Saturday, October 03, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
We have become avid paddle boaters...
I made food (including this triple berry trifle) for a Baby Shower for my expecting friend Heather...
My Mom hung up the curtains in my living room exactly one hour after I unlocked the front door for the first time and we started moving in...seriously...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Anyone else have a good snake story??
Friday, August 07, 2009
I was trying on these shoes at this little boutique. I have been meaning to come and do this for months because these shoes are supposed to be awesome for back and knee trouble. They are called Zcoil shoes (I will blog about them later if they turn out to be as awesome as they promise)...anywhoodle, I am trying on these shoes in this little boutique with the guy who runs it and we are the only ones there. He is helping me and telling me about all the spectacular things about these wonderful shoes and I am bouncing around on them and having a ball, then I decided to sit down and try on a different style. Let me preface this by saying that I was wearing really comfy 5 year old worn thin blue jeans that had been sewn and pinned in order to keep them alive (They were my fave.). Okay so I sit down to try on the next pair of shoes when I put my foot on my knee to tie the shoe I hear "RIIIIiiiiippppppp!" and to my horror I look down and see about 3 inches of bare thigh - my jeans had ripped. I tried to cover it up even though I am sure that my shoe guy had heard and scene my embarassing situation. I put on the shoes and walk around trying to hide the bare part of my leg - when I try on the next pair I very gingerly put them on and then yep...you guessed it..."RIIIIiiiiipppppppp!" and my 3 inch blowout has just turned into a 10 inch blow out. I kid you not my blogger friends - I was baring 10 inches of white thigh...oh my gosh the HORROR. I knew it was time to get out of there! I bought the shoes and waddled out like my thighs were glued together. So? Are you laughing as hard as my Mom was when I called her from my car outside the store. She was wishing pretty hard that she had been there...I never would have lived it down had I had a more intimate audience. Thank goodness shoe guy either didn't see or had the graciousness to ignore it.
So, like I said in the beginning of the post - I had lots of errands to run and clearly could not do them all waddling like a penguin. I headed to the mall where I had an errand to take care of anyway and waddled my bare leg into the Gap for some new blue jean! It was an emergency purchase and afterwards I waddled my way to the nearest restroom and restored my attire to something more acceptable and much less revealing! I wanted to change at the store but was just too embarassed to bring anyone else into the situation (you know what I mean). So although I could totally laugh the whole time...it is even funnier looking back out how I really had to walk carefully and hold my purse in the right position to protect my major blow out!
So, I guess I am on a diet now...I mean seriously...I am blowing out jeans! Good grief! Thanks for sharing the laugh!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
This week is my birthday and I think I finally get what people always told me growing up - when you get to a certain age you just don't care so much about making a big deal about your birthday. I am so there. Normally I would be looking for a great new outfit for the special day and checking and double checking plans so that I would have the perfect day. Right now I am just thinking..Hmmmm..my birthday is this week. How fun, it will be nice to go to a nice dinner and celebrate - except that we go to dinner all the time so it really won't be any different. And I tell my husband not to go overboard on a gift because we really cant afford it right now...with age I guess comes lack of enthusiam over birthdays.
Now, dont think I am an old fuddy duddy or anything - I will have a great birthday, eat some cake and feel special...I just feel different than I used to. What do you think? Are you still a kid at heart about your birthday or has the big day crept up without the calendar countdown you used to do?
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Hold on tight!
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
I got nothin.
Things are going really great here in the big K - Kyle really likes his job and I am continuing my search. We have been spending our time settling into our new home and discovering our new stomping ground. KC is a great place with tons to see and do and OH my gosh the shopping! Shopaholics should probably not live here!
We love the area and the people are so nice - seriously it makes you wonder sometimes about living somewhere outside the midwest. People are just different in other areas of the country even though we are hours from where either of us grew up there is something that feels like coming home.
So that is it for now. Life is good and we are more and more sure everyday that we made the right decision.
Happy Blogging all! I'm not sure how consistent my blogging will be in the near future - thanks for reading though.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Hopefully I will be back soon with stories to tell...stay tuned as we get settled in to our new home.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
...But most importantly a big goodbye to all of the wonderful friends we made while we were here. We will miss each of you and we will cherish all the memories that we made!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Today is the day we are loading everything up, we are leaving early tomorrow morning and then the adventure will really begin. Kyle gets back from his trip to Los Angeles this morning and he will have no time to rest as we load up the truck! Kyle is fretting about my back and how it will hold up with this many hours in the car...but, I think it will be fine! I have my lil' back pillow and some meds if need be! Let's get this show on the road! Kansas here we come!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
While we are going through this big life change at the moment of moving cross country and starting over in a new place with new jobs, etc. I remembered this picture of my and my husband, we were having photos made for Christmas card a few years ago and this wasn't so much a pose as it was a special sweet moment between me and my special guy.
I love this photo for how it reminds me to slow down (even amidst chaos) and just enjoy this amazing man that I love. So, today (in this moment) I am unwrapping those priceless moments even when there is packing to do, and schedules to follow and people to call....for this moment babe - it's just you and me (and well, all my readers...wink wink).
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
We continued our packing and sorting rampage last night and I have to say that we are still doing quite well ( cross my fingers we might avoid the chaotic throwing stuff in a box cuz we don't care anymore routine that normally happens ). We are packing and sorting simultaneously and the living room is quick becoming a storage room of sorts - at least until tomorrow's big sale.
Tonight we are sorting and pricing and setting up the sale in the garage so we can get it ready to go bright and early (cuz that is just how we roll....well, not normally to be honest :))
I am excited and hope that we have a lot of people stop by and peruse our cast offs.
I personally like to go to Yard Sales. I love to scout for furniture that can be repurposed or refinished to be like new. I have done that a lot and furnished a lot of my home on a meager budget and a lot of hard work and black spray paint. I like to get out there and see what someone is getting rid of that I might be able to make work perfect for me. I am a scanner though! I don't stop unless I see furniture or something that looks like a Moi Project waiting to happen.
Have a Happy Friday and hopefully I will have a good report on Monday for you!
My work is throwing me a going away lunch on Monday ala' Macaroni Grill and I am really excited! Tuesday is my last day and then it is all packing and no looking back!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
So excited to figure this out - maybe I will even post a sketch tomorrow if I come up with something I like. Happy Thursday!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Well, we aren't to that stage yet but we have officially started the packing adventure. Last night we started going through clothes and organizing stuff for our garage sale this weekend. We are trying to really go through things well and to really stay organized with the move as we have to fit it all in one big Uhaul.
The two worst things for me to pack are the kitchen and all my home accents. The kitchen because I am wrapping everything carefully and worried about things being broken when we arrive at the new house and home accents because I always want to take them down very last. As soon as you take down pictures and curtains and knick knacks everything starts to feel so empty so I like to take those things down as late as possible so that things feel as normal as possible before we are ready to leave the house.
Things are getting ironed out though and we are making our lists of everything we need to do before the big departure - Can you believe it is two weeks from today?!?! Even typing that makes me really really nervous.
This weekend is our yard sale and then the next weekend Kyle's Dad will be here to help us load up and drive to Kansas. Time is just flying by! And next Tuesday is my last day at my job - now that is a whole other blog all together...
Monday, May 04, 2009
We had about 10 places lined up to see over Thursday and Friday and we ended up looking at about 10 extra besides those! We had a pretty rough time overall as we kept hoping that we would walk into the perfect place and just KNOW that it was the right one for us.
By Friday night we were mixed on our top places and had yet to find one that we both totally agreed on and that really met our needs - by Saturday morning we got desperate and started heading back through the lists online to see if we missed any and also driving through a few more neighborhoods and calling the numbers on rental signs (we found quite a few to look at that way and the owners almost always met us within the hour). We were leaving at about 6 am on Sunday so Saturday was really our deadline.
We managed to go see one more place and when we walked in the door we finally felt the first shining moments of victory. The place was amazing and had everything we wanted and was in a great neighborhood to top it off! We called immediately only to find out that there was another lease pending on the home. AHH! terror! We knew we had to have it so the agent told us to go back to the hotel and fill out the online applications and then come to their office and sign a lease and put down a deposit and we could go into a little leasing war for the place. We were exhausted from our search and we designated a fall back place just in case and then we set off to try to get our application in!
So, we actually had to leave on Sunday without knowing if we got the place we wanted or if we were going to take our second choice whose location was not ideal. And then this morning we got a call and WE GOT IT!!! We are so excited and totally shocked that we got picked! I can't believe we will be there in just three weeks!
While we were there we also got to have lunch with all of Kyle's new co-workers and I got a tour of his amazing new office! And that same night (Friday) his boss and boss's wife took us out to Bonefish for dinner. It was great to get to know them and I am really excited for Kyle getting to work at such a great firm. Now, I just have to find something....
I actually got a few cards for design firms while we were there as well as meeting the designer who did Kyle's employers home. It was great to make a contact while I was there.
Yesterday we flew home and picked up our little furry guy from his puppy-sitters and were so relieved to be home. Home for now I guess.....I told Kyle that home for me is where he is so soon our home will be in Kansas. It is so nice to know that we have a place picked out to call home.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
After much much prayer and decision making and well, pacing the floor in our living room..the change I have been chatting about is on it's way (and no I am not pregnant).
A few weeks ago Kyle had a job interview in Kansas City and after he returned home they promptly called and offered him a position. We weighed the pros and cons and the other possible job opportunities he had come across and then we ACCEPTED! We are officially moving back to the midwest. We are both originally from there so in many ways we are going to be much closer to our friends and family. But we are excited too that we are starting fresh in a new city. It is really fun to discover a new place and we remember how much fun we had in our first year in Florida! We are both thrilled and we want to thank you all for your prayers and thoughts through the rough times the past few months.
I have turned in my notice at work and we are searching for living arrangements and before long we will be driving out of Florida and off to our new adventure.
With that said...if I am once again silent then it is because the chaos of moving your whole life across the country has overcome my ability and desire to blog- but I will be back with stories to tell and fun new adventures to share when things calm down! And don't worry! I will take pics of the trek to share with you all.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I WAS wearing a hat but the wind was so crazy I ended up just sporting the windblown look-
Here I am with my first catch of the day - I named him Ed.
Here we are attempting to all get in a photo - we made it!
We headed home when we couldn't take the wind anymore - we were a little sunburnt and a lot windburnt(?). We had a great time and are definitely planning another fishing day minus the wind!
After we recouped from our fishing adventure, we got a surprise call from some family from Northern Florida who were in Tampa for a mini vacation. We headed out to have dinner with them and them and afterwards we all went to play some mini-golf together. We had a lot of fun and everyone got a hole in one at one hole or another which made for some great memories!
Monday, March 30, 2009
They seemed to really enjoy it and we definitely hope they continue to come!
Friday, March 27, 2009
First I just have to say that I was so surprised to find out how many people were lurking around my little blog here! I couldn’t believe it! I am touched by your kind words about my writing, etc and I hope you keep reading and now that I know you read I will have to come and visit your blogs as well.
It’s finally Friday here at Reflections of Moi and I have to tell you that it is not looking like too much of anything is going on today. As I sit here at my desk typing my post in Microsoft Word (cuz...it looks more professional than blogger) I am wondering what today is going to bring.
The past few weeks have been beyond slow and as you know from recent posts- I am slowly losing my mind. I try to make up little routines that I go through each morning to take up time and make me feel busy:
First when I get in I make my oatmeal in my coffee cup (2 min.) and then I come back to my desk and check my work and personal email (30 min.), then I eat my morning pear (not to be confused with my after lunch pear) (hmmm..2 min.) and then I take care of any mail that I have that needs to go out today (0-5 minutes). Okay, so seeing as how I was 4 minutes late today that puts me at about...hmmm…8:38 am or if there was lots of mail 8:43 am. Only 7 hours and change to go! Not including my hour lunch of course where I used to check my personal email, blog, watch TV online, or read. Now, because I wrote this post I am now at 9 am so…things are looking up!
Now, let’s see…what else can I schedule for today? I was thinking about a good day dream that I could have around 10:30 or so…something with Jon Krazinski or Robert Pattinson or maybe just about shopping! Yeah I could probably daydream for about 10 minutes or so as long as the phone doesn’t ring.
So what shall I do between 9am (which is now) and 10:30am when I have tentatively scheduled my daydream? I could probably spend a good hour reading blogs and maybe another half hour writing some advance posts for another blog…Let’s see here now I have to get from 10:40 to lunch at noon:
String all paperclips together into fashionable necklace (4 min.)
Color nails in with different colored highlighters (6 min.)
Stare at wall and dream about being photographed in magazine for design work (7 ½ min.)
Make cup of tea (24 min. – you know, cuz I will wonder thru the office and have various office type conversations…and then sipping and smelling the tea…)
Reverse post-it pads configuration into accordion …(10 min.)
Stare at color selections for project and look busy (5 min.)
Cancel magazine subscription (2 min.)
Read all yahoo articles of the day (11 min.)
Text message Mom (2 min.)
Go to barnes and noble online and pick out books I want to read soon (6.5 min.)
Text message Mom back (2 min.)
Oh, thank goodness! It’s noon. Are you all exhausted? Me too…eat lunch (7 min.) and nap at desk to rest up for Girl's Game Night tonight (53 min. if the phone doesn’t ring)….
Only 4 hours to go! Please let me know if you have any suggestions of what I might do with my spare time - Don’t hold back; next week is a 40 hour week…(sigh)…
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So, what ISN’T my blog? My blog is not my way of letting everyone know how I am doing, it is not directed at others and it is not my way of keeping you up to date on my situations. I had a phone call yesterday in response to something that someone read on my blog. They had concern and I am grateful for their concern. But I don’t want to talk about my blog and what I wrote unless IT IS ON MY BLOG. That is what comments are for. They let you know what someone thought of what you said, they listed their concerns or thoughts, opinions, comedy whatever about what that post said and you are able to comment back and maybe even strike up an online dialogue about it. Bloggers LURVE them some comments people! It makes us feel like someone out there is reading what we wrote and maybe, just maybe it was interesting. Now, you might not comment on every post you read that is understandable – but in general if it is something you read on a regular basis then you should comment and let that blogger know! When you have two comments on a post - you think you have two readers. And I would rather have two readers than none but, if you are reading let me know!
If you are not a blogger you should still comment anonymously and add your name otherwise I (the author of my blog) start to get nervous that people are just reading my thoughts and ideas and little snippets but don’t have anything to say. If you don’t have anything to say – then don’t read. I know that sounds mean, but I feel like I am putting myself out there and I don’t know who is reading and I feel vulnerable.
I am not just here to complain or gripe at anyone – I am just making a plea that my readers let me know! I am considering making my blog private so that I have even more license to speak my mind and if I have 5 readers then that makes total sense (I can just allow those 5 people to access my blog) but if I have more then maybe I will keep it public.
I blog for me, but I love that other people are interested.
I wouldn’t mail you letters torn out of my journal, I can keep up with my loved one’s more personally via email if need be. I’ve been blogging for 3 and a half years now and I think maybe it’s time to go private or maybe just start fresh.
Alright all you lurkers and blog stalkers! I am declaring this the OFFICIAL Reflections of Moi DE-LURKING DAY!!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here is Kyle with his first catch of the day! I know I know, you are wondering how we even were able to reel it in!
Here is the biggest dork on the planet.