I have a big announcement to make and I’m not sure how to say it but it’s all your fault. Sort of.

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Searching for Happiness – Goals

This is a great post! I am going to definitely implement!

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Welcome to my new series… Searching for happiness.

Everyone I speak to, everywhere I look, there seems to be a worldly fascination with the elusive word happiness.

What is it? Where is it? It sounds too wonderful and perfectly complete to ever really be obtained. I want some, you want some. It seems that everyone out there is searching high and low for this 9 letter word.

I am among the happiness hunters of the modern age. I am among the young, inspired, wide eyed optimistically driven hopeful generation that is destined to finally find what eluded our parents and their parents.

I have been on my own journey for the past few years. Ever since I was old enough or mature enough to understand what happiness meant to me, I have been looking for it.

Looking for, what happiness means to me….

Because of our shared fascination with happiness…

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Laugh Out Loud (3)

We do not have a fancy smancy in ground pool. Nope, we have one of those 3′ ish deep pole pools. It was cheap and will keep our 10-year-old busy this summer.

With our little redneck pool came a plastic bubble wrap looking cover. It keeps the trash out somewhat, but what it DOES do is heat the pool. It’s like a solar panel that makes the water feel like you are swimming in – dare I say it – pee. Eww. Not fun when it’s 97 degrees.

My daughter and I coaxed my husband to get into the pool. He got in and quickly said,
“it’s hot! Mich, why don’t you put a spell on the water and make it cool?”

She replied, “H-O-T!”

Me, “oh geez.”

Whether that was intentional (she was being sarcastic and witty) or whether she just didn’t accurately hear him…you can’t not laugh at that.

~ Crys

Grammar is important

Growing up, my Grandma A. was like my second Mom. She was AWESOME!

We lived around the block from each other for 22 years and saw each other daily, until I moved away. She taught me a lot, helped me whenever I needed it, told me the truth when I was being a real prat and was basically “full of piss and vinegar” until the day she passed in 2013. (In fact, she passed on a Friday the 13th which is TOTALLY her. She would’ve gotten a real kick out of that).

One of the things that she imprinted on me was my grammar. To her, grammar was a very big deal. Every time I hear incorrect grammar it is like nails on a chalkboard. Every time I realize I use incorrect grammar, I feel her on my shoulder going “tsk tsk”.

Here is the point…

The other day I was looking out on our porch and noticed how pretty our Purple Queen is looking. I quickly tell my husband, “the Purple Queen Grandma gave me is looking really great.” To which he says, “Yeah, if you sit and talk to it long enough it will start correcting your grammar.” Ba-dum-bump!

In that moment, things were great! And, snarky…just like her.

My Grandma is always with me. Always in my heart or my ear or my head. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Purple Queen (Tradescantia Pallida)

~ Crys





Really? Twenty tasks to complete by tomorrow?

I must say, today did not start out as a very good day, but ended totally different. Thank GOD for people who make me laugh.

Have you ever had to take any of those silly mandatory tests for work? You know…the ones you have to do yearly for things like, Hazardous Materials, Slip, Trips and Falls, etc.? Well, I had approximately 20 (not kidWipe-Up-And-Avoid-A-Slip-Up_Simpsons-Slips-Trips-and-Falls-Safety-Poster_S1150ding) that were overdue. Eeek! I found out on Tuesday from my bosses boss and they were due by tomorrow. Nice notice, huh?

First, this wouldn’t be such a big deal if:

  1. I was a full time employee and was at the facility more than my 4-5 hours per week
  2. I actually had a WORK computer with access to email or could do this from the privacy of my home preferably with a cold beer
  3. If I didn’t have to drive 24 miles for said stupid mandatory test

As I gasped for air when I saw all these bright orange flags that said, “past due, past due”, my boss (friend) says, “we’ve got this!” I laughed and said, “crrrrrrapppp, this is going to take us hours.”
She was like, “no, let’s knock this out. We can be out of here by 4pm.”

We got started on the tasks at hand, waiting with baited breathe that it would just be a “click here and sign
” task. There were a few and we shouted gleefully as we opened those like it was Christmas morning. When we got to those where you have to wait to move forward we were all like, “oh geez, this sucks’ and hit the next button with fervor to get the task over. Then there were those we just clicked as fast as we could through each of the slides, pausing for a quick second to click on the boxes that wouldn’t let you move forward until opened and then moving on.

About 15 of the 20 past due pain in the ass mandatory tests had those damn assessment test’s at the end to which, my boss (friend) shouts, “come on, we’ve GOT this. You can do it. I have faith in you!” We laughed and giggled as we tried to “guess” answer these questions. Some questions were super easy, some were those ones that like to throw you for a loop. I actually would shut my eyes in anticipation of it being wrong every.. single.. time I hit submit. It was like a knee jerk reaction that only created more laughter.

We managed to pass every test without even reading the material (shhh, don’t tell anyone or OSHA for that matter), except for two (and, we still “guess” answered). One we had to retake four times otherwise we would’ve finished at 355pm.

Just in case you need to know the symbols!

Moral of the story….Come on people, really? I get it for legal purposes, but let’s do this in small doses, not 20 at one time. And, for goodness sake…let me be able to do it from the privacy of my own home, in my pajamas, at my own time, drinking my beer.

Except….I don’t think I would’ve gotten as much laughter out of today without my friend. Maybe next time, still let me do this from home and I can invite her over to cheer me on and we can both have a beer, or two, or three!

Enjoy those mandatory workplace tests. They are required by law.

~ Crys

Ps. On a more serious note…As I sat there with her cheering me on for an hour and a half, I started thinking, I DO HAVE THIS! Meaning, I got my self out of the house because I HAD to go in there and take this test and I never once had any kind of anxiety (see Anxiety posts in regards). Not one little bit. I only had laughter. So, in the end, this turned out to be a pretty good day. 🙂


Music of significance…to me (1)

As you are aware, I am a huge Imagine Dragons fan. I will travel to see them, if I can. If you read my bio, you will see that my husband and I joke about being the oldest at their shows.

Insert a litte whine…they are playing in Orlando tomorrow night at Hard Rock with Nate Ruess. It’s a concert to benefit the victims of Orlando and donate money to first responders. I am sad to say that I am unable to go. 😦 Just cannot afford it at the moment (even though this could pull me completely out of my anxiety funk) 😉

With that said, I am playing the Smoke + Mirrors live concert on surround sound. Sorry neighbors!

The one part that gives me chills every single time is when Dan Reynolds sings a little bit of “Forever Young” ~ Alphaville right into Smoke + Mirrors.

If you ever get to hear Dan’s version. It is AWESOME!!!

Here ya go for the lyrics…

“Forever Young”

Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while
Heaven can wait, we’re only watching the skies
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad men

Can you imagine when this race is won
Turn our golden faces into the sun
Praising our leaders, we’re getting in tune
The music’s played by the, the mad men

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?
Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever? Forever young

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later, they all will be gone
Why don’t they stay young?

It’s so hard to get old without a cause
I don’t want to perish like a fading horse
Youth’s like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever

So many adventures couldn’t happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams swinging out of the blue
We let them come true

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?
Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever?

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?


~ Crys

Ps. They also play this song in Napoleon Dynamite, just an FYI.