Friday, September 30, 2011

Yesterday when I was driving home I made sure to stop and enjoy the summer smell of cut grass for one of the last times this year, because today there is a chill in the air. The crispness of fall is moving in! I've already started celebrating!

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frapp. Nom nom nom  
                       The perfect temperature outside                     

(Organic) Apple Cobbler

Halloween Decorations!

I'm still working on some paper cut outs for my Halloween decorations. If I do say so myself, it's going to look pretty awesome. I have an old smiling moon, flying witches, and masks to put on my pictures to make them spooky.

In other breaking news:

I received a $10 parking ticket (typical)

Our neighbors new puppy sounds like a small child being strangled when it cries
aka I panic and run outside everytime

Went to the store to buy stuff to make peperoni & veggie pizza and didn't buy peperoni
therefore we had vegitarian pizza

Less than a month from today I will be in Lexington with my best friend seeing Taylor Swift!

My lucky bamboo plant lost its luck. I think I killed it

Tonight I have a hot date to see the Screwtape Letters play in Nashville #winning

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Does it suck having an undergraduate degree and washing dishes for a job, absolutely. There are days when my alarm goes off at 5a.m that I wonder why I'm doing this job, I really don't need a college degree to wash dishes for a 12 hour shift. Almost every job I've applied for, even entry level, I'm overqualified. I wonder why I spent 4 years and $100,000 on a history degree. Believe me no one out there is seeking out an employee that has skills in reading the most boring history books known to man, writing historically accurate papers, or being able to regurgitate detailed history notes on a test. Don't get me wrong, I love history, and I had so much fun reading those books, writing papers, and even looking back now, taking those tests...but really...what was I thinking. <----- that's my whiny, negative side talking, DON'T listen to her!!

 A little part of me does cringe when people ask me what I'm doing now-a-days, but in the big scheme of life I'm blessed to even have a job right now. Thousands of college graduates are having a harder time than me. I’m so thankful that I have a husband who has a great job and if something happened where I had no job, we would be ok. So for the time being I have to look at the bright side, keep my chin up and know that God has a plan for me. Right now His plan is having me serve old people (sorry I hate using the words “elderly residents”) in the best way possible that I can. I work hard to keep their coffee cup full, make sure they like their food, have the drink they want, and keep everything clean, orderly, and on time. I treat all of them the way I would want someone to take care of my grandparents. I really love old people. Most of the time they are a little crazy, but in a goofy, funny way. Can they be demanding, impatient, and frustrating? Yes! But, I have my days too; I'm always aware to be extra nice, patient, and understanding to those people.

Today I read this quote, and it was just what I needed to hear.

"Own the trial. We each come with our own personal trials. God trusts us with them, he knows us and knows what we are capable of. He hopes we can learn and teach others from our own experience. It's hard enough going through it, but what if we went through the trail{s} with an attitude that "this too shall pass"? Everyone struggles, God has faith in me, I have faith in myself and I can do this. What a difference your struggle could be. - Stephanie Nielson"

SO WHAT if I never use my history degree.

It might not have been the most practical degree, but the friends, knowledge, and midset I've gained has been changed for the better because of it. I guess I just have to look at it as an awesome $100,000 shopping trip that will have to last me a very long time.

Monday, September 26, 2011

This is me at work.
 Please notice the awesome hair net and name tag.

 This is the box of lemons at work.
 Notice the cute girl on the box.

These are the lemons I slice.
Notice how pretty they are.

Notice this was the highlight of my day at work.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well this past weekend, Evan's parents and grandma came to visit. Basically we overate and hung out all weekend. It was pretty great. Before company arrived however, we were out of napkins. These are the napkins Evan bought:

I love that man.
Even though he thinks I'm a little crazy with the organic food and recycling sometimes he still takes the time to buy these. Score.

This is Scout wearing my flower headband while I was cleaning for company.

I didn't take any pictures of our adventures while Evans family was here...oops maybe next time. Saturday we drove to Nashville to Bass Pro Shop, which the boys loved, us girls...not so much. I did get Scout a bone and a moose that looked like a platypus, no wonder it was in the clearance bin. The platypus moose no longer has a face anymore so I guess it didn't matter anyway. As I type this hes working on tearing off his tail.
After a little shopping we ate at Athens Family Restaurant in Nashville, TN; It's one of my favorite places to eat in Nashville. They serve Greek/American food that is out of this world! It's small, but as soon as you walk in the aroma tells your tastebuds you won't be sorry. Inside it's pretty simple with white walls and the traditonal Greece blue color curtains, but there is a cozy, family feel that makes it relaxing. I usually never order vegtables when I eat out becuase they are never good, but I could exclusively eat just their mixed veggies! The portions and presentation of the food is outstanding. I ordered one of the lamb specials of the day: Lamb stew over a bed of rice. The lamb was so tender it fell apart! The rice had great flavor by itself, I have no idea what spices and broth they cooked it with, but I had a hard time not overeating. I really don't think there is a bad thing you could order! I walked out with a full box of leftovers too!

After dinner we drove down the main street in Nashville since it was raining (bummer). But we did see all the blinking lights, big gitars, and life size cowboy boots. I don't LOVE Nashville yet, but I can say that I love all the music that is in that city. Anywhere you walk along the tree lined streets you will see and hear people singing and playing. It's great that all the restaurants have big open windows to the street with live musicians singing their hearts out. I haven't walked down another street like it yet!

We finished up the weekend by sending off our company for the long drive home to Pennsylvania this morning. This afternoon we took Scout for a hike, played battleship, and watched a whole lot of SUV. Now this is the time of night I'm dreading work tomorrow...oh Monday why must you be the weekend ruiner.

This is me beating Evan at Battleship. (The only game I can beat him at)
Secretly I'm super competitive when it comes to games. Ok, maybe that's not such a big secret.

Scout is pooped from a big weekend and so am I. Goodnight!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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So last time I tried this whole blog thing I utterly failed big time. I think I posted once everyday, and then I realized I had a real life and things to do, so I stopped, started again, stopped, then started again sporadically. This time around I decided that it doesn't matter if I only post once every 6 months. It's MY blog, who really cares how often I post except me. Last time I was more concerned with it looking and sounding interesting...I was trying way too hard.

Reasons for all this:

* Sometimes I have great ideas but nowhere to write them down. I've tried a journal, but my brain thinks faster than my hand can write. I get frustrated, and stop. This might make all these swirling thoughts easier.

* I think it's important to document our lives. People are interesting, period.

* My friend Krysti has been telling me all summer I should blog.

* If this sucks, I'll try to come up with better reasons tomorrow. haha