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  • I’m 37.


    birthday muffin cake blog party invite photo
    Today marks my 37th year on this planet. Though my latitude and longitude seem a bit off, I think I’ll be here for at least a little while longer.

    It’s kinda cool having a birthday at the beginning of the year, it’s not just a New Year then, it seems like there’s this whole rebirthing thing going on in my head every January. The getting the mind ready for a new year, the mucking up my food choices for just 15 more days. The countdown until Christmas, then the countdown AFTER Christmas. Aaah now I can get on with the year.

    Why do I feel like giving something away today? Hm. Maybe I’ll do that. Okay.

    The best Birthday wish (left in comments) gets a custom 4×6 graphite (pencil) drawing. Did you get that? You’re actually going to win something on MY birthday. Heh, am I desperate for Birthday Wishes or what? Bring your friends, for the love of Birthdays. I’m having a party! Make me laugh, make me cry, be sincere or silly – the wish that moves me the most wins.

    And have a cranberry muffin! It goes great with coffee.

    Love, your Birthday Princess.
    P.S. That is my cranberry muffin. Mm.



    Before I get to work (on 4 client projects, so if I’m gone for a few days you’ll know why), I just wanted to stop in and note a few things, you know, a “for your information” kinda post. In a blog. Because this whole thing is a blog, and I’m writing a post. AKA: an entry. (Take note, MySpace users.)

    • There are only 8 shopping days left until my birthday. Do you kneed an Amazon wish list? Oh heck, I don’t want anything. Just show up and pat me on the head and offer me something for my hot flashes and mood swings.
    • I highly recommend you clean your hard drive if you haven’t done that lately. Seriously. This is your annual reminder. Don’t let your hard drive look like this. Or start making the death rattle.
    • Don’t let your kids run through other people’s yards. Rudeness, people. And don’t get mad, either, if people yell at your kids to get out of their yard. Teach your kids to respect other people’s property. Please.
    • If you read my blog and you want to be a guest poster or you want me to promote your stuff on my blog, you best speak up while you’re here. If I don’t know you, I certainly won’t hand you over the keys to my Porsche. Okay it’s more of a Camry, but with gold rims and leather interior. Except it doesn’t look as tacky as it sounds.
    • You, too, can make $27,000 a month blogging with a custom theme. Wheee! Something to aspire to.
    • I’m Twittering now, if you didn’t notice, that’s my twitter in the sidebar. For when I don’t have enough to say to make a whole big post about it. Enjoy.
    • I’ve been told my feed is being crazy. Is it? Come here and tell me if it is, please, so I can address the problem and get it fixed. Thank you!
    • Yes, I ate the fudge. I resented it at first, for cooking half of my finger, but I got over it. Quickly.
    • Did I mention four projects? I best git to work!

    Got any tips for me today? Tidbits? Stuff I should know that I missed at your place? Fill me in while I work. I love distractions. :eyebrows:

    More Where That Came From


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    I’m up to my eyeballs in ornaments, folks. In over my head, knee deep, wading through my studio to get out the door. There are twenty of ’em floating around, about 14″ in diameter, drying and waiting for glitter, gloss and ribbon.

    I have exactly two days to get about a weeks worth of stuff done, as I’m pretty sure the Hospital won’t let me go wireless in the waiting room … (er, will they?)

    I’ve maxed myself out on charitable contributions again this year. And by that I mean I am a “yes” girl! I can do it! I can do ANYTHING! In TWO days! YES I CAN! See my giant “ASK ME” flashing banner on my forehead? No? Well look again! Cause if you have another project that needs doing, I’m sure I can squeeze it in!! And I will do it with a smile on my face!

    … I save the grumbling for my wonderful husband, who spent a couple hours cutting all of these out after I made the template and drew them on the foam-core board. And my wonderful daughter who painted the silver tops, and my other wonderful daughter who will be POUT if she doesn’t see some glitter action.

    Somehow though, they will get finished and I will manage to find an extra 30 hours between now and Wednesday so that I’m not in complete panic mode taking a few days off to NOT think or concern myself with anything other than how my Mom is doing.

    It’s amazing how you can really believe you’ve maxed yourself out – but in the end, giving your time and effort away freely can be pretty rewarding, if you are generous for the right reasons.

    Glitter n’ Gloss:
    church foam core craft jumbo ornament project
    church foam core craft jumbo ornament project

    Get in the Christmas Spirit!
    Now Playing : Away In a Manger

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    Decorating The Blog


    I’ve just put the first ornament on the tree, and I’ve added an audio player (that only plays when you tell it to) and will add some holiday tunes for your listening enjoyment through the Holiday.

    Let me know if you have favorites (ornaments or Christmas songs) that you’d like me to include! And also? There are naysayers out there who think sprucing up the blog with a Holiday design is all for naught. What are your thoughts on it?

    Get in the Christmas Spirit!
    Now Playing : Oh Holy Night

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    Ooh Ooh Ooh


    P.S. Last night, I had a dream that my employer was filing bankruptcy so I went out to get a new job, and when I met the woman who was interviewing me she was rushed and crazy and as I was following her down a hallway talking to her about how qualified I am, I heard someone make a monkey noise “ooh ooh ooh – aah aah aah!” so I made the noise back.

    Apparently, that made me qualified for the job. She was quite impressed with my monkey noises and hired me on the spot.



    My post count was at a very icky number. Now it isn’t.

    And, just to have a point to this post, I did fill up my store with original paintings and some custom portrait packages available for purchase, so you may click here and go shopping, if you’d like.

    /end of icky number.


    WW WW #7


    ww.jpgWeight Watchers Weekly Weigh-in #7!

    Here I go again with another update, another loss this week although it could have been better, I’m okay with it and I’ll do better this week. Next week I should have a nice pretty picture of a (faux) gold 10% keychain for you. :)

    First week: -4.6 lbs.
    Second week: -4.2 lbs.
    Third week: -1.6 lbs.
    Fourth week: -2.4 lbs.
    Fifth week: -.8 lbs.
    Sixth week: -2.6 lbs.
    * * Seventh week: -1.2 lbs. * *
    Total to date: -17.4 lbs.
    10% target: .6 pounds away.

    The last week was hurried and rushed and I ate out twice – even though my choices were okay, they could have been better and I probably sabotaged my own goal of getting to 10% this week. I feel as though I completely failed myself the whole week in both my weight loss and my own personal goals, and in turn failed everyone around me. Not that you guys even know what my goals were, but that’s just the kind of pressure I put on myself. I need to learn to let that stuff go.

    I did get a couple of things accomplished already this morning, trying to make up for my personal failures last week, so any absence here on my blog will definitely not be indicative of me being lazy. I have a lot to do to get things where I expected them to be, I just hope this week is clear of the hurdles I encountered last week.

    Getting caught up on e-mail is on my list of things-to-do, too. I hope you’re all doing well, and thanks for standing by and supporting me!!


    Do NOT Click This Link.


    Do not buy this. Do NOT taste it. Do NOT order this Oreo Dessert Pizza from Domino’s if you are not a person with insane Guinness World Record breaking willpower and/or self-control. If you do happen to order it, against my sound expert advise, be certain you have the following:

        1. a glass of milk




      2. a plate at least 13″ across

    because you will not be able to eat just one piece, and letting it sit to room temperature or chilling it is just, well, an absolute cryin’ shame.

    :end public service announcement:

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