Friday, November 13, 2009


I've been getting a lot of compliments lately on different things. I always have a lot of compliments on my smile, but recently the compliments have been multiplying. Personally, I don't see it. I just don't understand what it is about my smile that people like well enough to say something. Today, I even had someone asked me if I get a lot of compliments on my freckles. What? That was in addition to several customers who told me they liked my pretty face, my smile, and one lady even complimented my "tiny nose." What in the world? Where are all of these coming from? I'm beginning to like myself a lot more, and I'm even beginning to think that I am pretty, but I don't really understand what it is that people are seeing. Help anyone?

On a slightly different, yet same, note, a lady I worked with today told me she knew I had been raised in a Christian home. That, of all of the compliments I got today, meant the most.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Not a lot going on in the life of Shea. I scheduled/confirmed my orientation for school. I decided to live in University housing. I still haven't told my boss, or anyone else for that matter, that I am moving. Next week, my sister and I are going to TN to see the new Twilight movie, New Moon, with my friend Naiomi. We are all VERY excited to see this movie. I, for one, have high hopes for this one, because the last one absolutely sucked! We shall see. I believe that is all. Oh, and I trained for accounting this week for work. I went to another store Mon, Tues, and Wed and trained to work accounting, which means I learned to handle the big time money in our store. I had already learned it a little at my store, but they changed the way we do things, and I had to go and learn it somewhere other than my home store. So, now, I think that is all. I will keep you posted on school, moving, work, telling my boss, etc.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Isn't it nice when you have "an excuse" to buy new clothes for yourself? You need a new dress for that wedding next month, or a new suit for the interview tomorrow, or a new outfit for that party this weekend. Whatever it is, we love any excuse to spend money. However, that "excuse" isn't so great when it means that the clothes you JUST BOUGHT no longer fit (in my case, they're getting too big), and now look very bad. My jeans that I just bought from Old Navy, thank goodness I bought them when they were all on sale for $15, are now too baggy in the butt, to loose around the waist, and there's plenty of room for someone else in the legs. I like the idea of getting smaller, but I hate the fact that this means I am in constant need for new clothes, because the ones I have don't fit! This is a very expensive "excuse."

Please note: should you take pity on me and feel the need to take me shopping (mother) I ACCEPT!

Not A Good Moment

It's 4:17 AM and I am AWAKE against my will. I would love to be sleeping, unaware of things going on in the world, but instead, I am awake. Perhaps it has something to do with the stomach cramps I have, OR in the worrying over something completely out of my control, OR in the stress of knowing that I don't have as many hours at work next week as I was hoping, and therefore my financial plans for the month are kind of thrown for a loop, OR in the stress of worrying that I'm not getting everything done for school in time, OR maybe it's a combination of all of the above, which I believe answers the "why is there a knot in my stomach?" question. Either way, I. Am. Awake, which makes for a very unpleasant moment. I was having an unpleasant moment earlier this evening, when I just needed to sit down and cry. Cry about school, moving, missing my mom, missing my dad, wanting to be closer to my family, money, leaving my job, getting a new job, leaving my friends here, finding new friends there, missing my Grandpa, being alone, my life, telling my boss I'm moving, not wanting to go to work, where the heck is my husband?!?, the customers I have come to know and love but will be leaving soon, the weather, the country, YOU NAME IT, I CAN CRY ABOUT IT!!! It's just been one of those days, and to cap it off, I'm awake, thinking about all of it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stat Counter

So, I added a stat counter to the bottom of my blog, so that I can count how many people visit my blog. 9 people have visited my blog since Saturday. In conclusion, my life sucks and no one cares.

PS- 8 out of the 9 visitors were probably my mom. Thanks mom.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1

So, I was off today, and I decided to soak up a little television. And by a "little" television, I mean I watched 2 1/2 movies, 2 episodes of One Tree Hill, an episode of Vampire Diaries, an episode of Supernatural, and I am probably going to catch up on my Army Wives before the night is over. Of course, I have to be at work at 8 AM tomorrow, so I really shouldn't stay up too late, but I'm on a roll!

On a much more serious note, I have been thinking a lot about missions in the last 24 hours, and I think I would really like to go on another mission trip. I went many many years ago, when I was about 16, to Quito, Ecuador, but since I was so young, I didn't really appreciate the experience. I have never really thought that I was cut out to be in the mission field full-time, but I do think I was born to help others less fortunate than myself, and what better way to do that than by sharing the Gospel? So, while I don't foresee this trip happening in the very near future, it is definitely something I will be thinking and praying about for the next several months. Please joing me in asking God if a.) this is something He would really have me do and b.) when and where He would like for me to go.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Moving Forward

I still don't feel like I am actually moving, but I think as more things are set in stone, I will start to feel like everything is coming together and it really is official. There are still some things that need to be done, like talk to my boss, send in the rest of my info for fin. aid, and schedule my orientation, but, for the most part, things are looking good.

On a slightly different note, I have begun my Christmas shopping!!!! I finished 3 people today, and by "finish" I mean I bought over and above what I intended to, not to mention that as time goes by, I will wish I had not already bought for them, so that I could instead buy whatever it is that I think would be PERFECT for them. Again, that is ok. There is always next year, or birthdays, or just because!!

Lastly, while I was out Christmas shopping, I, of course, bought something for myself!!!! I had a little birthday money left over, so I bought myself a nice bamboo cutting board, a matching paper towel holder, and a really pretty pink glass vase. Very excited!!! And yet, there is still so much more that I will need!!!! Oh well, all in good time...............

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Big Secret Revealed

I have talked earlier about some changes taking place in my life, but I never actually told you what they were. Well, I have decided it is time. About a month ago, I made the decision to leave Atlanta so that I could pursue my degree in communications at Augusta State University. I will be moving in late December/early January, and starting school shortly thereafter. This new change is one that I am both nervous and excited about. I have always wanted to finish my degree but I never, for some crazy reason, found the motivation to get out there and do it. Then, one day, it hit me; JUST DO IT!! Stop sitting around waiting for a billboard to tell me what my next move should be; just make a decision and go with it. So I did. I applied to ASU, had my transcripts sent, and was accepted right away. They are still waiting on a few things from me for financial aid, but I will be getting those in the mail, and everything should be squared away for me to schedule my orientation and get this show on the road! Please pray for me as I take this next step. I have no idea where it will lead, or how it will get me to where I think I am going, but I do hope that God will open my eyes that I might see His will as He reveals it to me.

So, here are some prayer requests for me:

That the money would all fall into place
That I would get a nice/decent roommate in University housing
That the transition from Atlanta to Augusta would be smooth
That the transition from my job here to my job there be smooth and that I come to like my workplace there as much as I do here
That God would continue to guide me in the direction He would have me go, and continue to allow everything to fall into place

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

So, October is almost over, which means my birthday month is almost over, BUT that's ok because so begins the Christmas season. My FAVORITE!! This is by far my favorite time of year. Here are just some of the things I love about this time of year:

Changing colors of the leaves
Smell of football in the air
Cool weather
PRESENTS!! (both giving and receiving!)
Christmas songs, lights, trees
Enormous meals that make you feel like you won't eat for days

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Going Crazy

I have recently discovered the beauty of ordering prints online from It. Is. Fabulous! I started out because there were a few from my day at the zoo and the corn maze with my family that I wanted to frame for my room, and it went downhill from there. I then decided that I wanted to print some of the pics from my Disney trip to put in my fancy shmancy Disney photo album, AND THEN I decided that I wanted to print some of these photos to frame and give to people for Christmas presents. A little crazy? I'm thinking yes. Luckily, this little venture is very cheap, and I can do all of this for less than $5. No lie. Of course, I still have to buy the $10 frames to put these $0.20 pictures in, but that's ok! Here are some of the ones I wanted to frame for myself:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Times!!!

Today was a good day! My family came up from South Carolina to see my cousins, Sam and Jack, play t-ball. As usual, that made for a pretty good show. Between Jack demonstrating "excessive celebration" after getting out (he was tagged just as he reached home plate but he touched home plate anyway immediately followed by fist-pumping into the air) and Sam flipping off the crowd (he was trying to say we were number 1, but that's not the msg that comes across when one uses one's middle finger to say "number 1"), we all had a pretty good time. Oh yeah, and they won! After, we all went to have lunch, and parted ways so that the boys could take a nap, my Aunt could go do a photo shoot, and my family and me could go outlet mall shopping. I got a little of my Christmas shopping out of the way; my brother picked out some clothes for himself, and I bought myself a late birthday/early Christmas present. It is beautiful, and now I think I know what I am getting my mom for Christmas. Ahhh, Christmas, my favorite holiday! I like receiving, no doubt, but I also really like the giving, and even more...the shopping!!! So, again, today was a very good day!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Being A Christian

Have you ever pondered the beauty of not having to have a conscience? Of, aside from standard state and federal laws, you had no one to be held accountable to but yourself? Getting drunk isn't wrong unless you drive; you can have sex with whomever, whenever you please, married or otherwise; smoke a little pot, get a little high; say whatever words come into your brain and go with it; whatever works for you. Basically, if it doesn't land you in jail (and even then), it's ok. That's an interesting life, and for some, that's the good life, but not for me. I choose to live by a standard that holds me more accountable not only for my actions, but also my words and my thoughts. I choose to live and model my life after Christ, in hopes that the people I meet and He reaches through me will come to know and live for Him.

Some of the people I am praying for right now are:

Jose- realize who he is, isn't who he has to be
Bradley- go to school, find a good job

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Costume Jewelry

I have decided to expand my jewelry collection by purchasing some costume jewelry. Today at Kohl's, I bought a couple of bracelets, necklaces, and a pair of earrings. I bought them in sets, necklace and bracelet to match; All super cute, and all picked out to go with specific outfits. I don't mean I want the cheap, or kiddie stuff; I want nice, colorful yet simple jewelry that enhances my outfits and looks cute. I just want to "accessorize" a bit more than I do right now. This is something I have always wanted to do and I have decided to go with it!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

I Made It

I finally got all of my stuff packed for Disney. There are way too many articles of clothing, only 3 pairs of shoes, and enough panties to last me a month, but that's how I roll. All I have left to do now is pack up my laptop, figure out which book I want to take, and maybe pick out a movie or two to watch on my laptop, should I feel the need to stay up later and watch one. We will be leaving in the morning, that's less than 24 hours from now!!!! and soon I will be at the one and only WALT DISNEY WORLD!!! ........................Jealous.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Life Of One

Many of us are very fortunate. We may not drive shiny new cars, or live in big, fancy houses, but we do have a lot of things others don't. Most of us have a roof over our heads, food in our pantry, a pillow to lay our heads on at night, etc. What about the people who don't have those things? Or the people who struggle day and night to have only those things? Or what about the people who have all of that, but suffer another misfortune? Sick child, abusive spouse. I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself when I say that I am a very spoiled, and thus naive, little girl. I grew up in a nice home with nice things and people who love me. I've never had to wonder when my next meal would be, or whether or not there would be somewhere for me to sleep, or worry about having to hide in my closet until the scary part was over. What's sad is that that is the reality to many Americans today. My question to myself is: what can I do to help? Please understand, I'm not out to bring on world peace. I just want to know what I can do, to maybe make the life of one other person just a little bit better.

I've always had this thought that one day, I would like to have enough money to help those who are less fortunate than myself. I have a mental checklist of people whose lives I would like to make better one day. People I know. People who are kind, and good, and deserve a break from the hand that has been dealt them. I don't know that I will ever be at a place where I can totally change someone's life with a check and a lot of zeros, but what I can do, what I will always be able to do, is show love and kindness. Show them Jesus.

One More Thing......

I forgot to tell you, it's

MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Disclaimer: I will be accepting gifts all month.

Can you tell I don't want to be doing what I should be doing?

I am leaving for Disney is less than 48 hours, and I still haven't packed. Why? Because I would rather sit on Facebook and pick my fave 5 on everything. My favorite 5 movie quotes, five people I would want to be stuck in an elevator with, five random things that start with the first letter of my name, etc. I. Don't. Want. To. Pack. In my own defense, I did sit down and type up a packing list. I think that should get me some points in the productivity department. When I was younger, and I was about to go on a youth trip or something like that, I couldn't wait to pack. I wanted to get all my clothes out, and pack everything I owned, things I couldn't possibly need where I was going but "just in case," and have it ready DAYS in advance. I'm not sure when I became such a procrasinator. I mean, I've always been one, but I don't remember it always being this bad. Even as I sit here, I know that the longer I prolong this, the more I will hate myself for waiting so long. Sigh. Ok, I'm going to do it. Maybe.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Family Prayer Requests

First up, my Grandmother had surgery on one of her feet last Friday. I'm not sure exactly why, but her toes on both of her feet have started "shifting" and so, one foot at a time, she is having steel rods placed in her toes to straighten them out. She had the first foot done this past Friday, and in 6 weeks, she will have the other one done. I talked to her Friday night and she was doing alright, granted her foot was starting to wake up, so she was just beginning to feel the repercussions of such a pleasant procedure. I'm not really sure what to ask for you to pray, other than that God would be with her, and that the pain would be minimal.

Next, just before my Grandmother went into surgery, she received a phone call. That phone call was to let her know that her son, my biological father, had been in a motorcycle accident and had several injuries. He has a broken arm, which had to have surgery. Steel rods and metal plates are holding his arm together because, while they could get it set, it wouldn't stay. He has, obviously, several scrapes and bruises, road burn, and 4 broken ribs. Please pray that his arm and ribs heal nicely, he wouldn't experience too much pain, and will be able to enjoy our upcoming Disney experience to the full extent!

Finally, my brother has Swine Flu. Or so I've heard. I believe he started showing symptoms on Saturday, and is still sick today, Monday. Please pray that he would get over this quickly, and will be able to catch up with school easily.

Also, since my parents and sister live in the same house as my brother, please pray that they would not get this sickness, or that, if they already have, they would get over it quickly.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Blockbuster Online

So, I recently signed up for blockbuster online. I started with the 2 week free trial, and then I went with the one movie at a time, unlimited per month plan. So far, I'm loving it!! I have seen all of the Tyler Perry movies, which are hilarious, and I just saw "I Love You, Man" which was crazy hilarious! I did see "Dance Flick" which was TERRIBLE!!! As I knew it would be, but the main storyline for this spoof was "Save The Last Dance," which I love, so I had to see this. What a waste! Next up is "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet. This movie, as well as Kate Winslett, got several nominations so it ought to be pretty good. We shall see. Well, that's all for tonight folks.

Btw, in the coming months, my blogs will probably be more personal, and not so much of this random Wii and Blockbuster shout outs. Just so you know.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away...Come Again In 10 More Days

It rained here for a week and a half straight. It was depressing, really. Then, one morning I wake up to find that my friend sent me a text asking if I was alright. I knew she meant from the rain, but I still thought that was strange. I mean, sure, there was a river running along one side of our yard, flowing into the one going down the sides of the street, but was I ok? Of course. It wasn't until I got on the internet the next day, and on my home page there was an article about a family who jumped from their home in order to save their lives, that I realized that while I might be ok, there were some families who weren't. So, while I thought the rain was depressing in a gloomy sort of way, there are families who found the rain depressing in a whole other way. Above are some pictures that were taken in this area. The one of the roller coaster is at Six Flags Over Georgia.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


So, all along I have known that I would be leaving for Disney on October 4th, but up until just the other day, I did not realize that that day was only 9 DAYS AWAY!!! Holy crap where did the time go?!? Who cares?!?! I'm going to DISNEY!!! Begin Countdown.....

That's a really lame 9.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I have sooo many things to blog about, but I just CAN'T! Not yet, anyway. Life decisions are being made and I am totally PUMPED!!! I know, I know. I've said that before, but this time all of the ducks are in a row; I just have to bite the bullet and go for it! So, that's all for now. Wish me luck!!

Prayer Requests:
A good, decent roommate
Money all falls into place
New job

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vampire Diaries

There's this new show on the CW called "Vampire Diaries." It is very intriguing and I LOVE it!! It's about this young woman, named Elena, who has two vampires in her midst. One of them, who does not feed on humans, is in love with her and the other, his brother who does feed on humans, is very evil and trying to make the "good" vampires life miserable. So, we have sibling rivalry, forbidden love, a character with psychic abilities, and the all-too-familiar high school drama going on making for one amazing show. If you haven't taken part in this awesome, mysterious show, you are definitely missing out!! You can catch up on the first two episodes on Be sure you check those out before this Thursday at 8/7c so you can be up to speed for episode 3. You won't be disappointed!

Lovin' Me Some Wii Fit

So, I started my Wii Fit a couple of weeks ago and I have lost about 3lbs since then. That is exciting. I also feel myself getting stronger, and am noticing a difference in my forearms. On the other hand, my back is killing me. On Wii Fit, you can do yoga, which includes a lot of stretching of your back. Well, now my back hurts. I'm hoping this is a good thing, because I feel like I am growing a hunchback. Goody. Overall, though, Wii Fit is not only helpful, it's also fun. Check it out.

In addition, I have also started a new quiet time, or devotional time. I am doing "Jesus: 90 Days with the One and Only" by Beth Moore. I have never done a Beth Moore study, but I know several people who have and they love them. The one I am doing isn't really a bible study as it is a devotional time. I like it because it doesn't take a lot of time, and yet you still get a lot out of it. If you have never done one of her studies like this, I highly recommend it.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


was much better!!! Thanks to my day yesterday, I woke up with a feeling of dread thinking that when I got to work today, I would be written up for something. This feeling was so bad, I wanted to call in sick, but instead, I went to work. It was completely fine. I got there and the mgr who had lectured me the night before, called me to the front and asked me to help out; this was before I even had a chance to start on my tasks for the day. So, after that, I knew I would be ok. I cannot say the same for two of the people with whom I work. The first one told me not long after I got there, that he had gotten written up this morning because last night when he left, his department was not "up to par" and because he left early without informing management. The second friend, who is not very well liked by our boss, Trish*, for unknown, and probably stupid reasons, was told by our MOD that Trish had called and told him that she wanted my friend terminated because he had lied to her, and she didn't want him anymore. Lucky for my friend, the MOD recognizes that he is a good, hard worker, and told him that he would not be terminated. However, it would be nice if he would apologize to Trish for the situation. I'm sure that my friend will do that, but that will not make Trish like him anymore, not to mention she will be on his case even more. Sorry Parker*!!!!

*Names have been changed....hehe

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Yesterday SUCKED!! It started out fine...while I was still at home. Once I left my house, it started to go downhill, and I mean quickly. I got in my car to leave, and immediately my gas light came on, which it had done the night before on my way home, and I had forgotten that I needed to get gas. Ok, fine. I went to the gas station, put in my $10, got back in my car and started on my way to work. As I'm driving down the longest stretch, I start to have an "attack," or, in layman's terms, a bathroom emergency. Well, I contemplate for a moment: do I want to try to make it to work? even if I can make it to work, do I really want to do this THERE? Hmm, that doesn't matter because I don't think I'm going to make it to work. So, I turn around and head back to my house. Luckily, I wasn't more than 8 minutes from home, so that only left me 15 minutes late for work. Ok, fine. Bathroom emergency taken care of, on my way once again. I get to work. As I am clocking in, I notice a cake on the breakroom table; it looks like coconut. I clock in, walk into the breakroom to see what the occasion is that we have cake in the breakroom. It's not coconut. It's the 3-layer 50th anniversary cake, that took me majority of the previous day to make, (and therefore other things that really needed to be done got put on the back burner) for my boss's parents' wedding anniversary. He asked someone else to redo it, so mine made it to the breakroom to be devoured by my fellow employees. Ok, fine. My cake really wasn't that great, I realize; after all, I have no experience with that kind of thing. (and the redo was very pretty) So, I go on about my day. I get to the bakery to find that my other boss, the same one who did the redo, had base-iced me several cakes (the ones that were put on the back burner the day before) so that I could decorate them. Awesome! I proceed to decorate, and fill that part of the bunker. Well, I then decide to do some cupcakes, which were on the agenda for today, but I really felt they needed to be done ASAP. So, I go to the back freezer to get a case of cupcakes, only to return to the bakery and realize I don't have time. Well, I do 4 6-packs of cupcakes, and ask my friend Cameron to help me clean since I am behind. He agrees, and I end up getting done an hour before I need to leave. So, I debate. Should I do some cupcakes even though by the time I get everything out, and ready to go, there won't be much time before I have to start cleaning up again? Not to mention, my bakery is already clean, and do I really want to clean it twice? No, I don't. So, I go up front and help the guy at customer service because he has a rather long line, and he tends to be a bit slow. No problem. I help him knock it out, and everything is good to go. I get started bagging, when the MOD calls me over and asks me why I am up front. My being up front is not the first time I have done this, and usually this is no big deal. Apparently, that is no longer the case. I explain why I am up front, and he asks me if my department is in top shape. I tell him no; the cupcakes are low. He then proceeds to lead me to the bakery and lecture me on how I should "make sure my own department is in good shape before I help another." I understand this; makes perfect sense. My problem? The fact that I am a hard worker who normally does a lot more than the bakery MANAGER, and leaves the bakery looking pretty darn good, and yet, here we are pretending as though that is not the usual circumstance, and acting like I don't know how to do my job. Thanks! Ok, fine. I leave work, and go out to eat with some friends from work. We have a good time, the food is good, we laugh, tell funny stories, talk some store gossip, everything there is great. We leave the restaurant and part ways, my friend Delia is riding with me. We aren't really ready to go home yet so we ride around for a little bit, go into walmart, and then just hang out and talk. This is when I learn that "bank guy," the cute guy who works at the bank in my store, is not interested because he "has standards." Excuse me? I'm sorry, but EXCUSE ME?!?!?! I am the EPITOME of standards!! I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, I don't have sex, since I don't have sex I also don't have any STD nastiness, I come from educated people, I was raised in a nice home with an English teacher for a mother so I have impeccable grammar and a vocabulary that goes on for days, and he's not interested because he has STANDARDS?????????????????? Needless to say, yesterday, I was apparently walking around in a parallel universe. I hope today I have woken up on planet Earth. Stay tuned....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

daily reminder

As I was praying for one of my friends this morning, I was reminded of something I should have never forgotten. Lately I have been so caught in what I want to be, and the things I want to have, that I have lost track of WHO I am supposed to be, and who created me in His image. It doesn't really matter what profession I choose, or how much money it makes, or how many children I have. What does matter is how I choose to portray Christ and let others see Him through me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Life's Questions

I've been thinking about my future a lot lately, and it's really hard to decide what will make me the happiest. Do I want to teach? Do I want to work in Marketing? Do I want to live in Atlanta, Augusta, or Tennesee? How many kids do I want? Is it ok if my dogs outnumber my children? Where do I want to get married? and the list goes on and on. How are we supposed to decide today what will make us happy tomorrow?

I have a friend who just started seminary. In some cases, I envy her. She knows where God wants her, at least for today, and she's working towards fulfilling her role in His great plan. I wish that could be me. I don't know what role God has for me. I have no idea where He wants me or how I fit into His will. I have these talents that He has given me, and I know that I am supposed to use them for His Kingdom, but how do I get there? That is the biggest question that plagues me everyday: where am I supposed to be? So, that is the new question, the only question, I should be seeking the answer to, because once I find that, everything else will fall into place.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Calling All Ideas!!

I need an actual concept for my blog. I mean, I need to come up with some purpose for my blog. My friend just started one, and it was a really cute idea. Her's is a fashion blog, where she will be letting her readers know about all of the seasons INs and OUTs. Very, very cute. You can check it out at My dad's blog is another great idea. His is basically a bible study in blog format. He's a pastor, so that's kind of his forte. His is My mom's blog doesn't really have a theme like the last two, but she has some kind of purpose to her's as well. She blogs about her daily life with my siblings, and church, and whatever. It's very interesting. You can check her blog out at And finally, my other friend has a blog, which, like mom's, doesn't so much have a theme, but yet still has a purpose. She also talks about her daily life...her decisions about life, what God is teaching her, how the decisions she has made are progressing, etc. Very good. Her blog site is Be sure to check all of those out, and, in the meantime, I am open to suggestions for my blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Special K Challenge

I have decided to do the Special K Challenge. Why? Quite frankly, because it is easy. I eat a bowl of Special K cereal in the mornings, a Special K meal bar for lunch, make a smart choice when it comes to dinner, and have snack bars in between. I don't have to count points or calories or anything like that; I just eat specific foods that can be worked around my schedule. Of course, the hard part will be not straying from the plan and nibbling something here and nibbling something there. I tend to have excellent self-control when it comes to this sort of thing; once I make up my mind to do something, it seems easy to follow through.

In addition, I have started working out using the Wii Fit. I got that out today and worked myself into quite a sweat, so I think that will be very beneficial. I have also made the decision to not drink ANY soda at all, but especially during the 2 week challenge. I hate water, but I am going to try to drink more of it so that will certainly help too. The goal is to lose 22 lbs in 3 months. While I am not so concerned about the time period, I would really like to lose the weight and tone up and strengthen my body. Those are the ultimate goals. So, starting Sunday, I will be doing the Special K Challenge. No worries, I will keep you posted on my progress!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


My Grandpa died just over 5 years ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and reflect on the time I got to spend with him. I had a very close relationship with him; he was my hero, and I consider myself overwhelmingly fortunate to have known him for as long as I did. Unfortunately, my cousins Sam and Jack will never know that privilege. I say this because yesterday was their first t-ball game ever, and I can't help but think about how much my grandfather would have loved seeing those two sweet, adorable little boys playing ball. It breaks my heart to think about the special events in their lives my Grandpa will never get to see, but even more, it breaks my heart to think about how they missed out on knowing such a special man. Right now, they don't understand or realize that they missed out, but I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to tell them not only how much he meant to me, but also how much they would have meant to him.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I know, I know....

I'm terrible at blogging. I feel like I NEVER have anything to blog about. So, here are just some random thoughts/not-so-interesting updates from my life!

I started training in accounting for my job yesterday. For those of you who don't know, I work at Kroger, which I HATE telling people, and I work as both a cake decorator and a customer service supervisor. I started working there because I wanted to learn to decorate cake, and once I learned all that they could teach me, I decided I wanted to use some of my other talents in addition to decorating cake. So, I asked to work up front at our customer service desk, and the front end people were all too eager to have me, thank goodness! Well, yesterday they started training me to work in what is called accounting. What happens in accounting? Well, that is where all of the heavy duty money-handling happens. We count all of the tills for the registers, keep up with how much money is in the store safe, and run reports on all the happenings that have to do with money. Needless to say, we have to be very careful with what we do to make sure that every penny is accounted for. It is very tedious, not to mention confusing and scary. If I do well, I could potentially move up in the company, in which case the ultimate goal would be to work at the corporate level upon receiving my degree, but I'm not sure that's where I want to be or what I want to do. However, I have a while to think about such things. In the meantime, my front end manager would really like for me to talk to the store manager about him letting me become full-time. I like that idea; the 40 hour paycheck is just a little prettier than the others, and I would also be eligible for pay upgrades, whereas I have reached (or so I have heard) the maximum a part-timer can make, which isn't bad money for retail. I plan on finishing my degree online which allows me to work full-time without the complications of conflicting schedules or grueling commutes. As far as that goes, wish me luck!

I mentioned earlier that the plan is to finish my degree online. The degree/program I am looking at is at Fort Valley State University, which is somewhere in Ga. It is an online English degree that does not require any campus visits, which is ideal, and I would be certified to teach. High school English is the goal there. However, should I choose to go the corporate route, as also mentioned above, I can do that, because with this company, experience usually outweighs education in certain fields. Not to mention, I can always get my Masters in business. Once again, wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Lesson In English

Incorrect: alot
Correct: a lot

Loose= My pants are loose.
Lose= I need to lose weight.

There= There is the car.
Their= It is their car. (shows ownership)
They're= They're going to the car. (they are)

The statement "a whole nother" is incorrect. "Nother" is not a word. The correct statement would be "a whole other."

I before E except after C.
Example: Believe; Receipt

I haven't posted in a while, and these are just some pet peeves of mine. My mother is an English teacher so incorrect grammar and spelling were not tolerated in our home. Therefore, my grammar and spelling are exceptional, of course!! These are just some common mistakes people make. Stay tuned for more.....

Monday, August 3, 2009

FML Mondays

As a reminder, these are not MY FMLs. These were ones I found particularly funny and so they have been taken from the website. I'm sure that is illegal, but, at least I am giving credit to the website:

Today, I gave my mother a pre-prepared deposit envelope with my fortnightly wage in it, in cash. I tell her exactly where the deposit box is and what to do. I'm now desperately calling the bank because my mother accidentely put my $1200 deposit in the little trash can for receipts under the ATM. FML

Today, I went for a run. I ended up being tackled by two cops, handcuffed, and dragged to the station with no explanation. Turns out a house nearby had been robbed and the best description they got was 'A man running'. I didn't even get an apology. FML

Today, my little 7 and 6 year old cousins came visit my family home. I heard the oldest one say that my sister was nice and pretty. Then the youngest replied "Yeah, but the older one has the face of a murderer." FML

Today, my boyfriend of a year told me he is at the point in his life where he is ready to start a family, get married and have a baby. He also casually stated that he wished he could meet someone he could see himself settling down with. FML

Today, a friend asked me if I could help him set up the stage for his wedding. Feeling honored that he considered me a close enough friend to aid him on his special day, I agreed to help. Turns out we aren't so close. I was asked to leave after I was done because I hadn't actually been invited. FML

My favorite for the day is......

Today, I was lying in bed late at night trying to fall asleep. I blew my nose on a kleenex and was too lazy to get up and put it in the garbage. I threw it under my bed when I heard a whispery voice say "Thank you". It was my little brother trying to scare me. I peed myself. FML

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pray, Stupid

Do you ever have those moments where you think:

"What in the world am I going to do? How am I going to get through this?"

and you stress and you stress over a solution, until finally one hits you: PRAY, STUPID!

And isn't it a relief when that solution finally hits you and you realize that there is something bigger out there? Something bigger than YOU, bigger than your PROBLEM, bigger than your CIRCUMSTANCE, and certainly bigger than your EXISTENCE as a WHOLE! You suddenly realize that it's not only not up to you to figure out what to do, but it's more or less your obligation to leave it to Him. That, friends, is a drastic relief to the panic, the fear, the anxiety, the dread, and the utter human emotion of WORRY!

My biggest worry here on earth is money. How am I going to live on my own? How am I going to pay for school? How am I going to buy those new tires I so desperately need? And the list goes on and on. As I was fretting the other day about how I am going to get past a rather large debt I owe, in addition to paying my expired tag ticket and buying new tires, this realization hit me like a gust of wind. PRAY!! Just pray. Not just pray for the money for each of these, but also that God would instill in me a sense of peace and security in Him. A sense of knowing that He has everything under control. That if I ask Him, He will provide what I need, as He always has and always will. And a sense that this, this life, this existence, is only temporary and a mere pin-prick when compared to the glorious eternity that awaits His believers.

When in doubt: PRAY, STUPID!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


One of my favorite television shows is Alias, starring Jennifer Garner. I happen to own all of the seasons on DVD and have watched them all about 3 times. I wasn't kidding when I said it was my favorite. My favorite thing about the show is their ability to pull themselves through impossible situations by means of weapons or fighting. I, personally, would love to learn kickboxing. In addition, I would love to learn basic multiple languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic as well as the more obscure languages such as Korean, Persian, Turkish, and Indonesian. Why would I like to learn these, you ask? Well, I think it would be awesome to be an operative for the CIA. I have researched it recently and learned that they really do have spies for the CIA. They are a part of the Clandestine Services, and they are known as Core Collectors. They are not told that they cannot tell their families and friends, but they strongly encouraged not to do so, even through the application and interview process. These people can range in age from 25-35 years old, and they can have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, and several years experience in substantive business or military before applying. Am I, in any form or fashion, smart enough or capable of becoming one of these people? Of course not, but a girl can dream, right?

Monday, July 13, 2009


I cannot decide where to live. I want to live in Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA, and Shelbyville, TN all at the same time. There are, of course, pros and cons for each one, but the problem is I can't decide which pros really outweigh which cons and which cons outweigh which pros. So, I am enlisting your help to decide. Here goes:


I have a job.
I live for free.
There is a much larger job market for after school.
Billy, Tracy, and the boys.

I have no friends.
There isn't really a school near me that I want to go to.
I would soon want a place of my own, but rent is very expensive here.
Look for a new job elsewhere.
No church, and I HATE church shopping.


I have family there.
I would be between my parents and Billy and Tracy.
It puts me 2 hours closer to my parents.
There is a really nice school, ASU, that I would like to attend.
Less traffic.
Cheaper to live than in Atlanta.

Farther from friends in TN and KY.
Have to find a job.


I have many friends there and a church to go to!
Less traffic.
A school that I would want to attend.
Cheaper to live than Atlanta, and I already have a roommate.
This is my #1 place to move to.
Less job market after grad.
Don't have a job right away.
Closer to friends in KY.
I was always happy here.

I would be 8 hours from my parents, 6 hours from Augusta, and 4 hours from Atlanta.
No job.
I might would have to pay out-of-state fees at school.
In order not to pay extra fees, I would have to live there for one year, but how?
Nowhere near family.

I have italicized the ones that I think are the most important, or weigh the most. What do you think?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Vitamin Water

Whenever I am at work, I usually get really thirsty. In my effort not to drink a lot of coke at work, or at all for that matter, I went in search of an alternative. I had seen this stuff called Vitamin Water, but I always passed it by, being that I am not a big fan of flavored water. I also didn't really know of anyone who drank it, so there was no one I could ask for their opinion. Finally, one day I broke down and bought one. In case you are not familiar, they come in several different flavors, each one designed for a specific purpose. So, I picked one out (I think I picked Focus, because it was pink!) and proceeded to the check out. Well, I tried, and after that, I was hooked. I have tried several different flavors and have actually found some favorites. My #1 is Revive, which is fruit punch. This one offers plenty of potassium, vitamin c, and several b vitamins. Its purpose is to revive you, or refresh you if you are not feeling particularly energetic. My next favorite is Power+C, which is dragonfruit. This one offers vitamin c, zinc, and a couple of b vitamins. Its purpose is to give you the power and stamina needed to run marathons, or chase your kids! Lastly, I like Focus, which is kiwi-strawberry. This one offers lutein, vitamin a, c, and several b vitamins. Its purpose, according to, is to "positively contribute to your eye health." So, not only have a found a refreshing beverage that tastes good, but it's good for me too!


For a little while now, I have been thinking of getting a tattoo. I haven't ever really been one to want a lot of tattoos or piercings, but now I think I would like just a little something, just because it is a little out of character for me. However, I don't want to get a tattoo, just to be getting a tattoo. I want it to be something significant. Something that means something to me, and not just a stupid butterfly or flower with my name on it. Something meaningful. So, I set out in search of the perfect, meaningful, tattoo. I was thinking about a Chinese symbol for something like "love" or "purity" or "grace," but then a friend turned me onto Japanese symbols, which are actually a lot prettier. In typing in "Japanese tattoos" on google, I found a website called and I think I have found what I am looking for. The symbol itself means "God's Grace" and it is very pretty. If you go to the website, click on religious. Scroll down a bit and you will see a large list of things in that category, including God's grace. If you click on that one, 4 different designs will appear at the top of the page, and the one I am considering is labeled "semi-cursive." If I were to get it, it would go on the top of my foot just under my pinky toe. (yes, I stole this location from my friend, Leslie. I am such a copy cat, I know!) What do you think?

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Give It Up

Several years ago, I made the decision to give up soda and ice cream for one year. Starting that day in September, 2002, I would not drink soda or eat ice cream for one year. Of course, I had rules. Well, one rule. I kept sprite so that when I went to a restaurant where I didn't trust the water they would have made the sweet tea with, I could get a fountain drink that I thought would be "safe." I did very well for that one year, and really, I wasn't tempted at all. For example, one time, I went to Baskin Robbins with some church members on the way home from Gatlinburg. They all got ice cream, but I wasn't even tempted to cave. I made it that whole year without drinking any kind of "coke" except for sprite at restaurants, but when it came to ice cream, that following June, I caved. Back then, ice cream was my weakness, so when it got hot, self-control went out the window and I enjoyed some mint chocolate chip ice cream. Even now though, I limit myself on the number of soft drinks I have in one day, and ice cream is no longer something I have to have. If I eat it, I try to be mindful of the other sweets I eat as the days/weeks go by so that I don't have to go up a pants size.

I don't really know why I did it. For the most part, I think I just became aware how much of each of them I consumed and decided that in order to kick the habit, I just needed to stop cold turkey. It was during this little "exercise" that I learned I have impeccable self-control, which is something I greatly appreciate!

Why did I just tell you all of that, you ask? Well, I have decided, once again, to give something up. At this very moment, I have no idea what that something(s) is, but I definitely think soda will be on the list. Since I don't really eat a lot of ice cream these days anyway, it would hardly be worth the effort to lay off, and I don't really eat that many sweets. (despite the fact that I work in a bakery!!) Even now, as I sit here, I can't really think of any one thing that I eat too much of. So, perhaps I shouldn't so much focus on something I should GIVE UP, as I should think about what I should TAKE UP. For example, instead of giving up ice cream, I should eat more vegetables (which I LOVE, so no problem there!). I'm going to have to think on this, in the meantime..........

Any suggestions?

Monday, June 29, 2009

FMyLife Monday

So, as a way to throw a little humor into the lives of my readers, I have decided to make Mondays "FMyLife Mondays." Using the website,, I will be posting my favorite fmylife stories on here for all to enjoy!

Today, I finally got my yearbook for senior year in high school. I started what everyone does, which is count how many times I appear in the yearbook. I stopped when I found a prominent photo of me, picking my nose in class. FML

Today, I grabbed a t-shirt from a basket of clean laundry. It felt quite damp. Later that day I mentioned it to my mum. She says, 'I forgot to tell you the cat has taken to urinating on the laundry when hes mad'. I wore that t-shirt all day, not even noticing I smelt like cat pee. FML

Today, My 5 year old sister informed me she had left me a present in my bed. She had tied a ribbon around a dead rat's neck and propped it up on my pillow. The label says his name was Bert. FML

Today, I found my long lost diary and curiously read it. What's worse than finding out that your mother read your diary? Finding out that your mother wrote comments in it. FML

Today, I was looking through my high school yearbook. I found a picture of myself and a couple of my friends at our senior prom. The caption gave the names of all my friends, their dates who didn't attend our school, and listed me only as "guest." FML

Today, I was walking around the park with my wife. Out of nowhere, a little girl on a bicycle slammed in to me, knocking me to the ground. As I rolled over, sure that my ankle was broken, her father ran over to me. He screamed, "Watch where you're going, douchebag!" FML

These were the best I could do today. Stay tuned for next week's edition of "FMyLife Mondays"!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stupid People

I work behind the customer service desk, aka control center, at work and I generally stay pretty busy. During this time, I usually come across several stupid people at any given time. One day, a lady comes up to the desk and tells me she needs me to call her a cab. At the time, I was finishing something up, so I politely tell her that we have a phone that customers may use, and I will provide her a phonebook so she can call the cab and not have to wait for me. As I am walking to get the phonebook, she begins her little rant.

"Oh, I see. Is this a new service Kroger is offering where customers can call their own cabs?"

I figure, this can go either way and I respond with a simple, "yes, ma'am."

"Well," she says, "I am going to need to speak with a manager about this 'new service' Kroger is offering where a customer has to call her own cab."

At this point, the manager-on-duty walks behind the desk on his phone.

"Is this the manager? I am going to need to speak with this manager," she tells me.

I, again, say "yes, ma'am," and turn to get his attention as he is hanging up his phone. I then proceed to tell him that this customer would like to speak with him. This is how that plays out:

"Excuse me, yes, I need to speak with you about this 'new service' Kroger is offering their customers. I walked up to ask this lady to call me a cab. She hands me a phonebook and tells me to call my own cab."

My manager responds: "Well, ma'am, we usually hold our customers responsible for calling their own cabs. We have this phone here that most of our customers know they can use freely for such matters."

"Well, I am legally blind, but my medical history is none of this young lady's business. I cannot see that phonebook. That young lady is just standing there. Look at her, she is not doing anything. She could be calling me a cab."

My manager responds: "Ok, ma'am. I will call you a cab. Did you have a specific cab service you would prefer?"

My manager then proceeds to call this woman a cab. He walks away, after which coming back and telling me "not to worry about it. How was anyone supposed to know she was blind? She was reading a book!" (when she walked up to the desk, she had a notebook with her that she was flipping through, and sunglasses on her face. nothing about these sunglasses say that she is blind; i simply thought she was weird wearing sunglasses indoors- people do that, you know!)

The woman, however, goes to stand near the door to get something out of her purse, at which point a young man who is with her, and with whom I have already spoken to about his job application and I know for sure that he is perfectly capable of calling a cab for the two of them, walks up and together, they proceed outside to wait for the cab she wanted me, the white girl, to call for her.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

What are you reading?

Months and months ago I talked about looking for new reading material. While I love all of my "old faithfuls" such as Harry Potter and Twilight, I was looking for something a little different. So, one day I decided to spend some time in Borders reading through books and looking for something that might pique my interest. In my search, I discovered an author by the name of Philippa Gregory. She writes historical fiction- a concept I never did understand- and I found that I absolutely love it. Whether you know it or not, you are probably familiar with one of her books, "The Other Boleyn Girl" which was made into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Neither of whom are very high on my favorites list, but I did enjoy the movie. Anyways, this book tells the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor, or Henry VIII, and it is told from the perspective of Mary Boleyn, Anne's younger sister. After reading this book, and finding myself lost in the world Gregory creates, I promptly went on and ordered several of her others that I had looked through in the bookstore, and decided I had to have. Many of these titles include: "The Boleyn Inheritance" which tells the story of what happened 3 years after the death of Anne Boleyn; "The Queen's Fool" which tells the story of a young, holy fool named Hannah who serves under King Edward, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth; and "The Constant Princess" which tells the story of how Queen Katherine became an English queen. I don't know about you, but I find that I am fascinated with the deceit and scandal that surrounds the Tudor court, and I cannot get enough of these fictional stories surrounding these non-fiction characters!

Summer Blockbusters

Every summer the movie theaters are filled to the max with moviegoers across the country going to see the summer's hottest blockbusters. This summer I plan to see

"The Proposal"
"My Sister's Keeper"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"All About Steve"
"Year One"
"The Ugly Truth"

and many more..............

What's on your list?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Big Changes

Since birth, I have led a unique life. I was born into a world of sheer uncertainty, surprise, and lack of want. When I was born, my mom was 18 years old, and the last thing she needed, wanted, or expected was a baby, However, there I was. Fortunately for us both, she had two parents who were not only available to help her, but also willing, For the first 5 years of my life, we lived with my grandparents, something I would not change for the world. Because of this, I was able to form a very special bond with both of my grandparents, especially my grandfather. On the other hand, I never really knew my biological father. I had a relationship with his parents, specifically his mother, and his brothers, but I never knew him. That was my choice, and he left me to it. As years went on, my mom got married and the man she married immediately became my daddy. That will never change. I got a baby sister and a baby brother, and we moved to Tennessee. I lost touch with my biological fathers' family, something I attribute to lack of communication, and my life continued without them. I was happy. I had my parents, my siblings, my grandparents, my friends, and my home. There was no void. I did think about the other side of my family but had no idea whether or not I should make contact, or how well I would be received. When I graduated from HS, I invited my biological fathers' family, including my biological father, to my HS graduation. I never expected them to come. They did. I had no idea what to say or how to respond. I was truly shocked. After that day, neither them nor I made any efforts to communicate. My life continued; My family moved to Kentucky, I went to college, my grandfather died, I had a hard time and quit school. Several years later, my family decided to move back to Georgia; Atlanta to be exact. This is when I really began to ponder making contact with my biological fathers' family. Here I was, in Atlanta, Ga and I knew they were all in Augusta- a mere two hours away. I knew I wasn't ready, if I ever would be ready, to see or build a relationship with him, but I did miss my grandmother. Not long after I moved, I received a friend request on Facebook from one of my biological fathers' brothers. After the element of surprise subsided, I accepted the request, after which I promptly messaged my mother and told her who had found me. It turns out, she had added my "uncle" and he had found me from her page. From there, I got a request from 2 aunts: one I knew from years ago, and one I didn't even know existed. Finally, I found my grandmother. Since then, I have been to Augusta to see them many times, and will continue to visit them many times more. In addition, I made the brave effort to see and talk to my biological father. I don't know how or why, I simply decided that it was time. I still don't know him, and he certainly doesn't know me, but we are working towards building some kind of relationship. I don't really know where this is headed, and that both scares me and intrigues me all at the same time. I do know that this is a journey worth taking, and one that is long overdue.