Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My five favorite photos!

I'm finally joining up with Momfessionals Andrea today for my first Show and Tell Tuesday of 2017.  Today's prompt, five favorite photos is right up my alley.  I love photos.  I think I get that from my mom who has stacks and stacks of photo albums going back almost 40 years.  These days, she has stacks and stacks of Shutterfly books.  Me...I too, have a bunch of photo albums, boxes of photos, and document my life daily on Insta!  I've even posted about my five favorite photos of ME here!  Today, I'm just sharing some of my all time faves...of me and the people I love! It probably illustrates this solitary life!  (Explanations are above each pic)

This is the most recent picture in the bunch, but this is definitely one of my faves.  Quite simply, it's my family!  The freakin' wild, crazy, ridiculous crew that we are.  And, of course, me being the loner, with no family of my own, I'm smack-dab between my mom and dad!!  Ugh.....lolololol

November 2016

This is the best picture ever of the "original 6"!  We were celebrating Happy Heart Day for my dad, and doing our usual photo shoot thing, when Billy, my oldest nephew, hit us all with the super soaker!  We were all blindsided...and the fact that my brother-in-law-Sean got this action shot is classic!

August 2015

This one is a favorite of my bestie and I! Over 30 years of friendship has yielded thousands of photos.  But this past summer when we went to see Garth Brooks and sat in the rain for hours, we were getting punchy!  And this fun photo was the result. (this is our concert photo pose!)  Garth was a bucket list item for both of us!  So glad to have this girl to check things off the life list with!

July 2016

There are so many wonderful pictures of each of my sisters and I, but this one is just had to share today!  This picture is one of my favorites simply because it's irreplaceable.  And one of the best days. This is me and my oldest sister Tara, on top of the World Trade Center, about 2 weeks before the towers fell in 2001.  Read more about our trip and this picture here!

August 2001

And last but not least... a favorite of all my nieces and nephews! How can I not include them...they have my heart.   Love them all and the wonderful humans they are becoming.  Nothing in the world makes me happier than being Aunt Katie (sometimes Aunt Beastie) to these littles...and the bonus kiddos in my life!!

Choosing 5 was just too hard ....

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek into my little world!  Have a great Tuesday!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

A Rainy Monday Musings Post

Happy Monday!  Are Mondays really ever HAPPY!?!  The last Monday in March calls for a little Monday Musings...a late night post about the randomness that was my Monday!

Rainy, Foogy, Gross Mondays should just be banned.  We should be able to stop life and never get out of bed!  LOL
I kid, I kid....

I'm just tired today.  I think the more sleep I get, the more tired I feel.  I mean, I was legit in bed by nine o'clock last night...disconnected, light off,  the works.

I have been sleeping so much better though.  I think this is thanks to my new dew drop diffuser I got for my room.  I add a few drops of lavender in each night and let it go.  I'm still waking up early, but not over and over throughout the night!  And lately, when the alarm goes off, I'm snoozing less!  GO ME!

Maybe I'm just bitter because I'm still living in my leggings, boots and scarves for work! Partly because this weather still sucks and partly because it's colder in my library than it is outside!!!  Brrrrr.... I'm just not excited to get up and get dressed!  Where's SPRING???

This weekend I lived on tuna and hard boiled eggs!  I think I am making up for the fact that I ate meat (chicken) on Friday!  But Pasta Diana at a place I hadn't been to in YEARS-and probably won't be back to for YEARS- was SO WORTH it! #godforgives

After this weekend's games, I'm still #2 on The Blended Blog's March Madness Bracket.  That's pretty cool!!  It's totally just for fun but it's exciting to have some stock in the game and teams to root for.  My dad was pretty impressed with my picks!  Who knows, if things go my way, maybe next year, I'll go big and wager!

I guess I can't be unhappy on a Monday when I come into work and see this!!

The Six Word Memoirs I did with my 7th and 8th grade students last week was probably my most favorite lesson ever.  It was the final activity in our Pay It Forward novel study, we've been working on ALL YEAR.  The kids LOVED this...and I was proud of them that they really took the time to think about their own 6 Word memoirs.  They then were able to illustrate them to go outside on the library bulletin board.  I'm really excited for the parents to come see them during conferences next week.

Actually today, I asked my 7th graders why they were making me mad on a Monday!! Then we all laughed...so at least on Mondays we still laugh.

I payed some bills today and ended up using my cashback bonus for some of it.  Not sure yet, if this was a good idea or not but the funds were immediately withdrawn. I decided to pay bills after I bought a dress online this morning...that I probably really didn't need, BUT already know where I'm wearing it!  And have the accessories and shoes picked out to go with it!!  At 50% off with free shipping, they had it in petite and in my size too, so I thought I couldn't pass it up!  With lots of returns in the works, money is coming back to me...See how I rationalize these things!!

After that impulse buy, I've now made it a goal in April to NOT SHOP AT ALL and eat out less!  So anyone wanna come over on Friday nights, hang with me, eat peanut butter sandwiches and drink wine?  Just let me know!!

Mondays are my 4 o'clock day, so I got home early and actually got lots accomplished!  Made trips to the garbage (I only go on Mondays because I know it's been cleaned out!) and mailbox.  Put my lounge chair back out in the back and my rocking chair and little table on the front "porch", getting things spring-ready.  Because shockingly, at 5 p.m. the sun decided to make an appearance.

Came home today to a package with two bathing suits inside.  I bought them on sale and was really excited about them.  Then I tried them on....and realized this body is not at all ready for bathing suit season!  I need to get my ass in gear!! YUCK...It's only right that they arrived on a Monday, am I right??!! I need a tan!

Well now that Monday is almost in the rear view, I'm off to finish checking off today's to-do list and  then read 50 pages in my book....wrapped in my blardigan, with wine in hand!

Hope your Monday's been more than bearable!  Thanks for reading my randoms!!
See you back here tomorrow...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday Jams!

I was so excited to see this post come up in my Time Hop this week!  I was reminded of how much I loved it and thought it would be just perfect for today's Throwback!  Seriously this is one of my all time favorite posts!  So enjoy the old school jams of my childhood on this Throwback Thursday!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Bucket List

Joining my blog buddy Leslie to share my Spring Bucket List today!  When she first brought this up I didn't think I'd be ready to share a Spring list.  Summer for sure, but Spring...not so much!!  But then something happened!  Yesterday Spring came, I read a bunch of bucket lists on blogs and I got all excited for what Spring has to offer!!  And I thought, "Hey, there is a bunch of "stuff" I'd like to do this spring!!  So today I'm sharing with you my own bucket list, that I envision taking me from Spring through mid June!   Then it's...School's Out for SUMMER!!

Get My Feet Spring and Summer Ready!!
I am embarrassed to admit how long it's been since these feet have gotten a pedicure...but it is WAY OVER DUE...I'm pretty sure when I go and get it done, I'll be THAT Girl that they talk about!

Goodbye Winter!
At the moment it doesn't exactly feel like spring outside but I am super excited to be rid of my boots, blanket scarves and bulky sweaters.  I'm going to do a good clean out of all the clothes I'm "over and donated them this Spring!  I donated to my friends clothing room for Veterans and am always so excited when she tells me her clients rave about my donations.  It make me feel great and I know they are going where they are so needed!!

Spending Spring in town!
For four years now, I've passed the community garden and never actually went in.  I've always wanted to but never had.  And it's so cute.  There's benches, a gazebo, even chess!  In the Spring when the flowers are blooming it's beautiful!  I am making it a goal to get there this Spring.  With a book...two birds...one stone!

I go out to eat a lot in town, but in the Spring and Summer lots of the restaurants on Main Street have outdoor seating.  It's always fun to enjoy a meal in the bright sunshine and people watch. I'd also like to head down there for more Sundays Fundays when it's nice too!

I like just getting out and walking more when the winter melts away.  Winter is a time I feel so cooped up!!  I'm also going to do more yoga! A while ago when my foot was in THE BOOT my doctor suggested I try yoga...because there's even a beginners course called "Yoga for inflexible people!"  For ten bucks I picked it up and did it faithfully for a while, then it kinda got lost in the shuffle.  I didn't make it a lifestyle!  LOL  But I did enjoy it, so I want to do it more regularly!

A New 'do!
Another thing I seem to be overdue for is a cut and color of my hair.  Part of me has not been because a- it's expensive and b- I've been trying to hold out and wait for some big things I have going on this spring that I want good hair for!  I will probably go on my Spring Break in three weeks!

I know I'm talking about spending money on my hair and pedicure, but I really hope to save some money!  I have two super fun trips to look forward to this Spring!  So I really, really need to SAVE!! So I can spend on on the trips!!  LOL

Rainy Days and Sun Daze
So the saying goes, April Showers Bring May Flowers, so I fully intend to be rocking my rain boots this spring.  But I also look forward to sunny days rocking on my rocking chair on my front porch, getting a tan!!  My motto is :Everybody looks better with a tan!!

The Dreaded Guest Room
Isn't a little Spring Cleaning on everybody's bucket list?  My biggest job has bot to be my guest room.  Right now it is beyond disastrous!  I have bar stools and lounge chairs in there!  Boxes and bins galore!  I dread doing it but I know it has got to get done!  So then maybe I can have guest over this Spring!

I totally enjoyed doing this!  And think it's very do-able!  Here's to a wonderful Spring ahead for all!!!

After further research, I remembered that I did share a Spring Break Bucket List on the blog last year!  Head here to see how it compares!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

There are so many wonderful reasons to be happy!

Happy Monday and Happy Spring!!  Spring has finally sprung, even if it doesn't quite feel it yet!  But the hope is there!!  And thanks to my trusty Erin Condren Life Planner I know that today is also the International Day of Happiness.   I do my best to live a happy day everyday!!  The Desiderata hangs in my bedroom and I read it each morning, like a prayer.  The ending states, "Strive to be happy." It's not always easy, but I'm always looking for the positive and the happy in each day! Because, honestly there are are just so many reasons to be happy!!

Today to celebrate the day, I want to share a few of them.... (in no particular order!)

Happiness is....

  • the first sip of coffee in the morning!

  • that glass of wine at the end of the day
  • a good night's sleep
  • Family time
  • a new book
  • a surprise bagel from my co-worker
  • a Saturday with no plans
  • a smile from a stranger
  • Girls' Nights spent laughing until it hurts
  • an unexpected text
  • a day in jeans and sneakers
  • Sunny and 70 degrees
  • an ice cold beer
  • sand in my toes
  • Sunrises and sunsets
  • a TAN!
  • blog comments
  • a home cooked meal I didn't have to cook
  • a fun song on repeat
  • a great pair of jeans that fit like a glove
  • a few extra minutes in the shower
  • hugs from my favorite littles
  • a day off
  • packages on my doorstep
  • new shoes
  • being in pj's by 5 p.m.
  • Happy Hours & Game Nights
  • Sleeping in
  • ice cream and cupcakes
  • HOME

What makes you happy? Let me know in the comments below!

This is my wish for you today and everyday...

Have a fabulous week!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Faves!

When you lose you're whole post...and cry a little!!!  LOL  This was not my original post I had planned on because I had blogger open on two computers and I lost the completed version, so today's post is not only a little late but also kinda the Cliffs notes  version.  And now that I'm home from work, and it's St. Patrick's Day, I might be drinking and blogging!!  So there's that...Happy Friday!!


Hey Hey Everybody!!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!! This week wasn't bad one at all...lots of faves to go around!!

This day is one of my faves ever!!  I used to go big in my younger days, but the old lady in me is now just pretty content to wear my green, have a pint and call it a day.  I'm waiting on my Peapod Guy to deliver me some Guinness and  all the fixin's for my Ruben!  I also got a sweet surprise today at work when a thoughtful mom brought me an Irish Soda Bread, so tonight I'll have that for dessert!

A snow day (that really shouldn't have been!) and Two Dress Down Days definitely made this one of my favorite weeks!!  We dressed down for St. Patrick's Day today and Pi Day on Tuesday...really Leftover Pi Day, on Wednesday thanks to the snow day!  Any day I can wear my sneakers and jeans to school is just the best.
This is an awful pic, but my Pi Day shirt got rave reviews!  LOL

The This is Us Finale.  This episode was not one of my faves but since the series as a whole will go down as a favorite of this year, how could I not include it in my faves this week.  And Milo is totally one of my favorites!  So it's a win-win!

March Madness kicked off yesterday, and just for fun, my Blended Blog Buddy Alison, set up a basketball bracket for us!!  Head on over to read her blog post from our new Monday Random Stream series {here}!  I had so much fun making my picks and oddly enough was a little stressed!  But it's totally just for fun! I'm already having a great time following along!  I'm not the top of the class but so far I'm not a failure yet!

If you've read the blog for any amount of time, you know I love to shop! And that I tried to be shop free for these first three months of 2017, but that went out the window in February!  So I've been shopping!  BUT I got a really awesome deal this week!!  I bought two bathing suits from JCrew.  This suit, originally, $98 was on sale for 49.99 with an additional 25% off.  Then this one (super cute and different for me!), was $98 with 25% off!  Then I had a rewards card for $25 off!!  Basically I got two suits for less than the price of one!!  And I got money back from Ebates to boot!  (If you are not using Ebates, you really should!  Sign up here). I'm set for my trips in May and for the rest of the summer!!  Oh and a bonus: Swim is free ship and returns!  Fingers Crossed I LOVE these though!

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Wear some green, pour a pint and do a jig!!

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika and the girls today!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwin' it back to Year One!

Some weeks, I blog everyday...some weeks I only throw it back!  This week is one of those weeks!!
Sharing a fun throwback from year one on the blog.  It was new, I didn't blog too frequently (between September 2012 when I began and all of 2013, I blogged just 17 times!), took no pics, and I think my mom was the only one who read my posts! And my teacher bestie, who will never let me forget this one!  :) But blogs from my first year are always fun to read back.  Sometimes I laugh...sometimes I cringe! I sometimes miss the adventures in my little apartment!!