Thursday, December 3, 2009

Let Christmas begin!

We haven't had a tree in the last couple of years, this year, we were definitely going to make sure we had a tree to decorate. I sent Hubby to buy a real tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and I think he did a pretty good job!

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I have been working pretty much every day since Black Friday, and haven't had the chance to decorate the tree (which I insist on doing myself). I had the day off yesterday, and decided that it would be THE day! What do you think?

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Oy, I just realized how blurry that photo is! I might have to take another one!

Most of my blog-readers know I have a lot of friends in the internet world, that I met on The Nest. This year, I decided to participate in a Secret Santa/Elfster Ornament Exchange. Look at the BEAUTIFUL ornaments I got from one of the Nesties! I love LOVE them!

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Unfortunately, I don't know how many presents I'm going to have under the tree, but nevertheless, the tree is officially UP!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Me vs Me

I asked some of my friends for some chick-lit recommendations, other authors that maybe I didn't think to look up, or perhaps even an author that I had never heard of before.

My friend Lauren R. told me about Sarah Mlynowski, and recommended a couple of her books. I went to the bookstore, and there weren't even any books at all by this author! I went on my library's website, and looked up the author there, and found a few different books that were available. I looked each one up and read the synopsis of each, and made my decision to read Me vs. Me.



Here's the synopsis that sold me - oh and the author is originally from Montreal ;)
From Barnes and Noble (no that's not the bookstore I initially went to):
Gabby Wolf has pretty much, almost definitely (this close!) come to a decision: She's trading in Phoenix (nice but uneventful life with boyfriend) for Manhattan (dream job as producer for highly successful news show). Then Cam swoops in and gives her a sparkling engagement ring, making her decision even more impossible. Husband vs. career. Vera Wang wedding dress vs. sexy first-date outfits. Planting roots in Phoenix vs. playing the field in Manhattan... She wishes she didn't have to decide, that she could have it all.

She never expects her wish to come true.

Suddenly Gabby's living two lives. Whenever she falls asleep in one, she wakes up in the other. She's got the best of both worlds--what more could a girl ask for? Right?

This fantastic (and fantastical) new novel from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski will have you flipping pages as quickly as Gabby flips lives to find out which Gabby reigns supreme in the battle of Me vs. Me.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Forget Me Knot

I finished this book by Sue Margolis a couple of weeks ago, and forgot to blog about it - oops! This was another "can not put it down" book!


From RandomHouse.com:

Florist Abby Crompton has a knack for arranging the most exquisite bouquets for the hippest clientele. If only her personal life could run as smoothly. Although her fiancĂ©, Toby, proposed a month ago, Abby’s still waiting for the ring. An up-and-coming lawyer, Toby’s been far too busy to shop—let alone muster the energy for romance. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the night she’s supposed to meet her future mother-in-law, Abby gets stuck in an elevator—with a sexy stranger bearing fine wine. Needless to say, a tipsy Abby arrives late for dinner and doesn’t make the best impression. In the aftermath of the dinner disaster, Abby is thrilled to learn that a film studio wants to use her shop in an upcoming movie. But when she meets the director, Dan, she’s shocked to discover that he’s none other than the same man with whom she shared the elevator—and some highly personal information. Now, with Toby putting in more overtime, Abby’s feeling even more neglected. And her attraction to Dan is growing daily—as her own life begins to mirror the romantic comedy he’s shooting.

Diaper Cake

My sister-in-law's baby shower is in a couple weeks, and everyone was asked to bring diapers. So, me and my creative self, I couldn't just bring a package of diapers!

Here's, somewhat, of a step-by-step "how-to" of making a diaper cake:

You will need:
1) diapers, I used 2 packages of size 2 42-count Huggies diapers, and had a few left over
2) something for the center...I used a bottle of lotion, and a bottle
3) a stuffed animal, this will be used for the top of the "cake"
4) other baby items for decoration...I used pacifiers, I also bought socks, that I didn't end up using.
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Craft supplies:
1) 1½" ribbon
2) thin ribbon
3) double-sided tape
4) a lot of small rubber bands, and a few large rubber bands
5) other things you may want to use for decoration (bows, other ribbon, etc)
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Start with the center - a bottle of lotion
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Roll the diapers from the outside inward...and put one small rubber band in the center
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Rubber band together the rolled diapers around the bottle of lotion
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Now do it again with a second time around
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And lastly, a third time around...be careful that you don't snap yourself with the rubber band (yep - I did)
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Now for the second tier, you will do the same as the bottom, only this time, only going around twice.
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For the third tier, you will band together the rolled diapers around the bottle, and place them on top.
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Now, you can start making it pretty.
Use the thicker ribbon and some double-sided tape, and wrap it around each tier
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Add other decorations, pacifiers and stuffed animal
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Et voila!
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I'm hoping she likes it!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch 2009

I was so happy to find out that we were actually going to get some cooler weather from the cold front. I wasn't so happy to find out that the cooler weather was going to come the same weekend I was going to go visit my mom's. I wasn't sure that the cold front would reach that far South.

Tampa started feeling the effects of the cooler weather yesterday morning, meanwhile, it was still 80 degrees here at my mom's. I was so excited when I woke up this morning to a record low for this area....52 degrees! WAHOO!

It was a perfect day for the pumkin patch! My sister has been wanting to go to the pumpkin patch with her boyfriend to pick out their pumkins to carve, and since I was here, they decided to have me take some pictures of them there. I didn't bring my camera with me, but my mom has a pretty good camera, and so I used that instead.

Here are some pictures of the pumpkin patch, my sister Jaclyn, and her boyfriend Mike:

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First thing my sister found was the scarecrow cutout...
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And she says she isn't photogenic...what is wrong with her!?
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"I like that one!"
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"This is a good one!"
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Their pumpkins!
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Perfect weather for some perfect pumpkins....tomorrow....back to 80 degrees :(

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Smoke Screen

I used to read book by Sandra Brown all the time, but I felt like all her books were exactly the same and they were just so predictable. So, it's been awhile.
I read the flap on this one, and it sounded a bit different. It not only had the romance, that I like about her novels, but it had a bit of suspense too. I found myself wanting to read more and more to find out what happens.



From Publisher's Weekly on Amazon.com:
At the start of this scorching if somewhat formulaic thriller from bestseller Brown (Play Dirty), Charleston, S.C., TV reporter Britt Shelley wakes up in bed next to the dead body of police detective Jay Burgess. While Jay had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, the authorities suspect foul play. Jay's former best friend, ex-fireman Raley Gannon, suffered a similar shock five years earlier, waking up next to party girl Suzi Monroe's naked corpse after a party at Jay's home. Raley had been investigating a fire at a local police station that took seven lives, despite the heroic efforts of Jay and several other cops, one of whom is now South Carolina's attorney general. Cleared of Suzi's death, Raley eventually teams with Britt to look into a nasty arson coverup. Brown laces her dependable romantic fireworks with a solid action-filled plot, though readers should be prepared for a few stereotypes, including a limp-wristed gay, a macho skinhead and a power-mad female politician.

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Phone :)

I'm so excited! I have Verizon Wireless, and have had the LG Chocolate for 2 years...I have been looking forward to upgrading for the last 8 months! I have looked at all the different phones over and over, and every time something new would come out I would go and check it out. I really wanted a Blackberry, but I also wanted something touchscreen. The BB Storm had so many bad reviews, I went to check it out, and didn't like it, and everyone who I asked told me not to get it. So it was back to the drawing board. I was set on the enVTouch, and that's what I was prepared to get...............until the Samsung Rogue came out. I went to the local VZW store, and knew that this was the ONE! There is so much to learn on it! I can't wait to play :)



Monday, September 14, 2009

Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single

I first heard about this book on my friend Katie Sue's Blog. I never heard of Heather McElhatton, but her review had me on my library's website, and requesting the book.



I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy, light read, and found myself wanting to read more and more. Most of the time when I read books, I feel like I wish the book wouldn't have ended where it did, and would just go on. I want to know what happens to the people in the book that I have gotten "close to" by reading about their lives. This book was no exception, honestly, I feel like this book could have gone for another few chapters, I really do feel like I was left hanging, because of everything that led up to the end.

Review from Publisher's Weekly on Amazon.com:
A heroine with Bridget Jones-like neuroses and klutziness learns the costs of scoring a glamorous life in McElhatton's delightful second novel (after Pretty Little Mistakes). Jennifer Johnson is a financially unstable copywriter toiling in the marketing department of Keller's, a family-run Minnesota department store. Jennifer learns her ex is engaged and is subjected to her younger sister's wedding preparations, horrid dates and a fire in her Hello Kitty–adorned apartment. Enter Brad Keller, the caddish heir to the Keller's department store fortune. Though at first she couldn't imagine that he'd ever be interested in her, soon enough they're dating, and a marriage proposal follows. Things, of course, aren't exactly as they appear, and Jennifer's eventually confronted with the classic dilemma: money or love. Jennifer's a wonderful narrator—honest, witty, self-deprecating and sharply observant—which more than redeems the story's familiar aspects (gay best friend, high maintenance sibling's pending nuptials, lame Internet dates). McElhatton blends just enough cynicism into the whimsical narrative, creating a fun romp through a woman's manifold insecurities.

Friday, September 4, 2009

To Have and To Hold

I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago, before the accident, but just never had the chance to blog about it.

Yet another book by Jane Green, To Have and To Hold.

I always seem to have trouble getting into books in the first few chapters, but it usually doesn't take long before I'm hooked. This one was no exception. I ended up toting my book everywhere, and read it at every possible spare moment that I had.




From RandomHouse
What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say "I do."

Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she's always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush-the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers-wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe's prince. Never mind that he wants her to change-a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings-and that he's allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she's happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe's stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.

But that's just the problem. Despite Alice's efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice's life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend's beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out-and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.

Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn't always end
when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Look both way before turning into traffic

Look left, then look right, and then look left again! Because a stupid dumbass didn't pay attention this is what my car looks like:

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I spent nearly 6 hours in the ER today, and it was awful!

I was driving on my merry way, off to meet a friend for lunch, and this chick pulled out of a parking lot, and slammed right into my front passenger side of my car. My airbag deployed, and have a sprained wrist, as well as a burn from the airbag. Thank g-d it didn't hit me in the face!

Thankfully, she claimed it was her fault from the start, and she got cited at the scene. Her insurance company is taking 100% liability for the accident, and won't have to worry about paying anything out of pocket.

Tomorrow morning, I go pick up my rental car, and hopefully get an idea of how long I won't have my own car for. It's ok though, my wrist hurts too bad to shift anyways.

Thank you to everyone who has wished me well, now for the healing.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer Vacation

We're trying to make it a habit to take a vacation every summer for our anniversary. Last year, you'll remember, we went to Tennessee. This year, we decided to not travel as far, and so we decided to go to New Smyrna Beach, FL.



New Smyrna Beach is on the other coast of Florida, and about 2 hours and 15 minutes away from where I live, a lot easier than 12 hours; especially with 2 dogs!

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I searched out condos for rent on vrbo.com, and found a lovely brand new condo right on the beach, well across the street. We were just 3 miles from the jedi, destination for a lot of shark attacks. We decided to stay away from there!

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The first night we went out for dinner to New Smyrna Steakhouse. It was very yummy! From there we went grocery shopping, and stocked up the fridge and pantry at the condo.

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On Thursday we went to the beach, it was beautiful, but nothing like the beach at Siesta Key. I think every beach I will ever go to, I will forever compare it to the white sand and crystal blue water. Anyway, this beach was really nice, and we had a really good time throwing around the football, and laying out in the sun.

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this little crab was playing peek-a-boo with us all afternoon, he kept going in and out of his little crab hole!
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Friday, we drove to Daytona Beach, and went to Daytona International Speedway and Angell & Phelps.

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Being I'm an avid NASCAR fan, the Daytona 500 Experience was something I was really excited to do.

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Hubby was excited that he had the same size hands as his favorite driver - Jeff Gordon.
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This is probably the closest I would ever get to my favorite driver - Kevin Harvick
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31 degree turns! Holy crap!
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Winning car of the most recent Daytona 500 - Matt Kenseth
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Right before the IMAX movie
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Angell & Phelps
is a well-known chocolate factory, and unfortunately because we spent so much time at the Speedway, we missed the last free tour they had, but I was able to snag a couple of yummy pictures!

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milk chocolate
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white chocolate
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Saturday, we went back to the beach, but after only a couple hours, the clouds started rolling in, FAST! We didn't have much time to pack up all of our stuff (2 coolers, 2 beach chairs, 2 umbrellas, towels, beach bags, and whatever else), and get back to our condo before the rain started to come down in buckets. We got a little wet, but I'll say we made it back just in the nick of time!

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looking to the left....
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...and to the right
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Unfortunately, it rained for most of the rest of the afternoon, and for that reason, really didn't get to do much else.

Sasha passed out after a very long day - she needs a vacation from her vacation!
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We left first thing this morning, which was fine, since it looked like it was going to rain again today.

Next year, we are hoping to go on another cruise....I can't wait!

Quote for the day, in honor of my trip to the Daytona International Speedway:
"There is no doubt precisely when folks began racing each other in automobiles......it was the day the built the second automobile." - Richard Petty