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Friday, January 25, 2008

Someone was thinking of me

My friend Faye at Just a Mom was so kind as to give me this cute little award. I love it... and it made me feel a little better.

Check out Faye today and see the beautiful quilts she makes.

A lil chillin' & a big cup of joe

Today I'm feeling a little drained, weak and sore so I'm not getting much accomplished. I decided to get out of my office and relax on the living room floor with a steaming cup of decaf coffee (it's pretty cold in GA today).

While I was sipping I was doing some of my LinkReferral surfing and visited Life in the Craft Lane by Mandy. I've happened upon her blog before and I'm always impressed with the free graphics and artwork she creates. If you haven't already, check her out today.

And, enjoy a cup of coffee while you're at it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wonderful encouragement

I was just about to close out for the night (it's 11:22 p.m.) when I decided to do a little blog visiting. Especially to my blogging friends. So, I'm reading Carrie's posts, making comments, laughing along, when I come across a post that says: Way to Go Petula!

"Hey," I think, "that's me!" That post brought such a huge smile to my face and I'm happy to go to bed with something positive in my head. Thanks Carrie for such wonderful encouragement... I post this award with pride!

It's so cool that she posted it when I had just made a public post about my weight!

The truth & nothing but the truth

My health and weight loss journal

I know I told you awhile ago that I need to lose about 50 pounds. Then I told you that I lost 10 pounds, but I never told you how much I weigh.

The truth must come out: I was ashamed. Being overweight is an entirely new world for me. It's something that I'm trying to adjust to, deal with and get a healthy outlook on.

So I thought I would let it all hang out to my oh-so-supportive blogging friends: I started my weight loss journey at 199 pounds!

There. I said it. (See, I even posted a ticker!)

Now, let's never speak of this again! :-)

Websites that beg for help

As a member of LinkReferral I often come across some very interesting sites while surfing. I'm surprised at how many "my family is in need of help please send donations" sites there are.

There are some that ask for emails to be sent to and mostly everyone comments: "If you can afford to pay for AOL then you must not be too made off." Or the one that says they're sorry they don't have PayPal because of the $15 setup fee so please email them. First of all, when did PayPal have a setup fee. Secondly, the donate button at the bottom goes right to PayPal.

On the one where a couple lost all of their money in a fire, they had a PayPal donate button, but said they didn't have a bank account and lost all of their money, which they kept in their home.

Are these sites for real?

That same couple barely made it out of their home alive with their young baby, they lost their dog that they had just gotten three days ago and the wife was pregnant with another baby who was due very soon.

Talk about pulling at the heartstrings. Well, my questions to you are: Have you seen these sites? If so, what do you think? AND do you think they're real/true?

I'm not going to include any links because if these are scams or fraud I don't want any part in them!

Returning to substitute teaching

On my quest to get a freelance assignment or find a j-o-b; I turned in an application to be a substitute teacher in my county. I used to be a substitute teacher about five years ago and two years before that.

Well, I was notified via mail that I was accepted and would be attending the workshop in May since the February one is full. I have mixed feelings about this. I guess I should say first: Yippee! I'll be making a little money.

Okay. Now for the mixed feelings. Working as a substitute again will allow me to get out of the house more and spend time away from the baby. BUT I'll be away from the baby. It'll bring more money into the house. BUT I'll get even less done at home then I do now. It'll take me away from what I love to do most and that's writing. There's no but on that one.

I guess every sacrifice comes with a price and I'm sure this'll work out. Given my personal circumstances, I can't help but feel a little scared and resentful that I even have to do this.

SIGH. But, oh well, as a mom -- and A WOMAN! -- I'll do what I have to do.

I am woman hear me roar! LOL

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Makin' me feel special

Carrie is at it again! Here are two more awards that she's given... Isn't she the best blogging friend ever!


I'm smiling

Carrie, who you know from Rantings of a Woman, also has a blog called Jabber Jaws. Today she gave me the cutest award!

It's so neat to get an award like this because Carrie is a great friend who always makes me smile too!

I think I'll copy off of Carrie and instead of listing people I'd like the award to go to I'm going to do this: If you're reading this blog (and this post!) I'm giving you this award. Why? Because the people who read my blog definitely make me smile.

Thank you Carrie. And thanks to my loyal readers!

A confession

I have a confession to make. It's not pretty, but I have to get it off my chest: I don't really like Valentine's Day!

I know, I know... that's terrible, isn't it? But, before you tell me all the reasons why it's wonderful, let me just present my case. Briefly.

Although since I've had children, I've found the day to be somewhat pleasant (the teenager is so sweet and loving with her gifts and cards!) and even during my marriage (before things went a little sour) I've had some delightful moments. But, for the most part, when I go into a store and see all the Valentine's stuff -- I just get a sick feeling.

The day never turns out like I want it to. I get things that people want me to have and not that I want to get. And, unfortunately, it all feels forced and unnatural.

BUT (the most important part comes after the 'but'), I'm gonna have a different perspective this year. I'm going to find the good in the day. Try to get up early and make my children heart-shaped pancakes. And look for the positive.

Another thing I want to do is treat myself. One of my favorite things to get (and also to give) is gift baskets. Aren't they just divine? It's like a multitude of gifts wrapped up in a pretty package that you just can't resist. And the one thing I like the most about a gift basket is it'll last for days -- sometimes longer.

So instead of waiting for my friends and family to catch the hint about the gift baskets, I think I may get one for myself. is having a little sale (my favorite thing!) to get 10% off all Gift Baskets with promo code ZK-8978. Now I can't pass that up. Can you?

I forgot to tell you...

I can't believe I forgot to tell you that one of my beautiful daughters celebrated her birthday on Monday. Little Miss Amareah is now 3!

She is so excited about this milestone since her brother turned 4 a few months ago. She's been waiting patiently for her turn and was beside herself on Sunday when she heard that the next day was her birthday.

I took pink and blue cupcakes to the daycare (yes, they're back in daycare) and the look of joy on her face was so rewarding. She's having a party on Feb. 2nd and has already announced where she wants it to be. (At the same place her brother had his: Chuck E. Cheese, of course.)

Here are Andre and Amareah some time ago. I'm still having trouble with the stupid camera and laptop so sorry that the picture is old.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What a wonderful award!

My friend Carrie gave me the cutest award today and it sure did make my day.

If you haven't already, check out Carrie's blog ... I love her new design!

Monday, January 21, 2008

15 guests... will you sign too?


Find out your blog's reading level

My friend Farah found a cool site that rates your blogs reading level. So, of course, I decided to see what mine is.
blog readability test

Postgrad college level isn't too bad. Reveal all right here... share yours too!

How many pounds did I lose?

My health and weight loss journal

I stepped on the scale this morning and was scared to look down. I closed my eyes and slowly lowered my head... after a moment I finally inched my eyes open and what did I see? Two pounds less than I saw before. And, guess what? That's a total of 10 pounds!!

Yes... you saw that right! TEN POUNDS!

I am so psyched.

Although I am not able to exercise on a daily basis; I am doing very well in monitoring my calories. Now, I'll be glad when I can tell the difference just by looking in the mirror. But, for now, I'll be happy -- and proud of myself -- for the 10-pound weight loss.
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