Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time passes slowly

I feel like I spend a lot of my life waiting.

I wait for Christmas to arrive.

I wait for Christmas to be over.

I wait until I have finished my work to go and play.

I am waiting for our cruise to arrive.

And as I sit here, I am waiting for an interviewee to call me back.

But, I guess the good thing about waiting is it is SUPPOSED to teach you about patience. To teach you to be calm and carry on and to take time to smell the roses.

For those of you who know me really well, you know I have no patience what-so-ever! I am a horrible person to be stuck in traffic with. Even though I know, no matter how much I get myself into a snit, I cannot make the traffic go any faster or improve the situation, but I will still complain and huff.

There is the old saying, "good things come to those who wait." I think whoever came up with this, was just probably sick of sitting in the car, stuck in traffic, with someone like me.

So since I have this waiting problem, I need some advice. What do you do to help you count down the hours, days or months while you wait?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

One of Those Days

For some reason today, I feel like I just can't get it together.
As I was getting ready to go to my Weight Watchers' meeting, I was running all over the house looking for my membership card, then I couldn't find my keys and then I needed my credit card and finally had to find my shoes. But, eventually I got it together and went to the meeting.

I was shocked/surprised/happy to find out that I lost .6 pounds! Which is AMAZING because I just got back from spending a few days in the land of smorgasboards and shoo-fly pie.

After the meeting, I was finally able to get a hold of one of the bands for the Coal and Coke Festival and then I went and found some great deals that I wanted to check out at Target.

Got some great deals at Target. They are having a huge sale on a bunch of Glade and Frebreze candles and products. All summer long I have been eyeing up one of the Glade Flameless Luminary in Honeysuckle. (Honeysuckle is one of my favorite scents because it reminds me of summer!) I picked it up today for $3! So a savings of $9 isn't too bad!

I also ran into our cousin Lisa at Target. It was nice catching up with her since I haven't seen her for awhile.

Came home tossed some frozen biscuits into the oven and put the finishing touches on the chicken noodle soup for dinner. (I love our crock pot!)

I am so looking forward to curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee, complete with cinnamon bun creamer, while watching The Tudors with Kev and our lovely cats. What a perfect end to a semi-hectic day!

In the department of good news, we have a shed! Thanks to my awesome parents, Kev and I, it was put up in about a day! This shed means that soon, we will be starting on finishing the basement! We needed the shed to put some stuff from the basement into the shed for storage. Hopefully, we will get started on that on Friday.

Hope you have a wonderful evening and you are spending it with people, both regular and of the furry variety, that you love.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I thought I would start adding a new photo everyday of something that is simple in my life that brings me joy. Like they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Take A Look, It's In a Book

Now that the luggage is all unpacked, and the last of the laundry has been folded and put away, I feel like I am able to do an update on the trip.

Everything went well, despite the fact I was sick and am still putting up with a little bit of congestion. (I have tried everything from Robitussin to Nightquil and nothing seems to rid me of this horrible plague.)

One of the highlights of the trip was the "30th Annual Bookworm Frolic" that is held by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

As you can see from these couple of photos, there are tons of books to choose from.

They had 25 different categories of books that ranged from Bibles, Commentaries, Bible studies to Textbooks and Education.

While Kev was at the conference one day, my parents and I stopped by the book sale to see if it was worth bringing Kev to on his day off. I do have to say that it was.

On the first day, I walked away with a family Bible from 1881 that had a lot of personal items stuck between the pages. (I will do a separate blog on this in a few days, I just haven't had time to take the photos yet.) The best part is it only cost $3! In fact none of our books were over $3!

But, I also got some fun books like this one:

This book is just one of the gems that I picked up at the booksale. For some reason, I love reading 1950s and 1960s books about "family life" and what the "wife's role" should be. (I need a good chuckle every once in awhile. ;)

Let me tell you, this one is a doosey! I would like to share one of my favorite quotes from the book: "There is a place in business for a woman as an assistant to man, but any woman who runs a business of her own, who meets the world on its own terms, often feels her frailty, often feels the need for stronger hands and shoulders and a bolder brain than her own." A bolder brain?! Really! And of course this book was written by a man.

We have come a long way, baby!

Other chapters include, "Wives to Be Subject to Husbands," " Courtship and the Danger of Petting," and "Adultry, the Ruin of Marriage and Morals."

So all-in-all it is a light hearted and fun read as you can see.

But don't take my word for it, head down to your local library and pick up "The Home: Courtship, Marriage and Children" by John R. Rice, D.D.., Litt.D. (That was for all of you "Reading Rainbow" fans!)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Philly-ish Day 1

As I am writing this, Kev is sitting at the desk on the other side of the hotel room doing "homework." I mean come on, how old are we? Do we still need homework?

In all actuality I don't mind that we are quarantined to the hotel room, because I am really battling a bad cold.

All day, my body just ached, my throat felt like I had swallowed glass and I am stuffed up and coughing up green aliens. (I apologize if that was too much information.)

It all started out with Kev having a stuffy nose. Then when I went to Best Buy on Friday, the guy who was showing us the 3D televisions had an awful cold. So thanks to these two, I am now sick.

But, I am feeling a lot better and I think a little R&R this evening will make me almost new.

Even though I was feeling under the weather, my parents and I had a nice day.

We started off the day by going to Longwood Gardens, which is right outside of Philly. We have gone there before, but the place is always so beautiful each time it is like a new adventure.

Over the summer they are featuring the science of perfume making. They had little kiosks throughout the gardens featuring different types of flowers and different perfume samples to sniff. They even had a machine that you could mix your own sample of perfume.

After Longwood Gardens we went shopping in a few craft stores in Kitchen Kettle Village and Bird-In-The-Hand.

We went out to eat dinner at a great place called Ruby's Diner. It is a beautiful diner that features great food at great prices and great service. It is a chain restaurant, so if you ever have a chance to eat at one, please do. You won't be disappointed.

As far as tomorrow goes, I am not sure what is going on. I am just hoping that I feeling a little better. Wish me luck!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome Back!

OK. I have been a very bad blogger. I have left you guys high and dry for a while. I am so very sorry. But, I do have a good excuse, if that is any consolation?

I was out covering our local county fair for my job at the newspaper. I was in the trenches of pig races, diaper derbies and senior citizens contests. (Not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade and corn dogs, too. ;) )

But, I am now back and ready to roll.

Today Kev, and my parents and myself are packing up the car and heading out to the eastern part of the state because Kev has a conference and we are going to make a little vacation out of it. My wonderful parents are coming along to keep me company while Kev is working.

Anyway, I will keep you guys updated while I am on the road. I just wanted to make sure that you knew I didn't forget about you!

I will leave you with this news story about an incident that happened at our fair. (Yes ladies and gentlemen, this made CBS news.):

Dirty Diaper Deployed by Angry Mother in Driving Dispute, Vehicle Gets Smeared Say Pa. Cops

A woman involved in a traffic dispute apparently decided to play dirty by smearing the contents of her child's soiled diaper all over the rear window of the vehicle in front of her.

Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Hollis is facing harassment charges after she reportedly got into the dispute Saturday night while leaving the Fayette County Fair, reports CBS affiliate KDKA.

Pennsylvania state troopers arrived on the scene after Melanie Campbell, the 36-year-old driver of the other vehicle, notified police she and Hollis had gotten into an argument exiting the fairgrounds around 10:50 p.m.

It allegedly escalated when Hollis got out of her car and rubbed the diaper all over Campbell's rear window, taking road rage to a messy new low.

Campbell felt it was her duty to notify police.