Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Journey to the Pacific North West

I had a training for work yesterday. It was a really fun eye opening training. Which isn't always the case so I was happy. But, I am sure I am now looked at like the crazy coworker.

See the training was on bias. At one part we looked at pictures of 4 individuals and had to say what was our reactions to the photos. One of the pictures was Ted Bundy when he was defending himself against murder. Taken briefly before he escaped and traveled to Florida. Where he killed the girls in the Chi Omega house and the young young.

I was super excited that I knew who it was. So after the others said what they thought, usually that he seemed charming and nice. One person said he had mean eyes. Finally I was hoping up and down in my seat so the training let me speak. I told all about his murders and how he was defending  and soon after the picture he jumped out of a second story window and fled to Florida where he committed his finals murders. I mentioned the connection to Anne Rule, how they worked together in a crisis call center, locked inside an old Victorian mansion together. That's how she became a true crime author she wrote about her relationship with him.

When I was done with my insane ramblings. The trainer said I was correct. everyone just kind of looked at me like I was weird. Then someone from the back asked if he had a personality disorder. I happily filled them in on that as well.

So since I am basically only posting once a week I thought I should ask this now :)

The girls and I are planning on a massive road trip this summer. A 36 hour one way trip. I never go anywhere because I am a homebody and hate spending money on experiences (I know I am odd) But Its somewhere we really want to go and see that Abbey graduates next year and her two top schools are super far from me. Why did I have to watch Gilmore Girls with her? She is wanting to abandon me for Yale. So since she is leaving me (sniff sniff.) I want to try to do things we've always wanted to do. So major road trip it is. Now here is the dilemma should I use my car which gets almost 40 mpg and takes flex fuel which is always cheaper than regular gas but will put 5 thousand miles on my car. Or should I rent a car. I price checked and found one for about 177 for the week but won't take flex fuel and may not have the gas mileage of my car? Which would you do?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Goal Check in and Spring Goal Setting

This time change really gets to me. I have spent the week fighting the desire to nap all day and then not able to sleep at night. I also spend all day on Sunday wishing I had one more day off because I didn't get everything done that I wanted to get done.

At least this weekend I was not chasing bunnies around a yard. I was designing buttons for the podcast.What do you think? I think the one with the eyes needs to be moved down some for sure.
I had a date. Kinda. The dad of a friend of the girls asked me to make a wall decal and I did. He invited us over and I hung it up. They cooked and we all played cards against humanity and the kids danced and had fun. Hmmm. Ok typing that out maybe it wasn't a date after all.

So I went back to see my progress on winter goals, to find I didn't set in winter goals. Which is ok because according to my fall goals I suck at completing goals.

1. Set a budget- Lets try this again Nope hasn't happened

2. Work on organization- my organization hasn't improved from the last post. I still can't find shit. Actually this has gotten better. I have almost all of my craft things organized. I am able to use my room as an office and function ok. And several other spots are organized. I am calling this a partial win.

3.  Paint a room- I have several things that need painted and I know that I will not be able to get it all done, but I think I can accomplish a room. Nope, although I have a date set to paint Abbey's room. I just can't decide on a color for my room and the living room.

4. Etsy/Shirts-I've been doing stuff for my friends and family and kinda half hearted with etsy, but I think I am going to focus on it more strongly. This has been ok. I've averaged a sale or two a week. Christmas was really busy.

5. Concentrate more on blogging-Actual posting and commenting more. I am hoping this goes hand and hand with the getting more organized. I don't feel like I am using my time wisely. Nope this has been a bust. Sorry

Spring is one of my busiest times. The end of school year is insane and this year is made worse because both girls are in the musical so we have lots of rehearsals and show dates. Plus we are getting out of school earlier this year. (only 3 snow days) so lots of stuff gets packed into the next 2 months. That being said I am going to try to make a few goals.

1. Concentrate on Blogging. I am determined folks. I love blogging, I hate that I am so bad at getting any content out.

2. Focus on Podcast Growth. Guys I am telling you I never thought I would be so close to year one on this podcast. But here we are about to have a birthday party (launch day party?) for Haunted Family Podcast or HFP as I call it. We had so many issues along the way I really can't believe we didn't just give up. But we didn't and I think every week we get better. I actually had the coolest encounter this week. I was in a fb group and someone mentioned their podcast and its one I love and listen to every week. So I told her that. She said she listens to me too. It really made my day.  I was just thinking with the anniversary coming up I'd like to do a give away give someone a fan pack of the buttons, maybe a sticker, magnet, shirt etc.... I don't know. I would love ideas if you have them. I have never done a giveaway before so really don't know how to even have one. Suggestions are totally welcome.

3. Paint Abbey's room and touch up other areas that have paint issues. 

4. Go on a real date. One that doesn't involve me doing work no matter how much fun making decals or shirts are. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Chasing the Easter Bunny

This weekend my ex husband was out of the state and he asked me to feed his bunnies. He has several different hutches. I agreed because I am nice and I love playing with the bunnies after I've fed them. When I pulled up to his house I realized I had left the door to one of the hutches open and he had a jail break. There were bunnies hopping all around his yard.

 Hannah, Abbey, and I chased them all down except for one. An all white one with pink eyes.

But don't worry we set the live trap with bunny food inside so she should come back home.
If I was a real blogger I could spin this story around to be some metaphor on life, but instead I started to take the pics with my phone because I never have my DSLR with me, and the battery died so I had to plug my phone into my car. I am so grateful that my phone charger is super long so I could take this while it was plugged in. Ha! What do you know there is my metaphor for life. I have been so scattered lately (not just with letting my phone die, and example. Abbey was singing at the final game of the girls high school basketball tournament and my phone didn't spring forward. We were almost too late for her to make it) that I feel like I am chasing the Easter Bunny.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things I am Hating Right Now

To balance out yesterdays post about the things I am loving I'm going to share the things that are pissing me off. No none of it political. That could be a book.

Online Mean Girls. I belong to a bunch of crafting groups. This week someone made a post saying after all the hateful comments she received over a mug she made (for herself) that was misspelled she was giving up on her dream of selling  anything. She also added that she had dyslexia. Now I know its a good thing for someone to say "hey that's 'misspelled" but for 40+ people to say it over and over again and point out repeatedly that she'll never sale things with her attention to detail blah blah blah it gets annoying. Now I should add the cup was cute and the misspelling fit because it was a cup about day drinking. I think we need to go back to what southern mamas teach their kids. If you can't say something nice or constructive then don't say anything at all. I wrote her a nice note encouraging her. No way should she let others discourage her over something that insignificant. Hell just this evening I did a mock up of a shirt for someone. It was to say Blayden's #1 fan. I added an extra s. She noticed it said maybe just one s. We laughed and I took the extra s out.

Netflix Originals. Remember yesterday when I was saying how awesome Santa Clarita Diet is? Well it was awesome, and now I am left impatiently waiting for new season of that, Orange is the New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, and there may be another I am forgetting about.  Come on Netflix don't only give us 10 small episodes and then make us wait a year. I'll pay a few dollars extra for my Netflix if you give me more episodes.

Time Warner/Spectrum every since the change I have had issues with my connection and some channels have such a signal interference its unwatchable.

Our local Guitar Store Emmy is learning the guitar. She doesn't want to be a singer that just sings. She wants to be a "real musician" I bought her an electric guitar. You should see my hallway when I get it done. We will have three guitars hung up as you walk down the hall. It is so much better than bulky cases everywhere. Anyway. I took the guitar to get tuned and restrung. The cost of restringing it was more than the strings themselves. Like double. I agreed to pay it, but that is my last time. I will be learning how to do this myself or better yet Emmy will be learning how to do this herself.  She has really surprised me with how much she has picked up already. Ok I guess this one is a positive and a negative.

Internet Guy Did I mention the guy that started messaging me and at one point asked me why I was so closed off and detached and appear to hate men? This is also the guys that is super into Walking Dead. Well tonight he asked me what has made me so hard. Then preceded to say all of this. I assume the SPECA is is talking about is the ASPCA. I could be wrong but the connotation would be right. I went off. I told him I couldn't talk to him anymore that we just disagreed too much. This is why I need to open a rescue. Which knowing me will probably be more like a sanctuary. I also want abandoned pigs. Did you know that they get turned into the shelters once they get big and aren't cute little pink piglets anymore? People market them as teacup pigs but that doesn't mean they are going to be teacup dog size. I can't have pigs where I live. No swine in city limits (even though I know some posing as humans)  You wanna know why I am so "hard" Because there are humans that don't think animals have feelings or personalities. That they think what can they do for me.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A few things I am loving

There are so many things I am absolutely loving right now. I want to share because I want you to enjoy them too. 

Cards Against Humanity. Its tag call itself a party game for horrible people. I learned about it during my going away party with my old company. You can order it from Amazon and I highly recommend that you do. Its fun. Each deck has black cards that have a partial phrase and white cards that have possible words to feel in the phrases. Its your job to make the funniest phrase with the cards you draw.  I hate card games and I LOVE this one. I have all the expansion packs except the last one.

Santa Clarita Diet. I may have binged what this over the weekend. Its a Netflix original. Which you know is awesome because Netflix is fantastic that way. It has Drew Barrymore and Ricardo Antonio Chavira (Carlos from Desperate Housewives)

Fresh Bread. I bought bread machine and have made a loaf every day. I found a recipe that is just like a kings Hawaiian roll. Now if I could just learn how to slice bread for Abbey's lunch, I'll never have to buy bread again.

Podcast We have finally started to hit a stride. We are getting an episode out a week and I think the quality is improving with every episode. Today's episode is Lovers Lane Murders. We also decided we needed an Instagram account so when we have a picture that ties to our story we have a place to share it. You can find us at haunted_family_podcast. 

Weather I am usually complaining about the cold and snow but our entire winter has been like fall or spring. I think I have only had a coat on a handful of times. Today I actually had my windows open. I hope this doesn't mean that summer will be hot. Kentucky is so humid. I can't stand being sweaty and sticky.

Speaking of Kentucky a few crazy things are happening here so be prepared for an update post later this week.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl Weekend: A post barely about the Super Bowl

Not to keep talking about food but I have something odd that is happening and I wanted opinions.

So the longer I am single the more out of touch I am with others. At times I think I am coming off as hostile. Ok who am I kidding its not juts me that thinks this. This was brought to my attention this weekend when a guy that has been messaging me (see I don't even know if this means we are talking? I think probably not) He asked how my day was. Well this was my day....

I had an issue with someone complaining about this shirt. She was accusing me of not donating to the cause and profiting off the plight of others. First of all I am Lakota, those fighting are family.  Second of all, the listing says I am donating what does she want a screen shot of the donation made? Third of all, Heather came up with the design and I just made it happen. To top it off she didn't even buy the shirt just wanting to complain. Fourth of all she was complaining on a fb group my sister belongs to and she had me blocked so I couldn't defend myself. Thankfully Heather and Hannah handled her. All of this drama came about because she told Heather (on their mutual group) that she was a botanist but Heather corrected her on asparagus. Yes this insanity was because she was trying to say she was a botanist but thought there was only one specie of asparagus. This embarrassed her and she went off. No clue why she chose me. I don't even care about asparagus. Although sugar snap peas is another story. I could eat them by the bucket load.

Same day. I dropped Emmy off at her friends house. They just moved here about 2 years ago from Russia. We had a little language barrier. It was kinda comical. Super sweet people though and Emmy had fun and their daughter is precious.

Also same day, I came home to see two girls having a lovers quarrel in the ditch beside my house. One was sitting in the ditch (basically in my yard) and the other was standing over her yelling, spitting, and waving her arms. Then spitter stomped off and ditch girl got up crying and ran after her. I really wanted to shout as I got out of my car to just let her go that spitting is nasty. 

 So I told him all of that and he asked if I was ok. I was confused and asked why I wouldn't be ok. Its not like I got spit on. Also every evening I get asked what we had for dinner. I have no idea why this question makes me feel like I am standing in front of the class unprepared with no pants on. I mean how hard is it to say, we all ate cereal with a side of ice cream?

Now add to this He was talking about The Walking Dead, which I have never been able to get into. I tried considering the creator is from Kentucky. Anyway, this conversation happened.

So people who are not socially awkward and may possibly spend super bowl with people instead of cute furbabies like this......Am I being insane? Or as he said defensive and closed off.
Also isn't my super bowl date a cutie? Sadly his owners love him and I didn't get to steal him.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Final Whole 30

Oh hi there. I must have dropped off the face of the earth for awhile. But I appear to be back. Here is a story that may illustrate my current mental state.

Yesterday, Emmy and I were running to the grocery store. A store that is on the same road as my house and maybe 2 miles away. 3 at the very most. So we pull out and pass the place. I realize it about a half a mile later. So we turn around and pass it again, another half mile later. So we turn around yet again. Finally we made it to the grocery store. All the while Emmy isn't saying anything she is just watching me drive up and down the road.

I walk into rooms and forget what I am doing, I forget names that I should know. Today I got asked a super easy work related question and could not think of the answer. I think I need a mental break.

So you know I was doing the Whole 30 diet. It was hard. I had some crazy cravings for stuff I'd never even want under normal circumstances. Which makes me think its probably not super healthy and I doubt I will be doing it again. I think it is just too restrictive. Plus the kids are busy with all their stuff and I am doing two regions of work (temporarily) Its just not the best time to be adding anything.

So I spent a lot of time thinking about food, shopping for food, dreaming of food. One day I stumbled on these. I will go right ahead and tell you I didn't buy them or try them. They may be delicious. But, they looked like a cross between plastic play food and vomit so I just couldn't bring myself to buy them. But I wanted to share them with you in case you are in the market for plastic puke that may or may not taste great.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Why Being called a Snowflake is NOT an Insult

Have you repeatedly seen the "insult" Snowflake? The girls hadn't until I showed them my fb feed that is so full of men calling unhappy people snowflakes that my only conclusion is that they must have heard it from someone in their media feed of choice. Every time I have heard it I got a little more sick to my stomach until I really couldn't take it anymore and just hit hide and delete depending on the severity.
 Why do people think its an insult? Do they all live in states that don't get snow? Because this is my take on a snowflake.

  • Snowflakes are freakin' beautiful. There is nothing like snow (when you don't have anywhere to be) Kentucky is the ugliest state during winter. All of our gorgeous trees are nothing more than bare sticks. As soon as it snows and everything is coated its a wonderland.
  • Snowflakes are unique which is way more than I can say for the unoriginal people calling others snowflakes.
  • When snowflakes stick together they can be a source of lots of fun. Have you ever been sledding, skiing, snow ball fights? Its awesome!
  • When lots of snowflakes get together they can cause massive destruction. Hello! Have you ever heard of an avalanche? Hazardous road conditions? Thankfully I don't have to get out in the snow very often. Do you know that shoveling snow can cause a heart attack? Not to mention property damage. Just ask my poor gutters from a few winters ago. 
  • When snow has stuck together and finally the heat is turned up and it starts to melt it has the last laugh again by causing flooding
I'm sure they mean well but that insult is as week as they think the snowflakes are.   What I am saying is yes snow flakes are light and fluffy and don't look like much but you do not want to underestimate what they can accomplish. So here is to all the other "snowflakes" embrace your beauty, your uniqueness, and remember when you stick together great things happen.

Another rant for another time is how it is assumed that if you are against he who must not be named that you must be a liberal, or that everyone against him must be fans of Hillary. I am neither and yet I am absolutely against him.

Friday, January 20, 2017

If I Made the Laws

Today is inauguration day No this post isn't going to be talking politics. At least not as they are now.
I have never wanted to be in politics. I don't have the personality for it. But seeing two posts yesterday of two different dogs that had their ears and nose cut off by some truly horrible people, makes me want to run for office.

I don't know where the abuse took place. I was afraid to actually read the entire article. The pictures of those sweet babies broke my heart. I do know that Kentucky has some of the shittiest animal abuse laws. Basically we don't care what you do. This is a state where lots and lots of people still thinking chicken fighting is fun and that the animals don't feel anything. I had a pet chicken growing up and I'll tell you they do feel stuff. If I lived outside of city limits I would absolutely have a pet pig and cow too.

So if today was my inauguration day I would make it my priority to toughen laws on animal abuse. I want to live in a world where I don't see things like that because its just not happening.

I want the shelters to be empty because people are spaying and neutering their animals and they all have nice warm homes. I want to live in a world where people who harm animals are severely punished......Like tortured kind of punished. That's actually too good for them but its a good place to start. Don't these people know that dogs give the best nose kisses.

Max and Westley approve this message.....Leia does too but she won't stop chewing on underwear long enough to give me a formal endorsement.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Blog Reader Apps And Finding The Right One

This post is part confession, part plea for recommendations, but mostly a rant. One of my year goals is to comment more. There are a few factors that have been holding me back.

  • People aren't posting as often as they use to
  • I don't know when new posts happen because I never remember to follow blogs I like on facebook, twitter. I do follow some on instagram and its been a godsend. But even at that, there are days I skip instagram all together. 
  • This biggie and reason you are listening to me moan today. I am not a fan of any of the blog readers I've tried.
Here is what I've tried with my complaints.

Google Friend Connect. This was my go to for so long because I would open blogger to type a new post and read what everyone else was up to at the same time. It was great. The drawback was that not everyone had this and those that didn't I would have to just try to remember the url and visit it on my own. Lately it seems not many people us this.

Bloglovin I don't know why but I have never really like anything about this. I don't know why, its seems fine, I've just never liked it. More people do use this so that is a positive.

Feedly. This has been my go to lately just because I feel forced. I like that I can follow people using this even if they don't have link or anything to it. My dislikes its if I am on my  phone, and 99% of the time I am on my phone. If I want to comment it opens the blog up in a whole new tab so it adds a step and I can't comment on blogs with Discus on my phone. It never lets me login. It will buffer until I get mad and throw my phone. So that means I have to try to remember to comment when I go home. We all know that never happens.

So what do you use? Am I missing something wonderful about Bloglovin' or Feedly? Is there something better out there that I haven't found yet? 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A set back

I wanted to give a quick update on how the whole 30 diet is going. I've done really well until this
 evening. Here's the story. The girls got use to Christmas break followed by three days of school we all could barely keep our eyes open for followed by two snow days. To say we are not in a sleep routine is an under statement. So last night I went to sleep with Abbey and Hannah still awake. I woke up to the smell of cake at about 1:30. They stayed up and made a chocolate cake. I told them to go to bed and they listened. Leaving the cake in the cooled off oven to be safe.

All day today I could not stop thinking about that cake especially while I enjoyed my boiled egg. Why isn't healthy food easier to eat and drive with? I am Thankful I was working on the road today so I didn't have to smell it too.

I got home and was prepared to be hungry having been driving all day. I put a roast in the crock pot and only had to worry about sides. It was a particularly busy evening with Emmy having auditions for the Sound of Music and Abbey needing  to be ran back to school so she could play in the pep band. It was between those trips to the school that I noticed Abbey eating the cake.

This is where the story takes a nosedive. I reached down and grabbed a fist full of chocolate cake. No plate. No fork, just me and a fist full of cake. I know what you are thinking classic diet pitfall. Except I don't really like cake or chocolate. I can count on my fingers how many times I eat either in an entire year. Yet there I stood licking delicious chocolate frosting off my fingers and wishing I had a dr pepper to wash it down with.

Thankfully I had no dr pepper and I recovered and at carrots and fresh green beans and snow peas along with my roast. I don't know if the challenge is too hard or if I just had a momentary lapse of sanity. Either way. I believe the transgression is behind me and I can move forward without cake on my hands.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Whole 30 the start of something that terrifies me

Do you remember my 2017 goals? I know they were so long ago. Well. I spent two days drinking (to me) a ton of water. What I discovered was I am really un healthy with my diet. The 4 days straight struggling to wake up, feeling hungover with a killer head ache even though I haven't drank anything was also a give away.

I never drank water instead I existed solely on Dr. Pepper, massive amounts of Dr. Pepper. Starting the water made me feel some better. Just enough to realize how bad I had been feeling. I am also pretty sure I have been chronically dehydrated. I am tired of feeling sluggish. I can't remember how long I've felt that way because it has become normal to me.

I decided I needed a big change. Something more strict than just water and Pilates. So today I'm starting the while 30 diet. The short of it is, no added sugar (real or artificial), no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, exceptions to this is green beans, snow peas, and sugar peas. I can have no dairy, No MSG, sulfides, no recreated treats using approved ingredients. hey mentioned no pancakes about a million times.

Not gonna lie the thought of no Dr. Pepper makes me anxious. Just thinking about it make me want to crawl out of my skin. Which to me is all the more reason to do it. I'm tired of feeling like crap because I eat junk. My goal is to feel better, but if this is my stomach at the end then it is a win/win.

I'm a creature of habit and I despise cooking so this probably won't become a place where I share wonderful recipes of healthy foods. My plan is to stick to basics so probably lots of omelettes for breakfast. Lunch and dinners will probably be meats with salads (no dressing) and veggies. Don't I make it sound exciting? I have never looked forward to anything less in my life. But I am hoping at the end it is worth it. I plan on sharing updates. Mostly on how I am handling it and if I stumble across food that is quick easy I can't weigh myself until the end so there won't be a pounds lost count. The scale actually hasn't changed any, its just mostly how I feel. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello 2017

Hello 2017! I had such big plans for the last 2 weeks. I was going to get my house organized, make the kids clean their rooms, organize my work from home space, plan out and write a bunch of blog posts, and work on my etsy shop. What I did instead was 2 million loads of laundry, which you can't tell happened, washed 3 million loads of dishes, which you can slightly tell happened. I (Hannah) replaced my kitchen faucet and my bathroom faucet. We do have podcast topics planned out for the next several months but we have none recorded so there is that.

Today I start my new job, my work space is still a mess. My house hasn't recovered from having company and kids home for 2 weeks. I remembered last night that I was suppose to make gifts for 7 of Abbey's closest friends. It didn't happen. Today the girls go back to school, I have a band booster meeting and they both have rehearsals for the musical all of this happens at different times. Including their audition times.

I love the start of the new year. Its like I get a do over on all the things I didn't accomplish last year. I love how even  though last year was just a couple of days ago, I get that symbolic new beginning. So with that. I am sharing my goals. I don't really like the words resolution I don't know why, I just never seem to accomplish anything when I call it a resolution.

1. To set goals. Last year I didn't set goals for myself like I have in the past and I could tell, even with work I felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. I hate that feeling. I like having a plan. So the plan is to have this year long plan and also seasonal and monthly goals.

2. Continue to grow my etsy shop. I feel like the growth has been just right. I haven't been overwhelmed with orders and that makes me happy. But I want to step up my orders and be prepared to still offer good customer service. I'm not sure what this looks like, but I feel like I will know it when I see it.

3. Grow the podcast. We have the topics planned, We have so much room for growth in the production quality, we struggle so hard with recording. Sometimes we record and the files lock up, or are soundless, or just not there. I want to move past that. I also want to grow in followers. I really have no idea how to do that. This area is completely new to me.

4. Post more often. I hope to be posting 3 times a week.

5. Read/comment more. I binge read at the moment.

6. Wear makeup more often. I don't know how I got into the habit of never wearing makeup and wearing my hair in a bun/ponytail all the time but I have. I really want to stop this.

7. Drink more water. Since I currently drink none I have so much room to improve.

8. De-clutter. I don't think I can ever truly be a minimalist although I am loving the tiny house shows and think that would be awesome once the girls have moved out. So scaling down is something I really want to do.

9. Get back into Pilates or some other form of exercise. I've woken up everyday for the last week with a headache. I feel sluggish and general unhealthy. The scale says I haven't really gained any so its just a lack of movement (I think)

10. Not spend New Years Eve alone.