Wednesday, November 30, 2011


One year ago, I was in a whole different place, not a good place. A very sad, kicked in the gut place...
All I can say is, "WHAT a difference a year makes! !"   An awesome man who loves me, helped by some fantastically supportive friends and family, two fun-loving kids and I have had a dream-come-true of a year!   Sure there have been a few tough spots to work through (mostly within myself), but overall, those don't even scratch the surface of how freaking happy I am!  Can't even explain how loved I feel...without a doubt! 

I'm sure y'all have something to be thankful for- that's mine.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Hope everyone has a safe and filling holiday!  I for one am super excited about shopping at midnight and catching up with the bestie from school days, can't wait!  Woot woot!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nutella Freaks- peek here!!

Look here:  More ways to crave Nutella!!
Going to try this to surprise the kids later!

Nutella Ice Cream!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The look of genius.

T-Man is writing. On his own. Without being told. He's focused and determined. ..


Ok, truth be told, he received a letter from his pen pal today and was so excited, he had to write back- RIGHT away!!   I'll take it! Whatever gets him to write willingly-  woot!   Now I'll just cross my fingers he keeps it up!    

Monday, November 7, 2011

O dark early

The fall time change usually doesn't bother me.  This year?? I must be getting older or something, this darkness outside by 6 has me wanting to crash by 8 pm....and I'm usually up until 2 am.  Explain that??  Weird.

Cool finding today:    Target and Kohls to open at midnight for Black Friday!! YES!!

FREAKY finding:   Women ingesting encapsulated placenta after birth to help with hormone swings and depression.  The article sounds horrible, but gotta admit the title draws you in.  What do yo think?
Consume placenta??   I get it, but not sure I could/would.

Yes, I am close to midnight and seriously winging it so I don't blow NaBloPoMo.  So sue me. heh.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday view

A rearview shot of my every other Sunday evening scene, picking up the kids...gorgeous colors tonight.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Why Google Rocks- Beyond Barrel Roll: 10 Hidden Google Tricks

If you were captured by Google's 'do a barrel' roll this week, get a load of this article:

More games and Easter Eggs thanks to some genius, and I'm assuming hysterical, Google developers.

Go have some fun!!

Beyond Barrel Roll: 10 Hidden Google Tricks

Friday, November 4, 2011

Oh no...

Almost got me!! You crazy Friday...snuck up on me and almost ran off with another NaBloPoMo.   HA! I got you!  Yess sir-eee!!  Since I'm racing to beat midnight, here's a snack idea for you:

I really wish I'd taken a better picture of this 5 kg JUG of this glorious stuff.  This stuff was everywhere in Rome. I kept trying to find ways to get this on the plane home. 

One little gelato shop had a WALL of Nutella in these large containers-  
Oh mah gawd...  droool...

Oh look!   To-Go Packs!!   Woohoo!!

Nutella-swirled gelato!! (lower center) Heaven chilled! 

Happy Friday all!!  Have an awesome weekend!  

... swiping the last tiny bit of Nutella out of the jar with my fingers.   

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Goofy dog, crazy kid

Of course after yesterday's iPod find, Monster Man is trying to redeem himself.  First thing this morning, came down stairs, DRESSED already, bed made up and headed to the kitchen to fix his breakfast.  Seriously?   Normally that process takes hours- fussing, complaining- ridiculous. Like he doesn't know those are things you do every day. 

We talked a bit about this morning's behavior was how each day should start. Crossing my fingers for tomorrow. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Oh, he is soooo TOAST

Monster Man is such a fitting name lately.  It's not helping that he's STILL off his meds for ADD because it's taken three months to get him into a new doctor. We had an appointment last week, which they cancelled on us when we arrived for the appointment, so to make a new appointment, we have to wait another week.  (said my cell number didn't work...really??  I gave them TWO, said they only take one and apparently they took that one down incorrectly. Nice.) So stick with them or try someone else new that will take a month to get in?!  I'd take a witch doctor at this point or an exorcist!!   Getting him through school work is like slowly getting your fingernails removed via your eyeballs.  Just torture. I keep thinking, it will get better. He really is trying, most of the time, but keeping him on task is just in.freaking.sane.  Add to it, lying, telling on his sister after pestering the CRAP out of her, acting a fool, not listening PERIOD and now cussing.  A new outlet to ensure I lose my sanity.  We've heard 'sh!t' slip a few times from him but what I just saw/heard on his iPod Touch from recording himself while he was supposed to be doing writing today--    well let's just say..

  Yeah, that. With some variations and additions. Nice. Ok, I'm guilty of saying 'Holy Sh!t' quite often, but I've rarely let the mother of all words fly in front of the kids.  I know he's a boy and kids go through those phases, but AAARRGGHHH!!!    
I do think it's comical that he caught himself on video and then SHOWED me the video, quickly realizing, 'Oh I meant to delete these' and taking it back. Well after viewing the whole recording, I know why! Hmmmm.  He'd previously had the iPod taken away for being glued to it and not listening because of being glued to it- he had to take it to Dad's place for two months- I was done fighting for his attention with an ipod that I didn't think he was old enough to have in the first place!!   Apparently I neglected to reset the school-time lock out doing a system reset a couple weeks ago because he locked himself out of the ipod.... I can only assume trying to hide other videos, swearing, torturing his sister and Lord knows what else.

In about 5 hours, he'll learn what soap tastes like.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo....Here we GO!

Don't laugh, I'll probably never make it through even a week, but what the heck?  If nothing else maybe it will get me thinking about blogging again that I might actually get a few posts done before 2011 is in the books. Meh. 

Any brave souls want to join me in Blog Posting Month?  Join the Blogroll on BlogHer by Nov.5th. Good luck! 

Day1 down!  Woot woot! !