Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy Sunday!

Hello, my lovelies!!  We woke up to snow this morning!  Just a dusting, but the most snow we've seen so far this winter.  And it's cold!  14 degrees!  Not as cold as a lot of friends and family have it, but still cold.

Stitching:  I can't show you guys what I've been stitching on this week because I'm working on the model for Myrtle Grace Motifs.  Tomorrow I start working on the PalkoLap SAL.  She sent out part 1 yesterday.  I'm going to be doing mine in purples.

Home:  We're getting closer to moving!  The utilities are turned on in the new place in our name.  The owner has to fix a couple of pipes that busted, and move the rest of her stuff out.  We should be able to start moving in by the end of the month!

Job:  I've given up on being able to find another position at my current company with earlier hours.  Last Friday I updated & posted my resume on CareerBuilder.  On Saturday, I received an email from a headhunter for Edward Jones.  I had a phone interview on Thursday and Monday I have an in-person interview.  It means much better hours & more money too!  I will have a life again!!  :)

I'm also selling for 2 different companies that I LOVE the products for.  The first is American Serenade Coffee, Tea, & Wine.  Our coffee is awesome.  It is single origin, farm to roaster to you.  It's not roasted until you order it!  The price is a little bit more than you pay for a good coffee in the grocery store, but works out to .29 per cup.  There is NO bitterness or acid after drinking it and the flavors are amazing.  If you are a coffee lover like me, try it!!  We even have samples that you can order to try it before you buy a full bag.

The second company is Sparkly Expressions.  We sell accessories, scarves, jewelry, purses, boot cuffs, jeans, and lots of other stuff!  It's a girly website and I am having a lot of fun with it!  If you like to accessorize your outfits, need a gift for a friend or loved one, or just like to shop in general - check it out!!

School - Mariah is doing a Victory Lap at school this Friday.  The teachers nominate students who have exhibited above & beyond in one of the B's - Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be a Learner.  Her reading teacher nominated her for raising her reading lexile 21 points.  The entire school, along with the parents of the students who were nominated, line up through the school while the kids run a lap.  We cheer & high five them.  I'm actually taking time off of work to go see her.

Well, that's it for this week.  How's everyone else doing??

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016!

Happy New Year, everyone!  Wow!  I started off the new year with a very nasty cold - so bad that I had to take 2 days off work and pretty much lost those 2 days.  I'm feeling better now, but Rich & Mariah have both caught the bug.  Hopefully, it'll work it's way through the house soon!

In the meantime, I've gotten a good start on my new stitching project for this year.  My new project for this year is Lizzie Kate's 'Boo Club Double Flips'.  Boo Club   Here's my progress so far after 1 week (with 2 days sick & no stitching):



I'll be rotating this with a model for Myrtle Grace Motifs, a new SAL from PalkoLap (I'm doing mine in purples), and a CAL from Moogly.  It's going to be a very productive year!

On the home front, we are in the process of buying a newer mobile home.  There's one down the street from us that is a size between a single & a double wide.  It is 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.  The kitchen is huge with a marble topped island.  We have several people interested in buying ours and if everything goes right, we'll be moved into the new one by Valentine's Day!

Jobwise, I'm floundering.  I'm praying for a solution and ask that my friends & family pray with me.  My department has gone to later hours and that makes things difficult for me with Rich & Mariah.  There is so much that they can't do on their own & need me to help with.  Me not getting home until 7pm or later makes getting dinner, homework, etc, really late!  I have found a couple of positions that I can do from home, and am very interested in one of them.  Once we get moved and I can set up an office in the spare room, I may try that on.  I love working at my job.  I put in 104 hours in volunteer time last year, most of which was done AT the office!  There aren't many companies that offer that kind of perk.  We have a Faith group that meets once a week for prayer and worship, and I really need that.  We have great benefits & I work with a great group of people.  I just need something with earlier hours!!

School - Mariah is doing great in middle school.  She loves it, but it will end soon.  We've been told that the district has redrawn the boundaries and 6th graders and new students will be going to a different middle school.  Mariah can stay in her current school because she's already there.  If they keep her program the way it is, she will stay.  If it's going to change, then, we're going to go back to homeschooling.

Her counselors and her state caseworker and I have talked at length about this.  The public high school is a lot more geared towards college prep.  We know that Mariah will not be able to go to college.  First, she could not do the math that she would have to do for a degree.  Second, the course load would overwhelm her.  She would have to split a 2 year degree into at least 6 years.  In addition, she needs so many support classes that she has no electives whatsoever and is missing a couple of core classes, such as geography & writing.  So instead of public high school, we have worked out a program where she can not only earn a high school degree, but also experience in a career that she wants.  She will be doing time4learning 3 mornings a week for her core work; a local co op 2 mornings a week for art, music, & drama; the Rec Plex 2 afternoons a week for swimming & basketball; and volunteering at the local pet shelter for career training.  Once she turns 16, she will be able to work part time either at the pet shelter or a nearby pet store.  The co op has proms, school pictures, picnics, etc, so she won't be missing out on any of the fun parts of school.  We actually think she will get a more well-rounded education with this program than by going to the high school!

Well, that's all for now.  How is everyone else doing??

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015

2015.  Wow.  I can't believe 2014 is over already!  I don't know about you, but it seems like just yesterday that we celebrated 2014 New Year's!  This year, I'm setting some very simple, realistic, achievable goals.

1.  I have 2 stitching projects that I want to finish - Fright Night Friends & the Mystery Christmas SAL.  Fright Night Friends needs to be finished AND made into a quilted table runner by June so that I can enter it into the county fair this summer.


The Mystery Christmas SAL needs to be finished by June so that I can make it into a quilted duvet cover for our bed next Christmas.   


#2 - Lose 75 lbs.  Over the last few years, our family has been under TONS of stress!  As a result, I have put back on 50 lbs, and have developed high blood pressure that I need medication for and Type II diabetes.  I WANT MY LIFE BACK!!!  Mariah has been having more and more episodes where she has a meltdown & throws a temper tantrum over the littlest things.  I know that part of it is she's 11, the hormone thing, and being in public school with other kids.  I spoke with her pediatrician and he recommended putting her back on medication.  NOT an option!  Rich has also put on about 30 lbs. over the last few years.  So, for all our sakes, we are going back on her ADHD diet - fresh fruits and veggies and lean meats.  One day a week will be a whatever you want day.  Most weeks that will be Saturdays so that we can do it as a family, but there will be times where it will be an individual choice.  I may have a party at work or an order out day, Rich may have something that he wants to do, Mariah may have something special at school.  We've also joined the Rec Plex, a local recreational complex with a track, pools, cardio room, weight room, ice rink, basketball court, and lots of classes.  We're all going to have fun, but we're going to get healthy!!

#3 - Get our own place.  Due to circumstances that were mostly beyond our control, we have been living in Value Place for the last six months.  While the place is nice, safe, and very clean, it is still a small studio apartment for 3 people.  By June, I want us to be in our own place, whether it's an apartment, a townhome, a house, or a mobile home.  

#4 - Read 100 books.  I'm joining a stitching challenge to help out with half of this goal.  The other half will be books that I choose to read from the library!  https://meganskitchen210.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/wpid-28ac88647e7b7abd3a1faa0284636e4c.jpg



That's it!  4 simple goals.  Anyone else??