Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Let the Holidays Begin!

Today, me, Shane, Beau and Brother begin our three-day family Christmas road show! We are going to my dad’s tonight, my mom’s tomorrow night and Shane’s moms on Friday night. To make the experience a little easier, we found travel crates for B&B. Yes - that's right, travel crates! They are made out of a tent material and collapse to a small 1' circle (if rolled up correctly, but we couldn't figure it out). Once expanded, they are almost as big as their metal crates, which are 46". Here is a pic (sorry it's dark...turned the flash off on my camera and couldn't get it to come back on. Yes, LCD still broken.):
And on the gift front, we are ALMOST done shopping! Shane is exchanging some stuff and picking up the last of our gifts today. And I haven’t shown any pics of my tree for this year! Take a look at our black, red and white tree…(it has nothing to do with us being Georgia fans, swear.)
And here is me trying to take some artsy fartsy pics of my presents. I was able to keep all of my wrapping paper black and red as well.
I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope that I blog before New Year’s, but you NEVER know!

Oh, and you wanna see a hystiocytoma?
Merry Christmas! Compliments of Brother

Friday, December 18, 2009

Olay For You

Olay For You -- have you heard of it? I'm pretty sure that it's been around for a while, so I'm a little late to the party, but it's fantastic!

Basically, you answer a series of questions about your skin type, age, routines, goals, etc. and it develops a skin care regiment for you. Granted, all the products are Oil of Olay products, but those are the best, right? Anything I can get at the grocery store is A-okay in my book. (I also buy all of my hair products and tools at the grocery store...and I usually find them in the bread or produce aisle. It's like they are just sitting there...waiting for me!)

So, here is my regiment (click to make larger):

Looks like I'm on a cleanser, moisturizer, wrinkle-reducer, eye transformer and mini-peeler...can't wait to break the bank buying skin cream and watch my face transform!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Busy Week, Puppy Tumors, Award Banquet…and Have I Started My Christmas Shopping? Barely.

Last week was nuts, and this week has proved to be almost as busy! Last weekend, we went out with our friends Danielle and Mandy on Friday night in Smyrna. We got home pretty late, but surprisingly didn’t stop for our normal Taco Bell/Steak ‘n Shake/McDonald’s fare – thank god as I’ve put on the holiday 10 (pounds, that is). Saturday we got up and ran a few errands and then came home and crashed for the whole day. It was super relaxing…just laying on my couch watching TV, movies, sleeping, eating – ahhhhh. On Sunday, we went to the outlets in Dawsonville to get started on our Christmas shopping. It was successful, but we haven’t even scratched the surface on it really…we shall brave the crowds this weekend, I suppose!

To backtrack to last week, on Thursday night (at book club) I realized that Brother had this awful looking sore on his back left foot. It was a bump, the size of a small grape, between his toes and he had licked it completely raw – gross. We gave it until Monday (after keeping a sock on it all weekend so that he would stop licking it) but it still wasn’t better. Shane took him to the vet that morning, while I go to work to start doing research to make my own diagnosis. Oh, you didn’t know that I’m a general practicioner/ dermatologist/ veterinarian/ dietician/ nutritionist/genius? Hmmm…I thought I mentioned that. Anyway, I was convinced that he had an interdigital cyst which are usually lanced or aspirated pretty easily (those non-doctor types reading (right, like I have readers!) may have to google those words for reference). However, when I talked to the vet she informed me of her ‘opinion’ – a hystiocytoma, a tumor from the round cell tumor family that usually occurs in young dogs. How do I cure it? You usually don’t, they just go away on their own in three to four weeks. In the meantime, we have to apply a drop to help with the irritation, keep him from licking it and if it doesn’t go away in a month we have to take him back to have it removed. So, Shane and I have rigged up a little sock/Scotch tape deal that is effective and funny. Here is a little video of his bootie (beware - my LCD screen is still broken on my camera so this video is a little crazy shaky – sorry!):

Poor guy. Meanwhile, Beau is super jealous of Brother and is probably at home right now trying to claw his eyes out so that he can get some additional attention…maybe for an eye patch made of an old bra?

Back to this week, yesterday my department had an award ceremony (the Marketing Choice Awards – our version of the Academy Awards) to recognize our work for the year. Projects are nominated in different categories and are voted on by the department, our Research team compiles the information and then the winners are named at this event. I actually took home two awards and my friend Kelly was our team’s MVP! That means that she is fabulous and gets a stack of cash! Congrats girlie!

Who can believe that it is already Thursday? Almost a week until Christmas! This weekend, we clearly have shopping to do, Shane wants to go to Marietta Square and check out the shops and then we have a friend’s 30th birthday party on Saturday night at Leopard Lounge! I can already tell that I’m going to need to clear my Sunday. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Toph's 21st Birthday...Craziness, Order in the Bathroom

So...Tuesday was my younger brother, Christopher's (who refers to himself as Topher), 21st birthday! My parents were generous enough to take the family and a few of Chris' friends out for dinner at Maggiano's. Their family style menu always gets ugly - as in I eat two portions of everything's a sickness.

Afterwards, me, Shane, Toph and a few of his buddies went to Stout in Buckhead for some additional drinking. 'We won't stay out late - midnight at the latest.' Fat chance. After at least 4 shots each, three liquor drinks, some beers - we were home at 2 a.m. A sober friend came to pick my brother up from our house to take him home but not before we gave EVERYONE the house tour. Let's keep in mind that I haven't cleaned my house in a minute, my bed isn't made, I still have Christmas projects laying around, there are dishes in my sink and an unplugged iron on my counter...yes, Better Homes & Gardens - where you at? Here are a few pics:
On Wednesday, I work from home so the hangover wasn't as bad since I could work whilst laying on the couch. Shane, however, was down for the count. He didn't work at all and laid in bed until after noon. His body just can't take it anymore - you know, with him being 31 and all!

Last night, me and Jennie went to Polished in Smyrna to get our toes done and for dinner and drinks. It was good to catch up and we are definitely going to make that a once a month occassion, right Jennie?

Tonight is book club meeting at my house! This has been a very busy week. And I have been preparing for this event by having a laundry list of things that I want to do (paint doors, paint bathroom, paint trim in hallway, paint front door, hang outside wreaths, etc., etc.) of which two or three were accomplished. I am anything if not a dreamer.

On to organizing the you can see from the pics it is an extremely small space. My only storage is the white cabinet that is on the wall (which I don't really like, but have to learn to love it because I NEED the storage). I want to get some things out of the way while still having things look put together - so here are some of my thoughts:
To get hair stuff out of the way:
A shelf to put right above the sink, under the medicine cabinet, for an extra place to sit stuff (rings, hair clips, etc.) It sucks having to always put things in the sink:

I'll have my existing cabinet for makeup, brushes, perfumes, deodorants, etc. I don't know - small spaces are frustrating...why can't I just win the lottery? Anybody have any ideas? Would love to hear your thoughts!

And here is a pic of Brother that makes me laugh...he hates my guts.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Freshly Painted Master Bathroom

I painted the master (I use that word VERY loosely) bathroom this weekend and think that it turned out great! Here is a before pic:
Here is an after without anything moved back in:
The color is a very light bluish/greenish color. Since it is so light - I went ahead and painted the ceiling the same color.
What do you think??

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Whole Lotta’ Backtracking…

Wow, it’s been a long time! It seems as though whenever I come back from vacation I always get lazy with the blog…sorry.

Let’s start with mine and Shane’s trip to the Dominican Republic. It was fantastic. Eight days, seven nights of paradise. But to be honest, by the last day I was ready to come home…I wasn’t ready to go back to work but I was ready to see the boys and sleep in my own bed. One highlight from the trip was Shane turned 31! Can you believe it?!? Old man. And he isn’t even married!!! (hint, hint, hint, hint, hint) Also, when we arrived in the DR, I turned on my camera to find out that my LCD screen had broken so I am now on the prowl for a new camera. Ugh. Here are a few more pics from our trip:


Coming back to work during Thanksgiving week was pretty sweet. It was quiet so I was able to catch up and it was a short week which was even better! For Thanksgiving, Shane and I, my mom and brothers went to my aunt’s house in South Carolina. It’s pretty much a tradition and it was good to see the fam! The remainder of Thanksgiving weekend was pretty uneventful. I. Absolutely. Hate. Black. Friday – so I wasn’t shopping, fo sho. We went to our friend, Lindsay’s, to watch Georgia kick Georgia Tech’s dorky asses on Saturday night and then stopped by Monica and Andy’s (NEW SMYRNA NEIGHBORS – YAY!) on our way home. Stayed up way too late but had a great time!

This week hasn’t been too bad. I took Monday off (I love PTO time) and decorated for Christmas! I did a few things differently with my inside decorations and Shane and I rigged up some outside lighting that I think will remain up all year round. Take a look:The Christmas lights won’t be staying up all year round, but the spotlights probably will. I think they make the house look so dramatic. What do you think? And timers…those are the best things ever. We’ve never put our Christmas lights on timers, but in an effort to be environmentally-conscious this year we opted for automatic timers. Just kidding, this was more like an effort to allow Shane and me to be more lazy and thoughtless with our Christmas decorations. Score.

I am also working on a Christmas decoration project that I found on my new favorite blog. I hope to wrap that up soon and I’ll definitely share pics.

This weekend is the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, so Shane and I are on the lookout for the ugliest Christmas sweaters/vests/turtlenecks/dickies…again, will share those pics.

AND – I have finally purchased the paint for my bathroom! I actually got two gallons of it – not intentionally, but because the guy made two gallons on accident and sold me the extra gallon for $5. I’ll buy anything for $5!

Have a great Thursday!