Saturday, February 16, 2019


2019 has found me working on a few things:
> Organizing & Purging 
> Digital Scrapbooking
> Intermediate Fasting

I started out the year "focusing on joy".  Yes, Marie Kondo.
I didn't have much to go through as we purged A LOT before we moved north...
But I did have a few things that needed attention - mainly drawers!
 The junk drawer...
 The makeup drawer...
 The utility drawers...
You get the picture?

Here's one of the successes:

I did make a lot of progress with the drawers... Just have a cabinet and the top of a closet still to do.

Then, I got focused on digital scrapbooking...
My goal was to do six books in 2019 (one book per year) - I figured I could take two months to get one done and be on target to be done by the end of the year.
I guess I shouldn't admit that I would have to get 11 books done to get caught up?
Yeah, let's not go there.

January found me wanting to compare Shutterfly to Amazon Photos, so I was working on two books were being created at the same time.
My opinion?
Shutterfly wins on functionality.
Amazon wins on price.
Wait on the right coupon and Shutterfly gets the thumbs up.
Then, just when I was going to move on to something else, Shutterfly had an amazing sale (40% off and unlimited free pages).  I became a scrapbook crazy lady and got four years done in time to print during that sale. My wallet is VERY happy.  

So as we near the end of February, I have four years printed, one ready for print and one in process.  Not bad progress and maybe closer to get getting caught up than I originally planned!

Just after Christmas, I decided to try intermediate fasting.
MBB has been doing something similar for awhile now and I figured I'd give it a go, in my own way.
Five days a week, I eat between 4pm and 7pm to try to give my digestive system a break.
The other two, I either eat all three meals or just between 12pm and 7pm.
I am a fan of treating my body a little bit better...I am also the first to admit that I am not a fan of the digits on the scale right now.

So, I am giving this a go until I like the digits better and then, I'll probably adjust to what MBB is doing (eating between 12pm and 7pm everyday) as a lifestyle change.

As of now, I have lost 11 lbs over about 7 weeks.

Yes, I could lose it faster if I went on the diet that I have used before...
BUT - I was miserable ALL THE TIME and was always in a bad mood.
I was constantly hungry trying to keep my calories down and eat six times a day.
And if I didn't eat according to my plan - I got really shaky as my blood sugar dropped...
It was scary a few times.

With the intermediate fasting: I am hungry during the day, but it is the same hungry as before.
The difference?
I don't get shaky anymore.  I may get a headache as I get close to 4pm, but not every day.
I also am not hungry in the evening!
I feel full!
I get to eat what I want (not limited to eat whites, grilled chicken and green veggies ever meal)!

So that is what has been keeping my occupied so far in 2019.
And work...
And work travel...
And playing pool...

But I do have a lot of Friday Finds to post...
Just got to find some more time in the near future to get organized!


Friday, December 21, 2018

#FridayFinds - Pool Rooms

As 2018 comes to a close, I thought I'd take a moment to list some pool rooms that MBB and I have found that are worth noting.  Some we frequent often, others hold good memories.

It isn't easy to get pictures, so you'll just have to visit to see yourself (google for addresses).

In Michigan area:
Diamond Jim's (Adrian)
On Cue Billiard's (Owosso)

In Toledo area:
Rack Time (Toledo)
21 West (Sylvania)

In Cincinnati/Northern KY area:
Michael's (Fairfield)
Breaker's Bar and Grill (Florence)


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day of Lasagna and Apple Pie (in our house, at least), I wanted to take a moment to give thanks and wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Remembering: Inspiration Speakers

I get to hear inspirational speakers quite often in my job.
A LOT of them.
I am known to tweet out quotes from their speeches that I want to hang on to...

And a few stay in my mind, my memories and challenge me to think.
So, I decided to spotlight a few here...
Google them - it's worth it!

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Amy Purdy

Simon T. Bailey

Dr. Randal Pinkett

Marshawn Evans Daniels

Dr. Jen Welter

Richard Montanez

Jonathan Sprinkles


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Remembering: Blessings

I am thankful that I get to do what I do for a living (and have for seven years now).
I am thankful that I work for a company who empowers me to help others.
I am thankful that I (am told that) make a difference.

I believe that we need to give everyone a hand up, not a hand out.
I believe that everyone should get an equal opportunity to compete.
I believe that we can all make a difference.

Some days, I struggle - but would life be worth living if I didn't?
Some days, I don't want to get out of bed - but I do.
Some days, I wonder if I am making a difference.

And as my major work event comes to a close today, I am so blessed that I am able to be a part of it.
To the ~1,500 attendees - Thank you.
To the speakers - Thank you.
To my team members - Thank you.


Friday, November 02, 2018

#FridayFinds - Yala Kol

It came to our attention recently that we have gotten into a rut when it comes to restaurants.  We eat the same things over and over (whether it is what I cook or where we frequent).

So, we are trying to try some ne
w places.
First up - MBB wanted to find a good Gyro.

I did some searches and found: Yala Kol
It had good reviews (4.3 with 120 reviews) and some comments raved on the Gyro...

Both MBB and I enjoyed, though I have to admit
that our other Mediterranean restaurant keeps the #1 title here.

Chicken Shawarma w/ Rice
Huge portions - half of mine went in a box.
NOTE: The sauce is a little different than traditional.
Overall, this is probably a repeat as MBB was happy with the Gyro.
I thought that the Chicken was very flavorful and the rice was different (in a good way, except for the lima beans!).


Friday, October 26, 2018

#FridayFinds - Rosie's Italian Diner

For our anniversary a few weeks ago, MBB and I decided to try a new restaurant.
We have not had the best of luck with Italian restaurants in Toledo (see here and here).
But Rosie's had great reviews, so we thought we would give it a try.
And we are glad we did!

Hot Mama Bread w/ cheese
Very Yummy!
For some weird reason, the picture I took of my "Rosie's Caprese Salad" is gone.
But let me tell you - it was not a normal Caprese Salad and I would definitely order it again!
Even MBB showed some interest in it (and he is NOT a fan of Caprese Salads).
Chicken Alfredo
Overall, MBB was happy with the al dente noodles and thought that the sauce had good flavor.
He didn't think it was as good as Olive Garden's, but he definitely wasn't unhappy with it.
Lasagna Bolognese
EXCELLENT!  I think this is the best lasagna that I have ever had.
MBB agreed that it was better than Olive Garden and Las Vegas's Battista's.

Apple Crumb
(this may not be the real name - but the desserts aren't listed on the menu to help me)
Since it was our anniversary, we got a dessert to share.
I promise - there were two spoons (MBB already picked his up).

Overall, this was a definite winner (great since it was for our anniversary).
It is a bit higher in price, but so well worth it!
Next time, we are going to try to sit on the patio (weather permitting).

The desserts are all (except the Tiramisu) still made by Rosie (the owner's mother).  The Tiramisu is made by the owner's wife.  How do we know?  The owner's son was our waiter and share that information while he was showing us the dessert tray.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

#CraftyTuesday - Cousins

One of my cousins is expecting her first little girl.

Since I was already working on Zilla's new quilt, I decided to make her one too.

In my opinion, it is easier and faster to work on multiple quilts at once...
Don't ask, I can't explain...


Friday, October 19, 2018

#Friday Finds - Parrino's Oven (Dallas)

I was in Dallas for a work event, yes - again, this summer (yes, it is taking me a bit to post these).
We were staying at Hyatt Regency Dallas and decided to give one of the hotel restaurants a try: Parrino's Oven.

Overall, it was good - but I would probably try something else next time I'm in town.

I think this was the house salad, but I'm not 100%...

Margherita Pizza (my favorite)

Carne Pizza


Warm Chocolate Cake w/ Raspberry Sauce

? (Even looking at the menu, I can't remember what this was called)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Remembering - Zula

Sometimes, life gifts you with absolute love and happiness and joy.
And that described OB's dog, Zula, perfectly.
She was amazing.
She loved all (except when her daddy was petting another dog).
She knew no evil, because she had no evil.

And she loved trucks, especially her Papaw's truck.
Which in the end was her downfall.
She loved them so much that she didn't understand that they could hurt her.
And hurt her the delivery truck did.

OB was able to hold her and shower with love as she took her last breath.
And she now will travel with her daddy wherever he goes.

It is times like this that I have to remember and hold onto the memories of that love and happiness and joy.  Cause when that love and happiness and joy is suddenly gone, it hurts - real bad.

Love you Zula-girl.
Nana and Papaw are so glad that you were able to visit and share your love with us before you were taken to the Rainbow Bridge... way, way, way too soon.