Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Blog! Please follow me!

Hey everyone! It's time I get back into the swing of things. I started up a new blog titled

Him, Her and a Latte http://himherandalatte.blogspot.com/

Please stop by and say hello and continue to follow us! I can't wait to start back up and catch up with all my blogging friends! Happy posting!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Is it possible to have this many wild animal encounters in 8 months?!

Ok so yesterday I had a huge, GIANT (I know those two words mean the same thing) brown tree frog inside my car. Of course I refused to even attempt to get it out and the only thing I could think to do was get help from my wonderful neighboor who lives upstairs.

What....a....lifesaver! Ahh! It took her about 10 minutes with a stick but she got the little sucker out of my car and in the bushes where he belonged! He looked a little sick to me so I can't imagine how long he had been in there. I don't even want to think about it. Can you imagine what I would have done if I was driving down the road and that thing landed on my steering wheel! Oh boy....

Because of this incident I started to think about all of the wild animal encounters I've had since I've moved here. Putting it simple...more than I've ever had in my life. It blows my mind. Must be FL because I never experienced stuff like this back home. Here is a list of what I can remember...

Killer ants in the pantry
Giant roach in the bathroom (multiple occassions)
A pack of racoons in my tree (outside my front door)
An armadillo walking past my front porch
Pregnant spider in my living room
Flying roach in the living room
Little worms randomly throughout the apartment
Lizards on the ceiling (multiple occassions)
Tree frog in the car
Black snake by front porch
Black snake in bushes by front porch
Black snake on steps to pond (by my front door and I almost stepped on him)
Baby snakes by stairs (Latte almost stepped on)
Giant frog by the sidewalk
Pooping bird in the tree (almost got hit by this several times)
Pack of wild ducks in the pond (love my yard because I always feed them)
I saved a wild turtle from being ran over (outside my apartment)
And let's not forget the giant beatle that got stuck inside Latte's nose one night! I had to get help from my neighboor for that one....sheesh!

And this is all that I can remember...talk about adventure!

Does anyone else experience stuff like this?

If so, I want to know that I'm not alone. Please share your stories! I would love to hear them! :)

Hope all is well. Feels good to be back in the saddle again! I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blog that I've missed :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me!


Today is my 23rd birthday :) I had such a wonderful day. My cubicle was decorated when I walked into work this morning. My good friend painted me a lovely painting of Miss Latte. And David took me a wonderful dinner! Life is good. I sure did miss my family and friends today. I miss all my blogging buddies too! I am planning to start posting more often again. Work has just been so crazy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Been a while...

Work has consumed the majority of my life....

Life is still good though....

Little sister is visiting for a couple weeks....

Parents coming to visit me soon....

Latte still cute as ever....

Looking forward to my trip home in September....

And I fall more in love with David more and more everyday....

Like I said, life is good :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

St. Louis












I had such a relaxing weekend :) Now it's over and I have a super busy week ahead. I am going in to work for a few hours in the morning and then I am flying to St. Louis, MO for 4 days for a business trip. I am traveling to one of my suppliers for the program I am on. I am really excited because I've never been to this part of the country before! I'm also excited because an old friend of mine is meeting me at the airport tomorrow evening and we'll probably have dinner. I haven't seen her in a while. It'll be really nice to chat and catch up on things.

I dropped Latte off earlier at my friend, Alicia's house. Her and her husband are going to watch Latte for me while I'm gone. I miss her already and she's been there for 2 hours. *sigh* What am I going to do with myself? I love that dog.

I spent most of my day today cleaning the house....top to bottom because I won't be back home until Thursday evening and I think....and I'm 90% sure that I am meeting my mom in Jacksonville this weekend to pick up my little sister! YAY! :) She's coming down to visit me for about two weeks! I am really looking forward to seeing her and spending some time with her. It'll probably be Septemeber before I can get back up to Charleston. I think we're going to try and go to Busch Gardens (we have our tickets already from last time...b1g1 free deal), the beach, the movies, shopping, and tons of other fun stuff! I can't wait!!!
Yesterday I spent alot of time at the beach. In the morning I took Latte to the doggie beach to spend some time with her before my trip. Took a nice little nap and then went to a different beach to catch a beautiful sunset in the Gulf. I really love it here.

Well I'm going to run. Have to finish packing! I'll be hiatus for a few days. Hopefully I'll have a few pics to put up from my trip. Hopefully it won't be work the entire time :) Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Anniversary Weekend!





We had the BEST time this weekend :) Many more pics and a long post to come!



Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Randomness!

Happy Day before 4th of July everyone!!!

I was off work today so I've been enjoying some relaxation which has included shopping and seeing a movie and will soon include heading out to a new beach to get some sunset shots for my photography class. The meeting on Thursday was great! I was the youngest person there and felt a little intimidated. Some of the work people brought in was amazing! Some of it was just okay. Everyone made me feel welcomed and I'm looking forward to next month's meeting. Our next project is "Faces of the Gulf" and my first shoot is this evening at a new beach. I have never been there before but have heard many good things about it. It's suppose to have amazing seashells and beautiful sunsets!

So me and my friend, Alicia went and saw "My Sister's Keeper" today. What a sad movie. It was a very good movie but it was heart wrenching. I probably wouldn't see it again because of how sad it was. If you go to see it, make sure you wear waterproof mascara and bring tissues because it is a tear jerker!

The craziest thing happened this morning...I saw a HUGE spider (one of many interesting animals that I've seen around this place) in my living room. And of course I yelled for David to come and kill it while I waited patiently on the front porch with Latte. Well a few minutes passed and I thought to myself, "How long does it take to kill a spider?" and I opened the door and the look on his face was a look of horror. Apparently when he squashed the spider, she was carrying around A SACK OF BABIES and they started gushing out of her all over the living room floor. Hundreds of them! It was crazy! So I freaked out (duh!) and yelled "Get the raid!" and David (and he is very intelligent by the way) says "Raid doesn't kill spiders".......uh......ok honey. So I proceeded to get the raid for him and he sprays and lo and behold....the spiders die. I tell you what....sometimes guys just don't know what they're talking about. Poor souls.

I have been completely obsessed with HGTV lately (thanks Alicia!) and completely rearranged my living room and dining room last weekend. My next plan is to hang curtains in the living room and kitchen and eventually in my bedroom. I picked up some dark brown curtains today to see how they would look and I need to get some rods to hang them. I am really excited about decorating. I can't wait to have my own house one day to paint and decorate! :)

Last weekend David and I went to a small beach around in downtown St. Petersburg. Have I ever told you how much I love this place? It is so beautiful down here. Here are some pics that we took around sunset. We had a blast! :)



Also that same weekend we dogsit/house sit for my friend Alicia and her doggie Ed and my Latte love each other! They play non-stop. It's funny to watch because of their size difference!






Tomorrow a certain couple will be celebrating their 4th anniversary...can you guess who they might be? I love you, David. It's been the best 4 years of my life! I'm looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you. You are my everything :)



Love is so beautiful :)

We hope everyone has a very safe and Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

What am I up to this evening?

Making homemade Chicken Pot Pie....

Baking yummy cupcakes in celebration of America's Independence Day...

Eating yummy cupcake batter....after dinner of course....

And catching a BEAUTIFUL sunset after two days of nasty thunderstorms and rain....

Oh, the timer just went off on the oven...time to take the last batch up cupcakes out! What an awesome end to my day...I am so blessed!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Photographic Art Society of FL

So this is a very exciting week for me! I decided a couple weeks ago that I was going to join the Photographic Art Society of FL. My first meeting is Thursday night and I am so excited. I am hoping to gain lots of new skills and knowledge by joining! My passion in life is photography and I am really hoping that someday I can pursue that passion on a full time basis.

The meetings are monthly and each month there is a new theme. The theme for July is "Minimalism". We are suppose to bring 3 matted photographs representing the theme above. I went through my photos and decided I would use these three:




There are tons of events that the society participates in. Exhibitions, shows, public viewing for purchasing, as well as education in photo editing software programs. I am really looking forward to this. I hope that it helps move me forward in the photography world. I hope to learn lots of new things as well as how to better handle my DSLR. Thursday can't come soon enough! :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wedding Pictures!




So my best friend has finally seen most of the pictures myself and David took at her wedding so I think it's okay for me to post some. Crystal and Rob had such a beautiful wedding! The day went by so fast. The ceremony was quick and beautiful! There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Crystal looked so stunningly beautiful! I am so happy for her and Rob. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Ross!!! I wish you both all the happiness that live can give you.

I remember a few years ago me and Crystal would go to try on wedding dresses just for fun. We talked about weddings all the time and looked through bridal magazines just because. Crystal pretty much had her wedding planned out even before she met Rob. I remember the first time that I met Rob. I had a really good feeling about him. He was a very respectful and sweet guy. You could tell right away that he was going to treat C well. I'll never forget the day he told me he was going to propose to her. I was so excited! I had to keep it a secret for a long time. And believe me, it was so hard to keep that to myself! :)

Finding your soul mate is a beautiful thing. I don't think Crystal and Rob were meant for anyone else but each other. They make a beautiful couple and they compliment each other so well. You can see the happiness in their life. I know, without a doubt, that they will live a very happy live together as husband and wife. I love you guys. :)

I am terrible in front of crowds and that's how I had planned my speech out in my head but unfortunately it didn't come out like that. I was so super nervous that I forgot half of it. LOL. *sigh* I should have taken that public speaking class in college...hehe...oh well. :)

I hope you all are having a great week! Enjoy the photos! :) Happy Friday tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cooking Club

So my good friend, Alicia,and I have decided to host our very first cooking party. Alicia had the idea a few weeks ago to join a cooking club in the area since we both love to cook and try new things. Well instead of joining a club we’ve decided to host our very own cooking party at my place. We are very excited about it. I’ve been trying out a lot of new recipes and I can’t wait for others to try them. I already know that David loves my cooking so my confidence level is set pretty high. A few ideas that I have already thought about is creating an appetizer, a main meal and a dessert. I think for the first party we are going to cook something with that combination. Here is the first idea:

Appetizer:

Caesar/Greek Salad (Heather style)

Main Meal:

Spicy Sausage Tortellini

Dessert:

Cheesecake (Homemade)

Sounds pretty good huh? We are going to do some more research to see what all is involved in hosting a cooking party. Have any of you ever had one before? Ever been to one before? If so, please share your ideas and advice.

This week I am trying to cook a new meal every day. We were starting to get burned out having the same thing so I’ve kicked it up a notch. David loves to eat spicy food so I try to cook things that are a little spicy often. I have dinner for David and I planned out until next Monday. Last night’s dinner was big hit. I had never made it before and it turned out GREAT! Here is what our menu for this week looks like:

Monday-June 22nd

Fresh Baked Garlic & Herb Tilapia

Rice Pilaf

Fresh steamed broccoli

**This was so yummy. I like tilapia better than I like salmon so I’ll be cooking this a lot more**

Tuesday-June 23rd

Greek Salad

Wednesday-June 24th

Free for all because David is working

Thursday-June 25th

Spicy Chipotle Sausage Tortellini

Caesar Salad

Garlic Bread

Friday-June 26th

Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots

White rice

Saturday-June 27th

Baked pork chops (with a new seasoning/breading)

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Green Beans


I’ve come to realize, by planning this menu this week, that I spend a lot less time and money in the grocery store when I go in there knowing what meals I am going to make for the week and also having enough cash on me so that I don’t go over what I would like to spend. I am going to do this more often. When things get tight one must cut back on whatever they can, right? Well I am looking forward to my week of cooking! Maybe somewhere in there I will try a new dessert? I’ll make sure I share!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Greatest Dad on Earth


Daddy and His girls :)


Daddy and Me :)

Mom and Dad :)

Sailing...his favorite hobby :)

Doing what he loves :)


Today is Father's Day :) Words can't explain how much I love my dad. He is such a remarkable person with so much to give. He has a heart of gold and he has always been there for me, no matter what is going on in my life. I know that I can always count on him. I cherish our friendship and relationship and I'm so happy that I am his daughter. Happy Father's Day to such a great dad. You really are the Greatest Dad on Earth and I love you more than words can say...enjoy your day! And to everyone else out there. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Charleston Bound!

We are Charleston Bound!


See you guys next week! It's family and my best friend's wedding time!! :) Have a great week everyone!!!