Thursday, September 30, 2010

Accomplishment = Meeting the Goal

30 posts!  One a day for a month. That's a goal and it's been met.  Credit goes to Shimelle's "Learn Something New Everyday" class.  Now, I just need to order the photos and then I will put together the book.  Ta Da! I also finished a sweater and started a new one. Got back on the exercise trail, spent time with a totally great guy, cleaned out the spare kitchen and more!  The downs are, I still miss my sister horribly.  My Dad had a heart attack.
BUT, I am so excited for October!  The changing of the leaves, the sweatshirt weather, the hot chocolate and long walks, the zoo, the costumes, the candy (NOT), just all the joys the new season brings.  And as I have saved all of the Shimelle classes, I am going to create the "There's No Place Like Home" project during October. 
It's cold today (for me cold is anything under 90 degrees, but I am TRYING to embrace the cold cause it's gonna be here for a long while).  But it is cold - 57 and rainy. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Fall To Do List

Fall is in the air (and the temperature, too).  So, I've compiled a list of things we usually do around this time of year.

Visit pumpkin farm - buy pumpkins for carving, apples for homemade applesauce, cider for drinking
Collect colored leaves
Take lots of photos of foliage
Take K hiking
Buy mums for the porch
Cook up pot of chili
Send Halloween cards
Make a Halloween banner
Host a Fright Night
Go to Zoo Boo (Saturday/Sunday, Oct 23, 24 30, 31 at 11:00 - 4:00)
Take K to a Haunted House
Go on a hayride
Roast pumpkin seeds
Decorate for Halloween
Make homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers, then make s'mors
Get a flu shot

Also, feeling a little out of sorts today.  Will be much better in a day to two as long as my every day gets back to normal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Day in Paradise

Not. But a good day. Busy. My Dad came home today.  Now, he just needs to take it easy.

Dear God:

No more this year! Please!

Signed, Me

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rainy Days and Mondays. . .

. . . well, can't say they get me down as I happen to like rainy days, it's umbrellas I do not like.  At all.  Hate carrying them.  I had a Totes umbrella once.  You know, the convenient kind that fits in your purse.  I was walking to work one morning and it was pouring and, seriously, in slow motion, I watched the top, the umbrella itself, slowly tumble to the ground.  And I was standing there holding the handle, just the handle.  It was so embarrassing.  I picked that thing up and threw it in the trash can.  Next was a golf size umbrella, they cover you, yes, but this was lightweight and when it's pouring slashing rain and the winds blowing, and the stupid thing blows inside out and you are fighting with this, well, it's downright embarrassing.  I threw that in the trash can, too. I now have another golf type umbrella, huge and reinforced, it's fab.  But I still hate carrying umbrellas.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Another Fine Day

Beautiful day! This morning was invigorating! I walked 5 miles.
I love woodsy photos.  I pass this area every walk.

Then baked a pound cake, and a Southwest Chipotle Pasta Salad (Tastefully Simple), started the laundry and in a few moments will be heading out the door to visit my Dad.  I missed the boys'  softball game, need to text for an update.  Missed the start of the Great Race (procrastinated), but am on a roll now.
Almond Pound Cake - YUM - using Tastefully Simple

Creamy Southwestern Chipotle Pasta Salad - again Tastefully Simple

Visited with Dad, he should be going home tomorrow.  Steelers played a great game.  Rah! Rah!

Put the yellow table and chairs in downstairs kitchen.  Swept and scraped more of the floor in this room.  Will finish it this week and get Rob to paint it.

Can't wait to take this down and replace it with a really cool light fixture.

Worked more on the yoke of this gorgeous sweater.

Mom came over and had dinner.   I worked out - focusing on the arms and now I am going to settle in and watch the Amazing Race .  This has been one fine day!!!

So Much To Do . . .

. . . and truly so little time.  I need a weekend with no outside interference.  Scratch that. With little outside interference.  Never would I give up time with K. Nor watching the boys' softball game. Nor my walk, talks with Mom, texts with everyone, ah, maybe just an hour. Yep, an hour with no outside interference.

Just finished watching No Impact Man.  To be continued . . .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's all Good!

MPO is good.  He was not feeling so good yesterday so after an overnight at the hospital and a few tests, he is good.
Dad is good. He may be able to go home Monday.  He is ready.
Mel and I went to a baby shower today.  Our cousin Rachel is expecting a baby girl soon.  It was a nice afternoon catching up with family, oohing and aahing over all the pink presents, and eating good food.
I am going to dash over to Starbuck's for my favorite and then catch up with Project Runway as I miss it every Thursday due to bowling.  Want to work on my sweater, read a mag and do some laundry.
The weather today is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!
It's all good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parents to Be and It's a Girl!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Procrastination = Frustration

I procrastinate.  A-L-L O-F T-H-E -T-I-M-E.  Aside from being disorganized, procrastination is my next biggest flaw.  I am trying to overcome it.  I read somewhere about blocking time or making dates for things you want to do.  So, in my planner, I've blocked time for crocheting, scrapbooking, reading, exercise, etc.  For instance, I have blocked 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. tonight to work on my sweater.  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday for walking/exercise.  And so on.  Of course, everything is flexible as I never know what's going to happen day to day.  My Dad's heart attack Tuesday afternoon changed my everyday routine drastically.  But so far he is OKAY and I know that my life will settle back down again into my routine.
It's Friday (hooray).  After work, Mel, Mom and I have to stop by a funeral home to pay our respects to a good friend who lost her father Tuesday.  Then we will visit Dad.  Mel and I have a baby shower tomorrow so I think I'll finish scraping the floor that day so Robbie can paint it and I can start moving furniture into it.
Autumn is here, but the weather is still summer.  It is currently 73 (9:35 a.m.) and it's climbing to the 90's.  MY kind of weather.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This morning, Dad was still in ICU, but he did eat and walked and sat up in a chair. Later, he was moved out of ICU and that's good!
 I went bowling.  I did very well.  My average is 131 and I bowled 151 - 127 - 165.

Full Moon this Week - Stunning

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Changes = Life Lessons or Hello Autumn!

Today was gorgeous! Blue skies, sunshine, heavenly! I started the day with a 4.6 mile walk. Felt good.

Changes.  Everyday life changes.  Some changes are so subtle you don't even notice.  Some changes can be so huge they shake your whole world.  Some changes are good, some are not.  This year has been sprinkled with changes, small and large.  First there was my sister's sickness and then her passing (life altering change, a bad one); next the last of the nest moved out (another life altering change, but a good one), then I began to date again after a two and one-half year hiatus, Mom's knee replacement surgery (short term life change) and recently my Dad's heart attack (he's doing well, thank goodness).  

My personal changes were diet (lost 40 lbs), exercise so much more, eat much better, bought new clothes and shoes and had my hair done.  These are all great changes.

The house - got that extra kitchen cleaned out, next is painting.  Spray painted wicker furniture a glossy black for my "new" bedroom.  Went on a shopping spree at IKEA to outfit this room.  Walls are painted, just need the floor done.  Got a new furnace and a new water heater.  Basement cleaned out (no junk piling up there).  

And these are just changes to my own little world.  Change is everywhere.  Thankfully, I go with the flow.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Dear Lord:

My father had a heart attack this afternoon.  These next few hours are crucial.  Please watch over him, please make him well.  Be with my family.   I pray he pulls through. 

Also, please be with D and her family as they suffer the loss of their father/husband/brother/uncle. Thank you.

Your humble servant,


Taking Me Time = No Regrets

I rarely leave my desk to go eat or take a break.  I come to work to work.  I work for four attorneys and it gets pretty hectic here.  But  today I won’t regret taking time to eat lunch and to go outside and walk in the warm sunshine.  Even though the possibility of work piling up and having to stay a little later, I will not regret taking a little time for me.  Seriously. No, I mean for real.  Really.  Convinced?  Okay, I'm working on it.

UPDATE: I did go outside to walk in the warm sunshine.  I didn't want to come back in.  I did buy lunch and ate it at my desk.  

Alas, I Bid you Adieu Sweet Summer

Today is the last day of summer.  The high will be 80 but right now its 52 and that's a tad bit chilly.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Signature Me = Homebody, plus I'm nice

Hmmm, if a friend or family member described you, what would they say?  Most of my family would say, flighty, wild, "out there," selfish, independent, hard-working.  He would say, funny, cute, a really nice girl and a little crazy, too.  Friends would say, she works hard, she's funny, she's too nice.  I would say I am a nice girl, but I do have a temper sometimes, just ask my kids.  I would say I love to have fun, I love to laugh and to make people laugh, I am a super happy person, and I am nice cause I'm not good at saying no and because I really do like to make people happy. 
I don't think I have a signature look, I just like to look nice.  I love my clothes, especially my dresses and find that most of my pieces are black and white. 
I have no absolute favorite color, but prefer light pink and certain shades of green. 
My favorite foods are chicken and green beans and I love my own cooking.  I'd rather cook than eat out.
I love to walk and I think I listen to music more than I watch t.v. 
When I do watch t.v., I think it's mostly reality shows, i.e., Top Chef, Project Runway, MTV gauntlet/duels, Chopped and America's Next Top Model.  Though I adore Rescue Me and didn't miss a single episode of Drop Dead Diva.
I love, love, love magazines - a variety, depending on my mood.  And books, books, books. 
As for being a homebody, I am.  I would rather cook a good meal and stay in.  My favorites are staying home, watching t.v., eating good food, snuggling. 
It's finished. Finally! And I even wore it today.

The moon tonight is gorgeous! It's almost full and it is streaming in the back windows lighting up the rooms.  Gorgeous!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Perfect Weather

 Have tons to do and am feeling SO good and SO energetic. Ahh, it's a good day to be living!
It's gorgeous here today! Blue skies, not too hot - 73, though the high is 80.  I was having my hair re-touched so I took the bus to town, got off at Duquesne University and walked the rest of the way.  Too pretty out to waste it sitting inside, plus the walk was good.  Afterwards, I walked over to the office and did a little work so that I will [hopefully] not be too swamped Monday (though I have been warned it's going to be a killer of a day).   
I started a new sweater.  Really like this pattern [insert pic], so when I had K and J Thursday, we went to Joann Fabrics and I picked up the yarn and a button.  Also, finally, bought the button for the blue shrug I made. Will sew that on tomorrow and I'm thinking of wearing it to the Phantom. 
Mom's foot is sore so she may be canceling out.  That leaves a ticket.  Invited Mister, but the Steeler's game is on at the same time, so I will most likely take K.  She will LOVE it!  I'll know more tomorrow though I do hope Mom feels well enough to go.  She took herself to the ER and they told her it is arthritis.  Don't know how that is going to be dealt with. 
K got the results of her pssa tests.  Proficient in reading and English, advanced in math.  Go K!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Looking Forward = My Favorite Time of Year

Actually, my favorite time of year began September 1st.  Oh, don't get me wrong, I love summer. I love the sun, 90 degree temps, warm breezes.  But September 1 through January 1 [sigh] is my absolute favorite.  The hustle and bustle of the shopping season, the holidays, the festive parties, the colorful leaves, the pumpkins,  the buckeye necklaces, the snow falling softly, the peacefulness of a winter morn, the hot chocolate, the cheerfulness, the wrapped presents, the costumes, the food, oh, the glorious food!, the lists!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What I have learned so far this month:

That organization truly is the key.
That if I budget and adhere to it, I can JUST make it to the next paycheck.
That spending time with family is not only rewarding and enjoyable, but can also be a learning experience for myself as well as them.
That starting each morning with a smile pretty much sets the tone for the remainder of the day.
That I would rather listen than talk.
That I miss my sister terribly.
That I “talk” to myself while walking.  This was pointed out by Mister. I do my best problem solving while walking and/or brushing my teeth.
That I am very happy Mister is in my life.
I have also learned that I do pay attention to my surroundings.  That my tree lined street is beautiful.  That blue skies are breathtakingly gorgeous.  That I love my old, needs repair, too many rooms for one person, house.  Love it! That I have become spoiled having a car and so I need to beef up my workout.  That I need to read more books and finish what I start in a more timely manner (I finish, but it takes a while).  That I love my job.  That I have good intentions.
That I learn from others, from reading, from paying attention.
That I truly, truly love my life.

My “horrorscope” for today is somewhat fitting to this month’s project (Shimelle’s Learn Something New Everyday) as I attempt to instill good routines, organization and good habits: Habits are habits because you're used to doing them. Whether it's drinking one cup of coffee too many or leaving the house a little too late or coming home cranky and deciding to skip the gym, this is a good time to take some concrete steps for changing at least one (if not more) habit that's not doing anything helpful in your life. Out, out bad habit!

Stormy skies, rain predicted for most of the day. 
Picked up K and Jacob this evening and took them out for dinner and then some shopping at JoAnn Fabrics.  It poured buckets of rain but we love the rain so it was all good. 
My ever playful K

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Halfway Through

My horoscope for today (which I read purely for pleasure and sometimes to see if I should just be quiet) is right up my alley.  Cause making plans means making lists and who doesn't like a good list?  

Spend the day making plans. Big plans, little plans. Plans for the near future, plans for the distant future, plans for tonight. Make plans to make plans if you want to. The plans you make now are bound to be successful, so why not make as many as possible? In the evening, stop making plans and start putting the plans you already made (especially the ones that involve dinner tonight) into action. Good plan! 

It's lovely so far today.  Except for that accident on the Parkway after the tunnels.  That set me back by 20 minutes.  Oh well, recoup.  Anyway, speaking of plans, I have some made for this evening already.  Leave work, drive straight to DB, pick up layaway, check out purple sweater and leggings (don't know about these), but check it out anyway, don't forget coupon. Pick up dinner for me and girls and back home to join them.  A and K are cleaning the house today, yippee!!  I need to clean my room and plan to while they are doing the other rooms. Also plan to do laundry cause, well, it needs done.  Okay, that's a start.  More later.

Note to self: Halfway through September - feel good about how much attention I've paid to the outdoors, the indoors, and my life in general.  Gosh, I am happy!!!! 

Nights are getting cooler and it's getting darker early.  The house is a wee bit chilly.  Had to get out the every so soft, ever so fuzzy, ever so pink, robe.  I'm warmer all ready.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Organized = IF I were . . .

IF I were organized, I would not have to climb the two flights of stairs in my house at least five times each weekday morning looking for things I need.
IF I were organized, clothes would not be strewn all over my bedroom each morning because I can't decide what to wear.
IF I were organized, I'd have time to pack a lunch, eat breakfast, tie my shoes.
IF I were organized, I'd know right where that DB layaway receipt was so I could pick up my new jacket and sweater.
IF I were organized . . . IF ONLY.  I can hear Tim Gunn now, "GET IT DONE."  Working on it . . .

Walked 4.6 miles as soon as I got home from work. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday vs. Saturday and Sunday.

Comparing Monday to the weekend. Today, as a whole, is not as hectic as the weekend was.  The weekend was filled with driving to point A to point B to point C to point D and back to A.  A whole lot of driving.  Today is traveling from point A to point B and back, home and the office.  Less hectic.  !

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lesson in Art = How do you Perceive Art?

Our plans for a hike were canceled due to rain.  It rained most of last evening  and while we could still hike, slippery, wet and mud are words and scenes we will avoid today.  K and I already hiked once on a whim and we were so not prepared.  In fact, I was wearing a skirt and sandals and K loves to veer from the beaten path, so we slid in muck and got wet and, well, although messy, it was one of our best times together.  But I'd like to be prepared this time  and go before it rains and pack a lunch and wear the appropriate clothing,.  So after breakfast K and Kai and I are headed to the Carnegie Museum.  A little history and exploration today.
Oh, go Steelers! Going to the museum turned out to be a great choice.  We visited the Art side (K doesn't let me go there often) and works of Pittsburgh artists were being showcased.  The girls learned that art is how YOU, YOURSELF perceive it.  I, personally, am drawn to paintings (real paintings, not digital renditions) BUT that's my personal choice.  I also have a penchant for winter scenes. Love them! We all agreed on a favorite and then came home.  I made lunch while the girls played and watched t.v.  Later, I took K home, picked up Mom and took her to Sears, stopped at M & B's house and back home.  Whew! What a day!
This sculpture was the hands down winner
I love winter scenes
The girls really liked this

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Having Help Cuts the Work in Half

Planning a quick walk before the day begins.  Walked 4.6, felt good. 

Mom came and we picked up K. Went to Pat Catan's because K wanted to.  I got some cute ideas for Halloween decorations.  Wendy's for lunch.  Back home, K went with the neighbors to a party down at Whitney Field. 

Mom helped me clean out the extra kitchen.  I am so grateful for her help.  She totally motivates me to get it started and get it done.  Without her, I'd be on one of those "this broad's house needs cleaned" shows. Really.  Not Hoarders though.  I hate keeping stuff.  If I had loads of money, I'd buy new decorations for each holiday and donate them when it was all over so I wouldn't have to store it.  Though, this mess wasn't really mine, well, most of it wasn't.  It was Am's who moved out, like, three years ago promising to come back and clean out her stuff.  Yeahhhhhh, still waiting.  So, finally she said, you know what I would want to keep Mom.  I hope I do/did.  So, back to the extra kitchen, I still need to wash the floor and hang curtains and then, later, much later, a wall needs plastered and the walls need painted.  I am hoping to have the washer and dryer brought up from the cellar and hooked up in that room.  A laundry room - that would be heavenly!

Joey and T came by with the girls.  Joey has a truck so he hauled some stuff away for me.  I am grateful for that truck and the fact that Joey and his daughter, C, like to go to the flea market to sell, so I can count on him to take alot of the stuff for me.  The rest goes to VA.

Signs of the season change - colored leaves, cooler temps and the fact that it is dark by 8 p.m.

Waiting for K to return from her outing with Anne, Kai and Callie. Then K and I need to drive to the station for gas, then to Squirrel Hill for the promised ice cream.  Then we are snuggling up on the couch, buying a flick On Demand, and sipping hot chai. 

Then bed, for tomorrow we hike.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Routines = Efficiency

As I have mentioned before, I have a routine for keeping my house clean or at least fairly clean.  I have company often, many times unplanned (the best kind) and so I need the place to be presentable.  I do pay to have it cleaned twice a month (SO WORTH EVERY CENT!), but I realize its up to me to keep up on it.  That's why, as you will see on my sidebar, I post my daily list.  If I follow this list (it changes slightly day to day), I never get behind, there are no piles of clutter and laundry does not climb the walls.  It's an easy list and once you got it down to a routine, it's a breeze.  Plus I like making lists.

K will be spending the weekend.  Not too many plans, maybe a round of mini golf and having the oil changed in the car.  Some creative cooking as I need to go grocery shopping but payday is not until Wednesday so we will be making do.  Who doesn't love a challenge anyway?!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Helping Others = it's a Give and Take

This morning as I was getting ready to shave the legs and shower the doorbell rang.  Thinking it was the neighbors, I grabbed my robe and ran for the door.  There stood a woman who had run out of gas in the alley across the way needing a gas can.  I sent her next door and told her to come back I would ride her to the gas station.  It felt good to be able to help.  Next I dropped off a promised piece of Mom's birthday cake to Mister.  That made him happy. He called me later to thank me and that made me happy.

Calls from J make me happier (I'm pretty happy as a rule)!

I am a little behind on everything. Work has been so busy (which is good), my personal life has been so busy (which is good) and now I have to play catch up because so much needs done (which is good).  My get fit (Erin's challenge) is going well, but I really need to beef up the exercise.  Last night we celebrated Mom's 69th birthday. She did well.  We had dinner and cake and sat in her "Florida room."  In attendance was Dad, Mom (of course), her friend Judy, B, Mel, Mike, Jo and myself.  It was a fun evening.

Bowling tonight! Hope I do well.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Organization = More time to play

Organization is key.  And how!  This is a huge problem area of mine, but I have to say I am slowly getting a handle on it and it feels good. 

Summer's Over?

Summer is so not over people! Egads! The official last day for 2010 is September 22. Just because we have a little change in temperature, does not mean summer is over. REALLY!  Summer will be gone soon enough, so let's enjoy what's left and remember! Summer will be back!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A New Challenge = Accountability

Decided to join Erin's Get Fit Challenge on FB for two reasons: 1)  I'm hoping to be saying goodbye to at least 10 pounds by November; and 2) I need to be accountable.  Accountability is what motivated me when doing the Weight Watchers program at work.  Having to weigh-in each week, to have someone chart each pound lost or gained, that made me accountable.  Without it, the pounds tend to slowly creep back on.  And we do not want that!!  So, I raise my diet coke to accountability and say goodbye to 10 - 15 lbs excess.

Did I mention today how much I love my life?  I do . . . always.  Didn't do anything on my list of lists.  Nada, Not a thing.  Been fighting this migraine all weekend, ended up going to bed at 8:00 p.m. 8:00 - that's ludicrous! There are wee little ones staying up way past me.  Sad, it's sad I tell ya.

Ben loses 2nd tooth

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Defined

Whether I go into the office, work on office assignments from home, do laundry, clean a room, pack up stuff for VA or sew the button on the sweater I finally finished, I will be working. Hence, the labor in Labor Day, at least for me and that's o.k.  I had a lovely day yesterday visiting family.  Anyhow, wondering the real meaning of Labor Day, I googled and here's how Wikipedia defines Labor Day: 

     Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).  The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City. It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

And that's today's history lesson.  Let's move on.

Be flexible.  I had certain plans for today. Upon waking, I jumped in the shower and then set to making a list of goals I wanted to accomplish this day.  It did not include visiting or shopping or spending time with others.  Called my Mom cause I knew she was not going to have a great day with Cathy not here.  So, I asked her to come have lunch and talk to me while I cleaned.  I drove over to the store for milk and cookies and sandwich rolls.  Back home, Mom and I had a nice afternoon and I got the dining room cleaned and Mom ran the sweeper.  After she left, I made myself dinner, went for a walk, did some laundry and watched Thursday's Project Runway.  Then bed.  So, I learned that being flexible is a good, good thing and that my day, while not what I planned, was fantastic!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A Glorious Sunday!

Absolutely gorgeous morning, sun shining, birds singing, the sounds of the neighborhood awaking. Lovely! More shopping and lunch with Mom. Picked these up for K and did get the stud shoes I originally went out for Thursday.
After a nap (had a Maxalt) I drove out to visit the kiddies.  Took some of K's dinosaur books for B. He really like them.  Took the boys for a walk, watched some tube with K and then back home.  Relaxing day.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kennywood Today = a Lesson in Patience

We were given two tickets and we had one extra from a prior picnic, so it's off to Kennywood we go.  K, her friend H and me.  Although the sun is shining, the high is to be 65 degrees. Perfect for walking around all day. As patience is a virute, I was very virtuous today! Which I try to be most times, but I do have my moments.  The girls had a really good time today.  We ventured to walk the park systematically (this plan was strayed from for bathroom breaks and an extra ride at the end of our time there).  The first ride was the roller coaster "Sky Rocket," a 45 minute wait for a 1 minute ride, but I resigned myself to total patience at the start of the day and it really paid off and the day (felt like October) was most enjoyable!
K on the Pirate Ship

Scary sky, but perfect fall day!

Friday, September 3, 2010


After a very busy day at the office, armed with my discount cards, BOGO ads and gift cards, I jumped in the car and headed on over to the Waterfront for a little shopping spree.  Now, my sister was the shopper in our family and she did it well.  I, on the other hand, am not, but I must admit, if I have a purpose I can do fairly well.  My first stop was B&N for the latest Artful Blogging magazine.  Thank you gift card. 

Next was Yankee Candle for which I had a $10.00 off of $25.00 card. I bought 3 little jars of autumn scents.

Onto Giant Eagle for groceries.  A stop at DB to try that sweater on again.  Got to think a little more about that one.  Tried it on with a few different style tops underneath, doesn't look so good.  May have to wear it with a cammi and leave it on all day.  Hmmmm.....

Broke my no fast food rule and stopped at Chick-fil-a for some nuggets and cole slaw.  And then back home.  All in under an hour, all with a purpose.  Good day!

Had also stopped at Payless at lunch and picked up these for Fall.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


It is gorgeous outside today.  I park about 4 blocks from work (could get closer, but...).  I do this because I enjoy walking, taking in the blue skies, fresh air, I just love it.  This is my walk along the river each morning.

This afternoon it was rumored to be 93 degrees. That's my kind of weather.  I went out to thaw, but I am so busy today that I can't spend more time out enjoying it.  Alas. . .

Tonight is bowling and that's a good thing to look forward to.  I wanted to go to the Waterfront to pick up a few things, but I have a feeling I will be working late.  Ah, well, tomorrow is another day.

Later:  A and K cleaned today.  What a feeling to walk into a clean home at the end of a work day.  Ahhhh, a little piece of heaven.  They are worth every cent!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Daily Horoscope

While I only read my daily horoscope (Y Astrology) solely for entertainment purposes, they often are straight on with what is going on in my life.  Today's reads:

"Hopefully, you got happy hour out of your system last night, because you won't be in the mood for it today. Believe it or not, you -- yes, you -- will wake up in the mood to make lists, check them twice and get things done.  No, that's not your usual M.O., but whoever said you were anything close to usual? Definitely not anybody who ever knew you for more than an hour or so." 
Now, I don't read this until I get into the office, so this was funny to me because I woke up this morning and after getting ready for work, I grabbed my purse, my envelopes, a tablet and a pencil and proceeded to label me envies, i.e., groceries, gasoline, parking, bowling, etc. and then divided up money into each.  This is the season of the budget, especially when I got the Christmas gift list from the girls. Whew! They need jobs!  As for the remainder of the horoscope - being unusual is a good thing.  People remember me. 

And speaking of happy hour, while I did not go to a bar nor drink, I did pick up my Mom and we drove to the Pittsburgh Mills for dinner at Panera's.  Stopped at the DB in that neighborhood, found a sweater I liked but will purchase at my fave DB.

Oh, in the mail I got a coupon for Payless AND while browsing through a magazine last night found an ad for the latest shoe arrivals and really, really want these and these.

Welcome September! A start of a new year for students and not just those who attend educational institutions.  For all of us to learn and grow.  For me.  Learning is so important to me and I never want to stop.  So, as I have been planning this past month, today is my "first day of school."  Let's carry on.

Let's learn something new! I've received Shimelle's first prompt and am so looking forward to getting started.  Today is going up to 93 degrees, my kind of weather. I will need to take a trip outside.  We are having a lunch and learn.  I need to pick up some laundry detergent and, well, it's going to be a fabulous and busy day!!!!

Note to self: Top Chef is on tonight. 

Our lunch and learn featured Westlaw's PeopleMaps.  Good for law, not so good in general.  You can't hide people! Whew, the info on there.