Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

TG and I will be ringing in the new year with some friends down the street. And enjoying these "Better Than Crack Brownies" courtesy of How Sweet It Is. Delish.

See you in 2011 : )


Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Life can change a lot from year to year. I am so excited to see what 2011 brings. I haven't really made new year's resolutions in the past but a lot of bloggers have been posting about them so I figured I'd jump on in.

1) Communicate better. This is kind of broad. I keep in touch with my friends in NC but not as much as I would like. I'm not a big phone person. I'd like to make myself call, chat, and just check in with friends from back home each week.

2) Eat healthier. Let's be serious. I don't plan on giving up candy anytime soon. {speaking of candy, TG filled my stocking with some of my favorites--gummy bears, lindt lindor truffles, & pretzel m&ms} I do want to continue to incorporate as much natural, not-so-processed foods into my diet as possible. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins are the name of this game.

3)Budget better. I really want to start being more money conscious. I will be trying to use my coupons and make a grocery budget. I will also be trying to limit my trips to Target (and buying crap I don't need).

4) 5K Race. Complete the 5K race coming up in March.

5) 13.1 As in half-marathon. I want to run a half in 2011.
Also in the new year:
I will not sweat the small stuff. I will be in the present. The type of day I have won't be dependent upon a number on a scale. I will be more kind. I will stop to smell the roses and enjoy the little parts of life that make each day special.

Monday, December 27, 2010

I love all of the wonderful things about home.

Drinking coffee and shopping with my mom and sister. Chatting with my dad. Hanging out with my brothers. Enjoying my grandmama Louise's cooking. Hamburgers from Central Cafe. My silly granddaddy who wears cardigans and tells me and my sister that we are his prettiest granddaughters. My family dog, Ritz (also a Golden Retriever).

However, I'm starting to crave routine again. Like running. And healthy eating. And morning blog reading.
(and I kinda miss my TG and the pups too).

The art of doing nothing

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. And remembered the true meaning of this special season. Christmas re-cap coming.

Early Sunday morning, it started snowing in NC. And it snowed. And snowed. And snowed. We have almost a foot of snow which is ridiculous for eastern NC. We haven't really left the neighborhood since Saturday. My grandmother lives in our neighborhood so we have been there a couple of times. But other than that, we have been sorta snowed in. Everything is closed for the most part.

My sister and I have watched a lot of Will & Grace on DVD.

Looked outside at a lot of this:

And just enjoyed a lot of togetherness. laziness. snuggly-ness...and overall just perfecting the art of doing nothing.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Confession

Here's what I need to be doing:


Here's what I am actually doing:




(i.e. spending time with my sweet sister, watching Ramona and Beezus-and almost crying when the cat dies, decorating with my mama, eating mexican food with my girlfriends, eating italian food in Greenville with some of my best friends, aimlessly wandering around Target, Sleeping in, lounging, drinking coffee, laughing hard, and listening to the Taylor Swift CD on repeat. No shame here, folks.)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Home

It really is so great to be home with my family. Really, it is. I am so blessed with a close knit family. However, I must say...I miss my TG, Barkley, and Chip. TG sent me this picture of them. I promise Chip really does have two eyes. This picture just doesn't look like it.
I had dinner with two of my very best friends (since high school) tonight. They are the best kind of friends. It doesn't matter how much time has passed (in this case 2 months) since I've seen them; we always pick up right where we left off. We ate at our favorite mexican restaurant. I had guacamole tonight that could bring world peace. It was delicious. And we ate the entire bowl. Just the three of us.

There's something to be said for old friends. The three of us know each other so well. They know that I was late to school almost every day in high school (Little did I know I would end up being quite prompt in my twenties : ) ) They know that I have to read an entire menu before selecting my entree. Having friends who will love you no matter what are hard to come by. I am so blessed to have you two girls in my life. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us. Weddings, babies (Ahem, adoptions for JCW), the whole nine yards.

On a completely unrelated note,
If you are still trying to find a last minute gift for someone special.. might I suggest the Barack Obama Chia Pet? I wonder what Sasha and Malia think of this. These Chia pets also come in Washington and Lincoln varieties : )

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Heading Home for the Holidays

TG took me to a lovely dinner last night at The Capital Grill in Tampa. Absolutely Delicious. It was a special Christmas dinner since we won't be together on Christmas Day. Thank you for loving me so very much TG!

I'm sitting in the Tampa airport waiting on my plane now. I can't wait to see my family and girlfriends.

The television at my gate has snowflakes beside RDU. Eeeks! I hope I packed enough warm clothes.

I have lots of blogging to catch up on over the next few days. I am so looking forward to having no graduate school work until January 10, 2011!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Presents for the Pooch

I know I said Barkley wasn't getting anything for Christmas this year. Well, I said those things whilst in a dark place... a place where my bank account was being depleted by his vet mishaps (see: here & here).

Anyways, while browsing the web I found several perfect items for the pooch in your life.


Barkley already has one but I think he needs another one. As I told TG, "He needs another outfit".
He currently has this pattern with the brass hardware:
But I think this one with the fish would be handsome on him as well:

Eliza B. features the Leather Man Ltd. Collars so they are sturdy. I have even washed Barkley's a couple of times.

Harry Barker has cute collars too. Like these:

2) A cute sweater

Or pajama onesie

(If Barkley was 50 pounds lighter, he would definitely be wearing one of these on Christmas Eve.)

Or perhaps your dog likes to enjoy a day at the spa. Hmm.


3) Travel Bowls
These have draw strings so the food doesn't spill when not in use. Perfect for the beach or dog park.

{images via here, here, here, here, here}

Tartan Hound and Dazzle Dog Delight have really great dog stuff.

Monday, December 13, 2010

This and That

I spent the entire day (literally) on my couch writing a paper for one of my graduate school classes. This particular assignment entailed watching Bend It Like Beckham and applying a wide variety of family therapy theories to it. And discussing it for 10 pages. Boo. I guess the movie could have been worse. But not by much. By 10 pm last night, my brain was absolutely fried. However, I did manage to watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Priorities, people.

I wish I could spend a day with NeNe and Kim. They are hysterical. And they certainly don't make excuses for who they are. Bad tv at it's very best. However, I'm not really feeling Phaedra. Or anyone who doesn't know their unborn child's due date. Seriously?
Sidenote: How about the episode with the maternity photo shoot where she and her hubby are eating pickles? Exactly where do you put a picture like that in your house? The mantle?

I babysat this afternoon for the girls (12 and 10 yrs old). The 12 year old had a friend along with her. As I listened to their conversation, I started to think about how the things we worry about change with our age. Most of what they were discussing was so petty. Who said what about who. Who likes who. Who said who has acne/a big nose/weird hair. Add in a whole lot of "Like" "um" "O-M-G" "nuh-uh"s into the mix and you have my drive home.

Sitting at each stoplight, I thought about how silly some of the things I used to worry about were. If I could go back and talk to my 16 year old self, she would surely get an earfull. I would tell myself that the person you are with in high school is rarely the person you marry. I would tell myself not to waste tears on silly boys. (On that same note, I would remind myself to avoid the "fixer upper" guys). I would tell myself to be friendly to everyone even if they aren't in your clique. "You aren't as fat as you believe yourself to be". "Don't stress too much over trigonometry and calculus, you will never actually use either". Your parents are right. And I'd be sure to let myself know that the best is yet to come.

What would you say to your younger self?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Eye Candy

I am swooning over these Christmas decorations from Tobi Fairley's Interior Design blog. Her interior design is to die for and her holiday decor is as well. The pink tree below is in her daughter's playroom. Here's the link to her regular design website. Yeah, I'm gonna need her to decorate my house (When I have one of my own). Seriously. Her style is magic.




all images via

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Half United

Last year, one of my ADPi sorority sisters, Carmin Black, started her own company. Her inspiration for the company, HALF UNITED, came during her time traveling and working for Tom's Shoes.

The name HALF United stems from the idea that when you purchase their products that's only HALF of what you're doing-You are also personally feeding a child in need.

I love the concept of this company. The website just recently launched but her clothes and jewelry are already in some stores in North Carolina. Give her website a visit : )



Wordless Wednesday








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...Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

479 Popcorn

Whole Foods has never led me astray. And last night's trip was no exception!

This stuff is delicious.

479 Popcorn comes in a variety of flavors. The one I picked up last night was Black Truffle Oil and White Cheddar. Tasty. Next time I think I will get Fleur de Sel Caramel or Ginger Sesame Caramel.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Popping the question

I feel like everyone I know is getting engaged or married (usually both). TG and I have received several very cute Save-the-Date cards in the mail recently. It makes me excited for when that time comes in my own life (not just yet, mom). I have made TG well aware of the type of rings I like.

Some of my personal favorites:

Loved Jenna Bush's ring
And this one
This one too.


Even more important to me is the actual proposal. I hear so many cute stories of how people get engaged. This is the story you are going to have to tell like 100 times at first and then for years to come, so it should be good. This doesn't have to be elaborate. Just cute, meaningful, and special.

I'd love to hear your engagement stories : )

What I love about the Christmas Season

-Candles that smell like Christmas trees ...

This is one of my favorites
-Christmas Commercials on television
(by the way, how hysterical were the Target commercials for the Black Friday/2 day sale with the crazy blonde? My personal favorite was the one with all the clocks stuck to her body as she hummed christmas tunes.)

-Holiday movies (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, Home Alone, etc.)

-Hot Chocolate
I've heard good things about the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Starbucks. Sounds yummy.

-Advent Calendars

-Christmas lights/decorations/tacky yard inflatables

-Celebrating the birth of Jesus

-Christmas cards

-Seasonal treats



...and cute giveaways like this one! Head over to Carolina City Girl and enter : )

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Re-cap and Re-coop

TG's family left early yesterday morning. We enjoyed turkey (obviously), sweet potato casserole, TG's great grandmother's special green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, and raspberry cheesecake. Many beers and glasses of wine were consumed. There is enough food left in our fridge to feed a small country. We are exhausted. But thanksgiving was a success!

Today, we are doing a lot of lounging and catching up on work. We are so lucky to work from home. By we, I mean me. Working from the couch (three deep) today.



I set up my apartment-sized baby christmas tree yesterday. It's really more of a table centerpiece than an actual tree. I have to find an extension cord in order to get it lit up. I was especially excited about my new ornaments I found at the Junior League Gift Mart this year.



TG doesn't think this looks like Chip. I was forced to go with the ornament that looked most like him since they don't make a 'lab-german shorthaired pointer mix' one.

Hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving! Now we can start saying Merry Christmas : )

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NYC/Chicago









TG and I talk about our plans to move to Chicago or New York all the time. We both love Chicago but I pretty much insist that we live in NYC for at least a couple years. We plan to start looking for jobs in both areas in the next 6 months. Any tips for job seekers in the NYC or Chicago area?