Friday, May 31, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* leftover Tony A's pizza for breakfast. 
* having no problem with exchanging the Phillies tickets for Monday's game at the box office. The lady was very nice who helped me.
* my first trip to Produce Junction this summer- bought lots of tomatoes, avocados and fruit for the weekend. 
* turkey dinner leftovers for dinner! It was as good the second time around!
* watching a few episodes of Modern Family and Shark Tank with Andy. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* getting up early at the hotel, showering and not feeling like crap like I thought I would. We left early enough so I'd be on time for work. I went to the office and got a ton of stuff done there today. 
*Baja Fresh for a late lunch. I love their salsa bar and baja tacos!
* catching up with Mom & Dad for a few minutes while I waited at the train station to catch the train into Philly. 
* going to Slainte with Ben across from 30th street station for a few beers before the Howie show.
* finally seeing Howie at a decent venue. I've only ever seen him at the festival pier. We had 2nd row seats and he was fantastic. Sounds a little different than he did years ago, but was still great. I was happy to hear Perfect Time of Day, So Sorry, Collide, She Says and several others. Ben knows him so we talked with him for a few minutes after the show. 
* getting to Milkboy right at 11. We didn't miss any of Popejoy's show. They were awesome tonight! Lindsay sang harmonies on a few songs with Popejoy and they had a full band. It was fun to see Becker and Brian Woods. I'll be paying for the several ciders I had tonight tomorrow, but these last two nights have been incredible! How can you not love live music?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* Doug taking the time to meet with me to look over my investments and life insurance policy. We also discussed the importance of having a living will and power of attorney designated. Stuff none of us want to think about, but he's right, God forbid...
* having met Doug and knowing within a very short time that we'll be friends and for a long time. I am looking forward to seeing what business venture he becomes a part of next!
* Jess picking me up for the Scranton show. We had a quick bite of our sandwiches at my house and then hit the road. 
* meeting up with Jess's friend Dena and her friends Heather, Traci and Christy. They were so much fun! We had an awesome time tailgating, the weather was perfect up on the mountain. Good drinks, food, music and friends!
* finding another $20 bill on the ground! That's 2 in 5 days, I texted Andy and told him we should play the lottery, haha. 
* trading over with a couple that was sitting near the other ladies so Jess & I could watch the show with them. We all had a great time. The setlist was fantastic and it made me excited for the rest of the summer!! My favorites were Idea of You, #41, Warehouse opener, and JTR.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* an easy drive home from Avalon. I was able to listen to our conference call during my drive and was home by 10. 
* listening to Martha Stewart's book about starting your own business. 
* grilling NY strip steaks for dinner tonight, they came out really good. 
* doing a 3-way conference call with Stacie and her friend Annette to go over the Park Power presentation. I thought it went pretty well! 
* working on the shuttle from our place to the DMB show in June. Our group is growing so we added a town car to the mix. I got all of the info out to everyone and started collecting Paypal payments since they will be charging my card. So excited for that weekend!

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* the weather finally being nice enough to sit outside on the deck. The wind has been crazy for the last couple of days but today it calmed down. 
* going to the Memorial Day parade on Dune Dr. with Jeff, Megan & the kids. We met up with Erin & Jeff afterwards. Seeing soldiers in uniform always take my breath away- so thankful for their bravery and willingness to fight to keep us safe and free. 
* going to the beach for a few hours with Andy. i read some more of 'Tiny Beautiful Things' and listened to the family next to us talking about restaurants and vacation spots. Now I want to go to Woodloch Spa & Resort in the Poconos! 
* going to the bike shop and putting air in the tires for the good bikes Brian gave us. Andy & I went for a 5 mile bike ride. It was really windy but we made it. 
* Mrs. Roth making a turkey with all the fixings for dinner. Noy your typical Memorial Day dinner but it was so good. The grill was ruined from the storm and we didn't realize it until this weekend. A new one will be here next weekend. 
* giving Jeffrey & James their birthday presents. A Spiderman light for their room and gift cards to the arcade. I never know what they'll like so I was happy to see them excited over the light, (I have to say it's pretty cool!) 
* learning how to use It's a free on-line meeting site. I can share my screen with others and do presentations. I set up a demo and it worked perfectly!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* making the best of another windy day. We got up early, I made breakfast and worked on my blog for a while this morning. 
* Mack's pizza for lunch---it's a total rip off but is soooooo good. 
* getting outside this afternoon and walking around Dune Drive. I went into all of the shops and even found a $20 bill on my walk. It always baffles me how people can spend $200 on flip flops or $500 on a dress that resembles the ones I have in my closet from Marshall's. I'm fine with just looking. 
* going for a run for the first time in months (yes, it's been months, again.) I feel like the opposite of a recovering addict. I fall off the wagon and don't exercise for 7 weeks after working out 5x a week? How does that happen? I decided today enough is enough. Kelly's wedding is 2 months away and I want to feel great for it. I ran about 2 miles in the wind---I didn't enjoy it at all but was happy I made myself do it. 
* hanging out at the pink house with Jeff & Megan + kids, Erin & Jeff + kids and Gillian & Chris + kids. It was fun with 9 (!) little ones running around. Jeff made an appearance in his Spidey costume, we had a few drinks and met baby Wyatt. 
* making an awesome chicken picatta dinner for Andy, Mrs. Roth and me. It came out great and was the first real meal we've had all weekend. 
* watching another episode of Modern Family and going to bed early. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* grilled cheese on white bread for breakfast. It was a treat!
* a fun trip to the library with Megan & the boys. They didn't know about all of the Wii games the library has to borrow. I was happy because they had Season 1 of Modern Family---I've wanted to watch that show from the beginning. I also found a good books for sales; 4 books for $1.25, can't beat that!
* making fresh guacamole and bruschetta. Signs of summer!
* playing Mario Kart with Jeffrey & James this afternoon. 
* playing Scrabble with Andy this afternoon while we watched playoff hockey. I kicked his butt---beat him by 90 points. (Usually it's the other way around.) 
* drinking wine and talking with Jeff & Megan tonight for a while after the kids went to bed. 
* watching the first episode of Modern Family.

Friday, May 24, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* the easy drive to Avalon. I left Jen's around 8am and didn't hit any traffic!
* reading almost half of "Carry On, Warrior" after I finished up with work. I've had it out from the library for weeks but didn't start reading it. Every time I read one of Glennon's essays I think of a million people I should send them to. Everyone should read her blog/book, there is so much to take away from her writing. 
* dinner with Andy at The Real Enchilada. It was too cold to sit outside but the food was just as good inside. 
* talking with Judi tonight about a strategy for me to promote to executive associate by next week so I earn the bonus. She made my shopping trip to ACME fly by. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* selling another $500 ad today for our June issue. Our numbers have been pretty crappy. Of course since I'm just starting out it's been frustrating because I don't have a whole lot to add, so it made me feel good to get something. 
* lunch at Baja Fresh with Darlene. She's helped me so much as I've been learning the ins and outs of House & Home. 
* a fun night out with Jen Cardonick. Her friend Brett met us at her place and then we walked into Center City. We went to Cav's on 18th street to start out. We met one of her friends there and stayed for a couple hours. They had .45 cent wings and a pretty good beer selection. Ryan met us there for a beer---it was fun to see him. He says we've seen each other out in West Chester but I'm pretty sure it's been 9 or 10 years. It was great to catch up with him. From there we went to XIX to visit Steve. He made us all a yummy drink and opened up the balcony. I'm lucky enough to have already been out there (during the GlobalOptions RIMS event last year), and it was fun to see Jen & Brett's reaction. It's such an incredible view and it was beautiful. Our last stop was at The Raven Lounge---Jen had us follow her upstairs to a room where she thought there would be music. Turns out it was open mic comedy night. We stayed to listen to a few people and then took a cab back to Jen's place. It was definitely a random night but we had a great time!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* meeting Matt C. at Starbucks in Doylestown. We had a great talk about his company Lyoness and Park Power. He is definitely someone I could see myself working with on building a side business. 
* a great session with Hannelore. I hadn't been there for over a month and she definitely helps me slow down and relax. 
* John giving me gift certificates to Ristorante San Marco for dinner tonight. Lori & I met there and had dinner in the bar area. The food was excellent! It was so great to see her, even though we never have enough time. She was telling me about the Women's Entrepreneur conference she went to a couple of weeks ago. So much of what she was telling me about matched with what we've been learning from Coach Ed. It's pretty amazing, what you can learn from people who think they way you do. 
* the card I received in the mail about the camera ticket I got last spring in DC. I was wondering what was going on with it since I hadn't heard anything. They threw it out so I don't have to worry about it anymore, yay!
* Andy letting me watch Nashville's season finale. It was so good---can't wait until next season!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* my mom. It's her birthday today and I'm so thankful she was born on this day years ago. :-) I talked to her for a little bit and she was having a great day!
* getting to S. Jersey without someone rear ending me or getting in an accident. The drive was awful and people were driving like maniacs. 
* going to Stacie's tonight. She had picked up Tony Luke's (I had the chicken cutlet w/broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers) and it was awesome. I explained Park Power to her and was so happy she wanted to do it. I think it could be really good for her and I'm committed to making sure she is successful. 
* Gail's email congratulating me on adding another team member. 
* going to Baggataway's for dinner with Andy. It was a beautiful night outside and it was 2 for 1 burgers.

Monday, May 20, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* our tickets arriving for the DMB show next week. 
* getting through the work day today without falling asleep. I was so tired from being up so late the last two nights!
* lunch with Suzi at Rocco's. I love having that little place around the corner from the office. 
* another great personal development session at the Park Power office. I was happy to be able to say I reached my weekly goal for the second week in a row.
* watching Nurse Jackie with Andy when I got home. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* the email from Grandma thanking me for her Mother's Day card. 
* a relaxing morning watching TV and Andy making Sunday breakfast. It was slow going this morning. 
* meeting up with Cheryl to give her all of my extra Tastefully Simple catalogs. 
* Joe picking me up and giving me a ride to/from Julie's house. Also kind of happy we avoided a pretty close accident on the way. 
* Julie driving from her place to Camden and picking up Primos hoagies. We met up with her friends who took a huge limo. We had a good time tailgating and met lots new people.
* an awesome Killers show tonight! I've been waiting to see them for a few years and they did not disappoint. I loved the set and enjoyed being there with Julie, Joe & Ben. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* activating our checkbook today. It only took a year and a half of being married to get checks with both of our names on them, but who's counting. 
* cleaning and organizing the house this morning. 
* seeing Chris & Henry for a little bit when we dropped off the car to KOP.
* finding a pair of red patent leather shoes to go with my dress tonight. I found exactly what I was looking for at DSW. I've decided to get rid of a bunch of shoes that have been worn to death (ie: falling apart) so I've decided I can buy a few new pairs. 
* the winning lottery ticket not coming from a Wawa in Delaware County. Andy & I stopped to pick up some tickets before the wedding but the line had a few too many slow people and we had to leave before getting the tickets. It would have been pretty disappointing if the winning ticket came out of that store!
* Ashley & Sean's beautiful wedding ceremony at Loch Nairn in Delaware County (even though it was pouring and chilly). I was soaked but you couldn't tell since I was wearing a dark dress.
* a really fun time with Andy at the wedding. Weddings always make me think how lucky I am to have found him. We didn't know anyone which was kind of weird, but we had a good time with the people at our table. We had drinks and danced. Their band was great, one of the best I've seen. 
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Francis!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* Lorin sending me her form and becoming my Park Power customer. 
* enjoying Chinese food for lunch. I brought baked ziti and really wasn't in the mood so I treated myself. 
* putting my first official sale through for House & Home. 
* talking with Doug on my way to the game. I asked him to recommend someone for me to talk to about my investments. 
* a fun night at the Phillies game with Andy. I picked up Trio's hoagies and we met some really nice people who bought our extra two seats. I also met up with Kevin Keener, who I haven't seen since I graduated high school. It was a little chilly but not too bad. We saw a great game and the Phils won!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* catching up with Ian on my way in to work.  He agreed to become my customer and we're going to get together on Friday. It's always good to talk to him. 
* working with Jaclyn on fixing a few things on the shower invitations and getting the PDF's to Mom for printing. 
* meeting Kathy at the car wash and then going to Panera for lunch. She agreed to become my customer so now I have 10 and will have earned the Kindle Fire HD, woo hoo! It was nice to catch up with her. 
* staying at work late and getting a ton of stuff done. 
* going to the weekly personal development workshop at the Park Power office. I love how I'm getting to know everyone better as I become more involved. I'm learning so much about goal setting and different ways of thinking. 
* watching the latest Nurse Jackie episode with Andy when I got home. Love that show!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I have gratitude today for...
* beautiful weather to celebrate Mother's Day!
* going to Bagels n Cream for bagels this morning---can't get em this good anywhere else. 
* taking a trip with Mom & Dad to New Hope. We went to Havana to check out the space for Kelly's shower. Then we went shopping at "The Bag Lady"; it was the cutest store. We met Zee and Sharon (the owner) and had lots of fun trying stuff on and talking with them. It reminded me of how different it is to shop local versus at the mall!
* lunch at Taco Loco. Mom & Dad have loved this place in the past but the service was terrible. We waited over a half hour before we said something about our food not coming out. They were unorganized and did nothing to smooth things over (like bring us chips or whatever.) The entire restaurant was full when we got there and the it was empty, we still didn't have our food. I understand things happen but there's the right way and the wrong way to handle situations like that. It reminded me how important customer service is. We still had a fun time and the food was ok. The best part was their salsa!
* stopping by Howell Living Farms to see the sheep, horses and bulls. It was gorgeous. We got some great Mother's Day pictures while we were there. 

* going to Halo Pub after the farm for ice cream. Ice cream doesn't really excite me anymore but I still love their soft peanut butter ice cream!
* deciding to stay longer than I was originally going to. Mom and I addressed all of the envelopes for Kelly's shower and I made some calls for rental vans for that night so Dad can be our chauffeur.