AWOL

03/25/2009

My dear friend Rachel left me a comment today that said, “Are you ever going to write another post?” Yes Rachel, I will write one today just for you. I haven’t felt like writing lately. Maybe I’ve just felt really overwhelmed or it could be that I wasn’t feeling creative. Who knows!!!!

Sunday Jake and I went to the races. It was my first time ever and it was really fun to go with him! He told me how to bet and then we would sit there and talk about our picks and why we wanted to pick them. I usually picked based on their name or the name of their jockey. (I know…great way to win money).  We ate Reuben’s and had a blast. It was tons of fun and I can’t wait to go back. I also managed to win $12. (I’m rich I tell ya.) We left early though cause we missed our puppies and had tons to do that day, but we saw that towards the end one of the last races there was a horse named Jake the Snake!!!! Loved it.

horses

Jake has an interview on Friday in New Orleans. Please think about him and send him good vibes. He is probably a great interviewee but I always want him to do well.

I FINALLY got all the baby shower invitations mailed out for my sister’s baby shower…..thank goodness. I thought I was going to go crazy trying to get that all done! But now I can’t wait to see all the great presents my new nephew will get, if only they would give him a name. Speaking of babies, I feel like tons of people I know are pregnant right now. I guess this is a sign of me growing up. I’m excited about all the new babies, cause I love kids, so this means there will be many for me to play with. 

Well I know it wasn’t anything special, but at least it was a post…..finally. I promise to do better! Talk to you soon!

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Something there….

03/13/2009

There’s something sweet
And almost kind
But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined
But now he’s dear, and so unsure
I wonder why I didn’t see it there before

In case you don’t know what those lyrics are from…….it’s Beauty and the Beast! I am in a wonderful mood today because this is my dear, sweet, fantastic boyfriend’s birthday weekend. He’ll be the big ole 2-6! I tease him about being “old”. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend. He works hard and cares about me so much! He can be hard to take at times, but honestly we all are. For those that know him, they know he’s really a great person and I am very blessed that he loves me the way he does.

For his birthday he wants to watch Watchmen or we are doing that on Sunday. He also wanted the book, so I bought that for him a week or two ago (for his birthday) so he could try and read some of it before the movie.

I also bought him an ice cream cake from TCBY because ever year he wants one for his birthday, so this year he gets one! Yummy!

I need to buy him some more presents! I’ve really slacked this year and honestly I have no idea what he would want right now. He usually drops some hints but he’s been working so much lately that we really haven’t gotten to talk! Anyway….he’ll like whatever it is that he gets!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And if you live in Fayetteville I know of a great yard sale going on….check it out here.

Sometimes you just have to remember….

03/12/2009

and I usually enjoy it! Today I wanted to attempt to make more headway in our office, specifically my side. (Which is a MESS). Well there’s been a box sitting in our office for, well since we moved in. So tonight I went through it and got to look through three picture albums and some great CDs. All of the pictures were from high school, which is always fun. I got to thinking about two things! First, I loved at the end of the school year when the yearbook peeps would sale all the random pics they had taken throughout the school year!!!!!! I found some hilarious pictures that I had bought of my friends. I also loved being a part of the yearbook staff. And second, I really enjoyed my childhood and teenage years!!!! I don’t think I could have asked for anything more!!!!!  I truly feel blessed for all of it!

NOW….I also found some of my senior pictures, and I got a little sad, well sad isn’t the right word but I can’t think of it right now. Not because I miss it (living it once was good enough) I’m not one who wants to go back, but who is just glad for the memories. I was sad (for lack of a better word) because the person in those pictures was excited about who she was, sometimes I feel like I’m a 14 year old girl again who is so unsure of herself. I’m sure you always keep some of that with you, but I need to start believing in myself again. Where did that go? I’m going to take a stab at it and say that growing up, bills, work, responsibility and all that comes with it has kinda crippled me. Which is absurd. If  anything I should be ten times more sure of who I am since that day years ago when that picture was taken, but I can said that I’m not.  But I can also say that it’s for no good reason. So …… I think it’s time I stopped trying to control every little thing that is out of my reach and just let it flow. Of course we all want to quote the classic serenity prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference

which is so so so so true!

I also think this one is fitting for me right now:

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
(Andy Warhol)

I like this one because time didn’t change me, I changed because of the way I reacted to the things that were happening around me. So I’m sure we’ve all felt “not like ourself” from time to time….and that’s all I’m feeling today. (Sorry if the post was kinda a downer). But hey I would appreciate hearing the things you might do to get back to feeling like you again.

On a brighter note I found my Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, which I’m pumped about!!!!! Listening to it right now 🙂

And I want to leave you with some fun pictures….(I promise for a more upbeat me tomorrow)!

I love this picture of my friend Allison

I love this picture of my friend Allison

 

Just some girls I miss!

Just some girls I miss!

 

Sweet sweet Bavery

Sweet sweet Bavery

Singing in the rain

03/11/2009

Just singing in the rain, what a glorious feeling…I’m haaaaaaaappy again!

singing

It’s smelled like rain all day, I love the smell of rain.

I have loved musicals my entire life! And I have always wanted my life to be a musical! Seriously. I want people to bust out in song randomly and everybody just happen to know all the words and all the same dance moves! I mean you have to admit that would be pretty cool.

But sadly my life is not a musical and instead it is real with the ability for me to be as great as I want to and not have to know all the right moves to join in the fun. I am encouraged by my friends and their actions. I’m hopeful and happy for the bold and brave moves that they are about to make in their lives and I wish them luck and good fortune. But I also want to them to know they don’t need it because they will be just fine. Their actions (taking a chance to pursue their own business ventures) has got me thinking about my life. What bold or brave moves have I made to give myself the chance to succeed? NONE. So I think I need to re-evaluate my options to better my career. And I want to hear what bold, brave, or chances you have taken to further your career or life? Everyone needs a little inspiration, so please share it so others can be encouraged. I hope you’re all wonderful!

Yay for Mondays!

03/09/2009

Well I said I would let you know how Saturday went and so I am!! IT WAS GREAT! It really was, I thought that getting up at the butt crack of dawn8 would be horrible on a Saturday, but it was nothing! I found the Habitat house just fine and of course everyone was so super nice. I spent the morning putting up external solid ventilation to make sure the house was energy effecient according to Energy Star. It was an adventure considering that we got half way finished and the supervisor informed us that we needed to make sure all the boards had a 2-2 1/1 inches gap from the roof (which they didn’t). So we climbed up there took them all down and then had to re-cut them all and then get the screws going again so that it was easier once we got up on the ladder………….what does all that equal? Laughs and a good time that’s what. Not to mention it was amazing to see the nice house (not elaborate like on Extreme Home Make-over) going up.

I left the Habitat site a little early because I needed to run home and eat some lunch before I ventured to an elementary basketball game. Which is in the “ghetto”, at least that’s what I’ve been told. To be honest with you I thought about not going. I mean I could’ve just said I couldn’t find it. Why was I not going to go watch my precious little cheer? Because I was of ghetto a part of Little Rock that I haven’t been too before…..then I remembered that I thought that was ridiculous and went anyways. Boy am I glad, because it was a good time!!!!! Shamaria was a WONDERFUL little cheer leader and it was fun to watch the kids play basketball and cheer! So much fun that I clapped and cheered for the Terry Tigers, of which I didn’t know one single child who played. I’ve also been wanting to sing this ALL weekend.

Yyyyy-ee-l-l,  (bit faster) yyy-ee-l-l, everybody YELL for the Tigers, whoooo, for the Tigers, whooooo!

Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

From Friday’s post I learned about a wonderful recipe blog….visit it here, and borrowed from her ideas. Kristy, (we had Spanish together in HS) who is a wonderfully busy mommy of two, plans her meals out for the month, yes the MONTH! I, in a million years couldn’t stick to that so I start out smaller with 2 weeks, give or take a few days (for going out to eat, girls night, etc.). So here is my 2 week menu! (I also have a wonderful recipe we cooked last night to share later.)

(No certain order)
1. Talapia with pesto pasta
2. Sloppy Joes with sweet potato fries
3. Chicken Piccata
4. Breakfast for Dinner
5. Sheperds Pie
6. King Ranch Chicken
7. French Dip Sandwiches (we’re having this one tonight so I’ll let you all know how it goes)
8. Turkey Burgers (on the grill)
9. Meat Loaf
10. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

I made a list of 16 and let Jake pick 10. It worked out well I think, but I will keep you posted.

Also from Friday, Jennifer offered to go shopping with me next time she was in Little Rock, I’m very excited about this….(she said even if I don’t buy anything) because she has wonderful taste and even has her own blog about fashion. (find it here)

And lastly….Jamie and Rachel. I miss you girls and can’t wait to hang out with you both again! And I am seriously thinking about starting a weight loss blog, I’ve been able to find some great inspiration. And I think it will assist in holding me accountable. Let me know what you think? Hope you’re Monday is wonderful!

Random thoughts Friday!

03/06/2009

TGIF!!! I’m sure every single person in the world is thankful for Fridays! Even if they don’t work……I mean how could you NOT love Fridays. I’m especially excited about today because tonight Jake and I will be going out to eat dinner with our friends Keli and Abram. It’s not often that Jake willingly agrees to go out to eat. He is a man who LOVES home cooked meals which means eventually I will have to learn to cook! Having said that, I have made cooking my newest hobby but it’s usually 50/50 on the final product! Still learning.

Tomorrow I will be getting up at 7 (yes on a Saturday) to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I’m excited because I’m going to get to do stuff I probably never in a million year would have. For exampleI will be helping take down siding or maybe it’s put up siding. All I know is that is has to do with siding! I’ll let you all know how it goes.

I LOVE getting mail, one whole summer between 7th grade and 8th grade, a friend and I didn’t call each other on the phone instead we wrote each other letters the WHOLE summer. It was a lot of fun. Too bad the only mail I usually get now is in the form of bills…..YUCK! However, yesterday I got home to see two packages sitting in front of the door.  One of them was Jake’s birthday present which he wanted early (Watchmen graphic novel). Jake has a love for comics and Star Wars. The other one was my bridesmaid dress for Jamie and Joe’s wedding!!!! I was very excited! Having the dresses now for both of my best friends weddings (Rachel and Jamie) makes it all so real AND not so far away. I can’t wait!

By the way I called this post random thought Fridaybecause my mind was filled with them and they needed to be let out. So here are some things currently swirling around in my head. I’m thinking about starting a blog that focuses on me getting back in shape/healthy/losing weight, however you want to put it, I would like to find some really good recipes if you know a blog or know of any yourself, I learned yesterday that the average working person is supposed to spend save  75% of each paycheck!!!!!!! And that you are supposed to have enough money in your savings to be able to live off of for 3-6 months. (I need to work on this). I have to figure out a way to get a better sense of fashion! I need a tan. Harli needs a bath. And last but not least……..I’m ready for lunch!

Thank you for reading the most random post ever! I appreciate it. I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Where are you Spring?

03/04/2009

I have been trying to save money! Well because I need it. But today I went and got some to go from FuLin’s (a wonderful Chinese place here in Little Rock). A little history about FuLin’s:

Jake and I had been hanging out for a little while but it was still in the in between stage of being considered his girlfriend and still just dating, when he decided to take me out to eat at…..you guessed it, FuLin’s. It was a lot of fun and of course very special to me because it was our first “date” type outing. Well we got our fortune cookies and of course I always want everyone to read them out loud! I of course really wanted Jake to, especially after the face he had made once he opened his. (It was a look of humor and embarrassment.) It took literally ten minutes to get him to read it to me and actually I can’t remember if he actually read it to me or if I took it and read it. But the point is that it had the BEST fortune in it ever! His fortune said: Your true love is sitting beside you!!!!!!!!!!! How’s that for great!

Well today in my fortune cookie I was surprise with not one but TWO fortunes. I consider myself lucky!!!!!! The first one said that “Your short term goal will soon be realized” and the second one said “Time makes one wise. Ask advice from someone older than you”.

Now okay fine with the second one, but now I have to figure out which of my short term goals will be realized and who will be realizing it?!

Moving on. I have to say that I did not really watch The Bachelor this season, I was too busy watching quality TV (Toddlers and Tiaras and Jon & Kate plus 8), but I normally do watch it and I am with the rest of the country…….Jason, you my dear, are a scumbag with absolutely NO class.

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m missing something and I think I finally figured out what it was. 70 degree weather! Yes, I am ready for Spring! Please, please come Spring. So I thought I would write Spring a letter of encouragement.

Dear Spring:

I feel like it’s been ages since we’ve seen each other. Once, a few weeks ago I thought I saw you, but then it ended up snowing…..must not have been you! I just wanted to let you know that I miss you terribly. It’s so hard to do even the smallest things without you around. For example, walk the dogs…..I only like to do it when you’re here with me. I feel like the sun stays out longer and the cold is scared of you, so it’s usually nice out. It’s also hard for me to look cute in my clothes without your assistance. I mean you always bring all kinds of fun patterns and new designs when you come around.  And although I love the holidays (Christmas is my favorite) once Valentine’s day comes around I find myself feeling depressed and down because I long for your warmth and the extra light you add to my day! Spring, you mean so much to me. I hate that we have to wait so long to see each other ever year……so I was thinking that maybe you could surprise me this year and come a little bit early! I talked to the groundhog and he said he doubted that you would, but I’m still crossing my fingers, because honestly I don’t know how much longer I can make it around here without you! So I can’t wait to see you and all the wonderful things that you always bring with you.

Sincerely yours,

Jonnie L. Honse

Crazy 8’s

02/26/2009

Okay, so I’ve been reading this book from my very dear friend Joe called “How to live your best life now” by Joel Osteen (?). I decided to read it because for the last few months I haven’t exactly been feeling 100% like myself. Okay well if  you haven’t heard of Joel Osteen, he’s a pastor at some huge church in TX. Anyways…..when Joe first gave it to me I thought it was going to be something that I didn’t really care for, but I LOVE it. Why? Because it reincorporates positive thinking for me, which I always think I need to be reminded of, BUT it also tells you about how God wants you to have the best things in life, or basically God wants you to be happy. I like it because it’s not pushy…….it’s just positive. Anyways, I wanted to share something relating to what I read last night.

“When you think positive, excellent thoughts, you will be propelled towards greatness”

Okay my example that I’m about to give you is going to make me sound like a crazy lady. Okay today I was at the bank drive though and I looked around my car and thought of how embarrassed I was at how it’s ALWAYS dirty! And worse the bank guy can see every single thing!!! Horrible. So I thought to myself, “When I get a new car, I’ll take better care of it”. Well it make me think of some of the issues that my book talks about. I will only get better things out of my life if I change my thinking NOW,  not when things get “better”. Why? Because they won’t get better unless I think better of them (or myself or situation). So I decided I was thankful for even having a car and that I would appreciate and cherish it and treat it like it was brand new. So today when I get off work I plan on cleaning it all out and giving it a bath, even if it does rain!

Okay moving on (sorry if that was just completely random, it happens!) Habitat for Humanity finally called back and I get to volunteer with them in March! Very exciting! Also I finally got ALL the bachelorette party invitations mailed out, signed up for my absolute last class, and finally made it to Wal-Mart to buy more candles for the house. Whoa, such impressive things, I know. 🙂

Now I’m going to steal my school friend Caroline’s post and post my list of 8’s (*side note: I love Caroline, she’s a “school” friend, meaning I we had classes together and such. She was always so nice to me and we always shared a laugh or two!) Check out Caroline’s blog….she’s absolutely beautiful and one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met!

 

My list of 8’s:

8 TV shows I watch:

1. Grey Anatomy, (but I’m with Caroline and the rest of the world….it needs to get better SOON or I’m out)
2. Private Practice (it’s like my new Grey’s)
3. Top Chef (it’s over as of last night and I really want Stefan to win)
4. Jon and Kate plus 8 (I seriously can’t get enough of them. Those kids are adorable!)
5. The Office (Jake and I record this so we can watch them together, I heart Jim and Pam, but it’s Dwight that keeps me coming back!)
6. The Biggest Loser (I know….I blame Michelle, she got me hooked)
7. Hm……..I’m running out of shows. Oh! Geez, I’m super ashamed and embarrassed to say. Toddlers and Tiaras. I orignally watched it to see how crazy the moms were, but now I can’t stop!!!!!! It’s horrible, I know. 
8. And I guess anything on HGTV.

Favorite Restaurants (random order):

1. Whoa….this is already hard and it’s the first one. Okay The Flying Saucer. We eat there sometimes when we have some good beer!
2. HOME! I’ve been trying to eat at home as much as possible! Save money and it’s better for you!
3. Papa Pablono’s (good ole Mena!!)
4. Cruizzer’s (spelling? Also Mena!)
5. Suree’s (long gone, but lucky for me it was my mom’s restaurant so I can still eat some of its goodness)
6. The Italian Couple (Little Rock)
7. FuLin’s (that’s also one of Jake’s favorite places!!)
8. Anywhere with good sushi!

Things that happened to me today:

1. Almost got slammed into by a car that had way too much crap in thier backseat and therefore couldn’t see me!
2. Found Megan’s check for the beach house.
3. My sister just called me complaining about the color of her new phone (yes, amazingly we’re related).
4. Picked up poop on my lunch break (yeah I know, sounds like fun)
5. Went home and make a turkey sandwich and played with puppies
6. Mailed invitation out for bachelorette weekend.
7. Avoided the majority of work I needed to do today……..AND
8. Created a Britney Spears station on pandora!!!!

Things I look forward to:

1. 4:45 pm (when I get off work)
2. Getting a big sponsory for the Our House Dinner on the Grounds event! (I believe if I keep at it, it will happen)
3. Rachel’s wedding
4. My very first nephew!!!!!!
5. Jamie’s wedding
6. Andrea’s very first baby! 
7. ALWAYS I look forward to Christmas! ALWAYS!
8. My own eventual wedding to my very best friend, Anthony Jacob Phillips! (this could be in like 10 years.)
I could honestly go on with this category for a long time!!

Things I wish for:

1. For me to get all my student loans paid off (I wish the same for all my friends!!!)
2. Happiness for the world (that’s my Miss America pagnent answer)
3. A house, one of my very own!! (well I’d share it with Jake of course)
4. To be the best possible person I can be
5. To know what our future holds, meaning to know what’s going to happen with Jake and work, are we moving are we not?
6. For healthy babies in 2009 (Andrea and my sister, and anyone else expecting)
7. A better sense of style!!!!!
8. To be in shape like I was when I was a Junior in HS….this will happen, so I guess I should have put it on my Looking forward too list!

Okay so what’s your List of  8’s. If you post one on your blog, let me know, I’d LOVE to check it out!

Lesson learned

02/19/2009

Honesty has always been a very important value to me. Looking back there were times that I felt hurt by honesty but then realized that it actually turned out well. Yes there is the old saying that the truth hurts, well up until today I would have considered myself an honest person. Sure when I was younger of course there were times I lied, but to the people who really mean something to me, I’ve ALWAYS tried to be as honest as possibly, regardless of if it hurt. Well no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m calling it quits on honesty. Why? Because being honest doesn’t really help everyone! I mean it may help me be able to sleep at night, but I’d much rather lose sleep and let the ones I love go about their lives in happiness.

Strange? I don’t really think so.  I think that most people would agree that ignorance is bliss……but maybe not!!! Either way, I have decided as of 11:29 pm on February 18, 2009 that I will no longer be an honest person. At least not in all situations. I’m sure most of you need a good reason why I’ve made this decision. Well, the biggest and best reasons I can think of is that I don’t want to hurt people AND when you are honest you rarely get rewarded or acknowledged for it! For example (a very trivial example) a boy tells a girl she has lip stick on her teeth, she probably won’t say thank you, instead she’ll be embarrassed.

Please share your wisdom……….don’t you think that there are times you should keep it to yourself?

Changing the bad into good!

02/18/2009

I’m sure many of you find yourself in a bad mood from time to time or really irritated with someone or something!!!!!!! Well when I get that way I find that the best way to get out of that bad mood or stop being irritated with that something or someone is to give. Yes, I love to give!!!! I love to give hugs, I love to give smiles and I especially love to give back! Now I don’t always need a bad mood or irritation to make me want to give……actually giving back is a hobby of mine, more so a passion.

When I was 20 (so old I know) I felt like I was going through a really hard time! So I got out of my comfort zone and I did something I would normally would never do I decided to work at a summer camp where I didn’t know a soul who would be working there!!!! And guess what it was the one of the best times of my life!!! I would do it every summer if I could. There were two things I realized when I returned from that adventure that I am very blessed and that because I am very blessed I want to make sure to return those blessings in some form or fashion.

Finally after having said all that…..I have been looking for my next volunteer project and today I was ready Arkansas Business Magazine and they had features of companies and executives, blah, blah, blah that won awards this year. Well one of the features nonprofit companies was the Arkansas Food Bank and I new what I wanted to do!!!!! So I am starting a food drive as well as volunteering at the actual bank! I’m so excited and I hope that I can get as much participation as possible!!!!!!!! I can’t wait. I have many ideas stirring in my head!!!!!!! I look forward to getting to share the future events with you all.

So what makes you happy, how do you give back!? Everybody can give back in their own way, by just doing a kind deed occasionally or getting out of your comfort zone when you see someone in need of a smile or a door held for them. It can be anything! I know we are all in need….I mean I like to blame it on the economy (that’s my joke), sorry I was late for work this morning…..the economy’s got me down! 🙂 But honestly I think about it and if I’m in need, then I know there are others out there in greater need and I’m blessed to have what I have! I have a great boyfriend, wonderful friends, a new nephew on the way, and some fun loving pups! I have a job, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, and food eat. I know there are others out there that can’t say the same. So my way of saying thank you to everyone who has made my life as wonderful as it is to give back. I want to help people and I’m so excited about my new endeavors!

Okay enough of that. I’m almost finished planning a fun bachelorette weekend for my friends. We’re going to Eureka Springs!!! I can’t wait. We’re going to the spa and shopping! I do need to decide on where we’re going to eat out for dinner on the big night so if anyone has favorite place or even know of a good place in Eureka please share the wealth. I’ve had a lot of fun making invitations for this and I have been trying to take some pictures of them but I can’t get a good one to save my life. I’ll keep working on it though!

Here are a few

Here are a few

I hope you are all great, can’t wait to hear from you!

And I haven’t posted a Plato picture lately……this little man now weighs 23.8 lbs! Whoa!

 

Our little boy

Our little boy

Some of you may think that we don’t love our first child Harli, we do! But it’s hard to get a good picture of her. My friend Rachel with Four Legs Photography took some great pictures of her. I’ll find out if her album can still be accessed.