>What I learned in class…

>I wanted to recap a little of my 1st wedding class for all of the Brides-to-Be. First, when I walked in, the other students thought I was the teacher, which I found somewhat humorous. I don’t have a lot to report for our first session – I felt like I knew most of what the teacher was discussing. We basically went over putting together time lines , traditional attire, who pays for what, etc. Also a little trivia for you… Did you know why the bride traditionally stand to her husband’s left at the altar? This dates back to historic times and it was so the husband would have his right hand free for his sword, if there was a possible attack. The teacher also stated that most wives sleep to the left of their husband in bed, which is true for this wife. Hopefully, no attacks or deuls in the middle of the night! So, hopefully, I’ll have a few more tidbits that may be of more assistance next week!

Also, today is my last day at the current job, and Hubby and I are off to Charleston, SC in the morning. We did a 4 mile run last night and then the 10k Bridge Run on Saturday. The dogs are going to their favorite doggie day care/boarding facility – actually a 3 acre farm, complete with a pond and employees who are constantly playing fetch. It’s a great place to board the dogs – they run and swim all day, then when we pick them up, they sleep for 2 days straight. Plus, they will be getting a much needed bath & toenail trimming before we pick them up!

I will post about the race and the weekend in Charleston when I return! Have a great weekend!


>My beloved Old Navy cotton, striped, capri pajama pants bit the dust last night. I was being silly (who me?) and picked up Zeus, pulling him onto my lap and heard rrrrrrrippp. These things are practically threadbare and the waist was already looking pretty shabby, but this hole is in a bit more personal place. I bought these years ago and they have worn into the perfect softness.

I heading Old Navy on my lunch hour to see if I can pick up a quick fix to replace this pair. I thought these looked pretty cute.

I really want to invest in uber-comfy read uber-expensive pajamas, but it’s not in my budget at the moment. For when I do take the plunge, any favorites that are worth the money?

** Shopping Update** I found two wonderful new pairs of PJ pants at Old Navy. One is pale pink, blue, green, white, yellow striped and the other are pink & green plaid (yes, kind of obnoxious, but kind of cute). They both have comfy drawstring waists, which I love, plus are the soft, oxford cloth cotton kind. The ones pictured above must be online only or just not available at my lunchtime shopping Old Navy.

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>1st day of class…


Tonight is my first night of my Wedding Planning & Directing class. People have looked at me like I have 3 heads when I tell them that I actually enjoyed planning our wedding and wanted to take a class on this. I may never use it, but I figured that I could:
  • gain a little part-time work
  • offer my services to our church, since we don’t have a wedding planner
  • enjoy talking and learning about weddings for 6 weeks and hopefully share some new ideas with my friends!
I actually found our wedding planner through a referral from this class.. she was the top student, so who knows where this may lead!? Wish me luck… I’ve sharpened my pink pencils and have my matching notebook ready to go!

Oh, and I promise I won’t ever work with a bride if she wants a Barbie wedding cake!

>Hot and Tired

>Hubby and I just finished our 8-mile training run. Whew. It was tough today… the distance, plus it’s warm here in NC – the high is in the 80’s. (sorry – not trying to rub it in to my Northern friends). We should have started earlier, but I was a bit of a slacker this morning. We will head to Charleston, SC next weekend for the Cooper River Bridge Run. It’s one of the largest 10k’s in the country and so much fun. We are going with several friends – we’re the runners, they drink & cheer us on!

It’s hard to believe that the 1/2 marathon is only about 5 weeks away and it really hit me today that I’ll be adding another 5 miles onto the run that I did today. I think it’s time to quit slacking on my weekday running!

4 more days at the old job… I actually have a brainstorming session at my new job on Tuesday. Since this is a new venture, I’m starting just in time for some of the marketing activities and events for the launch, so some details have been put in place and a lot are yet to be decided. I’m glad that I’ll have the chance to give my input and recommendations. There is a lot of work ahead for the next 2 months, but I’m looking forward to it.

>Resume tips 101

>The following resume was recently received by our creative director for a designer position that he is trying to fill.

I have changed any identifying information, but the rest is real. We we torn between actually calling the guy and giving him advice on how to write a resume or just rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. We chose the latter.

Home 555- 555- 5555

1234 Green Lee Ct
Greenville, NC 27777

Adobe, Microsoft Office software

Art ins,Online,WOL

I went to school at the Art Institute Online, and Lakewood Online

Concept Development A-
Computer Literacy A+
Digital Image Manipulation D
Fundamentals Of Design D
Introduction of Graphic Design
Career Development
College English 1

Graphic Designs

>How long will it take me…

>to burn off the calories I have consumed this afternoon, consisting of a lean cuisine, one Hershey Truffle nugget and oh, say 3/4 of a bag of Starburst jelly beans?

I must, repeat, must stay away from Target on my lunch hour. I went in to buy some moisturizer and I leave with my new moisturizer, 3 greeting cards, 2 lean cuisines, 1 bottle of water, a bag of Dove dark chocolate eggs for the office candy dish, a bag of Starburst jelly beans and a chocolate Easter bunny for my creative director! Oh, and a bottle of Crew hair gel for my hubby. Oh, it smells so good.

Good thing I didn’t look at the kitchen gadgets or lawn furniture. There’s no telling what would be in the back of my car!

>I’m so behind

>I have found out in the past weeks that two of my good friends are expecting. For one, this will be her second child and for the other, her first. I am so excited for both of them & it will be great to live vicariously through them as they are experiencing their pregnancies.

Hubby and I aren’t trying yet, even though I did buy and am now taking prenatal vitamins. Now with me starting a new job, the timing just doesn’t seem right to go off the ever-trusty pill. I can’t seem to get this nagging thought of “hurry up” out of my head and lately, now more than ever, I catch myself thinking of a baby, or picking up toddler dresses and imagining what it would be like. Of course, I am the one deciding not to try yet, so I guess I have no one to blame but myself!

Everyone says there is never a good time… is this true? Is it like love, will you just know you’re ready?

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>Boot(y) Camp

>Boot Camp ended last Friday…. whoo-hoo! It felt like a dream sleeping until 6:30 today. As far as my stats were concerned, I lost 1.6 pounds and 2 inches and completed 8 more push ups and 12 more sit-ups than on the day we started. As a group, we lost 52 inches and 42.2 pounds.

Even though I didn’t have a huge loss, I feel a little more toned & inspired to keep up with my workouts. We are about 6 weeks out from the Half Marathon, so I have to really start focusing on running.

On a shopping note, I went by Stein Mart on my lunch hour today and found slim fit Ralph Lauren polos for $30-something each. So, of course, I scooped up a couple, in white and light blue, along with a couple of thin v-neck cable knit sweaters. Perfect for spring weather in NC, we had 40’s over the weekend and it should be in the 80’s this weekend.

>A new chapter

>Or new article, if you will. I turned in my two week notice to my current employer on Friday. That part went well, aside from one snide comment from my boss, which I fully expected.

I have accepted a new position as Marketing manager of a new bi monthly magazine, focused on style, fashion, dining, homes, shopping, etc – all in North Carolina. The parent company has been around for decades with a current North Carolina publication and the new magazine is a bit younger in look, feel and content. It’s a little scary about starting a new job and with a brand new magazine, but it’s also what invigorates me and wakes me up in the middle of the night! And, what better than working for a magazine that is focused on what I love reading about anyway.

So, Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.. Erin Go Braugh! We’re off to run the 5 mile Beer Run (it’s actually a run, not just an excuse to drink beer – even though beer tokens are included in your running package). Then later tonight, onto some more Irish festivities this evening at a local Irish pub.

>Well dressed pooches

>I’m a little obsessed with Zeus & Zoe’s collars. Zoe especially. Zeus typically sticks to the basic red. But for Zoe, this is a small collection of collars she has worn in the past and I can’t seem to get rid of any of them, even when they don’t fit her. God help me, when I have children!!

She had the red, multi colored with little bones. A patriotic collar from Old Navy, now faded from too many swims in the lake. The red & green with blinking lights that she wears at Christmas. The navy & green Eliza B. collar is so cute, but doesn’t show up well on her. A pink and yellow gingham that we bought in Annapolis. She is currently sporting a pink & green argyle collar and I am on the search for her new summer collar.
I’m trying to narrow it down to the personalized ones from Four Preppy Paws
or Orvis and the make your own from Eliza B.