#21 – BITE THE BULLET!

Since I’ve been trying to get a post written for a week now I decided to just recap “Bojo” style.

  • Completed the Whole30 Program. It was challenging and a learning experience, and it was FABULOUS! I lost 19lbs but gained so much more.
  • Koegel’s On The Road came thru Idaho with perfect timing and so I was able to get a taste of home and it was delicious.
    All Michigan products – Koegel’s meat, Bettermade chips and Faygo pop. The only thing missing was the Superman ice cream for dessert!
  • My son, his fiance’ and I all visited our local aquarium for the first time and that was pretty cool.
    I loved this guy.
    And this one.
    He reminded me of The Incredible Mr. Limpet.
    Raise your hand if you’re old like me and have seen this movie. I absolutely LOVE it!
  • I found Nemo in case anyone was looking for him.
  • And my son found these guys and they loved him.
    Every time one of them swam up to him all I could think of was Steve Irwin!
  • I’ve made a full recovery from Memorial Weekend and all is right with my world once again.
  • I bought some more fabric. This may have helped in my recovery.
  • Working on baby stuff for my new grandbaby.
  • Helping my future daughter-in-law with her newly founded all things pamper/heal yourself small business.
  • Totally binged on Rizzoli & Isles. Loved that show.
  • The grind – Housework, errands, appts.
    You know the drill.
    Due to the rain, I’ll be inside crocheting, sewing, crafting and Netflixing something British. What’s happening with all of you??
    What are you crafting, sewing, reading, watching???
    OR, are you having my dream weekend?
    Nowhere to go. Nothing to do.
    If that’s your weekend I am super jealous!Mimi’s quote for the day –

#2 – MISSED CONNECTION MONDAY – Cart Full Of Babies

“Missed Connection Monday” is brought to you by your local Craigslist. These are real “love notes” that strangers leave for other strangers in the ‘Personals’ section of Craigslist.
Or as I like to call it –
‘Your local serial killer hunting ground.’
2017-divider-line-blue-icydaddy w flat bill hat and full sleves – w4m – Boise
**Yes. That is exactly as she titled and wrote her post.
“u are so fine omg u were at winco with a cart full of babies looking confident and sexy and boy ill call u daddy anytime. maybe u will remember me i passed u in the frozen section and said nice tats looks like u like pain u smiled and said? let me know i would love to see if u have any other tats on that body of urs.”
***Seriously? A cart full of babies and “full sleves” are your turn on?
You should probably check out the brother down below…
I’m sure he’s got a cart full of babies and a few tats…

need a penpal – m4m – Boise
“I am looking for a penpal for my brother please email if interested. Fun outgoing gentleman.”
***Translated this means his “brother” is incarcerated.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyIN OTHER NEWS:
The Lions blew it yesterday and gave the game to the Packers and just thinking about it makes my head want to explode. They play the Seahawks on Saturday. I have no comment.
2017-detroit-lions-just-one-before-i-dieOne of my goals this year was to sew my way thru my fabric stash and not buy any fabric until I absolutely, positively must. This is going to be beyond challenging but I’m going to give it my best shot.

After rummaging thru box #1, I picked out my first fabric of the New Year to start my first project of the New Year. I’m pretty excited to start because I’ll be doing the majority of fabric cutting on my new Cricut that “Santa” brought me. I LOVE this new toy.
Project photos to follow.
2017-1st-fabric-jan 2017-divider-line-blue-icyAnother one of my goals was to read more so I signed up for the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge and 2017 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge with Corinne over at ‘Everyday Gyaan.’ I committed to reading 50 books this year. I’m hoping it’s more and it’d be super cool if I doubled that! I love to read and I used to have a book glued to my hands. I need to get back to that.
My current read is…
2017-book-1-the-untellingSo far it’s super good.
2017-divider-line-blue-icyI jumped on the scale this morning just to take a lit’l look-see and immediately set another goal. Holy crap, there’s no way I’ve gained that much weight and yet, apparently there is… Back to Slim Fast and Weight Watchers, it is
2017-batman-robin-you-were-fat-in-august2017-divider-line-blue-icyWe’ve still got quite a bit of snow here and it’s super cold out so I’ll definitely be inside working on my projects and getting some reading done.
What do you do when it’s too cold to really go out and enjoy the day?
Are you working on any projects?
Reading any good books?

Also, it’s day 2 into the New Year. What’s the vibe?
Does it feel like it’s going to be a good year or one fraught with challenges??
Lemme’ know in the comments below.

Happy Monday! Here’s to a great week ahead!
2017-divider-line-blue-icyMimi’s quote for the day –
2017-nourish-yourself-youre-worth-it2017-divider-line-blue-icyfeather

WEEKEND SHENANIGANS

When I wasn’t melting into pools of human flesh this past weekend, “Puzzle Girl” and I set about to hit up a few yard/garage/estate sales.

Okay, first of all, people, when you post your entire life story on Craigslist and then proceed to throw grandma and grandpa under the bus by saying you’re “regretfully” having an estate sale to pay off all of grandma and grandpa’s debt that they left behind – I’m certain because they were bailing your lame asses out of jail – OR, you advertise the biggest yard sale of the weekend, not to be missed, one of a kind items, something for everyone.
Have the fucking sale!
After driving all over hell and back, “Puzzle Girl” and I arrived at no less than 4 posted sale sites and not a one of ’em going on!

Second, if you’re having a garage sale. Have the sale IN your garage.
If you’re having a yard sale. Spread that shit all over from property line to property line.
And if you’re having an estate sale? Here’s a tip.
Three saucers and two chipped cups that belonged to grandma and grandpa sitting on a cardboard box on your front porch for 25 cents a piece or a dollar takes all sign, does NOT count as an estate sale!

Needless-to-say after traveling from one end of the city to the other and beyond, the few sales that we did make it to had nothing of interest to us. So for all of our driving, all of our climbing in and out of a hot vehicle, walking up and down streets and sidewalks and traipsing through backyards and melting every step of the way.
We ended our sale day empty handed.
All was not lost however because the day actually started out quite fantastic. A designated “Girly Day.” “Puzzle Girl” and I finally got to the try the authentic French Pastry shop we’d discovered a couple of weeks back and wow. Talk about amazing.

Authentic, homemade eclairs = Delicious!
“Puzzled Girl” opted for the strawberry topped one which is pistachio with strawberry filling – real strawberries – topped with fresh organic strawberries and pistachios. I went with the chocolate covered traditional eclair.
You can’t get these in the grocery store or donut shop folks. Seriously, not even close.

“Girl Next Door” was coming over for brunch which quickly turned into a French-themed brunch.
We had to pick up these lovely croissants.
So light and airy and buttery and HUGE! They went fantastically well with the homemade crepes that “Puzzle Girl” made us.
FYI – I declared this day my “free” day on my otherwise liquid diet.After the French pastry shop and brunch, “Girl Next Door” had to go back to work so “Puzzle Girl” and I headed out to a couple of shops we hadn’t been to. We both picked up some fun jewelry.
I went with “whore hoops” and a really cool key ring.Side note: The earrings are not seatbelt friendly.We combed the thrift store for some frames for “Puzzle Girl’s” vision, which turned out to be this.photosShe says it’s not done yet but she’s done a great job so far and I think it looks super cute!Then, of course, the fabric sales and swaps.
This is day 3 for me. Days 1 and 2 are either already in totes or in the washing machine/dryer.
I got behind on my crochet/fleece doggie blanket so I’ve been pulling double time on it. I have it scheduled to be complete on the 7th. That would be tomorrow.. Yeah.. I might be bumping that out a couple of days. We’ll see. It’s hotter than two squirrels fucking in a wool sock here but next weekend we’ll drop back into the 70’s so I’m okay with it for the moment. A/C is a wonderful thing. I don’t mind the heat. I sit out in it long enough to soak up some vitamins and deepen my tan but I do like coming into the nice, crisp air.What’s happening in your corners of the world? Did you hit any sales this weekend? Discover any new places??? You know I’m a nosey bitch and I gotta’ know, so spill!
In the meantime, stay cool, stay dry, warm, whatever you need to do, do that. Be that!

OUT WITH THE OLD

In December, I like to do a lit’l something called “a clean sweep.” I start with my clothes. If I don’t like something, but it’s still in good shape I toss it into the “Good Will” pile. If I don’t like it and it’s seen better days, it ends up as a “car rag” or in the trash. I try to live by the rule that if I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s out, but as with most rules, there are exceptions.

If I haven’t worn it in a year just because I haven’t worn it in a year, it’s definitely gone. If I haven’t worn it in a year because I’m still working on whittling down my girlish figure, it stays. Unless of course it’s dated and then it goes no matter how much weight I lose. The 80’s aren’t coming back folks so rid yourself of the notion and any 80’s wardrobe you may have hangin’ around.

On that note – Interestingly enough, skinny jeans are back but sadly – sniff, sniff – gravity old age dictates I cannot wear them again… Sigh.
Big sagging ass + big sagging boobs + skinny jeans = Blindness and projectile vomiting for all those around me.

I also make a “clean sweep” of paperwork. I’m a receipt hoarder. I keep receipts from 30 days to a whole year, depending on what I’ve purchased. I don’t think its a bad thing but in most cases it’s certainly unnecessary. But still, I do it. So the last week of December has me going through a mountain of receipts because after a year, ya’ never know. I may want to return that case of yogurt I bought back in February…

The freezer, fridge and cabinets get a clean sweep too. I’m absolutely anal with expiration dates on food! I’m constantly checking online to see how long food stuff will actually keep. I like this site, ‘Eat By Date‘ because it tells you other bits of info to consider when you’re deciding whether to toss it or keep it. If you’re into food storage for the long haul you’ll find lots of good info here, ‘Prepared Housewives.’

Emotionally, I make an effort to toss out old negative feelings and replace them with new warm fuzzies to start the New Year. I always look at the New Year as my last and final present to be opened because inside my glorious New Year’s box are even more presents!
This is me waiting for the New Year.
A year FULL of presents! Endless possibilities and all things wonderful that are yet to come! A surprise awaiting me around every corner! When the New Year comes I am definitely an “out with the old, in with the new” kinda’ girl.

Something the “out with the old, in with the new” phrase doesn’t apply to?
FABRIC! Seriously, is there even such a thing?? Old fabric, new fabric..
It’s fabric people and you can never have enough or too much of it!

Do you do an end of the year “out with the old, in with the new?”
What do you get rid of and what absolutely stays??