Monday, March 31, 2008

Easter Weekend Take 2

Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
-- Brad Henry

Friday night I drove to Front Royal after work to see Aliyah. To my surprise, everyone else was there too (Dad, Mom, and Brittany). We hung out for a couple minutes and then headed off to dinner.


Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.-- Anthony Brandt


I noticed that Aliyah had on a t-shirt that said "I'm a big sister" so naturally I asked & sure enough, her baby brother was born last week. It was kind of hard to tell if she was excited about it - I'm sure she is having mixed feelings...it has to be quite an adjustment to go from being the only child for almost 5 years to all of a sudden not being the one and only!
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family.-- Lee Iacocca

After dinner we all went to the new Target to pick up a few things and then headed back to drop Josh and Aliyah off...on the way home I was tickling her A LOT (I love to hear her giggle), so much tickling occurred that she got the hiccups...I told her about the little girl whose hiccups didn't go away - and the look on her face was so entertaining - she was definitely thinking intensely about what I had just said and then asked me about a minute later if I was just kidding...


To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. -- Barbara Bush

Saturday morning I rolled over to my parents in my PJ's to meet up with everyone for breakfast (mmm...homemade waffles - thanks mom!)...Josh took Aliyah fishing for a little bit while I helped mom clean up...Brittany and her brother Dallas came over and then Josh took Dallas fishing & mom, Brittany, Aliyah and I made a gingerbread house...who cares if it is almost April! I took pics with moms camera of that ordeal...we lost the chimney when it fell through the roof...so I'll have to post those later.



Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts. -- Author Unknown

At about 3pm I finally went home to get out of my PJ's and get ready to go to town...we all had a very late lunch together at IJ Cann's and then hit up Dairy Queen...I'm sure the people around us were wondering if we were *OK* as Dallas and Josh were betting Brittany $20 that she wouldn't lick the wall...what? I laughed hysterically watching Josh eat his sundae with a spoon that was probably 4inches long...his hands were covered in ice cream...I'm easily amused...

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.-- John Bowring

Sunday morning I met my BFF at the Leesburg outlets to do a little shopping...I bought a NEW PURSE, but I'm not convinced that it is the right one yet! I met my family at my cousins house in the afternoon & after I let everyone know how irritated I was that NO ONE called me *YET AGAIN* this weekend to tell me what time to be there (sorry for being a brat, but cell phones make communication A LOT easier - ya know? - I tend to be a little FIESTY when something rubs me the wrong way, but luckily my family knows how to deal with it and they understand that I just need to vent and then I'm over it...not everyone understands that about me though :))




At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable.-- Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer


We did the whole egg thing, ate lots of wonderful food, played kickball and football out front, and watched the RACE...way to go Denny *TEAM GIBBS* & I got kind of excited when Stewart passed JR on close to the last lap :) Sorry Randall & Debbie!

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.-- Jane Howard

Anyway, we had a great weekend together as always...now it is back to the grind...only three more days until I get a mini-vaca that is long over due!



For the rest of the weekend pics, click here


Friday, March 28, 2008

100 Things About Me

I am going to follow in the "SWEET" footsteps of a friend with this post because it is only 330pm at work and I'm so bored that tears are welling up in my eyes! This could take a while! TGIF!!!

1. I was born on October 14, 1979 in Manassas, VA
2. My parents names are Doug and Sharon
3. My ONLY sibling is my younger brother Josh, we are 22 months apart
4. My family moved to Clarke County when I was 6 years old
5. My parents still live in the same house in C.C. (my dad built it)
6. First pet was a dog that we named Lady Bug
7. We had a cat named Fluffy, and it ran away
8. I don't generally like cats
9. I played tee-ball
10. My first crush was in 1st grade; his name was PARKER
11. I was always the chubby kid when I was little
12. I made HORRIBLE grades in 4-6th grade
13. I played volleyball 7th grade, got cut in 8th
14. I also played girls basketball 7th & 9th-11th grade
15. I had a horrible perm in middle school
16. I played girls softball from 2nd grade - 11th
17. I am so thankful for braces
18. KKH talked me into running cross country and track
19. Because of that I now really enjoy running
20. I lost-40 some odd pounds between my 8th & 9th grade years
21. I couldn't cut my hair until after high school
22. I used to chase my brother around with locust shells to make him cry
23. I got spanked on a pretty regular basis
24. I so wish I had good/clear skin
25. My parents HATED my first boyfriend (for good reason)
26. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up
27. I graduated from VT in 2000
28. I am a HUGE HOKIES fan
29. I wanted to go to UVA up until 11th grade
30. I love the Redskins & football
31. I hate being ignored
32. I like to use the color coating from Easter malt balls to paint my lips
33. I enjoy dancing
34. I've been to about 9-10 countries in Europe
35. I think traveling is very important
36. I like to jump out and scare people
37. My cubicle is purple!
38. I love taking pictures
39. I wanted to be a teacher when I was little
40. I use candy corn for fangs
41. I also wanted to be an OB - what?
42. I don't really enjoy IT even though I work in that industry
43. I have random outbursts
44. I love reality & crime shows
45. I have one tatoo; I want MORE!
46. Fashion intrigues me
47. I think writing this much about myself is HARD
48. I like all types of music
49. Aliyah and I have dance parties every other weekend
50. I have an interest in buying random CD's
51. My dad is my hero
52. I never met my dad's father
53. I love trampoline's
54. I love the coziness of the winter
55. The beach is my favorite place
56. I want to visit Australia, Egypt, Greece, and Brazil
57. I want to open a business soon
58. I look forward to having children
59. I think meditation is key to keeping focused
60. I am not as patient as I'd like to be
61. I stopped eating all meat in 8th grade
62. I'm not patient enough to cook a lot
63. I started with chicken again a few years ago
64. I love Doritos
65. I don't eat red meat
66. I hate bananas
67. Hot dogs completely gross me out
68. One of my favorite songs is UP IN HERE
69. I don't like my nose
70. I'm short waisted
71. I think my feet are way too big for my height
72. My views on A LOT of things have changed in the last year
73. I believe in God
74. I consciously work on being a better person every day
75. I have my belly-button pierced, and a total of five holes in my two ears
76. I adore my niece
77. I love coffee
78. I know I can always count on my BFF
79. I only drink water during the day
80. Newcastle is my favorite beer
81. I try to exercise a few days a week
82. I am usually 15-30 minutes late for work
83. I hate stopping for gas
84. I love shoes & have bought 6 new pair in the last month
85. Shopping can be a problem for my bank account
86. I hate looking at the time, so I never wear a watch
87. Baliee always sleeps with me
88. My biggest pet peeve is chomping on ice
89. I bought Disney's The Jungle Book at Best Buy this week
90. I think Little Penguin Wine is AWESOME
91. I love Tiffany's
92. I want a new COACH purse for spring
93. I don't have a clue where I am moving to next
94. I think communication is KEY to any relationship on any level
95. I really enjoy going to the movies and getting POPCORN
96. I constantly yo-yo with my weight
97. I love staying in my PJ's all day
98. I hate putting away the laundry
99. I can't wait to leave work today
100. I'm DONE!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

THANK YOU - SHOUT OUT!


*Thanks a bunch* for all the positive feedback on the camera purchase! I was still a little bit worried about buying the right one and picking out a good camera & YA'LL put those worries to rest!


PEACE, LOVE & GRACE!!!


Amy :)

A refreshing change of pace...


Today I went to lunch with one of my favorite co-workers...we don't make it out to lunch together often; maybe once a month, and it is always so nice to catch up on everything.

The thing I noticed most about our time today was that there were NO technology interruptions (well, my phone rang once, but I just noted who it was and went back to eating/chatting).

IN MAJOR CONTRAST TO TODAY, on Tuesday I went out with four co-workers and a dear old co-worker for Thai. As the six of us sat around the table, FOUR of them had either their cell phone out or the PDA constantly *CONSTANTLY* which I find to be completely annoying. Virtually no eye contact, answering in part sentences, holding their fork in one hand and scrolling through their emails with the other...I mean, it really is a talent and amazing to watch the multi-tasking in action...

After we left the restaurant, three of us decided to stop off for a coffee. I sat at the table across from the other two people who *AGAIN* both had out their PDA's checking email, answering calls, or listening to voice mail for the ENTIRE TIME. At one point, when I realized that neither of them even knew I was there, I got up and walked away to the trashcan to toss out the remainder of my beverage - I was SO over the overall rudeness of the dynamic. I basically got about 20 feet from the table before either realized I was gone...

I mean, come on people, it is not THAT important! You are not that important & some things can wait!

My questions are - how did we conduct business successfully five years ago, or even ten years ago, when the modern day conveniences of cell phones, PDA's, laptops, wireless, etc WERE not so much a part of everyday life?

Didn't the stuff still get done? Is it that we are all just much more impatient now b/c technology has changed us?

I can't even sit in a team meeting at work anymore without several team members "multi-tasking" and doing work via the wireless connection DURING the meeting on their laptops. Oh, and if they are not on the laptop, the dang PDA is in their hand & they are scrolling through their oh *so important* emails...

I get so frustrated b/c NO ONE IS PAYING ATTENTION TO ANYONE ELSE...ergo, the meeting ends up lasting about 30 minutes longer than necessary b/c people have to remove their heads from their rear ends ~ every time they are asked a question...there is a pause, then they realize you were talking to them, then they say - oh, sorry, I didn't hear you - what was the question???

COME ON! If I wanted to hang out with Ostriches who prefer to put their head in the ground I would!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Sometimes you win & sometimes you lose...

THE WIN:

I decided to buy a new digital camera after weeks of frustration with respect to picture quality with my current one. I did a little research and headed off to Best Buy today at lunch as I WANT to have this new item before my upcoming trip to the wild and wonderful state of Arkansas!


After making the sales guy follow me around for about 15 minutes telling me about all the pros and cons, I chose the Canon PowerShot. I said ok - I'll take that one, BUT I WANT IT IN PINK...then comes the "I'm sorry" look...he returns by saying...yeah, they show all of the colors on display, but we only stock the BLUE one in the store, you have to order the PINK one online (this is starting to feel like picking out the sex of my child here although I'm sure that isn't quite that easy!)...based on the timeline, I decide that I could WAIT b/c I WANT THE CUTE GIRLY COLOR :)


I should have it by 04/01 - the funny part of the story was when he was filling out the online order and asked me for my credit card info...I immediately started rattling off the numbers...he stops typing, pauses, looks at my hands/purse, and then up at me and asks "you just know it?" and follows up by saying "that has never happened to me before!" I start laughing...so hard that I almost can't finish telling him the information.


I wanted to say - honey, I have made so many online purchases, that I got tired of always reaching for my card, so I know this by *HEART* but I refrained from making a bigger deal out of the transaction and giggled again when he told me that it was "impressive!"




THE LOSS:

I live in the sticks, no option for faster Internet than DIAL-UP, so I STILL buy CD's. I have no other choice, unless I want to wait an hour for a song to download.


While browsing around the store today I decide to try to find the CD with the cool song from the new MacBook Air commercial and before I knew it - it was right in front of my face...totally excited to hear the rest of the songs, I tore into it on my way back to work...and DISASTER hit the speakers of my TL!!!!


What they don't tell you is that only 5 of the 13 songs are in ENGLISH - WHAT? All of the song titles on the back cover are written in the only language I know, but as I skipped through tracks, I definitely heard UNFAMILIAR sounds...so I popped open the brochure deal to look at the songs, and even the WORDS are in another language...


BOTTOM LINE IS - do not get sucked in by the cute/fun Mac commercial & if you do, PLEASE just download the one song NEW SOUL & DO NOT BUY THIS CD!

I might as well have thrown $15.00 out the window :)


A priceless evening...


Yesterday evening I was really able to enjoy the extra daylight time by fitting in a quick 2 mile run when I got home from work. I was monitoring the sunset position the entire way up I-66 *HOPING* that I was going to make it in time. I neglected to pick up Bailee, busted into the house, and did a super quick change leaving a trail of clothes...



I finished my run at mom and dads; walking up their driveway almost killed me...it is pretty steep & I thought my lungs were about to collapse (there is an unhealthy reason for this)...when I walked into the kitchen and quickly filled a glass of water - dad asked me if I was going to make it and offered cough drops - ha!



Bailee had already been picked up, so I just visited with them for a few...all the while contemplating asking one of them to drive me home - then dad says "well, I'm off to feed my fish" and I think I lit up like a Christmas Tree and asked "oh good, can you take me home?"

Dad looked up from the table with a grin and said "only if you go with me to feed the fish..."



So we walked out together and hopped in his beast of a truck and headed off to the pond...I must say it was a wonderful time...I don't usually get the opportunity to spend one on one time with him and when it happens I cherish it greatly...it is definitely chicken soup for my soul.



We talked at the pond for a while and then for a bit longer in the truck when we got back to my house about all sorts of things...these interactions make me not want to be farther away from them...I have been known to *complain* about living "across" the street from them, but in all honesty - it is wonderful to be able to pop in whenever and spend Q.T. time with them. I don't know that less than a half mile is necessary, but I'm not sure that 45 min to an hour will work either :)



Thanks for the ride home last night dad, it made my week :)



I don't have a recent pic of he and I, so I thought I'd share one of our ONLY family photos from WAY back in the day! This photo cracks me up every time I see it!

Monday, March 24, 2008

"Hi, this is AMY..."


The title of this post is what I typically say EVERY TIME I answer the phone at my desk, unless I know it is a friend, etc. I even say this when I recognize a customer's number on the screen...


I have a customer located in the Raleigh Durham, NC area - I also have a cousin that lives and works there...you can probably see where this is going...


I just happened to be texting my cousin and the customer at the same time this afternoon...


I received and out of office response from my customer and about five minutes later my phone rings and I see the FAMILIAR (919) area code flash...I assume it is the cousin, and knowing that he had a WILD weekend, I answer the phone as follows:


ME: Hey, are you still breathing?

COUSIN?: Um, I sure hope so.

ME: GASP...(I don't recognize the voice)

COUSIN?: Do you even know who this is?

ME: OMG! Um, no...

CUSTOMER: This is Bob so and so with XXXXX, I just got your email and blah, blah, blah...


This is someone that I DO NOT talk to on a regular basis, but luckily he was laughing and completely understood when I told him the story and explained why I answered the phone so unprofessionally...


I had written him about a fax that I was waiting on & he proceeded to tell me that he sent it back on 03/20, which was last Thursday and sure enough I found it ON THE FAX when I actually got up to check...so then I get to say WOOPSIE, I had it the entire time!


I'm sure his faith in my abilities is even more confirmed now!

Easter Sunday or the County Fair?

My youngest 1st cousin, Ezekiel - 5 months - Easter 2008

Easter with my family was so WONDERFUL this year! I am bummed because I forgot my camera and there was so much going on at my grandparents that I didn't get to capture & no one else had a camera!!!





After some miscommunication about what time lunch was, we all ended up riding over to Culpepper together; that was FUN - Josh enjoyed plucking on our nerves by playing incessantly with his Slurpee - making a nice array of irritating noises. Brittany, his girlfriend, finally took the cup away from him - hahaha! Dad had to pass three state troopers within ten miles of one another before he finally decided to slow down...I guess I take after him (wink).





The amount of food was seriously out of control! I loved every bit of it though! Chicken and dumplings, pot-pie, fresh bread & the desserts - wow - the desserts! There were more sweet treats to try than main course dishes. My mom and her sisters love to bake!





After lunch is when the county fair started :) We were riding four wheelers through the field - my cousin had one that goes up to like 60mph and you don't have to shift gears...it was awesome! Aaron likes to ride that particular one on two wheels more than four, which makes me a bit nervous after a while...I like the speed, but I prefer to keep all four wheels where they belong! I teased Aaron that this hair looked like Albert Einstein when he was done riding :)





My dad, grandfather, and uncles were out in the fields with metal detectors...my little cousin Jacob, who is about 5, came in the house all excited b/c he found a quarter while out with the big guys...come to find out, my dad threw it out on the ground for him - I guess they weren't finding much w/ the detectors and Jacob was sticking close with his shovel in great anticipation, so dad wanted to make it worth his time - Ahhh DAD, love you! :)





The horses were out and people were riding, the kids were playing ball in the backyard, hiding eggs, Britt and I were jumping on the trampoline and visiting with the baby goats...the noises they made sounded like a kid crying...kind of alarming with so many kids around, but whatever!





My aunt Joyce recently had a baby, his name is Ezekiel and he is now five months old and just the most precious little guy. I basically tried to take him as my own yesterday afternoon and would only hand him over when my arms got tired or when Brittany said she wanted a turn...he was such a snuggly little guy... I managed to get a pic of him with my cell when he was eating his rice...the one and only pic from yesterday - what are you gonna do?


I believe that I counted we had 35 immediate family members there yesterday & we were missing 12 for one reason or another!


It was such a fantastic day, a long one, but just perfect!





I found out that we are celebrating EASTER again next weekend with my Peanut, so I'll definitely have some pics then. I was so excited when mom told me :)





ANYWAY, nuff about me ~ I hope your holiday was great too!!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

HaPpY eAsTeR!



“Nothing is worth more than this day.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



It seems very odd to me that Easter is this Sunday - wasn't St. Patrick's Day just last week? I had Easter cards for friends that I never filled out and mailed last year, and I *STILL* have them, as this week has completely gotten away from me, I'm left with no time to mail them, so guess what - there is always next year!



"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken" -Albert Camus



Last year we had Peanut on Easter weekend and had the best time with her decorating eggs at my house on Saturday night and hiding eggs at my grandparents farm on Sunday with all the other kiddos. It just won't be the same without her this year, but I'm sending her all my love for a wonderful weekend and I hope her basket is filled with all the candy she loves :)


“It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



I send the best of wishes to all of you for a fantastic holiday and I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families! Be blessed with great company, peaceful spirits, and joyous memories!




"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another" - George Eliot




Thursday, March 20, 2008

Have bags will travel...


UM, I NEED A VACATION! This has been a week filled with not being myself at all and that calls for some serious corrective action on my part...


As you can see from the EI counter, the family beach trip this year is still not really in sight *UGH*, but luckily there are a few long weekend trips coming up...

The 1st wknd in April I'm going to visit my aunt in Arkansas. I'm sure you are thinking that AK is not really the most optimal vaca spot and trust me, I agree; however, at this point I'd take just about anything, anywhere!


Then on AB weekend, I'll actually headed to Memphis, TN for the Beale Street Music Festival. I am meeting up with the same aunt there, so it will be FUN! I actually bought a plane ticket last year, but I ended up not going...that is a long story!


On a side note, I tend to watch crime related shows on TV (just love the course of solving a mystery) and last week I caught one of The First 48 episodes on AETV, which is based on solving murders and the need to have a suspect within the first 48 hours (now you really needed that explanation didn't you?), and go figure the case was in Memphis - showing no doubt the WORST part of the city and kind of gave me a not so nice feeling about the trip.

I guess I'm just super naive because I'd like to think of Tennessee as a safe state, tucked away in the south...


The line-up for the festival is amazing! Here are some of the acts:


Fergie

O.A.R. (I can't wait to see them)

Sheryl Crow

Ben Folds

Flyleaf

My Chemical Romance

Santana

Arrested Development (a lil Mr. Wendell action)

Simple Plan

Aretha Franklin

Finger Eleven

Joan Jett

Colbie Caillat...and the list goes on!


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sleep Through The Static


Because it is taking *everything* within me to keep it together today, I'm going to take the opportunity to try to distract myself by sharing one of my favorite things right now :)


Jack Johnson's new album "Sleep Through The Static" is SO wonderful! If you are a fan of his, pick up the CD or download it asap...I promise that you'll really enjoy the tunes and the overall song list is awesome for this time of year and getting in the mood for spring!


Last Wednesday evening, I had the sunroof open & the window rolled down slightly as I drove home from work watching the sunset *listening to this CD* I got super excited about this time of year...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Today has SUCKED!


I apologize in advance for this B&T%H session; I usually try to focus on the positive and I try not put bad energy out into the universe, but SERIOUSLY - today @ work has sucked bad!


CORRECTION - Everything started out good; I was on time to work - well almost - I had to stop and pick up coffee and pastries from Panera for a customer visit, but I did all of that and managed to get here about 15 minutes earlier than usual *this is big for me*


The customer was supposed to be here @ 10am, but sent an email saying they would not arrive until 1130am - this is still good b/c it lets me get through my emails and get some work done before getting tied up...


Customer arrives, all is well...that is until I return to my desk to see emails that seem to indicate that the world is coming to an end. I won't bore you with the details, I'll just say that from that point on *today has sucked!* I did my best to respond before running to the breakroom to heat up lunch at 230pm and scurry off to my next meeting.


One of my engineers saw the panic and stress on my face during a hallway discussion (one that took place b/c I was pulled out of my second meeting of the day) and kindly mouthed the words "It will be Ok" to me when I was on the brink of tears and let me tell you that I HATE TO BE THE GIRL THAT CRIES AT WORK...


Even as I was typing this the Quality Director at my company walks up to my desk to tell me of MORE issues...


And to top it all off, my clip board (cut/copy/paste) would not work today and I was too busy to re-start my PC, so I repeatedly attempted to copy and paste *OVER AND OVER AGAIN* only to have it not work *TIME AFTER TIME* and then I would proceed to complain about it *EACH TIME* as if I expected a different outcome!


I don't think I have dropped such massive bombs at work in a LONG WHILE i.e. the BOMBS that have been flying out of my mouth all afternoon.


I'm definitely having a DRINK at dinner tonight - not sure that my normal peach beverage is going to cut it either. I deserve it ~ AHHH, a relaxing beverage %^&*(#!


PS - as I wrap this up, I continue to get phone calls...I feel bad for ME, but I feel bad for everyone else that is helping too! BTW, I DID NOT CRY!

What a difference between the earlier post and now...thanks for listening!

My NEW Favorite Country Song

Aliyah on the first day I held her...

I tried to find the music video for you, but I can't *oh well*...



I absolutely love this song...I found a video clip on youtube from a concert & you'd have to minimize the screen to avoid getting motion sickness and just listen to the words...



So, I searched a little bit more and found another live version on AOL music sessions (a much better video to watch). Check it out...You're Gonna Miss This - I think you'll enjoy it!



The words are just so TRUE...



PS - you have to watch a 30 sec commerical at the beginning, but humor me and do it!



Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life!

Monday, March 17, 2008

I Love You!

Peanut and I @ Josh's 03.14

Hey ya'll! Wow - I feel like it has been a while since I did a post, so today is probably going to be a weekend update and a shout out for a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Things have been a bit boring and yet very exciting all at the same time....



Friday night I went over to my brother's to visit with my niece aka Peanut (Josh, Brittany, and mom were all there too). Aliyah and I took silly pictures showing our bubble gum, we all ordered Chinese (well I had the brainiac idea to order PAD THAI from a CHINESE rest in FRONT ROYAL & that didn't turn out so well!) - I ended up sharing Aliyah's lo mein :), we talked about Peanuts week (she was so excited b/c she is now registered for kindergarten- what?), we all watched LOST, she changed into her jammies and then I headed home for some much needed rest.


I thought she looked so grown up w/ her headband :)

Every time I see Aliyah, I realize how quickly my little Peanut is growing. Josh picks her up at 6pm every other Friday and I usually call them around 6:10pm at the latest; I talk to Josh for a few to figure out the plan and then I always talk to Peanut - this has been happening for well over a year now, so it has been fun to see how much the conversations that we hold have evolved (she is 4.5 years old for those who are wondering).

Showing me her messy hands @ Polka Dot Pot

This past Friday she and I had a pretty normal conversation about me coming over, ordering dinner, she told me she had to leave early on Sunday and then without thinking, and completely not like me, I say to her "ok, I'm on my way and I'll see you soon - I'm so excited" (I ALWAYS TELL HER "I LOVE YOU"). There is a pause on the other end and I'm thinking that maybe she is hanging up, but I wait and in the CUTEST little chipmunk voice of hers she says "I love you Amy." I melted at hearing these words. This is the FIRST time she has ever said it first and without being prompted at all. I quickly pulled myself together and replied with an "AWH, oh my goodness, I love you too!"


With the firetruck she "painted"

After this exchange, I get off the phone and my eyes just fill with tears...there is something about the way a child touches your heart that is simply unexplainable, yet it is also something we all understand. I am so very proud of her and the little person that she is. Aliyah fills my heart with such incredible joy and I am so thankful and blessed to have a relationship with her. I so look forward to having my own one day, but for now, I am super happy to soak up as much from each experience with her as possible!



It is impossible to get her to look @ the camera :)

Here is a link to more pictures from Friday night and Saturday at Polka Dot Pot in Winchester - I HIGHLY recommend doing this sometime with the kids & they also have ladies night during the week...it was a lot of fun!

Satuday night I went out with my BFF and friends to Mr. Smith's in Georgetown to celebrate St. Patty's Day a little early; we had a great time, but she and I got a *tad bit* bored, so we resorted to taking pics & a lot of them at that! Click here to see those pics!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March Madness


Tyler and Carson (Krissy's kiddos)


I'm not talking about basketball, not that it is even that time yet, but I think it's probably close considering - anyway - I'm just referring to having busy, fun, wonderful weekends!



Cara, Krissy (b-day girl), Kristen (fellow Hokie), and yours truly



Seems like the past two have been that way, and maybe it is the HOPE and FAITH that SPRING is right around the corner that makes them so fun!




Tyler waiting anxiously for Krissy to blow out her candles

Anyway, I don't have much to say today - AGAIN - so I'm just going to share a few pics from the weekend :)





I went to my college roomies 30th birthday party and got to see her new house and visit with her family and other college friends - good times!



Krissy and Carson

These are the girls that put dish liquid in the dishwasher *too lazy to go to the store* not too many years ago and walked into the kitchen about forty minutes later *after someone saying "waht is that noise"* to find a stack of suds about 6 inches high...my how things have changed!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Na Na Na Na Boo-Boo


Another BLOG tag...what can I say, my week has been BORING! No profanity hidden in my keyboard or crazy things in the bathroom, so this is what you get today!

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:
Living in Blacksburg, Va

Wrapping up my senior year at Virginia Tech at age 20...what?
Considering CHANGING majors to EDUCATION and not leaving VT in 2000
Working as a substitute teacher in Montgomery County, Va
Working out a lot, I was CRAZY about going to the gym!

5 things I was doing 5 years ago:
Buying my first house in Gainesville, VA
Working at IDI in inside sales
Sitting in my cubicle in Chantilly
Driving my WATTS UP Jeep
Decorating & painting


5 snacks I enjoy:
**if calories didn't count**
Just about any flavor Blizzard
Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal Cookies
Mom's key-lime fudge
French Fries
Funnel Cakes

5 things I did yesterday:
Worked
Went tanning
Took a bubble bath
Read
Hung out with Bailee


5 jobs I've had:
Lifeguard

Swim Instructor
Built PC's & laptops

Chick-fil-a & Pizza Hut (THE HOKIE GIRLL)
Substitute teacher

5 things I would do if I had a million dollars:
Pay off all DEBT
Take trips: Greece, Fiji, India, Thailand, Egypt
Donate to a charity
Adopt a child
Open a coffee shop

5 tv shows I like:
LOST
Ellen
Project Runway
Criminal Minds
The Hills

5 things I hate doing:
I don't know about this one...
I think I should be thankful for having the ability to do everything that I can and have to do...

5 biggest joys of the moment:
Spending time with Aliyah
Snuggling with Bailee
My Paigers
Time spent with my family
Being ME and thankful


TAG YOU'RE IT!!!
(can also send to wattsup10@hotmail.com)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Um, please tell me what is going on here!

I have been thinking off and on about what makes me always go to the same stall in the bathroom at work and why I get thrown off if it is already in use and I have to go to another one...


Well - today when I walked in before leaving for lunch, I was even more disturbed to find what looked to be a toilet papering job that was done on the door handles of my *FAVORITE* stall (second one on the left in case you were wondering).





I stopped dead in my tracks, and said out loud- uh, what is going on? I mean, due to the many different cultures that work at NCS, I have seen quite a bit that shocks me, but never anything like this...



I immediately turned into tattle-tale mode and walked my happy self down to HR and proceeded to tell them what I saw. What was even more amusing in all of this was the response I got.



I was told, in the most nonchalant way, that it had been seen before and that they probably knew who did it and why...





At this point, there are so many thoughts and questions running through my head, but I'm like - OK - I don't care who did it, but WHY?


Apparently it is a WARNING that the particular stall is out of TOILET PAPER. I MEAN, WHAT? As I stand there and absorb this...everything I witnessed a few minutes earlier seemed to make sense, including the extra paper that was on top of the TP dispenser...





I left the HR office, somewhat even more confused by the way such a mess was shrugged off and went back to the restroom, picked another stall...you know the rest...




Still boggled by the disaster in the bathroom, I decided I had to capture it. Let's just say that the boys who were waiting on me to go to lunch through out this entire scenario, were slightly alarmed when I told them we still couldn't leave b/c there was something in the bathroom that I HAD to take PICTURES of :)


PS - after I washed my hands, I turned to the paper towel dispenser, which was ALSO empty and wondered why there wasn't a *WARNING* there? And if there were to be an additional warning, what would one do?


What ever happened to a good old post-it note?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SABOTAGE!


One of my favorite co-workers was out of the office yesterday attending a training. We have worked together for over two years and been on the same team, cube by cube, the entire time (poor, poor fella :)).


At first I'm sure he thought I had to be CRAZY, but after this amount of time we have gotten adjusted to one anothers behaviors and have quite a bit of fun in "cube hell" or "practical joke heaven".


As he was 100% out of the office yesterday, in my very ORNERY afternoon mood, I decided to rearrange the keys on his keyboard...I have done this to him before, so I can't claim that it was original, BUT he is a hunt and peck typer - so it is hysterical when he looks up at his email - however many minutes later - and sees that all of the words are MISSPELLED!


What can I say? I'm easily amused!


Well, when I got in today I noticed he had *returned the favor* by seriously sabotaging my keyboard; however, I didn't notice the message hidden in the keys until I went to fix everything...


AND seeing as how he got me GOOD - I decided I just had to take a picture...



Juno in the Reezey


I have been dying to see the movie Juno since I saw the very first preview. I thought it looked very good and really funny. Not that I thought the immediate content of the movie was a laughing matter, but a little dry humor goes a long way when poking fun at real life.


Brittany and I decided that after we saw 27 Dresses, we were going to try to catch Juno before it left the theatre's...the only local place still showing the film this week was Royal Cinemas in Front Royal aka Scruff Royal OR Front Reezey (to me anyway!).


First of all I love that movie theatre! I poke fun at Front Royal, but the downtown area itself is really ADORABLE and has a lot of CHARACTER. Royal Cinemas only charged us $5.00 to see the movie; they sell brand name candy, serve nachos, Island Oasis smoothies, and POPCORN with BUTTER! I thought I was in heaven! One ticket, a medium popcorn, and a strawberry smoothie only cost me $12.00! WHAT? It looks like they feature 3-4 CURRENT films at a time and the theatre's are small, but the overall experience there is wonderful!


Juno itself was a great movie. I laughed a lot, and cried - actually balled my eyes out at the end, but they were very happy tears! I highly recommend the film and even if you don't catch it before it leaves the theatre's - please rent or buy it when it comes out. It is well worth a couple hours of your time!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A brief pause to complain


First of all I am very busy at work today, which I LOVE (I just love it when the day passes quickly); however, I need to pause from the rat race to vent!



Important Questions:


Why does the A/C kick on in my office & only in my office (where 8 of 100+ people sit) EVERY TIME the temperature outside rises above 55 degrees?


Why does the A/C not only turn on, but does so at the level I like to call "BLAST"? I can see the dust bunny's dancing on the vent. Come on people!


Why do I still have on my coat at 3:08pm?


Why does the power breaker throw (to my office) and all of our PC's go down when I plug in a space heater to try to remedy the extreme cold? Can't a girl catch a break?


Why can I not concentrate when the tip of my nose is COLD?


Why does the Chilly-Willy-The-Penguin-Song play over and over in my head?


Bye Bye Brett


I have sworn myself to secrecy *shhhh AMY* as to why I have an interest in the Green Bay Packers, but nonetheless about an hour ago an article popped up on my MSN homepage saying that Brett the hottie Favre has decided to retire - again...


Although I think it is wonderful to be able to go out of the game after having one of your best seasons ever, it is sad to think that he will *possibly* never throw another pass on Sunday's to come.


"The Packers owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude. He has given Packers fans 16 years of wonderful memories, a Super Bowl championship among them, that will live on forever. ... The uniqueness of Brett Favre — his personality, charisma and love of the game — undoubtedly will leave him as one of the enduring figures in NFL history."
This picture on the Fox website is awesome (click)...

It makes me even sadder to think that I rooted against the Pack during their last game this season when they lost to the Giants in overtime (if the Giants could beat the Patriots, which they did !YAY!, the Pack DEF could have too); however, I seem to feel pretty positive that any outcome of the 2007 NFL season was not driven by what Amy wanted :)



All I can say is that I HOPE he continues to endorse Wranglers or WHATEVER so we can see and appreciate how he gets better looking with time!

Monday, March 3, 2008

A fishing we will go...





On Saturday afternoon Dad, Josh, Aliyah, and Corey went to Woodstock to get new fish for one of dads ponds. They came back with 130 and Dad stocked them Saturday...



Since it was pretty nice out yesterday, we decided to go fishing and have a fish-fry at my cousin's house afterwards...I don't think anyone imagined that with nine of us casting, no fish would be caught...



Thankfully dad had some frozen fish from past adventures!

We had a blast!


For more pics click here