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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Social: Random Thoughts

Good Sunday morning to you.  This past week flew by. I lost a special friend, I've worked on getting my life packed up to move next week, all while continuing on my normal life and working.  I'm worn out!  It's time for a break this morning and you know what that means. It's that time of the week.  Time for Sunday Social.



1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
I think this is an odd question, but one I'm sure I would have believed more profound when I was in my 20's.  In my 40's, I've been through many things.  Luckily, I have never lost a parent.  I think that would have to be one of the most difficult things.  I've never lost a sibling.  That would rank up there with losing a parent, I believe.  I think the most difficult thing I have ever been through is losing my house.  My home.  The place where I thought I would spend the rest of my life.  It's a long story, and I will not bore you with it.  I will only say that the economy took it's toll on my life a few years ago and we lost our house to foreclosure.  It was hard. It was emotional.  I was angry.  No, I was livid that this was happening to me.  I think in some respects, I'm still angry.  I am trying to forgive, but some days it takes everything I have.

I had this epiphany the other day.  I was sitting in the Baptist Church (I'm Methodist, y'all) watching a slide show of the life that was my friend, Ray's.  I was thinking about how we work so hard to have these things.  Yet, to be truly close with God, you need nothing.  It is what you give to others that matters.  Whether it's a smile or lending a hand, it's what you give that is going fill you up.  That single thought has given me comfort. It's not what you have, it's what you do with you have that counts.

2. What was your best birthday?
Hmm, when I got my driver's license?  When I turned 21?  I don't know.  I remember these fabulously fun skating parties when I was young.  I loved those parties.  I remember a surprise party for my 18th birthday that my two best friends planned with my mom.  Two of my best friends and I had a fabulous 30th birthday party complete with the Fairlanes playing for us.  I'm no sure what my best birthday was, but I know that I always celebrate another year of living!

3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
Being the small city that is High Point, we have lots of great things here.  We are the furniture city capital of the world.  I don't think I could narrow down just one thing that I've done here that is my favorite.  I enjoy attending the Cycling City Classic.  I enjoy running in the Rives 5K.  I enjoy all of the arts around our great city.  If I had to pick a bucket list item that I checked off in my own city, it would be seeing Peter Frampton live at a Market Party.  Intimate setting, but still the full performance.

4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
One of my favorite date nights is Mexican at San Luis.  Good food, cold beverages, and excellent prices.

5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? If so which one(s)? If not do you want to?
I have never been to a blogging conference. I used to want to go to one, but I've not been all about my blog as I once was.  Today, I'm happy just posting when I can and meeting bloggers through blog hops.  I'm not in it for the money.

Well, I'm off to Costco with my parents.
Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Social: The Special People

Good Sunday morning to you.  I hope you've had a great weekend.  I have been busy packing up to move. I can't wait.  I'm moving closer to my parents and back into a neighborhood where I can get out and walk and ride my bike.  I'm really excited about it, but we all know how much fun it is to move (it's not).  Just a few more weeks, though.



1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
I'm the oldest of 4 children.  I have a brother and two sisters.  We are all very close and live in the same area....in close proximity to our parents. Holidays and birthdays are a big deal and celebrated in grand fashion.  We fight, we bicker, but we love each other.  Blood is thicker than water and you should never forget that when messing with one of us.







2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.

Hubs is five years older than me.  We have been married for 11 years and together for 14.  He loves to snow ski and is a member of the Ski Patrol.  He is a middle child and has an older brother and sister.  




3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
My fur babies are our kids.  Daisy is my 17 year-old Westie.  She's been with me most of my adult life!  Gracie is our younger baby, but a 7, she's no spring chicken.  She was a rescue and is the smartest dog.  Our mailman told us once that she was much more hostile toward intruders if I was home alone.  Gracie loved our mailman, so for him to notice that meant a lot to us.


4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
Jeez...my best friends range from BFF to sisters from other mothers.  Some, if not most, I've know for my entire life.  We love and fight like real siblings.  They are my Framily.  We have fun together, we run together.  I am blessed by the MANY, MANY friends I have!








5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.
Are there any others?  There are a lot of people that I work with that I love.  I am very lucky to have these mentors and friends in my life.

Happy Sunday Funday!
Go Argentina!
xoxo,
Laurie

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Social: That's Entertainment

You may have noticed that I had to re-post last week's Sunday Social.  I was not pleased about that at all.  I have started using different methods of posting. Sometimes my lap top with a finicky T key (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't), my iPhone, and my tablet.  I'm wondering if this has anything to do with it.  

So, since I had to "re-post" last week's Sunday Social, I'm now ready to move on to this week's questions.  Hoping to complete the post in one sitting so I do not have that issue again.  Here's goes:



1. Favorite Genre of Music?
I love all kinds of music, but Rock and Pop are my favorite.  I believe I equally love Motown, disco, and 80's music--Duran Duran being my favorite.  I love Depeche and the Dead, too, though, so I love all kinds of music.  Sometimes it depends on my mood.  Yesterday, I was cleaning out an old file cabinet and I was dancing around the garage to some good ol' funk from the 70's.  

2. Favorite Genre of movies?
Romantic Comedies.  Nora Ephron, rest in peace.  Nothing will ever be the same now.  I could watch When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle over and over again!  Seriously, if one of those movies is on TV, I will rearrange my errands, or chores so I can watch it.


3. Do you watch Reality TV? 
If so what was the first show you remember watching
I am not a fan of reality TV, but that doesn't mean I've never seen it.   I was in college when MTV started the Real World series.   That Halloween, I happened to live in a house with three guys and two other girls.  We "dressed up" as the Real World ECU that year.  

4. Actress you’d want to be BFF’s with?
This will show my age for sure, but Meryl Streep.  I think she'd be a fabulous BFF.

5. Actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with?


Tom Hanks.  He seems to be the kind of person that would be resourceful.  Or am I just remembering an old movie?  If I'm going to be stuck on an island with someone, I want them to be resourceful and full of interesting conversation. 

Next Week's Questions:

1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.

Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Social: A Little Bit About Me

Dear Blogger,

Today I am quiteconfused. I have last week's Sunday Social showing as a draft, yet there have been many page views and even a couple of comments.  So, where is the completed published version from last week?  In case you missed it, here it is:

Sunday Social, June 30th
1.  What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?
Well, I sarted out as a pre-pharmacy major, but I had a little too much fun my freshman year. I ended up transferring and majoring in Interior Design and Art History.

2. Best purchase you’ve made lately?
About two months ago, I bought a Bissell Steam Carpet Cleaner. Best money I have spent in a long time.

3. Something silly we don’t know about you and go…
As I have gotten older, I have become more of a germaphobe.  I think this qualifies as silly, but things that didn't bother me ten years ago totally gross me out now.

4. Favorite Holiday?
Christmas.  The family, the food, the tradition of Christmas itself.  Everything about the holiday makes me happy.

5. The first thing you do when you wake up?
Well.....surprise.....I check my phone. Mostly because I have started using it as my alarm and its right there.  I then get up and do my morning rituals--brush my teeth, etc.  Then i's off to the gym.

I guess I will see what happens when I hit publish again???  So weird.
Happy Sunday!
xoxo,
Laurie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

InstaHappy: I Love Summer

Let's Do This!  I am filled with excitement today waiting the FIFA World Cup USA v. Germany game.   Excitement and nerves.  I can' decide if I should take my lunch hour and watch or not
#LetsDoThis
We Believe that We Will Win!
Go USA!

Some of my favorite Instagram photos from earlier in the week. 
They make me happy today.



Happy Lil' Friday!
xoxo,
Laurie


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Social: I'm Finally Back

I was so excited to get linked back up today.  I've been absent from blogging for a while, but I realized I had plenty of ways to get back into it.  These great blogs hops  never let me down.  There is really nothing I love more than a good list.

1. What’s your favorite scary movie?
I hate scary movies.  I have not one favorite.

2. What is your favorite weird TV show you think no one else watches?
I don't think it's a weird show, but I love The Goldbergs. I know very few people who watch it.  Yet, it's hilarious!  For a brief moment, I thought I may have gone to school with the creator it was so familiar.  Just a true child of the 80's--big hair, big music, big earrings.


3. What is the song you can sing all the words to without any music? 
Wow...Hmm...I believe you'd be lying if you said you couldn't sing "I Will Survive," by Gloria Gaynor, without the music.  Seriously...you're thinking about it right now.
"At first I was afraid. I was petrified.  Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side."  Go ahead....belt it out.  I'll wait.

4. What is your favorite book to re read? 
I've read the Great Gatsby more times than I can count.

5. The one website you visit more times a day than others? 
During the work week: Linked In
All other times:  Facebook--sad but true

Next Week's Questions:
. 1.  What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?
2. Best purchase you’ve made lately?
3. Something silly we don’t know about you and go…
4. Favorite Holiday?
5. The first thing you do when you wake up?

Happy Sunday, y'all!
xoxo,
Laurie

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Happy Summer Solstice!

The epitome of summer for me.
Happy Saturday!
xoxo,
Laurie

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