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Just Keep Livin’

There is a lot of chatter at work this morning and it’s a tad bit overwhelming, especially when it’s coming from multiple areas. It’s not uncommon because people come back from the weekend and spend the morning catching up. I could, in theory, shut my office door but I find that a tad rude and unaccommodating so I just popped my headphones in and turned Pandora up loud enough to shut it out.

I think I’m just in complete sensory overload after the crazy weekend we had. It was pretty much the exact opposite of last weekend. Instead of cocooning myself inside for two whole days, we had parties both Saturday and Sunday nights and at least one of those parties included my husband shotgunning beers, which I haven’t seen him do since our college days. As you can imagine, they were quite boisterous and rowdy times but completely worth it!

I also got to make my first Farmer’s Market visit on Saturday morning, which I enjoyed immensely. The abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables made my inner healthy girl jump for joy and I walked away with tomatoes, mini red potatoes, a pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and cherries. The strawberries, peaches and blueberries were used to make fruit salsa for the party we attended last night. (Note: I used the above mentioned fruits plus bananas and apples. I also omitted the extra sugars and used apricot preservers. And I bought cinnamon sugar pita chips instead of making my own, which I’ve done before and is worth it but super messy and time consuming!) The pineapple will be sliced tonight and used as a snack through the week, as will the cherries. I haven’t yet figured out what I’m going to do with the potatoes but I’m sure it won’t be that difficult since they’re delicious in any form. And the tomatoes will be used for various purposes since I’m so in love with them lately that they go into anything I can justify putting them in. I used them to make a delicious caprese salad on Saturday, with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was so yummy!

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Summer Flowers Black Eyed Susan

Life’s Like This

The problem with hobbies is that there’s just not enough time to do them all and still manage to accomplish things that need to be done, like keeping on top of the housework and feeding my family and all of that gloriously awful crap that comes with being an adult.

I was going full steam ahead with this blog until about January which coincidentally ended up being when I decided to start working out and getting healthy. And it’s not like the working out cut into my blogging time, since I never had a set time. I guess it was more that the fitness became a bigger focus in my life than sitting down to write. Which is a shame because I love writing and I fucking hate (HATE!) working out.

I think it’s just that I am inherently lazy or, well, to be nicer about it – easily distracted? I start and go full steam ahead into things then get bored with them and move onto something else. I’ve done that with everything. It’s a big ball of “DO ALL THE THINGS!” and “Nope, I’m bored with that” rolling around in my head all of the time.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


It’s Thanksgiving morning and I’ve been up since the butt crack of dawn because my dogs don’t know the meaning of “day off” or “sleep in”. Nor do they understand that Mama was up until 2am playing Call of Duty so she needs her rest.

But that’s not complaining because it’s not a day to complain. It’s actually rather refreshing having an alarm clock that forces me out of bed to be productive. This morning, I’ve done what I’m sure the rest of the United States has – ate a small enough breakfast to stave off hunger but not big enough to ruin my appetite, made myself look human with some makeup and pretty jewelry, stood in my closet deciding if sweatpants (ELASTIC WAISTBAND PEOPLE!) would be appropriate to wear to dinner but ultimately decided jeans were going to suffice as my midway point, watched some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and prepared my dish to bring to dinner at my parents (which is really just sausage cheese balls and is really being prepared because I made them a few weeks ago and have been craving them ever since).

In an hour or so, after the balls are ready and we’ve made our prospective phone calls to family and friends, we’ll head over to my mom’s to eat delicious food, drink some booze and then fall asleep on the couch watching football.

Can’t get more American than that!

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Baxter Sammy Jackabee Terrier Puppies

ABC, Easy as 123

Taking another cue from Jenn because apparently, my brain just doesn’t want to give me ideas to blog.

A. Age: 30. (DO.NOT.WANT!)

B. Bed size: King. It was our present to ourselves when we bought the house, since before that we were in a full size Ikea bed leftover from when I lived by myself.

C. Chore that you hate: Folding laundry. I have no problem with washing it. But actually folding and put away – yea, my second couch is CONSTANTLY covered in piles of clean clothes.

D. Dogs: Two, Sammy and Baxter. They’re pretty much our children.

E. Essential start to your day: Diet Coke, hard-boiled egg (white only) and yogurt.

F. Favorite color: Purple.

G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I don’t like gold, never have, which is interesting because I ordered my class ring in gold.

H. Height: 5’6”.

I. Instruments you play: Proficiently? None.

J. Job title: Systems Analyst.

K. Kids: None except the furbabies.

L. Live: Charleston, SC.

M. Mother’s name: Sandy.

N. Nicknames: Kristy (my full name is Kristen), Baby (<– Steve)

O. Overnight hospital stays: None in a long time, maybe only once when I had my appendix out.

P. Pet peeves: People who block the straight lane to get to the turn lane, people who use their cell phones while doing any face to face business with others (checking out at the store, at the bank, etc.), people who treat animals like property. Pretty much bad people behavior in general.

Q. Quote from a movie: Remember what Daddy always says – an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure!

R. Right or left handed: Left.

S. Siblings: One full brother, Eric, who is 27. One brother from my mom’s second marriage – Tyler, who is 16. And two sisters from my dad’s second marriage – Alex, who is 19 and Tresalynn, who is 16.

T. (This was missing how about..) Tacos: LOVE TACOS!!!! Now I want to go to Taco Bell.

U. Underwear: Comfortable cotton, still sexy, at least in my house!

V. Vegetable you hate: Carrots. I’ve tried – really, really tried but I just can’t get on board. Also not a big fan of spinach by itself but LOVE it in anything – like pastas or soups.

W. What makes you run late: I am rarely late – I’d rather be early than late so I’m usually sitting outside waiting for the time I’m supposed to be there.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Ankle – many, many times. Teeth. Arm. I’ve had MRI’s of my brain, with and without contrast (for headaches).

Y. Yummy food that you make: Steve likes pretty much anything I make – he’s a big fan of my chili and my Italian wedding soup.

Z. Zoo animal:  Any of the cats. PENGUINS!

Agenda Day in the Life

One Day

To further elaborate on what I was talking about yesterday – how fascinated I am with the other people’s jobs and other people’s offices, I figured it might be fun to do something like Annie did at turning pages and post a day in my life. It’s certainly not the first time I’ve seen this on the Internet and probably won’t be the last but it looked fun and interesting nonetheless.

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