Sunday, December 30, 2007
I have also found a new guy to add to my list! Hubby told me that since I was now married, the list had to be closed for new additions, but anyway. Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Apparently, he's been on Grey's, but I've missed him. I don't use this term much, but he's hot.
So, if you're looking for a good cry or a good chick flick, go see it.
Friday, December 28, 2007
The holidays were busy - my parents leave tomorrow after a week long visit, we traveled to visit Hubby's family for Christmas, and have been enjoying some time off from work and much needed R&R. We had dinner at one of our favorite Italian places tonight - good bread with olive oil of course, and I enjoyed the smoked chicken ravioli with tomato cream sauce. Yum again.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
So, I did remember milk for my cereal today.
I am on the major countdown of 3 days until vacation and I'm hoping that we leave early on Friday.
My parents arrive on Friday as well - first time to see the new house and then we will all travel together to my inlaws (first time we've all been together since the wedding).
Cards are mailed.
Some presents bought, but if I can ever post a picture of my tree, you will see that nothing is wrapped & underneath!
It's finally cold like it should be in December, but of course now it's fa-reezing and rainy outside.
Hopefully, a holiday post later today.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Here's what I have so far...
Paula Deen's sausage cups - phyllo dough cups filled with a mixture of sausage, ranch dressing, cheese, olives, etc... baked in the oven. Yummy.
Paula Deen's cheesy shrimp on grit cakes - small grit cakes topped with shrimp, cheese & probably butter. Have never made them, but sound wonderful.
Meatballs - the not so secret, secret family recipe - the sauce is chili paste and grape jelly. Delish.
Crudites - or as my mama used to say, a relish tray
Red Velvet Cake from our favorite bakery
Crack rock aka Cookie candy, a favorite sweet with chocolate, toffee, butter, and sugar
Any ideas? I'm looking for relatively easy and yummy. Please post any of your ideas in the comments and I will happily share all recipes in one collective post. Thanks for your help!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Can you guess what it will be? Obviously, I need to visit Starbucks more frequently if I want to finish. I feel a grande non-fat sugar free vanilla latte in my future!
Monday, December 03, 2007
On Saturday afternoon, we found this great little wine bar where I found a great Spanish wine called Heredad Sol i Terra and Hubby found a new Belgian beer called Leffe Blonde. Both were great and probably our new favorites.
It was a relaxing weekend - a little shopping, eating, drinking, and a pedicure to round things off.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Hubby is on the floor, while B holds her steady.
Without the tree mesh bag... waiting on the limbs to drop.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I hope Saint Joseph will see us through a clean inspection and our January closing.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Other than that, I am baking two pumpkin pies to take to the In laws for Thursday, cleaning the house for a visit from our friends tomorrow evening, possibly taking a walk in this crazy 70 degree weather we've been having, and hopefully getting a manicure. I've totally copied Giada and started wearing Bubble Bath by OPI. I love it. I used to be a Catch the Garter gal, but I think this one is more neutral. Yes, I had always wondered what color Giada's nails are painted, because they always look so good. I googled it and found a great blog where a girl had met her at a book signing & asked the shade. So smart!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Since Hubby and I moved into the new house, 2 months ago, I've kind of been living out of a clothes basket, a dresser that is downstairs and a few other stacks in between. Pain in the ass, so I finally decided to do something about it.
We have decided that while we have ample closet space in the two upstairs bedroom closets, the space is kind of awkward and really needs California Closets or some similar business to tell us what to do. Our house was built in '39, and our bedroom is in what used to be the attic, so about 1/2 the closet is at an angle. There is a long pole and one shelf, but nothing else. I think I failed the spatial relations portion on the ACT, so I really need someone else to figure out how to arrange it. Since we aren't using the other upstairs bedroom closet, I went ahead and set up my stuff in that one until we figure out the master. Fun & games, I tell you!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Mine arrived yesterday, so I was able to go ahead and start scheduling dates and events for 2008! I bought the espresso color and it's really pretty. I love the fact that it comes with a month view & a weekly view with 2 ribbons for convenient place-keeping.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Other trees were losing their gorgeous leaves and this one stayed strong, full of leaves and still green.
Over the weekend, I noticed that it was finally turning a beautiful shade of reddish-orange.
While it still isn't the flame color of some that you see, I really happen to like it. Plus, I can see just the treetop out of our bathroom window when I'm getting ready in the morning. Whattya think?
And a close up...
Monday, November 12, 2007
Two years ago, I was remembering everything as my last time as a single girl - my last meeting, last day at work before the wedding, last grocery store visit, last workout at the gym, last drink with the girls...
Two years ago, I was standing in our church the night of the rehearsal dinner, nervous and realizing that this was about to really happen. We were surrounded by friends and family, I was holding a bouquet made of ribbons, and I really couldn't believe that the day that I had waited so long for was finally almost here.
Two years ago, I ate barbecue and the famous Starmount pie, drank wine and laughed at the toasts (and roasts) from friends, kissed my fiancee for the last time, said goodnight and went inside my apartment.
Two years ago, I drank Dom Perignon with rollers in my hair while people fretted over my hair and makeup.
Two years ago, I enjoyed a perfect Indian summer day in November and walked down the aisle to the one man who "really got me" and I knew that he would be the one that I could count on, the one who would be my rock, the one who would be there for me.
Two years ago, I danced, laughed, ate cake, cried, hugged and smiled.
Two years ago, I tried not to embarrass myself by "slipping into something a little more comfortable."
Two years ago, all I could think about was getting on a plane to Antigua to relax with my husband.
I love you, C. Happy 2nd Anniversary!
Photo by Kellie Kano
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I always check my sitemeter and wonder about all the people who stop by... I would love it if you left a comment of who you are, where you are from (please keep it general - no street addresses!) and your website if you have one, so I can return the favor one day.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Growing up in a smallish southern town in Tennessee, I can firmly relate to this statement and while I somehow found my way into the popular crowd as a teenager, I started my high school years no where near that clique. Now, don't go reading into anything - I am far from the character named Arlene (as she's known in AL) and Lena (as she's presently known) in Jackson's book, but there are times that those "gods" in High School made me feel like the lowest of the low. But that's OK, J. Lorenzo, where ever you are with your high top red Reebok's, I hope karma has caught up with you.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
My head is still hurting and I had a fever of 100.2 degrees when I last checked. I rested on the sofa all day, drinking 7UP, but I still feel like crap. I really need to go to work tomorrow. And the bigger thing that stinks is that all of the sales, marketing, and production people are going to a day spa for a treatment and lunch tomorrow. Guess where I'll be? You guessed it, in my cube working away. It just didn't feel right to try to go on the little trip since I had been out sick. Sigh.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. Who is your man? Hubby
2. How long have you been together? Married for 2 years on November 12, together since October 2003.
3. How long did you date? From Oct. 2003 and we got engaged 1-1-05
4. How old is your man? 36
5. Who eats more? He does, but we both love to eat. I think he's been known to tell me "back away from the (insert food name here), slowly, back away.
6. Who said "I love you" first? He did
7. Who is taller? Uh, Hubby by a lot.
8. Who sings better? That's a toss up, but the question should be who is worse. Neither of us are going to win any awards.
9. Who is smarter? That's a hard one - he has a crazy almost photographic memory & remembers everything, can break down information well, etc. I probably test better, but not sure if that means anything.
10. Whose temper is worse? Mine.
11. Who does the laundry? Both of us - somehow we still both always do our own. Can you say independent and getting married after the age of 30?
12. Who takes out the garbage? He does, but I have been known to help on occasion.
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does.
14. Who pays the bills? We both do, but I will probably assume that duty when we finally consolidate all of our bank accounts.
15. Who is better with the computer? Moi
16. Who mows the lawn? He does - he doesn't love it, but he does.
17. Who cooks dinner? Both of us
18. Who drives when you are together? Him, almost 100% because he hates my A4.
19. Who pays when you go out? Typically, he does.
20. Who is most stubborn? I think me, again.
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? I think he does, but because he really doesn't like to fight.
22. Whose parents do you see the most? His, they only live 2 hours away.
23. Who kissed who first? He kissed me.
24. Who asked who out? We were encouraged to meet by mutual friends. I think he asked, but I had the tickets to a play that we went to see.
25. Who proposed? Him... I wasn't buying my own ring!
26. Who is more sensitive? Me
27. Who has more friends? Actually, him. He's never met a stranger.
28. Who wears the pants in the family? While I do wear a lot of skirts, we are pretty equal on the decision making.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
And for just $25 and easy to find at my local Target, it was a steal.
Monday, October 22, 2007
You got it... right here by the vendor that sold these..
Yes, flying monkeys that would fly 50 feet in the air (by built-in sling shots).
But, aside from that, it was wonderful. I overheard one vendor describe it as sending an alcoholic to work at the ABC Store (for those of you outside of NC, that's a liquor store). It really was a non-stop shopping extravaganza and of course those of us who are trying to be good, did have to refrain a little!
Some of my favorites included this adorable shop for vintage aprons and these great bags. I bought two - one for me and one for a gift.
These purses were to die for... Plus, I loved the name!
For the cutest baby onesies around, go here. They were out of my size, so I had to order, but my cute and comfy PJ's should arrive in about 2 weeks. Their booth was great - all of the employees wore PJ's and robes all day.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
We love all of the landscaping, trees, and shrubs that we have and hate to risk losing them with a traditional fence, so we are having a visit from Invisible Fence on Friday. My question(s) to all of you are, have you ever used Invisible Fence and how did you like it? Did you have any problems with your dogs running through or issues with other dogs coming in your yard?
Thanks for all of your help!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The recipe is from Joy of Cooking and is really simple and yummy.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8.5x4.5 inch (6-cup) loaf pan.
Whisk together thoroughly:
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
In large bowl, beat on high speed until lightened in color and texture, 2-3 minutes.
5 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
Beat in the flour mixture until blended & the consistency of brown sugar. Gradually beat in:
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Fold in just until combined:
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2)
1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans (I omitted)
Scrape the batter & spread into pan, evenly. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean (50-60 minutes). Let cool for 5-10 minutes on a rack... or not!
I had 2 good helpers while I was getting everything ready...
I think this will make a great addition for my Father-in-Law's birthday celebration later today, if I can restrain myself from slicing a big piece right now!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
One neighbor that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting is a hawk. The house to the left of us is under renovations and the woman in charge of the work has seen him several times and thinks that he may live in the backyard, in one of the huge trees. Last week, apparently, he swooped down into our front yard and then perched on the roof long enough for her to grab a shot with her camera phone. She is supposed to send it to me, so as soon as I have it, I'll post it.
I do think hawks are magnificent, beautiful birds. Am I glad that Zeus & Zoe are 80+ pounds each? Yes. Hopefully nothing like this could ever happen... I do think there are a shortage of squirrels in our yard, but I'll try not to think about that!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I think the house looks great - my parents helped us do some last minute things this summer, Hubby (along with a couple of friends) updated the kitchen last spring, and we recently updated the bathrooms. All we need to find is the right buyer!
Let me throw in some realtor speak...nicely updated kitchen with neutral colors and new appliances...
New bathtub and surround and fresh paint make this house move in ready...
I think Zeus & Zoe do miss our backyard - full of trees, squirrels, and cats that they tormented on a daily basis. Spacious lot with mature trees (don't mind the race track left by previous dogs).
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
So, some of the oldies look like this..
And our front door, like this...
We have a lot of these cool old keys that actually still work...
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I just realized that this photo doesn't really do it justice, but the cutting boards are actually built in like a drawer, so all you do is slide it out to use.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Tonight, it went like this:
Ran 10 minutes
Wheezed for about 3 minutes and decided to run again.
Ran for 1 minute
Walked for about 9 minutes.
Ran for 2 minutes and wheezed some more.
Walked for another 6 minutes.
Finally ran for another 3 and walked the rest.
Sucky. Tonight, I only had to do 35 minutes and I ended up going 44, due to where I had parked my car at the park, but still. It's sad that I finished Boot Camp not that long ago and I feel this out of shape.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
So, it's not Kate, and it's not Crane, but honestly, don't these just get thrown in the trash after a couple of days? Sad, but true.
Friday, September 14, 2007
- having our current house inspected (just so we're aware of anything that may need to be fixed)
- dealing with turning on utilities (Hubby is still bitter that we had to get a new phone number and I will note for the record that cable was 1st on the list)
- still packing a few boxes of items that I don't trust the movers to take
- picking up a washer, dryer, microwave, and I'm sure several boxes from my former landlord's house that he was nice enough to let me store for almost 2 years.
- dealing with last minute things with the mortgage, insurance, ordering a house survey, etc.
- being super busy with both of our jobs
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Good luck, Darren and I hope the voters rally for you on the 11th! Now, when you run for President, don't forget about me and I'll serve on your campaign!
Monday, September 03, 2007
For the changed part:
- I now have a job that I really love. Then, I was at a job that I wanted to love, but didn't.
- I was training for my 1st half marathon. I've now done that one, plus another, and am currently contemplating another one for December.
- While we are still living the bachelor pad, we are about 3 weeks away from buying and living in a home that we found together that gives us plenty of room to hopefully have and raise a family, entertain, and enjoy our "own" space without feeling like we are right on top of each other.
For the hasn't changed that much part:
- Our 2 black labs are still a huge part of our life. One is currently snoring at my feet while I type this.
- I'm still heavily involved in the Junior League, currently serving my 2nd year on our Executive Board.
- I still hope that I can continue to keep blogging and use this as a journal of sorts in the future.
So here's to one year at Love, Life, and Labs. Hooray!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I was on one of our local morning news stations this morning to talk about the magazine. My editor and I went, while it's always nerve wracking, it's also kind of fun. They loved the latest issue, so it made it really easy. I felt like all we said was "thank you". I'm fairly used to being interviewed, but I had never been interviewed at the TV station set, so seeing the teleprompter, talking to the anchor (and noticing that he has a helluva lot of make up on), is just kind of surreal. We left, immediately called the office and husband's to make sure that we didn't sound or look like idiots, hit Starbucks for a much needed caffeine boost and headed back to work.
Hubby and I also thought that I might be expecting this week. From my calculations, I was about 3 days late, which is pretty late in my book. I bought my first EPT 3-pack ever, tested twice (both negative), and then had a visitor later that day. It's OK. I will admit, we were disappointed, but would have been shocked if we really were. But, as some of my friends have said, it only takes one time.
Not sure what Labor Day holds for us. I have a short day at work tomorrow and we may head to the lake, but we feel like we need to work on the house. Possibly a compromise, and we'll go up for a day.
Monday, August 27, 2007
This is also a must have for the new home office. In black, I think. We can finally have the mobile phones, iPods, Garmin, and digital camera all in one place without cords plugged in everywhere. This make me so happy! From Pottery Barn, of course.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Since we were up early today, we made a 2nd pot of coffee and attacked our storage building in the back yard, emptied it, cleaned it, and reorganized it. Our plan is to call in three realtors this week and hopefully have it listed by the end of the week.
So, Hubby and I needed a little reward today, so we set off to our favorite bakery for a little yummy goodness. Red velvet cake for hubby and raspberry lady for me (vanilla cake with raspberry jam and cream cheese frosting). Yum. I couldn't even finish my piece, so I'm now debating if the rest can count as my dinner.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Of course, this part of the kitchen is actually new, but I still think it could work. I would love any retro ideas that may fit in.
Also, we have this cute little phone cubby. Hmmm, to use as a resting place for flowers in a vase, or this? Decisions, decisions...
I promise to post more photos soon, but probably not until we move in. I feel strange about showing photos while it's not yet our home.