Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

And they're off...

Emerald Isle here we come!

Well...it is FINALLY time for the family beach vacation. I am really SO excited, but I have to admit that upon looking at the forecast for next week I am a little nervous. I usually luck out with wonderful, sunny weather for beach vaca's, but according to weather.com there are symbols with thunder bolts and clouds showing up every freaking day next week! Is this normal? Do I just not remember forecasts from past years? Or it this because of that stupid storm FAY?

Weather.com ICON for SUNDAY - FRIDAY

Believe me, I completely understand that there are people being very adversely affected by Tropical Storm Fay right now, and I know that the least of my concern should be whether or not my parade is going to be rained on, but I CAN'T HELP IT! In all actuality - I'm taking the low road on this one. I will be selfish and I will pout. I love my beach time...I adore sitting in my chair, feeling the warmth, listening to my music or reading a good book and usually falling alseep and waking up with sand in my teeth...


Weather.com ICON for next SATURDAY

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Blogging Blues

With my beautiful cousin Hannah at the CTK 10K race last weekend in Abingdon, Va.

With my handsome brother Josh @ dinner a couple weeks ago

With Brittany at mi casa after celebrating her birthday

At the beach with Paige

Hey! I feel sort of out of the blogging thing this week? Can you tell? I just keep posting pictures. I love reading all of my blogging friend's posts, but I'm sort of bored with my last 3-5 days :) Ever feel that way? Like nothing is really worth writing about?

Anyway, in light of my laziness, I'm just going to share some pics from the last few weeks.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Josh's Birthday Dinner Pictures

Josh's b-day was actually 08.07.08, but Aliyah couldn't be with us to celebrate until this past weekend...here are a few pics :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

The year was 1956...

-One of the top songs was "Heartbreak Hotel" ... by Elvis Presley

-A top movie was "War and Peace"

-"I Love Lucy" was the number one tv show

-Bob Barker made his TV debut as host of the Game Show Truth or Consequences

-Norma Jean Mortenson changes her name to Marilyn Monroe

But more important than any of the above or anything else that happened in 1956, on this very day in 1956, my mom was born.

Happy birthday mom! I love you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday Randomness

Happy Hump Day! Is it just me, or is this week kind of going by SLOWER than usual?

I want to share my latest musical love...I am a country girl at heart by far and I genuinely enjoy country music...at times I even jam to some good bluegrass (thanks DAD!).

Anyway, after hearing a few songs by Ashton Sheperd on XM, I decided to pick up the album and I love it! Her newest release is a song called "Sounds so Good." My favorite line of the song goes "there ain't nothing like the sound of a cooler slushin on the bed of your truck."

Genius...right? HA! I'm sure you agree! Check it out!


On a completely different note, I actually had a *good* date last night!!! "WHAT" you say?? I know!!! I was totally caught off guard. I honestly try to be optimistic going into these situations, but as you all know, my experiences as of late have proved to be less than enjoyable.

As I was driving to meet the fella (clue: someone from the past), I was like *UGH* I don't know if I can put myself through this again...the feeling of first date awkwardness...I mean, my little man Bailee is waiting on me at home and he is ALWAYS happy to see me...maybe I am driving in the wrong direction??

When I arrived at the meeting destination and walked up to say hi...I immediately knew that it was going to be a good time...

AND That's all I'm saying for right now :)

Stay tuned!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

The single life...

So three things have happened this week - three things that have taught me major lessons for single life!

Story No. 1:
Last Thursday I met two funny guys while at happy hour. I was sitting by my lonesome tearing into some hot wings when they walked up and started a conversation. I was sort of bored from talking to my co-workers, so I didn't relocate and stayed to talk to the new people. In my little brain this is networking.

After chatting for a good hour, when it came time to leave they both asked to keep in touch. Reluctantly, I got a napkin and wrote down my email address - seemed safe enough at the time. One guy insisted on getting my phone number AND I felt bad, so I gave it to him! WHAT? In these situations, WHY do I worry about hurting others feelings?

So far this week, he called on Sunday and left a message, he sent an email on Monday, and then yesterday he texted me to see what I was doing that evening. I'll have you know that I responded to NONE of the attempts at conversation, so why did he keep trying? Is it that hard to take a hint?

Lesson #1) Give out false information - fake phone numbers and email addresses are ok. Or I suppose I could just say no? I may have to work up to that one.

Story No. 2
On the 4th of July weekend I went out with two girlfriends. We met up with some guy friends of one of the girls on Friday night and we were all talking about going tubing the next day. I grabbed one of the guys numbers and told him I would call the next day if we went down the river.

It was supposed to rain, so we didn't go tubing that Saturday. A month passes...the guy that took my number found me online this week and sent me a message to say hi. I responded saying WASSUP...the next time he wrote me back a BOOK. I am not kidding - it was so long that my head started to spin while reading...after wasting five minutes of my life I decided to skim the remainder of the diatribe. He told me how I hurt his feelings, asked me why girls always like the bad guy, wanted to know how I would feel if someone asked for my number and never called, and practically BEGGED me to give him a chance (it was sort of sweet, but really sad). All I can say is - Um, HELLO - someone needs boundaries!

I thought to ignore him, but I did decide to write him back to inform him that I only asked for his number to go tubing. I was not interested in him, I never was and I never will be. I mean, can't people just be friendly and hang out without wanting more?

Lesson #2) If you are not interested and you think the other person may be - casually start talking about the boyfriend that you don't have. The guy is prob not going to find out the truth!

Story No. 3
There is a co-worker at my job that has shown some interest and asked me out before. I told him NO - I don't date people from work and that I just want to keep things friendly. He just so happens to sit in the cubicle next to me; therefore, it is difficult, to say the least, to avoid contact. He really is a nice/funny person so we moved on from the AWKWARD moment of me turning him down and have been friendly - work acquaintances.

Yesterday I grabbed up my purse to head out to lunch and he stopped and asked what I was doing. I told him that I was headed to the mall and going to grab a bite at Chik-fil-a and that he was more than welcome to come along.

We headed to Nordstrom and when we first got there walked around for a few minutes together. During that time I saw an AWESOME REDSKINS hat...I tried it on - loved it, but it was $36 AND that seemed a little ridiculous for a hat. He and I divided and conquered and reconnected to grab lunch and then head back to work. On the drive back to the office...he reaches in his shopping bag and pulls out the hat. OMG!

I tried to play it off by saying "oh, YOU got the hat" as if to insinuate that he bought it for himself. He informed me that the hat was for ME. WHAT? Can you say UNCOMFORTABLE? Of course I told him that he "didn't have to do that" to which he responded by asking me not to make a big deal out of it, but come on $36 for a hat is not a "friendly" purchase!

Lesson #3) Just because you tell someone you can only be friends, doesn't mean that they get it. If they have expressed an interest in you, that interest probably isn't going to go away. The more attention you pay to them in the effort to make them a friend, the more hope they gain that they might have a chance for something more. Don't confide in them personal information, don't go to lunch, and certainly don't go shopping with them!

***PS - what ever happened to playing hard to get? I'm not even talking about major games here, I'm just referring to a little chase!!!***

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


"The Chicken Dance"

Da da dun da dun da dun

Da da dun da dun da dun

dun dun dun dun
Or something like tune I have tried to put into words above, is what I have been hearing in my head on a daily basis for about the last month now!

I know you all have to agree on how frustrating it is when a song gets stuck in your head for days or weeks at a time...the even more irritating part is when you can't remember HOW or WHY that particular tune is lodged in your brain!

I personally really enjoy it when the song itself is so annoying that by choice, you would NEVER listen to it in a million years, and would change the radio in a heartbeat if it came on.

Well, things finally came to a head for me yesterday when I was walking down the barren hallway at my office and as the tune ran through my mind - I started flapping my arms around as if to do the Chicken Dance...WHAT? Amy - come on! Are you really doing this right now?

I was only snapped out of my little dance party by the fact that someone came around the corner and asked me if I was trying to take flight. G-R-E-A-T! Nice one! I believe I felt my blood pressure rise as the warmth rushed to my face to change my skin tone to a nice shade of red!!!

Fast forward to today and apparently the play button in my mind is STUCK on this song because despite the embarrassment suffered yesterday, my cerebral cortex won't let it go!
Da da dun da dun da dun...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Can we talk about this please?

Who remembers this classic cuff and the dozen names that it was called by? UH - Is Katie Holmes really serious?

I remember being late for my class that followed gym b/c I was still in the locker room trying to get the perfect cuff...

I know she is old enough to have rocked this in elementary/middle school BACK in the 90's AND I really thought this was one of those trends...you know, the kind that those who originally rocked it, would **NEVER* *EVER** fall victim to again!!!

Am I wrong here?

I now agree with the tabloids and think she needs help :) In the name of fashion - someone PLEASE intervene!!!

Go shorty - it's UR birFday...

We gonna part-E likes it's UR BiRfDaY! hahaha!

Celebrating the little peanuts 5th birthday this past weekend was tons of fun. Friday night I met the fam for dinner and Josh gave Aliyah her gift...He bought her the portable Nintendo gadget -it was so funny to watch her open it. Let's just say that upon unwrapping the box, her face was LESS THAN THRILLED (it was obvious that she wasn't following - I mean it was a box with a picture of something electronic on it - who cares, right?).

Shortly there after, Josh got the gadget out for her to play with and she was instantly hooked. He put it away during dinner and the next thing you know - Aliyah is whining is saying how tired she is - we all knew it was B/C she wanted to be able to go home and play with her new gift...ah - gotta love the attempts at manipulation!

Sunday a bunch of the family met up at my parents to have ice cream cake - YUMMY! Aliyah got to open quite a few more presents and it was obvious to us that she needed a little lesson in gift opening etiquette!

Aliyah LOVES Hannah Montana - shocking, I know! Both my cousin and my aunt bought her a H.M. Barbie doll...both times she opened the Barbie gift...she got this snooty little look on her face and proclaimed that "she already had 15 of these." I gasped *silently* as by eyes bulged out of my head and did everything I could to bite my tongue and not embarrass her by correcting in front of others.

I hate to talk about it, BUT I'm pretty sure that peanut's OTHER side of the family does not really work on manners with her. I know this because when she was three it was like pulling teeth to get Aliyah to say please, thank you, excuse me or anything of the sort (I'd get so irritated :)). One time we were at the movies and I had candy she wanted...I told her she had to say please...and she refused - what child refuses to say please for candy? Ergo - she didn't get any! Josh had to have a conversation with her mom about working on these things. There is only so much that can be done every other weekend - ya know? Luckily Aliyah has a bit of an innate politeness; however, everyone needs some instruction from time to time - even me!

Both mom and I pulled her aside on Sunday after she was done opening her presents to stress the fact that you always say thank you and that you NEVER tell someone that you already have what they bought you...OMG! :) After the little talks she went around the room and told every single person thank you and gave hugs...she gets it - just needed a reminder!

Monday, August 4, 2008

How sorry are you?

A little delayed continuation of my story from last Thursday, but here it is!


"Please accept my apologies for following up to the shipping request sent. As the original mail did not include the on site due date (at times the date varies from what is listed on the sales order), I simply wanted to clarify that it is acceptable to our customer to use a method other than overnight.

Thank you kindly for the clarification of your role at Intelligent Decisions and your authorization to make the best decision with respect to shipping methods used.


Can you guess where the sarcasm lies? What is even better is the response that I received to my email.

Tail tucked between the legs response:

"I didn’t mean (or want) to come across as an a$$ before. You are the program coordinator and have every right to question anything. I apologize."

I will note that the sender chose to remove the bulk of the people from the original email distribution when the apology was sent. I also want to point out that I received an email from the senders boss stating that the general feeling is that these things are said/done on purpose and then the employee pretends to be sorry and wants to make up for it...