Friday, December 2, 2011

2011 Review Extraganza--The Rules


All right are you ready for this? I am so excited about this year's Review Extravaganza that is going to be begin NEXT Friday! So today I am telling you all the rules and nitty gritty. What is the 2011 Review Extravaganza? It is your chance to write up some posts and recap what happened during the year. You can put your favorite pictures, tell your favorite stories, link back to your favorite posts, however you want. That way if you had a slow month, since we will be reviewing three months at a time it will be just fine. And it does not matter if you did not blog during any of the months- after all you still were living so something had to happen./ Starting next Friday- you can come here or to any of the other bloggers hosting this extravaganza (whom I will list here soon) and link up your post. You only need to link up at one location as it will show up on each of the lists.

  • Friday the 9th, you will link up with your recap about January, February and March. 
  • Friday the 16th-link up with recap of April, May and June. 
  • Friday the 23rd-link up with recap of July, August and September. 
  • Friday the 30th-link up with recap of October, November and December. See how nicely that works out-by the time it is December's recap, December will be practically over. 

You DO NOT have to write your post on Friday, you can write it any day that week, that is just the day to link up. And you will have a few extra days to link up- until Wednesday. When you link up, make sure you put a link to your post and not just your blog in general. ((To do this, just click on the title of your post and then you can copy all that www gibberish that is in your browser bar))

And now the Extravaganza part! Every time you link up with a recap AND include the cute little button you will get entered into the drawing. Link up on the 9th and get an entry, the 16th and get another entry, etc., with a total of 4 possible entries. When all is said and done, I will let random.org do the dirty work and pick a winner and what will you win? Each of the hosts- all 8 of us will personally pick a present for the winner- so imagine getting 8 pacakges filled with something just for you!! You can also receive some bonus entries- if you follow through GFC all of the hosts of the blog you can receive a bonus 5th entry. Once you are following all of the fabulous hosts come back to THIS post on my blog and leave a comment telling me that you following everyone. So who are the hosts? In no particular order:
Emmy Mom California Girl cagirl Em of Emilisq Grumpy Grateful Mom
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Impulsive Addict
Janette of Johanson Journey
MiMi Living in France
Runner Mom runner mom blog
All great ladies you should definitely read! So to break it down really simply
  • Link up each Friday with your recap-- you will have between Friday to the following Tuesday to link up for it to count for points
  • Receive 1 point for every week you link up -button must be in your post (4 possible)
  • Receive 1 bonus point for following all of the hosts blog (1 pt) -leave a comment stating you are following on THIS post
  • If you are the winner receive 8 gifts picked just for you!
Any questions feel free to ask as we want this to be a great experience for everyone! So get your recaps ready and join in next Friday for the fun!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We Want to Know--Jobs!



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It's We want to know wednesday with your Fabulous Hosts, Mamarazzi (she's on a break),Queso (she's asking the questions this week) and CRAZYMAMA!  Take a break from the housework and link on up. 

This week Queso want's to know all about your job history. Here are the Questions!
1. what is the worst job you have ever had?
2. have you ever been fired?
3. what would your dream job be?
4. what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
5. how old were you when you got your first job?

1.  What is the worst job you ever had?  Waitress.  That is a brutal job.  People are horrible and do things to screw with the server.  You can run your tail off and be left with a dollar tip or simply be stiffed.  Some service is bad but there is no excuse to be rude.

2.  Have you ever been fired?  Yes and no.  I could not stand my boss at the time.  She was ...a horrible woman.  The Wicked Witch of the West is a fairy princess compared to her.  She berated  me in front of dozens of customers.  I felt about 2 inches tall and the customers were on my side; telling me after she had left that she was way out of line. Instead of giving notice, I simply did not show up for a meeting that was mandatory.  I was engaged to Rich and he was about to go on a two month patrol.  I wanted to spend more time with him than go to her stupid #$$ meeting.  I came back the following day and dropped my smock into her bony old lady hands with a pretty smug look on my face.  I could have cared less.  I said nothing, just held out my hand for my final check. 

3.  Dream job?  Being paid to write...like the DWTS recaps.  Being paid to write period.  I love it.

4.  What did you want to be when you "grew up?"  Two choices:  A teacher...cause I had some cool ones.  And a doctor.  Cause growing up I had the best doc ever!  Now...why didn't that happen?  I am not good with other people's children...especially in great numbers too much noise and chaos from the little ankle biters.  That and germs.  I am not thrilled with germy stuff.  Kids are loaded with them.  And so are sick people.  Ewwww!

5.  How old were you when you got your first job?  Ummmm.... 16 or 17.  I can't remember the year.  That would tell me.  I worked at Target.  I started for the Christmas season and they kept me on.  It was great, money and a discount!  Woot. 

Now it's your turn! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ten Things Nov. 2011

Last month our Bishop challenged us to write one thing we were thankful for each day over the course of the next 30 days.  My mom and I did this, and emailed our list to each other every night.  Some days it was simple stuff:  no rehearsal for Kristin.  That was one less car ride for me.  Other times it was gratitude for shelter.  I picked simple things most days.  It was a good assignment.  And of our own accord, we are doing it again. 

Today, it is time to reflect on just Ten Things to smile about for the month of November.  And to link up with my BFF Emmy!





1.  Emily earned a gold certificate as she leveled up in state testing.


2.  Ryan reading double the amount of wpm for a first grader.

3.   All three kids having good dental check ups...no cavities.

4.  Feeling the Christmas spirit even before Thanksgiving.

My all time favorite commercial

5.   Learning that one of Ryan's friends lives just two doors down.  

6.   Taking Ryan and Emily Christmas shopping (at the Dollar Tree) so that they could buy presents just like their sister did with her babysitting money.

7.  My turkey that literally filled and spilled out of the roasting pan.  All 24 pounds of him.  He was super moist and delicious.  A shout out to Emmy for introducing me to brinning last year!  If you haven't done it...do!  YUM.

8.  It was a smaller Thanksgiving--we only had 13...14 if you count the baby...but it was still wonderful being with my family.
9.  Zumba....yes I am totally thankful for it.  I am also thankful I can go twice a week. 

10.  Christmas music.  I just love it.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Peace On Earth, Good Will Toward Men

Peace on earth and good will toward men is the creed in which we claim to live by...at Christmas time.  And every year it is said we should keep that with us all year round.

So what the heck is Black Friday doing to us?  It used to be stores opened at 5AM and people shopped all day.  ALL DAY.  I have worked a few Black Friday's in my time.  The last one was the most unpleasant one.  Perhaps because I was tired.  Or because the people were grouchier.  Stores started opening earlier.  They now must compete with cyber deals.  And now they are opening on Thanksgiving and taking people away from their families all for the sake of the once mighty dollar.


The waffle iron riot is positively revolting.  Is that what people have become.  A pack of wild coyotes fighting over the last piece of meat.  My sister and niece went out Thursday night and Friday morning, and my sister witnessed a little girl nearly being trampled while grown men and women fought for the $1.99 dvd's.  


What the heck is wrong with people?  All to maybe save a buck or two.  I'd much rather sleep in--which I did.  I would much rather kick back and hang out with my family and decorate the tree.  Which we did.  Thankfully the lunatics were gone.  However, I was greeted with a flat tire. 
Luckily I had not got too far from home.  Rich was able to walk down the hill with Ryan and take care of me.  But in all that time on the side of the road during this time of "peace of on earth" and "good will toward men" only ONE person pulled over.  And that one person knows us.  Are people really thinking of peace and good will?