Monday, September 4, 2017

September Goals

It is that time of month to review how I did with my goals and to make new ones.  Let's see how I did.

  • Post about my vacation. FAIL I am having a hard time finding my chord to upload my pictures. I have ordered a new one.
  • Try a new Pinterest recipe per week. FAIL I only did 3 out of 5 weeks. ☹
  • Begin health regimen with personal trainer. FAIL I keep forgetting to call the orthopedic when I am at work.
  • Complete the makeover of Master Bedroom. FAIL I have just a few touches and then it will be done.
  • Complete makeover of the tiny Mater Bedroom Bathroom. FAIL The major things have been done just a few touches are left. Hey, I have a working toilet and running water again. 😉
  • Complete one book. FAIL I barely read this month.
  • Spring Clean (I know I am late, I will blame it on depression) the Kitchen. SUCCESS  The pantry has been cleaned, windows and the curtains washed, spices and medicine has been gone through.
  • Try to take time off to go to a state where we can see the total eclipse. SUCCESS We made it a mini vacation and took Taj.  I posted about it.
  • Make an appointment for Christian's (Noah) Senior pictures. SUCCESS I am torn with allowing him to die his hair black before pictures. He looks so much better with his natural hair.
  • Update blog's colors.  SUCCESS I love the positive feel, the freshness, the outdoors, and the color.  No more darkness feeling.
I am going to call this a FAIL this month. Too many goals were missed BUT I am not going to beat myself up either because of all the overtime.  Let me post my September goals.


  • Finish the makeover of the tiny Mater Bathroom. 
  • Finish the makeover of the Master Bedroom.
  • Try 3 new Pinterest recipes.
  • Complete 4 Pinterest crafts.
  • Read a book.
  • Go on an Autumn Journey.
  • Begin health regimen with the personal trainer.
  • Shampoo Carpet.
  • Post about my vacation.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Recap

I am not sure where August went?  Work has been extremely busy.  We have grown so quickly that some of the management level (and they consider QA Analyst as one) are having a little more on their plates until growth settles down some.  My load has increased and with my vacation it made me have required overtime, however there is light at the end of the tunnel they have seen the need for an additional QA Analyst so mid September we will have one more and then Octber my load will be manageable once again.  With that said I had less time to blog and do some of my projects I wanted to do.

We did get away for the total eclipse, I posted about it last week.  Todd and I also took a night away last weekend as well.  We went to visit my Mom and spent the evening in  hotel in the area. It was absolutely perfect and relaxing.  Wildwood Lodge.  We loved the outdoor decoration and atmosphere.

Above are pictures of the lobby.
Below is a picture of outside. At night they had a fire going.
Below are pictures of our room.

Noah began his Senior year.  How did that happen?  I registered my last child this year in the public schools.  I realized I have been registering/paying for public schools for 24 years straight with the way my boys are spaced.  Yes, 24 years! That is nearly half of my life!  Wow! Talk about a lifetime milestone.  He also completed driver's education and now has his driving licence. I held this off for awhile. I told myself he would have to go one year without hospitalization of harmful thoughts before I would allow him to have his permit then license. He accomplished this at the beginning of the year and got his permit. He just got a part time job to save for his car. He has a great start from his last job over a year ago. Things are looking up for him and would be great if he would leave his gaming.

Matthew moved back home with his car. He will probably be here for close to a year. His drinking and driving cost set him back some and Ethan deciding to live with friends and not giving Matthew enough time to save he has moved home to become stable again.

What have you done in August?

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Flashback Friday ~ Rock The Chalk

I love summer time here in Iowa City, the college kids are gone and downtown turns into a different atmosphere with all the Summer Arts festivals and just plain fun events. The Friday we came back from vacation was a new one. I almost signed up to do it but my joints would not let me.  I just might have to practice and see for next year. The weather was absolutely perfect to be outside.

It was Rock the Chalk.  Here are some of my favorites.
 Below: The People Choice Winner
 Below: The Artist Choice Winner
 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Eclipse Weekend

Last weekend was our weekend for having Taj and typically on Monday after our weekend we have to pick him up from Education Station, which is his before and after school program as well as school break.  We really wanted to go to an area to see the total eclipse so we took Taj with us and made it a overnight vacation.  It was Taj's last Summer Hoorah before school started.

He spent the night with us on Saturday and we got up early in the morning, packed the car and set off for Missouri.


We wanted something fun for Taj as well so Sunday we spent the day at St Louis Zoo.  The zoo is no charge and is a very large zoo. They did have parts you had to pay to see like the shows but we did not miss out on anything.



The newest addition, the baby Rhino.
We spent three hours there and only saw only two thirds of the zoo before Taj became too hot and wanted to go swimming at our hotel. We piled into the car and drove another 3 hours to a town North of Columbia, Missouri where our hotel was. After dinner we all enjoyed swimming outdoors. It was so refreshing after being outdoors in the heat and the heat rising off the blacktop.

The next morning we packed up the car and drove another hour and went to a state park to see the total eclipse. We had lunch and then we put on special glasses.

There was a 20% chance of rain when it was time of totality and 5 minutes prior to totality dark clouds rolled in and blocked the sun, shortly after the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up.  Birds began to sing the cicadas began singing their songs.  I thought to myself I need to pick up everything quickly because if the storm coming.  As I was picking up the chairs I looked up and saw the sunrise in the West and took a quick picture.

Then I heard a group of people starting to cheer and Todd said something about how cool it was and I looked up.  I fricking missed the totality but caught the ring off fire and was able to see the diamond ring. It was so awesome!  Definitely worth taking the day off and driving as far as we did. 
The picture does not do it justice.

We then drive back home to take Taj to his Meet his teacher night and ice cream social night.  It is so hard to believe Wednesday he officially became a first grader.  When did he grow up?

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandchildren Style













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Monday, August 7, 2017

Vacation 2017...The Beginning

Today was a very tough one in the since of having to go back to work and being so far behind for the month already but I would not change the fact I was gone for 2 weeks. It was a great 2 weeks.  My vacation started o Friday when we left to go to Des Moines to see Paul McCartney in concert.

I am really not a big fan of auto correct. Most of the time I do not catch the correction, like changing Des to Drs. **Ugh** 

I was so excited. I was curious if I would run into any of my friend or family since so many were going. I mean I did have some chance of seeing someone since it was my hometown for 38 years.  Funny thing is I saw no one but Todd ran into a friend from high school who lives 3 hours away.


Finally the show began! 😍


I enjoyed every minute of it.  He definitely is a performer.  I just wished I was not so tired from all the extra work.  I still loved it.

Do you have a star you are nuts over?

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September Goals