Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hot Air Balloon ride..

It's a goal of mine to ride a hot air balloon by 2011.

How cool would it be to do that? They look so cool..years ago I saw some in the air out near Short Pump..I would love to ride one.


My favorite mug that I keep on the desk at work. I think others have finally noticed it and agree..

..because I now have a new position in my office and I am really looking forward to starting it. I'm keeping the mug at my new desk to serve as a reminder for all of the hard work and dedication I committed every day to my receptionist job. :)

What I'm Loving..

This week I'm loving a few special things.

There's nothing better than ice cold water. Especially on the hot days we've been having here lately. I love a good ice water.

Ellwood Thompson''s a local natural market near where we live, and although I don't really shop there, they are a great place to go to if you are looking for something specific that only a natural market would have. Yesterday I stopped by to get a gift for a friend, and I also grabbed lunch while I was there. I got the turkey & swiss sandwich wrap-it was so good!

Yesterday with my lunch I also picked up a sparkling clementine Izze drink..these things are so good. I used to love the apple flavor, but the clemntine one is my all-time fav. It really hit the spot yesterday! All natural ingredients, only fruit juice & sparkling water. No refined sugars, preservatives, or artificial flavors.

Summer skirts. They are cute and stylish.

With all of the time I have been spending outside and at the pool lately, I have been getting a lot of sun. So, one of my new bffs is Banana Boat sport, spf 30. Haven't gotten sunburned yet and I love it!

I am also really loving PB & J's lately, on wheat bread w/ strawberry jelly. They are so easy to make, easy to eat (as long as you don't use too much jelly), and they are very inexpensive. Pack one or 2 and take 'em to the pool and you're all set!

Dave Matthews Band-in 26 more days I'll be seeing them live in VA Beach with Juan David. We are both really thrilled about it! :D

That's all for this week. Come back next Thursday to find out what I'm loving then!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Packing Progress

We've packed a lot of stuff so far. Almost all of the office is packed up, all of the living room is done, all of the sun room is done, and most of the dining room is done. We also packed up the office closet.

Things left to pack:

-master bedroom closets (but most everything in those are already in storage containers, except for the clothes)
-hall closet
-bathroom closet
-laundry room/closet

Most of the kitchen stuff is packed up, but the stuff that is still out would need to be packed, of course (and the pantry). And then little things that are around the apartment that we use every day or whatever, that stuff will need to be packed too.

I have started wrapping up all of my pyrex already, I just need to put it all in a box or 2.

So, most everything is packed at this point.

The only glasses we have left unpacked are margarita glasses and some little wine glasses. Not that we're big on alcohol or anything, but it's fun to drink out of those, alcohol or not. :)

One thing we don't have at the new apartment is a pantry. :( We'll have to use one of our extra cabinets for that, or I can get a separate cabinet to use as a pantry..but I think I will wait on that until we see how it'll all work at the new place. The new kitchen is a lot bigger, so I will be happy either way.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What I'm Loving

I'm gonna borrow an idea from Katie and share what I'm loving lately:

Caprese Salads..they are so good. But I also like to just take a baby spring mix of lettuces and toss that with some mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes. Delicious.

Architecture..especially Richmond, VA architecture. There's just something historic about all of it.

Red grapes. Every now and then I go through phases with different fruits, but I always come back to these. Fresh cold ones are the best!

The pool. Whether it's swimming or lounging out by it in the sun, it's so relaxing and makes all one's troubles fade away, for the moment anyway. One thing I could do out there all day is float around on my back.

My lip balm. This is Victoria's Secret mega pink balm with spf15. I use pink berry (on the left). It goes on smooth and stays that way, plus gives a little sun protection. It's a big stick, too, so it lasts a while.

These Special K Fruit Crisps (in strawberry flavor) are awesome. Two crisps come in a pack, and each pack is only 100 calories. It's a great little snack to have in the afternoon instead of a candy bar. Just right for that little "pick up" that is sometimes craved.

A nice light pink nail polish. It's great for homemade manis & pedis by the pool.

Well, that's what I'm loving right now. I'll try to make this a weekly thing, just like Katie does. It's fun!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Confessions and Cobblestones

Here's the draft cover of my novel:

It'll do, for now.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My thoughts on the oil spill in the gulf

Above are some chilling satellite images of the oil spill...

While keeping up with the major oil spill in the gulf, I can't help but be reminded about that Saved by the Bell episode, called "Pipe Dreams."

In the episode, Zack and his friends are working on a school science project in the pond next to their school. Zack discovers an injured duck so he brings it in to help it heal. Later, oil is found on the property after some construction, and an oil company comes in to drill for oil in the pond. Many of the animals are harmed by it, too. All I can think about is the scene where Zack is trying to save the duck (that he named "Becky") and clean all of the oil off of it with dish's sad.

What happened to that duck on the show is happening to thousands and thousands of other animals out in the gulf area...and it's like a million times worse. And, it's really happening, it's not a tv show.

Pelicans, sea turtles, dolphins, crabs, shellfish, shore birds, tuna, and other animals are all suffering because of this disaster. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the oil spill could affect up to 20 national wildlife refuges, and four covering more than 70,000 acres are in immediate concern. "Every fish and invertebrate contacting the oil is probably dying. I have no doubt about that," said Prosanta Chakrabarty, a Louisiana State University fish biologist.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported 522 dead birds — at least 38 of them oiled — along the Gulf coast states, and more than 80 oiled birds have been rescued. It's not clear how many of the deaths can be attributed to the spill. Dead birds and animals found during spills are kept as evidence in locked freezers until investigations and damage assessments are complete, according to Teri Frady, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Here is a link to a slideshow of some of the gulf animals in peril (warning, some of these images are graphic):

I remember how beautiful the gulf area is, since we were there for our honeymoon. We are going to be close to it again in July, and I am afraid the beaches will all be covered in oil. I really hope this gets resolved soon....not for me to be able to go to the beach, but for all of those animals and the regular people who live nearby to be able to have their normal lives back. I can't imagine going outside to see oil like that every where.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sex & the City

Last night it was raining, so I decided to have a Sex & the City mini-marathon, which was perfect for preparation for the 2nd movie. I watched some of my favorite episodes, and then the first movie, of course. It made me realize that Aidan was so much better for Carrie than Big. Or maybe, I would choose Aidan over Big...I think most other girls would too. Maybe the 2nd movie will make me change my mind about Big.

Here is my mini S&tC marathon:

Episode 1, Season 1
Sex & the City
At a birthday party for thirty-something Miranda, Carrie and her friends vow to stop worrying about finding the "perfect" male and start having sex "like men." Carrie has several encounters with Mr. Big. Miranda starts dating Skipper Johnston. Charlotte goes on a date with Capote Duncan, but when she tells him she won't have sex with him, he goes to a club and winds up going home with Samantha.

This is a great first episode. Most of the main characters are introduced, and you get to see each of the girls' personalities. It's a funny episode, but it also has a little something (I'm not sure what to call) at the end when Carrie is getting out of the car after Big drops her off at her apartment.

Episode 30, Season 2
Ex & the City
Carrie freaks out when Big tells her he's engaged. Miranda sleeps with Steve for the first time after their breakup. Charlotte tries to overcome her fear of horseback riding. Samantha dates a guy who's too well-endowed.

Episode 35 Season 3
No Ifs, Ands or Butts
Carrie's smoking becomes a problem when she goes on her first date with Aidan Shaw. Miranda makes more time for Steve in her life. Charlotte dates the worst kisser she's ever met. Samantha dates a black man whose sister is racist.

This is where we meet Aidan, the furniture!

Episode 39 Season 3
Easy Come, Easy Go
Big tells Carrie that he's leaving his wife. Miranda deals with her break up and Steve moving out of the apartment. After meeting Trey's mother, Charlotte proposes. Samantha dates a man with "funky spunk".

Episode 40 Season 3
All or Nothing
Carrie feels guilty and wants to quit her affair with Big. Miranda has phone sex with a co-worker from Chicago. Charlotte negotiates the terms of a prenuptial agreement with Trey's mother, Bunny. After celebrating her move to the new apartment in the Meatpacking District, Samantha's flu gives her a pessimistic outlook on life.

Episode 42 Season 3
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Carrie struggles to find the right time to tell Aidan about her affair. Miranda tells a guy she's a stewardess in hopes of getting a date. Charlotte marries Trey MacDougal. Samantha sleeps with Trey's Scottish cousin, despite being unable to understand him.

Episode 58 Season 4
Belles of the Balls
Carrie invites Big up to Aidan's country home to talk. Charlotte tries to discuss her and Trey's infertility problems. Miranda sleeps with Steve after he has one of his testicles removed. Samantha tries to get the PR position for hotelier Richard Wright.

This is probably my all-time favorite episode. Poor Steve..Miranda and Steve's relationship was always so funny to me. They always cracked me up. I really enjoyed this episode because Big came to Aidan's home in upstate NY (while Aidan and Carrie were there for the weekend) and the two of them got into a fight. I love that scene, and then afterward they end up getting along, which must have been so awkward for Carrie. I think Aidan really should have shown Big who the boss was, though...he could totally take him out.

Episode 60 Season 4
Just Say Yes
Aidan proposes to Carrie. Charlotte discusses adoption with Trey, but hits a wall when Bunny finds out. Miranda tells Steve she's keeping his baby. Samantha starts sleeping with her boss, Richard Wright.

(I realized I skipped season 5, but those episodes are not any of my all-time favorites.)

Episode 94 Season 6
An American Girl in Paris, Part Deux
Carrie is lonely in Paris because Petrovsky is spending so much time on his new exhibit. The chemo treatments are killing Samantha's sex drive. Miranda must take care of Steve's mother after she has a stroke. Charlotte and Harry try to adopt a baby. Big goes to Paris to look for Carrie.

Ugh! I hated Petrovsky! I never understood why Carrie was so attracted to him..he was so self-centered..and then Carrie didn't go to her book/fan party because he was anxious about his art show..please! Give me a break..she spent all her time alone in Paris and then he had the nerve to slap her when she stood up for herself. What a loser. Big coming in and rescuing her really gave him a ton of points.

Seasons 3 & 4 are definitely my favorite seasons out of all of them. It's funny to watch the older episodes, too, and see how different things were back then and how they are in later seasons or in the films.

Sex & the City (The Movie)
Set four years after the events of the series finale, the film begins with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Big (Chris Noth) viewing apartments with the intention of moving in together. Carrie falls in love with a penthouse suite far from their price range, which Big immediately agrees to pay for. However, Carrie experiences doubts over the wisdom of this arrangement, explaining that they are not married, and as such she would have no legal rights to their home in the event of a separation. She offers to sell her own apartment, and quelling her fears, Big suggests that they get married.

My favorite scene from the movie has got to be when Carrie was trying on all of the wedding dresses, and then when she gets home, there's the delivery of the Vivian Westwood dress she absolutely adored. It was gorgeous..and it was so tragic to see her running down the library stairs in it after finding out that Big wasn't there for the wedding..ugh! Why didn't he get out of the freaking car..? I did enjoy their city hall marriage, though. They should have gone with that from the beginning.

Stay tuned for my review of the movie's sequel!

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