I'm Back

Posted by Amanda : Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 2/12/2008 06:34:00 PM
Chris brought IAmAmanda Back on .org instead of .com for my birthday. Yay.

I done good...

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, December 29, 2005, 12/29/2005 03:49:00 PM
I'm tired of feeling down in the dumps, and so I'm done with it. I've been cleaning house all day, and I actually feel great about it. Of course there is more work to be done, but I've put a huge dent into what seemed like a life time process. Now if only I had a magic pit to throw out all the old junk.


Posted by Amanda : Friday, December 23, 2005, 12/23/2005 12:14:00 AM
After a long nights work at " The Lob' " & shopping for gifts at Wal-Fart, 25 year old Amanda, was pulled over by the police at approximately 1:30am.

The confused woman pulled over knowing that she hadn't violated any visible traffic laws like speeding. When the officer asked for her license & registration Amanda questioned the reason. The officer replied, " Your registration has been out since April, and so has your inspection".

Amanda knew her tags were out, but never could find the time & money to get it done. Her vehicle needed an oil change, a couple of tire repairs, an alignment & the wipers replaced (new wipers in the trunk). All of which most likely lead to the occurrence.

After the incident, the upset woman left the scene & it was assumed that Amanda went home.
What's Happenin' for the Holidays

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, December 22, 2005, 12/22/2005 09:41:00 AM
Christmas Eve

We will be having dinner at Janet & Mike's at around 6 pm. I have the day off work & will be cooking all day. Chris & Bonedriven will be playing at Fontanas Christmas Eve Party, so join us for a rockin' Christmas time.

Christmas Day

We'll probly have leftovers, and open presents. I have the day off work, and don't think that we have anything else planned, besides enjoing the day.

Days following Christmas

I think my mom is coming in town for a visit on the 26th. I will have to work a lunch shift, but will be home sometime after 3pm. I will have to work most of the week, and I'm hoping I will be able to spend some time with my mom while she's here.

New Years Eve

Chris will be playing that night, so I have the night off & will be drinking sparkling grapejuice with Madi when the ball drops.

Ouch! Freezing Cold Water

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, December 15, 2005, 12/15/2005 08:04:00 AM
Don't put you hand...

I was trying to help out the guys by cleaning the leaves from our in-ground pool today. The water was so cold it made my hand numb aside from the stinging. I got some of them out, but couldn't finish because my hand no strength left in it. After about ten minutes of stinging my hand is feeling about normal. I don't know how they can stand to do it regularly.

Still sick...

Now everyone in the "Brown Compound" has caught the sickness. I think it happened in this order: Madi, Janet, Chris, Me, and now Mike. We are a bunch of sickly mo-fo's. We hate being sick.

The bad news is that we all must go to work. I haven't aquired any sick days yet, and really can't afford to miss work right now, although I will probably ask to be let go early tonight. I really need some rest! I feel terrible about going to work, since I serve food to the elderly & children on a daily basis, I know I must have infected some of my guests by now. The management should pay more attention to that issue If you ask me. Honestly, I think it's disgusting when I go out to eat somewhere & my server is coughing & sniffling. I wonder if they are washing their hands; did they unconciously rub thier nose or cough on thier hands before touching my plate or cup. It happens, I'm sure I'm guilty of it atleast once a day.

For the past 3 days all I have wanted to do was sleep/nap and hopefully get well before Madi's holiday party at school. I'd hate to infect all those little kids & thier families.

X-mas is just around the corner....

I'm sure that if anyone reads this that they are sick of me posting about x-mas being on it's way. I love this season, children are so giddy & excited. I have to say, I am too!

Everyone keeps asking me what I want. It's no fun that way. I don't like asking or telling what I want. It seems so childish, materialistic & makes me feel guilty. Please, if you wish to get me a present, give a gift of the heart or something you would enjoy & want me to have.

Morning Update 12-14-05

Posted by Amanda : Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 12/14/2005 06:09:00 AM
What happened yesterday....

So I really felt like calling in

yesterday, but decided against it, since I really need tha sweet mula for the holidays. I wasn't the only one who had that idea, two other people decided to call in yesterday too. It was a crazy busy day!

I still wasn't feeling well when I got off work. I picked up Madi, and went home to eat & wait for it to be time for the 2nd grade holiday play. I 'tried' to take a nap since I had an hour to spare, but Chris & Madi wouldn't have it, but I tried nonetheless. So, we finally get to the play & Madison ended up getting a speaking part! Hooray! She usually has one, but this year she didn't, and since one of the kids didn't show up she got his line! The play was called Christmas at the OK Corral; it was very cute.

This morning....

Yawn, smack smack smack, stretch, ugh!
I'm feeling pretty worn down today. I want to feel great & full of energy, I want to be able to seize the day. I woke up today with that sore throat & sinus junk & congestion.

WHOA, I just fell asleep at my desk for a few minutes! I'd better move around some & DRINK MORE COFFEE!

Madi has pajama day at school, it's so cute to see these kids in their little pj's they look so comfey,

Well nothing that exciting is happening this mornings, so I'm going to wrap it up & type at you guys again soon,


good news & the bad news

Posted by Amanda : Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 12/13/2005 07:44:00 AM
The good news....

...is that I just heard from my mom & she's trying to make it to town on the 26th! Hooray! I miss her so much; I can't wait. I think I'll even get to meet her boyfriend Don. I'm looking forward to it.

The bad news...

...is that I'm getting sick again. I feel like I just recovered from the last bout of sickness; now it's starting all over again, but it's not exactly the same. I have some sinus drainage & a mild sore throat. It's the coughing I hate! I have a dry hacking cough & a tickle in my throat that won't go away. I think the whole family has got it. Hopefully we will all get well very very soon.

BRRRR! Dec. 9, 2005

Posted by Amanda : Friday, December 09, 2005, 12/09/2005 08:33:00 AM

Wow, it's really cold! I'm such a wimp when it comes to the cold. It's 18F degrees here & I feel like an ice cube. Although I often wish to live in places like Canada or Colorado; I'd never make it in the mountains or in the northern states.

On my mind, missing my family...

I've really been missing my mom. I can't believe she's been living out of town so long. I wish she would pack up my grandparents & move them into an assisted living community somewhere around here & move back home. I miss her, and she is missing so much. Madi is growing up so fast. I wish my mom & I were closer so we could visit more often.

My dad is doing well I suppose. He & Marilyn seem to be very happy together. It's almost his birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I miss him too. Although we don't live too far apart it seems like we never have time for each other. I wish we communicated better.

As for my brother, I miss him a bit too.

I wish we were closer as a family. We hardly call eachother, and rarely see eachother. I think it is sad. I don't want to always be the one to make the move... I need you guys, and I want to be there for you too!

Also on my mind... the house & taxes

I got a bill in the mail for the land tax on my parents/brothers house. It's over $2700 due in January, and I have no idea what to do with it. I think my dad has me covered this time. I will be able to save up the money to pay next years taxes, but this took me by surprise. As far as I know, my dad will be signing over his part of the house to me sometime next year. It's a lot of responsibility, but I'm so ready for it.

I really really want a "real" house. Don't get me wrong, I love where I live now, but to have my own house is like a dream come true. Our little family really needs the space.

The problem for me is that my brother is living in the house right now. He pays no rent, bills, or for his own food as far as I know. It seems to me that he's getting a free ride from my dad, and I don't think it's right. He's too old, too smart, and dangit it's not fair! Maybe I'm jealous because I have had to work, struggle & ask for help, to make ends meet off & on throughout the past few years. I'd really like for my brother to be set up in a cozy little apartment, with a job, taking care of himself and living life like a responsible adult. Then I could work on that house and move in. No offense, but I just can't see myself & family living with my brother. I love the guy, but we just don't get along that well, and it is not my responsibility take care of a grown man.

What's going on with our little family...

We are looking forward to Xmas. Hopefully I will get to see my side of the family this year. We will be having a Christmas Eve dinner at Mike & Janets at around 6:00pm. Mindy will be bringing her famous & delicious banana pudding, and hopefully if my dad is coming he'll bring some of his mouth watering baked beans. By request I will be making ham again this year & some yummy sides. Jan said she'd be cooking a small turkey too, so we will have more than plenty food for everyone. On Christmas Day we will be having dinner at Aunt Terry's house with Janet's side of the family. We will be stuffed & merry!

I have gotten a little shopping done, but much more to do. Sometime I wish I could pause time, because I am running out of it!

Madison decided not to do basketball this year since her coach is only coaching boys this year. I'm a little disappointed, but I would never force her to play if she didn't want to. She really really wants to do karate/tae kwon do. I've looked into it & most places cost $60-$75 a month for lessons. When I get the refund from basketball I'll sign her up for a month or two & see how she likes it. I honestly think she'd have more fun with something like piano, or painting. Although, self defense is something all children should be taught.

As for Chris & I, we are doing great. We are very much in love & happy with our lives. Money is a little tight this time of year, but we are getting by just fine. Chris' band will be playing quite a bit over the next few months, so if can get out to see them play that would be awesome. To see their schedule visit http://www.bonedriven.com

Dec. 4, 2005

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, December 04, 2005, 12/04/2005 07:35:00 AM
Oh my, my, my.... I am so sleepy. I'm feeling a bit exhausted. Honestly, I'd really like to take the day off work. Although it is not my style to call in for no reason. I am a terrible liar, so making up an excuse is not a good idea.

It's 9:41am at this point, and I really need to get ready for work since I have to be there at 11:00am. I am still drinking my first cup of coffee, and it is very good by the way.

Well.... I guess I'd better quit typing, put on my makeup & stuff, and get my bottom to work.

The End of November

Posted by Amanda : Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 11/29/2005 06:29:00 AM
Wow! This month has flown by. It's hard to believe there is just a little more than a month left before New Years is upon us.

Here's a little mornin' update while I drink my coffee...

Life has been good. We've had our tree up for just about a week now, the decorations are all out & Chris has put lights on the outside of our little house. It is very cute! I have not began to shop yet. I don't know what posesses me to wait until the last minute, but I usually do.

I have no clue as to what to get most of my loved ones. It's hard shopping for people who seem to have everything already. It's also tough trying to figure out what you really "want" for xmas.

I don't really need or want much, although I have been adding things to my wishlist. Oooh, I need to add some pj's (pajamas are my fav clothes!) to my list.

I have been looking for childrens thermal long johns/janes. They have adult sizes at the dollar store, but none for kids. I was a little suprised at that. If you happen to find some in a childrens size 7/8/9 pick 'em up for Madi; she will put them to good use!

I'll type to you guys later.


Project Idea

Posted by Amanda : Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 4/20/2005 10:21:00 AM
Aluminum Can Mobile / Windchime

Recycling has never been so fun.

What you need is:
  • 2 wire clothes hangers
  • wire cutters
  • fishing line
  • washers
  • aluminum cans
  • spray paint
  • drop cloth or newspaper
  • hammer & nail
  • wire
  • Optional
  • sand paper
  • decorations ( beads, stones, lace, just about anything)
  • glue gun
  • fabric
Preparing Cans
First remove any glue or paper from clean aluminum cans. Sand the cans with sandpaper to remove any paint or rough edges this also can create a brushed aluminum look. Using your hammer & nail punch a hole in the top of your cans.

Get creative with your cans. If you would like to use these outdoors I suggest using a rust resistant spray paint such as Rust-oleum. For indoors any craft paints should do. Decorate your cans using anything you like for example cover them with seed beads, or wrap them with beaded wire, cover them with fabric and trim the cans with lace, or bells.

*Remember to put down a drop cloth or newspaper to save yourself cleanup time.

How to make your hangers
Take your clothes hangers, and use wire cutters to snip your hangers. You can make them any length you want. I suggest taking the straight part at the bottom. Take your two pieces of hanger and cross them so they make an ' X ' . Wrap the wire around the two pieces to hold them in place together. Use wire, string, or ribbon to make a loop for hanging.

Putting it all together
Cut your fishing line to your desired length. To make a windchime tie a washer to the length you want your can to hang, leave some slack & tie another washer at the end of your line. Run your line through the hole in the top of your can. The first washer should hold the can and the second washer should dangle inside the can. To make a mobil omit the second washer.

When you have your lines ready & through the cans it is time to hang them on the hanger. Do this by tying the free end of your fishing line to the hanger. Variate the length to create interest. To keep the fishing line in place you can secure the line with wire, or a dab of glue.

Once your paint and glue have dried you can hang your mobil, or windchime!

Turn Trash into Treasure

Posted by Amanda : Sunday, April 17, 2005, 4/17/2005 09:43:00 AM
Turn Trash into Treasure

If you are a pack rat like me, there is unused items hanging in and around your home. If you can't bear to let go, turn the items into something you will enjoy throughout the seasons. Turn an old wheelbarrow into a cute planter/plant holder, paint tin cans to make outdoor candle holders. You could even paint parts of an old wooden fence to make garden stakes, or make a trellis. If you aren't much of a painter, try decoupage ,or get out your old faithful glue gun. There are so many things you can do with whatever is laying around...Get creative!

Hooray! It's almost time for swimming.

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, April 14, 2005, 4/14/2005 09:02:00 PM
Hooray! It's almost time for swimming. I am so excited! I have been trying to decide whether to buy a new swimsuit, or just wear the old ones I have. I have looked at a ton of swimwear online, and wish they made more one peices. I really love the vintage swimsuits, they look glamourous, and are very attractive on.

On another note more of my seeds are sprouting! They are getting bigger, but they are still tiny. My coleus started sprouting at the end of last week, the pansys just yesterday! The clippings I have rooted are taking hold. I enjoyed watching the hostas I planted last year srout & turn in to giant piles of beautiful leaves.

My seeds are sprouting!

Posted by Amanda : Thursday, March 31, 2005, 3/31/2005 08:26:00 AM
My seeds are sprouting!
This year, instead of buying tons of already grown plants, I bought a few packets of seeds. I really hadn't tried sowing my own seeds before. I was convinced it would take too long, or I would forget about them & they would die. Well so far so good. I now have about 20 impatiens sprouts, and have just started some coleus.

I have a shady yard most of the time. I use lots of shade loving plants, such as hostas, impatiens, coleus,ivy and caladiums. I have found some really great online stores... the variety they have available online is amazing. I usually go to The Home Depot or the Walmart garden center, but I have seen beautiful plants online that you can't get locally. I get so excited over them. Like, there is this amazing scarlet red hyacinth bush that blew me away, and a weeping cherry tree. I can't wait for payday to come around.

So, What's your home fragrance type?

Posted by Amanda : Friday, March 25, 2005, 3/25/2005 09:31:00 PM
So, What's your home fragrance type?

When shopping for home fragrance, there are so many different products to choose from. There are mists, incense, sprays, burning oils, candles, potpourri and so many more.

So, in deciding which home fragrance type is right for your taste, you must have come across many products. Mix it up a little, try something new.

ya know i used to really be into my blog... what happened?

Posted by Amanda : Monday, January 31, 2005, 1/31/2005 09:39:59 PM
ya know i used to really be into my blog... what happened? it's not like i don't have time to write anything, or that i don't have things to bitch about (as most bloggers do). i'm sitting at my desk thinking about putting up the old site design. i haven't been very inspired to work on my sites... ughhh.

i haven't been recording, or much of anything else... i have been working, working on some site projects for friends, taking the kid to basketball, housework, watching lots of movies & tv, playing bass & guitar, creating music but finding words is difficult lately, getting my car worked on... although i still haven't been able to afford to get my door repaired from the wreck in april.. it's been wrecked a for near a year... it's very embarassing.

i would really like to get my creative juices flowing, i think i need a little squeeze. i have so many ideas..

Is it just me or do other people feel more hungry and tired in the winter?

Posted by Amanda : Monday, December 06, 2004, 12/6/2004 01:50:35 PM
Is it just me or do other people feel more hungry and tired in the winter? I wonder if it is some left over animalistic instinct... maybe we are supposed to be hibernating. Could you imagine telling your boss, " I'm taking off work for the hibernation season, I will be back to work in the spring!" That would be awesome!

the holidays are near...

Posted by Amanda : Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 11/10/2004 01:25:16 PM
the holidays are near.... i felt like listening to holiday music today. Alvin and the Chipmunks singing christmas songs takes me back to when i was a little kid & still believed in things. i love the holidays, not necessarily for the meaning behind them, but for the coldness of the season, kids bundled up with pink little cheeks and noses, the smell of fireplaces burning, the lights, the stressed out people buying gifts at the last minute, big holiday feasts, the smell of pies baking, salvation army santas ringing their bells, but mostly for the smiles. the food & gifts are just the icing on the cake, the best part is the memories. the memories are the only thing left when all the wrapping has been thrown out, and all the decorations are taken down. cherish the memories, and let happiness keep your heart warm this winter season.

HEY, I'm gearing up to do some cool stuff here soon.

Posted by Amanda : Friday, September 03, 2004, 9/3/2004 08:51:40 AM
HEY, I'm gearing up to do some cool stuff here soon. I have also started working on my online store www.thesmellgoodshop.com ! The design is in the works, but soon you will be able to buy cool stuff such as incense, candles, oils, lotions and much much more! Please email me at iamamanda@musician.org for a Grand Opening reminder, or just to get on the "A" list! We'll be in touch, Amanda


Posted by Amanda : Wednesday, July 28, 2004, 7/28/2004 10:51:31 PM

so I guess I have been on some kind of website vacation.  Well, I'm thinking about doing something to this site, since it is the most pointless use of webspace (not to mention I'm paying for this space).  Hmmm what to do....  It feels pointless to write here, does anyone really care?  Until next time... amanda

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