Thursday, February 28, 2008
Ok, it is pretty bad when you look back on your day and all you talked to anyone about besides work related topics, was about Big Brother 9. It was also topic of conversation at our dinner table at Church last night. One thing is, I am glad to see I am not the only one who is really getting into the drama, but on the other hand, I am obsessed!! Every morning I am on the computer checking out the latest on "live feed comments and videos" on my favorite website, I talk to people at work about it, and then come home and back on the computer I go to see if anything else was posted during the day. I am never disappointed, there is always some "juice" as I call it. My favorite one of tonight was the one of Josh Disco Dancing. This guy is HOT and COLD. He is going off on someone one minute, and dancing the night away with a stuffed animal and a crown on his head the next. At this point I don't know who I want to win. I feel bad for Allison if what she is saying is really true, that Josh threatened her life, but she is getting on my nerves. She said the work "LIKE" 50 times or more in tonight's video clips, and kept saying she was "DONE" with playing the game. If she is so done, then leave - we know you aren't stuck in a trap door somewhere - you escaped to go to the hospital when you had an allergic reaction, so you can leave now. At any rate, I don't envy these people at all, because I would go NUTS living with that many people in close quarters for that length of time (especially with the drama queens we have this season), but they are fun to watch and bring the entertainment factor to my day :) Brandon thinks I am crazy - he just laughs at me. We sat down tonight to talk about tomorrow's doctor's appt, and writing down our questions, and he said all he was concerned about (joking of course) was what to do with a wife who is obsessed with Big Brother!! My response was that at least I am not in denial, I know I am pathetic!! :)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Yesterday was a fun day! Brandon and I headed back from Chapel Hill in the morning and picked up Chelsi at Lucky's. And then BI headed off to play flag football with some guys in the neighborhood, and I headed off to meet my mom and some friends for a girly movie. We saw "Definitely, Maybe" at the new theatre by Four Seasons Mall. It was cute!! Jess, Amanda, me and our moms went. So, it was fun to have mom/daughter time. After the movie, my mom and I headed over to the new Friendly Center and did some shopping. She spoiled me and bought me a few things ;) I don't like to spend a lot of money on clothes. I am usually a Target/Kohl's girl, or things on sale. But, my mom loves to shop at Talbot's, Coldwater Creek and Chico's. I guess it a volume thing. I have a lot of cheaper clothes (because I know I won't take care of them and I like variety), and she has fewer nicer clothes that last and can mix and match. The sales women at Coldwater Creek do their job well! They have wonderful service, and convinced me to buy a sweater, necklace and belt for almost $150!! My mom got me the belt, so I only had to spend $90, but I never come out of a store spending that much and only having two things!! But, it is fun to do every once and a while. I am going to try on the new outfit for Brandon in a few minutes to see what he thinks, and if it is a keeper, I will probably wear it to church today :) And then we spent some time in Chico's and in helping my mom pick out some things (spending a gift card she got for XMas), I found a top I thought was cute. My mom insisted on getting it for me, saying she doesn't get to buy things for me anymore. A part of me wanted to argue, because I don't want my parents to feel they have to buy me things, but I loved the top and wasn't willing to spend the $70 on it myself!! Plus, Mom had a coupon. Now I just need to make sure I dry clean/wash these items properly so that they last!! After shopping, we met Brandon and my dad for dinner at Bravo. We had a wonderful meal and stayed for about two hours talking. I love my parents! We need to make an effort to spend more time with them and Brandon's parents. They are so close (Winston and Wilkesboro), but yet we only see one another every few months. So, overall it was a great day, and I was spoiled a lot!! I hope I will be able to spoil my kids too!! However, I know money doesn't equal happiness. My true blessing is my wonderful family.
The hubby and I enjoyed a night away this weekend. We went to Chapel Hill on Friday night for the Will Ferrell "Funny Or Die" comedy show. It was great!! Brandon is a huge Will Ferrell fan, so I got him these tickets for Christmas. And we decided to make a night of it, and got a hotel for the night so we didn't have to rush back home. After the show we found a pub and had a few drinks and talked and talked and talked. It was awesome! We didn't realize how much we needed this, and vowed to do it more often. When I was telling someone at work about our plans, she said, "Oh, you are going to be a vacation wife!" It is so true!! There is something to be said about getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just enjoying time together. And I don't know the last time we just sat down and talked that much. And I found my new favorite drink - "Pineapple Upside Down Cake"!! It is normally a shot, but where we went they had it as a martini. Yummy!!!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
If someone asked me something I am addicted to right now, I would have to say TV. This is just a sign that I need to go back to school, find a hobby, have kids, or bring something else meaningful into my life, because I am glued to the TV each night!! I have a couple of hours when I get home from work to fix dinner, eat, do chores around the house or things for my at-home business, and then when 8 or 9pm comes, I am in front of the TV. And on nights when I have meetings or somewhere to go, I am grateful for TIVO!! Oh well, guess I might as well do it and enjoy it while I can :) At least we downgraded to basic cable, so I am only addicted to the major network shows and we aren't paying an arm and a leg for it.
What is your addiction?
What is your addiction?
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Ok, so another day, another lottery drawing, and we still aren't winners. Brandon said we had two matching numbers, but that really doesn't mean anything. We did win $10 on the scratch off cards, but that pretty much just made us break even on others we have bought. Oh well, keep trying! I did find this link to Fox news which carried Adam's lottery win. Just for those of you who are like me and would rather watch the news than read it :)
Saturday, February 16, 2008
This morning the phone rang and it was my parents excited to read the below article from the Winston-Salem Journal over the phone to me.
The article is about a guy from Forsyth County that won $1,000,000 on a lottery scratch off card. This guy also happens to be my first boyfriend and my first kiss!! Adam is a really great guy, and I really can't think of a better person or family that could have won the jackpot. This encouraged Brandon and I to go and buy some more lottery tickets ourselves this afternoon :) And of course it is also exciting to know someone who actually won. So, of course after that call this morning, it got me thinking about the past. I was a late bloomer when it came to boys. I was more of a "tom-boy" of sorts and enjoyed hanging out with the guys, but just didn't even think about dating until high-school. I was also pretty shy as well, and never had the courage to seek out boys, even if I had a crush on them. But, Adam was a great first boyfriend. I was 15 and a sophomore. We dated about 2 or 3 months, which is a long time when you are a teenager. My best friend, Rachel was dating Adam's twin brother, Billy, so that is how we met. In today's world, when you hear about peer pressure and teens having sex, I again look back and was really glad he was my first boyfriend, and first glimpse of the dating world. There was no pressure, and we just enjoyed talking on the phone and holding hands. And then I remember vividly the afternoon of my first kiss. Just an innocent peck, but something I had been waiting to do until I found the right guy. I had turned down chances to play spin-the-bottle in middle school, because I didn't want my first kiss to be something in front of a bunch of people sitting in a circle, and not with someone I didn't care about. Of course my dad reminded me that I was the one that called an end to Adam's and my relationship. He was a little younger, and even though today 2 years isn't a big deal, when you are in 10th grade and he is in 8th, it seems to be a lot bigger of a deal. I was preparing to get my license in a few months, and had a big crush on someone in my English class, and Adam was still in middle school and just preparing for high-school. I ended "us" shortly after the 8th graders did their annual tour of the high-school, and Adam yelled into my English class from the hallway, "Ginny, Call me tonight!" Of course to his friends, he looked pretty cool to be talking to a girl in 10th grade English, but to me, it was embarrassing - especially since my crush (and soon to be 2nd boyfriend) was sitting in the class with me. But, it wasn't because of Adam. He really was a great guy who came from a great family, and again, I am glad he was my 1st kiss. Adam was my stepping stone into the dating world. After him, dating started to get very confusing. There was peer pressure, and a lot of tears. But, such is life as a teenager. I don't even want to think ahead to when I will be a parent of a teenager!!
This is making you start to think about your 1st kiss, isn''t it?!?
This is making you start to think about your 1st kiss, isn''t it?!?
Here is a blast from the past from my scrapbook ;)
Friday, February 15, 2008
I love Fridays, especially those Fridays when I come home to a clean house!! Sharon came over to clean today, and it smells so good in here!! I love it when my house is clean, just don't like the act of cleaning myself. I am really looking forward to this weekend. There isn't anything on the agenda - so we can just do whatever we want!! I really needed one of these weekends - just a weekend at home with my Valentine. We have some NetFlixs movies to watch (our first 2 arrived in the mail this week - I am sure we will be hooked soon!), and TV shows from this week to catch up on from Tivo. But, I do hope for some nice weather and not to be stuck in front of the TV all weekend. I hope to get outside for a nice long walk! I think we might even go and check out Lake Mackintosh neighborhood. We keep hearing so much about it, so have to go and see what all the fuss is about. Brandon hasn't been to Alamance Crossing (new shopping area over off of University Parkway - near my work), and it is right by Lake Mackintosh, so we might check that out too. We have some items to take back to Belk anyway. But first off is dinner, probably one of the movies, and then probably off to bed early (I am tired!), and of course the best part - sleeping in tomorrow!! Well, better go, Brandon just got back with our takeout from Chilo's mexican restaurant!!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Who would have thought we would have snow on Valentine's Day?!?
Much love to all my friends and family this Valentine's Day!! I am enjoying some extra time at home this morning due to a delayed opening at work. And I am already enjoying a few of the chocolates I received this morning from Callie & Chelsi courtesy of Brandon :) It is never too early for chocolate!! Brandon even got the sugar-free kind so my indulging wouldn't be too harmful.
I am looking forward to lunching with my hubby today, and then heading off to the Elon vs. App State basketball game (as long as it isn't canceled) tonight!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My bad day has been completely flipped around......I went to go and let Chelsi outside about 30 minutes ago and discovered that it was SNOWING!! It is so pretty!!! Big flakes and completely unexpected - I love it!! I tried to get Chelsi to come outside and play in the snow with me, but she wasn't so sure. This pic I took is awesome!! I love the big flakes!!
Ok, first of all, I am breaking a big No-No in the world of Willis and blogging at my desk at work. I am surprised it is actually allowing me to do so!! So, just shoot me. But, I need to vent. I don't know why but I am in an ILL mood today. And I mean I.L.L.!! Everyone is rubbing me the wrong way. So, I am jamming to my IPod as we speak to just shut everyone out. And I am fast-forwording through any mushy songs - just give me the hard rock! I have a meeting with one of my bosses at 3pm today, so I am just hoping I can make it through that without blowing someone's head off. The problem is, he is one of the people that is already frustrated me today. Today is one of those days when I say my job description should be "crap". Because, today that is all anyone has brought me. The Crap they don't want to do themselves, or in many cases, don't know how to do themselves. I am seen as the fix-it person, and it is getting old. I wish I could go back in time and pretend to be stupid so that I could float through my day from 9-5pm and just do whatever my brain function would allow me to do. Sometimes I wish I could crawl in people's heads and just see how slow those brain wheels are turning, because Man O Man, they aren't turning very fast! Maybe after some lunch I will feel better. I just have no idea where this is coming from. I had a great time with my Circle girls last night, cuddled with my hubby last night, and slept through the night for once. I can't blame it all on the weather, and I can't have PMS because my body doesn't want to ovulate on it's own anyway. Oh well, back to my tunes.......and then maybe off to steal a piece of chocolate or two or four out of someone's candy dish.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Two of our companies top executives came to our office yesterday for the annual "All Associates Meeting". Basically, this means all 80 employees in my office head downstairs to a conference room at a designated time and listen to an hour and a half long presentation on where the company has been in the past year and where they see it going. I mean, I think it is cool that these top executives from Philadelphia and New York offices take time out of their schedule to actually clue the "little people" in North Carolina into what is going on, but at the same time, a lot of what they say goes over our heads. It isn't that we don't care, but they really lose you when near the beginning of the presentation they do a little illustration to explain why the bonus pool is smaller this year and basically implying that our bonuses won't be as good. Great! Just what I wanted to hear!! Of course with the economy the way it has been, everyone is struggling, so why should I expect anything else, but until you actually hear it, you don't believe it. They talked about how they are trying to increase the bonus pool by giving half bonus and half stock shares - but that is only going to happen from a certain level up, so my guess is that supervisors and above will receive half of their normal bonus and the rest will be in Willis stock shares. Ok - looking to the future that is cool - but show me the money now! At least I haven't taken the plunge to become supervisor yet, so hopefully that means I will see all the $ signs now (well after Uncle Sam takes his stab at it in taxes!). There were a few entertaining factors that kept me awake during the presentation - #1 - Paddy from New York is British, and I always love listening to those accents!! #2 - One of the women from our office was sitting right up front and was falling asleep!! She picked the wrong seat to do that!! I honestly felt sorry for her - she is so sweet and really works hard. She is actually the first one that trained me when I first came on as an intern. But, her kids and grandkids run her dry! I hope I never take advantage of my mother the way her grown daughters do her!! So, at any rate, I guess we will see how many $ signs I see come March 15th! Because, let's face it, that was the only real piece of information I brought out of that "All Associates Meeting". At least I didn't have to work the last hour and a half of my day yesterday.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
....I am still alive! I know I haven't posted in a while. Just been trying to get over this dang cold and busy with all kinds of stuff - I am the queen of overbooking!! But, things are going well, and will post more about my happenings this weekend hopefully. Until then, my faithful readers, LOVE YA!