Saturday, April 30, 2011

Date Night!

I can't tell you the last time Brad and I went out for a real date night.  Sure we've gone out to dinner plenty of times, just the two of us, but it's not the same.  This afternoon (evening) we were loafing on the couch, still in our PJs and I got up and said to him, "go make yourself look pretty, I'm taking you out!" ;)
We had a quick and inexpensive dinner at Moe's, which was a good idea because when we got to the movie theater, I was hit with a brick! Not an actual brick, but a brick of bad news.  Movie tickets are $10 each? When did that happen? Shows how often we go out... Last time I went to the movies it was to see Eclipse (we're talking summer 2010).  We bought the tickets off Fandango and we went to the cheap movie theater, even with the Fandango surcharge, they were still cheaper than $10 a piece! When she said $20, I was like HUH? What else does she think I wanted? But according to my friends on Facebook, this is totally normal, someone even said "cheap."  Ok...

Anyway, we saw Fast Five and it was good! I love some Paul Walker! Brad says he can't act.  I don't care, all he has to do is appear! :) The storyline and all that was good, special effects were there, Tyrese was hilarious.  I like that it had some comedic appeal because it's been a while since I've seen a new action movie and I was kind of worried that I'd be bored, even though I like all the Fast and Furious movies. 

So we had a nice, spontaneous night out.  But note to self: pay-per-view!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Follow Friday - Four Fill-In Fun

This is something new I found on a blog hop!

1. ________ is my favorite thing to cook..

2. I don't know if I could still do it, but when I was a kid, I was really good at _____.

3. The best thing about last week was ______.

4. The worst thing about where I live is ______.

My answers:

1. Baked ziti is my favorite thing to cook.

2. I don't know if I could still do it, but when I was a kid, I was really good at cart-wheels.

3. The best thing about last week was Easter and spending time with our families.

4. The worst thing about where I ilve is the weather (HOT summer heat, hurricanes, tornadoes).

5 Question Friday!

1. If you could by any car, money not an option, what would it be?

Ugh.  I am so practical it's boring.  I'm thinking so hard on this and flashes of Firebirds and Corvettes are going through my head but I am thinking, no, you can't get one of those it isn't practical.  Honestly, I love my Kia Sportage.  I think if I could buy any car, I'd probably buy a newer one, but I would still keep the one I have.  I just love it.  Let me see if I can dig up a picture...

Ok, it's covered in snow, but there it is! It's olive green. 

2. What was your worst first date ever?

Hmm... it would probably have to be with this kid Phil.  We went to rival high schools and we met because I worked in a convenience store for a very short time (I totally forget that I ever worked there and that I ever dated this guy!) and I thought he was cute and my friend opened her big mouth! Not that I protested at the time, but looking back.. oh dear.  Ha, well we went to this dance at his school, I think he was a year younger than me maybe because the girls there looked young? Anyway, they were all giving me evil stares because apparently they liked him.  I don't know, looking back it was so lame and I can't even believe I remember it!
3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?

I had boyfriends in high school that I thought I loved, but when I met my husband I discovered a whole new kind of love and I have to say that I really fell in love, for real, with him.  I was 21.

4. When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook?

I use Quicken on the computer to do my tracking.  I couldn't live without it.  I kid you not, once a day, maybe every other day, I am on there entering receipts and checking our bank accounts online.  I clear things every day, now the one and only time I have ever done an actual reconciliation through Quicken was at the end of March, about a month ago! The first time in more than three years! Which basically means I clicked the "reconcile" button.  I was still clearing transactions almost daily, I just hadn't made the check marks into "R"s yet.  I know, I need to get a life!

5. If you were going to fashion a "Wanted" ad for a best friend, how would you word it?

Someone who can engage in serious, deep conversation one minute, and break out into a fit of giggles the next.  Someone who I can laugh at, laugh with, and who can laugh at me.  A shoulder to cry on.  Someone who I can see or talk to after months of silence and pick up right where we left off.  Someone who will be by my side in the bad and the good.  Someone who knows all the right things to say, and when to say nothing at all.  Someone who will be there no matter what.

I already have three people that fit the bill for this.  My husband is one - of course we have never gone a day without talking so that part doesn't really apply to him.  My two best friends in the world, Kelly and Jen.  Oh how I miss them!! They both live in New York and the last time I saw them was at my wedding in 2008.  It is painful! We go on kicks where we talk over e-mail for like a week straight, then months may pass with nothing, then we can pick up right where we left off.  The three of us met in Brownies when we were like eight years old or something.  We've known each other for more than 20 years.  I love them like family, they are my family! We were all in each others weddings, too.  This is a picture from Kelly's wedding.

Link up to Five Question Friday at My Little Life!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cat in a Box

Remember when I did my manicure a few days ago with my paraffin wax bath? Well, Loco couldn't resist the box! I took this a few days ago but forgot to post!

My husband would probably give me hell for this...

So it's a good thing he never checks out this blog!

If you look at the right side of my blog and scroll down, keep going, below the animals and the weather and the labels and our dots on the map... there it is! The countdown to Breaking Dawn!

I know how it looks, but it's not, trust me.  Have you read the Twilight Saga books by Stephenie Meyer? You should.

I've always been a fan of vampire fiction dating back to The Lost Boys.  When I saw the previews for the first Twilight movie, I thought it looked stupid.  I had no idea it was based on a book series, I thought it was just flat out dumb.  Close to the time when the movie was leaving the theaters I had been told by a co-worker that I needed to read the book.  My co-worker reads a lot of the same books I do, so I took her advice as she was pretty adamant about it.  I read the book and was finished in like a day, it was so good I couldn't put it down. 

It was the best news ever when I found out there were three more books! New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn were all great.  I read them in the span of a week and they are big books! I had borrowed them from my sister-in-law, but went out and bought my own copies and I have read them more than once.  I like a good book and I will read any good book more than once, I am not just another Twilight spaz. 

So midway through one of the other books, maybe New Moon, I went with my SIL to see Twilight in the theater, just making it before they stopped showing it.  I was so disappointed! A book that powerful should not have been butchered in the film version.  I was seriously talking throughout the whole movie saying, "that didn't happen," "no I don't think so," etc.  I probably drove my SIL crazy, good thing she had already seen it.  Anyway, it was nice to put faces to the names and see the places and stuff and make the book come to life in a sense, I just wish they had done it better.

Anyway, Brad and I went (yes I made him come) with a couple we know and their kids to the midnight showings of New Moon and Eclipse.  They were each so much better than the first! I still had some things to say, but they did a much better job with those movies.  Now Breaking Dawn is coming out at the end of this year and I can't wait! 

So seriously, don't judge a book by it's movie and check out the books!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Voice

So last night was the series premier of The Voice.  It's an American Idol type show, a singing contest.  Brad and I were intrigued by the previews that showed Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton all performing Cee Lo/Gnarls Barkley's song Crazy.  You can watch the full episode at the link above if you missed it.

The show was quite entertaining.  The people have talent and the artists who are the coaches all have talent as well.  I always get a little irked when people you've never heard of start telling these singers what to do.  The one that gets me the worst is the little guy from the country group Big and Rich who is on some singing show and he can be so mean! The first time I saw it, I was like WHO IS THAT GUY????

Anyway, since Brad is King of the Remote and King of Fast-Forward, I did not get to hear the description of how the show will proceed, but right now each coach is picking teams and I know they will have teams of eight after the auditions are through.  From there I'm not really sure what's going to happen but I'm excited to find out!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Update on my classes...

The semester is over May 9th! Insert trumpet music here.  I am so excited.  This semester has been hard.  The content hasn't been difficult, but I have had a hard time getting involved in my classes.  It's just been rough.

Forensic Science for the Non-Scientist: I really thought this class would be interesting because the course description referenced the TV show CSI.  What could be better than that? O contraire mon frere.  (Funny I should say that since I'm taking Spanish and not French!) It's a little more sciency than I had hoped but I'm managing.  There aren't weekly interactive assignments, like discussion questions, it's mainly work on your own type stuff, so it's really hard to get involved and to remember to do things.  Case and point: I missed a quiz! Completely missed it.  Off the map missed it.  I read the reminder e-mail about a week prior, but apparently I checked out that week because I totally forgot about it.  Thankfully the instructor drops the lowest grade, mine being a big fat zero, so it shouldn't effect me as much as I was dreading.  Grade-wise I've gotten an 81% and 75% on the two quizzes I did take, a 95 on my three lab reports as a whole, and a 95 on each of my critical thinking assignments.  If I did my calculations correctly, I am sitting at an 85 right now, that's using his scale of what counts towards what percent of your grade... I'm still missing 25% though, that's the final exam.  So that will play a decent part in my grade.

Spanish Language and Culture 2: I like this class, I really do.  I liked this instructor last semester as well.  My problem? Nothing really, except that I chose to pair it with a class I have little interest in, so since it's hard to get involved in one, it's hard to get involved in the other.  Right now I'm sitting at about a 91 only counting the quizes, 20% of our score is participation and homework and I feel OK about those things.  So I'll probably result in an A, and that's cool with me.  Will keep my GPA up after this science class slams it down!

So I'm excited the semester is almost over.  I have one exam left in each class and they will be on the fourth and seventh of May.  Then I'm home free for the summer! I am definitely planning on taking a more interesting class to accompany Spanish 3 in the fall semester.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ever feel like you're not alone?

I am sitting at the computer, catching up on some of the blogs I read when I turned around and saw this:

Some more cards...

I made some more cards today while I was watching my movie.  They are a work in progress, I just did the "shell" I guess you could say.  I saw this style on a card-making blog and decided to try it out.  Some will hopefully turn into Mothers' Day cards.

Oh, and what inspired this activity today was that I finally found where I bought the paper I have had for years! Well, truth is, I finally looked for it.  It was at Target, Wassau paper.  It's a great light form of card stock and comes in really nice colors.  I got a package of their primary colors, some pastels, metallic (very subtle and tasteful), and a smaller size pack of a large variety of colors.  All for $23.  Not too bad when you consider that you might get lucky buying five already made greeting cards for that price.  Now I can make a ton more!

William & Kate

Let me preface this by saying I am not a pop culture junkie.  I can honestly care less about the lives of celebrities.  I'm not saying I don't appreciate the good that they do for various needs around the world, and that it doesn't sadden me when they suffer losses, but I don't care who is married to who, who is in rehab, why the band broke up, etc.  To me - actors, actresses, and musicians are around for my amusement and world leaders should be doing just that - leading.

Moving on... I watched the movie William & Kate on Lifetime today.  I didn't watch it because it was a true royal story, I watched it because it looked like it would be a cute love story, chick flick.  And it was.  While I was looking for a link to the movie to put on here, I saw many links for reviews that called it cheesy and a total fluke.  Well, what chick-flick Lifetime movie isn't cheesy? That's why we watch them, isn't it? I think it was a good movie and worth watching if you have the time, I DVRed it the other day so I could watch it when I was bored. 

And for the record, no, I am not watching the royal wedding on TV! Weren't you listening?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

As I typed out my title to this post, I hear Brad in the other room talking to his brothers and friends over the Xbox saying, "I don't care if you have a problem with my "Happy Easter" text, I can't use the "P" button on my phone!"  So I'm picturing Brad's text: "Hay Easter".

This morning we woke up and Brad made a nice breakfast.  We had scrambled eggs, hash browns with onions and cheese, and biscuits with sausage gravy.  Then we hid Easter eggs for each other.  It was fun!

Anyway, we had a very nice day! We had an early dinner in AR with Brad's family.  Every year his uncle and cousin cook a pig on the smoker and we have some good ole southern comfort foods... I can't even tell you what all the foods were because I don't know the proper names for them, but there was macaroni and cheese, collard greens, green beans, chicken and rice, etc...  I made dirt (chocolate pudding, cool whip, and oreos) and it was a hit.  The weather was gorgeous so it was a nice day.

Then we had a later dinner at my parents' house.  We had ham, my pineapple casserole (that turned out great!), potatoes and green beans.  It was good but man we were stuffed! We had the trifle and cherry-almond cake roll for desert.  The trifle was delish, but I have to say that the cake roll was not.  Haha.  I didn't even eat it, I didn't plan to because I'm not a fan of heavy almond flavors or cherries.  The reviews were that the filling was good, but the cake was not.  I think that's because it was angel food cake and that's a real particular taste.  I like the idea of a cake roll, so I might try it again with different flavors.  (Picture below - it looks good and neat! Apparently looks can be deceiving.)  Anyway, the pineapple casserole was good! It was kind of weird at first, you know pineapples and cheese, but it was good!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Let the Easter festivities begin...

It has begun at our house! This morning Brad and I colored some Easter eggs.  I was going to go to the store last night to pick up a dye kit, but I forgot so I used some Wilton food coloring I had on hand.  Each "member" of the family has their own egg, labeled with their first initial - B, J, D, L, P, B (Brad, Jenn, Daisy, Loco, Phantom, and Buster).  They came out pretty cute and Brad got creative with the D egg. 

We're having dinner with my parents tomorrow and I am going to make a Publix recipe I just found (while I was lining my table with newspaper to dye eggs), Pineapple Casserole.  It sounds delicious and I just hope it turns out that way!

Also, I nominated myself to make desert so I'll be making a trifle and a Pampered Chef recipe - Cherry-Almond Angel Roll.  The trifle will be basic - pound cake, frozen/thawed whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. 

I will take pictures of the finished products! Can't wait.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rainy Day Mani-Pedi

My goal for today, the first day off of my Easter break from work - Good Friday, was to stay in bed as long as I could, watch movies, and do nothing productive.  That was short-lived as I was rudely awakened by my thunder-phobe pup! I reluctantly crawled out of bed and began my day.  Usually when I plan to be a bum, I end up doing something.  It's the days when I plan to do something that I end up being a bum - you'd think I'd learn. 

So I popped in my first movie, Because I Said So, and decided I'd give myself a manicure.  A good one.  Right now my nails are longer than they've probably ever been.  I'm not sure why that is aside from the fact that I haven't been chewing on them.  The only short nail, the pinky on my left hand, is that way because it broke.  No chewing involved.

I pulled my paraffin wax bath that my mother-in-law got me for Christmas one year out of the bathroom cabinet and plugged it in.  I didn't think that one through enough because it takes a while for the wax to melt.


I'm not coordinated enough to take a picture of both of my hands at the same time, and I didn't feel like pulling out my table-top tripod either.  So there are the before shots.  The pictures aren't close enough for you to see my fading polish.  I am on the computer all day at work, typing away, and when I'm not at work I'm constantly doing things with my hands, so it doesn't take long for my polish, even the best no chip polish, to chip.  

I took the polish off my nails and dug through my rolling cart full of manicure paraphernalia to find the stuff I needed.  I picked the color for my fingers and toes (no toe pictures because who on this planet wants to look at someone's feet?) and grabbed my files and scrub.  

I didn't give myself a full pedi, just wasn't in the mood.  I simply took the existing polish off and put new polish on.  But I went all out with the mani.  I used this scrub my good friend Jaz sent me on my hands.  Yes, I know it's a foot scrub.  Do you know how awesome it felt and how smooth my hands were afterwards? So smooth I did it twice!

It didn't take long to take the polish off, file, scrub, etc.  I was left waiting for the green light on my wax bath.  While I was waiting, this was going on outside...

It was raining so hard my gutters were overflowing.  If you look closely at the bottom right of the first picture, those are the yard stakes I bought at the fair.  You can see the flamingo and a little bit of the frog.  The swan is around the corner.

Finally! Green light.  I would have taken pictures of this process, however it's hard to take pictures when your hands are covered in wax and inside plastic bags.  So skip on!

I love Sally Hansen nail color.  This is Pink Princess.  I usually go with lighter, more subtle colors on my nails because they chip off all the time.  I figure if I use a bold color it will be way more obvious, so I always go with something pale.  I love pinks!

And the finished product:

This is a color so light you can barely see it, but I can see it and that's what matters.  It helps hide the chips and smudges, and yes, it's been less than an hour since they've been painted and dried and there are already deformities.  I told you it happens.

Now I have Ella Enchanted in the DVD player and I'm about to snack on an ice cream sandwich.  I love having the opportunity to get all chick-flicked out.

5 Q F

1. What is your favorite Easter tradition?

Coloring eggs.  It's not fun to set up or clean up, but to let your creative juices flow for just a little while and just have, it's great!

2. Are you a "shower" or a "long, hot bath" type of person?

I am more like a "short, hot bath" type of person.  I love to take baths, but after about five minutes I want out.  I just can't sit still.  So most often I take showers.

3. Can you parallel park, and if so, when's the last time you did it?

I can and the last time I did it was this past Tuesday.  Let me start by saying I'm not a fan of it and I do not do it often.  I happened to be in Columbia on Tuesday for a meeting and the parking lot was full but there was two hour parallel street parking available so I kind of just swung in and made it.  I'm not saying every time is that breezy, and sometimes it may take 10 times of going forwards and backwards and to the left and to the right.

4. What is your favorite Easter candy?

Cadbury Mini Eggs!  Are there other types of Easter candy?

5. Easter: Do you go all out with the Easter bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?

I think this question is better suited for someone who has kids since my husband and I don't find too much interest in the Easter bunny these days.  But hypothetically speaking, if we had children, I believe there would be an even balance of Easter bunny and religion.  That's how it always was for me growing up.  Church was a big part of Easter, but like Christmas morning, we woke up to baskets of goodies.  I'd like to follow that same practice with my kids.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Phone: BlackBerry Style!

I finally decided to upgrade my cell phone.  I had an older BlackBerry Pearl, with the trackball - blech! I've only had it for about a year and a half, but as soon as I got it they came out with the touch pad ones (touch pad replaces the track ball).  So I already felt outdated.  Anyway, I love this phone! It is a flip phone, which I really miss.  The last flip I had was a Razor and I just liked it.  It has the full Qwerty keyboard, which I can no longer live without, and all the great features of a BlackBerry.  Oh, and it's purple! I spent yesterday personalizing the phone, removing the apps I didn't want, adding the apps I did want, and adding in my contacts.  This morning the IT guy at work added my work e-mail to it which has it's benefits.  So I am good to go and very excited! Brad is getting his upgrade in October and I know he can't wait.

Summer Resolution

I may have mentioned this in my post about New Year's resolutions but I can't remember, either way I haven't been proactive about it.  My summer resolution? TAKE MORE PICTURES! I got a nice new camera for Christmas, which I love, but I just haven't gotten around to taking many pictures with it.  I know the primary reason for that is because of school.  When I'm not at work or trying my best to be a vegetable, I'm doing school work.  So once I'm finished with the spring semester (May 9) I vow to take more pictures! Of anything and everything.  I want my camera with me at all times.  You seriously never know when that perfect shot is going to come up, so why not be prepared? I plan on it!

Side note: I'm kind of stopping my "A Picture A Week" label.  Sounds kind of funny to be making a post about taking more pictures and then discontinuing that little project.  I just feel like I have too many labels to choose from.  Clearly when I post a picture, I am going to use the label "Pictures" so that will be enough.  I don't need to label every picture with two labels by default, and then whatever labels apply to the photos, ex: Pets, Cookies, etc... So I'm going to remove that label and if you want to see any pictures, just click the "Pictures" label on the right! I am still going to try to post at least one picture a week, but just without all the mumbo jumbo!

Monday, April 18, 2011


When I was little I lived in New York and the term "skyscrapers" was something you heard often up there since we were so close to New York City.  Anyway, back then I didn't know that the term "skyscrapers" referred to buildings, I thought skyscrapers were airplanes.  You know how when airplanes fly through a clear sky they leave their exhaust trail? I thought they were scraping the sky and the exhaust trail was the scratch.  Obviously I know better now, but when I took the dog out this morning and saw this, it brought me back.  And the sky everywhere was covered with "scratches"!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Killing

I completely forgot to mention the new show I'm becoming addicted to: The Killing on AMC.  I got lucky in catching it because I never watch AMC.  It just so happens Brad and I were watching The Black Dahlia, well Brad was watching and I was around, and I saw the previews for The Killing.  I thought it looked neat as I LOVE crime shows so I DVRed it.  I watched the first episode (well 2 in 1 actually) over the course of two days and it was pretty good!

The deal is, a high school girl is killed and every episode is a day in the investigation of her murder.  Right now they are still establishing characters and story lines so it is a bit slow here and there, but it's a good show and I hope it sticks around.  From what I've read on the web, it has had a really wide receiving so it should stay on!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Five Question Friday

Ok, I'm a day late but here goes nothing! This is something I found in a roundabout way.  I follow this one blog, and on it was a post to another blog.  And on that blog was "Five Question Friday".  I thought, how fun! So I went to the blog that started it all!

1. What is your favorite sign of spring?
The frogs! We have little green tree frogs that hang out on our backdoor.  They come in the spring and stick around throughout the summer.  It makes me so happy to see them there! We just saw our first yesterday, even though spring is pretty well under way here in SC.  Last year we had two that kept coming back, Brad named one Pistol Pete and the other Maravich.

2. What was your best birthday ever?
Well, my birthday is in December so it was always in the midst of the holidays.  I am thinking and thinking and I honestly can't remember one particular birthday that really stands out.  I didn't even go out and get wasted on my 21st birthday like everyone else does.  Nothing exciting here.  I can think of a memorable birthday though, it was a sleepover party I had at my house when I lived in NY.  I was probably early teens, if that, maybe 11 or 12.  Anyway, it was the first snowfall of the year and we ran outside in our pajamas and made snow angels!

3. What is your favorite desert?
I'd have to say cheesecake, though vanilla ice cream with melted peanut butter (which I just enjoyed) comes in a close second! I like plain cheesecake or white chocolate, or even raspberry, but I am not a fan of chocolate cheesecake or turtle cheesecake.  I am very picky about my chocolate and those things just don't fly with me.

4. What is the best excuse you've ever used for getting out of a ticket?
Oh this one is good... How about...? I've never gotten pulled over! I always joke with Brad that when I drive I am in a bubble, a cop-free bubble.  I am a careful driver and I don't drive like a lunatic, but I don't always follow the rules either.  Who does?  Back to my bubble... yeah I'm in one because I never get pulled over.  Since I've known Brad he's gotten at least three tickets.  Ha!

5. Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after you've hit snooze a few times?
I have an alarm on my cell and one on my clock radio.  The first one that goes off is my cell and I snooze that to pieces.  Then half an hour later (while I'm still beating my cell) the clock radio goes off and I snooze that one too! Now, if the dog has to go potty, she's sitting on my head somewhere in the middle of all this, so then I'll get up.  But if she is patient, or if she goes to Brad and sits on his head, I'm in the clear!

I made another card!

I am just blowing up my blog today! But I've got nothing better do as I check my online classroom every ten minutes to see if my Spanish test has been posted yet.

This morning I made another card! This one was a birthday card, a late birthday card I might add, for a good friend of mine Tasha.  However, it worked out well in my opinion because Tasha just had a baby and I got to make it a Tasha and baby birthday card! I used stamps for this and some flower appliques as I am out of die cuts.  Of course I forgot, again, to take a picture, but it's still such a great sense of accomplishment!

Wonder why I called her Loco...

When I got this cat just over 13 years ago, I had no idea she'd ever live up to her name, "Loco".  I named her that, not because she was crazy, but because I listened to 311 all the time back then and they have a song called Loco.  I like the tune of the song mind you, I didn't really pay attention to the lyrics.  If there was any other one word 311 song back that could be a pet's name then she may have been named that instead, who knows, I was 16 years old.  Anyway, there have been two incidents in the past two days that have indicated that she is indeed a little cookoo and I have pictures to represent them.

First, yesterday, Brad and I were watching the new Cats and Dogs movie on TV.  A little while into the movie, Loco jumps onto the coffee table.  This is not out of character for her as she loves to be in higher places.  She's a little too prestigious for the floor.  Anyway, we're watching the movie and then I realized that she was actually watching the cats and dogs on TV.  Vividly.  It was hilarious.  Side note: you can't really see it in the picture because her fat and fur cover it up, but she's actually laying in a box lid on the coffee table.  Not just on the coffee table because that must be beneath her, she has to lay on top of our stuff.

The other incident happened today.  I had taken the dog outside and she tends to sit by the back door and try to sneak out.  All our cats are indoor cats.  When Loco was  younger and lived in NY, she had a taste of the outside because my dad would let her out occasionally.  Well, she isn't going outside here.  There are too many creatures in the South Carolina wilderness.  So I took the dog inside and for a moment I thought I had seen Loco by the back door, but when we came in she wasn't there.  I searched high and low in the kitchen, garage, backyard, living room, bedrooms, bathrooms... no Loco.  So finally I'm calling Brad to see if he let her out when he left the house and he didn't answer his phone.  So I'm in our bedroom and I go to pick something up off the floor and my head kind of goes over Brad's work clothes laundry basket and voila! There is Loco.  Inside the basket. 

And there you have it... my crazy, but totally cute, Loco.  Oh! And I will have to get a picture of her grooming the other animals, including the dog!


About a year ago I joined E-Mealz by the recommendation of a friend and let me tell you, it was wonferful! Every week there is a new weekly meal plan that include the grocery shopping list, the recipes, and the ingredients are interchangeable so you use EVERYTHING! No more lettuce going bad in your fridge, you will use it all.  And the recipes are good and practical and nutritious.  It takes all the guesswork out of dinner and out of grocery shopping. 

Anyway, I did a trial of it and was recently reminded of it again when I saw a blog that I follow offering a giveaway.  (READ ABOUT GIVEAWAY HERE).  It's pretty awesome.  If you don't win the contest, you can always use the 10% off promo code in Kellie's blog! How awesome is that? I'm definitely getting some e-mealz again!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More cards!

I made a couple of new cards tonight! Of course I packed them up in their envelopes before I had a chance to take a picture, but they're pretty cute.  One is a doggy birthday card and the other is an anniversary card.  The doggy birthday card used some die cuts I had printed back in February, and the anniversary card used stamps.  I really need to get some more stamps and I need some more die cuts.  Next time I get with B to scrap, I am going to print lots of die cuts.  And by "print" I mean send paper through the machine and pick what I want cut.  It's just easier to say print. 

Can you believe I'm already thinking about making my Christmas cards? It's APRIL! But if I plan to scrap them all, I've got to start early so that I'm not stressing out at the last minute.  There's enough stress around the holidays without having to make your own greeting cards!

Anyway, I used the new stamp pads I got from Inkadinkadoo.  They worked out much better than the other stamp pads that I have.  I still like the other ones, but when I'm using a bigger stamp, the larger pads work better. 

Tamra said that if I go to Michael's or A.C. Moore I might be able to find some inexpensive stamps.  She said sometimes they have them in dump bins for like $1.  So I might try and check those out so I can see if I can find some cute generic, or even anniversary or holiday stamps.  Would LOVE to get some more so I can make more.

Before I have my next scrap session with B, I need to make sure I pick up some more paper! The stock I have is the perfect thickness, but I cannot remember where I got it from, at all! And of course I no longer have it in the wrapper so I don't even know the figures for it.  Oh well, I'll hit Walmart and Target because undoubtedly that's where I purchased it.  I want more of those colors, mainly primary, and I also would like some pastels.

I also need to map out the cards that I need to be making so I "print" the appropriate things.  When it got down to crunch time last time, I just printed some random stuff and fortunately it's worked out pretty well thus far! I feel awful though because in the midst of my crazyness with work and school, I missed a birthday and an anniversary! But I will make that up.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Taste of Goose Creek

Today Brad and I went to the Taste of Goose Creek at Immaculate Conception Church! It was fun! They had music, various forms of entertainment for kids, and of course... FOOD!

We had Italian and Filipino! I had a meatball sandwich, yum! And Brad had a sausage and pepper sandwich.  Then we had pancit, fried rice, and BBQ chicken.  It was all so good.  Oh and cupcakes for desert.  The food is prepared by the parishioners.

All the proceeds go to the church, I think tickets were 50 cents each, we got $20 worth for all that yummy food! I love to eat for a good cause! And a shout out to my good friend Cristina who helped organize the event and did an awesome job!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Be Not Afraid

I was at Mass today and the hymn was "You Are Mine" and the lyrics reminded me of one of my old favorites so I thought I would share...

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert,
but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety,
though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign lands,
and all will understand,
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amidst the burning flames,
you shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell
and death is at your side,
know that I am with you, through it all

Be not afraid,

I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

Blessed are your poor,
for the Kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn,
for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked men insult and hate you, all because of Me,
blessed, blessed are you!

Be not affraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
and I shall give you rest.

Clean of Heart

I spent the afternoon yesterday at Clean of Heart, a new facility that was opened in Columbia by the organization I work for.  Clean of Heart is a laundry and shower facility for the homeless.  It is amazing! It has three washing machines and three dryers, and two shower stalls.  The people in the Midlands Office in Columbia and their volunteers, as well as all the workers who put the place together did an awesome job! I am proud to say I had even the smallest part in making that happen. 

Too often, the homeless in Columbia have to throw away their clothing once it's badly soiled, and bathe in places they shouldn't.  This gives them the opportunity to change that.  They may even be able to work on their appearance enough that they can feel confident enough to apply for and interview for jobs.  Not only that, but it gives them back some basic human dignity.  It is truly a wonderful ministry!

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.  Matthew 5:8

View from the front.
Washers and dryers.  All but one washing machine was DONATED!!
Waiting area, coffee and reading material is provided to the clients.
Single shower stall. 
Handicap accessable shower stall. 
Inside handicap shower stall.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Clyde's Picnic

Today was my parents' friend Clyde's annual picnic and golf tournament.  About 9 years ago his wife, Carol, died of cancer.  Each year after he's hosted one of these little cook-out events to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  This year he announced that the picnics have raised over $20,000 for the ACA.  Pretty amazing.  We had a nice time eating, socializing, and watching the putting contest.  Brad and I didn't participate in the golf tournament.  We haven't golfed in what seems like a million years, so it would not have been pretty.  Who am I kidding? If we had golfed yesterday it wouldn't have been pretty.  We're not even amateurs we're so bad!

Flowertown Festival!

As always, Brad and I attended this years' Flowertown Festival.  It was such a nice day, would have been even better if the rain hadn't hit the park hard this past week.  The grounds were a little messy.  All in all we had a nice time.  I wish I had brought my camera to take pictures of the azaleas, I love those bushes.  Brad thinks cockroaches, a.k.a. palmetto bugs, live in them so he doesn't want us to have any at the house. 

Brad got his $15 mug of root beer and we spent about $20 sampling food in the Taste of Summerville area.  Dorky, I know, especially since we've eaten most of the food we "sampled" already.  It was still fun.  I had sushi from Wasabi, what else is new? And I had a crab cake from some place, I don't remember the name.  Brad had a gyro and Greek potatoes from North Towne something or other.  My memory is bad today.  We had cookies from McAlister's for desert. 

It was pretty crowded out there on Saturday so after we had our lunch, we headed straight for the three booths we wanted to buy from.  First was the place that sells the garden stakes I like.  Last year I bought a frog and I've been determined all year to buy him a friend.  This year I got two, a swan and a flamingo.  I'll take pictures later when I have them set up outside.  Then we went to the vendor that sells the dips, Sherry's Dips, which we've been getting for years now.  We always pick up three new ones when this time of year comes around, and they are delcious! We got some spicy flavors this year.  Last, we hit the stand that does the fudge.  Yum! They have little squares of fudge cut and wrapped and sell five for $5 or something like that.  So we each get five random flavors.  I personally love the various maple flavored ones. 
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