Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eric liked it so he put a ring on it.

I have exciting news!

My dearest dearest bestest friend, Shannon, is tying the knot! And she is marrying a guy I have known since I was about.....8? Since my brother started Boy Scouts with the aforementioned guy.

As of last Saturday, it has been 5 years since I introduced the two of them over Thanksgiving break, while Eric was home for the Air Force Academy and Shanonay was home from college. Who knew it would be such an important introduction??



I believe this is the night they met! Clearly meant to be :)

Eric proposed on Saturday with a beautious diamond, and Shannon said yes!



This all also happens to go back to my 101 list! 72. Sign Shannon up for four weird magazines/email lists. I may or may not have just registered her for theknot.com :)


shlove :)



Monday, November 28, 2011

Seasonal Decorations

I bought some seasonal home decor lately that I am super in love with.

The favorite purchase by far was the glass pumpkins below. I got them at a store called Earthbound in The Mall of Abilene, and I bought them after Halloween, so they were on clearance! I think they are beautiful and can last me all of Fall!

I also impulsively bought a little candy dish at TJ Maxx today! Perfect for the Halloween time frame.


I picked up these reindeer today at TJ Maxx today too! They are bigger than they look in the picture, and will look great on my bookshelf! I am so thrilled that we have a TJ Maxx now so I can reclaim my inner Maxxinista!


I still have my pumpkins out, but this weekend will be time for me to switch everything over to Christmas decorations! I can't wait to post pictures of my decor!




Saturday, November 26, 2011

10 Day Challenge:: Day 8


Day 8:: 3 Films

To keep it fun, I will link to favorite scenes in each movie :) And I will pick movies that are so bad they are great, all of which Shannon and I (and sometimes Richard) quote to this day.

3. Bride and Prejudice The Cobra Dance





Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I am sad to not be at home, celebrating with my family, but I can't be too sad since I have so many things to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my boy, for our love, and for the life we are building together. After so much time spent apart, I am thrilled to be moving forward together, even if he is currently living in the sandbox.

I am thankful for my family, especially my mom and dad, since I wouldn't make it through this life without them. I know they are always on my side and I will always have them when I need them.

I am thankful for my Abilene friends, who have made getting through this deployment possible. Without people here, I would be lost.

I am thankful for Shannon and Dani and Jimmy and all of my non-Abilene specific friends.....I miss you all constantly.

I am thankful for a good job and the ability to support myself.

And even though I can't be home today, I am extra thankful that in less than 3 weeks, I will be back in Baltimore for a whole week, getting to celebrate the love of two amazing friends.

Oh and I'm thankful for a long weekend :)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Let me know what you are thankful for today!

I am also thankful for every time I have gotten to spend a holiday with my boy :)





Tuesday, November 22, 2011

10 Day Challenge:: Day 7


It has come to my attention that I forgot to finish this :)

I am on Day 7: Four Books.

This is appropriate, since I am currently a reading machine, trying to reach my 50 book goal in 2011.

1. Harry Potter. Although this is technically 7 books, I thought it would be lame to write "Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter." These books will always live on my bookshelf so that I can enter the world of HP whenever I want.

2. Roses by Leila Meacham. I enjoyed Roses because it was historical fiction. Most of the book took place in the early-mid 1900s. I love historical fiction, and this book was long but held my attention the whole time.

3. The Help. Some of you have probably seen the movie, but I strongly suggest the book. It is even more awesome than the movie.

4. Lamb by Christopher Moore. This book is the Gospel according to Christ's childhood best friend, Biff. It is hilarious without being blasphemous :) I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and made C read it too.




Sunday, November 20, 2011

Toms


I finally got the Toms I have been dying for!

I wen to Fort Worth with Victoria yesterday to do a little shopping, since both of us feel deprived in Abilene. And of course I did some impulse shopping!

I found a really cute store that sold Toms and Vera Bradley (among other things haha) and also found a Nine West that had a clearance sale going on! So I also got a pair of wedges there! And Ann Taylor Loft had a clearance sale, where I bought a shirt!

So overall, a successful weekend shopping trip!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It smells so yummy....

I got a new Scentsy warmer for my office!

I didn't have a Scentsy warmer in  here before, I just had a candle warmer. And I constantly forgot to turn it off and feared I would burn the whole place down!

But my new Scentsy plug-in warmer arrived yesterday and I have been basking in the smell of Sentimental Cider since then. It seriously smells so good.

I am still debating whether I want to sell Scentsy or not. But I want to smell it forever!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Let the Christmas Season begin....

With my love of Pinterest, I have found TONS of fun DIY things to do for Christmas. Today's project? Get the supplies to make a Christmas Tree Skirt!

I have been looking all over Pinterest for a good pattern for a tree skirt, but I am not 100% sold on any of them. So off I go to the fabric store to find some patterns and pick out fabric! There isn't a Joann's here, which makes me sad, but there are other fabric and craft stores I can hit up.

My mom made a Christmas tree skirt for our family years ago, probably when she and my dad got married, and I love the idea of making a tree skirt for C and me and our tree.

Also, since C is not going to be here for Christmas and I am likely spending most of the holiday season alone, I am snatching his full size tree from the house so I can amp up my festiveness, instead of using my little baby tree.

I will post pictures when I finish the skirt!



Friday, November 11, 2011

Deployment Update

Well, I realized I haven't done much of a deployment update in a while. That I can find, anyway.

Things are going well on the deployment front. I can't believe he left two months ago! I have been home/out of Abilene once since he left, and I have the two trips coming up in December that I am looking forward to. I am bummed not to be going home for the holidays, so hopefully something is going on in Abilene. Maybe I'll open up C's house for a Potluck Thanksgiving or Christmas.

C is doing well in the sandbox. He is ready to come home already, but he'll keep pushing through. He's tough. He is also working out like a machine, so I really need to get my butt in gear so we can be a hot healthy couple when he gets back!

I am surprised at how well I am handling the deployment. It feels extra long right now, but up until this point, I have been fine. It's just like being back in a long distance relationship, except I'm not in Baltimore. But slowly, I have found friends here, women who remember to call me and include me in things. I am still pretty timid, but lucky for me they still bother to call me anyway :)

Given the choice, I wouldn't go out of my way to choose this lifestyle. But it's so nice to know that I can handle the deployments on my own, since that was something C and I both worried about before this deployment.

That's my deployment update. C is getting spoiled with packages, but if you want to send him anything, let me know and I can get you the address :)


Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Reviews

Time for some book reviews! I have been trying to read a lot more, since my goal was to hit 50 books in 2011 and I am only at 32 with less than 2 months to go! The ultimate goal is to read 100 books during my 101 in 1001, and I have 12 months, 1 week, and 2 days until my 1001 days are over!

So here are some reviews on my recent reads....

Title: 40 Love
Author: Madeleine Wickham
My humble opinion: I enjoyed 40 Love in the way I enjoy a lot of chick lit books. It didn't move me to tears or any other profound emotions, but it was definitely a fun read. The story centers around 4 pairs, for lack of a better term, and a weekend tennis tournament. The whole purpose is for Patrick, the host of the tournament, to sell some of his sleezy investment plans to his friends. I'm not doing the plot line justice, but I would recommend it to those who are into chick lit.

Title: The Orchid Affair (book 8 of the Pink Carnation series)
Author: Lauren Willig
My humble opinion: The Orchid Affair is book 8 in the Pink Carnation series, a series of historical fiction spy novels. I feel like that makes me sound like a 12 year old, but while they don't have particularly mature content, they also aren't really intended for children. Lauren Willig weaves a pretty good story that had me hooked from book #1. It takes place in modern day England and historical England. Eloise is a modern day character working on her thesis about spy rings in the 1800s, and the story flashes back and forth between the research she is doing on spies, and the actual spies themselves in the early 1800s. If you like historical fiction, definitely pick up this series.

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
My humble opinion: I hesitated to read this, since overall, I don't really like Tina Fey and I have never intentionally watched SNL. However, since i sort of like 30 Rock, I decided to give Tina a try. And I'm glad I did, because she is funny. Unless you truly despise Tina Fey, I would definitely give bossy pants a try since it will have you laughing from start to finish, including in public places.


Thus ends my mini book review, full of very little helpful information :)


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Military Life

Military life is different. It's tough. It's not what you'd expect. And it's often not as bad as I expected.

I was talking to my friend Dani the other day. Her fiance is in training to be a Navy Seal. She said "I think it's just hard to talk to friends who don't live this lifestyle, because they just don't understand."

It reminded me that I am actually fairly lucky in that respect. I am somehow surrounded by military.

When I started dating C, I didn't know any other military girlfriends. My brother is Air Force, and his best friend is Air Force. My dad was in the military before I was born, so he has a knowledge of the lifestyle. I felt like I knew what I was doing. Clearly, I had no idea.

C and I were the only people I knew in a long Long Distance Relationship. I knew plenty of people in school in different places, but when my boyfriend is 17 hrs and 1000 miles away, and yours is 150 miles away, it feels different. (Don't worry....I have since learned not to judge :P). I felt a little bit isolated in what I was doing.

Then, in 2009, my friend Kit met a guy and started dating him long distance while he played basketball in Germany. I finally felt like someone else in real life understood what I was doing.

On New Year's Day 2010, my best friend Shannon started dating Eric. Eric was my brother's best friend growing up and lived with C at the Academy. It's a tangled web we weave. Anyway, they have been together for coming up on 2 years now, and have been military and long distance the whole time.

And to round this story off, Dani and I met in 2004 when we were lifeguards together at a big swim club. She and her boyfriend got together the next year, and have now been together for 6 years. Dani and I got closer again when she came home for grad school in fall 2009, and Jack joined the Navy in Spring 2010, on the Navy Seal track. Dani and I spent hours upon hours discussing life for the past 2 years.

I think it's funny that I have ended up with other women who found the long distance/military lifestyle. None of us really looked for it, but it happened anyway. It brings a lot of happiness to my life to have my closest friends be people who understand the lifestyle I'm living and how it effects every part of your life. And the military isn't what brought us all together.......life's circumstances brought us together!

It's a pretty cool thing to think about.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Who is the luckiest guy??

If you said my boyfriend, you win!

I am apparently incapable of being reasonable and sending C only one box. So I sent 3 :)


The man at the post office really loved processing my 3 overseas packages, complete with customs forms :)

Remember, if you are mailing to APO addresses, get the APO flat rate boxes! I sent all of those boxes for $40.......they weighed about 30 lbs all together and probably should have cost me about $30 per box to ship to the sandbox.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

90 Day Challenge.....cause I love a good challenge.

Weight Watchers is getting boring.


I have been terrible with tracking my points, and I have gotten pretty bad at indulging myself....I do it too often. I just don't feel like tracking, and when I don't eat something "easily" trackable, I don't bother.


Therefore....my weight loss has been at a stand still. It hasn't gone up too much, but it hasn't gone down, which is the direction I want it to go.


Today, I stumbled across a blog (with the help of Pinterest) called Blogilates, and on Blogilates, Cassey is hosting a 90 Day Challenges. The challenge officially started a week ago, and she says that the challenge is to eat clean and be more active. I have been toying around with clean eating, but Cassey is making it easy, since she created a meal plan for everyone to follow.


So I hit the grocery store on Sunday and picked up the main components of the meals. Cassey has created 2 different plans for carnivorous eaters and 2 plans for vegetarians, which basically get rotated through.....one plan is for Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and the other plan is for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.


I bought enough supplies for one week. I wasn't able to find Muscle Milk at my grocery store, or edamame, so those are two things I need to hunt down. Otherwise, I have enough supplies for a week to see if I can convince myself to eat clean. I am hoping I feel totally awesome at the end of this week and therefore want to keep going.


I also plugged the plans into Weight Watchers, since Cassey has organized them by calories and I typically count points. One plan puts me 2 points over my weekly limit, and the other plan puts me two points under, so I am hovering right in the right place.


I am excited to try this, because like I said, clean eating has been intriguing me. I also think this might be the jump start my body needs to keep dropping pounds, and I like knowing the right things, when put in my body, add up to the perfect amount of points.


The hardest part is going to be forgoing any eating out. I know there will be times when that isn't reasonable, like when I travel home for a visit or I am in Colorado for New Years. But I am going to do my best to stay right on target and see what amazing things I can do for my body!


I'll update you all on the fitness side as well. I haven't looked into it much on the website yet, since I was focused on the eating part. But I still want to run that 10k before C gets home. And this challenge, even though I am starting a week late, should be finished RIGHT as C gets home! 


Wish me luck! I'll keep you updated :) And let me know if you want to try, so I have a partner!