Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Brother

Happy Birthday to my oldest brother Dennis today!
Hopefully this will be the first of many birthday wishes and thoughts that we share!
Dad would have been proud that you grew up to be such a great man.
I hope you have a great day today and we love you very much!
These are the photos the girls took with my cell phone when we visited him over Mother's Day weekend.
He's a big Cowboys fan.
This is the decal in the back window of his truck.
He's the spittin' image of my dad.
We are blessed to have a brother like him.
The Minnesota Marlar's

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


All my troubles seemed so far away.
Love that song, but anywho.
Yesterday was the 7th anniversary of my father's death and while the day came and gone, I did think of him for a minute. I think of him all the time, but just for a bit yesterday.
I kept pretty busy at work, so I really didn't have time to think there.
But, eh, whatever.
I do miss my dad, but whining, crying, and carrying on about it won't bring him back.
So I think for a bit, and carry on. That's what he'd want me to do anyway. And I have the scrapbooks to remember by, even if I do get alzheimer's someday. ;)
Day 2 at the hotel...moving right along there...was a success. I spent the whole shift learning the computer program and am pretty confident I got it down pat. Thursday and Friday are 4 hour shifts by myself (with Cindy in the background) and Saturday I will be TOTALLY alone (with Cindy on telephone standby). I think I'll be ok though. We'll do a dry run on Friday.
Speaking of Friday, I have an appointment at Brown College. I want to transfer and study to be a photographer. I would love to work for National Geographic or something exotic like that, but I know that I must start out small with something like Sports Illustrated. Heh.
For now though, I'm enjoying my day off by sitting out on the patio at my mom's watching all her magazines burn. I suppose I should study them if that's what I want to do one day.
Happy Hump Day!

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Job

I start a new job today at the Days Inn Hotel in Faribault.
For those of you who don't know, I went to school at the McConnell School in Minneapolis and graduated with Honors from there. So I'm highly trained.

I worked for 3 years for 2 families of Bhakta's and LOVE that I'll be once again working for another Bhakta family that is related to the previous families!

The difference here is that I'll have Corporate to learn. The previous hotels were not under a corporate chain for very long, so I didn't learn much there. It will be exciting and educational to say the least!

I also get hotel perks...including a discount at all Days Inns (we prefer those anyway, they're nice and cheap) and free pool perks. This is a must for the winter months. Maybe we'll have to have a staycation this winter and spend the night some weekend. Good stuff and lots of memories to be made there! ;)

Now to get Tommy a full time job. Then onto goal #2. A house. they say.

Happy Monday to y'all!
Holler out to my Georgia Girls!
It's 77 here...Turn the air on! ;)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Long Time, No Blog

Well it's been a week since I last blogged.
Lots of good stuff to read on the blogs to the right of you.
(Check out Ally's new space and Kim's cute ass tote!)

Nothing much happening here.
Tommy turned 43 on Wednesday.
We had a little impromptu party, complete with a little cake and ice cream.
Then a stop off to Godfather's where I filled out an application and picked up another.
Endless applications with a few interviews.

Hopefully something will pan out soon. I'm tired of sitting around already. It's not my nature.
I like to make money and be productive.

I'm thinking about starting back selling Mary Kay.
I totally believe in the product and am living proof that it works.
I have no wrinkles or laugh lines to prove it.
I'll be 39 in September. Heh.

Tommy is exploring a truck driving school as I type, on the recommendation of a friend of ours.
Cross your fingers.

No plans for the weekend yet. I hope to do lunch at Al's today.
That Donnie Burger is calling my name.

Happy Friday to you!
Don't forget that sale is still going on!
Everything must sell!!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Morning

Well it's Monday and we've been here a week and so far no job prospects. A few acknowledgements, and a couple interviews, but no offers. So we sit and wait. I'll have to find somewhere to print off my resume and send it out (after I tweak it first).

I need to call the school today too. They may still be on vacation though, so I probably won't get the kids registered until late July or early August. School doesn't start up here until after Labor Day, so nobody is in the office yet. Although we do have summer school going on now, so someone should be in the offices.

That's what's happening in our world this week.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Head over to and buy up everything.
Wendy is having a clearance sale and everything must go!
I am very sad to report that ScrapSupply will be closing its doors.
I loved this place.
Still love it.
I will still have my ScrapSupply Wall of Fame too, one day.
Now that I am back in Faribault, I can rent an overhead from the library and paint the logo on my canvas.
Alot of good times and good memories right there.
Alot of good tips and tricks too.
Too many to keep up with, in fact.
I wish I could win the lottery to throw some money their way.
I would.
Thank you Wendy and John White for a fabulous last 5 years, lots of friendships, lots of deals, and lots of fun and good times.
I love you dearly and wish you the best in your next adventures.
Embrace the change, it's for the better.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wednesday's Musings

We took the truck back today, finally.
And found my "T" bag, the one I got from Susan for Christmas. ;)
And we found the phone chargers. Heh.
Everything is now nice and neatly stacked up in the corner until further notice.

We are still looking for jobs and a house.
The house we wanted was snatched up and the other one needs too much work.
So back to the drawing board. The Lord will provide. And we'll be just fine.

I've been getting up at 6am these days. I can't wait to get back to a schedule. And a routine.
I'm kinda anal like that. Routinely ya know.

Good news is, my old boss Steve Ecker has not hired anyone to replace me. So I'll be sending him an email for sure. ;)

We'll be ok. I'm not worried about it really. Our family has been really supportive and cooperative and we love them for that.

That's all for now....HOLLA to my GRITS! ;)

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Well, we all made it to Minnesota safe and sound.
We didn't leave Vidalia until around 11:00 a.m. and got to Faribault at 1:3o p.m. We did stop in Hannibal, Missouri to sleep for 3 hours at the Welcome Center there. It was a fun drive and we got to go through St. Louis, MO to see the Arch. Of course we didn't stop like I wanted too, and I'm not even sure if we got any photos, but I'll be researching that after I get all my homework done for the week today.

Main thing is, we're here and now have to implement our plan of action. First on that list is getting jobs for us. Then finding us a house. I'll be making some phone calls as well as applying online and sending out my resume`.

I'll post photos when I get them edited.

Happy Sunday from Sunny Minnesota!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thursday's Musings

Today is bittersweet for me.
We are almost all packed up and ready to roll.
It's my last day at the FABULOUS Salter & Shook Law Office.
God Bless 'em, they're going to miss my comedic self.
I'm really going to miss them too.

Those girls kept me sane most days and on the other days listened to my rants and raves about the way good ol' Georgia does things. And how EVERY county is different and NOBODY is on the same page. It was a learning experience and it taught me some patience and flexibility.

I won't forget the way Amanda says, "Hey there" or "Sparky".
I won't forget the term of endearment "MF" that Jamie speaks of.
I won't forget the way Lynn says, "Look here, Sparky."
I won't forget the way Ann calls Toby Keith her husband.
I won't forget the recipes that Elaine has shared with me.
I won't forget the way Carolyn has to holler so W.L. can hear her.
I won't forget the way Ms. Betty looks at me when I ask her for money for this filing or that one.
I won't forget the stories that Mr. Salter tells. He's full of knowledge and BS, that one is.
I won't forget the sound of Susan's shoes in the hallway or her cute giggle.
I won't forget the sight of Mitch's chicken legs on golf day.
I won't forget how Lew putzes with the computers on a daily basis.

Yep, in the last year and 2 months, we've had some good times and many, many laughs and even some shed tears. They are my second family for sure. The kindness and generosity that they shared with me and my family is truly heartfelt and I'll never forget that. Ever.
And one day girls, when I win the lottery...we'll have us our party. You can bet on that! ;)

And as the band Poison once said, "I won't forget you baby!"
I love y'all with all my heart and you can bet your sweet ass I'm coming back to see you all!