Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It is finally the end of 2013

This year has zipped by fast and moved at the speed of a slothy turtlesnail (totally made up a slower than slow animal hybrid right there) at the same time. 

My year in review on BookFace reminded me of things that seemed so long ago.  So many memories that I could not believe were all this year.  I think because of the daily routine getting monotonous, it makes it easy to forget about the little bits in between that break it up. 

I am glad though to say goodbye to 2013. While a lot of great things happened, one thing that was dreary and loomed overhead was this divorce thing.  I spent the whole year waiting and going to court dates for absolutely no reason at all since I am still not divorced. Can you believe it?

Enough of that, let us now talk about New Years Resolutions.
My New Years Resolution for 2013 was that I was going to learn to grow things in my yard.  I failed at that big time because I didn't even try.  Well, I failed at gardening since I didn't try.  I did try to plant grass seed in my backyard and failed at that because apparently the earth is fertilized with satan's sweat.   Anyhow, I might try that again for 2014. My child will probably will enjoy it as well. 

One thing that I did work hard on in 2013 and will continue to do is to look for the positive in everything to outshine the negatives.  In years past I have not done this.  I have focused on the bad things that come up and dwell on them.  I let them take over and control my life. I don't want to be sad and angry so I put my foot down.  I will continue that for 2014.  

My resolutions for 2014 will be... 
Here is a drum roll if you need it.

  • Continue to look for the good things every day
  • Get back to eating healthier (while I looked at the good things, I still ate my feelings)
  • Attempt gardening (I can at least plant one plant)
  • Try to move around more (or exercise)

I think that should do it. Maybe. 

And now a video.  Drum that into your head.  


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sometimes Christmas Day sucks a little

I can see why holidays are depressing to people and why a great number of people hate them.
Queue up Oscar the Grouch singing "I Hate Christmas" - wait, let me do that for you.

The holidays were a little hard last year and I guess they will be from here on out.

Something that really sucks is NOT having your child home with you on Christmas.  I am not talking about when they get older and move out, I am talking about when they are four years old and they spend the holiday with the other parent.  This is where divorce REALLY sucks.  I know I need to look at the bright side, my child is alive and I will have him back.   Still IT IS HARD on Christmas morning to not let it bring me down. This is how Christmas gets depressing.

One thing that I did to compensate for my Christmas morning being childless was that I wrote Santa a letter and asked him if he could come early (my child loved this idea).  Santa came on the 23rd so that we could have two full days to play with all the toys and even left a note for my son thanking him for allowing him to visit us early.

This has been pretty fun, playing all day for two full days with Christmas toys...but the fun had to come to an end and I now I am left with an empty house on Christmas.  Well, not totally empty as there are TOYS EVERYWHERE!

I am not going to mess with that right now as Santa finally brought me the game of the year edition to one of my favorite games (Fallout 3) and now it is time for mimosas and survival in the capitol wasteland.

Before I go, let me share a handful of horrible Christmas songs that I found this morning and made me cringe and laugh.

NKOTB - Funky Funky Christmas

Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Ozzy and Jessica Simpson - Winter Wonderland

David Hasselhoff - The Christmas Song

Cyndi Lauper - Christmas Congo

There is also a version of the Macarena for Christmas but I will let you find that one yourself.

Happy Holidays! Now onto mimosas and video games!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hot Wheels - not just for boys

Just a tiny post regarding toys.  

It is Christmas time.  Have you gotten a request from a boy or girl that wanted a toy that was traditionally for the opposite sex?  Why do we still have toys that look too boyish or and why are all girl toys pink? 

I had a request from my niece for Hot Wheels and tracks.  Not that I was expecting to find cutesy cars, but she is young and loves princess stuff.  Hot Wheels seemed so grown up and masculine.

So, with an idea from my best friend who put flower stickers on a remote control car for her niece - I DID THE SAME!  I had some old "nail art" stickers that were the perfect size to stick on those cars. 
They turned out pretty cute.  I love that orange one.  Malibu Barbie anyone?  She is going to love these!

Friday, December 13, 2013

a smidge of karma perhaps?

Those of you who know me or are familiar with my blog know that I have been going through a divorce which has now been going on for over a year.

I have been separated from my husband for 14 months and divorce has been pending for over 10 months. I am sure that I am not really supposed to discuss details of what happened and such since it is pending...but you can read how I announced it back here to give you a little idea.

I just want to do a tiny bitch about how this hasn't been fair. It isn't fair that this is still dragging on.  It isn't fair that I have two days this month that are completely screwed up where I have to deal with court stuff.  It also isn't fair that I am now being harassed by a weirdly jealous soon-to-be-ex-husband...STBEH? That is just too long and a stupid abbreviation. Maybe there is another name that could be used.
FOUND IT!.  Wasband.  Anyway, I mentioned weirdly jealous.  That is all I can come up with. My wasband is jealous.  See, he found out that I am dating.  While going through this divorce BS, I started seeing someone and now it is just eating up my wasband inside.

Last week started the flood of harassing texts.  Texts that were accusatory.  Texts that called me a liar. Texts that were utterly ridiculous considering all of the facts.  Tonight with him bringing back my child is when the snide comments started.  Snide comments in front of our four year old son.  This is unacceptable.  Unacceptable to act like a jealous child in front of your child and definitely unacceptable to act this way in MY house, my house that I don't even want my wasband in, but to show my child that I am a bigger person and can handle myself as an adult, I allow exchanges to take place in my home. 

I guess somehow the wasband is using this to justify himself in some way.  Somehow if he can turn the relationship that I started while in the divorce process into the reason for our divorce, then the wasband was never in the wrong. Or maybe I am supposed to grieve this marriage and be a lonely widow forever.

This whole experience just makes it seem that I never knew him and he never knew me.  In spite of being in a relationship since 2004 and being married since 2007, somehow we are strangers.

One thing that I have struggled with is that marriage meant something to me. It was knowing that you had that person by your side that planned on being by your side until the end, your team mate, your person that was there no matter what -but what happens when you find out everything you thought was just a lie? That for years you were the only one that thought they were a team.  It is a crazy feeling.  That feeling of thoughts and ideas crumbling around you. I bitched a bit about this back here.

So my struggle for a good part of 2013 was when is it okay to date? Is there a rule?  Technically I am still married and it seems like I will be well into 2014.  I will admit that in the beginning, it didn't seem right. Like I am the one that is doing something wrong. But after a lot of working things out in my mind, basically what I have come up with is that I deserve to be happy.  There is no reason why I need to be alone the rest of my life or become the crazy cat lady.

I know there is a grieving period for the death of the marriage and all the other steps.  My marriage had been over for quite some time in the eyes of my partner and once I had come upon that realization, I was awoken at once and did not grieve anymore on something that wasn't even real. It was a waste of time and that was over a year ago.  I was lucky in finding out so soon after the separation how he really felt about me and the marriage. That closure allowed me to move on and concentrate on being the best mother I could be to my child and making sure I did everything in my power to make sure that my child was surrounded by positive energy.

There are so many things to think about when you start dating someone and even more so when you think about how that person might feel about you still being in the divorce process, having a child that lives with you and how that would effect the child.  So much to deal with and believe me, I have thought out everything.

Still, me stressing out over starting a relationship after marriage probably isn't as stressful as all the sneaking involved in starting one during a marriage.

So is this new harassment from the wasband jealousy? Is this karma coming around in some way?  I really don't care.  I am happy.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Vintage Jewelry Box Makover

It is time for another craft on this blog!

I became a sales consultant for JewelScent (shameless plug) and am now addicted.  That thrill of possibly finding real treasure in a product that is awesome by itself?  It is like being a kid and digging your hand in the bottom of the cereal box for the prize!

Anyhow, I have accumulated a nice stack of rings (did I mention that every single JewelScent product contains a ring valued between $10 and $7500?) and will end up with more when my next shipment arrives.  Sooo I have been trying to think of what I could get that will be a cute ring holder for keeping them in and also for display when I am out peddling my product.
While browsing at an antique mall, I found a fun vintage jewelry box and suitcase in the same booth and they were both a blue/green color and coordinated nicely.  I bought them both.  I had already imagined how fun these would be displaying my products.  This post will be all about the jewelry box.  I am still not sure what I want to do with the suitcase yet.

I searched the internet for iideas and found this blog that used multiple fabrics and a cigar box.  I was inspired!

Things you will need:

  • Box  (this can be a jewelry box, cigar box, old small drawer...anything)
  • Foam (I used 1" high-density foam)
  • Fabric
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • marker
I had thought I would be having a ton of fabric cut but I found these bundles of fabric at Joann Fabric and Crafts.  This bundle was called "Fat Eights" and it was on sale this week!  PERFECT!
I just want to point out how cute the fabric is.  
I love all the patterns and colors in this bunch!  It is actually enough to do at least two more jewelry boxes!


I first scrubbed the box with a soft bristle brush and dish soap to get some of the grime off.  I love that it isn't perfect and has worn corners. I found myself daydreaming a little, imagining the treasures that it once held.

Then I ripped out the dirty pink velvet in the tray and the dirty silky background so I could use those for patterns.  I wish the velvet in the bottom would come out. Oh well, I will just glue over that.
I used the tray as a pattern for the foam size and the backing as a new pattern for that.
I also cut a piece of foam for the bottom.  I then measured and cut the foam into one inch slices.  I used scissors which it made it kind of jagged, but it is not noticeable once the fabric has been wrapped on it.
I then ironed out the wrinkles in the fabric and began covering my foam slices.  I just wrapped around the foam and glued the fabric to the bottom of the foam and glued the ends down. 
The pink fabric on the inside/back of the jewelry box had been glued on heavy cardboard.  I just removed as much of the fabric that I could and then glued my fabric over the top and around the edges and put right back in the box.  My fabric was a little thin so I ironed on fusible webbing to the back and then slipped it behind the tray and glued it in.

I then lined up my fabric covered foam slices in the jewelry box.  You could glue these down.  I had intended to, but it all fit so snugly that I didn't feel that I needed it. 
In total this project cost me an evening of crafting and around $25 total for the vintage jewelry box, the foam, and the fabric.  I have leftover foam and fabric for future projects and a jewelry box that is PERFECT for me!

Friday, November 8, 2013

WTF (Weekly Terrible Film) - Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Man, I haven't done one of these "WTF" posts in a while.

My friend Beth over at Craves, Caves, and Graves suggested this film and boy was I glad she did.

I am going to start this out with a famous quote.
Don't judge a book by its cover - George Elliot, 1860

Seriously.  This entire movie would not have happened if those dumb kids did not judge Tucker and Dale by their appearance - I am glad those kids were dumb because this was great!

Well crap, I called them kids twice in the previous paragraph.  I just turned old folks!

I really don't want to get into too much of the story because you just have to watch it, especially if you like love stories within goofy horror movies having ridiculous accidental deaths that end up being fueled by revenge on a sort of urban legend.  

Did I mention Tucker and Dale have a vacation home?  

Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I started writing this yesterday and had to push this aside due to my sick child.

It is November and I have finally put my Halloween decorations away. Lots of my FB friends (and I am sure yours also) are posting what they are thankful for each day.  I am not going to join in, instead I thought I would write a blog post.
There are so many things to be thankful for - health, my son, family, friends, living in a free country - crap, right now I am thankful of all the Halloween candy that my child raked in and that IFC is playing Mystery Men.

But in all seriousness, there are just too many things to list.

I think though besides my son, what I am most thankful for are my friends and family.  This past year has had a lot of downs and it was all of you that helped me get through.  Being there, supporting me, caring, sharing your photos and stories to let me escape my life  for a minute.

I know there are a lot of people in similar situations where it seems like a constant stream of crap going wrong.  It gets easy to dwell on all the crap that sucks in your life and it can overtake you so easily. We just have to constantly remind ourselves of all the great things in our lives and know that all the crap we endure just makes us stronger.  Just like Beth said on The Walking Dead, "We've all got jobs to do."  ..so we just have to shake it out and be thankful for all that is right.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

More Halloween decorating ideas!

Do you ever feel that once you start adding Halloween decorations that some art is just not creepy enough?

 I was feeling that with my above pictures.  I have transformed much of my living room over to Halloween...they just didn't fit.  These hang above my couch.  I had an idea!  I had a few pictures of my child wearing silly masks at a Halloween store...what if I did something with them?

My pictures have deep frames and no glass (of course if they were glass this would be so much simpler!).

I had three photos printed at Walgreens as 8x10.  You can edit pictures to have special color or borders.  I also purchased some foam core and poster board from the dollar store.

I cut the foam core to fit just right in the frame. Glued small pieces around the edges since it seemed to sit in too deep and added some ribbon pieces at the bottom so I would be able to pull it out easy.

I cut strips of orange construction paper to make a sort of "frame" around the edge between the frame of my pictures and the foam core board and then glued my photos in the center.  I then added some cheese cloth to complete the look.
Happy Decorating!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween book addition!

I needed one more book!

In watching Beetlejuice the other night, I realized that my Halloween Book collection was missing something.  It was missing the Handbook for the Recently Deceased!

I did a Google search and found several blogs where people just Mod Podged an image on a cardboard book.  I had some more books from the junk pile so I used those.

This one could not have been easier.  One of my books was already the perfect color, all I had to do was do a Google image search, print, paste...and BOOM!  A most awesome addition!

 Easiest craft yet!

Monday, October 7, 2013

It is October!

If you know me or have been on my blog before, you know that I love Halloween and it is my favorite month...but then you also know that last October kind if sucked big time. A year ago this date I was home most of the afternoon with my family having what I thought was a fun lazy Sunday...only to discover later on that my husband had been having his own not so lazy Sunday.  I say "not so lazy" as it must have been hard to juggle needy girlfriend chat with family time.

Yes, it was this very date (right before I was going to bed) that I discovered the all day long chat thread with him and his girlfriend that ended with the "I luv u" and "I luv u 2" crap.  A whole day of chatting about what was going on.  All of the things he was doing with his family...but the husband left out any mention of the wife. It was just all about what him and his son were doing.

on second thought, I will not cherish that either.
While it is shocking to discover that betrayal...I think the most upsetting thing about it all is reading a chat thread where it accounts for the entire day but it is like you didn't even exist.  It sucked to find out that you did not matter at all to that person.  To be invisible, non-existent. To find out that you didn't matter enough to your other half for them to have the decency/strength/nerve/etc to say; "by the way, you know that affair that you suspected me of years ago?  You were right.  I was and have continued to have an affair.  I am sorry that I made you feel like a complete idiot for having those thoughts.  I am also sorry that I denied it for so long after your discovery and acted like I was the victim in this.  I have a problem as I am a liar and I must think I am a spy because I have been living this double life."

I really do not understand how people can be this way. I know there are millions of people that are this way doing this very thing to the person that they are married to and supposedly love.  It is not right.  It isn't fair - but what where we taught when we were younger? LIFE IS NOT FAIR.  It is hard to remember that sometimes.

While it is easy to dwell on the shittiest shit and the fact that he will have to stay in my life because I have a child with him, I know I need to shake it off and be happy with all of the amazing things in my life..because let's face it, the only thing that I have lost is a person who didn't see me as any value at all.  Seriously, that is all I have lost.  I did not lose any friends or family over this.  I am more myself than I have been in a long time.  I need to keep viewing that as a win because of all that I have gained, I have come out of this a better person.

And now a song break.  This one has been playing in my head off and on for the last year.

Monday, September 9, 2013

A thought for Monday...

Just a Monday gripe as I am thinking about a court date coming near...

This really has just taken too damn long.  I don't understand why the reasoning is with this.  It is all because of the courts and how backed up they are.  In the end they look at the best interest of the child for everything...but how can this really be so when it takes so long?  So long with no rules and trying to work out visits and financials on your own and just having to take whatever the other is willing to give.  No wonder so many people end up so bitter and angry.

Let me tell you two significant things that can happen while you are waiting on your divorce because it takes SO LONG because the system is screwed up...

An entire five lane bridge can be imploded, rebuilt, and reopened (Blanchette Bridge) AND my teeth can get straightened.  

If you didn't click on the link above, there are pictures of when they destroyed the bridge. Pretty amazing. I am really glad they are finished with that.  In the winter months the noise at night of them working on it just echoed through the trees and buildings and kept me up at night.

Seriously, I have been doing those invisiligns all year and it is amazing.  If you are an adult and don't have straight teeth and have orthodontic allowance on your plan, look into it.  Remember my post from July, I gave a little advice.  Don't put yourself in last place.  I know it is easy to spend money on other things, but I am telling you that had I felt like I mattered at that time I would have gotten these invisiligns sooner.  I had a gap where I had an extra tooth that was pulled when I was younger and the traditional braces didn't work out. I was always self conscious of that space in my teeth and wish that my extra tooth had never been pulled.  As I felt like we didn't have the money to spend on me, I never looked into it at all...SO I HAD NO CLUE ON THE EXCELLENT DENTAL PLAN THAT I HAD THAT I WONT HAVE ONCE I AM DIVORCED. It took the realization that I probably wouldn't have insurance once my divorce was final to make appointments and look into things while I could. My plan made the invisiligns nearly half price and my dentist works out a monthly payment plan. It is only about $125 a month for mine.  Really that could be the cost of your cable/internet for a month.  Okay, so I don't even have that to spend at this time (thank goodness for mom and dad taking on that payment for me because really, who knows if I will have dental insurance or even a plan that would cover anything). So by the time my divorce is final, I will have perfect teeth.  Pretty amazing.

End of gripe.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Spooky Halloween Books

A craft! A craft!
It has been so long since I have posted a craft!

I work at a home decor store and you cannot imagine how excited I am when the Halloween merchandise comes in!  We have this fun Halloween decoration that is made of resin and to look like a set of Halloween themed books. We had something similar last year and I was sad that I missed out and was tempted to buy them this year until I realized that I could totally make that.

Seriously, books can be purchased for next to nothing at resale shops...so why not paint real books myself?

I was able to do this craft for super cheap (like under $10 only because I could not find my Mod Podge and then I bought a sheet of Halloween paper).  I had Everything else!  Paints, Sharpies, gold pens - Even a stack of books in the basement that I had forgotten about that I had planned on getting rid of!

I am almost embarrassed to post this picture of the books.  Yeah, they are all diet/weight loss books.  I did not buy any of them.  They were just given to me over the years.  It is funny, it didn't seem rude to be given all of these books until they were in a stack - but Anyhow, time to turn these stupid old books into something awesome!
before removing paper cover
after removing paper cover
Things you will need:

  • Old books
  • Acrylic Paints and brushes
  • Gold/Silver/Black Sharpies or paint pens
  • scrapbook paper
  • stickers/embelishments
  • Mod Podge

First I searched the internets to see if I could find any inspiration or other tutorials and the only one I could find was this one...so a few more ideas for you guys.

Let's get started.  My books had shiny paper covers and underneath them was the perfect surface for painting!  (if yours has covers, don't pitch them just yet! Those covers are nice for laying out to catch the paint drips!) I made all of my books different colors and had fun blending the colors.   One book (Brews), I used the Mod Podge to attach Halloween scrap book paper to the front of the book.  It was really easy to line it up along the taped edge and just cut off the excess after the first coat of Mod Podge dried. .  You could use the Mod Podge to stick just about anything onto your book (ribbons, decals, stickers, gems, glitter).

I painted all of the page edges either gold or silver since most of my books were crisp white and I didn't want that!  Doing this made them all stick together which worked out perfectly!

Now the fun part - DECORATING THE BOOKS!

Book Titles - I have 7 books and I came up with
Conjuring  ~ Hexes for Exes~ Curses ~ Voodoo ~ Book of Spells ~ Potions ~ Brews
(totally made the "Hexes for Exes" on purpose to give myself something to chuckle about)

Here is where you can get super creative.  You could print out fancy labels and glue them on or use sticker letters if you want them perfect...but I thought the handwritten imperfections added to the spookiness - well, that is what I am going to keep telling myself anyway!  I just Googled some fonts for inspiration and even drew on some of them.

I decorated the spine, front of the book, and the backs of some of the books.  I wasn't sure how I would end up displaying them yet and wanted to make sure they would look good all around.  After you are finished decorating the books, cover with several coats of Mod Podge.  This will give a nice clear coat to the books and make the finish durable. I went over the edges of the pages as well to really help everything stick together.

I had more fun making these than I probably should have.  Now will be the agony of waiting to decorate for Halloween - but really, it is September...Halloween is just next month, do I have to wait?


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gutter Talk

I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with this blog post, I just knew that I wanted to work it around a photo of dead things in my neighbor's gutter...so let me just call this one

Everyone that follows my blog knows that I do not have a special place in my heart for my neighbor. ( If you haven't followed along or want a refresher, posts can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Not really sure how she doesn't have water damage the way the shingles seem to go behind the gutter..but whatever, not my problem.

Oh yeah, we were going to talk about gutter gardens.  They can be quite successful and are pretty great for mounting to a fence or building.  I mean, we spend hours cleaning dirt and plants out of gutters throughout the year, so why not put it all there on purpose?

Before we went the month of July without having much rain, her little trees and plants in those gutters were really thriving and were kind of ridiculously tall, well ridiculously tall for things growing in gutters on top of a house.  Wait, is she trying to have a green roof or a living roof?  Nope.  Just lazy and she doesn't clean her gutters.

I could post a ton of really amazing gutter gardens, but you can do a search on Pinterest and find them.  My plan for next spring/summer is to have something like this going for me.  My back yard has so much shade but on one side, the fence gets some good sun.  I totally could mount some gutters and set up irrigation with them and grow something!

That will be my plan.  Someone hold me accountable for this!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hello my friends!

I haven't posted in quite a while (other than the WTF post from today.  Kind of funny how a ridiculous movie about a shark/weather situation can inspire you to blog.  HAHAA!).  I'm still alive. I actually started writing this post about a week ago but never completed or posted it.

My brain still thinks of things.  Lots of things.  Sometimes it wont shut up and I can't sleep.  I am not sure if the following will even make sense.  It might just be a jumbled mess of words.  Oh well, I want them out of my head for right now.

If you keep up with my blog or know me, you know that I am in the middle of a divorce.  It sucks.  You can get married in an instant but it can take a year for it to end.

Divorce is a bitch.  No one planning their wedding plans out how it will end also.

I am at a point in my life where this is definitely not where I had planned on being.  When you assume that you wont ever end up getting married and are certain you don't want kids...but then you end up married, then when you find out you are pregnant...  You think; "yeah, we can do this because we are a team!  We are going to go through this together!"

Then what?  What do you do when your other team member decided that they were going to secretly trade themselves to another team?  When you have quit your job to stay home and help your child that is behind in development.  What do you do?  What do you do while you are in limbo waiting for divorce to finalize?  Do you do as you have been doing or do you do what is necessary to survive?

I have been trying to keep everything the same for my child.  I have not changed my routine.  Let me tell you though, it is a bitch.  Not having any money and being dependent on others.  It really sucks.  It is depressing.

I am not going to get into anymore details about all the things that suck (there is a long list of things that suck and that saying, you know the one... "When it rains, it pours" makes total sense every day) and that feeling of limbo, bleh...but what I will do is give a little advice that I have learned.

Don't put yourself in last place.
I know like most wives and mothers, you are living for your family.  Worrying/doting/caring...I am not saying don't do that.  Also not saying to make yourself #1.  At least put yourself in the same place as your husband/wife/partner/lover/significant other/etc.   Make yourself just as important because YOU MATTER.  Simply put, just take care of yourself.  I didn't do things because I didn't think that spending money on me for things rather than my family was something I wanted to do.  Now I am scrambling with some things because I have no clue what my insurance situation will be when this is over.  I found out this week that one of the things isn't going to end up being a surgery...that has been a fear as of lately.

This leads me to another point...

Prepare for your future.
I hadn't worked a job that had 401K nor did I really have a savings.  Getting old and retiring wasn't something that I had really even thought about before I got married either.  Not that I thought I would be young forever or thought I would marry into money.  I just never thought about the future.  When I had my child, it somehow clicked that I had a future to plan for and was glad that my husband's job had that taken care of for the most part.  I have no clue what the future will bring now.

I wish that I would have started saving a long time ago.

Don't be the only one that takes pictures.
There always seems to be one person in the family that takes the photos..and takes a lot of them.  Well, that is me.  I like to look and reminisce about fun moments in time.  I got really nuts with the photos once the child came into my life.  The trouble with me taking all the photos?  Well, I have tons of photos of my child growing up that contain my future ex-husband.  Great.  There are some vacations where you wouldn't even know that I went.  It simply looks like a father and son trip.

Don't let opportunities pass you by.
When you are in this limbo stage, this purgatory between marriage and divorce, a lot of thinking happens.  You think of all the paths not taken and the paths you ran down.  Don't put things off.  I don't mean things like doing the dishes and cleaning house.  Let that stuff go to do other things.  I have a sink full of dishes and a kitchen table that I cannot see the surface of currently because I let that crap go to have the most fun that I could with my son. I have been trying to do as much fun as I can with him when money and the weather allows.  There are so many fun things to do in the St. Louis area and it is so much fun to make memories with him...and take plenty of pictures of the two of us now.

Appreciate and communicate with your friends and family.
Sometimes it seems people get wrapped up in their own lives.  It is an easy thing to do.  I have lots of friends that have gotten married/in relationships and/or have had children and kind of drop off the face of the Earth. Important life events take up lots of time...planning weddings, having kids...it is a lot of work. Without Facebook, what would we do?  That being said, we all need to do more.  Just seeing and posting things on Facebook is how we know what is going on without actually talking to people.  We have created this society of social awkwardness.  We know everything because of posts on social media so when we are with these people at a gathering, we have no clue what to talk about because we are afraid we will sound like we are lurkers.  So talk to your friends, at least send them a private message or text now and then asking how they are.  Seriously.  There could come a time where you don't have these friends because you lost touch with them.  I need to follow this a little better.

I am sure I will post other "nuggets of wisdom"  (AKA: "Things I have learned from my mistakes") as I continue this journey, but that is all I have now. 

WTF (Weekly Terrible Film) - Sharknado

It is a simple formula in the math of SYFY.  Shark + tornadoes = Sharknado.

The SYFY original movies have become something wonderful. Next week there is a film called "Blast Vegas" and I am sure it will be fantabulous!

With Sharknado, SYFY has come up with a masterpiece!  This seriously is the "BEST" ridiculous SYFY movie so far.

This movie stars Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, and John Heard.  Two of them should be proud as this is the finest film they have been involved in.

John Heard should not be proud.  He has been in so much and I cannot unsee him as Kevin McCallister's dad from the Home Alone franchise.

For this WTF, I will just post the picture I took of my television of the BEST SCENE EVER and let you read the ridiculous FB thread as friends watched the movie.

While it is possible that there might be spoilers, I think it will just make you want to watch the movie even more.
What is happening in this picture?  Do you want to know?  Avert your eyes if you don't want this spoiler...but this is one of the last scenes of the movie.  That is Ian Zeiring with a chainsaw jumping into the mouth of a shark that is falling from the sky.  He goes in, everyone thinks he has died to save them...but low and behold, the most predictable thing happens - he cuts himself out the back of the shark with the chainsaw.  Yes.  That happened.

And now the ridiculous FB Thread.  I am the green comments.

I tried to find a sound clip of the song at the end credits and was not successful.  It was like the "Dog Show" SNL skit with just a drum banging and people yelling...except instead of yelling "Dog Show!" they yelled "SHARKS!"

If you love ridiculous movies or just need something to laugh at, GO WATCH THIS MOVIE!