Friday, June 27, 2008

"HOPKINS" aka AH-mazing

Who watched the new real-life medical show/drama on ABC last night called "HOPKINS?"

IMO ~ it was awesome, fantastic, wonderful television!

If you missed it this week, watch the episode online or make sure you catch it next Thursday night at 10pm minimum promsie me that you will set the DVR/TIVO!!!

Trust me; you simply will not regret it!

I have been a very bad girl...

Some of you may remember that about a month or so ago, I did a post about not buying any more shoes this season...

Well, I tried my very best - I promise I did, but unfortunately the effort to withstand didn't last long at all.

I was at the beach over Memorial Day Weekend and while standing in line to see a band, my BFF and I noticed that the girl in front of us had on the *CUTEST* flip-flop style shoes.

Of course upon returning home from the trip we looked everywhere for the shoes without much luck, BUT thank goodness for the Internet!

I am only writing about this purchase because I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shoes. They are just so adorable!

The BESTEST (haha) part is that the style is "dressy" enough for me to wear to work, but can go either way!!! HOLLA!!!

Steve Madden is having a sale on this wonder right now...check it out!

Happy Shopping!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Happy middle of the week!!!!


First of all, I have an update on my pops! *GOOD NEWS* The doctor called yesterday with the MRI results and apparently the swelling in his leg is due to a muscle (did not say which one) that has pulled away from the bone - I suppose this means that there has been damage to some of his tendons (I am going to be a smarty pants for a minute and inform you that tendons attach muscle to bone and ligaments attache bone to bone).

The swelling itself is due to the blood that has accumulated in the area b/c of the tear. I find it quite ODD that there isn't any bruising at all considering, but I have only taken anatomy - I am not medically certified in any way!

His doctor seemed shocked and amazed that dad does not seem to be in any pain - he said that most patients w/ this type of injury come into the office screaming...interesting. I would like to note that it has only been over the last couple days that dad has complained & that was only b/c of the discomfort from the pressure. The next step is for dad is to meet with a always I'll continue to keep you all updated.


A favorite show/guilty pleasure:

Have any of you been watching "The Bachelorette" this season? It has been years since I fell victim to this show, but I must admit that I am currently watching! Through my love of the Ellen show, I was introduced to this seasons bachelorette DeAnna. Much like Tristen, DeAnna was previously on the Bachelor and made it to the final two before not being chosen...

Anyway, DeAnna is adorable and I really hope this works out for her. This past Monday's episode was so incredibly heart wrenching! I was *crying* at the end - kind of embarrassing, but whatever.

I so wanted to see DeAnna with Graham...why do I always want the "bad boy" to turn good? I mean, it just doesn't happen!

Just want to know your opinion if you have been watching too.


Musically behind the times:

A few months ago, a blogging friend Kelly, aka The Abel Boys did a post on Jason Mraz (a fellow Virginian - yahoooo!). I definitely read the post and was familiar with some of his songs, but right when I started watching the video for his new song "I'm Yours" I got completely sidetracked and never went back.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I caught the video on VH1 and totally geeked out over it. The song is awesome. I'm a donkey b/c I went to buy the CD, but didn't know how to spell his last name and was unable to find it, but I am back on the hunt.

I actually recorded the video about two weeks ago on my DVR and I listen to the song anywhere from 2-3 times every morning :)

The song is so incredibly sweet and has a awesome summer/island beat...I highly recommend checking it out.

Here is the link to Kelly's post about Jason and his new song "~ I am in Love ~"

Thanks K - it only took me this long to catch up, but I got there!!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Adventures in Babysitting - Our Trip to the Zoo

I mean, when you say "we are going to the zoo" it just sounds so fun and carefree doesn't it? In reality we all know that it is an ordeal!!!

We really did have a good time on Saturday; it was exhausting to say the least, but a fun day nonetheless.

The funniest part of the day to me had to do with Aliyah's attire. I think I may have mentioned recently that is usually takes a few of us to get her ready to go when she is with Josh...

Well on Saturday morning I got to mom's and found the peanut wrapped up in a towel - she had just gotten out of the shower. Josh handed me what we thought was her outfit for the day and I helped her get dressed. Then mom comes in to tell us that she had another outfit (a new one) picked out SO I ended up having Aliyah change. The outfit was a little big, but time was of the essence, so we ran with it...

I doused her head with spray-in conditioner, slapped on her shoes, grabbed a few hair ties and we were out the door.

When we got on the metro mom braided Aliyah's looked so cute, BUT mom also noticed what I had noted earlier - Aliyah's shirt tended to fall a bit *low* in the front.

Peanut is VERY CONSERVATIVE. She will often times tuck my straps in, pull my shirt up, or roll her eyes at me when I am acting silly. I tend to go out of my way to embarrass her when I am trying on clothes and she is in the dressing room with me - it is completely innocent! Just trying to have a little fun!

When we got off the metro and were walking to the zoo, we noticed A. kept lifting up her shirt in the front and holding on to it. She was definitely feeling uncomfortable and so were we; therefore, it wasn't long before gram bought her a new shirt - actually it was our FIRST stop once getting to the zoo.

Fast forward about an hour and I notice that it is blazing hot out and that A. is turning a little red...DUH! How could we have forgotten to put sunscreen on a 4 year old? Josh ends up buying a tablespoon of sunscreen for $4.00...

Mom still feels bad and being concerned that Peanut's head will burn - Gram buys the little one a new hat...

Josh felt bad b/c A was tired of walking so he went and rented a stroller...

Fast forward again, as we were leaving the zoo, I took A. to the potty and noticed a bunch of scratches on her tummy - it was clear that it was not a rash, so I assumed the scratches must have come from her belt (compliments of the new outfit). We are standing in a stall that can't be more the 1.5 feet wide and 100 degrees - I am sweating my @$$ off and struggling to get her belt through the loops (while she sways back and forth during my tugging motion)...the belt ends up breaking, BUT we got it off...

To summarize:
-started off the day with a NEW outfit est. $20.00
-bought new shirt $15.00
-boought sunscreen $4.00
-bought new hat $12.00
-rented stroller $8.00

And what was left of the new outfit at the end of the day??? The shorts!
You can see in the picture to the left that Aliyah held on to the belt...for whatever reason she was fascinated with it - she made a bracelet on her arm, did go to good use keeping her entertained on the metro ride home!
I think we all learned a lesson to be a little more prepared next time! It sure would save some frustration and some MULAH!$!$!

Mondee Updates

Hey ya'll!

My business trip last week went really well. I was only scheduled to be out of town Wedn-Thurs, but at the customers request my stay was extended until Friday. At the time I was informed (after 12am on Thurs), I was all for the stay, but the following morning I realized that I didn't have my laptop, my blackberry charger, or very many clothes left! Just like always, everything has a way of working itself out!

I think I failed to mention that I went to Boston, which BTW, is a super cool city. I loved it! I want to go back!! The really neat thing was that we got there right after the Celtics won the championship ergo there were GREEN jerseys everywhere!!! The victory parade was on Thursday and went right by our hotel - pretty neat stuff :)

I got home on Friday afternoon (refused to go into the office). My brief stop at mom and dads to pick up the dog, turned into fixing myself lunch, finding a couch, and sleeping for about 3-4 hours!

The view of Boston from my hotel room :)

Saturday morning we got together to take Aliyah to the zoo (I'll post about that later).

Saturday night I met up with a dear friend (I've known this person since 2nd grade) for a couple of hours and I sincerely had the very best time. I found myself wondering why I hadn't kept in better touch over the last five years. I had hoped to meet up again last night, BUT I was lucky enough to have my sinuses flare up again during the night on Saturday & they left me completely out of commission yesterday! I was one hot mess! I just hope my ears stay unclogged this time!

Despite all of the sleep I got both yesterday and last night, I am *TIRED* today...maybe I slept too much, but it was like my body was on a mission :)

Now about dad - his poor leg is still swollen. He went to his primary doctor towards the end of last week and again underwent tests for a blood clot, which came back negative (again - thank god). The doctor insinuated that it can take up to a few weeks for the B.C. to show up on tests. An MRI was ordered for 830am on Saturday (Dad couldn't go to the zoo :( not that it would have been good for him to be on his leg all day). We hope to hear the results of the MRI at some point today.

Thanks for check in on dad and I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The struggle...

First of all, I had the BEST lunch buddies today because mom and Aliyah came down to meet me at work...

I was so hungry and ready to start chewing on my arm when I called mom around 1245pm to see where they were. Mom said she really had no idea how long it took to get two people ready to go anymore...poor thing - clearly, she has been out of practice for a while AND usually when we have Aliyah, we are able to tag team on getting the peanut ready to roll.

I had hoped that they would get to Ashburn a little earlier than 130pm (haha!) so I could take a longer lunch than usual and run around with them for a bit, but seeing as how it was already 230pm when we were wrapping up lunch, I had to head directly back to the office *BUMMER*

Aliyah took this of mom and I - not too bad :)

So on to the "struggle". As they were dropping me back off at work, I got out of the car and walked around to Aliyah's door to tell her bye and give hugs/kisses. She was intensely watching "The Grinch" and sort of tilted her head towards me so I could give her a little kiss as if I was bothering her.

The little ham LOVES my car key; it sort of flips out like a swtichblade...she was digging through my purse for toys

About a split second later she pulled her head back and looked up at me with *big sad eyes and a pout* and said "you're going on an air-pane?" (I found out a few minutes earlier that mom had explained to her that I was going somewhere) I responded by telling her that "yes, I have to go on an airplane for work, but I'll be back later this week and I'll be around for the fun things this weekend!" Then she said "you're going to miss Corey's birfday?" By this time my heart is MELTING - I confirm to her that I would miss the birthday party tonight...

A little spaghetti goes a long way :) PS - note the console her pride, I also wore one today!

Right about then she laid her little head over on my shoulder and I just about lost it people. I felt tears welling up in my eyes for crying out loud. At that moment and every other time that I leave her - I just don't want to! My struggle is the feeling that I am somehow missing out on something / anything that is going to happen or not happen in her precious life when I am not there.

I can only imagine what parents go through as their children grow, become more independent, and eventually go out into the world on their own. I feel like I get a very small taste of this every time that Aliyah and I part.

To get her to eat, mom started helping...the spoon had so much food on it! Look at her expression!!!

It really is so bittersweet.

You are very proud of them for the little person that they are and proud of the person they are turning into, but at the same time - you want everything to stop and for time to stand perfectly I had one wish today, it would be to never miss a single moment of her life :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day

On Saturday night dad showed me that one of his legs was significantly swollen. I don't like to even begin to ponder something being wrong with either of my parents (I mean, who does?), so when he guessed it could be a blood clot - I immediately put that thought out of my head...I wanted nothing to do with the possibility!

My dad ended up spending a good chunk of Father's day making trips between urgent care and the hospital, while the medical experts tried to figure out what was the cause. I stayed calm through most of Sun. morning UNTIL I finished my work-out and saw that I had missed THREE calls from Josh and mom (if anyone is wondering - this is not normal). I listened to my VM and heard mom's message that they were leaving urgent care and going to the hospital and the doctor was sure it was a blood clot...

I hung up and called Josh & he seemed sort of relaxed about the whole thing, so I played off of his mood and tried to be cool...this lasted about ten minutes before I lost all composure while getting many thoughts run through your head and even if you try to stop them - it is difficult.

To shorten the story, a ton of tests were run at the hospital and it is no longer believed to be a blood clot (TG!); however, the symptom is still undiagnosed = 50% relief 50% worry.

Aliyah, Josh, Brittany, the dogs and I were all at mom and dads for a couple of hours anxiously waiting on them to get home...I made my best grilled cheese lunch for the four of us. When I told them that I was going to fix lunch Aliyah alarmingly looked at me and said "YOU KNOW HOW TO COOK?!?" Thanks for the vote of confidence Peanut!

After my parents got home we all hung out for a bit and then had dinner together. Dad always asks Aliyah is she wants to say grace. She does not like to be the center of attention, so she paused before responding. I told her that I love it when she says the dinner prayer so she clasped her little hands together, bowed her head and began:

"Thank you for Valentine's Daddy...thank you for Amy...and thank you for Gram...Amen"

After she finished, I so wanted to laugh (we all did), but it is was so cute and you want to make a big deal out of it just because, but you also have to be careful with their little spirit. It was clear to me that her reference to Valentine was LOVE for Daddy on Father's Day. She knew was she meant and so did we, but the way she chose to share it was adorable and priceless!

After dinner, we all piled into mom and dads room (where the only tv upstairs is) and wrestled on the bed, tickled, threw pillows...somehow Aliyah always ends up crying and of course Gram comes in to scoop her up and take her away until she calms down. This time when Aliyah came back, she went right to the horseplay and kindly reminded us that we needed to be gentle with her because she is "just a little kid". Without even hearing it, I knew the conversation mom must have had with her to explain why she gets hurt (more so her feelings) when playing around with us BIG KIDS.

We rounded out the day by riding the 4x4 around and having dessert...all in all a fabulous was one Father's day that I will never forget...I'll keep ya'll posted on dad too :) I went home for a little while and then back over to my parents. Josh has Aliyah this week and she was staying over at Gram and Pop-pop's last night.

My night's sleep or lack there of, from laying next to a 4 year old, is a completely different post!

As usual click here for all of our pics...I promise there are not as many this time! :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mosaic Puzzle

I got this idea from Amanda's Blog. I must admit that it took me a little while to figure it out, but I am so excited that I did and I had so much fun with it. Thanks so much for the great arts and crafts post girl!!!

Follow the simple steps to create your own!

a. Type your one-word answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into mosaic maker.

Amy's Mosaic

1. What is your first name? Amy

2. What is your favorite food? Pizza

3. What high school did you go to? Clarke County High School

4. What is your favorite color? Pink

5. Who is your celebrity crush? George Clooney

6. Favorite drink? Newcastle Ale

7. Dream vacation? Greece

8. Favorite dessert? Dump Cake

9. What you want to be when you grow up? Young at heart

10. What do you love most in life? LIFE

11. One Word to describe you. Passionate

12. Your flickr name. wattsup10

TgIf & HaPpy FrIdAy!!!

Here is the key to the Flickr photos above in case you are intrigued :)

1. Amy Butler Fabric yo yo Bag, 2. Shakey's Pizza, 3. Primary Colors, 4. spotted or striped!, 5. George Clooney, 6. 66/365, 7. Windmills, Oia, Greece, 8. Dump Cake, 9. Young At Heart, 10. Joy of life, 11. Passionate, 12. Watts Chapel - Compton - Surrey

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Family Circus

This past weekend was so much fun celebrating dad's birthday. I really don't know how we manage to fit everything is like we set out to conquer the world in two days!

Friday night after work I drove to meet everyone at Josh's and we went out to our favorite Mexican spot for dinner.

Before leaving Josh's, Aliyah and I had our usual tickling battle (I love to hear her little giggle), except this time she decided to tickle me back...the funniest thing about it was that she taught me something new! She went for my underarm area (just about the only spot that makes me laugh & it is 100% uncontrollable...) Aliyah has learned through trial and error that no other location works on me. Anyway, as she was tickling me, she said "I'm brushing your teeth!" I thought it was hysterical! When you think about it, it really is like brushing teeth :)

Saturday was the CIRCUS day. Here is the timeline:

- 930am hair appointment

-1130am met mom to do some shopping

-130pm met Josh and Aliyah to pick out dad's gift

-330pm met dad to take Aliyah to see "Kung Fu Panda"

-600pm stopped by my house to wrap the gift, etc

-715pm back to mom and dads to meet up for dinner

-800pm dinner reservations

-1000pm back at mom and dads for cake and gifts

-1100pm finally home again and so ready for bed

The cutest thing happened when we were having cake on Saturday night. Aliyah and I were sitting across from each other at the little table in the kitchen and I looked up and saw green icing all over her face; mouth, cheeks, forehead - you name it. Mom sort of scrambled over to wipe her down & wouldn't you know, just as she did that, Aliyah went to wipe her hands down her clothes!

After this happened I said "Mom, give her a bib..." sort of joking - sort of not...

Aliyah looked up at me, and in the most sarcastic four year old tone said "GIVE - ME - A - BREAK!"

On Sunday the five of us met up again to go to a graduation party. On the way there, Josh, Aliyah, and I were sitting three across on the middle seat of the car having bubble blowing and gum cracking contests while watching "The Grinch" and I think we successfully managed to get on mom and dads nerves :)

The picnic was nice, but OMG was it HOT! The heat was draining...on the way home, Aliyah wanted to watch "Alvin and the Chipmunks." She really loves the songs in the movie and singing along. She looked over at me and said "OK, I'm going to sing along and you dance." I agreed and went along with the plan. After the first song in the movie, my eyes got a little heavy so I leaned over and rested my head on her car seat. As the second song came on she tapped me on my forehead and told me "it is time to dance again." Sort of reluctant to move at all, I sat up and wiggled around in my seat...I think she could tell that I wasn't really into it so Aliyah looked up at me and said "it's ok, you can sing along too."

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Imaginative Excuses for Coming in Late

I'm in the midst of taking one of the MOST BORING tests EVER! My wonderful company signed me up to participate in an EMC (server storage crap - *BIG - HUGE - YAWN*) accreditation test, which I was originally told that I had until this Friday to complete - well - things change & I now have to complete it by tomorrow - YAY!

Anyway, I'm an idiot b/c I started one module of the five module test last week and was only using the power point slides online to locate the answers (sort of open book if you will). I got so frustrated b/c I could not find the answers on the slides...I felt like I was taking a test in Russian...literally! Needless to say, I shut down the test and took a short break, that lasted from last Wednesday to TODAY

Now that time is of the essence I can no longer afford to put this deal off, so I jumped right into it this morning. To my amazement, I discovered that there are SLIDE NOTES on the side of each page of the presentation that offer a TON of more info and believe it or not - the answers are in the notes too! EUREKA!

Thank God for small favors and for the fact that my brain eventually catches up!

Since module one and I didn't get along last week, I decided to start with module two this morning...we played much nicer together and I finished #2 with an 87% so I decided to reward myself with a break and while browsing online I found this article on MSN, which is/was PERFECT for me...

Imaginative Excuses for Coming in Late

Use your imagination

More than 27 percent of hiring managers say they are skeptical of employees' excuses for showing up late. It turns out their doubt is warranted: 24 percent of all employees decide to make up a fake excuse rather than tell the truth.

What does this mean to you?

If you're sitting in a traffic jam watching the minutes tick away and you've decided honesty isn't the best policy for you, think of a believable and acceptable reason you're walking in late. After all, if you were a hiring manager who heard any of these 10 real-life excuses for being late, you'd be suspicious, too.

**NOTE FROM AMY: Please really try to imagine yourself using these**

1. While rowing across the river to work, I got lost in the fog.
2. Someone stole all my daffodils.
3. I had to go audition for American Idol.
4. My ex-husband stole my car so I couldn't drive to work.
5. My route to work was shut down by a presidential motorcade.
6. I have transient amnesia and couldn't remember my job.
7. I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
8. The line was too long at Starbucks.
9. I was trying to get my gun back from the police. (my personal favorite)
10. I didn't have money for gas because all of the pawnshops were closed.

HAHAHA! I could not stop laughing! Can't you just hear the dead silence coming from the phone and then your boss's response???

Ah well - that's it for me for now...module three is calling my name - yipee!!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

The year was 1954...

Threading my fishing hook

And this is some of the "stuff" that was going on:

* Elvis Presley has his first commercial recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. (I saw this building when I visited.)
* The World Series is broadcast in color for the first time. NY Giants defeat Cleveland (4-0).
* Ellis Island, the immigration station in NY Harbor, is closed. Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island.
* M&M's Peanut Chocolate Candies were introduced.
*General Electric introduces colored kitchen appliances. Bye, bye white!
* Disneyland opened...
* The Tonight Show begins airing on the NBC network
* Brown v. Board of Education. Landmark school desegregation case...

Also on June 7, 1954 life began for one of the most remarkable and special individuals I will ever know...

birthday dinner 2007

Without this person, I would not be here...without this person having the incredible soul that they do - I would not be the person that I am today...


Dad, I wish you the very best birthday tomorrow...I look forward to all of us spending time together to celebrate the amazing person that you are. I love and cherish you, not only on your birthday, but each and every day of my life; I am reminded on this very special day - to slow down and make sure you know how richly blessed my life is because you are a part of it.

Easter 2008

I could write forever about all of the things you have done for me and I could never even come close to thanking you the way I wish I could, but with every ounce of gratitude that I am able to pull from within, I want you to know that you are appreciated and loved far beyond the expression of words...

HaPpY bIrThDaY dAdDy!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A post for the women...

So, I feel like complaining this morning; that is a shocking statement, I know!!

Most times I appreciate the fact that I was brought into this lifetime as a female; however, there is that one time *every single month* where I could really do without having ovaries (which is what they tell me is responsible for the 12 weeks of H-E-Double Hockey Sticks a year)!

The timeline of my week...

Sunday: irritable, tired, night sweats, and crazy dreams

Monday: irritable, lethargic, sad, hungry, hot, chocolate cravings, night sweats, and crazy dreams

Tuesday: irritable, exhausted, depressed, random thoughts, hot, HUNGRY, bloated, cramped, HEADACHE, backache, and night sweats

Wednesday: the reason for all of the above finally arrives- of course the arrival does not mean that all of the above exists!

Clearly, none of this is any surprise to me as I (along with every other woman on the planet) have been blessed with this experience since middle school; however, every once in a while it is nice to daydream about the possibility of not dealing with it, but the reality is that in about 28 more days I'll be complaining again!!!

Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Cleaning Olympics...

Of course this has to do with the house being shown...I feel like I should have learned my lesson by now...

Saturday I got a call around 6pm from my realtor that the house was being shown on Sunday around 330pm...the time was FINE b/c even though the house was a DISASTER, that would give us plenty of time to get things in order. I texted about mowing the lawn and weed eating and everything was a go.

Bright and early on Sunday around 7am Bailee woke me up to go out - I was reluctant to crawl out of bed, but knew I needed to clean, so I made coffee and decided to stay up and not go back to sleep (in hindsight - thank goodness!).

I probably started cleaning around 8/830am and was taking my good old time - I decided to check my cell around 930 and saw a missed call from the realtor. I assumed the visitors for the day were cancelling, but when I listened to the message I heard that they were now coming between 11/1130am...UH - I freaked out...the amount of cleaning that was left to do (A LOT) - which could have easily taken me from 930 until 1pm or later now had to be crunched into an hour-ish...

I notified the responsible party that the time slot for mowing etc had now decreased drastically and I went off to do my part...

At 945am on Sunday June 1st, The Cleaning Olympics commenced in Boyce, Va. Still in my PJ's, hair up, dirty face and un-brushed teeth - I started to run around like a mad woman...up and down the stairs...doing something in one room...then something in the next - back and forth - full throttle. Bailee finally gave up on following me after about five minutes of running in circles around the house. Seriously, I have NEVER cleaned a shower so quickly in all my life!

At 10:50am I decided that I had done all I could...still in my PJ's, etc I grabbed up Bailee and headed over to mom and dads - looking a bit like a train wreck to say the least - the last thing I wanted was to be seen by another realtor and her probably would have completey changed the impression of the house! When I rolled into my parents, they looked a little shocked by my arrival and my appearance :)

To make a LONG STORY short, I was basically unable to tell when the agent came by, so I was stuck at mom and dads - in the same shape that I arrived - until 4pm, *several* episodes of "The Alaska Experiment", and three naps later when I decided I didn't care anymore and I was going home.

I missed a friends party and I missed dinner with another friend, but the house looked pretty darn good!

UPDATE: My realtor called this morning to inform me that the people looking at the house yesterday LOVED IT and said it is SO BEAUTIFUL, BUT (and you know there is a BUT) the house is too big...the size of the house is "as plain as the nose on my face" if you look at the listing!

Whatever! I guess I'm happy that at least someone came to look at the house and the *DOUBLE BONUS* is that I got an undercover work-out in...

PS - my hands actually hurt/ache from cleaning..I guess typing on the keyboard isn't exercise enough for them!!!