Sunday, November 23, 2008

Keen Footwear Giveaway!

I have a pair of Keen sandals & let me tell you. . .the ROCK for comfort. Well worth the investment! Go Here to enter a giveaway to win a free pair of Keen footwear.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Running Naked

Got your attention! No, not me running naked. . . the 3 year old. . . better? OK now. . . Has it been an entire WEEK already? Holy cow. . .after the Chinese Food mishap last Thursday many of you may have wondered about my safety. .or sanity for that matter. I'm here. I'm fine. Blog hopping & entering giveaways like crazy. I've been staying up WAY past bedtime working on various projects & surfing the Internet. . . blog hopping really. Oh, & cramming for my MAT - which is later today.

So MUCH happens in a day, let alone an entire WEEK! Let me give you the run down:
  • worked full shift last Friday
  • Saturday - Event FILLED day. . . friend's baby shower - showed up & found out she (Melanie) already HAD the baby early Tuesday morning - 6 weeks early! Plus, her mother is not well - please pray for JUDY & her family. Time is precious - don't take it for granted.
  • Card making Saturday evening - WHAT a GREAT creative release! Of course, I was addicted to being creative & dreamed of possibilities. . .sleep was not easy.
  • Sunday - attended new Church we're considering switching to. I won't go into detail here. . .but we think we've found a new HOME for Celebration.
  • Watched Packer game from home while creating MORE CARDS!!! See, once I begin there is NO STOPPING me!
  • Been playing a lot of the Mexican Train Game with the boys. . . this is an EXCELLENT game with Dominoes. . .yes. . . DOMINOES!!! Very fun & family friendly.
  • Monday - worked on a quilting project. . .not too many details here. . .it's a gift as long as I get it done before Christmas!!!
  • Tuesday - called OFF of work - On CALL 12 hours. . .which bites the big one as FIRST callback.
  • Wednesday - purchased Spencer's birthday present - his family party is this Saturday.
  • Scott worked late so I was the single parent last night. . .
  • Stayed up WAY too late again. . . so I'm tired today. . . & that's not good because the house is trashed & the MAT is this afternoon. . .not to mention Parent/Teacher conferences tonight. Downing COFFEE as we speak!

Wish me LUCK!

Jennifer B Y

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What was I thinking?????

I must have been having a case of the "Nobody wants to go to lunch with me" blues. . . (My big sister had lunch plans with her DH & my DH was already having his lunch. . .OK, so 2 people isn't' everyone. .. .I digress) I veered off the highway & stopped at a Chinese food place. . .not to be named to protect the seemingly innocent. . . Crab Rangoon call my name. . .I can't help it, they just do. And I COULD have just ordered those & been done with it. . .but NO, I have to order one of the "Lunch Specials." I order the Chicken with Mixed Vegetables -white rice instead of the pork fried rice. I then proceed to play catch with the owner's 5 year old son who told me I was "cute." (What a sweetie. I didn't even pay him for that unsolicited compliment:) Did I ask if they made their food with NO MSG??? NO, of course not. That would have been too easy! I guess I just hoped they did. . .

After playing catch with the boy for less than 10 minutes my food was ready & I was on my way. Got to the van & tore open the bag to get those crab Rangoon out pronto. Of course, they were piping hot & I burned the roof of my mouth on one. My bad. . .duh, fresh from the fryer!!! But does that stop me from eating them ALL before getting home? Nope.

Get home & think to myself, "Self, you're already full. Do you really need to open the entree?" I must be ignoring my body as I didn't even wait for a response. . .I just opened the container & took a couple of fork fulls. . . OK, the sauce on this stuff was pretty dark looking. . . PLUS, it was saturated in it. I should have trusted my first instinct to NOT eat it. But, again, must be having a brain malfunction today. . .I ate some anyway. I walked away for a few minutes to respond to some email. You know, let the food settle so I could shovel more in??? Well, not even 10 minutes after the few bites I took. . . . .I'm feeling queasy. For those of you that had morning sickness with pregnancy. . it's kind of like that. . . you think to yourself, "Man, I could vomit. I don't especially want to. . .but if I bent over the porcelain throne right now I most definitely would." Sorry for the details there. . .

And I feel kind of like I could fall over in a heap & sleep. Seriously, my arms are weak & my eyelids are heavy. My mouth feels funny. . .is that just the numbness from burning my mouth? Crap! Am I having an allergic reaction? Nah! I'm just anxious about it now. . . great! All I need now is a panic attack. I can hear it already, "Woman calls 911 after freaking out over eating Chinese food." But I do suppose I could be experiencing some food sensitivity issues. I am VERY sensitive to MSG. That's why the "I'm a dingbat" sign should be emblazoned onto my chest right now. Well, if I survive. .. I'll let you know later. . .

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Self Examination

Have you ever looked inside yourself trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? I'm guessing most of us have. Looking back at all of the "things" I have already done. . . I can't help but remember back to kindergarten when we were asked to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. There was nothing in the world that I wanted to be more than a MOMMY! No kidding. And look! I've done that. And I continue to do that. And that, in & of itself, is the best & most fulfilling job in the world. . . . still, I wonder what I will be when I grow up. . . IF I grow up.

One of the wonderful things about motherhood is that it does allow for you to take on "side careers." Of course, if we were monetarily compensated for all that a mother does we wouldn't need these "side careers." But I digress.

I am exploring adding grad school to my life so that I may someday teach people to become nurses. I LOVE BEING A NURSE. Why would I want to do something else? Well, Lori J, a very intelligent nursing instructor that I know & work with, stated it best: "As a staff/floor nurse I can only affect the lives of the few patients I take care of on any given day. As a teacher I can teach many to affect the lives of so many more patients." that may not be an exact quote. . .but I loved it. I had these thoughts before & just didn't articulate them. As a nurse, I want to fix the world! I want every patient to be taken care of as well as I take care of them. Unfortunately, that cannot always happen. I would like to believe that all nurses take excellent care of their patients at all times. But I live in reality. And I also know that just because I do things one way & another nurse does it another way. . .that they can both be good ways. With that said, some nurses do things not taking into consideration the WHOLE PERSON. In my opinion, if you don't consider the whole person (body, soul, spirit) then you are not doing as good of a job. I want to teach THAT to nursing students. THAT is my secondary passion!

So, now that you know what I want to be secondary to Mommy. . . . what do YOU want to be? I'd love to hear about it. . .

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Red Barn Quilt Giveaway!!!

Check this out! Quilt Giveaway!!! You just HAVE to go here. Enter this giveaway:) Then give me the quilt when you win:)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Camille is having a Giveaway!!!!

OMG! YOU do NOT want to miss this giveaway!!!!! Camille Roskelly, creator of Thimble Blossoms & designer of Cotton Blossoms(PDF file), is giving away one of her FANTASTIC quilts!!!! Of course, I NEED to win. . .so go ahead & enter & then just gift it to me :) By the way, Camille is the designer of the BLOOM quilt pattern that I have posted over at Peekyboos. Isn't she fantastic? And her fabric. . . . I had to wipe the drool from my face. .. time for me to go have my bedtime snack!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

FREE 8 X 10 AT

Check it out! A FREE 8 X 10??? Yes, it's true! Go to & in the coupon code area type in FREEPIC & there you have it! A free 8 x 10! Happy Holidays!

Here's the picture I am getting. . .what a cutie!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


A day of giveaways in so many places!!! SIMPLE MOM IS GIVING AWAY A WAY COOL EPSON PRINTER!!! So go here now. . .

Tropical Tree Frog Costume GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tropical Tree Frog Costume GIVEAWAY!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! This is a gender neutral costume & it's absolutely adorable! Go there. . . enter - and then when you win, gift it to me:) Gotta try. .. .

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Class Reunion Picture

Thank you, Tonya, for reminding me that I haven't posted a picture of my Class reunion. . . and I can hardly believe it myself, but I only took ONE PICTURE!! I got too busy talking - again, I know, hard to believe! So here is the lone picture. And I will say right away, I'm not pleased with the angle I'm positioned. My loving husband isn't so spectacular at composing pictures. . .so I'll forgive him. I need to teach him to help make me look better than the other people in the picture! Tee hee. On this picture is Me, Patty C., Megan N., Kurt R., & Tom H. I wish I had taken more pictures. It was great to see everyone. I think there were a little over 30 classmates in all that attended. Which is pretty darn good considering the total class was under 80 students.

Much to do today. I didn't even turn my computer on here since Sunday! My house is very messy. Laundry. . . I'm very afraid! And my grad school application is sitting in cyber space awaiting my attention. I need more coffee. . . .