Hummingbirds = Love


Hummingbirds were my maternal grandmothers favorite bird. i took these this afternoon and they always bring her to mind, she would have been 94 on feb 11, but she passed away in 2011. I am blessed to have so many hummingbirds at my house year round  and i try to keep the feeder filled with sweet sugar water, because i know when i see them flitting around that she is with me. growing up she and my grandfather were just a few miles away, a trip i took many times on my bicycle or motorcycle growing up. Even as an adult after i moved over a thousand miles away,  i still took time at least once a year to get back ‘home’ and visit with her.

My grandmother on my dad’s side was also a lover of animals and always had a dog around, she even once had a pet wild squirrel she rescued as an orphaned baby.  She would have been 95 next month. although she passed away in 1981 I was lucky enough to live next door to  her and spend time with her nearly every day for all of those 11 years.

Family is precious, you may not love all of yours all the time, but remember we only have each other for a short while and we don’t know how long that will be.  So tell them you love them, and spend as much time with them as you can.

Going to the gym..

I have decided that rather than have a bunch of specific resolutions for the new year I would just have one more general one that I could work toward in different ways, so without further ado… my 2013 goal…


  • lose some weight
  • lift some weights
  • run a 5k in april and then some more later on, i am already registered for the Carlsbad 5000, bitches!
  • eat better
  • give up soda
  • cut back on sugar intake (this is separate from eating better because i am a candy addict)

So by doing these things all a little at a time i will be much healthier by the end of the year.

to start things off, as mentioned i am signed up for a 5k in april, i really want to do some of the theme races later this year as well, the zombie race that sort of thing.

i have not only joined a gym (planet fitness, because they also like purple), but i have gone 5 out of 7 days so far this year (go me!!)

i got instruction from a trainer so i have been doing both cardio and resistance training. i will touch base with him again in 2 weeks to see what is next.

the whole family is trying to do the paleo thing, we will see how that goes, i don’t mind the things you can eat on the diet, but i hate not being able to eat pasta and bread, even though when i am not on the paleo diet, i rarely eat those things… i am really just kind of obstinate 🙂

i am not going to bog down the blog with a bunch of diet and exercise posts, but will likely check in occasionally. i am joining a biggest loser competition with some friends here locally starting this Saturday morning, i am sure that will help motivate me as well.

and on that note, i return you to your regularly scheduled photo a day posts.

Happy New Year!

2013 new year sparkler

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath.  Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.  Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever.  ~Mark Twain

2012 has been good to me and mine.

i got to see my far away family. even my farthest away sisters 🙂

nothing horrible happened to the house, no flood, no leaky roof.  first time we have made it all year without something bad.

we are all mostly healthy

here is to another great year

BRING ON 2013!!!!

Christmas is over…

Well, Christmas is over, although i am still enjoying some vacation days.  Christmas to me is all about being with family and the friends you consider family.  but of course the presents are nice too 🙂

This year as we unwrapped gifts on Christmas Eve, i got everything i wanted, including the warmest fuzziest slipper boots  I have ever owned, my feet think they have died and gone to heaven.  also a Captain America hoodie that my husband swears i am never allowed to wear if i go out in public with him. a great laptop case for my new baby laptop….

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My in-laws sent us the most delightful shipment of chocolate covered strawberries from Shari’s Berries, my single most favorite snack in the world.  Technically it was for the whole family so i have been forced to share.

The stocking of course had the main staples of a chocolate orange and some sweetarts.

Christmas day was spent with friends for dinner and some long overdue hanging out.  then back home to spend some time doing nothing specific 🙂

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas

Merry Christmas

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The first year my daughters boyfriend joined us for Christmas we were sort of at a loss for gift ideas then while running around shopping we found a giant container of cheese balls. Deciding  this would make a great joke gift we grabbed it and then a gift card as a real gift. much to our surprise he was delighted with the oversized snack. This is the 3rd Christmas in a row now that a giant container of cheese balls has been under the tree and he honestly appears happy when he gets them. the picture  above reflects this years gift, the original was much bigger, purchased at Costco, but we thought a non joke gift should be a little more reasonably sized for one person 🙂

I hope all your holiday dreams come true, Merry Christmas.



the fancy box it came in

i got the new laptop/tablet less than an hour ago and i am completely in love…  the screen is crisp and clear, set up was remarkably simple.. i installed a favorite game from steam and it ran without a hitch (Torchlight 2) i am sure i will find things i miss about the giant XPS 17 i am sending back but so far i have zero remorse…

A new toy, err.. I mean useful electronic device…

So, i love gadgets… and i have been wanting a tablet computer for a while but they were just outside my price range for ‘toy’.  i have been in an ongoing battle will Dell recently because the laptop i purchased in November 2011 has never really worked properly. i finally convinced them a month or so ago that no matter how many times they replaced the screen the touchscreen-ness was NOT EVER going to work properly. they decided the best solution was to allow me a full refund on the laptop so i could use that money to buy something else… well who doesn’t love it when they get all their money back on a year old product?!  so i jumped at the chance, and it was just my luck that they have recently released a new computer  the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook.  i have always wanted a convertible, it is like a laptop and tablet IN ONE!  i had to have it!xps 12

i placed my order back on Nov 25th and much to my chagrin the estimated delivery date was 12/12/12.  sure it sounds like a cool day, but i wanted it right then, what good is next day delivery if you don’t actually get the product the next day….

fast forward to 12/11/12 and i get an email explaining politely that my order was delayed and my new estimated delivery date is 12/19 that one doesn’t even sound cool, it is just a regular day 🙁

today i get an new update indicating that my new estimated delivery date is 12/25 which is also a cool day, but not one you expect UPS or FedEx delivery on.. perhaps Santa Claus had brought in for an emergency delivery? (that was my husbands theory)

i call the nice folks at Dell, and they are nice, really, just not always so very helpful.  i just want to find out if i am really ever getting a new laptop because while the broken one is doing fine really (it was the touchscreen that has problems, everything else is fine) i have an RMA i need to use to send it back, but i want to transfer things to the new computer first.

i am assured that they are doing their best to get it out, although one of the 3 individuals i talk to confides that none of the recently ordered XPS 12s have been shipped as there is some sort of delay in getting a part or something and was not optimistic i would ever see a delivery and another of the 2 kindly bumped my shipping to next day, which is great but the next day after NEVER isn’t very comforting.  after speaking with the 3rd and last person of the day, i am pretty sure i am not getting a new computer for Christmas and i might as well just start  thinking of it as a Valentines Day present.

i am complaining in instant messages to any one who will listen (or at least not actively block my messages) when i get an email from Dell.. with a tracking number… with an estimated delivery of TOMORROW.

i can only assume from this experience that impatience and whining do indeed get you what you want..  (take that MOM!)

after i get it and play with it a bit i will let you know if it was worth the wait 😉

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