Saturday, January 1, 2011

Day 149

Date: November 29, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Tree's Up!

Over the next few days I will be sharing my Christmas decorations.

Obviously, this is our tree. But it's one of two in the house this year. This one is the the formal living room; it's the one that can be seen from outside the house. However, Justin and I rarely use that room so I wanted to put one in the den so we could see it.

Day 148

Date: November 28, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Another holiday down, one to go

It's Christmas time! I love getting ready for Christmas. To me, it's shopping til your feet hurt, watching movies you've seen dozens of times, and listening to carols til you just can't stand it anymore. Yet year after year, I know I will do it all again.

Justin volunteered to get the decorations from the attic today. No chance I'm passing on that one!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 147

Date: November 27, 2010
Location: Bob and Carol's

Linden, AL

Hi there!

Today we drove to Linden to visit my dad and his in-laws. I've known Bob and Carol since I was eight years old. Year after year, they have invited us to their house for their family's Thanksgiving, always the Saturday after the official one. This year, I went.

It was nice. There was a large crowd, including my dad's mother, aunt, and nephew.

This is Chelsey and her new dog, Max. They were outside to greet us when we drove up.

Day 146

Date: November 26, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Who cares about the Iron Bowl after that?

Seriously, who cares? To relieve some stress in our house after the loss, Justin and I went out shopping. We found him some shirts and a tie that were on sale because of Black Friday.

Then we chose some new books to read. I knew what I wanted before I got in the store.

Despite Bama's loss, Black Friday was a good way to end the chaotic week.

Day 145

Date: November 25, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Not Exactly Thanksgiving Food

With all of the excitement and chaos of Thanksgiving, I completely forgot to take pictures of the huge meal I had worked so hard to prepare.

Instead, you have a picture of the food I made after Thanksgiving (what was I thinking, right?). It was for work the next day.

Since there were just three of us scheduled to be in the office, we decided to have "football food" to snack on all day for the Iron Bowl.
I made Rice Krispy Treats and Stuffed Sausage Croissants (filled with cream cheese, sausage, and jalapenos).

Day 144

Date: November 24, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Creative Shelving

I don't know why anyone would want a side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. They aren't very large; you can't fit many items into either one.

Nonetheless, I had to make all of my Thanksgiving food fit in the fridge. If you look closely, you can see cookie sheets between the dishes. Hey, it worked, and I thought it was clever.

Day 143

Date: November 23, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Floor Protectors

When I moved to college, my mom bought me these two black wrought iron chairs. I have always loved them.

To add places at the dining room table, I move these chairs to the table. This year, I have (relatively) new hardwoods in the dining room, and the chairs did not have protective feet on them. Luckily I found the black tips at Target. The felt is for my dining chairs, just to be safe. Last time we had guests, I put towels down to protect the floor. These are just a little more tasteful, I think.

Day 142

Date: November 22, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Stuff the Pantry

With Thanksgiving coming up, there were many groceries to buy and many dishes to prepare. Today I bought all the groceries so that I could prepare the casseroles and side dishes ahead of time. It worked out well.

After seeing this picture, I see that the pantry needs a fresh coat of paint. Maybe I can work on that soon.

Day 141

Date: November 21, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL


Don't we all wish the fortunes inside the cookies would come true, even if only once in a while?

Lately I've been dreaming about Bella, Edward, and Jacob.... This is why I found this fortune to be so amusing.

Day 140

Date: November 20, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Getting Ready

We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house. We will have only eleven guests, but that requires a lot of prep work for the house.

This is the dining room just after we set up one of the long tables. The other table was put in the kitchen to hold all the food.

I truly enjoy hosting holidays and family gatherings.

Day 139

Date: November 19, 2010
Location: BB&T

Tuscaloosa, AL


Because of yesterday's football game, corporate decided to let us close the branch early (yay!). Even though I am ecstatic about the time off, I am in disbelief that this decision was made.

This is the sign we hung on the door yesterday. I thought is was picture worthy.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 138

Date: November 18, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Football Tickets

Tonight Justin and I met Tiffanee and Jon at Bryant Denny for the Alabama/Georgia State game.

Our tickets were compliments of BB&T. It was not necessarily an exciting game but it was good to watch Bama win.

Tonight happened to be one of the first real cold nights of the season. Burrrr. I was so cold that we left at the end of the third quarter.

Day 137

Date: November 17, 2010
Location: BB&T

Tuscaloosa, AL

Foreign Currency

Working in a bank has its perks. I get to see lots of money, from all over the world (if a client wants it/brings it in to exchange).

This is Euro, and I think it's very pretty for money. I think the dollar could be more eye pleasing.

Day 136

Date: November 16, 2010
Location: BB&T

Tuscaloosa, AL

New Moon

It's official: I'm hooked. The whole Twilight phenomenon baffled me at first, now I can't get enough of it. I love the books, the movies.

I am (not so) patiently waiting to finish the books and watch the last two movies. I am very glad my coworker is letting me borrow all her books!

Day 135

Date: November 15, 2010
Location: BB&T

Tuscaloosa, AL

The Sky is Falling

After several days of steady, heavy rain, the ceiling tiles at work began to leak and stain with water spots. Then, all of a sudden, one tile fell in the middle of the floor. It created quite a mess and a good laugh.

However, the clean-up was not fun (at least I assume it was not fun; we left it for the cleaning crew). The next day, the only sign that it happened was the gaping hole in the ceiling.

Day 134

Date: November 14, 2010
Location: City Buffet

Northport, AL

The Familiar View

Since we were unable to have lunch with Billy and Chris today, we met them for dinner at City Buffet.

When leaving the restaurant, I saw a familiar view: the lights of Northport at night. I once saw these lights each night I went home. But since we've moved across the river, I've all but forgotten them.

Day 133

Date: November 13, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Saban Spanking

While watching the game this week, Justin noticed Saban spanking McCarron on the sideline.

We thought it was hilarious; we even hit rewind a time or two to watch it over again.
I give you the during shot and the after shot. You can read about it here.

Day 132

Date: November 12, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Clean the Kitchen

Why are there some things you can never finish? It seems that no matter how frequently or how much time is spent, I can never keep the kitchen spotless.

As soon as I've washed the last dish, drained the water, and wiped the counter down, it never fails that a stray glass or utensil finds its way into the dissolving suds.

Day 131

Date: November 11, 2010
Location: Our House

Tuscaloosa, AL

Am I Seeing Things?

Justin and I had today off so he scheduled a consultation with an eye doctor; he has decided to have LASIK surgery.

After the appointment, we decided to eat at Carrabba's Italian Grill. During our drive, as I was mindlessly looking out the windows, I noticed this clever work of art.

I am told that this is the old Health South Building. I am still unsure of why NOW is displayed in the windows.

Day 130

Date: November 10, 2010
Location: Catch 22

Tuscaloosa, AL


This is my friend Samantha. She is showing off her new engagement ring from Stephen, her boyfriend of five years.

The two have decided on a June wedding in the Tuscaloosa area.

Samantha asked me to meet her today. She asked me to be a bridesmaid! Even better, she let me pick my dress.

Congrats to Stephen and Samantha!