Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dear Santa, All I want is these 501765796 Things and World Peace.

Christmas is ALMOST here! Yay! Can you believe it? I'm really looking forward to some family time, food and presents!

Since moving, my Christmas wishlist is heavily packed with household items. Here's what I'm asking Family-Claus for this year:

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Is this cute or is it just me? We (I) got thru a massive amounts of toilet paper. Getting something like this would keep it cute and handy!
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My house is MOSTLY hardwood floors but I would like shoes off to keep the dirt traffic and scuffs to a minimum. Having a cute tray would {hopefully} encourage folks to remove their shoes upon entering my domain.
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I've seen so many versions of this clock. I'd be happy with any one of them. It's the perfect kitchen clock - don't you think?
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I've opted not to get cable again (it's such a rip off). I lived without it for 2 years so I can survivor more time without it. I did sign up for FiOS. So a FireStick will be perfect for me. Especially since I can log-in using my mom's prime account. I might consider signing up for Hulu so I can catch some shows.
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I love the Rachel Ray Stoneware. I have quite a few pieces already so this would just add on to my collection. I love the bright colors and that pretty much everything has handles on it. LOVE.
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I just want some Cast-Iron Skillets. No good reason as to why - but I want them!
Lastly - I want lots and lots of giftcards, knickknacks, candles, smell goods, books, movies, music, clothes, shoes, and world peace.
Is that asking for too much?
What's on your 2014 Christmas Wishlist?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Hi. It's Monday.
So. Yeah.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?
Ready to have some SIPS?
Today we have a new manager starting. Ugh. For those at home who have been playing around here's a recap of managers since I started in February 2013: #1 - the manager that hired me quit in April. #2 - the regional manager left shortly after that. #3 - a new guy is hired {and made work life suck} and left for many reasons. He was here September - April. #4 - someone was hired but never started. #5 - another someone hired but never came. And now we are up-to-date.  The internal chatter isn't too happy with the decision of the new person - but I'm trying REALLY hard not to pre-judge someone before I even meet them - but it's hard. Especially when their public posts on FB are inappropriate.
I'll keep you posted on what happens.
Can you believe Christmas is just next week? WTH?! I have not bought ONE THING for anyone other than myself (hey! I'm just being honest). What sucks the most is I don't get a commission check until THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. So that means anyone who I'm getting presents for...they will be late. Consider this your heads up.

I have not decorated for Christmas. I have not one Christmas-y thing out. I have a little fiber optic tree that Stitch Cat Jones really enjoys eating but it's in need of being retired. Maybe after Christmas I'll go out and buy a new one (at a discounted rate) and put away for 2015.

my 2014 Christmas decorating at it's best

Finally around 11pm Saturday night I had time to sit down and get some crochet in. I'm still plugging away at this Trip Around The World blanket trying to make it extra large!

Guess who is home now? Stitch Cat Jones! He's spent the past week at my mom's house (thanks mom!) while I moved and got the new joint set-up. I'm hoping to keep the cat hair and pet damage down to a minimum! We'll see how that goes!

What's going on in your world? Leave me  sips below!


Friday, December 12, 2014


Hello There!
Happy Friday! HAPPY Happy Friday if it's payday for you too!
I've decided that every week I'm going to do a post on the new things I LOVED, LIKED AND LEARNED for the week.  So WELCOME to my first ever Loved, Liked and Learned!


*My new kitchen (see it here)

*I now own my own washer/dryer (no more lugging bags of dirty clothes to my mom's house).

  *My mom coming over & unpacking my kitchen.

*Marie driving up from Delaware to "help" unpack. I told her she did great at showing me every where I didn't want things.

*Troy. He's been great this week. Love him.


*A new radio has been ordered for my car.  Thank goodness.

*This tip from Lifehack on Morning RitualsSimply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning. Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells.
*This Buzzfeed article on 35 Awesome Toys Every 80's Girl Wanted For Christmas. It took me right back to my childhood.
 *That A-1 sauce is suppose to be refrigerated after opening.  After all these years I NEVER knew that.

*How to adjust the water temperature on the hot water heater. It was not set high enough.
What did you Love, Like and Learn this week?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

[Audio] Book Review: The Silent Sister

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.
I really enjoyed this story. Family Lies, Secrets, and Mystery?!  Who doesn't enjoy that? I liked right away where the story was going with the mystery surrounding the question - "what really happened to Lisa MacPherson?".
This is one of those books where (if you are anything like me) you start guessing what happened: "X did this to Y and that's why ABC happened" and when the answer is revealed you get that excited "I KNEW IT" feeling! I love that. I also love the times my guesses where wrong and I had that "ahhh" moment.
This was my first Diane Chamberlain read and the fact that I loved it so much I will definitely be picking up more of her books.
I recommend you give this a go.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday ::: The Silent Sister

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.
 “No matter how many people care about you, she thought, if you can't be open with them about who you truly are, you're still alone.”  
How true is this?
Keep Reading? or No?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee

Today will be my first cup of real coffee in over 7 days! Being sick these past few days has been terrible. I can't handle the not sleeping, the awful cough and the runny...runny nose.
ugh. But that's all behind me. Let's move on to have some SIPS.
I'm really enjoying my current audiobook - The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. Have you read this? Or read anything by Diane Chamberlain? Looks like she has quite a few books out and all the ratings are 3 stars and up. I think I'll check them out.  Do you have any recommendations? What are you currently reading?
Yes. FINALLY. I've closed on my condo. It's been a long stressful process but as of Thursday last week I'm a homeowner. I'll share more with you soon! 

Last week - I had QUITE A DAY. Like a meltdown-pull-out-my-hair kinda day. I was on PINS and NEEDLES about closing on the condo and my pending move (aka if I was going to close and move or if I was going to be Homeless since I had to get out of my apartment on Sunday) so my stress was thru the roof. That morning I get into my car and there was NOOOO sound. Nada. Nothing. No music, no touchscreen sound, no Bluetooth - straight silence. THEN on top of that on the same day something hit my windshield and BOOM. Crack in my windshield. UGH. Seriously crappy day. But I'm proud of myself because I didn't freak out.

What did you think of my Wordless Wednesday? Did you like the photo a day? I'm debating if I want to keep a specific photo a day OR if I just share like 5 photos a week in general? What do you think?

What's going on in your world?
Share your SIPS with me?


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