Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's the End of the Month

That title just reminded me of the Bone Thugz n' Harmony song, It's the First of the the Monthhhhh..... I'm totally aging myself here, haha.
Anyway, do you remember at the end of December, when I set 5 goals for myself for 2013?  Well, I thought, since most goals/resolutions fall by the wayside very shortly after they're made, that I would do an end-of-month recap every month to monitor my progress. How else am I going to stay on top of it, right? Well, here goes...

I'm well on my way to achieving this goal. I've already finished 8 books. Woohoo! :)

I'm also doing well on this goal.  I've been writing in my journal at least once a week. Just a great way to record what I'm feeling, what's on my mind, etc.

Yea... not so much on this one.  The most "nature" I experience lately is walking to and from the car when I'm going somewhere.  But it's also been really cold, so I'm going to use that as my excuse. ha! Hopefully when the weather gets a little bit warmer, I'll be able to do more.

I'm doing OK with this goal, but I know I could do more.  I've been trying to make a conscious effort to send Hubs little texts letting him know I'm thinking of him, or picking up a little treat at the store to bring back for him.  I even packed his lunch, but he kept forgetting to take it to work, so I ended up eating it, ha! We're hoping to get out for dinner one night soon, just the 2 of us.

Hmm. Well, as I mentioned before, I'm attending a blogger meet up this Saturday, which is definitely something I've never done before. So yay me! haha.
How are you doing on your goals/resolutions for the year? 
P.S. If you just can't get enough of me (hey, it could happen), here's where I've been visiting lately:
How Becca Rolls
Whispering Sweet Nothings
And don't forget to enter this awesome giveaway - 2 winners will win ad space at The Framed Lady!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oh Cara Mia

Cara Box

I was super excited to participate in the Cara Box Exchange at Wifessionals because I've heard so many great things! Plus, the theme for January was New Year's Resolutions, so I had to do it. :)
I received some great gifts from this lovely lady: 

Something about you and me

Cheltee from Something About You & Me

Here's some of my Cara Box loot from Cheltee:

1// Hearts in Atlantis, by Stephen King, my fave author
2// A 2013 planner
3// A new comb
4// Awesome animal print pouch
5// New pens, woohoo!

And I loved all of these items, but I have to say that the cards that Cheltee sent me hold a special place in my heart. I've been using them as bookmarks!

Thanks so much for everything, Cheltee! :)

And the person that I sent to was Andrea from Bet Your Ash You Can. Hope you loved your package, Andrea! :)


And I'm also super excited about our blogger meetup on Saturday! There's still time to join us, if you like to blog and live in VA, just contact me! If you'll be attending, don't forget to use hashtag: #nvablogmeet when you share your photos so we can all see them. :) 

Big thanks to Melanie @ now a queen for the awesome logo and hashtag, she rocks! :)

That's all for today, this mama is tired. Nighty night. 


Monday, January 28, 2013

Hairy Superstitious

So, if you're a fan of The Chronicles of Chaos on Facebook (and if you're not, what are you waiting for?), you might remember this status from last night: 

Well, get ready, people! As promised, one of my crazy blog posts, coming right up: 

So, ladies... you know how when you're in the shower, washing your hair, some stray strands of hair may fall out? Well... what do you DO with those hairs? And if you let them go down the drain, shame on you! haha. I lived in the dorms in college... and let me tell you there's nothing like standing in the shower and then the water starts coming up your ankles because the drain is clogged and filled with hair. BLECK. 

So, back to my question: what do you DO with those pesky hairs? Well, do you wanna know what I do? I know, I know, you're so intrigued. Well, I will stick it up on the wall of the shower.  And after the shower is over, I'll gather it all up and throw it away. Responsible, considerate shower-er? Why, yes, yes I am. 

But I don't just put them up on the wall any kind of way.  Oh no, sir. I have to put them all up horizontally. There will be NO vertical hairs on my shower walls, thank you hairy much! Shudder. 

Not my hair or my shower... but it's horizontal, woooop!

Hubs suspects there may be something wrong with me. But I think you all already knew that. ;) 

When do you do your best thinking? What are your crazy quirks? C'mon, I know you've got em! 

And don't forget to check out this awesome giveaway!

Nighty night, friends!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Confessions v22

Welcome to the latest installment of Sunday Confessions! Let's get right to it. 

-  I love Justin Bieber.  Have I mentioned that before?  Maybe once or twice.  So when I saw this video, I just had to share it with you guys.  I know, I know, you can thank me later.

-  I am SO excited for our mini Virginia bloggers meetup next month.  I cannot wait to meet some awesome bloggy ladies in person!  If you love to blog and live in Virginia and would like to be a part of the meetup, please let me know. I'll send you the deets. I promise we won't bite. ;) 

-  I don't even care who wins the SuperBowl.  I'd probably skip watching it entirely this year, but I can't miss those flippin' awesome commercials. There is also going to be a trailer for Fast and The Furious 6.  Oh Vin Diesel, you giant delicious beefcake.  OK, so you're probably wondering how I can declare my love for the Biebs in the same post as Vin Diesel.. but all I can say is the heart wants what the heart wants. Rawwr. 

-  I'm really tired of all the drama about Beyonce lip syncing the national anthem.  She was lip syncing to her own singing... who cares? Now, if the day comes when she starts lip syncing to someone else's music, a la Milli Vanilli style, then THAT'S a flippin' story.  Otherwise, just get over it people.  It was like negative a trillion degrees outside, cut the girl some slack. 

-  And I'm also really tired of hearing about Manti Te'o's girlfriend - real, fake, or otherwise.  Is this what we care about as a country?  Really?? Dude can play football, isn't that all that really matters in the end? He's not on drugs, he didn't kill anybody, his only crime is looking for love in all the wrong places... haha, if you didn't sing that last line out loud, we may need to reevaluate our relationship. A/S/L anyone? ;) 


Anyway... Tess from The Framed Lady was kind enough to answer some questions for me, so we can all get to know her better.  Stick around to the end... there might be some treats for you. :)

1) Hi Tess! So what's 1 resolution/goal you have for 2013? (or if you don't make resolutions, tell us why)
Our big thing for this year is more of a milestone. We'll have our first baby sometime in July or August, so we're just hoping for a healthy child and an easy pregnancy! 

2) What's the best book you've read lately? 
4 Hour Work Week. It describes ways to escape the 9-5 nightmare and get more money and free time to live life however you want. Very inspirational!

3) If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go? 
My current fantasy destination is Ireland. I'd love to see all the green landscapes and medieval castles! I hear British food is something to write home about, but in a really, really bad way. I think it'd be a really fun vacation!

4) Coke or Pepsi? 
I love either, but as long as it's diet! I'm not much of a calorie counter. I just think Diet tastes better!

Oh man, I'm so with you, Tess, I'd love to go to Ireland some day! :)  I hope you'll go check out Tess' blog and say hi and tell her Mia sent you! But first, before you go, enter for your chance to win ad space at The Framed Lady! 2 winners will be chosen, so hurry and get your entries in and good luck! 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Book Chat - Whatcha Reading?

Hey y'all. It's that time again where I link up with Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine for The Book Chat! 

This week's topic: 

So, what am I reading right now? This... 

It's pretty good, so far.  Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: 
Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career--and her confidence--after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O'Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can't afford--especially when the bodies keep piling up.

I know it sounds like your typical romance story, but I promise that the action and the ups and downs of the case greatly outweigh the mushy-gushy stuff. I've still got a little way to go, so I still don't know who murdered the Senator, but I can't wait to find out!! It's one of those books you can't stop reading! :)

What are you guys reading? Share in the comments, so I can add it to my "to read" list on Goodreads.  And if you have an account on Goodreads, come add me as a friend here! :)

And please don't forget to enter these amazing giveaways that I'm a part of:

-Massive Ad Space giveaway, 3 Winners - Courtesy of Paige's 1,000 follower celebration!
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Social Media (sometimes) Sucks

So my friend Paige has this new link up called "What's Eating You?" and each week you get to talk about some of your pet peeves on certain subjects.  This week's subject is social media. So here are some of the things that bug me about social media: 

- People who ask a general question on Facebook when they could easily find the answer by taking 2 minutes to look it up themselves! For example, "Hey, does anybody know when Target closes today?" Um really... just Google it. Or call them. I'm not your maid. Quit being lazy.  

- People who post passive agressive tweets/status updates. Either say what you gotta say, or shutty. None of this wishy-washy, "I need attention and want you to ask me what's wrong" crap. 

- I hate that Facebook has these new formula/algorithm thingies where if you include your link in your fan page update, nobody really sees it. I mean, why? What is the point? But if you just post text only, it's fine. Facebook, we might not be friends for much longer. 

- When people post all these awesome pictures of stuff, like their Erin Condren planners and Tory Burch shoes, etc, that I can't afford.  But that might just be a pet peeve with my finances.... ;) 

So, those are a few of my pet peeves for social media... what are yours?? Come link up with Paige and share. We can all gripe together! :)

Oh and before you go, please check out my girl Allie's 500 follower giveaway! You could win a $100 (yes, you read that right) gift card to the store of your choice (entries will be verified)!! I wouldn't wait if I were you! :) The giveaway will be open until 27 Jan. Good luck!!!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Super Sunday Sync

Well hello there, friends!  Hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far. 

I'm super excited to be co-hosting the Super Sunday Sync blog hop, along with Kera, Dawn, and Sel! I have met some really amazing bloggers through blog hops and link ups and I really hope to meet even more! And if you're looking to grow your blog, this is a great way to do it and meet great people! 

So, whatcha waiting for? Come link up! :) 



Welcome to Super Sunday Sync #19!  Meet your Guest-Hosts, Mia and Sel!

Rules for the "Super-est" hop ever:

1)  Link up a family-friendly post (or your homepage if it will always be decent, please not to another hop) that you think is SUPER!

2)  GFC follow your hosts {Dawn and Kera}, guest hosts {Mia and Sel}.  We also appreciate (and return) any Facebook Likes, NetworkedBlog, email/RSS and Twitter Followers.  Be sure to leave a comment telling us how you follow, we'll follow you back on any and all of them!

3)  Visit the blog before you, and a few others {the more, the merrier} and follow them.  We're all looking to have more followers, that's why we're hopping, right?  Remember to leave a comment and we'll follow you back.

4)  Grab a button and put it somewhere people will see.  We'd love for this hop to really take off and be a weekly event!
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If you are interested in Guest-hosting the SSS, please
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Planned Spontaneity

I feel like every single minute of my day is planned out.  And unless I plan moments of spontaneity (insert oxymoron here), there really aren't any.  

Wake up. Drop kids off at daycare. Go to work. Leave Work. Pick up kids from daycare. Go home. Eat dinner. Kids' bathtime. Kids' bedtime. Read/blog. My bedtime. Repeat 5 times a week. 

Wait, did anybody else just nod off for a few seconds?

To top it off, I'm starting to get a really bad memory and if I don't write things down in my awesome Maybooks planner, I will completely forget about it. So if I can't even remember to be spontaneous, and my planner doesn't tell me to be spontaneous... well, shoot, I'm screwed!

How do you guys remember to get those little moments in? Variety is supposed to be the spice of life, and all that jazz.

Anyways... one thing I could definitely never forget is my awesome friend Paige, from A Dose of Paige! She has a fabulous new look and new name for her blog (go say hi!), AND she's also celebrating her 1,000+ follower giveaway.  You guys could seriously win some bodacious ad spacious. :) 

Go enter nowwwwww below! And good luck! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

That One Time I Almost Got Arrested...

...for being drunk in public... and I wasn't even drunk!!!!
Yes, little old nerdy me had a run-in with the law... and the law didn't win. Ha!

So, it was a crisp Fall evening back in 2007.  I was with my friend at the time, we'll call her Buffy.  We were downtown at the local bar scene.  Buffy didn't eat any dinner before we went out.  But she was kind of down, so she wanted to have a few drinks and relax.  Well, obviously, she ended up drinking wayyyy more than she should have, especially on an empty stomach. 

She started getting really nauseous.  I kept telling her if she felt sick, she should go to the restroom.  She said she didn't want to go to the bathroom, she just needed to get outside and get some fresh air.  I went with her of course because there was no way I was letting her out of my sight in the condition she was in. 

So we go outside and almost immediately she starts retching and gagging. I turn my back, not only to avoid watching any yuckiness, but also to kind of shield her from view, because I knew she'd be embarrassed. 

I literally turned my head back for 2 seconds to look at her and ask her if she was OK, if she wanted water, or anything, and when I turned my head back around, there were 2 police officers standing in front of me, shining their flashlights in my face. I mean, they appeared out of nowhere. There was no cruiser, no motorcycles, no bicycles, heck, not even a pair of horses. They just David Copperfield-ed themselves right in front of me like a pair of law enforcement NINJAS!! I still don't know where the heck they came from.

They start asking me what we're doing outside, asking us how much we had to drink, etc. I told them I only had 1 drink, which was true, but of course they didn't believe me. I told them my friend was feeling sick and wanted to come outside for fresh air and they could obviously tell she'd had a lot to drink.  They ask for our driver's licenses and call our info over the walkie-talkie radio thingy on their shoulder. I guess we passed the test, because we got a stern warning to either head back inside or head home. Which was good because at this point, my friend kept saying "I didn't eat dinner today.  Because I'm Catholic." Oh goodness gracious.  

I was surprisingly calm throughout this ordeal. Which was markedly different from the time I got pulled over for the first time at 18 for speeding and bawled my little eyes out.  I didn't get a ticket, but that's a story for another day. ;) 

So, the moral of this story is: if your friend feels sick, whether she's Catholic or not, lock her in the bathroom. 

And also hang out with me because I'm too nerdy to get arrested. 

Aww, here it is again. haha. 

That is all. 


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Confessions v21

Well, hello.  Welcome to the latest installment of Sunday Confessions. 

1)  I have no boobs.  Well, I mean, physically, yes, I possess boobs like every other woman in the world.  But they might as well be nonexistent.  Which sucks because I really need to find a strapless bra to wear with this awesome sweater I just bought.  It has a lot of black lace at the top, and I sooo hate showing my bra straps. #flattyproblems 

2)  One of my bloggy goals for 2013 was to have no-social media-Saturdays, where I don't blog and stay away from Twitter, etc. But I totally violated that yesterday. Sue me! I had very important things to say via Twitter, aka discussions about the song Ice Ice Baby.  :)

3)  Kids like to say the same things over and over.  And over. AND OVER. I may or may not have lost a little bit of my mind the past few days, while I was home with Will because he has bronchitis.  "Mama... whatcha doin? Mama... where daddy go? Mama, whatcha doin? Mama, where daddy go?" Rarraragghghghg. Mama is losing her mind, sweetie pie, and wherever daddy is he better stay there before he gets to hear Mama say some interesting words that have 4 letters. And scene. 

But I could never be mad at this little guy.  Just look at that face! :( 

4)  I have to have the subtitles/close-caption on while I'm watching tv or movies. I don't know why, I guess I'm more of a visual person. I get overwhelmed with noise sometimes when the tv is on and I shut down and stop listening.  But if I can read what's going on, I'm fine. You say weird, I say awesome. 

5)  I'm getting sick. Again. My nose has been running all day. It's so annoying, it's like there's a hole in my nose. Well, OK, so there's 2, but it feels like there's a hole in the hole. Comprende? 

This post comes to you courtesy of Dayquil, so anything you read can and will be used against you. Ciao! 

*Dayquil didn't sponsor or endorse this post. But I am seriously feeling whacked, so I blame them. 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Book Chat: The Happiness Project

Hey peoples! I'm linking up with Jessica today for The Book Chat! Here's this week's topic: 

And here's the book I read recently:

Synopsis from Amazon
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

This book gets 3.5 out of 5 stars for me.  The author, Gretchen Rubin, embarked on a year-long happiness project.  She wanted to figure out what made her happy and how to set long-term goals bringing more happiness into her life. 

I enjoyed the book a lot and it really inspired me to think about trying something similar.  The nerd in me wants to sit down and jot down some ideas for a year-long project.  I think it'd be something I'd enjoy. 

But the reason I gave it 3.5 stars is because it seemed just a tiny bit contrived... The author would give an example of something she wanted to try and then share a story about how awesome it was and how great it worked.... but she did so for almost EVERY single example.  Maybe it's the skeptic in me, but I wanted to hear more about the failures... and she did touch on some briefly, but that's real life, right? I want to hear about what happens when you try to do something to make yourself happy and it doesn't work. Then what do you do? 

But otherwise it was extremely inspiring.  Life is short! finding happiness should definitely be a big priority in our lives. 

Come check out Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine for some more posts about inspirational/self-help books! 

What have you read that inspired you lately?? Please share, I'd love to hear about it! :)


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sixteen Candles

Hey y'all! So, a few months ago, my lovely friend Kim wrote a post to her 16-year-old self. And at the time, it really struck a chord with me because I could relate to a LOT of the stuff she wrote about. And I knew that I'd eventually want to write something similar, so thank you, Kim, for inspiring me!! :)

*Warning, this could get ugly. Haha.  And sorry, I don't have any pics from that time unfortunately.  But just use your imagination.  Picture me, but wayyyyyy skinnier.  :)

Dear 16 year old Mia,

Hello from your 29-soon-to-be-30 (what in the EFF?!)-self.  Bet you would cringe at how 'old' 30 sounds. Man, I wish I could travel back in time and impart you with some wisdom to help you through the next 13 years of your life. Here's what I would tell you if I could:

1) You are going to meet the man that you will marry next year.  Seriously.  Holy freakin BALLS. How weird would it be to know that you'd meet your future husband, and father of your children (yep, BABIES... that you will push out from you know where, don't throw up), in high school Chemistry class.  You won't really know him at first... but one day, something just clicks and you'll be more aware of him than you've ever been of anyone in your life. That one day where he walks by your desk and you make eye contact and feel this electrical, instantaneous connection.  Somehow even at 17 you'll know there's something special about this crazy dude. 

2)  Take good care of your body.  You will never be that skinny ever again.  It depresses me to even type this out.  Get good eating and exercise habits because after college, it's all downhill from there, babe.  Sorry. 

3)  Friends will come and go as you get older. "Best friends" do grow apart.  Don't let yourself get down about it.  People just change as they go through different life stages.  Surround yourself with people who get YOU, and not people who want you to be someone else. 

4)  DON'T drink so much when you get older.  I mean it.  There will be a whole period in your life during your early 20s that you will want to erase from the universe.  And alcohol will be the cause of 99% of it.  Just don't.  

5)  You won't always be that super shy, quiet girl.  You'll still have your quiet moments, and still hate being the center of attention for ANY reason, but you'll slowly break out of your shell.  You'll slowly grow to let certain people in.  And that will mark the beginning of a really good period in your life and you'll wish you had done it sooner.  Then you wouldn't have been so lonely for so long. 

6)  Your relationship with mom will very slowly start to improve.  I know it's really hard to believe at this point in your life.  But eventually it will just become too hard to hold onto the pain and the anger and you will try to forgive and move on.  Things especially get a little better after you have kids.  Even though at times you wonder where the hell this patient, fun-loving woman who gets on the floor and plays with her grandkids came from.  But just... let it go.  

7)  Keep writing!  You WILL still love it when you're ancient (aka 29).  Stories, poems, blog posts... you'll love it all. 

8)  Money does NOT grow on trees.  Enjoy being 16 and having no bills and not having to worry how the eff (sorry for all the pseudo-cursing, but this is how I talk to myself. ha!) you're going to feed 4 people and a dog and pay the mortgage and the car payment and the credit cards and the medical bills and the home repairs and the... OK, I'll stop.  Just... remember to always save some money for a rainy day.  Because there are a lot of effin' rainy days.  

9)  Don't stress so much about college.  You'll do fine.  And you really won't use any of that shit after you graduate.  Seriously - astronomy, economics, intro to dance (don't laugh!) - none of that crap will ever cross your mind again after you get your degree.  But be glad that you will get a degree, because it's hard out there for a pimp. And that expression won't make sense for a few more years... ;) 

10)  You're 16, so it's still 1999.  In 2001, you will graduate from high school.  In 2006, you graduate from college and a month later get your first "real" job.  In 2007, you will get married to that guy I told you about earlier.  In 2008, you'll have your first son and buy your first home.  In 2010, you'll have your second son.  Lots of crazy life changes in a short period of time.  But I tell you all this so that you'll know that no matter all of the uncertainty and stress and ups and downs of life - you are blessed. You'll experience a lot of really hard things (10 lb baby, natural birth, that's all I'm gonna say, I won't bring it up again, but sucks to be YOU), but you will survive and you'll stay strong.  Because Daddy didn't raise no fool.  

So now that I've probably made you crap your pants, carry on with your little 16 year old self. Go watch Angel or Buffy or one of those shows that seems so important to you right now.  But PS, they'll be long CANCELLED by the time you type this post.  Ha!  Enjoy being 16 while it lasts.  

Love, your forever awesome self. The End. Beginning.