Saturday, August 29, 2015


OK, so here I am...11:30pm and I'm a little tired. I haven't blogged much lately. However, tonight I just felt like it. I'm taking 3 classes this semester, so I'm not promising a ton of posts, but I will try. Work, school, family, and life in general is keeping me pretty busy.

One of the classes I'm taking is a Physical Education class - yes I take online classes and yes I am actually doing the required exercising, no I'm not just saying I'm doing it.

Today was the 1st actual day, and the last day I had to turn in my "pre-test". Basically, I had a routine I had to complete and then list all my results. At the end of the semester, we "post-test" (same routine) and see how we have improved.

So, part of it was running 12 miles, a minute of push-ups, a minute of crunches, and a 90 sec wall squat (basically sitting against the wall like a chair for 90 sec). Let me first say, that other than swimming - I have not exercised like that in FOREVER!! My husband kept me very accountable by the way. Of course, when he saw the list and I said "I can run for 12 mins, no big deal. Easy peasy." "90 sec squats --- pfft no's 90 secs."

OH MY GOODNESS --- started running and began being chased by a pit bull (still a pup and friendly)tried to get him to run with me but his owner was calling him home. I thought I was going to die!! And that wall squat --- don't wish anyone that pain at 30secs left! My husband was very supportive, "You got this, half way done, 10 secs --- that's nothing." Crunches, I had those --- push-ups I thought my arms were soooo much stronger (and FYI no girly ones for me).

But you know what, I did it and it felt GOOD. In my head, I think I'm still in my 20's --- today's workout was a harsh reminder that I wasn't. I can't wait for more.

So, tonight I leave you with this ---

Goodnight Blog Readers.

Don't forget to try,


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

This Love

I've had a lot going on recently. I keep promising updates - but it's a little much sometimes. I've rarely taken time to just be me. I've felt like I'm losing the reality of who I am and instead replaced it with who I need to be for everyone else, always in the "what do I need to run and do/get done next....go, go, go"! For instance, I love music so much. I could sit for hours and just sink into the songs I was listening to. For fun, I'd blast it as loud as possible and just dance around. I haven't done that in forever!

So, tonight in this hotel I'm assigned to for my last leg of training, that's exactly what I'm doing. Whole albums - straight through!! Earbuds in mind you, b/c if not I'd have to endure alien video game sounds from my husband's favorite hobby. :) Tonight, sitting here listening to "this sick beat"*, I'm ALMOST moved to tears at how good this feels and how long I've needed this. It's the little things people!

Do not ever forget to dance and sing like nobody is watching!! Do you!! Life is WAY to short.


*P.S - YES as I write this I'm listening to Taylor Swift's 1989.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Supporting the Love of My Life

Recently, my husband was diagnosed with a very rare lung disease called Pulmonary Alveolar Protienosis. Little is known about it, in fact - he has had difficulty breathing for some time now. I'm talking years. Every time we would go to the doctor/emergency room, x-rays were taken and he was told he either had pneumonia or bronchitis. After seeing multiple doctors we decided enough was enough and I went in search of the best doctor's in Houston Medical Center. We found a GREAT team of doctor's and he was diagnosed in April with this disease. Since then we have had multiple trips back and forth to the doctor with surgeries and weeks at a time hospital stays. He was placed on oxygen 24/7 and was told to he should not go back to work (a job he loved). We applied for disability and have been reduced to a one income family.
My blog/letter writing slowed as this became a time consuming medical condition. He recently started the account below to help with extensive medical bills and travel cost back and forth to doctor's. We live 2 1/2 hours away from his wonderful team. I am starting a page with information on our experiences with this disease as well.
Anyway, I've decided that writing about it can be very therapeutic - especially during those long hospital stays. We have several more coming up. Mostly, I just wanted to let everyone know why my blogging has gone almost non-existent.
If you care to read up on our experiences, just click on the tab at the top of the page and if you care to help and donate please click the widget below.
This man is the love of my life and my best friend. This trial is difficult, but God does not give us anything we can't handle. Your prayers and well wishes are GREATLY appreciated as well.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

It's a been a while....

Howdy folks! (How's that for local lingo?)

Well, been going through a lot lately...and I'm sorry I haven't posted much. Just been wearing lots of hats lately.

Let me just begin by saying I really will try to keep in touch more. I miss letter/postcard writing like crazy so I will be getting back into that. My reading reviews have gone down a little...I'm taking college classes, so I've been reading for education more than pleasure. However, it is a little of both I guess you could say.

I just wanted to stop in and check on things. I'm starting to get into a grove and trying to get a little of everything in and I will definitely be posting more often.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Roadside Assistance

Just posted my book review for Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston on my book blog.

Head on over to MISC MARIA LOVES BOOKS TOO to check it out. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

April already!!

So, WOW! It's April...with May slowly sneaking up on us! :o)

My birthday is in May! The number one gift I'm crossing my fingers for - the new NOOK Tablet! Not going to hold my breath though as it is a little pricey! BUT, like I said on FB - if 20 friends just sent me $10 each - I could get it! Ha-ha!

Let's see, life is starting to get back to for work is over and my taxes are filed lol. Guess that means I can get back to reading books and writing reviews. I need to send out some penpal letters too! Ooooh another birthday wish, some postcards from my Amazon Wishlist!

Work related, the state department I work in is trying to go with "working from home" by the end of 2013 - wouldn't that be something!! I think that would be great...but would also require a lot of discipline. I'd love to work in my pajamas! But, we will see how that goes.

Tomorrow is Administrative Professionals day, with that being workers mentioned to me that they would be taking me to lunch tomorrow. Pretty excited! What beats food!? FREE food! :o) I really didn't expect fact I hadn't even known that it was AP day tomorrow! They also made mention of sweets!! If you know me, then you know I LOVE sweets!!

Home related, everything is doing good. My dogs are great...ugh but after multiple tries of getting rid of their fleas that seemed to be HORRIBLE all of a sudden - we went back to giving them Comfortis...and OH WOW!! After the Frontline, Pet Armor, BioSpot and others....nothing seemed to work. My sister took me to a vet in Houston that let me buy Comfortis without seeing my babies. Let me just say, I gave my babies that little pill and BAM after about 30minutes there were little to NO fleas! After an hour - they were no where to be found! I will NEVER give them anything else!

My husband is still coughing up horrible junk...after two attempts at different anitbiotics. We will have to make another trip to Houston to a doctor that (after a Bronchoscopy) can only tell us that it is NOT cancer related. I am very much glad that prayers were answered and it is not serious...but really...can we get an answer on what it ACTUALLY is??

Recently went to a friend's wedding in Houston - had an awesome time and the wedding was beautiful. I wish them all the luck and happiness in the world. I think those two will be ok...they seem really good for each other! I'm not sure why...but I never really cared for weddings before this one. I don't know...maybe I'm growing up and getting a little more girly! Who knows?!

Reading related - I'm currently reading, The Thin Woman by Dorothy Cannell. I'm only in about Chapter 1 - but so far so good. :o) Check it out on Goodreads, Amazon, or Itunes.

I recently finished reading, Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston. Please check out her FB page. I'm currently working on my review for this book.  This book's info can also be found on Amazon and Goodreads. In fact, I won an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) on Goodreads! As with all my wins or books sent to me for free I try and read those first and get a review up as quick as I can. I started reading it as soon as I received it. (I get SUPER excited whenever I receive anything aside from junk mail or bills in my mailbox!) I finished it pretty quickly, but getting a review up online has been a little hectic. I promised it today but may not get to post it until tomorrow. Sorry Amy! I will work my hardest to get it up tomorrow on my book blog. Click HERE to find it or just click on MM Loves Books Too - on the right under STALK ME HERE!!

I think that about sums it up! Until next time!