Fabulous Friday

Feeling Beachie

Steely Dan reminds me of of my college days at Paul Smiths (they are on the radio now)
I find coffee very satisfying.
My least favorite people are mean people.
Too bad we need pay for the things we want.


Half-Past Kissin' Time

Friday…what a great day it has been.
I really didn’t do anything special but something I was stressing about in the end worked out okay.

Tara and I headed out to do grocery shopping and I was so excited to come home with bags and bags of food to fill up the fridge and pantry for $117 from Bottom Dollar foods. We are feeding an extra mouth right now and I was all about quantity.

Tara’s friend (boyfriend) is visiting for a few days as well so we have a full house this week and are actually feeding 2 extra mouths I guess. Justin doesn’t eat much though!

We are finally getting Tara’s birthday present tonight. A small tattoo. She has patiently waited a month for this until we had the $$$. I am sitting here patiently waiting, people watching and listening to some good tunes that have been playing.


What else was up this week? Oh, spring is here but it is not yet warm. Every day we get a little closer.

Princess 2 years ago… I miss me sweet girl.

I work tomorrow, and then have off until Wednesday at 10am. Yeah me!

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If it’s not one thing it’s another!

I started a few day weekend yesterday, a FOUR DAY WEEKEND working! I worked the holiday and will work both days of the weekend. I do have MONDAY off, and Tara will be away for much of that day!

It is hot, but it is hotter so many other places, I will try to not complain.

I shattered the screen on my IPhone today. I am ready for an upgrade, but there was nothing wrong with my phone, so I was trying to hold out until the next version came out. I put a screen protector over it (I don’t like them….) to see if I can keep it from totally shattering and maybe I can make it another couple of months! It is always something!

Isn't it PRETTY?

Isn’t it PRETTY?

My car requires over $1,000 worth of work to pass PA state inspection. $800 of it is done, hoping a family member can repair the rest (brakes especially) to save me a little on the labor. It’s always something. Still cheaper than a new car and monthly payment! I like my car! Oh, and I’m driving with one expired sticker, so at any time I could and probably will be pulled over by a police officer at any time!

policeTara is in Brigantine NJ, spending the weekend with her “broken” boyfriend Justin. He is still recovering from his skateboard vs car accident. It’s been almost one month. He had both of his casts changed today and should be able to start limited weight bearing. I hope they have fun. Not much they can really do, but they will be together. It was awesome of his mom to drive basically two extra hours to come pick Tara up. I think they needed to get some things from his dad’s too, so it had a dual purpose! I would love to be near the ocean this weekend! One day soon.

Do you watch Big Brother? Lots of controversy this year with house guests being overly bigoted, using racial and gay slurs. If you don’t watch the live feeds (I don’t) or follow those who do on Twitter or blogs, you might never know there was an issue. Two (Aaryn and GM) of the houseguests have actually lost jobs/contracts for their actions in the house. Glad to see that people are being held accountable for unacceptable behavior.

Tonight is our town’s First Friday. Last month it rained like crazy. This month it is just too hot. I am getting old I guess. I’d rather stay home. It’s not like I really have anyone to go with anyway!

I checked Dan Brown’s book, Inferno, out of the library (bookmobile) over a week ago, and haven’t turned a page. I think I NEED to open that book this weekend. I really enjoy his books, and know once I start I will be okay. Most evenings by the time everything is done and I’m ready to relax, my eyes don’t feel like focusing on a book!



Feeling Beachie’s Friday Fill in is in it’s 119th week! Whoo hoo!

This week’s statements:
1. I don’t like rhubarb. (Some one at work mentioned strawberry rhubarb pie today, which I don’t like, so that was the first thing that came to mind)
2. I have a difficult time using false eyelashes. They really are popular now, with many natural looking lengths…. I got them on once, but every time I try now, I get frustrated and give up!
3. I love suspense movies because they keep me on the edge of my seat. Oh, and movies with cute boys like Chris Pine, Johnny Depp and Channing Tatum, just because!
4. I prefer to read magazines because my attention span has not been conducive to book reading lately (see above about Inferno)

I really should end this random babble and go pick that book up right now! I should do something this weekend to enjoy my “freedom” from teenager, but the heat, it’s just too much! Maybe later this weekend!







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Sizzling Friday

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.  ~Russel Baker

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Joining in Friday Fragments. Head on over and meet Mrs. 4444’s newest family member. Way too cute!

I sure am glad I am able to update this morning! Yesterday WordPress had an update and there was a conflict somewhere and I could not get to my admin page to update. It bothered me ALL day. I was too tired to try and figure it out last night, I am not too versed in FTP, and all the inner workings of my blog! This morning I woke up early and headed right to the computer and Go Daddy had a patch! Thank you Go Daddy!

We are getting an awesome storm right now. The rain hasn’t started, but thunder, wind and lightning. I love storms, especially at night or early morning! We won’t talk about the rest of the weather today, my post title should be enough!

Morning storm (Click for video)

It is Friday, I still have today and tomorrow to work, then off for two,. Then I get to work SEVEN in a row, leading up to a five day mini vacation. I will be working on July 4th. It’s my Mom’s birthday, but it is a Wednesday, and we can celebrate at dinner, or on the weekend!  She will be 88, so I personally celebrate every day I have with her!

We had a pretty quiet week here. Tara continues her sleep over marathons! She actually went to Viki’s house the other night! I don’t mind the girls being here, but it is nice for a break!

Do you have a Bottom Dollar Food store in your area? I did a quick stop shopping the other day when the girls were at the movies. I was impressed. A bag of dog food that I buy from time to time, was $2.50 cheaper than what I normally pay! Just that is worth the trip that is a little out of my normal travels for the grocery store!

Tara wants to see Magic Mike. She LOVES Channing Tatum. I must admit, I do too! Yes, I know it is rated “R”, but we will probably see it. She’s 15 going on 21, and I have no problem allowing her to see it. I mean, she wants to go with ME not her friends!

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This week’s statements:

1.     Tara makes me laugh most of the time. She can be trying, but some times she is just too funny.

2.     Sometimes family troubles makes me sad. One family member continues to struggle with their demons. We all feel so helpless.

3.       My hair looks terrible after I sleep!  My hair is really short…. some mornings I look like I have a mohawk when I wake up.

I was horrified when I ran into the paper guy at 3:30 the other morning when I was out with the dog.

4.       When I hear wind and thunder I am happy.  I love a good storm (see above!)

I think that is it for now. It’s not been a very eventful week. Again!

Thanks A-LATTE for stopping by. I sure wish I had a latte. I’m out of creamer!


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Finally Friday!

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Time for Friday Fragments!!!


One full week of summer vacation is behind us! I hope the entire summer does not go by this fast!


Tara has friends over most of the week. She is on social interaction overload, so I think this weekend might be pretty low key. It’s NOON and she is still asleep! She always says she can’t sleep past NOON, so we will see if she’s up in the next three minutes! I love that she has finally gotten to the point where she enjoys time alone, and she understands that it is okay to not be with friends all of the time!

No work for me today (Friday). I do have to work Saturday, but then I will have three more days off! I’ve got a couple errands to run, but nothing else big planned for today! We are having an “event” tomorrow at work featuring Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, so I need to go get some luau type props for my table!
I watched Up Close and Extremely Loud this morning. It was a good movie. Last night we watched Friends w/ Benefits and I rented two more,  Gone and This Means War.


Did you know the fear of vegetables is called LACHANOPHOBIA? (Snapple Fact #730)


I got this cool package in the mail yesterday from Wawa. I answered a Twitter question and won a prize package. People who don’t get Twitter ask my why I tweet. There are many reasons, but this is the fourth thing I have won just by answering a tweet! Fun stuff!

My mom is away, she is camping (in a big trailer, but still she is out camping, just a few day short of turning 88!) I love that she is still able to get up and out. A vacation from home for her, and a little time for Tara and I to be home alone!


I like days when I can sit and just do “computer” stuff and not feel guilty!

It’s kind of cloudy out right now. I could go for a good THUNDERSTORM!


I bought an Orgreenic Non stick  fry pan! It really works well! I make scrambled eggs with peppers and onions and veggie sausage and not one bit of oil or butter in the pan… no stick!

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1.       I love a great cup of coffee.

2.       If I could live anywhere I would live near the ocean so I could walk on the beach every day.


3.       When I grow up, I want to be rich (I know money is not everything, but I would like to have a chance to find out for myself!).


4.      The best vacation I ever went on was a three week trip to Nova Scotia and Canada with my parents when I was a teen!



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Friday Fragments & Follow Friday Four Fill In

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I started this post on THURSDAY on my iPhone using the Blogger App.  Pretty cool.  Tara was monopolizing the desktop, and I wanted to get my post up on time Friday.  I never had a chance to really get back to it!

I hope Mrs 4444 and Hilary don’t mind me joining in late!

This has been a long week. Tara has a sore throat and missed two full days of school plus part of another. She has missed too many days, and I keep waiting for the truant officer to come haul me off. We did go to the doctor yesterday (Wednesday), so we should be covered! Having her home on my days off impedes my getting stuff done… She gets 100% of my time off on the weekends, but I like having my weekday off to do what I want! Usually nothing exciting… Mostly cleaning and laundry!

So, since the weekend is already almost over, I will fill you in with those fragments!  Not many to fill in really.

I spent two days at work rearranging our “hair needs” wall.  Barrettes, hair ties, brushes, etc.  I love doing “resets”, they keep me busy all day, and when I am done, I have something that I can look at and say I accomplished that.  You might think everything is just “hanging” on a wall or “sitting” on a shelf, but each piece of merchandise is mapped out.  I like following the plan, and filling in the missing spaces with new products!

The weekend…. it’s been okay.  Tara had a friend spend the night on Friday, and two spend the night last night.  In between I made a lasagna and cookies for them to eat.  They played Just Dance 2 and watched scary movies.

That was my Saturday off…. errand running, cooking, baking, and watching over three teens.  They are good girls, but were pushing the envelope a little….I always think to myself WWTPD?  (What Would their Parents Do?) or what would I want another parent to do if they were in my position and my child was involved.  Nothing really, but just a couple things that make me realize I need to stay tuned in and listen to everything… and sometimes read between the lines. 

Sunday is here already.  I work at 4pm.  Before that I need to drive my mother to Philadelphia – Children’s Hospital of Phila – my 15 yr old nephew is a patient again and his mom has to work today.  He doesn’t want to be alone all day.  I can’t say I blame him at his age.  He will be okay.  My niece hasn’t publicly shared any details, so I am going to keep those to myself.

Have I mentioned how much I love Netflix streaming. I have watched movies I don’t think I would have paid attention to in the video store. I watched the first season of Hot in Cleveland with Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick. It is good! I caught up on season two when I DVRd a marathon on TVLand. I love having the option of watching “TV” or a movie while I am on my break at work.  I find it too difficult to read… I get distracted by too many things.  I’m watching a sad movie right now as I type, Listen to Your Heart.  Check it out if you can, it is a very touching movie.  The young man who wrote the screen play is also stars.  Cybil Shepard plays a mean mother like only she can!

Welcome to Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop Week#3

Each week, Hilary lists four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our blogs.

This week’s statements:

1. I am probably in the minority, but I really don’t like Twilight movies. (No clue why THAT was the first thing that came to mind)

2. I get so mad when I see someone litter. I mean really, there are trash cans so many places. Tara got upset with me the other week when I yelled out the car window at some kids in a car, they threw a McDs cup right out the window as they were leaving the parking lot.  We were stopped at the stop sign next to them…. to her HORROR she knew the kids. 

3. After I have my morning coffee I feel better. (I need a cup now…. I forgot to get K-cups yesterday, so I am stuck with instant until I go out a little later)

4. If I don’t clean the guinea pig cage and litter box– it will really stink!  I know Hillary used that one too…. last night Tara found out what happens when she blocks the front of the litter box with her boots… the cat does his thing on the bathroom floor….. maybe now she will be more conscious about not leaving stuff all over the bathroom floor…. unfortunately that is the only place we have for the litter box!

I am hoping for a quiet week… but it is not looking good already.  Things piling up to do on my two days off!!!

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Friday Fragments and Follow Friday Fill in

 Mrs 4444 hosts Friday Fragments each week.  Stop by and check it out!
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It’s been awhile since I fragmented!  I have good intentions every week, but once Wednesday gets here, I find little time to sit at the laptop and blog.  I find myself checking in via my iPhone to several social media apps – Facebook, Twitter, Whrrl and my new favorite GetGlue.  This is done in a hurry, and is really disjointed and fragmented!

Things  have improved with Tara. She is now 14 and 2 weeks, and we have had minimal drama or school attendance issues.  I have compromised and whenever I can, I drive her to school and pick her up (on the days I don’t work).  This seems to help for whatever reason.  The school bus driver has set some new rules, separating the grades -7th, 8th and 9th – boys and girls, which makes the seat options limited by the time the bus gets here.  Part of the fun of riding the bus is sitting with a friend….

I think we are finally in store for a beautiful day today – I will be spending it inside from 8-4, but at least the sun will be shining.  Princess and I took a quick little walk this morning, I was actually comfortable with just my t-shirt on.  She loved the walk.  During the cold winter months we pretty much go about her morning business right out back – no walk really involved.

My mom cooked a great corned beef and cabbage yesterday for dinner.  I love it for St Patrick’s Day, but since I had not thought to buy one, I figured we would pass this year.  I was pleasantly surprised to walk in and smell the cabbage.  I ♥ cooked cabbage!

There have got to be a million other things I could fragment about, but I guess the coffee hasn’t kicked it!  I have 11 minutes until I need to head to the kitchen and prepare Tara’s favorite (right now) breakfast.  Polenta and scrambled eggs… yes, the girl loves polenta.  I slice it and pan “fry” it and melt some cheese on it. 

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop – 3-18-11

Welcome to the 4th weekly Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop

Each week, Hillary of Feeling Beechie, posts four statements with a blank for us to fill in and post on our blogs.

This week’s co-host is Jen from What Would Jen Do. She submitted the last two statements:

This week’s statements:

1. I have got to be the worst artist (drawing) in the world.

2. Although for the most part I love it, sometimes I wish I could just get rid of my ? Wow, now that is a tough one… I downsized so much when we moved from Florida, I really don’t have much of anything that I don’t want.

3. The best thing about where I live is the diverstiy of things to do… we are close to NY, Philly, Wash DC and Baltimore, the mountains and the ocean.  All within 3 hrs drive.  (Now getting to all those places are another story!)

4. Aside from a new house, car or big vacation, the first luxury I would buy myself if I won the lottery is an awesome new camera and all the fabulous lenses I could find!

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by!


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