Tuesday, November 25, 2008

5 months........

.....from today I will be Mrs. Rogers. Whoa! I just can't believe it. It continues to go by faster and faster. Just think, after the new year, it will be here before we know it. We are still very excited and enjoying every minute of this planning process. We are looking forward to coming home after work and being together at night, me cooking dinner (more nights than not), sharing with each other the details of our day, traveling, continuing to make each other laugh, saving and spending money, building a house, starting a family, making memories with family and friends, learning about and loving each other. Yes, we are doing some of these things now but not as a married couple. How exciting!

With marriage comes a lot of change and I'm experiencing one of those for Thanksgiving. I will not be spending Thanksgiving with my immediate family. I will be joining Mark and his (our) family on Thursday. I am a little nervous. It's just that I have thoughts of how Thanksgiving should be or has been (watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, helping/watching mom cook, eating, chatting with family, playing with Drew, visit the Grandparents, eat, looking through the paper to map our shopping route on Friday, eating again) and it's just going to be different this year. I will miss spending time with mom, dad, Bradley, Casey, Drew, Mike, Lori, David, Daniel and Amanda. Will you call and leave me on speaker phone while you spend the day together? :) Even though Thanksgiving will be a bit different I will celebrate and be surrounded by people that I love and that mean so much to me. I have also taken the challenge to be thankful for the small things, the little details, not just the big picture. My friend Mary Leigh shared a bit from the sermon on Sunday so each day I am trying to acknowledge those details for which I am thankful.
Details that I am thankful for:
I am very thankful that I have the money to gas up my car and be with family this week.
I am thankful for my job even though I hear it feels just like an episode of "The Office."
I am thankful for my parents health and that they are able to come visit me this weekend.
I am thankful for the surgeon that operated on mom's foot so she can walk on it while shopping all day Friday.
I am thankful for Mark in that he makes me laugh when he has really ticked me off.
Even though I drive an hour to work, at least I am able to work and have a car for transportation.
When I think there is nothing in the house to eat, I am thankful that I am not really out there starving. Same with clothes, when I think I don't have anything to wear, I am thankful that my closet if full.
I am so thankful for the socks on my feet right now, because they are freezing.
I am thankful that my family and friends are really just a phone call away.
Are you thankful for the details?
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One thing that I love about this time of year......

..........is the Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake. Mmmmm.

Tagged, Tagged and Tagged again

Ok, ok, ok, so I have been tagged by Casey, Jessica and Amanda, so I'm on it.......

Go to your fourth picture folder and then go to the fourth picture in the folder.Write four things about the picture and then tag four other people.It's amazing what you'll find!!!

4 Things About This Photo

1. WOW! This was from the 2006 company Christmas Party at the Sheraton Music City.

2. In this picture is JuLee, Matt, Karen, me and my friend, Katie

3. I did not have bangs and Karen no longer works with us.

4. Last year's Christmas party was on the General Jackson. So it seems the parties get better the longer I'm with the company. At least let's keep our fingers crossed for this year. :)

4 People I Tag
1. Mary Leigh Brown
2. Mary Dove
3. Susanna Custer
4. Denira Williams

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Craig's List Junkie

My new obsession is Craigs List. I have posted a few things for sale myself and I have gotten several bites, hopefully to get rid of some stuff this weekend. I have also purchased a high chair that looks new for mom to have for Drew. Now I find myself on there all the time. They have everything! With the economy the way it is, I think people are looking for deals all over the place. Now let's see what else I can find to buy.........or sell. :) Remember another man's junk is another man's treasure.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Coast to Coast

Last week was spent traveling coast to coast. Wednesday I flew to Jacksonville, FL then drove to Amelia Island for a meeting through Friday. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island..........I know, la-tee-da. :) That was my first time staying at a Ritz, I must say it is a little too frou-frou for me. I will stick to my first love, the Marriott. :) However, the service is amazing, everyone calling you by name and willing to help or provide for you at the drop of a hat. It was a great experience and the meeting was a success. Even though it was cloudy except when we were in meetings I did manage to get picture of the pool.

Friday afternoon I flew to San Francisco, CA, then had a two-hour drive to Monterey. Mark was actually able to fly and meet me in San Fran. We drove up a curvy mountain, with for some reason a 60 mph speed limit. I have never driven a more curvy street, it was even worse than Lombard Street in San Fran. It was pitch black and we had no idea what we would wake up to in the morning. Monterey was beautiful! The room looked over the golf course and the weather was perfect. They say it is pretty temperate throughout the year, never getting below 50 or above 85. Now that's my kind of weather. The reason for this trip is that I was invited to a FAM trip and the Great Wine Escape Weekend. The Hyatt Regency hosted this event and gave me an opportunity as a planner to see the city and all the hotel had to offer. Saturday we had breakfast with the group and then toured the Hyatt Regency. We spent the afternoon touring the vineyards and tasting local wine. We finished off the day with a very classy dinner. The kind with five courses, one tiny serving each, that probably cost $300 per plate. All Mark wanted to do was order pizza. :) I thought everything was very good. We met two great couples, Paul and Amy and Kent and Kim. We had such a great time, I wish we were able to spend more time with them. Sunday we finished with breakfast and drove through Monterey. We were so disappointed that it was raining. We thought we would run out of it and it just kept following us. :( We then drove to San Francisco so Mark could see the Golden Gate Bridge. I felt like I had been gone forever. I am so glad to be home. The flight was rough, flying from Charlotte (I had to connect here both flights) to San Fran is about a six hour flight. I have a very hard time entertaining myself for that long. However, it was a very nice long weekend. I just love traveling and especially with my soon-to-be hubby. But now I'm home...........at least for a couple of weeks.

Fun Fact: It takes 600 grapes to make one bottle of wine.

MR for Mark Rogers. Who knew he was a wine maker?

Cannery Row
We just could not get away from the rain. I was soaked and cold.

Next time we are staying at this Bed and Breakfast. It looks like a doll house.
Riding the cable cars

Lombard Street - the crookedest street