>We’re off…

>The “Z” dogs are headed to doggie camp, and we’re headed here in the moutains. Hubby has a conference and I’m going to play. Have a great weekend!

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>Oh Saint Joseph, we love you.

>We listed our house about two months ago and accepted an offer on Sunday. Whoo-hoo! When we first listed, I ordered a Saint Joseph statue on eBay and buried him like the instructions said. Now, I’m not Catholic, so I probably haven’t said my prayer every day (forgive me, I’m Methodist – we do everything in moderation), but I guess it’s been enough to work.

I hope Saint Joseph will see us through a clean inspection and our January closing.

>Le Mutt R.I.P.

>I’ve had a Le Mutt dog since I was a little girl. He has survived many a hug, pre-teen tear, and several boxes that he was sequestered to when it wasn’t “cool” to be seen with a floppy-eared stuffed dog.

This morning, I walked into a crime scene. Unfortunately, most of the scene was vacuumed before I had a chance to properly document it.

Exhibit A: An ear with stuffing strewn on the floor.

Exhibit B: Poor Le Mutt shows signs of attacks on both legs and also the missing ear.

The Accused: Zoe D., age 3.5, loves swimming, squirrel chasing, and napping on hvac vents.

The Accomplice: Zeus D., age 3.5, loves belly rubs, barking at innocent by passers, and sun baths.

The Verdict: While there has been no official confession from the accused, upon initial questioning, the accused actually took Le Mutt into her mouth again and returned to the crime scene. She was also found with stuffing in her fur. With this type of behavior, we have no doubt as to guilt of the accused. Showing little remorse for her victim, she has since taken a nap, eye-balled a turkey sandwich, and looked slightly guilty when receiving behind-the-ear scratches.

>Why?

>Why can I not find the picture that my mom took of Hubby & I after running the Half Marathon this April? Mom has not yet caught on to digital photography, so I’m actually looking for the sleeve of negatives! Our plan was to use the photo for our Christmas cards this year, so it would be most helpful if this picture and little plastic sleeve of negatives appeared…. I’m not sure if it could have anything to do with the fact that we packed, moved, and still have an assortment of boxes in various stages of unpacking that could be the reason. Hmmmmm. I’m off to search another drawer. Wish me luck!

>Short week

>It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is my “Friday”. We have a 1/2 day at work, followed by an office luncheon at a great Italian restaurant as a treat. Our boss figured that since most of us would have a traditional southern Thanksgiving, it would be a nice to have a little rigatoni before the annual Thursday feast.

Other than that, I am baking two pumpkin pies to take to the In laws for Thursday, cleaning the house for a visit from our friends tomorrow evening, possibly taking a walk in this crazy 70 degree weather we’ve been having, and hopefully getting a manicure. I’ve totally copied Giada and started wearing Bubble Bath by OPI. I love it. I used to be a Catch the Garter gal, but I think this one is more neutral. Yes, I had always wondered what color Giada’s nails are painted, because they always look so good. I googled it and found a great blog where a girl had met her at a book signing & asked the shade. So smart!

>Why Hubby hearts Swoozie’s

>Our 2-year anniversary was last Monday and Hubby, being the ever so thoughtful Hubby that he is gave me a gift that I’ve been asking about for a while…. (oh, and he’s a good listener) A stationery embosser, with our new name and most recently our new address.

When I opened my gift, I found an embosser and a nice note from the employee at Swoozie’s explaining that my actual embosser was late – that they were sorry, but it would arrive shortly. Apparently, Hubby and strong-armed the employee, telling her that he couldn’t show up gift less on his anniversary, so the employee wrapped up the store model & included a hand written note. A nice touch.
The embosser arrived on Friday, so Hubby stopped by and picked it up. Excited to try it out, I immediately found some scrap paper and began embossing… to find out that while our name was right, they also had our last name listed as our street address. Hmmmm.
Needless to say, Hubby paid another visit to Swoozie’s on Saturday – again, more apologizing, and they said the new one (with the right address) should arrive next week. Let’s hope. I will say with all of the mix-ups, they have been extremely apologetic and accommodating… I’m just glad it’s not the week that I’m mailing out Christmas cards! This is what it will look like!

>Organization

>Just spent the last 2 hours putting away summer clothes, and separating the other clothes into throw-away, consignment store, and thrift store for the Junior League piles, oh and the pile to actually hang up in the closet or put into drawers. I really put a lot into the giveaway piles, which makes me feel good, but also feel like I need to shop! I did pick up a few things over the weekend…This outfit, but I won’t tuck the turtleneck into the skirt (ewww) and I’ll probably throw on a blue jean jacket as well. I also found another skirt and top from a little boutique without a website for photos.

Since Hubby and I moved into the new house, 2 months ago, I’ve kind of been living out of a clothes basket, a dresser that is downstairs and a few other stacks in between. Pain in the ass, so I finally decided to do something about it.

We have decided that while we have ample closet space in the two upstairs bedroom closets, the space is kind of awkward and really needs California Closets or some similar business to tell us what to do. Our house was built in ’39, and our bedroom is in what used to be the attic, so about 1/2 the closet is at an angle. There is a long pole and one shelf, but nothing else. I think I failed the spatial relations portion on the ACT, so I really need someone else to figure out how to arrange it. Since we aren’t using the other upstairs bedroom closet, I went ahead and set up my stuff in that one until we figure out the master. Fun & games, I tell you!

>MyAgenda

>With both my work and personal life, it seems like I have 3 calendars going at any given time. I haven’t succumbed to a Blackberry and for some reason, I still like a paper calendar over my online calendar. I had heard of MomAgenda, but since I’m not yet a mom and aren’t juggling children’s schedules in addition to mine, I really didn’t think it would work for me. I was surprised to find on their website, the MyAgenda, one designed in a similar format to the MomAgenda, but not designed specifically for a Mom.

Mine arrived yesterday, so I was able to go ahead and start scheduling dates and events for 2008! I bought the espresso color and it’s really pretty. I love the fact that it comes with a month view & a weekly view with 2 ribbons for convenient place-keeping.

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>Maybe I was wrong…

>I had wondered out loud to Hubby several times about our Japanese maple tree in the back yard. While other trees in the area were turning into brilliant yellows, oranges and reds, this particular tree – smack in the middle of our back yard – stayed green.

Other trees were losing their gorgeous leaves and this one stayed strong, full of leaves and still green.

Over the weekend, I noticed that it was finally turning a beautiful shade of reddish-orange.

While it still isn’t the flame color of some that you see, I really happen to like it. Plus, I can see just the treetop out of our bathroom window when I’m getting ready in the morning. Whattya think?

And a close up…