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Ketchup

Catsup.

Hunts.

Heinz.

If I had to choose of course it would be the latter, but contrary to what the title of this post leads you  to believe I am not going to yammer on about condiments. Although, now I am thinking that would make quite a spectacular topic for pondering!  

For now though it’s time for some catching up!

June has proven to be quite the busy month and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Actually from now until my birthday at the end of July is pretty jammed up! And it’s all fun stuff which is a total bonus. 🙂

From the Barnyard Birthday bash for the littlest nephews…

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To seeing Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac in a small machine setting with little bro and my dad…

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To celebrating the birthday of one of my work buddies… to welcoming one of my friend/cousin’s sweet little princess into the world… to catching up with friends from college that I haven’t seen in years… the good times keep on coming!

Saturday night I got a phone call from a college friend who is in town for the week… we caught up a bit and made plans for Friday.

Sunday, I went to a baby shower for one of my old roommates from college and got to spend time with several gals I haven’t seen in ages!

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It was so wonderful to see these girls!

And the “ketchup” doesn’t stop there either! Hopefully we’re going to get together in late July and this Tuesday I’ll be having dinner & drinks with another friend (and hopefully a bestie too) whom I haven’t seen in ages either!

Think it’s safe to say I’m having all kinds of “ketchup ” fun! 🙂

So that’s what’s going on with me these days….. how about you? What have you been up to?

P.S. still having issues with my phone so if you’re texting me and not getting a response, treat assured that I’m not ignoring!

Miss you all!

As always,

Megan

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Just a quickie…

Hello my loves….

Just want to thank you all for the positive words of encouragement during recent weeks.  Your words mean more than I can ever say… You all are the B.E.S.T!!!!

A little bit of an update….

In recent weeks, I picked up a temporary position as a photographer for a company somewhat close by thanks to one of my loves… It’s COMPLETELY different from anything I expected and is leaps and bounds different from anything I have done in the past, but I am loving it!

I have also been on several interviews in recent weeks & days for jobs in my field.   Some I am really crossing my fingers for ,while others not so much.  So for now it’s a waiting game while continuing the search.

It’s not about my time…

When the time is right and the job is right, all will work out! 🙂

In the mean time, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and spending time with those who matter most.  My friends have been wonderful… as has my family.  You do learn who really cares and just how much they do by their words and actions.  They just listen when needed or offer advice when needed… most seeming to know just what to say!

So that’s about it for now… Just wanted to give you a quickie of an update.  Off to meet one of my friends to listen to a Beatles cover band and have dinner. 🙂

Thanks again, my peeps!  Love ya all!

 

Can you tell me how to get; how to get to Sesame Street? HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY P-Dub!!!

It’s hard for me to believe that a wee little bit over a year ago, we welcomed nephew #4 into our loving arms….

And who would have thought he’d be a big brother already…

But time surely flies when we’re all having fun and our little P-Dub turned 1-year-old in June!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous the day of his party; tons of family and friends joined us in celebrating; I was no longer buried under Sesame Street characters as the decorations were hung; good eats were shared and the birthday boy had a BLAST!

Take a peek at the fun festivities and take note of a couple of things….

The cake was made by a longtime family friend who also made lil sis’ cakes for her bridal shower and wedding.

Lil sis was 8 1/2 months preggers for this party!  Doesn’t she look f.a.b.u.l.o.u.s?!?!?  She ended up having Jamisen 8 days later!

The birthday boy quite obviously had a pretty good time at his party… all tuckered out in the pavilion after going strong with NO nap in the middle of the day!

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Silencing the Suspense…

Now I know you’ve all been chomping at the bit since my post “STAY TUNED…”, wondering what fun things happened last week.  I am slightly afraid that I let the anticipation build up more than I should have for what I find fun and exciting news may not be held in the same regards as you my friends!

But… here goes….

1.)I finally started to feel better!!!!  After feeling down right awful from kidney stones wreaking havoc on my body for nearly 2 weeks, I passed FIVE stones!  Yep, you read that right.  FIVE STONES.  Now for those of you that have never experienced stones, let me tell ya….worst.ever. most.excruciatingly.awful.pain.  THANKFULLY, I have a high tolerance for pain because I quite simply don’t have the funds to go to the ER every time I have pains, only for them to charge me out the wazoo for a whole lotta nothing.  While dealing with them is no easy task, I am extremely thankful that I am able to pass the stones myself all in due time!!! That my friends is cause for celebration!!!

2.)I was able to relive some of my most awesomely favorite childhood memories on Wednesday night!  My lil sis, two childhood friends and two others lived it up at the NKOTBSB concert!

Me and Chookie pre-gaming at the Marriott

YA, I know…. a bit cheesy, but I’m not afraid to admit the fact that I thought it was a fantastically fun show to see!  Our reason for going was solely to see the New Kids on the Block as we did when I was in 5th and 6th grades.  They sang ALL the songs we grew up loving and then more recent songs.  It’s oddly strange  and refreshing to know that as a nearly 33-year-old gal, I can instantaneously  revert to an 11-year-old version of myself singing along and screaming for the “kids” that clearly turned into men somewhere along the way.  This show brought back sooooooooo many fun and silly memories from our days of claiming one of the fellas as our boyfriends and putting on shows for our family, friends and neighbors at our summer birthday parties.  I must say though, that it was kinda funny thinking about us actually being there for another concert…  I at almost 33 and my lil sis being 8 months preggers!  We were not alone…  mostly ladies our age and lots of other gals were preggers too.  Sis was a trooper for sure…not sure that I’d have been able to do it myself!!!  TONS OF fun and more great memories from NKOTB!

 

There was a moment when I thought of a blogging buddy during the concert.  Didn’t even see it coming though I should have anticipated it seeing as the New Kids are from Boston…  The concert took place the same night as the Stanley Cup Championship game.  My friend Donna, over at the Redneck Princess is a DIE HARD Canucks fan and darn proud of it!  I had even commented to her earlier that day, that I had a good feeling her fellas were gonna pull off a win that night because I WOULDN’T be watching.  Thought for sure they had it in the bag…. that was until NKOTB came out sporting their Bruins gear and said that they were winning 3-0.  Donna, I thought of you immediately and will say my heart sunk for ya!  😦

 

3.) I generally consider myself to be one of the most “unlucky” people ever known to walk the face of the earth.  While I am lucky to have my family, friends, a job, home, car, etc.  I am not a person who wins things EVER.  I refuse to play the lottery because I don’t even win on scratch off tickets… I have never been to a casino seeing as I can’t even win stinking tickets at Dave and Busters!  But this week my friends my luck changed a bit! And believe it or not, it involved Facebook!!!  The lovely Jonathan Michael’s Boutique was sponsoring a contest to win a  Kenny Chesney Tailgate Party Package worth $600.  This beautiful little shop is partially responsible for feeding my Vera Bradley Addiction and many of the charms on my Pandora bracelet charms… Visiting the shop is a dangerous, dangerous thing for me!  Great for the lovely ladies that work there though!!! Forgive as I digressed….

All you had to do was post on their wall what summer means to you…

Believe it or not, I kept it short and sweet ( I know you’re thinking it’s impossible, but really I did!)  Here’s the proof!

Now, my friends it was a shot in the dark.  JMB has a very loyal clientele, coming from far and wide.  ( I’m a firm believer that the owner makes a business and let me tell you, this gal is a true peach.  Customer service is #1 there!)  They’ve got a phenomenal reputation in the community, without a doubt!  I was one of many hopefuls to share their thoughts on summer via Facebook.  I crossed my fingers, but really didn’t think anything of it.

The other night I got an email notification from a co-worker saying “Yay!  Congrats Megan!”…. Huh?  What is she talking about?  SO I get on FB to see what the deal is and….. I WON THE TAILGATING PACKAGE!   Wooo hooooo!!!

Two tickets, chairs, food and music worth $600

I couldn’t believe it!  Absolutely, completely thrilled!

I then became even more excited when I realized that Zac Brown Band is going to be there also!  July 2nd is gonna be a BLAST!!!  Now I just have to figure out who’s coming with!  Any takers out there?  😉  Ha ha!

 

A HUGE thank you to Jane and Jonathan Michael’s Boutique for such an awesome surprise!  Can’t wait to share pictures 🙂  Monday I get to pick up my goodies and then the countdown begins to July 1st ( my first day of vacation!!!!) and July 2nd which is the concert!!!

 

What good things have happened to you lately?  Care to share a negative that turned into a positive?  (Kidney stones =>passing kidney stones)

Happy Anniversary… A year of blogging!

It’s my one year “blog”-iversary today!!! On June 12, 2010 I wrote The Bits ‘N Pieces, which was my very first blog post!  Was it really a year ago already?!?

During these last 12 months Maggie Mae’s Days has seen…

  • 115 Blog posts
  • 7,851 views
  • 30 subscribers
  • 782 comments/pingbacks
While pleased and overwhelmed by those numbers, none of that matters to me in the least.
What matters is all that has changed and how much I’ve grown during that time span.  My blog has helped to fine tune my writing and share my life with all of you.  Writing on my blog helped me deal with and rationalize all the ups and downs and anything and everything in between. Sharing with you has helped me to work through some tough times without anyone holding or passing judgement. I’ve become more confident in sharing my thoughts, views and opinions and have learned to accept compliments and criticisms much more gracefully.
I’ve come to know so many WONDERFULLY AMAZING people through writing this blog; each of whom has  provided support, comfort, smiles and laughter through their own words on their blogs as well as in the words they shared with me personally.  Through comments, personal emails, tweets and Facebook messages I’ve received support and reassurance. I want to thank my blogging friends…I am so blessed to have met you and come to know you through our sharing of words.  There are some that I consider to be true friends even though we’ve never physically met.
You’ve walked with me through the adoption of B-Shane;
you’ve helped me through it all, the tough stuff remembering those gone before me;
you’ve supported me during the loss of my grandma;

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You’ve learned about my love of music, music, music and more music;
You got to see my most favorite things and read through 100 random facts about me;
You’ve watched as I’ve crossed off items on the list , cheered me on through kitchen drama and my return to running, while helping me to refocus when I’ve lost my way.
Through it all I’ve learned that no matter how difficult the days may get, the promise of better days is ever-present; It’s up to me to recognize and acknowledge what I’m presented with and make the best of any and every situation.
Some numbers that DO matter from the last 12 months…
  • Nephew #4 was born only 10 days after I began my blog
  • Nephew #5 will be born exactly 1 month away from today
  • I’ve been to 6 concerts
  • I’ve participated in 5 craft shows
  • Been to 2 weddings
  • My car celebrated it’s 1st birthday
  • I turned 32 and will soon be 33 next month
  • I ran in my first 5k
I really don’t know what made me decide to start this blog since I’ve been writing for as long as I remember.  I don’t know how long I will continue to write on this blog since you just never know what will happen when.  What I do know is, I will continue writing as long as I am able to.  I will continue to write and share with you whenever I can… I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and sharing of myself with you.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed stopping by and that maybe I made you smile, made you laugh or share a tear.  All I ask is that you take a piece of me with you just as I do each and everyday.
I’ve truly enjoyed the journey that Maggie Mae’s Days has taken me on throughout these last 12 months.  Who knows where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing this time NEXT year?!?  I hope that I’ll still be writing and sharing here so that I can look back and reflect just as I have today.  This has been such a rewarding and uplifting experience thus far… I can only imagine the places it will take me and the people I’ll meet in the coming year. Thank you for joining me and coming back for more…
Be sure to check out the hyper-links in case you missed any of those posts!  And if you get a chance, check out my favorite blogging friends!  They’re the BEST of what’s around with out a doubt!
XOXOXO