Thursday, December 30, 2010
So when he was doing some last minute Christmas shopping, my dad tagged along. And that goodness he did! Dad reported that B would have just handed over his wallet. I received a Citizen watch on Christmas morning and SJP Lovely perfume. After some internet research, he didn't get the best deal on the perfume, but he couldn't beat the price on the watch! Well done. Honestly, I was expecting and would have been fine with an Ann Klein/Fossil type watch, but am so happy to have a nice piece now! Hopefully I'll get this super awesome better job in January so it can match my more professional persona!
Speaking of deals...I was watching a show on TLC last night about people who use coupons on everything - and even collect coupons from neighbors miles away and dumpster dive for Sunday circulars. I thought they were crazy - until I saw their grocery bill go down from nearly a thousand dollars to around $20. Then they show you the inside of these people's homes and they have what is basically a bomb shelter filled with food and supplies that they have stocked up on. I wonder how they use everything before it's expiration date. I mean, one lady bought 40 cans of pasta sauce. I think she got them all for free. I'm all for a good bargain, but I think this is over the top and boderline obsessive. I would like to think that if I was well trained enough to shop like this, then I would donate a large portion to the soup kitchen. Better yet, why isn't someone at the soup kitchen paying this lady to stock their shelves?!?!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
So we had a wonderful Christmas. Our families were so generous and we feel so thankful for everything. We headed down to Miami on the 23rd to spend some time with Billy's family. We had brunch and then exchanged gifts. Later that evening, my parents arrived and we went out for some BBQ. I would have cooked, but I assumed my mom had something because she told me to not worry about buying groceries for the week. Minor communication error.
The next day was Christmas Eve and we played Wii, hung out outside and went for a walk in the park. Hello – who knew that Wii would make my arm sore for the next 2 days!?!? We also went to the Christmas Eve service at our church and it was beautiful. I was happy to show my parents our church and I know that they are happy that we are connected to such a great place. Below is a picture of us before we left. My sweater is a gift from my MIL from WH/BM – one of my favs!
The next morning, we had our "Christmas Morning Breakfast" which is an egg & sausage casserole. Delish! We open gifts – which was so much fun! We felt like kids because it seemed that the presents never ended. After presents, we skyped with my brother, who is in Kuwait. It was so neat to be able to talk to him in real time!
My parents left today, and my MIL & B's grandmother came up. We poked around a few stores and had dinner.
And now the house is finally quiet!!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
I also got a bit crafty on Saturday and made this. Not sure was I'm going to do with it yet, but I think I'd like to find a way to hang it somewhere in the house.
So happy for a 3 day week! On Thursday we'll go down to Miami for the day and then my parents will arrive in Boynton Beach in the early evening. Mom said to not worry about grocery shopping, which means it will be food from home all week. Woot!! Very excited for the break until January 3rd and CHRISTMAS!!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
This morning, I got en email passed along to me from one of our good family friends who is a helicopter pilot in the Middle East right. After reading the email, it was very evident to me that he is in a very dangerous place. I sent out a facebook message to the people who know him and my brother and asked them to send a Christmas card. I hope that some people take the initiative to send a note to let them know we're thinking about them over the upcoming holidays. If you're reading this and want the address for either of them, please let me know.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This past weekend, we were gifted tickets from the Ticketmaster(B's dad) for the Virginia Tech vs. Miami game. We had a lot of fun! Tailgating at UM games is so different than the southern school tailgating I have been exposed to (ECU, UVA, Tennessee, Clemson). There is no southern rock to be heard...just pop and dance music. I guess that is Miami for you! Billy and I enjoyed ourselves sitting on the bed of his truck and drinking our 6 pack of Coors Light. Ohhhh how times have changed! The night before, we were debating if we were still "cool" or not...through the eyes of his college aged sister. I voted no...especially because when we were discussing what to drink before the game, Billy suggested that we only need a 6 pack. Oh, if his fraternity brother could hear that!
On to more important things....DANCING WITH THE STARS! I usually casually follow the votes, but this season I really paid attention and watched the episodes. I was so interested in what was happening with Bristol Palin. I was amazed that she stayed in the contest until the finale! Good for her! I am reading Going Rogue right now, so maybe that was why I was interested....but anyway. Jennifer and Derek won, but I think the Disney star, Kyle should have won. Jennifer was dramatic and Derek is so touchy and annoying, at least in my opinion. But America has voted! Next up: Skating With The Stars. How can that NOT be a disaster? I do love Bethenny, so perhaps I will tune in!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I remember last week - or the week before - in church looking over at Billy and he was obviously praying too, which was touching, but also made me panic for a minute - like oh no - if he is praying about this, then maybe this is serious! So today during lunch I prayed again...hard....and then a few hours later, I got the call that my prayer had been answered! And I rememberd to THANK God in the moment too...which is something I rarely remember to do.
I do beleive that there is a plan and that we will not be handed things that we can not handle. While at times that may not SEEM like it is true, we have to have faith.
Friday, November 12, 2010
So last Christmas, our picture card was a bit of a lash-up. We asked a friend to come take our picture on the beach, but she backed out. So we headed out on our own and balanced the camera on a trashcan and did the self timer. We took a few at various spots on the beach, but didn't get any great pics. Here is an example from the photo shoot:
With little to choose from, we moved forward trying to find a Christmas card with palm trees. No such luck. But THIS YEAR! Shutterfly has several tropical Christmas card to choose from. Below are a couple favorites:
Hopefully we'll have a few pictures to choose from. The other bonus is that now we have PATTON! Last year we got him a week after I ordered the pictures, so he could not make his debut on the card. You can order your Shutterfly cards here: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards
I have also used Shutterfly to order stationery: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards and your family calendars here: http://www.shutterfly.com/calendars/wall-calendars
The plan is to get a good picture at the VT vs. Miami game next weekend and hopefully a couple over Thanksgiving weekend in Pensacola! Billy will try – for the 3rd year to get us in match Christmas sweaters, but hopefully I will still keep him at bay.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Speaking of serving our country, I was watching the "W" on the Today Show this morning. A lot of controversy, obviously, but he gave a good interview and can talk a lot more off the cuff now that he is not president. I would like to read his book and I think he was at a book fair in Miami just yesterday! For my first Grad English course next semester, I think I'm going to take a course on biographies, so I should probably read one first! This is an autobiography, so maybe it doesn't count? Sarah Palin's auotbiogrpahy is also on my list. I'm sure I'll be really popular in this class with those choices!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Happy Saturday! The highlight of my day was coming home from the grocery store and finding Billy mopping the floor. And THEN he vacuumed the pool. Was this to help me or to avoid studying...hmmm? Either way, it was MUCH appreciated! I needed a highlight because ECU let Navy run up 79 points. You read that right - S E V E N T Y - N I N E. Glad Mom & Dad got to be there to witness it.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Also, for some time now....well, basically since I got this job, I have been having issues with a coworker...unbeknown to him. This morning he was telling us one of his weekend stories, which I found to be extremely inappropriate and I finally got the courage to tell him how I felt. After I started talking, it was easier than I thought, so hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out!
This weekend Billy and I did some little projects around the house and started to research the west coast of FL for places to move in a few years. He found a place on a spring fed canal and was trying to reel me in with the thought of swimming with manatees! Le sigh...a girl can dream! But we're trying to make it a reality! This January, I'm going to start talking graduate level English classes to certify me to teach at the college level. I think that will open a lot more doors for me, but hopefully I can make it though 6 courses!
On a sad note, ECU and the Steelers lost this weekend.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Hooray for Friday! I'm even getting out of here 30 minutes early because my exit road out of here is being blocked off for our new president's inauguration/homecoming parade. I'm armed with my coupons and I'm hitting the grocery store on my way home! Thank you couponsavinggame.com !
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We're going to start calling B's dad TicketMaster because he also have us tickets to the Miami vs. Virginia Tech game in November!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Some things that I've been "planning" about lately....what if we have kids? Who will watch them during the day? How much will be make on our house when we try to sell? Will we even be bale to sell it? Obviously these things are not anywhere in the immediate future, but they are on my brain!
So I was reminded of this prayer, which I probably need to read more often!
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Monday, October 25, 2010
We also found a diving duck in the pool as we were getting ready for church on Sunday! Luckily, Patton did not notice! Last year, we had baby turtles! For a while, Billy had an account where the family purposefully kept a turtle in their pool. I think he finally convinced them that keeping the turtle in the pool would keep their chemicals unbalanced.
Today's is Mom's birthday!
Friday, October 22, 2010
So the time has come. The time for Billy to get a real world job. We've put it off for as long as we can so he could focus solely on getting his business going. He has made some strides and some great contacts, but I don't think we can keep paying the bills this way. So we were discussing this as I was making dinner(pancakes & sausage – yay Friday!) and we were thinking…poor Patton! He's been so used to someone being home most of the time. What is he going to do during the day if no one is here to pay attention to him? When we leave for short trips like church, he give him free reign on the house. I've only lost 2 shoes to this, which I think is pretty good for a pup that just turned 1! So I said we should have a kid so they could stay home and take care of Patton. Billy thinks we should adopt a 17 year old! But I guess our sweet Patton is going to have the join the ranks with other dogs that have working moms and dads. I just hope he understands. <3
It's sort of a slow day today, so sometimes I just turn around and stare...we've hit paradise season in Florida and the major heat is officially gone!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Happy Monday! This weekend went by in a flash, as usual. On Saturday, I had Open House. With my vast Admission experience, I know what students and parents want to hear, so overall, I think it went well. We collected all the contact information for all the attendees, so hopefully the program directors will get on board and recruit these students!
On Saturday night, Billy thought it would be a good idea to build a fire...on the dock. It went well for a while, until the concrete block he built the fire on exploded. No one was hurt in this experiment. But it was nice sitting on the dock for a while sipping on some wine and watching Patton run around like a crazy dog.
Then on Sunday, I got up early, went for a long walk, washed Patton and made some home-made salsa - until I realized that I could not get it all done before church! So we skipped and finished getting ready for our trip to Miami to celebrate Billy & his dad's birthdays. They both share October 19th for their birthdays. We had 2 cakes - yum! A Carvel ice cream cake and red velvet. It was a nice afternoon and the Steelers won! Icing on the cake, if you will.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I love Thursdays because it is the day when the Publix BOGO sales are posted and I use couponsavingsgame.com to find how to save even more money. It really is like a game to me! I'm not as good as other people, and I don't get the newspaper, but I save some serious cash some weeks! I can't believe I wasn't doing this long before now!
Some days things are better than others. Praise doesn't just fly around here, so I sometimes get nervous that I'm not doing well. But then other times, I'll do something and it's like I moved a mountain for someone. Even just the simplest things can get me some attention sometimes. It's just a different atmosphere. In Admissions, I could get a new student almost every day, but in Advising, the accomplishments aren't as traceable or noticeable I guess.
This Sunday, we'll be going to Miami to celebrate my FIL's 50th birthday and Billy's 31st birthday. They share the same date - Oct 19th. Then Mom's is the 25th. And how could I forget - my sweet baby puppy's 1st birthday was on Monday! His poor leg is hurt, so he needs to stay off it and swim a little more. We like taking him for walks after dinner, but we haven't been able to since Sunday I believe. I think it's my fault - I was home by myself last weekend and I walked him 3x a day and I think I just wore him out!
Anyway, I believe that is all for now! I'll try again to post Monday!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I think I have just been lucky to have really good bosses in my last few jobs. The gave me so much autonomy and here it's just not the same and it doesn't seem like my coworkers want any of that additional responsibility that comes with decision making. Hopefully, in time, I will get a little more. For now, I know that this is a stepping stone and my next job will be a well-deserved step up!
On a lighter note, college football starts tonight!