Monday, September 29, 2008

"Why does everyone have to move?"

The title of this post is a question that Aliyah asked me yesterday. I didn't get to spend much time with the peanut this weekend, but thankfully we all got together for lunch at mom and dads yesterday.

Anyway, somehow my move came up - I believe dad may have asked when we were doing everything...Aliyah was sitting beside me on the couch and looked up to me with fear in her eyes - she had lots of questions...

P: You're moving?
A: Yes
P: but why?
A: because someone else is going to live in Aunt Amy's house

A: Remember the Chuckie Cheese we went to?
P: Yes
A: Well, I am moving really close to that & close to where I work
P: So you are moving FAR away?
A: Well it's about an hour
P: Why does everybody have to move?

A: I don't know sweetie...
P: Well, am I going to be here to help you move?
A: No, I am moving next weekend, so the next time you are with Daddy I'll be living at the new house
P: Well, can I come and see you at your new house?
A: Of course you can...I hope you do!
P: Well, are you still going to come to Grams?
A: Yes, I will always come to Grams...I have to come and see my Peanut...

At the end of the conversation, I felt so sad for her. Aliyah has moved several times since her mommy and daddy separated. Luckily through out the last few years, Josh has remained in the same house, so there is stability and a familiar environment for her. She knows that daddy's house is for sale and he will be moving...she knows that Gram and Pop-pop are building a new house...not too long ago her other grandparents she hears that I am moving.

I realized by the look on her face and the questions that she asked - that the change is not necessarily welcomed and can be confusing. A sense of home is so incredibly important to all of us at any age. It is a security that we depend on a sense of safety that can not be replicated - a haven that allows us to relax, recollect, and rest before heading out into the world again...where you always know that you can find your loved ones...

I can't NOR would I change the fact that Aunt Amy will no longer live right down the road from Gram and won't be as easy to call me to come over to breakfast or to run to town to see a movie or go shopping, but one thing that little girl will learn (if she doesn't already know it) is that I would fly around the world and back to spend just a little time with matter where I matter where this journey takes me, she will always be a part of it and I will always be there for her.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Getting back into the "run" of things

I am so excited!

I used to run road races somewhat regularly - 5K, 10K, 10 milers, but the last time my feet hit the pavement in a "competitive" sort of way must have been 2001 or 2002.

I have to credit the desire to get back into the race thing to my experience at the CTR 10K a little over a month ago. I made the decision NOT to run that day and only to help with registration, etc; however, the way I felt as I stood under the pavilion (ready to hand out bagels) as the runners went by to the finish line made me feel lazy, left out, and completely unchallenged.

I found myself missing the getting up early on a Saturday, feeling a little nervous, anxious, and excited...getting to the race, getting my race packet...putting on my number...I realized that it is something that I miss greatly.

I vowed that day that I would register for a race soon...something to look forward to and prepare for...start out small and work my way back up again.

So yesterday I found a upcoming 5K, sent an email to my best friend, and we are officially registered and will be running on 10/18! YAY!!!

Here is the link - if anyone out there is interested: Stoneridge 5K - it is in Loudoun County, where I am moving to & it benefits the local schools. Last year they raised over $25,000 towards local education...which is just AWESOME!

Thanks KKH & Jenn!!!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Um - I'm sorry, but what did you say?

PETA proposes that Ben & Jerry's use breast milk in its ice cream...


What a difference a day can make!

To be completely blunt, I feel (and look) like crap today...(didn't I say that I wasn't going to complain during this process???). Well, I'm officially off of my feeling blessed high today and reality has set in ;)

This just so happens to be the busiest time of year for the company that I work for (coincides with the end of the government's fiscal year). I have been working crazy hours and alternating shifts with the other people on my team to ensure that we have coverage in the office every day from 8am - 8pm for the last two weeks. This makes for a long day in and of itself, but when you add and hour drive on both sides of that timeline - it really sucks & there is absolutely no time left to do anything productive outside of work.

Last week I didn't make it home a single night before 9pm (this week has been about the same); if it wasn't work, it was football practice, or dinner plans - by the time Saturday rolled around I was exhausted, but I had to get up at the crack of dawn to get fitted for a bridesmaid's dress & run around getting ready for the engagement party that night (which was awesome BTW). Sunday I did find some time to rest...I believe I was in my PJ's at noon.

Monday morning started the work madness again, which goes through 09/30 *YAY*

Oh and *BONUS* I also get the pleasure of working tomorrow from 10-2pm, so I get to drive two hours to work for four...UGH.

I'm sure you can imagine how wonderful the timing is considering that I have to pack up a 12 room house in the next week...

The stress of getting everything lined up for the move, the stress of working extra hours, complete lack of sleep, no time to work-out and get endorphins pumping, PMS, and now coming down with a cold due to the seasons changing has me in one heck of a $hitty mood today.

I feel like I am walking around in a fog and I just want to go home and crawl under the covers and not come out for a day, but if I were actually able to do that - I'd feel guilty b/c I know that I have so much to do.

I seriously can't wait until the next couple weeks are over!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Feeling Blessed...

Everything is falling into place perfectly with the move...there are so many small things that have lined up perfectly...those types of moments when you know that everything has happened as it should and as designed *BIG CHEESY SMILE* when you stop questioning all of time that has elapsed between when you began putting out into the universe what you want & when you actually received it...blessed.

"When we lose one blessing, another is often unexpectedly given in its place." C.S. Lewis

We officially signed off on the lease for the house in Boyce and returned the paperwork to our realtor yesterday and then I met to sign the lease on the new place today...WHAT A is a tad bit scary to not know where you are going to live for sure and have only three weeks to sort everything out!

“My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet.” Mahatma Gandhi

Novel idea - I measured the rooms today at the condo and it looks like the furniture isn't going to be as much of an issue as I thought. I reserved a storage unit for everything that I can't take and tomorrow I need to work on movers for at least the big pieces of furniture...

Now I feel like I can go home and safely start packing, packing, packing.

I can't begin to thank all of you; friends, family, and blog friends for all of the encouragement and well wishes through out this process. Your comments and support have been felt and appreciated more than you know.

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Charles Dickens

Blessings to you all!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Trips to TARGET

I just got back to work from my luch trip to Target and I seriously need to vent.

I used to love, love, love going to Target; my bank account hated my time spent there, but I always enjoyed myself...beyond the necessities, I'd usually pick up something earrings, cute tee-shirt...

Not anymore! These days, myself and my bank account hate the trips to Target. I find myself putting them off for as long as possible. Everything just seems too darn expensive. Have I been living under a rock? When did mouthwash start costing almost $7.00??? Come on people!

I rarely go without a list these days & I try to stick to items that I need...whatever works for managing the spending right?

Today I needed detergent, coffee, deodorant, shave gel, eye cream (do what I can for the wrinkles), Drano, bubble wrap, packing tape, and I picked up a few my head I try to keep some sort of running total...

When the cashier said $104...I almost went into cardiac arrest. I looked down and I had only two shopping bags - two - that's it and it was over $100!

The Target sign is starting to feel like a bulls eye on my back and not the fun emblem I used to associate with the cute commercials...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Moving Sale

Things are continuing to move forward - yay! I went to look at two places over the weekend and believe I have chosen the one that I saw on comes the fun part - figuring out what to keep, what to give away, and what to sell!

Here are two items...maybe you all know someone?? Spread the word please :)
I'd like to get $600 for the entertainment center and $1000 for the couch, but will take best offer.
PS - I have a matching coffee table, end table, and sofa table that I'll throw in with the entertainment center :)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Not sure what my deal is

Lately I have been getting back into rap and R&B (WHAT?) - mainly because I think the songs are FUN and I can dance along to them while I am driving :)

I still flip to through the POP and COUNTRY stations regularly...I just have a few extras one programmed

I have many *FAVORITE* new songs at the moment, but the one that I want to share is Pink's new song called "SO WHAT" - it SO rocks!!!!

Check it out :)

Other songs to note are:

Leona Lewis - Better in Time

Kevin Rudolf - Let it Rock

Christina Aguilera - Keeps Getting Better

I get pretty excited anytime one of these comes on the radio!

TGIF & have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Ok...sooo...I have only been a little hush-hush because I am so excited about the news, but nothing is FINALIZED on paper yet...

I probably forgot to mention to you all that a few months ago we also decided to try to rent the house out. Well, on Sunday on my way back from the 100th birthday party I got a call from our realtor that we have people who want to rent with the option to buy at the end of the lease period...I was so excited that I started you can imagine, I'm ready to move out and move on :)

Things have continued to progress this week and I am hopeful that the lease will be signed, etc by this weekend. If all goes well, I will be moved out by 10/15/ day after my 29th birthday AND I can't think of a BETTER way to start that year off!!!

This news brings about A LOT of things to do in the next month, but I am stoked, so I could care less and I WELCOME the stress and CHANGE - it's about time!!! :)

I have found a couple of places that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that are near my office so that I can easily take care of Bailee and pop in at lunch time to let him out, etc - not to mention cut my commute down tremendously (from two hours of driving a day to 20 minutes) and save on GAS.

Continue to stay tuned for the evolvement of this story...

I'll probably be selling a ton of things and may create a blog site just for that with pictures, etc. I may also have a moving sale at the house...


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

You just had to go and bust my bubble...

I am a huge texter. "HUGE" in my context is probably a bit (A LOT) different than that of a teenager, but I send quite a few messages in the course of a week.

You know, sometimes you want to say HI, share some news, share something funny, or let someone know that you are thinking of them WITHOUT a full blown conversation.

I genuinely get excited when I look at my cell phone and the screen says "1 new message" with the text envelope displayed...I totally get all giddy, flip open the phone, greatly anticipating WHO the message is from and WHAT it says.

To me it is almost like getting s surprise present or me boring, call me crazy, I don't really is what it is.

There are certainly particular individuals that I tend to geek out over getting their texts...not that everyone isn't important, but I think you get the idea...

Anyway, last night - I happened to get a message from one of those individuals; HOWEVER, I WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE INTENDED RECIPIENT. Or at least I hope I wasn't...

At first I saw the persons name and I was like - cool they wrote me. Then I read the message and I was like - WTF!?!? It was some horrible complaining description of a bad call during a football game (which is also why I know this note was not for me) really was awful, vulgar, and condescending towards women (I know it may seem like I am overreacting, but if you read the message OR received something of this nature, I think you'd feel the same). It did provide some insight into how SOME men talk about things when females are not listening. W-O-W.

For many reasons, the note threw me for a little loop. But more importantly, I felt like someone had stolen my texting experience from me. Like my fun had been violated. I was completely irritated. I know accidents happen in our world of technology, but come on...

Aside from the sheer rudeness of the words used - do you think this is just me? OR do you feel this way when you get a message in error (email, phone call, text, etc), when it is from someone you know, but it isn't for you? You can tell me - am I just being a big baby?

Freedom To Be

Good morning, good morning - in the morning time!!!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my cousin Jenn's blog Freedom To Be.

Check it out when you get a chance!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Not really sure what my point is...

This past weekend my family traveled to Richlands, Va - which for those of you who don't know, is located in the southwestern part of the state...this is where my mom's family is from and my mom's grandmother still lives...

The reason for the trip was to celebrate my great-grandmother's 100th birthday, which in and of itself is pretty freaking cool. We had the very best time and I hope to be able to post pictures soon. UNFORTUNATELY, I left my camera charger at the office last Friday and my camera died while en route on Saturday morning...go figure! It was torture to watch all of the HOKIE cars on I-81 going to the game...but I woke up from one of my naps and saw this pic in front of our car! So exciting!

What was really super cool is that Aliyah was able to go with us this weekend to see her great-great grandmother...I mean, how many people are afforded that opportunity in life?

Aliyah is such a great sport. The last time she was with us we were traveling back from the beach and this time we toss her in the car for 12 hours worth of driving over two days...can we talk about how incredibly UNCOMFORTABLE her car seat must be?

The time spent with the family was awesome, but I must say that my favorite time is that spent with A in the car. On the way down we played Nintendo and watched Shrek the 3rd for the sixth time in the last three weeks...we sang BINGO, This Old Man, Old McDonald, etc...the look on A's face when Brittany decided to say "and on his farm he had a ZEBRA" was ones really knows what sound a Zebra makes!

On the way home we managed to watch "Finding Nemo" part my decision...I hadn't watched the movie is quite a long time and I had forgotten how funny it was. Can we talk about how hilarious it is with Dory talks in whale??? Immediately Aliyah and I (along with Brittany) started talking in whale. We stopped in Harrisonburg on the way home to grab a bite to eat we were making all kinds of crazy noises...I so wish that I could type out the way it sounded! Ellen is so AWESOME!!!

(It was great when at lunch today I decided to start talking in whale at Panera Bread - I had to really share my story from yesterday in full character!)

We repeatedly said "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney" and "You on a DI-ET!" I think this is something that we are going to share for a long time to come...

If you haven't seen this movie, if you haven't watched this movie in a while, OR if you haven't shared this experience with your kids...YOU MUST WATCH IT!

PS- YAY to my HOKIES and Redskins! Job well done!!! Momma is proud!!!
PSS- Stay tuned for some HOPEFULLY AWESOME NEWS over the next few days!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Stepping out of the comfort zone

I often times say that I'll try anything once (there is a bit of a disclaimer associated with the word "anything" BUT I think you get the point). It was probably a couple months ago that emails started circulating around the office about putting together a co-ed softball team *YAY* OR a flag football team *SCARY* We collectively took a vote and OF COURSE we had to go in the direction of flag football...

I love football - ON TV or at the stadium, FROM THE COMFORT OF MY SEAT. I so enjoy watching games...sipping on my favorite beverages, eating snacks, cheering from the SIDELINES...

Last Friday was my teams first practice. With great anticipation, I decided to attend...there were only two girls that showed up (counting me) AND even though I knew the other girl had played on a F.F. league before, I had no idea how AWESOME she would be. The very first time she ran out for a pass, she took off like a bat out of hell, hit the 10 yard mark, and took the sharpest turn I have seen to the left AND to top it all off, she successfully caught the bullet flying at her. Can you say G-R-E-A-T (sarcastic tone)??? After seeing her skill level, I was LESS than excited about running out for my pass...

I believe I dropped the first ball thrown to me, but whatever - there is always next time, right? The second time, I tried to run a little quicker & step up my game (telling myself that I can get over my fear of being hit with the ball and be as good as any other girl....). YEAH - that completely backfired when the football went right between my hands and the pointed end hit me in the temple *AWESOME* (Can you say Marsha Brady moment?). I wish I was hurt and it was so embarrassing, but I can't make this stuff up.

As I recovered from seeing stars, I really began to question my commitment to the team...maybe I am not cut out for sports where balls fly at you and you don't have a glove or a bat to deflect them...

Last night was practice number two...I don't like not being good at things...I know I can never be the best at everything, but IF I am going to be there and IF I am going to participate, I need to give it my best right?? Sometimes, you have to take your safety into your own hands...I did exactly that by WARNING all the boys about throwing bullet passes at me...who cares if they gently lob the ball to you? I sure don't. I'll get more comfortable with time...

ANYWAY, I caught a few passes last night during our team scrimmage and I ran with all I had...sort of surprised myself...I fell a couple times as my flags were being ripped off or as I was trying to get past the defense AND today I am sore as S&*% (I feel old) - my hips ache, my inner thighs are tight - even my toes hurt, but I really had a GREAT time last night...

I'll miss our first game tomorrow, but I am now looking forward to practice next week and the games the following Saturday. In all honesty, I'd still rather be playing softball, but stepping out of your comfort zone can be a good thing...I'm learning more about the game of football that I love to watch...

There is a quote that I have referenced a lot and it goes: "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." (Henry Ford)

Sometimes the greatest lessons you can learn are from yourself :)


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Who remembers?

The show called HeeHaw???

This is very random, but the other day at work I had a flash back of the show...the part where the cast and guests would tell jokes - they would pop up from behind a hay bail or in a corn field...saying something funny...and then lower back down...

I was at a co-workers cubicle who has a half-wall on one side and I did that exact thing...I said something out of the ordinary and then without even thinking, I lowered myself down to where they couldn't see me...

She started laughing did I, but then she said "WHO DOES THAT??" in tone that insinutated a little shock, and immediately I equated my actions to HEE-HAW...

She had never heard of the show, but I loved it...maybe it was just a part of my country up-bringing...



Grandpa Jones?

Minnie Pearl?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What do you do at work???

If I could count the number of times that I have been asked what I do at work during the is usually such a BORING explanation that PAINS me to even try...

I had a moment this afternoon, when at a co-workers desk - I decided to take pictures...and informed her that I could NOW let everyone know exactly what I do...

I make statues out of little magnetic pieces!!!

There it is all of it's glory...all of these years of wondering...put to rest!

Then I get really excited and I run to get my camera & take pictures (this is at Blute's desk for anyone that may be wondering! She refused to take the pic with my creation and made me.).

Oh and I eat...I eat...I eat...this is the shelf above my desk that is for storage...yeah - um - it's my work pantry...there are people here that have nicknamed me "Nabisco"

PS - 3rd post today...sorry, just had to share!

I have never laughed so much in one day...

Hey! It is back to civilization...I so wanted to do more posts last week while at the beach, but they just never I sit in front of a PC every day at work, I assume I must have also needed a break from the computer as well! I can't wait to read every one's blogs and catch up too :)

I do have a few stories from poor Aliyah's last day at the beach, which was a rough one for her to say the least. Dad, Josh, and Aaron had gone fishing for the day, so Brittany and I were taking Aliyah to the beach. It was a SLOW morning and we decided to head out after lunch...

#1) I told Aliyah to grab her bathing suit and sunscreen. Not to be too graphic, but it is just easier to put on the sunscreen BEFORE the bathing suit sometimes, so that is what we usually do...Aliyah meets me back in the kitchen and as she is taking off her clothes I noticed that bits of white paper were falling all over the wood first I was like *UH - WHAT IS GOING ON??* but it didn't take me too long to figure out that somehow, someone?, had left at least a GOOD ply of TP in her panties...the look on her face was certainly one of confusion as well...I couldn't help but laugh, it was impossible not to chuckle (mom and Brittany got a small laugh out of it too)...we tried to not make a HUGE deal out of it - knowing that Aliyah could start to cry at any moment...

#2) After applying the sunscreen it was time to put on the bathing suit. Well, as it was the LAST day at the beach, mom had been doing laundry out the ying-yang and had washed all of Aliyah's bathing suits...none of which had dried completely. The little peanut danced around as the cold wet bathing suit went on. Having Aliyah ready, I walked to my room to finish getting myself ready...when I walked back out to the family room I saw Brittany sitting on the couch & looking at A in SHOCK - SO, then I looked and saw white liquid running down Aliyah's legs AND a puddle on the floor...Brittany asks Aliyah what happened and A shrugged her little shoulders and looked a little scared. I couldn't help but to ask A if she had an accident...she said no AND then the light bulb came on *EUREKA* her wet bathing suit had released WATER once it was on and had subsequently sent rivers of sunscreen down Aliyah's legs and back creating a mess on the floor and all over her...AGAIN, the laughter - LAUGHTER - I was in tears by this point....we all were, well - all of us BUT Miss Aliyah - who was now hurt, embarrassed, and crying...I REALLY tried to stop laughing, but I couldn't...two incidents back to back and I was done.

#3) After this, Aliyah calms down with the help of Gram and then Britt, A, and I are off to the beach...we get up to our little boardwalk and Aliyah wanted to help carry the beach blankets...we loaded her up and she was off. Aliyah had gotten a little bit ahead of us, so Brittany called out for A to be careful and she rounded the part of the walkway where the beach shower was located (hose to wash off the sand)...right about that time Aliyah's head disappeared from sight and heard a THUD! It was a total and complete wipe-out. OMG! How much more can this child withstand in the course of an hour??? AGAIN, I was was so hard...I felt so bad for her, but once I start laughing I can't stop very easily. It took everything within me to scoop her up and withhold my laughter in an effort to console her and make sure she was ok...

#4) Fast forward a couple hours & Mom finally came down to the beach right as we were packing up to head back to the pool. We are walking in a line: Brittany, Mom, me, then Aliyah...I look up and ahead of me, I see mom trip over this rope that was holding up a volleyball net...again, I was just one of those didn't fall, but pointed out how graceful it would had been if she ate sand...right about that time, the light bulb came on again and I remember that poor little Aliyah is still behind I turn around to tell her to be careful for the net...I see her - all fours down in the sand...somehow, someway, this poor little thing had managed to be taken out one more time!

I felt so guilty for laughing at her, but I wasn't really laughing AT HER, I was laughing about the things that different points in time I was so weak with laughter that I couldn't even eyes were so clouded with tears that I couldn't see...

How Aliyah still managed to have fun on the beach that day - I'll never know. She truly is a resilient child, which I have said for a very long time now...

43 ODD? Things about ME

I don't know why, but I find these Q&A's to be so much fun to read/share - thanks Amanda and Mrs. Sweet!

1. Do you like blue cheese? YES, love it!

2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? yes :(

3. Do you own a gun? does a water gun count?

4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Strawberry

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Usually always am...not sure why.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? absolutely disgusting!
7. Favorite Christmas movie? Rudolph - "I'm cute...."

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE

9. Can you do push ups? At time, when I'm feeling ambitious!

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? my Tiffany's bracelet - sentimental value

11. Favorite hobby? shopping, just wish it was a FREE hobby!

12. Do you have A.D.D.? YES I DO, but the self diagnosed kind!

13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? um, not going there

14. Middle name? Kristen

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I shouldn't being doing this at work, I'm really HUNGRY, and I can't wait to go to the mall!

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly have. Coffee, water, beer

17. So is there a number 1 person in life? yes

18. Current hate right now? Nothing that I can think of

19. Favorite place to be? I'm an snuggler...

20. How did you bring in the new year? Night out in DC sending texts to the masses

21. Where would you like to go? HOME...hahaha - for real though, Brazil, India, Africe, Greece, Thailand, Australia, New Zeland...and the list goes on and on and on!

22. Name three people who will complete this? anyone who comments are repeats the tag
23. Do you own slippers? Yes, Hokie-pokey ones

24. What shirt are you wearing? I have on a DRESS people!

25. Do you like sleeping on satin? not sure that I've ever tried...sounds slimy

26. Can you whistle? YES, I try my best :)

27 . Would you be a pirate? For Halloween maybe

28 . What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever pops in my head & I usually change the words to make it my own song :)

29. Favorite girl's name? These things change...haven't pondered this in a while

30 . Favorite boy's name? These things change...haven't pondered this in a while

31 . What's in your pocket right now? no pockets

32 . Last thing that made you laugh? co-worker

33 Best bed sheets as a child? i don't remember

34 . Worst injury you've ever had? back injury

35 . Do you love where you live? for now

36 . How many TVs do you have in your house? 4

37. Who is your loudest friend? This is kind of mean...

38. How many dogs do you have? 1

39. Does someone have a crush on you? maybe...

40. What is your favorite book(s)? As of late "The Last Lecture"

41. What is your favorite candy? Raisinettes (sp?)

42 . Favorite Sports Team? Washington Redskins and the HOKIES!!!

43 . What song do you want played at your funeral? OMG, what a crazy question to answer...I'm too hungry to think about this right now! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

More fav beach pics...

We had the BEST time and I have a few funny stories to share, but for now I'm going to leave you with some other favorite beach pics :)