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Archive for 2010

Decorating the tree

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One of our holiday traditions is that my sisters and I decorate the tree. When we were little, my mom would put up the tree, and we would get up early in the morning to decorate. I would play our Nat King Cole Christmas tape and boss my sisters around. When we got older, Megan would put up the tree and Stephanie would help her fluff the branches and put up the lights. I would put the ornaments on the tree.

Stephanie isn't coming home for the holidays (she didn't last year either), and it just isn't the same without her. Decorating the tree is more fun with both my sisters.



Notice we're both wearing tank tops - it's been pretty warm here!

 

Turkey Toss

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Activities Board at work put together a turkey toss. I got back from a business trip just in time to participate in the toss, along with the other interior designers. It was so fun! Interior designers won first and third place (not me, I think I tossed about 2 feet).

These girls tied for third

 





My turkey didn't go very far. I was in last place.

 

Lauren won first place, which was a gift certificate.

Fabulous Fall Dinner Party

Friday, November 26, 2010

After seeing this post on Leah Maria's blog, I was inspired to have a fall themed dinner party of my own. I invited a group of interior designers and everyone brought a dish.

The menu:
Autumn Punch
Tea and Cider WassailBacon Wrapped Dates
Butternut Squash Soup
Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball
Mikus' Salad
Chicken Puffs
Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

We had so much fun, and I enjoyed sampling all the good food.






The Details

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This post is a little late, but as promised here are the details regarding Shawn and me.

In March I attended a wedding in Mississippi that was so terrible that I just couldn't blog about it (which I briefly mention in this post). The house I stayed in reminded me of something from Hoarding: Buried Alive.



We got done with all the wedding stuff around 10pm (I was a bridesmaid). I was EXHAUSTED, but I couldn't stay in that house another night. In my sleep deprived state, I told myself that it would take me 3 hours to drive home, but only an hour to drive to Jackson to surprise one of my friends on her birthday. So I started driving to Jackson. After driving an hour, I finally noticed the estimated arrival time on my GPS (her name is Janice). ARGH! I had another TWO HOURS left to drive.

I felt like I was going to fall asleep while driving, and I didn't know which of my friends would still be awake to talk to me on the phone. I decided to call Shawn. He talked to me for the remainder of my drive. When I was two exits away, I told him I could make it the rest of the way, but Shawn said he would stay on the phone until I turned off my car.

After that night, we didn't immediately pick up where we left off. I don't think we even talked on the phone much after that, but we texted every now and then.

In April I went back to Mississippi for another wedding. It was very different from the March wedding. No hoarders. No driving late at night.

While I was in Mississippi, Shawn's dad died. Shawn's family lives in Mississippi, so he flew home for the funeral. Shawn asked me to visit him since he knew I was close by for the wedding. I hadn't seen Shawn since we broke up, and I was pretty nervous. I didn't expect it to go well at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. We had fun. We joked and laughed, and Shawn's grandmother tried to ply me with mashed potatoes and banana pudding (she likes to feed people, even when they're not hungry).

When it was time for me to leave, Shawn invited me to visit him. I agreed, and flew to Chicago to see him a month later. I blogged about going to Chicago, I just didn't mention why I was going there.



Shawn professed his love and said he wanted to be in a relationship again, and I said, WOAH, not so fast. We need to spend more time together.

In July I saw him in Chicago again. I blogged about this trip also.



In September, we saw each other at the Mississippi Disney Wedding. And in October we went on a cruise.



Some of my friends told me that I was being ridiculous, and I should just make it official since I wasn't dating other people and didn't have any interest in dating other people. Shawn and I discussed this on the cruise and decided that we are officially back together.

Right now we're just taking things slow and enjoying each other's company whenever possible.


Hiking

Monday, November 1, 2010

A week ago, I went hiking with my dad and sister Megan. We hiked 3.5 miles on a mostly flat trail. The first time Megan went hiking after her accident, she fell several times. She has improved a lot, and used hiking sticks for balance.



Before her accident, Megan and my dad hiked several sections of the Appalachian Trail. It was always Megan's dream to hike the entire AT after her college graduation. Megan told me how disappointing it is that she can't do that now. Even if she could hike the difficult, rocky areas (I'm sure she'll be able to one day!), her leg only stays charged for 3 days. She's hoping there will one day be a solar powered leg.

Here are more pictures from the hike.







Cruise: St Martin

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our last port was St Martin, where we went on the Beach Rendezvous. I picked this excursion because I thought it would be relaxing. I enjoyed the beautiful beach, and it was relaxing, but I wish I had picked something more active like we had done at the other ports.




The view from my beach chair was beautiful!



After we left the beach, we went to the popular shopping area, and I bought myself a diamond pendant. The day before when we were in St Thomas, Shawn bought me a tanzanite ring, which I LOVE!



I took this picture of St Martin from the cruise ship.



Cruise review:
Prior to going on our cruise, I did tons of research. I read a lot of reviews that said the food was terrible, the excursions were overpriced, and that despite the cruise labeling themselves as "all inclusive" there is tons of additional stuff to pay for.

I thought the food was excellent! There was always something on the menu that I wanted to eat, and everything tasted incredible. Shawn and I pre-paid for everything, so we wouldn't be shocked by the bill at the end. Going with the ship's excursions was so easy because it didn't require any planning. We wanted to go on a cruise for a relaxing, worry-free vacation and that's exactly what we got!

Cruise: St Thomas

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our second port was St Thomas, which was our favorite. I took these pictures from the cruise ship when we arrived





We went on another kayaking excursion. I enjoyed the St Thomas kayaking more than the kayaking in Cococay because it was longer and we had two excellent tour guides.

We went kayaking in a mangrove tree lagoon and stopped at a small environmentally protected island for a swim and hike.




After we parked our kayaks at the island, Shawn threw me in the water.


We checked out nature on the island and I held a sea creature (I don't remember what this is called).



We walked over to a rocky area called Red Point, climbed some rocks, and went swimming.


Here are some of my favorite pictures.