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Friday, March 28, 2008

playing with the templates..

I'm playing with my blog templates, colors, & fonts...what do ya think???

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

past updates & future plans...

It's been a while...

Our tulips in the front yard are blooming. They're red & absolutely lovely next to my white and purple hyacinths! If only I could post a picture of them...

Speaking of pictures...we got our tax return $ today, nearly $2500! We're using most of it to open a roth IRA and the rest to buy a new camera. I've been doing quite a bit of research on different cameras so hopefully next weekend we can go to Wolf Camera and check my faves out in person. I can't wait to have a camera again. Then I'll have sooo many shots to catch up on.

Only 3 more weeks of this semester left...thank goodness! I'm ready for new classes and different types of learning opportunities. I'm hoping to have my research proposal paper wrapped up by the middle of next week & it should all be downhill from there.

I'm headed to a 2-day seminar tomorrow with some of my coworkers on caring for patients at the end of life. Not exactly a fun thing to talk about but a very important thing for us to be able to do well. It'll be refreshing to get go to a class while getting paid. Such a change of pace from a typical work day.

Next Saturday I have to go to a scientific writing course from 9-4 for a 1-hour class I'm taking. Then I have to write about it & I get credit for the course...a pretty sweet deal! Unfortunately that Saturday is Chris' 25th birthday...bummer. But to make his day special, I'm planning a little surprise birthday party at his favorite Mexican restaurant with a few of our friends. It should be fun!

My parents will be visiting us towards the end of April. I'm so excited. It's been almost a year since they were here last. We have a lot of new things around the house to show them & fun things planned for their stay!

That's all for now...off to get ready for bed so I can get up before 0600...good night!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

busy times...do they ever end?

I feel like I have been so busy lately...I think it's an ongoing cycle!

Monday I spent all day running errands & catching up on things like taking Sadie for a pedicure & taking my car in for an oil change & brake service. I filled the rest of my day with catching up on school work. I worked Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Friday I spent the morning running a couple of errands and donating a few hours of my time to help set up for a Relay for Life Hot Dog Fundraiser lunch we were having a work. Friday afternoon I spent a few hours with Chris watching UNC play in their ACC tournament game-somewhere in all of our lives' craziness we know it's important to spend time together doing things we enjoy! I agan spent the rest of Friday doing school work.

Yesterday we spent all day building the arbor in our garden we've been planning. It turned out sooo great! I so wish I could post pictures of it here, but without a camera I'm out of luck. Hopefully soon I can remedy that though! We got finished with it just before it started storming. We had dinner with friends last night & I came home & again did school work until midnight.

We went to Sunday school & church today & I came home to again, you guessed it, do more schoolwork while Chris headed to lab for a few hours. It's been a productive weekend, but one without much time for a breather.

The upcoming weeks are looking just as busy, if not more so! The end of the semester is nearing & that's always stressful. I have more than usual going on with work & I'm also trying to squeeze in time to study for the OCN exam as well...I don't think it ever ends!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

spring has come & company has gone...

I'm back...

Chris' grandparents from Lake Hartwell visited us this weekend. They came in Friday evening & left this afternoon after church & lunch. It was rainy & very windy the entire time they were here, but we got out a bit anyway. Yesterday we took them to the Duke Gardens. It's a bit early for most stuff to be blooming, but we got a glimpse of the daffodils, pansies, and hyacinths. The cherry trees are blooming too so they were beautiful. There were even a few tulips in bloom. I think Chris & I will plan to head back in a few weeks when the tulip will be in full bloom. They took us out to dinner last night at Macaroni Grill (one of my favs!). Chris & I of course had to watch the Duke vs. UNC game last night & they even watched part of it with us. They came to church with us this morning & then we stopped by Panera (another of my favs!) for lunch. We had a great time with them & are so glad that they had the chance to visit us.

Speaking of flowers....spring has sprung at our house....yeah! I can't remember when I've ever been so ready for spring. Our quince, camelia, forsythia, and daffodils are in full blooms & are sooo pretty. I have about 20 hyacinths in the front yard that should all start blooming later this week. I have about 30 tulips that look to be ready to bloom very soon too. It's going to so lovely! Chris' grandmother is sooo sweet & brought us 4 little baby rosebushes this weekend. They're small, but are of a fast growing variety so we got them planted this afternoon & I can't wait to watch them grow!

The ad below thrills me to no end...I have a dear friend at work who sells Longaberger products. I love their products, but rarely buy them. I can't turn this offer down though. I love to drink coffee but only out of coffee mugs, I've never been satisfied with a travel cup made from plastic. I'm definitely going to buy 2 of these, I just have to decide what color to order them in. I can't wait for them to come in!

This week is spring break from classes so I'm excited about that although I'm going to try to get ahead on a couple of big assignments coming up in the near future as the coming weeks are looking busier & busier!

We have a big project planned for this upcoming weekend...we're building a garden arbor to replace the one currently in our yard. The current one is made of bamboo & a rather sad excuse for an arbor. We're going to buy a new vine to start on it after we get it built & stained. We bought the lumber this weekend & got to use a $5 off coupon I had from Home Depot (I love using coupons!) so we'll be all ready to get started on Saturday morning. I can't wait to see it in it's new garden home!