Thursday, November 21, 2013

Something New




1. What lesson has failure taught you?
To always, always have a back up plan or two.  I'm not truly comfortable unless I can pull a plan B, C, or F out of my hat at a moments notice.

2. What decision are you glad you made?
I'm glad I decided to go back to school even though I was older and had small children.

3. I've been a little bit surprised to see fully lit and decorated Christmas trees popping up for the past several weeks in friend's Instagram feeds. So tell the truth-is your tree up and decorated, and if so when did that happen? If not, when will you be decking the halls?
Nope.  Christmas decorations don't go up until after Thanksgiving.  The tree will be much closer to Christmas this year since we decided to get a live, potted tree.  I don't think it will do well in the house for more than a week or so.

4. Solitaire-Poker-Rummy-Hearts-Go Fish-Old Maid...which game of cards would you most like to join? 
I really don't care for card games, but if forced to choose... I guess Solitaire.

5. This question comes to you courtesy of a Facebook friend, who once upon a time had a blog...When you're feeling stressed do you snack a lot or are you more the 'can't eat' type? 
If it's ordinary stress I tend toward snacking.  If it's big, life changing event stress I  go for days without eating.

6.  Have you ever reviewed a product or service on line? Was your review favorable or less than favorable? 
Yes, several times.  The most recent was for Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel shower gel.  It was very favorable.  I love that stuff.

7. What was the best conversation you had yesterday? 
Catching up on all the local downtown gossip with my husband when he got home last night.  He's a chef in one of our city's nicest restaurants.  It's amazing what people say in front of the waiters and bartenders and how quickly that information gets spread around.  LOL 

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 
Unpopular Opinion:  I don't really care for Thanksgiving.  Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful for my life and everyone in it.  But the day, itself, is just aggravating.  We have a lot of family and it's a pain to try to get around to see everyone.  I don't love all the traditional dishes so the food is no big treat.  Besides, I have Native American ancestry  (some Cherokee and a little Blackfoot), so it's kind of hard not to look at all those little paper pilgrims and whatnot and *not* give them the finger.  


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Diamond Candle's

For the last couple of months, as I've perused the internet, I have been seeing references to "Diamond Candles", which are candles with rings of varying value hidden inside of them.  I didn't think much of it at first, but lately it seems like you can't open a tab without seeing an ad or review.  So I finally decided to check them out.  Their origin story was pretty cute and the candles are 100% soy.  Since the price was comparable to a Yankee Candle (actually, a bit less once I hunted up a coupon code), I decided to give them a try.  I chose Gingerbread Latte, which is one of their holiday scents.  The online ordering process was quick and easy.  The shipping (FedEx Smart Post) seemed kind of slow, but I may just be spoiled since most of my online shopping is done through Amazon which tends to UPS.  I ordered on the 9th, it shipped on the 11th and I received it yesterday (the 19th).

I immediately opened it up and was very pleased with the scent.  Even unlit it smelled amazing.  I trimmed the wick and lit it up.  It burned for about 3 hours before I could see the little gold foil package that contained the ring.



I pulled it out with tweezers and let it cool for a few minutes.  Inside the gold foil wrapper was a little plastic bag and inside it was my ring.



It was gold colored with a pretty large oval shaped clear stone.  The inside of the band was stamped 925.  Questioning on the Diamond Candles Facebook page, leads me to believe that it's probably gold plated sterling silver.  I suspect the stone is CZ.  It feels and looks like one of those $10 or $12 rings you see on holiday displays at Sears or Kohl's.  It doesn't fit me or my daughter and it's probably not something I would have ever worn anyway.  The appeal for me is the Cracker Jack like experience of digging out the little package and opening it.  I burned the candle off and on throughout the day yesterday and when my husband came home from work he thought I had been baking something delicious.  He says the candle should be called False Hope instead of Gingerbread Latte.  LOL



All in all, the candle is well worth what I paid for it and the ring was a cute surprise.  If I'd been buying it hoping for a really nice piece of jewelry...I would have been disappointed.

You can check out Diamond Candles here:  http://www.diamondcandles.com/ or on their Facebook Page.

Disclaimer:  I bought my Diamond Candle for myself, they don't know I exist.  I get exactly jack if you check them out and/or buy from them.  I just wanted to share my experience. :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

FOR TODAY

Outside my window... It's kind of chilly and drizzling rain.  I'm arguing with myself whether or not to link to Guns n Roses' Cold November Rain video.  I think I'll refrain...for now.

I am thinking...About how hard I have to work to keep any sort of positive mindset at this time of year.  There's so little sunshine and I despise the cold so much.  Candles, hot beverages and my Himalayan salt lamp help.

I am thankful... For the above mentioned candles, lamp and hot beverages.  I know those sound like trivial things to be thankful for, but they really do help with my state of mind.

In the kitchen... The last 1/3 of a bushel of apples.  I bought them from a local co-op about a month or so and expected to wind up canning some of them.  I don't think I'm going to need to, though.  I've been making apple...well, everything really and my daughter has been eating them out of hand like they are going out of style.

I am wearing... Gray sweat pants, black tank top, white Old Navy hoodie.

I am creating... Not a lot these days.  I am sort of planning a pink flamingo ornament that I need to make for an exchange over on one of my favorite blogs Aunt Peaches.

I am going... To not leave the house today if I can manage it.  Although, I suspect my son will be calling for a ride home from work shortly.

I am wondering... When my gingerbread latte Diamond Candle is going to arrive.  I've never tried these candles before, but after reading some reviews and getting a coupon code...I had to give it a shot.

I am reading... The Stargate: Atlantis Legacy series.  It's 6 books that pick up where SG:A left off.  They are very good...better even than the series itself, I think.

I am hoping... for a smooth and safe trip to pick up my son from his college campus for Thanksgiving break.  

I am looking forward to... Seeing my son, if not the drive itself.

I am learning... That there is very little that I cannot fix with a roll of duct tape, tube of Liquid Nails, and an unbent coat hanger.  Just call me Macgyver.

Around the house... I'm burning my new favorite candles.  I was in Branson, MO a couple of weeks ago and while there I went in a Yankee Candle store.  They have these amazing pumpkin scented wooden wick candles and I just love them.  They smell so good and the crackling sound they make is very soothing.  I don't have a fireplace and this is the next best thing.

I am pondering... A second cup of chai or a third cup of coffee?

A favorite quote for today... "I just want to live happily ever after every now and then."  -- Jimmy Buffett

One of my favorite things...  ...brown paper packages tied up with strings... No, wait.  That's not right.  Although I do love getting those brown boxes from Amazon.  

A few plans for the rest of the week: Do a little Christmas shopping (on Amazon...love that free 2 day shipping with Prime), go to the library, start working on my flamingo ornament, etc etc.

A peek into my day...