Hospital Visits and Shortbread Cookies

This post is sponsored by the Walkers Shortbread Society. All opinions will always be my own. I was compensated monetarily and in product.

What a combo, amiright? How do these two even relate? Well, it all started one dark, stormy night…

OK. Maybe not a dark stormy night but it did start.

I have mentioned that I am a member of the Walkers Shortbread Society, right? Well, this is one society I am so proud to be a part of. I received my first package from them and my family thoroughly enjoyed them. They ate. And ate. And ate. I was even gifted a box of gluten-free cookies! Those were the best gluten-free cookies I’ve ever had.

Cookies!

Platter full of delicious!

Platter full of delicious!

 

Taste testers!

Taste testers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, these cookies were enjoyed by my family. We couldn’t find it in our hearts to share. However, when I was gifted another assortment of cookies, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Grandma and me

Grandma and me

My grandma has been in the hospital since Tuesday. There is no talk of discharge at this time. We are praying that she comes home soon. I had been saving these cookies for a special occasion but I knew what I had to do. I brought them with me and shared some with Grandma and shared more with the nurses. Who is better deserving of these little jewels than the nurses caring for my grandma?

More cookies

More cookies

What they sent was:

        Walkers Shortbread Fingers – Baked in a square and cut into a “fingers” shape, our pure butter shortbread has a perfect, crumbly “melt-in-the-mouth” texture, full butter flavor and just the right amount of sweetness.

·        Walkers Shortbread Rounds – Adorned with the Scottish thistle and packaged in an attractive red tartan box, this luxury shortbread is baked in the heart of the Scottish Highlands to our founder’s 100-year-old pure butter shortbread recipe.

·        Walkers Chocolate Chip Shortbread – The timeless delight of Walkers’ traditional Scottish shortbread with added luscious chunks of smooth dark chocolate chunks. Chocolate Chip Shortbread brings a certain self-indulgence to give you a real treat.

I kept the rounds for Grandma, my mom and aunt (who are staying with her round the clock!) and sent the other 2 boxes to the nurses station. They said they are looking forward to a treat with their middle of the night coffee! Doesn’t that sound great? (a nurse just came in to tell me they have already torn into them and how great they are!)

I am so grateful to Walkers for gifting me these cookies and I’m even more grateful for the hard work and dedication of these nurses taking care of my grandma!

Now, I did share these on National Shortbread Day (January 6) but remember, that holiday can be celebrated on any day!

I am going to sign off and finish this party on the 5th floor. Have a good weekend!

All dressed up and nowhere to go!

All dressed up and nowhere to go!

 

 

 

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MIMM-It’s a New Year

Good morning! I hope you had a most fabulous weekend and holiday!

I first want to talk about 2016. I keep seeing everyone saying how horrible it was. It was pretty awesome for us! If for no other reason than, I lost, and kept off, 45 lbs! That’s pretty huge, yes??

I couldn’t have asked for a better one. It was full of family, food, laughs, relaxing and time off of work. The best of the best. I will be back to recap our Christmas adventures, but for now, lets talk about New Years Weekend.

This weekend felt so good for just getting back to my normal schedule. I worked on our budget (Dave Ramsey, yo!). It is our goal to be debt free (except the house, baby step 2) by August.  We have added a trip to Vegas for May so that may set us back a couple of months however, I want to keep that date as our goal so we push a little harder.

I thought about my goals (not resolutions!) for the year and where I really want to be by this time next year. I’d love to grow my Beachbody business. I am NOT a sales person, so that growing will have to happen organically, by people seeing my results and wanting some of this gloriousness, because, let me tell you, it is glorious!

I want to remember that every day is new.  A goal isn’t set just 1 time per year, a goal can be set daily. Every morning when I get up, I want to set a new goal, or intention, for that day. Today, I intend to drink my shake (doing that currently), drink enough water(!!!) eat things that make me feel good, say kind words (gotta work on not being so honest!), not spend money that isn’t in the budget, get in some movement, and let the people important to me know how important they are to me. I also intend to remember daily “Every day in every way, I get better and better!”.

Finally, I really want to grow my blog. I have done this little ‘hobby’ for years but I want to find my voice and help someone. I have tons of experience, have found things that work for me and things that don’t, in a lot of areas of my life. I am certain there is at least one person out there I can help. I want to find that person.

Now, lets talk about this past weekend. It was a good one.

My weekend started with a great Friday afternoon. I grabbed my groceries, a coffee and came home to get dinner started.

Plannin and cookin

Plannin and cookin

It was a relaxing night. Saturday morning began with my last shake of the year.

Chocolate Shakeology

Chocolate Shakeology

The weekend was interspersed (it’s still up on my computer now!) with the eagle cam. This stuff is so amazing to watch. I just wonder why some human parents can’t be as great as the eagles.

Family Picture, Harriet, M16, E9 ad E10

Family Picture, Harriet, M16, E9 ad E10

We dropped my car off to be detailed. It looks AMAZING. It has been cleaned at the little dinky car washes that you pay an arm and a leg for and the people spend eleventy billion hours making a swift swipe across the dash and calling it clean. This was $60 and he cleaned EVERYTHING including shampooing the seats. That made my year!

Of course, I cleaned house on Saturday. My grandma always said to do all of your housework and such on New Years Day because what are you doing that day, you will be doing 3 parts of the year. I finally realized, I don’t WANT to be working 3 parts of the year! I I want my house to be spotless and all of the work to be done! So, I worked my butt off cleaning house:

Cleaning house HARD

Cleaning house HARD

I had a gumbo in the crockpot all day cooking so there was minimal kitchen cleaning to do. After dinner and house cleaning, we retired for our NYE festivities:

 

Party animals

Party animals

Our party game is STRONG.   Going to bed early allowed us to start our new year early, which is JUST what the doctor ordered!

Shake and coffee for breakfast

Shake and coffee for breakfast

We had our shake and coffee for breakfast and got ready for church

The boys

The boys

 

All of us

All of us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We came home and had leftovers for lunch, I ate chicken and rice (not pretty, but pretty delicious!) and the boys had gumbo:

Chicken and rice on fine china

Chicken and rice on fine china

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After we took a nap and Kevin gathered some tools, it was time to head to my brothers restaurant. He had some plumbing work that he asked Kevin to take care of for him. I didn’t take any pictures but trust we had a good time. We always do when we get together! We ate chicken wings and I ordered a salad as my main course, however, I ate so many wings it was impossible to eat my salad. I will have a good lunch today!

We were there so long, I ended up helping my brothers girlfriend (she’s a server there when she’s not working her full-time job) roll some silverware and bus some tables. I actually enjoyed it. Surprised the heck out of me but I am finding it oddly satisfying doing all of the cleaning anymore. Now bear in mind that I was dressed cute (not for table bussing) with shorts, sandals, etc) and I had just been thinking how steady and non-slick my shoes seemed on the floor. We were at the end of the night and Kevin was eating a piece of pie. I had already cleaned off our table but he needed more tea. I went to make him a to-go tea and came around the drink station and my feet flew out from under me and I landed flat of my back. It was quite comical and I would loved to have seen it. The only thing that worried me was my knee (the one that just had surgery and is not normal yet) went out to the left and back. I didn’t hurt but that was an odd angle. I am a tiny bit sore this morning but other than that, I’m fine! A marvelous end to the weekend! ha!

Kevin had to go to work today so I’m planning to blog and plan and dream. I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store!

Do you make resolutions, goals or intentions? What are some you’ve made for the new year?

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Thursdays Child…

Good morning! There are 7.95 work hours standing between me and a 4 day weekend. There is not much that could make me happier!

When we last left off, I was waiting on Kevin to come home because we had some business to take care of. Well, that took an interesting turn! Something flew off of a semi truck he was following and hit the side of his tire and he had a blow out.  When he called to tell me I was stressed while waiting for him to call and say he had the tire changed but Man! Its nerve wrecking to know your love is kneeling on the side of an interstate changing a tire, not to mention the thoughts that went through my head of what could have been had the thing went through the windshield instead of the tire,etc. By the time I met him to drop off his car for a new tire, I was crazy with worry! I’m a worry wart anyway!

Anyway between our business meetings, we stopped in at Starbucks because we had some time to kill. I ordered his drink and treat as a surprise.  I thought it was funny even if he didn’t!

 

Kevin and his gingerbread man

Kevin and his gingerbread man

Treats and Drinks

Treats and Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had an uneventful week so far.  Just trying to stay caught up at work.  Its easy-ish since so many are out for the holidays, however, one little hiccup and I could fall so far behind I’d never see daylight!

I have been kind of successful with bringing my love back into my life daily.

I LOOOVVEEE you!!

I LOOOVVEEE you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just love it so much! When I begin my day like this, every other aspect of the day just seems right. Crazy, yes?

OK.  I am going to call it a night. The hubs is still working and I am going to read and enjoy some quite time! Crazy town is going to begin in about 36 hours!

What do you have left to do before Christmas? I have a hair appointment and groceries to get and whatever holiday baking I am going to do.

Is your family loud and crazy or quiet and eloquent? There is NOT a quiet or eloquent bone in any of our bodies!

 

 

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MIMM-Monday Before Christmas

Good Monday morning to you! Are you having a grand day so far? Today I am linking up with Katie for a Marvelous In My Monday post!

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

I took the day off of work to take care of some stuff that just needed taking care of. Top of my list? Having my carpet and tile cleaned! It looks soooo good! If ever you have the chance to have your tile steamed, DO IT!

Clean Tile!

Clean Tile!

I really wish I had the before.  It is a beautiful difference. He suggested dying the grout. I am no good at interior decorating though so what color do you think would be good?

Let’s rewind to Friday.  I ended my workweek with a trip to my favorite place on earth (one of them anyway!):

Venti Almond Milk Peppermint Mocha

Venti Almond Milk Peppermint Mocha

Since Starbucks started serving almond milk, I feel like my life is complete. On top of that, its peppermint mocha season? Dying!! I just can’t even!

We had an overnight guest and I couldn’t have been happier:

sleeping baby!

sleeping baby!

I’m telling you, it just does not get any sweeter being an Aunkie! That boy has my heart!

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

Breakfast was hot buttered grits with a side of almond chocolate milk. Once we took him to his mommy, I went with my mommy to do some Christmas shopping.

Mommy and me

Mommy and me

We had a delicious sushi dinner, strolled around the Town Center, ransacked Sams Club and had a midnight snack from Starbucks (of course!).

Sunday dawned bright and early.  I did some blog work and then when Kevin got home from a call, we visited my grandma and delivered her Christmas present.

Grandma

Grandma

Kevin’s aunt knit her a hat and we got her a Santa headband and some Christmas candy to go with it. She spent some time in the last week in the hospital for pneumonia and still is feeling terrible. She is very weak. I thought it would be nice to give her a little pick me up and a present early.

The rest of the day was low-key.  We cooked dinner, watched a Christmas movie and went to bed.  A beautiful day, indeed!

Here is hoping the rest of the week progresses in much the same manner!

Have you ever dyed your grout? What color would you suggest for mine?

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Good morning! Where has time gone? I looked back and I haven’t posted since September 5.  I’m not sure what happened to the rest of September.  I do know what happened to the rest of the time though!

The beginning of October, I was scheduled to take a week-long training class for work that cost the company a ton of money. I woke up sick the day it started. I’m talking woke up at 3 AM feeling like I had been hit by a truck: fever, chills, body aches, throat hurt, ears hurt (I thought, come to find out, they hadn’t even scratched the surface yet!). In my mind, there was no way I could miss that class! So I bundled up, made myself look as presentable as possible and made my way to class. I have not been that sick in a VERY long time! Finally, Friday, I began to feel better and got excited because I was getting over it.  I called Kevin, touted my wellness and asked him to dinner at Moe’s.  We were eating dinner and I felt a pain in my left ear like someone had shot me in it with a BB Gun.  By the time we got home, I was in misery. All of those pain pills I didn’t take for my knee surgery was very tempting! I have never felt such pain! My mom came over and brought some ear drops that she said heals all thing earache. When it was over, I was embarrassed because of my reaction but it felt like my brain was being gouged with a hunting knife. Dear lord it was bad.  There were tears! As soon as it opened, I took myself to the Minute Clinic. Of course I had an ear infection and probably strep.  She treated me for both just in case. It took quite a while for the pain to be gone. My hearing, on the other hand, took weeks to come back.  That drove me batty!

Needless to say, during the month of October, my digestive health fell by the wayside! I drank orange juice for the majority of the month. I am still fighting to regain my healthy habits.  I will not lose! However, I did discover during this time that Reese’s are gluten-free.  VERY BAD DISCOVERY! I haven’t gained any weight, but I haven’t lost anymore either.

Then during the month of November, Kevin’s dad called and said he wanted to move to Florida and in with us. Every free moment was spent getting our home ready and everything moved out of the spare room to make it into his room. I’m happy to say we did it and he is here and we are adjusting.

Now, I’m going to use my blog as a tool to help keep me accountable while I regain my healthy habits!

In the meantime, I have an awesome giveaway for you!

I am taking part with some fellow bloggers to offer you guys some awesome prizes!

You can visit Kristin for some comfort food, Kelly for some plexus, Glenneth for headphones or a planner or your can enter my giveaway for a few of my favorite things!

Starbucks, Shakeology and COOKIES! Have your coffee and cookies but get in all of your nutrients for the day with Shakeo!!

The folks over at Walkers has offered someone this:

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How beautiful is that!? And the cookies are amazing! They were so kind to send my family a package AND included some gluten-free for me! There will be a review on those posted this week! That seriously made me fall in love with them for real!

***this post is not sponsored by Walkers but they have given my product and will be sending the winner this beautiful tin at no cost to me.  I will ALWAYS tell you how I really feel whether it’s free or not!***

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Giveaway is over Wednesday, I’ll announce the winner Thursday!

In the meantime, tell me:

Are you done with your Christmas shopping?
 

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MIMM-Long Weekend

Good Monday morning friends! Are you enjoying this long weekend? I have.  It was welcomed. I am still in recovery mode over here but I can tell a huge difference.

I actually had a follow up appointment on Wednesday.  I left quite upset and then once I thought through that, it has turned into determination. My doctor explained all he did in there. There was more meniscus tearing than he anticipated, the inside of my knee is quite flared looking and angry and the cartilage at my tibial plateau is basically gone, I believe. He had to do some scraping and cleaning there. He told me the only thing I need to be doing is walking or bike riding and I should never plan to do any squats or stairs. Hearing the word NEVER come from a doctors mouth is quite devastating. I am going to do a Country Heat challenge, however, I will modify it to include no jumping on that knee or squats if there are any in the moves. I am excited to see exactly how much I can do instead of just quitting because I heard NEVER.

To talk about my weekend, I am linking up with my friend Katie, as is becoming the norm!

Today began the Beachbody Health Bet and I am so excited! We started the morning with Country Heat. I had to do a lot of modifying but I did the entire portion of Country Swing. Whenever it was a move that I felt would not be good for my knee, I would either step touch or graprevine. I was definitely sweating by the end. I did ice my knee afterwards and it is still aching.  It is letting me know I am using it!

I have been having so much fun doing yoga with my nephew.  He LOVES it. The first night, I was done so he found a YouTube video on his own and did it.

Aunkie and Bapper doing yoga

Aunkie and Bapper doing yoga

On Saturday, Kevin and I went on a day date to St Augustine. We found a fantastic restaurant. It was called Back 40 Cafe.  If ever you are in the area, GO! The Jerk Chicken Nachos are out of this world! My entree was the Island Bowl and Kevin got the Wet Burrito.  My Island Bowl was fantastic but Kevin said his burrito was just OK.  He said it lacked taste.  I think it was because we had the nachos first.  There was nowhere to go from there because they were so good!

Jerk Chicken Nachos

Jerk Chicken Nachos

Island Bowl

Island Bowl

Wet Burrito.  Yes.  It is as big as it looks

Wet Burrito. Yes. It is as big as it looks

Kevin also found his dream guitar and put it on layaway.

Kevin's and his Mistress

Kevin’s and his Mistress

I bought a purse.  And a wallet. And a cosmetic case.  The sale was insane! I got all of this for about 70% off!

Fossil Sydney Shopper

Fossil Sydney Shopper

While we were gone on our day date, it was incredibly nasty.  Every where we went, we had to drive 30-40 miles per hour because the rain was so bad.  I entertained myself by taking pictures so I wouldn’t drive Kevin crazy by having a heart attack every few seconds.

This was one of the lighter moments.

This was one of the lighter moments.

Today, we are at my moms.  My brother is grilling ribs.   I brought some wild caught salmon to throw on the grill. YUM!

I have to go back to the office tomorrow.  I’m not crying.  Yes I am.

Did you have a good Labor Day? What did you grill?

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MIMM-Needs, Wants and I’m Sick of the Television

Well hello! I am back to work today. Fortunately, I have a job that allows me to work from home occasionally and this week is one of those times. I am extremely grateful because I’m not sure how I’d do walking around our fairly large building much less from the garage to the building.

To talk about my weekend and how it played out, I’m linking up with the ever wonderful Katie. Slide over to her spot on the interwebs and say hello and check out everyone else’s marvelous Monday.

I have spent so much time on the couch this weekend, I have all kinds of things to talk about. To begin with, I ran out of things to watch on television so I started digging around On Demand and found Odd Mom Out. Do yourself a favor.  Watch this NOW. It is so inappropriately REAL and hilarious. Good lord if I’m not Jill made over (if I were a bajillionaire!) I just don’t know!

Jill NEEDS bread!

Saturday morning, I was able to take my bandages off. I had nightmares about what would be found under those bandages. I am a CHICKEN. Therefore, my wonderful hubby removed my bandages while I laid there nearly in tears with my head turned.  Turns out, it wasn’t so bad!

Kevin removing my bandages

Kevin removing my bandages

Two Tiny Holes

Two Tiny Holes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did run out of things to read (things I WANTED to read, not things I NEEDED to read!) so I started browsing YouTube.  There I found a couple of needs!

Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Fossil Sydney Satchel

Both of these I’ve been eyeballing for a while, but after watching eleventy billion YouTube videos, I HAVE to have them in my life ASAP!

I also discovered that even though I LOVE taking a bath, I am not exaggerating when I tell you I can sit in there for a couple of hours or more, when my husband runs an errand and I can’t get out alone (my knee would have gotten wet and I didn’t think that was OK) I feel like I have to get out within a few minutes. It’s a brain game, I tell ya! I felt STUCK!

Saturday, my mom and I went on a date for dinner and to Whole Foods.

Spicy Tuna Roll

Spicy Tuna Roll

Veggie stir fry with tofu

Veggie stir fry with tofu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was delicious and I enjoyed getting out of the house, but when I woke up Sunday, my leg was aching and sore like never before! Whew! I believe I overdid it for the first time out of the gate! We saved Wal-Mart for Sunday and I rode a cart. That was a fun experience.  Can’t you tell by the look on my face?

This is my "I really don't wanna ride this cart but don't have much of a choice" face

This is my “I really don’t wanna ride this cart but don’t have much of a choice” face

That brings us up to right now. I am back on the sofa with my leg propped up and praying tomorrow is better!

I can’t wait to go to the doctor Wednesday so I can find out his expectations on when I will be “fully” recovered and when I can start exercising. I have already put my FitBit back on because, well, I just wanted to.  I took it off for the last few weeks before surgery because seeing just how little movement I was getting was very depressing. Hopefully now it’ll start creeping back up little by little!

Leave a comment and tell me one thing you did this weekend that is going to make this Monday marvelous for you?

 

 

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