Friday, July 29, 2011

Joss & Main - You TEASE!

Did anyone else get this Joss & Main email this morning?

I click it and what do my wandering eyes behold?

Then you go to their website and that table isn't even in the collection they're selling.


And yes, I signed up for the Joss & Main emails. I totally feel for it. They enticed me with their super secret members only, by invitation crap. Brilliant marketing strategy! 

But if those are deals... then my name's Debbie. 

And it ain't. 

Joss & Main -  I think we  should see other people... This just isn't working out for me.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

didya miss me?!?

Life has decided to kick into over drive! That's not necessarily a bad thing - but it is for my blog I suppose. The blog is the first thing that gets neglected.

Just for kicks, here's a sample day in my life (yesterday to be exact):

1:30am alarm starts going off
Hit snooze for 45 minutes
2:15-2:20ish up and at 'em
Search for a clean wash cloth and towel in the dark
Trip over the pile of dirty laundry in the bathroom on the way to the shower
2:20 shower
3:00 fix hair, put on clothes (a very important step)
3:10 throw green smoothie ingredients in the blender while checking the clock every 2 seconds
3:12 search frantically for a clean smoothie jug
3:14 stand in the kitchen for a full minute thinking "I know I'm forgetting something..."
3:15 throw fresh fruit, large bottle of coconut white tea and green smoothie in a bag and run out of the door
Trip over sleeping dog on the way out
3:16 fight off gi-normous mutant Buckeye Bugs to get to the car
3:20 go back inside and get phone
Trip over sleeping dog again
3:30 driving...
3:57 arrive at work
Tell homeless man sleeping in the bushes that this is not the Hilton Inn
Hurry inside so you don't get raped
4:00 the madness begins - bring on the heroin addicts!
4-10 be everything to everyone
10:00 lock the doors so no more of them can get in until tomorrow
10:20 the late ones finally stop pounding on the door
10:30 remember that you forgot to eat breakfast
Get green smoothie from fridge
11:00 look around at the piles and stacks of things that need to be done and walk to co-workers office, declare that it's now "Time For a Smoke Break"
Discuss at length how you both need to stop smoking
11:05 hurry to finish up the day's client notes
Noon: print notes, put them in drawer so Boss Lady doesn't see them and yell about the amount of filing you don't have time to deal with
12:01 Look around again at all the things you didn't have time to do
Contemplate asking for a raise
Remember how that went the last time
Contemplate taking a xanax
12:05 Clock out - drive home
1:00pm eat lunch in front of home computer while reading emails
Begin homework
Curse frequently as gluten free lasagna falls on keyboard
2:00 try to stay awake while studying for test
3:00 try to stay awake while working on paper
3:30 give up and go take a nap
4:30 get jolted awake by dogs, who are bored and want to remind you that there are only 2 more hours until dinner time
5:00 stubbornly lie in bed trying to ignore 4 dogs that won't quit jumping on you
5:15 give up, go back to studying
6:00 Senior Citizen arrives home
Spend 30 minutes pondering what to eat for dinner
Play "Not It" to determine who cooks dinner
6:30 feed dogs
7:00 decide on dinner, eat it while watching "American Dad"
Listen to Senior Citizen tell you (again) what horrible taste in television programming you have
7:30 go outside - stare at dirt in bottom of swimming pool
Wonder when you will have time to clean swimming pool
Investigate the "funny noise" coming from pool pump
Trip over dog that is trailing behind you, almost fall in pool
Senior Citizen finds this amusing...
8:00 say "I need to go to bed" while sitting down to respond to classmates in this week's discussion forum
9:00 get up to go to bed, wash face, brush teeth, etc...
9:30 attempt to lay down, think of all the things that still need to get done
Take a xanax
Read until it kicks in
10:00 finally settle in to sleep...



Sunday, July 17, 2011

summer sunshine!

"Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business, why not find a better job?"
Good idea. I think I'll spend my day here again:

Whaaat? It's a good song - I swear!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Happiness Project

I am linking up with the lovely Lindsay at Scenic Glory for a lovely little thing she's calling The Happiness Project!


Here's what you do: each week we'll be focusing on our own personal goal that we'd like to accomplish for that week. I'm a week late starting - but here's my week one goal:


    Music For The Morning


    "Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, 
    for that determines our success or failure."

    - Norman Vincent Peale


    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Happy Friday Loves!

    "When you're Happy for No Reason, you bring happiness to your outer experiences rather than trying to extract happiness from them. You don't need to manipulate the world around you to try to make yourself happy. You live from happiness, rather than for happiness."
    - Marci Shimoff



    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Whatever tomorrow brings I'll be there...

    "One of our biggest challenges in life is actually not facing our challenges, but rather what we think about them. Our thoughts significantly influence our reality, because what we think influences how we react and respond."


    Have you ever sat back and listened to the words of this song?

    It's really quite awesome - and has an amazing message. In this morning's TDL newsletter, the following words from the song were quoted:

    "Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
    And I can't help but ask myself how much I let the fear
    Take the wheel and steer
    It's driven me before
    And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal...

    But lately I'm beginning to find that
    When I drive myself my light is found."



    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Good Morning Loves!


    "Almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
    - Steve Jobs


    Monday, July 11, 2011

    Newest Favorite Smoothie!

    I've been on a smoothie-for-breakfast kick for the past couple of weeks and I LOVE experimenting with new combinations and flavors. This morning I came up with what is by far my favorite (so far). I discovered this lovely new product at Whole Foods

    Turtle Hill is now making coconut milk kefir!


    I've tried the Strawberry and Vanilla flavors - and they are both AH-MAZINGGG! This week I am going to try the original flavor, because it is devoid of the added sugars that the others contain. There's a huge carb count difference there...

    If you're not familiar with kefir in general - it's a lot like the drinking style yogurts you can find in the grocery store. But kefir has the added benefit of a "friendly" probiotic bacteria. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly. It is loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and contains easily digestible complete proteins.

    The folks at Turtle Mountain have made a fabulous gluten free, dairy free version in the So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir. It is love....

    So here's the fabulous smoothie creation I concocted with it this morning:

    Vanilla Coconut Kefir Date Smoothie
    (recipe makes one serving)

    1/2 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk Kefir
    1/2 cup coconut milk (or other dairy free milk - or dairy if you drink it. but you shouldn't... so stop it!)
    4-6 pitted dates (I used Medjool dates - and only used 4. They are soooo sweet!) 
    1/2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract
    1/2 cup ice cubes

    Optional Add-ins (these are the ones I added for an extra nutrition boost):
    1 tablespoon chia seeds
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder

    Toss it all in the blender, mix well and enjoy! You may want to give the dates a quick chop in a food processor if you don't have a very powerful blender - they tend to be finicky in the blender. But they are soooo yummy! I'm definitely going to toss them into a few of my other smoothie concoctions to add some sweetness. 

    I hope you're all enjoying your day!

    *Disclaimer* No one paid me to write this post. I'm not endorsing their brand, no one sent me any free samples. I just like sharing with you the things that make me happy! :)

    Starting Monday off on the Right Foot

    "Beethoven was deaf, Milton was blind, but their names will last as long as time endures, because the dreamed and translated their dreams into organized thought.

    There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until s/he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.

    Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. A great poet has correctly stated this universal truth through these lines:

    'I bargained with Life for a penny,
    And Life would pay no more,
    However I begged at evening
    When I counted my scanty store.

    For Life is a just employer,
    He gives you what you ask,
    But once you have set the wages,
    Why, you must bear the task.

    I worked for a menial's hire,
    Only to learn, dismayed,
    That any wage I had asked of Life,
    Life would have willingly paid.'"

    - Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich



    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    When life hands you lemons... (& Music For The Morning!)

    I typically don't do the whole double posting thing on my blogs - I call that Cross Blog Contamination... but this is a subject I feel bears repeating. 

    I have been kicking the tires a bit more recently on an idea that has been stuck in my mind since I started this blog. I want to do a cleanse. Not a fad diet thing to lose as much weight as possible in the shortest amount of time - I want to cleanse my body. I've spent 31 years doing horrible things to it. I've stuffed it full of processed foods, fed it decomposing and rotting flesh, ate an abundance of gluten - which I know now it has difficulty processing - and filled it to the brim with sugar, Splenda and countless other things that in reality, are quite toxic to the body. I'd like to give my body a clean slate, a fresh start.

    I was talking to a friend on Twitter the other day and I told her that I had been considering doing a cleanse and then spending a year eating vegan raw whole foods. She told me about a cleanse she'd done before - the Master Cleanse or "Lemonade Diet" as it is frequently referred to. Considered a "fad diet" by many - when you delve into the logistics of it however, the cleanse has merit. I've been wanting to do a cleanse - but had not found one that I felt was plausible. I still have to go to work, I can't take any time off of work to be at home in bed and too weak to move. I still have to complete my school assignments. I need something I can work into my life.

    On my friend's recommendation, I immediately purchased The Master Cleanserand The Complete Master Cleanse: A Step-by-Step Guide to Maximizing the Benefits of The Lemonade Dietfrom (you gotta love Amazon prime...) I've only read through the first book entirely - it's the original book by the man who created the Master Cleanse. It was quite eye opening. I've also purchased  The Raw Food Revolution Dietand once I make it through the 2nd Master Cleanse book, I'll be starting on it. This is the book I will use to guide me through my year of raw food.

    Why only a year on raw food, you ask? Well, I may decide to do it permanently, I may not. The fact of the matter is that a life without baked things is a rather daunting thought. I can handle the thought of 10 days without food and drinking nothing but a lemonade concoction. I can live without meat. I can live without dairy products (I pretty much do that now as it is). I can even handle the thought of eating nothing but raw food for a year. 

    I cannot however, handle the thought of doing it for a lifetime. I know through my research that raw is the best way to eat. Of course food in it's purest form is the best - unprocessed, the way nature intended. Perhaps once I do it for a year and reap the benefits it will be easier to transition to a lifetime of eating this way. For now, I'll say a year.  

    So - 10 days of a lemonade concoction and then on to a year of raw food. This is what I am contemplating. It's drastic - I know. Then again, so is a lap band. Not that getting a lap band is an option... But this requires no cutting. Either way, you have to drastically alter your lifestyle for it to work. This way is far less expensive and much safer - in my opinion.

    I'd like to know, dear readers - have you tried any cleanses? If so, did they work for you?
    Now - some music for your Sunday morning... 



    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Facebook Landing Page!!!

    I am SO excited to share with you my brand new Facebook landing page! This beautiful design was created from my header and put together by the fabulous Julie at Deluxe Designs. If you need some design work done - I highly recommend her! She's a pleasure to work with and does an amazing job!

    Here's a preview of the design, if you haven't "liked" my blog on Facebook - now is a great time to do it! :)


    Music For The Morning...


    I don't know about you - but I could use some mellow this morning - so here's one of my all time favorite mellow songs:

    Happy Thursday Doll Faces!


    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    The Casey Anthony Aftermath (& a super fun poll!)

    Ahhh "Tot Mom"...

    Are you all sick to death of the whole thing yet? Outraged by the verdict? Feel justice has been served? Do you even know what I'm talking about? 

    Ok, Ok... so maybe the jurors couldn't convict her beyond a reasonable doubt on the murder of her daughter Caylee. I get that.

    I took several undergrad law classes and contemplated law school - I'm quite familiar with reasonable doubt. It's impossible to convict someone of murdering another person when there is no proof what so ever of what killed them.

    No one knows what "actually" killed Caylee, it was listed as a "homicide of undetermined means". So we know that someone killed her, we just don't have the forensic evidence to prove what killed her and that it was her mother that did it, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Nor do we have any proof that her father helped her cover it up. But I think he did. And possibly the brother too. The web of lies and deceit she spun were incomprehensible. If the baby drowned in the family pool, as Casey claims - why not call 911 if you are innocent of having drowned the child yourself? Why wrap her in a blanket and dump her in a swamp?

    Because THAT's not what happened. My theory? She put that poor baby to sleep with chloroform and went out partying. She wanted to make sure Caylee didn't wake up while Mommy was out getting her groove on. Well... she didn't. In fact, she won't ever wake up again. And it's likely that the truth of what happened to her will remain a Anthony family secret for eternity.

    Everything I wanted to write and inform you of in this lovely blog post, Leslie Mashall pretty much beat me to. She nailed it on the head. Especially with this quote:

    "I’ll tell you one thing, Casey Anthony won’t be wearing the scarlet letter “M” for murderer, as most of us would like to see.
    Whether she’s truly innocent or guilty of this crime, we’ll never know. Either way, Casey got what she wanted: freedom. And I personally believe she killed her daughter for it."


    Monday, July 4, 2011

    It's kinda like a Monday - but not really...


    Remember this Lovies:



    1. Did you follow the Casey Anthony trial?
    Loosely - were I not employed full time and in school full time - I'd be all over it. I love legal stuff. I wanted to go to law school at one point. 

    2. Do you keep up on Celebrity gossip, if so where do you get post of your information?
    I could not care less about celebrity gossip. Facts I could get in to. Gossip I have no time for.

    3. What is your favorite thing to do on the 4th?

    4. Do others usually think you're difficult to deal with?
    I don't think so. Correct me if I'm wrong?

    5. Is there a certain person who constantly stresses you out?
    There are a few actually. Pretty much everybody stresses me out. People just stress me out!

    6. Is there a friend you never get to see anymore?
    There are lots of them! My Georgia peeps! :(



    A Childhood Actor's Untimely Death aaand... PUPPIES! Welcome to life inside my head.

    The following post is all the fault of Dwija - who inadvertently (and unknowingly) sent me on a quest today. 

    A quest for what you probably didn't ask...? Well I'll tell you! 

    A quest for the autopsy results for actor Corey Haim - who as it turns out - didn't die of a drug overdose after all. Funny how the media didn't make the fuss over THAT little tidbit of information as they did in suspecting his death was an overdose. He died of natural causes - that in my professional opinion were the result of years of drug abuse - but that's irrelevant. It wasn't an overdose. 

    Going on this quest today sent me to Corey Haim's website (how did we we ever get along without google...?) and then on to his Myspace account. Where I was reminded of how much I love the song "Vincent" by Don McLean - and of crazy Jonathan who lived in my apartment complex in college and used to sing it with a lisp whilst playing it on his guitar. HILARIOUS. Go on - sing it with a lisp. I'll wait...

    Hilarious, isn't it? 

    Then - since I actually remembered my password and was able to login to my Myspace account - I decided to look at my pictures that I haven't looked at in years on there. That's where I came across these little gems. This is the first (and only) litter of puppies Savanna had. Rhett is their father, and they will be his only children as well.

    This is how my mind works people - from a childhood actor's untimely death to puppies. I could have adult ADD. It's entirely possible... 

    But let's look at cute puppy pictures now...


    I hope you are all enjoying your time with friends and family this weekend. I am laid up in bed sick. So I'm going back to sleep now... 


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