Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Favorites

While this was not a good week - It wasn't all horrible. 
1) Crabs - I love crabs! Last Sunday, Josh got up SO early to go crabbing with the guys. It was his first time and he had a ton of fun. That evening, we ate em'! YUM! I even learned a new way to pick a crab and it's so much easier!
2) Paint - I may have spilled paint on the carpet, but at least I painted the room. I've been putting that project off for a long time and I'm very happy with the outcome. Once I get everything moved back in and decorate, I'll post some pictures.

3) SPAIN - It's getting so close! I'm counting down the days until I can escape reality for 11 days! I have SO much I need to do to prepare though, so it will be a very busy handful of days!

4) Natalia - I love my little niece. She's pretty much amazing. She called me yesterday to ask if she could text me. Haha. A few minutes later, I got a text saying, "I love you!" It doesn't seem like a big deal, but it basically made my day. 

5) Friends - We've had great friends in NC for a long time, but it took us forever to make friends up here. Now that we have, I know they're friends we'll have forever. When the time comes for us to move, it's going to be really difficult to leave them.

6) Birthdays - Speaking of friends, we had 2 birthdays to celebrate last Friday. We went out to a restaurant for the first one, then went over to a friend's house to surprise her for the second one. We had some food, some drinks, played games and just had a great time with some good friends.

Next Week HAS to be Better!

This week has been an extremely tough week. Work has been way more stressful than usual. Luckily, this is my off Friday and I REALLY need it. I need the mental health day and I need the time to get things done.

Outside work, there were tons of those tiny little things that just went wrong. Here's my favorite of those things:

Displaying 20140812_193243.jpg
Yep, I FINALLY got around to painting the craft room/office/guest room...whatever it is today, and paint that I spilled soaked through the drop cloth without me realizing it. I found it the next day, so now I have to figure out how to get dry paint out of carpet. 

Robin Williams sad.

These things would have been tolerable on their own, but the worst of my week is that I lost TWO of MY loved ones. 
First, I found out Tuesday morning before work that my cousin, who was like a big sister to me when I was growing up, passed away. It was not completely unexpected since we were told months ago, after her brain surgery, that she would probably never get better. That doesn't make it easy though. It's still tough to accept and very hard to believe. I still feel like it's a bad dream that I'll wake up from.I'll be going on with my daily routine and some random memory will pop in my head out of nowhere...

I'll be showering and I remember the time she took me to the pet store to pick out a fish. She picked out a beta and I picked out a tiny little black molly or some black fish. She didn't know much about betas and the people at the pet store didn't tell her our fish wouldn't make good roommates. We spent the night setting up their tank and when we woke up in the morning, my little fish was gone. She felt SO bad about it, she let me take her beta home. I can't believe I still remember that, I couldn't have been more than 5!

I'll be taking Bailey for a walk and I remember when she took me to the Backstreet Boys concert with a friend when I was in elementary school. She drove 2 crazy kids all the way to Charlotte. That takes some patience!

I'll be cooking dinner and suddenly I'll think of the day she came to see me at work to tell me she just found out her daddy had stage 4 lung cancer. I remember how I was so sad to hear that about a man who was like my grandpa growing up, but that I was heartbroken for her. How do you handle getting that news about your dad?

I'll be driving home from work and I remember the summer during college when she let me live with her...the summer after Freshman year. I had gotten a credit card and racked up more on it than I would be able to pay off before classes started back in the Fall. I got a job at Subway, right around the corner from her house. I couldn't drive my car that summer, so she let me drive hers. She didn't charge me any rent AND she helped me pay off my credit card. This was the same summer we found out about Uncle Danny. We spent many late nights talking that summer.

This is me and my "Sissy" when I was a little one. 

I'm incredibly sad, but I feel SO bad for her mom and kids.

Melisa's funeral is the day that we leave for Spain, so we won't be able to make it. I would like to be there to support my family, but things work out the way they do for a reason. This is when it really sucks to live so far away from family, but I will support them as much as I can from a distance. 

Also Tuesday morning, I found out my mom's dog had passed away. This was not expected. Yes, he was old and he had a heart condition, but he was OK. He was being lethargic the day before and my mom took him to the vet. Blood work looked OK, but he did need a blood transfusion and some fluids. We expected him to pull through. He ended up passing away that morning. 

We've had Harley since the day he was born. He was born the day before Josh and I started dating. He could be a little jerk, but he loved HIS people.

This is Josh and my little Harley monster this past Easter.

So, yes...this week sucked.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday Favorites!

This week has been a very fast, but long week. Does that make sense? Here are my Friday Favorites...late as usual.

1) Trip Progress - We now have all our rooms AND all of our transportation booked for our Spain trip. Now we just have a few loose ends to tie up (and a bagillion things to do around the house) and we'll be all ready! 

2) Birthdays - We had 2 friends celebrating birthdays on we got to go to 2 birthday parties! One was a surprise-ish party at a restaurant we hadn't tried before and the other was a complete surprise. So much fun!

3) Craft Room Progress - I have finally decided to bite the bullet and paint the craft room! I hope to have an after picture shortly after we return from Spain. I would love to have it before the trip, but I think that's a little optimistic. 

4) O's Game - Josh and I went to an O's game with Dave last Friday. We had a great time at the game and went to eat at a delicious Thai place a friend introduced us to a while back. Such a great night!


5) Dentist - Maybe it's weird, but I love getting my teeth cleaned!We had a dentist appointment on Tuesday, so I was a little excited about that. :-)

Jam On!

Back in June, I got invited to a Jamberry party. I wasn't very interested, but free samples were offered and I can't turn down free samples. I got my sample, applied it, and I was hooked! I went to ANOTHER Jamberry party in July and at that point, I decided to host a party. The consultant I was working with informed me that if I was interested in becoming a consultant, I could host my own party and still get the hostess rewards! I had already toyed around with the idea of becoming a consultant, so I though - why not?!? 

This is my hand after just 6 days! See why I was hooked?!?

If you think you might be interested in Jamberry, take a look around my site.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Catching up AGAIN!

Work Life
Josh was approached last year about a part time opportunity. After many thoughts & prayers, we decided to go for it! He started the second job early this year and it's been going great!Yes, it's a lot of work, but it's a GREAT opportunity for him. He's getting great experience and he's working on a team he really likes! 

It's been a bit harder than I thought. I thought it would give me the extra time to work on random projects I've been putting off. I was SO wrong. I guess I didn't realize how much Josh really does around the house. I've done my best to pick up the slack, but I don't get much free time at all any more as a result. I don't mean to sound like I'm complaining. I wouldn't change it and I know it's going to be great for us in the long run!

We said we wanted to travel before we have kids and we're definitely working on that this year!

In February, we went to the Dominican Republic. This picture is from Playa Fronton, such a beautiful beach!

We went to the Outerbanks in May.

We're going to Spain in less than 3 weeks! EEK!

We're going to Boston to visit Chris in September. We went about 5 years ago and we've  been trying to get back since then.

We're going to Vegas in October to celebrate Jen's birthday!

Later in October, we're going on our first backpacking camping trip. So excited about this!

Family & Friends

Our new nephew, Daniel was born in May.

We've gone to a couple weddings.
Denton wedding

Palmer wedding


We went camping at our friend Cory's house in June. It was a great weekend!

We went hiking at Antietam

The guys & kids played kickball

We rode four wheelers

Bailey got to play with her Baxter (MD boyfriend)

We got to live next to horses for 2 days

The moon!

We visited Cory for July 4 and went on a great 10 mile hike!
 The NC Civil War memorial

This wall was actually there during the Civil War!

From the Washington Monument

Cory & I

The first Washington monument

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Favorites!

Hey y'all, Happy August!!! By the way, how in the world is it already August?!? This year is just flying by! We have lots going on, as usual...I'll let you know my favorites, then I'll add some updates because I haven't stayed on top of this blogging thing in quite a while!

1) New Schedule - I have the flexibility to work a 9/80 schedule at work and I haven't taken advantage of that. I decided to give it a shot and I'm really excited about it! I will start my new schedule next week. I will work 9 hour days Mondays -Thursdays. On Fridays, I will alternate between 8 hour days and days off. I'm so excited about this new schedule and I look forward to having every other Friday off!

2) Mortons Visit! - Andrew & Kristian came to visit us last weekend. We had a great time hanging out and showing them around Baltimore! 

We brewed beer at Dave's

Mmmmm! I told Josh if I ever consider becoming a vegetarian, he'll need to make some BBQ for me. :-)

Showing the Mortons around Fells Point

Love these people!

We actually went on top of Federal Hill for the first time!

3) Spain! - We're going to Spain in a few weeks (more to come on that) and we booked our last room last night! There's still a lot to plan, but we've got the essentials covered now!

Now to become fluent in Spanish ;-)

4) Jamberry - I discovered Jamberry when I was invited to a party in June. I'm flipping addicted to these wraps! I hate painting my nails just for the polish to chip off in a day or so. Problem solved! 
Ignore the fat hand. That is apparently not a very good angle. :-)

5) Weekday Walk - Josh and I used to walk Bailey together almost every night after work. Now that he's working 2 jobs (more on that tomorrow), that just doesn't happen anymore. Josh came home a little earlier than usual last night and we got to go on a walk with the pup. The weather was great and we really enjoyed ourselves!

I love the wildlife around our house!

Bailey got to search for ducks...

Did you guys see that duck I almost ate?!?

Then she got to play in the know, after she chased all the ducks and geese away.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New 101 in 1001!

So...I'm FINALLY posting my new list. Here's to the next 1001 days!

Start date: 7/16/14
End date: 4/12/17

Italics=In progress
Red=I didn't do it

1) Try a new type of ethnic food
2) Try a new meat
3) Go tubing
4) Go paddleboarding
5) Go ziplining
6) Take an overnight camping/backpacking trip (before Peru)
7) Go to a random festival
8) Eat a cheesesteak in Philly
9) Eat a cannoli at the North End
10) Watch noon formation at the Naval Academy
11) Go to The Memorial Illumination
12) Take a train ride

13) Try a new outdoor activity
14) Visit a museum
15) Visit a new winery
16) Visit a new brewery
17) Learn something new about MD's history
18) Discover and experience 5 new MD things (SO much to do here) (0/5)

19) Read 75 books (0/75)
20) Go Crabbing
21) Eat at 20 new restaurants (0/20)
22) Go to a professional sporting event
23) Go to a concert
24) Have friends over for dinner (0/10)
25) Host a few game nights (0/5)

26) Save for a down payment for next home
27) Reach 401K goal

28) Reach savings goal
29) Pay off Explorer
30) Pay off HVAC

For Me
31) Revamp Blog...for real this time
32) Get a massage
33) Get a pedicure
34) Write a letter to myself to open in 5 years
35) Buy at least 5 outfits that make me feel great (0/5)
36) Have at least 5 girls nights (0/5)
37) Try 5 new hairstyles (0/5)

Giving Back/Acts of Kindness
38) Volunteer
39) Do something to show appreciation for the military
40) Donate unwanted items bi-annually (0/6)
41) Leave a nice note for a random stranger
42) Pay it forward at least once a month (0/33)
43) Donate $5 for each incomplete item

44) Hike Old Rag
45) Try a new hobbie
46) Improve food photography
47) Learn enough Spanish to get by in a Spanish speaking country

48) Organize master closet
49) Organize garage
50) Organize laundry closet
51) Finish drawers on our bed
52) Paint kitchen ceiling
53) Paint second guest room
54) Replace door in guest bedroom
55) Make a new menu board
56) Organize kitchen drawers
57) Buy our next home
58) Get a new comforter for our bed

In the Kitchen
59) Try 75 new dishes
60) Make Pasta from scratch
61) Learn to make Paella
62) Make homemade ice cream/gelato/sorbet
63) Make sushi

64) Create a will
65) Create a living will
66) Get death wishes from parents
(I know it sounds morbid, but I don't want to be worried with figuring out what to do at such a difficult time)

67) Do a Bible study together
68) Have lunch together, during the work week (0/10)
69) Drive somewhere random together, with no destination in mind
70) Do something new and completely random together
71) Do something creative with our wedding vows
72) Make activity jars for when we can't decide what to do
73) Go on at least 2 dates per month (0/66)
74) Learn something new about each other
75) Watch our favorite childhood movies together

75) Read the whole Bible
76) Complete a Bible study
77) Reach my goal weight...again
78) Hike Machu Picchu
79) Complete the 100 pushup challenge
80) Complete a 10K in an hour or less

Personal Development
81) Take and pass the GRE
82) Start Grad School
83) Learn the basics of our new camera

84) Take Bailey on 1 trip per year (0/3)
85) Teach Bailey something new
86) Try a new activity with Bailey

87) Repurpose an article of clothing
88) Get wedding dress cleaned 
89) Make a photo book of our travels

90) Visit Philadelphia
91) Visit a new state
92) Visit Dolly Sods
93) Take a spontaneous weekend trip
94) Visit a new country
95) Go back to NY
96) Visit Spain
97) Visit South America
98) Visit Iceland
99) Visit the Vegas Strip
100) Visit a non-coastal state west of the Mississippi (not including the Vegas trip)

101) Make a new 101 in 1001 list