July 30, 2009

big mac.

Aaron and I will be the proud owners of a 24" iMac tomorrow! How exciting! I'm a little nervous because I've been "a PC" all my life. I hope the transition to the Mac world won't be too overwhelming! It sure is pretty...

July 29, 2009

an open discussion: young children with cell phones and iPods.

Your thoughts?

dad update.

Dad's tracheotomy procedure went off without a hitch, praise God! I don't know too much else at this point. I am praying that this is the procedure he needed to get better and stronger!

July 28, 2009

pray.

My father is getting the tracheotomy this afternoon at 2:30pm. Say a prayer for him, please.

July 27, 2009

bullets of blah.

  • I have two other job possibilities/interests. I'm starting to think maybe I should stop. Not because I feel defeated over not getting the job I just interviewed for but because...
  • Doctors are urging my mother to allow them to do a tracheotomy on my Dad tomorrow. She is obviously torn about this decision because the thought of him having to go through anything else is just...overwhelming. Of course, my dad doesn't want it...I mean, who would? But if doctors believe this will help him get better, then I suppose he needs it done.
  • This is going to be a depressing post.
  • I'm not feeling too motivated today to do much of anything. That, and my vehicle is in the shop and Aaron is at work, so I'm stuck at home anyway.
  • So yeah. I'm thinking maybe I should just stop looking for a job. It seems my family needs me more than I need a paycheck.
  • If I've learned anything in this life, it's that things suck sometimes. And you just have to embrace The Suck. You must accept that things are just rotten and awful and probably not going to get better and that's just how it is. Lucky for us, though, that God is with us during The Suck. And The Suck is no sudden news to Him. You can feel The Suck coming on...and I've learned to put on my proverbial protective padding and just let The Suck do its thing. Expect the worst. Be ready for it. Accept it. Ask The Suck to "bring it on." Let it punch you in the face. And know that it all somehow is working for the good of those who love Him...and that everything will be ok once it's over. Because it always is. Eventually.
  • My relationship with Exercise was on hiatus. "We were on a break." Now, we're completely broken up. Total strangers, in fact.
  • I think I'm done now.

July 26, 2009

bummer.

I didn't get the job.

July 23, 2009

need help from texas people :(

As you all know, my Dad has been in the hospital since the day after Mother's Day. There is no indication that he will be released soon and my mom desperately needs someone who would be willing to TEMPORARILY take in their dogs, who are currently kenneled in Del Rio.

The dogs do not need to be in the same household. Meaning, if two different people were willing to take just ONE, that would be ok. Ideally, someone from either Del Rio or San Antonio could take them in, since those are the only two places where my Mom would be available to "hand them over."

They have an old Golden Retriever named Toby who is very low-maintenance. He'll sleep all day and be lazy. My kind of dog.

And they also have a young Weiner dog named Fritzie, who is a little more lively, but still a good dog at the core. He may require more attention, but is excellent with people and LOVES children.

If anyone is willing to take one of these dogs in TEMPORARILY, I am willing to pay for the food. Neither dog is on any medication, so taking care of them shouldn't be too unmanageable. Of course, Aaron and I will take in the dogs if need be, but we are trying to come up with the easiest, most stress-free way to handle this situation, as my mom absolutely needs nothing more on her plate right now.

If you know of anyone out there or you yourself could help, please email me at cassandrawebb82@yahoo.com

paper sale goodness: taking requests.

I had a great time at the Inviting Co. warehouse blow-out sale this morning. I was a bit rushed because I had to get home to get ready for the interview, but managed to grab some pretty great things! (P.S. The interview went great! They'll be making their decision soon, so keep your fingers crossed).

I plan on going back on Saturday, so if you see anything down below that you want, I'll be happy to grab it for you if you're willing to pay me back and pay for shipping. Everything was SO RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP! This is the time to stock up, ladies! They had so much more than what I was able to buy today, but you get the idea. Scroll down for pictures of my purchases and be blown away by the total amount of money I spent on all of this goodness! What a perfect morning!!!

Paper plates and napkins
They had a MILLION different prints and patterns and pictures. OMG.

Paper for invitations

Wrapping paper
Gift bag with ribbon
Cute mod polka dot cosmetic bag
Sets of ten coasters
Super cute notepads
Package of 30+ envelopes for invitations
Sets of cute stationery, envelopes included
Set of four 6" cloth cocktail napkins
Darling "menu for the week" notepad
Weekly planner cute thingie

Super cute desk calendar for the week

Sets of Thank You notes, envelopes included
Holiday gift tags
OK....drum roll please...the grand total was....

$23.71!!!!!!!

All the paper products were $2/pound. So cool! The napkins and plates were $0.50 each; the cosmetic bag was $3.00. You get the idea. Cheap, cheap, cheap! And it's not cheaply-made stuff, which is the beauty behind it. All this stuff goes out to places like Hallmark and uppity boutiques around the Little Rock area. That blue and black set of cards, for instance, retailed for $28! Seriously?!

So like I said - if you have your eye on any of this stuff, just ask me how much it was (to decide whether or not you want it) and I will happily get it for you!

I'm gonna go play with my loot now :)

round two!

My follow-up/second interview is this afternoon at 3pm with more of the head honchos. Send good thoughts my way, please!

In the meantime, I am headed here for what surely promises to be amazing.

July 21, 2009

streamlined grocery perfection.

I have been using Menus4Moms for about a month now and I LOVE IT! Sure, some of the dinners aren't the healthiest options, but easy modifications can be made if you choose to do so.

This website even gives you the grocery list for each week!

How I love it so! (Oh, and I do the free option, by the way).

July 20, 2009

i am not a fan...

...of this new layout. But I am too tired to mess with it any more tonight.

The visit went great today. I'll know more later..and so will you :)

Goodnight for now.

July 19, 2009

jamaica day three.

I forget to mention on Day Two that we did the rock wall! It was tough! I was proud of myself for making it up, though! Of course, Aaron had to show me up and managed to touch the very top, but whatever. I thought I did pretty well considering I have zero upper-body strength and acrylic nails!

I learned something new about Aaron that I never knew before - he's afraid of heights! I don't say this to make him sound like a weenie, because he's not, but his legs starting shaking when he was at the very top. I asked him if his leg muscles had gotten tired and he said, "No. I'm just afraid of heights." Who knew!?







Check out those calf muscles! Ow Ow!


Our third day in Jamaica was awesome!! We ate breakfast, hung out a little bit, and then got on the catamaran cruise to Dunn's River Falls!! Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera, but I do have *some* pictures of our adventures. The catamaran had a bar in the middle (haha) and all of us adventurers sailed about 20 minutes to Dunn's River Falls. We literally climbed UP a waterfall. It was amazing. Since we didn't take our camera, we paid $40 (!!!!!) for the DVD recording. We watched it when we got home and decided the 40 bucks was worth it :) Such great memories!!!

After the Falls, we got back on the catamaran, sailed back, and then went snorkeling! I have never snorkeled in my life, so I was a bit apprehensive about what lied under the sea. I was pleasantly surprised when I put my head under the water! Nothing but beautiful reefs and tiny, colorful fish! I saw a "Dory" fish and a flounder! The flounder was so cute with its sideways eyeballs. Then, we saw a snake!!!! It was green with white spots and looked up at us as though to say, "What? Do something!" I got kind of scared and flipped my flippers (??) super fast to get away from the snake...or was it an eel? Either way, I didn't want to stick around to find out! The tide was extremely calm, which made for an amazing experience. Aaron said "he loved me a lot" while we were snorkeling because I was having such a good time doing something new. It was a great moment and something I'll remember for a very long time. Here are some pictures of the cruise experience.

Gotta love the woman in the background...bless her heart! ;)




I know it probably seems as though I enjoyed a substantial amount of alcohol on our "booze cruise," but I think Aaron enjoyed much more...lol.

After the catamaran adventure, we were pretty tired! I think we hit up dinner and that was about it.

Stay tuned for Day 4!

July 16, 2009

jamaica day two.

All of this recap is pretty choppy, as the details of the trip are kind of blurry...but I will do my best. All details I'm leaving out just include sleeping, laying out by the pool, and eating.

This is our "grumpy face" before we headed to breakfast because it was hot and the Jitney was taking FOREVER to pick us up. Little did we know, we could have just walked about 100 yards and would have been to the restaurant already! From that day on, we would walk down every time we wanted to go somewhere and then get a Jitney ride back because walking downhill, as we know, is much easier than walking uphill!

We ate breakfast and then headed to the beach. It was amazing! We read our books and let the ocean breeze ease us into the most relaxing state. We took a dip in the ocean and did a little kayaking. The water there was so beautiful! I've been to a beach before, but this was just mind-blowing! Here are some pictures of the small part of the beach we claimed for the day:

The funny water-bike things. We did NOT partake in the "fun," as it looked like more work than relaxation:
The view from my chair:
The little sailboats! Aaron learned how to sail while we were there and he took me out into the ocean. It was very Captain Jack Sparrow.
My wonderful hubby enjoying the beach.
Me being silly.

Later that evening, we went to dinner and then to "White Night." It would have been great except we were late! We got there just as the party was winding down. We did, however, manage to get a plate from the chocolate buffet. Yes, you read that correctly - chocolate buffet! Here we are in our "white" garb. That shirt was the only white thing Aaron packed.

Afterward, we headed to Nicole's Nightclub, where the party continued. We had a few drinks and did a little dancing. Then, the entertainment group from the Resort came out on the dance floor and showed us all up! Here are some pictures of the boys dancing to Michael Jackson. They were so good! I took some video, but it was so dark in there that posting them would be kind of pointless. If I learned anything at all this week, it's that Jamaicans can dance!!!


Ah, what the heck. Here's a video. I doubt you can see anything, but you might pick up a move here or there. At least you can hear the excitement! :) After Nicole's, we headed back to our villa, took a dip in the pool, and went to bed!

video

on a non-jamaica-related note...

There is something pretty exciting going on (no, I'm not pregnant) that I want to talk about on the blog, but I think it's too soon to let the cat out of the bag. 

Let's just say I updated and sent off my resume yesterday and was asked to "come in and visit" on Monday. 

If you want to know the details, email me at cassandrawebb82@yahoo.com 

This could quite possibly be a major new chapter in my life and it is scaring me to death to go from the leisurely life I've had to a full-time job (assuming I get it). Pray for me. Pray that IF I do get selected, that this is the right decision for Aaron and me. I'm so nervous and unsettled, but I think it's going to be a good thing.

Ahhhhh!!! :)

July 15, 2009

jamaica day one.

I've decided to just do "Jamaica installments." There is so much to write about...but I'm not sure anyone is actually willing to READ it. Oh well, here goes...installment 1. I'm going to try to be as brief as possible, so as not to bore my readers ;)

We woke up incredibly early and boarded our plan to Charlotte, NC. Once there, we quickly hopped on another plane that took us to Montego Bay! From there, we had a two-hour van ride to Ocho Rios. The photo below is our view from the van. Our driver was incredibly sweet, but unfortunately, her accent was so thick that neither Aaron nor I were unable to understand half of what she was saying. We felt bad :(

The next picture is the sign she had on the ceiling of her van. Funny, indeed.

We finally made it to the resort, checked in, and went to drop off our stuff at the room. I was a bit apprehensive about this trip because I was afraid it wasn't going to look how it looked on the Internet. Boy, was I wrong!! This place far surpassed my expectations! It was just beautiful. The following are pictures of our room/suite.

Our villa! So green!
Our room was through that top left door.



The view from the bedroom:
The view from the front door:
The view from the bedroom into the "living area"
The kitchen
The man that dropped us off and gave us the "briefing" about the room told us that these bottles were complimentary and we had to drink them all by the end of the week! HA! I think we only opened up the rum and drank only about 1/4 of it!

Doors to the balcony:
The balcony:
The semi-private pool, of which we made good use! We'd jump in it almost every night before going to bed because it was SO HUMID outside! We never had to share it with anyone else.

I know these pictures aren't too exciting, but the first day there was a bit overwhelming. Mostly, we just walked around and tried to figure everything out. We headed down to one of the swim-up bars, just to see what all the hype was about. Verdict: Swim-up bars are awesome!!!

We hung out at this pool for a little while and then headed back to the room to get ready for dinner. But first, we found a hammock...

I know I look terrible. But whatever. I love this next picture! It was Aaron's idea! ;)

After the hammock cuddling, we went back to the room and got ready for dinner. We went to this restaurant called Orchid's, which served Asian cuisine. It was good! In fact, all the food was good! After dinner, I honestly don't remember what we did. I think we went to the pool in our villa and then went to bed! We were tired!

Stay tuned for Day 2!
 
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