Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Bachelor - 2009

I am pretty stoked for the season premiere of "The Bachelor" on ABC this coming January. I have had a love-hate relationship with the show since it's debut years ago, but this past winter - found me bored and in the middle of nowhere (haha - home) on the couch in the evenings a lot & I had the opportunity to re-engage the show.
I immediately fell in love with Deanna - eagerly tuning in each week to see who was getting a rose & who was going the end she chose Jesse over Jason...I liked both guys so I wasn't really rooting for one more than the other...

As it has turned out & as it has with a lot of the seasons...Deanna and Jesse will not be making it down the isle in 2009 as announced - the pair ultimately called off their engagement this past November *SIGH* I mean, I really can't imagine why it is so hard to make a relationship work when they knew each other for SO LONG and got to spend SO MUCH time together ;)

ANYWAY!!! As luck would have it, the Bachelor who's proposal was turned down i.e. Jason Mesnick has been chosen to be the new Bachelor...Jason is a single father from Seattle, Washington & I just found him to be absolutely adorable last year - ERGO - I am super excited to watch his journey from the other side of the "game."

Apparently, he has announced to the world that he did find LOVE during the taping of his season and is engaged....hmmm...only time will tell...I hope for the very best for him, but as history does tend to repeat itself - we'll have to tune in to see if it lasts through the "after the finale show" :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

I know you so well!

Funny peanut story from the weekend...

I drove out to my parents yesterday to spend time with everyone. Josh and Aliyah were both there as well (YAY!). Aliyah wanted to play games so she and I started off with Candyland and then all of us went to the den to play Disney Bingo...

Aliyah is very competitive and wants to win. What kid doesn't? I ended up calling out "BINGO" on the first round, so for round two Aliyah wanted to use my Bingo card...go figure :)

The funny/sweet thing that happened was when Dad put out $5 for the winner of the blackout round. Aliyah ended up winning that one and the $5, so I joking said - "now you can go Christmas shopping for me".

She looked up at me and said "Yes, and I'll get you a star for your tree."

The irony of her statement was that while out shopping on Saturday I bought a tree for my place, but decided against the stars...thinking that I'll swing by a Pier One to see what they have.

So I said back to Aliyah "I do need a star for my tree! How did you know that??" (I had not discussed any of this with her)

She looked up and me, shrugged her little shoulders, and in a somewhat "duh" kind of voice, said "well, that's because I know you so well!"

I smiled and said "yes, you do..."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Please Mr. Postman"

Sometimes it is so ironic how you can have a random conversation with someone one day and then the same topic pops up somewhere the next day.

I was just discussing with a friend how much I do not like getting mail and all of the reasons that I do not enjoy mail & then I saw a reference to a similar "complaint" on one of the blogs I read.

I used to enjoy stopping at the mailbox. Once upon a time I was actually anxious to see if there was a letter in there for me (back before I had bills). Sort of like that oldies song "Mr. Postman." I remember always making sure mom and dad got the mail & going through it looking for fun catalogs...this sort of excitement followed me up until about a two years ago when I completely stopped caring about the mail and starting despising it.

I used to think that it was because of where I lived...the mailbox was a good 1/4 mile from my house and I had to stop on the way home, get out of the car, etc. It was real annoying when it was raining, snowing, super cold/hot, or after dark (remember my fox story?) & I really thought I was just lazy. The mailbox was huge, so I could go a good 1-2 weeks without stopping...I'd always look at it as I passed and sort of feel neglectful as I drove on by...

Then I started to notice the guilt that I felt for all of the junk mail that I threw away. It is just such an incredible waste! My practice became to go through the pile and sort it into keepers and tossers...I'd save the catalogs to look at while I ran on the treadmill, but that act also caused me to want to shop more. I wanted everything in EVERY VS magazine!

I also don't enjoy finding a place for the things that I decide to keep. I do not like filing. I do not like keeping all of the crap for years. To me, it is pointless and a complete waste of time. I mean everything is online these days!

I sort of thought that at my new place I would check the mail a little more regularly, in part b/c my mailbox is about the size of a small shoebox AND in part due to the convenience of the location. Let's just say that this has not been the case! Unless there is something that I know I am expecting, I'll walk by the mailbox for days...sometimes for over a week+ without checking. Most of my bills are online, so I'm not ignoring my finances. I also thought that through moving, the number of catalogs I receive in the mail would diminish. For well over a month now, I have not received anything, but the retailers have found me! When I went through a weeks worth of mail two nights ago there were VS and JCrew magazines addresses to ME and my new address. HOW ON EARTH DID THEY FIND ME? I have NOT ordered anything! It is like there is a conspiracy between the folks at the post office and corporate America to sabotage my brain and my wallet no matter where I reside :)

I think I need to try to do better about stopping off at least a couple times a week. Then the task doesn't seem so overwhelming and maybe I won't feel so guilty about throwing virtually every piece of mail that I receive away - if the toss pile is smaller. Don't get me wrong, I like getting cards and invitations...those things are FUN, but my stubbornness about the whole situation has caused many of those items to sit in the mailbox until well after the event has passed. When my best friend mails me something, she tells me to check the mail...she knows I won't see it for a while if someone doesn't prompt me to do the darn thing!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Something old ~ Something new

I am so excited right now that I can hardly stand it! Clearly, it is NO SECRET that I get a little geeked out over "The Wizard of Oz"...and I guess the wonderful thing about it not being a secret is that when people that know me see something from the WOZ, I usually get an email or a phone call. YAY!

Today, one of my very, very dear friends SC sent me an email with a link to a WOZ play at Warner Theatre in Washington, DC - and guess who has tickets!!!!???!!! ME!! I do!!! I'm a little beside myself right now :)

Right after I got the email from SC, I checked out the link, confirmed a play buddy, and bought two tickets for $15.00 off!

Thanks SC!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!


I also wanted to share that I am in love with these great songs:

And Taylor Swifts new album is a knock out of the park...IMO! "White Horse" - "You're Not Sorry" & "Love Song" are all on the iPOD!

Happy Wednesday & HUGS!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Do not go gentle into that good night...

Rage, rage against the dying of the light..."

The title to this post is from a poem by Dylan Thomas. I remembered this from a great movie called "Back to School" from 1986 starring Rodney Dangerfield...GREAT FLICK, but the real point of the title is in relation to my last post from this past Thursday.

After venting to my readers about the sad Redskins game news, I proceeded to tell my boss and show my disappointment & then I went and talked to one of the VP's going to the game...I was respectful, polite, and sort of made light of the whole scenario, but I definitely let them know how I felt...I was not giving up hope! Check Spelling

During one of my chats, I went as far as to sing the Dolly Parton song "9 to 5" from another 80's movie, but I changed the lyrics for everyone to "Working 9 to 5, and then they take away your ticket!" Again, I was bitter, but I was trying to have a little fun with it and cheer myself up...

As luck would have it, my diligence paid off...on Friday around lunch time, I was given back my ticket to the game! I was so pumped! Come to find out both my boss and the VP spoke to the person in charge of the tickets and confirmed how unfair it was to treat employees that way & to tell us basically us right before the game after several weeks of thinking we were going...

The suite at FedEx Field was SO awesome! We were basically right on the 30 yard line and had an great view of the field. We had good food and a warm/comfy place to was super cold out, so sitting in the stands would have been bone chilling! Even though the game was a real heart breaker...I had a wonderful time and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity that was given to me.

I will say that my company was entertaining a LARGE that is headquartered in Austin, Texas...four that part WAS NOT FUN! I tried to be a good sport, but it was SO annoying to hear the person next to me CHEERING for the COWBOYS. I was gritting my teeth for most of the second half and by the fourth quarter it was all I could take to witness the gloating. I guess beggars can't be choosers!!!

I'm still proud of my team :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I hope you ALL have a WONDERFUL time :)

As luck would have had it, my team at work was invited to join our corporate suite at FedEx field for the Redskins vs. Cowboys game this coming Sunday night. I love my Redskins and have not been to a game in a very long time, so I have been super excited for a few weeks now. I was not only going to a Redskins game, but against the COWBOYS for goodness sakes! How awesome is that?

Of course as the work week has begun winding down, there has been a lot of chatter in the office about the upcoming game - who's going - where are we meeting - tailgating - everything I LOVE about going to a live sporting event. Due to all of the discussions, my excitement had risen to a level of spastic anticipation...

Well, a couple minutes ago, the coordinator of these events pops up at my cubicle (the same person who was asking me yesterday if I was "excited" and talking to me about the tailgate) and informs me, after a LONG LINE of excuses, that one team member and myself have now been axed from the list of attendees!!! Apparently, a couple VP's decided they would like to go to the game and because of that, the LIST had to be scrubbed. I mean. really? Is that a nice way of telling me that I am a bottom dweller? That I don't rank? That I'm not important enough?

At the end of our brief chat, this individual looked at me with pity and said "I'm sorry, I know you must be disappointed." Um, disappointed? You have no -idea! "Disappointed" is putting it mildly! Now get out of my face before the fake smile that I am already wearing completely fades away and you catch some of my wrath.

Oh & PS - never look at me with that "I feel sorry for you" expression on your face ever again!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL TIME (spoken with 100% sarcasm)!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Excuse me, is this yoga or bootcamp?

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently re-joined the gym. A new Lifetime Fitness opened in Ashburn on October 11th and it is literally only a few miles from my home and office. I am very proud to say that my bf and I have been very dedicated to our exercise program and we have been hitting the gym at lunch time on a regular basis (we do a lot of resistance training, which is an incredible work-out, but we don't get too sticky!). This past week, we decided to kick it up a notch and go to the gym for a yoga class on Saturday morning. We were both pretty excited and I had never been to an actual class, so I was pumped to see what it was all about.

We assembled ourselves in the studio at 845am...a tad bit later, in walks the instructor about 10 minutes late ranting from the time she crossed the threshold about how she wears too many hats and is also a trainer (yadda, yadda, yadda). My bf and I looked at each other like - wow - this isn't how we expected to be talked to in yoga, but whatever...maybe the instructor got off on a bad foot...we all have bad days, right? :)

Needless to say her energy did not change. The negativity went on through out the remainder of the class. We could barely even hear any sort of relaxing music, she'd raise her voice a lot, got irritated when she asked questions and the class didn't respond, and was very bossy about our poses. Saying things in a no-it-all tone, like "if I say for you to check your feet, that is because one or more of you are doing the pose incorrectly" OR "don't be sassy with your pose, this isn't about looking cute." WHAT!?!?

I wasn't relaxed at all. If anything I was afraid and up tight. At one point in time while doing a pose on the mat, my bf and I looked at each other and she said to me "she is not very nice" and I said "what is this, boot camp?" We both left the class feeling like we got a decent work-out, but we were bitter about the instructors missing softness for lack of a better word. Never having been to yoga, we thought that maybe we were misinformed and set our expectations incorrectly...regardless, due to the less than *fun* experience, I was reluctant to go again...

Fast forward to this morning...we decided to try yoga one more time with another instructor...545am...sitting in the studio on our mats and in walks the teacher...there is an immediate noticeable difference...she is soft spoken, there is sweet relaxing music playing, she has an encouraging tone and just a positive & enjoyable energy. The next 75 minutes proved to be both relaxing and yet so challenging. I have to say that I am very pleased with the 180 that yoga has taken for me in the last week. After Saturday I thought I'd never go back, but after today, I'm really looking forward to going again.

Moral of the story is - don't give up! One bad experience does not necessarily mean it is time to throw in the if today would have been terrible as well, I'm not sure that I would have returned -EVER - but I certainly am pleased that we decided to give it another go!

PS - the strength that you feel after yoga is is like it comes from deep within the threads of your muscles! Very cool! The only drawback is that I am so hungry all the time. It is 11am and I have had an english muffin, and egg sandwich, and a pack of cheese/peanut-butter crackers AND I'm wondering what is for lunch :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Election Day

I woke up bright and early at 5:45am today to head to the polls in Clarke County. I pulled in about 6:05am and the lines were not too bad at all; divided by A-L and M-Z - being a "W" I took my spot and began waiting.

As I stood in line, I looked around and started to get emotional...tears formed in my eyes as I thought about how epic this election is. There were several African-Americans in line directly in front of me, and no matter who they were voting for, I just really imagined how proud they must awesome this experience must be for them - regardless. This also made me feel very proud of my country and for the names on the ballot in general.

As it became my turn to check in, I told the volunteers my last name and presented my drivers license. I watched them scan the list for my last name and I only saw my parents and my head I we go! I was told that I wasn't on the list...

I am thinking that I just moved three weeks ago. I have not changed anything with the DMV. There is no way that I am not registered in Clarke! The volunteers then start to ask me a barrage of questions - 1) are you registered to vote? YES 2) did you just move to CC? NO, I have lived here for three years 3) have you voted in CC before? YES, multiple times.

One of the volunteers, who I know was only trying to help (and I thank her for being a volunteer) asked me multiple times if I had voted before. Please note that patience is NOT one of my virtues; however, I held my own for a few minutes until the third or fourth time she asked me. Here it is at 6am, I'm still in my PJ's, the dog is in the car, I HAVE NOT brushed my teeth (didn't expect to have a ton of people up in my face), no coffee, and I am trying to figure out IF I am going to be able to vote before I leave town this afternoon...anyway, upon being asked yet again if I had voted before, I looked her square in the eye and boldly said "I am 29 years old, this is the third presidential election that I have voted in!!!" (blowing my bad morning breath all in her face...I'm sure she regretted asking me for several reasons!!!).

The next thing I know, I am pulled out of line so we can call "Barbara" at the courthouse. She runs my social and informs me that I am set up to vote, but under my married name (my name that I changed back in March of 2008; I changed it at DMV and I changed it at the Clarke County courthouse!!!). Apparently these changes can take some time to make it through the is what it is.

I explained to the powers that be that I was listed under my old last name "F". I had to tell about four different volunteers my story. Each one said "oh, your married name hasn't taken effect" OR "oh, I see, you are still listed under you maiden name." Neither of which was the case. Having lost all patience by now (these poor people), the same lady that I had snapped at to tell her that I was 29 years old blah, blah, blah...asked me if I had sorted everything out. I told her yes, that it was b/c I was listed under the incorrect last name - she said, "oh, your maiden name" AND she directly caught my fire..."NO, I am listed under my married name and that is no longer correct, I should be under my maiden name!!!"

After all of the delay, the only thing that kept me from going over the edge, was that the kind people helping me exercise my right to vote, allowed me to butt to the very front of the A-L line. The next thing I know, someone who is present to protect voters shoves a form in my face for me to fill out stating the issues I had run in to. G-R-E-A-T! His goal, a very noble one, is to work to ensure that these sorts of things do not happen to voters. I filled it out and thanked him, but I was really just ready to get the whole thing over with.

It was a frustrating morning at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Department to say the very I left, I just reminded myself of a phrase I reference often, which is nothing worth having necessarily comes easy...

DISCLAIMER: I am very thankful for the right to vote and for all of those who have worked so hard and sacrificed to pave this road for me :)

Monday, November 3, 2008


Hey ya'll!!!

I'm back! Well hopefully...JK! Life has been hectic for the last month or so. I'm sure it has been for everyone. Here is a little bit of what has been going on:

I feel like things are almost settled from the move - YAY! The TV and the dressor mirror are still on the floor, but oh well!

I celebrated my 29th birthday, which was awesome, great, and wonderful!

I went to the Long Branch Wine Festival with my brother and Brittany.

Ijoined the gym again (it has been years) and I go at lunch time a lot, which was previously my blogging time.

I traveled to Arkansas to visit my dear aunt and attend a University of Arkansas vs. Ole Miss football game (a 5 day trip).

I went out of town on a pseudo camping trip for the weekend.

Now I just found out that I'll be leaving town for work travel tomorrow afternoon through Thursday evening.

Um, in my older age, this schedule is starting to catch up with me & I'm sort of getting a little tired! I feel like I'm never home & all of this life jazz lately has made it hard to take time to post.

Tonight I'll go home after work, pack for my trip, throw a few things in a small bag & then drive out to my parents to stay so I can ensure that I vote tomorrow morning...I'm still registered to vote in Clarke thing I have not had time to take care of. Surprise mom and dad - I'm on the way!!! LOL!

Can you believe it is NOVEMBER? For you Ellen watchers..."No-way Novemder-WHAT???"

Love ya'll & have missed you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Two Guys, a Truck, and their TIP...

As I may have mentioned before, I decided to call movers to lug the furniture to my new place and spare my family and friends some of the moving agony. I scheduled the move with "Two Guys & a Truck" for last Thursday. I had lined up mom to be at my house to let the mover's in & I met them at the condo.

I had spoken to my BFF earlier that day and she made a comment about not tipping the movers...interesting I had never even thought about tipping them...I am already paying so much...taking her advice I arrived at the condo to let them in without any cash for a tip.

I started to feel pretty guilty as I sat on the couch and watched the "Two Guys" carry everything in and set it up. I began to feel as though this job was worthy of a the last piece of furniture was carried in, I was informed that they would tally up my final total, have me sign a bunch of forms, and we'd be done...

I walked outside & met them at their truck to sign off on the paper form asking me if I would refer future customer to them - I checked YES.

After all the signing, the One Guy did the calculations for my total and the second guy starting making small talk. Um, I was told that I looked better with my sunglasses on. To that I replied with a sarcastic thank you and told him it wasn't a compliment. Then he asked me if I was going to live there alone, and said if you are - wouldn't you be afraid, asked if I had a husband or a boyfriend, what kind of car do I drive (where are you parked)...all of which made me feel extremely uncomfortable. I started to do my best to ignore him - HOPING - that I could soon pay and leave.

Then the second guy says "so, I asked your mom about the tip and she said you would be taking care of that." I mean, I'm sorry, but since when does someone ask you for a tip???

I informed him that I had never used movers and that the thought of providing a tip had not crossed my mind. I then told him that I did not have any cash on me, but that I would contact his company and ensure that the two of them were taken care of for a tip. I know that these people don't know me from Adam (and there was a slight language barrier), but I meant what I said AND he basically refused to believe me. He kept saying that if I didn't tip them then - they wouldn't get it, which I find HARD to believe. I began to wonder if they were expecting me to go to an ATM or something.

After being asked a couple more times about a tip and after assuring them (at this point to my dislike) that they would receive a tip. I said thank you and walked around to the other side of the building to my car. I put in my cell phone ear piece and the next thing I know, the second GUY is at my car and knocking on the window. Miraculously, he has found a spot on the credit card form that allows me to enter a tip. Now, what do you know about that?

I am irate, pissed, irritated, and more importantly - I'm scared. TWO MORE TIMES (with my car window cracked) I told him that I would call Two Guys & a Truck and make sure that a tip got to him - by now, I was saying this in order to get him to leave me alone. At this time, I no longer want to tip them. Here I have these two men who know my name, where I live, they know what I drive, they make assumptions about who I am living with, and they have a carbon copy of my credit card - I'm a little fearful & I would only tip them after this whole charade to ensure my safety.

At this point today, I am still somewhat torn about what to do. I did speak with the company today, but that was because they made an unauthorized charge to my debit card, which was about $70 in excess of what I approved and signed off on. I only had time to take care of that minor issue at lunch, but I will be calling back to deal with the badgering for a tip & informing them that I will never refer them to anyone - EVER!

Monday, September 29, 2008

"Why does everyone have to move?"

The title of this post is a question that Aliyah asked me yesterday. I didn't get to spend much time with the peanut this weekend, but thankfully we all got together for lunch at mom and dads yesterday.

Anyway, somehow my move came up - I believe dad may have asked when we were doing everything...Aliyah was sitting beside me on the couch and looked up to me with fear in her eyes - she had lots of questions...

P: You're moving?
A: Yes
P: but why?
A: because someone else is going to live in Aunt Amy's house

A: Remember the Chuckie Cheese we went to?
P: Yes
A: Well, I am moving really close to that & close to where I work
P: So you are moving FAR away?
A: Well it's about an hour
P: Why does everybody have to move?

A: I don't know sweetie...
P: Well, am I going to be here to help you move?
A: No, I am moving next weekend, so the next time you are with Daddy I'll be living at the new house
P: Well, can I come and see you at your new house?
A: Of course you can...I hope you do!
P: Well, are you still going to come to Grams?
A: Yes, I will always come to Grams...I have to come and see my Peanut...

At the end of the conversation, I felt so sad for her. Aliyah has moved several times since her mommy and daddy separated. Luckily through out the last few years, Josh has remained in the same house, so there is stability and a familiar environment for her. She knows that daddy's house is for sale and he will be moving...she knows that Gram and Pop-pop are building a new house...not too long ago her other grandparents she hears that I am moving.

I realized by the look on her face and the questions that she asked - that the change is not necessarily welcomed and can be confusing. A sense of home is so incredibly important to all of us at any age. It is a security that we depend on a sense of safety that can not be replicated - a haven that allows us to relax, recollect, and rest before heading out into the world again...where you always know that you can find your loved ones...

I can't NOR would I change the fact that Aunt Amy will no longer live right down the road from Gram and won't be as easy to call me to come over to breakfast or to run to town to see a movie or go shopping, but one thing that little girl will learn (if she doesn't already know it) is that I would fly around the world and back to spend just a little time with matter where I matter where this journey takes me, she will always be a part of it and I will always be there for her.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Getting back into the "run" of things

I am so excited!

I used to run road races somewhat regularly - 5K, 10K, 10 milers, but the last time my feet hit the pavement in a "competitive" sort of way must have been 2001 or 2002.

I have to credit the desire to get back into the race thing to my experience at the CTR 10K a little over a month ago. I made the decision NOT to run that day and only to help with registration, etc; however, the way I felt as I stood under the pavilion (ready to hand out bagels) as the runners went by to the finish line made me feel lazy, left out, and completely unchallenged.

I found myself missing the getting up early on a Saturday, feeling a little nervous, anxious, and excited...getting to the race, getting my race packet...putting on my number...I realized that it is something that I miss greatly.

I vowed that day that I would register for a race soon...something to look forward to and prepare for...start out small and work my way back up again.

So yesterday I found a upcoming 5K, sent an email to my best friend, and we are officially registered and will be running on 10/18! YAY!!!

Here is the link - if anyone out there is interested: Stoneridge 5K - it is in Loudoun County, where I am moving to & it benefits the local schools. Last year they raised over $25,000 towards local education...which is just AWESOME!

Thanks KKH & Jenn!!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Um - I'm sorry, but what did you say?

PETA proposes that Ben & Jerry's use breast milk in its ice cream...


What a difference a day can make!

To be completely blunt, I feel (and look) like crap today...(didn't I say that I wasn't going to complain during this process???). Well, I'm officially off of my feeling blessed high today and reality has set in ;)

This just so happens to be the busiest time of year for the company that I work for (coincides with the end of the government's fiscal year). I have been working crazy hours and alternating shifts with the other people on my team to ensure that we have coverage in the office every day from 8am - 8pm for the last two weeks. This makes for a long day in and of itself, but when you add and hour drive on both sides of that timeline - it really sucks & there is absolutely no time left to do anything productive outside of work.

Last week I didn't make it home a single night before 9pm (this week has been about the same); if it wasn't work, it was football practice, or dinner plans - by the time Saturday rolled around I was exhausted, but I had to get up at the crack of dawn to get fitted for a bridesmaid's dress & run around getting ready for the engagement party that night (which was awesome BTW). Sunday I did find some time to rest...I believe I was in my PJ's at noon.

Monday morning started the work madness again, which goes through 09/30 *YAY*

Oh and *BONUS* I also get the pleasure of working tomorrow from 10-2pm, so I get to drive two hours to work for four...UGH.

I'm sure you can imagine how wonderful the timing is considering that I have to pack up a 12 room house in the next week...

The stress of getting everything lined up for the move, the stress of working extra hours, complete lack of sleep, no time to work-out and get endorphins pumping, PMS, and now coming down with a cold due to the seasons changing has me in one heck of a $hitty mood today.

I feel like I am walking around in a fog and I just want to go home and crawl under the covers and not come out for a day, but if I were actually able to do that - I'd feel guilty b/c I know that I have so much to do.

I seriously can't wait until the next couple weeks are over!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Feeling Blessed...

Everything is falling into place perfectly with the move...there are so many small things that have lined up perfectly...those types of moments when you know that everything has happened as it should and as designed *BIG CHEESY SMILE* when you stop questioning all of time that has elapsed between when you began putting out into the universe what you want & when you actually received it...blessed.

"When we lose one blessing, another is often unexpectedly given in its place." C.S. Lewis

We officially signed off on the lease for the house in Boyce and returned the paperwork to our realtor yesterday and then I met to sign the lease on the new place today...WHAT A is a tad bit scary to not know where you are going to live for sure and have only three weeks to sort everything out!

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

Novel idea - I measured the rooms today at the condo and it looks like the furniture isn't going to be as much of an issue as I thought. I reserved a storage unit for everything that I can't take and tomorrow I need to work on movers for at least the big pieces of furniture...

Now I feel like I can go home and safely start packing, packing, packing.

I can't begin to thank all of you; friends, family, and blog friends for all of the encouragement and well wishes through out this process. Your comments and support have been felt and appreciated more than you know.

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens

Blessings to you all!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trips to TARGET

I just got back to work from my luch trip to Target and I seriously need to vent.

I used to love, love, love going to Target; my bank account hated my time spent there, but I always enjoyed myself...beyond the necessities, I'd usually pick up something earrings, cute tee-shirt...

Not anymore! These days, myself and my bank account hate the trips to Target. I find myself putting them off for as long as possible. Everything just seems too darn expensive. Have I been living under a rock? When did mouthwash start costing almost $7.00??? Come on people!

I rarely go without a list these days & I try to stick to items that I need...whatever works for managing the spending right?

Today I needed detergent, coffee, deodorant, shave gel, eye cream (do what I can for the wrinkles), Drano, bubble wrap, packing tape, and I picked up a few my head I try to keep some sort of running total...

When the cashier said $104...I almost went into cardiac arrest. I looked down and I had only two shopping bags - two - that's it and it was over $100!

The Target sign is starting to feel like a bulls eye on my back and not the fun emblem I used to associate with the cute commercials...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Moving Sale

Things are continuing to move forward - yay! I went to look at two places over the weekend and believe I have chosen the one that I saw on comes the fun part - figuring out what to keep, what to give away, and what to sell!

Here are two items...maybe you all know someone?? Spread the word please :)
I'd like to get $600 for the entertainment center and $1000 for the couch, but will take best offer.
PS - I have a matching coffee table, end table, and sofa table that I'll throw in with the entertainment center :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Not sure what my deal is

Lately I have been getting back into rap and R&B (WHAT?) - mainly because I think the songs are FUN and I can dance along to them while I am driving :)

I still flip to through the POP and COUNTRY stations regularly...I just have a few extras one programmed

I have many *FAVORITE* new songs at the moment, but the one that I want to share is Pink's new song called "SO WHAT" - it SO rocks!!!!

Check it out :)

Other songs to note are:

Leona Lewis - Better in Time

Kevin Rudolf - Let it Rock

Christina Aguilera - Keeps Getting Better

I get pretty excited anytime one of these comes on the radio!

TGIF & have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Ok...sooo...I have only been a little hush-hush because I am so excited about the news, but nothing is FINALIZED on paper yet...

I probably forgot to mention to you all that a few months ago we also decided to try to rent the house out. Well, on Sunday on my way back from the 100th birthday party I got a call from our realtor that we have people who want to rent with the option to buy at the end of the lease period...I was so excited that I started you can imagine, I'm ready to move out and move on :)

Things have continued to progress this week and I am hopeful that the lease will be signed, etc by this weekend. If all goes well, I will be moved out by 10/15/ day after my 29th birthday AND I can't think of a BETTER way to start that year off!!!

This news brings about A LOT of things to do in the next month, but I am stoked, so I could care less and I WELCOME the stress and CHANGE - it's about time!!! :)

I have found a couple of places that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that are near my office so that I can easily take care of Bailee and pop in at lunch time to let him out, etc - not to mention cut my commute down tremendously (from two hours of driving a day to 20 minutes) and save on GAS.

Continue to stay tuned for the evolvement of this story...

I'll probably be selling a ton of things and may create a blog site just for that with pictures, etc. I may also have a moving sale at the house...


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You just had to go and bust my bubble...

I am a huge texter. "HUGE" in my context is probably a bit (A LOT) different than that of a teenager, but I send quite a few messages in the course of a week.

You know, sometimes you want to say HI, share some news, share something funny, or let someone know that you are thinking of them WITHOUT a full blown conversation.

I genuinely get excited when I look at my cell phone and the screen says "1 new message" with the text envelope displayed...I totally get all giddy, flip open the phone, greatly anticipating WHO the message is from and WHAT it says.

To me it is almost like getting s surprise present or me boring, call me crazy, I don't really is what it is.

There are certainly particular individuals that I tend to geek out over getting their texts...not that everyone isn't important, but I think you get the idea...

Anyway, last night - I happened to get a message from one of those individuals; HOWEVER, I WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT. Or at least I hope I wasn't...

At first I saw the persons name and I was like - cool they wrote me. Then I read the message and I was like - WTF!?!? It was some horrible complaining description of a bad call during a football game (which is also why I know this note was not for me) really was awful, vulgar, and condescending towards women (I know it may seem like I am overreacting, but if you read the message OR received something of this nature, I think you'd feel the same). It did provide some insight into how SOME men talk about things when females are not listening. W-O-W.

For many reasons, the note threw me for a little loop. But more importantly, I felt like someone had stolen my texting experience from me. Like my fun had been violated. I was completely irritated. I know accidents happen in our world of technology, but come on...

Aside from the sheer rudeness of the words used - do you think this is just me? OR do you feel this way when you get a message in error (email, phone call, text, etc), when it is from someone you know, but it isn't for you? You can tell me - am I just being a big baby?

Freedom To Be

Good morning, good morning - in the morning time!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my cousin Jenn's blog Freedom To Be.

Check it out when you get a chance!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Not really sure what my point is...

This past weekend my family traveled to Richlands, Va - which for those of you who don't know, is located in the southwestern part of the state...this is where my mom's family is from and my mom's grandmother still lives...

The reason for the trip was to celebrate my great-grandmother's 100th birthday, which in and of itself is pretty freaking cool. We had the very best time and I hope to be able to post pictures soon. UNFORTUNATELY, I left my camera charger at the office last Friday and my camera died while en route on Saturday morning...go figure! It was torture to watch all of the HOKIE cars on I-81 going to the game...but I woke up from one of my naps and saw this pic in front of our car! So exciting!

What was really super cool is that Aliyah was able to go with us this weekend to see her great-great grandmother...I mean, how many people are afforded that opportunity in life?

Aliyah is such a great sport. The last time she was with us we were traveling back from the beach and this time we toss her in the car for 12 hours worth of driving over two days...can we talk about how incredibly UNCOMFORTABLE her car seat must be?

The time spent with the family was awesome, but I must say that my favorite time is that spent with A in the car. On the way down we played Nintendo and watched Shrek the 3rd for the sixth time in the last three weeks...we sang BINGO, This Old Man, Old McDonald, etc...the look on A's face when Brittany decided to say "and on his farm he had a ZEBRA" was ones really knows what sound a Zebra makes!

On the way home we managed to watch "Finding Nemo" part my decision...I hadn't watched the movie is quite a long time and I had forgotten how funny it was. Can we talk about how hilarious it is with Dory talks in whale??? Immediately Aliyah and I (along with Brittany) started talking in whale. We stopped in Harrisonburg on the way home to grab a bite to eat we were making all kinds of crazy noises...I so wish that I could type out the way it sounded! Ellen is so AWESOME!!!

(It was great when at lunch today I decided to start talking in whale at Panera Bread - I had to really share my story from yesterday in full character!)

We repeatedly said "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney" and "You on a DI-ET!" I think this is something that we are going to share for a long time to come...

If you haven't seen this movie, if you haven't watched this movie in a while, OR if you haven't shared this experience with your kids...YOU MUST WATCH IT!

PS- YAY to my HOKIES and Redskins! Job well done!!! Momma is proud!!!
PSS- Stay tuned for some HOPEFULLY AWESOME NEWS over the next few days!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Stepping out of the comfort zone

I often times say that I'll try anything once (there is a bit of a disclaimer associated with the word "anything" BUT I think you get the point). It was probably a couple months ago that emails started circulating around the office about putting together a co-ed softball team *YAY* OR a flag football team *SCARY* We collectively took a vote and OF COURSE we had to go in the direction of flag football...

I love football - ON TV or at the stadium, FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEAT. I so enjoy watching games...sipping on my favorite beverages, eating snacks, cheering from the SIDELINES...

Last Friday was my teams first practice. With great anticipation, I decided to attend...there were only two girls that showed up (counting me) AND even though I knew the other girl had played on a F.F. league before, I had no idea how AWESOME she would be. The very first time she ran out for a pass, she took off like a bat out of hell, hit the 10 yard mark, and took the sharpest turn I have seen to the left AND to top it all off, she successfully caught the bullet flying at her. Can you say G-R-E-A-T (sarcastic tone)??? After seeing her skill level, I was LESS than excited about running out for my pass...

I believe I dropped the first ball thrown to me, but whatever - there is always next time, right? The second time, I tried to run a little quicker & step up my game (telling myself that I can get over my fear of being hit with the ball and be as good as any other girl....). YEAH - that completely backfired when the football went right between my hands and the pointed end hit me in the temple *AWESOME* (Can you say Marsha Brady moment?). I wish I was hurt and it was so embarrassing, but I can't make this stuff up.

As I recovered from seeing stars, I really began to question my commitment to the team...maybe I am not cut out for sports where balls fly at you and you don't have a glove or a bat to deflect them...

Last night was practice number two...I don't like not being good at things...I know I can never be the best at everything, but IF I am going to be there and IF I am going to participate, I need to give it my best right?? Sometimes, you have to take your safety into your own hands...I did exactly that by WARNING all the boys about throwing bullet passes at me...who cares if they gently lob the ball to you? I sure don't. I'll get more comfortable with time...

ANYWAY, I caught a few passes last night during our team scrimmage and I ran with all I had...sort of surprised myself...I fell a couple times as my flags were being ripped off or as I was trying to get past the defense AND today I am sore as S&*% (I feel old) - my hips ache, my inner thighs are tight - even my toes hurt, but I really had a GREAT time last night...

I'll miss our first game tomorrow, but I am now looking forward to practice next week and the games the following Saturday. In all honesty, I'd still rather be playing softball, but stepping out of your comfort zone can be a good thing...I'm learning more about the game of football that I love to watch...

There is a quote that I have referenced a lot and it goes: "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." (Henry Ford)

Sometimes the greatest lessons you can learn are from yourself :)


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Who remembers?

The show called HeeHaw???

This is very random, but the other day at work I had a flash back of the show...the part where the cast and guests would tell jokes - they would pop up from behind a hay bail or in a corn field...saying something funny...and then lower back down...

I was at a co-workers cubicle who has a half-wall on one side and I did that exact thing...I said something out of the ordinary and then without even thinking, I lowered myself down to where they couldn't see me...

She started laughing did I, but then she said "WHO DOES THAT??" in tone that insinutated a little shock, and immediately I equated my actions to HEE-HAW...

She had never heard of the show, but I loved it...maybe it was just a part of my country up-bringing...



Grandpa Jones?

Minnie Pearl?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What do you do at work???

If I could count the number of times that I have been asked what I do at work during the is usually such a BORING explanation that PAINS me to even try...

I had a moment this afternoon, when at a co-workers desk - I decided to take pictures...and informed her that I could NOW let everyone know exactly what I do...

I make statues out of little magnetic pieces!!!

There it is all of it's glory...all of these years of wondering...put to rest!

Then I get really excited and I run to get my camera & take pictures (this is at Blute's desk for anyone that may be wondering! She refused to take the pic with my creation and made me.).

Oh and I eat...I eat...I eat...this is the shelf above my desk that is for storage...yeah - um - it's my work pantry...there are people here that have nicknamed me "Nabisco"

PS - 3rd post today...sorry, just had to share!

I have never laughed so much in one day...

Hey! It is back to civilization...I so wanted to do more posts last week while at the beach, but they just never I sit in front of a PC every day at work, I assume I must have also needed a break from the computer as well! I can't wait to read every one's blogs and catch up too :)

I do have a few stories from poor Aliyah's last day at the beach, which was a rough one for her to say the least. Dad, Josh, and Aaron had gone fishing for the day, so Brittany and I were taking Aliyah to the beach. It was a SLOW morning and we decided to head out after lunch...

#1) I told Aliyah to grab her bathing suit and sunscreen. Not to be too graphic, but it is just easier to put on the sunscreen BEFORE the bathing suit sometimes, so that is what we usually do...Aliyah meets me back in the kitchen and as she is taking off her clothes I noticed that bits of white paper were falling all over the wood first I was like *UH - WHAT IS GOING ON??* but it didn't take me too long to figure out that somehow, someone?, had left at least a GOOD ply of TP in her panties...the look on her face was certainly one of confusion as well...I couldn't help but laugh, it was impossible not to chuckle (mom and Brittany got a small laugh out of it too)...we tried to not make a HUGE deal out of it - knowing that Aliyah could start to cry at any moment...

#2) After applying the sunscreen it was time to put on the bathing suit. Well, as it was the LAST day at the beach, mom had been doing laundry out the ying-yang and had washed all of Aliyah's bathing suits...none of which had dried completely. The little peanut danced around as the cold wet bathing suit went on. Having Aliyah ready, I walked to my room to finish getting myself ready...when I walked back out to the family room I saw Brittany sitting on the couch & looking at A in SHOCK - SO, then I looked and saw white liquid running down Aliyah's legs AND a puddle on the floor...Brittany asks Aliyah what happened and A shrugged her little shoulders and looked a little scared. I couldn't help but to ask A if she had an accident...she said no AND then the light bulb came on *EUREKA* her wet bathing suit had released WATER once it was on and had subsequently sent rivers of sunscreen down Aliyah's legs and back creating a mess on the floor and all over her...AGAIN, the laughter - LAUGHTER - I was in tears by this point....we all were, well - all of us BUT Miss Aliyah - who was now hurt, embarrassed, and crying...I REALLY tried to stop laughing, but I couldn't...two incidents back to back and I was done.

#3) After this, Aliyah calms down with the help of Gram and then Britt, A, and I are off to the beach...we get up to our little boardwalk and Aliyah wanted to help carry the beach blankets...we loaded her up and she was off. Aliyah had gotten a little bit ahead of us, so Brittany called out for A to be careful and she rounded the part of the walkway where the beach shower was located (hose to wash off the sand)...right about that time Aliyah's head disappeared from sight and heard a THUD! It was a total and complete wipe-out. OMG! How much more can this child withstand in the course of an hour??? AGAIN, I was was so hard...I felt so bad for her, but once I start laughing I can't stop very easily. It took everything within me to scoop her up and withhold my laughter in an effort to console her and make sure she was ok...

#4) Fast forward a couple hours & Mom finally came down to the beach right as we were packing up to head back to the pool. We are walking in a line: Brittany, Mom, me, then Aliyah...I look up and ahead of me, I see mom trip over this rope that was holding up a volleyball net...again, I was just one of those didn't fall, but pointed out how graceful it would had been if she ate sand...right about that time, the light bulb came on again and I remember that poor little Aliyah is still behind I turn around to tell her to be careful for the net...I see her - all fours down in the sand...somehow, someway, this poor little thing had managed to be taken out one more time!

I felt so guilty for laughing at her, but I wasn't really laughing AT HER, I was laughing about the things that different points in time I was so weak with laughter that I couldn't even eyes were so clouded with tears that I couldn't see...

How Aliyah still managed to have fun on the beach that day - I'll never know. She truly is a resilient child, which I have said for a very long time now...

43 ODD? Things about ME

I don't know why, but I find these Q&A's to be so much fun to read/share - thanks Amanda and Mrs. Sweet!

1. Do you like blue cheese? YES, love it!

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? yes :(

3. Do you own a gun? does a water gun count?

4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Strawberry

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Usually always am...not sure why.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? absolutely disgusting!
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Rudolph - "I'm cute...."

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE

9. Can you do push ups? At time, when I'm feeling ambitious!

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my Tiffany's bracelet - sentimental value

11. Favorite hobby? shopping, just wish it was a FREE hobby!

12. Do you have A.D.D.? YES I DO, but the self diagnosed kind!

13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? um, not going there

14. Middle name? Kristen

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I shouldn't being doing this at work, I'm really HUNGRY, and I can't wait to go to the mall!

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly have. Coffee, water, beer

17. So is there a number 1 person in life? yes

18. Current hate right now? Nothing that I can think of

19. Favorite place to be? I'm an snuggler...

20. How did you bring in the new year? Night out in DC sending texts to the masses

21. Where would you like to go? HOME...hahaha - for real though, Brazil, India, Africe, Greece, Thailand, Australia, New Zeland...and the list goes on and on and on!

22. Name three people who will complete this? anyone who comments are repeats the tag
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, Hokie-pokey ones

24. What shirt are you wearing? I have on a DRESS people!

25. Do you like sleeping on satin? not sure that I've ever tried...sounds slimy

26. Can you whistle? YES, I try my best :)

27 . Would you be a pirate? For Halloween maybe

28 . What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever pops in my head & I usually change the words to make it my own song :)

29. Favorite girl's name? These things change...haven't pondered this in a while

30 . Favorite boy's name? These things change...haven't pondered this in a while

31 . What's in your pocket right now? no pockets

32 . Last thing that made you laugh? co-worker

33 Best bed sheets as a child? i don't remember

34 . Worst injury you've ever had? back injury

35 . Do you love where you live? for now

36 . How many TVs do you have in your house? 4

37. Who is your loudest friend? This is kind of mean...

38. How many dogs do you have? 1

39. Does someone have a crush on you? maybe...

40. What is your favorite book(s)? As of late "The Last Lecture"

41. What is your favorite candy? Raisinettes (sp?)

42 . Favorite Sports Team? Washington Redskins and the HOKIES!!!

43 . What song do you want played at your funeral? OMG, what a crazy question to answer...I'm too hungry to think about this right now! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More fav beach pics...

We had the BEST time and I have a few funny stories to share, but for now I'm going to leave you with some other favorite beach pics :)