February 7, 2010

The day I got married. On the West Coast Florida board on The Nest we started a “siggy challenge” — This week , or today, the “challenge” was Your favorite kissing photo from your wedding day

This was mine, hands down:

The colors are the true colors of the day. None of my pictures were photoshopped.. Well, I think there might be 3-5 that she did a few special things to. But I told our photographer I didn’t want anything photoshopped. I wanted my pictures to look exactly as my wedding looked; It was a beautiful day!

There is one she photoshopped. My flowers were ah-mazing! Chris’ mom made our bouquets. She ordered the flowers from a local florist friend of her’s and then she put them together. They turned out so wonderful, I was so happy! They were absolutely perfect, and everything I wanted! 
I loved my jewelry. I searched high & low for the perfect Starfish jewelry. This became quite a challenge. I ordered 2 different necklaces online; neither of them were “big” enough or sparkly enough.  I found this set at Caribbean Jubilee @ John’s Pass in Madeira Beach. 
My Dad was making me laugh the whole time we were walking down the “aisle”… I was laughing & crying; ans you can see from that crazy expression on my face. He kept asking me If I was sure, because if I wasn’t he had a “getaway boat” waiting for me just off the beach.. Ha Ha!!

Chris’ surprise Groom cake- He had no idea I was getting this cake for him. He always drinks monster when he fishes.. =)    It was SOOOO delish! It was carrot cake with cream cheese filling.OMG the deliciousness!!

“And I’m gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I’ll earn your trust making memories of us
I’m gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I’ll win your trust making memories of us”

-Keith Urban-

My Dad was complaining. He said “Did you pick the longest song you could find?” … “This isn’t Jimmy Buffett”.. “I can’t sing to this song, I don’t even know it”.. It was Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman
My dad really does love me though =)

Me & My Mama! (out of order, but oh well.)

This picture cracks me up. Whatever she said must have been funny. I’m in between laughing & crying again. (That is my MOH, My Sissy Love)

This was one of my favorite moments of our wedding. I had been waiting for this moment for months.

Chris didn’t know about the hot pink tights. I am not the jokester kind. I don’t do pranks, and this was totally out of character for me. Plus I had to keep this a secret for several months. I just thought it would be funny to surprise him w/ pink tights. He was surprised- Check out my mom & my sisters reaction in the first picture where he has his hand covering his face. They knew it was coming.

dancin’ to SugarHill Gang’s Apache

The End.


One more Day.

The weekend should be 3 days, not 2. I can’t get everything done in 2 days; especially this weekend, I really just need an extra day. I spent all day yesterday at our new house, everything I wanted/needed to do took longer then I anticipated so I didn’t get home until 8pm, bleh.

I stayed up till after 12am reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , I’m SO close to being done, but I couldn’t keep my eyes open long enough to finish it. Then I slept in way to late this morning, 9am. It was needed, but darn I had stuff to get done this morning.

I took Diva to PetSmart to get a haircut & nails trimmed… She must have been mad at me because while we were waiting for them to take her back she peed on the floor numerous times and THEN she squatted and took a poop. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I seriously wanted to die of embarrassment.. She has a shy bladder anyways, she pees every where when she gets really excited and meets new people.. I was expecting the pee, but the poop. Oh my.  They called a few hrs later and said she did really well, which surprised me, she HATES to have her hair cut.. We generally do it ourselves, but I wanted a full body cut, face and everything, and she will not let us do her face/head.

While Diva was getting groomed I went down to Target…to look for a book.. I left with almost $90 worth of stuff. WHAT HAPPENED??? I got the book I wanted though, ha!  I ended up strolling through the grocery section and saw some good deals on some snacks. Since Chris & I are going to be apart starting this week I needed to buy him some snacks he can pack in his lunch…. The bargain bins also sucked me in, and I got some good deals on hair clips, and hair bands.

I meandered through the book section, made a list of “to read” books. The next book, and the one I bought, that I’m going to read is The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Yes, I’ve been sucked into this series of books. After the initial financial mess in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo it got significantly more interesting and a really good read. I’m excited to start the next book.

I wrote down a few other books that I want to buy;
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline,
9th Judgement by James Patterson
A Soft Place to Land Susan Rebecca White

My blog has obviously taken a turn; while it used to be a lot of running blogs those seemed to have disappeared. I’m sorry. This weather, and my lack of time has gotten the best of me. I promise that once we are moved, and I have a more stable schedule I will resume my running & running posts. Until then, my blog will consist of whatever randomness is going on in my life, the books I’m reading, my new job, and our adventure of moving 2 hours away.


R.I.P. Brian Underwood. I heard the most disgusting story today about a classmate who was killed senselessly.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking that someone would kill another person over $20… There are not enough words to describe my disgust.

Was I friends w/ Brian? No. I haven’t seen him in a few years, but I do remember the last time I saw & spoke with him.. some ridiculous hour of the morning at a Denny’s in Winter Garden; after a late night @ Cowboys.

Daily Commercial Story   I’ll let you read the story for yourself. This is from the local paper.
ABC Action News Report – another report on what happened.

I can not comprehend how people who were at the party couldn’t pick up the phone & call 911? This story doesn’t make sense. It’s completely horrible.

Lake County Sheriffs Office — arrested this murderer- disgusting.

I’m just shocked. It’s just so shocking to me that people kill over $20… Did the murderer mean to kill him? Maybe not initially, but he with held treatment from Brian for 4 hours . … 

I hope justice is served, to the murderer & to all the people who stood around and watched; to the people who lied & said they picked him up on the side of the road; and to the people who did nothing but sit around and wait for the murderer to let Brian out of the house.

This is tragic.


I follow quite a few blogs, I don’t usually get to read daily but I catch up with them every few days. A fellow blogger Shelby @ Eat Drink Run live in NYC and has these WTF NYC moments from time to time.. So in honor of Shelby’s WTF NYC.. I’m going to give you a WTH Winter Haven, FL.

I think I’ve mentioned I work in an Urgent Care Center and we sometimes get the oddest requests, or ridiculous questions. This one might take the cake.

Thursday afternoon I’m just sitting at my desk minding my own business, probably thinking about how close I am to my last day there; when this little old lady walks up. Debbie starts to talk to her to find out what she needs. She has a plastic bag in her hand, and a little bottle of something. She says “I wanted to get this tested”… Now, usually when someone comes in with a plastic bag and says “I want to get this tested” it’s a stool culture that we’ve asked them to do…. so that’s what I assumed. But she took it out of the bag and it was in this little bottle. A bottle that she could not have possibly pooped in, and the only way she could have got the poop in that bottle was to have picked it up and shoved it in there ::gag::  It was an odd shaped little plastic bottle, like a miniature syrup bottle.  So now I’m really curious as to what she has in that bottle… Coffee grounds. She wants us to test her coffee grounds.. huh? This isn’t CSI lady, you don’t just take your coffee grounds somewhere and ask for them to be tested… So she goes on and on about how she’s been here, here, and here and no one will do it.. Uhm.. Duh. We test human specimens, not coffee grounds.. She will not leave. It’s like she was not comprehending that we have no way to test for anything in her coffee. Not exactly sure what it was that she was looking for in that coffee. She said it’s “Great Value brand and its Colombian flavor and it just doesn’t taste right”.. So clearly this means someone drugged it..or something. Finally she left and Debbie just looked at me and I busted out laughing. WTH Winter Haven? What is wrong with your citizens?

Today I am going over to our new house, yay! I have to go to the Lowe’s over there to order appliances! I’m pretty excited to actually see the house itself, instead of in pictures!  Check out my other blog to see some updates pictures of what’s been finished thus far. homebeachome

Last night we had “breakfast” for dinner. It was so good, we did the same thing last week, or the week before. I think we should make it a uh, ritual, to have breakfast for dinner @ least once a week. Last night we had sausage patties, grits & eggs. Question: If you live in the north.. Do you eat grits? Do you have grits?

Chris told me that “yankees” don’t have grits, or that they don’t eat grits, and they don’t know what they are sometimes. Is this true?

back on the bandwagon..sort of.

This blog is going to be completely randomness that is my life right now. 

I’m not running every day, but I feel like I’m kinda getting back on the running bandwagon. I ran yesterday when I got off work, granted it was only 2.14 miles.. it was H-O-T . I don’t know which is worse, running on the treadmill in Chris’ garage or running in the direct sun outside, hm, tough choice. 

I will be moving to my mom’s next week, and so will my treadmill. I *hope* that the treadmill will be inside , and that means air conditioning =)   .. I’m not proud to admit I’m happy to run inside in an air-conditioned house =/  But this FL heat is so intense; I never ever in a billion years thought I would say this, but I’m ready for it to just cool down a little.. for running purposes only; for all other purposes I love the hot weather.

I am reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson; Its uhm, interesting. It is not the kind of book that I typically read. Honestly, I don’t even know what really attracted me to it.

“Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s no turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie HustonMichael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’s always a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. —Dave Callanan ”  
I’m not finished with it yet, I’m almost finished. Well, I just checked, I have about 100 more pages. I don’t know what else could be revealed in the last 100 pages but we’ll see. The first 80 pages were really hard to get through. It was really wordy, but after some encouragement from a book message board on the nest I hunkered down (hurricane Charlie anyone?) and kept on reading. It really picked up and it’s actually turned into a twisted, manipulative, provocative, wordy, mystery. I would recommend it for sure!
Well, that is all for now I suppose. Grey’s Season Finale is on, and this requires my full attention =/

Day of rest..

I’m not running today; I know, I just got back into running, how can I already be taking a day off?!   I’m super exhausted today. It was really rainy today and the humidity is out of this world.. Yes, I have a treadmill, but the treadmill is out in Chris’ shop, an un-air conditioned shop. Plus I have some homework I need to finish up. I’m almost done w/ this class, I have one unit left & the final. Then I can move on from this class.

Breakfast consisted of maple & brown sugar oatmeal with 1% milk.

Lunch: hamburger w/ ketchup & mustard only; no bun.

Snack: Kashi Dark chocolate & Cherry granola Bar.. and a couple almonds

Dinner: Grilled cheese & some red wine. (lol)

Chris is still out of town, he won’t be home till late tonight. I might still make some goulash so we have lunch for tomorrow.

I will start back running tomorrow; probably with a 4 miler. ..

Off to do homework!


I just spent 30 minutes going through old pictures; some from when I was a little little kid, some from middle school & some from high school. I am friends with very few of the people I was friends w/ back then.. honestly, I think I only talk to one of them on a regular basis. Some I’m “friends” with on Facebook, and occasionally leave them a wall post..

Does this make me a bad person? I don’t think it does, our lives have just gone different ways. Some of the friendships I had in middle school didn’t last through high school. Most of my high school friendships didn’t make it through the first few years of being in “the real world”.

Does this make me sad? No, not really.  I have a great life, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.  I have a wonderful husband; and a select few great friends. I am thankful for the friendships that I do have. .. I want people in my life who are supportive of me, people whom I can go to when I need to talk, or people who can come to me when they need to talk. 

I found some old pictures of me from when I was a baby. Kinda funny, not much has changed.. besides the fact that now I’m 25.

Fishin’ at m Papa Jack’s house. I was probably 3 or 4. I think my grandma was out there with me. I can’t say that I really remember.

Look at my face! Priceless! That fish looks like it was heavy! I got my knee cocked out and everything.. heck, i still fish like that! 
Sebastian Inlet, at the “pointe” .. We haven’t been to Sebastian in probably a year. That is so sad. We used to go almost every single weekend, even thought it was a 2hr drive. We really do love fishing. I caught my first Jack Crevalle, and my first Trout at this point. That trout was huge, wish I could find a picture of it on my computer. .. I can’t find those pictures for some reason!  I also caught my first Snook in Sebastian, and my first Sheepshead.
This is me at Stump Pass last year on our vacation. For those non-fishers, that would be a snook. My favorite inshore fish to catch! … this is at some ridiculous hour of the night, possibly morning. We spent many nights sleeping on the beach. Good times! 
Me & a snook in Boca Grande. eaaaaaaarly in the morning!  Boca Grande Hammerhead  watch THAT video! Crazy!   We never saw any Hammerheads when we were in Boca, but we also weren’t out on the boat; we were fishing from shore! I would love to see a hammerhead.. I love them. I even have a tattoo of one! 
I have a few more pictures to post, but I have to take the hard copies to walgreens to get them converted onto a disk.. =) 

I got a treadmill!

I found a treadmill on Craigslist. … then all this happened w/ my job and I thought I better just wait because I’m going to be spending more money on gas, and I’m going to have to buy new clothes (which I did today, whew!) … so I just forgot about the treadmill. Then the girl who was selling it text me Friday & asked if I was coming to look at it.. she said she would drop the price to $150 from $220. So I said okay. I asked Chris to go down there and look at it, it was about an hr away and I was getting off later then him. He said if he drives all the way down to Wauchula he’s coming back w/ that treadmill.. i said okay!!!… He went down there and got it.

It’s decent. I looked up some reviews and it’s really not for running.. oh well. we only paid $150 for it.  I ran on it today, it was fine… It probably wouldn’t do for marathon training more then once, but I don’t plan on training for a marathon just yet. I just need it to get me through the summer heat.

So weird, most of the folks up north are happy for the summer to be here because they can run outdoors. Out door running sucks in Florida because its SO hot.. They need a treadmill for the winter, I need one for the summer.

Unfortunately the treadmill is currently located in Chris’ garage.. and it’s just as hot in there as it is outside. We have no room in the house for it right now.. plus a treadmill in a trailer? seems like it would be really noisy & shaky!  I’ll be bringing it to my moms when I move up there in a week & a half. 

I’m just excited to get back in the running game. I think i’ve run a whopping 6 miles for this entire month of May. That is the most pathetic thing ever!!
yay for getting back onto the running bandwagon!

God is in control…

Job hunting is stressful. I’m sure this is a widely known fact and you didn’t need me to tell you that. I’ve been job hunting for a few weeks. We will be closing on our house June 15th and I wanted to have a job prior to closing.  So for weeks I’ve been stalking craigslist, employflorida, indeed.com, monster, and careerbuilder.. even though monster & careerbuilder aren’t the best it’s something. I applied for maybe 15-20 positions. Some of which I didn’t really want to hear back from, but If I did I would have been okay and interviewed had they asked me to.

So last Friday, not yesterday, the Friday before, I was stalking Craigslist and came across an add for a medical biller/front desk/medical assistant. I thought this was for three separate positions. I e-mail the address given. FWD to Sunday night. I get an e-mail asking if I am available to talk over the phone about the position, and would I be available the next day for an interview. wow.

Monday morning. I go for the interview. I meet with the surgeon & another woman doctor. I there maybe 20 minutes or so. I felt like everything went pretty well, I had answers for all of their questions. I felt really confident going in.  BTW; the ad was not for 3 different positions.. One person, 3 jobs.  So I’m really excited about this job, I’m thinking this is going to be an awesome opportunity, I’m going to be exposed to surgical billing & and that will help my career… Monday afternoon after I get back to work the surgeon calls the doctor I currently work for to get a reference/recommendation.

Tuesday. I start freaking out. I don’t know anything about surgical anything. How can I do billing for something I don’t know anything about. My mind is just racing. I feel sick about it. I also had a phone interview Tuesday morning for another position @ a local hospital. That interview went well, they said they would be calling me for a 2nd interview.  Tuesday afternoon the surgeon calls my office manager for a recommendation.  Surgeon e-mails me and says he will call me on Wed. …..

Wednesday night, the woman Dr. calls me. She offers me the position, they want to bring me on as the office manager. We discuss it some.. I tell her I have to talk w/ my Husband.. they want me to start on May 26th. Obviously this is an issues as we won’t close until June… there are a few other things that I’m slightly worried about. She says Okay, she’ll call me Thursday night…

Thursday comes and goes.. The Surgeon e-mailed me around midnight Thursday night asking when he could contact me Friday…. by now my nerves are getting the best of me… By Friday I’ve thought of 100 reasons why I shouldn’t take the job. The Surgeon calls me @ 1130… I start telling him why I’m not sure I’m right for the position. For every fear & concern I have regarding the position he has an answer & a solution. He made me feel 100% confident that I can do the job & that I will be good at it. .. I was going to turn down the offer, by the time we got off the phone I wanted to accept the offer. He said to think about it some more, think about it over the weekend, talk about it w/ Chris and he would call me on Monday.

God is in control. I wasn’t going to take the position, but I seriously think God says that I am going to take it.. To me, he obviously wants me in that position. He made it available to me. There were answers & solutions for every problem or fear I had. I think its pretty obvious that’s where I’m supposed to be.

So Monday I will accept the position. May 27th I will start as the office manager at a GI Surgeon’s office. Pretty exciting! New & Exciting things are coming our way!

Wednesday, the