Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Life Recap and Update

WOW! Hi friends! I can't believe it's been almost 2 full weeks since I've been in the bloggy world. I'm SO far behind and can't wait to catch up with all of you on your blogs and see what you've been up to the past 2 weeks. There's been so much happen since I last "saw" you that I don't even know where to begin. Well, let's start at the beginning, shall we?! :)

As of my last post on March 2nd, things kind of went into a full blown spiral mode immediately. I was given 3 different offers, and which I accepted one, and was told I could start on the 21st of March, however, the next day they called and asked me if I could start on Monday, March 7th instead. But, after thinking it over more, I ended up declining their offer and accepting a different offer with a different firm that I felt was a much better fit and one I could see myself with for the rest of my career, which is what I wanted to find. Anywho, once I accepted their offer, instead of starting on Monday, March 7th, they wanted me to start on Wednesday, March 9th. Like I said, this sent us into a complete tailspin as I had to literally give my notice on Thursday, March 3rd as being my last day, and hubby and I had to go home that night and start packing everything up that I was absolutely going to HAVE to HAVE to start my new job, plus things I needed to have to live with my brother-in-law while trying to figure out what location we are going to want to buy a house in the next month or two as well. And on top of that we are in the process of finding my husband a job here in Arkansas too.  ACK!!! Can you say stressful!? OMG it has been STRESSFUL!!! Also, my husband not being here has been tough too. We've been married almost 19 years and never been apart that long so it's really been hard on us in that regard but thankfully, I get to see him again this weekend - yay!!! 

Needless to say, things have been completely crazy the last 2 weeks and I'm ready for everything to settle down once and for all. But, I am happy to say that I have officially moved back home to Arkansas and am thrilled with my new job and look forward to actually going to work each day, which is something I've not been able to say for a very long time. It feels SO GOOD to be "HOME" and back with my family and friends. Once my hubby is here full time then all will be as it should be again. 

So.... what's new with you and what have you been up to? I can't wait to catch up! Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know you were here. I'm off to read your blogs and see what you've been doing the past 2 weeks.  :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What's Hap-"pinning" Wednesday

Hi Friends! Wow! I can't believe it has been an entire week since I was on my blog last! I've missed you guys. I hope that you have all been wonderful over the past week and I'm sorry I've been MIA. There have been a LOT of changes and I can't wait to tell you about them. First off, come play along or just check out all of the ladies who are linking up today with Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap-"pinning" Wednesday. 

As you know my job is completely being eliminated come the end of this month. Well..... if you've been reading this blog for very long, then you know me and know how I am a TRUE Arkansas girl through and through and I love going back home.  Sooo... I have the pleasure of announcing that WE ARE MOVING BACK TO ARKANSAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!! 

After four long years, we are officially moving back home and I am in Heaven! I went on Monday and interviewed with 3 different firms in Little Rock and have been blessed with 3 different offers.  I am completely ecstatic and over the moon as you can just imagine! I have a hard decision to make because I want this job to be my last and final job that I can retire with. We have had to move so much over the last 11 years and I've had to change jobs so often that I'm completely over starting over and over and over. All of the promotions that my husband has been promised these last 4 years and hasn't gotten, has been very frustrating for him to say the least. But, I've told him time and time again that I felt it in my heart that God had a purpose and a place for us and that I truly believe it wasn't here in Texas or Portland, OR but that it was back home in Arkansas with our family and friends and he proved that to me with these 3 offers that I have been given and I couldn't be more grateful.

So..... that is what my What's Hap-pinning moment is this week. I am sure there are others, but this is the one that means the absolute most to me this week. I am literally (as they say in Arkansas) in HOG HEAVEN with my exciting news and can't wait to be back with my besties, family and my precious grandson.

Have a great day and thank you for stopping by. I promise to keep you posted as things progress along.

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What's Hap-"pinning" Wednesday - Funny Stuff Style

Good morning sweet friends and Happy Hump Day! Sorry I was MIA yesterday, but it has just been one of those weeks and I didn't have a good start to my morning, so I ended up sleeping in later than normal to try and catch up on some zzzzzzzzzz's.  Anyway... I hope your day was fabulous! Today, as you know, is one of my all-time favorite link up parties, so come play along with Jenn and Jessi if you'd like.

As I said above, this has been a trying week so far, and I could really use some funnies to make me laugh, so these were a few of my favorites that I found. Some of them I was literally laughing until I cried - just what the dr. ordered. This was that one exactly. Just click on the via link and it will take you to 25 of the funniest auto correct fails ever.

Well I hope you enjoy your daily dose of laughter today.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Lots of love and hugs,

Monday, February 22, 2016


Happy Monday sweet friends.  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was truly so nice and relaxing and I can't remember the last time we had so much down time on a weekend.  

Friday -- I actually got off work early (about 4:15), which was a nice surprise. Ran and got my eyebrows "threaded" on my way home. Have you ever done that before?! Yikes- it hurts but they are supposed to last a lot longer than waxing and I HATE plucking because it hurts too, so...... anywho, got home and ran to Dollar General with my neighbor across the street to get some more cheap goodies, came home and snuggled in bed with Mr. A and played with the babies the rest of the evening.  

Saturday -- got up early and started running some errands, cleaning house, minor cooking, etc. At 4:30 we left and took our son and his girlfriend, to the Sam Houston Race Track for a night of fun. He will be 22 years old next weekend and this was the only time we were going to have to celebrate his birthday in between his work and college schedule.  None of us won any money, but we all had a great and relaxing time.  Came home and stayed up a while longer catching up on our DVR shows.

Sunday -- literally slept in until 10 a.m., which is SO unheard of for us.  Hubby had gotten up earlier and fed our furbabies and let them out to play for a bit so I could sleep in.  We did absolutely nothing the entire day practically, but lay in bed and catch up some more on our DVR and watched a movie or tow. I managed to get up later in the day and prepare a few things for my lunch this week, but that was truly the extent of it. We went to bed about 9:30 last night and even after all of the rest we got yesterday, it was still SO hard to get out of bed today. I'm so tired still and don't know why, as it's not like I had gotten no rest all weekend long. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

This is literally me this morning - laying down with my cup of coffee in hand, just trying to muster up some energy to get my butt moving this morning - LOL

So what about you? How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun and exciting?! I can't wait to hear all about it so feel free to leave me comments below and let me know how your weekend was. :)

Thanks for stopping by to say hello and have a wonderful day! :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday Faves

Happy Happy Friday dolls! Even though this was a short week for me, it felt like an extremely long one for sure and I for one am SO happy it's over.  With that being said, come play along with the Friday Favorites link up, or go check out the other ladies playing along and find some great new blogs to read! :)

one - Baby A
I love getting pictures like this daily. I know I probably bore ya'll to death with him, but I just can't help but smile when I see his precious face


two - Tshirts
I am forever a tshirt, jean type of girl. Here are a few of my faves this week. Naturally there are a couple of Hog shirts. :)

And who doesn't love some Ms. Olivia Pope?! I need this shirt! HA!

And I just love the looks and colors combined of this one 

three - Coupon Hauls
I paid a total of a $1.88 out of pocket for all of this after coupons

And they actually owed me money on this one when I left, so total out of pocket for all of this was ZERO - $0. That's my kind of bargain shopping! :)

four - Mani/Pedi
I love getting pampered and am in love with this pretty Wine color


five - Valentines from my mom
She knows things at work have been pretty crappy lately and I was so happy to get to spend Valentine's Day with her back home in Arkansas.  This is what she had waiting on me on our bed when we got there. Moms are the BEST! :)


Well, there are my favorites this week.  What about you?! I can't wait to check yours out.  Have an awesome day and an even better weekend friends! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. :) 

Lots of love and hugs,

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Confessions - Venting.......

Happy Thursday sweet friends! Hope all is well your way. I'm joining in with the Confessional Thursday hosted by The-Newly. You can play along here.

-- I confess that I am SO over this hurry up and wait BS - do they not realize, nor care that people have lives outside of work and need to get things organized and lined out

-- I confess that I despise working with a bunch of catty old women and am SO happy to get the heck away from them by the end of March at the latest - *fingers crossed it's much sooner*

-- I confess that if I don't have my coffee in the mornings, then I am grumpy and look like grumpy cat until I do

-- I confess that it IRKS me more than anything in this world to be sitting at work with NOTHING to do but yet you get in trouble if you get on the internet or do something else besides work. WTH are you supposed to do when even your supervisor is playing on the internet because things are SO SLOW and there is literally NOTHING TO DO!!! Grrrrrrr.................. I mean, come on already and give me something to do! I want my day to FLY by not drag by! And last time I checked, we were all adults not kids who need supervised over stupid BS

-- I confess that I HATE office politics and wish I didn't HAVE to work - or at least didn't have to work for the corporate world. I mean, some of us get treated like the red-headed step child because we've not worked in the "click" for the past 30 years together, so therefore, no matter what you do or say, you're always wrong - even when you're right. 

Do you see a pattern here today? Sorry for the venting, but I am just so unbelievably frustrated and pissed off at the same time, that it's driving me CRAZY to say the least. I just truly do NOT understand people - especially women who want to belittle other women and try and make them feel inferior, it just literally blows my mind. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Anywho.... thanks for stopping by to say hello.  Have an awesome day!

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What's Hap-"pinning" Wednesday

Happy Hump Day dolls! Hope you've had a wonderful last few days and a great weekend.  You know what today is and the rules, so come play along..... :)

Whew, I feel like I've been away from the bloggy world forever, but it's actually only been a few days. And a LOT has happened over the last few days, so let me fill you in. :)

*Friday* - went to work like normal. About 2:30 was pulled into the office and informed that as of March 31st my job would be dissolved and I would need to find another position between now and then. They are letting me interview and/or job hunt however necessary so that I'm able to have secured another position before the end of March. Ironically enough, I had already started looking because after being in the legal field as a paralegal for over 18 years, and only being in banking for a little over a year, I have decided that I HATE banking, so I'm good going back to my old roots even if it means driving back downtown to Houston. However, some changes are possibly coming that would have made us leave this job in the very near future anyway, so again, it's a Win/Win for me. 

*Saturday* - got up early and drove to Arkansas for the long weekend.  Got to brother-in-law's early afternoon in Little Rock, unloaded trailer and headed to Fort Smith to visit with my in-laws.  Mr. A and I stopped off at the Texas Roadhouse and had dinner, just the two of us for Valentine's. Afterwards, we got to my in-laws and mil and I went to Dollar General and I made another very impressive haul and only paid $1.18 out of pocket. I will post a picture of it on Friday as I've not gotten it uploaded yet. 

*Sunday* - got up early again and drove back to Little Rock to my bil's house and picked up the trailer, and headed to Hot Springs to visit for the day and night with my mom and her husband. We ended up hitting the horse track while there and though we were planning to only be there for a couple of races, we ended up staying all day there.  I hit one race and won $35 and Mr. A hit the last race winning $20, so not to shabby of a day, I'd say. :)  Afterwards, we went back to my mom's and hung out for the remainder of the night. 

*Monday* - slept in until 8 something and then got up to visit with my mom before heading back to Texas. We left about 11 and started making our way back home. Made a couple of stops along the way, but got home, unloaded, grabbed dinner out, and then laid down to relax for the night.

*Tuesday* -  took a vacation day, slept in and then got up and started doing a few things around the house, went to lunch and then hubby ended up having to run into work for a couple of hours. While he was at work, I made a quick run back to Dollar General and stocked up some more and only paid $1.84 total out of pocket for my latest haul, then ran to Wal-Mart to get a few groceries and called it a day. Once hubby got home, we had some dinner, and laid down to catch up on our DVR shows and just relaxed for the rest of the night as we had to go to work the next day.  

Though it's only been a long 4 day weekend, it has really felt even longer for some reason and I'm okay with that. It was SO nice getting out of that office and getting away for a few days with friends and family. I'm even more excited that it is Wednesday already and we are on the downhill side of the week and heading into another weekend.  I can't wait to catch up on your blogs, I've missed seeing what's been hap-"pinning" in your worlds the last few days.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to say hello! :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Happy Friday beautiful ladies! Whew, we finally made it to the weekend - whoop whoop!!! I'm really excited because not only do I have Monday off for the holiday, but Mr. A and I took Tuesday as well, which makes next week and even shorter work week! :) Anyway, today is the Friday Favorites link up party, so come play along if you'd like. 

Treats for my office peeps - Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, a raspberry, red sprinkles and mini chocolate chips (decided not to do the cake balls)

Dinner with family who is in from Indiana. This is Mr. A's cousin's wife and their little girl. We learned recently that her sister lives in the same town as us, so we were able to get together for dinner last night - we had so much fun and it's always great seeing family that you like (please disregard the photo of me, however, as I don't know what was happening with my hair but think it was because of the high ruffle collar on the back of my neck - but just keeping it real) And as you can see, baby girl C, wasn't real impressed - LOL

Speaking of Family - this is a sign I've had for years that was White, but decided it was time for a facelift, so I painted it a pretty Teal Blue - kind of hard to tell from this photo, but the color is so pretty irl

Pictures of my sweet babies all week texted to me - ya'll, I just can't even - pictures like this daily mean the world to me. And he has the most facial expressions that it's crazy - they make my heart full and so happy

 My thoughts about a staff meeting when it could have just been said in an email- bahahhaha

There are my Friday favorites. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by to say hello.  I will see you on the flip side! :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Confession Thursday - Extreme Couponing

Happy Thursday dolls! We have officially made it over the hump and are on the downhill side now. Only one more day to go until the weekend and I have a solid 4 days off - whoop whoop! Today I'm linking up with Jenn and Jess for Confessions Thursday. 

Today I have time for only one confession and it is a DOOZIE!!! :) 

-- I confess that my name is Tracy and I am a couponaholic. Ya'll I've been a coupon-er for many years and have even found a lot of great extreme coupon deals, but NEVER to this extreme and I am SO excited and can't wait to show you my EXTREME haul yesterday after work. 

Okay, so I know you won't believe me, as I can barely believe it myself, BUT ya'll, I PROMISE I ONLY paid tax of 36 CENTS for ALL of this! I've never used Dollar General's digital coupons before, but let me tell you - I am a believer of that now for sure! I'm going back this weekend to get more! LOL  

So tell me - are you a coupon queen? What are your confessions today? Have a great day - I'm off to an employee meeting now - woo hoo!!!! :)

Lots of love and hugs,