Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Gonna have to brag on my latest find. Bought these sweet little Ipod speakers at target. The best part about them is that they're portable and come with a case. Perfect for the bathroom in the morning, then pack 'em up and use them for my office.
and for all you Real Housewives of New York fans: What is up with that new girl, Kelly? I can't stand her. I swear, if someone talked to me the way she does to Bethany, I'ld go nuts. If someone kept telling me to stop talking, I'm afraid I'ld really have to hold down ms. right had because she would really want to slap the fire out of her!! AND someone needs to tell her that had she avoided the tanning beds and the sun for all those years, she would be ravishing. Too bad she looks like an old leather couch. SO all you girls out there who tan regularly, yeh you, QUIT. Just isn't worth it. And you know what's sad?? I know some girls MY AGE who already are leathery...and yall all know who you are!!!
Spent ALL day yesterday getting ready for another lockup in Thomasville, GA (which happens to have the CUTEST downtown shopping area!!!).
And by ALL day I mean:
8-4 Work...running around crazy getting everything together, making 75 phone calls, packing cars, etc.
5-7 picking up donations in Thomasville
7-9 Dinner at a HORRIBLE and Expensive restaurant (had a near death experience...apparantly I'm super sensistive to Balsamic Vinegar and my throat closed ... couldn't breath...pretty neat)
9-10 Work on transportation
10-11:30 Setting up
12-2 stayed up talking with LA about work
we got up at 6 am and went NON STOP until just now.
The good news is we had a BLOWOUT lockup!!! I'm talking like $10,000 more than our goal. I'm talking give me the chills because we worked SOOO SOO SOO hard on this.
So when everything was loaded in the car, LA and I trucked it back to Tallahassee and treated ourselves to some shopping.
Bought a super cute navy dress. Will post pictures later.
And now, I'm just waiting on Ry to finish basketball so we can go to dinner. Speaking of Ryan...he was a great bf today. Im going to have to brag on him. He helped me with transportation all day had a great attitude about it. He got kind of an idea of what I do at these things and sees now that I'm not overexaggerating when I talk about how stressful these events get. At one point, he walked in with a stressed out look to him (which Ive never seen before on him). He said, ok I get it now. YEP.
So I'm running on adrenaline right now. Sitting on the couch next to Madison, soaking up all these good feelings!!
Next stop: Tallahassee Firefighters boot drive!!
OK OK OK....none of yall care about this. BUT this is huge for our office. We were down for a while and we are FINALLY pulling ourselves out of this hole we've been clawing our way out of.
Next time, i'll make it light and post my comments on The Real Housewives of New York or something like that!!
Monday, April 27, 2009
We had a fun weekend. Ended up not going to the beach and staying here. Had friends over for a pool day and grilled out.
Yesterday, after church, Ryan and I took Madison to the dog park (the gym was closed for his Sunday basketball ritual). Maddie had so much fun playing with the other dogs. After a while, she had had it. She was over it, so we took a walk around the park. There are a bunch of trails in the woods that really reminded me of Auburn for some reason. I used to take Madison on walks in Auburn all the time and there was one park that has trails that she LOVES!! Made me get a bit nostalgic.
Speaking of nostalgic. Believe it or not, I'm missing the lake. You would think I have it made down here in Florida. And while the beach is NICE...I miss the lake. Ryan was talking with some friends about doing a Triathalon July 4 in Marianna, FL and I said..."VETOED!!!" I had to put my foot down on this one. Fourth of July has always been spent at the lake ever since I can remember. I HAVE to be on the water for this holiday. Its a requirement. SO hopefully, I can get a free weekend sometime soon and we can go up there. Yeh right, I'm getting into a loooooong stretch where I don't have a full weekend to spare.
Got a SUPER busy week coming up. LOTS AND LOTS to do!!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
well worth your time!!
No, this is not a political commentary. I think he's ridiculous and full of empty promises (like every other politician) and I don't see any "CHANGE" but us sitting in this slump we're in. Thats another post...that wont ever happen. I hate politics.
I love this dog!!! How precious is Bo?? I'm guessing a labradoodle. And if the mix of those two breeds wasn't enough...look at his white chest and paws. I'm DYING... I want one!!! May 23 is only a month away for those of you looking for birthday gifts for me!! :)
In other news...work has been dealing with a lot of these this week:
Yeh right. Add on about 20 years and 60 lbs and thats the group of firefighters I've been dealing with. We're kicking off our Fill the Boot season aka my summer. And we're starting off with our biggest campaign here in Tallahassee.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We got back Sunday afternoon and now I'm just trying to play catch up with cleaning and all that fun stuff you gotta do when coming back from being out of town.
We're going back to the beach this weekend with some friends and staying at their condo and I am pretty pumped to be in Destin and RELAX!!! The past several times we've gone down there, we've had agendas and no spare time to put our toes in the sand. Although, Ryan could care less about the beach...I guess that's what happens when you grow up there!
Nothing else going on around here besides the normal daily life. Work work work!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I'm winding down the work week and packing my bags to head to this Heaven on Earth spot....
Yep...going to the beach...again! Guess its one of the perks of living in Florida. You can just jump in the car Friday after work and get to the beach in time for dinner. Be jealous!
I actually won't see much of the beach this time. We're all heading down to Destin because Ryan's mom has been organizing a 5k for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The race is early tomorrow morning so we're all heading out to support that. She has worked really hard on it and has enlisted me to help run it tomorrow. I do this for a living after all!!
AND...This morning Ryan informed me that their friends who are coming with us went yesterday to look at a few guys like this...
and probably came back with one. Baby Wyatts!!!!!!! I cannot even begin to explain how jealous I am! Heidi and Jamey have a Viszla (Wyatt) and I am completely obsessed with the guy. I really want one of my own! BUT they are super pricey...totally worth the big bucks in my opinion!
Hopefully they came back with one and I can play with it this weekend. OF COURSE there will be tons of pictures on the way!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Does anybody else watch this show? The Real Housewives of New York. There's something about this show (both Orange County and New York) that just mesmerizes me. I dont know what it is, but I like it.
Thanks to a friend, I am usually reminded weekly to turn this on and I'm not gonna lie...I'll stay up late to watch it!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Procrastination is my middle name...perhaps the reason why it took me such a long time to graduate college.
Saturday afternoon, we headed over to Heidi and Jamey's for some Nelson family time. Ryan's parents got in around 2 and we sat around and talked (rarity with them...its always GO GO GO!!) for a while. Then Heidi and her mom went off for some mother/daughter shopping time and I opted to stay with the boys...aka work on the laptop while they played pool.
Turns out, the Nelsons are big Easter people. Heidi and her mom really get into Easter...REALLY. They were so sweet and got us all gifts, including the dogs. I got a fun tote bag and beach towel (soon to be used at the pool I'm sure), and Ryan got a 30 day pass to a local pool facility for him to work on his swimming for his tri's.
The fun part about it was how it was all so secretive. I guess it was fun because my family has never done presents for Easter. My mom has always felt strongly that Easter is about one thing and one thing only. So we've always gotten candy and nothing else. I can't help but think I'll be the same way when I have kids one day. Its so easy to forget what the REAL reason is that we celebrate Easter. Its not about the new dress or the big meal. Its about the ULTIMATE sacrifice Christ made so that each of us can spend eternity with Him.
But all that aside, the gift was fun and totally unexpected!! Then, Jamey's family came over for a big Easter lunch. And when I say big, I mean it. I mean 13 lbs of boston butt cooked in the smoker, 5 sides, 3 appetizers and drinks...lots and lots of them! **Apparantly I missed the memo that there is a Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka. Yall, I'm a sweet tea connoseur (sp??), and I'm not going to lie... I liked it...A LOT!
Anyway, the day was fun. Fun and tiring. I slept VERY well Sunday night!
Yesterday, I returned to another busy week at work. I swear, they just go by faster and faster each week! We had an event at the capital on the 22nd floor which was pretty neat...got to see all of Tallahassee. Not gonna lie, its quite the pretty town that high up in the air!!
And then after that, I trekked it over to Publix to do a big round of grocery shopping. I am so proud to announce that I bought food for MEALS! This is some major progress for me. Of course the one time I pick to buy a whole cart full of groceries is when the bottom has fallen out and its raining cats and dogs...seriously! (Monsooning...DECK!) Fortunately, I had a hungry helper waiting at the house for me who was generous enough to get soaked to bring in the food. And the best part was...I walked in to see...get this... Dinner COOKED on the table and waiting on me. Now THATS what I'm talking about!
Got a new haircut, registered for an awesome AVEDA raffle worth $2500 and helped out the environment while doing it. AHHHHH its been a good day.
Now to those stupid taxes..........
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Just under the covers without all the pillows...
Last night, Ryan and I had our own little barbeque. I have been raving about the Hotdogs in Aruba ever since I got back (** yes I said hotdogs and yes they were delicious). So, last night when Ry suggested we grill hotdogs, I quickly agreed. Nothing says springtime like whipping out the old grill!!
After dinner, we watched one of my ultimate favorite movies, Something's Gotta Give. I don't know what it is about that movie, but I love it more every time I watch it...and I've watched it ALOT!
Every time we watch that movie, I always remind Ryan how much I love that house. It is practically my dream!!
And for those of you who for some odd reason haven't seen the movie, which go rent it NOW, here are some pictures of the set design.
Ok, so I wouldn't pick that rug, but I'ld like to say that if I were to have a house this nice, I would decorate it VERY similarly to this. I like how clean and inviting this living room feels.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
HAHA Just kidding, but hey a girl can dream right??
So I REALLY miss my little Lexington. I let her stay with my parents from numerous reasons. One, she turned in to my mom's dog when I moved home. She got to where she stayed with Mom, ALL the time. She didn't really want much to do with me. Second, Mom took that and ran with it. For example, she now wears diapers. I really cant have a dog wearing diapers. Don't get me wrong. I've always put sweaters on my dogs, but diapers...NO. Lexie will stay there. I thought my mom was going to have to go to therapy when I took Madison back with me. I just couldn't do that to her. BUT...Madison is bored and lonely. The poor little girl stay home alone a lot and she needs a playmate. So I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a little yorkie pupster!!
And since I have to be realistic, I'll throw the rest of these in here for good measure. I REALLY want Photoshop. I cannot explain how much I hope to unwrap this!
I sit at my desk everyday and the only thing that helps pass the time is listening to the radio. But lets be honest, the radio is terrible! I really want to have Ipod speakers to listen to what I want!
I will have to admit, ever since I've stumble across the Pioneer Woman's blog, I have found myself saying, "hmm what do I cook for dinner tonight?" You know, it used to be something more like, "hmm am I eating dinner tonight?" And if I said yes, it was "what type of cereal will it be?" I can't even explain how many times Ryan has lectured me about my "terrible eating habits." So you can imagine how happy he is that I'm FINALLY getting in the kitchen, cooking AND eating!
So why do I love this blog so much??
Glad you asked!! Because this woman has dumbed down cooking to the point that even I get it. And yall, that is saying something. I can go to the grocery store and say to myself, "ok this time, you're gonna get it right. THIS time you're going to fill your cart with food that will make MEALS not pantry fillers." And every time I walk out with the following: reduced fat wheat thins, cereal, crystal light, milk, cereal, bananas, pork chops, chicken and maybe some green beans. I'm dead serious. Its been a problem for YEARS. Ask all of my previous roomates!!
So when a genious does something like this:
Oh my gosh, I LOVE it!! I'm such a visual learner. I have to experience things to learn. I can look at this picture, go to Publix and come back with ingredients for a meal. I'm not gonna lie... I like that she has a website for cooking idiots like me. Someone had to do it. And quite frankly, I'm embrassing my ignorance. She makes me feel like its not just me that doesnt know how to cook. She even takes it to the extreme of showing each step like filling the pot with water. AND there's a picture with each step. IM LOVING IT! And for all you gripers out there, you can just print the recipes if you're a snob and are too good for picture recipes. Me personally...I like it!
And I'll tell you something else I think I'll like...
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
me: did you watch the hills last night
Sara: yeah it sucks now that ihave watched the city
me: uh i never watched iti so think heidi and spencer are a totla scam
Sara: yeah i agreeit was way too planned
me: and what is her hair? serisouly
Sara: you can tell that they get their hair and makeup done everydayand what was with stephanie's face!lip injections?
me: she looks like she had an allergic reaction
Sara: it was strange
I'll be glued to the tv every monday night now...thanks MTV!
On another note, I've stumbled across a gold mine...a blog that is! All you girlfriends and housewives out there with hungry boys to feed, check this out.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Just another crazy Monday...lots to do, not enough time! For a while there, I thought my place had been designated the official Championship Game viewing spot. So, while at work, I was making mental lists of things that needed to be done BEFORE 7pm. Yeh right. Fortunately, I've kept it clean from having friends over for dinner Friday night. Its the same group tonight, so its not like I could have them over with it spotless and three days later let them walk into a zoo (literally...Madison has ALL her stuffed animals out right now and if you've ever seen these, you know she's spoiled!). Well LONG story short, we aren't coming here (THANK GOODNESS!) so I actually get to enjoy my time after work today. Ryan's at Monday night triathalon training and I just made myself a VERY delicious dinner. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I HATE recipes. I'm way to ADD to follow them. I like throwing together a dish and the more I get in the kitchen, the more I'm starting to like the process of cooking. Tonight I made a pasta dish with grilled chicken, garlic and....CAPERS!!!
Yall, its a love affair! I cannot get enough of these gross looking things! I had chicken piccata at Crockmiers a few months ago and ever since then, I eat them as much as possible. I'm sure they're terrible for me, but I could care less. They are delicious!
See, I told you this would be random.
Just hold tight because I have a lot more!
Who's this you ask? OH just a little band I've loved for years and years called Rascal Flatts. Why am I blogging about them? Ummm probably because I've been waiting on them to put out a new cd for FOREVER. And tomorrow their new album drops. Cannot explain how thrilled I am. For anyone who has to ride in my car the next 2 months, sorry, this will be blasting AT ALL TIMES!
And last night, we had homemade fajitas...none of that prepackaged fajita meat for these kids. We sauteed onions, mushrooms, bell peppers (red and green) and fajita meat. And I was feeling super domesticated then whipped up a batch of guacamole. I LOVE this stuff. I could eat it every day, but I guess I shouldn't...its quite unhealthy!
I REALLY wish I could wear something like this to work in. I live for comfort these days. I used to get decked out and dress up for work. HAHA not now!!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
What is your salad dressing of choice? I'ld probaby say Ranch, but I am a sucker for Raspberry Vinagrettes
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?Amsterdam's Cafe in Auburn, AL , Sinclaires in Montgomery, AL and Kool Beans in Tallahassee, FL
What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of? Chickfila ... I'm the office joke. I get a number 1 combo at least 3 times a week. Number one, Diet DrPepper, Mayo Ketchup and Honey Roasted BBQ sauce. Don't worry though, its ALL I eat the whole day...healthy lifestyle I know!
What are your pizza toppings of choice? I'm a pepperoni and black olives lover!
*******Technology********How many TV sets are in your house? Two. One in the living room...my 32" plasma and then the old faithful in my bedroom. I'm not really sure why I have either because I NEVER use either. Ryan keeps them on ESPN constantly...hmmm maybe I should have the cable transferred to his name!
Are you right-handed or left-handed?Right-handed
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Yes, I had a cancerous spot removed when I was in tenth grade. It left a scar that I've always been self conscious of because it makes me look like I've had implants...and I have NOT!
What is the last heavy item you lifted? That would probably be the grill that Ryan brought over and we had to take it up a flight of stairs. I was in a dress and heels...go figure!
Have you ever been knocked unconscious?Yes, this fall I was super sick and passed out in the bathroom, not fun!
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?I'ld like to say no because the quality of my last hours would be horrible...filled with tears! But in reality I'ld say yes because there are so many people I love who I would want to tell them one last time!
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Negative Ghostwriter!
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? One, I need to invest in some cute flat sandals. Any suggestions? I'm on a budget, remember!
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Can't share that info!!
Last person you talked to?Ryan
Last person you hugged?Ryan...I can't get enough of his hugs! (get over it Deck...yeh I was cheesy for a second there!)
Holiday?Christmas for obvious reasons and Fourth of July because they're always spent at the lake and always so much fun!
Day of the week? That would definitely be Saturday. Thats the ONE day of the week where anything's a possibility. I'm busy the rest of the time!
Month? I love May. Its wedding season, its my birthday and lets be honest, the weather is PERFECT!
Missing someone? My sister, The BTG girls (I'ld give anything for another supper club reunion), the gearles and little Lexington
What are you listening to? Nothing. I need to cd's. Oh and I am PUMPED the new rascall Flatts cd comes out Tuesday
What are you worried about? Paying off my credit card and keeping a job in this economy!
*********Randomology********First place you went this morning? Church
What's the last movie you saw? We watched While In Vegas last night....AGAIN
Do you smile often? I try to, although I do have a tendency to look way to serious. I have strangers ask whats wrong all the time...Ooops!
Questionology***********Do you always answer your phone?I try to because I HATE when I cant get in touch with people. AHHHEMMMM Ryan! I swear his cell phone is like a pager for him.
It's four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it? That would either be my sister or Leigh Ann telling me she's not going to the gym in the morning
If you could change your eye color what would it be? I wouldn't. I like my hazel eyes...they go great with my hair. I just want my hair to be darker.
What flavor do you add you your drink at Sonic?I havent been to Sonic in FOREVER. In highschool we were obsessed with Pina Colada Slushes. They don't make those anymore...waht a shame!
Do you own a digital camera?Yes, two. And I don't know where either is.
Have you ever had a pet fish?Yes, his name was jaws. He had one eye.
Favorite Christmas song?Hands down, Oh Holy Night. And Martina McBride has the most incredible version of that song!
What's on your wish list for your birthday?Well I know I'm getting a GPS from my parents. But I would LOVE a surprise gettaway weekend from Ryan.
Can you do a chin up?Heck No Techno!
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Excited! I can't wait to be a wife and mom and see what else life has in store for me!
Do you have any saved texts? Nope
Ever been in a car wreck?Recently, when that girl backed into me
Do you have an accent? I'm from Alabama, what do you think? I got called a redneck for it earlier...i was NOT please
What is the last song to make you cry? Couldn't tell ya
Plans tonight? Probably our weekly trip to Publix then cooking dinner!
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?Yep!! When I was finishing up school, I was definitely at a low point!
Name 3 things you bought in the last week. Food, curtains and flowers
Have you ever been given roses? Yes, my mom used to bring me purple roses (they're my favorite) all the time. **Sidenote...as a reminder I HATE carnations!!
Current worry?Never enough time or money to do what I want!
Current hate right now?Monogrammed bumper stickers (its been a hate of mine for a while)
Met someone who changed your life? Ryan Nelson :) (again, deck get over it!)
How did yo bring in the New Year? We went to a fancy dinner then went to Chez Pierre. Rang in the new year, got my new years kiss then went home...gosh I'm getting old!
What song represents you?It depends on what my circumstances are. I really listen to music for lyrics, so I have quite a few favorites!
What were you doing 12 am last night? ASLEEP!!!
What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?MADISON GO BACK TO SLEEP!!
We've had a fun weekend so far. Friday night, Ryan and I had friends over for dinner and we all had a blast. Its become somewhat of a weekly thing for the three couples to all get together one night for dinner somewhere. Its nice for both the guys and the girls. They go off talking about their fantasy baseball leagues and whatever else guys talk about, and the girls get to be girls and talk about shopping and all the other girly stuff!
The other day, I was talking with a friend who may have to move for a job and she was talking about how it will be scary to move to a brand new place. I told her, yeh its scary and its hard in the beginning, but one day you'll be doing something not out of the ordinary and you'll realize, I fit in here! I had one of those moments probably a month ago. I think I was out running errands on my own and I started taking back roads (which says A LOT for me because I DO NOT know my way around this town...AT ALL!) and I realized, I'm completely content here. Its a really comforting feeling because for a while there I felt so out of place. I didn't know ANYONE here except Ryan and his friends and I desperately wanted my own identity here. But now I'm settling into a groove here and have friends of my own and I must say, its a good feeling!
To have a sense of belonging is something I craved for a while and now we have our group that I've grown to LOVE! Hopefully, we can all keep up our weekly fun!!
Yesterday morning, Ryan woke up at 4am to go to a triathalon here in Tallahassee. Surprisingly, only 2 out of the whole group participated. The rest of them (including Ryan) went to advertise their church's new coffee house. Poor guy was EXHAUSTED when he got to my house at 10 am and I was still asleep in bed. So we opted for an eventless day at his pool with Heidi and Jamey. Both of us are quite burnt. I figured, Oh I have a tan, I spent a week in Aruba. I should be ok.
Yeh right. My left shoulder is RED! Poor Ry, his stomach almost looks like Mom's feet did in Aruba. We're neck and neck with our competition on who is the tannest. I think I may start sneaking in trips to the tanning bed just for bragging rights!
Once we were all burnt to a crisp, we came in, cooked dinner and watched the Final Four games. It was really nice to spend time with them. We used to always spend weekends together but I've gotten busy and we've kind of just gone our own ways.
So, today should be normal Sunday. We've been to church, now Ry's swimming with his buddy Paul to get ready for his half ironman, then he'll play basketball. All the while, I plan on doing a little shopping since I didn't get to it yesterday!
Madison is pooped on the couch holding her tennis ball like a baby doll and growling when she hears cars. Just another lazy Sunday afternoon!
Friday, April 3, 2009
But since there has been rain all week, I've been forced to stay inside a lot more and I've actually gotten a lot done. We're having friends over for dinner tonight so this forces me to clean up the place and work on a little decorating. I am TERRIBLE at planning meals. I have this entertaining anxiety I guess. I love having people over, I just hate being responsible for the meal. Fortunately our sweet friends are bringing dishes, so this should help me out...SOME.
No big plans for the weekend. Probably finish my taxes...oops I'm a bit behind! Hopefully the rain is gone and I can take Madison to Lake Ella to play.
Hope everyone has had a good week and has a great weekend!
Leash update (not that you care, I just think its funny): BOTH are gone now. I guess crazy across the hall realized they weren't doing any good draped over my railing!!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
And I'm really struggling to get up the energy for work. I stayed at work until 8 last night and with the rain, I really could use a lazy morning in bed.