Thursday, December 31, 2009

December Wrap Up

Christmas came and went SO fast this year! Probably because instead putting my tree up the day after Thanksgiving, I was still packing up my apartment for the move and the tree didn't go up until the 3rd weekend of the month. If you have a choice, don't ever move into a new home in December. It's just too stressful!

Anyhoo...Christmas was lovely. I was off beginning 12/22 so Michelle, the twins and I headed for SA that morning. I had enough time in town to get my dental cleaning, hair trimmed, body massaged and my toe-nails did. I was finally able to meet my cousins baby girl and caught two movies too (Alvin and the Chipmunks part 2 and It's Complicated.) Santa was good to everyone, despite the economy and the kids were all happy.






It snowed in Dallas on Christmas Eve so we were bummed to have missed it. However, Mother Nature gave Dallas a little bit more snow on December 29th. I was on my way home when it started to snow heavier and was sticking. So you know the first thing I did was grab my camera!




Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My first visitors

The weekend before Christmas, Mom and Dad, Michelle, Jamie, the twins, Ella and Maddy came up to see me and my new home. They loved it, mom even teared up. Now you know where we get our gene for being overly emotional!

Mom and Dad spent a lot of time with my dad's brothers and their wives and my sisters and me took the kiddos out to see the Ice exhibit at the Gaylord Texan.

On Monday everyone left except for Michelle and the twins, as they were driving back home with me on Tuesday.
It was nice having them visit, I hope they do more of it next year.

Memorize This

If you are struggling, or know someone who is struggling, with the fight between following your heart or your gut, toss out this quote:

"Sometimes you have to forget what you feel, and remember what you deserve!"

Is that not some good shit?

I'm gonna type it up, print it out and post it up in various places in my house. Just as a friendly reminder for the days when I want to listen to my heart but know that my gut is right. (And it always is yours!)

Consider it my belated Christmas gift to you.

You're welcome.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Grace's 40th Birthday in NYC

Back in mid November, I flew to NYC to celebrate Grace's 40th birthday with her. I'm not a huge fan of NYC and of course was just there in March, but since it was a special birthday and Grace's brother Andy and his partner, Terry, were throwing her a party, I felt like I needed to be there.

Grace and Diana arrived earlier in the day, by the time I got to the hotel it was after midnight and Grace looked like she was hungover from their earlier dinner/drinks. She was actually sick...something she ate or drank just tore at her stomach and then she got progressively worse over the weekend. But we had a good time hanging with Andy and Terry and Diana and her friend who came up from D.C. We went to the Titanic exhibit which was really neat and spent time walking around Brooklyn. I even got to spend a few hours with a friend from K-Town, who lives in Hoboken. I will say this...if I ever find myself needing to move to NYC, I will live in Hoboken. Cute town from what I could see and the BEST views of NYC at much lower prices.

The weather was cold, but otherwise dry until our last day there. On our trip home, I started to feel sick. The flight was delayed because of weather in Dallas (high winds, rain) and then when we were up in the air, we were diverted to Oklahoma because we had to circle for a while before landing and needed more gas. I felt like I was going to throw up the whole time. It was horrible. I had a upper respiratory infection, missed 2 days of work and when, a week later, I wasn't really feeling better I went back to the doctor. And was told I had bronchitis. And this was the same day I was to fly to SA for Thanksgiving. Quickly I found a ride to SA since my doc said I shouldn't fly and $100 worth of meds later I was on the road. Luckily the meds worked very quickly and I felt much better, although I was easily winded and just tired. Not exactly the kind of souvenir I wanted to bring home from NYC!

I only took my point-n-shoot camera with me, here are some pics that I took:


Took this one while waiting on the ferry back to NYC. I love the gritty-ness about it.


Hot chocolate at Nathan's in Brooklyn


I love this one! Taken from the cab on our way to Brooklyn.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Home Sweet Home

As of December 1, I am the proud owner of a beautiful townhouse! I can not explain how excited I am to have my own GARAGE again! And to not have any street noise, or loud neighbors outside my window!

I'm still unpacking..mostly items that need to go in the "reading area" and office. I had to take down my Elfa freestanding wall shelf/desk for the movers and have yet to put it back up. I've been busy trying to get my kitchen done and now working on my bedroom since my new bedroom suite arrived yesterday.

There are several things on my wish list for Santa: new 27 inch flat screen TV for my bedroom, queen mattress set for the guest room, new entertainment center and bookshelves for the living room, patio furniture, new towels for the master bath, and new bedding to go with my new bedroom furniture. Oh, and a patridge in a pear tree. :)

I still have to post about my weekend trip to New York...that'll come soon!