Wine & Cheese: 1st Serving 2018

wineandcheese2Some Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just search past postings. Sit back and join me now for a serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

😦 I know, it has been months since I blogged. Life. It happens.

😦 Mom is on the decline, I probably see it more than the rest of the Diva Den because I don’t see her for a few days sometimes when I’m doing double shifts. And others see it when the come over and haven’t seen her in a few weeks. 😦

😦 Winter is here and it has been so dang cold! And snow…OH I really do not like it one bit outside of being pretty to look at as it is coming down and then it just plan sucks.

 

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🙂 Mom may be declining but here we are in January, 6 months past when we were told 2-4 weeks left to live. WOW. We had 2 Christmas celebrations, one in July and then she made it to Christmas anyway! She is one tough cookie. She is going to lose this battle, we know that, but we rejoice that she is still here!

🙂 Nearly a year into this job and I love it still just as much as the first day! Okay MORE than I did when I started. These sweet souls with whole hearts and broken brains are so amazing with what they can do, and how they make me smile, challenge my reserves when I cannot find a ‘tool’ in my belt to redirect or comfort them…I’m growing as a person thanks to them.

🙂 I have new air plants! I killed the last 3, I forgot for long stretches to dunk them in water for 20 minutes and those little things dried up. But I have 3 new ones. I have already neglected these too (face palm) but I’m trying!

🙂 Not sure what rock I was living under but I’ve only recently learned of bullet journaling and OMGoodness I LOVE it!!! Maybe my air plants stand a chance of survival after all now that my life is becoming more organized. More on this topic in a later post, which will happen thanks to this new way of being organized.

🙂 I have new jammies. I got a nice, warm, fuzzy set from my sister for Christmas and that prompted me to watch for after Christmas sales. Got a nice, $40 pair for $15 on sale and with some Kohl’s cash. I now have 2 pair and I’m in heaven. Go me!

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Tuesday Morning Random Coffee Musings

Hot cup of fresh coffee on the wooden table and stack of books tThe sun is shining, the cat is in the window enjoying the morning breezes and getting her tan on, and I’m listening to the birds singing while sitting here sipping my coffee and enjoying my mellow start to the day.

I am a tad concerned that the first thing I do is look at my planner.  Not because I don’t know what I need to do, I did that last night to check my schedule for the day.  I look at it because I love all the bling and colors.  It speaks to my crafty side, kinda like a crafters high.  Planner crack.

Yesterday was HR orientation at the new job, and sometime this week will be department orientation, then I can work.  I cannot wait.  I will be working full time again, 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts.  It’s perfect for allowing me time to do my Avon business and pick up over time which is very plentiful in the Long Term Care industry.  Aides are scarce and good aides it seems are even more so.  I’m planning on being a top performer, over achiever so to speak.  I don’t see this as a job so much as a ministrey for me.  No one sets their end of life goal as residing in a care facility, needing someone to change their diapers or assist them to the bathroom, help feed and clothe them.  Not all are old either, some residents are young, victims of crippling diseases or accidents that left them unable to do the simplist of personal tasks.  The good facilities have made more of a home atmosphere, as it should be.  This IS the resident’s home and should be treated as such.  Sometimes aides and others forget that the resident is no more thrilled with being changed like a child than the one giving care is excited about doing the changing.  Mentally my focus is on that aspect, how would I want to be cared for in this same situation.  It has really changed my heart and pulled me to want to do this for half of what I could be making in my other field of office management.

Yesterday I babysat 3 of my grandchildren and was just amazed at how fast they are growing up.  SnuggleBug is 2yo, and isn’t all that into snuggling anymore though he talks a mile a minute and I only catch pieces of what he says.  I fully understand his “wuv eww nana” and kisses though!  SnuggleBean is 7 months old and aware that I’m not mom and this didn’t make him all that happy.  SnuggleBerry is pitching softball now at 10yo.  Where is the time going?  I relish these moments, and with my son and his wife.  I look at my daughter, just over 2 months away from giving birth to her first baby, sitting in church feeling him kick her, watch her waddle around (she doesn’t think she waddles yet but there is a small one to her gait now) and cannot believe she is all grown up, married, and ready to be a mother.  I’m nervous and excited, knowing how she thinks about everything in life will change so much when they place this little boy in her arms.  And no words will make her understand that, she has to experience it for herself.  I love our morning phone calls when she is driving home from work, we laugh a lot and solve all the world’s problems in 30 minutes or less.  😉

I love my Avon customers!  In the past 14 hours I’ve had 2 call me with orders that will put about $52 in my pocket (I earn 40% across the board thanks to achieving Honor Society and doubling my sales).  And all it took was providing good customer service and handing out brochures.  That is 2 of my regular 8-10 who consistently order, and I’m growing that number as rapidly as I can.  Also adding at least 2 to my team tomorrow.  I LOVE this business!

Ah look at the time, at this rate it won’t me morning musings if I don’t get moving. Much to do.

Y’all have a MARVELOUS day!

Wine & Cheese ~ 94th Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Most Wednesdays I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 94th serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

😦  I hate winter.  I hate cold, snow, wind, all of it.  I hate wearing a coat, heavier clothes and the shorter day light hours.  Pretty much if it is part of winter, other than Christmas, I HATE IT.

😦  I had lofty aspirations of getting the year off to a running start.  It is 1/7 and not so running.  Who am I kidding, not even moving!  But that is being adjusted, read on in the cheese section.

😦  The Florida house hunting/vacation trip has been pushed back to June, but that too has a cheese side to it.

 

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🙂  I did something rather radical today.  Okay radical for me anyway.  I joined a gym/fitness center.  I know, sit down and breathe slowly, I’m shocked too.  But I am sick of my weight, and I want to be bikini ready come the Florida trip so the only way to ensure this was likely was to join.  See, it is too dang cold to walk outside and I figure if I am going to pay for it then I will go.  So, I’m meeting the trainer tomorrow to get a program in place for me to bust my ass into shape.

🙂  Yes, Florida got moved to June due to The Badge’s work schedule but that is okay.  I just have one more month now to reach the weight that it says on my driver’s license and get toned up so I can rock that string bikini.  Not to mention the several pairs of jeans in my dresser that I want to be able to wear.

🙂  I even found sweat pants at the thrift store, for only $1 a pair!  I am not there to be seen, so I don’t care if Kim Kardashian wouldn’t be caught dead in them.  I hope NOT to be seen as that is my early morning, no makeup, leave me the hell alone time.  It’s get into shape so that by late Spring I can rock the shorts instead.

🙂  I’m currently rocking the Highlander Grogg Coffee and my jammies at 7pm.  I am also about to go curl up with a good book!

🙂  All this talk of fitness and I’m debating joining the running group at church to train for The Flying Pig.  Even if I do NOT run it, I’ll be that much more fit! Not mention the fun of making new, like minded friends!

 

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Hi, I’m Marti And I’m Marvelous

Hi there, how are you?  I’ve picked up a lot of new readers lately so I decided to take a few minutes to tell you who I am and why I am out here publicly telling the world about things like why my dog poops at work.  But that is another post all on it’s own.

MMy name is Marti, and I am pretty marvelous.  Actually that started when Sesame Street had a character for the letter ‘M’, Marvelous Martha.  Mom called me that a few times, though in playing along with the show, because my entire family and every friend I have had calls me Marti.  The only exception in the family was grandpa, who called me Martha Marie.  But only he was ever permitted to do that, no one else is ever allowed to refer to me by that name as he was the greatest man I have ever known and I adored him.  The rest of the family actually calls me little Mart because mom is big Mart.  I’m named after mom…and her mom.

I try very hard in my life to look for the silver lining.  No, life is not perfect and mine is no bed of thornless roses, but we all have a choice to be happy and positive, or miserable and negative.  I make the choice of going with positive.  This has been mistaken by some to be ‘ego’.  Not at all the case, more like I just see no reason to curl up in a ball and feel sorry for myself, stir drama and try to draw attention to myself with folks feeling sorry for me and fawning all over me.  I don’t need that kind of attention in my life.  I prefer folks see me as a happy, fun, funny, quirky, good time kinda gal, someone marvelously wonderful to have as a friend.  And with very few exceptions, that is how I am known.  From my Avon sisters to the folks I used to work with, to my family and friends, I am all of those fun things and I enjoy being me.

Blogging is just a creative form of journaling for me.  While some think I let it all hang out (and I am a fairly open book), there is a surprising amount of things I do not share here on my page. I have used it as a way to lash out at people but it has been a few years since I did that and I’ve made all of the apologies I will ever make for those things.

I love to write, it is like therapy for me.  I am currently writing a non-fiction book of my journey of faith, falling from it, and crawling back up on that path.  I also have a work of fiction under way.  My blog just lets me vent, cheer, unload and decompress.  It doesn’t hurt that I’ve gained quite a following as well, the numbers of followers by email and RSS etc always amazes me, I had no idea anyone cared to read what I write.

So, for all of you who are new, welcome to my crazy life.  It’s like my own reality show, and you get to join me for the insanity.

Random Marti Facts:

  • I LOVE coffee. Regular, flavored, I usually have a cup with me at all times.
  • My favorite color is pink.  Yes always has been. Had a bubble gum pink room growing up.
  • Second favorite color is purple.  I leaned on that once for a while not to offend someone.
  • I’ve stopped exchanging who I am to please others.  Take me or leave me, I am who I am.
  • I love dark chocolate.  Add nuts even better.
  • Ice cream is a weakness.
  • I’ve been married twice. First time was a short one, second was 22 years.  I’ve been divorced 4 years.  I loved being married but being single certainly has it’s benefits!
  • I’m a born again Christian.  I’m also a sinner but I’m trying to lead a godly life.  I screw up, but thankfully I’m forgiven.
  • I forgive others way too easily, hence I tend to have numerous knives in my back that others cannot see.
  • I sleep well at night, I have a crystal clear conscience.
  • Currently I am in the midst of menopause and that sucks big hairy monkey balls.  Sorry if that offends some but it’s just the facts.
  • I am mom to 2 of the best people who ever walked the planet, and mother-in-law to 2 more of those types.
  • Nana is the best name ever!  Grandma is the best stage of life.  I have 3 with one more due any minute now.
  • I live in the Diva Den.  That is a wonderful, very large house with my mom, sister and now one niece. The other niece moved out to live with her boyfriend.  We have more fun than the law should allow.
  • My favorite shows are (in no particular order):  Sons Of Anarchy, Downton Abbey, CSI, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Under The Dome, NCIS.
  • I LOVE football.  Nope I still don’t totally understand some things but I love love love to watch.  Love the Bengals, and yes I am fully aware that they are not the greatest team but hey, at this writing they are 2-0 so here is hoping for a winning season.
  • I am a full time Avon Representative, currently selling at President’s Club level and a Unit Leader with my sights on SEUL.  I am looking to grow my team all over the USA so contact me if you are interested.  Yes you really can make a living selling lipstick.

Stick around, it’s rarely boring in my life and I’m usually sharing it!

Wine & Cheese ~ 86th Serving

wineandcheese2Welcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 86th serving of some whine and cheese!

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 WINE WHINE

😦  Finding myself unemployed just sucked.  Yes, I was pissed.  Yes, I did let them know how I felt about it.  Yes, it is water under the bridge today.

😦  I was all set to dive into my business yesterday, but my body had other plans.  I woke up all night after going to bed Monday, puking my brains out.  I am pretty sure that based on how sore I am, my body was trying to expel my toes inside out by way of my mouth.  Thankfully, living here with the other Divas who happen to be nurses, they had just the thing to stop the unstoppable vomiting and I slept most of the day. UGH.  This “life is all about how you handle plan B” stuff is getting old fast.

😦  My poor dog is so confused.  She thinks every time I go to leave the house now, that it is time to head to work.  She doesn’t understand that we now work from home.  She is no doubt missing all of the attention and treats she got in the office.  Poor baby.  😦

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🙂  I am now a full time Avon Lady.  I LOVE it.  I recovered from my virus enough to hit the ground running today and I’m praying my efforts pay off.  I meet my district sales manager for lunch tomorrow and I’m sure I can pick her brain for help.  She rocks and is excited for me that I am able to commit full time now.

🙂  Life IS all about how we handle Plan B and my attitude is great.  I see opportunity now to work for me, and make myself the one who is rich and not someone else.  My commissions are at 40% right now so that is worth my time.  I’m pushing for the 50% margin and for the bigger better team under me.  I’m SO excited.

🙂  My weight has continued to drop.  I haven’t seen the current number on the scale in years.  I’m happy about it and motivated.  Probably the one good thing that came from being sick is my appetite dropped off but that just means I can maintain better control of it now.

DESSERT

Who hasn’t had a day like this, despite folks thinking we look better without makeup?

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Wine & Cheese ~ 83rd Serving

wine n cheeseWelcome to Wine & Cheese, my weekly, Wednesday whine session.

 

Every week on Wednesday I devote a blog to whining. Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times. I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs. I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well. I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile just a bit more than normal. If you’d like to read the past editions of Wine & Cheese just click HERE for all of the past postings. Sit back and join me now for the 83rd serving of some wine and cheese!

 

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😦  My desk at the office looks like a tornado came through in the night.  This is not normal for me, I’m too OCD about order at the office, but lately we have just been so busy and I have too many projects going at once to keep up with the ‘hoarder’ appearance.  I plan to attack it Friday and get things back in order.

😦  The NextRadio app is not available with Verizon.  It uses way less battery and data (no doubt why it isn’t yet supported) and would be huge for me when walking so I could listen to K-LOVE.  Bad form, Verizon Wireless, really bad form!

😦  Nothing says “areyoufreakingkiddingme” like having your nose running, racing to grab a tissue, and you pull back a half inch wide piece because it tore apart. Grrrr….

 

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🙂  Isn’t life awesome when there really isn’t much to complain about?  My ‘wine’ list is pretty slim, full of light-weight stuff.  I like it!

🙂  My office may not be in great order but it smells amazing!  My tart warmer is loaded up with Caribbean Teakwood scented wax and it is filling the room with a kick-butt aroma.

🙂  I changed the layout and over all look of my blog.  If you usually read this via email stop by and take a look.

🙂  The weather here has been outstanding!  I prefer to sleep with the windows open, drifting off to sleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs, and other  night creatures.  Inhaling the lavender oil for my sleep aroma therapy is also a huge help.  Menopause isn’t winning the sleep battle, this one is all mine!

🙂  My new planner from Erin Condren came this week and I LOVE IT!!!  Use that link and get $10 off because of my referral.  You can personalize them and they have other awesome stuff too.  It is one of this week’s big high moments!

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Friday Confessional

OH YES!

Time to get your confession on!

*beebopping down the aisle the confessional to let it all fly*

Join us by clicking the little girl above and link up!

I confess…

There is a distinct possibility that one day soon I will never get out of bed again. I purchased one of those memory foam mattress toppers that keeps you cool while cradling your sleeping form.  I put it on over the mattress then the sheets.  It is awesome!  My cat has her spot on it, and my dog also has found it to be the ultimate in comfort.  Good thing she is a Yorkie.  Sadly the two cannot enjoy it at the same time, the dog thinks she is protecting me and runs that cat off if she tries to bed down with us at night.  So kitty relaxes on the bed during the day.  I also now own an Isocool pillow.  Menopause sucks but I’m fighting back and winning a few small battles to stay cool and comfy.

I confess…

I gave the whole pixie hair cut thing a chance.  I hate it.  I’m going back to my spiky do!  Hopefully Tuesday evening after work I can squeeze in with my stylist and go back to the funky look I loved so much.  No clue yet when I will change hair color again, but loving it where it is in auburn at the moment.

I confess…

Finding time to get my direct sales businesses to the next level has been difficult.  But this weekend is wide open and I’m going to be kicking things into high gear.  Know anyone who could use an extra $300 a month? That is super doable in Avon (I make my car payment with my Avon income), have them contact me here or sign up online at http://www.startavon.com and use code:  martigardner I will help them out!

I confess…

I am really excited that my Fitbit will be here today.  I have wanted one for some time now and I cannot wait to get it!  I’ve learned that I can connect to friends and family who have them to compete toward fitness goals?  This will be fun!  If you use one I’d love to hear from you in the comment section!

I confess…

I got my email today from the church running group. YAY!  I will be starting out walking then walk/run then run as I train for that 5K in November with the rest of my team at work.  Even if we would not do it for some reason, I want to be able to run one anyway.  I love the idea of making new friends through the church group like this!