Thursday, September 30, 2010

It felt like Fall this morning, and here's 10 reasons why I'm glad it did.

1. COOLER WEATHER
If you've ever been to Florida, drove through Florida, lived in Florida, or even flown over Florida, you know we have one season: Summer. That equals HOT almost 365 days of the year. Last year we were lucky to have some nice cold weather (there was even "snow" sightings in northern Florida) which about killed off all the natives.

This morning I went running and it felt like Fall. At least it felt like Fall could be making its way here on the back of the slowest turtle in the universe. But it was a glimmer of hope. It's only going to be in the 80's for the rest of the week, and 60's *gasp* in the evenings!














2. DECORATING
I decorate for two things: Fall/Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes I'll put a patritotic wreath up for July. But still, from October - January we always have some sort of decorations up, and I love it.
















3. HOLIDAYS
Thanksgiving and Christmas are my two favorite holidays. I love menu planning and finding new recipes to try, and of course keeping the old, traditional recipes alive.


















4. WINTER CLOTHES
Something I've noticed about Floridians is that most of us have two sets of clothes: summer clothes and winter clothes. I put my winter clothes away about February and don't pull them out again until November. So as you can see, we have approx. 3 months to wear them which makes this time super duper exciting.















5. BETTER HAIR DAYS
I have relatively thin, straight hair. I do my best to make it look thicker on any day of the week. When it's hot out and/or humid (aka every day) it goes competely FLAT. It gets sweaty and nasty and I hate it.

Therefore the cooler weather and lack of humidity is a miracle worker for my hair. I have the best hair days when it is cold outside. No flatness, just poofyness. Yes.



















6. FAMILY TIME
As much as I dislike driving across the state, I love seeing family around the holidays.

















7. PAID TIME OFF
The best thing about November and December is that I get almost half of each month off. It's super amazing. And I get paid.

















8. THE END OF THE YEAR/START OF A NEW YEAR
It's always hard to believe when the year comes to an end, and it seems to go more quickly every year! But either way, I love fresh starts and new beginnings. I don't like to make "resolutions" but I love the thought of a whole new year with lots of possibilities waiting!



















9. DID I MENTION COOLER WEATHER?
Oh ok, I did.

10. SEASONAL BEER
Sometimes it's gross, sometimes good. I have yet to try this kind and it just may be good!



















Head over to Mama Kat's to participate in Writer's Workshop!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Today is...

Today is a good day.

It's completely rainy and dreary outside, but that's what makes it feel like Fall here in sunny Florida.

My husband found out that he'll be making $3K a year more than he thought.

It's halfway through the week.

My supervisor asked if I wanted to start learning how to interview people, which means they are starting to give me more responsibility. It's a good feeling.

I think I'm gonna go out to lunch with a friend.

Working out really does motivate one to eat better and boost your attitude.

* Happy Wednesday! *

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feeling overwhelmed

I'm very sorry I've been so MIA latley. I haven't had time, energy, desire or interest to blog in the past week or so. Work has been increasingly busy. I actually started a post last Monday and was so proud of myself that I was getting it done. Then something came up and I never finished it or posted for the rest of the week!

We had a nice weekend camping, but it's definitely exhausting to pack up and unpack all that crap. Three nights was good enough for me! I'm glad to be home. I have pics that I'll have to post later.

I just feel overwhelmed latley... so much is going on. Eric started with the Sheriff's office today, so that aspect of our life has now moved on. No more military wife. No more "Air Force" stuff. It's still sinking in.

Also, I had a conversation with my parents over the weekend and there may be some major changes with them in the coming months. Major - as in it's never happened before and it would change everything.

Finally, last night I found out via Facebook that my brother and sister in law are pregnant again. Can't say I was too excited about how I found out, and somehow I was the last to know, but of course I'm happy for them. There has been this unspoken "race" to see who is having the first girl grandbaby in the family, and I really wanted it to be us. Selfish? Maybe. But now I'm going to be totally nevous until they find out the sex of this new addition to our family, while I secretly hope it's another boy. Sue me.

I'm not good at processing stuff like this. Last night - after I found out about the new addition via Eric yelling the big news to me from the bathroom (via facebook) - I was just quiet. I don't know what to say, or what to do, or even how I feel. Eric kept asking me if I was ok or what was wrong, but I can't even answer. I don't even know if I want to cry or if I'm excited. There's too much going on and I don't want to deal with it right now.

So I'll let it sit... sink in... and let you know how I'm feeling later. Thanks for being there, blog friends! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wrap-up for the week

Yesterday we had a training/conference with Dr. Ron Archer for our organization and system partners. I have to say, it was the best conference I've attended in a LONG time! Very inspirational. He spoke on Transformational Leadership all day and it was incredible! If you ever have the opportunity, check him out. His website, I noticed, isn't that great design-wise, but don't let it fool you... he does a lot of consulting with the military and has his Ph.D and is an EXCELLENT speaker. (http://www.ronarcher.org/)



















(Me, Dr. Archer, and my supervisor Valerie)

His life story is one of the most powerful things about him. His mom was a prostitute and that's how he was born (a "trick" baby). He was left with a "madam" most of his life and she severely abused him. By age 10 he tried to commit suicide. But a social worker found him (that's what our organization does) and changed his life, got him back into school, and he's used his powerful story from then on. It was truly amazing. Makes me so incredibly proud to be a part of our organization and know that we make a difference in every child's life we touch.

Hearing him was motivation to me to stay in school and go as far as I can. He gave a powerful reminder that your education is the one thing that can never be taken away from you... your job, money, house, car, etc. ... it can all be taken away. Your education, however, cannot.

Anyway, this weekend we're just chillin'! I have to practice my speech for Tuesday and we have to go to storage to pick up our camping stuff for next Thursday, but that's it. Movies (I want to see "The Town" with Ben Aflec), drinks, and sleeping in are in order!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm still here... barely

I promise I haven't fallen off the face of the earth... yet! I swear, I've been SO BUSY latley, blogging is not on the top of my "to do" list. I miss it though. *sad face*

Between being out of the office two days this week at trainings/conferences, the remaining 3 days IN the office are killing me. I had 60 emails today because I was out yesterday. We just sent out another email blast for our upcoming conference and now I have 334 emails to go through and a database to update.

At home, both dogs got sick after Labor Day weekend so we had to get meds for them, and then Layla chewed a giant hole in the carpet. I still don't know how much that's gonna cost. I'm telling you, these dogs have been such good preperation for kids in that they are making me lose any care or concern over material things... because I've heard kids destroy things too. (ha!) If I listed up all the items Layla has destroyed it would be in the thousands. She's got to get out of this "baby" phase before we bring another baby into the family!

I've done pretty good with working out even with being so busy.. so far this week it's 3 for 3. I was going to get a second workout in tonight with the hubby, but latley my lower back has been spasming out and I'm worried about that. Maybe too much running? I think a glass of wine and a muscle relaxer are in order, seeing that I can't get to the doctor until next week.

So until next time, don't forget my smiling face! :) Have a great week!

The weekend is in 2 days... and our 3-night camping trip is 3 days after that! CAN'T WAIT!

P.S. This is Eric's last "official" week in the Air Force! He is relieved of duty as of Monday and just has to out-process! Pretty soon he'll be working at Osceola County Sheriff's Office! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Friday-Eve

Is anyone else finding it hard to believe that tomorrow is FRIDAY already?!? So exciting! This week has flown by for me. We've had a lot going on.

I've been worried about our dogs because they've been sick this week - sneezing and wheezing like they have colds. Layla seems to be getting better and isn't sneezing anymore, but Amira was getting worse and started heaving and wheezing. It was weird and I was so worried about her! I waited one more day and then called the vet this morning. Apparently she has "kennel cough" (upper respiratory infection) and I picked up antibiotics for her today. I'm crossing my fingers that Layla doesn't get it too (it's contagious) because if we have to get her medication it'll be over $70!

This weekend we plan to relax, do a little shopping for our upcoming camping trip, and oh yeah, RELAX! We may go to the movies with friends tomorrow night, but pretty much we'll just be chilling.

Next week I'll be out of the office for two whole days at trainings, so I have a feeling it'll go by quickly too!

Tomorrow my supervisor and a friend of mine at work are ordering pizza in the office and having a little get-together lunch. That is always fun and passes the afternoon quickly! :)

Happy Friday-Eve everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

As promised, an update on "The Wedding"

I've enjoyed catching up on blogs and how Labor Day was for everyone! Ours was a whirlwind of activity, not much rest, and involved driving across the state of Florida and back. But it most ways it was fun.

Friday night I drove up to Daytona Beach, dropped off the puppies at my cousins, and met Eric and the rest of the people at the hotel. I was *super* nervous that I would run into you-know-who and not know what to say. Well it happened... but it was great because she ignored me and pretended I didn't exist. Actually she walked into our hotel room (because everyone else was in there) and luckily I was involved in a conversation with my friend Beth about what she was wearing to the wedding... so I continued that conversation with intensity so I wouldn't have to look up and see "her". It worked.

The second time I saw her was later that night, after we came back to the hotel after riding go-karts for several hours (which was a BLAST!). She came into our hotel room again, but this time her sister was with her. Her sister all came up to me and was like "Oh, you must be Stephanie." I was polite and said "Why, yes, I am" and resisted the urge to add "...you must've heard a lot about me!" But still, no interaction with "her". Us girls all know what other girls do, and why. Eric thought her sister was being polite... I know otherwise.

They left after a few minutes.

Saturday we slept in, got some lunch, and laid out on the beach for a few hours. Eric had to go help the bridal party with some setup, so I chilled in our room, had a few beers and watched TV. I got *super* red from just an hour on the beach because we forgot sunblock... as you will see in the following pictures. :)

This was my view at the beach:























You know how you always see signs about a strong "under current" and hear warnings about how to avoid the "rip tide". Well being a former lifeguard I know all that, but have never felt such a strong undercurrent as I did that day! I was attempting to walk back to shore in water only up to my waist and couldn't move. It was so crazy and could almost be scary for someone if they weren't strong enough to get out.

So, at 5PM I arrived at the wedding and it didn't start until 6PM. It was very casual and not really wedding-like at all. I'm so glad my friend Beth was there, along with my mother in law. Life savers.

So the only interaction at ALL I had with "her" was when I first walked into the reception place. She still was pretending to ignore me, so I walked up to her, smiled and said "congratulations!" She said "thank you" and continued with another conversation. That was it. It was quite apparent, given that moment was her opportunity to be nice and cordial, that she had no interest in doing so. It was absolutely fine with me, and only confimed everything I knew to be true about her anyway.

So after THAT was done with, I enjoyed the rest of my night and we took some fun pics!























Mikael (Eric's little brother, Eric and I and his mom

















Good friends since middle school... Johnny, William, Eric

















During the ceremony

















Us at the reception... nice and red :)

















Johnny, Beth, Me, Eric

















Notice the large amount of space between her and I. Also, I almost photoshopped her out... but decided to not to. How nice am I that she is gracing the pages of my blog! :) lol

















Here's to a short week and NO plans for this weekend! YES!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Finally Friday!

First, thanks for your encouragement and advice on the wedding dealio. I can't say I feel prepared or that I know what to expect, but it's just a wedding. I've been to plenty of those before. I'll update you on how things went next week!

Yesterday kinda sucked at work... the CFO kinda bit my head off for something I was asking for (he's well-known for his "moods"), the computer kept freezing up and not connecting to the network... so I left for lunch and hoped it would be better when I got back.

Things did get better! I left Layla out yesterday afternoon and hoped she would be good. Eric stopped by my office to show off his new Osceola County Sheriff's Office uniform:























He starts September 27th OFFICIALLY! It was a relief to finally get the details worked out. We've decided to stay in the apartment we have until our lease is up in February. Then we'll have a few months to figure out our finances with his new job.

I went to my boring speech class right after work, and left at the break. I seriously can't take this class. I feel like we could get everything done in a week or two, and he's dragging it out for eight. I knowwwwwww, I know... "education is a process"... but I'm good to go on giving speeches, ok?! :)

When I left class I stopped at Publix to get a sub for dinner (and lunch today!) and a few beers. Eric was gone to Daytona Beach for his friends bachelor party. I walked in to see this:


















That stuff all over the floor is what used to be my favorite brown belt.

So no, Layla was not good yesterday afternoon. It's back in the crate for her I guess. *sigh*

Anyway, today is Friday and it's a long weekend so I can't complain too much! Tonight I'm packing up and heading to Daytona Beach to join Eric at the hotel and go to the dreaded wedding tomorrow. I have to leave our dogs with my cousin who has graciously agreed to watch them... even after seeing this picture on Facebook last night. Ha! At least they are only 15 minutes away so if I need to I will stop by.

Sunday we're headed to see my family and spend the rest of the weekend with them. YAY!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!