Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

 Yes, I am one of THOSE people.  I *heart* Black Friday.  Really, I do.  I don't even have to buy anything to love it.  People watching is one of my favorite parts of this crazy day.  Oh, the things I have seen when I have been out and about in the middle of the night searching for the best deals out there for the Christmas season.  Memories have certainly been made on Black Friday.

One of my all time favorite memories was made at Target early one Black Friday morning.  People were going crazy for some televisions that were on their Early Bird Specials.  They had run out of the televisions, but luckily had more in the back.  The poor naive employee had NO IDEA of the chaos that he would cause as he wheeled out the pallet of televisions.  Seriously, it was like a mob scene.  He walked out with the pallet of televisions and like piranha on a piece of flesh, women were grabbing those televisions as though there were no more left in the entire world.  I just sat and watched.  I had no desire for a television, but the scene playing out in front of me was just too good to not watch.  Well, as the pallet got smaller and smaller, there were only about 3 televisions left on it and two women grabbed the same box.  One pulled one way, one pulled the other.  The larger of the two women ended up with the box in her arms, the smaller lady was still clawing at the box.  The larger woman sat the box down on the ground, sat on top of it, and crossed her arms with a stubborn stare.  HAHA!  HILARIOUS!  She was two years old again :)  

See, great memories.  Black Friday, I am sorry that I missing out on you today.   I will be back next year, that is for sure.  Maybe I should bring a video camera long, just to document the fine times :)

Happy Black Friday everyone!!! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Life As We Know It.

A friend and I went to see the movie: Life As We Know It.  I loved the movie.  It was corny and predictable, yet, heartwarming and fun.  If you haven't seen it, it is probably worth seeing.

Anyway, during the movie, I became infatuated  OBSESSED with their house.  Honestly, if there were such a thing as a perfect home for me, this would be it!  I LOVE it!

After the movie, I came home and did some digging to find pics of the house to share.  I also discovered that the home is for sale, and if I had a mere $1.5 million dollars laying around, that the home could be mine.  Oh, man!  If only I could win the lottery!  Haha!  Or, if anyone would like to donate to my cause of buying the perfect home, I would gladly accept donations.  Ha!  :)

Here are some pics:
Front of House
Family Room
Front Room
Breakfast Nook

Master Bath
The Real Kitchen
Kitchen Used in the Movie
Screened Porch
Back of House
 I wish I could pack my bags and move in TODAY!  If only!   Oh well, at least I can take some of the ideas used to decorate this perfect house and implement them in decorating my own home.  Then I can pretend that I have a house as perfect as this one ;)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


My blog is neglected.  Sometimes life just has a way of getting in the way of me writing down what is going on.  Kinda funny how that works. Other times I feel like I don't have anything important, funny, or interesting to say, so I don't write.  Then I remember, hey, this is MY blog, and I can write boring stuff if I want to!  :)

We moved our oldest son up north a couple of weeks ago.  He is getting settled and trying to find his place in the world.  He has a new job, and a new apartment.  I know he feels lost right now.  Such an awkward phase of life.  The first couple of years after high school left me feeling the same way.  Wondering who I was, and what I really wanted out of life.  He knows what he should be doing.  He knows where he should be right now.  Unfortunately, fear and doubt keep him from doing what he knows a boy his age and his religion should be doing at this point in his life. 

All we can do is hope that he is happy no matter what he decides to do in the future.  He isn't a bad kid.  In fact he is a pretty awesome kid.  He is a hard working and dependable kid.  He is well liked by his coworkers and his friends.  He is just stuck in that no man's land between being a boy and a grown man.  As I said, I remember that phase of life all too well.

I have decided that the hardest part of being a parent is watching your kids make some of the same stupid mistakes you made, and no matter how much you warn them, or how much you tell them you've been there, they STILL have to make the same stupid mistakes and learn from them.  It would be so much easier if they would just listen and learn from the mistakes their parents made.  Wouldn't it?

I wish my son would see the importance of a good education.  I don't want him to be like me; trying to juggle a family and college classes at the age of 40-something.  It isn't easy.  I would give anything if I had finished up my degree back before we started a family.  It would have put us in a much different situation than we are currently in.  A lot of things would have been easier the past 2 years if both my husband and I had gone to college and graduated.  Oh, man, how I wish my oldest son could see that!  Maybe he will.  Maybe, just maybe, he won't have to learn the hard way.

Even if he does learn the hard way, I guess the fact that he is learning and growing is the positive outlook on it.  At least he is a functioning and contributing member of society.  At least he has a family who loves him and supports him.  At least he is hardworking and reliable. 

I just wish he could see how much easier life would be if he would actually take the path that he knows he should be on, and that those choices would bring him more happiness than any paycheck he works so hard for right now.