Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Today, Matt & I worked outside for about 3 hours putting lights on the house! This year we put more up than in years past. Matt had to climb all over the roof to string the lights! I'm glad he wasn't scared, because I would have been...we just wouldn't have had lights.
In the yard, we put out our Christmas Tree & 2 deer that light up!
Poor Maisy! She had to stay inside while we worked. I did bring her out once to show her what we were doing...but our next door neighbors dogs tried to eat her, so I took her back inside.
I pulled up the blinds in our guest room so that she could look out & keep her eye on us. In this picture you can barely see her little head...but, she's there!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Secondly, you all know what this means, right? Yep, Christmas is just 4 weeks & 4 days away! I think I'm only halfway done with my shopping. My sister, on the other hand, finished her shopping in September! And, I think I'M organized!
Thirdly, I found myself thinking about what I'm thankful for a lot today. Maybe it's because I have an Aunt that's very sick & not doing well...whatever it is, here's what I came up with.
What I'm Thankful For: (in random order)
- My faith
- Family (mine & Matt's)
- Our house (that looks really good in Christmas lights)
- A job that I absolutely love
- Having a sister & a best friend in 1
- My 3 niece's & my nephew's innocent faces
- Besides "Mama" & "Dada", my name was the 3rd one my niece, Riley, learned to say ("Rah-Rah")
- A good book that I can't wait to get into bed just so I can read it
- 300 thread cotton sheets that I got on sale & w/ a coupon
- Diet Coke
- My favorite movies: "Dirty Dancing", "Man on the Moon", "Footloose"
Last, but not least....
- I'm thankful that the Razorbacks are 10-1 & 7-0 in the SEC! But, I'll be even more thankful if they beat the LSU Tigers tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Yes, I know what you're thinking..."Is that really Matt performing household chores?".
No, it's not your imagination...
Matt is putting sheets on the fold out couch at his sister's house in Fayetteville. We drove up there in October for a Razorback game & stayed the night with Wendy, Jim & the girls.
I had to take a couple of pictures to have proof that this man has done at least 5 minutes of housework in his lifetime!
I love you, sweetie!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
For the past 2 years, I've entered one of my scrapbooks into the Arkansas State Fair. Last year, I entered a book I made of a week-long trip to Chicago that Matt & I took with our good friends, Greg & Laurie. I think it ended up being like 30 pages! I won 1st place in my division. I was very happy with that...you know, it being my first time to enter & all. But, this year I wanted more!
I decided to enter a book I did (and then "re-did") of our honeymoon, even though that was 4 & 1/2 years ago, there was nothing in the rules that said it had to be current!! Anyway, Matt & I spent 6 days in the Bahama's at the Atlantis Resort. It was probably the BEST vacation we've ever taken together...and let me tell you, we've been a lot of places. Every year, we take a big anniversary trip & sometimes when he travels for work, I go with him, like last December when he went to Las Vegas to shoot the Jermain Taylor fight, I took 2 vacation days & went with him!
Okay, I know...I'm rambling! Back to the point...so when I dropped my scrapbook off to be judged this year, I was very nervous! The book wasn't my best work. But, I sucked it up & decided to put in the judge's hands. The day I knew judging was supposed to take place, I called the lady in charge to ask her if she could check to see if I had a ribbon next to my book.
Here's how the call went down:
Me: "Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me if the scrapbook judging is finished?"
Lady: "It has...What's your name & I'll check to see what you got?!"
Me: (I gave her my name)
Lady: "Ok, I'll be right back."
(I was on hold for about 5 minutes, patiently tapping my foot under my desk & biting my nails)
Lady: "You're going to be really happy!"
Lady: "Yes, you got 1st place!"
(It was here where I smiled, but at the same time, let out a disappointed sigh)
Lady: "And, BEST IN SHOW!"
Me: (screaming) "Omigosh! Really? Are you kidding?"
Lady: "Nope...there's a 1st place ribbon & a Best in Show ribbon!"
Me: "Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
On the final day of the State Fair, Matt & I finally went to see my scrapbook in person with the ribbons! Of course, I made him take my picture in front of the glass case!
I know, I know...I'm a goofball!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I knew this was going to happen & I tried to put it off as long as I could, but I can't deny it any longer...my winter wardrobe is suffering...BAD. Towards the end of summer, I began looking for new long-sleeved tops, pants & boots. But, everything I tried on didn't fit or was just too expensive.
The few winter tops I have (that I still like), I've worn them so much the past month or so, that I'm sure my co-workers are like, "Omigod, she's wearing that shirt AGAIN?!". I've been wearing jeans just about every other day. I mean, I am lucky that I work in a place where jeans are okay sometimes, but not as much as I wear them. I stare at my closet every morning & I promise, I try to put cute outfits together, but it just never happens. After I try on like 4 outfits, I resort to my jeans & pick from one of my 6 or 7 tops that are wearing down fast because I wear them so much.
Every morning I silently scream, "Someone, PLEASE HELP ME!!".
Last Thursday, I finally admitted to my co-workers that my winter clothes are just non-existent. Two other women admitted the same thing to me! I realized that I wasn't alone...and that made me feel better.
And, then last night, I went to Ann Taylor Loft (my FAVORITE store...we finally got one here) & looked around. When I finally left the store about an hour later, I felt that I'd been successful. I purchased 2 long-sleeved tops & a pair of pants! When I got home, I tried it all on for Matt, who seemed pleased that I'd found a couple of things...(and he didn't even ask how much I spent!).
This morning, I woke up & felt better about myself & my closet. It might take me a little while longer, but hopefully, I'll have a winter wardrobe I can actually live with, before it's time to pull out my shorts & short-sleeved shirts again!
Friday, November 17, 2006
See, when I was younger, my room was very messy. I would only clean it when I was told to & even then, I'd just stuff everything in my closet. I rarely made my bed & never vacuumed! I would even leave cabinet doors open in the kitchen...like I was too effing lazy to close the door after getting a bowl or glass out!
Somehow, during my teenage/college years, I began to get more organized, actually enjoyed cleaning & made my bed EVERYDAY! Now, I clean ALL THE TIME! My house is spotless about 95% of the time. And, if I know we're having guests over, I'll do a more thorough cleaning, like wipe down the crown molding, dust the ceiling fans & blinds, vacuum under Maisy's bed, etc. Even though I know no one is going to look under Maisy's bed & say, "Gosh, it sure is dirty under here!". If so, I might think they're a little weird!
My need for cleanliness & organization extends to our closets as well. Each hangar faces the same way & hanging clothes are grouped into short-sleeves, long-sleeves, dresses, dress shirts, skirts, pullovers, & jackets. I even have "sub-groups". For example, the short sleeved section has sections for nice shirts, casual shirts & lounge shirts. We also have 4 shelves...& each shelf has its purpose...one for jeans, one for shorts, one for lounge pants & t-shirts & one for tank tops (well, Matt doesn't have tank tops, so his top shelf is for his hats...this boy has like 20 hats!).
About every 6 months or so, I go through my entire house, room by room, and clean it out...throw unwanted stuff away & reorganize! I actually think this is fun!
I fold my towels a certain way & put them in the linen closet a certain way. There's a spot for washcloths, hand towels & bath towels. When we were first married, Matt was being sweet & folded the towels for me. I said, "Thank you!" & when he wasn't looking, I re-folded them!
Something else I do just because I can do it is pack Matt's suitcase when we (or just he) goes out of town. I will start organizing his clothes 2 days before the trip. Jeans get grouped together, shorts get grouped together, shirts get grouped together (long & short go in separate piles) & undershirts, boxers & socks get grouped together. Before I zip up the suitcase, I go over everything with him, so he knows what's in there. People at work make so much fun of me...but, there are like 4 other wives here that do the same thing.
Even though I like things structured & neat, it doesn't mean that sometimes I get lazy & throw Matt's white socks into the colored sock pile in his drawer (although, I will go back & fix it later). I am lucky, though, that I married a man who really doesn't care how things are done in our house...he leaves it all up to me, which is fine because I really do enjoy cleaning, organizing & doing laundry. What I don't like to do is cook...so Matt does most of that!
So, am I too organized? I don't think so...it's become part of my lifestyle & it makes me happy, so I don't think I'll be slowing down anytime soon!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
In January, my cousin in Texas is getting married to a very nice man that she met through work (her finance's daughter works with my cousin & she introduced them). My sister & I are in charge of the "bride's book" that will be in front of the entryway to the chapel. The greatest thing about this wedding is that my sister & I will get to spend 4 days with my Aunt, Uncle & cousins. We LOVE spending time with them!
In September, one of my really good childhood friends is marrying a guy she's been seeing for 3 or 4 years. My friend was my "Maid of Honor" in my wedding, almost 5 years ago! My husband & I will make the trip to Plano, TX for this wedding, for sure!
Two of my former co-workers FINALLY got engaged this past weekend. He proposed in front of the reflective pool at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. They haven't set a date yet, but the wedding will be in D.C. We'll be flying for this one! The longest I can sit in a car is like 12 hours...that was this summer when Matt & I drove to Florida & I only did it because I knew at the end of the trip, I'd be like 2 feet from the beach!
I'm very excited to find out what else the New Year has in store!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
- a Dyson Vacuum
- a new washer & dryer (that can do 16 pairs of jeans in one load)
- a laptop
I know I won't get a vacuum because the one I want is like $500...yes, for a freaking vacuum. However, when the day comes that I do get one, I will wear an evening gown & my pearls for the occasion!
And, I also know I won't get my washer & dryer because the one we have now works just fine. Plus, I don't think my husband will shell out $700 bucks for something only I will use. (Did you pick up on that? I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES LAUNDRY IN THIS HOUSE!!)
If I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on the new laptop! I've only been asking for one for like 3 years now. Plus, I think my husband's tried of sharing our desktop computer with me. Every night after dinner, it's a race to see who can get here first. SINCE I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO CLEANS UP AFTER DINNER, HE USUALLY WINS!! (Hmmm...I'm thinking of switching to paper products...no more clean up!)
But, probably the main reason why I think I'll get a laptop is because one of my Top 3 goals in my life is to write a book (or 2 or 3). Writing is something that I've done since I was little kid...even today, my job requires me to write. My husband totally supports me & I think he'll do whatever he can to help me make it happen. Once I get a laptop, I'm giving myself 1 year to write my book (getting it published, however, is another story...ha, get it? another story!...okay, okay...I'm done!).
I guess I'll have to wait until December 25th!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Yes, that's right...you heard me. In her 2 years of life, we've taken Maisy to the veternarian's office half a dozen times to get antibiotics, a shot or a medicated bath. Twice...we've been sent home with a bottle of medicaited shampoo & instructed to bathe her with the special shampoo once a week.
Last night, she was sleeping on my lap & I noticed she was snoring a little louder than normal. She sounded congested. I didn't think much of it because she always seems to be a "little congested". But, when she woke up, I noticed little drool spots on my pants. I knew something was up because she doesn't drool...ever. Her nose was also wet & the whites of her eyes were red, like they were irritated. For the next half hour or so, she left little drool puddles wherever she went. Matt told me she was probably stopped up & was breathing through her mouth, which was causing her to drool.
I got concerned & called the "After Hours" clinic to ask the doctor if I could give her 1/2 of an adult Benedryl (that's what we used to give her when she was a puppy). Of course, the receptionist said "Well, we can't really tell you what to do, unless you bring her in for the doctor to examine her." So, basically, he wanted me to pay $200 just so the doctor could tell me to give her 1/2 an adult Benedryl. If she was having trouble breathing, I wouldn't have thought twice about taking her to the clinic. But, because she seemed to be okay, we decided to watch her, to make sure she didn't get worse.
I called her normal doctor this afternoon & she told me to go ahead & give her the Benedryl...but, get this...she said because Maisy weighs 35 pounds, 1/2 a pill wouldn't work. She said I needed to give her 1 & 1/2 pills!! I think that's her doctor's way of telling me that my dog is fat! (That's a whole post on its own!)
When I got home, I gave her the medicine (wrapped in cheese, nonetheless) & about an hour later, she was back to normal...driving us crazy!
But, I guess I wouldn't have it any other way!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The Hogs beat the Tenneessee Volunteers by a score of 31-14, Saturday night in Fayetteville.
We're a step closer to the SEC Championship in Atlanta & we have a sweet chance of playing in a top bowl game!
Friday, November 10, 2006
Okay, okay...we really only buy the shirts. I don't think the pants would fit us.
The main advantage: It's cheaper than Big Gap...that's for sure!
We're just 24 hours away from kickoff at Razorback Stadium...when the Hogs take on the Tenneessee Volunteers!
The Hogs are hoping to stay undefeated in Southeastern Conference play.
Right now, we're 8-1 overall & 5-0 in the SEC. We're ranked 11th in the polls.
Here's hoping we keep the winning streak alive!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Here's a link: http://www.usmagazine.com/reese_files_for_divorce_0
Supposedly, he was having an affair & really didn't try to hide it!
I feel like I know these people...even though I don't...but, nonetheless, I feel like I should send them a "Sorry you're getting divorced" card!
P.S. My friend, Pete, is convinced Reese is divorcing Ryan is so she can be with him. Good luck with that one!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
And, when you're towing a car on the Interstate I take to work...which is a main thoroughfare for 18-wheelers & big rigs...it's very hard to get over in the other lane without causing a wreck.
Do you know why?
Because I have to slow down to 30 or 40 MPH to avoid hitting you & I have to make sure I have enough time to get over in the other lane & speed up to a "normal" speed without causing someone else to rear-end me....like an 18-wheeler.
You're not the only driver I've seen towing cars on the Interstate. I understand if that's the only way you can get to where you're going, but if you can use back roads, please do...for my safety, your safety & the other drivers around us.
However, as our family grows, so too, does the cost of Christmas. While my sister & I were driving back from Texas this weekend, I made a "rough draft" list of who I needed to buy for. I think this year, the list is up to 24 or 25. I usually budget certain amounts for each person. This year, the total budget is about $600 dollars...that's not including the amount of money Matt & I will spend on each other. I usually don't hold back when it comes to Matt...I have been known to spend $200 or more on him alone. He's so good to me throughout the year, that it's the least I can do (yeah, yeah, most of you are sticking your finger down your throat, imitating puking noises).
But, come on, spending $600 + for Christmas is CRAZY! Then when you add in stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, bows & gift tags...it could get close to $800!
Even though that's a lot of money, it's worth it, when I get to see my 4 year old nephew's face when he opens the "Cars" DVD!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I've been wanting a Sizzix for almost a year now, but they're like $150 + just for the machine. The Alphabets are $100+...then you have to buy all the die cuts separately. (Scrapbooking is NOT a cheap hobby!) I felt bad about spending this much money on something I'm going to be the only one to use, when the money could go towards a new TV & entertainment center that my husband & I could both enjoy.
But, after learning that the Sizzix website has "special offers" every Tuesday, my husband suggested that I log on & see what I could find. Of course, I took his suggestion to heart, logged on & found a package deal that included the Sizzix, the Sizzix converter & several cool die-cuts for the low price of $85! It was an offer I couldn't pass up...and my husband agreed! I placed my order & 10 days later...my beautiful new Sizzix was delivered to my house.
I'll be asking for the Alphabets for Christmas!
Now...if I can only get my husband to buy me a Dyson vacuum cleaner...
Friday, November 03, 2006
My other favorite shows (in random order):
- Real World
- Days of Our Lives
- Dr. 90210
- Friday Night Lights
- What Not To Wear
What do you guys like? Feel free to comment!
In my first post, I mentioned our dog, Maisy. Here's a picture of her with all the pillows from our bed. She has a "love-hate" relationship with pillows. Some days, she likes to cuddle with them...other days, she'll lay down in the middle of them & bark & kick each one of the bed / couch / wherever!
We got Maisy about 2 years ago from a breeder, near our house. When we arrived to pick out our puppy, Maisy & another little girl puppy were the only ones left. I told Matt to pick which one he wanted...and he picked Maisy because she seemed quiet. Ha! Little did we know, she'd never be quiet again! This dog barks all the time! But, after 2 years, we're used to it.
She's got quite the personality! When she finishes her food & wants some more, she'll push her bowl around with her nose & hit it up against our china cabinent to let us know! Same goes with her water bowl. She also loves to get under the covers of our bed & sleep! And, she loves to pull out the rubber band that's usually holding my hair in a ponytail.
Some day soon, I'll write about our adventure to the Dog Park! That's a story!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
- I am 28 years old, married for 4 and a half years. I am a news producer for the local NBC affiliate in my hometown. My job is very stressful...I'm sure you'll learn lots about it through this blog...but, I love it! And, my husband is the chief photographer at the same station, so we get to work together everyday. Some people don't understand how we can be married & work together...but, for us, it works. I wouldn't have it any other way.
- My husband & I have a very loud, but too sweet, Beagle named Maisy. She's 2 years old...an adult in the dog world, but still very much, my little baby! She makes our life interesting!
- As far as children, let's just say we're working on it!