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Monday, February 28, 2011

Atlanta!

This past weekend Brad and I went to Atlanta to visit our friends, Melissa and Zach, and their new baby Preston! We had such a nice time! It was great to get out of Charleston for the weekend and even better to see friends! We arrived in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon and after checking in at our hotel (Hampton Inn) we headed over to Zach and Melissa's place.  We, or I rather, did pretty well with the navigating.  Thank you TomTom! We went to El Taco for dinner and it was delicious! I had fajitas and Brad had a sampling of tacos.  On Sunday we went to The Flying Biscuit for breakfast on Sunday and I had a yummy Egg-stravaganza (or something like that) for breafast with eggs, grits, whole wheat French toast, turkey bacon, and chicken sausage.  It was good! Melissa and Zach know how to pick their restaurants! We didn't do anything tourist-y but we do plan to do that on our next trip.  We just had too much fun spending time with them and Preston! Oh and Minnie and Lilly, their puppies!! Here are some pics from the weekend...


 The crew at El Taco.
 Preston in his car seat, probably on the way to El Taco!
Brad and his new BFF.  He loves this baby! Which is quite funny considering
I had to practically shove Preston at him in order to get him to hold him!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Facebook

Last night I saw what I think is by far the most amusing post ever on Facebook. 

BREAKING NEWS: The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of "SUCK IT UP" and "MOVE ON" and crashed into "WE ALL HAVE PROBLEMS" before coming to a complete stop at "GET THE HECK OVER IT!!!!"

Wow is it true! I am kind of tired of Facebook.  I like it because I've reconnected and stayed in touch with many people from my past who I would have otherwise lost, but I am so tired of the drama that is Facebook.

Why can't we pop on there and look at pictures of friends and family, congratulate people on their accomplishments, and do other simple things like that anymore? Now the posts you want to see are drowning in the midst of peoples' game progress (Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc), whining, and YouTube nonsense.

I believe there are six pretty distinct catergories of Facebookers, please chime in and let me know if I'm missing something.

1. The Gamer - This is the person who posts almost nothing but updates on what game they are playing, when they are playing it, how far they've gotten in the game, etc.  They also send you 506 requests to join their game, water their farm, buy them a house, etc. I honestly don't know who these people are any more because any time I see a game update pop up on my feed, I block it so I never see them again.

2. The Lyricist - This is the person who constantly posts song lyrics as their status updates.  Sometimes they'll throw in a YouTube video of a performance.

3. The Whiner - Need I say more? This person uses Facebook as an avenue to complain about anything and everything.

4. The Commentator - This person posts what they are doing and when they are doing it.  All. Day. Long.  8:00 AM - just woke up! 9:00 AM - is going to work. 9:30 AM - stopped at McDonalds. 10:00 AM - going to the bathroom.  And so on.  And so on.  And so on.

5. The Seller - This person has their own business or is close to a business and they use Facebook to promote, promote, promote.

6. The Norm - These people get on Facebook to connect with friends and family.  Sometimes they are guilty of one or all of the above but not to the point where they are obsessive or annoying.

I know this post is totally critical and I apologize for that.  It's really not the way I am but I can't help it.  Facebook just brings out the best in people I guess!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We're Gleeks!

I was browsing The Cutest Blog on the Block and happened to see a Glee background and I couldn't resist changing my background to the Glee background, even if for only a few days!

Brad started watching this show when it first came out and I couldn't stop making fun of him for it.  I thought he was such a dork.  Then I had some friends who absolutely loved the show so I thought, OK, I'll check it out.  Brad had recorded and saved every episode from the first season to our DVR, so I watched the first episode.  It wasn't bad! So I watched the whole season so I could catch up and surprise him when the next season started.  I was completely hooked.  I think I even caught some episodes online because he didn't have them all for some reason.  Now we watch avidly, have some of the songs on our iPods, and buy the DVDs when they come out.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chemistry... blech!

One of the two classes I'm taking this semester is Forensic Science for the Non-Scientist.  I call bull sh*t.  I feel like I'm taking a friggin' math class.  I hate chemistry.  I thought this would be fun, experimenting with things and looking at evidence and how the elements and whatnot come into play.  Yeah right.  The experiments and critical thinking questions are no big deal but the tests - blah.  Blah. Blah. Blah.  No more chemistry.  If I wasn't five weeks in I'd drop but now I'm just going to suck it up and pray that it doesn't knock my GPA. 

Update: Well, I got 130 out of 160 points on the test.  Questions were 10 points a piece so I only missed three.  Not too shabby considering.  I still have a couple more tests, some lab reports, and critical thinking questions.  I usually do pretty good on that stuff so hopefully my score will be somewhere up there in the end!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Scrapping Party!

Today, Cristina and Bernadette came over and we scrapped! It was so much fun.  Bernadette brought her Cricut die cutting machine and that was the highlight of the day.  Cristina and I had a field day making all sorts of shapes and letters for miscellaneous projects.  I completed a wedding card for an upcoming wedding Brad and I are attending in March.  I can't wait to get some more paper and some more ideas and for us to get together to work on some more!

 This is the wonderful Cricut machine! You buy little cartridges for it and they seriously have a cartidge for every theme you can think of and there is a ridiculous amount of shapes and fonts and stuff.  It is so awesome!!
This is the front of the wedding card.  It's a plain white card with red card stock on top, the black heart in the center is die cut, the black lines on the sides are stickers.
This is the card standing open.
 This is the inside of the card, it is also die cut.
Ta da! The back of the card! I die cut the red tag and used some stamps Cristina had to stamp "Made By Jennifer" there! Very impressed.
 This is the envelope.  The heart is part of the die cut from the front of the card, it is basically waste paper that is punched out but too cute to toss!
 This is our working space, well one of them at least!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rocks rock!

The beautiful weather on Friday allowed for me to complete the front flower bed! I left work at noon on Friday and the rocks arrived around 1:00.  It was a pain in the butt shovelling the rocks into the wheelbarrow and then wheeling it over to the bed, but I managed and it looks pretty good.  Bare, but good! We need to find some plants (that I can't kill) to plant in there so it looks a little more presentable.  I am so happy it is finished though.  We just need to pick up some grass seed/sod to fill in here and there and then we'll really be done!  Here are some pics:
Pretty chipped marble!
Once the grass is green and not it's icky shade of dormant brown, I'll take a faraway picture!
The walk up to the front door.  We actually had chipped marble here already but we didn't have the weed liner underneath, it was weedy and dirty.  After work on Thursday and Friday I dug it all out, sprayed it off, put down the liner, and filled it back in.  I think that was the worst part of the entire process, but it all looks so clean now so it was worth it!!
The frog garden decoration I bought at the Flowertown Festival last year. 
Can't wait to shop it again this year and maybe get Mr. Frog a friend!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some good comedies!

This weekend Brad and I watched a couple of new movies on Pay Per View.  The first one that we watched together was Life As We Know It with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.  A definite tear jerker at times, but overall pretty funny and a cute little love story! The second one that I watched by myself and recommended that Brad watch it (but I don't know if he did) was You Again with Kristen Bell and Jamie Lee Curtis.  It was really funny and overall pretty good! I love good comedies!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Scrapped my first card! For real this time!

A while back I decided it was crazy to continue to purchase greeting cards for $0.99 - $5.00 a pop when I could just as easily make the cards.  It was a great idea, I bought a box of 50 plain white greeting cards and envelopes at Target for $14.99 and I had some leftover scrapbooking and craft supplies from my wedding planning.  I was ready to go!

Well my first card didn't turn out so well.  It did the job, but I wrote "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Mother's Day" or whatever it was in crayon.  Yep, good ol' Crayola! Great, my wnderful idea looked like a child made it.  On to the next fab idea... I cut the letters out of magazines and flyers and whatnot and did my Father's Day cards.  "Happy Father's Day" from your friendly neighborhood serial killer.  Another great idea.  Oh how I wish I had pictures of those.

Moving on to bigger and better things, I decided I needed to have some letter stamps before I made another card.  My good friend Melissa sent me a set, so all I needed was ink! I bought ink! And some extra stamps with balloons, flowers, etc. to accent the cards.  Finally I sat down and made one.

The next birthday I have to send a card out for is my brother-in-law Chris in March.  (I already bought a card for my dad's birthday as I didn't think I'd have my crap together in time to make him a card by next week, of course - Murphy's Law.)  See the pictures below! I used a punch/embosser to do the scallopped edges, and of course I need a different size to make that look ideal.  I used my letter stamps and a couple of other stamp sets to create the graphics.  And on the back is a "made by" stamp with my John Hancock in it.  For my first shot, I am utterly pleased with myself! Now I just need to think about how I can add more color to it since the white is so blah.  But here I am anyway giving myself a pat on the back!

Front
Inside
Back

Burned Biscuits - Author Unknown

I received this in an e-mail and thought I'd share...

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits." Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides  a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!" Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults - and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences - is one  of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God.  Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship! "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own." So Please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine. And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

Oh what fun it is to landscape!

Hmm, can landscape be used as a verb? What are you doing today? I'm landscaping.  I think it can.

So Brad and I have started our wonderful project of landscaping around the house.  We began on Saturday of this past weekend and this will continue on for a little while longer (I'm being optimistic here).  The project contains the following components: remove old mulch; pull up borders on sides of house; reset front border; spray for weeds everywhere; put down weed liner in front; put down rocks (yay rocks!); put down grass seed/sod; plant something?; and water religiously.

On Saturday we pulled up all the old mulch (check!).  That was a lot of work and we were so sore afterwards.  I think I even cooked dinner that night, how I got the energy to do that I don't know.  On Sunday Brad got rid of the mulch while I pulled up all the borders around the house and reset the front border.  Then I sprayed for weeds in the beds and in the front lawn. 

This week we are going to hit the store and pick up the weed liner to put down in the front (and only surviving) flower bed.  I don't know why I call it a flower bed because nothing except weeds lives in there.  Anyway, we'll put that down this week to prepare for our rock delivery on Friday! Then we'll decide if we want to plant anything.  I seriously kill everything I put in the ground, so I don't know if this is going to work, but ideally I'd like hibiscus because those flowers are simply gorgeous. 

Why are we doing this you ask? Well...
1. The mulch needs to be replaced badly.
2. Because of the angle of the surface of our front flower bed, every time it rains the chips wash out into the yard.  BS.  So replacing them with rocks will help solve that problem.
3. Weeds.  We need a weed liner before I go nuclear on those bad boys.
4. The side beds that line the house are more maintenance than they're worth.  They have weeds and the centipede grass that we have grows over into them so we're going to try to grow grass in there.

I think those are completely justifiable reasons to make this change.  Buying the rocks in bulk is much more cost efficient than even buying chips, and to think that we'll never need to worry about replacing them again! I love that idea.  LOVE that idea.  So I'm thinking we'll have much of it done by the end of February, but we may need to wait on the grass and plants until Spring because I'm not sure what will be available right now.  A strip or two of sod in the front to fill in where we reset the flower bed would be much easier than growing grass, so hopefully that works to our advantage.  The centipede grass fills in real quick though, so I know it won't be patchy for long, if at all.

Happy Birthday Loco Monster!

Who watches Sesame Street?


A cat had a birthday and all the cats came
To eat cat cake and play a cat game
To open cat presents and when they were through
They said "Happy Birthday" the way cats do

And they said, "Meow, meow, meow"
Everybody do it now, "Meow, meow, meow"
Really nothing to it, "Meow, meow, meow"
Well image that, you've just said "Happy Birthday" in cat!

My baby kitty Loco turned 13 today! That's THIRTEEN in case you didn't notice.  My old girl.  I can remember the day that I got her and I can't believe that was almost 13 years ago.  It makes me feel so old, I was only 17 and that was 13 years ago, holy crap! Just wait to hear what I'm saying when I have kids and they turn 13!

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm behind in my posting and I'm trying to at least post these things in order, if not on the correct days. 

Happy Valentine's Day!! Yesterday was mine and Brad's 8th Valentine's Day together, our third since we've been married.  We've honestly never been big celebrators of the day, we usually just go out together for dinner if we can find some place that's not mobbed.  But the craziness of the day is why we tend to lay low.

Yesterday I was sick and I stayed home from work.  Oh what a happy Valentine's Day, in bed feeling like garbage.  A couple of years ago, I think for our first married Valentine's Day, Brad and I went to dinner at Oscar's in Summerville.  It's a nice place with delicious foods.  They are priced a little high so we don't get there often, but once in a while is nice.  Anyway, we had hoped to do something similar, but with me being sick and the only available reservation being at 9:30, it just wasn't in the cards this year.  Instead, we decided to order take out because Brad didn't want either of us to cook.  So we ordered a ton of food from our favorite Japanese steakhouse and sushi bar - Wasabi.  I'd place the link but for whatever reason their web site is down and it says their subscription has been suspended, interesting little tidbit! LOL.  I don't really care because the food still rocks! We ordered hibachi meals - me steak and shrimp (delish but next time I want steak and chicken) and Brad filet and chicken (yummo!).  Then we ordered Jericho's Nachos which is the head sushi chef's special creation.  I can't even describe it properly except to say it's to die for.  We also had soup and salad (love that ginger dressing!) and naturally - sushi! We got four different rolls - Summerville Roll (it has eel and yes I ate eel!), Spicy Tuna Roll, SC Crunch Roll, and Scam Roll.  I'm so thankful that it wasn't my stomach that had me sick! Of course about half of what we ordered ended up in plastic containers in our fridge, but variety is the spice of life and it was all so worth it! Pictures to follow as soon as I upload them!

The table set before dinner arrived... note the new sushi dish set I purchased
using a gift card from my sister Christine that I received for my birthday!
And after dinner arrived! Please note: I did not end up drinking any wine.
I had one sip but I didn't feel well enough to actually drink it.
Plus it's white and I've had a hankering for red lately.

Adorable Pup!

This weekend I couldn't find Daisy.  I was on the computer and I thought I had heard her rustling behind me, but didn't see her.  I looked a little bit closer and saw a leg! She had gotten up on the futon and nestled herself in underneath the blanket that was on the futon! I need to upload the pic, it is so cute! It is my picture for Project Weekends this weekend! Now if only I can remember to post the pictures ON the actual weekend, maybe this will work!

Where's Daisy?
There she is! Less than pleased if you can't tell!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pets!

Here are the pictures for this weekend's Project Weekends!

The Phantom Menace!
We acquired Phantom shortly after we started dating.  One of my old bosses (when I was a nanny) found her roaming around the neighborhood.  She was itty bitty and her eyes weren't even open yet! We had to bottle feed her and give her baby rice cereal!
 
 Meet Buster Brown! He is the friendliest cat around!
We acquired Buster, or rather Buster acquired us, when he came to our door step and simply wouldn't leave.  Being the animal lover that I am, I would leave food out for him and another neighborhood cat (I'll tell that story another time) and when we realized that Buster had no claws, we just had to take him in.  We did try to find his owner, but no one came forward. 
 This is my Loco Monster! Locomotion! Locometer! Locometron!
I bought Loco at Brian's Aquarium and Pets in Rocky Point, New York in I believe March of 1998.  She was born in February of that year.  Her 13th birthday is coming up! I always joke that she is the only pet we currently have that I wanted! She cost me $25.  I got her shortly after our family cat, Puma, disappeared.  I always wanted another cat just like Puma and Loco sure is! My dad didn't want another cat, so I hid Loco in my room for about two weeks before he noticed.  I was in so much trouble, but he fell in love with her cute little face! She is such a mother cat.  She has a stuffed octopus (was once Daisy's) that she carries around the house.  She also goes up to Daisy and licks her face all the time.
Daisy Belle! Bat Face! DB! BB! DD! Monkey! Monk Monk!
Anyone who knows me and Brad knows all about Daisy! She is the star of our show.  Our child.  We bring her with us everywhere that we can.  She sleeps in the bed, under the covers by our feet, every night.  She has a stuffed monkey (that was once mine) and she sucks on its foot.  The same foot every time.  She will just lay down, get herself comfy, and get the foot in her mouth and lull herself to sleep.  When we get into bed at night and Daisy jumps down and disappears for a minute, we know she's going to find her monkey.  And sure enough, she always comes back with it! She's a precious little angel! She gets along great with the cats, she's about the same size as them so I'm not sure she knows they are different animals.  She acts like a big sister a lot if any of them are fighting, she always wants to split it up.

Our pets certainly light up our lives!

Last weekend's pictures!

 Mayo!
 Dairy Queen ice cream cake!
 Dad enjoying his wine and hat!
Happy birthday mom!

Second place!

Last night we played trivia and we came in second! We had the last question right but weren't confident enough to bet the full 15 points and we were right and we lost by one point!!! AHHH! How frustrating is that? Especially when the team that won is the team I swear cheats! They sit outside and I can bet you, BET YOU, that they look up the answers on their cells or phone a friend or something.  I just don't believe that you can drink that much beer and still be smart! Nooo!

Anyway, we had cupcakes at the club house for my mom's birthday.  Happy birthday mom! Her birthday was actually Thursday, but since we didn't see her Thursday we had the cupcakes Friday.  That was actually the second desert we had for her birthday since my dad picked up an ice cream cake last weekend and when Brad and I went over for dinner, we had the ice cream cake! Yum! But it wasn't Carvel!!

I have been keeping up with my Project Weekends photos! I just haven't been keeping up with my blogging! I will pull the pictures from my memory card tomorrow, hopefully, and put them up here.  I've got some good ones from last weekend and I have yet to take one this weekend.  I will though!

Today I went to a 31 purse party at Cristina's place.  I had a good time, it was nice to get out and hang with the girls! I spent too much money, but on really cute things! Makes me want to have a Pampered Chef party again! Oh how I miss shopping that catalog! That's why I had to quit being a consultant, I was spending more time shopping for myself (my entire kitchen is pretty much Pampered Chef) than I was trying to expand my business.  Not cool!

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday! Brad is going over to Eric's house to party with the boys and I am not sure what my plans are.  I have a ton of stuff to do around the house and it would be a perfect opportunity to accomplish those things.  Plus I have some school work to take care of.  But I might go with Brad because I know he'd like for me to.  I guess how far I get with my school work tomorrow morning will determine where my day takes me! I will definitely post those pictures tomorrow though since I'm behind!
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