Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Some time ago I recommended JOSH KELLY to you all...
Well, I have recently *discovered* that my new favorite COUNTRY group includes his brother!
Lady Antebellum is *awh-some* and if you like more modern country; I highly recommend checking them out - their style is a great mix :)
Their first single is "Love Don't Live Here" (click the link to check out the video)
My most favorite tracks are:
1) Love Don't Live Here
4) Long Gone
5) I Run To You
I bought the album about a week ago at Targt and at the time is was only $6.98 - SCORE! I had a hunch all of the tracks would be in ENGLISH this time - hahaha!
Let me know what ya'll think!!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The BIG news is that I will now be working at the same company as my best friend *YAYAYAY*, which is something that we are BOTH super geeked out about!
We met because she was hired to fill the position I left, about three years ago, and we clicked from day one! From that time, we have often daydreamed about how much fun it would be to work together again - and WAALAHH!
SIDE NOTE: My going away luncheon is next Tuesday and my boss sent out a huge meeting invite to a bunch of people in the office and put the location down as "TBD - Hooter's?" - One word comes to mind and that is *WHAT?*
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Last evening was incredibly beautiful so I decided to sit out there with him & soak up the break from the rain...
The front of my house has a covered patio of sorts and I was minding my own business on the top step when I saw something that looked like a bird swoop down in the yard...
I thought - well, it is sort of random to see a bird fly that low this late, but whatever...
Then the *bird* swooped back down a second time & a little closer to the patio, the front light, and ME...
I thought - well, that does not look like a *bird*, but more like a *BAT* BUUUTTTTT whatever, I'm sure it won't bother me...
Then before I could hardly process the previous thought, the *BAT* swooped around AGAIN, for the third time, and came under the patio, past my head, and then back out grazing the top of my hair...
Needless to say, I completely freaked out! I jumped up and ran down the steps, down the sidewalk, waving my arms erratically in the air - after I somewhat regained composure, I turned around & saw that the coast was clear and darted for the front door...panicked that the BAT would circle back and follow me in, I left Bailee outside...
Being that I grew up in the sticks, and have had this sort of experience at my parents in years passed, I guess I should have known better i.e. known that they WILL COME CLOSER THAN PREFERRED!
Anyway, I left Bailee outside for a few to fend for himself (barking incessantly the entire time), and then decided to turn off all the lights before letting him in the house...he was not happy with me as I'm pretty sure I spooked him with my outburst in the front yard, but I was not giving that bat another chance...the fourth time may have caused cardiac arrest :)
I can't imagine posting a picture with this post b/c the darn things are SO ugly and it freaks me out at this point to see one!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday night I stuck to my plan and I was a successful with a nice run on the treadmill...planned to continue the trend on Tuesday...
Last night I got to mom and dads to pick up Bailee and was chatting with dad and he asked me to stay for dinner. I told him that I would, but I needed to get home to work-out. He responded by telling me that they were having salads - I assume to insinuate that it would be a healthy dinner...we chatted for a bit and he asked me again to stay for dinner...again I said no.
Directly after, mom came in from her walk, and dad proceeded to tell her that he asked me to stay and eat with them, but I told him I'd RATHER go home and work-out! I was like - DAD, I DID NOT SAY IT LIKE THAT (ornery fella)! He knew exactly what he was doing...putting a little guilt trip on me...but I figured after being asked a few times & then thrown under the bus with mom - I should stay for salad :)
It was a decision that I couldn't have been happier with :)
Mom's cholesterol is a little high and she had a doctor's appointment last week and came home to tell dad that the doctor "gave her three months." Dad was like - uh - 3 months? I thought it was just a check-up! 3 months for what? She had forgotten to end the statement with "to get my cholesterol down before I go on medication" :) (mom was also told to EAT MORE VEGGIES - hence the super salad!)
The SALAD...OMG, the salad was flippin HUGE! I seriously had to pause during eating *several times* because my jaws ached from chewing! I told them I got a work-out from eating...it was almost exhausting!
DAD'S FUNNY STORY: My dad has a customer who is 71 years old AND the 71 year old man is dating a 38 year old woman...Dad asked him how it was going, and I guess felt comfortable enough to "GO THERE" because he asked his customer about intimacy!!! Something I was curious about when he was telling me the story, something we would all want to know, something most people would not ask! So when dad asked his customer about IT - the 71 yr old man responded by saying "We'll hopefully SHE can keep up!"
Now, that'll put you in your place! Hahaha! I guess it's never too late!!!
Tonight it is BACK to running & then dinner :)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I have been driving past the new construction for months now that is located right by I-66 (west) at the Delaplane/Paris exit...at times my family has been in the car with me and we all racked our brains at what the building was going to be; is it a house? a barn? what is going on? Whatever it is - it is huge!
Anyway, on Saturday when driving to Gainesville for lunch, I noticed a huge banner spanning the top of the building that indicated the website for Barrel Oak Winery. Feeling like I had unlocked a six month old secret, I called mom (as soon as I got service) and she told me that she noticed it the previous Monday...WHAT?
I drive this route to work daily, so it is a little surprising that I would not notice the change for a week, but stranger things have happened! I was a little disappointed that mom had known about it and I was just catching on!
Barrel Oak Winery opens on Memorial Day Weekend 2008 and *I WANT TO BE THERE*, but I have a feeling I'll be out of town...I will definitely be checking it out though...the owners love & welcome dogs, so I think Bailee will have to tag along!
Somewhat is a side note: I so love where I grew up and how incredibly beautiful the valley is ~ I grow to admire the area more and more with each passing year. Sometimes I am amazed by the fact that within 40 minutes of leaving the city, I can be tucked away in such a peaceful and inspiring place that is simply picturesque.
The view while driving Rt. 17 between I-66 and Paris mountain is breathtaking and I truly appreciate the steps that have been taken to preserve its beauty. I think this is the perfect location for a new Virginia winery and I can't wait to visit...
Hopefully my local readers will be able to make it by BOW too! :)
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.
We are Virginia Tech.
We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.
We are Virginia Tech.
We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.
We are Virginia Tech.
The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.
We are the Hokies.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We are Virginia Tech."
~Nikki Giovanni's Convocation address, Delivered April 17, 2007
Although a lot of the content of the above is in relation to the fresh wound, I cherish this speech because of the strong words "we will prevail." I believe that our entire nation has. I am so incredibly proud to be a Hokie! It is an honor to be a part of such a wonderful community of people before and after the events of 04.16.2007...those directly affected by that day will have a special place in my heart for all time.
Thank you to all for the love and support shown to my beloved Virginia Tech today and always.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Friday night I met the fam for dinner in Front Royal b/c is was a PEANUT WEEKEND - yay! When I got to Josh's house, gram and Aliyah were in hot pursuit of getting top scores on some Wii game...it was pretty funny to hear Aliyah tell mom how to use the Wii remote :)
During dinner it started to POUR the rain *buckets* were being released from the heavens - literally...we talked Josh into running to get the car for us girls (mom, Brittany, Aliyah, and I)...at first mom handed Josh the wrong keys to the car, but luckily they figured that one out before he got on his way...then he pulled up and Brittany ran out with Aliyah on her hip. When they got to the car, the doors were locked & Josh being unfamiliar with mom's vehicle, could not figure out how to unlock the doors...clearly, it was a stressful moment...mom and I stood under the awning watching this all go down...Aliyah and Brittany are yelling for him to open the doors as they were getting drenched and we heard Josh from about 30 feet away & from inside the car yell "I DON'T KNOW HOW!!!" He finally decided to reach to the back seat to open the door and practically knocked himself out on the ceiling console...after we saw B&A get in safely - mom and I ran to the car (me with my shoes in my purse and jeans rolled up to my knees)...once we were all tucked inside I saw the birds circling above Josh's head as he tried to regain composure with eyes crossed and a look of bewilderment!
Saturday I worked at the house all day with the company of my BFF to get things ready for Sunday's open house. She and I took a break in the late afternoon to walk to dads pond and say hi to everyone fishing...I introduced her to the family and explained the connections...my cousin Randall was there with his son Corey and I proceed to tell my BFF that Randall was the son of my dads older daughter...you could hear crickets...then all of a sudden dad says "yeah right!!!" My dad is the youngest of four and Randall is the son of his OLDEST SISTER Judy :) What can I say? The yard work, etc had me so tired that I couldn't think straight!
Sunday the whole family got together at my cousin's house for a fish fry, which was awesome as usual! Aliyah and I had a boxing match - so much fun! She watches WWF with her other grandfather and I didn't really realize what I was getting myself into. She loved knocking me out and I taught her to say "KO" every time I fell to the floor...then we'd get up and again and she'd say "bring it on" or "show me what you got" - it was HYSTERICAL! I have to be careful about laughing at her b/c she tends to be a little sensitive about it :) Everything was going well, until all of a sudden she decided to start using her feet! The swift kick I got to the head, was not what I was expecting when laying on the floor in safe mode - at all! My head wasn't feeling the best yesterday anyway, so after I told her "no feet! no feet!" I laid there for a while until I decided to get up for more of the 4 year-olds whoopin! I then taught her how to put her boxing gloves up in the air and jump up and down Rocky style, which was priceless to say the least! I sang "Aliyah is the champion" to the tune of Queen's "We are the Champions." She'd get a big grin on her face that went from ear to ear...I mean, the little girl likes to WIN & I have to say she gets her competitive nature honestly :)
I have a few pics, I tired to not take as many this weekend simply because I can get out of control with them, but I'll try to post in the next couple days!
I hope ya'll had a fantastic weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday!!!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
One of my dear friends that now lives in London started a blog and just sent me the link - YAY!
SIDEBAR: You know I had to scrounge up some pics of us for this post...I am really starting to think I'm the picture monster - SERIOUSLY - anyway, as I'm sure you can tell - lots of these are OLD SCHOOL...when I start to feel like I'm getting OLDER, I just have to look back at pics & I'm reminded to be thankful that I have learned how to do my hair and make-up - hahaha!!!
I met Melissa in college during my senior year at Virginia Tech. One thing we had in common from the start is the Mel is originally from Winchester...small world! Long story short is that she and I instantly clicked and had a lot of fun together during that year; we had several classes together, ended up working on lots of group projects, and she introduced me to fashion *my bank account thanks her* and so do I!
I remember well the time that Mel came over to help me get ready to go out one night; she was stunned to find that I didn't own any black pants (which were the ONLY thing girls wore to get dressed up back in the day) or cute "going out" shoes. I can still hear her saying "Ame, these are the only shoes you have?"
We remained in touch after college and ended up becoming roommates for a year in Alexandria - our landlord was crazy, but we had fun living so close to DC!
Melissa is an incredible artist and I've always been amazed at her talent and I'm so happy and excited that she has decided to start a blog about her experience and the evolution of her craft!
I've added a link to it on my BLOG, but also wanted to direct you to her blog here :)
THE BIRTH OF VENUS - MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
On the golf course - the two teams we hung with in Saturday
Saturday night a big group of us went out in Texarkana to two different places; they wanted to make sure that I saw everything possible, which I totally appreciated! I also got to meet Angie's best friend Shawna from Ashdown, I had heard so much about her & she really is a special person :)
This is the courthouse where Angie works
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Shockingly enough, there was virtually no line! YAY! My number was called before I even had my paperwork filled out- what?!? The driver's license part went smoothly ~ over the last however many months it has always been interesting to me to watch peoples reactions when they assume that I am making these changes because I recently got married...they usually say "oh, you just got married" and then I get to say "no, the opposite" and then they look at me as if I just told them that this is my last day on the planet...anyway...got to have that convo a couple times today already and once yesterday *BONUS*
After the DL stuff is done, I tell the person helping me that I ordered new plates in *SEPTEMBER* and they never came in - I even called DMV in November & was told that they were backed up and that I should see them soon...I proceed to explain to her that I got a new car in June, sold my old car in August, and wanted to transfer my personalized plates over, but I had the physical plates since I was 16 & they were BUSTED and that is why I ordered new ones - WHEW!
She looks at me kind of puzzled, checks in the computer & then tells me that she sees where the transfer of "WATTS UP" took place, but the new plates were NEVER ordered. Ok - good to know finally!
She asks if I want her to order the new plates today, I say yes...she clicks around on the computer while I continue to fill out the *NEW PLATES* form...the next thing I know she tells me that I now owe $30 for the DL & the plates...not a big deal, but it clicked with me that she must have placed the order already, SO I say to her "um, I want the standard VA plate & not the mountains anymore." She looks at me and says "well, you should have told me that before I submitted the order." I'm thinking ok, but you never told me you were entering the order...I'm still filling out the form...I haven't even gotten to the section to select what plate I want...so how can this be my fault?
She then calls over her boss and proceeds to state (in the nicest tone) "she didn't tell me until after I submitted the order that she didn't want to mountain background" - I'm like - what? You never even asked - I didn't even know exactly what you were doing...how am I all of a sudden to blame?
Long story short is that the two of them basically made me feel like I just smacked their children, so COMPLETELY UNLIKE ME, I backed down and said "you know what, I don't even see the license plates, so I really don't care - just leave it as is."
THEN after another mini-convo, we find out that I am driving around illegally! WTF? Not only did the last girl that helped me in Sept 07 not order my new plates, but she told me that it was OK to keep driving around with the plates issued by the dealership until the new "WATTS UP" ones came in...UH - apparently this is not the case! I was told today that should I get pulled over, I'd get a nice ticket for that...The funny thing is that I asked this question in 09/07 and was told just to show the legal powers that be both copies of my registration and it would be ok. I made sure to tell her that the last person there helping me CLEARLY did not know how to do her job...you'd like to trust that these people at GOVERNMENT related agencies know their SHIZZ, but that is not always the case! The funny thing was that same girl was sitting in the very next slot over helping someone else!
Now I get to go home and see if I still have the OLD PLATES in the garage or if I have to continue to hedge my bets and drive around illegally for the next two months!
Bailee and I have a semi-normal routine in the morning; sometimes he gets up when I go down to fix coffee, he goes out to potty & then he runs directly back to bed...sometimes he stays in bed, under the covers until I tell him it's time to go "bye-bye."
This was taken after one of the ice storms, but gives you an idea of the view from my front yard & why it is so scary when he runs off...
About half-way around the house, not seeing him anywhere, in any direction, I started to have a *panic attack* My baby is so little, he blends in with the wooded areas, and I was freaking out! I burst into tears, grabbed my chest - with thoughts of not having any shoes on (how was I going to run in the woods - what would happen if I went inside for shoes), needing to call for help, being extremely late for work, most importantly losing Bailee - he is my security blanket - it really is amazing how quickly that many thoughts can run through your mind...