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Funny Picture

So we have this horrible light fixture in our dining room (which we are replacing) but last night Paul pointed this out and I just had to share...

has to be the funniest shadow EVER!!!

Horrible becomes Beautiful

So last year a neighbor dug up her backyard to plant some horrible trees....well now they have bloomed ....
and look only suggestions are...
1) lose the price tag...they have been out there  for like a year there is no returning them
2) get rid of that scraggly stuff in between the trees

Stormy Weather?

So here comes the rain?  When walking back from lunch/library visit I noticed that it's starting to look like rain is finally on it's way.
I get back to my desk and Zach (an attorney I work with)  emailed me and said that a bad storm is brewing and I  should go home before it hits.  So I left work around 3:30.
So I get home from work and see this.... NOOOOO!!  Hold on little one...RAIN IS COMING!!!
New bud on it's way =)
The Mighty Ducks are back!! Saltines = Duckies come running! More Saltines = Duckies feel safe enough to get inches away. Some have a few cracker crumbs on their backs to enjoy later =)
One mama and two males...what happened to the  other mama duck and her two lil ducklings?

Spring Glamour

So we have this beautiful tree in our front yard... and on Monday when I was walking out to my car I saw this... then Tuesday morning I saw this...
Beautiful!  I love this tree!
this one sprang up too...I missed it's before picture.

7 is the number of....

writing instruments currently on my desk!   I didn't even need to gather them up for this photo... they were all just laying like this on my desk.  Why?

Mighty Ducks!

So every year it seems that the next generation of ducks starts out in my back yard.  

but this year there are TWO mama ducks...
She only has two ducklings.

When I grow up...

When I grow up by Shirley Temple
When am I going to start feeling like a grown up?  I have friends with children and even my little sisters have children so I realize that yes I am an adult but I just don't have that feeling of being a "grown up".  I mean believe me I know I am not in my wild 20s.  "Staying up and out all night" days are gone and believe me I've made those "stupid mistakes" and learned from them like we are all supposed to do.

Sure I graduated from college and have my full time job.  I'm engaged and planning a wedding.  I think about my finances.  I budget.  I grocery shop.  I pay my mortgage.  I keep track of my 401k.  I do all those things that grown ups do.  But why don't I feel like a grown up?

Does it have to do with the fact that I don't see my current job as my career?  Is it because I still have a list of things to do with my life?  Or is it more like a self image than the actual thought of being a grown up.  I …

Ding Dong ...

(cough cough)
So I'm not that big on Avon products except for this eye makeup remover that they sell which goes on sale for $1.
When it goes on sale, I stock up.  This stuff is great for several reasons 1) it works ~ it will take off the hardest to remove mascara in one to two swipes 2) it doesn't burn your eyes and 3) it moisturizes!!  So recently when I grabbed an Avon book from our firm kitchen and noticed this was on sale, I thought perhaps I need to find a few other things to try and then blog about them.  So, I decided to get some mascara.
The brush on this is super tiny so it really grabs every little lash.  I can tell a difference in the length of my lashes too.  They do seem longer.  Also, since the brush is so fine it doesn't clump up on your lashes or leave big clumps on the ends.  It also dries super quick so it doesn't smear when applying to the lower lashes.
However, I did have a problem with my Avon order.  I ordered a black dress.  When it came in, I w…

Happy Earth Day!!

Click on this link to make a pledge to reduce your carbon foot print.  You will be amazed at how much something simple makes a difference.  When you're done, take your reusable mug over to Starbucks and enjoy a free coffee on them (today only in honor of Earth Day)!

So much to do....such little time to do it.....

I'm late, I'm late for A very important date. No time to say hello, good-bye,  I'm late, I'm late, I'm late I'm late...
Why is it that when I am busy...I AM BUSY and when I'm not I have absolutely NOTHING to do. I feel like this weekend is just jammed packed with stuff to do and I keep thinking...I HAVE ONLY TWO DAYS TO GET IT ALL DONE!?!? So even though it is only Thursday I feel like I am already frantically running around like the white rabbit worrying about not getting it all done.

Time management sounds like the obvious answer but it really isn't because I've put off everything until now. Sometimes you just have too much going on and not enough time to do it.

So in order to make it through this weekend, I am prioritizing what ACTUALLY needs to get done vs. what can really WAIT. Plus, if I put all this pressure on myself I will not enjoy any of my weekend. Also, I'm going to try to get some of the errands I need to run done tonight…

4 Scents

1) Miss Dior Cherie ~ I love this perfume and for a while I was wearing it all the time...until the bottle became half I have been wearing some of the others more.  (It's expensive!)
2) CK One Summer (circa 2008) ~ Unfortunately, this summer romance will be ending soon.  As I stated in my A to Z post ~ it will become impossible to find soon.
3) DKNY Red Delicious ~ I've bought this twice on eBay for $20 each time.  
4) Ocean Pacific ~ I fell in love with this perfume back in college and I used to get it for CHEAP at perfumania .... I recently bought a small bottle on eBay and have been wearing it for the past week.  Everyone has complemented it.  So it has definitely made it back into the line up.

Box for my Jewels

So after receiving my engagement ring and especially after almost losing my diamond necklace on a daily basis I decided that I needed to get a jewelry box.  I found this at Ross for $10......
I love it.  It is mirrored glass with Damask.   Also, it's a pretty big box so room to grow into =)

Picture Perfect

I saw this and just HAD to share =) Just a lady? enjoying a lovely day in the park!

Does it Work?

Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pens
NO!!!!!  This nail pen didn't go on smooth or dry quickly as it boasts in its name.  The pen applicator was big and messy.  On the packaging it states that it should work in two coats.  Well after several minutes, the first coat was still tacky and not dry and after the second coat you could still see my nail through the color.  Within a few hours, it began to chip off!  This nail color smelled like that nail polish from childhood pretend makeup kits and worked about as well. Needless to say, I'll be returning this and getting my money back.

See I told you...

So like I said in my A to Z post, I love old Madonna songs.  So yesterday at Target I bought this CD to listen to at work....
It has some of her newer music along with some of the great classics  ...  I'm offically old now that Madonna's music can be referred to as classic...LOL!   Some of my faves on this CD...Vogue, Into the Groove,  Express Yourself, Dress You Up & so on! Happy Monday!!

Buyer's Remorse No More!

First Check Out Related Posts: I found a shirt and it was only $8!
In solving this problem I think I created something quite cute.  I paired this formal skirt with a "boyfriend tee" from Target.  This t-shirt has a mini pocket.  I think the casual and formal mixed together creates a cute outfit.  {Notice how the skirt looks kinda blue in the ISN' is MINT!!}  For once I think I beat the dreaded back of the closet it goes saga.  Send me some pics of your problem pieces that you found a way to rock and I'll post them!

A to Z

I thought I would share some things that I love....

A ~ Audi - I absolutely love Audis and I want one but for the sake of my sanity I will not get one because if it got damaged I wouldn't be able to handle it.  I joked with Paul and said that I would have to move my office to my car because of the fear someone would ding it in the parking garage.
B ~ Blogging!  I absolutely love writing my blog.  I have really been trying to step it up and put some great posts up.  I literally feel guilty when I don't blog.  If I miss a day I usually want to post an apology.  Like post...Shia was catching up on some sleep.  No excuse though!  My new mantra is quality posts.  I really put a lot of time and effort into each new post so I hope you enjoy!

I'll even handwrite out a rough draft or an outline for a blog post if need be!  On damask paper of

C~ CK One Summer circa 2008!  I absolutely love this fragrance the catch though is that every year CK One Summer…

The end of Tuesday monotony!

I hate Tuesdays! I hate Tuesdays more than Mondays! I hate Tuesday because I get home from work and realize...dang it's only TUESDAY. This past Tuesday though Paul suggested that we have a little sunset picnic at the beach. So when I got home from work we headed over to Ponte Vedra Beach. It was so peaceful. There was NO ONE there and Paul and I sat on a blanket eating our picnic dinner watching the waves and the sunset. The shells I took to remember our special Tuesday night! {sorry the pic is so blurry I guess I only picked the smallest shells on the beach}

Astrological BS

I looked for my horoscope on and found the following....
Aquarius January 20 - February 18 Today’s horoscope It's not surprising that people turn to you when they have a conflict they can't resolve by themselves. After all, you give good advice. And, a lot of the time, you just listen -- which is what most people need, most of the time, anyway. If a coworker comes to you, lend them your ear. But hold off on lending them money. It might be the kind of fix that doesn't fix things for them (or you) in the long term. Read More
and of course when I want to prove a point is the 1 out of 100 times that this COULD pertain to me.  However, I think I give great advice because I'm a know-it-all not because my signhappens to be Aquarius.   Anyways back to the point I was trying to make, it is okay to check your horoscope once in awhile for a giggle but to introduce yourself as your sign or blame your faults on your sign i…

National Library Week

It is National Library Week so no matter where you live head in to your local library to support it.  The days of only getting books at the library are long gone now you can check out DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks, read magazines, surf the web on computers, free wifi for your laptop, etc.  
The Downtown Jacksonville Branch is the library I visit the most.  I have turned my lunch hour into peaceful lunches in the gorgeous courtyard and flipping through magazines looking for new blog ideas. 
I just learned that the library system here in Jacksonville is facing a big budget cut.  The cut will result in a branch closing and all libraries to be closed on Sundays and Mondays and reducing the daily hours.  Also, a budget cut on new materials. 
The library is something we all take for granted, I mean when you were a kid and you had a report to do...face it the library encyclopedia sets was where it was at ... but now we've forgotten how great it is.  I only recently started going to the libra…

Does it work?

So as I a product and I've probably tried it or I'm thinking about trying it.  My lastest test was Sally Hansen Nail Effects.

As you can see there are many colors and patterns to choose from.   So starting off I was very skittish that this was going to work.  I wasn't really happy about the price which ranges from $8.99 to $10.99 depending on where you buy them and the fact that you only get 16 nail effects.  Never fear I found solutions to both of these problems.  First I bought mine at Ulta with a 20% off coupon (and/or use your $3.50 off coupon) and when applying the nail effects I realized I could use one nail effect for two nails.   So the box states that the nail effects will last for 10 days...let's see....
So as you can see I picked the black and white flowery pattern (which ironically is called Cut it Out...didn't I just do a post titled that....yes I did).  On the left hand side is how they looked Day 1.  They were quick and easy to put on an…

Cue the Crickets

{Remember when I went to New Hampshire last year and wrote in a notebook while I was gone from the blogging world... well I wrote this and never posted it so here it finally is....enjoy!}
So it's Sunday late evening and we are staying in because everything is closed.  It is super quiet.  The nothingness and the overwhelming sense of calm just makes me think of death, you know like slowing down equals time ending.  It always has.  Just those quiet moments with the sun going down, peaceful and quiet just makes me think of how short life is.  We live in such a fast paced world.  Everything is go go go.  I'm guilty of "wishing for the weekend" so in a sense I am "wishing my life away".  These moments of calm are just daunting to me in a way.  Creepy?  I know.  But when you think about it don't we just rush and do so much to experience life?  Aren't we just trying to do enough to make our lives meaningful?  But who's life is more meaningful?  Someon…


So, I've always wondered why I can remember everything that's happened in my life at odd moments.  According to researchers, scientists have known for a long time that our brain cements memories during the hours we sleep and it seem that recollections are also hardwired into your brain when you're awake but when your mind is wandering.  
I feel like when I am having a zen moment and my mind wanders all of a sudden I'll replay some odd moment in my life.  It can be high school drama or a moment from my childhood and when it is over I think man where did that come from, why did I just think of that and how did I even remember that?  I've worried that I had possible pent up issues but now it is nice to know that it's just a normal brain function for memory.  WHEW! I thought I was crazy =)

Buyer's Remorse....

So as I posted before (click here), I bought this skirt to fulfill an obsession for another skirt.  I attempted to wear it today but then realized that I don't have a shirt that goes with it and it is more like a mint green than a blue.  I just hate when you buy something and it doesn't work or it requires hunting for the right top or the right shoes.  It makes it a hassle and forget any deal I got on this skirt if I now need to go and buy a shirt and or shoes.  I actually had a feeling that this was going to happen so I took it with me the other day on a shopping trip looking for a top and NADA.  I thought okay well a white shirt would surely go...but you know when you have a feeling like...this isn't quite right so then the entire day you just feel like you look awkward.  So needless to say my Monday morning was a wreck because I only pulled like a million shirts down out of my closet to see if they would work and then didn't even end up wearing the skirt at all.  I…

Paul and Shia's House

So since time is getting shorter and shorter to when Paul and I want to move.  We have been trying to narrow down our dream home plans.  Basically, Paul has drawn out how we want the inside of the house to lay out but as for the outside we have finally narrowed it down.   Beauxville I absolutely love this house.  I love everything about it.   The color, the clapboard, the decorative windows... everything EXCEPT it is missing the "swoop".  I know what  you are saying...what the heck is the "swoop"......... Kellswater See how this one has a slight curve to the roof line.   I absolutely love that so Paul and I are going to see if the architect can  add some swoop to the Beauxville and make it the perfect  Paul & Shia house.  (I can't see why he couldn't they're both his designs). There has been some talk of not doing the clapboard and going all stone.   I am rooting for the clapboard but I do love cobblestone houses....
I can't wait until we start b…