Sunday, July 31, 2011

Finally Home

I'm currently typing this post via my snazzy new Android app on my cell phone, since we don't have internet hooked up in our new home yet.  Yes, that is correct we finally closed on our home!! Many more details and pix to come once Comcast comes to hook up our T.V. and internet...

@ Noble

Monday, July 4, 2011

Land of the Free Home of the Brave

My husband is a Memphis Police Officer.  He used to work downtown (Entertainment District Unit), but was appointed to teach at the Police Academy about 2 years ago.  He no longer has to wear his bullet proof vest everyday.  He no long has to work the night shift (7pm to 3am).  He no longer has to control crowds of thousands of partying/unruly people.  He no longer has beer bottles thrown at him or get in fights nightly.  He no longer has to worry about people with HIV/AIDS, knives or guns.  However the rest of the MPD officers have to.

Last night around 7pm EDU officers were dispatched to shots fired inside a local hotel.  The officers searched for the shooter but the shooter found them first.  The shooter fired a round that struck the officer in the head.  The officer was immediately transported to a local hospital, where he later died.  I my heart goes out to the family of the fallen officer and at the same time I selfishly thank God that it wasn't my husband.

We are the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave because of our Military, Police & First Responders.  I hope we all can remember that daily and not just once or twice a year.

RIP Officer Timothy Warren

@ Noble 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Buying things for something that is yet to be bought

Still no word that we actually have a home loan and we will be closing in 9 days... I'm freaking loosing it!!  The not knowing is driving me nuts... I've been working 11 hour days just so I don't have time to think about not having an official "yes" on our house.  The loan guy Nick, is all, "things are great, just a few more steps, it's all good, oopsie I need this form and that form and these records and so on..."  If Nick was closer I would probably have a been arrested for stalking and/or assault by now.  I don't understand how he is all calm and collected and keeps saying everything looks great but refuses to give us a 100% guarantee that everything thing is officially approved.  Chaz and I have been so anxious lately we needed a good stress relieving cure... Retail Therapy.

We have been checking online for all the great 4th of July sales since our new house didn't come with a Refrigerator.  We had narrowed it down to 2 fridges that we were very interested in.  Last night we decided that we would go look at them and see which store had the best price.  The first stop was HHGregg.  Now, let me give you a little back story about myself: I don't like to be bothered when I'm shopping.  If I want a sales person's opinion, help or conversation I will ask for it... if not, leave me to hell alone (please and thank you)!!  I tend to be able to repel sales people in under 3 seconds.  My husband on the other hand somehow always attracts the most obnoxious friendly sales people (the hubs is much nicer than I am btw).  He will chat with them and make them do their job (I guess he wants them to prove worthy of their commission).  He will ask questions to which he already knows the answer to, get their opinions on which item, is the best and have a nice polite conversation.  This shopping trip to HHGregg was just like all the others, we walked in the door, I eyed what we wanted and went straight for it, just to be intercepted half way to my idea purchase.  Sales Man "Hi, welcome to HHGregg, how can I help you?" Me:  "I'm fine thanks, If I need help..." Midway thought my sentence I've already started walking away from my husband & sales person who is now chatting about the newest 3D cell phone.  I went and look at what we had already pick out online, while the guys chit chat about this fridge and that fridge.  What seems like an eternity they finally make their way over to me.  Sales Guy, says the two that I'm looking at are great choices, no shit Sherlock, that's why I'm looking at them, I give a half annoyed smile. Chaz on the other hand starts asking his questions and Sales Guy points out that his moms (he literally said MOMS, with an "s" even though he's only speaking of his singular mother, Memphis is so ghetto).  Has one of the fridges, he being a great sales person wants to show me pictures of how much food it can hold.  He whips out his cell phone and was ohhh so proud of all the crap packed into the fridge (I'm repulsed because there wasn't a single fruit or veggie, but that's a story for another day).  But don't forget, the attached freezer has tons of space too... "look you can fit 7 frozen pizzas in the little trap door."  I really want this trip to be over, Chaz can see that I want to leave, so he says we have to think about it and we will come back tomorrow if this is the place we want to purchase from.  Sales Guy would not be defeated and said we had to meet a person before we left because this person would hook us up with a great deal (WTF, is a drug deal about to happen?!).  The person was his boss and the deal was an extra 50 dollars off since it was our first time in the store.  Also, they had some deal that if we found the fridge less expensive (within 30 days of purchase) they would match the price and then some.  I didn't know if I could take much more of their used car sales tactics, I prayed to the little voices in my head for this horribly annoying trip to just to end and finally it did when Chaz, said "Ok, go write it up."  I was saved!! I didn't even care that we weren't doing the responsible thing by shopping around.  It was over, we got the fridge that we wanted and I didn't have to be tortured by anymore sales people that night.  Also, my new fridge comes with it's very own Chardonnay holder.  Most people would call it a 2 liter pop holder but all I can see there is a big bottle of white wine! 


What the best or worst shopping trip you've ever been on?

Cheers, 

@ Noble 
 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Still waiting...

Ok, I haven't been blogging much because I feel like I'm just waiting to hear some more news on our house and I can't focus on anything else.  As far as I know, we have the house and we can give our notice to move out of the apartment on schedule... but they won't fricken tell me officially that we are approved.  I mean, I know we are, but then again I don't know that we are all set and ready to close on July 11th.  My pessimistic side is freaking me out... it's whispering screaming in my ear that something will go wrong, like the loan won't go through, or the builder won't fix something on our check list, or our closing date will have to be moved, or the house will burn down before we move it or something else crazy.  The positive side of me is like... just chill, show up on the closing date, sign some papers, get some keys and let the good times roll.  Then there is the realistic side of me still freaking the hell out!!! OMG OMG OMG we will be (hopefully) closing in 15 days and we haven't packed a single thing!  I wish Chaz was still in the Army, so we could have awesome movers come pack everything and safely move it, but he isn't, so we will be packing everything and moving most of it.  We've decided to hire somebody to do the heavy lifting and move all of our large furniture or at least that's the plan.  I first have to  find the company, get quotes and then figure out what our moving date actually will be.  I think I need a check list on how to move... BRB, I'm gonna google that.  Start playing the jeopardy theme song in your head now... Ok I'm back! 


This is what I found:



Two months before....
  • Put together a 'moving book' to keep notes of what you need do, what you've done etc.
Oh Shit, I'm a month and a half behind.  Gotta go start making a "moving book cliff notes edition".  

@ Noble 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The waiting game

My mother will tell you that I defiantly took after my father when it comes to having patience, meaning, I have none, nodda, zilch, zero very little.  I've never been good at waiting for anything, but I'm not to be confused with the "instant satisfaction generation" because that generation is just annoying!  When I was little if a tooth felt some what loose, I was yanking that sucker out even if it was no where near ready to come out.  In the days leading up to Christmas my brother and I would sneak under the Christmas tree, cut the tape on our presents, unwrap them, (sometime play with them), wrap them back up and then measure the exact amount of tape to make sure there was no trace evidence of us tampering with them.  Don't even get me started on my road rage if somebody doesn't immediately start moving when the stop light turns green.  My point being... buying a house is extra stressful since I don't like wait. 

Most people I've talked with are amazed at how quickly things have been moving for us, I on the other hand say it's been torturously slow.  In one week today, we managed to find our dream home, look at our dream home a 2nd time, get pre-approved for a mortgage, submit and offer, accept a counter offer, set a closing date of July 11th, sign the purchase agreement and submit all of our home loan applications to the under writer... and now we wait!  I literally have no idea how long this process is going to take but I'm sure it will feel like For-ev-er... For-ev-er (+10 points for anybody who got just the Sandlot reference).  Does anybody know how long it will take?  Is it hours?  Days? Weeks?  Do any of you know how to do hypnosis and will you put me in a daze until we get the keys to our home?  

A photo that warms my heart, our new mailbox!!! 
@ Noble

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pre-Approval Pending

Many books, bloggers, websites, friends and family have told me when it come to buying a house "Take your time".  You all will be happy to know I did the exact opposite of that (just kidding sort of).  Chaz and I have been looking at homes and places to live for about a year now.  We haven't narrowed anything down because we haven't really found what we have been looking for.  We have toured a few homes, did some drive-by shopping but over all, we just haven't been impressed with any places until this last weekend.  I figure now that we like a place we better get moving.

Yesterday we were getting pay check stubs, tax returns and a bunch of other boring important information together so we could submit it for our pre-approval.  Nick, our mortgage expert, gave us a bunch of mortgage scenarios, none of which actually make sense to me but thats another story.

And now for the most important part of this post....

Everything has been submitted, Nick looked it all over and said we are good to go, now we are to the part WHERE WE WAIT!!  I know it has been less than 48 hours but it comes back to the "taking your time" aspect of buying a house, clearly I'm listening... I'm listening for my phone to ring or my email to chime to let me know it's time for the next step :-)

@ Noble

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Home sweet home?

Let me start off by saying it's all HGTV's fault.  Every time I watch one of their shows I end up on realtor.com looking at houses and every day I'm more and more sure that we are ready for a house.  I had been bugging the hubs for quite some time to just drive around and look for houses with me, finally he gave in and off we went.  I had my eye on house in particular and we were approaching the drive I was getting excited but then my dreams were crushed when the For Sale sign was replaced by a big fat red SOLD sign (ouch, dagger straight to the heart, internet you lied to me!).  So from there we just drove around and we came across this house and I was in love.  (side note: I grew up surrounded by 40 acres of woods and want a house out in the country!)

This house come with 5 acres of woods and lost of bonuses 
I saw the trees, the front porch, 2 stories and I was sold... then I googled it and saw the price tag of OMG almost a half a million dollars!!!  Sadly a police officer doesn't get paid good enough to live in the "dream home". 

So our search continued.  I thought Chaz was just driving in the most obscure places to piss me off.  We kept coming across houses like these:  
really? 
It was 800sqft our apt. is 1200!
Ok, Now I know I sound like a brat but our apartment is newer construction and I'm used to certain things, like central air condition, no bars on the windows or doors, no drug raids going on next door.  I really don't ask for that much.  Then after we got out of the ghetto (thats the funny thing about memphis, you will be driving around seeing half million dollar homes and then a block later you are in the slums, no joke), we followed the signs to a neighborhood that was mostly all new construction.  I perked up and felt safe enough to unlocked the doors and then I saw my dream home.  

Yup that's my SVU in the drive and it looks good! 
It's a simple 3 bedroom 2 bath home.  It has a great kitchen, living space, bonus room upstairs, 2 car garage.  The master bath has a jetted whirlpool soaking tub that is huge, double vanities, separate shower and large walk in closet!  I'm totally in love... now only if we knew how to buy a house. Chaz and I have ZERO debt, so to choose to go into debt for 30 years freaks me out, ALOT!!  Also, I have no clue as to what I'm doing.  I got online and googled "how to buy our pretty dream home" there were many helpful website but I'm afraid we aren't going to get a pre-approval for a mortgage in time and this gem is going to be sold and we will never find a house as perfect as this one.  The realtor said the builder was very motivated to sell (which translates to me OMG HURRY UP, cuz it's going to be gone soon!!).  I just want to send an email to the builder and let him know it's our dream home and for him to wait for us to figure out how in the hell to get a mortgage so we can buy his pretty home.  Think that will work?  Do any of you have any tips on how to buy a house?  How to find a mortgage?  How to re-build a broke heart if this house gets sold to somebody rather than us?  

@ Noble
    

Bachelorette

Tomorrow we get to watch Ashley send home more guys... but wait I've been seeing a rumor around twitter that on tomorrows episode Bentley takes himself out of the game.  I'm kinda skeptical about all this just because he considers himself to be "super competitive".  I suppose only time will tell.

Recap of last week:

Williams gets the first 1 on 1 date with Ashley.  They fly to Vegas and she then forces the guy into, cake tasting, diamond ring shopping and then they go to a little chapel.  William is clearly freaking out because in his Q&A he saw himself doing stand up comedy in the next 5 years, Not Married on his first date!  Well,  when it comes down to asking him if he would marry Ashley he said "I do"  Ashley thought this was so cute but didn't marry the guy... Big shocker!  If she would have married him this would have been the shortest season of the Bachelorette to date.  After all that that had dinner in the lake in front of the Bellagio Hotel  and had a beautiful water/lights show.

She did a group date with: Constantine, Ryan M, Chris, Ben F, Nick, Bentley, West, Lucas, Stephen, Blake, Matt and Ames.  They were split up in two groups, to do a dance with some big Vegas Dance group since dancing is Ashley's thing.  Half of the guys went home feeling sorry for themselves.  The other half that stayed got to dance and get extra time with Ashley.  Where, West told Ashley about his wife passing away.  Also Bentley told the cameras he didn't really like Ashley but still gave her a smooch at the end of the evening.  


The next date was all luck:  She flipped a coin to decide who would go on a date with her J.P or Mickey.  Mickey went on the date and the date was totally controlled by flipping a coin.  She even flipped a coin to see if she would keep him around which she did then they enjoyed a concert on the Beach by Colbie Cailliet.  


Bottoms up, it's cocktail time:  The masked man Jeff was about to remove his mask after telling Ashley about almost dying and divorcing his wife of 10 years but they were interrupted by Matt stepping in and ruins the moment so the mask is still on!  J.P. is a sly guy, he gets Ashley to flip a coin to see if he gets a kiss and he got his kiss!  


Rose Ceremony: The guys that she gave a rose to were: Ames, Ben C, Ben F, Bentley, Blake, Chris, Constantine, J.P., Jeff, Lucas, Mickey, Nick, Ryan P, West, William


The guys that went home: Stephen, Matt and Ryan M.  Better luck on the Bachelor Pad boys.  


Be sure to tune in tomorrow on ABC at 8/7c for more.  Or just come back next week to read my blog! 


@ Noble. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bachelorette

Tonight is another all new episode of the Bachelorette!!  

Here's a little recap of last week:

I WAS RIGHT!! 

Bentley: is an ASS!  I'm gonna hate to love to watch this train wreck unfold.   

Ryan P: is the one she gave the first impression rose to and therefore in my mind they will be in love forever.  I don't know why, I just see those two together.  

Tim:  Got so drunk he passed out and was carried out by some of the other guys.  END of his journey 

Jeff:  They guy is in a mask... he says he's doing it so Ashley can get to know the real him, she bought it and kept him around.  I have a feeling he will be going home soon. 

Ames:  Gave Ashley tickets to the ballet, they must have been good tickets, because she kept him around too.  

West:  has the sympathy vote from America now because his wife died.  

The other guys didn't do anything to stand out enough for me to remember them an entire week later.  

Make sure to tune into ABC tonight a 8/7c 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

All is Fair in Love & War {and good editing}

After much time off from writing, I've been searching to something (really anything) to inspire  me back to writing... and I've found it!  My love for reality TV.  I heart the Bachelor/Bachelorette series on ABC.  Just to let all of you know, the opinions expressed in this blog are my and mine alone.  ABC didn't put me up to this and relax people, I'm joking on a lot of the stuff I'm about to say (so please don't get pissy if/when I offend you/your ideals/believes or political affiliation cuz I'm sure it will happen)!  Just remember I'm writing all of this in the name of reality television love!

Are you ready for some pre-season warm ups?  
Yes, I feel that the bachelorette is like a sport, everybody is competing for something; it should be love but I'm sure more are in it for fame, free booze, embarrassment, infamy...  There's a whole lotta fighting and crying all the way through season and in the end there is typically a shiny prize!  It's pretty much the NFL and the Final Rose is the Super Bowl.

Ok, now that's out of the way, I'm going to introduce you to the Bachelorette.


Name: Ashely Herbert
Age: 26
Occupation: Dentist
Hometown: Madawaska, ME
Claim to Fame:  Being dumped by Brad Womack on the last season of the Bachelor 





After reading all 25 of the guys Bio's here what I have to say about them:  

Ames, 31:  He is on this show for the fame and to whore around too, I'm sure.  Ashley, please don't give this guy a rose! 




Anthony, 28:  He's a butcher (creepy)... but seems like a nice fellow.  





Ben C, 28:  Ehhh, I'm not impressed.  I'm sure he will be sweet and all, but not the one for her.





Ben F, 28:  Winemaker +1, hair cut -3 






Bentley, 28:  His parents named him after a car, 1st mistake. 2nd Occupation: Businessman (can he be a bit more vague?) 3rd wearing a blue & red flannel for your official head shot says to me: I'm putting no effort into this and I'm an Ass! 



Blake, 27:  He's a Dentists so thats a good start and the guy can take a good photo. 





Chris D, 25:  Interview ? who do you most admire: "Barack Obama..." Minus 9,834,023,938,509 points! Sorry, you do not pass go, and do not collect a Rose! (p.s. I hope Ashely voted for Cheney/Palin) 



Chris M, 27:  He kinda looks like he's 16 & stoned but had good answers to his interview ?'s, so he won't be written off just yet.  




Constantine, 30:  I suspect he's actually a spy for whatever country still names their kids Constantine. 





Frank, 26:  The funny guys never lasts too long, sorry pal. P.S. your shirt has buttons for a reason. 





J.P. 34:  No picture, No love from me.  Also, please don't be so vague in your q&a, it's not mysterious & sexy, just annoying.  





Jeff, 35:  "If he could be someone else for just one day, who would it be and why? Arnold, the Governator, for his fitness success and position in our community."  Betcha he's regretting saying that now. LOL  



J.P.  26: He's ok(ish) on paper... guess we will really see what he's like when he opens his mouth. 






**OMG I'm only 1/2 way thru with these guys, why did I ever think writing about all of them was a good idea... I forgive you if you stop reading now and just look at their pictures from now on** 

Lucas, 30:  "Conservative Repupilcan"  Plus 5 points, comment on going to the country club kinda makes you a dork, but that's ok still.  Also, not too hard on the eyes. Hope he makes the top 3



Matt, 28:  "Occupation: Office Supply Salesman"  Can we say "The Office"  I like this guy already.  Also, the rest of his Q&A does not elude to him being a creeper.  I think he will make top 5 (that is if he isn't a weirdo when he opens his mouth). 



Michael, 29:  He's ok, I don't have a strong opinion one way or another... I also, haven't heard him speak yet.  Only time can tell... 




Mickey, 31:  I can't actually believe this guy has ever read a book.  Also, I think he was casting for a different show, maybe "true beauty" lets say and got mixed up and wandered into the Bachelorette casting. 



Nick, 26:  He's got the whole Matthew McConaughey thing going for him... 





Rob, 27:  This guy reminds me of Stifler on American Pie.  






Ryan M, 27:  He's from Michigan so extra points for him!  He kinda looks like a jock, which is also score additional points.  





Ryan P, 31:  This guy is the winner!  I don't actually have any proof that he is the winner, but he looks cute, he answered his Q&A with charm & intelligence, loves the earth and well I just see him and Ashley together.  Again, I've never heard him speak so I just hope he doesn't screw it but, because I'm already planning their wedding!

Stephen, 27:  He is a hairstylist... with that hair... No rose for you sir. 





Tim, 35:  HAHAHA, I'm not sure why, I just laugh when I see this guy.  There is just something about him that screams "I'm trying too hard and I act like I'm still in my early 20's" Please send him home on day 1 Ashley! 



West, 30:  I'm a sucker for blue eyes, and that's probably why I like this guy.  There isn't anything that stands out about him in a good or bad way.  I think he will go far in the show. 





William, 30:  "Do you have any pets and if so, what kind? No. Roommate has fish."  He's cute but has no brain, if you didn't believe me from that last quote of his, heres another "Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Doing stand-up comedy or voice over work." Way to aim high my friend... way to aim high. 



Finally I'm done!  Be sure to tune into ABC Monday Night, at 9/8c and tell me what you think of the guys!!  I hope my projected winner is actually a winner!  

@ Noble 

* All Photos were taken from ABC.com * 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Randoms

Ok, the hubs and I have been on Nutrisystem for a few days now and I must admit it is actually really great!  The portions are perfect for me, and they are helping C figure out what a portion size actually is lol.  The guide is super easy to follow and we are just overall really enjoying it.  All of the food we've tried, we have really liked.  I think we have found the perfect system that will help C loose weight, me keep my sanity (no more starving/shopping/trying to figure out what to cook)!!!

Ok, onto something else... work.  I love my job but I can't say that I love all of my co-workers.  I guess I just grew up with a totally different work ethic that most of them.  I don't like people that are lazy, rude and just over all seem as if asking them to actually do their work is a huge inconvenience for them.  I'm not sure how to handle these co-workers, so I'm not.  I'm just doing my job, try not to kick them in the shin in the process and I'm (sadly) pretty sure they will soon find themselves unemployed.

Another topic... Cookies!  I am in love with the Loft House Cookies.  There has to be crack in them because I'm ADDICTED to them like nothing else... hence my nick name for them... Crack Cookies.  In the past hour, I've had 3 of them.  I'm hoping to have a sugar crash soon so I can go to bed.

 I'm already getting ready for St. Patty's Day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nutrisystem Day 1

Hello bloggy friends, I've missed you, Hugs!  

If you read my last post, you will know that my husband is trying to loose some weight/get in shape and I have been feeling like I'm starving because of all the diet food.  Well, he decided to read my blog that day and then felt bad so he decided he/we should do Nutrisystem.  I was kinda skeptical, but I know other people that are doing it and they actually like the food and are seeing results.  So, we signed up for the family plan, some of our meals were picked for us and then we were able to choose a bunch more of our breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert items.  Any diet that allows you to have ice cream, pudding, chocolate chip cookies and a bunch of other sweets is AWESOME in my book.  The hubs had his meals customized to help him loose weight and mine are to maintain a healthy balanced diet.  It cost actually less that what we spend at the grocery store per month and I don't ever have to worry about what to cook now!! Yahoo!  We received our prepackaged food just a few days later via UPS and then I panicked... I had to figure out a place to put all of the food LOL.  I cleared out two shelves in my pantry ( one for C and one for me, so we wouldn't get mixed up) and began to organize my meals then gave up because they all looked pretty dang good.  Also, all the meals are color coded (red=dinner, green=lunch... love it!)  The next day our Fresh frozen items arrived via Schwans. The freezer bags where huge and I began to panic again because I had to make space in my Freezer.  I'm typically a good planner but I've been slacking lol. 

  
I know, its a mess but its delicious!
In front of the bag is an 8.5x11 inch note book! 

C "organized" the deep freezer

Now we have arrived to day 1 of our Nutrisystem journey (if I planned better I would have taken pictures of todays food, but we have already discussed me being off my game lately).  Nutrisystem gives you these great books for suggestions on meals and other info with lots of helpful tips and a few shopping lists for snacks.  For breakfast, I had their version of Cherrio's with little cluster of yummy goodness and cinnamon, a cup of fresh fruit and coffee.  I could have also added a protein of sorts but I was being lazy this morning.  For lunch my co-workers talked me into having mexican food and when it come to mexican food I have little to no will power, also I'm not on a diet LOL.  By the time I got home I was hungry because I didn't plan well (does anybody else see the obvious trend here, I've got to plan better!) So for dinner I had their Salisbury Steak with Mac and Cheese.  The Salisbury Steak was rather delicious, there were fresh mushrooms in the sauce (yum!).  The Mac and cheese, was good, but I like my Mac and Cheese almost over poweringly cheese and this didn't have a super strong cheese flavor.  I spruced it up with a little salt a pepper but could have eaten it the way it came, it was pretty good.  For my favorite meal of the day, dessert, I had a pound cake.  I was sweet, moist and didn't taste like diet food!  Over all, I'm impressed with Nutrisystem and can't wait to eat tomorrow (I might even document it with photos)!  Oh-yes and for those of you that are wondering about C, he liked all of his food and he ran 5 miles today!  I'm so proud of him.  I bet he will win next weeks weight in! 

Are any of you on a diet?  If so, what have you found that works best for you?  Also have any of you tried Nutrisystem and what are your thoughts on it?      

Side Note: Nutrisystem has not asked me to blog about their products, I'm not being paid to blog about it (but I will take donations/payment/bribes to say honest things about their products) and the opinions expressed in my blog about Nutrisystem are mine and mine alone. 

@ Noble 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Twinkies... yes please!

I haven't been feeling very bloggy lately and I think it's because I'm starving craving junk food & carbs.  My husband and 7 of this co-workers have decided to have their own "biggest looser" competition.  They have their weekly weight in and who ever looses the biggest percentage of weight wins that weeks weigh in and they are about to be on week 3 of the 10 week competition.  Just incase loosing weight wasn't enough of an incentive for these guys they decided to add money into their game.  At the start of the competition they all put $10 dollars in the pot and every week whoever wins the weigh in only has to put $5 in and the rest put in another $10 dollars.... After the 10 weeks is over the total amount of money to be won is $750 dollars!!  My husband is pretty hardcore when it comes to loosing weight and getting healthy... so as he is eating an egg white omelet for breakfast I'm eating a twinkie (he hates twinkies, so I don't feel bad eating it).  I have figured I can only go a few days without some sort of junk food lol.

I've actually been pretty good about eating really healthy with him but I'm human and still eat crap when he isn't around.  I'm finding it hard to be as into his diet as he is because I don't want to loose weight but do want a healthier life style. Any suggestions on finding the right balance of support/change?  Also, what are some of your favorite low calorie snack/ meals?  Is there such a thing as a low calorie good tasting dessert??      

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....




These are just a few photos I took of where I grew up.  It will always be my winter wonder land. 

@ Noble 

P.S. There was NO post production editing done to these photos! 

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Weekend Recap

I love my job... I really do... But often I want to punch people in the kidneys numerous times throughout a work day. I had to work all weekend and that in itself just sucks. Saturday kicked my ass, so the hubs and I decided to go out to a Hockey game where I drank 3 glasses of wine (over 4 hours) and somehow ended up kinda tipsy! I must be loosing my Irish heritage because lately my head starts to spin after just a few drinks. I had to work 1 to 5 on Sunday and well, it was semi quiet for about 30 min then I was busy for the rest of the work day. I'm currently folding laundry at 7:00 am because if I don't it now, it won't get done until my day off on Thursday.

Onto another topic, the Super Bowl.  I'm not a diehard football fan but I was a cheerleader in high school so for 4 years of my life every friday night, I was watching football. I was VERY happy to see that Green Bay won!! I got a huge laugh out of Christina screwing up the words to the Nation Anthem. I mean come ON, how does an American singer screw up the words to the National Anthem!! I think she should be deported to Cuba. What she did is practically a hate crime against America. I thought the half time show sucked, but thats just me. I think the Black Eye Peas sounded like crap live but doesn't most rap/pop music. Post production sure makes them sound nice on their CD's but live = FAIL. I guess I'm asking a bit too much of the "artists" these days by wanting them to sound good live. And for the love of God, Please Fergie, NEVER EVER utter the words to "sweet child of mine" While I'm on the kick of deporting people, I think she should go too. The only good music that happened at half time was Slash. Thank you for not sucking Mr. Slash and I'm sorry you had to hear Fergie attempt to sing and use your leg as if was a stripper pole. What did you all think of the half time show? Am I being too harsh?

I will leave you all with my favorite super bowl commercial. I hope you all had a great weekend and have an even better week!

@ Noble

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dear Mr. Comcast

Some of you may know that yesterday I wrote about wanting a DVR for my Comcast cable and not having any clue about what the hell a DVR is or how it works.  Well, I got a response from the "help desk" at comcast.  Here's what is said: 

Alethea,

Can we help? (Yes, you could help me by actually reading what I wrote, you computer generated asshat!)  If you are having problems with your Comcast Cable/DVR, feel free to send us an email. (Yes, I am having a problem with my comcast cable/DVR... I don't have one and would like one.  Will you send me a DVR for free so I can test it out and possibly tell the world how great they are?  I'm sure it's in your PR budget to give away a few things here and there, also it will be a good tax write off of your company.)  Please include your account phone number and a good contact number. We will work to resolve any issue you are having with our service. (Currently the only issue I'm having with your service is, that for the past 3 years I've had comcast and it generally sucks.  The customer "service" is horrible!!  Possibly the worst I've ever had to deal with.  I also like how on your tv commercials your company says it cares, and if your reps are late to an appointment/don't fix the problem the first visit you will credit my bill by $20 dollars ... well, let me tell you, your repair man was late (over an hour) and didn't fix my problem on the first visit (it took 2 visit and about 3 phone calls to get a resolve) and I'm still waiting to see the credit for my inconvenience.  I really don't care to have the credit, it's just that when you advertise something, I think you should follow through with it.  You may be wondering why I still have Comcast.  It's simple.  I have to have your horrible service, if I want to watch television at my apartment because it's already wired for comcast cable (and included in my rent price) and my balcony doesn't face the proper direction to get the Dish.  It's a loose, loose situation for me.  I dislike comcast very much, but not enough to not watch tv.  Also Mr. Comcast can you please help me by not making the channels go black for long periods of time, or freeze or get all weirdly digital on a daily basis?  Lastly Mr. Comcast, I'm really not a bitch, I just expect for your service to work and work property and I really don't think that's too much to ask of you is it?  If you would like to change my mind about your service, please feel free to hook me up with a DVR, a nice customer service rep (preferably one that is in the same country as me) and cable that works properly.  I will be happy to give my honest feed back to you and the blogger world again.   

Best regards, (after you read my response you can change that if you would like)
Mike Padgeon (I'm pretty sure you don't actually exist, and if you do, you had a computer auto generate this response, which is rather annoying in itself but I will give you points for trying.)
National Customer Operations (based out of India)
We_Can_Help@cable.comcast.com (I highly doubt you can, but I'm willing for you to try)  

Well, just incase some of you didn't guess my response to his letter is everything in BLUE.  Do any of you have Comcast and if you do, is it as horrible to you as it is to me?  I could go on and on (which I sorta have, sorry!) about how crappy I think the company is. It all seems to boil down to they have a monopoly on this market and I'm stuck with what I've got and I think they know it, therefore nothing will ever change.   

Monday, January 31, 2011

Mystical Creature

Caribou coffee gets me going in the morning... I think if I didn't have my amazing Keurig coffee maker I would be an enormous (but groggy) raving lunatic in the morning.  I'm naturally a night owl, I quite sure it's genetic, since my mom is the same way.  However being a night owl has it's draw back... yes I know,  you are probably thinking but you get to watch all the good TV shows late at night, how can their be any draw backs?  Well let me tell you, when C's alarm starts buzzing at me at 4:30 am... It's a draw back!  Luckily his alarm is not within arms reach of me because if it was, I would probably whip it at the wall. This morning, I drug myself out of bed and like a zombie made my way to the coffee maker, after just a few seconds I had hot coffee and could finally function.  I don't actually have to get up this early, I sorta choose to because without me C is lost in the mornings (his words not mine).  For a while I tried sleeping in but day after day of hearing C clunk around in the kitchen, turn on every fracking light in the apt (and leave most of them on after he left) and forget most of the things that are imperative for him to work i.e.: his gun and badge, cell phone and other police related nonsense.  I just gave up and decided that it's better to get up, get him out the door and then try to go back to sleep for a few hours after he leaves... well that really didn't work either.  Once I'm up, I need coffee, once I drink coffee I'm wired and ready to go.

So today, I've decided to stop fighting the obvious and get a DVR.  What?! Yup, your read that right, I think my tendencies to stay up way to late are to watch stupid television.  I love watching the shows that come on after 9 pm and will typically stay up till 10 or 11 pm, which means I don't get a lot of sleep.  I think a DVR would solve all of my problems.  Also, C says he doesn't sleep very well until I come to bed, so honey if you are reading this... HINT HINT... get me a DVR stat.   I don't really know much about DVR's or if it works with stupid Comcast Cable but please find me something to record Castle and other non-sense programs so I can go to bed early.  Do any of you have a DVR or something like it?  If so, I would love your feed back, because I'm clueless about them.  Do you just buy the thing and hook it up and that's it?  Is their a monthly cost for the thing? Is there more than one type of DVR... are they even called DVR's? Help! DVR's are like mystical creatures to me, I've heard about their amazing powers but have yet to see it for myself.

Hope you all have an amazing week!!

@ Noble

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Happy New Year... ok I'm a little late

Hello Everybody!!  This is my first day back to blogger since last year.  I think starting the first 10 days of my new year on a beautiful island has sucked all the ambition out of me.  I much prefer to be sitting in the ocean drinking a fruity rum drink... Enough remising about the ocean because I will stop writing again and I miss blogging and reading all of your awesome blogs.  Speaking of awesomeness, check THIS out, if you don't, you are probably the type of person to kick a puppy (j/k).

Anyhow, I've pretty much forgotten how to write/exists as a city dweller so please enjoy a few photos of our trip while I learn to get my "land legs" back.

Flying over Cuba
A mango bigger than my head!
Chaz in a cave
We just had to smoke a Cuba cigar!
Us just off shore
Part of our Beach... yes, it's really this beautiful
Mini Rock Climbing in my goofy shoes.
Getting certified for Scuba in the pool
Wild Life 
Cheers
Love
I'm actually sitting in the water drinking a CayBrew
The 140 drop off Bluff 
One on the many beautiful sunsets! 

If you like any of the pictures above I seriously suggest you plan a trip to the Brac Reef Beach Resort. The resort has the luxurious rooms, beautiful seaside landscape, a super friendly staff, a tranquil spa and the most amazing food!!

@ Noble