You Should Make 3 Resolutions
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Usually Christmas Day we all (my mom, brother, Heather, my grandparents and I go to my aunt's house and have dinner with my cousins). But since my cousin Andrea just had a baby and isn't scheduled to come home from the hospital until today we have decided to stay home this year and have a quiet dinner... I am looking forward to this.. It's going to be nice to not have to rush around and get ready to leave.. I'll be able to hang around in my PJ's and chill on the couch for a good part of the morning!!
After my house I go to Brian's parents house for a 2nd dinner/dessert and celebration with his family..
And then comes my favorite part....... Brian and I go back to our place and exchange presents late night, sit by the tree, and watch movies and just enjoy being together.. It's almost like our own personal Christmas Celebration!!! It's kinda of a tradition... and I love traditions...Merry Christmas Eve to all!!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
On another note, I've was soo busy yesterday... and today I'm going to another psych hosptial to observe 2 other teachers.... I apologize if I've been or will be MIA from commenting.. It's just going to take me some getting used to with my new schedule!!! But i have been and will be reading.. Hopefully i'll get on a new schedule quick.. and Hopefully my new lil cousin will get on a schedule for her mom and dad...
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
And be done, showered, dressed, and ready for 1:45 pm....And I was wondering why I was up at 6:30 am on a saturday morning.. Hmmmmm..
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The time has come for me to move into a different stage of my professional life. Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development that you have provided me during the last 3 1/2 years. My time at *** provided me with a chance to learn from the other great teachers within the school and the opportunity to teach such wonderful children.
I have really enjoyed working for both of you over the years and this is why it was an extremely hard decision for me to make. I find myself in a position where I must move on to be able to grow both personally and professionally. Friday, December 19, 2008 will be my last day as your Kindergarten Teacher.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sure enough I got a phone call with an official offer! And this is where the stress begins.. I kept thinking how am i going to leave my students, students that love and admire me. Students that love being in my class, students that are sad when I'm out for the day! I felt like such a bad person, like such a bad teacher... And then I thought about my friends at work and my bosses and how I love everyone.. And I thought about how comfortable I am there... And that's when it hit me! I can't stay at a job just because I'm comfortable. And just because I'm scared to go somewhere new.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
~Go to our friend James' wedding
What are you doing today?
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The next good deed I put together was a food and toiletry collection for the Troops overseas in Iraq. A good friend of ours(Brian and I) husband is stationed over in Iraq for the 3rd time. And I guess, unfortunately, after being over there 3 times has made the novelty wear off. He isn't getting many packages, letters, or even email.
So what I did is this: I held a collection at school and also donated items.. Such as cookies, candy, deodorant,toothpaste, coffee, etc and have put together two big care packages for him. My class, along with the entire school have made pictures and holiday cards for him. I'm hoping that this makes his stay over the holidays a little brighter....
I know it's made me feel a little brighter doing these good deeds... I hope many lives will be touched this holiday season and made just a little better from the things I have done... One can only hope!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I have been doing a bit of online shopping because I'm getting some great deals, actually a lot better then in the stores. And during the holiday season tons of stores and catalogs offer free shipping which I love!!
What I don't love is the fact that sometimes you see something online and it looks big and beautiful and when you order it you expect to receive the the big and beautiful item.
But that's not the case over here at my house. I got home from work yesterday happy to see to packages sitting on the front steps. I opened the 1st package and was quite happy with the gift I had ordered for Brian's sister... I wasn't so happy with the other box I opened (and I can't really say what it is just incase this person is reading my blog, lol)... I was so disappointed to see the the item was small, less brillant in color, and still cost the same as the big, beautiful object online.... Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice...never gonna happen!!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper most def! Each year it takes me the longest time to pick out the perfect paper. It's kinda my own personal ritual. And I wrap all the presents in the same paper!!
2. Real tree or Artificial? I always grew up with a real tree... But this year it will be fake just because our place is small and it's easier!! But when we get a biiger place you can bet your bottom I'll have a real tree every year! I just like them better!!!
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving!
4. When do you take the tree down? About a week after New Years!! I hate taking down the tree. It makes me sad!!
5. Do you like eggnog? I like it.. but it's not something I drink and look for every holiday season. If it's around I'll have a glass!!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Every single year I would look forward to getting a new doll... It was usually something I saw at the fancy doll shop when I was growing up or it was a surprise doll. But I looked forward every year to my new doll and adding it to my collection. I still have all of them and hope to have a daughter to pass them on to!!
7. Hardest person to buy for? Brian's parents.....
8. Easiest person to buy for? Brian, hands down
9. Do you have a nativity scene? NO....
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I mail mine..That is if I have the time to get them out... I bought them early this year and was ahead of the game!!!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A used candle...
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Christmas Story... Especially when the play it for 24 hours straight!!!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I start putting together a list around the end of October and if I have time I start shopping early.. This year i was too crazed to start shopping until December....
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Shrimp Cocktail, Stuffed Artichoke's, and my mom's Apple Pie.
16. Lights on the tree? Yes, white lights... when I was little I always wanted colored lights on my tree.. but now as I'm older Brian and I love white lights...
17. Favorite Christmas Song? I too like Santa Baby and Jingle Bell Rock.. Heck.. I love Christmas Songs... They give me holiday cheer...
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I usually do Christmas Eve and my Mom's house and then Christmas Day at my Aunt's and then go to Brian's Parent's House for Coffee and Dessert... Then Brian and I go back to our house to exchange gifts and watch movies!!!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid Donder and Blitzen... I got them online.. heehee....
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? This year I think we're doing an angel!
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Day with my family and Christmas Night with Brian and his family!!!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People that get so crazed and obsessed with shopping...The knock in to you and grab things and are just so pushy.. I feel it defeats the purpose of peace and happiness..
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color? Umm.... I love all of my mom's ornaments.. but she has this teeny, tiny stocking ornament that my great grandmother made for me when I was born.. my entire family has one and we hang them on the tree....
24. Favorite thing for Christmas dinner? Prime Rib and Shrimp!!!
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I would like gift certificates to Coach so I can purchase the bag I want!! Also I want new Uggs and perfume!! I like surprise too.. But I'm not picky!!!!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
And the Banana Republic Wool Trenchcoat in Cream.
And hey, get some rest....
You're going to busy these next few weeks!!!
PS - What are you hoping for these Holiday Season?
Saturday, December 6, 2008
What Dana Means
You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
After that I went to get some Italian Salad dressing cause we were all out. So as I made my way I noticed a couple(in their mid to late 30's) blocking the entrance to the aisle. So I politely waited as I browsed the seafood section to see if there was anything I was interested in. As I saw them move out of the way I reached for my dressing as the MAN said, "excuse me, where did you get those cookies? They look awesome!" I replied, (not really even paying attention as I tried to pick which dressing I really wanted) "you can find them in the corner of the bakery all the way in the back." And those were the only words exchanged. It was a 5 second conversation and that's it. After, he went on his way!!!
So, as she moved away from her cart to get something I slammed my shopping cart right in to hers to move it out of the way!! What a scene, LOL... Maybe it wasn't the right way to handle the situation, but I figured it was better then slapping her in the face which is what i really, really wanted to do! My blood was boiling, my blood pressure must have been through the roof!!! She was so shocked I slammed her cart, but hey I got around her!!
As I started to calm down I made my way a few aisles down! Now, I was stopped in the baking aisle when the WOMAN must have not recognized me from behind because I heard, "excuse me can I just grab something by?" As I turned around she saw it was me and said, "Oh Shit" I guess I'm going to have to wait now, huh?!?" Her boyrfriend started in saying stuff like how I shouldn't move for her because she was a bitch to me and so on and so on...... So i planted myself in that spot and didn't budge until I was done!!! It was seriously something you'd see in a movie!!
I mean do real people really act like that??? I was so embarrassed for her.. I mean what a low class thing to do.
The rest of my shopping experience was met with awful stares and nasty remarks.. I just ignored them and finished up!!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
~Kisses under mistletoe
What do you love about the month of December?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Outside of the Wynn
Dinner outside at Lamborghini Las Vegas
At the Hoover Damn: Nevada/Arizona Border
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In light of Dana being in Vegas, I, EP, thought I would share a gambling story (since I've not been fortunate enough to have visited Vegas since I turned 21.)
Unfortunately, I only have been to the casinos ONCE in my life, and the night was an interesting one.
My friend A was in town for the weekend, and I was so excited to see her. She'd been in Houston all summer, and we had been planning her visit for a few weeks.
Right after she got into town, A and I headed to our favorite restaurant and bar -- The Chimes. After ordering an appetizer, we decided a celebratory pitcher was in order because she was back in town. Our favorite beer, Purple Haze, was one of the cheaper pitchers for $5, and we were ecstatic.
We drank the entire pitcher over our appetizer, dinner and dessert. It was incredible, and when we finished everything up, we decided to head back to my apartment.
We didn't know what we wanted to do for the evening, but we knew two things. First, we wanted to have a few more drinks (specifically our specialty, Sebastian.) And secondly, we wanted to hang out with our boys.
Back at my apartment, we prepared Sebastian. One packet of raspberry Crystal Light. One packet of lemonade Crystal light. A few cups of water and LOTS of vodka. The Crystal Light masks the vodka burn, and this drink? It's dangerous.
We poured our first drinks.
Sebastian was a great idea.
We poured our second drinks.
Oh, yes it was.
Somewhere around our third drinks, we decided to round up our boys and head out on the town. And once they arrived at my apartment, the decision was made that we would go to the casinos.
I threw on a dress -- a gorgeous dress I actually wore the night my boy and I started talking. I thought it'd make the evening more exciting. A did the same, and we were ready for whatever came our way.
Now, me being the glorious lightweight I am, I was just along for the ride. I was no part of the decision making process, and I sure wasn't going to be our driver. No. No. No.
A's boy drove, and we stopped at the ATM before heading downtown to our final destination. My boy had to enter my information into the machine, and he limited me to $20 for the evening. That choice saved my bank account.
Then we were off to the casino, looking fabulous with cash in hand.
The rest of the evening is a little fuzzy for me, to be completely honest.
We spent our time at the casino on the slot machine floor. I loved the lights. (Yes, I'm THAT drunk.) And pulling the lever? It was quite possibly my favorite thing EVER.
I spent my $20 in about 15 minutes, having lost every penny to the quarter slots. My boy had a $5, and we were able to play that a long time. I couldn't tell you how long we played because, well, I was a little out of it. But I was having fun. That's what mattered.
My boy speaks about it like I was the happiest I had ever been in my life. He tells me I was so joyful about everything, especially pulling the lever and watching the wheels on the machine spin. ... He gets a good laugh whenever we talk about it.
A and her boy were playing the slots, too, and they took home around $50.
We called it a night early.
A and her boy cashed in.
My boy and I made our way out, empty handed. I remember seeing some of his friends -- I couldn't tell you their names or anything -- but I met them that night. I'm sure they had a fantastic first impression of me.
My boy and I were dropped off at his apartment, and I turned in for the night.
I awoke hours later, my tummy feeling horrible. Sebastian did me in, and I was sick for the rest of the evening and into the morning. To this day, this is the only time I have been so miserable after an evening of fun, friends and drinks.
And, to make everything worse, I didn't even have anything to show for me having gone to the casino, unless you count my bank account, which was $20 poorer in the morning.
Here's to hoping Dana fares better -- physically and monetarily -- in Vegas!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Helloooooo all of Dana's fabulous readers! I'm Katelin from gorgeous footsteps in the sand... stepping in while Dana is off off and away.
On this fine Monday before Thanksgiving, which just so happens to be one of my little brothers 13th birthday, I thought I would share with you some of things I'm most thankful for about my brothers (my mom's jaw just dropped for sure, haha):
When I was living at home I could always count on one of my brothers to wake me up if I ever slept past my alarm.
If I ever want to see a cartoon or kiddie movie in theaters I have a guaranteed movie partner.
They think that the Sims 2 is a cool game and don't make fun of me for my dorkiness.
My youngest brother can be persuaded to wash my car for five dollars and I love him for it.
I can always count on one of my two brothers to tell me the truth about how my outfit is, haha. Not even kidding, on more than one occasion I've asked them how I looked before
When asked "why are you so cute" my youngest brother would say "because I look like Katelin." Seriously it was priceless, he learned so well.
And I'm most thankful that although my little brothers drive me insane most of the time, still love me and will always be there for me.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Hola, JustTalk Readers! It's me, Carmen from La Petite Belle, and I'm here to entertain you today while Dana is away in Vegas, baby!!!!If you read my blog (who am I kidding, right?) you would know that I just ended the longest and most painful job search that has ever existed in the history of mankind. I've had a job become unavailable right after I decided that job was my life's purpose, and of course bad days when I felt I simply could not go on. I also had days (ok, a day) when I decided to look at the positive side of being unemployed, telling myself that being unemployed means I can wait for the mailman to deliver my latest Victoria's Secret online purchase while everyone else sits in a cubicle doing boring paperwork.
Anyway, it is all over after I got the best ever job offer yesterday. After two nerve-wracking interviews and being one of 20 candidates, apparently they saw something in me (although I'm not quite sure what?). And now it's a thing of the past.So I want to share with you some tips.
Are you job searching? Good, now let's get started.
1) Don't be too picky.
In the beginning, I would walk into interviews like I was the CEO if a multi-million dollar company walking into a room of people who were there to convince me hire them. That obviously wasn't the case and I quickly learned my lesson. Have a humble attitude, which I lacked until very, very recently (ha-ha) and a desire to show the employer why you would be the best pick, and you've made an impression. Don't negotiate until after you receive an offer. Say "yes, yes and yes", and when you get the job, then you can say "yes, no, and maybe".
2) Don't get too excited.
We've all heard the "don't put all your eggs in one basket" or something like that. It's so true, because after being rejected the first time, I thought my world was ending. I felt useless, as I scrunched the regret letter I got in the mail, opened it back up again and wrote "I HATE YOU" all over it with a sharpie. If you have tons of options, you won't get devastated after one rejection. Or maybe I'm just a super-sensitive girl with obvious anger issues.
3) Don't send thank you cards to all employers after the interview.
Because now, I have no pretty stationary left. Although the job I got makes it totally worth it, and I'll probably be able to afford a new stationary set in the near future, seriously, what if I didn't get this job? I'd be unhappy, broke, and out of pretty stationary which has my name all pretty in cursive. So save your pretty stationary for the good jobs- the ones you really like. You wouldn't get out the fancy soap for when your sister comes over, would you?
And that is all. I hope you learn from my mistakes, and while you're home browsing for jobs on Monster, why don't you stop by my blog and say hola?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Well, hello there. I'm Ashley, and I can usually be found writing over at my blog, Our Little Apartment. Dana holds a special place in my heart, because she was the first blogger to tag me for a meme…or maybe she gave me an award? I forget which it was, but I remember feeling a sense of belonging to this blogging community because of Dana and her faithful commitment to us bloggy friends. :) What a lovely lady she is, right?
So! While Dana is off enjoying Vegas, I'm here to ask you a question. Or maybe muse over a predicament. Or just confess something.
[In case any coworker were to find my blog (oh, please no!), I wouldn't be able to post about this over there.]
Most days at the office where I work are the same: Get to work, fire up the computer, attempt to make a to-do list, and alternate for hours between reading blogs, Twittering, and trying to actually get work done for, oh, you know, WORK. Many days, I even write my blog posts at work because it's just another way to procrastinate. I leave at the end of the day feeling defeated and frustrated with myself. [Although, since this is only a one year position, meaning I'm leaving in July anyway, I'm not too worried about getting fired.]
I'm slightly ashamed looking at the past few sentences. Who is this girl and when did her work ethic become so insanely terrible!?
Today, for example – I have to get tons of work done, so I'm avoiding Twitter and blogs. (Although, I am totally writing this at work.) I have no ability to be moderate in these things, apparently. It's either the whole tamale or I completely abstain. Where is my self-control? I'm honestly a little afraid that I'm ruining myself by being such a bad worker…I am better than that, darn it!
I guess my question for you all – Dana's faithful readers and my own – do you blog/Twitter/waste time on the interwebs while you're at work? Do you feel guilty? How do you ensure that your productivity doesn't take a blow?
PS: Dear internet, my sweetest, most favorite drug – I could never quit you. But why must you be so addictive, darn it!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Hello everyone, the lovely Dana has asked me, Auburn Kat to post while she is hopefully winning lots of money in Vegas. I won't mention the fact that I'm extremely jealous!!! This is my first guest post ever, so please humor me if it's not good!
Sometimes I wonder if I am cut out for being in a relationship or not.
When my ex and I broke up I made a commitment to myself that I would not get into another relationship for one year so I could find out who the real me was again. Well, my one-year was officially up a couple of weeks ago. Not surprisingly, I had no issue in accomplishing my goal. I definitely have found who I am as a person and you could say that I was a bit of an over achiever in the not getting involved in another relationship department seeing as I've been on a total of zero dates in the last year. Yes, you read that right, zero dates. Granted, there was a couple of what I consider non-dates but nothing else, definitely nothing serious.
Now that my year is up, I'm not sure if I want to be in a relationship. Maybe it's all of the bad memories that I have from my previous relationship that still leaves a bad taste in my mouth? Maybe it's the fact that I haven't met anyone who lives in the same zip code, let alone same area code as I do that I find remotely interesting and attractive. Maybe life just seems less stressful by not being in a relationship? It's definitely not that I still want to be with my ex because I don't.
What is it? Why don't I want to be in a relationship? The only answer that I can come up with is that right now, I'm pretty happy with where my life is and I'm completely content with going to bed alone. Some people always have to be in a relationship and I'm just not one of them.
Then again, if the right guy tries to convince me otherwise, I'm sure I could be persuaded!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I'll Miss you all and I'll talk to you when I get back!!