Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I don't(s)...

Ok so I am actually doing the I don't(s) on the right day; last week I had no idea that the I don't(s) were a Wednesday thing...I did mine on Thursday. I am clearly behind, lol.

Well today I am joining Jenna on the right day to do the I don't(s), head on over to her place to play along!

Jenna’s Journey Blog

Ok...

I don't like scary movies, never have, never will--I can turn on the news and see enough scary stuff around me.

I don't ride roller coasters. I can do the ones that go fast with big drops but I cannot go upside down! (Unless of course you want to see me vomit!)

I don't miss living like a college student. Even though I am in college, I live in a home, I own by myself. I've done the dorm rooms, I've done the apartments with roommates...not for me. I love living alone, having my own space to relax and just be me. :)

I don't like wearing face makeup. I don't wear powder, foundation, concealer, etc. Yuck! I stick to eye shadow, mascara and lip gloss (the occasional eye liner for a night on the town).

I don't spend enough time dolling myself up. When I am in school I really get up 15 minutes before I need to leave the house. I get up, pee, take the dogs out, brush my teeth, throw on jeans and a tank and head out.


Anyways, away from the I don't(s) and onto the I do(s)! :)

I think the teal and hot pink is going to change to midnight blue and hot pink but that will only be the case if we get married at sunset. I think the two contrasting shades will be fantastic, I also think the midnight blue is a nice masculine touch. Oh, so I've been talking to my mom and we've been talking about maybe having the wedding happen in Florida. She made a very valid point by saying that we wont be able to make any of the centerpieces, decorations, etc. if it is abroad. I love doing stuff like that and I want to do stuff like that.

Well when I brought that up to Prince Phillip he got really upset. He doesn't like change and had it carved in stone in his mind that it was going to be in St. Thomas and that was that. I tried explaining my reasons and he thinks if we have it in Florida it will be terrible. He thinks I will be stressed and it will be un-enjoyable. He wants to be able to get away with our family and not have to worry about anything.

I am torn. I think I will end up keeping it in St. Thomas because Prince Phillip's happiness means so much to me and I don't want him to be unhappy. I want to be able to decorate and see where we are having it, etc., you know, but clearly Prince Phillip being happy is more important than decorations. Whatever, stupid weddings, is it bad that I am frustrated with weddings 5 days into my engagement?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thank you all so much!

I appreciate everyone's wonderful comments. You all are so sweet. I am so excited that I have this place to bounce my million and twelve wedding ideas off everyone.

I haven't talked to my Mom yet about the date, I think I am going to do that tonight so that way we can look at getting Save the Date cards ordered in December. I want everyone invited to have ample time to get good prices on their tickets and stuff. We should be able to reserve the hotel rooms at a decent rate since Prince Phillip works for them (fingers crossed).

I also want to get engagement pictures done sooner rather than later. I am thinking about possibly contacting someone to get them done maybe over labor day weekend. We (I) need to decide where I want to have the pictures done, I also need to decide what we're going to wear. I am thinking I want to head over to the beach to get them done...I'm just a beach girl. I got a beautiful teal dress for our trip that was supposed to be to Amelia Island in a couple of weeks, but we've decided to forgo that trip (that was where Prince Phillip actually intended on proposing to me). Anyways, so I was thinking maybe that teal dress and them him in linen kacki pants and then a white shirt...and there are a couple of other dress changes we are allowed; any ideas? Probably one of our outfits will be in Gator clothing...because we're GATORS! (Duh!) We are also looking at having the dogs in one of the sets. I love our dogs. (I love being able to say that). I love pictures, I want them now. :) I'll let you all know what the photographer I've contacted has to say.

What else...oh, color options anyone? I am thinking hot pink and teal--it's on the beach; however, I don't want it to be too girly. I think that with teal being the main color and then hot pink being an accent it wouldn't be too girly. Any thoughts?

Oh and lastly, what do you all think about doing a reception party afterwards? A lot of people who do destination weddings then come back and have a "we're married" party. Any thoughts? We're not going to do an engagement party or anything like that, I just feel weird asking people to come to parties but then not to the wedding, you know?

Ok, well all advice and input is greatly appreciated! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pictures

I just wanted to add a few pictures from last night! More fun wedding talk later!



Saturday, July 25, 2009

<3s Saturday's more because...

I'm engaged!!!

Prince Phillip asked me tonight at his sister's house after we'd had dinner with his whole family.

After dinner we all had a seat in the family room and were just talking and his parents decided to tell the story of their relationship, the beginning, when they got married, etc. Well unfortunately when they were telling the story Roman had a seizure and I left and went outside. When we came back inside Prince Phillip asked me to stand up and he made me uncomfortable so I left. I excused myself and went to the bathroom....washed my hands twice--then went back outside. See, I'm not a person that likes to be put on the spot, it makes me so nervous...well after I was a pain in the ass and protested for a good 30 minutes I gave up and went back inside. I still refused to stand up! So he said, "if you aren't going to stand up then" and started to get down on one knee, being the sweetheart that I am I called him a dork and he said "well then can I be your dork forever?" Of course...obviously I said yes--now I'm engaged. :)

I will post some pictures tomorrow. I am going to go spend some quality time with my future hubby!

I <3 Saturdays

I love Saturdays, they are just so relaxing, refreshing, etc. I got up a bit before 10 and now I am curled up on the couch with my laptop and Prince Phillip is playing his new NCAA 2010 football game, Go Gators!

Anyways, some good news with Prince Phillip's Dad; he has pneumonia. Now some of you may be wondering how that is a good thing, well he thought that the cancer had spread so much that he needed to come back and go into hospice when it reality all he needed was an antibiotic and some rest. Don't get me wrong, the cancer hasn't disappeared, but it isn't nearly as bad as he had thought. His oncologist said that he didn't think that he was ready for hospice just yet. On Monday he will go in for a CT scan and to do mapping for radiation. I know, he has waited so long to do radiation, but they think it will help with the pain control. He is in a lot of pain and doesn't like to take pain meds since they make him foggy, so fingers crossed this helps some. Other than that, he will have radiation everyday for 3 weeks and then they will look at all his scans again. Prince Phillip's mom mentioned that she if hopeful that they may be able to go back to Tennessee before he needs hospice. That would be wonderful.

Aside from all that. There aren't any real plans for today. Prince Phillip has to get his hair cut and we have to be at his sister's house at 7pm for dinner tonight. Roman Noodle is curled up under a blanket with me and is such a sweet little boy. He had a pretty long seizure today, it lasted about a half an hour, but he is fine now. Poor little boy...I hate when he has those. Well that should buy us another 4 weeks or so until his next one--they usually only happen once every 4 weeks. He went with us to Prince Phillip's sister's house last night and was perfect as usual. During dinner he curled up on the doormat next to Prince Phillip's chair and slept there until dinner was over. He is so good!

Maybe I can talk Prince Phillip into going to the outlet malls today...I love shopping! I will let you know if I am lucky enough to be able to shop shop!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I don't(s)...

Jenna is sponsoring an I Don't list via Mr. Linky. I rarely participate in these types of things but I think this one will be fun.

Here is my list of I don't(s):

1. I don't memorize well, this definitely makes nursing school tougher for me then for others; however, with that being said, I tend to understand majority of the information better then most. Since I don't memorize well in order for me to be able to do well on exams I have to thoroughly understand the material, I can't just memorize that a stroke is a blood clot or a vessel burst in the brain--I have to understand how clots form, where they come from, reasons the vessel walls weaken, etc. Whatever, I learn the material and do well.

2. I don't watch the news, I get 80% of my news from the Internet and probably 20% from Prince Phillip. He always knows what is going on in the world before I do, maybe it's because I spend more time reading blogs then reading CNN...hmm.

3. I don't trust people who don't like animals or people who animals don't like. I think that animals are able to see in to people souls, not in like a creepy I'm a freak kind of way, but more in a way of animals can sense a good person. Weird, maybe, but hasn't failed me yet--I just wish on more than one occasion that I listened to them rather than myself.

4. I don't drink coffee...I really don't do caffeine. Other nursing students swear by caffeine to get them through school, I guess I just run on a natural high. :)

5. I don't eat meat. No red meat, no chicken, no pork and no fish. I've been a vegetarian for a year and a half and really don't miss meat. I didn't eat much meat growing up so it wasn't like I cut a huge portion of my diet out.

That is about it...head over the Jenna's to play along if you'd like. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

An attempt at fun

I figured I would do something fun before I update everyone. I know reading my blog must be depressing for you all since it is so depressing for me on a day to day basis. So here is my attempt at fun while Jackson eats his breakfast.

This is courtesy of my friend Sara, at domestically challenged.

Here's how it works: USE ONLY ONE WORD!
It's not as easy as you might think. Copy and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to use only one-word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? Charging.
2. Your hair? Ponytail.
3. Your mother? Fabulous.
4. Your father? Wonderful.
5. Your favorite food? Pizza.
6. Your dream last night? None.
7. Your favorite drink? Varies.
8. Your dream/goal? Success.
9. What room are you in? Kitchen.
10. Your hobby? Reading.
11. Your fear? Cancer.
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Married.
13. Where were you last night? Collins.
14. Something that you aren't? Artistic.
15. Muffins? Um...sure?
16. Wish list item? Purses.
17. Where did you grow up? Beach.
18. Last thing you did? Breakfast.
19. What are you wearing? PJs.
20. Your TV? Bachlorette.
21. Your pets? Love.
22. Friends? Keri.
23. Your life? Changing.
24. Your mood? Nostalgic.
25. Missing someone? Always.
26. Vehicle? Civic.
27. Something you are not wearing? Bra.
28. Your favorite store? Target.
29. Your favorite color? Pink/green.
30. When was the last time your laughed? Today.
31. Last time you cried? Today.
32. Your best friend? Prince.
33. One place that I go over and over? School.
34. One person who emails me regularly? Nada.
35. Favorite place to eat? Moes.

I tag Annie, Shanna and Elle to do this fantastically distracting questionnaire. :)

Ok, I am going to throw a quick update about Grandpa Bob in here since I have seven year old eyes spying over my shoulder and there are still things that he doesn't know. The tumor is malignant with a terribly poor prognosis of 3 months without treatment and then there is an 11 month 50% survival rate with aggressive treatment. Pretty shitty indeed. Shelley and Bill got home around 1:30 this morning and I got a quick recap on everything that happened. The surgery went well, he is now up in the Neuro ICU and he'll probably be there for a few days. Shelley left for work around 7:30 and Bill came out of his room around 8:15. He took Cooper to school but before he did he gave Coop a big hug and then Robbie came out and he gave him a big hug and started to cry--it broke my heart. I am so sick of everyone around me dying.

Anyways, you always know you can turn to my blog for your depressing piece of news. :) Your welcome. I am going to try to throw up a post later this afternoon with pictures of cute little boys, that always makes people smile.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Without You

I am actually at the boy's house right now as I type this. Grandpa Bob is in surgery now down in Orlando and I am staying the night up here with the little ones. I put the baby down about a half an hour ago and I can hear him in his room kicking his mattress--this is something he has been doing for months now, I think it is soothing for him (not soothing for me since it sounds like knocking and gets Roman barking). Cooper is supposed to be in bed in just a few minutes and I can see him and Robbie in the playroom jumping over the exercise ball, clearly winding down...not.

Prince Phillip's parents have landed in Lake City by now, which is just an hour north of me. They will be spending the night there and then will only have about a 3 hours drive to finish off tomorrow. This short drive will be really nice considering it is uncomfortable for Wilson to sit for any extended period of time and tomorrow he will be extra tired just as a result of traveling. Prince Phillip goes to work tomorrow morning at 7:30 and then will get off at 4 and head home to change and then head to Jessica's house. I really hope he has a good visit with his Dad tomorrow. We also bought a book for Wilson to fill out, it basically asks questions about his life and stories, antidotes, etc. We figured that would be a nice thing to have for our children, that way they would feel like they know their Paw-Paw.

I just spoke to Shelley, Grandpa Bob went under about 6:30 and they are expecting it to take around 3 hours-give or take for any complications. After the surgery they have to wait 2 hours before anyone is allowed to see him. Shelley said she is going to try to wait until she knows he is out of the OR safely before she leaves to come back home. Bill has a really big family (he is the youngest of 6) so Shelley wont really be missed at midnight by Grandpa Bob.

I read a book to Jackson tonight called Without You (if you click on the book title you can actually read the entire book in PDF form on Google book). Anyways, there is a recurrent verse throughout the book that goes:

Where would I be,
What would I do,
Who in the world would see me through...
Where would I be,
What would I do,
Without you?

This verse in the story is the baby penguin talking to his father, but I think this applies to anyone we love and turn to for advice. Would my decisions be the same without the advice I've gotten from my parents, would my outlook be the same without my constant interactions with Prince Phillip, I don't think so. I think it is hard to imagine how your life would be different without the people in it that you turn to. I wouldn't be me. Anyways, that was just my thoughts for today--take them or leave them. Hug and kiss your family and loved ones tonight. :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A long, long weekend

This weekend was supposed to be oh so different then how it turned out. Everything got all messed up.

I got to Prince Phillip's about 5 on Friday per his request so he could clean up a little before I got there. He had already worked 50 hours that week and was exhausted. I had a list of different meals to make while I was there (none of which got made). Anyways, Friday night was great, we got up Saturday morning and had breakfast together before he headed in to work. This is when everything started to get sticky...well I watched the last two episodes of NCIS from last season (they were awesome!), then read a bit then took a nap.

Well I woke up as Shelley (the Mom of the boys I was a nanny for) was calling me. Apparently Grandpa Bob (Bill's (the boy's Dad) Dad) was acting weird and last Monday when he drove up to see the boys play baseball Kerry (Bill's sister) asked them to just watch and see if they noticed anything weird. Well Shelley and Bill both noticed something about 5 minutes into seeing him. He apparently said something along the lines of "that girl is really pretty," mind you, to us that may seem harmless, but that is not something GPa Bob would say. Bill's mom (Grandma Sue who died 11 months ago) was Bob's one and only love...it was just something weird. Well there were a couple of other comments made and Bill ended up talking Bob into staying in GVille for a bit and to see a doctor. Bob just seemed disinhibited. They saw a doctor sometime in GVille during the week and he ran a CT or MRI (honestly, didn't ask).

Well Friday, Bill drove Bob down to Wildwood to take him to a funeral--it was after the funeral that Bill broke the news to Bob that he has a (massive) brain tumor. Mind you, Bob took this news very well considering the brain tumor is in his right frontal lobe. The right frontal lobe is in control of decisions and personality--hence the disinhibition. Clearly nobody else took this news as good, anyways, Bill took Bob back to Orlando where he is now in the hospital awaiting brain surgery on Tuesday. We all think (Shelley, Bill and I) that the tumor is a glioma...not a good prognosis.

Well that sucks, so I told Shelley I'd do whatever they need since I am watching the boys Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I think I am going to be taking the boys to Disney on Friday...more on why I am in Orlando next weekend in a few.

Anyways, Keri then called me and I was talking to Keri for a while when I had a beep on the line...it was Sherry (Prince Phillip's Mom). I go to Keri "sh*t, this can't be good if Sherry is calling me...I'll call you back."

Well then I clicked over and Sherry asked me if Prince Phillip was working and I told her he was. Then she told me that they will be coming down to Florida on Tuesday because Wilson's condition has deteriorated basically over the last week. He went from managing and being able to go through day to day to last week having problems with his breathing, to Sherry telling me on Saturday that they are bringing him down because the end is near. It is time for hospice to be involved in his care. Well she told me and I got ready and headed to Phillip's work to break the news to him and to also ask him to go down to tell his sister Alisha (who Sherry thinks is not doing well). Anyways, he took the news like I thought Phillip would, I gave him a hug and he headed back to work.

Well Saturday evening I spent with my friend Sarah at downtown Disney. It was nice to catch up with her, we went to Flagler together. It was nice to be able to talk to someone who doesn't have cancer as their main focus day in and day out. Then I went home and laid with Prince Phillip. He went to sleep and when he fell asleep I headed out to the kitchen and did some school work. I needed to do something that took my mind off of everything and I have to focus so much with school it was great. I worked in my ECG book and learned about arrhythmias.

Today was nice since we were surprised by friends asking out to lunch since they were in Orlando from GVille to go to Ikea. They were an appreciated distraction from everything going on. We then just walked around the mall together (it was awkward and uncomfortable). It was obvious (at least to me) that we both were frustrated and distracted...we left after we just walked for about 20 minutes. We went back to his place, I napped he watched an old Gator game and then I came back to GVille.

Clearly, because of his Dad's condition I will be down in Orlando whenever possible. I honestly (unfortunately) don't think it will be much longer until Wilson passes away. Since he had plateaued for a while and then went down hill so quickly, from what I've seen, the pace doesn't slow down from here. I've seen it only snowball. I am just hoping that everyone is able to say what needs to be said and are able to get closure before it happens. He has a doctor's appointment on Thursday, so I guess we'll know more then...

Keep all of us in your prayers.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Clare and Henry

Oh my goodness, I got up this morning and watched the SYTYCD from last night. It was great, I have no idea who they are going to get rid of tonight...but holy crap--Jeanine and Jason's kiss. There was definitely something there. That was not just fake, I don't think you can fake that. Their dance was my favorite. That was some serious passion.

Anyways, onto Clare and Henry. Has anyone read The Time Traveler's Wife? I read it for 5 hours today and I finished it. It was 546 pages. It was one of the bigger books I read. Anyways, it was incredible. Just the story is so new, I am kind of sick of reading those chicky books where girl meets boy, they fall in love, their is a problem with their love, then they get back together. This book was so unpredictable (at least for me). I loved to two main characters. I could never imagine being Clare, she loved Henry so much, she loved him since she was 6. She spent her life waiting for him and he loved her. Oh I cried at the end. It was such a wonderful love story. What I'm saying is read it.

I ran! I got my big butt out of the house and went for a run today. I started my run doing all the little intricate loops to make my run longer, but then I hit the end of the outside of the back neighborhood and realized there was a trail along the main road that would lead me back to the front of my neighborhood--so I took it. Well holy crap, it was so much further than I had thought, not to mention that I turned down all the little side streets before I hit the main road. Needless to say I ran 2:1 for the first 21 minutes, then 1:1 for the next 6 then I walked the as 12. Yeah...I wanted to go out for a nice 25 minute run. Whatever, I ran. :)

Anyways, that's all I've got for you. Read the book!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Disney World

Well it is Wednesday and a completely unproductive day. It's all good, tomorrow I'll try again.

On to Disney, well my friend Sarah who I haven't seen since 2005 moved down to Orlando a week ago. I went to Flagler with her and then I left to come to Gainesville and she went and got her BFA in Ohio and then went on to pastry school in Pittsburgh. Now she got an externship at Disney and is working as a pastry person at the contemporary hotel (which is the one that the monorail drives in through). Well she has moved here and is incredibly lonely. She has no friends and is so sad.

We have a date set up to go out to an gray hair dinner on Saturday. She gets out of work at 4:30 so we are meeting at Downtown Disney at 5. I figure that Prince Phillip is working from 8-5ish so he can either meet us there or I will be home not too late and we'll still get some good quality time together since we didn't see each other last week and we wont see each other again next weekend, this week is all we've got--and he's working Saturday.

On other subjects, Prince Phillip has gotten on a health kick. He has gone to the gym 3 out of the last 4 days and is eating much better. He never used to eat breakfast and often skipped lunch and now he is trying to be better about those things. I guess I should start working out again too. I've taken a hiatus from working out with the excuse that it is so hot outside (which it is) but if Prince Phillip is planning on losing weight I should probably get on that boat. I think I've said it before, but I am going to start running again tomorrow. I don't think I'll lose much weight, but I will at least tone up. I could probably lose 10lbs if I really went full force into this, but honestly, I am the lightest I've been in probably 5 years and I am enjoying being able to eat what I want. I'm going to tone up...

Yeah, well I am not re-reading this post for grammatical errors so sorry if it is terrible. :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

12 out 10!

I rated my productivity on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest (worst pain you've ever felt, lol) I gave myself a 12. I got up after not sleeping well last night. I couldn't fall asleep until 3ish or 4ish then Super was all weird around 5:30ish...basically I didn't sleep well. Well I got up and I was putzing on the computer then Keri called me. Well we chit chatted and she motivated me to get going.

I decided to tackle my bathroom (there were multiple times when everything was strewn all over my bathroom that I thought this was a bad idea!). Well after probably close to 2 hours I finished. I was very happy with it once I finished. I cleaned out all the cabinets, threw away a ton of stuff (old makeup, almost empty bottles, random whatevers) and then reorganized...I love organizing things. I have a basket of cleaning stuff, a basket of makeup (which will move to my vanity shortly), a basket of hair care stuff, a basket of all my bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.. I then vacuumed the bathroom up, cleaned the counter tops, sinks, drains (ick!), and mirrors. Now it is all sparkly! I love sparkly things. :)

While I was doing the bathroom, I was also running around moving laundry through the washer to the dryer and was able to get all my laundry done, 3 loads!

Some reason there was a bug up my butt to get more done! I decided to tackle the vanity which has been in my garage for probably close to 6 weeks. I needed to sand it, then repaint it, put new handles on the drawer, and recover the stool. Well I did everything but recover the stool today. There was also a flower on the front right leg and not on the left, well that bothered Prince Phillip so I took off the flower from on of the back legs and replaced it onto the front left leg. Now it is symmetrical. (I hope you are happy Prince Phillip). I also covered the inside of the drawer with a hodge podge of scrapbook paper covered with mod podge to seal it. It is my first real piece of furniture I've done. I am happy enough with it. I used spray paint to recover it and I think I might actually use regular white paint to repaint the top. I just don't think with the spray paint you get a cover as well as you would with regular paint. I might try that tomorrow. We'll see. Well here are some pictures of it, enjoy:













Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wasn't planning on posting

I wasn't planning on posting anything tonight. I really didn't have anything go on today. I miss Prince Phillip, spending the weekends alone really sucks. The 6 hour class today on electronic databases was torturous. It was so long, granted a learned a few things, but honestly, a half an hour would have been sufficient.

This morning I worked on an art project. I wanted to bedazzle some clipboards to they are prettier when I use them in the hospital. They turned out ok. I have one more left that I bought and I am going to make that my best! I think I might even monogram the back (no stealing my stethoscope or my clipboard since they'll both have my name on them)! Here they are, any suggestions for colors for the last one? I might do Gator colors since the fall is FOOTBALL season! We'll see.



Oh and Moses had two little attacked today, this morning, but did just fine this evening (speak of the devil, he just got up on the bed and he is trying to get Super to move). We also had no rain today. Whatever, who knows!

Lastly, I wanted to post a little picture of my co pilot. This is how Noodle rides. :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Moses

I'm worried about Moses...he has had this hacking cough/wheeze thing for over a year. I took him to the vet once over a year ago and saw Dr. Sammy (b/c my vet Kristin was out of town) he gave me basically three possible diagnoses, asthma, allergies or heartworms. I took him home with a crapload of oral meds and I couldn't give him his meds because he is impossible to pill. Well the wheeze, cough thing subsided and with it so did my worry. I headed back to the vet office to see Kristin with I'm pretty sure Roman (I think it was when he had his slipped disc; whatever, it's irrelevant) and just brushed Moses scenario with her. Well from what she heard (chart she saw) she said that it sounds more like allergies because how they kick up and then subside, kick up and then subside.

Well his hacking cough/wheeze thing is back. It has been back with a vengeance. It has been happening daily, multiple times a day so I'm worried. It isn't a constant thing, right now he is laying with me, breathing fine, purring and making pizza. He will have one of these little attacks it will last anywhere from 15 seconds to a couple minutes and then as soon as it subsides he is perfectly fine. Well I have called my vet and left a message (a tech called me back which pissed me off--I didn't leave a message for a tech I left one for the vet) so the tech called me back and was freaking useless. She said "I looked at the chart with Dr. McDonald and she said that since we haven't seen him in over a year the best thing to do would bring him in and we can do an exam and xrays." Ok, here's the deal, the office fee is $51 then the first xray is $125 and each view after is $25...I don't feel confident enough that a diagnoses can be made to drop $200 upon walking in the door. From everything I've read diagnosing any of these things is not done in an office visit; it is done by giving meds for different things and then seeing the reaction.

Here's another thought, I think that allergies isn't a big deal but asthma or heartworms clearly are. Then the other thing I was thinking is the rain has been ridiculous here and that could stir up a ton of crap that could agitate allergies. Ack! I don't know. Basically, he has had it for over a year another couple of weeks shouldn't be a problem. I want to see if with the rain subsiding, do his symptoms subside. Any thoughts? Anyone with pets or without, what are your thoughts?

I know he is a big fat jerk but he's my big fat jerk. He's my baby, he was my first--he has my heart. I love him.



Thursday, July 9, 2009

White, waves and spashes of color

So I am bored, when I am bored my mind wanders. I have been planning my wedding...it will be planned from beginning to end when Prince Phillip and I get engaged. He is totally cool with all this, he even offers in his opinion when asked--he's a trooper.

I have been going back and forth with a wedding coordinator, photographer and florist on the island. I have been stuck on brides.com (Shanna check it out if you haven't already putzed on there). I have been combing through all their dresses looking for the perfect beach wedding dress. I want my dress to be dressy enough for it to be easily recognized as a wedding dress but obviously casual enough that I don't look like a cake topper dropped on the beach. As tall as Prince Phillip is (6') and as short as I am (5'3") you would think I'd want to wear heels (which of course I do) I think I am going to pimp it out with a beautiful pair of jeweled sandals. Prince Phillip will most likely wear a pair of linen pants and a white linen shirt with either flip flops or barefoot.

I have found the company I am planning on doing the welcome party with, it is a sailing company called Oh to be Joyful Sailing. We will do a 2+ hour sunset cocktail cruise welcoming the adults invited to the island. The hotel where everyone will be staying Marriott Frenchman's Reef and they offer babysitting which we will have set up for the children. We will have 17 adults including the Prince and I and then there will be 4 children.

Here is a picture where everyone will be staying in St. Thomas:

There ceremony will be on a beach where the wedding coordinator I am using does a lot of weddings, it looks beautiful there. Then we will do our reception at Herve Restaurant neither Phillip or I are big dancers so we've (I've) decided the theme for our reception will be "Eat, drink and be married!" At the ceremony we will have a live musician, I haven't decided whether I want a saxophone player or a steel band--the music is a bit of a big statement since my Dad went to Berklee College of Music for college. I'm sure I'll figure that out.

That's about all I have for wedding fun tonight...we are working on a date. Originally it was going to be next summer, but the Prince thinks it will be too hard for us to get um...my boards, my best friend's wedding (no not Julia Robets), us selling my house, us buying a new house in Orlando, me getting a job in Orlando...etc. He also thinks it will be a bit to raw with everything with his Dad. We've been talking about early 2011, but I also like the date 12-11-10. I'm a number dork. :)

Oh and side note on how fabulous the Prince is. We've been talking about taking a weekend and heading to the beach before I head back at school. When I woke up this morning I text messaged Prince Phillip to ask him if he had put anymore thought into heading to the beach, so he texted me back asking if the 14-16 of August would work, I said it would be great and asked if I should get reservations booked...he text me back saying "already done, did it yesterday." Isn't he the best?!? Amelia Island is our vacation spot of choice, it is where we always go. We always stay at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island, here are a couple of pictures of it, I can't wait!!
Here is a picture from our balcony last time we were there (excuse the quality, I took it with my cell):

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Honest Scrap

Allison oh so kindly gave me this award:


I am supposed to list 7 things about me and then pass it on.

1. I have seven animal, yes you heard right, seven. In order of me getting them Moses (cat), Maximus (cat), Super Sadie (Saint Bernard), Revol (cat), Gibby (cat) and Roman Noodle (chihuahua). I never intended to have this many animals, I consider myself a failed fosterer. Needless to say, I don't foster anymore.

2. My mom is a nurse and I always loved being in the hospital. I went back and forth about becoming a nurse and my mom tried to talk me out of it. Even though, I'm going to be a nurse I am glad my Mom tried to talk me out of it. Nursing is hard, very hard and I think I would have thought of nursing in this nonsensical light if my Mom just acted like my cheerleader.

3. I had given up on finding my Prince when I met Prince Phillip. 6 months before we met I had gotten out of a 5 year relationship and was really just looking for a friend. We spent a good 4 hours on the phone on December 19, I was smitten from there. I went to see the movie The Holiday in Orlando by myself (I was visiting family in town) and then we talked on the phone after the movie for the 4 hours. It was almost like a date. :) Then we met a week later for pancakes at IHOP, that same day, I was supposed to go in to watch the boys and Bill called and randomly gave me the day off. We spent that day together packing up his GVille apartment and I met his parents the first day we went out.

4. Prince Phillip and I basically have our wedding planned. We need to decide on a date, we've danced around with different dates and had agreed on a date in 2010, but with everything going on with Prince Phillip's Dad, Phillip is thinking it might be a bit easier on him emotionally to put it off until 2011. We will be getting married in St. Thomas, V.I. with 20-25 of our closet family and friends.

5. I bought my first house when I was 21 years old. I had always wanted to be a home owner and bought my first house about a year and a half ago. I was so excited to get into this house and make it my own. As excited as I was then, I am 10 times more excited about buying a house with Prince Phillip.

6. As far as nursing goes, I will go into pediatrics as soon as I get out school. The PICU is where I want to work, but my Mom really wants me to go onto a normal floor right out of school. The reason she wants me to work on a normal floor is to get my organizational skills under my belt. The floor I want to work on is pediatrics hematology/oncology probably for a six months to a year before I head to the PICU.

7. My favorite show of all time is ER. I started watching it when I was 7 years old, my parents used to let me stay up late on Thursday nights to watch it. I think I got my initial love for medicine (and Noah Wyle) from the show ER. Some of my other favorite shows are Friends, Sex and the City and Grey's Anatomy.

I am passing this award onto:

1. Elle over at Bubbly Moments.
2. Annie over at Chapters of Our Life.
3. Shanna over at Shanna's Secrets.
4. Becca over at Made with Love.
5. Julie over at wife.mom.nurse.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another Tuesday

I'm bored...I've been bored all day. Mind you, I haven't been bored enough to want to head back to school. I slept super late today and then did nothing, I mean literally I did nothing. Tomorrow I actually have errands to run, I have to swing by school to hand in my financial aid petition--there are a few extra chores, but I'll probably do them on Thursday when I have to head out.

Meghan needs me to stop by and watch the twin girls she babysits for just for a few hours while she goes to a funding meeting for NSA. After I do that I'll probably swing by JoAnns and Home Depot so I can get the supplies need to work on my vanity next week. I have a stupid 1 credit hour class I have to go to from 12-6 on both Saturday and Sunday which means Prince Phillip isn't coming in. :(

I barely get to see him at all over the next few weeks, this weekend he isn't coming in because I'm watching the boys on Friday night and then have that stupid class Saturday and Sunday; then next weekend he is working all day on Saturday, which is great because he'll get overtime pay for the whole day, but that also means we only get to see one another on Sunday; then...the weekend after that which is the last weekend in July he will be up in Tennessee visiting his parents. Oh yeah, so the next real weekend we see each other for an entire weekend in the first weekend in August, which is his mother's 60th bday and we're throwing a surprise 60th bday party for both his mom and his dad (whose bday is in November) and we're also making it a surprise 40th wedding anniversary party...in turn, we wont really get a lot of one on one time together.

I guess since we're basically never seeing each other again (no exaggeration there), I could study...great! Oh here is a good one, I got my schedule for the fall and I have 9 exams and 2 finals, are you freaking kidding me?!?! I guess studying would be a good use of my bored time. :)

Not Me Tuesday

This post was supposed to be written on Monday, but my Monday went nuts! I'm going to tell you all about my super exciting/stressful/happy ending Monday.

I talked to Gail (who runs the animal rescue group I volunteer for) this morning about when and where we were meeting for me to pick up Super who stayed with her over the Fourth of July weekend. Well she told me that she received a call last night from a guy she adopted two dogs to on Saturday and they told her that Russell got away, she asked if I would go with her to Georgia to try to find him. I try to help her out when I can because I used to volunteer countless hours a week and since I've been in school I have majorly cut back, probably to 10% what I used to do. So I said yes.

Then she called me back to tell me that she just talked to them and they got him back....great. I was quite relieved. I really didn't want to drive all the way to Georgia, it was 2 hours there and 2 hours back. Then she called me back at 4 to tell me he got out again and was I still free. I of course told her yes.

Well she picked me up about 5ish then we got to Georgia around 7:15, found the house. The guys who lived there weren't there. We looked and looked, and found no signs of him. The neighbor saw us looking and told us that they had seen him running around about 20 minutes ago. We couldn't find any signs of him, no noise in the woods, no random dogs barking, nothing.

Gail left around 8:30 to go to the local CVS to get a yummy treat to try to entice him, bug spray because we were being eaten alive, some G2 because I was dying from thirst (no exaggeration there....nope non at all <--there is my not me monday contribution) . She got back, we gave Super, Roman and her dog Tanner some water then I put super in the crate in the back of her van so we could leave the back van door open so it would be cooler. Well we put some vienna sausage out in a bowl for him, walked up and down the area, no signs for him. We were searching with a flash light in the rain and still nothing. Well we went back around the front of the house and looky there, this little dog is in the middle of the road, hanging out there, just staring at us. Gail called him and he turned to run then she squatted down and he made this huge circle around us while she was talking to him and then there was like this light bulb went off and Russell ran to her like "Hey, I know you!"

We left Georgia around 9:30ish and got back to my house about 11:30. I just got out of a bath, a nice hot bath after scrubbing all the bug spray off and sat down to hang out. I like relaxing. It was nice to go back out and help a little doggie. It reminded me of some good rescues I'd been a part of. :) I love my furbabies.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Like woah picture overload!

We have had an excellent trip down here, I will write more about it tomorrow. There wasn't really that much to this trip besides relaxing. Today was the Fourth of July and we headed down to Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus for a Fourth of July extravaganza! There was food and music and of course, my favorite....fireworks. Enjoy a crap load of pictures. I hope you all had a safe holiday. :)




































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