Saturday, August 27, 2011

Breakfast smoothie

1/2 cup water
1 spoonful sugar
2 cups crushed ice
1/4 cup milk
1 cup sliced up strawberries
Add all ingredients into blender and puree until its your desired texture

The recipe needs some tweaking: more milk? less strawberries? add lemon juice? I am not exactly sure what it needs but I will play around with it until I get it just right.

This quick and easy breakfast idea came from my bff Meredith. I visited her last weekened and on Sunday morning she offered to make smoothies for breakfast. I declined, she was making peanut butter and bananas (I hate bananas) but the idea is still great.

After my smoothie I plan to take the pups for a nice, long walk and enjoy the cooler weather and wind that is blowing outside.

Hope everyone stays out of Irene's way!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wake me up before you go go

I have been wondering for a while (since I started my big girl jobs back in 2005) when waking up for work would get easier. I have had 3 jobs since college and they all started at different times, between 7:30am and 8:15am. The last two mornings I have woken up before my alarm went off...yeah! I am wondering how long this will last before I go back to hitting snooze for 30 minutes before getting out of bed. Any suggestions??

Saturday, August 13, 2011

TLV Fever

The start of our annual vacation to NH should have started today, Mark and I opted out this year to save money and vacation time at work.  Wishing all of our TLV family an amazing two weeks in NH full of good weather, golf, tennis and rocking.

New vs Old

In terms of houses... the two biggest decision (I think) is new house or old house and second: location, location, location. Mark and I are starting the house hunting process and we are looking to buy for our future, something we can grow into. There are only a few must haves: nice size backyard with option for 6' privacy fence and 4 bedrooms/2 story.  We have been looking online and have taken tours of two new neighborhoods in Steele Creek. I like the idea of living in a house that no one else has ever lived in and we can design the home exactly the way we want it from paint color to the elevation. A few things I am not so sure about are the areas where these new communities are popping up. The plus of an older home is that it will be in an established neighborhood/community and the minus with an older home is the possibilty for updates. I am very overwhelmed by the whole process and its just begun. Help please!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Our puppies

We got Opie in August of 2010 at 9 weeks old. We had talked about getting a dog and discussed different breeds we were interested in, went back and forth on rescue versus getting a puppy from a breeder, etc. While on our annual week long vacation in New Hampshire last august, my brother, who is a first grade teacher (and not on vacation because school here starts so early!) texted me a picture of a few puppies that the maintenance man at his school was giving away to a good home. We flew back into Charlotte on Thursday around 5:00pm, (early, because I was in a wedding that Saturday with the rehearsal dinner on Friday) met Opie and 2 of his brother’s in a Target parking lot and fell in love and took him home right then and there without even a leash.  We promptly went across the street to PetSmart and got the essentials and convinced Mark’s parents to watch him the next two days while we participated in the wedding activities. Opie is gentle, loving, smart and obedient, he loves to kiss and snuggle (his prefers little spoon); he has been a great puppy (no biting or chewing). I always said “I will never sleep with a dog in my bed” and “I don’t want dogs on my couch”, Opie spent the first 6 months bundled up at my feet every night and I regularly lose my spot on the couch if I get up for a bathroom break or to get dessert.

One Monday night in February while taking Opie to PetSmart for puppy class, we met Jax; he was born November 16, 2011, and was found living outside in the middle of winter.  I fell in love with his cute little face and “convinced” Mark to bring him home with us…that night! When I say “convinced” imagine me holding 10 pound Jax in front of Mark saying “Isn’t he so cute, can we take him home?” and his response, “If that’s what you want, sure.” The first few weeks were a little rough but Opie and Jax became fast friends and now they are brothers.  Jax has been a little been more difficult of a puppy than Opie was. He is mischievous, goofy, stubborn and playful. Jax has brought out a fun and playful side to Opie and its hilarious to watch the two of them interact. We have loved (almost) every minute of having 2 dogs.

My little sister pointed out to me a few months ago, that I am like those annoying parents who take pictures and post about their kids all the time. I promise to try to keep my stories entertaining.

My very first blog post

This was written about 3 weeks ago but I have been having some technical difficulties and am just not getting around to posting this...

“Why did you start a blog and what’s it about?” Mark asked me that today while making dinner (he was making dinner, I was typing). It seems like everyone is reading and writing blogs and until a week ago, I wasn’t doing either. I posted on Facebook, “What’s your favorite blog?” and got an overwhelming response from friends with their favorites. I spent the last week checking out each and every one of their suggestions and decided that I wanted to start writing a blog. So, here we are.

I figured what better way to expand my mind and interests than read information on a lot of different subjects from people who are living it everyday (an not getting paid to write about it).My sudden interest in blogs is part of why I decided to write one. The countdown to 30 is on; May 12, 2012.  I have a “bucket list” of sorts, things I want to do, subjects I want to learn more about, things I hope to be better at, etc. before I turn 30. The list is both realistic and completely irrational.  This blog is going to be my journey through them all. I am hoping to get some clarity from writing, and great ideas and encouragement from readers.