He does Exist!! They do Exist!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

4 days until christmas :) so enjoy this classic M&M's commercial!


12 Days of Christmas are Expensive

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I hope you have all saved up to buy your true love all the things for the 12 Days of Christmas. 

The cost has risen 9.2% since last year and it is up to a whopping $23, 439 according to the PNC Pricing Index. They conduct an annual survey every year to evaluate just how much the gifts would cost in the infamous, "12 Days of Christmas."  

It's weird because this is the largest jump since 2003 and I thought our economy was on the slump? Very interesting.

I am hoping to get those 5 golden rings this year ;)

"On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."

Rockefeller Christmas Tree!

Monday, December 13, 2010

That's right. Me and the boy finally made it to the tree after 5 years!

Have a look:) 

It was such a wonderful day. Not too cold either. And we were dressed nice and cozy. Had a nice dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (On our 50 state Hard Rock Cafe tour, that's number 2) 

But the adventure always finds us. We missed our first train back, then the next one was cancelled and the train we did get on was delayed for an hour because there was an accident. Add on the rain and it was quite the adventure.

But we both made it home safe and sound and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!

Where are all the sounds coming from?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Blackberry Adventure #2

The other day I was taking a little snooze, unplanned of course, and I fell asleep pretty hard. I am woken up by something. But what exactly is that?

In my woken up, half asleep phase, I hear this odd ringing and don't know what it is. It takes me a second to look at my phone which is blinking. My boyfriend is calling but there is a ringtone I never heard before alerting his call. Sort of a doo, doo, doo, dahhhh sort of thing. Very weird. 

This perplexes me for a couple reasons. The first being I obviously have my ringtone set to 'All I Want for Christmas' being this is my absolutest favorite time which it did ring for a call earlier in the day. And the second reason being, as I said, I never heard that ring before.

So where did it come from and why is it random?

It doesn't stop there. The same ring comes through for some texts and emails. Then there is a simple bing for others.

I have searched through ringtones, sounds and profiles. They all say All I want for Christmas. It has been a few days so I might try again or just admit defeat and call AT&T and look like a total Blackberry novice. That is odd in and of itself considering I did have a Blackberry before.

Until then, let the random sounds keep coming from my phone. 

Blackberry Adventures

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Well, I have finally got myself a new phone.

Rewind a couple months. I had a Blakberry Curve, the trackball stopped working. Therefore, scrolling up was impossible. That means basically anything was impossible. I was forced to use the phone for a month or more when it only made calls.

Call in sister. She brought me a Quickfire that she somehow had, found, ? Not really sure. This thing is the chunkiest phone ever. It did allow me to text and use Facebook. But let's be serious.5 pound, orange phone not my style.

So finally, I have purchased a brand new Blackberry Torch. And it is definitely an adventure. After having a Blackberry Curve and then a stone age phone, it's taking a lot of getting used to. Touch screen, slide out, all these apps. It is pretty amazing though and I must admit I am slightly obsessed.

here I will be sharing all the news on how my getting to know and work this Torch are going.

Adventure 1: Finding a cover for the touch screen to protect from fingerprints and scratches that doesn't cost $20. Yea, I kid you not. Small piece of film, the carrier wants $20. I think not.

Sister tells me to go to 5 Below. So in my travels to see Brian, he conveniently has a 5 Below right by his house. We saunter in and make our way around the holiday shoppers to the cell phone wall. Here we spend a good ten minutes looking for this screen protector. In between Brian is saying 'I don't know what I'm looking for ," and makes his way over to the video game section of the wall.

Ready to admit defeat (or call my sister) we start walking around the whole store and find an IPod touch wall where I find a single screen protector. Boy am I lucky, I think. Brian suggests we look at the wall again because he now knows what he's looking for. He searches and digs through accessories and cases to produce two more screen protectors. Wow, I am definitely lucky. 

Having made my decision, we start the long wait in line and look to our left. "Are you kidding me?" comes out of both of our mouths. For you see, there is a whole section of screen protectors right there. It turns out lucky wasn't what I was. we walked past that a multiple of times I'm sure and seemed to have missed it. 

In the end, I came home with a screen protector for an IPhone that is too big for my screen. My phone is too new and doesn't have a generic brand screen protector yet. Perfect. So I did what I had to do. I cut the protector to fit my phone and it is now sporting some air bubbles here and there but I can wait for the real thing. And I am not spending $20. 

wait until the next adventure with the Blackberry...

Oh weekends...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekend seems to be very short when it's one day. *sigh*

But on a brighter note, I spent that day off catching up with some friends I haven't seen in awhile. We went to a little unknown cafe in Princeton, Fedora Cafe. The chili was my dinner of choice and I must say I was unfortunately, not impressed. There was corn in my chili. Not a fan. 

Conversations were had about the days of sorority life and how much it differs now. After being gone over a year, it does seem a lifetime away already that I was a part of all of that. Maybe it's my age..

I was then able to see my boyfriend for the night and next afternoon. I was coerced into watching, Get Him to the Greek and I will admit it wasn't as bad as I thought. There were some funny parts and some duds. We had discussed brunch on Saturday earlier in the week. So I was all psyched for my eggs and bacon yummmm. But it turns out Brunch at Friendly's stops at 12. Bummer. I then decided on some delicious chicken fingers. Acting my age of 23. 

It always stinks leaving my boyfriend but we are seeing each other a lot this month and that is pretty exciting. There's birthdays and holiday parties to attend. One of which is my own. Looking ahead December seems to be a pretty great month. Maybe after December the new year will bring me a new place to live. Hmmm. Stay tuned.

December has arrived!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Well, we have come to another month. And not just any month, but December. The last month of the year 2010 *sigh*

But yay! December is a great month. It has Christmas and my birthday! Not a big birthday person but still fun.

It also brings snow and frigid air, also known as winter. Let's just say that I am NOT a big fan of.

All the holidays are coming full speed ahead, so are you ready? I know I still have a few presents left to get and furthermore, decide upon.  

The there are the inevitable New Year resolutions. Have to figure out what I am going to attempt to do or accomplish. Hmm such a toughie every year.

There is so much hustle and bustle this time of year that everyone forgets to live the last month of the year up. A whole year is about to be gone. Everyone should say goodbye properly and take time to drink it all up.

So what are your plans, resolutions? I'll get back to you on mine.

-“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”-Dr. Seuss


Monday, November 29, 2010

I think I have recovered from my food and shopping coma. How about you?

Thanskgiving started in the wee hours of the morning for me. Went to work, was home before the big feast. Chowed down and spent some time with my family. Then it was my sister's bright idea to do some midnight shopping.

So off we went to Wal-Mart. First Black Friday shopping and it was an experience. Shuffles of people and you cna barely move. There were the civivilized and uncivilized people. The thank yous and the grumbles. I came away with a Christmas present for myself from my aunt. A Bissell vaccuum. Yes, let the judgement begin. A collage picture frame, sandwich maker and DVD were among my treasure that I brought home.

2:30 we rolled into the house. 24 hours awake. Hadn't done that since college and knew recovery time wouldn't be the same. I somehow trudged into work later that afternoon. It was the calm after the storm. Barely any people shopping at the old hour of 4 pm. Nonetheless my day ended around 1:30am.

The sleep coma subsided around 11 am the next day. And that is why my Saturday consisted of me being a bum. Nothing got done and nothing was accomplished. Oh my old body.

All in all not a bad weekend. Just can't handle it like the old days. Hope everyone had an equally exhausting but good holiday!!

Oh and 26 days until Christmas:)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today is the day to eat lots of turkey and potatoes and become stuffed! Also, the day to be with family and friends. But most importantly it is a day to remember to give thanks an be thankful for what you have in your life.

Many people forget to look around and count their blessings every once in awhile. I am one of those people sometimes that gets too caught up in the wishes and the dreams. And who can blame any of us with this crummy economy.

The many unthankfuls people focus on: Loss of job, no job, working at a crappy job, money issues and the list goes on and on. 

And here are is everything people should be thankful for : Their breath they take every morning when they wake up, the people that are there for them during all those rough times encountered in the economy, the fact that you do have a job to go to everyday

What I am thankful for everyday

-My family for their support
-Boyfriend. I love you.
-I have the greatest friends
-Lily-she keeps me company on lonely days and she's super cute.
-That I have a job at all. Might not be my dream but I'll get there someday
-The roof over my head (for now)
-As with every holiday, the absence of my mom tugs at my heart but even though she isn't here I can still say I am thankful for the 22 wonderful years I had with her and the amazing relationship we had.

So please take a moment if only today and count your blessings and truly be thankful for everything that you have around you. Oh and enjoy all the wonderful feasts you will be chowing down on!

-God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?"- 

Boycott Shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Thanksgiving at least. And here is why.

Think back to 5, 10 years ago on your Thanksgiving holiday.

I am sure you are recalling memories of tables filled with a load of food. Family you love all around you, shuffling past as everyone tries to fit around the dinner table. For me it was just that.  I was sectioned to the kids table until about 19 but it was ok. We all didn't fit around the adult table. We would have mindless chatter and then shuffle out to the living room as we patiently awaited dessert.

The newswpaper was passed around as the deals for Black Friday were discussed. What time we were going and what we hoped to get that day. The simple time of the holidays. More family and love, less materialistic.

Now I see the Black Friday commercials flooding and it saddens me to see "Open Thanksgiving Day." No longer are people focused on gathering around the table with family. The focus has seemed to shift to what we can buy for our family for Christmas.

It is the one day that no matter what religion we are, we all celebrate. We all have something to sit and be thankful for and enjoy a day of simpleness with friends and family. Consumerism has creeped its way into Thanksgiving and it should be stopped.

So I want to ask everyone to boycott shopping on Thanksgiving. Don't worry about finding the right deal that day. Look around you and be thankful for what you already have. Leave the stress until Black Friday. If people don't shop on Thanksgiving, we can put a stop to the stores being open. (Or am I too grandeur thinking such things;)

If you still feel you need to shop, think about the person helping you. Think about their family and how he/she isn't with them preparing for the big feast or finishing the feast with their dessert. Or better yet think about how you are rushing through the holiday just to get out and go shopping.

The holidays are about being together and just the spirit of it all. Unfortunately, it seems to be slipping away and I'm afraid it will only keep slipping.

Tomorrow I will be working. But early morning (talking 4 am) in a store that is not open on Thanksgiving. I will then go home in the early afternoon and enjoy my Thanksgiving with my family and eat all I can. I will not be making any purchases or spending any money. Please do the same.

-Life shouldn't be printed on dollar bills. ~Clifford Odets

Marriage Fading Away?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I was talking to a coworker one day and the subject stumbled upon our lifestyle and parents. I remarked about my parents being divorced. He then replied with a chuckle and a "Who's aren't?"

Sad to say, but that phrase seems to be very true today. Coming off many recent divorces in Hollywood and just around everyone, it isn't hard to see that the meaning of marriage is changing. 

-One in three American children are living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. 

-U.S. census data released in September that showed marriages hit an all-time low of 52 percent for adults 18 and over.

-About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960.

FIVEFOLD INCREASE. To me, that is very disheartening to read. Never being married some people might get offended when I give my opinions on it but I will anyway. Because I know what I believe marriage to be and what I want my marriage to be.

People take vows everyday. Through sickness and health, till death do us part. But the vows seemed to have changed to till I get tired of you and cheat or I just get tired of this marriage all together. That is what it comes down to. Laziness. People don't want to spend the time on their marriage. They don't want to communicate to make it work. It is much easier to sign a divorce paper and be done with it.

I am not saying there are people that truly try to fight for their marriage because I know there are the very few but the marriages that are only last a handful of years are just plain sad. Why even get married if you aren't serious about it? It's not dating. It's a forever kind of thing. If you aren't ready for that, don't do it. 

Which brings the changing definition of family. Because so many people aren't willing to make that forever kind of commitment, more parents are opting out of marriage. There brings yet another problem. No marriage, no vows make it much easier to walk away from that significant other even if kids are involved. 

Coming from divorced parents might make me have a skewed view on marriage or it might even make me wiser. I just know when that day comes for me to say those vows, I will mean them. Marriage for me is a forever kind of thing. Life does get messy and get in the way but not enough for the huge fivefold increase.

To the sanctity of marriage!

'Marriage might not be a job, but it is work' (Thanks Sex and the City!)

Every Person is Dealing with Something

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I would now like to share with you a moment a month ago that nearly brought me to tears. It was a moment that I think was given to me by someone up above, be it my mom , grandparents or the big man himself.

It was another day at work. Came in at 6 am on a Friday only to be told, "Well we don't really need you," Begins my foul mood. I then am pushing boxes of product onto the shelves. Then on to straightening shelves. Least be said, I was not a happy camper. My sleep the night before wasn't the best and that was the last place I wanted to be.

When I am on my way through toys around 11, a woman stops me and asks for my help in the Barbie section. She comments that I am a lot younger than her so I might know more about what a little girl would want. I ask her the age of the girl and she says that she is 7. Thinking to myself that is usually the age where kids have the starting notion of 'What I want to be when I grow Up, I point out that the Barbie I can Be... The woman stumbles with her words and looks uncomfortable and says, "Well, I don't know if that would be the best...You see..She is just...Well sick. She has cancer. So..I'm just not sure about that. Maybe something more..." as she tries to find the right words

It took me a slight moment to reel. I could see it in the woman's eyes. This 7 year old girl didn't want a I Can Be Barbie because she might not even get the chance to grow up. I then knew the perfect Barbie. What better for a young girl than a Sparkle Barbie, sparkle ball dress included. When I showed it to the woman, her face lit up and she said, "Oh yes this is perfect. Thank you so much!"  I said the polite your welcomes and asked her if she needed anymore help and when she declined I continued.

I took a second in the bathroom to take a few breaths. Just when I was being grumbly and annoyed because I had to be there, I was shown that there where other people that are struggling. They have real reasons to be annoyed and in a bad mood. It reminded me that I was making my day worse by continuing my mood.

Now I think about that little girl wherever she is and her face when she was given that Barbie and I am glad that I was able to help with that smile. It is just good to be reminded that even though it feels bad, it could be worse. And I now try to live by this quote because it so true.

-Smile at everyone. Speak gently to all you meet. For every person is dealing with 'something' and yours may be the only kindness they will know on this day.-

National UnFriend Day (NUD)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

today, November 17, 2010, has been declared National UnFriend Day. By Jimmy Kimmel. It is the day to be able to defriend the thousands of friends you have on Facebook and not feel guilty about it.

He also points out that Facebook is cheapening the word friend and friendship which I will admit, does carry some truth. Someone you haven't seen or talked to in years requests to be your friend, but they aren't. 


So, who will you be unfriending?

-Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose-

Whoa, a month?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Has it really been a month?

Sadly, yes. And it was brought to my attention by my friendly stalker, my boyfriend (love youu). He so aptly told me one ," You haven't written in your blog in awhile :(" Indeed, it was true.

Now I sit here and reflect back on a month of my life and it seems that there was a lot happening and transpiring. Still living on the mountain. Which if you are keeping track I had planned to be all cozy and adjusted to my NEW surroundings by now. Oh well.

One of my close friends became a Mrs. in the past month, October 15. Such a weird concept but so nice and grown up. I guess it really is true, we are all growing up. But I can still be in denial about it. 

The holidays are quickly approaching and it is becoming MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!! No, for real, I love Christmas. Everyone who knows me, knows this about me. I play Christmas music in the middle of summer. I really wish there could be such a thing as Christmas in July.

There was a very touching story that I want to share with everyone but I will save that for the next few days. (I will be back this time I promise!)

And now that I have rambled and given a bunch of random information, I must say one last thing. My kitten Lily turned 1 yesterday! She is now a cat and ever more the brat. But I still love her. ***Not sure if November 15 is her real birth date but I have declared it to be. Until the very short next time:)

'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day -William Shakespeare'

Be. Our. Guest.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Today, October 5, 2010, is a very special day. Not only is it the most common day for a birthday (yea it's been studied) BUT it is also the day Beauty and the Beast is released on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!

Now we need to back up to understand my full obsession with this movie and more specifically, Belle. I was given this movie as a Christmas present and it was love at first watch. I got to name a new dog and I chose Beauty. Belle was my favorite princess and I wanted to be her. She was brunette and read books. And plus side..it had a great moral.

Unfortunately, toys weren't as extensive back then as they were today but when there was Belle available I got it. And it never stopped. My mom always got my little trinkets with Belle. Puzzles, hair accessories you name it, I have or had it. Disney World was a bust though. Never did get my picture with Belle *sigh* But I will never give up!

Everyone close to me is well aware of my slight obsession with Belle. Sorority nickname was LittleBelle. Character on my family tree? Yup, Belle. Recent Christmas present from my friend, Lenox Belle. It is true you are always young in your heart. I will always be young and girly with my Belle and princesses.

2012 I will probably be first in line when Disney World opens the new addition to Fantasyland, the Beauty nad the Beast castle!!! And even a restaurant. Um, yea. In case you need to know all about it like me, click here.

Ok enough babble. Time to buy Beauty and the Beast. Bye!!

-Tale as old as time, True as it can be, Barely even friends, Then someone bends, unexpectedly. Just a little change, small to say the least, neither one prepared, Beauty and the Beast.-

Dollar Shopper

Monday, October 4, 2010

If you are one of the many people that have increased their shopping at Dollar Stores in the pas few years then this article is of interest to you. javascript:mox();

It tells you what exactly to buy and if it really is a steal or a way to get you to spend more. I am of the masses that has switched to the Dollar Store for some weekly purchases. I must say I have been quite happy with what I get and the amount I spend.

The bologna I would buy at the supermarket would probably be about $1.89 but I get it for a dollar, same brand. Same goes for hot dogs and butter. And the expiration dates are reasonable. The simple snacks such as popcorn and small candies are also useful for me.

Some things I don't buy there unless absolutely necessary: napkins- they don't really have much value and I end up going through them quicker than with a name brand so it just evens out in price, eggs-sorry but just the idea of that doesn't sit right with me and any kind of medicine.

This article does have some good tips to remind you, they are a retailer so they still want to stupe us, the consumer. But I will still be loyal to my Dollar Store. 

National Coffee Day!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Piggybacking off my previous post, it is national coffee day today!

To celebrate the day right, I will be picking up my Pumpkin coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Yum. yet another peek of fall. I have had one so far but I need to get my fill before they are gone. 

So raise your coffee cups and be thankful for the caffeine that jump starts our day/ keeps us going throughout the day. 

Speaking for all the coffee Drinkers

Sunday, September 12, 2010

When I say how disheartening it was to see the article on CNN titled, "Coffee prices on the rise."

A daily coffee drinker myself I was drawn to read this article. Wondering how much my wallet would feel the pinch of the so called higher prices. Well, it turns out that it isn't a recent rise but a slow and steady climb. 

Apparently bad weather in South Africa, the fact that Vietnam and Brazil have become hoarders and the US just doesn't have the coffee crop it used to, is what is leading to the nearly 13 year high in coffee prices. Folgers, Dunkin Donuts and Millstone already raised their prices up 10% and Maxwell House with a 9% rise and K cups will see a 10% increase by October.

The interesting part of this article is where it says the price of coffee might not be felt at your local Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks since they are individually priced. So have we come to the point where grabbing your quick cup o' joe at one of these establishments before work will actually be cheaper? Which defuncts the previous, save money by brewing your own at home. 

I must say, a pumpkin coffee everyday would suit me just fine, Yummm. I just hope the supply gets larger because if we see a day without coffee at all, it would mean a lot of early morning brawls. 

-I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee. ~Flash Rosenberg

Stand up to Cancer

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tune in tonight at 8 to help donate and get rid of this terrible disease. I remember this on 2 years ago and how inspirational it was to listen to everyone that had battled cancer. It is an awful disease that took the life of my grandmother and many other people out there. Such a powerful stand, please donate.

Scents are Wonderful

Saturday, September 4, 2010

So Fall is slowly creeping up on us. 

Soon there will leaves changing and the chill entering the air. Actually I kind of like fall quite a bit. The fall foliage is so beautiful. Definitely didn't think I would be seeing another fall up here on the mountain but such is life. And can be seen as a nice blessing.

With the change of seasons, most especially fall, comes the change of scents. And I mean this as in air freshener scents. On a trip to the local store last week,  my friend and I saw the display of fall scents. They included Pumpkin spice, cinnamon spice, berry, apple and a mixture of all of the above. Unable to resist I bought myself a nice Febreze noticeables with berry and spice. And I must say I really enjoy it.

My bedroom now smells like the fall. Every morning I wake up to it and at night I fall asleep dreaming with the scents floating in my head. I know, I know I seem quite obsessed with the fall scents. But they are so wonderful!

I'm not sure if they remind me of fun times of fall in my childhood or earlier years or what but it just gives me a calm of some sort. Also, apple has always been an enjoyment of mine. It also made me think how fall is really the only season that has such a burst of limited edition scents. I mean Christmas has its holly and mistletoe but I still don't think it is as prominent as fall. 

Now that I have rambled on and on about air freshener scents, I will sit back, relax and smell my pumpkin spice.

The good ole' vacation

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It is time to catch up with the wonderful vacation I went on with Brian. It was a 3 day trip to Baltimore and it was lovely.

Had a few snafus in the beginning (Brian forgot his dress clothes for a fancy dinner so an impromptu shopping spree ensued) but it all ironed itself out.

Friday we went to a nice dinner at The Capital Grill. We stumbled our way through a super fancy dinner, clearly out of our environment. Definitely a learning experience and the food was quite delicious. From there we went to Best Buy. Yup took a trip to Best Buy because I forgot to switch memory cards. I ended up getting a sweet deal on a memory card. 4G for $13! That is over 1400 pictures I can fit on that baby. Truly wonderful.

Later that night we took a walk around the harbor. Truly wonderful. Saw a street performer and then had a late night snack of spinach artichoke dip and wine. Peaceful and relaxing for sure.

Saturday was the day we went to the National Aquarium! We were actually super excited for this part. With our VIP tickets, we went in around 11. Had a surprise picture taken and started our journey through the aquarium. First, was the 4D show, which included snow, rain, steam and even felt a little bite from a shark (!) Lunch was next of salads and some tasty beverages. 

The dolphin show was next which is my super fave. I loveeee dolphins! And it did not disappoint. There were jumps and flips and waves. Jut super cute. 

The real tour came after this. We saw stingrays, sharks, went to Australia and the rainforest! Oh and there were a lot of fish. Who would have thought? An aquarium has fish? We soon realized an aquarium wasn't exactly our thing, but maybe a zoo next time haha

That night we had dinner at Hard Rock then went out to a very interesting restaurant, Dick's Last Resort. Where it is aptly named. I lasted only an hour before we moved on to Houlihan's for some alte night drinks.

Alas, then Sunday came, time for us to part ways with Baltimore. A paddle boat was hoped to be fit in before we left but the downpours we saw when we awoke dispelled that thought. So breakfast and packing and we were on the rode back to Jersey.  

Thus was our little vacation. Relaxing and nice to get away with Brian. Can't wait for many more vacations:) 

-Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need.-

Bridal Shower!

Friday, August 20, 2010

One of the very exciting things to happen this summer was my very good friend's bridal shower! It is a sign we are all growing up and I am super excited for her. It also means her big day is getting closer!

It couldn't have been a better day for her either. Not too hot, with just the right amount of sunshine. Friends, family and good drinks included. The theme was "Jaclyn's Favorite Things."

Alcoholic drinks Matt (her fiance) makes that she loves.
Potato Soup and bread bowls she loves.
Derek Jeter even made an appearance.

Gifts included all the usuals of pots, pans, plates, cups. And the not so usuals of funny family heirlooms and wedding night attire ;)  

Everything was green in color and green environment wise because Jaclyn's wedding will also be green. Everything recycled and able to be washed.

The night included a long walk to the local watering hole, George's. Free shots were given and a good time was had. And the day finished with a  nice campout where I snuggled with Kristen.

Truly a wonderful time with old friends and made some fun new friends. Can't wait for her bachelorette party and of course the wedding! Just hope I don't cry..ha

-The heart that loved is always young-

Bang Bang Bangssss

Thursday, August 19, 2010

That's right, I am now the proud owner of a forehead of BANGS.

They came to be when I took a trip to the hairdresser and asked for the usual side bangs. When asked if the length was right before she cut, I replied yes. But apparently I was mistaken. I soon realized side bangs were not meant to be. So I went with it and made them in to straight across bangs.

Everything happens for a reason, right? Well I guess I was meant to have these awesome bangs. That's right I said awesome. They have grown on me and if they make me look older I'm in. They are a touch high maintenance and it is really easy to tell my lazy or rushed days because they get pinned back but all in all I can't complain.

Bangs are so drastic I would of never had the guts to walk into the hairdresser and tell her to give me bangs. So God helped me along my way. And I think they are here to stay. Plus, according to this article the bangs are proven to make me more sophisticated wiser. It is a win, win.

"Adding any kind of face-framing pieces to the style you have makes it much more flattering to your features and a whole lot sexier," says Oscar Blandi, the NYC stylist and salon owner

back in action!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

So I have been MIA from here for almost a month (!) and there is really no excuse for it. I mean I was working a lot actually. And then having somewhat of a social life. I will update you bit by bit.

Today I will tell you how the packing and organizing has been going. No place found to live yet. But so much stuff piling up. case in point....

Yup. All mine, And that's only one room where my stuff is piled. More to follow...
Which begs the question, how am I going to fit in a tiny one bedroom apartment? But that looks like the only place I can afford being as Target does not pay for the townhouse I really want to live in haha
Doesn't hurt to dream though I guess. 

There's a tid bit for now. More to come.

-If you think you're free, there's no escape possible. ~Ram Dass

What do you do when you don't know where you'll end up?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

That's my question now. I am moving out of my house slowly but surely it is coming. Yet I have no idea where I am going.

Everyone thinks it is so easy to be able to move anywhere I want but alas easy is so far from the word. I am octupus like at the moment. Someone is telling me move here, another is saying to move there but then there is the possiblity of staying around here and keeping the job I have. Granted not the most excellent job but still a paycheck every 2 weeks.

So what do I do? Move to the one place and upset one person or move to the other and upset someone else or just up and leave the country? Leave the country, hmmm. Just kiddingggg. Not an option. At least right now. But everyday it seems more and more appealing.

The thought of starting fresh in a brand new place is exciting and scary. But I do feel like I would enjoy that. If only that new place had a job waiting for me and included a boyfriend who wanted to do that.

Such is life I suppose. These are the moments I miss my mom the most. The moments I am freaking out and want to say ahhhh Mom what do I do?! And she sits there and says I don't know Krista. Why don't you (fill in the blanks)? I then say no I can't do that because (fill in the blanks) Such it would go until my Mom would talk me through it and see my pros and cons and lead me to my decision. That is what we did. I want that back. These decisions are too much to make on my own. Big girl or not. I want my Mom's help.

As more and more boxes are packed and offers are being made on the house, my reality is coming true. And I can't seem to make the decision that is going to change my life in one way or another. 

This is the first time I look to the future and it is all jumbled. I don't know where I will be in a month or with who. Or if I will even have the same job or another job. And that is the scariest part. The unknown. A black abyss of wonder. Lily is there.

She has to be I take her where I go. Family is there the most they have been the past year. I hope friends are there but friendships alter and change through life that wherever I go the question is, will they survive? Brian is there. Hopefully he follows me where I go..he better or else :) 

Life isn't on hold by any means. It's weighing on my shoulders so how could I forget it's there? Just want my steady feet and ground back. But somehow I think that will now take a long while.

-I've learned never to be surprised if what must inevitably happen happens right now. ~Robert Brault


Saturday, July 24, 2010

After a night of tossing and turning and just a horrible sleep, I came across the article titled, "rest easy, Your Guide to Better Sleep."

It gives some very helpful tips on how we all can get better rest. Some I can see doing. Others are questionable.  But first let's throw some statistics your way about this sleep thing.

A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that on average people sleep one and a half hours less per night than they did a century ago. While most of those in the poll said they feel best if they've had at least eight hours of sleep each night, the number reporting actually getting eight or more hours of sleep per night fell from 38 percent in 2001 to 28 percent in 2008.

That raises a big hmmm. I'm a thinker so when I read this I automatically try to link it to something and think of a reason why. Naturally it occurs to me why after reading down further in the article. 

A suggestion for better sleep: 

Keep a notebook and writing utensil next to the bed. Use them to clear racing thoughts, calm the mind and promote peaceful sleep.--BINGO!

---People are sleeping less because they are worried more now than they were back in 2001. Many people are being laid off and finances are going down the tube. So I'm sure many people go to bed thinking of their credit cards, bills and possibly losing their job in the near future. 

Another suggestion: 

Remove stimulants (television, stereo, computer, bright lights) from your sleeping area. Keep the bedroom clear from clutter -- remove any unnecessary furniture, piles of clothes, papers and books so things are kept out of sight and the space looks and feels calm and simple.

---Hasn't it been said people have liked to continue to live in fantasy during the economic recession because it lets them escape from their own lives? So could this be reason number two of the decline in sleep because people are watching more television at night thinking it will help them forget their problems before bed? Perhaps.

Or maybe you could:

Shut down your computer and turn off your cell phone and television 30 minutes prior to sleep. Create an environment that is quiet and calm.

---Blackberries anyone? They constantly are attached to you and have you connected 24/7. Until that last email is sent or Facebook status update is sent is the time people put it down for the night. Usually a minute, not more, before their heads hit the pillow. I am guilty of this same thing. I also enjoy falling asleep to my TV. Oops.

Bottom line is, WE NEED SLEEP! And I need it. I love sleep. Aside from turning off the television completely, I might step away from the computer earlier tonight and let my thoughts stop going. See if I can stop the tossing and turning. 

-It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~John Steinbeck

Quick catch up..

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In some pictures!

Me soo happy on the Fourth of July picnic!

Sister hitting the hard stuff

 Cousins <3 

Pretties. Clearly alcohol was included.

And laughs were had.

All in all a successful night with family and friends. I know my mom was proud of us for putting it all together. 
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