Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My Monday

I can't believe its been as long as it has since I've posted!! I have been so busy lately and out of town for a fantastic weekend in Flagstaff with Jason. But the real reason I have been so MIA is that I was completely immersed in all four parts of the Twilight series. And I can't believe I actually wrote that "out loud" LOL. It took me a little over a week to read all four books and as glad as I am that its over and I can be a little more productive in my life...I'm sad that its done! I realize that this series is aimed more for teens and that some may claim that its a cheesy love story, but in my mind it was entertaining. I loved how descriptive of a writer she is describing Washington and the dark drab scenery. I loved the love story in it and the suspense. I had held out for so long to read them because I wasn't sure i got all the hype over it especially when a movie came out but my friends kept trying to convince me. (Good thing I was short on new good books to read!) Well for anyone who hasn't read it or was thinking maybe they wouldn't because its too tween for them...I suggest at least trying the first one for a few chapters and giving it a chance. I am ALL FOR anything that gets people excited about reading!! I wish more of my friends and people I love in my life (ahem...jason) didn't hate reading so much or tell me they haven't read a book since high school because they had to. I love most of the books I read in high school and kept most of them! (I know this makes me more of a nerd). Also I'm always up for good book recommendations and will take any suggestions that YOU might have!!

Maybe a short list of what I love??

Why not?

The Alchmist or pretty much anything by Paulo Coelho.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (what they are making a movie?!@)
Anything by Jodi Picoult
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Last Promise and The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ok I could go on and on so I'll stop here!

Anyway, on to another busy day. I have a Halloween party at work tonight during our meeting, which feels a little like they are distracting us from another long boring meeting with candy and prizes. But I promised I'd make something for this party and went to bake last night before bed (I seem to do all my best baking at midnight) and realized my eggs were SUPER expired!! So I have to rush home after my day job to make this cake before work this evening! AHH the life of working two jobs huh? So far we have NO plans for Halloween which is kinda strange. Jason wants to dress up this year...I have actually never dressed up for Halloween, but we aren't sure if we have to work that night or not so its seems like a waste to spend money on something we won't use. I decided I really like all these milestones that are passing for me and Jason. All these new things he's introducing into my life (not like I think he invented Halloween or anything) or that he's doing to share in mine. Its really nice :) That's all I'm going to say about that.

Well I will be back! Please don't leave followers! I know I have neglected my page but I will do better!! LOL not that I'm begging or anything right? ;)

Have a fantastic Wednesday all!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I've been feeling lazy about blogging this past week. I know my mind has been in somewhat of a funk lately and the lack of sleep hasn't been helping. I feel like there is so much going on in the next few months and my mind is going two hundred miles a minute. I'm so very excited for the wedding tomorrow. Jason and I never get a chance to dress up and be cute together so it'll be a fun experience plus I'm excited to see some people I haven't seen in a long time. Weddings are always a blessed occasion and I could use some down time to just enjoy a special day. In the coming months I'm going up to Flag for Homecoming weekend which I am SO excited about! Me and Jason have only been up there together once and after coming home it was such a hard time in our lives, once again it'll be really nice to get away. I'm planning an anniversary party for my parents, going to Tucson for work and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Whew!! Where has this year gone?? Christmas is my favorite time of year and although its always super busy I love all the family togetherness I get to spend with the people that mean the most to me. Its especially important because this is the time of year that my cousin first went into the hospital two years ago and we spent most of those holidays in and out of his room. It reminds me each and every day especially now just how lucky we all are and how important family is. I'm so grateful that Jason will be joining our family for all of the festivities this year and I'll get to spend lots of time with his family too!!

Well just looked at the clock and its off to work I go! One more night and then some down time. Looking forward!! Hope everyone has a fantastic Thursday night!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Long weekend

Wow it felt like a super long weekend!! I really only have one day off in my week...Sunday so I did exactly what I wanted and needed to do all week- absolutely nothing!! It was really nice to lounge around all day with Jason, in and out of sleep, watching football and movies, and playing on the computer...and playing with our new kitten. Yes- I know I wrote that I probably wasn't going to get one after that day at the shelter but a friend of mine's aunt was fostering a kitten and looking for a home for it so we said we'd take a look. And now just a few days later he is living in our home. He is the cutest thing...about 6 months old but looks way younger than that. We spent most of today trying to get him from hiding under whatever he could crawl under or into to hide. He's actually doing really really good with our other cats (we even got him and the other boy cat to play together for a bit today) but he is still super skittish around me and Jason. Anytime we try and go near him or walk anywhere around him he freaks and runs to hide under something. Of course for me, wanting to hold him and cuddle all the time it breaks my heart but I'm hoping he'll get more used to us as time goes on.

My new little buddy

Playing dead?? lol

Work was long this week and last night I started to feel pretty under the weather in the middle of my shift. I don't really want to go into what I do for work on here- not because I'm ashamed or because its something bad....just that I know this is an open forum and if there are people of all ages on here (under 18) I'd rather not get into it. Once again it isn't bad....its promotional work in the bars around the valley but I don't want to get into exactly what it is. Regardless I work late hours at that job and work during the week as a caregiver for a family member of mine. By the weekend I'm usually pretty exhausted. It was nice though last night at one bar, the bartender noticed I wasn't feeling well and stopped what she was doing (they were pretty busy) and made me some hot tea. Doing what I do for work I deal with a lot of people who act like I owe them something or are only friendly with me because they know I give out free stuff to their bar so it was nice to go somewhere where the people we deal with are nice and caring to us. Anyway the tea was Bigalow green tea with pomegranate and it was really really good. I think I'll have to go pick some of that up for myself!

Well I'm sorry I didn't write much this weekend and hope I have more time to keep up this week. OH! I woke up today to a text that surprised me. Without giving the whole long back story too much a friend of mine from college is getting married and he had asked me for my address but I never got anything. I had moved so I wrote him on FB asking if they sent them out (and felt like a giant idiot for asking about it). He got my address and still I got nothing in the mail. So I assumed that I wasn't invited or that maybe they just wanted to keep it big deal. But this morning he text me to call him and said yes I am definitely invited and that he has no idea what happened to the invitation. LOL The wedding is this weekend which means switching around some work stuff but it will be really nice to see him and his fiance' soon-to-be wife :) It was so out of no where but a nice surprise non-the-less.

I'm off to bed. Currently our new little guy (we haven't named him yet so if you have any suggestions let me know. I'm thinking Oscar cause he always has this little grouchy look on his face) is chasing our older male around the house like a mad man. Then Stanley will stop running and turn around really sharp and face the little guy causing him to stop dead in his tracks and fall over on his side. They really crack me up. Thank God for the little things huh?? Night :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Not quite mid-week yet.

I'm sitting outside on the porch waiting for dinner to be ready. The whole house is filling up with wonderful smells of whats to come. I thought while I wait I'd blog for a bit. I wanted to write yesterday because I had so much on my mind but things got in the way and the next thing I knew it was time for bed. Life seems to pass very quickly like that everyday more and more. Sometimes the harder I try to stop and smell the roses and cherish my day the quicker it goes by. I woke up yesterday in a foul mood. I had a bad dream again the night before and for some reason the feeling lingers with me throughout the whole day. I was determined to change my thoughts about it and ended up going on a really great hike with one of my best friends that I've known since I was in 5th grade, Krystal. There were a lot of years during college and after that me and her lost touch so the time I get to spend with her now is very enjoyable and I am grateful that we've managed to keep in touch again. We set out a little too late in the day to hike and caught the sun setting over the mountains which was absolutely gorgeous and even ended up seeing the full moon while we walked back to our cars. Hiking is my favorite thing to do here for exercise and I get really crabby in the summers down here when its too hot to do almost anything. But the hike completely helped my mood. At one point Krystal went on a little further than I was able to and I sat in the stillness and just listened. It was so peaceful and quiet and totally what I needed to clear my head of any unwanted negativity.

Me and Krystal

Beautiful sunset

Today was a really fantastic day overall. I worked with my cousin this morning (more on that later). I got a chance FINALLY to stop by my office for my second job and pick up a few paychecks I've had waiting there for me. I guess it paid off (literally) to be lazy about this because it is almost like another savings account for me. I finally had enough money to go buy this entry table I've had my eye on that I wanted for our place. Its been looking pretty bare as far a furniture goes and I'm tired of people commenting on that fact every time we have a BBQ. So I finally got it and spent the last hour putting it together but it is perfect! Exactly what I wanted. Its funny to me that a year ago I lived with a friend, had mismatched furniture and could have cared less about it. And now live with my boyfriend and we are slowly turning our place into a home. I really like this feeling. Its nice to have someone to come home to and cook dinner with. To go on cute dates with and have inside jokes. This is the first time I have been in a functional and healthy relationship in my life. I kinda feel like I'm bragging but sometimes its just nice to say out loud what you are blessed for so you yourself can remember too.

My new entry table!

Jason being cute

Also, I'm super excited to be helping plan my parents surprise 40th wedding anniversary next month!! We are expecting about 80 people and there is so much to do so far! I really hope they enjoy their day and can look back over the past 40 years with fond memories. I can't wait till I can look back and feel the same way with my own special someone ;) I feel very lucky lucky to be someone who has parents that have been together for as long as mine has, although I certainly know that it is not the norm. Its been such a great foundation to me in what I expect and want out of my own relationship. I will be excited to see their faces and get the chance to tell them how much they mean to me.

Happy Tuesday night!!

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lazy Sunday

Had a great day today! Woke up a little on the late side and took Jason to have his cars breaks done. Then we headed up to Tailgaters to watch some football and eat some yummy wings (which weren't that good this time to my surprise!) I got a phone call from my uncle asking me if I wanted to go for a hike later and that made me super happy. I haven't hiked all summer and have really been itching to now that the weather is getting better. I absolutely hate working out at a gym for some reason. It is so boring to me and I know I need to work out more but I so enjoy it much more doing it outside. We hiked for about 2 hours and it totally didn't even feel like working out, even though some parts of the hike were a little challenging. I went after to the grocery store to get stuff for dinner tonight and got sucked into this cute Halloween book on how to do scary tricks and carve pumpkins cool ways. The next thing I knew I had been standing in the middle of the aisle for almost a half an hour reading!! It made me laugh so much how typical that is of me but I felt bad taking so long that I didn't tell Jason yet....I think he'll laugh about it though. We ate a quick dinner and now are going to snuggle up on the couch and watch a movie- pajamas and all!! I love lazy Sundays!! I'm trying not to think of work starting again tomorrow but it is in the back of my mind. Tomorrow is a very easy day and then going hiking again with my friend Krystal! This should be a great week and will hopefully be able to post a more thoughtful post later in the week :)

So I posted pictures of the new addition to my brothers little niece puppy Bailey!!
But I have no idea how to move the pictures in the post....if anyone knows how to move then down tips would help!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hooray for wonderful days!

I woke up early today, too early for having gone to bed at 4am. But it was an exciting day! I drove out to meet an old college friend that was bringing a new puppy for my brother to adopt!!This is especially exciting for me because I got to do something great for my brothers heart. He put his dog to sleep a few years ago and it devastated him. She was his best friend since he moved out on his own and the only constant in his life that was otherwise a roller coaster. I have been wanting him to adopt another dog but until now he wasn't ready. So me and the pup...who is the cutest thing I have ever seen by the way...drove out to my office to drop off some product real quick and then brought the puppy home to meet her new family! She seemed right at home there and it made me feel great to find the dog a good home and make my brother happy in the process.

Afterward I met Jason and his sweet cousin Ashley at our favorite restaurant in Tempe Marketplace, Ghengis Grill. We ate some wonderful food and got some coffee after at Coffee and Tea Leaf. THEN- somehow I convinced Jason to stop by the humane society to look at kittens. I have been wanting a new little kitty to join our family for a while but Jason is apprehensive about getting another one- we have two cats already. But after all the puppy time today my maternal clock starting ticking again for a new little kitty and we ended up going to look. While we were there I found the CUTEST little tiny ball of gray and white fur kitty!! She was the sweetest little thing and I had just about convinced him we had to take her home when a family came in the room and took her out of the cage. The ten year old girl was in tears of joy holding it and they ended up taking her home. :( I guess it was a sign that it isn't the right time for us to make our already full house more full. As bittersweet as the moment was it made me smile knowing that that sweet kitty found a home with someone even if it wan't us.

We went home after that and I showered and painted my nails a pretty purple color and now this until its time to go to work. All in all it was a pretty fantastic day. The only thing that could make today better is if somehow my boss called me and said I don't have to work tonight but they'd still like to pay me. That's some wishful thinking right there! :) I guess I should count my blessings while I'm ahead and appreciate that tomorrow is my full day off. Our plan is to go watch some football at a bar near our house and eat some of the best wings I've ever had. I love lazy Sundays watching football with my boyfriend!!

On another note- I've been spending more time praying about being more positive with my thoughts and words. I noticed today as I was getting annoyed with all the drivers out on the road that I would silently tell myself to be patient and it would calm me down. I know that I struggle with be negative but I love that I am becoming more and more aware of when I'm doing it and in turn it is helping me get out of that funk and mind frame. I'm still spending time finding out the things that I love and enjoy without wondering or worrying what others might think. I've lost myself many times in relationships and this time I'm working full time at keeping me, me. Even if its something small as buying a new nail polish color or blogging on this here site. :)

Guess this is a long one. I'd love to put pictures of the new puppy up so you can see how cute she is also but I'm still new to this so it may take me a bit to figure that one out!