January 4, 2009
Okay, enough with the slacking, I started a new blog to jump start 2009.
Come visit me here: http://delightfullycharmed.wordpress.com/
I’ve been posting everyday so far and I am proud. Technically 3 days, but still. Better than the last couple of months!
December 31, 2008
Happy almost New Year…where the heck have I been?! I seriously have no excuse. It’s pretty sad when I am neglecting my blog, but in my defense, our life is currently occupied with bouts of work, Rock Band 2 on the Wii and traveling. And maybe other major life changes.
Anyway, with that in mind, I thought it would be lovely to revisit my goals of 2008 and see what I accomplished:
- Pay off the PT, school loans and the floor
- Pay 50% of Brian’s remaining school loan
- Book 10-12 weddings
- Practice yoga at least 3 times a week
- Go to Las Vegas and take a picture under the Welcome to Vegas sign
- Eat vegetarian for 5 straight days
- Go at least 6 months without buying anything Made in China (I know, it’s pretty hysterical and ironic). The only exception would probably be scrapbook products and if necessary, camera/photography related equipment
- Fix up the landscaping of the house and/or install new windows & doors
- Read all of Agatha Christie’s novels (I’ve read quite a few of them before, but I want to reread them as well)
Hmm, actually that is not bad. My loans are still out there but with my interest rate I guess we have been focusing it on other financial priorities. I was a yoga slacker and I cannot resist shopping for too long. But I think I did pretty well, considering that most of my goals for the year were accomplished.
My goals for 2009:
- Become more consistent about chronicling my day to day life (i.e. update the blog more often)
- Find a new job,
- Or perhaps go full time into photography
- Move and buy a new house
- Pay off the remainder of Brian’s high interest school loans
- Pay off the remainder of my tiny school loans
- Maintain a clean desk consistently
- Conquer Rock Band Guitar on Expert (lol)
- Spend money conservatively (stop laughing Brian)
- Read at least 50 books
- Go to Ocean Park when we are in Hong Kong
- Eat desserts/sweets in moderation. (stop laughing Brian)
Whew…that is quite a list but these are slightly more accomplishable goals I think.
Happy New Year!
December 6, 2008
We are in our 2nd night in New Orleans and this is one crazy crazy city! Quick notes since my laptop is being all spotty and I am using the resort computer so I don’t forget the last two nights…everything is starting to turn fuzzy on me! Eventually I want to detail more of the city, but here are a few quick notes…
-“It’s family night!” shouted an employee of one of those, ahem, specialty places (wink wink, nudge nudge) to entice us into their “establishment”
-“I’m as serious as a whore in church on Sunday!” said a mother as she pulled her elementary school son out onto the sidewalk
-“You said you’ve been arrested 21 times?” asked a police officer to a gentleman outside one of the hotels
-“So what we’ll do is take a break, then go get something to eat to fill our stomachs up…no hard liquor! Because after that we can get our Saturday night started!” said by two gentleman crossing the street, apparently to go take their break
-On our first night as we waited to get dinner in line of Acme Oyster House, an older woman stumbled, screamed and fell. Blood sprayed from her head and onto the sidewalk.
-Parade where they were tossing out beads
-Funeral procession down Bourbon Street
-Drunken Santas down Bourbon Street
-Performers (mime/statues), children tapping, Magnolia(?) Boys, impromptu performances
-Cafe Du Monde
-Oceania; Crab cakes, Jambalaya, Mardi Gras Pasta
-Working out and watching the ACC Football Championship Game (Go Hokies!)
-Voodoo dolls (maybe purchase one or two!…I have a few people I want to curse…except I would worry about karmic retribution)
November 26, 2008
Wow…I can’t believe tomorrow is Turkey Day! The house still needs a thorough cleaning, and this year we won’t have Brian’s family joining us…there is even question to whether or not my family will too! But no matter, I will still cook a feast to enjoy.
We have also decided that we need to replace our windows in our house. They are really crappy, original with the house and we just need to have it done. Oh the joys of home ownership. Plus added to the fact that next month, we are going to New Orleans and in February to Hong Kong, our spending is through the roof. With that in mind, basically we are canceling our Christmas presents to each other and doing a more minimal Christmas.
Since Christmas is canceled, I am putting my pretend I did have Christmas and these are my presents for my visual and self gratification.
For the egotistical, smug hippie in me, I would get this “I’m Not a Paper Cup” cup:
For the traveler in me, I would get a Kindle to keep myself entertained on those layovers and flights.
For the kid in me who is also a nerd who loves crazy monsters, I would buy these pop up books. I will probably buy one for one of my nephews for Christmas.
For the foodie, I would choose a yogurt maker…I never knew these existed!:
Hmm, there is not too much else that I want this year. Hope you and yours have a food enjoying, quality time for Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2008
Turkey Day is my favorite holiday. The only day where we are all technically and obligated to pig out on delicious, sinful food. Plus there is no pressure of buying presents for others…only pressure to make sure the food is good. Since I have taken over the reins for Thanksgiving yet again (year 3!), here is this year’s menu.
We have to go grocery shopping!
-Deep Fried Turkey eaten Peking Duck style
-Sweet Potato Casserole (my mother-in-law’s recipe)
-Golden Macaroni and Cheese (found in Southern LIving magazine January 2004)
–Stuffing (with cornbread from Good Housekeeping magazine April 2003)
I would like to do a semi-healthier veggie, but Brian is trying to convince me that corn is healther than green beans. Especially when it is dredged with cream cheese. Hmm.
November 14, 2008
I think this qualifieds more as animal hilarity.
Tiger has an obsessive need to follow us in the bathroom and in a moment of (in)sanity we decided to have some fun with her before she took off running into the kitchen:
A closer look:
We couldn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes. We left it on overnight and I found the roll on one of the spare beds (which she totally is NOT supposed to be on).
November 12, 2008
So the last few weeks I have been really bad…like I have been spending tons of money bad on new clothes. I think this is to make up for all the years I have spent living frugally and not buying clothes! My mom has definitely been my enabler and Brian is on the verge of a heart attack because he has never seen me shop so much so quickly.
I actually bought my first pair of boots ever! Well, technically my mom bought these for me.
These are from Macy’s and so very reasonable. I was thinking I was going to end up limping, but it was one of the first time I have ever worn shoes and not died by the end of the day. It made it through an 8 hour workday just fine!
I love boots now! What took me so long?! I am on the hunt for a cute camel colored pair to go with brown colored clothes.
And super reasonable! $40. No kidding! Boots usually run around $100, so technically I saved my mom money. Ahem. LOL.
You can get a pair here, but they are better priced at the store.
Yesterday to kill a couple of hours for a drinks/dinner meet-up, my brother dropped me off at one of the malls (the restaurant was in the same center) and so I headed over to Gap and I couldn’t resist this dress:
Don’t you think it would go super-cute with my boots? Again, it was cheaper in the store. I think it was about $35 for the dress. Nice!
I have lots more to share about clothes…and I am trying to do good by helping stimulate the economy here. At least, that’s what I’ve been telling Brian. :-)
November 9, 2008
Today we spent the working on the yard, which desperately needed it. It was my first time using the weed wacker and I have to admit, it is not unlike doing personal weed wacking…minus the bugs, the bits of grass flying in my face…but similar. :-)
November 8, 2008
I can’t believe I haven’t properly blogged in over a month! The last month of my life has been crazy. Suffering from a cold, more work, then tonsillitis, then everyday life drama, then traveling…
And here we are already in the 2nd week of November.
I will be back next week!