Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
I look forward to a weekend with Marine but I dread the ending when we will say goodbye beside a Greyhound bus. Bittersweet.
Focus only on the positive.
I'm still a little doped up on cold/flu medicine. I feel great except for my throat. Sand paper city. And to a girl that loves to eat this is like an unwelcome forced diet. One that will make my jeans fit a little better but other than that is absolutely good for nothing.
Cold medicine and an 8 hour car drive..... anyone else seeing this as a disaster waiting to happen? No? Maybe just me. It's ok though I got a cooler of Monster to counteract the cold medicine.
I could always wait and leave tomorrow morning, but that would be loosing a day. So I'm leaving today after work.
Marine and I will have a fun weekend, then his family will join us Tuesday.
Hopefully I will feel better soon. I'm so tired of this crud! But the sun shining outside keeps promising me that spring is just around the corner.
Have a great weekend everybody! Please keep Marine and the other troops in your thoughts and prayers!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I can't believe it's that time already. I'm glad we will at least get to spend a few days together before he goes.
I can't believe how much my life has changed in just a year.
I have asked myself this on more than one occasion. Perhaps even more than I can count!
For any guys reading this, I'm sorry. Your probably not interested. Check back next week. I will try to review a product that may be of interest to you.
I'm sure by now you see where this is going. Weather we like it or not we all shave our legs (well all women anyway) on a regular basis. And with the wrong razor this can be a painful, and dreaded part of the morning routine.
I myself prefer to Reveal The Goddess within and use the Gillette Venus line.
I have yet to be brave enough to try the ones with the built in gel that advertise you won't need to use shaving cream. I have sensitive skin and those just scream trouble to me, but maybe one day I will get brave and try them!
I prefer the Gillette Venus Tropical line - myself. Fun colors, easy to grip, glides smooth, and leaves legs feeling sensational.
A few months back in my trying "to be cheap and save money faze" (who am I kidding I'm still in that faze) I decided to try Schick Xtreme3 Comfort Plus. I had a $5 coupon so that made a pack of four less than $3. Sounded like a good deal.
Boy was I wrong! They left my leg cut, and dry feeling. Pus it was not as comfortable in my palm, but I could overlook that. After disposing of the first razor. I decided to stick with it. Maybe because I'm such a Venus girl I wasn't giving Schick a fair shot.
Razor 2 from the 4 pack was no better. I used it twice and disposed of it and returned to the store for a pack of Venus Tropicals and a promise I would not stray again.
Now when doing these reviews I will normally try to include a coupon or discount being offered for the product. But after searching online I wasn't able to find one for Gillette Venus..... Sorry.
But trust me they are sssoooo worth the money!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Now here are the moments that make the Fairy Tale a little more realistic.....
Upon arriving at the apartment Marine and I decide to grab a bite to eat before meeting up with the other guys. The closest place that didn't look totally packed was Hooters. We go in and are immediately seated. A waitress approaches and takes our drink order and says our server will be right with us. Marine ordered a sweet tea, I my normal - Dr. Pepper. Maybe we would have been better off with a beer to dull the pain of the waitress.
She approaches. Cute, perky, tan - you know the typical Hooters girl. And then she opens her mouth..... out comes the fakest southern drawl you have ever heard. So exaggerated you knew it was fake. I mean take ten minutes to say a word, annoying!
Neither one of us is really that hungry so we decide to split the mini burgers - 4 mini burgers and fries. We tell her 2 of the burgers we want how they come and 2 we would like plain with just cheese (yes I'm the difficult one).
Our food arrives. Its wrong. All wrong. All the burgers are the same ~ all the way. I don't like to cause a fuss so I tell Marine I will just scrape the stuff off I don't like and eat them. At this point though Marine is totally aggravated with our waitress and says no we will send it back.
Marine nicely explains to the girl that our order is wrong. In her fake "oh wooos me" southern drawl she apologizes and takes the plate back.
We wait another ten minutes. She brings out our order. It's still wrong. Now all the burgers are plain. No cheese, no nothing.
I beg Marine to just eat it. But at this point its as if the dim-witt waitress has declared battle. Again he tells her they are wrong. He never looses his cool. He is friendly and if she would have paid attention she would have understood our 'not so complicated order'.
She again takes the plate.
"Our food is about to be spit on...." I mutter.
"This is ridiculous," Marine replies.
I have been a waitress, I know sometimes you can take the order correctly and then have the kitchen mess it up. It happens. I understand. But this girl was more worried about her fake drawl and her false boobs being pushed up just enough to keep the attention of the guy at the next table over who sat alone - eyes on her at all times.
She brings the burgers back. THEY ARE STILL WRONG!!! They are still plain, but now with cheese half way slapped on them.
I see smoke coming out of Marine's ears but hunger has won over. He dips his head in defeat and just thanks the waitress before she walks away.
Our eyes meet and we laugh. "Pass me the ketchup," he says.
We eat the burgers. Which at this point are burnt, cold, and not even remotely good.
We leave and head downtown to meet the other guys.
It's a warm evening, in my 3-quarter length sleeves I decide the air is warm enough not to take a jacket.
As Marine parks and we climb out of the 4Runner I say, "It's so warm I'm just going to leave my jacket in the car."
"Ok," he replies his jacket in hand.
"Why are you taking yours? You don't want to carry it all night."
"It may get cold later."
Again I tell him, "You don't want to carry it all night." what I really mean is 'I know you'll end up drunk and I'll have to carry it and I don't want to carry it all night!'
"Yeah it'll give us room to carry stuff. Give me your camera I'll put it in the pocket."
"It's ok I got my camera."
"Well I'm still going to bring it, I know you and you'll get cold later."
I sigh but as we get on the elevator I silently curse the jacket and the fact I know I will be lugging it around later.
Needless to say Marine does not let the jacket out of his grasp, much less his sight. And I am completely clueless!
So as we stood by the river and he pulled the ring box from the jacket, I understood the importance of the jacket.
And I felt like an ass for pretty much insisting he leave it behind :)
Of course there were other bloopers ~ but these were the highlights. Hope they at least made you laugh :)
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The call when was someone wanting to look at the truck. So Marine jumps out of bed and heads to town. Leaving me with plenty of time to get ready. I take a long, hot shower - enjoying the fact I don't have to be in a hurry. I call the Mom's and set up a meeting time and then finish getting ready.
Marine and I then meet our Mom's and his little sister and head to a local place for lunch. Our Mom's have hit it off and get along great. The day is beautiful!! The temperature in the low 60's teasing us that spring is just around the corner.
After lunch we spend the day looking at possible wedding locations. We visited two locations, the first one being a local ranch that we are friends with the owners. It has beautiful fields with a river running along the edge. It is beautiful and peaceful. Perfect for the low-key wedding we have planned. Plus I have a feeling it will be more in our budget. Here are a few pictures, but keep in mind our wedding will be in May when everything is green and blooming.
Now the next place we went to was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! I mean absolutely amazing! As we pull through the gated entrance Marine starts saying, "We can't afford this...... We so can't afford this."
I think all of our mouths are dropped in amazement. Our Mom's and lil sis in the backseat are oh and awe -ing and I am just staring in wonder. Marine drives forward still mumbling, "We can't afford this..."
He parks the car and we all pile out. The Mom's are quickly making plans, pointing where we can put the chairs for the ceremony - as they walk toward the lodge.
Marine and I follow behind, he takes my hand, "This place is beautiful," He leans over and kisses my head, "But you know we can't afford this."
"I know." I reply, "But we can still look...."
We walk around the grounds for a minute. My mom insisting on taking pictures of Marine and I on the bridge and by the falls.
This place was beautiful. The lake, the creek, the falls, the bridge that crosses the lake that is lit up at night, the lodge - the list is endless. This would be the dream wedding location.
For the dream wedding we would rent out the entire lodge - it only has 4 bedrooms - and we would set up chairs for the ceremony out by the lake and there was a spot we could put up a tent for the reception.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I tend to stick my foot in my mouth.
Friday, February 19, 2010
So with that out of the way lets get to today's post.
It's Friday!!! YAY!! I ♥ ♥ ♥ Friday! But I mean really who doesn't?
This will be Marine's last weekend home before deployment [insert sad face here]. He arrived in last night, or perhaps I should say this morning, about 3:30. I am still sick and when sick I like my space, yeah I'm a bitch like that. So instead of driving the extra 30 minutes to my house last night, he slept at his mom's. But we met this morning for breakfast before I had to be to work.
I was running a few minutes late and when I arrived at Chick-fil-a I found Marine in a booth with the food all ready. He knew exactly what to order me without being told, Chicken minis and Dr. Pepper ~ Great way to start the day!
The sun is shining - thank goodness - and no snow is predicted for what seems like the first time in weeks! Yes today holds the promise of what will surely be a wonderful weekend.
I'm working today till 1 and then Marine and I are going to spend some time together, maybe go see a matinee...... ahem..... ahem..... (muttering).... Valentine's Day.
Tomorrow hopefully it will be pretty and we can look at Wedding Locations. But we'll see. For his last weekend home I want Marine to have a wonderful one doing things he loves to do.
I can't believe that deployment is almost here. I've known it was coming and have tried to prepare. And I can think I'm ready and say I'm ready till I'm blue in the face, but when that moment comes I know I won't really be ready.
I try to think positive. It's not goodbye, it's see you in eight months. But if you watch the news or read articles like this (or this one about MARJAH, Afghanistan) you can see why I can't help but worry. I know this is his job and I also know he's good at it. Still though......
So many feelings; hopes and fears that I write about cause I'm just not really sure how to talk about them. I want to be positive and put on the brave face for Marine - I know he knows I worry but why speak the words out loud. It's almost as if then I'm saying I have doubts or fears about him returning home. I have faith though and pray each night that God will watch over him. Eight months will pass quickly and he will be home before I know it.
But these last two weeks we will have fun and live each day to the fullest. Something we should be doing anyway. The life of a Marine fiance....... I knew it wouldn't be easy..... but I smile because I know the hard times will pass. Love is a funny thing; it calms fears, brings smiles, makes anything seem possible. And it always has a way of finding you when you least expect it......
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Another new feature ~ for those of you who may follow but don't like to leave comments this is for you ~ Reactions. At the bottom of every post there is a Reactions spot and 3 boxes to choose from. Check one. Let me know what you think.
Ok enough about that (but seriously let me know what you think).
Maybe I'm just in a new mood this week. Wanting to shake things up a bit, perhaps. Maybe it's the flu meds. But I have been tossing an idea around now for a few weeks. Most of the blogs I follow tend to have weekly, or at least regularly, topics they cover. I like this idea and would like to have a regular column. So I have decided to add Thursday Reviews to the randomness that is my life.
If you haven't noticed I review things all the time on here (check out Stuff I Love); books, movies, make-up ---- pretty much anything that amazes me at the moment and these reviews are also tucked nicely into a normal post. Now they will just have their own.
Really I'm an advertisers dream. A snappy commercial or ad and I'm hooked. I have to try it. I like trying new things (most of the time).
So welcome to the very first Thursday Review!
Aquafresh Iso-Active Whitening
As I made my way down the aisle at Wal-Mart I was just in search of toothpaste. I reach for my usual tube when this new product catches my eye. I don't know if it was the remembrance of the commercial or the sale sticker that made me reach for Aquafresh Iso-Active or maybe it was the unique canister that stood out from the competition --- either way I reached for it. I pick it up, I read the box. Even on sale it is $1.50 more than my usual brand (I know a $1.50 isn't much but I try to budget and $1.50 here and there adds up).
Impulsively I throw it into my buggy and quickly walk away before I can change my mind.
That night I go to brush my teeth before bed and must admit I have a little problem working the new, fancy, toothpaste contraption. But once that was overcome it was pure toothbrusing bliss. The gell foamed in my mouth, the appearance in the mirror seemed to scream rabies there was so much foam, I continued to brush. The taste was pleasing as well as the feel. I rinsed.............. wow...................... my teeth feel really clean............. fresh actually................ I run my tongue over my teeth again. Yes this new toothpaste definitely makes them feel cleaner. And it leaves a clean feeling taste behind as well. I like it.
This is my best new find. It's a little more pricey then some of the other toothpastes out there but I like it so much I doubt I will go back to my old paste any time soon. Right now Aquafresh is offering a coupon for it --- click here --- So with the Wal-Mart special and the coupon it is definitely worth a try.
So Thursday Review...... Love it or hate it?
Let me know.
Joey, "I don't get it. Why can't we use the same toothbrush? We use the same soap."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I have a system. It works. But perhaps there is a better way! So I try new things. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it simply doesn't.
Today I was playing around with layout. Trying to get fancy. I was editing the code, making changes. I hit "preview". Doesn't look quite right, I've missed something somewhere. I'm trying to make 3 columns instead of 2. I know its something simple. Just got to find my error.
And then Blogger saves it.
To late to go back to the old layout.
I continue to type.
The phone rings.
I get distracted.
Something goes wrong.
I've messed up somewhere.
So I decide to reset. Bear with me. I'll have my nice pretty layout back soon!
I like to keep things fresh, therefor I change my background probably more often than I should.
Perhaps next time I should remember - If it's not broke, don't fix it!
Sure would save myself some time!
But then that would so not be me....... so get ready ~ I have made the big leap and purchased my own domain name. Yes you read that right. After much delebration I decided what the hell and went for it.
So ----->>>> ADVENTURESOFSTARTINGOVER.COM ------>>> Coming soon!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Marine and Marine1 were able to make it a little over half way when the snow forced them to stop and rent a hotel room for the night.
Marine arrived home Saturday afternoon. It was to late in the day and the roads were not clear enough for us to adventure out to look at wedding locations. Perhaps this was for the best - cause I mean picking a location for a summer wedding when there is snow on the ground? Really? Anybody see a slight problem with that, maybe? lol
Saturday evening the weather did not keep us indoors. We bundled up and headed out for diner with friends. Not everybody was able to make it, but there were still about 12 of us that gathered for drinks and a good diner. I could tell Marine was happy to see his friends, and I was happy that he has hit it off so well with Giggles's finance and Blondie's boyfriend.
Sunday we met with our Mom's and had lunch. This was the first time Marine's mom and mine had met. Lunch went great! The mom's got along (which we knew they would) and wedding talk was good and everyone seemed on the same page. Afterward the weather was still to bad to go in search of a location so instead we walked around downtown and checked out the antique stores and what not.
That evening we had already planned to eat diner at Marine's grandparents house with his family, so shortly after dark we headed that way.
I really like all of Marine's family. Diner was wonderful but shortly after diner Marine and excused ourselves to head home. We were both feeling sick. Marine had thought he was coming down with a cold and I was thinking he had given it to me as well.
Friday, February 12, 2010
We are also using this as an opportunity for our Mom's to meet. We are meeting them both for lunch and then the four of us will go look at possible locations. As of now I have four on the list for us to look at. All local and all will be budget friendly.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Yes you read that right. And yes I am talking about the big V-day a.k.a. Valentine's Day.
On Valentine's Day most women get their hopes up - thanks to crafty commercials that portray men as wonderful, thoughtful creatures (sorry guys I know you mean well) - and then when their significant other doesn't live up to those expectations they become disappointed.
So much pressure for just one day.
Know with that stated I love Valentine's Day. I'm not really sure why, but I do. Even as a single girl I looked forward to V-Day, and last year was a great V-Day spent with Vivi. Maybe its the hope that it brings. The hope of love and of good things to come.
I am excited cause Marine will be coming home this weekend (I haven't seen him in over a month)! That is the best Valentine gift I could have asked for. We have both agreed that what we decide to do will depend on the weather. We were hoping for a sunny day in which we could saddle the horses and go for a ride and a picnic. But the weatherman shattered that perfect image with the promise of snow in the forecast.
Marine and I decided we would play it by ear, but knowing that all restaurants will be packed we said we would celebrate Valentine's Day when I go up there in a few weeks. It's not when you celebrate anyway, it's what you celebrate. Celebrate each other and the love you have.
Ahh but Marine is always a little sneaky and he said he had something in mind that we could do Sunday. Of course he won't tell me what it is, because I think we have all learned he is the master of surprises!
But that's ok I have a few surprises of my own. I got the pictures back from the photo shoot and they turned out excellent! Who knew I had a sexy look? I for one didn't! Now perhaps I should state these pictures are very tasteful, everything is covered up and they are artistically done.
Marine knew about the photo shoot but he doesn't know of the different things I wore, such as his dress blues jacket *wink, wink*! So he is sure to be surprised.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"Why March?" -- You ask.
I mean it's still cold outside, not quite winter but not yet spring. What can be so exciting about March?
Well let me explain - March is always the month that some my favorite authors release new books.
It is kinda of a cruel joke perhaps, that they should all release books within a matter of a few days of each other. I mean do you realize just how hard it is to pick which one to read first??
My March Reading List, in no particular order:
- Nancy Martin ~ Our Lady Of Immaculate Deception - Release date March 2nd
I ♥ Nancy Martin!! Her Blackbird Sisters Series is: witty, entertaining, suspenseful, and just an overall pleasure to read. Martin's snappy titles are what first caught my eye several years ago. I was a college student spending some spare time in between classes wondering thru the aisles of Barnes and Noble. I was in search of a new friend, one who I hoped would bring some excitement and mystery to my life. I wandered thru the Mystery Section scanning the covers, and I know they say never to judge a book by it's cover - but that is what I was doing. "How to Murder A Millionaire", the title caught my eye. The demur figure that was seated beside the title, her eyes hid by the over sized hat that set upon her head, seemed to call to me. I picked it up and scanned the back. I had found the friend I had been in search of.
I have been a fan ever since. Reading all of Nancy's books (numerous times), and this newest edition promises to be just as good as the one's before it. It offers a new twist and a new character - one who I am anxious to meet.
- Victoria Laurie ~ Ghouls Gone Wild - Release Date March 2nd
I don't quite recall how I stumbled upon Victoria Laurie, but it has been love ever since first read. She has two series, Ghost Hunter Mysteries & Physic Eye Mysteries, that I am just a pinch shy of addicted to. Both feature gutsy and entertaining main characters that always seem to get them self into some kind of trouble. The new release in March is for the latest from the Ghost Hunter series, which features MJ Holliday, ghost busting extraordinaire. She kicks ass and doesn't bother taking names. I can't wait for what is sure to be an adventure!
- Kate White ~ Hush: A Novel - Release Date (you guessed it) March 2nd
I was introduced to Kate White when I received one of her books as a Christmas gift. X's aunt and I had always been close (and still continue to be) so leave to her to give me what was sure to become on of my favorite gifts that Christmas. "Over Her Dead Body", with a title like that how could you not love it? Based on some of my wish list books she had found this book by an author I was not familiar with. After reading it I was hooked and quickly purchased other books in the series.
Kate White is the editor-in-chief for Cosmo - so of course she has flair! Now this book is not in her Bailey Weggins series but I'm sure this stand alone thriller will not disappoint!
So there is my list. I know I'm forgetting something, but for the life of me can't recall what or who it is. All my other authors seem to be releasing new books in June. But until then I have a feeling March will be just cool and crisp enough that I will look forward to spending nights at home curled up with a Dr. Pepper, Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and a good read.
Anybody else have any good recommendations?
Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
~ Author Unknown ~
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
But seriously.... in that situation I had no clue what to do!! And he knew it, I tell ya kids can sense fear.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Giggles is getting married May 29th and Vixen June 12th. Yes that is two weeks apart for those of you without a calendar close by. Also dear Conscious is pregnant and her due date is June 26th. Lots of stuff going on in less than 30 days!
For the weddings I am honored (or cursed depending on how you look at it - lol just kidding) to be both Giggles and Vixen's Maid Of Honor.
This past weekend was spent at David's Bridal, a mad house this time of the year as Brides and bridesmaids bustle about trying to find sizes, styles, and colors that will be just right for the upcoming big day. Saturday I accompanied Giggles, her mother, and sister to the Bridal War Zone in search of bridesmaids dresses. The place was one big room of energy and movement, so packed we couldn't have really looked for dresses if we had tried. Luckily Giggles came with catalogue in hand already knowing which dress she was wanting for us.
It was a short summery dress in clover. Very cute! The picture really doesn't do it justice. And it is definitely a dress that I will wear again. In fact I think it may be a perfect dress to wear for my own rehearsal diner next year (see already planning multiple uses for it).
Afterward we went to eat Bahama Breeze, which is one of my absolute favorite places. The kabobs are nothing short of spectacular. It was great to sit and laugh with Giggles family, all of which I am very fond of.
Sunday was nearly a repeat of Saturday. I awoke and dressed preparing for another day in the Bridal War Zone. I picked up Conscious and we headed south to meet up with Vixen, Vivi, Giggles, and Blondie for yet another day of bridesmaids dress shopping. This time we were in search of dresses for Vixen's upcoming wedding.
The place was once again packed, but not nearly as bad as it had been the day before. In a struggling economy I think its safe to say that David's Bridal is not feeling the recession at all if this weekend is any indication!
Vixen had narrowed it down to two dresses. Both very formal dresses. Where as Giggles dress had been summery and casual, Vixen's would be long and very formal. We gathered around the rack as the associate tried to help us locate all the required sizes. Finally with our arms full we headed to the dressing rooms.
We laughed as we all attempted to get into the dresses and at the funny site we were because of course the only sizes they had were off the wall colors like bright blue and hot pink. We were all able to determine our sizes and placed our order for our full length, solid black dresses. Pretty, but will I wear it again? Honestly probably not.
After everything was settled Vixen, Vivi, Conscious and myself went to Taco Mac for good food and even better conversation. It was great to catch up with Vivi and Conscious. These are my two friends that I don't get to see as often.
Overall I guess you would say that it was a successful weekend. Both dresses have been ordered. Now just got to get to planning baby and bridal showers and the bachelorette party's.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monica, "Oh, no, you see, um, we're on our honeymoon. So, um, can you do you're little thing and bump us up to first class?"