Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dry Cleaning Conundrum

I have a question and need your help.

What do you do with clothes that need to be dry cleaned? Do you take them to the cleaners one at a time when each piece is dirty? Do you have a pile of clothes in your room? Do you hang them back up and hope you remember that they're dirty when it's time to go to the dry cleaners?

I'm really struggling with this. Right now I waver between a big pile of clothes and hanging them back up. The pile bothers me a lot, but I always forget a dress or pants or something critical if I hang them back up.

So, what is your system?

Monday, September 21, 2009

No power = surprise day off!

I got up this morning, got out in the rain, and drove to work only to find that the power is out. Apparently a tree fell on a power line, so I was told just to stay home today.

Hmmm...what is a girl to do with an unexpected day off? I'm hoping I'll continue my productivity streak from yesterday. After church washed the dishes, cleaned the fridge, and swept and mopped the floors. Then I went to the store to get stuff for dinners this week and even made it to Wal-Mart for a few essentials. Plus, I got a workout in before we went out to dinner.

Today I am going to do laundry and deal with the master bedroom and bathroom. We've been pretty good so far about keeping the rest of the house clean, but our bedroom looks like a bomb went off...yikes! We'll see what else the day brings. A trip to Target or Bed, Bath, and Beyond might be in the cards too.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My newest beauty finds

For a while now I have needed some new lotion for my face and mascara. I always hate getting new beauty products because I wonder if I'm getting something that's going to be even worse than what I have. This weekend, though, I picked out some winners (with some help from Mary Alice).

First, the lotion. This purchase made me more nervous than the mascara. I didn't want to buy something that smells bad or that would make my face oily. I also didn't want to spend $20 on it. After thinking long and hard while staring at all of the lotions at Target, I decided to get the Target brand of this Neutrogena lotion.

After the lotion decision was made, I wandered over to the mascara section. Thankfully, I had called Mary Alice before going to Target to ask her what kind of mascara she uses. I always like to get recommendations for stuff like this. The last time I got some, I just picked up some random stuff, and it was AWFUL. It was clumpy from the first day I opened it, and it just didn't do anything for me. Mary Alice recommended Lash Blast by CoverGirl.

I love this mascara so far. It goes on evenly and doesn't clump at all. That's pretty much all I ask of my mascara. Hopefully it will continue to impress me.

If you're in the market for mascara or lotion, I highly recommend these.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Church Shopping

Finding a church is an interesting experience. This is the third church that Cole and I have had to find together, but it's really not any easier than it was the previous two times.

We are very blessed to live in an area with tons of great churches around. However, that makes the decision even harder. We know people who attend many of the churches in the area, and they, of course, all love their churches. So, recommendations don't really help all that much.

The most difficult thing about choosing a church is that you basically have to base your decision on the Sunday morning worship service. Sometimes that seems to me like choosing a spouse based on his or her hairstyle. It's ridiculous.

So, what are we supposed to do? We have pretty much narrowed our search down to two churches. Both are the same denomination and have solid teaching and theology. Both have ways in which we can get involved. Both have people we know and love in the congregations. It seems like we can't really go wrong, right?

In my heart I know that both of these churches will be good for us and allow us to grow. BUT, I just hate having to choose. In case you don't know me very well, I'm usually painfully indecisive. Especially when it comes to big decisions like this. We will just continue to pray that God leads us in the right direction.

We want to commit to a church soon because we're ready to dive in. We're ready to be purposeful about building a community in Birmingham. We know we'll find the right place to be.

Weekend Recap

Whew...we made it. This weekend was seriously busy.

Friday night we had a party for Brian and Emily at our house to celebrate their engagement. It was so much fun to see the girls and meet some of Brian's friends. We had a great dinner and fabulous desserts. Preparing for it was definitely a team effort. The girls and I planned the menu and tried to iron our all of the details. It's interesting planning a party when you really haven't ever planned one before. Also, my aunt Ty and mother-in-law Marcia were champs. Ty let me borrow four card tables and 16 folding chairs. This party would not have been possible without them! Marcia let me borrow tablecloths and made an appetizer for me and even delivered it right before party time! My mom brought up some of the centerpieces used for my wedding that we were able to use for the party. I still haven't downloaded the pictures, but they're coming.

Saturday morning (after not a ton of sleep) we headed to Troy. Sara's birthday was Monday, so we celebrated the weekend before. My parents even came over for the shindig. We had a fabulous time visiting and spending time with each other. We even took our Christmas card picture, which you know my mother loved. That night Rob grilled hamburgers and Mary Alice made macaroni and cheese - it was all delicious. Sunday morning Sara, Cole, and I went to the PCA church in Troy and enjoyed it. We grabbed a bite to eat and then hit the road. It's so nice to relax and spend time with family.

This week's going to be just as busy as the weekend. Last night we had dinner with the visitors' group at a church we've been going to lately. Tonight we're eating out with Cole's family since his sister and her husband are in town. Thursday night we're having his family over to our house to watch the first football game of the season (I may retire to the back room and watch something I want to watch...I'm a little depressed that it's already time for football season). Then Saturday morning Cole is leaving for Atlanta for the UA vs. Virginia Tech game. And I get to breathe again. I can't wait.

Wow. Typing all of that out made me remember why I'm so tired. Although life has been busy, I've really enjoyed spending time with our friends and family. Hopefully we'll continue to make it a priority to spend time with others.