Tuesday, November 25, 2014


On my hodgepodge post I said I missed hanging out with my family. Tonight I was reminded of what I don't miss. My brother's back in town because of Thanksgiving this week, so we went to Red Lobster tonight. After eating we're sitting there and my brother's complaining about how little a raise he got this year. I wanted to say I got a $.25 at one job and maybe a .2% raise at my other job. I love how he's always talking about how much money he makes, I really don't care. And then my dad's talking about how hanging out with family causes people to drink and that's why there's so many domestic violence calls during Thanksgiving. Which I know is true, because I got my degree in criminal justice. And my mother's playing on her phone. We were there for about 2 hours. When I said I had a book to finish tonight, no one cared, because my reading of books is not important to them. Now, if one of them had something to do, you know we'd have gotten out of there. I certainly don't miss my family not caring about my life, or making it seem like I know nothing. My family drives me to drink too, but I don't drink alcohol. So, I'm sitting here with a Mello Yello, which I know will keep me up late tonight, and Fast Five. I was listening to the soundtrack to Hunger Games: Catching Fire a little while ago.  I usually need a little stress killer after hanging out with my family.

Hodgepodge returns

It's Hodgepodge time.

1. Besides U.S. Thanksgiving, it's also National Game and Puzzle Week...what game have you played most recently, and who were you with? Have you worked a puzzle of any kind in the past week?
Personally I love puzzles and games, but it's soo hard to get people to play games with me. The last game I played was probably Bonkers (it's from the 80s, basically you have a game board and pieces that you put on the game board to tell you what to do), I played it with a friend a couple months ago. I'm taking it to Thanksgiving and making people play it there.
I have an app on my laptop that's jigsaw puzzles, I try to do one every day.

2. What is one place you were thankful for this year?
My apartment/house. In May of this year, my parents sold their house (I rented the 3rd floor from them), and I was having a hard time finding apartments in my price range to rent. I contacted the new owners and they said I could rent from them. So, I'm really thankful I didn't have to go through all that fun moving stuff.

3. Take a nap, watch football, go for an after dinner walk, or hit the stores...which ONE is on your must-do list for Thanksgiving day? For those of you playing along who aren't in the US, answer as it relates to any big holiday meal.
I like playing games. Last year I talked my mother and brother into playing a few, and I'm hoping to take a few to my aunt's this year for us to play.
In past years when more people came to our house, we have gone shopping. That's kinda fun. I don't usually get to go shopping with my aunts and the stores were pretty empty.

4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite home cooked meal?
Christmas. My brother usually cooks it for us and it's always great.

5. What product from an infomercial would you most like to own?
I like the food products. Like the ones where family and friends are sitting in their pj's around a kitchen island and they're making food for them.

6. Christmas shopping? Have you begun? Finished? Will you shop on Black Friday? How do you feel about stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done online?
I'm done with my Christmas shopping. We're going to Charleston over the Christmas holiday, so we decided to not spend as much money and to stick to smaller presents this year.
I've got all my presents wrapped except for my family.
I don't do Black Friday, I never understand camping out to get the deals. Plus, I shop all year round so I don't have to worry about the crunch after Thanksgiving.
I decided last night to alter Altoid's tins for my co-workers, so I haven't started those. I'm not even sure how many I'm making. The Christmas shopping is done, but the Christmas creating is not.

7. What are you most grateful for that adds beauty to your everyday life?
Handmade art. I try collect lots of artwork from other people. I love seeing it in my house.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
The other day I realized how much I'm going to miss going downstairs and hanging out with my family. I loved how when my brother came home, he could just stay with my parents downstairs and I could just come down whenever I wanted. I never had to go very far for Christmas or Thanksgiving. So here's a little excerpt from Trace Adkins song, You're Gonna Miss This that I've been thinking about lately:

You're gonna miss this
You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
These Are Some Good Times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna miss this

It didn't hit me when they were cleaning out the house, or when they actually left, but now that it's that week that my brother's back and we're usually eating supper together or watching movies or whatever, I realize how much I really do miss it.

I was looking for pictures so I could show you the house, but I can't find them, that will have to be another post.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cozy Box Swap

I signed up to participate in the Cozy Box Swap #cozyboxswap2014 through Lipstick and Tractors.
cozy box swap
My partner was Faith from Life with Mrs. G and the Artist. Here's what I sent her:
 an infinity scarf, a mug and some hot chocolate mixes, a couple books and some chocolate.
It's a cozy swap, so I figured it was required to send a scarf, plus she lives in Indiana, it's cold there too. She said she liked hot chocolate, so I got a mug and a couple hot chocolate mixes. She also said she like Twix and Snickers, so I got her some of those. She also said she liked to read, so I sent her Playing for Pizza by John Grisham and Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The Lovely Bones is actually from my personal collection, it's one of my favorites, I hope Faith was ok that it wasn't new.
Here's what I found in my box from Faith:
 And here it is all unwrapped:
A book of Lists, some knee-high socks, an owl ring, some fuzzy slippers, a candle and a card.
I'm intrigued with the book, unfortunately I have a ton of books to read from the library, so I'll probably take it with me on vacation in December. I love the socks and slippers. The owl ring is also very cute. The candle is fresh linen scented, and the card I can use for something else.

Thank you Faith, and Brandi for hosting the swap.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Christmas wishlist

Dear Santa,
Here's what I would like for Christmas this year:
  • I would like a job with security, benefits and a salary. I'd really like to stay at the library, I love working there. We both know that if I don't get this soon, I'm going to be applying to every job I see soon.
  • I'd love to have a place to live that I love with laundry on site and I want to stay for a long time, if not forever. I don't know how long I'm able to stay here, but I'd really like to have my own house. A nice two-bedroom with a laundry room would be great.
  • I want more vintage buttons, I can't find any good ones lately. I would love to find a great flea market or button shop when we go to Charleston, but I don't know if that's feasible.
  • I want more knee-high socks. I keep finding holes or that my current ones are wearing out. I don't need anything special but I love the random patterned ones I see at Target. My favorite pink skull and crossbones ones are too worn out to wear this year.
  • I want boots that keep my feet warm, are black, calf-high, and go around my leg muscles. The ones I have now work well enough, but apparently I have too many leg muscles for them to want to zip up properly, plus my toes don't always stay warm.
  • I would love the movie Epic. It's one of those cute kids ones that I feel all warm and fuzzy when I'm watching it.
  • I would love to have a new pair of leather gloves. My current ones no longer have lining in all the fingertips.
  • I would love to spend more time with my friend, Loretta, if you could make it so our schedules mesh so we could hang out more often, that would be great.
  • I would love to have a boyfriend. I'd love to have someone to cuddle with on these cold nights. It would also be nice to have someone that would care if I didn't come home from work.
  • How about some nice chocolate?
  • If I can't have any of those, I can live with gift cards and cash.

Monday, November 03, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Swap

Last year I participated in a 12 Days of Christmas Swap. Basically, you get a partner, you learn about them and you send them 12 gifts they will like. Then you both get to open your presents December 13th-December 24. I love the idea for this, so I signed up again this year.

If this sounds like a fun swap, you should definitely go sign up. Sign-ups will be open until November 10th, all you have to do is click the above button.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Fun Finds

I haven't been to any garage sales lately. I think, with it being October, I feel the garage sale season is over even if I see them being advertised, plus it's cold and that makes me not want to go outside. Thursday, I did wander to a few stores looking for a cheap Halloween costume, I didn't find one, but I did find some other things to buy.
First stop was Target, I found a jack-o-lantern shirt for Halloween, some monster finger puppets for Christmas gifts, some washi tape for me, a corkscrew for my family Christmas, and some candy for me.
 I forgot Halloween costumes are so much money, so I decided to just buy the t-shirt, which I also thought was a bit much, but it turned out to be on sale, I think it's more fun to include whimsical presents with my Christmas cards, so I buy them when I find them cheap.
Next stop was Walmart, I found a cute reindeer wine bag for my brother and a reindeer ISU ornament for him, and some more washi tape for me, and some glow bracelets for Christmas presents.
 My brother collects reindeer, and he drinks wine.
Next stop, the Dollar Tree, a pocket calendar for me, a cute bobble head doll and a cheap corkscrew.
 I keep forgetting we're getting closer to the end of the year, and I need to have a calendar for next year's schedule. I'm making an Advent calendar for myself, and trying to fill it with cheap, cute stuff. I found this corkscrew after buying the other one, the other one's cuter, I figured I could use it in a swap.
Next was JoAnn's, a pair of cheap stretch gloves and come cute stickers.
 I always pick up a pair of knit stretch gloves every year, JoAnn's always seems to have them for $1, so I can. The stickers were just cute.
Last stop was Hobby Lobby, a pack of Christmas cards, a neat candle, and an octopus Christmas ornament.
Hobby Lobby has had Christmas stuff out since July, and it's already on sale, so I figured I'd take advantage of it and get some cards, and an ornament. The candle was also on sale and I find it's fun to send them in swaps.

After that little spending spree and paying all my bills yesterday, I decided I can't spend any money on me for awhile. I'm not extremely low on money, but after having a certain amount in the bank, I got used to having that much, so when I dropped below that much, I got a little worried. Plus, my rent went up this year, so I'm worried about that. I've decided this is the last year that I can live like this. I will need to find another or a different job that pays me more money next year. And that means I'll have to face certain things I don't want to face, but that's life.
I decided, I can still do the 2 swaps I already joined, and maybe one more. Swaps make me so happy.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Confessional

So, it's Friday, I thought I'd do a Friday Confessional

I confess....
It's payday, but after I paid all my bills, I'm rather bummed about the amount left in my checking account. I try to remember the days when I had less than $200 in the bank, so this really isn't much, but I still get depressed. Christmas is coming up and that means swaps and gifts.

I confess....
I look so forward to swaps every year, but I might have to not participate in a few. I commented on CG swaps about the 12 Days of Christmas swap, and I love picking things out for people, but I think I'm gonna have to forgo that one this year. I really do want to participate, maybe I can do that one and not sign up for more.

I confess....
It's Halloween, so I'm watching my favorite movie:
 It's not a great movie, but I saw it at a friend's house (or at least parts of it), when I was younger and have loved it ever since. My second favorite would be:
The Last House on the Left (2009) Poster This one is more violent, but not as bad as the original. I was reading the plot on Wikipedia about the original, and that one's really violent.
I confess...
I need to stop spending money on stuff I don't need. I've told myself this in the past, but after paying my bills (tomorrow), I'm gonna have less than I want in the bank. I've tried to stay above a certain point, but with the raising of my rent this year and having to pay for laundry, I'm gonna have to really get hard on myself.
I confess...
I really wanted to dress up this year, but I couldn't justify spending $30 on a costume, and I'm not that creative at putting things together so they look cute. I wanted to do a steampunk thing, but I'm not that good at sewing and that would have taken much more than the skill I possess. I did buy a jack-o-lantern t-shirt yesterday, that was more than I should have spent though.
I confess....
I was trying to downsize earlier in the year because I was going to be moving, so I was getting rid of stuff. I know I'll have to move in the near future, but I still want to buy stuff for myself.
I confess....
I spent about $50 on stuff yesterday, for me and Christmas, but it looks like that might be the last time I spend money on me.
I confess....
This is a very depressing post, but I was all excited that it was payday and then I spent all my money, so I feel the need to complain.
I confess...
It's November tomorrow and that brings basketball season and shifts at my other job, so I'll get a bit of money there, little bonuses.

I confess....
I really need to get some reading done. I was doing so well and then I got more movies from the library and got behind. The movies are always due back earlier than the books, so I feel I need to watch them. I really need to stop requesting all the new movies and just get the ones I know I want to watch. I also need some not so thick reading books. Most of the books I have checked out are close to 300 pages, sometimes I just don't want to read that thick of a book.
I confess.....
I'm tired and bored with my life.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christmas Swaps

It's coming up on Christmas swap season. I'm planning to join a few, as you can see from my last post I already joined a Cozy Box 2014 Swap. #cozyboxswap2014
cozy box swap
I'm hoping to join the 12 Days of Christmas Swap at Chaotic Goddess Swaps, I joined this one last year, and even though there were a couple kinks, it was still lots of fun.

I also have joined an ornament swap in years past, we exchanged ornaments the other person would like.
I've joined the Button Floozies White Christmas Button Book Swap, we'll make either a paper or fabric book full of buttons for our partner.

I love Christmas, and I love picking out/making things for people. My mom said we shouldn't do presents or just do small ones, so I guess if we're doing that, I should just do swaps.

New Swap

It's Christmas Swap time, and one of the swaps I joined is #cozyboxswap2014
cozy box swap
Like most swaps it's a get to know someone and send them cool stuff swap. Sound like fun? Go on over to Lipstick and Tractors and sign up for yourself.