Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Long story short, we dated for 4 years and then got engaged the winter after college graduation. 22 months later, we got married. On October 10, we'll be married for 10 years so I thought I'd do 10 posts on our wedding. Because we don't have a scanner, all the pictures are photos of actual photos so quality may vary. The above photo was taken right after we started dating. The below photo is a cheesy wedding picture. I had no patience for wedding pictures. I especially hated photos of myself by myself. Still, I wanted photo evidence of the dress because I really liked it. I tried on a handful of dresses, but I ultimately chose the first one I tried on. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.
All in all, our engagement was nice. We did most of our planning up front so a lot of the time was just enjoying being engaged. It didn't go perfectly as anybody who has planned a wedding understands, but I don't think it was a nightmare. At the end of the day, my main goal was to be married so I tried to keep that in mind. So, here is a sneak peek, and be sure to check in throughout the next 10 days for more of our special day!
- Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James
- Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is Book 1 in a series.)
- Start Me Up by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is Book 2 in a series.)
- To Tempt a Scotsman by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is Book 1 in a series.)
- A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is Book 2 in a series.)
- One Week as Lovers by Victoria Dahl (NOTE: This is Book 3 in a series.)
- The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
All the books I read in September were during the first week while I was on vacation. That said, they were all fun books. I should admit that I only read 1/4 (if that) of The House at Riverton. It was for bookclub and, though I started it early and had grand plans to read it, it was a slow-moving book for me. Victoria Dahl is a new author for me. She came recommended so I picked up some books with some money to Borders I had accumulated. Then, I discovered that I purchased two books that were the latest books in two separate series so I had buy the backlist. I'm glad I did. Who knows what's in store for me this month? I don't anticipate a lot of reading as it's a busy month for me, but you never know.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Then, to make it worse, two of the authors I read had blog posts today about Christmas books they wrote that release today. Today! That's how I found myself ordering Christmas books in September (not to mention I also ordered a planner for 2010). If anyone figures out how to stop or slow time, please let me know.
Monday, September 28, 2009
We tackled Little Miss's room and the front hall closets. I packaged up all of Little Miss's old toys and outgrown clothes. I saved the kitchen, my books and my bathroom for during the week. Next weekend, we'll tackle the bedroom which scares me. We've obviously cleaned periodically, but we haven't really picked through and purged since before Little Miss was born.
So, on Sunday, I drove out to my parents' house to drop off some items to store as well as drop off many bags to donate. Lupus Foundation picks up donated items. I'll be making a similar trip next weekend. While there, we took some newly-baked cookies. Sister and Nephew were there, and the kids enjoyed playing together. Little Miss gave the tricycle a shot. She's still little, but I think she liked the concept. Because Little Miss didn't nap all day and then played hard, she fell asleep as soon as she got into the car to head home. I carried her upstairs and she took a 2 hour nap (as did I). After, she ate dinner and played some more. Then, she went to bed.
We were about to eat dinner when Husband looked at the video monitor and said, "uh oh". That's never good. Because we cleaned, all Little Miss's clothes were put away so her basket was where it normally is (near her crib) and filled with dirty clothes versus having her dirty clothes just on the floor in a pile. It's our fault really. We knew this is what she does when the clothes pile gets too big. The photo on the right will show what we discovered. We cleaned the crib out, moved the laundry basket and tried bedtime all over again.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So, here is the breaking news. I had no idea that Husband had such a hardship. Evidently, if you buy standard tighty whities (or the Hello Kitty underpants above), the easy access is designed for right-handed people. According to the article, boxers are the preferred type of underwear for left-handed men because they are designed more generically. So, now there is a new type of underpants especially designed for left-handed men. I'm sure Husband's day is much brighter with this late-breaking information. However, and correct me if I'm wrong as I don't wear men's underpants, I thought there was access on the right and left on underpants. Maybe this is only a challenge to the left-handed British men and American underwear is more progressive.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
The cartoon is because I know you have a cubicle, and I know you aren't a big fan of, say, people especially people who chat you up (and you like to mock Fight Club), and it's hard to keep people out with no door.
Cartoon respectively borrowed from Toothpaste for Dinner which has some amazingly funny cartoons and sells them on merchandise.
On Sunday, Husband woke up with Little Miss and I got to sleep blissfully late and then watch Supernatural in relative peace and quiet. It was nice. Sunday afternoon, Little Miss and I had to run another errand, but we mostly hung out at home. Then, my parents came over for dinner. Little Miss put on a big shy act, but she was performing by the end of the night and ate like a big girl at dinner. She fed herself very well and had good table manners (excluding the hugging and kissing of the grated cheese container). Sometimes, she's not very patient at the table, but she was good especially with an audience. Bedtime went well last night and she slept beautifully and late. I'll take the Friday and Saturday spotty sleeping if it means she sleeps on work nights.
Last but by no means least, on Sunday, a group of friends and I received news that we lost one of the members of our online community to breast cancer. I feel fortunate to have met her in person and gotten to know her while she lived in this area. She touched us all in some way and will be missed. Because these things come in threes traditionally, I'm living with a slight sense of dread as she was the second of my friends in as many weeks to lose a battle to cancer.
Friday, September 18, 2009
On Saturday, she was home with Husband as I went out with friends for book club.
On Sunday, Sister and Nephew came over for football snacks and, as soon as Husband's team started its game, we all were ushered out of the apartment. Sister, the kids and I went to a big playground nearby. The kids had a lot of fun. Little Miss declined a nap so she was exhausted and, towards the end, super cranky. We only stayed maybe an hour. Then, on the way back, both kids fell asleep. I took Little Miss home and she slept for 2 more hours. She woke up, ate dinner, and pretty much went back to sleep. Maybe I should go to the playground more often with her!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This week marked the 26th anniversary of the game show. Starting this season, there will be a season-long celebrity invitational. Every third Thursday of the month, there will be a celebrity episode which will conclude in a finale where the celebrity's charity will win $1 million dollars. It always surprises me how smart some celebrities are (and how not-so-smart some other celebrities are). Granted, the show does dumb it down slightly - like even I can answer some. Still, it's always entertaining.
As for Alex Trebek, I have a love/hate relationship. I spend a lot of the episode yelling at him through my television, but disliking him kind of adds to my viewing of the show, and I can't really imagine the show without him.
My favorite part of watching Jeopardy! is occasionally feeling smarter than the contestants. In the back of my mind, being smart and playing a game show well are two different things so it's easy to sit on my couch and call the contestants idiots, but they had to qualify for the show which isn't easy. Also, playing on my couch is totally different than being under the lights in front of a live audience. If that was me, I'd look stupid, too, but that's why I like to watch at home in my pajamas.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Congratulations to Husband! He has a new job on the Hill. For those who don't know, he used to work on the Hill and then took a job for a non-profit. Starting next week, he's back on the Hill again. I know he'll be happier, but I also know he'll miss the private sector hours and his time with Little Miss. On the other hand, I'm not looking forward to cooking more often (and by more often, I mean cooking at all).
Friday, September 11, 2009
Happy 30th Birthday! We'll see you tonight to celebrate.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Little Miss had a blast being spoiled by her uncle and aunt. She's always been happy with her aunt, but she was wary in the beginning with her uncle. During the last month, however, she's spent a lot of time with both of them and goes to both easily. On the boardwalk, she led her uncle all over the place. They watched the Go-Karts and ran all over. She also shared her uncle's ice cream and definitely stuck to him like glue (until the ice cream was gone at least). She also learned, during the course of the trip, to say her uncle and aunt's names which was a big victory. She was very pleased with herself (but not as pleased as her uncle and aunt were with her).Of course, Little Miss also loves her grandparents. She calls them "A-Pa" and "A-Ma". It'll be interesting to see if she has nicknames for them or this is just a phase. She led her grandparents all over (which helped because I think all three of them slept well during the trip). Because Mother-in-Law watches Little Miss during the day while we work, Little Miss is super comfortable with her (though she is very good with all of the members of the family at this point which is nice). She had a great time playing in the sand and trying new foods and, all in all, being a big girl.
The last photo is the whole family on the Boardwalk. Little Miss was moments away from napping so she's a little dazed and confused, but she was very patient with all the photos.
The playground was had a cushioned man-made material as the ground. It was soft to walk on, but it was kind of prickly. Little Miss tripped and fell face first into it and all the pricklies made indents in her lip and scraped her little nose. She almost cried, but she was a trooper and just shook it off and went on her way. It was nice to see Little Miss have so much fun and get to run around and exert a lot of energy for a nap.
Later, we took her to the Boardwalk at night. If she liked it during the day, she'd love all the lights and noise and people at night. She was super tired, but she loved looking at everything. We noticed on one of the kiddie rides that the parents were allowed to sit on a bench in the inner cylinder while the children rode the cars and trucks circling. So, we strapped Little Miss in while I sat a foot or so away from her. She had a lot of fun - though towards the end, she wanted to change cars and didn't like that she was strapped in. Then, because it was her first trip to the Boardwalk, Brother-in-Law, Sister-in-Law, Husband, Little Miss and I all shared a funnel cake. She liked it, but she had more self-restraint than all of us and stopped eating after only a few bites. She fell asleep in the car ride home and barely woke as we got her up to the hotel room.
The second day, she wouldn't go near the water and that continued until the last day when it was too hot not to go into the ocean. As I stated before, Little Miss wouldn't play with her beach toys (except the brief trip to fill up her bucket on the first day). However, on Friday, Grandpa showed her how to dig in the sand and invert a cup of sand to create a tower. So, on our last day at the beach, she did play a bit in the sand and water with her toys. On both days, she loved going deep into the water with Husband holding her. She kept wanting to go further and further out. The photo the right is Little Miss with her watering can owning the beach.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Here are the rules:
The Lemonade Award is a feel good award which shows great attitude or gratitude.
Here are the rules:
~Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
~Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude. (I'm only doing 5.)
~Link your nominees within your post.
~Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
~Share the love and link to the person from whom you received the award. Here are my nominees:
1. Sanna, a friend through the Susan Elizabeth Phillips Bulletin Board
2. Brandi, a friend since junior high school
3. Katie, a friend from college and with whom I've recently reconnected thanks to the miracle of the internet
4. Jackie, a friend through a previous job
5. Naomi, a friend through the Judith McNaught Bulletin Board
Friday, September 4, 2009
I used one of his co-stars from Closer (sans pink wig) for his Sexy Friday counterpart. Natalie Portman has always been critically-acclaimed in almost every project in which she's appeared. I thought she was great in The Professional as a child and Husband liked her in Beautiful Girls, but I kind of drifted from her movies over time. I'll see her in something every so often and think she did a good job, but she's not someone that often makes me run out to see a movie.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
- Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
- The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
- Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NOTE: This is part of the Dark Hunter series.)
- Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NOTE: This is part of the Dark Hunter series.)
- Fear the Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NOTE: This is a super short ebook part of the Dark Hunter series.)
- The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon (NOTE: This is part of the Dark Hunter series though also starts the Dream Hunter series.)
I read a bit this month. I wanted to read more, but I decided to read a book for bookclub. I thought I could squeeze it into the last week of August, but I don't think it'll happen. I borrow the Sherrilyn Kenyon books so I tend to read them all in groups like I did this month. Julie James is a new-to-me author. I enjoyed Practice Makes Perfect and plan on reading her first book during vacation so you'll see that book when I post my September reads. I hope I can keep up my reading momentum into September!