Saturday, November 29, 2008

big list of things

saw this in a post on Hilltop Memories and thought it looked fun. Things that apply to me are in green.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a day off work when you were not sick
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sunday, November 23, 2008

did someone say free?

If you're like me, you can't pass up a deal. Well, part of that might stem from my shopping addiction, but ANYway, here's the scoop. We're running a promotion right now that anyone who purchases our new happyhome book here and then joins the happy home club online has until the end of March to post just SIX times about activities they do with their family to create fun memories and new traditions. Do that, and you automatically receive all of the following products, completely free:

doggie genius

Alright, so I was following a couple random links today from emails (time on my hands so I was trying to clean out my inbox) and one of the links led me here: to a dog IQ test. A little pricey, but I am SO tempted to buy it. If for no other reason than to prove to Perry that Rico is not an idiot. Perry calls him Rico Retardo, which I think is so unfair. He's not dumb, just enthusiastic about a lot of little things.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

what I'm coveting now

The new HP Mini. How cute is that? It's bitty - just a 10.2 inch screen and just over 2 lbs. I think this would be perfection to use as my "check email and surf the web" computer down in the kitchen. The laptop I use down there now is aging rapidly and getting slower by the day, so it would be nice to have something that didn't take forever to boot up, etc. Therefore I covet. 60GB hard drive, 1GB RAM. What more could a girl ask for? I've decided I don't need to be able to design from downstairs, when I have an awesome desktop upstairs that I can use. So this one can be strictly for playing around on the web, maybe hitting popcap, posting on the blog, etc. Perry was the one who originally sent me a link about it, so I've decided it's his responsibility to buy it for me for Christmas. His duty, even. Because I've been a very good girl this year. ;)

Friday, November 7, 2008

growing old

I had to take Jasper to the vet today becaues he is having trouble walking. Jasper, aka Jazz, aka Jazzyfur, aka JJ, aka Big J. Apparently he's got arthritis pretty bad in his back knees and hips, particularly the right one. It's odd to think that he's getting old. Since Calvin died last year, Jazz is pretty much my last tie to my "old life", before marriage, before it's bizarre to think that he may not be around much longer. He's a good boy, a bit of a grump with other dogs, but so very loving to people and oddly accepting of cats. Poor old guy. Hopefully the meds the vet prescribed will make him more comfortable in his old age.

got bra? yep.

The sets that I ordered from my previous post a couple days ago when Victoria's Secret was having an awesome promotion came in. Woohoo. See, just that easy. I truly do love a deal. Makes me want to surf some of the deal of the day sites to see what other wonders await me. =)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

$850 worth of prizes!

Enter the Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza, sponsored by Moms United in Business LLC, celebrating the launch of Resources for Work at Home Moms,! Come celebrate with us, and enter for your chance to win an awesome prize package, just in time for the holidays! Over $850.00 in prizes! You will NOT want to miss this! Enter at

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

giving thanks

So I'm sitting here sending out my monthly newsletter, and I really loved this idea. Well, I really loved it all, but this is the one that stuck out as something I wanted to share with you all.

So, what are you thankful for this year?

Monday, November 3, 2008

fall leaves

no, we don't have them here in FL. Palm fronds don't quite count.

Those of you that have been to one of my celebrations know how much I adore this story. So in honor of the time change, and it being fallish in most of the country, I'm sharing.

"On my birthday in October, we had always raked huge piles of autumn leaves with the kids and then jumped in them, stuffed them in our shirts, threw them in the air, and just generally had a wild time. We thought as the kids got older, their interest in such a frivolous activity would fade. On the contrary, when they were teens, the leaf piles just got bigger.Finally, one year, four of our children were away at school or living abroad. On my birthday, four birthday cards arrived. As I opened the first, a leaf fell out and a note, 'Dad, I honored your birthday tradition. Here’s a leaf from my jumping pile. I love you.' Through my tears I opened the other three — and a leaf fell from each." ~ Richard Eyre

Wow, right? That STILL gives me chills every time I read it.

So your mission for the day is to go create your own leaf story with your family.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Got Bra?

My dh sent me this awesome deal, that he read about on another friend's blog, so I'm sharing. You can get two Victoria's Secret bra and one pair of panties for only $19.07, including shipping.

Follow these instructions:

1. Go here and choose any TWO of the 2/$44 bras.

2. NEXT, click on Panties in the top nav, select the VS Cotton Classic Bikini, and select ONE panty in white, ivory, buff, pink, or black (cotton). ONLY THESE COLORS (in cotton) WILL WORK.

3. NEXT, go to your shopping bag and check the box at the bottom that you have offer codes. Continue the checkout process as normal for your shipping address, etc.

4. FINALLY, on the offer codes page, enter these two offer codes:
FA813789 for $10 off any bra
25PTY for $25 off any two bras, and a free panty.

I JUST did this and it worked perfectly. I'm debating if I should go do it a second time.