Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If I had a million dollars, I'd buy you a green dress…

But not a real green dress that's cruel.'s Wednesday randomness again and this week's topic is... Five things I'd buy with a million dollars. And I know it's no surprise to anyone that I had to quote the Bare Naked Ladies. Hell, with all the teasing I get about my love affaire with Nickelback, I'm showing that I do have other favourite bands. And the BLNs are pretty damn awesome.

But I digress...

So, if I had a million dollars. God, what I wouldn't give for that right now. Going through the bullshit of having to sell a house, I think I've got some ideas, people.

First... let's face it. A million dollars these days doesn't go that far. Seriously. Houses can cost that much. And let's not talk about cars and shit... Damn. But if I had a million dollars, here are five things I'd spend money on... and never think twice about.

1— I don't want to say a home, but yeah, I'd use some of it on a place. Not all. I'm not a fancy person, but we all need a roof over our heads. And there's something to be said about having serenity where you live. I'd love a cottage on the water here...but one of the lakes not the ocean. I'm a freshwater girl.

2— I know lots of people say they'd donate to charities and shit, and this isn't to gain any freaking Karma points... but I'd give to the animal shelters. Not a crazy ass amount. Enough to feed the furry guys for a while. Maybe get some medical attention. I just have a soft spot for animals... so yeah.

3— Ok... let's be honest. I'd buy some shit. Nothing extravagant. I'm not into jewelry or stuff. But some art, some clothes... a Jeep. I know, don't judge. And stuff for the kids... again, nothing that screams stereotypical rich kid, but let's just say there'd be new computers all round. I'm a tech junkie. I'd have some new toys for sure.

4— I'd buy a few services... NO... not THAT kind of service. Though being single… Okay, getting head out of that realm of thinking. I mean, I'd pay for a cleaning service. Maybe a landscaper. That kind of stuff. Cause yeah, I hate cleaning. Hate. It. And gardening... two brown thumbs. I don't find it at all relaxing... just stresses me out.

5— I'd go on a trip... with kids and friends. One hell of a amazing one, and I wouldn't have to worry about the cost. Can you imagine that? Seriously, that'd be the balm people. Not sure where I'd go. Ireland. Scotland. An island somewhere. Just somewhere that's away.

Man, that doesn't look like a very impressive list. Where's the "I'd build an orphanage in Africa" line? Or putting money toward world peace? Well, I'm sure the other ladies have fantastic lists. They'll probably impress the hell out of everyone. Mine is just... well, boring. Ordinary, lol.

Okay, go check out the other ladies... see how they put me to shame... but first... I'll try to make it up to you...

You're welcome. And he can transport me anytime...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If I only had a clone…

Hello folks. Time for Wednesday randomness again. I haven't been getting many (okay, maybe one or two. But that's something people! Work with me here.) other posts, but I'm managing the weekly one. Baby steps.

Anyway, this week's topic is "what I need to be able to write".

Well, of course we'll discuss the obvious, but damn, what I need more than anything is more TIME! That lovely thing that just keeps ticking away, mocking our ability to get done what needs to get done. I need thirty hours in a day and eight days a week to accomplish my goals and do silly things like sleep. Hence my title. I need a clone, people. Two if I can swing it. Maybe then I wouldn't always be pushing that time envelop.

But now on to things I might actually be able to control.

Writing, if you haven't figured it out already, is a fickle bitch. She's moody and cruel, popping ideas into your brain the second your head hits the pillow but making them vanish when you desperately sit up and turn on the light. She doesn't play nicely with others and has as flare for being over dramatic. In essence, she's a two-year old on crack. Creative as hell, but not something you want to unleash unguarded on the world.

So in order to tame this badass down, most of us need certain amenities. Here is a list of things I'd need and well, some I just like.

1. Laptop or iPad. Yes, I'm new school. While I've tried writing things out the old way... paper and pen, God, who ever actually did that?... I really need a keyboard if I'm going to write. Something that can move almost as fast as my thoughts. Well, who am I kidding. Generally my thoughts ain't moving that fast, so... but a laptop or iPad is critical. Otherwise I'd just lose interest and pack it in.

2. A good writing medium. For me, I only ever write in Pages. I used to use Word, but I soon discovered the microsoft HATES macs and that the program has a secret objective to screw all mac users when they can least handle it. In other word, MSWord likes to crash. It like to pretend it's actually saving your document only to say... nah nah... I have been leading you on. I stopped saving ten pages ago. Deal, bitch.

So I have long since moved to Pages. The ability to continuously sync documents with my iPad just rocks my world. I never had to worry if I have the most up-to-date edition. It's just there. Waiting for me. And it keeps a hard copy on my laptop as well... just in case. A writing program with a backup plan. My kind of program.

3. A comfortable place to rest my ass. Hey, don't joke. If you aren't comfortable, you'll never put a word down because you'll be constantly shifter around, trying to get comfortable. And this means the keyboard has to be at the proper height too. If it's on my lap, I either use my special lap desk or a pillow.

4. I prefer silence. If I can have it, I love it. But, as a single mom with three kids, two of them teenage boys, I think you can imagine my home is rarely, and I mean rarely, quiet. So I've learned to adapt. But I love hearing nothing if I can, lol.

5. An exercise break. Trust me when I tell you that no one, yes, no one wants to be around me if I don't exercise in some fashion. And my mind is the same. It needs that influx of oxygen to get the creative nerves zapping inside my head. Otherwise, I just spend the entire time wondering about working out.

God, what else is there? I don't use music. Why? Because I'm a music lover and spend more time singing along with the songs than I do writing. I'm not someone who finds the background noise calming. In fact, I tend to get very emotional with songs, so... if a sad love song comes on, yeah, I'm in it.

About the only other thing I can think of is motivation. But as he is a damn neurotic as writing, yeah, not something you can control.

So that's it. Boring I know. But I'm a simple girl. I don't need much. Really, my iPad and a place to sit. That's really the bare basics. The rest... they just help me cope.

Please go check out the other ladies.. I'm sure they have awesome lists that will put my blog to shame.

Bronwyn Green
Jessica Jarman
Jenny Trout
Gwendolyn Cease
Kellie St. James

Oh, and before I go... yummy goodness... now that's a US Marshal...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brown paper packages tied up with strings…

So it's Wednesday, and that means another round of random blogging. And we're into our recurring monthly topic of ... favourite things. This month is MOVIES!

My first reaction is... shit! Where do I start. I don't have all day to do this. Cause I love movies, people. LOVE THEM. When I was young, I used to go to the movies for the entire day! A friend and I would get dropped off, hit a couple of shows then get picked up later. But of course, that's when movies were like two bucks or something.

But, I promised myself I'd restrict this post to my all-time most favourite ones. So hold on, here goes.

Okay, hands down my all time favourite movie is WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Omg... where to start. Not sure if it's the dialogue or the storyline, but damn. I love that movie. The part where they're playing charades and the answer is 'baby fish mouth'... I damn near die every time. Or the part where he's explaining why Sheldon hasn't given her good sex, or why men and women can't be friends. I've seen it so many times, I could act out all the parts. And lest we forget the infamous dinner scene and orgasm. Just too funny.

Another one on my all time list is Galaxy Quest.

Now if you're not a Trekie, then you might not understand the appeal, but if you are. OMG...It's awesome. Tim Allen is brilliant. And the lines... Have you ever watched the show? We'd better leave before someone kills Guy... seriously... it's so funny, you fall out of your seat. I cried, people. Had to watch it again just to hear parts I'd missed because I was laughing so hard. It's one of the best take-off ever! In the history of EVER. When they're pulling the ship out for the first time... I could just keep right on going.

Next up... both Ace Ventura movies. 

Seriously. I love Ace. I think I like the second one better. Jim Carey at his finest. And Ace… the way he dresses, walks, talks... and THE HAIR. NO ONE MESSES WITH THE DO! The bit with the bat... They're in my hair...yeah, Ace Ventura is definitely on the list.

I think I'm starting to see a trend here, folks, lol. Apparently I don't have very drama centred choices in movies. Which I'll admit to. I want to be taken away on a ride. I want to laugh my ass off or be on the edge of my seat. I don't want to be scared shitless (not anymore. I used to love horror movies. Now I cringe).

I also have a love for Disney and Pixar. Though my favourite is probably Beauty and the Beast. I know there are tons of inconsistencies and the like, but damn. I do love that movie. Not sure what it is about it, but it's always been my favourite. I also love the Incredibles and Up... OMG... Up is definitely also on this list. Kevin's a girl? the whole talking dog thing... I'm sure I could add a few more on this list. 

Oh and one more... the Princess Bride. I loved that movie. So good. 

I could list more... like the Indiana Jones movies... though the third one with Sean Connery is my favourite. Or the Star Wars movies. The Avengers could probably be on there, but I'm trying to stick with ones that are classic for me. 

Oh, and my favourite Keanu Reeves movie...because I have to have a 'crush' movie in here somewhere... It could be Speed or Matrix, but those are safe. My favourite.. Constantine.

And if that's not enough...he's another hottie pic. See, I didn't forget... God he's young here.

Okay... that's it for me. Please hop on over to the other gals as they give a list of their faves.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Time to dig deeper… case you haven't realized it, I have a bit of an obsessive personality. I know… I'm working on it, but it is what it is. At least, I've been able to curb it to mostly healthy obsessions. Yeah, I'm aware how bad Diet Coke is for you and I'm cutting back. Honest I am.

Anyway, I consider myself in good shape. I'm almost done Shaun T's T25, and I've done lots of other programs. But I'll admit. I'm my own worst enemy. I don't eat near as clean as I should and... well, I know I tend to sabotage my own progress. Those days are over.

I'm starting Insanity tomorrow with my oldest. I'm going to continue finishing off T25 and my daily runs. Those are for Bandit, and my sanity. There's just something about being in the woods every day. I can't explain it. You just have to understand, lol.

Anyway, I'm going to be accountable. If I have to actually man up and make myself report my progress, I might maintain motivation. Because I'm done with excuses. I'm putting those insecurities behind me and giving 'getting ripped' one honest shot. Here's my manta for the next 60 days... make it 90. I'm sure I'll do the extra 4 weeks of Insanity:Asylum after. Oh and I'm starting P90X3 once T25 is done, so I can get weight training in too. If this doesn't make me a training machine, lol...

So I'll be posting occasionally. For myself. To keep myself honest. To let you know how much I hurt, lol. Let's do this, people. And once I'm done... bring on the zombies because I'll be more than ready.