Wednesday, November 28, 2012

7 Quick Takes

1. I put Jackson in overalls and a turtle neck this morning. If I thought I could get away with it, I would dress him like this every day because he looked so adorable.

2. I laugh every day when I turn onto the street my office is on and see the "End of Sidewalk" sign they never took down after pouring the sidewalk in front of the building across from our's 2 years ago.

3. I smile every time I see the little Christmas tree in my cubicle because its so festive and makes me happy.

4. I'm dreading putting up decorations at my own house because I just know Jackson is going to try to pull everything down.

5.  Why is it still November?  This early Thanksgiving is throwing me off.  I am ready for it to be December so it can completely feel like Christmas.

6.  Now that we know the F1 Race and a UT home game are scheduled for the same weekend next year, we are debating a vacation at that time.  I started researching Disney and now all I want to do is take that trip.  Here's hoping we can save up for it.

7.  I'm almost done with Christmas shopping for the boys.  Only three more gifts left to purchase.  Then to organize and wrap and I will be done.  (Well, except for the extended family.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What I am Thankful for

For the last couple of years, there has been a trend on Facebook to post 30 days of thankfulness. I am not one to jump on bandwagons so I normally don't get into this trend.  However, it does make you stop an think a bit about what you would be thankful for if you were to list it out.  So here is my attempt at giving thanks on this Thanksgiving.

  1. Modern Medicine: This was a rough year for my family watching my Mom go through her bout of lymphoma.  Fortunately, we received the news in mid-August that the chemo had worked and Mom's PET scan was clear.  She still isn't up to her fighting weight so to speak but she is recovering and for that I am very thankful.
  2. Modern Technology: I hate living so far away from my family but technology helps cut that distance down.  Facetime allows me to call  my folks so they can watch Jackson grow and YouTube allows me to post videos so they can see all the fun things he does.
  3. My Job: Work often frustrates me and aggreviates me but I really do like the people I work with and believe in what my company does.  I also love that I have earned the respect of my peers and they trust that I am knowledge doing my job.
  4. My Family: My parents have always been there for us whenever we needed anything.  My brothers have always looked out for me.  I miss them all tremendously.
  5. My Boys:  I love my crazy little family of 5 (yes, Maverick is part of the family.)  We aren't perfect.  Things aren't always easy or good or happy but overall, they are what gets me through each day. And I frequently stop and think, "Man, I really do enjoy this life."

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blog, What Blog?

Apparently I forgot I had a blog or something which would explain my month long absence from my little spot on the internet. However, that is not the case and I just simply haven't had time to write nor much to write about. So I am cheating and using this list of questions I found in my Google Docs (or Drive as they now call it) to give me a kick in the pants to start writing again. After all, the holidays are upon us which always makes for good material.

1. Two TV Shows You Watch Every Week?
Only 2? Um...OK, let's see which 2 should I select. How about 2 Broke Girls and How I Met Your Mother? Or would you prefer me to list Hart of Dixie or Grey's Anatomy or Revolution. I could continue. We watch too much TV.
2. Top Three Places On Your Must Visit List?
Is it bad that the 3 places on my list are all places I have been before but love so much I want to go back? That being said my 3 places are New York City, Hawaii, and Disney World.
3. Current Favorite Decorating Color Combo
I don't think I have a favorite decorating color combo. The most recent addition to my house is the master bedroom furnishings and those are black and sage green so I guess I will go with that.
4. Do You Use The Snooze Button On Your Alarm?
Yes, religiously. And the dog knows not to bother me before the second alarm goes off.
5. Oldest, Middle or Youngest?
Youngest and only girl.
6. Do You Collect Anything?
Shot glasses although I haven't bought any new ones in a while since I don't have anywhere to display them.
7. What Is Your Middle Name?
Before marriage: Carol After marriage: Jackson
8. Are You City or Country?
Definitely city.
9. Are You a Tom Boy or Girlie Girl?
A little bit of both. I like to dress up and be girlie but I love college football and can hang with the boys 
10. Are You a Talker or Listener?
Normally a talker once you get to know me
11. Fancy Label For Your Decorating Style?
Traditional Contemporary
12. What Would Your Friends and Family Say Is Your Best Quality?
I don't organizational skills.
13. What Would Your Friends and Family Say Is Your Worst Quality?
Chris hates that I jump topics mid conversation so I guess I'll go with that.
14. What fictional character do you most identify with?
Katherine Ann Watson in Mona Lisa Smile. I loved that movie because it reminded me so much of my years at Judson and how so many of the women there just wanted to become wives and mothers.
15. What have you always wanted to do with your life?
A stay-at-home wife and mom. I honestly never thought I'd have a career.
16. What did you want to “be when you grew up”? 
At my career day in elementary school, I said I wanted to be a dance teacher and that is why I studied business in college. To open my own studio and know how to manage it. Alas, I don't dance anymore.
17. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
I actually always liked being short. It was something that made me stand out from everyone else.
18. How devoted are you to politics? Do you follow politics? 
Not at all. Politics just don't interest me. I realize I should care more but I just don't.
19. How about sports? Do you follow any particular teams or specific sports?
College Football...Alabama to be exact. Roll Tide!  
20. What is one hobby that you have always wanted to take up but haven’t, and why not?
I always wanted to learn to play the piano. When I was young, I didn't have time because of my dance classes. Now, I don't have a piano.
21. What is one of your favorite things to do when you have the time/money/energy?
Spa day! Mani/Pedi, Facial, get my hair and makeup done. Just get pampered. I always feel like a new woman.
22. What is your very favorite recipe or food to make?
I love making spaghetti. It was always one of my favorite meals growing up and it still is today. I follow my mom's recipe and it's just like being at home.
23. What is the most rewarding thing in your life?
As cheesy at this will sound, it is definitely being a mom and having Jackson as my son. I am so amazed by him on a daily basis and so proud that I had something to do with this little creature being here.
24. Where were you and what were you doing ten years ago today?
I would have to guess that I was working at Smith, Dukes, and Buckalew in Mobile at this time 10 years ago. That would be 2002 and it was after I graduated from college but before I got married the first time.
25. What's the first job you ever had?
I was a cashier at Delchamps, a grocery store chain that originated in Mobile but was bought out by Jitney Jungle while I was in college.