The Lemons VS. Lemonade October Vent


Lemon slices background

Recently my  clutch in my car went out, again. Meaning that in THIRTY DAYS I managed to destroy the brand new one I had just gotten. So currently it’s being fixed by a company that can never give me a straight answer as to when exactly I’m going to see my car again.  There is nothing like being car-less, dealing with horrible customer service,  and living far away from work.


For over a week, I’ve had a stomach virus from hell.  We are talking throwing up, fever, chills, cough, etc.   Basically, I’ve felt like I was literally going to die (or wanted to anyway).  There was even a particular day when I was too weak to take off my socks.  On one of my lowest points I threw up several times in the shower. Another good one was when I had extremely violent chills. My entire body shook for what felt like forever.  My fever medication being right in front of me but I was too weak to get up and walk two steps to it. FUN TIMES. I missed almost two days of work due to this illness. You have to love it when employment wants you to work when you have something extremely contagious.


I feel like I am absolutely surround by negativity. I will not name specific people but I will say, there are those who just talk about lemons ALL the time without even the slightest attempt to make lemonade.  I’ve found I have stopped responding to people and just being silent when they talk. To a strangers eye, I’m listening.  However, what is actually occurring is me restraining from screaming.  It seems as if people hate their lives, jobs, friends, bodies, opportunities (or lack there of), location, home, schedule, financial state, ETC……….. It’s not that I don’t get it. I have those days where I wish I could die now and call it a day.  But every day? Really? It’s draining to have to listen to this type of thing constantly.

The Lemonade

Thirst Quenching Lemonade in the Summer

The car SHOULD be fixed in the next few days

My good friends have showed their loyalty with helping the through the car ordeal. K has let me borrow her car and taken me to work.  While S has taken me home and allowed me to spend the night with her so I could make it to work the next day. J came to give me a ride to rental car place.

I get paid tomorrow. For a few days, I can pretend I am not poor 🙂

I’m much better than I was & am now keeping food down.

My roommate and I cleaned out kitchen area today. Now all the boxes are in the attic and we can see the kitchen table.


Craigslist Car Shopping…The JOYS

Hello Friends 🙂


Hope today is going great for you. It’s Monday and I am off from work. Thank Goodness because I am SICK. You know it’s bad when I am having hot tea with honey for breakfast. I’m telling you, nothing feels better on a sore swollen throat than some tea!

So on to what my topic is….


Raise your hand if you hate car shopping with a passion?

Here are my main issues:

#1. Often times, women do not have the slightest clue as to what to look for on a used car. While we were taking care of our dolls, boys were putting together leggos and building guns out of straws. Hence, why their understanding of engines is probably so much higher haha. I’m not including those super cool women who know a car and are not afraid to get dirty!  Just, if you are like me, you don’t know what to look for.

#2.  Sticker price, firm price, varying price, willing to take an offer, etc.  I have no idea how to price a car! I can go onto and get an evaluation. But then, there are always those people who say, well I put a lot of money into my car with new parts. So just when I think I know how much a car is worth, that totally throws me for a loop.

#3. PRESSURE.  I new I could not go into a dealership and finance another car. I had to buy it outright to eliminate monthly payments. This left me with craigslist car& truck section.  So if you have never looked for a cheap car on craigslist, you probably don’t know they sell like IHOP’s all you can eat pancakes. You have to be fast, get to the seller fast, make an offer fast, etc.

#4 Oh and then there are those vehicles with Title issues. For instance, I ALMOST bought a Honda the other day. Went to get money and was about to head out to the person when their title went “missing.” All the sudden, the person said he could not find it. Wanted to know if I wanted the vehicle for a cheaper price with no title!!! hahahahha NOPE. I may not know much, but I know that buying a car that could have just been stolen is not always the best of options.

Anyway, I finally ended up getting a car yesterday. I used to have a VW Cabrio in which EVERYTHING broke on it. Top leaked and it all around fell apart on me. So what “new” car do I ultimately end up with? Of course, a VW Cabrio haha.  I’m sure I paid too much too. But here is the thing, the man said he took good care of it, got oil changed, the AC & heat work, radio works, tires look good, great on gas, and it drives well. It’s old as everything but I am proud of it because it is the


No Car Payments

No full coverage insurance


Now if I can just get the top to come UP once I put it down………   🙂


The Pink Box- A True Untold Story

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve had a love for boxes.   Those of yall who travel most likely understand why. Boxes keep things safe, together, and ready to go at any moment.  When I was around 20 years old, I found a very large pink trunk at goodwill.  I felt led to get the box to put my most special things in.  It’s weird but I’ve had premonitions before.  For some reason, I felt that soon I would be thrown out and needing to pack this box before it happened.

When I was 21 years old, I was thrown out.

The large pink trunk was one of the things waiting for me that night on the garage floor when I came home.


I have kept it with me through several moves, a breakup, and a marriage.

Yet, until tonight, I have not been able to bring myself to open it.


It was almost like opening a time capsule.

I literally expected some bats to fly out of the box or mice to be in it.

What lay within this box was shocking. Today, what I would consider a survival box would be a toothbrush, change of clothes, important documents, and maybe a few pictures.

Instead, I found my favorite pair of rhinestone jeans & belt from Express, my plastic animal collection from childhood, celebrity tshirts, old jewelry, letters from family members, my grandmothers graduation ring, a few stuffed animals, my book of poems….


Notice the James Van Der Beek Poster and Teaching Mr. Tingle News article.


Notice the rhinestone jeans that all the animals are sitting on.  I can’t even remember when those were ever “in” but apparently at some point, they were as Express sold them!


This jewelry was made up of ying yangs, shark teeth,  and horses….. hmm interesting

I’ve finally filtered through most of the box.  I was a bit sad at how detached I was to a large majority of the items. I know before I was thrown out that I would rather starve than leave those things behind.  It just goes to show how we change as we grow up. I kept the plastic animal set for sentimental reasons and who knows…maybe my kid one day. But most of jewelry and pile of random stuff was either donated or thrown away.  The lesson I have learned tonight is that everything changes, regardless of how tightly we hold onto it. I did find one of my favorite photos of my first dog Glory. She was the best Golden retriever in the world. Hands down. I was probably like three years old below and covered in soap from bathing her .


Memories never change. I feel the same about that dog as the moments we had together, as the time I put the picture in the box, and tonight pulling it back out of the box.


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Going out of your way….

You know what I love? People that go out of their way. Whether it’s opening a door, listening to someone, or doing a favor. I hate that it seems so “rare” these days to see a person make an extra effort. I’m surprised anymore to get a wave when a car cuts in front of me! ::rolls eyes::

I saw this picture below on The Mother Load’s page and thought it was so sweet and pertaining to exactly what I am talking about.


If you have trouble reading it, the note is from a vets office to a family whose dog was just put down. They send condolences and also made a copy of his paw print for the family to cherish.

I was also thinking about all the people that follow me who support my blog. By support I don’t mean they “agree” with me all the time. I mean they come back to it, continue to read what I write, and comment on my posts. That means a great deal and keeps me inspired to blog. I never realized people would find my life all that interesting or inspirational.

To all the people that have proved me wrong, thank you! For visiting, laughing, learning, identifying, and following. ❤

Random Facts About Me & Russian Tampons

There is nothing like being sick and wide awake at 4:30 AM!

Decided to share with you guys a few things about me that you may not know 🙂

(((Takes several minutes to think if there is anything that interesting to tell….)))

When I was little, it was discovered I had lost more than half my hearing due to ear infections. I had to go through speech therapy. To this day, I struggle with hearing.

I want to get a tattoo sleeve on my right arm

One of my legs is shorter than the other. Hence why the beam was very hard in gymnastics!

When I get sick, I often stay sick so long that I loose my job

I get complimented the most on my thick hair and sense of humor

My birthday is the very last day of the year: December 31

I enjoy reading my followers blogs about as much as I enjoy blogging myself!

I’m extremely stubborn & talk back too much

I drink socially but have come to realize I only like beer.  Only kinds I drink: Coors, Samuel Adams, Corona

I’ve never re read a book. Ever.

The only things I finish are journals. One day when I am like 90 I will re read them and smile at my extreme immaturity of my 20’s.

Non denominational Christian

My American brother majored in Chinese

Have seen Sugar Land, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift…etc in concert

My schooling consists of being in college online over the past 5 years

Neither parent is in my life

Favorite subject remains French. I only remember J’adore la plage

Favorite Movie: Fly Away Home, 10 Things I Hate About You, Knocked Up, Juno, The Holiday….

I absolutely refuse to watch: HORROR

Favorite Food: Popcorn & Peanut Butter (but not together!)

Counseling is one of the best things that ever happened to me

That’s all I can think of momentarily that you may not know from looking at my posts on here. Obviously I love crafts, cooking, and complaining 🙂

Hope you guys are having a wonderful night. And if you are sick, imagine me holding my Tylenol bottle in the air going : CHEERS!

Completely random but I just came across (who the hell knows how) a Russian Tampax Add. And I thought it was supposed to make us women want to buy tampons to look like the happy dancing girls in the commercials. This takes the word want and turns it into the word NEED quickly!

Russian Tampon Commercial