Saturday, April 18, 2009

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Okay, it is SO passed my bed time!! But I wanted get on here real quick. This afternoon at work was SO busy! We are having a sale this weekend and got swamped with customers between 5 to 7:30. Luckily I wasn't alone, a lady that works with me named Kim was there. I always enjoy talking to her because I feel like we have a similar background as to how we believe and our personalities. During a quiet moment we decided to order Chili's take out.  It had gotten quiet for a bit and we were hungry, so I called it in and then . . . . it never fails . . . . we got swamped again!! About an hour and half later, Chili's actually called us to see if we had forgotten about our order, I told them no we had not and since it had slowed down again, I went to get it. I brought it back and Kim and I sat down together and ate. We were chattin it up as we usually do and then we got on a subject that lead to her telling me a brief story about when her and her husband were younger, newly married, and without kids. They had been saving up money so that her husband could go to Graduate school. They decided to pick up and move to the North Carolina so he could go to school there. Deep down they were both worried. Worried about this leap of faith they were taking, worried about money, worried because they were moving all alone and did not know a soul in North Carolina. Kim was telling me that she ended up getting a job to support them while he went to school. Once they moved,they ended up making friends, friends that they are very close to till this day, 20 years later. 

The best part of the story was the part she told me about when they actually moved. Her husband rented a U-haul and she followed him in their car that was packed from top to bottom. They left out early on morning, around 6 a.m. for their long drive ahead. As they made there way over a bridge she noticed something . . . . a rainbow. It caught her by surprise to see this and it was so beautiful, she was in aw.  A few hours later they stopped to get some breakfast, and she asked her husband if he saw the rainbow? He said no. She then realized that the rainbow was meant for her. It was a sign from God! He was assuring her that what they were doing was right and in His plan and that they would be okay. She had been so worried up until then, and seeing the rainbow as they left their home and familiar place to go seek a new, unfamiliar home, was now something she was not worried about, but at peace with. She knew that their leap of faith was in God's plan and that they had made the right decision to do this. Till this day she knows that was God's way of calming her and tell her this was right.

I just loved that story and find it so true myself. Often times we have to make a decision and we wonder and fret over whether or not it is the right decision. Many of these decisions we must make (much like Kim & her husband deciding to move and put him through school) are often life changing decisions, which is what I think terrifies us. But if we open our eyes and ears, God will give us a sign. It may not come when we want it to, or how we want it to, but it will come. We just must be willing to see it!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I came across another decor pic tonight with yellow and then this cool mirror - the mirror makes the room!!  I love this space! 

I ordered my cap & gown today for graduation!! YAY!  Luckily I didn't have to go to Oxford to do it - I was able to do it by phone. I had to give them my chest measurement and I couldn't decide if I wanted to give them the real measurement or 1 or 2 sizes smaller since the gown basically looks like a moo moo (however you spell that . . . ) So I went one size down then what I really am - I figured that was a good, in between size. Those gowns are not the most flattering, not to mention the hats. There's no point in spending a long time on you hair when you have to wear one of those . . . . . ya know? But, the cap and gown is not what it's all about, I'm just glad I am SO close to being done!! Although I do have to take a couple classes over the summer, I am still so excited to be so close.  I have been in school for 7 years!!!! When I think of the kind of degree I COULD have after 7 years it makes me sick, but oh well. I could practically be a Dr. by now, or a lawyer, ha ha. But I changed my major 3 times (yes, yes . . . I know) and then sat out a few years ago to help take care of my brother after he had an accident and had surgery - I did that so my Mom would not have to quit her job. So although I think so many times how different things would be if I had finished in 4 years like a normal person, I think that in some weird way I have grown more and learned more by being in school this long. I have hated it, but I think it has made me who I am and given me a lot more experience and knowledge.  

I better get to bed now! I am off work tomorrow, so I am glad about that! But - I have to go to the eye Dr. for my yearly check-up. I am really going just so I can get some more contacts. I hate it when they have to blow that thing in your eye. It always makes me jump!! I don't like it!  Mike has had an interesting week so far - he had to go downtown (Memphis for those of you who don't know where we live) to the court house Monday for jury duty - and let me tell you, in Memphis - that is not fun at all!! He was hoping he would get dismissed and be done, but he was picked to be on a jury for an attempted murder case. Interesting! So he is missing work until the case is over.  

That's all for now, better go get my jamies on and crawl in the bed.
Sweet Dreams

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Yappin on Yellow

For some reason, right now I have this thing with black & white & yellow. I always love black and white, it is just classic. I love B&W when it comes to decorating and even clothes.  I have such a thing for it right now I even made my page BW&Y. I have always loved those color combinations, but just a week ago I was doing my usual late night thing and looking at various Design web-sites and came across some of these photos that I just loved looking at. One of my favorite things to do is sit down with a good design magazine or with my laptop looking on HGTV's web-site or some of my other favorite design sites.  These colors are fabulous together . . . I've been thinking how I could incorporate some yellow accents in one of my rooms with some black furniture I have. Maybe some cool pillows to bring in that color, or a cool piece of art or wall hanging . . . . .hmmm. But I still have a lot of boxes to unpack before I can even start about how I want to decorate . . . . but is sure is fun getting inspiration from pics like these!!

Oh and Mike and I have been so busy with trying to get things sorted from our move that we didn't get each other Easter baskets as we usually would do . . . . I felt really bad about it, but I knew he didn't care. I didn't care about getting anything either, but I just really enjoy putting something together with some goodies for him ~ but that didn't happen this year. But last night after Mike had gone to bed, I was still up and went and found some construction paper and did a homemade Easter card for him. So corny and all I know - but even though I didn't have time to do the usual basket thing, I wanted him to have something on the morning of Easter Sunday.  So I made him a cute little card on baby blue construction paper and put "Happy Easter Mike" on it and drew some Easter eggs with polka dots and stripes and then inside the card wrote:

"The Easter Bunny came by to say 
that he's sorry he did not have a basket for you today! 
But he's glad you remembered the most important thing . . .
 & that is about Jesus Christ, The Lord, our King!  

Love, Your Wife"

He liked it!  (even though it was corny! ;)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hair DO!

Today I wore one of my favorite accessories: a scarf in my hair. I love to do this in the summer! It is a quick easy way to add a little style and pizazz to simple hair and a simple outfit. The scarf I am wearing today is my Mom's - the one with the pink, turquoise and black, LOVE it!!! It's probably my favorite one. It's actually over 20 years old, about as old as me in fact. She used to wear hers as a belt in the 80's  - and it looked cute that way too. But this way is my fav! I am so glad that it is warming up so I can do this.  I wore them a lot last summer: on vacation, to dinner, laying out, anywhere. I actually have not purchased any new ones, I've just used the ones that my Mom had and then a few things I had of my own that I turned into a scarf.  Wearing it today though makes me think that I need to buy some more, in more colors and fun patterns. You don't have to spend a lot of money to look hip. I know you can find scarfs like this for probably as low as $10 - maybe less. It looks great with a simple white tank, jeans, sun dress and if you really want to spice it up, throw one on with your swimsuit! 

As you can see, I have worn mine quite a bit . . . . and it looks like it's even a hot trend in hollywood! 

Also, I am especially glad that it is warm now and I can wear them because my hair is recovering from a bad hair cut that I got around Christmas! Yesterday I said that moving was one of the worst things, well let me add to the list of WORST THINGS . . . . a bad hair cut!! It's partially my own fault I suppose. I had decided in November to go get my hair chopped off  (I do this every 6 or 7 years . . . ) and the first time I got it cut I LOVED it!! I hadn't liked a haircut that much in quite a while. Then Christmas rolled around and I decided I needed to go get a trim, just to make it look good for Christmas, New Years and my 1 year Anniversary. The girl I normally go to is fabulous! I have always been SO happy with what she has done from haircuts to my hair on my wedding day, she has done exactly what I wanted. But when I called to get in with her the day before Christmas Eve, she was not there. Normally she fits me right in, so I didn't think about making an appointment with her earlier. So - I was told that this other girl at the Salon was good, so I thought, what the heck, it's just a trim, who can screw up a simple trim, right??? WRONG - the girl gave me a totally new hair cut, and much shorter. I was SO upset!!! She even screwed up one side and thinned it out way more than the other. I didn't even want to tip the girl, but I did, although it wasn't much! ha ha . I was hoping since Christmas was 2 days away, that on Christmas morning she would wake up and find a lump of coal in her stocking! LOL

 I was  just so upset because I went in there for a simple, dad gum trim, and came out feeling like a peel head. (Okay, it wasn't that bad, but you catch my drift.) I wanted to put a bag over my head. Needless to say, it is growing out now and I can finally pull it in a small pony tail . . . . AND wear my scarves I love!  The moral of this story and the lesson I have learned (and really knew all along) is that once you find someone that can do your hair 100% they way you like it, DO NOT - I repeat - DO NOT go to anyone else, trim, color, style, nothing! I know I learned a lesson here and although the girl that cut my hair did a whack job, I should have just waited on my stylist to get back.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter, and ladies, go out and get yourself a new accessory, whether it's something for your hair or a new piece of fun jewelry. Those things are always a nice little perk! ;)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nabor Neighbor - moving "home" . . . literally

I'm baaaaack! It has been SO long since I was last on here - sorry. It's just hard to find the time with school and work, but I'm trying to get better about it. Not to mention that we just moved. I have to say that moving is up there with the top things I hate! It is the worst! It's not too bad until the very end when it's all of the little things you have to get. uggghhh! I sure hope we will not have to do it again for a long long time! We were living in Cordova, and then around Christmas time I found out that may parents may be moving. My Dad's position at his job was eliminated after over 20 years with the company due to another company buying them out. It was heartbreaking for my dad and heartbreaking for our whole family. My Dad had a non compete contract, which meant that he could not get a job in the same industry where they lived, so he new he was going to have to re-locate. My Mom and I hoped that my Dad would take just a little time and get some good long deserving rest, which he needed so bad from all the stress he had been under with his job. He was always SOO stressed with that job and we could all tell that it was really taking a tole on him. But, my dad did not waste any time looking for another job. To make a long story short he got a job in Lubbock, TX . . . . . when I first heard of this, I was like "where???" I had never heard of Lubbock before. haha. It's about 3 hours away from Dallas and about 4 hours away from Santa Fe, NM (which I hope to go there this summer!!) So right after Christmas, he moved down TX to go ahead and start his job. And I have to say that I think it was a blessing that this happened - I was always afraid that the job my dad had before was going to cause him to have a heart attack or something, he had some scares a couple of times, and so now that he has another job with not as much stress, I think it will be better for him. 

My Mom stayed here b/c she still had her job and so they new they were going to be a part for a little while until they could figure out what the plan was for their house and everything here in MS. (I'm telling you all of this b/c it has to do with our move.) So during the holidays my parents talked to Mike and I and asked us if we would want their house? Mike and I were like "of course." We would be SO lucky to be able to live in their house and call it home. So we had decided to move back to MS. We had been living in Cordova and had liked it at first, but missed Southaven, it was home.  So 2 weeks ago today we finished moving in. My Mom is still here for a little while longer. She keeps making jokes that about how Mike is having to live with his mother in-law, ha ha - but it's all good. Mike and I were always over at my parents house anyway, so it's not like being around my mom is anything new to Mike. Everything is going great besides the fact that a lot of our things are not settled yet as far as furniture and all. My Dad has taken most of their things back to TX with them, but there are still some things here, rugs, ect. We have boxes and pieces of our furniture that we have not found a place for yet in the dining room and living room. The den is coming along, but still has a ways to go. Anyone who knows me well, knows that this is very hard for me, ha ha - b/c I am just dying to start re-arranging things and start decorating. It's what I love to do, and the fact that I can't do it yet is driving me NUTS! I have all of these ideas, but I know it will be a while before I can do what I have in mind. But it sure is fun to think about! 

Well, that's it for now - I have to get ready to go to work (yes I go in later today, from 3-9pm.) But it sure was nice to sleep in.  Maybe if I have some time at work, I'll make another post. LOL - I'm not on here for months, and then I do 2 in one day, how funny would that be!