Friday, May 30, 2008

A special visitor...


Last weekend I went to the beach with friends for Memorial Day. The last I had heard - Josh did not have Aliyah for the weekend...then on late Friday night I saw that I had missed two calls from Josh's cell right at 6pm and I knew he had my peanut for the weekend...and I was not at home :(



I talked to Josh and Aliyah on Saturday and again on Monday. Traffic on the way home was heavy and in the back of my mind I had convinced myself that I wasn't going to get to see Aliyah for two more weeks...




My phone conversation with peanut in the car on the way home Monday was a little alarming...



A: Hi Peanut...what have you all been doing?

P: We're at Grams

A: You are? Are you having fun?

P: Did you hear what happened to Bailee?

A: NO! WHAT HAPPENED TO BAILLE??

P: It's ok...he's okay.

A: Aliyah, what happened to Bailee???

P: He's okay.

A: Aliyah, let me talk to daddy please...



A: Josh, what happened to Bailee?

J: I don't know what she is talking about...she has been in the other room playing with the dogs, but Bailee is fine...

A: She scared me to death!!



As luck would have it I got to mom and dads at 530pm - right as Josh was getting ready to leave...so I scooped Aliayh up and gave her the biggest hug! Isn't it wonderful when they lay their head on your shoulder??



Aliyah took off running after I put her down and I knew she wanted me to chase her and so that is exactly what I did. Josh told her every time we made a loop past him in the family room "Aliyah, you need to put on your shoes" - this happened again and again.



Then when we got out to the driveway the chasing continued...Josh kept telling her "Aliyah, you have to get in the car - it's time to go home." After three or four laps around the driveway, I helped her get in the car and kissed her on the forehead - assuring her that the next time she is with daddy - Aunt Amy will be there :)





Courtesy of my dad, we all thought that he and Josh were leaving for a salmon fishing trip to NY bright and early Tuesday morning...I was a little bit surprised when I got home Tuesday evening & stopped to pick up Bailee that dad was still home....



A: UH- Dad, what are you doing here? I thought you were leaving today?

D: Well, I did too...but we are really supposed to be leaving tomorrow.

(good thing he figured that out)



Dad was grilling out and again gave me the third degree when I said I couldn't stay for dinner...as I was leaving I said "so - you are going salmon fishing" and dad says - "NO, I was wrong about that too; we are going bass fishing..." Poor dad!



This brings me to tonight...sitting on the couch - hanging out - waiting on Josh's girlfriend Brittany to come over and hang out and all of the sudden the doorbell rings. I live in the country & the doorbell doesn't ring that often people!!! I was caught off guard b/c it was too early for Brittany to be arriving...



Much to my surprise and delight it was Josh. I guess he was really coming by to see B b/c he and dad had just gotten back from their trip...dad had told him that he would be a horrible person if he didn't come and see her before going home to rest...needless to say, she was not here - so he got me!



It was a short visit, but just awesome...it was probably the most excited I had been to see anyone all week - like I had just opened the door and found Santa Clause!



We stood in the kitchen and talked about his trip, which sounded incredible - I was so excited for them! Then Josh reaches into a bag he brought in and starts unwrapping something and he handed me a trinket...I was like "IS THIS FOR ME???!!!???!!!" He told me it was and I was just beside myself with excitement! You would have thought that someone had just handed me a $100 bill or better yet a gift card for gas!



There is a sibling appreciation that comes with age and I so admire my brother. Don't get me wrong - we still fight, bicker, and pick on each other - I have a pretty strong feeling that will never change; however, there is something to be said about that other person in the world that is your genetic counterpart and having shared most everything in life with them in one way or another...



Josh is great brother, that knows exactly how to push my buttons - but more than than he is a loving son, a wonderful man, and an incredible father that I admire and look-up to despite my being almost two years older than him.



I love you Josh - thank you for all that you are and for the visit tonight!



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Victory is sweet!

I mean - how exciting is it that David Cook won American Idol last night????




I really got into the show this year and I SO wanted D.C. to win, but had this gut feeling based off of the show on Tuesday night that it was going to go the other way...


I was sitting on the couch in great anticipation around 9:50pm (Bailee was tucked in his favorite spot i.e. under the blanket on my lap and snuggled by my legs) and I was so nervous...I was also feeling guilty because I completely forgot to vote on Tuesday night...thinking to myself if D.C. loses I am going to feel so bad b/c I didn't show my support...



Then the moment of truth arrived - David Cook won by an astounding 12 million votes!!! HOLLA!!! Which - BTW - is exactly what I did! I screamed "YAY" & kicked my legs up in the air...scaring Bailee to death :) The poor little guy ran out from underneath the blanket and to the end of the couch where he looked back at me like "What?" - "What just happened?" - "Should I be barking?"


I think I cried (I am a BIG SAP) for about five minutes or more & then called mom and dad because I knew they were just as excited I me :)


Anyway! So excited still...and I can't wait for his album!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What did you say?

Karma, paybacks, tit for tat, get what you got coming to you...etc!


Over the course of the last week I've had trouble with my left ear & I think it is due to sinuses...I'm kind of stubborn about going to the doctor so I have been trying to self-medicate to the best ability of the local pharmacy...

Last Wednesday night, my left ear felt like there was so much pressure inside that something was going to burst, so being the independent person that I am - I called mom and dad for help :) I went over to their house and mom used this homeopathic remedy called ear candling. I was a bit nervous about it - she has used them on Aliyah, so I figured if peanut did it without being afraid, I too should be able to handle the experience...my ear felt better afterwards & I *borrowed* some NyQuil from them and then went on my way.


The following morning I woke up and turned on the tv to watch the news & the TV was echoing; I did my best troubleshooting to find out what was causing the tv echo, but had no luck (thinking great, now the tv is messed up!). I turned off the tv & turned on my alarm clock radio and heard the same noise...by this time I'm a bit freaked out thinking that some sort of electromagnetic field is active around the house (UM, does anyone think that I may have watched a little TOO MUCH OF LOST lately??) - anyway, so I turn off the radio and continue to get ready...it is not until I get in the car and turn on the radio and hear the exact same echo that I realize that there is nothing wrong with the house, but that it is my ear!!!!


Anyway, over the course of the next few days everything with the ear seemed to be getting better - that was until yesterday morning when I woke up feeling the same sort of growing pressure...again I was off the to drug store at lunch and I have been popping Tylenol and DayQuil like they are PEZ for the last day without much relief...


TODAY I have virtually NO HEARING in my left ear and it is just awful! This whole experience has made me think of my dad and how I make fun of his hearing loss (remember the Chuckie Cheese post??). All day I have found myself A) asking "what did you say" a lot B) saying "huh" and "what" constantly C) turning my head to the left to position my right ear forwards towards the speaking party D) talking louder (because I can't hear myself) like I have on headphones!


The reason I know that this is noticeable to others is A) my work friend told me that she was not going to talk to me for the rest of the day because she keeps having to repeat herself and B) when a team member walked up to my desk five minutes ago and I started talking to him - his eyeballs looked like they were going to pop out of his head and to that response I asked "am I talking loud??" and he responded by saying "it is not the best cubicle voice!"


I'm sorry dad! I so, so, so, so very sorry! I can't promise that I won't laugh again because - well - I just can't, BUT I'll definitely try to be more nice about it because quite franly - this sucks!!!


And I think I might really need to go to the doctor after all...it's miserable!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blood is thicker than water...

or so the saying goes...

I don't tend to think that I'm OLD AND WISE by any stretch of the imagination...I look forward to all of the life lessons that I have yet to learn - well, most of them anyway...I'm sure that there are some I'd rather do without, BUT>

What I have learned and something that I have said for a long time is that you can't pick your family - you are just kind of stuck with them and they are stuck with you (sorry, but it is true :))...sometimes the ONLY similarity is buried deep down within the genetic make-up that is flowing within our bodies and that is EXACTLY where any and all commonalities STOP! If it were only about friendship, and the ties that bind were not involved - who knows???

Earlier today I was reflecting on two (well three actually) family members that I am so very thankful for...I would say that our relationship really started to grow and evolve into more back when I was in high school and I'd go over to their house after softball practice to tan for prom (LOL)...what I'm sure we all thought would be daily 20 minute visits *ALWAYS* turned into much, much more.

Fast forward to ten years later: twice in the last week I have given them a call to come over in the evening to once again *borrow* some fake sun and the experience immediately takes me back to high school...except now instead of asking about boyfriends or the baby that's on the way (them not me BTW!) we are discussing paint colors for the wall...

I so cherish the time with them...whenever I find out that we are doing something with these three *SPECIAL* people - I always get genuinely excited...I love going over to their house because it is a home away from home; I'm not necessarily talking about four walls, but more so the beauty of their spirits that you feel immediately...I love our conversations, cracking jokes, making fun of each other...the understanding and the unconditional love...

This post makes me think of my favorite part of "The Grinch":

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?

It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I think what I'm trying to say is: one lesson I am thankful for realizing - is that *sometimes* you find the best friendships and life's largest blessings if you look a little closer at what has been there all along :)

I could never really wrap my arounds around thanking these three for all that they are to me, but all I can say is **THANK YOU**!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A little healthy competition is not always wanted


Last weekend was so much fun...bright and early on Saturday I went to an estate auction in Clarke County with mom and dad. It was on a very old farm called Walnut Grove...going to auctions is a favorite past time of my parents and something the Josh and I have grown to enjoy as well.

Mom and dad bought some really awesome antique pieces & Josh and I picked up a couple things as well...there was a belt from the REVOLUTIONARY WAR that sold for $4,000...then the man that purchased it just kind of stood there holding it for the longest time - like it was nothing!



Aliyah and Josh got to the auction after lunch and her questions about what was going on were difficult to answer to say the least! She informed me that the auction was "weird."

Questions about the auctioneer / auction:
1) Why is he talking like that?
2) Why does he keep saying the same thing?
3) Why do people keep raising their hand?

It is sort of challenging to try to explain to a four year old that someone passed away and their lifelong possessions are being sold...even more brain racking is the attempt to explain what the auctioneer is saying and why...


In true fashion of our family, we managed to stop the auctioneer and have the group of people attending stop in their tracks!

Mom liked a coffee table and so did Josh...dad knew mom liked the coffee table...Mom, Josh and I were in the tent where the table was being sold and Josh was enjoying bidding on it...nodding his head in a heated battle every time the auctioneer would look at him...the back and forth was winding down as the other interested party shook their head no and it looked as though Josh was going to win the table...going once, going twice...

Then a new bidder randomly chimes in to take over the price war with Josh...we look up and it is DAD on the other side of the tent - he was just casually walking by and noticed that the price the table was getting ready to sell for was low and he raises his finger in the air letting the auctioneer know that he now wanted in on the bidding...Josh yells "DAD, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!!??!!"

Everyone and everything stopped...LOL!


This is the piece that I bought :)

Here is the link to the pics from the weekend, including Mother's Day. The farm was so beautiful so I took Aliyah away from the confusing auction tent to get a few good shots of her...ENJOY!!

PICTURES HERE

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"So much to say - so much to say"

Geez! I feel like it has been FOREVER since I did a post and SO MUCH has happened over the last week...I'm afraid to forget details before I have a chance to share...

Anyway, just a brief stop in to say that the new job is going well...

The only thing I have to complain about is the fact that my chair has a mind of it's own...

The darn thing lowers itself while I am sitting in it...very frustrating!

I first noticed it yesterday & was convinced that someone was sabotaging my chair every time I got up...so today I decided to focus on paying attention to when & how the lowering was happening...

I don't know what planet I was on to not figure this out for about 48 hours, but it is now VERY CLEAR to me that it happens when I am in the chair...my knees go from being at a 90 degree angle to a 60 degree angle...while typing on my keyboard I feel like I am four years old again trying to reach what is on the kitchen countertop!!! Ahh...memories or trying to reach the brownies! haha!

If any of you are wondering about how I could not notice this when it happens as I sit in the chair - I just want to point out that it is a VERY SLOW process...I start out at regular height and about an hour later I'm practically sitting on the floor!

FUN STUFF!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Another pair...who's counting!?!?!?



I have a confession to make...

I REALLY think I have a problem with buying new shoes...usually when seasons roll around - I pick up *maybe* a couple new pairs of feet cover, but most of my buying goes towards new clothes...


Well, for some odd reason that trend has changed DRASTICALLY in the last few months! We are talking upwards of ten pairs people...really? What am I thinking? When and where am I going to wear all of these???


I think the celeb blogs coupled with my easy access to the Internet during the day are going to lead to the final death of my wallet! I saw Jessica Simpson wearing these about a month ago on a celeb blog and of course I loved them and had to find a similar pair...


I was so excited b/c unlike the overalls - I did find something REALLY close on Ninewest.com - it seemed like it was kismet as it took me no time to find them & they were affordable!!!


At the time the kicks were not available for order until 05/06, which was fine because I could wait & I get paid on the 5th!
Well, you know that I didn't waste much time this week; I placed the order yesterday and GO FIGURE - the shoes are now BACK ORDERED until 06/19 or 07/03...


Of course the minor detail of the ship date doesn't show up until your order is processed...SO NOT FAIR!


Maybe I'll get the kicks in time to wear them for Halloween!!! Whatever :)


I'm cutting myself off too...this has gotten out of control!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"In the middle of the pouring rain..."


The title of this post is the continuing line from the previous post & let me tell you that is just what happened! The minute the plan landed in Memphis the heavens opened up and released all of their fury :) There were no in-flight delays, but we all got to sit on the runway for 1.5 hours because the ramp was closed...my aunt and uncle actually SAW A TORNADO on their drive to Memphis from Texarkana!!!


I could probably go on and on about the weekend and all that we did, but I'm just going to tell about the BEST PART!!!


I got to see Aretha Franklin live and she was amazing! When her show started I was down at another stage watching a favorite of mine (O.A.R.) and while I was enjoying them a lot - it suddenly hit me - that I may not get the chance to see Aretha again...so I was off!


She is from Memphis, but had not been back to the city to perform since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. - it had been 40 years! They gave her a key to the city during her performance, which was REALLY cool. A.F. brought one of the TEMPTATIONS with her and when she took a break he sang "My Girl" - I felt like I was at the best reception with the best wedding singers ever!!!


Memphis is a great city with loads and loads of history and culture...I highly recommend the trip & for any of you Elvis buffs - Graceland is right around the corner!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

"Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues"


Tomorrow is the day *finally* that I'll be headed to Memphis (with a DIRECT flight this time - TG!) and I can hardly wait!


Nothing like leaving to go out of town to put you in overdrive for getting stuff done! I kind of procrastinated on getting my state inspection in April - due in part to my cracked windshield, BUT the people are supposed to be at my house today replacing it (thx mom for the pick-up service and the car "rental") so I can swing by the service station ~bright and early~ at 8am tomorrow to get my fancy new 05/09 sticker...knowing in the back of my head that my plates are not legal...I don't really want to risk getting pulled over on the way to the airport!!! They'd have a field day writing me out tickets! :)


ANYWAY: I'm stoked that my aunt has already been a few times to Memphis and knows all of the good places to hit for food, shopping, etc.


Everyone keeps RAVING to me about the BBQ RIBS...and I'm sure they are great, BUT I just can't do it captain! I have not eaten that animal since about 8th grade, so I think I'll be sticking to SHRIMP and CHICKEN!


Have a wonderful weekend *ENJOY THE BLOOM* and I'll catch back up with everyone next Tuesday when I'm back in my cubicle where this magic happens (well, for four more days anyway!).
Good luck with the 10K ladies!!!!! I'm rooting for you!!!!!