Time for a new to do list

After talking with some co-workers… and mulling over ideas for crafty ventures… and taking a considerable amount of time away from blogging consistently in the last 6 months… it’s time for a make over… a “to do list” make over…

It’s funny all that can change in a year’s time… Seriously… It’s almost insane to think how much can change.  Goals.  Ideas.  Just everyday life and what you want to do in it AND with it.

Pinterest has become such an addiction for me… as has diving in to new tunes… my profession has changed… I have new goals… there is a ton I wanna do… even more that I want to try… I’m thinking it’s time to revamp “the list” a bit…

The wheels are a turning… and I want to hear your ideas!


Take a minute to look over my old list  (click on the hyperlink) which is a replacement to the really old list (again, click on the hyperlink)…

THEN… share your ideas about what YOU think I should include on my new “to do” life list!


Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!  🙂

Five Question Friday on Saturday!

Oops! I’m a day behind….

What’s the last thing you spent too much money on?

By far my biggest purchase ever has been my car even though I’m still paying on it now and will be for a few more years.   The down payment for her (yes, my car is a she) was the largest amount of moolah I forked over to anyone at any given time for any reason.  The other thing that I am indebted to would be my school loans… BLAH!  As if my undergraduate work didn’t cost me enough, I had the idea to start graduate work a coupla years ago so there’s still lots to be paid out on those.

As far as actual physical items that I paid for in their entirety I would say that my laptop, which is now currently hooked up to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse because the backlight went in it when it was less than two years old, is the most pricey.

On a whole though, I would have to say my crafty supplies cost me a small fortune.  While I’ve accumulated them over the course of many years, each purchase has surely added up to a lofty grand total if I surmised correctly. I could seriously open my own supply shop with all that I have.  From ridiculous amounts of decorative paper to the insanely absurd amount of clear rubber stamps to all the gadgets you could think of…. I’ve got ’em.

This is only a LITTLE of my stash!!!

2. What celeb chef would you want to make you dinner?

Celeb?!?  Ummmm, I’d settle for a hot, handsome, dreamy fella cooking me dinner… doesn’t have to be a celeb.  Hell, I don’t care who it is…. Who wants to make me dinner????? Come on over!

3. Where do you hide things when visitors pop over or do you let them see the real deal?

There is no hiding my mess.  I blame it on my creative personality.  🙂 Just ask my cousin who lives next door… You may not be able to see my living room floor if I am in the middle of a crafty project…. which tends to become an issue because, well…. I am always working on a crafty project!!! 🙂

4. Who is your oldest living family member?

That would be my Great Aunt Lyna… Although I can’t remember her exact age (I know mom would know), she is the last of my great aunts & uncles on my mom’s side of the family. She is the tiniest of ladies with a spunky personality… She’s always been the spitfire in our family.

5. What is your favorite DQ treat and/or Sonic drink combo (ie: cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper)?

I have never been to a Sonic before!!! EVER!!!  Now, DQ, that’s a whole different scenario.  My absolute favorite would be a sundae with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and raspberry sauce.  I haven’t had one from DQ in YEARS!!!!  It’s best that it stay away. 🙂

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I’ve come to realize …

I have borrowed this from my dear friend and kindred spirit, Donna,  at The Redneck Princess

I’ve come to realize (A journey into self-awareness)
Saturday October 14 2011

1. I’ve come to realize that my chest size…
Fluctuates in direct relation to weight gain or loss… Anyway you look at it though, lets just say I’m blessed! 😉

2. I’ve come to realize that my job…
Is new, exciting, unexpected AND it pays the bills.

3. I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving…
My window is ALWAYS open, even in the dead middle of winter with the music blasting, me singing like a rock star and perhaps a bit of seat dancing. 🙂

4. I’ve come to realize that I need…
To relax and not stress so I can enjoy the little things a bit more often.

5. I’ve come to realize that I have lost….
My tendency to sit back and take crap from people.  Speaking up and standing up for myself is very empowering.

6. I’ve come to realize that I hate it when…
People aren’t who they say they are or who you think they are.

7. I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk…
it’s a rare occasion and I can’t hang like I used to.

8. I’ve come to realize that money…
is the root of all evil.  No matter how much a person has, it is never enough.

9. I’ve come to realize that certain people….

10. I’ve come to realize that I’ll always …

Give a person the benefit of the doubt until proven not worthy.

11. I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s)…
Are phenomenal in their own right each possessing qualities I admire.

12. I’ve come to realize that my mom…
Is by far the strongest & most determined woman I know. She’s simply amazing.

13. I’ve come to realize that my cell phone…
Is my lifeline. Can’t live without it; sad, I know.

14. I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep…
I was cranky & tired but got a pick-me-up from someone, which un-crankified me.

15. I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning…
I was REALLY tired & perhaps I am a wimp & again can’t quite hang like I used to. Two near all-nighters in one week are not good for this gal.

16. I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking…
That I love seeing the sun shining. 🙂

17. I’ve come to realize that my dad….
Is a really hard worker & always has been.  Started young and hasn’t stopped since.

18. I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook…
I need to complain less and share more of my positive moments. OR just not get on there as much at all!

19. I’ve come to realize that today…
didn’t go quite as well as I’d have liked so far.  The craft show was another bust.  Giving it two more tries and may call an early retirement. 😉

20. I’ve come to realize that tonight…
is going to be interesting!  Watching the 3 month old and 10-year-old nephews over night.  Say some prayers that the little guy is a happy camper and not a cranky bugger!

21. I’ve come to realize that tomorrow…
is Sunday, which isn’t my favorite day of the week.

22. I’ve come to realize that I really want to…
be able to make a serious go of my crafty business.

23. I’ve come to realize that the person who is most likely to re-post this is…
Maybe Tink or Vix. 🙂

24. I’ve come to realize that life…
is what you make of it and extremely unpredictable.  Forrest Gump said it best…. My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

25. I’ve come to realize that this weekend…
has been incredibly busy!!!

26. I’ve come to realize the best music to listen to when I am upset…
is the same music I listen to when I am happy!

27. I’ve come to realize that my friends…
are absolutely Ah-maz-ing…..  Couldn’t ask for better.  Love them all for the same reasons while each have something special that makes me adore them all the more.

28. I’ve come to realize that this year…
has been challenging but I’m stronger, wiser and much more determined than I ever thought possible.  “Damn the man!” Don’t let ’em get ya down.  *For the record not speaking of a man here, just people in general.

29. I’ve come to realize that my ex…
in speaking of the most recent…. MAKES NO SENSE.

30. I’ve come to realize that maybe I should….
have run in the Race for Pace 5K today instead of doing the craft show.

31. I’ve come to realize that I love…
my life, even though it’s not perfect, it’s mine.

32. I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand…
why people lie and cheat.  I just don’t get it.

33. I’ve come to realize my past…
is just that, the past and doesn’t determine the path ahead of me.

34. I’ve come to realize that parties…
Need to be held at Donna’s house so I can come for a visit. 😉  (What do ya think?!  lol)

35. I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified…
of losing those closest to me.  It’s not an everyday thing, just the reality is you never know when the last time is the last so enjoy every moment!

36. I’ve come to realize that my life…
is a work in progress… just as I am.  I am A-okay with that!

Ok…it’s your turn my loves, fill it out and link back in the comments below 🙂

Happy, happy to your day!!!

Tell us about you, come on!!!

If Not Now, When? – Incubus 8.31.11

Myself, Lil bro and one of my girlies, Carrie,  have been not-so-patiently waiting for this show for MONTHS.


Incubus killed it, opening up with banging performances of  Pardon Me and Wish You Were Here… Two of my favorites!


We were a little apprehensive as to what the set list was going to look like since they just released a new album.  I really do like the album, If Not Now, When? a whole lot.  That being said, it is a TOTALLY different feel than most of their other music… it’s a bit more mellow than all of their previous albums from which I have countless favorites.  I was just hoping that they’d play a good mix of old and new tunes throughout the night and THAT THEY DID.

 I also got to hear Have You Ever, A Crow Left of the Murder, Dig, Drive, Nice to Know You and Megalomaniac… ALL of which are favorites as well.

Brandon Boyd is just simply delicious… he has an awesome stage presence.  His voice soft and soothing, sending chills while mesmerizing.  Very easy to become entranced by him… It’s happened once or twice I’m not gonna lie. 😉 For a quick second though I thought I spied a porn stache and about died, but I was wrong… Thank goodness!

INCUBUS did NOT disappoint.

They quite simply “brought it.”

And we loved every single minute of the show…

Including the opening act!  It is always a crap shoot when it comes to opening acts.  Sometimes you like ’em, others not so much.  It’s take ’em or leave ’em.

On this night, at this show, the opening act was a “like ’em” and a “take ’em.”

Young the Giant was awesome.

They were fun. They sang. They played.  

And they did all three very well… They had a TON of energy too!

Made a fan outta me for sure that night, as I had never heard of them before.

But apparently they’re getting some recognition.  A bloggin buddy sent me a message while we were at the show saying  these guys made an appearance on MTV’s VMAs that aired on Sunday.  News to me!

I am not much of an MTV gal these days… Why?  You might ask…. Well, when was the last time they actually played MUSIC on MUSIC TELEVISION???? Not very often at all anymore, that is if they even do at all! Too many nonsense and rubbish shows filling up airspace on there now…. I miss the “good ‘ol days”.  I WANT MY MTV!!!  😉

Forgive my digression….

Incubus… phenomenal show.  THANK YOU.

Young the Giant… fanstastic show.  THANK YOU.

Next up… 2nd Jason Myles Goss show of the year later this month, which will put me at 8 shows for the year so far.  Think I can get to two more before the year’s out?  Hope so!  Then I can cross it off THE LIST! 😉

Bush is coming to Stage AE with Chevelle in October as is Parachute on a separate date… Hint, hint.

 Tickets would make a FABULOUS early Christmas gift!

 Just sayin’…

Best Gift Ever: Kenny Chesney & Zac Brown Band

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A good while back, I promised you a post filled with details and pictures and am just now getting to share the fun with you!!!!

I was the lucky winner of an awesome contest sponsored by Jonathan Michael’s Boutique. (The Boutique recently made an appearance on the tv series Dance Moms that is based in Pittsburgh) I can’t say enough good things about this beautiful shop, all the goodies inside, the lovely gals who work there or the wonderfully sweet owner,  Janie. It’s always a joy to enter Janie’s shop & be greeted by such beautiful smiling faces!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I picked up my goodies!!! The tickets were absolutely AmAzInG!!!

I immediately called my best friend Jaime & told her she was coming with… we were both absolutely thrilled!

I must admit, I’ve not always listened to country music. I actually HATED it at one point in time. Somewhere along the way though I began listening & liking. (Some, not all!) Mr. Chesney was one that I did like though! Plus Zac Brown Band was playing too! I’m still not sure, two months later,  who I was more excited to see!

Right before the concert, things in my world took a crazy & unexpected turn having lost my job only 2 days before the show. I was bummed to put it mildly. Nothing makes me happier than seeing live music, BUT I thought if I sold the tickets I could use the money towards bills.

I tried to sell them but didn’t get any takers until just before Jaime & I were about to leave. We went anyway… I couldn’t have made a better decision.

We knew we had pit tickets but couldn’t believe that we literally walked right.up.front. to the stage. Seriously?!?  Front row. I don’t care what show it is … there is absolutely nothing in the world better than experiencing live music so up close & personal. Besides many a Buzz Poets shows, the only other time I was able to experience a show so close was the Goo Goo Dolls show last fall.

This show was A-ma-zing… from opening with Uncle Kracker & Billy Currington to ZBB jamming out to Kenny Chesney making his grand entrance it was awesome. Not to mention the fact that they ended the show together …. ZBB & KC killed it on stage together. Their fiddlers were unreal. It was superb from beginning to end.

We were extremely lucky to be surrounded by a fantastic group of people that made the day /night even more enjoyable. From buying us all water to saving spots to dancing & having fun, we couldn’t have asked for better concert friends.  Sometimes “people” can ruin it for you at a show but not on this night…

At the end of the night, tired but happy,walking out of the concert,  I couldn’t help but be thankful.

Thankful for the entire experience. Thankful to have won the tickets …thankful for my best friend… thankful for the fun of the show. Thankful for the piece of normalcy I received that day.

In that drive home, as I went to sleep that night & the day that followed I just kept thinking about how very grateful I was. For that day, I forgot about my worries & troubles.  For that day, I felt that all was right in my world. I was able to feel “normal” considering the recent loss of my job.

In my gratitude I sent Janie a thank you message via Facebook explaining my situation & yet again thanking her for the awesome opportunity.  Her response really got to me… she said she believed that it was not luck that I won those tickets… it was for a reason out of both of our hands. For Someone else knew what lie ahead for me… knowing just how appreciated this “prize ” would be at that specific time in my journey. For that I am grateful.

This concert really turned out to be so very much more than I ever could have expected … from beginning to end… without a doubt unforgettable.

Thanks again Janie & Jonathan Michael’s … you are the best!

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A Whole Lotta Fun! …with The Avett Brothers

I’ve been slacking!!!

Last night I attended my 6th concert of the year and realized I have only updated you on TWO of them so far!  Shame, shame on me!

So be expecting a couple of updates this week… hopefully!  🙂

Concert #3 was the Avett Brothers…

Poster I picked up at the show... but lil bro has been keeping it hostage! 😉

Talk about a F.U.N. live show!!!

Lil bro and I went to see them way back in MAY at Stage AE and had a blast!  It was our first time seeing them and believe me when I say they did NOT disappoint at all.  Honestly they blew me away with their high-energy performance.

We were also blown away by how many people were at the show… we didn’t really think there’d be many there at all; didn’t think they had that big of a following.  WRONG… boy, were we wrong.  As we got closer to the venue to park we saw a line stretched around the block and then some with people waiting to get inside.

It was hot and the line was INCREDIBLY long…BUT we befriended a nice couple behind us and chatted the time away talking about shows we’ve seen in the past, made artist comparisons and just plain old chatted about music.

AND lil bro even snagged a treat off the ice cream truck!

Mmmmm. Choco Tacos....

I’d also like to add that this was our first time at Stage AE so we had no clue what to expect….

I was very pleased with what we saw….

1.  It is an indoor/outdoor venue.  Some shows are inside while others are outside.  How cool is that?!?

2.  The location is awesome.  Right in the heart of Pittsburgh’s North Shore, just across from Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

3.  The outside set-up is a small-scale version of  Starlake Amphitheater ( well, I guess it is officially known as First Niagra Pavilion, but will forever remain the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater as far as I am concerned) but even better.  This was a SOLD OUT show and there were no lines for the restrooms; the food and drink lines were fast-moving and there was ample room on the lawn for concert goers to kickback, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the stage.

I will most definitely be heading back there for future shows (heck, I’ll be there in August for Incubus!!!  Super stoked for that one too!)

Forgive as I digressed…

This show was phenomenal from beginning to end.  The set list was incredibly  fun and full of energy, charisma and plain old, good music.

If I had to put a “LABEL” on their sound I’d say it was funky folk infused with bluegrass, punk, and a lil bit of rock n’ roll.  They are and have!!!  Their tunes are catchy…  the lyrics are true and real…  their heart and souls are left on the stage.  

You simply could not help but sing along and groove to the tunes as they JAMMED out…  




I would absolutely jump at the chance to see them play again… they were that good.  I actually prefer their live performances over their studio recordings!

So, if you haven’t checked them out, give ’em a shot… they’re a taste of something different in all that is mainstream and  what is considered to be “popular” music.  They leave ya feeling good and happy…. there can’t be too much wrong with that can there?!


A Pocketful of Sunshine ( and some blog lovin’!)

Hey there my friends!  How’s everybody doing???

The sun is shining here, birds are chirping and I spied a BeAuTifUl rainbow on my way home from running errands… too bad I was driving or I’d be sharing a picture with ya!  It was soooooo wide and the colors were the most vibrant I’ve seen!  Even after having been caught in the rain TWICE today, I’m still a happy camper.

I must say, this week has been pretty phenomenal, even with the random, uninvited interruption the other day.  The past is just that…it’s over.  I’m here, in the now because of the situations and circumstances that transpired throughout the previous 32 years and 10 months; even in the moments that didn’t turn out quite as planned, growth occurred and change happened.  Change for the better!

Soooooo… moving on.

Lots has been going on lately!  All the business has left me a bit exhausted so there’s been lots of hitting the sack early and I’m not complaining about that one bit!

Tuesday, I had dinner with two fabulously wonderful friends…some VERY much needed girl time filled with good eats, great conversation and many laughs…. not to mention unwavering support.  The “interruption” occured right in the middle of dinner.  Talk about PERFECT timing!  I don’t’ think that happened by accident either… SOMEONE, somewhere way up high let it all play out just how I needed it.  For that, I am truly thankful.  PLUS, we got to talk about wedding stuff!  One of these gals is getting married in October and asked me to make her wedding invitations and guest book!  I am soooo excited and extremely happy for her!  YAY Carrie!  🙂

Yesterday, we took the kiddos on a field trip to Idlewild Park… it was a LONG and hot day but we seriously couldn’t have asked for anything better.  The sun was shining even though they were calling for rain; there were NO lines so we got on all the rides with very little waits AND the kiddos were fabulous!  It is by far my favorite trip to take the kids on… it’s a blast for all of us!  I had my yearly corn dog with cheese so I am was absolutely a happy camper!  The two teachers that accompanied me on this trip are absolutely wonderful!  Sometimes I think we have just as much fun together if not more than the kids…  it’s so nice to have a great working relationship with people you can trust and get along with. Where there’s a mutual respect and camaraderie it makes a world of difference.  (Picture with these gals to come in a later post!

In other news….

Recently I have received an overwhelming amount of blog lovin’ and support…. Words really can’t describe how truly grateful I am.

Elizabeth at Mirth and Motivation passed along three blog awards to me last week!

A HUGE thank you to Eliz for thinking of me and my blog…  She is such an inspirational woman, always offering support, encouragement and sound advice.  She is TRULY inspiring and I am grateful to have met her through our writings.

On Wednesday, the wonderfully fabulous and hilarious, Donna at The Redneck Princess dubbed Maggie Mae’s Days her Blog of the Week… I couldn’t be more excited!  Getting a nod from Donna seriously made my day; heck it made my week!  She always has something awesome to read even when she says she’s got nothing; I always look forward to reading what’s going on in her neck of the woods each and every day!   She’s true to her word and offers encouragement and laughter just when I need it….

Then today, I got even more blog lovin’!

Jenna from We’re Jumpin’ was sweet enough to share it with me!  Jenna and I just recently found each other out here in this massive community… so very happy that our paths have crossed as I am totally diggin’ what she has to say!  AND, she’s participating in a 30 day music challenge, so of course that right there, got me hooked!  THANKS girl!  Look forward to reading lots more of yours!

To these three ladies… I want to thank you for much more than the awards and features… I am so incredibly blessed to have you in my life.  Your words, nods and xoxos get me through the longest of days and happiest of moments. XOXOXO 🙂

Ok…. so next up with the fun part!  THE MUST-DOs of accepting these awards!  ( we all know I don’t have to-do lists, I only have MUST-Do lists…) and passing them along!

But…. not until tomorrow as I have a mighty long MUST-DO list I have to get to working on now… Nephew #4’s 1st birthday party is on Sunday and Aunt Mae hasn’t made a single thing yet!!!!

I’m keeping a pocketful of sunshine close by to carry me through!  Keep yours close at hand!

What made you happy today?  Was the sun shining in your neck of the woods?