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Archive for September 2009


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Every week I get ASID's Eye on Design delivered to my email. This week's newsletter was full of inspirational photos!

Green Roofed High School
Students in Revin, France will be attending this new high school soon. The high school is built into a hill and the roof is covered in gorgeous vegetation. Check out these renderings:

Church Turned Bookstore

This Dominican Church is located in Maastricht, the capital of the Dutch province of Limburg. The church was constructed in 1294, but hasn't been used as a church since 1794, when Napoleon invaded Maastricht. The building has been used as a warehouse, bicycle storage and now a bookstore.

New Sustainable Countertop

ECO by Cosentino is made of 75% recycled content. Materials used includes porcelain, mirrors, glass, and corn. The countertops are non-porous and doesn't require sealers (don't even get me started on how much I dislike granite), and it is resistant to staining and scratching.

Chattanooga Day Trip

Monday, September 28, 2009

On Labor Day, my mom and I took a quick trip to Chattanooga, TN.

Our first stop was the Chattanooga Choo Choo. From their website: "In 1905 Southern Railway purchased the property (which used to be a hotel). The depot grew to serve nearly 50 passenger trains a day. Passenger train traffic slowed to a near halt in the 1960's with the dominance of auto and air travel. Railway activity was replaced by these faster modes of transportation. Almost 61 years after the opening, the grand old building was closed to the public when the last train stopped on August 11, 1970. Doors and windows were boarded up, and Southern Railway vacated the entire building.

Terminal Station was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of local businessmen who were inspired by the theme of the "Chattanooga Choo Choo." They invested $4 million before its new grand opening on April 11, 1973, and the beautiful Terminal Station once again opened its doors to welcome visitors to Chattanooga - this time as a unique vacation complex. With its listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Chattanooga Choo Choo is considered one of the city's first historic preservation projects."

Next, we headed to the Bluff View Art District. "Bluff View Art District is a historic neighborhood filled with restaurants, a coffee house, art gallery, historic Bed & Breakfast, and plenty of gardens, plazas and courtyards where you can relax and rejuvenate. The neighborhood, which stretches over 1.5 city blocks, sets high atop stone cliffs that plunge into the river below. From this bluff-top location, you will have breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, as well as downtown Chattanooga and the Walnut Street Bridge, a position which earned early residents of the area the nickname 'cliff dwellers.'"

The Hunter Museum of Art is within walking distance of the Bluff View District.

The Mansion

Following the death of George Thomas Hunter, the nephew of the man who founded the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling company, his mansion was donated to form an Art Museum.

The Waterfront

Across from the museum is a walking bridge that goes across the Tennessee River.

Meggie Lou

Friday, September 25, 2009

To my lovely sissie pooh, Meggie Lou,

It's been six months since your accident. I know you've been feeling discouraged lately, but I want you to know what an amazing woman you are!!

You spent weeks in ICU, a month in the hospital, couldn't talk for days and days, had to eat jello and popsicles, if you could even eat at all. Through it all you kept such a great attitude. When you found out that the doctors couldn't save your leg and it had to be amputated, YOU were comforting US. You wrote, "It's going to be ok. I'll be the cool girl with one leg."

And you HAVE! You are the cool girl with peace signs on your leg. You were able to walk in record time. You went from walking with crutches, to a cane, to nothing at all in about two weeks!! You've seen all those people at the Prosthesis Place who can barely walk after having their prosthetic for years.

And here you are going to Six Flags and Warped Tour, which require tons of walking. You've even ridden a horse, climbed a tree, and gone white water rafting with only one leg!

I know that you've been feeling discouraged because you made tons of progress in the beginning, and things seem to have slowed down now. But six months from now, you're going to look back and see all the improvements you've made. I know your improvements seem to be slow. Or seem to not be happening at all, but this is normal. Right now you may have trouble recognizing your progress, but in six months you'll look back and realize how far you've come.

Your gait is getting better, and will continue to improve with all the work your doing in PT. You are doing GREAT!! Don't get discouraged.

I am SO, SO proud of you!! I feel lucky to have you as my sister. I love you very much.

Ray Ray
or just Rebecca

Niagara or Bust!

Back in May I blogged about my little sister's graduation, and in August she left for college. She decided to go far, far away to Niagara University (on the US side of Niagara Falls).

At first she said she wasn't going home again until December 2010, but her license has expired so she'll probably be coming home in March to get it renewed. Megan and I plan on visiting her at school sometime. We were thinking Christmas, but we haven't planned anything yet.

It was very sad to watch her leave. I kept hugging her and saying, "You can't leave!" These pictures were taken the day she left.

Update on goals

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I feel like a haven't blogged in a hunded million years!!

Work is crazy busy. The end of this fiscal year is September 30, and that day cannot get here fast enough!! I've been working tons of overtime and weekends. I will be so glad to have my Saturdays back. I'm in the process of redoing my bedroom, so I'll be posting about that soon.

I posted about my August goals a while ago and here's how I did:

My August goals:
1. Create a spreadsheet to track my budget
Accomplished!! And it is amazing!!

2. Start cooking once a week

3. Open a retirement savings account
My original plan was to put money in a savings account, which I did, but my dad suggested an IRA instead. I just opened up a Roth IRA a few weeks ago. I'm pretty proud of myself. I read an article recently that said only 11% of women in their 20's have any retirement savings.

4. Visit a new church
Accomplished...sort of. I've been to my dad's church before, but had never attended the College and Career Sunday School class. Last Sunday, I attended Sunday School there for the first time and met some nice people.

5. Update my portfolio and resume
Resume-accomplished, Portfolio-almost finished, just have to add text

I did pretty well on my goals! My current goals are:
1. Take vitamins every day. I just started this week.
2. Stay within or close to my budget
3. Start ab workouts