Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas wrap-up

As promised, picture of Devin at the firehouse...

Sorry the picture quality isn't the greatest - it was on my phone and the light from the massive windows wasn't helping!

Church Christmas Eve was good, as was expected, except that my grandma skipped, which was weird because she claimed that she didn't know that there was church that evening. Um, there's church EVERY YEAR on Christmas Eve, and she usually comes with us! I don't know what her deal was, but she missed a lovely service. Did Christmas with Dad after the service, and Crystal (my soon to be former step-sister) and her kids came over too, which was fun. Her daughter Emma is my fav. of her 3 because she's such a little spit fire. I just enjoy her. The kiddos baked and decorated cookies, and we had ham. Good times. Christmas morning we did presents with Mom and went to my Aunt Kris's house (as previously mentioned) which was fine, and then headed over to my Aunt Pat's house (my dad's sister) to see those people for awhile. This is really significant because we haven't seen them on a holiday in years. Years people. So it was good to see relationships being mended and formed, and I was happy to get to know some of the people on that side of the family. I think my aunt was excited too to have everyone there. Its still weird to go to a family gathering where I barely know people, but hopefully that situation will eventually fix itself. I'm trying at least!

After the festivities I met up with Pat, Mark, Mike, Storm and another guy I don't know at Mamacita's (or however you spell it) for "Messy Christmas" drinks. Somehow it got dubbed that, but I'm all for starting new traditions. lol. Friday was glorious because I was home by myself most of the day, and that rarely happens. It was like Christmas all over again, lol. I got new books as gifts, and it was nice to have uninterrupted time to read them! Today I got to use my gift certificate to get a pedicure (thanks Mom!) and had my fake nails taken off. If you're unaware, I've had fake nails for several years, so it feels really weird to not have them. But its an easy place to cut expenses, so off they went. My toes are a pretty coral color though :).

I think one of my New Year's resolutions will be to spend more time 1-1 with my friends. So I might be calling you for a "date" if that one sticks. I generally don't make them as a rule, but that one seems like it has good potential. We'll see. Speaking of New Year's, I have no clue what I'll be doing to ring in 2009. Something will materialize I'm sure...

The weather is also unseasonably warm today. I'll take it while it lasts!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twas the day before Christmas...

Merry Christmas Eve! Today not only marks the first day of my Christmas break from work (yay), but I was also able to share some of the Christmas spirit with those who serve us. Mom, Devin and I (and some other people from our church) went and delivered cookies and other treats to the policemen and firemen in the area. We went to the Kirkwood fire department and police station, and it really was a blessing to be able to show them that we care and put a smile on their faces. Plus, at the fire house Devin got to see the fire trucks and he got stickers and stuff at both places. Fun day. I have a picture from the fire house on my blackberry, but I can't find the cord right this second to get it off, so maybe I'll post that later.

Last night was the "find out what sex Taylor and Sam's baby is" dinner. Holly and Kyle made a delicious spaghetti dinner, and we found out its a BOY! Yay! They're thinking Max for his name, and I'm just so excited for them. So now I can look at blue stuff for them! lol. And we can refer to him as a "he" now instead of it, which is nice. I also helped H&K wrap a few of their presents, for which they were quite appreciative.

Church is tonight, and its my favorite service of the year. The story of Jesus's birth will be told, complete with lighting the candles in the nativity set and singing silent night in the dark with everyone in the church holding their own candle. I love it. :) Then we're going over to my dad's house I think to do Christmas with him. Tomorrow we'll do presents with Mom, then head over to my Aunt Kris's house for her side of the family. I may also go by my Aunt Pat's too. We'll see - depends how scheduling goes. Then tomorrow night, since I have nothing and several of my friends will be done too, we're all hanging out to celebrate the end of Christmas. Should be a good time!

Also, every year our neighbor hood has Santa come around in a sleigh to visit all the kids. He came last Sunday night, and here are a few pics from that.

If you're traveling today or in the next few, be safe, and have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Parties, presents and cookies

I love a good party. Plenty of people gathered together to have a good time and celebrate Christmas is definately what I consider fun, and this weekend has plenty of it. Last night was Cat's party, and she had a pretty good crowd out to celebrate Christmas. Lots of food and gossip (poor Mark) and ugly sweaters made for a fun night. I made cookies yesterday to take over, and they were a hit since they were all gone by the end of the night! I also had to be told no more work since I was soliciting people to particiate in the WalkMS event in April. People were interested though! lol. (go to to register!) Tonight is the Bembower's Christmas party. We're doing a gift exchange there, so I took some time on Fri. to make sure that I had everything bought for that. Should be fun and interesting to say the least.

Tomorrow Chariti and I are delivering gifts to our clients for work. I'm excited to go out and meet them and put a smile on their face. Then Tue is my last day of work until the 2nd! Horray for break! I think Tue night we're also having a dinner because Sam & Taylor might get to find out the sex of their baby that day, and I'm way excited to find out (and excited for them). Plus its just fun to get together. :) Good times. Then its Christmas Eve! Horray!

I also recently bought all 3 "The Santa Claus" movies, and I'm looking forward to watching them all.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Icky start to a bad weather day

Just a quick post to tell you about my not-so-wonderful morning. I woke up and noticed the house was FREEZING cold. So I went downstairs to check the thermostat, and discovered that it was only 57 degrees! BRRR! Our heat was not working properly! (Its fine now - the battery in our thermostat was dead, so it didn't kick on the heat!) So we got dressed in the freezing cold, and then it took me a hour and a half to drive to work (usually a 30-45 min drive) because of the crappy weather. Blah. So I was about 30 min late for work (I even left early!). I will say though, my car has an awesome defroster. Thank God!

Once there though, I was suprisingly productive, and got a lot of stuff done. I actually called every one of my current team captains and introduced myself today and gave them my contact information. This was extremely tedious since I mostly left messages, but will be worth it I think. I hate having to have the same conversation over and over and going down a list like that, but luckily there are only 56 people on my list right now, so it wasn't so bad. Closer to the event? More like 100 teams. I won't be doing it all in one day, thats for sure! I think they liked being called though.

It took me about a hour to get home, and then I went out to eat with Mom, Angel (my cousin), my Aunt Kris and Uncle Cesare. It was fun. Tomorrow is dinner with Mel (!) and then I'll stay the night at Kristen's since she's on call. Which is convenient because the weather is susposed to be crap again Thur.

That's it.


Monday, December 15, 2008

the weather outside is frightful...

There was actually enough ice and other crap this morning that my office didn't open until 10am! I was very thankful to not have had to be out in the crazy morning rush, and that everyone got to work safely! Due to coming in late, my work day just flew by, and I was pretty productive on top of it. Plus there was suprisingly little traffic going home, so I got there pretty quick too. Mom and I made burgers for dinner, and went to the Christmas Cantata at church. It was pretty good, and it was good to spend the evening with Mom.

Wed. evening I'm going to dinner with Mel and Olivia (I think Greg is skipping out) and I'm WAY excited to see them. I haven't seen Mel since Olivia was a few days old, and she's 3 months now! So yeah, I'm pumped.

Its susposed to snow more tomorrow, too. I hope not too much, because I hate having to deal with it for weeks on end. Nice polite snow for Christmas, then I'm done with it! lol. Speaking of Christmas, I'm ready for it. Ready for the parties, the family get-togethers, church on Christmas Eve, all of it. I love this time of year - all the good will, lights and decorations, and movies... its just fun. And since I feel like this month is flying by, good thing I'm ready!

Be safe if your weather is like ours, and happy Monday!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008


SAMMY IS HOME SAFE AND SOUND!!! I am so thankful!

I'm in Denver for the Mass Media workshop for work. We're going to dinner tonight with the group, but we're all susposed to pay for ourselves (expense it off when you get home) which seems crazy and a logistical nightmare to me to take 10-15 people to dinner and pay separately. Oh well. Hopefully it'll be fun. My co-worker, Stephanie, is here with me and I'm glad to have the company and to get to know her better. Its nice to have someone to talk to, too.

Ok, dinner.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bring on Christmas

Before I get to what's going on, I have to tell you about my current most pressing concern: my Sammy is missing. We think she got out sometime yesterday afternoon (Mom was off and the AT&T guy was here among other people) as people were coming and going and Mom didn't see her.

We really didn't know till this morning that she wasn't in the house (cats often hide or sleep somewhere where we can't find them), and I've been worried about my baby all day. Please pray she's all right! She has her collar on it with my number, so hopefully someone finds her and calls or she turns up!!

Thanksgiving was at our house, and was lots of fun since almost everyone came. We had a housefull, and almost everyone was drinking wine, so you can kind of guess how our afternoon went. :) The day after Cyndi had people over, and in addition to the STL folks, I got to see the lovely Ms. Lindsey Oliver and her bf Mark. Good times :)

Today is my nephew Devin's birthday, as well as my cousin Danielle's, so my sister threw them (mainly Devin) a party at her house. Most of the family came out, and I think he had a lot of fun. He's 5 now... where does the time go? Here's some pictures from the party:

The first pic is of Devin and Danielle, then blowing out the candles, then Devin with the new bear I got him and his old one. I bet you can guess which is which!

Work is going good. I'm actually starting to plan things and am learning more about what my actual job duties are and have even started doing some of them which is exciting. I really am so much happier - I don't dread going to work in the morning (though I'm still not a fan of getting out of bed - but that's to be expected). I still look forward to Friday, but not because work is terrible. I'm still learning office dynamics of course, and that's interesting since I haven't really had to deal with that before. Fun though. We decorated the office for Christmas on Friday and had a blast. I definately like this job. There are things I kind of miss about my old job, but they don't nearly match the things I like better about this one. Yay!

My Christmas cards are ready to go out, except for the couple that I'm still waiting on updated addresses from... so if you're reading this, get on it! I think I'm also done with my Christmas shopping, unless I have to buy something else because one of the Christmas parties decides to do a gift exchange. Most of our decorations are up, and barring just horrible weather, I'll prob, finish them up tomorrow. I'm ready - bring on Christmas!
Next week will be super busy - I leave for Denver Monday night, get back Wed night, Bike MS awards dinner on Thur. night, and then its Friday again. Whew.
I think that's it. Pray Sammy makes it home safely!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving
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Hope you had a great turkey day! I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and I hope you do too!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One week in the books

I survived my first week of work at my new job! Yay! This week has been a little crazy since I'm still getting used to my new schedule and my life here, but it was good. I am seriously going to LOVE my new job. The more I learn about what I'm going to be doing, the more excited I get about doing it. I could talk your ear off about my job and what it entails, so if you want more info feel free to ask. I'll be happy to tell you! lol. I also learned this week that I'm going to Denver, CO for two days in Dec for training. Should be fun and I should learn a lot! Also, if you would like to have a team in Walk MS this spring (April 19), let me know and I'll hook you up. Its fun and for a great cause! (Get used to these types of announcements!)

Mom and I finished our puzzle this week! We were pretty proud of ourselves because it was a hard puzzle! I do have to admit that Mom did more work on it than me, but it was a joint effort. We have another puzzle to start after Thanksgiving that will hopefully be a little easier! Speaking of Turkey Day, lunch will be happening at our house this year, which means that Mom and I have already started shopping and planning for Thursday. Yay for good food! It also means that we're doing last min. house stuff too, like my brother is painting half the dining room and Bill is hanging up art Mom bought for the living room. I just need to finish putting all my stuff away in my room! Us kids are also going over to my dad's house in the evening, so it'll be a busy day.

Tomorrow evening is the Thanksgiving banquet at church, and Mom, Bill and I will be attending along with other random members of the family. I'm considering church shopping for a more contemporary service, btw. If you know of something good, let me know. I can do Baptist or non-denominational. Anyway. Sally also has to go to the vet tomorrow. Busy busy.

I'm excited for the 4-day weekend next week - it'll be good to finally get everything settled and to hang out. Friday I may do some shopping for Mom, but for the most part I'm done with my Christmas shopping and will be sitting this Black Friday out. This actually makes me quite sad, but I'm afraid I'll come home with an armload of stuff for myself, which I don't need to be doing right now. Oh well, next year! The Tigers also play kU next weekend - they better kick butt!!

I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving - and I hope you appreciate the good things in your life too!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Its the start of something new

A novel thing happened today. I got up and was actually HAPPY to go to work this morning! I started my new job today at the National MS Society, and I really think I'm going to love my job once I learn all this logistical and practical stuff, like who does what and how we do things. And where everyone sits and their names! The next big event coming up is the Walk MS, and I found out I'll be working at one of the biggest sites, and doing lots of the recruiting/fundraising for it (along with my boss of course). It'll be a challenge, but I'm really excited about it and can't wait to get started. There's also the Bike MS and the Challenge Walk, but they're not until later in the year. Major planning for Bike MS '09 tomorrow though, so I guess I'll be learning all about it! So its talking to people, making presentations, meeting and communicating with volunteers and event planning. You know I'm going to be all about this!

Can you tell I've had a good day?

I also got a chance to get to know some of my co-workers at lunch, and they seem like awesome girls. I think I'll make friends. :) Really, pretty much everyone seemed nice and friendly. Also, I sit by the printer for our department, so I should meet everyone pretty quickly. Except I don't like that I have people coming up behind me all the time! Oh well. We apparently have a staff retreat on Thursday, so I'll be meeting people then, too. I need to decorate my cubicle, too. One of the things I know for sure is going in there is a little sign thing that Abi gave me that says "I can do anything if I have the right shoes." It just seems appropriate for my office! Pics will make their way in there too I'm sure, and I think a little mirror that I can keep in the drawer would be nice, too. And I'm taking some colored pens because I'm a dork like that.

Ok, I'm sure you're all getting bored hearing about my job, but at least it's good stuff and not me complaining! When I got home, Mom and I worked on our puzzle for awhile. We're getting pretty far - you can actually see the picture coming together now. Bill joined us for dinner, and now I'm just hanging out. Upcoming events for the week include Pint Night with the county group, maybe Biggie's with the city group, and Wed is also my sister's birthday. Thursday night I'm staying at her house because she's on call, which is actually really nice for me because she lives so close to work. It'll be a nice short commute home that day and there on Friday! I also want to get my nails done at some point this week. Friday night is Sam's birthday celebration (her actual b-day is on the 29th, but she'll be in KC for the MU-kU game), which should be a good time. This week is going to fly by!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

It hasn't sunk in yet

So while I've got everything moved, and have started unpacking those things that actually get unpacked, I don't actually feel as though I live here yet. At this point, it kind of feels like I'm here on an extended vacation. I think this is mostly due to the fact that I haven't started work yet, and have been home with the cats for the past few days. Also, we started a new puzzle, which is something we typically do arround Christmas because its good family time, and because I am home by myself at least part of the week and usually get bored. (We have 2 to do this year, so we started early.)

Mom and I are still figuring out how to live together, and I'm sure it will take a few weeks before we get it figured out. I tried to do some organizing here, but so far she is not conforming despite her frustration when she can't find things she needs. We'll see how this goes. I'm hopeful.

Sammy and Sally have adjusted pretty well to being here, and are learning about life with other people. They aren't really used to having kids arround a lot, so when my nephew Devin was here the other night and throwing a temper tantrum, they were totally perplexed and a little scared. It was kind of funny. They are also scared of the candy dish that had the motion-activated hand that comes down. VERY funny.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Well, its official

I am now an official resident of St. Louis! I turned in my keys to my (old) apartment in Hollister on Tuesday, and all of my stuff is now here, as well as me! Today is actually my "official" last day of work, but since my boss came and picked up my van and all the other PM stuff on Monday, today and yesterday have just kind of been free days. Unfortunately, my free days have/will be used packing, cleaning and unpacking! My goal is to have my bedroom liveable by Friday, and to be able to actually find things in there. It's a tall order right now, but it'll get done eventually.

Sat. my family came and loaded up the Uhaul in Hollister to move the majority of my stuff here. It was a long day with all the driving, but it felt good to have that done. Sunday we unloaded everything, with big stuff going mostly to my dad's, and some to my grandma's as well. Boxes of stuff that I use on a regular basis are here at Mom's house. A big THANK YOU also goes out to Kyle, Dan, Mark and Storm for helping to unload on Sun. They made the process so much easier and faster, and me and my family were very grateful for their help! After getting everything unloaded on Sunday, I had to drive back to Hollister for my last few days of work, which turned out to be only one. I got to drive my new car back though, which made the trip a little more fun.

Monday I turned everything in, and that evening Paige made Kim and I dinner. It was this yummy tortillini dish, that I should ask for the recipie. After the delicious dinner, we played Sequence, and Pagie won 3 and I won 1. (Kim couldn't believe she didn't even win 1.) Kim and I then decided to go get Andy's (ice cream for those of you who don't frequent Springfield - Paige didn't feel good so she opted to just go to bed). Yum. We then hung out for a little longer, and too soon it was time to say goodbye for now. It was a good night, I'll really miss hanging out with those girls on a regular basis!!

Tue. morning I packed everything up and cleaned my apartment. I then went to turn in my keys and say bye to Carrie before heading out. After grabbing some lunch, I was on the road for STL. I arrived here about 5, and unloaded my car. I'm getting really tired of unloading my car! I hung out with Mom & Bill for a little while, and my cats came and layed with me while we watched some TV. They must have missed me because they both were laying in my lap, and have pretty much been following me arround ever since. Tue. night I got to join the guys/girls at Growlers for drinks. It was fun to actually be able to partake in the event I've been hearing about for like 2 years now! We had a little bit of an issue with paying the bill (they're under new ownership/management), but overall had fun. We might actually try Hessler's Pub next week for Pint Night. We'll see - the boys aren't big on change! lol. I'm really excited to be able to see more of everyone here.

Which brings us to today, which I will be spending the rest of it organizing and putting stuff away, and maybe buying a new doorknob for my room. I'm tired just thinking about all the work I have to do! Better get on with it... Biggie's tonight with some of the Mizzou gang. Half my week is going to be spent at bars! lol.

Monday I start my new job! Horray for change!! I think this verse pretty much sums up my week:

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who fall and has no one to help him up!" Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 .


Monday, November 10, 2008

hang on

I have lots to write about, so stay tuned till I actually have time to tell you about it. Its been a crazy couple of days! But I would just like to take a second to say how thankful I am and blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. Seriously, they're amazing.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Time out from packing

Generally speaking, I see change as a good thing. Sometimes scary, but generally good and often a bit exciting. In addition to the many many changes that are currently going on in my life, our country voted Tue. for change in the form of a new president.

Don't worry, I'm not going to go on about my political views, the monumentalness of this election, etc because everyone else has already done so. But I do have one thing to add. Obama has the opportunity to really take our nation in a different direction - and opportunity that no president since Roosevelt has had. It'll be interesting to watch and see what he does with it, and where his change takes us. I'm hoping for the best. For those of you who are a little unsure about this change, I completely understand. See, while I am seriously excited to have a new job and to be moving back to STL, I'm a little scared, too. I'm facing a lot of unknowns, and a completely new industry to work in. I'll be re-learning about interacting with people on a regular basis - and living with my mom. All of these things are a little scary, but really nothing gets accomplished by maintaining the status quo, especially when things aren't looking to promising where you are. So sometimes change, even change that can be scary because you aren't sure about things, can lead you to new experiences that you just might find to be better than where you started. So keep that in mind when you think about our new president. Ok, enough about political stuff.

Packing is going ok. I've gone through all my clothes, and packed up a good portion of my dishes and my office stuff. (Clothes will be the last thing to actually be packed because they can go in laundry baskets if there aren't enough boxes - but they're ready to go.) We're getting down to packing the crap that I don't necessairly want to get rid of, but don't know exactly what to do with it either - which makes it a large pain in the ass to deal with. Also, I need to start doing some major cleaning. *blah* I also need to figure out what is going to stay after this weekend when most of my stuff is gone. Air mattress and sleeping bag and pillow of course, computer, and paper plates, and some cleaning stuff are currently on the list. I'm also going to have to figure out what to do with the shower curtain - leave it here or pack it up and shower without it next week. Pain in the ass. Oh well. I think I'm going to end up with at least 1 box of just crap that I don't know what else to do with. I hate that, but oh well. At least I won't have to immediately unpack it and have to find a place for it. Its times like these that I wish I had a "Monica" to just come finish the job for me.

I got to talk to my cousin Jackie last night for awhile. It was good to catch up on their lives out in NC... I think she should start a blog :). I kind of wish I was going out there again for Thanksgiving, but really this year its just not possible with all the other changes happening in my life. Too bad, cause that was SO much fun last year. Maybe they'll come out here in the spring... (wink wink)

Also, I need a new sub-heading for my blog. In about another week it will no longer apply, so any suggestions for a new one?

Back to packing.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

So much to do, so little time

Man, this past week was busy. I went to St. Louis this weekend for my grandpa's memorial (among other things) and since I was going anyway, I took a car load of stuff. Dang I have a lot of stuff - I packed up the whole van and it doesn't seem like I even made a dent. My cats moved to STL this weekend, so they were also part of the packing up. It'll be good to not have them underfoot when we move everything else, but I miss them!

So here's how my extended weekend went. Thur I packed up the car and headed to STL, and after unpacking the car, went over to the AT&T store and got a new Blackberry. How I've been living with my old phone is a mystery to me, because I love this thing. We are now attached at the hip, and I'm slowly learning how to use all its fun features. Good stuff. Friday morning was the memorial, and that went about as well as things like that go. It was good to see all my family in one place though! Friday afternoon I started car shopping. Extensively. I went to 5 dealerships and looked at cars to get an idea of what I liked, and was able to narrow it down to a couple that I wanted to test drive on Sat.

But first I had to celebrate Halloween. I stopped by my dad's house to pick up some stuff for my costume (doctor) and was greeted by Laney (his dog) the Dragon. Oh my. She was cute, but since this is not something my dad would do, I knew my estranged step-mother must be involved, and she was. She had been there earlier in the day to dress up the dog. Funny. I then picked up dinner for me, Mom and Bill and then went home to get ready. I first went over to Aimee and Andy's new house to check it out and hang out with them for awhile, then headed over to Kyle & Holly's house for their Halloween party. Good times were had by all. Here's a shot of Holly and Mark modeling their costumes.

I'm looking forward to being able to see everyone on a more regular basis once I get moved back, and getting to know some folks better. And not having to make the drive anymore! Anyway, Sat. I got my nails done, and then Mom and I test drove some of the cars I liked. I pretty much had it narrowed down to the Ford Fusion and the Chevy Cobalt, and decided to take the rest of the weekend to think about it. Sat. night I stayed home because it had been a long couple of days and I was tired! I did some stuff around the house, and just kind of hung out. Relaxing.

Sunday I went to church with Mom, and they were having a Fall Revival, which translated to a really long church service. After church we met up with the rest of the family at my grandma's house for lunch with leftovers from the memorial lunch and to figure out what was going on my grandpa's headstone at Jefferson Barracks. We headed home arround 3, and I just hung out until arround 7 when I went out to the Niethe's house to hang out with Dan for awhile. It was good to see him (and the rest of the family) and catch up on what's going on since I haven't seen him in forever! He was telling me that everyone goes to Biggie's on Wed. nights, and I should too. So coupled with a night at Growler's with the Lindbergh boys, I'm going to be spending lots of time at the bar. I know, you're all shocked. :)

Monday I bought my car! Dark blue Ford Fusion. I got a really good deal on it too - $17,409 (it was listed at over $22,000). Yay! So that gets picked up this weekend. I got a moon roof too. :) After my car purchase Mom and I went shopping at Target for our Operation Christmas Child gifts for church (you fill a shoe box with toys for poor kids) and filled our boxes. It was fun. Soon it was time to come back to Branson, and here I sit.

Next weekend my parents are coming to get my stuff, and then Wed. Nov. 12 is my last day at Philip Morris! I start at the MS Society on Nov. 17, so it'll be a crazy couple of days, but oh well. My mom started her Christmas shopping already. She's beating me, which is rare. I'm going to have to step it up! lol.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pack it up

So today I started the packing process. *sigh* Since it'll be at least another 2 weeks before I'm completely out of here, I have to start with things that I don't actually need to get by. So to start, I took all off my framed pictures down, as well as the artwork off my walls, and some of the little knick knacky things down and packed them in a box or stacked them against the wall to go to STL this weekend. My apt. looks so depressing now with all that stuff down! Other things on the list to take this weekend include my dvds and books, photo albums, holiday decorations, my playing card collection, and anything in the front closet that I don't use on a regular basis. I may also clean out my end tables in the bedroom too. Blah. The things that are the biggest pain to pack are a) my closet/clothes and b) the kitchen. The kitchen can't really be packed until the end for obvious reasons, and there's a ton of stuff to be packed. As far as my closet and clothing, I have to go through everything to determine what I'm keeping and what I'm not, so that just takes awhile, plus I have to get as much as possible clean. Oh my, I'm tired just thinking about that.

I plan to go car shopping this weekend, and phone shopping. I think I'm finally going to cave and get a blackberry. I looked at the iPhones, but I have trouble typing, etc because of my nails, so I think the blackberry or an equivalent is the way to go. It has the potential to be a very expensive weekend.

Halloween is also this weekend - and I've decided to dress up as a doctor. I have 2 parties to go to that night, so that will be fun. I've kind of forgot about the holiday in the upheaval of my life and the memorial this week. Crazy. And all the stores have Christmas stuff out now - the holidays are coming!

Have a good day!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Good news

Today I accepted a position with the Gateway Chapter of the National MS Society! I will be a Development Coordinator at the St. Louis, MO office!!! I'm WAY excited! I start on Nov. 17... so much to do between now and then. Buy a car, move my stuff, etc. Craziness, but good crazy.

My grandpa's memorial is on Friday we think. So I'm taking Friday and Monday and either Thur or Tue, I'm not sure which yet. So much to figure out! But I'll make it :).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Where to start?

Man, I don't even know where to start. Ok, bad news first. My grandfather died early Sat. morning. He had been in the hospital for awhile, and had been getting worse, and finally gave up the fight. He's being cremated, so after that happens we're having a memorial. I think. No one seems to know when exactly this is going to happen, which kind of complicates things.
On to the good stuff.

Homecoming at Mizzou was awesome. The weekend was kicked off by burgers, beer and pool at Booche's with Kyle, Storm and Brian (my brother), who's a freshman this year. Storm and Bri beat me and Kyle twice even though we gave Storm the handicap of having Bri as his teammate. It at least made the game a little closer! Bri gave me a tour of the frat house, and then I met back up with everyone at the 'Berg.

Afterwards, Kyle and I headed back to Adam's house (where he, Mark and I were staying), and hung out for awhile, which was cool because its been awhile since its just been us somewhere. Sat morning Mark and Kyle got up to go check in for alumni band for Marching Mizzou, and Adam and I just hung out for awhile. We watched Shaun of the Dead, which is pretty funny. Eventually the other two got back, and we all headed to campus for the game. The boys went to rehersal, and I joined Storm for lunch at the Pasta Factory. Yum. Storm and I then headed over to the Ericson's tailgate. Good food and beer. This day just keeps getting better.

After I brokered a deal for Adam to get a ticket, everyone trickled over to the stadium for the game. (Side note: I spent more time with Adam Wilke this weekend than I have in years. It was interesting, because he forces me to be overly optomistic in order to offset his eternal pessimism. Not to mention constantly telling him he's not going bald.) We watched the band, and somehow all managed to be able to sit together despite having seats scattered throughout. We ended up in just the right spot, and luckily most of the band people didn't care where they sat as long as they had a seat. Worked for us!

Tigers kicked butt, and we had a blast. Afterwards we headed to Gumby's for pizza and (more) beer. Tyler and his girlfriend met us there and we hung out for a little while. I was glad to see him! We then discovered we were too old to party and drink all night and headed home by midnight. This morning I slept in, and headed back to Hollister where I've just kind of chilled all day. I keep thinking its later than it is though, so I guess I'll be going to bed early tonight!

The last bit of good news I'll tell you about tomorrow when it's official. :) Can you guess what it is? Check back tomorrow!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Change is coming?

Ok, so there's a LOT going on right now, but I kind of feel like I might jinx it if I talk too much about it before its all said and done, and therefore blogging about it is out. But know this - good things are happening this week! Keep praying!

And homecoming at Mizzou is this weekend, and I'm WAY excited about that. GO TIGERS!

Ok, that's all I'm going to write at this time. Call if you feel that you really can't wait. :)


Monday, October 20, 2008

Please, please, please!

PLEASE let the MS Society decide they want to hire me! PLEASE!

I went to meet with the chapter president this morning, and I thought it went pretty well. It wasn't a traditional interview, more her asking me a few questions, some of which were more like "getting to know you" kind of questions. So I hope they call! The waiting is going to kill me.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6. My verse for the day. I've been doing so much praying this week God is probably considering taking out a restraining order against me. (Kidding of course... He wouldn't do that, right?)

Another thing to be thankful for is my health - my cysts turned out to be just really dense breast tissue. This was VERY good news! Yay! I also went to the corn maze on Friday with Paige and Kim. Just the 3 of us, no boys or anything, so we had to be brave. Eventually of course you get over being a wuss and just enjoy being scared, so we had fun. Dinner before and ice cream afterwards made for a fun night. Sat I spent the day at home doing some much needed stuff around the house, and made a run to Target for a few things. On the way there though, I almost hit a deer - luckily I saw her and she moved before she caused an accident. Anyway, at Target, they have "over the knee" socks out. If you're not familliar, this means that the socks actually come up to your knees! I bought some and was excited about it.

Sunday I accomplished a few more things and eventually headed back to STL so I could make my interview this morning. Unfortunally, due to construction and an accident, it took FOREVER to get home. I was frustrated - but my mom having dinner ready for me when I finally got there made things a lot better. After a quick trip to the hospital to see my grandfather, I hung out with Mom for a little while and then went out to my sister's house to spend the night since she lives less than 10 min from where I needed to be (as opposed to my mom who lives like 45 min away from there with traffic on 270). We hung out for a little bit, and then went to bed. Interview this morning, then drove back here, though I did stop for lunch and a manicure. :)

I think that about sums up my weekend - keep praying for me to get this new job!!!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Today started off kind of icky, but turned into an AWESOME day. I got my diploma for my MBA from Webster - and a separate certificate saying I graduated with honors, and I am meeting with the Chapter President of the MS Society on Monday!!! I cannot possibly express in blog form how excited I am about this, but know that after I got off the phone with Paula I started screaming with delight. I asked God for guidance earlier today, and boy did He deliver!

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37:6. I think that this is my verse for the day. I am in such a great mood. Wow.

I'm sure there are other things going on in my life right now, but I'm really too excited to think about them right now. I'll update about them later.


Monday, October 13, 2008


I had a second interview with the Gateway chapter of the MS Society today, and I think it went pretty well. So hopefully they call again - maybe with an offer?! So thats two good options going right now - pray! I'm really ready to move onto the next chapter of my life. And I would totally love either job - maybe the MS one a bit more, but the other would pay better, so they're equally good options. I am cautiously optimistic.

I had a good, although busy, weekend. Friday was Taylor's birthday, and everyone went to Fuddrucker's for dinner and then on to the home opener for the St. Louis Blues (hockey for those of you who are non-sports folks.) It was good to see everyone again, and I think it made things really special for Taylor to have everyone come out and celebrate with him since the last few he's been in Tulsa.

There was also free face painting at the game, and as you can sort of see, Holly and I took full advantage and got blue notes. After the Blues won, we then went to Ted Drewes for some ice cream, which you all know in my book is a perfect end to an evening.

Since I had originally planned to go back to Branson on Sat afternoon and then just stay here the rest of the weekend, I did not pack enough stuff to stay until today, nor did I pack the right stuff to go to an interview. Plus my cats didn't have enough food to get through today, so I decided to come home for the night. My dad and his dog ended up coming with me to keep me company. We went to dinner down here and watched the Mizzou game (such a heart breaking loss) and then headed back to STL on Sunday so I could go to my interview this morning. (So for those of you who are keeping track, I made the treck down Hwy 44 four days in a row. Ick.) Sunday evening I took a little nap and went up to the hospital to see my grandpa for a bit, and had dinner with my mom and Bill. Interview this morning, lunch with my mom at the hospital, and then back to Branson today. Whew.

I have no desire to go to work tomorrow. At all. Oh well.

Until next time.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A few more things

Ok, I realize that this is my 3rd post this week, so I'll do my best to keep it short because I'm really not that interesting, but there does seem to be a lot going on.

I got a post card from Teren this week! Teren is in the Navy, and the postcard is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and it looks awesome there. And TC says there's AMAZING shopping there, so you know I'd be poor by the time I got back! He's pictured here in North Korea. It was really good to hear from him - I'll miss him at homecoming this year! We're pretty much at the point now where since so many of the guys are in the military that getting everyone from the gang in one room is next to impossible. Here's on of my favorite shots of us from Mizzou.
I'm still undecided on what to do this weekend. Go to just the hockey game? Do all of it? None of it? Grr. I have no idea. Welcome to October, where there are a million things to do and I can't make a decision.
Also, my ultrasound/mamogram is scheduled for Oct. 17. Hopefully it is as the dr. suspects, and is just cysts that aren't hurting anything. But we have to be sure - its not like you can say you're too young to have cancer or any other major disease. Don't worry - if I'm dying I'll be sure to let you all know so you can send appropriate gifts. :)
Oh, and the lady at the post office today complimented me on my card decoration skills. I think that's it.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Harry Potter, Homecoming & Halloween

I finished the 7th (and last) book of the Harry Potter series today. Its weird - I've been so into the HP world the last 3 1/2 weeks that I'm kind of sad to be finished reading them. It was like that when I finished the 7th book the first time as well - like saying goodbye to a good friend who is forever frozen in time. Its also funny to me that HP would be 28 if he were an actual person (his parent's grave markers indicate he would have been born in 1980), and that he would already have had all 3 of the children mentioned at the end of the book with Ginny. (Wow, this is beginning to reveal my HP geek tendencies...) Ok, enough about people who do not actually exist. Next thing you know I'll be telling you about Santa Claus.

This coming weekend is "corn-wine" weekend with some of my friends from high school. The weekend consistes of going to Columbia for the corn maze, camping, then going to Herman and spending Sunday at the wineries. Friday is also Taylor's birthday, and everyone is going to the hockey game, which I'm told there is an extra ticket for if I'm interested. This sounds like a lot of fun to me, but, since I made an unplanned trip to STL this past weekend, I don't know if I'm going to go. For one, its a lot of driving - not only to STL, but then to and from Columbia on top of it. For another, I would probably only go to the corn maze to minimize too much driving in one day, and since I can go to a corn maze elsewhere it does not hold as much appeal as the entire weekend. *sigh* I hate living so far away!

I also need to figure out what I'm going to do for halloween. Not only have I not decided on a costume, but I haven't even decided for sure what city to spend it in. Since it falls on a Friday, there are lots of options... but really I'm praying that I get offered a new job and I'll spend most of the weekend moving!

I'm also really excited for Mizzou's homecoming this year. The football team rocks, and Neil & Kelly (among others) are coming in! I'm really excited to get to see everyone, and to reminiss about our time at MU. I've got my ticket to the game, and have secured a place to stay despite the fact that every hotel in Columbia is completly booked. (Behold the power of Homecoming!) I'll be staying with Adam Wilke (who still has not graduated) since I think Tyler's might be a bit crowded and he has plenty of space. I think a few other people might be staying there as well, but as far as I know I'm the only one who has gotten a (nearly impossible to get) response from him. So who knows. GO TIGERS! hehe.
My cats have also been very affectionate recently. They must have missed me last weekend. Or the weather is just getting cooler. Something like that. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall fun

The leaves are changing, and the weather has been just beautiful here lately. I love it! Any day I can wear jeans, a sweater and flip flops and be comfortable is a good weather day in my book. Devin and I took some time to play in the beautiful leaves!

This weekend really was a lot of fun. I got into STL on Thursday night, and went to have dinner with Taylor at Steak 'n Shake. This was especially exciting because it was just the two of us since Sam was at work. (Granted I would not have been sad if Sam had been with us!) After dinner Sam met up with us and we went over to the Bembower's to watch the rest of the VP debate with Dan and Mark (and eventually Anna). Fun stuff. Friday I got up and got ready for my phone interview with the Gateway MS Society. It went alright - I don't think I said anything to disqualify me from the running, but didn't dazzle either. After I finished that, I started getting ready for my in-person interview with Daymon. Before that though, I took my mom lunch at work, which had the added benefit of her giving me a pep talk right before I went. Interview went great as far as I can tell - I was there for an hour and a half, and had answers to everything he asked me. Since he asked me a lot of marketing-related questions (such as "how would you go about researching for a new brand" or "where would you tell them to merchandise this product?"), I think this was good. And all his feedback while I was there was positive, so hopefully that was a good sign. I'll let you all know when I hear something about either one.

Friday afternoon I went by the hospital to see my grandpa with my mom, and then went out to dinner with Sam & Taylor at Bandana's before meeting up with Kyle and Mark to go to the LHS football game. Taylor likes to go because he just likes football, and the rest of us go with him to reminiss and to watch the band. Whatever works, right? After the game (LHS won) we went over to Growler's for drinks and nachos. Low key, and fun.

Sat I went apple picking with my mom, my sister (Kristen) and Devin at Eckert's in Millstat, IL. We had a lot of fun picking apples, and Kristen and Devin also got pumpkins. Plus we got to go down the big slide and see some farm animals. My mom was quick to point out that Devin needs to get out to the country more since he's so excited to see any type of farm animals, even if we just drive past them on the way there. It was funny. Here are some pictures of our day...

Sat. evening I hung out at home for a little while then went to watch the Mizzou game with everyone at the Ericson's house. Tigers kicked Nebraska butt (!) and we all had a blast. Plus Holly made some really good chilli, which I should really get the recipie for. Hm.

Today, I was lazy in the morning, and really had no desire to get dressed, but had to so I could go up to the hospital before I left. Good thing I did, because my grandpa was awake and alert, and for the first time since he went into the CCU I felt like he knew I was there and who I was and would have talked to me if he could have (he tried actually, but we couldn't understand him. Mom had just told him about my interviews though, so I'm sure he was telling me I had better get the job so I can move back to STL. He had that look about him that said he was telling me his views. lol) I talked to my grandma for a little bit, got some lunch, then headed back to southwest MO. I stopped to have an ice cream dinner with Kim on the way back, which was fun.

And now I face it being Monday again and having to go back to work. *SIGH* Maybe soon things will change!


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Good things come to those who wait?

So, in addition to my interview with Daymon on Friday, I also have a phone interview on Friday with the Gateway chapter of the MS Society! Friday may turn out to be a very crucial day and turning point in my career/life... so pray please for good things! Maybe my paitence will finally pay off!

The only (minor) downside to this situation is that it had made me even less motivated to get anything done at my current job. I did not previously think this was possible, but it apparently is. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end though!!

I may also be going apple picking this weekend with my sister and nephew (yes, you read that right). Mom isn't sure yet if she'll be joining us, but I'm excited to go. Apple picking = fun times.

I'm also still driving the truck. It has grown on me, I must say, but I'm ready to have the van back so I can get to some things that I need. And have confidence parking again. Other than that I do not miss the van at all!

I also decided I want to be the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland for Halloween... but the costume I want (the one that looks like the dress she wears in the movie) is like $150, and I'm not sure I'm willing to pay that. I would have to be her at least 3 times to put it in reasonable price range, and therefore make it worth it. Hm, decisions decisions.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Praise God its been a good couple days

What a great couple days. Thursday evening I had my interview with Daymon, and have an in-person interview next Friday. Way excited about that! Friday I went a bought a new outfit and a new sweater, and got my hair done (an added pleasure to any day) and went to see "My Best Friend's Girl" with Paige. And got ice cream. The movie was fun, and I really enjoyed it. I *heart* Dane Cook. Pretty darn good day considering I had to work! Today I'm going to Celebration City here in Branson with Paige and her friend Laura and Laura's son. Since its St. John's company picnic, we're going for free! Good stuff.

Good tv has also returned in full force, and a few more starting this week. Yay! What would I do without my DVR? How did I live without it?! lol. I'm also almost through the 4th Harry Potter book in my quest to read them all in order. Halfway! Oh, and here's a pic of me and Chubs from last weekend at Cyndi's:

Pretty good for a self-portrait, right? hehe. Kyle has yet to upload anything from the talk like a pirate birthday party, so who knows if you'll ever get to see pics from that.

Have a good weekend!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Weekend Warrior

I'm blogging from the CCU waiting room at St. Anthony's in STL where we don't get cell service (which is a bit annoying), but the wi-fi works perfectly. My grandpa is still not doing well, so we're here visiting and keeping my grandma company. She's a bit of a mess, but handling things ok for now. My weekend actually started here at the hospital, too. I came straight here when I got into STL on Friday, and after seeing my grandpa, we decided to go out to eat and it ended up being most of my mom's side of the family - my mom, Bill, my sister and nephew, my grandma, both my aunts and uncles, and my cousin Danielle. It was a nice impromptu family dinner, and a good start to the weekend.

After dinner I headed over to Kyle, Holly & Storm's house for Storm's talk like a pirate birthday party, since his birthday happens to fall on "talk like a pirate day." Everyone was at least a little dressed like a pirate, which was fun, and there was a treasure hunt and everything. Sam made an awesome cheesecake for him, too. And everyone was def. into talking like a pirate. Aarg! lol. Maybe I'll post some pics later.

Sat I sat around most of the day (always a plus), and hung out a little bit with my mom and the rest of my fam. That evening I went with Linds over to Cyndi's to see her new house and to hang out with everyone. Chubs was also in town (!) and it was great to see her. I also got to see Cyndi's pics from China, and am still WAY jealous that she got to go. Aimee and Andy and his friend Adam also made appearances, as well as Dan Fox. We even had to get out a LHS yearbook at one point to look up someone's last name, and took a lovely trip down memory lane. Fun stuff. :) And, I found out Aims bought a house in Cardinal Springs - so I told her she's close enough that I'm totally going to invite myself over some time. She said that was ok. :) I'm so glad I got to see them all! Maybe pics later of this too (if Linds puts them up...)

Later today I'll head back to Branson, and sadly have to go back to the hell that is work tomorrow. *sigh* Someday I'll have a job I like!

Please keep my grandpa in your prayers, and me as I continue to look for a new job!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

It has come to my attention...

... that I am totally fascinated with Hugh Laurie's character Greg House on "House". Not only do I love the character, but am amazed that Laurie can totally transform his voice like that. You can't even detect his (fairly thick) British accent one little bit. Amazing. If you're not watching this show on Tue. nights, you should be.

... (don't hate me for this one) that I am really and truely debt free. I've recently paid off all my furniture that I bought last year, and pay off the credit card balance on my work card every month, and just use the other credit cards in case of emergency. Student loans are also paid off. I don't currently own a car, or a house, so those things are off the list, too. Its kind of a strange feeling... but good. :)

... that Dish is a better deal than my cable and so I'm switching. More channels, about the same price. Internet is also cheaper, but since I don't pay for that part it isn't as exciting (joys of working out of your house).

... that the Harry Potter books are varrying degrees of different from the movies. I've decided to read all 7 books again, but together this time (instead of years apart) and am finding that I remember things differently because of the movies. So I'm re-educating myself.

... that I'm really getting to the point where me and PM need to part ways. Not only do I still pretty much hate it, but lets just say I'm not quite the employee I was 2 years ago when I thought I might want to be promoted with them.

... that I fit in better down here in the ghetto/hickville driving this big truck around. I like driving a truck, but running boards would be nice! And bigger parking spaces/lots so I don't feel like I'm going to just run over other vehicles if they get in my way. (Hopefully it doesn't rain bc there is a lot of work stuff in the bed of the truck bc thats the only place I have to store it.)

... that I have a lot to do before I leave tomorrow. Like dishes and my expenses and maybe some laundry.

... that its still too early to put up my halloween decorations even though I got them all out and they're sitting on my kitchen table. I love holiday decorations.

... that I'm done. :)


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ram It

Its only Tuesday, but it feels like it should be at least Thursday because of the craziness of the last two days. First, the good news. My grandpa has been in the hospital the past week (not the good part), and previously the docs were giving us a really bad outlook. But today, he is doing much better and responding, and things are looking up. So great news there. Also, I got a call today from Daymon Worldwide, and have a phone interview! Daymon does the sales and marketing (among other things) for private label products, such as the grocery store brands (like Schnucks brand in STL). So I'm excited to talk more with them. Its cool too because they found me - so just another reason to praise God!

The not so good news is that I'm driving a Dodge Ram these days. You may be thinking, "but Erin, isn't this good? You hate driving the minivan." Well, the bad part is that the minivan had to be towed because I was in an accident yesterday. The other driver was making a left turn across the divided highway, and turned into the driver's side of my car. It could have been much, much worse though - we were both ok. I slammed on my brakes so she didn't hit me while I was going 60+ mph, (which could have caused things like spinning across traffic and rolling in addition to the crunching of metal), but my car was still un-driveable. So while its being fixed I'm driving the truck. Its a king cab too - meaning its MASSIVE. Like I think 6 people could easily ride in the cab. So if I need to sleep in it I guess there will be plenty of room! Anyway, there aren't any running boards on it either, so I have to climb in since the mirrors are about the same height as my chin. Probably kind of funny to watch. :) Because of all this, I also had to go take a drug test this morning. Yay for peeing in a cup... or not.

Good tv is starting back up, and I'll be in STL this coming weekend and its shaping up to be a lot of fun. Also, I ordered DISH today, and that'll be installed soon too. And the weather has been really great the last few days, which I'm always thankful for since I'm in and out so much!

*sigh* isn't it Friday yet?


Friday, September 12, 2008

Fall weather is coming...

...if we can just get rid of all this rain, I'll be in heaven. I love fall. Pretty leaves, moderately cool temperatures, college football, october baseball... and sweaters in fall colors that flatter my skin tone (lol). I changed out my door decoration this week from the summer red, white and blue stars to the harvest colored welcome. Soon I'll be getting out all the holiday stuff - the stores already have! In order to commerate the changing of the seasons and halloween coming up, when I got my pedicure today, I choose a festive orange color.

Which I'll admit would look a bit more flattering if I was a bit more tan. Oh well. Other benefits to the weather being a bit cooler (though today was an exception), is that I've gotten to get back out one of my favorite pairs of sweat pants to wear arround the house. I have them on right now with a tank top and am quite comfy.

Paige is coming down tomorrow for dinner so that I can take her to my favorite mexican resturant to prove to her its at least as good if not better than the one we always go to in Springfield. I'm actually pretty excited about it. Plus I think the people there think I have no friends since I often eat lunch there by myself (such is the life of a sales rep), so at least they can see that I'm not a lepper or something. :) Its also the 20th anniversary of our church in STL this weekend. I'm not attending because I didn't feel like driving in just for that, but its cool since my mom was a charter member of the church. Lots of the old staff is coming, so it'll be a good time I'm sure. Mom is excited about it anyway.

I've been watching a lot of "House" lately on USA. I think I'm becoming addicted. Yes, I know that I've been telling you almost every post that there's a new show I like. I haven't been home consistently each night for the last few years with school, so I'm re-discovering all the tv that's on. It's intereting to see what's available and what I like. And sort of depressing that I have this much time on my hands to figure out what I like. Hm. Eh.

Next weekend I will be in STL. I'm told Ms. Oliver will also be touring in the area that weekend, and possibly Chubs. So I'm excited to see them. Plus, Kyle and Holly are having a party that weekend on National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I was told that dressing like a pirate was a requirement. So that should be interesting to say the least if people actually dress up. I'm thinking maybe an eye patch and hat will do the trick. And maybe a sword, because that would be fun. Hehe. We'll see. You never know what can happen with me at the party store.

Thank God its the weekend!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Its a reunion!

So I watched Oprah's welcome home for the Beijing Olympics atheltes today, and I totally felt like I was at a reunion. Because I pretty much knew EVERYONE that walked down the isle in Chicago. I mean, I realized that I watched a lot of olympic coverage during those 17 days, but even I didn't realize I watched THAT much. Cause I knew everyone. It was great.

I wondered when I heard about this if it would be as exciting an entire month later. I shouldn't have doubted Oprah - it re-ignited my excitement to be an American and pride for my country, and just re-created the excitement I had during the olympic games. I was sitting at home, cheering (again) as they entered and re-played all the big moments. I had goosebumps from excitement.

Very cool. I got to hear from all my favorite athletes, and it can't hurt Chicago's bid for the 2016 olympic games. I am so going if they get it! Anyway, I would have loved to have been there today!

I hope you all watched. If not, I have it taped. ;)

Oh, and Michael Phelps will be hosting Sat. Night Live this week (9/13) - so watch!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

As promised

Last week I promised you a picture of the lovely Miss Olivia Hope. So here you go.

Pretty cute if I do say so myself. Congrats Mel and Greg!


Friday, September 5, 2008

Did I mention its Friday?

Today, after 3 days of rain (bleh), we had the most beautiful weather here. I mean, the sun was out, it was in the 70s most of the day - just gorgeous. Thank you God for this beautiful weather!

Other reasons today was good:
-I got to have lunch with Kara, Christy and Brenda at San Fransico Oven (Kara was in town to move her stuff)
-we didn't have a conference call today for work so I was done early
-I talked to my uncle for awhile and got some good advice
-I had mexican for dinner from my favorite mexican place (which I apparently go to a bit too often as the manager dude actually knows me... oh well)
-I got my cats' nails clipped today, which I have been meaning to do all week
-did I mention its FRIDAY?!

I also watched "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" this evening (season premier) and someone actually won the million dollars. I also watched the "Grizzly Man Diaries" on Animal Planet, and found it really interesting. I might have to start taping those. On a totally unrelated note, I was reading Ariel's blog tonight and, as usual, was impressed by her knitting skills and her latest project. If we actually talked, like in person, and not just me feeling like we do since I know what's going on in her life since I read her blogs and whatnot, I would totally ask her to make me one of the sweaters she made herself. It looks so comfy and warm and perfect for the fall. I should learn how to knit. Hm.

One other random story. My cats have this nylon and plastic play-thing that they play on. It was like $15 at Wal-Mart, and was a huge hit, which is funny in and of itself since its basically a glorified tinker toy - the parts are color coded plastic that you put together. Anyway, they love it. This week though, I noticed that they had ripped a huge hole in the top of the nylon on one side (where Sammy, my black cat, is laying). At first I thought this was because they play so hard on it - chasing each other through it and jumping on it, etc. But no. I soon discovered this was not a play issue, but a weight issue. See, my Sally Mae (pictured in the lower cubby), is a bit on the overweight side, and she likes to lay up there. I noticed this week that the other side of the nylon is also ripping, suggesting that play has nothing to do with it. I laughed so hard when I discoverd that her chubbiness was the cause of the ripping. I don't really know why I found it so funny, but I did. So I suspose soon I'll be investing in another one of these things. Too bad Sally can't just transfer some of her weight to Sammy. Sam's a bit on the thin side these days due to her piglet sister, but I've been feeding them differently and I think Sally has lost a little and Sammy has gained some back. Oh well.

That's all.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Olivia Hope Finley

Today I met Miss Olivia Hope Finley (daughter to my good friend Mel and her husband Greg). She is just gorgeous, and the sweetest little thing. She was born Aug. 30, at 10:52pm at St. John's here in St. Louis, and was 6lbs 12oz, and 19.25 inches long. Baby and Mommy are doing great, and it was really great to see Mel in total "Mommy" mode. Greg was just beaming ear to ear too - he's already wrapped around her little finger and she's only a day old! hehe.

I don't feel that the pictures of her just after her birth do her justice, and the web nursery has not been updated since Friday (apparently that person is off this weekend!), so as soon as someone posts some more pics I'll put one up of her. :)

In non-baby related news, I went to the Lindbergh football game on Friday night with Taylor, Sam and Mark. The Flyers played Sam's high school, Fort Zumwalt South, and since her sister is a cheerleader there we went to watch and, as Taylor put it, re-live the 'glory days'. hehe. Lindbergh kicked butt, then we went over to Ben & Jerry's for ice cream in Kirkwood. Good stuff. Before the game, I went to Growlers for dinner with Krystal, and we caught up and whatnot. Good night. :) Sat. I sat around most of the day with my mom, and then Sat night I watched Mizzou beat Illinios with my dad at his house. So its been a good weekend so far!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New beginnings

I pretty much spent 2 weeks camped out in front of my tv watching Olympics coverage. Seriously. When I did venture out of the house, I went to a German beer festival (with very little German beer might I add) in Frystatt (sp?). "Where's that?" you might be asking? Its out past the middle of no where. My friend Tricia's husband, Dave, is from there, so they go every year. It was fun, but man, I don't think I could live out there. Way too far to go to Target. :) And I went to a party in a barn. Signs you really are out in the country. :)

I also attended Mike's going away party. He just finished his internship at St. John's and got a job at SIUE, so he's leaving. (I'm jealous.) So yay for him. My friend Paige got a new job too at Drury University. So lots of celebrations. I also attended a baby shower for my friend Mel (and missed Tricia's bc they were at the same time), and got to see lots of people I hadn't seen in quite some time. My brother also started at Mizzou this week, and it was really strange to be home and have him not be there. Not that he was there a ton before, but I saw him a little bit! So I kind of missed him. And I'm jealous because he's starting at a place that I have so many great memories. So lots of new beginnings for my friends and fam. New chapters in their lives. I'm ready to get in on some of that action!

I have no idea what I'm doing this weekend. I decided to skip the annual float trip on Sunday because Paige decided to go to Eminence, MO to float. If you don't know where that is, its over by West Plains, MO (east side of the state) and like 3 hrs from Springfield. Too far if I want to go to STL too. Anywhere along 44 I would have gone... but that was just too much driving. I have 4 days off - which is amazing - so who wants to hang out? :)

Enjoy your Labor Day!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Michael Phelps has been added to the list of people that I would marry that I've never actually met.

Not only is the man an amazing athlete who's making history as we speak, but he's gorgeous, too. And his mom says he doesn't shut up, so we'll get along fine. :) lol. Seriously, in his interviews he just seems like a great guy. (I need a hobby.)

I felt so bad though for the poor women's gymnastics team in the team finals. I can't be sure, but if they would have hit everything, it would have been damn close, and I think they might have had a gold medal instead of a silver. Oh well. Maybe they'll sweep the all-arround!

Just thought I'd share.


Monday, August 11, 2008

we are family... or are at least attempting it

Awhile back, I received an invitation to my cousin's (Pam) son's vow renewal. (To clarify, my dad's sister, my Aunt Pat, is 18 yrs his senior, and her children are just a few years younger than my dad, making my cousins' children my age (or in Ben's case a few years older) and therefore old enough to be having vow renewals.) This may not seem like it would be out of the ordinary, but when you consider that my dad and Pam don't speak, and haven't for like 20 years now, it suddenly becomes interesting, as we weren't invited to Ben & Kristal's, or his brother Brad's, first wedding. Great family dynamics, right? To make things even more intereting, I'm the only one in my immediate family that received an invitiation to this event. I'm not sure if this is because they didn't have my sibblings' addresses, or because I'm the only one who'smade any attempt to be friendly. There's lots more background to this story with my dad and Pam, but its not relavant to this blog, so I'm just going to skip it. You can ask if you're that curious. :)

Back to the invitiation. Since my dad and Pam literally haven't spoken for 20 years or so, and my aunt allowed that to happen and segregated the family (not that its entirely her fault, but you'd have thought she'd have stepped in a long time ago and said enough is enough), I barely know the names of my dad's side of the family, not to mention their spouses and children. Like my aunt was re-introducing me to people at my Nana's funeral. Sad, I know. So I'd really like to get to know this side of my family, since we've already missed a large portion of each other's lives. That being said, I'm nervous to go to this vow renewal alone. The invite didn't include a guest, and my dad and sibblings weren't invited, there's really no other option. I don't want to blow it off and make it seem like I don't care, but I don't want to spend an entire evening with a room of mostly strangers of whom I'm not sure how they feel about me either. So I'm thinking I might just go to the ceremony and cut out of the reception early. Thoughts? Any tips on how to handle this situation are appreciated. Welcome to my family drama!

In other news, I'm loving watching the olympics, but find that I prefered ABC's 2004 coverage of the summer games to NBC's. Just little things, like ABC had the flags digitally added to the lanes of the pool during swimming races so you knew who was who, make me not like it as well. While the live coverage is nice, I also don't like the jumping arround from sport to sport during coverage. It means that the blocks for coverage are several hours long, and I have to hunt through the footage on my dvr to find the sport I want since its not segmented at all (by hour or anything). Like on Sunday they had 8 solid hours of coverage, not broken up at all, so when I was able to watch I had to hunt arround for what I wanted. So just little things that annoy me. :)

Ok, enough complaining. I got to have lunch with my friend Carrie today, which was a nice way to break up the day. I also exchanged some stuff that I had ordered that was the wrong style/size when it arrived, so I now have new bras and jeans to wear! Yay! I've also been taping The Girls Next Door (as I may have previously mentioned) and am loving watching them in my free time. Good tv. lol. I finally got to talk to my friend Lee this weekend as well. We've hadn't talked in forever... it's like he lives halfway across the country or something. lol (Lee lives in Seattle.) So it was good to catch up.

I think that's it.


Saturday, August 9, 2008

move with a purpose

I often tell people that I feel are not moving at an acceptable rate of speed that they need to "move with a purpose." I come by this desire honestly as my mom is someone who "moves with a purpose" everywhere she goes. I don't think she realizes meandering is even an option, and I often find myself feeling as if I should jog to keep up with her power walking everywhere.

I digress. Back to the point.

Thursday night I was watching The Ron Clark Story on tv. If you're not familliar, it's a story about an inspirational teacher who changed the lives of his inner-city NY students. And I found myself thinking, here's a guy who had a vision of how the world could be, and went about doing what he could to make it happen. Ron Clark, ladies and gentelmen, moves with a purpose. Here is someone who knows where he wants life to take him and who knows what he's capable of, and was able to make a difference in the world. He made enough of a difference that they made a movie about him for goodness sake.

I sell cigarrettes.

This led me to the realization that my life right now is a bit pointless. The better I do my job, the more people smoke and die from it. Great motivation to go to work the next day. Now that I've finished my MBA (!), there really isn't much to my life besides work. Yes, I have my friends and family, and while they're important, most of them are too far away for me to see as often as I would like, and I end up spending most of my weekdays by myself with the cats after work. So my daily impact to society is in the negatives if you conisder that I sell a product that kills people for 8 hrs a day. I need to do something about this.

I'm still looking for another job, but with the economy in the toilet, it's taking longer than I would like to find something. I'm starting to entertain the idea of doing non-traditional work, like wedding planning part time or something. I really don't like living in Hollister, and I don't like my job, and that's about all there is to my everyday life. So something has to change NOW.

I'll let you all know how this goes. Sorry this has been a bit of a downer so far.

In other news, I'm really glad the olympics have started. I loved watching the drummers in the opening ceremonies, and am looking forward to watching swimming and gymnastics this week. Go USA! Also, my friend Carrie needs your prayers this week. She is going in for a mamogram on Thursday because there's some kind of a mass in her right breast. Please pray for her during this time of not knowing - and for her health!

I got three new books this week that I ordered off Amazon, and I'm enjoying reading them. I also finished the Twilight series, and was definately satisfied with the end. You should read them, eventhough they really don't have any literary value. :) This weekend I need to do some cleaning (blah), grocery shopping (which is also not my favorite), and a few other things. Productivity here I come.


Monday, August 4, 2008

be prepared...

...cause until I figure out what to do with myself now that school is over, my blogs may be a bit more frequent than once a week or so. I gotta entertain myself somehow. :) I accidently took a 2 hr nap when I got home, so I'm a little concerned that I won't be able to sleep tonight. Grr. So I blog instead.

My DVR arrived Sat from the cable company (the guy, of course, got to my house at 4:55, and his timeframe was 8-5) and I'm not quite sure how I was functioning without it. I do wish I had a manual or something to read so that I knew exactly what its capable of, but I think I'm muddling through it ok. Its awesome though.

I got the invite today to Tricia's baby shower (way cute invites btw) and it is of course the exact same date and time as Mel's. So I ordered her a gift and will just have to send it with someone else to the shower since I can't be in two places at once. Oh well.

Funny thing happened yesterday. Julie, my friend Krystal's younger sister, sends me a message on Facebook asking me how I know Paul Kopac. Innitially, this question does not suprise me because its a pretty common one (Paul and I know a lot of the same people, but have no direct link to each other like school or church or whatever, so people are always confused), until I realize it's Julie and am like "how do YOU know him?" cause Julie's a few years younger than us and I'm not sure where she would have run into him besides a bar. (hehe) She tells me that she's dating his best friend, Jason, who is also friends with a bunch of my friends. She also been going to Biggie's with all my friends on Wed nights (which btw made me way jealous!) and has met a few of them. Of course the only one she can remember with any clarity is Mike Niethe, but who can blame her? lol. Small world.


Its only Monday.


Friday, August 1, 2008

highest level of education completed: MBA

I finished all my MBA coursework this week! Now all I have to do is complete and turn in my Econ final, and I'm DONE. D-O-N-E! And since I can fail my Econ final and still get at least a "C", I will receive my MBA. Horray! I'm going to have to come up with a new hobby to fill up my newly-rediscovered free time. lol. So I'm excited. I just need to find a new job, and start a new chapter of my life. Pray for that.

Besides giving my final capstone presentation and attending my last Econ class this week, I also got to go to dinner with my friend Kara from work on Tue. We went to dinner at a mexican place called Carl's in Springfield, and treated ourselves to some margaritas along with dinner. Afterwards, since neither of us had seen the new Batman movie (and Kara's boyfriend had gone without her - LAME) we decided to go see it. It was pretty good - but very dark. I can definately see why everyone is raving about Heath Ledger's perfomance. He really steals the show - you kind of forget about Batman, but man, the Joker stands out. Great performance. I was glad to see that it was an awesome perfomance and people weren't crazy about it just because the man is now dead. Anyway, I was glad to get to hang out with Kara before she heads to St. Louis for her new territory (hers here was eliminated, and she got lucky and one opened up there, so she got to go. Bitch. (KIDDING!))

I'm getting a DVR from the cable company delivered tomorrow. They're susposed to be here sometime between 8 and 5. I don't want to have to get up early, but I'd rather have them here at 8 than 5. They're susposed to call, so we'll see. I'm just glad to have a DVR again since mine died. Piece of crap.

Oh, by the way - how the hell did we end up 5 games back from Chicago? I notice the Cards are tied for second with Milwakee again, but seriously, the Cubs can start sucking any time now... we all know choking is their specialty. Any time now... Anyway I'm way excited for the Olympics next weekend. And I ordered Mel's baby shower gift today. Shower isn't until the 24th, but this way I know I'll have it in time.

This has been a random post.


Monday, July 21, 2008

and another one bites the dust... lol

Oh man, what a week. Abi & Andy's wedding was this past weekend, so my weekend pretty much revolved around that event. The wedding went great, and Abi was just gorgeous. (You can go here to see more pics if you would like.) I started preparing for the weekend on Tue, because Wed and Thur were so busy. So I started my packing and whatnot then. Wed we did our volunteering with work at the regional girl's shelter, and the room we did turned out awesome. I was so tired afterwards, but I still had to go to class that night. Really long day. Thur I got up and worked that morning, then came home to finish my packing and everything else that had to be done before I could leave for STL and Abi's rehersal and dinner. I made it to STL in plenty of time, and was able to grab a quick drink and appetizer with Pagie, Kim and David before Paige and I had to head to the Old Cathedral. Rehersal went fine, despite us girls being a bit disapointed over the lack of hot single groomsmen. Details. Afterwards we headed to Pietro's on Watson for drinks, dinner, and of course a slide show and gifts for wedding people. We had fun at our table telling stories about the bride, some of which I'm sure she'd have rather us not (like the story about her puking on the ATM on her 21st. Classic.) Anyway, we all got black bags with our names embroidered on them (very versatile) and flip flops among other things. Good times.

Friday was pretty much an awesome day. Abi and I went to get massages that morning, followed by lunch at the salon where we got our manicures and pedicures that afternoon. So I've had my feet rubbed twice that day, and can handle anything. :) That night we went to the Cardinals game, and had a grand time. Since we had group tickets, we even got a nod on the scoreboard.

We also put up happy birthday messages for our dads, whose birthdays were last Monday (same year and everything). Unfortunately, we were at a terrible angle to get pics of the other scoreboards where they were shown. Oh well. The only downfall to the evening was that I did trip and bruised up my leg, ankle, and foot pretty good. Luckily the leg one was below my dress line the next day, so no problems, and I put some ice on my ankle that night, so I managed. The game was great though, and the Cards won. Always a plus.

The next morning all the girls went over the the Hagy's to get ourselves and the future Mrs. Berthold ready. Hair had already been done that morning, so Vicki, one of Abi & Andy's friends from Omaha, did our makeup, and we all hung out while we ate lunch. After everyone was fed, I sprayed everyone down with sunscreen and the bridesmaids finished getting dressed. Then it was time to dress Abi. Between her mom, sister (and MOH) and me, we got her in, hooked, zipped and buttoned. Whew. (Pic of her checking her self out was posted earlier.) The other girls helped her get her shoes and garter on, and by this time its getting close to time to leave for the church. But of course not before our first bathroom trip of the day. For those of you who have never had this job before, most brides cannot go to the bathroom without assistance due to the massive amount of dress they have on. So, going to the restroom becomes at least a 2 person job. Somehow, her first trip of the day required 3 other people. Luckily, we were much more efficient the other like 4000 times we did this. Hehe. After she was finished with her 'business', we fluffed her layers and got ready to head out the door. Everyone piled into a van and off we went to the church. We were even running a few min early. Amazing.

Once we got to the church, we 'quarenteened' Abi because they didn't want to see each other before the ceremony. So we all hung out behind the screen doing last min things, like double stick taping dress straps and whatnot, and I took a little video of Abi's last words as a bachelorette. Abi also wanted to do confession, so us girls had to entertain ourselves outside the booth while she spilled her guts to the priest about things we already knew. :)
Shortly afterwards the ceremony started, and it was a typical catholic wedding ceremony complete with full mass. Beautiful. After the ceremony, a few pics were taken outside the church (there are no posed ones allowed inside the old cathedral) and then we boarded the party bus. Eventhough the air conditioner wasn't working as well as it should have been, it was still cooler than outside, so we were glad to get on it and poor us some champagne. Toasts were made, and we were off to Forest Park for more pictures. It was at our first stop that I received the vote for best personal attendant ever because I had purchased 6 personal fans for the girls to use in the 90+ degree heat. The boys were way jealous, and the girls loved it. (They did decide to share with the boys, which was nice.) Paige did have an incident with hers though... it totally got stuck in her hair.

I rescued it. :) From there we continued arround town to Wash U, Berthold Ave, and Ted Drewes (of course) for free ice cream. YUMMY! We partied it up, and tried to stay cool best we could.

Abi was so happy to be married she even busted a move on the way to Ted Drewes. :) We clearly had lots of fun. And I have to give the wedding party their due - even though it was just nasty hot, noone whined about it. There was some complaining about it being hot, but not a one of them complained that they had to be out there, and that's pretty awesome of them. At one point all the girls spread their legs to catch a breeze a bit better to cool off it was so hot.

We eventually made it Andre's West, and continued to celebrate by eating, drinking and dancing the night away. We made it through the day with a happy, calm bride (I did my job well), and everything went really smoothly. I actually did my job so well that like 3 people came up and asked me what I had given Abi to make her so calm and happy. I told them I was just that good. lol. She really was great all day though - no complaining from her either. Here's one of me and the Bertholds at the end of the evening.

Sunday there was a brunch and present opening, of course. The newlyweds made some pretty good money, and got some great gifts. Soon it was time to pack everything up and get them ready to leave for their honeymoon, which was a cruise to the Bahamas. (I'm way jealous!) We said our goodbyes, and then I headed home for a short rest and then packed all my stuff up to head back to Branson. I got back here around 7ish, and pretty much layed on the couch all evening uploading pics and laying around. Too soon it was time for bed and then work today.

It was a crazy weekend, but fun. Seeing how happy Abi was makes all the hard work worth it. I wish them a happy life together, and CONGRATS again!