Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Customer Service at it's finest

I have literally been trying ALL day to make reservations on US Airways. I am currently on hold and I just received the "your call will be answered in 30 minutes". 30, what happened to the usual 2??

Anyway, all of this urgency is because I have dividend miles that will expire if I don't use them today. I shouldn't have waited this long, but it has just slipped my mind. I tried online earlier today and also this evening, and keep receiving annoying error messages after I have chosen flights, chosen seats, put in my credit card information, then to receive "We're sorry, we are experiencing problems with accepting credit cards now". This happened multiple times and I had no help when calling the customer service line earlier. Arrrrgh.

I am wanting to hang up the phone & forget about the miles, but then I feel like I'm throwing money out the window! And my Mama just didn't raise me to do that! (Insert southern accent).

Side Note: I was ON HOLD for 1 1/2 hours. Luckily, the season finale of Top Chef was on, so I held the phone to one ear as I watched the show. Finally, I am the proud owner of 2 dividend miles tickets on US Air.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Preparing for sleep deprivation

Hubby and I have signed up, yet again, for Boot Camp. This is a 3 day a week, 6-week torture, um exercise program that is offered at our gym. We've done this class 3 other times, and it starts at 5:15 AM. Yes, 5:15AM for the non-morning person (that would be me). It's a great class - we run, do sprints, plyometrics, lift weights, do countless squats and push ups. You get the idea! I enjoy the workout, but I'm always glad when it's over. I will admit, as much as I loathe the early time, it's great to be done with a workout before I go to work.

The class starts on Monday, so I really need to prepare for my early 4:45 AM wake-up calls. For the past few weeks, I've had a hard time dragging myself out of bed at 7. Oy. Not sure what my deal is. Our dogs have had no problem waking up lately... they have been up and crying to go out by 5:30. Maybe they know our class starts next week!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Wedding tasks... one year later

This weekend, I finally took our "guest book" from our wedding to have framed. Yes, it's been over and year and should have been done by now! Instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests sign on a document that included a passage read at our wedding, our names and dates. It's about an 11 x 14 in size. It was nice, because this is something that we will be able to see every day & remember all the nice folks who attended our special day. I wish I had a good photo to show it, but I will include one when it's finished at the framers.

Other wedding duties included opening a set of sheets that we received as a wedding gift. I washed and dried them & made the bed. I told my hubby that they seemed really big and didn't fit like our others. Later, while in bed, I couldn't fall sleep and at the same time, wondering if leaving the ceiling fan on during the day will cause a fire, I looked over & realized that I had turned the sheet the wrong way when I made the bed. DUH. So, I got up, since I was still awake and remade the bed! Hubby didn't like the way they felt and swears that the thread count on the others that we use are higher. I noticed that he didn't have any trouble falling asleep!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The List

My husband and I have an agreement about my "list". If these men ever come knocking on our door, declaring their undying love for me, hubby has agreed to look the other way, forget & forgive.

Lately, I have a new addition to my list. I haven't even professed this new love to my husband. It's Tucker Carlson. (Sigh). I don't know if it's his political banter, his preppy ties or that brown flippy hair. With the 2008 political race getting started, I'm sure I will have many opportunities to "see" my new man.

Others on my list include, and in no particular order: John Cusack, Patrick Dempsey, LL Cool J and Anthony Kedis. And all are for different reasons. And just so the record states, Patrick Dempsey has been on my list since "Can't Buy Me Love" and not the recent Gray's Anatomy fame.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Eyebrow Shapage

I've been neglecting the brows as of late... It's actually been months, which is probably rather scary. Now you are talking to a girl who had never had them waxed until '99 - don't know how my Mom forgot that life lesson!

When I was working part-time for a friend who owns a local hair salon, I had Angela, one of the girls who worked there do the monthly shaping. She did a great job, but I've since gone back to full time employment and Angela is no longer doing brows. Mine have since been neglected, except when I can steal a few minutes of good sunlight & my Tweezerman's!

To my surprise, 2 local waxers had left their respective salons to open The Brow Lounge. I love the name and the concept. They only do waxing, and they do all kinds. They also have neat gifts to go along with waxing. They are currently offering a cute Valentines PJ set to go along with your, ahem bikini wax. I wonder what a Brazilian will get you?! Just getting the eyebrows tonight.. not sure what I'll pick up as a gift for that!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

One order of honery, please

I had to go to my Doctor yesterday for some kind of cough/upper-respiratory infection thing that had not gone away in 1 1/2 weeks. I'm on the mend with my two prescriptions and hot tea. While in the crowded waiting room, there was an older man who had two ladies with him. He was in a wheel chair with a blanket covering him. He would speak to all of ladies as they came in and if they didn't respond, he would LOUDLY respond, "What, don't wanna talk to me?". He kept telling everyone "I think I'm next", then "I feel like I might die". He was finally called back, but I did hear him as he was leaving stating "Coming through...out of my way!". It was one of the funniest things I have seen lately... He was so cute, but when does one become that honery old guy at the Dr's.?

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Noteworthy Notes Coupon

I received a coupon for Noteworthy Notes They have lots of cute address labels, note cards, etc. I love my Boatman Geller damask labels that I ordered!

$10 off any order on Noteworthy Notes over $50* Use promotion code: Jan07
* Order size determined before shipping and taxes. Final sale price will be tabulated and emailed to you prior to our placing your order. Coupon expires: 01/31/07.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

6 weird things about me

I should probably ask my husband to answer this for me! Thanks to The Preppy Wedding for tagging me!

1. I sleep with a down comforter and ceiling fan on high, every season of the year. My poor husband can be sweating or freezing, but I love to "cocoon" under the down. If I get hot, I simply stick a leg out.
2. Ever since I had braces, I have been slightly obsessive about brushing my teeth. I keep a toothbrush at work, one in my purse and of course, one at home. I now have the SoniCare that I love. I think I live in fear of something green stuck between my teeth or bad breath.
3. One of my favorite food combinations is sweet and salty. To me, the combination of Wendy's french fries dipped in a frosty tastes mighty good! I discovered this as child and still revert back to it when I have the chance.
4. If I have a presentation or will be speaking in public, I will try to practice in a mirror or just run through my spiel in my head or out loud. I'm sure this looks very funny when I'm driving while doing this!
5. I am very sentimental about cards, books, photos and really anything on paper. I have saved letters and photos from as early as the 3rd grade. I recently ran across extra wedding invitations (like 30 of them - what am I going to do with these?) and I just couldn't bear to toss them. I have already saved a few for the scrapbook, etc., but it just made me sad to throw them away.
6. I can pinch with my biggest toe and 2nd toe. It's not like I can write with my toes or anything, but it comes in handy if my hubby is snoring and he needs a "gentle" reminder to stop!

Most of the blogs that I have seen have already received this tag... so if you haven't been yet, consider yourself "it"!

Downward Facing Dog(s)

Since I am trying to keep up with my New Year's Resolution of exercising, last night, I decided to break out one of my Pilates DVD's. I don't think I've used this since I've been married or in a house with multiple dogs! As soon as I rolled out my yoga mat, Zoe decided that she needed to walk all over it. Then when I actually started the DVD and my practice, both dogs were all over me. My hubby was preparing for a business meeting, so he was a little pre-occupied to corrall the dogs. At one point, I looked over and Zeus was literally in the down-dog pose. Of course, all I can do is laugh. They finally quit stepping over me or bringing me toys and just watched... very intent on what "mom" was going to do next.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Church shoes vs. verses

As a child, I attended Sunday School every week with my Grandmother, affectionately referred to as Meme. She would pick me up in the morning and I was always impressed by her great shoes. She would drive over in one pair, then change into her "church" shoes, just to come in... then go through the ordeal of changing back into the driving shoes to only replace them with the church shoes once we were safely in the parking lot of the church. I was secretly amazed that she always remembered to make the change! The rest of my family wasn't overly religious, but I guess Meme wanted to ensure that I was brought up in a church setting.

Our minister spoke yesterday about the many verses and Chapters of the Bible and I realized that the last time I really paid them any attention was while attending Sunday School with Meme. She would sometimes quiz me on the Chapter names and order on our weekly drive. I think I was really only interested in which shoes she was wearing that morning.

I found myself thinking about their importance and if it would be helpful to better know the Bible, the many verses and stories. Or would it just turn me into one of "those" people who can spout out quotes without really understanding their meaning? I have known several people who have read the Bible, cover to cover. Me, not so much. Anyone out there who has added the Bible to their required reading list?

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A game that involves coupons?

Have any of you used The Grocery Game? I have several friends and acquaintances who use this program religiously and swear that they are now paying for organic milk, fancy vacations and private school tuition by "playing". I skeptically signed up for a trial membership and will try it out this week. Basically, the premise is that this "program" has figured out the science behind the sales cycle of the major grocery chains and it tells you about coupons that you should use when certain items are on sale to make the most of your savings. You may be buying 10 rolls of paper towels when you don't particularly need them, but it will still be a savings. So, I clipped coupons today and printed off my list for Harris Teeter, my local store. I'll be trying it out later this week. As much as I consider myself organized, I just somehow can't see myself being this disciplined to make it work... or have the storage for the zillions of paper towels that I will need to store!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Swiffer Wet Jet - Cause for alarm?

I recently received an email from a friend about Swiffer Wet Jets and causing liver damage to dogs. I normally delete these without reading, but the friend who sent the email has a dog who is experiencing problems with his liver. So anyway, it did worry me a bit, seeing as I do use a Swiffer Wet Jet and have 2 dogs of my own. So, I had saved it until I could do a little investigating and have found that this story is not true. Not to sound like an over-bearing "mother", but I do find that I worry with our dogs since they can't tell you when they aren't feeling right, have a headache, etc.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The white stuff

We don't often have snow here in NC, or North Cakalacky as it is sometimes called. We awoke to nice little flurries this morning that have gained momentum. Not enough to cancel school, but it's pretty to watch. Wish that I could be curled up at home, on my sofa with a cup of coffee, two dogs sleeping at my feet and my newest book or the latest craft project from Monogram Momma. Ahhhh. Oh well, next best thing... my office, laptop, a bottle of water and a video shoot that will take most of my day.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What do I want to be when I grow up?

I have been contemplating my career for the past few months. I enjoy what I do, but it doesn't always offer the flexibility or creativity that I crave. Since I was in High School, I have loved planning and organizing parties or events. When I was older and my friends became engaged, many came to me with wedding questions and I was always glad to help. Many of my past jobs did have event planning & this always was the "fun" part of my day. When I was married, I loved planning our wedding. I know that many people probably do enjoy this task, but I really felt an emptiness after the wedding, because I didn't have anything to plan or coordinate!

I recently found a Wedding Planning and Directing class. I enrolled and will begin taking classes in March. I can't wait. Not sure if this will open a new chapter in my life, or possibly some part time work - who knows? I am looking forward to this new challenge and hopefully, new opportunities.

Photo by Kellie Kano

Monday, January 15, 2007

New Class Idea: Self-Defense - Just Bite 'em

Did anyone watch 24 last night? I'm still laughing, and almost nauseous from the scene where Jack Bauer bites the terrorists jugular vain to kill him!?!

I know that as women we've been taught to scratch, kick, bite, spit, etc. if ever faced with an attack. And, if I am ever in this situation, I hope that I remember everything I've been taught! Somehow, I just never imagined myself locking into my attacker's neck with my teeth. Do you ask for a napkin or perhaps some sort of anti-bacterial mouth rinse when you are through?

I'll be tuned in again tonight to see what Jack does next!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Love and Hate

Yes, that is my current relationship with EBay. In December, I bid on and won a Hallmark ornament for my mother & ended up getting screwed over by leinenbgd on EBay. Long story short, after I had to contact him about the item, he said it had been shipped, but it never arrived. He later told me that he "accidentally" told me that it was shipped, but he was referring to a different item. Then, he said due to the fact that my PayPal payment took longer than expected, he relisted and resold the item. I am trying to get a refund, but just to let you know - be aware of him and do not buy from him. He has a decent rating too (98%) and has been a member for quite a while. His communication has been horrible & as soon as I have my refund, he will receive a horrible rating.

So, I am back on EBay and currently winning the same ornament. Wish me luck!

We had a great weekend, here in NC. The weather was beautiful, so we took the dogs for a walk at the park, looked at a couple of houses and hubby is currently making dinner. Life is good. One of the houses today was really nice & what we need and what we have been trying to find. It's the right school district, good space, good yard and not really any updates that we would have to do immediately, aside from as little painting. Not sure if the timing is right for us, but we may need to make it that way.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Husband and dogs have taken over dining room

I have a lovely, low glass bowl that we received as a wedding gift. It currently sits on our dining room table. My husband somehow always places bills and papers in it. (Note: we also have two large dog kennels in our dining room right now, along with boxes that should go to storage, a weed-eater that my husband received for Christmas (that I have asked to be put somewhere else), a Christmas wreath, my wedding portrait (not hung - leaned against the wall) and various other items. Needless to say, we really don't use this room as anything else but dog storage & assorted crap storage.

I am trying to find some type of pretty, faux green apples or pears to place in it. Does anyone have a good source, or other suggestions? I thought I had seen some Smith-Hawken at Target the other day, but on my quick trip today, I didn't see spot them.

We will be putting our house on the market this Spring, so I'm looking for ways to spruce it up. Yes, the dog kennels, boxes and other crap will also be put away!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Sick of looking at research questions

OK, not a great title. I'm working on a project and frankly, I'm over it. I'm on my 10th revision of a list of research questions for one of our clients and we are now up to 50 questions. Waaaay too long for an online survey, but they keep pushing to add more. But, anyway... I digress. Just feeling a tad brain-dead and blurry-eyed from staring at the computer all day. So, I ask myself, why do I get on blogger so I can stare at the screen a little more?

Glad it's Thursday and the weekend is near. Even though I have frozen all week, I'm glad it finally feels like winter. Glad that you can tell that the days are getting longer since it's still daylight outside & it's after 5pm. Glad that I have the sweet smell of star gazer lilies in my office, that were a sweet gift from a friend. Glad that in a week, hubby and I will have a new shower, tub and fixtures installed into our little bathroom! Glad that I have on my new, pink JCrew cable knit sweater today.

I'm going to review these once more, so I can rest easy tonight.

In need of a motivational kick in the bum

With the New Year, along with all of the others, I also made a resolution to work out more and be healthier. I did make it to a cycle class last night, but my motivation to run as somehow flown out the window. We have races scheduled and I have barely put in any mileage. They are a relay marathon (I'll run a 10K), a 5 miler, a 10K and a half marathon, starting in February. I have also found little 100 calorie packs of baked Cheetos. OK, not anything that is considered gourmet or even palatable by most, but for whatever reason, these little puppies have been very satisfying around 3pm. I'm sure I could be doing worse, eating-wise, but still!

So, is anyone else out there feeling like me or perhaps you can motivate me with some good words of wisdom to get me off my rear?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Audrey Hepburn's Beauty Tips

I heard this poem for the first time at our Junior League meeting on Monday night & loved it. I thought that Audrey Hepburn actually wrote it ,but it was written by Sam Levenson, but the story we heard is that Audrey Hepburn quoted it in an interview she did with Vogue magazine.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Sam Levenson
Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote "Time Tested Beauty Tips" for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey's favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

New kind of purchase

Guess what I bought yesterday? Well, yes, I did order new address labels by Boatman Geller with a cute green damask pattern. But, what I am taking about is buying pre-natal vitamins. Ack, I still really can't believe that I bought them. No, I'm not pregnant and we don't have a set timetable, but we have been taking about trying to have a baby at some point this year. So, I was at Target and they were on sale, so what the heck! I'm about halfway through my regular multi-vitamins, so when those are done, I'll start on the pre-natals.

Still scares the crap out of me... we are old enough and secure enough, but I guess it's the fear of the unknown. I'm very much a planner, so I want to control as much as I can. I did go ahead and get tested for immunity to Rubella and CF at my last OB-GYN appt. and all is clear on those fronts.

Now, I'm back to JCrew and Swoozie's... my regular shopping haunts!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chocolate Decadence and Chicken Foot

Now that's quite a title, isn't it? I have been meaning to post these pictures from New Year's Eve. First, is the Chocolate Decadence cake from the Joy of Cooking that I made for the party we attended. This is a flourless chocolate cake that ended up being really good, if I can toot my own horn. It was actually easier than I expected. You use 16 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, butter, eggs, separated into whites & yolks, cream of tartar and sugar. Now, there is some mixing, melting and folding, but all in all a success. I, of course, forgot to take a before picture when the cake was pretty and neat. I served with Hagen Daaz vanilla bean ice cream and homemade raspberry sauce.
Next is Chicken Foot which is a dominoes game that my husband and I began playing several years ago. It is addictive and can get pretty cut-throat. Very fun... we looked up from playing and realized that it was 2:30 am and we are normally the ones who leave early!

Susan, A to Z

A-Available or single? Available only to Hubby.
B-Best Friend? Karen M. and Aim-ee W.
C-Cake or pie? Cake, warm flourless chocolate with raspberries
D-Drink of choice? Skim, sugar free vanilla latte, red wine, gin & tonic
E-Essential item I use every day: Cetaphil cleanser
F-Favorite color? Pink
G-Gummy Bears or Gummy worms? Bears
H-Hometown? Clarksville, TN
I-Indulgence? Pureology Nanoworks Shampoo & Conditioner, at $50 a bottle for something you wash down the drain, it better be an indulgence!
J-January or February? February... Valentine's Day
K-Kids and names - None yet, but the conversations have started!! So many ideas... Riley, Madison, Channel for my Grandmother, Lucy, for my favorite Aunt, Lilian for his mother, Zane. L-Life is incomplete without? Books, laughter, love
M-Marriage date - November 12, 2005
N-Number of siblings: 2, both older brothers
O-Oranges or apples? Apples, granny smith
P-Phobias or fears? Big jumping crickets
Q-Favorite quote? "Put on your big girl panties and deal with it".
R-Reasons to smile? My dogs, comfy PJ's, In Style magazine
S-Season? Fall
T-Tag Don't think I want to put this on anyone else...
U-Unknown fact about me: I won a bunny rabbit in a coloring contest when I was in the 1st grade.
V-Vegetable you don't like: English peas
W-Worst habit: Being negative about myself
Y-Your favorite food? Cheese
Z-Zodiac? Pisces

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year!

OK, is it bad that I was probably too hung-over to post yesterday? Arrgh. We celebrated the new year with a close group of friends, had a lovely dinner, but had a tad too much champagne that induced a mild headache all day!

As far as New Year's Resolutions are concerned, I want to do a better job with my overall fitness. We have several races planned, but I want to be better about going to the gym on a regular basis. I also want to do a better job about going to church. We found a church that we love, but just get lazy on Sunday mornings. I also want to continue on a search for more fulfilling employment.

So, there it is.. in "print". Happy New Year!