Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Gap Is Making All Sorts of Trouble!

I went online this morning to make sure my payroll was deposited when I noticed an $8.12 charge to the Gap earlier this month. I haven't shopped at the Gap in a while, so I called the bank to dispute the charge. So now, I have a deactivated debit card, and then she tells me that I was in a branch some time back and changed my address. Now, yes I have moved, but I hadn't changed my driver's license yet, so I didn't change my address at the bank. She wouldn't tell me the address they have for me, either. Apparently they can only confirm it for me. Am I pissed? Uh, yeah! So I am going to the bank in person at lunch to get this sorted out. Seriously, if someone wants to steal money, they are totally going after the wrong person!!

I finished up school last week with an A! So far, so good! :)

I talked to my cousin Jen last night. She has rescued a very sweet cat and they are naming him Mr. Fantastick. I love it! She and Craig have the biggest hearts when it comes to rescuing animals! :)

David leaves for Houston this morning and he won't be back until Friday. I am going to miss him, but I have plenty to do this week with school and exercising to keep me busy, so all will be well. Oh, here's a pic of us from Saturday night...

So there we are in all our happy cuteness! :)

That's about it for today. Oh, here's one more pic from Saturday when it was raining. The creek behind my apartment fills up, and it's really cool. (I took this from my balcony)

Have a good Tuesday everyone!

Monday, February 27, 2006


After a weekend of enjoying a few tasty treats, I am pleased to say that I have maintained my weight! (Yay!) I am working out today, so that should help, too. :)

It was a really good weekend. Friday night I had dinner with Mia, Kim, and another friend, Jill. We really had a nice time and decided we would do dinner once a month, and we'll all take turns choosing the location. Saturday ended up being a super busy day! (The rain didn't help things!) I got up and had to run a bunch of errands with Mom, and before we knew it, the day was really getting away from us! I was supposed to drop by and see my cousin Jen at her store, but between the rain and the errands, I couldn't get over there. (I was bad and forgot to call, so Jen, if you're reading this I will be calling you tonight!) Saturday night we had tickets to see Saints and Sinners play at the Granada Theater in Dallas. The band was really good! The show was great, but I was getting sleepy after the band played. There was another band after them, but David and I called it a night. We played darts for a little while after we got back to his place, but I was a very sleepy girl!

Sunday morning we made breakfast and then watched the Food Network for a while. Well, we watched it with our eyes closed! (We both fell asleep on the couch for a while!) We got up and came back to my side of town and had dinner with my parents (thanks mom and dad! Dinner was great!) And then settled in for the Dancing with the Stars finale. Although I think Jerry Rice seems like a nice guy, he doesn't have the skill that Stacy and Drew both have, and I don't think he belonged in the finals. I was glad that Drew and Cheryl won. I thought they were the most entertaining to watch, although Stacy and her partner were very good as well. I can't wait until the next season!

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. I hope everyone had a good weekend. Happy Monday!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Soggy Saturday

Wow! We are sure getting the rain here! We need it, but I was hoping to look fabulous tonight, not soggy!

Just wanted to report in that I weighed myself this morning and have lost 4.7 pounds!! I am moving in the right direction! :)

I think I am finally getting it all figured out. Just doing things my is really working! :)

Have a good Saturday everyone!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Many Reasons to Happy Dance

So much to celebrate on this wonderful Friday!

1. Mia and Kim's birthday dinner tonight!
2. Kim is officially done with her Masters Degree!
3. I got ANOTHER 100 on a second homework assignment-I have a 4.0 right now!
4. I love David! (But I celebrate that every day!)

So it's a good day. David and I watched Dancing With the Stars last night. Anyone else watch this? I am such a nerd for this show! I really thought Drew and Cheryl were awesome in their freestyle dance! (I voted for them, even though I love Stacy...but her dance was very anti-climactic!) So that was fun to watch...we'll be tuned in to the results show on Sunday! (This is the only thing close to a reality show that I watch)

David bought some new clothes this week at the big sale at Dillards and he showed me what he's wearing to the concert Saturday night. He's going to look so good! But now I have to step it up a little bit and do a little better than the jeans I was planning to wear...otherwise I may look like a the hired help and not the cute girlfriend! ;)

So I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

10 Things I Would Do If I Won 22.5 Million Dollars

1. Pay off all my debt. (won't take too much!)
2. Pay off all of my family's debt.
3. Give lump sums to close friends and family to do with as they wish!
4. Buy a house (they are building some great new zero lot line homes close by that I love!)
5. Buy a new car. I like the one I have, but I would like a new Mustang.
6. Plan a wonderful vacation. Actually, several. One really cool one for just me and David, and then one for all my friends!
7. Take my parents to Scotland and the Isle of Man for a family roots trip.
8. Do something really special for my Grampa. I don't know what it would be, but it would be super special. Most likely he wouldn't want me to do anything for him, but at the very least I would buy our Wednesday night dinners!
9. Schedule a massage and a facial at a really good day spa.
10. INVEST!!! (I want as much of this money around for as long as possible!)

An "A" Student

I got my first grade on an assignment for class, and I made 100! Now if I can just maintain that, I'll be one happy girl!

I had dinner with Grampa last night. It was so good to get back into the groove of Wednesday night dinner with him! Have been so sick for a while, I haven't been able to have dinner with him in two weeks, so I was so glad to see him. We had our martini and then went to the Black Eyed Pea for dinner. We talked all evening and I told him about school and how the online classes are set up. He is so excited for me, and it makes me feel so good. :) I usually stay until 8pm, but I left around 7:30 so I could get home and get a good night's sleep (which I did!).

Today I am going to work out for the first time in a coupe of weeks. Being sick really messed up my routines, but I am getting my groove back! I am doing VERY well with watching what I am eating this week. I foresee great success this week for myself. For some reason, I am not ready to go back to my WW meetings, but am just needing to get myself going on my own first. I'm going back to WW, but I have to do it when I am ready. Perhaps in a couple of weeks I will. I love my friends there and I know they are wondering what the heck happened to me!

So tonight I am going to work out, go home and get a few things together and then go to David's. I haven't seen him since the weekend, and I am missing that boy! (It's been a busy week for both of us!)

And CONGRATS KIM!! Today is her last day of school, and she's got her Masters Degree! I'm so proud! I'll give you a big hug tomorrow night at dinner with the girls!!

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Feeling Quite Studious

So I went through my orientation last night and it went well! I like doing the classes online...it beats being 33 sitting in a room with 18 year olds! (I don't like to be the oldest person in the room!) I got to work and turned in today's assignment, so I am well on top of things. The challenge will be staying on top of things...I can see where it would be easy to get behind if you get lazy, so I will have to make sure to work ahead a little bit.

Friday night is Mia and Kim's birthday dinner! It will be great to get together with them! We are also celebrating Kim's Masters Degree! (Go girl!)

I am feeling a little better today, but just mainly congested. I can handle that....I am just glad the coughing continues to subside! One of my co-workers came in complaining of feeling crummy and thinking she might have a fever. Uh, hello? Get your ass away from me! My supervisor sent her home and told her if she was sick that we didn't need a round two of all that junk. I never understand why people bring their germs to work if they think they might have a fever and be contagious. That's just rude! And besides, I am still getting over that mess! Ugh!

After a successful night in class, I was supposed to have dinner with Christy but she had to cancel, so I took myself to Souper Salad anyhow. I am so glad I did! I got soup, a salad, and a baked potato with salsa to go, and took it home and enjoyed it! I watched a little TV and conked out on the couch. I woke up at 11 and took myself to bed and slept like a log! I was sleepy! So tonight I am having dinner with Grampa, then I am running by Kim Williams' house for a short time, and then this girl is going home and taking a bubble bath and going to bed! I have been going to bed earlier most nights, and I sure enjoy it!

So that's about it for today. I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

First Day of School!

Today is it! The first day of the big investment in my future! I'm really excited about getting back into school. I'm ready to have my degree done and out of the way. It will take me a couple of years, but I think it's well worth it. I got everything ready, read my assignments and am geared up for classes. It's nice to do it online! I can attend an institution of higher learning in my jammies!! (Love it!)

Last night was relaxing. I didn't do too much. Came home, had dinner, went to Mom and Dad's for a bit, came home and had an orange slushie that I made, and went to bed. (And of course I talked to David a few times in there, too!) This dreary weather makes me want to just stay in bed! It was tough getting up this morning.

Tonight I am doing school between 5-6pm, then I am grabbing dinner with Christy. (We're going to...you guessed it: Souper Salad!) It will be nice to get caught up!

I spent a little time last night making mental preparations to throw myself back into Weight Watchers. I haven't done well at all lately, and it's really bothering me. So I am (again!) recommiting myself to healthier eating and more exercise. Since I have been sick it's been tough to exercise but that will all change this week! I am getting it all back in gear and being serious about it. With all my fun travel coming up this year, I want to feel good and look better, and the only way to do that is to get serious again. When I'm in it, I do so very well and the weight comes off pretty quickly. So here I am, getting ready to do it again. So if you feel like leaving a supportive comment here, I can sure use it! I promise to get better about posting how I'm doing, too. I really need to do this, and now is the best time to start. I packed a good lunch today, and had toast and a banana for breakfast, so I am starting the day just right!

One more thing...anyone else concerned about the Bush administration giving the OK to the United Arab Emerates-owned company taking control of 6 US ports? Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't seem like the best decision. Thoughts anyone?

Monday, February 20, 2006

Chilly Weekend!

It got a little cold around here! A little ice on the bridges and some below freezing temperatures made for a delayed start at work today! (Yay!) I didn't have to come in until 10am this morning, and that was good for me! David and I had a lovely weekend just relaxing, watching movies, and making some spicy homemade chili! (I broke a little sweat when I ate it, but it was good!) We ate at Grand Lux Cafe Saturday...good stuff! I'd like to go back and sample some more menu items!

David and I decided Sunday, as we made chili, that having a sort of "Dinner Club" might be fun. Everyone could take turns hosting dinner at their home and guests could bring wine/desserts. Anyone interested? I think it would be a blast! We had so much fun cooking together that it seemed like it might be fun to share with friends!

I didn't do much this weekend...relaxing was what I needed. I am still getting over this nasty cold. I wasn't able to do the backup vocals on the Saints and Sinners CD because they had limited studio time and I haven't had a singing voice for a little while now. I am bummed, but I sure do understand! Maybe next time. :) They sound great...I think they're going to have a good shot at going somewhere!

No other big news. I am going to have dinner with Christy tomorrow. We haven't gotten together in a while, so that will be nice! I have a bunch of people I need to catch up with! I also start school tomorrow night and I am so ready! And BIG shout out to Kim-she finishes her masters in 4 days!!! I'm so proud of you, girl!

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2006

On The Mend!

I am definitely feeling better today! Still hoarse, but not coughing as much. I think it's due to the healing powers of Starbucks Coffee!! I took some cough syrup last night but it made me dizzy and I lost my dinner. :( (Not fun!) However, I am feeling better now and hope to continue on the road to recovery!

Wow...we're supposed to be in for some winter weather this weekend! Hopefully it won't be as bad as they are predicting, but icy bridges may be in order for us. Good snuggle weather!!

Tonight I am staying home and taking it easy. I'm going to make a light dinner for myself and curl up on the couch with Cleo and watch movies. I have a couple of movies in from Netflix to enjoy so that's my plan! (There will probably be a bubble bath in there somewhere, too!)

So I have a quiet evening on tap for tonight. I need it to get myself back on track!

Everyone stay warm and safe this weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Marginally Better

Still not great, but not worse. I am so frustrated because I HATE being sick! I am hoarse and cough all the time. This is not fun. I think the coughing is better than yesterday, though. Not by much, but I'll take what I can get.

David is coming over tonight. He is out in the field and working the NE Mall Dillard's today, so we'll get to have dinner tonight. :) I know he's happy to be out doing what he enjoys!

I still don't have much news. I pretty much slept all evening yesterday, and still didn't feel rested this morning. Damn SARS, or whatever it is I have.

So that's it. Absolutely nothing new. Except that I can't wait to take my trips this srping/summer! The trip to SF is in July (not my birthday weekend) so now I have a May, June, and July trip planned. :)

Birthdays...I have one coming in about 4 months! I can't believe it! I think I will probably want to go to 8.0 this year and have fun out on the patio there. But I have 4 months to change my mind. And if you know me at all, you know I will!! I layed pretty low last year, so this year I want to get out and have a good time! I am going to start considering my options now so that I know what I want to do in June. Who says I don't plan ahead?

Have a good Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A Thoughtful Valentine

I had a lovely evening last night. David made dinner for me, which was simply divine! He made ribs, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. (I brought cheesecake for dessert) We exchanged cards and snuggled on the couch. It was the perfect evening for someone who is recovering from the worst cold ever.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I know the post today is short, but I am still feeling a little crummy and don't really have much news.

Happy Birthday Mia and Kim!!! (Two great friends get to share the same birthday!!)

Have a good day everyone!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Back From the Dead

Sorry I haven't posted in so long. I have been sick. Not , "Oh, I have a little cold" sick...more like "I have SARS and am dying" sick. This has been awful! I am back at work today, but definitely not feeling 100%. This is going to be a long day.

I haven't done much of anything so I have no news to report. David is making dinner for me tonight. I hope my tastebuds wake up so I can enjoy his cooking! (Nothing is tasting just great to me these days)

Being sick had one small reward...I have lost 6 pounds since last Thursday!

So that's all I have for now. Just basically posting to tell everyone I am alive. (Barely)

Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Traveling the Country

David emailed me today to tell me some of his travel dates...I'll get to meet him at a couple of destinations and I am excited! I'm going to Las Vegas in May and New York in June. I'll also be in Northern California for my birthday weekend, as we are going to go with his family for a wedding out there. Exciting stuff! I can't wait! So now I am feeling very motivated to get my booty to the gym more often and be very careful of what I am eating. :) I have the perfect dress to wear to the wedding, but I need to get some weight off for it to look perfect, so now I have a definite goal!

david is still a sickie...I started to cough a little today, so I am hoping desperately to stay well. I am cramming myself full of vitamins and drinking lots of OJ, so hopefully I am able to fight off anything that might come along.

Other than that, no big news. I am going to go home and relax tonight. I won't be going to dinner with Grampa since I have been around David and his germs. I don't want to spread anything to Grampa-I would never forgive myself if I made him sick!

So everyone have a great day!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Plague

Man, whatever is going around must be terrible! I'm not sick, but David is REALLY sick, and he caught it from some co-workers. He's got a fever, very sore throat, coughing and congestion. Apparently this stuff is going around and is really contagious, and I am terrified! (I am pumping myself full of vitamins!!) I am hoping it skips me! Poor David, though!

Superbowl recap-apparently the referees had money on the Steelers? What was all that? Whatever. That could have been a great game with different refs, regardless of the outcome. I think I'll get off the soapbox before I go much further. Ugh!

However, there were some amusing commercials. I'm not a fan of Budweiser, but I did enjoy their commercials! :)

I don't have much news. I wasn't in the office yesterday, but I am today so this week will confuse me I'm sure. Christy's mom is getting married this weekend, so that's wonderful news! Also, Christy and Rich have set a date! October 28th of this year, so now we get to start the planning!!

And a big hug goes out to Stephanie! She got engaged this weekend to her beau, Chandler! I am so excited for them! They are just going to keep the wedding small (probably family only) so I am thinking I would like to throw her a shower if she wants one. (She's not one for being in the spotlight)

So everyone is getting married, and I couldn't be happier! :) I love it when good things happen to my friends! :)

I hope everyone has a great day!

(And Blonde, thanks for the comment yesterday!!)

Friday, February 03, 2006

The End of a Long Week

I am so glad it's Friday! (I know everyone else is, too!) It's been a long week, and I feel like I haven't spent any time at home. So tonight, I am going to have a quiet evening all to myself. I am going to make myself some dinner, and then clean my apartment. Not having been home much this week, I have laundry stacked up, glasses in the sink, and Cleo needs her litter box cleaned! So that's what I am doing tonight, and it's exactly what I want to be doing! (Wow...I must be getting old!)

Last night I worked with my 11 year old cousin, Ashley. She is singing in a talent show tomorrow and although she sounds good, she needs a little coaching with looking at her audience and having some stage presence. I don't know that I was much help, because it doesn't seem to come as naturally to her as it does for me. But I have also spent many years with voice teachers and doing many performances, so being a performer is just part of my nature. Hopefully she will feel a little more relaxed. She is singing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway", and she sounds just fine! She just needs to look at her audience and quit picking at her clothes, fingers, etc. She should do fine!

David is working all weekend, and I am missing him terribly. I have decided it's worse to not be able to see him when I know he's in town. He gave a presentation yesterday and it went really well, and I am so proud of him! He is in a couple of big meetings today and it is also the women's line runway show today, so he will have a busy day. Then more corporate dinners tonight, meetings tomorrow and another dinner tomorrow night. I don't know if I will see him Sunday or not. So I am planning to watch the game without him, but I hope that he'll be able to come watch it with me! He has corporate people in town until Tuesday, so I don't have a lot of hope really. I know it's part of his job, but this is really tough. Has anyone out there ever dated someone who traveled often for work? How did you deal with it? I could use some advice. I think what I am going to do is to pour myself into my workouts, get geared up for school, and find some things that I want to do for myself. I want to take my intro class for makeup design/application, so that is going to be on my agenda for this year. Anyone who knows me knows my love for MAC and my ultimate dream of being a professional makeup artist. I think it's time to set that into motion. There is a school in Dallas that I can take a few 3-day courses and get the techniques down. This is exactly what I want to be doing in my spare time, so I'm going to fit it in. (Don't worry, Mom...I'm still going to get my degree!)

So enough rambling. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

And GO SEAHAWKS!! (Sorry, Blonde! I do have some Seattle loyalty after living there for a while!) :)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Downhill Side of the Week

I am so glad tomorrow is Friday! It feels like it's been a very long week. David has been working so I haven't seen him and I am missing him!

I had dinner with Grampa last night and had a great time. We went to Mimi's Cafe and enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner. He told me some of his old travel stories, and I just never get tired of hearing them. He's done and seen so many things!

David told me yesterday that twice a year he has to go on a "blitz" for Born. This means that he has to hit the road for a couple of weeks at a time for a while and hit Dillard's stores in other regions. Am I excited about that? Not really. It's been hard to not see him for four days! But I know it won't always be this way. And he's found a way to work his schedule so that rather than be gone for seven weeks as we initially thought, he will travel for three, be home for two and then travel for three again. One perk is that on one of his trips he will be going to Las Vegas, so we're planning for me to meet him in Vegas and spend a long weekend with him there. He's going to have to work for a little of the time I'm there, but it's Vegas and this girl can totally entertain herself!! (Hey Blonde...when are you going to LV??) So that will help some. I'm just going to miss him when he's not here.

My cousin, Ashley, is singing in a talent show on Saturday, so she is coming over tonight for me to help her. She's really nervous and doesn't have much in the stage presence department, so that's where I am going to try and help. She's 11 years old and never done this before, so I can sure understand. The first time I ever sang in public I was 12 and scared to death, so I know how she feels. Hopefully I can help a little!

That's about it for today. I am working out tonight after work and then heading over to Mom and Dad's to work with Ashley. I hope everyone has a great day!