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Long Time Gone.

April 16, 2015

Two months. Talk about a long time gone. That was actually rather unplanned. I may suck at writing consistently, but some reason plenty of you keep following along. I promise to do better! Needless to say, this semester has been insane. A few snippets of where my time has gone this semester. I will probably come back to a lot of these in detail in the future!

Fun with Friends

I’ve had a lot of fun with various friends this semester. My friends Matt and Claire moved to a new house, so I helped them. Gail, Puff, Bimmer and I try to meet up once a month and when the weather finally warmed up, I was able to get in a baseball game!

January

Got to spend time with sweet little LE while helping her parent Matt and Claire move in January. Bonus, they now live closer to me!

Got to spend time with sweet little LE while helping her parent Matt and Claire move in January. Bonus, they now live closer to me!

Gail and Bimmer came down in January for a fun girls day! We went to the Children's Museum and then had lunch with Biner, Rach and Baby Ford!

Gail and Bimmer came down in January for a fun girls day! We went to the Children’s Museum and then had lunch with Biner, Rach and Baby Ford!

February

Well... I am missing pics from Rach's birthday party. The next weekend though I had fun meeting up with Gail, Puff and Bimmer for lunch in the middle of our two cities! Love this sweet girl.

Well… I am missing pics from Rach’s birthday party. The next weekend though I had fun meeting up with Gail, Puff and Bimmer for lunch in the middle of our two cities! Love this sweet girl.

March

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Travel

I spent several days in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

I spent several days in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

A week later I then spent a week in New Orleans, LA.

A week later I then spent a week in New Orleans, LA.

Fun with Family

My Dad and Uncle Bri picking lettuce from my Uncle's urban garden for Easter

My Dad and Uncle Bri picking lettuce from my Uncle’s urban garden for Easter

Hanging with my awesome Aunt Wen when she came to town for Easter!

Hanging with my awesome Aunt Wen when she came to town for Easter!

Relationships

via Pinterest  Honestly. For me relationships have been hard this semester. And I mean in all forms this quote can be a bit accurate. From talking about eros love, storage love, agape love or philia love.... they can all be a little touch at times.

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Honestly. For me relationships have been hard this semester. And I mean in all forms this quote can be a bit accurate. From talking about eros love, storage love, agape love or philia love…. they can all be a little tough at times.

Allergies

I think we all pretty much know at this point that my allergies suck. So, plenty of meds and hot tea for me!

I think we all pretty much know at this point that my allergies suck. So, plenty of meds and hot tea for me!

Work Insanity

I have no good pictures to post to show work craziness b/c I don't want to post pictures of my staff or students. So we'll go with a shot of a catering setup we had this week for a luncheon with the school president. This semester has been non-stop. Events, marketing campaigns, reviewing hundreds of resumes and interviewing nearly 100 people, a ton of committee meetings an more. Craziness.

I have no good pictures to post to show work craziness b/c I don’t want to post pictures of my staff or students. So we’ll go with a shot of a catering setup we had this week for a luncheon with the school president. This semester has been non-stop. Events, marketing campaigns, reviewing hundreds of resumes and interviewing nearly 100 people, a ton of committee meetings an more. Craziness.

Hospital Trips

My Grandmother went back into the hospital on March 24th and was there for 2.5 weeks. Two major surgeries later and I was able to research rehab places and she just moved to one for a minimum of 6 weeks of rehab for physical therapy. I spent a lot of the last few weeks in surgery waiting rooms, visiting her, stalking her doctors/nurses, emailing updates to the family and researching rehab places.

My Grandmother went back into the hospital on March 24th and was there for 2.5 weeks. Two major surgeries later and I was able to research rehab places and she just moved to one for a minimum of 6 weeks of rehab for physical therapy. I spent a lot of the last few weeks in surgery waiting rooms, visiting her, stalking her doctors/nurses, emailing updates to the family and researching rehab places.

Adding to that, my Dad has been sick too. This has scared the crap out of me and I may have cried a bit. He has had a headache and blurry vision for nearly 3 weeks. The MRI showed no brain issues (thank God) but they still don't know what is going on. So they did a surgery today to do a biopsy. So I spent my whole afternoon in a different hospital waiting room. I'm still freaked out, but he seems calm. So that is good!

Adding to that, my Dad has been sick too. This has scared the crap out of me and I may have cried a bit. He has had a headache and blurry vision for nearly 3 weeks. The MRI showed no brain issues (thank God) but they still don’t know what is going on. So they did a surgery today to do a biopsy. So I spent my whole afternoon in a different hospital waiting room. I’m still freaked out, but he seems calm. So that is good! We also learned that he is a diabetic, so I am learning all sorts of new things about what is good and not good to eat!

Ok. So I realize that ending on work and hospital stuff makes it sound all awful. They are just at the bottom because they call me the most stress and I like to talk about them the least. While they are big, there has also been a lot of fun stuff too and it has just taken up all my spare time. When I get home at night I am much more interested in catching up with my family or curling up with a book to destress than blogging…. but I am determined to do better! Stay tuned!

Translation Tuesday: I Do Declare

February 17, 2015

I actually use this one and have had it used in my presence by others: I do declare!

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This is generally used at the start of a sentence and is an exclamation of some sort…. frustration, surprise, etc. Example, ” I do declare, I have not seen you in a coons age!”

 

Winter Weather in the South

February 16, 2015

My friends in New England… I’m so sorry. I know your winter has been a crappy one and full of so much more snow than normal. Down here in the South, we are getting our first blast of wintery weather. Now, we have had some seriously cold days (it was 11 degrees one morning last month) but we have had no ice or snow yet. That is about to change. We have some weather coming our way, and while it is really not going to hit my part of the state, it will hit the upper region and schools are being closed already. They may get an inch of snow, maybe…. but things are still closing. Because this is how southerners and northerners differ on winter weather….

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Throwback Thursday: February 12, 2004

February 12, 2015

Tonight I went out for a fun night on the town celebrating my old friend, Rach. We’ve been friends for nearly 15 years and today was her 33rd birthday! In honor of her I am throwing back to her birthday dinner in 2004.

Throwback to Rach's 22nd birthday!

Throwback to Rach’s 22nd birthday!

 

We had a tame group dinner at Outback that year. Tame after the craziness of her 21st the year before that had a surprise party, jello shot Twister and ended with a foot through the wall. I think…. it is all a little hazy now. So 11 years later I got to help her ring in her 33rd with a fun night out at a ritzy restaurant surrounded by friends…. can’t wait to see where we all are in another 10 years!

Translation Tuesday: Pretty is as Pretty Does

February 10, 2015

Y’all… I must have heard some variation on this from my Grandma every other day of my life until I was 18 and I left for college.

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It is just a quaint way of saying being a good and kind person is important and if you treat people with kindness and love from the heart, that is more important than being pretty in looks. Being pretty is how you treat others, not how you look. Seriously… drilled.into.my.head. If my Grandma had sewed, I am sure she would have made a damn sampler and hung it over my head. You know the kicker of the whole thing though…. as I mentioned a couple of days ago I went to Cincy and had time with Lili…. and I TOTALLY TOLD HER THIS.

Full circle folks. Life is weird and words to live by: Pretty is as pretty does.

Holiday Season 2014 Recap

February 7, 2015

December is a bit of a blur. Three separate holiday parties for work alone, a weekend in GVegas, shopping, parties and gatherings with friends and family, a trip to Cincinnati… it was a little nuts- even with two weeks of winter vacation!  Then the start of the semester means I am just getting to recapping it now. A few highlights from the family and friends advenutres

Weekend in GVegas

One weekend in December I headed down to GVegas to spend the holidays with Gail, Puff and Bimmer.

At the light show with Bimmer

At the light show with Bimmer

 

For several years I’ve drive out to the middle of the suburbs with them to see this house that goes all out with their lights. I mean, it has a Facebook page and it takes them three months to put the things up… it is pretty and crazy at the same time.

Smurf lights!

Smurf lights!

My favorite part of this whole display are the mini Smurf lights. These things have to be from the 1970’s but they are awesome. The giant mushrooms are an added bonus.

Bimmer being adorable

Bimmer being adorable

 

When did she start looking like a little person?

When did she start looking like a little person?

I gave her a Disney princess outfit for Christmas... major hit.

I gave her a Disney princess outfit for Christmas… major hit.

 

Christmas Day

My Dad LOVES Breaking Bad, so I found a "Letd Cook" apron on etsy. Another big hit!

My Dad LOVES Breaking Bad, so I found a “Let’s Cook” apron on etsy. Another big hit!

 

And bless my sweet father's heart, he saw wrapping paper and went for it... never noticing it was wedding paper and not Christmas paper.

And bless my sweet father’s heart, he saw wrapping paper and went for it… never noticing it was wedding paper and not Christmas paper.

 

Cincinnati for New Years!

No food pictures, they were earlier in the week!

I got lots of snuggles and laughs with my Lili.

I got lots of snuggles and laughs with my Lili.

Had a fun day with Graham, Lili and TT

Had a fun day with Graham, Lili and TT

 

We took them to see the old Cincinnati Gas and Electric Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center. They loved it, but they somehow seemed bigger in my childhood memories.

We took them to see the old Cincinnati Gas and Electric Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center. They loved it, but they somehow seemed bigger in my childhood memories.

 

I love the rotunda at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal.  One of my favorite places in Cincy.

I love the rotunda at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. One of my favorite places in Cincy and a work of art.

 

Sweet Graham, he is such a cutie! Little heart breaker in the making.

Sweet Graham, he is such a cutie! Little heart breaker in the making.

The Bestie with her sweet girl out at a fun lunch.

The Bestie with her sweet girl out at a fun lunch.

TT and Lili making cookies one night. Neiman Marcus cookies.... so yummy!

TT and Lili making cookies one night. Neiman Marcus cookies…. so yummy!

 

It was a busy and fun month! Even if I was freezing my ass off all of the time I was in Ohio. I loved spending time with all of the great family and friends in my life!

Throwback Thursday: Welcome to the World LiLi, 2011

February 5, 2015

In about two weeks my cute little niece will turn four…

Lili and me... Feb 2011

Lili and me… Feb 2011

 

Somehow this tiny little baby who I was terrified to hold for fear I’d break her has grown into a cute, inquisitive and spunky almost four year old. Her parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles all adore her…. and so do I! I remember the day she was born I drove like a NASCAR driver for 500 miles to make it to the hospital in Cincinnati in time. I made it just a few minutes before the Bestie ended up having a C-section. This picture was taken the next day and I’ve adored this little girl ever since! Happy early birthday to this sweet munchkin!

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