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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Count Down

With just a little under 4 hours left in 2008, thought I'd take just a little bit of time to post the final blog of the year. I haven't had the time to devote to daily blogging and won't even begin to promise that in 2009. I'm hopeful for what 2009 has to offer and look forward to the possibilities. These are some of my New Years resolutions:

- Develop a healthy lifestyle (will not say the same old "lose weight" or "follow a diet")
- Decrease my "hobby" spending. With potential baby plans (depending on how the first resolution goes), we will need to have fundage for daycare.
- Turn over the proverbial "new leaf" at work - better attitude, new organization, delegate and lose the "do it myself" attitude.

I'm sure there will be more to come as I think about it. Not sure how I'm going to accomplish the above but I'm sure I'll figure it out somehow.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

ABCs - All About Me

Totally stole this from another blog (he also stole from another blog LOL). Thought this was neat and wanted to do it too.

A: Attached or Single ... Attached
B: Best Friend ... Amy Witherspoon / Tracey Haynes / Jodi Bryson / Carol Gilbert (one never really only has ONE best friend but these are the few that I know would love me no matter what!)
C: Cake or Pie ... Cake!
D. Day of Choice ... Saturday
E. Essential Item ... For everyday life, Chapstick (Blistex is the best for me!)
F: Favorite Color ... Single color - Blue / Color combos - Brown/Pink, Brown/Teal
G: Gummy bears or worms ... Worms - more bang for the buck :)
H: Home town ... Simpsonville, S.C.
I: Favorite Indulgence ... Scrapbooking Supplies
J: Jan. or July ... Jan - I HATE SUMMER!
K: Kids ... One day!
L: Lemon in your tea ... Nope
M: Marriage Date ... 11/17/01
N: Number or siblings ... 1
O: Oranges or Apples ... Oranges - love clementines!
P: Phobias ... BIG TIME - Spiders! (as well as ALL OTHER crawly things)
Q: Quotes ... not a fan of quotes :)
R: Reasons to smile ... My husband, my dogs, my friends and my hobbies :)
S: Season of choice ... Winter!!
T: Think of 5 people who may do this ... Tracey, Amy, Jodi, Carol, ??
U: Unusual Fact ... Seriously addicted to scrapbooking.
V: Vegetable ... Squash, zuccini, mushrooms.
W: Worst Habit ... Buying things even though I know I shouldn't ... hopefully I can STOP this next year!
X: Excited about ... Family coming into town next week!
Y: Your Favorite Food ... Hubby's chicken tacos.
Z: Zoo or ZZZZZ's ... ZZZZZ's for sure - I LOVE my sleep!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recent Craftiness

Howdy! I know it's been a long time since I've posted but at least I'm back for today. Work is keeping me super busy as I'm short staffed. Anyhoo, I thought it would be nice to post some of my recent crafty projects. I'm a member of the Greenville Scrappers and Stampers Sisterhood and have recently started an "Inchie" swap. We've had a lot of trouble getting folks to participate in anything which is very unfortunate since there are some wonderfully talented people in this group of almost 90 folks. Here are some inchie examples that I created. These are very basic but at least gave the group some ideas. I can't wait to see what everyone else creates!

The other thing that I've completed lately is a cardholder for my mother in law. We celebrated a special occasion in her life recently and this was my little gift to her. I scrap-lifted this idea from Split Coast Stampers and made my own version. It was quite a little challenge but my MIL loved it. It ended up holding 5 handmade cards with envelopes. The biggest challenge was getting the thick felt to move through my sewing machine. I started out stitching it by hand and realized very quickly that THAT was not going to happen! I don't have the patience needed for that LOL. When I gave it to her, she was amazed that it was all handmade. She even said that she would NEVER give away the cards that were inside because she wanted to be able to look at them whenever she wanted. She's so crazy (but very sweet to say such nice things).
Well, I'm off to work on some more crafty stuff. My latest project is from Scrapnesia for the Design Team. They have this wonderful thing called the Scrapnesia Rx Club Kit. It's a subscription to a monthly scrapbooking kit (it's cheaper when you buy longer terms but you can purchase month to month if you like). The kit generally contains: stamps, all sorts of paper, coordinating stickers, embellishments etc and ALWAYS has a retail price of over $40 but you pay much less than that when you subscribe. The kit for November is by October Afternoon and uses a bunch of warm fall colors. The theme is Home Sweet Home and I'm super excited to get started making things. Stop by the store sometime and tell Evelyn (the owner) that I sent ya :)
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Journey Ahead

Whew! What a crazy whirlwind the last week has been. My first stresser was finding out that one of my fav scrapbook stores (Scrapnesia) is in danger of shutting their doors. This economy is killing them and one of their partners has decided to sell her half of the store. They are having trouble finding a buyer with the way things are in the world.

My second stresser has been work - I've had one of the gals that works for me turn in her notice (her last day is 11/21) and I've had some difficulty with some of my other staff that I'm not sure how it's going to iron out just yet. I am looking to hire an Accounting Assistant and get the pleasure of sorting through the ton of resumes I've started to receive. The worst part is, I'm going out of town on business tomorrow and won't be back until Friday evening so I won't get to start the resume sorting until Monday and then interviewing starting soon thereafter. Argh!!

My third stresser is losing weight. Those of you that know me, know that this has always been a big struggle for me. I went to the OB/GYN today for my annual and my doctor literally said "What the hell?! Where are the babies?!" Then proceeded to tell me to get off my ass - gotta love it! We talked last time about me getting pregnant in the upcoming year but only if I hit a certain weight range. Well, I was headed in the right direction but hit a variety of road blocks. Hey, at least I'm down a half-pound from this time last year ;). So, thus my new journey begins. My goal is to be able to stop the BC pills no later than April 12, 2009. Hopefully this means we will be pregnant by July (doc says it'll probably take 3 months coming off the pill) and then we'd have a baby by the following April 2010. I have a REALLY GREAT support system within my friends and am going to have to work on my hubby. It's not that he's not supportive, but rather it's tough getting him to put forth the effort to cook healthy as he cooks pretty much all the time. I am definitely going to have to step up and start to help cook around here - if you have any good, healthy recipes to share, please bring'em on! We're both picky eaters (he is way worse than I am) but I'm willing to try just about any food .... for example, I've never actually eaten bell peppers but heard they're great to snack on.

Alas, it's time for me to go to bed. I am working on some really cute crafty stuff thanks to a swap on Split Coast Stampers. It's the 3x3 card swap with matching holder. I'll be working more on it this coming weekend and will post pictures then. Good night!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Camping

For those of you that know me, know that I would NEVER actually choose to go camping on purpose. However, I know my husband really enjoys it and thought I would step out of my comfort zone and make an attempt to learn about one of his passions. So, on the morning of November 1, I set out for my first camping trip (1 night only!). We went with some of our friends, Nick and Kristin. The deal is that I would go if Kristin went and we've been trying to find the perfect weekend for a year now (hmmm, intentional ya think? LOL). We were supposed to be up in Charlotte (going to Lake Wylie at the State Park) at 12:30 but had to go to the grocery store and buy food and get the truck packed up. Nick and Kristin were getting firewood ready and were also running behind. We ended up getting at the campsite at around 5:30 (this meant that I would actually only be "in nature" for roughly 18 hours LOL). After unloading everything at our two campsites, the first order of business was setting up the tent. Nick got his tent up quite quickly and came over to our campsite to get the firewood chopped up. Things are going pretty well so far and I was actually kind of excited about it. I hadn't run across loads of creepy crawly spiders just yet. Well, we got the tent set up and the fire was blazing and Kristin and I set out to find the bath houses. They turned out to be very clean surprisingly and each little room contained it's own toilet, sink and shower. Both of us were thankful for that! When we got back to the campsite, we set our chairs up around the campfire as it was getting chilly. The temp wasn't supposed to get below 45 but we all brought heavy duty sleeping bags and a blanket. I was pretty comfy around the fire so far. Dan and Nick made steaks on the grill and some type of sliced up potatos in the dutch oven. They were super yummy! Next up, why s'mores of course!! I have never had them before and they were awesome!! Almost makes me want to buy a fire pit for my backyard just to make them again LOL. I was really starting to get cold and couldn't get warm. At around midnight, we all decided to call it a night and go to sleep.



So, my hubby and I decided that the best way for us to sleep is to unzip both sleeping bags and lay one on top of the air mattress (yes, I had an air mattress!) and then cover up with the other sleeping bag with a blanket on top. We brought our own pillows but failed to think about bringing something for the doggies to sleep on. So, we're laying there, I'm freezing my ass off at this point - my teeth were jattering and my insides were litterally shivering. However, my hubby said he was just fine and didn't understand why I was so cold (usually I'm hot and he's cold!). Our poor dogs were shivering too so we decided to put them under the blankets with us. After laying there for two hours or so, we both decided that was not working out and kicked them off the bed. We gave them our blanket to sleep on so they wouldn't have to sleep on the hard ground. So, we thought surely we'd be able to get some sleep now! Um, no ... so, after a few more hours of restlessness, we decided to get up and walk to the bathroom as we both had to go. The sun wasn't even up yet! When we returned, Dan got the fire going again because I was so cold. At this point, I'm thinking about all the sicknesses I'm going to get after being so freakin' cold for so long and wondering when this is all going to end. I knew Nick and Kristin wouldn't be up for several more hours so I decided to take time to read my book, Twilight, by the fire. One good thing came of this trip, I was at least able to finished my book!



So, once Nick and Kristin woke up, we took turns going to the bath house and monitoring the fire. After we finished, I started packing stuff up. Kristin enjoyed the fire (one of their chairs broke and we were testing it's "flamability" LOL)! Dan started making breakfast - bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches! The doggies were very hopeful that he would drop a morsel for them LOL! They really seemed to enjoy being in nature and had a good time.

After breakfast, it was time to pack up - yeah!!!! I was really looking forward to getting home. We had a bit of a drive back to the house and got on the road quickly. Once home, I realized I had numerous loads of laundry to do and couldn't collapse just yet. After about my 5th load, and my hubby's nice long nap (lucky him!), we grabbed dinner and called it a night. I went to bed super early (around 8:30) and fell asleep rather quickly. We talked about what could make this experience better and decided that we needed to get seperate mattresses, use our own sleeping bags and go when it's a little bit warmer. I'm still undecided as to whether or not there will really be a next time. Maybe Kristin's schedule and my schedule won't be able to coincide for a while ;)...

Halloween

We had so much fun Halloween night handing out candy goodie bags to the neighborhood kids, trick or treating and hanging out with friends and family. Dan's parents, his brother (Dave) and his girlfriend (Amanda) and then the Haynes family were all able to come over this year for Halloween night. Tracy, Tracey, Mallory, Julia and me went trick or treating after dinner. Mallory looked so cute in her costume as Sharpay from the High School Musical (can't you tell she LOVES to have her picture taken?). Julia was adorable (as always) in her Alice in Wonderland costume and loves her daddy oh so much! I was so happy that they both got to come over and trick or treat - it was a close call for Mallory since she is so sick. Please keep her and her family in your prayers as they work to get her out of the hospital from being dehydrated so bad. She is such a wonderful little girl and has quite a bit of stress going on in her life right now. One day, if all things go well, she will have all things that she deserves.

Anyhoo, after about 45 minutes of trick or treating, the neighbors were calling it a night and the girls were cold. When we got back to the house, they both were pooped and fell asleep rather quickly. This gave me and Tracey a bit of time to gab as gals and kind of get caught up on each others lives LOL. Tracey has learned how to knit and I'm jealous! She is making some of the most beautful scarves, the most recent being one for Ms. Mallory. I can't wait to learn how to do this and look forward to seeing what other cute stuff she creates!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pitiful Puppy

For those of you that are dog owners, you'll appreciate this little story of mine. Before we went on vacation, our young Freckles was having to wear a doggie diaper. Well, it rubbed a little bitty spot on her hip a bit raw. We didn't think much of it as she would only be in the diaper a short time. Well, when she was finished with the torture of having to wear the diaper, we noticed that she started biting at the spot on her hip. Since it was the weekend, our vet wasn't open so I called them on Monday to schedule an appointment. The vet examined her and confirmed that it was a "hot spot" and gave her a shot of steroids and put her on a 10-day antibiotic. Well, because of the fact that she wouldn't leave the spot alone, the vet had to put a little cone on her head. Needless to say, she is not a happy camper as you can tell from these pictures. Am I terrible "Mommy" laughing at my poor puppy girl as she bonks her face on the back of the couch cushion when she jumps up on the couch? I think she's getting me back for laughing when she walks past my legs and catches the thin plastic edge of the cone on my shins - OUCH! The vet says she has to wear it until the spot is well enough so she'll leave it alone. We tried to let her have a little freedom tonight but caught her biting herself and had to put it back on. Our other dog, Patches, is always getting picked on as she's a lover, not a fighter. I think she's silently laughing at Freckles LOL.

Anyhoo, other than that, things are pretty quite on the homefront. We are ready for the hoards of Trick-Or-Treaters that come to our neighborhood Halloween night. I got our 80 goodie bags ready to go and Dan is working on carving the little pumpkins we bought. I don't think we'll be buying those in the future as they've really been a lot of trouble - Dan says it's like carving a rock! We're going to a scary movie halloween party tomorrow night at one of his co-worker's house. That is always a fun little event!

I'm off to read my book, Twilight. I can't wait for the movie to come out but I gotta hurry up and finish the book :)!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Fun!

We all had so much fun carving our pumpkins for Halloween! Here's a picture of our handywork (it's a little blurry has my hubby was experimenting with the night feature of our camera but it's the best I got - ha ha). From left to right, Scarey Face - Brett's, Winking - Amy's, Headless Horseman - Angie's, Witch - Tracy, Bat on Pumpkin - Tracey's, Angry Face - Dan's. It was so nice to get to hang out with friends that we don't get to see on a regular basis.



Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Ready for Pumpkin Carving Party

So, I got out of my business meeting in Columbia today at 2:00 - a whole 2 hours early!! I was psyched as I really wanted to get back home. I've got so much stuff to do to get ready for tomorrow evening. We're having friends over to carve pumpkins ... I'm so excited!! So, when I got home, I cleaned the entire upstairs with the exception of the scrap room ... I even dusted which I HATE to do! So, I just finished the upstairs and start to head downstairs when Dan comes home.

We went and got our pumpkins for tomorrow night and then went to Copper River Grill for dinner. However, they had a 60 minute wait and there was no way I waiting that long for that restaurant! So, we ended up going to the Peddler and waited for about 5 minutes - woo hoo!

Anyway, once we got home, we both started working on getting the downstairs cleaned up. We're almost through but are taking a break to watch some stuff on Tivo so I decided to blog. One of the funniest shows on TV has got to be The Office! Anyhoo, I'll post some of the pictures from tomorrow night's events later on this weekend. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the rain already and it's only been a day! Until next time ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First Post!

Hello! I finally jumped on the blogging band wagon. I'll do my very best at blogging frequently but I'm not making any promises ;).

I stay very busy working as the Chief Financial Officer for Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union (GHFCU). In case you don't know what the difference between a Credit Union and a "BANK" (that's a four-letter word in my industry LOL) is, then where have you been?? ha ha ... In all seriousness, the three most important differences between the two are: 1) Credit Unions are member-owned meaning that you actually own a piece of the organization when you join - why does this matter? because you're likely to be seen as a person rather than as a "cost center"! 2) Credit Unions are not-for-profit - why is this important? allowing for better interest rates (both on the deposit AND loan areas), credit unions typically have fewer and smaller fees, and any profits that are made are distributed to the members in the form of dividends; banks in turn, charge outrageous fees/interest in order to boost profits and pay those stunning executive salaries! and 3) banks HATE credit unions and have been out to get us since 1934 when credit unions were first established. Anyhoo, my responsibilities at the Credit Union vary from Human Resources to IT so it always keeps me on my toes!

Okay, enough about work, let me tell you about the rest of my life. I'm married (his name is Dan) and we have two sweet female cocker spaniels. Patches is 9 years old and Freckles is just about 7 years old. As of this post, we've been married for almost 7 years (anniversary is 11/17). Since we currently don't have children, the doggies are the light of our lives and we can't imagine life without them. As far as kids go, we're looking at sometime in 2009 but we aren't set on that just yet.

Dan currently works for Resurgent Capital as a Senior Systems Integration Analyst. Sounds fancy right? Yeah, I have no idea exactly what it means LOL. His hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music (collectively we own over 3,000 CDs), reading and most recently collecting rock n roll postcards. What do I like to do for fun? Oh my! Where do I start?! My first and foremost favorite hobby is scrapbooking. I also make cards, quill, cross stitch, and quilt. Wonder what my next venture will be?

So, what else do you need to know about me? My two biggest challenges in life right now are losing weight and decreasing our debt. Both are extremely difficult for me but are necessary in order for us to be able to have a family one day. I have a strong support base within my family and friends and am very thankful for that.

Well, I think that about does it for my first post .... can't give away all my secrets at once ;). It's late and I'm traveling for work tomorrow to the big city of Columbia, SC. Until next time ...