Get up! Get Up! Get Up!

Get up! Get Up! Get Up!

These are the words I heard as I lay on the radiation table on Tuesday. I had just been put in position and the huge metal door was closing, when the tech came running in. She grabbed the controller and was trying to lower me down while watching a river (ok stream, a fast-moving stream) coming towards the room and the outer hallway. I jumped off the table and threw my clothes on and jumped over the brown rusty water that was now not only coming out of the storage door but the ceiling tiles!

Hallway into the Zapping room!

Hallway into the Zapping room!

"Pick up the phone people!!!"

“Pick up the phone people!!!”

The cleaners are not going to be happy.

The cleaners are not going to be happy.

Needles to say, my treatment was cancelled for Tuesday. This will push my end date till next Tuesday. Oh well. The Boy thought it was awesome and was taking pictures and posting them to his Instagram account. I am happy to say that the machine was not damaged and I was able to get zapped on Wednesday.

I hope none of your pipes have burst or heating die on you while most of the county is under a blanket of snow.  Stay warm. Stay safe Reader’s!


Damn Reader’s!!! It is cold out there!!

We woke up to 6 degree weather here in the ATL. The sun is out, so it will hopefully warm up a bit. I was able to get The Girls into the cat carriers last night. I would like to say it was easy but then I would be lying! The Boy was in charge of getting Timber locked into our room while I brought them in. I wish I had been able to take a picture of Panny’s face when I came inside with them. She was like “What the…”

We placed them into our bathroom in the basement facing each other. They usually sleep on top of each other so I felt a little bad that they had to sleep separated last night but at least they could see each other.

Snug as a bug in a Paul Frank rug.

Snug as a bug in a Paul Frank rug.

This morning we woke up bright and early to bring Timber to the vet for his annual wellness check up. Me and The Boy (school was cancelled!) got Timber into the car early and drove to the vet. When we got there they weren’t even open yet so we hung out in the warm car.

Waiting in the warm car for the vet to open.

Waiting in the warm car for the vet to open.

Timber did a wonderful job at the vet. He got a mani/pedi while he was there. He gained 1.5 pounds since June. Oh No! We discussed changing his food and lowering the amount of treats he has been getting. He got four shots and didn’t bat an eye. I was so proud! When we cam home, The Boy and I woke The Girls up and took them outside. It is still cold but the wind isn’t bad and the sun is out. We had to give them more water (which I put in the coop) since all of their water was frozen. I will monitor them today and see how they do in the weather.

I hope everyone is staying warm. I just keep thinking about Saturday when the high will be 63 degrees out! Of course it wall raining but whatever….

I see snow flurries…

Reader’s!!! It is snowing here in the ALT! I see flurries outside my home office window. Currently the temperature is 26 degrees and falling. By 6pm it will 18 out. Needless to say, we are having two guests checking in to Hotel Yorba tonight. Turbo and Poppy are coming inside! This will be the first time we are bringing them in. We are going to put them into our old hard shell cat carriers and have them sleep in the basement. I hope it all goes well.

Speaking of The Girls, my father-in-law suggested that The Boy and I work on a sign for The Majestic, since I was annoyed with the shipping costs with the ones I found on Esty. This made me remember the chicken art that The Boy made a few years ago with his aunt GiGi.

Miss Chick!

Miss Chick!

Yesterday morning, I found the chicken art, got a hammer and nails and Timber and I went out to wake up The Girls and put up Miss Chick. I think it looks great!


The sign we are going to make will go on the outside of the coop above the nesting box (which the girls sleep in, not lay eggs in) door. We still have some wood from the building of the coop that I plan on using, I just need to cut it down to size. I am not sure what I will do yet…any suggestions? Be warned…I am not crafty.

This is the last day of winter vacation for The Boy. I don’t think he is ready to go back to school but I am! We are heading out to the hospital (six more treatments to go) and then will come home for lunch and I have a 1pm conference call. The Boy asked if we could go to the gym afterwards. I am so pleased that he is getting into working out.

What are your plans this Monday? Are you snowed in? Or is it a same old Monday? 

Work on The Majestic

It’s chilly out there!

Open roof, needs to be covered.

Open roof, needs to be covered.

It is chilly in the ATL reader’s! When I went out to let The Girls out, I found that their water dish had frozen over. The Girls seemed to have had a good night in their coop. Next week Matt, the chicken coop builder, is coming back to cover the remaining part of the roof of the run. The rain has made a mess of that part of the run and their food gets wet and gross and smelly.

Unwanted House Guest

Unwanted Houseguest

The Girls also have a houseguest that just will not leave. We have all had one of those haven’t we? Ha! (Just kidding anyone who has ever visited The Hotel Yorba). Well this little guy and any of his friends need to leave. The Girls are not happy with him and his poop droppings all over their coop floor. Their poop is the only poop allowed or wanted! Matt is going to try to close up the space between the wall and the roof of the coop.

il_170x135.544547102_5pru il_170x135.544112199_2n93I am looking for some cool signage for the coop. I found the two above and they are  only $5.00 each but the shipping is more than the signs! I just can’t get over that so I haven’t bought them yet. I have been searching Etsy for some more cool ones with cheaper shipping costs.

If you are getting slammed with snow, please stay warm and safe. If it is just darn cold like here in the ATL, stay warm! Have a wonderful weekend!


Whatcha Reading? Listening To?

Whatcha Reading Reader’s?

Here are some of the books I have read over the last month or so.

The Last Anniversary- Liane Moriarty–A good, fun, fast read with a little mystery.

Summer People- Elin Hilderbrand–A good, fun, fast read.


The Blue Bistro-Elin Hilderbrand–A good, fun, fast read.

The Beach Club-Elin Hilderbrand–A good, fun, fast read.

White Fire-Preston & ChildThis one took awhile to get into. I did enjoy it but I don’t think I will read any others in the series.

The Secret Keeper-Kate Morton–I have read all of her books and while I enjoyed this one, it wasn’t my favorite.


I just started listening to How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper via Audible. I have listened to a few of her books before and loved them. The narrator is Amanda Ronconi and she does a wonderful job. The book does have a werewolf in it but it isn’t a super natural book. It just happens that one of the guys is a werewolf. It is a very funny read and I suggest it and her the “Nice Girl” series. Molly Harper is also the narrator the series and does a fantastic job.

What am I listening to?

Arcade Fire- Reflektor–It is ok. Not my favorite of theirs. To be honest I was kind of disappointed. No need to rush out and get it.


Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon- Mechanical Bull- I am very happy to say, I love this album! Not as good as Only By The Night but very a close second. Check this one out!

What are you reading? Listening to?



Welcome to 2014!!

Happy New Year Reader’s!!



How did you ring in the new year? I was half asleep when 2014 came knocking. We stayed in and made surf and turf for dinner. It was very yummy and I totally went off the diet. I did however write in all down on my My Fitness Pal. We watched the last two Grimm episodes and drank some Iron Horse sparkling wine. I bought some “sparkling wine” (grape juice) for The Boy to drink. It came in a bottle that look just like a bottle of the real stuff.

All for him.

All for him.






Needless to say, he loved the stuff. He drank the whole bottle and was bouncing off the walls all night. He is also obsessed with this game on Minecraft based off the Hunger Games movie. He played it all day yesterday on his iPad mini. He didn’t watch any TV (other than Grimm but he was also playing the game). He also found a site where he can program his own little games/movies. So I guess that is educational. Right?


My second BE for 2014 is Be Smart.

For me, Be Smart, has to do with money. I am a financial planner, so I think about money a lot. I think about my clients money, my money, The Boy’s money. Actually The Boy doesn’t really have any money but he will need money for a car and college. We set up a 529 plan for him as soon as I got his SS number. All the money he has been given to him over the years has gone into that fund along with a monthly SPO we have set up. Last year I set up a UGMA account for him for the sole propose to save money for him to buy a car when he is 16. I have a small SPO going into it and his Christmas gift from his Aunt Robin and Uncle Joe went into it too. Thanks guys! Zoom! Zoom!

Not planning on it.

Not planning on it.

But really, Be Smart is about My Man and I’s future. Because, The Boy can get a job for money for a car and scholarships or financial aid for college. There is no financial aid for when you retire and SS is not something I am planning on or even thinking will be there when we retire. Last year I raised my deferred comp to 10% and am keeping it there for this year. I am also going to contribute to my SRA (a 401K for 1099 folks). My Man just raised his 401K contribution and hope to do it again later this year so I feel good about our retirement savings.

What I plan to work on, is our monthly spending. We love to eat out at nice restaurants and I am not giving that up. But we also eat at so/so restaurants when we don’t feel like cooking or cleaning up the mess. This is just throwing away money and I am going to Be Smart and put an end to it! This will also help me with my Be Healthy resolution by cooking more of the food I eat thus knowing what I am putting in my mouth. I am also going to try to put a cap on my impulse spending. How will I do this? Fewer trips to Target and staying off the computer after I have had a glass of wine, or two, or three….

Do you have a financial resolutions for 2014?