Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Starry Night

When I go outside at night with Daisy, I am always able to locate the "dippers" in the night sky.  They move, obviously, since the earth rotates, but they are pretty much always in the same general area.  I know if I am out on my patio and I look in a certain direction, I can see them.

With that being said, when Brad and I were out at his cousin's house this past Saturday night watching the Gamecocks football game, his brother pointed out the Big Dipper.  I looked up, and it was so neat to me to see this star pattern from a different perspective, about 30 miles or 45 minutes from where I usually see it.  

I know that sounds lame, and maybe it is.  But when you come to be so familiar with something, it's just neat to see the same thing somewhere else.  In his cousin's yard, I never would have known where to look for the dippers, not the same way I know to look for them at my own house.

Deep thoughts by Jennifer E.

And here's a very bad pic of Brad and myself from the gathering.

Monday, November 28, 2011

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go... NOT!

The one thing I hate the most about traveling is having to pack.  It's such a process.  

First, you have to pick out which suitcase you want to bring.  

Wait, if you are flying you must first decide whether or not you want to check a bag, then you can pick out a suitcase.  And of course, depending on what airline you are flying, you may have to pay to check a bag and in that case you have to do some research with your airline.

Once you have all that nonsense figured out, you'll know how much space you have to work with, and then you can decide what clothes to bring.  

I always try to bring clothes I can mix and match.  That way I'm not wearing the same outfit twice, but I might be wearing the same pants or tops, as long as they are still clean.  It saves space.

Toiletries! 3-1-1.  Three ounce containers, one clear plastic bag, one per person.  Actually not as hard to do as I thought it would be, this is probably the easiest part of packing.

The personal item I can carry on-board the plane - when I went to Texas I brought a purse backpack with me.  That was my personal item.  I am thinking that for my New York trip, I might bring an actual backpack.  I feel like I need to bring more with me for some reason.  The purse backpack might work because it fits my wallet and my camera and a book (essentials) but I don't know, for some reason I just feel like I need more space.  Maybe that's because it will be both Brad and I this time.  But then again, he can have his own personal item, so why do I need more space?

Moving on to shoes... I like shoes! I hate having to travel with a limited variety of shoes.  It will be New York and it will be cold, so that will kind of limit my shoe selection so I guess that's a plus.  But still, packing closed-toed shoes is tough and will take up some of my valuable space, not to mention Brad's valuable space.  He's got big shoes, I hope he can limit his stuff.

The clothes I actually wear on the day of the trip are usually the larger, bulkier items I don't want taking up space in my suitcase.  For example: a sweatshirt or jacket, sneakers or boots (which don't work out too well when you are flying, I'd rather do flip flops because they're easier to take off at security), and jeans.  I'm advising Brad to do the same.

Aside from the packing woes, I am very excited for this trip.  I can't wait to go be a tourist in a city I've been to a hundred times before.  I can't wait to eat some good city food.  I can't wait to hear the sounds, smell the smells, and just absorb it all! 

Side note: Happy birthday to my brother-in-law Nick today!!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

College football rocks!

Some of you may beg to differ, and that's fine, to each their own.  I was there too.  When I first moved to South Carolina I didn't know what the big deal was with college football.  I didn't see it as a real sport or anything worth watching.  When my husband and I started dating, I'd end up sleeping on the couch while he and his brothers and dad would watch the Gamecocks play each Saturday, and occasionally Thursday nights.

Football never really was my thing anyway, so that didn't help.  I was an avid hockey fan (New York Rangers baby!) and I really didn't see past that.  Sure, I enjoyed a good playoff or championship game here and there, March Madness and the Final Four were entertaining if teams I like were in the running.  All I knew about football is that you run from one side of the field to the other.

I soon realized that I now live in a state that does not have a major league sports team.  And I live in a southern state.  Living in the south pretty much equals football fever around every corner.  With those things considered, the good people of South Carolina need some sports entertainment, so why not college sports? Ok, I was beginning to understand.

This past year, I sat down with Brad and had him "teach" me football.  It is something that is important to him and I figure if I could get the hang of it and at least learn to tolerate it, then I might not be a football widow every weekend.  He taught me everything but the penalties, I didn't want to know too much, I figured I'd learn that in time.

Well, I'm not sure if learning football was the best thing for me to do.  It is one thing to sit down and watch a game and be happy when the right team scored, and upset when the wrong team scored, it is a whole different thing to realize how close it all can get.  Talk about anxiety, adrenaline, anger, and other emotions.

This weekend was rivalry weekend.  Yesterday, the Michigan Wolverines played Ohio State and the South Carolina Gamecocks played Clemson.  And they won! Both my teams won!! I cheer for Michigan because my oldest sister went to school there, and I cheer for the Gamecocks because, well, they're the Gamecocks of course!

The games were fantastic.  I was thoroughly entertained.  They were the last games for those teams for the regular season and now we must await the announcements of who is playing in what bowl and hope to catch our teams at least one more time. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

A blasphemous post!

Ok, maybe I'm being overly dramatic... it's not exactly "blasphemy" but it's close...

I kind of want to go back to work.

There, I said it "out loud".  Don't get me wrong, I love some good time off, but I've got nothing to do and I'm getting kind of antsy.  I was off Wednesday, then of course Thursday was Thanksgiving, and I've been off all day today... now I've got two more days off.  Ugh.

Wednesday I did a whole lot of nothing.  Thursday we cooked most of the day, ate, then vegged with Brad's sibs and watched a couple of movies.  Today I did a whole lot more nothing.  Scratch that, I did some online shopping to complete my Christmas gift purchases.  There was so much idle time today that all I could think about were the things that I have to do at work before the end of the year.  And I have TWO MORE DAYS OFF.  

I know I shouldn't complain.  I am blessed by the amount of days my job gives me off.  I am truly grateful for this.  I think if I weren't doing the work of two people (without even having time for my new job responsibilities yet) I would feel very differently about this.  Maybe it's stress or anxiety, I don't know.  

What I do know is I have so much to do when I get back to work and so little time to do it all.  It doesn't help that in December I am taking three days off to go to NY and I've got two meetings scheduled that will put me out of the office all day on two separate days.  Then of course there is Christmas and New Years that gives me another three days off.  That's a week and a half less time to do all the things I have to do.  Boo!

I'll quit my whining now... I feel a little bit better having vented.  Maybe I'll go curl up with a book or just hit the sheets.  First thing Monday morning I'm putting an ad out for office volunteers!

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun

Happy Friday!! 


1. I love when I see my husband.  My eyes light up every time, even after 8 years.

2. I am going to be lazy ALL day today.

3. I will not shop on Black Friday.  Madness!!!!!!

4. After a big holiday meal, I love leftovers.  Not the same day necessarily, but in the future!

Five Question Friday

I am enjoying my days off from work and it's only Friday! I still have the rest of today and the weekend to go.  Insane!!


1. Is there a special dish you prepare that you are famous for?

I don't think I'm at that point yet.  At least with holiday meals.  I am pretty known for my sweets I guess, cookies mostly, but I don't think I'm known for dinner food just yet.  One day.

2. Are you (did you) go Black Friday shopping?

Nope.  I have only gone out once in my life on Black Friday and that was around 2:00 to pick up something that was lucky enough to still be on the shelf.  I can't deal with all the chaos that ensues.  I don't want anything that bad.

3. What are your strangest holiday traditions?

I don't think we have any strange traditions, at least that I can think of.  But why would I think one of my traditions is strange? I guess someone would have to tell me that and no one has! :)

4. Pecan or pumpkin pie? 

Pumpkin.  I can't even stomach the idea of eating a pecan pie, I don't know what it is about it but I can't stand the thought.  And according to Mama @ My Little Life, this question was supposed to be "apple or pumpkin" and I would have preferred that because those are the two pies I sample during Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I love apple and pumpkin pies!

5. When will you put up your Christmas tree? 

Usually we do that this weekend.  But since we're going out of town for my birthday, we don't want the decorations out while we're gone for the cats to climb/break/destroy.  :)
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