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Stuttering Shell: August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

garden goodness.

as much as we want to plant a fall garden, our current garden space is not ready to make the transition from a spring/summer garden to a fall/winter garden.  there isn't any room.  our basil & pineapple sage are out of control.  our okra plants are in mass production mode.  we have too many hot peppers - jalapenos & serranos - to know what to do with.  we also have a few green peppers & a few straggler tomatoes {although they are NOT as good as the tomatoes we had earlier in the season}.

remember when i first blogged about wanting a fall garden?  i mentioned that we had sprouted watermelon & carrot seeds but neither thrived.  well, the carrots didn't, but when we pulled back all of our yellow squash & zucchini plants adam found out that the watermelon seedlings were doing well.  just a few weeks ago we had this lovely little guy in the garden:

sadly, it got some kind of rot on one end and wasn't fit to eat.  actually, it just wasn't growing any more.  i'm not sure if we have any more in the garden.  my parents ended up with one of our watermelon seedlings & this weekend they picked three small watermelons.  my father said they were delicious.

last week, we took some of our jalapenos and turned them into deliciously warm poppers courtesy of the pioneer woman.  we used the bbq jalapeno poppers recipe from her cookbook.  our only deviation?  we grilled our poppers instead of baking them.  holy hotness!  if you don't have her cookbook & would like the recipe, just e-mail me.

adam's next "jalapeno inspired" act is to make a hot pepper bug spray...for the garden.  we'll see how that will turn out.  i'm just ready for the big ole cup of seeds to leave my kitchen counter.  it makes my eyes water just looking at it!

in addition to all of the yumminess our garden is producing, our garden & flower beds have been a haven for all kinds of neat critters. 

moths are everywhere.  we've had our fair share of beautiful butterflies on our butterfly bush {shown above}, but it seems that lately there are more & more moths flying around.  our knockout roses {partially shown above} have had many visits by the butterflies as well.

i am going to assume that this guy is related to a moth?  i don't know.  he {or she} was hanging out on one of the pepper plants last week.  i saw it when i was picking okra so i grabbed my camera to snap a picture.

i cannot wait for our pineapple sage to bloom so i can show off it's glorious red flowers.  so pretty.

are any of you still gardening?  is anything still flourishing in your yard?  how do you prep your garden & flower beds for the fall and winter?

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Monday, August 30, 2010

the secret life of ceecee wilkes, chapters 21 - 35.

it's that time of the week again...let's talk more about what ceecee/eve is up to.

to read my discussion about the first ten chapters, click here.  to read about my discussion of chapters 11-20, click here.  to get the details about the bookclub, book beginnings and bookends, please click here.

1. Do you think Tim is the one sending the money?  yes.  it has to be him.  i mean, who else could it be?  tim could easily find out where ceecee/eve is by asking naomi or forest.  besides, he was so generous with ceecee in the beginning by giving her that money for school, so why wouldn't he give her money now.  i'm sure the guilt is eating him alive and perhaps this is his way of trying to make things better...somehow.

2. So far, there's been a lot of discussion on CeeCee/Eve and her choices. What choice(s) would you make differently from her?  if ceecee/eve were me, i wouldn't have made it as far as she has.  the red flag would have gone up in my mind the minute tim asked for ceecee's participation in the scheme.  and, even though ceecee went along with it, i certainly wouldn't have continued on after the birth of the baby & genevieve's death.  i would have gone straight to the authorities & confessed/turned myself in.  sometimes, it is more important to be selfish than to protect the identity of others.  besides, i wouldn't be able to live with that "monkey on my back" so to speak. 

3. What do you like about Jack? Are there things about him that you don't like?  jack seems genuine.  he seems like more of a gentleman than tim.  he seems to value eve & does not disrespect her for being a single mother.  he is interested in what she does, what she loves, etc.  his adoration for not only eve but for cory show that he's much more of a man than tim is.  at least that's my opinion.  the only thing that i didn't really like about jack was that he did seem to come on a bit strong at times especially with trying to win over cory with presents.  but, i like his persistence.  and, i like that he wanted to get to know eve and cory and not just eve.  jack understands that he's not just dating eve, but he is getting to know cory as well...this is important if their relationship gets serious.

4. What are the differences between CeeCee/Eve's relationship with Tim and Eve's relationship with Jack?  they courted!  they dated!  they had fun.  they laughed.  they shared stories.  they shared secrets {ha ha ha}.  ceecee's relationship with tim was based on lust.  tim was this something wonderful that swept 16 year old ceecee off of her feet.  eve's relationship with jack was just the opposite.  he had to win her even though there was some sort of mutual attraction between the two of them.  their relationship evolved in a more normal way and was based on love.  although eve has to bear the weight of ceecee's past, she still manages to have a very meaningful, absolutely wonderful relationship with jack.

5. Do you think Eve is to blame for Cory's fears? What could she do, specifically, to help Cory feel like less of an outsider?  as i was reading the story during these particular chapters, it didn't even cross my mind to pin cory's fears on eve.  looking back, however, it does make sense.  eve is a single mother & cory is her child.  eve shelters cory.  of course cory would be hesitant about new people, new situations, new experiences.  to help cory feel like less of an outsider, i think eve should have socialized cory more as a younger infant/toddler & not sheltered her so much.  she should have allowed her to explore, ride her bike on the sidewalk, play outside, etc.  by keeping her so alienated she pretty much instilled an apprehension within cory that will probably only worsen over time.

6. Do you think Eve appropriately answered Cory's questions about her father? Do you think Cory will question her father more as she grows older?  yes and no.  it's hard to come up with a quick answer when you're put on the spot...especially when you have to lie & stretch the truth.  of course cory will ask more questions as she gets older & more inquisitive.  children know no boundaries when it comes to asking "tough questions."  i think the questions will keep coming with more intensity as cory enters school and sees her friends with their fathers.  she'll want to know why she doesn't have one and what happened to him.  for eve's sake, i hope she can keep the story consistent and believable. 

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

goodbye earl.

{i totally stole the post title idea from lis. she mentioned it on facebook. love ya, girl!}

we took the kids to the beach today.  it seems like we've lived at sandbridge this summer {i mean, it's only a 15 minute drive for us}.  i suppose that is the beauty of having miles of coastline at your disposal. 

thanks to hurricane danielle's presence in the atlantic, the water was rough.  the undertow was strong & the rip currents were fierce.  i think the local news said over 100 rescues took place at the virginia beach oceanfront {a.k.a. the tourist trap} on saturday alone. 

today, the kids were only allowed to play in the shorebreak.  adam had lifeguard duty. 

despite the rough seas, we made the best of it.  the guys headed out & caught a few waves.  many games of corn hole were played.  sand castles were built.  chips & sodas were consumed.  and, as always, there were one or two meltdowns towards the end of our four hour visit.

on the way home, adam & i took the kids to margie & ray's for a late lunch.  yum, yum, yum.  the she-crab soup is ridiculously good.  it's not even a soup, it's more like a mousse.  {if you ever find yourself in my area of southeastern virginia & are craving good, reasonably priced seafood, please do yourself a favor and go to margie & ray's.  really.  you won't regret it.}

while we were eating lunch adam & i discussed our plans for labor day weekend.  we have been looking forward to one last summer camping trip with the kids & we already made reservations to stay at the n.p.s. site on ocracoke island, north carolinaunfortunately, it looks like our beach weekend plans may be thwarted by this guy:

we have our fingers & toes crossed that earl stays far off shore & doesn't stall out off of the virginia/north carolina coast.  we are being optimistic and are hoping that we'll still be able to make it down to ocracoke island this weekend.  of course, those plans will only happen if there is no damage to the roads & there are not any travel restrictions like there were when hurricane isabel hit.  interestingly enough, that was the only other time our camping plans were ever canceled.  we planned on spending my birthday weekend in frisco, north carolina.  unfortunately, isabel showed up for the party.  we didn't make it down to hatteras island until the next year.

so, i guess i'll just stock up on water & batteries this week.  no matter what happens - whether we go camping or whether we're forced to stay home and ride out a hurricane - we'll need them.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010



i think it's safe to say that i'm very, very, VERY tempted to get rid of my cricut & go with a silhouette. click on the link above to read grosgrain's review of the silhouette machine & learn all about the fabulousness that is silhouette.

Monday, August 23, 2010

the secret life of ceecee wilkes, chapters 11-20.

it's monday & it's time to discuss the next ten chapters of the secret life of ceecee wilkes.  we talked about the first ten chapters last week.  if you're interested in participating, it's not too late!  just click here for the details.

1. Where do you think Tim and Marty are at this point in the story? are we talking mentally or physically?  mentally - i think the both of them are far gone.  they are wrapped up in saving their sister.  and, i think that as much as ceecee believes that tim really cares for her, i almost believe it's evident in his actions that he's using her.  i mean, you can almost sense it or feel it as you're reading.  sadly, ceecee doesn't {although i did find it funny that she faked the big o on their last night together - come on, who's fooling who?}.  physically - i know they discussed what "the plan" was...where they would pick up genevieve, where they would take her {the cabin}, but after that it was never really clear.  they would just be hiding out elsewhere while they communicated with the governor.  the "covertness" of this whole kidnapping plot makes me think that things are going to take a turn for the worse...become more dangerous.  let's hope for ceecee's sake that it does not.
2. What were your thoughts as CeeCee was helping Genevieve deliver her baby?  holy moly.  seriously.  holy moly.  it would be one thing if the circumstances were different {okay, no, it would still be a nerve-wracking ordeal}.  you know, if genevieve wasn't being held hostage, if ceecee wasn't in a snow white mask & wearing gloves, if they weren't in a secluded cabin deep in the woods.  i think that ceecee was very fortunate that genevieve was semi-calm & knew what to do.  i know that if it was me i would be freaking out.  it was at that point, i believe, that ceecee knew within her gut that this whole "plan" was NOT going to be a cut & dry as tim and marty said it would be.  perhaps the birth of the baby could be seen as a symbolic transition into just how difficult things would end up being.
3. After Genevieve died, what would you have done with her baby if you had been in CeeCee's shoes?  i would have gone straight for the police or somebody.  turning the baby in and confessing at that point would have been the right thing to do.  but, that's me.  of course, if i were ceecee, i would have probably just left the baby with naomi & forest and bolted.  but, ceecee is in the woods, she doesn't know her way around...yikes.  i don't think i could have kept the baby like ceecee did.  my conscious {and the guilt} would eat me alive.
4. Why do you think CeeCee/Eve is still holding onto hope that Tim will come for her?  oh, there is that young, hopelessly in love thing again.  ceecee truly believes that tim will find her.  didn't he say he would?  i can't remember.  but, there she is again, holding onto a false hope.  she was used for one thing and one thing help spring andie out of prison.  sadly, she didn't realize that tim would never come back.  it was up to naomi to pretty much tell ceecee that from that day forward she would never be ceecee again.  ceecee had a boyfriend named tim.  eve did not. 
5. How do you think Eve will establish her new identity in Virginia?  oh, this is a tough one.  here she is - 16 years old - setting off on a road trip with a newborn baby driving a car she could barely drive going to a place she didn't know to stay with a woman she had never met before.  whoa.  if anything, you just have to hope that naomi & forest really do care and have set eve up with someone trustworthy enough to help get eve back onto her feet.  and, you also wonder, too, if eve will crack and just give up.  or, will she persevere and really hold onto the new identity she's been given.  there's a lot at stake.  there's also a lot to have to remember...stories to keep straight...goodness gracious, it makes my head hurt just thinking about it!
6. What do you think of CeeCee/Eve now after she has gone through with the kidnapping, the delivery of the baby, the escape, and the relocation?  i feel sorry for her.  very sorry.  so sorry that i'd love to grab her by the shoulders, shake her and say, "what the hell is wrong with you, woman?" she's only sixteen.  sixteen!  she's been through so, so much already in her young life.  she's endured more heartache & sadness than what most of us will even have to deal with in our own lifetime.  part of me feels sorry for ceecee/eve.  the other part of me doesn't.  after all, she allowed herself to be fooled into this situation.  she made her decision with her heart and not her head.  unfortunately, now she must pay for the consequences of her actions/decisions/choices.  choosing to keep the baby as her own & start over somewhere new will be a constant reminder of what she helped tim & marty do.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

okra blossoms.

we've been blessed with a bountiful garden.  

currently, we are absolutely loving our okra plants.  we've never grown okra before, but one day adam came home from the store with two okra plants {everything else in our garden was sprouted from seeds} and we haven't looked back since.  the plants are currently as tall as our privacy fence & both are producing some absolutely wonderful tasting okra!

we've enjoyed adding the okra to homemade succotash & frying up okra covered in cornmeal is such a yummy treat!  our next goal is to pickle & can some okra so we can enjoy it into the fall & winter.  {seriously, pickled okra is yum-o.}

and, not only are the plants thriving, but its blossoms are stunning!

interesting to note:  the okra plant is related to the hibiscus plant {okra is also related to cotton, too}.  if you didn't know any better, wouldn't you assume that those blossoms were from a hibiscus plant??

to learn more about okra, check out this site.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

revamping le crapper.

remember a few posts ago i mentioned that i found three new bathroom vanities i liked at that big, orange home improvement warehouse?

well, as much as i would like to totally redo our hall bathroom, it's just not in the budget.  instead, i'm going to repaint the walls {and maybe repaint the current vanity}, switch out the bath mat & hand towels and work on some new artwork for the walls. 

the hall bathroom will be going from kid-friendly & fun to more grown up & sophisticated.

i bought this shower curtain at kohl's over the weekend {it was originally $49.99 and on sale for $29.99, but when it rang up at the register it was $24.99!}:

i have some leftover paint that will match the pale, pale blue color in the shower curtain.  and, i actually have a beige that should look good with the shower curtain, too.  i am thinking i might put a horizontal stripe on the wall opposite of the sink & toilet.  the hall bathroom is small {as is the rest of my house!} and i think taking the bathroom from the funky mandarin orange color it currently is to something cool & light will open the space up.

the biggest challenge will be decorating the walls.  i currently have beach themed artwork on the walls.  i may just put a vinyl decal on the wall or just paint a canvas in a design similar to that on the shower curtain.  or, that horizontal stripe on the wall just might be all of the oomph the walls will need.

i'm hoping to get started on the bathroom redo this week.  the biggest hurdle will be priming the walls with a coat of kilz and, i suppose i should snap a few before photos for you, right??

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Monday, August 16, 2010

a gal's best friend.

The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's.  ~Polish Proverb


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the secret life of cee cee wilkes, chapters 1-10.

book beginnings and bookends.

go check it out.  it's a blogging book club spearheaded by rachel & erin.

i decided to participate because the last book club i was in sort of fizzled out {one book & we were done?  yeah, that actually happened}.  hopefully, once grad school starts i'll be able to keep up with the demands of bb&b. 

anyways, the first inaugural read is:

i am not going to lie.  i read the whole book.  it took me maybe two days.  so, so good.  the fun part will be keeping myself from spilling the beans, so to speak.  for now, let's just discuss the first ten chapters, shall we?

1. What was your first impression of Tim?  too good to be true.  seriously.  good looking, hard working student.  but, in my opinion, he came on a bit strong.  clearly there was an age difference so it got me wondering what his intentions were with ceecee. 
2. If you were in CeeCeeā€™s position, would you be willing to help your boyfriend in the way that she is willing to help Tim?  i'm thinking back to when i was sixteen.  yeah, i did some boneheaded things, but nothing that was remotely close to what ceecee became involved in.  i think that we all do foolish things when we are in love, but we really have to question our hearts when our morals are being put on the line.  i know that i could never help someone {boyfriend or not} in the same capacity that ceecee helped tim.  but, i think a lot of that can be contributed to my upbringing & knowing that i don't have to compromise myself and my beliefs in order to feel accepted and loved.
3. Why do you think CeeCee is so eager to please Tim?  she's young.  she's in love {for the first time ever}.  she had such a hard life growing up that i think she doesn't want to lose this "good thing."  tim is too good to be true in her mind.  he seduces her with money, love & what seems to be trust.  he is her way out of the life she is currently living {if that ain't a foreshadowing of what's yet to come, then i don't know what is!}.
4. Who do you think has it harder? Tim or CeeCee?  ceecee.  and i'm not just saying that because i read the whole book already.  she's being coerced into a situation that she knows is wrong.  but, she doesn't have the guts to stand up to tim.  besides, she doesn't want to lose that "good thing" they've got going on.  tim kept telling her she was naive.  boy, is she ever.
5. What character trait(s) about CeeCee stuck out the most to you in these first ten chapters?  her willingness to trust.  her independence.  her survival.  the way she opens up to tim.  her relationship with ronnie {ceecee seems like such a good girl compared to ronnie}.  her perseverance. 
6. Do you think CeeCee is as mature as she seems?  in certain ways, ceecee is mature.  she's living {essentially} on her own, holding down a job & trying to get herself into college.  she was only twelve when her mother passed away from breast cancer.  i think that by surviving her mother's death & years in foster care, ceecee has this inner maturity deep within her core.  however, when it comes to love & trust, i feel that she's actually a bit on the immature side.  she's young.  she's willing to open herself up too quickly.  she hasn't been jaded by men, relationship issues, etc. 

chapters 11-20 will be discussed next monday.  and, if you want to join the book club, please do so!  you'll be able to catch up in no time.  promise.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

home depot is the devil.

over the weekend, an innocent trip to the home depot {for spark plugs for the weed eater} resulted in yet another project being tacked onto adam's never ending "honey do" list:

see those three vanities in the picture?  the home depot must have known that they were my top three favorites at the store.  i manhandled the vanities.  opened & closed doors.  pulled drawers.  caressed the counters.  played with the fixtures {even though they are a separate purchase}. 

adam should have never, ever walked away to look at measuring tapes.  he left me to my own devices and i immediately started planning out a new hall bathroom.  it's satisfactory at the moment, but it could really use a face lift.  of course, that means a new tub/shower stall, a new floor, possibly a new mirror {unless we frame the existing one out} and definitely new paint for the walls.  oh, and new shower curtains, a new bath math, maybe new towels.  you know, to go with a new vanity.

yep.  another project for the "honey do" list.

realistically, we don't need a new bathroom.  but aesthetically, we do.  ha!  so, until i convince adam of this, i'll just keep dreaming about:

which is your favorite?  is there a "honey do" project you can't wait to scratch off the list?

{all pictures were found here}

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hi friends!

whether you are new to my lil' slice of the internet pie or if you've been watching my blog evolve...

i figured it would be fun to share a few things with my readers.  some of you may already know these juicy random tidbits.  others may not.  and, yes, i am totally copying what rachel did because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
  1. i get lazy on the weekends.  i mean, really lazy.  if we're not headed out or if we're not having people over, then don't expect me to shower, wash my hair or put on makeup.  i may not even change out of my pj's.  don't worry, though, i still brush my chompers.
  2. i am about as unorganized as they come.  but, there is a method to my chaotic mish-mosh.  too bad i'm the only one who can figure it out.  and, now that i'm returning to school to become a teacher, well, i need to mend my unorganized ways.
  3. as much as i love the summertime, i love autumn even more - there's something about that cool, crisp fall air.  it's cleansing & refreshing for the soul, i think.
  4. i have dimples.  it cracks me up when people ask me, "did you know you have dimples?"  um, i've only been staring at this same face in the mirror for close to 33 years now...
  5. i am half chinese and i am very, very, VERY bad at using chopsticks.  when we go to eat dim sum {or yum cha} or go to eat at any asian restaurant for that matter, i always ask for a fork.
  6. i mentioned in point #2 that i'm returning to school to become a teacher.  grad school starts in less than three weeks.  i'm nervous as hell.  i'm also excited.  i've been putting off the inevitable for so long now.  if i had not dropped out of grad school back in 2007, i would be teaching by now. 
  7. i have this thing about my nose.  i mess with it all the time.  it's like i've got some rogue nose hair or something.  someone even asked me if i dabble in the nose candy because i mess with my nose so much.  um, no.  aside from breathing {which is some vital shit}, this nose is 'exit only.'
  8. i have a potty mouth.  it's bad.  it's so bad that i can't even do one of those 'drop a quarter in a jar each time you say a bad word' deals because i would owe money to the jar.  my favorite cuss word rhymes with duck.  i also say shit a lot.  shit, shit, shit.
  9. i enjoy road trips.  especially road trips in the spring/early summer.  windows down.  sunroof open.  radio blasting.  not a care in the world.  just pack up the car, buckle up the kids & go.  it's even better when the destination is hatteras island, nc.
  10. this blog as seriously veered off of the mommy blogger path it was originally on.  i guess it's because my kids have been at my parents house since father's day {jealous??} & i haven't had any good material to exploit them with.  don't worry...this, too, shall pass.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

mumbling on a monday.

{when i converted from full-time to part-time about a month & a half ago, i remember discussing with my boss the notion of having one day off every week.  he chose friday & i chose monday.  ha ha ha.}

anyways, it's monday.  it's proven to be a crappy one already, too.

this guy is headed to the vet today for an impromptu visit:

he's now known as sir pukes-a-lot.  i woke up this morning only to find out that frisco threw up on the bed {whoa, adam & i must have been sleeping hard to not even notice that frisco was heaving up last night's dinner at the foot of our bed}.  grumble, grumble.  nothing like having to wash not one, but TWO king size blankets first thing on a monday morning.  even better?  having to shampoo the carpet in the bedroom, too, because he had yet another "regurgitation episode."  even better than that?  having to break out the steam mop because a certain black & white boston terrier also heaved whatever what left in his stomach onto the kitchen floor.  *sigh*  he's outside right now, he did not eat this morning {duh!} and, of course, i called the vet {when i know good & well they'll just tell me to put him on a bland diet & monitor him...can you tell we've been down this road with frisco before?}.

i'm having an internal debate.  it's a tough one, too.  there are pros & cons on both sides.  i know what i need to do, but is it what i should be doing?  so, before i confuse y'all any more, i'll just say that the financial aid i've been waiting on has been awarded.  it will be applied to my school account next week {thank goodness!}.  my award for the school year is so generous that the remaining balance for both the fall & spring semesters is enough that i could quit working if i wanted to {i.e., this semester's remaining balance equals to what would roughly be my salary for the rest of this year}.  that is huge.  but, it's borrowed money.  and, if i quit working, we'll feel even more of a financial strain {because we'll go from two incomes to one}.  but, just concentrating on school would allow me to meet my goal a bit sooner.  and, we would no longer need child care {because i could go to school during the day while m & a are in school}.  *sigh*  it is a tough decision to make right now.  i do have a feeling, however, that by the time the spring semester rolls around i will no longer have to juggle working part-time and going to graduate school full-time.  why?

because adam received some exciting news regarding his current job.  he's only been there less than a month & wonderful things are happening.  i'm cautiously optimistic, but i think it's for the best.  of course, last night he sprang on me that he's considering another option.  a really, really, really big option.  an option that would keep him gone for months at a time...gone halfway around the world.  *sigh*

this is too much for a monday, don't you think?  


Monday, August 2, 2010


that's stressed spelled backwards.

currently, there are five tubs of this in my freezer:

yes, your eyes did not deceive you - i said f-i-v-e tubs.  i'm a sucker for those 'buy 2, get 3 free' sales {when i know that i'm really not getting anything for free}. 

i am stressed.  there's no doubt about that.  ice cream helps keep some of my stress & tension at bay.  okay, it really doesn't do anything except satisfy my sweet tooth.

the stress will work itself out, i suppose.  but, sometimes, it just doesn't seem like it works out fast enough.

money is tight {when is it not?}.  i'm ashamed to admit that we're still not quite used to making less money than we were.  well, i guess in a way we are, but it's still hard.  i mean, imagine having your income cut in half.  then, imagine your spouse's income being cut in half...ouch, right?  and, it pisses me off to hear people talk about how they hate hearing other people moan & groan about money being tight.  those are the people who usually assume other people's financial shortfalls are due to overspending {when really people are always going to complain about money whether they have it or not}.  my husband & i are not stretched to our financial limit due to overspending.  yes, i did treat myself to my area's groupon deal today, but 10 yoga classes for $25 is a steal {and a good stress reliever, too!}.

school starts in 28 days.  school for me, that is.  my financial aid situation hasn't worked itself out yet...i'm still waiting to hear about that.  i have to buy books & a ridiculously priced parking pass {grrr...}.  i also have to fit in 30 hours of observation time in my already hectic schedule.  i'm nervous & excited.  i know it's going to be worth it in the end {if only it were the spring of 2012 now!}.

lots has been going on within our family.  those that are close to me already know what i am talking about and those who follow the private blog also know what i'm talking about.

although i'm currently working {part-time} i am still viciously trying to find a job closer to home and, now that i'm headed back to school to complete a masters in early childhood education, i've been applying for vacancies within my city's school system.  keep your fingers crossed, please.  the stress of applying for jobs is enough to drive a person crazy!

i know that things will be okay.  i know things will not always be this hard.  i know that i'll look back on this time and really appreciate the struggle & the fight.  until then, i'm just going to keep on eating ice cream.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

blog sale sale!

in an effort to move things along with my blog sale, i am having a sale!

everything currently on the blog sale is an extra $5 off
{refund via paypal}.

check out the blog sale by clicking here.