today's entry is brought to you by the letter S for Susan, because she is my new inspiration and I feel her (as in, "i feel ya giiiirrl.")

First off...
Happy Year of the Dog!!!

This is my year... and if you know Chinese astrology, you know that means I will be 24 this year (this August). Woot. I'm a big fan of this stuff. If you want to find out what year you are, and what this says about you, check out this site. This is what they say about the dog:

Dogs are honest, straightforward, and friendly. They are extremely protective of themselves and their loved ones. With a passion for fair play and justice, they never fail to rescue you time after time. They may rant and rave, but they never rest until they right the wrong. They are true humanitarians and suffer with the world. In spite of their concern for others,social graces and fancy parties do not impress them. Having sharp eyes, they will see through people's motives. They are quite private about their personal lives and someone prying into their affairs make them secretive and withdrawn. Once you gain their confidence, they open up freely.

Once Dogs classify you, they rarely change their minds. There are few in-betweens. Dogs perceive things either in black or white. You are either friend or enemy. Luckily, they are good judges of character and have superb insight into human nature. Dogs are tolerant of their friends. Before they approve of you, the friendship must develop slowly with a variety of meetings and conversations. If they look you over and decide they can trust you, you remain in their hearts forever. If you need them, Dogs will be there.

When the time is right, Dogs work long and hard, but they know how to relax, and enjoy their home and loved ones. The Dogs have playful moods and a great sense of humor. They have quick emotions and if you offend them, they will snarl and insult you with expertise. They forgive with the same speed. Dogs are intelligent and well-balanced. With their stable minds, they make good counselors or psychologists. They endure during any crisis situation. They are trustworthy people and know how to keep a secret. Being efficient and very diplomatic, they can hide their prejudices well. Most Dogs have a comfortable home and do well. Dogs always defend what is theirs and have a high sense of value. Home and family come first, and Dogs will work to see that they have the best!

So the weekend was nice. Very fast paced and busy, which made it fly by, but nice all the same. Pat stopped by on Friday night. Ro was out with some friends and a coworker, so Pat wanted some company. He relaxed with us for a bit and watched some TV, then was nice enough to take Ro's bridesmaid dress home with him.

Saturday morning we woke up early to get ready for the day. I had a hair appointment to get to, and was dropping Travis off at Willy's on the way. We thought we were spending the night so we had bags to pack too. All was uneventful getting up to and back from the hair appointment. I decided to go the extra distance back to our house to grab the one thing we forgot, and called travis to let him know about my progress. Turns out the extra bedroom was being used for the evening, I didn't have to drive back to the house... so I ended up with three times the deja vu (especially when we drove up there again the next day)... and determined that sometimes i just hate driving. At least it was a gorgeous day.
I also made myself feel better by stopping at TJ Maxx and getting the coolest earrings. I LOVE earrings... the way some women love shoes. I could wear the same jeans and long sleeved t-shirt and shoes every single day for a year, as long as I have a different pair of earrings everyday!

At Willy's Trav and I were helping get things ready for his party. Today Willy will be 82 years old, can you believe it?
Happy Birthday Willy!!!

This man loves to party, so we were preparing for one. His sisters, neighbors, and many friends came. It was a great time... tiring, but fun. And I loved getting to hang out with his sisters (Trav's great aunts), they are hilarious women. Cookie takes the cake.. "Get those puppies outta my face!"
After a long day we headed home to get some sleep... the party was still going strong without us, but our early morning, long day, and the impending arrival of another early morning combine to wipe us out.

Sunday dawn foggy and gray. Lovely. Just what we were going for with our engagement pictures! See the storm that is our relationship!! Lol. All in all I think the shots went well. We were able to take some inside while it rained, and it stopped quickly enough that we were able to get plenty outside. I'm waiting to get the email from the photographer that she has them up on the website for our review. I can't wait to check them out, and I will certainly post some of my favorites.

Phil then graced us with his drunken presence at McGrady's for a birthday lunch, which was enjoyable... and certainly amusing. After that it was on the see Laura and the kids. And low, they can read! It makes me miss them all the more to see them growing and learning in leaps and bounds. I mean, Anna! She is amazing... I'm sending a big "shove it" to all the people that think or thought she not as smart as her siblings because she doesn't talk as clearly. She was reading all the months of the year, all the days of the week, names, action words, etc! I think she is reading ahead of her sisters! HA! These kids are just amazing. I'm so proud off them, and love watching them grow up. I can't even imagine how it will feel when I have my own kids!

So after that we headed to see my family... specifically my brother, who will be turning 16 this weekend. He is a great kid, but definitely your typical teenager.

Well, its Monday now... the weekend, over. Today is work. Just like every other day. But the evening has fun things in store... including a family birthday dinner for Willy at: The Mandarin. I cannot wait to eat sushi, and have a nice relaxing fun family evening. It will also be my chance to say goodbye to Trav's mom who is returning to Arizona tomorrow.


So can I take a moment and discuss something completely unrelated? Good.
Lately I feel like my body has turned against me. I feel sluggish, softy, pudgy, and basically just unfit. Dieting is not an option for me. I love food too much. I do try to take care to eat only when I am genuinely hungry, and not just bored or such... and I am trying to eat better foods. But I know that I need to get moving more. It's just so hard when it is dark before I get home, and cold/miserable outside.
Momma H got me these neat leg bands that can be added to most any activity to jack up the calorie burning and muscle strengthening quota, so now I just have to get my lazy ass to break them out. I know that every little bit helps, so I am thinking that if I just take the stairs more, and pop these babies on when I'm at home... well hopefully I will start feeling at least somewhat better. I can't let myself turn into a slug every winter. But right now, I can't wait for spring... we can start playing tennis again, maybe I can find somewhere to swim, and I can just get myself outside and moving again. Minus the expensive gym membership, how do you keep yourself in shape in the winter months? I'm starting to outgrown clothes and it is very depressing.... Encourage me!!

On the above note: If I just wrote about topics that Susan wrote about a day or two after her, would people notice? Would they think it was just a coincidense... or realize that work and wedding plannin has sapped all the creative and independent thinking right out of me. I swear, for the past few days everytime I read Friday Playdate I am reminded of something that I wanted to write about anyway, but that I haven't had the time, energy, or creativity to form coherent thoughts on until Susan inspired me to do so. I swear I will try to stop.

Well, I really should get back to work... oh look, its sunny out again (I'm so glad that apparently yesterday was the ONLY craptastic day). How nice.

Smile, its the year of the dog... and I loves ya.

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