Monday, December 31, 2012

Thanks 2012 For The Memories - All Of Them

It's been quite a year.  Personally for me, it's been about family and friends.  It's been about travel and races and cruises.  It's been full of blessings every single day.

But it's also been about unimaginable heartbreak and tragedy on a national level.  It's been about political disagreements and opinions.  It's been about issues and rights and accusations.  It's been about bad weather and Mayans and the media.

Somehow we've made it through it all, and have been changed from it.  Each day may have opened our eyes and hearts, made our personal feelings a little stronger and more audible, and made us more aware of our surroundings and responsibilities.  Here's hoping that we've become better people in the 366 days that 2012 gave us.

So thanks 2012, for each day.  You were a very good year!
The Good Stuff From Today:  chili lunch with Mathieu; spaghetti dinner with Maribeth, Mathieu, and Everley; picking up Lindley from school for sleepover with Maribeth and Everley; watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV

Sunday, December 30, 2012


 Thirty-two years ago, I spent several hours and came out of the hospital with this:

 Today I spent several hours and came of out the dealership with this:

December 30 seems to be a pretty good day for me!!

The Good Stuff From Today:  Sam's birthday dinner; Lindley and Everley time; car shopping with Molly; seeing Lindley and her new easel

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oh - So I've Gotten It Wrong All These Years!

The Good Stuff From Today:  Costco and Target shopping with Molly; snowflakes outside; safe travel home for Sam, Lynnette, and Lindley; safe travel to Tallahassee for Steve and GDizzle; TV swap with Sam

Friday, December 28, 2012

That's What Friends Are For

Yesterday I waxed poetic about resolutions.  The gist of my rantings was that I should start now and not wait for some arbitrary date on which to start doing the stuff I wish to be doing.  My final wish was for the ability to kick myself in the butt so that I could get started and keep going.

However, along with my wish not coming through and my middle-aged menopausal memory (MMM for those of you in the know), I did not proceed as I had planned.  While on a trip to Kroger, I saw some fish patties that I thought would be yummy, so I bought them (completely ignoring any nutritional facts and/or Weight Watcher points).  I brought them home and ate them - a lot of them.  In sandwiches.  So much for the "good eating" hope and dream.

While in a fish-patty stupor, I happened upon facebook, and noticed my friend Anita (you know, the smart one who made lists of words that she didn't know when she read something so she could find out the meaning, unlike some of us who guess at a word's meaning only to find out chapters later that not only have you misrepresented the word, but you have successfully transformed the entire point of the character, chapter, and book) had commented on my post (by the way, I would tell you the latest word she looked up, since she posted it on facebook, but knowing me, I probably have that definition wrong, too, although I have no idea what in the heck she must be reading now!).

Anyhow, she quoted the following from my blogpost:
"It's easy to say I'm going to do something - in the new year. Just as soon as January 1 gets here. But all that really means is that I don't want to start doing whatever it is NOW."
BOOM!  The kick in the pants I needed to remind myself of what I want to do. And that, my friends, is what friends are for, even though you might not have seen them in forever, and now only see them in cyberspace.  Thanks, Anita, for giving me just what I needed!

Now if I can just get VAJAZZLE out of my mind ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  cleaning out dining room and getting new rug; beef tips with Molly, Mathieu, Maribeth, and Everley; safe travel to Columbus for Steve

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking Forward

As 2012 is coming quickly to a close, I am prone to think about the things I want to do in the new year (okay, so maybe one might call them "resolutions").  It's easy to say I'm going to do something - in the new year.  Just as soon as January 1 gets here.  But all that really means is that I don't want to start doing whatever it is NOW.

For instance, I want to eat better.  You know, not eat so/too much, make healthy choices, eschew the bad stuff, blah, blah, blah.  I want to start doing that on January 1.  Not today when I went through Wendy's and got the meal deal, complete with french fries.

I want to exercise and jog on a regular basis.  Just not today.  Because if I did it today, it would get into my french-fry eating time.  But come January 1, I'm going to do it.  Really.

I want to clean my house and do stuff like mop the kitchen floor and clean the baseboards before they both get so dirty I forget what color they are.  But not today - I'm just not even going to look at them, hence not having to notice how dirty they might be.  But come January 1, that floor and those baseboards are going to be gleaming.  Honestly.

I could keep going on and on, but you and I both know the real story.  If I can't start it tomorrow (or even now), chances are that the date of 1-1-13 won't make any difference.  So why wait?  Why not start right away?  Why not take Nike's advice and just do it?  As in just do it NOW!  You know, like a week before the official "do it" day of January 1.

Maybe I will.  I just need to learn to kick myself in the pants to get and keep me going.
The Good Stuff From Today:  writing project done; a little more cleaning complete; new rugs purchased; couch and chair delivery and delivery dudes; car wash personnel

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Next Day

I know the feeling ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  babysitting Everley and her finding her nose; cleaning up a bit

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Today as you celebrate, my hope and prayer is that you ...
... feel the love that surpasses all understanding,
... celebrate with loved ones by your side,
... realize those gifts that can't be packaged under the tree,
... and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas to remember.

Merry Christmas with all the love that became manifest through a manger in Bethlehem!

The Good Stuff From Today:  leftovers at Molly's house; checking on Missy Cat; the birth of Jesus

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

The Good Stuff from Today:  clerks at Honeybaked Ham; seeing Nan at Target; Christmas Eve dinner at the Doik with Maribeth, Mathieu, Everley, Molly, and Steve

Sunday, December 23, 2012

In Prep For Tomorrow ...

The Good Stuff From Today:  Cracker Barrel breakfast with Steve; visiting with Vera P in the parking lot; Everley time; Steve's burgers for dinner; Massage Envy and Sonic with Molly

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Davidson Christmas 2012

Last night was our family Christmas since Sam, Lynnette, and Lindley will head to Ft. Worth to spend Christmas with the Ogles.  We all met at our house for food and presents, in the usual Davidson fashion (a total train wreck).

The food was good, mainly because Molly cooked it all.  The only blips were the grapefruit cake, which everyone was too full to eat anyway (something about the egg whites not whipping up as desired) and the corn pudding (which refused to cook on time and was left in the oven during the present-giving-chaos and was promptly forgotten until some of the party-goers had left and somebody went to check on it, finding it had finally cooked to the well-done stage).  We feasted on meatballs, Paula Dean chicken/mushroom pockets, Sista Schu rolls, mashed (or creamed, depending on your heritage) potatoes, various Christmas-oriented junk foods, ravioli, and possibly some other stuff, stuffed being the operative word.

Once our Disney fleeces (we all had fleeces with our names and Disney characters embroidered on them, and no, I did not embroider them, and no, of course we did not get a family picture of all of us with them on) were stretched by our ever-widening girth, we headed to the living room for gift-ripping.  Since the living room couch was still undelivered and somewhere in Lazy-Boy Land, we all sat on the floor or dragged a chair into the room. And the presents began flying about.

I got many wonderful things, some of which are Disney pics, plaque, and even a Mickey/Minnie kissing salt/pepper shaker, along with new gloves, a pink hand-held blender, and a new eensie-weensie pink camera.  It was all very nice and very much appreciated.

But now, for my make-its.  The first two, which were for Lynnette and Mathieu (the in-laws, poor things), are so pathetic that they don't even deserve pictures.  Basically I put their names on their presents - an art bin for Lynnette and a portfolio for Mathieu.  Hopefully the gift cards that were attached to each made up for it.

The first thing that got finished was Steve's - a wagon for hauling around Lindley and Everley:
The "make-it" part?  Name and seat covers.  I take the "make-it" part rather liberally.

Everley taking the first ride - Lindley was on her way west.

Everley is a multi-tasker, as long as she has a driver

The next present that got finished was for Sam, Maribeth, and Molly (things go much quicker when you give the same thing to several people).  Unfortunately, I needed some help with this one, as the photos that I took were terrible.  Luckily, I have a professional photographer in the family, so Mathieu obliged at the last moment to bail me out.  The make-it part was when I went online to Walgreens and created the print (my make-it gets even more broadly interpreted at times).  Oh, and I bought the frame and framed them, too.

The doors in clockwise order starting with the red door are:  Ours, Sam/Lynnette's, Molly's, and Maribeth/Mathieu's.

The next gift to get finished was Everley's ABC book, which was basically a scrapbook where two pages each were dedicated to a letter represented by pictures of Everley (for the most part).  Needless, to say, some pages had more pictures than others (there just aren't a lot of words that begin with "X").
Okay, so you get the picture. Scrapbooking may not exactly be my talent, either, but I certainly have a beautiful subject!!

The last gift to get finished (that would have been Friday morning) was Lindley's, which was to be a fort because (a) Lindley likes forts (created by draping a quilt over whatever will hold it up in the coat closet), and (b) a few months ago, Lynnette said that she would like a canopy for Lindley's room (the kind that looks like a little circus tent-thingy).  So, I decided to combine the two for this occasion.  Early on, I decided to use a hula-hoop for the round part and an old Disney king-sized sheet for the main part.  I had some remnants from other projects that I decided to use for the other parts and bought some trim a few days ago to finish it off.  So I started.  And then my sewing machine decided to have a hissy fit and break the thread every few inches.  While I am sure this had to do with tension (mainly mine) or bobbins or something like that (note:  I think of sewing as hot-glueing things together with thread), I was still getting pretty frantic about this project getting finished.  It didn't help that I had sawed the hula-hoop in one place with the intention of threading it into the pocket I had made in the sheet, but after draining the hoop (who knew that hula-hoops contained water), it refused to hold its original shape, despite my best duct-tape efforts.

At this point, I knew I needed help, so I prayed that it would all work out, and it did.  I bought new bobbins, and the sewing machine got over itself and sewed smoothly with no breakage.  During the night, I remembered (or rather God reminded me) that there was a small piece of PVC pipe in the ground in the planter (marking a sprinkler), and I thought that maybe it would hold the hoop together, and it did, creating the roundness that was needed.  Pretty soon, I had a fort!
Okay, so the picture is terrible, so use your imagination.  Or come play in the fort with Lindley!  And no, this picture was not taken with my new pink eensie-weensie camera!!

And so there you have it - Davidson Christmas and Make-its 2012 is in the books.  Whew!!
The Good Stuff From Today:  unpacking boxes; AT&T store with Molly and Andi and switching phones; Factory dinner take-out with Mathieu and Molly; Everley time

Friday, December 21, 2012

You Asked For It (Well, Maybe You Didn't) ...

Anyhoo, the thing is I FINISHED THE MAKE-ITS!!!  Hopefully there will be pictures and the stories behind some of the make-its (truly Divine Intervention for the last one) tomorrow.  Until then, here's the happy dance:

The Good Stuff From Today:  Everley time; finishing of the gifts; Davidson Family Christmas

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm Almost There ...

Hopefully tomorrow I'll be singing and dancing the "I'm Done!" song ...
(that would be as in "I'm Done With The Christmas presents" not as in "The Mayans")
The Good Stuff From Today:  Everley time; almost finishing make-its; MB and Everley sleepover

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My New Role Model

Not to worry people - the days of this "make it" gift thing are coming to a close.  Davidson Christmas will be on Friday night, so stuff has to be done by then, no matter how pathetic the gifts are turning out to be (technically, only two are pathetic - three are decent and three are pretty good).

I have to say, I will be glad when they are all done, because then I can catch up on the other stuff that I am behind in.  Like unpacking boxes and cleaning house and getting back on Weight Watchers and working out.

So the question remains, does one ever catch up?  Feeling like I've never been in such a place, I was just wondering . . .
The Good Stuff From Today:  lots of gifts delivered; tree and cake pops from the Lewises; truffles from Dugger Construction; more progress on gifts

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Re-Posting ... Or Is It Re-Blogging?

At any rate, I decided to take a break from my pasting and cutting and yelling at my sewing machine and searching the internet for easier gifts and eating chocolate, to bring you this musical treat.  I'm sure I posted it last year, and every year, to get by with posting during the holiday season.  Enjoy - I certainly do!

 The Good Stuff From Today:  Everley time; progressing on gifts; breakfast at First Watch with KB and Molly and gift giving and receiving

Monday, December 17, 2012

Nothing's Changed Since Yesterday ...

Except that maybe I've considered going out and buying more chocolate ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  meeting with Bill to discuss Molly's house; bell delivery; Everley time; clean closet

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Busy Making Stuff. No Time To Blog.

Have moved past trying to "make it" for gifts to "IOU coupons" for gifts to watching TV.  At least there was no vast amount of chocolate to consume.  At least not anymore ...

The Good Stuff From Today:  early morning soak in the tub; shopping and lunch with Molly; Lindley and Everley time; pizza for dinner; safe travel home for Steve

Saturday, December 15, 2012

One Down, Seven To Go ...

And technically, six days left in which to do them. 

I love a challenge, don't you?

Yeah, me neither ...

The Good Stuff From Today:  Lindley and Everley time; Molly bringing Las Palmas for lunch; Sam picking up dinner; Athens breakfast and leaf-getting with KB

Friday, December 14, 2012


There are no words for the tragedy in Connecticut today.  I can only rest in the assurance that there is One who grieves more than I do, and Who welcomes those children with loving arms.

       I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
Psalm 31:7

The Good Stuff From Today:  Bill fixing my shower; lots of shopping completed; Steve's safe travel to Columbus; Everley time; Molly visit with Diet Coke and peach pie pocket

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's There ...

The finish line of the "make-it" Christmas gift project of 2012 is within sight.  No, I haven't actually completed anything (or actually even really started anything), but I got another idea today.  That makes me closer to the finish, but still in the race - in the waaaay back of the race to gitterdun in  week (our family Christmas will be on December 21).

It's sort of like my performance in the "running" races I do.  I never win and usually come in at the end with the back-of-the-packers.  But eventually I finish.  And I will.  By next Friday.  Wonder if making an I.O.U.A.GIFT counts ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  house looking like a house again; burgers with most of the fam; Lindley and Everley time; clean carport

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Simply Put, The Reason for the Season

The Good Stuff From Today:  getting several things accomplished; lunch at Macaroni Grill with Steve and Molly; Missy at the derm office

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Is It Time To Panic Yet??

According to my calculations (and I got out my adding machine, calculator, and slide rule to make sure), Christmas is two weeks away.  As in two weeks from today.  And my category in the family Christmas gift exhange is "make it."  As in make everybody's gift.  Now let's check the progress on this year's gifts:
Gifts to make: 8   Gifts made: 0

Some people I know quilt and are probably quilting and sewing to make crafty quilt things for their entire office building.  And when they're not sewing and quilting, they are apparently cooking and baking, probably for the office building next door.  Since I neither quilt nor cook, I shall have to think of other makeable things for this year's festivities.

I'm not totally out of it.  I have ideas for the 8-month-old and the almost-3-year old.  I also have an idea or two for one or two of the adults.  But I haven't started any of it.   I guess I should get started.  I think there's some leftover lumber, nails, and paint from the remodel - now to locate the Gorilla Glue ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  Mr. Bill fixing the hot water issue; Everley time; Mathieu bringing Starbucks and then lunch; security installer dude and new security system; gifties from Marilyn and Eddie; tech visit from Molly; candy sweets from Bill

Monday, December 10, 2012

Remodel - Part Deux

Today marked the end of our big remodel project.  Except for a few odds and ends, it is complete.  In all, we enlarged the upstairs adding windows and a full bath, remodeled both downstairs bathrooms, remodeled the family room to include storage, installed two new hvac units, installed wall mounts for TVs in the family room and bedroom, and corrected a serious leak in the sunroom.  It's funny how long and slow the time seems when you're in the middle of such a project, but how quickly it seems to have passed once its done.

But now the real work (for me anyway) begins.  All the stuff that I packed up in boxes to get out of the house for the remodel to begin, has to be dealt with.  All the stuff that had to be removed from the bathrooms sits in boxes and drawers wanting to return home.  There are books and doo-dads and bric-a-brac that needs to find a place to be placed.  There's stuff in the dining room and in the bedroom and the living room - all stuff that came from other rooms that have now been declared clean.  Three boxes of stuff are now upstairs waiting to be put away.  Unfortunately, they are only being added to the boxes of stuff already up there that needs to be sorted.

One day, hopefully before Christmas, everything will be settled and I can just enjoy my new digs.  Maybe I can even Christmas shop in all the boxes of stuff - I know some people that are perfect for some of that boxed crap trove of treasures!!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Final remodel projects complete - picking up Maribeth, Mathieu, and Everley at the airport; Steve bringing burgers for dinner; Massage Envy 60 minutes of bliss

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Facebook Stalking - I Mean Reading

I thought I was weird because I tend to read stuff about people I don't even know (like if you liked/were tagged/commented on in a total stranger's ((to me)) page, I have to find out the back story - to me, it's kind of like reading a biography).  But apparently, I am only one of a lot of stalkers readers who participate in this practice - google it yourself if you don't believe me.  There were even a bunch of images to choose for facebook stalking (and some pretty funny cartoons).

So, the moral of this story is to hide your friends or whatever it is you're supposed to do if you don't want me to know all your business.  But you sure are going to cut down on my social knowledge!!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Amerigos with Molly, Lynnette, and Lindley; cable dude; Bed/Bath/Beyond trip; Steve's hole in one

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Real Underwear Story

I few days ago, I bared my soul (or maybe my butt) and shared (probably too much) my underwear tales (or tail).  Anyhoo, as a follow-up, I wanted to share with you WHY I have to buy my own underwear.  Simply put - I STILL BELIEVE!!

(This sign is thanks to my good buddy KB, who also believes!!)
The Good Stuff From Today:  Slarty with Lynnette and Lindley; cute Everley pics from Montana; relay race shirt in the mail; EE 5K registration

Friday, December 7, 2012

Stories From The Return Line

Today I was in the return line with some purchases that I had decided needed to go back to the store.  It's always interesting to hear what goes on there.  Today's stories included:
  • Some lady with a small TV/remote/manuals but no packing and/or box it came in.  While I could not hear the entire conversation (though not for lack of trying) I think it had something to do with a warranty.  After some discussion, she left, taking all her electronic equipment with her.
  • Some lady switching out blinds.  Which was probably an easy transaction, had the clerk in charge not been a distant relative of Ebenezer Scrooge.  I think she was also allergic to smiling and happiness.  Luckily for the blinds lady, Ms. Grumpy's shift was over and a pleasant clerk took over.  Blinds lady went home with coverings for her windows.
  • Some lady who parked next to me, returned her whatevers, and was headed back to her car with new purchases at the same time as I returned to my car.  Clearly a successful shopping trip for her!
But my favorite was the lady behind me, talking on her cell phone.  It was not hard to hear her conversation since (a) she was right behind me, and (b) she was talking loud enough for the entire store to hear her.  She started out by telling her phone buddy about all the cortisones she was on/given at the doctor - creams, shots, pills, and probably a drink.  She then proceeded to discuss how she had never had something like this before (to which I wanted to turn around and look, but it's hard trying to keep track of so many stories happening around you).  Then she and her phone buddy started talking about lunch, because Ms. Cortisone then said that she would be glad to pick up some food for her, but she didn't want to touch it, because as she said (and this is a direct quote), "This shit is contagious!"  Certainly not the words you want to hear from someone directly behind you in line.  She followed it up with some talk about poison oak, which may have been true or some crowd damage control, lest she find herself in a crowd of one. 

It was time for my return transaction, so my brain became otherwise occupied, and Corti went over to cash a check (and ask where the pharmacy was, I would guess to get the various cortisone creams and lotions and whatevers that she had been prescribed).  I hope she cashed her check, picked up food for her friend, and got the medicinal relief that she needed.

I also hope I don't get whatever she had ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  bed delivery; Lindley time; Costco lunch and shopping with Molly; Sonic delivery from Sam; TV watching with Lindley and Lynnette in the guest room

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Just Call Me Santa

To help you with your shopping dilemma, I have the answer - handerpants.  Seriously.  You know you want them.  Oh, and to those who might be wondering - I don't.  Want them, that is!

The Good Stuff From Today:  new gas logs installed by the gas log dudes; airport run with Mathieu, Maribeth, and Everley; airport Everley pics; grilled cheese via Steve for dinner; Hughes mopping the floors; sunroom almost back to normal; remodel projects wrapping up

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What To Do?

I never watch that show "What Would You Do?"  Maybe it's because in those situations, I don't know what I would do, and even if I think I know what I would do, I can't be sure that I would do what I think I would do - you just don't know until you are actually in that situation.  But mostly I don't watch that show because I know it's made up situations made up for TV to make a show.  In other words, it's fake.

I don't like tricking people.  I don't like making people do stuff under the pretense of being real.  In a psychology course I took in college, part of an assignment was doing something in a public place that would cause a reaction.  I don't remember what I did, but I know I probably hated it.

Which brings me to a situation that I encountered in Walgreen's.  As I had my stuff and was headed to the check-out, I noticed a young woman sitting on the floor.  Her legs were splayed out in front of her and she was sitting on the floor and her head was down on the floor.  As I glanced at her, I saw she had a Walgreen's receipt with her stuff that her head was resting on.  There were several people in line, along with the Walgreen's check-out lady.  The young woman was just at the end of the counter.

Frankly, I didn't know what to do.  I didn't know whether to ask her if she was okay, or to ask the person ahead of me in line, or to ask the check-out lady.  Part of me wondered if this was some TV or psychology class stunt.  What should I do?

I did nothing.  I checked out and went to my car.  Nobody else did anything either.  I don't know what the young woman's story was, and I will never know if I should have been part of the answer.  It's probably the cynic in me, but it just didn't seem like a situation that warranted my attention.

The question will still remain with me, though - did I really do the right thing?
The Good Stuff From Today:  2 miles and prizes with KB; Everley time; window blinds hung by Hughes; Sonic peppermint shake via Steve; Starbucks and Calypso burger delivered by Mathieu; nice blinds cutter lady at Home Depot

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Decor

My house would be the one on your right - 
if I could get around to stringing even that many lights!
The Good Stuff From Today:  getting curtain rod hung, thanks to Bill and Hughes; birthday dinner for Lynnette with most of the family; safe travel home for Maribeth, Mathieu, and Everley; Lion King tickets purchased; video of Everley crawling

Monday, December 3, 2012

New Unna-wares

Okay, so it was time.  Or maybe even past time.  For new underwear, that is.  My existing ones were beginning (or actually had begun a long time ago) to show signs of the stress and strain that my rather ample posterior had been putting it through.  In other words, my under-britches were getting holy, and I don't mean the religious kind.

The underwear that I prefer for that region is by Victoria's Secret (too much information already?).  And NO - not that kind.  Vicky sells old-style granny pants - they just have to go back in Vicky's basement and pull them out of the mothballs (because we grannies like that smell).  Anyhow, as you would expect, they aren't as cheap as Fruit of the Loom from Target where you can get three dozen for $3 (or something like that). But they last longer and can withstand the tremendous pressure that my dimply butt puts on them.

Anyhoo, I had decided that I would wait until I has lost a certain amount of weight before I treated myself to some new undies.  And I waited.  And waited and waited.  Finally, I just started throwing away those undies that were really in sorry shape (like when the holes are so big you begin to wonder if it's a leg opening).  When I was down to just a few (and I don't do laundry as often as I used to, so it was beginning to be an issue), I decided to heck with the reward - I needed a fresh supply now.

Well, Ms. Vick was having a sale, so I bought seven (yep, SEVEN - I can go a whole week before running the washing machine!) new underwears.  And - get this - after they came in, I went back and she was having another sale so I bought five more!!  Are you impressed?  I am!  My fanny is happy and secure once more without britches holiness!!

So what's the moral of this story?  Simply this - sometimes you don't need a reason to treat yourself - you just need to treat yourself.  And sometimes, you just need new underwear.
The Good Stuff From Today:  Safe travel home for Marilyn (and her two extra bags and her caramel cake and her chess pie and her MSU cheeses); Steve bringing dinner home; quick Molly visit

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Today, as part of Marilyn's last day in Nashville, we had a busy day.  She started off by going to her former church when she lived here.  Once she got back home, she picked up dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, then we (me/her/Molly) proceeded to the Sprint store so she could update her broken old-timey flip phone to an updated new-from-Plates smartphone (thanks to Molly).  From there we went to the AT&T store, but left due to the long wait (moms will have to get updated later) and went directly to the pedicure place.  There we splurged on the deluxe pedi, complete with leg stone massage and foot paraffin wrap (yowza!).  Marilyn and I opted for sparkly red polish, in celebration of the season - Molly opted out of sparkles and instead went for a more subdued red.  At some point we decided to go all the way and got our nails done, too, again with the red sparkles (Molly went for clear).  Somehow I ended up with a bottle of red sparkly polish - not sure how that happened.

By this time we had worn Molly out, so we dropped her off and headed for a Wal-Mart trip (Marilyn needed containers to take home the caramel cake and chess pie that Steve had obtained on her behalf while he was in Mississippi).  We then had a bite at Sonic and went out to see Christmas lights - and promptly got sorta lost.  But thanks to her new phone and her quickly downloaded map app, we found our way back home, just in time for her to load up her stuff for her 6am flight home the next day, where I think she will need a rest from her weekend of racing, buttoning, prettying and shopping!!

The Good Stuff From Today:  Factory lunch with some of the family; Lindley time; Everley pictures; phone business and mani/pedi with Marilyn and Molly; Christmas light tour with Marilyn

Saturday, December 1, 2012

And We Relayed!!

This morning we walked/wogged/ran in the St. Jude's Marathon Relay.  By we, I mean Marilyn, Molly, Karen P, and Karen B.  We each ran a leg of varying length (3.1 miles - 6.5 miles).  It was a lot of fun - and a lot of waiting.  It was also the epitome of team - Marilyn saved us time at the front by jockeying her way into the first corrals.  The Karens and Molly saved me time by going really fast on their legs.  And I did my part with the last leg - just by finishing.  It was a great morning to be out (a bit chilly at the start but definitely warmer by noon when it was my turn) and for a great cause. All in all, a great Saturday!!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Relay team; relay shuttle with/without KB; waiting station; seeing Molly approach relay handoff; team at the overpass and the finish; more JC Penney shopping and buttons with Marilyn and Molly; Huey's with KB, Molly, and Marilyn; cute Everley pics; car games with Molly and Marilyn

Friday, November 30, 2012

Smart Marketing, Jacque Pene'!!

This morning, Marilyn, Molly, and I made our way to Memphis, where we will join the Karens for out St. Jude's Marathon Relay.  Tonight we all met up, ate dinner, and headed to the nearest JC Penney store in order to purchase some pink "Ugg-like" boots.  We bought the boots and headed next door to the Dollar Tree to find KB.  While in line, we were holding our JC Penney bag, and the lady behind us asked if we had gotten our "buttons."  When we responded that we had not (and that we had no idea what she was talking about), she proceeded to tell us the deal. 

In case you didn't know, JC Penney is giving out little metal buttons.  On the back of each button is a code which you enter online.  You can either have a winning button or not.  The lady in line had already won two $5 gift cards and two $25 gift cards.  Naturally, as soon as we paid the Dollar Tree lady, we headed back to JC Penney and got our buttons.  On the way back to the hotel, we found that Marilyn had won a $5 gift card and Molly (or me) had won a $10 gift card.  Which we promptly spent the next day at JC Penney.  And also got more buttons.

Why is this genius marketing?  Because normally I don't shop at JC Penney.  It's mostly because there's not one super close, and there are several Targets and Wal-Marts between me and JC.  It's also because I just haven't shopped there in a long time.  But in the past few days I have spent about $50 there and now have gift cards to go back and spend more (the new buttons revealed more $10 cards).  It's one of those things where I don't think so much about what I might be spending, but how much I am saving.  It's a great idea, and I am following it hook, line, and sinker - and getting some Christmas shopping done!
The Good Stuff From Today:  safe road trip to Memphis; lunch at the Old Country Store with Molly ad Marilyn; dinner with the relay team; JC Penney and Dollar Tree shopping

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Best + Worse = Day

Every night, Lynnette asks Lindley what were the best and worse parts of her day.  It's usually entertaining to hear some of the things that Lindley comes up with.  Tonight, in order to get Lindley to take a bath and let me wash her hair, I had to bribe her with chocolate pudding after her bath.  So naturally, when I asked Lindley about the best and worse parts of her day, the best part was the chocolate pudding.  The worst?  The bath.

It dawned on me that usually, that's how each day works.  There's always something good to find in each day (and it's made my days better when I make myself find that good thing).  It's easy to find that worse thing in each day (and easier to dwell on it).  Together, the good and the worse make up a day.  It's not that they cancel each other out.  But in each instance, we learn something about our day and our life by thinking about both.  And if we really think about it, we will find that not only does the worse part of our day make the good part so much better, but the good part of our day helps us weather the worse part of our day.

Hope all the parts of your day were great - both the best and the worse!!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Lots of Lindley time; picking up Marilyn from the airport; Marilyn picking up Burger Up for dinner

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When Lindley Sleeps Over

First of all, she hasn't in a long time - I think she slept in the porta-crib the last time she slept over.  But this time, Sam had a speaking engagement in Indiana and Lynnette had a seminar thing in Ohio, so Lindley had a sleepover at LaLa and Pawpaw's.

We skipped the bath (because Miss L didn't seem to think it was a good idea - in fact, she thought it was the worst idea ever), but we did manage to brush teeth and get into pajamas.  After Pawpaw read a few or ten books, Lindley settled down with reclaimed friend Violet and forever friend Buddy Bear.  And a flashlight and a pop light.  And one curtain open and the cubbyhole light on and the light over the bed on.  The bedroom door stayed open but the door to the stairs was shut so that Maggie and Minnie the cats wouldn't get in the bed. 

LaLa and Pawpaw went downstairs to listen on the monitor for signs of distress.  After a bit of singing (from Lindley) and talking (between Violet and Lindley), things settled down.  When I was pretty sure she was asleep, I crept upstairs to turn off a light.  Or two or three.

Lindley was asleep as you see above.  Apparently at some point she had procured the folded-up zip-case from her bag and used it as a shield from the light.  And being the considerate 2 and 3/4-year-old she is, she used it to shield Violet's eyes, too.  (Buddy Bear is totally underneath).

The child is clearly a genius.  Family genetics, you know - just not telling whose ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  picking up Lindley at school and having her spend the night

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday. Period.

So we're past the Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Could today just be Tuesday.  Period?  You know, no frantic shopping (either in the real world or cyber), no looking for the best deal (because believe, me, there's probably a better one out there than the last one you found), and just be content with what we have purchased or content to give ourselves a break.

Of course, this is easy for me because I haven't made out a Christmas list - for what I would like to receive and/or give.  My brain is full enough trying to decide which color of white (snow white, pearl white, very white, blinding white, flat, eggshell, high gloss, etc.) to paint my walls, much less scour the internet an print ads for a really great deal.  There - I said it.  I am too lazy to save money.

So I am hereby declaring the Tuesday after Black Cyber Weekend as Tuesday...Period.  Feel free to celebrate as you wish, as long as there is no shopping or any related activity involved.  Read a book, make a pie, have a Sonic Mint Milkshake.  Happy TP!!

Too bad this was written too late for you to celebrate ...
The Good Stuff From Today:  4 miles with KB; Everley time; more Christmas deliveries; great deals at Wal-Mart (I can't help it if I walk past a great deal on my way to buy deodorant)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Buy-It Monday

Sure, call it Cyber Monday if you want, but you know what it's about - purchasing stuff online that you either stood in line and didn't get on Friday, or didn't stand in line and not get, or just decided to get because you're sort of bored.  As for me, I've been ordering stuff online for the past week, because apparently everybody out there in retail-land wants me so badly that they sent me emails offering me some great deals.  Now those purchases are being delivered, and I have forgotten why I ordered them and for whom I purchased them. Welcome to the Luanne Method of Christmas shopping!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Bill and Hughes back on the remodel; Everley time; Christmas deliveries

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Slowing Down the Hurry-Up

It's that time of year again - when it seems we have so much to do and so little time to do it.  There are gifts to decide, purchase and wrap.  There are the diets and exercise programs to get going in order to lose the Thanksgiving pounds before we regain them with Christmas goodies.  There's the house to get cleaned up so we can decorate it and get it ready for holiday guests.  There are Christmas cards to compose, address, and mail.  There are treats to bake and parties to attend.  There are Christmas movies to watch and books to read.  And according to my countdown clock, there are 29 days left to do it all.

So what would happen if it all didn't get done?  Would Christmas be any less Christmas-y?  Would we be jailed if the Christmas cards didn't go out until January, or if the gift didn't qualify for the gift-wrapping award?  What would happen if we didn't try to do it all, but just some of the most important things?  What if we slowed down, considered those things that we love most about Christmas, and celebrated those?

Maybe this Christmas will be the one where we slow down and enjoy each moment before it slips away.  After all, I heard the first Christmas was only a manger and baby that changed the whole world.  How could Christmas be any better than that?
The Good Stuff From Today:  Starbucks delivery to Sam and Lynnette:  Lindley and Everley time at their homes; Charity delivery with Maribeth; picking up Molly at the airport; progress in bedroom clear-out

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Simply Saturday

I was going to jog this morning, but when the local weather dude said it was 20-something degrees, I decided otherwise.  I started shoveling the clutter around in my room, in an attempt to locate my desk.  Unfortunately, that meant that the stuff that was cluttering my desk had to go somewhere, so it's now on the floor in a pile, but at least my desk is clear.  I think that's progress?

Lindley and Everley and their parents came over, so the de-cluttering had to stop awhile so I could attend to more important matters.  Like going out and purchasing a Sonic Holiday Mint Milkshake (I totally recommend it).  Eventually everyone went back to their homes, and I am now facing the pile again.  And watching the Egg Bowl on TV (Go Dawgs!).

It's been a good Saturday and a good wrap up to a thankful week.  Hope your weekend was as good as mine!
The Good Stuff From Today:  Christmas tree and stockings up and complete; Lindley and Everley time; Sonic treats for everyone; order deliveries; getting a few things accomplished

Friday, November 23, 2012

Freaky Friday

No, I did not go shopping today (which technically started yesterday or last night or at the crack of dawn today, depending on which store you were following).  Steve and Molly flew to Orlando yesterday to participate in the madness down there, and were at it from the moment they touched down.  And while I realize that there were some super deals out there, I think so highly of myself that I think my time and energy are worth the price savings (and there's no way I want to be the 501st person in line at Target to get sheets - especially if Molly will do it for me).

Sam went out, observed the lines, took pictures, texted them to those of us at home in bed, and promptly went back home.  I did wake up at 3AM this morning, and briefly (that period of time would be a nano-second) considered going out.  I chose to wash my hair (I couldn't get back to sleep), watch some TV on my non-black-Friday-probably-full-purchase television, and managed to go back to snoozeland.

I saw videos online of some of the shopping craziness.  I read reports.  I heard about some of the amazing deals that people got because they were persistent.  Bravo for them!!  But for me, I just couldn't do it.  At least not this year.

After all, the after-Christmas sales are only a month away, and mama needs a new Christmas tree!
The Good Stuff From Today:  finishing the Thanksgiving leftovers; shopping reports from the Florida shoppers

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a little gem from the archives - family archives, that is.  Maribeth was in the 5th or 6th grade when she penned it.  Guess thanksgiving honesty is the best policy?  Oh well, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

The Good Stuff From Today:  Boulevard Bolt with KB, Sharon, and Bruce; airport run with Steve and Molly; Lindley and Everley time

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hump Day Thanks

Most people are thankful for Wednesdays, because it represents the half-way point of their work week.  Monday seems eons away, and Friday has begun to be seen in the distance.  People seem to be a little more productive, trying to get things accomplished in order to have things ready to leave at the office for the weekend.  On this Hump Day before Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for:

  • Friends who share their cooked specialties (like smoked turkey) with me, sometimes even making a special out-of-their-way trip to my house
  • Daughters who cook the entire dinner for the entire family
  • Family who gather for yet another holiday-yet-not-exactly-traditional meal
  • Granddaughters who have a great imagination when it comes to playing kitchen and doll house
  • Granddaughters who manage to spy the one Christmas present that you forgot to hide, even though it was up on a shelf in your closet or behind closed doors on the pie safe
  • Baby girls who are content to sometimes sit in a play yard and happily occupy themselves while the adults are busy getting stuff done
  • Clean laundry and clean sheets on the bed
Wednesdays are a day to be thankful, even if it's just because it's Wednesday.  But if we really just stop and think about it, there are so many more things for which to be thankful on a Wednesday!

The Good Stuff From Today:  smoked turkey from Bill; clean sheets on my bed; Lindley and Everley time; dinner with the entire family

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful On A Tuesday

It's always a good day when you see things get accomplished.  Some days it's an accomplishment just to take a shower.  Some days so many things get accomplished that before you know it, the day is gone and you're amazed at what transpired over the course of a few hours.  Most days, it's just good to know that you had stuff to do, and most of it got done.  Today there were several things for which I am thankful.
  • Friends who walk at my pace, and aren't too concerned that it's as slow as molasses.
  • Encouragement and belief from my walking buds that we get will get faster.
  • Television and cable that entertains me and educates me and helps me fall asleep.
  • Craftsmen who are patient with my great ideas.
  • Cats who are pesky and persnickety and who will curl up next to you and purr.
  • Poopy diapers from sweet babies.
  • Grown up children who help you get stuff done and make decisions.
  • Husbands who know TV setup stuff.
  • Painters 
  • Beautiful Nashville weather
Sometimes it's amazing how many blessings you can find in the space of a few hours - you just have to count them up.

The Good Stuff From Today:  4 miles down Belmont with KB; cleaning a bit and running a few errands; shower complete; bedroom TV complete; Disney surprise finished

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanks For Mondays

Mondays aren't always the most welcome days of the weeks - unless you start counting your blessings.  Then maybe Mondays will go by a little quicker and a little happier.

For me, these are the things today for which I am most thankful:
  • A house, while under remodeling and very dusty, that is my home and is a meeting place for gathering as a family, remembering past experiences, and creating new ones
  • Remodel projects that turn out so much better than you hoped
  • Remodel people (wonder what I've been doing all day?) who are good at what they do and do their jobs with integrity and precision
  • Technology like facebook that helps me catch up with friends, learn new things, and even provide a chuckle and/or a tear
  • People who cook meals for me to eat, sometimes for a night and sometimes for a week 
  • Freezers that store food and grills that cook it
  • The Postal Service that delivers mail from here to there
 Hope you've had a blessed Monday!!
The Good Stuff From Today; glass dudes who installed the rest of Steve's shower; getting back to salad lunches; cute text Everley pics; Everley time;  Steve's Bubba Burger dinner with Mathieu and Everley; visiting Molly at her house

Sunday, November 18, 2012

'Tis The Week To Be Thanks-full

Several of my facebook friends are way ahead of me.  They started the first of November listing all the things for which they are thankful.  Most days they list several thankful things, not just one. But naturally being behind, I am a little bit late.  Although I can't make up for all those November-gone-by days, I'm going to try to use the week to be thanks-full - full of thanks for all my blessings and God-given gifts.

Today, because of circumstances that occurred today,  I am thankful for:

  • People who work on Sundays without complaint to make my life better.  These are people like ministers, food-service workers, maintenance workers, masseuses, and anybody who works on a day when others are napping on the couch.  I am especially thankful for those who work cheerfully and offer a kind word, in addition to whatever else they do for me.
  • The joys that come in small, enthusiastic packages - in other words, little kid joys.  The kind of joy that is happy for a new set of crayons, or a new set of sheets, or a bottle, or a hug, or just some time spent together.
  • Siblings - both mine and those of friends that I might only hear about on facebook and learn of that sibling love and bond that is so unique and special.
So that's just a little bit of it for today.  For the next few days, I'm going to focus of the things for which I realize are blessings on that particular day.  Maybe it will help me be aware of how blessed I am and how thankful I should be - not just at this time of year, but every single day of my life.
The Good Stuff From Today: Marilyn at Massage Envy; seeing Lindley's new big bed; food via Molly; cable dude

Saturday, November 17, 2012

If Babies Could Say What They're Thinking ...

What would she be saying?

"Hurry up and take the picture before I rip this hat off!"

"I have something icky in my shorts."

"Can we go shopping now?

"I don't get this place, considering that I'm only 7 months old, and this is my third visit!"

"Geeze LaLa - you're the best!!"

Yep, I thought the last one was the correct one, too!!

The Good Stuff From Today:  early-morning trips to Target and Wal Mart; WW meeting with the Ms; Calypso lunch and dinner with some of the family; Lindley and Everley time