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I stole this format from another blog

Monday, November 12, 2012

However, I liked it, so I'm going to use it to introduce myself a little bit!

A. Age: 28

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Washing the dishes! I don't have a dishwasher.

D. Dogs: 1 Chiweenie named Jack McFarland

E. Essential start to your day: Snooze button

F. Favorite color: Green

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 5' 7"

I. Instruments you play: Trumpet (when I was in school)

J. Job title: Accounting Clerk

K. Kids: None

L. Live: Montana

M. Mother's name: We don't talk...

N. Nicknames: Auntie, Nini, Niti, Titi, Missy, MyLeeza, Meliss, Miss, Sa, Duwissa

O. Overnight hospital stays: None, thank goodness!

P. Pet peeves: Ignorance, bullying, people using the 'r-word'

Q. Quote from a movie: "Should I not have jumped?! Cuz I jumped!"

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: I'm the middle sister of 3 girls

T. Tattoos & Piercings: Wouldn't you like to know?! Just kidding, I have a tattoo on my right foot, my left ear is pierced 3 times, my right ear is pierced 2 times, my nose is pierced and my right eyebrow is pierced, but I don't wear any jewelry in it anymore

U. Ultimate vacation: I want to go around the world

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Cooked spinach - the raw stuff is fine, mustard greens (blech)

W. What makes you run late: Oversleeping, and the fact that I'm just generally late for everything...

X. X-Rays you've had: Teeth, wrist, ankle, foot...

Y. Yummy food that you make: Hot roast sandwiches, casserole, breakfast smoothies, various adult beverages, spicy sausage soup, chicken and dumplings.

Z. Zoo animal: Lion

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MISS-HATTER 11/13/2012 6:38PM

    Missy.... I like this...
THEREFORE:
I shall call you Missy...
And you will be my Missy....


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ON2VICTORY 11/12/2012 7:11PM

    ...late for everything... sounds like you and I were cut from the same brick..lol... I can be a chronic procrastinator :(
...but I am working on it... eventually... ;)

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J012345 11/12/2012 1:26PM

    Love it :)

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 11/12/2012 1:21PM

    Cool, thanks.
Hugs,
Dayle

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Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I've always loved Halloween. Luckily, I'm not big on candy, so this doesn't present any issues with my food plan. I've always loved dressing up though. Love Love Love it! emoticon

I'm planning to walk the neighborhood with my nieces and nephews this evening. Good thing it's warm this year, it's usually pretty frigid in Montana on Halloween. I remember being so sad when I was little because I'd have this awesome costume that we made and then I had to wear sweats under my dress and a coat over the top. emoticon The other thing I REALLY remember was that, because it was so cold, my poor lips would crack every year and by the time the night was done, I was cold, my face hurt, and I just wanted to go to bed.

AAAAANYWAY, see if you can guess what I am this year. I'm wearing a black dress and here's my hair and makeup. (the hair could be bigger if I had my way)



Most everyone at work knew who I was right away.

So, can you guess who I am? Are you and/or your little goblins dressing up this year?

  
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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/1/2012 5:30PM

    Well, thank you very much! I went as Adele. emoticon

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LARISSA238 11/1/2012 5:06PM

    I don't know what your costume was, but you are very pretty!

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So I have a few random hobbies...

Sunday, October 07, 2012

They make me fairly popular with my nieces and nephews though!

One of my hobbies is makeup. Some of it is stuff you can wear every day.




Some of it is a bit more dramatic, if I get excited about new colors...


Or a holiday (Independence Day in this one...)


I like to get creative, mostly to get reactions from my sisters' kiddos.


My nephew was learning about shapes in his preschool class 2 years ago (he was 3) and for some reason got really excited about everything shaped like a circle. He called this one "bubbles"


I'm a huge Carroll College Saints fan, so I play around with purple and gold colors for when I go to the games. My father and brother in law have learned to live with the fact that I kinda stand out in the crowd.



My boss is on our roller derby team and the theme of their most recent bout was 'rockabilly'. She asked if I would help with her makeup, so I decided to play. (I'm like a little kid with cosmetics...) I did the red first and she was a bit hesitant, so I toned it down...



Most recently however, and I feel this one is the most important of my yearly 'reasons to paint my face' was that today was our annual Under the Big Sky Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness. My beautiful nephew (the aforementioned 3 year old will be 5 next month) was born with 47 chromosomes. This makes him extra awesome. We haul family and friends to Great Falls every year to celebrate our amazing little dude and many others from around the state.

Buddy Walk colors are Blue and Gold. (I go through a lot of gold) I was practicing last night and this is the look I originally put together.


However, because I know the nature of makeup, and my blue liquid liner has gone to cosmetic heaven, I was afraid that my blue lines would have mixed with the gold by the time I got to Great Falls and made a lovely green color. Not really what I wanted... So I went back to the drawing board.

Here's what I ended up with today.


I think it was a hit. Our family, friends, and fellow walkers seemed to enjoy it! I got lots of comments, and little kids LOVED the feather eyelashes and jewels.

Totally worth the time it took to apply everything and the ridiculous amount of glue I had to wash off my face this evening.

What are your fun hobbies? Do you get to share them with others in your community?


*Sidenote: These are all pictures of my own face, I won't put anyone else on here if I don't have their permission first.

  
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ABILUCHA 10/31/2012 3:43PM

    Very fun! I'm make-up challenged, but my sister is awesome at it, making her also the favorite Aunt! :)

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CANDOSUE52 10/12/2012 7:45PM

   

very cool !

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/8/2012 12:07AM

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FAVORITEAUNT84 10/7/2012 3:24PM

    Thank you!

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JUNEAU2010 10/7/2012 3:03PM

    You are very artistic! WOW! What fun! Thanks for sharing! And an awesome cause!

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TENNISJIM 10/7/2012 6:30AM

    Playing tennis is one of my favorite hobbies

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NANT406 10/7/2012 2:50AM

    LOVE the pix! You are a very talented artist. No wonder you're the favorite aunt! My neice would adore you--she loves makeup too. That's great that you do the Under The Big Sky Buddy Walk. Well done!

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I'm Cheap.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I suppose "frugal" is the more appropriate term. Although, I'm sure I could be bought for the right price... emoticon

Aaaaanyway, I want to eat healthy and nourish my body. However, I'm the only one who pays my bills, so I don't want to spend a ton of money doing it.

Autumn has arrived in Montana (it was 33 here this morning) and you know what that means? CROCKPOT WEATHER! This is rather misleading, since I use the crockpot year round - it's great for not heating up the house in the summer time.

I love that I will get home tonight and dinner will be ready. My house will smell amazing. I'm stoked.

I got all of the ingredients to make 6 quarts of chicken vegetable soup (I can add noodles, rice, or dumplings later if I want) and 6 quarts of 15 bean with jalapeno kielbasa soup. Cost me about $20.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/7/2012 12:13AM

    Love the crockpot!!

I also like to make all sorts of soups. If I make a big batch I have lunch for the week and can also freeze some for those days that lunch making sneaks up on me!!

Enjoy!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/6/2012 3:01AM

    I am also very cheap - and love it. It is a challenge to me to eat well on a budget - and the "only" thing required is knowledge and planning... emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 10/5/2012 9:32AM

    I am a penny pincher too!

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BECCA324 10/4/2012 11:54PM

    Crockpots are the best to cook a lot of food for not a lot of money. They are so easy too, just put the food in a leave it all day. I love using them too.

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GRATEFUL_BEING 10/4/2012 9:43PM

  I hear ya. We have to do our best with the bare minimum these days.

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NKOUAMI26 10/4/2012 2:17PM

    I am learning how to be more frugal too. Good for you!

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NANT406 10/4/2012 1:31PM

    I love using my crockpot all year too. It's easy and the meals are so flavorful.
Chicken soup and beef stew are a couple favorites in my home. I can relate to frugality since I'm the one who pays the bills as well. It can be difficult to eat healthy on a budget but it's definitely worth it. Keep on sparking friend!

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CCHEF1 10/4/2012 11:49AM

    This is great. Love frugality and the recipe.

You DO rock! Woot! emoticon

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That Moment When You Realize How Far You've Come...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Many times it is so much easier to notice the progress that others make, whether or not we choose to be happy for them or jealous. What I find absolutely astonishing, and it makes me rejoice each and every time, is when I have those moments that I recognize the progress that I've made that cannot be measured with a scale or measuring tape.

For example, I used to LOVE drama. If I wasn't involved, I would get involved. I've always hated confrontation, but boy, I was sure cheering the junk on from the sidelines. I was the cowardly one that liked to help other people get themselves worked up about something fairly inconsequential, before the big blow up.

Yep. I was a sneaky Bitch.

Between two 12-step programs and a fantastic therapist, I realized that stirring the pot never had a happy ending for me. It took me a while to figure out how to deal with conflict in a healthier way - OR that some conflicts are NONE OF MY BUSINESS. Totally new concept for me...

So, here we go, there is a rather ugly confrontation by two people that I love. I wasn't there. He said/She said. Guess what I did? I didn't take sides. I shared my experience, strength and hope with regard to 'cleaning up my side of the street'. I chose not to give advice and I definitely didn't stir the pot. I also chose not to be the busy body who checks up on them to make sure they've worked it all out. It's none of my business.

It's a marvelous thing when you can look at what you would've done in the past, and how you chose to respond and be proud of the growth you've had instead of simply being embarrassed at how you acted and needing to apologize.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/4/2012 11:52PM

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NANT406 10/4/2012 2:15PM

    I love to hear about fellow sparkers non-scale victories! Way to gracefully handle a situation that could have easily turned to drama.

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MEDDYPEDDY 10/2/2012 8:13PM

    Yes, I agree that it is wonderful to realise that there has been progress, have to admit that I doubt it very much some times! emoticon

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