Sunday, October 29, 2017


So like most of the southern US, we "hunkered down" for the biggest hurricane in the Atlantic.  And you know what?  We had almost no damage at all.  Not one shingle, not one drop of rain came into this house.  We lost power for approximately five hours, and that happened after the hurricane already blew through!  We lost no food, no money, and I literally did not miss a single day of work.  It was unreal.  However, we still have tree debris on the side of the road, but that's about it.  I have to admit I was suffering from some anxiety over this one, but we came through just fine, and I'm grateful for it.

Tiger just had to go outside and wave the flag after the storm.  
It was a little scary for little dogs, so we got in some cuddle time, until it got too loud for the babies and we had to put them in their crate and put a dark blanket over them.  The sound of the wind howling is what I'd imagine banshees would sound like; screaming howls of pain.  That was probably the worst part of the storm.
But snuggle fix everything.

Only me and one other coder showed up to work on Monday September 11th, after the hurricane.  Most had no power; others were trapped in their homes from tree branches or flooding.  Neither were an issue for me, so I came in.  Mr. R was home with the kids and dogs, so there was no need for me to stay home and use up my PTO.

Praying that your family did not suffer during this storm, either!  How are you?

Saturday, October 7, 2017


I'm sitting in a hospital in Daytona Beach right now, proctoring an exam which lasts 5 hours and 40 minutes.  I'm really glad that I was an officer for the past two years, but I can't run again (they have term limits!) and I'm glad to give up this responsibility.  It was SO HARD to get up at 5am on this drizzly Saturday morning, with my warm husband snuggled up beside me, to get out and work FOR FREE.  I do have tons of pictures to share, but they are most car and office selfies.  I need to do better!

I really do not know what is up with the weird face I'm making here.  This shirt is one of my favorites.  I got it at Ross a few years ago, and it's a 2X and too big for me, but it's so comfy.  I need to learn how to take in seams so it will fit me better.  Sometimes the color looks wonky, but I can tell you it's a navy blue with a khaki stripe.  I tend to wear this shirt with either my navy blue work pants or my brown work pants.  

My lucky red WalMart tee shirt and my glasses.  I'm basic here.

I like the contrast of the cobalt sweater with my red tee.

Dog pics are the best!  Here is my little Bella snuggling up to Bucket's cat, Quazar.  I didn't name the cat, guys.

I think my hair and makeup look great here, but you can tell I'm sad.  This is the day I had my daughter admitted to a drug rehab center.  

You can see those sneaky grays coming back at the hair line!

This shirt makes me happy.  It's also a bit too big and it's a 1X.  I got it at a Burlington Coat Factory in Sanford FL.  I get compliments every time I wear it, regarding how blue it makes my eyes appear.  I will wear this top with pretty much every pair of pants I own: right now I own five pairs of work pants in gray, dark brown, navy, and two in black.  It's boring but makes my life easy and I can switch all the tops around.  Unfortunately (or not!) the pants are all too big and hanging on the ground so I really need new ones.

Seriously I was just admiring my eyebrows on this particular day.

This cheap (under $10) pink cardigan I picked up a year ago at my local Ross has ended up being a favorite.  I wear it at least two or three times a week.  I've got it paired with a navy ruched top I found at Goodwill for $3.

Cub pictures are fun.

It's been a while since you've seen pictures of the kids!  Here is Tiger age 20.  He is engaged and has his own place.  He loves animals!

Got to my 1 year anniversary without a hitch.  I really love my job!  This place is so much better than my last place of employment, I am a much happier person these days.

My job has this very cool concept where we take a conference room, and everyone brings in clothes they no longer want.  Then everyone goes to the conference room and finds "new" clothes to wear.  I came away with this super cute red print top and it cost me nothing!

I may have a super cute top to wear, but this hair is something.

Let's fix the hair, shall we?

Glad to not have gray, but I had a different stylist (mine was out with a hysterectomy) and she got dye all over my head.  Plus, the color was just not very dynamic.  It was "okay."

It just faded so fast, so I'll try something else next time.

News?  My daughter is out of drug rehab now.  I think she needs to go back.  She's still just so...sneaky.  I don't trust her for nothing.  I lock my bedroom door every time I go to work.
I still haven't picked up a second job, and I'm glad.  Between my work and the commute, I'm pretty tired.  I still haven't decided if I should go back to school.  Signing a contract with this place for them to pay for me to go to school is scary.  I guess after getting burned so bad at my 13 year job, I'm scared to make that commitment.  Next blog post will be about Hurricane Irma.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Status Quo

It's been a month since my last post, and nothing is really new.  I just keep driving to work (I hate the commute) and code my little heart out.  I still really like my job.  My hair is growing out quickly from the pixie from last October.  I'm once again able to put it in a bun or ponytail.  For now, I'm letting it grow out.  Pixies are awesome and I love them on other women but when I see pictures of myself, I'm usually not too impressed.  Plus, they are work to keep up!  So yeah, I think I'm coming back to long hair...or at least medium length, maybe just a bit past my shoulders.  Once it gets longer than that, I end up with crushing headaches and I'm just not interested in that.  I have quite a few pictures to share!

Clearly, this blue and green ruffled top is a favorite of mine.  I've worn it before on this blog and I probably wear this shirt once or twice a month at work.  With my blue eyes, these bright blues and greens are favorites of mine to wear.  The blue cardigan is new, I got it from Lane Bryant back in May on clearance.  It's a size 14/16 and has really cute crochet arms.  I'll have to take a better picture of it.

Makeup sure looks different from the car, than inside all the glorious florescent office lighting.

Hooray for Younique makeup!

So I do have a bit of a...I don't know if dilemma is the right word to use, but I guess a decision to make.  In order to pay off some debt (and we don't have a lot thank God) I decided to ask a friend of mine if she had any insight on coding jobs to work from home.  Not to quit where I am now, but just part time in the evening to supplement my income and clear out some of these bills.  She's an instructor at a college for coding and billing.  Instead, she asked me to apply to her school and be an instructor.  I am completely taken aback by this; I've only been a coder for three years, although I do have 20 years of experience in medical as a whole.  In my head, I was hoping to find a code at home job for about two hours every night and maybe on Saturdays while I do laundry.  But one thing I have learned over the years, is to apply for anything and see what happens!  So I applied for the instructor job and haven't heard a peep out of them!  I messaged my friend back to tell her that I didn't think they were interested in me because I have not heard back.  She insists that they will hire me, that I'd be perfect for the job, and not to give up hope.  But the next term starts August 28; that is ten days away.  That is NOT enough time for me to prepare, to change my schedule at my full time job, and to become...gulp...a teacher!

I have three other options here (in my head, anyway.)

1) forget this teaching nonsense and find a work at home job!
2) forget getting a second job.  Come home and relax!
3) forget a second job and relaxing.  Go back to college and get your bachelors!  This new job is willing to pay for that!

Ughhhhh....decisions decisions!  Do you all have any thoughts on this?

I had an all black day like I used to do in high school.  I seriously could use a little sun.  You can tell I'm a cubicle dweller, I practically glow in the dark.

I'm not sad here (for a change.)  I'm trying to take pictures of my eye makeup.  I don't have a vanity or makeup mirror and I do my makeup in a poorly lit bathroom, perched with one butt cheek on a sink and balancing with my left foot.  It's actually really ridiculous.  I told Mr. R I want a vanity with a mirror.  He actually agrees, since my makeup and hair stuff takes up the entire vanity in our bathroom!  (Good eyebrow day here.)

I picked up this cute dress at Goodwill for $6.  I have to wear a tank under it though, as it's quite low cut.  Still, the fit is amazing, like it was made for me.  It comes to about two inches below my knees and I get compliments on it every time I wear it.

Dreaming of a three day weekend.  Labor Day, you are so close.  Come to Mama.
This top is also a Goodwill find, which I picked up for a mere $3.  It's odd colors, light gray, black and yellow.  For some reason I threw my pink cardigan over it and I thought it looked cute.  Doesn't match at all, but I think it worked.

Taking pictures at your desk with no one noticing is hard.

So what else has happened in the past month?

Missy turned 22.  She is still having drug issues.  It makes me incredibly sad.
It was our 23rd wedding anniversary.  Mr. R hurt his back again (I think his trucking career is just about over, the man is broken and a serious grouch.)  so we did nothing but let him rest.  It was the most boring anniversary I think I've ever had.
Next month in September will be my one year anniversary at my new job already!