Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the struggle

OR
flab & fluff + love of sweets VS. Jillian Michaels

the frosted glaze of the holidays are over and I am finally beginning to come out of my food coma
and must admit -
I am really disappointed in myself.
I have not had a decent work out in weeks.
Once I began working I threw tossed aside my drive to 'get shredded' for that of the almighty dollar.
And I say this not because the new year is approximately 1.5 days away and I am scrambling for resolutions.........
but because this is NOT my norm.
I've mentioned before how I am a former athlete and pretty much stay activate 85% of the year
(there is that roughly 25% of the time that requires me to lay on the couch)
so starting back to work threw a bit of a monkey wrench in my fitness plans
especially with the wedding being only 207 days away!!
I want to look my best!
not to mention fitting back into my favorite jeans would be nice.
yes. I admit it.
I cannot fit into some of my clothes.
sigh.
Therefore I am subsequently generally unhappy with a lot of my fashion choices as they all seem to revolve around leggings, stretchy jeans, sweaters and baggy shirts.
I have gained more weight than usual these winter months and it's going to take me working twice as hard to work it off!!
And truthfully I want to start now.
right this minute.
no don't go thinking that I'm just being super vain and this is all about my clothes.
cuz it's not.
I don't like how I feel.
lethargic, pudgy,
just all around uncomfortable.....
and I don't like that feeling
I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get to look like Heidi Klum two weeks post postpartum
but it's going to take a LOT on my part.
First step?
get into the groove.
both literally and figuratively.
Have to find the time to work out.
I leave my house by 6:50am every morning and return about 6:50pm so there are only a few hours between work and sleep that I have free.
and those are usually filled up with "other" things.
I'm thinking that I should just started going to bed at a decent hour and getting my butt up earlier each day and getting in at least 30 min. before hopping in the shower.
I'm sure that would vastly improve my demeanor in the morning as well as put some pep in my step for the rest of the day.
I could attempt to do it in the evenings (which I have done before and enjoyed)
but I feel like that cuts away from quality time with the family.
So beginning January 1st (that's right - this Friday)
I will ease my way back into the world of fitness...........
with a brisk walk around my neighborhood - just to get the heart rate up and get the body back into the mindset of being pushed!!
Then come Monday morning I will be up at 5am (grumbling I'm sure) and getting back to Jillian yelling at me through the screen to 'push through'.
so goodbye homemade cookies, cakes, and pies.
so long caramel corn, fudge and snickers -mini's
Hello sugar/ fat free sorbet and jello
nice to see you again veggies sticks and fresh fruit snacks
salad for lunch?
watch out now!
I WILL stick with my goal and accomplish what I set out to do.
even if I have to drip sweat or cut out french fries in the process.......

ohhh who am I kidding?
I'm NOT cutting out french fries!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

a stand up lady

my mother spent the holidays in Ohio with my Grandmother who has been recovering from a bout of chemotherapy.
She's already had numerous surgeries and has gone through the chemo with flying colors
however,
she hasn't made the "full recovery" her doctors were hoping for
she's been having dizzy spells along with pain throughout her body
Needless to say the entire family is concerned with her well being and the fact that she lives alone.
when my mother got there she was in the hospital due to some complications she'd been having.
she was able to go home the day before Christmas and 7 out of her 8 kids were there to greet her.
They had a lovely day of catching up, reminiscing on times long forgotten and just enjoying each others company.
The day she was released from the hospital the doctor spoke to my mother and her siblings.
He advised that her tumor had come back
and that at this stage he had no new aggressive treatment recommendations.
basically all they can do is keep her comfortable and let her rest.
she may have about 6 months or so left
when my mother told me that I was kind of expecting it but felt my heart plummet towards my feet.
I'm sitting her choking back the tears as I type this
I am so angry at myself for not having gone to see her this Christmas.
or for not having spent just two extra hours with her the last time she was here.
I'm also dealing with the fact that she most likely will not make it to my wedding.
that just breaks my heart.
I really wanted her to see this and I know how much she has been looking forward to this occasion for some time.
she is a good lady my grandma.
I love this woman fiercely and she has always stood by me.
Always
one of the nicest/ kindest women you will ever meet
my memories of her run deep
as does my unending love.
she has been my inspiration of a true Lady
and how one should carry themselves
I have never heard her shout or raise her voice
but she always got her point across and the job done
she is a phenomenal woman
full of grace and sophistication
with a hint of rustic edge
her story is not yet over,
but reality is what it is
and this is something that I must face.
but I have to say -
I am dreading the day my phone rings and it's my mom on the other end
"Amber, I have to tell you something......"


*****
this is not a woe is me post-
this is me and my raw feelings.
just rambling in my emotions.
please pray for her, for our family, for the next few months we have.......
thank you

*****

Friday, December 18, 2009

five on friday!

well that was quick!
it was only a moment ago that i was composing my weekend wrap up and here I am heading into another weekend!
what the heck is going on? is someone speeding up the days but slowing down the minutes??
ohhhh how they seem to drag on when it gets close to quitting time.......but I digress.

it's been another FAB week complete with HauteLook Holiday party that i'm still recovering from
(but that's a whole other post)

you all know what time it is right?
mmmhmmmm Mama M's Five Question Friday is here!!!

You know the rules but if not ; here's a word from our sponsor:
And awwaaaay we go!!!




Copy and paste the following questions to your blog, answer them, grab the MckLinky code (or not...) and link up (a must!!!)!! I would be your best friend forever if you'd link back to Mama M.!!

If you don't have a blog, but wanna join in...feel free to leave your answers in the comments below!

1. Which boygroup did you like most in your teens?
hmmm can't say that there really was a 'boy group' at that time.
i wasn't that into pop music at the time and more r&b so perhaps New Edition or BBD in the early days?
ohhh hold up.....I just remembered:
Jodeci!
yes major crush - hello diary of a mad band? anyone???


2. Do you do Christmas cards, letters, photos, nuthin', all of the above?
I fancy myself doing a card every year and usually end up waiting until the last possible moment.
next year we are for sure doing the photo card.
sweet, simple and to the point.
besides who doesn't want to see our smiling faces plastered on their mantel or refrigerator???

3. If you could meet one celebrity who would it be and why?
hmmmm once again i'm stumped.
I would have to say Oprah. Or Michelle Obama.
they pretty much rock on so many different levels.
anyone else would just kind of be like 'mehh' to me.....

4. Favorite thing to cook with (i.e. stainless, non-stick, Dutch oven, microwave, debit card...or, perhaps, a cauldron, etc.)?
hmmm perhaps my cookie sheet?
right now i have a new found love for my pizza cooking sheet (?) since we make so many homemade pizzas.
and I do love to bake .......
and to be honest....I don't even know what you do with a dutch oven!

5. What is the one thing you wear the most, besides your unmentionables?

easiest question on here.
sadly it's my leggings. I love them.
they are cozy and go with everything. I can dress them up and down and wear them pretty much any where in any weather.
and they never make me feel fat !!

Now it's your turn!!
feel free to join the fun!!!




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Monday, December 14, 2009

weekend wrap up

**** apologies in advance for no pics. haven't had time to upload the camera yet! they are coming soon I promise!!!******

now back to your regularly scheduled program..........

so this weekend as good as any I could have imagined!
We spent time with family and friends and really got into the spirit of the Holidays!
FRIDAY:
after work I gathered up my clan and we braved the wet to head down to Cypress and spend some time with my dad.
Since his fancy new TV stand was delivered, he needed my strong and strapping man to assist him in getting it (safely) out of the box.
Babe also hooked up his speakers and DVD player so he can watch movies at least, until the cable guy comes this week!
Dad also made us a yummy dinner of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread!
Delicious!!
He even made a small pot of 'special sauce' for Sweet Pea without any 'fings' in it!
I then spent the remainder of the evening in OCD heaven as I began to organize his five hundred million DVDs.
Didn't have time or space to sort by genre but what was done is good enough for now!
Thanks Dad for a great evening!


SATURDAY:

Woke up to the rain again and I had a hundred errands to run as Babe and I hosted our very first ever Holiday party!
There was so much that had to be done and I hadn't the time or energy all week to do it!
It was Date Night/Game Night at our house Saturday evening so I had to hit up a few of my favorite places (hello Dollar Tree and Target)
to get my house in proper "Holiday attire"!
I finally picked up our tree and we put it up just before our guests arrived!
Although it was raining something terrible our friends were wonderful enough to brave the weather and come hang out!
So thank you to the Arrigos, Alexanders and (soon-to-be) Johnson's!
We had such a blast with you all!
The fellas have all known each other for 15+ years and it was great to see them reminisce with each other and to know how far they have come is a great thing to witness!
I love these guys - no matter how much time has passed since their last get -together it's like no time has passed at all!
Their friendships remain true and intact after all these years
I honestly don't know when I've laughed so much and just got a wonderful feeling by spending time with these folks!

Sunday:
After a rough start ( stayed up wayyyy too late)
I headed out to Long Beach as Sweet Pea was with my mom and we had plans to go see "The Nutcracker" that evening.
Sweet Pea had never seen or heard of it and I used to go every year up until I was about 12.
The performance was beautiful, magical and spectacular.
All the things the ballet should be.
Sweet Pea was very excited to see and meet a few of the ballerinas as the daughter of my mother's good friend was playing 'Clara' ( and the first time a black girl has played that role in the Westside Ballet Academy) so it was super exciting to 'know' someone in the production.
Sweet Pea picked out a Nutcracker ornament for our tree as well as the Sugar Plum fairy and the Snow Queen!

All in all it was a lovely ending to a wonderful weekend!

so- what did YOU do this weekend?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

what a day!

so this morning was crazy as I woke up late and then rushed to get Sweet Pea some cash to spend at her holiday boutique. was almost late for the train due to my mad dash but made it with minutes to spare.
seriously.
scheduled to depart at 7:35 am
train arrived early at 7:31am.
I pulled up at 7:22.
Whew!
then there was a "fire" at work.
well the fire alarm sounded (second time this week) so we all looked around no one moved and went back to work.
suddenly my boss comes rushing around the corner urging us to gather up our things and get out!
so we do.
aaaand here come the fire trucks!
rather than wait around in the cold half of our department decided to take a field trip to starbucks.
it was like christmas or getting a long recess in school (man i loved those days)
so I was behind an hour or so since we had that little 'adventure'......but it all worked out.
get home and Sweet Pea is STOKED to tell me about all she got and wants me to open my gift NOW.
And is not happy about waiting two weeks for me to see what it is.
she then proceeds to show me what she bought for herself.
Nice.
Smart kid cuz I'd have done the same thing and in fact probably did!
Two AWESOME quotes from today
1) co-worker to supervisor upon evacuation:" do we need to clock out?"
2) Sweet Pea to Babe upon picking her up :
Sweet Pea "Hi Daddy , I'm hungry. Let's go get something to eat"
Babe: " well what do you want to eat?"
SP: " I was thinking Carl's Jr. I have some money." (smiling slyly)
Babe: " That was for presents and you have to give Mommy the rest of the money back."
SP: " Yes bue she just said she wanted her change."
Because in the mind of a 7yr. old change = coins
Bwahahahahaha!!!
I cracked up when I heard that!
I love this kid!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

wednesday wedding update!!

Stop the presses ladies and gentleman!
We have OFFICIALLY booked our date!!!
The deposit has been sent and confirmed as received!!!
Whoo hoo!!!
I cannot tell you what a relief that is!
Although I'm sure those of you who are already married can relate.

So - about our venue;
First- I have to give a shout out to my lovely high school friend Elisa for helping me find this location. Seriously - I owe this girl a cocktail or two because I was in full on PANIC mode and she helped figure out what the best place was for our budget,answered all my ridiculous questions and helped clarify the 'wedding lingo' that was used!
THANK YOU Elisa!!!!

The venue :
On July 25th, 2010 we will be joined together in holy matrimony at the Rancho Capistrano located in beautiful San Juan Capistrano!!
The facility is primarily outdoors and fits the vision I had for our wedding.
Very old school Spanish Hacienda with fountains and a brick courtyard, a rolling hillside for the ceremony and stately accommodations for the bride and groom to get ready in.
Of course we had (the highly opinionated) Sweet Pea when we took a tour and she loved it and so did Babe. There is a wonderfully serene energy about the place and we could feel it.
Not too mention that the pricing was AMAZING and they are able to offer us the Hors d'Oeurves buffet that I was desperately wanting.
Also since we are marrying on a Sunday in an earlier ceremony the reception will be over at a decent time and allow our guests to still enjoy their weekend before returning to work/home on Monday. ( Bridezilla who?)
Y'all I am so excited and am simply counting down the days.
There is so much to be done!
It's all in the details right ladies?
So now I have to find the time after work and on the weekends to work on those. But since I have such wonderful friends and family I am sure I can get some help in those areas.
I also need to figure out a way to make a cute hair piece with feathers and a birdcage- esque veil.
So if you have any ideas - shoot them my way!
oh and as a side note to all my 'crafty' friends......please believe I will be bending your ear about sprucing up and personalizing the venue even more!
Thanks to all for your support and encouragement while I was stressing out!
And for answering my questions too!

*********
On a related note - I have somewhat solved the bridal shower concern.
We will have an engagement party next summer!!!!
(yes I know we will have been engaged for quite some time by then but hey I'm new to all this and it's our world so just roll with it)
This way we can still celebrate with all those whom we are unable to invite to the actual ceremony due to our financial constraints as well as those who may not be able to attend due to prior engagements!!
Problem solved!

Friday, December 4, 2009

5 jolly holidaze questions

its another fabulous friday over here and I am so glad to have made it through another week of work!
we are getting mad busy as apparently there are only 21 shopping days left!
and I have yet to begin!

but i digress.....
you know what today is?
mmmhmm thats right
it's time for 5 questions Friday with Mama M
( said in my best announcer voice)
p.s if you have not checked out her blog please hop over as she is super cute , totally funny and a wonderful Mama!!!
so lets get right into it shall we?

1. Favorite gift you are GIVING this year?
wellll lets see, there are a couple; I discovered a few 'classic' albums at my mothers house and am 'gifting' them along with a record player to my brother. And I was planning on picking up a Wii as a gift for Babe (aka the whole family) .....the rest are a surprise cuz some of these folks actually read this blog

2. How many parties are you attending between now and Christmas?
i think just two, my company's holiday party (whoo to a hosted bar and free food!) and we are hosting a holiday date night game night.
It's our first holiday party as a couple and I'm so excited!!!


3. What is your favorite Christmas song?
i have a couple - donny hathaway's "this christmas" and Jessica Simpson's "o holy night" and mariah Carey's " all I want for christmas" - they all have special meaning and I sing along LOUDLY anywhere they are playing (and that includes the grocery store and the bathroom at restaurants)
4. Who was your favorite elementary school teacher and why?
oh thats easy; my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Clegg. she rocked. We took swimming lessons at the same YMCA and she used to come over our house often -little weird I know but she was so fun and encouraged my passion for reading and my overactive imagination!

5. If you had a choice to live in any other period of time (other than now) what era would you choose and why
I often imagine I am from another era. I never really feel 'with it in this time and place so I would've liked to have lived in the late 20's and 30's or possibly the 60's with all the interesting goings on ( but minus the discrimination and segregation issues)

YOUR TURN!!!!!




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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

shower me with your love


classic song and quite an appropriate title for today's subject matter.

The ever important bridal shower.

Now I know I have queried about this before (don't u love that word?) here
but I still have questions that The Knot just doesn't seem to answer!
Who is actually supposed to throw the Bridal Shower?
Can you ask someone to host one for you?
Is the bride allowed to dictate the type of shower? (i.e. lingerie shower)
How far in advance can one have a shower?
And if none of the bridesmaids have mentioned it is terrible for the bride to mention it?

I was thinking about this the other day as I realized there are too many women in my life that I want to celebrate with to have just one shower.
My wonderfully amazing god-sisters have offered to host a shower the week of the wedding for all involved in the wedding so out-of-town family members can attend,
but what about the friends that I made at work?
or my FB friends & Beauty girls?
I want to include them as I've gotten pretty close to a lot of them and it would feel wrong (to me) if I didn't.
And isn't it about celebrating love with people you love?

But how does one go about this?

Any advice, suggestions or help you can offer would be AWESOME.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

sunday funday

Whew!
What a wonderful weekend!
I love love love this time of year and now that the turkey has been consumed I can now be surrounded by the wonderment and sparkle that is the "official" Christmas season!
I know many of you spent the long weekend lugging out your Christmas gear and cheer and getting into the Holiday spirit right?
Right?
Or not.
If you're like me, maybe you had every intention of doing so but then were distracted by the James Bond marathon.
Or just lazy and got stuck on the couch watching movies.
But that's okay, it just means I will do a little bit each day and get more and more inspired by a late evening trip to Target and the fabulous circular from Michael's!
And I can't wait to get it crackin this weekend with Sweet Pea to help and 'supervise' the tree assembly and ornament placement.
The kid's got an eye for style I tell ya!
But lets talk about today.
Today was one of those days when I looked at Babe and thought, 'Wow. He's amazing. How did I get so lucky?'
You see my dad is a bit of a pack rat
(understatement of the year people - the man has now filled three rooms of 'stuff' since my brother and I moved out approximately 10+ years ago and is single handedly keeping Costco in business)
Well he finally bought a new TV for the downstairs area and my loving fiance decided he would help him get his ish together.
So we made the trek down to the O.C where we proceeded to pack up 18 years of VHS tapes, phone cords and other miscellaneous crap into boxes.
Then my strapping man and Dad dragged the archaic entertainment center outside to either be sold on Craig's list or picked up by someone who could 'give it a good home'.
It was amazing.
I have never even seen the back wall in the den at my dad's.
Never.
My dad also has this wicked collection of Lladro figurines that used to sit on top of said entertainment center.
Talk about dusty!
Whew! No one has wiped those down in many a year.
So we took them all down and placed them lovingly on the table where Sweet Pea became fascinated by them.
She then decided they were too dusty to 'play with in her mind' (her words not mine)
and began to clean them off.
Y'all my baby cleaned 18 figurine with all the love and care of a mother wiping her baby's bottom ( ok probably not the best metaphor)
Those puppies were sparkling!
Fortunately the pack rat also had a fancy lil cabinet in the dining room meant to house such lovely things so when I made a food run
(thank you Volcano Burger!)
they began to arrange them on the shelves.
Voila! Beauty in a cabinet.
And then my poor somewhat OCD afflicted child proceeded to 'fix' them so that the rows were neat and they were properly sorted.
Sigh.
she is so my kid.
All in all it was a great day spent helping someone who really needed the motivation to just get started and now my dad has more space for the new TV, a better organized Lladro collection and we got the joy of spending some much needed QT.
So......how was your weekend?

Friday, November 27, 2009

black Friday Cinco preguntas




I don't know about y'all but I am in full on recovery mode today.
Yesterday I put on my leggings and a tunic and got my grub on!!!
Are y'all still stuffed too?
As usual there was an abundance of food and it seemed like the children started to mulitply after a few hours (seriously how do 5 kids sound like 25?)
But it was a great day spent with my wonderful (soon-to-be) in- laws as well as mi madre.

It's Black Friday and I know alot of y'all were up early hitting the sales or shopping online
while I got dressed to come to work.
but don't cry for me argentina......
cuz i'm getting all kinds of paid for working today so we can bring you great deals ALL the time and not just black Friday!


And since it is Friday you know that it's time for Mama M's Five Questions right?

The rules: copy the following questions to your blog, answer them, grab the McLinky blog hop code and link up!
Ohh and don't forget to link bak to Mama M.....it was HER idea after all!


so heeeeere we go!!!


1. Do you do a real or fake Christmas tree?

fake all the way.
not interested in cleaning up needles or having to water and it starts to die so quickly.....thats how fires start right?
no, I'll take a pre-lit faux tree anyday
2.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition with your family?

decorating the tree with Sweet Pea and baking.
it's something that my mom and I used to do and now I can share that with my kiddo too!
we love love love to bake and what better way to show love?
also since our tree is only about 4 feet tall its easier and more fun for her to decorate. she still likes to clump them together but we are working on that

3. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods? And, if so...how many calories do you think you consumed yesterday?

umm ...there were calories in that food? what?
we go BIG for thanksgiving, I'm talking 3 turkeys , a ham and prime rib + all the fixings ( what does that mean even).
and desserts yes. we really enjoy eating and as I said last week I pretty much eat like a bird all week long leading up to the blessed event so I can gorge myself.
thats what stretchy pants are for!

4. Have you started decorating for Christmas, yet?

well i'm working today so no.
but tomorrow -after I wake up.....i will pull out all the decor and get it going
since we are in a new place I kind of want to go with a different color scheme but we shall see how that works out for me.

5. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
my mom used to make these phenomal candy cane type cookies and I can no longer find the recipe!!
such a bummer. but I also love snickerdoodles and making gingerbread.....mmmmm
ok now i'm gonna go home and bake myself silly.
thanks.



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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

thanks!


since tomorrow is the BIG day of food and family I thought I would take a moment to mention what I'm thankful for. this has been an amazing year and I am so blessed and grateful for all that has occurred



my loving family. All of them. brother, sister in laws to be, cousins, god sisters etc....
through thick and thin they are there- supporting, encouraging and sometimes hitting me over the head with reasoning but its all love
graduation. finishing school was a HUGE thing for me this year and I am so glad its over and proud of myself for finishing what I started
Turning 30: I am so comfortable in my skin and where I'm at in my life. for the first time I feel like I have a grip on things and am really settled.
I like how that feels.
friends: for their unyielding love and relentless support
.
they are my rocks when I need a shoulder to lean on and my tissues when I am ready to cry
NEW friends: I'm at an age where I thought 'making new friends' wasn't important and something that would/could impact my life.
Blessedly I have and they have. I am so grateful
My Sweet Pea: She is my saving grace and the reason I get up each day.
She has such a loving heart and I thank God for blessing me with her
!
My Babe: he truly is my BEST friend. He loves me inspite of myself and his strenght and love amazes and inspires me daily
My job: It sounds corny but God knew exactly what He was doing (of course He did!) when He provided me with this opportunity.
We struggled for so long and I was so distruaght about my work situation and the Lord provided for me in a most wonderful way.
My God: for saving my soul. my life and giving me

and lastly FOOD:
what is this celebration without all the yummy eats?



What are YOU thankful for?

Have a Happy Thanksgiving y'all!!!



Monday, November 23, 2009

ohhh snap!

It's Monday all ready?

where the heck did the weekend go?

ohhh thats right.....we were BUSY.

that's why I have no recollection of Saturday or Sunday.

all those CapeCod's may have helped too.

Let me back up a minute lest you all think I am some sort of helpless lush.....

I completed my first week of work!!
Whoo hoo!!
And as I posted here, I really enjoyed it!
Saturday was guaranteed to be a busy day.
Sweet Pea had TWO birthday parties to attend and I was going to my Alumni Holiday Party with my bevy of beauties.
We started our day early at 10:30 ( that was hard) and headed off to Pump It Up! for party #1!
Since it was for our old neighbors and pool buddies I didn't have a problem dropping the kiddo off while I ran to get presents (this is what happens when I work all day,every day) for the birthday girls.
By the time I returned the kids were all jumped out and eating pizza but ready for cake!
Sweet Pea scored an awesome goodie bag and was blown away by......a slinky and silly putty of all things.
Thanks Davece and Olivia for inviting us!
We came home to rest (read mommy needed a nap ) and then it was off to party #2.
Malia's Sweet Shoppe.
Sundaes, root beer floats, cupcakes, pixie stix and more goodies galore!!!
ummm yeahhhh......
glad I wasn't the one watching all those sugared up kiddos!
All kinds of sugary goodness was scheduled and I knew the girls would have a blast.
And since I was meeting my beauty girls over that way, it was a family affair as we all rode together to the partay.

While I threw on MY party clothes, Babe took advantage of all the goodies and helped himself to a float. :)
Thanks Boo & Malia for inviting us!!!

Then it was off to the FIDM Alumni Holiday party.

Oh . boy.

I was able to hang out with all of my BGB's (thats Bad girls of Beauty - and by bad I mean good)

Can you say T-R-O-U-B-L-E???


AND there was an open bar.


Hence the vodka cranberries (CapeCod's).


I mean really who isn't going to take advantage of a hosted bar when
1) you're not driving
2) it's the holidays
3) you don't really go out
4) you get to celebrate having a job with all your friends
5) did I mention it was an open bar?
Needless to say we had a BLAST.
We giggled, we took pictures, talked a little trash about a few of the more questionably attired attendees and just had a good time!
of course I forgot my camera and had to rely on the other beauties to take pics.


But there was a photo booth that printed out pics and then displayed them on a 'jumbotron' like screen for the whole party to see.

It was AWESOME.
I poured myself into bed around 2am and slept like a toddler.
Sunday was church and we were up early for that even though I was dragging.......
but the message was good and just what I needed to hear.
Came home for a nap then off to The Rack to see what I could score in the way of 'work clothes'.
I ended up with some cute boots and will probably be going back for more!


(f.y.i. Nordstrom Rack is having a WICKED shoe sale right now)


I came home in enough time to whip up two pizzas and a salad and then it was off to bed!!


What a fabulously fuuuuun weekend!



Say whaaaat???!!!





Viva La Juicy!




I LOVE these girls!!!



What did YOU do this weekend?



Friday, November 20, 2009

it's friday y'all





and you know what that means.....
It's time to play 5 questions with the FABULOUS Mama M!
Whoo hooo!!


Here's the rules:
Copy and paste the following questions to your blog, answer the questions, grab the MckLinky Blog Hop code, and link up!
Then, hop around and check out other fabulous bloggers!
Oh, and...I'd love it if you'd link back to Mama M.!!


Don't have a blog but wanna join in?

Simply leave your answers in the comments!

Okay, here we go...

Questions for Friday, November 20th:
1. Are you a Black Friday shopper?

not so much....
since i really like to shop big crowds and ish everywhere make me really uncomfortable. sad but true.
although i do have delusions of standing outside of Target one day at the crack of dawn and scoring some sort of wonderous appliance for like $5. all the while knocking down old ladies if they get in my way.....

2. What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)

aww - well i loved all my dolls. cabbage patch, barbie and otherwise.
I had a plethora of Cabbage Patch dolls and now my Sweet Pea is the proud owner.
She has since removed all their clothes and is impressed by the signature on their butts.

3. Favorite Christmas movie?

"A Christmas story" hands down. (you'll shoot your eye out!) and Elf. I love Elf. it's my faaaaavorite
I mean it's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th street are great but those two? PRICELESS.

4. What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?

ohh so many things. and with the new job the options are endless. but really, I want some new boots. And a Wii. And gift cards. And a new wallet.
A kitchen aid mixer would be nice too.....
okay so thats more than one item....but how's a girl supposed to choose just ONE!

5. Do you go all out with decorations or do you keep it simple and classy?
Little bit of both. I love Christmas.
The twinkle of the lights. all the sparkles (any excuse to wear sequins and glitter right?)
but for decor I usually go more understated. nothing super fancy but since it was me & Sweet Pea for awhile all our decorations are REALLY girly ( think shoe & dress ornaments in shades of purple and pink)
This year I think I'm gonna go with a purple and silver type theme - just to be different but we'll see!


All right folks....YOUR turn!
Ready , set, gooooo!!!

oh and happy Friday!



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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ensembles

As promised here are my ensembles for the past two days.....

Tuesday

Monday - had to get my FAB boots in there!



Thanks Mom for the dress!!!
Do I look like a grown up?

the first day....

I've gotten numerous emails, texts and FB wall posts inquiring as to how my first day was.......

First I have to say THANKS for all your well wishes, thoughts and prayers.
It has meant so much to be inundated with all this LOVE!
you all are A-MAZ-ING!!!!

Can I just say that I have been working since I was 18 and never have I had such a wonderful first day of work.
Interesting and confusing yes.
Wonderful, not so much.
It was absolutely fabulous.
The staff is very friendly and welcoming.
Trendy and cutely dressed I fit right in with my shift dress, tights and FAB ankle boots
(thanks Rach for the coupon!)
I get to put my OCD into action each day and am appluaded for it and that makes my heart sing!

Around 2:30 I did get a little sleepy as I had been up since the CRACK of dawn but a quick trip to the bathroom and a few skittles remedied that real quick!

I accomplished quite a bit and my boss commended me on a job well done for my first day!

I can tell I'm going to L-O-V-E working here.

Now I know you all want to see a pic of the outfit but alas - I left my card reader at home and can't upload it from here.
But as soon as I get home tonight I will post with today's and yesterday's ensembles and you tell me what YOU think!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The begining of everything

Tomorrow everything changes.
Tomorrow I take the first steps to begin my career in the beauty industry.
Tomorrow is going to be a challenge but one I have been looking forward to for a long time.
Tomorrow is the first day of everything!
Today I have been a crazy person, running around trying to make sure everyone has what they need for the coming week.
Trying to explain to Sweet Pea why Granna is now picking her up and how she will have to be brave and (gasp) walk to the flag pole in front of school for pick up.
she cried.
Today, I am looking for the 'perfect' outfit for my first day.
I'm planning meals, doing laundry and trying to rest a bit too.
Today I am basking in the little things and trying not to let tomorrow worry me.

I have to admit I'm a little nervous.
Not so much about the actual job because I'm pretty confident that I can do a great job.
No I'm nervous about how my family will adjust to this change.
We have spent months praying for a job for me.
Now that it happened and it's here, are we ready?
There will be no more baking and a movie Thursdays with Sweet Pea.
No more Mommy whipping up a gourmet dinner by 6pm (I'll just be leaving work)
No Mommy getting Sweet Pea up and together in the morning
( I will have left before she gets up)
Not a lot of quality time in evening as everything will have to be prepared for the next day.
I can feel the lump rising in my throat.
It's a transition period and those are always hard.
I know it will get easier.
I know my family will be okay and no worse for the wear but I wouldn't be a mother
(or soon -to-be wife)
if I wasn't the least bit concerned about their adjustment.
But I am ready.
I asked for this
the Lord answered my prayers
and I am ready to answer the call.
I am blessed to be able to have this opportunity and can't wait to see how it all pans out.
So tomorrow, while you go about your regular day, if you happen to think of me,
please say a prayer for us.
We are going through a change and could use your support.
Thanks!!!
I will let you know how it goes!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday = question day!!!


Just like last week I am linking up with MamaM for 5 Question Friday.
Link your blog below and play along and if you don't have a blog just answer the questions in comments!!

1. What is your favorite "eat" on Thanksgiving?
Since the whole day is centered around food and I pretty much save up all my calories for this one day it's pretty hard to choose, but I would have to say mac'n cheese and candied yams or whipped sweet potatoes.
both of those are so yummy and such comfort foods my mouth is watering right now thinking about them!
2. What is the name your best girl friend and the best trait about her or how you met (or heck, both!!)
well i have two besties - Michelle and I met in high school , we bonded over a love of "whoomp there it is" and have been hanging out ever since. she is brutally honest and loves me despite al my faults.
the other one -Mia (a.KIA Pie) we met in college where we were thrown together as roommates. Best thing CAU ever did.
It was love at first sight. We ate many a chips and salsa for dinner, met tons of boys and partied like rock stars.....sigh those were the days! she is an amazing stand up chica who has ALWAYS been there and will fight like a lion for those she loves.
I admire her passion.
3. What would you say is one of your "weirdest" quirks?
WOW. this is hard.
We all know I'm a bit 'different' and I have so many idiosyncrasies it's hard to keep track!
i have to have one ear covered while I sleep. I will wake up out of a sound sleep if it somehow escapes and if Babe pulls the sheets it throws me off.
I also have to have my bed made each day.
I don't care if I make it two minutes before I go to sleep but I cannot get into an unmade bed.
something about the wrinkled sheets bother me.
4. What is your favorite genre of music? (Hip hop? Classical? Rock? etc.)
I like most music with the exception of really hard rock.
But being a product of my generation I would have to say hip -hop and pop music are my fav's.
Simply because those genres stir up such strong memories, get me to tappin my foot and wanting to shake my groove thing!
5. Are you a Night Owl...or an Early Bird?
definitely a night owl. once I'm up I'm up. but I am NOT happy about it.
I get my best ideas in the evening, write the most profound and prolific things and then by the morning am confused at why I was so brilliant at 2am but am stupid from 7 am to about noon.
Happy Friday Everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thought for Thursday



Yesterday my future M.I.L brought over some magazines for me since she knows
a) I like to read
b) I like to collage and have run out of new magazines
c) I don't buy them like I used to
So last night I was flipping through the Glamour for this month and was blown away by the editor's note.
Apparently last month they ran the photo above of 'plus-size' model Lizzie Miller nearly naked. They were inundated with mail.
Not because of the nudity.
But for the simple fact that in the photo you can see her belly roll.
Something most women only see at home and (let alone models) deny exists.
Women and men alike were extolling them for their efforts at showcasing REAL women.
Let me just say that my heart skipped a beat when I read this.
First off, kudos to Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve for being committed to photographing women of all body types!
What a great example you are setting for our society and for the young girls that read your magazine! Hats off to you!
A beauty and fashion magazine showing that there is more to beauty than just a pretty face and flat stomach.
Second, it got me to thinking about how much our society focuses on body image and how in recent years those images have become contradictory to each other.
How is a woman supposed to keep up when one minute stick skinny is 'fashion' and the next 'curves are the new black'?
I'm also excited for my little girl.
I don't want her to grow up and be self concious about her size.
Ever.
Yeah thats wishful thinking but I feel like if I instill it into her head now that she's beautiful no matter what size, shape her body is - when she's a teenager she will be more comfortable in her own skin.
Now, I know I talk about working out and my weight but it's not from a 'need for acceptance' or anything.
I do it to maintain my health and I feel better when I do.
Yeah I want to look good in a bathing suit but my world will not come to an end if I have an extra roll or dimple than I did at 21.
It's high time we changed the way women see themselves and how society perceives what is beautiful, sexy and healthy.
So way to go Glamour!!!
So my challenge to you is the same one that's in the magazine , finish this sentence:
"My Body Is........."
- the catch? you can't say anything negative.
I'll go first.
My Body Is....
a work of art, a gift from God and a creator of life.
I've only got the one and I want to make it last! It is meant to be loved, caressed and admired.
It was made to 'shake what my momma gave me' like a fool and enjoy the movement of my limbs. My body is a temple and I will treat it accordingly.
Your turn!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

drumroll please


Well as you all know I have been searching for a job for quite some time.
I've posted here, here and here about how I was struggling with the fact that I was having interviews but nothing was coming from them.
It has been a weight on my shoulders as we have only had one income for the last 1.5 years.
I have been praying daily for something to give , anything to get my foot in the door so I can 'get back out there'.
So you can imagine the level of not getting one's hopes up when I was asked to have a phone interview yesterday morning.
At 8 a.m. no less.
But I had a lovely chat with the woman from HR and she scheduled me for an interview this morning at 11:30 a.m.
Not wanting to get my hopes up - I conveyed mild excitement to Babe and went in with a positive attitude and a great sense of humor.
I met with three individuals at once
(firing squad anyone?)
And they all seemed lovely and like they enjoyed their work and working together which is super important to me.
Fortunately for me, humor and hardwork was what they were looking for.
At approximately 4pm this afternoon I recieved a phone call from the lovely Kate and they offered me a position!!!!!
I start Monday!!
OHHH EMMM GEEEE!!!!
I am over the moon!
Like. SERIOUSLY.
I cannot contain my enthusiasm or excitement.
kind of want to come out of my skin too.
So as of Monday 11/16/09 I will be a Production Coordinator for HauteLook.com.
They are an e-tailer that hosts daily sample sales on select designer brands.
Check out the link here:
http://www.hautelook.com/invite/aconley958
I am just so excited for this opportunity and am thanking God for bringing it. I also would like to thank all of my family and friends who have put up with me bemoaning my situation and for praying for me as well. You all are such an encouraging force in my life.
There are really no words. And of course, my absolutely fabulous, wonderful, kind, supportive and caring fiance. Babe,
you have taken on the role of bread winner for our family without a second thought. You have gone above and beyond to make sure Sweet Pea and I have all that we need and manage to get us some of what we want! I love you so much for that and for always being there, encouraging me and telling me it will be okay when I couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Thanks to all my faithful readers who have been right there with me and also to those who may be facing a similar struggle:
Be encouraged and of good faith.
God is watching over you and has a plan.
He will provide in His time and when He does it will be right on time!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Game ON!!!



so because I am somewhat of a walking thesauras,
(and we are SUCH goobers)
Babe and I play this silly little game amongst ourselves.
We will use a word like 'money' for example and come up with as many synonyms as possible.
it goes a little like this.
Babe: Do you have any money?
Me: Some scrilla?
Him: Scratch
Me: bread
Him: dough
Me: cheddar
Him: duckets
Me: cheese
Him: paper
and on it goes..........
So we were doing this while eating lunch with our friends the Johnsons and they joined in the fun!
That got my wheels turning about games like Scattergories, Outburst and Taboo.
So I said to myself: Self, we should host a game night!!!!
But lets do it one better and make it a DATE NIGHT too!!!
(Sometimes myself comes up with REALLY good ideas.........)
That way we can get a break from the kiddos,
relax and have fun!!!
All of our couple friends love to play games already so I think maybe I will just have to sit myself down, look at the calendar and put together the evite!
And this time:
NO Women vs. Men.
Couples /teams only, less stress this way.......
(too many fights have begun cuz hubby didn't like the way wifey was pushing the buzzer on taboo)
If everyone can come it will FAB!
but if not, no worries, it can be re-scheduled for a less hectic time!

I am SO looking forward to it!






Sweet Sunday

Today was a GREAT day.
I am feeling so good right now I don't even really have the words to articulate.
Let me start by saying that while I am a believer I have not been to church in over a year.
OK, maybe 2 years.
(go ahead and judge a little, it's okay - I'll wait)
Partially because I have a bit of an issue with the whole fakeness and hypocrisy that sometimes comes along with it and partially because I haven't really found a church that I felt spoke to ME.
As I kid I went to the church my parents did, visited my grandparents and went to theirs, stayed over with girlfriends and went to theirs.
But it never really felt right for me.
The message always seemed a little out of date and like something was missing.
So I haven't gone.
But I do my own devotions and have a few places I go online to look up the Word for the week so I was getting through.
However, lately, I just feel as though things are out of whack and was really needing my spiritual fruit.
Like. Seriously.
For Halloween we went to the Fall Family Fest at Abundant Living Family Church and really enjoyed ourselves.
A couple of our friends go there and while it's not super close to our house, it's closer than any other place.
AND it has been vetted by our friends, so I kind of knew I didn't have to wonder if this Pastor was going to be preaching the word or just talkin out of his butt.
So we went.
All three of us.
And it felt good.
This is kind of a major thing because Babe was raised Jehovah's witness,
and (sad to say) both of us are lacking in being 'active' in our faith.
We have never been to church together.
Sure we go to the Kingdom Hall once a year for "The Memorial" which is their Easter
(their focus seems to be more on his death than the resurrection) but that's about it.
It was good for us to go as a family
Sweet Pea enjoyed her classroom, participated and even made a few 'friends'.
For us it felt good to have friends there already made it that much easier to go into a foreign place and listen to God's word.
There is nothing worse than feeling like a convicted /lapsed Christian among strangers
(yes they are brothers & sisters in Christ but you know what I mean)
So now I'm fired up & ready to go!
I used to feel like this regularly when I was in high school but I guess going to a Christian high-school, having chapel once a week, Bible daily and prayers in each class will do that to you!
What did you do today?

Friday, November 6, 2009

5 questions on Friday

As I said earlier, T.G.I.F y'all!!!
It has been a long week! And I am definitely ready for the weekend!
Today I found a new blog that I think is super cute. Elizabeth's blog Confessions of a Working Mom is funny and honest. She too has a mild case of OCD that I totally understand and has already given me some great ideas!
She is linking up to play Five Question Friday on Mama M's blog and I thought I'd play along because..... well I like to answer survey questions .....
so hope you play along!




1. What is your dream job?


As I am in the process of finding a job to begin my career in the Beauty Industry that's kind of a tough one.... there are so many facets that I find interesting. I would like to review products as
a beauty editor/beauty journalist for a magazine like Allure or In Style. I love to write ( as evidenced here) and I love makeup - to be able to write about it and get paid for it? Say whaaaat??!!! that would be simply divine!
I would also like to work on the marketing side of the industry. I'm completely fascinated by the campaigns that are put together and loved being able to do that with past projects.
2. What song could you play over and over?
welll I never really thought about - there is SO much music I like!
I guess I would have to say "Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Bob Marley, featuring Lauryn Hill.
That is one of my all time favorite love songs. I can see myself in a cabana just of the beach, with the warm candle light glowing behind me as the sun sets and my Babe singing to me from below....ok not really singing. but it makes me feel all wrapped up in love and I dig that.

3. Do you prefer to talk on the phone or text (or email)?
hmm- while I am quite chatty and will yuk it up on the phone for hours, I don't really have the personal 'quiet' space to do so all the time. (i.e. I live with people who over hear) I miss that.
Sweet Pea has gotten exceptionally noisy with the "who are you talking to?" questions. I try to limit those conversations to when she's in school or asleep.
Texting is great but can be misconstrued and when you live in the shoddy coverage area it's kind of a waste. email is good if the person is far away/ has a hectic schedule. I always feel it's a nice way to catch up with people.
Also, you can sometimes say things via email you couldn't face to face or over the phone....

4. What is your must have beauty product?
Mascara and lip balm. Cannot. live. without them.
seriously. I LOVE all makeup ( that's twice I've said that) and wear it everyday. Especially mascara and lip balm. Even if I am not going anywhere I will put that on ' just to brighten up a little' ;)
My favorites are Maybelline Define-a-lash, Too Faced Lash Injection, Rosebud salve Lip balm and C.O. Bigelow's - pretty much all of them but love the cinnamon & raspberry too!

5. What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?
PYT hands down. no matter what I'm doing when I hear it I stop and dance.
That is MY song! It reminds me of the days when I used to go dancing all the time and that was one of my fav's to hear! Now it's just on my Ipod dance mix for when I work out and clean the house......

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Today is Friday!

Whoo Hoo!!!

That means I'm linking up over at Home Sanctuary for Coffee this morning!

Since I don't actually drink coffee this virtual cup will have to suffice!



This has been one of those weeks where I have a LOT on my 'to-do' list but can't seem to nail most of it down.

I noticed that I have accomplished a few menial tasks but have been procrastinating on the 'big' stuff. not that it's really big stuff but these are items that have been moved, pushed back, or put off for at least a month.

I'm a procrastinator.

Sue me.

It's a creative thing.

So anyway.
I have had a hard time this week really 'focusing' ya know?

On everything.
there were no major snafu's no one was late or forgotten, no one missed out on a lunch or activity but I just feel as though I have somehow fallen short.
I have some projects I started but have yet to complete.
A 'to-do' list that seems to grow longer by the minute and all I want to do is sit and read.
So today I will.
Sweet Pea has music lessons after school so I will take that time to run to the library and pick myself up a little sumthin , sumthin to tide me over this evening.
Then Monday morning,
bright and early,
I will begin anew.

Have a good weekend!





Thursday, November 5, 2009

thought for thursday

Daily Bible Verse
Romans 12:15
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
That is my verse today and I thought it was pretty poignant.
Especially in these trying times.
God's way is to enter into the joys and sorrows of those around us.
Meaning be happy for that friend who is happily celebrating her new home purchase, or the family member who got that job she's been praying for and rejoice with her.
Happily.
Not begrudgingly and with the thought "how come stuff like that doesn't happy to me?"
And when our friends are suffering we shouldn't turn and hide from them.
we need to embrace their mourning and mourn with them.
Then look for ways to help them out.
This verse really hit home for me today and I will be doing my best to apply it to my life in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

November goals


It's a brand new month and one month closer to the end of the year.

That usually gets everyone to thinking about resolutions and goals.

So my friend Rachel Anne over at HOME SANCTUARY gave us all a challenge this month to set one goal and follow through.

I have been thinking about this for a few days now.

I am all about setting goals but my follow through sucks. ( I can honestly admit that now)

So I was puttering through the house this morning and started thinking about goals I would like to set and accomplish FOR SURE this month.

Like, Has. to. be. done.

type stuff.

So I came up with 3 major things:

1) I really want to better organize the papers that come into this house. From Sweet Pea's school work, to bills, recipes and appliance instructions.
So I need an organization system for ALL of that.
Any suggestions? How do you all deal with the paper clutter?

2) I posted this about how I was feeling about my weight and what all is going on with the food situation in my house. So my goal #2 is to stay committed to doing the "Shred" for the next 30 days and see how that works out. I have a tendency to start strong with programs like this , then falter and then pick it back up toward the end.
Hopefully now that I have put it out there I will stay true to it.
* please feel free to ask me how it's coming and I will be convicted if I've been lagging*

3) Getting a household cleaning schedule and chore list set up.
I'm so lame. I have received so much good advice for setting up a cleaning schedule but have yet to put it on paper or implement it.
( do u see a trend in procrastination maybe?)
No time like the present 'eh?


So those are my November goals.
Hopefully in 30 days I will look back on them and feel accomplished instead of chagrined.
Wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday!


There are several birthdays happening this week and I wanted to shout them out now so I don't forget!
First, my darling B.F. Niki had a birthday on Tuesday and got the surprise of her life when her mom (who lives in Virginia) showed up at the door Friday evening!
Finally I got to meet Mama Jan (as I call her)!
I've known Nik for about 5 years and since we met I have had a friendship with her mother just as much as I have her!
So this was a great present for me too!
LOL!
Happy Birthday my Darling Niki!
You are such a joy!
I'm so blessed to have you as a friend and call you neighbor!
What a wonderful blessing you are to all that are around you and to your family.
Thanks for being MY friend and for being so fabulous!!
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This weekend - will celebrate the birthdays of a few others.
My wonderfully, charming and enigmatic older brother will be celebrating his 34th birthday!
Two good friends from the BCHS days will be celebrating their 30 &31st birthdays respectively!
And my 'lil boyfriend' Dylan will be a whopping 8 years old on Saturday as well!
Also - my Beauty BFF will be celebrating her 22nd on the 13th and my good friend Megs (aka Megan the lipgloss junkie) will have hers on the 14th!
I'm only posting this now as we have another party to go to on Saturday for one of the kiddos in Sweet Pea's class!!!
So excited to check out Pump it Up! and see what they have for the kiddos!
Happy Birthday to all my Scorpio's out there!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fat Friday


That is how I will now refer to the Friday prior to Halloween.
So much junk!!!!
Why is there so much candy in my house????

I can feel myself expanding.
Uuggghhhh.
I have eaten a ton of candy and its not even time for "Trick 'or Treat"!
The joy's of having a young child =
lots of birthday party goodie bags, and treats from school to tide you over until dinner.
And sometimes after dinner.
Or for breakfast.
Not to worry though.
I am going to start doing Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred on Excercise TV begining Monday.
Yes, I know its somewhat foolish to begin this going into what I like to call "The Eating Holidays" but I have to do something now
or by December 31st I will seriously have
NOTHING
to wear.
And we can't have that.
No, no we definitely can't have that.


Happy Halloween Everyone!!!






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