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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Semester is over!

First, I have to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy on Friday in Connecticut.  Completely devastating.  I was in a meeting when we heard the news and we stopped to say a prayer for the victims and the families.  I don't even know what else to say because nothing can make it better.

In other news... finally... the semester is over! I can't even begin to express the relief I feel.  I actually have an extra credit thing I can submit on Sunday for my second class, but I'm not doing it.  I'm so over it right now. 

My research class kicked my a$$.  I can't even talk about it except for praying I get over a C so I can proceed to the next course in the series.  I have gotten one other C in my college career! ONE! And I can't even believe I'm hoping for that now.  Seriously tough stuff.

My writing class went well, so we'll just have to see on that one.  The final was due today and I was working on it all evening, submitting it two hours shy of the deadline.

So I bought a new agenda! I'm so excited.  I am going to have one resolution in 2013 and that is going to be to GET ORGANIZED! I am scheduling everything, including blogging, so I don't get overwhelmed and I don't leave anything out!

2013 Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake 16-month Weekly Planner (Compact Engagement Calendar)
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Also, since I've recently completed both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Greek on Netflix, I have begun One Tree Hill for lack of anything else.  And of course, I'm addicted.  These marathon addictions put me behind on my real time TV, so I need to multitask this weekend.  Netflix and DVR.  :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pondering With a Purpose: Loss

I'm a little late on this due to finals, but here it goes... click the button below to hop on over to Brenda's blog and write along!

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This week we're talking about loss.  We'll see how well I do with this one since I'm mentally drained from my never-ending research proposal that, well, just ended... hm... :)

I've experienced a lot of loss in my life.  Loss of family, friends, pets... It is hard to pick just one instance of loss to talk about and even harder to talk about them all.  And do we mean loss in the death sense? Or in the sense of losing touch? Losing your keys or a prized possession? I did lose my extensive key chain collection and that really upset me.  Ask me today what key chains were on it though and I can name two that I can actually picture in my head... a Syracuse Orange-man and a green round flower thing from an insurance agency or something generic like that.

Anyway, back to losses... the first loss I remember well was my grandmother.  It was hard because she was my last living grandparent.  Then I remember my uncle, her brother, who was one of my favorite uncles, passed away.  He had a beach house in Baiting Hollow and I loved going out there.  My Aunt Mary Ann, my mom's sister, passed away too and that made me so sad, she was the sweetest person.  I had a few friends pass away too which was just awful.  People my age that I was close to and this was when we were under 20! Jimmy, Jody, Kelly, Ricky.  Way too young.  A boy I worked with at Blockbuster died in a car accident a few years back.  I hadn't seen him since he graduated high school and went off to college and I bought him some dorm presents to send him off with.  A couple of Brad's friends passed away in recent years, very tragic.  And some of his relatives passed away as well, the most recent being his Uncle Bobby this past summer.  In fact this weekend is the one year anniversary of his best friend's death, he's at an oyster roast right now in David's memory.

Loss is such a hard thing to deal with because it affects people so differently.  Everyone has a different coping mechanism.  Personally, I have the tendency to be the strong one, to be there for anyone else who needs a rock.  Call it the psychologist forming in me, but I'm always looking to help others heal.  But I can cry like the best of them, trust me!

Happy Hanukkah!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Holiday Traditions

Linking up with Les over at Time Out For Mom for this week's coffee chat! It's been a while and I can't wait!!


This chat is about favorite holiday traditions.  Interestingly enough, Brad and I don't really have any traditions.  We haven't started any yet.  I mean sure, we do the decorating together and some of the baking and cooking, but we don't really have that one something to look forward to.  We just try to do as much as we can together.  We have been talking about starting a new tradition or traditions for our little family of two... so how about this? If some of my readers would share some of their fun traditions with me, maybe that will help give us some ideas we can incorporate into our own traditions! Can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Music Moves Me

I'm so excited that the theme for Monday Music Moves Me all month long is Christmas!!!!


Here is one of my recent favorites!

Monday Quiz About Me

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here so I'm banging out two hops in one night! Here is the first!

Acting Balanced


1. When was the last time you had your picture taken with Santa?

It has been so long I can't even remember.  My dad was a NYC Fireman and I remember we would always go to his firehouse at Christmas and there would be a Santa and we could climb on the fire trucks and Santa would always have a present for us! It was so much fun.  That's probably the last time I had my picture taken with Santa.

2. Which do you prefer - ham or turkey?

Turkey!! Because I love gravy.


3. Do you give more to charity in December?

I tend to give to charity all year long.  There is no particular time of year that makes me feel more giving than others.  I give a little bit every month.

4. Which US City would you most like to visit and why?

This is tough, there are so many places I want to see and two of them are on my immediate radar.  I really want to go to San Francisco and I will be going there for a work conference next year.  Can't wait!! And I want to spend some time in Washington, D.C. as well.  I've driven by, I've driven through, but I have never stopped and looked at anything.  Since my sister lives in the D.C. 'burbs of Virginia, I'll be heading there for sure as well!

My question for you...
5. Do you have any particular item you love to bake for the holidays?

I love to make cookies.  I don't know what ones I will be making this year, but I am on the prowl! I saw these Melting Snowmen Cookies at Annie's Home and I am dying to give them a whirl!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Follow Friday

Waiting for my teacher to post feedback on one of my assignments so I'm taking a break! And what better way to enjoy my break?

Click the button below to join Hilary at Feeling Beachie for this fun weekly hop!

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Statements:
1. I have always dreamed of ___.
2. My ___ is my ___.
3. I love to ___ when I ___.
4. I will never forget ___ with ___.

My answers:
1. I have always dreamed of winning the lottery.  Not that I need tons of money to be happy, but seriously, who never dreams of winning the lottery?
2. My husband is my best friend.  Seriously.  Love him.
3. I love to sleep in when I can.
4. I will never forget the happiness and excitement and love I experienced with my family and friends on my wedding day.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stay tuned....

Please don't forget about me! I'll be back soon. 

Crazy busy, still.  Doing well but swamped. 

I fully intend to "catch up" once my semester ends in a couple of weeks.  Then I plan for a total overhaul so I can get organized again.

See you soon!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Date Night in a Jar

So I've got another Pinterest "Mission Accomplished" item! A "date night in a jar".  I came across this idea when I was looking for "in a jar" favor ideas for my sister's baby shower.  I pinned it to check out later, since Brad and I totally slack on date nights.  Not only do we never have them, but when we do we waste a good hour trying to decide what to do.  This takes the guesswork out of it! Romantic, right? ;)


So I found the idea here (link) and knew this was something I could do.  Granted mine turned out a little bit different because I had ants in my pants and absolutely no patience to paint the sticks, but I still think it turned out pretty darn cute with my colored paper.  I knew I saved those Publix Premium pasta sauce jars for a reason!

And no, we haven't picked a stick yet!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Celebrate!

I spent this past weekend in New York at my sister's baby shower.  It was nice to be with my sisters, even if the four of us were only together for a short time.

My mom, dad, and I drove to my sister Tracy's house in Virginia on Thursday.  We got to watch my nephew Ben's baseball game which was super fun, aside from the bitter cold! Chilling out with my niece Madeline was pretty fun too.  It's been a while.  I gave her a french manicure so her nails would match mine for the shower.

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My mom, sister, niece, and I drove to New York on Friday to meet up with my other two sisters who live up there.  My oldest sister Christine bought an apartment in Hoboken and I got to drive by Carlo's Bake Shop! Didn't go in though because it was very crowded and we were pressed for time.

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We had dinner Friday evening at a yummy Mexican restaurant in Long Island City with my sister Kerry, her husband Nick, and her friend Cindy.  It was a nice evening.

The shower was Saturday and it was fun.  I made the favors and they were a hit! I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it in my own way.  I love the way they turned out and I'd be lying if I said I did it all by myself, Brad helped!!



It was nice seeing my Aunt Barbara and my Aunt Ellen, and some of my sisters friends I have known for a very long time.  It was also nice being back in New York, even if it was for only a nano second... we left to return to Virginia Saturday evening.

Quite a whirlwind trip, but worth it! I can't wait to meet my new niece or nephew in December! I am voting the baby is born on December 11, mine and my sister's birthday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Follow Friday in a While...

I'm so happy to have my stuff together enough to participate in another fun blog hop this week! Some Follow Friday Fill-in Fun hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie.  Each week she posts four fill-in statements on her blog and we take them to our blogs and fill them in.  Click the button below to play along.  Also, please take a minute to send some thoughts and prayers Hilary's way since her and Mark were in the path of Hurricane Sandy.  I hope all is well where they are.

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Statements:

1. Growing up ___.
2. Wouldn't ___ be wonderful?
3. If I hadn't ___, then I never would have ___.
4. When I ___, I like to ___.

My answers:

1. Growing up I was always compared to my sisters.  It was irritating enough when my parents did it, but when my teachers did it, it was the worst!
2. Wouldn't s'more cookies be wonderful? I am going to dig up a recipe, stay tuned... Pinterest here I come!
3. If I hadn't moved to South Carolina, then I never would have met Brad.  And I'm so glad I did!
4. When I do chores, I like to watch television.

Now fill in your own responses and head to Hilary's to link up!

So true...

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pondering: Devastation or Displacement

This week's Pondering With a Purpose is about devastation or displacement.  Brenda asks us to think back to a time, if any, where we may have experienced devastation or displacement similar to what is happening in the northeast because of Hurricane Sandy.  Click the button below to hop over to Brenda's and write along.

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I haven't experienced anything near as horrible as what they are experiencing right now in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and other places... but I have experienced some devastation and displacement.

The only hurricane I really remember experiencing was Hurricane Bob in the early 90s.  I lived on Long Island and there were a lot of trees down.  I remember the neighborhood coming together to help with the clean up.  I slept through most of the storm and our house had a basement so we made it through all right.  There was also Hurricane Gloria in the 80s that apparently was worse, but I don't remember it.

The next instance of devastation I dealt with was when the house that my apartment was attached to (it was a garage apartment) caught fire.  Fortunately no one was injured and my apartment sustained only water damage from the relief efforts of the fire department.  I lost quite a bit of things because they either stunk of smoke or ended up mildewed.  I didn't have renter's insurance, so I stayed with friends before ultimately moving to South Carolina to live with my parents. 

As I was packing my things from the apartment and moving them to storage, September 11th happened.  It was devastating and horrifying.  I feel like everything stood still in New York for days afterwards.

Interestingly enough, there were just two hurricanes in my twenty years in New York, and since I've been in South Carolina, an area that is supposed to be a little more susceptible to these kinds of things there hasn't been any.  Well, they've grazed us and we've had a couple of tropical storms with little to no damage, but in my ten years here in South Carolina the northeast has seen two devastating hurricanes, and those have both been in the past year or so.  

My sister Tracy lost power in Virginia from the storm.  Kerry evacuated her apartment in Long Island City to her house in Connecticut.  They had minor damage in Connecticut but the East River overflowed into the streets around their apartment in Queens.  My sister Christine evacuated her Hoboken apartment to her house in upstate New York where she lost power.  The Hudson River flooded into Hoboken as well. 

It's crazy to see the pictures of New York and New Jersey, where I just was a week before the storm hit.  In fact, while at Kerry's apartment in Long Island City I took a picture of the Freedom Tower to send to Brad.  To the left of the Freedom Tower was the highrise building in Manhattan where the news kept showing images of the broken crane.  It's very faint, but if you look real close, you can see the crane over the tall building on the left.


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays.  There is an excitement about it that is so much fun. 
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This is what I was up to last year, I can't wait to see what this evening has in store for me, but you can bet it will include some Halloween movie fun!
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Oh! And I have the next FOUR days off from work! How awesome is that????

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Where are all the slow cooker recipes for people who are out of the house all day???

I sit here frustrated!

I have ONE slow cooker recipe, self-created, that will not dry up by the time I get home from work.

See, on most days we are away from the house for ten and a half hours.  That's factoring in our commute both ways and the work day itself.

Almost all the slow cooker recipes I find cook for a maximum of 8 hours.  For anyone who works an 8-5 or 9-5 job outside of the home, that just doesn't fly unless they are only minutes away from home.

Does anyone have a slow cooker recipe that can handle 10 hours of cook time on low? Anyone? Any recipes that can be modified to allow for this? 


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Yum!

If you're ever in St. Louis... go to Bailey's Range and get a banana split!!

Photo: Yummo!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pondering: Content

There are a million things that I should be doing, but I want so badly to be back on my blog so I'm throwing it all out the window!

I have missed the weekly hops I participate in SO much.  I have missed chatting with my friends here.  So what better way to get back in the groove by pondering about contentment.  Each week Brenda posts a prompt for you to take to your blogs and talk about.  Click the button below to head over and play along!



Think on Thursday

Am I content? Yes.  I love my life.  I'm happy with where I'm at and with knowing I'm on the way to making my dreams come true.  I'm not living my dream just yet, but I'm confident that all this hard work is going to pay off at some point! It has to, right?

I have other dreams though...

I'd love to open a bake shop and bake cookies and other sweets all the time.  I really would.  To me that's more like a moonlighting dream though... once I've completed my dreams of being a counselor, having a family... way later on in life I'll entertain that dream. 

I'd also love to travel the world.  I'd LOVE to.  There are so many places I want to go and things I want to see.  Every once in a while I sit down and strategically plan this world tour.  Here's what I can do in one trip... here's what I can do in another... I want to see EVERYTHING! So it's only natural to lump things together so I can maximize each trip.

In fact, I think this evening, while I should be doing some school work, I am going to chill out with a map and "plan!"

Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies


I made these very yummy cookies a few weeks ago.  They were a variation of a recipe I found on Pinterest (recipe here).  You see, as I was making the Pinterest recipe, Brad said: "cookies aren't cookies without chocolate chips."  Ok wise guy.  I threw half a bag of chocolate chips into the dough and carried on.  They turned out amazing.  What a combination the orange and chocolate chips were!

I've been on a bit of a kick lately.  I barely have time to shower, but I can find time to make cookies when I need cookies.  This was the first of the "must have cookies" nights.  I had a couple of oranges and knew that if I looked I'd be able to find a cookie recipes that used oranges.  And I did.

So I used the recipe in the link above as a base, then I added half a bag of chocolate chips.  The other variation was that I did not put the icing on the cookies.  I ran out of steam... 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A view from the top...



It will probably never be convenient for me to go back to St. Louis, but I had a great time while I was there! I'm so thankful we have cameras to capture moments like these.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

St. Louis, MO

Earlier this month I went to a conference for work in St. Louis.  You may remember when I attended this same conference last year in Fort Worth, TX.  It was my first and it was a blast.  This year promised the same and it delivered. 

The worst thing about these conferences is that I miss Brad something fierce.  I hate leaving him for several days.  I know that sounds lame and I should be thankful he isn't in the military and gone for months or years or that he's not in some other type of job that pulls him away from the house, or that I'm not.  And I am thankful for all those things.  But I married him to be with him and it sucks when we're apart!

One of the great things about these conferences are the places I get to see.  I love to travel and visit new places and I always get to do that.

 The Arch
 
The Courthouse
 
 
The Cathedral Basilica St. Louis

 
 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Remember me?

I'm kind of glad my blog is on the same platform as my e-mail because I'm not sure I would have remembered the password otherwise.  September 24th is the date of my last post... sad...

Things have been so crazy.  I am not happy to be busy but I am happy that things seem to be going downhill now, and I mean that in an easy sort of way, not a doomed sort of way.

I'm not going to take a paragraph to talk about trying to catch up on my favorite blogs and missing my little corner of cyberspace here... I'm just going to dive right in to a hopefully somewhat normal post.

Here are the past few weeks in a nutshell: school, work, conference, St. Louis, airplanes, layovers, gooey butter cake, coffee, beer, wine, football, car dealership drama, baking, Pinterest, meetings, travel, driving, more driving, more meetings, work, school, helping Brad with school, Peanut, favors, dentist, vegetating, video games, apps, cheese fries, Starbucks, the arch, being a tourist for five minutes, work, wine fridge, new dry erase calendar, actually completing things on Pinterest, reading, writing, arithmetic, lions, tigers, bears, oh my, being crafty, shopping, cooking, cleaning, not cleaning, procrastinating, YouTube, meetings, school, Columbia, shot glasses, missing hops, drinking hops, making a mess, recycling, finding inspiration, seminar, networking, making lists, checking them twice, finding out who is naughty and nice, sleeping, eating, work, and a partridge in a pear tree.

I have inspiration for several posts and I hope to get working on them soon, and I use the word "soon" loosely!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Pinterest

My new semi-addiction. 

My co-worker turned me on to it.  We were talking about something and she suggested it, so I went.  Now I'm a little hooked.  I'm not on it 24/7 as I simply don't have the time, but when I am I must pin like 20+ things at a time. 

It's like a collection I don't actually have to keep stock of.  Fun.

I pin recipes (my favorite), home stuff, hair and nail stuff, pet stuff, dreamy locations, and more!

When I get a minute I'll add a Pinterest button to my blog so you can see what kind of trouble I'm getting myself into.

I've avoided Pinterest like the plague because I don't need something else on the internet to be addicted to... guess all hope is lost now!

Do you Pinterest?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oh technology...

I am blogging right now instead of doing my school work because I cannot log-in to my classroom to complete my work.  Can't live with it, can't live without it.  So here I am.  Hi!

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things over here.  On Thursday I headed to Target after work in search of a calendar.  I needed something to help me budget my time and make me feel less overwhelmed.  I wanted something big so it would be right there for me to see.  I got very lucky because I found this neat dry erase calendar for $12! Most paper calendars cost this much!



Please pardon the wonderful quality of my iPod photos! And the lighting.  And the angles.  Not my finest work.  However, LOVE this calendar.

Pink is me.  Blue is Brad.  Green is together.  Yes, that is the laundry in green - I fold, he puts away, we both tackle the actual washing of the stuff... sometimes.  And red, which is barely visible, is miscellaneous stuff like Gamecock football games (just for you Les) and birthdays. 

I already feel a little less overwhelmed because instead of feeling like I have to do laundry, vacuum, cook dinner all at once, I can look at the calendar and say, "oh, it's Brad's turn to cook and laundry is tomorrow."  I hope it lasts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I've said it before and I'll say it again...

Being a grown up sucks sometimes. 

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One step forward, two steps back.

Overall I am doing well though, I just have what seems like NO TIME at all. 

Brad started classes yesterday.  I'm happy for him.  I'm in my third week.  In the groove.

Things are good, just busy.

I wanted to say hellllooooo!! I have not forgotten about my blog.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Scholarships? Grants?

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 I'm researching scholarship and grant opportunities for school  and I have found several.  Some of them I have to wait until the new calendar year to apply for.  Some of them seem kind of shady.  And the rest look alright but require time I don't have this very moment.  I did make a list and I am going to tackle them one by one.

Any great suggestions for where one could find scholarship and grant opportunities?

Crock Pot Recipes?

Ok, so we had one slightly cool morning and I'm ready to whip out the Crock Pot! I love doing things that involve barbeque sauce or onion soup mix in the Crock Pot, but I'm dying to try out some new recipes.

Anyone have any they wish to share?

Feel free to post a recipe or link to where you've posted one on your own blog.

Monday, September 10, 2012

One day at a time...

It is a new week and I am feeling slightly more at ease.  I still have a ton of things on my plate and new ideas keep popping in my mind, so I certainly not at rest.

I do feel a little bit better as the anticipation of my new school year has finally passed and I am now in it and it is off to a decent start.  I feel like I have a great method of keeping organized this time around (as I do at the beginning of every semester).  My research class is going to be hard and a lot of work.  My writing class is going to have a lot of reading.  I'm going to be swamped, but as with everything, one day at a time is all I can do.

I'm so far behind in my reading.  Not just for school, but socially as well.  I have not kept up to date on my favorite hops and I miss reading about my blog friends' lives.  I am going to attempt to catch up over the next week or so and hopefully I will manage.  To be honest, I have not read a blog post in a while and I feel horrible for that.  At least I can say that I have not even been making my own posts so it is not as if I am expecting anyone to read mine when I cannot return the favor, with the exception of my dinner post from last week of course.  :)

September is going to be a very busy month for me at work.  I have so many meetings, so many things on the agenda.  Not to mention my trip to St. Louis for a conference at the end of the month.  It is all happening this month.  We can go months without anything on the schedule and then it all comes crashing down at once.  It is all good things though, so at least I have that.

I have completely fallen off the weight loss wagon.  I did lose one pound last week after doing NOTHING but occasionally watch what I eat.  I feel like such a slacker, but I know it is because I am bored with my workout and also because I was overwhelmed with the impending school stuff.  So it was absolutely not a total loss, just a semi-loss in the sense that I need to get my motivation back.  I know that changing my routine around will help with that though.  I need to find a new normal there and I'll be good to go for another month.

My one month stats (5 weeks worth since I started a week before August began) were 8 lbs down and 7 inches lost! Pretty darn good! The inches were mostly in my extremities so I need to focus a little more around my core.  I am thinking about increasing my cardio workout but I have not completely worked it all out.  One day at a time...

So I am going to try to get back on track this week, catch up on my reading, and hopefully be a consistent presence here in blog land.  I'm not sure I'll be ready to participate in any hops, but I'll sure try! Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My husband is an amazing cook!

A new semester began yesterday so naturally I am a stark raving mad looney toon for which there is no immediate cure.  Fortunately I have a husband who is part angel and cooked dinner the past few days to alleviate some of the pressure I've been under. Model employee/model student/Suzy homemaker. Something's gotta give, fortunately it was the latter!

So what is that delicious looking creation pictured below? Shrimp and chorizo stuffed poblanos.  Holy moly it was good! So good that I'm breaking my little blogging sabbatical to talk about it. The recipe was retrieved from one of the Latin Flavor Pampered Chef cookbooks. I love PC recipes! I love things that are stuffed too so this was a win all around.



What did you have for dinner last night? What are your plans for tonight?

And sorry, dear readers, for my little break. The three day weekend got away from me and then in my quest to be superwoman I realized I needed to chill for a little bit so I have cut back on everything that wasn't absolutely necessary so that I'm not running on all cylinders for at least a few days. I'll be back soon!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Fill Ins

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! My week was fine, I guess, but it's all hindsight as I am looking forward to my three day weekend!! Anyone else have a three day weekend to enjoy?? I know it's Labor Day and most workplaces close for that, but I also know not everyone works in a place that gets to take advantage of holidays, and some of you I'm sure have jobs that don't give you time off at all, like all the moms and dads out there.  In a past life I worked at Blockbuster and I worked every holiday known to man.  Not kidding.  I worked at least two Thanksgivings and two Christmases in a row.  The bonus was that my coworkers would bring me some of the yummy food from their family feasts.  This was when my parents had already moved to South Carolina, so I didn't have a holiday meal to look forward to before or after my shifts. But enough about that, let's fill in the blank!

Each week Hilary at Feeling Beachie posts four statements on her blog that we take to our own blogs and complete in our own way.  She's always looking for co-hosts of this fun hop so please e-mail her suggestions for statements at feelingbeachie@gmail.com.  Now click the button below to go to Hilary's blog and play along.  :)

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This week's statements:

1. I love to ___ but hate to ___.
2. ___ makes my day better.
3. They didn't think I could ___ but I did.
4. Warning: ___!

My answers:

1. I love to have a clean house but hate to clean it.  I haven't read any of the other links on the linky yet, but something tells me this might be a popular answer.
2. Seeing the faces of those I love makes my day better.
3. They didn't think I could fill in this statement but I did.  Sorry, I couldn't think of anything!!
4. Warning: contents under pressure!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Go Gamecocks!

Tonight is the first game of the season for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.  You know what we'll be doing... camped in front of the TV with snacks!

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Go Cocks!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

1 is the lonliest number...

So I weighed in on Saturday and I was only one pound down from the previous week.  Not fun.  But I am still pretty proud of myself considering I had a total fail of a week.

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It all started with a retreat for work.  It was a leadership training of sorts.  It was awesome, but that's beside the point.  There was food.  And wine.  I actually didn't crazily go over my calorie intake, but I did go over.  I also missed working out 2 days.  Shame on me.  But it was hard.  I was out of town pretty much all day Tuesday and then most of the day Wednesday.  Came home and crashed on the couch.  I did pick up for the rest of the week though, and unfortunately had a work meeting, complete with more food, on Friday.  Another fail day.

Saturday and Sunday I did not exercise and I ate crap food, while still staying within my calories though.  Really didn't leave myself much room for mistakes this week, that's for sure. 

The good news is I feel like crap after I eat crap food.  How is that good? Because it makes me not want it anymore.  It makes me realize that eating broccoli is better than eating french fries, my body is telling me so and I need to listen to it.  I can't even begin to tell you how awful I felt after drinking a couple glasses of wine and eating rich foods.  I felt like I had lead in my stomach.  Not fun.

So I'm still here.  Seven pounds down in four weeks.  Wish it was 8 but it is what it is.  I'm still motivated and still feeling good.  Slowly but surely I'm feeling better about myself.  I can't wait to do my measurements again this weekend and see my progress!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Crazy weather day...

Our offices ended up closing early today due to extreme torrential rain and flooding.  The image below was taken from our local Live 5 News website of some kayakers rowing through the open air market of downtown Charleston where handmade goods are sold.  Holy moly!!

Check here for more images of the rain and flooding... Live 5 News

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This is all I've got to say...



Classes begin in just a short while... September 5 for me and September 17 for Brad.  We're each taking two classes and hopefully we can manage on just one computer without driving each other crazy!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday's Music Moves Me - Spotlight!!

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I'm so excited to have been chosen as today's spotlight dancer for this fun hop and I feel like a total bonehead for having not posted sooner.  Crazy day today and finally getting around to some ME time!

Xmas Dolly

So this week's theme is music from the year you graduated high school! Fun!!!! Not saying I love all these songs, but it does bring back some radio/MTV memories! It's hard to pick just a few so I picked A LOT! I was very into music back then, I still am, but I would listen to music almost non stop back then.


I'm not sure anyone could have guessed what the future had in store for Britney.
 I've always been a fan of Cristina, can't wait for The Voice to start back up!
 1999 definitely ranked high on the cheese-o-meter!
 Love the Goo Goo Dolls!
 I never listened to Backstreet Boys back then but for some reason I can not get this song out of my head now.
 I love listening to this song on 90s on 9!
 These lyrics have good meaning behind them.
 This is another 90s on 9 favorite.
 Who didn't love Smooth?
 Can anyone hear this song without wanting to turn off the TV or change the channel?
 I probably have not heard this song since 1999.
 Hahahaha! I'm a Jennifer so this was always a fun one.
 Something about this song makes me feel warm.  Every thing is going to be alright.
 I actually didn't hear this song back in '99, I heard it for the first time a few years ago and I absolutely love it! Was happy when I saw it on the list.  :)
 Another fun one!
 This was big our senior year.  Unfortunately it was also used at one of our classmates funerals a few years later.  Sarah McLachlan knows how to make you cry!
 I remember driving around with my friend Jess listening to this.
 Another 90s on 9 favorite!!

Monday Quiz About Me

Hi there! Join me this week for Monday Quiz About Me hosted by Heather at Acting Balanced.  Each week she posts four questions on her blog for us to take to our blogs and answer.  Then you have the option of posting a fifth question on your blog for your readers to answer.  A fun twist on the every day Q&A.  Click the button below to head over to Heather's blog and play along.

Acting Balanced

1. When was the last time you tried something new?

I try to try something new at every convenient, opportune moment.  For example, I'm not going to try a new ethnic restaurant the day before I have to travel.  That might not end well.  But I might try it when I'm going out for a random lunch or dinner.  But that's beside the point, when is the last time I tried something new? Probably a week or so ago when I tried a new workout routine.  Didn't go so well, see here.

2. What's a belief you hold with which many people disagree?

I'm pro-life.

3. What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

Almost any.  There is probably at least one song in every genre that I could listen to again and again.  However, I cannot sit down and listen to rap or hip hop repeatedly the way I probably could other types.  In fact, Modern Rap is probably my worst category on Song Pop.

4. What piece of advice would you give to a beginning blogger?

Don't be intimidated, just do your thing.  There are lots of people out there that give you the "how to's" and stuff and it can be very intimidating.  The fact of the matter is, it's your blog, it's your voice, do what you need to do and have fun with it. 

And my question for you is:

Do you have any experience with a memory foam bed? Good/bad? 

We're in the market for a new bed and I'm seriously thinking memory foam since a friend of mine is in love with her Tempur Pedic.  Not sure I can afford one of those, so I'm shopping around.  I can't stand another horrible night of sleep.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Shot Tales: Flowertown

I couldn't tell you where I got the glass I'm featuring today, but I can tell you that this is where I live! They call my town "Flowertown"... as if "Summerville" isn't whimsical enough! It's mainly due to all the azaleas, and the Flowertown Festival each Spring. 


The scene on the glass, which come to realize is a tad blurry, is from Azalea Park.  It's about 5 minutes from my house and so pretty in the Spring.  It's pretty all the time, but in the Spring when the azaleas are in bloom it is even prettier.  Some of our wedding photos were taken in azalea park.  Pretty sweet looking pair there, don't you think?


If you ever watch the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, then you may have seen the episode where he went to Perfectly Franks, a hot dog place in Summerville, very close to my house.  I finally made it over there to eat earlier this month and it was delicious! Who knew there were so many ways to top a hot dog?

This shot glass is special because it represents home to me.  It's where I live and it's so pretty.

If you want more Shot Tales, check them out here!
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