Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 222 - Part 2!

Things are looking good folks!
"I'll be very surprised if they don't buy this house!" are the words that came right out of my boss's mouth and into our ears! The other house, for some miraculous reason (gotta love my guardian angels), has been taken off the market so they only looked at ours and seem to really like it.
"I won't be counting any chickens until they hatch," are the words that were spoken from The Hubster with a grin smeared across his face, but it's looking pretty good for us... so far. We should know more tomorrow.

Looks like good ol' 222 is still a good number for me!

Day 222

When asked what my favorite number is, I often say 222. Sometimes just 22 but I REALLY like 222. The fabulous number 2, in general, is my favorite number so obviously 222 is my fave digit tripil-ized (yes, I sometimes make words up, it's the Tigger in me)!

So here we are on Day 222 of the house being on the market! How awesome would it be if we got an offer or were told of an offer on this day? Pretty darn awesome in my book (which yall should read sometime). Here's the thing, my boss lady, who is also my Realtor, is showing the house today and has already been working up numbers. BUT, and this is one of those big, ugly BUTs, a house nearby JUST went on the market, we're talking 3 frickin' days ago, and it's pretty swanky! It's a couple of thousand cheaper than ours because it's smaller but it's holding up a lot of competition. This happened to us about a month or so ago. A couple was about to make an offer on our house when a new one popped up on the market and they snatched it. Then they called to say they were going to withdraw their offer and come back to ours but ended up staying with that house because the homeowner, & builder of the home, fixed whatever they were not happy about. If these people go with that other house, they have narrowed it down to our house and that one, I'm afraid it will nudge a confirmation of a thought that flashed through my mind while mopping yesterday.

"What thought Jackie??" The thought that maybe we're not meant to move closer to the family yet. When the hubby and I pray and hope for our situation we ask to be led down the path that's best for our family, we don't ask for certain things to happen. With this other house and all it's perfect matches for the couple (from what I've been told so far) coming on the market just days ago, it makes me imagine (***WARNING! Taking a glimpse into Jackie's imagination could change the way you think of her and her sanity. You have been warned!!***) my little guardian angels (I definitely have more than one and they're super cute) nudging the home owners to sell their house RIGHT NOW in preparation to distract the couple from buying our house because we're not meant to leave yet which isn't the end of the world or anything. I want to be where we're meant to be, I'm totally and completely open to that. It just means we will need a new plan.

Yes, I know I'm a bit crazy but having your house on the market this long and dealing with the whacked out situations that we have, including loading our cats up in carriers from people who want nothing to do with cats who then turn around to say "we LOVE your cats", kind of does things to you and of course I've always been a little on the different side!

To be continued......

Friday, July 17, 2009

Day 220

That is how many LONG days our house has been on the market. 7 mths! Let's just say it has been quite an experience, for sure. We've gone through a lot of ups and downs and there are times when I feel a volcano of emotional stress start to bubble inside me and I'm not really sure where all the lava from the explosion will go, a bit scary. Fortunately, for me and everyone else, I married a man who knows the perfect ritual dance to keep that volcano calm. He's great at reminding me what matters most is that we have our little family and we're all healthy. I also need to give credit to our beautiful 2 year old daughter who keeps us laughing constantly. Sometimes I wonder how I ever got through hard times before I knew about the power of her smile!

You should always try to find the lesson in every situation and we're honestly becoming stronger through all this. I have learned that a stressful situation can make or break you, it totally depends on YOU. My father has always said "It's all what you make of it" and like many other times throughout my life, I'm realizing how right he is!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Road Trip!

We finally got our lazy butts out of Waco and on the road to see my folks in Tucson, Az. I hadn't been there since my High School reunion which was 3 years ago (say what?!?). It was so great to get out of our every day routines and relax but most of all it was great to be back in Arizona. I love that desert I grew up in, maybe not so much during the whole growing up part, but now that I've been away from it, I truly miss it. Especially my beloved mountains. It actually rained a couple of days while we were there which is rare for this time of year. They hit a record for the amount of rain they got one day and all the desert dwellers were so happy while I threw a temper tantrum. I wanted to go to the zoo! Of course we made the best of it and had some warm, sunny days too. We had a wonderful time that went by way too fast. I can't wait for our next trip!

Instead of uploading a gazillion pics and explaining who so and so is or what we're doing, I created a slideshow (it was REALLY cool until I realized I had to pay for all the extra cool stuff, so now it's just meduim cool).
Sit back and enjoy our trip out to the Old Pueblo!

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Verdict

Numero Uno question:

How do I feel?

Honestly, I feel Fantastic!!
AND I lost 5lbs... BAM! (I've hit the stubborn last-pounds-that-don't want-to-leave plateau so that's a huge number for me!) I am expecting to gain some back once I start eating more wheat and dairy but it's cool because I'm running more, and faster... zoom, zoom, zoom!

I am so glad we did the cleanse for a couple of reasons and I'm going to tell you those reasons. First of all I'm glad that we were able to stick to something so strict, especially when it had to do with something that The Hubster and I dearly love... FOOD! It was not easy but there was never even a glimpse of giving up. I know it was especially hard on The Hubster because I truly liked most of my veggie concoctions- him, not so much. He grinned and bared it most of the time but was quick to make sure I knew it was only because it wasn't Steak or Bacon Cheeseburgers. He really will stick with me through just about anything. I'm also VERY glad we did it because it opened up a whole new world to me as far as cooking with veggies go. I was always a little shy in that area but now I'm anxious to experiment with even more! It also brought my attention to some great new products that we will incorporate into our daily living (I'll list them below).

Before we started I was hoping that I would go past a week but I'm D-O-N-E. One of the main reasons is because when I work out pretty hard my body craves eggs (especially sunny side up with runny yoke so I can dip my wheat toast in it *drool*). I know it's for the protein and this cleanse didn't allow them. If you listen, you're body will let you know what it needs, even if sometimes it's chocolate. :) I'm also done because I could see where I was starting to become bored of the veggie & fruit scene and I really didn't want to ruin a good thing. It's kind of like the Seinfeld and Friend's finales, they wanted to end them while people still loved them. Another reason, and a fairly good one, is it was getting quite expensive! Gluten free and animal byproduct free food is not only hard to come by but also pricey and we were going through a lot of fruit and veggies quickly! We are lucky that there's a huge variety of Gluten free stuff out there and I've learned more about Celiac disease than I ever could have imagined. A big reason I'm done is because I was wanting everything in sight only because I couldn't have it. Before the cleanse we were doing really well with making healthy decisions. We didn't go through the drive-thru at Burger King because we knew we shouldn't and we were fine with that. During the cleanse just the word "drive-thru" made me drool and I could see that if I restricted myself much longer I would totally become a huge fatty because I would gorge on the whole town!

So now what? Well, because of the cleanse I am changing some of my ways. I will be incorporating ALOT more veggies and fruits into our diet and will continue the afternoon smoothies, with tofu included. We used to have smoothies fairly often but I'd really like to try to make it a daily habit. It helps us get the daily amount of fruit we need and having it in the afternoon helps us to not be so hungry for dinner therefore, we don't eat as much. Ahh... two birds with one stone! I will no longer have coffee before the gym, I prefer my natural adrenaline (which is pretty kickass!). In fact I will be cutting back on coffee. If I didn't love it so much I would cut it out completely, but I am a definite coffee lover. I will be using more teas and Teeccino (herbal coffee stuff) in place of it. I had a feeling coffee was making me feel blah and after having some this morning I now know I was right. There's just something about it that I can't explain, just a blah feeling, like something icky or tar-like is in my body. It could very possibly be the sugar! That just dawned on me... hmmmm. I'll have to experiment a little bit. During the cleanse I felt more calm, not as anxious. Now that I've had caffeine (could only do half a cup) I'm pretty anxious. Since I've been away from that anxious feeling I can totally feel and see the difference and I've got to say it's not as comfortable. I used to drink coffee/caffeine from the minute I got up and throughout the day so I didn't remember what the "normal" feeling was like. I had nothing to compare it to, until now. Interesting! I also want to add that I tried some of The Hubster's Dr. Pepper and it was very sugary and syrupy to me... not so good.

Ok, this is turning into a novel, but then again most of my writings do. This morning's breakfast was very delicious, and there was so much flavor! I had eggs, sausage, sourdough toast with lots of butter and pancakes with blackberries and whipped cream topping. The Hubster had something that consisted of a lot of meat. It wasn't exactly as wonderful as I dreamed it would be but my father taught me long ago that a lot of times the anticipation is better than the prize. Actually my favorite part was the eggs with two huge slices of tomatoes on top. During the feast I could tell The Hubster was very happy. Today is his day, he gets to pick our meals. He's still full from breakfast so I had one of my awesome salads for lunch. That tells ya something, I could have had anything I wanted but was craving my salad, and it was so good- still doesn't need dressing. I'm pretty sure we're going to have pizza for dinner; a big, greasy, cheesy pizza!

The main reason I wanted to do this diet was to get The Hubster off wheat/gluten. I have a feeling that he has a sensitivity to it. He says that he doesn't feel any different and when i asked him how he feels after the cleanse his response was, "clean" (hardy, har, har). He seems to have lost weight too, he doesn't weigh himself so I can't report an actual number. He did admit that his tummy is a little upset from the breakfast, red flag for me that I was right with my diagnosis-especially because he didn't seem to have any tummy troubles during the cleanse (not counting the day he ate a butt load of salsa), but it could just be from all the variety of food. Kathy Freston, the author of the book that I got the cleanse from, Quantum Wellness, stated that by eliminating the certain items from your diet gives your body a chance to have a break from processing those items and will then dig deeper to clean out the stored stuff, like toxins. From what I'm told, and have been told long ago, there is no scientific evidence that any type of cleansing actually does anything but that's why I don't believe in scientific evidence and all the pills it produces. I believe in how I feel and what I see.

Right now I see and feel a great difference!

Thanks to the cleanse, here are some of my new beloved items:

  • Agave Nectar (natural sweetener)
  • Teeccino (herbal, decaffeinated coffee-like blend)
  • Schär Gluten-free & Wheat-free pastas
  • Burts Bee's natural eye cream & face moisturizer (found them while looking for gluten free food)
  • In-expensive, unsweetened, organic green tea in a box! (couldn't use it during the cleanse because of the caffeine but again, found it while looking for allowable food)
  • Radishes (never bought them before.. can you believe it?)
  • Onions (didn't use them very much but now I can't imagine cooking without them)
  • A variety of Spices (veggies can be pretty bland)
  • Celery & Peanut Butter (have always loved this but am totally addicted right now)
  • Veggies & Fruits in general

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The End!

We've made it to the cleansing finish line! "Hip, hip, hooray.. the super readers save the day!" Ok, so that had nothing to do with this but it's from one of my beloved daughter's favorite cartoons.

For today's lunch we had all sorts of sauteed veggies (onions, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, olives, zucchini, squash & although it's technically a fruit- tomatoes) mixed with pasta and sun dried vinaigrette dressing. I was proud of that dish 'cus it was goood. Our afternoon smoothie was Strawberry, kiwi & banana. For dinner we had the Spice soup that simmered all day. It was pretty darn good. The Hubster was very impressed. To make it spicy the recipe calls for you to brown these little dried red peppers in oil then drain the oil and use it to sautee onions and mushrooms. I let the peppers brown a little too long, even though I was warned not too, so our soup was a little bit VERY spicy. Oh, and it made a ton! Definitely freezing a couple of batches. If you'll notice, we didn't have breakfast. Well, I had a couple of handfuls of nuts and raisins and my fake coffee. We went to the grocery store this morning to get some items for the soup and by the time we got back it was time to get lunch going. Missed out on some bran cereal.. oh darn!

I'm anxious to write about the cleansing experience and how I feel about it and throw some pros and cons together but it's just not going to happen tonight, sorry Charlie.

I need to go get ready for bed so I can drag my butt to the gym for some early morning running and yoga. Best of all I need to get my rest for what will probably be one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!!

I'm Official!

I've decided that I am now officially a runner. Here's why:
  • I have completed four 5k races (one with an end result of finishing in 3rd place of my age group -such a bragger!) and have 3 planned for the near future.
  • I've been running 5 times a week.
  • Here's what really makes it official: I'm a subscriber to TWO running magazines!
Yep, I'm finally a runner!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Day 6!! 3rd place is better than no place!

Can you believe we only have one more day left of this crazy cleanse?! I convinced The Hubster to give the cleanse a full day tomorrow and then we can break the fast with an awesome breakfast from any place he chooses (soo hoping for Cracker Barrel!) on Monday morning. His plan was to eat whatever he wanted Sunday night because his last "bad" meal was on Sunday night. He's a clever man but listened to reason. I think we've eaten more veggies and fruit this past week than we ever have in a 6mth span!

This morning started out with a bang! I ran the Fuzzy Friends 5k with my buddies Julie and Rachel. It totally kicked my butt and I disliked the hills but I pushed myself to the limit. I pushed myself hard enough that I got 3rd place in my age group!! Say what?! Yeah, I know, crazy talk... but it's true. Or at least I believe it to be true since Rachel's the one who called me yelling in the phone "you got 3rd place!!" I had left because I never dreamed I'd get in the top of my age group. It wasn't a huge race but there was still a good amount of people. I'm pretty proud of myself, ok I'm REALLY proud of myself :) Rachel did super awesome and beat her goal time by almost 4 minutes!! Kick-ass Julie got first place in our age group, she's such a super star! I'm super proud of both of them, especially because they were each pushing a double stroller. The only thing in my hands was the dangling cord of my ipod.

Today's menu consisted of a lot of veggies, nuts & raisins, celery w/ peanut butter, fruit, tofu, rice cakes, soy milk, and some chips. Tomorrow we're going to make Spice Soup, it's actually a soup recipe from one of The Hubster's beloved books. Sounds really yummy and I'm looking forward to it. I'm REALLY, REALLY looking forward to our breakfast on Monday. Real coffee here I come!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 5 & Staying Alive!!

I accidentally cheated today... boo! I was happily eating some almond crackers with some hummus when all of a sudden, for some strange reason, I decided to double check the ingredients on the cracker box. The last thing listed, which means it's not very much, was milk! Uh oh! I quickly put the crackers away and broke out some celery and peanut butter. I guess I skipped the big bold print of MILK when I was shopping for my cleansing items. I had about 2, possibly 3 crackers so it's not the end of the cleansing world.

Yesterday I declared today to be Clean The Hell Outta My House! So that's what I've been doing all day. The fresh smell of bleach makes me feel so cozy! Actually, I can't stand it and normally use the latest "green" cleaning stuff or good ol' vinegar, but sometimes you just need to really get stuff REALLY clean. Especially when there are flying pigs (flu) out there!

Today's yoga class was so-so. My legs hurt from the Body Torture class so I wasn't able to do the Needle, the Half Moon and all the other pretend you're body is like Gumby poses.

It's Smoothie time folks!

I'm gonna smooth on over to the blender! (hardy har har!)

*If you were to look up hardy har har in the Urban dictionary, this is what you'd find:

hardy har har

When something is funny, but is directed at you as a insult.
Shrug it off by saying hardy har har
1- this test was easy
2- just like your mom
1- hardy har har

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 4 - Already?!

Here we are on day 4's afternoon. I went into the office today to listen to a bunch of sick people hacking and coughing and sneezing, etc. and so on. I quickly did my duties and got the hell outta there! Swine flu or not, I don't want what those people are always passing back and forth to each other.

This morning's body torture class wasn't too bad and it actually made my arm feel better. That tetanus shot is mean!

So far today I've had:

teeccino (fake coffee)
left over bad ass salad ( spinach leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, carrots, sprouts, black olives & lots of avocado, oh and a shake or two of salt and pepper- this sucker doesn't even need dressing!)
lays chips
tortilla chips and salsa
my beloved celery and peanut butter (I just got done scraping the jar out- must get more!)

I'm thinking for our afternoon smoothie we'll mix up some bananas, oranges, pineapples and possibly some mango.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho it's off to cleaning the house I go!

If I could have anything right now it would be a hot fudge brownie sundae from Katie's Custards!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Smoothie Time!

I can't believe I forgot to mention our afternoon smoothies! Yesterday we had a strawberry & banana smoothie which was made up of strawberries, bananas, tofu, vanilla soymilk (with fiber) and ice. Today's smoothie is the same as yesterday's except with some kiwi action! Hiya!

I'm super stoked about tonight's dinner. We're having spaghetti and salad (the salad at lunch was the bomb!) I found some organic spaghetti sauce with mushrooms and will cook up the rest of the gluten free pasta. I'll probably throw a bunch of veggies into the sauce, especially lots of mushrooms... cha-ching! I just hope I'm hungry for it after this smoothie.

If I could have anything right now it would be chocolate! The Hubster and I are already dreaming of what we'll eat when we're done with the cleanse. Today I've been dreaming of a big steak with a baked potato loaded with sour cream and butter... mmmmm. I've also been dreaming of a big, greasy, super cheesy pizza! Lord, I better stop.

Feeling great, not as tired today. The Hubster's been in a great mood too... shhhh, don't tell him. He'll freak out and worry that I'll want to stick to this way of eating.

Day 3- 9:36 am

If I could have anything right now it would be my beautiful daughter's toast that she didn't want and that I had to feed to the dog. It smelled so great coming out of the toaster and then when I spread the butter on it, I honestly felt an urge like no other to just jam the pieces in my mouth!

The gym time without coffee is working well. I do have to say that I never noticed that they brew coffee there before the cleanse. Now the smell hits me in the face and slaps me around a couple of times while I'm running my little heart out. This morning I made myself some of the fake coffee, it's called Teeccinno (tea CHEE no). I actually like it. The taste is something you have to get used to plus I got the Vanilla Nut flavor, so there might be a milder tasting one. This is what is selling me on it:

  • Naturally caffeine free- no processing of chemical residues
  • Non-acidic - helps restore alkaline balance
  • Natural Energy Boost - from nutrients, not stimulants
  • Heart healthy potassium and soluble fiber
  • Prebiotic - inulin from chicory root supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, elimination and intestinal health.
How am I feeling? Pretty darn good actually. I had a little bit of an icky feeling after I took one of the antibiotic pills this morning but it wasn't anything some celery and peanut butter couldn't take care of, that is definitely my addiction right now. My arm has dramatically improved today. You can hardly tell there was a huge red area invading me.

Yesterday The Hubster said he didn't feel any different but he could tell that he goes to sleep easier. I feel calmer, not as anxious. I'm still tired throughout the day but feel much more calm, well except when news of the Swine Flu comes around. I can't even describe the feeling I got this morning when I was running on the treadmill, looked up at the TV screen and read the words, "23 mth old child dies in Texas from the Swine flu." My immediate reaction was to run off the treadmill, jump in my car and put my house on lock down. My buddy, Rachel, was quick to tell me not to panic and reminded me that 35,000 people die from the "normal" Flu every year and I had been going on with my life just fine. It's funny how quickly someone can learn about my crazy ways and how I will react to certain things. Thanks Rachel! (I did come home and disinfect everything I could think of!)

Let's see here, today's lunch is going to be a HUGE spinach salad with all the veggies I can get my hands on! I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day 2 or Torture Tuesday!

I sure picked a fine week to eliminate caffeine from my diet. It seems this is also the week that the instructor of our Body Torture class decided she wanted to beat the living tar out of us then mop the floor with our limp bodies! This morning's class was brutal with a capital Ass Kicking! That woman loves squats, I believe that in her spare time she thinks of millions of different ways to do squats and how to torture us with them. We're actually paying for and are volunteering to get up at a crazy hour in the morning for this! She's a tough cookie, she does everything like it's nothing, like a walk through the park.

This morning's breakfast was the same as yesterday, Oat Bran cereal with organic, unsweetened applesauce (just smooshed up apples), loads of raisins and almonds and some cinnamon. I wish I could have taken a picture of The Hubster's face when he tasted the herbal fake coffee. There was no need for words, it was that bad. It tasted nothing like coffee but I could tolerate it, especially since it has a lot of good nutrients in it. I'm certain that The Hubster will never taste it or even touch it again. He has now been blessed with good ol' decaf coffee.

I've been going into the office on Tues. & Thurs. to help my boss lady get caught up. So today's lunch was a side salad my boss picked up for me on her way into work. It was just lettuce, a half of a tomato diced up and maybe three slices of carrots. I threw some salt and pepper on it and pretended to enjoy it with my lemon water. It actually wasn't that bad but the comments about it got pretty old, pretty quick.

I came home to The Hubster drowning himself in his homemade salsa. He discovered our tortilla chips are safe to eat and of course his salsa is too. He was one happy camper until he realized that maybe it is possible to eat too much salsa at one sitting. I was all about it myself, flavor with a kick was much needed! I was dreaming of celery sticks and peanut butter on my way home so I did not gorge myself on the salsa, I quickly moved on.

The past couple of days a bug bite has grown into a huge red circle on my arm. Check it out:

It was growing so fast that I decided it needed to be seen by medical folks. After hearing horror stories of MRSA from the ladies at the office, one lady actually had pictures of her run in with the horrible infection (bleck!), I was beyond ready for the doc to take a look at it. While getting my blood pressure taken, which by the way the nurse said was perfect (go me!), the nurse noticed the red area and I told her about the MRSA tales. She quickly assured me that what I had was not MRSA, phew! When the doctor finally made her appearance into the room and took a look at my arm, the first thing she said was, "Holy, moly!" She came to the conclusion that I have Cellulitis (Google it) which is basically a skin infection that if left alone can sometimes lead to bad, terrible things. To top off my Torture Tuesday I had to get a Tetanus shot that at the time of the shooting didn't hurt, but is now starting to make sure it's presence is known. Owie! I was even luckier to get to spend time at Walgreens waiting for them to figure out our new insurance so I could get my antibiotics. I was tempted to pull out my red spotted arm as means to get them to hurry the "F" up. Eventually they got it all straightened out after I found a nice hiding nook next to the home drug tests, glad they didn't have those around when I was younger! I was trying to stay away from the possible Swine Flu carriers. Did you know they have home paternity tests now? Sadly, they were all out of those, I can't imagine having to get something like that!

I finally made it home a little after 6pm and opened up a can of Organic Fire Roasted Vegetable Soup with Gluten Free Bread Sticks (pizza flavor!). The Hubster was pretty happy to see I found some Gluten Free Pretzels and was just borderline hysterical when he realized that mustard was safe too. Nothing like pretzels dipped in mustard!

I'm happy with our progress so far. I did get a pretty bad headache while I was at the office, but that could be from all the crazy Realtors, not necessarily from lack of caffeine. I'm satisfied as far as food goes and again if I could have anything right now it would be my warm, cozy bed.

Let's hope Wednesday is Wonderful instead of Woe-is-me!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Day 1 coming to an end! Finally!

Let's see here, after I posted this morning I made the mistake of cuddling with my beautiful daughter who's current obsession is to tuck everyone and thing into a blanket and put them to sleep. I didn't put up much of a fight and woke up half an hour later to her telling me, "Mommy g'up! Wake up Mommy, g'up!" It was such a nice comfortable snooze (thank goodness I had rented Madagascar 2).

After going thru the internet and finding all kinds of things we could use instead of the eliminated items, I made a list and got ready to go to one of our local health food stores. I put that beautiful daughter of mine down for a nap and went to make the bed while avoiding The Hubster as he wallowed in his pity from not getting any coffee. On my way to our room I tripped and fell onto the bed and then proceeded to fall into a deep, wonderful sleep. It didn't help that it was raining! I woke up about an hour and a half later, scurried around and made myself presentable and headed to the health food store. I found this herbal decaf coffee-like stuff, agave nectar to use as a sweetener, some gluten and wheat free bread & tortillas. Oh, and rice bran crackers . I bet you're just drooling, huh?

I arrived home to find The Hubster wasting away in the chair in the living room. He said he could barely move and was starving to death. So I fed him some rice cakes (forget to mention I picked some of those up too) and peanut butter. We also tried out the rice bran crackers and were pleasantly surprised that they were actually edible.

I forgot to mention for breakfast we had hot Oat Bran cereal with organic, unsweetened applesauce, cinammon and raisins. It was decent. For dinner we had a veggie stir fry with some gluten & wheat free pasta that I'm in love with! I love this pasta so much more than the whole grain pasta...woot! woot! Found a new thing! It tastes just like regular pasta without the heavy bloat. Score! I was quite impressed with my veggie stir fry concoction. The Hubster dealt with it as much as a meat loving man can. In his words, "It's delicious, especially if it was a side dish to a big juicy steak." He is currently crashed out on the couch, he's been there for about 2 hrs now. I'm beginning to wonder if he's just going to stay that way until the week is over. He loves his meat and fast food, gotta love the guy for giving yet another one of my crazy ideas a try! Before he drifted off into la la land, which I'm sure is a steak house or burger joint, he said, "I should have married a fat woman!" I'm still giggling about that one.

All in all, day 1 went by much better than I expected. I have not experienced any caffeine withdrawal headaches, yet... hopefully won't. I caught myself on a couple of things, I threw a big sugary piece of gum in my mouth this morning...oops! I also forgot to check out the dressing I planned on using on the stir fry, the main ingredient was Parmesan..oops! The Hubster caught that one as I was about to drown the veggies in it. The damn soy sauce had high fructose corn syrup in it.. WTH? That crap is in everything! So I've got yet another short list of stuff to get at the store tomorrow, although I'm thinking about putting my family into lockdown until this Swine Flu goes away.

I'm feeling really good about the coffee-less early mornings. I don't think that's going to be a problem, it's the time from 7am (when I get home from the gym) until 8pm (when I'm yearning for my bed) that I'm worried about.

If I could have anything right now it would be my bed, and luckily it's not on the doomed list!

Turns out Oprah's crazy too!!

As I was crunching on some carrot sticks and organizing some meals for the next couple of days, I came across one of Oprah's blogs from when she did this cleanse! Hooray, I'm not alone and of all people it's Oprah! Looks like my little found book was actually a pretty big deal on Oprah last year... phew, it's safe.

Here's the link:

Back to carrot munching...

8:16 am Day 1 of Absolute Craziness

Getting up and into the gym wasn't as hard as I thought it was.. yipee! I still rocked it on the treadmill and bent the hell out of myself in yoga class. Today's class seemed pretty tough but I'm sure it has nothing to do with my lack of's not for wimps, that's all there is to it!

So far my biggest obstacle with this cleanse is steering my body from automatically going to the coffee pot to turn it on. I've caught myself twice in full on motion to turn it on, maybe I should put it away for the week. Other than that things are well (it is only 8:20).

I've had numerous people ask me what the heck am I going to eat and my answer is NOTHING!

Actually, I've got what I think is a pretty yummy menu planned out, I'm sure The Hubster will beg to differ. We may be gnawing on each other's arms by Thursday! I will post what we eat, expect loads of veggies and fruits!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mission Impossible?

Do,do,do,do, do do do dooooooo, do do do do do
Actually, that's more like The Final Countdown by Europe, but you get my drift.

This might be crazy, but then again this might not be since I was the one who got rid of TV, right? I guess I should conclude that we now have an antenna and get a lot of basic channels thanks to my Mother-in-law. She came and stayed with us for about a week and jumped on the opportunity to get some TV-ness up in here when we came across a $9.00 antenna at Walmart. Neither of us expected the beauty and clarity of the channels the antenna produces, it really is very impressive. I must say that my plan worked like a charm, I hardly ever waste away in front of the TV!

Ok, back to the Impossible Mission. The Hubster and I are going to do a body cleanse starting tomorrow. The main goal of the cleanse is to stick it out for 21 days. Our personal goals are to stick it out for a week. If you're thinking that shouldn't be too hard, let me tell ya what we're cutting out of our diets:

  • Sugar
  • (yep, I said typed it)
  • Alcohol
  • (shouldn't be too hard unless the Mommy Group gets a hold of me)
  • Caffeine
  • (this is the impossible part)
  • Gluten
  • (eh...)
  • Animal Products
  • (no dairy, no nothin'!)

    Why are we doing this?! I totally believe what the author of the book, Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston, says about giving your body a break from having to process these types of food so it can dig deeper into it's closets (fat cells and muscles) and get rid of junk.

    I've decided to get me back in the grove of blogging that I would blog about how we're doing each day. I have a feeling it will mostly be about me complaining about how tired and crabby I am without my caffeine. How am I ever going to get out the door and into the gym at 5am without my coffee?!?

    Guess we shall see...


    Helloooooooooooooo!!!! oooooo, ooooooo, oooooo (echo)

    Making sure I remember how to post on here...

    Need to clean the cobwebs and get this thing running again!

    Sunday, March 29, 2009

    Cake Dreams or Diaper Nightmares!

    I have volunteered to make a diaper cake for my Sister-in-law's baby shower. I'm pretty stoked about it and have told numerous people that I'll either hate making it when it's done or start my own business!

    Most people that know me well know that I have some of the craziest dreams ever! I honestly don't know how I get any rest at night. My dreams are always so stressful. Last night's dream was about the diaper cake. Instead of a baby shower the in-law siblings of mine were getting married. I was at the ceremony and I thought I had hours to get the diaper cake ready for the reception. When the ceremony ended my mother reminded me that the reception was in an hour and that she was leaving to get on a plane back to Tucson. I FREAKED the "F" out and begged and pleaded with her to stay and help me finish the cake. She of course stayed, she's my mom after all.

    We ran to the local HEB and went directly to the wedding cake section (all grocery stores have wedding cake sections, right?) There was a group of gay men who I somehow knew really well, they resembled the mice on the movie Ratatouille, and were very eager to help me out. I had already formed the three layers of the cake, which I was carrying with me, with rolled diapers and just basically needed decorations. BUT it was now a wedding reception and I decided the diapers needed to be wrapped in cake, wedding type cake! Luckily HEB sold layers of wedding cakes by the bag, there were ten sizes in it and fairly inexpensive (HEB might want to look into something like this...just saying). My mom and I started to form the cake around the diapers and it was working out really well. I went to get some icing and decorations (we were doing this in the grocery store) when it hit me that this is a diaper cake, not a wedding cake. Surely my Sister-in-law had ordered some extravagant cake for her wedding. You're supposed to see the diapers on diaper cakes, duh! I ran back to my mom and explained my realization but she wasn't convinced. She said I should leave it with the cake on there because she tried the whole diaper thing with some hash browns and it just didn't work out very well.
    Umm... ok, makes sense I guess.

    That was it. I woke up because I had to pee really bad and was so relieved that my non-existent diaper cake wasn't covered in wedding type cake and that I had a week to get it done.. phew!

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    The Jackie Show!

    I've always thought it would be fun to be a morning DJ on a radio show. They always seem to have so much fun and who wouldn't love to listen to me ramble out my opinions on everything or share some of my crazy views on life? I do know, from the days of having to wake up at 4:30am to open a gym, that working that early in the morning makes you kind of crazy and you feel like you're not really involved with the "normal" world. Your schedule is just different, anyone who works the night shift totally understands that.

    I have entered the crazy early morning world again by going to the gym nice and early, 5:15-ish early. That means on my way home I have a huge variety of morning radio shows to choose from. Of course there's the Kid Kraddick Show but sometimes they just annoy the crap out of me. Aren't Al & Kelly supposed to be gone by now? Yeah, yeah, Al's a man whore and Kelly is a whiny bitch and Shannon is a mean dike.. *yawn*. The one I've enjoyed the most so far is the Bob & Tom Show that's locally broadcasted on 101.25. They can get somewhat raunchy but to be honest, I don't even really pay attention to what they're saying, it's the way they laugh. There's a guy on there (have no idea which one he is) that has the best laugh ever. It's a loud, manly & kind of scratchy, "Ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaa!" When he's laughing you know this man thinks it's hilarious and he feels it through his whole body, it's great! Every time he laughs I can't help but laugh and really hard, feels so good!

    So I guess I need to work on my laugh and brush up on my opinions... oh and I guess I need to actually find a show that would even consider hiring little ol' me.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    The Scoop! (Chocolate or Vanilla?)

    Alrighty, it's been a month since I posted... what the heck has been going on??

    I'll tell ya!

    We had a contract on our house that fell through after I had mostly packed everything up and had the house off the market for a month..LOVELY!

    The Hubster was out of town for 3 weeks and my beloved laptop joined him. Of course his computer was here but given my experience with destroying computers I didn't spend much time on it.

    Our beautiful daughter turned 2 and now I have a wanna be teenager on my hands!

    Said daughter and I were cursed with a brutal stomach virus that kept us really close to the house for a week. I lost a couple of pounds though.. there's a always a silver lining!

    That about sums up the last month of absence in the blog world!


    Monday, February 23, 2009

    Times they are a changin'!

    You may have noticed a pattern with me and my beloved bloggity. I'll be all about it for a good while then pretty much abandon it for awhile then get back into being all about it again. Rinse and repeat if I so wish.

    Random Person: Hey Jackie, why haven't you posted on your blog lately?

    Me: What? I stepped in some blog?? Oh yeah... my blog!!

    I actually have a good reason for the recent abandonment. We are moving south! Not very far and not anywhere very exciting but we are indeed headed south. About 15 minutes south of the current town we reside in. Being the wonderfully, devoted procrastinator that I am, I have been putting everything off until the last moment. That's the only time I actually get stuff done- the last minute.

    So there's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

    Here's a random ass (literally) picture for yall:

    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Conversation Hearts (yummy!)

    It's that day again! Valentines Day. Some people hate it and some people just love it so much. I'm sort of in between those people. If you really think about it, it truly is a Hallmark Holiday. BUT, it is nice to have a special day to pay special attention to your loved ones.

    This Valentine's Day will be very simple in our household. We have basically forgotten about it with everything that is going on. The Hubster and I now write each other letters instead of buying cards (to help make it more personal) so we'll probably exchange those and there might be a kiss in there somewhere.

    My daughter is running around hyper off her new found crack: Conversation Hearts.

    So, out of love for those wonderful little candies I thought I'd share a funny conversation I had with her the other day about my new found love. I have become obsessed with the new Camaro. That damn car is so hot that I just about cream my pants every time I come across one! I get my love for cars from the Pops.. cars are definitely his reason for living (besides his family of course).

    So the other day I had us loaded up in the Tahoe and we driving down the street. I was on the hunt for some rental properties. All of sudden, in the distance, I saw the grill of a new Camaro coming my way. It was the 3rd one I'd seen in the past couple of days. After letting out a lusting groan as it passed me, I had decided the Car Gods were teasing me! Here is where the conversation started:

    Camaro: Vrooooooommmmmmmmmmm (driving past us)

    Me: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want, I want!

    **Silence** (as I watched it disappear in my mirror)

    Me: They're teasing me Emma Anne(my almost 2 yr old daughter)! I must have one! They know I want one, that car was made for me, and you too! Do you know how cool it would be if I dropped you off at school in one of those cars? They'd all be like, "here comes Emma Anne and her badass mom!"

    Emma Anne: Mommy!
    (as if she's saying, "get serious woman!")

    Me: Don't you want your mommy to pick you up in a badass car?

    Emma Anne: No.
    (shaking her head.)

    Me: Are you serious? Don't you think it would be so very awesome if we had one of those?

    Emma Anne (exaggerated): Ohhh, Mommy!
    (as if saying, "you're a lost cause woman.. get a grip!")

    I couldn't help but laugh as I wondered, this is my child isn't it? Did she not get the attention loving trait that has been passed down through so many generations?

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Confessions of a Thirty-Somethin' year old....

    1. I'm secretly becoming an addict of Coke. Screw the diet crap, I mean the straight up Coca Cola!

    2. I'm becoming so addicted to organizing that I think I'm a little over the edge... I'm starting to organize messed up shelves at the grocery store!! I. Can't. Stop.

    3. I still try to find a way to lead every conversation to Twilight.

    Ok.. that feels so much better!

    Thursday, February 5, 2009

    Out of the office....

    "Hi this is Jackie, I will be out of the blogging office Thursday February 5th & Friday, February 6th. Possibly Saturday, Februray 7th. I have stuck my head back up my ass and decided to have a Moving Sale. Yes, after saying I would NEVER do another Garage Sale again, I have made myself a damn lier. Luckily though, I have a friend, Smuggle, who doesn't seem to mind the torture of these kind of things and will help me through it. Wish us luck!

    "If this is an emergency by all means call 9-1-1, dorks!"

    Monday, February 2, 2009

    Me! Me! Me! Mondays!

    My current obsession with Organizing has kept me away from the blogging world, but not to worry.. as with all my obsessions, this too shall pass =)



    What is your salad​ dress​ing of choic​e​?​​

    What is your favor​ite sit-​​​down resta​urant​?​​​
    Can't pick just one or two, I love all restaurants!

    What are your pizza​ toppi​ngs of choic​e?​​​
    pepperoni and mushroom

    What do you like to put on your toast​?​​​
    butter, sometimes some jelly.


    How many telev​ision​ are in your house​?​​​
    ha ha ha... technology should not be mentioned with my name... we have 2

    what color​ cell phone​ do you have?​​​
    Hot pink

    How many computers do you have?
    Ha! 4 (one is the Hubster's work comp and one is currently out of commission)


    Are you right​-​​​hande​d or left-​​​hande​d?​​​

    Have you ever had anyth​ing​ remov​ed from your body?​​​
    Yes, an eyeball from my ear!
    I guess I should explain a bit.. when I was in kindergarten we were making Santa Claus's out of toilet paper rolls. We used those little eyeballs that move around when you shake them. I snuck one of the little eyes to my nap pad during naptime and laid it on my earlobe as an earring. It fell in my ear. When the Dr. looked in my ear to see if he could see it he said, "I see someone looking at me!!"


    If it were possi​ble,​​​ would​ you want to know the day you were going​ to die?
    No, well kinda... nah. Actually, maybe... no! (sort of)

    If you could​ chang​e your name,​​​ what would​ you chang​e it to?
    I wouldn't

    Would​ you drink​ an entir​e bottl​e of hot sauce​ for $​​​1000?​​​


    How many pairs​ of flip flops​ do you own?
    3 or 4... no rainbow thongs though (LMAO!)

    Last time you had a run-​​​in with the cops?​​
    Oh, it's been a long time...




    Day of the week?​​​
    Everyday is the same to me right now.. so I have no favorite.




    What are you liste​ning to?
    The Care Bears kicking No Heart's Ass.

    My cat pretending that I don't see him sitting on the table.

    Worry​ing about​?​​​
    Nothing much right now.


    First​ place​ you went this morni​ng?​​​
    to the cold potty

    What'​​​s the last movie​ you saw?
    The Underworld movie, we weren't in Twilight anymore, the Cullen's wouldn't last long in the Underworld =(

    Do you smile​ often​?​​​

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Back in Business!

    This post is being brought to you by the new laptop. The Hubster braved the cold, blistery weather (ok, so it wasn't that bad) and went and picked up my new victim companion. So far so good! We're getting along just fine.

    Wish us lots of luck.. we're going to need it!

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Another one bites the dust.. and another one's gone.. and another one's gone....

    The Wrath Of Computer Killing Jackie continues! Somehow, while I was being very careful not to break the Hubster's work laptop, I was attacked by an anti-virus destroying virus! The poor, little, old laptop had no chance against it.. especially with me in control. So needless to say yet another laptop is off to the Computer Hospital thanks to me.

    I believe the universe is speaking to me... "Get the F%#k off the computers, Jackie, and do something with yourself!"

    "Ok.. I get it."

    Monday, January 26, 2009

    Oh Goody, It's Me! Me! Me! Monday!!

    Ok, so this one was titled: 1,2,3 but I don't see why. It should have been titled:

    Lame Random Questions

    Are you shy?
    Not so much

    Who last called you babe or baby?
    The Hubster

    Who was the last person you had a conversation with?
    My Darling Daughter, if you can call it a conversatation.

    Are you talkative?
    Sometimes too much!

    Have you ever kissed anyone who's name started with a K?
    Ummmm.... In a dream I did.

    Have you ever kissed in the rain?
    I think so.. must not have been that great, huh?

    Does anyone hate you?
    Why on earth would anyone hate me???

    Are you happy with life right now?

    What color is your hair?
    Dark Brown with sprouts of grey and some red where the dye is fading.. sounds lovely!

    Are you waiting for anyone to call right now?
    Yes, my boss telling me that someone has made a full price offer on our house! =)

    Have you ever regretted anything?
    Sure have

    Who or what is on your mind right now?
    Some of the things I regret... thanks!

    Do you miss how things used to be?
    Certain things, sure.

    Are you starting to realize anything?
    Yeah, being in your 30's can actually be cool! (yes I know... crazy talk here)

    Last person you saw other than your family?
    Check out guy at the Grocery Store

    Have you done anything embarrassing lately?
    Oh I'm sure but nothing comes to mind at the moment.

    Could you ever be friends with someone who broke your heart?

    Have you ever written anything on a bathroom wall or door?
    Yes, even a basketball pole (got caught for that one!)

    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Cheater, Cheater, Pumpkin (pie??) Eater!

    So far we're actually surviving without the TV, who would have thunk it??
    I do have to admit that I tried to cheat the other day. I was going to take a shower and our usual routine BTE (Before TV Execution) was to close our bedroom door and turn our TV on to some cartoons to keep Miss Sassy Pants entertained. The day after the cable was turned off I went to turn on the TV, out of habit, and found nothing but white noise (static.) Before I started hearing voices in it (I will forever hate that damn movie), I quickly turned the channel to the next, then the next, and so on. I came across some spanish stations trying their best to fight thru the static so I figured I'd use the nifty menu tool to find any possible channels. It found 4. Of course some 24hr news channel comes in perfectly clear and there is what seems to be an old movie channel that comes in pretty clear (that one has been filed in the back of my head.. just in case I need it) and some Telemundo channel. The one I was glad to find was one of the local channels. It was time for the Rachael Ray show, I figured she was entertaining enough, but something wasn't right. The more I watched it the more I realized that it was the Rachael Ray show I was looking at but I was listening to another channel that had some guy giving a Sermon.. he was teaching the word of God. As Rachael so lovingly poured what looked to be Alfredo Sauce over some noodles the man yelled, "The Devil is near & God has spoken!!" He sounded a little too upset for me and Emma Anne seemed to be a little too interested so I quickly turned the TV off and closed the cabinet doors and haven't opened them since.

    Ok, I get it.. no more cheating!

    Saturday, January 24, 2009

    Goodbye Obsession.. Hello Organizing!

    As you can see with the theme of my posts today, I am a Twi junkie (the other two posts were drafts that I had written awhile ago and felt it was time to set them free). I breathed, slept, dreamt, ate & bathed in the Twilight Series. Sadly though, my obsession is coming to an end. I can feel it slipping from my grasp as I move onto something else...Organizing (woo hoo!) Only the crazy life of a 31 yr old wife and mommy could make such a drastic change: Gorgeous Vampire Affairs to Tubs of Clutter. I was deeply saddened as I could feel the importance of the Cullen's in my life start to diminish, but before I get admitted into an insane asylum or get served with divorce papers, I must move on. (Or at least until the next movie, New Moon comes out!)

    What Twilight's Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson & Bella Swan can teach the world.

    I've read quite a few blogs and whatevers about how the Twilight series is ruining the world.. (oh the horror!). I've read both sides.. the men who are so tired of hearing "why can't you be more like Edward" and the women who are terrified that the little girls of the world are going to give themselves to just any Vampire out there.

    Let me say this to those hating being compared to Edward.. your significant others are wanting attention.. give it to them. Take lessons from Mr. Cullen. Sure, nobody can be just like him but here you have an example, hundreds of pages, of what your significant other is craving. When my husband is drooling over pictures of Denise Richards it doesn't help me much because he's not drooling over things she actually does. Maybe things are getting boring, play it up a bit. If you're not paying attention to him/her then why shouldn't they drool over Edward Cullen? Unless of course your significant other is crazy and obsessed and is asking you to wear an Edward Cullen mask (please let me know where you found one!!), then you may need to find another significant other- unless of course you're into crazy people.

    As far as the worried women out there.. that's simple! Teach your little girls/ young women better than that, teach them to be strong, to be smart when it comes to men. Make sure they know the difference between fiction and reality and by all means teach them to make sure it's a vegetarian vampire they are dealing with!

    After reading the whole series, including the unfinished rough draft of Midnight Sun (Edward's version of Twilight), I actually think this desirable couple has a lot to teach the world and I'm going to to tell you about it.

    First you have Bella who is just your ordinary girl, nothing fancy. She doesn't want attention and freaks out when she gets it. Edward, himself, stated (in Midnight Sun) that at first he thought of her as just an ordinary girl and didn't really see what the big deal was UNTIL she became a challenge. Once she became a challenge, she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, he was totally consumed by her and stayed that way because she remained a mystery. There lies lessons 1 & 2:
    1. Your personality makes you hot or NOT. I have met way too many people who are gorgeous, as far as looks go, but so damn ugly once they start to talk. I can't tell you how many "ordinary" looking people become gorgeous once I got to know them. Robert Pattinson is a great example. To me, he often looks like he needs to take a shower but once I saw how silly, quirky, and interesting he is (after watching a million inteviews of him) he became quite appealing. He is one of those people who can't stop talking, like myself, so his personality often comes out during inteviews.
    2. Don't be an open book. Let them fall in love with who you truly are, not what you can do for them. When you go and sleep with a person on the first date why should you expect them to stay interested? He/She already knows everything they care to and they move on. You have taken all mystery out of it, you've made it boring. Sure if you're a good lay they might come back around but for only one thing. Don't be like the million other girl's who do it just like you, a whore who's nothing more. (Paramore Rocks!)

    Then you have Edward who had been alone for far too long but didn't settle for anything. Here lies the next lesson:
    3. Good things really do come to those who wait. If he had not waited for someone special then nobody would be "that" special to him. If he just did whatever with whoever he wouldn't have cared to have the strength to be around Bella. Every touch and every word wouldn't be as special because he probably would have already said them to someone else. You're an amazing, very special person... don't give yourself to anyone who doesn't deserve that! Just a spoken word, or the simplest touch should be the most amazing experience to your admirer and there lies the next lesson:
    4. Don't rush into all the physical stuff. We all anticipated every touch Edward and Bella had and sometimes they were barely touches. I thought I was going to fall off my bed when they almost did "it" and that was after how many hundreds of pages???

    So there's my spin on all that!

    7 Reasons Edward Cullen wouldn't hang with me:

    (assuming I was a 17 yr old Forks High School student)

    1. I'm too darn good looking ;) He obviously doesn't like really pretty girls (although I think Bella is really pretty actually).
    2. I often have diarrhea of the mouth and probably would have told the whole school about him.. I probably would have got on the loud speaker.. yep he would have killed me for sure!
    3. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat. The first time he admitted to wanting to kill me I probably would have passed out (no matter how damn good looking he is) and he would have just went ahead with the blood sucking.
    4. I can't handle heights.. one trip up a tree and I'd be a goner.. again, he'd just go on with the blood sucking.
    5. I would probably admit that he sometimes reminds me of Luke Perry (as Dylan) on Beverly Hills 90210.
    6. I worry too much, he probably would have put himself on Xanax after reading my mind.
    7. I would probably pass gas or scratch my ass while he was watching me sleep. (personal space dude!)

    Friday, January 23, 2009

    WTF is going on?? Or actually a big fat OOPS!!

    Ok, so the Hubster often jokes about me being a clutz and I just don't see it. I don't fall often (now I will) and I don't stumble around so I have no idea what the hell he's talking about.. well until last night. I was oh so carefully carrying my beloved laptop to the counter and right before my eyes it fell to the ground.. the hard, cold, tile covered ground. ""Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!" Of course I and my overly dramatic daughter (have no clue where she gets it from) started howling, "Oh Noooo!!". As I rushed it to the Hubster, I dropped my stomach in the hallway when I noticed the screen was all F'd up. Granted it was still playing the song I had just uploaded.. Hey there Delilah, by Plain White T's..."oh what you do to meeee... oh Laptop.. what you do to meeee" He heard the urgency in my voice and greeted me with a "WTF is going on??" look on his face. He scooped the laptop from my shaking hands. I tried to go back to the kitchen to act strong and start our dinner. I almost tripped over my stomach on the way back but I just left it there. I went about making dinner and every now and then would let out a sighing wail when the sight of the crash would cross my mind. "waaaaaahhhhhhhhh!"

    The Hubster researched and did all the things that he does best to fix the problem. He definitely goes by the saying, "If Mama aint happy, aint nobody happy!" (yes I know you grammar freaks, Smuggle, are cringing at that one!) We've been in this place before when our wonderfully, beautiful daughter broke the laptop by pushing an enormous amount of keys all at once and about a gazillion times. I drove him absolutely crazy while the laptop was in the computer hospital. I talked his head off, I vented and ranted and raved to him about every little thing that he could care less about. I did everything to him that I would normally do on the laptop. I even tried to get him to play songs for me.. didn't work. So he probably has more urgency to get the laptop fixed than I do.. nah. He quickly offered me his work laptop and even offered to spend his Best Buy Gift Cards, that he won in a contest, to buy me a new one. I couldn't help but laugh because I knew he was doing everything in his power not to "go there" again.

    I took away the TV and then my beloved Laptop jumps out of my arms... WTF is going on???

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    First Day

    So I'm considering this as the first day of being unplugged. We still have cable but the box for the living room is in the Tahoe waiting to be taken back to the Cable Box Orphanage (hmmmm... shouldn't have said that, might make me keep it) and we still have the cable in the bedroom BUT I'm not using it. Well, except for the emergency moment when i was on the phone with my buddy Smuggle and Emma Anne was pushing me to the very edge of the cliff I sometimes imagine jumping off.

    This morning was weird because one of the first things I do when I wake up (besides cussing out the world) is turn on the TV. It kind of felt like we were all alone, like we had been left behind. This afternoon might be rough because that's when most of the TV watching takes place...

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Gettin' Crazy up in here!

    Yep, I think I have officially lost my mind or maybe I'm becoming smarter?

    Today is the day that we are going to get rid of our cable! *Gasp!*

    What on earth are you thinking?
    We spend way too much time being screen sucked by the TV.

    What will you do??
    I have no clue, we'll probably just stare at each other wondering why the hell we got rid of our cable. Actually, I plan to fill in the extra time with books, music, and actual activity.. we're talking exercise folks!

    Are you going to get one of those Digital Converter Boxes?
    Nope.. screw the boxes. We're roughing it baby! We're not going to have any TV except for the life saving Diego & Dora DVD's. We have a butt load of Movies and maybe we'll actually use some of our workout DVD's! What a concept!

    Have you lost your mind?
    Maybe, but I just have to see if there's something else out there, beyond the TV screen. This won't be permanent, I love my TV shows, but for now it's something we must accomplish.

    Will you keep us posted on how it's going without TV?
    You bet your knickers I will, I will probably be on here more often getting screen sucked by the laptop. I'm quite a bit addicted to screen sucking. If feels so darn good!

    Monday, January 19, 2009

    Wickedy Wind

    Go Away!!!

    Ohhhhh... The Letter!

    Ok, so the Hubster got "The Letter" from Verizon. It came by way of email. I was half expecting it to come by Pony Express a month from now. Pretty much everything is staying the same.. wahooo! It didn't say exactly that he'd still be working in this area but we're pretty sure he is. The salary is the one thing they were exact about and it is staying exactly the same. =) So nice to have something not change, especially something we count on! So.. there's one thing we can cross off the "WTF is going on?!" list!

    Wooptie Dooptie Doo... *insert awesome dance moves done by Jackie here*

    Me! Me! Me! Mondays!

    It's that time again... yippeee!!

    This one stuck out because of the title..


    Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work?
    Numerous times...I think CD's like it!

    What's the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated?
    Um... 3-4 yrs I think.

    Ever been in a car wreck?
    Quite a few, but nothing too serious, thank gosh.

    Were you popular in high school?
    Yeah, but because I was really friendly, not in a stuck up way.

    Have you ever been on a blind date?

    Are looks important?
    To an extent. Your personality makes you hot or not.

    Do you have any friends that you've known for 10 years or more??

    By what age did you see yourself getting married?
    I thought for sure I was going to be married with kids by the time I was 24.. so silly.

    If married, what age did you actually get married?
    27... sad thing is that I had to pull the calculator out for that one... gasp!

    Does the number of people a person's slept with affect your view of them?
    What I didn't know didn't hurt me...

    Have you ever made a mistake?
    some of the best ones

    Are you a good tipper?
    Yes, my years of bartending and serving made me that way.

    What's the most you have spent for a haircut?
    When I used to get my hair did, it was usually around $80, that's why I do it myself now.

    Have you ever had a crush on a teacher?
    Ummmm... I think my friend and I had a crush on our 5th grade teacher.. as much as a 5th grader can have a crush on someone.

    Have you ever peed in public?
    Ohhh yeah! Cops had told me a couple of times it wasn't right but when you have to go, you pop a squat! I tried to be discreet about it, I didn't just pop a squat in front of all to see.. "oh excuse me a minute.. there much better." :P

    What song do you want played at your funeral?
    I don't care, the funeral wouldn't be for me anyway.

    Would you tell your parents if you were gay?
    Absolutely, I might go tell them now just to see what they say.

    What would your last meal be before getting executed?
    WTH? Um... I cannot even think of anything.. pass.

    Beatles or Stones?
    Probably Beatles but it totally depends on my mood or what I'm experiencing at the moment.

    Beer, wine or hard liquor?
    As of Friday night only beer and wine for me! Damn those Mexican Martini's!

    Do you have any phobias?
    Getting pretty skeered of heights and reptiles are really starting to make me do the heeby jeebie dance!

    What are your plans for the future?
    Immediate: get more coffee. The rest: to live life happily & strong.

    Do you walk around the house naked?
    On occasion and I often bust out in song too!

    If you were an animal what would you be?
    One of my cats. Spoiled rotten!

    Hair color you like on someone you're dating?
    huh.. must be brunette, I think I've only dated a couple of blondes. Never a redhead... hmmmm that's interesting.

    Would you rather be blind or deaf?
    probably deaf, especially because I think sign language is amazing, almost sensual.

    Do you have any special talents?
    I'm sure I could think of something funny to say if I had more coffee.

    What do you do as soon as you walk in the house?
    Shut the door... just being honest.

    Do you like horror or comedy?

    Are you missing anyone?
    My Ma & Pa

    If you weren't straight, what person of the same sex would you do?
    Oh probably some hottie slut puppy. ;) Oh I know.. the sister on Chuck..(Sarah Lancaster) She's so gorgeous to me! Tell me she's not:

    Where do you want to live when you are old?
    Wherever my life takes me.. I'm just enjoying the ride.

    Who is the person you can count on the most?
    The Hubster

    If you could date any celebrity past or present, who would it be?
    Matthew McConaughey.

    What did you dream last night?
    Actually I had crazy dreams about Robert Pattinson. I would have put him for the previous answer but EVERYONE wants to date him right now and I tend to stay away from stuff EVERYONE likes.

    What is your favorite sport to watch?
    don't really have one

    Are you named after anyone?
    Everyone who was named before me =)

    What is your favorite alcoholic drink?
    bleck... of course this question is on here. As of the moment nothing sounds appealing to me... damn Mexican Martini's!

    Non alcoholic drink?

    Have you ever been in love?

    Do you sing in the shower?

    Have you ever been arrested?
    Nope, have come close but I'm pretty charming when I want to be.. there ya go, there's my super talent. ;)

    What is your favorite Holiday?
    I love the time of year from Halloween to New Year's.

    Would you ever get plastic surgery?

    Have you ever caught a fish?

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Fabulous Friday... Miracle on The Hudson!

    I am so thankful for this miracle. I do not know anyone personally who was in this plane crash, although the Today Show is doing a great job at interviewing many of them. Tears streamed down my face as they talked to a couple who were still clutching their two children for dear life as they tried to explain the moments they thought might be their last. I cannot even imagine the fear they went through. I'm scared to death that someone is going to steal my child from me at the damn grocery store and here these people were crashing into a river!

    Another reason I'm thankful for this miracle is because they are actually going on and on about a good thing that has happened in the news. I had stopped watching the news because it was so depressing and if anything good was reported it was short lived so they could get back to exhausting the bad stuff. No, it wasn't necessarily good that the plane crashed, but it was wonderful that everyone came out alive!

    I wish I had the money and the knowledge to start a news show that only reported GOOD news, inspirational news, feel good stuff. Sadly "Jackie's Wonderfully Fabulous News of the Day" probably wouldn't last long seeing that the most watched shows are CSI, Law & Order and all the other murder, mayhem, and crime type shows out there. What happened to the days when everyone gathered around the boob tube (what a name!) to watch shows like Who's the Boss & Family Ties?

    Instead of watching the news and wishing I could barricade my home, I can watch the news this morning and be reminded that miracles do exist and there are heroes out there! That, my dahlings, is FABULOUS!!

    Thursday, January 15, 2009

    The Waiting Game

    While I wait for the Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato fries to cook I thought I'd pop on here and ramble about our current situation which is basically a whole bunch of waiting!

    We are waiting to hear if the people got the house they made an offer on because our house is their second choice. The first choice has multiple offers on it right now so all we can do is wait.

    We are waiting to hear about the Hubster's job. He went to a "Welcome to Verizon" meeting today to learn very little. He got a voicemail from a lady who claims he is now on her team but when he returned the call he got her voicemail so now all we can do is wait.

    We will be waiting for the mail all next week because a letter confirming the Hubster's job and salary will be arriving some time next week so all we can do is wait.

    We are hoping that when the Hubster's new boss calls him back she will give him more information but we won't know until she calls so all we can do is wait.

    Patience has never been a quality of mine.

    Thoughtless Thursday...

    My mind is blank, I've got so much going on in there that it's turned into a whirlwind around a big blank spot. More like a Tornado that I wish would crash out of my head (with minimal damage and mess of course... "Ahhh! What happened to your face Jackie???" "Oh my tornado of thoughts escaped.. did I not cover the gaping hole well??") and would travel far, far away. Every now and then a thought will dip down into the empty space but it quickly jumps back into the whirlwind. Maybe more coffee is in order.. where did I put my coffee??? Hmmmmm.........

    To be continued...

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009

    Brrrrrrr.... Biotches!

    It's so fricken cold in our house right now, my teeth are chattering right along with the rhythm of my fingers tapping the keys of the laptop. I'm trying to keep a window open to get rid of the smokey stank that lingers in the house. While doing so I have been reminded that being cold makes me have sudden spurts of turrets syndrome, it makes me cuss something awful. I don't know why exactly but for the longest time ( I guess for as long as I've known cuss words) whenever I get to a certain point of coldness I just start cussing up a storm and I get pretty angry too! I am not a fan of cold weather.

    I think I'll go cuddle up to our heating pad because I'm for sure not going to start another fire!

    Whoopsie Wednesday!

    This Whatever Wednesday has been temporarily changed to Whoopsie Wednesday for the very reason that I made a couple of mistakes yesterday. One not so bad- we'll live, and the other... well, it could have been bad, REALLY bad.

    The not so bad mistake was instead of Tips & Tricks Tuesday I did a This & That Tuesday. It's supposed to be This & That Thursday...Whoopsie!

    As far as the other mistake goes, well.... I almost killed my family! Stupid really is as stupid does!
    I decided to have a fire yesterday evening. I was tired of being cold and also tired of the high electric bills so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone (on a killing spree here) with a nice cozy fire. Who doesn't like a nice cozy fire? It warmed us up right away and although it gave me a hard time until I could call it a "roaring" fire, we enjoyed it. We went about our nightly routines. It was probably around 10pm that the stupidness creeped up on me and took over. I had drifted to sleep and woke up when the heater came on and made my bedroom door shut. Instantly I started thinking about the chimney flue being open and how all the warm air was escaping through it. So I dragged my intoxicated with stupidness self to the fireplace and even witnessed some areas where the fire wasn't completely out but stupidly shut the flue anyway! I then went on my merry, stupid way back to bed. I had taken a sleeping pill because I've been suffering from worrying in the middle of the night and haven't been getting any rest. Maybe, just maybe, that explains why I became so stupid. I fell asleep instantly while the fireplace filled my beloved home with poisonous smoke. Luckily the Hubster was still up because he had taken a nap during the roaring fire session (cozy fire + full tummy will get him every time). He was spending time on his computer in our office. I woke up to him coughing down the hall as he went to investigate what the hell was going one. I jumped to my feet to tell him to "OPEN THE FLUE!!!" I don't know what made me smarter all of a sudden, I guess the smell of smoke and my spouse coughing. He started laughing because even he realized what a stupid thing I had done. He instantly started opening windows and fanned the backdoor for awhile. The heater started to work overtime since it was only 30 something degrees (there goes my effort to save money on the electric bill). We ended up turning the heater off and leaving the windows open for a good half hour to 45mins. Then the heater did it's job for the rest of the night to reheat our home and crank up the electric bill...*sigh*.

    So now my house smells like a campfire and I'm sure there will be Realtors lined up at the door to show it today.

    I've got a big, nervous pit in my stomach and am scared at what a stupid mistake I had made. What if the Hubster wasn't home? I can't be even more stupid and think like that. I'm so thankful that the worst part of it is that my house smells.

    That's a great big Whoopsie for this Wednesday... hopefully the biggest (and last one to do with a fire) that I'll ever make!

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009

    Survey says.......


    The Apple Bread is really good! Yay for me and my apple bread-ness! The edges came out a little crispy but oh well, I'm just glad it's edible!

    Legal notes:
    The surveyors consisted of my darling husband and my mini me daughter. They were most definitely affiliated with the making of this bread!

    This & That Tuesday!

    I've been trying to find ways to get better nutrition in my family. My daughter LOVES, LOVES, LOVES bread so I've been making a lot of different bread and muffin type food.

    Here's one I'm about to experiment with today so figured it would do nicely for this Tuesday's "This & That".




    * 1/2 cup butter (gotta love the butter, I use Smart Balance w/ Flax Oil)
    * 1 cup sugar (Brown sugar baby!)
    * 2 eggs
    * 2 cups all-purpose flour (I always try to substitute at least half w/ whole wheat four)
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I'll probably add a little more than that)
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (Hmmm... no cloves around here, lets say raisins and cloves are one of the same for this recipe) ;)
    * 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped (it was highly recommended to shred the apples)


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
    2. In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs.
    3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix into the butter mixture until moistened. Fold in the apples. Transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
    4. Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Hope it comes out as well as the review say it should!

    How am I doing, you ask?

    I'm great, thanks! I'm doing my best to stick to my resolutions and will have a butt load of stuff to blog about once I get it all organized. I'm still obsessed with Edward Cullen even though I've finished the books last week. I'm lost without the books and am trying to fill the void with other books but keep wondering when Edward's going to join the plot =( I'm starting to think I need help. Luckily this awesome chic I know has started up a book club and Twilight is the first book we're going to discuss so I have some more drooling time! Soon after I will have to face the facts that I must move on.

    The house is still on the market. We've had some nibbles so hopefully we'll get a good bite really soon. Hmmm... wonder if the Cullens need a house in the Waco area.... see I'm in bad shape!

    That's about it for now.. pretty exciting huh?

    Happy Tuesday!


    Monday, January 12, 2009

    Me! Me! Me! Mondays

    I was blessed with company this weekend so I've been absent for a couple days. Let's get this week started with stuff all about ME! Woot! Woot!

    A-Z of Jackie!

    Depends on what the availability is for of course!

    B - Best Friend?
    I've got some, yes.

    C - Crush?
    Totally crushing on a pale guy who doesn't even fricken' exist!

    D - Dog's Name?
    Sir Sebastian... (ok he's not a Sir but at the moment it sounded good).

    E - Easiest Person To Talk To?
    Uhh... that would probably be myself!

    F - Favorite Food?
    I just love FOOD in general.

    G - Gummy Bears or Worms?
    Hmmmm.... Bears are cuter but the worms are way more fun to eat!

    H - Hometown?
    Tucson, AZ.

    I - If You Could Move Would You?

    J - Job?
    90% Stay at home Mommy, 10% Realtor Assistant

    K - Kids?
    Have a little darlin' of a gal who is almost 2 going on 13!

    L - Longest Car Ride?
    Probably Az to South Dakota

    M - Milk Flavor?

    N - Number of Siblings?

    O - One Wish?
    Strong, Healthy & Happy (guess that's three but it's what I always wish for my daughter).

    P - Phobias?
    I'm getting pretty bad about heights.

    Q - Favorite Quote?
    "Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life." Not necessarily my fave but it's a good one and the only one I can think of right now.

    R - Reason To Smile?
    My life!

    S - Song You Last Heard?
    Flyleaf- All Around Me

    T - Time You Woke Up?

    U - Unknown Fact About Me?
    Hmmmm.... I guess it's so unknown that I don't even know it!

    V - Vegetables You Love?
    Corn is a good one.

    W - Worst Habit?
    Worrying over EVERYTHING! I've done it so much that it's got to be out of habit.

    X - X-Rays You've Had?
    When I chipped my ankle and have had a couple for the cyst in my arm.

    Scorpio... it all makes sense now, doesn't it? =)

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Fabulous Friday!

    TGIF and Happy Fabulous Friday Dahlings!

    I think Fabulous Friday will be whatever I may find fabulous at the moment. At this moment I am finding something to help me better my finances very fabulous and it's FREE!! (can't get more fabulous than that right now). As one of my resolutions, I'm trying to get smarter about money so this is pretty down right awesome to me.

    So here is my Fabulous Find for this Fabulous Friday:

    Suze Orman's Free Book Download!!

    For those unfamiliar to Suze Orman she's the very annoying lady who knows it all about money. She has a new book, Suze Orman's 2009 Action Plan, and you can download it for free on good ol'! It took me all of a split second to download it.

    Here ya go:

    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    This & That Thursdays- Cheesecake Cookie Cups!

    Take a little bit of This and add a little bit of That and you have:

    Cheesecake Cookie Cups!


    * 12 pieces NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
    * 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    * 1/2 cup NESTLE® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
    * 1 large egg
    * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    * 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling


    1. PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F. Paper-line 12 muffin cups.
    2. PLACE one piece of cookie dough in each muffin cup.
    3. BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until cookie has spread to edge of cup.
    4. BEAT cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla extract in medium bowl until smooth. Pour about 3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture over each cookie in cup.
    5. BAKE for additional 15 to 18 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Top with pie filling. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

    I made these for The Hubby's Bday and they are SOOO yummy. These aren't good for anyone's resolution to lose weight but it's definitely a recipe you will want to keep for a cheat day!

    Wednesday, January 7, 2009

    Whatever Wednesday - The Visitors

    Ok so it's Wednesday, what shall our theme be today? Since I don't have anything wacky, or wordless (I don't think I could ever be wordless) or anything in particular in the wonderful department (besides my beautiful daughter) I figured we'd go with.... Whatever!

    So for this Whatever Wednesday I'm going to share a story about people coming to see our house that we put on the market a couple of weeks ago. This actually happened last night.

    The Visitors

    Last night while I was getting Emma Anne out of the tub I heard my cellphone ring. I figured it was my mom or someone else that I could call back. I took Emma Anne in her room and we did our nightly routine. About 10 mins later the hubby peeks in her room and urgently whispers, "Someone wants to show the house!" I then noticed the sound of a Diesel Truck in front of our home. "Where are they?" I whispered back, confused. "Here! Should I tell them to come back tomorrow?" Knowing how frustrating it is when sellers don't let buyers see their houses and remembering that I heard the phone ring, probably a call to let us know they were coming, I told him to go ahead and let them in but to please ask them not to come in Emma Anne's room. If she sees people she'll get so excited and want to visit. You should have seen her when the plumber came yesteday! Plus, I was in no way all! I mean I wasn't butt naked or anything, but that might have been better. So he went away to tend to them while Emma Anne proceeded to bring me every book she owned and while I sunk in the chair thinking about how messy the house was. My mind was scanning the house remembering that our bed wasn't made, dinner was still on the stove, at least the bathrooms were Ok, that was a relief. Luckily Emma Anne and I cleaned up her toys before her bath. Here we are again.. the house is a mess and someone shows up to see the house!

    I heard the door chimes from the front door then after awhile I heard the backdoor chimes (from our alarm system) and instantly wondered about Sebastian, our 90lb Doberman. But I had to let the hubby take care of it, and thankfully he did. He went out there and held Sebastian while they looked around. He wouldn't hurt them as long as were around but he would definitely lick them to death. Then they all came back in and I heard low chit chat for what seemed like forever! Emma Anne went thru her books over and over again. She kept looking at me like, "Ok, let's get this show on the road, what are you still doing here?" and would go to her crib and try to climb in (something I never ever thought I'd see her do looking back on our days of Sleep Training). Eventually I was about to lose it. As parents we all know how time stands still during story time before bed. I wanted out and I wanted to know what was going on and I wanted to get my daughter to bed. AND my book was waiting for me, the last book of a ridiculously addictive series that I was ridiculously obsessed with! I turned off her sound machine so I could try to hear what was being said as I started to wonder if they were waiting for me to come out. That was the only reason I could think of why they would still be there. Surely they're not waiting for me, what do they want with me? The hubby would have come in if they wanted to speak to me, what do they want with frizzy hair, no makeup, sloppy clothes ME?? It had been a good half hour since I heard the first door chime announcing their entrance. That might not seem like that long of time to someone who wasn't stuck in their daughter's room while strangers went through their house judging every nook and cranny!

    Finally, I heard the hubby tell them to have a good night and to drive safe. Finally, my freedom was near! I quickly turned off the lights and ran to the window to see what the visitors looked like. Who were these people? Then they walked into my view, all 4 of them plus a Realtor I had met before in my adventures as a Realtor Assistant. They stood in front of the house pointing at different features of my lovely home. I knew the house would not fail me. Even if I didn't keep up my end of the bargain by keeping it tidy, I knew the house would present itself well. I love this house and all it has to offer. They stood out there for a good 5-10 mins while I tried to figure out which of the two women went with which of the two men. Maybe parents helping their Daughter and Son-in-law find their first house? I wanted to shout out the window, "This is a perfect home to start your family!!" almost getting choked up at the thought of it and then realizing I might scare them (which would have been hilarious but I better keep my pranks to non potential buyers). Plus my daughter was trying her damndest to get up to the window so she could be a Super- Secret Agent- Super Spy like her mommy.

    They finally got in their cars, the Realtor's sleek black car and the loud diesel truck, and drove off, probably to the house for sale around the corner. I put my wanna-be spy to bed and scurried to get the low down from the hubby who was in the office. He told me how they LOVED the house and were giving me tons of compliments on how it was decorated and what a great homemaker I was, especially for having a kid (I couldn't help but LOVE these people instantly). "Did they love the house because You, the owner, were here or did they actually LOVE the house?" I asked knowing that when you're looking at houses and the sellers are present you feel a sudden obligation to gush about how wonderful their house is even if you're thinking, "this is hideous!!" I know because I've been there.. a couple of times. The hubby responded with a careless shrug, "I don't know," and then went on to say, "I told them they were more then welcome to come back tomorrow when you had time to make it spotless for them and to see it in the day but they were more interested in knowing if the nursery was the same size room as the others."
    "Hmmmm, sounds like they really were interested," I responded as I left the office to go see just how messy the house was. It wasn't that bad but could have definitely been better.

    I finished up my nightly chores wondering if this was the first house the visitors had looked at. That would explain all the excitement they seemed to have. I also wondered if I would hear anything from them again, would they come back? Would they make an offer? "Only time will tell." I reassured myself as I surrendered myself to my book for the night.

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009

    Tips & Tricks Tuesday

    Day 2 of theme days!! I love any tips and tricks that make my life easier and more enjoyable. I'm sure you do too.

    Since getting organized is on my 2009 Resolutions List I figured some organizing tips were in order for this cold and rainy Tuesday.

    (Thanks to

    1. Everything in its place. If you just followed one tip on this list, this would be it. Practice this, and you can skip the rest of the tips and articles listed in this post. Seriously.

    So how do you do it? It’s simple. For everything that you own, designate a place for it. You can even label some of those places, to make it easier to remember. Find something that doesn’t have a place? Designate a place for it. Then simply put things back where they belong when you’re done using them. It sounds simple, but it actually takes a lot of practice to get this habit down.

    2. Start small. If your life and your home and your office are all incredibly disorganized, don’t try to conquer all of it at once. Choose a small chunk (maybe the top of your desk, or at least one part of it?) and organize that. Then come up with a simple system to keep it organize, and try to practice that system until it becomes habit. Now expand your “zone of organization” further, to a new area. One chunk at a time, you can get organized.

    3. Create routines.
    One of the best ways to keep your life organized is to make routines for everything — for errands, laundry, finances, etc. And if you do this one at a time, and make it a habit, you can optimize your life this way.

    4. Clean as you go. This is a great habit … instead of having big cleaning binges, clean things as you go. Done using some dishes? Wash them right away. Clean the toilet when you finish using it, so it never gets dirty.

    5. All info in one place. Use a text document, a wiki, or some other type of system to keep all the information you regularly use and need in one place. You’ll never look for it again.

    6. Put it away now. Done using something? Most people will put it down somewhere nearby, with the intention of putting it away later. But messy houses and offices are full of these intentions. Instead of letting things pile up, put them away immediately. Right now, no exceptions.

    7. Use an inbox, and empty it. Instead of having papers all over the place, have one inbox for all incoming papers. Well, one for your office, and one for your home. Now you’ll never lose a piece of paper again. Empty it regularly (at whatever regular intervals work for you — daily, weekly, every other day, etc.).

    8. Keep a simple filing system. If your filing system is too complicated, chances are you won’t use it. Use this simple system to keep your files in order.

    9. Google Calendar. It really doesn’t matter what calendar system you use, but I’ve found that Gcal works best for me. It’s so simple and fast, and as an online calendar I can access it from anywhere (as can my wife). We share a Google Calendar, and we put everything on it: work stuff, personal stuff, our kid’s school and extracurricular events, birthdays, family gatherings, reminders to follow up on things, school holidays, and much more. It keeps all our scheduling in one place, and we never have to worry about remembering again. Other good calendar options: 30 Boxes and Outlook are also popular.

    *** I use It's really cute and fun to use AND you can make a grocery list and if you forget to print it up or whatever, you can call the Cozi 1-800 number and it will read your list off to you!***

    10. A simple system for pending items.
    One reader recently wrote to ask me how she should organize her pending items, such as plane or theater tickets. I suggested she create a “Pending” folder to hold those items, and make a note of each item on her calendar. For those that are attached to a specific date, she could note the item on that date (”Theater tickets for 8 p.m., in Pending folder”). For items that she wants to remember periodically, she could make a note on the first of each month (for example) … so on the first of next month, there is a “Pending items” notation on her calendar, with a list of items in the Pending folder she wants to reminder herself about. If she doesn’t need to remember them yet, she can move that item to the first of the next month.

    11. Make your system usable. If you’re having problems with your organization system, take a careful look at what’s tripping you up. Sometimes there’s a difficulty or complication that makes the system too difficult to use. If it’s too difficult, you won’t use it. Keep it simple and usable — if possible, even fun — and you’ll be more likely to stick to the system.

    12. Create a landing strip.
    When I get home, I empty my pockets and put everything onto a tray near my doorway. My wife does the same. Keys, purse, my ID and cash, cell phone, anything. This way it doesn’t get tossed on our counter or table, and we never have to look for it or forget it when we leave.

    Here is the link to the article that offers great resources and more tips:

    If you're a Tip Junkie like me here is a great blog just for people like us!