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I have so much to say and so much that I am wondering and the one person that beholds all the answers appears to have shut me out.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you yet another sad story about dating culture.

I was amidst another round of online dating and my profile got hacked by some lonely woman seeking old men—men that could feasibly be my grandfather. Except, she brainlessly hijacked my profile, tweaked my preferences and left me receiving all of the interactions. It was extremely uncomfortable getting hit on by Pops McGee rocking a toupee and dentures. Times 10. My email blew up—I hardly ever received that volume of messages. But I think, I too, would get a shockwave of excitement if I saw someone young-looking showing interest in my old-ass—assuming I was 80 and modeling in Geritol commercials.

So in the middle of all of this, one legit message found its way to my inbox on the site and one that was from someone who had been messaging me before we lost touch. So I was pleasantly surprised that he remembered me and sought me out again.

As luck would have it, we made plans to meet out and had a great time. A first date turned into a second and a second date turned into a third and fourth and so on….all points were looking like this was heading into something great.

There were many reaffirming words and actions exchanged that would lead even the lay person to believe that it was heading in a very positive direction. Around the same time, life for him started getting a little busier—this time of year can be dreadfully stressful for some people in their professions, and this fellow was no exception. And I am very empathetic—there are parts of my job as a teacher that are more demanding than others, so I get the job stress. I made sure to tell him that I was there for him and was understanding if he wanted to spend time in rather than going out and would be willing to help him or support him in whatever he needed.

Talking to him changed from back and forth messaging through the day to later in the day to early evening and not at all. And the message body evolved from being very sweet and cutesy to inconsistently cutesy and sweet to blunt/to-the-point to minimal and then silence. The minimal messages were enough to keep me afloat—he told me how his job was demanding more and more of his time. It seemed believable, at least.

But what I couldn’t stand was the silence. It was deafening. We went from a quick exchange on a Saturday evening to a question left unanswered. However, something like this has happened before and he did get back to me a day or so later. So, I carried on hoping and wishing. Fast forward to Tuesday morning and my patience was wearing thin, I caved and messaged a bit of sass. If my displeasure of not having heard from him didn’t ring through, then the message was not loud enough.

When I did finally get a response, I felt like it was cheap. It was a quick and easy cop-out.

“I’ve just had a lot going on”

Ok—I get it. Everyone is busy this time of year. But do you not have 30 seconds to send a “hey, hope you’re good!” or call fast and just say, “I am so sorry for not getting back to you, but X Y and Z was going on and it has just been one thing after another.”

And maybe in his defense he did have a lot going on, but I feel like I am owed a little more than a vague “I’ve just had a lot going on.”

So, I tell him how I would have appreciated more communication and I get a response that expresses a lack of time management for self, for family and for this relationship. OK—a little bit better, but how hard would it have been to come to me and say, “Look….I like you and I want to be with you (or I am no longer interested…) but I am having a hard time finding the time to balance all those things that matter to me and have time for me….”

I would have been understanding.

However, I have been wrestling with increasingly more bitter feelings towards this whole situation mixed with hopeful feelings that maybe he is just in a funk and just going through the motions of each day, struggling to find a moment of sanity for himself and maybe will come out of this and realize what a good thing he had.

The bitter feelings that gnaw away at me always come back to some version of me being back in the same spot—-single and alone again after being myself, being truthful and honest and sharing my greatness with another all to be back at square one A-gain. And so close to the holidays, too. Being single this time of year SUCKS.

I can’t help but think that maybe I ought to be dishonest and deceitful and more of a bimbo and maybe a guy will want me for longer than a hot second. But that was not how I was raised and not a representation of who I am. I feel guilty for even uttering the thought.

The whole thing is just so frustrating.

I just want to find someone who appreciates me for all that I am, accepts my flaws and encourages my strengths and supports my weaknesses. I want someone that is going to be affectionate and welcome my affection. I want someone who is understanding and empathetic, intelligent and independent. And most of all I just want to find that person that walks into my life when I am least expecting it and teaches my heart to love and let love in after it has endured so much needless heartache.

 

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Now You See Me….Now You Don’t

One afternoon as I was driving up to my house, I noticed a van parked in my driveway. I knew I wasn’t expecting anything or anyone and instantly became curious. As I drove closer, I realized that it was the Wallingford Flower Shoppe and within moments became excited at the thought that someone may have sent me flowers. I parked in the driveway and got out of the car, getting ready to receive the beautiful bouquet. The man saw me and motioned a “one moment” to me. When he walked over, what he said literally rained on my parade.

“I’m sorry these aren’t for you. But here is a mouse pad.”

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My expression must have changed instantly. The man piled back into the van and drove away.

My disappointment quickly morphed into a fit of laughter because this, right here folks, is a Classic Christina Moment—something like this could and would only happen to me.

Now, fast forward a few days. I get a delivery notification on my phone and instantly think it is Domino’s Chewy delivery that I forgot to postpone because we are swimming in treats and bones and toys right now. I panic at the thought of getting more.

I arrive home later on that same day and what to my wondering eyes should appear? But a box of flowers laying outside my back door. I did a double-take to be sure that they were addressed to me and sure enough, they were!

I unbox them, cut the stems and place them in the vase they came in and now realize I have a new mystery…the card is unsigned.

Recently, I started seeing this new fellow. So I meekly ask him….”Did you send me these…?”

He said that he wished he did but he didn’t yet know what my favorite flower was. My first thought was “the kind I can’t accidentally kill….” but I told him “star gazer lilies” and moved on.

Well, that put the kibosh on that thought!

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I put out a generic thank-you on social media—which stirred up some attention, but none that revealed who the sender of the beautiful bouquet was.

To this day, it still remains a mystery—or does it…?

Aren’t they so purrrrty?!

Fix #13

Lucky number 13! It’s Fix Day again and I am so excited to show you what Nicole selected for me! I forgot what I had originally requested, but Nicole sent me five fabulous items that I couldn’t help but keep.

This post contains affiliate links. Each time someone makes a purchase through one of the links, I receive a small commission, which helps to support my blog. I am so thankful for you as my readers and supporters for your eagerness to follow me in my Lifestyle Menagerie. 

New to Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that works to serve both men and women, petite and plus-size figures as well as women needing maternity clothing.

To get started, you can click the following link to create your free style profile where you will set your style of clothing, size and budgetary preferences.

There is no better time than now to schedule your first fix because for the rest of the month of November, Stitch Fix will waive the $20 styling fee. To take advantage of this amazing limited-time offer, use the following link.

When you are ready, you can set up your first fix date and also your fix frequency. I have mine set to On-Demand. When I first signed up, I was getting fixes monthly. Knowing I was buying a house, I became more conservative with my money and cut down on all monthly expenses. You’ll be able to choose from every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months. If you know you have a fix coming up and need to change or cancel the date, Stitch Fix has you covered! Just log into your account and update your fix date.

Get excited when your fix arrives at your doorstep! Try everything on in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t in the pre-paid postage bag. The great part of Stitch Fix is how they credit you the $20 styling fee as long as you purchase at least one item. If you love it all, you get the $20 credit and a buy 5 discount towards your order!

At the checkout, be sure to leave specific and meaningful feedback to make your next fix even better! To help Nicole pinpoint my style and tastes, I created a Pinterest board and linked it to my Stitch Fix profile. I update it regularly with new textures, tones and pieces that appeal to me.

Let’s see what Nicole pulled for me this time!

Q&A BRADLEY BELL SLEEVE KNIT TOP

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After pinning a bunch of new ideas to my Pinterest board, I saw bell sleeved tops galore. Nicole sent me a maroon with black polka dotted bell sleeve top to try. To be honest, I haven’t yet reached for Q&A Bradley Bell Sleeve Knit top, but I can probably pull it off for a future date night. The fit was flattering, as was the color on me.

MARGARET M KARRI TEXTURED KNIT DRESS

I vaguely recall asking for Nicole to send me a skirt or dress that would be appropriate for work. She delivered with the Margaret M Karri Textured Knit dress. I love the pattern and texture of the dress. It was smooth to the touch with a slight sheen. Although it might have hugged my curves a little more than I would have liked in some areas, I decided that it would be a good dress for things like Open House night, a formal night out on the town or a holiday party or wedding. I paired the dress with my black and grey Tahari Palace Wedges from Fix #5.

EMORY PARK DULCE KNIT TOP

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I was a bit miffed when I pulled out the Emory Park Dulce Knit top, but also slightly intrigued by its simplicity. It is a short sleeved black shirt with a criss-cross detail in the front of the neckline. The material was loose-fitting and light. I can use this top for a dressed down day around the house or for work with the right accessories and accents.

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KARL LAGERFELD EMMALYN TWEED COLLARLESS BLAZER

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I’ve secretly been wishing for a blazer. Maybe my newer pins sent the message to Nicole to find a blazer to pair with the Margaret M Karri Textured Knit Dress she selected for me. The Karl Lagerfeld Emmalyn Tweed Collarless blazer was definitely unique and edgy. The blazer is black with gold accents in the zippers. The texture of the blazer gives it an edgy vibe. When I paired it with the Margaret M dress, I thought it might make the dress look more formal than it already was. Much to my surprise, the blazer seemed to have toned down the dress.

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KUT FROM THE KLOTH DAYNA SKINNY JEAN

I originally thought, “Oh, boy! Another pair of jeans….” And along with that thought, I remember thinking I might not keep these, as I already have enough jeans to last me for two weeks straight. When I slipped these denim skinnies on, I may have had a change of heart. The Kut from the Kloth Dayna Skinny Jeans fit like a glove.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again…for a girl who has never seen me in person nor does she have my exact measurements….Nicole seems to nail my size in jeans every time without fail. Right length. Perfect fit. No gapping in the back. No baggy spots in the front.

Let’s recap!

  • Q&A Bradley Bell Sleeve Knit top…$54.00 (KEEP)
  • Margaret M Karri Textured Knit dress…$98.00 (KEEP)
  • Emory Park Dulce Knit top…$28.00 (KEEP)
  • The Karl Lagerfeld Emmalyn Tweed Collarless blazer…$128.00 (KEEP)
  • Kut from the Kloth Dayna Skinny Jeans…$88.00 (KEEP)

Because I kept my whole fix, I was credited my $20 styling fee. I also received my buy 5 discount and saved $99. Basically, I got the Margaret M dress free.

This fix was definitely on the more expensive side. However, the blazer and dress were too great to pass up. Now I just have to find an occasion to wear them! I believe the Emory Park top was one of the least expensive items that Nicole has ever sent me.

For my next fix, I requested different shoes. I am on the search of beige/nude and black flats as well as a pair of black booties. I also told Nicole to surprise me with a few winter staples or holiday pieces to “fa-la-la-la” in this Christmas.

 

 

The Cheese Stands Alone

[This was written, but left unpublished until now…]

Labor Day weekend—as most weekends, long weekends and vacations do, went by too fast. But it was one with lots to celebrate. I celebrated with my childhood friend and her beautiful family on the Christening of their twin girls. And then last night one of my good friends from college shared exciting news about her recent engagement to her longtime boyfriend. Both were special moments that I am honored they shared with me.

My mind trailed off thinking about all the occasions I’ve celebrated with my friends. Engagements, weddings, baby announcements, getting a pet, buying a house, etc. Each of them is a happy time and one that is so exciting.

It also occurred to me that I am now alone. I am the last of my friends to be single, unattached, unmarried, no children, nada. Reflecting on how life changed when each of my friends got married and had children, I was reminded of how I saw each of them less.  Planning a time to get together became more challenging. It was different.

With my birthday on the way, and seeing that my friend circle is nearly all settled, I can’t help but wonder or think that I missed the boat somewhere and the ship sailed without me.

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Growing up—let’s say from high school on, I always had some male love interest. And if it seemed as though there was a lull in time where I didn’t, I was always “talking” to someone. I thought surely I would be one of the first to find that special someone and begin living happily ever after in a house with the white picket fence. I’ve accepted that what I envisioned when I was much younger and what is reality are two very different things. I’ve accepted that doors open when the timing is right.

Its crossed my mind that maybe I just opened different doors at different times than the norm of what my peers did, and that may be true. But I want those things, too.

Ho-Hum. It is okay. I am content with the way my life has shaped up.

When I look around me and think about all that I have done on my own, achieved, accomplished and all the things that my parents have encouraged me to do, it’s not a half bad reflection to see. Stable career. Homeowner at 29. Dog-mom at 29. Earner of a Master’s degree. Zero student loans. I think I am doing pretty, darn good!

Fix #12

Happy Fix Day! I originally requested a Back-to-School fix. Then, I began adding to my style note things like “light wash jeans that fit like my Just Black jeans,” “a cold shoulder top/dress,” “something chambray,” and “cute summer sandals.” Nicole pulled together another tough decision for me! Let’s take a look!

 

This post contains affiliate links. Each time someone makes a purchase through one of the links, I receive a small commission, which helps to support my blog. I am so thankful for you as my readers and supporters for your eagerness to follow me in my Lifestyle Menagerie. 

New to Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that works to serve both men and women, petite and plus-size figures as well as women needing maternity clothing.

To get started, you can click the following link to create your free style profile where you will set your style of clothing, size and budgetary preferences.

When you are ready, you can set up your first fix date and also your fix frequency. I have mine set to On-Demand. When I first signed up, I was getting fixes monthly. Knowing I was buying a house, I became more conservative with my money and cut down on all monthly expenses. You’ll be able to choose from every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months. If you know you have a fix coming up and need to change or cancel the date, Stitch Fix has you covered! Just log into your account and update your fix date.

Get excited when your fix arrives at your doorstep! Try everything on in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t in the pre-paid postage bag. The great part of Stitch Fix is how they credit you the $20 styling fee as long as you purchase at least one item. If you love it all, you get the $20 credit and a buy 5 discount towards your order!

At the checkout, be sure to leave specific and meaningful feedback to make your next fix even better! To help Nicole pinpoint my style and tastes, I created a Pinterest board and linked it to my Stitch Fix profile. I update it regularly with new textures, tones and pieces that appeal to me.

Let’s see what Nicole pulled for me this time!

MIA CANDIDA FAUX SUEDE SANDAL

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I was excited to see a pair of shoes included in my September fix. When I unwrapped the Mia Candida Faux Suede sandals, I was a little unsure of their olive color. However, after trying them on and feeling their comfort and seeing the quality of the material they were made with, I grew to like them. Still unsure, I moved on to the next piece.

SKIES ARE BLUE REGINALD CROCHET DETAIL TOP

 

Nicole may have been on a green kick when she was pulling different pieces together for my fix. She sent me an emerald green short sleeve Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top. The fabric is soft and flowy. The crochet details were just enough—not too loud or too much. The top fit wonderfully and instantly became one of my new favorite shirts.

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I paired the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top with my black Emers from Fix #2 and a pair of grey Lucky brand Emmie Toe ballet flats from Fix #9–an outfit that I would wear to work. I dressed the same top down by pairing it with a pair of jeans…my next item from my fix!

LEVEL 99 PRIMROSE SKINNY JEAN

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I was thrilled to see a pair of light wash jeans in my fix. I was slightly less excited when I saw the rather large price tag that accompanied these jeans. However, when I tried on the LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean, I was all smiles. They are very comfortable, which nearly made me forget about the cost. After all, you can’t put a price tag on comfort when you can wear comfort in a fashionable way!

ERICA TAYLOR KAREN STRAIGHT LEG PANT

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The Erica Taylor Karen Straight Leg pant was up next as my finger tips plucked up the next item. Without having seen the tags, I would have guessed that Nicole had sent me a new pair of black Emers. And she really could have fooled me. They looked just like Emers, felt just like Emers and fit just like Emers. Damn, that Erica Taylor for being a copy cat! This pant looked great styled with the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top and it looked great dressed down with a tank and my pale pink open cardigan from my athleisure fix over the winter. However, if there was one piece of the fix that would count as my swing vote, these would be it. I didn’t necessarily need another pair of black pants, but they were nice!

FREE HEART SHAMIRA DRESS

I saved the best for last—and I didn’t even realize it! Nicole sent me a Free Heart Shamira dress. Right out of the box, I was in love with the color, the feel and overall look of this dress. It looked like something that would totally stand out to me had I been shopping for myself. The fabric was so soft and light. There were little details that made me fall even more in love with this piece–which was a for-sure keeper, even without trying it on first.

 

 

I liked that it had straps–even though they were thin. When I went to wear it, the straps were still too loose despite me adjusting them to the tightest setting. The day I wore this favorite from my fix to school, I tucked the straps inside so I wouldn’t have to deal with them sliding off my shoulders all day. Aside from that, I loved the comfort and style of this dress!

Decision Time

With each fix, I usually am faced with a choice of keeping everything for the sake of getting the discount or sending back the items that I didn’t love along with one or two others that I was on the fence about in order to justify sending any items back at all.

Automatically in my keep/no questions pile were the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top, the LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean in light wash and the Free Heart Shamira dress. This left me with the two items that I felt indifferent towards. While I liked the black Erica Taylor pants, I didn’t LOVE them. I felt similarly towards the Mia Candida sandals. While I did think they were cute and different, I wasn’t over the moon about them. Also, these are the least expensive shoes I’ve been sent from Stitch Fix–maybe a point awarded on Team Keep for the sandals for that reason.

Let’s recap!

  • Mia Candida Faux Suede sandals…$39.00 (KEEP)
  • Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top…$54.00 (KEEP)
  • LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean…$98.00 (KEEP)
  • Erica Taylor Karen Straight Leg pant…$88.00 (KEEP)
  • Free Heart Shamira dress…$48.00 (KEEP)

Ultimately, I decided to keep the entire fix. To date, I have worn the three pieces that I loved right out of the gate. I have a hard time wearing the sandals because of their color. However, I do like their style and material. The black Erica Taylor pants I haven’t reached for yet because we have been experiencing an unseasonably warm October–record highs reaching the 80s in Connecticut. Its technically fall and I want to break out my fall sweaters and boots—-beat it summer weather!

What would you have kept? 

Comment below to tell me which pieces you would have kept or sent back! I would love to hear your feedback!

Style Note for My Next Fix

For my next fix, I requested a fun A-line skirt or dress. I’ve been busy pinning styles after Olivia Pope from Scandal. I have been binge watching the last season or so before I can begin watching the last and final season on ABC right now. I love her style. Her clothes–and her many jackets are to die for. I have also been touring around with a capsule wardrobe. So, besides the Olivia Pope inspired dress, I also requested a surprise of fall capsule pieces to add to my closet.

 

Can’t wait to see what Nicole pulled together for me!

Birthday Eve

It was the eve of my birthday, when thoughts ran a’fury.

Did I do all I ought? Did I? I’m not sure I should worry.

I reminisced on the past, looking fondly at photos

from my school days to proms to college—YOLO.

 

I became sad when I thought I would no longer be

a youthful, twenty-something like I’ve been, you see.

I’m the first of my friends to leap off the pod,

Here I come, 30….so help me, God.

 

Thirty seems old and serious and scary.

Why would I elect to be something I’m not?

I’m wary.

I don’t want to grow old or serious, no.

I want to stay young and pretty—all systems ‘go.

 

Thirty seems like the age when adulting comes through.

But I don’t want to adult. I’m a big kid inside, too.

I want to end days with ice cream and movies.

And throw a slight tantrum when things aren’t so groovy.

 

I want to get excited for Christmas morning and then,

walk out to discover Santa’s found me again.

I want to live like I’m twenty-five and flirty.

I don’t know how to be old—especially not thirty.

 

Thirty seems scary because, well it is.

Thirty’s not happened yet, see… Age Wiz!

Thirty is new and unwritten and open.

Here’s to the thirties being great–I’m hopin’!

 

I’ll go to bed 29 and wake up anew.

A new age, a new era, a whole new life view.

Well, I will say hello 30, new memories, new chances.

If nothing else, I hope 30 finds me a man who dances.

 

Happy 30th Birthday to me!

September 13, 2017

 

Summer Goals Revisited

So when last school year was a mere two weeks from letting out, I made a list of all the things that I planned on doing in the oodles of free time I was about to have. I believe the list was well-intentioned. I am about to share the progress or lack thereof, I made towards accomplishing the list.

Ergo…..The list and THE UPDATE.

  • train Domino to tolerate seeing another person or dog while on a walk…..WE CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND WORK ON OUR TOLERANCE OF OTHER THINGS AND PEOPLE.
  • read several books other than children’s books….IF SEVERAL MEANS THREE, THEN I READ THREE NON-CHILDREN’S BOOKS THIS SUMMER. AND IF I AM BEING TECHNICAL, IT’S STILL SUMMER UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21….SO I CAN SQUEAK IN ONE MORE IF I TRY HARD.
  • learn to do at least two new, easy/quick hair styles for long and thick hair….I FAILED HERE. I CAN NOW HALFASS BRAID MY HAIR, BUT I CUT IT AFTER HASTILY DECIDING TO RID MYSELF OF SEVERAL INCHES OF HAIR DURING A HOT AND HUMID WEEK AND CAN NO LONGER BRAID IT ON THE SIDE BECAUSE ITS NOT LONG ENOUGH.
  • try a skin care regimen and track the progress…..I TRIED THIS WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL LAST YEAR AND FELL OFF THE BANDWAGON. HOWEVER, I STILL USE A MASK ONCE A WEEK. AS FOR THE PROGRESS, I BELIEVE IT WAS A PLACEBO EFFECT BECAUSE I DIDNT NOTICE ANY NEW GLOW OR MIRACULOUS SKIN SOLUTIONS. IN FACT, WHEN I APPLIED THE MOISTURIZER WITH SPF IN IT, MY FACE STARTED TO SWEAT MORE. IT FELT UNSIGHTLY.
  • return to a regular weight lifting routine….EHH ANOTHER WELL INTENTIONED ITEM ON THE LIST. I DID RETURN TO THE GYM, BUT IT WAS IN AN ON-AGAIN OFF-AGAIN FASHION. THE SAME IS TRUE TODAY. HOWEVER—I HAVE STARTED TO WAKE UP A FEW MOMENTS EARLIER TO GO TO THE BASEMENT AND WORK OUT A FEW MINUTES BEFORE I NEED TO GET READY FOR WORK. THEN ANY TIME SPENT AT THE GYM FOLLOWING WORK IS AN ADDED BONUS. GENIUS, RIGHT?
  • create a livable guest bedroom, rather than Christina’s second closet and overflow room….STILL ON THE LIST, UNTOUCHED. HOWEVER I HAVE FOUND A SET ON OVERSTOCK AND ADDED IT TO MY CART. I JUST HAVEN’T PULLED THE TRIGGER ON BUYING IT YET. IT HAS SOLD OUT AND COME BACK IN STOCK THREE TIMES.
  • seal the basement so that water doesn’t come in….STILL A THOUGHT. MAYBE WILL DO THIS WHEN IT IS LESS HUMID AND ON A COOLER TREND OF WEATHER OR WHEN I HAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY TO THROW AWAY TO THE BASEMENT THAT I WOULDN’T RATHER SPEND ON ANYTHING—A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G—ELSE.
  • think about how to make the once-finished room in the basement a functional recreation room with a theater on one side and gaming on the other….STILL THINKING….ALSO THINKING THAT WINNING THE LOTTERY WOULD HELP MOVE THIS ALONG.
  • continue sprucing up the back and front yard so it looks nicer…..MADE AN ATTEMPT OF PUTTING SEED DOWN, BUT I FORGOT TO WATER THE SEED AND HAVE NICE DIRT PATCHES WITH WEEDS NOW. OOPS!
  • create a daily mini lesson guide in Google Docs for reading….I STARTED BUT THEN GOT SIDE TRACKED BY DAYS SPENT BY THE POOL.
  • create slides to go along with reading foundations and reading literature guides….SEE ABOVE.
  • create slides to go along with the daily writing conventions….SEE ABOVE AGAIN
  • find a side work-from-home job that I can easily do in my free time….APPLIED AND THEN THOUGHT BETTER OF IT. IT STAYED A THOUGHT.
  • win the lottery….I TRIED WINNING THE BIG JACKPOT, BUT THIS LADY IN MASSACHUSETTS WON IT ALL…..THAT WITCH! THAT’S OKAY—GOOD FOR HER AND ALL HER NEW ESTRANGED “FAMILY MEMBERS” THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK CLAIMING THEY ARE RELATED TO HER TO SHARE IN THE WINNINGS! AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

So, as you can see, my list making abilities are top-notch. I was advised that I need to work on my follow-through with plans. It should also be noted that the list was only posted here and no where else, meaning that I was working off of memory of what I wrote on it all summer. In fact, as I write I am reminded of what I included on the list and laughed to myself at a few bullet points thinking, “Silly me….did I really think I was going to do that??