Random Coffee Musings…

I cannot seriously believe it is only Tuesday morning, I am more than ready for the weekend.  Thankfully it IS ladies night at my favorite bar.  I’m thinking a few cold ones with some best girlfriends is seriously in order. Heck at this point I’ll go hold down a bar stool alone if I have too.  Followed by SLEEP.

Never start the week going into Monday morning on a mere 4 hours of sleep, it is not a good omen for the rest of the days to come.  I need to learn to turn OFF my cell phone so that those 11:45pm texts that get me fired up hold until morning when I NEED that adrenaline high to wake up, not stay awake until 2am fuming.  Grrrr…..MEN!  Enough said.

Yesterday was a complete blur, kids, diapers, and looking forward to another ‘get acquainted’ date.  That would be the 4th one in less than a week.  But I will save that for the Dating Diaries.   It was a Monday with a vengeance so I should have known things would only get more interesting.

So how does one take it when, as you are getting in the shower to go on this date, your paramedic baby brother is taking your mom to the firehouse to run a 12 lead on her because she is displaying symptoms that she might once again be having a heart attack? Good or bad omen?  I know, right? REALLY?  I get out of the shower get dressed, get the face applied and outside of the window I see the squad pull up, mom is back and baby bro is loading her butt in the back doors of the ambulance.  I am literally ready to walk out the door when this goes down.  He is just being cautious, he says, go have fun he has it under control.  Now mind you, anyone else tells me this I’m not buying what they are selling, but when he says this, well I take him at his word.  He is the the 2nd of 3 men I trust with my life, so I calmly text my date a shot of the image out the window, say  I will explain in a few but I’m going to be 10 minutes late. I told you, my life is never boring!

I received yet another wonderful check from Avon yesterday, bonus money because my downlines are doing so amazing.  I seriously LOVE this job!  Not only the money but all the high energy women involved!   I cannot wait for the big sales rally this month in Dayton, going to be a total blast!!!!

I have SO much I want to write about, just have to get my thoughts all organized and into some sort of filed order in my head.  Then I can start my “therapy” sessions (read: extensive sessions in front of the laptop typing rapidly).

Oh wow, just passed the base of Mt. Washmore, guess I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon while the little ones are napping.

For  now, a few rounds of Farkle on Facebook should help.

And another cup or 6 of coffee.



Thank God It’s The Weekend!


I am SO  thankful it is finally the weekend!  I was beginning to wonder if it would ever arrive.

With it arrived a new award, given to me by Cinful Cinnamon (thanks SO much!) with the guidelines for acceptance.  I’m flattered.  And the best part? We get to keep this one going.  I love sharing good  things like this!

Here’s how it works:

1. Thank & link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

First off, many thanks to Cinful Cinnamon, by the way, loving the new look on your page.

Now, 7 things about myself:

1.   I have a pajama addiction.  I can’t help myself, I LOVE jammies!!!  If I see a cute pair and have the extra cash, I buy them.  I bought a pair this past evening in fact, $10 on clearance.  TOO cute and PINK!

2.  My cell phone is like an appendage to me, it is always within my reach.  A week ago I went out shopping with my mom, sister and daughter, and forgot my phone.  I was in withdraw and had to keep touching other people’s phones just to breathe! (only a slight exaggeration)

3.  On the computer, in my blogs etc, I am very outgoing, but in person I am painfully shy.  I’ve been working hard to improve that over the years but still, until I have time to get to know someone I am very quiet, causing people  to think  I am  rude or stuck up.

4.  Not  news  to most, but I’m a social media  addict.  Hooked on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

5.  I donate blood as often as possible, I think it is one of the simplest yet a critical way to give back to the community.

6.  I have over commitment issues.  I usually take on way more than reasonable and get way too involved in things.  I have to be very careful not to sign on to help in too many areas, like at church.

7.  I am a terrible procrastinator.  I do tend to do my best work under a bit of pressure, but the procrastination coupled with my over committing can lead to a very stressed out Marti if I’m not careful!

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And  now to hand out this award  to 15 recently discovered bloggers.  If you are listed here (I will attempt to contact all) please, take the award and pass it on!!!  Some of you may have already received this award in the past, but it is recently that I discovered you so just let it slide if you already have it.  🙂
Joan’s Journeys

The One And Only Oka

Tranquil Acres of Alexandria

Undeserving Grace

Crazy Daze & Nite Dreams

A Little of This and A Little of That

Her Random Thoughts

Truly Simply Pink

Don’t Blink

Tiny Little Reveries

Be Still A Minute

One Brownie

My Little Life

Casa di Cass

3 Bedroom Bungalou

Where Is The Food????

Okay I’m not really starving, but I am facing a harsh reality.  There is a big reason my butt is growing so big and my jeans are getting snug:  mega portions!

Over the past 3 days I’ve been adding my foods to my SparkPeople nutrition tracker and noticing that if I actually measure out my portions, holy heffers no wonder I’m weighing in at 170!!!!  Okay so I know if we eat appropriate portions we’d likely all start dropping pounds, but DAMN!  I measured out my Special K cereal this morning, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup of vitamin D milk.   Then I looked at the tiny bowl in which it was waiting for me to dive in.  Tiny bowl is what I chose so that it appeared full.  It was full.  It still appeared rather small…too small.  It isn’t hard to see that my usual portion would be about 3 times that much.  SIGH.

I have had  no major issued getting my water intake up to the 64 ounces a day, that is a piece of cake for me.  But taking time to measure out my foods is another story, and staying focused.  My pink heart post it note on my mirror still is a #1.  I didn’t go on with my workouts.  I know I know,  don’t give up, just do it today and start over.  I AM going to do that!   It is hard to establish a new routine and stick to it though, and I’m quickly meeting my resistance on the road to a more fit self.  I refuse to give up!

One place I DO need to starve myself is my social network addictions connections.  It likely is somewhat related to my expanding bum!   Last night Diva Mom, Boo, me and my daughter had dinner then went shopping for a bit.  I went out of the door without my most prized appendage…my cell  phone.  I  experienced varying degrees of withdraw, especially when we had to stop at the Verizon store on the way to Target.  There, in a valley of cell phones, I was naked.  I had to touch my daughter’s for a moment so I could keep breathing and hold back the panic attack.  Then when we came home we watched Police Women of Cincinnati, CSI: NY, and then CSI (we DVR’d them).  When I crawled in bed I realized my usual nightlight was not glowing from the desk…my laptop.  I had gone an entire evening from the time I left the office without being on the computer.  I think hell must of experienced a frost warning, the Packers may win the Super Bowl, and I should go buy a lottery ticket.  An entire evening without the computer??? Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Time to get my life train back on the track from its derailment.  Obviously I’ve gotten my priorities in life completely out of whack, but now it is time to refocus!

On that note, time to change the sheets, get myself together, and go buy yarn. I have blankets to finish!

Talking Versus Texting: My Preference

I am evenly divided on this, depends on the situation.

When I am at work I don’t have time for personal calls, things are usually on the hectic side and my work is often very detailed. I cannot afford the mental interruptions from calls much of the time. I prefer texting when at work, as I am able to reply when I have a moment to break concentration. I have the text there on the phone and can respond when the time is appropriate.

I prefer conversation to texting for some situations as tone of voice is critical to understanding and when something is of a touchy or serious nature I want to talk in person so I can read facial expressions as well. It is best to be seeing what is in the eyes in those situations.

I confess I am a social media addict, using Text, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare often to the extremes. My email also comes across my cell phone so I am ‘connected’ all around.

All that said, I don’t do these things and drive!!! If the car is in motion the phone is NOT in my hand.

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10 Things That Make Me Happy

It is Friday and I just do not feel like using my brain today for lunch.  Work is stressful (judging from my back ache more so than I realize) and right now I just want to think happy thoughts.

So today I’m following a Plinky prompt that suggested writing about 10 things that make me happy.  That should not be too hard to manage.

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10 Things That Make Me Happy

My kids coming over for a visit, be it 5 minutes or for dinner or the football game, I love them very much and I am always very happy to see them.  Aside from that it is just nice to get a call from them to chat once in a while.  I miss them both and I’m so very proud of them and who they have become.  They are both hard workers and great people.


When my cell phone rings and it is Mr. TSASA or I get an email from him (thank you Blackberry phone that I can actually receive, read and reply on you).  He always makes me feel special and I very much enjoy even those short calls and emails that wish me good things for the day.


Sleeping in never fails to make me happy!!! It happens so infrequently that I get to sleep until I feel like getting out of bed that when it does happen I am SO thankful!


Pixel Kitten at night time…when she isn’t still all wound up but is instead sleepy herself.  She still suckles in the corner of her bed, having  never been weaned from the instinct to nurse, and she purrs SO loud while she does that I can hear her in my bed. Then she comes up on the pillows, still purring, and puts her head in the palm of my hand and wraps her front paws around my forearm and falls asleep there.  I love that she ‘needs’ me and is secure there with me.


Payday!!!  The feeling that I get when I see money in my bank account that I earned is awesome.  I always smile on payday even when paying my bills.  I mean, at least I CAN pay them, so that makes me HAPPY!


A Bengals win on Sunday!  Unlike Steelers fans (booooooo don’t like them), we don’t really know what it is like to have a team that consistently WINS games.  They think we have lost it because we get so excited.  Guess when you are used to winning the magic wears off.  So (fawk you Steeler fans) I am always HAPPY when we win and relish it!


The sunshine always makes me happy!  I love looking outside and seeing a sunny day on tap.  I LOVE the warmth of the sun on my skin when I am outside and how bright the colors are on a nice, bright sunny day!


Chipotle for lunch!  Hey, I’m easy to please what can I say?  And at the suggestion of my FWB started getting chicken rather than steak and yeah, still makes me happy!


A fresh cup of coffee.  First thing in the morning it gets the brain going.  Middle of the day it is a nice addition to whatever I am doing, and right after dinner it is the perfect compliment to any dessert.  Flavored or not, coffee is wonderful!


Blogging makes me happy.  Sometimes I vent, sometimes share happy things, other times just random thoughts or a meme.  No matter the topic, blogging makes me happy, it is something I thoroughly enjoy.


Wine & Cheese – 10th Serving

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.


Mobile Nasal Minners

I follow a blogger, Kristina, over at The Ten Minute Missive and she blogged about observing things people do in their car seemingly unaware they are being watched. Much to my surprise, one she left out that drives me bonkers is nose pickers!  Or nasal miners as she put it and I’m borrowing it because that is funny stuff right there.  And don’t you know, after commenting on the blog Monday, I am then headed to work on Tuesday morning and stop for a red light.  Glancing back in the review mirror I was treated to the vision of a man in his mid to late 20’s with fully half of his index finger buried in his nose!  I tried to look away but when I again glanced up at this train wreck he was holding his nostril open with both hands, trying to peer up his nose in his review mirror, then went mining for more!  SERIOUSLY???? Do you not realize that everyone around you is watching you while you dig in your facial cavern?  OMG and then? YES dear readers, you guessed it, apparently this is where he hides his breakfast because he proceeded to consume whatever morsel he found encased in his sinus cavity! AHHHHHHH!!! For crying out loud, if you must pick your nose, do not do this in the car and please, deposit the goods in a tissue, wipe it on your pants leg, whatever but please do  not eat it!!!!  I was tempted to walk back and offer him some wheat bread and a napkin from my lunch bag as I was pretty sure after that display I was not going to be hungry again anytime soon.

Tanning Bed Tell Alls

When I have the luxury of paying to fake-bake my ample rear in the tanning bed at the local vitamin D salon, I go there to relax.  I turn OFF my cell phone ringer, put on some bronzer, turn on the radio, the fan and lay back for a relaxing, 20 minute warm, naked nap.  NEVER fails as I’m in my virtual paradise watching Juan, the hot ass pool boy clean my cement pond, that a drama queen lands in the room next to mine and,  while worshiping the imitation sunshine on her side of the wall, she gets on her cell phone and launches into a minute by minute update on her soap opera romance to her totally bestest girlfriend….at the top of her lungs!! Just when I am about to seduce Juan out of his swim trunks the vision is gone as the Lindsay Lohan wannabe screeches out details to the entire establishment of her misguided love.  First if you must talk on the phone while tanning, lower the volume on your highly irritating voice.   Cats fighting is more soothing than the sounds coming forth from your vocal cords.  UV rays are bad for the phone display, and though mommy will likely buy you a new one right away if you ruin that one, you could miss an important text from lover boy if the screen ceases functioning, so maybe put that thing away?  Besides, some of us are trying to sleep and enjoy our well mannered, sexy fantasy guys over here, so STFU!!!!

Daddy Daycare???

I have a bone to pick with the dads out there.  I am SO sick of hearing dads refer to spending time with the kids, while mommy is away, as babysitting.  News Flash: YOU are dad, YOU are the other half of the parental unit, half of their biological gene pool.  Your time is called PARENTING. You are  not a babysitter.  You are their father, you are just as responsible as the mother for changing the kids diapers, feeding them, getting their meals, changing their clothes, kissing boo boos and applying a band-aid, anything that mom can do you can do too! You can load the dishwasher, do laundry, and care for the kiddos too, dad, your job did not stop at ejaculation.  Start acting like a parent and get involved with them, daddy!



YIPPIE!!! My personalized Bengals jersey is  definite  cheese for me!   Made my whole day to come home and find it had  arrived,  as ordered.  I cannot wait to wear it! 🙂

Money In The  Mail!

Who cares if  it is only $2?  It is cash and with no strings attached.  Okay a small guilt string, a poll about beer (oh darn the luck) and they hope that the cash will be an incentive to respond to the poll.  And I will!  But yeah for money in the mail!

Banana Split!

We broke down and tried this new Mayfield ice cream we kept hearing about, and we in the Diva Den are SOLD!  This is good stuff, especially the Banana Split!!!  AND we get a free carton as the company is so sure you will love  their  product that they buy the first one!  Sure you have to send in the receipt and UPC but so what?  It was that good we want more!


While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display
Of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since
I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband’s

‘What do you think?’ I asked. ‘Should I get a bikini or an all-in-one?’

‘Better get a bikini,’ he replied. ‘You’d never get it all in one.’

He’s still in intensive care.