#TastyTuesday – A #BeesMeetup with the #NorthIowaBloggers!

I LOVE when I get together with the #NorthIowaBloggers! Everytime we get together, attend a function, or plan something it’s always a different conglomeration of people and it’s always a good time!  This past Monday was no different.  Thanks to Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs, & Kids (even though she ended up not being able to make it) a group of us gathered at the Mason City, Iowa Applebee’s location for a #BeesMeetup.  We warned Applebees via social media that we were coming for them and boy were they ready for us.  They were ready not only on their social media platforms, but also the staff at the restaurant was ready for us!  Thankfully (not sure if it was for us or them) we had an inside hook-up with Loni of Lifestyles of the Pantsless.  Loni is a part-time waitress at Applebees and warned prepped the staff for our arrival.  The manager of the Mason City location was also kind enough to treat us to 9

The bloggers doing what they do best...being on our phones!  Photo Credit to the Applbees hostess!

The bloggers doing what they do best…being on our phones! Photo Credit to the Applbees hostess!

different types of appetizers from their menu!  (Yes, there is only a few more and by ordering we ended up tasting every single one of them!)  The staff was attentive, efficient, courteous, and very tolerable of our group with our chit chat, Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and requests for pictures!

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Dealing With It…Random Thoughts

On a day such as this a lot of thoughts go through my head and while the following post doesn’t have a strong theme or story, it is what is in my head and my heart today. 

9AM – I’m supposed to be working today.  I mean I’m at work and trying to be productive, but I’m not being very successful at it. My heart hurts, my heal is full of thoughts and feels like it’s full of cotton balls. My eyes actually hurt just looking at the computer screen. Yesterday, the #NorthIowaBloggers and many others lost a good friend. Amy of Modern Rural Living epitomized positivity, happiness, and living life to the fullest.  Amy’s life was cut short as the result of a tragic car accident yesterday.  I don’t even know where to go with this post after writing that.  My fingers seem frozen over the keyboard.  As hard as I try to focus, it isn’t happening or at least not coming easy.  As I told fellow #NorthIowaBlogger, Beth Ann, this morning…being an adult sucks sometimes.  Dealing with adult issues and then having to do the “adult thing”, which for me is coming to work this morning when all I really want to do is curl up in my jammies and be sad and cry and sleep.

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Share Your World 2015, Week 3

Last week were great questions from Cee of Cee’s Photography and this week doesn’t disappoint either!

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? This is so hard!  I wouldn’t even know where to begin to decide who, but I do know that I would want it to be someone out of the ordinary…a war vet, someone who survived the Holocaust….something like that!

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Share Your World 2014 – Week 45

YAY! It’s that time of the week for another installment of Share Your World thanks to Cee over at Cee’s Photorography!  Here are this weeks questions with my answers!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite color? It’s odd, I don’t really have ONE favorite color!  If you ask me to pick a favorite color or which color am I going to be in a board game, I will always pick purple!  Looking at my wardrobe, I apparently love black, white, & gray with pops of color.  Looking around my house the majority of everything is decorated in burgundy, black, & tan. 

In what do you find the simplest of joys? The simple, everyday life activities with my three guys bring me the most joy!  I love date night in with T…take out and a movie on the couch!  I love when all 4 of us sit down to supper and talk about different things.  Talking to M early in the morning about his day or listening to his excitement after school; A quiet car ride with R when he talks about sports, etc. 

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio? Well, I don’t have any of them but a reading nook with time to actually read would be great!  I guess my modern day reading nook would be an oversized chair with internet connection and my iPad to catch up on social media! 

What is at least one of your favorite quotes? Hmm…that’s hard!  I’m not a big quote person, so I’m going to say my favorite bible verse!  Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you!” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m so grateful for Sunday afternoon with my boys.  We spent several hours together (along with Ms. Nike) walking behind our house, exploring the woods and talking and then we wrapped it up with snacks and hot cocoa at home!  I’m soooo looking forward to our #NorthIowaBloggers get together tomorrow night! 


Have a great week!