Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Google Chat

Hubby is trying to get me to use Google Chat at work so that he can talk to me if he needs to instead of calling me. Many of our friends also use Google Chat at work. I have nothing against this. I just know that it would take great discipline for me to stay focused on work instead of talking to friends. So when Google implemented the Chat option in Gmail, I turned it off so that I am always signed out. I didn't want this looming temptation. I also allot myself time in the day at lunch to check personal email. I try not to check emails unless it is at that time. I do well if I have rules - so I set rules for myself.

What kinds of things do you do to discipline yourself?

Red Robin

I got to go to dinner with my dad tonight. We went to Red Robin. Burgers are fabulous there and you can get just about anything on your burger. Daddy frequents Columbia to work with one of his customers. I'm glad I got to spend this time with him.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I scream, You scream, We all scream for....

I love ice cream. It's my favorite dessert. So when some of my coworkers told me about Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry's I got very excited. My favorite B&J flavor is Cake Batter!

Almost everyday I run about 3.7 miles with a group of coworkers. It's a lot of fun and a great way to get out of the cubicle and de-stress from any morning activities. I just started running with this group in January. About a month ago, they told me about their tradition of running to B&J on Free Cone Day to get a cone and run back to work. I got so excited.

Well, today is Free Cone Day. I've been talking about it all week (all 3 days of it). The run to B&J would be longer than our normal run. There and back would be a total of 5 miles. All the way there we talked about the ice cream. We all shared what flavor we would get and why we loved that flavor and so on. When we get to B&J there is a sign that says "In honor of Free Cone Day will be open from 3pm - 8pm." It was about 12:10pm. We were distraught! We had to run all the way back on empty stomachs.

Now, please note that normal operating hours for this B&J is 12pm - 9pm. So I ask you, How are you honoring Free Cone Day if you are shortening your hours?

P.S. I did get my free cone. They couldn't run me off. I went by after work!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Kenny Chesney

I had a blast at the Kenny Chesney concert last night! Adam tolerated the concert very well. He's not exactly a country fan. We were lucky enough to have friends who got free tickets. Here's a pic of me and Shanan during one of the opening acts.

Who was there? Luke Bryan (never heard of this dude), Gary Allan, Leann Rimes, Brooks and Dunn, and Kenny!

My respect for Kenny has increased 10 folds. He performed a high energy concert after injuring his foot in the first 10 seconds of the concert. The man had not sung a note yet and he injured himself. For details read this article. Kenny was remarkable and impressed us all. There were no shortcuts after the injury. In fact, I think he may have added to the concert when Uncle Kracker came on stage.

The concert was at USC's football stadium so we were really lucky with the weather. There was a freakish downpour about 2 hours before the concert was to begin at 4 pm. The bad news was that our seats were flooded. Our seats were the first row of the upper deck of the stadium. All of the rain water had rushed to the floor where our feet would have been. Our feet would have had to sit in about 3-4 inches of gross water. Luckily, Matt (our friend with the free tickets) found some seats below that no one ever came to claim! This was crazy because the stadium was packed. Our new seats were in the shade and so awesome.

One last note about the concert. All performers were awesome. I love Leann Rimes' voice, but the slits on her Gamecock Jersey dress were way too high! Don't bend over, please!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Easy Mac Update

Please note: The packaging for Easy Mac Alfredo has been improved. The taste is still the same - not as good as Easy Mac Bacon.

I Think His Tractor's Sexy!

That's right! I am going to the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday - woohoo! Thank you to my dear friends who knew my heart and invited me to go! Hold on Adam! It's going to be a swinging night!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I'll meet you there

So has this ever happened to you? You and a friend agree to meet somewhere, but when you go there the place does not exist. Well, it happened to Adam and I this morning. Those of you who know us are probably not surprised.

Adam and I decided to go running this morning. We wanted to run somewhere new so we decided to run around in the Shandon area. Its an older area of town. Some streets are really rich and have the most gorgeous homes. Other streets are really poor, but overall the neighborhood is gorgeous. We ran up and down many streets with no planned route or distance - just running and enjoying the weather.

Adam got this cool watch for Christmas from my parents. The watch has a GPS in it so you can see how far you have gone. It also calculates how fast you are going. We feel more bold in our running now that he has this watch. We can tell how far we have gone and when we should turn around - we don't have to plan routes ahead of time.

We ran together for about 4.5 miles and Adam held back the whole way to go my pace. We were on our way back to the car, which was probably another 2.5 miles away and I didn't want to hold Adam back anymore. I urged him to go on and when he got back to where the car was he could come pick me up. I told him I would take Harden to Wheat to Marion to the car so I would be on one of those roads. Adam would take a slightly different route. Little did I know that Wheat and Marion do not cross.

It wasn't as bad as it could have been. Adam only looked for me for about 15 minutes. A nice parking attendant for the USC baseball game lent me his cell phone so I could call Adam. Thanks Alex!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Plastics 3, 6, and 7

Ok. I'm not a health nut, but I do try to be healthy. I like to eat fresh fruits and veggies. I like to exercise most days of the week and I like to drink a lot of water. Currently I have a pseudo Nalgene bottle. I say "pseudo" because it is an off-brand. For those of you who do not know what a Nalgene bottle looks like, it looks similar to this.

These bottles are the best. They are extremely durable and they hold 32 ounces. 32 ounces is a great amount in a water bottle - not too much and not too little. I live by my water bottle. I like to drink from it all day long and I take it with me everywhere.

So imagine my disappointment and hurt when I hear on the Today show that plastics of types 3, 6, and 7 leak dangerous chemicals into your body! It can especially hurt growing babies, children and fertility, but it's bad for everyone. Click here for more information.

There is a cute rhyme to help you remember which plastics are ok: With your food, use 4, 5, 1 and 2. All the rest aren't good for you.

For those of you wondering, the numbers of plastic containers can be found on the container inside the recycle triangle. what am I supposed to drink from? Cans are bad, plastic is bad, Styrofoam is bad. I could use glass, but that does not transport well. I carry my water bottle everywhere! I could not do the same with a glass. Ugh.....I just wanted to share my frustration!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bye week

Man this week has flown. So many activities! My dad's Bday was on Tuesday so on Sunday night I made him the best cake ever. It is called Strawberry Cake - a scrumptious, strawberry delight. The cake is garnished with fresh strawberries so it actually tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours and let the juices seep into the cake - mmmmm.

Anyway, so on Tuesday, I took the cake to work and left early to drive to Greenville and take Daddy to dinner. We went to Mimi's Japanese steakhouse. It was delicious. I am always amazed at these places. I love watching the chef cook. Our chef did all things from shaping rice like Bugs Bunny to the volcanic onion. It was a spectacular show - Bravo! Joining us for dinner were several of my other siblings. I was going to type it all out, but it gets confusing - you know who you are! At the conclusion of the dinner, the entire restaurant sang Happy Birthday to my dad. The fam and I went back to my dad's house to eat cake. In the picture above you will notice the old grandpa (my dad) needed someone's help blowing out his candles. No, your eyes are not playing tricks, my dad is only 49. Stay forever young Daddy!

Below is a picture of Daddy and his girls. Wow Katie - you definitely had your eyes open in this one. We took this picture a couple of times - Katie has trouble taking pictures with her eyes open so she was trying really hard - good job!

Well, that explains why Tuesday flew by. Wednesday flew by because we had a seminar at work. This means that we got to go off-site, eat free food and talk about department goals. At about noon we were free to go home for the day - weeeee!

As for tonight - ohhh tonight's the jackpot - The Office, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, Scrubs!!!! Yea! Shows are back!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

God will make a way

So many of you out there do not know my dad. Then again, many of you out there think you know my dad.

My dad is a pillar of strength. My dad is a man of God. My dad is thoughtful and deliberate. My dad is kind and gentle. I could go on, but I have a story that tells it all.

On Christmas Eve 1998, my mom died. My dad had spent the previous 5 nights in the hospital by her bedside. Only 2 days before, we had been told she would not survive without a heart and lung transplant and she may never be stable enough to get the transplant. It was the strangest news. She had been fine - it seemed. She was doing all the normal mom stuff just days before. When the doctors told my dad that his wife had died, he waited while they brought me into the room. How would he tell his 3 children? At the moment, I was the only one at the hospital. My sister and brother were being brought over by aunts and uncles.

As my dad told me - his 15 year old daughter - that her mother was gone, he held me and began to sing "God will make a way where there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for me. He will be my guide and hold me closely to His side. With love and strength for each new day He will make a way."

Many of my friends have told me over the years that I have strong faith and that they don't know if their faith would be the same had they lost their mom. I tell you that watching my dad experience such loss and turning straight to his father in heaven gave me strength. My dad's unwavering faith gives me strength today.

My dad is not a forceful man. His voice doesn't boom and his fists are not intimidating, but his faith can move mountains! Love you Daddy! Happy Birthday!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mountain Biking

I went mountain biking yesterday for the first time! Adam has been multiple times at the Harbison State Forest. The last time he went he found a beautiful spot by Broad River. So Sunday we decided to bike out there and have a picnic. We made it and it was beautiful. Some lessons I learned are:

1) Make sure your bike seat is the right height for you. I did not do this. My seat was way too short. I am very sore today.
2) Get a padded bike seat.
3) Wear padded shorts. (notice a patter here?)

Nonetheless, I'm excited about next time!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


I made Adam and I omelettes tonight. I've never made omelettes before and I thought it would make a quick, somewhat healthy dinner. It was fun. I used this website to help. This guy is funny and his technique really worked.

Omelette link

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Azaleas in bloom!

Adam's mom, grandma, cousin Jamie and Jamie's daughter Jillian came to visit us tonight. They drove 2 hours from Greer to have dinner with us. Jamie and her family live in Kentucky and they are down for the week visiting Adam's family in Greer. They had some free time this evening so they drove down and stayed for a few hours.

I was so excited to show off our home. The azaleas in our front yard finally bloomed this week. Last year we were looking for a house to rent. I fell in love with this place because the azalea bushes were so beautiful and the natural light throughout the home just made the place seem so bright and cheerful. However, a week after we signed the lease for the house, a cold front came through and killed the bushes. That was about the time we brought all our friends and family to see our new home. So they got to see deadness. A year later the azaleas are finally back and I am so cheerful just like my bushes.

Anyway, we had a relaxing evening cooing at Jamie's baby Jillian and grilling burgers. Yea for Spring!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Cooper River

Adam and I went to Charleston this past weekend to run the Cooper River Bridge Run. We had a great time. Adam's sister came down with us. We enjoyed hanging out with some friends while we were down there too. Some of the highlights are: breakfast at Saffron's, walking through the Battery and Waterfront Park, dinner at the Mustard Seed, church with Shelley's family, and shopping on King!

Now, that you've read through my list, enjoy this funny story:

On the way home, we stopped at a gas station. I went into the restroom and whilst I was washing my hands some old lady came up behind me and said, "'scuse me...I just need to drink the water......scuse me.....just a sip.....I'm trying to take a pill." I was glad to step aside while soap was pouring off my hands so that she could put her mouth under the faucet to drink the water. It just struck me as odd that she couldn't wait a second for me to rinse. The other ladies in the restroom just looked at her with eyes wide and jaws dropped open.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fools Day!

I didn't pull any "April Fool's" jokes today (day's not over yet), but I do have a one joke that goes down in history.

On April 1st, 1991, I was seven years old. I got home from school and plotted my joke. Mommy asked me the typical school day questions, "How was your day?", "What did you learn?", etc. After answering "Fine", "Nothing", etc, I started homework and anxiously waited on my dad to get home. Daddy got home and we ate dinner.

After dinner I snook off to the bathroom. In the bathroom, I waited for a few minutes...just waiting. Then, I flushed. About 2 seconds into the flush I started to scream "Mommy! Daddy! The toilet's overflowing. Hurry!" I could hear them jumping from their chairs, running to the linen closet, grabbing towels, grabbing the mop, and running to the bathroom where I was. You see, my parents had this process down. With a seven, five and one year old at home, the toilet actually overflowed quite often. They were an expert team with flash-flood emergencies! So with towels and a mop at hand, they came panting into the bathroom only to find a seven year old giggling triumphantly "April Fools!"

I got spanked and that is probably why I don't do jokes anymore, but looking back on it...I definitely think it was worth it.

Happy April Fools! Post any good jokes you pulled in the comments!