Muchos gracious

I have a lot to be thankful for - and it's way too much to list. But here are the highlights:
- I'm blessed to have a beautiful home and family and friends to help me fill it with love.
- Although I've been sick the past week, it's not too bad considering the pain and ailments many others suffer.
- I have a job. Although there have been cuts in hours, I am employed and able to pay my bills.
- I'm surrounded by friends and family who love and support me, although they may not always agree with me.
- I have an amazing fiance who loves me in a way I never thought anyone could love me. Yes, we argue and have disagreements (daily almost!) but that's what makes us strong. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a perfect relationship and someone who says they have one is only lying to themselves. I'm glad he's a strong man who stands up for what he believes in and doesn't buckle just because I disagree. Because I've seen too many men whose wives/girlfriends have them on a leash and hate it.
- It may seem ironic, but I'm thankful for the people who are just plain rude to me. I'm talking about the people who can't talk to you, but sure can talk ABOUT you all the time and those who start rumors. I see now they are sent by God to test me and make me a better person. And the thing is, once I've learned to laugh it all off and just be the bigger person, I have much more peace about it. I look back and see how, previously, I was just like them. Now, I know I have grown and become a better person - and it's all thanks to those people who like to throw knives at my back :)

Jimmy and I had a great Thanksgiving at the house and at my uncle's with my Mom's family.
This morning we woke up at 3 a.m. (AHHHH!) to go to Walmart, but we got some great deals. Once I get off work, I'll stop in Walgreens and Lowes before heading home for a nice nap. I'll post more on my deals later :)

Did you all have a good Thanksgiving?


I've gotten the plague ...

OK, maybe not really. But I feel awful.
So last night I planned to go home and unpack some more boxes. I ended up lying on the couch with a 100 degree fever. Considering my typical temp is about 96.8 instead of 98.6, that was pretty darn high.
Luckily, the fever broke before I went to bed. I still have a runny nose, but that's doable.
Now the question is - what do I have? Because I most definitely don't want to skip out on Thanksgiving celebrations (I really love to eat!) but I don't want to get anyone sick either.
Moving sure wore me out, so it may be that. I also got the H1N1 shot on Monday, and had every one of the side effects it mentioned. But let me clear this up - I would go back and get the shot again! I don't believe the shot itself is what made me sick, there were likely underlying conditions. I knew my allergies were acting up on Monday, so maybe it was more than I thought.
So the question is: Do I go to family events tomorrow, or quarantine myself?


Crazy weekend

Can you guess what I've been doing the last four days?
Moving, moving, moving!
Closing went perfectly on Friday and other than bleeding the pens dry, we are now in debt for 30 years. But it's a beauty and well worth it.
There are boxes all over the new house. Old place still needs to have the fridge cleaned out, as well as the garage and back porch, but it should all be done in a few days. Good thing we have until the 30th to be out!
I'll post pictures soon.
Now the question is, can we just invite people over for a bonfire on Thanksgiving and get them to help us unpack?


A new journey

While writing is second nature to me — I work as a journalist — blogging is something new.
But my fiance Jimmy and I have a lot going on in our life right now. We're really growing up.
Most imminent — we're going to have the American dream. In two mere days, we'll close on our first home together.
And the rest of life has yet to follow — planning a wedding, marriage, children and more. I've always wanted to keep a journal, so I figure this is a great way to share what's going on in our lives with others we may not speak to a lot — as well as keep it all documented for us to read down the road. Not only that, it's a great way to expand my network, meet new people, and get new ideas.
Follow us on our journey of making the house a home, my adventures in cooking (I love trying a new recipe) and more.