Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OOTD ~ Pinterest Inspiration

Here is another Pinterest outfit I put together. Mint skinnies, black polka dots and a gray sweater. I had to throw some leopard in there. I love the picture with the navy. Again trying to use what I already own and recreating an outfit. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Greek Dinner

Art and I both have bought chicken on super clearance at Fresh & Easy. Currently our freezer is packed with chicken thighs, legs, drummies, breasts & ground chicken. Our freezer looks like we own a chicken ranch. lol  What does one make with all this chicken? I am scouring the internet looking for different recipes all the time. I love to throw it in the crockpot with some type of sauce, but that can get a little old. 

Art really likes Greek pitas. I found a recipe online for Grilled Greek chicken pitas. Chicken pitas would go perfectly with my friend Krystal's Layered Mediterranean Dip! I can't even remember how I found the chicken pita recipe. Possibly looking on Pinterest and found the link. However I found it the pitas were a hit. I threw everything into the bag of chicken while I ran some errands. A couple hours later while the chicken was cooking I made the layered dip. Threw the dip in the fridge while I finished the chicken, made the tzatziki sauce and wa-la dinner was ready. 

I bought pitas from Fresh & Easy, spread the tzatziki sauce over them, shredded the chicken, and placed some sliced tomatoes over the top. I served the dip with pita chips on the side. It was really delicious and easy. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Overnight Cold Oats

I found a fabulous overnight cold oatmeal on Lauren Conrad website. I have liked Lauren from back in the Laguna Beach Days. The oatmeal was super easy and tasty. I love fast things that are easy to grab for work. I like to mix fresh fruit with my oatmeal - banana, strawberries, blueberries.
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup organic quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
  3. Wake up and enjoy the next day!
The above recipe made 2 servings.

Friday, October 25, 2013

I didn't see Russia!

But I did visit the Sarah Palin store in Skagway! I bought 2 tshirts, 2 shot glasses, magnets and Sarah Palin coins all for $8 or $9 bucks. BARGAIN of the year!!! 

This was my favorite shop! There were so many people taking pictures to torture their friends. Little did they know I was there because I like Sarah! It was a highlight. Now if only I could meet her! 

/\ best comment ever!!!! Get to work people! There are too many people working the system in this country! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

We need more responsive bloggers!

I love when bloggers actually read comments on their Facebook pages and blogs. Recently I comment on J's Everyday Fashion Facebook page about an outfit. She actually answered me. I felt like a celebrity was talking to me. lol

Eeekkk!!! =)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Humor is Essential!

One of my friends had the most fitting phrase when it comes to cancerland - humor is essential and modest is nonexistent! Oh how true that is! 

When I woke up from surgery last January the next day I looked down & realized I had a different gown on. I said to Art who changed me & who all saw me NAKED???  He  laughed, shook his head & said I came out of surgery in that gown. It was NOT the one I went into surgery wearing. Hopefully the lucky person who changed me recovered lol

Last week I had another ct scan. They ran me through the large donut a few times. Take a deep breath, hold your breath, breath - these are the phrases I hear about 5 times. Then the tech comes over with "breast shield". He lays it across my chest. He told me it was to protect my breasts. I was then told to hold my breath as I'm scanned again. How am I going to hold my breath when I'm trying not to crack up laughing?

The "breast shield" is super small. If a baby needed a burp cloth we would need three!! I picked it up afterward & said to the nurse REALLY this is the shield? I said this is a joke look at this small piece of cloth.  The nurse was cracking up. She said the tech is so shy he would have died of embarrassment if you had said anything to him. 

I told the nurse the tech asked if I had taken off my bra. I wanted to say buddy do you normally see 2 boobs flopped over someone's ribs?  Is this a normal view you see every day walking around? You hand me a pasty to cover my breasts and then ask if I took my bra off? The nurse was crying she was laughing so hard. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Outfit Inspiration from Pinterest!

I have been using Pinterest lately to get some outfit ideas. I pin a lot more than I actually do. I saved a couple pictures to my phone recently to recreate from items in my closet. I need to start using the clothes in my closet instead of purchasing new clothes. It is not a secret how much I love clothes. I am not sure a girl can actually have too many clothes either. 

Below is the outfit idea I found on Pinterest. 

And here is my recreation. 

It has been really warm, so I opted for sandals instead of boots. I will try the outfit again this winter with boots. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Just Another Day As I Fight Cancers Butt!

I sit anxiously waiting for the time to pass to go to bed. I will wake up the next day for tests that are becoming all too familiar. I will arrive an hour early for my test, check in with the front desk, be asked to sit down as I await for my afternoon cocktail. I will be handed a liter of clear liquid that looks like water, but tastes like chalk. The first few drinks are fine. Then the taste gets worse as I continue to drink the rest of the chalk. 

I will be called to the back room. Told to change into a gown. Hopefully they will have the right size this round instead of one that would fit 3 of me. I will be called into a small room, asked a few questions, arm prepared for an IV. I will be walked to a small waiting room asked to have a seat for the tech to come get me. 

The tech will come get me and walk me back into a very cold room. In the center of the room is a long table with the biggest plastic donut. I will be told where to put my stuff and to sit on the long table. My IV will then be started with more clear liquid. I will be informed of the side affects from all the clear liquids, to drink plenty of water afterwards to clear the liquids out of my system.  

I will lay on the table for 10-15 minutes as I am exposed to more radiation then I ever imagined I would ever have to deal with in a lifetime let alone in one year. I will be asked to get up, change, and my doctor will contact me in the next few days.

I will wait on an average of 3 days to get the results from my doctor. Every time my phone goes off I will wonder if it is an email from my doctor with the results. Have they found any additional spots, has anything grown, will this be the scan where we are told they made mistakes and my body is clear? There is a list of questions that will run through my mind until the results are back. Even with the results back this does not seem like my actual reality. This must be a bad dream I will wake up from soon. 

I keep wondering when I will wake up from this dream. My reality should be a house filled with 5 kids running through the house with finger paints on their little fingers, screaming where is mom, we are hungry all while the dog is barking as someone paints him blue. 

Instead I will hear people tell me I shouldn't be so negative and I need to remain positive. It will take every ounce of strength not to punch those people in the throat. See the above is the reality I thought I would have. Instead I have a reality filled filled with chalky drinks cold sterile rooms full of radiation month after month. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Not Going Down Without A Fight!

Recently I had an issue at work where someone got their panties in a bunch and decided I was going to be punished. They made up their own rules as to how things worked in the company and thought they could get away with it. I decided I would handle it with the proper chain of command. I went to my boss and then to HR. It was all handled within moments in my favor.

The person who had their panties in a bunch didn’t realize I was going out to lunch with the CEO of the company the same day they were causing a ruckus. The panty buncher was a nervous wreck when they found out I was out to lunch with the CEO. The CEO never heard one word about the issue from me. Instead we talked baseball, grandchild, housing and various other topics unrelated to my work issue.

I came from a home where my parents fought the state on education and won. My mom fought good and hard to get a home school bill passed in North Dakota. She would get right in people faces at the capital talking about why she felt home schooling was right. She didn’t care if those people didn’t like her or her opinion.

It could have been much simpler for my parents to put their children on a school bus instead of fighting the state. They were told their children would be taken away, they couldn’t adopt, and they might serve jail time. Instead I watched my parents fight the battle of their life for their family. I remember that time very clearly as a 7 or 8 year old. I didn’t understand why they were so stressed out because I knew they would win. I watched my parents fight for what they felt was right their entire life.

What people don’t realize when they mess with me is I have been through a lot more than your average 32 year old. I am currently in the fight of my life fighting for my health. Every day I fight to find the best care, find a way to feel like myself again and beat cancer. I came from a home where you fight for what is right no matter what! I am married to a man who has fought for our freedom. I am not going down without a fight!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Casual Saturday outfit!
I wore this a couple weeks ago running to vet appointments with Sammy
Tshirt & Sandals: Target
Jeans: Old Navy

Tshirt & Jacket: Target
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Bass
Necklace: Charming Charlies

This is the last time I am wearing these red shoes. I look like Minnie Mouse!!!
Top: Kmart
Skirt: NY & Co
Shoes: Old Navy

Top & Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Bass
Necklace: Veryjane.com

Top: Gap
Cardigan: Old Navy
Pants & Necklace: NY & Co
Shoes: Bass

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hey Mimi look at me!

On Saturday Kaleb arrives bright & early hours before the sun comes up. He usually snuggles right up to me and goes back to sleep for awhile. I love it! Then we gradually wake up, jump around the bed, play a little & then search for drinks - milk for Kaleb and coffee for Mimi. We were laying in bed Kaleb jumped on top of me. I snapped the above picture as he was trying to get my attention. He cracks me up.

I put Art's work hat on him. He wore it around the house all day.
He didn't even care that he had a hat on. He is just such a cutie! Now if only he would stop carrying about the crazy masks I put on his face. He rips them off as soon as I put them on him. lol

Friday, October 11, 2013

Animal Planet

On different floors of the Norwegian Cruise Ship they had different pictures of animals. Art and I decided to have a little fun with the pictures. They started out ok and then ended with us dying laughing. 

Art referred to the Hippo as "Becky". This didn't go over very well each time we passed this picture. We started off our photo session with a picture of the Becky's. Luckily my husband didn't end up overboard. 

Art tickling the panda.

Art running with the cats!

 Dolphins flying through my arms! 

Fed the horses some grass. 

And the very best picture....

We laughed & laughed over this picture. Part of it was just being there in the moment.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Get Well Sammy!

We have gone to 7 vet appointments, woke up around the clock to give pain pills, hand feeding our little boy. I am happy to report he is back to himself! I stayed home two weeks ago with our little guy to make sure he was ok and to take him to the vet again.
Sammy is on 2 pain meds and steroids. The first night we gave him everything and he laid on my lap drugged up. Then he started drooling on my leg. LOL He slept through the night for the first time ever! 
He has been laying in his crate whining away. He is NOT happy he is in doggie jail. The vet said we don't have to keep him in a crate anymore. As overbearing parents we think he needs another week. We are going to keep him in the crate another week. He will be sleeping in his crate from now on. We have to make sure he doesn't jump on furniture which is going to be our biggest challenge.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rules are meant to be followed or at least most of them!


I tell my employees at work all the time the above statement. They will come to me with an issues. My first thing is what are the client rules? They will tell me and I say ok there is your answer. NO we are not breaking the rules, NO we are not making exceptions, I don't care what that person excuse is FOLLOW THE RULES. There are some things in life where you just have to follow the rules. Work is one place those rules need to be enforced. If the rules aren't enforced you have a bunch of adult toddlers running around making havoc.  If people would learn to enforce rules in their lives we wouldn't be dealing with nonsense on a daily basis.