Monday, January 31, 2011

A Giveaway!!!

Jocelyn from CSN Stores has graciously offered to host a $35 giveaway. We like her! CSN has some amazing swingsets and they really have amazing prices on them. I think that Justin may need the Flexible Flyer - 41577T - Fun Fantastic Swing Set. It’s normally $375 and is on sale for $225.99. That’s 40% off. I’m thinking Christmas!

Here is how this one will work, if you follow my blog, you get one entry. Just leave a comment on this post. Pop on over to CSN, pick out your favorite swingset or anything else that catches your fancy, tell me which one you like and you get an extra entry. And for the best way to win, post about this on your blog (with a link back to me) and get FIVE extra entries. Just leave 5 more comments on this post!!!

This is open to US and Canada residents only.

Good luck,

SonyaAnn

PS-I'll choose a winner on February 10th


Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Hint!

Guess what we are doing on Monday? I'll give you a hint!!!

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be swingsets, fitness equipment, or even cute cookware!

Check back Monday,
SonyaAnn

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friend's Friday!

As you all know, I'm a dreadful cook. I try but yeah most times Den has to"fix" it. In some ways, he has been a great teacher. He has a lot of patience when it comes to teaching someone to cook. In other ways, it has been a curse. At times, it is easier just to let him do it. Cooking makes him happy and relaxed. So I say knock yourself out. And it can also, be very intimidating having to cook for someone of that level so I don't want to try. Also, I'm sensitive and his helpful hints piss me off. Honestly, that one is my fault.
All of that said, I think I want to get back in the swing of cooking. I found Heavenly Homemakers and it really has inspired me. So stop over and say hi to Laura and check out the site.
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, January 27, 2011

An End of Suffering

Ahhh, look at the piece of shit in all of it's glory.Hmmmm, that sounded a little harsh even for me. Oh well, I'm going with it.
That was a picture from last year and now for the glorious update. We no longer OWN A FORD! God is good. We looked into donating it but by the time we were done, it wasn't even going to change our refund. And then it happened, a solution presented itself. One of the guys that Den works with was looking for a project car. Give him the F***US, I shouted. Den laughed and said that the same thing jumped out of his mouth too. I must have been sick of that car, if Den gives away a car and I think it was a good decision. He made a deal with the guy that he gave it to, he can use it for as long as he wants(if he can get it running) but when he goes to sell it, Den gets half. I honestly don't care. I felt such a huge weight lifted when the damn thing left. And of course, Den drove it to the guys house and it drove like a dream. Piece of crap! The blue book value of the car is about $2000 if it is running, mind you. But I think the guy will get it fixed because he has a friend that is a mechanic. Den just told him to call before he starts replacing parts because most of them have been replaced. The mechanic thinks that it is the recall that we tried to have Ford fix. The mechanic knows someone at a Ford dealership and he will get it fixed there. How sad is that? You have to have a mechanic go to a Ford mechanic to get them to fix a recall. Guess what I think of Ford?
Have a great day,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Things Have Changed

I posted our budget on-line back in January of 2009. Firstly, it is really hard to be this honest. And B, it's really hard to put it out there for everyone to comment on. That said, I think that posting our monthly bills has been one of the best things that I have done. It made me take a really hard look at what we are paying for and if I was being honest and realistic. If I hadn't done this, I think that we would be back in debt. So for the look back.....
1296.00 House payment
122.00 Car Insurance
183.00 Nicor and Comed
25.00 Home phone
135.00 2nd mortgage with a little extra
280.00 gas for all three cars
38.00 satelite
480.00 groceries for the month
120.00 a week
75.00 Den smokes
70.00 garbage and water
24.00 synthroid and iron pills for me 

2728.00 total 
And now.....
1260 house payment
114 car insurance
160 Nicor & ComEd(gas & electric)
70 garbage & water
140 cell phones
30 gym
320 food
280 gas for 2 cars
200 save
80 for Anna(she hasn't used the $20 a week yet because of careful budgeting)
40 Den's fake cig
32 My pills
2726 total
There have been some changes since my first posted budget. We no longer have a home phone, the satellite dish, the 2nd mortgage and Den quit real smoking. I still save the money every month from the satellite bill($25). We have been using this to buy movies. And the grumbling has almost stopped. We do have cell phones but this is a luxury that I'm willing to pay for. I like being able to talk to Anna, who would have seen that one coming?
I do need to squeeze a bit more out of the budget just because of the IL tax hike. Ahhhh but that is a rant for another day.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Monday, January 24, 2011

So.....

What have I been up to? I'm sorry that I haven't been posting as much, it is taking a bit longer to get back in the swing of things. Have you ever noticed that the farther away you get from your to-do-list, the less that gets done? And I found that having down time is depressing for me. Hmmmmm, that's a bit odd. Live and learn.

And this is me. Well, it's me VERY drunk at New Year's Eve. And that's the hat that I won from Sluggy's boring box. Thank you sluggy! Me being drunk in a paper hat has nothing to do with this post. So sad! Notice the hair.
You will be happy to know that my hair did not get cut on New Year's eve. Even though had we thought of it it might have happened. Anywho, that is 14 inches of me! I donated it to Locks of Love.
This is right after I got it cut. Mind you, I hadn't done a thing to it but Anna wanted the picture desperately. I really love the cut now that I'm used to working with it. It curls up, I run my fingers through it and its all done!
Oh and this is what I did to my poor neighbor on New Year's Eve that had just had surgery on his arm/wrist. It was a good idea at the time. Don't let me play drinking games.
Don't do as I do,
SonyaAnn

Monday, January 17, 2011

You are going to need a..........

In case you missed it, that is a decoder ring. You are going to need it. This is going to be one of the posts that I put up and then yank down. But then what do I have to worry about, I only write fiction.
There once was a girl, I will call Hanna that went once in the summer and once after Christmas to visit her bio-father. We shall call him Richard or Dick for short.
So Hanna's mom, we will call her Ms.Too Nice For Her Own Good, drove twice a year to O'Hare with never a thank you in sight. It was just expected of Ms.TNFHOG(that's a bit much, lets cut it down to Ms.Nice). She was always TOLD that she was driving after the tickets were purchased. Grrrrr but for the sake of peace and doing right by her child, she did it.
Hanna went to visit this year and Dick took her to a speak-easy. Yes, they exist but no longer for alcohol but for drugs. Yeah, go back and read that line again. So Hanna didn't understand what was going on. All she knew was she was very uncomfortable. The speak-easy was in an underground room off of a basement in a building.
Dick kept leaving her alone in a room of Meth-heads to go do fluffy lines of Pepsi. All the while the Meth-heads hit on Hanna. Dick continued to do Pepsi and drink until Hanna got mad and said she wanted to leave. Drunk and high Dick then drove Hanna home.
Yes, this shit really happens. Ms. Nice has always tried to give her children a good and stable home. Her kids have never been subjected to anything like this.
Guess where Hanna is never going again? But just to make sure that this doesn't happen again, Ms. Nice called Dick's brother. Dick's brother is a honest family man. I wish I could be a fly on the wall for that one.
I thought this only happened on intervention.
Smile it's all down hill from here,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wicked Wednesday!

So leave it to me to kick someone when they are down. Sorry McVal, I'm just that big of an ass hole. She is iron deficient and having some problems. You need to go here and read about it. And the Popeye reference made me think of this. 
And it's all down hill from here,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hello To All

I just want to say hi and that I haven't forgotten you. You all are on mind so much. I enjoyed the break and I have to admit that it is hard to get back into the schedule of writing. I've even stopped writing on my books. So I think I''m in a funk. Oh well, I'll get over it. It was just kind of crazy with Anna back and DJ home. It was chaos in every direction and I've learned that I LOVE quiet. Love my kids dearly but a cup of coffee in an empty house can be a gift from God.
It just felt as if the blog was an unpaid job and it was dragging on me. So now I'm really missing it and I think that will help get rid of that nagging feeling of having to write. I'm just not going to write everyday so that should help. And that way I hope that what I have to say will somehow be more important. I know that it may have felt that I didn't care or didn't want to be your friend anymore and that wasn't it. I just need to put the pen down to get my passion back. Please forgive me and I think that I have a way to show you just how much I care. But that little hint will be all that you get but it will be a huge thank you for being my friend.
And have I got the stories for you!!!
I love you and missed you,
SonyaAnn