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A new series starting tomorrow.. 30 days of truth.. as raw as I’ll get.

ShareTweet I’m doing something new, starting tomorrow.  Many in the blogosphere are doing it, so google it if you wanna read others and if you want some link love here, leave a comment and we’ll check yours out, too. 30 Days of Honesty – This might get a little ugly.. but you’ll hear it from me. Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself. Day 02 → Something you love about yourself. Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for. Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for. Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life. Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do. Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for. Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like sh*t. Day 09 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 30 Days of Truth, Creative Chaos

10 Reasons why I dropped English 101 from this Semester’s schedule

ShareTweet 1. I’m not well.  I need some procedures and needed to lighten my fully loaded schedule. 2. I need more time to study for other tests and assignments. 3. I wasn’t prepared for academic writing after x amount of years out of it. 4. Now I can read the handbook and learn MLA process before I sign up for English 101 in the future. 5. I can read things I enjoy again. 6. I can spend more time monetizing this blog. 7. I can write more freely. 8. I’m amazingly relieved of a ton of stress. 9. I can be a better learning coach for my homeschooled daughter. 10. I can have more time to seek out the medical specialists that I need to get stronger before jumping into the fire again. Overall, I’m sharing this because I don’t feel … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back-to-school, Unexpectations

Coming home from North Carolina, I saw “Ikea Blvd” and it was all over

ShareTweet Ikea.  I know I have a picture in my phone.  I so heart Ikea.  I had a mission. I needed a cutting board and I did want to see all the cutting boards that they had.. which took some juggling.  They are in two different departments. I found my treasured wooden cutting board, to go with my “almost killed us” Kohl’s knifes. I even found the oil to maintain it.  And a sharpening ceramic thingamagic. We also found a cheap pan for crepes, like Alton Brown described, and some tiny clear dishes for herbs in upcoming recipe photos, when I can cook again. Good stuff.  Its probably a good thing that Ikea is in North Carolina and that there are no bags so you must carry your items out, yourself.. because this is shopping … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Domestication, Feeding the Needz, Foodie Frenzy, Inspiration, Kitchen Miracles

My HomeMade Non Hydrogenated Margarine – Butter Extender

ShareTweet In direct response to this post about healthier choices, I share my option for still eating butter, but extending it and adding the olive oil, too. 1 cup room temperature butter 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup filtered water 1/4 tsp liquid lecithin Whip together to form your home made margarine.  Its healthy for you.  It extends your butter, so its a less expensive option, and you don’t lose any of the taste of the real stuff.  Non hydrogenated and all. :) If it doesn’t come together, I add a few more drops of lecithin.  I don’t use this, at home, as often as I should, but I always make it for baked potato parties or potlucks.  I should make this more often, for home use. hat tip to article: Saturday Stumbles at Not a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health/Nutrition, Kitchen Miracles

#ConvergeSouth Keynote @BrentDPayne

ShareTweet I could watch this about four more times and still learn something from it. Its that good.  Some stuff I knew. .. most I didn’t and its good SEO traning.. enjoy … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Unexpectations

Brain Overload

ShareTweet I can’t imagine why my brain is on overload. I have one camp and two conferences swimming up in there, that need to be blogged about. I’m a full-time student. I’ve met some fantastic people, in the last few weeks. Have you ever been in a meeting and felt you knew a total stranger, before?  I was in a panel discussion sesssion, at #convergesouth, in greensboro and I just felt I knew this guy on the panel.  I don’t know why I felt I knew him.  He mentioned Silicon Valley.  Okay, a Cali guy.  He mentioned he worked at Yahoo. OH MY GAWD.  When the panel ended, I cautiously asked, as I reached out my hand, “Ernie? Y360 Ernie?” What an amazing experience.  My first blogging gigs were at Yahoo 360, until Yahoo “threw us under … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Inspiration, Linky Love

Apparently Kelly Clarkson got together and wrote this song about my life

ShareTweet Have you heard this song?  I’m not going to go into details.  But, this weekend, on my road trip home from conference number 2, I replayed it over-and-over until I knew where it worked in my life.  I was 12 when I could have written this song.  I found a duet with Reba.  What could make it better?  Enjoy :) Learn something, very personal, about me.  Most of this doesn’t apply to my everyday since I turned 30.  And now that I’m over 40, watch out. :)  I’ve learned a lot about me.  You’ve learned a lot about me.  It doesn’t all apply.  But, it shows you how far I’ve come along.. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Inspiration, Unexpectations

This week in college.. Eng 101 Rant

ShareTweet I’m disturbed. I mentioned this weeks readings, in a post, last week. The problem is I’ve read half of them. I feel like such a prude to say this.  There is a time and a place to read smut, if one so wishes to, but I’m not one of those someone’s and I’m disgusted with what I’m being required to read and write about in this “contemporary readings” book. I don’t want to read about cut off penis’ in little bags, with herbs, preserved for burial with these “clean boys” in China, who didn’t need them in this life but need them in the life to come. I’m known to drop an f-bomb or three, from time to time.. but I don’t appreciate reading about it, over-and-over in my English Composition book. So, maybe the 1/2 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back-to-school, Unexpectations

#ZA Food Storage Deal of the Week ala Bi-Lo

ShareTweet Bi-Lo is having a huge Buy 10 for $10 Sale, mix and match, this week. I happen to still have the bonus $50 in Bi-Lo gift cards, from the promo. Girlie and I set out to see what food storage miracles we could procure on this sale. We found 50 pounds of assorted semolina pasta, 10 – 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes, 10 – 28 oz cans petite diced tomatoes, 12 – 15.5 oz cans garbanzo beans/chickpeas, 10 – qt bottles Powerade, 6 yellow crookneck squash, 2 unwaxed dental floss, 10 – Betty Crocker 8.5 oz chocolate chip cookie mix, 20 – Martha White 7 oz assorted muffin mixes, 4 – 16 oz sour cream, 8 pints 1/2 and 1/2, 6 – 8 oz cream cheese, and 6 1/2 pints heavy whipping cream. We … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Creative Domestication, Foodie Frenzy, LowCountry

My old Stomping Grounds. Where I grew up. (Repost)

ShareTweet I got this cute email, last week, about “If you were a girl in the 70’s,” much like this one, here. The big surprise was that it was from Susan Bebb. Susan? I didn’t know Susan had my email address. I haven’t talked to her in years, and we haven’t communicated since she cleverly sent me a calendar, of Hawaii, as a creative wedding announcement. I am reposting this, for her. Special thanks to Ted for Bloggin’ this to the masses. I had so much fun that I mapped out a story for you. I played with Google Earth and found my old neighborhood.. my stompin’ grounds for so many years. My grandma’s house! I highlighted some points of interest ~LOL~ We called Veronica “Ronnie”. Susan was only … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Feeding the Needz, Forever and One More Day

Reading Moving On – Sarah Ban Breathnach

ShareTweet Sarah Ban Breathnach is a genius! Anything with her name on it, will get my attention now. I’ve been stuck, in my book, on the same “chapter” for over a week. It just spoke to me, and I couldn’t move on. So, I read it again, this morning. How does it know me so well? That section is titled “Bleak House” and starts, “I don’t know which is worse, remembering a painful past or ignoring an excruciating present.” Sarah painfully compares her present with her past, when she was in full “Simple Abundance” swing. I don’t have to feel that I failed the path I wanted to be on, after reading “Simple Abundance,” because I’m just normal, from what I’m reading. I gift that book because it speaks to me. Its a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Love, Creative Chaos, Ephemeral Pursuitz

10 Things I deeply miss about San Diego (Re-post)

ShareTweet 1. The Food – 24 hour “real” Mexican Food drive-thru, Jack in the Box, El Pollo Loco, Shaved Ice in Mission Beach… 2. Dudley’s Bakery – Santa Ysabel and Julian – Apple Season 3. Malls – Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, Parkway Plaza 4. La Jolla Indian Reservation – Camping and Water Park 5. Tide Pools and Tourmaline Surfer Beach 6. La Jolla Cove 7. Balboa Park 8. The Zoo 9. Air Shows and The Blue Angels 10. Free Range Public Transportation Please note that I don’t miss PetCo Park because it was built after I moved away. *sniff sniff* … Read entire article »

Filed under: Feeding the Needz, Unexpectations

Deep Fried Banana Rolls

ShareTweet The first time we made these banana rolls, we used Spring Roll Wrappers, at a Spring Roll Party. I’ve been having a real hard time with the Spring Roll Wrappers, so I’ve switched to Egg Roll Wrappers, purchased in the produce department, at the supermarket. I like these better, with Egg Roll Wrappers. They make my mouth make delightful noise! Yes, they do. mmmmmMMmmmmm This time, we used four bananas and skipped the powdered sugar. The key is water.. it makes your glue.. this is messy, but so worth it.. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Foodie Frenzy, Kitchen Miracles

Herbs a Plenty around the Garden

ShareTweet Confession: I would rather grow something we can eat, even if we don’t eat it. Other than putting a sprig into a stew or under the skin of a whole bird.. I’m not quite sure what to do with Rosemary. The Thai Basil smells spicier than the Sweet Basil and I don’t know how to use it, at all. I learned, today, that my chives, that are in bloom, are garlic chives, because of the white flowers. I thought they were purple, last year. I guess I don’t know which are which, anymore, until they bloom. That big pot of oregano, from last year, still looks great. I’m thankful to live in a climate where there isn’t a hard freeze to kill all the herbs, outside. Now if the skeeters could just fly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gardening

My Silent Disability

ShareTweet I found this on a friend’s site and it is amazingly true. Some disabilities appear quite normal, in public. Please think before you get mad and Judge wrongly. No one would choose to have any illness. Some days these are all me and sometimes just part me.. rarely are they never me. For anyone who suffers with Fibromyalgia this is for YOU OR for anyone who has a family member, loved one, friend or knows anyone living with Fibromyalgia this is also for YOU … perhaps it puts into a perspective what someone who has this goes though!!! Remember, never JUDGE a person UNLESS you walk in their shoes!!!!! YOU THINK YOU KNOW, BUT YOU HAVE NOO IDEA!!! 1. My pain – My pain is not your pain. It is not caused … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Health/Nutrition

Do I regret my Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery? (Re-post)

ShareTweet I’ve decided to share Beth’s WLS story with you. I’ve followed Beth’s blog for quite some time and since I’ve been posting some of my more negative health problems, post weight loss surgery.. I thought I should answer this question, for you, my reader’s, too. This is the first of two videos in this brutally honest post. Please click and listen to her own reply to some of the trouble it seemed to stir. I firmly believe in “YMMV”, Your Mileage May Vary, when it comes to any type of procedure, diet plan, or health change.. I appreciate Beth’s brutal honesty. I stopped going to local support groups, after my surgery, because the upcoming candidates for surgery scared the crap out of me. This is the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: WLS

Post Op WLS 4/30/03 Part Three (Re-post)

ShareTweet For the last two years, I’ve blatantly ignored my gastric bypass surgery (or that which I could, rather), in lieu of living and doing my best to continue to lose weight. I had easily become bored with weigh-in’s, chart updates of loss, etc, when I hit a serious plateau. A plateau of weight loss was inevitable for someone who was still barely able to move. My back pain had progressed and I had become discouraged that after such a drastic operation to change me, it had done very little to my everyday movement abilities. Quite frankly, I was depressed to be disabled after making such drastic changes in my life. Over the past two years, however, my weight loss has continued and … Read entire article »

Filed under: WLS

Post Op WLS 4/30/03 Part Two (Re-post)

ShareTweet I decided to share more of “my story” of my weight loss surgery, because I ran into an excellent blog called “melting mama“. Please mouse-over any terms you may not understand, as there are many links. My WLS is called Gastric Bypass Surgery – Roux-en-Y (distal). I did not have a laparoscopic procedure. I did not have a choice with my incision, and had a full navel to sturnim incision. My “pouch” and my stomach are completely transected (detached). My intestines have been re-routed in a “Y” configuration, so my old stomach and my new pouch, that was created, both empty into my intestine. The distal part means that more of the intestine was bypassed, producing a greater mal-absorption factor for my weight loss. My “pouch” was originally the size of my thumb (1 … Read entire article »

Filed under: WLS

Post Op WLS 4/30/03 Part One (Re-post)

ShareTweet **I’m re-posting these posts, from my hacked and crashed blogs, because they share, with you, who I am.  They are important to the “me” I have become.  They are a little dated and I’m not updating too much of the information.  The re-posting of the important posts, that have been recovered, is a another miracle, in itself.  Its how I blog, from now, after losing close to 1,000 old posts, in other blogs.  I appreciate your patience if you’ve read these already. IF this is new to you.. welcome to my starting over blog. :) ** Okay, so I opened this blog post with some WLS code. Just what is this nifty code that I possess? Well, WLS is Weight Loss Surgery. Some of you, that have followed me … Read entire article »

Filed under: WLS

Financial Aid Fail

ShareTweet I managed back to TTC, to take a number, in the Financial Aid office, again. The poor lady, behind the computer, seemed as baffled as I was, and much more polite than the lady letting me take a number, like I’m illiterate to read my file online. After consulting with another person.. come to find out, with all the FAFSA proving (30% of FAFSA’s are audited and mine was) someone failed to have me fill out an application for my loan! I’ve been waiting weeks for this loan to show up and I never filled out the application. I had to go take an entrance exam to financial aid loans and then fill out the application. Now I wait two more weeks. What a mess. How does a first-year student read … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back-to-school

September 11, 2010 – We still Remember

ShareTweet (photo courtesy of Lindsay Shaver) ..Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.. ~Matthew 5:44 … Read entire article »

Filed under: politics and religion, Unexpectations

Why I Wist – a peek inside me

ShareTweet my wists When I first found out about wists.com, I started adding fun things, to it, to give others an impression of what I like.. it was like a way to introduce me to others.. silently. I didn’t do it for gifts. I didn’t do it for the shopping aspect. I did it to share what I like, what I notice, what I see.. I didn’t really look at it as a shopping social network, because I didn’t really use it that way. Last Christmas, I streamed my wist list, here, on the blog, because I was constantly being faced with answering questions that the wist list could answer for me. And I got a camera, as a gift. Nice. Thanks family. I love you, too. But, this year, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blog Fun, Creative Chaos, Everyday Nothing, Unexpectations

Do you Paperback Swap?

ShareTweet New arrivals, this week: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Life The Quotable Book Lover MLA Handbook for Writer’s of Research Papers Writing Down the Bones Perfect Phrases for Resumes Looking for God in Harry Potter Office Proffessionals Desk Reference Unfinished Business Building Belief While discussing Writing Down the Bones, on Twitter, I was able to add a couple more books to my wish list: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life :: Anne Lamott On Writing :: Stephen King These were added to my other wish list books that I’d love to touch: The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals :: Michael Pollan Peace and Plenty: Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity :: Sarah Ban Breathnach SparkNotes: Women’s Literature :: SparkNotes Editors I feel there is no hope that I will ever receive The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I’m almost the 900th person waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Creative Chaos, Frugality

Online Course disconnections..

ShareTweet I miss Brick N Mortar classrooms.  I feel this disconnection, in my online courses, that I can’t describe. Its like not remembering the professors names, or knowing who’s talking, when I’m reading hundreds of discussions on message boards. Last week’s essays were very religious.  This week’s are full of non-English names and places I can’t pronounce. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates The Fall River Axe Murders by Angela Carter The Wild Beast by Peter Maass The Damned Human Race by Mark Twain Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell Immortality by YiyunLi It seems like I’m learning History in ENG 101, English in CPT101, and How to break my keyboard in AOT106.  We won’t talk about Marketing.  I still have that text, laying next to me.. more to-do’s.  There is so much … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back-to-school, Creative Chaos, Feeding the Needz, Uncategorized

I learned Drupal Taxonomy today!

ShareTweet I learned how to set up Vocabularies and Terms (Categories/Tags) and organize life a little better over at From My Own Office. I started reading An Emotional First-Aid Kit for Mothers and Writing Down the Bones. I didn’t fret or check into any classes, trying to trust that I am getting organized and I’m not missing any deadlines. I can do a little of that sometime tomorrow. I’m still praying for My Dennis.  I hope to get some updated good news soon. Keep praying, please. Hugz and Goodnight … Read entire article »

Filed under: family and friends, Feeding the Needz

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