Coast to Coast part 1

Traveling to work is a nice break from the normal. But to travel to the west and then to the east coast within a week? Yeah that might sound insane but I’m looking forward to it. Working in LA area and then flying back to Indy before driving out to the Jersey Shore! 


California Dreamin’ – Pt 2

Sunday afternoon was spent leisurely walking along the bay. We ventured over to Hyde Street Pier to look at some of the historic ships.

The history of this city is presented every where you look. The buildings, the boats, the trolleys (which I did not get to ride!), the homes…just every where.

The smell of the bay – it’s pretty much the same smell as on the East Coast. No surprise there! Fish, fish, and umm, more fish!

KODAK Digital Still Camera           Ok – so this is a seal..

The houses aren’t cookie cutters in styles or colors, but they all fit perfectly together along the strip.

The youngest teen stopped in his tracks when he saw the first of a few outdoor workout areas. The concept is pretty cool – but to see people working out, some of those positions are not necessarily outdoor worthy views…if you get what I mean…wish I had a brain scrubber right about now…

We made our way over to a marina where we rested on a bench, watching the boats and seals in the water. A feathered friend decided to join us before the boys decided to play in the grass while we waited for our ride…we used Uber the entire time we were in the city and it was WONDERFUL!!


Life is good!!  ~MJ


I have been studying for a mega four-hour long test. I was well equipped with snacks, light saber bubbles, and NERF guns to help relieve stress, anxieties, and the munchies. Thanks to a couple co-workers.


After a few hours of studying – and I may or may not have pulled out some hair – I casually looked over and there laid the newest member of the family – Bristow. Sound asleep. Figures. I’m stressing and the cat that is to help calm our nerves is sound asleep.

20160528_123154      Some study buddy he turned out to be!

…test has been taken – but I have to wait 90 days for the results! Now THAT is stressful!!

Five Question Friday: 3.23.12

Yeah, I know it’s a day late, but at least it’s here. 🙂
Join in the fun with Five Question Friday.
You won’t regret it.
1. If you were free to just hop in the car and drive, where would you go? Or, if you could hop a plane and go anywhere, where?

I would go see some of the sites around the country – I would love to spend a few weeks exploring the North Western states. There’s a ton of pretty landscape up there or so I’ve heard. We would start in the North and wind our way south, ending in Arizona. I think that would be fun, educating, and exciting. No reservations just driving and stopping when we get tired.
Flying to England and exploring some of the places where our family lived and worked would be on the top of the list. I would love to travel through England, to the Netherlands, to Ireland and possibly going through Germany towards Italy. My father’s family came from the northern countries while my mother’s side was all from Italy. But the cost of flying 5 people over there is something I don’t want to look at. 😉
2. What’s your most recently read favorite book?
I am reading the Hunger Games trilogy. I think that is one of the biggest series out there at this time. It’s nice to having a discussion with someone far away who is reading/has read the same book. It just makes the long distance seem a little less farther away. 
3. What’s your favorite Spring Break memory?
Spring Break started just after my birthday, so the week started off great for me!
My family didn’t go anywhere or do anything during the week we were off from school. I’m trying to remember if anything exciting had ever happened during that time frame…but I can’t think of any. While living in Texas, I’m sure I spent a good amount of days with my friends at their homes and while in Jersey, I believe that time was spent at the beach.
I do remember going to the local swimming pool with my siblings and meeting our friends there. I think we would spend the entire day playing in the pools, trying to keep cool from the 100+ degree temperatures. I might think of something later, but for now, my spring break memories consist of being at friends homes or with friends at the beach or bothering the life guards at the swimming pools. 

4. What do you put in your child’s Easter basket? Or, for those w/o kids, what was put in your childhood basket?
I usually put a few favorite candies in the baskets, the chocolate bunny is a staple – no exceptions, it has to be there!
I buy them each a TY Beanie Baby – I usually find odd ones around Christmas and hold them for a few months.
I also get them something they each wanted – usually under $20. Like a book they wanted or some small Lego set. (Again, under $20 and usually purchased around Christmas. After all, why not take advantage of the sales while they last?)
5. Do you get a summer haircut?
Not specifically. I do get my hair trimmed and sometimes colored, but not for the reason of “summer”. It’s more like it’s time for another trim. 

5 Question Friday: 1.6.12

Click the image and follow the link to join in the weekly fun. 

1. What is the weather like where you are and do you like it?

Crazy. Can’t make up its mind.

Last week started with snow and 28 degrees and ended with sunny and almost 70.

Do I like it? I like how the snow lasts until noon and the sun is warm. Otherwise, it’s better then having feet of snow and inches of ice.

2. When you’re sick what do you seek comfort from?

My blanket and pillow on the couch. The dark is also my friend when I don’t feel good.

3. What do you need to do before the end of the month?


In the land of work, I have several claims that will expire if I don’t get them through by the end of the month. On the home front, not much has to get done. I’ve been packing away Christmas and hope to have all of that all put away by month end – well, except my usual all-year Christmas tree and things. I also have some regular going through/ packing that I would like to have done.

4. Have you ever served on a jury?

Nope. I was called to go twice. I had been excused one time due to having a new-born and the second time because I was in the hospital recuperating from major surgery.

5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Never thought about what animal I would be. Let me think…okay, a few days later and lots of time to think. I think I would like to be a giraffe. 

Oh, now I’m suppose to answer why? I like the height. No one really hunts down a giraffe for their spots. They are amazing animals to watch – they walk gracefully, they are quiet and usually well-tempered. They don’t eat meat which means they don’t attack innocent animals just for a meal. The flip-side, adult giraffes aren’t in the cross-hairs of lions, leopards, and other such fierce animals. So yeah, I’d choose to be a giraffe.

Five Question Friday: 12.30.11

Come join the fun! You know you want to! Click the picture for the link to some crazy or thought provoking questions. You never know what you might learn about yourself!

1. What’s the oldest piece of clothing in your closet?

Prior to September, it would have been my wedding dress – 20 years. But my parents came out and brought a pullover I had purchased when I was a teenager working along the boardwalk inJersey. Talk about a life-time ago! But hey, it still fits and it’s just as comfortable now as I remembered.

How old is it? Twenty-two years old.

What condition is it in? No holes, no frayed ends, no stains, and no wrinkles.

2. How many random blog readers have you met?

Define met. And are we talking those online or in person?

I have learned that several of my friends, coworkers, and other various acquaintances are bloggers. I didn’t know they were bloggers. I mean they never went around wearing shirts or hats advertising “hey look at me! I’m a blogger!” And it never really comes up in conversation..”how are the kids? Work? Blogging?” “I have so much to do today – the kids are sick, I have a dentist appointment and I can’t forget to blog.” My life doesn’t work that way. The only way blogging comes up in my conversations is when someone in my real life says “hey I found you on twitter. I didn’t know you blog too!” Then it turns into a blogging conversation – which leads to an interesting conversation and a half.

As for meeting random bloggers I follow – I’ve never met anyone. I’d love to meet some of the ones I follow. They are hilarious and have similar interests. Heck, I followed one by mistake and have ended up learning I had a lot of things in common with them. But meeting them in person? Nope. I’d like to – although some of them don’t live on the same continent as I do, so that might prove difficult. Unless by some miracle I win the lottery. But last I heard, in order to win that, you have to play it.

3. Do you let your kids stay up till midnight on New Years Eve? (Or, if you don’t have kiddos yet, did you get to stay up until midnight as a child?)

Yes…and yes!

I remember being in elementary school and my parents would let us all stay up to watch the ball drop. There would be many neighbors outside honking car horns, fog horns, or banging on some pots all yelling “Happy New Year!” But the second the singing and cheering was over, it was off to bed.

This is a tradition I have with my own kids. We let them stay up or if they want us to wake them up, we will. We don’t go outside, though. I think we’d scare the neighbors. The neighborhood is usually tucked in for the night or several of them are at bars or friends homes celebrating. Either way, we stay indoors, calling our relatives at each hour marking off the New Year for the time zone they live in. Then it’s off to bed for a few hours.

This year, though, it won’t be just us celebrating the New Year. My husband’s parents are visiting and we plan to play some games throughout the night until we all decide it’s enough.

4. What are the gas prices where you live?

Is this a joke? Which day? What time?

Yesterday morning gas was $3.29, by the time evening came and I had to buy gas the price was up to $3.39. This afternoon the price was down to $3.32 which then went up to $3.36 by evening.

It makes me wonder what they are thinking…but then I realize they aren’t!

5. What is one resolution that you know you should do but are too afraid to try?

I don’t have any resolutions I’m afraid to try.

My one resolution this year is to cook more healthy meals. I already have been doing that, but I want to cook different meals. I feel as if we have been in a rut – cooking the same meals week after week. It happens because of budgets (we know how much it will cost), ease (we know how to make it so the entire family will eat), and time (we can schedule our meal prep accordingly without worrying we won’t have time to eat before going to [enter weekly commitment here]). 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

  My youngest son’s elementary school held a performance for families. It was entitled: “A Pirate’s Christmas“.

It was a twisted tale of how White Beard (AKA: Santa) helped the pirates understand that it is better to give then to receive. Or in the case of the pirates – to take what isn’t theirs.

The little boy, in the footsteps of his bigger brother, hammed it up.

But then again, I think all the 4th graders were having a blast while exaggerating their performance.

Once White Beard and his merry men brought the pirates to the North Pole, the head pirate – sorry, I can’t remember the name – convinced his followers that White Beard was off his rocker. Or was it off the boat?

Either way, the pirates learned and accepted that the practice of giving was much more lucrative than taking what they wanted, when they wanted, how they wanted, well, you get the picture…

During the performance these little pirates and elves sang Christmas songs drenched in pirate verses. It was a cute little show – one I will enjoy sharing in person with my parents once they make “the move”.

Note to self: Sit in the bleachers – the floor seats have extreme limited sight…as in I saw glimpses of the stage through out the show thanks to many children and adults who moved around. Thankfully my husband was on the aisle and was able to get many pictures and videos of the performance. So yeah, next year – I’m sitting up high. 🙂