Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Random Thoughts

This post is just random things I've been thinking:

1. In a little more than a week and half I'll be celebrating my anniversary. However, I'm quite sure it'll just be like any other day seeing as the actual day is on Monday and we bowl. Also, hubz not really the most romantic guy ever, but I got him what I think's a kick ass present so...

2. I wish I could give all the banks and their CFO's a what for with this mess they've caused in the economy. IDIOTS!!!

3. I start my Master's program in two weeks and while I'm excited and I'm also super nervous. It's been almost five years since I was in school and I don't want to do bad.

4. I sometimes wish that we'd eloped because then we wouldn't have so much credit card debt, but then I look at pictures from our wedding and I wouldn't have passed up that day for anything.

5. We've been talking a lot about the timing of starting a family and while I'm excited. I can't help but think that when I finally get pregnant and have a kid nobody's going to be excited except for me. Hubz already has a kid so the excitement of a first child for him is gone and my sister's both had kids when they where teens (one's about to have another) so the excitement of the first grandchild is gone.

While there's other random thoughts on my mind there not something I'd feel comfortable putting in a public forum b/c I'm not sure if family reads this or not. So those thoughts will forever remain in my head.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Welcome FALL!!!

I love fall! It's not too cool or too hot. The leaves change colors, it means Thanksgiving and Christmas are on there way and most of means I get to celebrate another birthday. While the fact of getting older bums me out there's nothing I love more than celebrating my birthday.'s Halloween how could I not love it. And while it's not as fun as it used to be, since I now have a step-son and my day kind of gets overshadowed by his trick-or-treating, I still take the day for myself. This year won't be any different, except hopefully I won't have a stupid cold, I'm taking the day for myself. I have big plans to sleep in, hopefully have lunch with my best friend and her daughter and just relax, at least until the step-son and hubz get home then it's time to get ready for the little trick-or-treaters.

So bring on the crisp fall air! Happy fall!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall Work Clothes (and shoes)

So I recently realized that my work clothes are seriously lacking in anything good for fall. Plus, my work pants are just sad. So I took advantage of VS 25% sale on pants and bought these pants in the chocolate and navy. And I also bought this blazer from old navy again for 25% off. I love a good bargain I spent$94 and save $84. Nice now I can surely afford my cute purple shoes from Wal-mart. Say what you will about Wal-mart, but everyone once in a while they have some cute stuff.

September Birthdays

MY WORD!!! What is with these September birthdays?! Until hubz and I got together the only September birthday I had to remember was my Aunt's now with this new family that I'm not part of the birthdays start on the 7th and don't stop until the 29th! Seriously?! Last week I spent $30 on birthday cards. While I appreciate the points I'm racking up with my dear friend Diana is due any day now, Wednesday at the latest, with the newest September birthday addition. People I implore you...please stop getting it on in January!!!!

Now besides by best friend's beautiful daughter celebrating her 1st birthday today there's also another big birthday. My step-son turns 9 on Saturday. I can't believe it. I remember when he started kindergarten! Now he's in 4th grade and in his last year of the sinlge digits. He drives me nuts most days but it's so much fun watching him grow up. I can't wait for hubz and I to have one so I can be a part of all the big moments of his/her life.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Roe v. Wade (this is long)

This is the day Bush leaves office and the newly elected President takes over. When I started this blog it was so I could share my thoughts about this crazy thing called life. However, today I'm going to do something I don't normally do, talk about politics.

I didn't grow up in a house where we talked about politics. I'm not really sure why but I do know that my parents raised my sisters and I to stand up for ourselves and what we believe. The first time I ever had to test this rule, when it came to politics, was my freshman year of college. It was the first year I could vote, but I didn't because I missed the absentee deadline for Virginia. This kid told me I deserved to be murderd becasue I was pro-choice.

Most people in my life know that I'm Catholic. So to say I'm pro-choice goes against the foundation of my relgion. However, though I belive that Jesus died for us, I also belive that it is a woman's right to choose what she does for to and for her body.

I understand that there are women that choose to use abortion as a method of birth control, but I believe with all my heart that most women that choose to have an abortion do so after much thought, prayer and with much anguish. Therefore I don't believe that Bush, McCain or any Republican or Democrat has a right to take that choice away from anyone!

So why this post you ask because of this article:

I leave you with this. Why is it our government feels that it's okay to tell women what they can do with THIER bodies? We don't elect our officials to judge us. Only to do what's right for our country as a whole, not for a certain percentage our country.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

101 in 1001 days...take 1

Without further ado I give you my 101 things in 1001 days. I reserve the right to tweak this and I'll update as things are completed, in progress or failed. Everything should be completed by 28 June 2011. Wish me luck!

In progress

MONEY (Saving & Spending)
1. Pay off credit cards (0/3)
2. Budget $20 per check for fun stuff
3. Get a sewing machine
4. Get a DSLR camera
5. Buy bedroom furniture
6. Pay 2007 tax amendment
7. Save $5000 in ING
8. Save $500 in personal account
9. Buy external hard drive
10. $1/day for every day of challenge (0/1001) – putting $14 in ING every two weeks

11. Send my UT girls care packages quarterly (Jan, Apr, Sep & Dec) starting in Jan 09
12. Host a dinner party
13. Plan a girls weekend

14. Have sister dinners once a month
15. Reinstate game nite & rotate monthly
16. Girls weekend with Melissa, Amy & Elena
17. Have father/daughters dinner at least once every two months
18. Do something special for Aidan’s 10th birthday
19. Family portraits for & with all parents
20. Get Aidan to Weblo status by Dec 2008
21. Do family tree
22. Make a will
23. See an IMAX movie

24. Take another cruise
25. Weekend trip to NYC
25. Go to a local Renaissance Festival
26. Visit Medieval Times in Maryland
27. Visit a winery
28. Be a tourist in Williamsburg
29. Trip to Vegas
30. See a show at the Kennedy Center
31. Go to a concert at Wolf Trap
32. Try 5 new restaurants
33. See a ballet

35. Plant hostas before Halloween 2008
36. Paint the LR/DR by x-mas 2008
37. Paint Aidan’s room by Thanksgiving 2008
38. Get/make curtains for house
39. Replace shutters
40. Get seal on upright freezer replaced
41. Remodel powder room
42. Paint laundry closet and organize laundry stuff
43. Get flowers once a month for a year for the house (0/12)


44. Go through college and HS memorabilia
45. Make college t-shirt quilt
46. Make honeymoon photo book
47. Finish all X-mas shopping by first weekend in Dec every year (0/3)
48. Organize recipes
49. Clean and organize file cabinet
50. Frame all loose pictures (i.e. cruise, school, honeymoon, etc)
51. Finish UT Scrapbook in 2008
52. Acknowledge all birthdays in 2009 (0/50)
53. Pick a honeymoon picture for Meme to paint
54. Update family addresses yearly (0/3)
55. Organize photos
56. Make book/scrapbook of all wedding and birthday cards

57. Finish a 5K – Couch to 5k
58. Do Avon Walk with a big group
59. Volunteer/Crew for Avon Walk
60. Walk dogs at least once a week for a month (0/8)
61. Buy a scale
62. Reach 130 lbs and maintain
63. Take daily vitamins every day for a month (0/30)

64. Save for Coach diaper Bag
65. Reinstate AKA membership
66. Floss every day for a month (0/30)
67. Take a weekend alone
68. Take a photography class
69. Get Ladybug tattoo
70. Go through books for PBS
72. Graduate with MBA in Finance by 2010 with a 3.5
73. Start crocheting again
74. Finish cross stitches (0/4)
75. Read Five Love Languages
76. Read one new book a month
77. Vote in 08 election
78. Write a short story
79. Buy all Julia Roberts movies

80. Plan one nite out a month for me & Curtis (0/31)
81. Make a romantic dinner for Curtis
82. Start TTC
83. Take a weekend with Curtis to a B&B
84. Get a couples massage
85. Scavenger hunt
86. Boudoir photos
87. Go on a picnic

88. Go golfing with Curtis
89. Watch all three Lord of the Rings movies with Curtis (1/3)
90. Start a retirement plan for Curtis
91. Begin working with Curtis on his business plan
92. Take Curtis to his first NFL game
93. Buy Curtis Sox/Yankees tickets

94. Make Curtis a homemade cherry pie
95. Cook beef wellington
96. Pre-cook meals for twice per week for a month (0/8)
97. Shop at Farmer’s Market
98. Start a vegetable garden
99. Start herb garden
100. One new recipe a week for two months (0/8)
101. One vegetarian meal a week for two months (0/8)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Slow and Steady

So I haven't written since I decided to do the 101 things in 1001 days, but we're making slow and steady progress on the house. My pantry shelves are in so my kitchen is just about unpacked. Of course there's no place to put all the lids to my rubbermaid containers but they can live in a box for now, at least until I come up with something. The master bedroom has 2.25 boxes left (the .25 is a box that has a bunch of random crap left in the bottom of it) to unpack and hubz is going to put bars in the closet so we can hang our clothes. He's building a closet system eventually, but we need something temporarily. The pool is apparently chlorine locked b/c the algea that was in the pool was there so long and has become resistent to chlorine. So hubz and his brother, that works at a pool store, have to figure out the right balance of chemicals to unlock it so that should take up more of his time from actually helping with the inside of the house. I don't know why I thought he'd actually be helping unpack when he didn't really help pack.

In other news my list of 101 things is just about done, look for it by Friday. The countdown to my birthday will soon begin, only a couple days shy of 45 days and my one year anniversary is less than a month away. How have I already been married a month? Speaking of marriage one of my very best friends from college got engaged this weekend, I think we haven't talked yet I just saw a picture of the ring. I'm so happy for her! She's in for the ride of her life as she plans a wedding and becomes a wife. I wouldn't have traded that time for anything. Off to lunch.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

101 things in 1001 days

So I found this list on a couple blogs that I happened upon. I use to set goals for myself but after college when I didn't get into law school, which may have been a blessing in disguise, I quit because it seemed that the goals I was setting weren't working out. However, I want to start holding myself more accountable and try and stop letting life just happen to me so...

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

I'm working on my list now and will put it up as soon as I'm done. 2.75 years seems like plenty of time, but we shall see.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to the Grind

So I'm back from vacation and back to work. Coming back is always so depressing! Especially when you come back to a house full of boxes and a birthday party two weeks away. The step-son started school today, followed by soccer practice at this is going to be a long fall. I start school in a month and suprisingly am no longer nervous, but looking forward to it. Vacation was somewhat relaxing and the puppy had a fantastic time at the kennel. Guess I was worried for nothing.

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