Saturday, February 2, 2013

Beautiful Day

It really was a beautiful day here.. for a handful of reasons..  we woke up to a little bit of snow, I got all my errands done and I scored some more brand new baby items via the thrift store on the cheap. I have really enjoyed shopping for our little girl so far, everything I have bought has either been on sale, via e-Bay or thrifted and I have bought some really cute items. I think it is completely normal to splurge a bit on baby, especially when it's your first.. and when it happens to be a girl, but that does not mean you have to break the bank over it. I don't mind maybe over-buying, clothing in particular because I am buying it for less than half of what it is on sale at most stores so if she only happens to wear it once or not even at all, I can re-thrift/sell it or just donate it..   no loss for me, or anyone else.

We are buying all of her "gear" brand new but I am still comparing all of the stores and getting the best prices possible..  for instance her bassinet/playard..  the one we really liked was $159.00 at BuyBuy Baby..  we decided to go with the exact same brand & model of bassinet/playard at Target in a different design and got it for a total of $87.00..   it ended up being on sale from $99.00 the week I bought it and I found a free shipping and -$5.00 coupon on retailmenot.com.  I am diggin' it.

Before I completely go on babbling..       snow:





Wednesday, January 2, 2013

NYE - Gatlinburg

We decided to visit Gatlinburg for the day on NYE..  not the wisest choice we made all year (heh). I figured it would be busy as it was NY's but really did not anticipate the kind of busy it was, it was like a small NYC, there was 100's of people in every direction, there was a line 20-30+ for every restaurant or practically anything else you wanted to do..and there wasn't even any snow on the ground?!

We did a couple pretty touristy things like visit Ripleys Museum and take pictures of the mountains, etc. I think we did more waiting than anything.. waiting in traffic, waiting to park, waiting for food, waiting to get out of the parking lot..  home was a beautiful site when we finally got back. There are some things we would like to do out there but I think we will wait til it is a little warmer and a few less people hopefully. Maybe we can sneak in a weekend before kids get out of school for summer break this year and before the baby is born.

We had some good laughs as always and I really do appreciate that.. plus we had a pretty nice dinner out after we got home and rested.

Welcome 2013.












Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mostly Last Minute

I feel like the holidays really snuck up on me this year.. that and I am just not sure this year there was that much anticipation in front of it. Up until literally days before Thanksgiving I was down and out with morning sickness (liars, try all day sickness) and just really, truly didn't care about anything besides when I could take the next nap.. Thanksgiving came and went, drive-by style. Christmas is now bearing down on us and I just kinda.. eh.. yea, I don't know. The house is decorated although I did it pretty late for my standards, a few presents are wrapped but the majority isn't even bought yet, we don't have a tree and I am not sure putting one up this late is worth it. 

I am just not really.. that excited this year. I think part of it is being pregnant, I don't have much energy and for the most part would rather lay around than actually do anything. Another and probably bigger part of it is our work schedules, more D's than mine..I basically see him, meanwhile I work for an hour, maybe two around lunchtime, he's normally browsing the internet or reading, something and I am working so it's not very quality time.. then we see each other again for a couple hours when he gets home very late in the evening..7 days a week currently and has been for a long time now. 

Compacted by this is that I work from home and don't have friends or family here..   although life is fine right now and everything is logically good, it's boring, it's lonely, it's teetering on gloomy.. sure, sure things could be worse, I know it..  but things could also be so much better and we are both looking forward to that day in big, big way..

/end whining.

 winter is here, mostly..

cards all done

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Found Fascination

You don't run into Dam's very much in FL.. in fact I am not sure there are any? Maybe? Anyhow, I have come to find that I really love them. I like the mechanics of them, how large some of them are, they are normally Federally owned so they are normally situated in the midst of beautiful scenery like lakes and mountains, greenery as far as the eye can see and for the most part.. people don't visit Dam's in excess like other places for obvious reasons, we have 2 very close to us now, both pretty sizable and we are surrounded by many more just within an hour or so drive.

This one I liked particularly well.. it was just beyond a state park and camp ground and the biggest I have been to so far.. all of the land around it was so lush and quiet.. I wish this one was a little closer, it's a nice place to sit and ponder.


Norris Dam
Anderson, TN










Monday, December 3, 2012

New.

There are a few new things going on around here since we last spoke, let me show & tell.

I think we had already moved into our current apartment so that isn't new, however.. me not liking.. ok, that's not new either.. even though we both despise the act of moving, we will be doing it again next year because, well, mostly I am pretty unhappy with living in our current housing. It was chosen in a huge rush and we will need more space and less outer stairs for reasons to follow.

I bought a new car.. yea, not really news of any kind but it sure is nice not having what was turning into a money pit anymore. The new car gadgets don't hurt either.

We are expecting..! This is probably the best and biggest news we have to offer since our decision to relocate back to TN. It weren't no incident...  we were trying but it happened very quickly, the 2nd month into trying and whaddya know.. I got to surprise the Mr. on his birthday with the positive test and it's been an interesting ride since! We are due in early June and should hopefully know if it's a little girl or boy in the next 4-6 weeks. Pregnancy is still pretty new to me and sometimes I'm overjoyed and others I am kind of reserved and partially freaking out on the inside..  stay tuned?

This was the first ultrasound so he/she was just a tiny little blip and should be about the size of  a lime at this point, maybe a little bigger..

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hello..all?any?

Hello to everyone.. and anyone at all..  I have decided that maybe my previous post a couple months ago was a little premature in that I would decide to stop blogging and I feel bad that I just quit it like that..  -1 point for me.

Thing is I don't really want to quit, maybe I was just a little burnt out.. or having blogger block? In any regard, I am back..  and hopefully to stay. I will try to be a little more committed, at least to myself?

Hope you forgive my absence.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peach Freezer Jam


We have peaches.. lots & lots of peaches. We have peach wine, peach cobbler and now peach freezer jam.. (and peach butter in the works).

Ya know, I would consider myself a moderate foodie..  I know a handful or so of things about food, restaurants, preparations, etc. I've worked in the restaurant world in many positions and I have tried lots of food..  but, there is so much more. One of those much more's is canning, I don't know where to begin or what to do and even though peach freezer jam isn't necessarily canning, it was the first time I've ever cut up food and put it in a jar to keep or send away for others to enjoy.

This is how it went:






Monday, July 23, 2012

Meet Abigail


The newest member of our family..  


We found her on the way home from the creek on Saturday..  despite my efforts, it was first decided we would take her back to the spot we found her with food & water.

We tried that and she followed us back, running as hard as she could..  then, again against my efforts, our other dogs were let out to chase her off, she still came back..  I then stormed outside, demanded my dog back inside and went upstairs and broke into tears. She was/is no less than the two dogs here living cushy lives, she was clearly just abandon and needed some help, I couldn't wrap my head around turning my back on her..

Fast forward, a few minds changed and some understandings made..  she is now our dog! :]  I bathed her yesterday, cleaned her skin up, got some flea/tick medicine on her, got her a comfy bed, a collar and a toy! And now..  she has a name, Abigail.

She is the sweetest, most mellow little girl I've ever met..  I hope to provide many, many happy, comfortable years for her ahead..

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kingdom


We went away for the weekend for our anniversary to the little town we met in..  the little town in GA that I used to live.

It was a lazy, simple, wonderful weekend. We rented a cabin, ate, piddled, tried to fish, swam, laughed = perfect.

See:







 fried oreo :D




 fried pickles :D


Friday, July 13, 2012

A Fuller Creek


We went to the creek a couple weeks ago and even though it did have water in it, there was no flowing water and it was a little stale..  since then it has rained hard here and there and currently has rained the last 3 or 4 days all day. We decided to take a drive up to see how it was looking yesterday.

According to TN, it's still not up to the levels it use to be but it was definitely flowing and beautiful. It was raining the whole time there, making walking on some of the slick rock a bit challenging but I actually wore sneakers yesterday as opposed to flip flops.. imagine my smarts! Anyhow, the road there is pretty lovely.. and so is the creek, see for yourself:
 





 As you can see, TN took a couple very beautiful pictures :]