12.31.2010

Conversation #53: The year comes to an end…

This is going to seem so lame, but I’m sitting on the couch watching Rick Springfield sing “Jesse’s Girl” (LOVE it) while finally getting around to typing up my last blog post for the year.  I put it off all day!

I was actually at a beautiful wedding earlier with my hubby, but we left a little early because I was again suffering from a sinus headache/migraine (not sure which).  Anyway, I’m feeling a bit better now and I wanted to get in my last blog post of the year real quick.  I’m in CST so it is only 11 PM here even though the ball is about to drop in NYC. 

This has been a good year for me.  Blogging has been weird for me this year.  I quit for a while.  I got a new look.  Then I ran out of things to say (shocking I know).  Finally, I have a list of things to write about and I can’t seem to find the time and energy to just sit down and right them!  Maybe this next year.

I have also grown a lot internally, and I feel so blessed for the life God has given me.  It has been a long road at times, especially in my marriage, and I just feel like my husband and I have finally made it to a great place.  I know there will be more ups and downs, but right now we are good.  Here are just a few highlights from the last year:

January – took an unbelievable trip to the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, and we stopped at the White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns:

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May – the hubby graduated from law school!!!

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July – hubby took the bar exam (trust me, that was a milestone!)

November – hubby passed the bar exam (WooHoo) and we took our first trip out of the country to the Dominican Republic:

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December – Hubby opened is his own law practice and we celebrated the holidays with family and friends

As you can see, much of the year was dominated by law school, and we are looking forward to a change of pace this year.  I wish all of you the best in the coming year, and I pray that God pour out His blessings on all of you.  See ya next year!

12.09.2010

Conversation #52: The Sing-Off is BACK!

I realize most of you may not be near as excited as I am, but having grown up in the Church of Christ, surrounded by acapella music, a music competition that features it just completely wins over my heart.  You can’t fake it when there are no instruments to cover it up!

I loved some of the competitors last year, but this year is really bringing the talent.  They are all so amazing.  Here are just a few of my faves so far:

(P.S. It is on Mondays and Wednesdays on NBC if you want to check it out)

This is my season favorite so far – it is AWESOME:

I also really enjoyed this one:

A super talented group with a jazzy feel, but their harmonies are amazing:

Only my favorite song of the year I think:

And finally, The Backbeats – they are pretty great too!

You should really check out the show – I just can’t wait for the new episodes each week.  It is seriously that good (in my opinion anyway).

11.30.2010

Conversation #51: What a site I must have been

To the man in the car next to me anyway, as I tried to sing Christmas carols while drooling on myself.  I continued on my journey today in getting my teeth fixed (longtime readers may remember that I found out I had some issues about a year ago).  I still haven’t gotten any crowns, but I finally got all of the fillings taken care of cause by wonderful habit of clenching my teeth while sleeping.  I have worn off so much enamel.  I really am embarrassed!  But hey, since I have no pride, I will share that I had to get 5 fillings today.  Luckily I’m done, but my face hurts.  My mouth was propped open for an hour and a half, and it is till numb!  Thankfully it is wearing off now.

Anyway, so much has happened since I last wrote!  My husband has found an office space and is preparing to officially open his own practice.  I’m so excited for him, and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for him and us. 

We also ended up getting to go to our trip to the Dominican Republic, and it was AH-MAZING!!!!!!!  Seriously, I have had such bad post-vacation depression.  Normally I’m sad for a couple of days, but we have been back for two weeks and I’m still missing it.  It was such a wonderful, relaxing trip, and we got to see some great friends that live there.  I seriously think everyone should go.  Really, the trip deserves its own post, but I’ll do that in a day or two.

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After the trip, my sister and brother-in-law came to visit, and that definitely helped ease the vacation blues.  However, I was just sad again after they left.  At least Thanksgiving was just around the corner!

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It was a great Thanksgiving, but like everyone, I know I ate too much.  We watched lots of football and even got to cheer our alma mater onto to victory – they had to the conference championship this weekend!

That is pretty much all that is going on these days.  My job has been a challenge for me lately, but that is probably a post for another day as well.  Maybe some of y’all can give me some advice.  Hope everyone is doing well.  I have still been reading blogs on my phone, but I need to get better at commenting again.  I want to, but I always feel like there is something else I should be doing.  Like right now for instance, I should be painting on this hutch that is sitting in the middle of my kitchen, but it can wait another day.  Well, maybe it could just wait until now!  Talk to you lovely bloggy friends soon :)

11.10.2010

Conversation #50: I can’t even think of a title, I’m that lazy

I hit my two-year blogging mark back in September, and I didn’t even really think about it.  This second year has been pretty crazy and I haven’t really paid as much attention to ye ‘ol blog.  My life has been a crazy mess of emotions lately.  I have plenty to blog about, but I didn’t want this to be a dumping ground so I took to private journaling on my computer.  It was therapeutic.  I have had some pretty low “lows” lately, but I have had some great highs as well.  One I do want to share is that my hubby passed the bar!!!!

I’m sure my one reader that is left doesn’t even care about that, but I’m so proud of him.  It is and has been very evident to me for a while that this law is what God is calling him to do.  I love him and respect him for being diligent and following God’s plan.

Anyway, I wish I could write more, but I need to hit the hay.  I hope to get back to regularly blogging, but this slothfulness that has come over me lately must leave.  Hope all is well with y’all!

11.02.2010

Conversation #49: VOTE

I don’t think I need to remind you that I firmly believe in voting and exercising that right, but just in case:

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I hope it is a little nicer weather where you are on this fine election day, but if not, don’t let that stop you!  Luckily, I voted early so all I have to do is anxiously await the results.  Happy Election Day!!!

10.29.2010

Conversation #48: Show Us Your Life – Guest Room

So I’m back this week with Show Us Your Life.  Last week was nurseries/kids rooms, and I don’t have any yet.  I also don’t have any thoughts or ideas for those rooms yet.  I guess that shows you how close to having kids we are.  Someday, but not quite today I guess.

I also missed offices, but I’ll do a catch up post later.  I have to say that my picture today is pretty uninspiring.  I have this problem of taking pictures and then not downloading them to my computer.  Basically, this is one picture of the guest room and you can’t see all of it, but you’ll get the point.

I wanted something light and relaxing in here.  I went with the brown and blue because I have liked that trend in colors, but I keep waffling on whether or not I want to add a pop of color in there.  I’m thinking maybe an orangey red, but I’m not sure.  For now here it is:

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So that’s it for this week.  I really should take more and better pictures to add to this.  I actually made a brown and blue roman shade for each window out of the old curtains.  However, the brown one you can see needs a little extra help.  The blue shade is to the left of the bed.  The chair to the right is stationed at my sewing desk.  We got the chair on craigslist and the bed on craigslist (the bedding I had).  The wicker trunk was on my neighbor’s curb.  I haven’t done anything to it yet, but I think I may eventually paint it.  I also have a bench my husband made sitting in the bottom right corner.  I use it as a console table.  It has a TV and some decor on it.  I’ll try to post better pictures one of these days.  I think this is probably my one room that is constantly changing because I’ll switch out older furniture when I acquire newer pieces.  Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!  Not much today but it is a pretty small room anyhow.

Have a great weekend!

10.25.2010

Conversation #47: Oops little furry friend

First of all, I didn’t mean to take a blogging break.  I just feel like I have so much to do at home and blogging takes a back seat :( 

Anyway, I think I may have run over a squirrel on my way home for lunch.  I didn’t mean to, but they dart out in front of your car all the time.  Honestly, it is probably a miracle I haven’t done it before now.

Well, sorry poor little squirrel. R.I.P.

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10.13.2010

Conversation #46: 69 days

69 days. 1656 hours. 99,360 minutes.  5,961,600 seconds.

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That’s how long the 33 Chilean miners were stuck underground.  Honestly, my mind can’t even comprehend that.  I know when faced with such an extreme situation, the human body and mind can amaze you.  However, I think I would have gone crazy.  Just thinking about it makes my head go claustrophobic, and you can bet I would be having panic attacks.

I’m not sure you could watch the rescues without being moved (unless you have no heart).  I had heard the story some but hadn’t paid much attention until the last couple of days, but I became enthralled.  Being an engineer (well in-training)  the mechanics and the technology are enough to amaze me.  But watching the reunions made me smile and cry all at the same time.  I almost felt bad watching those first few precious moments between a husband and wife or father and child, but it was such pure joy that I couldn’t look away.

I heard a debate on a radio show this morning about whether or not these men would be considered heroes.  Maybe they aren’t heroes in the same way we would look at the firemen who rushed into the Twin Towers on 9/11, but they I believe they saved each other’s lives and that is pretty heroic.  They brought together a nation and in some ways the world, and I think you have to be moved by their will to live and survive.  I know it will be interesting to hear the accounts of what happened in those 69 days as time goes by, but right now, all I can say is PRAISE THE LORD!!!  GOD IS GOOD – all of the miners are out!

9.30.2010

Conversation #45: Show Us Your Life

Well, I made it to Friday again – I guess we all did.   Okay, so it isn’t actually Friday yet, but I’m hopeful we’ll make it to tomorrow.  Since Kelly already posted the Show Us Your Life for the week, I figured that was an easy post for me to do.  I kind of just had a disagreement with the hubby so I’m not feeling too cheery at the moment.  Sorry if that is too honest, but this is me.  I know I need to humble myself before Jesus and patch up this between my husband, but I guess my pride is just too big right now.  Pride – that is a problem I have but a post for another day. 
OK – so onto my “dining room”
My real dining room has been converted into an office nook, so now our dining room is just our eat-in-kitchen dining area.  Here is what I first painted it as:
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So remember how I used to have a crazy colored kitchen?  Well, this was the yellow that really made me start questioning my decision.  I mean it photographs well because bright colors always look better in pictures, but the yellow was a little overwhelming.
Here is the new calmer look:
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I am loving the new subdued gray hues!  Our table was a local ebay find.  I love it!  The chairs had a cream cloth on them so I recovered them with a black and tan modern floral pattern.  I also painted the legs black with spray lacquer, and I think it turned out really nicely.
My china cabinet came from my husband’s grandfather, and it was nice but had a dated wood finish so I had to paint it as well.  I actually love painted furniture.  Well, I love natural wood too, but this time I went for the painted.  The pictures I got at Garden Ridge and the mirror from a friend.  It isn’t much, our little dining room, but I love it!  Now will you share yours as well?

9.27.2010

Conversation #44: It begins

By it, I mean the changes and frustrations of the new healthcare bill.  My employer actually is its own insurer, and recently wanted to create a new preventive wellness program for us employees.  Basically, we were going to get $400 a year to use on various preventive procedures (one of them being adult vaccinations).  However, for some reasons pertaining to the new healthcare law, they couldn't start this program.  I think it had something to with the fact that there was a cap or something.  I'm not actually sure.  Anyway, I'm going out of the country in a little over a month, and I was going to get some recommended vaccinations, but I found out today from my doctor that two would cost $300 and I still need anti-malaria pills on top of that (and insurance won't cover those either).  Maybe it is just me, but that seems a little steep seeing as how I still have to pay my copay to see my doc.  I could go to the health center, but let's just say that I might get what I'm trying to prevent just by going there.  It terrifies me more!  Anyway, in a world with a broken economy and healthcare costs rising, doesn't it seem strange that instead of helping me pay to prevent Hep A or B or malaria, they would rather risk me get it and then have to pay to treat me later (which will cost much more!)  I know it is all a risk game, but today it frustrates me.

9.24.2010

Conversation #43: Show Us Your Life – Master Bedroom

So I missed last week’s “Living Room” post so I’ll have to catch up on that one later, but I do have pictures of my Master Bedroom for the house tour.  Kelly over at Kelly’s Korner has started up the “Show Us Your Life” series again so I decided to participate this time around because it seemed like a lot of fun.

Here is the main shot:

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We live in a 1300 SF Ranch style home from the 1950’s so we don’t have a huge master suite.  I love our room though.  I like Americana type decor – something you would find in an old farmhouse.  I love quilts and rich, warm colors.  I love the color palette.  The bottom half is actually chair railing and (vertical and horizontal) to give an appearance of molding and paneling from a craftsman style house.

I made the curtains and the Texas flag art, and my mom made our quilt for us for our second anniversary.  I also got the mirror above our bed from a swap meet and painted it to match the room better.

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This is my dresser – it was my grandparents.  I love it because it is real wood and very sturdy.  The chair to the right was my parents.  It is a little rocking chair that I recovered back when we lived in our apartment.  You’ll have to pardon the drying rack there next to the dresser.  We don’t have a laundry room for it!

This is what I call my little reading nook.  You can see the rocking chair better in this shot.  I also love our trunk – got that from my mom.  It has been in the family for a bit. 

 

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Here is a close up shot of my night stand – the hubby’s is a bit messy.  I actually got this at a garage sale for $15 (solid cherry wood) and refinished them.  I LOVE them now!  I also got my little silver jewelry tray at a garage sale too.  You can see my stack of books is getting quite tall!

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Last but not least, this is our little “walk-in” closet:

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It is a little on the tiny side compared to our apartment, but we make it work.  I have every inch organized somehow!  I do keep my jackets (not coats but more fashion type jackets) in a little hall closet right outside the door of our bedroom.

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Hers:

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Those are just two different sides – nothing really special.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the little trip!  Tell me, did you do a tour today?

9.23.2010

Conversation #42: It's 3 AM, I must be lonely

So my cicadian rhythm must be off.  For the last few days I have been waking up at exactly 3:00 AM and it has got to stop!  I don't fall asleep very easily in the first place so waking up in the middle of the night really sucks up sleep time for me.  Any ideas on how to change this?  This weird sleep pattern is really affecting my productivity during the day.  I just want to sleep through the night again!

9.21.2010

Conversation #41: Catastraphisation

Do you watch Parenthood?  If so, last week you heard this word?  Christina (one of the moms) described it as what she does by looking into the future and imagining the worse possible scenario.  I think I do this.  I always called it worse-case-scenario planning, or just “planning” to not sound crazy, but doesn’t Catastraphisation have a better ring to it?

I always think in my mind all of the different things that could possibly happen and solutions to all of the problems.  It may be a sickness, but it gives me peace of mind.  Some examples, I always looking into the parking situation before I go somewhere new to make sure I have cash if needed.  I never check bags anymore because I assume the airlines will lose them, and I usually pack my favorite items when going on vacation.  I think about what a citizen might say when I’m call them back at work to make sure I have an answer for any angle.  I would have made a great boy scout! 

Actually, just writing all of that makes me realize I’m a little crazy.  I need to loosen up, but I don’t want to do something silly that may have a negative effect later on in life.  Basically, I just think too much!  How about you – do you suffer from Catastraphisation?

9.20.2010

Conversation #40: Fit to be tied!

Do you love accessories?  I love necklaces, but bracelets seem to annoy me.  Bags are my fourth love (God, Husband, Family, purses), and lately I have been eyeing the scarf.  I bought one last winter from Coldwater Creek that I had so much fun trying to style.

It is loooooooooooooooong, and bright, and soft.  It is made out of the softest knit, and I just want to swim in it sometimes.  Here is a picture (mine is a bit brighter):

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I recently just purchased three more in green, orange, and blue because they were marked down to $6.99 with a 25% mark down.  Then I got an additional 20% off and free shipping!  I can’t wait to wear them.  While choosing which colors I wanted to purchase, I saw a link that said “Six ways to tie a Scarf.” I was intrigued and clicked through to find this:

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This is only the first way – but you should check them all out here.

Some of the ways are fairly well-known, but I love the added flair of 2 on a classic (way 1).  I also like 4 and 6 too!  Which are your favorites?

P.S. If you want to buy some of your own, click here.

9.17.2010

Conversation #39: Constitution Day

In 1787, on this day, September 17, our forefathers signed the Constitution.  I don’t care what your politics are, but this is a day ALL Americans should celebrate. 

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For your reading pleasure, here is the Preamble of the Constitution:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

(Taken from here.)

If you want your own free pocket copy of the constitution, go here: http://www.askheritage.org/premium.aspx?utm_source=PocketConstGoogleText&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=PocketConst

If you want to learn more about Constitution Day celebrations, go here: http://constitutioncenter.org/ncc_progs_constitution_day.aspx

I hope you’ll take a few minutes today to celebrate the document that started our government and should still be followed today.

Happy Constitution Day!

9.15.2010

Conversation #38: This will be a quickie!

Not like that… I just actually have a lot I want to blog about and no time.  Work and life have been so busy I haven’t even talked to my family much in the last week (which is odd).  I used my free time tonight to catch up with my parents after I got home from my Bible study.  Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say “hi.”  I hope everyone is doing well! 

9.11.2010

Conversation #37: I will NEVER forget

I have so many thoughts in my head about this day, but I don’t know the right way to get them out.  I know that this day forever changed the world in ways I do not yet understand.  This was a pivotal moment in life, and I pray that God always be my strength so that I can stand for Him.  I don’t care what anyone says, this was a religious act and it is a religious war.  I will not forget, will you?

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(Photo from: http://www.stcharleslibrary.org/blog/good2know/2009/09/)

9.09.2010

Conversation #36: More Fall Fashion

Is anyone sick of thinking about Fall yet?  I hope not.  I hate to rush time, but I need a break from the heat down here.  We have had one all this week so far due to Tropical Hermine, and last night we even got to have a tornado scare!  Therefore, I’m ready for the pleasant crisp days of Fall. 

Today I’m going to share just a few of my favorites from an unlikely place – at least to most of you.  I only ever started looking at this store because my mom shops there, but I realized they have beautiful handbags and fun accessories.  I have even seen a change in their clothes and I see so many more items geared to a younger demographic.  Have you guessed the place yet?

COLDWATER CREEK – seriously, check out some of these new items in their fall line.  First up, Jackets:

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How about some cardigans and sweater coats:

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Here are a few more items I love: a cute sweater dress, romantic top, leggings, and a great work skirt

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Lastly, the accessories – shoes and bags!

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Oh how I long for jeans and boots!  Plus, our first home football game is this weekend, and I can’t wait!

What are you looking forward to this Fall?

9.08.2010

Conversation #35: The Repainted Kitchen…again

So my poor neglected blog doesn’t know what to do to get my attention.  For starters, I need a weekend home and this pesky sinus headache to go away before I can fully devoted time to blogging again.  However, I did promise some new pictures of the kitchen so here ya go!

Old gray blue:

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New gray:

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I’m not sure if it translates super well in the pictures, but it is definitely not blue anymore.  I LOVE the new color!  Trust me, I won’t be repainting anytime soon.