Saturday, November 29, 2008

The new addition...

I bought a new laptop today (mom and dad paid for half as an early Christmas present). Now I am completely set and ready for EVERYTHING!!
I also polka - dotted my plastic case for my makeup - it looks awesome!
Have a great evening!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Looking forward to...

I thought now was as good a time as any to list what I am REALLY looking forward to in the next several weeks:
1 - Ortho appointment: 1 week from today - only 6-8 weeks until I get my retainers, the end is near :)
2 - Thanksgiving: 1 week from tomorrow - we are having friends over for dinner and my 'brothers' get to spend the day with us. We'll probably even be putting up our Christmas decorations too.
3 - 4 day weekend: begins Thanksgiving day - who needs a vacation when you can have 4 day weekends?
4 - Christmas: 5 weeks from tomorrow - OBVIOUS
5 - Lori comes HOME!: also 5 weeks from tomorrow - WOO HOO!!
6 - Christmas shutdown: 8 days off - who wouldn't love it?

I think that's my list as of this moment. I'm SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just a thought...

"People can't live with change if there's not a changeless core inside them. The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value." --Stephen Covey

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One more thing...

In case you haven't figured out yet, I love food. I love to read all recipes, I love to try new recipes, and occasionally I'll even try the new food (as opposed to fixing the new food, and going for the norm while everyone else tries it). The other night I finally got to try making my own batch of Apple Cider Donuts. I got the recipe for Home Made Simple. So Yummy! We got through frying half of the batter and realized that there was no way we were going to be able to eat them all and didn't want to waste the time frying them (besides - the oil was getting icky). We cut out the rest and then baked them. I highly recommend trying them this way. The texture and flavor are quite a bit different, I personally loved them. The baked ones were definitely better for reheating in the microwave. Try it - I think you'll love it.


Just a few thoughts now that November is upon us. Only a few short weeks until the official holiday season begins (which unlike some people, I feel it begins the week of Thanksgiving. Halloween just doesn't fit in that category). I look forward to the opportunity to spend time with friends that we don't often get the chance to. I look forward to that feeling - you know, that "this is the most awesome time ever" kind of feeling. For the most part, everyone seems happier during most of this time.
I don't remember paying much attention to the change of seasons last year, but this year has been really enjoyable to watch. The colors were so incredibly vibrant and lasted for a pretty good while. But then the temps got colder and the rains came. So many trees are empty now. Monday was a little interesting. I was feeling quite under the weather - very depressed (what a waste of time and emotion - don't you think?). As I was driving to work, trying to find some happy music to listen to, I stopped under some really gorgeous trees. The thing that made me...uh, happy? was that the leaves were falling so quickly. I watched the leaves the rest of the ride, falling quickly to the ground, there was no hope for them, they were done. I realized as I watched that I was feeling like the tree. My mood was the leaves, and they were falling quickly. Fortunately for me, there was hope at the end of my tunnel. A decent meal, a hard work out, and a good mom hug and I was as good as new (of course almost a day and a half of feeling blah helped to be able to enjoy the other good things).
Today was very rainy and the leaves that hadn't fallen at that point don't have much of a chance, but my mood was different today. Today I was able to look at it, not like a season that is ending, a time of sorrow or misery, but as the opportunity for a new season to begin. Isn't that what our lives are, ever changing seasons? There may be an end to one, and it may feel like everything is falling and leaving you empty, but if you give it a chance, you just might find that what happens next has its own level of enjoyment and goodness.