Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas music at the Slee home has officially made its way here! I usually have a rule that Christmas music can only start on your drive home from Thanksgiving...but, this year I couldn't help myself. Today I'm busy cleaning a bit and taking down all my fall decorations. Thanksgiving hasn't even arrived yet, but I know when we get home from our Pennsylvania visit I'm not going to feel like doing all the work it takes to tear it all down. Don't worry I'm refraining from putting up Christmas decorations for now, promise.

Evan and I also did some Christmas shopping, I can't say what I bought, just in case some family members decide to be nosey! I found this at Peir1:

 Oh Santa baby...riggghhhttt?? I think it brings out my Christmas spirit! Side note - I was quite disappointed with Peir1 they're stuff is pricey, and I didn't see much there I actually liked. Much of it seemed like I could find the same stuff at Big Lots only for half the price.

The weather here in TN has been amazing! I've never in all my life experienced such nice weather this far into fall! Today it was 67 and sunny! I wore jeans and a hoodie outside all day and didn't get cold once. At home we would have had a few dustings of snow by now! I will say, I don't miss Pennsylvania's weather. Hot or cold Scout and I like a good snuggle every now and then.
 Mini apple cranberry pies I made for work:

 Etienne Aigner leather shoes I got for $3
They are literately brand spankin new. My Grammy Grace found them while we were at a flea market.
Gosh I love a steal.

One of my best friends from high school had her baby yesterday! Isn't she absolutely beautiful?
Alexia Margaret 7lbs 1oz
I think she looks like her mommy.

I will say I'm not into babies in general. I've never been a baby loving person...I like babies, but mostly I feel like I'm going to accidentally drop them or make them cry, scar them for life, etc. But she is so cute. People are always oohing and awwing over babies, but believe me, if it's not a cute baby I will not ooh or ahhh. But this little girl almost makes me consider having one someday...then I think about all the

no sleep
more cleaning
no free time
getting fat
lotta money
keeping them around for 18+ years
hoping they won't be losers
pushing a freaking grapefruit out of me

You catch my drift.
Pretty much all that wipes the notion of that urge away as swiftly as it came.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sometimes you finally realize you're a grown up.

 I think that finally happened to me after my visit at Asbury a few weeks ago. I was giddy with excitement to travel north to Lexington, KY for weekend back at college. I've had tickets for months to see Taylor Swift and all my old college friends, and now the weekend had finally arrived! From the first moment I visited Asbury University, before I even decided to go there, I loved it. Being a horse lover and owner throughout middle and high school only fueled my love for Lexington. Almost anywhere you drive you see beautiful bluegrass enclosed by never-ending fence lines. Horses. Oh goodness the horses make me weak at the knees. Everywhere you look there are hundred-thousand dollar horses. These hundred-thousand dollar horses can't just live in any old barn, no-way! The stables in the area are nicer than most houses! I wish I was joking.

Being able to go back for a weekend was a dream come true. Honestly, I've missed college life so much, alot more than I thought I would. Adjusting to married life has been hard. (Don't get me wrong I love it!) But there are alot of things I didn't think I would even notice, but now I do. Sometimes I missed living in a dorm with all my best friends just a door away. I missed my roommate. I missed going to classes (shocker I know). I missed chapel. I missed going on late night adventures. I missed laughing so hard I thought I was going to pee my pants. Asbury became home, and I desperately missed it. I think it's been harder because I've moved to place where I don't know the area, I don't know any people, and my family and friends are so far away.

A part of me still yearned to be back to school and to live the college life I once had, even after I got married. But after my weekend visit, I think I finally scratched the itch that had been nagging me for so long. That weekend I stayed up late talking with Krysti, ate out, went shopping at my favorite vintage store, stopped a Whole Foods, spent an afternoon with Katie, meet David Nail, sang my heart out with Taylor Swift, and before I knew it I was back in the car driving back to Nashville. A moment of overwhelming peace was surrounding me on my drive back home to my husband. I was no longer a college student. Yeah, the weekend was fantastic, but I don't belong there anymore. Nobody on campus was calling my name when I walked around. My old room was no longer mine. The study rooms and desks were not filled with the Fearless people I know and love. It was strange and sad, but also a really great feeling that I'm at a different part of my life now. And most importantly I'm completely ok with where I'm at.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Well here I am, finally!

Unfortunately I've been working every single day since Friday. Actually I still have to go in today from 1 to Those old people have really been testing my patience lately. I'll give it to them, they come up with some terribly creative questions to ask. 

"Why do we have coarse ground pepper? I want finely ground pepper. Do you have any?"
- Why yes, I'll go stone grind you up some in my spare time-

"Why do they set these coffee cups here? I don't drink coffee, can you move them, right now?"
(With my hands completely full already)
-I don't set the tables, they (those who do set the said table) don't know every single prefernce you have. And would it kill you to let it just sit there?!-

"I need more jelly."
-I bring more jelly-
"Oh I don't like grape jelly"

"There is melted butter all through the butter dish, it's disgusting! It needs cleaned!"
-YOU GUYS open the butters and dump them back in upside-down, just to see how long it will take until I clean do I know this? Because I just cleaned them all yesterday...thanks for making my job that much harder.-

"I need more coffee creamer."
-looks at table-You have coffee creamer right there-
- Are you really that lazy you can't even look for yourself?-

-brings food-
"Oh I didn't order this, I don't even like broccoli."
-bring menu-
-Broccoli circled-
"I didn't write that on there..."
-Oh right, the kitchen ghost did-

"Take this jelly off my table, I don't even use jelly!"
-Removes jelly-
"Where is the jelly?! I need some jelly?! Why is there never anything I need on my table!"

These are the questions I get every single day. Actually these are examples from just this past weekend. Lately I've realized that not only am I physically tired from working a 12 hour shift, but mentually I'm exhausted from dealing with these people everyday. I guess the most frustraiting thing about it all is I try, so hard, to make them happy. But, them being satisfied is never going to happen. It just feels like a loose, loose game. No matter what I do, no matter what I say, or how fast I bring things to them, they will never be happy...I hope when I'm older I can appreciate people helping me a little more. Maybe just a thank-you would be nice every now and then.

While at work I also got to participate in not 1 but 2 fire drills. It was so awesome. The best part about it was that both of the drills occurred 15 minutes before dinner, therefore making me hopelessly late. Last night the fire "drill" was an actual fire this time, (small electrical fire in the matenice room) and most of the people there didn't get it. It was raining, so none of them would go out there door, once we did get them pushed out the door they all kept trying to turn around to come inside. Eventually one of the nurses starting screaming "There is a real fire, if you don't get out the door you are going to get burned up in this building!!!" That caught their attention.

I hope I'm not sounding too bitter about my job. It's just been a rough couple of days lately. One thing after another without a break from it all. I have off Thursday-Sunday; I'm so excited to hang out at home with Evan and do NOTHING! It will be the first weekend since the middle of October that I've had free, and I'm not even a tiny bit mad about it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sometimes you sit around and watch TV all day with your dog.
This is precisely what I accomplished today. It's been the first day in weeks that I've had a day off to do nothing. No urgent cleaning, grocery shopping, packing, planning, etc. It felt great to do nothing for once.

The past four weeks have absolutely flown by.

I guess it is true that the older you get the faster life goes by. Now with holidays coming up I can only imagine how it's going to be January before I know it.

I will have to reminisce about my weekend at Asbury and my grandparents visit later this week.