Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Musings

Today has been an odd say so far.  Started out with me waking up at 6am to get ready for a weekly  networking group that I'm a part of in Charlotte.  Well, I don't think my body has gotten used to 6am yet.  I, in my grand stupidity, did not realize I still had some facewash astringent on my fingers and put in my contact lens.  NO BUENO.  Immediately started burning like crazy, and after a couple seconds when I could actually open my eye I got the contact out.  However, not quick enough.  I can see normal, I could tell that something wasn't right because it kept burning even after I flushed it with tons of water so I called the emergency line at my eye doctor and got them to fit me in first thing.  I went over there and got to see Dr. Oliver at 8:30am.  He told me that it was a chemical burn from the alcohol in the astringent.  He gave me numbing drops and then flushed my eye with tons of saline solution so that all (if any) alcohol was still in my eye it was gone.  Now I've got prescription eye drops to take for the next 5 days.  He said the eyes heal so quickly that it will probably be all healed up by Thursday or Friday.  The good news is that it does not affect my schedule for Lasik surgery.  So, $100 later, the lesson is always remember to thoroughly wash your hands after dealing with any type of alcohol based product!!

Aside from that, I came across this today and thought it was good to share... 

The pink ribbon in the image above reminds me that October is breast cancer awareness month.  I was also prompted at the cash register today when picking up my prescription if I would like to donate to breast cancer research, and I could pick my dollar amount.  I can never say no when prompted with something like that.  Does that make me a sucker or just someone with a philanthropical heart?  A sales rep came into work today and told us about how his wife has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  It was caught in her liver during blood work, and when they did further tests on her body they found it in her lymphnodes, bladder, lungs, liver, and her colon.  They have two children, a daughter in college at NC State and a 15 year old son.  It was so sad to hear him talk about having to explain to his son that not only did his mother have cancer, that she was going to die and that that was okay because she wouldn't be hurting anymore.  I am so thankful that I've never had to go through something like that with someone who is close to me.  I know that we all probably have to experience it at some point, but I'm okay with waiting.

For anyone who just likes good blogs, here is one that you can read with lots of different topics:
This is the sister of a girl who is in one of our networking groups.  She has been dealing with her own cancer struggles and I stumbled upon her blog one day and was fascinated.  I literally read it all night.  It is so touching that someone going through such a scary and troubling experience would be able to focus on the positive so much, and still think of ways to help others.  She's very creative and her blog/website is a collection of craft tutorials, recipes, stories, etc with a whole lot of inspiration and sharing of her story mixed in. 

I think that's all for now...I'm getting ready for dinner and watching the Presidential debate/The Voice/Sons of Anarchy!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Comfy & Cozy

Sooo excited to get this in the mail...


I have a Groupon credit because my parent's weren't able to go out on the Whale-watching trip that I bought for them while they were on their anniversary trip due to inclement weather conditions.  The company wouldn't let any of their boats go out if it was calling for rain.  So, I contacted Groupon afterwards and they credited that amount back onto my account.  Well, I saw this little piece of heaven today and just ordered it!  Usually the mattress pad is around $80, but the Groupon gets you 52%off and my credit covered the cost, even with shipping and sales tax.  Yay!

Want one too? Here is the link...

They have some good deals on Groupon right now.  There's even one for Acuvue contact lenses for anyone who may need them!  Tomorrow is my last day wearing contacts before I have to switch over to my glasses for two weeks :\  Blahhh but it's part of the Lasik process and it will be worth it in the end!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Newest Project

Ohhh my list of many projects and crafty things to accomplish.  I constantly find new ideas.

Well, one of those ideas that I've had for a long time is to make a t-shirt quilt out of mine and Jake's ADPi & Kappa Sigma shirts.  1) It will keep me warm because Jake likes to keep our house at near-freezing temperatures--something is seriously not normal about his internal body temp.  2) It will bring back fun memories everytime we see it.  and mainly 3) At least one of our future children is bound to get into Greek life and it will make an amazing pass-down for them!  So, originally I had wanted to send it off to get done, but they are SOOOOO pricy.  And I mean ridiculously.  So, being possibly overly ambitious, I am going to take it on myself.  I need to get some good use out of my sewing machine anyway, right?  Here's the inspiration [side note: mine will look way cuter :) The colors on this are a bit much for me]:

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tshirt quilt

I went with Shanti and Karen to Mary Jo's fabric store in Gastonia yesterday and got some good background and border fabric. Pictures to come! Although those pictures may take a while...

 I had a fun weekend!  Experienced the Long Branch for the first time and was pleasantly surprised.  Although, I do feel like I need to learn how to line dance if I'm going to go back haha.  The "regulars" as I shall call them were quite intense.  I had no idea there were so many different line dances!

Then, last night I made dinner and then we went over to April & Jeremy's for the LSU v. S.Carolina game.  It was a lot of fun and I do have to say, South Carolina's team is fierce this year.  Even though it was a loss for them, they are still pretty impressive.  [Sorry Jake--let me insert my "GO DAWGS!" here]

Today, church and Sunday school...Jake and I are teaching the Preschool class again this year and the kids are so much fun.  We have our curriculum book that we use, but I also found a really cute Pumpkin Prayer Book that I printed out and let each of them color.  It goes through each step of the pumpkin carving process, and with each step it relates it back to God and has a little prayer.  At the end it compares the candle that you place inside the pumpkin to the light of God in each of us.

Also, Eden gets to try on wedding dresses today!!! Can't wait to see her in them and get to see cute little Ryder :)  I can't believe how big he is getting...almost a year old!


Monday, October 1, 2012


Oh, October.... <3

The prettiest month of the year, in my opinion, and a month of such fun things! What's coming up this month for us?
 -My Daddy's 50th birthday (tomorrow)-
 -6 years together (10/13)-
 -My birthday (10/20)- 
-Halloween fun- 
-Pretty leaves- 
-Football and football tailgates-
-Haunted houses-
-Spice-scented candles- 
-Caramel Apples-
-Apple Cider-
-Friend's birthdays-
...and at the end of the month, my LASIK eye surgery consultation!  I'm a little bit nervous but so excited for how much it could impact my everyday routine.  Little things that people don't even think of, like having to search for my glasses before I take the dogs downstairs to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or not being able to snuggle while watching a movie at night because I don't want to fall asleep in my contacts and don't want to bend/break my glasses.  Being able to open my eyes under water at the pool or the lake because I won't need to worry about losing a contact lens.  It will probably make me get ready at least 10 minutes quicker because I will be able to actually see what I'm doing.  I can only image how helpful it would be once we have kids and I'm waking up at all hours of the night and needing to get ready quickly in the mornings.  Not to mention all of the money it will save over time, since I won't be shelling out $350 a year on contacts and saline solution for the rest of my life.  As long as the consult goes well, my surgery should be the morning of November 2nd at TLC in Charlotte!!
And in closing, here are some shots from the boat this weekend...We went out with my friends Karen and Shanti, and Shanti's family.  Their little girl Reina is seriously the cutest ever:
cool view

The boys relaxing
me & Reina

driving the boat
see if she likes the water...
loving the water & her buddy Jake

just before sunset Friday evening
More trips to come!