Friday Fun Facts

- I am OBSESSED Huge fan of Secret Life of the American Teenager.  For those of you who watch, which is probably no one since I'm pretty sure my readers aren't teenagers, I am a RAMY fan, that's Ricky and Amy and I like sooo want them to get together. I don't like Adrian I think she's kind of whorific and Ben is just weird. Wait actually all the characters are strange and everyone talks about sex WAY TOO MUCH. But ABC Family likes to tease me with a Ricky & Amy kiss so I keep coming back for more... 

- This cold weather is killing me. I went outside the other day and I thought it felt warm, it was 37. Seriously. My body is actually so used to it being FREEZING that apparently it now thinks 37 is warm.

- I'm a closet Destiny's Child fan. I've probably posted that somewhere on this blog before but I'm too lazy to look.  See it's weird because in general I'm not a Beyonce fan, at all. There is just something about Bills, Bills, Bills, Survivor, Bootylicious, and Bug a Boo that just does it for me

- I'm not a writer and I don't have this blog because I want to me a writer. As a matter of fact half the time I don't even know when to use there, their, or they're and my literature choices usually have titles like Mating Rituals of a North American Wasp, Queen of Babble gets Hitched, and Nearlyweds

- I gave up pizza for lent yet there is a pizza in my freezer taunting me.  It's just evil.

- If blogger didn't have spell check you all would be SOL reading my blog posts.

- There is so much snow left in Maryland they have taken to dumping it into bay because there is no where to put it and I'm pretty sure it won't melt until April

- "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" that is how I feel about the Tiger Woods speech and this whole situation in general, who are we to judge? Since when is it our job to judge?

- I don't know if like the new We Are the World, my grandmother was a huge Lionel Richie fan and the old version makes me think about being in her house when I was a little girl and all of our old memories. Plus who is Justin Bieber?

- So happy it's Friday and it's sunny even though it's only 40 I'm so happy to see the sun again!


Answers, Snow, and Lent

So I think I'm finally back in my normal routine.  Thanks to the snow I was in the office a total of 13 hours last week and I was "working from home" on the other days but let's be honest this snow storm shut down the whole state so instead I was eating pancakes, drinking wine, and playing Scattergories with my parents.

Which was fun but let me tell you being snowed in with  your parents while your husband is in Houston gets old after about 3 days so the minute those roads cleared I was home faster than you can say thanksforlettingmebesnowedinandeatingallofyourfoodanddrinkingallofyourwine. 

I'm over the snow so I made a list of southern cities I wanted to move to.  Then those cities went and GOT SNOW so I was like whiskey tango foxtrot, I guess we're moving to the Caribbean.

Lent starts today or what I like to call the 40 days I try to make up for all the sinning (as in over indulgence of food, etc) I do the other 325 days a year.  

This year in the H household we will be giving up: Pizza and desserts

**one exception is the Crumbs cupcakes we still have left in our freezer which we know won't hold for 40 days but we'll be eating those on Sundays (you know the "cheat day"), I just had to be honest**

Ok now on to the second part of my answers..... 

 Brittany Ann wants to know...
 What lessons have you learned being married these last few months? 
 I think the biggest lesson I've learned is that it's not just about me anymore especially when it comes to spending money- this one might seem obvious or even stupid since we've been together 6.5 years but we never shared money prior to getting married and as I've said before I'm a spender, he's a saver. 
So it's taken a lot of adjusting on my part to learn that I can't just go spend $500 even $200 without at least letting K know, I'm still a work in progress as far as this whole sharing money thing goes but I'm learning.  It has definitely curbed by shopping habit for the most part because I'm learning to save for our future.  

Jules asked...
1. What are some of your pet peeves?
    a) People who reply all on mass emails!!! Nothing annoys me more than this especially when you don't        know half the people on the list and they are making jokes or saying something that isn't important to you.    Just respond to the sender!
    b) People who leave their turn signal on- especially on a busy road or highway because you're constantly anticipating their turn!!!

2. How did you and your husband meet?
   Well let's see it's kind of a long story... or actually I just don't know how to tell short stories.  So bear with me. 
Well it was the first week of summer after my junior year of college.  I was actually seeing this guy S for a few months  (nothing serious) and he begged me to go out on a Tuesday night in the first week of June to meet his roommate F who had been abroad in London and few of F's friends.  I really didn't want to go but reluctantly agreed to go because I knew my friend Ali would be there and I could hear my mother in my head saying "Go you might meet someone".  So I put on my black Gap halter top and my Abercrombie & Fitch cut off jean skirt with some J.crew flip flops so you know I was looking H-O-T, haha, and I went out. 
*disclaimer this was 2003 and I had just turned 21*

So S introduces me to his roommate and all of his friends.  Well I start chatting with this cute guy K in a striped polo shirt and we have one of those conversations that's like "no way me too!" and we realize we have a ton in common.   After spending most of the night talking to K I realize it's time to leave and I honestly don't want to leave,  I just want to keep talking to K but then I remember the whole part about how I came with another guy so I say nice to meet you and go home. 

I go to work the next day not really thinking much about the night before so the next night I have plans to meet up with S and his friends at a bar.  Well my friend Ali calls me and says she really needs to talk to me, I don't think much of it so I tell her I'll just chat with her when I get to bar.   I get to the bar and Ali pulls me aside immediately and is like "K wants to date you" and I'm like ":who?"  and she's like "K the guy in the striped shirt" and I'm like "Whoa he met me for like 2 hours, and really he wants to DATE ME?? Wow"  and she's like "I know, he says you're way to hot to be dating S and you should be dating him"   At this point I'm thinking Ok Mr. Cocky, WAIT he called me Hot, ok never mind he can be cocky.  Then she tells me that K told her he used to see my on campus freshman year when we lived in the dorms and he always wanted to talk to me because he thought I was cute but didn't know how!!   I'm shocked because I've never seen him before. ever. and I knew a lot of people at this point in college.   So I tell Ali that I should probably break things off with S but that she is more than welcome to try to set us up if she wants to, obviously she agrees because I swear girls LOVE setting each other up.  

I decide to wait a few days before I say anything to S because I don't want it to be too obvious and part of me felt a little bad, he was a really nice guy but he deserved a girl that really liked him not one that was just kind of dating him because well she didn't have anyone else to date. ( I know that probably sounds awful but I was young).   So on Friday night I tell S that we should just be friends and that I've had a lot of fun with him and I wish him the best of luck and he says "It's K isn't it, you're going to date him aren't you" and I was like "umm what, no, no where did you hear that??" and he was like " I didn't I could just tell on Tuesday when you guys were talking, you just looked good together and it just seemed like something was clicking with you two, like you guys should be dating. I was just waiting for you tell me"  I was totally shocked at this point and didn't really know what to say but I said "Honestly that's part of the reason.  We really hit it off and I think I just want to give it a shot. Don't be mad at me this may all backfire in my face and then I guess you'll have the last laugh".  He said he wasn't mad, a little upset and disappointed but not mad.  We hugged and agreed to be friends.

I didn't see K again until a week later when my friend Ali called me to meet up with her, F, and his friends.  We ended up again at a bar talking all night again until finally I asked him if he was going to get my number (man I was ballsy at 21) and he said Yes I was just going to ask you.  He called me the next day at 10am we made plans for that night, and the next night and then we pretty much spent the rest of the summer glued to each other, totally grossly obsessed and in love with one another.  I was scared that when summer was over and everyone came back to school he would go back to hanging out with his frat brothers and send me packing but as you all know that didn't happen....

I still have a few more questions to answer so I'll be back with those tomorrow!


Thank You!!

I cannot Thank all of you enough for your wonderful prayers and words of encouragement via this blog and twitter. You all truly are amazing.  My grandma did great in her procedure and there is nothing major wrong with her! Yay!  It looks like they just need to change around her medicines and she needs to make some dietary changes and she should be fine.

I really, really appreciate it.  My blogs friends truly are some of the best.   I am currently home today because our offices are closed thanks to Snowmageddon round two.  I'm at my parents house and I'm pretty sure we won't get dug out of here until at least March maybe even April. 

I thought I would share some pics: 

It looks like the house is half buried which is practically is

The buried mailbox

The view out the front door


Somewhere under there is a pool and a Koi pond 



Prayers Needed

Sorry I don't normally do this but my grandmother went into the hospital with a little cough and now they think it's something much bigger than that.  She has to have a cardiac procedure tomorrow morning so if you all keep her in your prayers we would really appreciate that.   Thanks!! 

Stuck at my parents house for Snowmageddon round 2 while K is down in Houston for work, he said it's 55 and sunny. I am so jealous. 


28 Years Ago Today...

My wonderful mother walked herself to the hospital while my dad was at work because she thought you might be in labor.   10 hours later I wasn't budging AT ALL so I was delivered via c-section at 11:05pm, almost a Feb 9th baby.  My mother is still in shock that she has a 28 yr old child. 

Now on to the important part...Part I

Q. Abby wants to know...
1)  When do you and K want to get preggers?
 I think it will be at least another year before we have babies or I should say a baby. I would like to say earlier because I have the baby fever BAD but K is going back to school this fall to get his MBA but will still be working full-time so we want to see how hard the balance of work and school is before we throw a baby into the mix.  

2)  Pending question A, when are having our official bloggy meet-up? Ha! :)
Since I'm currently childless and will be for 2010 I can do a blogger meet up ANYTIME and due to my childless state I am willing to travel!!   Pick a date and I'll be there :) 

Q. Abbie asks...
1) If you could do anything in the world, with absolutely no restrictions, what would you do?
Gosh this is a tough one... Probably quit my job, move to the Caribbean and just hang out and spend our savings just enjoying life. Honestly this is my absolute dream but I have too many "responsibilities" to actually do it. 

2) What's your favorite movie?
Legally Blonde-I probably watched it about 1000 times my Sophomore year of college and have watched it about 1000 times since.  At 19 I totally felt inspired by this movie and still do :) 

3) What would your dream job be?
I would LOVE to open my own store/shop whether it be a clothing store or a cupcake bakery. I like to be my own boss and I'm pretty sure one day I will be. 

Q. D.A.R asked...
1) If you had to drastically cut your budget, what are the 3 things that you could never compromise on (either cutting out or buying a cheaper/off-brand)?

1. Philosophy Purity face wash
2. Philosophy Hope in a Jar lotion or L'Occitane Precious Cream
3. Bare minerals make up

My face has been breaking out since I was about 14 and it's also super dry and sensitive meaning it sucks and I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun.
Purity is the ONLY face wash that keeps my skin clear and Hope in a Jar or Precious Cream are the only moisturizers that are heavy enough yet don't break my face out.  Bare Minerals is also the only make up I can wear.  So I will pretty much  never skimp on anything dealing with my face no matter what.

2) If you could have a "Do-over" on one thing about your wedding, what would it be?
I would get the simple J.Crew dress I wanted when I was panicking right before the wedding. I am a little disappointed in a lot of my professional photos and I don't think it's the photographer it's the dress. The dress was way to heavy for a summer wedding so you can see how uncomfortable I am in.   Needless to say despite the dress I still had a wonderful wedding but if I had been more comfortable I know that would have helped.

3) What characteristics in your parents do you most hope to emulate for your {future} children?
 I hope to instill a good work ethic and to remember never to take yourself too seriously.  My parents taught us that the only way to get ahead is to work hard and to work hard for yourself, not because someone else told you to.   Humor was a huge part of our lives and it was important for us to learn that we weren't perfect and we were going to make mistakes but those mistakes would help us to grow along the way. 

Q.  TheLuckiestMrs asks So, we know you love wine...what's your favorite? You know...your "go-to"?

My go to white wine is Cavit Pinot Grigio or Barefoot Pinot Grigio- whichever one is on sale at the liquor store!  Neither one are "luxury" but they're both light and easy to drink which is what I look for in my wine and they're affordable!

My go to red wine is Smoking Loon Pinot Noir- again it's nice light and easy to drink and affordable

If I'm bring wine for a party or gift I usually step it up a little and spend more $$

I try to avoid heavy wines because most are aged in oak trees and I'm allergic to oak so I wake up with puffy eyes and a stuffy nose.

Q. Crazy Shenanagins asks me...
1) If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Gosh another hard one I've never been to southern California and I have a feeling if I did go that would change this answer but here it is.... I would probably say Charleston, SC.  It reminds me a lot of my hometown Annapolis, MD but it is much warmer and you the city life with the beach literally 10 minutes away. Plus I love palm trees and Battery Ln is to.die.for.  

2) Name one place you wouldn't want to move to
New York City.  I love the city and I love to visit but I would never survive there.  There is just too much going on and it's way too intense for me.  

Stay tuned for part II and keep my grandmother in your prayers she went into the hospital yesterday


Go Saints!

I am rooting for The Saints for two reasons....

1. I like Kim Kardashian more than I like Kendra Wilkinson

2. My high school mascot, if you can call it that,  was The Saints and our symbol was the Fleur de lis



How to Survive a Blizzard

First make sure that you have plenty of healthy meals to last through the weekend.... 

and of course the low calorie desserts (courtesy of my amazing in-laws)...

Obviously you're going to thirsty so you'll need to rehydrate...

And lastly make sure your DVR is full so you can catch up on important Current Events....

Bring it on Mother Nature- we're ready!

Remember if you have a question you can click here to ask me anything! 


How to Make a Beautiful Life Together

K and I just recently received a wedding gift and the card it came it had a beautiful message that I had to share with you all.  (Oh and nothing like getting money 5 months after the wedding- Yay!)

How to Make a Beautiful Life Together
Reflections on Marriage for the Bride and Groom

Let love be your shelter. 
The world is noisy and confusing at times, 
So make a home that is a haven, a peaceful place where you can
listen to your hearts and savor the comfortable closeness you share. 

No matter how busy your days may be, make time for yourselves.
Hold hands. 
Surprise each other. 
Find little chances every day to show you're grateful to be partners,
to be friends, to be married. 

Life is not perfect.
You will make mistakes, 
but each time you meet life's challenges together, 
you will grow wiser, stronger, and surer of your love. 

Cherish your yesterdays. 
They are irreplaceable souvenirs of your journey through life. 
Make memories that will bring smiles and sighs whenever you look back. 
(Look back often!)

Look forward, too. 
Dream together. Plan together.
Make promises to keep.
Believer in your tomorrows,
because tomorrows are what forever is made of. 

To make love last,  put each other first.
That is the way to make a beautiful life together, 
the kind of life you both deserve so much. 

I totally cried after I read this because it's true. 

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