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Fight Like a Girl

22 Apr

One of my friends/college softball-travel-roomies said it best:

And while I wish I could say that Mel was just stating the obvious, she is speaking specifically in regards to the fact that my mom is currently having a recurrence of cancer.

We found out that my mom had cancer again a little while ago. My family decided that we didn’t want to tell anyone about it, not just yet.  But after letting the reality of it sink in and spending some time dealing with it ourselves, we decided it was time.

Yesterday, my mom posted on Facebook letting everyone know what was going on.  Roughly three hours after that post the Lady Penguins were slated for a game. During her initial diagnosis and fight, I was a playing my senior year of  college softball.  My teammates showed their support in many ways, but one way in particular was when they all showed up to senior night wearing teal bows in their hair.

Yesterday the Lady Penguins–some of whom do not even know me or my mother and some who are my very very close friends– wore teal bows during the first game of their series against Wright State.

It is amazing the amount of support your friends family can provide you with from 100+miles away. The Lady ‘Guins aren’t the only team supporting my mom though.  My other alma mater has been sporting these warm up shirts before every game all season…

…even though they didn’t know she was rediagnosed at the time, they decided to wear them; their support has been unwavering and we really appreciate it.

So this is a collective thank you, to everyone who has prayed for us, thought about us, sent some positivity our way this weekend.  It all helps!   One person in particular wrote something on Facebook in regards to my mom’s post about her recurrence that really provides the perfect conclusion to this post:

I turned on the floodlight here at the Lamp Post.  There is power in prayer.  Close your eyes and feel that power.  It is being sent to you from me and these 20 people who commented above me, and the 20 others who read this post and aren’t sure what to say, and the 20 more each person tells.  We’re all behind you, beside you, and beneath you.  Call any one of us when you need anything–even if it’s just a word of encouragement.  Love you!
~Eloise Hawking

A Mid-Week Shopping Excursion

15 Feb

I went shopping today.

And because I feel so wonderfully about the items I purchased, I’ve decided they need to be posted on the blog world for all to see.  But before you look through my purchases, you should know how cheap I am. I don’t think I’ve ever purchased something full price, as far as clothing is concerned.  I am on every email list, coupon site and I love to shop the sale rack.  In fact, I think of shopping the deals as somewhat of a game and that is probably why I have two dressers and a closet full of clothes.

Anyway, here are my purchases. Feel free to oh and ah over them 😉

Found this dress on sale. It easily converts from daytime/school-appropriate wear to out and about 20-something wear. In case you missed it, I like to complain about the difficulty of buying clothing that is both teacherish and young.  This dress achieves both professional and young AND can be dressed up with heals and jewelry or dressed down with gladiator sandals or wedges. Perfect fit.

Speaking of jewelry…

I am in love with fun jewelry. And I am even more in love with the fact that I got both of these rings for a total of $10 which saved me a total of $4. Plus, I can sport these with jeans, dress pants, dresses or skirts provided the outfit and the ring make sense together. Success.

What I am really dying to tell the internet about is this bomber jacket I found…

I will admit that the $14 off the original price was attractive.  And I have been dying to find a faux-leather jacket that isn’t shiny enough for me to check my makeup in.  BUT I am also a fan of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and when Aria wears her (probably-not-faux) leather jacket, I always feel a twinge of jealousy.  So long, jealousy!

Andddd my final mid-week shopping excursion purchase was spawned from being the recipient of a gift card.  I’ve been a fan of boat shoes for a while but I’ve never taken the plunge to purchase a “real” pair simply because I am cheap.  So when I found these lil’ loves on sale I knew I had to have them.

They had several color options.  I decided to roll with the metallic ones because the metallic made them look more fun than the plain brown ones. Plus the hot pink shoes would have been difficult to get a lot of use out of.  These look excellent with my khaki’s or can be worn with jeans. Added bonus: they are actually comfortable.

I saved a total of $57.95 from shopping the sales.  And if you include my $30 gift card, then I saved $87.95 today.

Nothing like a lil’ post birthday shopping spree!!!

Poor Life Decision

11 Feb

Before you roll your eyes and scoff at my winter incompetency, do realize that I am accustomed to feet upon feet of snow–after all, I am an alum of a school whose mascott is a penguin, and was born and raised in the snow belt. Lake effect snow did not mean NO SCHOOL, it meant pond hockey or sledding… after school.   With my own two eyes I’ve seen 3+ feet of thick, sparkling snow.  Not to mention,  I can pack a mean snow ball as well as  throw one at lightening speeds and leave a welt that will last a week, ask my brothers. And for those of us who are used to snow-covered Novembers, Decemebers, and Januarys (and February, March and half of April) Old man winter slept in–so much so that I thought we were just going to skip right to spring.  But that all changed today.

I’ve managed to scoot through most of winter without so much as dusting off my ole’ boots with the fur. And what a wonderful time that was, not having to wear winter-proof footwear. In the dead of winter. In the snow belt.

Ehem, HOWEVER, we got hit with some (semi) significant snow showers this morning here.  And considering we’ve had pretty much no noteworthy snow, I’ve seemingly forgotten how to function in the white fluffy stuff.

Ballet flats are the best invention of life because they are simple, sleek and always fashionable…  except when it is barreling buckets of snow and I am busy shoveling my car out of the peasant parking spot in my driveway. And prior to leaving for my mini-wage mall job today, I failed to look out the window.

My 30 minute commute to work became 45 minutes as I fishtailed my way across town with frost-bitten feet, another stellar contribution compliments of the powder.

And since I was becoming uncharacteristically tense while driving in the sleek conditions with limited visibility, I decided to pull over (stylishly clad in my out-of-seasonal ballet flats and ice cubes for toes) and grab a coffee from my all time fav coffee distributer.

My safe driving winter weather driving commenced and I semi-credit it to my Grande No Whip with Soy Caramel (spelled wrong in the photo^) Macchiato and its sweet frothiness.

In conclusion:

Coffee>Ballet Flats in the snow

[Now I understand why my mother made me wear boots every winter of  my entire life.  Not only is she beautiful, but extremely intelligent.]


9 Feb

Ya know that conversation that all couples inevitably have somewhere in the first few weeks of getting to know one another? The one that includes basic info that won’t help you gauge your true compatibility but you ask anyways like, “what’s your favorite color?” or “when’s your birthday?”

Well, Corey and I had this conversation several years ago now, and I will never forget it.  It was early February and we had only just begun dating…

Corey:  When’s your birthday?

Danielle:  February 14

<several days pass by>

Corey: Erm, did you know your birthday is also on Valentine’s Day this year?

Danielle: Yes. It has been on Valentine’s Day for 20 consecutive years now, Co.

   Corey: Oh. Okay.

I could feel him shutter from miles away.

Since then Corey and I have cleared up the logistics of Valentine’s Day and my birthday and how it will keep being on the same day every year.  But I truly feel bad for Corey.  Most guys hate V_Day as it is and here he is getting lambasted with a double whammy. That’s a lot of pressure, really.  But he always comes up with the most thoughtful, heart-felt gifts.  And he never complains about the 1-2 punch that is V_Day and my B_day…  Which I suppose is good because I actually have an affinity for Valentine’s Day and with that comes a deep-rooted repugnance for people who don’t love the Day of Love.  (And of course, I like celebrating my birthday too.)  So maybe there is some compatibility factor when asking those obligatory ‘get-to-know-you’ questions!?

Corey and I won’t be doing anything too exciting this year on Valentine’s Day because I have to work (I’m rolling my eyes, FYI) but such is life.  However, we are planning on going out to dinner and exchanging gifts on a currently undecided date at currently undecided restaurant–one that we have coupons to.

So even if you keep it simple and buy your girl or guy some of their favorite candy, you should be celebrating Valentine’s Day, people! And if you don’t have someone to celebrate it with then you should celebrate it for yourself… buy yourself some of your favorite candy and induldge a little! You deserve it and you are wonderful! (<—okay that kind of sounds like it came from a magazine for 16 year olds?! but I still think it’s a good idea.)

Non-Morning Person Gets Out Of Bed Faster Than Someone With Their Hair On Fire. The Culprit? (Duhn, duhn, duhn…)

19 Jan

Let me preface this by saying I am not a morning person.

Surely then you can imagine my mother’s surprise when she heard me stomping down the stairs and then saw me standing in the kitchen, sheets and duvet in hand, at 7:20AM.  Had I not been rudely ripped out of REM sleep I would have thought to have taken a picture of myself at that moment just for proof of my non-morning-person-ness.

If I had to guess at roughly 7:18AM I rolled over in my comfy bed, deep in sleep.  However, when I rolled over something very slimy and cold was touching my arm. Slimy enough to wake me–the girl who sets 3+ alarms to wake up any time prior to 10AM– from a dead sleep. I literally jumped out of bed like my hair was on fire and started hopping around my room like the floor was made of lava. I immediately scrambled to  flip on my bedside lamp so I could see what was infiltrating my precious bed AND my precious sleep.

It was a blasted hair ball.

Lilly, my cat,  has recently been sleeping in my room with me at night and apparently felt the urge hawk a hair ball IN MY BED while I was in a deep wonderful, peaceful sleep. What’s even worse is I did not hear her doing this! EW!!! Who knows how long I was sleeping beside regurgitated hair and kitty-cat stomach juices.

I informed Lilly that she will absolutely not be invited to sleep in my bed since she can’t keep her hair balls to herself. But this is the look she gave me after hearing my lecture on hygiene and sleepover etiquette (i.e.not hawking up hair in my bed…)

Unlike my dog when he does something “bad,” she was not the least bit remorseful.  In fact, that is my bed she is laying in the pic. Half asleep.

Animals. Cats. (Que: eye roll)

After thought: On the plus side, I was forced to wash my sheets prior to the weekend which means I get to enoy fresh sheets two days eariler than normal. But I am still NOT fond of hair balls. Especially in my bed. Ew!

HW Check/Shopper Profiles: Life From Behind the Register

7 Jan

First off, did you do your homework?

(See Assignment Here)

Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. Yes, I assigned you homework yesterday and I said I’d check… so lets see who came prepared…

Secondly and Unrelatedly (word?)…

I’ve spent a lot of time in retail and there are certainly different kinds of shopping styles.  You’ve all been to the mall. You’ve witnessed these shopping tactics… Some are comical, some are just down right ridiculous, and some are worth adopting for personal use. The confrontational, price adjustment person to the coupon crazed–they are all shoppers looking for their product.  But as a cashier sometimes it is difficult to maintain an even keel.  It is hard to remain pleasant as streams of shoppers come through your register’s line…

I have recently come to the conclusion that most everyone can fall into a shopping profile.  I have observed plenty… Here’s how I see it…

***Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions. They are based on absolutely nothing else.
  • The Crazy Coupon Lady

This is the woman in line with 37 different coupons.  She knows the in’s and out’s of every single coupon–sometimes better than the employees. She will gladly provide the cashier with her phone number and email at the end of each transaction in an effort to maintain her high status couponing reputation.  In fact, she will do just about anything to redeem a coupon.  Like, drive in a snow storm to get her FREE 1 oz tester shampoo knowing that the coupon clearly states “supplies are limited” and she’ll be damned if she misses out on a free item.  This shopper is ruthless and will get cranky if one of her bargains are not attained– again, she’s read all of the coupons and understands them completely.   If you’re smart, you won’t interrupt her while she is arranging all 77 of her products on the counter and matching them with the appropriate coupon.  It is best to let her think out loud and never comment unless you are directly asked to. She knows exactly how much she’s spent and saved.  The crazy coupon lady is always pleasant to the employees and never rushes the cashier.  She is happy to be shopping and it shows. Unless you mess up her coupons… then she will be mad at you.

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  • The Paranoid Purchaser

This shopper is convinced that everyone is out to scam him or her. There are no deals, everything is a rip off. Everyday. All the time. This shopper will absolutely not provide the cashier with his/her phone number or email at the end of the transaction because they think they will get prank phone calls or something.

     Me:  Sir, you’ve actually qualified for a free product today because of what you’ve already paid for.

    Paranoid Purchaser:   What? What kind of show are you running here? Nothing is free. How much extra will it be? What do I have to do?Donate Blood? Give you my social security number? No. I don’t want a free product. What a scam.

  • The I’m-Too-Rich-For-Coupons Shopper

Too rich for coupons. Too rich for sale products. Too rich to even bother to say hello.  This shopper slaps their top-dollar product on the counter and doesn’t care if the total is $10.50 or $1050. They’ll run their card and sign without flinching.  It doesn’t matter to them if what they are buying can actually be purchased on sale; they want to get the top dollar item. Let it be.

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  •  The Spuratic Grab and Go Shopper/Tornado

Whatever you do DO NOT get in the path of a Spuratic Grab and Go shopper.  This woman gets in line with  3 products but keeps running back into the store and adding things to her purchase that have been forgotten or just came to the forefront of her mind.  She will leave the store with at least 10 products. And she doesn’t care if people are in line behind her.  She will run a route through the store more swiftly than an NFL tight end to get that one last thing she forgot. From what I’ve gathered, this is the most inefficient shopping style but more effective in terms of burning calories.  If you are more interested in burning calories you shouldn’t be doing it with your debit card in hand. Just saying.

  • The Painfully Undecided  Shopper

This shopper is in NO hurry. They are at the cash wrap but they still don’t know what to buy.  I’ve known them for 42 seconds and now all of a sudden WE are making joint purchasing decisions.  It is usually best to speak up in these situations.  Ask the undecided shopper key questions to help them decide what they want. Point them in the right direction accordingly.

  • Captain Cranky Pants

Of course everyone is warranted a bad day. But Captain Cranky Pants Shopper is in a bad mood and wants to take it out on anyone being paid mini wage because that minimum wage employee? Yah, they are going to grin and bare it. Captain Cranky Pants loves to tell bark at the cashier about how their favorite product is no longer being sold.  Obviously the cashier has a whole lot of control in that department (not). Yet Captain Cranky Pants will persist… he/she will carry on until the transaction is over. And even then they will probably complain. Just smile and apologize.

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  • Need For Speed Shopper

Similar to the Spuratic Grab and Go/Tornado shopper but much more methodical. This shopper knows EXACTLY what he/she is purchasing. No add ons. No questions. Exact change in hand. Just as quickly as they come into the store they want to leave. I love this type of shopper.

  • Overly Caffeinated/Under Slept Mom

I have a soft spot for this lady.  She looks like she has slept 4 hours in the past 3 days.  Her kids are running around like cheetahs and she is just trying to make her purchase without having to pay for broken merchandise. She’s clearly running purely on caffeine and her temper is wearing thin.  Don’t ask her a lot of questions. She can’t deal with the whole phone and email question that all cashiers are required to ask because Johnny has just climbed three stories on the glass display case.  Bare with her.  Sometimes she might snap at you, but again, she hasn’t slept in forever. She often gives you the wrong amount of change because she is interrupted from her counting 984121327 times. If it is less than a dollar, act like it was the right change and pay the difference at the end of your shift for her (unbeknownst to her, of course). Don’t worry, some day when you are the overly caffeinated mommy who hasn’t slept and your son just knocked over an entire display, you’ll be happy to see a patient cashier.

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  • Takin’ Their Good Ole’ Timer

This person is in no rush. They want to tell the cashier their whole life story.  And they do not care if there are 14 anxious-to-check-out people behind them.  This shopper will talk about his/her cat, dog, grandkids, cousins, plane ride, vacation, whatever. Listen to them. What’s a few minutes to appreciate what someone else has to say? Even if you don’t know anyone in the story.

I could go on and on and on…. there is the I NEED A MANAGER Demander, or the Give the Cashier a Tip Lady, etc… but this post is consuming my entire Saturday night… Just remember, the person behind the counter is just that–a person.  So be nice to the cashier, they like it.  Unless of course the cashier was rude to you. Then by all means, do your thang.

A REVOLUTION–No, I Didn’t Mean to Type Resolution.

4 Jan

Ok. I have a confession.

I may have, sort of lied.

First and foremost, I thrive on being a straight-shooter, tell-it-like-it-is kind of girl.  So I have to come clean…

Remember when I ranted and raved aimlessly about how I was so not conforming to society and making a resolution just because it was January 1? If you missed that little ramble session you can quickly get caught up… (click here).

Before I fully commit to this very public confession, though, I want you to know that I am by no means conforming–I’ve simply had an epiphany. Yes, an epiphany and realized that I already have an improvement to make…

Sadly, this said revolution (NOT to be confused with resolution*) has come to me after publicly bashing the band-wagon-New-Years-Resolutioners.  How not convenient.

So what’s my revolutionary new improvement?


I want to drop a few pounds. Exercise more. Eat a lil’ less. How creative, I know.

Let me be clear, I am by no means resolving to lose weight in 2012.  I am deciding to set attainable goals such as more exercise and less-frequent-teenage-boy-like-eating-fests. And it is simply a coincidence that I’ve set these higher standards during the resolution season after just openly posting my feelings on the New Years Resolution.

My point is, you don’t need a new year to start clean.  You can start over with anything– your eating habits, your exercise habits, your nose picking habbits… (ok that was gross)–at anytime. It is this whole, ‘I am going to reinvent myself because it’s a new year,’ bit that I am not buying into–not because it is a bad idea. It isn’t a bad idea.  But because I think you can make any change whenever you want. You just really have to want to.

See? Very different from a resolution. Obv.

So there it is. My confession. My non-resolution revolution.