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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

I had a very nice Thanksgiving, and I hope yours was just as wonderful.  I didn't overeat, controlled my sugar, and enjoyed my family.  Unfortunately, we did not get to tile the kitchen.  We ended up with a flood in the kids bathroom and ended up needing to fix that instead.  I'm not too upset; owning a house seems to come with lots of problems and I'm glad this flood happened while Mr. R was home to fix it!

I have to document good hair days.  Also wearing the jewelry my mom got me last Christmas.  This is actually leather.  The earrings match, although I realize you can't see them.

6 puppies on snuggle mode.


Taking a quick selfie before driving to my mom's for Thanksgiving.

My daughter finally seems to be healthy (and sometimes happy.)  Depression and anxiety are difficult, and it's even harder as a mom to realize that I can't always help her.

Adding a little Bailey's to my coffee.  And that's where the title of my blog post comes from...this awesome shirt I ordered on Amazon.  It's a size XL.  And I truly am; thankful, grateful and blessed.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Savvy Sarah

Did you guys know I'm 41 years old?

I find my 40s to be interesting.  Sometimes people are shocked when I mention that I have three adult children.  Then I have someone ask me if I'm a grandmother yet (that is NOT funny.)  Considering many women don't even start their families until they're in their 40s, I find that question a bit annoying.  In fact, I have a cousin who just had her first baby at 41 (I'm 5 months older than her!) I have days when I feel like I can pull off late 20s, and other days when I'm channeling my inner grandma and I want those annoying kids to get off my lawn.  This is when I tell you that I think your 40s are a fun time to experiment with different looks and styles.  In my 20s, I had youth.  My skin was glowing (I was pregnant a lot), and I could pull all nighters without blinking.  Then in my 30s, my metabolism slowed down to a screeching halt and I was exhausted from working and caring for three children.  Now the kids are grown up and all pretty much doing their own thing...and I have time to have a little fun.  So I'm starting to play with makeup.

Bucket's math teacher retired (I'd like to think it's not due to her having my son in her class...I tell myself lies sometimes) and she invited me to try some Younique products that she's now selling.  I immediately figured this was overpriced crap.  But I remember when I was doing Jamberry and people blew me off, so I tried a sample.  And I LOVE IT.

Because the items are expensive, I've been buying one or two products a month and I'm slowly building up my stash.  I'm getting rid of the cheaper products that have probably been the culprits of all the breakouts you've heard me complain about since I started this blog many years ago.  I actually am sporting one monster pimple on my chin right now (thank you, spicy burrito week...you never disappoint me!) but I swear you can't hardly tell in this photo.

I'm wearing about half Younique products here.  Concealer (under my eyes and the monster zit on my chin), primer, foundation (the color is Velour, and it's perfect for my weird mix of white girl mixed with a bit of olive skin), 3D lashes, and Savvy lipstain.  My Younique consultant convinced me to try Savvy which is a purple lipcolor, and I almost said no.  Glad I didn't...I love the color!

The only non Younique products I'm wearing are my eyeshadows and blush.

I really need for my stylist to come home from her family vacation.  My hair needs her!  The shirt is "Kim Rogers Woman" and it's a size 1x and a bit too big on me.  But it sure is comfy and the colors were perfect for me so I bought it anyway.  I've been trying to dry it on hot to make it shrink a bit.


Today was a good day.  I went to church, did my Thanksgiving shopping.  Did a load of dishes then went to Goodwill.  My future daughter in law lives with us right now (this house is so crowded...I am claustrophobic over it at times) and got she got rid of four bags of clothes so I dropped them off.  Then I decided...I don't need to go home.  I'll go inside and see what's up.  So glad I did!

I found a gorgeous orange top for $3.  I'd been looking online for one, and I even ordered it from Woman Within.  For some crazy reason even though I ordered the 16, they sent me an 18/20 so it doesn't fit.  So now I have an orange shirt to wear with my brown cotton skirt with the white and orange flowers on it!  I plan to wear that on Wednesday to work.  Then I found a crazy palm tree patterned dress.  I'd never wear it as a dress, but it has a dropped seam so I can just cut off the dress portion and have a really cute drapey top.  That cost me $6.  I then found a blue and white striped "dress" but in my mind, it's a cute tunic.  I'm going to chop about three or four inches off the bottom, hem it and call it a day.  Another $6.  Then I found a black and white cotton dress in a size 1x.  Again, a bit big on me, but I think I can pull in the shoulders a bit.  That dress was on sale for half price so it's mine for $3!  I had hopped into a changing room and the people before me had left all their clothes in the room (that's a no-no!) so I was putting their stuff back when I found a gorgeous print top that reminded me of a sunset...all melty pinks and oranges in a size XL.  I tried it on real quick and it fit perfectly so I threw it in the pile for another $3.  All of these are in the washer right now and I'm sure I'll wear at least two of the pieces this week.

Then I went and got a pedicure, came home, and had planned to do a webinar but it hadn't been downloaded properly so I couldn't do it.  Bummer.  Only a three day work week this week, and then Mr. R and I are tiling our kitchen over the 4 day weekend!  I haven't had a floor in my kitchen for nearly three years.  We have not had four days off together in that long.  We have a pretty tiny kitchen, so it really won't take long.  But he has a bad back, so he's going to cut the tiles and I'm going to lay them.  I might even have enough tile to get a backsplash.  I'm so excited!

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

When Caring Matters

My update today is full of flowers and sunshine.  To say this is the happiest I've been in a long time would be quite the understatement.  My new job has been awesome.  Yes, of course it's still work.  Yes, sometimes I get frustrated and I do see things that I would love to be improved.  But it's so much better than any other place I have ever worked.  It's a fairly relaxed atmosphere, with jovial joking and teasing that comes with people who trust each other.  No more itchy polyester uniforms, and I haven't been banned from the lunch room (yet.)  I will have health insurance again on December 1, and it's $300 less per month for my entire family than it was at my last job.  My pay has doubled and unfortunately, my commute has tripled.  But the good far outweighs any bad, and I practically skip into work and yell GOOD MORNING to anyone who is willing to hear me out.  It IS a good morning, and I'm happy to be there!

You CAN dress professionally/nicely without wearing a cheap uniform.  Who knew?  Striped shirt (which my husband calls my Where's Waldo shirt) from WalMart 2015, Lane Bryant pants (super old, at least five years and maybe even ten years old) and Payless shoes.  

I think the icing on my cake came a few days ago when I needed to return my health insurance paperwork.  The lady there is very nice (she also has an 18 year old son on the autism spectrum, so we chat frequently) and when I turned the papers in, she said to me "Thank you.  Tell me first, are you happy here?"  Not in my nearly 25 year history of working has anyone in HR ever asked me that question.  I was stunned by it.  I said, "Yes, this is the happiest I've been in a really long time.  Everyone is so nice here.  Thank you for asking me!"  She honestly put the Human back in Human Resources...what a concept!  I have unlimited overtime right now, a stipend to spend on education for myself, and I found out yesterday that I got a Christmas bonus.  I heard the other girls talking about it, but I assumed I would not get one since I had been there for less than 90 days.  But yesterday at our Thanksgiving luncheon, I was surprised to see a check for me as well.  My new director handed it to me, welcomed me again to the team, and I got a hug too.  Can you see how this is so different than my last job?  I am blessed, blessed, blessed!!!

I was elected again to be secretary of my coding group for 2017.  I am learning a lot, meeting so many awesome people, and I can wear jeans on Friday and leave at noon.  I have to thank the Lord for leading me here.  I spent 13 years at the hospital, just stagnating.  I could have let my getting fired be one of those moments that ruined my life.  But I used it as a learning tool and pushed forward.  Every job I've had since then has been nothing but an opportunity to learn things (either things I liked or hated) and to bring me to the next step.  Not one moment was wasted.  I'd like to think this is the last step in my career hunt, that I've found the place that I can retire from in my 60s or 70s.

So there you have it.  I'm happy, looking forward to a great Thanksgiving with my family.  My daughter has a job that she likes (doesn't love, it's retail and she's an introvert so every day is a struggle for her), she's planning on going back to school in January or February depending on her car situation.  My oldest son is engaged and just bought his first car.  Bucket is a senior in high school (again) and only needs two more credits to graduate.  No update on his social security disability, if I don't hear anything by January I may consider getting a lawyer involved.  Mr. R's health is deteriorating due to being in the truck.  Now that I make so much more money, we can actually afford for him to come off the road and he's looking into becoming a dispatcher in the trucking industry.

So there is my long overdue update.  I'll update again in December once I get my hair done again.  As you can see I did chop it all off.  The exact date was October 8, and I know this because it was the day after Hurricane Matthew hit my area (very little damage here, praise God!).  Oh I guess I should post those pictures.

This is me in the car the second I left the salon.  So if you ever wanted to know what I look like without makeup, this is it.  

This is me the next day.  I am not thrilled about the color.  This is the color I did when my hair was long.  I am planning to go darker when I redo my hair on December 1.

I love this picture so much (and it's just a selfie!) that it's now my facebook profile picture, and my LinkedIn profile picture too.

Learning how to pixie.
I haven't decided if I'm keeping the pixie or letting it grow out.  I'm looking like a fuzzy mushroom these days.  It doesn't help that my stylist is on vacation for two weeks so I can't get in until December.  That is one thing about pixies...for it to look decent, you better get used to sitting in that stylist chair frequently.  I am loving not having a ponytail and my headaches have virtually disappeared.  But the color threw me off and I may start coloring my own hair again in order to afford monthly haircuts.  Decisions will be made soon.

Have a lovely, blessed day!  Jesus loves you!