Saturday, December 31, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting all of the floors vacuumed and steam mopped this morning.
* going to the Winter Classic Alumni Game. It was really cool to see all of the past players introduced and the crowd's reaction.
* meeting up with Steve at the game for a little bit.
* Andy agreeing to leave after the 2nd period so we could get on the road to AC.
* getting to Atlantic City with enough time to change and have a few drinks before heading over to the Borgata.
* Seth Meyer's comedy show at the Borgata. He was really funny and we had some good laughs! I was disappointed the show was only an hour long because the tickets were expensive ($89 each!) but definitely enjoyed it while it lasted.
* the good things to come in 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* making plans with Wendy & Keli for the 6 of us to get together in a few weeks.
* still having gift cards to buy things we need for the house. I got a really nice Cuisanart hand mixer today from Bed Bath & Beyond.
* the book "Gift of Fear" that Jane sent me after we talked about it the night they were over for dinner.
* our Homeland marathon tonight. The season finale was so good!
* the small sundae I made with Andy's homemade ice cream for dessert.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Ian driving for our lunch on Long Island.
* meeting some really nice people at the GB-Melville office.
* good memories of visiting Syossett as we passed the exit.
* lots of tea to help this sore throat go away.
* the yum potato soup I made tonight for dinner.
*, and for helping me finish up Christmas shopping.
* finally attacking this blog and trying to catch up. Aug-Dec is going to be tough, I have nothing to work off of!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* dragging myself out of bed to go to a new yoga class. I loved the instructor and really enjoyed the class!
* finding out Kelley & Steve are engaged!
* spending some time figuring out how to put together the desk. Although it took much longer than I think it should, I'm glad it's almost done.
* going through a bunch of magazines, books, papers etc. and purging as much as I could.
* fresh burgers made with organic, grass-fed beef.
* Kerry sending me an email with the link to the blog that has the pictures from Starbucks on our wedding day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* receiving an invitation from Lori for her "Top Chefs: Just Desserts" party later this month. Her son is one of the competitors on the show!
* learning about because Lori used it for her invitations. It's such a cool site and it's perfect for our rehearsal dinner invite.
* all of the incredible friends I have in my life.
* talking to Erin for a while after work.
* making an appointment to have the seamstress fit me one last time before she alters my dress. She wasn't happy that I asked but I'm still really nervous and I'm hoping this makes me feel better.
* a nice dinner at Totaro's with Andy.
* talking with Lori on the way home.
* catching the end of The Hangover and the second half of The Blind Side while I worked on bridal shower thank you notes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* talking with Megan for a little bit before I left for work. 
* lunch with Megan & Emma at Charlotte's. 
* a great talk with A. Linda while I was running errands. 
* the cute note cards I found at A.C. Moore. 
* meeting baby Beckman and visiting with Lora & Ed. We sat out back in the shade and it was beautiful. 
* a great yoga class with Richard, I needed his calming class tonight. 
* Andy making dinner. 
* getting the first half of my bridal shower thank you notes finished and staying up late to work on wedding stuff!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* making a donation to the family of a 19 year old kid that had a serious accident that I don't even know. Someone I'm friends with on Facebook posted his story and it just broke my heart and I imagined what his family must be going through and thought even if I helped a little bit, it would make a difference.
* talking with Vanessa for a little while before I left the office to go to yoga.
* grabbing a late lunch with Lorin at Rocco's.
* making the best of the pilates fusion class even there was a sub for the usualy instructor and I didn't like her style very much.
* going to bed somewhat early tonight.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting my butt out of bed at 5am to clean so I could still put in a full day of work. 
* Anita coming over to visit with Mrs. Roth and spending some time chatting with them. 
* asking for opinions about getting a wedding video vs. not getting one. The more I think about it and the more I talk to other people about it I feel we should go for it.
* the generous shower gift Anita brought for me. 
* the time I spent by myself at the beach this evening. I went down around 6:00 and it was perfect. It wasn't too hot or crowded and I managed to take a little nap before the greenheads attacked. 
* Mack's Pizza for dinner. 
* Andy & I having a long talk with Andy's mom tonight. I strongly believe even when it's hard, talking about things with the people you love is a much better route compared to not dealing with them and pushing everything under the rug. 
* learning a little more how much Andy truly loves me. Some of the things he said tonight reinforced everything I already know. I am so lucky to have him!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting through the work day when I felt so drained from the moment I woke up.
* the cute thank you notes I picked up this afternoon to send out to all of my bridal shower gifts.
* the beautiful gift I found to give to Kerry for her birthday.
* a good talk with Megan as I was arriving to Avalon tonight.
* French Onion soup at the Grille Room for dinner tonight.
* getting ready for bed early tonight (meaning before 9pm!)
* chatting with Kelly on Facebook.
* Mom sending me pictures of the three of us from Sunday, I didn't think there were any good ones taken.
* feeling excited to look at places for Andy & I to rent while we figure out where it's best to buy.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Andy & I getting through the cleaning jobs fairly quickly.
* spending some time reading my Kindle outside in the front of the house where there was a beautiful breeze.
* deciding on Aruba as the first part of our honeymoon and all of the time Andy has spent looking for airfare.
* stopping by Jeff & Megan's after our long drive home so Andy could meet Erilin.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Jean being understanding when we had to reschedule her for tomorrow.
* Andy going to the store to pick up stuff for lunch.
* visiting with Nicole Spang at the beach. I think the last time I saw her was for Billy Joel & Elton John! It was nice to sit on the beach and talk for a couple of hours.
* dinner at the Yacht Club. They have the best French Onion Soup!
* deciding to watch a movie instead of going out since we were really tired. We rented 'Blue Valentine'. I thought I was going to like it much more than I did; at least I can check it off the list.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting the wedding invitations ready to be mailed!
* going on the House Tour with Mrs. Roth. We got to see the Rice's (UTZ Potato Chips) mansion on the beach. It was the craziest house I've ever seen, I felt like I was in a museum. 
* a nice lunch at the yacht club. The chicken caesar salad was really good. 
* pizza and Phillies at Bill & Erin's.
* a really nice conversation with Maria about friendship and finding out we share a love for sentimental things like cards, journaling and hand written notes.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* going home to take an hour nap before work after my 5am drive home from AC. I was soooo tired!
* finding the airfare vouchers so Andy can try to find airfare for the honeymoon. 
* our beautiful wedding invitations! Cyrano Designs did such an amazing job and I can't wait to send them out.
* meeting Erilin. She is so tiny and beautiful and I can't wait to do fun girly things with her. I'm so happy Megan has her baby girl. 
* getting to Avalon safely. We had to drive through really bad lightening and rain and I could barely see. 
* Mom & Dad celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* another productive work day from Avalon. 
* Erilin Roth joining the family today! So excited to have a new niece and very happy for Jeff & Megan that they have a little girl. 
* talking with Vanessa and asking her to do a reading at the ceremony and to be with us on the morning of the wedding.
* going to Atlantic City to hang out with Jess & John tonight. We had some drinks at the condo, went to dinner and then played some slot dollars at the Hilton. Good times!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the email I saw as I was walking out the door at 5am that said our meeting was cancelled this morning and being able to go back to bed for a while. 
* getting a ton of stuff done for work today!
* awesome grilled chicken salads for lunch. 
* finding out that Megan gets to go to the hospital tonight and will hopefully be induced tomorrow morning. 
* selecting some really nice readings for the ceremony.
* chatting with Wendy on Facebook and asking her to read for us during the ceremony.
* going to 96th Street to walk around the shops for a while tonight with Andy. 
* stopping by Leslie's to visit for a little bit. 
* Mack's Pizza for dinner!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* a relaxing morning.
* spending the afternoon at the beach with the Fry's. Andy met me there after he came home from fishing. We played Kubb and stayed for dinner. We really love when they're down here!
* celebrating the 4th of July. We are very lucky to live in a country where we enjoy so many freedoms. 
* talking to Dad to wish him a Happy 25th Anniversary!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* going to yoga this morning even thought it was pouring rain.
* a relaxing day with no cleaning!
* Caitlin's graduation party at Brian's house. It was nice to see everyone!
* Josh & Lauren coming to Avalon. He was playing for the 4th of July festivities and they finally got to see why we love Avalon so much. 
* watching the fireworks on the boardwalk with Andy. 
* sitting on the deck with Josh & Lauren talking and watching the random fireworks. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the Fry's taking their vacation this week in Sea Isle!
* finally seeing Erin and her cute pregnant belly!
* a fun time with the Fry's. We had dinner with them and watched the Phillies game.
* hanging out with PJ & Maryanne and Jeff & Stacy on the deck tonight.

Friday, July 1, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* cleaning two houses with Deig this morning. 
* Andy making decent time coming to Avalon. 
* getting a new cleaning job in Townsends Inlet for the next several Saturdays. 
* visiting with the McSparran's. The whole gang is down for this weekend. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* finding out the invitations are ready and can be picked up Tuesday!
* the sweet email from Cookie offering to help with wedding planning. 
* free Primos for lunch today because we had to do a photo shoot for the "Best Of" issue. 
* finally catching up with Erin while I sat on 76 going 0 mph because of the awful traffic. The Phillies had a day game, President Obama was in town and they shut down the highways and it was rush hour. 
* a beautiful evening in Avalon once I finally got here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* a productive day at the office. 
* going to Kerry's to hang out. It's hard to believe I haven't seen her since February! That is crazy, how are the months flying by so quickly? We had a nice time sitting in the back yard talking. 
* dinner with Kerry & Jim. I treated myself to a chicken parm sandwich (I only ate half) and it was really good. :-)
* talking with Debbie on the way home from Kerry's house. 
* getting the ok for Josh & Lauren to come to Avalon this weekend. 
* sending an email poll to our DMB friends asking which songs we should play at the wedding. I want to limit them to 3 during dancing hours. Makes me so excited for the wedding!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* lunch at the Great American Pub with Lorin & John. 
* a great yoga class with Richard at the gym. 
* going to Macy's and adding some more items to the registry. I keep getting yelled at to get this done!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting through the work day after a long weekend of drinks, friends, music, heat, standing, dancing, dirt, and not sleeping much. 
* pizza for dinner. We needed easy tonight. 
* finishing the address list for Cyrano Designs to make our wedding invitations!
* talking with Joey Mini about possibly doing NY and catching up in general. 
* Mom finding a beautiful necklace of Mom-Mom's that she can wear for the wedding. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting up and moving fairly early since we had a parade of people that need to shower and get out of the hotel room by noon. 
* spending some time on the beach before we headed to the festival. 
* playing some more slot dollars in the casino and winning a few bucks (mostly Andy this time.)
* Citi VIP again. It was nice to watch Amos Lee from a comfy couch with a Bay Breeze. The dinner was really good tonight too.  
* Steve & Kate coming to the festival today. So excited to be with him for a show. 
* making tentative plans to go to the Caravan in NY. 
* Steve bringing 'Friends of the Band' lounge passes for the four of us. It was nice to relax before David Gray started. 
* going back to the lounge after David Gray's set and meeting Shane Victorino!!! He was very nice and easy to talk to. He said DMB is one of his favorite bands. 
* another great set for tonight's show. Although I don't get overly excited when they play Seek Up I'm glad they played it since it's Steve's favorite song. Granny, Raven, and Watchtower were some of my favorites tonight. 
* Andy getting us home safely. We were both exhausted and it was hard to stay awake. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* not feeling too crappy for cleaning today after being in the heat, drinking beers all day, and staying up until 1am. I can't believe Andy & I actually drove back to Avalon to clean but it paid for a lot of our weekend so it was worth it. 
* Primos for lunch.
* Getting back to AC in time for the Dave & Tim set. 
* Kelly & Alex finding an adorable new apartment in Yardley. 
* Lisa Hannigan- she was great and I'm really glad we got to see her! 
* going back to the hotel to have a few drinks and play our slot dollars! I won $50 and Andy won $12, woo hoo. 
* going to see O.A.R. even though I wasn't thrilled that I barely knew the songs they played. 
* an awesome DMB show with lots of songs I love. Nancies, Break Free, Idea of You and Crush were some of my favorites. 
* going to Wild, Wild, West to meet up with Jen Cardonick and to have a few $2 beers. We were all so tired we didn't make it past 2am but it was fun. 
* getting the yummy pizza at the place Andy & I love on the boardwalk. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Lorin calling her niece when I told her I was trying to figure out how I was getting to AC.
* Getting a ride with Alex and Merideth to AC for DMB Caravan Weekend
* Meeting Lindsay and discovering we both spend a good amount of time in Avalon during the summer
* drinks in the hotel room before going to the festival
* how well organized the festival seems to be.
* Scott & Michelle letting us stay with them this weekend so we didn't have to drive back and forth to Avalon after the shows.
* Seeing TR3, G Love, Ray Lamontagne & Dave Matthews Band at the festival.
* Citi VIP Lounge; the DMB t-shirts and Live Trax CD they gave out as 'welcome gifts'.
* Ian saving us a spot up front for the DMB set and watching the show with Michelle, Ashley, Ian & Andy.
* Michelle getting 'Friends of the Band' VIP passes; free beer during the whole show!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* talking with Cathie about adding video for our wedding.
* emails from Mom today that helped me feel better about the dress and venue.
* Megan finding a sitter so she could come to the tasting with me today.
* a better experience at Celebrations today. The food was much better this time around and Linda and I talked about what happened last time.
* visiting the chapel with Megan. We took measurements for the aisle and mapped out how to decorate. I think it's going to be beautiful once it has flowers and candles!
* doing the elliptical even though I really didn't feel like it.
* getting the house cleaned this afternoon.
* talking with Mom; we talked about today's tasting and more wedding stuff.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* finishing my roadmap for the project I'm doing with Vanessa.
* the message I got from Michelle about DMB Caravan weekend.
* doing the elliptical again tonight.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting myself up at 5am, if only I could do it every day!
* a great interview with a new design intern today.
* a late lunch with Lorin at Plaza Azteca.
* doing the elliptical and watching Glee while I worked out.
* dinner with Andy @ Totaro's
* being almost finished with the addresses for wedding invitations!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I'm still here!

Wow, things are super busy these days. Working, wedding planning, trying to plant our garden, trying to keep up with yoga and exercising, slowly changing the way I (we) eat and buy our food, cleaning business at the shore, making time for family & friends. Get the picture?
You may think I've completely fallen off the wagon as far as my blog goes. Yes, I'm still stuck on 2003 as far as my "Year in Reviews" are concerned, I've only written about 1 of hundreds of concerts, I'm about 25 entries behind on the wedding blog...BUT...I'm not as far behind with my daily gratitude blog as you might think. 

I have weeks of daily entries written in my planner, even most of September 2010 is sitting in last year's planner; yes, I realize some months look like I completely gave it up, but I really didn't. Lately it's been hard to sit down and actually write on the blog. You would think it's easy to find 5 minutes each morning to type up the day before, for some reason it is not. Although, that's what I'm going to start aiming for.
So for all 9 of you, if any of you even still read this, hopefully I'll start playing catch up real soon!

Monday, June 13, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the strawberry/raspberry/orange smoothie I made this morning.
* talking with Megan this morning and her trusting me with a secret.
* the beautiful weather today- not too hot out.
* the awesome yoga pants Vanessa gave me for my birthday. I loved this in yoga class today!
* getting to the pilates-fusion class early tonight. I really like that class now!
* starting the wedding "to do" spreadsheet.

* the message I got from Kerry today.
* starting the "Roadtrip" program with Vanessa.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* leftover pizza for breakfast.
* meeting two new cleaning clients, both were very nice!
* a relaxing afternoon watching the Phillies game.
* a walk on the beach with Andy.
* an awesome chicken picatta dinner. I only ate a little bit of chicken!
* talking with Aunt Colleen.
* another walk on Dune Drive after dinner.
* Avalon Freeze!
* Andy getting HBO in Avalon so we can watch seasons 7 & 8 of Entourage.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* 6 months until the big day!
* walking on the beach and to the library today.
* spending the afternoon on the beach with Andy & Deig drinking Bloody Mary's and enjoying the day.
* Macks Pizza for dinner.
* drinks and working on the wedding playlist!
* fun night seeing Mr. Greengenes at Jacks.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the new Vera Bradley outlet opening up at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets!
* getting to Avalon early enough this morning to work from the beach house today.
* taking a nap this afternoon.
* the call back from an attorney I met with in December.
* my grilled burger made out of chickpeas for dinner.
* the 1 1/2 mile run I did this afternoon on the beach/boardwalk. I really hate running but it felt good to show myself I could do it!
* getting a good night's sleep!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* talking with Linda at Bridaltown about my dress. It sounds like even she thought it should have never been sold to me considering how big a size difference there is. I'm really hoping it all works out and that it fits like they say it will.
* talking with James at Celebrations and expressing my concerns since the tasting. He offered for us to come back for a second tasting and assured me everything will be ok.
* lunch at Plaza Azteca with Bill, Brian & Lorin.
* picking up Jeffrey and driving him to the Phillies game. I can't believe how grown up he is! It was fun to talk with him on the way to the ballpark.
* the really cool storm at the ballpark. Not really ideal for a baseball game but it was really neat to see!
* Popejoy telling me about Joseph Arthur playing the Free @ Noon show coming up.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* lunch with Gabrielle at the Great American Pub to thank her for all of her hard work.
* Mrs. Roth coming to the dress fitting with me today. I expressed my concerns again about the top of the dress not fitting right. I'm really nervous about it.
* the nice email I got from Debbie today.
* doing the elliptical today.
* finding awesome wedding shoes at Marshall's today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* a good meeting with Siepser Laser Eye today.
* being able to go to Kyle's 8th grade graduation. We don't see him that often and I feel like we barely know him so I was happy to go to support him.
* dinner at Max & Erma's with Mom Roth, Alison and Kyle.
* noticing the changes I've made to my eating habits have been making a difference.
* looking at cockapoo puppies on-line; I want one!

Monday, June 6, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting some more responses from our cleaning flyer.
* finding out Scott & Michelle are going to Atlantic City for the DMB Caravan later this month.
* talking with Marcie about getting ready before the wedding at the hotel since there was a misunderstanding with Celebrations.

* catching up with Katie tonight.
* grilled kabobs for dinner.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* sleeping in a little bit this morning and then going to the 10:15 yoga class.
* Primos for lunch.
* talking with Mom & Lori this afternoon.
* going for a walk around Avalon with Andy.
* cleaning today being easy and quick.
* getting home safely after another car's tire blew out on 76. It was very scary and we were lucky we weren't just a little closer to the other car or going around one of the turns. It seemed the other car was ok too.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* going to the early 8:30 yoga class at Sol Luna this morning.
* playing Scrabble with Andy today- and winning. :-)
* being able to talk some things out between Andy & me.
* drinks & Wordspot tonight.
* Macks Pizza- it is one of the best, even if it is a total ripoff.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting 3 cleaning jobs done today and my work for the magazine!
* reading out on the deck late this afternoon.
* the new CDs and People magazines I got from the library.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting up at 6am to finish planting the garden with Andy.
* getting some work done this morning even thought most people are off/closed/checked out/not answering phones.
* an easy drive to Avalon---I was there in 2 hours!
* stopping at Joe Canals to stock up on some summer treats. I picked up a case of Bud Light Lime, Twisted Tea and vodka.
* enjoying the beautiful weather and reading on the deck.
* hanging out with the McSparran's for a bit while waiting for everyone else to get down.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Different Kind of Mourning

Most of the time when we think of mourning, we think of the loss of one's life. According to Webster's the definition for mourn is to feel or express grief or sorrow.

When my sister Kelly was little she went to "Karen's house." Karen was a saint of a baby-sitter that ran a small daycare out of her home in HamiIlton, NJ. I would go there too during the summer and when I had off from school because our mom worked full time. I remember late in the afternoon as parents would start to trickle in to pick up their kids, Karen would always have Oprah on the television. We spent most of our days there outside playing in the backyard or at her parents pool. When I think back, it was probably the one hour a day Karen (sort of) had "Karen time". We would always give her a hard time; "Oprah? Why do you always have to watch Oprah?

As I found myself sobbing on the couch, happy that I saved the last three episodes on our DVR to watch all at once, I thought back to Karen and how I ended up being just like her. It was hard for a seven year old to understand The Oprah Winfrey show and how significant an impact it made on millions of people everyday.As I started to grow up I'd watch Oprah with my friend Chrissy during the summer. I know there are people out there that can't stand Oprah (although I really don't know how that would be possible if you knew what kind of person she is, the good that she's done for tens of thousands of people, the awareness she has brought to countless worthy causes, her authenticity and the genuine messages she delivered everyday.)

I was in mourning, and I know that sounds silly. I was feeling a sense of loss. The tears fell down my face because I learned so much from Oprah's shows. I think about all of stories I've seen about everyday people that had something good or bad happen to them and how it changed my perspective or brought awareness. A lot of times the show made me want to be a better person and reminded me we all can make a difference in this world.

In high school and college I'd watch it here and there if I was home (which wasn't all that often at 4pm.) Since DVR came into the picture, I've seen every episode of Oprah. It was an hour of "me" time, whether I was on the elliptical or watching it on the couch. I rarely multi-tasked while I watched; no computer or magazines on my lap. I wanted to take it all in, whatever the message was that day.

During the last 25 episodes or so, everyday they counted down to how many were left. I started to wonder what the last show would be like. Who would be Oprah's guests? Would she do a final surprise giveaway?
How much emotion would she show? I have to say, in the end, her last show was perfect. It was as far away from self-congratulating and ego-centric as you can get. It was pretty much everything I've learned from Oprah summed up into one episode. It made me want to be a better person all over again, and to a greater degree. It made me think "who do I influence and how can I make a difference? How can I bring awareness? What causes do I truly care about?"

I am sad there is no more Oprah at 4pm during the week. I wonder if there will ever be another show with so much power and influence; it will be interesting to see if anyone can come close to what Oprah has accomplished.  

Some of my favorite parts of the show were...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* having another productive day at the office after I motivated myself to start making calls. 
* the WaWa Low-Fat French Vanilla Cappuccino Bill bought me this afternoon. 
* talking with Copley on my drive to Doylestown tonight. 
* having another person come out to the Ignite meeting in Doylestown. It was a great presentation and made me excited about the opportunity all over again. 
* talking with Chris, Deirdre's step-mom tonight at the meeting. 
* a late dinner at The Freight House with John & Jocelyn. I'm excited about her interning here this summer, she fits right in!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting a ton of work done at the office today even though I wasn't feeling that great again.
* watching the two part interview with Oprah & James Frey. I thought it was really great. A Million Little Pieces was one of the best books I've ever read. Regardless of the details that were made up instead of them all being his truth, everything he described in the book was realistic and I truly believe it's helped millions of people understand addiction.
* finishing some more of the Project Wedding entries, I can't believe I let it go this long.

5 months to go! 4 months to go!

Wow...I don't even know what to say. How is our big day just 4 months away? I pretty much can't believe it. I completely missed writing a '5 months to go' entry, in the blink of an eye we went from 6 to 5 to 4 months away from September 17th! I keep saying to Andy, "think back to mid-January until now, that's how long we have until we walk down the aisle!" We are so excited!

We continue to check things off the list. I've met with the florist and invitations guy. We met with a priest last week but are continuing the search for an officiant that feel right for us. We've decided on who we will ask to do the readings during our ceremony and that we will host a picnic the day after the wedding at Nashaminy National Park. I like the idea of some additional quality time with family and friends before the weekend ends, especially with those that will be traveling.

The focus of this one day is a little overwhelming (well, actually, a lot). I never thought I'd feel nervous, but I do. And it's not that I'm nervous to marry Andy. It's more like, how often is this much attention on two people? Everyone will be watching every move we make the entire day. I love the thought of all of our family and friends in one place, but how will I be able to spend time with each of them? I don't want the day to fly by, I want to take it all in. Everyone warns me that is impossible---I will try my best to make it my (our) reality.

Yes, these random thoughts never stop. It's like a stream of consciousness about how fast time is flying by, how sometimes I feel like I'm missing the "enjoy the planning" part because there is always so much going on, there is always a long list of "things to do." How you think about your wedding day for so long, there is so much build up, and in the end, it's 24 hours long, just like every other day. How do we make every minute count?

Over the last few weeks Andy has said to me several times how excited he is to marry me, how happy he is that I will be his wife. That means so much. So many guys take the "it's her day, whatever..." attitude and I'm thankful he's been involved and that he seems just as excited about this special day as I am.

4 months away, holy crap!

Monday, May 16, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the email I got from Maureen asking questions about the hotels in Philly because she's making plans for her trip in September!
* getting my first commission check that's actually worth getting excited over.
* going to Bed, Bath & Beyond with Andy to work on our registry.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* feeling much better today.
* the nice lady at It's All Good on Dune Drive. We talked a little about her shop and I bought a couple of shirts for James.
* the cute hat I found for James that said "BIG BROTHER" at a kids clothing shop on 96th Street.
* all of the tomato, pepper and other assorted veggie plants we bought for this year's garden at roadside stands on the drive home from Avalon.
* a great afternoon at Jeff & Megan's to celebrate James's 2nd Birthday! He was so cute with his Cars birthday cake---he made the biggest mess but had a great time eating tons of cake. He also had fun with his new toys, especially his tricycle. We went back and forth on the deck for quite a while and he only ran over my toes once!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* sleeping in. Trying to feel normal again!
* Chris arriving with Molly in tow. We didn't know she was coming and it was a nice surprise.
* dinner at the Sea Grill with Chris, Molly, Mrs. Roth and Andy. Great food, great company.
* going to Sea Isle to visit with Deig and Megan. So excited they will both be at the shore this summer!
* getting the Community DVDs back from the library so we can finish Season 1.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* being able to take another day to fight whatever it is I have. Slept till noon and feeling a little better but not much.
* deciding to ride down to Avalon with Mrs. Roth. If I'm going to feel like crap I might as well feel like crap and look at the bay.
* We went to Primos for a late lunch and started chatting with a really nice lady that came in after us. Turns out she's from Bucks County and is an Ignite Associate. She tried to introduce me to the business before I told her I'm already an associate. Everywhere I go I meet people that are involved, I've gotta make this happen.
* pizza from Via Mare for dinner.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* John's understanding when I called this morning to tell him I wasn't up for coming to the sales meeting. He knew I wasn't feeling well yesterday and told me he'd call Ed for me.
* being able to sleep the entire day. Besides coming down to drink some Gatorade around noon, I didn't get out of bed until after 5pm. I'm not sure exactly what's wrong, but I feel like I've been run over.
* making it to California Pizza Kitchen ok. We had dinner plans with Karin & Chip and since we've rescheduled a couple times, I didn't want to cancel. Not the best decision. I probably shouldn't have been driving considering I almost fainted in front of the restaurant. My guess is low blood sugar since I slept all day and didn't eat anything.
* the nice lady that gave Karin peanut butter crackers for me to eat when I needed sugar outside the restaurant.
* a really nice dinner with Chip & Karin (after Andy got there and after I was able to stand up straight.) I appreciated Andy agreeing to meet them to learn a little more about Ignite. It ended up being a great evening even though I should have cancelled.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* being able to respond to an email from a chiropractor I know asking for help. One of the families that go to him lost their home in a fire and lost everything. It felt good to offer to help however I can.
* learning about the Forks Over Knives premiere coming to Plymouth Meeting and buying tickets for us to go. Mom & Dad and Lori will be coming too!
* usually being healthy. I've been fighting off this awful cold for days and I feel horrible.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the consideration I try to show for other people's time. Sometimes I wish it was recipricated. Some of my clients seem to think my full-time job is catering to their schedules.
* the opportunity to present to a large ad agency today.
* finally spending some time looking for officiants.
* healthy veggie/minestrone soup in the Vita-Mix for dinner.
* watching Nurse Jackie with Andy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* another beautiful day. Perfect for delivering magazines!
* lunch at Rocco's.
* finding my phone after I thought I either left it in Rocco's or drove off with it on the roof of my car.
* walking 3 miles with Viki after work.
* meeting with Father McGee. As much as I've been set on having a Catholic priest officiate our wedding I was really turned off tonight. He made comments about gay people, black people and was just overall ignorant. He didn't seem like he cared to learn much about us and it made me realize finding the right person for us is the more important than if he's Catholic or not.
* a great dinner at Carrabba's with Andy.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* my wonderful Mom.
* a beautiful Mother's Day brunch at Erini with Mom, Dad, Kelly, Alex & Andy.
* going to Tavolo to check out it as a possible rehearsal dinner venue.
* talking with Grandma this afternoon.
* playing cornhole with Andy and finally beating him!
* getting organized.
* the gorgeous weather today!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting up early enough for me and Kelly to go to yoga.
* the loaf of Primo's bread we picked up to make sandwiches for lunch.
* eating lunch outside in the beautiful sunshine. I really enjoyed my time with Kelly and realized we need to get together more often!
* catching up on my blog, doing my nails and laying in the grass this afternoon.
* playing cornhole and Scrabble with Andy.
* grilled chicken marsala for dinner.
* finally watching "The Fighter." Excellent movie!

Friday, May 6, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* a productive day at the office.
* the nice girl at Sephora that helped me pick out some new makeup. I've never been a makeup person and don't know a lot about it but I'm trying to learn.
* Kelly coming to hang out with us tonight.
* fresh strawberry daiquiris in the Vita-Mix!
* watching Steve Carrell's final episode of "The Office."
* chatting with Meggan on Facebook for a bit.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* another home show contract coming through today.
* keeping it together when I felt angry about some things in our individual meetings today.
* going to the Cinco de Mayo party at Mayo Seitz even though I felt funny going alone. I made an appearance and that was the right thing to do.
* yum grilled burgers for dinner.
* putting away all of my winter clothes and hanging up spring/summer stuff. I love it when we know warm weather is just around the corner!
* fresh margaritas in the Vita-Mix with Andy for Cinco de Mayo.
* a great night talking with Andy; no computers or staring at the TV. It was good, quality time together.
* Andy's excitement about getting married and our wedding.
* reading through lots of ceremony options.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* lunch at Nectar with Brian, Bill & John. We had a good laugh over John ordering $80 worth of tuna! Thank God we had gift cards.
* taking the time to make fresh tomato sauce--so much better than jarred!
* finally talking to Rachel, it's been too long!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* happy hour at Spamps and Great American Pub with John, Brian, Lorin and Bill. I'm lucky to have such fun co-workers!
* Shania Twain on Oprah; "Death reminds us to live more freely." I love that quote.
* talking to Kerry for almost two hours tonight. It's been too long!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* lunch at Totaro's with John, Ed & Brian.
* Ed's confidence in me and that he's seeing my true potential. It was nice to hear these things from him.
* making plans for brunch at Erini for Mother's Day.
* buying tickets to the Forks Over Knives premiere.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* sleeping in this morning, I can't party like I used to!
* lunch at Cactus in Manayunk and walking around the shops on this beautiful day.
* watching Sex & the City 2 even though it was horrible. It was nice to relax this afternoon.
* talking with Mom & Dad tonight.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting up early to get ready for the fundraiser and meeting some really nice people today.
* chicken tortilla soup in the Vita-Mix for lunch.
* meeting up with Julie & Andy at The Ugly Moose and trying the Happy White Rabbit beer. 8.9%!!
* going to Bourbon Blu and seeing some fun music.
* Andy driving us home.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* my health, family, friends, and life in general. Today was the memorial service for Melissa and it was heartbreaking. She left her parents, brothers, sister, husband, family and friends much too soon--so many people that love her and miss her.
* spending the day at Pat & Joyce's with everyone. It was nice remembering Melissa, talking with Chris & Jess and Tim & Kristen and everyone else there.
* finding out Deig will be renting a house in Avalon for the whole summer!
* finding out Meggan Reagan is pregnant!
* the really nice email from Rachel catching me up on everything that's happening with them.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* living close to my office. I hate traffic and I'm thankful I don't have to deal with it everyday.
* a good meeting with Bravo Marble & Granite.
* our going away lunch for Beth at Bertucci's.
* catching up on Oprah this afternoon when I had to leave the office since there was no internet.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* feeling a little bit better today and finding a way to motivate myself.
* an early lunch at The Great American Pub.
* lots of laughs about "Bishop Tutu and his big rock" (aka the person that we think robbed our office.)
* sending out the email about the Melanoma fundraiser I'm doing this Saturday in memory of Melissa and the responses I received.
* getting myself to do the elliptical for 1 hr 15 min today!
* watching The Voice and American Idol. I just love these singing shows!
* Trader Joe's Chicken Sausage- yum!
* the texts from Dad rooting for the Flyers.
* chatting with Viki on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* no one getting hurt when our office was robbed. Luckily it happened overnight when no one was there.
* this beautiful day!
* talking some things out with Mom that really needed to be discussed. Sometimes I feel really bad because I feel like I disappoint her. How to find the time to visit and call more? I have to do that!
* hanging out in FDR park before the game.
* seeing Pat & Shawn at the Flyers game.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting through the day, it was a long one.
* lunch at Plaza Azteca.
* going to pilates/fusion and doing my best to focus.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* doing the elliptical this morning and watching Glee.
* the awesome fruit smoothie I made after my workout.
* a beautiful afternoon after a rainy morning. Megan & I went for a walk with James and then went to the playground so he could run around.
* the yum chicken tortilla soup I made before our taco dinner.
* Jeffrey & James's excitement over dying Easter eggs.
* a night out in Manayunk with Andy, Julie and her friend Tracey to see Second Majesty. Good times at Bourbon Blue!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* a great meeting with an advertiser that I almost gave up on after trying to get somewhere for 8 months. Today he bought a front cover for $3,500. It was a great lesson to never give up if you think there is a chance something can happen.
* spending the day with Kelly, Mom & Dad in Philly. We went to The Kimmel Center and saw some of the things going on from the Philly Arts Festival. We got a pizza for lunch from Lorenzo's and walked through the Italian Market. I'm in love with the spice store!
* going to Jeff & Megan's for dinner and the Flyers game. It was a fun time even though the Flyers lost :-(

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* seeing all of the support Chris has during such a difficult time in his life. I just can't imagine going through what he is going through right now.
* lunch with Sophia & Beth at Whole Foods. We sat on the roof top deck, the fresh air and sun were so nice, even if it was a little breezy.
* the 3 mile walk I took this afternoon. It felt good to be outside and it gave me some time to myself.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
 * my life
 * my body
 * my health
* my family
* my friends
* the example Melissa lived by---She lived every day to it's fullest, even throughout her tough battle with cancer. I admired how she and Chris still traveled, went to concerts, went camping and did all of the things they love to do together. She did not stop living even when she knew things weren't going well. She didn't give up. She believed she would beat this awful disease.
* deciding to meet up with Mom, Dad and Kelly on Friday to spend the afternoon in Philly.
* watching the Flyers game tonight with Andy and Mrs. Roth.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* finding out the happy news that Tim & Elizabeth are expecting another baby in December!
* everyone getting their measurements to Kelly so we can order the dresses.
* my massage at the National Academy of Massage this afternoon. I haven't had one since December and it was great!
* a wonderful dinner with Lori at Ristorante San Marco. We seem to pick an earlier meeting time each time we get together and still run out of time. We were the first people there and last people to leave. The dinner, company and conversation were priceless.

Monday, April 18, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the really nice email Mom sent this morning to Kelly & me about how much she enjoyed the weekend.
* lunch at Winberie's with an ad agency I hope to work with in the future. It's a really cute place!
* finally getting my taxes done. I don't know why I put them off because they are equally as painful whether you do them early or at the last minute.
* easy pizza dinner and Flyers game.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Mom's waffle breakfast for the 4 of us.
* going to White House/Black Market to shop for bridal shower / rehearsal dinner dresses. It was fun to see Lisa and I felt good about how I looked in the dresses.
* Mannino's Tomato Pie!
* telling Mom & Dad about the Vita-Mix and watching the demos on-line with them.
* Mom giving me a PDF of Crazy, Sexy, Cancer on DVD.
* Produce Junction.
* a really yummy dinner; pasta with garlic, spinach, tomato and grilled chicken.
* watching Army Wives.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* doing the elliptical since I had to skip yoga because I thought I'd be too rushed this morning.
* giving Glee another shot- the music makes it great to watch while working out.
* being able to go to Lora's baby shower and seeing some friends I haven't seen in a while.
* arriving to Mom & Dad's safely; the rain was awful!
* girls' night with Mom, Kelly, Linda & Lisa.
* the beautiful engagement gifts from Linda.
* staying up with Mom, Dad & Kelly laughing, talking and watching SNL clips.
* the Flyers win over Buffalo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* the tax extension! I HATE doing them and always put them off. Thankfully Andy will be taking over after we are married!
* finally getting paid from an overdue account.
* Yangming take-out.
* good laughs while talking with John today.
* finding huge bags of flash frozen fruit at Costco at a decent price for smoothies in the Vita-Mix!
* baking cookies for girls night and for Viki's dad.
* finding some great blogs about food today.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* having the courage to ask for compensation for all of the extra work I've been doing.
* our Vita-Mix arriving and making pizza sauce with it.
* Andy making homemade pizza.
* watching the Flyers kickoff their playoff run!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* my first Ignite associate completing their first 4 steps.
* talking with Mom about the wedding.
* coming home on time; having some time to myself to watch Brothers & Sisters and Oprah with no computer on my lap!
* Andy making chicken marsala for dinner.
* American Idol!
* the hockey playoffs starting!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting the contract from the florist for all of our flowers!
* going to yoga tonight.
* watching Community with Andy.
* finding some good free books for the Kindle from the blog I subscribed to.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mom, are you crazy?

So this is the email I received from my mom early this morning...

Hi Chris,
I just heard about this 1/2 marathon in Philly this morning and it really caught my attention because I've always wanted to this race! It's really cool with bands playing at every mile marker! The only thing is, is that it's on the 18th of Sept. Would you mind if me and dad cut out early the day after the wedding? We can run the race and then meet up with you in the park afterward. We would miss the breakfast but we would see everyone later! There's plenty of time to train maybe you would want to do it too!!! Love you - Mom :)

My thoughts were the following in this order:
a) she is crazy to think I would even consider running a marathon the day after our wedding.
b) well, I know she's always wanted to do this marathon.
c) I've never been to a brunch the day after the wedding where the bride's parents weren't there. That would be kind of weird.
d) now they won't want to hang out that night after the reception when we get back to the hotel.
e) how are they going to get up at 6am?

By the time our Monday morning sales meeting ended and I had a chance to send a reply, Mom had sent me this as a follow-up...

OK you have probably read this by now and you're probably trying to figure out a nice way to say "what are you crazy"!!!  Well, you're right I was just kidding....gotcha!  I don't want you to fret over this for too long - I thought it was a fun joke but afterthoughts tell me to let you know that it was a joke sooner than later!  Love you - have a great day. mom
I have gratitude today for...
* lunch with Karin and Elijah at Panera. We talked about the Ignite opportunity and her amazing experience with Soles 4 Souls in Haiti. I would really love to do a trip next year!
* Andy making dinner tonight.
* taking a walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
* the funny email mom sent me about doing the Rock N Roll marathon the day after our wedding.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Andy making a great breakfast.
* resting on the couch; I've been feeling run down lately.
* watching the Phillies game.
* going to the playground in Rosemont with Megan and James this afternoon.
* spending some time sorting through prospects and organizing Magazine Manager.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* Kelley picking me up to go to WCU.
* Paul asking me to speak about my experience as a marketing major at West Chester.
* the feeling I got being on campus. It brought back so many great memories.
* Paul treating us to lunch at Barnaby's.
* going to Bridaltown with Mom and Dad. I showed Mom the dress and met the seamstress Anna Marie. I have concerns it won't fit right if they can't alter the top but I trust they know what they're talking about.
* going to Men's Warehouse to look at tuxedos for the guys.
* finding I can wear Mom's necklace made from Mom-Mom's engagement ring with my wedding gown.
* bringing Mom & Dad to Totaro's for dinner with Andy.
* going to Stella Blu to see Popejoy play and Kelley meeting up with us there.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* being excited about our April issue, it really looks great!
* getting magazines delivered to all of my advertisers safely. It was no fun driving in the pouring rain for 6+ hours today.
* feeling good about myself this morning when I put on an old pair of jeans and discovering they are no longer tight!
* finally getting an email out to the family about Grandma's 80th Birthday scrapbook. Another project, gotta make room on my already full plate. The happiness it will bring her will make the time and effort worth it x1000.
* the nice emails I got from Aunt Kathy & Mom after I sent out the message.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* waking up to James standing in the doorway. Mom-Mom was watching the boys this morning and I was able to see them for a few minutes before work.
* the compliments John gave me in the sales meeting this morning.
* a fun lunch at The Great American Pub with John, Lorin & Sophia.
* talking to Megan this afternoon. She told me Jeffrey told her "Aunt Teen looked pretty this morning. She had to go to the work." God I love those kids. I feel so lucky to live close and be there while they are growing up.
* leftovers for dinner = quick & easy!
* coming home on time and watching American Idol from last night. It was one of the best, I love it when they're all good!
* watching the movie "Conviction" with Andy. It was a great movie; reminded me of John Grisham's book "An Innocent Man".
* talking with Missy and wishing her a happy birthday.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* getting through the day on no sleep, again.
* a great meeting with the office manager at a dentist's office I've been calling for months. I didn't give up and finally got the meeting. It was a great lesson; you don't give up until you know the answer is definitely "no" and why.
* going to Buca di Beppo for lunch by myself today. I needed some alone time to think some things through. I wrote out how I was feeling about some things and it made me feel a lot better.
* Trios hoagies for dinner before the Phillies game.
* going to our first Phillies game of the night. We met Lindsay's co-worker and wife (who bought the other pair), they were very nice. It was a great game and we are 1-0 for the 2011 season!


I don't sleep normally anymore. What is going on? I go to bed at night and can't turn off my mind. I lay there thinking about how tired I will be in the morning but can't fall asleep. A million thoughts run through my mind each night. A couple nights a week I end up coming downstairs because it drives me crazy to watch the minutes go by, just lying there.

I'm thinking about...
  • the wedding: The things we still need to do---find officiant, figure out what the guys are wearing, make final invite list, gifts for wedding party & parents, wedding bands, playlist for dj, figure out music for ceremony, order bridesmaid gowns, figure out what to do for guest book, arrange babysitters, wedding vows, find place for rehearsal dinner, pick out readings, figure out who to ask to do readings, "in memory of" table, find hair style I like, figure out a way to spend time with out-of-town friends/family during the wedding weekend, where do we want go for honeymoon that is hurricane proof, am I going to love my dress after it is altered, etc.
  • my diet/health: I've kept the weight off that I lost in early 2010. I'm still eating too much meat and need to make more of an effort to eat less. I don't eat enough fruits or vegetables. I've been skipping breakfast again. I've really been enjoying yoga but haven't done the elliptical since I started going to classes at the end of January. I have weak arms and can't do a push-up properly; need to lift weights. I'm excited about the vita-mix that I bought and can't wait to start making smoothies and juices made straight from whole fruits and veggies. I am also excited to surprise Andy and show him all of the things we can make with our own whole foods instead of buying processes (fill in the blank.)
  • my sleep patterns: I'm stuck in a bad sleep pattern cycle. When it's time to go to bed my mind starts racing, I'm up late, and then I can't get up in the morning. Ideally I'd be getting up early enough to exercise in the morning at home before work. My plan is to start getting up 15 minutes earlier every day. I guess I will start the morning after my next good night's sleep.
  • work: Things are picking up. I am seeing results from the targeted prospecting I've been doing for the last six months. I truly believe our magazine can deliver what any advertiser needs if they are looking to reach our demographic, which makes it easy for me to talk to people about the magazine. I am excited about the progression of the intern program and marketing initiatives I am responsible for but sometimes find myself frustrated with all of the extra time I'm putting in for very little payoff.
  • my relationships: I've been struggling with this a lot lately. I was spoiled last year and even when I was at Comcast because I had a lot more time for friends and my family. I talk on the phone all day at work and the last thing I want to do at night is talk on the phone. The only quality time I have with Andy during the week are the few hours from when he gets home from work and bedtime. We usually don't finish dinner until about 8:00. I've been trying to fit in yoga and ideally would be doing it 3-4 times a week (they don't offer any early morning classes). Ignite meetings are only in the evenings and I don't get home until at least 8:30 when I attend. I beat myself up because I feel bad about not calling, emailing, visiting enough. I often feel like no matter what I do it's not enough. I'm lucky to have so many people in my life that I care about, but I'm spread thin. Not sure how to fix this. I wish there was a way for certain people to know how often I think about them.
So, how do we add hours to the day? I guess I really do need to start getting up earlier. Which means I need to go to bed earlier than 12:40am. I'll get there. I know I'm not the only person that feels this way. And we don't even have kids yet.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* having some good interviews for our open internship positions for the summer.
* lunch at Plaza Azteca with John, Brian, Bill, Sophia & Beth.
* shopping for Beckman's baby shower gift.
* the Ignite meeting with Sophia tonight.

Monday, April 4, 2011

 I have gratitude today for...
* making plans with Kelley to drive to WCU together on Sat.
* making plans with Mom for her & I to "visit" my wedding gown and to do some other wedding stuff.
* Lindsay W. helping us sell one of Phillies pairs for Thursday night.
* going to Pilate's fusion class tonight. I really like that class. It's challenging and I'm pretty sure the instructor thinks I'm an idiot because I'm not really good at the Pilate's stuff but I get a lot out of it and hope to continually improve!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* sleeping in until 10am.
* Andy making a nice Sunday breakfast.
* getting a bunch of errands done at BJs, Kohl's, CVS, TJ Maxx & Marshall's.
* it being a nice day to drive around.
* Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.
* Phillies win 3-0!
* Jeff & Megan and the boys coming to visit.
* playing outside with Jeffrey & James. The Dollar Store balls were a hit!
* roasted chicken dinner.
* talking with Megan Regan for a while tonight.
* watching Army Wives and Secret Millionaire. What a great "feel good" show!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* going to a great 9am yoga class.
* spending the day with Andy looking at hotels and rehearsal dinner places.
* looking at new beds at Design Home Interiors.
* hot fudge sundaes for dessert.
* spending the evening watching the Flyers, NCAA tournament, Phillies and Community.

Friday, April 1, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* having all of my ads in for this issue.
* lunch with John & Brian at UNO's.
* starting a new show on DVD (Community) that makes us laugh.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* my meeting with Spogue & Company. I found I am confident in who and what I represent and that is so important when you are in sales.
* being able to afford dental treatments.
* Megan meeting me to pick out the flowers and invitations for the wedding!
* going to Teikoku for lunch.
* going back to Narberth to hang out with Megan and the kids for a while.
* Jess calling the dentist for me when my implant wouldn't stop bleeding.
* Andy's homemade pizzas for dinner.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* treating myself to a cheese steak today. I barely ate anything yesterday, had cramps and only ate half anyway!
* meeting with Gabrielle and expressing our appreciation for her hard work. It was nice to be able to give her a gift card to Nectar to say thank you.
* talking with Lorin about working for Suburban Life. She officially starts next week!
* going to a networking meeting tonight. You never know what will become of the people you meet down the road.
* American Idol- I think it's one of the best seasons so far!
* acknowledging my sleeping issues and trying to figure out what's going on. Most of the time it's that I can't stop thinking. Maybe journaling, reading, or making lists will help.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I have gratitude today for...
* that I am becoming more comfortable talking about Stream/Ignite.
* choosing to go to yoga over everything else I had to do tonight. I'm trying so hard to stick with it!
* listening to my body and reminding myself I need to eat more regularly; I sometimes feel dizzy or like I'm going to faint when my blood sugar is low.
* finally watching the movie "The Kids Are Alright".