Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Poppin' In

Hi all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I certainly have been enjoying myself. I'm, thankfully, home all week. It has been great.

I will catch up soon, but am off to bed right now. We took the tree/inside decor down tonight. What a relief! Now, I don't have to stress about doing that after Nathan gets here.

Went to the doctor today, no real change. My blood pressure is still not where it needs to be, but no one seems to be overly concerned so, I'll just hang out.

Will check in with you all soon!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday! WoooooHoooo!

It is early Friday morning and we are exchanging gifts here this morning. Later, we'll have a fat pizza lunch and most likely goof off the rest of the day. You know how it goes right before a holiday. :)

I've got lots to do to get ready for the big Christmas dinners early next week and I am just hoping it will be edible. :) I will do my best to conjure Paula Deen, ya'll. Wait...I think it is working.

Well, I'm so sure you'd love to read my rambles, but I'd rather be catching up on some of your blogs. I have been unable to visit much this week. So, I'm off.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tagged

I was tagged by Jess G, which is a bit funny because I had actually filled this out to post for fun a while ago, but never got around to it. I think mine is a bit different, but since I'm short on time and I wish to comply, we'll run with it. :)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both
2. Real tree or artificial? Fake
3. When do you put up the tree? It is different every year. This year, WAY early.
4. When do you take the tree down? Usually the first week or two of Jan.
5. Do you like eggnog? It is okay.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Cabbage Patch Bicycle
7. Do you have a Nativity scene? Yes
8. Hardest person to buy for? I have to pick one?
9. Easiest person to buy for? Fran and Grady
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? Mail
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Home Alone
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Depends. Usually after Thanksgiving.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Fried Oysters, Chex Mix and Ham
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I like clear, Marc likes colored. So, we have both!
17. Favorite Christmas song? All I want for Christmas is you.
18 Travel at Christmas or stay home? Sadly, travel.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Both
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Traffic and the credit card bill
23. Favorite Christmas tradition? I don’t think we really have one.
24. Up early or sleeping in? I’d rather sleep.
25. Who hands out the gifts? Usually my sister and I.
26. Does Santa wrap your gifts? Yes, I think. This is the first year we are officially doing the Santa thing.
27. Do you tell the Christmas story? Yes, Sydney loves loves the story.
28. Do you leave cookies for Santa? We will.

Thursday Already?

Wow! This week is really passing me quickly. Typically the office is quiet this time of year, but I suppose since I am planning to be out for a while I am just trying to tie up all loose ends. Sadly, this post will be VERY short.

Yesterday, I went to the doctor. All is well, but my blood pressure was pretty high so they said they wanted to keep an eye on that. I'm sure it was just a fluke and I'm not overly concerned. Surprisingly, there is already progression, which I did not have with Sydney until the day I went into labor. Wonder if he'll arrive early? Who knows?

Wes came over last night and we decorated a gingerbread house with Sydney. I'm not sure who was the biggest kid of the bunch, but I can tell you it was NOT Sydney. :) It was a lot of fun.

After covering the kitchen table in candy and icing, it was time for Sydney to go to bed. Every night, I always ask her if she has had a good day and what was her favorite part. Typically, the responses are mixed and range from "Daddy" and "Grandma" to "Madison," "Candy Canes" or "Tigger." This has been going on for months and not once have I been on the list, until last night! :) Last night, "Mommy" was the favorite part of her day. I was so excited. I know it is such a little thing, but it just thrills me that I finally made the cut. :) I'm so thankful for that!

My list is weak this week, I know. I know I have many more things to be thankful for, but I just don't have the time to type it out right now. :) Maybe later.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Keeping My Fingers Crossed!

I have a new young lady sitting at the front desk this morning. I agreed to bring her in this week for a trial run. I'm hoping it works out, but if not, nothing lost. So far, she showed up twenty minutes early for work; was dressed appropriately; appeared to absorb all of the information I gave to her quickly; and has properly directed calls this morning. WOW! :) I'm not ready to hold by breath just yet.

Last night was so silly and fun. First, I went to Michael's and bought more ribbon. I made ten bows, which are pitiful compared to my mother's, but they will suffice. We had leftover ribs for dinner and I just had to make potato cakes with the leftover mashed potatoes. YUM! Sydney was our DJ last night, as always. She loves the Christmas music and I've grown fond of it myself. This year has been unlike any other. So on to the funny story...

We were sitting at the dinner table, listening to "Baby, it's cold outside." If you don't know the song, you are nuts! I love this song and it is one of my favorites. If you are from another planet, the duet is between a man and a woman. The woman is trying to leave ("I really must go...") and the man is trying to convince her to stay ("Baby, it's cold outside..."). So, last night Sydney announces to Marc and me, "She needs to go potty." Marc and I were confused and asked if she was talking about herself in third person or perhaps, the dog. "No, the lady!" We see she is pointing to the stereo. I just love things like that! She cracks me up. My silly girl.

Well, "I really must go..," and not to the potty, but back to work. I hope you guys have a great day! :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday Monday

Wow! This is my last week of work for the 2007 year. I'm very excited!! :) I'm so fortunate to have time off next week and the following. I hope to use it to rest up before Nathan arrives. Of course, he could have other plans.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I did and, of course, it was way too short. Friday night, we ordered Outback takeaway and hung out with mom. Saturday was, for the most part, errand day. Mom was nice enough to tag along while we picked up items for a few friends and holiday dinners. We did managed to squeeze in a pedicure and lunch. Oh and finally my car is clean!! I hate dirt and little rock bits in the floor of my car. Sydney also likes to decorate the backseat with shreds of paper, stickers and who knows what else. :)

On Saturday night, Marc and I attended my company holiday party. It was great and the food was awesome. I only wish I had the room to eat more!!! Check out our menu:

Apps

Lemon Thai Tuna Tartlets (THE BOMB!)

Sushi Tuna Cups with Wasabi Cream (I heard they were good. Boo hoo!)

Seared Tuna Skewers with sauce (Again, I heard they were good. Bummer!)

Sliders (These are the BEST!!! We had them last year and they brought them back because they were so good.)

Crab Cakes

Baby Lamb Chops

Sweet Potato Tempura

Dinner

Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Bleu Cheese

Scalloped Potato Casserole

Lobster in a Citrus Marinade

New York Beef served with Fried Onions and a Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Dessert

Fresh Berries (Toppings: Carmel, Chocolate and Creme Fraiche)

Chocolate Bread Pudding and Carmel Ice Cream

YUM! YUM! YUM! You know how much I love food!

Sunday, my dad made a surprise visit! :) It was very exciting and I was, thankfully, prepared. We had ribs, green beans and mashed potatoes for lunch. It was so great to spend some time with him. Although, I was very tired from having stayed out too late the night before.

In other great news, the Skins kicked butt yesterday and we have a small chance at a wild card spot!!! Come on, boys! You can do it! Since we won yesterday, we had celebratory doughnuts in the office this morning. I also made it to Starbucks!! The week is off to a great start.

Have a great day!

Friday, December 14, 2007

My New Favorite Place!

The beautiful view from my office window is completely blocked by fog this morning. Lucky me, I can see only the McDonalds. It is kind of amusing. How are you supposed to stare into that and day dream? Hmmm?

I'm very hungry this morning. I have been very good all week, at breakfast anyway, and have eaten fruit and LIFE cereal for breakfast. This morning, I decided to dial the deli downstairs and make a small request for mozzarella sticks. Yes, I know it is 8:00am, but I want them and if they will make them, I'm on the way. I thought for sure they would say that I needed to wait until at least 11am. Lucky me! I always like to knock the deli downstairs, but it really isn't that bad. In fact, there are a few things I really really like (i.e. meatball subs and kabob). This morning, they are winning the heart of this very pregnant woman!

Another funny thing about me is that I am always thinking about what I am going to eat. Always! I cannot blame the pregnancy for that at all. I was talking to my mom on the drive in this morning about what we were going to have for lunch today, which is still up in the air. It sounds like I will get to have lunch with her and my sister. :) I'm very excited about that.

Well, I'd better run and get my mozzarella sticks. :) I'm sure I'll get a laugh from my boss, but I doubt he'll be surprised at all.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Thankful Thursday

First, I have to say that it is so dark outside, even though we are well into the morning. It is a bit strange.

Next, I have to tell Anonymous (yesterday's post) that you were right! Unbelievable!
Remember the prospective employee (PE) with the sick dad in Cali? I spoke to her reference again yesterday, the one that told me she was ineligible for rehire the day before. I repeated the explanation the PE had given me. I explained that, if the story was true, we would be able to look past the short notice. I said, "If she is ineligible for rehire for other reasons, you don't have to go into it, but you could just say, 'other reasons.'" She hesitated and so, I pulled out the "sister" card. You know the one..."I KNOW you know how hard it is to find good employees. I'm sure you deal with it all the time too...etc." She replied, "OTHER REASONS." {GASP!} Wait there is more!

While I was on the phone with that reference, I got a voicemail from the office manager of different office where the PE had worked. {The PE told me that this dentist office had split and that she was laid off.} So, I called the office manager back. She apologized for not returning my call sooner (I had called on Monday and left a message). Evidently, she had locked her HR file cabinet and lost the key. She had finally given up looking for the key and called a locksmith, but wanted to call me and let me know that the PE had at least worked there. She didn't have specific information re dates of employment yet. I had one question, "Is she eligible for rehire?" She responded with an emphatic, "NO!" {TA DA!}

This morning, I spoke with a reference of another candidate. It was amazing how this "Manager" responded when asked what tasks the candidate performed while she worked with the company. It was IDENTICAL to her resume, order AND wording. Give me a freaking break, Chick. Do I look like an idiot? What is wrong with people? Honestly!

On to the list...

Today I am thankful for...

1. A sense of humor. Interviewing, next to the tech support, is probably my least favorite part of my job. It can be quite hysterical though. Remind me to tell you the one about the candidate that literally beat her cane on my conference room table. Wes, I know that is your favorite. :)

2. my brother, Wes. Wes took us out last night to, don't laugh, Golden Corral! I loved it! I want to go back today. I just love their yeast rolls. I think the song goes, "I could've danced all night," but in my case, I could've eaten all night. YUM! We also took a ride through the Festival of Lights, which was a fun trip.

3. my hubby, as always. :) He took Syd to school this morning so that I could make it to work on time. I'm dragging a bit these days. I'm sad that I didn't make it to Starbucks this week so far, but I am hopeful that I will make it tomorrow.

4. my emergency desk chapstick! I usually have two or three lip balms between my coat and purse, but I've changed both so often the last few weeks that I forget to move them. It is amazing how addicted you can get to those little things.

5. the ability to check a few things off of my to do list. Finally! I'm starting to get my butt into gear, both at home and at work. Well...I'm certainly trying. I was able to check off several things this week, which always makes me feel better. There is still much to be done, but it is nice to see progress.

6. the 2008 holiday schedule that just came out. The partners approved four day weekends for Thanksgiving and Christmas! How lucky! :) This is great given that I will have to use leave for maternity leave.

7. my mom. Besides the obvious reasons to be thankful for your mother, she is coming up tomorrow afternoon to watch Sydney so that I can attend my firm holiday party on Saturday night. I'm really looking forward to it, but it sounds like we might have to deal with inclement weather. I hope it doesn't get cancelled.

8. my health. I heard another sad story this morning and it just makes me thankful that I am healthy. Little Nathan is kicking the crap out of me right now and even though it can be uncomfortable, it is such an amazing thing.

9. not being on bed rest. I was just, ahem, kinda complaining to a relative that I don't like being sequestered to my area for the remainder of my pregnancy. Then, I stopped myself when I realized that I could be on bed rest. That would be torture! I get cabin fever like crazy. So, the fact that I cannot drive more than my general area is NOTHING to be upset over.

10. a scanner. Our office has now decided to go completely paperless on a few things, which is going to save soooo many trees. I'm so excited they agreed to it.

11. my new cell phone charger. We had ordered an extra one that has been sitting for a while. I thought it was silly, but mine broke and now I need it. Good job, hubby!

12. hole punchers and binders. Seriously, what kind of disorganized world did we live in before someone invented them. I especially love the hole puncher on my copier. You have no idea!

13. mozzarella sticks, a craving of late. I brought my lunch today, which I will eat, but I'm going to order mozzarella sticks from downstairs. I just have to have them.

14. Friday. I will be so happy to NOT have to wear hosiery tomorrow. I really really detest them. Also, my hubby is sending me to the spa for a pedicure and an eyebrow wax tomorrow. Isn't he the best? :) Another fun part is that mom is coming too. Also, I think I might get to see my sister for a few minutes tomorrow.

15. Thursday night tv! Tonight, Survivor and Grey's. I know I'm a big dork. I love Thursday tv! This, of course, means that I have to seriously kick my butt in gear tonight to get chores done BEFORE they come on. Although, I do plan to do some wrapping while they are on. Now THAT is what I call multi-tasking. :)

I hope you guys have a great great day. Even though it is now lunch time, it is still cloudy and yucky outside. That is why I am THANKFUL I have my lunch already in the fridge, no need to venture out. :)

Cheers!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday Already?

We are just moving quickly through the week. I cannot believe it is Wednesday and the 12th! WOW! I have so much to get done before the holiday. I said I wouldn't get stressed out over it, but I think I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed. That means, it is time for a list! :) I cannot think without one. I have them all over for different things. I've actually had one for a while, but it is time to actually look at it. Ha ha!

Yesterday was busy busy. I had six scheduled interviews, but only about half actually showed up. It is looking grim. I'm trying to convince the partners to give yesterday's candidate a chance (the one with the ineligible for rehire status). The reference bothered me all day and I finally decided to call the candidate and see what she had to say about the reference. Her story is that: 1) she had no idea the company would list her that way; 2) she knew she left very suddenly, which left them (specifically, the office manager) in a bad spot; and 3) it was absolutely necessary because she is an only child and she had to go to CA when she found out her father had cancer. Seems plausible right? I've gotten myself into big trouble when I let my heart lead the way. My heart says, "give her a chance," but my mind says, "too risky." Actually, I've gotten burned just about every single time I've used my heart to make these decisions. So, why do I want to do it again? I'm a softy, I guess.

So, speaking of checking off list items, I did drop my car off for an oil change, emissions and inspection yesterday. This was on my list! I can actually cross that off. The emissions and inspection were not due until the end of January, but with the upcoming arrival of Nathan, I decided to get it done early. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Then, the shop called to tell me, in plain English, I had two broken bushings and both had to be replaced for the inspection to pass. So, how much do the cute little plastic pieces cost? Well, they only cost about $41, but with labor and the cost of the inspection, oil change, anti-freeze flush, blah, blah, blah, the bill was $494.72. Merry Christmas! :) Doesn't that always happen? :) Oh well, it could've been much worse. Next item on the list...Madison's vet visit.

The day ended well, after getting past the very late start on the home journey. I met Sydney and Marc at the mall. Sydney got to see Santa again this year and she certainly had much more fun this year than last. We've got photos, but, as always, I'll post them later...maybe by spring. :)

Well, I hope you guys have a great day! It is so warm here. I didn't even need my coat this morning. Odd!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tick Tock Tick Tock

I started my weekly visits to the doctor yesterday. Don't you know I love them! :) NOT! All went well during the appointment. Nathan has already moved into position and has started to descend. Hang in there, buddy. I'm not ready just yet!

I'm singing boo hoos this morning. I had been waiting since yesterday morning for a reference to call me back on my candidate. Sadly, they didn't give me good news. As you may know, you may not divulge certain information when giving a reference. The way we typically get around it is by asking, "Is the employee eligible for rehire?" She responded, "No." That's never a good thing. :( So, I suppose I will just continue on with my interviews today. Keep your fingers crossed.

I hope you have a great day today!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Whirlwind Monday!

I've been very busy trying to find a replacement for our terminated employee. I forgot how much I despise interviewing. I'm really just in awe of how people conduct themselves during the interview process. It can be quite amusing. Since I am getting close to my Christmas vacation and maternity leave, I am less amused these days. I interviewed a woman this morning that I really liked. I hope her references check out! Keep your fingers crossed.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We managed to make it to the National Mall this weekend to see the National Christmas Tree. It was a lovely evening and quite warm given the date. Sydney was very interested in the train and yule log displays. I must admit it concerns me a bit that she was so enamored with fire. Ha ha! We managed to take a few photos before my crappy camera, what a shock, broke. I'll try to post those a bit later.

The good news is that I got an early Christmas present! :) Sydney got me a brand new digital camera, which was given to me early because mine broke. I love it! I have got some reading to do. This one is much more advanced than my old one.

We spent all day at home yesterday. It was so nice. We did some chores and then made cookies. Sydney loved cutting out all the shapes. I think she liked eating them the best! :) Who wouldn't? They actually turned out fairly okay. I'm not much of a baker...at all!

Well, I've got to grab some lunch. I hope you all have a great day!

Jess

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Wow! Right now, I'm thankful for a few minutes of quiet. :) I have been going non-stop this morning and I still have to pack MK orders and write thank you cards before bed. Of course, this is a little chore when I get to watch Grey's at the same time. Right? :)

So, a very very quick list. I'm thankful for:

1. Playing in the snow with Syd yesterday. She really was cute.
2. The wonderful weekend I had with my parents last weekend.
3. My friend, Rachel. She's really been funny this week.
4. My fireplace! I love cuddling up in front of it.
5. My taco dinner. Mmmmm. The best part-my hubby cooked it! :)
6. My lipbalm. It is really yucky and cold out there this week.
7. My warm snow shoes from Lands End. I love love them!
8. My sister. She took me to lunch on Monday and brought me some goodies. Love you!
9. The fact that my laundry is almost finished.
10. The new clothes my parents bought for Nathan! I cannot wait to wash and put them away.
11. My new tri-ply clad pans! I'm adjusting to them, but they are so beautiful. I know, I'm a dork.
11. My new jewelry armoire. It is so nice to have somewhere to put your jewelry so that you can actually find it. It is so organized!
12. Terminating that employee. I had felt just terrible about it until I cleaned out her desk today. I found months of hidden filing/projects! I was sooo mad.
13. Finding the hidden stash of undone work BEFORE I left on maternity leave.
14. The positive response we have gotten to our ad for replacement. I hope to have someone in place before I leave.
15. Pretzels. Random, I know. I've been eating them all week. They are soooo good.
16. Pillows! I cannot imagine how uncomfortable I'd be without all of my pillows every night. Poor Marc. :) It is like a fort!
17. Chocolate Mousse Pie! I'm about to go eat a piece! YUM! THANKS MOM!!!
18. Ayr! I started using this stuff and it is just wonderful. If you have a dry nose or get bloody noses easily, you should try it. I've had issues with that nearly the entire pregnancy. Finally! Relief! It is amazing!
19. My Christmas Tree and the new James Taylor cd Marc bought.
20. My friends and family. Always!
21. One more day!

I hope you all have a great evening and a great Friday. If tomorrow proves to be as busy as the rest of the week, I most likely won't get to post.

Thinking of you and hoping to catch up with you all soon! I'm sorry for being a slacker. Know I am thinking of you!

Hugs,
Jess

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Quick Quick Update

Boy! Today has been nutty. :) We got a tiny bit of snow this morning and the whole metro area was in gridlock. My 13 mile commute (typically 45 min-1hr) took me FOUR HOURS! Wow! There wasn't anything to be done about it so, I just sat in my warm car and watched the snow.

By the time I made it to work, others were straggling in also and we had lots to face. Sadly, I had to terminate the employee I mentioned last week yesterday. So, I'm looking for a replacement. Always a fun thing.

I decided to pick up lunch from the deli downstairs so that I could just eat at my desk and work. A nice man in front of me turned around, looked at my belly and said, "You look like you are carrying a lot of weight there. Want to go ahead of me?" Now, I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Had he said this to another pregnant woman, he might have been punched. I knew he meant well, even if he wasn't exactly tactful. :)

Sydney's school called a while ago, they are closing at 4pm. So, I'm off to fight the traffic again. Hopefully, the home trip will be easier. :)

I hope you all are happy and warm! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

IPES! Is that me??

I'll admit I had a rough morning. Morning sickness started up again a few weeks ago, but thankfully it only hits three or four times a week and is usually over and done with by the time I get out the door. Small price to pay and it is NOTHING like it was with Syd.

Anyway, this morning was no different. Once I spent fifteen or twenty minutes in the car with the windows cracked, I felt fine. I had tried throwing on some powder this morning to rid myself of the "tired" look. Once I made it to work, I pulled out my pocket mirror and GASPED! I look absolutely dreadful today. I'm serious! My eyes are puffy, my face is splotchy and my hair, well, who cares! :) Downside to this? I open my calendar to see that my boss scheduled me for a new client meeting this morning. IPES! I cannot help but laugh. Doesn't it always work out like that? :)

So, I've got to whip out my MK face I've been storing in my desk drawer and get ready for a meeting. I hope you all have a wonderful and silly day!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Monday Monday!

Wow! What a wonderful weekend I had! I was spoiled absolutely rotten by my family and friends. Thank you all so much for the emails, cards and gifts. I am so very fortunate to have each of you in my life.

My sweet-tart husband took me to the Melting Pot for dinner on Friday night for a much needed grown up night. It was sooooo wonderful. I love that restaurant so much! I loved spending the few hours there with him even more. Thank you for babysitting, Wes. That was so sweet!

Saturday morning, Sydney and I got an early start. We finished packing, took baths, had a bowl of cereal and headed to Mom and Tom's for the remainder of the weekend. Mom, Sydney and I had lunch at Carlos O'Kelly's, another huge favorite. Then we skipped over to the Tarjay to spend a gift card a friend gave me. By the time we got there, little Syd had fallen asleep so, we went through the Starbucks drive thru and parked the car. We talked until she woke up. We spent nearly two hours in the car just talking. I loved it!

We managed to make it into the Target and I found some warm pjs for my hospital bag. I only had a few pair and I keep taking them out of the bag. I figured it defeated the purpose and I should buy a few more sets. :) I love pjs anyway.

We headed home and mom made me the BEST dinner ever (ham rolls continental and chocolate mousse pie). It was wonderful!!! There is always something about mom's cooking. Must be the love! Next, I opened my gifts from them. First, a cute little mug filled with vanilla lotion and hot chocolate. YUM! Next, a BEAUTIFUL jewelry armoire! I have been wanting one for quite some time and it is so beautiful. It has so many neat little features. I hope to have many many more years to fill it, but I've got a pretty good head start.

Yesterday, I had lunch with mom and Tom. Then, we went to visit my grandparents. Since I am now officially sequestered to my home area, I wanted to visit them before Christmas. I'm glad we made it.

The weekend went by so fast, but they always do.

Today, my sister is meeting me for lunch! What a way to start the week!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Big 3-0 on the 30th!

Well, today is my birthday and so far, it has been pretty interesting.

Just after the alarm went off this morning, Sydney came barrelling into our room to announce, "I peed in the bed, Dad!" I was pretty confused about this because, although Syd wears underwear all day, we haven't attempted any nighttime training yet. Marc checked it out and sure enough, she had managed to pee around her diaper. Funny, but frustrating when you've got to get to work. Sydney, of course, made up for it when she climbed into the bed and sang 'Happy Birthday' to me and Madison, our dog.

Unfortunately, there were a few more hiccups this morning that added to the rocky start. I won't bore you. Let's just say I was ready to get back into bed and try again tomorrow. Thankfully, for the most part, I am back on track.

I got a call from my mommy on the way to work! :) She had lots of energy and positivity to spread my way, which really helped me get back into the birthday spirit. Shortly thereafter, my dad called, another good conversation. I've gotten a few b-day emails and cards. My sister just cld. :) I miss her so much. My boss got me a new DB purse!!! I'm so spoiled. I love it! Next on my list, I'm going to order new pots and pans from QVC. My grandparents and mother in law gave me money for my b-day! :) YAY!

I hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Wow! I cannot believe it is Thursday already. Seems like it was only just yesterday I was watching 'Desperate Housewives' on tv and wishing I had just one more day off. You know you can never get enough! :)

So, I had very light traffic again this morning and I stopped into Starbucks. They were a little busier today and they had a backup barista taking orders from line at the pastry case rather than at the bar. This helps them move faster, but I don't like it as much because I have to yell what I want across the store. I cannot help but be embarrassed about such silly things. Goofy right?

Anyway, as I was leaving, I passed by the same man I've been passing for the last SEVEN years. Actually, I'm thinking it might be six because I don't thing the Starbucks here opened the first year. In any event, I left the store wondering what the man's name is and what he does. After so many years of passing and exchanging hellos, you would think that one of us would have made an introduction by now. Of course, not me, I'm terribly shy. :) Instead I just play a guessing game in my head about what he does that allows him to hang out at the Starbucks every morning. I've often thought he is an aged and wise professor at GMU or GWU and how interesting it would be to find out his thoughts on social issues. He looks like he could teach sociology.

On other days, I guess that he is independently wealthy and likes to people watch. So, he gets up, showers and heads to the Starbucks to watch who comes in and out. Then, I wonder if he is a journalist. The list goes on and on. I've decided that I'll probably never know more than I do. He will always be the older gentleman who sits by the door at Starbucks reading the morning paper. One day he, or I, won't be there anymore.

Well, on to my list! Today I am thankful for:

1. my family and friends.
2. my decaf tall vanilla mocha and blueberry coffee cake. Thanks Dad and Jenn for the giftcard!
3. my reliable car that got me to work. My boss' VERY expensive car went to the shop again this week.
4. my cushy job at a desk. Seriously, it is bitter outside today and I'm warm. I bet those construction workers are feeling it.
5. not running any hosiery this week! Yay! I made it one whole week. Oh no, it is still early. Hope I didn't jinx it.
6. making it through one year without Mr. Colby. We had to put him to sleep one year ago Sunday and it was the hardest thing I have yet to do. I miss him so much.
7. my brother, Wes, who takes time out to come hang out with us every week. I love you! I know you're reading today.
8. a sense of humor. I've really needed it this week. What a difference it makes!
9. Lt. Col. Tom, who is currently serving in Iraq. He is a million miles from his wife and three children. I know it isn't easy. I'm thankful for his, and his family's, sacrifice.
10. Subway. I had a great sub from there yesterday.
11. giving people that work in my building. We collected a ton of food for the FBA canned food drive! Yay!
12. my Sydney's sweet voice. She is ready to sing 'Happy Birthday' to mommy tomorrow. She has been practicing. I cannot think of a better gift. Well, maybe in a few years she and Nathan will sing to me.
13. the leftovers in my fridge. Tonight, there is no cooking.
14. my new shirts! Of course, I love them. My mom picked up a few maternity tops for me and I've been enjoying them all week. Today's is my favorite, pink cashmere. It is so soft. Thank you, mommy.
15. tomorrow's paycheck.
16. my skin. It is so sensitive, but clear. I'm very fortunate.
17. my Hickory Farms delivery. It finally came! I've been waiting for weeks. I cannot wait to enjoy it. NOW, it feels like Christmas time.
18. my memories of staying at Granny and Don's when I was a kid. I am convinced there is no better garden for a child's imagination than the wide-open field of a farm. I used to ride my three-wheeler up and down the gravel road while singing "Cool Rider" at the top of my lungs. I know I was a dork. I still am. Now, I just sing Celine Dion at the top of my lungs while ironing clothes. Sydney thinks it is quite funny.
19. Oysters. Seriously, I wish I had some right now!
20. my shoes. I LOVE THEM! I have had them for probably nine years and they are still in great shape. They are so comfortable. I worried at the time that I was spending too much ($70). I'd say I got my money's worth! Yay Nine West!
21. Rascal Flatts. I'm listening to them right now. "At last I can see, that life has been patiently waiting for me....I'm not alone."
22. my sister. I miss you so much right now I can barely stand it. I know you have no idea.
23. patience. I'm happy to have the patience to sit and wait for things to work themselves out. Well, I try.
24. the birds outside my office window. They are often putting on shows and serenading me.
25. one more day on this earth. It is one more day to attempt to get it right.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Please Listen to the Words that are Coming Out of My Mouth!

I am having quite a chuckle this morning at someone in my life. This person, although very sweet and kind, is...dare I say it, DENSE!

Now, we all have our days. I know I do, often. However, this individual is really an exception as every day is a "day". One of my least favorite parts of my job is telling people when they are not meeting the mark. It really and truly sucks, especially when the person is so sweet. I had such a conversation with this individual on Monday. It was a "last chance" conversation. I always feel like such an ogre. During the conversation, I clearly outlined the issues and explained the steps necessary to correct each item. I left the meeting feeling terrible, but satisfied that we were both on the same page.

Today, I find out that one of the steps I asked her to take to correct just one of the many issues had not been taken. When I asked why it hadn't been done, I got blank stare and, after a very pregnant pause, a lame excuse. So, I had to resort to "interpretive dance". This is what my Rachel calls it. :) I use props and everything. Really, it is just a slow recap of what we have discussed. In this case, I used my chair, a notebook and some of my dramatic energy. Typically, it really breaks the ice and we both end up laughing. Today was no exception. This is a very rare event and I pull it out only when I have exhausted all other means of communication. Seriously, it has been SIX months of this nonsense. It has, in the past, worked wonders in the worst of subjects, but I question the effectiveness this time. We'll see. Sigh.

Keeping my fingers crossed for a miracle! I really really hate being a bad guy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Devastating Loss

By now you have all heard that Sean Taylor passed away last night from his gunshot injury. You can read the story here. I'm in shock. What an incredible loss to his friends, team, supporters and above all, his family. Taylor leaves behind a daughter that will never know her father. My heart goes out to her and his surviving family and friends.

They are investigating as if it was a burglary. For the record, I don't believe it was a burglary.

The capability for humans to be so violent never ceases to amaze me. I'm not so naive to think that we should all hold hands and sing songs, but...I just don't understand. I know I never will.

Monday, November 26, 2007

I swallowed a turkey, really!

I hope everyone had a great holiday! We sure did. I have officially concluded that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and, although I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to this year, it was absolutely wonderful!

My mom spent days preparing for the big feast and it showed! Not only was the food awesome, but there was enough to feed a small country left when we were finished. Of course, we were happy to help with the leftovers. I have eaten a turkey sandwich every day since. I would be happy to eat them for another week, but alas, I'm nearly out of turkey. You should see my waistline! Ha ha! Thanks, Mom! It was soooo good.

We also had the chance to visit with my dad and his side of the family on Friday. Of course, another good meal. This time, ham. Yum! We had our Christmas exchange while we were there and it was so much fun. Sydney is going to be a blast this holiday. She is really into opening gifts. She helped my grandfather open a package and she was disappointed to find a shirt. She looked at me and said, "I don't want this." I had to crack up.

We spent the rest of the holiday vegging, eating, napping and just doing as little as possible. It was absolutely wonderful! :) How lucky are we? We did manage to make it to the grocery store yesterday to pick up a few things for the week and to pick up a pile of groceries for the food drive. I'm excited to say that our building filled our huge tub with canned goods and then some! I will be delivering lots of food to the FBA meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

I didn't cook once over this long weekend. I missed it. I have a new appetizer recipe to try this week for my Christmas dinner. I'm looking forward to making it. Too funny and totally lame! :)

Well, I'm looking forward to reading all the blogs I missed while I was out of town.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Guess What Time It Is!

Don't anyone fall over in the floor, but it is 3:03am! My hips were driving me absolutely crazy and I thought I should get out of the bed for a while to stretch them out. In addition to the hip issue, I've been worried about some gift certificates I ordered. Silly huh? Pregnant women worry about some goofy stuff in the middle of the night! :) Well, truthfully, I am not sure the pregnancy has much to do with the worry. The hips, yes.

I'm celebrating Christmas with my dad's side of the family this weekend so I was wrapping presents tonight. I realized tonight that a short stack of gift certificates I had ordered, and I feel fairly certain we received them, were missing. So, I've been worried about them for the last several hours. I finally decided to come log in and see if I had actually received them. After all, it is equally as silly to worry when I can check on it and make myself feel better. Turns out they were mailed to us at home. We've been organizing like mad people here so I just know one of us has thrown them out. THANKFULLY they can be resent! Also, I'm happy I realized while it was still November! These gift cards will be distributed closer to the actual holiday. What a relief! I was so concerned that we would lose the money. I'm certainly not willing to toss a couple hundred bucks in the garbage and smile about it. Ha! Ha!

So, now that Christmas is saved and my hips have had a rest, I suppose I can go back to bed. That alarm clock is going to go off sooner than I want. :)

Happy Day! :) BTW-If this doesn't make sense...it is 3am. I have a hard time making sense during daylight hours! :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Oxi Clean Spray to the Rescue!!



If you haven't tried it yet, run out and get some! Oxi Clean Spray was recommended to me by a friend and I had it tucked it my purse for nearly a month when I finally got to try it. :) I know, how amazing is that?! I have a messy two-year-old.

While we were out on Friday morning having breakfast, Sydney managed to cover her new zipup with strawberry syrup. Ipes! We hadn't even gotten to school yet. These things bother Marc a lot less, but I just cannot stand to send Syd to school in spotted clothes. It has to be pretty faint. This, of course, makes no sense because she gets the dirtiest at school. I guess I fear that someone will think we are not taking care of her. Silly, I know.

Anyway, this stuff wiped out nearly all of the syrup! STRAWBERRY SYRUP!! How cool is that?

I think I am going to put them in my Christmas work baggies. We are always making messes here! :) Some here are messier than others! What a helpful thing to have!

Wow! What a way to start the day!

I came in this chilly Monday morning to numerous comments on my Thankful Thursday post! :) Yay! I was so happy to read the responses this morning. I've often heard that you get what you put out in this life. This morning, I feel as though it is true. Thanks. :)

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I have been under the radar since Thursday evening. I left work early on Thursday for a doctor's apt, which went very well. We are both healthy and on track.

I took the day off on Friday to visit my mom, but she was overwhelmed with chores. In order to give her a chance to get caught up, I opted to stay home. Since we are unable to carry our days over into the next year (FYI-STUPID POLICY), I decided to take the day to myself. I woke up early and went to breakfast with Marc and Sydney. We dropped Syd off at school and Marc dropped me off at home. I thought about all the things I could do and then decided that I would go back to bed for a few hours. After my morning nap, I got up and went to the mall. I hadn't had my haircut in months. I always hate cutting into my evening time with family. I've been able to get away with it since my hair is so long.

I went to visit Stephanie (stylist) and because I hadn't seen her in months, I had no idea she was pregnant! :) 20 wks, in fact, and she is having a girl! Wow! She is doing so very well and I am happy to hear it.

After that, I decided it was time for lunch. I had been thinking about queso the entire time Steph was cutting my hair. I went to the bookstore, picked up a few magazines and headed to Chevy's in the mall. Wasn't I surprised to learn that Chevy's was gone!? I know I must have stood there dumbfounded for a few minutes. I was probably looking around as if they had just moved the restaurant. After standing there, looking stupid for a few minutes, I left and made my way to Los Toltecos instead. :) The queso was definitely not as good as Chevy's, but the guac made up for it. I enjoyed lunch, alone, and read my two new magazines (Gourmet and the Paula Deen Christmas Edition). By the way, blah on the Gourmet and THUMBS UP for the P.D. Edition! I'm using some of the recipes for my Christmas dinner. We tested the sausage ball recipe last night and it got great reviews from both of my guinea pigs (Marc and Syd).

The rest of the afternoon was just as relaxing and productive! I went to Babiesrus and picked up some items we needed. I picked up our artwork from Michael's, made a grocery list and watched Judge Judy. :) It was the perfect day off!

The weekend was pretty busy and Marc worked both days. There were lots of chores completed and we even managed to have some fun! :) We went to Red Robin on Saturday for lunch. The A1 Peppercorn is back!!! YUM!

I'm sad to say that the Redskins lost to Dallas, but we did put up a good fight. Oh well. We watched 'Chuck and Larry' after Syd went to bed. Actually, I watched it. Marc fell asleep. :) It was pretty cute.

What a nice, quiet and happy weekend! :) I hope you had one too.

Happy Monday!
Jess

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I've been wanting to do this for a while actually, but I never seemed to remember to do it. I'm a bit of a space cadet and my mind wanders. I hope to continue the trend, but we'll see what happens.

I've been struggling lately with a ton of negativity in my life, actually just negative people. There are a few individuals in particular that really have been the greatest sources of negativity. I have been listening to their complaints over every event in their lives, some big and some small, for months now and I'm just tired. I've tried hard to be supportive and uplifting to no avail. Now, I find myself slipping slowly into their habits. I REFUSE to let this happen. I've tried to remind them, and myself, that there are people with REAL problems and while it is okay to get frustrated sometimes, it is not okay to mope or constantly whine over the little things. I know, I know, it is hard for you to understand exactly what I mean when I have given very little detail. When I tell you little things, I mean it (i.e. getting totally ramped up over deciding what to cook for dinner).

So, in an effort to rid myself of the funky slime that has managed to ooze onto me, I'm going to start Thankful Thursday! I can always use reminders of how fortunate and lucky I am. It is a great way to keep myself in check.

Today I am thankful for:

1. my family (incl. my puppy)
2. my friends
3. the rain
4. my job
5. hot chocolate (what a morning yum!)
6. my senses
7. the lotion on my desk (winter weather isn't here yet, but winter skin sure is)
8. my homemade lasagna lunch
9. the ability to go to the doctor today for a check up without worry (some are unable)
10. my very reliable Honda
11. having the day off tomorrow (not sure what I'm doing yet, but I'm glad I have it)
12. warm clothes
13. almost being finished with my Christmas shopping
14. being able to go Christmas shopping
15. pay day
16. being able to pay my bills
17. an extremely wealthy client who has shown me that the grass isn't always greener just because you have greenbacks
18. the recycling bins in our office (I'm so glad we finally got everyone on board!)
19. those who are positive in my life that have helped me work toward being a more positive individual! I know it is a tough job changing me! :)
20. eager salespeople that bring me candy and food to win our business (they know their way to my heart)
21. The Kane Show (Hot 99.5)! I love these guys.
22. Clients that keep me on my toes! That is why I have to end this. :)

Have a great day! What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday Wednesday

It is foggy this morning and surprisingly warm. I stopped to get gas this morning and was amazed that I didn't even need a jacket. It was so comfortable that I got lost in the morning fog and forgot that I was supposed to be on my way to work. :)

I fell asleep on the couch last night after the first ten minutes of NCIS. When I woke up it was 8:45pm. I decided to just scrap the rest of the show and The Unit for the second week in a row. I climbed into bed and slept until around 1:30am when my nightly fun began. It is getting a bit more difficult to get comfortable and, of course, the five or six trips to the bathroom doesn't help. :) Now, I understand why I am constantly falling asleep the second I sit down at night. :)

I got a new book from Amazon yesterday. The title escapes me at this moment, but it is about the history of the Salem witch trials. I've always found the subject fascinating and am looking forward to reading it. I have several other books on the way, thanks to Charlie and Tim, and I've already forgotten what they are! :) It will be a surprise! :)

Rachel has been in depositions for the last few days and she is finally free! :) I think today we'll have a celebratory sushi lunch. I discovered that the Japanese restaurant we go to carries fried oysters and squid!!! MMMMM! So, I can pretty much make a meal on that alone. Fried oysters always reminds me of my dad and his family. I love love love them!

Have a great day and I'll check in later!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Slacker!

Wow! I just noticed that my last post was Wednesday of last week. Funny, it doesn't seem like it has been that long. Guess I didn't have much to say. :)

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We did, but it was busy. Saturday we did chores and ran errands. I started my cooking marathon, which continued to Sunday. I made chili, beef stroganoff, spaghetti sauce (used also for lasagna) and beef stew (Jess-I totally thought of you the entire time I was making the stew! I still remember you making that for us when Syd was born. It makes me miss you that much more!). Our freezers are packed! I knew I'd probably better stock up for those cold evenings coming up. It is so much easier to have stuff made for weeknights. Obviously, this will give us a few weeknights free a week for a bit.

We put up our Christmas tree late last week. Sydney had a great time decorating it and doesn't understand that we are finished. :) She has asked for additional ornaments every day. :) Marc will be working a lot next month and we decided that we should just put it up and enjoy it since we will be home this year. I hate to admit it, because Christmas is probably my least favorite holiday, but I have really enjoyed looking at it. I think Sydney's excitement over it could be the big factor. Perhaps she and Nathan can change my attitude about Christmas.

Well, I hope everyone has a great day! Looks like it might be a busy day at work today despite the government holiday. I'm happy to be busy!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hugs Banned In Illinois Schools?

I just got back from a yummy lunch at Fudd's with my sweetheart. When I returned, I was shocked to find this story on the MSN homepage.

Evidently, an Illinois school has a no PDA policy. As a result, a 13-year-old girl was given two days detention for hugging her two friends goodbye. According to MSN, the school's policy states: “Displays of affection should not occur on the school campus at any time. It is in poor taste, reflects poor judgment, and brings discredit to the school and to the persons involved.” How far does it go?

I certainly can understand that administrators do not want hormonal teenagers making out in the hall. That used to happen in my school and it was disgusting. I understand that, but a hug goodbye? What's next? I just posted the other day that I used to be a very huggy person. I remember being very excited to see my friends after an extended break. I would hug them. I remember hugging some of my teachers in celebration and, occasionally, sadness. Are we really helping students or hurting them? I fear the latter.

I agree that boundaries need to be set for sloppy and disgusting displays of public affection, but I think this IL school has gone too far. I wonder if there are policies like this here in VA and if so, how are they enforced? Maybe some of my teacher friends can chime in. Maybe there is another side to the story I just don't see.

So, in protest, (((HUGS))) to all of you! :) Actually, I'd probably do it anyway! :)

Halloween Photos!

Here are the photos from Halloween 2007 (Syd's first "trick or treat")!


Stunning doctor costume, eh? Yep, I made it! Go Jess! Go Jess! :)
Oh-I have to admit that I had some help with the shirt from my mom! :)


Here's Syd giving her dad a shot in the butt with her fake syringe! Ha ha ha!


Dr. Sydney is on the floor!


Dr. Sydney and Daddy



Let's get the candy, Mom!

First house! Hope they don't mind that we are stopping for a photo!

Hmmm..where should we go now?




Wow! It is dark. We tried to get in a few last photos
(Uncle Wes at the top and Daddy at the bottom).

Now, it is time to go home and check the loot! :)

I posted a few fall and belly photos below also! :)

Happy Wednesday!



Pumpkin Patch and Belly! :)

Finally, here are some photos! The first shots were taken the weekend we went to Williamsburg to visit Rachael, Brien and Lily. The girls had a lovely time!


























Here are the most recent photos of the belly. We took these around Oct 18th. So, I was 28 wks at the time. I am 31 wks tomorrow and am, of course, even bigger! You'll probably see those after Nathan is born. :)











Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Clogged Sink and Chicken "Bobs"

Last night was quite a festivity! :) We had to have a plumber visit because our kitchen sink was clogged. Marc tried to blame me, but as it turns out, I wasn't the primary issue! The plumber was at our house for almost two hours last night shoving 100 ft of coiled wire in and out of the pipes. FINALLY! The wire emerged with a rubber band and two giant hairballs (one brown and one blond). We have no idea! I don't use this area to wash hair. There was also a little rice and broccoli. That is what we thought originally caused the problem. Did you know that you cannot use your garbage disposal for food grinding!?

I'm serious! I've had a garbage disposal nearly all my life and I know about the std coffee grinds, grease, etc., but they are even more picky now. After having the conversation with the plumber last night, I'm convinced the disposal is just for the bits of food that come off your dishes when you wash them. OK? Isn't that annoying. I don't know about you, but I HATE putting food in the garbage. Mainly, it smells and has the potential to attract unwanted bugs and pests. I thought it was better to run it down the disposal. It cuts down on landfill waste right? Yes, but did you know that can be very hard on water treatment plants. In fact, running the disposal actually requires increased use in electricity and extra water. Not really something I thought about. I've done some reading this week. Can you tell?

So, $310 later, I've learned my lesson. While the major problem wasn't me, I wasn't helping. Additionally, my belief that I was being more "green" was inaccurate. I'm thinking I might have to look into a counter compost holder, but I'm hesitant. After all, smells KILL me. Who wants their kitchen to smell of rotting food? I also don't have a serious garden so, what am I supposed to do with compost. So far, it appears to be an expensive and time consuming process. Hmm.

After our plumbing fiasco last night, I decided that we should pick up dinner. So, I picked up chicken and lamb kabobs from Sorrento's. It was sooooooo wonderful. Sydney talked about eating her chicken "bobs" all the way to Sorrento's and back. I'm so glad she liked them as much as I did! :)

Have a great clog-free day!

Monday, November 5, 2007

How Do You Explain It?

How do you explain to a two-year-old that Mommy is crying because she is HAPPY, not sad?


I'm a very emotional person on a normal day. I've always been this way and I just cannot help it. I have, over time, managed to tone it down so that people, aside from family, don't think I'm a nut. :) Before that, I would have no problem hugging and loving on my friends. It wouldn't have been unusual for me to have met you once or twice and give you a hug the next time I saw you. I realized that some people are understandably uncomfortable with that and so, I, for the most part, stopped doing it. In fact, I think I've gone almost to the opposite extreme. Take my friend, Jess, as an example.

I started going to Jess for haircuts about four years ago. Now, I'm lost without her since she's in Kansas, but I further digress. It was always such a joy to get my haircut, but I think I was just more excited to see Jess. After a few visits, we realized that we lived right down the street from each other and got together maybe once or twice before we got pregnant. I think that was when we started talking more...commiserating. After the girls were born, we got together a bit more. Despite having known Jess for such a span of time, I still held back. I guess I fear that I might scare someone away. :) Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about SWF here or anything. Many people are just not "over-the-top" with their feelings as I can be. Perhaps they hide it like me. :)

Anyway, talk about going around the bush and through the woods, I cannot hold it in at home. I am one emotionally-charged chick, good or bad. This has, of course, been exacerbated by pregnancy hormones. Sunday afternoon, we were about to leave the house when I came down the stairs and found Sydney on Marc's lap in our office listening to music. Marc was singing to her. They saw me watching them and gave me big smiles. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I started to cry. Love is such a powerful, powerful feeling. So there I am crying, hugging the two of them and thanking whatever great being that brought these two wonderful people into my life. I know I don't deserve them or the other precious life in my belly. Sydney was instantly concerned and kept asking me what was wrong. I had to attempt to explain that sometimes we cry when we are happy. She looked at me like I had a unicorn horn, gave me a hug and said, "It's okay, Mommy. It's okay." Poor girl. :) What else could I say?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I have more to tell you, but I'll have to return later.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Friday! Friday!

In some ways it seems like this week just would not end and in other ways, it just slipped by me. Either way, I am happy that Friday is here and that the weekend is right around the corner.

Halloween went very very well. Sydney had a ball. She was truly cracking up all the neighbors by offering them shots for Halloween with her plastic syringe. So silly. She loved her doctor costume and had to sleep in it that night. :) She gave me the biggest and longest UNPROMPTED hug for making her costume. She was soooo sweet, "Thank you for making my costume, Mommy. Thank you for the chocolate." This week was Syd's first exposure to candy.

I am happy to report that the first two days in underpants at school have gone very very well. Accident free! :) I know it is inevitable, but she is just so proud of herself. My sister, Ashley, is coming over tomorrow and Sydney is very excited to show her underwear to her aunt. I'm sure Ashley will be thrilled. :) Ha ha!

My sister and I are going to spend the evening together tomorrow. It is our first "sisters night" in about...hmmm...a really really long time. We are stopping by a Southern Living party first and then we are off to see SAW IV. I literally cannot remember the last movie I saw in the theatre. I know the earliest it could be was January. I'm very excited!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hello Ya'll! Hello Kitty Underpants!

Sydney is turning into quite the big girl these days. She has slept in her big girl room for several nights now, without any protest. I was a bit hesitant to put Syd in a full size bed because it was so big, but now I love it! She has the bumpers on either side to keep her safe, but my favorite part is being able to snuggle in the bed with her to read a story, go through the bedtime routine or wake her up in the morning. I just love it! There is nothing better on this earth than snuggling up to a sleepy baby and have them fling their arms over you and squeeze. Awww.

If the big girl room wasn't enough, Sydney went to school yesterday and today with underwear! She wore them all morning yesterday without any issues. The afternoon teacher didn't realize she was supposed to wear them (they put them in pull ups for naps) and so, she didn't get to wear them in the afternoon. I've been told that she'll be in them all day today (except nap time). I'm sure she'll have her share of accidents over the next few weeks, which might be a good idea. She doesn't notice the accidents in the pull ups as well. What a big big girl!

We are looking forward to the first "trick or treat" tonight. Sydney is also. I just wonder what she'll think of it all.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Oh Technology!

I have to type quickly. I don't know how long I will actually have service. We've had all kinds of issues with technology since Thursday of last week. I don't know when they will be resolved. Until then, I'm hanging around.

Happy Birthday Mom and Tom!

Hope you all are well and enjoying the day. Tomorrow is Happy Halloweenie! :) Yippee! Syd's first "trick or treat."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Oh Rainy Day!

I know most people detest rain, but I have always loved it. I especially love it when we've gone without it for so long! I am truly enjoying the rainy day view from my office.

I had to leave work early yesterday. Little Syd had a fever. I picked her up and took her home. She had lunch and surprise! no nap for her. I thought for sure the little pumpkin would come home and fall asleep because she looked absolutely miserable, but she was just happy to be close. In fact, she hung out at the kitchen table with me for an hour while I made the pants to her Halloween costume. Yep! I finished! The pants were significantly easier than the shirt. I had to pat myself on the back, not because the costume was finished, but because I was smart enough to get my mom to help guide me through the harder of the pieces. :) I might have been in deep trouble otherwise. :) I now can somewhat read pattern instructions and am considering another project. What the hay! I don't have any homework, except to hit Barnes & Noble with the gift card that has been burning a hole in my purse.

Marc stayed home with the princess today, our school is very strict. She had quite a yucky cough so, to be on the safe side, Marc took her to the pediatrician this morning. No sense waiting for the weekend and having her suffer. She's been cleared for school tomorrow and he gave her a decongestant to crush the cough. We love her pediatrician. So, I'm sure Syd will be back to 100% in a day or so.

You know what is super cute? My husband. I just love him. Last night, I was quite bored with television. Forgive me, but I was super po'ed that the World Series caused 'Kitchen Nightmares' to be cancelled. I know, I know. How un-American? So, we struggled to find something to watch and honestly, I cannot even remember what we ended up with as my eyes were wandering around the room. My brain was also focused on all sorts of things. While my eyes were wandering, I caught sight of my cute little husband curled up on the love seat reading a book. Now, Marc, despite the fact he is a good seven or eight inches taller than me, parks his butt on the smaller sofa so that I can stretch out on the big sofa. If that isn't sweet enough, you have to know what Marc is reading. Some might guess the latest IT dork book (sorry, babe), Stephen King or Koontz. If you did, you'd be wrong! Nope, my baby was reading, 'The Happiest Toddler on the Block.' Just another exhibit of Marc's commitment to fatherhood and our family. I'm soo lucky to have him!

I hope you all have a great day, what's left of it! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Yay! Rain!!!

I was so thrilled to wake up this morning to tiny falling raindrops. Things in our county were really moving in a desperate direction. A few weeks ago they implemented the mandatory conservation and were recently talking about taking additional steps. I hope we get a nice spell of significant rain!

I worked on Syd's costume last night. After three hours, the shirt is complete! Tonight, I begin the pants. I will be starting these without ANY help. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I hope you all have a great day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Dad, I failed!"

At least that is what I felt like I was saying this afternoon when I told my boss I would not be applying to law school this Fall. I really look up to my boss in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to my career. As some of you may feel, there is nothing worse than disappointing your family and friends.

Well, it was a grueling task, but it is over now and I feel like he knows where I stand. It certainly is humbling to admit it when you fail. It is only temporary. I know I will get there, one day! :)

Say It Isn't So!

I typically do not post on the weekend, but I do try to post on Mondays. I just didn't feel like it yesterday.

I arrived to work yesterday morning to the dreaded email from the LSAC. I did as poorly as I thought on my LSAT. I knew it was coming so, I really didn't fool myself. After the choke session I had, I knew there was no recovering, but I tried to push through anyway. Of course, until you see it on paper, it is easy to pretend it isn't there. So, what now? I've been waffling about that since I took the exam. I'm never this indecisive about such things. I have a lot of friends telling me that this indecision is a clue. I think they might be correct. I'm starting to think that I just need to step back for a while. I don't know. See! Bleah! Now that I've gotten that out, I'll tell you about my weekend. :)

Friday night, our Anniversary, was delightful. We had a nice dinner at home (french onion soup, bacon-wrapped fillet, twice baked potato, grilled asparagus and strawberry shortcake). It was so good. Sydney enjoyed it also. :)

Saturday, Marc slept for most of the morning (he worked a night shift). Sydney and I got up, got dressed and headed to Starbucks. We ordered a blueberry muffin, egg sandwich, decaf vanilla mocha and a chocolate milk. We drove to the park near our house and ate our breakfast while we watched the deer congregate. We stayed for over an hour. The deer had started to scatter back into the trees and Syd was bored. :) It was such a nice time with her. We went home and played until daddy got up. We all had lunch and did some chores. It is funny, but I'm drawing a blank. I don't know what we did after that or what we had for dinner that day. Strange.

Probably the biggest event of the weekend was moving Sydney to her "big girl" room. We put the new bedding on the bed and moved her clothes. She slept there soundly on Saturday and Sunday. Last night, she decided not to sleep in the big girl bed. She ended up sleeping in her crib last night. I'm glad we decided to make the switch early. It looks like it might be quite an adjustment.

Sunday was a terrible afternoon and very frustrating. Sydney refused to take a nap the entire weekend and she was exceptionally obstinate on Sunday afternoon. I had a really hard time with her. So much so that I wanted to lock myself in my office and cry. What do you do when they just WON'T LISTEN??? Marc and I are trying so hard not spank. We were both spanked and we were fine, but we've just decided to try a different approach. We've just hit a rough patch and we are not, I am not, sure how to deal with the 'tude! I'm sure we'll get it figured out, but until we do, I'm left trying to keep my cool. I have a HOT temper so, that is very difficult. Sydney and I are VERY MUCH alike! :)

Well, just in case you were wondering, the weekend ended just fine. Sydney and I called a truce. We blew bubbles outside and made chicken salad. I tucked her into her bed after her bath and she was asleep before I turned out the light. The weekend ended with the same sweet angel I shared my egg sandwich with in the park on Saturday morning. Isn't it just simply amazing how much you love your kids?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tagged

Jess G seems to be under the impression that I read frequently, which is not entirely inaccurate. Unfortunately, I have been consumed with textbooks for so long, reading for fun was tossed aside. Nonetheless, I will try my best! :)

Hardcover or paperback, and why?

Absolutely paperback! They are less expensive, durable and since they are often smaller than their hardcover buddies, they fit well in my bag.

If I were to own a book shop I would call it…

Between the Lines

I'm far from creative! Part of the fun of reading is your individual experience with the work.

My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…

'Tuesdays with Morrie' written by Mitch Albom truly touched my heart. There were many lessons from this short read, but my favorite:

"Do the kinds of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things. On the contrary, you’ll be overwhelmed with what comes back."

The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be …

Frank McCourt, hands down! I fell in love with Angela's Ashes. I loved him so much that I attended a book signing when 'Teacher Man' was published. I was so nervous I couldn't even open my mouth. It was really quite silly. Frank McCourt is quite humorous, even in person. I love reading about people that overcome great obstacles in their life. It inspires me in so many ways.

If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be ...

My scrapbook! I know that wasn't the expected answer. I know it would make me happier to be able to look at those photos often.

I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that...

Wouldn't it be great to find an automatic book lock? Page turners are fantastic, but staying up all night reading can make going to work the next morning very difficult. Sometimes, it would be nice to have a book that locked at bedtime. That would end the "one more chapter" game. :) Of course, weekends don't count.


If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…

I have no clue! I'm drawing a blank.

The most overestimated book of all times is…

I'm not qualified to answer this question. I'm not a very critical reader. I also rarely follow the hype on books. I usually read "popular" books several years after they were published.

I hate it when a book...

I hate it when a book drags on or ends too soon. There is a very fine balance. If I cannot get into a book within the first few chapters, I put it away. I don't have the patience. On the other hand, I hate it when I am truly enjoying a book and it ends.



Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy 5th Anniversary!


"Niagara"
Sara Evans
Standing at the edge of this cliff
Gravity being what it is
I'm afraid that I might stumble
'Cause I've never been this high
I'm so carried away by this place
And the simple beauty of your face
When the walls start to crumble
And I'm helpless to fight
'Cause you can't ask the sun not to shine
And no one's ever found a way to stop time
Oh baby it's unstoppable
I can't resist at all
I would never try to slow down the wind
Baby it just has to be what it is
And asking me not to love you
Is like asking Niagara not to fall
I can't worry my heart with what if
Maybe I should just give in
And wrap myself around you
And let you take me down
Take me down
'Cause you can't ask the sun not to shine
And no one's ever found a way to stop time
Oh baby it's unstoppable
I can't resist at all
I would never try to slow down the wind
Baby it just has to be what it is
And asking me not to love you
Is like asking Niagara not to fall


It is so hard to believe that today is our fifth wedding anniversary! Of course, Marc and I have been together since '96, but I don't have to tell you that time just flies.
For those of you that know me extremely well, you know that Marc couldn't have picked a better time to enter my life. I'm so thankful for that broken road. In fact, there isn't a day that passes that I don't think about Marc's timing. Marc is the most supportive, caring and loving husband. Sydney and I are so lucky to have him.
So, here's to my best friend, sweetie and partner in crime! Happy Anniversary, Baby! I love you with all my heart! Thank you for sharing your life with me.






"Stop it, Mommy..."

So, my little two-year-old angel got very upset with me this morning. Wow! That's new. Not! :) Sydney decided that she didn't want to get ready for school this morning. She didn't want to brush her hair or teeth; keep her shoes and socks on; or, most of all, get in the car.

We managed to accomplish all of our morning tasks, at a very slow speed, and as we were backing out of the driveway the following conversation occurred:

Sydney: Mommy, I want a sticker.

Me: Sorry, Syd. No sticker today. You were not a good listener this morning.

Sydney: That is not nice, Mommy.

Me: Sorry about that. Maybe tomorrow you'll be a better listener and then, you can have a sticker.

Sydney: Stop it, Mommy..or I'll put you in the trash!

Me: (trying not to laugh/cry) Sydney, you do not talk to Mommy that way. That is not nice.

Wow! My silly daughter wants to throw me in the trash. Where do they come up with this stuff? :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just a Day!

I was thinking about what to post today while taking my shower this morning, which made me move much slower than usual. Well, I think I'm just having a slow day. You know the ones when your brain and body have a disconnect.

I got stuck on the parkway this morning because of an accident. Despite taking a very long shower this morning and leaving a bit later than usual, it really didn't affect me at all. I did sit for quite some time, but I didn't even really mind. I'm typically very impatient when it comes to traffic and practically give myself a heart attack because I do not want to be late. Today, I just didn't care. I was listening to the radio and staring out the window. There was one point when I could see the horizon and the red sun making its way up. There was a group of black birds hanging out on a telephone wire. They were preening and chattering away. I love to wonder what they think about.

I made it to work on time, even though I had the opportunity to dawdle a bit this morning. It was nice to have that time. Now, I have to find the plug between my brain and body and reconnect. :) Looks like I will have lots of technology issues to tend to this morning, which means lots of running up and down halls.

I hope you all have a great day! :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Good Morning to You!

It is another Monday. Syd woke up in a very good mood this morning. She sang in the car this morning, "Good morning to you! What's the weather today? Is is cloudy? Is it sunny? What's the weather today?" Then, of course, she didn't want it to be Monday today either and insisted that it was Thursday. :)

We had a great weekend and, as always, it passed at top speed. Friday night, we did some chores and packed up for the weekend.

Saturday, we got up early, ate breakfast and headed to Williamsburg to visit Rachael, Brien and Lily (RachD). We arrived around 12:30pm, hung out for a bit with the family and their cutie pie dogs, Wayland and Holly. We had brought our puppy, Madison, with us since we were headed to my MIL's later in the day. After the kids and the puppies met, we headed to the NY Deli for lunch. Miss Sydney decided that her lunch would consist of four mozzarella sticks, a few bites of sandwich and one of Lily's chicken fingers. She ate so much, she didn't eat her dinner that night.

After lunch, we headed to the pumpkin patch with the girls. The two of them really hit it off and weren't terribly interested in the pumpkins. They were used as stools for them. They rolled around in the grass and dirt for most of the visit and Sydney had sooo much fun. When it was time to leave, she didn't want to let Rachael go. She's claimed her. We headed back to Rach and Brien's house to pick up Miss Madison and Syd fell asleep in the car. She was totally wiped out! She slept almost all the way to Grandma Loretta's. BTW-I have pics, of course, but they will have to wait a few days.

We arrived at Loretta's (my MIL) around 6pm. Loretta made homemade mac and cheese, green beans and stuffed chicken for dinner. YUM! She took Sydney from the second we walked in until we left. Sydney was scrubbed from head to toe when we arrived as she was a very dusty girl. She'd had so much fun digging in the dirt. Despite the late nap, Syd went to bed at her usual bedtime, without protest. She also slept until 7:45am!!! WOW!

Marc and I stayed up talking with Loretta until just after 1am. I love that! It is so hard for me to stay up that late, but I hadn't been in a room with Loretta since July. Time really flies. Sydney slept in Grandma's room that night and Loretta got up with her the next morning. Marc and I were surprised to roll over and see that we had slept until 9:30am!! If that wasn't nice enough, Loretta made homemade waffles for breakfast.

We all got dressed and headed out to USA Baby, but they were closed. We decided to have lunch at this little Mexican restaurant instead. YUM! We returned to watch the first half of the skins game and hopped on the road just after half time. Sydney talked all the way home and we listened to the game. We had almost made it home when the game ended. It was a sad loss. They were doing so well in the first. We thought they were going to pull it out. :( Next week, the Cardinals.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! :) I'll close with a tag from Tib.

ABOUT MY HUBBY! :) You know I love him! :)

What is his name? Marc Justin
How long have you been married? 5 yrs on Friday
How long did you date? About six years
How old is he? 35
Who eats more? Me. Hands Down!
Who said I love you first? I did
Who is taller? He is.
Who sings better? Probably me and I remember the words!
Who is smarter? We’re both smart. It would depend on the topic.
Whose temper is worse? Mine
Who does the laundry? We both do.
Who does the dishes? We both do.
Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? I do
Who pays the bills? Me
Who mows the lawn? He does. No thank you! Sneezeville sucks!
Who cooks dinner? That is a tough one. I think I do primarily, but he is always helping.
Who drives when you are together? He does.
Who is more stubborn? We are both equally stubborn. Actually, I think he might be a bit more stubborn.
Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Me.
Whose parents do you see the most? Mine
Who proposed? He did
Who is more sensitive? I am
Who has more friends? Me
Who has more siblings? He does. He has three.
Who wears the pants in the family? We share the same pair! :) It is more fun that way. It has gotten harder to fit since I got pregnant.

Marc, I love you! :)

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Best Friend's Wedding!

Last weekend, Marc and I slipped up to Queenstown, MD to attend my best friend's wedding. We decided to make a weekend of it and stayed at the adorable Queenstown Inn.

This B&B was so sweet. Our room, pictured below, was huge! The photo does not do it justice. There is actually another day bed to the left that you cannot see. The private bathroom was up a short flight of stairs and had a separate shower/toilet rooms. There was an outdoor patio on either side of the room. We had a very comfortable stay and the included breakfast was so good! I wanted to try everything the cafe had, but didn't have time. (Note: this B&B has had many lives! It used the be the home to the inventor of the hypodermic needle, it was a bank and a post office as well.) If you are in the area, or even if you aren't, you should stay here!




On to the main event! The ceremony location was a five minute walk from the Inn. So, it was very convenient. Rachel couldn't have asked for better weather. It was beautiful!

We were on our way to the wedding when we ran into Rachel and her father waiting to board the boat she would be arriving on. My eyes welled with tears the minute I saw her. She was so lovely. I blew her kisses and headed to the ceremony location where the guests and the groom, Matt, were waiting. He was also quite handsome. The ceremony was short and sweet! :) It was followed by a buffet dinner and, of course, cake. See a few photos below.

Here comes the bride (by land and sea)!
The ceremony.




Rach and Me!


After the reception, Marc and I went to the Jeddy (local outdoor bar) to hang out with the bride, groom, wedding party and the groom's parents. No drinks for me, of course, but the potato skins were yummy! The best part about an outdoor bar, the cigarette smoke was nearly non-existent!

Rachel has been in St. Lucia all week and I miss her terribly. I got an email from her and they are having a wonderful time in paradise! Yay, Rachel and Matt! We love you guys!