The Merry-Go-Round begins

The holidays have officially begun for me today. We’ve been busy here and by the time I get home , I fall asleep pretty early but this week is going to be crazy.

By 8:30 this morning I had made a pot of chili, cornbread, 2 dozen salted, caramel cookies, 3 loads of laundry and the pots and pans etc…from cooking.

The food is for book club tonight and I had enough time to get ready for work and here I am.

The thing that makes this bearable is that I will have Sunday, Thursday & Friday off….Yeah!!!!!!!!

It’s worth the 12 hour day today.

Tomorrow is cookie day. My three oldest friends and I get together and bake cookies all day. It’s ridiculously fun and I’ll pics to post along with food porn…hehehe…

X-mas Eve. with my family. X-mas day the DH & the kids go to the in-laws and I have another lovely day chilling at home with Jake and Tanner – the dogs!

I’ll be well-rested for the day after Christmas here at the store.

I wanted to send a special shout out to Cheri Williams who dropped off all the diapers for First Step…love ya girl….

I’m throwing up some Kid Rock. I heard him on my way in and he always puts me in a good mood.

I have 3 categories I put songs in to, I’ve gotten into this habit with writing and what I listen to depending on who I’m with.

The Categories are Songs I can dance to, songs I can ***k to or songs that you can sing with your friends when you’re around the bonfire.

Rarely does this include slow, painful love songs….mainly because they are soooo DAMN B-O-R-I-N-G….and so is the romanticized act of sexy fun. You should never, ever be bored in the bedroom…..LOL

Cowboy- Kid Rock- A song that fits into each of the above categories.

Happy Saturday!!!





Star Wars, Karma, Sheldon & Amy


Star Wars….Star Wars…need I really say more! Don’t tell me anything. I’m going with the girls from book club sometime this month. We’re picking a day on Sat during book club.

Sheldon & Amy finally got busy. I have to admit, I never saw this one coming but I totally loved it.

Karma – I have to say that when I heard that little turd who’d jacked up the price of an AIDS drug by 5000% got busted by the feds, I laughed. He is such a toad. The epitome of everything that’s wrong with money and greed, the have and have nots of this country and how far people will sink in order to be rich.

It’s disgusting and I have ZERO respect for any man or woman who is driven by the $ sign. Having said that, it isn’t what drives me and if other people find fulfillment by being greedy P.I.G.S, then so be it. It’s not how I choose to live.

I’d rather have good friends, good food, awesome sex and lots of laughs. Money sure as hell can’t buy you that.

I wasn’t feeling so good about the way I look today. When this happens I force myself to a selfie and just deal with it. I’ve come a long way since 2012 with how I look, how I feel and what makes me happy. I’m thankful everyday for the things that made me what I am today and while there is still much room for improvement, I’m okay with who and what I am now. In fact, I feel a hell of a lot better about how I look then I ever have in my life.

Somethings have changed, some will never change and when you learn to be happy with it all, you know you’re doing all right.







The things we do for those we love

I’ve never hidden the love for my Lion’s football. True enough they aren’t good but I don’t care. I’m a sucker for the lost and down trodden- at least that’s what I tell myself.  I’m from Michigan. I love Detroit and I love our teams here. From MSU and U of M, to The Pistons, The Wings , The Tigers and The Lions. I’m loyal- win or lose.

Call me stupid, I don’t care. For me, you don’t give up when things go wrong. It can be a good thing or a bad thing but I don’t spend my time worrying about it.

You can imagine my profound disappointment that the DH has never been a Detroit Sports fan. He’s a fan of the Carolina Panthers!  For me this is a head shaking choice dripping in irony that only I understand and I can’t even begin to explain.

But this isn’t about me, it’s about what I’ve chosen to give him for X-mas. It will be a Carolina kind of holiday here. Why? Simple, he’s been there for me for 21 yrs. Through some extremely difficult times when by all accounts he could have high-tailed it out of here and never look back- he didn’t.

He works his ass off everyday and asks for very little in return. SO anytime I get the chance to give him something that will make him happy, I try. He’s not the most expressive guy. No deep, long conversations and things like that. He’s reserved- pretty much the opposite of my social butterfly ways and this  year I wanted to make his holiday a little special by giving in and giving him things he really wants.

I will bring the enemy into my home because it makes him happy and isn’t that what this time of year is all about. I love to make people happy and feel good. Feel important and appreciated. If giving him the black, blue and white panther gear makes him happy then so be it.

I will concede that since they are 13-0, I really hope they finish the season undefeated and win it all. This too would make the DH happy.

Giving Back

I’ve had a really good year. When I acquired the store , I didn’t realize just how much I needed it and I didn’t think it would completely change my life, my priorities or my dreams for tomorrow.

I want to give back, to those who need it. While I don’t have a lot (money…lol…) I do have my store which I can use as a vehicle for a cause I’m passionate about.

In my town we have a program called First Step. First Step helps women & Children get out of abusive relationships and start over.

I’m now taking donations (no money please) and will be delivering what I collect at the store once a month.I don’t have to tell you how important it is for those who are abused to find a new start.

I don’t expect to change the world, but I do have the resources to help this facility.

Here is a link to their wish list and if you choose to donate money there is information on how to do that.

We all have the ability to make a small difference in someones life who’s in dire need.

If you find that you are living a good life, consider donating your time or your money to those who need it.

I’m taking donations at my store, feel free to stop by or send us anything you might like from the list.

This will be an ongoing program at my store and is NOT just for the holiday season.

A trip to the dollar store can go a long way and small things do add up.

Paperbacks & Things

8027 N. Wayne Rd

Westland, Michigan 48185



DURAN DURAN!!!!!!!!!

Duran Duran are coming to TOWN!!! My friend Amy got the tickets fro us yesterday and I am soo fucking excited. It’s been 8 yrs since we’ve (my friends and I) have seen them and I can’t wait.

2007 was the last time they came and it also happened to be one of the best years of my life. This show couldn’t have come at a better time.

My bestie and I have been fans since we were 14. My first concert was DD and I remember it just as clearly as if I’d seen them yesterday. Her dad hauled me, her and her sister to Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit. We screamed, we cried and lost our voices. Everyone in our High School new how much we loved them. In fact, today one of the guys I went to school with tagged me with a post about DD.

Yes 32 yrs later I will be seeing them again. Seven of us are going and it’s going to be a blast.

Duran Duran was the last of the “Boy” bands to play their own instruments. I’m so happy I was too old when New Kids exploded onto the scene. No ,offense but I’ll take tall, lanky English men any day over Donny and the boys.

They’re older and sexier than ever (John Taylor…yum…yum) It’s always fun to let loose and act like you’re 16 again. I have to wait until July 11th for them to come to DTE but it couldn’t have come at a better time. June is always a shitty month for me and seeing DD on the heels of my least favorite time of the year (April, May & June) will help lesson the bad of those months and welcome in the rest of the summer.

Enjoy DD through the years –

Sleep, Glorious Sleep


The headache from hell continued after I got home last night. It’s tough when it feels like someone is stabbing you in the eye with an ice pick. Because of the gastric bypass, I’m limited as to what I can take for the headaches.

The one thing that usually works is sleeping it off. Which is exactly what I did last night. I watched The Big Bang Theory at 8:00 and was out shortly after it ended. Slept through the entire night until 5:30 this morning.

I don’t often fall asleep that early and stay that way until morning but apparently my body needed it. Since I’ve owned the store this happens at least once a month. Working everyday does take a toll sometimes and when I feel like I need the sleep, I take advantage of it. The kids don’t need  me to get them ready for bed so in reality, if I wanted to go to bed that early every night I could. I don’t but it’s nice to know when I feel like I did yesterday, I have the option of getting the rest my body needs.

It’s Friday. There are only 5 more days I have to wake up the kids for school until they are off and I can’t wait. I’m so done with trying to get them up and going. My boys are the hardest kids to get moving in the morning and they are grumpy as hell.

It’s going to be in the 60’s today and over the weekend, it feels like the spring not the middle of December and I must say I’m completely fine with it.

Wishing you all a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!


Turn the lights down!

I have the migraine from hell today. I haven’t suffered from one in a few months. I hate dealing with them when they get this bad. Everything hurts my eyes- the light, trying to read, watching T.V.

I’ve been going outside in between customers. The weather feels more like April than December. A fact which I’m happy about and intend to take advantage while I can but even the fresh air isn’t helping. Anyway I was outside talking to the girl who runs the Domino’s next door. She was telling me about issues with her ex, her current and another fella who wants to be her boyfriend.

As I was listening to her, I said out loud. “Thank God I don’t have to deal with this kind of drama anymore.” and I felt a great amount of relief as I said it.

I decided a while ago that if anything happened to the DH, I wasn’t interested in ever getting into a serious relationship again. While I’ll never say never, it would have to be something pretty fucking spectacular for me to enter one again.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate men. Not at all. I just don’t know that I could ever trust one and I’d rather not have to deal with any drama. I’ve experienced enough of it to last a lifetime. I think the only thing I’d be able to let in my life is something simple, something real, and something that won’t be toxic.

I don’t have to worry about that, it was just something I was discussing with the Domino’s girl. Being able to take a deep breath and count to ten really does help take the edge off when you have those moments where it feels like the drama will careen out of control.

I need a nap!