Monday, July 25, 2011

I Didn't Realize How Much I Needed to Get Away

DD and I had our girl's weekend last Saturday.  It was wonderful!  We had a great time.  We are not the silly kind of people, well, we could be, but we weren't this weekend.  I think dd and I were both exhausted and just really needed to pamper ourselves.  Dd made all the appointments and I supplied the green stuff.  Our first stop Saturday morning was to get our nails done.  Dd took me to the salon where she gets her nails done.  She said  there was some new kind of nail polish called shellac that she wanted to try, but it ended up I got it and she didn't because my nails were longer than hers.  I have to say that this shellac stuff is fantastic!!  I have been cleaning all day in the kitchen, scrubbing things down, washing dishes and not one chip of nail polish.  I'm gonna research this stuff on the internet to see where I can buy some.  I'm sure some of the beauty supply stores carry it.  Dd not only got a manicure, she got a pedicure and eyebrows waxed. 

After our nails, our next appointment was across the street at Robert Andrews Salon and  I've never been in a spa before.  It was awesome.  We went there to get facials which we never had done before.  I was kinda nervous, but I got through it.  I do not like to be out of my confort zone so I really had to talk myself through it.  However, after my facial was done, my skin felt so smooth!  I like the room they called the tranquility room.  It was dark, with quiet music playing; they had lemon water for you to drink.  I could have stayed there most of the day.  It was great!

Next was dd's hair cut.  She wanted to get her hair cut to about her chin.  I wasn't so sure whether she would like it or not.  She's never had really short hair before.  We traveled to the mall for the hair cut.  But that was after we stopped at Chick fil a for a quick bite to eat.  So after that, off to the mall.  I watched as the hair dresser cut off dd's hair, but she loved it when it was all done.  I'll admit, she does look good in that hair do.  It's easier to take care of, too.   While we were at the mall we started to go shopping at a few stores, but I'm telling ya, I was getting so tired.  I told dd that we needed to go home and take a nap and if we wanted to come backwe could.  Dd lives 2 minutes from the mall!  So, we went back to her place.  And we both took a good nice nap.  When we woke up we went out to eat at Stony River.  An expensive place to eat, but hey, one has to splurge once in awhile, right? 

After dinner back to dd's; she said she wanted to watch Harry Potter.  We have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies, so we ordered it from On Demand.  I told dd not to fall alseep through it; she said she wouldn't but I knew she would last.  She did fall asleep before it was over with.  In fact, we were both so tired that we just turned off the movie and went to bed.  I was so tired that I sleep very good.  The best sleep I had in a long time.  Then up on Sunday morning and went to church.  We stopped to get Chinese food on the way home, but they were closed, so we went to Buffalo Wild Wings. 

Back home for another nap.  Later that afternoon, I came home, but man, it was a great weekend.  I'm looking forward to the next time we can have a girl's day!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Girls Day Saturday

Dd has decided, that instead of going to Atlantic City, we will stay around town and do girl things.  She has made appointments for us to have our nails done, to get facials and she is getting her hair cut.  Our appointments will take most of the day as we are going from shop to shop.  I'm excited, but a little anxious at the same time as this is all new to me.  I don't really know what to expect.  Then we will probably get some dinner somewhere.  I'm leaving dh at home with the cats and the dog.  Hehehe. 

This week been busy..the weather's been great.  However, it's gonna start getting hot, a real heat wave, they say.

So we shall see!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Long John poisoned

This is one of my favorite places to eat.  I love the fish and hush puppies.  The fries they can keep, but it's a treat when we eat there.  Last night we didn't get out of the car dealership until after 10pm and we hadn't eaten dinner so since we were near a LJS, dh decided to drive to my favorite place.  The food tasted okay, but doesn't it always even when it's poisoned.

I woke up this morning with tummy grumbles, so I ran to the bathroom.  Let's just say it was not  a very good morning.  I'm  a big baby when I get sick.  And especially when I get poisoned.  Dh had to go to work this morning and he said he was sick, too.  Not the upset stomach kind, but nonetheless, he was sick.  Makes you not want to eat there again, which I probably won't now. 

I have not been out of bed today except to make some chicken noodle soup and crackers.  I hope tomorrow will be a better day.

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Purple Car and My New Blue Car

Today was the last straw.  I just couldn't take it anymore.  Here's the story:  as I have blogged before, my car was back in the shop having engine #2 put in it, under warranty, of course.  Yesterday the service writer called the house for which I answered the phone.  He told me that the engine was put into the car, but it was making a noise.  they were trying to find out where the noise was coming from.  Today, he called again.  I asked him whats up with the car.  He told me the noise in the car disappeared.  He then turned around and called my dh.  The service writer told my husband that they had to replace the manifold and it was gonna cost us $175.  Well, I paid for the entire engine so why do I have to pay for another manifold??  When dd came home from work there was a battle on the homefront.  I won't tell ya what I said, but I had him take me out to buy a car.  I had it.  I need a car I can depend on.  I wanted to trade the Purple car in, but dd said he wants to keep it; he'll drive it to work.  Crazy. 

So this is what my new car looks like:

So at a time in our lives when we are suppose to be conserving money for retirement, we are stuck with six years of car payments.  Honestly, if I had anything worth selling I'd be at the pawn shop.  I'm sick of being in debt. 

Actually, I think my whole life needs an overhaul.  Changing is so hard, though. *sigh*

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Atlantic City, New Jersey

I have some money that my dad left me when he passed away.  I have tucked it away for retirement, but dd needed a new bedroom set last year when she moved.  The poor girl was still sleeping in the bed we bought her when she was seven years old.  Can you imagine being 24 years old and still sleeping in your childhood bed?  Well, I decided to give dd some money for her to pick out an adult bedroom set. She had fun shopping and chose beautiful furniture from Ikea.  Dd and I have never done anything really mom/daughter girlfriend getaways, so I decided to take some of that money and take dd some place special, just the two of us.  I asked her where she wanted to go and she said Atlantic City.  Of all places she picks..LOL..we do not gamble, so it's kinda weird she wanted to go there.  She wants to go to the beach and have a feeling of being rich. I've been on the internet checking out hotels and I found one, Trump Towers that advertised rooms for $49.00.  I was excited until I called them.  The lady at the Towers told me that the $49.00 was for the city view.  If I wanted the water view it was another $20.  Well, okay, that's fine...what a great price until she asked me what days I was coming in.  I told her and she said, oh, it's a different price for Friday and Saturday.  Okay, I asked how much.  It's $189 for Friday night and $218 for Saturday night.  Then add on the 14% tax and other tax such as occupancy tax and some other taxes I never heard of and we are well over $500.  How disappointing. 

Now we are trying to figure out another interesting place to go.  We were thinking about Bethany Beach...I'm gonna research that a little.  I hope we come up with something good!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Here's our July 4th 2011

We went to dd's for dinner and then fireworks. 

The Casey Anthony touch with fame

Who hasn't heard about the Casey Anthony case.  I have been following it since Casey first got arrested.  Last year, when dh, dd and me when to Orlando to go to Universal Studios I wanted to see the Caylee Memorial and the Anthony house.  I know that some people see this whole case as crazy tourist attraction, but I believe it also brings awareness to child abuse.  That's what one really has to remember.  Caylee is the poster child of dysfunctional families and child abuse.  So here are pictures I took when we went to the memorial site and the Anthony home.

As we pulled up to the site where Caylee's remains were found Jose Baez and Chaney Mason were getting out of Chaney's pickup truck.

You can see they are checking out the place.

Here's the path that goes back into the woods were Caylee's remains were found.

Here's what the Anthony's home looked like in June 2010.

My, That Was a Long Day...

Well, I didn't back to this blog the next day like I said, but here I am now!  Here are some other pictures of our trip:

Dh had to make an air conditioning repair in the motorhome

The motorcycle parade through town
Here's dh in the parade

Here we are at Mamasu's Pizza

The bread sticks were hand/ good!

Here's the music hall were our services were held

After the rally was over with we started for home, stopping off at the Billy Graham Library.  I would recommend this to anybody.  We really enjoyed seeing how Billy Graham started his ministry, but also toured his boyhood home. 

This is where Ruth Bell Graham is buried; Billy wll be buried next to her

Taking a break and enjoy the peacefullness of the library
We loved these bricks at the looks like they are stitched together

This was basically our trip.  We so enjoyed it and dh really got some rest that he needed even though he drove the motorhome the whole time.  I'm already planning our next trip!