Monday, September 29, 2008
I can't decide which song I am most excited to hear live.... There are just so many- I guess I have to get shopping so I can get an AC/DC shirt... Oh jeez just so little time!! :) Jealous aren't you?!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday night we had a few friends over and we enjoyed a campfire and a few beverages. It was nice to hang out at home and be able to be outside with a light sweatshirt on. I can't believe how warm it still is!! Justin's cousin Ryan came down and spent the weekend with us so that was fun!
Saturday was full of football. We watched the Hawks- (boo, not sure how that was lost but whatever)and then watched the MSU game. I ran a few errands and did a little shopping later in the afternoon. I even went into Pier 1 and while I was shopping decided to fill out an application. I figure a little extra money over the holiday season couldn't hurt! Who knows if I would even go back BUT it could be fun! Later on that night we headed downtown and hung out at Blue Bricks. Kinda busy downtown but somehow we ended up with a table so all was good! There was the usual request by Justin for some Jimmy John's on the way home but being the mean wife that I am I figured it wasn't necessary! :)
Justin was a little slow moving this am when he got up to go golfing with his Dad. Apparently he didn't say too much till about the 4th hole- poor baby! After they got back we headed over to Faribault for a late lunch with Justin's grandparents. It was nice to see them! It had been too long since our last visit.
Not much else exciting happened this weekend. The Packers lost but so did the Vikings so I suppose that isn't the end of the world. Hopefully Rodgers stays healthy and can come back next weekend. I am sure I will have more interesting stories later this week so stay tuned! Have a great week!!! :
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Anyway here is my play list... I had fun coming up with it so I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!
"You Are My Sunshine" when my mom and I sang it. There are many stories that go along with this song. I think one of the things that stands out the most is when my mom taught me how to harmonize with her. She told me once that her dad used to sing this to her and that has stuck with me. I think it is by far one of my favorite songs ever. My hope is that I can teach my kids that song someday as well.
"Sexy Back"- none other than JT HIMSELF! When I started at Seeds of Hope Justin Timberlake had just released his new CD. There were many office mate sing alongs and dance parties that went along this this. "I'm bringin' sexy baaaaaaaaaaaaaack" definitely one I always get my groove on too. :) DANCE PARTAY!
"Feels like Home"- Chantel Kreviazuk- sung by April -JR and I broke up during college and it was a really rough time for us. I was home over a weekend and I saw the movie "How to Lose a Man in 1o Days" w/ Kate Hudson. I am not sure if you are familiar with this movie but like any other romantic comedy the girl and guy get together in the end. This song was playing during the part where they were drifting apart but trying to get back together. I think this is when I really realized I wanted to be with Justin and that I was going to do what I could to be with him. A line in the song says "It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong" and I knew where I needed to be. April sang that song during our wedding and I still love to listen to this song. Somehow it always ends up on my play list.
"Bless the Broken Road"- Rascal Flatts- I realize is WAY overplayed and is now the typical wedding song but.... The summer before we got married this song was released I remember the first time I heard it, I was driving home to do some wedding planning. The song just struck a chord and I knew it would something that would stick with me. A friend sang it at our wedding and still every time I hear the chorus I think about how lucky I really am that I am with Justin. Not always easy getting where we are today but well worth it!
"Pour Some Sugar On Me"- Def Leopard- Ode to the shark tank.... Back in the day in CF there were many a night where I enjoyed blaring this tune. One instance I remember all too clearly is a night I went to the Shark Tank with my RA and enjoyed myself too much. I will just say too much to drink+broken heart+loud music+ pool in the middle of the dance floor= DRUNK DISASTER! None the less it was a blast and is still a favorite of mine and I enjoy blaring it pretty much any time I hear it!
"You Shook Me All Night Long"- AC/DC- As funny as it sounds this is my dad and my song. We ALWAYS dance (sometimes like idiots) to this song. What can I say I LOVE this song (and AC/DC). If I would have been braver I probably would have made this my dad/daughter dance song but I was too chicken. I figured we needed the tender moment we had looked forward to our entire lives so I went with something different. Now every time I hear it I dance, sing, and rock out hard core!
"Living on a Prayer" Bon Jovi- This song has SO many memories attached to it. I think of a bachelorette party where the bride sang lovingly into her beer bottle, the time my sister was SUPER annoying while doing a dumb hand gesture flyin down the freeway, many a bonfire, riding in the backseat of my grand am singing it at the top of my lungs with some of my best friends... So many great times and just a great song! (though some of you probably hate it!)
"Allstar"- Smashmouth- Summer of 1999 my high school softball team went to state. Our slogan was All Stars Shine in '99.... Anyway as you can imagine we blared this song as our state theme song. That was probably the best time of my high school career. I will never forget all the good times we had as a team!! I get all nostalgic when I hear that song now - too funny!
"Push" Matchbox 20- By far my favorite song ever. I love the entire song... the lyrics speak volumes to me and I never knew why till I thought back to the days of broken hearts. Having your feelings pushed aside hurts all of us in several different ways. Just something that I connect with on a deeper level.
"At Last" - Etta James- In searching for the "perfect" song to dance to for our first dance JR and I finally settled on this one. We wanted old school and we had both always liked this song so it made it pretty easy. The words expressed how we felt about our wedding day "At Last" we could call one another husband and wife.
"Imagine" John Lennon- Just a classic that always make me stop and reflect a little bit. I think about who John Lennon was and what this song meant to him. I realize where he was coming from and wouldn't it be easier if we didn't have differences? If everyone just accepted one another?? It would be my hope that other people are affected when they listen to the lyrics of this song.
"The Dance" - Garth Brooks- Again a favorite because of the meaning behind the words. I take it as go, live life. Do whatever you can whenever you can and just live. Leave your life to chance and enjoy the ride.
"Pretty Woman" - Roy Orbison Just my feel good song! not much else to say, it pretty much sums it up!
Donnisha was a young girl from Waterloo that was abducted and murdered in October, 2006. From what I have been told she was a bright and happy child that was taken advantage of and taken from this earth way before her time. There is much more to this story that I do not feel like is my place to pass on so I would rather you read it from someone that writes so much more eloquently than I do. She says what she thinks, is honest about her feelings, and lays things out better than I ever could. Stacy's blog
Though I did not know Donnisha directly I do know her family and I can empathize with what they are going through. I wish there was more that I could do but I am hoping that by posting this Donnisha Hill Case link you will read up on the proceedings and send all your thoughts, prayers, energy, whatever you can to the jurors on that case to make sure David Damm is convicted. He is a heartless, evil man that deserves to rot in hell. Normally I don't wish harm to people because I know that they will get what is coming to them however, in some instances I do believe we can only hope that this may come sooner rather than later!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
BTW I am having a silent war with my husband right now. He has this extremely annoying habit of waking me up in the middle of the night while he watches TV, surfs the net, EATS IN BED, plays with Bear, you name it. For some reason he figures that if he can't sleep then no one should. Or maybe he really doesn't think about....hmmmmmmmmm. Well either way it is really annoying and ruins my entire day SO I have decided to finally do something about it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to wake him up through out the day? I am looking for creative yet direct approaches.
*** side note: in case you aren't familiar my husband works nights and we are on opposite sleep schedules. I make a very big effort to not wake him during the day but no more!!! :o)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Today I got out my Halloween/fall decorations. This is by far my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the weather, and football! Kind of a bummer weekend for my 2 teams but I suppose everyone has to lose once in awhile. I just hope it doesn't become a habit! As you can see I did some photography stuff too so that made for a fun afternoon. I am hoping to get more done this week before too many leaves fall or turn. I am not sure what it is like for everyone else but it sure seems like everything is turning kinda early this year. I hope it doesn't mean we are in for another nasty winter.... I may have to really rethink my moving to Minnesota! Have a great week!
Last night a friend of mine and I went to the movie "My Best Friend's Girl" with Kate Hudson and Dane Cook. It was a pretty cute movie, even worth sitting through while feeling totally uncomfortable since I had to be careful not to kick the idiot's chair in front of me. :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Rough life isn't it?!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Until Sunday I had only met bio grandma 1 or 2 times and Justin had never had the opportunity to met her or her husband. Since we were headed to the cities, we decided that we should all get together. We went out to a nice lunch at a neat restaurant and enjoyed getting to know one another. As you know my mom and I are a lot alike.... well when you add Jean into the mix it is pretty scary. My mom and her say the same things but their personalities are very similar as well... I can't believe that there aren't just 2 of us - there are 3 of us that are very much alike! I think my sarcastic side comes from her as well as my being "well endowed" as she put it. :) I am not sure she really knew what to think of me but we had a good time none the less.
Our purpose for traveling to the cities was so I could purchase my bridesmaid dress for Tiffany's wedding in April. I think Jean took about 25 pictures of me in several not so flattering outfits!! I hope she doesn't show too many people!!
This is the scene from when everyone walked into the Alltel Center for social hour.
Here is how the convention center was set up. As you can imagine the place was full!!!
The dance floor was full the entire night!!!
As the tradition goes after every LEEP dance the LEEP staff heads out for a night on the town. We hit up some downtown bars and showed my parents a great time!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Justin had the computer all night tonight so obviously I didn't get around to adding things from Fall Elegance. I will probably have to do that tomorrow night since I am fighting the eyelids as we speak. Sweet dreams!!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Fall Elegance was a success and I will fill you all in on it a little more later on with pictures and all. A few other fun/ interesting things happened over the weekend so there will be plenty to come. This week is going to be pretty crazy so I will blog when I can... Have a great week!!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am no stranger to the world of ovarian cysts but still I wasn't happy to hear about having another one. To say that I was surprised that I had one isn't true. Though I didn't realize the size of this one in particular I know what they feel like and was pretty sure I had one or more. I have had a few rupture but the worst one was actually the night JR and I got engaged... I spent the evening in the ER so that was fantastic!
As you can imagine when she told me that of all things she was prescribing birth control as a treatment method I thought she was crazy. Actually I was pretty angry which, now that I think back to that point of my day, I am sure there were other factors that induced that behavior. I wanted to cry, scream, and yell but I didn't I am sure this post would have been way different had I written it yesterday! I know that women go on b/c as a treatment method for these little bastards but at this juncture I didn't want to do that. Now that the dust has settled I see the light and I am going to stop complaining because I do realize that this is all for the ultimate goal which of course would be the miracle of a child! I am done throwing a pity party so I will pop those little pills for this month and then we'll go from there. Wish me luck!
** As a side note, she did warn me that I could possibly be on a hormone roller coaster/ headaches from hell over the next month so if I get ultra bitchy (well more than normal!) pay no attention to the lady behind the computer screen!!! :) Hang in there with me!
Monday, September 8, 2008
(I do have to laugh though when the announcers say that the Packers and Bears are tied for the division when it has only been one game for the season... I mean really? how does the 1st game of the year tell you that you are going to lead the division... Whatever, I have never understood that....)
I am excited to see what the season holds but I still miss Favre....
Saturday afternoon we headed to Orange City for my cousin's wedding. It had rained all day and I was kinda nervous that they wouldn't be able to have the wedding outside. Luckily it stopped raining about an hour before the ceremony so we enjoyed an outdoor wedding! The bride looked beautiful and the groom was stunning. Everyone had a great time and it was a beautiful wedding. Here are a few snaps from the day.....
Grandma and Justin smiling pretty!
The Bride and Groom getting ready for the cake
Friday, September 5, 2008
Second, I know some of you have mentioned that you have been unable to leave comments on the page.... That problem should be fixed now so comment away! :)
We are off to Iowa for the weekend to attend my cousin's wedding in Orange City and then hang out in Cherokee with Justin's fam. April turns 19 on Sunday so we will may be doing something for that also. Not quite sure though on that... I will let you know how the weekend was when we get back! Till then have a great weekend my friends!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Personally I didn't like her sarcasm at all. She tried to be funny but I thought a lot of what she said were cheap shots at various people, including her daughter. To bring Barack into this equation I have to admire once again his eloquence and understanding when he said that Governor Palin's family needs to stay out of the debate. This to me includes not only teenage pregnancy, but the many other things. I have to wonder if she was chosen on the fact that she has helped her state gain a surplus or if she was chosen solely on the fact that she is the "every woman". She has 5 kids, 1 of which is joining the army, she is an "avid hunter", lifetime member of the NRA, Pro *LIFE*, etc. I realize that these all play a part but come on... how does one person have so many right wing attributes?! :) I loved how it was all just laid out there as if no one has ever done anything like this before.
As a woman I respect her standing up for what she believes in however, just because I am a woman I don't feel like I should be easily persuaded to vote for her on that stance alone. I may be totally looking at this wrong but in my opinion she is on the ticket for one, because McCain's camp thinks women are dumb enough to jump on their side and two, because she stands for what all of the extreme right wings want in a candidate. Him saying that he is planning for the future is having her by his side is a load of crap. Having such an extreme to one side or the other will hurt us more than it would help us. Why can't everyone see that we need to meet in the middle! HA HA
I realize that not everyone will agree with me and so I am putting myself out there for scrutiny but seriously.... times are tough enough right now, why make it harder?
*** edited: I miss typed when I wrote she was pro choice- she is pro life, I stand corrected! :)*****
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
A few posts back I mentioned the dog that my sister had rescued. I really wanted to keep her but Justin said no so I tried really hard not to fall in love with her. Needless to say I DID fall in love with her and it literally tore my heart out to give her away. I will be the first one to say that I don't usually like small dogs but something about her personality and spunk made me instantly take to her. She was my little cuttle bug and was always with me. Layla was so funny with Bear too. They actually played tug of war together and Bear was so kind to her. He would let her tug on the rope and then he would gently pull back even though he would growl like he was going to "attack" her. She didn't care though she went after him full force. She is quite a lot of dog in a very LITTLE body! It didn't matter what I was doing Layla was in my face or on my lap, the best part was she wasn't a slobber knocker (as we call Bear) and she didn't take up the whole bed or couch when she was sharing it with me..... and the biggest plus was that Bear had someone to play with. :) he needs a sibling!!!I really don't know how you can get so attached so quick but when Tiff took her on Monday I cried all day long. I kept trying to come up with ways to hide her, buy her back from them, steal her, or just not let them take her but I knew that wasn't fair. I told Tiff that had I known how attached I would become I never would have offered her to them! :)
Just so you know I am now on the hunt for either a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix or a purebred Chihuahua. I NEVER in a million years would have thought I would want a little dog but I am convinced the little cuddler is for me!
This is the night that April brought her home.
Justin and I haven't been out a ton in Mankato but we decided to show Tiff and Dan around a little bit. We headed downtown and hit up a few places but the end of our night was probably one of the most interesting... we absolutely DID NOT fit in with the crowd at that bar. We did have time to stop and pose for some silly photos!
Sunday was just spent lounging around. Definitely nice to just hang out, sleep in, shop, and watch movies. I would have to recommend the movie "What Happens In Vegas" with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. It is the typical romantic comedy but pretty cute.
I had a blast with Tiff and Dan and miss them already. It was nice to just relax together and get to just spend time with one another. It had been way too long since we had last seen them so it was great. I have to admit that we are getting old cuz even just a year and a half ago we would have been out really late all 3 nights and our bar bill would have been MUCH bigger!!!
When Monday came I basically spent the day doing nothing but the normal house work. It was nice to just relax for a bit. Justin worked Sunday and Monday night so he didn't have a ton of vacation but that was ok... All in all I would say we enjoyed our weekend of vacation. :) Hope you did as well!!!