Stop the Countdown!

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I can’t take any more Christmas countdowns. It’s coming too quickly and I didn’t start early enough on my DIY stuff. It couldn’t be helped, though, because I didn’t run across the right things until after Thanksgiving. Maybe next year I can do better. It will involve spending more time on Pinterest and perhaps subscribing to a few more up-cycling blogs, but I can do that ;)

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 To add to the stress level John is sometimes gone fourteen hours a day because of some Christmas thing at a neighboring church his band director volunteered the drum line for. Child labor laws were instituted to prevent this sort of thing, but now we all think it’s reasonable that our teens are chronically sleep-deprived because of extra-curricular activities or extra homework and projects in AP classes. I’m not buying into it. Teens actually need more sleep than adults. Some girls and all boys are still growing!

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I was at my breaking point the other day when I’d cut tons of fabric and was ready to start sewing, then my sewing machine wouldn’t work. My husband, who’s never been within three feet of a sewing machine in his life, offered to look at it for me. It took him about five seconds to find the problem. At some point while it was sitting in the bottom of my closet the rod for threading a bobbin had been moved. Crisis and meltdown narrowly averted.

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Believe it or not, I don’t have any Christmas decorations up yet. I like the house to be really clean before the decorations go up, because it’s impossible to clean while they’re up. But Michael’s been working seven-day weeks for months now, and I just can’t bug him about cleaning when he’s home. And I’m truly afraid of what would happen if I tried, since last time I tried a simple grocery trip (with John to help) I ended up using a cane for a week when I got out of bed, which was rarely. So the decorations may just go up over the dirt at the last minute. Who cares, anyway?

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The most important thing is that Aaron and Catherine will be here for Christmas, and we get to meet their new dog, Tabby. Many cute pics will ensue!

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I have a new favorite show. I’m totally addicted. It’s called Threads, and it comes on after Project Runway All Stars on Lifetime. It’s ten-twelve year-old kids designing and making clothes, and these kids are jaw-droppingly amazing. They get to bring an adult assistant with them, but only one kid so far has actually had a parent who sews professionally. One poor girl’s mom hot-glued her zipper shut, but the kid fixed it and won!

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Lastly, Michael and John informed me the other night that neither of them would vote for me if I ran for public office because I’m too extreme. Can you believe that? I have some wonderful ideas, but if I can’t carry the vote in my own household perhaps I’d better re-think my platform.

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The GOOD Kind of Stress

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I’m pretty stressed. I only decided recently what I was going to make – yes, make – for a lot of family members this year. Nothing I’d pinned on Pinterest really seemed the thing. Then I went to a holiday bazaar and came home full of fabulous ideas! Lots of what I needed I found here at home,  and I have a sewing machine, but I can only work at it for about fifteen minutes at a time and somehow there are only twenty days until Christmas! Yikes!

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 And then Monday I found out about a special opportunity Nerium was providing for Brand Partners – but only in December. It’s not something that I can do personally, but it so good that I feel compelled to pass along the details to people who might be interested, because I’d feel too guilty if they came to me in February or March and wanted to sign up and I hadn’t offered them this deal NOW.  Yes, Catholic guilt at its best – feeling guilty about not doing something now that someone could want me to do in the future. And the national debt is my fault, too.

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I had a wonderful birthday, complete with homemade chili and white cake with white icing (my fave) and lots of birthday wishes on FaceBook. My birthday is the one day I really like FB. Of course I know all these people are just wishing me happy birthday because their computer tells them to, but it’s still pretty awesome to have people all over the world wishing me happy birthday. Just sayin’.

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John and I watched the season finale of The Walking Dead together and, as usual, discussed our own plans should certain things happen during a Zombie Apocalypse. We decided that we wanted Ted Nugent in our group. I don’t know why we hadn’t thought of him before. He’s the obvious choice, after all. No, the songs around the campfires wouldn’t be quite the same as Beth’s, but his hunting skills would certainly make up for it.

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Is it just a boy thing, or do teen girls also end up with other people’s clothes for no apparent reason? John was wearing a T-shirt I’d never seen the other day, and I asked him whose it was and why he was wearing it. He just shrugged, said, “It was in my pile so I thought it was mine,” and went back to his video game. I hope it wasn’t someone’s favorite shirt!

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I can’t wait to see Aaron and Catherine for Christmas, and to meet Tabby, my grand-dog. When Aaron Face-Timed on my birthday she was wearing her thundershirt. It wasn’t storming, but he said she’d been shivering after playing outside for an hour. They live in Texas, so it’s not that cold. I thought perhaps I could make her a cute sweater if I could find a pattern. Or up-cycle a human sweater, perhaps. She is a Great Dane mix, after all. Yeah, I’m totally in denial on this whole craft situation.

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In fact, it’s apparent from our house that we’re all in denial of the entire Advent season. There are no decorations up. None. In fact, it’s a bit depressing, because the only part of winter I enjoy at all is Christmas. Once the decorations come down on the Feast of the Epiphany I’d rather fast-forward to Ash Wednesday so we can start Lent and the countdown to Easter.

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Financial Woes? Let Me Help!

Most of you know Michael and I work as independent brand partners for Nerium. Why? Well, the product’s results knocked me off my feet after trying it for only three days, and it’s new enough that getting on-board now is like buying a few shares of Microsoft when they first became available – seriously.  This is my current favorite results picture.
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Yes, it’s a picture of a woman after she’s been using the product for two years. I love the great changes after thirty or sixty days, but I turn forty-eight tomorrow, so for me it’s about the long haul. I want to know that if I dedicate myself to putting this on my face every night I will see differences not just during the next couple of months, but for years to come. I want to be a gorgeous grandma!

But it’s not only about the fabulous break-through products that improve the appearance of your skin head-to-toe. It’s about making money. I haven’t been able to work since my third and fourth spinal surgery in the spring of 2011, and SSI estimates I still have almost a year before I get an answer on my first attempt at disability. Since I was the primary breadwinner in the family this has put us in chronic crisis mode. There are many other people out there in the same boat: college grads who have student loans due and can’t find jobs, people who have been laid off, retired people who have realized they can’t afford retirement, and people who are dealing with crippling medical bills.

Then, of course, there are people who simply don’t make enough money to make ends meet no matter how frugally they live. People who lie awake at night wishing they had just a little more money so they didn’t have to work overtime every week, so they could have more time with their friends and family, so they could pursue their true passions. Let’s face it, there are a lot of people who hate their jobs. They show up, they work hard at full-time jobs for decades because they have to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and pay insurance premiums. It doesn’t have to be like that.
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This month you can sign up with Nerium – using the package that best suits your needs, and with no minimum sales. Sign up only two people and “Fast Start Qualify”. It’s a prestigious title and it makes every other rank advancement, commission increase, and bonus that much easier to qualify for.  When I FSQd I had to hit a certain sales volume in my first month and sign three brand partners. So I’m excited about helping others get started. I can’t promise you instant millions. What I can promise is that if you do this one year from now you will look younger, be more financially secure, and be happier. Let me help you take the first step. Contact me ASAP – no high-pressure sales talk (I don’t think I even know how to do that) – just sharing the information others have been kind enough to share with me!

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