Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I feel whiny and tired and am drinking a lot of coffee.
It will get better. Sigh. More sleep needed, please.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday night, with our hubs out of town, Jamie and I made a big mess out of her kitchen table and both worked on scrapbooks that are about 3 years old (hers: wedding parties, 2005; mine: first year of dating, 2005.) This year I finally finished a scrapbook from my travel abroad to Spain (2002) and I'm nearly done with my wedding scrapbook (2007). I am declaring this the end of my scrapbooking career. I like the end result, but I just don't find it as rewarding and relaxing as really hardcore scrappers do. Not to mention it's absurdly expensive. I think I like the idea of this serving as my digital scrapbook going forward. I can't put adorable stickers or vellum quotes on here, but I think I'm okay with that. (Truth be told, I can't figure out how to use vellum anyways.)
Saturday morning I drove over to Greensboro to walk in the Arthritis Foundation's 5k walk. Monica and I were scoping it out to determine whether or not our participants could do it next year and it was a really easy trail. Our walkers would dominate it. And then they'd be all over the Krispy Kreme donuts, much to my chagrin. Not really - I ate one too.
In the afternoon, I went over to a house that is being converted into a house of service by a friend of Emily's. 5 of us sorted and folded donated clothing while chatting and the hours flew by. Afterwards, Jamie and I went and did a little clothes sorting of our own at Forever 21. I found an armful of clothing that I liked, but thankfully only two made it past the dressing room scrutinizing. Typical of 21. (And good for my wallet.) Saturday evening, I alternated between working on my scrapbook again, watching Celebrity Rehab and switching out my summer and winter clothes. When Matt called to check in, he found a perfectly content wife. What could be better than being crafty and super organizing projects simultaneously? Nada. Nada my friends.
Sunday I slept in sans alarm which was glorious, then scrubbed the house from top to bottom in preparation for the hubby's return on Friday. I made a quick run to Target for my sistser's birthday present (an LED flameless candle, which sounds super lame-o but is actually way neat) and came home to settle in for a dinner of pesto penne and chicken.
I loved having a weekend to be all projecty and organizing and cleany... but I am also so very ready for Matt to get home and hang out with me!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
- one salmon fillet
- one chicken breast
- one morningstar chicken patty
- one buffalo chicken sausage
- 1/2 bag frozen spinach
- 1/2 bag frozen edamame
- 1/2 box rotini
- a little bit of pesto sauce
- 3 english muffins
- 1/4 carton of almond milk
- 1/2 carton of Kefir
- 3 wedges of laughing cow
- 1/2 box of wild rice
- 1 can black beans
- dunkin donuts coffee
I know I can make it til Thursday, when I'll have to go grocery shopping before Matt gets home. In the meantime, it's going to take some creativity. I've got some ideas....
Meal #1: salmon, spinach, wild rice
Meal #2: penne + pesto w/ chicken
Meal #3: more penne + a little olive oil + edamame
Meal #4: black beans + buffalo chicken sausage + rice
3 breakfasts: english muffins + laughing cow, coffee w/ almond milk; kefir later on
And when in doubt, there's always oatmeal.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
So, while I pledge to remain absolutely unbiased and open minded about our potential future cities of residences, I am pleased to say that I can now at least imagine carving out a life in one new place. Between martinis, starbucks, barbeque, and let's be honest - walmart - I could be all set. One site visited, a mere 29 to go.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Fastest parental visit ever, considering she's 700 miles away! She's off to Charlotte to spend the rest of the weekend with the sis, and I'm off to the Y to give a talk on eating habits and then to Greenville to see the displaced hubby. What a weekend!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
This game, however, was not the best example of the new Wake football. We won but it was a teeth clenching game. Let's hope that the Navy game and this near miss are all we need to keep our humble, scrappy climb to the top attitude. GO DEACS!
I also got to see Krissy and her fiancee, Mastin, at the tailgate. I loved seeing her reaction to the tailgate apparel of the undergrads. Just one of the many "welcome to the South" experiences I had 8 years ago, and I love seeing my fellow Yankees reactions to these types of things.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Normally this would not be headline making news except for well, this is my blog and so I decide what makes the headlines. She's not my first friend to have a baby and not even the first of my peers to have a baby. But, when I look at pictures of my friend looking with down at her little one with the purest love and peace in her face, I have this sudden flashback to all the years I spent learning who this woman is and I am so struck by the idea that she has, in an instant, become suddenly and wholy redefined. In her glance, I see the same eyes that would light up with mischief as she would try and get me in trouble in social studies class in 7th grade by starting every question with "Mr. Finn, Meghan wants to know..." I see the same smile that registered joy and surprise at the simplicity of a swim in the cold Atlantic surf our family vacations in early April and the same determined brow that would furrow down as she rose to defend me against our priggish JV softball coach. I sense the same gentle manner that would turn a antisocial cat into a purring mushball and the same prideful tilt of her head that I saw the day she walked down the aisle. In one forever captured glance of the camera shutter eye, I saw the woman who I have known over 14 years become a mother. If I knew even one ounce of the love, compassion, loyalty and insatiable curiousity that this woman embodies, then that little boy is in store for an amazing life as her child.
Welcome to the world, JCS. You are in for a great ride.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Well, since we fell in love with 345 miles separating us, so what's another month of making the heart grow fonder?
I was wrong and I'm happy for it. The atmosphere was way nicer than I thought - just a small step below Riverburch caliber - and the food was delicious. No nutrition information posted online, which is about the only thing that disappointed me. Definitely a new one to add to our rotation.
Better yet, I am thinking of dishing up a new challenge for me and the hubby. Rather than rotate through our standard four (maybe now five), I am thinking that as our time may end here in Winston, we need to step up our dining experiences. I found this list on the WFU student homepage. From my best guess, it looks like there are close to 300 restaurants on there. Think we could knock them all off? We better get hungry...
Friday, October 3, 2008
Speaking of staying home... for the first time months (it feels like), we are staying home this weekend. Sigh, glorious sigh. There's lemon square baking in the oven, our neighbors are coming up in 20 minutes for bbq chicken and Matt's taking a nap while I blog. THIS is what a relaxing weekend is all about.
A proper blogging of all summer events would have been ideal (since I do imagine this to be my one day digital scrapbook*), but a quick list/recap will suffice. In backwards order until I tire out:
- 9/26-9/28: Rochester, NY for Fred & Michelle's Wedding
- 9/19-9/20: Home but ran Salem Lake 10k & did a YMCA talk, Matt on call Saturday
- 9/12-9/14: Matt on call Friday, dinner party with med school gang and a baby shower for Wake co-worker
- 9/6-9/8: DC for Jen & Ryan's Wedding
- 8/29-9/1: 3rd Year Party
- 8/22-8/23: Cinema Under the Stars
- 8/15-8/17: (Ok I lied. We took a breather this weekend.)
- 8/8-8/10: Out in Charlotte with sis, sis-in-law and boyfriend of sis; home to Lincolnton the next day for an anniversary dinner (ours!)
- 8/1-8/3: Erie, PA for Shelby & Brad's wedding
- 7/25-7/27: Toronto, ON via Rochester, NY (where we stayed all week)
- 7/18-7/20: Matt on "mancation" at the beach, Jamie and I ran Beat the Heat 5k
- 7/11-7/13: Down to Lake Hickory to hang out with the Wards' and fancypants 4th Year Dinner at Old Towne Country Club
- 7/4-7/6: 4th of July @ Warthogs Game
- 6/27-6/29: Another breather weekend. Probably reloading groceries!
- 6/20-6/22: up to mountain house with Zac & Jamie
- 6/13-6/15: NYC for Shelby's Bachlorette Party
- 6/6-6/8: Cookout party @ our house
- 5/30-6/1: Raleigh, NC: Emily & Tim's Wedding
- 5/23-5/25: Cherokee Lake, TN with Zac & Jamie
- 5/15-5/17: Mom visiting for Katie's Masters' graduation and my birthday
- 5/9-5/11: Saunders cookout
- 5/2-5/4: Race for the Cure and Forseys host Cuatro de Mayo party
- 4/25-4/27: Tampa, FL for Emily's bachlorette party
- 4/17-4/19: Myrtle Beach, SC with fam and back to Lincolnton on Saturday for Adria's wedding
- 4/11-4/13: Myrtle Beach, SC with fam
- 4/4-4/6: Washington, DC for ipec graduation weekend
Wow. And I wonder sometimes why it seems like it's been weeks since I've done any laundry....