firestone & i settled in w/ my book, Werewolf in the North Woods by VLT.  pretty good story, which i finished just a bit ago.  it annoyed me, too, tho, which is a bummer.  i don't like being annoyed!  *laugh*  my wait for chloe was about 2 hours.  this would have been GREAT, if the chairs had been even a little comfortable.  *sigh*  as it was, i felt every minute of that wait!  UGH!  i wasn't even reading as fast as normal cuz i couldn't concentrate because of the stupid chair!!

once chloe was ready, i paid the nice man at the front desk & booked it over to the bux!!  and TJ's for dinner because i was soooo hungry!  *luagh*  hung out at home for a bit, watched an episode of Castle, read, and then went to trish's around 6 for OUAT & Revenge.  SO GOOD!!  : )  

and now i must get to bed!  this weekend was not as relaxing as i'd hoped, but it was fun & got to see lots of leyton, and that is always a blessing!!  

i hope your weekend was FANTABULOUS and that all of our mondays will go well!!!  : )  


Friday, November 1, 2013


- honey crisp apples
oh my flippin heck, you guys!!  these apples are the bomb!  why are there even any other apples, ever?  
i just want to suck out the marrow of deliciousness.



so, wednesday i apparently had some sort of stomach bug?  it was unpleasant.
i made it til about 10 at work & then i came home & went to bed.
took a 2 hour nap, then got up & tried to read.
i was reading this really awesome, amazing book by kemmie michaels, Unlikely Hero.  it was marvelously sweet!  
i hadn't eaten much of anything since the breakfast yogurt at 6:30/7, and i was hungry but hadn't been to the store as that had been the plan for after work.  so i called in an order of pad thai, because that seemed like my best (mild) option that would deliver!  
it arrived around 7 & i ate maybe 5 or 6 bites before fridging it.  
then i snuggled back into my book, but i couldn't keep my eyes open!  
i had 10 pages left (TEN PAGES!!) & i was falling asleep on the couch, so i closed the book & went to bed, and slept for 12 hours.
it was 7:42pm.

very grateful i already had thursday off.
i was feeling much better, but my tummy was still sore, so i stayed in.  well, mostly - i did go to panera for breakfast since i still didn't have any food & i only had one coffee left & knew i would need that before leaving friday.  : )  

i finished Unlikely Hero (*swoon* sooooo sweet!  marcus & erin's relationship starts out as shared journal entries.  LOVE IT!) & posted pictures of daddy on FB & had my usual halloween remembrance of him wallow/celebration (because that's what you do or at least that's what i do) & decided to read a vampire book because it was halloween, so i read laura adrian's Kiss of Midnight, which was a really good story, but lucan & gabrielle weren't really in the same space a lot, so it made it hard for me to get into their whole love story thing.  
and then i started More Than This by jay mclean & WOW!  
i'm almost done, will finish tonight, and it's AMAZEBALLS!  totally recommend it!  it's had me LOLing, snortling, sniffling, hugging myself, awwwwing... it's all kindsa good story telling, even if there is a LOT of the f word and also - these kids are a liiiiittle too familiar w/ alcohol & sex.  goodness!  


today it was back to work & of course my email box had blown up while i was out & i spent an hour working on that before my FOUR HOUR MEETING at 7:30.
but guess who i got to sit next to for the whole thing?
come on, guess?!  : )  
i even got to walk out w/ him & chat at the break time & at the end of the meeting.
*happy dance*
i know it's hard for ppl to understand, since i do crush on him pretty hard, but it really does make me happy just to have that little contact, or to chat w/ him on IM every once in awhile.
i know it's not going anywhere, i've accepted that and enjoy being in his friendly presence when i can.

i also got a side hug from our director.  
: )  
goooood morning!!

then, it was time for our team lunch at a little cafe that does wraps & stuff, AND they serve a side of cream cheese & ham wrapped pickle w/ the meal.  YUMMY!  
it was a very nice lunch, and because today is day one of carriepalooza, i ordered a mini carrot cake cupcake to go.
it was delicious.
i ate it at like 2 o'clock.  heh.

i spent the last two hours catching up w/ more emails & timecard stuff & vacation stuff.
it was also a goooood afternoon!

after work, i finally went to the WM for some groceries, and thankfully i mostly remembered that i only had whatever cash i had on me cuz i'm outta checks.  i had $70 & my bill came to $68 something.  

now, back to my book!
tomorrow i'm going to see Free Birds w/ mom & leyton.

what's up for you this weekend?  : )