Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Confession Tuesday - Part 2

I have a guilty pleasure confession - I love Judge Judy. I know! I used to make fun of Hubby for watching it and now I'm hooked. Ya'll! I just can't believe that there are that many people who would actually go on TV and air their grievances. Pretty much every case is the same. It's usually a girl suing a guy (or vice versa) for a loan they made that never got paid back. The defendent 100% of the time says, "It was not a loan. It was a gift." And the people are so stupid! I know that's ugly, but wouldn't you watch some episodes before going on the show and learn what works and what doesn't? So there you go - I highly recommend it for some laughs.

On another note, I can't believe that 2008 is almost over. This year just flew by. I plan on taking some time this weekend to do some reflecting. I'm not going to think about things I didn't do. I want to remember all the wonderful things God allowed to happen to me. Don't worry! I'll share some of the highlights!

By the way, Gym Trainer said I rocked it tonight. I promptly asked him if he meant I rocked it like a rock star. I think I lost some cool points.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Who's in the "House"?

It's been a while... Christmas is definately over. I was on a serious festivity high and believe you me, I have come tumbling down. I can only sustain the EXCITED ABOUT EVERY LITTLE THING for so long! That's what I do - I get super excited and wear myself slap out. So, right now I have a little of the after Christmas blahs. But don't worry, New Year's is right around the corner and I'll be super pumped about that.

Little update on my TV watching: After years of declaring "I tried to watch House once and couldn't get into it", I have done a 180! Ya'll, it is so good! I DVR'd a marathon and I am loving, loving, loving it. Unfortunately, work is getting in the way of my watching the 12 episodes I have recorded.

Speaking of New Years, I'm curious about what ya'll will be doing? Leave a little post and share your plans!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve

I'm at work - seriously! Dad makes us all come in on Christmas Eve because we have clients open. The goal is to stay till 12:00 before we all head down to Granddaddy's. Usually, Dad gets antsy about this time and starts hurrying us out the door - I'm still waiting...

I can't wait to get down to Granddaddy's. It is my most favorite day out of the entire year. Sister's kids are so precious and I LOVE getting to watch them open their presents. I LOVE seeing all my family. I LOVE getting a little snooze in after I'm so stuffed I can't stand it. Can you tell I LOVE everything about it?

Unbelievably, we will have highs in the upper 60's today. Yes, it's Christmas Eve and you gotta love the South.

Just so you know, today will be the biggest cheat day of all time. I am going to pack it in. Is it possible to eat an extra 17,500 calories in one day to gain 5 pounds. I'm pretty sure I'll be close.

Well, Merry Christmas to all of you who read my humble blog. I pray the Lord will bless you and we'll all see the REAL meaning of Christmas - Happy Birthday Jesus.

Monday, December 22, 2008

A little of this and that

It's been a few days... The weekend was pretty jam packed so here's a few of the highlights:

Saturday - I ran my 2nd 5K. I beat my last time by 2 minutes!!!! After the run, J2 and I shopped a little over on Hwy 280 as we complained about our sore legs and the headaches we had. I would attribute that to the fact that after the run, we promptly got Diet Cokes instead of drinking LOTS of water. I know!!! - it's the addiction.

Late Saturday afternoon - Hubby got home from Atlanta (for good!!!) around 3:00 and we left for my parent's house. We had a little Christmas get-together which was super fun. Sister's kids were precious and too cute opening their presents.

Sunday - Church and then a whole ordeal I don't even feel like getting into and then off to Hubby's sister's house to do Christmas with his Grams. We had a really great time.

Tonight I met with Gym Trainer and now I'm home sitting with Hubby watching some Judge Judy. (Yes, we love us some Judy Judy!)

I can't believe it's almost Christmas!!! I also can't believe I haven't finished my shopping.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

How Funky is My Tree

J2 and I went to Sips N Strokes tonight and painted "Funky Tree". You probably won't believe this but it was kind of an ordeal. We had it all planned out. It started at 7 so we decided we'd meet there at 6:30. I was in charge of picking up our Diet Cokes from Jack's.

Quick Sidenote: A Diet Coke from Jack's is my absolute FAVORITE drink in the whole world. I don't know why it's different from every other Diet Coke BUT IT IS!!!

OK, anyway.. I left work in plenty of time, got the drinks and headed that way. I called Hubby so I could hear his sweet voice, promptly passed my turn and went about 15 minutes out of my way. No biggie, I was there in plenty of time. At 6:45, J2 still wasn't there. I called her and she was roaming the Target parking lot looking for her car. (That is also a problem that I have. I ALWAYS forget where I parked.)

J2 got there and got signed in about 6:55. We're still good - THEN! we realize our large Diet Coke's our regular Coke. FOR THE LOVE! So, we hightailed it to the BP, boutght Diet Coke's and did a little switch-a-roo with our cups and ice. We did all that in 7 minutes - pretty good, huh?

This is us before we realized we had a Diet Coke problem.

Here's the first phase of "Funky Tree".

Phase 2:

Final Look:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's Getting Hot in Here

How can it possibly be this HOT 8 days away from Christmas??? I mean, I don't want it to be super cold or anything, but a nice brisk breeze would be a little nice. Seriously, I have the back door open right now - in December - 8 days away from Christmas!

Gym Trainer gave me the HARDEST workout EVER tonight. I may never walk again. It was about one hour of pure torture where I went from thoughts of passing out, throwing up, hurting Gym Trainer... anything to make it stop. BUT, I survived it and you know they say that anything that doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger!

By the way, I Googled the whole toe cramp thing and basically, I need to drink more water. I drank more today and guess what?? NO TOE CRAMPS! So there...

I best git (that's Southern for I need to go now) and get some presents wrapped and the rest of Christmas cards done. Toodles.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Monday, Monday....

Today was good. Work went by really fast. Before I knew it, it was time for lunch and my trip to The Dollar Tree. Oh yeah, baby. I spent $42 which means I got 42 things!!! I was so excited that I didn't even let the mammoth line get me down. It's just hard to believe that Christmas is only 10 days away. I still have presents to buy, gifts to wrap...

Gym Trainer is all better so we were back in the gym. My workout tonight was brutal. My legs feel like noodles which I guess means I worked out to my full potential. So I feel pretty confident in saying, "I rocked it tonight."

Let me tell you what doesn't rock - my hair. I went for a much needed color Friday afternoon. I went in with mostly dark brown hair with too many highlights of gray and walked out with dark brown hair but with the entire top BLONDE - I kid you not. Oh my heavens. It was terrible. And because I'm so smart, I decided to color it myself last night. In my mind I just knew that all that blonde was going to be magically brown. Oh no, now the entire top of my head looks like a bright copper penny.

No big deal, right? I guess I'll wear a hat for the next 6 weeks. Grief.

One more thing, anybody know anything about toe cramps?? I have this one toe that cramps up about 90.8% of the time when I workout. Maybe I need to google that. Hmm...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Up, Up and Away

Big weekend!

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of watching Hubby walk across the stage at Samford as he received his Masters in Environmental Management. I was so proud! Not only because he's a National Honors Scholar, has a 3.78 GPA, but also because I looked around and realized that the cutest man there belongs to me!!! After graduation, the Sharpe Family Christmas began.

Just a little background on the way the Sharpe's do Christmas: Hubby's mom is a planner. She loves to plan parties and she loves to surprise people. The parties always have a theme. So, Christmas is an event that requires weeks of planning on her part and always ends with everyone loving what a good time they had. The hard part is that we never know where we're going. This year the theme was Up, Up and Away.

We rode with my Sister-in-law and her hubby. All we knew was that we had to take I59 to Exit 231 and call his Dad when we got there. His parents were waiting at that exit to lead us to our destination. We ended up at this house on a mountain in Cloudland, GA. (I had never heard of it either.) The house was huge and the view was spectacular. It was almost like being in Gatlinburg.

We had a blast! Last night we built a fire in the firepit, roasted marshmallows and were amazed at all the shooting stars. I really had a great time. We ate, played games, ate some more, laughed like crazy, ate. Did I mention we ate? We played a game with hats... I won't go into the details but the girls got a little silly with them later on.

So, I'm home and Hubby has left to go back to Atlanta. Thankfully, it's the last week he has to go. I'll sign-off now. Got to get some Christmas cards ready to send out!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sick Trainer

I just got off the phone with Gym Trainer and as of Tuesday, he is Sick Trainer. We had to cancel Wednesday and tonight due to his sinus infection. Bless his heart, he said he's scared of shots and opted for a prescription. Doesn't he know... always take the shot!!! (Also, he said he's scared of clowns. Hmmm.) Gotta run, Hubby just got home!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mama and Patricia Anne

Just so you know, I have the best Mama in the whole world. I don't know how I got so lucky because I've looked around at some other people's Mamas and WHOA!

So here's a little tidbit about Mama. Many years ago she discovered the Southern Sisters books by Anne George. There are 8 of them and she has probably read each of them at least 10 times - no lie. Now, Sister and I love them too and you can ALWAYS count on them for a good read and a good laugh. They're about 2 sisters, Mary Alice and Patricia Anne. They live in Homewood, AL and they get in all kinds of messes.

Mama doesn't really believe that Mary Alice and Patricia Anne are real, but she REALLY wants them to be. Rarely a week goes by that something doesn't happen that has her recalling a Patricia Anne story. She, Sister and I talk about them like they're real and sometimes we get so tickled that it's a struggle not to wet our pants!

Unfortunately, Anne George died in 2001 so there will be no more Southern Sisters books. (Although, Mama is desperately hoping that her relatives are going to clean out a box sometime and find a manuscript that hasn't been published yet.) If you haven't read them, I STRONGLY encourage you to head to the library and check these out.

Murder on a Girl's Night Out
Murder on a Bad Hair Day
Murder Runs in the Family
Murder Makes Waves
Murder Gets a Life
Murder Shoots the Bull
Murder Carries a Torch
Murder Boogies with Elvis

You will NOT BE SORRY!!!! And Mama, I love you more than I can possibly write.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Confession Tuesday

I have decided that Tuesdays are just blah. I think that my 8 hour work day really lasted a million hours. Oh my gosh! It was so never-ending. In light of that, there is nothing to write about. SO! I have decided to start Confession Tuesdays.

Today I need to confess that my house is a Christmas imposter. I have no decorations on the inside. My little Christmas Tree is shining out of my attic window and my baby Christmas tree is out on the front porch. I did put a decoration on the mailbox and a wreath on the front door and THAT IS IT!

I just have no desire to decorate the inside of my house this year. It's not that I'm being a Scrooge, it's just that there will be nobody to see it but me and let me be clear, I can live without it. If Hubby was not spending almost the whole month in Atlanta I would definately decorate. Maybe I'll just put a little mistletoe up to get a little kissie-poo!

I promise I'll do better next year. By the way, it's raining and I couldn't be happier.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's a Monday

As far as Mondays go, today was pretty good. Things were clicking at work, I didn't feel like I was going to die with Gym Trainer and now I'm watching another awesome episode of Heroes.

There was one hiccup with my day and that was my trip to Wal-Mart on lunch. M and I got checked out and then headed over to McDonald's (No Gym Trainer, it was not for me!) so M could get something. It was unbelievable incompetence. They had one lady cooking and one at the register at the height of lunch hour. It turns out that after about 20 minutes of waiting, another lady was SUPPOSED to be working but she had a more important duty which was to leave and go pick out a card. Hmmmm...

All in all, I give today an A.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Chicken Ball Recipe

Sister asked me to post my Chicken Ball recipe so here it is!

1 8oz package soft cream cheese
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 5oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
2 13oz canned chicken (put it thru your chopper - not the can, just the chicken - HA!)
Pecans, chopped
Mix everything together (except pecans) and roll into a big bal. Then roll your ball thru the pecans and coat the outside. Leave in the fridge overnight.

What a weekend!

I did it!!!! I ran my very first 5K ever!!! I was really nervous that I wouldn't be able to finish, but I DID IT!!! My time was 40 minutes and 34 seconds which I'm really proud of. J2 (on the left) ran it in 30 minutes flat. She rocks for her 10 minute mile! She's my running hero. (By the way, our shirts said Jingle and had little jingle bells on them!) The last I checked, the 2008 Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation raised $84,028. I loved it and I've already signed up for another 5K on the 20th!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rudolph and Witches

Sister's Hubby told me something distressing today. He said they watched Rudolph last night with the kids and then Sister had nightmares AND that this has been going on for years. WHAT??? Sister, is that for real?? I mean, I personally WILL NOT watch The Wizard of Oz but that is totally different. With the witch, those flying things and the awful clicking of the heels... who can take it? Believe you me, if I had kids, they would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, EVER be allowed to watch that movie. That's all I have to say about that. OK, not all - seriously, Sister, is that for real?

Anyway, since it's Thursday -- that means Hubby comes home tomorrow AND I have my work Christmas party. I love myself a party and I am FIRED UP about playing Dirty Santa. Of course, I'm more excited that the niece and nephews will be there and I'm super excited about hearing them play Christmas carols on the piano. They don't know it yet but I figure they need a last minute practice before their recital Saturday.

J2 came by my work today and brought me my 5K packet for the Jingle Bell run Saturday. I guess I'm ok with the fact that I can't even run 3 miles but I'll do my best and what more can the Arthritis Foundation ask for, right? I just got my MP3 loaded up with some Christian music. I figure that will do me some good since I'm sure I'll be praying for Jesus to "help me" pretty much the entire time.

I doubt there will be a post tomorrow night since I'll be partying hard like a rock star (or maybe just a computer programmer) and then gettin in the bed to rest up before the run. LOVE YA'LL!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

How Old Do I Feel

Home from the gym and watching a little TV while I recuperate. How bout they have a show now to announce the Grammy nominees?? They just did the nominees for New Artist of the Year and I had only heard of those cute little Jonas Brothers. Have ya'll seen them? They are precious. Oh! The Foo Fighters are singing Carly Simon's "You're So Vain"! That song is so catchy. It's so good no matter who sings it.

Gym Trainer wasn't very happy with me tonight after finding out I had a candy bar for breakfast. It wasn't intentional. Let me rephrase, obviously no one was shoving it down my throat or anything but my morning got away from me and then I had to rush off to see the niece and nephews sing at CBS.

Oh for the love! I was going to post a picture and I can't figure out how to get it off my camera. Absolutely everything is an ordeal.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

M, This is for you!

M, one of my co-workers, called today to let me know that I didn't post yesterday. Of course I know that I didn't post yesterday, but I had no idea that someone would actually notice! I feel famous! OK, not really but how sweet is that??

Just so you know, M is a terrific co-worker and friend. She is funny and you can always count on her for a good story. Seriously, if they made a movie of her life, it would be #1 at the box office. And that girl can shop the Dollar Tree! She went today on lunch and spent $85!!! I LOVE THE DOLLAR TREE! I so wish I had been with her today.

We had some not so happy news at work today though. K turned in her resignation. K was in my department and now with her gone, I'm the only girl. I think I'm gonna drape my cubie with some pink lest I forget to act all ladylike.

And before I sign off - Hubby is in Atlanta and had to go to the doc this morning. I sure hope he starts feeling better and I HATE that he's not home.