Wednesday, March 31, 2010

words of wisdom wednesday

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much..they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt
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**On a separate note: this is my 91st post! I am thinking about doing a giveaway for my 100th. Do I have enough interest in this blog to do a giveaway???

Monday, March 29, 2010

i would rather...

be doing this:

than this:

On this beautiful spring day in Georgia!!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

exciting news!!!

I received this text from my big sis this afternoon:
Are you ready to be the greatest aunt in the world?

And I called her back and said,
"I am already the greatest aunt in the world!"
She said, "well you are going to have one more to spoil!"

I am over the moon excited!!
She called me right after she took the test.
She had not even told my BIL yet! 

I am not supposed to tell anybody yet,
but none of my IRL friends know about my blog
so I am safe by sharing that info with you!!

She is going to the doctor this week to make sure everything is kosher.
And then she is going to tell everybody on Easter!
What a great present from the Easter bunny:)
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

quick update

Just wanted to update y'all on my P90X progress.
I am terribly late, seeing as how I am almost done with phase 2 now.
But after phase 1, I have lost 10" overall.
And 5 of those were in my waist!!!
I am so glad that this actually works.
I still hate to exercise, but seeing results helps A LOT!

Phase 2 is going well.
I have had to miss a couple of nights this week because of evil group projects.
And I just found out this morning that I have yet another presentation to do at the end of this semester. 
And this one I have to do all by myself.
My prof wants me to do it for a paper I am writing on Managing in the Middle East.
So far the count is 3 group and 1 individual presentations.
I am already nervous and I have several weeks.
I HATE speaking in front of people!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

spring break recap

This week has flown by:(
And I did a little too much relaxing,
and not enough schoolwork.
I have 2 tests next week that I have not study for a bit.
I did get some research done for my paper.
But not so much done for my marketing or consulting projects.
Oh well, thus is the life of a procrastinator.

I did get to go shopping in Savannah with my 2 favorite ladies!!
We ate at the Atlanta Bread Company...YUM!
And then we bought too much stuff.
I purchased a much needed pair of jeans and a super cute cardigan from Old Navy!
{I ♥ cardigans!}
The one I got was just like the pic but in grey!
We made a quick stop at my home planet aka Barnes & Noble!
Of course I bought a new book.
{I was proud of myself for only buying one;)}

I read a couple of books and watched a few movies.
Tried out new recipes for supper almost every night.
{And ALL of the got the thumbs up from the roomies!}
I was planning on doing more blogging,
but the posts I had planned will eventually get written.

I also made a batch of red velvet cupcakes
with cream cheese filling!
Okay, these are def not conducive to the P90X plan.
But it was springbreak.
So we decided calories consumed during springbreak do not count.

Overall, I had a fabulous week off!
Now it is time to reenter the real world of work and school.
And get back on a normal sleep schedule.
My inner night owl was out full speed this week.

What are some things you have done lately just to relax?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

words of wisdom wednesday

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command
God and his angels close at hand
Friends and family their love impart,
And Irish blessings in you heart.


St. Pat's is one of my favorite holidays.
Second to 4th of July.
{i know i have weird favorites}
Hopefully, all of you are having a spectacular day.
And do not forget to wear green;)

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

home sweet home

We signed a lease!!

After looking at more than a dozen houses, we found the perfect one for us.

The house has:
3 bedroom, 2 bath.
an extra room that we are going to turn into a library.
{between the 3 of us we have 11 bookcases and need to get 2 more
can you tell we like to read a little bit?!}
2 car garage with storage and an attic above the garage for extra storage.
a huge fenced-in back yard with a patio.
a great place for a flowerbed in the front of the house!
{i love to get my hands in the dirt...i guess it comes from my farmer heritage}

The best part of the house is that the rent was
$200 less than our budget!!
I do not have any pics to share
because someone is currently living in the house.
But I will definitely post some when we move in August.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

i ♥ spring break!

Spring Break! Finally!
I am so in need of a break that I am even taking the week off from work.

I have tentative plans for a couple of days this week.
But nothing major.

Tomorrow I plan on staying in my pjs all day.
Vegging out.
And watching Doctor Who!

Thursday I am going to do a little shopping in Savannah.
I thought about going Wednesday
but did not want to fight the St. Patty's crowd.
St. Patrick's Day in Savannah is amazingly awesome!
But I am just not up for it this year.

I have a couple of projects and a research paper I need to work on so I will do a little of that this week. Other than that I am just going to chill!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Sorry I have been MIA.
This week is packed with school and work.
I am quickly finding out tonight that I am too old for all night study sessions, especially when my exam is at 8 in the morning.
Spring break is next week...YAY!!!
Will be back then with a real post;)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

study break

My two besties and I decided to go back to the pottery place for another "study break" last Saturday. We were joined by two more of our really good friends and made a girls' day out of it!

Instead of painting pottery we worked with glass. This was a first for all of us. And we had a blast. Working with the glass was super easy and they had a ton of colors and different techniques we could us with the glass. Of course, clumsy ole me I was the only one to get an injury. I cut my finger on a piece of the glass about 15 minutes after we started. It was not a bad cut but it would not stop bleeding. But I put a band aid on it and forgot about it.

My OCDness always comes out when I do any kind of crafty project. And my very best friends love to make fun of me!! {you should be able to pick my piece out of all of theirs...i cannot help i like symmetry}  We are very quickly becoming regulars at this place! It is such a great way to just clear our minds and take a much needed break from the week.

Here are a few pics of our works in progress! For a little explanation, all we had to do was layer our glass and then they will fuse it for us. So, the finished product will look very different from the pics here.

~our work table~

A* decided to make a picture frame.
If you could not tell from last week's creation her favorite color is green!

M* also decided to make a picture frame.

J*s 80s inspired piece.
This will become a bowl.

MB*s checkerboard!
This will be slunked into what they call a votive.

This is my piece.
{Can you tell I am a little bit OCD?! You should see me working on my scrapbook.}
It will also be slunked into a votive.

***here are our finished pottery pieces from last week***

A*s box

M*s travel mug

{check out the cute little palm tree}

My bowl

What is your favorite way to be crafty?

Friday, March 5, 2010

good news...bad news

  • After the summer semester, I only have 7 more classes until I GRADUATE!!! May 2011 cannot get here fast enough.
  • I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with this MBA. And I really do not want to graduate, student loans come due, and have no job. That. Would. Suck. Royally!


{a little taste of spring}

Thursday, March 4, 2010

little ole me♥

One of my more recent finds in the blogging world is a super cute blog called Confessions of Jenny!
In yesterday's blog post, she asked her readers to answer a few questions about themselves so we could get to know each other better. If anyone else would like to join the fun I will add the questions at the bottom of this post! Just let me know in a comment if you answer them on your blog.

  1. Do you have any nicknames? What are they? Where did they come from?
    • Probably the one that gets used the most is Grace. You would think with a wonderful name like Grace it would be something good, right?! Sadly, this is not the case. I was born with 2 left feet. I am SUPER clumsy. I worked in a bookstore and they banned me from the gifts. I could not even dust the shelves the gifts were on. {well that was a little bonus:)} Anytime we moved as a family, they would not put fragile on the boxes with breakables, they would write "Grace do not touch!" really is that bad!!
    {the antithesis of me}
  2. If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass onto your children, what would it be?
    • I would have to say my determination/individuality. These two kind of go hand in hand for me. I was determined to get out of my hometown and to make something of myself. I am the first one in my family to attend and graduate from college. So, all throughout school, I had a single goal to make good grades so I could go to college. I did not hang out with the popular crowd and go to parties or date the guy of the week. I was not unpopular. I just did my work, kept my head down, and got out of there as fast as I could. I never wanted to fit into the IN crowd. 
  3. If you could have any celebrity for a father or mother, who would you pick?
    • Hmmm...I would have to say Ronald Reagan. I know that is not a typical celebrity, but hey...President of the United States! I greatly admire and respect Reagan and would have loved to have conversations with him around the supper table.
  4. Name your 3 favorite blogs.
  5. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
    • A lawyer. I even completed my first year of law school last year. I figured out that it just was not for me. I really loved my theory classes. But I HATED my practical classes. {you know the ones where you do ALL of the stuff lawyers do everyday...yeah those} So, I talked with some of my professors and I prayed. A. LOT. and came to the decision to not continue with law school. That was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life because I have literally wanted to be a lawyer since I was 5. Now I am pursuing my MBA and after this summer I only have 7 more classes until graduation...YAY!!!
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Here are the questions for you to copy and paste:
1. Do you have any nicknames? Explain. :)
2. If you could choose one of your personality traits to pass onto your children, what would it be?
3. If you could have any celebrity for a father and mother, who would you pick?
4. Name your 3 favorite blogs.
5. What did you want to be when you were growing up?

{If you do not want to do a whole post on the questions just answer one or two in a comment. I would love to get to know all of you a little better!}

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

words of wisdom wednesday

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday yesterday,
I am going to cheat a little bit and have two quotes this week.
They are from the same book so really it is one quote with some of the words missing☼
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.
On and on you will hike, And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s a great balancing act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss
I could probably quote the entire book.
I absolutely LOVE Dr. Seuss!
He is still my favorite author.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

monday morning faith

I read this devotional over the weekend and thought I would share it with y'all. I am always amazed at the way God works...usually in the most unexpected ways!
by Max Lucado

Loretto Chapel took five years to complete. Modeled after the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, its delicate sanctuary contains an altar, a rose window, and a choir loft.

The choir loft is the reason for wonder.

Were you to stand in the newly built chapel in 1878, you might see the Sisters of Loretto looking forlornly at the balcony. Everything else was complete: the doors had been hung, the pews had been placed, the floor had been laid. Everything was finished. Even the choir loft. Except for one thing. No stairs.

The chapel was too small to accommodate a conventional stairway. The best builders and designers in the region shook their heads when consulted. “Impossible,” they murmured. There simply wasn’t enough room. A ladder would serve the purpose, but mar the ambiance.

The Sisters of Loretto, whose determination had led them from Kentucky to Santa Fe, now faced a challenge greater than their journey: a stairway that couldn’t be built.

What they had dreamed of and what they could do were separated by fifteen impossible feet.

So what did they do? The only thing they could do. They ascended the mountain. Not the high mountains near Santa Fe. No, they climbed even higher. They climbed the same mountain that Jesus climbed 1,800 years earlier in Bethsaida. They climbed the mountain of prayer.

As the story goes, the nuns prayed for nine days. On the last day of the novena, a Mexican carpenter with a beard and a wind-burned face appeared at the convent. He explained that he had heard they needed a stairway to a chapel loft. He thought he could help.

The mother superior had nothing to lose, so she gave him permission.

He went to work with crude tools, painstaking patience, and uncanny skill. For eight months he worked.

One morning the Sisters of Loretto entered the chapel to find their prayers had been answered. A masterpiece of carpentry spiraled from the floor to the loft. Two complete three-hundred-sixty-degree turns. Thirty-three steps held together with wooden pegs and no central support. The wood is said to be a variety of hard fir, one nonexistent in New Mexico!

When the sisters turned to thank the craftsman, he was gone. He was never seen again. He never asked for money. He never asked for praise. He was a simple carpenter who did what no one else could do so singers could enter a choir loft and sing.

See the stairway for yourself, if you like. Journey into the land of Enchantment. Step into this chapel of amazement and witness the fruit of prayer.

Or, if you prefer, talk to the Master Carpenter yourself. He has already performed one impossible feat in your world. He, like the Santa Fe carpenter, built a stairway no one else could build. He, like the nameless craftsman, used material from another place. He, like the visitor to Loretto, came to span the gap between where you are and where you long to be.

Each year of his life is a step. Thirty-three paces. Each step of the stair is an answered prayer. He built it so you can climb it.

And sing.
From In the Eye of the Storm
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 1991, 2001) Max Lucado

exterior of Loretto Chapel

staircase in Loretto Chapel