Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday.

I'm loving that tomorrow, I'll see my love. We've got some really fun things planned for this weekend, which I'm sure you'll read all about next week!  :)

I'm loving that while I am definitely enjoying this 60-70 degree weather we're having in NC, I get to break out my sundresses and flip flops this weekend with some good ol' Texas heat.

Seriously though?  91 degrees in APRIL??

I'm loving PicMonkey.  Have y'all tried it??  I really like it!  Even better than Picnik, I think.  Although I'll reserve final judgment until their collage capabilities are up and running.  My only pet peeve so far is that it won't open .bmp files from paint..  Although I could just save them in another format.

I'm loving that Parks and Rec is back on after a hiatus for several weeks.  This show is so funny!  If you're not watching, you're seriously missing out.

I'm loving my small group Bible study.  This group has been so amazing for me and a blessing in my life for 3.5 years now.  We've added two new members in the last six months, and it has grown to be even better.  I love them beyond words and am SO thankful that God brought me to that group of ladies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Saw the Wizard.

This weekend, my church's day school did a production of The Wizard of Oz (the Andrew Lloyd Webber's version, not  .  It was the first time the school has done any kind of play or musical, and boy did they take on a big one for their inaugural event.  I played in the orchestra for it, and I had such a blast.  

The performances were Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday afternoon.  At our rehearsal on Tuesday, I thought there was no way that it would come together.  But, in true theater fashion, it did somehow.  The kids were great.  The Wicked Witch of the West was the best by far, but Dorothy and the Scarecrow were fantastic too.  (BTW-- I didn't realize until this weekend how whiny the character of Dorothy is.  She literally cries or complains the whole time!)

Here are some pictures from the show!  (Note: I was off to the side in the orchestra "pit," so I didn't have the best seat for picture taking.)    

Dorothy and her friends 
(Complaining about Miss Gultch)

Dorothy goes to see Professor Marvel after running away with Toto 

After the tornado, Dorothy wakes up in Munchkinland/Oz

And encounters the Wicked Witch of the West

She meets Scarecrow

And Tinman

And the Cowardly Lion

They travel to the Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz

The Wicked Witch of the West sends her "Flying" Monkey after Dorothy and the Ruby Slippers

The Wizard of Oz isn't so great, but gives the characters their missing items anyway.

For a high school production, I was very impressed.  There were little technical issues (microphones, set changes that weren't the smoothest), but overall it was great.  I'm so glad I got to be a part of it, and can't wait to see what they do next year!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday's Letters.


Dear Friday... I'm so glad you're here.  This week has seemed very, very long.

Dear US Airways... Please let me get on a flight this Thursday with my standby ticket at a decent hour so I get to Dallas before midnight.  Okay?  Thanks.

Dear Criminals Who Stole My Stuff... I'm glad you were caught.  But I couldn't care less if you go to jail-- I just want you to pay me back for my crap!

Dear USPS... I appreciate you getting mail from NC to TX super fast this week.  :)

Dear Wells Fargo... Your employees in the branch in my building are slightly incompetent.  Thank you for hiring at least one guy who I can call to fix the mess they made.

Dear I love you so much.  Watching the Yankee and Ranger games online while simultaneously watching the Orlando Magic game on tv??  Yes, I might have done that this week...

Dear Sonic... I'm a little obsessed with your cranberry limeade.  How about you made a "diet" version like the cherry limeade though and help a girl out?

Dear Chick fil A... While I'm on the subject, why must you make the banana pudding milkshake look so delicious??  I want one of these so badly.  Must. Not. Give. In.

Happy Friday, y'all!!  :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday (on Thursday)-- Vol. IV.

Y'all, it's officially less than seven months until the wedding-- 205 days to be exact.  HOLY COW.  I go back and forth from feeling like I have a good handle on things to feeling like I've got a bajillion things to do and they'll never get done.

Progress since my last update:

I bought a dress!!  I can't post a picture here since Donny reads the blog.  But I'm absolutely in love with it.  I had a pretty good idea of what I liked before I started.  And even though I tried on millions of dresses, sure enough-- the one I ended up ordering is just about what I had imagined.

I hired a wedding planner and coordinator.  Hallelujah.  Jamie's going to help me stay on track, keep on budget, plan the details, deal with vendors, etc...  I think my favorite thing she is going to do is that for two weeks before the wedding, no vendors call me-- they all call her.  She deals with EVERYTHING instead of me.  I love her already...

We booked our photographer.  This actually happened a while ago.  I can't believe I haven't told you guys about them before.  I LOVE our photographer!  It's a husband and wife team.  I met them at a bridal show and instantly hit it off with Renee, the wife.  She's so funny, and the two of them together are fantastic.  They're baseball lovers, so I know they'll get along great with Donny.  Haha. (Although they are from Boston, so they're Red Sox fans. Guess I can't expect perfection...)

I found our ceremony pianist.  I don't really want a lot of elaborate music at the ceremony-- no harp, no string quartet, no orchestra, no soloist.  I just want a nice, simple ceremony.  I thought about an acoustic guitar, but ultimately decided to go with the piano.  Ashley plays for the orchestra I'm in, and she's fantastic.

We ordered our cake. When Donny was here in March, we went to a few cake tastings, and Regi was BY FAR our favorite.  She was so sweet, and we designed our cake right there in her kitchen.  She was also very reasonably priced.  My mouth is watering just remembering her cake...

Next on the agenda:

Invitations.  There are SO MANY invitation options!  It's enough to drive a girl crazy.  I like something not too elaborate, but not boring.  I love the idea of the initial "H" on them like these:

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Wedding Favors. Have you guys been to weddings with particularly good wedding favors?? I think food is probably the best bet. I like these ideas:


Cake Pops

Hershey Kisses or other candy

DJ, Videographer and Florist.  I need to get on finding these last three vendors. Then all of the wedding day people will be in place!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Proud Sister.

I don't talk too much about my brother here.  But Drew is a music producer and songwriter.  He probably wears a dozen other hats that I don't know about or understand.  But he's doing what he loves and is very successful.  I couldn't be prouder.

For the last several months, he's been working with the Chris Lane Band mixing and producing their album, which was just released TODAY!  You can find it on iTunes.  Here's a little preview for you.  I know this will be right up some of y'all's alley.  Enjoy!  :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

TGIF Y'all.

I haven't been so glad to see a week end in a long time.  It's been a rough one.  But, I'm choosing to focus on the positive-- there are a lot of things I am thankful for today.

1. God is good. Even with everything that's going on, He's watching out for me and protecting me. He's also given me a peace and has helped me not get angry and bitter. No way I would be able to be so calm without Him.

2. I'll be seeing my love in two weeks thanks to an impromptu decision to use my US Airways standby ticket this month. (A quick trip out of here and some time with Donny is exactly what I need after this week's events.)

3. The police arrested some people with my credit cards last night. Apparently, they were part of a big ring, and it's been an ongoing investigation for a while. 

4. People have been so great to me-- friends and family who drive me around while my car is being fixed, co-workers who let me borrow cash while I don't have credit cards or access to my accounts, banks and credit card companies who quickly get my accounts shut down and get me new cards ASAP... Even the guy who came to fix my broken window yesterday vacuumed the glass out of my car for me.

5. I'm going to Opening Night of our local minor league baseball team with my girls tonight. It's perfect baseball weather today, and I can't wait!!

6. Wedding planning is coming along very well! We've made a lot of progress in the last couple weeks, and I'm starting to feel less overwhelmed.

Thank you all for your support as well-- I've gotten some super sweet comments, tweets, texts, and emails from y'all.  The blogging community is amazingly supportive, and I sincerely appreciate you all.  

Happy weekend, everyone!!  :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

First Time for Everything?

I've never been a victim of crime.  This fact is pretty impressive given my lackadaisical attitude toward it.  I've (unintentionally) left my house unlocked overnight, my back sliding door open while gone, my car unlocked for hours, etc.  I've gone 28 years and been fortunate to never have a problem.

Until yesterday.

I went to a park to walk with my friend Stacy.  I left my purse in the floorboard of the driver's seat, tucked under the seat (as much as it would allow, which apparently wasn't enough).  We walked around the track for about 45 minutes.  When we got back to the car, this is what I saw:

Without touching anything, I looked in the window and realized my Coach purse was missing.  A quick survey told me that nothing else appeared to be.  Fortunately, my phone was not in my purse, so I could call 911.  The operator was rude-- I wasn't at an address per se, I was at a park off a particular street.  I tried to explain to her where I was, but she kept asking what the address was and told me she couldn't tell the police where to come without an address because that street is a main highway.  Finally, she figured it out and told me the police would be there within the hour.  Great.

Fortunately, the police officer arrived within 15 minutes and was much more delightful than the 911 operator.  He told me could call forensics and have them dust for prints, but since the window was busted and nothing else was missing, there was little reason to think that they touched the door handle or anything inside.  Plus, there would be black powder everywhere in my car.  I knew there wouldn't be any prints (in my experience with these things, there never are), so I told him not to call forensics.

I opened the door to make sure nothing else was missing, and there wasn't.  My uber-expensive flute and piccolo were safely in the front seat, so I was really glad they didn't take those.  

The officer was very friendly and apologetic that there was likely nothing that would be recovered.  He gave me the report number and went on his way.  Stacy stayed with me for a bit, helped me clean out the car enough to drive without shards of glass stabbing me, and even offered to buy me dinner.  But I just wanted to go home.

I immediately began calling my bank, credit card companies, etc.  They had used one of my credit cards, and I got the locations and times for the police.  About an hour after he left me, I got a call from the officer that gave me a little hope.  A woman had seen some guys throw stuff into a dumpster behind her store then ran off.  She had found something with my name on it!  So, I went down there to meet the officer and see what I could salvage.

Sadly, most of what was recovered was from another break-in that they had apparently committed.  Some other lady's purse, her credit cards, her makeup, her medications, etc. were all in the dumpster.  Very little of my stuff.  I got back my Vera Bradley wallet (which had been completely emptied), a bunch of receipts, some store rewards cards, my dental insurance card, and stuff like that.

I did get back these mementos, which had been in my wallet as well.  I had forgotten that they were in there, but would have been so sad they were gone when it finally dawned on me.  I'm so thankful I have them again.

Card from flowers from Donny on Valentine's Day

Ticket stub from the Rangers game last May with Donny 

My dad and I went back to the dumpster this morning before work and found a few other papers and cards.  Definitely stuff I'm glad to have back and was sad to lose, but nothing of financial value.

Yes, this is an absolute pain in the neck, but I'm so blessed that I'm not alone.  Even without credit cards, debit card, driver's license, cash, or car that I can leave unattended, I'm not stranded thanks to family, friends, and co-workers who have been SO helpful and sweet.

Monday, April 9, 2012


I Am... a Child of the King.
I Want... an unlimited shopping spree at Sephora.
I Have... a spending cap.
I Wish... The Boy was here (or I was there, whatevs).
I Hate... that the Yankees are 0-3 (no gloating from any of you...)
I Fear... tornadoes, heights, and bees.
I Hear... the people in my office talking, phones ringing, the typewriter...  
I Search... for cheap airfare to Dallas all the time.
I Wonder... how different married life will be. 
I Regret... very little.
I Love... the amazing people in my life.
I Ache... a little from my first P90x workout this weekend.  But not as much as I would've thought.
I Always... hit the snooze button then have to run around like a mad woman to get to work on time.
I Usually... like my job and the people I work with.
I Am Not... as excited to play tennis this year as I have been before.  This will probably be my last season for a little while.
I Dance... EVERY TIME I hear certain songs (Carryout, Yeah, etc...) 
I Sing... in the car.  Loudly.
I Never... mow the yard.  Thank goodness that my dad loves me enough to help me out!
I Rarely... wake up early.  I am much more of a night owl.
I Cry... not very often.  But always at sad movies and books.
I Am Not Always... talkative or chatty.  Sometimes (often) I just like to be quiet.
I'm Confused... about why everything wedding-related is so ridiculously expensive.  
I Need... a salary raise.  For sure.
I Promise... to blog about the excitement of this weekend sometime soon... (what a teaser!!)  ;)

Thanks for the inspiration for today's post, Vicki! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The End Has Come.

Tonight is the finale of One Tree Hill.  Like most girls in their mid/late 20s, I've been watching this show since its inception, which was during my second year of college.  It was with me through college, law school, my first job, and after tonight it will be over.

I hated the five-year time jump when they first did it, but it grew on me.  I think these last few years (this season notwithstanding) have been even better than the early ones, especially with the addition of Julian and the exit of Lucas and Peyton.

Tonight marks the end of an era-- for the show and for me.  Like many of you, I'm sad to say goodbye to Brooke & Julian, Nathan & Haley, Clay & Quinn, Mouth & Millie, Skills (my personal fave), Chris Keller (another fave), and Chase.  They will be missed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

This Sunday, my dad and I went to the NASCAR race at Martinsville.  We used to go every year, but it's been a while since we've been able to go.  

We got there early and had passes to walk on the track...

Then, we got to our seats, which were PERFECT...

I had a "Famous Martinsville Hot Dog"...

Saw the first shirtless guy of the day...

Then the flyover during the national anthem (the announcer incorrectly named them as F/A-18 Tomcats as opposed to Hornets, but whatever)...

Then it was time to race...

We had a fantastic time, and it was great to spend the day hanging out with just my dad.  :)