Thursday, November 29, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Days 27-30

Remind me not to do this again next year.  Yes, it is good to look for things to be thankful for everyday, but dang it gets boring around here on this blog and there are so many other things I want to talk about, but only have time to type out a post here and there.  So I'm finally finishing up this 30 Days of Thanks and will hopefully get back to more interesting content on here ASAP.

Day 27 I was thankful for...
My Bible Study

I think I have already been thankful for this, but honestly I am so thankful for them that they deserve two mentions!  If you aren't in a Bible Study, you should get in one.  But it probably won't be as legit and awesome as ours!

Day 28 I was thankful for...
Loaded Tater Tot Burgers

(and someone to split them with!)  We went to eat at The Busy Bee in downtown Raleigh and they are famous for their loaded tater tots.  Apparently they are so famous they put them on a burger.  Umm yum!  And luckily my friend was cool with splitting it with me so I didn't do so much damage to ever expanding thighs and waistline.

Day 29 I was thankful for...
The Target Clearance Rack

I got a little sweater dress from the Target Clearance Rack last year and wore it today and got tons of compliments on it today!  Sometimes you can find real gems!

And tomorrow on Day 30 I will be thankful to...
Have a 1/2 Day off Work

I have some vacation time saved up so I am looking forward to 1/2 day Fridays for the next 3 weeks, having a random Tuesday off, and the whole week of Christmas off!  Thank God for vacation days!

Monday, November 26, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Days 20-26

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Day 20 I was thankful for...
My iPhone

I know it is silly, but I rely on that thing so much.  I forgot it at home that day when I went to work and I felt like I was missing my arm.  I can hardly remember what life was like before it.  But it has it's flaws too.  Lately it has been losing connection to 3G or Wifi and I have to reset it.  And I have been dropping a lot of calls lately.  #firstworldproblems

Day 21 I was thankful for...
Happy Hours

I was supposed to have off on Wednesday and go to my moms.  But I ended up having to work to make sure everything was ok for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  I am about to kill one of my vendors today because the app we had ready for Cyber Monday is still not live.  If I would have known they wouldn't have it live I wouldn't have worked all day dang it!  Anyway, after work it was nice to go have a beer with co-workers to decompress from the day.

Day 22 I was thankful for...
My Mom

She has done so much for me and even though it is pretty much just me and her in our tiny little family, I am so thankful.  I don't know what I would do without her.

Day 23 I was thankful for...
My Black Friday Tradition with Meredith

Really I was thankful for this on the 22nd, since apparently Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving Thursday.  One of my best friend's Meredith and I have been doing Black Friday together for years!  I'm so glad she likes this tradition too because we get some good deals even if we don't have a specific item we are going for.  This year I didn't really have a specific item I was going for except my Asics running shoes.  We went to see Twilight (I loved the ending on this one!) and then hit up Target right after at about 9:30.  I was contemplating getting their $49 Nook, but it was sold out already.  There were way more people shopping than in years past.  We hit up Dick's Sporting Goods at midnight and then went to the mall.  We were all done by 1-1:30 am.  I also scored some pretty sweet deals online at Old Navy and The Limited that night.

Day 24 I was thankful for...
Dance Parties with 3 year olds

I don't dance unless I am wasted...or apparently if I am around 3 year olds.  3 year olds don't judge you and they've got even more crazy dance moves than you do.  And sometimes you just need to dance.

Day 25 I was thankful for...
A day off

I was going to clean and put up my Christmas stuff on Sunday, but instead I went over to a friend's house for lunch, went to the grocery store, walked on my treadmill, and watched some TV.  The weekend went by way too fast and I needed a day of nothing.  I can't wait to have more days like this during the week of Christmas!

Day 26 I'm thankful for...
My Health

A few weeks ago I fell while I was running.  I tore the skin off my palm and it is finally almost healed.  During these weeks of being limited to using just one hand for some things, it has made me realize how much I take it for granted.  And this weekend I slept funny and hurt my neck really bad.  Saturday I couldn't turn my head at all.  It is slowly getting better, but it was another reminder of how much I take my body and my health for granted!

Monday, November 19, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Days 17-19

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I had a blast at The Color Run in Charlotte this weekend and hope to write a whole post about it soon.  I don't have much time so I'm going to get to what I've been thankful for:

Day 17 I was thankful for...
Friends who are hospitable

My old roommate lives in Charlotte and she let us stay with her Friday night.  I was so thankful for this!  It was so good to see her and finally get to see her place and catch up with her.  Friends who are hospitable are the best!

Day 18 I was thankful for...
The Summit Choir

Our church switched to a worship band instead of a choir a few years ago and I have missed the choir.  Every once in a while they put on a concert and I go to go this Sunday to see it.  They are so good and I can always feel God's presence in the room when they are singing!

Today I was thankful for...

I love sushi!  Our small group got together for our "Thanksgiving dinner" tonight at one of my favorite sushi places.  We ordered so much we even got a boat!  YUM!

Friday, November 16, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Days 13-16

This week had been crazy!  I've been a little frustrated and negative this week, but there have been a lot of things to be thankful for...

Day 13 I was thankful for...
My Small Group and our awesome leader!

I've been in the same small group (Bible study) for about 4 years I think.  I have grown so much in my relationship with Christ and I've seen the group go through so many changes!  Tuesday I was thankful for our leader Alicia who invited me to bring my dog over to Bible Study and made us yummy apple cider and chocolate chip cookies. I was thankful for such a good time putting together boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  So thankful for God bringing these wonderful ladies in to my life and for them loving me even when I'm at my worst!

Day 14 I was thankful for...
Friends that make me step outside my comfort zone

Wednesday I went with one of my sorority sisters that I haven't seen in forever to a line dancing class!  One of our other sorority sisters teaches the class and it was so much fun.  I have even been practicing some of the dances we learned so I won't forget them.  I am definitely looking forward to going to another class soon!

Day 15 I was thankful for...

Yummy food is always something to be thankful for!

Today I am thankful for...
Nice Co-workers who will watch my dog

I am heading to Charlotte tonight to stay with a friend because we are all running in The Color Run tomorrow!  A guy I work with is going to watch my dog for me tonight.  I am a little nervous about it because honestly I don't know this guy all THAT well even though we have worked together for the last 2 years.  But we have become friends over the last few months and he has expressed interest in getting a dog before so I thought this would be good practice for him.  I'm sure he will do a wonderful job and Cam will have a great time.  It just makes me a little nervous because it is my baby!

Have a great weekend y'all!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 10-12

Hello blog readers!  I hope you all had an excellent weekend!  I went to a Women's Conference at my church this weekend and got to hear Elise Fitzpatrick teach.  It was excellent.  Another thing that was excellent about this weekend was the weather!  Gosh could it just stay in the low 70s-high 60s with beautiful fall colors all around all year?!?

Saturday I was thankful for...
Friends that just get me

You know that feeling when someone just understands you and accepts you for the way you are?  I may not have a husband but I have some great friends that just get me.  In particular my friend Stephanie.  She nor I are perfect but we get each other and accept each other for the way we are.  It helps that we like to do a lot of the same things.  Thanks for being such a great friend Steph!

Sunday I was thankful for...
Friends that can cook and invite me over to eat :)

Sunday my friend Kristin invited me over for dinner and it was simply fabulous!  Kristin is another friend that just gets me.  I am so thankful for her friendship too and can't wait to run jog slow jog/walk in The Color Run in Charlotte this weekend with her!

I am so thankful God has blessed me with such great friends!  And this weekend really reminded me of that and how lucky I am to have them in my life.

Today I am thankful for...
All US veterans and Active Duty men & women

I hate war.  I hate guns.  I am so thankful for the men and women who fight for our country. I'm so thankful God made men and women brave enough to protect our freedom and rights.  Today I am volunteering with The Kramden Institute to refurbish computers for military families.  I am going to have to work all night to make up the hours I will be volunteering this afternoon, but that is a tiny sacrifice compared to the sacrifice they have made for us.

Friday, November 9, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 9

Today I am thankful for...


I love books!  Lately I have also been loving audio books.  I just posted a bunch of reviews on my Bookshelf Blog:

4.5 out of 5 stars
2 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
I'm also linking up for

Thursday, November 8, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 7 & 8

Yesterday I was thankful to get to attend a party this place:

This is The Pavilion at The Angus Barn and I LOVE this place!  I have said for years if I ever get married, I would love to get married there.  (Although there are tons of other great places around RDU that would be on my list too!)  This is the third party I have gotten to attend here.  And they always do a fabulous job!  My company has these events once or twice a year but only depending on our whole North America's group performance.  If every team hits their numbers we get the party.  If not we don't.  Luckily we did!

Today I am thankful...

Yes, I am thankful for Microsoft Excel.  I love me a spreadsheet. When I tried online dating a few years ago I even made a spreadsheet of all the guys I was dating.  Crazy, I know.  I have kept all my personal budgeting under control for the past 3 years in Excel and recently was able to add a sheet for a year-over-year comparison of where I was spending my money and it has been sooo helpful!

As much as I love Excel I am no expert, but thankfully my boss got me some online training classes that are hopefully going to increase my Excel skillz!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 6

Today I am thankful for...

My right to

I was so torn in this election.  I honestly did not decide who to vote for until this morning.  Last night I was getting so stressed out from the pressure, the commercials, and trying to research to find out who I liked better.  I was really split on the issues.  Such is the life of an independent though I guess.  The only silver lining is I don't think I will be too disappointed whatever the outcome tonight because I honestly think both men would ultimately do fine.  Don't agree with either of them entirely, but we aren't in a dictatorship so I am not too scared.

I am also thankful to see so many posts from friends today reminding me of the truth.  I think my friend Lori said it best:

Love stuff like this!  But I will be glad to see other posts like this stop:

(I honestly tried to find a bad one from an Obama fan in my Twitter and Facebook feeds but couldn't.  But I have seen bad ones in the past from them too.)

Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 5

Today I am thankful for...

I LOVE my dog!  Even though he gets on my nerves sometimes and can be really needy and annoying sometimes, I love the crap out of him!  Tomorrow is Cam's 6th birthday!!  I'm going to get him a few treats but unfortunately the celebration may be minimal since Tuesdays are my busiest day because of Bible study and throw on top of that voting...I sadly will not get to spend a lot of time with him tomorrow.  But I will hopefully make up for that with a long run on Sunday.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 3 & 4

Yesterday I was thankful for...

My Job

I sometimes forget how miserable life can be when you are not happy with where you spend the majority of your waking hours (work...ugh!  who came up with this work week schedule!?)  Even though there are a lot of things at work that still drive me crazy and stress me out, I love my job.  I work for a great company, have awesome co-workers (who are even awesome to hang out with outside of work on the regular!), work on a great team, enjoy what I do, and even love the products (using one to type this post actually!)  So blessed in the work department!

Today I was thankful for...

Seasonal Food!

I love this time of year because there are so many seasonal foods to try!  I've tried both of Pepperidge Farms Seasonal breads- Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple (love!), Eggo Pumpkin waffles (pretty good), Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Chai lattes (yum!), and my favorite- Apple Cider!!

This week I am going to try pumpkin soup!  I will let you know how it turns out!

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Day of Thanks- Day 2

Today I am thankful for...

The Internet

What did we ever do before the internet??  I seriously cannot imagine life without it now.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Thanks- Day 1

With Thanksgiving approaching at the end of this month a lot of bloggers are committing to 30 Days of Thanks.  Each day posting something they are thankful for.  I think this is a great idea!

Today I am thankful for...


I know...obvious first choice right?  But it is true!  I am so thankful for Him!  You have no idea.  Just when I think nothing is going to work out God gives me a glimpse at things He is doing behind the scenes.  He is my rock.  He is my hope.  He is my salvation.  So thankful for HIM!!

P.S.  Update on the prayer request about the difficult conversation.  There has been progress.  Not exactly the way I was thinking it would go, but then again it never goes that way for me.  There are still some more words that need to be said, but at least progress has been made.  You can keep praying for the conversation to continue.  Thank you so much for the prayers!  They are working!