Friday, January 30, 2015

Loved, Liked, Learned #4

Happy Friday! 

LOVED this week:

- That Elizabeth Day said she's going to be joining in on this week's LL&L!

- That Troy suggested that I rearranged my office furniture and once he moved everything it's SO much better!

- My TEASER from Oprah's What I Know For Sure.

- I downloaded a gratitude app and I'm trying to make the effort to add one thing I'm grateful for each day.

LIKED this week:

- That I got new business in and some upgrades so I'm getting closer to getting out the negative for the month!

- I made it to the gym TWICE so far this week (a big accomplishment for me). Hopefully I get to the gym again today!

- Link ups! I'm linking up @ Friday Favorites, and Friday Favorites,

LEARNED this week:

- (And I should've already known this) You can't trust people - even the ones you think you can trust. Some people not only throw you under the bus but they are also the driver of the bus.

- If you take a toilet paper roll  and cut it down the middle with scissors it makes THE PERFECT way to keep your gift wrapping paper from unraveling!


What did you LOVE this week?

What did you LIKE this week?

What did you LEARN this week?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I started a Gratitude Journal (because I'm cool)

As part of my new year revolution I started a gratitude journal!

I think from time to time I will share my gratitudes with you! 
Here's what I was grateful for this week:

*Quiet time
*Yummy homemade dinner that Troy and I enjoyed
*Extra time to lay and lounge in the bed

*A big fat juicy bacon cheese burger and a large side of fried

*Snow Day/work from home day! Gave me time to catch up on admin that I desperately needed to get done
*Troy re-arranging the furniture in my office making everything just...better!

*Gym Time aka music, sweat and me time

*These inspirations (from HERE)


What are you grateful for?

Do you keep a grateful journal (or app)?


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Recommendation::: Necessary Lies

I just finished another really good book and I just HAD to share it with you!

via goodreads: 
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?


I don't normally give out 5-star reviews but this book I had to.
I can find no fault in it.
I very much enjoyed reading (listening) to this story.

I recommend this book to you my friends.

This book takes you right to North Carolina 1960s and puts you in a world you may not even know exists (at least I didn't). We all know the gender roles and race roles of that time period - but what about the roles of Social Workers who had the opportunity to make a choice of rather a young (poor) person should be sterilized or not?

In this story you get to hear both sides of this story (I LOVE alternating chapter/character voices) and you'll enjoy each character - it's really hard not to.

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is so good, her characters are believable and she makes me feel something.

I enjoyed this!


Are you a Diane Chamberlain fan?

Does this sound like something you would read?

Now that I finished this - do you have a book recommendation for me?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: What I Know For Sure

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.


“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.” 


Isn't this something you needed to hear - or is it just me?

Keep reading or stop?

What book did you tease this week?


Monday, January 26, 2015

Virtual Coffee

Hello there friend.
How are you?
How was your weekend?
Last week we had our annual meeting to discuss income for 2015. As you know - I'm in sales, and as I'm sure you deduced - I LIVE on making commission. This year when they told me the rate I would be paid I was in utter shock. Like I "LOL'd" literally when I heard my number. I spent the rest of my day in mounting anger. I went home and tossed in turned all night. I talked to a few people who helped me process what's going on. To add fuel to my fire I have a FEELING (I've always had a feeling but some stuff kinda validated my feeling) that my male co-worker gets DOUBLE the rate I'm paid. So I put on my big girl trousers and talked to my new manager and regional to tell them that the rate they are giving me makes me feel like an "under valued" member of the team. And I said some other things - I made lots of points, examples and knew my numbers). So far nothing has changed (they didn't start throwing money at me). Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow - but I feel better inside. I know what I'm worth and I now know that my managers know what I'm worth. But I have to tell you - DAMN it's scary walking into the room and having to lay your value/worth on the table and insist you be paid for it.

I was very excited to get up Saturday and take a trip to Ikea (don't we ALL love going to Ikea)? I wanted to toss everything in to my basket (after all I DO need SO much for my new digs) but I managed to stay true to my list and walked out with just the piece of furniture I aimed to get.

I spent hours putting this sucker together.  I got down to the last 3 screws and got screwed. I couldn't get them in. The frustration worked me up so much that I the curse words flew, tears poured and I even got a few kicks in (yes I'm ashamed to admit).  Lucky for the bookcase I had a dinner date with Becky and had to leave the house. A short time later I get a text from Troy that simply says "done" and a picture of my bookcase screwed together, standing up and placed right where I wanted it!  Thank goodness for Troy!

Do you play this game? I love it but it makes me feel so stupid.  I get so many questions wrong. I always have to tell people I play with "I know things ... I swear!".  Play me in you're into this @trishj530

Sundays I USE to look forward to Downton Abbey and Revenge and both are big disappointments for me this season. I think I can easily stop watching both shows and not miss a thing. I need them to both turn around and get juicy again or else I'm out!


What's going on in your world?

What would you share with me over coffee?

Do you have the case of the Mondays?


Friday, January 23, 2015


Happy Friday! How was your week?
Here's what I've loved, liked and learned this week:

LOVED this week:

• My new journal arrived. I LOVE journaling but I'm awful at it. I hope this simplified version keeps me on track.

• I LOVED that liked my picture on Instagram (and they sent me a tweet saying they liked my style). I feel SO cool.

• That I finished my second book of 2015 and I REALLY liked it. I'll do a review next week but for now just check out my Teaser Tuesday Post.

LIKED this week:

• Starting watching Being Mary Jane on Netflix. It's so good! I'm really into it. I'm disappointed there's only 8 episodes right now.  I want more!

• That my pal Becky texted me and we have plans for Saturday. She's been a buddy since 8th grade and I haven't seen her in forever. Can't wait to catch up!

LEARNED this week:

• About the Eugenics program in North Caroline from 1933-1977. People getting sterilized against their will and/or against their knowledge. How terrible!

• Learned more about myself this week and my (work) self worth. I'll tell you more on Monday but I learned that I am capable of standing up for myself and for what I feel (and know) I deserve.

• that "IMHO" doesn't mean "I'm Ho" but "In my humble opinion" lol. That makes more sense in context then I'm Ho.

THIS WEEK'S BLOG RECAP (in case you missed it):


What did you learn this week?

What did you love this week?

What did you like this week?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crochet Cabbage Patch Wig

Last week my friend texted me this picture:

photo from Today Show. Trying to find the link so I can share it with you!

With the words "OMG I need this!!!". 
So I got my hook out and tried to imitate the picture. Here's what I came up with: 

I sent to friend and she suggested that I make the poney tails thicker:

It's for her little daughter (whom I think is like 3ish years old) I hope it fits!


What do you think? 

Did I get a close replication?

Did you have a cabbage patch doll?


Linking up with: Hooking on Hump Day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Day in The Life ....

I saw this post on Girlxoxo and it inspired me to share with you a peek into a day in the life of me!

YES - I still use an old fashion daily planner. 

7am: Wakey-Wakey
My first alarm goes off at 7am and although I KNOW it makes it worse I almost always hit the snooze alarm. If I don't fall back to sleep - I start checking all my emails (personal, work, professional personal). Then I move to social media (facebook and instagram) and then I read Jenn's blog.

7:09am - 7:45am: Up & Ready
Snooze goes off 9 minutes later. I have to feed Stitch first thing in the morning. By this time he is meowing his head off and they aren't cute "meows" they are annoying and demanding. I also have to give him a shot of insulin every morning (and evening). I take about 30-60 minutes getting ready for the work day. Now that I wear my hair natural and don't wear make-up I'm really quick at getting ready. The thing that takes me the longest is putting on my tights!

7:45am - 8:30am: Feed my face and get in the car
I'm really trying hard to eat breakfast every morning. Usually waffles or cereal. I do live inconveniently close to a Dunkin Donuts so some mornings I go treat myself and if I have a morning meeting with a client I usually pick something up for them too. Before I hit the sugary path to happiness I do try to pack a snack bag and large tumbler of lemon water to carry along with me in the car.

8:30am - 4:00pm: Daily Grind
I'm in sales. I work for an internet listing service so my job is to drive around and see 40-50 clients & prospects per week (I usually see anywhere between 8-12 clients/prospects a day).  I spend A LOT of time in my car. My territory is the Metro DC area (Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia). I can get in my car at 8:30am and may drive for 1-2 hours before I even get to my first stop of the day.  In between seeing clients I like to listen to the Kane Show, Sway Show and Audiobooks. I also use this time to talk on the phone with my co-workers and will many times pull over to read and answer emails. Sometimes I take a lunch (if I'm with my manager in the field I ALWAYS take my hour lunch) depending on how much money I have and/or how hungry I am. Or I'll just eat whatever snacks I packed in the morning to hold me over until I get home.

4:00pm - 5:30pm: Wrapping up the work
I like to give myself about an hour at the end of each work day so I can log all my calls into Salesforce (aka the Big Brother of my job). Also to answer any emails I didn't get to while I was out in the field.

5:30pm - 8pm: Relax and Unwind
I'd like to tell you this is the time I go to the gym and every once in a while that's true - but for the majority of the days this is the time I use to relax from the day. I take a hot shower to wash off the day, figure out what's for dinner, fart around on my phone, catch up on my games (trivia crack, words with friends, farm story) and I feed Stitch again and give him his second shot of insulin of the day.

8pm - 10pm: Prime Time
If something's good on TV I'll sit down and watch it live (Empire anyone?!). Sometimes Troy and I will play Monopoly or get some Redbox movies.  During this time I'll usually bring out my crochet hooks and get some hooky in.

10pm - Midnight: Passed Out
I've been so exhausted lately so when 10pm comes I can't get in bed fast enough. If I don't pass out as soon as my head hits the pillow I'm on my phone reading blogs and the gossip sites.


What does a day in your life look like?

Was this too boring for you?

I love a peek into people's lives - do you?


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: Necessary Lies

On to Book #2 of 2015. 
Ready for my tease?

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.


“There was something real breakable about Mary Ella and I was always afraid if I touched her in the wrong spot, she'd crack.” 


Can you imagine being so fragile? 

Or loving someone so fragile?

What are you reading?


Friday, January 16, 2015


LOVED this week:

• Found this Pinterest idea of how to hang camis/tanks with cheap shower hooks all on one hanger! 

• That I closed some new business this week (even though I'm still negative over $4,000 for the issue - but I'm trying to remain positive).

• I finished my first book of 2015: The Challenger Sale. Here's my Tuesday Teaser post.

LIKED this week:

• I actually made it to the gym this week (just once though)!

LEARNED this week:

• That I'm more "Type A" personality than  any other personality type! See this post

•  Vacancy rates (for apartments) are at historic lows at around 4.2% - lowest point since 2000. What does this mean for me? I'm not sure yet.

• How to get wax off walls and tiles. Ask me why? A: I'm a FREAKING IDIOT and I knocked a candle over and it splattered all over my new floors and walls. I'm so upset!


What did you learn this week?

What did you love this week?

What did you like this week?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

OOohMMGEE - Am I A Type A?!?!!?

In this week's sales meeting my new manager hit me with the line "It's okay Patricia, I know you're type A personality" and I was all offended - "I'M NOT TYPE A! I just like to be organized and prepared..."

I took that as a curse when he said it (mind you he's also called me "pushy" and "demanding"), so I take everything he says kinda personally.

And now I'm sitting here thinking - "Am I type A"? 

Ok here's the Type A Personality list (from AboutHealth and Huffington Post):

Time Urgency and Impatience (CHECK)
Free-Floating Hostility orAggressiveness (YUP-CHECK)
Competitiveness (UhHuh - CHECK)
Strong Achievement-Orientation (Bingo - CHECK)
You have a serious phobia of wasting time. (Doesn't Everyone?! - CHECK)
You've always been a bit of a catastrophist. ( IS the end of the world - CHECK)
You frequently talk over and interrupt people. (Whoops. Guilty - CHECK)
You have a low tolerance for incompetence. (Annoys the hell out of me - CHECK)
You're sensitive to stress. (I can't handle stress - CHECK)

I AM Type A.

Is that bad?

I even took a little quiz on line and my answer was "You appear to have Type A personality traits". 
I like to think of myself as Calm, Cool and Collected but apparently I'm not fooling anyone!

Whomp. Whomp.


What personality trait are you?
Should I be offended to be called Type A?


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trip Around the World Blanket - TAH DAH!

I FINALLY have a TAH-DAH for Troy's trip around the world blanket:

31 rounds!

I think I want to make this even bigger. I'll probably wait until summer to add more rounds. Right now it's so freezing in our basement we need this like now! 

Already put to good use! What do you think?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: The Challenger Sale

One of my 2015 goals is to read books relevant to my career.
This week I'm sharing a teaser from The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

"The history of sales has been one of steady progress interrupted by a few real breakthroughs that have changed the whole direction of the profession. These breakthroughs, marked by radical new thinking and dramatic improvements in sales results have been rare."

Do you read books relevant to your career? This sounds like a snoozer but it's really quite interesting to me. Anything that I can do to improve myself to advance my career - I'm willing to read.
What about you?


Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Coffee {Virtual Coffee}

Good Monday to ya! Did you have a good weekend? Ready to have some Monday Coffee? 

So it's been a little over a month since I moved into my condo and I LOVE it! I love it more than I thought I would. I'm very happy that I ended up in this space. BUT. I have ONE complaint:
my flipping upstairs neighbor (my condo is the bottom unit) likes to listen to his music on BLAST. And not only am I able to hear the bass of his music but I can hear every word to the song quite clearly. So annoying. Even more annoying when he listens to the same song over and over and over agin. Last week it was that Jonas song "Jealous" for 15 minutes straight.  Shooot me.

I'm not a HUGE cook. I dabble in the kitchen here & there and last week I landed with a really easy and delicious dinner that you should try - Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole.

Like I was saying earlier, it's been a month since I moved into my condo - so there's lost of shopping that needs to be done - mainly furniture shopping. I'm trying to pay down some credit card bills and add some money back to my savings before I got nuts filling up my house (I'm TRYING to be a responsible adult here). Plus I really want to pay for my purchases in cash. But my office is driving me absolutely nuts. It's the only room that still has boxes and mess everywhere. I may not be able to hold off until I get the cash.  I want to set up my office similar to how my dad's office in his house. I see a trip to Ikea in my near future (like two weeks hopefully when I get my commission check).

My Goal:

I really need to take some time and write down my new year goals and share them with you guys. I hope by sharing them with you it'll make me feel more accountable and actually achieve them! And notice I'm not using the word "resolution". I want to make goals that become good habits not resolve to do something.  

What have you been up to? Now that the holidays are over I guess it's back to the normal routine right? 


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Baby Blanket - Green, Green and Green

The other day I shared with you that I got in the yarn for my Crochet Mood Blanket 2015. In that same box was six skeins of yarn for my friend's baby blanket:
I decided to go ahead and make the pattern she wants. Ugh. I'll have to put the Patricia charm on it and make it super cute.

I'm feeling especially touched and willing to make anything they want since they let me come to their sonogram and find out the sex of their baby. I've never been to anyone's sonogram before so it was incredible to see the baby's head, heart, toes, fingers, baby boy part - everything! And he was moving around a lot in there trying to get his finger in his mouth - so precious! I'm super excited for this couple. I'm already planning for their second child (which HAS to be a girl - I'm just going to put that out there now).


Wednesday, January 7, 2015


I LOVE when a big fat box of yarn arrives at my front door!

This time the box had all my yummy skeins for my crochet mood blanket 2015!

I've unwrapped, unpacked and assigned each color mood/feeling:

Not pictured above is a white skein (for healing) and a black skein (for evil/mean).
I'm six days behind so this week I'll be happily crocheting catching up!
What do you think of my colors? Do you love them as much as I do?
I assigned each a mood based on an article I read on how color affects your mood, otherwise if I picked I think I would've assigned different meanings.  What about you?


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday ::: The First Lie

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

"I ain't a tramp!" I yelled back. I didn't think you could be a tramp at thirteen. Mary Ella, now she was a different story. Having a baby at fifteen pretty much made her one for sure, even though I defended her to anyone at school who said a word against her after she got kicked out for being in the family way."

What do you think? Keep reading or no?


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014: TAH-DAH

Ladies! I did it! 361 squares! One for each day - a reflection of my mood. 

Ready to see it?!

For your veiwing pleasure:

2014 all folded up in a neat and tidy blanket!