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Last day! Do you feel like you know me better now?

Today's Instagram filter is Sierra.

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Sorry I missed out on posting yesterday - I had trouble getting my phone to sync the photos up.

Anyway, you didn't miss much :)

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So this is where you guys start to really see how little I leave the house...

Today's Instagram filter is X-pro II

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Today's Instagram filter is Earlybird.

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Ok, so I decided I would use a different Instagram filter each day for these. Yesterday's was Lo-Fi, today's is Hudson.

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Several people on my flist have been doing this, so of course I thought I'd wait til they were all done and over it and then do it myself. Because I'm awesome at being late to the party like that.
ETA: Instagram Filter - Lo-Fi
Pics Ahoy! )
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Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy

My sister and sister-in-law have just started a business together: Sugar Creek Farm Equestrian Art

My sister is the artist, and my sister-in-law is handling the business aspect. Check them out!

Also available on Facebook!


And I'm finally done with this meme!
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Out with the Old...
2010 in Review:


  • January: Had a carpal tunnel flare, had to go back to physical therapy, bought a Wii.

  • February: Played in my first K-Swiss singles league, K & I took a trip to Charleston.

  • March: Went to a Shawn Mullins concert, my Mom had a stroke

  • April: Went to Coachella, K & I broke up, I got an iPod Touch.

  • May: My team won our ALTA division & went to the playoffs, Mom got out of rehab, I had a tree removed, went to Missouri for my niece's high school graduation.

  • June: Took my first business trip of the year, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, my brother had a bike accident and punctured his lung.

  • July: Went home to Missouri for the fourth, ran over a kitten in my driveway :(, had my first polo experience.

  • August: Took a work trip to Vegas, my parents visited for a weekend, took a work trip to Calgary.

  • September: DragonCon, Adam Lambert concert

  • October: Trip to Hawaii and Alaska, went to zombie apocalypse for Halloween.

  • November: Made the playoffs in K-Swiss, went to Iowa for my cousin's wedding, my parents & sister came to Atlanta for Thanksgiving.

  • December: Had jury duty, was eliminated from K-Swiss finals in Round 16, went home for the holidays with the cat in tow.


Summary: So glad this year is over. Ugh.

Last year's resolution: House Plants
"Sounds like a silly resolution, I know, but there are no plants in my house right now. I am bad at remembering to water them, but my goal is to have something growing in every room so that I see them all the time. Also, I need to get a watering can. It's also part of the “save money” goal as well, since I love flowers and buy them often; I'm hoping to replace that with a flowering plant. I will have to learn what flowers seasonally so I can rotate them out, and I have to do all this with the flowers that are not toxic to cats, so it will require some research. There are a LOT of plants that are toxic, according to the ASPCA."

Result: I have four plants currently mostly alive. The herbs were a no go, and I managed to kill a cactus by underwatering it. Surprisingly, the African violet seems to be thriving. I'm going to say B- on this one.


2010 Goals

  1. Hang living room curtains that I bought in August.

  2. Result: Done!
  3. Continue working on budgeting and saving my money, learning to control how I use my credit cards, etc.

  4. Result: My top 10 expenses were: Mortgage, Home Maintenance, Travel, Dining Out, Automotive Expenses, Utilities, Telphone, Groceries, Electronics, & Gifts. Eh. I did okay this year, but not awesome. I am still working on it though!
  5. Finish the college sweatshirt blanket.

  6. Result: Nope. Haven't even touched it.
  7. Finish my France sabbatical photo album.

  8. Result: Done!
  9. Continue augmenting my fitness routine with walking and working out on the Wii I plan to buy soon. I would like to lose 10 pounds and/or fit back into my clothes better (some of my jeans are now too tight to wear.)

  10. Result: I started out well, but then it all fell apart. This one is solidly in the no go category.
  11. Post one non-meme, non-tweet related post to LJ each week, and go back through and tag things better.

  12. Result: I'm going to call this one a win! I don't know that I posted every week, but I have 79 entries tagged "It's not a tweet" and I did go back through my whole journal and retag things.
  13. Try out one new recipe a month.

  14. Result: Eh. I did try out some new recipes early on in the year, but I would say that after June I didn't cook much.
  15. Mail cards to my family on their birthdays and anniversaries. I used to be really good at this but have been slacking for the last few years.

  16. Result: Completed! It was expensive though. Cards are not cheap!


...In with the New!

2011 Resolution: Procrastinate Less!

I realize this sounds kind of vague, but here is a case in point of what I am talking about: this year I let my packing room get really messy and let the desk in my office pile up with papers that needed to be filed and other stuff. I stressed about both of these areas to the point where I had to keep the doors to both rooms shut at all times. It took me 30 minutes to clean up the packing room, and one workday to clean off my desk. Six months of feeling bad about it could have been so easily avoided! So my plan is this: put stuff away. Unload the dishwasher. Put the laundry away. Just less putting tasks off.

2011 Goals

  1. Walk a mile every day. Not to say that I won't walk more than that on occasion, but I am both holding myself to getting on the treadmill every day and at the same time giving myself an out for the days I don't feel like really working out.

  2. Paint my office.

  3. Finish 2010 scrapbook. So much for 'as you go' scrapbooking! I made it through May.

  4. Finish 2005 (I think - now I'm suddenly not sure where I left off) scrapbook.

  5. Hang shelves in the bathroom closet.


And I'm using this post to count as TWO of the 30 day meme:
Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days


Only 1 day left to go in this meme! I will finish it! (see how the less-procrastinating thing works!*g*)
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

Last day!!! Whoo, I did it!!!!

December 31:
I dragged myself out of bed this morning, really stayed up too late last night ugh. I drove up to the perimeter mall area to go to the Best Buy that had the stereo for the car. They couldn't install it until Tuesday, so I went ahead and bought it, and then drove down to the Best Buy that's closer to my house to see if they could install it. They couldn't do it today, but they can tomorrow, so I have a noon appointment for that. Hope I don't have a bad hangover! :)

Then I had lunch, and noticed that the mattress store across the street was having a sale. I have had "Get a new mattress" on my Should-Do list for a couple of years now, so I went over. Two hours later, I am the proud (?) owner of a new mattress set. I spent a bit more than I intended to (it was an $1900 mattress that I got for $1400), but it has a 15 year warranty, and I have two years to pay for it. And they gave me two free Tempur-pedic pillows, whee! Then I rushed to finish my errands so I could go home and get the bedrooms ready for delivery, as that was the reason for the sale - it had to be delivered today so that it's out of their warehouse before they inventory for the new year for tax purposes.

I thought I might get the delivery for free because they were guaranteed to be here by 7 and I hadn't heard from them at all, but then they called at 20 past 6, and then they were here and had the old mattress moved, the box springs shifted over to my guestroom, the other box springs out and everything cleaned up in less than 15 minutes.

Then I got cleaned up and went to a friend's party for NYE - lots of fun, drinks, dancing, laughing, and sparklers outside at midnight. It was so warm tonight! And now I am home, and getting ready for my first night on the new bed. We shall see how it goes!


Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 28:
Slept in, had lunch with Mom & Dad. I went to Wal Mart while Dad went to the doctor's - he's come down with a bad sinus infection/bronchitis thing. :( I picked up all the things on their list, and bought the birthday/anniversary cards for tomorrow's dinner, as well as a pastry brush for my mom for her birthday because she mentioned this week that she'd had to throw her old one away but kept forgetting to get a new one. Never say stuff like that around me, it tends to get you that thing, no matter how silly it is. Also, I almost bought a jigsaw puzzle set because for some reason I've been really wanting to put one together over this vacation, but I talked myself out of it because I knew my sister wanted to play cards tonight. Maybe I will look for it on sale at my Walmart when I get home. Anyway, I was wandering around the store, killing time waiting for my dad to get done at the doctor, and I saw the craft aisle so I looked at the yarn for a minute. Then I saw that Electronics was nearby so I thought I'd see how much a small TV would cost as I want one for my office. Then this happened:

My Internal Voice: "Damn, this cart has a wonky wheel."
Part of My Brain That Actually Pays Attention to Life: "Um. Wouldn't it have been wonky the entire 45 minutes you've already been shopping? Why is it just now bad?"
I look down, see the yarn that is quickly winding its way around one of the wheels. "SHIT."
I pull into an aisle and start tugging uselessly at the yarn.
My Internal Voice: "Ugh, it won't come off. Ew, I'm touching wheel grease, this is gross."
Part of My Brain That Actually Pays Attention to Life: "Um. The craft aisle was about 8 aisles back. Have you been trailing yarn this entire time like a dumbass?"

For the record, I had not. I had only been trailing about 15 feet of yarn like a dumbass. I had to get TWO Walmart employees to help me, one of which I asked for assistance and the other who FOLLOWED THE TRAIL OF THE MOVING YARN TO SEE WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON. This is my life.

I managed to not have any more accidents and Dad came and got me, and we went to the pharmacy to get his medicine. We chatted with Emory Melton, one of the few people I recognize in town these days and I helped find batteries for his hearing aid because the pharmacy was packed! Then we came home and I got on the internet for a while, then I helped make soup, and then we played cards. My sister and I won three games in a row - we were unbeatable! So we stopped to buy lottery tickets on the way home in case our good luck continued. We then learned that you cannot buy lottery tickets after 10 PM in Cassville MO. We are not sure if that was a state law or a gas station rule. I kind of lean toward it being a "the lady in the back didn't want to teach the new girl how to do it" rule, but that's just me. So we bought 4 scratch off tickets instead. Then my sister had to teach me how to play because I had never bought one before (still haven't, as she paid for them) and didn't understand. 4 tickets at $2 each, and they were all a bust except one, where we won the $2 back. No free money for us! :(

December 29:
Met my best friend's mother in town for lunch and caught up with her - she seems much happier than she has been any time I've seen her post-divorce. Then I went to Springfield with my parents and went to Best Buy. I am going to get a new radio for my car, because I am tired of messing with FM transmitters. Oddly enough, replacing the radio is not that much more expensive. Okay, it's 2-3 times more expensive, but has less chance of me dying in a fiery crash because the damn thing went staticky. Coming soon: Free to good home, one FM transmitter. Works well if you do not live in a major metropolitan area. Ugh. Anyway, I selected the radio I wanted only to find out that they couldn't install it that day, so I will have to do it on Friday after I'm home so that I don't miss the sale price. Also, may have talked my dad into getting a wireless router by telling him it would make us all want to hang out at their house when we're home. True, and sad, I know. I miss wifi. I miss internet. But I love my family. Speaking of which, we then went to our annual Birthday/Anniversary Extravaganza at Jimm's (first time at this restaurant - I realize that made it sound like we do this annually at Jimm's but I'm too lazy to fix it.) I was not expecting Jimm's to have two M's. But the food was decent and it was good to see everyone one last time before I have to head home in the morning. I came back to my sister's after saying goodbye to my parents (sniff) and packed everything up. I am definitely leaving with more than I came with! My mom gave me a knife tonight because I commented on how sharp it was when I was slicing veggies at her house. So far, I've nearly stabbed myself in the foot with it; perhaps I should not have sharp things.

December 30:
Driving, driving, more driving. I let the cat out to stretch her legs in Conway and she peed on the car seat. :( It wasn't her fault though; she was trying to use the litter box but just missed. After 13 lovely hours, many of which were filled with yowling cat, we are both happy to be home. And in anticipation of my New Year's resolution (more coming soon!) I have unpacked and put away almost everything. Then I stayed up far too late embracing the marvel of wi-fi. Oh, how I have missed it!



Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 18:
I got up at 5:30 am and started the trek to Missouri. 13 1/2 hours later, I arrived at my sister's house. Bringing the cat with me tacked on an extra hour and a half to the drive, as I pulled over twice to let her out of her carrier. And once because she let herself out. !!! I am going to buy a bigger carrier before we head home, probably one for a dog so she has room to move around. My sister was over at my parents' house so we had some time to ourselves to settle in.

December 19:
We got up and went to Mom & Dad's for lunch with my aunt, then my cousin and her husband came over and we played cards. My parents got a new TV on Saturday, so that was the big news, and we had to rearrange everything that was hanging near it. My sister and I went on a two mile walk, and then came back in time to have a quick bite of dinner before it was time to head to church to watch my dad sing in the choir for the Christmas show. I am not a fan of their minister - he's nice enough, but they used to have a fantastic one and this one is only so-so. And they changed it from a cantata, where everyone sings together, to a performance with a live nativity, which I find just awkward. Then we came home and played another game of cards and ate peanut butter fudge.

December 20:
Slept in, then ran errands - post office and UPS - then went over to Mom & Dad's. Helped decorate the Christmas tree, something I haven't done in years. Met my sister in Monett and then we all drove up to Springfield to have dinner and go shopping. I have now officially finished my Christmas shopping! I only had my nephew left and I bought him a sweater, and then I got my niece a book although I had something else for her as well but it didn't feel like enough. I got her Behemoth, the second in the Leviathian YA trilogy, because her mom said she wanted it and I have to say, I want to read it too! We saw part of the lunar eclipse, about halfway.

December 21:
We met Mom & Dad in town for lunch at Pizza Hut, then went for a bike ride with my aunt since today is supposed to be the last halfway nice day this week. My rear hurts! I don't really like riding bikes, it's so much more work than walking. My sister enjoys it though. Then we all went to dinner and came back to my parents' and played cards. My dad & I lost miserably, and then we had to carry the world's heaviest chest upstairs for my mom.

December 22:
Today we drove to Joplin because my mom wanted to buy a food processor. Exciting times, I know. We also stopped by my nephew's store and hung out with him for a few minutes, which was nice. My sister and her boyfriend drove up as well. They were going to shop, and I was going to take the parents home, but I wanted to look in one shop, and before you knew it, it was late. Mom was going to cook, but it was late when we got home so we went out for BBQ instead. I always think the local BBQ place is going to be better than it is, which is sad-making. Then I dropped my parents off at home and came back to my sister's and wrapped gifts. I am so excited to give people their presents! I hope they all like them!

December 23:
With all the going, I was determined to take today easy to gear up for the big weekend. So my sister was heading back to Springfield to shop, but I decided to just go to my parents' to wrap gifts and relax. On the drive over, my mom called - she'd forgotten about a funeral of one of her friend's sister, and my dad was out doing some volunteer work with the church so could I please take her. So I sped up, since it was 1:15 and the funeral was at 2. We were about 5 minutes late but we snuck in quietly, signed the guest book and took our programs and sat down in the back as the opening prayers concluded. And then we opened up the program and discovered.... WRONG FUNERAL. This funeral home has two locations and my mom just assumed it would be the one closest to where the family lived, not the one 10 minutes down the road. So we left the complete stranger's funeral (of a 40 year old lady who died of a sudden illness, v sad for her family) hopped back in the car and went to the right one. I may have giggled the whole way about the mix-up. It was very sit-com.

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 17:

Last day of work for the year, woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! And it went reasonably well, I think. At least, until I get back and realize all the things I forgot to do, I'm sure. Oh well. C'est la vie. After work, I went to tennis drills, and then out to dinner with friends. Then home to pack and fret about forgetting things in the morning. I think I have everything in a giant pile now though. All I have to remember to do tomorrow is turn the thermostat down, make sure to pack the cat's bowls, and pack my eyeshadow and wrist braces. We shall see. And now to bed, because the alarm is set distressingly early.

I am going to keep up with the posting while I'm away, but probably not everyday as my internet access there is spotty.


Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

T minus 1 day until Christmas vacation, yay!

December 15:
Yet another day of sitting around work waiting for someone to fix something out of my control. Ho hum. I did get my annual self-evaluation filled out, so that was a plus. I was supposed to have dinner with friends, but since there was ice in the forecast they cancelled. I decided to drive into Decatur to get dinner since I'd planned to eat out, and yes. Icy. I only spun out once! I was on the phone with my sister and I said "Oh shit oh shit oh shit.... okay, I'm okay." And she said, "I figured if you had time to curse, you were going to be okay." ♥ sister.

So I got Mexican food and came home and watched tv and did laundry and then went to bed and read my library book for a while.

December 16:
Sat around work until 2ish - started watching Greek, am now hooked. Luckily, all three seasons are on hulu. Actually worked from 2:30 to 6pm. Ran into town to pick up The Help from the library as I somehow went from being 33 on the waitlist to 1 in less than a week. I had to return my other library books even though I wasn't done with two of them. I was hoping they'd let me check them out again if no one was waiting for them, but they have a 24 hour waiting period and I'll be on the road to Missouri by then.

I was going to get Dairy Queen, but they were randomly closed. I came home and cooked dinner. I put soft paws on the cat, who is now hiding from me, and watched Vampire Diaries. Then I started packing to go home on Saturday, whee!

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

Today I:


  • Barely made it up in time to NOT have to greet the exterminator in my pajamas. Okay, techically I still had my pajama top on, but he didn't know that.

  • Worked. Didn't actual accomplish much, but hey.

  • Went to Wal Mart to buy stuff to make banana bread. And also a space heater for the office. STILL COLD.

  • Made banana bread while on a work conference call.


And that's about it - waiting for the bread to cool so I can wrap it in the holiday saran wrap I bought.

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

My big accomplishment for the day was cleaning off my desk and working in my office for the whole day. I basically stopped going down there about 9 months ago, after I'd made a big mess planning to paint and redecorate and then having to spend the cash I'd planned for that on other home improvement issues that were more urgent. So 9 months of just piling papers on the desk, and I managed to go through it all while I was waiting on other people to do things.

Then after work, I drove down to East Point and had Christmas with Scott & Jon. We ate at an Irish pub, which was only okay and was sadly very smoky. But it was fun to hang out, and they gave me a really cute piece of artwork that says (basically, I can't remember the exact phrase, and it's downstairs) "I keep trying to be nice but I can't stop wishing I could set people on fire with my mind." It's like they know me. :) It will go into my office when I get it redecorated.

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

December 12:

Today was cold. Very, very cold. It snowed, which is a rare occurrence here in Atlanta. I went grocery shopping, which is never a great idea when it's snowing in the South, but I survived mostly unscathed. Then I came home, and decided I would go out and finish the last of my Christmas shopping by getting a shirt made at Bang On for a friend (with a DwtS joke on it.) Very cold out.

Then I came home and straightened the house a bit and watched more Heroes and talked to my parents and did some tennis stuff and made lists of things I need to do this week.

Oh! And I put in a pair of earrings tonight. I can't remember the last time I wore earrings, but it's been at least 4 years because I haven't worn any since I moved into the house. I started thinking about it last week and wondering if the holes had grown over, if I could wear them if I wanted to. They had a bit, especially the left one. But they're in!


Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

Ah, this cold has really kicked my a$$. I am tired and all I want to do is sleep and watch tv. So that's... basically what I've been doing.

December 8:
Worked. Watched the end of Season 4 of Friday Night Lights. Talked to my best friend on the phone. Got Chinese food. Watched the Star Trek movie again. Watched the first episode of Heroes. Went to bed.

December 9:
Worked. Caught up on Glee and Castle and last week's Vampire Diaries. Watched this week's Vampire Diaries. My cat is staring at me with disappointed eyes, and I'm not sure why.

Day 28: This year, in great detail
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

Yeah, I really did nothing today - I got up around 11am, went to work, worked til 8pm, ate dinner and watch Friday Night Lights, and now I'm going to bed.

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Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy
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Day 27: This month, in great detail

So, so sick. Ugh.

I woke up about 7 am, even though I could have slept in. Managed to get about another hour of sleep in between then and 10:30, when my alarm went off, but not really restful. Scott & I had lunch plans, so I got up to get ready for that and started doing some cleaning while I was waiting for him to arrive.

I have a second guestroom that I refer to as the Packing Room, because it's where I keep all my suitcases and my work clothes (and my drum kit, so I guess technically it ought to be the Music Room, but way more packing happens than music, so.) The Packing Room has been a gigantic mess that I have just shut the door on since, oh, April or so. Now it is not. Yay me! Now there's only one room in my house that's so awful the door must be kept shut. Ah, progress.

Then Scott came and brought me the printer they were getting rid of - it's supposed to be a high quality printer so I said I'd try it out for scrapbook stuff even though the ink is supposed to be silly-expensive. I figure I'll give it a run and if I don't like it, I'll only be out one set of ink cartridges, not the price of the whole printer. Unfortunately, he forgot printers need things like cables and software, so it may be a bit before I try it out. We went to lunch at a place that had a Scoutmob deal (excellent app if you like dining out; I don't know if it's in all cities yet though) and it was decent. We did some shopping as well.

Then he took me home, and I decided to go to IKEA because I want one of their bookcases for my living room. Then I got over there and remembered nothing larger than a breadbox will fit in my car, so that plan is foiled. I went to Target, then came home and collapsed on the couch and was sad and sick while doing laundry and watching How I Met Your Mother.

Tomorrow, I am going to get up early and call the doctor. For realz this time. So over being sick. I have the day off because I was hoping I'd get called for The Vampire Diaries - they were looking for extras in my age range on a day I could actually take off work! - but as I have not heard from them I am guessing it's a no go :(

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Day 30: Whatever tickles your fancy



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