Monday, November 30, 2009

oh turkey day, oh turkey day

To say that we ate a lot of food on Thanksgiving would be an understatement!

Kelly, who is like an Aunt to me, made an amazing spread. Every year we go to their house for Thanksgiving, and every year we leave stuffed!


My favorite dish that Kelly prepares is her "Salad". As you can see this is not at all a salad! Kelly has assured me that in the south this is considered a salad and therefore we need not worry! haha!! this year she even made it extra special, it was in a trifle (sp?) dish. had vanilla pudding and vanilla wafers on top! oh gosh, I want some right now just thinking about it.



My not so little bro, Kenny, L-O-V-E-S him some green bean casserole. This year my mom made sure we had plenty to go around! Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is how much she prepared. It took up the entire middle seat in the back of the car on the drive over! Soooooo good!


Burt, Kelly's husband made the rolls and made a few that were a little larger than usual!






We gave one of the oversized rolls to Kenny with his meal (he had to work so he came over after and had a massive plate of food). Kenny decided to combine the massive role with the super sized green bean casserole! genius idea!




I must also include this picture and tell you why Kelly looks so excited to be texting on her iphone. You see, she was dog sitting for this little tiny dog and brought it over for the day because no dog should be alone on thanksgiving. After we all ate about 5 pounds of food we headed to the couch or back yard to let it all settle...duh, we needed to make room for pie and cheesecake! While sitting outside we noticed the little dog eating something in the yard. Hmmm, could it be some leftover food the kids spilled? nope, it was in fact poop! The little dog was nibbling on some poo, lolololol. thus, Kelly immediately got out her handy dandy iphone and texted the dogs owner, aka her friend, to let her know what the dog was up to! Hilarious!



I think one of my favorite parts of the day was when Scott and I went on a walk after dinner. We were walking along the beach in Coronado, we stopped to look at the lights of the bridge etc at night and he put his arm around me and said he was thankful for me, awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwh, how cute is he?!


Here are a few pics of us at our first thanksgiving as a married couple!






This is blog 1 of 3 of our holiday weekend...stay tuned!



my first bloggy award!

Kelly, over at Keeping up with Kelly and Co. gave me this oh so cute award!


Her blog is so sweet and awesome! She makes the most amazing baked goods. I cannot wait until my parents move to the twin cities in Minnesota, so I have an excuse to have her make me some of her amazing cookies! She also has the funniest stories and I always get a such a kick out of reading about her adventures.



I am going to pass this along to a few people who's blogs I absolutely LOVE to read. Kelly, if the award didn't come from you I'd pass the award on to you as well :) I would list more people but I think a lot of the blogs I stalk...errrr follow, don't read mine, ha





Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy thanksgiving. I have so many things to be thankful for this year: marrying the most wonderful man in the world, my family, my friends, having found a job I love in such a horrible economy. Becoming a godmother. I hope everyone enjoys time with their friends and loved ones. Let's also take a moment to be thankful for the men and women serving over seas and only deployment right now. Because of their sacrifices we are able to enjoy this day with our families. (Shout out to my soon to be bro-in-law John!!)

One of the blogs I follow had the origin of Thanksgiving and I am going to copy and paste to share with you all!


General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION

The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington



Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. ~Psalm 107:8-9

p.s. I received my first blog award this week! I will be writing about it this weekend! thanks Kelly!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I can't wait for turkey day!

We are going to SD for thanksgiving and I cannot wait!

We are going to see so many people and I am beyond excited. We haven't been to SD since Preston's baptism at the end of September!


We are going to see mi familia...minus mi padre, he should be home for Christmas...



mom and sis...ken, no picture of you, hmmmm


my girlies!



these boys are soooooooooooooooo cute, I can't wait to see them...i love when Emery calls me auntie rella and asks me how I am doing..

and lunch with Liz!

Oh and turkey day at Burt and Kelly's, Yumo, I can't wait for Kelly's "salad" she makes every turkey day. I will share it with you after turkey day when I can get a picture!

This is also our First Thanksgiving as a married couple, you can be sure we will take lots of pictures. I already have the cutest thanksgiving day outfit picked out!


the oc housewives...like whoa!

these ladies shocked me even more this past Thursday than they did when i was catching up on the first 2 episodes of the season!

Jeana left the show and I think that is the best decision she could ever make! The drama and the back stabbing was getting to be WAY to much.

The new housewife, she is going to give Tamra a run for her money (or lack there of, haha, funny me!). Tamra was already admitting more than once in the first episode with Alexis in it that she was jealous of Alexis! Really tho?!?! Tamra seems to have a problem with every new housewife the show has. I think if you are younger than her you better watch out because she is going to cause DRAMA with you. Has anyone else noticed that her face is looking a little funky? I know, I know, that is not the nicest thing to say but if you are putting your entire life on TV then you better be able to be criticized. It looks like she has had some bad botox or something.

How about Gretchen and Slade dating, weird! I know Jeff died a year ago and so she has to move on at some point, but with Slade? Did anyone else think that Slade was trying to channel Dean McDermott, as in Tori Spelling's husband, with his beard and slicked back hair?! (for the record Dean is a hottie and Slade seem a bit too metro for me!) Also, what is all this about Slade being broke. Remember in the beginning when he had the house, drove a hummer, and bought Jo a Mercedes. Now he is broke?! Perhaps all these OC folks need a lesson in personal finances. And the tanning party...Gretchen is discussing how her and Slade are really going to have to watch their spending and in the same episode has a tanning party. My lord, if they all tanned any more they could make some extra cash being an umpa lumpa in the next Willy Wonka movie! How about also discussing marriage with Slade when Jeff died a year ago. It is one thing to move on but another thing to be engaged and married!

The new housewife is pretty smokin, but being a stay at home mom and needing not 1 but 2 nannies?! Holy gumbo that is a bit extreme if you ask me. And when they went to Tamra's for a bbq they needed to bring one of the two nannies. wtf?!

The lingerie party was a bit ridiculous, I mean who goes and tries on that stuff for all their "friends" and by friends I mean all the people they talk crap about and then pretend to like. Last time I checked lingerie was for your husband or your significant other, not for all the world to watch via BravoTv.

It is beyond obvious that Tamra and Simon are having some issues. Simon needs to get the chip off his shoulder, get over his tequila business and stop thinking that he is perfect and knows it all! That guy, in the words of Kelly, is a douchenozzle!

Did anyone catch what Vickie said to Alexis when they met at the La Perla party? she said some thing along the lines of "welcome to my world". I took that to mean this all about her. She also made it clear that she is the only one of the women at the party that have a job! ouch!

These season is opening up to be full of drama, and like Jen so perfectly commented on my last posting, this show is like a train wreck but you can't stop watching!

needless to say I can't wait for the next episode!

Friday, November 20, 2009

our next home...

I know it isn’t going to happen any time soon, but hey a girl can already get her list ready, a list of what must be in our next home. Not in any particular order…

1. A washer and dryer: No more having to stop at three different places on a Sunday to get quarters to do laundry.


2. A 3rd bedroom: I need my own room for all my stuff, thus it won’t be all over the rest of the house, and therefore my husband will be much happier.


3. More counter space in the kitchen. It is hard to bake or make anything from scratch when you only have about a foot and a half of counter space. (The rest is holding things like the toaster over, coffee pot, utensils, etc).


4. A patio or yard: If I want to sit outside and talk on the phone or chat with my hubby we have to do it on the front stoop, where everyone in the neighborhood can see and hear us.


5. A 2nd bathroom or a larger bathroom: I won’t be too demanding, I will settle for a much larger bathroom or one of those that have the shower and toilet separate from the sink and vanity area.

That is my list, 5 simple requests….right?!


p.s. the last post I did was my 50th post...whoa baby...



Thursday, November 19, 2009

The real housewives of OC…

Are really broke! This show used to be one of my favorite reality TV shows. (I am addicted, I know!) Last night I was catching myself up on the first 2 episodes and was horrified by the way in which these women were acting. Part of why I USED to love this show and these women was because most of them seemed to realize that they needed to work and contribute to their family to continue and maintain their lavish lifestyle.

The opening of this season shows that these women and their families have been affected by the current economic crisis. Tamara says that she wishes she would have known 2 years ago that they would be in this situation because she would have done things differently. Does that mean she would have continued to work? She wouldn’t have spent loads of money on overly prices luxury items? Or maybe she meant that her husband wouldn’t have quit his job in sales at Mercedes-Benz to start a tequila business? A tequila business?! Really?! I mean it would be one thing if you were retiring, had your home paid off, money set aside for the kids for college and a good investment portfolio to continue living your lifestyle, but really to just up and quit to start making tequila, that is just plain and simple stupid. That is right, I said it, STUPID! Tamara also admitted that they are upside down on their OC home, yup, they, like many other Americans owe more on their house than it is worth. You know that what means, they bought that home for way more than it is really worth. P.S Tamara, if money is not flowing in like it used to they have these things called jobs! You should try and find one.

Another question I have is, why on god’s green earth do they have to throw all these lavish parties in places like the St. Regis? What is wrong with having the soirĂ©e in the large and expensive home you already own?! It seems like they go out of their way to spend as much money as they can. Some of these women’s children have no idea how to function on their own, or think of anything beyond beauty and expensive clothes and cars…ahem, Lynn's 2 girls.

I must give Vickie’s daughter credit, she finished a 7 year B.S.N program in 3 years! While I don’t often always agree with some of the things Vickie says or does at least the women is aware of the fact that if you want nice things you need to work hard! In my opinion she works too much, but he if she loves what she does and still has time to go on trips etc then it ain’t broke so she don’t need to fix it.

Jeana leaves the show on Thursdays episode and a new housewife comes on….stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A little home re-decorating

this should have been posted Monday but I've been busy and exhausted when I get home from work...

Scott and a friend of his from work picked up our new furniture on Friday afternoon. This was after Scott spent the morning working on his paper and then working on my car. The car is not yet fixed, and by fixed I mean the check engine light has not gone away, therefore I am still not driving it. We have to take it in on Thursday to have it looked at and hopefully the fix that is needed will get done asap and not cost more than the $200 we have allocated. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming, our new furniture!

After trying every possible configuration in our dining room for the two pieces we realized that the space is not big enough to house both items. Thus, we had to move my trusty papazon chair to the garage to make room for the lawyer bookcase in the living room. While in the midst of rearranging I was also attempting my hand a making a quiche, and my girlfriend Liz called me. We haven’t spoken in months (not like we were on bad terms, life just gets busy, ya know?) so we ended up chatting for about an hour…just enough time for Scott to figure out the perfect layout for the cabinet in the dining room. The cabinet in the dining room is our official wine bar area. We are going to get one of those racks that you hang from the ceiling and they hold your wine glasses. For now the glasses are stored on the little bookshelf in the dining room. Our house is really starting to look like a home, and now that our horrid neighbors moved out and our new neighbors work with Scott we should be in this little apartment for the next two years. As much as I love our little place I am already creating a list of non-negotiable items we must have in our next place. More on that in another blog.

Next weekend we are decorating the house for Christmas, I can’t wait!








Sunday, November 15, 2009

help...

I want to make a cute little blog button but I haven't a clue how to do it.

We didn't learn anything fun like that in my computer class in college.

I tried to google it, but it seems a bit more complex than I thought.

Or maybe I am just not finding the right website.

Either way, if anyone wants to help me that would be swell!!

xoxo

Friday, November 13, 2009

I am so proud of my Mister!

Friday at work it was announced that Scott is the 2nd Class Sailor of the Year for his command! How amazing, wonderful and exciting is that?! I took my Mister out to dinner last night to celebrate over Mexican food, beer and duh a margarita for moi!


Scott was sailor of the quarter twice this year, so he was really working hard to make a good impression on his chain of command, I think he did it!


While at dinner he told me in the beginning of the year he wrote down on a piece of paper that he wanted to make sailor of the year this year. Well guess what baby, you get to check that one off your list of things to do, yay!



He will now down to compete in San Diego because his command is a detachment of San Diego, but regardless of what happens down there his goal was accomplished.






it is a bit blurry but here we are on our way to dinner to celebrate!



Now, here are a few pictures of Scott is Uniform....







Fashion is my life…


Ok, so maybe not all of my life, but is a pretty big part of it. I love everything that has to do with fashion. In my fantasy world Scott would work on the East Coast and I would have a job in NYC with a fashion magazine. Who knows what the future holds so maybe it really could happen! Clothes, shoes, accessories, fashion magazines, runway shoes, designers, I love it all. I read fashion magazines like the Bible. Ok, so I actually read them more than the Bible, but Scott and I are working on that. I am always thinking in the back of my mind what to wear to work, church, dinner, night out with friends, thanksgiving dinner etc. I love pairing clothing pieces in my head and then going home and actually trying them on and seeing if the vision in my head translates to real life.

I am loving my finds at the thrift store. I get such a thrill out of going in on Monday or Wednesday (they are only open twice a week) and seeing what amazing deals I can find. Last week I didn’t find any clothing but I did find the most amazing retro leather black purse by DKNY, for $2.50! Another bonus is I have revived a lot of clothing in my closet that I haven’t worn in a loooooooooooooong time. My most recent clothing thrift store buy is a leather/vintage-y clutch that I spent a whole $1.75 on!

During our Veteran’s day used shopping day extravaganza we went to the most amazing consignment store, “one mo’time”, the husbands owner works with Scott and has been telling he we or I need to go check it out. AMAZING store! And the owner and her daughter as well as the women working there are awesome. To say that this stuff is used is kind of a lie, it looks brand spanking new! Some items could be deemed a little pricey, but there are tons of items that are a down right steal…here are my purchases:

•Tan Ugg boots, never worn! $49!!! I’ve been eyeing these literally for years, and at that price I would be kicking myself has I not gotten them! (they are a little big, but I will take a tad bit too big over paying almost 3x that price!!)

•Cream beaded The Limited Cardigan, $24!!! I can tell you for a fact from my past employment history with The Limited and my love for their clothes that sweater was easily $69 or $79 in the store. The beading of pearls (not real, but who cares) is over the top and the sweater looks like it was never worn, score for me!

•Grey shawl type sweater, Khols brand, $6

•Black beaded dressy top, $5

I got all of those for less than what the Uggs would have been full price, and did I mention the soles of the Uggs did not have a scratch or mark on them!! I am wearing them as I type this, oh so warm and fuzzy…


One of my $3 black dresses, and the $2.50 purse!

Here is another $3 dress....




Here is the sweater, black top and clutch...grand total for the 3 items $30.75! I am pretty sure I am going to pair the clutch and and sweater with the awesome black dress I bought for Scott's Christmas party!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

buying used

Veteran’s day proved to be a very good shopping day for the Mister and I. After Scott got a few hours of homework in in the am we headed out to get a few things. The only "new" item we purchased yesterday was a wedding band. Yes, I know, almost 7 months after being married we just now got Scott a ring. I had been debating back and forth on whether or not to wait until June to get him a ring, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted him to wear one now! I mean, hey I wear my bling on my finger so the world knows I’m taken, and he should do the same! I think this picture says it all!



After a quick trip to Scott’s base (He works on one and I work on the other so one is his and one is mine) to pick up his uniform we stopped at the library. I found 6 books for a whopping $4! Score. I love love love books and getting 6 for the price of less than one is always a major plus. I am really going to try and only buy used books. I love also getting them on Amazon.com, they sell for like 25 cents and then you pay a few dollars in shipping, still about a fourth of the price of buying it new.

Scott and I decided for Christmas we were going to buy furniture. Not just any kind of furniture, but something that we absolutely love, and that is not made of particle board and or from Ikea, like 95% of our house. We found an amazing antique/used furniture store in downtown V town and have perused it a few times. We went yesterday to see if any of the pieces matched our vision. Initially we had talked about getting a hutch to used as both a book shelf and a wine bar area. We found a few pieces but nothing that screamed “buy me”. We did, however, find two pieces that screamed buy me and they will work beautifully together to fit our needs. One is a “lawyer bookcase,” you know, those amazing bookshelves that have the glass doors that open up, like a garage door, and a piece that is from 1900 hundred that will be perfect for our wine bar area! I couldn’t wait for us to get a truck and bring them home to take pictures, so here they are, still in the store.





We ended our used shopping day at a consignment store…I got a few amazing items, which I will show all of you in my next post, devoted to awesome deals on second hand clothes…my new found love!



Sunday, November 8, 2009

the cold hard truth...

Before I go off on a somewhat downer posting I want to take a minute to express how happy I am. I really can’t believe that 7 months ago I quit my job and move up to Ventura to be with my hubby. I mean geeze, since we were married we figured it was time to live in the same city and same abode. It was very scary to leave my job even though I no longer had a passion for it and dreaded going into work EVERY SINGLE DAY. It was the idea of leaving my paying job and going up to a new world and a new life that was making my insides feel all queasy. But I knew more than anything that it was the right decision to walk away from a job that was not allowing me to be the person that I wanted and was making me down right miserable. Fast forward 6 months and a few crying sessions later to me finding a job. Not just any job, more along the lines of a dream job. READ: by dream job I do not mean the job I want for the rest of my life, but the type of job field that I was hoping to get into in the next few years. Never did I envision that I would get the job now. I had thought I would have to work in a part time position somewhere making chump change trying to get the experience that I thought I needed. Little did I know that God was going to provide me with the job now. I loooooove going to work every day. And while I know it is still the beginning, there are so many differences here I know that I will be happy for a long time to come. I enjoy driving into work at 6:50 am! Before I couldn't even roll out of bed to get to work. Of course I managed to make it to work but rarely with a smile on my face.

Now, on to the cold hard truth, school. here I discussed my excitement to go back to school. Since then a lot of light bulbs have went off in my head. 1. I now have a job that I was hoping to obtain in the next few years. 2. The money we wanted to use from Scott’s GI Bill is not yet easily available to transfer over to me, thus we will go $30,000 in debt if I go to school now. If I wait a few years there is a high possibility it won’t cost us a single penny! Even if we have to pay some out of pocket expenses it won’t be anywhere near $30,000. 3. The next set of orders we get from the Navy will be sending Scott to a sea duty command, meaning he will be enjoying many 6-month deployments. To me that is a perfect time for me to get back into school, it will allow me to have something to focus on when he is gone. With those 3 huge points I know that if I went back to school now I would enjoy it but it would not be the right time and it would put both Scott and I in a lot of potentially difficult situations. And finally, 4. In talking with a few people I have learned there are certain degrees that will allow me to be a counselor in any state, and certain programs/degrees will require me to do more schooling in certain states. Of course the programs that are closest to me and would still allow me to keep my job etc are not the right programs! blah...I guess I leave it in the Lords hands...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Adjusting to the new schedule

So, I have been working for 3 weeks now and let me telling working a 9 hour day and then going to the gym and sweating your butt off on an hour of cardio really makes a girl tired. (a little side note: I often start my sentences with so, both in my writing as well as when I speak…my 2 and a half year old “nephew” now starts his sentences with so…hehe)

Back to the topic at hand, adjusting to this new crazy schedule. I am very proud to say that I adjusted very well getting up at 5:45 am. What I have not adjusted to is being tired at 7:30 at night, none of the good tv programs have even started and my eyelids already feel like they weigh 18 pounds. Add in the time change and it is pitch black by 7:30, which makes me want to go to bed even more. Factor in that I get home from the gym, shower, make dinner and it is 7 pm. That gives me 30 minutes to get something done before my body wants to hibernate. Grocery shopping and or laundry cannot be done in 30 minutes. That means I need to start being creative with my time. I am not quite sure how to do this but I am sure in time I will figure it out. I am toying with doing my grocery shopping on my lunch hour. I would really need to get the shopping down to a science. 5 minutes to get there, 35 minutes to shop and check out and 20 minutes to get home, unload it, and get back to work. Maybe that will save me money as I won’t have time to peruse the isles, I will have to stick strictly to my list. As for laundry, it would be so nice to have a washer and dryer in our apartment, but alas, no such luck. That will be a requirement the next place we move. No more having to cart the laundry out the front door!

Stay tuned for more thrift store finds…I’m on a role

Monday, November 2, 2009

bargain shopper...

Monday, Monday, Monday…oh how I loathe thee…when you do not have a job you forget how horrid Mondays are..but once you are back to the 7-430 grindstone you remember…blah!

From my previous postings it is obvious that I had a wonderful weekend with the hubs…3 day weekends rock my world. Even though next weekend is not another 3 day for us I think we are going to go and check out the Getty Museum.

The best thing about getting up this morning was putting on my $3 thrift store jacket…yes, I paid $3 for an Ann Taylor amazing jacket. In fact, I have been to my thrift store a few times and have found some amazing Ann Taylor pieces; I am convinced that I am buying clothes that came from the same person. I need to find her and cut out the middle man and just make donations to the thrift store instead. I addition to my jacket my other finds include: a matching teal “Jackie -O” dress and cropped jacket, tags still attached, from Ann Taylor for $3…a black dress and melon colored dress from Ann Taylor, also $3 a piece and a very cute black dress that is very va-va-va voom in an understated way, guess how much…yup $3! I think it might be a bit too much for work, unless I find the right accoutrements ...but it is a perfect little number for a nice dinner out with Scott …


the pictures are not the best, but I had to show the jacket...





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