Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Me and today did not get along!!!!!!

Last night we had some bad storms and this morning when I woke it was raining cats and dogs. Since I got let go from my job I have had surgery for carpel tunnel and really haven't done much of anything in ways of getting out of the house. Yesterday was a different story. I went and delivered some Avon and by the time I got home last night my husband was already home. No big deal I just pulled in the drive and that was that. Apparently I pulled up to far in the drive and he didn't hardly have any room to get his work van out this morning without tearing up the yard from all of the rain. So I go out in my pj's and was going to move the car so he could get out. Next thing I know I am slipping and heading to the ground. What is a natural instinct when you are falling? Yeap that's right you want to catch yourself. So I put out my arm to catch myself and wouldn't you know it, it was the hand I just had surgery on. I thought at first I broke it but I got up and bounced in the car and moved the car so he could get out. I noticed something running down my arm and figured it was just mud or something.

I go to move my wrist which thankfully wasn't broken and noticed that what I was seeing running down my arm was blood. Yeap the stitches that I just had taken out Monday were gone and my wound ripped right open. Of course by now the pain is starting to kick in and I started crying because pain hurts. Then I started thinking oh great now I am going to have to go the hospital by myself and get this stitched back up. Well as I am holding a paper towel on it my husband called and asked if I was ok......uh No dumbass I fell....is what I wanted to say but didn't. I told him I was fine but was trying to get get dressed so I can go to the hospital to have my hand restitched. Next thing I know he is coming through the door. So now I really feel bad because I have this gapping open wound on my hand and now my husband is losing a days pay. We get to the hospital and they do the x-ray which showed everything was fine, gave me a pain pill, a testiness (or however you spell it) shot and rinsed and dressed the wound. They called the doctor that did the surgery and he told them to have me come in immediately so he can see it.

Great now I have spent 2 hrs at the hospital, only 1 cup of coffee, I am out of cigarettes, my hand is still hurting like hell and no breakfast. I don't get to have anything to drink or eat until after I see the hand surgeon just in case he wants to do surgery again on the hand. Thankfully I got a choice on if I wanted to go back in the O.R. room to have it stitched or not. He said if I didn't care that it was going to leave a scar then I didn't have to do it. Of course what do you think my answer was. That's right, I went for the scar. So he started to pack it and bandage it and in doing so he pushed down on the wound and I thought I was going to go flying out of my chair at him. I made a loud gasping noise and he said oh sorry did that hurt. I looked at him and said "you think" and he started laughing at me. Which I am glad he did because it helped take my mind off of it for a second. I told him that as of tomorrow I have no more insurance so I was worried about the office fees and so forth and he explained that they have what is called "global coverage" and I wouldn't be out of pocket on anything except my co-pay. When I asked him what "global coverage" meant because I have never heard of it he said basically "you are under warranty for 90 days since you had surgery". Really "Warranty" I had never heard of it before and he explained it is something new that they have now. Ok fine with me. At least something has a warranty on it in my house...lol.

So by now I am starving and we get out of there and head to Waffle House for some food. Then I get home, shower and out the door I go again to sign a new Avon Rep. Then hubby calls and says don't forget to go to the store and by the way I am going to lay down for a nap. Great, I'm hurt, I had to meet a new rep and get her signed and then go to the store. I come home and he is in bed laying down. So what am I doing, of course sitting here blogging about my horrible day so far. At least it stopped raining, I didn't have to get stitches and I can still use my hand. I just have to soak it in saline solution and redress it later. I think I am going to play on Facebook for a little bit then go watch my soap The Young and the Restless then get out the heating pad and put it on my neck that I torked when I fell.

So just remember no matter how bad your day is someone out there somewhere is having a worse day then you are. Please be safe and have a wonderful day.

xoxo

Thursday, January 24, 2013

What A Great Day!!!!

Well today I slept in for a bit and then was back up at the Avon Center doing follow up calls for customers. I have to say it turned out better then I was expecting. I got 3 new reps signed up under me and an Event to go to Saturday before my training class at 1. So I guess being unemployed has turned out to be somewhat of a blessing. I even got a call from one of the guys from work looking for some cologne and he offered to take me out to lunch next week. Now I know what some of you are thinking and don't. This is one of the electricians that we used for work on the house and he offered me a job. There is no way that anything else would have been intended or implied. He wants to meet up so he can get the cologne samples from me and just catch up.

So I am well on my way of becoming a Unit Leader with Avon and I am so excited because that means a $500 bonus which I could really use right now. I have 2 more reps to sign this coming Sunday and Monday and I think they will do really well. I have sold Avon before and never thought about having anyone under me because I basically sold for my own personal use but this time is so different. Avon has tons of opportunity for me to advance and earn unlimited income. The support and recognition that you get from your upline and district managers is unbelievable and I am absolutely loving it. Not to mention all the new people that I get to meet and help along the way. So hopefully after Saturday mornings event I will be able to add several more customers and Representatives to my downline. I want to give a big shout out to my upline and district manager for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity because without them it wouldn't be possible.

Also I just seen where my sister-n-law has created an Alter Ego blog and I have to say I laughed when I read it. You go Kisha. Give that chic what she deserves.

The only bad part about today is that I broke a nail. Oh I was so mad it wasn't even funny. I have been trying forever to let my nails grow and now that they have they are extremely fragile. I went to pick up my coffee cup today and I hit the handle with my finger nail and it broke completely off so that was the only downside today. It isn't even bothering me that my husband didn't fix dinner so we are having cheese dogs for dinner because I am getting hungry.

Tomorrow I have to go deliver some more brochures and pick up a table for Saturdays even but it is a small table thankfully because I still have one hand in a splint till Monday morning. I can't wait to have this thing off of me because I think I have ripped open my stitches now twice because it stings but hopefully it isn't bad. I will have to wait and see what happens on Monday. Well I hope everyone has a wonderful night and a great rest of the week. Don't forget to stop by my Avon store here . Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful night.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Feeling Helpless after Surgery and other thoughts

Well it is now Monday and the 4th day since surgery. I am ready to pull my hair out only having one hand to actually use. I have to depend on my husband for alot of things and I don't like it. I am usually the one waiting on him hand and foot and now the roles are reversed. Which he don't mind and I know most women wouldn't mind but I do.

We had to go to a funeral yesterday because my cousins husband of 35 yrs passed away and boy was that a challenge for me. Trying to fond something to wear with this half cast/splint thing on my arm was difficult but I managed to find something nice. Unfortunately it had buttons which I couldn't work by myself. Of course as soon as we get to the funeral home wouldn't you know I had to use the ladies room. I looked at my husband and he said he wouldn't go in the ladies room with me so I looked at my other cousin who was there as she said "don't look at me". I told her I only needed help doing the button back so she agreed. Do you how embarrassing that is to have to ask someone for that kind of help? It was horrible but what is worse is that you feel like less then a person. I don't like being dependent on someone.

Even though I do feel helpless and embarrassed that I have to ask for help the complete 4 days have not been that bad. My son is trying to go into the Air-force and had to get some blood work done Friday. Given that he don't have insurance he had to pay out of pocket which was $243 for the test. So I had to transfer money into his account to cover it. So he calls me Saturday and tells me that the lab people called and found another code to use that would only cost $78 dollars so of course I was Happy!!!! They are going to refund the money today hopefully. He is suppose to find out today also if he is going to get to go in if all goes right. He has tried before but because of his thyroid they denied him but we have it corrected now or so I hope it is still corrected. So please keep your fingers crossed for him.

As some of you may know that the employer I was with for 11 yrs laid me off and I get a text message saying I need to bring in all the company property including my cell phone. So I called my boss and asked about buying my number and he said "you know your not fired" so I responded with "yeah but I am laid off and this is the only number I have for anyone to get ahold of me." So he tells me to just ignore the text message....wtf is what I am thinking. Hopefully I will be able to keep my phone number but we will see.

Ok I have been rambling Sorry but I have alot on my mind today so I am going to shut up and try to do laundry one handed. I hope everyone has a wonderful and Blessed day.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Surgery Day....Yuck

First off I want to apologize for any typos...I am typing one handed. I had to have surgery today on my left hand for Carpel Tunnel. We got up at 6 this morning and headed to the hospital and got there right at 7. Let me just say I was not a happy camper. No coffee, no cigarette, no deodorant and no food. But I did get to go in my pjs...lol.

We got straight back to the room and waited for 3 hrs before they wheeled me in and really not a happy camper at this point. I didn't get any meds until in the operating room. I told them that I wanted drugs that worked quick. The nurse said "no problem, I got lots of drugs and good ones". The next thing I hear is the nurse calling my name to wake me up in recovery. She was right she did have the good drugs lol.

I ask for my husband and he walks in with a cup of coffee for me, made me super happy, thank you sweetie. After taking a couple of drinks I sat up on the bed and told him to get me the hell out of there so I can have a real cup of coffee and a cigarette. I thought the nurse was going to have a heart attack because I started unplugging everything and was getting dressed. She made me stop so she could get my vitals which didn't make me to happy but I waited on her. Then I continued to finish getting dressed with my husbands help of course, after all I only could use one hand. I was really surprised I was able to move around so quick after coming out of surgery. So I got in the wheelchair and out I went. I was so happy to be going home but more happy for a cigarette and a real cup of coffee. Not to mention I had to get home and feed the pregnant squirrel.

We went and picked up the hubby's paycheck, then the bank, pick up my meds and then home. Of course the first thing I do is start a pot of coffee then outside to feed the squirrel, who by the way was sitting on the railing looking for her nuts. I came out the door and she hopped over on the tree trunk and watched. After a few minutes of me being inside she came to eat. Then another squirrel thought he would have some but she wasn't having any of that, she turned and charged at him. She won!!

So after doing nothing but playing games on the computer I finally was able to take a shower man do I feel a 10000000% better. However, the numbness has worn off and now I can feel the pain but its not to bad. Hopefully I don't have trouble sleeping tonight but we will see. But on the better note, both of my kids called me today twice to see how I was doing. I miss having my kids at home!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I will talk to you all later. Don't forget to get entered into the HUGE Avon giveaway which you can see here.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Interesting Day for sure but yet boring

As some of you may know I am having surgery on the 18th for Carpel Tunnel on my left hand. Well of course with any surgery you have to have pretesting done and mine didn't go so well. I was told last year that I had an abnormal Q-Wave and that is a sign of a heart attack. So I was sent to a cardiologist and they did an ekg and sent me for an Echo-cardiogram. I got a call from the nurse today at the cardiologist office and she told me that my results are normal. No sign of a heart attack or any other damage to my heart. Apparently it is just a normal thing for me to have an abnormal Q-Wave. SO relieved to hear that news.

I then went on about my day and had to meet with someone to sign them up for Avon and needless to say they didn't show up. I was really disappointed. This was going to be my first recruit to leadership in Avon. However, I did get to spend some time with my upline manager and we went over a ton of things. So I was thankful for that at least.

Today is a whole other story. I got a call from my cousin this morning telling me that her husband of 35 yrs had a massive heart attack during surgery and then a stroke in recovery. They had him hooked up to all sorts of machines to try and save him but they took him off for a few minutes today to see if he can be without them. I am sad to report that I got a call about 10 minutes later saying that he didn't make it. I asked about life insurance and she said that social security told her that she had to drop the life insurance they had because it was counted as an asset and if she didn't drop it then they would stop the social security. So the government screwed them and now they are trying to figure out how to get him buried with no money. I would like to ask that if I post the information about his funeral once I find out if I can please get donations sent to help cover the expenses. They were both on social security and she is taking care of her grandkids because of other circumstances in the family. I am hoping that with this request we can help show someone who is in need of prayers that there is still loving and caring people in this world by helping someone in a time of desperate need. He was the only working person in their family and now he is gone. I would like to thank everyone and anyone in advance that might read this post and pray for everyone who is dealing with this and similar situations.

I will keep everyone posted as to what I find out and I hope that through the blogging community we can help someone in need. God bless to all.

Monday, January 14, 2013

What A Day!!!!!

Well today was the first full day of not having a job during a work day. It was kind of good. I slept in when I wanted to be up and out the door by 7:30 this morning which obviously didn't happen. I was going to pick up a co-worker that got laid off with me and we were going to go eat breakfast and then go to the unemployment office. Needless to say I woke up right at 8 and didn't get out the door till 8:45 and headed straight over and picked up Ms. Maggie to go to the unemployment office. Thankfully we didn't wait in line for to long but the process you have to go through is ridiculous. I had to make sure I got a computer next to Ms. Maggie because she is a little clueless when it comes to computers. She was our receptionist at work and mostly played on the internet and watched t.v. online.

We got through the initial part pretty quickly and I told her that she could finish the rest online at home and if she needed help I would come over and help her. I had to be careful because she likes to play dumb alot lol. Anyway, after we got done with the main part of the application process we had to put our info in for a resume. Well we both had one at home so I told her to come on and we could get out of there. We had been there for 2 hrs and we were both starving. She asked where we were going for lunch and I told her I didn't care as long as it wasn't oriental, so she suggested a place called Cottage Inn. Now I have lived in Louisville for 30 yrs and I have never heard of this place. It turned out to be at the corner of Eastern Pkwy and Bradley which is where my mom and I had a really bad wreck 23 yrs ago. Anyway, they had pretty good food and a really homie environment which was great. Before I could even say anything about paying Ms. Maggie told me she was getting it and not to even try to argue. So double bonus, I got to try someplace new and it didn't cost me a thing.

After taking Ms. Maggie home I came back to the house for a minute to grab some Avon that I was going to go mail out to Kisha over at the Glamorous Life of a French Housewife but was running later then I expected so I will head to the post office and send it out tomorrow. I had to be at the doctors office for my pre-surgery testing for my hand surgery on Friday. Needless to say I was there forever and will probably have to go see a cardiologist before surgery Friday. I have an abnormal Q Wave in my heart that they are concerned about plus they recommended getting a sleep apenia test done which isn't going to happy anytime soon. I snore I know this, I stop breathing sometimes when I sleep, I know this but so does my poor husband who has become very intimate so to speak with the couch. Poor baby he has to get up early and work with chemicals all day and he really does need his rest. Given that my insurance benefits are only good till the end of the month I don't see me having anything else done this month. So hopefully after surgery I will be able to work on losing weight and growing my Avon Business which you can check out here. You can order anything online and have it sent directly to your door. So please go check it out. Now that I am not working all sells are greatly appreciated.

So that was my day pretty much in a nutshell. Tomorrow I am going to the Avon Center and helping out there and hopefully will get some more leads and recruits. I hope everyone has a wonderful night and I will talk to you all soon.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

My Little Visitor

I wouldn't normally do a post about something like this but I couldn't help it this morning. I have been putting out nuts for the squirrels in my yard to eat since it has gotten so cold and I have a front row seat to watch them out of my kitchen window. Now I know alot of people feed birds and stray cats and dogs but these little guys are so cute that I couldn't help but feed them. Not to mention that there was a really fat fat squirrel that kept coming up on my back deck looking for food. I haven't seen this squirrel in awhile and can only come to the conclusion that she must of had her litter by now. Did you know that a squirrel can have up to 5 babies at one time? Plus their gestation period is only about 38 days? Can you imagine only being pregnant for 38 days? Wow if only we humans only had 38 days instead of 40 weeks. But that is one of many things that sets us apart from our animal friends.

Anyway, my husband thinks I am batty because I feed them considering I ran over one about a year ago. I didn't mean to but that little sucker was running down the center of a one lane road in the country and didn't even try to get off the road. I felt bad but what was I to do. I sure wasn't going to stop and wait for him so I kept going and well he meet his maker that day. So now I put nuts out on my back deck and watch them eat. After all it is cold outside and the leaves have pretty much all gone from around us and they need to eat too you know. So I am attaching a picture of my little friend sitting on my deck railing enjoying the peanuts that we bought for him/her. Not sure if this one is a male or female but I am sure that it is a happy little squirrel. When I don't put them out on the railing I will catch the squirrel peaking its head up toward the window looking like "hey where are my nuts you crazy woman".

My little visitor has even chased off other squirrels when they have tried to come around and it was so funny to watch. They have ears like you wouldn't believe. They can hear me sometimes talking from inside my house as I stand in the kitchen and watch them out the window. I have tried to go out several times and put nuts out when they are out there but they just scurry up the tree like they are on a marathon. Needless to say they don't trust me and I can't blame them, after all it isn't their nature to trust humans. But this is my small part in helping save an animal in this big ole world of ours. I know they can be troublesome at times I am sure because I used to have squirrels living in the attic of a house I rented and they would keep me up running back and forth and then falling down through the walls. But it is ok. They are only doing the same thing we are doing, surviving day by day. So I hope you enjoy these pics that I took and remember that we are all in this big ole world together just trying to survive.

2013 Valentine Blogging Party

Ok I came across this great idea over at From My Grey Desk and thought this was a really cool thing to do. It is being hosted by 5 host: Cassie, Nicole,Lauren, Alycia, and last but not least Ashlee. So head over to their site and check it out.

Basically here it is in a nutshell. You send an email to Nicole and give her your blog name and email and then she will pair you up with another blogger. Then it is up to you to communicate and get to know the other blogger. You each exchange gifts with a cap of $10-$15 that you think the other person would like and you ship it to them for them to do a blog on. This is the first time that I am doing something like this and I think it is a great idea. My sister-in-law Kisha has done this plenty of times and she really seems to enjoy it. It is really interesting to see what other people send people that they only talk to on blogs.

Given I just lost my job I think this will be a really awesome way for me to really be able to get out there in the blogging community and meet some new friends. Hey I might even meet some new friends in my area and actually get to know them outside of the blogging world. I always tell my husband that we are pathetic because all we do is go to work and come home. The only people we are ever around are those at church and his family because my family is spread out and my brother that does live close, he and his wife are always working like we are. Although we have talked about maybe getting into a bowling league or something so we can meet new people. I know that might sound a bit strange but we are homebodies after all. I have spent the last 23 yrs being mommie and everything revolving around my kids that I never made time for me or making friends really. Not to mention that both me and my hubby are both smokers so it is hard to find people to hang with that are smokers.

Go go check out the Ladies pages and meet some new people and have fun. I am really interested in seeing what everyone gets so don't forget to follow my blog and all those that I have mentioned. Just click on their names to get to their pages.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Not such a good Friday after all

Well today turned out not to be what I expected. Everything at work was going great, all was calm and everything was moving right along. I have been with my company for over 11 yrs and at 4:25 my boss came in and asked if me and my co-worker would come up front for a meeting. Ok no big deal this isn't the first time that we have been called into a meeting. Well we walk in the meeting and there is 4 other people sitting there and my boss turns to my co-worker Tina and asks her to go answer the phones while we are in the meeting. She questions him about it because he wanted both of us in the meeting. His response was "well this don't concern you", of course I am not one to keep my mouth shut and I busted out with "oh great, this outta be good." Everyone in the meeting looked at me and asked what was going on. I had no clue which they didn't believe. I seem to know what is going on even when it don't involve me. So I continue to sit down and my boss closes the door.

Does anyone see where this is going? I sure as hell didn't. The receptionist who everyone has complained about for months (because she doesn't do her job half the time, the other half she calls in and to top it all off is paid way more then I am with no degree) and also has been there for 18 yrs, a senior supervisor who has been there for 15 yrs, a couple others that have been there for 5 yrs or less. The next thing I know my boss is explaining that because our sales were the lowest they have ever been in 8 yrs he had to make tough decisions that effected all of us in the room. I am thinking to myself "uh yeah they don't effect you though do they?" He then proceeded to tell us all that we are all on "temporary furlough" for a minimum of 4 weeks but he has a letter for all of us to go down and file for unemployment immediately on Monday. At this point I am about ready to lose it. I have been talking about finding another place to work because like I said I have been there for 11 yrs in the same position with no chance of advancement even though I have a management degree. Anyway, I have been through 5 other layoffs with this company and I know for certain that they don't bring people back once they are laid off.

None of us are in the sales area at work so why he would have laid us off is beyond me. They have recently hired 5 other people that they could have let go but instead they choose the ones that was always there no matter what we were doing. If they called and needed us then we would drop everything and go with the exception of the receptionist. Her getting let go I think was the biggest shock, my boss said previously when I asked him why she is still there that if he let her go that would be a lawsuit. So I guess now since the Fiscal Cliff, increase in insurance, more taxes coming out of our pays and the collections being so low he can justify it now. Eitherway, we are all unemployed. I guess the really messed up part is at the end of the meeting he tells us to take the next half hour and finish up whatever we were doing and to "have a good day" more less. Now most people in their right mind would have just gotten up and walked out the door and said screw this. But not me, I am as loyal as they come. My schedule is 7:30-4:30 Monday thru Friday. I went back to my desk, packed my stuff, and finished what I was doing when he came in and asked me to come into the meeting. I didn't get out of there till 5 p.m. and that was that.

My first call was to my husband and my second call was to my sister-in-law Kisha and told her what had just happened. Of course she nor my husband either one could believe it. My husband wasn't that upset because we are both workers and we can find jobs anywhere no matter what it is we will find work. I of course have all these scenarios running through my mind about bills, I have surgery coming up next Friday for my carpel tunnel, student loan payments, car payments and so on. Not to mention I took a loan before Christmas from my company to pay off a major bill. So I went to my boss and asked him about my loan and he asked how much I still owed, I haven't a clue to be honest, all I know is they take the amount out of my check that I tell them to for the length that I tell them to and then it is done. He told me not to worry about the loan that they will just put it on hold until I come back after the furlough. Well like I said, they don't bring people back so hopefully that means they are wiping my loan out. I asked about my insurance because of my upcoming surgery and he said that I still have it till the end of the month and it is paid for. That was great to hear but the fact that I have a $3000.00 deductible really sucks. Oh well I guess I will be paying monthly on it right along with the last deductible from my surgery last summer.

Not all is lost, I am actually ok with it. My other sister-in-law Marie said that her company is hiring plus I sell Avon. I don't make alot with Avon right now because I have only been doing it for about a month or two. The great news is that Avon is doing a HUGE recruiting event for a month starting on the 14th of this month and I have already scheduled 2 recruiting days with my District Manager. Well you better believe that I am sending her an email about all of this and am going to be going out everyday with her if possible. So for now I am not going to worry because I know that I have a skill set that is in demand and if all else fails I do know how to flip burgers. Hell my first job was working at White Castles on the grill....lol. Come Monday morning I will be filing for unemployment, sending out resumes tonight and just relaxing. One thing I know I am is a survivor and trust me I will survive. My mom always said to me "you can fall in a bucket of shit and come out smelling like a rose" and she is right. I will land on my feet because I have determination and drive. I mean after all I was unemployed and looking for a job when I found the one I just got let go of.

Besides God doesn't give you anything that you can't handle and what he does give you he walks you through it. I have survived, rape, being robbed, divorce several times, losing my house, losing my car, losing my mother and daughter in the same year so I know I can make it through this. No matter what life throws at me I will make lemonade out of the lemons.

Fill In the __________ Friday!

Fill in the _____ Friday Linkup!

Hello friends! So I am joinging in on the Fill in the Blank Friday's... so answer these questions for yourselves and link up below!

1. My new year started off __________?
Peaceful. Me and the hubby sat at home and watched t.v. then went to bed at 12:03.

2. In 2013 I really want to accomplish __________?
Losing weight. It isn't because I love to eat actually I hate to eat but it is because I am Lazy.

3. On cold January days, I stay warm by _?
Hot flashing. My house stays at 63 degrees all year so I love the cold.

4. My favorite comfort food is _________?
I would have to say chips ahoy and milk. Love them to pieces.

5. January reminds me of _?
My mom and bingo. Her birthday is on the 4th and now she celebrates them in Heaven with my daughter.

6. My favorite winter sport is __?
I would have to say none. I used to love going sledding with my kids when it snowed but other then that not a thing.

7. My favorite January TV shows are _?
Not a clue because my husband and I always watch the same shows even if they are reruns.

So now its your turn!!

Alot going on ughhhhh plus stress

Well I went to the hand doctor yesterday for my carpal tunnel and he has scheduled me for surgery. He said that after looking at my test results that the carpal tunnel is extremely severe. Oh great just what I want is to have surgery. I work at a desk all day every day and not having one had up to 100% function isn't going to be fun. I previously had a boxer fractor in my right hand which required surgery and I still went to work. Now remind you I am right handed so I had to relearn everything from eating to tieing my shoes. Learning to write with my left hand was interesting. My writing looked like a 4 yr old was writing. The doctor told me that most people stay off for a week. Well not me. I scheduled my surgery for next Friday. I figured that I will have 3 days to be off before I have to go back to work which will give me plenty of time to be able to move my hand. Considering I can type with one hand it shouldn't be hard.

So Monday I have to go for all of my pre-testing which I hope I can pass all of them. If not then I won't be having surgery. I have a pre-existing abnormal Q-wave in my heart that I have apparently had since 1989. Hmmm imagine my surprise when I found that out. Now there is all kinds of scary things that you can be told when you are being pre-tested for any kind of surgery but my heart is one thing I am always worried about. My dads side of family has heart disease and my dad had at least 5 heart surgeries. So you can see why it worries me. Not to mention the stress I am under at work. I am constantly having chest pains and I know it is from stress and my weight. I am working on getting my weight under control but as for the stress at my work....uh yeah that isn't going to change anytime soon. I have been with my company for 11 yrs and in the same position because there is not advancement opportunity here. Now I am sure you are wondering why I haven't left this place if I can't move up. Well to be honest it is because they do take care of their people. I have been able to take off for months at a time and only work 5 hrs a week and still get paid a full 40 hrs while I was taking care of my mother when she was dying of cancer. Then when my daughter got killed the same year I was off for a whole week and they paid to have her buried and collected over $2,000 for me to help with expenses. So you see my company does take care of me. But the stress level that I have been under with them this last year is enough to have me looking for another job.

So today is Friday and I am going to try my best not to let anything get me stressed but unfortunately as I am sitting here writing this at work, my receptionist just called my desk and started rambling about a call and then hung up before I could respond. I swear I wish they would fire her. errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr is all I can say about it at this point because no matter how much me and other co-workers have complained about her they won't do anything about it. So even though the company takes care of their employees they also fail to discipline or correct any of their employees when they are not doing what they are suppose to be doing.

Breathe, just breathe is all I can keep telling myself to do today because if not I might just lose it. In closing I hope everyone has a great day and a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

HUGE AVON GIVEAWAY

Avon Give Away and Review

I sell Avon and who better to help me get the word out then my sister-in-law Kisha over at The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife. If you haven't been to her blog then please stop by and say hi. She loves make-up, oh wait did I say loves make-up? What I meant to say is eats, breathes and sleeps make-up. I sell make-up and I have never seen as much make-up as she has. So as a fun way to get the word out about my Avon business I have decided that we are going to link up together. I have given her alot of great products, tons of samples and I have already placed a special order for her that she don't know about unless she is reading my blog. Love you Kisha

So for every one that goes to my Avon Site and places an order you will be entered to win this Awesome Give Away. The prize is valued at over $157.00 if you were to buy them separately but you can get it for free by placing an order and getting entered. We will pick a winner on February 1, 2013 and it will ship on February 4, 2013. You can check out her video here and you can even let us know what you think about any of the Avon products you have tried.

I have used Avon for years and I absolutely agree with Kisha that the eyeliners are to die for. That is the only eyeliner that I have used for the last 18 yrs now. As for the Flawless foundation, uh hellooooooooooo, it is the greatest ever. It really does blend right in to your skin-tone and you can't tell you are even wearing it. I love it to pieces and it is soft and silky. So stop by my Avon Store and take a look around. Avon is so much more then just make-up. We have something for everyone including your child/children. If you have any questions on any of the products please feel free to contact me direct and I will get back to you ASAP with an answer.

Post Holiday Hodge Podge

1. What is one thing or area in your home or life you hope to report is completely organized when 2013 draws to a close? Do you have a plan to make it happen?
I would have to say my garage, office and spare room. As for plan there isn't one other then one day at a time.

2. What's the worst uniform you've ever had to wear for a job?
I would have to say White Castles, I loved the food but hated the uniform.

3. What was your last kitchen 'mishap'? This question comes to you courtesy of Betty who blogs over at A Glimpse into Midlife...everyone go say hi to Betty!
I would have to say frying an egg. My husband decided that we needed to have these really pretty stainless steel pans since all the cooking shows have them and the damn things caused everything to stick no matter how much oil or butter I used. It aggravated me to no end.

4. How do you protect yourself against other people's negativity?
I ignore it honestly and when I can't I just tell them to either do something about it or shut the hell up. If you do what you have always done then you will get what you always got.

5. Who in your family do you most resemble (physically)? If you have children, who do people say they favor? Do you agree?
I would have to say my mother may she rest in peace. As for my children they all seem to resemble me but the one that looks the most like me is my daughter Heather who is in Heaven with her Nana. This is them about a year before they both died the same year.

6. January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day...will you be celebrating?
Sorry I am a little late on this post but no I didn't celebrate it, I didn't even know it existed until now.

7. Some of the 'world's best winter festivals' are...Mardi Gras (New Orleans), Quebec Winter Festival (Canada), Sundance Film Festival (Park City Utah), Rio Carnivale (Brazil), Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan), Venice Carnival (Italy), and the Harbin Ice Festival (Northern China). Of those listed (and if cost were not a factor) which would you most like to attend and why?
Well I would have to say Venice Carnival only because it is in Italy and I have always wanted to go there.

So not feeling it today!!!!!!

Ok so today I wake up aching all over, no energy and all I want to do is go back to sleep. But instead, I drag my sorry sore ass out of the bed, get in the shower and head to work. Mind you I am 15 minutes late because I didn’t want to get up and damn sure didn’t want to get out of the shower. Either way, I am at work. Well today I went to the doctor for my carpel tunnel only to get there and find out I am a day early. Geez just what I needed today. Not only am I feeling like crap but I take out of work to go to the appointment only to find that I have to do it again tomorrow.

Today was supposed to be a good day, nice weather and a day to get things done. Instead, it is a crappy day. I don’t feel good, it is raining and as for getting what I wanted to get done today, uh yeah that isn’t going to happen either. My daughter Victoria borrowed my spare queen bed when she was living in Lexington with her best friend. Well my daughter decides one day that she is just going to up and move back to Houston and leave my bed at her best friends house. So I have been trying to coordinate a day with her and go pick up my bed but every time I do it seems to rain. Now some of you are probably thinking that since it is a spare bed to just forget about it if I don’t need it. Well I would however, I just bought the bed 3 yrs ago and paid over a thousand dollars for it. So yeah, no I am not just going to forget about it. I guess I will just have to wait it out and eventually get my bed.

Anyway, I am making this a short post and getting off of here so I can pretend to do some work today. Although I am looking for other employment because I just can’t handle this one much longer. I have been here for 11 yrs and am more then ready for a change.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Sunday Social

This is my first Sunday Social so here it goes.

This Weeks Questions:

1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the new year?

I plan on changing alot of my eating habits. I have sturggled with loosing weight for some time and this is the year it is going to come off.

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?

Walking and drinking alot of water. Believe it or not ice cold water burns calories because your body has to work harder to heat it up. Plus it helps to hydrate your skin and wash out toxins.

3. Favorite thing you did over the Holidays?

I got to go to North Carolina and spend Christmas with my my son, my brother, Sister-in-law Kisha aka The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife and her family aka Life According to Lenetta.

4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2013 that you did not in 2012? >

Loose about 30 lbs, get the garage organized and excel in Avon Sales.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why:
  • A) Buy a new vehicle. My husband is 6'2 and he says my car is made for fun-size people.
  • B) Buy our first rental property so that we will have renewable income throughout the year.
  • C) Getting out and taking alot of photographs of out of the way places.

    Saturday, January 05, 2013

    Money Saving in a Neat Way

    Save Save Save Save

    Ok so my co-worker Tina came across this the other day on Facebook and we thought it would be neat to do. Basically how it works is you put however many dollars with the number of week of the year it is into an envelope. As you will see below. You can either put it in an envelope or for extra savings you can start a savings account at ING. At the end of the year you should have saved at least $1,378.00.

    Now if most of you are like me you are probably wondering where you are going to get the extra money every week to put away. Well lets think about that. The average price of a pack of gum anymore is about $1.19 depending on where you buy it at. The average bottle of soft drink is more then a 2-liter which is about $1.58-$1.99 a bottle. The average price for a bag of chips is $1.99. Now these prices may seem a bit crazy which I think they are but have you ever really noticed the price of some of the "snack" or "drink" items you buy on a trip to the gas station or grocery store. Well trust me when I say they all add up. If you take all of these items and you buy them 5 out of 7 days a week you are blowing $24.43 a week not including tax. If you take that amount and times it by 52 weeks that alone is $1,270.36 a year that you just blow.

    So here is what I want you to do. First ask yourself before you spend your money on these items...."Do I really NEED this?" More often then not you will realize that you don't "NEED" it but you "WANT" it. Wouldn't you "WANT" to have the $1,270.36 at the end of the year instead? Now I know that this is not the number that I mentioned when I first started out, of course this is just an example of 3 items that I could think of right off the top of my head. Here is another example of a way to save ALOT of money. Say you eat McDonald's everyday during your work week. On average you may spend $6.00 a day for your meal if you don't order off the dollar menu. During the week you would have spent $30.00 and if you times that by 52 weeks you spend an average of $1,560.00 a year on McDonalds...uh hello people no brainer here. Pack your lunch and save the money. Now let me remind you...I hardly ever if at all take my lunch to work. What I normally do is buy some groceries and put them at work. Not always but usually. Although that is changing. My co-worker found a cookbook that she thought was really interesting and got it for me as Christmas Gift. She specially told me that she can't wait to try the food when I cook it. Now you are probably thinking why doesn't she just cook it herself. Uh she doesn't cook, she usually eats out alot because her son is in major sports at school so she is always on the go. So the agreement with her and I is that is she brings me breakfast in the morning then I will cook dinner the night before and save her a plate for lunch the next day. So we both win, I get breakfast which I never think to get in the mornings and she always (ok usually if there is leftovers) gets a good lunch.

    Ok here is the breakdown on how this works in the table below. Feel free to print it out and keep it on your fridge or at your office or desk or wherever you keep your bills and bank statments. Wouldn't it be great that at the end of the year you have this extra money for whatever you need. I am thinking a trip, new wardrobe, a piece of furniture you have been wanting but never had the money, you get the idea.

    To see another place where this is at just click Here.

    Sorry the image is kind of blurry. I didn't think I could create a new table so I just scanned the print out I did yesterday. So lets see who all can do this. I think that would be a wonderful way to start off the year and definetly away to keep our eye on the prize at the end of the challenge, yeap you guessed it, you can do whatever you want with the money. Plus you will find that you don't really miss putting it away when you think of it in terms of your healthy choices.

    So lets pass this around and lets see how many people can do it. I think this would be a great way to Share the knowledge of wealth. I would love to hear how you have done.

    Friday, January 04, 2013

    Wooohooooo it's Friday

    Wow was I right about last night. I am exhausted today.

    I don't think there is enough coffee in the world that could help me at this point. I have had 4 cups and still want to pass out.

    All I can say is

    My Mothers Heavenly Birthday

    Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!

    Well today is a very special day for our family. This very day my mother was born 79 yrs ago. However, she has been celebrating it in Heaven for the last 4 years. On this special day every year my brothers and I would always spoil our mother. One brother would buy her lottery tickets, one brother would give her money and me, well I would take her to Bingo. She loved lottery tickets, every woman loves money and we both loved Bingo.

    So today we are wishing our mother who is in Heaven a Happy Heavenly Birthday. I know that she is not alone for my daughter Heather (first born grandchild)is in Heaven with her and they wouldn't want it any other way. My mother, my daughter and I were all extremely close. Surprisingly when my mom died both my daughter and I handled it pretty well. I guess because we were sort of prepaired for it. My mom was diagnosised with Stage 4 lunch cancer on 12/28/07. Her survival rate was less then 1 percent within 6 months. This news was devastating!!!!!! The woman who held our family together, the one we all turned to including our friends, the woman who had worked at the roughest, toughest, meanest bar in the city of Louisville was going to die and there was nothing we could do to stop it. Our mother had been through hell and back in her life but no matter what her main priority was always her children and grandkids. She would do anything for anyone no matter if she had it or not she would find away to get it for someone. This is who my mother was

    Our mom pasted away on April 19, 2008 which was less then 4 months from the time she was told the devastating news. She was never alone. One of us kids were by her side at all times except at night when she was in the hospital getting her medicine regulated to try and help her survive. Once she was released we brought her home and I took care of her around the clock. I am not going to sit here and take all the credit because my brothers and my children helped me when I needed it. They were all worried how I was going to handle her dying when she was always the one constant in my life and my personal cheering section in life. I managed to handle it just fine. However, in less then 6 months I was hit with one of the worst blows a parent could be hit with. My first born, the first born grandchild to my mother, a mother to 2 beautiful children KayLee and Aadyn was killed in a motorcycle accident. I remember that night thinking oh God no not my daughter too. I prayed, I cussed, I bargained, I pleaded and everything else in my power for God not to take her also. It didn't work. During all the pleading with God I called upon my mom to not let this happen either and to tell her to get her ass back to us. You see my mom used to always say "I can't take a crap without one of you kids up my ass", "I bet you won't even let me die and rest in peace will you?" and of course Heather always said no. Like I said they were like 2 peas in a pod

    We had our mom cremated because she didn't want to be buried, she was closterphobic and didn't think that putting her in the ground was a good use of space. So for months she sat on my counter and every morning we would talk to her and tell her how our day was. When my daughter died, we all agreed that we should put her ashes in the casket with my daughter, her first born grandchild and they will be forever together. So we did and there are still times that I wonder if mom would have approved because she was so agrainst being buried. But I manage to put my mind at ease because we all know that she wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

    So mom I want to wish you the very best Heavenly Birthday possible. I know you are in Heaven with Heather and God and you all are having a blast. Not to mention you both have your hands full taking care of those poor children who were murdered. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss the both of you but I know in my heart that you are always with me no matter where I go. You are who made me who I am today. You are the one that has taught me that no matter what things will get better. You are the one that taught me that strength doesn't come from muscles but from love and faith. You are the one that gave me life, love and lots of great memories. So for all that you have given me I thank you. God rest your soul and kiss my baby girl for me and tell her to keep watch over us all with you.

    Love Always and Forever Your Children.
    XOXOXOXO

    Going to be a long night

    Snoring

    Ok so here it is my biggest issue in my marriage. Ok well some would say it wasn't but to me it is. SNORING!!!!! My poor husband doesn't get much sleep at night because of it. I on the other hand think I sleep just fine. That is until the morning comes when I don't want to get out of bed because I don't feel like I have slept at all.

    I love sleeping next to my husband but the truth of the matter is that I wake him up at night right along with his heartburn. So every night he gets up and drinks a glass of milk for the heartburn and then goes to sleep on the couch because my snoring is so loud that he can hear it all the way from the end of the house with the bedroom door closed. Now mind you when we first got married and moved in together he was able to get me to stop by making me roll over on my side. Needless to say that didn't last very long.

    So for the past week he has been finding himself sleeping on the couch and of course every morning I wake up and ask how he slept....he just looks at me like I am crazy or something. We have 3 bedrooms and one of them has an extra bed in it and I have offered several times to sleep in another room but he says "you are my wife and you sleep in the bedroom with me". Awwww how sweet he is to say that. I know that he means it but honestly my snoring has gotten so bad he looks wore out all the time. Now my husband works with chemicals all day that go into fire suppression equipment and I don't know how dangerous they are but I know that he needs his rest so he don't mix the wrong chemicals.

    So tonight when he was rubbing his eyes I asked if he had a headache and he said no he just needed about 14 hrs of sleep. Well I can't give him 14 hrs but I can give him a good night sleep. Tonight I am sleeping on the couch. Now I am sure you are wondering why am I not sleeping in the spare room with the bed. Honestly, I don't like sleeping in a bed without him. So I am choosing to fall asleep on the couch watching t.v. which has a timer on it. I can set it for 30 minutes and by then I will be out like a light and none the wiser that there is no noise around me. You know his snoring which can be bad but I know mine is alot worse then his is.

    With that being said I am not going to stay on here any longer because 5 a.m. comes way to early and I have to be at work by 7:30. So I wish you all a Happy Friday and bear you all a good night.

    Sincerely tired and going to be hurting in the morning from the couch. Trust that tomorrow I will be doing research on doctors to help with my issue. Maybe then I can get more energy back not to mention a great night sleep with my husband snuggled next to me.

    Thursday, January 03, 2013

    Greatest Husband Ever

    Greatest Husband Ever

    mmmm coffeeeeee

    I can't express how much I love my husband. He is the best I could ask for. Always making me smile, don't get me wrong sometimes he makes me mad as hell. But mostly makes me smile.

    I sent him a text today at work just to tell him that I loved him and surprisingly he calls. One to tell me he loves me but also to tell me he hasn't made dinner in a while and wanted to know if I wanted him to cook....well DUHHHHH.

    So tonight when I get home he has dinner going and a cup of coffee waiting on me mmmmm I love my coffee. He usually has it premade and ready for me to push the on button when I come home but tonight he had it already brewed for me. I have to say he knows me all to well. Of course every night before I go to bed I always premake the coffee to start about 15 minutes before he gets up so it will be ready for him.

    I have to say I am one lucky woman. My man makes me coffee, has his arms open and waiting when I get home, cooks and cleans. He won't let me even touch the dirty dishes. Awwww yes, my wonderful husband, did I mention he is the greatest husband ever...lol. I know you probably disagree and think that your husband is the greatest and I am sure for you he is but mine is the greatest for me.

    So I am going to get off of here for now and go fix me a plate of dinner. I hope everyone has a wonderful evening and a better Friday.

    Smile the weekend is almost here

    Getting Motivated

    New Year New Plans

    Ok so every year we all go through “this year I…..” stage and usually by day 3 we are back in the rut of the previous year.

    I am not going to lie, of course I do it. The difference is this year, I didn’t say any of that. I know that I won’t do things before I say them no matter how good they sound.

    For example, I bought the Malibu Pilates chair almost 2 yrs ago and guess what? Yeap that’s right. I put it together finally 2 ½ months ago and yeap still haven’t used it. Now don’t get me wrong I had honest intensions of using it when I paid over $200.00 for it. But as usual I am lazy and just don’t feel right about working out by myself.

    So this year I asked my husband to work out with me and he just looked at me funny and said “I will continue on my one plate diet”. Gee honey that is great “if you can continue to eat only one plate” I thought. Of course he hasn’t lost any weight doing this. Because guess what people……YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE in some form or another to lose weight. Me bending my to my mouth and getting up and down off the couch for more coffee and food does not count.

    So here we go with the new plan. Since my sister-in-law Kisha at The Glamorous Life of a French Housewife has got me to blogging, I plan on doing a post everyday about my daily food habits. Now I am not the best at staying on track but I am going to do my best. I mean after all I have been paying $20 a month for a gym membership for a year now and have only used about 10 times. So you see I have wasted a lot of money on something AGAIN that I don’t use but had good intensions.

    So I have started to follow a couple other posts on the blogging community and hopefully I can get really inspired about finally loosing some of my weight.
    I am suppose to be between 125-150 lbs but I am in all honestly 220 lbs so you see I have some major weight to loose.

    Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Movie Review

    FireProof

    FireProof The Movie



    My husband and I got it as a giftfor Christmas. My husband was kind of sarcastic about it when he was handed the movie and said oh great a movie about "foundation savers". Needless to say I smacked him and told him that wasn't nice. You have to understand that my husband is in the fire extinguisher business and he is the actual "foundation saver" so to speak. Don't get us wrong we respect firefighters but apparently they have nicknames for anyone who works in public service.

    The movie has a great plot and the acting was great. I read on the cover that it was a movie about a fireman who had his firehouse in order but had difficulty with keeping his home in order. Ok sounds good I will watch. I did not realize at the time that it was a spiritual movie. Don't let that stop you from watching it!! There are alot of scenes in the movie that both my husband and I looked at each other on and responded with "how true". This movie will make you do some thinking that is for sure.

    Now even though there is several scripture versus mentioned and references to God, I did not find it to be overly religious. I go to church and have been since my husband and I got together 3 yrs ago. I have been reading the Bible, I have even bought 2 Bibles and I still don't understand alot of it. However, this movie makes some of it perfectly clear in todays language. The Examples it gives is remarkable and it does make you think.

    My husband and I previously had a conversation about how things are going in our marriage and my number one issue was that "we don't do anything together", because everytime I ask him to go somewhere with me he wouldn't. His response was "well it don't take two of us to go to the store, you can make decisions on your own". Now I am sure that you ladies are probably picking up on what I was really saying, he however, CLUELESS!!!!! This is one of the things this movie touches on, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION, COMMUNICATION. You have to communicate clearly, rather you think they should know what you want or what you are thinking, you still have to communicate it clearly.

    It talks about taking the other person for granted, making the other feel less then desirable, and a variety of other emotions. For more information on the concept of the movie CLICK HERE

    I didn't realize that there was actually such a book called "The Love Dare" by Stephen Kendrick which I can't wait to get my hands on. This book is not just a book for couples in trouble but a book to make your marriage stronger and your love more true. To see more on the concept you can check it out Right Here

    The soundtrack on the movie was great as well. I will be finding out where to get that at also. I do have to say that you will need to have some Kleenex handy or at least I did. I cried towards the end but not alot. I can't handle watching a grown man cry...lol. So in closing I give this movie 2 thumbs up and highly recommend it.