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    Happy Twenty Fourteen, Y’all…

    January 7, 2014 - Author: Greis

    We’re 7 days into the new year and I’m just now getting around to posting my 2013 year in review post. I wish I could say it took me so long because I’ve been so busy, but the truth is I’ve just been procrastinating, but mostly just lazy. Yeah, I know, way to start the year off right!

    1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
    I went to Colorado (Denver) for the first time. I was there for 3 nights in May to see the Astros play the Rockies. The weather was amazing, I saw some good friends and I absolutely loved Coors Field.

    In September I was invited, on 3 separate occasions, to sit in the Diamond Club at the Astros game. What a fun experience, that I hope to do again. So glad a few friends were able to enjoy the experience too!

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    No, I set a goal to read at least one book a month in 2013, but that didn’t happen. I’m not sure I read an entire book the whole year, which makes me sad. I also failed at my weight loss/gym goals, which shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    I’ve set some goals for 2014…they include reading more, writing more and losing weight.

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    Quite a few friends had babies in 2013. Very cute adorable babies!

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No one close to me died, but a few close friends lost loved ones in 2013 and that’s always hard to watch.

    5. What countries did you visit?
    I was well-traveled in 2013, but none of my travels took me out of the United States.

    6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
    Will-power and love.

    7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    July 3,2013 – a special date with a friend
    September 13, 2013 – the story about my Astros love was in the paper
    December 21, 2013 – Shauna’s wedding.
    *I’m sure I should remember more, but I’ve become very forgetful in my older age!*

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    I was featured in the local paper. I was anointed the “Last Loyal Astros Fan,” it was on the front page and everything. What?!? Did you miss it? Click HERE and you can go see for yourself. It was a fun experience, and yes I know I’m not the LAST fan!!

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    My weight, again. I’ve fallen off the healthy eating/working out bandwagon and I desperately need to find my way back on. These 50 pounds aren’t going to lose themselves.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    I hurt my finger about six weeks ago, but don’t ask me how because I’m not 100% sure. Two weeks into the pain I took myself to the ER and it turns out it wasn’t broken, but it still hurts a lot. I’ll likely be making a trip to a hand specialist soon. Wish me luck.

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My new (used) car. It was purchased in MY NAME and everything. I’m such an adult now!

    12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    My dad retired from the U.S. Postal Service. That was pretty awesome and we celebrated. So happy for him as he embarks on this new journey in his life.

    13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    It wasn’t a person, but a whole team. The way the Houston Texans season played out was pretty depressing. A 14 game losing streak to end the season was super disappointing, and to think we all had such high hopes! That coupled with an Astros 15 game losing streak to end their season…well, Houston just needs a sport do-over in 2014!

    14. Where did most of your money go? 
    It would seem that my money goes to the same thing every year…LOTS and LOTS of BILLS…and baseball games!

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    I was very EXCITED about the Justin Timberlake concert in December! If you ever get the chance to see him live DO IT!! The entire show was absolutely amazing and he performed for THREE HOURS!! I think he may have even winked at me a few times…or not.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
    It’s probably a toss-up between Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors. Both were great songs of the year.

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) happier or sadder? Happier
    b) thinner or fatter? Fatter
    c) richer or poorer? Same

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    I really wish I’d have worked out more. Working out is definitely a chore, sometimes, but I feel so good afterwards. I’m hoping to get back on track in 2014. Hoping it will help me feel better about myself as well.

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    I wish I’d have eaten out less. Fast food has become such an easy food option for me, since I’m single, but it’s so unhealthy. I hope to get back to making healthier food choices in 2014.

    20. How did you spend Christmas?
    I spent Christmas morning at my parent’s house with my brother and niece. We had donuts, kolaches and opened presents. It’s fun watching Christmas through the eyes of a toddler. After all of that fun I napped for 3 hours and then went to see American Hustle and had dinner at IHOP. It was a pretty spectacular day!

    21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
    I fell into a LOT of like in 2012. That like did become quite a bit of love in 2013. I don’t talk about him often, but he is pretty special.

    22. What was your favorite TV program?
    I watched the entire season of Orange is the New Black in about a week (yay Netflix!). I fell in love with this series and can’t wait for season 2 to begin. I also fell in love with Friday Night Lights, yes I know it’s an oldie, and watched all 5 seasons in 2 weeks, so good!

    23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    Hate is such a strong word.

    24. What was the best book you read?
    I started a few books and then never finished them. Hoping to get back into reading this year. I miss it!

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Discovery? Not really a discovery, but the entire Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience is amazing!! I’ve also found a new love for Toby Keith and some other artists that I already enjoyed.

    26. What did you want and get by year’s end?
    It’s not so much that I wanted a new car, but I really needed a new car. A more reliable one. I, however, do not like having a car note again.

    27. What did you want and not get by year’s end?
    I really wanted a winning lottery ticket. It’s starting to feel as if that will never happen for me.

    28. What was your favorite film of this year?
    Do I have to pick just one? I really loved Frozen, such a great new Disney film. Catching Fire did not disappoint and Now You See Me was surprisingly very good.

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 35 on November 13, 2013. I spent the day with a friend, went to PF Changs with the family for dinner and then celebrated into the weekend with friends at a local sports bar. It was a great birthday week!!

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? 
    My year was pretty amazing…there’s only one thing that could have made it more satisfying and I don’t discuss him here. *wink*wink*

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
    Do I have a fashion concept? I wear jeans a lot…and I really got into skinny jeans and boots in 2013, thanks to Brittany.

    32. What kept you sane?
    So many friends keep me sane daily. Thank god for good friends and text messaging!

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    I’m pretty sure the answer to this question will NEVER change…Mr. JT, Justin Timberlake if you’re nasty!

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    By rule I don’t talk politics, because it never ends well.

    35. Who did you miss?
    I miss my friends and family that I don’t get the chance to see often.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I meet lots of new people. I’m not sure I can pinpoint just one as the best.

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. 
    Life is too short to be unhappy! Whether it be in your career, your love life or with your every day life EVERYONE deserves to be happy. Right now I’m mostly happy. Sure, there are some things that could change to make me happier, but I’m not complaining!

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    “Drinks after work.
    What’s it gonna hurt,
    To have a little drink after work?”
    - Toby Keith Drinks After Work

    Happy New Year, y’all! Hope 2014 is amazing for us all!!

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    5th Annual Bloggy Holiday Card Exchange

    December 19, 2013 - Author: Greis

    It’s my favorite time of the year…the time when my mailbox fills up with cards from friends near and far. I love seeing all the kid pictures. Bills are so overrated, ya’ll!

    For those of you that do receive a card from me each year you know that my Christmas cards are the one thing I’m on top of every year. It’s a tradition now, apparently. I have my cards ordered, addressed and in the mail on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so that people start receiving them on Black Friday. Yay holiday cheer.

    For those of you that don’t receive a card from me, well that’s where my friend Meghan comes into play. For the past 5 years she’s put together the Bloggy Holiday Card Exchange. Wherein we can share our cards with our Internet friends as well.

    If you’d like to play along head over to Meghan’s site and add your blog to the link list, I’d love to see your awesome cards too!

    So, from me to you I wish you a very Happy Holiday season and hope that 2014 is your best year yet!!

    2013 Christmas Card

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    Love Hurts…

    October 8, 2013 - Author: Greis

    Growing up I made a promise to myself that I would never let a man determine my happiness in life. I’ve known many women who are only happy if there’s a guy in their life and I knew that I did not want that for myself. I wanted to find happiness on my own and not have it be tied to whether or not I was single or in a relationship.

    I’ve always been very guarded with my feelings and my heart. I don’t let people in easily. The few times that I have put myself out there it seems that I end up hurt in the end, so I’ve become even more guarded with the key to my heart. My heart can’t be broken if I don’t unlock it, right?

    Sure, it can get lonely around these parts, but I’ve been content with my life thus far. I’ve always believed that I shouldn’t have to search for love. If it is meant to happen it will, but I’ll be perfectly okay if it doesn’t. I’m just not the girl who will put all of my effort into finding “love” when I don’t need it to survive. (I’m such a cynic, I know!)

    A few months ago all of that changed…

    A guy entered my life. Actually, he is more than just some guy, he is a friend. He’s a friend I’ve known for a long while. He’s a guy I never thought I’d fall for, that’s how it always happens, right?

    He’s one of the nicest guys I know. He makes me laugh, he occasionally makes me cry (nothing bad, I swear), he appreciates me for me and we share so many of the same interests. He is a guy that any girl would be lucky to have in her life.

    For the first time in a very long time my walls came crashing down. I let a friend in and we became more than just friends. We’ve shared some good times, we’ve gone through some trying times, but most of all I enjoy him, everything about him, a lot!

    My biggest concern from the start was that if things ever ended with us I’d lose him as a friend. I’ve been able to be myself and really open up to him more than I’ve been able to do with someone in years. I’d even go as far as to call him one of my best friends and I truly cannot imagine my life without him in it.

    Yesterday all of that changed…

    And now I’m left sitting in my own salty pool of tears, because my heart is breaking and I don’t want to lose my friend.

    Love is hard.

    Sometimes you just have to walk away.

    Love has also taught me that keeping my heart locked up saves me from a lot of heartache, and this is why I quit relationships and will be single forever!

    I know I’ll be fine, but for right now I just want to cry and eat all of the chocolate!

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    I’ve Missed You…

    July 22, 2013 - Author: Greis

    Hi, remember me?

    Yes, I know it’s been a LONG while. I’ve been busy watching not great baseball (I still love my team) and working. I’ve managed to squeeze a few sporadic trips in and I’ve been spending lots of time with my niece. That pretty much sums up me.

    I’ve had so much I’ve wanted to write about, if only there was more time in the day.

    So, here’s the very condensed version of what I’ve been up to…hoping to be back soon to elaborate on some things.

    1. My weight struggles are never-ending and I’m super frustrated. It’s my fault. I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to working out and I’ve gone back to some really horrible eating habits. I’m nowhere close to gaining back all of the weight I worked so hard to lose, but I’ve gained back enough (about 30 pounds) and I’ve finally decided I need to work on that part of me first. So I’ve written out my long-term and short-term goals and have started a diet. Hoping to get back on track before it’s too far out of control. I’ll be back later this week to elaborate on this more…stay tuned.

    2. My love life is status quo, I’m still single. There’s a guy I adore (and I’ve possibly used the “L” word a time or two) and as much as I may sometimes wish we’d have met under different circumstances, and that we could be more than just “friends,” I know it’s a relationship/friendship that will lead to nothing else. He’s amazing and sweet and I know he cares about me, which is awesome, but that’s it. So,if you have any single friends send them my way!!

    3. Baseball, baseball and more baseball! If you follow me on social media (if you’re not, you should be!) you already know that my home away from home is Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. If the team is at home chances are I’m there too. I love that place and I love my team, even if they are the worst team in baseball right now. My goal, for the team, at the beginning of the season was not to lose 100+ games in 2013. They are on pace to lose over 100, but I’m not backing down and I still hope they’ll pull some sort of miracle in the second half of the season. My dreams, they’re BIG!! GO ASTROS!!

    So, that’s most of what’s going on with me these days. I’ve hated being away for so long and I do plan on writing more, I just need a little more time.

    Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer.

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    48 Questions

    January 22, 2013 - Author: Greis

    I’ve been in a writing funk for some time now. I have so much to say, yet when I sit to write I just can’t formulate my thoughts enough for a blog post. One day I’ll get my writing mojo back. Until then I’m totally following Emily‘s lead and stealing her post…which she totally stole from someone else. We’re all a bunch of blog post thieves around these parts.

    Enjoy and happy Tuesday!!

    1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

    Nope, but my dad did come up with the spelling.

    2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

    Sunday. It probably had something to do with my feelings and my friend De being mushy and telling me how AWESOME I am.

    3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

    Most of the time, yes. There is that rare occasion when I’m writing too fast and it’s not pretty.

    4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

    Brown Sugar Honey Ham (on wheat with white cheddar jalapeno cheese!)

    5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

    No, but I have a pretty amazing niece!

    6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

    I think so.

    7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

    Sarcasm? What’s that?

    8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

    Yes, yes I do.

    9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

    I always think I’d bungee jump, it sounds fun. But then I think back to the time when I went all the way to the top of the platform diving board, at the public pool, and then chickened out and had to walk all the way back down. Talk about a walk of shame.

    10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

    Lucky Charms, it’s those damn marshmallows…I love them!

    11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

    Nope.

    12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

    I like to think I’m physically strong, but mentally…I have my moments.

    13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

    Blue Bell, anything Blue Bell. It’s the BEST ice cream in the country, or Texas, whatever!

    14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

    Eyes…I’m an eyes girl.

    15. RED OR PINK?

    My favorite color is red.

    16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

    My body. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, but O.M.G. the loose and droopy skin is making feeling great about myself so hard. I could also stand to lose another 30 – 40 pounds.

    17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

    I miss my Godkids and their parents all the time…I need to plan a trip to Arkansas soon. I also miss Cindy and her girls to pieces. A trip to North Carolina needs to be planned too!

    18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?

    Technique…this question could go so many places.

    19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

    I’m not wearing shoes right now.

    20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

    I had pancakes for dinner. What? Don’t judge me!

    21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

    The local news is on the television, they are currently discussing the inauguration.

    22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

    Sweet and Spicy Red…what? That’s not a real color?!?

    23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

    I love the smell of gasoline…yes, I realize this is weird. I also love the smell of vanilla.

    24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?

    My views are important to me because they are mine, but I will never discuss them openly. I learned that the hard way.

    25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?

    Both options sound pretty amazing to me. I do, however, love a good beach!

    26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

    Houston Astros baseball, Houston Texans football and Texas Longhorns football. Seriously, though, I can watch any baseball or football that just so happens to be on my television.

    27. HAIR COLOR?

    Right now, it’s Dark Auburn.

    28. EYE COLOR?

    Hazel

    29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

    Yes, until my eyes rebel and then it’s my glasses for a day or two.

    30. FAVORITE FOOD?

    I love all foods. Mexican, Chinese, cheese, bread…I’m an equal opportunity food lover.

    31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

    I don’t do scary movies, EVER. I’m a happy endings kind of girl!

    32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

    In the theater – Gangster Squad

    33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

    I’m in my pajamas…which consists of a pink sports tank.

    34. SUMMER OR WINTER?

    Winter…because Texas summers suck!

    35. FAVORITE DESSERT?

    Anything chocolate!

    36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?

    Cardio

    37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?

    Computer while the television blares in the background.

    38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

    People, other than my parents, still use mouse pads?

    40. FAVORITE SOUND?

    The sound of my niece giggling. She’s the best!

    41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?

    I’m a top 40 or Country girl.

    42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

    Puerto Rico

    43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

    Not one that I can list here!! *ahem*

    44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

    Germany

    45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?

    Deep in the Heart of Texas

    46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?

    I live in an apartment. It has various colors.

    47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?

    White

    48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?

    It was definitely easier than trying to write something.

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    Happy Happy Twenty Thirteen…

    January 1, 2013 - Author: Greis

    Another year has flown by way too fast. 2012 was filled with lots of friends (new and old), laughs, family, bar hopping, gossiping and all kinds of extra shenanigans. It was a great year. 13 is my favorite number so I’m hoping 2013 will be filled with a lot of the same.

    Because I’m a follower, thanks to Cindy, here’s my 2012 year in review meme. Enjoy.

    1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
    A few things I did are absolutely not blog worthy. One thing I did that I was pretty proud, yet surprised, of was standing up for myself when I thought I was being wronged. I’ve always had an issue with standing up for myself in certain types of situations, so this was a pretty big step for me.

    2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    No, as usual I did not stick to my resolution. I did go to the gym often, but not often enough. Better luck in 2013, right?

    I’ve made no resolutions for 2013, but I have set some goals.
    1. Read at least ONE book a month.
    2. Be a better friend.
    3. Be a better money manager.
    4. Eat “healthier”.

    This list will probably get more added to it as the year progresses.

    3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    A few friends near and far gave birth and lots are expecting in 2013.

    4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No

    5. What countries did you visit?
    I did not leave the United States, yet again. I traveled quite a bit in 2012, but it was all limited to the great U S of A. (North Carolina, Tennessee, New York, Wisconsin & Illinois)

    6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
    Less debt. I don’t have a whole lot of debt, but what I do have is a lot to me. I’d love to get the little debt that I do have under more control. Paying off a credit card would be a really heavy weight lifted off my shoulders.

    7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    July 6, August 18, August 31 – all special dates with a friend.

    There were so many other days that made 2012 so memorable…dinner with friends, Astros games with friends, crying in bars, hotel rooms, trips out-of-town with friends and to visit friends, blogging conferences and time with family. 2012 was a pretty memorable year.

    8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    I didn’t accomplish anything greater than normal, but I think that standing up for myself was a pretty big deal.

    9. What was your biggest failure?
    Weight loss. I veered off track and gained weight in 2012. Nothing drastic, of course, but it’s extra weight that I know I need to lose. I’m hoping to get back on the weight loss track in 2013.

    10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nope, I was illness & injury free in 2012. Hope this streak continues into 2013!

    11. What was the best thing you bought?
    I bought a ticket to the Texans first ever play-off game on January 7 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. It was one of the most amazing game day atmospheres that I’ve ever experienced, 2nd only to the 1st ever regular season game on September 8, 2002 vs. the Dallas Cowboys. They topped it off with a win. It was pretty exciting for me and the entire city of Houston.

    12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
    I’ve got nothing for this. I have no clue.

    13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
    I’ve got nothing for this one either. Absolutely no clue.

    14. Where did most of your money go?
    Where does most of my money always go? BILLS, boo!

    15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    I was really excited about attending the first ever Texans play-off game January 7. I was also very excited about a lot of dates with a friend through out the year. I’m pretty sure I was pretty excited about a lot of other things, but my memory is not as great as it used to be.

    16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
    “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” – Thompson Square

    17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

    a) happier or sadder? Happier
    b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, not by much, but fatter none the less.
    c) richer or poorer? About the same.

    18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Saving money. I’m a horrible saver. I really need to work on that.

    19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Eating junk. I still eat pretty good, but I’ve definitely found myself eating more junk in the past year. I need to refocus on my goals and cutback on the junk food.

    20. How did you spend Christmas?
    I headed over to my parents house bright and early Christmas morning to open presents with my brother, his girlfriend and my niece. I then headed home to finish baking and then spent the evening at my Aunt’s house with family.

    21. Did you fall in love in 2012?
    Wow, love is a very BIG word. I did fall for someone, pretty hard, but I wouldn’t call it love (partly because the word “love” scares the shit out of me). I’d call it LIKE. A lot of LIKE!!

    22. What was your favorite TV program?
    I absolutely love 2 Broke Girls. It makes me laugh out loud weekly!

    23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
    Nope, I have no time for hating.

    24. What was the best book you read?
    I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this year. I finally gave in and read the Hunger Games trilogy and LOVED it. I also really enjoyed Gone Girl, well you know, until the end!

    25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    I fell in love with all things Luke Bryan in 2012. I’d really like to be drunk on him!

    26. What did you want and get by year’s end?
    I wanted a new dresser and finally got one for Christmas. Yay, thank you Santa!!

    27. What did you want and not get by year’s end?
    A winning lottery ticket! BUMMER!

    28. What was your favorite film of this year?
    I loved The Hunger Games and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. I also went to see Les Miserables this past weekend, I was afraid I’d hate it and absolutely LOVED it.

    29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 34. On the actual day I went to work and had dinner with my parents. The day after I met a friend for lunch, best birthday lunch date ever, and then had family dinner at a local Mexican food joint. My friends De, Jen, Nicole and Kim took me to dinner and then out for drinks on the Saturday after my birthday. It was a night of laughter and “junk rubs”, long story, but it was so much fun!!

    30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Everyone knows that I live and die by my favorite sports teams, so a better year from the Astros would have made the summer more enjoyable. Minus the month of December the Texans made football season lots of fun!

    31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
    Do I even have a fashion concept? No, I’m pretty sure I don’t. I like comfortable. You’ll usually find me in jeans and flip-flops.

    32. What kept you sane?
    My friends. It’s so amazing to have a group of friends that I know I can always talk to without being judged. They’re always there to listen and will give me great advice when I need it, even if I don’t always follow it. You know who you are and I love you all!

    33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    Justin Timberlake, and unfortunately he married the wrong girl. If only he’d given me a chance!!

    34. What political issue stirred you the most?
    I don’t really get stirred too much by politics. I have my views and others have theirs. I’ve learned that discussing any of it publicly usually ends in fights and disagreements, so I don’t!

    35. Who did you miss?
    I miss my Godkids and their parents so much. I hate that I didn’t get a chance to make a trip to Arkansas to see them in 2012. Hoping to rectify that in 2013.

    36. Who was the best new person you met?
    I met some really great friends in 2012. Some whom I knew but really got to know and others that I met for the first time. All are connected to me through my love for the Astros. It was a great year for new, and old, friendships. I’m so thankful!!

    37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
    Love, or lots of LIKE, can happen at the most unexpected time with the most unexpected person. Don’t ever be afraid to care too much or show too much emotion.

    38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
    “If only you saw what I can see
    You’ll understand why I want you so desperately
    Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe
    You don’t know you’re beautiful”
    What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

    Happy New Year y’all! Hope 2013 is better than ever!!

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    Merry, Merry…

    December 25, 2012 - Author: Greis

    From my family to YOURS….

    Christmas Card 2012

    Wishing you all a very happy holiday and the grandest of new years!!

    I have high hopes for 2013 and hope it’s great for all of you too!

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    Thirty Four…

    November 13, 2012 - Author: Greis

    Greis through the years. Alternately titled..."Wasn't She Cute?"

    Thirty four years ago, in a far off place (Germany), my parents welcomed me into the world. I was happy, healthy and SIX entire weeks early. Yes, apparently, I was spoiled even way back then, no Christmas birthday for me!!

    Today I will celebrate another year gone by. There will be family, friends and CAKE, lots of cake. (I’m working out with my trainer for an hour ON my birthday, that definitely justifies any and all cake that I consume. Don’t judge me!)

    I had a pretty amazing 33rd year and hope that my 34th year will be just as fantastic. I look forward to more time with family, more time with friends and making myself (and my health) a bigger priority!!

    But for now, TODAY, I just want some cake and for Justin Timberlake to tweet me birthday wishes!!
    (He ran off and got married, not to me, it’s the least he could do, right?)

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    Self-Esteem, She’s a Bitch…

    October 29, 2012 - Author: Greis

    Wow, has it really been so long (over 4 months) since my last post? My break from blogging was not on purpose, I’ve just been in the midst of a writing funk. So many nights I’d sit down to write here in my little corner of the Interwebz and the words they just would not come. How do you break out of a funk that seems never-ending?

    I’m hoping this post will help get me back into some sort of writing groove, because I miss it.

     Those of you that know me, even if it’s just “knowing” me from the World Wide Web, know that I’ve been single FOREVER! I’ve made it no secret that I enjoy my singleness, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve started longing for more. I see friends and family in relationships, getting engaged, getting married and having kids. I’m not 100% sure where my life will lead me, but I do know that I would love to have all of those life experiences at some point, and as my mother likes to point out (too often!)….I’m not getting any younger. (I’ll be 34 in 15 days, woot!)

     While I’ve been away I’ve found myself in what I like to call a new “friendship”, a “relationship” of sorts, but more complex. I haven’t discussed it online at all, because well it’s personal and hard to explain and well we’re just friends. I’ve known him for a while and never in a million years thought we’d “hit it off” the way we have in recent months, but we have. We talk, a LOT, we enjoy each other’s company, even though it’s limited and well we just really get along.

     Will this “relationship” lead to more, probably not.  In fact, there’s no probably about it, this “relationship” is one of friendship and fun and that’s it. It’s a “relationship” that I will continue to enjoy until things change. That’s about as in-depth as I’ll get here.

    The one thing I’m struggling with right now are my feelings.

     Spoiler Alert: it doesn’t matter how much weight I lose or how happy I am in life I still have self-esteem issues. I will likely ALWAYS have self-esteem issues.

    He says I’m beautiful, but I don’t believe him.
    He says he likes me the way I am, but I still see so many faults.
    He says I’m smart, but how can a college drop-out be smart?
    I can be 100% myself around him, but sometimes I feel like the real me is a turn off.

    All of these thoughts and then some rise to the surface on a daily basis. The logical me knows that what he says is true but the judgmental me refuses to listen, to really listen to what he says and accept it as fact. Why can I never accept the “good” without dwelling on the “not so good?” Why can’t I take the compliments and let someone like me for me? Why must I always feel like there are stipulations to the compliments?

    Why must my emotions always be so damn confusing?

     When I lost the weight and became “HAPPY” again I just assumed the self-esteem would correct itself. It seems I still have some work to do in that department!

     So, tell me friends, how do you work on your self-esteem?

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