Sunday, January 30, 2011

Shoes

This weekend I put myself on a mission....a shoes mission.

If there has been one big thing I have learned in the work field...it is to wear comfortable shoes.

If you would have commented on my choice of shoes, I would have commented (while standing in my stilettos), "Oh, my legs and feet will be fine...".

Now, I beg to differ.

I wear flats. Comfortable, sometimes on the verge of old lady comfortable flats.

While browsing the web, I came across a site called SimplySoles. Oh how I love thee!!

Now, the prices we won't discuss that...but these shoes are aaaa-mazing!

Andi
Tyra

And these??! I swear, these are genius!! 
I love these!

Faith in Brown (you can get them in black too!)

Maybe one day I can find a way to justify spending $295 on a pair of boots.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Just Thinking....

{One.} Today I got to pass the last hour of work with this little fur baby named Max. What a cute little, playful guy he was.

{two.} I am having a hard time typing on this keyboard. My laptop is on the verge of dying considering the chord is practically split. I am typing on the hubby's desktop, and the keyboard is known as a "gaming keyboard". Sounds so nerdy, right?

{three.} My husband's Uncle passed away yesterday morning. He lived a long, hard life...and in the end he fought a hard battle with cancer in such a short time. I pray for my mother in-law. I pray she finds peace through all of this and knows that she did what she could through this whole situation.

{four.} I heard today that another spout of snow is in the forecast. Spring, please?

{five.} I am needing some serious tender, love and care in the hair department. My ends are something awful, and my color is something bland. I'm thinking that scheduling an appointment is a must.

{six.} I have found some awesome, awesome blogs tonight. Which I might add that all of the blogs on my blog list are awesome...so seriously, scroll on over there, and take a look.

For All Things Bloggy

For everyone who reads my blog....they know I have no expertise in this.

I blog because I think it's fun, I think it's therapeutic...and I love to write!

Through a blog I stalk follow called April Showers...April listed a very, very cool website called The Blog Guidebook- For All Things Bloggy.


I seriously could spend hours reading listing upon listing on here on tips and tricks....and reading other cool blogs that have been listed on this site.

Check it out...you won't be disappointed! :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

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1. My new medication.

Hello, Cymbalta. I should have met you a long time ago. I love you.

2. My new branch.  I mentioned before that I would be transferring to a new location with my work. I transferred this past Monday, and I am loving it so far. My co-workers are so very sweet, and not to mention...I get to have lunch with my hubs. I love it!

3. Exciting news! My sister, Amber mentioned today in her blog they have started the adoption process. I am so excited for her and her family. We know God is in control, and when it's time, it will happen!

4. Bible Study. Tonight I went to my first Women Bible Study of the year. I went with a friend which was great because we are going through this together. The study is called, "The Excellent Wife". I know I will be able to use this tool in my marriage, and that excites me!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

He's the Biggest Fan

I feel like I have made some new friends....better yet, I feel like I have extended my family.

A couple weeks ago, the hubs caught an episode or so of the series Friday Night Lights.

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However, I didn't realize just how hooked he was until he found every season so far on Netflix.

He's completed all of Season 1...which is 22 episodes to be exact in 3 evenings.

He's about to start on Season 2.

Needless to say, I feel like I should be sweet Lyla's bff.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Last Day and Precious

Today actually went a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I thought I would be emotional, but I actually contained myself.

I was sad. I was sad to leave a place that I looked forward to going to and seeing the people that I called not only my co-workers but my friends.

To my surprise, my sweet co-workers each brought various foods of all sorts for lunch.

They definitely made me feel special.

Ops Manager, Heather and myself

Danielle, Laurie and myself (Not pictured Jan & Melinda)
Although I am sad to leave, I am looking forward to meeting new people and gaining new friendships.

On another note...the hubs and I watched a movie the other night that I felt needed to be mentioned.

Precious
Precious, an illiterate teen growing up in Harlem, is pregnant with her second child and  invited to attend a special school with high hopes to turn her life around.

It's definitely worth the watch...but be sure not to watch it with kids around. The topics and issues this girl goes through...it definitely makes you thankful for everything and everyone you have.

Hope everyone is having a great Friday night...I'm gonna spend the rest of my night with my love!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I Have My....

...bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch.

I have my Love.

I have my two furbabies.

And I have a warm home.


I failed to mention we have more snow!

Happy Thursday, friends!

The weekend is near! 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Epic Fail

I suffered a case of huge epic fail this morning.

This is the second time in the past two months I have done this same exact thing, which makes it an even bigger epic fail.

I rubbed and kissed the puppies goodbye, grabbed my purse, made sure the front door was locked behind me, and made a mad dash to my car since it was freezing outside.

Only to realize my keys which contains my house key and car keys were inside the house....locked up, with me outside.

Freezing to death in only my cute patterned dress and black leggings (why take a jacket? I'm only outside for a matter of 1.5 minutes total), I texted my hubs as my fingers felt as if they were going to fall off from frost bite. (Okay, that's a little bit dramatized, but oh well.)

A happy ending to a cold situation came along because of my manager who was able to come pick me up. I would have been in some deep shiznit if I hadn't been able to make it to work.

Needless to say, a spare key will be made.

And I just wanna say to everyone out there who reads my blog....

Cuticles hurt!!!!


My poor thumb!!!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Randoms.

  • Thank you to those you commented on my new layout! Whether it was on here, or through Face book...your sweet comments definitely make smile!
  • Today, I took the hub's with me to my doctors appointment. As much as I would like to say it was because of something exciting, it was just for a checkup and to talk about other options with my medication. Blood pressure was good, temperature was good...everything looked good...except I hate seeing my weight on the darn scale.
  • Speaking of my new medicine, the doctor said the most common side effect of it would be nausea, and it's usually only lasts for the first 3-4 days. Tonight, it has begun. Ugh. But like my hubby said, "at least we know what it is."
  • Tonight I am praying for an old friend. A friend that feels like giving up, and feels like there is no hope. I pray for reassurance and strength to fight whatever demon she is facing.
  • Yesterday while browsing Face Book, I came across a blog a friend posted on my sister's wall called Little Miss Momma. Ashley, founder of the blog, also has created Sisterhood of Secrets. You have to see for yourself what an awesome idea this was. Please check it out!
  • Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I am trying to brainstorm some ideas to get and do for my handsome hubs. We always do something, but this year...I want to be creative. The. search. goes. on.
  • This is my last week working with my co-workers friends at this particular branch. I have made such sweet friends in the last 7 months that have made my working days so much more enjoyable and easier. I am anxious to get started at my new home branch where I can continue to make new friends and build new relationships. Thank you, Lord for this new opportunity!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review and Layout Love

I. love. this. new. layout!!

I have been looking for something fresh and new for the longest time, and to be quite honest, I just found out how to unzip or extract zipped files on the computer, which is what a lot of blog designers put their templates in.

Tonight I got lucky, and figured out it's just by a click of a button. 

Last night, I had our book club meet at my house.

It took everything I had to finish the read I picked for this month. You would think that I would have enjoyed the book since I picked it. 


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This book takes you back between the times of 1904 and 1984 through a woman's eyes named Jewell. Throughout the entire read you are constantly shot back and forth from her childhood to her life as a wife and mother. Living in the backwoods of Mississippi, she seemed content, until her sixth child, Brenda Kay is born with Down Syndrome. (No joke, back in the 1940's, doctor's had no shame in declaring your child as a "Mongolian Idiot".) Suddenly, Jewell is thrown in to a world of making sure her daughter's needs are met no matter what comes her way. Seeking the best for her youngest daughter, she uproots her family to California to seek help from a special school.

It was definitely a long, drawn out book. If it would have been condensed down, I would have been more likely to finish it.

My favorite part however was what this book brought to discussion.


I wish I would have gotten more pictures.

And since there has been a lot of this here lately....


and this....


....I thought nothing sounded better than beef stew in the crock pot with some biscuits on the side.

After dinner we got to celebrate birthdays for Rebecca and Rachel, and upon request we had brownies for dessert.

Now, just to figure out why they turned out crunchy.......

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Three for Thursday

1. Tomorrow night I am hosting book club at my house. The menu is as planned...Beef Stew in the Crock Pot with Biscuits and brownies for dessert. Simple yet perfect for this cold weather we have been having. I have to admit that the book I picked has made it very hard to get in to. I will definitely do a book review this weekend.

2. I am very much in love with the fact that we are off on Monday. Yay for bank holidays. Speaking of Monday, the hubs is going with me to my doctor's appointment, and with that happening, it makes me happy.

3. I am so over this cold weather. The snow has not melted much since today was the first day the sun was out. As much as I would enjoy to have a snow day, I am thankful that I didn't get stuck inside for days at a time.

Thank the Lord for little blessings.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Kansas City Trip

The hubs and I went on a weekend trip with his parents to watch the play off game between the Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens.

Leaving super early Saturday morning...

and after 9 hours of driving....

We finally made it.
My love and I on Chiefs territory...covered in a blanket of snow.



A fellow Chiefs fan.

My hubs heading towards Arrowhead Stadium.

It was like a sea of Red....

....with a few "dead birds".

Kathy with Mr. Tighty Whiteys.




Our seats were right between the 20 and 30 yard line.

The card stunt was tried

Our game faces.

Loudest fans ever...doing the Tomahawk chop.

Papa Ronnie and Kathy (the Hub's parents)


We were freezing. 17 degrees.



Needless to say, the Chiefs didn't pull through. 

Arrowhead Stadium





Saying goodbye...

Even though we left not winning, we had a wonderful time cheering on our team!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What I'm Lovin' Wednesday

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1. Weekend Plans. My in-laws got tickets to this weekend's Chiefs vs. Ravens game in Kansas City. My hubs and his dad have gone to several games over the past years,  but this one is my first one. I'm even excited to the 8 hour trip there! I'm sure there will be lots of pictures to come! :)

2. 16 and Pregnant, Judge Judy and Dr. Phil. Apparently tonight I am only interested in shows that have one thing in common. Undeniable drama....loads of it.

3. The Lord's way of working things out. This afternoon I got some bittersweet news. I was offered the chance to transfer branches to Mt. Juliet. I'm gonna miss my girls that I work with, but I know it's helping out someone else. I'm just thankful I have a job...thank you, Lord! I'm excited about this new opportunity, and not to mention I'm practically next door to my hubs!

Happy Hump Day! :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Cameron and a Whole Lotta Nothin'

Tonight the hubs and I met up at Red Robin to celebrate a sweet little boy's 5th birthday.

Cameron is one of the cutest kids I know...and believe me when I say, he is all boy.

I am so blessed to have him in my life!


The quality of the pics aren't the greatest considering their taken with my Blackberry...but I still love them. The hubs looks thrilled to see me acting like a paparazzi, again. (Which I might add he has turned over a new leaf with my picture taking! I am so proud!)

I am so ready for the weekend. Thank the good Lord tomorrow is mid way through the week.

Tonight I ran for the first time this year. It sounds funny to me saying, "for the first time this year". I hope 2011 will be my lucky year, and I will actually stick with it.

Tonight I carried a sports bottle full of Crystal Light Raspberry. Silly me stuck it in my purse thinking it was empty. Um, not so much. The darn thing leaked like no other, and spilled all in my purse. Luckily, my purse is red...inside and out. So, it didn't really stain anything...and nothing of importance was harmed.

Thank you to everyone who left me sweet comments on my last post, and through my Face Book. Reading those makes me smile, and feel better.

There's talk of trying to buy tickets to the Chiefs game this weekend. I think it would be fun, and besides we always have fun with the hub's parents. However, 8 hours worth of driving to and from with the possibility of not winning...doesn't sound too fun. I sound real optimistic, huh?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pour your Heart Out


I have been caught off guard.

I just kind of sort of got my feelings hurt, and I don't like it.

I would like to think that my hubs and I have a pretty typical marriage.

We have ups and downs, we have great times, good times, okay times, and then times when we wanna throw in the towel and run.

Have we yet? No. Do we plan to? No. Is it in the cards for us? Never.

People say "never say never"....but honestly I don't see it happening. I married Mike because he is the love of my life. Because everything seems right when we're together, and because we're not quitting.

However, apparently some of the world around us begs to differ, and I hate that.

I mean, heck...proof was shown on our engagement night.

Things were said and done during our year of engagement that I will forever take with me.

And now to be told that children should never be brought up in our marriage...that kills.

To know that when that time comes for us to make that huge announcement of a baby to come and to not have excitement from others surround us, that kills me.

Why do I feel everyone (that holds an important spot in my life) is against so much of our marriage?

All I have to say is if you don't want to be around us, don't want to be a part of us...don't want to stand behind the choices we make, or want to make in the future...then simply don't be, but for goodness sake, don't make it be known to me or him in such a way that is hurtful.

Oh and if this post bothers you, then simply don't read it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Keeping Focus for 2011

Last night the hubs and I headed over to my bestie's house to ring in the New Year.

We actually decided last minute to head over there because I was having "woman issues". For the last part of my evening at work, all I wanted to do was plunge myself down on our comfy couch with my heating pad.

But I knew I would regret not doing something with the hubs and friends if we stayed home.

I hate that I didn't get any pictures (I forgot my camera), and I did get a small video with my new Flip, but it was nothing too interesting.

I've been thinking of a new resolution commitment for this year, and I actually have several. I wanted to actually pick things that I could work on and not things that were too easy or near impossible to keep.
  • Slow to anger. 
  • Forgive and forget. I want to be able to let go of past events, past problems with a specific person, and not let it be a topic of conversation in my daily life.
Those are the two main things that I decided to keep focus on in 2011.

I want to keep in mind that there is never, ever a reason to blow up over stupid, petty things that in the end will be forgotten and not matter.

I'm excited to see what this year brings. I'm excited for the unknown and the unexpected.

Thank you, Lord once again for another year.