Monday, February 28, 2011

Feel The Burn

So this is totally me, I txt like a fiend and my thumbs are super strong. But tonight I joined a gym. A real, honest to God, gym. lol. I kind of cant believe it myself, but the offer of $15 a month + $10 for tanning was too good to pass up. And its 24/7, so theres no excuse not to go... 

So I'm going to have to figure out a GTC (gym tanning chiropractor) schedule. And a way to hold myself accountable here on my blog. Not sure how yet, but ideas would be awesome. 

So now theres the all important, what to wear to the gym. lol. I have a very small workout clothes wardrobe, I will not lie. I swam in high school, so my "work out" clothes were easy, a swim suite. I had like 30 suites - it was crazy. But I would wear 2-3 when I was practicing to create drag. Do you do this at the gym? I am totally clueless. 

So heres what I think I'll wear on wed or thu, when I go work out for the first time:


I have no idea if this is "cool" or whatever, but I figure it will work for the first couple of visits.

gym by Bridget19 on

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Proust Questionnaire

Tagged: Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of prfect happiness?  
Being 110% happy with who I am, without a man, or a family or even friends. I just want to stand on a mountain top, which I climbed myself with out anyones help. I want to stand at the top of the mountain and look around and see the world that God has made and just praise him.

What is your greatest fear?
Needles. I hate needles. I cant event stand seeing them on TV. I go weak in the knees and my stomach turns over whenever I think about them.

Which figures do you most identify with?
People who are younger then I am. I like remembering what life was like at their age, what I was like. I feel like I can relate because I've been there.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I worry about everything. I try and act like things don't ruffle my feathers, but in truth they do. I am very conscious of everything I say, do, wear, see, and I am always wondering what others are thinking about me.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Bad grammer and verbiage. When you speak it says a lot about you. So when you use horrible grammar I just cringe. I am always correcting people's grammar. I hate when they say "well when I write I use good grammar" you should always use good grammar!

What do you most value in your friends?
I really really appreciate loyal friends, friends who love you no matter what, in spite of your weirdness or your bad decisions. I have to admit I dont have many loyal friends, most seem to fade away when things dont go their way, which is hard, but Im learning to let them go.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What is your favorite journey?
The one I'm on right now, the journey from birth to death. Someone famous said, its not about the destination, its about the trip. I couldnt agree more.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
patience. I dont have any so I think its overrated.

What is your favorite occupation?
I want to be the president of The University of Michigan :) and I want to work at Disney, and teach in Australia, and be a mom. I have a LOT of goals, I just need to pick one and stick to it right now.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Thats easy, my weight. I was always a bigger kid, but after the burn I gained 100 lbs in 7 months, & I just stopped taking care of myself. Im trying to do better and take care of myself, but I'm lacking the motivation. I need to just bite the bullet, join and gym and make myself go, but I havnt.

What is your greatest regret?
Dating Chase for as long as I did, I wish I had been stronger, I wish I had left him, I wish I had stood up to his abuse. But now Im stronger for it, so I try and think about it like that.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I havnt met the who yet, I know that for sure. What would be my happy memories. I have a hard time sometimes, I feel worthless and sad, and I just cant seem to see the light, but then I see a happy photo, or smell something that reminds me of the good times, and I see the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. 
When and where were you happiest?
This is a very hard question for me. I think it was a few summers ago, I was a camp counselor. I was with my girls, we were rafting down the Nanahalia river in NC and I stunk (no shower in like 3 days) but it was perfect weather and we had so much fun.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I was less co-dependent. I wish I was braver, more willing to strike out on my own.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating from college, it took me 5 years, 2 schools and a million pieces of paper but I did it :)

What is your most treasured possession?
my new iMac

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Where would you like to live?

What is your most marked characteristic?
my bubbly personality

What is your greatest extravagance?
groupon - worst think I ever did was download the app! 

What are the qualities you most like in a man?
a pulse? lol. These days I have no idea, because when I think I meet a nice guy I think would be a good fit, they just disappear. 

Who are your favorite writers?
whoever writes the messages on the inside of the Snapple bottles 

How would you like to die?
holding hands with my true love

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents

What is your motto?
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go" 

~ Dr. Seuss

So I have two tickets to a concert tomorrow night, but my friend bailed on me, then LIED about why (yes - I have the best friends, dont I) so if there are any local readers who might like these tickets or who might want to go with me, please email me! AtlYankeeBelle at gmail dot com

Thursday, February 17, 2011

7 Years Ago Today

In 2005, on feb 17, I had my very first date. I was 18 years old. I remember every moment of it. I went to dinner with him & my mom & my sister (I know, super romantic) at a restaurant down by the Fox Theater. He wore white sneakers. They were ugly. lol. Then we went and saw a show at the Fox. We held hands through the whole show and during intermission I got my very first kiss.

It seems like a million years ago, and Im pretty sure that was the high point of that relationship, but regardless of that, I still have a fond memory of this day.

Do you remember your first date? Your first date? Your last first date? Your last first kiss?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pinktastic Swap!


So I did another Mamarazzi swap, and this one was pink themed! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Here is my box from the Angel:

1. A photo frame with a wonderful southern quote
2. chocolate & flowers
3. Three wonderful southern books! Already reading the GRITS book
4. More chocolate
5. A beautiful hair clip
6. Mint chocolate coffee & hot chocolate
7. Micky mouse pop
8. Cute note pad
9. Yummy lotion & body spray

And I got a super cute coffee cup which is in the dishwasher washer atm

check out her partners sweet blog:

Semi Wordless Wednesday

 Semi Wordless Wednesday Hosted by Flip Flops and Pearls

So Ive mentioned that I've been on a few dates, so I wanted to tell y'all all about them! On Saturday I had a date with this sexy sister:

Miss GSU herself! Miss GSU & I are sorority sisters, but we didn't cross paths in college, as she was graduating when I rushed. But thanks to twitter, we connected. And what an amazing sister! We have a TON in common and I see myself becoming a much more loyal GSU fan :) She was my amazing Saturday date!

On Monday, for Valentines day, I took this Lovely Lady, LR to dinner:


This is a photo of us from a while back. LR & I have been friends since my very first day of High School... some 10 years ago! Shes one of my oldest and dearest friends and I loved spending singles awareness day with her! 

And Tuesday I had a very messy, but yummy dinner with 

Mrs Manis. We also met via twitter and she lives very close by! She is 2 days older then me and a wonderful women! I cant wait to see where our new found friendship goes. 

So I had 2 first dates and a long term relationship date, so I'm getting around, but in the best way!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dates Dates & More Dates

Well I'm going on another hot date tonight! I feel pretty special having all these wonderful people in my life, who want to spend time with me :)

I am one very lucky lady!

I promise to do a post about all these wonderful people I've been going out with!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Big Plans

Well, I have a big date tonight! How exciting is that? Im really pumped!

This is what Im planning to wear

Vera Wang 'Preppy Princess' Eau de Toilette
$75 -

Im not picking my date up, they're coming over here, and then we're going out to a nice dinner. Not sure yet where but I'm sure it will be romantic and fun :)

Then were coming back here to my place to snuggle and watch these movies:


& this is the gift I got my date:


Along with some chocolate and maybe some flowers

What are your big plans for tonight? 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spiritual Sunday

I've decided to devote my sunday posts to spiritual things, and I invite you to do the same thing. Just borrow the photo I made above and take your sunday post to reflect on your spiritual life. This doesn't mean just your church life, or even your relationship with God.

There was a point in my life where listening to show tunes and driving was my way of worshiping and being spiritual. I have a friend who gets a cup of coffee and visits book stores on sundays, she says its her spiritual experience.

I have recently returned to church, and now I am working with the Life Teen group at a parish in Marietta. It's a bit of a drive, but I really love it. The mass is full full full of amazing people who are supporting the teens 110%. The music is upbeat and amazing and I still get a little misty eyed when we sing. The songs are such an amazing way of praising God!


This is one of the songs we sang tonight and it was amazing!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I've meet someone...

I'd like y'all all to be the first to know that I've met someone. They're really amazing and I think maybe, just maybe, they could become a major part of my life! How exciting is that? We're planning to meet this weekend, on saturday. We're meeting at the local mall, and just gonna play the day by ear :)

Cant wait to tell you how it goes!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


so if you have ever meet me in person, which I realise only a few of you have, but I have a LOT of hair. More like a tone! Its long, think, think, thick, resilient & curly/wavy. I don't have the time or the energy to spend 1+ hours blow drying it, and straiting it takes at least 45 min! That's when its dry. I need some advice from y'all - you all have perfect hair!

Those "I'm so cute" southern curls... how? I own 2 curling irons and they have all been used MAYBE 1x. and the cute little poof... ya... does not happen with my hair.

99.9% of the time, my hair is pulled back, away from my face, in a messy mess.

I need some help! How do I make my hair pretty? What products do you recommend? How did you learn how to "do' your hair?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I cant believe it's almost 8pm! I am so tired and of course got nada done today after work. Oh well, theres always tomorrow. I promise to get a mani & brow wax before thursday, because on thursday I will be attending :

Sorry its so little. CIA is a big networking thing for local atlanta ladies and I figure what better way to make friends, and hand out my new calling cards! Super pumped!

I've invited a few girls from work, and my HS BFF to join me, yay! Im pretty excited! Not sure what Im gonna wear though - probibly some dark jeans and a nice, business casual top. Nothing too flashy. & of course I will have acrylic nails, but I might get hot pink nails. I need something pink to cheer me up.

So on to the point of this post, I'm hosting another GIVEAWAY! yay!

Now I know my reader LOVE LOVE LOVE their wine, and I do to, so that's why I'm doing a wine giveaway! No, I cant ship you a bottle, but its a wine themed giveaway.

Sadly I cant find my camera and my cell takes horrible photos, so I dont have a photo of what I'm giving away :(

You will get a box like this one:

And your box will be filled with wonderful wine themed goodies, valued at $50! Prettying exciting stuff!

Heres how to enter:

***You must post 1 comment per entry, no exceptions***
 1. Tweet about this giveaway, with a link to this post - 1 entry
 2. Blog about this giveaway, with a link to this post - 1 entry
 3. Put the button on your sidebar, with a link to this post - 1 entry
 4. Follow me, or tell me you follow my blog - 1 entry
 5. Leave a comment about your favorite wine - 1 entry

Thats 5 chances to win!

Heres the button, just right click it and grab it that way, I still dont know how to make a proper button

This giveaway will end March 1st, so plenty of time to enter!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Peaking Out From Under A New Leaf

hey y'all!

So today has been... tuff... but I finally feel motivated to turn over a new leaf! Im putting myself first, making friends, not trying to find my next man, working on me. I've wanted and needed to do this for a while but I was too scared, I just wasn't motivated. Idk what happened this weekend, but I just realized that I was helping myself stay down. And that wasn't good for anyone, especially me. I was so down on myself for things that were out of my controle, I was just making everything worse.

I think it was going to church this sunday, and seeing the counselor on saturday. I realised how much I really enjoyed both & how much they both used to help me. I still dont know what took me so long to do it, but Im really glad I did. My new plan is to stay busy! When your busy you dont have time to be sad or depressed.

So now I'm going to have a weekly schedual for myself. Im working it out right now, but this is my idea:

Monday - night off, I need a day to go to sleep early

Tuesday - Mani, pedi, gotta get ready for thursday

Wednesday - Join a gym!

Thursday - CIA event! Click here for more info

Friday - YAM event (any catholics out there want to join, please email me!)

Saturday - drs appointment, GYM, and clean my room

Sunday - laundry, sleep in, church & LT

I figure if I do a schedule like this for myself every week Ill stay too busy to be down and sad and depressed :)

And I am working on being strong with the guys Im chatting with. Im not at the "I dont need a man" stage but I think I could get there, maybe. For right now, Im not txting them or calling them unless they contact me first. I dont feel/seem needy. They have my number, and they have cell phones. Why am I always the one who has to start up the conversation? Thats just not right!

And because Im spending less time worrying about guys & all that jazz, I can focus on being a better friend to my friends. Spend more time with them, be the friend Ive always wanted to be :)

So this is my new leaf, stay busy, and focus on the positive. Life will be way better that way.

My To Do List

This week I am not going to just come home and do nothing.  Im making myself a To Do list and I am going to do it all!

1. Join a gym - I have 2 to pick from, so Im going to decide this week

2. Return christmas gifts - anything thats local, Im going to return them this week

3. Clean out my desk at work - bring home old magazines, books I've read etc

4. Bake some cookies - everyone loves cookies

5. Stop in at the weight watchers place by disco Kroger - see if its something I might be interested in

6. Make a budget for myself - no more willy nilly spending

7. Pray - I need to figure out if God wants me to be a core member at St Anns

8. Manicure, pedicure, brow wax - I look zombie like

9. Clean my room - at least an hours, just get it a little more livable

10. Sign LR & I up for the Dip n Dab in Feb.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

Truth is, Ive only seen maybe 5 superbowls. I cant even remember most of them. The few I can remember are random and more or less pointless.

I dont have an affiliation with either the Steelers or the Packers, but I just cant see myself as a cheese head - lol so for today I'll be a steelers fan.

I was reading some blogs this morning, and I came across Summer Wind's blog, and it is so cute. She is a true Steelers fan and I just had to borrow a few things from it, to show my support for her team tonight.

Tonight I will be watching the game with the Life Teen Group from St. Anns Catholic Church. My LT leader from HS works there now and Im hoping to become a part of the core team for the teens. I loved it in high school and I think it'll help bring me back to God, which I really need at this point in my life.

So when I read this, I had to smile. Its very fitting for tonight:

"Our Father, Who Art in Pittsburgh , Football Be Thy Game. Let Mendenhall run, 6 Super Bowls Won, On Earth as it is in Heinz Field. Give us this Day a superbowl win, And forgive us our penalties, As we defeat those Packers who play against us. But lead us into a victory, And deliver us to SEVEN ! For thine is the D-Line, the, and the Harrison !A-Ben! Here We Go STEELERS!" 

I am going to try and find a similar one for the Packers, so I can say both before the game with the teens.

**I found one for the Packers, I dont like it quite as much, but it works :)

"Our Rodgers, Who art in Lambeau, Hallowed be thine arm. Thy bowl will come, It will be won. In Dallas as it is in Lambeau. And give us this Sunday, Our weekly win. And give us many touchdown passes. But do not let others pass against us. Lead us not into frustration, But deliver us to the valley of the sun. For thine is the MVP, the best of the NFC, and the glory of the Cheeseheads, now and forever. Go get'em. Amen."

Have a safe & fun Superbowl! 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dear Concerned Blogger

I just got this LOVELY email from a reader:

Atl Yankee Belle,

Your recent posts are absolutely appalling. Why in the world do you think it is okay to post pictures of people without their consent? Honey, what you're doing is called libel and not something to mess with. How would you feel if you found out that someone was posting pictures of you and comments about your character WITHOUT your consent?! It is totally class-less and you should consider deleting those posts, ESPECIALLY the ones where you post full names and pictures of them with significant others and children. 

You seriously need to reconsider your blogging style.

-A Concerned Blogger

Im sorry you dont like my blog, but its exactly that, MY BLOG! I havnt posted anyones full name or information. I havnt slandered anyone, Ive told the truth. All those guys I dated, they're good guys, but they went for me, and thats OK. Yes, it hurts sometimes knowing they found true love after leaving me, but such is life. 

Im not using my blog to put anyone down, or even to lift myself up. Im using it to get my feelings out, to make new friends and to just deal with my life. 

Now before you go saying "you have a job & a place to stay etc", I know that. I live a good life, I have everything I need and a few things I want. The stuff that I have to deal with is in my own head and in my own heart. 

I dont have girlfriends to confide in, my parents aren't interested in listening to me, I really dont know who else to talk to but this big open world wide web. 

When I post about someone, I dont do it out of spite, or to be unkind, I do it to make a point, or to explain something. If I was to be contacted by someone who has been hurt by my blog, I apologise and have tried to make amends. Many, if not all, of the people who have been featured here on my blog were told about the post and given the address. They have seen it. I havnt been asked to remove anything. 

If you dont like what I post, or the way I do my blog, then I invite you to not read it. I dont write it for you, or even for my readers, I write it for me. In the last 6 months that I have been seriously blogging I have received more support and love then I could have ever imagined. This is the first piece of hate mail I have received. 

I do wonder, dear concerned blogger, why you didnt use your name in the email. If you have something to say, say it, with your name. Just like I do here on my blog. 

As to your remark about how I would feel if someone did it to me, I know how it feels. Ive had entire sites dedicated to making fun of me, putting me down and abusing me. I take care to do NONE of those things on here. 

And just as a tidbit of info, I am getting a blog makeover soon and all my "dating & relationship" style posts will be under their own tab, so if you dont like them, you wont have to read them. 

p.s.  maybe you've never been through a really ruff period in your life. maybe its always been peaches and cream for you, but it hasnt been like that for me. I get that you feel like your being nice, and showing concern, but to me, your just putting me down and making me feel worse about myself, if thats even possible.  I'm not even sure Im going to keep this blog going anymore... I feel like the support has been ripped out from under me, like all my readers think Im a bitch bc I mentioned other people besides myself in my blog. 

this blog was suppose to help me get through the dark days, and celebrate the good ones, but what it really is is open season on me. I spill my guts to complete strangers and they judge me, some good some bad. 

so to my concerned blogger, you have just turned an ok night into a devastating one. Im going to bed now, alone, to cry until maybe the hurt eases just a little bit. 

Jerk Alert

This is Zach and he is a jerk. End of post

Thursday, February 3, 2011

First Date #564

Well when this post posts, if blogger agrees with me, I will be at dinner with this guy:

We're going to call him....

Well I dont know yet, we've talked a little bit, but hes not much of a phone or txt guy... might not be the one for me, but hes nice. I guess we'll call him Mr Nice until I come up with a better name. lol.

Heres the low down on Mr Nice

Name: Mr Nice

Age: 31

Occupation: not really sure

Hes nice, kinda quiet, a little nerdy. But hes a sweet guy. Im not sure we'll be a good match, but we've been trying to meet up for dinner for a while. We've been chatting about a month, so the fact that I cant tell you much about him speaks volumes, but you never know, ya know... lol

He told me to pick the place, so Im going to be using my trusty Scoutmob app :)


Truth be told theres another guy Ive been chatting with for a few weeks, I havnt mentioned him on here, I guess Im trying not to jinx him. He has expressed a desire to meet, but with out actual plans, Im leaving him out of my blog. But when & if he does ask me out, Ill be sure to update yall. 

So dear boy, if your reading thing, you should ask me on a proper date. Im cute and funny and I promise it'll be a fun evening :)

**** UPDATE*****

Blogger must be on a completely different time frame from me, because this was suppose to post at 8.15pm and its now 10.15 and it still hasn't posted... weird. 

well on went on the "date", which was fine. Mr Nice was just like his name, nice. He likes his job, he talked a lot about it, about his friends and his new place. 

But there was no spark. Decent conversation, but I just couldn't see myself dating him. He'd been engaged 2x before. I just kinda felt like maybe I'd just be #3. 

I am excited about this weekend, Im going to church where Im hoping to join the Life Teen group and become a core member. Im really excited about this. 

I'm also thinking of joining weight watchers, has anyone else done WW? What did you think? 


So how cute is this? I know I want it! So head on over to Preppy Lane Blog and enter to win her 50 followers giveaway!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I have been contacted by CSN again to do a review. After surfing the stores, through all their great stuff, I was a little overwhelmed! Did you know that CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be swingsets, fitness equipment, or even cute cookware? Crazy  know!

But I found this pillow - and I just feel like its something I need to see every day :)

Lava - 012193716811 - Keep Calm Pillow in White on Red


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