Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Why is it that...

He can open the door, walk across the back yard, outside the back fence, open the trash can, put the trash in the trash can, close the trash can, walk back across the yard into the house in the pouring down rain/snow/hot/cold weather but putting a dish in the dish washer is too much work?

He can recall who won the Superbowl in 1996 and probably even the score but can't remember where we went on our first date? (I have to say that I have problems with memory so this one is a bad example...I can't think about where we went right now actually).

He is so smart when it comes to politics, math, current events, history, etc. but he locks the keys in the tool shed?

He doesn't comment on what I'm wearing but as soon as I have on a new outfit he immediately says, "when did you get that?" I mean how does he know my closet so well? He didn't see me bring the shopping bag in!!!!

After 4 months of living in our new house, he knows how to work the television, Xbox, and microwave but the dishwasher is still a challenge?

Why is it that after a terrible day, he can make me laugh?

And why is it that at least once a day he makes me feel special and loved?

Moral of my post...husbands may be impossible at times but their imperfections make them even more adorable :) And I'm pretty sure Noah's list of "why is it that..." would be longer than mine!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Lazy Sundays...

Around our house, Sundays consist of sleeping late, eating scrambled eggs (with pepper jack cheese YUM), a slew of sporting events, a walk with Jeter, and laundry.

While this particular Sunday includes all of the activities listed above, it has one more...reminiscing. This weekend was full of Collegiate School activities. Noah and I both went to Collegiate K-12, Noah's dad is a teacher there, and Noah coaches 7th grade football and Varsity baseball in addition to his financial advising job. Needless to say, we still have a strong connection to our alma mater. This weekend included the alumni oyster roast, the homecoming football game, and my 5 year high school reunion. I can't believe I graduated from high school 5 years ago! It seems like yesterday... It's crazy how fast time flies! This weekend was so much fun and I think I proved that just because you're married, doesn't mean you can't have fun :) It was so great to see everyone and even though it's been 5 years, it felt like we all had just graduated together. Most of my classmates went to school for 13 years at Collegiate. Which means, I've known most of these people for 18 years. That's crazy!

I can't wait for our 10 year reunion! After five years, all we've had time to do was go to college and job hunt. But after 10 years, people will be married, living all over the world with amazing careers, and maybe some of us will have kids!

On a side note, I've done a lot of laundry today. Noah had a stain on one of his shirts. I grabbed what I thought was stain remover and sprayed it all over this shirt (it was a big stain!). When I had finished drenching the shirt, I realized I just sprayed bathroom cleaner on it. OOPS! I thought, "Great...I've just ruined this nice shirt." But I put it in the washing machine and hoped for the best. It came out like new! AMAZING! I'm not saying that I'm gonna keep using it on my stains, but it worked wonders! It's also a great bathroom cleaner.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I Just Don't Get It

It's important to be an individual and have your own sense of style. For the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, Lady Gaga took these words of wisdom to a whole different level.

Her red carpet look...weird (but it is the VMAs).

End of her performance. This gore is worse than True Blood. SCARY.

Accepting her award. Lady Gaga, we get it! You're weird!

Haha this is without a doubt my favorite look. Her last look of the evening and she went out with a bang. How can you take her seriously!?!?!?!?

Some people call her crazy...some call her genius. I'm gonna side with crazy (unless you are talking about scariest Halloween costume....in which case, I would definitely have to go with genius).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I despise...

Why? I don't know. It's a simple enough task but I can't stand it. As soon as Noah and I got married (ok really throughout our relationship), we just fell into those stereotypical gender roles. He takes out the trash...I do the dishes. He cuts the grass...I go grocery shopping. We do, however, split the cooking responsibilities and feeding Jeter.
I would rather do any of those designated "wifely duties" than go grocery shopping.
Worse: grocery shopping
Even Worse: grocery shopping with Noah (he has to go up and down EVERY aisle and it takes us 3 times as long. Plus, he forgets half the things that are actually on the grocery list! We usually split up and I spend half the time looking for him)
Worst: grocery shopping in heels
I typically go to the grocery store after I get off work because I don't want to spend my days off at Kroger or Ukrop's. When I know I have to go, I don't wear heels to work. I would love to go to the grocery store in juicy pants, a sweat shirt and rainbows because at least I would be comfortable while doing something I hate. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store after work and (gasp) I was wearing these heels:

Before I continue, I must comment on these beautiful (and surprisingly comfortable) Loeffler Randall "Ever" platform sandals. Perfection in a shoe. Mine are not blue, however, they are cream. As soon as you put on this shoe, you immediately feel sexy. And with the platform, they really aren't that high and are easy to walk in. Let's face it...everyone looks better in heels. They elongate your legs making you appear taller and skinnier. One of the girls I work with wears heels EVERYDAY. I am not joking. I've never seen her in flats!

Ok so picture me in my jeans, my huge handbag and these clunkers. Believe me, I got some looks. I forget that normal people don't dress the way I dress to go to work. Since I work in a clothing store, I have to appear as though I have some sense of style. There is no "dress code" at my job. As long as you look stylish/chic, you're golden. Since I couldn't quickly maneuver myself around the store (like I usually can in my flats), it took me forever! I wasn't comfortable and the shoes were actually starting to pinch after 8 hours of work.

But as I walked in the door with an armful of grocery bags, and saw my husband patiently awaiting my arrival, I was glad I came home looking cute. Keeps 'em on their toes :)

I kept them on while I cooked dinner...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Curtain Is Up On CenterStage

What's my favorite part about Christmas? The Richmond Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker. I danced in the Nutcracker for 6 years growing up and I loved every minute of it. And even though my pointe shoes were hung up long ago, I still can't wait to watch the Nutcracker as least once every holiday season. Last Christmas my sister gave me a DVD of George Balanchine's Nutcracker. For those of you who don't know of the infamous choreographer, this is the original choreography and the New York City Ballet performs it every year. I have yet to see the New York City Ballet perform, but it definitely on my list of things I MUST do in my life.

I was very sad when the Carpenter Center (home of the Richmond Ballet) closed for renovations in 2004. However, this wasn't the first time the theater had closed. Originally called "Loew's Theatre," this magnificent building opened in 1928 as a movie theater. It's first showing? Gone with the Wind. Loew's Theater closed in 1979 and re-opened as the Carpenter Centre for the Performing Arts in 1983 (Cenema Treasures).

After 5 years and $73 million, the theater (and 3 other venues) opened it's doors this weekend with a new name: CenterStage. CenterStage is comprised of three performance venues, a visual arts gallery and an innovative education facility (CenterStage). The Carpenter Theatre will keep it's name. The coolest aspect of the theatre is the twinkling lights on the ceiling (they look like stars!) With the new renovation, these "stars" got new fiber optics to enhance their sparkle!
I can't wait to enjoy the Nutcracker this winter on it's new stage!!!!
For Tickets visit richmondballet.com.
I know your probably thinking it's difficult for me to convince Noah to go to the ballet. All I have to do is remind him of the countless hours of football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, etc. I watch with him! If I can do that he can handle a couple of hours at the ballet! The last ballet I took him to was the Richmond Ballet's Cinderella. After three hours and 2 intermissions, I almost lost him! We probably go to 2-3 ballets a year and I go to at least 20 sporting events so he really can't complain :) You have to be fair in order to have a happy marriage!

Monday, September 7, 2009

We interrupt this marriage....

....to bring you football season! Football season is officially in full force, and around my house, that means ESPN is being abused! This plate hangs in our kitchen... The plate is funny but it is also sentimental. I purchased it while visiting my best friend, Sally, at Ole Miss. We went to a football game (and by "went to the game" I mean we tailgated and watched it on TV at the tailgate). Ole Miss tailgates are serious business! We spent the entire night before the game cooking. They had yummy southern food (I tried my first cheese straw that weekend...delicious!)

This weekend was the 1st UVA football game of the season! We purchased season tickets this year. UVA played William & Mary and lost. When we arrived to Charlottesville, I was so excited! I haven't been to C'ville in a while and I love visiting (I wouldn't mind living there either!) It is soo beautiful. As we drove past the corner, I couldn't help but be envious of all those college students. We parked our car and immediately went into "tailgate" mode. Noah wanted to be in the stadium for kickoff so we had to cut our tailgate short. You could feel the energy in the stadium and, as the cavalier rode onto the field on his horse, I felt like I was home again. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I've spent in that stadium. UVA scored a touchdown pretty early in the 1st quarter. And the playing of the "Good 'Ole Song," marked the first score of the season. After that, everything went down hill. It was actually hard to watch. By the end, I was embarrassed to call myself a Virginia fan. Nonetheless, I'm excited for football season. While it is more fun when your team wins, I love it (losing team and all)!

There is one more fall "must have" I left off my list:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Do you feel that???

IT'S FALL!!!!!!!!! It's September which means the kiddies are back in school, Halloween candy is out, and the stores are full of new, fall merchandise!!!!
Here is my list of this season's must haves!

1. Boots: This is my number one "must have." They are EVERYWHERE this season. Tall ones, short ones, black ones, brown ones. You name the size and color....someone has designed it. Wear them with anything and everything. Wear them over jeans or pair them with opaque tights and a dress. Just wear them! (And you don't have to spend $500 on a pair like these Tory Burch ones....even though you desperately want to, who cares if it's as much as your car payment?)
2. Scarves: Scarves are great. It's just that simple. They complete your look while keeping you warm. It's a more polished/sophisticated look. I've seen them in a rainbow of colors and patterns. And contrary to what your husband thinks, you can never have too many accessories: shoes, scarves, and jewelry.
3. Red Dress: This dress combines two trends for fall: the color red and a great day dress. Everyone looks good in red!
4. Fur: Real or faux, fur is amazing! This little vest is faux Rachel Roy. However, if you're in the market for the real deal, and you don't have thousands to spend on a luxurious mink, look to Jocelyn. You can get an adorable rabbit fur vest or shawl for $100-$300.
5. Coat: Everyone should have a perfect winter coat. A black or camel one is always the best choice since it will go with everything. My wardrobe lacks this essential piece, and it is my goal this season to find it!
6. Statement Necklace: There are great costume necklaces this season from Ann Taylor to Oscar de la Renta! (You think I'm kidding about Ann Taylor but I've seen some really cute pictures in a ton of magazines) These pieces are meant to make a statement. This necklace is from Banana Republic (which has great, inexpensive jewelry). You will see a ton of necklaces that tie with a ribbon this season.
The Jeter dog needs to go for a walk so that's all for now! If anyone is actually reading my blog, let me know what you think, what you're wearing this season, yummy recipes, etc. You can post anonymously!