Happy birthday mom

Today would have been my mother’s birthday, in her honor I’ve stopped to look at the flowers and enjoyed a cupcake.


She was a great cook, a natural nurse, a full-time teacher and a creative story-teller. She was a personal shopper, a seamstress, a psychologist and a chauffeur. With all of her many jobs and responsibilities she raised 3 kids. Her favorite quote was, “just when the caterpillar thought it’s life was over, it became a butterfly.”


Happy birthday mom, I miss you everyday


I can breathe again…

Let there be air conditioning, can I just say one more time that one of the worst things is to be stuck in Florida without air conditioning. Last time my air went out due to a storm, this time there was a problem with the fan. Both times I was hot and miserable, this time I was tempted to crash on Jilly’s couch. Living in Florida air is a necessity, it’s easier to sleep at night and in getting my hair ready for work in the morning. Thankfully last night wasn’t too hot and it was fixed today.


Unfortunately like the saying goes when it rain it pours, my car insurance bill is due by the 25th this month and I just got into a car accident. Wasn’t my fault but Florida is considered a no fault state, so we’ll see how this works. I was hit by someone while my car was parked, thankfully they left a note, but it’s still a bit aggravating having to deal with rental car agencies and insurance companies.

On a bright spot I have a quasi date tonight with Jason, today I’m introducing him to my friends. Tonight would be one of my normal happy hours with friends, so I checked with all parties involved and everyone seems ok with him being there. I’m a little nervous but I think everyone should like him, he always has the manners of a true southern gentlemen. Our first date together was an impromptu bowling date and he brought me daisies.

He holds the doors, he says ma’am and sir to his elders, and is respectful of anyone waiting on us. Part of me really wonders why he’s single and the other part is saying don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. He was engaged once like me, he said that they realized before getting married that they wanted different things out of life.

Before I forget this week’s fortune was, “You will inherit an unexpected sum of money within the year”. While I could use the money inheriting is not a good thing for me, even though I gain something I had to lose someone in the process.


Fingers crossed that everyone is healthy and happy and that all goes well tonight with my friends and my beau. It’s kind of nice saying that, haven’t used that word or anything like it in a while. Regardless of how things go tonight, he’s not meeting the family any time soon, one step at a time right. Wish me luck.

One step at a time

“Reading your fortune out loud will bring you good luck“. All I can say is that I hope so because right now things are good and they haven’t always been that way. Right now my family’s healthy, I have good friends, I’m on budget and I have a guy that I’m seeing, since things are going well with Jason.

In the last five years I’ve lost both parents, racked up a lot of credit card debt and survived a broken engagement and those were just the highlights. I also gained some weight and in the process found out who my true friends were. So please forgive me my happiness and don’t take it for gloating when I say that things are going good right now.

On a much lighter note I did open up another one of those gum-ball fortunes… “work is like eggnog on your mashed potatoes

I think that someone really likes eggs and I could go for some mashed potatoes.

Dream a little dream….


“Find many dream boxes. Ask a friend to select one. Then dream together” was what my last fortune read well now I love my girlfriends and my guy friends but I think that it’s time for me to start dating again so that I have someone to dream with. When I was younger I planned on being married by the time I turned twenty-five and unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, that dream didn’t work out. I was engaged twice, but couldn’t take the plunge.

With the first guy I was engaged to we knew it was a mistake as soon as we moved in together, we were too young and hadn’t finished college. With fiancé number two, I can only say that we had different ideas on marriage and dating, I wasn’t up for an open marriage and don’t share certain things very well. That being said I think that I am ready to share my life with someone, so I’ve opened an account on one of the online dating sites.

My handle is “1985Mermaid” and I can’t wait to see what bites. I thought the mermaid thing was cute considering my name and I needed something easy to remember. To help me write a bio, one of my friends gave me this great site which almost writes your ad for you like a mad lib, despite what you might think I really suck at talking about myself. The picture choosing was the fun part. Amelie‘s done this before and told me to use some action shots, while my friend Sam said close up, just me and no bathing suits. I ended up using a shot from last Halloween and another singing karaoke.

The picture might change, but what I’m looking for probably won’t. I’d like to find a partner, and I still dream of getting married and having kids before hitting thirty-five. The other thing I dream about is finding a new job preferably something that’s a bit more creative. I guess it’s time to let myself dream again.

It is better to have a hen tomorrow than an egg today

Someone has a very good sense of humor, last night’s fortune was, “it is better to have a hen tomorrow than an egg today” and today I ran out of eggs… While I realize that was not exactly what they meant, I thought it was cute.


You will bring sunshine into someone’s life


I love the fortune that I received last night and so to make it come true I brought breakfast into work for all of my coworkers. Don’t worry I didn’t torture them with my cooking skills, as I am a notoriously bad cook, I am however an excellent shopper. So this morning I stopped off and picked up doughnuts and coffee, all without being late to work and breaking my budget. I got up early and had a coupon.

Turned out to be the perfect morning for my good deed, since it’s the first of the month. Several of my coworkers grunted in delight over caffeine and sugar to help wake them up today. Also my boss felt equally inspired since he’s treating us to pizza for lunch. 🙂

It’s funny how a little goodwill can go a long way, everyone seems happier today which is weird considering it is the first of the month, but who am I to question the mood. Actually I’m just going to sit back and enjoy it, ok work hard and enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll even make it to a yoga class tonight. But lunch is officially over, so hope that everyone reading this has a great day!


Enjoy nature

In keeping with my enjoying nature fortune, I decided to get up early this morning and I wanted to share what I saw with all of you… I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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