Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Tree

Yesterday we went shopping for our first Christmas tree. Beth's family has a place that they always go to and it happens to be pretty close to our house. It was fun trying to find the perfect tree and I think that's definitely what we found. Growing up, my family always had fake trees. Not until I met Beth had I ever really even seen a real tree in someone's house. I just assumed it was a huge mess and a big pain to have a real tree. I've learned now that I was totally wrong. I love having a real tree and enjoy the experience of picking out your own tree every year. Janet documented the tree process for us yesterday so most of the pics are on her camera, but we have a few below.

Other than getting our tree yesterday, we had a mini going away party for Stacy, who left for LPGA Qualifying school this morning. This is the final stage of Q School and we will know by Sunday if Stacy will be playing on the LPGA tour next year. This seems like something that we have talked about for so long that it's hard to believe it's finally here. We can't wait to follow her rounds this week. She'll do great.

After dinner, we came back to Beth's parents' house and watched the Sooners beat the Pokes. It wasn't pretty, but we we won and I'm glad we won. More pics coming soon.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Are We Crazy?

That is what we were thinking when we arrived at the local Target at 6 am this morning! I've never in my life been one of those that rushed out to the store to get the big savings and whatever the stores offer to those early morning shoppers. I just don't like the crowds and really never needed a TV, DVD player, etc. that they usually offer the big discounts on. This year we were drawn to Target at 6 am to get Seasons 2 and 3 of The Office on DVD for $15. No big ticket items for us...just DVDs. We got 4 DVDs for the price of 1 of those items regular price. Anyways, we really would not have gone if it wasn't for Tony getting off work at 5 am. He got home around 5:30, woke me up around 6 and off we went. He's been wanting those DVDs for awhile, so in the end it was worth it. I couldn't believe the full shopping carts and all the people there though. I just couldn't be that into it that early in the morning. After our big shopping trip this morning, we came home and went back to bed!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! This is our first married Thanksgiving, and I have to admit, not much different than last year. I got all kinds of questions about making my first Thanksgiving meal and had a good laugh about that one because of course we went and ate at my parents' house. Tony had to work tonight, so we had an early Thanksgiving dinner. It was more like lunch. We assisted a little bit with the meal and played some Wii. Stacy brought her Wii and has taught us how to play Rockstar, Tiger Woods Golf, and Guitar Hero. It's actually really funny because I have horrible hand-eye coordination. So everyone got a good laugh at my trying to play these games. After Tony went to work, I stayed and hung out with my family. We played our favorite card game. (I got to introduce it to Tony's family when we were in Italy last Christmas.) After cards, a little more Wii and then the Texas/Texas A&M game. Since Janet goes to A&M it's now a family rivalry game...well not really because Janet doesn't care that much. However, we all watched the game together and ate some snacks and more pie. It was an overall great Thanksgiving, the whole family was home and we just got to spend some time just hanging out. Of course, if Tony didn't have to work, it would have been better, but that's just the way it is right now.

A Feast

Mom & Tony working on the turkey

Tony on the drums, Tay on the guitar

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Family Dinner

On Monday we had a family dinner for Thanksgiving. We did it on Monday because I have to work Thanksgiving and the day after. When I say family, I mean everyone in the U.S. My sister, who lives in France, and her family obviously weren't there, but we missed them. We had dinner at Tommy Bahama which was really good. Anyway, a semi-family pic is below.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our New Toy

Beth and I got a new toy last night. After coming to the conclusion that both of our IPODs are now worthless(Beth had an original IPOD and I had an IPOD Mini from 4 years ago), we decided to go to the Apple store and buy a new IPOD Touch. This was a pretty big step for Beth and I because we aren't exactly the most technologically advanced couple. I know a lot of people who like to have the newest gadget, like the IPhone, or the newest gaming system, or the newest computer or whatever but none of that stuff really interests Beth and I. I'm pretty content with my 2+ year old computer and up until last night was pretty content with my 4 year old IPOD. Not that I have a problem with people who have to have the newest gadget. In fact, I say more power to them. I don't want anyone questioning how I spend my money because in fact, it is my money, so why would I question someone else's spending habits.

I came to the conclusion a long time ago that everyone has different spending habits and no one should really question them. My roommate in college liked to spend tons of money on his car. He had a nice car and was always putting more and more money into it. I thought that was stupid. He looked at me and thought I was stupid for spending money on the stuff I did. So then I figured it out, it's his money, he should buy what he wants. It's my money, I should buy what I want. If he wants to shop at the high end stores, great. If he wants to shop at flea markets, that's great too. Who cares.

So back to our IPOD Touch. I guess since I'm not too technologically advanced, I am super impressed with it. It has internet on it which is really cool and it also has an external speaker so you can listen to your music without headphones. All in all it was a great purchase and I'm sure by the time Beth and I get it figured out, there will be a new one and once again we'll be technologically repressed.

On a side note, as we were walking out of the mall, we passed the Hickory Farms booth. Hickory Farms brings back a ton of childhood memories for me. And as we were passing by, I turned to Beth and said,"You don't eat summer sausage, do you?" I was shocked when she said,"Yes I do." So what did we do? Turned right back around and got some summer sausage. But we actually ended up getting turkey summer sausage, some cheese, and some specialty mustard. What can I say, I learn something new about my cute wife all the time.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Surprise Surprise

My phone broke yesterday. Just out of the blue broke. I didn't drop it, I wasn't doing anything, it just broke. So I thought, great, now I get to go to the Sprint store and spend $200 to get a new phone because I have only had my phone for a year and a half and not 2 years to get a rebate and then I would have to sign another stupid 2 year contract and blah blah blah. So, I walked into the Sprint store and had to put my name on a list and wait for my name to get called(I felt like I was at the doctor). After about ten minutes a guy called my name, asked me what the problem was, and told me the he could give me the same phone and all I would have to pay is $35. I just about fell on the floor. What's the catch, I thought. No catch. 35 bucks and I had a new phone. Thanks Sprint. It's about time you did something right.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Nutcracker Market

I haven't written in awhile. Tony's the more dedicated one to this blog, but that's ok with me. But I had to talk about today because today is the best day of the year. Well...close to it at least. This is at least the 3rd annual trip for my Mom and I to go to the Nutcracker Market. She used to go with the flamingo mamas, but they always used to go the first day of the market, which is Thursday, and since my Mom works, it was getting hard for her to take off every year to go at that time. So she recruited me to go with her on Saturday once I was done with college. Janet has come with us a couple of times too. The Nutcracker Market basically starts the holiday season for us because it is all Christmas themed. It's held at Reliant Center and it's rows and rows of booths selling everything from yummy holiday type foods, holiday decorations, clothes, jewlery, etc. But it's not crap. It's all cute, unique stuff that you don't find anywhere else from smaller companies. Well, I can't lie, we do laugh about the crazy clothes they all furred, sequined, and bedazzled up. This is our girls thing to do though, and we always have a good time hanging out together. I'm sure this year will be no different. Now, I have to go shower and get ready to go!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

For as much as we may disagree on some things......

My sister and I sure were cute when we were little!

Four More Days

I have to work the next four days starting tomorrow. I'm not too excited about having to work the weekend, but after Monday I'm off for 8 days in a row. It's probably good that I'm working on Saturday anyway because Beth is going to the Nutcracker Market with her Mom. I had no clue what the Nutcracker Market was before I met Beth, but from what Beth brings home every year after going, I'm always glad she goes. I'm sure this year will be the same thing. Except this year we actually have a house to put all the good stuff that Beth buys.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Interesting Thought

I was having a "post-election" conversation with a close friend of mine the other night and I thought he had some interesting thoughts. He broke his vote down to me very simply. What he said was, he based his vote based on his religious and moral beliefs. He told me that when the day comes and he stands in front of God and is asked for an account of his life, he felt like he couldn't tell God that he voted for someone based on their tax plan or where they stood on Iraq. He needed to vote for someone based on something greater i.e. where they stood on moral and religious issues.

Now I found this thought process rather interesting. While I did vote partially on my moral beliefs, I can't say that was extensively why I voted the way I did. But I've gotta say that I was impressed b/c my friend took partisanship out of the equation and got down to the one thing that is important to him(and I think is important to a lot of people), his religion and his moral beliefs. And those of you who are reading this that are Christians know as well that one day as a Christian, we will all be asked to give an account of our life in front of God.

My friend never told me specifically who he voted for, but I feel like I know. Do you think you know? If you do, why is that?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rainy Day

In typical Houston fashion, it's been raining here for about 30 hours straight. And I don't think it's supposed to let up for at least another day. Normally I like rain, but last night I got to work in the rain and that wasn't too much fun. Since I'm off the next three days, I don't really care if it rains the entire time. Although I would like for it to stop just long enough for Beth and I to go running. We had forgotten what running was like once the time changes. Our running routine usually consists of getting home from work, relaxing for a little while and then going running. Now if we do that, we're running in complete darkness. I guess we'll just have to deal with it for the next four months or so like we have in the past.

It's starting to look like Beth and I are going up to Norman next weekend for the OU/Texas Tech game. It'll be my first time to Norman in over 5 years and I don't think Beth has ever been there. I'm excited to see how much it has changed and also to get to show Beth around a little bit. Beth and I have been to Austin a few different times together and she's gotten to show me around so now I'll get to return the favor. Should be fun. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Did I say $2.99?

A few weeks ago I made a huge deal out of gas going below $3 a gallon. It was something I honestly thought I would never see again. I sure was wrong about that. Ever since gas went below three bucks, it has continued to make a steady decline. And when I pulled into the gas station this morning, I was pretty excited to see gas selling for $1.88 a gallon. Instead of spending $60 to fill up, I spent $25. I could definitely get used to this.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Thoughts

The election has come and gone and I must say that I'm thankful it's over. The cool thing about America is that you have the right to choose who you want for President and the person who gets the most votes wins. America overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama and all you can do is respect that whether or not you agree with it.

I have a lot of respect for the office of the President of the United States and fully believe that it's one of the hardest jobs in the world. No matter who's in office, I would think that most Americans should have that same respect. But I do find some irony in the election results.

I've heard a lot lately and especially now today that "hope is now back in America." That once again America will be united. The irony in all of this, is that the people who say we are now united and that hope is back, are a lot of the same people who have been bashing and spreading hatred towards President Bush for the past four plus years. And instead of uniting, they have been dividing America right down the middle. So my question is, why should we unite behind Barack Obama when the people who are wanting us to unite, are the same ones who have helped divide the country for the past four years? Should people pay the same respect to Barack Obama, that a majority of Barack supporters paid to President Bush?

I have a feeling that if that were the case, it would be screamed from the rooftops that people are racist and hateful if they don't support Barack Obama(which I regularly heard on the radio and tv throughout the election).

But the way people justify hatred towards our current President is all of the policies that they disagree with. Well guess what, when has an opposing party not disagreed with a President's policies? But that somehow gives people the right to say and do the things they do. I don't think President Bush has been the greatest President ever. But then again, who am I? I'm 28 years old. I've been alive for four Presidents and really only known what was going on for two of them. But I do know that no matter what, I have to respect the President and whatever he chooses to do whether I agree or disagree. It doesn't mean I can't complain if I disagree or when my taxes go up, a difference in opinion doesn't give me the right to call someone a moron, an idiot, a failure, or some of the other words that I can't type in this post.

So Obama supporters, congratulations. Your man has won. But you can't have your cake and eat it too. You can't bash a President for four plus years and turn around and expect everything to be roses when your guy gets elected. Just a thought. Take it for what it's worth. I know in Texas, a lot of people that I've spoken to are disappointed by the outcome, but realize that no matter who's President, they still have to wake up and go to work tomorrow to support themselves and their families. But then again, maybe with Obama as President, people won't have to work anymore, but still have money to support their lives. We shall see.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Days Off

Because I am now working shift work, I have kind of a weird schedule. And although I love having three days in a row off, I've come to realize that my days off aren't near as much fun when Beth is working and I'm at home. After being off Saturday and Sunday and spending all day with Beth, I'm rather disappointed when Monday rolls around and I still have one more day off while Beth is back at work. I will say though, it's going to be great in the summertime when we can spend tons of time together on my days off, no matter what day of the week it is.

We did have a pretty good weekend even if we didn't do much. Saturday we went on a mission to find Beth some boots. Ever since we went two-stepping in College Station back in the Spring, she's been wanting boots. Janet had told her about a place down near Midtown called Texas Junk that sells a bunch of junk, but more importantly sells cowboy boots. So we made our way down there and sure enough, they had boots, lots of boots. Beth was able to find some and we spent 1/3 of the normal price for them. Now we can't wait to go two-stepping again!

After getting boots for Beth, we stopped by a few furniture stores as we've been looking to upgrade our bedroom furniture from our current Ikea stuff. Ikea's great, don't get me wrong, but a lot of their stuff isn't exactly made to last forever. We ended up stopping by Star Furniture that had just opened near our house. And surprise surprise, we actually found some furniture we like. Now we are just trying to figure out if that is in fact what we want and if it is, how we are going to pay for it. Furniture isn't cheap and if you're going to spend the money, you better like what you're buying.

Saturday night was not a good night for Beth. Unfortunately her Longhorns lost to Texas Tech. And although I'm happy they lost because it helps my Sooners, I was rather annoyed watching all of the Tech fans on TV. What I can't stand about certain college sports fans, is if you beat their team and their team isn't that good, they just blow it off and say, "oh, well you should have beaten us, our team is terrible." But the second their team has a good year or even just a good game, they want to talk trash and keep talking trash to no end. Either you support your team no matter what, or you don't support your team at all. Texas has beaten Tech I don't know how many times, where were all those Tech fans then? Just a thought. So what did Beth and I do on Saturday night when both of our teams were playing at the same time? See below:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Paris Here We Come

Last week we booked our tickets to go to Paris to see my sister's new baby after she is born at the first of the year. With airline tickets all over the place these days, we jumped on the first opportunity to buy the tickets when I found them cheaper than we had been planning on spending. We are leaving on my birthday, March 13th, which is actually the last day of school for Beth before spring break. And we will be over there for a total of nine days. While in Paris, we will be taking a three day excursion to Brussels. I can't wait for this because we are going to take a tour of the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven(one of my favorite beers). This will be my 7th time to Paris and Beth's 3rd, so hopefully we can spend our time seeing things we've never seen before. Paris has so much to see and do, so it's actually kind of fun to just explore and see what you run into. March will be here before we know it and we can't wait!

Last Year in Paris

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