Friday, December 31, 2010

Grinch or Genius

Last year the day after Thanksgiving I pulled out all the outside Christmas lights and got to work. The day after Thanksgiving this year I pulled out thisAnd then I quit. It could have been laziness or it could of been that I wasn't emotional prepared to find any of the lights for bushes not working. However, I was beginning to feel like the Grinch because we have quite a few houses in the neighborhood that go all out with Christmas lights. Then today as I watched my neighbors tackle their decorations and all I had to do was thisI was feeling pretty pleased with my decision.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Proof That Nobody is Perfect

Reese Witherspoon, super cute. Paul Rudd, super cute. This movie, blah. It's not bad, but it's not good. I can see where they tried but it just missed the mark for me.

Did anyone else see it and love it? Am I missing something?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What's It Gonna Be

I love this time of year, the verge of a new year. Oh the possibilities. Anything can happen in a years time. I've had years that stood still, years with huge steps back, and years with huge improvements. What kind of year will 2011 be?

I am working getting some goals on paper for 2011. Decisions, descisons...stay tuned.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Celebration Gone Wrong

In honor of the birth of the sweet baby Jesus, I spent the last few days consuming enough food to gain the weight of an avg new born - 7lbs 8oz.

I am not even going to tell how close I came. Pretty darn close.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

14 and 4

14 - the number of pounds I've lost since my birthday. 4 months too late for my class reunion.

Better late than never, dang it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

I am Starting To See It

For the longest time I didn't get it. What's the big deal I thought. I don't see it...but the more times I watch The Proposal I am starting to see it.
Yeah, I am starting to see it...

Defining Moments

I was born a natural critic. Raised by a mom with no filter. I am a tell it like it is person. I have a hard time faking anything.

Many years ago I had a priest tell me "Ann, God doesn't require you to like everyone, but you do have to love everyone." It was a relief because can I love anyone especially if I don't have to look at, speak to, or deal with them.

Truth be told until I hit my 30's I didn't really like most people. Blame it on my early retail career. Nothing can make you hate mankind like working at the mall.

I guess we mellow with age because I am not anywhere near as hard to get along with as I am sure I was in my younger years. I've developed a filter, somewhat small but it's a filter. My years of recruiting have taught me to understand people better. I now live by - you fly your freak flag and I'll fly mine and as long as we aren't hurting anyone it's all good.

I am still not fond of everyone and there are days that Facebook makes me a hater. (Really, do we need to be update about every ache, pain and doctor visit your daughter has?) But the blog world has introduced to more fantastic people that I just love than I can count. It's progress.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Battle with the Christmas Lights

And I am losing. Every year I put you a few artifical trees - Lolly's room, my room, and the dining room this year. This holds us over until we can get a real tree for the great room. Usually I have no problems but this year every day it seems like there's another string of lights out. It's driving me crazy! Maybe I should invest in some trees with the ltd lights already on them. I heard they are easier and brighter.

Do you prefer fake or real trees? Do you have any with the light already on them?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back into the Routine

Tomorrow 5:00 am on the treadmill. It's been a long time though my fellow gym goers have told me they have kept a treadmill reserved for me, for MONTHS.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Let The Christmas Begin

  • The decorations
  • The music
  • The movies
  • The trees
  • The warm feeling of family

I love everything about Christmas.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Day After

We had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving yesterday. No hijacking of my plans to relax. I think this was mainly because Mister woke up sick so he had a valid excuse not to head across town to his brothers. Otherwise I may not have been so happy and relaxed. Is that bad?

I spent the morning cooking, drinking coffee, getting out Christmas decorations and trying to decide what my plans for Black Friday would be. Oh and I went for a run. Finally, after months of no running. I was thankful.

This morning I got up at 6:00ish drank coffe and watched The Proposal and then Sense and Sensibility. Shopping and crowds just didn't seems very appealing. I did finally get out to see what was going on in the retail world. I had a small list - something my mom had asked for and something my dad wanted. I picked up a few things but for the most part the shopping was disappointing. I guess it would have been more exciting if I would have done the early morning thing. Maybe next year...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's the Little Things in Life

I am wearing this boyfriend jacket from Boden today. I am in love. I am not sure if it's the fit, quality, or pretty lining but I didn't even mind getting up and driving into the office today.
This is my first purchase from Boden. They sucked me in with their buy two items get the third for a $1 promo a few weeks ago. I am sold.
Have you shopped

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Allergy

I have been so busy at work for the last couple months. Awhile back I was asked to temporarily take on a few customer groups for three months. When the three months was over I was super exicted at the thought of handing the work back over. The day I thought things were going back to normal I was told that not only would I be keeping those customer groups but I was getting some additional groups in a kind of re-work of the department. The work has been nonstop. So it was no surprise today when I literally felt ill at the idea of reviewing one more resume. I mean hundreds and hundreds of resumes make my head hurt and my eyes blurry...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Travels

Who's traveling for Thanksgiving? Not this girl. Truth be told I'd love to be at home in Indiana for the holiday. But since I can't, my place of choice will be on the couch at the House of Fowler.

Do you hear me Mister? I am not traveling anywhere, not even across town. No hijacking of my holiday plans this year...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Your Sunday Best

Is there such as thing as your Sunday best anymore? Do people still dress up for church? I'll admit that we Catholics are very relaxed in our church dress. Jeans seem to be the norm. When did we get so relaxed? I know I am guilty of it. Some would say that your attendance is more important than what you wear. But when you see a grown woman walk into mass wearing track pants and hoodie you have to wonder if we've crossed a line. I think it's time I started to make more of an effort in my Sunday best.

Do you dress up on Sunday to go to Church?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Living On Hot and Sour Soup

I can finally breathe through my nose again. I believe thanks to the soup. Now if I can stop coughing before I lose a lung, I might feel human again.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Grinch That Stole Thanksgiving

That would be TBS showing the Grinch Who Stole Christmas tonight. Seriously, I get that Christmas evokes happy feelings for people and everyone could use a little happy. But damn could you just slow down. You couldn't wait till this coming Thursday? Really? Can't I just focus on Thanksgiving and being thankful. Is that too much to ask? Great now I sound like a grinch...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Office Romance

Sometimes when I am watching The Office reruns Mister feels it necessary to say "They're not a real couple". And I want to say "watch and learn".

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Death - Day 2

Dear God,

I will be patient and let this viral thing run it's 7-10 day course. I only ask that you let the sweats subside asap. I won't question why in your infinite wisdom you found it necessary to make things sag as we age but between me and you under boob sweat is the worst.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Maybe I Should of Gotten That Flu Shot

1st day back from my staycation and I have muscle aches, sore throat, and the chills. I'd be worried about the people who sat next to me for hours at a staff meeting if I could just focus on something other than wanting to cry. It's that bad friends.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Monday

Do you know what's worse than realizing that your drivers license expired two days ago? Driving 20 minutes in the rain to realize the dmv office is closed on Mondays.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Baby Daddy

I am not to proud to admit that I got sucked into a whole Sunday of Teen Mom on MTV