Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In the Water

I found out today another of my good friends is pregnant! I am so excited for her and her husband. This is the 3rd pregnancy of close friends in the last few months. And it's all of their first babies. It's a very exciting time and I guess we all knew it was coming sooner or later. There have been a few babies born to our friends in the last couple of years (hi Nikki!), but so far no widespread child epidemic. Now that we're 30, I know it's going to continue.

We're just not quite ready to be part of it yet. We're still getting over the shock of raising a puppy. And, we have a few things left to do - I know if we wait for the exact 'right' time it will never happen, but we have a few specific things we want to accomplish first. Of course, I know it's not all up to us. My friend Carrie sent out an email today to let everyone she had not been able to contact in person know the great news. As she put it - "Surprised? So are we!" I thought that was hilarious and it did remind me that there are no guarantees!

Congratulations to all my friends that are embarking on the journey of parenthood!

Friday, January 4, 2008


So I've thought about my New Year's Resolutions. Yes, it's January 4th, but sometimes it takes me a while to make decisions. Actually, these really weren't that difficult to come up with, I've just been a little lazy at actually writing them down. I am really pretty content with my life. But, there are always things that can be improved and these are my goals that will help make 2008 a fabulous year...

Improve Diet - Not go on a diet, but be more aware and careful about what I eat. I know what's healthy and if I can eat that 90% of the time, I'll be doing well. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, dairy, healthy fats. It's not rocket science but sometimes it seems way out of reach.
Increase Exercise - Again, not rocket science. When I move more, I feel better and that makes me want to move even more. I miss my BodyPump and BodyFlow classes at the gym. I miss being able to run. We're planning on running the Disney Half Marathon next January with Griff's sister and her husband. It's too early to start training specifically for that, but I am going to start training to run a 5K again. And get back to my classes at the gym.
See Friends More - I'm blessed with great friends, both mine and those I've met through Griff. I'm horrible at staying in touch and making plans. That needs to change. I can't take the people who mean the most to me for granted. Specifically, I will make plans with friends I don't see often at least once a month. That doesn't seem like much, but it's not happening now and I need to start somewhere.
Pay Off Debt - For some reason we've allowed our credit card debt to grow. We shouldn't have any. We will focus on paying that off first and then work on the cars. Dave Ramsey would be proud.

Those are the big ones. Griff and I are both focused on all of these, which will make it so much easier to accomplish. These will also help us achieve some longer term resolutions we've set for ourselves. Here's to a great 0-8!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Happy New Year! We spent a great long weekend at Lake Oconee with Griff's family. We played games, cooked and enjoyed great company. Sage went with us and was SO good! She's been great lately, after a rough couple of weeks during the holidays. She spent Christmas at my parent's house and Griff's parents house and now spent several days at the lake house with no accidents and just being really sweet. Our niece's puppy, Maggie, was there and she and Sage played quite a bit. Sage was so worn out when we got home yesterday, she just laid on the couch and slept for hours.

Griff and I put together a fabulous meal out of Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill cookbook that I got for Christmas. We ate at Mesa Grill while we were in New York last month and really enjoyed it. We made a spicy pork tenderloin and sweet potato tamales, a chopped salad, and great corn muffins with a spicy jalapeno-cranberry jelly. And we had chocolate corn pone with chocolate custard for dessert. All kinds of yummy! It literally took us hours to make, but it was so much fun and everyone seemed to love it.

New Years Eve was pretty low key. The lake house is right across from the Ritz, so at midnight we paused our canasta game and stepped out on the deck to watch the fireworks. Griff and I won our annual end of the year canasta game, to be deemed 2007 canasta champions. We came home pretty early yesterday and I got most of our decorations down, with the exception of the tree in our bedroom, I really wanted to enjoy it for one more night. I'll take it down by the weekend and we'll lug all our stuff back to Griff's parents for storage.

I'm excited about starting the new year and have thought about some great resolutions to tackle this year!