Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday's thoughts

Last night after my run I didn't feel so good - that kind of feeling you get when you know you're getting sick. I'm hoping it's nothing and will go away by tomorrow, but right now I sure wish I could crawl into bed and sleep the day away. Plus it's rainy and overcast = perfect "do nothing" weather.

All of that combined has put me in a rather melancholy mood. That means I've been thinking about a lot of stuff, which is always dangerous. Yesterday I started thinking about people, our impessions of them, their behavior and how people often don't realize what they are doing and how it affects those around them. I'm including myself in this analysis.

Recently I was selected to participate in a Professional Development conference call with a few other people in my office. It started this month and goes until next June. Part of the training includes the DiSC personality profile, which we'll be doing next month. We've also been talking about your Executive Presence and how people sum you up in about 20 seconds, before you even say a word. For example, if you smoke, have bad teeth, and are overweight people equate that with being low class. (I know this seems judgemental, but it's based on scientific evidence! You do it too!)

Anyway, I also found this article on msn.com which relates to the issue. Here is a sample:

Others' perceptions. Your own perceptions alone may not give you an accurate picture of your behavior, thoughts or functioning. Other people in your life, on the other hand, might be able to do so. To you, your life may seem normal, but what you think of as quirks or personality traits may be causing more problems than you realize. To those around you, your behavior may seem odd or disruptive. For example, if you have bipolar disorder, you may think your mood swings are just part of the normal ups and downs of life. But to others, your thoughts and actions may appear abnormal or cause problems at work, in relationships or in other areas of your life.


I have thought about this relating to myself as well. (I'm not bipolar. I know people who are.) I have the type of personality that is very e-v-e-n and calm. It drives me crazy when people ride emotional rollercoastsers and can't control their emotions. I don't understand "panic attacks" or "meltdowns". Get a grip. Deal with your emotions, work through them, and stop throwing them up on everyone around you.

All that to say -- this is stuff that's worth thinking about. It's something that too often goes completely unnoticed. Immature people don't really care what "others think about them" because they want to do whatever they please and not realize the affect it has on others.

I'm learning to realize I have an affect on every single person I meet. So do you.

How you're affecting them... that is the question.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Feels like Friday?!?

Does anyone else think today feels like Friday? Ugh, I wish!! Both of my supervisors are gone for the rest of the week, but I still have so much to do!

I wish it was the weekend because I like doing whatever I want. But it doesn't really matter, because it's not like we're doing anything spectacular this weekend - Eric is working. We can't go to any Halloween parties because he has to wake up at like 3:30AM (making his bedtime like, 8.PM Ha.) I might talk him into visiting Downtown Melbourne on Saturday night to have a few drinks and check out all the costumes. That would be fun. Other than that I'm getting my nails done, tackling our TRAINWRECK of a closet (I blame Eric's military parafanalia that he can't seem to find a place for) and working on websites! I hope to get my current website job done this weekend.

Today I was supposed to get the cyst on my neck removed at the dermatologists, but they said it was still too big. I've been on antibiotics for two weeks, and they gave me another cortizone shot to make it go down. Sigh. I have to wait another two weeks now, and HOPE it's small enough by then! Darn stubborn cyst! It's in a very prominent location on my neck, so you can see why I'm so anxious to get rid of it (I've had it for years). Also in this pic I have a bandage on it from the Dr's this morning:















Lovely, huh? ;)

Well I'm off to Olive Garden for lunch with some ladies from work! Yumm!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thanksgiving

I have volunteered to make Thanksgiving dinner for my whole family this year (about 8 people, not including babies). I can't wait to learn how to make a turkey and all that... but I need to start planning my menu! I think I'll just look up some recipes online and go from there. I'm using my mom's turkey recipe, and I just need sides and desserts and drinks. I'm going to get creative.

I found this Winter White Sangria recipe the other day that I want to try. I can't figure out if I want to have it on Thanksgiving, or later in December when we're having a family holiday party w/ Eric's extended family plus mine (Oh yeah, I'm cooking for that too!). It looks so good!


















I've seen quite a few recipes for it, all with a variation of ingredients. I'm not sure which one sounds best so far. Here is one of them from Taste of Home:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 medium oranges, washed and sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, washed and sliced
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Riesling or other sweet white wine
  • 1 medium tart apple, cut into thin slices
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • In a large pitcher, combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice and orange and lemon slices; mash gently with a wooden spoon until fruit is partially crushed. Add the wine, apple slices and triple sec. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Just before serving, add soda. Serve over ice.
Other recipes I've seen use grapes, pears, etc. Can't wait to try it! :) Of course I'm going to make Pumpkin Pie for our Thanksgiving dessert, but I've also found a lot of creative ways to switch it up that sound delicious. We'll see what I come up with. :)

I'm home for lunch right now and really wish I could stay home for the rest of the day and make a new blog background - I'm tired of this one already! That's the curse of being a designer I guess. Haha. I also promised Sarah I'd make her one, which I have yet to do...... (yeah yeah, I know...). I've been busy making REAL websites for REAL, PAYING clients. (*cough*cough*) Last night I had a conference call for two hours with this guy teaching me stuff about Wordpress (the online software I'm using for my websites now). My parents sat in on it also, and ended up paying for the whole thing! Woohoo!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Weekend Adventures

This weekend we did a lot of walking. Saturday morning Eric and I walked a 5K for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. There were thousands of people all dressed in my favorite color!















Eric's Grandma Isa and my Aunt Miriam have had/currently have cancer.


































I was surprised how sore my legs were after that walk! It took an hour and it was HOT out!

Saturday afternoon we went to a friend's house - it was her son Ethan's first birthday.We had fun chilling with some Air Force friends and feeling outnumbered by the kiddies. Not only that, but I'm sure we were the only couple there without kids. I'm ok with that for now. Hahah.



Saturday night we picked up Eric's younger brother Mikael and went to Halloween Horror Nights (more walking). Let me just say, it was overrated. Especially since tickets cost the most and the park is most crowded on Saturday nights. And beer was $9. Highway robbery! I mean it was fun, but the lines were too long and you waste so much time in line for a 5 minute experience. I didn't even get to go in the Saw haunted house because the line was 2.5 hours!!! What!! We were there for 4 hours and did three things - The Mummy ride, The Simpsons ride and The Wolfman haunted house (lame-o). The scariest part of the whole thing was the creepy "zombies" roaming the streets. Seriously, they got me quite a few times! By the end of the night my feet were about to fall off and I was exhausted (I'm getting old). Overall, I'm glad for the experience, and I know what to do differently next time!!

Oh, and Friday night I got my hair done and then Eric and I went to go see Law Abiding Citizen. It was great! You can't really tell, but here's my hair - nice and blonde again. :)




Tonight Eric and I got a few groceries at Publix until we have time to go shopping at the Commissary on base. It's amazing the difference in price. I love the quality and selection of Publix, but you just can't beat the base prices!

Well I'm kinda grumpy and our upstairs neighbors are having a very loud Yankee's party, so I'm going to listen to some Enya, mess around online then go to bed. They'll be lucky if I don't complain to the apartment complex in the morning. This isn't the first time, and I'm done being nice. Either that or have my husband, who happens to be the guys' supervisor, have him make up for it later. Haha. I'm kidding. (ok, not really)

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!

"I'm not anyone. I'm me."
- Gossip Girl (No, I don't watch it. It's just a good quote.)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fabulous Givaways

Two of my blog friends are having fabulous giveaways!

First, Ocean Dreams is giving way chocolate covered gummy bears and a beautiful Guess wallet! Check out her site for more info!




















Jenn is also having a "Fall Package" giveaway of a yummy Yankee Candle and a Chris Tomlin Christmas CD! I'm really excited about this one. :) Check it out!



















Thank you ladies for hosting these! Someday when I get enough followers I'll have to join in the fun. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

HHN and the weekend!

I just bought our tickets for Halloween Horror Nights this Saturday!

Mwahhhahaha. :)

Today I had lunch with a former co-worker, Jen. Her husband is also in the military and we always had a lot in common. It was good to catch up.

Tomorrow is FRIDAY! My supervisor is out tomorrow and all next week. It always makes life easier on me when she's out, but still, next week is p-a-c-k-e-d. This weekend is also cuh-razy. Saturday morning I'm walking at the Avenue Viera with 5000 other people in the "Walk for the Cure". At least I get to WALK a 5K this time! Haha. Then that afternoon is a birthday  party for little Ethan who's turning 2, and that night is HHN! Yay!

Happy weekend everyone!

P.S. I'm going crazy making new layouts! I can't make just one! haha.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wishful Wednesday













Today on Kelsey's blog it's Wishful Wednesday!

'I wish' .... I was going on vacation tomorrow, and I would want to go to Italy!

My husband and I have been to four places in Europe - France, England, Spain and Portugal. I fell in love with Europe and have been dying to go back!! Italy would be the next place we'd go for sure!

Here are some pictures of our past European trips:

(we actually met for the first time in Paris - over Valentines Day - sigh)



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That same trip we took the train to London:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric was stationed in Spain for the first year or so of our relationship. After Paris/London in February of 2007, I went to visit him in Spain in September. We went to Portugal during that trip:
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I LOVE traveling! I wish we could do more of it!
 
Of course, I am thankful for a vacation already planned - a cruise next June (Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica!!) Can't wait for that!

P.S. I finally figured out how to make my own backgrounds! I did this one last night. What do you think?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Oktoberfest

Sunday night Eric and I went to Melbourne's little Oktoberfest. It was so fun! We didn't ride any rides, just walked around and had some German beer. It was nice and cold out. Perfection!




































Eric had to try and get a goldfish... it's harder than it looks! :)















But all he won was this little toy fish. It's now Amira's newest toy. She's chewed both it's eyes off already!















I love ferris wheels!































OMG, I l-o-v-e blogspots newest editor! It's SOOO much better! Finally posting pictures is easy!

Today I scheduled all my PTO days with my supervisor for the upcoming holidays. I even took a random Friday off in December so Eric and I can have a three day weekend... just because. :)

Here's a quote to think about today:

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

Have a great week!

Traylor Papers

Traylor Papers is offering free stationary and here's the deal:

"Send us an email to VIP@traylorpapers.com with your name and address and we'll send you a free customized card with your name. Tell us your favorite colors and/or style (i.e., whimsical, classic, girly ..., etc) and we will try to make you a match :) BONUS: post this offer on your blog or wall, send us a link, and we'll send you a few extra! Good thru 10/28/09!"

I can't wait! :) I'm planning to have a Christmas party at my parents house with Eric's family, and I love these holiday invitations!

"Pink Ornament"



















That one might be a little *too* pink for most people, so maybe something more "gender neutral" like this "Santa Bella":














This one's called "Picasso"



















I just love the holiday season!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Current mood: refreshed

This weekend has been *great*. Cooler weather always puts me in a frisky mood! :)

I worked on our Christmas cards last night. I got these "make your own card" kits from Hallmark and they're great. I think I need one more kit in order to finish my list, but here are some of my favorites:





























I couldn't find these on Hallmark's website, just in the store. The lady said they were new this year. I love sending out Christmas cards. I also want to get a new picture of me w/ Eric in uniform to send with them!

Today it's been cooold outside! I took Amira to the puppy park this morning and there were lots of people w/ their dogs! She had a lot of fun. I watched some TV (Eric was working) then got too bored and went to the gym. Haha.

Isn't this little guy cute? I got him last year on sale!



















This is the candle I picked out when we got two from Yankee's BOGO sale. It's yummmmy. :) I've been burning it all day.. and I've had the windows open because it's so nice out!















Tonight we were going to Halloween Horror Nights, but it's so last minute that we couldn't get tickets without paying full price (there's no way I'm doing that w/ all the discounts Florida residents can get, not to mention military!) We're going to Melbourne's Oktoberfest instead! Can't wait!

It's scarf weather tonight!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I finished!

So this 5K was two minutes slower than the first one I did, but who cares. :) I finished!



















It feels good to have another one behind me! Today was the PEFECT day too - the first day of the year that we've had "fall" weather! Amazing!

Today I'm gonna work on websites and meet my honey for lunch. We're having a relaxing weekend. Tomorrow night we're going to Halloween Horror Nights! Yay!

Friday, October 16, 2009

5K

Here's my number for tomorrow! :) Wish me luck!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Frenemies

Dear blog readers: This is a post I wrote a couple of months ago to someone who, I am sure, still reads my blog. I didn't post it at the time, because I gave myself a "waiting period". Maybe I shouldn't, but regardless, I'm posting it. Sue me.

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Frenemy
"A commonly used term to describe two people who are apparently friends, but actually dislike each other."
I had a big blog planned out, just for you to read, because I know you will. You're desperate like that, and I know you just can't help yourself.

However, I've decided that you're not worth the time and effort it would take to write it. You're not worth the time it takes to be angry at you... the space you take up in my brain is much better used for more important things.

Besides, I know how to be the bigger person. I know what conflict resolution is. If I'm not mistaken, there is much more to it then clicking "delete friend" on facebook, but I wouldn't expect you to understand that. Plus, I'm not interested in kissing your ass anymore and pretending you're not a bi-polar panic attack waiting to happen.

The funny thing is, you read my blog about friendship ("Pet Peeves"), and got offended because you ASSumed I was talking about you. Hahah.

I wasn't.

But that's the funny part - you just admitted you WERE doing the things I was writing about by getting upset. It's like you're guilty by association. Congratulations!

Unlike you, who said we were only "friends" because our husbands knew each other, I considered you a friend. I should've known, by round 4 of the drama queen riding her emotional roller coaster, that you were not a true friend. I have plenty of those, and you're definitely not one of them. Oh yeah, that's because my friends actually talk to me; they have the maturity to work out differences and think about someone other than themselves.

Girl, if pretty is a pretty does, you are mighty ugly.

So please, have a nice life. This will be the last time I spend any amount of time thinking about you.

Good riddance.

P.S. Oh, and even though you and I will never, EVER be friends again, I hope you're not too naive to remember my husband and yours were friends for 13 years before you or I came along. You should know that means something, and allow yourself to accept that fact. Stop getting in the way.

Cupcake creations

Some people I work with have formed a team and are walking in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" next weekend (more information here) Our team has been making baked goods and bringing them to the office with suggested donations of $1 per item. Today was my turn, so I looked up a good cupcake recipe and went to town!

This morning my supervisor saw them shortly after I arrived and, while the receptionist was raving about them, she didn't believe that I made them! She was like "yeah yeah yeah, woman of many talents." Hahah! She was shocked and embarassed to find out they WERE mine!

Personally I think they're cute, but not that amazing... but everyone else loves them! :) I hope they raise a lot of money for breast cancer research!

I've already gotten two emails (and lots of comments) from people enjoying the sugary delights:

"The cupcakes are beautiful and a big hit in Suite E!!"

"Your cupcakes are selling like mad!!!"

Loves it! :) Here is a tray of them: (my hubby even helped me frost them last night!)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Awards, surprises, sales and sweaters!










I received this awesome award from my new friend Jenn from Love, Life & Laughter with Jenn. Thank you so much Jenn!! To accept I must answer these questions and spread the love to 7 fabulous bloggers!

1. Where is your cell phone: on my desk
2. Your hair: is styled for the first time this week! :)

3. Your mother: on vacation in Tennessee w/ dad

4. Your father: on vacation in Tennessee w/ mom

5. Your favorite food: I'm a big fan of chicken anything, and Italian.

6. Your dream from last night: don't remember

7. Your favorite drink: diet coke w/ vanilla (especially from Sonic!) or White Merlot

8. Your dream/goal: to own my website business successfully and be a stay at home/working at home mom!

9. What room are you in: my office at work

10. What is your hobby: website design/graphic design

11. What is your fear: my hubby's dangerous job, especially when he joins OPD and we move to Orlando :-P
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years: In a beautiful house, with maybe 2 kids...

13. Where were you last night: Home planning a surprise for my hubby

14. Something you are not: patient

15. Muffins: lemon poppy seed or pumpkin!

16. Wish List items.: Coach purse, a facial, trip to Italy... haha

17. Where did you grow up: Tampa, Florida

18. Last thing you did: Drove to work

19. What are you wearing: black slacks, my new pink shirt w/ black tank top and sandals w/ a heel

20. Your TV: in our living room

21. Your pets: Amira my pretty girl Pomeranian :)
22. Your friends: too far away from where I live now :(
23. Your life: is blessed!

24. Your mood: thoughtful

25. Missing someone: my nephew JJ... it's been too long since I've seen the little monster!

26. Vehicle: VW New Beetle

27. Something your not wearing: my wedding rings... they're on their way back from getting rhodium cleaned!

28. Your favorite store: Target
29. Your favorite color: pink!

30. When's the last time you laughed: for "real", last night

31. When's the last time you cried: Oh wow... I can't remember! I guess that's a good thing!
32. Your best friend: Love her. She lives too far away now though!

33. One place you go over and over: Publix

34. One person who emails me regularly: My mom
35. Favorite place to eat?: I have quite a few... Chili's, Tijuana Flats, Carrabbas, etc.

Now to tag seven people will be a challenge. See, I only have FIVE followers *cough*. I think I'll pass it on to some new people who aren't following me yet that I'd like to know more about, along with some friends:

1. Sarah at Make it Luxe
3. Lee Ann at Ivory Rae
4. My new friend at Ocean Dreams
5. Another Sarah, but I haven't "met" her yet ... I love her blog at It might seem crazy but we call it Life and her husband is a police officer too :)
6. Kelsey at The Seattle Smith's has a cute blog (even though I think she was already tagged!)
7. Another "The Mrs." from Trying our Best (also a military wife!)

That was fun! Thanks again Jenn!

Last night I planned a nice little surprise for my hubby, Eric. Sometimes it's fun to just do random things for no "real reason", to keep the romance alive. *grin* I turned off all the lights, setup candles EVERYWHERE, made his favorite meal (pizza bread), and got pumpkin pie for dessert. You can read between the lines for the rest... ;)

Candles on the kitchen counter...














In the bedroom...



























It was a very fun, relaxing, romantic night. Ahhh.



I went shopping this past weekend and found this shirt at Old Navy for $3!! I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but when I put it on today I fell in love! :) Haha.



















Finally, I ordered this little pink fuzzy sweater for my puppy to wear mainly at the "Walk for the Cure" next weekend. But she loves pink just as much as I do, so I'm sure she'll wear it more than just once. *wink*














Happy Wednesday everyone!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Waiting for the "cold front"

The weather people keep saying there is a 'front' moving across the US, so I was getting excited we might feel some of it. But I checked weather.com and we're still in the high 80's this week, and this weekend looks like it'll be in the high 70's. It's a LITTLE cooler, but by no means a cold front! C'mon people!

We had a great weekend! I slept in Saturday (first time in a LONG time!) and we got Moe's for lunch. I kept trying to find a place to get Amira groomed but they were all full. I ended up dropping her off on Sunday afternoon. She looks beautiful, and even got a spooky scarf to take home!














Saturday night we went to a party Eric's friend in the Air Force was having, but only stayed an hour. We drove to Daytona to spend the night at my cousin's and have fun with them. We went to Jesse Black Saloon, a country/western bar, that had a $10 cover from 10-midnight for drinks. It was great!












































































I also got my house pretty clean and caught up on laundry this weekend. It feels so good! I only have 5 days until my 5K! I'm excited about it, and also ready for it to be over. My foot is still hurting and I can't wait to find out why. I have to run for the next three days, then no more until Saturday!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Oh, glorious weekend

It's been a good week, but I'm really looking forward to this weekend! I just met Eric for lunch, now he's on his way to physical therapy and to meet with my personal trainer for a workout.

I am definitely not the type to torture myself with scary movies, but I will watch a few. There is a diference between "scary" and "gorey" to me. Tonight I wanna watch the next "The Hills Have Eyes" movie with Eric! I saw the first one, and of course, I have to see the second. To me, those are more gross/gorey than scary. I'm also a fan of the Saw movies, and have watched every single one. It was a tradition Sarah and I started, but now that she moved away I have to find someone else to keep me in the theater chair!! haha. Last year Eric was deployed so Jen saw it with me... and she'll never do that again! (so she says... haha). This year, I'm planning a "Saw" marathon with Eric before the new one (Saw VI) comes out. It is so hard to keep up with the storyline now after five movies!

I'm warning you... don't watch this trailer if you don't like these kinds of movies! :)




I can't wait!

Plans for this weekend are (Saturday):

- Take Amira to the groomer
- Shop in Viera for Christmas cards, pumpkin, etc.
- Clean the bathroom
- Go to Eric's AF friend's party/BBQ
- Drive to Daytona and see my cousin Brandon and his wife Jessica to have fun! We're spending the night and going to some bar that has a $10 cover for drinks all night!

Sunday... hopefully relax and recover from Saturday. Haha.

Oh yeah, and President Obama winning a Nobel Peace Prize is completely insane to me. He was nominated less than two weeks into being President! Really?!? Let him have a chance to ACTUALLY make a difference, not just for "his efforts" towards making a difference. I want to copy a few quotes from an article in Slate that I loved:

"The committee can, of course, pick whomever it wants. But in his 1895 will, Alfred Nobel stipulated that the peace prize should go "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and the formation and spreading of peace congresses."

"The news came as such a shock that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer with one word: "Wow."

"The award has essentially been given for the president's speechmaking ability... one debate will be whether Obama should turn down the prize, as Slate's Mickey Kaus suggests. That would be a slap to the committee, but since awards are being given for atmospherics, let's consider the atmospherics of such a move. Obama could easily write the justifying language: He's honored and humbled but he has merely articulated the common aspirations of all mankind. As it is mankind's global challenge, no one man can claim a prize with so much work left to be done. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. (Ben Rhodes and Jon Favreau could certainly find the language.)

In the quarters where his speechmaking and diplomatic flair are praised, such a performance will only enhance his reputation. His critics will be dumbfounded. The arrogance rap will fade. Obama would immediately become the favorite for next year's Nobel Prize for Humility."

(see the full article here: http://www.slate.com/id/2231909/?GT1=38001)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

We're going on a CRUISE!

I can't wait for June! Eric and I booked a 7-day cruise for our 2nd anniversary, and I'm super excited! PLUS, my in-laws (Eric's parents) have booked too so they're coming with us! They are so much fun, so I really can't wait.

We're going to Cozumel, Mexico:















Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands:




















And Ocho Rios, Jamaica:














I totally can't wait!! We're going to look up excursions this weekend and see what we want to do. We have a plan to save the money I'm getting for a raise in November to use for spending money on the trip. We learned from our honeymoon cruise last May to smuggle in your own alcohol and save LOTS of money on drinks... because then you just buy a drink card and get free soft drinks the whole time, and pour your own mix! Ahhhh, I'm excited. :)

Anyway, I found a place that has a pumpkin patch here in Melbourne, so Eric and I are gonna go and pick out a pumpkin this weekend! I can't wait! Other than that, this weekend I plan to work on my website projects, go to Hallmark to get our Christmas cards, take Amira to the puppy salon, clean the bathroom, bike with Eric, and RELAX!