Merry Christmas!

I think my favorite song, this Christmas, has to be “Grown Up Christmas List”, as sung by Kelly Clarkson. With all the bullshit going on with the ongoing war, children being killed while they’re in school, the economy still being shit, I think this is a song to potentially get people thinking about the true meaning of Christmas.

Do you remember me? I sat upon your  knee
I wrote to you with childhood fantasies
Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help  somehow
I’m not a child but my  heart still can dream

So here’s my lifelong wish
My  grown up Christmas list
Not for  myself
But for a world in  need
No more lives torn  apart
That wars would never  start
And time would heal all  hearts
And everyone would have  a friend
And right would always  win
And love would never end,  no
This is my grown up  Christmas list

And if that was too deep for you:

Beanie and Santa

Merry Christmas to all!

Random Facts

I read a lot of different blogs and I find it fascinating to learn about the person behind the screen. In reading Meagan over at The Cheesefries Stand Alone, she takes us all over the place (much like I do) with her puppies, WLJ, and outfits. I actually “know” her from an online source, as a bunch of us were all planning weddings at the same time.

She posed these 11 questions:

1. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

I’d like to say nice. I have a naughty/mean streak but for the most part, I’d say nice. Of course that might change depending on the person you ask 😉

2. When was the last time you did something for the first time?  What was it?

I hate to admit this, but it’s been years since I’ve done something for the first time. Life has become so different in the last 8 yrs. Before 2004, I could be found traveling, white-water rafting, hiking through the mountains, etc but between work, my first marriage, my divorce, my second marriage, and my child, my time has been pretty occupied.

This will become a number on my 2013 Bucket list.

3. What was the last concert you’ve been to?

Jason Aldean, Sept 2010 at the York County Fair. E and I went with my BFF J and the jerk she dragged along. He was fantastic.

4. Tell us about your favorite holiday tradition.

At some point before Christmas, my family would sit down and watch Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas and then every Christmas Eve, the family gets dressed up and we go to Christmas Eve service at our home church. I’m not religious and, in fact, this is something I find myself struggling with because I know how I was raised, but there is something about this service that I love.

5. If you could pack your bags for an all-expenses-paid trip right now, where would you go?

European and Mediterrean tour, for sure. I keep telling E, for our 5th or 10th anniversary, I want to go on a Med Cruise. I want to leave from Italy and go to Greece and Turkey, swing back through and hit Spain, Ireland, and England. I really have no desire to go to France, it doesn’t interest me and all encounters I’ve had with French people have left me with a sour taste but if it was all expenses paid, I’d be willing to give it a go.

6. What would be your last meal?

Bread Sticks and Alfredo Dipping Sauce from Olive Garden
Iceburg Wedge Salad from Outback Steak House
Filet with Bleu Cheese Crust from Longhorn
Macaroni and Cheese from White Chocolate Grill
Chocolate Lava Cake from Chilis

(Unless I can just set up shop at Smith and Wollensky’s and eat my way through the restaurant)

7. Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?

I always do and I never seem to keep them, except this year. I said I was going to lose weight (whomp, whomp) and surprising enough, I have. I’ll make the same resolution, along with create a 2013 Bucket List of things I want to accomplish.

8. What is your favorite book or series?

Book: Jewels by Danielle Steel
Series: Stone Barrington by Stuart Woods. (#25 comes out next month!)

9. What was the best thing that happened to you in the last week?

I finally got an entire day of hanging out with E and Beanie. We’re rarely all home and awake at the same time so it was nice to hang out and catch up on family time.

10. Do you have any tattoos?  What and where?

I do. 9 to be exact.

Upper Back

Upper Back, between my shoulder blades. Words me “Love Reveals Beauty” in Gaelic

Right Lat

Right Lat/Top of my Shoulder. Word means “Sister” in Gaelic. Fun Fact: My sister has the same tattoo in the same place

Right BicepUnderarm

Right Bicep/Underarm. “There You’ll Be” and the initals of my step-paternal grandfather and my uncle, both of whom passed away.

Left Ribcage – Roman Numerals are the birthdate of my maternal grandfather, who passed away

Right Ribcage - Sparrows. One for every 10K nautical miles I've traveled.

Right Ribcage – Sparrows. One for every 10K nautical miles I’ve traveled.

Hisbiscus - a symbol of change and calm

Hisbiscus – a symbol of change and calm

a Honu Turtle, a symbol of my travels to Hawaii. "True to One, Enemy to None" - a play on a quote from Benjamin Franklin

a Honu Turtle, a symbol of my travels to Hawaii. “True to One, Enemy to None” – a play on a quote from Benjamin Franklin

As you can tell, these were all pre-Beanie.

I actually have two more. I have a traditional “tramp stamp” which are 4 Japanese characters on my lower back. They are supposed to read: Courage, Beauty, Love, and True but who knows what they say. Not my greatest decision.

The most recent one I got was post Beanie, it’s a teal Cherry Blossom on the inside of my left wrist with Beanie’s name written in script, above it. Teal for “Girl Part Cancer”.

11. What do you have in the trunk of your car?

A Stroller and a backpack. I’m boring. The middle and front seat, however, are trashed with napkins, toys, and whatever work apparel I happen to be carrying around with me at that moment.

11 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I have to have all of my DVD’s alphabetized on the shelves. Even Beanie’s movies are by alphabet. I had a mini-breakdown that the Fast and Furious series weren’t in order, thus causing absolute chaos in the alphetizing order
  2. My closet is broken down my type of clothing piece, then my color, then by sleeve length.
  3. I currently own 157 pairs of underpants and 47 camis.
  4. I’ve traveled to countries/parts of countries that Americans are normally allowed in (namely Colombia, Haiti, and Cuba)
  5. I crossed the Equator, via CG Ship, on my 20th birthday and had to sing “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” as part of the iniation.
  6. I’m 5’6″ but wear a size 5.5Y work boot. I can buy my shoes at Kids Foot Locker
  7. I’ve been in the CG for over 12 yrs.
  8. I absolutely detest the words “Moist” and “Panties”. They make me feel as though I’ve just heard nails on a chalkboard
  9. I’ve moved residence 7 times in the last 12 yrs.
  10. I know a little about a lot, thus making me kill it at Jeopardy and making my MIL hate watching it with me. I’m pretty knowledge about stupid trivia too (i.e. CC Sabathia holds the record on most pinstripes on a Yankee Uniform, beating out Babe Ruth)
  11. I have eaten shark, alligator, rattlesnake, blowfish, and many other crazy foods that you would never expect to eat but I can’t bring myself to find meatloaf acceptable.

So now. My fellow blog readers/followers, tell us about yourself.

  1. What is your favorite Christmas song?
  2. If you went to college, what degree did you go/are you going for?
  3. Name a blog that you frequent that I might be missing in my daily blog reading.
  4. Favorite Song/Song Lyric?
  5. Favorite bath or body product?
  6. Stealing Meagan’s question: What would your last meal be?
  7. Favorite piece of apparel that you own?
  8. Most addicting app?
  9. Favorite Board/Video Game?
  10. Top item on your holiday wish list?
  11. Dog or cat person? And post a pic of your pet if you have one!

The Weight Saga – Week 11 – and Other News

Total this week: 1 lb
Total Overall: 13.9 lbs

I’ll take it! I’m officially down 30 (!) pounds from the date I had a c-section with Beanie. I have 10 more to go before I reach my pre-preg weight and thenanother 7 after that for work. I’d like to lose another 30, to be completely honest. We’ll see if I can get that.

This past week has been swamped with engagements. One, in particular, was my work’s holiday party.

Most notably, my CO singing “Man, I feel Like a Woman” during karaoke. Thank god he’s a good sport bcause he wasn’t great at singing. (The videos are on YouTube :))

Beanie had a blast, walking around (everywhere) and playing with the other folks at our table.

Getting ready to put her outfit on for the party, she decided she wanted to wear my heels.She's getting too big, too fast!

Getting ready to put her outfit on for the party, she decided she wanted to wear my heels.
She’s getting too big, too fast!

Hanging out with Daddy, watching TV(Pardon the Treadmill in the backgound LOL)

Hanging out with Daddy, watching TV
(Pardon the Treadmill in the backgound LOL)

With Lenny


Funny story: Beanie has recently taken to wanting to be independent. Heck Yea, I’m all for it!

Except. She doesn’t ever want to wear pants.

She didn’t get the memo. We live in Maine, Land of Ice Chunks and 7* morning temps DURING A HEAT WAVE. I get that parents are all “pick and choose your battles”, blah blah blah.

This is a mountain I’m prepared to die on. I’m raising her, not the other way around. You won’t have CPS called me, hell no. I win. Put your damn pants on, child.

So I put that on facebook and people are all “haha, you think you’re the boss. that’s cute”. Umm no.

True Story

She will learn.

But then again, how angry can you be when you have this right in front of your face?


The Weight Saga – Week 10

Total for this week: -0.8

Total Overall: -12.4 lbs

It’s been wicked cold up here. (Think 19* at 0630 when I’m leaving to take Beanie to day care). The riverbed is frozen over, there are chunks of ice in the water, and the frost is making the grass super crunchy. And this isn’t even the start of the “real” winter, as I keep hearing about.

This morning was no different, except I got outside to run. Shockingly enough, it wasn’t awful. I’m still feeling the cold radiating from my body and I’ve got my heater next to me but I ran and I did well.



1207 Run

Flying Santa

Every year the Coast Guard hosts Flying Santa. It’s where Santa flies in on a helo and delivers gifts to the kids of the Coast Guard community.


And in true Rockland, Maine fashion: Santa arrives in muck boots. But Santa, please take note: Beanie doesn’t need anymore toys. She’s already doing it wrong.

Toy Box

The Weight Saga – Week 9

Total this week: -2.9 lbs

Total Overall: 11.6 lbs

Down 3 of the 5 gained, thank goodness but I’m just going to put this out there:

I’m BACK ON THE WAGON as of today. No more shit food, no more excuses, no more bad things. I need to set some goals and stick to them.

Oh and one of the prizes for our work Holiday Party is a FitBit Zip. I’m totally entering that raffle more than twice.


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