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Wow look at that…I sucessfully post for all of November and then I leave you all hanging for several days. Figures. More on that later! Andrea posted about several recurring dreams she has.  I too have several recurring dreams…and of course I decided that I have to share.  Also note that these recurring dreams are not related to my anxeity dreams I was having about moving. Now that I have been in my new office for quite awhile I am all settled in and those dreams went right away.

Recurring Dream Number 1- The Redwood Picnic Table.  This seems to be the dream I have had the longest. The dream never changes. I am at a barbecue at my paternal grandparents house. I am in the backyard and its a nice sunny day. I get tired and decide to take a nap. Instead of going inside I decide to lay on the bench part of their redwood picnic table to nap.  When I wake up I am no longer in my grandparents backyard so I roll off the bench so that I can stand up and figure out where I am…unfortunately I rolled off the side and am now free falling down a cliff. I always wake up before I hit bottom.

Recurring Dream Number 2- The Highway 101 from North Main Onramp.  This dream is probably the one I have had second longest. I am in a car. Sometimes I am driving sometimes I am a passenger.  I am never in the car alone. There is usually someone with me. Sometimes its my parents. Sometimes its BFM. We need to get on the highway so I take the North Main onramp. While on the onramp at somepoint either the onramp turns into a rollercoaster (this happens most often) and I am no longer in control of the car because its a rollercoaster. Sometimes the road just has really big holes in it or the main part of the onramp is missing.

Recurring Dream Number 3- The Teeth. Almost everything in this dream is different each time with the exception that at some point during the dream my teeth are crumbling away.  Not just falling out mind you- but they are actually more like crumbling and desintegrating in my mouth.  This is one of my more vivid dreams as I can usually FEEL the gritty teeth particles in my mouth. My dad says thats probably because I am grinding my teeth. I mentioned this to my dentist and he said that my teeth look pretty good with no indication that I am a habitual grinder. I personally blame this dream on my orthodontist as a late teen who was very much insistent that your teeth would rot away to nothing if you didn’t brush properly with braces on.

Recurring Dream Number 4- The Revocation.  During this dream I always find out that I didn’t really graduate. Sometimes I find out that I didn’t graduate high school. Sometimes I find out I didn’t graduate college.  Nearly always I am just one class or unit short of the degree and have found out because I went back to the school to get a copy of my diploma for whatever reason. They usually immediately enroll me in the class I need to graduate and I spend the rest of the dream wandering around campus looking for the class.

There is one more recurring dream that thankfully my brain decided to retire…a long long time ago. And that is probably a good thing.

(Retired) Recurring Dream Number 5- The Duck Pond. In this dream I am always by a gorgeous lush pond surrounded by all kinds of trees and such.  On the pond there are always ducks.  Adult ducks and baby ducks. White ducks and yellow chicks and mallards with gorgeous green heads.  Sometimes there are even a couple of swans swimming around my duck pond.  At some point I reach out to touch one of the ducks or swans (I am usually in a little paddle boat but sometimes I am onshore) and when I do I fall in and am instantly drenched. I would wake up at this point because I wet the bed.  I always had this dream right before I would wet the bed as a child.  I remember being probably about 4 or 5 and helping my mom change my sheets and telling her how I would always be dreaming of ducks when I had an accident. She told me that maybe I needed to learn to wake up when I see the ducks in my dreams and go to the bathroom.  I am just thankful I haven’t dreamed of the duck pond anymore. It would be quite embarrassing at my age.

Another successful NABLOPOMO! Not bad considering that I had company this weekend (BFM came to town for a quick visit!) and it was Thanksgiving- which can be a busy hectic time anyway.  Speaking of Thanksgiving- I hope everyone had a good one. So not only did we do the Thanksgiving weekend thing these are other things I accomplished this weekend:

  • I saw my nephew everyday this long weekend. (I had to show him off to BFM- whom of course he loved- especially her watch).
  • I donated three toys to Toys For Tots (a baby doll, a truck, and a baby playmat).  They were standing outside our local Toys R Us- and my mom wanted to go there because they had some toys on sale that my mom wanted to get the baby.  The Marines collecting the toys were very happy and shook my mom and my’s hands.  They both looked 12 to me. That made me feel old.
  • I finished my Christmas shopping for my nephew. I got ideas for most other people in my family…which means I am ahead of the game there.
  • I got my haircut and colored and I LOVE IT! I am all fresh again.
  • I ate at Olive Garden…where I haven’t eaten in like 5 or 6 years.
  • I completely finished my nephew’s blanket. I will take pictures and post later.
  • I started and am currently about 3/4ths done with a baby bonnet my mom asked me to make for a friend she works with.
  • I started TWILIGHT (yeah I know…late to the party). Like it so far.
  • I saw FOUR CHRISTMASES. Which I thought was hilarious. I like Vince Vaughn because he can be funny without being over the top.
  • And I posted this post-which means I posted at least one post every DAY this month. EVERY SINGLE DAY! Whoohoo.

Remember how I told you all that I loved my last hairdo? Well I am still loving it but it needs to be a tad freshed. So I am off to have that done today! I wanted to get it done before Thanksgiving but since I was stuck working the week before I never really had time to go.  This time I am going to get even more daring with my hairs.  This time I am going to tell my hairdresser (who never does my hair the same way twice I might add) that i want more of the dark layer to show through the highlighted layer. Wish me luck with that!!!

PastorDave presents us this weeks MI-5 questions of reflection:

1. What book do you most want to read before years end? Do I have to narrow it down to one? I have a whole stack of books sitting next to my bed just waiting for me to dive into them. I haven’t been reading much lately…I have been working on a blanket for my nephew.  But I guess that would be the one I am reading now: Sunday Money: A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR by Jeff MacGregor.  Oh…and I want to read Twilight too…because I am so a teenager stuck inside an adult body sometimes.

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you would like to see happen soon? A fixed economy.

3. What’s the most important trip you want to take yet this year? I am pretty much done with the roadtripping for the year. I do most of that in the spring and summer.  Plus we are down to only 4 weeks left…surrounded by holidays…which means one thing. I have to work. Seriously I have to work all our open days around every holiday. It really sucks don’t even get me going on that subject…it is really kind of a sore one with me this year.

4. What habit would you most like to establish in 2009? An exercise habit. I am a lazy one.

5. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? Spend time with my nephew. I love watching him grow and I really am striving to be that totally awesome aunt who does fun things with him (and any possible siblings he may have).


And now the friday fill-in #100:

1. My stomach is full to the brim.
2. Turkey is what I ate the most of on Thursday.
3. The yard is still soaking wet from the rain.
4. In Las Vegas with BFM is where I’d rather be at any given time.
5. The smell of Canadian Mist and Pepsi reminds me of my grandpa.
6. Exercise is what I need right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to BFM’s arrival, tomorrow my plans include a haircut and Sunday, I want to start working on the bonnet I am crocheting by request!

So what do you do with an incredible amount of leftover turkey?  Unfortunately my brother and sister-in-law weren’t able to eat with us this year…so we have a ton of turkey left over…what are your favorite things to do with the left overs?

I am a big fan of the turkey sandwich myself.  I prefer it on white bread…just a little mayo, salt and pepper…and of course the left over turkey.  If I am feeling really creative sometimes I will make it into a grilled cheese and turkey sandwich (just follow your favorite grilled cheese recipe but throw on the turkey and add a little extra grilling time- delish!)  What I am not a fan of- turkey soup. My mom loves to make turkey soup (think chicken soup..only with turkey). Of course then again- I am not a big lover of soups in general so that shouldn’t be a surprise.

I also love the left over sweet potatoes…if we have them. Sometimes we don’t have the sweet potatoes and that always makes me sad since I am a big love of the sweet potatoes. I like them just baked like a baked potato.  But that sweet potato casserole? With the marshmalloes? I LOVE that stuff. Totally love it. However no one else around here does so I never get it.

So tell me…what are you doing with your left overs? What is your favorite leftover?


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A lot of times I think we don’t take enough time to be thankful, even for the little things in our life that are good.  Today is Thanksgiving in the United States.  A time to be thankful and grateful for all that we have. Friends, family, health, are always the top on most people’s lists of things to be thankful for.  This year, more than ever, probaby a lot of people will add employment to that list. These are all things that I am thankful for.

I know my friends and family are there for me. And in my family I know I speak for everyone that we are all thankful for the continued health and growth of our newest member, my nephew. I know my friends are always going to be there for me…that is what makes them friends.  I am very thankful for my job…because that is what gives me the funds to do things I love to do like blog (yey I just renewed my domain through feb of 2012), spoil said nephew, go to NASCAR races and visit my friend (the list could go on and on and on).

However there are little things to be thankful for EVERY day- not just once a year. Over the past year I have really been trying to be thankful for everything.  I make sure to say Thank You for a job well done- whether I be thanking the student assistants who helped make my move so effortless or the person at the drive thru at McDonalds.  I can tell that sometimes it really surprises people when you thank them for something as small as setting up your phone or taking your starbucks order.  So..take a few extra minutes and thank that bagger who bagged your groceries or to the bank teller.  It might really make their day- and that will totally make yours.

Remind me next time I hold a little contest – to keep it shorter. It was torture for ME to wait this long to giveaway all the goodies.  This contest only had 4 entrants…so it was really hard for me not to just give everyone something.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a fourth prize to give!!! Anyway…here are the winners!!!

The two winners of the DALE Earnhardt DVDs are:

Cameron of Get The Stink Off


Trixie of Trixie’s Trailer Park

And the winner of the ST. Dale book:

Andrea of Serious Injury Inflicted.

Congrats to the winners. If you are on this winning list? I emailed you requested your mailing address so that I can mail you your prize! I will try to have these all mailed out no later than Monday if you give me your address before then

I am sure you all are just keeping constant track of my little blogroll over there aren’t you? If you are you may have noticed a new link popup for stewarthaasfan.com.  I just wanted to give that site a little plug.  SHF is the brainchild of Karah (Diary of a Track Bunny). Karah has put together a great site featuring news, interviews, multimedia, and all other information regarding Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman.  Basically- if it has to do with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Tony Stewart or Ryan Newman- it’s on stewarthaasfan.com!  Not to mention the fact that it’s a great looking site. And yes…I am here not only as just a fan of the site- but Karah is letting yours truely contribute to SHF!