Oh well, I guess tomorrow is Monday anyway. Too bad.
The only day off I get this week is Thursday so I will be putting up some Christmas decor and we will probably get our tree next Sunday ( a week from today so I have some time to locate what ornaments there might be here and see what kind of shape they are in....)
To answer some comment questions: the Smokey the Bear tattoos came from Chad's work (he works for the forestry service). We put them on ourselves (as well as Uncle Jay and Elaine) as sort of a joke for the Turkey Trot. They take them to schools when Smokey the Bear goes and talks to kids about preventing fires, etc. (Yes, a man in a smokey suit). The best part is the instructions on the back go something like this...place tattoo...wet thoroughly with towel and hold in place for approx. 30 seconds...use this 30 seconds to teach child about fire safety....blah, blah. Yeah, so they hold you down for atleast 3o seconds to teach you about fire safety while you get smokey on your arm. It's great!
And, I have no idea when I will be home for Christmas. But, looking at it realistically, I realize that I work in the retail work so chances are I am only going to get Christmas day off unless I ask for other days off. I will talk to some coworkers and see what is typically done and maybe ask off the 24th or 26th. Too bad it doesn't fall with a Sunday, that would be perfect!
We just bought groceries for the first time in almost two weeks (woohoo!) so we can take lunches all week and eat at home for dinner....trying to save the money!!
Well, its been a nice weekend (except for the whole working on Black Friday and Saturday part). Church was nice tonight...music was a little loud for me and Chad, more like a rock concert than Chad but since there was probably only 20 or 30 people there they probably should have turned it down a bit. Not enough bodies to absorb the sound. Sang some songs I didn't know...new stuff is fun!
Headed to bed...yes, still with out-of-control eye brows. We REALLY gotta work on that.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Oh well, I guess tomorrow is Monday anyway. Too bad.
Posted by PSIrwin at 10:07 PM
I wish I lived in a place where it is Sundy every day but I still got paid to work, without having to work...oh well. I don't.
But I plan on enjoying today...Chad and I found Lord of the Rings (the whole trilogy) on TNT today so we might just hole up and watch the entire thing!
Maybe some art projects too!
Posted by PSIrwin at 11:57 AM
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Black weekend in the retail world is over for Hobby Lobby employees.
Thank You God.
Ok, so it wasn't that bad but it was busy. Very busy.
But I am glad that it is over. Very glad.
I have another headache. Came home and took some tylenol and drank Dr. Pepper (Chad says something about caffeine helping.....whatever, I just like Dr. Pepper so any excuse will do!)
Its getting better now but we are talking about going to see Madagascar 2 but I am not sure that I will be able to handle the booming sound and bright screen.
Going to hang out with Chad and his friend Jessie and eat dinner with Dad B and Mom S AND Jay (he rocks, ps....and I say that because he just did the dishes...yes, from Thanksgiving. Yes, it is Saturday night. Seriously. I am almost embarrassed to tell you that. Almost.)
Have you every noticed that when you don't get to see people that you miss them more (oh, wait is there a saying that goes with this...something about absense makes the heart grow fonder? People, Its true.) Jess - I miss you. Lots. You are the best friend that any girl could ask for. You are caring, honest, true to your self and your word, beautiful inside and out and I wish I got to see you every day. When are you moving to Chattanooga? Dani - you too. I hope your hospital is treating you well. I read your blog! But I wish I could see your face and hear your voice a little more often (its just not the same!).
Tomorrow is Sunday. That means sleeping in (the only day of the week I get to) and then hanging out with my sweetie ALL FREAKING DAY....I am so excited. We are going to (trying to go every week but we aren't so great at it) this church service at Christ UMC that is on Sunday nights (works best for our schedules) that is for "young" or "young at heart" folks and is supposed to be a "deeper" discussion of...well, all things Jesus. We like it so far. So, Sundays are fabulous.
More later...from the still out of control eyebrowed Paula.
Posted by PSIrwin at 6:57 PM
Friday, November 28, 2008
I love India. I mean, I LOVE it. Something about that strange, beautiful place has gotten in my blood, in my heart, in my spirit, and I will never be able to get it out. After a very short trip (2 weeks) my sophomore year of college, I knew that I would always feel some sort of kinship for the people there, a draw to go back. And I did. I spent about three months living with 17 strangers in New Delhi about two years ago (Jan 2007 to April 2007). Some of those strangers remained strangers and some of those strangers became my friends. There are a few with whom I keep in touch with, people who had such a strong impact on my life in such a short time that I know we will always be friends.
I read a book recently that talked about cultural history in that part of the world (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan) and they talked about the meaning of family and being literal blood relatives. There is something about that bond that you will always feel, you will always know is there, you will always understand. I feel like there are people in India who are blood relatives to me. It is a tie that binds me.
I love the people, the political history (the good and the bad), the rich culture, the colorful saris, the smokey air, the color of the sun, even the smell. You have to be there to understand.
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Posted by PSIrwin at 5:22 PM
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I know, I know, this isn't a "worship Chad" blog. But today, again, just a little more.
I had a good day at work, we were crazy busy and it makes me dread Friday and Saturday a LOT. But I came home with a headache. That got worse. And worse. And worse.
And tonight, I took some Tylenol and laid on the bed for a while.
And my headache got worse. So bad I thought I might be sick.
In the middle of all this, some of our Turkey Day company arrived and brought their dog with them.
Really, really not good.
Stella (the dog about 8 times Gwen's size) and Gwen are not friends.
Not even sorta friends.
Not even acquaintances.
Matter of fact, I would go as far to say enemies.
So Gwen barked. And barked.
And then barked some more.
And I laid on the bathroom floor, shivering, under towels, praying that Chad would come.
And he did.
And he laid beside me, with his hand on my face. Loving me in my tears and headache.
And made me hot tea.
And brought me a blanket.
And provided light with his headlamp because it has a red light which is (beautifully) not painful to the eyes when a person honestly believes that a drill to the brain would be helpful.
And now he is cleaning up the kitchen (with a little help...if only those dishes were a little quieter)
And yes, my head still hurts.
What did he say? "As soon as you get insurance, you're seeing someone about this. It should have been done a long time ago." Always practical that man.
He found the ONE THING I wanted for Christmas, cheap, on Amazon tonight and tried to buy it but someone beat him to it by just a few minutes. Bummer. We'll keep trying....
Chad and Jay are running a 5k in the morning and his sister, Megan, and I are walking a 3 miler...fund raiser. Its called the Turkey Trot.
Posted by PSIrwin at 10:43 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I think I am a boring blogger because I don't particularlly have anything interesting to talk about but then I guess most bloggers just talk about their lives and that's what is all about (sorta like the Hokey Pokey...Sis.) I will do my best here folks.
Tonight going to dinner with Chad, Jay, and a family friend K.
Chad and I have been doing so good eating at home and not eating out but I guess it is ok since we are eating with people we like to hang out with (and sometimes they pay and THAT is wonderful for my wallet though not my waistline). I guess I will forgo the eating healthy this week and just focus on being thankful and being with the people I am thankful for. Admittedly, I am pretty bummed out about not being with my family on Thanksgiving.
It will be the first that I spend with my Chad's family and not my own but I am still thankful.
I miss my Papa more on holidays that we spent at their house. But I am still thankful for the family I have.
I miss my parents every day but I am still thankful for my new family and for Chad...oh so thankful for Chad. Thankful that he never leaves without kissing me in the morning. Thankful that he keeps up with the bills. Thankful that he is responsible and caring. Thankful that he loves me even when I screw up, or cry, or don't do the dishes (I am sadly, not thankful for dirty dishes), or the laundry, or don't feel like making dinner. Oh so thankful.
and even more for the way he just walked through the kitchen singing..."two turntables and a microphone...two turn tables and a microphone..." (I guess you have to know him).
Posted by PSIrwin at 7:02 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
-oh did I mention I am in charge of the green beans too? (I did claim the easy job since we are hosting at our house)
Posted by PSIrwin at 8:46 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Because I work so much, I don't have time for blogging as much.
Which sorta makes me sad.
I like to blog...boring, random stuff about our lives.
But I am working pretty much full time (40 hours this week and next...I didn't know that this is what "part time" meant) at HL so I come home with very tired feet, ready to just bum around and hang out with Chad.
The only day off I get next week (besides the required Sunday) is Thanksgiving.
And I have A LOT to do before then so you might not hear much from me.
Or I might take lots of breaks and blog instead.
Posted by PSIrwin at 8:39 AM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am back home now after an evening across town...went to dinner with Chad's mom (S)...B is sick and at home trying to feel better.
A quick trip to the Linens'N'Things that is going out of business to see if there is anything we want...bought some sheets to fit our bed. My mom gave us a set (Early Christmas present) but we need two so we don't have to wash them and put them back on the bed when we forget until 10 at night! We bought white ones because they match everything but I am dying for some Chocolate brown ones...hopefully I can find some on sale.
We just turned the heat on for the first time this winter...why you ask? Because it is freezing outside. No. Literally. We had been doing ok with just the fireplace on for a few hours at night but we would get up in the morning and be pretty uncomfortable until we bundled up. No fun.
So of course, now our house smells like something is burning and probably will for a few days...as long as nothing really IS burning, I think we'll be ok.
Oh, yeah, and I am typing on my computer with double the RAM that it had earlier today. Who did that? you ask...ME! Ok, so the girl with the Geek Squad showed me how but I installed the cards myself. Oh yes...I AM the Geek Squad.
Posted by PSIrwin at 9:13 PM
I am spending the day by myself today..sorta nice but I wish Chad was off work too.
He got up early like always and left for work, me still in bed feeling like I am getting a cold and PRAYING that I don't...then I had a dream that it was raining so he didn't have to go to work and stayed home with me. Too bad it wasn't true...
I am doing some things at home with the dog (vaccuming, laundry, dishes, etc) and then running some errands (taking my SLOW computer to the Geek Squad to see what they can do for it...
haning out with grandmother and probably Chad's parents tonight...good times.
Posted by PSIrwin at 12:49 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I am in my hometown so I haven't been blogging.
Spent Friday night and Saturday at a Girl Scout overnight...it was fun. Entertaining as always.
Hung out with the BFF last night and we had a sleep over so we are struggling to get up and get to church this morning.
Will blog more when I get back home...
can't WAIT to see my Chad.
Posted by PSIrwin at 8:09 AM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
They asked me to stay late. Again.
But its cool...it wasn't as crazzzzzy as yesterday.
No computer crashes.
My boss came up to me and said that my "seasonal" status there is no longer true...
I am "part of the team" now and I can stay as long as I want. Cool.
Lindsey posted our pictures today on her website...I was super excited.
Check it out. She has a ton of cool photography.
Working on Christmas presents. Not too much to chat about tonight..pretty beat.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Posted by PSIrwin at 9:56 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today is Sunday. My only day off for the next week but one of the true benefits of working at HL.
My first two days at work went something like this...
-turn in important papers to boss
-watch required safety videos for about an hour
-watch another cashier do her thing, trying to keep up with her lightning fast fingers, for about an hour
-watch with shock as my other boss asks me if I am ready to be on my own register...um, is "I am not sure I will ever be ready" an appropriate answer?
-watch with horror as they set up my register...
-spend the next two days on my own register, literally making up answers or items as necessary (admittedly, one of my other extremely nice bosses...yes, I have a lot of them...came over and watched me for a while and praised how quickly I caught on and how well I was doing. I nearly cried cause I was so stressed about her watching me!!)
Its more complicated than it looks...I know you don't think so when you shop there but be appreciative next time you go shopping for your craft supplies!
So today I get to hang out with Chad, Jay and Gwen (or maybe just spend the whole day cleaning up her curse-word-dog-hair that is everywhere). The vet says that he thinks her excessive shedding is probably due to a hormone swing, post-surgery and gave us some nutritional food additive to help but SERIOUSLY...its driving me insane.
I am working on a couple of art projects around the house and hopefully some of those will get finished or alteast almost finished today because I have to work every other day this week (well, Monday through Thursday, all day) and then I am headed to Columbus for a FUN Girl Scout overnight and hanging out with Mom, dad, Jess, etc...woohoo!
Posted by PSIrwin at 9:20 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I need a job.
Being at home all the time drives me a little batty.
I've been applying but to no avail.
And then finally, a breakthrough.
An interview. This morning.
At what is possibly my favorite store in town.
So I went. Talked to the store manager, M, who I thought was really cool, very relaxed, and I think I would really like to work for him.
And guess what...I am gonna get that chance!
I got an offer at HOBBY LOBBY and decided to accept it. Woohoo.
I know it isn't my dream job where my degree is concerned but it is a really awesome Christian organization and I LOVE to shop there (my paycheck will probably reflect that!) and it is something to do that gets me out of the house, meeting people.
It is a part-time, seasonal gig but the manager said that most people stick around after the holidays so that sounded good to me.
Finally...I am super-duper excited.
On another note...I was watching TLC while taking a break at the house to eat lunch and our cable is apparently messed up. It keeps freezing and flickering and is driving me crazy...it would be ok if John and Kate Plus 8 wasn't on but this is just NOT cool...the cable company might be getting a call from me today (from the driveway where I have to make all my phone calls so I get service!).
Posted by PSIrwin at 12:43 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yesterday was ELECTION DAY.
You voted right? Well, if you didn't, you missed your chance.
I did. Won't tell you who for though it is might tempting...
all I want to say about it now is...we have our results.
Obama will be our next president, ushering in a lot of first.
I will say I am proud that I went out and participated in a very historic election.
And I promise, no matter how you voted, it is not the end of the world.
Or even the end of civilization as we know it (though some people are making it sound that way).
Matter of fact, think about it, choose any candidate and think...how many changes can one person make in a given term?
How many changes could YOU make in YOUR life in four years?
Change takes time.
So let's all sit back and give the man a chance.
Posted by PSIrwin at 3:17 PM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Trying to take a picture of the other cat but this one was so interested he had to come check it out...
T.S. (Eliot), yes, named after the author. But the best part is she is laying like Gwendolen does with her legs out behind...too cute. Notice the ears of the other curious sister cat.
Car self portrait.
Posted by PSIrwin at 9:56 PM
Monday, November 3, 2008
My mom just emailed me and said that she saw someone who had first, given us a wedding gift, and then second, recieved a thank you note written by me. She was thanking me for writing thank you notes. As if I would NOT write them. The friend said that our handwriting is similiar, mine and my mom's. Well, she is the one who taught me how to write. And how to send thank you notes promptly after getting a gift. I am my mother's daughter. And proud to be.
Posted by PSIrwin at 10:46 AM
We installed new fans yesterday.
Posted by PSIrwin at 10:15 AM
Saturday, November 1, 2008
A slow life to report on.
We did not go to my cousin's wedding in Jekyll. Chad has to stay in town Friday night to be on call for Halloween mischief fires but there we none and we decided that a seven hour drive to make it to a 2 pm wedding was a little more than we could do in one weekend. Hope it was wonderful Tom and enjoy it...flies by man.
Stayed home most of the day and hung out with my Chad and Gwen. Played our new Electronic Monopoly game. I think it is awesome. Mostly because I sunk Chad into deep bankruptcy. In this game, you play with only thousands and millions. When the game was over, Chad had negative money and I had 40 million dollars...that's right folks...40 million dollars. Woohoo.
We went to Home Depot and used our 10% off coupon to buy some ceiling fans. We are doing our best to cut our monthly bills and there is only one fan in this entire place. We know that it is an upfront investment but each fan will save us on our annual bills so that's awesome. We bought one for the living room, our bedroom, Jay's bedroom and now we are looking for the perfect one for the stair area to bring cool air up/down depending on the season. I am excited. I think It will look good and help out a lot. I guess I got spoiled because at my parent's house, there is basically a fan in every room. You don't realize what a big difference it makes! We're also going to invest in a programmable thermostat for both up and downstairs (seperate units) because we know that will make a difference too (our current thermostats have minds of their own. They do whatever they want, whenever they want).
Tuesday is election day people. If you haven't voted (my sister says she heard 38% of GA voters already have...yea us since I am still registered and ALREADY voted there!!), GO VOTE.
The lines will be long for this historic election, no matter which way it swings. I won't tell you who I voted for but just that I did. The baseball stadium here in Chattanooga has had a sign posted that says "The country is run by people who show up. Go vote.".
I couldn't agree more.
Posted by PSIrwin at 7:19 PM