Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Neighbors - me, Sara and Melissa
On the way to watch fireworks, we are headed down 377 in Haltom City. There is not a mall - or even a strip mall with a Target or Bed Bath and Beyond for miles. I look over and what do I see? A Steve & Barry's - Freddy's favorite store. It was so oddly placed that we had to go back the next day to verify that it was in fact the same Steve and Barry's that is normally found in a mall. It was.
S&B is Freddy's favorite store for one reason - everything in there is $8.95. Sadly, that same week we learned that they filed for bankruptcy and would be closing. It was a sad day for my frugal husband.You be the judge. Is it oddly placed?
This was the third year in a row for our July 4th tradition - Subway and fireworks with Sara, Austin and Lola. The first year there were more neighbors, but they have since all moved away, but now we have Josh and Melissa.
The next weekend we went to the wedding of some dear friends - Lance and Kyla. Their wedding was beautiful - antique romance with just the right amount of personal touches. We are so happy for them!
And with weddings, of course, is the gathering of friends.
The shower theme was "cupcake". Isn't this cake amazing?!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Why is "take an IQ test" on my thirty by thirty list? Even I'm not quite sure. I guess I just thought that it would be interesting to a. find out what kind of questions are actually ON and IQ test and b. to find out what I would score.
I wanted to take an "official" one, but opted for http://www.iqtest.com/ for several reasons.
1. It was free
2. It only took a few minutes and didn't require me to go somewhere to take the test
3. Results are immediate
4. I couldn't find information for taking an offical test anywhere online
So, how did I do? I won't tell. I think that an IQ score is personal - like your weight.
Visit the site and check it for yourself!
On another note - Freddy is going to borrow from his dad all the tools we need for me to change my oil all by myself, so stay tuned for that official checking-off-the-list post.
What am I going to do with myself this weekend? I am going to meet Freddy's mom for a movie (Mama Mia), lunch and pedicures. It should be a very relaxing Saturday.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After I left, Sara (knowing that I LOVED them) asked them if she could take a picture of them in my cubical. I had previously mentioned to Sara that I planned on asking them for a picture but wanted it to be unique so I was going to ask them to take the picture with me in my cubie. But I chickened out and Sara surprised me with this picture. It now sits on my desk – framed.
FYI – my desk isn’t normally that cluttered and doesn’t usually have that many boxes. Give me a break – I had an event and I had been there since 4 am!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Like I said in an earlier post, I heard about a co-worker doing this a few years back and thought it would be fun. Shelby was already making her list when I mentioned it to her, so it has been fun comparing lists. Some other co-workers have jumped on board, too. It is interesting to see what is different on each person’s list. I can’t wait to get started!
Without further ado, here is the list (in no particular order):
1. Change the oil in my car - completed
2. Run a half marathon
3. Start a Book Club - first meeting 3.2.10
4. Become CPR certified again - completed 2.13.10
5. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity - completed 3.6.10
6. Learn how to play Texas Hold ‘Em - Completed
7. Learn how to drive a stick shift well enough to do it without someone else in the car
8. Visit a state I have never been - Completed Nov. 16, 2009 - NEVADA!
9. Complete a do-it-yourself home improvement project
10. Take an I.Q. test - completed
11. Donate blood - completed 7.17.09
12. Take a self-defense class - completed 7.11.09
13. Read the Bible cover-to-cover
14. Pick up the tab for someone in the US military and leave before they can thank me
15. Take a photography class - Completed
16. Host cocktail party
17. Start a family - completed March 13, 2009
18. Watch Sex and the City episodes in order and then watch the movie - completed 4. 30.09
19. Try a new cuisine - completed Oct. 16, 2009. Veitnamese food with Sara
20. Visit a site important to American history
21. Complete a comprehensive family health summary
22. This one is a secret until after I do it! - Completed Aug. 13, 2009. Surprised Freddy with trip to Vegas.
23. Work at the polls for an election -completed November 4, 2008
24. Learn about investing and do it!
25. Give someone a handmade gift - completed
26. Live a “greener” life - this is ongoing, but I have I'm feeling greener already
27. Cook a gourmet meal
28. Plan a family reunion
29. Go two months without buying clothes, shoes, jewelry or purses - completed! July and August 09
30. Write a children's book and submit if for publication.
So, what do you think?
Freddy likes to joke and say that this is his Thirty by Thirty list, too since he will have to be involved on several of these adventures.
Here we go…
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We spent every day before this at the resort (the only exception being the night out in Playa), which was nice and relaxing but it was also fun to get out and explore.
Freddy and I decided that we would do one “excursion” and we would do it together. I had my heart set on visiting the Mayan ruins but I knew that wasn’t high on Freddy’s list – or Morgan’s who made it clear even before we left that he didn’t want to visit a “hole in the side of a mountain”. I know, I know. Please don’t comment that the ruins are not a hole in the side of a mountain because I know.
I found the perfect excursion – zip lines, repelling, snorkeling in a natural, underwater cave, lunch and then an hour and a half at the ruins. PERFECT! Just about everyone signed up for this excursion – me, Freddy, Morgan, Rachel, TJ, Kacie and Andrew. It was so much fun!
The bus ride through the jungle to the site was pretty much a rollercoaster ride. We were in the back of the van, so we were bounced around more than anyone. Had Freddy not guarded his head from the ceiling, he could have easily left there with a concussion.
Was I scared of the zip lines? Heck no! But I did almost get my teeth kicked out when I was taking a picture of Morgan coming in on the zip line.
Lunch was okay. Off to the ruins!
They were BE-A-UTIFUL! I can’t even describe them, so I will post pictures instead. Even though the pictures turned out really well, I still don’t think that they do the ruins justice.
Where do you think we went after the excursion? You guessed it. Right back to the pool. I think this might have been the day that Hag smacked Freddy in the face with the water polo ball. Or maybe that was the day before.
Side note: Do you know someone who, no matter where they go, knows someone? That’s me. The last night there, as we are waiting to get in to the restaurant, I hear someone call my name. It was a friend from college. Small world!
After dinner we headed to the disco (that’s what they called it) , but it was closed. So we shopped. Those who were on the vacation know what happened when we shopped, but I promised me husband that I wouldn’t blog about it, so let your imaginations run wild. I will never tell!
Hag picked coconuts on our way back to our hotel. They weren’t ready to be picked, but he picked them none the less. Then the guys tried to smash them open (boys will be boys). When that didn’t work, they asked the bartender to cut it open for them and he did – with a machete I believe, but I could be wrong. Had and Andrew tasted the milk, but neither one liked it. Can’t say as though I would have either.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Day three of Mexico - let’s see if I can remember that far back.
Hmm….We slept in (of course) and then went and ate breakfast. I loved their French toast. I think that I had it every morning. What I didn’t have every morning was coffee. I like fancy coffee – cappuccinos, lattés, etc. There was a lady who made these fancy coffees, but the line was always long and I didn’t want to keep the rest of the group waiting so I only got a cappuccino one morning. The next morning I asked for a vanilla latte and got a cup of foamy milk with no coffee in it at all. The other bummer was that this coffee lady wasn’t around in the evenings.
We spent the morning at the beach again. Andrew tried to discreetly take pictures of a topless lady with my camera, but she caught on because she covered herself with a hat in all of the pictures! Ha ha, Andrew!
We road these things called aqua trikes – basically a big tricycle with huge plastic tires that float. Our chain had a skip in it, so I was over it in about two minutes.
getting my henna tattoo
It was off to the beach to take pictures (again) before dinner. My hair frizzed within two minutes of being outside. Aaaggghhh! I wasn’t too crazy about these pictures regardless, but I do like the scenery. For some reason, I think that Freddy I look cheesy when we “pose” together.
The rest of the night gets boring. We just wanted to relax so Hag, Kacie and Andrew all come to our room and we watched National Treasure II. I said it was boring! But it was nice to just relax for an evening. Morgan and Rachel came, too, but if I remember correctly they left early.
That is it for Mexico Day 3. Stay tuned for days 4 and 5 along with a post about things that I have done since Mexico. That one should be lots of fun! Oh, and I only need one more thing for my Thirty by Thirty list, so I bet that post will be up by the end of the week.