Sunday, November 30, 2008

Another Giveaway

Mrs. Guru is having a Christmas themed Giveaway.

Tell her that I sent you

Anniversary Post

I know that I said that I would chose a winner on Sunday night (a.k.a. tonight) but because I was super busy this week and quite under the weather, I'm going to postpone picking a winner until Wednesday night!

This will give me some more time to pick up some more goodies to add to the package!

The best part is, is that you have more time to enter.

Click Here if you would like to try your luck.

*For those of you who have already entered once.. "Advertise" my giveaway on your blog (leave me another comment to let me know) and you'll be granted 2 additional entries!

It's Been Awhile

Wow, I haven't posted in forever.

I was feeling a little Debbie Downer this Thanksgiving- due to the fact that I was seriously sick this Thanksgiving AND plagued with the exact same cold last Thanksgiving- and I had to give myself a swift kick in the ass because......

I'm engaged to a fabulous man, I have an incredible family, my wedding plans are all falling into place, I have a good job, I have supportive friends, and I'm blessed.

Yeah, yeah, I couldn't breath out of not one, but both nostrils, despite insane amounts of Advil Cold and DayQuil, but things could be a lot worse.

I'm lucky that my only health problem at the moment is related to a cold. I am thankful for that (and if you've been reading for awhile, you know my hypochondriac self is in overdrive 24/7 worrying about some type of ailment).

Anyways, so the run of the events included:

Time with my family on Tuesday. I spent the night, tried hard to breath, and tried on bridesmaid dresses with my sister, who will be my maid of honor.

On Thanksgiving, the Fiance and I spent some quality time with my family, I tried to eat as much as I could, I tried to have a glass of champagne, and then we were off to the Fiance's holiday party about 30 miles up the road.

We were able to spend some time with the Fiance's family and while there, I asked his sisters to be my bridesmaids (seriously, my bridesmaid asking idea is super cute, and I'll share soon- I still need to ask three girls though).

On Friday, we vegged out at home and ran some errands. We managed to pick up all of our save the dates, invitations, and thank-you cards for under 200 bucks!

(God, I am blessed, this wedding planning stuff really is all coming together).

We decided to forego the 1,000 dollar invitations and will be using a super cute set from Michaels instead. 99% of our guest are going to throw the invitation away within the next year, so I see no point to shelling out more than a few hundred for invitations.

On Saturday, we spent the entire day in D.C.- first meeting with a priest and finding the church that we are going to use on our wedding day (yay), next visiting the shop John bought my ring at (they stole it for the next five days) and lastly, decorating his parents' house for Christmas and going out to dinner for his grandmother's 98th birthday.

Today, I've been sitting my ass on the couch watching football. GO STEELERS!

I am DREADING work tomorrow! I want my vacation back- although I was busy, I was feeling like crap 90% of the time so a redo would be quite nice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

How Fabulous...

I went to bed feeling slightly shitty last night -- and woke up this morning with a full on cold.

JUST in time for Thanksgiving.

Did I mention that it is my first year splitting Thanksgiving?

Monday, November 24, 2008

An Election Poem

This was sent to me by my future sister-in-law and I had to share....
Post  Election Poem
The election is over, the talking is done.
My party lost, your party won.
So let us be friends, let arguments pass.
I'll hug my elephant, you kiss your ass.

One Year Blogger-versary!

I have been blogging for one year today!

In honor of my one-year anniversary, I will be hosting a giveaway!

Granted, I may not be as popular as Oprah, the winner of this giveaway will receive a package that includes some of my favorite things.

You have until Sunday November 30, 2009 to enter! All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment and tell me which of my posts was your favorite. If you do not have a blog, you can still enter, but make sure that you include a valid email address so that I can contact you for your address if you are the winner.

(Don't get too excited, you're not going to win a Wii or anything, but who doesn't love little presents) ?


Sunday, November 23, 2008

I've been M.I.A.

Most of you are going to be quite shocked by the amount of wedding related details that we have completed in the last week. We didn't mean to do everything so soon, but everything seemed to fall into place (which is a considerable difference to how things were going the week prior).

On Wednesday, we viewed a venue in our town (the same place where we had our first date). The view was incredible and we were able to meet a fellow blogger (who also happens to be the wedding coordinator at said location). We were hoping that things would work out at this location, but like I've said before, there wasn't a Saturday available in September or October (besides Halloween, but I wasn't quite feeling a Halloween wedding).

On Thursday, we met my father downtown to view a venue in Washington D.C. My mom said that I would love it, my dad said that the price was right, but I wasn't convinced. However, once I got there, I fell in love. The ballroom that we are going to use is gorgeous, and the wedding planner was super nice. The wedding package includes an open bar for 5 hrs, a fantastic five course meal, custom linens and several other little extras. Additionally, we're able to block rooms for our guests for less than $90.00 a night (regularly upwards of $250.00 a night). It would have been stupid not to have our wedding here.

So that's that, it's official. We're getting married in Washington D.C. on October 17, 2009.

We still need to find a church in the area, but we have a few leads and we're meeting with a priest next weekend.

In other news, I have purchased my wedding dress (I know, seriously, WTF?)

I stopped by a local wedding dress boutique on Friday just to look around. I purposely wore a black bra so that I couldn't try anything on. I just wanted to look, since I envisioned myself wearing at least 50 different wedding dresses/styles.

I looked around and the consultant persuaded me to try something on (apparently black bras don't matter, you need to strip down naked to try anything on anyways). I ended up trying on 6 dresses and fell head over heels in love with the last one that I tried on.

I called my mom, and set up an appointment for Saturday so that she and my sister could see it on. On Friday night, I couldn't sleep. I had butterflies and was so anxious to put that dress back on.

On Saturday, mom and sister came up, viewed three dresses, and cried when they saw me in the winner. Mom wasn't in love with the top of the dress, but was obsessed with the skirt, details and bustle. Luckily, the designer of my dress also works at the boutique and we were able to make some pretty significant changes to the top dress. In the end, we were all happier and I'm even more in love with the dress. My first fitting is at the end of January and I cannot wait to see how it all turns out.

I wish that I could tell you all about it, but the fiance is an avid reader and I don't want him to know a thing.

The only bad part about already buying the dress is the fact that I can't try anymore on. That was, in fact, the best part of this experience so far (minus the engagement of course). I am a little bit sad that I can't go try on fifty million more. Overall though, I'm happy with my choice and I cannot wait to wear it. It's perfect for fall and perfect for the venue.

In other news, I cannot believe that it is almost Thanksgiving! Where did the time go?

And.... I still promise to write about some non-wedding related details soon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday, Thursday

I am exhausted. I should be asleep, but I want to make sure that I catch every second of the Steelers whooping some Bengal booty tonight.

The fiance and I have been going non-stop since our engagement. I need a honeymoon tomorrow. We've visited several venues, called 5,000 priests and have been trying to piece something together (I know, I know, I said we would wait, but I'm anal).

We visited a fabulous place yesterday, right in downtown Annapolis with a fabulous view. Tonight, we visited a hotel in D.C. and also fell in love. My dad happens to work at the place in D.C. so the discount is quite nice and we can have a Saturday night wedding.

It is/was such a hard decision--- go for the gorgeous views (also where we had our first date) and a Friday wedding or go for a better wedding package, fancier ballroom, and Saturday wedding for a better deal (due to a discount). At this point, the Saturday wedding appears to be in the lead.

(I promise I don't have Bipolar, although I could imagine that I sound like that as of late. It's not my fault, wedding planning is not all that it's cracked up to be)

.... glance down at shiny ring--- okay, I'm better......

Dad's running the numbers tomorrow. If everything goes as planned, we'll be getting married on October 17, 2009. Mark your calender if you know me in real life.

***** I'm sorry this is turning into a wedding blog. Expect other topics soon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blizzard, Please!

It snowed for approximately 5 minutes today. It was very beautiful and I look forward to many snow days this season. Since the brief snow storm, the temperature has dropped to about 2 degrees outside (not seriously, but it feels like it). We actually had to suck it up and turn on the heat tonight because it was 58 degrees in this place when I walked in after work. Sorry kittens. So much for saving some money.

I've spent the last two days at a cultural proficiency meeting for work. It was mandatory-- if not, I totally would have skipped. I don't hate culture, but I've participated in about a million in services on the topic and took a class about it in grad school. I'm over hearing the same thing over and over again.

Two days at an in service means very little access to internet and even less access to a telephone. Frantic bride to be plus no access to the outside word= frustration.

On the wedding planning front, getting married should be easy, but we've experienced our fair share of hiccups.

We aren't discouraged, but when one thing appears to be going our way, we'll find out that the place we like is booked every night for the next three years. When we finally settle on a Friday wedding we find out that our church won't marry us on a Friday.

Seriously, why won't a catholic church marry us on a Friday? I'll be pondering that thought tonight.

Back to the drawing board.

On a more positive note, we are visiting another venue tomorrow night after work. I'm hoping that this one goes well, because it's the exact place that the fiance and I went on our first date. Wish us luck.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Free Stuff

Please tell her that I sent you! If you win, I win too! Just think of it as my engagement present! =]

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lots to Update!

On Friday, my friend Mari was hosting a girl's night at her apartment. It was the perfect occasion to announce my engagement and to have a toast. Champagne was had by all.

Kristin, Alli and I

All of the girls after Mari's toast

The party quickly turned into dance party USA (little known fact in blog world- I'm actually quite outgoing and take any opportunity to make an ass out of myself). See, that's why fiance loves me.

Dance Party USA turned into a full on dance off. Kristin and I were lucky enough to beat out Mari and M.J. in the Hip-Hop, Freestyle, Modern, Ballet and Cheerleading competition =] We went head to head, and they gave us a run for our money. Luckily, 15 years of dance classes paid off.

You get one shot from the dance off, I don't want to embarrass anyone else (besides myself)

It happened though- here is Kristin and I admiring our moves (Noelle was snapping pictures)

The party was really fun, and I drank a little too much. At some point in the night I knelt down on Mari's patio and was either punctured by a nail and/or stung by a wasp. I spent the next hour contemplating going to the ER for a tetanus shot.

{I didn't and I am alive to tell the tell......... so far}

On Saturday morning, boyfriend and I decided to do something really crazy (we were both hungover and exhausted) and went to check-out a venue on the Eastern Shore. It was incredible and we're 100% in love. Now, I just need to convince my parents that it's the place to seal the deal.

There is a lot to consider though. Although boyfriend and I dream of getting married on the water, my dad works at a hotel in downtown D.C. I never dreamed of a D.C. wedding, but it may be worth the savings. The rates at dad's hotel are astronomically high, so we're waiting to see what kind of deal we can get.

In other news, if we get married at our dream spot, I think that we're actually going to go with a Friday night wedding. I wasn't feeling it at first, but that savings would add up to at least 5,000 dollars. I see no need to pay an extra 5,000 based simply on the day of the week that we get married. Plus, after some careful consideration- I think that the people that love us and want to share the day with us will be willing to take a half and/or whole day off to celebrate and be by our sides.

In addition, those traveling to our wedding would have to take at least one day off of work anyways. No final plans have been made. I really wanted to put if off and take some time to enjoy our engagement, but we quickly learned that if you don't book a place at least a year in advance, the likelihood of you getting anything semi-decent is slim. I'm hoping we can book the place within the next week, settle on a date, and then take a month or two off to relax and enjoy being engaged.

On Saturday night, my parents met the fiance's parents. We all met down at my parents house for dinner and drinks. Although I was worried, and was afraid that I would have several horrifying stories to tell, the whole thing went fabulously. They got along great, and they weren't even on their best behavior. Luckily, our parents are quite similar in every area except religion and a love of wine, but we were able to get past that and enjoy the evening.

When we got there, my mom had bought this cute little cake and we toasted with champagne (again). Seriously, I love that cake topper. I don't think I'll use it in my actual wedding, because (gasp) we don't want a wedding cake, but I'm sure that it will make an appearance at the bridal shower and/or rehearsal dinner.

I think that is everything! I have worked out some of the wedding plans, but it's mostly in regards to decor. Not everything that I want has been met rave reviews (Fiance's mom and my sister are not feeling my chocolate brown bridesmaid dresses), but my mom seems to be on board (or at least pretending). She went out today and bought fifty billion fall decorations at Michael's because she knows that I want a fall wedding and fully intend to incorporate berries and twigs and pumpkins. Isn't she sweet?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Be honest..

The fiance and I are looking into wedding venues.

How do you feel about Friday weddings (BE HONEST)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Meme Time

(bold= true)

- I am 5′4 or shorter.
- I think I'm ugly.
- I have many scars. (I run into walls on a daily basis)
- I tan easily.
- I wish my hair was a different color.
- I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
- I have a tattoo.
- I am self-conscious about my appearance.
- I have/I've had braces.
- I wear glasses.
- I'd get/have gotten plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free, scar-free. (Duh)
- I've been told I'm attractive by a complete stranger.
- I have had more than 2 piercings.
- I have had piercings in places besides my ears. (I guess not really, I just took it out)
- I have freckles. (Fiance loves them)

Family/Home Life:

- I've sworn at my parents.
- I've run away from home.
- I've been kicked out of the house.
- My biological parents are together.
- I have a sibling less than one year old.
- I want to have kids someday.
- I have children.
- I've lost a child.

- I've slipped out a "LOL" in a spoken conversation.
- Disney movies still make me cry.
- I've snorted while laughing.
- I've laughed so hard I've cried.
- I've glued my hand to something.
- I've laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose.
- I've had my trousers rip in public.

- I was born with a disease/impairment.
- I've had stitches.
- I've broken a bone.
- I've had my tonsils removed.
- I've sat in a doctor's office with a friend.
- I've had my wisdom teeth removed.
- I've had serious surgery.
- I've had chicken pox.

- I've driven over 200 miles in one day.
- I've been on a plane.
- I've been to Canada.
- I've been to Niagara Falls.
- I've been to Japan.
- I've been to Europe.
- I've been to Africa.

- I've been lost in my city.
- I've seen a shooting star.
- I've wished on a shooting star.
- I've seen a meteor shower.
- I've gone out in public in my pajamas.
- I've pushed all the buttons in a lift.
- I've been to a casino.
- I've been skydiving.
- I've gone skinny dipping
- I've played spin the bottle.
- I've crashed a car.
- I've been in a play.
- I've met someone in person from the Internet.
- I've caught a snowflake on my tongue.
- I've seen the Northern Lights.
- I've sat on a roof top at night.
- I've played chicken.
- I've seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- I've eaten Sushi.
- I've been snowboarding.

- I'm single.
- I'm in a relationship.
- I'm available.
- I'm engaged.
- I'm married.
- I've gone on a blind date.
- I've been the dumpee more than the dumper.
- I have a fear of abandonment.
- I've been divorced.
- I've had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.
- I've told someone I loved them when I didn't.
- I've told someone I didn't love them when I did.
- I've kept something from a past relationship.

- I've had a crush on someone of the same gender.
- I've kissed a member of the same gender.
- I've had sex with someone of the same gender.
- I've had sex with more than one person at the same time.
- I am a cuddler.
- I've been kissed in the rain.
- I've hugged a stranger.
- I have kissed a stranger.
- I have had sex with a stranger.

- I've done something I promised someone else I wouldn't.
- I've done something I promised myself I wouldn't.
- I have lied to my parents about where I am.
- I am keeping a secret from the world.
- I've cheated while playing a game.
- I've cheated on a test.
- I've driven through a red light.
- I've witnessed a crime.
- I've been in a fist fight.
- I've been arrested.
- I've shoplifted.

- I've consumed alcohol.
- I smoke pot.
- I regularly drink.
- I've taken painkillers when I didn't need them.
- I've taken cough medicine when I wasn't sick.
- I've done hard drugs.
- I've been addicted to an illegal substance.
- I can't swallow pills.
- I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.

Mental health:
- I have been diagnosed with depression.
- I shut others out when I'm depressed.
- I take anti-depressants.
- I have had an eating disorder.
- I've slept an entire day when I didn't need it.
- I've hurt myself on purpose.
- I'm addicted to self harm.
- I've woken up crying.

- I'm afraid of dying.
- I hate funerals.
- I've seen someone dying.
- I have attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has committed suicide.

- I can sing well.
- I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
- I open up to others too easily.
- I watch the news.
- I don't kill bugs.
- I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for sake of being able to rhyme.
- I swear regularly.
- I am a morning person
- I paid for my mobile phone ring tone.
- I'm a snob about grammar.
- I am a sports fanatic.
- I play with my hair.
- I have/had "x"s in my screen name.
- I love being neat.
- I love Spam.
- I've copied more than 30 CD's in a day.
- I bake well.
- I don't know how to shoot a gun.
- I am in love with love.
- I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
- I eat fast food weekly.
- I believe in ghosts.
- I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
- I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
- I am really ticklish.
- I love white chocolate.
- I bite my nails.
- I play video games.
- I'm good at remembering faces.
- I'm good at remembering names.
- I'm good at remembering dates.
- I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Thanks Ladies

I appreciate all of the super sweet comments. I'm still on engagement high, and I'm more than a little bit excited about marrying this man.

In other news, being engaged makes it hard to blog. I don't have much to tell except for sentences that include the words, YAY, hooray, awesome, romantic, engaged, married. I'm trying to spare you all.

I'll try to be more creative soon. In the meantime, I'm drinking some beers and relaxing with the fiance.

On tap for the weekend, the parents meet the in-laws. This should be entertaining.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hot Damn

Engagement shock has not warn off!

Ladies, any and all engagement, marriage, wedding planning tips are welcome and encouraged.

We haven't done much in regards to planning yet-- obviously, but the questions are coming in a mile a minute.

When, where, where's the honeymoon? My head is already spinning.

Tonight we made dinner together and watched a movie. We're trying to enjoy the fact that we're engaged, and riding out that high before things get too stressful.

Oh, and yes. I'm still blinded by the bling.

An Engagement Story

Back in June, John decided that he wanted to marry me (of course-- he didn't tell me). He bought me tickets to the Steelers/Colts game in Pittsburgh for my birthday in August, and the game was planned for the weekend of November 8th. Apparently, John had a major plan, and had previously decided that he would propose while we were there.

The following was all a major shock for me. Of course I knew we were going to get married and we had discussed it, but I did not think that it was going to happen now-- or in Pittsburgh. John was super sneaky and planned everything without me knowing a thing. I thought that this would be the perfect time to propose, but I didn't think he had the money to buy a ring. He misled me greatly by telling me that it would be at least another year before he could afford a ring!

{To those that are confused, I'm from Pittsburgh and I love Pittsburgh}

He booked a room for two nights in one of the fanciest hotels in Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn. John made me pose in front of the hotel (love my pose) to document the trip.

John let me pick where I wanted to eat dinner, and the answer was Sesame Inn, no question. It's my absolute favorite Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh and it's located right in Station Square. We walked around, bought a bunch of steelers gear (for me) and ate, and ate, and ate-- as you can see below.

John was cool as a cucumber, which convinced me even more that he wasn't going to propose. He was acting normally, drinking the local beer, and eating like a boy with a huge appetite. Not to mention the fact that he took a nap before we went out to dinner. Seriously, the boy was hours from proposing and slept like nothing was happening.

After dinner, John mentioned that we should go up the incline to Mount Washington. I was more than happy to because it provides a gorgeous view of the city and my prom pictures were taken there back in high school. My camera sucks, so the picture quality isn't great, but this is what we saw when we got to the top.

If you look closely, you can see the Steelers stadium in this picture, and if you look to the left, you'll see the exact balcony that John proposed to me on.

Anyways, we walked over to the balcony, took pictures, talked about how beautiful it was and then John said, "Okay, are you ready to go?" (he was trying to throw me off). The next thing I knew, I turned around to grab him and he was pulling something out of his pocket. Seconds later, he was down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I started freaking out, cried for about 1.25 seconds and then kept asking him if he was serious. I think I asked about 10 times before snatching the ring from him. The second thing out of my mouth was, "did you ask my dad?" He did, apparently dad was in on the entire thing for months.

It was so incredibly special and beautiful. After the proposal, we called our families and then looked at each other and said, "now what?" haha.

After celebrating via cell phone, John told me the speech that he meant to say as he was down on one knee, but that he was too nervous to get out. Either that or he was distracted by me yelling, "you are kidding" over and over again.

Here's a picture of us riding the incline down, only minutes after getting engaged.

It's almost impossible to get a good picture of the ring, but here it is! I'm in love! He designed it himself and I cannot stop staring at it. I look like the most conceited person in the world right now, because I stop whatever I'm doing once every five minutes to admire the sparkle.

After dinner, we went out for some champagne in station square. Doesn't he look excited! Seriously, we haven't stopped smiling for days.

When we finally got back to our hotel room, my parents had a bottle of champagne waiting for us in the hotel room. We spent the next 12 hours sleeping, and looking over at each other calling each other fiance every few minutes.

On Sunday, we woke up, and went to the Steelers game. It was absolutely incredible, despite the loss. John did not agree to be in any of the following pictures because he did not want to be seen with Steelers gear on. I was more than happy to pose for a few pictures.

I met Steely McBeam!

The atmosphere in Pittsburgh is unlike anything else during a Steelers game. It was incredible to see/hear all the fans. People go all out, unlike anything I have ever seen.

Our seats were way up there in the 527 section!

All in all, the weekend and proposal were absolutely perfect. We hit one minor snag on Monday when we tried to get home. John's car was dead. We tried to jump it, but couldn't get it started and were stranded in the parking garage for 3 hours waiting for a tow truck that could get down to the bottom level of the garage. I cried, but then I looked at my ring and all was well again in the world.

The rest of the day was a bit of a pain in the ass, we ended up having to have his car towed to the dealer, looked at, and finally fixed up.

I like to think that it was a test of our upcoming marriage, and we passed with only minor bickering. =]

Hey, at least it will be a good story to tell the grand kids.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Big News!

I know that I have been M.I.A. for awhile now..

but I have good reason..

as of Saturday, boyfriend is no longer my boyfriend...

he is my fiance! YAY!

I promise to tell the full story and details soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

All that you're going to get from me...

....regarding the election is a few sentences.

I'm not outspokenly political.

I suppose I should be, considering all of my A+'s in college came from Political Science classes, but that's besides the point.

I'm certainly not super conservative and I'm certainly not a liberal.

As a result, I guess I kind of have to give anyone/everyone a chance (whether I voted for them or not).

I like to call it.... innocent until proven a socialist.

Time will tell.

I'm the meantime, I'm snorting Zicam and going to bed.

Posting at Work Again

But I had something exciting happen to me last night.
It involves Oh Snap-- (you can stop reading if you're not into cats)
Sage is always cuddling.  If I'm lying on the couch, she's right there with me lying on my stomach (9 times out of 10).  At bedtime, I sleep on my side and 9 times out of 10, she's curled up right in my side, putting her nose under my hand so that I'll put my arm around her.
Snap is super friendly and outgoing around strangers.  But he's not my cuddly cat.  He will tolerate approximately 1 minute of cuddling before he runs away.
Last night, Snap actually came up to me and slept right next to me.  He even tolerated my arm around his waist. 
Progress people!

Actual Conversation During Arrival

Setting: The Hallway
Who: A group of African American 3rd graders
Child #1: Oh my god, I'm so happy Obama won! 
Child #2: I heard that McCain was going to cancel summer vacation.  He said in his speech that brain cells would die if we were allowed vacation.
Child #3: I know!
What the #@%$#$@#?
Where do kids get their information?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Heck Yeah, to the Steelers

Lets get two things out of the way...

1. Yes, I voted.

2. 10 Halloween pictures and no one has anything nice to say about them? Humph.

Last night, Boyfriend and I went to my first MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game. It was the Steelers vs. the Redskins. Everyone thought we would lose (except for me), but we blew them away. By a lot.

I worked all day long on Monday (obviously), and had quite the busy day, so I'm looking a little sad/beat-up/ragged in all of these pictures. Oh well...

Here I am in full football attire.

If you click to enlarge, I actually made myself a matching headband.

Not to be outdone in the posing department, boyfriend puts on his best frown-face and practices his QB moves.

Look, all my boyfriends are practicing. Aren't they beautiful?

It was the prefect night for football- breezy, 50 degrees, with a clear sky. Tailgating before the game was fun, especially since half the crowd appeared to be dressed up in Steelers gear. The only downfall was one drunk Redskins fan who decided that he was going to be king of the porta-potties. He wouldn't let Steelers fans in, and I had assured boyfriend that I was okay to go to the bathroom alone. Ooops. Luckily two chicks started screaming at him and I was able to go to the bathroom. I am forever indebted to the two girls that roughed up the porta-potty king.

This picture was taken before the Steelers scored 23 points. Boyfriend didn't talk much the rest of the night.

Anyways, it's Tuesday now, and it's been one hell of the week. I haven't been home for more than an hour or two since Thursday (except for Sunday- but we were entertaining, so it's just as hectic), and I've blown my nose approximately once every 2 minutes today.

I have another election party to go to tonight, but at this point, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to make it and if I do, I may need an entire box of tissues, one heating pack and a cot to nap on. To be continued......

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Twist my Arm..

Here are a few more Halloween Pics

Boyfriend's Costume. All that worrying and I think they turned out better than anything we could have bought.

My mom and dad- The Arsonist and Fire

Another picture of the prom king and queen.

Halloween Weekend!

What a weekend! As you all know, I love Halloween and we celebrated quite hard.

On Friday night, Boyfriend and I suited up and headed out for a night on the town with some friends. We hit up a local bar, drank too much, and had a fabulous time. Here's a picture of our costume on Friday night. We changed it up a tiny bit for the party on Saturday (which you will see below).

On Saturday, we slept late, recovered and headed down to my parents' house for their annual Halloween Party. While there, we got to meet their newest dog, Zuri. My parents are now the proud parents of 3 dalmatians. Sammy, who we've had for years, Lil' T who was adopted from a dalmatian rescue and the newest, Zuri. Poor Zuri was hit by a car and her owners didn't want to take care of her. She has a long road ahead of her and needs to go to the vet 3 times a week to work on her leg. She's come a long way and she's absolutely adorable.

Boyfriend wanted in on the fun as well!

After hanging with Zuri and the family, we got dressed up and ready for my parents' Halloween Party. That night we added fake blood to my neck and the corsages. I actually made the corsages and our sashes. A little red paint completed the package. For boyfriend's costume, we picked up an old suit at goodwill, slashed it to pieces and covered it in blood. They came out fabulously.

Me and my sister, the German Girl

My parents go all out- Unfortunately, the fog machine makes it hard to see, but here are some of the decorations..

More Decor...

Boyfriend and I at the end of the night. We won the scariest costume, but my parents may have been biased.

This morning, we woke up to this sweet girl (my mom painted our back porch, I wish I were half as crafty as she is).

Today we rushed home and hosted dinner for Boyfriend's family. They had yet to visit our new apartment. We had a pot roast cook off (boyfriend cooked one, I cooked the other) and hung out.
I am absolutely beat to say the least.

I've got to rally too, we're going to the Pittsburgh game tomorrow! GOOO STEELERS!