Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Pros and Cons Of Being Home

Okay, so I have to admit when I got laid off back in January I was a mix of emotions.  Part of me was happy to be home with my dog (for those of you who don't know she has a ton of health issues) and part of me was very scared to be unemployed in such a very poor economical time in our country.

So months later what are my thoughts?  Well it is still great to be with my dog who needs the extra tlc, doing what I want when I want is nice too, having the time to try out new recipes is fun, being able to catch up on reading is sweet, having the windows open all day enjoying fresh air is amazing, and it's really nice not having to drive in rush hour traffic.

But in other ways it's rather disheartening.  One would think being home would free up time to do all the things one doesn't get to do while working, but the truth is without a steady income there really isn't one much can do anyway. (Any income has to pay the necessities, and when it comes down to it there are way more necessities than one thinks.)

I can't take classes because they cost money, any kind of lesson costs money, even playing a round a golf can pay for a weeks worth of groceries, vacations and road trips....um the cost of gas alone kind of nixes those, and to be quite frank being home all day alone....well it gets lonely.  In all my jobs I used to talk all day, and had constant interaction with people. So I went from one extreme to another.

And it truly is a scary feeling to be without a job in an economy where so many other people are also unemployed. Do you know during a recent interview, the woman informed me within the first day she put up the job posting on the companys website....she received over a 1,000 resumes!

Funny, when working I used to remember thinking....I wish I was home. (don't most of us) But I realize now that unless you are a millionaire or housewife supported by spouse, there is really not much to do at home because past times all involve finances of some sort.  Even making crafts involves buying supplies. 

It's been an interesting experience.  And I know I can't let it get me too down because there are way worse situations to be in, in life. In fact, I'm grateful I have a nice place to be home in.  And hey I have learned that there are a few free things in life, the library, the park, musuems on certain days, and there is always volunteering which is next up on the list.  Oh and some golf places actually offer ladies discount.

I'm sure the pros out weigh the cons for everyone if money wasn't a factor.  I know there's a lot I would do.   In fact, I'd probably be on my 4th Masters degree by now, or I'd be a pro golfer from all the lessons and golf each day I'd play. haha

Overall the best pro about being home?   Spending time with my dog....simply priceless!!!!!

Now if you don't mind I'm going for a walk with the doggie.  ; )

{she just woke up from a nap}

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Musings

Starting off this lovelyMonday with total brain fog.  Which I am solely blamely on this cold that has been lingering for over a week now, and the sleeplessness that resulted from it.  Haven't had a cold like this in quite sometime. 

For the most part it seems to be clearing up except for my ears....which both still feel very blocked.  And this extreme tiredness I now feel.  Even though we tried to relax over the weekend, the tiredness is still lingering.

And on top of that I had two moles removed last week, which left much bigger scars and were more painful than expected.  I tried a new doctor who was down the street, as opposed to my old doctor who is a hour away.  Well I learned a valuable lesson, next time it's worth driving the hour to the doctor who I know is good because this doctor was extremely odd and very non professional.  (in fact I comtemplated leaving half way into the appointment)   But I figured I waited for months already so....

I'd like to start off this week by adding color to my hair.  Usually I only dabble in highlights or lowlights but since I'm on a tighter budget at the moment those are going to have to take a backseat for now.  Unless somones knows of a highlight/lowlight kit that is easy to use at home?

For the most part I have light brown/dark blonde hair.  It's that color where if I spend time in the sun I develop blonde highlights.   Recently, I found a couple of random grey strands in my bang/crown area....eek already!?  I need to find something to cover those up.  So I'm thinking a semi permanent product, one that will wash out over time instead of leaving tell tale roots.

And that's where I'm hoping I might get advice.  What is the best semi permanent haircoloring product?   How long do they really last?  And since I've never colored my hair at home before, what is the best and least messiest way to color hair at home?   (I have this image of dye dripping everywhere)   Any haircoloring or even highlighting tips would be greatly appreciated!

{here is a recent picture to give you an idea of my hair color at the moment}

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lazy Days....

Lazy days of summer....isn't that how the expression goes?  Well today is going to be my lazy day.

With my car in the shop to be inspected, and this cold lingering in the form of a scratchy throat, it seems like the perfect day for it.

Scratchy throat is one of those annoying sensations that doesn't let you get any sleep, so I'm working on very little sleep these past few days and feeling very run down.  Not to mention my voice is hoarse. And with the heat it's not a good combination.

Do you ever notice summer colds feel worse for some reason.  Why do you think that is?

So I'm going to make this a lazy day of summer.  Got a few books that I am hoping will be good reads and maybe even provide a little inspiration. (as I could use some lately)   And will probably even catch up on some blog reading as well.

I would also like to hear your suggestions.   It could be books or blogs.  What are a few of your favorite books, what are you reading now?  Do you have any books that have really inspired or motivated you?  And what are some of your favorite blog reads? 

{and of course a lazy day always involves snuggling with the little one}

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heat Waves....

So it is official, Philadelphia is in a heat wave.  In fact, the area hasn't felt this kind of heat in quite sometime. We are talking temps averaging 94 with high humidity everyday.  And right now the weather forecasters don't see any relief in the near future.  (feels like the tropics here) 

I enjoy warm weather, but not high humidity.  That's the one thing that has always kept me from living in Florida.  And dare I say I actually enjoyed all the snowstorms we had this past winter, more so then I enjoy this heat wave we are experiencing?  No, you didn't hear me say that. haha

We went from barely using a/c last summer, to basically running it everday.  And because we are hoping to find a place with central air we didn't want to buy another a/c unit for this place.  But that may change because living, eating, sleeping, in our main room 24/7 is getting old.  The couch is comfy but not as comfy as the bed for sleeping! 

To make matters worse we both think we are coming down with getting colds  His sister had a bad one when we were visiting NY last week, and so it appears we caught it.  It's weird too because the only cold I had in the winter came from her too....they came to visit us over the winter, she had a bad cold, and we both caught it.

Last night we decided to go to the mall, thought it might be a great way to stay cool and do a little window shopping while we were at it.  Normally this time of year we are out golfing but places with a/c are taking priority over outdoor activities for now. 

And I'm sure people reading this who live in the south are probably thinking that we don't know what hot really is.  And your most definitely right! ; )   And in all honesty, you know us northeasters are complaining in January that it is too cold and we wished we lived in Florida. haha

If I had room in the back I would just put in one of those temporary pools.  On days like this I could float in a pool, or ocean all day long without getting bored. haha  If we ever find a house....that is a definite plan!

Anyway, just curious how everyone stays cool in hot weather....do you have central air or window units?  What are your favorite things to do, wear, cook, eat,etc., when it is hot outside?

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

The weathermen/women keep posting cactus on the forecast boards here. So I thought it was a fitting photo for today.  Though I'd put the cactus in a greenhouse to give a true feel.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don't give up.”

I love this quote.

With all that has been going on lately, there are moments I have felt in the dark.  And when I say in the dark I mean that feeling when you want certain things to happen, but you feel in the dark to as if they will. 

Like for instance, lately I feel in the dark about finding a job (or a job I would love), and about finding a house for us.  Also, I have felt in the dark about certain health related issues too. (but that's another story) 

I've always leaned toward the belief that if you work hard enough or desired something enough anything is possible.  As I got older I wondered if that was just wishful thinking, or me being too idealistic. 

Still not sure, but I have learned it does require one to wait and watch at times because sometimes the things we truly desire or want answers too don't always happen, or happen when we hope they would. 

That's why I love this quote because that is where hope comes in.   To remain hopeful in those moments that aren't always perfect, or that make one feel as if they are in the dark, is what keeps one motivated and inspires one to hold out for the dawn that just might bring answers or make dreams a reality.



The lotus flower drops its seeds into the darkest mud. The magnificent blossom unfolds gradually with the morning light. One petal at a time, with intense determination, it transcends the muck and the muddy water to burst forth a beautiful flower.   As the lotus awakens and blooms at the first rays of the morning sun, it is a powerful symbol of hope, life, purity ,beauty, love and everything that is good.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Musings

This Monday has been anything but typical.  Over the week my man's mother had a spell and was hospitalized.  When he found out he drove up to New York at 12am  They didn't know why, and given it was a weekend no doctor would be in to examine her until monday.  She appeared much better yesterday so he came back to Philly because he just started this new job.

Well don't you know, this morning her heart gave out.  Something about the veins not pumping enough blood, and after reviving her they had to put a pacemaker in immediately.  So he left work, came home asked if I would accompany him to New York and off we went.  (literally packed everything we needed in 20 mins)  New York is only about 2 hrs from Philly, little longer to their house because it sits on Long Island.

So here we are.  She appears to be feeling much better after the procedure....so that is good.  My man, well surprised and maybe shocked would be the best words to describe him.  They told him if she had not be in the hospital when this happened she would not have made it.  Imagine being told that? 

Life can change so quickly in a matter of a few seconds.  One never knows.  And that is why we have to appreciate the good when we have it.  How often do we take for granted just breathing or our hearts beating.  How often do we take for granted our loves ones, our families, friends, and even pets.  And how often do we take for granted many other little things in our life?

Today in honor of his mother....contact your mother, your father, sister/brothers, or any person whom is home to your heart....and tell them how much you love them.  Tell them what they really mean to you, or how thankful you are for them. 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Baseball and Summer

Since it has been so hot and humid here in Philadelphia, and we have been living with the windows closed due to the a/c , today I decided to open all windows and do a thorough cleaning of the place.  When the house is all closed up it get's that stuffy smell and anything I have cooked seems to linger in the air. Know what I mean?

So I'm on a mission to get this finished. It's getting hot though and so I thought I'd better take a moment to drink a little gatorade and while I'm at it share a story.

Last night my brother got us free tickets to the Phillies game.  We used to go a lot before the Phillies won the championship, and then ticket prices went up and games sold out.  Anyway....he got us great seats right on the third baseline. 

Well it had to be one of the most exciting baseball games I've watched in awhile. There were some crazy plays, a foul ball that came flying toward us (guy next to us dropped his cheesesteak), and the game went into extra innings.  Did I mention it was firework night at the ballpark too? 

It was just one of those fun nights.  And even though it was hot, we had a nice breeze that kept us cool for most of the game.   Due to extra innings the game ran late, yet there were still a lot of people that stayed and watched the fireworks.

All around great night.  And I have to say thanks to my brother Bill (technically brother in law but he and my sister are highschool sweethearts, now married and in their 30's....so he's been part of my family long enough to call him my brother)  

Baseball game in the summer is just a great way to spend a night.  And if you are ever in Philly make sure to take in a game because our fans are the best, and a little crazy too!  haha

{took the photos with my cell phone}

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Expect the best,
Not the worst,
And you will attain,
Your heart's desire.

{found this cute house while driving this morning}

Yet another sleepless night, due to the crazy alcoholic woman who lives above.  Who chooses to wander out at 1am, slamming doors, stomping around, and keeping her tv so loud it can be heard above not only our tv, but our a/c on the highest power it can go. 

Last night, after she woek everyone up and wandered off I locked the main door....which when she came home at 2am, left her yelling "cocksuckers" in the hallway.  By the way, did I mention this woman is 58. 

Well her incredibly inconsiderate and scary behavior just leaves me more and more wanting to find a home of our own. 

So now it is time to focus.  Focus on what is truly important, on my dreams and making them a reality.  Need to be more positive, surround myself with positive quotes, inspirational books, happy people, and focus my energy on fulfilling my heart's desires and making those dreams a reality. 

Put positive vibes out into the universe, sort of like all those books such as "The Secret" or "The Power Of Positive Thinking" refer to.

Today universe....I pray we will find a better place to call home, a quiet house, with nice neighbors, safe environment both inside and out, newly renovated like the place we live now, has an area to garden or lounge outside, affordable monthly payments, and most of all a place that feels like home.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

I think on any holiday it's good to remind ourselves what the holiday actually stands for.  So here is the wikipedia short definition for July 4th.

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

Also, here is a great site that provides interesting information on our countries historic documents.  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

And we can't overlook the fact that our great country is going through some rough times.  The wars in the middle east, the gulf oil spill, millions without healthcare, high unemployment, a down economy, high crime rates, and so today while we are having fun celebrating this holiday.....

Let's also pray.... for those men and women who bravely fight for freedom, for those people unemployed who might not be able to feed their families today, for those who are sick and unable to get proper medical treatment, for our government to find a way to solve the economic crisis, for protection of our environment, for protection of our citizen, and for those individuals who need help.

A country is only as great as it's people, and we need to each take responsibility for making our country better.  "It only takes one person to change the world, be the one" "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

May everyone have a safe and happy July 4th!

God Bless America

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,

Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,

As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. "
 God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her

Thru the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,

To the oceans, white with foam

God bless America, My home sweet home.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Holiday Plans

Well....as of now we have fun plans for the weekend.  I say as of now because with my life things seem to change quickly, and so if I'm looking forward to something I actually get a little nervous....nervous in the sense that I hope it actually happens.  Sometimes I won't even talk about my plans until they have happened. ha  Does anyone else ever feel that way?

Right down the street from me is a major golf tournament this weekend.  The AT&T National which is hosted my Tiger Woods.  Now you all know how I feel about him....definitely has never been a favorite of mine, and after what came out about him well lets just say I despise the guy.  You just don't do that to anyone you love, especially your children.  Interesting too, his golf game has really suffered this season and one has to wonder if that is lifes way of teaching him.  Who knows....

But I love golf and there will be plenty more golfers to watch who I happen to like!  Oh and did I mention a friend of mine from college got us free tickets....how awesome is that?  Honestly, could not have come at a better time.  Haven't seen this friend in years, and can't wait to finally get to chat in person.  Thanks Degs!  Oh and he care for Tiger either.

So we have that, and a family picnic.  And honestly I just want this picnic to happen.  All year long evertime we tried to make plans someone in the family would get sick.  I especially want to get to spend time with my niece who means the world to me, and who I don't get to see often enough.  I've been trying so hard to find a place closer to where they live but nothing has come to fruitation yet. 

And on top of all that....they are forecasting that Philadelphia is about to be hit with another, much longer lasting heat waves.  Temps in the 100s with high humidity!  I like warm weather but that is way too hot for anyone.  So we need to find another a/c unit and quickly.  If only we could just find a townhome, near my sister with central air that would solve a lot of problems.  Ahhhh.....

So what are your plans for the holiday?  If you could do anything this weekend, what would it be?

Thanks for reading today.  Be safe and enjoy your weekend everyone!

 (Photos courtesy of my friend who has been at the tournament all week)

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Unhappiness is the hunger to get,
happiness is the hunger to give....
If the individual should set out
for a single day to give happiness,
to make life happier,brighter and sweeter,
not for himself but for others,
he would find a wondrous revelation
of what happiness really is.

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