Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling All Curvy Girls!

For those of you on the curvier/hippier side.......where do you buy your skinny jeans???

I am really trying to jump on board with the skinny jeans and tall boots tucked in look. I LIKE the look. I WANT IN!!!

But man are skinny jeans NOT ATTRACTIVE ON THIS BODY!!!

So I need assistance from some slightly curvy girls :) Where do you get your skinny jeans???

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boots boots boots boots boots!!!

So, I have a little problem. I have really wide calves. I can rarely get knee high boots because the boot usually won't zip up all the way. I have the family calves.

BUT......Payless has saved me.

These Payless boots are exactly what I have been looking for!! They come in a wide calf size, and they have them in black, brown, and grey! I am in love!

Currently they are $40, which let's face it, is a bit high for Payless. SO I plan to keep my eye on the store and online and wait for a sale. They have a BOGO sale right now, so I could get two pair for $60......but I think I can do better.

So hopefully in the near future I will be posting my new boots!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Shopping!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet????

I haven't, officially, even though I have been talking about starting for the last month lol. But first, I need to make my list of who I am buying for!

1. The boy
2. Mom
3. Dad
4. Colin (brother)
5. Donna (boy's mom)
6. Curt (boy's dad)
7. Sierra (boy's sister)
8. Ryan (Sierra's fiance)
9. Trevin (boy's brother)
10. Secret Donkey (don't ask, I have strange friends)
11. WOL Secre Sister (online forum)
12. Shannon!

$500 is the budget for Christmas this year. I WILL NOT GO ALL OUT CRAZY!!!!

Now just to figure out what to get everyone....

And if you're feeling in the mood to get ME a Christmas present, just follow this link :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Well, it's Monday.

Not too much to note over here, but I figured I should keep up my blog anyway.

First....Thankful November for the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th! Woah I am behind haha.
12. On Friday, I was very thankful for Fridays :)
13. Sleeping in!
14. Shopping! I may not always be happy with my size or fitness level, but overall, I love shopping :) And I scored some good deals at Marshalls!
15. Today, I am thankful for my dad. He came over to my office today to get my house keys so he could chill in my apartment for an hour he had to kill before I got off and we could go for our run. He chatted it up with everyone in the office, and then we went for a pretty good run together. Then, I got to introduce him to our maintenance supervisor and carpet cleaning guy when we were done, and despite any problems we have had, I am proud of my dad. He is smart, he is driven, he is nice, he is sociable! He could talk to a brick wall, happily! So today.....I am thankful for my dad :)

I am still constantly on the prowl for jobs in Texas. That hasn't changed. But the move is coming up.....or, my estimated move haha. C will be moving in about 2-3 weeks, and then after the holidays, he has a  couple weeks of training to do out of state, so he won't really be settled in Abilene until February. So, fingers crossed I can find a job to move and get settled in January, but I won't really be missing HIM if I am not there at that point.

As I said before, my dad and I went for a run today. We did Couch to 5K last winter/spring, and in March did our first 5k. However, since then I have seriously slacked off on my running. I have done 3 5ks since then, but haven't full out run the entire thing since March. SO, I am going back to basics and picked up at week 6 of C25K to kind of get myself back on target. Once I reach 5k status again, there is a program called Bridge to 10k, which will help us jump up to 10k status (6.2 miles)! I felt GOOD on my run today, even though it was a bit wimpy. Feeling good on my runs keeps me motivated to keep going!

I am getting SUPER excited to go to Indiana for Thanksgiving. I will DEFINITELY miss my family, my brother being in town, and ALL the Thanksgiving traditions I have, such as getting schwasty with my brother and Shannon on Thanksgiving Eve, and somehow getting ourselves up for the Turkey Bowl in the mornin (Thanksgiving football game at Ravens Stadium between my brother's high school and another local high school).  I have been going to Turkey Bowl for.......11 years I think. So it will be an odd Thanksgiving to not be there. And, my grandmother is sick and not doing well, and honestly we anticipated she would be gone before Thanksgiving, but she is still holding on, which is awesome. But that means I am going to miss her [probable] last holiday with the family. And my mom is hosting Thanksgiving this year, my brother will be home, the whole family will be there. 

BUT.....I have gotten to share Thanksgiving with C and my family several times. I am excited to have the chance to be with his family this year. I am super excited to see them in general :)

I have also stopped washing my hair :P With shampoo, anyway. I have started cleaning my scalp with baking soda and water and the ends of my hair with vinegar and water. Thus far, I like it! But that's another post for another day :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Fill In!

Thanks to Wife of a Sailor!

1.Were you named after anyone?
           Sort of. Not in a direct way that anyone may notice, though. The day my mom told my grandparents she was pregnant with me, my Pop died. So my middle name is her maiden name, in honor of him. I was also supposed to be born 3 days after his birthday, a birthday present.
          THEN, my grandma's name was Mary Gail D______. My mom was named Michele Gail D______, and then married my dad and added R_____. They named me Abigail D______ R_______. So we all have the Gail piece in our names :)

2.What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
            Pink of some kind.

3.How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
           Hands. Then I wash them lol.
4.When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
           Sully from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Hands down. What's not to love??

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell). Which one would you choose? Why?
                Hmmmm. I have thought about this before. I would probably lose smell or taste. Just cause I don't think I could happily live without my sight or my hearing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 9, 10, and 11

9. I am thankful for The Biggest Loser!

10. I am thankful for Anne of Green Gables, the books and the movie :) Yes, I know that makes me a nerd.

11. I am thankful for Grey's Anatomy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I wonder if my boyfriend ever reads this....

I'm going to assume NO and proceed haha.

So a discussion came up with friends over the weekend about engagement rings. And whether the guy should purchase it alone, propose with a ring, propose without a ring, take girl shopping, etc.

Let's give you some background story. My dad proposed to my mom without a ring (it also took her a couple months to say yes haha). And after she said yes, they went shopping together to pick out a ring she liked that he could afford haha.

I have always thought that was a good idea......I would like to have a lot of faith in my boy's jewelry picking ability, and thus far he has always done a great job. But your ENGAGEMENT RING.....that's a big deal! What if he gets the exact thing you DON'T want??

I have a set of friends who are engaged, and they picked out the ring together, bought it together, and the surprise part was when he actually proposed. I know a lot of people who get proposed to with a ring in hand, picked out by the guy. And I know others who pick it out after the fact, together.

So what are your thoughts? What do you think is the way to go? Are you non-materialistic and don't care? Do you think you'll "love it" just cause he bought it? Waddya think??

Days 6, 7, and 8

I have been a slacker. I missed the whole weekend on things I am thankful for!

So, I am thankful for my friend Dani, Daylight Savings Time, and knitting.

On Saturday, Dani and I spent a good majority of the afternoon shopping and hanging out, our standard weekend plans. Having a friend like her is a blessing.

Daylight Savings Time gave me an extra hour of sleep on Sunday!

And I learnd to knit yesterday :) :) :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

5. Postcards!

I am putting together my Thankful November post with my Postcard Swap post!

I am thankful for Postcards!!

My postcard came a while ago from Lacey in Durango, CO!

I need to take a picture of it, which I will do on my lunch break! It was such a fun surprise, I had totally forgotten about the swap! It was so nice to get something other than bills and netflix in my mailbox!

EDIT: Here it is!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coat/Hat/Scarf/Mitten Drive!

So I spent most of 2009 doing an internship at a transitional housing program in Baltimore City. Lanvale provides interim housing for homeless recovering substance abusers (primarily women). Most of the residents lost their kids due to their addictions and are completing a long process when they come to Lanvale. For most, the last step to getting their kids back is finding somewhere to live, and Lanvale supplies that. It is a great experience to see parents reunited with their children, and working hard to keep it that way.

It is really an incredible place and an incredible experience. Some of the residents really seize the opportunity to create a better life. If they live at Lanvale for a year and stay clean and follow the rules, they qualify for Section 8 vouchers. For a verrrrrrry long time. So they truly have a chance to get on their feet. One of the residents who I grew close to called me recently to tell me she moved out of Lanvale with her daughter and has a house in the county now. It was so great to hear that.

In conjunction with my mom's Keller Williams Realty office, last year we successfully held a winter gear drive. People made donations of mostly used and some new hats, scarves, gloves, and coats, as well as variety of other odds and ends people had in their closets. Donations came in for women, children, and some stuff for men. Lanvale is primarily inhabited by women and children, so that is where the most need is.

Due to the cycle of openings, a lot of residents move in to Lanvale in the summer, with only the clothes on their backs. When this time of year rolls around, the parents don't always have the resources to buy warm clothes for their children, and the residents almost always do a lot of walking since they don't have cars. It's an important need that we sometimes forget about.

I was contacted by KW to help them orchestrate the process again, and I am really excited about it! I figured I would throw it out in blog-land that we are looking for donations!

Primarily, we are looking for clothing donations. HOWEVER, if you are wanting to contribute but are too far away to make a clothing contribution (although you can mail stuff if you want!), I know Lanvale would also greatly appreciate any kind of monetary donation that we can use to buy new items for the residents.

If you are interested in donating anythinggggggg to these women, men, and CHILDREN, feel free to email me :)

This November, I am definitely thankful to have my warm winter coat, gloves, boots, scarves, and a warm home.

Rainy Days

So, as I sit here at my desk, I am not quite 100% thankful for rainy days. I am thankful MORE for rainy days that involve me staying in bed until I feel like getting up. But, a nice rainy day spent in bed is definitely something I am thankful for.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3. America

I'll admit, I don't pay much attention to politics. I am conservative, and I know what I believe, but I don't pay much attention to what they are doing in Congress or the White House. But, that doesn't stop me from thinking Republicans are the best!!! And last night, O'Malley won the race for Governor of Maryland. And O'Malley is most certainly not a Republican.

So, before I start spouting off about things I don't know, let's get to my point. I am thankful for America and our rights. I am thankful that, even though I don't agree with a lot of those elected, that I had the opportunity to vote. I'm not sure what the majority was thinking, but the majority ruled and this is our result.

I am thankful to be an American and have rights and the ability to vote for our leaders.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 2: Netflix

I am allowed to be materialistic, right????

I am thankful for Netflix. Oh dear Netflix, you are so wonderful to me. You don't mind when I forget to return my movies for a month.....doesn't matter to you! You understand me. You KNOW I can't go to those silly red boxes cause then when I forget to return my movie, I get charged every day. You know that going to Blockbuster costs like $5 per movie. I pay $14 per MONTH with you, dear Netflix. For 2 movies at a time! Delivered to my mailbox! I only have to remember to return my videos ONE TIME in a month for it to be worth my money!

So, dear Netflix, my Thankful November post today is dedicated to you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thankful November

Now that I have re-entered the blogosphere, I was doing some of my standard blog stalking and came across an idea called Thankful November over at Sarah's blog, Wears Inappropriate Shoes. She suggest we all link up and post something we are thankful for each day of November.

Now, if you read this, you probably know me. And you know it is unlikely I will REMEMBER to post something every day. However, I can always try right? I think I will make it my goal to post 30 things I am thankful for by the end of November haha.

So, let's begin.

The First Thing Abby Can Think Of That She Is Thankful For:
  1. Warm comfy sweaters. When I am hot, I am really hot, but when I am I am really cold. I could feel the cold seep into my bedroom last night (of course, it is too early to turn the heat on). So this morning, as I stumbled out of bed and convinced myself not to dive back in, I knew I needed a warm sweater to wear. And it has to be comfy cause let's get real, if it's 30 degrees out, my last concern is being cute.
          Luckily, this time cute and comfy coincided. I love me some Ralph Lauren, and I have to say, their cable knit crew neck sweaters really trump all others. I threw on my favorite navy blue Ralph Lauren sweater, winked down at the little green embroidered Pony, and donned my furry boots (cause what good is a warm sweater without warm shoes??)