Friday, May 30, 2008

Trish over at Fertile Hope

I found Trish's blog Fertile Hope, awhile ago by clicking on someone's blog roll and I have been reading faithfully ever since. I have read about their trying to conceive struggles, pregnancy announcement and now at 26 weeks gestation, her diagnosis of having Pre-Eclampsia. Check out her blog and pray for her, her husband and the baby! They are going to have a long journey ahead of them and they need all the help that they can get!

Fertile Hope

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Spring Cleaning


Since it's still technically Spring (even though it doesn't feel like it here), I did a little Spring cleaning. Some of you have noticed some changes on my blog including the new look, but I am pretty sure most you haven't though, as a lot of you use Google reader. In case you haven't, come check it out. I also updated my blog roll and added some new blogs, so take a look where I have been reading lately!

Friday, May 23, 2008

We can't wait to meet you...

Last Sunday, us girls went to our friend Rachel's baby shower! She is due July 2, so she has about 5 weeks left till Brendan is here. A couple of weeks ago Jenni, Tawni and I went shopping for her present. There were so many cute things and we had a blast picking out everything! She got a lot of great items, including her crib. Rachel is the first one out of the 4 of us having a baby, so we are all really excited. Tawni isn't far behind her either though, as she is due the end of September. The dynamics of our little group will definitely change, but I am sure it will be an awesome one. We can't wait to meet you Brendan!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I'm such a sap


I am definitely a crier. I will cry when it comes to anything emotional, weddings, cute kids and especially books and movies. Last night we were watching, House (one of our favorite shows right now) and I bawled. I won't say anything else as I don't want to ruin it for anyone that hasn't had chance to watch it yet. It was definitely a good season finale! Anyway, I had raccoon eyes by the end of the show and didn't want to ever let go of David.

I have always been this way, ever since I can remember. Books normally make me cry the most as I become so attached to the characters. Since there are so many details in book they become real in my mind. I remember being in early high school and reading, Say Goodnight Gracie by Julia Reece Deaver. I went through 2 whole boxes of tissues! Another one that me cry buckets was, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Sooo very good! Ah, I love a good tear jerker!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I've got my H2O drink on


I am really proud of myself, as all week I have been drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day of water! This is really a big accomplishment for myself and hopefully I can keep it up. In the past I haven't been able too and I quickly slip back into my old habits.

All throughout growing up, my mom tried to keep us eating healthy and encouraged us to drink lots of water. I was always good about drinking some, along with fruit juice or milk. When I moved out and went to college this all changed. Soon I was drinking 5 to 6 sodas a day. I always had a Pepsi can in my hand. I continued this for several years and David would get on case about it, but I didn't want to change. I slowly dropped my soda consumption down to about 3 sodas a day, but I was still not drinking any water.

About 3 years ago, I had a horrible pain in my side and it turned out I had kidney stones. The doctor told me I had stop drinking caffeine immediately. It was really hard for to do this, but the pain was a real motivator to stop! I started limited my dark soda to once a week. I would enjoy having my 1 Pepsi or Dr pepper on Saturdays. I substituted the caffeinated soda for sprite and 7up. I kept taking baby steps towards the ultimate goal of drinking more water. I finally dropped the 2 or 3 clear sodas a day down to one. For about the last year, I have been stuck at this spot of drinking one clear soda and about one to two glasses of water a day. I would do well for a little while at drinking more water, but it never lasted more than a day or two.

Sometime last week though, I realized how close I was and that I needed to make that last push towards my goal. I don't even know what caused me to think this and to go for it, but it just happened. I started out on Monday, here at work by not grabbing a soda from the fridge. It was so hard, especially since the entire fridge is filled full of soda and its free, but I did it. I also realized, if I broke the day into sections and told myself I needed to drink one entire water bottle between this time and then, that I could do it. Since Monday, each day has gotten easier and I just realized this morning that I went all week! Wohoo! 8 glasses each day and no soda at all!

I am really hoping I can keep this up. I think it is still going to be very hard especially when eating out. I am hoping by writing this you all could keep me accountable! Looking back at where I started really makes me realize how far I have really come!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Curtains Pics!

Finally, here is my post regarding my curtains! So I love them and I am so happy to finally have curtains up in the living room. I now want to get curtains for the rest of the place. Oh why, oh why do they have to be so expensive! I am going to have to wait a little bit on getting them for the rest of the house.

Anyways, I got the curtains from BBB and found the curtain rod at Walmart. A little bit of researching and searching for a bargain payed off, as the curtain rod was only $16.99! And the quality is pretty good as well. Every where else, the same thing was about $30.00.

Since several people have requested photos of what they look like, here you go!

You will also see in the picture, the mirror that the hubby gave me for my birthday!

Sur La Table

I have been to Sur La Table's online site many a times and always wanted to visit one. When we were in Santa Barbara, we went into one and I was a really disappointed. The store looked as if everything was just crammed into a tiny little space. Since, their displays were so full of stuff, I didn't get a chance to really look at what they had. I felt almost overwhelmed, kinda like when David and I registered at BBB. I remember standing in the kitchen section and just starred at the wall of kitchen gadgets and thinking where do we start. We ended up glancing around real quick and then leaving disappointed.

Well on Sunday, we went Dos Lagos to eat at Salsa Mar, for Mother's Day. After having lunch, we looked into into the Sur La Table there and it was like visiting a completely different store. I could have spent a fortune there, as they have some amazing stuff. Their items were nicely displayed and I didn't overwhelmed with so many products. I bought some kitchen shears that come apart, which is a definite must so you can properly keep them clean. I hadn't seen any at BBB or Target, so I was pretty excited to find them and at a good price too! I love anything kitchen or cooking related, but I am sure you all know that by now! Anyways, this store is now on the list of places to drop in drool over everything they have.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My very own bug killer

I was about to jump into the shower on Saturday morning, when I saw this very large spider! Now, I am okay with most bugs, but when it comes to spiders, I hate them! I even flinch when I am in the process of squishing them. So when I saw this spider, I called over my little bug killer named Cali. In the past, I always would call the hubby over to kill them and he would always laugh at me. I think he found my aversion to spiders to be more of an annoyance though. Since getting Cali, all I have to do is call her name and she is more than happy to kill it for me.

Anyways, back to my spider dilemma, she batted at it with her paw and it ran away, then she batted at it some more. After, a couple of blows it stops moving and then she eats it! I don't understand the whole eating it thing, as I am sure it doesn't taste very good. I am all for it though, because then it is gone completely and I don't even have to dispose of it either. She is such a great kitty!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It's Friday

I am very glad the week is over and the weekend finally here. I don't really have a specific thought or theme for this post. It's more or less just some random thoughts. Anyways, here is what's going on in our world.

  • I have been feeling unmotivated at work this week and it has definitely affected my productivity. It seems like there are days where I am all gun ho and get a lot accomplished and others where nothing seems to get done. I can't really put my finger on why I didn't feel motivated this week. My coworkers are great and my actual job is really good as well, so I don't get it. I am assuming, its just my laziness getting the best of me. It has also spread from work, to keeping the apartment clean. We went camping 2 weeks ago and the cooler is still out and there is still pile of stuff that needs to be washed, like the sleeping bags taken to the laundry mat. What's going on?
  • We bought the curtains that I had really liked from BBB. I haven't blogged about getting them, because they aren't up yet. We haven't bought a curtain rod, as the ones at BBB were really expensive. I just can't justify spending $30 to $40 on one curtain rod, thus the search began. 3 shops later, I found some I liked and bought them, but it turns out the brackets aren't long enough to go over the blinds. Ugh! Now, I get to return them and the search continues! I just might have to pay for the expensive ones!
  • We are also going to Disneyland tonight with some friends. Our passes expire the end of June, so we need to enjoy them now before we can't go anymore. We are not going to not renew them! :( We decided that as much as we love Disneyland, we would much rather be closer to the ultimate goal of owning a house. We also recently found out that the hubby won't be doing much extra film work this summer, so less play money. Luckily, we never depended on those checks and that's also another reason for not renewing the Disneyland passes.
  • Tomorrow, I have plans on going and getting a pedicure and I am really looking forward to it, as I haven't been in awhile. I try to go once a month, but lately we have just been so busy. Then, Joshua Tree also did a real number on my toesies as well, the paint is all chipped. The place I go to has this stuff they call "Medicine", which of course costs extra, but makes my feet, oh so soft! Does anyone know what the heck the "Medicine" stuff is though? Maybe, I don't want to know because ignorance can be bliss sometimes.

Wow, that turned out to be longer than expected! I probably could have made 4 posts of just this one. But then that would have required 4 post titles and I can never think of anything remotely clever. I think I will stick with just the one. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Healthy and Yummy: Is It Possible?

Eating healthy doesn't always mean you have to sacrifice taste. Just because an item has a fat free label on it, doesn't mean it's horrible. I definitely think the food industry has made great strides in this area. Thanks to my awesome co-worker Maria, who introduced me to some snacks that taste great and are good for you as well. I know you're thinking, how is this possible? Well, let me introduce to you:

These guys are so great, because they are only 90 calories or 2 Weight Watchers points per package. I bought the Chocolatey Mint and David loved them, as did I! They also come in other flavors, Buttered Popcorn, Caramel Drizzle, Chocolatey Drizzle, and Cinammon Struesal, and Peanut Butter.

Anything pre-packaged is always good, that way you don't over eat. Over eating or portion control is definitely one the hardest aspects of Weight Watchers for David. It doesn't help either, that in the past I have never worried about how much food I make or how much I dish up on his plate. This is something that I have been working on to help him, along with being a better shopper and buying healthier food. Just because I can't stand bannanas doesn't mean, I can't buy them for the hubby!

Anyways, you gotta try these as so they are sooo good!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Beautiful Joshua Tree

Last weekend we went camping in Joshua Tree, with some of our good friends. This time of year is perfect for Joshua Tree, as it is not too hot or too cold. It is also really beautiful out there, as all the cactus and wild flowers are blooming. We had a group of 5 other couples out there with us and we had a great time. Here are some photos of our trip.

Barker Dam

These purple cactus flowers were everywhere

My cute nephew Jackson

Rachel and her cute preggo belly

The boys on the rocks

I <3 Bed Bath and Beyond


Whenever, David works on weekends or has to be gone overnight, I always miss him a ton. When these days do happen, I take this time to catch up America's Next Top Model, hang out with the girls and do girl stuff. This Saturday, was one of those days and I quite enjoyed myself. Lots of shopping for a certain someone and lunch filled with laughter and good food.

When David asked what I wanted for my birthday, I immediately said curtains. I think he was a little sad as he couldn't pick them out and wrap them up and thus wouldn't be a surprise, but he agreed. I have wanted some for the living room for ages. We have blinds in our apartment, but I always feel like curtains add a homey feel to the room. My birthday has come and gone and we just haven't had the time to go looking.

Well, I was finally able look for curtains for the living room this weekend! One of my favorite places for home goods is Bed Bath and Beyond. So while shopping, I suggested we should head on over there as I had a gift certificate from the inlaws for my birthday. I saw some curtains that I really liked and would be great in the living room. I just have to show them to the hubby and get his opinion. Hopefully, we will be able to go over to BBB after work today to look at them!

I will take pictures if we buy them, along with the mirror David got me for my birthday!

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