Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Few Things...

Today, a few things are bothering me.

And, a few have made me smile.

My husband's job comes with $25.00 a week on the company gas card.  That makes me smile.  Today, Lance went to use said $25.00 and was able to purchase SIX gallons of gas with this twenty-five bucks.  Six!  When I started driving, gas was 99¢ a gallon.  $25.00 would've filled up my van!!  Now, we get six gallons.  But, at least we didn't have to pay for it lol.
Be comforted in knowing that Starbucks is still more expensive, at five bucks for 20 ounces, instead of the $4.11 per gallon that hubster paid for gas.

Speaking of coffee...we used to get the large container of Folgers at the grocery store for $9.99.  And, even as recent as a few weeks ago, it was $10.99.  Yesterday, we paid fourteen bucks for the same coffee. 
I'm very sad.  We go through a lot of coffee around my house. :)
Might be it's finally time to give in to my hatred of Costco.
I doubt it though :)

Today, a sweet email from an old friend made me smile.  I love the Internet.
And, also because of other sweet old friends and the Internet, I'm able to share with you something else which made me smile.

A friend of mine in Vancouver, Washington shared this rainbow on Facebook.  As you can see, I've stolen it lol.  The rainbow, and my stealing of it, both make me smile.

And, it's a little reminder that, even though we have to pay too much for our everyday stuff, the best things in life are free.

Love and snuggles from me to you, on this chilly California evening. ♥


Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Blog While Smiling ☺

Lately, I have felt more settled in my soul. 
I don't know what it is.
I'm not complaining.

I still have conflicts.

I still think I could look better,
which nobody but me can make happen.
Big dose of getoffamyass haha. 
My mind is getting my body ready for this,
I think lol...
Time for an overhaul. ☺

But,'s been a little nicer. ☺☻

Recently at my house:

*My kids learned how to play poker.
They've been playing on and off all weekend.
With pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters.
My husband wrote a little piece of paper for my niece, a list of the hands, what's what and what beats what.  It was cute.  I've not sat down to play with them, yet...but I hear my oldest son is pretty good.  He just told me, "Come on, Mom...I want to see what kind of player you are!"  I can tell at least one thing that the rest of my evening has in store for me.  :)  ♥

*My husband lost his wedding ring at work.  I wasn't as devestated as I thought I'd be.  He was.  Picking out a new one was fun (expensive!!!!), and it was a beautiful feeling inside of me to know that I love having him wear a wedding ring that matches mine, even more than I did when I first put it on his finger almost nine years ago.  Eleven years of togetherness, and I still feel so lucky. ♥  And, no, it never ever crossed my mind that he lost it, having sex with some random chick in a motel room lol.  Yeah, people suggested that.  They can kiss my ass.  I wish them trust in their future relationships.   
*A conversation that I smilingly overheard earlier:

Setting: My dining room table
Cast: Tyler-21; Ashley-16; Adam-10; Aidan-6; Erin-4
Props: One giant bag of some pretty ghetto ass animal crackers from Wal-Mart, which the kids (and the dogs) really like for some reason.  I think they taste like cardboard, and, upon biting into one, promptly spit it out. :)

The conversation:
"What the heck kind of animal IS this?"
"I think that one is some kind of Mountain Goat."
"This one looks like Raikou!!" (Raikou is a Pokemon, if you're unaware.)
"I think this one is a Tapir."
"No, this one's a Tapir..."
"You said that one was a Mountain Goat!!"
"Somebody ate the Mountain Goat, I said THIS one was a Tapir"
"I think this one's a Camel, but this one looks like a kitty."
"No, that one's Raikou."
"Nope, that's the Mountain Goat"
om nom nom nom

Me, missing the circus animal ones that came in a circus train box.  But smiling my face off.  It's the simple things. :) ♥

Now, it's pseudo-Spring Break for me, starting tomorrow.  It's only kinda Spring Break because my daughter still has school for one week, and then I get one week of REAL Spring Break. :)  She doesn't go to school until the afternoon though, so I still get to sleep in a little lol. ♥

Also, I love the moon.  Last night's Supermoon was fanstastically beautiful and made me shed a few tears, which hubby laughed at, but he's used to it.  We happened to be driving right at moonrise and I had him pull over for a minute when we reached a clear spot...and just absorbed the beauty.  It was so lovely and I cannot even begin to explain how I felt.  Some of you reading this may understand, some of's ok if you shake your head lol.  I'M used to that. ;) ☽♥☾
 And finally, I'd like to wish anyone reading this a Blessed and Happy Spring!!  New beginnings, love in the air.  Take a minute to watch your trees bloom, smell the season in the air.  I wish I could post scent in a blog, for I would give you all orange blossoms and wet dirt, my favorite Springtime scents.  I'll try to figure out how to put it into words for you, the next time I'm sniffing a Springtime sunset.

Off to make the most out of getting to sleep in a little tomorrow!!

A friend of mine suggested Captain Morgan and Dr.  And, maybe a few hands of poker with the kiddos lol.

Many blessings to each of you.

Love and Moonbeams :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fake It Til Ya Make It...

My dear friends...the title only applies to certain areas of life lol. 
There is one area where you should absolutely never ever apply the title.  But that's another blog :)  I know some of the people who read here would hate if I wrote a blog on why you're only cheating yourself if you fake it in certain areas of your life lol. ;)  So, I won't. 

My meaning for the title today is that sometimes there isn't room in your life to walk around crying.  Even though it's what you really wish you could do.  Even though you feel like it's all you're going to be able to do.  Sometimes you just have to knock it off and do what needs to be done.  And sometimes, by plastering that smile on your face for everyone else around you, it can actually improve your mood. 

Until the wrong song comes on the radio. ;)

Some other things that might help you through this kind of situation are...
Waterproof mascara, for those moments you can steal in the bathroom or the car to shed a few tears.  Men, you're so lucky lol.
Tissues.  You probably have some anyway, all of the freakin' flu!!
Talk radio!  Or, if you are lucky enough to have Sirius or smart enough to download the right stuff...COMEDY.  Just stay the hell away from the country channel because even if you're not a fan...if you're on the verge of tears, you're going to cry. 
Busywork!  Like writing a blog lol.  Something that keeps the brain busy for're going to space out if you're folding towels or mopping the floor.

When you can finally steal a moment to get it all it right!!  You'll feel so much better.  This should help:

♥Love him♥

Until then...some of us in the world recognize your plastered on smile.  Some of you might recognize mine when it's there.  Everybuddy has days like this.  Yes, even adorable comedian guys who have lots of money.  Even that person who seems like the strongest person in the world to you, sometimes needs to just let it all out.  Some people don't know how...they turn to drugs or violence to release their pain instead...when in all truth, it just makes the pain greater...but that's another blog as well. ;)

I challenge you all to cry.  You're not a baby.  Or a psycho.  You're a human being.  Don't be afraid of your emotions.  If violence is your way, please at least get a punching bag.  I have one hanging in my back yard and I won't say I've never taken my frustrations out there.  But I always end up crying when I'm mad anyway lol.  Nothing like being in the middle of an argument and just breaking the hell down because you're so mad...when you're me, all the emotions end in tears.  Good, bad or ugly.  I'm ok with that.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm this way.  I cry over movies, songs, commercials, the news, books, my kids making me proud...etc, etc, etc!!  I don't usually hide it, and oftentimes, I can't.  I'm not ashamed of my emotions though.  Any of them.  When I love you, I love you and that's it.  When I don't...well, that's it too.  I won't make excuses for that any more than I'll make excuses for my tears.  But there are still some times when tears are not appropriate, especially when you're about to have a Weep-a-thon.  And it is to those times which I dedicate this blog. 
If you're afraid to cry, I suggest the shower.  Then, even you don't know that those are tears on your's just the shower, after all.  :)  If you can't cry...get at me, I have movies and songs to suggest lol.  If you want to cry, but need a shoulder, I'm here for you!  You can reach me at and we'll go from there.  Guess what?  That's another thing that can help you in the faking it 'til ya make it thing...helping someone else.  So, if you think you'd be burdening me by crying on my shoulder, you're dead wrong. 

Rest assured, I'll get my Dane Cook moment. 
Until then...
*Plasters smile back on*
I have stuff to do.

Hugs n things,

P. S. if this made no sense to you, I apologize.  It makes sense to me and it was something I needed to do. ;) ♥ Thanks for reading. ♥♥