Friday, December 12, 2008
What I AM thinking about is this...
- I SERIOUSLY don't understand why the woman who lives upstairs vacuums EVERY SINGLE DAY! I mean, there's cleanliness and then there's OCD.
- I love Elvis Presley.
- I can't wait to use my new Sizzix machine and make super cute tags for Christmas presents this year!
- I don't really understand how our apartment gets chillier throughout the day. I mean it's getting warmer outside and the thermostat has the same temp on it... life's mysteries...
- I'm super pumped about what Mama is getting Matt for Christmas. I keep saying that to him too, so I hope I haven't overdone it... even though it is going to be really exciting!
- I think I'm choosing to write this as I am really so overwhelmed I don't know rather to scratch my watch or wind my butt (yes, stolen from Steel Magnolias). Here's what all I should be doing and have to get done within the next 24 hours before I get on a plane to Bama.
* Vacuum my own apartment... I may just asked the lady from upstairs to come visit us...
* Empty the dishwasher
* Finish the laundry that's been in the machines for the past 2 days
* Bake cookies, lemon squares and bark
* Organize and box all Christmas present for their correct location - Alabama or Massachusetts
* Wrap the presents that have to go to Massachusetts
* Pack all work clothes that I will need for my trip to Bama in one suitcase...
* Pack all other clothes that I will need for hanging around the house for Matt to bring when he comes down to Bama
* Organize two weeks worth of work stuff to take with me
* Address Christmas cards!! I forgot about that one til just now!
* Oh yeah, and I'm in the middle of a work day...
* Hmm... this is a long checklist for the day... I should get going...
This year I was a little bummed because Matt and I were unable to decorate for Christmas. We literally travel so much around this time of year, it just wasn't feasible to do all the work for the few days we were actually going to be home... sad, I know.
So, I'm not really a fan of Christmas music... I mean I have to be IN THE MOOD for it. Which basically means, don't start playing it in October, ok? But this morning, as I sit here surrounded with everyone's Christmas presents (well, maybe not everyone, I still have a lot to do), I was like... hmm... I'm feeling kinda Christmassy. I think I will download some Christmas itunage.
And what better Christmas tunage to download than... Elvis Presley! Gosh, I love him. So, folks, if you want to get into the Christmas spirit, may I suggest a little Elvis Presley Christmas Duets. It will put a smile on your face!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I woke up this morning with what I have now given the official name (for me anyway) as a sinugraine.
Sinus headache + Migraine = Sinugraine
It is the worst feeling your head/brain has ever experienced. Let me see if I can describe it...
Somehow in the middle of the night, while I was sleeping peacefully, someone punched my face right above my nose, in between my eyes, leaving my face feeling... bruised. Then, they took a long, sharp object... let's say a kabob stick... and stuck it in my right eye socket, right in the corner next to my nose and pushed it through my brain up to the top of my head. And then they (let's give this person a name... how about Satan?) took another and pushed it through the base of my brain. Oh yeah, and how about the light shining in my eyes that makes me want to just cry. And let's not forget my poor husband, whom I asked to please just stop moving in bed because it makes me feel like I'm on board with the Deadliest Catch guys and an going to lose control of my sea sickness any moment.
Maybe that can kinda put into words how I am feeling this morning...
Thank you, Jesus, for Real Coca-Cola, ice packs and Excedrine Migraine to help me get over my sickness... now can you help them create Excedrine Sinus?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Anywho... we got up early this morning.
I peeked out the window...
There's snow on the cars and the roofs!!
It's November 16th!!
I'm not ready for this...
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here's my thoughts as I sit in my hotel room in Albemarle, NC.
- I am thankful for Hampton Inns... and being a Diamond VIP. Not only do they have the best hotel beds of any other hotel chain, but with the VIP status, I get a bottle of water, something salty and something sweet. Peerfect!
- I love whoever invented Downy Wrinkle Releaser and then thought to sell it in a travel size bottle.
- I love my husband for doing the dishes, laundry and cleaning the apartment so I can come home to a clean home and relax! He really is the most amazing man I've ever met.
- It should be illegal for hotels to not have adequate Coke machines... second night in a row. This is a problem, people... I have needs.
- The old bachelor's "The Drs" talk show is a little odd to me...
- I think I might grow my hair out. I tried this once before and it drove me nuts, but maybe I can make it this time!
- Sometimes, you just have to stop everything even though it's only 4pm and crawl into bed with a good book. I think I need to do that now...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Yesterday on my way to lunch I passed one of the homeless guys in that area, with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money."
My waiter had on a "Obama 08" tee shirt.When the bill came, I decided not to tip the waiter and explained to him while he had given me exceptional service, that his tee shirt made me feel he obviously believes in Senator Obama's plan to redistribute the wealth. I told him I was going to redistribute his tip to someone that I deemed more in need--the homeless guy outside. He stood there in disbelief and angrily stormed away.
I went outside, gave the homeless guy $3 and told him to thank the waiter inside, as I had decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy looked at me in disbelief but seemed grateful.
As I got in my truck, I realized this rather unscientific redistribution experiment had left the homeless guy quite happy for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn.
Well, I guess this redistribution of wealth is going to take a while to catch on, with those doing the work. It looks good in principle but not in practice.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
And here it is! The final result of our hard work... Matt's Bat, Hope's Spider, and Dixie's paw!
Too bad we did this just a little too early and they are now all out by the trash full of mold... Oh well, it was fun and we learned our lesson for next year!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So I was reading another blog and saw what I thought was a GREAT idea. Jennifer had "Celebrate Tuesday"... so I have decided to start Thursday Thoughts. I too will not commit to doing this once a week... I can only do so much, you know...
I was just thinking this morning, it's so much easier to be in a good mood than a bad one. You just feel better! So here's what I'm thankful for today...
- I love this Fall weather in Kentucky right now. It's 43 degrees outside and I have a couple windows cracked open in the apartment. It's 63 inside! I LOVE it!
- The cooler weather also means Dixie get to wear her "sweaters" that she loves so much. I love watching her stick her neck out and hold up her paws to get dressed!
- Waking up at 6am to work out and being excited about it!
- The Chi hairdryer - Mama and Brooke gave it to my for my birthday. As a matter of fact, I love it so much, you may see it in a "happy" later.
- Sugarland concert on Saturday with my husband!
- Mama, Brooke, and Grandmama coming for a "surprise" birthday visit to Kentucky! Louisville Slugger Museum, Kentucky Hot Browns and Churchill Downs, here we come!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I have this picture posted on my bulletin board (yes, next to the Q-Tip - see Happy #2) just because it brings a smile to my face!
More to come on the Gallant's Get Ready for Halloween....
Monday, October 20, 2008
I just thought I would share with you that I have actually had a salad for lunch like 5 days straight. No Kidding!!
I still don't like lettuce - don't get me wrong! However, I have discovered spinach. And it makes an awesome salad!
Now you know...
Saturday, October 11, 2008
So, it was a good day.
- Dixie got a bath - see pics below
- We met Rick Pitino
- We went to the flea market
- We got our pumpkins for Halloween
- I read alot - I'm addicted to the Twilight series like all the teenagers
- I did some baking.
- Matt made his delicious kabobs - yummo!
- Now I'm having a glass of wine...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It's the small things in life.... like the size of an M&M... a peanut butter one.
They have helped get me through alot -
Wedding planning (thanks, Amber!)
A need for Halloween decor for my end table
No, seriously, look at those pretty colors! Don't worry, they're not just sitting on the table. I put them in a bowl with candy corn!
I love them.
You will too when you try 'em.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
So, if you know me at all, you know I tend to stress out. Whatever...
One thing that I have noticed that causes this -at least in the work arena- is that I take everything on personally. I have to learn that sometimes, business is business and sometimes things are just out of my control!
We had a cheesey speaker come and talk with us a while back with work to tell us how to communicate with each other, with clients, with people in general, yada yada... So, the other day when I was stressed to the max about work mess, I suddenly had a vision of this woman standing in front of us holding a framed QTip.
"She's nutso," I thought.
She said you gotta -
She's right. So, here's my QTip... even though it's not in a frame.
Friday, October 3, 2008
I tried to stretch his bday out as much as possible. We started the morning by opening his present... a Wii!! I don't think he was expecting it, but I don't know for sure. He loved it. He immediately wanted to go buy some more games, but I suggested maybe he should just rent and try them out before buying anything. Thank goodness, because as soon as he left, the mail man came by with the Tiger Woods Golf game from Brooke and Mama! So needless to say, he has played that non-stop. He's even created a Wii version of himself on that game.. it's pretty funny. Complete with "soul patch" and everything. I'll try to get a picture of that to put on here too!
He requested a red, white and blue yellow and carrot cake... yeah... so that's what he got! It was a little complicated for me to figure out how to accomplish that at first, but this was the end result. And even though it may look funky, it was delicious! So that's how we celebrated mid-day birthday.
Later that evening, we went and hung out with some of his Louisville Bats work buddies and then we went to his favorite restaurant, Outback, for dinner.
And then came home for more Wii!
It was a good day...
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If there was one thing that we all saw while Papa was in the ICU, it was that he is one of the most loved men you've ever met. Nana had to keep a list of all of visitors who just stopped by to check in on him or called to get the latest update! We joked, but I don't think it was too far from the truth that every member of Dalraida Baptist Church, where he is a deacon, came by or called. Papa may not be a man of many words, but when he speaks, people listen. We spent hours in the waiting room with family, retelling stories we've all heard for year, yet still bring a smile to our face. Our camping trips with Nana and Papa were the highlights of mine and Brooke's (and Nana and Papa's) summers.
We're staying positive that he will get better - he has already shown good signs of improvement! There will be a long road ahead, but we are definitely counting our blessings that he is still with us!
This is one of my favorite pictures from our wedding... Papa sitting and just taking it all in, as always, beforehand.
This past Thursday, Sept 25th was the 24th anniversary of my Granddaddy's death (Mama's daddy). I have always had this marked on my calendar... not because we have any big ceremony, but just so I can make sure I take time to remember this great man. People may think that I shouldn't really remember him, since he passed away just before I turned 4, but I do. I may not have tons of specific memories.... well, other than making tents out of the bedspread and him running underneath me as he pushed me on the swing (I always thought I was going to fall off and land in the pool, even though now I know it was yards away). Maybe it's that I was named after him (David Hope "D.H") that I have this connection, I don't know, but I do know that I had a huge love for this man, even at such a young age.
When Matt and I got married, it broke my heart to think that this man I had loved so much was not there to stand by Grandmama's side, so I wanted in some way to honor his memory and make it feel as though he was right there with us. I asked Uncle Eddy (Mama's brother) to write an arrangement of "It is Well with My Soul" - one of his favorite hymns that was played at his funeral as well - for the cello and violin to play during our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful! I also had an old hat of Granddaddy's - Auburn of course - that was about to fall apart it was so old. So, I asked Grandmama to do me a favor and cut it up, and sew Aubie into the inside of my dress for my something blue! I think Granddaddy would have gotten a kick out of that.
There's a great song that always makes me think of him and led me to write this blog when I heard it yesterday:
When I get where I'm going,
there'll be only happy tears.
I will shed the sins and struggles,
I have carried all these years.....
I'm gonna walk with my grandaddy
and he'll match me step for step
and I'll tell him how I missed him
every minute since he left.
Then I'll hug his neck.
So, that's my grandfathers... two of the greatest men to ever walk this planet.
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul.