Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Card

Now that many of my cards are out, here is our Christmas Card.  Although when I went to order more, I ended up ordering half of this card and half of the other holiday card because the Holiday card came out so nice!  I love the discounts I get for sharing my numerous Shutterfly projects :-).

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Happy Monday

I now owe the family blog at least 2 posts - one on my parents and Jon's visit over Thanksgiving and the other on our trip to Bellingrath Gardens to see the Christmas Lights last night (a local must-see).

But, I'm not up for blogging too much right now, or more accurately, the idea of adding all those pictures is daunting. Maybe tonight, or next week.

In the meantime, there is some excitement this week. I will be sworn in tomorrow, as an attorney licensed to practice in California. As someone always looking ahead, I think it won't really be the realization of a dream until I am actually signing a brief or appearing in court, but it will be nevertheless a major milestone.  A federal judge here has graciously agreed to swear me in, and I look forward to the brief ceremony.  And, my dad is flying in tonight for it, which will make it that much more special.

Wednesday we have our firm Christmas Lunch, followed that evening by the Associates' Christmas Party, which is something that the most junior associate gets to plan (me).  By tradition, it's at a local dive bar and the junior associate (me) reserves the venue, plans the food, and solicits donations from the attorneys to pay for it. Should be fun, or at the very least interesting.

This weekend we don't have anything planned, other than Kenny being groomed, and getting him ready for our trip (and us getting ready for our trip).  I'm starting to plan the CA visit, it's going to be busy to say the least, but I hope I will be able to see everyone.

Have a good week!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

View from office with my new phone!

I wanted to try out the camera on my awesome new iPhone, so I thought I'd give you a view from my office window - here it is:

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

11/30 I am thankful for, a day late...

Since it's my last, I'll be general.

I am thankful for having such a wonderful family and group of friends. I had the opportunity to speak with my two good law school friends 2 nights ago, we're all living in different parts of the country and are all very busy so it's hard to find time to talk. But there are so many life changes for us and it was great to share what is going on in our lives with each other. 

Happy December! 

(we have a very busy month ahead...yikes!)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Preview of Holiday Card

This is not my main holiday card, but is the one for friends who do not celebrate the Christmas holiday. But fair warning, it is not dissimilar to what you will probably get in the mail.  I share it because Shutterfly is generous enough to offer $10 off an order if I share with my Blog readers what I am creating on their website.

Wishing you Joy & Peace!

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11/29 I am thankful for...

9 thankfuls to catch up on, not bad actually. Let's get to it...

I am thankful for the wonderful weather we had during my parents' visit. 

I am thankful that the city of Daphne has a beautiful pier that goes into the Bay. 

I am thankful for my parents and brother being able to visit us over the holiday. 

I am thankful for this beautiful blustery cold weather we now have, as it is getting me into the Christmas spirit. 

I am thankful that we found a Christmas tree seller that is giving proceeds to ROTC, and am thankful that they were so friendly and conscientious in preparing our beautiful tree.

I am thankful that I get to introduce Curtis to Christmas traditions like watching Miracle on 34th Street and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas in their entirety. 

I am thankful that Lady Gaga did a Thanksgiving special, and that our entire family watched it. (It was really good, love her talent!)

I am thankful that Michaels had good sales on Christmas decorations, so that I could spend less money. 

Finally, I am thankful that we had good food on Thanksgiving and had a wonderful visit with my parents and Jon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

11/20 I am thankful for...

I am thankful for our temperamental weather. It definitely keeps life here in Alabama interesting. Today is a warm and humid high 70's. I am also thankful to have a nice apartment with enough space for family when they arrive in 2 days.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

11/19 I am thankful for...

I am SO thankful that the grocery store across the street finally opened today - it's so nice (we spent way too much money there today, but we are hosting Thanksgiving). 

Friday, November 18, 2011

11/18 I am thankful for...

Passing the California Bar Exam!

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Bar Results Tonight

Tonight at 8:00 my time in Alabama (6 PM California), I will find out if I passed the California Bar Exam.  If I passed, I will likely send an email out to close friends and family tonight, and probably even post on this blog.  If I failed, and it was all a complete waste of time and money (since I don't live in California anymore), I'm not sure how I will feel like getting the word out, but will probably post that by Monday.

I feel good about it, but as of tonight it won't matter how I'll feel, because I will know :-) I'm not going to lie, I am nervous, as hard as it is to pass that exam, and as many distractions as there were around that exam, my pride will be a little (okay a lot) hurt if I didn't pass.

If you're curious about other CA Bar-takers, the pass list goes public on Sunday morning. Info is here:

(I am holding back my Thankful post today in case I get good news tonight)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

11/17 I am thankful for...

I am thankful for frogs.  Two nights ago Curtis was out with Kenny and they came across a pretty big frog (or, "Fowler's Toad" possibly). Well apparently Kenny went for him but luckily he was on leash so Curtis stopped him, and eventually the frog hopped away.  I was kinda sad to have missed the frog. 

Then last night, when Curtis went to take Kenny out, I heard this strange smacking noise near the door. I went down there and discovered that a tiny frog, size of a quarter, found its way into our house! Super cute, and he seemed scared. I was able to get him in a Tupperware and when i went to find Curtis and Kenny outside, I came across the same big frog from the night before (his body was the size of my fist)! Anyway, I released the little frog near that big frog with the hope that they were related and its home was nearby.  It was a cold morning today so hopefully they're okay. First time I've really had an interaction with frogs in the wild, and I am thankful because it put a smile on my face (plus I've heard they're good luck!).

Tonight I'm going to take my camera out with the hopes of getting a picture of the big frog. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

11/16 I am thankful for...

The southern rain, it's making my morning in the office very cozy

Did you hear it? Not long after, you couldn't see out:

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11/15 I am thankful for...

So I'm pretty far behind (4 to do today) - but that makes for less posts which can get a little incessant when writing about the same topic everyday, so here we go:

I am thankful for my parents bringing me some of my favorite things from California this weekend, including Coffee Bean Tea, cashews in individual packages, and chocolate-covered pretzels (which I am afraid to open so close to Thanksgiving). I am also thankful that they were willing to pick me up at midnight on Friday night so that I didn't have to pay for a cab, and for covering the hotel rooms while we were in the Bay Area. 

I am thankful for College Gameday, and how fun and festive it was, even if we lost the game later that night. 

I am thankful for the weather this weekend in Palo Alto, it was cold but at least it didn't rain!

Finally I am thankful for the nice people that were on all of my flights this weekend. It was a tough trip there and back so quickly, but the pleasantness of the people around me made it much easier.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11 I am thankful for...

Having a flexible work schedule! I am essentially able to work anywhere and everywhere, anytime I want. Which made flying out to Stanford for the game tomorrow so feasible. I got to work early,  I'm leaving work early today, and will bring some stuff to do on the plane. It makes travel so much easier (also, I am thankful for my iPad, because bringing that for work is much better than bringing the laptop).

Big day tomorrow, Stanford vs. Oregon - if you tune in to College Gameday in the morning you might see my tired smiling face in full Stanford gear.  The game is at 5 Pacific, 8 Eastern, and will basically determine whether we have a shot at the national championship.  I will be siting with my friends Juls and Andy, and my parents will also be there.  It's arguably the biggest game in Stanford Football history, so I'm thrilled to be going. I will be back on Sunday.  Curtis and Kenny will cheer from Spanish Fort and enjoy some rest, computer games, and take-out this weekend. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My College Gameday Sign

Front and back:

11/10 I am thankful for ...

A short commute. Which is considered long by many of the locals. We live across the bay from Mobile in Spanish Fort, about 14 miles away.  If we settle here we will consider moving to Mobile since we both work there and many of our social engagements are there, but I personally really like suburban life in "Baldwin County" as they call it. 

But the 10 freeway on the bay is hardly ever backed up, so it takes me about 20 minutes door to door. I take Kenny in the morning to daycare Monday-Thursday, so that brings the trip up to about 35-40 minutes, but overall it's hard to complain about that when I think about the traffic I used to cope with in LA. Plus the drive over the Bay is very scenic - nothing like it in CA that would get you to work and back. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Need advice on a shallow topic...

Later this month I will be eligible for an iPhone upgrade (finally) and will be buying the white iPhone 4S, because it matches my white iPad.  I have a really cute Kate Spade iPad case,
And a pink iPad cover/stand (that I keep one when it goes in the iPad case) - which is now very dirty so I will likely replace it eventually
So for my iPhone, do I match?

or even...

or go completely different but a really cute color and arguably my favorite case:
And yes I will likely stick with Kate Spade, because I love the brand.

UPDATE: I just ordered the green case. I decided that because I had a blue case before I wanted to go in a different direction. My iPhone might get here this week - so excited!!!

I'd appreciate your input :-)

11/9 I am thankful for...

I am thankful for my little doggy (yes you knew this was coming). He's such a trooper now that we're both working full-time. He's constantly tired, but still so loving and fun and sweet. I love putting him in the front seat when I take him to daycare in the morning and petting him all along the way. And he doesn't even mind that I put him in silly costumes or constantly take pictures of him. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My new jacket for Saturday

So excited.

11/8 I am thankful for...

I am thankful for Stanford Football - and the way that it brings my Stanford friends together, like it will this Saturday when we go to the taping of College Gameday on campus at 6 am.

I am also thankful that we have a wonderful doggy daycare that Kenny enjoys, where the employees seem to love him. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11/6 I am thankful for...

I am thankful for the beautiful (albeit cold) weather this weekend for our drive to and from Montgomery.
The road from Montgomery (The I-65)

I am also thankful for having today to clean the house, relax, and get an extra hour of sleep :-).

Friday, November 4, 2011

11/4 I am thankful for...

Having such nice co-workers. Everyone is really friendly, caring, fun, and loves to talk football. From my secretary to the people near my office, to other attorneys in the firm, I feel very lucky.

(and, I guess I'm rooting for Bama tomorrow...only because I don't want to play LSU in the Superdome.) 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

11/3 I am thankful for...

My amazing husband, who arranged for us to stay in Montgomery, Alabama (2.5 hours away) on Friday night and for Kenny to be boarded so I don't have to drive by myself all the way on Saturday morning and back to take the MPRE (ethics portion of the Bar Exam).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

11/2 I am thankful for ...

I was inspired by another blog to write down something each day that I'm thankful for during the month of November. I missed yesterday so today you get two:

I am thankful to be employed.

I am thankful for the sunny weather. 

Friday, October 28, 2011


From my 30th floor office. Driving over the Bay I couldn't even see the top half of the building. It's clear now, but hazy.

This is one of those days where by the end I will be running on fumes. It's 10:20 and I've already had a 3 cups of coffee, and I just opened my second can of coke zero. Blame sleep deprivation and the World Series (how could you not stay up for the end of that!).

But, Uncle Nick (as we refer to him with Kenny) is on his way. And we will likely go to the Flora Bama tonight finally. And College Gameday is tomorrow morning and Lee Corso better put on the Tree costume.  And we have a street party tomorrow, and also a date with to watch Stanford pull another "What's your Deal" on the Trojans in the Coliseum tomorrow night.

*sigh* - this was a long week. Sunday will be a sleepy day.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


You might have noticed that I haven't been blogging substantively lately. Mostly it's just pictures and videos of Kenny. Well, that's for two reasons: first, Kenny can't talk on the phone, so he needs the blog to keep up with his friends and family, to display his cuteness and to make his grandparents happy. Second, I've been working, which has been quite the adjustment. After enjoying the part-time student lifestyle for 2/3 years (1L year was more full-time), working full-time plus has been exhausting. So bear with me, and Curtis, since he's pretty busy too.  Even Kennydog is adjusting to his new life going to daycare 3-4 days a week. In the meantime, work has been going pretty well, everyone is nice and the work is challenging, and we are looking forward to our first visitor, as our friend Nick will be here this weekend as our friend Felipe will be driving through town tonight, followed by a weekend visit from Nick this weekend!

Coming up, I have the MRPE (ethics bar exam which I've already taken once and passed) in Montgomery in two weeks, so I'll get to see another part of the state, and I'll be traveling back to San Francisco for the Stanford-Oregon game. Then, thanksgiving, with the visit of my parents and brother! And then it will be Christmastime - yikes time moves fast. All 3 of us will be in CA for Christmas, at least for the long weekend, but the bowl game schedule will dictate how long I will be there, since, unlike Curtis, I don't get the entire week off :-P.

Have a good week!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My office view :-)

My office faces north, away from the gulf.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Books

I've been able to do some reading the last week or so. I'm not a great reader, but I am trying to do it more, because I think it's better for my brain then hours and hours of HGTV (it's so addicting!!). Plus being able to download books onto my iPad and read them even at night makes it very easy.

Here's what I've been reading:

After watching Anderson's talk show about the FLDS Church, I decided to finally read this book by Carolyn Jessop, who escaped the FLDS community in Arizona in her mid-30s with all of her 8 children, managed to create a life for herself and win custody over her children. 

The book is good if you're curious about the FLDS, but it is quite sad, as it is literally a story of persistent and cruel abuse, on the part of her husband, her sister wives, the church leadership, and even at the hands of her children and stepchildren, who were encouraged by their father to "report" the misdeeds of their mothers. It is also an interesting account of the rise of Warren Jeffs, and how his leadership completely stripped away what was left of the community's connection with the outside world.

Triumph, the follow-up to Escape, is certainly a different book. Half of it is commentary on the raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Texas, when state officials took all the children out of the community and placed them in foster homes, and the successful public relations campaign on the part of the FLDS community to convince the public that the children were wrongfully seized solely on the basis of religion. It is clear that Carolyn Jessop is frustrated that the children were, for the most part, placed back into that community with deficient education, and put at risk for abuse, early marriage, or for the boys, being kicked out of the community without life skills. After reading both books, I agree with her.

The other half of the book talks about her life since the last book, and how she and her children have recovered from their experience in the FLDS community. She also speaks at length about her eldest daughter, who at age 18 returned to the FLDS, having been her father's favorite child and could not reconcile her religious beliefs with life on the outside. Although this book was not nearly as interesting as the first, I think it was good that she did a follow-up to complete the story. She is now engaged to be married to a man she met not long after she left the FLDS, and he sounds like a wonderful man.

On a lighter note! I've been working my way through the ESPN Book - Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. Many of you know that my dream job is to be a sportscaster on ESPN, but this book is probably the closest I'll get. These authors also wrote a book about Saturday Night Live, which I might end up picking up after this. It's an unusual format, in that it's essentially a compilation of oral memories from people in the company, from the beginning of ESPN to now. The authors occasionally interject with background information, but it's essentially a compilation of stories.

I decided to start by reading the last two chapters, which deal with ESPN during the last 5 years. Now I'm at the beginning, which has been more interesting than I expected. It's a slow read, but I should finish it while on the plane to San Francisco this weekend. I've enjoyed reading the accounts from reporters and sportscasters that I regularly watch and listen to, and often it involves incidents that I wasn't aware of or occurred before I because a fanatic.

I still have several books I've been meaning to read, which will now probably go by the wayside as I start work, but I have a few that I've already purchased: A financial planning book by Suze Orman, Decoded by Jay-Z, The Wave, which I've read half of, and a physical book - Jillian Michaels' Unlimited. Plus I'm sure there are a few on my bookshelf that have yet to be read.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Sunday at Church

I finally went to church last Sunday! I went to Spanish Fort United Methodist Church. Growing up in the UMC, I'd love to be able to just transfer membership to a UMC here, but I'm also very open to many different kinds of churches. This church actually has services taking place simultaneously at two locations, a traditional service and a contemporary service. The pastors seem to rotate around the services. I found myself at the contemporary, which was nice, but I'm used to traditional services so I'll try that as well.

It was similar to a modern UMC service in CA - it was a little over an hour, and there was praise music (although not much singing by the congregation, and the songs were good!). And the sermon was on the Good Samaritan, so pretty standard, not controversial. My biggest concern in finding a church is that it not be too conservative. So far so good. This church seems particularly dedicated to service, which is something that I liked. I picked up a newsletter on my way out, and thought it was funny to see a Nick Saban (head football coach at Alabama) reference in the Pastor's article.

One thing that I loved being there for was a baby's Baptism - it's hard for me to go to church here because this is a mostly independent endeavor for me - I know practically everyone at my church in Mission Viejo, and so being by myself in a new place with no one I know was a little tough. But to see that Baptism, to think back on camp in August, when we reflected on our baptism, really helped me to connect with God and to find purpose in what I'm doing in trying to find a church here. It made me realize that while it's important to find a congregation that I will feel comfortable with, I also need to remember that that is inferior to my need to have a relationship with God and to worship God. I think it took some of the pressure off, and I think it will make the process a little easier.

I haven't decided where I will go this weekend, possibly back to Spanish Fort UMC, or possibly Daphne UMC - we'll see! 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Kenny during the UCLA game

Granted, he was up early today and had a long fun time at the park yesterday.

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Kenny's mid-morning nap location

He has strange ways of getting comfortable.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

My red Stanford shoes - finally!

I've been looking for a cute pair of game day shoes - and I finally found them! I bought my first pair of toms last month in navy (I'm obsessed with navy), and LOVE them - they're so comfortable that I'd rather wear them than flip flops.

Today I had the genius thought that I should just get the red pair and they would be perfect for Stanford games - and then I found these on Amazon:

They get here on Wednesday - I'm so excited.

They do cost more than the solid red pair but I couldn't help myself, and I get free shipping via Amazon Prime (free if you have an student email address!). Plus I think Toms are reasonably priced considering how trendy they are, and they donate a pair of shoes when you buy a pair.

(fit tip: they do stretch, so squeeze yourself into the smaller size when fitting them. Another customer at Nordstrom told me that when I was trying them on and I'm very happy with the fit)

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Exploring town: nails

So if you know me well, you might know that I frequent nail places. On Monday I had to get my fingernails fixed in advance of my interview. On a recommendation of a young woman at Staples, I went to a place nearby and it was fun, I spent the whole time talking to a couple of ladies about Alabama and California.

Then today, I went to another nail place, this time in the mall that's next to our apartment complex. It was nice, and I got the OPI color "Cajun Shrimp", which was recommended by customers at the other place. It turns out that the place was more expensive for a pedicure than the other, so I'll probably not go back, but the massage chair was amazing.

Now Kenny and I are sitting out on the balcony, people watching. I'm actually wearing a sweater! The one nice thing about having a dog in a new place is that it forces you to walk around the neighborhood so we've been able to say hello to lots of people and their dogs.

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Back in the Saddle...

Side note: I actually saw two guys riding horses around my neighborhood - strangest thing!

When I first arrived in Spanish Fort, I immediately went to the gym that weekend and got two good 2-3 mi treadmill workouts in. Then I got this nasty cold, and Curtis got it. So finally today I felt like it was a good day to start working out again.

In the meantime, I ordered Jillian Michaels' new video:
I just finished Level 1 - which was crazy tough - since it's been about 2 months since the time I was really in JM Shape (meaning I could get through her advanced workouts 4-5 days/week). Lets just say I'm not in the shape I was before. But I'm looking forward to getting back to it, and it was definitely a fun workout.

One problem however, is with our neighbors downstairs. I've seen the sign on their door which says they sleep during the day and work at night. Well they called the office and complained that they heard me working out. Curtis got the call and called me - I moved the rest of my workout to another room with the hopes that by moving maybe I wouldn't be right on top of them - and perhaps I will change up the way I workout - before I was thinking I'd do the video in the morning and cardio at night, I think tomorrow I will do cardio in the morning and the video at night, and maybe that will work better with their schedule. As much as I want to do what I want in my apartment - I don't want our neighbors to hate us. 

So, I'm starting back up with the workout log, while I have been extremely active these last two months and have miraculously maintained my weight despite all the post-bar partying, it's time to buckle down again - I have two goals that I'd like to meet by the end of September:

1. Get into a workout routine and make a short term, 2-3 month goal (like a certain number/level of videos, or a race, or a time that I want to run/walk 3 mi in, etc.)

2. Decide how I am going to lose the weight - I'm back and forth on whether I want to go back to WW again, whether to do it online, whether to do another program online, but I'm giving myself by Oct. 1st to decide and then I will start it. In the meantime I'm trying to eat well and control portions, but cutting myself some slack as I get back into the workout routine.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm a little worried...

I had my first interview today - which went really well, I don't want to go into the details but it was a good experience. 

I got home and decided to start really taking a look at what I need to take the Bar here in February - and it turns out that the deadline (with no opportunity to file late) is October 1st. Thankfully, I can postmark on October 1st (although, I can't, because I'll be traveling back to CA for the UCLA-Stanford game).

But good thing I looked - that's what happens when you decide to not care about important things like this for the month and a half that I wasn't studying for or taking the Bar.

Anyway, I've already reached out to USC to get the ball rolling on their part. My biggest worry is that I apparently need affidavits from attorneys in Alabama who have practiced for 5 years who know me, and I don't think a 20 minute interview counts. So I sent an email to the office of admission (really to clarify the whole process), I might call them tomorrow too to make sure I can use California folks, which of course means asking attorneys that I haven't seen or spoken to in awhile to write under oath that they know me and that I'm a good person, AND have their affidavit notorized... UGH.

And I apparently need to fill something out that calls for two witnesses and a notory allowing that my criminal records be obtained, as if that is something that they really need my consent for, or that isn't implied by the fact that I am APPLYING FOR BAR MEMBERSHIP IN THEIR STATE!

okay, rant over - time to watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and tackle the rest of this tomorrow.

Oh and they're coming to pick up the empty boxes tomorrow morning, which means we will finally have a second bathroom and a balcony, which has been otherwise been used for storage of said boxes. Yay.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Go Stanford!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

An awwww! Moment :-)

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Tuesday Morning

After changing my work description on Facebook to "housewife," I figured I better act like one, and continue the unpacking process. I just wish there was some way to make the boxes magically disappear - although now that the rain has ended I will be able to use the patio for box storage.

My kitchen - mid move-in:

Aww the packing paper...

Kenny, guarding the house (he's barking a lot, driving me crazy)

Nasty cold update: I still feel sicky and didn't sleep well, but my energy is mostly back so I am able to be productive.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Derailed by cold :-(

So it's not as if the weather is conducive to exploring the Eastern Shore (where we live, east of Mobile Bay), but I'm disappointed to be suffering from a nasty head cold. My nose has been running nonstop for 24 hours, and my body is generally sore. I'm hoping that I'll wake up feeling a little better tomorrow so I can continue unpacking.

Kenny continues to adjust, has seemed much more like himself today.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kenny after going out in Tropical Storm Lee + update

You might have heard that upon my arrival in Spanish Fort, Tropical Storm Lee has come in. No need to worry- we have water and candles and matches and cookies in case we lose power, and we're watching the weather reports closely, but we are affected in that we have a dog that needs to go outside to go to the bathroom. Normally we can go in-between the really hard rain but tonight he needed to go immediately, so I put on his raincoat, grabbed the umbrella and headed out. We were still soaked, but not too bad. We made him stay on a bath mat to dry out a little, and then he went to his bed snuggle and dry up more.

In other news, we're mostly staying in, we did go to the gym, and I got my car (yay!) and I went to the dollar store for some random stuff we needed and got us some frozen yogurt - both stores just down the street. We unpacked the boxes in the bedroom, I'm hoping to do some more work on the kitchen tonight, but overall it's coming along. We're watching lots of football today and am just enjoying being together :-)

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kenny is on his way!

Kenny yesterday afternoon, after a busy week he's super tired.
Kenny is on his way to see his Daddy today! Please keep him in your thoughts. He's very tired from the week so we hope that he sleeps all the way. He will take two flights to New Orleans and then be driven to Spanish Fort and will arrive around 5:30 CA time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hair is getting blonder, gradually...

I'm in the second phase of trying to become a blond - the results:

Someday I will get to completely blonde! In the meantime, this is fun, and it's always nice to get a professional straightening job :-)

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Palm Desert/Vegas/Taylor Swift/Disneyland

I had an eventful few weeks. My cousin Courtney came - and we went to Palm Desert for a quick spa day, and then to Vegas to play.

When we checked in at Bellagio, the employee offered us a free upgrade to a suite, which we readily accepted.

In Vegas we went to a club, The Bank, which was quite fun, particularly to people watch. The next day we had a slow morning, but made it to the Wynn Buffet for lunch, and spent a few hours shopping in the forum shops. Then we did a couple of hours at the pool, had dinner at The Fix (pictures coming), and went to sleep early to drive home the next morning.

The day we got back, we were back in the car again to go to Staples Center to see Taylor Swift! We had dinner at the Yard House first, which was awesome, and the concert was pretty good, The Biebs even made an appearance!!

Finally, yesterday I met up with old friends at Disneyland. I had such a great time in the park. I got some Dole Whip, saw the parade, and rode great rides. Finally, we had a really yummy dinner at House of Blues.

All it all, it's been a very busy, but fun month.