Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Totally Random Wednesday

Made it! Finally!

1. How lame have I been lately with the scrapping? Here's one from last week:

2. No, that's not me. Note the skinniness. That is my little sister.

3. Why cannot I not take a decent photo of a scrapbook layout lately? I was really good at it for a while, but no more!

4. I am ridiculously tired lately. What is my issue? Cutting back on the caffiene totally sucks.

5. Monday night I made roasted sweet potatoes. Oh, my goodness. So delicious. Just chunk 'em up, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Takes about 25 minutes on 450.

6. It is way too cold for March. I do not want to wake up on March 18th to 37-degree weather. Where are you, spring?

7. My house is a disaster area right now. I totally do not have the "spring cleaning" bug that some people get. There is a pile of folded clothes at least 3 feet wide by 1 foot tall on my dresser that need to be put away. I started added to that pile at least a week ago. Maybe I should tackle that tonight. We'll see.

8. My office ordered pizza for lunch. I had vegetable pizza. Is that acceptable on the slim-fast diet? If not, it should be. It was awesome.

9. I want to go to bed early tonight, but I also want to watch CSI:NY. It's a toss-up.

10. The Mario Kart game will be on my doorstep tonight! I am WAY too excited about this. It's kind of embarrassing. However, my husband was definitely way more excited about Rock Band, so we're cool.

11. I really hate talking on the phone. I am way too easily distracted. Too bad that I am on the phone for maybe 3 hours a day with my job. I would much prefer to meet with someone face-to-face.

12. On the other hand, I am always super nervous about meeting new people. Weird.

13. I definitely am going to edit photos of layouts tonight and post them somewhere. Probably. Maybe.

14. Goals for my house for this week/rest of March: Put china in china closet, not just in box on the floor. Organize top shelf of closet with piles of clothes to donate/sell. Clean scrap room. Dust.

15. Food for thought: Why is it that I'm never low on gas until I'm in a hurry and don't have time to stop?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Sunday, I stopped doing something that I have done everyday for over eight years.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Goal Update

Today is the 72nd day of 2009. It's also Friday the 13th. And payday. And the day I get my bonus.

Which means it's as good a time as any to update you on my 2009 goals.

Blogging - Most weeks, I've blogged about SOMETHING at least four times a week. Not too shabby. I though about making my blogging more regular, i.e. scrapping on Monday, story on Tuesday, etc., but I really would rather write (or not write) about what I want when I want.

Take more pictures - Average, maybe. I definitely think I'll be more inspired to take some pictures now that it's slightly warm out.

Creativity - I think I've been stretching myself more with the scrapbooking. I feel like I've finally found a style that I really like. I've also ventured into digital scrapbooking a few times, and I'm starting to get more comfortable with that.

Get Fit - I feel good, but I look and weigh the same. I've been doing SlimFast for the past two weeks, just to switch it up a little. I'm going to wait until the end of next week to evaluate how well that has worked. I'm also really trying to focus on eating lots of veggies. Just generally trying to make healthy choices. I have cut down on my caffeine (haven't had a cup of coffee in over a week) and my soda intake. Took some getting used to, but I'm starting to feel normal again.

My Word - "Savor" - I like to think that I am savoring the moments so far. Phillip & I have some pretty serious stuff happening in our extending families right now with our respective fathers, and I am trying to savor every bit of happiness with him that I can. If I choose to lounge on the couch with my husband instead of doing laundry, the world is not going to end!

How's your year so far?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Totally Random Wednesday/Thursday

I swear, I totally thought it was Wednesday today. This "trying to do something on a specific day" sort of blows my mind. I think I'll try it through March to see if I can ever get it right. I love that it makes it sound like I PLANNED to be random, although in reality I just don't have one single topic that is interesting enough for an entire post.

1. My three uncles came over last night to work on our shed. I picked up pizza and hot wings. I love pizza from the little hole-in-the-wall places. No Domino's for us. Or Pizza Hut (gag!).

2. I had a slice of cold pizza for breakfast.

3. I have a dentist appointment today. Phillip had one on Tuesday, and as it turns out, our regular dentist is out of the office for hip surgery. I am SO uncomfortable with going to a different guy. I'll let you know how this works out.

4. I ordered THIS. I remember playing Mario Kart on N64 with my older cousin when I was maybe 12. So much fun. This weekend I was babysitting for my little cousin and I played it on her DS while she rocked out to "Eye of the Tiger" on Rock Band. I NEVER had video games as a kid, so this is so much fun for me. Should be here next week.

5. I wanted to watch CSI:NY so badly last night, and I totally fell asleep halfway through.

6. I found out that I can't attend my middle sister's graduation from college because I'll be in North Carolina for a business trip. I'm so disappointed. Haven't told her yet. At least she's going to grad school, so I have another chance.

7. It really bothers me when someone doesn't use their turn signal. So irritating.

8. I haven't washed my car in at least 5 months. Maybe I should do that after the dentist today.

9. Recipe for Mexican Greatness Soup -

1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, diced finely
1 can beef broth
1 can corn (I used frozen)
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can great northern beans (drained)
1 can refried beans
2 cans diced tomatoes
Package of taco seasoning
Package of ranch seasoning (like for dips)

Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low 6-8 hours OR simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes. Yum.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


We call it the Trifecta.

All three of us (me & my sisters) have led our senior-year cheerleading team to a State Championship.  So cool.

Sunday, our state held the championship competition.  My littlest sister placed second with her all-star team, and first with the school team!  It was so awesome to watch her and know that she followed in both our footsteps. 

I can remember when she used to participate in the youth clinics we held when I was a high school cheerleader.  She was always super enthusiastic.

She joined the middle school squad during my freshman year of college.  I actually drove three hours round trip, three days a week, to coach that squad for two years.  My other sister took over after I left.

I'm so proud.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Pretty awesome day so far.

I had my evaluation with my boss, and got a great review. Nice raise + bonus.

I'm very excited; heck, I'm excited that I HAVE a job. Today's meeting was just the icing on the cake.

(Funny story, our accounting department changed our salaries on our online files too early, so everyone knew by yesterday if they were getting raises and how much. It definitely made the evaluation a little less nerve-wracking for me. :) I didn't know about the bonus though, great surprise.)

Hope you're all having a super Friday as well.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Totally Random Wednesday.

Yes, it's Thursday. I know. But I had a snow day on Monday. And this makes total sense to me.

1. Two days ago I found a full carton of eggs in my freezer. I just know I had to be the one who put them there, but why? What was I thinking? "Ooh, frozen eggs, my favorite!"??

2. This morning I took the curve on my driveway a little bit too fast and skidded into the lovely pile of snow my husband had plowed. Yes, my little Camry got quite the workout this morning.

3. I have not been to Curves all week, and have decided that I'm really too lazy to go today as well.

4. We made Taco Soup last week (WW recipe from a co-worker). Very tasty. Phillip says, "Taco Soup is a stupid name. We should call it Mexican Greatness Soup." So we do.

5. Phillip is escorting my little sister in her high school's "Ms. Irresistable" Contest on Friday night. It's pretty much hilarious. They each have to dress up as a "woman in history." She chose Sarah Palin. Should be interesting, to say the least.

6. My newest Creating Keepsakes came yesterday. I've already read it cover to cover. Very good. I love the changes they've made for this year.

7. My skin is so dry from the cold weather that it is literally flaking off my forehead. Gross.

Have a great Wednesday/Thursday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fun in the Snow

Just wanted to share some quick pics from our snow day on Monday:

Here I am, dressed up like Ralphie's little brother in The Christmas Story.  See my nose?

Phillip playing with Jack & Leia.

Jack (center) loves the snow.  Leia?  Not so much.

Here I am, wondering yet again why the dogs NEVER listen to me.

Another pic of Jack.  He had so much fun.

If you had snow this weekend, I hope you got to enjoy your snow day, too!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Snow Day, Anyone?

Unless you live in a hole (or maybe on the west coast), you've probably heard about the storm that hit the Eastern seaboard this weekend. You know, the one that dropped 6-12" of snow? The most snow we've had in a single storm since the "Super Storm of '93"?

Yes, that's what the weatherman called it. And I remember that storm (I was 9), and it was AWESOME!!!

Anyway, my office was closed yesterday. I spent all day lying on the couch with my husband and playing in the snow with the dogs.

Oh, so hilarious. These dogs have basically never seen snow before (at least not like this!) They were SO confused. Keep in mind, they are beagles. At their highest point, they are maybe 10 inches tall. Some of the drifts were well over two feet. See where I'm going with this?

I laughed so hard.

I do have pictures, but as I was SO super busy yesterday, I have yet to put them on my computer. Will do so tomorrow.