Friday, November 8, 2013

10 Things


I have been SO busy and my computer is acting like a jerk...but I promised myself to blog every day!! NO excuses. So, here is a list of 10 things...

1.  I absolutely love, and recently have been obsessed with jazz music.  It's calming, and quirky and just keeps me feeling good!  I also love Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra 'stations.' It helps the annoying ringing in my ear, while not being too distracting.  I love all music, but for just cooking, cleaning, blogging...mellow music notes please.

2.  I am a pile maker. I have piles of crap laying all around and I hate it.  I want to be ORGANIZED.  I want to have everything in a specific place.  I'm ready to make some major changes around this house.  I'm the CEO of it, so it's about time I just do it. I need o-r-d-e-r in my life people!

3.  I am usually on a News fast.  What does that mean?  It's that I hate watching the news. I usually don't know what's going on, because it's all so depressing.  If it's posted on social media, I'll probably find out that way.  Otherwise, I just don't like watching it.  Besides, sometimes I think we "Allow the media to do our thinking for us," like Ron Reynolds said last night.

4.  I love our house, I don't love our neighborhood.  We live on a cuddlesack.  Every house looks similar.  Neighbors are nosy and not always friendly.  We really want a house in the country; a big yard, wrap around porch, clotheslines, the whole vibe.  I don't like being so close...this whole 'housing track' isn't for us.  Hard part?  We do cherish this home.  It has so many memories already, and we love the layout.  I know when the time is right however, we will move.

5.  I am not afraid to tell it how it is. I'm not afraid of confrontation. I'd rather air it all out, rather than be passive aggressive. I hate the elephant in the room. I believe we teach others how to treat us.  If I'm done with a certain situation, or relationship, I will end it. It is never pretty, but my overall happiness and well being to me means more than anything.  If I don't take care of myself, who else will?  YOU are in charge of your own mental attitude.  You are the one making choices, day to day.  No one else. Just you.  I have a few friends who are rare, and pure, and always always there.  It's not that I'm anti-social, because I believe I am a very nice person, and I know that I'm loyal.  However, if something is stressing me out--I back away for a bit until it calms down.  {or I get into it with the person, and then it fizzles out.}

6.  I am naturally shy; I got a lot better at being talkative and outgoing while teaching, but now that I'm out of the realm of that, it takes me a little while to warm up.  In high school most people thought I was stuck up, but honestly, it's because I was so shy.  I do love the spotlight though; give me a stage and I'd dance my heart husband is the opposite; he's got the gift of gab, but hates being the center of attention.  I wonder what my little Brooke will be like!

7.  I'm about ready to cancel our cable.  Seriously.  I put on Food Network once in awhile, Joe watches ESPN and NatGeo or the History channel...but we have a gazillion stations, our bill is ridiculous.  For what?  I never did finish RHONJ or even get into Miami.  And you know what?  I think it has made me a better mom, wife, friend, business person.  Interesting? Try it.  What we watch, what we do, what we attract, we become [a little Zig Ziglar for ya] Books are better for our minds.

8.  I'm really MAD that there are no 18 month MY FIRST CHRISTMAS outfits haha! My little girl is a big one, and of course she missed Christmas just by a few weeks last year, so now?  I can't find anything that will fit!  It's really not a huge problem, but what the heck?!  I just had to vent.

9.  I don't know how I survived before Spark.  Seriously.  I'm not a Dr. but I do know, I always thought I needed my coffee; which don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup from time to time, or a good old fashioned latte.  But, I used to feel fuzzy and just ehhhh.  Now?  I wake up, pound my Spark and I'm good to go! Even my husband loves that I'm awake and lively in the morning, instead of being a groggy B.  I'm telling you people, there is some good stuff in it!! Let me know if you want to try one.  It is life changing. I'm not being dramatic.

10.  I'm absolutely loving watching my little baby girl grow.  It's so bittersweet, as I miss her smushy lil baby body, but I love that she's exploring, crawling, standing, curious...she is really starting to watch me, and do what I do.  She even gave us a hug the other day!! She's not really into cuddling, but when she does, it's so sweet.  I am also very happy my husband and I are on the same page with parenting; we believe in "tough love" and yes, she does cry it out sometimes. [no more than 5 mins usually] We never slept with her in our bed, she's been in her crib from day 2.  I know that if we lay down the ground rules at a young age, it will only get easier as she gets older.  Our parenting philosophy may not agree with others, but it works for us.  I don't want her to be my best friend; I want her to be strong, independent, thoughtful, caring, and her own person.  I really believe our 'soft society' is creating too many dependent individuals, who don't work for things that they want, they simply get them.  She will know a value of a dollar, and how you need to work for everything in life; nothing is handed to you, nothing is free.  That is the greatest gift my parents gave to me and that Joe's parents gave to him [next to their unconditional love] and we want the same for our daughter.

So there you have it, 10 off the cuff, totally random things that popped into my head.  What are 10 things about you!?


  1. There are parts about living in a neighborhood that I miss, I miss being able to chit chat at the bus stop or walk across the street to visit my friend for a few drinks after a stressful day. I don't miss the neighbors or the constant noise. Living in the country is peaceful. I'm sure it will happen for you guys one day!

  2. You girlfriend hit the nail on the head in your last point! We have talked a lot about how we want to raise our child and we flat out refuse to be our child's friend. We are our child's parents and it will be that way from day 1!

    Love you!

  3. I feel like I 100% could have written this post- every single point!!!

  4. so great to read this and to get to know you a bit better. so fun to read.

  5. Eeeep! Love so many things about this post :) I didn't have cable last year, and it was totally fine! While I like having HGTV and TLC back, they are definitely things I can live without!

    And how the heck are there no 18 month Christmas outfits?! NOT COOL.

  6. great to find new things out about you :O)

  7. I wish we lived closer to each other because you're seriously so similar to me. I agree with you on so many of these things. Especially the friendship thing....I'm finding, as I get older, that I'm ending more and more friendships that aren't productive, that are one sided, that are negative.

    I completely agree with the's my go-to afternoon pick me up!!


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