Thursday, September 15, 2011

And so it begins....

Skyler has a crush...

He started asking questions tonight while we were watching the football game.  He is curious to how he should talk and treat girls!   I gave him the low down in my opinion how us girls like to be treated.  I made sure I emphasized that we do not like to be picked on and we love compliments, sweet compliments!  He was so cute in the whole conversation and told me that he gets shaky when he tries to talk to her.

It is a GREAT thing that I have a connection at the school and promptly texted Aunt Nak (Skyler's godmother) to get the low down on this girl that has my baby's attention! And just as I have raised him, he has chosen a good, smart and sweet girl.  Her name is Anna and has medium brown hair like his and green eyes, just like him, too! She is a gymnast and a Math Master. OH! And she is taller than he is - which I find funny since he is taller than all the boys in his class - then I had to remember that I was taller than most boys until I got to middle school.

I so, totally, stalked her mom's FB page and caught a glimpse of her.  I must say, I have taught my boy well!

Monday, September 12, 2011

No X's.....

So what?!? I had a cry fest in Wal-mart... It was the Winder Walmart, so it wasn't too bad...but it was for a lovely reason.

I have been so against buying new clothes.  Mainly because I don't want to waste a lot of money (cause I don't have much to begin with!) right now, so that I can spend more when I am the finished product.

Well, clothes (especially scrubs) are getting extra baggy these days and there are days when I get "the look" making me feel like I don't look professional with such bagginess going on.  So, I've instated the will buy one new scrub every pay day.  This isn't such a bad thing because you can usually find a good deal on them some places - even places you wouldn't expect.  Today was the day to buy a new scrub.

I ended up at Walmart and not because I needed a scrub, but since they have them their I thought I would just look and see what they had available.  Last pay day I bought a pair of grey scrub pants and I wanted a top to match.  Apparently this is the season for grey, cause they had three tops that my pants would match.  I found one I REALLY enjoyed (even though it was $16, ugh I hate paying that for a scrub top).  While looking for my size I noticed they only had an XS (HA!), L and 2XL...POOP! I knew I couldn't fit in the XS and the 2XL would be too big (cause that is the size that I started out in 5-6 months ago), I kinda got a little discouraged because I really dug this top.  Well I took the L into the dressing room ready to be all discouraged....slipped it over my head, pulled it down over my shoulders, got down to my hips and it fit over them! IT SERIOUSLY FIT OVER MY HIPS!!! Yes, there may be a little snuggishness, but it fits.  I turned around and I looked in the dressing room mirror....and completely lost it.  Ugly crying, snotty sniffling...whole body crying.  I think I scared the poor lady that stands outside the dressing rooms, because after about a minute of hearing me she said "Honey, are you ok??!" and in my blubbering I was able to tell her that I was ok and after I composed myself and came out of the dressing room I explained myself....and I got a high five! I left Walmart with a huge smile on my face and got in my car and yelled....THERE ARE NO X's ON MY TAG! Thank you Momma for always teaching me to wear waterproof make up!


As some of you know I have been hand-making custom wooden pendants.  I have started a blog so that you can see new creations and make orders! The holidays are coming up soon and I have a lot of orders coming in, so keep me in mind if you have someone who you think would enjoy one (or more!)

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Guess who bought a shirt in the regular part of the store this morning! Plus it's a little big :) It's the small things that can make a girl happy....

Monday, September 5, 2011

FDH - Future Dream Husband

I have a running list of characteristics that I would enjoy for FDH to employ...I add and subtract and modify this list on occasion....but here is the gist.  I will add more when the list gets updated again.

Tall and Stout. FDH will have to be bigger than me OR make me feel smaller.  I am NOT short.  I am also not the smallest person.  My size may be whittling down, but I still want FDH to be stout, have some meat on him.  I in no way want to feel like I am going to be punctured by some guy’s bony-ness.  Daddy likes to call what stature I like in a guy “Built like a brick shit-house”

Chivalry Ain’t Dead. FDH has to put my coat on for me.  I realize that I’m perfectly capable of putting my own coat on and I have no problem doing so, but it’s just so sweet when a guy helps you.  There are a ton of chivalrous things that I hope my man does but the coat assistance stands out to me.  We always hear about the door open, but you rarely see the coat assistance.  And I love me some coats…even though I live in Georgia and it rarely gets cold enough for a coat…even in winter.  Also, lead me with his hand in the small of my back…let’s me know that I am being looked out for.

Handy Manny.  I need someone who can take care of business when the occasion calls for it.  I mean if we break down on the side of the road and all we have is a stick of gum and a bag of popcorn, he should be able to fix anything, correct?

Athletic.  I hate to even bring this one up because I know that sports aren’t everyone’s thing, but I think it might be a necessity for me.  FDH doesn’t have to be good at sports….he doesn’t even have to still play any sports…but previous participation is a big plus.  I’m partial to football, but other sports will do.  As long as I don’t have to explain to you what’s going on in the game we’ll be good.

Accents.  A Southern Accent to be exact.  You wanna feel the steeping sweet tea and honey suckle come from his mouth. 

Big Hands.  This is a strange one to most, but it has always been on my list.  I am Jennifer Howell and I am 5’10” and I have big hands.  Crazy big hands.  My hands seem to overwhelm most of my petite friends.  I rarely can find a winter glove to wear that didn’t come from the men’s department.  FDH must have big hands.  One’s that will make me feel safe and protected as he holds it.

All in the Family.  In the past I sometimes feel like I have fallen for the family more than I had the boy…maybe that should have been my clue, but a good family is a necessity, especially if I am becoming apart of it and will have to participate in it for the rest of my life!  I know that families come in many shapes and sizes and we all have our quirks, but if FDH loves each and every aspect of his family (good and bad) and they get along, I’m down!

Family Man.  FDH wants to be a family (and will be a kick-ass father). Like, wants them. Knows he wants them. Not someone who thinks he will want them "someday."

Loves to laugh. FDH laughs at my jokes. And I mean really laughs, because he thinks I am hilarious, not just to be polite because eventually politeness wears off. 

Attention to Detail. FDH will know tulips are in season starting mid-April. Tulips are my most favorite flower in the entire universe. I would rather get a bouquet of tulips from the deli every week for that short period that they're available at the end of winter and early spring than roses every week for a year (unless they are sterling roses). It's not about getting flowers from a man. It's about him being someone who remembers that they are among my most favorite things on the planet and having them around me makes me happy.

Different Smarts.  FDH is really smart, but hopefully in different areas than I am. Some of the sexiest professions are in fields that I know nothing about—architects, firemen, cabana boys—and I love the idea of meeting someone who brings new ideas into my world and vice versa. Which is not to say I wouldn't love to date someone in the medical field—I would—but hopefully he is also a rocket scientist in his spare time.

Team Player. FDH is strong enough to cook and do the laundry.  It’s not that I want FH to do these things everyday; it is that I want to know he is there and ready to pitch in ANYWHERE occasionally!

Forgiveness Counts.  FDH is not critical and can forgive.  This is a trait that I hope to reciprocate.  Criticizing is a fear related activity and does not contribute to a healthy relationship.  Forgiveness is needed in small and large amounts daily.  Without it we can become revengeful and unhealthy.  It is something we need to do for ourselves and others.

Not right all the time.  Everyone makes mistakes and people who can admit to their faults are admired.

Sense of Humor.  Humor comes in a lot of different packages.  Some are funny with little boy humor, many have a coy wit about them.  FDH will have a gentle sarcasm which at times bears a bit of truth.  I especially like it when he makes the joke’s about him and not at someone else’s expense.  Oh and has to be able to handle my gentle, competitive sarcastic humor!

Good Listening Skills.  FDH doesn’t have to agree with me, but he can always listen to me and hear what I have to say without getting upset or defensive.  He can hold me and let me cry without demanding I give a reason.  It is really nice to have someone to go to when we are overwhelmed and frightened. 

Thinks I am the best…EVER.  FDH thinks I am the best he has ever met and doesn’t have a difficult time letting others know it.

This is how I'm gonna catch him...

by showing off my baking ability!