Sunday, July 29, 2007

Round the house this weekend...

I'm loading pictures onto Shutterfly and it's taking forever, so I decided that I'd post. It was a relatively quiet weekend. On Friday, I stopped by a local consignment store to make an appointment to consign some of my clothes. I had some great things from Etcetera that I just don't wear anymore, so I figured it would be best to make a few dollars off of them. This is a great boutique - tons of designers like Lilly, Trina Turk, Etcetera, Kate Spade (Shoes mostly). They had several darling pairs of Kate Spade shoes, but only in 5.5 and 8! Boo. I did manage to find a cute Lilly skirt, a new Banana Republic top and another skirt by Tibi. Very cute. I probably spent more than I'll make, so it could have been a lost cause!

Hubby & I stopped by a downtown Friday night music shin-dig, grabbed some Thai food, said hello to a few friends at a martini bar, and ducked out and called it a night before it got too late.

Yesterday, after some housework, errand running & Hubby making a Starbucks run, we went to see "No Reservations". Very cute & such a feel-good movie. We had a quiet evening - I started reading Harry Potter 6, because I need to read it before HP7! Today, we finally made it back to church, went to lunch, met our realtor to see a house. I'm going now to review my cooking light magazine to see if I can find something tasty for dinner.

Friday, July 27, 2007

On my mind...

A few things on my mind lately...

For the dog lovers out there, check out Bark Magazine. I picked it up the other day & it's really great. Not a cheesy pet fancy kind of magazine, but a real-life one, packed with both enlightening and humorous articles.

Today was our last day of Boot Camp. We endured a grueling 45 minutes of running at a local high school track, backwards running, lunges (front & back), a sprint suicide drill, running stairs, hopping on stairs, bear crawls on stairs and lunges on stairs. Whew. I am happy to report that I won the "most improved push ups" award, achieving a +19 increase from our 1st class. Go, me!

I'm thinking of a new do... For the past few years, after growing out a pixie haircut, I have worn an all one length bob, varying in length between chin to below shoulders. I'm really thinking of doing the inverted bob, ala Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, last year's Nicole Richie.. not quite as short as theirs, but the angled look, shorter in the back. Anyone out there with a similar do & their experience?

Between work for Hubby and myself, working on the house, volunteer activities and a visit from my parents, we may not get a vacation in this summer. So, that may be my new goal - fitting in a mini vacation at some point before September, when I don't think I will see Hubby due to a new product launch.

Our computer is now home & up and running. Hallelujah! Even though I'm happy, I think part of my secretly wanted to take advantage of NC's tax free holiday and purchase something new.

I think I really want a pair of Stephen Bonanno's sandals. I have read about them over & over, played around with color combos on the website, and still can't make up my mind. Any recommendations to color, style, etc?

Oh, and how can Michael Vick plead not guilty? Argh. Hopefully, justice will be served at his court date in November.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Broken computer makes for cranky blogger

Hubby was taking an online test for work on Sunday, when the computer froze and died. After a phone conference with our resident geek friend, it was determined that the computer needed to come in for a more thorough check up. After a little poking, prodding, and frantically hitting F8, we were then told that the computer must stay overnight. This is hard on a girl who, every morning, religiously checks email and reads blogs, after shower, but before hair drying time. And, let 's not even talk about my lack of checking this site for new houses on the market. Good news came via a text message today - our little PC is ready for pickup.. hopefully back up and running with no lost files. Will be back up & blogging soon!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I'm a sucker for creative packaging...

And that's why I came home with this bottle of red wine tonight...
Cute, isn't it? It is described as a cheeky little red and something about that just sounded good.
A longer description on the bottle includes, "Following the migration of the Old World vineyards to the New World in the 1800s the Carmenere grape was taken to and successfully grown in Chile. As Chilean Merlot became successful as a New World wine, it was discovered that he Carmenere grape had become mixed with the Merlot grape. The grapes were finally correctly identified, "the big mistake" rectified and "the lost grape of Bordeaux" rediscovered."
I'll let you know!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

There's a toilet on my porch...

dear Liza, dear Liza. There's a toilet on my porch*, dear liza, a toilet! Ack! Last night, I came home to Hubby and friend, B, working like fiends in our bathroom. They had to patch a bad spot in the floor, before the flooring guys come tomorrow to do the installation.

* And just so everyone knows, it is on the side porch, not on the front or in viewing pleasure of our neighbors. And, even though Hubby made a snide comment about me being from Tennessee and that I should be used to that type of thing, please let the record state that I did not grow up in an area of Tennessee that had toilets on porches. And, by the end of day tomorrow, we should have new flooring and the new vanities installed. Whoo-hoo!

** Toilet update. As of yesterday, all toilets were repositioned back to their appropriate spaces. New flooring and one bathroom vanity are complete.

Monday, July 16, 2007

My new hangout

Hubby and I ventured out to a new ice cream place that recently opened in our city. I know all of the Bostonians will appreciate our new find. I enjoyed the raspberry truffle, while Hubby had the Chocolate Moose. A lot of frenzied ice-cream licking was had by all.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Why I heart Target

Because they have cute Fieldcrest shower curtains like this one...
There are also coordinating bathmat and towels available, but I can't find them online. I did buy the bathmat, but not the towels - picked some up that match the blue instead. It looks great with our taupe colored bathroom walls. We are also installing new vanities next week that are very cottage-y in design. I think it will all be too, too cute!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Getting back on the horse

Well, it's official to what we thought. We didn't get the house. I was very sad last night, I cried as soon as I left the office, but I am just trying to remember, when it's meant to be, it will happen. I've thought the same about jobs, boyfriends, cars, and of course, the perfect pair of shoes. We're a little frustrated - we feel like we were the pawn in a game to get the numbers high, and in essence, we really were. So be it - I'm glad we stood our ground and didn't fall into the hype.

Life could be a lot worse - we have a house that while, we may not love it, it covers our heads and keeps us safe, I have a wonderful hubby who loves me for who I am, two big dogs who show me unconditional love (especially when I feed them) and hey, we're doing OK on most fronts. We have an exciting future ahead of us and I'm sure this won't be the only bump in the road, but also, I guess it's the bumps that make life interesting.

Oh, and I promise not to drive by the house and throw rocks or stick out my tongue or flip a bird. Well, maybe to all but the last one, but only under my window, not stuck up in the air!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Woes of a house hunter

How can it go downhill so fast? Just last night, we thought we were on easy street. We had the counter offer from the seller of the home, but I needed to talk to hubby, who is at a conference. We finally talked this morning, he called the realtor to ask a question and then, just as we were ACCEPTING their offer, the seller received 2 additional offers and rejected the acceptance of the offer. So, now we just went through a memo to buyers, asking for our full and best offer, along with their stipulations to closing, etc. It just sucks. I am mentally exhausted and just feel like we were so close to coming to an agreement and now we will probably lose the house, because one of these buyers may come in at full asking price, or over what we have offered. Buyer's market, my ass. Excuse my overall grumpiness. Just frustrated, because I just don't have a good feeling about it and it just means that we'll have to start all over for this potentially to happen again.

Everyone keeps telling me, if it's meant to be, it's meant to be, but it's just hard to take at this point.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Making life bear-able

I just started Week 2 on Weight Watchers and I think the two things that have made it bearable are... fresh peaches in season (1 point) and these little 100 calorie lovelies (2 points). I guess starting a diet AND negotiating the hell out of a house were not the smartest things to do in a single week!

House update: We received their counter offer today and now Hubby and I have to talk. He's away on business, so I'm sure this will be a great conversation via mobile phone! I'm ready to just go for it & I think he is too. It would mean a few thousand over what we really hoped to pay, but really, what's a few thousand over the term of a mortgage. (Don't you love the way that sounds very haughty, like I'm just throwing around thousands of dollars every day). Plus, it is one of those homes that I can envision kids learning to ride their bicycles on the very long driveway, lazy autumn mornings to enjoy breakfast on the patio, the perfect Christmas tree location, and fun gatherings with our friends for cookouts or game nights. No, I'm not emotionally attached or anything!!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Negotiations, Day #2

We are currently in negotiations with the owners and are going back to see the house again tomorrow. They have agreed to give us all that we have requested, but haven't budged much from their initial price. I've never been through this before, so it's nerve wracking & exciting, all at the same time. Probably is the reason why I've had wine for dinner (not with) the past 2 nights!! Why is it that after going to see the home twice and staying for a long time, over-analyzing and taking pictures that I can't remember a damn thing!?! We just wish we knew the magic number that the home-owners want so we can cut to the chase & make the deal.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Holy crap

We put in an offer on "our" house this evening. No word yet from the realtor. Trying to rid ourselves of nervous energy by repeatedly crossing fingers and picking up telephone receiver every five minutes, to make sure it's working.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

A look inside..

My medicine cabinet... Lately, it's begun to fill up on some of my new & old favorite supplies.

Yonka toner. I found this at my latest facial. It feels and smells great - adds moisture and is just plain refreshing.

Cetaphil cleanser and Cetaphil Daily Facial moisturizer with SPF - I have used both for years and I think they are the two products I cannot live without.

Philosophy's Eye Believe eye cream - a great under eye treatment.

My Sonicare toothbrush - as an obsessive toothbrusher, this one rocks.

Bare Minerals makeup - I have the starter kit & am loving the swirl, tap, and buff!

What's your favorite product in the ol' medicine cabinet?

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Quick and Easy...

This super easy crowd pleaser is a recipe from my Mother-in-Law. She calls this casserole Kellogg Potatoes, which I think is a more upscale way to say tater tot casserole! Hubby was the chef on Friday and made this for a cookout with friends. It was also good as leftovers yesterday!

You will need:

One bag of Tater Tots, onion flavored. Allow to thaw.
16 oz. Sour Cream
Cream of Chicken soup
Corn Flakes

Once thawed, crumble tater tots into a large bowl. Add sour cream and soup to the tater tots. Mix well and place in a 13x9 baking dish. Crush corn flakes to cover the top. Spray a little spray butter or margarine on top.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.