Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We're almost there!

Thanks for everyone's suggestions on boxes! I'm going to drive around in a few and check out those places, hopefully find a few more decent sized boxes. :)

We got a lot more packed up yesterday and last night. I packed up all of Charlotte's room before Phil got home (at least I did something productive), and then we worked for a while after she went to bed. Our apartment is starting to look like we're actually moving! Boxes stacked in every room and nothing on/around the furniture. Yay! The only real things we have left are the kitchen, coat closet, and toys, and of course a few suitcases of our stuff. I've even packed the bathrooms :). Phil should get off by around noon today too, granted he has to drive back and such, it'll be nice to have some help, before 10PM!

We pick the U-haul up tomorrow at 8:30 AM, I'm glad we get it in the morning, I was afraid they wouldn't give it to us until that night, which would throw our entire plan off. So we get to load up tomorrow and head out Friday. Its hard to believe we're only staying two more nights here... we haven't even been here a year! (Not that I'm complaining).

Lets just hope our trip doesn't take a little detour...

I can't wait to be on that u-haul on our way down to Florida because by then, we will be past the halfway point!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I should be packing, but I'm not. Instead, I'm people watching outside, finding new blogs, being lazy, etc. Though I did go to the bank and Wal-mart today. Plus, we're almost out of boxes. I figured I'd go to the recycling center and grab some, but they only have an "in," no "outs," aka, really small slats to put the boxes out, which means I can't really go dumpster diving. Not like I would have been able to with Charlotte anyways. Any ideas where to get boxes? Now-a-days it seems that everyone crushes their boxes, so there's not really much point going to a grocery store or something. So, this could prove interesting.

They were supposed to quit up in Clarksville for the week once it started raining, well it poured this morning, and they decided to wait a few hours instead. They were about to call it, then someone decided to start working, they've been working for the rest of the day. I hope it starts again soon, so Phil can have tomorrow off. We're supposed to pick up the U-haul on Thursday. I don't know when I'm going to finish packing everything. It'd be really nice to have some help, aka Phil. Oh well, I'll be VERY happy when we get this stuff on the truck and on our way down.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Florida 2009 pictures

Playing at the airport, waiting for the flight.

The view from the sky... if you look carefully you can see the coastline.

Big girl sitting all by herself on the plane... for the moment. She was squirmy!

Unpacking once we got to the hotel. She really loves to take things out!

Mommy and baby at the beach!

Playing with Daddy at the beach!

More playing, she's about ready to take off any day now!

Long overdue Easter-ish Pictures

Hanging out before bed.

Enjoying the teething toy of choice, a dog bone... I do take them away from her.

Her first-ever Easter Bunny!

First ever Easter Egg Hunt, she got 2 eggs all by herself!

Spaghetti at TGI Friday's.

Chowing down on the dog food. Thankfully, she doesn't like it!

Anyone know?

I'm using site meter to track my clicks, and I have a question... At least half of my clicks are from people searching "lasagna" on google! Can I get rid of this? I just want to know who is actually coming to read, not find a picture of "lasagna" on google. I don't really want to get stop the "searchable" setting though.

Its getting really frustrating!

Friday, April 24, 2009


We had a great time in Florida the past few days. We got back late yesterday afternoon. During our visit, Phil met the people at the Tampa office and kind of interviewed. We also did our apartment hunting and it went much quicker than I had imagined! We even had a day to go to the beach. We went south to Bradenton and spend a couple hours on the beach. Charlotte loved it too!

It looks like we are going to be moving this next weekend, May 1st and 2nd-ish. So, I have a lot of packing to do this next week. Thankfully, Michele is going to come up to visit and help!! Phil's office has released him for that date and Tampa is expecting him! Thankfully everything is getting worked out!!

We're going to move from a 3 bedroom to a 2 bedroom apartment, but its only 65 less sq. ft. than we have right now oh and a HUGE kitchen!! No more galley kitchen for me :).

More later, I've got stuff to do!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Florida... here we come!

Well, I'm off to bed for a compromised (yes, Phil wanted less) 5 1/2 hours of sleep... it was a long night of a cranky baby, packing, giving Phil a haircut, etc.

I'll probably be giving quick updates here and there as the trip progresses. We should have internet and are bringing the computer.

Wish us luck!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Running with Scissors

I just read a really good, interesting book. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. I highly recommend it, but it'll make you think. Since its 1:20 AM and I just finished, I'm going to forgo my own summary and just write whats on the sleeve of the book.

"Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain. Suddenly, at age twelve, Augusten Burroughs found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients, and a pedophile living in the backyard shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules; there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer, and Valium was eaten like Pez. And when things got dull, there was always the vintage electroshock-therapy machine under the stairs....

Running with Scissors is at turns foul and harrowing, compelling and maniacally funny. But above all, it chronicles an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances."

I read its also been made into a movie. I guess thats the next one to add to the top of the Netflix list!

I think I'm going to start Twilight tomorrow and *hopefully* finish it before its due, as I'm sure I won't be able to renew it with all the holds. With a bit of luck, I'll be able to find out what all the fuss is about.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Earth Day 2009

Its almost Earth Day! Tomorrow Nashville has Earth Day festivities at Centennial Park. It looks like its going to be a great time and I'm excited! I can't wait to go and visit the different booths and learn about stuff :). If you're bored, check out what is going on in your city and enjoy a nice day outside!! Don't forget that Earth Day is April 22, 2009.

Recession Shopping: 10 Things to Buy Right Now

CNN and TIME magazine put out an article explaining the 10 things to buy right now. The article can be found here.

1. Fancy Threads (Formals, Cashmere, etc.)
2. Computer Memory
3. Digital Cameras
4. Stuff for your house (b/c going out of business sales, and craigslist)
5. Lobster
6. New Cars
7. Travel
8. Country Club Membership
9. Housing
10. Stocks

Of course, I have to agree with some of these... Stocks, Housing, Travel, New Cars... but some, I don't think have anything to do with the recession. In fact, I think they would have dropped MORE had we not been in this recession. For example, Computer Memory and Digital Cameras. Technology advances and such a quick rate, something down 50% from 2 years ago, is normal, even if its not a recession.

As technology gets older, it gets cheaper. It gets easier to make and there is less demand, as people either already have the item or people want the new item.

Personally, I think that the prices would have dropped even further on any particular computer memory chip. Had we not been in a recession, the demand for computer memory would be much higher than it is now because people would be looking to spend money. So, there would be more money to research and make higher "level" memory chips, therefore, making the older ones cheaper, because there would have been bigger and better things than there is right now... due to the fact that the demand is lower and there is less money to spend on research, etc.

Just my 10 cents for the day.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I love this idea ! Esp. if we move to the gulf coast... :).

Sorry I haven't been posting much, I've been super busy! I'll try to write something in the next few days!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Another day of tornados!

The weirdest thing happened today, there were tornadoes in a suburb or Nashville, and I didn't even know. If you know me at all, you'd know that I love severe weather. And when its happening, the TV's on, the radio is on, the police scanner is on, the door is open, and I'm outside watching it all.

We wake up this morning at like 11 (yes, Charlotte slept in late, and we still had to wake her up!), and we have an appointment to get our pictures done at 12:30. Which means, find everyones clothes, shower, get the baby ready and fed, and do my hair (and I got my haircut yesterday, so I haven't even had a chance to practice). So, while the storms were coming and there were tornadoes heading our direction, I'm running around like a chicken with no head, trying to do everything. We get to the studio right at 12:30 (have to wait 15 minutes of course), and hear, tornado warning!! To say the least, I was confused... and felt pretty stupid, walking in there, like... what the heck is going on?

To make matters worse, I didn't even know there was damage, etc. until about 4, when I turned on the TV and checked out

Of course, all this follows the storms last week, where there were tornadoes 5 miles down the highway... while I was trying to drive home! Who would have guessed TN would have had so many tornadoes!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Charlotte update!

Charlotte had her 9 month check up today and it went really well! She weighs 20 pounds 12 ounces (81st percentile) and was 27 and 1/4 inches (39th percentile). Apparently she's short and fat, but she really doesn't look like it!! I asked the doctor about it and she said that they don't worry about the height in the first year because unless they cooperate, you could measure them a million times and it would all come out differently. Her head circumference was 18 inches, 91st percentile. She's always had a big head (but then Phil and I do too!) No shots this time too, just a TB test... beats me.

Yesterday, she discovered that there were goodies in the kitchen cabinets! At first, she was only opening and closing them, and after about 10 minutes of that, she discovered the pans, so she had fun cleaning while I was cooking. Hopefully now she can be a happy baby when I'm cooking!!

She's getting really good at crawling too. I think she's finally figuring out that it takes less energy to crawl in a normal crawling position, than the army crawl. And she's going from sitting to standing a lot now. Before, she had pulled up a few times, but now she does it intentionally. And she's definitely getting into more stuff, like the dogs water and the electronics below the TV. I think its time to invest in some more child proofing stuff!! There have been lots of changes in the past week or so!

I don't have any new pictures, but I'll take some in the next couple days and put them up!

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Tonight Charlotte and I went over to Brandyn's and she cooked us some tasty food!! We had crackers with cheese ball, a tasty salad, lasagna, bread, and homemade cheesecake! It was so nice to have a home cooked meal that I didn't cook!! Phil got home late but got to eat the leftovers :).

Tomorrow we get the treat again, when we go over to another friends house for dinner!! We're assuming the men will get off early because it is supposed to rain, so we're going to go over and play, then eat dinner with them (and hopefully the guys too!) I'm making some revel bars to bring over too, which I'm leaving over there, we don't need anymore of them!!
I finally did a little research about leaving our apartment, since we're way past the 60 day notice mark, and come to find out our lease is up April 20th! They told me April 30th like a couple of weeks ago, what the heck?!? Then, when the lady was looking further at our lease, we never officially signed it, I kinda wish I had just refused to sign it, that would have been interesting! On top of that, the lease said that we signed a 14 month lease... (we were never informed), but the official move out date on the paperwork was April 20th, 11 months after we move in. They really screwed it up! Now, the earliest we can get out is going to be May 20th, but that will probably work better. We'll have some overlap here and plenty of time to get out, and for Phil to finish up here.

Phil had yesterday off too. He went up there in the morning, and they canceled for the morning because it was too muddy, then canceled for the rest of the day, so Charlotte and I had him from 9:30 am on!! It was very much needed, I felt like I was about to go crazy! We had such a great day. We cleaned out some stuff, threw away 2 1/2 garbage bags of stuff!! And packed up most of our books and the stuff in the desk. We're going to sell my desk, so if anyone wants to buy it, let me know. But, there won't be room for it wherever we move. And if we need one, we'll need a little tiny laptop desk.

Today, I went out with a friend, and we got Charlotte and her son's feet measured, got some lunch out, walked around the mall and Target, it was great! It made it feel like a weekend. When Phil works on these weekends, it feels like its just another weekday.

Katie comes in like a week and a half too! I'm so excited to see her!!! Then Mom and Dad come for Natalie's recital, then we're off to Florida! I hope this goes quick!