Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Brandon put up the tree on Friday (again gotta get him busy with his "honey-do" list while he is off on Friday's!), and we decorated it when I got home from work. Saturday morning I put up the rest of the decorations, and then we headed out shopping. We only hit two stores - Belk's and Wal-mart, but we got a lot done. We even picked up the wreath for the front door on the way home. I do artificial inside the house with the tree and mantel, but I love the smell of pine (reminds me of Christmas), so I love having a live wreath on the front door so that I can smell it going in and out of the house. The debris of pine needles on the ground is worth it.
I don't have pictures to post :( because our camera is still BROKE. But, we did check out possible candidates for new ones while shopping. If it were up to me, I would already have one, but I gotta respect my hubby for his bargain hunting and researching skills. He IS the reason we have all that we have right now, because I have ZERO budgeting capabilities (and they allow me to be in charge of paying out millions of dollars on a daily basis at work! HA!! - no seriously, I am good at that, but I am tired of worrying about money by the time I get home).
After a Target run later on Saturday night, I am pretty much done with the shopping. Not going all out this year - but don't think anyone is due to the financial situation (which doesn't boast well for the economy improving).
So, come on Christmas! - I am ready to celebrate with friends and family, and to celebrate the birth of Jesus!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
We enjoyed dinner in on Thursday night and just talking and catching up. Chelsi and Greg became best buds!!
It was a disappointing loss for Elon. They didn't even show up to the game!! But all in all, a great season, and glad we were able to help cheer them on. I was attached to the couch pretty much the rest of the weekend - my cold had zapped me of energy and I was running like a faucet from my eyes and nose (gross!!!).
I rested up best I could the next few days after work so that I could enjoy Thanksgiving!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This weekend is Homecoming at Elon. I am feeling kinda bah-humbug about it. I am excited about the game, and spending time with Joey & Jen (who are staying with us), but just not into the whole typical weekend festivities.....so, I think we are skipping them this year. Just going to stick to our normal tailgate crew, and I don't think I am even going to do the whole dress up for a football game (like I do every homecoming and did in college - yeah that's right, went to a preppy school!) - just going in my normal tshirt and jeans probably. I don't know a lot of people coming back anyway.
So, in cleaning last night and getting the house presentable for Joey & Jen (not spotless - that is for sure!), I realize we seem to have a musky smell all over our house. I think it is time to wash (or maybe even replace) all the bathroom rugs and toilet bowl covers. But, not sure where it is all coming from......I admit, I am not the best cleaner in the world, and never lived anywhere this long - usually just in an apartment for a few years at a time, but now that we have been in our house for 5 years, I guess it is time to really clean in some of the nooks and crannies. For another weekend.....for now, Frebreze will have to do - LOVE that stuff!
Monday, November 3, 2008
On Saturday morning, my dad had a meeting, so Mom, Brandon and I grabbed breakfast and walked to the game, and met up with Dad there. Here is a pic of the Wahoo fans ready for the game - we found some orange and navy to wear!
Sunday morning we had breakfast with more friends. My dad's friend from law school's youngest daughter was in Charlottesville with her husband and his parents for a wedding (get all that?). So, the eight of us enjoyed a great breakfast buffet at the Omni hotel - yummy!! Here is a pic of us while we waited on the rest of our party to arrive.
Not crazy of this picture of us......my family has a bad habit of taking "posed" pictures, instead of trying to get candid shots.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Brandon and I are heading to VA tonight. I hope to get on the road by 6pm, because with Halloween falling on a Friday night, I don't want to be on the roads late as I am sure there will be drunk drivers. I know I am probably overreacting, because people who drink and drive don't need an excuse to party, but I am always extra cautious on nights such as this (especially New Year's Eve) and try to avoid the roads whenever possible. I mean, we can take all the precautions and make sure we are safe, but we can't control the other drivers. Just sad that this is a reality that we really have to think about these days.
Our destination is Charlottesville. Along with my parents we are going to an UVA football game tomorrow. The game is at noon and according to the weather forecast, it is supposed to be 70 degrees and sunny! So, now I have the dilemma of what to wear!?!? The bright orange sweater I bought two months ago just for this very weekend isn't going to do :( I could go neutral, but when 99% of the stadium wears orange, I don't want to be a part of the 1% that throws it off (even though I have a feeling my husband will be a part of that 1%). I have thrown a bunch of options in the suitcase, and even though I may break every fashion statement, I will be in the right colors! (hopefully....). Or this just gives me an excuse to buy something new too :)
While in the good ol' town of Charlottesville, we are going to meet up with my friend Allison who works with InterVarsity at UVA, and our ex-preacher (how else do you explain this - because this doesn't sound very nice), Gavin. Blog world may recall me saying a few months ago, that the irony is that my friend Allison is a member of the church in which Gavin is now the interim. Small World! They hadn't had a chance to formally meet yet, so Brandon and I will be the tie that brings them together. We are looking forward to catching up with both of them.
So, until next week, HAPPY HALLOWEEN, and be safe! And I leave you with a picture of my Halloween mascot - our black cat, Callie - Halloween is her holiday ;) And she is going to enjoy it even more this year because her crazy dog sister will be at Lucky's Pet Resort and she will have the house all to herself tonight.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
So, I know some don't appreciate all the humor that has come up during this election, but the humor is what keeps me laughing, because if you just rely on all the commercials on TV, things you hear on the news, or mailings you get, you get fed up pretty quick. So, here is something to keep you laughing......
Next year on Dancing with the Stars.......
Sunday, October 26, 2008
And the day wasn't a total loss for me either, I walked in the rain yesterday morning for a very worthy cause - Arthritis Research! A couple of other AOII alums and I joined in with a large group of girls from Elon, and many others from the community and walked at Bur-Mil park to help in the effort against Arthritis. It was fun, and always amazing to see people come out and support causes such as this! I told one of the girls from Elon that I was so happy that they were able to come even though it rained, and she said, "well it is required." Oh yeah, I forgot about those required events! That does make a difference, but at any rate, they all had fun, and I was so glad they were there! But it did remind me that I don't miss that part of the collegiate sorority days - being told where and when you had to do things! I swear, there were days I felt like I was back in kinder garden!! But, I wouldn't trade it for the world - I love my AOII sisters!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Now, I am off to relax and hang out with the hubby. Gotta get caught up on TV shows (from when we were on vacation). I love nights indoors listening to the rain ;)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We are meeting my parents and brother in a little while for dinner at Village Tavern....yummy! Since Brandon didn't get to visit with my brother on Friday as I did, they decided to head towards Greensboro to hang out with us tonight.
I just got back from the grocery store - after vacation - nothing in the house to eat trip - but I am proud that I got out of there right at $100. However, I am sure I forgot a lot of stuff and will have to make another trip later in the week - even when I make lists, I always forget something.
Was just online trying to design this years Christmas card. I love doing the photo cards, but don't seem to have a picture I love this year to use. Oh well, I have a few that will make do. Just crazy that it is that time of year already to be thinking about this!
This morning we finally made it back to church. We hadn't been in three weeks (two due to vacation and one due to laziness), so it was nice to get back into the routine. I am anxious to meet our new pastor, but in the meantime, enjoying the sermons of our associate pastor. I always enjoy hers. Today she talked about re-gifting, and I found it really interesting. I made me think back to times that I either gave or received a re-gift. I remember my freshman year of highschool there was this girl who ate lunch with my group of friends, and her family didn't have much money, and when my birthday rolled around, she still managed to bring me a gift. I know it is the thought that counts and that is what I tried to remember, as she gave me a used pair of earrings and a teddy bear that had obviously been sitting in her smoker parents' house for a while. Of course, once I got home they went straight into the trash (which I felt a little guilty about) but to her face I gave her the biggest thank you I could summon. I thought it was really sweet of her to do that even though we weren't that good of friends. So, as Margie talked about finding your gifts from God and re-gifting them to others, I tried to think of my strengths and how I could better use them. She made a really good point in saying don't think about what the world needs or what people want you to do, just think of the things the build a fire inside of you. Do unto others what you want done unto you.
My first day back at work tomorrow is going to be a short one, as I am heading out around lunchtime for a funeral in W-S. A neighbor that lives across the street from my parents, and whose grandsons I grew up playing with passed away on Thursday. He was a great man, and even though I know it will be hard for his family to see him go, I know he is in a better place. I just really worry about his wife whom he left behind with Alzheimer's. The family has some difficult decisions ahead as they decide what to do next, and I don't envy them at all. I am just glad I will be able to attend the service and pay my respects and be there to support them in this difficult time.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by.......and as this one celebrates her 1st birthday, I am also excited to report that Baby Beale has arrived! Owen James Beale made his appearance into the world yesterday morning. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but snagged an adorable photo of him from his uncle's photo site. Welcome to the world, Owen! And congrats to your proud parents, Jenny and Jason!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
1) I shot my first gun! A part of the weekend's wedding activities was a visit to the local skeet shooting place. I didn't think I could do it, but I did!! So, I am officially an Inscore now :) I was pretty nervous and as I prepared for my first go at it, I had butterflies in my stomach. After the first two shots, I wasn't sure I could continue as I had tears streaming down my face. Luckily I hid it well and prepared for the second round as Brandon reloaded my gun for me. And as we continued through the stations, I became more and more comfortable, and by the end, I was loading the gun all on my own. It wasn't as bad as I thought, and helped having Michelle there as well so I wasn't the only female. The boys were very patient and very encouraging, and I could tell Brandon was proud when he kept telling everyone I hit 4 skeet :) I even had a bruise as evidence of my adventure.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Elon pulled out another win on Saturday and the rain held off for the game, so we had another fun day of tailgating and cheering on The Phoenix!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
.....on my way home from my Circle meeting last night, I merged onto Hwy 29 and started the final leg of my trip home. Much to the amazement of my eyes, I got behind an older model sedan (not sure of the model), but at any rate, it was a old beat up car, and inside was a HUGE screen in which music videos were being played for all of Hwy 29 to see. I couldn't believe the size of the screen compared to the size of the car. This screen would have even been too big for an Expedition, let alone a Sedan! There is no reason to have a screen that big inside a car. I don't even know how anyone riding in the backseat could even stand to watch something that big and that up close! Plus, it was dangerous to other motorists. I couldn't keep my eyes off of it, and had to keep reminding myself to watch the road. It was crazy! It made me second guess having one in my own car, as I don't want to contribute to reckless driving. However, I do have tinted rear windows, and my screen is appropriate size. Oh well, different strokes for different folks, but I was blown away!
(But, I think this blog entry that I found tops the charts of why if you choose to have a DVD/TV in your car, that you need to monitor what you play. Can you believe it!!??)
I really am addicted to reality TV. I can't wait for the final episodes of Big Brother 10. So far the two guys I have been rooting for since the beginning are in the final three - Dan and Memphis. You go boys!!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
I was tired at work today - and on top of that, it was a pretty stressful day. So, all I want to do is crash right now, but I have an AOII Conference Call - YEAH! (NOT!!!) I will be glad when I can pass over the alumnae presidency position once and for all! I haven't minded doing it really, but enough is enough (I think this is my 6th year!). Luckily I have already read my chapter for Circle tomorrow night - looking forward to getting into the swing of things with that and catching up with everyone!
Nothing much else exciting to blog about - it never fails - the things I really want to blog about or complain about - or vent about - I don't, because I am fearful that someone will read it that shouldn't - I guess that is why Diaries were originally intended to be private! I know I am probably being paranoid and now all of you are wondering if I want to complain about you! Doubtful, but you never know who really is reading these things......
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Sarah tagged me on her blog, so here it goes:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Write 6 random things about yourself.
3. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
4. If you're tagged, DO IT and pass on the tag.
1)I like to drink soda from a can with a straw. Even though it has the small little hole from which you can drink, I just prefer to drink it with a straw. It is something about the smell of the metal can and not wanting that close to my lips or nose. Sure, I could poor it into a glass, but what is the fun in that. Which reminds me, I need to add straws to the grocery list!
2)I hate to clean, but I always straighten. If if I have a pile of stuff somewhere, it is usually a fairly neat pile. And believe me, I have a ton of JUNK in my house, especially paper - we have piles and piles of just paper - of what, I am not sure, but we just have trouble throwing it out. My straightening frenzy is usually outdone by all the stuff, but even so, I can't just have my stuff thrown anywhere - I always has a "place" even if it makes sense to no one but me.
3)I wash my hands a lot. No matter what I was doing - even if just getting the mail outside - I always wash my hands when I come in the house. I am not sure why, because I don't wash my hands a lot at work, or other places - not like I am a germ freak, I just like to have clean hands while in my house - I guess it makes me feel I am not bringing germs in - but if you saw how dirty my house can get, it wouldn't make sense to you, especially with a dog that loves to DIG outside and bring all the dirt in ;)
4)I don't like onions. I love the flavor they can give something, but just can't stand the texture of them. I guess that is why I resort to onion salt or powder in a lot of my own cooking. I just can't stand to crunch down on a raw onion or feel my tongue slide over a slimy cooked onion. I am not as bad as to not eat something if it has onions in it, but I just try to avoid them best I can.
5)I don't like secrets. This isn't a random fact to those who know me, but for those who don't, here is the rule - if you don't want to know something about me, don't ask, because I am an open book. You ask, and you can be assured I will tell (much to my husbands dismay at times). And if you tell me something that you do want kept secret, make sure you make that clear to me. I can keep a secret if someone asks, but the problem is since I don't have any secrets myself, it is hard for me to judge on my own what someone else would consider a secret.
6)I have a shower routine. I am sure most of us will admit the same, but I have to laugh at myself. I have a definite routine to how I "cleanse" myself in the shower. I have tried to change the order before, and it just messes with my head. But, since it is MY time, I figure, I can do as I wish, and I wish to stick to my routine ;) And since I know everyone is not as open a book as I am, I will spare you the details of that routine!
Ok, now onto the fun part - I get to TAG!! So, I tag:
1) Sarah Kate
6) Brandon (I know Emily has already tagged you, but you have ignored her request, and so I find it only fair to DOUBLE tag you, and plus, there aren't too many people that read my blog regularly that also have a blog and haven't already been tagged).
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Not too many plans this Labor Day weekend, but that is ok - I can't wait! We won't be bumps on a log - we do have a few fun things planned - I am just so glad not to be running all over the place.
Tomorrow is the start of FOOTBALL!! Elon's opener is at 7pm against Richmond, but of course our gang has to take advantage of a pretty summer day and start tailgating at 2pm. We tailgate with a bunch of my co-workers, and have a great time. I didn't realize how many people were coming out for the opening game, but it sounds like it is going to be "Willis" day at Elon ;) It will be fun! Brandon and I better start early tomorrow trying to get all our stuff together (it always takes us forever to get out the door to go somewhere!). Gotta take the tent, chairs, cooler, beer, snacky foods (hmm....have to think of what still) and all our Elon Pride gear! We basically camp out :) I know Elon is not on the top of everyone's list for THE GAME to watch, but Brandon and I really enjoy heading back to our Alma Mater and hanging out with friends. He has really really been looking forward to this football season (I think because I am all over the place all the time, something to do isn't new for me, but he hasn't had much to look forward to except for all the stuff he does around the house). And come on - he is a boy and this is sports!
Speaking of my boy - I am so excited to announce that he finally caught onto the addiction and CRAZE of blogging and started his own! So, check it out!!
If Sat. night doesn't go too late, and we don't have too many of Dave's tailgate special shots (this year we have a new one I hear - no more 'Surfers on Acid' - but can't remember the name of the new one), we will head to church on Sunday morning (shots and church don't really go together in the same sentence too well, do they??? OH WELL). And then Sunday night we are heading out for a couples dinner (YEAH!) to celebrate several things (Michele's employment at Willis - a little overdue, but still warranted - and Jess & Richard's engagement and new found home ownership!). We have called this outing "Dinner on Willis" since Jess, Michele and I all work together and Jess is picking up the tab with the bonus funds she got for Michele starting work there (having friends work with you has many perks!). I got the bonus when Jess started, so she got it for Michele. So, if anymore of our friends decide to join the Willis train - Michele is next!
Monday, we both have off - but no real plans. I am sure we will find things to do around the house, and I may even try and get in some pool time (I can't believe it is the last weekend already!) especially since I have only been to our pool TWICE this year! At least is doesn't cost us any extra - another perk of a new neighborhood where your $50 home owner's fees go real far!
Now, I am off to check out the movie listings to see if there is anything that catches my interest for a possible date night tonight......otherwise, I am sure we will get caught up in all the political stuff on TV. Oh yeah, Brandon picked up a DVR box for us today from Time Warner!! So, not only did we finally upgrade to Digital Cable last month, we now can record all our shows!! We tried hooking TIVO up again last night, but no luck - I think it is just too outdated.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
FYI - WE WILL RENT OUR HIRED HELP :)