Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Love is all around ~

No need to waste it, you can have the town why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all!

God love Mary Tyler Moore. Great show, great woman, great song. What a trip. Had an amazing weekend, we had two days off together and finally got to settle in a little bit. First we took a drive to Pensacola, and did some shopping. A little retail therapy never hurt anyone. :-) It's been a long time since I lived near a NY and Co and had reason to frequent it. AMAZing pants, can I just say? The fact they run a size too big doesn't hurt either! Adam's a huge fan and dragged me in, love him. I stocked up, updated some staples I already had. Always open to business professional dressing tips! We love Ross too.

Speaking of Ross. Between there and WalMart we've dressed all the windows in the house, and most of the other decor needs as well. Barstools, bath rugs, etc. What fun! So the couple days off really gave us a chance to get settled. Of course we also had time to get a GRILL (apparently the essential man accessory to a house) which I don't oppose at all considering I came home tonight to a grilled sirloin steak dinner! And making sure we take a little time each day off to do something fun is keeping things in perspective. Whether it's drinks on the harbour or oysters on the beach, we make sure we get out and enjoy our surroundings as well. And they are lush! Only major purchase left is a new mattress for the guest bed and we're set. So when are YOU coming to visit?

Work update: Training is set for March 14 - April 8 in Kenner, LA (essentially New Orleans). Will be in Houston for Adam's award's banquet March 25-27 so we're excited to have a mini-vacation and see some friends as well.

Ciao for now,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Walkin' on sunshine ~

~ And don't it feel good!

Wow. What a crazy couple of weeks. I've been MIA for two weeks to pretty much everyone in my life with this move. And it's been an incredible couple of weeks. You'll get more details soon but the basics are as follows:

Moved to Destin Sunday, Feb 7. After a few stops, got to Adam's apartment in the evening, to unload the basics and get some sleep. Monday AM - Movers show up, pick up Adam's big furniture and boxes and move into the rental house (where we dropped most of my stuff the night before). Adam goes to work, and I supervise mover unload and getting settled. He works Tuesday, I unpack. I start work Wednesday. And then work until the following Tuesday. Yep, like two days ago Tuesday.

Work is amazing. I feel like I'm picking up really quickly, which is nice. The systems are difficult to get used to but I think that's the case in any job. Big learning curve with the devices for sure, lots of phones to learn. But I love talking to people, getting to know people that will return if you give them good service; people buy from people they like. My boss is great and I work with fun people.

And we live a half-mile from the beach!! Can I just say - the water here is so clear and blue, it's incredible. And the sand is like white sugar. We have found some incredible places to eat and grab drinks, literally ON the beach! It's definitely more commercial than Hilton Head, but still gorgeous. And has some of the great features of Dallas - restaurants, shopping, etc. A great combination. Our house is fantastic, although we're still getting settled. Sperry loves it - her favorite features are the fireplace and the windows. She prefers the blinds raised 18" in all windows so she can see out. :-)

So many apologizes for failing to return any phone calls, emails, etc that I've missed. We've been busy... walkin on sunshine... When are you coming?

Ciao for now,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's time to trust my instincts ~

~ Close my eyes and leap! It's time to try defying gravity!

It's getting to be about that time. 5 sleeps until MOVING DAY! We're hoping to pull out of Hilton Head mid-morning Sunday. Adam lands Friday evening in Savannah and is going to help me pack up Saturday. Thank goodness, I don't know how I'd ever do it all by myself! If you know me, you know since my car accident in April I don't handle stress nearly as well. It's something I'm working on and improving all the time, but Adam is definitely my rock and my calm in the storm. Looking forward to all that this new opportunity in Destin has to offer!

Adam looked at houses today, and by the end of the day he'd signed a lease! Faster than we'd expected, we were going to take our time finding the right house but a great house came on the market smack in Destin, and it was perfect!! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, brand new stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, brand new washer/dryer... And a great price. So we're pretty psyched to have a great place to live and a neighborhood to meet new friends. I'm excited about cooking in a practically all-new kitchen!! And I know Adam's excited about eating in it. :-) We're also thrilled to have a place for friends to come and visit from out of town.

And we're starting P90X when we get settled. SO EXCITED! I've lost 10 lbs in the past 9 weeks (remember, it's not crazy to start your diet on Thanksgiving week, it's SMART - I would have gained 10 lbs by now if I hadn't) but I'm excited about amping it up and really starting to shred and tone! I love the system I've been using so far, and if you haven't found something that works for you, you really need to talk to my girlfriend Jodi. Let me know if you're interested and I'll give her your number. She and her husband Rob are changing lives, y'all! I have awesome energy and I'm changing my relationship with food... more on that later but for now I'll leave you with this - food is fuel. It's not an emotional escape, it's not therapy, it's not a friend. It's fuel for your enjoyment.

Lots of new and exciting changes coming. God is opening windows all over the place!!

Much love

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Saddle up your horses ~

~We've got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace
Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other - this is The Great Adventure ~

The intro to this song is unmistakable... One of the reasons I love XM radio, you hear things you wouldn't normally hear on everyday radio, like a great song from childhood. This classic is a favorite of my family but it doesn't come on nearly enough, and today was perfect timing. On my way to sushi with a girlfriend (which is excellent therapy by the way) that amazing instrumental came through my speakers and I was that dork blasting my radio at the intersection... Then belting along with it. Don't worry, it was incredibly clear to everyone at the tarffic light how totally cool I was.

I just love how our Lord puts things in our path exactly when we need them. He KNOWS what is on your heart. When I come to transitions in life - moves, jobs, relationships - my amazing family and friends are so supportive and encouraging. For instance, Jordan is meeting me at the storage unit to sort STUFF... that's commitment people. I have a LOT of stuff. She may need to BE committed before the end of the day. Here's my thinking though - it's cleanse time. Time to purge anything unnecessary - if it doesn't fit in the car, it doesn't need to go! When was the last time you really purged your life of something? Belongings, habits, bad health? Start with clean eating for a week, then maybe clean out a closet. See how you feel. It can really be a freeing experience! And a fresh start is always a good thing.

Because... this IS the Great Adventure!!!

Happy trails,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's My Life~

It's now or never, I ain't gonna live forever, I just wanna live while I'm alive~

It's a big week in the life of MC! So if you're up on the facebook world you know - I've accepted a job as a sales rep for Verizon Wireless at the store in Niceville, FL. This means big change!! I'll be moving in with my wonderful and supportive boyfriend Adam, in a 2brm apartment in Destin. Don't worry, I already called dibs on 3 of the 4 closets! He's looking at houses to rent once the lease is up this summer... apparently if I need lots of closet space, he needs a garage. Boys will be boys...

Sperry (kitten) knows something is up and has been the cracked out version of her super clingy self the last couple days. She's going to miss her friend Charlie! I don't think Charlie is going to miss her at all, he's going to enjoy having his quiet time back with his Nona without kitten attack around the corner.

So here's the rundown: Two weeks left here on Hilton Head, last day at work Friday Feb 4. Adam's flying into Savannah Friday evening, and we're going to spend Sat/Sun packing the car and head back to Destin either Sun nite or Monday morning. Then starting work as early as Wednesday at the new job. iPhone launches Thursday (Feb 10) people!! Starting a new job the day before a giant product launch?? Scary?? Nah, so exciting! Feels like Black Friday at Target all over again, but in an exciting way instead of a holy-crap-getting-tackled kind of way.

Yes. Moving to a place I've actually never been to (no big deal!) and starting a new job, all within, um 2 1/2 weeks, very scary! But so exciting and so absolutely necessary where I'm at right now in life. Because it IS my life, and it has to be LIVED! The best part - my amazingly supportive parents, Nona, family, friends, and of course boyfriend Adam. A big decision is made so much more fun and exciting when there is support and excitement behind me. So a big thanks to all of my amazing support!! And stay tuned... more excitement to come!

Much love,

Saturday, January 22, 2011

We bear the light of the Son of Man

... so there is nothing left to fear~

Jess has me newly addicted to Andrew Peterson, I love his sound! Soothing contemporary Christian. And "Dancing in the Minefields" is a cool song. This is definitely my favorite line. Mostly because I think we live much of our life basing choices on fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of rejection, fear of failure...

I'm not a "new year's resolution" kind of gal. Case and point: I started my diet the week before Thanksgiving. I just don't really understand how making a life change January 1 is going to be more impactful than starting it any other time. However, I will admit the approach of the new year had me examining life choices more closely. 2010 was a doozy of a year for our family, but more than that, I've made some major changes/choices in life since college graduation almost 5 years ago (woah! old!). And you know what I realized? No matter how terrifying/intimidating/frustrating/disappointing/exciting the change seemed at the time, I made the most of it and learned something every time. I can't say I've made any "bad" choices, or really that there are any I regret. There are changes I wasn't fond of at the time (job loss, anyone?) but that situation led me to the next, and eventually where I am supposed to be.

I know, ambiguous and evasive as it may seem, I really do have a point. But you're going to have to wait a little longer! Change is a-comin... As Jessica and I decided last night, "I'm headed in the right direction, I'm just not sure where that direction takes me yet!"


Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's a new dawn, it's a new day

It's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good~

It's a Michael Buble kind of day. The good news is, the dark cloud following me around yesterday has lifted and it's a new day. Probably not due to anything except a change of attitude, although I think the oysters and red wine for dinner last night didn't hurt! It was a great night with Nona and her friends (of all ages). My night was spent primarily entertaining Gage, who just turned 1 last week and had a smile to melt your heart. I'm such a sucker for a baby, I've never met one I didn't immediately want to take home. However I usually want to give them back after a few hours... The convenience of them only being borrowed. :-)

We've officially hit that age, friends. The age where our peers begin procreating like rabbits and we should probably start shopping for baby gifts in bulk at Sam's. You laugh, but one of my bests had a baby late November, one is due in April, another in May, and I swear I see baby bump updates from at least a half dozen other facebook friends on a weekly basis. It's gotten to the point where my girlfriend Jess left me a voicemail the other day that said "I have exciting news, and no, I'm not pregnant!" We're at the point we have to qualify good news. Keep it coming! I am quite pleased to continue being "Aunt MC" for a few more years.

I'm amazed at those of you who pull it off, though. Many moms I know still work, at least part time. Many also go to the gym, cook (healthy) meals for their families, and entertain friends on a regular basis. I'm lucky to get to work, the gym, make supper, and remember to feed the cat. I don't keep live plants because they don't meow when they're hungry (or thirsty) so their chance for survival is nil. When Adam lived nearby, he was lucky to get a homecooked meal a few times a week. In some ways I'm a much better girlfriend 800 miles away!

Gage's mom (baby from last night) is a "stay-at-home" mom. Yeah, right. That is the busiest woman I've ever seen. She makes jewelry, oyster shell art, helps run her husband's charter fishing business, mother to 7 yr old and 1 yr old boys, does hair out of her home, and oh, on the side, is working on ripping up the tile floors in their house. Holy mackrel. And hosts friends and family for oyster roasts on a regular basis. And is super-fit.

I guess we all need something to aspire to. For the time being I think I'll stick with feeding Sperry on a regular basis, getting to the gym, cooking regularly for Nona and I, and being the best long-distance girlfriend, daughter, and friend I can be.