Friday, December 24, 2010
Last night, things got worse. To the point, I didn't feel safe, having my Dad at home. I called this guy. And an ambulance. When it became clear, we needed more help. My Mom and I, were right behind the ambulance. My Dad was immediately a "Priority One." Tests were quickly taken. Many doctors came in and out. His condition, getting worse.
Within an hour, he was admitted to the hospital. To the ICU. In "Bed One." And we've had around the clock care since. He's been medicated, to keep him sleeping. While they try to figure out, exactly what's wrong. Being that it's a holiday, it's been a little tricky. Many doctors are being called in. Hopefully, things will be OK.
My Mom and I have been here. Almost all alone. I don't think, my siblings understand, the seriousness of the situation. One of my brothers also came. His girlfriend insisted. And I'm getting ready, to go call some family and friends. I know, that we need the support system right now.
Most of all, I'm grateful. To God. This medical team. Everyone involved. This is serious. And we need prayers to help my Dad. I'm grateful to My Guy. Who has been my biggest supporter. My rock. Right now. When I need him. But honestly, we need prayers from all of you, to get through this. Please pray. ♥
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Because I'm honestly exhausted, and I can't really put my thoughts to a blog post today, I'm just posting a random gift that I bought. This cute little Monkey Bank. Not really so random if you knew who I bought it for. :) It's for a very special little girl. For Christmas. Because she just adores monkeys! In case you are wondering, I picked it up at Wal-Mart, when I got my nail polish.
I promise that I'll blog about my week tomorrow. After I've gotten some sleep. I'll tell you all about our shows, the medical conference, and getting to see the Nutcracker last night. All I can say is, it was amazing! But right now, I'm ready to head home. It's literally been weeks since I've slept in my own bed. Happy Saturday! ♥
Friday, December 17, 2010
I'm in LOVE with this nail polish. It's Pure Ice, Super Star. The perfect glittery, crimson color for the Holiday season. I picked it up the other day. Violet and I made a mad dash to Wal-Mart. She was looking for a new mascara. And I got lost in the world of nail polish.
That night, I painted my nails. And they've been perfect ever since! No chips, no bumpiness from the glitter, no peeling. I didn't use a base or top coat. Just the Super Star polish. It's definitely a must have for only $2! ♥
Thursday, December 16, 2010
So you might be asking yourself, what in the world is this picture? It's a picture that My Guy sent me yesterday. He was working. I was in my medical conference. And this was all that he put in the e-mail. This picture. Random.
What is it you ask? Those are Christmas trees. Spray painted pink and orange. I don't know where My Guy found this picture. But when we finally talked last night, he told me that this picture just reminded him of us. Why? Because he likes orange, and I like pink.
Would we ever do this to our Christmas tree? I doubt it. But it is pretty. I'm just wondering who would paint their Christmas trees? The craziest I've ever gotten, was a vintage aluminum Christmas tree. I don't know what happened to it after I broke up with my then boyfriend. But I liked that Christmas tree. And it was the most "out of the box" tree I've ever had. But this picture, well it has the wheels turning for next Christmas. ♥
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This is today's free pattern from Free Crochet. I think these angels are beautiful. So much so, I might take another shot at crocheting with thread. If you've ever seen my Mom's thread crochet, it's gorgeous. Even the things my Grandma made, were just amazing.
Me? Not so much. But I just might have to try thread crochet again. How beautiful would it be to have 3 of these surrounding a Christmas candle? Beautiful. ♥
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Apricot-Glazed Baked Ham
1 T. all-purpose flour
6 to 7-lb. fully-cooked ham
18-oz. jar apricot preserves
1/4 c. spicy brown mustard
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. orange juice
Shake flour in a large oven bag. Place ham in bag; set in a roaster pan. Combine remaining ingredients, mixing well; pour over ham. Close bag with nylon tie provided; cut 6 to 8 slits in bag. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours to 2 hours and 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of ham reads 140 degrees. Serves 10 to 15.
I'm not sure if I've ever shared this with you, but I really like ham. At Thanksgiving, all I can think about is ham. Not turkey. And for New Year's, I also make a big ham. Is that weird? Well I hope not. Because ham really is my favorite holiday food. That's why I'm so excited about this week's free recipe from Gooseberry Patch. And don't forget about my giveaway. ♥
Monday, December 13, 2010
Now on to the good stuff! I'm giving away 2 different items. And we'll have 2 different winners. :)
First we have this full apron. I know lots of people like the full aprons to bake with. Especially at this time of year! I'm also going to include some dish towels and other kitchen gadgets.
And a cute cupcake purse for a little girl. I don't know if you can tell, but it's filled with lots of goodies too!
Now how do you win? Just leave me a comment with your favorite homemade holiday dessert. It can be a candy or a cookie. Whatever homemade dessert is your favorite. Get 5 extra entries for a link to a recipe. I LOVE to try new things. :)
You have until December 19th at 11:59PM PST. And I will draw 2 lucky names. Good luck! And have fun blog hopping this week. You might want to stop by a few of my friend's blogs too! They're also hosting a giveaway. Here are their links, My Mom, Cari, Gabi, Kate, and Manders. ♥
This is just one more reason for me to learn how to knit. Aren't these the cutest little Christmas ornaments? I would love a white Christmas tree, with lots of lights, and a ton of these ornaments. Yup, a ton of these all over my Christmas tree.
I guess if I start learning how to knit now, maybe by Christmas time next year, I might have enough knitted ornaments for my tree. What do you think? That snowman just melts my heart. ♥
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite Christmas songs. It might be because I like Owl City. Or that I'm really in the holiday spirit at the moment. But this is such a great song.
I feel like I NEED to go home immediately. We haven't decorated for Christmas. We haven't really done much shopping. I still need to bake. And time is just flying by. Maybe that's why I'm enjoying the Christmas music so much this year. It's the only real holiday thing I can control.
So how are your holiday plans coming along? Are you ready for the big day? You know, it's 13 days away! I'm really starting to stress out a bit...♥
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Isn't this tree adorable? My Guy came across this picture. I'm not sure what he was searching on Google. Being that he likes Mountain Dew a lot...I'm thinking he was probably searching for some Mountain Dew Christmas decorations. :)
But this tree is entirely made of soda cans. I wish there was a better picture. But I think it's adorable! And you can't forget the red Christmas balls!
I know that this is a little out of the box. Well, as far as Christmas decorations go. But I think that it could be a fun project to work on. What do you think? Would you like something a little more non traditional hanging around your house this holiday season? ♥
Friday, December 10, 2010
I'm honestly a very easy person to shop for. Buy me a candle, scarf, or cookbook...and I'm so excited, I just can't contain it. Give some craft supplies...I just might have a heart attack!
But when Enzo asked me what I wanted, I told him yarn. I love me some yarn! Or maybe some fabric. Oh no, my best friend wasn't have that. He wants to buy me something fun and girly. You know something that's not so practical. Instead fun and girly.
So I got to searching. And I kept coming up empty handed. I know Enzo. He wants to get me something that I want, but would never buy myself. But what could that be?
Then I was catching up on my blog reading. Reading through Armelle. And I found these beautiful necklaces...
OK, Enzo I know you're reading this. You are like my most loyal reader. This is what I want. You pick! Any one of these necklaces or pairs of earrings would be perfect! I know, I was supposed to find something more expensive. So you can decide what you want to do. Maybe just maybe, you can get me more than one...
See you can say that to your best friend. The best friend that you met hours after your birth. And the same friend, that you agreed to spend a certain amount of money on each other. Even though we always ended up spending more. But there you go. I really like Armelle's jewelry. And I'd be so happy to get a piece for Christmas.
Oh and a very special birthday wish goes out to my good friend and boss, Billy Bob! Happy Birthday! You know what, we're going to have to go find you a yummy cake in the casino. :) ♥
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I get lots and lots of money questions. Everyone wants to know. Does My Guy pay for everything? Do I really work? What do I spend my money on? How does it all work?
Well, I work. All the performing that I do, it's to pay for things like my college tuition, books, internships fees, insurance for working at the hospital, my home, all the costs associated with my home, and anything personal like that. Why? It's my decision.
My Guy from the very beginning, wanted to be able to pay for it all. Honestly, he can afford it. But I wasn't having any of that. I've never been the type of woman, to just let someone be completely financially responsible for me. Call me crazy but that's how I feel.
When I was 18 years old, I moved out of my parents' house. I actually moved a few hundred miles away, to go to college. From the beginning, I was pretty lucky. My parents convinced me to buy a house. It would be an investment into my future. And I had a really good job in music at the time. So I bought a house.
It hasn't always been easy. But I've done it on my own. No matter if I was dating someone or not. In a serious relationship. Or just by myself. It didn't matter to me that I was only 18. Or single, in a family sized home. Seriously, my house is bigger than any other on my street. I didn't plan it that way. But I got a good deal on the house. So I bought it.
That's my way of having independence. I'm financially independent. I have always paid for my education. I have a few small scholarships. With the issues in the economy, you've definitely seen scholarships dry up. And I get help from the various doctors that I work with. But I pay for 99% of it. I've also paid off my home. I did that in just over 7 years. Yes, it's possible to pay a 40 year mortgage in 7 years. Is it easy? No way! But again, I was single at the time.
I didn't have kids to worry about. Or anything like that. I could just take an entire paycheck and send it to the mortgage company. Living like that is tough. Because you sacrifice other things to pay off your home. Like furniture, decor, and sometimes even the basics in life. I never had cable. I watched the thermostate like my life depended on it. And I lived in the desert with no AC. I didn't go out with friends. Shopping was almost nonexistent. I rarely if ever, had a decent meal. Times were lean. But if there is a will, there is a way.
I'm not saying that I do it all on my own now. Yes, My Guy does pay for a lot of things. Like travel. Because we travel mostly for his work. So that cost, is purely up to him. He also pays for me to be able to go home to visit my family and friends. Because he knows that I moved to be closer to him.
As far as our day to day costs, again My Guy pays for most of those things. Groceries, bills, utilities...those sorts of things, he pays for. He makes sure we have what we need. Or in his case, what he enjoys. So ya, he pays for movies, dates, anything like that. And for anything for his house. I know what he'd say there..."Our House."
Like now for Christmas, he pays for the decorations. He also pays for the cleaning lady. Although, we really don't need one. But he's had her working for him for over 10 years. And well, he never had a girlfriend who did housework and cooked before. So he kept our cleaning lady. And now, we just kind of hangout and talk when she comes over. :)
My Guy also owns a large lot of land where we live. Our friends say we live in the BFE. And with that much property, well you need people. People to help you keep up with it all. So My Guy obviously pays for that.
But I'm still pretty stubborn. I don't spend My Guy's money on myself. As an example, if I go shopping for me, I pay for it. Regardless if it's clothes, makeup, craft supplies, a movie, a haircut. Those things, I still pay for. And that is the point were we don't agree...
You see, My Guy has more than enough to take care of me. And a small country to be honest. But I still feel like I don't want to "burden" him with the responsibility. Or make him solely accountable for everything. I think it's because I was raised to be so independent. Now one day, you know when we are legally wed, I won't have a problem with that. But right now, I feel like I need to support myself.
So there you go. I still pay for most of the things in my life. My home, my car, my bills, my health care, my shopping. But My Guy provides us with all the other stuff. The stuff that I probably wouldn't have encountered otherwise. We fight about money. But not like most couples. More because I don't spend enough of My Guy's money. Isn't that hilarious? But we've finally agreed on a little set of rules. And it's made life a lot easier. Even for this insanely independent woman. ♥
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I'm so in love with this pattern from Ana! Since I first saw Ana's patterns on Etsy, I've been hooked! I've purchased many of them. And her 2 books. Yes, I LOVE her blog too!
So you can count on me buying Crochet Today! magazine this month. Unfortunately, I didn't get the last copy that Ana was published in. :( But I'm not going to miss this pattern! Don't you just LOVE this amigurumi set? ♥
The conversation, was hilarious. But not necessarily "blog appropriate." You know what I mean? We did make some plans. I'm going to cook dinner for he and his wife. Of course, this guy and I, will be there too! I promised to make him a brownie cake. And maybe, even threw in a hunting trip...with his little brother. :)
Hey you! Ya, you. The "Birthday Boy." Have a great day! Enjoy grandma's dinner. And you better think of me. 'Cause I know, that you're going to be eating fried chicken. But for real, have a wonderful birthday! And I promise you, I remembered all by myself. I even got you a present! Happy Birthday K! ♥
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
As time past, I learned that he "fell" pretty early on. As in the night we first met. And he wanted to ask me out. But he knew I was dating someone else. So he just waited. And waited. Like a good southern gentleman.
I know, it's only been 2 days, since I last seen him. But I miss My Guy. Every single time, I hear this song, it makes me think of him. And I can't wait, to get back to him. Yes, I'm admitting that here. So instead of him being the vulnerable one, I'm now that vulnerable person. But I wouldn't want it any other way. Now if I could just get this airplane to take off. I'd be one happy lady. ♥
Monday, December 6, 2010
The little bit of time, that we did get, I enjoyed every single second of it! Every second!!! I'm at it again. Performing. All week. Throw in some work stuff. And well, the week is jam packed with stuff!
But I took some time, to just enjoy my parents. Which was much needed! My parents spent the afternoon with family. While I was the one, that stayed at the Craft Fair. We sold so much stuff! I can't believe it. And my parents, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. :)
After the Craft Fair was over, and I met my parents. We decided, to go out, to a late lunch. Before I had to head back to Sin City. We enjoyed it. It may have only been a few hours, but they were AMAZING!
I got to catchup on family stuff. Like how some sick relatives were doing. All good news. Yay! And well, we just caught up. On the important stuff. Planned some things for Christmas. Or should I say, the week after New Year's. Because, well My Guy and I already have some plans.
I really do wish, that I could spend more time with my parents. I wish that I could share this guy, with them. I wish that this time of year, wasn't so crazy. That I didn't have 2 weeks, worth of shows. And Medical Conferences. And lots of holiday stuff...that I just haven't done.
But at the end of the day, I know that spending time with my family, is important. I only have 2 parents. 2 parents that are older. That I know, won't be here, for decades to come. That my friends, is the ONLY downfall, to having older parents.
There's just something, tugging at my heart, telling me to spend more time with them. And I WANT to! I NEED to! And I'm planning, on spending as much time, as I can, with my parents. I need to carve out more time, for family. This I know. Because, it's important!
At times, life just gets so complicated. And hectic. We sometimes forget, what's important. And what should take priority. I know, that my parents are very important! That they matter. They mean the world to me! And I value that. Now, to schedule in, some more, of this important "Family Time!" ♥
Sunday, December 5, 2010
But I do have to say, in the last 3 or 4 years, we've made a pretty good amount of money. And that never hurts during this time of year. So we have totes and totes of of crafts. We make them all year long, and just keep adding to our inventory. I also happen to have 2 suitcases with me. Loaded with things I've made over the last few weeks. So I'm pretty excited about today.
I'm a little sad that I will be missing my Family Reunion though. It's a somewhat small one on my Dad's side of the family. It was last minute. Mostly because one of my Dad's cousins, is really sick. And they don't expect her to make it past the winter. In years past, we've had much larger reunions, during the summer. But this was just too important to pass up. So I've agreed to man the Craft Fair tables alone. So that my parents can go to the Family Reunion. Yes, it's that important. In fact, had we not already paid for our tables, my Mom and I would have skipped the Craft Fair altogether this year.
But I suppose that's life. And there's not much else you can do. So I'm sitting here. Flying home. During the only real break I get from performing. But it's important. And sacrifices need to be made. It's all part of life. But I'm determined to have a good day. Oh, I may or may not be browsing Etsy...
I'm quite in love with this Cowl by Yarn Plus Yarn. The shop seems to be out at the moment. But I'm quite in love. I'm thinking a cranberry colored one would be perfect for winter. And at $25, you honestly can't pass it by.
I've noticed since I was first diagnosed, and told that I have to be careful health wise, that I really have stocked up on winter accessories. I've always had a love affair with scarves. But since my diagnosis, I've really fallen hard for winter accessories. It might just be my way of trying to protect myself.
Either way, I see a purchase in my near future. And a very fun day ahead. I hope everyone has a great Sunday! You know, Sunday really is my favorite day of the week! ♥
Saturday, December 4, 2010
It's crazy. Today, is someone's birthday. Someone that was, once very special to me. A close friend. Heck, I thought of her as a sister. We were that close...
Then one day, things instantly changed. No real explanation. No warning. No clue. It just ended. As quickly as we had become friends. It was over. Final.
It still seems so weird. It's been nearly 3 years. I don't feel any better about it. It was 1 message on MySpace. It ended it all. Crazy how that happens. I still feel such a sense of shock. I still grab for the phone, to call her. Or want to send her an e-mail. Or just want to talk to her.
I've seen her 2 or 3 times since. And we've never spoken. Never done much of anything. But look at each other. I still wonder how that happened. How such a good friend, could just, I don't know. Walk away? Push me away? How did we let it come to this? I'm not sure...
But I do, still think about her. I have for a while. Then today, I woke up and realized, that it's her birthday. How crazy is that? It's her birthday!
I want to call her. Tell her that she is amazing. Wish her the best. But how do I do that? Does she still live in the same place? Does she ever check MySpace? Because I know I don't. Does she still have the same e-mail? I don't know...
But here we are. One small disagreement later. There we are. Not talking. Not communicating in anyway. But I miss my friend. "Kindred Spirits" don't come along often. A miscommunication, a mistaken identity, one bad day. This is where we are. I miss her. "Little G." I miss her laugh. Her "old school" way of life. Most of all, I miss my friend...Happy Birthday Little G! ♥
This week's Gooseberry Patch Free Recipe of the Week, just hit all the bells and whistles for me! Red Velvet Christmas Cookies! I'm sure that the people at Gooseberry Patch, know that I'm in the middle of my Christmas baking. And wanted me to add these to the mix. But oh my goodness! I might gain 20 lbs this year. Because of this recipe. :)
Red Velvet Christmas Cookies
18-1/2 oz. pkg. red velvet cake mix
1/2 c. oil
2 T. water
12-oz. pkg. white chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients; mix well. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from baking sheets. Makes 3 dozen.
Earlier this week, I baked these cookies. 3 batches of them! And guess what? In the matter of hours, they were history!!! And in case you were wondering, I wasn't the only one, that ate them. All my friends were so excited about these cookies. :)
It probably doesn't hurt, that most of my friends are from the "South." And red velvet is a staple there. But we ate. And ate. And ate some more! It's a good thing that we're performing this week. For 2 reasons. 1 can't bake while we're out here. And 2, I burned off a lot of calories!
But honestly, this is going to be a "staple recipe" for me. From now on! If I know you in "Real Life," you can bet your pants, that I'll be adding these, to your Christmas baskets. :) Today is Saturday. And boy, I can't wait for next week to come. When we head home. And I can bake up a few more batches! Oh, and I just might NEED this cookbook too! ♥
Friday, December 3, 2010
Let's take pictures and cameras, for example. I personally HATE having my picture taken. ABSOLUTELY HATE IT!!! But I like getting lost, in old pictures. Of recalling those memories, from my past. I adore it! And whenever I think of old pictures, I think of my grandparents' old Polaroid. The one that my Nanie would grab, and snap pictures with. Pictures of us kids, my Tatie, or even their countless animals. Fun times!
Recently, this guy and I, picked up 3 such Polaroid cameras. And we've been having a blast with them! There's just something, about watching a Polaroid develop. Almost instantly. It's amazing.
And when we were talking about our little cameras, to friends and family, all of a sudden...EVERYONE wanted one! It just makes me smile. :) How we all want a piece of the past.
Between, Happy Birthday Anna Marie! I hope you have a truly amazing day! We're going to have to grab lunch tomorrow. And do a little shopping! Maybe even capture some memories on my new best friend...my Polaroid. ♥
I just want my parents to know, that I LOVE them! With all my heart. And I'm so proud of this milestone. They are such amazing role models for me. And I hope, that this is just the beginning of their journey! Love you both! Happy Anniversary!!! ♥
Thursday, December 2, 2010
One of the pictures, that Cole e-mailed me, was this one. And I'm in LOVE with this skirt. But we talked about it. It needed to be more "formal." More "upscale." Cole not only designed a dress for me. But it has this identical skirt. The top is simple. I don't have any pictures of it. As I'm yet to see it in person. That's how we roll! But I saw a sketch. The top reminds me of the 1950s. Simple, and elegant.
Honestly, I can't wait to wear this dress. And I can't wait, to be supportive of this guy! He totally deserves it. And a week in Sin City, is a total bonus! Even if, I have to work a few nights. But honestly, how can I call dressing up, and performing...work? I just can't! This is going to be an AMAZING week! I can just feel it. ♥
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Dear Baby Jellybean,
Today, is your birthday sweet girl! I just can't believe, that you are here. So perfect. And beautiful. Everything about you, is just right! A baby girl, that we've all waited for. And you are absolutely perfect!
Not long ago, in fact yesterday, your Mommy and Daddy asked your Nono and I, to be your Godparents. We were both so surprised! And excited! What a blessing, this is to us! We're so excited to be a part of your life. A special part. To help shape the woman, that you will grow into.
Baby Girl, you are already so amazing! So LOVED! With a beautiful life in front of you. We can't wait to watch you grow. And help you along the way. Today, God bless us all. You are a perfect little Angel. Sent to us, to love, nurture, and protect. We all LOVE you! Happy Birthday!
I ended up, "inheriting" 2 aprons. Made in the 40s? Out of sheer fabric, ric-rac, and lace. Beautiful! They are the type of aprons, that women wore, when they had company over. Totally "useless," but so pretty!
After that, I hunted out aprons. I bought them at Antique Stores, Craft Fairs, and even at my grandma's house. :) Then a few years ago, I got involved in an "Apron Swap." I sewed my first apron. And well, the rest is history!
Since then, I've made myself, 30+ aprons. Participated in many "Apron Swaps!" And added many aprons to my "Wishlist." I've received them as gifts. And every single day, I happily wear one.
The other day, "Little Sister," sent me this link. And I was so excited! The kind of excited, that keeps you up, for hours! Because you are drooling over all the beautiful aprons.
I may have hinted to this guy, that I'd love a couple of aprons. Especially, this one. For Christmas. Oh, that would make me so happy!
Is there anything, that you collect? Are you an "Apron Collector" too? Do you "Swap?" I'd like to know. Because these are things I enjoy. Collecting things that I enjoy. Finding fellow collectors, and swapping. And oh ya, sharing some of these wonderful things, with all of you! ♥