Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my blogger friends!!

I wish you all a day filled with peace, love and laughter with family and friends!!

Happy birthday Jesus!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Awkward Christmas

I found this website and I have been cracking up all day looking through it!

It has awkward Christmas cards and they are sooo funny that I am at my desk at work laughing so hard I am crying...

Just sharing the best with you all...ENJOY!!!


As if it wasn't enough that Joey learned the tree wasn't real......



Check out this pose...classic?!?!?!?




And finally.....gotta have one with the family pet!!!



GREAT AREN'T THEY?? I hope you got as much joy as I did from them!!!



Happy Hump Day!







Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Catch-up

Here are a few pics from my weekend at Mom and Dad's...
I ran up this weekend to get a jump-start on present delivery. I got all my presents wrapped and delivered under my parents tree and it feels soooo good to just sit back and enjoy the next week without stress. :-)

Here is my new favorite picture of me! I never take good photos and I actually like this one...I am using this for EVERYTHING!!





My niece Kyleigh got me this for my car!! This is my awesome, new Rudolph car for the holidays! Apparently they were driving and saw it on someone else's car and Kyleigh told her mom "We have to get this for Aunt Annie - she will love it!"

And, she was right - I do love it! It makes me giggle everytime I look at my car!!! Awesome!





And, this is my other niece, Aly! We actually pierced her ears this past weekend with a home piercing gun we got at Sally Beauty. We got it to do Kyleigh's a long time ago and she does not want them done but Aly ran over and was sooooo excited. After the first ear, it was A LOT of bribery to get her to let us do the other one....lesson learned.....

Next time, have two people use the guns and do them both at the same time......doesn't she look adorable though!!!????





Happy Monday to all!!!!


Oh, and GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!!!







Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cant We All Just Get Along?!?!?!



I think I will never understand a humans need to bring others down!

Should we all not just be respectful?!?!?
Should we all not just be supportive????

A friend of mine got nasty comments on her blog (very negative) and instead of ignoring it as I should have I actually went to the "nasty bloggers" level and made a comment back to her just as nasty as the one she left for my bloggy friend...what makes my comment any better than hers?

I do not know, but it sure felt good!!!

Please forgive me and help me respond (or not respond) better in the future! I do love my bloggy friends though!


Friday, December 9, 2011

15 Year Anniversary



Today is OUR 15 year anniversary!!!


Thank you to all of you that have ever attended, sat in or spoke at a meeting or written a blog post at all!!!!! Whether positive or negative or happy or sad!!!!


I love my life today sooooooo much and it is only possible because of all you!!!!!!

On 12/9/1996 I entered (what I hope is by the grace of God) my final stint at a rehab (after years in and out) and everyday since has gotten just a little bit better!!! I look back now and do not even recognize that person I was - I do not think, see, feel or act the same at all!!!!!!!!!!
Life is such an amazing journey and thanks to all of you here on blog land because (along with real life meetings) reading your thoughts and inspirations have all added a little piece to who I am today!!!


I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you everyone that supports me in ANY way! Thanks you Bill and Bob! Thank you GOD!






Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Anniversary "G"

I would be remiss if I did not do a post to say...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO "G"!

He is two years sober today and WOW has he changed his life!!!

He is sober and clean two years and working a steady job and has a steady place to live where he helps out daily with the upkeep of his home instead of just using the people he lives with!!! He is such a sweet person and actually cares about those around him today!

YOU should be soooooooo proud of what you have accomplished!! He was an addict and alcoholic with no ability to stay employed or be responsible...arrested and jailed several times.

TODAY, the lights are back on in his eyes (you can actually see them) and he is kicking recovery butt!!!

Happy 2 Years and many wishes for continued succcess and many more!!!!!!

Christmas Questionaire

I saw this done by Nikki over at Me 2 We Est 2011 and thought it was sooo cute I just had to complete it myself!!! I just simply LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays and cannot think of a better time of the year!!!!!!

Here goes.....

Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate definitely...not a fan of egg nog at all plus it has alcohol right? I dont drink so definitely Hot Chocolate!
Colored lights on tree/house or white? I love colored on my tree!! Outside I do a little of both....white sparkling icicle lights and colored lights on the garland that I link the porch rail with.
Do you hang mistletoe? ABSOLUTELY!!!! I AM SINGLE!!!! If there is someone at my house that I want to kiss, what an icebreaker!!!!!!!! Just push them under and smooch away!
When do you put your decorations up? About two weeks before Thanksgiving this year. I have no patience and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays so I just could not wait any longer! The funny thing is I took my tree down about a week after I pout it up - I have a new kitten and she was DESTROYING the tree so I had no choice...now I am left to enjoy my outdoor lights and garland lights until next year when I will try again... it's all good though - I still love the kitten!!! :-)
What is your favorite holiday dish? Stuffing - love stuffing!!! Just the plain old kind in the turkey with sage - no fancy stuff with fruits and nuts - good old old fashioned stuffing in the bird - YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Holiday memory as a child? My great-grandmother coming to stay with our family on Christmas Eve so she could be there when we got up Christmas morning!!! She has since passed but I stilll think on her daily!!!!
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I honestly cannot remember...I am now in recovery and A LOT about my earlier years is just gone...lost...no memory...I blame the partying! HA!
Truth about Santa? I still believe...he exists in some way...he is an amazingly gentle man that loves children and makes those wonderful "coincidences" happen around the holidays (just like God the rest of the year)....Maybe thast is it...it is God in a Santa suit! HA!
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, my family does a grab bag each year for my sisters and their husbands and my borther and his wife and I - that way we only buy one gift for a sibling or spouse...that is the gift we open on Christmas Eve..all others wait until Santa has come!
How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lights and ornaments (all my ornaments are gifts I have received throghout the years so I love putting them on and remembering who it is from and when) very sentimental for me!!!
Snow! Love it or Dread it? Sometimes love it (pretty to look at and love it on the trees and for sledriding) and sometimes dread it (scares me that have family driving around on dangerous roads and hate scraping windows on the car every morning before work in PA!
Do you remember your favorite gift? I remember when I was about 10 I got a rock tumbler and I loved that!! That is about the only one I REALLY remember.
What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? definitely COOKIES - any kind or peanut brittle - yum!
What is your favorite holiday tradition? My family spends the weekend after Thasnksgiving together baking our Christmas cookies...we do about 100 dozen cookies easily of all different favorite kinds and then all split them up! It is great family bonding time and we get lots of great cookie trays to give out for the holidays!!! WIN WIN
Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? YUM!!!
Favorite Christmas movie? Definitely Rudolph - the old (unremastered one) that is blurry with that awesome guys voice through it all!!! LOVE it!
Saddest Christmas Song? The Little Drummer Boy
What is your favorite Christmas song? The Little Drummer Boy and Merry Christmas from The Family (by the Dixie Chicks on Rosie O'Donnell's second Xmas album) - hillarious!
What are some of your Christmas traditions? I always get to help the kids make an gingerbread house....this is Aunt Annies job at the Christmas holoday....I love it!!! This year the older cousins actually took over this task for my and did a great job helping their little cousins...guess I better figure out a new one, hugh?!?!? SLED-RIDING woudl be great if there is snow!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas (or Happy holidays if you celebrate something else)!!!!

Lots of Bloggy love to you all!!!!

Thanks for being my support throughout the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Goin' on a man-hunt

After being in a verrrrrrrrrrrry long lull...I am finally back on track!!!

On track with my self-esteem...I AM GOOD ENOUGH, SMART ENOUGH AND DOG-GONE-IT PEOPLE LIKE ME... I AM GOING TO FLIRT LIKE CRAZY WITH EVERY HOT GUY IN MY PATH - INCLUDING A HOTTIE (MUCH YOUNGER) THAT I AM CURRENTLY GETTING TO KNOW BETTER!

On track with my eating...SITCKING TO THE WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS PLUS SYSTEM AND TRACKING EVERY BITE!!!!

On track with my workouts...I worked out at least 1 hour the last three days and I plan on continuing indefinitely...I even went to spin class for my lunch break today at work and plan on stopping againg for some cardio and weights after work...I will keep you posted on the weight loss and tightening that is sure to occur!

NO MORE FEEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF....

NO MORE MISSING WALIACHA...
THERE IS NOTHING TO MISS...
WE NEVER WERE GOING TO BE ANYTHING TOGETHER SO I WAS SIMPLY POSTPONING THE INEVITABLE BY TRYING TO GIVE HIM MORE AND MORE CHANCES TO CHANGE - HE IS SIMPLY NOT THE MAN FOR ME!!!

BUT, THE MAN FOR ME IS OUT THERE AND HE IS WAITING FOR HIS HOT WOMAN (ME) TO GET OFF HER BUTT AND GET BACK OUT INTO THE WORLD - SO HERE I AM!!!!! COME AND GET ME!

Friday, December 2, 2011

25 Days of Christmas - Day 4





I am joining up with Kristin at Adventures in Mitchell"ville" for her 25 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.
Hop on over and join in....each day is a different pre-determined post - I think it is going to be fun!!!!!!!




Day 4 - Favorite Christmas Songs






Counting down to NUMBER ONE...










Number 4. What Child is This - I LOVE THIS SONG - soooooooo pretty!!!! and really holds the meaning of Christmas for me!










Number 3. Amazing Grace!!! May not just be for Christmas but I love when the whole Church sings this together on Christmas Eve - makes me tear up!!!!!!!




Number 2. On Another Rosie Christmas there is a song by the Dixie Chicks called "Merry Christmas from the Family" - it is hillarious!!!! When my nieces were around 8-10 (now one is off to college) they learned the words to this and used to sign along and it was hillarious!!!!! Will always love this one!!!!







Number 1. - Always has been and always will be my favorite - the Little Drummer Boy makes me cry every time I hear it!!! Such a great message!!!! And I also loved this movie as a kid but that is another days post - HA!!!!






I will leave you with a clip from the movie - remember it? I love the way to old movies look - so much better than the re-mixed and edited ones!!!!










Can't wait to see everyone elses answers!!!! Happy Sunday!









25 Days of Christmas - Day 3







I am joining up with Kristin at Adventures in Mitchell"ville" for her 25 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.
Hop on over and join in....each day is a different pre-determined post - I think it is going to be fun!!!!!!!


Day 3 - Favorite Christmas Movies



I don't think I dislike ANY Christmas movie however, I definitely have a few favorites...Counting down to the NUMBER ONE...



5. Elf - This movie cracks me up - even when I watch alone I die laughing the whole time!!! AWESOME movie with a great ending!~HILLARIOUS




4. It's a Wonderful Life - I have always loved this and I cry alot when it is on!!! Just love everything about this movie!!!







And finally 3, 2, and 1. I know - I cheated here but this is true - they are all three a tie and definitely my favs - Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Frosty the Snowman!!! I have such awesome memories of racing to watch these as a kid with my family (even when they were scratchy looking and sounding-not re-mixed and clear - HA) and those memores will live within me FOREVER!!! LOVE ALL THREE!!!!




Can't wait to read everyone else's!!!!!!!!!!









25 Days of Christmas - Day 2




Better late than never, right?!?!




I am joining up (One day late) with Kristin at Adventures in Mitchell"ville" for her 25 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.



Hop on over and join in....each day is a different pre-determined post - I think it is going to be fun!!!!!!!


Day 2 - What’s on your wish list this year?

I honestly cannot figure out one thing to tell people.

I wish it was due to the fact that I don't want for anything but the reality is that when I want something I just buy it for myself...maybe in the future I should show some resolve and make myself wait and give others the ideas for Christmas

Anyway I am left saying "I do not know of anything I need"!

WOW!!! That is eye opening!

I would have to say possibly a Kindle, giftcards for massages/manis/pedis and cash at this point - pretty sad, I know! I need to stop spoiling myself with everything I want!

I have been going back and forth on the Kindle as I love to HOLD a real book and I am not sure I would like the whole Kindle ambience which is the ONLY reason I have not yet purchased one - HA!

Can't wait to read everyone elses lists!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Entreme Grossness

Okay...
Remember this post about my first baby fish Simpson...don't know why I chose that name but that name just stuck. Anyway, I raised him from just a miniscule eye swimming around in the tank and he is so big now!
Well, he is my fav (or at least one of them) as I have hand raised him from a fry. The other day I noticed something stringly hanging off his back fin...in my usual procrastination I ignored it and thought it would go away. Well, it did not! I started googling to find out what was wrong or what it could possibly be on the little guy and I found out........ick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He had an anchor worm...which is not really a worm but a cocepod-whatever that means! Anyway, I did surgery on my fish last night!! I do not like to touch my fish I like to only feed and look at them...not touch them! But I had to save the life of Simpson....so this is pretty much what it looked like....
I put on my rubber gloves.....got my best tweezers....got a bowl of bleach and went to town...
I scooped out the little guy in my gloves hand and held him gently still while I grabbed the end of the anchor worm and gently tugged it out...then I added extra Stress Coat and aquarium Salt (as instructed by the internet) to the aquarium and put Simpson back in. I then commensed checking all other fish in detail to see if there were any others and thats when I saw....yup!!!!!! I noticed my pregnant Sunset Platy had one so I plucked her out of the tank and gently pulled hers out.............sooooooooooo gross!!!!!!!!!! Nature can be sooo nasty!!! I did not get pics of my surgery or the anchor worms that I pulled but I am blessing you with someone elses pics and mine looked the same - ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!
I am stopping at the pet store on the way home to see if there is anything else I need to do to end this grossness - until then.....ICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I am quite disguisted trying to figure out what fish I added that was infected with this grossness!!!!! My Pleco died a few days ago and I am wondering if it was him as he was the last fish I added new.....yuck!!!!!!






PS - thanks for all the support on my blog break - I hope I am now back - I am definitely muttling through and moving forward - which is the most important thing! And single - also important if any of you have hot relatives that are looking for a good woman!!! HA!!!!!!!