Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Don't Want to Move

Today was not a good day to be Kelli. It wasn't the worst day to be me, but it certainly wasn't the best.  On top of everything that happened today I lost a follower.  It hurts.

I also believe that for whatever reason people are having a hard time posting on here.  I know this because I had several tell me they tried to post and it wouldn't let them. :(  If that is you, you can email me at restoredsunshine at gmail dot com.

I'm tired, these two jobs are kicking my butt, but I'm happy, just tired.  I feel the need to not do anything.  So before I give this post up I wanted to post the new song I'm into is:

The Feel Good Drag
by: Anberlin

Much Love,

Friday, June 17, 2011

An Original Story

So I've had this story in my mind for several months now, so I thought I would write it here for you.
** This story is an original of Kelli Wait, no copying or use of this story is allowed without express permission by me.

A Prevailing Theory

I had only been working here for nine months when it happened. I didn't know the whole story, but I knew that she had left him. There were many theories, but no one had the real scoop. The prevailing theory was that she had an affair and left him, but I don't know that I believe that one. Something certainly happened though.

Everyone tells me I should have been here a few months before, so I could understand how much better it was, but I have no complaints. My boss is great, and while he might have moods, he's never yelled at me, and he certainly has respect for everyone who works under him. After my long career history I have nothing to complain about.

I just wish he weren't so sad. I've seen just a couple of pictures of her, and she is beautiful. I always wondered if she is as sad as he is. Today I found out. I knew something was causing a stir, but all I saw was a woman walking confidently toward me. She had on a black skirt, a bright pink blouse, black trench coat, and a black and white Kate Spade bag. I didn't know all the clients by face, and while she looked familiar it took me a moment to place her. By then she was looking at me with an expression that might have been a smile, but wasn't, but still a pleasant expression.

"Is he with a customer?" Her voice was soft, but still commanded attention.

"No." I said mimicking her tone and unsure of what else to say.

"I'll be a few minutes." and then she left.

I went to pick up the phone and tell him that she was here, but I hesitated and it was too late.

"Hi." she said. I couldn't see into the office, but I could certainly imagine the scene. I saw her looking up from under her lashes as she said it and he would look up at her unsure if he was seeing right...

"What are you doing here?" there was anger in his voice, but it wasn't the only emotion.

"I need to discuss something with you." Again her voice was calm and smooth, and I could only imagine the tension between the two of them.

"I thought we were through talking three months ago." Sarcasm raced through the sentence and I knew he was still sitting down, neither party had really moved yet.

I heard a small rustling and knew she had taken a step, "If that were true you wouldn't have left that way."

I didn't know what that meant, but the silence that followed indicated it was a charge against him.

When he spoke there was still venom in his tone, "I had thought you would have wanted it that way."

I wanted to see in, but I imagine that once again the barb didn't disturb her, and when she spoke it was much softer and harder to hear, "Is that what you think now? That I'm just a one night stand?"
I felt that sting and her hurt. I heard him stand up and I feared for a moment he would see I was still listening in, but he moved from his desk. "I've never thought that." he reassured her and as he did so I could tell the fight had left him, "But what are you doing here?" his imploring had me on the edge.

"I'm coming home. I realize I've made some big mistakes, and we need to work through them, and I needed to be home for that." Her voice was still soft, stronger this time, and I wondered if she had her head up looking into his eyes waiting for his answer.

"Why now?" He asked her, his voice somewhat neutral.

"I was always planning on coming home at the end of the year, but something has happened that forced me to speed it up." She hesitated and once again I could imagine her looking at him, gauging his reaction, and deciding to push through.

There was another rustling and I didn't know what it was but I heard a small gasp. And with brief certainty I knew she was pregnant. It all started to click into place for me, but I was still glued to the phone as I listened intently for any sign of anything.

I was prepared for any question, but the one he asked with awe still in his voice was, "Why...Why?"

I didn't see her shake her head, but that is what I envisioned, "I-I wanted to tell you, but after everything..." she paused for a moment, "I didn't even realize it until I was nearly eight weeks along, and then I was just holding my breath.."

Something struck me then, that perhaps their story had nothing to do with other people as much as the loss of something else. My heart went out to them at that moment, and while I still felt like an intruder I couldn't stop. I wanted to hear, my heart wanted to hear the completion that it felt must happen.

"Would you have told me if..." he too trailed off

"Of course, I just.. with everything up in the air I panicked for a couple of weeks. Then I got my stuff together and set up everything to come home. I didn't want to tell you over the phone."

"When did you get back to town?"

"Yesterday. I'm staying with my parents at the moment."

"Do they know?" Somehow he seemed like he would be hurt if the answer was yes.

"Not because I told them. You know how my mother is."

There was a small chuckle, "I do."

There was silence for a few minutes and I felt then was a good time to quit listening. It wasn't because I didn't want more details, but I knew I would find out soon enough. Based on the months I had been here I had a good feeling of which path the couple would choose.

The End.

I hope you enjoyed it!

I Told You So
by Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

Much Love,

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oh, I'm 30?

My beloved computer, Fred, hasn't been available to me for a couple of days.  He has been having FrontPage loaded on to him for my benefit.  I cut my web design teeth on FrontPage, so I like to have it for basic needs.  I also got to see Pirates 4 on Tuesday night with the family.  A great week, but it doesn't allow for much posting.  Oh well.  Onward and upward I say.

My birthday was Sunday, June 12th. (Go Mavs!)  I don't know that I'm prepared for thirty, but as I'm told (and certainly believe) it is better than the alternative.  Having said that though I thought I would share with you what I've learned in these thirty years.  Feel free to leave a comment on what you have learned.

What I know:

1. Honor your father and mother. To me, there is nothing worse than when you realize you've disrespected one of them.

2. ALWAYS put moisturizer on after you wash your face.

3. When you play Tetris (no matter how short the time) you will start dreaming about it.

4. Going to a late movie in the middle of the week is cathartic and good for the soul! -- See above Pirates comment!

5. There is a profound difference between the north and south and men and women.

6. If you put foundation on your eyelids and do your eyes first it makes for better make up application.

7. Spend time with your family and friends whenever you get the chance.  I like to have time to myself, but you can't replace people, and a great memory is always to be found!

8. A good dessert is always worth it.

9. There is nothing like the love of a dog.  Even when they're old, cranky, and think they own 3/4 of the bed.

10. The most important relationship you will ever have is with Christ Jesus.

We'll see what I learn in the next thirty.

And I refuse to play that Tim McGraw song.  REFUSE!
So I thought I would play the song that I remember as my first favorite song.  I was three years old, but I so did love this song:

by Van Halen

Much Love,

Monday, June 13, 2011

How to Protect Yourself Online

First I want to say congratulations to cbeene31.  You won, and I personally know how beautiful you are, but I certainly hope you are blessed by the book!

On to the how to: I gave a brief discussion of this the other day, and thought I would share it with you, as well as have it as a reference for those ladies:

1. Your Money

I know debit cards are convenient, but they don't protect you.  Anyone who has had a fraudulent charge on their debit know, you have to cancel the full card and then wait to get a new one.  Even then you can't fight many of the charges.

Which is why I recommend shopping with a credit card, or if the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University graduate and just can't do that, then a pre-paid debit card for online purchases only.

However, I always recommend credit cards because they protect  you, more than any other form of paying.

Side Note: Even if you use the 'credit' option when out, it still pulls the funds from your debit card, this will not protection you.

1a. Banks

This always seems to bare repeating: DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINK IN YOUR EMAIL! No bank, no credit card processor, will EVER have you log into an account from email EVER.  If you get an email from one of those institutions you can go to your Internet browser, type in the URL (web address), and go in that way.  If you are still unsure call your bank.

2. Social Media

Facebook- put steps in for privacy.  If your phone number is not required don't give it.  If you lose your phone report it within in 24 hours (if not sooner - when you know for sure it has been stolen).

Don't tell people you are going on vacation.  Do so after.  Twitter offers a little more anonymity than Facebook, but  you still need to be careful.

3. The Small, but Necessary Rules

a. make sure you have protection (anti-virus) on your computer such as AVG or Search & Destroy or SUPERAnti-Spyware

b. Make sure you run computer updates.

c. Check your bank statement weekly.

d. Before you put in your card info make sure there is a lock on the address bar.

e. If you live off of your phone protect it the same way you protect your social security number.

If there are any questions please let me know!

Somebody's Watching Me
by: Rockwell

Much Love,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Pretty Giveaway

I always want to feel pretty. Without question. You can use the adjectives here: beautiful, gorgeous, out of this world, whatever word that you ascribe to being pretty is the word I want to be. Daily. The problem comes because all too often I don't feel that way. Far from it. Yet, an involuntary impulse within me makes me want to be pretty every day, and therefore makes it impossible to leave the emotion behind.

So when I gave the challenge on Tuesday to tell yourself every day that you are pretty, I had already been doing so for over two weeks. And this firsthand account is what I have found:

To be honest I would forget to tell myself I was beautiful in the mornings. I was rushing to get ready, but when I was at work or I had a moment to actually look at my reflection, whether I felt it or not, I would tell myself out loud (not too loud for others to hear - I said pretty, not creepy) I was beautiful. I didn't always believe in that moment, but later on I would catch a glimpse of myself and I couldn't help but see something good reflecting back.

The more I told myself this one thing the more effort I put into my hair, make up, and clothes, and I already put quite the effort. However, there was an element to it that hadn't been there in a while: fun. I had fun picking out my outfits, decided what color to put on my eyelids, and how I should wear my hair.

It has put such a wonderful spin on my thoughts toward myself in the past few weeks that I believe I will keep going. I recommend it to everyone, especially you, the one who thinks that by doing so you will gain nothing. Why not try it? Why not, for a few days, or weeks try doing something that requires nothing more than telling yourself, what others already see. And yes, they do see your beauty, far more than you do.

And now for the giveaway. The subject of beauty is so deep for women that there is a multi-billion dollar industry that caters to the subject. However, I think the attack on women, and the subject of beauty goes far deeper than simple appearance. One of the best books I've ever read on the subject and one that touched me so deeply on it was the book, Captivating, by Stasi and John Eldredge. So profound on the subject that if you have not read it I want to give you the opportunity to read it now.

I'm giving away one copy of this book to my readers, you may give it away to any female you know who needs to read a book that was written specifically for them in mind. I'll keep it open until next Thursday, June 9th. To enter just comment on what makes you feel beautiful.*

* No out of US entries (Sorry!) and this contest is entirely supported by me, and in no way related to anyone else.

Stay Beautiful
by Taylor Swift

Much Love,

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Covers & Time

Good morning everyone!

So today's media choice is a video of epic proportions.  I've been a subscriber to gaby0189 for a few years now, and she is a phenomenal vidder.

This video below combines three things I absolutely adore:  cover song, Sons of Anarchy, and One Tree Hill.  A cross over video about Jax (SoA) and Haley (OTH).  So good even Bethany Joy Galeotti tweeted about it herself.  The song is such a fantastic cover of Duran Duran's.  This video is less than three minutes and worth every second.

Come Undone
by: My Darkest Days

Much Love,