101 in 1001: 71. Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte

I finally joined the club and tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  (with soy of course)  That is one more thing scratched off my 101 in 1001 list!!!!  I really loved it!  I don’t usually like coffee or coffee flavored things but my taste buds maybe changing!  One more thing has been added to my list of loves at Starbucks.  
Doesnt the cream on top just look so GOOD!  Makes my mouth water a lot little!
Now if you have not tried the Pumpkin Spice latte go out and join the club with me!!!

What I’m Loving Wednesday!

It is Wednesday and that means that it is “What I’m Loving Wednesday” over at Jamie’s blog.

I love that I am making fondue tonight with my brother and one of my college roommates.  I really love fondue. It is so fun and oh so good!!!
I love that I still have apple care for my laptop.  I think that my charger is on its last leg from our trip to Paris and I took it to the apple store today and said that they would replace it!  YAY!!!!
I love that Clemson’s homecoming is this weekend and I am going to the GAME!!!!
(that is one of the floats from last years homecoming)
I am loving that I am getting to spend a week with Nika, one of my best friends, and my brother!!!!!
And of course I am loving my husband (even though I miss him terribly) and my puppies (I miss them too!)

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Top Two Tuesday

It is “Top Two Tuesday” over at Taylor’s blog “The Undomestic Momma“.  Today is top two favorite songs.  This one was very hard for me to chose JUST two.

1.”Imagine” by John Lennon 
This is my all time  favorite song.  I love the message of the song and I try to live my life by the quote that John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, said that this song ment, “that we are all one country, one world, one people”.  I just love that concept and the song!!!!

2. “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
I love this song so much because I knew since I was young that I wanted this song to be my first dance song.  It was and so it will always hold a special place in my heart and every time I hear it I will think about our first dance together! 🙂

Can’t wait to see what everyone else chooses as their favorite songs!!!!  This one was so much FUN!

Have a great day!


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Weekend Recap…

Friday- I have most Fridays off and this one was no exception.  I really do enjoy working 4-10 hour days instead of 5- 8 hour days.  I went to the tire place to get one of my tires checked out because I spotted a piece of metal protruding out on Thursday evening.  To my surprise the metal had not penetrated through the tire and the tire guy just pulled it out and sent me on my way. YAY!!!  I asked the tire guy what the metal was and he said it was a piece of a shaving razor…GROSS!!!!!  I am glad that I did not touch it!  That evening we went to a Wilson High’s football game.  Wilson is where Andre works and coach the Varsity Boys Basketball team.  They guys played well but lost in the last few minutes of the game.  I think is sucks really bad when you are leading the entire game and lose in the last few minutes…such a heartbreaker.  The Wilson Tigers take on the Myrtle Beach Seahawks (Andre’s last school…and one that I loved so much) next Thursday.  I secretly wish we were still at the beach because I loved the people there and many of the coaches wives were really good friends of mine.  I can not really say that about the coaches wives at Wilson because I have not really met any.  I know that is a selfish reason, but what can I say a girl likes friends!

Saturday- I was awaken Saturday morning by Tucker falling/jumping out of the bed having a seizure.  It really bothers me to see him suffer like that.  He does not understand what it happening to him and it is just a very sad sight.  He has only been on his new dose of meds for about a week so I am hoping that this new dose will dramatically reduce the quantity and severity of his seizures!  Then I told Andre that I would watch a movie of his choice that afternoon.  This is one of my goals on my 101 in 1001 list.  Honestly I have not seen many of the classic movies that everyone else has seen so this is my attempt to become more cultured in the movie world.  He chose “Goodfellas”…

I enjoyed the movie and I am glad that he chose this one for September.  It is on the top 100 movies of all times so if you have not seen it then I would recommend it.  By the time the movie was over it was time for me to grocery shop and cook dinner.  We cooked grilled shrimp, onion rings, roasted brussel sprouts, and roasted butternut squash.  It was a good dinner.  Then it was football for the rest of the night!
Sunday-  I started out day off with a wonderful run with Tillman.  He was a champ.  We ran 5 miles and he did not try to stop at all.  I was very proud of him…in college he refused to run with me so this is such a positive change for him.  He was very worn out  but I told him that it is good for him and he even can have a little extra for dinner tonight.  I am going to wash some clothes and do some cleaning this afternoon.  I also have to pack my bag for Clemson today.  I have a certification class there this coming week, so I have to leave my husband for a week :(.  I am going to cook Sausage, Pepper, and Onions tonight (one of our favorites).  YUM!  I will post the recipe to my cooking blog some time this coming week!
I hope that everyone has had a great weekend!

101 in 1001: 6. Read a Book a Month; 98. get Andre’s car fixed

I have completed one of my items on my 101 in 1001 list.  I complete # 98. to get Andre’s car fixed or get a new car.  We took his car to the Ford dealership and they told us what was wrong with it.  We had decided that if it was over a certain amount of money that we would not get it fixed and look for a new car.  The repairs were less than that amount so we decided to fix his car and save our money so we can buy a new car with cash instead of paying payments.  I really do not like debt (I know a home mortgage is inevitable) so if we can I would rather save and then buy the next car for us!  YAY for having one item scratched off the list!

I also started on another item…#6. read a book a month.  My book for the month of September was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I am rereading the HP Series and they are better the second go around. My next book will be one of the following.  Either the next HP or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  I am going to read both of them but have not decided which one yet.  I will probably finish up the HP series then go the the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

What are you reading right now????  I need some suggestions on some good books!!!!!

Show Us Your Life- Master Bedroom

It’s “Show Us Your Life” over at Kelly’s Korner go check it out!!!

I do really love our master bedroom.  We still need to purchase some of the bedding accessories that we did not receive as wedding gifts, but we will get to it eventually.  We painted the walls and ceiling about a month ago and are loving the new color.  The curtains really tie everything together.  I am so glad that it is finally starting to look like something!

SO on with the tour…

This is the view from the closet.  The bedding is from potter barn and so are the curtains.  My parents bought the furniture for us right before we got married.  I had a queen size bed but knew that 2 people and 2 dogs were not going to be able to fit into a queen.  Especially because my two fur-children love to hog the bed!  I think that all the furniture came from local furniture store that was going out of business.  It was such a great find my my parents!
 This the view from the bathroom.  I love our new dark furniture and bedding.  I think that it goes well together.
View from window looking back into the kitchen.

That door goes to the bathroom.  
The view from the kitchen walking in…one of our engagement pictures that we had on display at the wedding!
Andre’s side of the  bed

The picture that is at the head of our bed…I just love this bridal picture

Small sitting area were we can put on our shoes in the morning or read
My side of the bed
Another bridal portrait.

The armoire and coat rack 

I hope you all enjoyed the tour!  Go check out my 101 in 1001 list that I just posted 2 days ago and tell me what you think.

What I’m Loving Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday again!  One more day of work!
I am loving that I finished my 101 in 1001 list and actually posted it!!!!  Yay for me!  Now the real work starts….actually doing all 101 things!  You can go “here” to see my post or just look to the left of your screen for my list!!!!
I love that it is officially FALL!!!!  Cooler weather is coming soon!  I am not ready for the COLD weather but most def. ready for the cool weather!  I want to wear my scarves, sweaters, pea coats, and boots so badly!!!!!
I love that I am making homemade pasta tonight. (for mac and cheese) I really love making it and it is sooooo easy!!!!  Check out this post “here” to see how I make it!!!!  
I love that I am sitting at my table eating lunch and Tillman has his head in my lap.  AWWWW  He is such a baby, but I love it!  And if you ask where Tucker is….he is laying at my feet licking my shoes!  He is such a licker!
Last but def. not least I am loving my wonderful husband!!!!  
Now go check out “What I’m Loving Wednesday”‘s wonderful host Jamie…”here
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

101 in 1001

I have finally finished my  “101 in 1001” list.  This project is sponsored by Day Zero Project.  The concept of this project is to make 101 goals for your self to complete in 1001 days. This is 2.75 years. I have been working one my list for about a month now.  I think that I have come up with some easy and some hard things to accomplish.  I wanted to challenge myself but not make it impossible.  
I want to make my start date tomorrow, September 22, 2010 (the first day of fall) and that makes my end date June 18, 2012.  
I hope that I can actually complete all 101 goals that I have set forth for myself.  I promise to keep you all updated on my progress.  I am also going to put my list on one of my side columns for easy access!
And of course being an engineer I have to have a legend:
normal text: needs to be completed
italicized text: in progress
highlighted text: COMPLETED!!!!
crossed through: unattainable (hopefully I will not have any of these…cross my fingers)
  1. run a marathon
  2. go vegetarian for at least 2 months
  3. study for the PE exam
  4. visit New York
  5. over come my needle/blood phobia
  6. read 1 book a month (1/33) HP: Prisoner of Azkaban
  7. start a Salkehatchie camp in Florence, SC
  8. save up money for an emergency fund
  9. visit Emily in Columbus, OH
  10. visit Jessica in Oklahoma
  11. visit Nika in Clemson
  12. go see Devan play
  13. go see a musical on Broadway
  14. watch a movie of Andre’s choice once a month Goodfellas; Casablanca
  15. stay up all night and see the sunrise
  16. take a vacation to the mountains with the dogs
  17. go to Carowinds
  18. finish updating our house
  19. take tennis lessons
  20. attend church more often
  21. take a dance lesson
  22. complete a 365 day photo challenge
  23. try sushi
  24. go to a concert
  25. grow my brittle nails out
  26. visit somewhere I can play in the snow
  27. go on a mission trip
  28. have a blog designer make over my blog
  29. reach 250 blog followers
  30. attend WHS basketball state championship game
  31. start to train Tillman in agility
  32. train Tucker in obedience
  33. no fast food or eating out for entire month
  34. go to an NBA game
  35. go to a Cincinnati Bengals game
  36. make homemade apple cider
  37. go wine tasting
  38. pick our own fruit (i.e. apple orchard, blue berry patch, strawberry patch, you get my drift)
  39. do something with my back splash (paint, tile, something)
  40. make 10 types of homemade bread (0/10)
  41. make a special meal on the 17th of every month for our anniversaries
  42. host a dinner party
  43. eat fried food one time or less per week for 6 months (0/6)
  44. complete resident engineering academy
  45. move to an Engineer 2 opening
  46. go to Bonnaroo
  47. make a wreath for our door for each season
  48. clean out my closet and give all the clothes that I do not wear to charity
  49. go to the Biltmore house during their holiday season
  50. go pick and cut our Christmas tree from Boone, NC
  51. host a holiday (ie Thanksgiving) at our house
  52. adopt 2 children off the angel tree at Christmas 
  53. find a doctor that we like in Florence
  54. re tile the kitchen, and bathrooms
  55. re carpet house
  56. fire up our gas logs in our house
  57. take the dogs on the rail trail near our house
  58. contribute the max amount to my IRA each year
  59. make an authentic beef bourguignon
  60. find a church in Florence that I really love going to
  61. plant an herb garden
  62. make curtains for the front rooms of our house
  63. sleep under the stars
  64. treat myself to a day at the spa
  65. go horseback riding (oh how I miss it)
  66. change my name on all of my stuff
  67. Get something with my new monogram on it
  68. back up all my pictures on a flash drive
  69.  take vitamins everyday
  70.  own a pair of Frye boots (9-9-10)
  71.  Join the club and try a Pumpkin Spice Latte
  72.  Attend a fair
  73.  run at least 4 half marathons (0/4)
  74. visit Disney World
  75. run a half marathon in under 2 hours
  76. journal what I eat and count calories for 1 week (this maybe scary; I usually eat whatever I want then I have to exercise)
  77.  buy something cool from a consignment shop
  78.  make holiday baskets (for neighbors and some friends)
  79.  make a pumpkin pie
  80.  make a gingerbread house with Andre
  81.  have a picnic
  82. get pregnant
  83.  make pottery
  84.  take a trip for our 1 year anniversary
  85. make homemade creme brulee
  86.  receive all of my certifications for dot construction
  87.  get wedding photos; print them out and put into an album
  88.  organize closets
  89.  get and install new faucet for kitchen
  90.  get and install new hardware in master bathroom
  91.  get car serviced every 5000 miles
  92.  plant flowers for the winter and summer in the front yard
  93.  remove wallpaper in the bathrooms
  94.  paint bathrooms
  95.  make homemade boiled peanuts
  96.  make egg nog
  97. try tofu
  98.  get Andre’s car fixed or get a new car
  99.  get short term disability insurance
  100. travel overseas again (ie Italy)
  101. write a blog entry for every item crosses off the list
I hope you all stay for the ride!!!!  Check back, because I am going to write a post for every goal that I complete!  
Have any of you made a list?  Thinking of making lists? or made some other type of goal list…  

Top Two Tuesday

It’s Top Two Tuesday over at Tay’s blog!  Today is Top Two Hair Products!  I do love some hair product because it is humid and hot here and my hair is frizzy and very curly.  

{1} Keratin-  I got a Keratin treatment on my hair before our wedding and it is the best.  I can actually wear my hair straight with it raining outside and there is absolutely NO frizz!  I use the product below every time I straighten my hair.  It is used when your Keratin treatment is wearing off a little.  I love being able to wear my hair straight in the summer…I have never been able to do that before this summer!

{2} Kenra Curl Defining Cream- this is my favorite product to use when I decide to go curly for the day.  My hair is not super thick so it gives my curls  control without weighing them down.   I have tried so many curl products over the years and this is the BEST I have found thus far!  I would probably cry if I found out that they were discontinuing this product…
I hope you have a great Tuesday.  

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miscellany monday…

Its Monday again!!!!  That means it is Miscellany Monday over at Carissa’s blog.

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

I am now taking Biotin because my nails have always been so brittle.  I hope that it works and I can finally have nails that look like girl nails!  I feel like one of my horses when I take it because we would always give it to them for their feet!

September is almost over.  It does not feel like fall here yet, but I know it is just around the corner.  I can not wait to go for my runs with out being soaked only 1 mile in!

I am so excited about Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Star (I do not think it will be as good this year…I may end up not watching it), Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, and the Office starting this coming week!  Tivo get ready you are about to have a serious workout!

I am rereading the Harry Potter series and I think I may be loving them more the second time!  I am currently on  the Third Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  It is so funny to reread and know how everything is going to turn out in the end.  

I am either cooking chicken white bean chili with cheddar scallion bread or chicken tetrazzini tonight!

This is the last week of fall Basketball practice!  Yay for having my husband home when I get  off work!

I really wish it would rain!  I do not think it has here in over a month and a half.  Our grass and flowers really need some RAIN!

I have FINALLY finished my 101 in 1001 list, but I am not sure whether I should post now or wait until the first of the month…

I found out I am as ESTJ (from the Myers Briggs test)…which means I am a fact minded organizer; assertive; analytical, systematic; push to get things done; work smoothly and effectively.  Having extraverted thinking as my strongest mental process, and I am at my best when I can take charge and set things in logical order…WOW…that is pretty much me in  a few sentences!  HAHA

Last but not least, I got my wedding dress back from the preservation place this weekend!  It is very clean and all sealed up in a box to never be worn again!  🙂  

Well, Well, Well…I had a long list today.  Thank for sticking with me through it all :)!

Have a great Monday!

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