Look at me Ma, I'm bringing home awards and stuff!



No but seriously, so my friend Maria over at Lil Mys Ninja awarded me with the Versatile Blogger award! I consider myself pretty versatile and all and I'm defintely award worthy, so I'm thinking she made a good call. Then again, Maria is pretty awesome herself  so there's no doubt she chose me because I bribed her she has great taste!

So the rules for the award...
  • Thank the person that nominated you, and give them a shout out on your blog with a link to theirs.
So first and foremost, thank you very much Maria. You've been a friend of mine for years and although we're a couple hours away and realistically the only way I keep up with you anymore is from your blog... you're still one of those friends that will never fade.
  • Share 7 random facts about yourself.
1. When I graduated high school I was "most likely to start an internet dating site" (no, I never did).
2.  I went to school for Criminology so I could become a profiler, I've been in I.T/Computer work for 15 years.
3.  I have 7 tattoos, but currently getting 3 removed. I have 6 more that I want
4. My son can simultaneously drive me crazy and make me incredibly happy, my husband says I have that same talent.
5. I'm turning more domestic the older I get. I mean, I've taken up canning!!
6. I have killed almost every plant I've owned.
7. I would love to thru-hike the AT but probably never will, but when I talk about doing it, please don't kill the dream.
  • Send on the award to 15 other bloggers whose blog you love and appreciate and then let them know they won the award.
I'll be honest, I don't think I have 15 other people to pass this along to, so I'll pass it along to as many as I can that I honestly feel I can give it too. And to stay with the "versatile" theme... let's see what I can come up with.

1. Chris-Ville
2. A 'lil hoo haa

Ok.... so 2 is not quite 15.....


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I confess… I'm tired. That's all I got.





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I confess…I am moving full steam ahead with getting my son’s birthday party planned for Feb 11th (although his birthday is the 9th). I’m excited that we are holding it at The Children’s Museum in Greenville because after going for the first time last week, I can’t wait to go back! I think I had as much fun as he did! But, party stuff aside, it’s so weird to know that he’s turning 6. It just doesn't feel like he should be getting that old yet. If you ever want to hit fast forward on the life clock…. Have a kid.

I confess...I’m pretty ho-hum on politics this year, which is weird considering the presidential election is not too far off. I’m normally a big political talking kind of gal, but this year I’m just not feeling it. I mean, I voted in the GOP primaries and I’ll vote again in the presidential election but seriously, I’m just not feeling in the mood to really hash anything out. Maybe once the nominations are made it’ll catch my interest more.

I confess... If I don’t get my butt back in the gym or find some other way to relieve some stress I’m going to either end up in jail or the hospital. Let’s just put it this way (for the sake of niceties)  it’s rough living in a house with your father-in-law and his sister who are pretty hardheaded and have the common courtesy of a pissed off stink bug. Wait, I was trying to be nice wasn't I. Don’t get me wrong, they are both awesome people and I love being around them…. Just not 24/7. And that’s basically what it’s boiled down to lately. So, time for me to practice anger management, patience and a little tolerance, because I’m sure they are doing it with me as well.

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The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and OwnershipThe Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership by Richard Eyre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn't my normal reading, I usually leave the self help stuff to day time talk shows but this was genuinely a very interesting and informative book. Some of this is common sense (but which I see lacking in so many parents today) and some ideas were brilliant and I plan to try to work them into my family.

I haven't read any previous books by the authors, so the complaint that this book just repeats everything wasn't valid for me. My only true complaint I have about it is that it seems to reiterate things entirely too many times. After the first 3 times of the same thing being said through each chapter I kind of just started skimming.

But overall, I really enjoyed this book and I found it really helpful.

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Last weekend my family decided to spend an afternoon hunting for toads in downtown Greer, SC. Not real toads, mind you, as I don't touch those. We were hunting the Toads on Trade and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Before leaving the house we read the story about the toads and we printed the hints.

Not only did we get to see new restaurants and shops that opened, but we stopped in to the ACME General Store and grabbed some ice cream (yes, ice cream is good in cold weather too, it doesn't melt as fast).

While we were hunting Tex the Toad, a lady from the Chamber of Commerce came out and gave us Toads on Trade stickers and we got to chit chat a little with her about downtown. My father-in-law rented the building directly next to the current Chamber office. He ran a restaurant out of it, called the City Cafe. And he and his wife, Linda lived upstairs. Now, it's Aces Wild and just so you know, they have awesome food. If I were a "regular" somewhere, it would either be there or our favorite Japanese restaurant.

Also, apparently there was a wedding reception going on at The Davenport. It gave us some great music background to aid us in our adventure. My son and I of course had to jam out when they played LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem.

Anyway, so we wandered around and eventually found 9 of the 10 Toads. The 10th one got us and we were getting cold, so we decided to save it for another time.

Of course, I had to take some video...



Greer is small. Their downtown is small. But it's charming and has some great stores and restaurants. If you're ever in the area and just want to wander, Toads on Trade is fun, especially with kids. The City Park is great and basically you can't go wrong with any of the restaurants.

Enjoy.... and maybe you can fill me in on where Tiesha the Toad is!


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A couple of years ago I had a Flip MinoHD and loved it. In the interest of "keeping things simple" I sold the Flip to my boss and consolidated my camcorder and camera to a decent Canon. After that I basically stopped doing any videos. I looked back a few months ago in my video folder on my computer and was watching a bunch of videos that I had taken with my Flip and I realized that I have 2 years since my son was born that I have no videos. It was the 2 years I have gone without my Flip. So this past Christmas I asked for A Sony Bloggie. See, I had done some research and I really liked their camera. It arrived and I was right, the camera is awesome. But honestly, the built in software really was lacking, so I decided to return it and go back to the old reliable - and order another Flip. Well, due to my own oversight, I had the Flip delivered to my old address, had a really stressful 2 days of trying to get my Flip all to find out that when I did get it, it was defective. I used to really trust Cisco and Flips. But honestly, knowing that the product was discontinued and the fact that when I talked with Cisco about the problem, the only resolution they had was to send me a refurbished Flip, I decided to return the Flip back to my seller and just go to Best Buy and buy the original Bloggie Duo. Last night we head out to Best Buy and I see my Bloggie Duo and the Bloggie Touch and immediately have a conflict. Which one to get? After much conversation and internal arguing I opted for the Bloggie Touch. It had better specs and was about $40 cheaper. So I grab the closest Best Buy dude and he informs me that they are out of stock. REALLY?? After all I've been through? It was 8:45pm and he was able to secure me a Bloggie Touch at the store in Greenville. But that meant I was going to have to wait until the morning to pick it up. This, my friends, does not bode well with someone as impatient as I am. Saturday morning arrives and we hit Best Buy in Greenville and I get my wonderful Bloggie Touch. But I can't really open and play with it yet because my husband is talking to a sales guy about TVs. For an hour. And then another 30 minutes. And then we walk out of Best Buy with my Sony Bloggie Touch. A 60 inch Samsung plasma accessorized with a sound bar, Blue Ray player and 4 pairs of 3D glasses (I mean if we're going to have a 3D compatible TV we gotta right?) Oh and of course we let our son pick out our first 3D movie. So excuse me while I go watch Rio in 3D and try to dodge toucans flying a my face.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm emotionally drained. This was an incredible trilogy that ended with a book that was tiring me out from my confusion of what was going on, what was going to happen and if why I hadn't caught on to some of the things earlier.

The end, I'll just say (without spoiling anything) is as it should be. Or, should I say, as it is. It should be the happy ending where everything ends up just right, but alas in Katniss's life, things just don't seem to happen that way. But it ends the way it should.

I'm still at odds with myself about Katniss. I'm still loving her and yet hating her all the same. At some points I cheer as if she were my hero, but a few pages later I find myself hating her for some of the decisions she makes. But in the end, I suppose it is what it is and I closed this book with an exhausted sigh of reading a page blazer, one that I couldn't put down.

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After being in the house for the last few weeks I've been feeling a little cabin feverish. After all of the holidays and the hustle and bustle I really just wanted to get out of the house so I decided to pack up everyone (including my visiting parents) and head to a little spot about 20 minutes from where we live to see the Poinsett Bridge.

Poinsett Bridge is technically in Travellers Rest, SC and it's a common area to find people taking pictures. The bridge is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett (along with the Christmas plant and Poinsett State Park near Sumter, SC) - he was a botinast along with a lot of other important things, but we're not here to talk about Mr. Poinsett, at least not right now.

So we all hop in the Swagger Wagon and hit the scenic little backways from our house to Hwy 11. I love driving Hwy 11 because it's so scenic (so scenic in fact it's name Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11) and a hop, skip and a jump away - we were there!


We're here! The sign says so!


The Bridge!
(and apparently the new stairs that were built to lead you back to the road)


Under the Bridge
(okay, okay, I won't break out Red Hot Chili Peppers)


The other underside of the bridge

Me & my little man
(picture compliments of my big man)



 ah... wanderlust...


I'm in no way affilated with the Poinsett Bridge. I am however, affiliated with the outdoors, as much as I can be. So, if you're looking for a quick little gem with a few trails and great picture opportunities, hit this up - and while you're up here in the Upstate and only 20 minutes from me... hit me up too!!



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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The ongoing saga of Kitness. She reminds me a lot of myself at 17, minus all of the survivalist skills and common sense. But she has the emotions that 17 year old girls have and it's almost painful to read it because i just want to yell at her.
Without giving away any spoilers I will say that this book is the first in a long time to really throw me off by it's twists. I thought I saw what was coming and almost was disappointed at how predictable the story line was becoming and then the floor was pulled out from under me and I found myself yelling at the book and instantly starting the 3rd book because I just couldn't bare to let it sit with cliffhanger.

On to MockingJay to see how many more ups and downs it will take!

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I confess… I had entirely too much fun during our New Year's Eve! We had our friends over who have a son just about the same age as our son and it was a blast. We stayed up all night playing rummy and Mexican train and toasting wine (well the guys did beer). We stayed up and watched the ball drop then we call crashed!

I confess... I have the best parents EVER. They surprised me by showing up about 8am New Years Morning! It was perfect! They showed up at the door right as I started cooking our new New Year tradition, loukoumades (Greek donuts) and our Greek New Years Cake. We had a spectacular day of eating and enjoying each others company.

I confess... The holidays have had me locked in the house between work and cooking at home, so by New Years Day I was suffering from severe Cabin Fever. I get small cases of wanderlust that usually I can ease by heading out into the woods for a quick hike or something. Well, that hasn't happened since last January so basically I had been building up - so.. I dragged everyone in the house out to Poinsett Bridge (which you'll see a post about momentarily)!

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It's 2012!

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Woohoo it's 2012! Let's hope the Mayan calendar is wrong!


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