Monday, December 27, 2010

A Day In The Life Of My Purse

My purse is always filled with a few essentials... Here are a few of things things you are just about guaranteed to find!
My grandparents bought me a matching purse (Vera Bradley Villager in the middle) to the wallet I carry for Christmas. It's a really nice size for everything I always carry! You are always going to find either the Blistex or Chapstick... or maybe both, a hand lotion... or my new ointment that I love. I always have extra hair ties to pull my hair back during the day. My keys to Miss Jetta, my phone, my rosary, multiple colors, paper (maybe my journal and note book) and last but certainly not camera! 

My purse is always full. These are just the basics. ;) What do you carry in your bag?

I may have a slight obsession with purses....Just a little one. ;)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Jingle, Jingle, It's the Last Christmas Being Single!

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone! This year Christmas feels a little different. I am sure there are a few reasons for this feeling though. We are not doing anything like we normally do. We are spending Christmas with my Mom's side of the family so we won't be home for Christmas. That means no Christmas Eve baking or last minute festivities, no Midnight Mass, no waking up in my own bed.... But I am enjoying the fact that I can spend these days with my Grandparents. It's been years since spending Christmas Day with them, and I am thankful for this, despite the differentness (it's a made-up word). Tomorrow morning, I will wake up and go to Christmas Day Mass at a local Church nearby my grandparents house and then we will celebrate during the day and wait for the arrival of all the family! It should be a lot of fun! I will try to post tomorrow or the following day, with pictures!!

I would love to be able to celebrate Christmas with Mono and his family too, but starting next year, I will never have to celebrate apart from him! This is my last single Christmas. :) I cannot wait to open my eyes Christmas morning of 2011 with my Mon!! That will be a better gift than any other that could fit under the tree. I am not sure where we will be next Christmas, but if I can dream, I will have everyone to our home, wherever that may end up. I will take out my Christmas china and set it out all nice and festive for our first Christmas together. I would love to have everyone there, in our home. We will see if that will actually be able to happen or not. Most likely not, but I can dream, can't I? :)

The next few days, through the last days of 2010 should be filled with family, close friends and lots of fun! Tomorrow and the following couple of days will consist of Christmas festivities in New York, then the rest of the days spread out in Maryland. It should all be wonderful! Ringing in the New Year with a ring on my finger and wonderful hopes, dreams and prayers for 2011!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Up, Up, And Away We Go!!

As I sit here waiting to board the plane for our trip to visit family for Christmas and New Years, I think about all the things I like about traveling by air. Here's one aspect...

Air Travel…. I love to fly. My favorite part isn't the actual flying, but the people watching while we wait at the airport. Delayed flights are an inconvenience, yes, but if I'm not in a rush to get anywhere, I wouldn't mind sitting in an airport for hours. As long as I had a few other things to do besides people watch, like get on my computer, read, scan magazines, etc… You see so many different people, different lifestyles, and fashion statements. I like to see how people dress to fly, some in business attire, some all dolled up, and some looking like they could be at the gym… or in bed. I passed a lady in skinny jeans with shiny zebra print heels… 6 inch platform heels, and an oversized shiny black purse…oh, and BIG hoop earrings! There are a lot of military men and women here. It is nice to see them and wish them well when you can. There are families with little children who tag along their dolls and action figures and cartoon character mini luggages in tow. You see really frazzled Moms trying to get their kids through security and not losing them or their belongings and businessmen who are just doing their routine, like they do it daily. What I also like to look at is how people pack. Are they heavy packers or do they come light and fancy? Oh I admire those ladies. They come, looking nicely put together (not overly done though), with their purse and light carryon. And then there is people, well, like me. I have my Vera Bradley carryon stuffed with my North Face fleece, laptop, camera, all my camera accessories, a book, my journal, my wedding planning notebook, etc… I have my nice coat, my purse (that ends up being smaller than my wallet, so that doesn't really count) and my roll along luggage…filled to the brim. I wish I knew how to pick a couple bottoms and a few tops and accessories and work with them, change it up and pack light. I was able to do that better in the summer, but not in the winter when everything is bulky and boring. So, off I go, with all my bags in tow, and my hair pulled back in a low ponytail wearing flats!!! Comfort. ;) How do you travel? Heavy or light? Do you like to people watch?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snow And Hot Wings

Today was a monumental day for us here in the South. Not really monumental but, you catch my drift. ;) It started with this morning, around 7:15 when the J woke me up to go out for his morning potty run. I had my alarm set for about 8:30 so I could sleep in a little extra before getting up to get ready for Church. He woke me up and I wasn't too pleased…until I looked out the window and saw SNOW!! Yes my friends, snow!  I grew up in the north, where you really got snow, so to see my excitement for faint flurries is quite funny. 

When we first moved here, I laughed at people when they got all excited over flurries, if they could even be called that. Flurries up north is like a full fledged snow storm down here. I've lived here for 5 years now so I am at a point that I have only seen (real) snow a handful of times since I moved and I too get excited at the sight of mere flurries! The sky right now looks so snowy and cold. The flurries have tapered off, but it just looks like a snowy, wintery sky now! The Christmas tree is lit, I am sitting cuddled up on the couch with my heated blanket and loving this winter day!

Hot Wings... Also known as insanity. At least that is what I say. ;) There is a local restaurant that my family goes to frequently and they have a hot wings challenge. You are given 10 super spicy wings and a cup of water (or two if you run out!)!! I wouldn't even touch one if you paid me, but Mono, he went for the whole thing. And he did it!! I felt so bad for him as his eyes teared and skin around his lips turned pink, but I was so proud of my guy! He did it. They came over with lemons and orange juice to help the burn and they took his picture for The Wall and when the t-shirts come in, he will be getting a t-shirt that says he did the challenge. I took one whiff of those babies and my nose hurt. I cannot imagine what his mouth was going through. Holy cow. That is just NUTS. All for a picture and a t-shirt. haha- But I am so proud of him. It was fun to watch and the owners always come and talk to us since they know us and they were enjoying watching him eat the wings. 

So we had intense cold and intense heat all in one day. Well Mono did... I just watched.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Six Years Of Lots Of Lovin's, Treats and Tummy Rubs!

Today is his birthday. His sixth birthday. Jimmy is a very special member of our little family. Six years ago, our babe was born in a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. We went to meet the newest member of our family shortly after he was born and we instantly bonded. He was an only child just like I am, thus the instant bond I believe. A few months later, in February, the day after my Mom's birthday, my Dad and I drove up to PA to pick up our sweet little boy (I think my Mom was sick or something that made it impossible for her to come) and bring him to his new home. He lived with us in Maryland from February to May, and then he became a New Yorker while we lived with my Grandparents. We were waiting for our home to be built down South so we lived with my Mom's parents for two months. Before Jimmy was even 6 months old, he had lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Alabama! Quite the little traveler! And that he is! He is such a wonderful traveler. He has yet to take his first flight, but boy is he good in the car. He loves going for rides!

Jimmy loves everybody, and I mean everybody! Really. And everyone that meets him, loves him just as much. It's amazing because there are so many people that seriously do not like dogs, but just adore him. It's wonderful. He even has the mail lady, Carla, wrapped around his paw! She leaves him a biscuit in the mailbox with our mail, everyday. Seriously. :) He is so friendly and loving to all new friends. :) He does have special bonds with certain people though. He loves his cuddle time with his Mama (my Mom) and his treat and play time with his Dad (my Dad). Every night around 5:30, he waits between 3 doors in our house. He sits in a position that he can be right at whichever door Mono walks in when he comes over for dinner. Some how J knows that Mono is coming and he waits so very patiently for his best buddy in the entire world to come for a visit. And then.... he waits with such anticipation to hear the words, "Jimmy, do you want to go to the apartment?!" He loves, loves, LOVES going home with Gus to his apartment to spend the night and have guy/brother time. He adores Mono and (shhhh) Mono adores him. ;) There's some serious brotherly love there. We have a small little family here, but our J adds such life and love to it.

I had wanted a dog since I was very long as I can remember. Or as my Dad says, "for as long as she could express herself." I waited nineteen years before I had my very first pet (well, besides tons of fish), and it was worth the wait!!!!!! Six years have gone by with this little guy and I can't imagine life without him! I hope we have him for six times ten more years!!!!!! ;) (Yes, a little exaggerated, but you know what I mean!)

Goodnight birthday boy. We all love you so very much. Kisses and tummy rubs!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Living In The South

Living in The South has many pros and cons. I am thinking today that you really need a lot of patience to live here and patience is something that I just don't overflow with. But, maybe this is why God has me here. :) I need to grow more in patience and sometimes the ways that I need to exhibit it here, are wonderful ways for me to grow... positive ways. 
I just came home from running a whole lot of errands in town, bank (x2), grocery store, pharmacy, etc... and each place you go, people are so very friendly and kind, yet.... so slow. 
They stop to see how your day is going or tell you how nice you look. And they truly, genuinely mean it. From the ladies ringing your the groceries to the tellers at the bank, they all care. It's such a lovely thing and I prefer being surrounded by people who do care so much, rather than people that don't even acknowledge you are there, but sometimes I just want to be in and out and go
This is where I could be taking them as sweet little lessons to grow from. These aren't the times of intense frustration from things going wrong (those are good learning tools too, yet harder to want to learn from), but kinder and more gentle reminders to work on patience. :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

December Love

White twinkly Christmas lights, lit trees and candles shining in windows

Hearts and messages etched into glittering heavy frost on the car in the morning

The comforting flavor of candy canes and hot cocoa... with a dollop of whipped cream

The sounds of Christmas music playing around you

Lighting the Advent wreath each night at the dinner table and opening the little windows of an Advent calendar each morning

The scent of yummy baked goodies and Christmas trees swirling throughout the house

The Nativity scene set out in a place of honor

Long streets with green traffic lights and red car lights lighting the way, wrapping the streets in the colors of Christmas

The abundant love and joy of family and dear friends

Handmade ornaments from years past

Receiving Christmas cards

Wrapping beautiful gifts...and giving/sending them to loved ones

Gently falling snow...and the crunching of it once it accumulates

A bright fire, lighting up the fireplace

Cold noses from being in the crisp air

Cozy knitted scarves and mittens

The Love He (God) shares with us each day

What's your December loves?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Day

I ran tonight, and just did okay. I'm not thrilled with the outcome, but with the circumstances, it was acceptable. I am hoping my real run on Saturday goes a lot faster than 40 minutes... Today was filled with a lot of tid bits. I had gifts to wrap, things to bring to the post office, wash to do, bills to work on, things to put away, wedding plans to go over.... etc. My day broke up a little bit for Mass. I went to Church at noon and had lunch when I got home, so that was a nice break. This evening we ate dinner, leftovers, nothing special and then went to the gym. So it was just a generic day. Nothing big, nothing too special, but it was a good day. :) More and more wedding thoughts are running through my head, and I am hoping to keep them all very organized in my mind (and my planner!). There is a lot that goes into this. So far I'm not stressing out, but it is a little frustrating planning from so far away. Thankfully I have wonderful people to help me, some in the area where the wedding will take place, and some as far from there as I am. It will be a beautiful day, I know that. :) I can't wait to marry my best friend! He brings a smile to my face each and every day! I hope all the ladies/girls in my life are as blessed to meet a man like I have! Well, off to sleep! Sweet dreams!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Little Bit Of Nothing

Well, I have plenty I could be blogging about. I've been so busy that I have been neglecting all of my blogging. I need to get back on track. I have so much to do before Mono's birthday and Christmas. CRAZY! And now adding in planning for a wedding, that makes things more exciting, yet a lot more hectic! I have less than 20 days to get it all done. Presents to make, buy, wrap, mail... cookies and cupcakes to bake, package and prepare for family up north... I have to finish decorating the house, plan some things for the wedding... oh just sooo much. So if my blogging isn't as frequent, you know why! Time has really gotten away from me!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Number 19

So, if you go back and look at my post about the 101 things I would like to do in 1001 days, you will see that number 19 is.... get engaged. I am beyond thrilled to say I can finally cross that one off! Mono proposed on Sunday, so it still hasn't been a full week. I am not sure if it has fully set it. Each day I think it is a little bit more. I am sooo excited and very, very happy! Everyone is asking about any plans I may have made, but I am still trying to figure this all out. I don't even know where to begin for sure, but I am doing what I think I should be doing. ;) Thanksgiving is tomorrow so I am going to enjoy the day, and I will spend some time between now and Christmas working on plans, but I will go into full swing comes January! I have a planning binder, a notebook and a few other little goodies to help keep me organized. I have a canvas tote that I am working on embroidering some doodles on to hold all of this in. I am really enjoying the little bits of planning that I have already done. I can't wait for this process to be in full swing!

I have the most wonderful fiancé and I am looking forward to doing this together. He can be as involved or uninvolved as he chooses, but I am loving talking to him about little tidbits so our wedding is really ours. Tomorrow (Thanksgiving) is our first holiday as an engaged couple. It's pretty exciting! Mono's family has been visiting and last night my wonderful aunt had a nice meal for both of our families before his parents left (this morning). My cousin made us an adorable cake and it was very tasty too! It was so nice to have our first extended little celebration! The night we got engaged my parents had a nice dinner at our house for the six of us. It has been so nice enjoying these first few days as a newly engaged couple with both of our families together.

I will be posting a lot more about this topic, but for now, I have some things to do and I am pretty tired. I'd like to get them done and then just relax. The past few days have been full and busy... in a wonderful way though!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Said Yes!!

Yes!!!!!!!!!!! I'm engaged! I will post another entry real soon. I have to get to bed, but I just had to have an entry for our engagement! I am beyond happy and am so happy to be marrying the love of my life and my very best friend!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Finding A Little Extra JOY This Christmas Season!

I have a real love for photography, and always want to learn more and pursue new avenues so I can become better and have a more trained eye. I have yet to find a workshop that fits my schedule or that is in my price budget, locally. I found a photography website/blog online that offers on-line workshops. You download certain parts of the classes, have videos to watch and have homework to do. It's not hands-on with a teacher next to you, but I am certainly very excited about beginning this class. I just wish it would start today!! Hopefully if all goes well and I learn a lot during this first workshop, I will join another when it is offered. :) This specific one (Finding the Holiday Joy) will be focused around taking pictures during the Christmas season. I am beyond thrilled! :) I love Christmas and I love photography, so together, it will be terrifical! :)

Little Squirrel

"What's the little squirrel doing?" That's what Mono's Mom asks him when she wants to know what I'm up to. It's funny, because after a house break-in from a family of squirrels when I lived in NY (the turned the stove on, ripped all of our curtains, furniture, clawed the molding around windows... that's just to name a few things they did while we were away for the weekend!), I have really not liked these little creatures. I think they are real cute, but I still held my grudge against all squirrels. Mono's Mom changed my heart! I love being the squirrel now. :) So when I was at Starbucks the other day and saw this mug, I could not pass it up!
 One day a squirrel went out looking for acorns and found a friend.

Mono's Mom and Dad are coming to visit today. I can't wait to show her my mug...and the one I bought her. This way, she will think of her little squirrel when she is back home. ;) Now I need to get her one with a monkey so she can think of Mono when she is home! :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I'd LOVE to have her closet!

Kate Middleton... soon to be the wife of Prince William! :) Ohhh how exciting! That's whose closet I would like to have. No, let me change that.... That's whose closet I would lllooooovvvvvveeeee to have. Even just a few pieces maybe? Do you think she would just let me borrow a few things? ;)

Aside from lengthening a few hemlines (most seem to be pretty decent though) or pinning a few shirts so they weren't quite so low cut, I'd love to have her wardrobe. I think she has a very classic style. Whether she is dressing up for a fancy occasion or dressing down to be casual at a sporting event, she always go with class.

 I like her color choices and the way she is simple, but always accessorizes nicely. She always has nice jewelry and a nice bag. Simple, but nice.
 The bags, the coats, oh my!
 Her hair and her makeup are kept simple, but she is always looking so put together. I guess that is part of the job for the kinda princess. I guess I'd be too if I was in her position instead of living in the country, in the middle of no-where! ;) Maybe I should pretend and dress like her.... ha.... I would totally look out of place!

 I think she is adorable and I'd like to go take nearly everything out of my closet, give it away and go on a Kate Shopping Spree!!! I'd buy a few basics, a couple of nice accessories and bags, and keep it simple and classy. :)

 Oh there is the mustardy yellow that I like - pretty close to it!

 And I totally wish I could pull of wearing some of her hats!! I LOVE them! I have no occasion that I could even fake wearing one to.

 And I am in love with her cream coat. SO me. I had a cream colored coat once... I had to get rid of it. It was starting to get super old and look super old. :( That was a really sad day for my closet.

I really love Kate's style. I am pretty sure she is the closest to me that I can think of... of course just not the nearly royal part! ;)

So, if you could have someones closet, who would you choose? What is it about their style that you like?

There Is A Reason Why It Is Called A "Wish" List...

 It all started with the purse. Specifically, the Kelly Green Newbury Market Tote from Ralph Lauren. First of all, before I go any further, I want you to know I have a small bit (okay a large one) of an obsession with purses. I love, love, love them! 

Mono's first real gift to me (besides the Lite-Brite that I had wanted since I was a little girl. He surprised me one day and sent it to me in the mail before we lived in the same state!) was a purse... a Coach purse. He didn't even know of my obsession at that point. He was a keeper from that day on! ;) Just kidding. He was a keeper from way before that. No gift needed to tell me he was the guy for me! 

Unless the purse was a gift, I only have cheap bags...until two summers ago. I was in Destin, FL at Dooney and Bourke with my Mom and her best friend (who shares the purse obsession with me! I love you, Leslie!!) and we went to their outlet store and I bought myself a beautiful bag from there that was an amazing steal! And I mean ahh-mazing

So now, back to the real topic of this entry. I was flipping through my Real Simple magazine (latest issue) and came upon a beauty. It was love at first sight...for me anyway. Not sure how the purse felt. Though I do believe that it would surely enjoy being amongst wonderful friends in my closet. ;) I love green. It was one of two of my favorite colors growing up. I don't own much in the color though, but my eyes always catch the color when I see it. And certainly saw it in "the purse." (There are a few colors catching my eye lately: a mustardy yellow, this green, of course, and a light heather gray)

It is waaayy out of my budget, as well as Santa's or any other nice gift-giver out there. I went to look for it on but did not see it in Kelly Green. I was quite upset, but I did find it on another site! Great news, huh!? ;) Unfortunately it was still the same price. So... it went on my "wish"list. 

Yes, there is a reason for that name. You put all of the things that you'd wish for and know you will never get on it! While I was on the Ralph Lauren web page, I figured I'd take a little look around. I am quite fond of his collection so it was no sacrifice. ;) I am partial to the jewelry too. On one trip to Destin, FL Mono bought me a beautiful pair of silver, oval hoop earrings from the store there. I LOVE them! In fact, I am wearing them today. :) So, added to the wish list are several pieces of jewelry that I have been eying in stores when I shop. On the list they went!! 

So, about 10 items later, I have an official Ralph Lauren Wish List! So there is the Amazon wish list and now the R.L. one. Most of which (besides the books on Amazon) are all really big wishes... like the camera lenses I want. haha

Do you have any "wish" lists? What's on them?!

Here are a few random things I'd like.

See, I told you they were quite random. ;)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I'm So Not An Athlete!

I have my 5k in less than three weeks. I am sure to most people they hear a 5k and think, eh, no problem! To me, that will be an accomplishment when I finish it. I have pretty much not exercised a day in my life. I've never been athletic. When I was in grade school I obviously took gym class and when I was in my early teens I rode horses and figure skated weekly. I was never on any competitive level.... or anything near it! I did it for fun, but then I was thrown off of the horse and broke part of my back and neck and that kinda put a stop to all activities. So, basically, I've never been athletic or very active. And since I was hurt, I really have not been very active (besides the prescribed PT). So running like I am is a big deal. I love running and I am hoping that in time I actually become a good runner. Only time will tell I guess. I have a lot of trouble with my breathing, but I have been told that will get better in time. My other problem is.... I get sooo hungry when I am done. :/ I really have to be careful that I stay on top of that and don't just go and eat away. I am really looking forward to race day next month. I am sure I will be a little bit on the nervous side on the day of, but I am really hoping the adrenaline kicks in! Up until that day, I will keep pushing myself towards the finish line! I can't wait for that feeling! :) And who knows, maybe after this 5k, I will actually become an athlete...or at least more active! ;)

Coupon Clipping Sunday

It's a cloudy, misty day outside and I am sitting here all cuddled on the couch watching Ramona and Beezus...while clipping out coupons. Today is the first day of my new venture...and hopefully not the last! I do the grocery shopping for the most part, and I thought saving with the help of coupons would be a smart idea. It's a bit of a task though, and I am not sure if I like it. Hmmm. The thing is, we don't have a lot of grocery stores near where we live and I don't particularly want to drive all over just to get to stores. I'll end up spending more on gas than I am saving with coupons. So being that I am limited in stores to shop at, and I know that there are sooo many more coupons that can be printed online, I feel like I am not able to complete the task properly. For now, while starting out, I will just cut out the coupons, check the stores nearby for their weekly deals. The better feel I get and the more practice that comes my way, the more I will save and the better of a coupon-clipping saver I will be! :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just Six More Days!

Six days until they come! Just six more days!! Wooo hoooooooo! Two of my very favorite people are coming to visit for 4 days! Yes!!! 
Mono's Mom and Dad are both coming for a visit! A lot of visits that his Mom made, his Dad was unable to come due to taking care of his Mom, and his work. But this time, they can come together! 
I am so happy and excited! 
Unfortunately they won't be able to stay for Thanksgiving, but we are all thankful for their visit and will have a nice family meal while they are here. I have a feeling that a lot of their visit is going to revolve around food…. 
and some serious milkshake runs!
I'm still not really sure what we are going to do while they are here, but I know we are going to have a good time! 
The last time they were both here together was last Thanksgiving, so it's been a while. 
This is going to be a real treat! 
And then we will see them again less than a month later, around Christmas!
I wish I could capture both of them and keep them here forever!
Mono's Mom is one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet.
We all have a great time together and both the Mom's (his and mine) have a lot of fun together... I guess that is what happens when two wonderful ladies get together.
Mono's Dad makes you smile and laugh, even when times are sad.
I'm not really sure how he does it, but I love it.
I always know I am going to be in a happy mood around the two of them.
I love them to pieces and we all get along so well. Both families. What a treasure!

Mono and I have found some new restaurants in the city and we are really looking forward to having meals in each place with both of our families.
We have such a long list it seems that we may just have to eat two dinners a day to fit them all in!
We have Greek/Mediterranean, Barbecue, milkshakes, a delicatessen, a fish market/restaurant, milkshakes, a fun spot for delicious burgers... and did I say milkshakes? 
Just in case I didn't mention milkshakes we will be making multiple runs for them!
And, we will be going on multiple runs to burn off all these calories!

Eating good food isn't the only thing we will be doing, but we can't wait to show them some of our favorite spots!
I guess depending on the weather, rainy or sunny, cold or hot, will determine what the rest of our plans will be!So, let the fun begin in just six more days... and today is almost over! So it's closer to just 5 more days. Come on November 19th! Get here real soon!!

Mary Anne Vs. The World

Do you ever feel like it's you against the world?
Where nothing seems to be going right?
Your patience level is near zilch.
Everyone seems to be bothered by you...and you seem to be bothered by everyone.
Where your prayers seem to be going up dry and empty?
Where you have no idea what God is trying to tell you?
And all you feel is God trying to teach you something and work and mold you into something?
It's just pure pain and frustration, waiting for God to show you where He wants you to be.
So many little things just seem to go wrong... then make you cranky.
The confusion, the frustration, the feeling of God constantly kneading you.
I don't need to be fabulous
I just want to know what little I am doing, is being done well....with love and virtue.
I am going through a weird period in life.
I just want to just clean out and start over, inside and on the outside.
Have you ever gone through a period in your life where you feel God is molding you and working with you, but you just can't seem to see the end yet?
I know the person I want to be, but I don't quite know how to get there. 
I can't seem to get there.
My creative juices are running so dry and that really disappoints me.
I've always been a more upbeat and creative person, so to see these things running dry, is kinda hard to deal with.
  Even while going through this, I'm not a miserable person.
I'm happy, though have some cranky days, and know that with times like this, you just have to keep going.
God hasn't left you alone.
In fact, now He is probably ever so close.
He is working closely, picking away at all my little issues.
I think He is probably a little frazzled with me that I haven't learned the lessons He has been trying to teach me yet. ;) 
I think in this area, I am a little bit of a slow learner... kinda like in algebra. 
I was certainly a slow learner in that subject.
Maybe He could try teaching me in a way like I got geometry.
That made a lot more sense and I picked it up real fast! ;)
Lord, please continue to mold me into the person You desire me to be.
Help me learn the lessons You are trying to get me to see.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pasta Friday

It's Friday, which means tonight was pasta/fish night for dinner!

 I just love this pasta! Aren't the little noodles pretty!?
 I took a pound of shrimp, chopped it up....
 I got the sauce going, a mix of white wine, tomato sauce and heavy cream. And season it with spices of course!
 Add in the shrimp.
 My pretty pasta!
 I baked some asparagus as a side.
 Added in the pasta to the sauce.
 And delish!!
 Happy Pasta Friday!

Tis The Season! The Gift Wrapping Season!

 Yes, I know this is not Christmas wrapping, but there is a reason for that. It's a birthday present. Once my friend's birthday rolls around in the end of October, that's when the Christmas wrapping seems to mosy on in!
 If I could have a dream job, this would be it... wrapping presents! Boy do I just love to do this! That is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season, buying special gifts for loved ones and then finding just the right wrapping, ribbon, embellishments, tags, etc... for each gift!
 I can't wait for Lina to get her gifts! I hope she likes them. :)
And off it goes! On to Christmas wrapping now!! :)