Wednesday, January 5, 2011


I just cannot seem to get my act together.  I have finally (and I think it’s final proof) come to realize that I completely and utterly suck at time management.
I am constantly running behind in the morning.   I am sure I look like a lunatic trying to get things together in the morning.  Many nights I try to get things together the night before; the kids school stuff, lunches, my bags for work.  Something that bothers me is that I am usually the only one doing this.  My husband is not really a prepare the night before kind of person.  But we so both need to be.  This morning was bad, and we knew it would be bad going on with some extracurriculars happening this morning.
My time management at work as been nil.  I could use another 40 hours this week just for that.  I’m starting to really fall behind and being gone last week 3 days out of the week did not help.  Bah.
So, I have the opportunity to take an online course on Time Management.  But it’s 4 hours long.  Where do I find 4 hours to schedule that in?  Or do I just say, screw it and do it one morning next week?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 52 Book Challenge

So close and yet so far away.  I crammed in quite a few books at the end, but still fell short.  I’m hoping to achieve the 52 books in 2011.  Here is my list for 2010:
41. Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
40. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
39. Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
38. Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
37. Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
36. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
35. Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
34. Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
33. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
32. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb
31. Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
30. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb
29. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordon
28. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordon
27. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordon
26. Comeback by Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontane
25. The Brazen Bride by Stephanie Laurens
24. The Reckless Bride by Stephanie Laurens
23. The Untamed Bride by Stephanie Laurens
22. Autobiography of a Fat Bride by Laurie Notaro
21. Heat Wave by Richard Castle
20. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
19. I Love Everybody (And other white lies) by Laurie Notaro
18. We Thought You Would Be Prettier by Laurie Notaro
17. Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell
16. How to Be Cool by Johanna Edward
15. Ten THings I Love About You by Julia Quinn
14. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas
13. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
12. The Elusive Bride by Stephanie Laurens
11. Kindred in Death by JD Robb
10. Pieces of Happily Ever After by Irene Zutell
9. notes left behind – 135 days with Elena by Brooke & Keith Desserich
8. Someone To Watch Over me by Lisa Kleypas
7. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
6. At Last Comes Love by Mary Balough
5. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
4. Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
3. Testimony by Anita Shreve
2. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson
1. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Piccoult

2011 Meme

2011 Meme

Once in a while I find myself wanting to partake in meme-goodness.  Not sure why, but I do.  So with some encouragement and the meme from Aunt Becky, here is my 2011 Meme.
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Had sex with a stranger
Um, nope.  I didn’t kiss a stranger either.  Or do anything else with a stranger. Perhaps that needs to be on my bucket list or resolutions for the year.  Seriously though, there isn’t really anything that comes to mind that I hadn’t done before.  I guess 2010 was a boring year in that regard.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
See previous post.  I made goals for 2010 and many of them remain on the list.  See upcoming post for 2011 goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
We’ve had some new babies in the family, but no one super close to me had a sprite this year.  I enjoy the babies, but it’s oh so wonderful to give them back once they cry or shite in their pants.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully no.  We won’t go to the place where I wished someone dead however. ;)

5. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Time.  Energy.  And more time.

6. What countries did you visit?
I dreamed of other countries, does that count?

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:
June 5th – Promise Walk day, awesome and emotional altogether
Nov 2nd – the day WI went red
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Working with my daughter to combat her anxieties and low self-esteem.  We still have miles to go, but we are well on our way.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not taking care of myself in so many ways.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I had a lovely and most enjoyable bout with pneumonia in early November.  That rocked.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A house.  And my iPhone.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Great question.  On occasion it would be my kidlets or the husband. 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The idiots that I work with at my day job, how some people chose to live their life amazes me.  And at times, it feels like no matter what change I help bring about, some will never choose a better path or to not hurt others.

14. Where did most of your money go?
This year, it went to a house.  And some crap to go in it.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My house.  And a trip that never came to fruition unfortunately.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
This guy will always remind me of this year.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Honestly, probably sadder.  But more hopeful.

ii. thinner or fatter? Hands down, fatter.  Awesome.

iii. richer or poorer? Richer and poorer.  We’ve got that mortgage to pay, but we’ve also paid our other debt waaaay the fuck down.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Blogged.  Read books.  Hang with the kidlets.  Dance.  Hang with friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Work.  Worry.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Christmas is over and planning 2011 Christmas is a bit in advance for me.

21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.
Aunt Becky threw in her own question here.  I guess I will do the same.
What is the most embarrassing CD/Album you’ve ever owned? O-Town

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?
Yep.  I heart my iPhone.

23. How many one-night stands?
Is that a new piece of furniture?  Unfortunately, my hoochie-coochie is too old and dusty for that sort of thing.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Castle.  Nathan Fillon is wonderful.  And I’ve had a thing for him since he was on All My Children.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is a strong word, but yes I do.  Or at least something close to hate.

26. What was the best book you read?
Coming Back by Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontaine.  A heartbreaking journey of a family who’s daughter became a heroin addict.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Brandi Carlisle Her music is haunting and delightful.  And I had the opportunity to see her in concert this year, which was rockin’ fantabulous!

28. What did you want and get?
I’ll stick with my age old 2011 meme reply….a house.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I worked on my birthday, I think.  It was obviously very memorable.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Vacation.  To. Anywhere.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
More jewelry

34. What kept you sane?
Not quite sure I am sane.  But usually when I downslide, that husband of mine helps me through things.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I strongly fancy me some Matt Damon, Brad Pitt. 

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
There are a few, but reproductive choice is one of my biggies.  Currently, it’s the blanket thought out there by some that state employees are the reason our state is bankrupt and are lazy.  Those people get a big “F-U” from me on that one.

37. Who did you miss?
My friend D, who rocks.  My grandpa, who hasn’t been with us for a long time.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Not many new people this year for me personally.  I will grandfather in my work husband, Sep.  Although we met two years ago, he started working in my office this year which has been fun and entertaining.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Stop sweating the small stuff.  Let things go.
Oh wait, I’m still learning those. ;)
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
C-Lo Green’s “Fuck You” and Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are”