Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am thankful for Layne. I am thankful for all the joy that he has brought into my life, and for the laughter that never seems to end. I am thankful for his support and encouragement, his patience and understanding. He is my soul mate, and is the greatest gift God has given to me.
I am thankful for my family and friends. I have an amazing support group in my life of people who know me, who I can be honest with, who are always there, and whose love is unconditional. I am SO thankful to have them in my life. They are a unique group of relationships... family by blood, family by choice, childhood friendships, adult friendships... I am blessed to have you all in my life. I don't know where I would be without you, and will never be able to express my gratitude for everything you have done.
I am thankful for my job. However crazy that may sound, I am. I love what I do, even on the days where it gets the best of me. I am thankful my career is in an industry that has stability right now, and that I work for a company that has no job security concerns.
I am thankful that I finally have a home in Dallas. Although I've lived here for 2.5 years, it wasn't until I moved into the house that I finally found my home here. With Granny's furniture, some hand me down decorations, and a lot of hard work for the renovations, the house I live in is more than a house, its my home. It feels like me, and their are pieces of my roots all around me. It's perfect.
I am thankful Stephen lives in Dallas. I don't think I need to elaborate much since this is something I've touched on before, but I am thankful Stephen is with me. He is protective of me, he calls me out on my BS, and he is my only person from home I have with me in Dallas. I also love watching him and Layne become good friends.
I am thankful for college football, even when LSU does have a 4 L season. It's a passion, and I'm lucky to have the sport for entertainment. I'll be even more thankful when they move to a playoff system.
I am thankful for the gift of life. Losing people I love has reminded me of what I truly have to be thankful for... every breathe, every day. I'm thankful for the sunrises and sunsets, the birds and squirrels I watch in the backyard, the old couple that walks down the block everyday at the same time I'm driving to work. I'm thankful for the little things that make me and my life experiences unique.
Everyday, I think about how lucky I am, and have to remind myself that it isn't about luck. I am incredibly blessed with amazing people in my life, who have filled my days with love, laughter, and fun. If you're reading this blog, you're one of them. Thank you for everything you have added to who I am and the life I lead. I am truly thankful for your presence in my life, and will be thinking about you all over the Holiday weekend while I'm with family and friends back home. Happy Turkey Day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
1.) My Friend Face, McQ...now known as Mrs. Martinez: you were a beautiful bride. I am SO happy for you. Please come home from Jamaica soon so I can gush all over you. Welcome to the great State of Texas. We're lucky to have you, and I am looking forward to seeing much more of you over the next few years.
2.) Abby... you spoil me. My tailgate bachelorette party rocked my world. It was better than I could have possibly dreamed it would be. I know you have had so much going on with school and ZTA and your own wedding. Thank you for the time and effort you went through. Saturday rocked my world.
3.) Doody... I'll spare you the sappiness. Thanks for manning the grill like a champ. You didn't have to. I appreciate it so much, and look forward to spoiling you and Abby in the VERY short term future.
4.) Mom and Dad... there aren't words. You are too good to the four of us. And to Layne too- If you keep serving him fresh shrimp, he's going to turn into one.
5.) Amy... thank you for flying in to be there. I saw you in October, I'll see you twice in November. December? Definitely in January. That's more than we see each other in a year, much less 6 months. I love it!
6.) Thank you everyone for coming out for the day on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who sat in the brutal cold. Thanks to everyone who made it out to Bogie's. And thanks to everyone who survived the late night at Greg's.
7.) And last but not least, G Baby: You are always so good to Layne and I when we're in town. Thanks for taking care of us. Thanks for the late night party. Let me know how much damage we did to your grocery supply. We owe you.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
We fly out of town tonight for a long weekend in Louisiana. (I love November and December because I see so much of my family and friends, and with the wedding, it makes it even better.)
So you can imagine, it's a short work week. Layne has a big presentation on Monday, so he's been working crazy hours. Who works 11 hours on a Sunday? Don't answer that. I can think of some immediate family members who do. Back to the point. So I've been trying to bring my A+ game to get us packed, organized, and on the road. There are no more regular trips back to NoLA. Now we're bringing things back home for the big day. The to-do lists have been a mile long, and I had finally worked my way down to the last step- bringing the invitations to the post office. Easy enough you'd think, especially since the post office is across the street from my office. But that was not the case today. Somehow- despite the fact that all the invitations are the same, stuffed the same, no extras... some weigh more than others. And as a result, they need more postage. No big deal, because homie at the post office has a scale and can weigh them for me. Only he wouldn't, because the line was so long. So he instructed me to use the electronic scale on the other side of the building, which wasn't working. I'd put an invitation down, and it would say $0.42. Same invitation again, but this time $0.59. So I got back in line since the first man who helped me was at lunch, waited another 20 minutes, only to be told I wasn't using the machine right, and had to zero it out before each weigh in. Same problem still existed. So rather than get back in line, again, I waited for the 2nd person who helped me to get done with their customer. And when I caught her eye, she called me over. She kindly helped me weigh out each invitation, and while she was doing so I was putting the extra stamps on invitations as needed. Deep breath. Almost done. And then, I lost control.
The customer next to me got done, and the next person in line came up.
USPS Employee: Sorry about the wait sir. It's been a crazy day.
Random man (Loud enough so the entire line could hear): Not your fault sir. We can't all jump in front of the line.
Me: Silent. (My head had whipped around in disbelief.)
USPS Employee helping me: She didn't jump in front of the line sir.
Random man: Whatever.
Me: Well don't you just look like an ass for assuming that I jumped in front of the line. I've been here for over an hour. I've already sat in this line twice. The reason I did that, is because I was trying to be considerate of everyone else in line and went and used the scale in the other room. Only the scale is broken. And when I sat in line the second time and told them, they told me I was using the scale wrong, only I wasn't. So don't you look like a fool for causing a scene.... Whatever.
And as I took my debit card back and grabbed my purse, one little old lady in line clapped for me. I didn't look back, but I have a feeling the rest were just looking at me like I was nuts.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Happy -2 Month anniversary to us! I have been counting down till our wedding day month by month, but the time has finally comes to switch to a daily countdown. Only 61 more days until Layne and I make the promise of our lifetime, and we can't wait!
Layne, I am so excited about becoming your wife. Thanks for being patient with my inability (and lack of desire) to cook. Thanks for putting up with my bridezilla moments. (Good thing we're only doing this once.) Thanks for having just as many (if not more) opinions as I do, I love that you care. Thank you for everything you do. I feel like the luckiest woman in the world, and could not ask for more. I can't wait to share the rest of our lives together. The good and bad, the big and the small. You are my person, and I love you.
"Don't force me to leave you. Don't make me turn back from following you. Wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." RUTH 1:16
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Have fun in Playa del Carmen!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I'm going to play the role of a proud big sister and take a minute to brag on my little brother. (Sorry Stephen- don't be mad. I couldn't help myself!) For those of you who don't know my brother Stephen, he is number 2 out of 4. He graduated from LSU this past May, and moved to Dallas to pursue his dream of becoming a professional NCAA referee. I've always admired Stephen for this. This is his passion, and he's good at it. He's dedicated, committed, and pushes himself to excel in his career.
Last night, Stephen was assigned to referee at The University of North Texas, the same DIVISION I athletic program that played football against LSU this year. It was his first DI game of the season, and I speak for the whole family and our friends when I say how proud we are of Stephen.
He got home late last night (late being post 10pm), and walked into the house in his slacks and button up shirt. He looked sharp. That's the way referee's roll in the big league. Listening to Stephen talk about the game, the facilities, all the extra accommodations they had for the ref's, well, it was awesome to hear him so excited.
And while I know it was a small step, and the game wasn't the biggest he'll ever ref, I know the small step was a step. Several base hits score a run too. So here's to my little brother. For another base hit in his career. We are so proud of you... for believing in yourself, for having the courage to chase after your dreams, and for pushing yourself to be the best you can be. You deserve all the good life is sending your way. Thanks for letting us be apart of the ride.
(And you thought it was bad when I got emotional and gushed over you in the living room. Haha.)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Go vote. Vote for McCain. Vote for Obama. I don't care who. (Actually, I do, but I'm not going to get on that boat). More important that who your candidate is, is the right to vote and your choice to use it.
Sorry if you're sick of the election and the polls and the robocalls you've been getting for weeks. The parties WANT you to be tired. They don't want suprises on election day. So suprise them. Go vote. Let's show up in the masses. Tell you neighbors. Tell your family. Tell your friends. GO VOTE!
I'm tired of hearing my friends say that the government doesn't do anything for them. It doesn't address issues important to our generation. Go vote. Let them see the impact we can have on an election, and they'll pay attention to our issues for the next go 'round.
And let me just give a little shout out to my Mom and Dad right now: Thank you for taking me down the street with you when you went to vote when I was younger. I remember those days. And without using words, you showed what it meant to uphold your civil duty and to be a responsible citizen. Thank you for teaching me how important that is.