Friday, January 30, 2015

Loved, Liked, Learned #4

Happy Friday! 

LOVED this week:

- That Elizabeth Day said she's going to be joining in on this week's LL&L!

- That Troy suggested that I rearranged my office furniture and once he moved everything it's SO much better!

- My TEASER from Oprah's What I Know For Sure.

- I downloaded a gratitude app and I'm trying to make the effort to add one thing I'm grateful for each day.

LIKED this week:

- That I got new business in and some upgrades so I'm getting closer to getting out the negative for the month!

- I made it to the gym TWICE so far this week (a big accomplishment for me). Hopefully I get to the gym again today!

- Link ups! I'm linking up @ Friday Favorites, and Friday Favorites,

LEARNED this week:

- (And I should've already known this) You can't trust people - even the ones you think you can trust. Some people not only throw you under the bus but they are also the driver of the bus.

- If you take a toilet paper roll  and cut it down the middle with scissors it makes THE PERFECT way to keep your gift wrapping paper from unraveling!


What did you LOVE this week?

What did you LIKE this week?

What did you LEARN this week?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I started a Gratitude Journal (because I'm cool)

As part of my new year revolution I started a gratitude journal!

I think from time to time I will share my gratitudes with you! 
Here's what I was grateful for this week:

*Quiet time
*Yummy homemade dinner that Troy and I enjoyed
*Extra time to lay and lounge in the bed

*A big fat juicy bacon cheese burger and a large side of fried

*Snow Day/work from home day! Gave me time to catch up on admin that I desperately needed to get done
*Troy re-arranging the furniture in my office making everything just...better!

*Gym Time aka music, sweat and me time

*These inspirations (from HERE)


What are you grateful for?

Do you keep a grateful journal (or app)?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Recommendation::: Necessary Lies

I just finished another really good book and I just HAD to share it with you!

via goodreads: 
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?


I don't normally give out 5-star reviews but this book I had to.
I can find no fault in it.
I very much enjoyed reading (listening) to this story.

I recommend this book to you my friends.

This book takes you right to North Carolina 1960s and puts you in a world you may not even know exists (at least I didn't). We all know the gender roles and race roles of that time period - but what about the roles of Social Workers who had the opportunity to make a choice of rather a young (poor) person should be sterilized or not?

In this story you get to hear both sides of this story (I LOVE alternating chapter/character voices) and you'll enjoy each character - it's really hard not to.

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so good, her characters are believable and she makes me feel something.

I enjoyed this!


Are you a Diane Chamberlain fan?

Does this sound like something you would read?

Now that I finished this - do you have a book recommendation for me?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: What I Know For Sure

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.


“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.” 


Isn't this something you needed to hear - or is it just me?

Keep reading or stop?

What book did you tease this week?


Monday, January 26, 2015

Virtual Coffee

Hello there friend.
How are you?
How was your weekend?
Last week we had our annual meeting to discuss income for 2015. As you know - I'm in sales, and as I'm sure you deduced - I LIVE on making commission. This year when they told me the rate I would be paid I was in utter shock. Like I "LOL'd" literally when I heard my number. I spent the rest of my day in mounting anger. I went home and tossed in turned all night. I talked to a few people who helped me process what's going on. To add fuel to my fire I have a FEELING (I've always had a feeling but some stuff kinda validated my feeling) that my male co-worker gets DOUBLE the rate I'm paid. So I put on my big girl trousers and talked to my new manager and regional to tell them that the rate they are giving me makes me feel like an "under valued" member of the team. And I said some other things - I made lots of points, examples and knew my numbers). So far nothing has changed (they didn't start throwing money at me). Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow - but I feel better inside. I know what I'm worth and I now know that my managers know what I'm worth. But I have to tell you - DAMN it's scary walking into the room and having to lay your value/worth on the table and insist you be paid for it.

I was very excited to get up Saturday and take a trip to Ikea (don't we ALL love going to Ikea)? I wanted to toss everything in to my basket (after all I DO need SO much for my new digs) but I managed to stay true to my list and walked out with just the piece of furniture I aimed to get.

I spent hours putting this sucker together.  I got down to the last 3 screws and got screwed. I couldn't get them in. The frustration worked me up so much that I the curse words flew, tears poured and I even got a few kicks in (yes I'm ashamed to admit).  Lucky for the bookcase I had a dinner date with Becky and had to leave the house. A short time later I get a text from Troy that simply says "done" and a picture of my bookcase screwed together, standing up and placed right where I wanted it!  Thank goodness for Troy!

Do you play this game? I love it but it makes me feel so stupid.  I get so many questions wrong. I always have to tell people I play with "I know things ... I swear!".  Play me in you're into this @trishj530

Sundays I USE to look forward to Downton Abbey and Revenge and both are big disappointments for me this season. I think I can easily stop watching both shows and not miss a thing. I need them to both turn around and get juicy again or else I'm out!


What's going on in your world?

What would you share with me over coffee?

Do you have the case of the Mondays?


Friday, January 23, 2015


Happy Friday! How was your week?
Here's what I've loved, liked and learned this week:

LOVED this week:

• My new journal arrived. I LOVE journaling but I'm awful at it. I hope this simplified version keeps me on track.

• I LOVED that liked my picture on Instagram (and they sent me a tweet saying they liked my style). I feel SO cool.

• That I finished my second book of 2015 and I REALLY liked it. I'll do a review next week but for now just check out my Teaser Tuesday Post.

LIKED this week:

• Starting watching Being Mary Jane on Netflix. It's so good! I'm really into it. I'm disappointed there's only 8 episodes right now.  I want more!

• That my pal Becky texted me and we have plans for Saturday. She's been a buddy since 8th grade and I haven't seen her in forever. Can't wait to catch up!

LEARNED this week:

• About the Eugenics program in North Caroline from 1933-1977. People getting sterilized against their will and/or against their knowledge. How terrible!

• Learned more about myself this week and my (work) self worth. I'll tell you more on Monday but I learned that I am capable of standing up for myself and for what I feel (and know) I deserve.

• that "IMHO" doesn't mean "I'm Ho" but "In my humble opinion" lol. That makes more sense in context then I'm Ho.

THIS WEEK'S BLOG RECAP (in case you missed it):


What did you learn this week?

What did you love this week?

What did you like this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crochet Cabbage Patch Wig

Last week my friend texted me this picture:

photo from Today Show. Trying to find the link so I can share it with you!

With the words "OMG I need this!!!". 
So I got my hook out and tried to imitate the picture. Here's what I came up with: 

I sent to friend and she suggested that I make the poney tails thicker:

It's for her little daughter (whom I think is like 3ish years old) I hope it fits!


What do you think? 

Did I get a close replication?

Did you have a cabbage patch doll?


Linking up with: Hooking on Hump Day