This is my painting of "The Bean". I love it dearly.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I jest but...I was pretty excited to see this piece of art.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A proper Chicago post - with pictures!! - is coming...I promise! As soon as I remember to bring my hard drive home from work. The hard drive that all of my photos are located on. Go me.
Until then, a quick update...on not much. Days are hot and long...I am slowing down a bit at work and enjoying my evenings at home. Chad has been working quite a bit so we don't get to spend as much time together as I would like. I get all of next week off from work and Chad only gets Wednesday so I am making plans to travel with my parents again. I will head to Atlanta for my sister and Frannie's intentionally belated reception for their wedding in March and then travel on to Columbus with my parents. I believe we will head to Biloxi for a few days - table games for dad and tooling around town and sitting by the pool for mom and I. I have discovered - in my old age, ahem - that my parents are much cooler. Better conversations, funnier stories, time spent with them more treasured than it ever has in the past. I am no longer embarrassed by them as I was in middle school and high school but instead, thrilled to get their undivided attention for a few days. I am really looking forward to a week off work but more than that, absolutely excited about spending a few days with my folks.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sorry I didn't blog. We were pretty much busy from sun-up to sun-down (and later!) which is what I really expected would happen. I learned so much about volunteerism, working with partners to improve the volunteer experience, and how to recruit new volunteers. I met tons of new people and got to see some beautiful sights! In fact, I did get to meet Kevin Bacon - who was pleasant and friendly - and J.R. Martinez - who was even nicer and a local guy to the Dalton area just south of Chattanooga. We chatted for a few minutes about home, which was nice, and he even said he would be in town this weekend for a fundraiser for the local food bank. Nice guy!
I will try to look at pictures today and post if possible. I have a lot of things to catch up with at work and at home so it might take me a few days...
Sunday, June 17, 2012
The last time I flew alone, I was flying into O'Hare in Chicago. It was about 12-ish years ago and I was going on a Girl Scout trip. Now, I am flying alone again into the same airport on a Girl Scout trip. Interesting.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I am going to Chicago next week. In case you somehow missed that little fact, I am sharing it with you again. I have gotten to do some really cool things through my awesome job with the GS and this is pretty close to the top of the list. I am attending the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), hosted by Points of Light. This is going to be a fabulous opportunity to learn new information (new to me!) about working with volunteers in all aspects of our organization. I will also get the chance to network with tons of other non-profits and ask others how they best serve the volunteers that they get to work with. Finally, there are some really neat speakers coming to the big plenary sessions - people like Kevin Bacon (he has his own non-profit...6degrees...check it out!), Barbara Bush, Jill Biden, Arnie Duncan (Sec. of Education), and J.R. Martinez (war vet, DTWS winner, and local boy to the Dalton, GA area!).
On top of my excitement to go to a city that I have never really* been to before and particpate in this really awesome opportunity, I won something too! I entered a contest for "doorprizes" basically..and won "a signed copy of A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver (who - sidenote - founded the Peace Corps). But wait, there’s more! You also won:
· VIP Meet and Greet on Monday (this is for the opening session)
· Invitations to Points of Light Honors Reception (attached, you’ve been signed up, but please let us know you’re able to come)
· Reserved seating at the front of the room for the opening plenary"
Oh my gosh! I never win stuff (other than my awesome husband...it was a carnival game. I'll tell you that story one day...kidding.) and this is a pretty cool thing to win. I have asked if my three amigas (that are traveling with me) can come with me to any of those things cause I know they will be much more fun if I don't have to go alone!
I am sure that I will be doing lots of tweeting and Instagramming (are those really verbs?) so you can follow me over there. I will try to blog but will only have my phone so I won't do as much of that.
Follow me on Twitter for all the latest sightings and musings: love10984 (but I am hidden, for privacy reasons, so just request to follow!)
And on Instagram: stelmosweetness (the name of our honey!).
Excited and looking forward to it!
P.S. glad that I got a quality little camera last year! I am only taking a carryon and I really, really want to get some good pictures! Thanks fam for that fun gift!
Monday, June 11, 2012
I just popped this Zebra Bundt Cake in the oven...the picture above is from Bakers Royale - the website where I found the recipe, photos, and directions.
I will update with a picture of how mine turned out...fingers crossed! :)
Oh yes. Score.
P.S. tastes good too. Gets the Chad seal of approval.
I love to cook and would do it a lot more if someone else did the dishes. Last night, I made stuffed green peppers and squash casserole, both with main ingredients straight from our garden. And then we decided that we wanted Chinese food to celebrate our last night of eating dinner together until Friday! It's really OK because I will have delicious veggie meals for lunch most of the week.
Tonight's agenda includes cleaning up the kitchen and then making a bundt cake I found on Pintrest yesterday!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I was pretty excited to open the bag and see this quart size, funky print zip-top bag. It will be perfect for my carry-on bottles next week and I will be the most stylish gal going through security! This is by the brand tili (lower case correct) and it looks like they make lots of fun colors. I saw this on the teaser video from Birchbox and I hoped I would get one!!
And finally, I am pretty stinking excited about these and crossing my fingers for no streaks...these are self-tanning towelettes by Comodynes. I might give these a little go on the legs for next week since I am packing mostly easy-to-wear dresses for my 3 day conference...
Pssst: Jealous? Want a Birchbox of your own? Order using this link: https://www.birchbox.com/?raf=2wh9m and I get credit! :)
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The garden is finally producing and I am more and more excited about summer every time I stroll through it. We planted: popcorn (yep!), eggplant, squash, cucumbers, jalapeños, banana peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, okra, basil, cilantro, radishes, and carrots (which obviously are not out thing). We have asparagus too but apparently its gonna be a decade before it produces...sad news for this semi-instant gratification gal. Now I just gotta get the tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeños ready at the same time for some kick-butt salsa....waiting....
Sorry it has been a little quiet around here. For the first time, it is not because I have been so busy with work that I do not have time to blog. This time, the cause is that I am so busy doing OTHER things that I don't have time to blog! Work has truly slowed down this past week or so. I have been home every night this week and I have really enjoyed just being around the house and doing my own thing. I've been getting back into the gym in the mornings...gone every morning this week except for today because I left for Knoxville at 6:30 in the morning instead (for a fun, monthly staff meeting at camp!...that included a murder mystery put on by some of our staff...hysterical!). I am still trying to figure out how to swing working at camp for a week this summer so we will see how it goes. I have some time so hopefully my boss will let me fill in where I might be needed (maybe water sports week? Please!!?!).
Tomorrow night, I am headed to Atlanta to spend some time with some sweet friends and family. We are doing a twilight canoe trip down some creek (uh...maybe I should have paid more attention?). I guess it doesn't really matter...I love canoeing, I love the people I am going with, I am spending the night with my sister and going to the Red Bull Soapbox Derby (which should be pretty hysterical too) so does it really matter about all the other deails? Nope. Gonna be a good weekend.
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