So this was a year of normal crazy, bad crazy, good crazy, awesome crazy, and horrible crazy. I’ve been up and I’ve been down. Overall, however, it was a year worth living and that’s what counts. So since I turned 24 in 2013 (July 4 for all of you who didn’t know why that was an American holiday . . . Independence – please! . … Continue reading 2013 in Review
Merry late Christmas! I hope you all had a blast. I took the week off from the blog to focus on family and food . . . especially the food. In all reality, this was a very important Christmas for my family and me. It was the first time we’ve ever had a Christmas with all four kids, three spouses, the grandparents, the great-grandmother, and … Continue reading Christmas was for Family . . . and Food!
Since my dad is too weak to do much other than put puzzles together or sing along to Christmas carols, we’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies. I think on last count we had watched 15 already. Watching all of these movies is bringing up a lot of nostalgia and memories. One memory that keeps tickling my mind is the Christmas I stopped believing … Continue reading Why I Believe in Santa Claus . . .
I’ve been shovelling and hauling goods through over a foot of snow all day. Forget beach running. If you want a tough workout with a great view, try running in the snow. I am whooped!!! That being said . . . all you get to day is pictures of a Winter Wonderland. Continue reading Totally Tired Tuesday: Winter Wonderland Workout
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here what with Step-mother Martha Stewart’s five miniature trees themed to each room, two themed full-sized trees, mantel garlands, Christmas flowers, window decals, and three Christmas villages. The Christmas spirit is definitely in full swing at this house. Yesterday we took a break from all the decorating and cleaning to join-up with family for an early … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!
Have you ever felt like the world was chasing you down a dark alley, slamming you against the wall, wrapping it’s burning hot fingers around your throat, and wringing the last tendrils of life out of your very soul? Have you ever felt like that while thousands of miles away from home? Consider yourself lucky. It was Spring of 2008. Things started normally. I was … Continue reading Friday the 13th Travel Horror Story: London Theft
So I have a confession . . . I’m fat, and I’ve been fatter. I have another confession . . . I’ve rarely, if ever, let my weight stop me. I wanted to act so I acted. I wanted to compete in speech and debate so I competed. I did talent shows. I taught classes. I occasionally did sporting events. I rode rides. I even … Continue reading A Confession: Why Wait Till You’re Skinny?
Most of the time I refer to myself as a Southern Belle, but for about half of my life I wandered the Great Plains of the midwest. In the last several years, I’ve learned to embrace the dual nature that is my mixed-up self. Teaching English in China even caused me to revert back to the Nebraska accent from my youth. I’m sure my nieces … Continue reading Hearty Homestead Meals
I always have the same problem around various holidays. I download to many holiday themed movies, and don’t get them all watched before the season’s spirit has left me empty once again. Halloween is usually the worst. I mean there are literally thousands of semi-adequate, cheesy horror films to feel my Halloween season nights so I have to pick and choose. This year I focused … Continue reading Ultimate Christmas Movie List ~ What’s Your Favorite?
I’ve had two Christmases in China. The first Christmas, I was a tad massively obsessive compulsive about following traditions from home. The second Christmas, I joined up was dragged along with my Irish and British friends on a Christmas Eve night that is probably not best to describe on a public website that future employers may see. Let’s just say Christmas morning involved a lot of prayer and … Continue reading This One Time in . . . China: A Painted Christmas Tree