Discovering Donna


Posted in Holidays by Donna on November 30, 2008
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Well, I held out on doing it so for long but then I decided, what the heck.  So when I was looking for things for my second 101 list, I decided to go for it.  When I whittled down my list, I kept it.  So here we are.  Tomorrow starts my run for the month of December for National Blog Posting Month.  You can find the website at Check it out some time.

With all that’s going on, I feel like maybe I’m bottling somethings up and even sugar coating some.  I can feel myself slipping into what I feel like is a severe case of home sickness as the holidays are now here.  But tomorrow I start my new job and I’m hoping things will get better from there.

We’re going to handmake Christmas gifts this year and I’m kind of excited on the prospect.  I miss the baking and cooking part of being in Louisiana.  You know it’s around this time of the holidays that Mom would always bake all her goodies and Christmas Candies.

I can’t tell you how much I miss that and the prospect of being there to swipe some of the yummy peanut butter fudge that she makes.  I mean don’t get me wrong that isn’t the only thing I miss.  I miss the difficulty of trying to shop for Pappy.  It’s always hard to think of something to get for him, but at the same time, it’s fun.  You can always do something fun for him.  Like the time I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and he said a Mercedes Convertible.  So I got him one.  And it’s sitting on the TV at their house now LOL.  Yeah so I got him a hot wheels one but hey he didn’t specify if it was one for him to drive.

And seeing everyone.  That’s something else I am going to miss.  How many times since last Christmas was everyone able to be together?  Not many.  Lori and Eric and their family live in Austin, Daniel works out of town and is gone most of the time.  It’s just hard.  But I’m losing my train of thought.  And I don’t want to be depressed anymore than I am.  So anyways, back to my original point.

You know I love comments and I think I’m going to need all the support I can get on this one.  Can you imagine blogging EVERY DAY this month?  It’s going to be a challenge, but who knows, maybe after this one, it will get easier and I can do the challenge again.

Oh well, we’ll see huh??


What’s Going On

Posted in 101,Holidays,Life,My Life,Things Completed by Donna on November 28, 2008
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Ok-I’ve got so much going on in my brain right now, pardon the complete and utter randomness of this

Now on to the good stuff.  I’ve weeded out my 101 and got rid of some things and replaced them.  I’ve taken my other list and weeded it down to 101 so it will be a true 101 list.  I’m trying to get the hubby to do a list with me and so far, it’s difficult.  You know these men are.

We’re going to be making Christmas presents this year.  Baking 101 here we come!  Look for some awesome recipes coming up!  Between Judy, Ryan and myself, we should be able to make some awesome goodies.

So we’ve found a really awesome feature on the On Demand part of the cable.  And because of it, I’ve discovered True Blood, the series from HBO, I’ve finished it and now I want to read the books, which by the way, if you are reading this family of mine and want to send me something for Christmas, I’ve got a lot of stuff on it, including the books.  Not to mention, you can look at my lists too.  Yeah, I’m shameless I know.  But I just thought I’d put it out there.

So I’ve entered 3 contests, JPG magazine has two entries, fresh milk has 1 and so does sony.  I’ll keep shooting and maybe get lucky enough to win something but they are contests so I’ve marked that off my other 101.

I also got to mark off Kiss my hubby in the rain.  During the two days of down pours, we took advantage of it one night.  Talk about fun.

The hall way is almost completely done, I’m so excited.  The brown is fabulous and I can’t wait for it to be completed, talk about a peaceful color.  I think that’s about all for now.  I’m anxious to work out a game plan for wonderful home made gifts this year.

What about you?  What have you got planned for the holidays!!  Comment, please, you know I love them!!!

Lessons Learned

Posted in Thoughts by Donna on November 27, 2008

I’ve learned that even if Turkey Day is different here..It’s still a nice meal that you can sit down with family and enjoy, even if the only constants are corn casserole, turkey and mashed potatoes.

I’ve learned my extended family is really sweet, really different and really well awesome.

I’ve learned in a pinch, corn muffin mix and a jar of hot jalapenos will work for Mexican cornbread anytime.

I’ve learned that besides pumpkin pie, cranberry/blueberry pie is perfect for Thanksgiving.

I’ve learned that my outer is not in sync with my inner and the I need to find the skinny bitch that’s hiding inside and let her out.  The fat girl that’s on the outside, she’s gotta go.

I’ve learned that I am severely grateful for everything that I have.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Posted in Life by Donna on November 26, 2008
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“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

Eric Hoffer

As I’m sitting here, another day winding down I’m trying to think of something that I can post for Thanksgiving. But why do I have to write a long drawn out post about what I am thankful for? Where does one being on that? Well, not going to do it. Let me just do this…..

I am Blessed to have (and this is in NO order)

Mom, Pappy, Lori, Eric, Corban, Penny dog, Dusty, Tanya, Daniel, Taylor, Aunt Betty, Uncle Denzil, Cindy, Gary, Brooke, Corey, Momma Lou, Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Larry, Uncle Bill and Voncil, Aunt Melbia, Aunt Shirley, Aunt Margie, Stacey, Uncle Garfield, Robert Dale, JoAnn, Rachel, Rach, Samantha, AJ, Steph, Jim, Kendall, Julie, Jared, Caleb, Lainey, Chance, Dirk, Greg, Judy, Katy, Jeremy, Ryan, Auntie Barb, Florrie, Hopper, Patrick, Harry, A roof over my head, food to eat, a safe and warm place to come home to not only in Cali but Shreveport, Portland and Anacortes, speaking of which, Mama, Pasty, Bob, Mikey, Juanita, Matt, Emily, Jess, and all the family that I haven’t mentioned, Elizabeth, Brickey, Meredith, Each day that I wake up and have the chance to conquer a new day and a new challenge, a job, all the creativeness that is underlying that I’m trying to pull out, clothes on my back, an ability to cook, an ability to provide, enough fluff to keep me warm on an otherwise cold night, two feet that I can walk on, anyone who read this blog…

I can go on and on, but let’s just say that I’m just thankful for my life and everyone in it.

What about you?

What’s Better than Gold?

Posted in Friends by Donna on November 26, 2008
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So it’s almost 1 am Cali time. It started raining about 8 tonight and hasn’t let up yet. This has been coming for the past two days. And it’s given me in inability to sleep. Something about this rain isn’t really that soothing. At least not for me. So I’m up. Good thing I got about an hour and a half nap this afternoon.

I’ve been thinking about this post since I got up from my nap. Trying to figure out what I was going to say. But you know. There is nothing better than writing what comes right out of your heart and head right? So here we go..Let’s see…..

Today was fabulous. And I say that because well, I received the neatest care package today. You know how you get those and it just throws you off because you weren’t expecting it? Maybe “thows you off” isn’t the best choice of words.

Humbles. That is a better choice. Let me tell you about this package.

Rach who I went to school with at UA and I hadn’t spoken for YEARS until recently. We reconnected and it’s been awesome. You should check out her blog sometime. It’s on my side bar. Well, she is the one who sent me this package I am just in awe about.

Well what’s in it? You ask. Is it made of gold? Noooooo, it’s better. Better than gold? Oh yeah.

You see, she bought me a UA scarf that is warm and wonderful and reminds me of AL, of the University and some wonderful memories of working at the education library. Remember that time we got Chris the birthday cake and used trick candles that didn’t quite go out? LOL I’ve got the pictures still.

But in addition to that wonderfully warm scarf, she included some other more unique items. A beautiful card to me that she no doubt made with some wonderful words. And she included some cards that she made. And you know what, I think they are better than the ones you buy at the store. She also included this wonderful notebook that she made. I want to be that artistic when I grow up!

I think the thing that made this so great was the love, the care and the time that was taken to put it together. You know how they say “It’s the thought that counts.”? Well this was exactly what they were talking about.

So thank you Rach! You made my day.


100 Things about me

Posted in Just Because,List,Things Completed by Donna on November 25, 2008

I had this up as a page, but I’m trying to focus on my 101 Things list and the other to do list so I’m moving my 100 things.  At least it’s done!!!  Woohooo!!!!

  1. I have blue eyes that people often think are contacts, but they are the real thing
  2. I love the color pink
  3. I love the color brown
  4. I love the color yellow
  5. I want to write a novel
  6. I want to have that novel published
  7. I want to be like Martha Stewart when it comes to ideas
  8. I was raised by a single father
  9. I would love to find my birth mother, but so far, my efforts have been unsuccessful
  10. I got married at 31
  11. I really want to be a blonde
  12. And skinny, well not see my bones skinny
  13. And tan, we can’t forget tan
  14. I suck when it comes to my will power
  15. I am working on it though
  16. I love to read
  17. And scrapbook
  18. I love to blog
  19. I like Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper, but only if it’s from the fountain
  20. I procrastinate
  21. I love mellow but upbeat groups, you know like Train and Cold Play
  22. I’m very stubborn
  23. And opinionated
  24. I love chi tea but only if it’s hot
  25. I’m deathly afraid of heights
  26. I’m trying to kick the caffiene habit, but you it’s hard
  27. I have two living brothers that I haven’t seen in many many years
  28. I love the Harry Potter Series
  29. But at the same time, I love the Twilight Series
  30. My favorite Vegetable is butter peas
  31. I don’t like asparagus
  32. I would say I’m a red meat kind of girl
  33. I love Cheeburger Cheeburger
  34. I’d rather have pie than cake
  35. My favorite smells are magnolias, honeysuckle, fresh cut grass and fresh linen
  36. Will Patton is my favorite movie star, but Tommy Lee Jones is a close second
  37. My favorite show is The Unit and if CBS EVER cancels it like they did The Agency, I’m boycotting CBS
  38. I’d rather be at the beach right now, or in the mountains
  39. I’d rather have sun than rain, as long as there is no humidity, I’ve had enough of that
  40. I love to listen to Pandora radio. I have two stations, The Killers and Train
  41. I am currently taking part in the project known as 101 things to do in 1001 days
  42. I’ve now been to 4 states that I had never been to and that has been in the past 4 months.
  43. I’m deathly afraid of snakes, spiders and scorpions
  44. My new obsession is photography
  45. There are two cameras that I would love to get and I put them on my Amazon list LOL
  46. I want to take a photo class
  47. I love the animaniacs, I can watch them all day long (thanks for reminding me Rach)
  48. Give me a good movie or a good book but I’ll be your best friend if you can give me a great movie from a great book
  49. I finally read Darkly Dreaming Dexter and boy was I suprised
  50. I have a “Zen entryway” that is going to be awesome when I get done with it
  51. I want to have a “signature” everything when it comes to cooking
  52. I have a tender heart
  53. I express my feelings better in words on paper or online than i do in person
  54. Unless you can find something I’m truely passionate about I generally keep my mouth shut.  It’s a reflex.
  55. I’m an SEC football girl, Alabama more specifically
  56. And you can’t tell me there any other conference plays that hard
  57. I changed my major in college from Education to Criminal Justice
  58. What I wouldn’t give to go back to school and finish
  59. I wanted to be a cardiologist when I was in high school
  60. Babies hold a special place for me.
  61. Logan and Chance were the only two boys that i called right. I’ve got to stop saying everyone is having a boy
  62. I wanted Corban to be a girl, but you know, I’m glad he’s a boy
  63. I now live in a house with three dogs, who would have ever thought
  64. I need to learn to take my own advice sometimes
  65. I tend to clam up when people start talking because I have this fear that I’ll say something stupid
  66. I’m loyal
  67. And a lot like a mother hen at times
  68. I like having my ownspace
  69. And my alone time
  70. And my alone time with my husband, wish we had more of it
  71. I’m in the process of trying to give up all my bad habits.
  72. I’m beginning to wish X box had never been invented.
  73. I’m learning to like walks outside.
  74. My sun sign is Capricorn.
  75. My Moon sign is Cancer
  76. My rising sign is Sagitarrius.
  77. I love winter
  78. I still think Oswald was a patsy and the real men who killed Kennedy are buried in the Mojave.
  79. What Dreams May Come and Aresenic and Old Lace are my to favorite movies
  80. I am Pro life
  81. I am right handed
  82. I was raised Southern Baptist but I dislike organized religion.
  83. I struggle with this on a daily basis.
  84. I believe in ghosts, but only because I’ve seen one.
  85. My favorite flowers are tulips and roses
  86. I have A+ blood
  87. If I could pick a super power, it would be the ability to read peoples minds
  88. I cry when I get stressed
  89. And when I get mad
  90. and it makes me mad when I cry
  91. Chardonnay is my favorite wine
  92. White Zinfindel is my second favorite
  93. My middle name is Denise
  94. I am a Capricorn
  95. I named our GPS Mona
  96. I sweat, I don’t glisten
  97. I love my boston terrorist, I mean terrier
  98. I have a deal with my husband and mother in law that if I lose so much weight, I get a pair of Tony Lama boots
  99. I love having a little brother to torment.
  100. I am now done with this list!

I’m Baaaccckkkkkk!!!

Posted in Beginnings,changes,Life by Donna on November 24, 2008
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How great it is.  I took a sort of break, well, it was forced but in the end it’s so what I needed!  I’m excited now.  So much as happened since they started working up here.

I’ve been struggling, yep, I’ll be the first one to admit it.  Well floundering is more like it.  Like a fish fresh out of water in a hot humid Louisiana sun.  But then last night we had a fire ceremony and it was awesome.  It gave me not only a chance to have dinner with the family but see Katy who we don’t get to see often enough if you ask me.

It gave us all a chance to reflect on our sacred dreams.  And our reasons for moving across country.  A time of reflection and refocusing.  Point blank, that’s what I needed.


And I received a lovely gift in the process.  I’ll take a picture of it sometime and post it.

But I had the chance to reflect.  Why did I come here?  What is my sacred dream?  Yes I came here for my husband, yes I came here because I wanted a chance to work in ocean marine insurance, or get my feet wet, no pun intended.  But yeah, I wanna be a writer.  I had forgotten I mentioned it on here.  But now I’ve gotten it out and I intend to do something about it.  What I don’t know.  I’m sure I could be content with this blog being my outlet for that but no, me being me, I want more.  So I have to find a way to follow it.

And I also got a huge wonderful step today.  A JOB!!!!  Yes that’s right Boys and Girls, I got a job!  Finally after a month, I will have a job.  I start December 1st so I’ll be doing my blogging at night.

Ahhh the things I can do and the places I can go!  I’m excited!!! SOOOO excited!

Can you tell!!!!??????

Because I can’t resist a MEME

Posted in MEME by Donna on November 19, 2008

K so the rules are I have to say who I took it from.  Well I took it from who took it from AVI….And you know me, I can’t resist.  So if you do this one, leave me a comment and let me know

1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing?
I love it

2. Favorite late night snack?
Hmmm Moose Tracks Ice Cream

3. Do you own a gun?

4. What’s your favorite drink at Starbucks or other specialty coffee shop?
Caramel Frapp w/ whip cream

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
Shouldn’t the question be when do I NOT get nervous?

6. What do you think of hot dogs?
They’re great as long as they are grilled and have cheese in them

7. Favorite Christmas song?
Ugh, ask me Christmas Day, until then, I don’t want to hear it

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

9. Can you do push-ups?
The ice cream?  Yeah, the exercise?  NO

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?
My Fleur de lis necklace

11. Favorite hobby?
I love to scrapbook and blog and read and I can go on….

12. Do you have A.D.D.?

13. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself?
That would be that when I get upset or mad, I cry and then people see it and then that makes me mad and I cry more

14. The last disease you contracted?

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment.
Why can’t it be 50 here?  I need to look at that website.  I need to go to the store tomorrow.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Water, tea and coffee

17. Current worry right now? Bills, bills bills

18. Current hate right now?
The heat.

19. Favorite place to be?
Hmmm, Shreveport right now!

20. How did you ring in the New Year?
Ummm I can’t remember, I think I was at Mom and Pappy’s for a while and then we went home.

21. Like to travel?
As long as it’s not a road trip from Shreveport to California.

23. Do you own slippers?
Negative Ghost Rider- I’m from the south, we don’t wear slippers LOL

24. What color shirt are you wearing?

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
I guess, let me try it and I’ll tell you.

26. Can you whistle?
Only certain tunes.

27. Favorite singer/band?
Train and The Killers

28. Could you ever make it 39 days on the show Survivor?
Yeah, if just give me a house and air conditioning LOL

29. What songs do you sing in the shower?
Ummmm Nothing

30. Favorite girl’s names?
Working on that.

31. Favorite boy’s name?
Working on that.

32. What’s in your pocket right now?

33. Last thing that made you laugh?
IDK it was something on the tv

34. Like your job?
No, I miss my job, I need a job, I WANT a job

36. Do you love where you live?

37. How many TVs do you have in your house?

38. Who is your loudest friend?
Lori—-And I don’t mean that in a bad way.

39. Do you drive the speed limit or speed?
Yeah right

40. Does someone have a crush on you?
My husband says he does

41. What is your favorite book?
Renegade by Diana Palmer

42. What is your favorite candy?
Heath Bar

43. Favorite Sports Team?
Bama Baby!!!!

44. What were you doing 12 AM last night?

45. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up today?
it’s my first real night of sleep, can’t I have 5 minutes more?

The Morning After

Posted in Beginnings,Life by Donna on November 19, 2008
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Isn’t nearly so bleak.

I FINALLY got a good nights rest last night. I was so excited. I went to bed after taking EVERYONE’s advice. I took a walk, a warm bath, some wonderful tea and a great fantasy. Nothing big, just being skinny, tan, blonde with some intresting highlights in a bikini on the beach, just chilling. I went right to sleep. I didn’t want to get up with morning, but that’s okay.

My mother in law Judy had a great idea and that was to introduce me to a friend of hers that is retired insurance. I mean seriously, I need a job. I’m tired of staring at the computer looking or doing whatever. I need more than just the inside of the Pinney House. So Ms. Janet gave me some great ideas and on the way, Judy did too. I’m going to pop off here when I finish this entry and go to the library and get a couple of books. Not for me, well mostly not for me. Ryan has lost his Of Mice and Men and he needs to read it. So I’m going to go and get that and then a book for me. I’m sort of excited about things. Last night Judy and Greg came up and we talked about maybe Dirk starting his detailing business up and that being a job for him. He really wants to do that and to be his own boss would be great.

But then I started thinking, what about me? Would I be happy if I didn’t go back into insurance? Probably. I’m just putting it out there for the Universe. I wouldn’t mind being a professional blog writer, or even a freelance writer. Sure my ultimate goal in life is to write a book, but then again, who DOESN’T have that dream?

Would I be happy doing something else? Sure I would. The possibilites are endless and not have as elusive as yesterday. I feel better. More secure about me, still home sick, but it’s not so bad.

I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have projects to do now. I have books to read that before I wouldn’t have thought about. I don’t feel so not me for the lack of a better word.

Amazing what a night of sleep will do for you……..

Yes Donna, there is a sleep fairy~

Posted in Life by Donna on November 18, 2008

O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee,
That thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down
And steep my sense in forgetfulness?
~William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I

So I’ve started trying to analyze what the heck I’m feeling.  But then last night, or well this morning, it sort of came to me.

I’m not sleeping.

Yep.  Not sleeping.  For a while now.  To be exact, my sleep pattern has been getting smaller and smaller since the day after we got here.  I was exhausted on the road, even before we got on the road.  Let me tell you, it’s hard to pack up a house, get everything ready for a move and then make a treck of 1625 miles.  So while we were on the road, I slept like a baby.  Even the first night that we got here, I slept.  Really good.  Why?  Because I was exhausted.

And now?

It’s different.  Oh yeah, it’s different.  I noticed that it started out as me being awake at 7 am.  That is normally like 9 back in Louisiana.  But then it got to where, instead of going to be at 9ish or 10ish, it began to drift to 10ish, 11ish, midnightish, even later.  But I was still waking up at 7.  Then the past few days it’s been 2 or 3 in the morning before I could sleep and then I was waking up before 6.  The latest I would sleep is 7:30.

Last night was the worst.  I couldn’t sleep at all.  I floated from the bed to the couch and back again.  Many, many times.  Then I gave up.  I went and turned on the TV and watch No Country for Old Men.  Then I came to the computer and wrote about 8 pages on my fan fic that I’m writing.

Then it turned 4 am!!!  Finally, sleep was creeping in and wanting to overtake me.  Knowing I needed to be up at 7:30 to go with Judy for Mother’s Club.  But I couldn’t fight it.  Sleep was finally deciding the grace me with it’s lovely presence.  So I missed going to Mother’s Club because holy cow, I slept till 8 am.  And then it was like my brain turned on and here I am again.  I tried resting on the couch to no avail.

Now, why don’t you just take something you ask?  Well let me tell you this.  Ambien, Stress X, Calm spirit, the over the counter meds, they just aren’t working.  I even took the over the counter stuff this morning hoping to go back to sleep.  Nope, sorry.

It’s like if there is light, my brain can’t shut off.  So here I am.  This I believe is one of the basic roots of my adriftness.  My sleep anchor has deserted me.  So all I have to say is this~

Sleep Fairy, I know you are out there.  Help a sister out!

I mean am I forgetting to leave you something?  A cookie perhaps?  IDK, what do you think???

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