1. Feb

    So Close

    4:55 PM   ♥   Comment



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  2. Feb

    Our New Baby!

    3:55 PM   ♥   Comment

    We got a new car!

    Last Wednesday Andrew came home and said his engine was making a knocking sound. We discussed taking it into the garage this weekend and that was it. When he came home on Thursday for Lunch he had died once and it was making a loud screeching noise. He called out to take it to the garage with my mom and died on the way there. He made sure to re up his AAA membership earlier in the day, just in case, so when he died he could be towed to the garage. He died less than 2 blocks away and had to call them. It turns out is wasn’t worth fixing so we were without a car Friday. My mom took him to and from work.

    Saturday, she took him to go look at others. I haven’t been sleeping well because of my sciatic so I didn’t go, instead opting to stay in bed and get some actual sleep. I knew he could handle it. I got some sleep and he got us a new car.

    It’s a 2013 Suburu Forester and it’s so cute! It’s roomy and clean. I’m excited because this will be my car in a few years (if I ever get my license) and I love it. Andrew likes it a lot too. Now if I can only get my back healed so I can go for a ride in it!

  3. Feb

    Should You Have Horse Insurance?

    1:01 PM   ♥   Comment

    Horses are incredibly beautiful animals that have long inspired writers, artists, and of course, the equestrians who ride them. The relationship an owner has with her horse goes far beyond an “investment.” Horses and their owners share a deep bond that is incredibly meaningful. The reality, too, is that buying a horse is an expensive proposition, and a horse, being a living creature, is subject to illness and accidents that can be expensive.

    For all these reasons, any owner of a horse should take the time to review horse insurance policies and make sure they are protected in the event anything happens to their animal. An injury to a horse is a real danger, and the medical expenses associated with treating a horse can add up very quickly.

    A horse owner should have major medical insurance, as a horse can become seriously injured or suffer a serious illness that requires expensive treatment. There are other types of insurance though that an owner should consider for protecting their horse and themselves.

    Horse Liability Coverage

    Though horses are gentle and loving creatures, their massive size and tendency to be skittish and unpredictable at times leaves them open to causing injury to the people around them, as well as to their trainers. A person standing close to a horse can be knocked down and trampled if a horse is startled. A rider can be thrown off a horse. There are many possibilities of injuries that a horse can cause, and for all these reasons it’s imperative that an owner carry solid liability insurance for their animal. There are many insurance companies that specialize in this type of coverage, so it’s wise for an owner to look into the type of policy that’s appropriate.

    Horse Mortality Insurance

    Along with medical and liability, a horse should also have mortality coverage. Horses often die of illness or injury before their time, and this can mean the loss of a significant investment for the owner. Again, having the right protection is important, so coverage for the horse’s mortality is also strongly advised.

    A horse is a beautiful animal that can bring a lot of joy to an owner. Having the right coverage can ease any stress an owner may have, so if you have a horse, be sure to talk to an insurance broker about the right protection for your beloved animal.

  4. Feb


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  5. Feb

    5 Great Gifts for Grandma

    11:35 AM   ♥   Comment

    Your grandmother has done a lot for you, so it makes sense that you want to find her an amazing gift to celebrate her birthday or anniversary. But what should you buy? What present will truly show your appreciation for years of home-cooked meals and hand-made quilts? Here are just a few ideas for bringing a smile to her face.

    1. Music

    Everyone loves music, especially if it reminds them of happier times in the past. What songs were charting when your grandmother was a little girl? What song played at her wedding? If you can buy these records for her, she’ll appreciate both the gift and the thought that you put behind it.

    2. Candles

    There are candles for every occasion, so you’ll have your pick of the litter when it comes to sweet scents that grandma will love. Maybe she adores the smell of freshly-baked cookies; maybe she enjoys the soothing properties of vanilla, jasmine or lavender. If you’re worried about her ability to handle fire, you can even look into “flameless” candles that run on LED lights and batteries.

    3. Jewelry

    While you might want to steer clear of anything with tiny clasps or finicky loops, some easy-to-wear jewelry will be a token of your love that your grandmother can wear every day. Think about necklaces, bracelets and even watches that will slide on without difficulty. Think about charms that you can add to a chain that have personal meaning to her.

    4. Puzzles

    Puzzles are more than just a fun activity. For senior citizens, they’re also a brain-boosting tool that can sharpen cognitive skills and lessen the symptoms of degenerative diseases. As a bonus, if you’re willing to help grandma put them together, you’ll be giving her an even greater gift: time with you.

    5. Figurines

    There are figurines in every size and shape that you can imagine, so it’s just a matter of choosing one that will mean something to your grandmother. Does she like angels? Is she obsessed with owls? Is her entire home covered in flowers? Check out things like Willow Tree figures to find the perfect statue that she can display on her mantle.

    These are just a few gifts that grandma is sure to love. Whether she’s an active 60-year-old or a gentle 90-year-old, let these presents show her how much she means to you.

  6. Feb

    Resolution Ideas for the New Year

    4:42 PM   ♥   Comment

    With the New Year fully underway, it’s time to take a step back and think about the best ways for individual improvement. Even if you’re perfectly comfortable with who you are at this moment, there’s always a new goal worth pursuing. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for new resolutions to take up this year that practically anyone can somewhat easily do.

    Learn an Instrument

    During a musical performance, it’s almost inevitable that someone in the audience wishes “they could do that.” Well, as it turns out, learning an instrument isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Sure, there’s a learning curve to it, but that’s what learning music for beginners is for. Places like C.R. Carole excel at taking in people that lack skill, but make up for it with a genuine interest in learning how to play music. If you’ve always wished you knew how to play an instrument, but could never convince yourself to take the all-important first step, then now might be the time to consider doing so.

    Learn Magic

    If instruments and music aren’t your passion, what about magic? Magic can be an excellent tool for other aspects of your life, even if you don’t realize it. Proper magician techniques can help you to make more perceptive of your surroundings, and to have better control of your hands and fingers. If you’ve struggled in the past with clumsy fingers, then picking up a few magic tricks might help you overcome your difficulties. Perhaps most importantly, cool magic tricks are a great way of generating interest at a party, and are an excellent way of helping you stand out among your peers.

    Break a Record

    This one’s a bit difficult than learning to play an instrument or perform a magic trick, but it’s incredibly fulfilling nonetheless. Breaking a record doesn’t necessarily mean you need to target a popular one either. Regardless of whether it’s most bubbles blown in under 60 seconds, or it’s something even more obscure than that, the idea is to push yourself to your limits. Regardless of whether you actually break a record by the end of the year or not, you’ll at least walk away with an intense appreciation for all of the effort you put into the journey.

    The best New Year’s resolutions are the ones that make you take a deep look at yourself, and determine where you want to be next year. By following these tips, you should be able to build on your existing passions and hopefully develop some new ones. Of course, what’s most important is that you have fun in the process and remember to not put too much pressure on yourself to succeed.

  7. Feb

    Sick of this

    12:08 AM   ♥   Comment

    We went to IKEA yesterday. We had been planning this trip for a while since I needed to get our dining room table. IKEA has great prices but we don’t have one close to us, so shipping anything costs $300 right off the bat. Our table, $199 would have cost us $499 to get to us. Sigh. 

    So off we went. Yesterday I woke up with some sciatic pain. I expected it. Every time I hurt my back, sciatic pain follows for a couple of weeks. It sucks but it sure as hell beats the back pain. We drove down to IKEA and wandering around that hurt a ton but we managed. Then we drove over to Microcenter (don’t have one of those either!) so Andrew could get his graphics card. He had been eyeing it for a while and he’s been so amazing, had we had he money sooner I would have bought it for him. He so deserved it. Not to mention, he upgrades, I upgrade! Standing around while he wandered around was bad. I just wanted to sit down.

    We finally got out of there and drove 30 minutes to his brother’s restaurant because I hadn’t been there yet. We got some food and caught up with him for a little while. The pain was getting unbearable so we left out.

    On the ride home, it hit a 9/10 on the pain scale and that’s basically where it’s stayed since. Sciatic pain is usually a shooting pain when you stretch your leg as you want or bend a certain way. I’ve never experienced it this bad. NOTHING alleviates the pain, no position, heat nor ice. I got down on the floor last night to stretch it out and I couldn’t get up. Even trying to roll over put me in excruciating pain. It was about 20 minutes and eventually just forcing myself through the pain to get up. I didn’t sleep much last night. I couldn’t get into a position where it didn’t hurt. God, that sounds like an exaggeration. It’s not. I have a high pain tolerance. I’d been eating Ibuprofen and basically bathing in IcyHot with Lidocaine and no relief. I’d fall asleep for an hour and wake up in so much pain. Since I was in the position it hurt the least in, what was I to do? Rolling over didn’t work. Getting up to pee was just me hobbling in sobs.

    It was so bad I had to go to redicare this morning. I got up to shower, maybe run some hot water on my ass area but it wasn’t working. I had enough momentum to wash my hair (sitting down twice) and had to get out. I thought I was going to faint from the pain. I came out, still snaked, and just fell on the bed. I moved closer to Andrew and got into a certain position that while resting my head on him stopped it from hurting. If I moved it hurt again but in that moment, there was relief. I fell aslee for an hour I think when my mom called.

    Redicare closed at 5:00pm and it was 1:30 at that point so I had to go then. I didn’t want to because I didn’t want to sit there in pain and that’s exactly what happened. Finally I was seen, though, and the doctor prescribed me Steroids, a pain pill, and something to help me sleep. I’m hoping tonight is better. Right now, I’m sitting upright on the couch watching Dr. Strange with Andrew. It’s my first time out of the bedroom today. I took a pain pill and my 2nd dose of the steroids so I’m hoping that’s helping. The pain pill, tramadol, didn’t seem to touch it before so I had to take another. At this point, as long as I don’t move too much and stay leaning to my right, it’s like a 1/10.

    I’m so frustrated because I spent 2 weeks limited to the couch. I couldn’t bend/roll over, I could barely wipe myself or tie my shoes. As soon as my back heals, my sciatic starts and prevents me from doing all of the same things. I just want to go back to normal or at least bring the pain down to a tolerable level. I’m so sick of being confined to bed rest.

  8. Feb

    Mr and Mrs Boring

    3:04 PM   ♥   Comment

    My back is slightly better since we’re now on Day 8 of this injury. I’m just glad I can get up and move again with minimal pain. I have a lot I want to get done around the house but can’t out of fear of aggravating it more.

    I haven’t done too much except lay on the couch and watch Teen Mom 2. Probably not much different than what I would be doing sans back injury. I could go on for hours about that, if you’d like, but I’ll spare you the headache and frustration. Andrew has been watching it off and on with me, enough that he knows the names of the kids and who they belong to. So when something ridiculous happens I fill him in from across the house.

    On Saturday, we went out to lunch with Whitney! That was a lot of fun and having known Whitney for a few years now, it was great to meet her in person, and her husband Jamie. We went to Red Robin and laughed and joked and had a blast. Next time it’ll be our responsibility to get out to her area.

    That’s really it. Our lives are incredibly boring. We don’t really like socializing, we don’t like a lot of people, and we don’t have kids. It’s mostly work, video games/tv, dinner, more video games/tv, sleep, repeat. On occasion we’ll go out to eat or the movies but that’s only on weekends. It’s 10:00pm at night and Andrew is laying next to me on the couch sleeping. We’re boring.

  9. Feb


    11:24 PM   ♥   Comment

    At 4:30pm on Sunday, I had gotten up to straighten up the house. I spent all day on the couch and couldn’t take it anymore. Since Sunday is garbage night, I planned to get some  chores done. Within 30 minutes I was back on the couch because I hurt my back. It was bad, (TMI) like sobbing on the toilet because I couldn’t wipe myself or get up without incredible pain.

    It still hurts 5 days later. I’m still having trouble getting up easily and bending down. The most annoying part is how painful it is to sit in my chair. Work has been a bit of a pain but my clients have been super cool about it, patient, and checking on me.

    I have things to get done around the house that I planned to do. Andrew was super helpful but he didn’t do the things I planned to so I’d like to get to them. Hopefully I wake up tomorrow almost back to normal.

  10. Jan

    6 Months Smoke-Free

    8:06 PM   ♥   1 Comment

    It has officially been 6 months since I quit smoking! I don’t regret it. Yes, I have the occasional, “I could go for a cigarette right now” but the majority of the time, I don’t even miss it. I can breathe better. I feel better. I don’t wake up with pain in my chest from the way all that junk settled in my lungs or start hacking at random times. It’s the best thing I could have done for myself and all I did was stop. I quit cold turkey.

    I’m not going to lie, I did not want to quit. I quit because the price was going up not because it was bad for me or because it was the right decision I quit simply because I didn’t want to pay over $8.00/pack. I decided the weekend prior that I was going to quit before the day the prices went up. I told A my plan and since he hated me smoking, he was very excited. I finished that last pack and didn’t buy another.

    The first 3 days were the worst and I would go from being fine to sobbing. I thought of having a cigarette many times in a 5 minute span only to remember, “Oh, wait.” It was a constant back and forth. The first 3 days were the hardest but by 2 weeks out, I was okay. I’ve made it 6 months now. I’m definitely proud of myself and encourage anyone else looking to quit smoking to just stop. It sounds harder than it is. It seems like the worst thing. You don’t want to but you know you should. You can do it and you’ll be so glad you did.

I’m Randi, short for RandiLynn. I am a 25 year old blogger, web developer, furmama, and gamer from Northeast PA. I live with my husband and 7 animals. I live, eat, and sleep HTML & CSS. I spend my time creating pretty web stuff, blogging, gaming or binge-watching TV shows.

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