Monday, November 14, 2011
I have a big announcement
Today I helped launch a collaborative blog with 12 other women. All of us met, while we were planning our weddings. We've kept close ever since, and decided that we want to open our lives up to you all. We've spent a while plotting and planning for this blog, so certainly go check it out. It's been a big labor of love for me because it allows me to use my degree! I've missed doing design work, so this will be a nice outlet for me. I'll still keep posting here though. With 12 other people, I won't necessarily post every day, so that will allow plenty of time for me to keep up here.
So give the link a click and check us out. This week is dedicated to allowing you get to know us!
Have a good Monday!
Monday, November 7, 2011
There are lots of scent to choose from. I do love Vanilla Bean Noel from B&BW, or the smell of pretty much anything baking. But I think the smell I love the most and am most thankful for is my husbands smell. He spends nights away from home and the thing I love more than anything is when he comes homes after being away for a night or two and he gives me a big bear hug. That hug and the way he smells makes me so happy and loved.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Just like yesterday, I don't think there is one single pair of shoes I'm thankful for. Well maybe super comfortable ones on those long days of walking. But in general I'm thankful I have any shoes at all, let alone have a choice of what shoes I wear on any given day. I think it's something a lot of people in first world countries take for granted. Many people in third world countries don't have shoes. I know there are many organizations that help by donating money to foundations that help provide shoes to those people throughout the world that are in need of shoes.
So maybe I'm most thankful for those organizations that provide those shoes so that other people may be thankful for their one pair of shoes.
Deep thoughts these last couple of days. :)
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Day 4- A Snack
Popcorn. I can't say that it is my favorite snack of all time. There are certainly other snacks I enjoy. But popcorn is one of those comfort snacks. We have a Whirley Pop so we pop our popcorn on the stovetop. There is nothing better than a fresh hot bowl of popcorn to munch on while watching a good movie. And it is just really amazing how something you can eat off a cobb in a totally different way tastes so different when cooked a different way.
Day 5- A Place
I'm having a hard time with this one. There are a lot of places that I am really enjoy visiting or being at. There's the coffee house where my husband and I had our first date. There's our parents' homes where family gets together for holidays to celebrate. There's the park where we take our dog every week for walks. There's places we have gone on vacation that will always hold special places in my heart. So I guess I don't have one place that I am thankful for, but many, and for that I am thankful.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I'm a little behind so I'll use today to catch up and then continue on.
Day 1: A person
I know it's going to be a little cliche, but I am most thankful for my husband. He is an amazing gift in my life. He supports me, he listens to me, he makes me laugh. If you've ever met him you know he is a wonderful man. We just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and actually the day this was supposed to start (Nov. 1st) was our 8th dating anniversary so I think it's quite appropriate that this what I am thankful for on this day.
Day 2: An animal
I only have one special non human in my life. His name is Baxter and I couldn't imagine my life without him now. We adopted him in Jan of 2008 just after we moved down to PA away from our friends and family. He has a lot of energy, but a lot of love to go along with that. Neither of us had had a dog before (well my husband when he was under 3yrs old) so this was completely new. We had to learn how to train him, and how to train ourselves. It wasn't easy, but it was very rewarding. I know that he has helped to prepare us to eventually become parents some day.
Day 3: A cozy place in my home
Well because the home I live in is not really "my" home, but belongs to my parents, I do have a hard time getting to the really cozy state in many places. I think really the only place is in our bed. The bed is the one large thing that my husband and I brought into my parents home that is officially ours. We purchased that bed when we moved in together to our first apartment. It is very cozy, and especially in the evenings before we fall asleep when we are all snuggled together, it is the greatest feeling in the world.
Ok I will do my best to post every day. And maybe I'll even add some pictures if i get the chance. But I will make every effort to post daily. Be sure to check out Lindsay's blog and also and who are also participating.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I finally ordered and received my new P&S camera. I LOVE it. I did a lot of research, Mostly on Consumer Reports, but some other reading of consumer reviews as well on Amazon and other sites. I finally ended up pulling the trigger and buying the Panasonic FH20 in black. I am loving the camera so far. The zoom is amazing, and I happy so far with the flash and the stabilization. I haven't had too many opportunities to use it since it arrived. The camera is compact and perfect for sticking in a pocket or purse to bring along. It is a little heavier than some I have seen, but it is all metal exterior which is a nice feature.
My wonderful husband arranged a horse drawn sleigh ride for us as part of my Christmas gifts. We didn't go until the first weekend in Feb. due to scheduling conflicts and weather. But it didn't disappoint. It only lasted about a half hour, but it was such a different experience. My only complaint was that the park the ride was in was too familiar to me (we go to this section of the part about once a week, during the summer, much more). I wish that there was somewhere else local that we could take the ride that I would be more into the scenery more as it would be new.
We also went out to a wonderful dinner that we called our annichristine's dinner celebration. We had originally bought a certificate from Restaurants.com to use for our Anniversary in Oct. But, with the holidays and my husband's class schedule at the end of the semester we never used it. So, we thought it was a great night to use it. We went to The Grill at the Strathallen. It was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend it for a nice night out.
I think that's all for now. I'll make a separate post for my bakathon for Valentines Day.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I think part of the reason I have problems is that I have trouble finding things to blog about. But I think I will start blogging more about everyday things and stop trying to come up with specific things to blog about. At least to get me started into the habit of blogging.
Not much has happened this year. Nothing exciting at least. Both my husband and I continue our quest to find permanent jobs with benefits. We are both employed as "temporary" employees or as "contract". Which is great, it brings in money to pay bills, but still doesn't provide us any decent benefits, nor quite enough money for us to move out of my parents house. Hopefully this year brings a permanent job to at least one of us, if not both.
I plan on buying a new point and shoot camera this month or next using Christmas money we received. It was something that we both want and need, and I've found what I think will be a great camera at a very good price. I hope to start getting back into my photography and posting more pictures here. I am going to shoot for at least a photo a week one I get the camera.
I don't really "do" New Years Resolutions as I really have a hard time keeping them. But I do like to set out a few goals that I would love to reach this year.
- I would like at least one of us to get a permanent job.
- I would like to try to blog more often. Once a week would be great, but I'll even settle for once a month.
- I would like to do more in the evenings. By this I mean try to accomplish something more than sitting watching TV and absentmindedly surfing the net. I would love to do more sewing projects, finish that darn afghan for my cousin's wedding (I would love to have this done by the time her baby arrives in April), get more into my photography, take the dog for more walks at night ect. I know this isn't easy since most nights I don't get home until 8pm, but some nights at least I need to devote to doing something to help me feel more accomplished.
- Save up money for something fun. Even if it is something not very expensive. I would like to save money for something that isn't needed. It's very hard for me to do this since we still have debt to pay off, but I think in order to feel happy sometimes you need to do this.
- Go on vacation, even if it is only for a weekend. Since we live with my parents, there is always someone else home. It would be nice to have a weekend of just us.
- Get on a gym routine. I had been doing great when I got out of work at a normal hour. But now not getting out until 7:30, the evenings are kinda shot for gym time. I need to get up early and get to the gym. I had been doing great with my weight loss, and am still doing great with eating well, but without the gym, it's very very slow going. I would like to be back to under 150 by the end of the summer (that's 15lbs from where I am currently). It would be even better if I could get back around 135 where I was through High School and most of college.
I really hope this blog can serve as an outlet for me. I was never good at keeping a diary or journal as a kid, unless I was forced to do so. But it think even if I can get an entry every couple weeks, even if it's short. That will be great to hold me more accountable and hopefully help me feel more accomplished.
Hopefully 2011 will be a great year for me!