Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Barkley

I'm inches away from having a bumper sticker that says something like "My dog is my co-pilot". But I just love my little (74 pound) baby. Thought I would share some pictures of his cuteness.








Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brain Poot

I am not a fan of the f word. The f word I'm talking about is ... fart. What an ugly word. So I say poot instead. It's much more friendly and lady-like.

Just a couple of things.

1) I want a new blog header. I know the font I want for it. I just don't know anything about blog design so I would love some help. Puh-lease let me know if you can enlighten me.

2) I am quickly becoming addicted to google reader. This is an issue as I should be working on coursework. For my masters degree. Did I mention that? Well, I just started my masters degree online for Marriage and Family Therapy. Go me!

3) I'm reading The Glass Castle. In a word, phenomenal. You simply must must must read it. It's strange, sad, unbelievable and heart-warming all at the same time.



4) I said must must must because Eloise always says things three times. I've had Eloise on the brain because I recently saw this post by Little Miss Can't Be Wrong. It is absolute perfection by Betsy Johnson. My hope is that one day I have a little girl to take on this magical adventure at The Plaza.

5) I can't help but think about New York City this time of year. Central Park in the Fall. I want to live there so. freaking. bad. Fingers crossed.


6) Happy First Day of Fall!
I'm hoping to enjoy some fall weather soon. This is my first Florida fall. (Is there a fall in Florida?!) I'm still waiting to find out. People say there is. I am longing to put on tights and leggings and boots (oh my).

Side Note: I was told it's okay to wear white past labor day in south Florida. This basically goes against everything I once believed to be true. I can't bring myself to do it. It just seems so wrong...almost like not washing your hands after using the restroom. Thoughts on this notion??

In celebration of the first official day of fall I will be making Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake. It is such a delicious fall treat. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie but I LOVE this cake. I cut it up into little squares once baked and eat with a scoop of ice cream like a brownie. The recipe is here.

Happy Fall Ya'll

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to be a Good Wife

I came across this today. The original article was in Housekeeping Monthly circa May 1955. Sometimes I feel like I belong in the 50s...or in much more simple times. That said, these rules for being a good wife are pretty ridiculous. My how times have changed! Hopefully one day, when I am a wife, my husband won't have these kind of expectations!

How to Be a Good Wife

1. Have dinner ready: plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal--on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him, and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed.

2. Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a little ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

3. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before he arrives, gathering up school books, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel as though he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.

4. Prepare the children: take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces and fix their hair. If necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

5. Minimize the noise: at the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see him.

6. Some Don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day.

7. Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind.

8. Listen to him: You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

9. Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment; instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax.

10. The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can relax.

11. Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

12. A good wife always knows her place.

I bet there are plenty of husbands out there that wish this was still the norm!


Happy Sunday Ya'll!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heavenly Swirl























(No, this is not me. I don't own black nailpolish)

I have recently rekindled my love affair with frozen yogurt. Growing up, my mom always took me to TCBY for a special treat. I always got strawberry with gummy bears on top. TCBY's are few and far between now for some reason. However, there are plenty of other frozen yogurt chains. Heavenly Swirl is one near us. We went last night and it was so yummy. I got chocolate with fresh strawberries on top. I think I may like frozen yogurt better than ice cream really. And bonus! It's good for you. Yogurt has probiotics/live and active cultures which help regulate digestion (cue: ACTIVIAAAAA). And at the Heavenly Swirl, the yogurt is fat free!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Purple and Gold

So many of my friends still in Greenville, NC. have been adding pictures to facebook of tailgating and football games. It makes me miss my alma mater. I love Greenville during football season. The whole town comes alive. The students and locals all go out to Dowdy-Ficklin for a big time. So if you happen to see the Pirates play, do cheer them on! And new coach Ruffin! : ) Go Pirates!!



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weekend Update




















TG (aka the boyfriend) and I headed up to the windy city early Saturday morning. His Dad and Step Mom live right downtown in the city. Chicago is one of my favorite places. I feel like it is often forgotten about. I didn't think I could love another city like I love New York City, but Chicago is a VERY close second. TG's parents always go out of their way to make our visits really special. This weekend was no exception. We have been up to Chicago quite a few times now so we're over doing the "touristy" things. Last trip we fell in love with the Bucktown neighborhood. This trip it was Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is very pretty and filled with residential areas, great shopping, and even a zoo. Sunday morning we wandered the streets of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, ate lunch at a neighborhood bar/deli. We then headed over to the zoo. Which amazingly enough, is free. The zoo trip did come at the cost of having my toes run over numerous times by strollers. (Your newborn doesn't care about seeing animals.) But it was a beautiful day so we really did enjoy the zoo. I had intended to put some pictures of the animals. As well as a photo of a child we saw who was on a leash (weird.) However, I can't seem to find my USB cord for my camera. So this will have to do.


Saturday (don't know why I'm telling the weekend backwards) we went to Chinatown and had Dim Sum. Real Chinese food is tasty but quite different than what I typically order (There was no General Tso's Chicken...My favorite). Then we strolled through Chinatown for an hour or so. We saw lots of chinese-esque decor/gifts/groceries but didn't buy anything. Very interesting to see another Chinatown besides the one in NYC. Saturday night we ate at the most amazing restaurant, Boka. I love trying new food and making an attempt at being a foodie. TG's parents certainly have opened me up to the world of fine dining. To my parents, fine dining is like Outback. Or the ONE semi-fine dining place near where we live, On the Square. They know good food none the less, it's just on a different spectrum.

Both nights TG and I went out for a couple of drinks. We stopped by the Park Hyatt and had a drink at the NoMi Garden, which is a rooftop bar/restaurant on the seventh floor. Such a neat way to see the city and have a cocktail : )

All in all it was another successful trip to Chicago. We're already looking forward to visiting again.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Missing my Mama

My mom and I have been close my entire life. When I was in Kindergarten we had to draw pictures of our favorite person and I drew my mom. Like most mothers and daughters, we clashed when I was in high school over the usual things, curfews, clothes, etc. Like every family, we had some hard times over the years. But she put her everything into making fun memories for us. From dressing all 4 of us in matching outfits to taking us on picnics in the park after church, she continues to create rich memories with us. We still sometimes "get snippy" with each other. I "get snippy" with her when she talks during a movie or show I'm trying to watch. She is one of the strongest and most resilient people I know. She has unwavering faith and always trusts God for support and guidance. Now that I'm the farthest I've ever been from my family, I miss my sweet Mama. I appreciate her so much more now than I ever did growing up. She knows me inside and out. She knows how I worry and get anxious about most everything. She knows my voice on the phone when I'm on the verge of tears.

Coco Chanel once said "There are people who are wealthy. And then there are people who are rich."

Who do you appreciate?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

25 Things

I've seen where several bloggers have made lists of 25 things about themselves like you see in USweekly. I decided I would too. So here are 25 random things about me.

1. I watch entirely too much television.
2. I prefer Dunkin' Donuts coffee over Starbucks.
3. I want a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel something awful.
4. One of my biggest fears is finding a snake in my toilet. (I saw this on Rescue 911 as a child)
5. Sometimes I put peanut butter on saltine crackers and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Delish.
6. I'm constantly looking at wedding websites/blogs and putting together my imaginary wedding. Even though I'm not engaged.
7. I rarely wear socks that match.
8. I'm a major night owl but I am actively working on becoming a morning person instead.
9. I want to marry Jim from The Office.
10. I need the next place I move to be Charleston, SC, NYC, Chicago, or Raleigh.
11. I need to find a full time job.
12. Family is one of the most important things in my life. I'm so blessed to have a close knit family.
13. I eat a turkey sandwich almost every day for lunch.
14. I can't stand pineapple.
15. I want to learn how to make something besides a mess in the kitchen.
16. My dog, Barkley, has me wrapped around his little paw.
17. His fur brother, Chip, does too.
18. I love the smell of Christmas trees.
19. Make that Christmas in general.
20. My idea of exercising is wearing tennis shoes for the day.
21. I love pigs. I wish I could have a pet pig.
22. I called my mom by her first name, Kim, from age 3-4. I stopped once my brother was born.
23. I have 2 brothers and a sister.
24. I own the entire dvd set of Will & Grace
25. I love big coffee table books.