Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It's the END of the year!!

This one flew by and that's probably a good thing... it was NOT a good year... a lot of really crappy things happened, but they were just a drop in the bucket when it came down to it because, well, come to think of it, this actually was a pretty good year.

Lets review...

1. I'm SO much happier in my life than I was before for SO many reasons.

2. I've realized I can make beads again... most of the time... as long as I'm not feeling extreme stress.

3. I've started some people on a FANTASTIC creative journey and I feel a lot of pride knowing I'm helping them find their own voices as glass beadmakers.

4. I have had SO much fun with my friends in the past 12 months and I appreciate them more and more every day.

5. I've renewed relationships that were important to me in the past and I'm glad I "re-met" the people and that they're back in my life again.

6. I've added to my circle of friends some GREAT people and I'm glad I met them!!!

7. My relationship with my family is SO much stronger than I ever thought possible. From my sister, to my parents to my kids... I can't IMAGINE having a better family. (though I'm sure some of you will say the same about your families... mine really is THE BEST and I must say it right here publicly)

8. I've really come into my own as an individual. I don't take crap and that's something new for me. There are people in my lives whose opinions I value and I've learned to really censor the people whose opinions don't matter.... for the most part.

9. I'm stronger than I EVER thought I could be and I rock.

I really should come up with a reason 10, so that it's more of a "Top Ten," but I guess I'll stop on the "I rock" note... it's a good finish!

So 2008 wasn't too bad, but 2009... look out!

Happy New Year Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not so tiny Blah Blah Blah...

coffee today- no

Music today - Sylvie's New Groove! Total Party/Dance music (picture the Footloose scene with Sarah Jessica Parker bouncing in her seat hardly able to keep from dancing) THAT would be me in my office today. LOL (currently trying not to dance to Crazy In Love by Beyonce.... uh oh uh oh uh oh.....)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

oh boy...

here goes....

I am ticked. I am not afraid to say publicly that I am ticked. I'm a really really nice person and it takes a LOT to send me over the edge... and I'm headed that way. Hell hath no fury like a blog-writer scorned.

This is MY blog. If you are not reading it for FUN... please go away.

If you don't like me.... why waste your time here?????

If it bothers you that I buy coffee on a daily basis... please go away.

If you don't like the kind of coffee I buy... please go away.

If you don't like my music.... please go away.

If you are reading this PURELY to criticize me for my life decisions... please go away.

If you're reading this from your place of employment and might get fired for doing non-work-related internet surfing.... please go away (that's just me looking out for you... you can always read from home)

If you hate kittens, rainbows, chocolate or beads... you should probably go away too because those things seem pretty non-hateble and if you do hate them.... you're probably not real nice.

If you are one of the OTHER 20 people who read this on a daily basis... please stay.

(and if you know anyone in Hawaii or Alaska... you can invite them to read (as long as they are agreeable to the rules above)... but only because I'm still lacking those states in my quest for world domination)

SO... for everyone that's left here, after I've kicked out all the undesirables...It's unfortunate that some of the readers have not been here for the entertainment value that you are.

I am considering removing my blog... but probably not. We'll see.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Holiday Monday!!!

This is just a quikie post because there isn't really anything beady to say and I haven't had any "deep thoughts" on my drive to work (I didn't drive down Lake Forest today... maybe that's why).

I had hoped to have some bead-time this weekend, but instead, I spent most of it with friends... which is a very very nice way to spend my time. I had a wonderful time with all of them... old and new.

I'm not sure if I'll be blogging between now and Christmas... maybe... maybe not.

So... Merry Merry Chistmas to my blog-readers!!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee -OH YEAH!!! It's freezing here today. I definitely had my coffee!!!

music - Christmas Music - I got my ipod reloaded... YAY!!!! (U2 - Christmas... Baby Please Come Home is my current song)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Today is Friday and it's great for SO many reasons, but today, the MAIN reason is...

Because it's the night of the Girls Gone Mild Christmas Party!!!!!!!

I have 3 girls that are my very very closest friends. (sorry... if you're thinking that you're my BFF and you don't already know about this party... chances are you're a couple notches down on the ladder than you thought... but i'm sure I still think you're wonderful! :) )

ANYWAYS... these have been "my girls" for a very long time. 2 of my girls I have known since I was a teenager. I met Jenny when I was 13 and Denise when I was 15. Lee Anne came on the scene in my 20s, but fit right in as if she'd been one of us since our teen-age years as well. It's rare when people just "click" together like we do. We're all VERY VERY different, have different backgrounds, different careers, different senses of humor, but somehow we work perfectly together. We've been with each other through thick and thin... and everything in between. Every year these people become more and more important to me. I couldn't live without them.

We each have a "job" in the group.... I started noticing this last year and gave us our official titles. Without telling you everything about them (because they might not want to be fodder for my blog... they don't actually read it... they don't have to... they usually get the play-by-play from me anyways), I'll say that I'm the group historian, comedian and creative director. I'm the one who remembers every little thing about everything we've ever done together (and usually what we wore doing it).

I can tell you that in 9th grade Denise wore a red Geoffery Beene T-shirt when she wanted to look cute that she had a crush-from-afar on a guy (name withheld, but I still know it), that I can say the word "Hyundai" and crack her up, that Jenny's fan-belt broke on our way to church camp, that her next car had a leaky sunroof and that she had pink sparkly eye-shadow that I envied (and that in the set of 4 colors it was the only one she used). I can tell you almost everything about the weekend that we met Lee Anne (which I just erased because it's none of your business), most of the questions on the test we didn't pass to get onto the game-show we tried out for together, and all the details of what everyone was wearing at her step-son's wedding (and why it was important)... anyways... I remember it all and bring it up whenever we need to laugh or appreciate how much we've been through together. That's my job.

When were old and grey and some of our memories are a little fuzzy... I'll be there to remind them of our past... and they'll be there for me, telling me what's going on at that very moment (because that's NOT my job... to figure out what's going on right NOW!) Denise will make sure we're always in contact with each other and will have us booked at some fabulous spa (or after we're older maybe a swanky senior center), Lee Anne will make sure we're all still looking gorgeous and Jenny will keep our feet on the ground and make sure that we don't get arrested doing whatever Lee Anne thought we should do. :)

So back to tonight....

We decided a few years ago when we were in Las Vegas together that we needed to have a Christmas party each year just for us.... so we started it more of a casual "let's get together for a nice dinner out," but in the last 3 years, it's grown into an OFFICIAL part of the Holiday season and I have named it... The Girls Gone Mild Christmas Party. And TONIGHT is the night I look forward to all year long!

So... here's to the girls gone mild... the very best friends a girl could ever have!

Even though I know you're not reading this... I love you all!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm doing it a little different today.... no play by play of right now, but a preview of tonight...

Wardrobe - FABUBLOUS... nuff said

Drinks - The Mansion on Peachtree (we'll be enjoying Lady Saphires)

Dinner - Craft Atlanta

Music - The Fun Mix that Lee Anne will make for us to "dance" to on our drive

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday!!!! We are ALMOST there folks!!!!!

It's still very grey here in Atlanta... really warm, but grey grey grey.

I have a friend (actually the minister of my church) who has been posting "top fives" on his blog... the top 5 people you see on a MARTA train (our rapid transit system), Top five U2 songs... just random top 5s... inspired by the movie High Fidelity.

In addition, I have OTHER blogging friends or facebook friends who have posted "100 things about me." (them "me" not ME "me". That would be weird... if everyone was posting their versions of 100 things about ME... scary in fact). ANYWAYS... I wrote my 100 things and posted it on facebook. It's primarily personal things, so I'm not posting it here on my bead journal... sorry. You're really not missing out on much... I promise. (unless you were DYING to know how many pairs of red shoes I have... and that you'll just have to wonder about I guess).

So, I started my 100 Beady Things about me for the blog and it is BORING. So, for now, I'm not going to post it.

Instead, I'm going to go Derek (my minister)'s route and do some "Top Fives"

Today's top 5 is about glass colors...

My top 5 favorite glass colors... (if you're reading this because you're curious about the non-beady stuff... you might decide to skip this posting... it's a glass beadmaker thing I'm sure)

Here we go...

1. Opaque lime green. Absolutely can't live without it.
2. Transparent Dark Amethyst
3. Opaque periwinkle
4. Transparent Dark Grass Green
5. Opaque sky blue (I don't know the name of it, but it's the turquoise-y one that doesn't get silvery)

I really could be happy making purple, blue and green beads all day long. With those 2 transparents, I could get a leaf-cane and a floral-cane and be set.

Of course, there are tons of other colors I love and can't live without (unless I decided to make purple, blue and green beads ONLY), but these are the main ones I use ALL the time.

And that's it for today... I've got a LOT of other stuff to get done and hardly any time to do it!!

tiny blah blah blah...

tea not coffee today, but I'm thinking I'll have an afternoon Starbubucks... I'm gonna need it.

music - haven't put the ipod in the speakers, but I'm singing Prince's Let's Go Crazy in my head.... does that count??? My sister was talking about singing it in the car YEARS ago (1985??) and I can't get it out of my head!!! Although my favorite from the album would have been "Baby I'm a Star"... I'm going to have to put some Prince on and listen to the whole Purple Rain album now!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Warm Weather Wednesday!

Crazy! It's almost HOT here today! I'm wearing FLIP FLOPS in mid-December!!!!!

Crazy crazy crazy!!! (but I like wearing flip flops, so I'm a happy girl)

I had been working on a long-ish blog posting, but i'm skipping it for today. I re-read it and it's really boring, so I'm going to rethink it. I hate being boring.

Today's beady news is about seed beads!! I took a beading workshop on Saturday with Cynthia Rutledge. It was sort of a last-minute decision, but I'm really glad I did it.

(did I already talk about this early this week???? I can't remember and don't feel like looking at the archives while I type this, so I'll pretend I didn't if I did! You can always stop reading if it bores you!)

The project wasn't one that I would have normally picked and I honestly WANTED to do the Sunday class instead, but the Sunday class was way too crowded and I didn't feel like sitting in a crowded class. Classes are as much social for me as they are educational. I miss a lot of these bead girls (especially Cynthia), so I'd rather be able to chat a tiny bit... which wouldn't have happened in the Sunday class.

ANYWAYS, I ended up really liking the project on Saturday (I haven't looked to see what the name of it was... sorry) and the colors of the kit I chose were really yummy! I'm going to have to MAKE myself finish the project so that I can wear it. A lot of times I use a class as purely a learning opportunity... make enough of the project to learn something new and never finish it (because it's not my design... I don't want to wear other people's most of the time... silly, but true)

BUT I'm going to finish this one... I like it.

PLUS I'm going to make some beads for Cynthia's kits again. Nothing huge... just some little beads here and there. It will be nice to play with color again for her. That's what her orders always were for me... color explorations. I'm looking forward to it! YAY!!!

ok, that's it for now...

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - mais oui! (can you tell we've been studying for French finals at my house?) une Cinnamon Dolce Latte pour favor.

music - My "new" Mellow List (which is now over 9 months old) - right now it's Jason Mraz (big surprise... that he's on one of my playlists!) singing You and I Both, which is my favorite of his songs

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's a grey grey Tuesday in Atlanta.

I'm listening to Otis Redding on the Ipod and in a great mood.

It's definitely feeling like Christmas and I'm still working on re-loading the Christmas songs onto my ipod. It's a little more labor-intensive than I wish it was SO I will probably leave those songs on from now on!

And on a non-beady, but Christmasy topic, I need some help from you, dear readers...

I had a CD years ago that I played in my studio (this was in the late 90s most likely... sorry I can't be more specific, but that's the problem). I lost the CD in the fire, but it was a great Christmas CD and I'd love to have it again!!!

Here's the deal... It was a Christmas CD and a compilation of all sorts of Christmas/Holiday/Winter songs sung by women. I THOUGHT it came from Starbucks, but after writing to their customer service department and their thorough research, I have found that it did not. They INSIST that it didn't (I still have my doubts, but they did a lot of research with their music company "Hear Music" and I really appreciate that they tried, so I'm going to have to go with their "not ours" answer)

I really liked this mix of Christmas music, BUT I don't know the name of the album and have looked all over the internet trying to find out what it was. If it's for sale somewhere, I'll buy it, but I'm guessing it was a limited-time-only sort of thing. If I can't get it, I'd love to just know the track names so that I can re-build the playlist for my ipod.

Here are some of the songs... maybe you can help!!!

Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby (that song is on a million CDs so searching for this song isn't helping)
Aretha Franklin - First Snow in Kokomo (this song is much less available on non-Aretha albums and last year it wasn't even on I-Tunes, so I thought this would make it easier to find the album... nope.)

Loreena Mckinnett (sp?) - no clue what the name of the song was

It MIGHT have had Annie Lennox, but I'm not sure of that.

Other than that, I can't remember what the songs were, but I loved the album. If you like to solve mysteries, or just love researching stuff and can help, I would TRULY appreciate it!!!!!!!! I would even go so far as to dedicate the playlist to you in my tiny- blah blah blah. LOL

well that's it for today. I have beady stuff to talk about, but I've got to get going for today!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - YES!!!!! Cinnamon Dolce Latte of course!

music - my playlist called "Sylvie Just Wants to Have Fun" which is on the "Grace Kelly" by Mika track right now.... coming up Queen "Somebody to Love"

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's Monday and grey here in Atlanta and I'm thinking about totally unbeady things (although I do have beady news for another day)

Today as I drove to work down Lake Forest Dr., I started thinking about stuff (I've said before... for some reason I do a lot of good thinking on that road and many of my blog postings originate on that drive). So, I was listening to NPR and they had a story about the movie premiere for Gone With the Wind being here in Atlanta on this date back in 1939. It got me thinking about Atlanta and how I love living here. I've lived here most of my life and I absolutely love this town.

I was talking to someone a week or so ago and in the conversation, she said that she hated the south. This wasn't a conversation of north vs. south or really anything having to do with that, so I saw it sort of an unnecessary comment, especially towards someone who is truly a southerner through and through. I wasn't insulted, I have no idea if she knew that I grew up here and honestly, her opinion of the South really didn't matter to me... but the fact that she said it at all just made me think.

OK... I'm going to say some things here that might offend, so please remember that this is MY blog and I can say what I want here and if you don't like it... don't read it OR post a comment (which if I don't like, being that it's my blog, I will probably delete).

Back to what I was saying... I thought how TYPICALLY un-Southern that statement "I hate the south" was. If any Southerner had been in a northern town, talking to a northerner (or Westerner, or in Europe talking to a European, etc.) they would NEVER have said that!!!! If nothing else, we are taught to be polite. If you don't have anything nice to say... just don't say it OR end it with a "bless their heart" which can be used to nullify anything catty you might have just said.

I have lived other places than the South, as well as traveled extensively through the U.S. and I've found that this inability to censor seems to be present in lots of non-southern people (I told you that this might offend). I had one particular city (one in which I have LOTS of friends, so I'm not naming it) that I used to HATE doing shows in just because people there would walk right into my booth and say "oh, that's awful! I absolutely hate this, let's move on!" I kid you not. If that booth had been in the South, I would have NEVER in a million gazillion years heard that from a Southerner. I might have heard "oh, that's interesting," which is a good way for a Southerner to say they don't like something artistic without SAYING it.

I'm not saying that all southerners have this trait, but what I'm saying is that you would be hard pressed to find a Southerner that has it because any good southern mama would have taught her children to 'zip it' if they didn't have something nice to say. I think the world could use more of this.

When I hear someone who is living in Atlanta say that they hate the south, I really want to say "well... MOVE" but I'm a good Southern girl and instead, I flash my best southern girl smile (where we grit our teeth behind the smile, holding in all the catty things we want to say)...

and then I go talk to my southern girlfriends (and my blog) and say what I REALLY want to say and end it with...

"bless her heart."

tiny blah blah blah...

Coffee- nope. Today was a Chick-fil-a sweet tea with lemon day, which is pretty funny considering that I'm talking about southern stuff... it wasn't planned, just happened.

Music - Jason Mraz - The Dynamo of Volition, which I keep listening to over and over because it makes me happy. (good job! get em up way high! gimme gimme gimme that high five!)

Friday, December 12, 2008

It is FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fear that next week is going to be one of the longest in my life, so I'm really going to enjoy this weekend and relax as much as possible (which isn't really possible... but i can try!!!)


Tomorrow I'm going to take a bead class with one of my favorite instructors in the world, Cynthia Rutledge. Cynthia taught me to do beadwork (not make beads, but using seed beads to make sculptural items) back in 2000ish and I absolutely love it. I don't do beadwork nearly as often as I'd like, but I do love it.

SO, after I found out that she was going to be in Atlanta on a weekend that I'm solo... I signed up for a class. I'm really excited, but have to get all my gear together tonight to be ready for the class tomorrow morning!

YAY!!! (and that was the beady news)

In non beady news... the reason that next week will be SO LONG is because it's the last week before school gets out for the holidays AND final exams. That's going to mean a lot of stress in my home PLUS a lot of anxious for school to get out kids. They're also going to be gone for a while, so I'm going to try to keep everyone calm and enjoy the days pre-holiday that I do get with them.

This will be the first time ever that I don't have my kids on Christmas Eve. That's going to be weird... but it's just the way it is. They'll be with me on Christmas, though... so the fun will just begin at noon on 12/25 instead of 12/24. YAY for Christmas!!!!!

I have a lot to do this next week to get ready for the Holidays, so I might not be around here much... BUT I'm working on a blog entry that lots of my friends are doing, all about ME ME ME (and that's what this blog is about... right???) that I'll be posting some time soon.

Merry Merry everybody!

tiny blah blah blah...

Coffee - Cinnamon Dolce Latte (of course)

Music - My long mellow list (right now it's playing "You're In My Heart" by Rod Stewart)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's Thursday and as usual, it's ANYTHING but "stress-free"!!

SO... I'm removing that saying from my vocabulary... it's like taking your umbrella... it never rains when you do! And my saying "stress free" Thursday just CAUSES stress, I'm sure!!!!! (I'm kidding here... I don't think that my words can cause the kind of stuff that happens to me on Thursdays!!!)

Beady things... I have some FUN kits from that I'm going to work on during my Christmas vacation time without my boys. They have some really cool stuff there and my treat to myself was the "Mermaid Bracelet" (which really isn't mermaid-y... but the name is appopriate for a Sylvie bracelet... right???)

ANYWAYS... I'm looking forward to spending an afternoon making that for myself. I used to have these 2 silver bracelets that belonged to my Grandma. I lost them in our fire, so they're something that I miss. AND... this bracelet reminds me of them. It's not the same, but there is a familiarity to it and I think it would be a nice "every day" sort of bracelet like she wore.

SO... that's my beady talk for today. If you haven't been to their site... go check it out! They have online classes, great supplies and fun kits!!! Tell Lisa that I sent you. She's a lot of fun too!!

tiny blah blah blah...

no coffee - but I sure need it!!!!!!!!

music - no music... but I need something calming, so I really should find something FAST! On my way to a Dr. appointment this morning, there was TERRIBLE traffic and my son said "I'll find something for you to listen to" with a snicker. He started with "Black Betty" and then, after getting the evil-eye because that was anything BUT calm, he played Taylor Swift for me! I'm pretty sure he hates her... so that was nice of him. Her song about the breakup makes me crack up. "You can tell your friends that I'm obsessive, that's ok, I'll tell mine you're gay!" Totally makes me laugh! Maybe I need to put that song on repeat for a little while....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's Wednesday and I'm actually blogging 2 days in a row!! OMG!!!!

I have NOTHING beady to talk about, so I really shouldn't be.

I do want to update you (because I know you were totally on pins and needles) on my I-Tunes conundrum. I DID figure out how to move the songs back in a really slow and tedious way, so I should have Christmas music back on my ipod in..... 3 years??? (just kidding! I think I can conquer it Friday night when I have some time while waiting for the delivery guys that might be there between 4 and 8:30... a perfect time to putter on I-tunes!)

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!!!

Merry Merry from rainy Atlanta!!!

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Coffee - the perfect beverage for a rainy day (or any day for that matter) Cinnamon Dolce Latte made by my favorite Barista, Omar.... who SAYS he's going to order 2 extra bottles of Cinnamon Dolce syrup and stock them away for me in case of another shortage!

Music - rainy day mellow mix. I just listened to James Taylor "This is a Song for You Far Away" and now I'm listening to another JT song "Carolina on my mind". The mix isn't ALL JT... just happened to shuffle 2 songs in a row.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


One day closer to Christmas... I LOVE Christmas!!!!

  • Time to watch Love Actually, Holiday Inn and White Christmas once a week. :)
  • Time to play Christmas music non-stop and sing at the top of my lungs with Mariah Carey when "All I want for Christmas is you" comes on the radio (or ipod)... more on music in a minute.
  • Time to decorate with all things Christmasy. Our family Christmas style is quite eclectic. For reasons I won't go into here, we have decided to have 3 separate Christmas trees... each person gets a tree to decorate on their own. I'll take pictures and those of you who facebook can see them when we're done. Let's just say it's interesting to see what we pick.
  • Time to make yummy candy for teachers and family.
  • Time to make lots of gifts for people I love. Since I need to talk about beady things here I will say that the "making things" part of this list does include making some beady-type things... but that's all I'm saying.
  • Time for the 3rd (?) annual "Girls Gone Mild" Christmas party. A la-di-da dinner out with "my girls" (one of my favorite events of the year... all of us in one place at one time, dressing up, eating and drinking at a FABULOUS restaurant (this year we're eating at Atlanta's newest... Craft) laughing together, sharing stories... being girls and having fun).

Back to Christmas music... I am SO frustrated right now because I did something dumb (I think). I moved a LOT of the music from my I-Tunes library out of I-Tunes, but still on the hard-drive so that I would free up space in I-Tunes. This included almost ALL of my ex-husband's bizarre collection of pretentious euro-trash electro-dance junk, overly bluesy blues, zydeco noise and over-all awful world music collection.

Sorry... if you're one of the "mutual friends" (although I really don't think we have more than one or 2) who reads my blog... it's true. I'm not saying anything about him PERSONALLY just that I don't like a lot (most) of what he downloaded onto my computer. A lot of his music choices, in MY opinion were just junk to my ears and I didn't need them clogging up space in my I-Tunes library... HOWEVER I didn't want to totally delete them from the hard-drive. That seemed wasteful. After-all there were at LEAST 1,500 songs of this nature and who wants to throw away $1,500????? Even if it's not stuff I like I feel wasteful deleting them.

SO... I moved all his music out of I-Tunes along with the big collection of Christmas music. I figured I'd just re-load the Christmas stuff when it was time... I have a BIG Christmas collection (I can actually thank him for that one... not sure who spent $500 on Christmas music, but I'm guessing him. So "mutual friend" chalk this one up for a "thank you" which could balance the "I hate his music" comment... right???)

SO... I moved the Christmas music out of I-Tunes temporarily so that if I put the ipod on "shuffle" I wouldn't end up with Jingle Bell rock mixed in with Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas, BUT now I can't figure out how to get them back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They're there on the hard drive... I see them there with all the other music, but they don't show up in I-Tunes and I don't know how to make them. I've been reading the "help" section, but can't figure it out.

I might have to make an appointment at the genius bar at Apple and have them show me. They rock.... those Apple geniuses!!!

SO... listening to Christmas music is only happening via the radio for now... and I don't get to choose what they play, so I'm stuck with that Trans Siberian Orchestra stuff mixed in... which is not my favorite. I'd MUCH rather listen to The Boss or Jon Bon Jovi or Mariah wailing their versions of Christmas classics old and new.

Oh to hear Otis Redding sing White Christmas.... HOPEFULLY I'll get that fixed by next week and you'll be reading "Sylvie's Christmas Mix" in my tiny blah blah blah.

so for today's non-Christmasy Tiny blah blah blah...

Coffee - happy Cinnamon dolce Latte

Music - Sylvie's New Groove which is all rockin' or dancin' songs - right now it's Kelly Clarkson's "Since You've Been Gone" (which was quite timely in it's tie-in here, but completely unintentional)

Friday, December 05, 2008

It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very ready for this weekend. It's going to be a really fun one FULL of holiday stuff with my kids. This is the last weekend I have them before Christmas because they're with their Dad the next 2 weekends and there are SO many Christmas things that we want to do in Atlanta... we're going to be all over the place!!!!

Can't wait!!! Pink pig here we come!!!!!!!!!! (if you have no idea what that is... google it. It's an Atlanta tradition)

In other very exciting news.... Starbucks has re-stocked the Cinnamon dolce syrup!!!! WOO HOO! (insert happy dance here)

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. Mine won't be beady, but will be filled with fun fun fun!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - FABULOUS Cinnamon dolce latte made by Omar himself

music - none so far. I probably will listen to Christmas music on the radio. I haven't re-loaded my ipod with the christmas tunes yet!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thursday... "stress free" Thursday, the day that makes you look forward to the weekend because it's usually so NOT Stress Free!!!!!!!

I have so much to say, but I've been typing all day and don't feel like typing anymore.

What I WILL say is that Starbucks has NOT discontinued the Cinnamon Dolce Latte!!! There was just a shortage of the syrup and none of the stores could get any. WHEW!!!

That's about it on the positive stuff to report today.

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Coffee - substituting temporarily for the Cinnamon Dolce Latte we have...

Vanilla Latte (3 pumps) with whipped cream and dolce sprinkles. It wasn't TOO bad for a substitute. :)

Music - Sylvie's Groove Tunes playlist, which I turned off for most of the day because I couldn't dance and type simultaneously. Some days I'm more coordinated than others.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Happy Wednesday world!!!

(and Happy Birthday Keith, if you're reading this, which you sometimes do)

I posted a note on my facebook page and then thought... I should post it on my blog too!

I'm figuring that all my friends (and random readers in countries across the world LOL) are out there wondering... what should I get Sylvie for Christmas ... so I thought I'd make it easier for all of you. (hopefully you know I'm kidding)

I always figure that if I say things like this publicly then maybe I'll get sponsorship from one of these companies and I'll get free products!! ;)

1. A Garmon portable GPS so that I don't have to mapquest things all the time.
2. Chanel Perfume - Allure or Coco the small refillable spray version.
3. Fiestaware Red Service Pieces
4. Almost anything fun from the Mac (cosmetics not computer) counter... lipgloss is always a good idea!
5. LOTS of things from Sephora - I like all the Fresh (brand) bath products and love Philosophy skin care.
6. Fuzzy Nordstrom brand socks - I'm picky on this one. Questions? Please contact Jenny or Denise.
6. Gift certificates to:
Barnes and Noble,
AMC Theaters,
California Pizza Kitchen,
Ted's Montana Grill

(both of those last 2 you can get bonus gift certificates for yourself if you buy them for others... just a little 411 for you all)

In addition... because I'm trying to stay on subject, I will add a couple of glass beadmaking items...

CIM glass - I don't own any of this and the colors look REALLY cool!!!
Any of the new Silvered Glass colors that mimic borosillicate glass. I've had a couple of samples, but I don't REALLY own any of these... would be a very nice Christmas gift indeed!!!

and last but not least...

I wish for Starbucks to BRING BACK MY CINNAMON DOLCE LATTE!!!!!!!!!!!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - NOPE! I'm drinking iced tea from Chick fil a in protest of my missing coffee drink

music - Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait (just finished Colbie's playlist as I wrote this, so moving on to Sara Bareilles)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

It's Tuesday.....

and I'm at the car dealership waiting to get my van fixed. :(

Nothing exciting or beady to report. I NEED to be reporting on getting Christmas presents made (because it's a homemade Christmas around here... my kids are going to LOVE that!!! I'm crafting my own beaded video games for them. LOL)

ANYWAYS... I don't have anything beady to talk about, so I'm making this short.

tiny blah blah blah...

Coffee - MAJOR disappointment for me... Cinnamon dolce latte has apparently been taken off the Starbucks menu. NOT a happy camper here. I'm having a mocha instead, but I will be giving up Starbucks for a while. MIGHT have to even e-mail someone important at Starbucks to voice my unhappiness.

Music - I'm at the car dealership and am listening to some sort of ESPN channel about football. Could be worse.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Monday Monday...

I know I'm SO far behind in my blogging, but that's just life I guess.

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas will be here before I know it!! I have a LOT to do between now and then and some big goals to conquer between now and then.

This past week...

I learned to use a power drill!!!!! I know that sounds lame and that most of the world has probably done that before, but I hadn't and I'm really proud of myself for it. I decided to hang some shelves and they are a type that my ex-husband always hung for me, but I needed to learn to do it for myself instead of asking for help from my neighbor or dad... and I did (learn... not ask for help).

I got new shelves hung for my craft room!!! YAY!!!

I also purged some stuff that needed to be purged... including a bed (although it isn't officially being purged until later this week when the new one arrives)

In addition... I drove downtown at night to somewhere I've never been all on my own (a concert venue), parked, walked in the rain and really did something that I normally would have been a little intimidated by. I had done stuff like that during the day, but not at night. I'm not saying I felt totally confident, but I did it.

These are tiny things I know... but they are meaningful for me and I NEED to see the positive sides of me learning to be on my own a little more.

I rock. (or at least I keep trying to tell myself I do!)

Goals for this week... decorate for Christmas. This is no small task either. I haven't decorated the outside of my house since becoming single, so it's a little daunting to me (I know I sound totally lame... as lame as I sounded for having never used a drill) BUT I'm determined to figure it all out and get my house Christmasy by this weekend. SO... hopefully I'll have an "I did it!" report for you next week!

nothing beady to report for right now...

tiny blah blah blah...

No coffee today - Chick fil A tea instead (but coffee would have been a better choice. It's COLD!)

Music - Jason Mraz on ipod. I went to his concert on Saturday night and it was... just... WOW!!!