Monday, June 29, 2009

One Heck of a Weekend

Well, to start things off, I am EXHAUSTED! Starting Friday night, Joe and I decided that we were going to move out of our apartment. We have to break our lease since it’s not up until January, which isn’t a big deal… except that we need them to get it rented…QUICKLY! As soon as they get it rented again, we are no longer responsible for the rent. So we figured, the quicker we’re out, the quicker they can get moving!

Friday night wasn’t bad for me! I packed up lots of boxes while Joe and a friend moved the washer and dryer, a couch, grill, and our elliptical from the basement. It didn’t look like fun, but there was no way I would be able to help Joe with those, especially with my knee! After those few heavy items, Joe’s friend bailed (smart man!) so Joe and I went out for dinner then came home and finished packing up boxes.

Saturday was a different story for me! I started my day off, playing with the crazy people at the cable company. Have I ever mentioned that I refuse to ever use that company, and will sit without cable before I will ever go back to them! Anyway, after that I stopped off at Home Depot for some nice big boxes. Then, home to continue packing. While Joe was at work, I packed, and made 7/8 trips to our storage unit. Joe got home and I was pooped. He was pleasantly surprised at how hard I worked while he was gone. After two more trips with Joe, we decided enough is enough. I went upstairs to take a nice little nap and was woken up by like 10 people calling (of course, always when I’m trying to sleep!) so I just got up, got a shower and we went out for the night. We went to a local German festival. It was lots of fun! We sat in the beer garden (which wasn’t good for my waistline, but very much needed, for my sanity!). We got home early Saturday night and turned in for the night.

Sunday was also crazy. Joe and I got up pretty early for a Sunday, went to breakfast and returned to finish up all the little packing! Joe’s sister stopped by and we filled her car with stuff that needed to come back to Joe’s parents house for our temporary living space. By four yesterday, we had everything moved out (even beds, mattresses, couches) I really mean everything! We went to dinner at Outback and I had a nice big cheeseburger! I didn’t care that Weight Watchers wouldn’t like that… I don’t know if I’ve been that hungry in a while! I only unpacked enough clothes to get us to work today and then I fell asleep on the couch.

I was a tired girl.

So to let you know, we are temporarily residing in Hartville, and my internet connection to my laptop is terrible. I don’t know how much I will be on in the next month, with vacation and everything too!

Keep us in your thoughts as we get unpacked, just to pack it up and move again!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

I love my husband because.... drum roll please....

WE JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE! Yep, you heard right. We signed our lives away today when our offer was accepted. We should be in the house by August. It had to pushed back a bit, because we have a little, and much needed vacation to Mexico planned here in our very near future! But I am super excited. And even more excited that we are taking the next step in our lives. There is no one else in this world that I would want to take this step with.

Love you hun!

**Pics to come later!!**

75 Things About Me

I decided to do a post like this after I read Strawberry Ruckus’ post. I decided to introduce you all to me, and to challenge myself to 75 interesting facts.

So here goes…

1. When I turn 25 I am going to freak out, the same as when I turned 20. There is so much that goes on in this decade of your life, it just overwhelms me sometimes.
2. I had a blast at my wedding and would do it every year if my husband would let me.
3. I grew up with a sister who was my shadow. I thought it wasn’t cool back then, but now I love having a sister.
4. My parents made my husband and I wait until after we were done with college to get married. I wouldn’t have changed it for anything!
5. I played college softball for three years at a division 1 college. I can officially say I am of the few who got the opportunity to play in the NCAA.
6. My best friend played the same positions as me and no one could understand why we weren’t competitive towards each other.
7. My husband is my high school sweetheart.
8. We have never been “broken up” since we started dating at 18, and I plan to keep it that way.
9. I can’t wait to have children, but the actual thought of it makes me sick to my stomach.
10. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I hyperventilate and eventually cry every time I see a picture of one. If I saw a real one I would no doubt faint, possibly have a heart attack.
11. I am convinced that I will be brutally mauled and killed by a shark if I go into the ocean past my knees.
12. I hate steak. Never liked it when I was a kid and I won’t even try it now.
13. To be completely honest, I rarely eat anything besides chicken.
14. My husband truly is my opposite. He keeps me sane and thinking logically most of the time.
15. I’ve never come across a fruit I don’t like, although I am allergic to pomegranate so I don’t really like that one anymore.
16. When we built our house I was in third grade. We got to pick our carpet color and I picked hunter green. I hate the color, but my best friend picked that color for her room.
17. My room at my parent’s house is still hunter green, and I have hated since the day they laid the carpet.
18. My husband has never spent the night at my parent’s house. He feels that he is disrespecting them by sleeping with their daughter. Good thing we live relatively close.
19. We went to Jamaica on our honeymoon, and will never go back. We hated it!
20. I went away to college, but for my whole freshman year I either snuck Joe into the dorms or drove home to stay with him. My parents never found out!
21. I am going to make a terrible “Santa Claus” when we have children.
22. I tell Joe what I get him for Christmas every year as soon as I get home with it.
23. I have opened my Christmas presents under the tree before and wrapped them back up so no one knows.
24. Which is why my parents couldn’t put any gifts under the tree before Christmas morning when we were little. (Ok, until the day I moved out!)
25. I wish all our friends were at the same point in their lives as Joe and I. It would make decisions a lot easier sometimes.
26. Joe and I are very fortunate that we share the same group of friends.
27. Joe’s friends treat me like one of the guys, I didn’t like it at first, but now it’s great!
28. I can’t figure out what the heck I was thinking when I chose accounting as my major.
29. I am a full blown accountant but do not plan on doing this for the rest of my life.
30. I am envious of those people who get to be stay-at-home moms. That is my ultimate goal when we have children.
31. We live very comfortably right now so the chance of us being able to change our ways, pay a mortgage, bills, etc. and me stay at home are basically slim to none.
32. I hate driving and snow and I usually beg Joe to drop me off.
33. He constantly is telling me to put my big girl panties on and do it myself.
34. After all, I have lived in Ohio my entire life.
35. I try to be very independent. I can do tons of stuff on my own.
36. I cannot however, hang curtains with the power drill. It is too freakin heavy to hold over my head for that long. (I learned the hard way, with about 10 holes in the wall!)
37. I will refer to my dog as my “child” for now.
38. Putting down my other dog was the hardest thing I have ever had to do!
39. I hold my husband’s pinky finger. Apparently I did it as a child with my mom. She thinks it’s the cutest thing.
40. I am ok with not having many friends from high school.
41. I HATE wearing a seatbelt even though it saved my life when I was 16.
42. I am convinced it was a man who invented seatbelts, because a woman would never put something so close to the “girls”.
43. I am naturally blonde, but I’m not dumb. Those jokes get old!
44. I absolutely love flying, but damn near have a heart attack every time we take off.
45. I will correct you if you are speaking incorrectly.
46. I also cannot stand misspelled words!
47. I give you 24 hours to call me back, if you don’t return my call, I get really pissed.
48. I am obsessed with blogger and the internet community.
49. I don’t get very many comments, but I love them and I always return the favor.
50. I also spend way too much time on Facebook.
51. My husband has affectionately named me “his little stalker”
52. I was taller than all the boys in elementary school.
53. When I used to have to stand in the back row during class pictures, I used to cry.
54. Now I am 5’6’’ and my husband is 6’1”. Now I wish I were a little taller.
55. I wore braces for 4 years in middle school, and you cannot even tell I had them.
56. I wore my retainers long past when I was supposed but my teeth still moved right back as soon as I took them out.
57. I love Mountain Dew, but I get a stomach ache every time I drink it.
58. I joined Weight Watchers a couple weeks ago, and I love it.
59. I want to, one day, have a job where I help people, and the size of my paycheck doesn’t matter.
60. I call my husband Jose.
61. He calls me Jorge.
62. We aren’t even close to being Mexican/Spanish.
63. I married into an Italian family and I stick out like a sore thumb in family pictures. Find the blonde hair, blue eyed girl!
64. My husband is a better housewife than I am.
65. My husband does the laundry and he cooks AND he cleans.
66. I love spontaneous trips, but we haven’t taken one of those in a while.
67. We are currently in the process of buying a new house, and I’m really nervous!
68. I love painted walls, but don’t have the attention span to paint an entire room.
69. I never wanted a big dog until my husband brought home a black lab, I love her.
70. I’ve never been sled-riding, mostly because I HATE the cold and refuse to go out in it any more than I need to.
71. I have never seen, nor do I desire to see The Goonies.
72. I will put a pool in at my house, I love the water.
73. I love gossiping with girls. My husband won’t let me tell him useless information so I have to talk to my mom/girlfriends at least once a day!
74. I love reading but always have something else to do.
75. I love sleeping in, but seem to be up by 6 every morning and cannot go back to sleep.

So now, you tell me some interesting things about you...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


In conjunction with my earlier post today about the heart association, and more specifically, my aunt… I’m doing reasons why my family means the world to me!

1. My grandpa is by-far my biggest fan. He traveled all over with my mom and I. We had so much fun with him and I never realized how lucky I was to have such a great guy as a grandpa.

2. My mom’s sisters are like my own sometimes. They all care so much about my sister and I. They threw me a great shower for my wedding, and I call them if I need something. I love being in a close-knit family.

3. My grandma is the most generous woman I have ever met. She raised 4 children to all be successful, as well as worked full time. And to boot, she still holds hands with my grandpa. It seriously makes my heart melt.

4. My aunt Tracy trusted me for a whole summer with her infant child’s life. I watched him everyday from 8-5 through my summers in high school. I never knew what a compliment that was, but I was really young. I got good money, had fun, and got to see my family all the time.

5. My cousin Brittany is like a little sister to me. She lives in our old house and we used to see each other on a regular basis, like daily. Now that I’ve moved away, I still make it a point to make a day of it when she does my hair.

6. My dad’s mom always remembers to send us cards for all those little occasions in our lives. She is so good and always finds the perfect card for the occasion. Sometimes I think she spends the entire day in Hallmark looking for the card, but it always puts a smile on my face.

7. I am the third oldest child on my mom’s side of the family. The first two are boys. When we were younger, my boy cousins played “Pretty Pretty Princess” with me. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of that game, but you put on jewelry and whoever had the crown won. We have several pictures of the three of us playing it, dressed up and everything.

8. Until a few years ago, my family got together every weekend just because. We enjoyed going to see Grandma and Grandpa and loved seeing the whole family at once.

9. I still look forward to holidays at my grandparents. Not because of the gifts or the food, but because we all are in one place, and we are all there to spend quality time together.

10. And most of all, I am thankful that my family loves and accepted Joe into our family immediately. He has been coming around now for 6 years, and my youngest cousins ask where he is if I’m by myself. We truly are a package deal and my family has never made him feel anything but welcome and a part of the craziness that we call “family.”

Please check my prior post, I would really appreciate any donations for the American Heart Association. Also, the money goes directly to the AHA so you don't have to worry about your money getting to the association. And, if you are around the Akron area, October 17th at 10:00 AM is the heart walk. It is a great event, only a two mile walk, and it's for a wonderful cause!

Here's the link to Near and Dear to My Heart where you can find instructions on donating.

Thanks again!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

One Year Ago...

One year ago today I:

I got up really really early to get my nails redone because my first nail person screwed them up!

I got my hair done with all my bridesmaids.
I went to eat at Chik-fil-A.

I put on beautiful shoes.

I got all dressed up.

I saw my dad for the first time, and I teared up because I knew things would never be the same.

I waited patiently while Joe and his best friends got pictures taken.

I finally got pictures with all of my best friends.
I got my veil put on. It freakin' hurt.

I sat in the back room while Joe walked his mother down the aisle.

I walked down the aisle, so excited!
I got a big kiss.

I walked back down the aisle, this time with my best friend.

One year ago today, I married my best friend.

Happy Anniversary Joe!

**Sorry about the photos, I had to take pictures of the hardcopies because my printer/scanner is out of commission right now!**

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

Joe rocks this week because even though he had the stomach flu for two days, he made dinner the majority of the nights this week. It's so nice when he takes over a few days in the kitchen for many reasons...

1. We actually get good food, as opposed to my mediocre cooking skills

2. Dinner is usually done/almost done when I walk in the door from work

3. He helps clean up after

He's such a great hubby, and feeling much better too!

PS... Check out some of "family photos" here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I've had another great week at Weight Watchers! I am so proud and excited to tell you all that I lost another 1.8 pounds. That is with 2 cookouts, one night eating out, AND... a HUGE strawberry margarita. I was so nervous that I was going to regret that margarita all week, but nope, I still lost quite a bit. This is such a great feeling!

Thanks for all your support and comments!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ten Things Tuesday

Good Morning All! This brilliant thought came to my head this morning while listening to the very much unintelligent people on the radio...

1. I am so thankful that I only have a two minute commute to work... yep you read it right, two minutes... and why I'm so thankful for that is so I don't have to listen to the stupid radio shows in the morning. Why don't they just play some freakin music. I know I know, Tricia, you could listen to a CD and not arrive every morning to work pissed. But, my dad always told me to listen to the radio on the way to and from work, to hear if there was an accident or something, now it's just habit.

2. I am thankful for the fact that I can move today. Last night I took my first yoga class and I moved in ways I didn't know my body moved. So thank you, for letting me be able to move today!

3. I am thankful that I don’t hear the radio at my work real well. Whoever set it up must love Jessica Simpson because every other song is one of hers. And, while I do like some of her songs, they haven’t been popular in a few years now. PICK A NEW STATION!

4. I am thankful that I am back in the corner, yet right by the door that everyone wants to hold impromptu meetings outside of. It makes it extremely difficult to get my work done when I am constantly trying to tune other people out while they are talking. GET A ROOM!

5. I am thankful that I get to deal with idiots regularly at my job. They make my day just a little more interesting. I really am thankful for that!

6. I am thankful that I have a day-to-day tear away calendar so I can go through and countdown to every important thing going on this year. For example, I only have 31 days until vacation and 4 days until my one year anniversary.

7. I am thankful for five fiscal week months. I get to listen to all the radio stations on internet radio and pick new songs to update my Ipod with the latest and greatest. Without these ridiculously slow months, I would have the same stuff on my Ipod as when I first loaded it, because lord knows they don’t play music on the radio in the car!

8. I am thankful for these nifty new phones we got recently at work. Now I can tell who is calling to harass me.

9. I am thankful for thumb tacks, because without them I would have an uncluttered cubicle. I would actually be able to see what color the walls of my cube are, but instead, I have all these pieces of paper EVERYWHERE telling me dates, stores, reports, writing techniques, etc. And the best part is, most of these very informative pieces of junk (oops, did I call them that?) were left for me by the previous cube occupant. AWESOME!

10. I really am thankful for my job, especially in an economy like this. However, I was feeling just a little rambunctious today and thought I would add just a bit of a smart a** spin to it!

Once again, thanks for reading. Comments are greatly appreciated, and I always return the favor!

Monday, June 15, 2009


I have been personally struggling with this issue for awhile now. I feel that, now that I am a married woman, there is no need for the wild clothing really anywhere. Not at a bar and especially not at work. Getting hit on by guys at bars is not my idea of a fun night. Especially with my husband sitting next to me! So I am asking what I feel is a very appropriate question. When do you think it becomes necessary to throw out those little girl “hoe-clothes” and start dressing more sophisticated?

Now, on to the reason I am asking the question… I have been employed at two companies over the past year, and at both places I have come across some interesting people. At my first job, I worked directly with a lady who is the same age as my parents (pushing 50), never been married, and dressed so inappropriately for work and her age. She was constantly wearing clothes that were too tight, and I think she found them in the juniors section at the local department store. And to boot, she was constantly wearing these CRAZY shoes. Way too high for her, and expensive and crazy. Now don’t get me wrong… I LOVE SHOES. I actually have an unhealthy obsession with shoes, but I don’t wear my high heeled hot pink stilettos to work with my conservative outfits.

At my current job, I work with a lady who I think is divorced, has a daughter my age (meaning she’s probably pushing the same age as my parents as well) and dresses out of control. I mean she wears see-through shirts, 6 inch heels and pants that are way too tight. What is the deal here? Why are these women trying to dress like they are 18 and on their way to “the club?”

I don’t know why this bothers me so much? Maybe because I have given up my love of crazy clothes (not only because of my age and status, but also because I don’t feel that I feel HOT in them so much anymore.) and I cannot figure out why these women who are older can’t give it up as well? I just stare in awe everyday at what these women are going to be wearing.

I have my own opinion as to why this goes on, but I would like to hear from you guys too! Maybe with some of your ideas, I can let this go!

Thanks for reading :-)

I mean, seriously, is there anything wrong with an outfit like this...

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday!

My husband rocks this week (and always) for being my biggest fan! We are truly made for each other. Although he jokes, and we laugh a lot, I know there isn't anything in this world he wouldn't do for me. He keeps me level-headed when I am ready to "kill someone". He keeps me calm when I get all worked up over something little. He is the reason I am who I am today.

Thanks Joe for being my biggest fan! (Please disregard the fact that we are 18 year old nerds! Oh, and he really didn't want to be my biggest softball fan, but he was there, none the less)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday (Thanks Kara!)

Well, if anyone read my blog from yesterday, you saw that after all my hard work last week, it paid off. I lost three pounds. I almost hugged the lady at Weight Watchers. I worked really hard, watched EVERYTHING I ate, and took Riley on a walk every single day. I can't believe what a difference three pounds make.

I am making my goal to lose 30 pounds. That is my first goal, not my last. My goal weight is less than that, but I need to work in small doses! Anyway, enough gloating, I'm not even close to where I want to be yet!!

Along the same lines as Kara, I wanted to be thankful (kinda) today:

I want to thank the ass clowns who don't pick up their dog shit ON THE SIDEWALK. Seriously, I have a puppy, who wants in eveything. She saw the shit, and proceeded to roll in it! I was seriously ready to kill her, but really is it her fault, or is it the idiot who just moseys on by after their dog does his business on the freaking sidewalk.

So to end the story, we had to hurry home, in the rain might I add, and I had to pick Riley up and run her to the bathroom. Man, what is up with poop today? Chick out this blog, I had to laugh when I read it, THEN... my dog proceeds to play in the poop as well.... WHat is going on?

Thanks for reading...

PS... If anyone could explain to me how to properly do the links, back to others' blogs, I would be very grateful! **UPDATE: Thanks for showing me how to work the links! I really do appreciate it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You want me to WHAT??? Updated

Really, I have to step on that scale in front of everyone? Seriously? Today is my “weigh-in” day with Weight Watchers. My first weigh in day. I am freaking nervous. I don’t know why, I have a good idea that the scale is going to go down from last week, but I’ve worked so hard, and to see it actually quantified is absolutely horrifying. What if I didn’t lose? What if I regret putting that beautiful little, Weight Watchers, ridiculously small, mint chocolate chip, 3 point sundae in my mouth last night? (Seriously, these are all the crazy things going through my head right now!!)

I’ve tried to lose weight before with websites such as e-diets or sparkpeople, but I’ve been the one holding myself accountable, no one else. And frankly, I suck at holding myself accountable, at least for long periods of time! I just have to face it!

So I decided that if I pay for it, and have to check in with someone weekly, I would do better. And, I know some of the people at the meetings with me, as I work with some of them! That has always been my case. I work with deadlines, and bosses, and get nothing accomplished on my own!

I have totally found that I’m OBSESSED with what I eat and what I take into my body (you probably already know that if you started reading at the top of this post lol). Last Wednesday, I just decided to join Weight Watchers that day, and I haven’t looked back. I haven’t had a regular pop in a week, I have thought about how many “points” every single thing I take in is going to “cost me”. So anyway, I just needed to get a few things off my chest before I weigh in at noon today. I promise I will keep you posted, I just hope I lost as much as the work that I put forth! AHHH… darn nerves!

I kicked the scale's butt. That's right I lost 3 pounds, 3 freaking pounds seriously just watching what I eat. I love Weight Watchers!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Ten Things Tuesday

Today my top ten things are... my top ten favorite TV shows... of all time!

1. Friends

2. Grey's Anatomy

3. Biggest Loser

4. Saved By The Bell (original, not the college years)

5. Full House

6. CSI

7. Clean House

8. Looney Tunes (I said of all time!)

9. Boy Meets World

10. Step by Step (Good Ol' TGIF)

Let me know what your favorite shows are!

Thank you all for reading!


In 12 days, Joe and I will have been married a year. Crazy, I know. But I need help with a gift. We are trying to save money so I don't want to spend too much money, but I want something special and fun. I really wanted to take a trip, but with him in a new job, and not having much vacation time, that seems to be shot.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks guys!

Friday, June 5, 2009


Well, for those of you who aren't familiar with Weight Watchers, they assign each food a "point" number. Based on your current weight/daily activity, they recommend a number of points per day. Well for the past two days, I have hit my points, gotten in all my crucial nutrition, and I feel full.

So I totally consider these last two days a success, AND I can see myself following through with this diet. AND... I got back on the elliptical the other day and I have NO pain. I am so excited to get back to being active!

Thanks for the support!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weight Watchers

Well, I broke down and joined today. I had to do something, and I figure that if I pay for it, Im more apt to use it. I got on the eliptical again yesterday for a few minutes to see if it hurt my knee. Sure didn't, which is really exciting because that means I can totally start doing that every night! And Riley is getting bigger, so it's only a matter of time before she can go running with me. I can't wait for that! Anyway, wish me luck, I am bound and determined to get into a reasonable weight for the next step in our lives ;-)

Wish me luck... I'll keep you updated on my progress (not because you care, but because I have to write it down and hold myself accountable, so if you could please act like you care, I would appreciate it :-))!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ten Things Tuesday

So I found this fun blog on here. It is Xbox wife's idea, you should head over to her blog sometime and check it out. Anyway, you are supposed to post a list of ten things on Tuesdays. Sounds easy enough, huh?

Today's Ten Things I'm Thankful For

1. My family is so important to me. Not only do I love my husband, but my parents and my siblings are great. I also love my in-laws. They are in support of our choices and a pleasure to be with all the time!

2. My friends are such great people. Joe and I have the fortune of sharing a lot of our friends, which makes spending time with friends even more enjoyable. We love each and every one of them and are so thankful that they are such a huge part of our lives.

3. My job. Even though sometimes I complain about my job, or my pay, or my hours... I truly am thankful that I have a job, especially in these trying times. I am able to do something I am good at, and kind of most of the time enjoy.

4. My puppy. I know, it sounds tacky. But she is our child right now. She is such a sweet puppy and I am looking forward to her growing up, much like anyone looks forward to their children growing up!

5. Where I'm from. I am thankful to be an American. Again, might sound a bit cliche', but I am so serious. I also greatly appreciate the men and women who risk their lives to keep this country the greatest on Earth.

6. Love. I am so thankful to have the experience of loving your best friend. Sounds stupid, but I wake up every morning excited to see Joe. I also can't wait to get home and tell him about my day. It truly is the best! 7. Financial Stability. In this economy, being able to pay all our bills and still have some left over money is pretty awesome. I am so thankful that we are both able to work and "bring home the bacon" for each other!
8. My grandparents. I know I already talked about being thankful for my family, but this is a different kind of thankful. I had the pleasure of getting to know all four of my grandparents. Not many people get to know them all. Although I lost a grandparent in high school, I still feel as though I got a chance to know him as well. They are all such great people!

9. Eat. Going along with the theme, I am also very thankful that we are able to eat what we want, when we want. There are so many people these days who aren't even sure where their next meal is going to come from, or even if they are going to eat. I am so thankful that I can provide for my family.

10. Joe. Joe also gets his own! Last, but definately not last (more along the lines of saving the best for last) is my wonderful husband. I have been with Joe for over six years now. It's so hard to believe that we started dating in those awkward high school days and here we are, stronger than ever. I love him with all my heart, and I am thankful everyday to be in love with my very best friend. He truly is my other half and my soul mate. I am who I am today, because of him.

Well, that wraps up my top ten for this week. Do me a favor, leave comments if you're reading it, and do one for yourself. Make it a habit for Tuesdays! And, (if I could figure out how to link her page to mine I would) make sure to visit Xbox wife's page (you can just google it!) to find out the official rules. I think I am going to just make top ten lists each week, not necessarily what I am thankful for during the week. I hope to hear from all of you! This was a fun post!