Monday, May 31, 2010

A Wonderful Weekend's Recap

This whole entire weekend...

I wasn't able to take one single picture. My phone is dead and my actual camera is dead...so no such luck in that department. Apparently, I am not the luckiest person in the technical world this month, which is very frustrating.

Saturday morning I had to work, which wasn't too bad because Saturday's always seem to fly by, and not to mention the fact that we were very busy. While I was there, the hubby was at home taking care of our jungle of a yard. I love coming home on a beautiful, sunny day with the yard looking beautiful and our flowers in bloom. I love our marigolds. A lot of people hate them, but when I originally went flower shopping, I wanted something that would stand out against our dark brick, and they do...very nicely.

Saturday night, we headed over to Lee and Bridget's house to watch the UFC 114: Rampage vs. Rashad. Apparently this was a pretty big thing in the UFC world. I ended up taking a nap considering it was at 11:00 at night. What can I say? The older I get, the more sleep I need...and I guess this is one of the traits I got from my Dad.

Sunday, the hubs and I ended up sleeping in. This is definitely something I want to change soon. It has become such a bad habit of not waking up and going to church. I want to change this especially before the babies come. I know church was a huge part of my life growing up, and no doubt, it should still continue to be with or without children. After sleeping in, the hubs and I headed over to his parents house where we spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool, this time without a phone.

After swimming, the 4 of us headed over to one of our personal favorite restaurants, Koi. It's a Japanese Hibachi Grill where Papa Ronnie or Kathy had ever been to. My new favorite is the Crab meat. It was amazing and so good. The talk over dinner was our plans to take a Cruise this year! I am so excited! Of course, this isn't set in stone...everything is just in the beginning stages, but the Hubs agreed that if it was a decent price, he'd be all for it. As soon at we got home, the two of us were browsing Carnival Cruise Lines to see what was the best deal.

My whole entire weekend has been thrown off by being off today for Memorial Day. No complaints here though. I guess that is one of the many joys for working for a bank...you get plenty of Holidays off. I got a lot of stuff done though. I watched the Hubs play 2 games of softball...then came home and cleaned the whole entire house while he played the 3rd (I was getting a tad bit hot and antsy). And what better way to wrap the afternoon up than taking a dip in the pool. We didn't stay too long, although it was perfect to cool down in.

Now I'm just winding down from my Grill King of a Husband making a delicious steak on the grill with a yummy Baked Potato.

I don't think the word Food will be entering my mind for a long time!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Blogger's Rut

I am in a blogging rut.

I feel like I have nothing worth blogging about, let alone worth reading about.

So with that being said...I will be back sometime soon!

Everyone have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!

Friday, May 28, 2010

I Must Say...I Learned my Lesson

In my last post I failed to mention what an idiot I was.

You know the post where I was talking about how yesterday was such a glorious day, and how it was all because my bestie and I spent the day at the pool?

Well, if you noticed in the picture...I was floating in the pool, laying on a float...with my beloved Blackberry.

Just picture this in your mind....

I'm relaxing in the pool laying on my float reminiscing over past times with my bestie, when a gigantic bumblebee comes buzzing my way. Trying to focus on not falling off my float while holding my phone in my right hand....fighting with the bumblebee...


WHAM! Right hand with the phone hits the water for about 2.5 seconds.
RUINED. DEAD. NOT WORKING.

My hubster's not too happy with me and my "not so common sense moment" of having my phone in the pool. 
 
So I am still waiting to file a claim. I think my hubster's wanting to give me time to think about my mistake, which makes it even worse. 

Give it a couple more days, and I will have my beloved Blackberry back.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Just What I Needed...


Today was a glorious day....and when I say glorious, I mean wonderful.

Today I was off from work, so that in itself was wonderful. I was able to catch up on some much needed rest since I hadn't been sleeping all that great recently.

Around lunchtime, my bestie, Jaclyne and myself gathered our stuff and headed to my In-laws to swim in their pool.

The weather was perfect, the temperature was just right, and it was just what I needed.

Thank goodness it's a 3 day weekend coming up....I may be right back on my float soon!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Need an Adjustment

I think I have blogged about this before, or maybe I wanted to...but at the time I couldn't get what was in my head out and on to the screen.

I have the worst habit. It has accrued more so now that I am married, a home owner...a woman that is entering new stages of life. Or at least I've noticed it more now these days than ever before.

I am always wanting more. 
Nothing is ever enough.
And I must say it's exhausting not only for myself...but without a doubt for my husband. I know within just this week, I have mentioned several things I would either like to have, like to go, like to do...and/or like to see. You ask to share some examples? Sure...

  • Yesterday I mentioned through a text that I found the perfect vacation spot that wasn't too crazy far, and would be worth going to whether for a few days, more than a few days, a week...just however long, and that was Charleston, South Carolina.
  • I mentioned today that I thought how nice it would be to have matching Dodge vehicles. Since he has a brand new Dodge Ram...how wonderful would it be to have a Dodge Durango in the color white.
  • And of course, I haven't given up on the search for plane tickets to California.
  • We have a website through my place of work called Corporate Perks (several businesses are linked with them). I found that their "WOW special" for today was a Nintendo Wii on sale for $100 bucks after rebate.
  • And how nice would it be to have a working camera that operates well. My camera is broke so why not mention a new Canon camera to see what is said about that.
This is something I have to work on. I cannot possibly imagine trying to provide for a home and a family  wanting to give all of what your spouse wants and deserves (not saying I deserve all of that), on top of having a spouse constantly throw at you what he/she wants. It's exhausting no doubt.

Maybe it's all about the saying "trying to keep up with the Jones'" but starting now, I am going to make a conscience effort to make sure I give thanks for what I have right now...because I know we are truly blessed, and everything I have is more than I will ever deserve.

Book Club

Last Friday night I had our Book Club over to our house.

We had a great time not only talking about the book, but just hanging out.

This is our official Book Club pic...although we have a few that are missing. Maybe next time, we will be able to get everyone for one.





This month was my turn and the book I chose was, "The Usual Rules" by Joyce Maynard.

My main reason for picking this book was I felt I could personally relate to the main character, Wendy on a much deeper level than her being a young adult. There actually is a pretty big age difference (she is 13), and of course the youngest in our group is 26.

Some of you who read this may not know that I lost my mom to cancer when I was 15 years old.

That experience in itself is definitely what helped form and shape me in to the woman I am today. Everything I do, the way I think, feel...is all made up because of this mold I formed when growing up.

The story was about a young girl, Wendy who loses her mom in the September 11 tragedies. The whole book takes you through a trail of events that this young girl experienced after the event. There were parts where you laughed, you cried, you learned things, and you related...

While discussing we had tears, we had laughs, we had moments of silence...where everyone just sat there thinking.

I would definitely recommend this read to anyone of any age. At first I thought that a few might think it was kind of juvenile, but all in all, I think each of us got a little bit out of it.

Denise and Rebecca waiting to discuss!

Now, it's time to start on this month's pick....and I'm praying it starts to pick up!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day 1

So today we did a trial run on the whole Kaci situation.

For those of you who may have just come across my blog, we have had some issues with our puppy chewing on our couches. Never before have we had this problem. When we say she chews, it's been only on shoes.

Starting with this past Friday, I came home and found she had chewed through our couch. Not horrible...it could have been a lot worse, but enough to bring me to tears. I spanked her so hard, I for a minute there thought I hurt her, but she ended up being fine, only to be dealing with hacking the remainder of the night.

We were thankful she didn't do anything over the weekend, until Monday when the hubs came home, and she decided to do the other couch. We both were furious, and spanked her even harder than the first time.

Finally, we came up with the idea of keeping her in our kitchen. So far today, she did really well. We put some of her toys in there, along with her bed. I'm praying this works because I would hate to start from square 1 with the whole crate training, especially when once the fence gets put up, she can spend some time outside.

Fingers crossed, she stays this way.

Monday, May 24, 2010

I Know a Little White Dog That is Going to Get Beat...

Last Friday after work, I scurried home after picking up the pizza for our Book Club meet.

My plans were to do a quick sweeping of the floor, and finish the last few pages of my book.

To my surprise, I walked in to white stuffing all over the floor in front of the couch.

I honestly could have cared less if it was the decorative pillows Kaci had gotten a hold of. I have been on a mission finding the perfect pillows for our 2 over sized couches, but have had no such luck yet.

Instead...Kaci got a hold of our couch. Yes, our actual couch.

Apparently, it was too good to be true when we said she was not a chewer of our furniture.

After shedding tears, and beating her...I think she got my point. She made up for it for hacking the rest of the night.

Our Conversation

ME:      "we HAVE to figure out something to do, because I guarantee she's gonna do it again." 
HUBS: " c'mon babe...have a little faith in her...she learned her lesson"
ME:      "alright, but we'll see come the next time we leave her by herself..."

Oh she was fine the rest of the weekend till the hubs got home this afternoon. It wasn't the couch she hit up before...it was the other one.

This is all I can picture...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Lazy Sunday Randoms

Since we don't have any babies just yet, I can only spoil our four legged friend like our baby. She fell asleep in my arms, and it just so happened I had my phone in my hand. That's why the quality of the picture is a little choppy.

This afternoon, the hubs and I headed to his parent's house up the road to take a dip in their pool. The water was perfect 82 degrees, which felt amazing in 90 degree weather. The only picture I got was this one of the man I love....it's one of my new favorites!



Speaking of favorites...I have been hooked on a new favorite snack! It's anything granola pretty much, and the brand is Bear Naked. Right now I have the all natural kind that I have been pairing with peanut butter and banana's, and then the Heavenly Chocolate for when I have a sweet tooth.

This past Friday at work I posted for a position at the Gallatin branch...I am praying I get the position. It would be about 20 minutes closer to home. My managers are behind me 100% which is nice....so we will see.

I am still in search of some cheap flights for the hubby and I to take out to California to see my brother and his sweet wife. What I find cheap, the smart and logical hubby of mine sees how that could be a house payment in the future. Thank goodness my husband is that way. As much as it frustrates me in times of when I really want something, I thank God everyday that is a "saver" in our marriage.

I am still waiting for one of my friends that is a part of our Book Club to post pictures on her Face book so I can steal them. I want the pictures to go along with my post about our Book Review. I can't wait to share it.

Well, I am thinking that I may call it a night. Hope everyone has a wonderful night's sleep....and I am sure you will reading about something I've posted on here this week!

Getting to Know You

1. Do you have a fetish?
Anything thrifty...mostly home decor. I love finding stuff and making them beautiful. Half of my stuff here at my house is where I have found them at Goodwill, yard sales....antique stores.
2. Do you sing in the shower?
I do sometimes if it's just me in there. If it's the hubs and I, we just talk about our day and our lives.
3. Who was your first crush?
Oh goodness. This guy named Bryan Brocki. Crazy how you remember stuff like that. We were in like 3rd grade, and he gave me a New Kids on the Block tape. (He must have had an older brother or sister) My mom made me give it back to him.
4. What do you think is the best manly trait a guy could have?
He has to be a provider and a take charge kind of guy. There's nothing like a man who will stand up for what is right, who will work to give you what you need and want.
5. Do you sleep naked?
No.
6. What do you do when (you think) no one is looking?
I'm what I would say a compulsive picker at my nails. I try to have them done with a French Manicure, but I haven't had that in a while.
7. What's the first thing you do when you go online?
I check either my Blog or Face book.
8. Summer is.....?
Family and friends hanging out at cookouts with fun games, food, and just talking. I love doing things like that.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

My Best Friend


This girl is seriously my best friend. Her name is Jaclyne (Jacquelyne), and this girl has stuck beside me through thick and thin, through rough and tough, through good times and bad.

We have laughed till we cried, gone days without talking and yet picking up right where we left off.

I know that whatever life throws our way, we will be friends till the end.

Thank you, Jaclyne for sticking by my side time after time. I couldn't ask for a better friend to run to when I need advice, to have a shoulder when I need to cry on, to laugh and act silly with. 
 love you always.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I Should Be Cleaning...

....like I said I would be.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to get caught up with the dusting, the sweeping, and the mopping while the hubby was out with friends from work. (Our good friend got him and a few other guys tickets to our very own Nashville Sounds Game.)

But instead I spent about an hour and a half at Goodwill that by the time I got home the furthest thing from my mind was cleaning.

I'm super excited about Book Club this Friday night at our house.

So far, I have heard some thoughts on this months read. I like it so far, and the book is starting to getting really interesting. I will definitely be posting a Book Review come this weekend!

Anyhow. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening...I'm going to get back to my Facebooking cleaning.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Testimony

For some reason I'm feeling tender hearted and emotional....maybe it's all that woman thing, who knows.

Facebook seriously has a way of not only reuniting people from your past (and present)....but tying in memories that either you have forgotten about, or memories you have always thought about, but just don't get thought about nearly enough.

My pastor from my childhood is actually one of my Facebook friends.

He was a man of such respect (and still is to this day), so knowledgeable of God's word...all tied up in to such a sweet soul.

I remember the day I came to know Christ. I remember like it was like yesterday.

We lived in a small, brick home in a neighborhood that was right across the street from our Church home, Hillcrest Baptist Church. I remember the days of Sunday School there, VBS, Fellowship picnics on the church lawn, sitting in "Big Church" as I would call it drawing pictures on the envelopes and eating Jolly Ranchers of my dad's...so many memories came from that church.

It was during the time period when Magic Johnson found out he was HIV positive. I remember I was 9 years old without a care in the world.

My mom was in the hallway of our house sorting through laundry when the thought hit me..."Where will I go when I die? I don't know...."

After speaking with my parents, I met with Pastor Ron who went through the Sinners Prayer, who told me I would now be embarking on a whole new life. The feelings I had were unexplainable. I felt as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders...seriously like I was made brand new.

The next Sunday I went forward and made my Profession to Christ in front of my whole church. I cried...my parents cried, and others cried. The day I got baptized I remember being lifted in front of the whole congregation from being so short.

This is my testimony...and every time I see him on Facebook, I can't help but think of how I became saved and the man who taught me so much.

Rainy Sunday


This is what it has looked like all....day....long.

Where in the world is this sunshine located??

Definitely not in my neck of the neighborhood.

All this rain has caused one sleepy wife, and one antsy fluff ball....and not to mention the hubster is cranky too.

Tonight I scrounged up something for dinner that I so didn't feel like eating, but it was good, and I am thankful for it.

I call it, "Chili Cheese and Beef Enchiladas". It's so simple that anyone, and I mean anyone could fix it.

You take 1 Can of Chili (I use Campbell's Chunky Roadhouse Chili...1 Can)
Shredded Mexican Cheese (As much as you prefer)
1 pd. Ground Beef
Garlic Powder
Taco Seasoning

Cook ground beef like normal...add garlic powder and taco seasoning. Drain.

Fill soft tortilla's up....with Chili, Beef and Cheese, wrap up and place is casserole dish. We usually have left over Chili, so I cover, smother and top it off with remainder of Chili and add cheese. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes to melt cheese.

I fix Fried Corn and Spanish Rice to side it with.

Enjoy!

Getting to Know You


The questions..

1. The most expensive thing hanging in my closet is.....?
I would have to say my Coach bag....although I'm currently using it, so it's not in my closet.

2. Have you ever played a team sport?
No, and I wish I would have. The hubs and I have already said our children will be in some sort of extra curricular activity of some sort while growing up.

3. If you were a bug, what kind would you be?
A beautiful Butterfly.

4. Where on your body is the worst place to get sunburned?
That's a toss up between face or chest-shoulder area....nothing worse than having bra straps or any type of clothing of that matter rubbing your burn.

5. Are you happy?
Over all, so very happy. I am truly blessed. Although, I don't act like I am happy, I really do have more than I deserve, and I am so blessed with a hard working, loving husband who I adore.

6. People are always abbreviating..are there any abbreviations that make your skin crawl when people use them?
I wouldn't say abbreviations so much, but I HATE when people spell "slangish", if that's what you would call it. Like "Wuz up?" or "spendin' da day with....". I see that all the time all over Facebook, and I just shake my head.

7. Do you love where you live..or could you live anywhere?
I do love where we live. We just bought our house, and it's felt like home since day 1. Although, I went through a time where I was constantly looking to see what kind of deals were out there with the market...I love our house.

8. What, if any, extreme measures do you go to to keep yourself from overeating when you're full?
I will just put it away. If I have to, I will tell the hubs to hide it. If we are at a restaurant, I will tell the waiter to take it away. If it's in front of me, I will eat it.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hello Saturday...

....thank goodness you're here!

I had to work this morning, which isn't too terrible because I always get a day off during the week, which was this past Thursday.

I did receive a gift however right before I left work...


and I love it!

(It's me at the bank carrying my purse. Make note of that hairstyle I'm sporting)

This is a precious little boy who is the son of one of my co-workers.
For those who don't know my actual name...it is Elizabeth. Notice the spelling of the name,
Mis eLeBef

This seriously made my heart smile. 

It's things like that, that make the days in this world 10 times better!

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blog Help

Where in the world have I been?

All this time I have been using the old Post Editor.

This one is definitely more fancy smancy....and I like it!

But I must say this blogger needs help!

For all these tons and tons of comments I get everyday (sense the sarcasm?)...is there a way you can comment back to them directly that they can actually see that I have responded to them?

For example. I commented on a posting of a blog I read daily...she in returned emailed me her response. How is that? I know I should probably just ask her, and I probably will...but I thought what the heck, I may just post for some help!

Anyone have any thoughts??

Randoms

I was going to take some pictures to post within this posting, but darn it, my camera is not working! It's so mysterious because it was working fine all day Sunday, all that evening when I was uploading pictures....and now it has decided to not cooperate with it's master!

Today I am off from work, and although I could really, really pick up the house....I may not get around to it. I have several places I need to go to today, and although cleaning the house is on my list (or should be), I feel it's not the end of the world if I don't achieve it.

I am sitting here at our kitchen table with our windows open...and apparently someone has lost a dog. A car drove down our street yelling it's name. I'm assuming it's a dog....heaven forbid a child!

I woke up with a dull headache. I hate when this happens, because I can't fully enjoy my day off. It's so annoying.

I'm starting to rethink the "having the windows open", because it's starting to feel a little humid and sticky in this house.

I am planning on meeting my honey for lunch today. That's one of the many great reasons he has transferred to this branch. I can drive 10-15 minutes up the road and see him when I can.

*********

I am back now. I took a "small break" to actually meet my husband for lunch and run a few errands. Speaking of lunch with my husband, I pondered a thought. We're sitting there at Burger King (I love their Chicken Sandwich), and wondered what is the purpose of tall tables with booth chairs? Are they just for looks or what? I know, I'm odd.

I went to Target and bought 2 pairs of shoes. One pair is a dressy black wedge sandal and the others are a pair of black flats. In the banking world, comfy shoes are ideal to wear. I also bought a pair of black Spanks (spelling) because this girl needs them, and a black wallet. I promise, I'm not in a dark era in my life, I just love black!

I love Chic-fa-let. I ate that for dinner tonight with 2 of my favorite girls in the world.

I made a 2ND trip to Target tonight before Chic-fa-let and bought a pair of black house slippers. I'm starting to find this "black thing" amusing.

Last night, the hubby and I went on a much needed killing spree....on our front porch. We have wasps nest galore along with spiders. I took charge of shooting the spiders, while the hubs sprayed the wasp nest. That in itself is funny because my husband is 200+ pounds and scared out of his mind of spiders. I am too, but where's the heroism in this situation or any other spider involved activity?

Before my small break, I mentioned that I thought my camera was messed up. Apparently it's on it's death bed. (Insert sad face here). I took it to Best Buy where my hubby bought it for me from, and they said that the repairs and service charge would cost all together 130+, and it's more reasonable to just get a new camera. New cookware or new camera? I'm still leaning towards new cookware, but a new camera would be nice too! (Maybe even make it a new black camera....okay, Liz...that's getting old! Ha!)

That's it for now. I'm going to go take a shower, put on my new black house slippers and if I'm lucky find some black pajamas and read my book.

Have a very black night!



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Love My Copco....

Yesterday, I made my weekly trip (which I am determined to make it ever so often) to our Kroger Supermarket.

I had several things that I needed to pick up.

This Kroger Supermarket is like no other. They carry furniture, home decor...everything you could possibly imagine except for clothing.

While browsing the aisle for a lunch tote for my hubby, I came across this tumbler.

I instantly knew I wanted one...or two.

It's a hardcore plastic cup (tumbler as they call it) with a sturdy straw that makes it easy to stir...along with a rubber grip to hold.

It's made by Copco. You should definitely check them out!

Happy Pills

Not long ago, a conversation came up between myself and a good friend(s).

I think of this/these person(s) dearly, and what was being said within this conversation makes me think no less of this person(s). It's just been in and out of my head ever since.

For my family and close friends, each of them know that I take an anti-depressant. In actuality, several of my close, very close family members actually take the same exact medicine, same exact pill, same exact dosage.

Ever since being prescribed this medication, I have always be brought up to know that this is no different than someone on blood pressure medicine, someone who needs to take medicine to regulate their blood sugar or really someone who takes a medication everyday.

Everyone has their own opinion dealing with this matter....this topic in general. One opinion was given, "I would never go on a pill that would be of this instance. It's one I would just give to the Lord, and I would deal with it more spiritually and on a spiritual basis."

I hate when people assume that. I hate when people make assumptions. I hate when people judge and think that I am suicidal or I am struggling spiritually for example.

Obviously, there is an imbalance that controls my moods, and the way I feel....including depression, anxiety....you name it.

I am not struggling spiritually. Yes, I could be involved in a church...yes, I could have more quiet times, and yes, I could read my Bible more. But I would not classify myself in a category that I am full blown "struggling spiritually". There's not one Christian out there who is perfect and isn't struggling in their Christian walk.

We all have dark times that consist of being depressed or feeling down. The anti-depressant that I take helps me control mine a little better.

Thank you to all who understand that I am no different than a lot of people out there...and truth be known, there are probably many people that you may know that have these little "happy pills" in their medicine cabinet, they just don't announce it to the world.

Book Review


I just realized I never ever did a book review on last months pick!

What in the world??!

This was the first time for any of my girlfriends, including myself, to be a part of a book club. When one of my besties, Denise brought the idea up to me, I was excited!

I have always liked the thought of being able to sit down and read a book, but my only problem was my attention span. Finding a book that actually held my attention longer than the first couple of chapters has been hard for me.

I felt like being a part of a book club would help me finish these book picks.

Last months pick was Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge. I must admit when the book was announced it was the pick, I honestly wondered if it would be more like a Bible Study book.

It was, but that's okay.

I had mixed thoughts about this one. It seemed like everything that was said was very repetitive and drawn out. What could have been discussed in only one chapter....it was drawn out to 3 or 4.

The authors gave a very good job giving the reader a chance to envision what they were talking about.

If I were to rate this book on a scale of 1 being horrible and 10 being the best book ever, I would give it a 4.

But who knows...you may love it!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm on the Prowl.....

....for some new Cookware!!!

Exciting, huh?

Actually, I am pretty excited.

Tonight, I dropped the bomb on the hubby telling him how much I wanted (and needed) some new pots and pans. I just knew when I started out my sentence, "Honey, if I was to do my research....", he would assume I was talking about something pretty materialistic, but he didn't say anything until I finished talking.

When we were engaged and went and registered, I was so apprehensive about putting some pretty expensive items on my registry. I was so worried people would think something, so I stayed in what I call a "safe zone". Don't get me wrong, I was and still thankful for what we received, but as time goes on I truly believe in "you get what you pay for".

My pots and pans are wearing really thin. So thin that on some of the insides, the black stuff is wearing off and I'm having to toss them out.

From starting my research tonight, I found a website that has started to answer my questions. It's Only Cookware.com, which is a Cookware Consumer Guide.

As of right now, I am leaning towards a Non-stick Cookware set vs. a Stainless Steele Set. And in all honesty, my first reasoning is the Stainless is a little too fancy for my taste, even if that reasoning is all about the look.

Here are the top 3 Non-Stick Cookware sets:


#1. Kitchenaid Gourmet Essentials NonStick Hard Anodized 12pc Cookware Set

#2. Rachael Ray 10pc NonStick Cookware Set

#3. Anolon Advanced Hard Anodized Non-Stick 12pc Cookware Set
I am going to keep on researching...but what do you have in your kitchen? And what you have, would you recommend it?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I Love That Slacker



I have become obsessed with this application on my Blackberry.

The hubs thinks I'm nuts for this, but I have found a particular station that I absolutely love.

Its called the Rest and Relaxation channel.

You can bet money that when I say it's bedtime, I have my phone on my night stand, softly playing songs that sound like the ocean and rain.

Makes me sleepy just thinkin' about it.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Night Randoms

  • I hate to start out a post whining, but it's the only thing that is really consuming my mind.
My tooth hurts.

  • Is it really almost Monday? I had such a good week's vacation...but it has seemed like it has flown by in a blink of an eye. Why is it you wait forever for something to arrive, only to have it be gone so fast? That is one I will never understand.
  • Today was the first time we have had a family function at our house. I loved it! The family that was not here was definitely missed though.
  • The vote was determined today. The kitchen needs a second coat of paint. Blah. It will happen one day soon....
  • I am getting real sleepy. Wonder if I can make it till 10 before getting heavy eyed. We'll see.
  • Can you tell I'm blabbin' for no apparent reason?
  • I am excited about our book club meet on the 21st of this month. I'm hosting it at my house. What to fix...what to fix.
  • The hubby and I are obsessed with the show, Snapped that comes on the Oxygen channel.
  • I really, really wanna go on vacation with my family in October. I'm going to check the work calendar at work tomorrow, and see if it's taken already. It's funny how I'm already thinkin' about yet another week's vacation.
  • Well, I think that's enough randoms for tonight. Have a good night bloggers!

Getting to Know You


1. What has been your most memorable Mother's Day?
I'm not going to take the easy way and say "all of them"...but actually, I hope today is the one that will hold a candle to others. Today is the first time that we will be celebrating with everyone at our house. My parents, my MIL, my sister and her family...I'm excited. I am hoping to get some pictures!

2. Have you ever been pulled over for speeding and were you able to talk your way out of it?
Yes...I must admit though, I don't even really talk. I'm honest. The last time I got pulled over I told the cop that I was just listening to my John Mayer Cd, and wasn't paying attention.

3. What's the oldest thing you have hanging in your closet?
I don't have really anything that's too exciting and old. My hubs has some stuff from his college days....also know as frat days. But that's really about it.

4. Do you whiten your teeth?
No. I use whitening toothpaste but that's as far as it goes.

5. Underwear or Panties..What do you call your "unmentionables"?
Panties. Although I do have a few granny panties. What can I say...they're comfortable! And the unmentionables...well, they're unmentionable for a reason now! WINK.

6. If you could go on vacation right now..today..where would you go?
Well....speaking of vacation, I'd take another week off in a heartbeat if I could! Instead, tomorrow I must head back to work. Before trailing off in to a complete different story...I would love to take a trip somewhere tropical. Like Fiji. Now that's a vacation!

7. Do you get offended when people cuss on their blogs?
No...it doesn't bother me. I personally won't drop the GD word or F bomb on here...but I have said Damn. Shhhhhhh. Don't tell anyone.

8. If you had to give up one luxury item, it would be....?
I would say our Dish TV. We have TONS of channels, but I only watch not even a handful of channels.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Tah Dah!

.....And here is the newly redone kitchen!

The pictures really do not do it justice. Honestly, you can't even really tell what shade of green it is.

I should have done a second coat, in my opinion...but oh well.

It was actually pretty hard. The shade of yellow it was....going to the shade of green, made it really trying to make sure you were covering all of the yellow.

I love how it turned out though.

Now, all I lack is curtains. I was on the hunt today for some but failed at finding any that I truly liked. I made the mistake of doing that with the last curtains I had, and ended up hating them in the end.

You can't tell from the picture...but the sign above the window I found for 3 bucks at Goodwill. It reads...
Live well, Laugh Often, Love Much.


I totally copied the window idea from one of my sister's friends, Amy. She's a sweetie that I met this past weekend on vacation.

I think I may try and add a splash of color on that wall. As I type, I'm thinkin' it looks kind of drab.


Another view of my kitchen.

Oh my, how it needs some curtains!

And if you remember from a few posts ago, I mentioned this bad boy in a picture of all the goodies I found at a Neighborhood garage sale.

I haven't secured the T just yet, that's why it's positioned the way it is at our fireplace. I love the idea though that I'm going for.

Now if only the hubs could come up with a way to get it to stay. Hm.


Well, that was my weekend!

Hope everyone has a blessed Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Our Kind of Friday Night


Happy Friday everyone!

This picture makes me smile.

This afternoon I went and watched my hubby hit some golf balls at a local driving range in our town.

It's so cute to watch how serious he gets...how determined he is to make sure he makes an excellent shot.

I wish I would have had my real camera other than my phone to take some pictures of this man in action. Instead, all I got was my design with the golf balls.

I still cannot believe this week's vacation is about up.

It's crazy how you can wait for so long for something to arrive, only to have it leave so fast.

I did get a lot accomplished, especially today. I finished painting the kitchen, only lacking a few touch ups here and there. I am hoping to get pictures posted by tomorrow night to show what a difference a color can make to a room.

Other than that, tonight we made a shopping trip to several different stores! The hubs of course had to hit up Dicks Sporting Goods and Best Buy, while I opted to stay in Joann's and Home Goods for most of the evening.

It's so funny how life changes. It's a Friday night, and we were seriously home at around 8pm.

WOW.

Now that's what I call our kind of Friday night.

In the Process....

Well, here we go!

My kitchen is taped up and ready to go.

I spent last night priming up all the little holes that I had put my walls through.

I can not wait to get rid of this yellow. I loved it when we first moved it, but found myself very limited to decorating it.

The green I picked out at Lowes last night is GORGEOUS!! I was sifting through my scrapbook paper and came across a piece that had the green I had been looking for all my "redoing the kitchen" days.

So, I took it to Lowes, they stuck it in the scanner and matched it to the T!!

I'm praying it looks that good on the walls as it does in my head!



And these lovely things are just half of what I found at yesterday's Goodwill. I swear I can not get enough of that place.

The green apples I got in Georgia during one of our Garage Sales...I thought they looked perfect in that pedestal dish.

And the hooks to the left...I'm planning on hanging that somewhere in my kitchen for my aprons and such.


I will definitely be posting the outcome!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Findings.

Oh.

My.

Goodness.

Today, the hubby and I ran out to our local Sam's Club to stock up on some groceries to put in our big freezer in the garage.

While there, my tummy was getting the best of me. I found a huge bag of these Sensible Portions Vegetable Straws. I must say they are delicious.

For right now, I'm not supposed to eat anything crunchy. However, my stubborness got the best of me, and I sneaked a small one. I had to let it sit in my mouth for a good minute till I could actually chew it and swallow it, but it was still good.


As I mentioned a few posts ago, while on our weekend trip in Georgia...the girls and I loaded up the Trail Blazier and headed to some local community garage sales.

I love anything thrifty and cheap. And that's why when I racked up on all of this for less than 20 bucks, I was super duper excited!

And if you notice that tray...I see a lot of potential for that sucker!


This is up close of the frame picture I found.

Home is where your story begins.




I'm thinkin' this Saturday I may do this again!



The 3 Pictures I Did Take...

Although I didn't snap any pictures of Girls Night, or at our Garage Sale Hunt...I did manage to take a few of this sweet baby girl, Olivia Kate.

This is one I snapped before leaving
for our cookout on
Sunday night.
My honey and Olivia Kate.
This man surprised me this weekend. He was so willing
to get on the floor and play with her, so willing to hold her, and I must
admit, it melted my heart.



I hate that I couldn't fix the glares on these next two pictures.
They were too cute not to post, anyways.
She was all smiles.




The black and white made Olivia Kate a little more clearer.

This weekend was the first time I actually got to spend time with her. The first time we met her she was about a month old, at that.
I cannot wait till I can love on her again...

and see my family.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Number 2 in One Night

Why is it I love random posts the most?

Is it because that's how I portray my brain?

Or is it because I have nothing better to talk about that would make it long enough to even post?

At this very moment, I am sitting on our big, over sized brown couch (for anyone who has been to our house, this couch is ginormous, and that's the main reason I fell in love with it), with our huge comforter, a big box fan set on 3, and a cute fluff ball laying between both of my ankles sound asleep.

Since my lovey wiped my laptop clean, I cannot figure out where the Favorite button is on this thing. That was one thing I was bummed about. All of my favorites went bye bye, and I didn't even bother to write them down. I was so focused on making sure my photos were scanned on to discs, that that left my mind. Oh well, I guess in reality, the photos were way more important.

So, I have been thinking about purchasing a subscription to a particular website. When I talked it over with the hubby, he just laughed. It has always been something that interested me...but I never knew anyone who actually did it. It's Ancestry.com. I have a co-worker who signed up and she is constantly telling me (and showing me) what all her and her mom have found. I guess a lot of it has been stirring up my interest since my mom has passed away, and I unfortunately have not been able to really, truly sit down and talk to her side of the family about my relatives and ancestors. Just from plugging in my parents name...I have received 2 leaves (hints) including a birth certificate and her census of my mother. I can't go any further, however, because I don't have an account with them.

Looks like there is a good chance our fence may be going up within the next couple of weeks, if not this week. Fingers crossed it happens.

It's Mother's Day this weekend! :)

It already seems like the week is flying by so fast.

My heart feels so heavy for my fellow Tennesseans. One of the news websites has listed the names of flood victims. Some have been unaccounted for. The total is up to 29 so far. So, so sad.

I am still craving some Mexican. Actually, I am craving anything other than soft food. My honey made me a plate of Scrambled eggs, and that was like Heaven. Yogurt, Apple Sauce, Pudding, and Kool Whip with Hershey's powder does not do the trick anymore. I already made my BFF promise me we would be taking a trip to our favorite Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon called Los Compadres. Sooner or later, I will be eating some Mexican.

Well, I guess that's it for my blogging this evening. Hope everyone has a wonderful remainder of the week!

I Wouldn't Say It Was a Full Blown Ouchie...

.....just a little tender and sore. (Which aren't those the same thing??)

For those who have just started reading my blog in secret, this morning at 8am, the hubby drove me to Dr. Kirk's office to have 3 of my wisdom teeth surgically removed.

You ask why only 3??

Apparently, my 4Th one never shot through. No sign of it what so ever. Which hey, I can't argue with that.

As of right now, I feel good. My top 2 that they pulled, I feel nothing what so ever from the surgery...however, my bottom right one, I can't quite distinguish my jaw area hurting or my throat. My throat feels like a typical sore throat. Strange, I know.

Other than that...my "hot doctor of a husband" has been doing a wonderful job making sure I have what I need and want, along with taking my medicines on time and cleaning my wounds. (I sound so dramatic).

I have however already requested some Mexican this weekend...that is if I'm feeling up to par.

I have been CRAVING a Chicken Chimichanga from I don't know since when. The hubby may have to just deal with the consequences of eating it, because I nnnnnnn....eee...ddd it with all I have. (That does sound rude about him just dealing with the consequences. I really wouldn't make him endure that, I promise).

I do, however, want to throw out a big, huge

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

to everyone who called, left messages on voice mails or on Face book or through texts. That meant so much to me.

I am sure after my second dose of Hydro-however you say it and spell it, sets in, I will be out to the world.

We hope.....

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Monday and We're Back Home

This past weekend the hubby and I drove down to Griffin, Georgia to stay with my sister, Amber and her sweet family.

It was seriously, one of the best weekends we have had with them. I really, really hate that I didn't get one picture on my camera, other than on my Blackberry.

The weekend was jam packed, but so fun.

We arrived around midnight Friday night, and took the grand tour of their beautiful, new home. I had seen pictures, so this was the first time to get the full effect.

Saturday morning, we got up around 6:30 to go to some community garage sales with Nicole and Amy, and their sweet little girls. We found some pretty great treasures, and as soon as I can, I will post what all I bought...and what's even better, is I didn't even spend 20 bucks! Through all the misting rain and such, we walked street to street gathering our goodies.

After that, we headed back to Amber's house to recuperate before heading out for Girl's Night. The guys did their own thing and spent the evening at Dave & Busters.

Looking back at this past week, I was so nervous about meeting Amber's friends. My insecurities were settling in, and of course the hubby told me "you're being crazy...you'll have a great time"...and he was right. Why in the world do I spend so much time letting Satan put these crazy thoughts in my head? The girls I met were the absolute sweetest, and it honestly made me wish even more that we lived closer than we do.

So, we loaded up the Trail Blazer and headed to Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. We were all craving Mexican, so we decided to try Rosa Mexicano. Kim couldn't have described it better. It was gourmet food with a Spanish flare. They definitely didn't serve the typical Taco Salads and Chimichangas. It wasn't uncommon to see Lamb and Duck listed through out the menu. It was definitely yummy...and the Sangria's were delicious too!

Sunday, I woke up with the worst headache known to mankind. I didn't really complain too much about it (or tried not too), because I thought it was just where I had slept in too long. Then I thought it was because I hadn't ate...and then I thought that it was where I hadn't taken my medicine. And finally, after everything....it was caffeine!!! I hadn't had an ounce of caffeine since Friday afternoon. Once I drank a few sips of Coke, it was gone.

Sunday night, we hadn't to a cookout at friend's of Amber and David's. We had a ball. Sitting by the pool chatting it up with all the wives and husbands laughing and talking about life.

I honestly, couldn't have had a better time this weekend.

And plus, I got to love up on lil' Miss Olivia Kate! Pictures will be soon to come after I transfer them off my phone!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Bunch of Randomness

I have started blogging about 3 different times, only to delete them all. I just can't seem to make my post tonight "flow"...if that makes sense.

I am currently in Georgia thinking about all of the families who are experiencing this horrible, horrible flood that has come about this weekend. It saddens me to look at all of the pictures and to only imagine what they are going through.

These pictures I snagged from a friend's page
off of Face book.



The Buffalo Wild Wings in Hermitage, which is
the next town from Lebanon


A house under water.

We are going to try our hardest to make it back home to Tennessee some time tomorrow...but with road conditions looking the way they are, we don't know if that is possible.

I cannot wait to see our lil' Kaci, and get so many licks! I know she is wondering what in the world happened to us.

I have seriously had the best time here in Georgia. So much fun, it makes me want to move closer to my sister, her family and friends.

I'm trying to not think about Tuesday and the fact that I am going under to get my wisdom teeth out. It is a bit nerve racking when you have heard nothing but stories of pain, being out of it for days, and not being able to eat anything but liquids.

I am looking forward to getting home and getting the house cleaned up to place my new found treasures everywhere.

We got our Tax Credit Friday...such a wonderful way to start a vacation off! We paid off our first big debt which was our furniture. It felt wonderful! We are on a way to being debt free...(minus the house!)

My husband is snoring really loud right now as we lay in the bed together.

I slept so much today, I can't really sleep right now. That in itself kind of sucks because I'm going to be worn out come tomorrow. Maybe not.

My running schedule starts back up when we get home. Whether it's on the tread mill or not, it's getting done.

Along with running starting back up...I have to start on my Book club pick asap. The 21st of this month will be here before we know it.

I wonder if my work officially is closed tomorrow.

I bought a brand new pair of Sun glasses at Atlantic Station's Anne Taylor...and I love them! It took me a while to get used to them, because this girl here, has apple cheeks (or more like chipmunk cheeks), and Sun glasses are some times hard to find.

This sure is a long random post, huh?

Is it bad that I some times will purposely try and wake my peacefully sleeping hubby up, only to get him to talk to me? Darn, I'm rude!

Tomorrow morning, we are going to Waffle House....just like we do every other time we are here in Georgia. We love it. But unfortunately, it won't be David's (my brother in law) Waffle House.

The guys have already planned an afternoon golfing game if we are still in town. Wonder what us girls shall get in to?? :)

Getting to Know You


1. Are you superstitious?
Not so much. I don't really play in to the whole "Friday the 13th", or if I purchase something and it totals up to $6.66....I try to avoid thinking anything of that nature.

2. If you were an animal..what kind would you be?
Part of me wants to say our puppy, Kaci...to see what kind of life she lives as a dog in our family, but I also want to say a bird. If I were a bird, I could fly over anything and everything...and crap on anything I choose...(which would be anyone who pisses me off!)

3. You would never catch me wearing.........?
This one is a tough one for me. I think alot of the styles that are in stores today, I could not get away with wearing....BUT some people can. The skinny jeans are adorable on certain people, but I cannot wear them. My shape just does not compromise with them!

4. If someone posts a VLOG..do you watch it?
Sure....why not....?

5. Have you ever waxed your girlie/manly parts..or any other part of your body?
To be totally honest....(too much info can be in this answer), yes. For our honeymoon, yes...and I'll leave it at that!

6. Are you a spender or a saver?
Definitely the spender! My hubby calls me "The Swiper" because apparently I like to swipe my debit card too much! Luckily, he's the saver in our marriage...Thank you, Lord!

7. If you were starring in a movie..who would you want to play your leading man/woman?
I love Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Julia Roberts! Any of those, please?!


8. Smoker..never smoked..social smoker..or smoked back in the day?
Attempted it once, but could not follow through with it. It's a nasty, nasty habit...that my lungs could not handle.