Thursday, February 14, 2013

Where Have I Been?!

I never meant to be gone from this blog for so long.

I have been busy beeing blissfully happy.  Then, the  movers arrived and the physical parts of my house and home were turned upside down.

Mornings used to be the time that I would sit down to write a bit.  Mornings are so different now.  My alarm goes off earlier because Roomie Two's bus arrives earlier. 

There is a dog in my life now.  A loving, floppy, Golden Retriever named Murphy.  He follows me in the morning with a chew toy in his mouth.  His sharp antler chew toy threatens my computer screen, iPad, or coffee mug becuase he needs to be ON me at all times.  Until he settles to lie on my feet.

So, I am not sure how often I'll be able to write.  But the point of this blog has always been to put a little more "positivity" in the world.

We have a lot to say now.  I am not sure what to call this blog, or how to refer to my new dog and husband.  Or, husband and dog.

Life is good.  More to come in time.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Oh, Come Let us Adore Him!

The week in review, and "Our lives:  A preview!"

Roomie Two sings "The Holly and the Ivy...."
My mom's table on Christmas Eve.
Roomie Two and her good buddy, Lillian, at Church.
The Suitor and Me at Christmas Eve dinner.
Closing our Dream House!
Our Home!
The three of us on Christmas Day!
Living Parallel Lives with Maureen O'Hara.

My sister's family made it to town last night.  The festivities officially begin today.  We will be a family by tomorrow evening!!  To those of you who read and follow along, thank you for the support and well wishes.  To celebrate along with us, reach out to someone who might need a little magic in his or her life.   

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Life!

To be continued......

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Sissy!

Today is my sister's 40th Birthday!

From Day ONE she has shown me the ropes.  For instance, it is not really breaking in if you are going to play with the neighbor's toys in the basement while they are not home.

Playing dolls and tea party in Wisconsin cica 1975.  My favorite photo of us.

She has been my partner in crime.  Without her, I might not have appreciated Star Wars figures, Battlestar Galctica, or John Travolta.

I might not have been brave enough to jump the waves, or wear a bikini.

Newport Beach, California

The ski lift would have been much scarier without her by my side.

Learning to drive with just Mom and Dad would have been a bit less eventful.  My closet wardrobe would have been half the size.  I would have never learned how to french braid.

I had a built in BFF at all seven schools we attended together.

Who would have helped me through Western Civilization and English 101?  I might not have gotten into the Uptown Lounge as easily.  Nor would I have had anywhere near the fun at UGA!!!!  Who could have known that 11 people could fit in one La Quinta Inn room at Georgia-Florida?

I would not have her example of being a calm, steady, and loving mother.

Nor would I have such a great example of a zesty, easy, and happening marriage with a life partner.

Today, I hope you have breakfast in bed, lovely gifts, calls from friends, hugs from children, and a drink in your hand at all times.

Cheers, Melissa!  I love you sooooooooo much!

I really hope you DO have your cake and eat it TOO!  I can't wait to experience the next 40 years with you!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Cowboy Christmas

Everyone at work has been kind, patient, sincere, and caring this week.  The Christmas season is upon us, and the events in Connecticut have reminded all of us to keep things in perspective and love on one another a bit more than usual.

The creative Atlanta staff decided that our office party should be themed "A Cowboy Christmas."

The menu:  Jack Daniels BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, chili, Rotel cheese dip, cold slaw, potato casserole, spinach salad, baked beans, and more!

Realenn played country Christmas music on the speakers.  Garth and Alabama definitely added to the atmosphere.  We're talking "Christmas in Dixie" and the like.

A few weeks ago, each of us drew the name of an Atlanta Alumni Center suite-mate.  Instead of playing "dirty Santa" or purchasing a gift under $10, we set out to purchase a toy that reminds us of the person whose name we drew, with the intention to donate that toy to Toys for Tots.

The UGA Atlanta Alumni Center staff Toys for Tots Gift Exchange

Chris picked out this sweet teddy bear for me. 

And yes, the staff surprised me and co-bride to be Sarah with veils, paper wedding flowers, and generous gifts.  We had such a fun time!  (I felt very silly in the veil, by the way.)  It kept sliding sideways off of my head throughout the lunch. Roomie Two will certainly enjoy it!

Margaret picked out Malibu Barbie and Ken for Sarah.  She is, after all, going to St. Lucia for her honeymoon.  (Sarah's wedding is the same weekend as mine.)  I love this pic!

Nicole picked out a bracelet making kit for Margaret.  Love this pic too, and the sentiment that Margaret would have been the kind of girl that Nicole would have made friendship bracelets with as girls.

I am giving my direct reports a pair of Havaianas from Brazil, for Christmas. 

As Malcolm said, yesterday was one of the best holiday parties ever hosted.  The gifts were meaningful, and will go to children who will really appreciate them.  The food was delicious and not the ordinary holiday-fare.   We all laughed and teased with one another, and genuinely celebrated each person's talents and gifts.

 'Tis the season!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Today is Monday

Our hearts have been so heavy as we have watched the details unfold in Connecticut over the weekend.

We turned off the television, played Calico Critters, decorated Gigi and Big Daddy's Christmas tree, played charades, and read stories.

Roomie Two slept with me in my bed, sniffing with a sinus infection.

I awoke each weekend morning before 6 a.m. because she needed me to.  She is unaware of the tragedy.

When she is not looking, we adults ask questions, speculate, provide ideas and a way out from this nightmare.

All I can do today is try MY hardest.  To be a good mom, fiance, daughter, friend, and co-worker.

I am more aware, thankful, and hopeful. In whatever way I can, I will send my thoughts and prayers to the heartbroken community.  This week, I will try my hardest to LOVE really well.  Readers and friends, have a peaceful Monday

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What Stress?

Just a brief post today.  There is a lot going on!

Christmas gift wrapping.

Work projects.

Closing on a house.

Wedding and marriage plans.

Roomie Two's holiday activities.

Christmas card mailing and writing.

Things are a bit upside-down at the Cottage!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Get it Together, Roomie One!

Don't do what I did!

Last week, I escaped on my lunch break to run across the street to Macy's.  I did some quick Christmas shopping, and bought a wedding gift for my dear friend and co-worker, Nicole.

Nicole was married in October, and I have been meaning to pull up her registry to pick something out.  This was my chance to go in person, and the platter she wanted was available!  This was the final item on her list, and I wanted to get it for her.

After standing in line and purchasing the platter, the wonderful Macy's shopworker let me know that I would not be able to take the platter away in a box.


The platter was large, and breakable.  I asked her to bubble-wrap it and point me in the direction of the gift-wrap section.

My lunch hour was coming to an end, and I was feeling the need to get back to my office.  I could not find the gift wrap section.  I stopped at several cashier desks to ask, "Where is the gift wrap section?" 

"Yes, I know Macy's no longer offers gift wrap.  But, I understand you have gift wrap for sale.  Where is that?"

I went on a complete and full tour of the third floor.  Could not find the gift wrap.

Finally, I found a Macy's employee pushing a large cart.  She allowed me to follow her to the far corner of the floor.  Out of the way.  Never would have found this spot on my own.

Tick tock.  Tick Tock.

I picked out a large wedding gift bag to hold the platter.  Tissue paper to soften the presentation.

I needed a card.  The wedding section was a bit picked over.  Why didn't I plan ahead?  I have darling wedding cards at home.

Oh, this one is cute.  It has a bird on it.  The bird is saying "joy."

Inside the card, I see the key words:  Congratulations, Love, and Happiness.


I wrapped the gift up, and wrote a personal note to Nicole and Scott letting them know how happy I am for the two of them.

I put the package together and placed it on Nicole's desk.  She took it home to open the gift up with her cute hubby that night.

The next day, Nicole and I met to have a snack in the break room.  Her eyes got  big.  "Thank you for the gift!  But, I have to show you something!"

Oh no.

She describes the scene of opening the present with her new husband at home.  He opened the card.  He turned WHITE as a ghost.

"Take a closer look at the card!"  Nicole says, laughing hysterically.  I take the card.

The message inside reads:

Congratulations!  Wising you love, joy, and happiness on the birth of your baby boy!

Oh, no.  I DIDN'T!!!!

Nicole's husband thought, for a fleeting moment, that she was trying to tell him something.


She was laughing hard, and told me that they both know I have a lot going on.

But, it says, "Joy" on the front!  It was in the wedding section!  Well, it didn't say "joy."  It said "BOY" in a fancy sparkled font.

I started to cry.  Then laugh, then cry.

Everyone at work thinks this is too funny and cute and sweet.  To me, it is a reminder to SLOW DOWN.  And, to be thankful for friends who can forgive and understand.

Sorry Scott and Nicole!  I did not mean to get ahead of myself!