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My Birthday Bucket List

I turned 41 years old this week! 41, y’all! I’ve left my 30s behind and I’m embracing my 40s. There’s something really freeing about being in your 40s, at least for me. I honestly do not care about what others think of me, my life, or my decisions. I don’t feel the need to keep up with the Joneses or follow the latest trend or be a part of the in-crowd. I don’t care. I’m me and I’m happy. This year I decided to make a bucket list for myself. It’s not a list of fantasy experiences that I’ll never in a million years be able to afford to do. Rather, it’s a list of things I want to accomplish this year for myself. 

1. Update my wardrobe. I got rid of a ton of stuff when we moved, mostly stuff that didn’t fit or that was old or damaged. But I really need to go through my wardrobe and get rid of stuff that isn’t flattering or not my style. I want to add some classic pieces to my wardrobe…basically I want to dress my age. Ha!

2. Develop a skin care routine. I’m ashamed to admit just how often I fall into bed at the end of the night still wearing my make up. It’s an awful habit and I need to be better about skin care. 

3. Invest in good makeup. I’m the queen of cheap make up and then I wonder why I don’t like the way it looks. ha! This year I want to invest in some good quality make up that works for my skin. I also would love to learn how to apply it properly. Pretty sure a make up artist would have a heart attack if they saw my smearing on foundation with my fingers. 

4. Volunteer more. I want to find my cause. I don’t just want to volunteer. I want to have a cause that I’m passionate about and dedicated to. I’m leaning towards something within the foster care system because that truly is where my passion lies. I’m undecided whether that means going back to being a foster parent or maybe becoming a GAL (CASA in some parts of the country) or maybe a respite provider. I don’t know. But I need to make a difference somewhere, somehow. 

5. Read 10 books outside my favorite genres. I get into a book rut reading my usual genres so I want to branch out. I’m already reading more mysteries and thrillers so I’m thinking about maybe trying some historical fiction and some non-fiction. 

6. Be more spontaneous. I get stuck in my routines and then wonder why I’m bored. I want to add some spontaneity to my life. Live for the moment and all. 

7. Create a database of favorite recipes and cook more. Since adding the Instant Pot to my life I have found my joy in cooking again. I’ve cooked almost every single night for 6 weeks and I’m enjoying it. I’m taking pride in what I’m serving my family again. I want to create a binder or a database of our favorite recipes. I want to experiment more with new ingredients and new recipes. 

8. Take my health seriously. Bleg. I’m terrible with this. I can’t even tell you the last time I saw my PCP for a full physical. I desperately need to see the dermatologist, cardiologist, gynocologist, dentist, and my PCP. This is the year I get serious about my own health.

9. Say yes to more experiences. I’m not good about stepping outside my comfort zone. Historically I’ve found my comfort zone and then settled in for the long haul. But that creates a really monotonous life. I want to be more open to new things and try fun stuff- both with my kids and without them!

10. Let go of the negative. Life is too short for negativity. I’m not one who gets her feelings hurt easily or cares too much about what others think but I can hold a grudge like nothing you’ve seen. I take the whole “burn me once shame on you, burn me twice shame on me” thing very seriously. I want to be quick to forget and quicker to forgive. Life is just more peaceful that way.

11. Watch less mindless TV. I swear this is on every single list I’ve ever made. Ha! I did cut out a bunch of shows when we moved because we had to turn in the old DVR and I just didn’t care enough to catch up on them. There are very few reality shows I currently watch and I’ve cut out a bunch of primetime shows I lost interest in. The sports will never get cut out and neither will House Hunters and Property Brothers. Ha! But the rest of the junk can probably be deleted.

12. Entertain more. I’m very much a homebody and an introvert. But I greatly enjoy my friends. I’ve not been great about hosting in the past and it’s time I get with it. I want to host a few football viewing parties, maybe a Halloween party, definitely a holiday party…we have a much bigger house now so there’s no excuses!

Here’s to a great 41st year of life!

Things I’m Loving Lately

Hey, look y’all. I found a post already written and scheduled to post allllllll the way back in April but it never actually posted. Haha! So for your viewing pleasure I decided to post it today. Enjoy. 

1. Spring Break. Oh I am LOVING Spring Break. Ours started today and we have 11 glorious days to not wake up at 5:15am. 11 days of not packing lunches and enforcing bedtimes.

2. Ikea. We’re currently in the house staging part of getting the house ready to sell and Ikea has been my best friend. There’s nowhere else I could get what I need to stage this house for under $300 total!

3. Rejuvenate floor restorer. Our hardwood floors are totally beat up and need help but there is no room in our budget to sand and refinish them right now.

4. Tazo Awake English Breakfast Tea. For some reason coffee is not sitting well with me lately so I switched to tea for a few weeks. This is the only tea I have found that gives me enough caffeine to avoid that dreaded headache that comes from caffeine withdrawal.

5. ALDI. I went earlier this week and came out with a big full cart for $109. It included all kinds of fresh fruit and veggies including cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, cutie mandarins, grapes, kiwi, organic spring mix, mini cucumbers, grape tomatoes, mini peppers, carrots….plus they had their delicious Chicken Parmesan pizzas on sale for $1.99 so I stocked up for Spring break!

12 Thoughts While Watching House Hunters

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One of my most favorite shows to watch is House Hunters. I’ve seen pretty much every episode ever made. I love watching these people tour houses and seeing all the different styles of houses in different parts of the country. Not to mention, seeing what you can buy in different cities for the same amount of money. However. Some of these people….wow. There are some episodes that I can’t even enjoy because the home buyers are so annoying! I watched one such episode last week. I decided to jot down some of my thoughts while watching this particular episode.

1. Did she just say that she’s a stay home pet parent? Really? Is that even a thing? She did. She said being a stay home pet parent is her job. 

2. He’s a child psychiatrist. Well that explains why he talks to her like she’s 5. 

3. Dude. That’s not called romancing. That’s called stalking. Following a woman around until she agrees to date you is called stalking. Who are these people?

4. Did he really just use air quotes? What a pretentious douche.

5. She wants a screened in porch. For her cat. FOR HER CAT. So he can have outdoor time. A CAT.

6. How many times can they possibly say Bangor? I’ve counted 14 times in the first 8 minutes of the show. You want to live in Bangor. We get it.

7. What is wrong with her eyes? She’s having a panic attack with her eyes. Holy crap, lady. Blink. Just blink.

8. Well they asked for character. What did they think character meant? 

9. Seriously. A screened in porch for the cat. She just won’t shut up about that stupid screened in porch for a cat.

10. OH MY WORD. Shut up about the stupid cat already. 

11. Why say yes that you’d like to do a renovation when clearly you do not want to do a renovation? Just say no. And since when did paint become a renovation? That’s stupid.

12. Dear Sweet Baby Jesus. She has that poor cat on a leash. Run kitty, run!

Y’all. I had to edit my thoughts because I’m trying to keep in PG-13 around here. These people were so dang annoying. A stay home pet parent? Really? This is what is wrong with our country. Clearly. 


10 Lies I Tell Myself

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I lie to myself all the time. I’m a liar. I look myself in the eyes through the mirror and lie repeatedly. 

1. I’ll go back to bed when the kids go to school. LIE. I have chronic insomnia and telling myself this lie is the only way I get out of bed some mornings. But I never ever go back to bed after they go to school. 

2. I’ll just eat one Girl Scout cookie. LIE. Who can ever just eat one Girl Scout cookie? Nobody. Those things are addictive. I even put the thin mints in the freezer to keep myself from eating half the box. Guess what I discovered? They’re just as delicious frozen. Awesome.

3. I’ll just watch one more episode and then go to bed. LIE. I’m a binge watcher. Hi, my name is Delia and I’m a binge watcher. I start out intending to watch just 3 episodes. 16 hours later I’ve watched 30 episodes, I haven’t peed in 10 hours, and I have no idea what day it is.

4. I’ll get caught up on the laundry tomorrow. LIE. Hahahahahahahaha! I’ll never be caught up on laundry. Is that even possible? I feel like it’s a myth. That laundry basket is bottomless. At this point I can only assume there are people living here that I have not yet met just based on the sheer amount of laundry I’m doing.

5. I’ll run extra tomorrow so I can have another slice of pizza. LIE. Please. We all know better. But I’m still going to eat that slice of pizza.

6. I’ll just get what is on my list at Target. LIE. Again, this is probably a myth. A woman enters Target and only comes out with what is on her list? Sounds like a fairy tale to me.

7. I’ll go to bed early tonight. LIE. I always have the best of intentions. First it starts with “I’ll go to bed before the news” then turns into “I’ll go to bed after the news” and becomes “I’ll just read one more chapter” and before I know it the clock says 2am. 

8. I’ll fit in these size 4 jeans again someday. LIE. I’m fairly sure the girl in my reflection is laughing at me for even thinking this one. Girl please. Throw those jeans in the donate pile and get real. Have a doughnut, you’ll be fine.

9. I’ll only buy 3 books this month. LIE. I try, y’all. I borrow from the library, I borrow from Kindle Unlimited, I read books I already own. But somehow it never fails that my favorite authors all release books in the same months.

10. I’ll put on real pants before I leave. LIE. I’m ashamed to tell you how many times I leave the house in yoga pants and lounge pants. They’re comfortable and I rarely intend to leave the car but then I end up strolling through CVS buying candy bars in my lounge pants. It’s shameful. 

I’m such a liar. I should feel more guilty and I’m probably going to hell. But lying to myself is all that gets me through the day some times. If only the girl in the mirror would stop judging me. She’s so harsh. 


Fall TV Update: What Made The Cut On My DVR

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We’re a solid month into most of the new shows now and I figured it was time for a little update concerning Fall TV. Listen, DVR space is at a premium in my house so a show has to be great for me to keep recording and watching. It’s that simple. This season there were 12 shows I knew we wanted to try out. I had high expectations for all of them. So which ones made the cut? 

1. Conviction (Mondays; ABC- 10:00pm)– Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

Verdict- I really like this show. I wasn’t sure if I would at first but by halfway through the first episode I was hooked. Matt is not as impressed so I might be watching this one on my own. 

2. Designated Survivor (Wednesdays; ABC- 10:00pm)– Kiefer Sutherland returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

Verdict- Amazing! One of our favorite new shows of this season. Matt and I both love it and that’s rare. There are only a handful of shows that we both really really like. This one better not get cut. I will be so mad. It’s such a great combo of shady politics and action with some family drama thrown in for good measure. 

3. American Housewife (Tuesdays; ABC- 8:30pm)– Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.

Verdict- Hilariously awesome. This was the perfect show to follow The Middle. I’ve laughed out loud at every episode so far. Even Matt thinks it’s funny, and his sense of humor is questionable most of the time.

4. Speechless (Wednesday; ABC- 8;30pm)– Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

Verdict- Definitely a new favorite. This was an amazing addition to ABC’s Wednesday family comedy line up. It’s hilarious and real and I love it. Having a severely special needs child makes me love this show even more. 

5. Bull (Tuesdays; CBS- 9:00pm)– Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Bull employs an enviable team of experts at Trial Analysis Corporation to shape successful narratives down to the very last detail.

Verdict- I’m on the fence. I’ve watched 3 episodes and I did enjoy them but I’m not sure this is one of my favorites this season. I’ll give it a few more episodes and then decide. Matt doesn’t like this show very much so that might be a deciding factor.

6. Kevin Can Wait (Mondays; CBS- 8:00pm)– A newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets. Kevin’s retirement plans consist of chilling with his family and having epic adventures with fellow retirees Goody, his former partner and close friend, and Duffy, his oldest pal, as well as his brother, Kyle, a fireman whose closest encounter with a blaze would be a grease fire in the firehouse kitchen. However, Kevin’s dream is jeopardized when he discovers that Donna, his wonderful wife of 20 years, has shielded him from key family info while he worked overtime protecting the community.

Verdict- Absolutely hysterical. I love Kevin James. He’s so funny and this cast has amazing chemistry. Matt and I both love this one and even Tyler will watch with us.

7. MacGyver (Fridays; CBS- 8:00pm)– A re-imagining of the classic series, this action-adventure drama is about 20-something Angus “Mac” MacGyver who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives. Joining his team on high-risk missions around the globe is maverick former CIA agent Lincoln. Under the aegis of the Department of External Affairs, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed to the teeth with resourcefulness and little more than bubble gum and a paper clip.

Verdict- I’m on the fence. Mason loves this show. He finds it fascinating so I’ve kept recording it. Matt can take it or leave it. The first couple of episodes were pretty good- lots of action and drama. So we’ll see where it goes and then decide. 

8. Man with a Plan (Mondays; CBS- 8:30pm)– Adam, a contractor who starts spending more time with his kids when his wife goes back to work, discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: their little angels are maniacs. He feels fully equipped to take on more parenting responsibilities while his self-assured wife, Andi, returns to the work force after being a stay at home mom for 13 years. However, Adam’s blindsided by how tough it is to wrangle three messy kids who can’t live without Wi-Fi.

Verdict- I really liked this one! I’ve only seen the one pilot episode so far but it looks like it’s going to be funny. Matt laughed and that’s saying something. Ha! I’ll keep watching this one and see where it goes. 

9. Lethal Weapon (Wednesdays; FOX- 8:00pm)– Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh, it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if only Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

Verdict- Amazing and everything I want in a show. Action, drama, comedy…this show has it all. The writing is fantastic, the acting even better, and the action is what sets it apart. This is definitely one of our favorites and the whole family loves it. 

10. The Exorcist (Fridays; FOX- 9:00pm)– Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, Academy Award-nominated “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world. Now, more than four decades later, “The Exorcist” returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.

Verdict- Great! Matt and I love spooky and scary movies so we were hoping that this show would live up to our expectations. It has some spooky moments but the first few episodes have mostly been story building. I’m excited to see where it goes from here. 

11. This is Us (Tuesdays; NBC- 9:00pm)– Sometimes life will surprise you. Starring Mandy Moore (“A Walk to Remember”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Sterling K. Brown (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story),” this refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

Verdict- Oh my gosh. I love it. I love it so so much. This show has filled the void left by Parenthood. This is not Matt’s type of show at all so I watch it during the daytime. It’s definitely a favorite and it better not get cut. I will write a letter if it gets cut. Do you hear me, NBC? 

12. The Good Place (Thursdays; NBC- 8:30pm)– From Michael Schur, executive producer of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office,” comes a smart, unique new comedy that follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. With the help of her wise newfound afterlife mentor (Ted Danson, “Bored to Death,” “Cheers”), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within. Directed by Drew Goddard, the Oscar-nominated writer of “The Martian.”

Verdict- Absolutely fabulous. Kristen Bell is always a favorite and Ted Danson is amazing in this role. Matt and I both love this show and each episode just gets funnier. Definitely a keeper!

So it was a pretty good Fall premiere season for us. We’ve liked pretty much every show. I’m on the fence about a few but we found several new favorites so it all balances out.