i am brave 

  i am unique 

  i am light 

  i am wild and free 

  i am so much more 

SNAIL VENOM IS THE NEW BOTOX

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The blog just celebrated its first anniversary, and for that I could not be more grateful. I am blessed beyond belief to have an amazing network of friends and family who have been incredibly encouraging and supportive of my endeavors….not to mention all of the support I have at home. I couldn’t do it without you, Kevin Bacon 😉 You are my biggest cheerleader. I humbly thank you.

This past year has brought with it so many changes it is simply mind-boggling. The company I worked for recently shut down, and…

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WHEN DID HAMBURGER BECOME A LUXURY?

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Have you seen the price of ground beef lately? Good gravy. It seems as though almost overnight the price has doubled. What gives?

I know it’s partially due to drought and record low cattle herds. That I get. What I don’t get is how hamburger, which is made from scraps for the most part, is now the same price as some cuts of steak. Steak, once the King of Meats, now has a crazy brother with which to share the spotlight. This must have been how Jimmy Carter felt…

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SUCK IT, BEAR GRYLLS….

Ahhh, summer break. That magical time of year that children cannot wait for. Parents, though they put on a brave face, know that what starts out as unicorns, rainbows, cupcakes and kittens can quickly dissolve in to something that looks a lot like a chapter out of Lord of the Flies, especially if you have a group of kids that spend a lot of time together.

With summer break comes family vacation. Since our band of misfits already spends a lot of time together, we decided there was no better to way to help everyone relax and decompress than by…

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25 at 40

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So my self-prescribed one week hiatus from technology turned in to a little over a month.

Allow me to explain why. Upon our return from vacation (which, by the way was fantastic – there are stories and pictures of majestic, free roaming horses, making stoves out of hollowed out tree stumps and being chased by wildly territorial billygoats to come, I promise) I found out that the company I worked for was closing up shop and that I would be losing my job.

Officially unemployed, with my 40th birthday looming, I felt…

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CORDUROY VS. MY THIGHS. THE ART OF AVOIDING SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

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As many of you know by now, I am a frequent shopper at the Goodwill, Thrift Store, etc. all. I have points cards and rewards cards and punch cards and…..good gravy, when did we start needing all of these cards? I’m starting to look like a janitor with all this crap on my key chain. No offense to the janitors out there.

Obviously I shop to find fabulous vintageness to incorporate in to my jewelry, but I also buy domestics, furniture, a few far too many  books and clothing.

I have…

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SOMETIMES FANTASY IS BETTER THAN REALITY

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You know what I’m talking about, right? For instance, the way your husband thinks your rump will look in a thong (fantasy) versus the fact that you know your rear end is going to swallow that mother faster than you can say howdy (reality)…..Or the way you’ve convinced yourself that Spanx are awesome (fantasy), and that various bits of your body won’t look like sausage spilling out of its casing (reality). Just for instance.

This became painfully apparent to me the winter I became completely obsessed with owning a pair of…

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Choose Your Own Adventure

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Who out there remembers “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? I’m not sure when they were first published, but they were readily available to me as a child, and I loved them.

For those of you unfamiliar, they were these amazing books where the reader had the ability to, at certain critical points during the story, choose what might happen next. I say might, because of course you never really knew what the best decision would be. Should you follow old man Withers down the spooky tunnel to the left in an…

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KARMA IS A FEMALE DOG NAMED IRONY

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This post has been a long time in the making, but I finally found the notebook….you know, that notebook that has been eluding me for months? It magically appeared, and as I take that as a gift from the universe, it is finally this story’s time.

Weeks after I started my blog, I was the victim of cyber harassment. Someone attempted to post some incredibly personal and slanderous messages to my blog. Fortunately there is a filter and the comments never went live, but still I had to read them. The…

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THE MIGHTY SHOP VAC. SO MANY USES….SO LITTLE TIME

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Yes, it’s a heavy duty vacuum, but that’s not all….oh no, dear readers. Not in the least.

The Flowbee obviously comes to mind. It sucks, as it cuts. Thank you, Wayne. Thank you, Garth.

Allow me to offer up a couple more uses for this miracle machine.

My family notoriously plays the lottery, they always have. As Jeff Foxworthy so famously says, regular folks have 401k’s, Rednecks have Nascar Collector Plates and the lottery. That’s our investment strategy.

What does this have to do with a Shop Vac? Plenty, friends. Plenty.

When I was a…

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