Grateful Friday

I forgot something important, Sunday I got to have lunch with 4 of my ultimate favorite people. Jeffrey, Elizabeth, Alex and Tessa, it was my birthday lunch; this was Alex’s birthday present to me. Lunch with the 4 of them, it was awesome!
Of course it was Mexican food, if it’s a lunch for me it’s Mexican food, the food was good, the company was great, the conversation was awesome.
Nothing makes me more at peace than spending time with the four of them, it was such a treat.
This week has been a challenge, however I am keeping my attitude positive, and teaching my supervisor a few things as well. Every day we have a meeting, called a huddle, in the past this time has been filled with everything negative. There has not been one positive thing said during these times. I told him please tell us one thing that we do correctly, just one. He stared at me, I said, you praise to success, one does not beat employees to succeed. You need to figure out the good things we are doing and tell us those, because this time is a beating.
Well, Tuesday he started doing just that, it was a revelation, I felt better as did my teammates. It’s amazing what happens when you give praise instead of negativity, I imagine this is what happens when we go to God and thank Him for all the great things that He does in our lives. Instead of complaining about all that He doesn’t do for us, or about all of the things we perceive as wrong, we just say thank you for our daily miracles.
There are many, the very breath we take is a miracle, the way our bodies work, the way we interact with all species. The world at large is a miracle, look at the way it works, the very way the earth sits in the galaxy. What an awesome world we have, let’s take a moment and say thank you to the great creator.
Today is Friday and I will make this a great day, I woke up, I have a nice place to live, in a great neighborhood, I have someone in my life who thinks I hung the moon, I have awesome children, I have Tessa and I have Stormie. I also have the most incredible friends, who remind me every day that there is something to be grateful for.

Friday Musings

So today on the Kidd Kraddick Show, Kellie Raspberry said how long can one continue to use the excuse “I’m still carrying the baby weight”. Well, my “baby” is 21 years old and I am still using that excuse for my lack of, well, weight loss.
So far it has been an uneventful week. I spent Tuesday evening with Elizabeth Anne, shopping for shoes for her, she said the one thing I thought I would never hear from her, “those heels aren’t high enough”. Music to my ears. Wednesday was spent organizing my Mary Kay inventory and cleaning the office area and organizing the bedroom. I plan on tackling the dinning, living and kitchen areas this weekend. Spring cleaning in full force and it makes me not happy as I hate it. I really want a maid, the minute I feel I make enough money for one, she is there! Or he, I will not discriminate; men can clean just like women. Oh a man maid, I think I like it.
I do believe this world is becoming increasingly vulgar, I hear it more and more in casual conversation, in stores, in the park, everywhere. Surprisingly, to me, the biggest offenders are women, I don’t know why that surprises me, but it does. I remember when I was about 15, I was watching television with my mom and they said the H word. I say it like that because that is what I remember thinking, oh, wow I can’t believe the said the H word in front of my mom. I was so embarrassed; I just sat there thinking maybe she didn’t notice. She did, and I will never forget what she said. She sighed and shook her head and said you know it is a real shame. I said what is? She said with all the words available in the world, the one they chose to use was a vulgar one. It’s so sad that they have such a limited vocabulary. Well that struck a chord with me, even at that age I took such pride in my vocabulary. I had read the dictionary, I scored exceptionally well on tests and played word games. I decided right then and there that before relying on vulgar words I would exhaust my knowledge of other descriptive words.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am no angel, and I do let loose, however I have to be extremely angry for it to come flying out of my mouth. I would urge everyone to look at their words, listen to themselves, then try and find an alternative. If you can’t, so be it, however remember there are so many words available just waiting to be used. I suggest the dictionary as reading material, and Shakespeare, and the Bible, all have wonderful words in them.
Happy Friday, I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, enjoy the cold, wet weather.

Starbucks, Weight Loss and Friday

I did something horrible yesterday, I fell off the wagon, I had sugar, and while most of you might think its ok to fall off once in a while, it is not ok for me. Yesterday I had a bite of hummingbird cake and of pound cake. Last night I crashed, literally my body crashed from all of the sugar, I went home from work and by 8:30 I was passed out. No Tylenol PM or wine was involved, I promise, it was a sugar crash, I slept hard and woke up feeling like I was coming off a three day binge. Horrible. I am a sugar addict, I cannot have it, I have consequences to eating it, a lot of people don’t and that’s fine but I do.

Dieting is simple in nature, you eat less, exercise and you lose weight, it is not easy, there are pitfalls, and there are temptations everywhere we look. You cannot walk into a store without being assaulted by the temptations of candy, cookies, cakes and pies, they are at the checkout counter, they are when you first walk in. I fight this everyday, yesterday I caved, I fell off the sugar wagon and paid a price. I will not be doing that today, back on the wagon I am. I am angry with myself this morning, I forgot my yogurt at home, every morning I have Greek yogurt and I love it, I forgot it. I did remember my blackberries, but man I need some protein, especially after my binging yesterday. Oh well, I shall persevere.

I am very happy today is my first Friday of the week, I have made a decision, not life changing, however important for me. I have decided to only have Starbucks on the real Friday of the week. The reason for this is I want to keep my relationship with Starbucks special; I also want to keep my wallet somewhat fuller and my waistline slimmer. I love Starbucks and there are healthy choices to be had there, my favorite is a Venti Passion Tea Lemonade unsweetened, so good, so good for you. However, I still love my coffee treats, these days I like them soy milk and low fat, low sugar, but even then they still have a lot of points. I like using my points for other things, so, once a week Starbucks and I will be getting together to cement our relationship.

I hope everyone has a great day, I have great plans for tomorrow, I will be getting my hair done, can’t wait to see Beatrice and hear about her trip to Kenya. Then I will be seeing Thomas Alexander, not many people know this, but I named him after the very first one of my ancestors that came to this country in 1774. I don’t think his dad even knows this, alright peeps I am totally outy!

Fun Work

Today is my first Friday of the week, and yes I do find myself enjoying these days off. I am loving having a day off in the middle of the week, it is a treat, it feels so decadent, to have nothing to do on a Wednesday.

So Elizabeth Anne bought me a new camera for Mother’s Day, I have been playing with it since Sunday. It is the Kodak EasyShare camera and it is purple! So cool, I took a picture of Nocona this morning, and it looks so good! I cannot wait to take pictures of everything, like Tessa, the dog, squirrels, you know, normal things.

I listen to my favorite morning radio show on IHeart Radio, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on KISSFM 106.1; well this morning they are talking about the show I hate the most. The Bachorlette, good lord, I hope they hurry because it is brutal. I don’t watch, have never watched, will never watch, and don’t want to hear. Whew relief, they have moved on to making fun of Chris Humphries. That I can handle.

This morning I brought my coffee with me, I have a giant Starbucks insulated cup, hot coffee through a straw. Yum. Love it, I stole the idea from my friend Linda’s husband, we were hanging out one evening and he got coffee from the coffee shop and was drinking from a straw. It was hot coffee. I asked Linda about it, as I had never seen anyone do that. She explained he had a teeth whitening done and wasn’t willing to give up his coffee (who can blame him) and this keeps the coffee from staining his teeth. Pure brilliance. So, I have stolen this, I don’t do it all the time, but I have adopted it for sometimes. So thank you Linda and Bill for the great idea.

I have to tell you all about my group at work; I am really enjoying this group, with this particular supervisor. True story, when I first came to this department, after training, he was my floor walker, very knowledgeable and helpful. Really wants to see people succeed. It is very refreshing to work for someone of that caliber. Anyway, he asked if we wanted to make our area fun, so we said yes and everyone contributed some funds and one of the women went shopping. Our area is now ready for summer, it is very colorful and fun, we have beach balls, pinwheels, kites and all sorts of fun things. I will take a picture with my new camera and upload it tomorrow so you all can see. We are the only group that has decorated and now every time I walk in, I smile. It just makes me happy.

On that note my friends I shall bid you all adieu, Happy Friday, or Tuesday if it is your Tuesday. I wish you all the best.

Happy Thor’s Day to One and All

So today is Thursday, yes once again, it is upon us, or if you prefer Thor’s Day, which is what this day, started out being. I do believe I am going to call it Thor’s Day from this point on. So happy Thor’s Day to all of you.

I did enjoy my day off yesterday, found a birthday present for Rachel; the party is Friday night, so that is good I found something. I think it is pretty cool, I hope she likes it.

I have to admit waking up was hard today, I am very tired today, perhaps about 4 I will have a 5 hour energy drink so I can get some energy and stay awake until at least 9. Tonight is the season finale of Vampire Diaries and The Big Bang Theory; I really want to watch them. I should also get some laundry done, I did some yesterday, but it is a never ending thing at my house. I hate doing laundry; I hate the folding and putting away. If I could hire someone to do it for me, I would, however most housekeepers do not do laundry. That would be my main reason for hiring one. So, oh well, guess it is up to me to continue to do the laundry.

I took a huge chance today, I wore a white skirt, wearing white for me is always a huge deal, because I am completely clumsy and spill things all the time. It is crazy, at my age one would think that I had become at least a little graceful, but no, not me, I am a spiller from way back. I cannot even begin to imagine what I will be when I get older; I will totally be one of those old women who have stains everywhere. I really hope someone will be there to take care of me and make sure I have clean, unstained clothes to wear. At least to important functions, maybe not my at home clothes, but going out to dinner and parties and things, I really want to be clean for those types of events. So if you are reading this Elizabeth Anne, this will be your job, make sure your mom always has clean clothes when she is 90+.

Tomorrow is Friday, the day of the party; I am taking off two hours so I can get ready and look fabulous, not as fabulous as the birthday girl, of course, but still fabulous enough.

Happy Psuedo Friday!

Well I did it, I survived my first 10 hour day, with overtime, all is well! Today is Zumba as well as Friday I am so excited,
Tomorrow will be spent going to Bonham, going to see Jeffrey, the air is not working in my car, and it is intermittent! Ugh, the problems of being a customer with an intermittent issue, I can only hope it is acting up tomorrow.
I wanted to get my hair done, I am really wanting a change in color, something lighter for summer months. Not blond, but some highlights, maybe lowlights, I don’t know, I need a decision maker in my life for hair issues. Any volunteers? And please only serious suggestions!
I like the quiet of early morning risings, the house is still, the coffee is on, the internet is working perfectly, what more could anyone ask for. Nothing I believe, not a darn thing. Oh wait, maybe a butler names Jeeves to bring me said coffee, silently, always knowing when I need a refill. Oh a robot butler, that would be even better, I love it, someone invent that for me.
Well, since today is Friday, I do believe I deserve a Starbucks treat, so the Starbucks at Custer and Parker is it for me. I think I have told you all before this is my favorite Starbucks, even early morning the workers are friendly and professional and speedy. Love them, huge shout out to my favorite Starbucks! Everyone in Plano go in and tell them you saw them on angieworld.
Speaking of Starbucks, if you are a Costco member you can use your $5.00 off a bag of Starbucks coffee beans through May 12th I believe. That makes it very affordable, I have already gotten mine, these coupons for the Starbucks coffee do not come around very often! Take advantage folks. That will be all for the advertisements today, it is off to get dressed for the day for this woman. I do believe it is a Lucky jeans day paired with a BCBG top and Madden Girl cork wedges. I hope everyone has a fabulous day, I know I intend to!

Zumba Related News

Welcome to Friday everyone! I feel it is going to be a good day, the Irishman is chatty this morning which means he is getting better. I have had almost a whole pot of coffee which means I am doing very well.
Zumba was last night and it was the last workout with my friend Kay, we will be on different schedules starting Monday. It was a great time and if we are ever on the same schedule again I know we will be workout buddies again.
Let’s discuss Zumba, shall we, Elizabeth Anne told me she bought Zumba for the Wii, she got because she thought since I do it, then it would be a piece of cake for her. Ha! She found out, it is a workout and a half. I finally figured out why I enjoy it so much, for an hour I get to feel like a Latin goddess, in my head I am just doing exactly what the instructor does. I try not to look in the mirror, for it tells me a completely different story. I will continue with my Zumba and I am hoping to add a body sculpting class as it starts an hour before my Zumba and with the new schedule I will get off in time to take it.
Well I am signing off early today as I do believe it is a Starbucks day, I will be getting my Passion Tea Lemonade, unsweetened of course and perhaps splurge with a fruit cup.
Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a terrific day and a terrific weekend.


Another Gateway Day is upon us, the day before Friday, the day we all wait for, expectantly, almost as if the day itself is filled with magic. I think perhaps it is, it is filled with the magic of possibilities, the possibility that the weekend itself will be full of adventure and surprises. My weekend will be spent cleaning and catching up on laundry and making 15 bean soup, a spring rarity. Saturday I will be cooking the soup for me and Elizabeth as we are the only ones that eat it. So she is coming down and we are going to feast! I will be making cornbread to go with our soup,I am very excited. I make two things really well, pancakes and 15 bean soup.
I have one more week after this on the current schedule of Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm, then I begin my Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6am to 5pm. I am very excited to have Wednesdays off, it will be a treat, I will finally get to use my two spa gift certificates! The places are not open on Saturday and Sunday, so now I will not have to take vacation days to use them! I am so excited to be able to use them, facials and massages here I come!
I will also get caught up on my television viewing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, The Big C and Weeds have all started again and I have no time to watch them! So much television so little time!
So has anyone come up with a schedule change where they can work out with me??? Volunteers?

Welcome Back Old Friend!

Well, well, well, it is here at last, Friday, so good to see you old friend, I hate the days we are parted, seems like forever since we were together. I cherish our magical 24 hours of amazement that comes around each and every week.
So, I finally brought my new calendar to work, the Irishman bought me a Blue Heeler one, so it is a Nocona calendar. She is a pinup girl! I have to say I am really glad it is not a Chewie calendar this year; I don’t think I could handle looking at Chewie dogs every day right now. Maybe next year.
Elizabeth Anne’s birthday is Wednesday; perhaps she will want to come see me tomorrow and go get her birthday present a few days early. Jeffrey received his early, no reason why she should not as well, come see me tomorrow Elizabeth Anne, let’s go get Siri for you! Plus, I have some other surprises for you; I know you will want them. Oh, fair warning; expect a tear jerker on Wednesday in honor of my amazing daughter.
I am thinking Starbucks is in order today, after all it is Friday and I must celebrate my old friend with a hot passion tea and perhaps the chicken hummus or chipotle chicken wraps, I don’t know yet. Oh and every one go see One for the Money! I cannot wait to see that movie, I really hope it lives up to the book, I love, love, love the book!
Happy Friday everyone, go out and make it happen!

Friday Happiness

Ok, so, I have a recurring dream, I have had it for years, and I mean years, more than I can remember. It is very vivid and very detailed, it is not scary, in fact it is very much the opposite.
I have a house in Colorado, in a picturesque town, in the mountains in Colorado, the house is about 200 years old and is simply charming. The yard is filled with flowers and is colorful and soothing all at the same time. There is a wrought iron fence surrounding the yard, I have a little, white, iron table and several chairs for visitors. I have dogs and cats, not enough to be classified as the crazy pet lady, but enough where the children in the neighborhood come by to play with them. I think it is a vacation home, I love it there, I think the meaning of the dream is that I should live in the mountains in Colorado.
I know my children would come visit me, they all love Colorado as well, however, I would miss being close to them. It is a conundrum.
Today is Friday, which makes me happy, tomorrow is our monthly Ladies that Lunch, it has been a year since we started our gatherings. What a year it has been, I love our monthly luncheons, so much fun, and I admit it makes me feel closer to Sandi. I still miss her, I miss her guidance, her wisdom and her straightforwardness, I miss her friendship. I know she also welcomed Chewie, she loved dogs, and she was always fond of him. As was everyone, who was sane, who came into contact with him.
My day has started off nicely, the Irishman made my coffee, an episode of Angel was on TV and it is nice and quiet to begin my day. I know today will be good, it will be productive and I will be happy at the end of the day.
Probably not, but a girl can hope, I did get unsettling news last night, nothing I am ready to share here, perhaps later, perhaps never. I have not decided yet.

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