Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition

Hello and welcome to Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition.

I know you’re all busy doing stuff with your family (those by blood, marriage, or choice), and I will be in a few hours as well.  I wanted to take this early morning time to let you know what I am thankful for this year.  I’m not sure how long the list is, so let’s just see where it takes us.  Let me acknowledge first that I am always thankful for my family and friends and I hope I tell them all enough that they don’t feel left out if they are not specifically mentioned below. This year (11/2013-11/2014) has been an interesting one and a few things must be called out.

  • Husband. My rock, my hero, my protector, my transporter, my fan, my soul mate. You will always get top billing on the list.  I love you.
  • Samantha. My first born. I am thankful you were in our lives for a very long time. You taught me what it is to love a furbaby and how to be a fur-mom.  I miss your “cute alerts” and even your paw licking.  I am thankful we were your parents. I miss you every day.
  • Annie. My second born, my excited tinkler, my therapy dog, my dog that “moos”, my vocal puppy.  You, snugglebutt, are a great addition to the family. 
  • My Aunt Annie.  I haven’t met her (that I can remember — maybe once upon a time when I was 1??), but she emails with me every week about every topic under the sun. It’s is a bond I never knew and glad I know it now.  She is also a fan of my writing.  She is pushing me to write more. She’s answering questions for me and giving me insights I didn’t know I needed.
  • New Friends. Each has a different part of my heart. So many of them cross over and became friends themselves. My heart is like a Venn Diagram of Love.  Several from work, several from where I life, and several from friends of friends. I am happy to have you in my life. I hope you don’t mind I have been a bit busy to make time for extra curricular fun. 
  • Work. Yes, everyone should be thankful they have work, which means income and stability. Not having work is what birthed this blog. Having work takes me away from it.  I think you all understand the importance of the income and are accepting of my absences.  My new job is opening doors (or windows) for new opportunities for growth.  I learn about how my company operates, what we make, how we make it, who’s involved, how I can make improvements, etc. etc. etc. This is a job I can see growing into and truly enjoying for what may be the rest of my work life.
  • Followers. You make me happy when I see you like my post or a new follower comes on board to The Involuntary Housewife.  Hopefully none of you mind I don’t talk about food as much as I hoped to!
  • Stuff. Yes, I am thankful for the “stuff” we have. Like our house, our car, our truck, the ability water the yard to grow food (even if I’m not the best at it yet), my laptop, my Kindle Papewhite, even the new electric blanket I am covered in while typing this.  It may sound a little ‘small’ on the grand scheme of being Thankful, but it’s true.  “Stuff” like the internet, Facebook, or WordPress all brought us together and I am thankful for that.
  • NaNoWriMo. Without it I never would have made any progress in the two books I want to write. Last year I made it to 50k. This year, probably not, but I made more progress than I would have if I didn’t participate.

This isn’t a complete list. I have to go work on the turkey so I need to cut it short.  I will continue my Thankful Thursdays, don’t worry about that, and you’ll get to see more about what I am thankful for as the year goes on.

Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you spend it in a way that fulfills you.

If you have a moment to be thankful, here, publicly, please tell us what you’re thankful for in the comments below.

Birthday 2014

If you know me, you know I love personal holidays. Weddings, Anniversaries, and Birthdays.  Today — is my BIRTHDAY!!!!

I rolled around sometime this morning and the hubby groggily says, “Happy Birthday,” to me.  A big smile came across my face along with a hug.  I think. I remember hearing him, feeling his endless love, and maybe I fell back asleep.  The point is – he always remembers and always loves me and I always know it.

I popped open the computer or the phone and I had way over 50 posts on my personal Facebook page this morning. They keep rolling in. Just pouring in the love.  My peoples love me!! How sweet. Thank you!

A few weeks ago a present was delivered and I waited and waited and waited to open it! My Mom In Law bought me my favorite things – SOCKS! Wahoo!!! When TWO boxes arrived, I nearly fainted.  I don’t have room for all these socks! Who cares? I now I have enough socks to get me through the dullest of days.  Don’t believe me? Just look at this booty!


A gazillion socks

A gazillion socks

My socks were followed by an amazing breakfast with my In Laws and the hubby.  We had been to this place once before. It has been at least 2.5 years since we were at Snooze, in Hillcrest.  This is a San Diego favorite, in my opinion!  It’s worth the drive. Our server was adorable with his dreadlocks and round glasses. He was so smiley and helpful. Awesome way to start the meal.  I looked at the menu and my eyes instantly drew to the Benedict section. Oh… that’s what I had last time! Bella Bella Benny! Mmmm Sooooooo amazing! It looks great here, but it tasted even better.  

Bella! Bell! Benny

Bella! Bell! Benny

Bella! Bella! Benny

Thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and perfectly poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula. Ciao Bella!

The meal was simply delicious.  The balsamic glaze really puts this dish over the edge.  The baby arugula is nowhere near spicy (like my home grown stuff). The cream cheese hollandaise is creamy as all hollandaise should be, but it’s thick and didn’t separate. It was sweet but savory all at the same time. The flavors and textures were in a word… perfection.

I haven’t even told you about today’s special pancake flavor.  Pumpkin batter with caramel, dusted with a nutty crumble with a SCOOP of mascarpone. O. M. G.  It pretty much was amazing.


Today on the Birthday Edition of the Michele Show

Today on the Birthday Edition of the Michele Show

Could I get much closer to the plate?  As a dear friend described the photo above:

I don’t know why you bother with that fork.  Your face is almost in the plate already.  Why not just bulldoze in?

Here’s what it looked like before I bulldozed it!  And bulldoze it, I did!

Pumpkin Deliciousness

Pumpkin Deliciousness

Check out Snooze AM eatery here:


Thanks everyone for enjoying my morning with me. Time to snuggle with the family under my new electric blanket, a movie, and probably some more breakfast (for dinner).

Thankful Thursday: Fall

A pair of mismatched knee socks, plaid flannel soft and warm pants, a long sleeved shirt from the Animal Park, and an oversized sweatshirt with puppies embroidered on the chest, snuggling under a throw blanket from the couch, listening to the quiet of the night, nestled next to the husband with our baby girl sleeping in a ball at our feet.  Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it?

I enjoy fall weather. A LOT.  It means we can do the above, nearly every night of the week if we want!!  Falling asleep outside, on the covered patio, is pretty much perfection. No, we don’t stay out there all night though we could, but to relax enough together as a family to fall asleep – heavenly.

It also means tights!  When I wear dresses or skirts at work, I must wear tights.  It is always so cold or there is a draft or something just gives me a chill. Now is the time for shopping!  I haven’t mastered where to get low rise tights in great colors yet, so if you have a recommendation, please leave it in a comment!

It also means baking!  I have baked several home grown Kershaw Pumpkin desserts.

Example of Kershaw Pumpkins

Next up will be cookies or something else sweet. Hmmm… I do have some bananas waiting to be made into bread in the freezer.  Hubby will be happy if that gets made!

I love a weekend nap…I took one in the car today while hubby was driving home… not quite what I meant, but I enjoyed the nap nonetheless.

I also really ReaLy REALLY like that it’s my birthday season.  I enjoy the ice cream cake that comes with my anniversary.  Wonder what it will be this year?!

What is your favorite part about Fall?

Thankful Thursday: My supporters

I am thankful for everyone who has supported me through my toughest times and through my happiest times and everything in between. You helped my world to keep going in the right direction instead of simply stopping on its axis.

This may not sound like a thankful post, but I’m getting there… hang with me…it will all work out…

As part of NaNoWriMo this month, I am a writing fool!  I should be writing two chapters tonight, but instead I’m here, writing this to you.

I am asking all of you to give me three words — any three words that are not names of places or people.

I have already gotten groups of words such as: Shazam Defenestrate Abomination; Camping Pearls Lobster; Apostrophe Giggle Enigma.

In return, I will write a chapter that contains all three of your words.

As my personal thank you to you, I will send you my rough draft of the chapter I wrote with those words.  This will be a total draft, it will have problems, it may not make sense of of context, but it is your chapter.


So, what do ya say?  Are you in it with me?!?!?!

Thank you for the inspiration to write, keep writing, and remaining thankful! 

Thankful Thursday: doTERRA®’s essential oil: DigestZen®

Who here gets heartburn?

Ok.. I see several hands up.

Keep your hands up while I ask more questions.

How many of you have acid reflux?

Uh huh.. more hands up – alright. Lastly, how many people have been diagnosed with GERD?

Ok. That is most people in the room.

Now, what do you do about it?

I’ll tell you what I used to do about it. Several years ago, I used to take two prescription pills a day to help prevent my stomach from producing so much acid that my esophagus was eroding making me feel like I was having an asthma attack.

I decided this was not OK. There were rules around when I could take these pills. An hour before eating or 2 hours after eating. And back then I wasn’t drinking nearly enough water, so I never really took them when it was the right time to take them. It was just a pain in the tummy!

I made a choice to eat better and also drink more water.  I’m not saying I turned it around in a day, but after several months, I was down to taking one pill a day and I didn’t feel a lot of reflux of heartburn.  I don’t take many prescription meds, but I always want to take less.

I thought long and hard about it and I really REALLY decided I was going to eat better and drink the right amount of water every day.  Months and months later, I got myself off the prescription meds.  I always kept in touch with my prescriber so she knew what I was doing. She would check my esophagus and make sure there was no additional damage.  I was a good girl! =)

So here I am, off my meds, eating right most of the time. Wahoo!!

And then, I started to slack off.  We all do it. We fall off the “be a good eater” bandwagon. Some of us can make truly life changing eating habits stick and some of us can’t.  When I just can’t seem to be good – what happens?

The heartburn. Ugh!! The dreadful feeling. That burning you can feel in your chest and the yucky burps  (you know the ones) that come with it. Ahh!!!  NO!!!! Why do I do this to myself?! Ahhh!!!

Enter – doTERRA® Essential Oils into my life.

DigestZen® to be exact. I will tell you, I am a fan of this oil, but NOT a fan of its flavor. If you like black licorice, you’ll love this!  If you don’t, learn to hold your nose and chug!  This is the oil I never leave home without.  It’s part of my 8-pack keychain that is forever in my purse.


A single drop in 4 oz of water almost always makes my heartburn go away.  I chug it. I add a little more water to the glass and chug that too!  I hate to waste the oil residue in the glass. Yeah… I’m cheap.  My body does what it needs with the essential oil and poof – I feel better.

From doTERRA®’s site:


Digestive Blend

Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend. When used internally, dōTERRA®’s DigestZen brings soothing digestive relief. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.

If that doesn’t work, I apply 1 drop to my tummy or my chest and rub it into my skin in a clockwise direction. That worked for me just the other night.  I was in just a horrible state. About 20 minutes later I felt good enough to actually lay flat in bed. I know… right… that never happens with Tums! :O

What I have done lately, more as a preventative measure on a day where I know I have been bad – is apply 1 drop to the bottom of each foot about an hour before bedtime.  Guess what?

No.. I’m not that easy… Guess!!





You got it! No heartburn! No reflux! Wahoo!!  I can tell you that I am adding DigestZen® to my evening routine on those days I know I didn’t do right by my body. We all have them, but we don’t have to suffer because of it.

There you have it – I am thankful for a holistic method to remove heartburn from my life!  Have you tried it?  Tell me your story.


Please Note: This is not an advertisement to buy this or any other doTERRA® product.  I am an Independent Product Consultant.  I became a consultant because I fell in love with what the oils did for me and I wanted the buy them cheaper than retail.

If you are looking to purchase, please consider my website for your order:

National Novel Writing Month #nanowrimo

Begins today!  For some it began at 12:00:01 local time. For me, it started about 45 minutes ago when I woke up and realized, it is November First! Yes!


The rain is tinkling on the patio cover. The husband is asleep in bed. The dog is snuggled up next to me on the couch.  Yep, life is good. It’s quiet which means ideal writing time.

Problem is, I didn’t make the time to re-read what I wrote last year to make sure my story lines match up this year. I’m struggling and it’s only day 1! Ahh!!! So, I decided to write this blog post in hopes that the writing of it would inspire the writing of a chapter in my book.

*enter day dreaming / sleeping on the couch here*

OK… enough of this… I have a book to write!

Happy NaNoWriMo is you’re participating. If you know someone that is, let them have their writing time.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please go to Buy a T-shirt, a mug, or make a donation to the cause.

Be well my friends, readers, and fellow writers. Get to it! We can DO IT!

Thankful Thursday: Bath Time

The other day was simply dreadful. No, I am not thankful for that.

I have been off kilter for a few weeks due to a weird virus. There was a lot of chaos and change at work. There was a phone call from the veterinarian’s office regarding our departed Samantha (someone there didn’t get the memo). Those three things were then followed by the most dreadful dental experience I have ever had.  While I will not go into the gory details, I will say that I told them to “get out!” then I broke down and sobbed in the chair with the nitrous mask still strapped to my face.

The hubby left work early, drove me home, and doted on me as I was a complete mess.  I completely broke down at the dentist’s office, on the ride home, and once or twice when we finally arrived home.

He made sure I was comfortable but also gave me the space I needed to find myself.  When I was finally feeling stable and he had to go do homework. I opted for a bath while he opted for the office. I decided to try something I hadn’t ever tried before. A healing, calming, yet invigorating bath with Epsom salts and doTERRA® essential oils.  Frankincense for healing. Cedarwood for calming. Wild Orange for invigorating.  This woodsy yet citrusy bath was just what I needed. 


I relaxed. My heart rate lowered. I finally felt like I could be calm and quiet in my own space and skin. When I submerged myself in the water, I could feel the left side of my head and my face for the first time in weeks (this goes back to the virus I mentioned). I smiled and felt at peace with the crap that is going on in life.

I slept like a log that night. I woke refreshed and better suited to handle the day than other day that week.  Thanks to these oils and some Epsom salts I found solace in a crappy day.

What’s your favorite bath scent / essential oil routine at bedtime?



My Bath Recipe: I placed ~1 cup of salt in the dry tub. Closed the stopper. Added about 5 drops of each oil to the salt pile.  Waited a few minutes for the oils to be absorbed by the salt crystals. Added warm water to the tub. Soaked for about 30 minutes.


Please Note: This is not an advertisement to buy this or any other doTERRA® product.  I am an Independent Product Consultant.  I became a consultant because I fell in love with what the oils did for me and I wanted the buy them cheaper than retail.

If you are looking to purchase, please consider my website for your order:


Thankful Thursday: doTERRA® essential oils: Elevation

Elevation is doTERRA®’s Joyful blend.

I ordered some this month since it is 10% off.  I have a good friend, JW, who loves it, and I thought… I should probably own this… just in case.


And here is the case. Perfectly timed.

My Elevation Testimony

Early this week, in the morning, I was feeling down due to a lot of weird medical issues going on and was super tired due to lack of sleep. That good friend of mine, JW, said I even looked tired.  Yes, she is THAT good of a friend. Not everyone will tell you what you really look like.

JW said to try some Elevation. It was her first instinct.  She knows I don’t drink coffee, so there was no point in offering that option.  

I didn’t know if it would work. Heck, I didn’t think it would work, but I put a drop on my finger tip and rubbed it at the base of my ear and behind the ear, both sides.  It couldn’t make me feel (or look) worse. Right??

Can you believe it? I “woke up” and felt better in about 30 minutes. I stopped yawning. I was able to focus. I was awake and … dare I say it… Happy!  What??!!

If you know me at all, you know that I love these oils, but I am also still a skeptic when it comes to them helping my body do what it needs to do.  I love Balance and Serenity and several others, but seriously? A Joyful Blend (insert my disbelieving face here).

Yes, it truly gave me the pick me up I needed to carry on through my day. “Happy Go Lucky” was my middle name. WAHOO!!!!

I decided to reapply around 1:30. I think it kept me going and happy and interested in my day until 8 pm. I even had the energy and desire to play in the garden, dumped compost, and even threw down some fertilizer!!

I am truly thankful it helped me on a rough day.  So thankful that I will probably go there first when I am feeling tired, down, or just need a little pick me up!

From doTERRA®’s site:

Joyful Blend

Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of CPTG® essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation is a blend of lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus and sandalwood blended flawlessly for an immediate and dramatic effect. For aromatic or topical use.


Have an Elevation Testimony to share? Please add to the comments.  Have a different essential oil that gives you a similar feeling? I’d love to hear about it!


Please Note: This is not an advertisement to buy this or any other doTERRA® product.  I am an Independent Product Consultant.  I became a consultant because I fell in love with what the oils did for me and I wanted the buy them cheaper than retail.

If you are looking to purchase, please consider my website for your order:

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Thankful Thursday: A good cry

When was the last time you had a good cry? I had no idea I needed one today…

It’s not that I intended to have a good cry… but my body needed one after all of the chaos that’s been going on in my life since last Monday.

Last week, Monday, I wasn’t feeling great. Stuffy head. Santa Ana winds blowing. Awful. So, I did what any allergy person would do — blow it out in the shower! So I did. After that, my nose started to feel tingly and numb. WHAT?

Monday afternoon it spread to more places of my face.
Tuesday, more.
Wednesday, even more.
Thursday morning, I couldn’t feel my contact go in my eye. This is a serious problem. I kept asking MMCRacing if I had “blown out a nerve” or something insane like that.

I call my Dentist (I have two temp crowns in) to see if this could be related to his work. Nope.

I call the Primary Care doctor. She can’t get me in until sometime on Friday. I asked to speak to a nurse, not just make an appointment. That call was stressful, until the appointment taker FINALLY listened to me and said that I should talk to a nurse. No kidding. Nurse talked to doctor. Doctor said go to Urgent Care. By the sounds of the symptoms, I was going to need a Head CT and / or MRI.


(enter my Thankful post last week)

Husband and I locate an urgent care. Turns out to be the best there is in our area. =)
CT is ordered.
CT is clear. No head trauma. No tumors. No stroke. Wahoo!!! I’m fine! Well, fine, but my face is numb.

Diagnosis: Numbness. I get Rx’d antivirals and steroids.  I’m not a fan, but I’ll take them.

I follow up with my Primary care on Monday. Same diagnosis. She answered all of my questions and concerns.  I felt better walking out of there, but still, numb face. Ahhh!!!

The doctor had said 6-8 weeks for full recovery. I am not saying I am recovered, but I am saying that I think I am feeling better.


Today, I was getting a permanent crown put in, and I have a nervous breakdown, right there in the chair. Ahhh!!!!!  I get them to finally stop working so I can calm down. It takes forever. Was feels like forever at least.  That is a looonger stroy.



So… here I am… Thankful Thursday again.  I am beginning to feel some more of my face!!  

I am thankful for all of the love, care, and kindness MMC Racing has given me. He loves me, and I know it, but the overwhelming amount of concern and calmness is amazing. Damn I got the best guy on the planet!

I am thankful for Western Medicine that could prove there was no major trauma in my head.

I am thankful for the friends and family that have been talking me through calmness and ideas for meditation and yoga. 


I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep my Thankful Thursday schedule as I am spending less time online and more time finding my Zen.  Hang with me while I recover. 

Let me know what you’re thankful for. Let me know how you meditate. Let me know how you find your center.  I need some inspiration. =)



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