Talk About Reinvention!

2 05 2011

I hope I’m doing the right thing.  After a 8 year run at her K-12 school, my daughter has finally impressed upon me how much she wants to change schools.  I got the go ahead today from Minneapolis Public Schools that her school change request has been accepted and she has been placed!  I have to say that my daughter was very open to having lengthy respectful conversations and that was what sold me on the idea.  She clearly and objectively expressed her feelings to me without any drama or histrionics.  I was so impressed by her delivery I couldn’t say no!

It’s like the end of an era.  When she first started there, I couldn’t imagine that she wouldn’t graduate high school there.  I even decided not to leave the state after my mom died because I wanted her to have this one thing…  An uninterrupted elementary/middle/high school experience.  Especially since academically, she is thriving!  It’s the social stuff that is killing her.  I mean lets be honest, if you have social issues in 7th grade, those issues will follow you into high school at a K-12.

Honestly, she’s lucky to have this opportunity!  She gets to change schools before it’s to late to matter and she gets to remake herself or not as she pleases.  How many of us wished we could have done that at least once during puberty?!  Right now, I have her working on a vision board of what she hopes to get out of this experience and who she wants to become.  Her attitude has already changed so much it’s wierd! LOL She is already counting the days till she is outta there knowing that she can do anything for a little while!

My inner pessimist however, says that we should be careful what we ask for.  What if she goes to her new school only to find she likes it less than her old school?  I don’t want to scare her, but how do I let her know that she very well may not find what she’s looking for at this new school either.  Then what?

I know I’m putting the cart before the horse right now because this school year isn’t even over yet, but I just worry about my baby y’all!





This Little Piggy Went for a Walk…

30 04 2011

And her mother played with her camera!  Wait doesn’t that make me a sow????  Anyway, I decided to go for a walk because I still can’t figure this .COM to .ORG business out and I am still frustrated.  I got my kid to be my unwitting model and she is still a bit salty but I’m chalking that up to tween angst.  She is after all still grounded!  Please don’t ask! LOL

I came up with this in Photoscape and I must say that I am pretty pleased…

Photoscape is so darn fun.  Once I finished up this I thought about those scarves that I bought the other day at the Somali mall and the fact that I haven’t b/vlogged about it yet.  Thus the following .gif was born!  So yeah, all of the scarves you see here were purchased at Somali malls in Minneapolis.  I’m telling you these are the best deal in the TC!  $4 a piece and these babies are not small.  They are the big 40×40 size that the Somali women use with their hijab.

I hear you all saying that this has nothing to do with my blog, but really it does.  All this playing around in photoscape and playing around with my camera is going to help me bring you a better end product.  I promise I’m not giving up even if I don’t post as much as I did in the beginning.  I’m just getting my stuff together!  And with that, I’ll leave you with a money shot.

Link to instructions for the money shirt are aqui…





Can Anyone Help Me???

30 04 2011

I am so confused and I’m getting frustrated.  This is what I am working on today and I feel like I am STUCK!!!





Where oh Where Have I Been???

31 01 2011

I’ve been here.  I took a break because I really needed to be as stress free as possible during my first smoke free week.  It has obviously been the number one thing on my mind lately, and for good reason I suppose.  I am happy to report that today is my 7th smoke free day!  It’s pretty darn awesome too!  I really am enjoying being a non-smoker.  In just 7 days, I’m already noticing big changes!  My favorite part of my day right now is when I walk into my apartment and don’t smell cigarettes.  I haven’t experienced that since I don’t even know when!

I have also been busy making a pretty big decision.  Well I think it’s a big deal…I am going to try to do Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.  Tomorrow, I’ll be posting more about that as well as where I am at with my 2011 financial goals.

Don’t forget to head over to my Youtube page to see my video journal about quitting smoking.  I promise there is less complaining than you would think!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!  I’m back!





Motivation Plain and Simple

18 01 2011

I have one last post to fix with the watermarks, but I had to stop and come in here and make this post.  I was feeling really frustrated yesterday.  To be perfectly honest, blogging everyday isn’t easy.  Not just because like everyone else I have a full time job, but because in the past my follow through was awful.  I was half tempted to slip back into old ways.On top of that, I’m a commitment-phobe! LOL I purchased my domain name but I won’t commit to hosting!  I know I’m a dork but whatever!

So I made a deal with myself.  Just change out your pictures.  Then you can tackle something else. Read the rest of this entry »