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New Year Goals

December 31st, 2012 1 comment

I never have been one of make “New Years Resolutions.” I’m choosing to call them goals instead. I’ll be less likely to give up entirely when I slip up on them that way.

  1. Buy a house. I really want to spend next Christmas decorating a house we own. Put up a tree. Send out Christmas cards with a picture of us in front of our house. Paint the walls. Get some new furniture. All of that. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy where we are. I do love this house, and our landlords are the best ever. I haven’t a single complaint about living where I do now. I’m just ready to take that step.
  2. Make at least $5K doing photography.  I’ve debated making that goal $10K, but I think I’ll be a little more realistic. I need to sit down and figure out what I made this year, but I think its around $700. So I’m looking to do more than 5x that in 2013. Totally doable, especially once I…
  3. Get my photography site up and running and active.
  4. Keep the blog going strong… Make a better effort to keep it updated regularly, and I want to come up with a set schedule of post-type for each day of the week. Like I want to keep photo sharing for the week on Sunday. #DrinkUpLinkUp is awesome on Thursday. Stuff like that.
  5. Be more patient. My patience level has dwindled through the year. I blame it on dealing with drunk people on a regular basis.
  6. Health: get dental work done, eyes checked, etc.
  7. Upgrade all our gear… my photography gear and hubby’s music gear. We’re in need of some upgrading. Soon.
  8. Exercise more. Just in general. I talked on Daily Challenge about doing the Color Run this year (if I am in town that day). It’s a possibility. Just be more active. I’ve done better in 2012 than I did in 2011. So keep that trend going.
  9. Organize. Organize. Organize. My home. My work. My activities. Just be more organized and less frazzled!
  10. Possibly start a family… or take the steps to do so. I’m not getting any younger!!

2013

 

 

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2012 In Review

December 30th, 2012 6 comments

2012 is winding down… less than a day and a half remain as I type this. It’s been a very FULL year; a busy and (thankfully!) prosperous one. Many goals and dreams seem to be on track, and I have nothing but thanks to give for 2012. What a change from just a few years ago!! I pray 2013 will continue the upward trend.

My year in photos… hitting some of the high points. I had such a full year, its impossible to talk about it all.  (But it won’t stop me from trying! LOL)

 

058: Five years of marriage

Celebrated 5 Years of Marriage

065: B.A. Photoshoot D.S. Photoshoot

Did several photo shoots that made me more confident behind the camera.

055: Painting the dance floor 2012 Waco MDA Muscle Walk

 Helped clean and revamp the bar… and attended Waco’s MDA Muscle Walk to support my nephew and family.

Kassie Jordan CD Release Party Pennies on Sully

 Attending Kassie Jordan’s CD release party… and put a penny on Sully. Asking for luck in life.

112: Leap Year Hot cup of tea

It was a Leap Year… and contained lots of trips to the Opry.

137: Bluebonnets 161: Butterfly

Nature was extra beautiful in Texas in the Spring.

Mary Allen Seminary - Crockett, Texas Joe Diffie @ Dosey Doe

And several Diffie shows brought my husband and me together during tax season (and let us explore Texas a bit!)

157: Opening Day Goodguys Nashville Nationals

I got to see my niece play ball… and later I attended Good Guy’s Nationals Car Show.

Mule Arrow UP

 I was introduced to Mules (yum!) and Antique Archeology in Music City.

207: Great American Food Truck Race CMA Fest 2012

There was the Great Food Truck Race and Fan Fair… oh wait, CMA Music Fest.

Oregon - July 2012  251: Fishing

OREGON!

248: Silver Falls; South Falls  Oregon - July 2012

A long over-due visit to the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon - July 2012

And of course, Multnomah Falls.

  From the backseat of a motorcycle  277: On the bike

 My husband got a motorcycle, and (help us all) I like it.

285: Wilson County Fair 2012  310: Battle of the Bell

Wilson County Fair and Battle of the Bell

312: Kyle Field 042: State Championship Game

Kyle Field and Cowboys Stadium. (Not to mention a Heisman Trophy for Aggie QB and State Championship for my Yoemen.)

Vanilla Latte Art  Candy cane

Taking time to relax, and get a bit creative for friends.

043: Texas Ornament Snow!

Christmas in Texas… and snow as the year ends. (Oh and that truck.)

 Nashville skyline

Nashville is Home.

SONY DSC

Family has my Heart

Weekly Winners: Christmas trip wrap-up

December 28th, 2012 6 comments

I debated doing this as a Weekly Winners post (posted on a Friday versus Sunday), but since it’ll be easiest to wrap-up my last week in photos… I’m going with it.

 

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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Frost

Winter arrived finally, the same day we arrived in Texas for Christmas. It warmed up briefly, then another front brought another cold blast. Frost on the windshield was just a small piece of evidence of the cold.

042: State Championship Game

My high school played in the state championship game at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX. I couldn’t believe I got to go!! And on top of it all… WE WON!!! First state championship win since 1981. GO BIG YOE!!

State Championship Game

Yoe Pride Never Dies!

043: Texas Ornament

I love Nashville so much, but when you are born and raised in Texas… it holds your heart for life.

Pinky

I got to visit Texas A&M campus this trip… I love getting to “touch base” any time I can. Ironically, this was the first time I ever noticed the statue of Pinky Wilson, who wrote the Aggie War Hymn.

Bonfire

Close-up of a portion of a bonfire statue/display.

044: Kyle Field

Welcome to Aggieland… Home of the 12th Man.

045: Christmas tree

Christmas tree at Mom and Dad’s… ready for the family to gather and enjoy the holiday!

Sax

My nephew played his saxophone for us before we opened Christmas gifts. He did a great job, and it made me remember when I was the one playing for MY grandparents… and it almost made me want to get my flute fixed and pick it up again. (Almost)

Nativity

Grandma’s nativity (with one addition)… Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, and I never want to to lose sight of that.

047: Holiday snacks

Christmas may be technically over as Dec. 25th drew to an end, but holiday treats don’t have to stop!

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Merry Christmas

December 24th, 2012 No comments

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!! I’ve been MIA here, because I am enjoying time with my family. Taking a short hiatus, I suppose, from blogging to live in the moment of every day I have with them.

Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the holiday season. The preparing for the next day. Midnight mass. Food. Lots of food. The anticipating growing every second. I love it!! My husband commented that I’ve been dancing around the house all day… and I have! I’m happy! It’s CHRISTMAS!

My wish for everyone is simply this: peace and love this Christmas. If you’re surrounded by family or if you’re home alone… no matter what, I have you find peace and joy in Christmas in general.

God Bless and Merry Christmas!

Love,

Denise

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State misconceptions

December 19th, 2012 4 comments

I love how when I tell people I grew up in Texas they immediately assume three things:

1. I rode a horse to school (no, but I did drive a Ford truck… not that everyone else did too… we actually had a wide variety of vehicular transportation in the parking lot)

2. I wear cowboy boots all the time (ok that one is true)

3. I know how to line dance (not only no, but hell no)

But none of these have ever amused me as much as when my friend said, “Yeah, I’m from Oklahoma, but it doesn’t mean I shoot a bow and arrows!”

Ha!

So tell me… what’s your favorite assumption people make about you based on where you’re from?

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Simplifying your last-minute stocking stuffer purchases

December 17th, 2012 1 comment

I have to confess something: I’ve been too busy to do any serious Christmas shopping. I’ve picked up gifts here and there, and I’ve made a few gifts. However, its been on-line shopping that’s made the biggest (and most exciting) dents in my shopping list. Not only have I found some fun items online, I’ve also found some crazy good deals.

P&G eStore is one of those sites with great deals and a wide array of products that will help you take care of your last-minute shopping needs — especially those fun stocking stuffers! Now, my family likes to give useful items in our stockings. Its the “practical” and “random” section of our gift giving traditions.

pgcovergirlSo for example, an item I would love to see in my stocking is a tube of CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara. In black, please.

I’ve been a CoverGirl user since high school, and if there is any part of my make-up routine that is a must-do, its my eye make-up. I might not have time to do a full-fledged eyeliner, eye shadow, curl the lashes, etc. thing, but I’ve found that a quick swipe of CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara helps me feel made-up and more confident on even the most hectic of days.

If you’re not a CoverGirl user, P&G has great items from Olay, Duracell, Oral-B, and Braun. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Now, here is the really, really cool part. The deals being offered on the P&G eStore.

15% off on a first-time order from a new customer, using promo code: A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA

Free Shipping on orders over $25

Free Samples with every order.

All of those great deals are available to you right there online through the P&G eStore… “But wait! There’s more!”  Yeah, I said it. But. There is. P&G has also made available coupons right on the site for you to apply to some of your purchases. At least while supplies last.

So, continuing to use the mascara as an example… when you visit the mascara page, you’ll see something like the following:

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Just click that box, put the item in your cart, and the coupon is automatically added (while supplies last, of course)! It is THAT simple. No clipping coupons. No carrying them into the drug store. No digging through the rows and rows of items, trying to find just that right item. It’s all at the tip of your mouse pointer. Click, order, save. Suddenly your stocking stuffer shopping is DONE.

Go check it out!

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