Saturday, December 31, 2011

A NEW 101 in 1001


Now, I feel a little silly doing this post, saying we all know the world is going to end this year!


Ok, not really, but I couldn’t resist the chance for the joke!


In 2011 I made a 101 in 1001 list. Then, a lot of things changed! We moved, I decided to go to school, etc. So, I decided the best way to handle this, was to just start over. So, here is my new list. One a little more forgiving of big life changes. But, not too forgiving. I wanted to make sure I included some of the important things to my current life stage in it. We’ll see how try number two goes!


This time, I’ve also done another thing differently. I started by creating a few different categories that my goals fall into. I think it will be nice to be able to have a little organization to them! Just because I’m a nerd like that. And, anything that I want to do each month I’ve allowed some wiggle room for error. It works out that there are 33 months in my project and I’m expecting myself to do monthly things 28 times. This allows me 5 times to flub up on them! (I’m leaving room to be human here people! I’m being realistic!)  So, without further ado, here’s my (revised) 101 in 1001 list.






{ Start Date }
January 1, 2012
{ End Date }
September 28, 2014



{ Physical Health }

1. Lose 10 Pounds
2. Lose 20 Pounds
3. Lose 30 Pounds
4. Lose 40 Pounds
5. Lose 50 Pounds
6. Lose 60 Pounds
7. Lose 70 Pounds
8. Lose 80 Pounds
9. Create a weight loss incentives list.
10. Run a mile.
11. Train for a 5k.
12. Complete a 5k.
13. Take boxing lessons.
14. Take dancing lessons.



{ Mental Health }

15. Make a list of things I am happy/thankful for once month. (0/28)
16. Do something to relax once a month. (0/28)
17. Write a letter to myself to open on September 28, 2014 by January 31, 2012.
18. Get a massage.



{ Spiritual Health }

19. Read Made to Crave.
20. Read the entire New Testament.
21. Read entire Old Testament.
22. Complete my Beth Moore bible studies. (0/3)
23. Memorize a passage from the bible each month. (0/28)
24. Complete the Psalms bible study from Walking With Women Through the Word.




{ Living Life Fuller }

25. Send Anniversary and Birthday Cards to Family.
26. Clean out our storage unit of unneeded items.
27. Get a file cabinet.
28. Organize papers.
29. Get a fireproof safe.
30. Finish organizing CDs.
31. Rip CDs to computer.
32. Finish organizing DVDs.
33. Paint the old table/desk.
34. Paint the bookshelf.
35. Make/Purchase a memory box and fill it.




{ Hubby Related }

36. Do one above and beyond thing a month for the hubs. (0/28)
37. Two date nights a month. (0/56)
38. Stay a night at a B&B.
39. Watch five movies he likes that I'm not interested in. (0/5)
40. Go to Morton's for our Anniversary each year. (0/2)
41. Complete the Love Dare devotion give to us at our wedding.
42. Video Mawmaw telling her stories for future generations.




{ School Goals }

43. Get enrolled in school for January.
44. Finish getting enrolled in LSU.
45. Set goals for each semester.
46. Become a college graduate.




{ Photography/Photo Related }

47. Make a Shutterfly style book for our Honeymoon.
48. Edit wedding photos.
49. Create a wedding album.
50. Complete a Project 365. (0/365)
51. Learn five new things with Stella. (0/5)
52. Take a photography class.
53. Go to three photography meet ups. (0/3)
54. Put photos into frames.
55. Finish organizing photos on computers.
56. Back up photos.
57. Organize the hubby's photos.
58. Start our photo albums.
59. Take 101 photos of things that make me happy.* (0/101)
60. Take a self-portrait each month.* (0/28)




{ Travel Related }

61. See all of the Mississippi River bridges in Louisiana.** (3/7)
62. Ride the City of New Orleans.
63. Got to NYC.
64. Visit 25 states as a married couple.** (19/25)
65. Complete five interstates.** (1/5)
66. Drive as far as I can in a single day with no destination.




{ Food Related }

67. Make my personal recipe book.
68. Bake ten cakes from scratch. (0/10)
69. Make twelve recipes from the Encylopedia of Cajun and Creole Cooking. (0/12)
70. Bake cookies to give away. (0/5)
71. Make a menu each month. (0/28)
72. Make homemade pierogies.
73. Make white chocolate banana pudding a la Chef's.




{ Blog Related }

74. Follow up on 101 in 1001 each month on my blog. (0/28)
75. Blog a recipe I try at least once a month. (0/28)
76. Buy a domain name.
77. Comment on 5 blogs a day (not weekends) for a month. (0/100)
78. Look cute for school every day for a month and blog OOTD posts. (0/30)
79. Keep my (blog) email empty for one month.
80. Prewrite my blog posts once a week for a month. (0/4)
81. Write a 101 in 1001 conclusion post September 28, 2014.
82. Write a new 101 in 1001 list.




{ Things for Others }

83. Leave an encouraging note on a post it in a bathroom.
84. Pay for someone else's order at a fast food restaurant.
85. Send my sister snail mail once a month for a year. (0/12)
86. Call my parents twice a month for a year. (0/24)
87. Call my grandparents twice a month for a year. (0/24)




{ Other }

88. Get a tattoo.
89. Start learning a foreign language.
90. Dye my hair a funky color.
91. Attend a Corks & Canvas event.
92. Read 25 new books. (0/25)
93. Find four mismatched dining room chairs and refurbish them.
94. Make five cute skirts. (0/5)
95. Make five cute dresses. (0/5)
96. Get the dresser and chest of drawers refurbished.
97. Make a headboard for our bed.
98. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
99. Make a wreath for each season. (0/4)
100. Embrace two new trends at the beginning. (0/2)
101. See a musical or play at the Saenger Theater when it reopens.




Well, after spending several days on this list, I finally have 101 things. And boy, I spent awhile trying to come up with those last 3 items. Seriously, did anyone else have as many issues as I did coming up with 101 things? It might have been the most challenging part of this whole thing!


I will be updating my original 101 in 1001 page with this list. Feel free to check back there for updates on my progress!


So, now dearies, I leave you with this awesome list! I will be picking my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions/Goals from this list. It seems a great way to get to work doing some of these things! I am planning to check back each month and let everyone know how the list is going!




Friday, December 16, 2011

If You Can Say the Name...

When I was growing up, every January me, my sister, my parents and grandparents did the impossible, we traveled east of Highway 6 from Katy, and made our way to the AstroArena (now the Reliant Arena) for the Car Show. Yep, we're that kind of family.

Well, I guess it was 2001 we were there and we reached the Lincoln area where they were trying to sell the good citzens of Houston on how awesome and amazing their new Lincoln Blackwood was. (In hindsight, not so amazing. It was only sold in the U.S. in 2002. )
Yep...there's the amazing Lincoln Blackwood.

So, we were standing there listening to the person give their presentation on the Lincoln Blackwood. And when he's finishing up he tells us: "And if you can say the name, you know every color the Blackwood comes in."

Now, at the tender age of 16, I was very confused. You see, I could name a lot of colors it could be. Mahogany. Cherry...I just couldn't figure it out. I could tell it was supposed to be all clever of him...but I couldn't get it.

Until I took my little pamphlet home and really looked at it. Yep. Then I got it...it only came in black.

Now, was the my brightest moment? No.

But Lincoln was just plain ol' stupid.

Seriously? You thought everyone would want your truck in black? I could go get the F150 for half the price and in any color I wanted...I never will understand how Lincoln thought the Blackwood would be successful!!



Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ornament Swap!!

Awhile ago Laura posted that she would be hosting an ornament swap!

I eagerly signed up and now we're all linking up to share what we got!

I was paired with Katie from Color Me Katie. It was so awesome to see how we approached getting an ornament for each other so differently! I went the route of pinterest stalking her, finding out she has a love of owls and the Aggies. So, after a little etsy shop, I got her a cute little owl ornament in Aggie colors. From what I hear, she loved it.

Now, she made my AMAZING ornament! She went the "celebrate my blog" route! And I love it. The colors she decorated my ornament with match my Christmas tree/decor perfectly! So, here's a few pictures of my amazing, awesome, ornament! Thanks Katie for making my first swap such a great experience!!




 Thanks again Katie! I absolutely love my ornament and it's quite at home on my Christmas tree!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WILW


Today I'm linking up for WILW. I haven't done this link up in awhile and thought this week would be great for it!

{one}
I'm loving my current nail polish!!
I've redone it since this pic and they look even better!!
Oh, and I'm totally rocking the accent nail...it's awesome!!
 {two}
I'm loving taht Coke is wondering why people
were confused with the holiday cans.
Maybe this can help.

I'm loving that I spent the afternoon with this cutie!!!
We had fun playing, eating lunch and taking a nap!!!

Today's been a great Wednesday and I'm loving that I'll be spending the evening hanging out with friends tonight! It's going to be fun!



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Want To Send You a Chrissymus Card!!!!

Now, I'm not the first to think of this, I actually got the idea from Mrs. Monologues (who is wonderfully snarky and worth being in your must-read list of blogs. You should TOTALLY go check out her blog and follow her. )

I'd love to send you a Christmas Card. Seriously, I've got some cute cards all picked out (via Target!) and my stamps are ready!! I'd love to send you a nice little note to make your holiday's brighter. So, feel free to add your address to the form below and I'll be sending you a Christmas card!!

Also, if you want to do a Christmas Card exchange, I'd love to receive one from you!






Monday, December 12, 2011

Comment Form PSA

Hey y'all, to show you just how caught up on life I am, I just finished commenting on every starred blog in my google reader and have read every blog in my reader!! It's a great day.

Now since I've recently done all of this commenting, I learned about an issue with bloggers commenting form.

If you do not use a pop-out comment form, not all of your readers will be able to comment.

There is a problem with the embedded commenting form and it is a known issue to blogger. They are working to fix it, but the issue has been around since October. They have instructed changing your blog comment form to either the full-page comment form or the pop-out comment form.

It's a shame I haven't been able to comment on some of your wonderful blogs over the past couple of months. And if you've had any problems commenting on my blog, I apologize. I didn't know about the problem until recently. I have since changed my settings per bloggers instructions.

Do me a favor too, can you share this with other bloggers? We all love giving and receiving comments, so let's all help keep the blog community great!!

Thanks!!



I'm Home

After a long week, I'm home.

This trip was hard. Saying good-bye to my Grandma was so sad. But, in everything there is silver lining. And this was no exception.

On this trip I got to really spend some time with several of my cousins. With 15 cousins, sometimes it's hard to really get to talk and know each other. But this trip was different. I spent time actually talking to some of my cousins and getting to know them. It was such a great experience.

Tricia, Amanda & Me
I am one of three cousins born within about 9 months of each other, I'm in the middle and Tricia is almost exactly 6 months older than me! It was so much fun to get to talk to her. I learned so much about her that I never knew!

I also got to hang out more with Amanda. I hung out with her when we made our trip in October and spending more time with her was great. I really am enjoying getting a chance to know her better. She was pretty annoying about 5 years ago, but these past couple of trips she has become quite fun to hang out with!!

I also enjoyed getting the chance to hang out with my Mamaw and Grandaddy. I wasn't my most social self on this trip (understandably) but it was still good to get to spend some time with them. As I've said before, they are really the ones who instilled a love of traveling in me and so I always enjoy the chance to travel with them. This was the first road trip I've taken with them in years. It was such a pleasure to do!

In my post about the drive up, I let y'all know about my first anxiety attack. I had a second one the day after we got to Cleveland. My wonderful hubby made the best decision ever that day. He decided that we would rent a car for the remainder of our stay in Cleveland. It wasn't money we planned to spend, but it really made a big difference in my peace of mind up there. I still couldn't drive, but just knowing we had a car helped me so much.

You see, we had different places to be and different times to be there from my Grandparents. It made things so much easier to be able to go where we wanted/needed when we wanted/needed. It really helped make the whole experience better.

Now, I'm going to talk about the funeral some. This is my journal of sorts, and I understand if you don't want to read this. Please feel free to skip it if you want. I just want to have these thoughts written down somewhere.

On Thursday was my Grandma's viewing and Friday was her funeral. My Grandma was Catholic and I had never been to a Catholic funeral before Friday. Now, I grew up Assembly of God and non-denomenational. And I have been to many of those funerals and so those would be thought to be the most comforting services to me. But, I found something very comforting in the Catholic funeral. The structure, the ritual of it. It's hard to explain. I guess I appreciate the solemness of the of Catholic funeral for this particular situation.

I was honored to be asked to present the elements of communion to the priest at the funeral. While it was a sad day, I appreciate that I was able to participate in the service.

After the mass, we drove to the graveside for the final prayer and to say our final goodbyes. It was so cold out. It made it extremely difficult to really focus on what was going on. I had decided to wear a dress and tights for the funeral. But outside, I was just too cold. My legs were frozen. I had considered wearing pants for the funeral and in hindsight I would have switched the outfits for the funeral and the viewing.

Finally I left a hot pink carnation on her casket. This flower was special for me to pick as I had used that same color at our wedding which she was able to come to. It might seem crazy that that made it more special to me, but it did.

So, that's thelast of the sad posts fo now. I just wanted the memories of this trip recorded somewhere...



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 3 of the Worst Week Ever

First, thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments on my last post. Knowing my family and I are in your thoughts and prayers means a lot. The initial shock of my Grandma's passing has worn off and I'm glad to say I arrived safely in Cleveland today.

Over the coming week, I may do some blogging, as I am tonight. A lot of it will be focused on my Grandma and the time I am able to spend with family. There may be some nice stories of my Grandma, and you'll probably get some of my sad moments too. Just be ready for a lot of emotions.

So, on with this post...

It's so good to be with family over the coming days and know that we will be able to be together and enjoy the memory of her life. My Grandma was an amazing woman. She raised 7 kids, had 13 grandkids and 1 great-grandchild who was born just a few weeks before her passing. She has left quite a legacy in all of these people who all love her and will miss her greatly.

On the drive up to Cleveland, I was experience the whole gauntlet of emotions. Seriously, I would be joking about something and then it would hit me that my Grandma had just died. Those words are still so weird. And, for the first time in my life, I wished I had a Xanax.

My knees were hurting from not being able to stretch out, I didn't have a clue about what plans were going to be when I got to Cleveland. I had no idea even when my Grandma's services were. I had no control over anything. And I come from a family where when things go wrong, we become control freaks. It just helps me cope to be able to control something. (I think part of this might be human nature...) and I had nothing to control. I couldn't control where we ate. Or when we stopped. Or when we left. Try as I might I couldn't. And I couldn't control the car.

Driving in situations like this really helps me. This might sound crazy, but here it is. When I'm going somewhere, I want to be able to drive. If you're driving, there's something I would do different. Or there might be something about your driving that's making me uncomfortable, so I really just want to drive. When I'm driving, I know that everything possible is being done to get me where I'm going just as quickly, and as safely, as it can be done. And, I know there won't be any crazy, unnecessary detours.

So, we're riding in the car, no stop in sight, stupid questions being asked. I'm freaking out because I don't know what the plans are, I'm not worried about what exit we're taking in 400 miles, and I'm getting 1000 questions asked about it. I just want to be introspective, because let's face it, there's a lot going on right now, and I can't be alone. My space is being invaded by a foot and I want to escape. But, I can't. I feel like I'm trembling, but from my initial assessment, I'm just trembling inwardly. I just want to be alone. And I want to see my Momma.

I had talked to my Momma a little bit since finding out my Grandma died (this was my Mom's mother) and I wanted to see her and hug her. I wanted her to know I was there for her. That I love her and will help her any way I can.

I was so anxious, and I'm not an anxious person in the least. I just wanted to be where I was going.

I'm doing better now that we're here. I'm glad to be able to spend the time with my family and I'm glad to be off the road.

And I'm glad that the weather matched my heart over the past couple of days. The gloominess really helped. Here's a picture of what my view was the past couple of days.


Again, thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. I truly appreciate them. If I don't post again this week, I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers on Thursday and Friday. Thursday afternoon we have my Grandma's viewing and Friday is her funeral. These are going to be difficult days and all of your thoughts and prayers will mean the world to me.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Treats

Because of my Grandma's funeral, I was unable to take part in the last 5 days of the Fabulous Holiday Blog Challenge, so I'm going back and doing them now. I can't help but feel that this prompt is the perfect one to start back on.

Today's topic is Holiday Treats and I have to feature two of my Grandma's treats. Now, I'll let you know up front, these are secret family recipes. I don't give the recipes out to anyone, and I'm not starting now! So, I'll just let you know how delicious they are!

First up, is my Grandma's Ice Box cookies. It's been so long since I've made them, I don't even have a picture of them. To me, this is a good sign that I need to hurry up and make some more. Now these are a great cookie to eat with tea or hot cocoa. They aren't one of those soft gooey cookies. Instead they are a cinnamon sugar crunchy cookie. But, if you dunk them into hot tea or hot cocoa, they get a great softness to them. Oh, I love them. I can eat them by the dozens.

What was left of a pie a couple Thanksgiving's ago...apparently we don't photograph dessert...

My other holiday treat is my Grandma's pumpkin pies. Fact of the matter is, there is not a better recipe. I will give you a couple of hints about pumpkin pie! Find a nice spice mixture and use pumpkin PUREE and NOT pumpkin PIE FILLING! Seriously, do you really want to use what someone else thinks is best? My other note, and this may sound so ridiculous. If your recipe calls for evaporated milk (and mine does, so your's probably should!) you have to use CARNATION evaporated milk. Seriously, we've tried all the other brands, and using Carnation makes a difference. So, here's the wrap up:
1) Pumpking PUREE not Pumpkin Pie Filling
2) CARNATION Evaporated milk.

So, there you go, that's the best you're going to get from me regarding the recipes!



Saturday, December 3, 2011

It's a Sad Day

My dear bloggy friends, today is a hard day. Last night my Grandma passed away. I'm going to be MIA the next week or so, as I am going to be traveling to Cleveland, Ohio to say good bye and be with my family.

My Grandma and I the day I got married.


Any prayers for me and my family will be greatly appreciated.



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Umweo Bags & Giving With a Purpose

Y'all, I want to tell you about Umweo Bags.

I don't usually tell you about different products to buy, but this is one I will tell you about.

I go to church with an amazing woman. After a missions trip to Africa and visiting a clinic for malnutrioned children, she began making Umweo Bags to sell to help support the clinic. Please go visit the Umweo Bags blog to learn more about her story. The things she is doing is amazing!!

Now, I want to highlight just a few things about Umweo Bags for you.

{one} Umweo Bags helps to provide food and supplies to the clinic in Africa.

{two} Umweo Bags has donated more than $2,675 to the clinic since she began making the bags.

{three} They are a non-profit organization and are finishing up the official paperwork to be classified as such!!!

Now, I tell you all of this so that you can help Umweo Bags out in a couple of ways!!

{one} You can go buy one of their awesome bags. Just click here!! (You can buy one for yourself OR for a CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!!)

{two} You can go enter the giveaway at The Berteau Life and learn more about Umweo Bags!

{three} Friends of Umweo Bags have committed to donate more than $600 to the malnutrition clinic in Zambia if Umweo Bags can reach 250 'likes' on our FB page, 60 'shares' on FB and 25 new followers on Twitter @umweobags by January 1! All you have to do is like our page (not status update) and share it! Spread the word. For more information, check out our latest blog: Working Together for the Good of Others at www.umweobags.com (I borrowed this from their Facebook page.)

So, all of you wonderful readers, please at least Like their Facebook Page, Follow them on Twitter, and Follow Umweo Bags' blog. Those are free!! And, why wouldn't you enter the giveaway?? Seriously, go to Lindsay's blog now and enter!!!

I've also added their blog button to my sidebar so you can check them out in the future!!!



Chrissymus Movies!


Day 4 is about holiday movies. Now, I touched on this with Holiday traditions, but we'll talk about it again because I don't want to not have a post today! :)

First up, and foremost, I must always watch the 24 hours of A Christmas Story. Seriously, how can you not LOVE a movie with a line as awesome as "Oh, Fudge. Except, I didn't say fudge." Seriously, best line in a movie. Ever.

 This year, I think I'm going to have to watch National Lampoon's Christmas movie. I've never seen it before but everyone here in bloggy land keep talking all about how awesome it is and how it's the must see, so I think I'm going to have to check it out. How can all of bloggy land be wrong?

The other requirement Christmas movie in our house is Love Actually. I could watch it anytime of the year, but Mr. B only likes to watch it at Christmas to "keep it special." (Yeah, whatever.)

Now, the one movie we don't touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole (hehe, notice the Christmas movie reference. I know, I'm awesome!) is Elf. I'm sorrry, if Will Ferrell even considers a movie, I know it's not for me. I've seen it, but Will Ferrell just grates on my nerves. Like serious grate. Like a grater to cheese. It can't stand him. And just don't like Elf because he's in it...sorry. (Please don't hate on me Elf Lovers. Please.)

 So yep, that's the movie story at our house. I can't wait to see what all of y'all watch!! 



 
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