Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Visit Part Two

My three year old nephew is a joy!

My sister and I have a visit with a certain Pixie.
That hat is from Sunday Afternoons - it has SPF protection built in. Protected my neck well this summer.

Riding Tower of Terror. Dropping 13 stories. I am the one with the blue wrist band on my upraised arm. 

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park with my niece and nephew. Two AWESOME teens!
PS: Can you say sunblock with SPF 80. I practically BATHE in that stuff!

What a fabulous summer!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer Visit Part One

Enjoying the water coaster at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon with my godson Michael. This is the first year in my life when I didn't think about what I looked like in a bathing suit while the photos were being taken and then didn't mind what I looked like in a bathing suit when I saw the photos! 


A Book About GOAL

We received a coupon from DELL for a free book via Shutterfly. I decided to make it a photo book of my business with photos of room decorating and the reactions of some of our newly engaged from the past couple of years. I do not have photos from before the digital camera age.

I am testing the plug in.

Shutterfly offers exclusive layouts and designs so you can make your book just the way you want.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

That Quiet Little Voice is a Demanding Killer

Alcohol, drugs, food -  Addiction is addiction is addiction. Relapse is relapse is relapse.

Robin Williams explained that falling back into alcohol abuse was "very gradual

"It's the same voice thought that… you're standing at a precipice and you look down, there's a voice and it's a little quiet voice that goes, 'Jump,' The same voice that goes, 'Just one.' … And the idea of just one for someone who has no tolerance for it, that's not the possibility."

When asked why he relapsed, Robin answered: "It's [addiction] — not caused by anything, it's just there… It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, 'It's fine now, I'm OK.' Then, the next thing you know, it's not OK."

May Robin Williams' words help other addicts today. May I always remember it is not okay. My disease wants me dead - but it will settle for desperate, hurting and miserable today. It takes what it can get. It is patient. It will wait and make me dead later . . . if I forget it is not okay - not ever.

What are you doing today to stay vigilant against that 'quiet little voice.'?


Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11th - Quick Update

My sister and her children arrived on July 29th and I had the best 10 days with them that I could ever imagine. They flew back home this past Friday and I worked on Saturday and was sick and in bed on Sunday. Today I am feeling bit better but taking it slowly. 

I am still sugar free
I am still food sober
I am counting my blessings and so grateful to be looking forward to more time with my sister and female cousins on our first annual get-together in North Carolina late in September. 

Vickie might find this amusing. I had a dream last night that I went up north to meet Vickie and her husband and children. In the dream I only met her youngest and in the dream her name was Lucy after St Lucy Filipinni of the teaching nuns. Vickie's house (in my dream) was a large estate and the grounds were covered with lovely pavers and bricks. There was a large fountain in the back of the house. The house had a great many rooms, hallways, hidden alcoves and stairways. Vickie, in my dream was shorter than her 5'4" and her husband was bald and wore a plaid button down shirt. It was a fun meeting and dream. 

What does it mean when you start dreaming of other bloggers? 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Distressed Hickory Floor

I promised PJ Geek that I would post a photo of the distressed hickory floor we installed last weekend. Here is is. I am so proud. A photo of the finished guest room will be up next week. The guests have already moved in and the room with not be vacant for a few days.

The window treatment is not yet complete. Right now you can see the blinds and then ribbons with bits of blue sea glass. This is called 'window jewelry' and will sit on top of the shear panels that will eventually be purchased along with an accent drape. Unless I go crazy and change my mind.

Speaking of distress: I was food shopping with my guests last night and we found a new Lays potato chip flavor: Cappuccino. Imagine a potato chip that tastes like coffee, cinnamon and thin potato crisp with just the barest hint of sweetness. I am a coffee-anything lover or rather, I thought I was. I do not like a cappuccino flavored potato chip. Not at all.

How about naming potato chips what they really are: refined cooking oil & sodium flavored potato chips.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Star Date 72614

Update to previous post about Stars and rewards and habits. 

The Intergalactic Starbucks Federation sent an email offering me four stars for every frap purchase for the rest of this month. Are they trying to overpower the force of the iRewardsChart app? I feel a weakness coming on . . . not to drink whip cream-topped sugar loaded drinks mind you. It is, alas the gravitational pull of a black hole drawing me towards the gold star of freebies. 

Must . . . . fight. . . . urge. . . . must get a grip on reality. Phasers set to stun. 

Three tall (small) frap purchases would be 12 stars (freebie drink). SO it will cost me $10.50 for drinks I don't drink to earn a $6.50 drink I don't drink. . . . 

That appears to be illogical. 

Tribbles like coffee.

I wonder if Tribbles like Starbucks?