Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chamilia vs. Pandora

So, back in June 2009 I won a Chamilia bracelet from a local jewelry store. In case you don't know what that is, it's another version of Pandora bracelets with the same price scale and quality only different name and less selection.

So, that September I got tons of beads for said bracelet and filled it up. I have charms like a soccer ball and a purple purse and a monkey (because I can make the best monkey face EVER) and a tropical drink and palm tree. Then the following year, all the stores around here quit carrying Chamilia.

I was fine though since I already had a bracelet full and liked the beads I had chosen, but then I realized I couldn't add any to commemorate moments in the future, like anniversaries, babies being born, firsts and such. I mentioned this to Josh and I thought he'd ignored me, but then in my stocking on Christmas Eve I found a Pandora bracelet with a baby carriage charm on it already!

And then when I got to Josh's parents house they had gotten me two spacers and his grandma had picked a little boy charm for it as well. So now I can dedicate this bracelet to baby (and future babies, if this one works out okay). I can't wait to fill it with little baby shoe charms and baby's initials and such.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

{Almost}Wordless Wednesday: We fibbed

Josh and I fibbed just a little about our 4-D Ultrasound that we had Dec. 8....
We told just about everyone that it didn't work out because baby wouldn't cooperate and that we only got a few really bad shots. Actually, this wasn't a total fib because baby must have a lot of Harrell in him and was stubborn as all get out, burying his face in his hands or turning into my side and laying on his belly, but towards the end we got some great shots.
We told people that it didn't work out because we really wanted to surprise our family with great framed pictures of their future grandson/great-grandson and we didn't think it would be as special if they'd already seen them.
So here are a few of the best pictures, enjoy!

Why yes, my 28-29 week old baby does have a 2.5 inch foot.

...and long fingers, which he used to hide his face constantly

his long legs and hands
sweet little smile and definitely my nose

and a head measuring at 31 weeks when I was only 28 weeks and some days (lots to look forward to)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

under construction

trying to fix my blog layout, promise it will look presentable by the end of the week - until then I apologize for the messy-ness.

i'd rather have hairy legs...

With my growing belly I can no longer see my legs when looking down, let alone see them well enough to shave them. And with baby being so low, I can't really bend over to shave them without taking several long breaks to catch my breath and give baby some room. 
Needless to say, my legs are looking very furry.
So, I thought to myself i should just get that Veet stuff that you just rub on then let the shower wash it off.

Well... I have used Veet before and had no problems (besides disliking the nauseating smell), but apparently pregnant skin = super sensitive skin. 
I put one stripe of lotion on my leg and it immediately began tingling, burning and pretty much feeling like my calf was wrapped in angry, stinging hornets. 
I stuck my leg under the water and washed it off but not before it turned one stripe of skin into an angry red, bumpy and swollen mass. 

Luckily, I still have a shower seat from when I had knee surgery so I just plopped on the seat and propped my legs up against the shower wall to shave. Sadly, I couldn't shave the angry red stripe on my right leg so now I have one long strip of hairy-ness. Very sexy.

Monday, December 27, 2010

snowed in

We have had SO much snow in little old Edgecombe County, NC. I feel so cut off from the rest of the world since my internet is out and our roads are so yucky. Luckily, Josh and I already had the day off so we are just hanging around the house watching the DVDs we got for Christmas. While I like the snow, I am so glad that it waited until after Christmas so we were able to visit our family without having to worry about bad road conditions.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

I love Christmas Eve, a lot more than I actually love Christmas day actually... mainly because it's a lot less hectic for us.

We have exactly 5 places to be on Christmas day starting at 7 a.m. and bouncing from Macclesfield to Pinetops to Rocky Mount, back to Macclesfield then to Temperance Hall and finally ending in Snow Hill around 8 p.m.

But I also love Christmas Eve because it seems to be the time when the Christmas spirit is at its highest. People are looking forward to the next day and seeing their families, we attend a candle-light service at Josh's parent's church, we have a big hoop-la party over at his Aunt's house where a great majority of his Grandma's 9 siblings families are also in attendance. It's just a great day.

I hope you all have the absolute merriest Christmas possible and enjoy time you can spend with your friends and family. Eat as much as you want - Christmas calories don't count anyway!

As Burton Hills once said, " “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other”

Thursday, December 23, 2010

random things that bother me.

with my heightened hormone induced mood swings, several things bother me worse than usual lately, but here are the top 5...

1) Driving.
Yes driving in general. I already struggled from severe road rage pre-pregnancy but it's gotten so, so much worse. Do NOT tailgate me when I am already going over the speed limit (which is most of the time). For example, this morning I was going about 65 62 mph. in a 55 zone on the way to work.

When I look up and see this in my review mirror:

I mean really. PASS ME! If you are in that much of a rush that you tailgate someone who is already speeding, then you obviously don't care about your safety that much so go ahead and pass me in a no-passing zone in a curve on a hill. Grrrrr.
Tailgating is just one thing on the list of many that make me angry while driving, others include leaving your signal on after you've already turned, not going the speed limit, puling out in front of me only to go slow or turn off right afterwards and going the wrong way down a one-way aisle in the parking lot.
I really shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel of any vehicle.

2)  People that complain about not having any money or being able to afford things they need like medicine or gas when they have their nails done, wear extremely nice clothes and smoke. The average pack of cigarettes costs $4.50 to $5, if you smoke a pack a day that's $35 a week and $1,825 a year. And getting your nails done is a luxury, not a requirement. Seriously folks. I don't want to hear it.

3) Trying to put my purse over my lumpy jacket-ed shoulder.
I love my mocha and peach-colored Herve Chapelier bag but... the handles do NOT want to stay on my shoulder when I am wearing my big winter pea-coat. Not only that, but my hair gets caught between the handles and my shoulder then when I pull my hair out it is all static-y and my bag keeps slipping down my shoulder, usually taking my coat or the clothes under my coat with it.
So lately I have taken to just sticking the essentials in the pocket of my coat when I go in a store then carrying my little silver clutch thing I use as a wallet.

4) Rude service workers
This is something that bothers me all the time, but as of late I have wanted to literally jump through my car window and strangle a few people in the drive thru window at local fast-food restaurants.
I don't care if you hate your job - do not take it out on me.
When I ask you for grape jelly because I look in the bag and realize you forgot to put it in there even though I asked for it at the little talk-y box thing, do not roll your eyes and shove the jelly in my direction. Instead, smile and say "sure" then hand it to me and say "have a nice day".
If I ordered a plain biscuit and you hand me a steak biscuit and I inform you of your mistake do not get mad and say "You said steak biscuit."... I assure you I didn't. I order a plain biscuit with grape jelly and a cinnamon twist like twice a week from your establishment and trust me, I wouldn't eat your "steak" if you paid me. Your rudeness will result in me writing down your name and calling your corporate office. Don't be going all Bon Qui Qui on me. I will cut you. (if you don't get this reference or have never seen the woman pictured below you HAVE to visit this link and watch the video)

5) People that don't control their offspring.
There is no need for you to let your kids run amuck in stores. Come on people, if your child is ramming into the back of a person's legs with the shopping cart, TAKE IT FROM THEM. Do not just smile and apologize and continue to let them do so! If they're jumping out of clothing racks, scaring customers SPANK THEM! Better yet, just leave the child at home - if you don't have that option please just control them don't let them become a nuisance to all around them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

{almost}Wordless Wednesday: Songs the radio has killed for me

You know those songs you really like the first time they come out, but then the radio completely murders them by playing them over and over and over and over again? Here are a few of them (some old, some newer) that I once enjoyed hearing, but now have a complete spaz attack as I try to turn the station when their intro begins...

"Airplanes Part II" by B.O.B. ft. Hayley Williams & Eminem

"Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys

ANYTHING by Taylor Swift. I love her music and buy her CDs just to hear her good songs that the radio hasn't played out. In fact, my husband calls songs that have been over-played "Taylor Swift-ed"

Drake's "Over" - adore Drake, hate this song now

Nicki Minaj's "See Right Through Me" - once again, love her, despise the song

"Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem & Rihanna (don't even get me started on how much I despise these lyrics since she was "abused" by Chris Brown then sings a song that talks about abusing a woman like it's no big deal.... grr)

"Nothin On You" by Bruno Mars & B.O.B.

Jason Derulo's "In My Head"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

when attics attack...

note to self: never put candles or decor made of wax into an attic that reaches around 110 degrees in the summer....

my beautiful silver candles and little green, wax candle holder turned into this:

apparently heat makes candles develop giant Kim Kardashian-esque booties

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mine vs. Mama's - Christmas Decor

The Wendy, my mother, has always been very specific about her home's Christmas decor. 
Her only rule: everything must be gold, crystal, ivory or burgundy. 
And I mean everything.
If Dee or I made a precious little clothespin reindeer ornament at school, it went to the back of the tree.
If someone gives her an ornament that either doesn't fit her Christmas preferences, it goes to the back of the tree.
Her tree and the rest of her decor is always beautiful, but I always hated that other kids got bright tacky lights or ornaments 

the Wendy's tree

So, when I got an apartment of my own in college, I bought the brightest, most un-gold/burgundy ornaments I could find and had a 3 foot, lime green tinsel tree.

However, one thing that will always remain the same is my taste for a real tree. I loved my little "Dr. Seuss", tree as everyone called it, but I NEED that Christmas pine smell. I also can't stray from the clear Christmas lights.

So, Josh and I have a real tree with brightly colored ornaments of all shapes & sizes. 
My only rule? No gold or burgundy

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fashionable Friday: The slouchy beanie

I love and am completely obsessed with the slouchy knit beanie.
While I only own like 3, they are the best things of all time.
They look great pinned on top of hair that's down, perched on top of a one-sided braid, or even with hair pulled into a low messy-bun thing with some little pieces of hair pulled out the front of the beanie.
Check out these celebs and how well they wear the slouchy hat.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Dinner Part-AY

Tomorrow evening, my husband and I are hosting a Christmas dinner party with our friends Dana & Bradley and Hope & Eric. 
Now, we are not a fancy bunch and I am not preparing a Christmas feast or anything, but I do want the table to be pretty and the food to be delicious. 

Luckily, the menu has already been decided:

Josh and I have decided to go ahead and cut up the potatoes for roasting, cup the zucchini and squash and get the chicken thawed, wrapped in bacon and dredged in the brown sugar & chili powder tonight so that tomorrow when we get off work we can just get the potatoes seasoned and in the oven (they take FOREVER to roast) and be seasoning and cooking the zucchini and squash by the time we put the chicken and rolls in the oven. 
Dana is bringing tea and Hope is bringing dessert, so we are set there - it's just a matter of time management to make sure my house is cleaned, the Christmas china is spot-free and the food is cooked, but not cold by the time our guests arrive at 7 p.m.

Speaking of Christmas china....
I have Lenox's "Holiday Gatherings" china, which I like, but it kind of limits my centerpiece possibilities. 
Lenox "Holiday Gatherings"
Since the china is strictly green and red, any centerpiece with pinks, turquoises and the like are pretty much out of the question.

Currently my center piece looks like this:

Which is way too big to put in the middle of the table while 6 people are trying to eat. 

So I need a new arrangement, at minimal costs, that is small enough that I don't have to peer around it to talk to my friends across the table but big enough to be noticed. 

Here are some I really like that I think I could pull off without buying anything...

I could use silver candlesticks that I already have and use some of my bright green & red ornaments with a few lying beside the candlesticks on the table like the picture above.

Or I could find a cheaper version of something like this ornament tree and hang some of my favorite ornaments on them and place a mirrored plate underneath.

Or I could just use one of my crystal bowls and fill it with different ornaments and some clippings from our tree, kind of like this centerpiece above.

Pray that my feet stay a regular size and BP remains below 140/90 so that Joshua will actually let said party take place