I’m Always Playing Catchup … Will It Ever End?

It seems that no matter how hard I try I can never manage to post daily and when I finally do find time to blog I’m so behind that I ramble about everything that is going on.  I’ve made a vow to myself and now I want to make a vow to my readers reader … Today I’m going to list some topics, some may be old stuff, some may be new stuff … then I’m going to promise to select at least one topic a day to post about.  Before I do that though I want everyone my reader to head over to Bloggy Giveaway and enter every one of the gazillion giveaways going on this week in the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival … then I want my readers reader to come back and go over my topic list and tell me in what order you would like for each topic to be covered.  Now for my list:

1. My kids and what they are doing.

2. Heather’s pending surgery.

3. My Mother

4. The decision I’m still trying to make … see previous post here

5. My recent roadtrip … catch up here

6. To Move or to Stay Put update

7. My upside down tomato

8. A post about who I am, what I do, personal thoughts, wants & wishes, and my life growing up … this may be done in several different posts but we’ll get there.

9.  My children’s birth stories (I know … they are grown but I don’t believe it’s ever too late to tell their story)

10. Kitten rescue

Is there anything else you would like to see me blog about in my vow to update and stay updated in the future?  Please let me know!

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Awesome Give Away Notice

I’m going to keep this short but sweet … My Wooden Spoon is having an awesome give away with several ways you can earn entries.  Just a hint … would you be intersted in winning a $300 Amazon Gift Certificate? How about $100 to Williams Sonoma? Or maybe your fancy would be $50 Cash via PayPal? Whatever your flavor you’ll definitely want to check out this give away and take time to read the past blog posts. I’m sure you will find another awesomely wonderful blog to add your your list of daily reads!

On The Road Again …

With two of my favorite co-workers! This time we’re making it a road trip so no airport hullablue to deal with. We’re driving to Dayton, OH to spend this week with one of our clients.  I believe this will be a growing experience for our relationship with this company as well as us as co-workers.  Amanda and Jared are two of the funniest people you would ever want to meet. They are both also very intelligent people and their knowledge of the subjects we will be discussing spans across several years of excellent service with the company we work for. I could only think of one or two things that would make this trip totally and completely perfect … Cody for one … Cody combined with Amanda and Jared and you never have to face a dull moment. He too is tops when it comes to the job he does.  I’ll miss Cody this week!  If I could take Lil Man with me … my week would be complete.  I had to walk away this morning before I cried. He sat up in bed with the cutest grin this morning. When I reached for him to give him hugs and kisses he just laid down and curled back up beside his mama. He knew Nanee was leaving and he didn’t like it. I’m sure he will be fine but I’m gonna miss my Lil Man lovin this week.

I’ll post and update from the road … I’m still working through the previous post (Decisions, Decisions) so don’t give up … you will eventually see a post letting you know what my final decision is … stay tuned!

Decisons, Decisions …

I’m spending a good deal of time trying to make the right decison about a ‘proposal’ I received unexpectadely last week. This could be a decision that changes my life forever … OR it could be a decision that keeps me trudging along right where I am now …

Life Changing …

Staying Where I am Now …

One of those will be a future blog title … stay tuned to see what decision I make.

Taking a Break to Update

Busy, Busy, Busy … that’s about all I can say to cover the past several days. Not the kind of busy that leaves you terribly exhausted without anything to really show for it but the kind of busy that absolutely wears you out and leaves you feeling accomplished … that’s the busy I’ve had.

I took last Thursday off and Friday was a paid vacation day for me. I had planned some time ago to make the 4th of July weekend an extended one but not for the purpose of vacation and relaxation. Eight years ago this month I moved into my apartment. On the side of my balcony is a storage building that is about 6 ft X 4 ft X 10ft or so. Inside that storage building was a multitude of my junk, sure to be someone elses treasure. I spent THREE days going through dang near every box and bag there was packed away, some which had been there for the entire eight years. I pretty much decided if it had been packed away that long I had no need for it now and it had to GO.  My end result is a neat and clean storage building which now holds only the necessities such as Christmas decorations, tools, and some supplies we may need in the event of an extened power outage or sever weather. Now, sitting in the opposite corner of my balcony, waiting for the 19th of July to get here is a total of 11 boxes filled with items that I will hopefully find a new home for during my upcoming yardsale. These boxes include baby clothes, adult clothes, maternity clothes, toys, what-nots, shoes, socks, stuff that at one time held sentimental value but are now just plain old junk … or at least it’s junk in my eyes.  I have a three day weekend planned again for this coming weekend where I plan to tackle the closet in my bedroom. Behind the closet door is this little storage area that is consumed with yet more junk that has been packed away since we moved in. Don’t even get me started on the other clutter that has built up over the years. I’m guessing that by the time we finish my closet there will be another six or seven boxes of yard sale ‘stuff’ to join the other 11 boxes currently residing on my balcony. If time permits the dresser drawers will be cleaned, under my bed will be cleaned, and hopefully (fingers crossed) the cabinets under my bathroom sink will find some organization.  If I’m feeling real lucky I may even get the cabinet under the kitchen sink cleaned out.

All this work is leading up to a huge family yard sale we have planned for the 19th of July. I’ve always had great success with every yard sale I’ve ever had and I’m hoping this one will be also.  We have a lot of Hispanic people who live in this area and they seem to swarm down upon yard sales that are convenient and those advertised as having clothing. They buy any and all sizes you may have and ask for more. I never really understood why and one day I asked … The last yard sale I had consisted primarly of newborn baby stuff up to about 6-9 months stuff. I also had a few pieces of junior size clothing and quiet a bit of just general baby stuff.  An older Hispanic couple showed up and bought about 3/4 of everything I had. It was obvious they were past the age of having babies so being curious as I am I asked why they wanted all the baby stuff. They said they go to yard sales where they can buy good clothing for a small price and they send it to their family members back home who are unable to purchase these things for themselves.  Makes sense and I’m hoping to have the same luck this time around.

What else is going on …

During a recent post I was heading out of town on a business trip. I wasn’t really looking forward to going but it was a successful trip. The company we went to visit is really a great group of people and they are relatively easy to work with. They are open to our suggestions and we can communicate with them, with ease.  That trip has lead up to another trip in order to do some training of their staff. This trip is scheduled for July 21 -25.  We have a lot of work to do prior to leaving so we will be prepared for the traning sessions planned.  My stress level is running pretty high right now but that’s OK too. I enjoy the pressure and I enjoy actually having something productive to do this time of year. I’m not sure how I’ll feel by the time that travel week is over though … a week without Lil Man may be more than I’m ready to handle.  Two or three days is tough … five days … may not be possible … I wonder if I can pack him in my bags and take him with me … hmmmm

MeMe Entertainment

Bethany Actually and Citystreams has posted this wonderful seven question meme, on their Blog and I thought it would be fun to participate as well. Basically, you copy the list of questions below and paste it into your comment. Then fill in the blanks with whatever you want to know, about me. I will answer your questions, as quickly as possible, right behind you. So hopefully, my comments will look like a list of questions followed immediately by answers.

1. What do you think of _____________?

2. When did you last ____________?

3. __________ or ___________ and why?

4. What did you ______________?

5. What’s your favorite ______________?

6. How would you ______________?

7. Who would you most like to ________?

Thanks for playing! Feel free to steal this for your blog. I’d love to ask you some questions, too!